My blog is called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of incorporating mistakes. With fumble fingers that drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly, it takes a lot of giggles, smiles and creative patience during my crafting process. xx

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Easter Spring {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my project for the 14th Scrapy Land Challenge!
(7 simple, glittery small cards - size A2 US - and flat for mailing)

The Challenge is open from March 18 until March 29. 
The theme is "EASTER OR SPRING using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells".  Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and many are discounted.
The prize is a $15 gift card - good for anything in the Scrapy Land store!

My cards feature the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom of post)

Accomplishment Alert! (giggle)

The cards are flat! (for mailing).     They are small! A2 size (5.5" x 4.25"). 
Normally I make size A7 (5" x 7"), so this truly was a difficult card to make in my book. (giggle)

Simple METHOD:
The card "jacket" is white and covered completely with Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue and immediately dredged with glitter. After 30 minutes, the excess glitter was brushed off, and the jacket was glued to the card base. The Easter dies are covered with VersaMark ink and SNS Sparkle EP.

Next, a lavender card using MS chunky glitter with the texture of mylar Easter Basket Grass:

Last but not least, a double-embossed "jacket", dry embossed with Couture Creations Secret Garden and wet embossed with SNS Sparkle EP, to match the interior die cut. 
(This is my favorite)

Products Used:
  • Scrapy Land Die-Namites "Spring Egg Scene" DN-1143
  • Scrapy Land Die-Namites "Spring Eggs" DN-1152
  • Scrapy Land Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio
  • Scrapy Land Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
  • Spellbinders Classic Squares (create window card base and jacket)
  • Spellbinders Long Classic Scalloped Rectangles (LG) S4-143 (inside sentiment)
  • Glitter: Martha Stewart Chunky, Wee Crafts Coarse Diamond Dust, Sparkle N Sprinkle Bubblegum & Sunny Daze, Stampa Rosa Lavender.
  • Embossing Powder: Sparkle N Sprinkle "Sparkle"
  • Adhesives: Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue, Allene's Quick Dry Tacky
  • Cardstock: Pink Pearlized Stardream, Lavender, White (and assorted scraps for butterflies)

I am playing in the:
Sparkle N Sprinkle Challenge - March - Anything Goes with Embossing Powder and Glitter 3/31

stamping hugs, 

Sunday, March 15, 2015

Message for UK friends

Because women tend to nurture throughout their lives in several capacities - whether they are "officially" Mothers or not - I enjoy wishing all women everywhere a Happy Mother's Day.

Today is Mothering Sunday in the UK.

Thank you for what you have nurtured in me, dear friends, and for what you give to the world community daily just by being "you".


Thursday, March 12, 2015

Spring Is In The Air House Mouse cards

House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge has a fun "Spring Is In The Air" Challenge going, and I thought, 
"What better time to use a sweet image from long ago" 
(in a land far, far away - like my closet). 
The stamp was so happy to see daylight!

Although this is actually a wood-mounted stamp from now-non-existent Stampa Rosa, Stampendous is offering the same image as Bird Feeder HMR19.

Oh Boy! I have BLUNDERS to share! (Can you tell I enjoy sharing my boo-boos and blunders?) giggle.

First Blunder:

Having dropped this stamp a good 6 or 7 times trying to get a print, I finally succeeded with these 2 images. You can see some of the boo-boos because I dropped it after stamping the image. I decided, "Oh well, it is hand-made with love" (more giggles)

The HM image is colored with Prismacolor Pencils and chalk pastels, with a little distressing from Ranger inks.
Second Blunder:

I selected Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five (for frame) very carefully because of the wonderful details when embossing the die cut. Then, with my fumble fingers, I meticulously cut very thin strips of black mounting adhesive to pop up the frame. Upon adhering the frame to the base, I realized that I had adhered the mounting tape on the pretty side of the frame instead of the back side! (wry grin). And so, my beautiful frame is shown wrong side out!

Other than that, 
it is a sweet card 
(how can it not be with the little House Mousies involved?

SNS's Americana Embossing Powder with Glitter was used on the blue leaves.
Those tiny white flowers are the "cut outs" from a die cut used on another project. They are from the Die-Namites Spring Egg Scene.

Here is a flat card (for mailing) using the same techniques (but the stamp was not dropped LOL)
Purple (eggplant) cardstock was used on the frame instead of the blue in the first card.
Clear Embossing Powder was used on the glass portion of the flat card to make the glass shiny - it makes the little House Mousie colors more deeply shown than in the top card. (see the two cards side-by-side at the top)

Thanks for sharing my fun cards!

Products Used:

House Mouse Bird Feeder HMR19 wood mount stamp
Spellbinders Grand Large Labels LF-168 (for the image)
Spellbinders Matting Basics A (5x7) (for outside of frame)
Spellbinders Majestic Labels Twenty-Five (for frame)
Scrapy Land Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio
Scrapy Land Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
MS Lace Flowers PAP (punch frame under the image)
MS Floral Doily Lace Trim (for top and bottom)
Die-Namites Spring Egg Scene (for the tiny white flowers that resulted when cutting the main die image)
Prismacolor Pencils
Chalk Pastel Squares
Ranger dye base inks
Sparkle N Sprinkle: embossing powder Americana (on leaves), Clear Detail on the glass in 2nd card, and Sunny Daze Glitter (on butterfly and button center)

Challenges I'm playing in:

  1. House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge has a fun "Spring Is In The Air" (HM image)
  2. Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge - (March 6 - 13) CPC030615 Spring Flowers (in stamp, dimensional flowers, and white die cuts)
  3. Natalie and Amy's Challenge #30 "Flowers"  (Flowers in stamp, dimensional flowers, and white die cuts) 3/28

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Winter Cardinal {Scrapy Land}

Welcome to my project for the 13th Scrapy Land Challenge!

(special welcome to new Google followers Chrissy Sharp and Kathi Rerek)

(my card is in honor of sweet blogging friend Mary of Carolina Stamps)

The Challenge is open until March 15. 
The theme is "ANYTHING GOES using any die manufacturer which Scrapy Land sells".  Scrapy Land sells over 40 brands of dies, including overseas products, and most are at a discount.

My cards feature the following Scrapy Land dies.
(for all the dies used, please see the product list at bottom of post)

This card was so fun to make!
Color the image, distress the edges and die cuts with Copics and Inks, and assemble! Voila!
From my "stash" I used the gorgeous SU cardinal, red silk rosebuds and the amazing Grand Decorative Circles!

Do you ever have an idea in your head for a card, but it morphs into something completely different?
That's what happened with this card.

Originally, the Sue Wilson "edging" on the top was not going to be placed in a diamond shape (but I dropped the die cut after glue was applied to the back, so that is where it stayed!). It actually looks better that way.

Copic Markers were a big help in coloring the image and distressing the die cuts in those intricate areas.

Products Used:

  • Scrapy Land Sue Wilson - Italian Collection - Umbria  (GORGEOUS!)
  • Scrapy Land Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms (one of my favorite die sets)
  • Spellbinders Grand Stately Circles
  • Spellbinders Grand Circles
  • Stamps: SU! "Beauty of the Season" (cardinal) and "A Cardinal Christmas" (sentiment)
  • Adhesives: Sparkle N Sprinkle Brushable Glue (for glitter), Aleene's Quick Dry Tacky (for everything else) 
  • Glitter: Mark Enterprises Crystal Snow (fine - not ultrafine)
  • Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Onyx Black, Distressed Tumbled Glass
  • Cardstock: White, Soft Blue, Copic Express-it White
  • Markers: Copic B0000, B000, B00, B01, B02, Y26, R59, R29, E35, YG93, C9
Challenges I'm playing in:
  1. 52 (Christmas) Card Throwdown - #52CCT (Feb 28) Use Markers (colored the image and distressed part of the die cuts with Copics) 3/6
  2. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge - #218 - Cut It Up! (cut die cuts and shapes) 3/6
  3. Completely Christmas - #52 Add Texture (chunky glitter and dimensional flowers) 3/6
  4. Jingle Belles - Feb 27 JB 15-05 - A Very Vibrant Christmas - (color inspiration the vibrant blue-green colors on the candle holder and plate charger inspired the deep colors on this card) 3/11
  5. Outlawz Friday Coloring Challenge - CPC022715 - Christmas Twist - 3/5
  6. A*Muse Studio Challenges - Mar 1 - Glitter - glitter is painted on the leaves and roses 3/6 (top 3 ann 1st wk April)
  7. Sparkle N Sprinkle Feb 2015 - Anything Goes with Loose Glitter (one leaves and roses) 3/31
  8. Whoopsi Daisy Challenge (Mar 2) Add a sentiment to your card 4/5
  9. Clear It Out Challenge (Mar 2)  theme: Anything Goes stash: Anything Goes (From my old "stash" I used the gorgeous SU cardinal, red silk rosebuds and the amazing Grand Decorative Circles!)  3/9
  10. Holly Jolly Christmas (Mar 3) Die Cuts and Punches (4 different die cut sets) 3/15
Stamping Hugs,