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

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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,


Monica said...

Yaaay, am the first to comment.

This card is so pretty and almost divine. I LOVE your roses and the birds make my heart sing.

The good news is that my older one has got accepted in a well established school while the younger one is is in the pool of eligible candidates. So I am keeping my fingers crossed that all goes well.

I do wish I could send you an email - soon I guess.

Thank you for not giving up on me.

Lots of love to a real kind soul,


brenda said...

This is so very pretty Donna, there is something about circle easel cards that really appeals to me and this one is a delight.

B x

Paula said...

Oh Donna, what a beauty! I like your happy accident with the Sue Wilson die. I admire your coloring, you know my talent does not lie there, and I envy good colorists. The flowers are lovely, I have been looking for something like that, I may just have to get that die.

Jane Savage said...

Oh wow, Donna this is gorgeous! Fab use of dies (as always) and your colouring is superb! xxx

Tanja said...

such a lovely card with great attention to the details - thanks for playing with us at the 52CCT

Pamellia said...

Donna, this is just gorgeous! Love all the amazing die frames you used for the base and your cardinal is so gorgeous! The snap of red against the soft blues is out of this world!! LOVE IT! hugs :)

craftieodmae said...

Shut the front door!!!! That is gorgeous!

Pat K said...

Stunningly beautiful Donna. Wonderful colouring and love the shape, might just need those scrap land dies. hugs, Pat K xx

cotnob said...

This is stunning Donna, such a gorgeous image and lovely delicate details - the pale blue and white looks fabulous with the pop of red - a beautiful card.
My cards never turn out anything like the idea in my head!

Lori Kobular said...

Gorgeous! I love that sweet Cardnial and the dies that you used are amazing! Love the different shape of your card!

Jessica K said...

Wow! This card is simply stunning! Love how the bright red bird pops of the page and those die cuts - amazing! :)

SD pooja said...

Delicate beauty in blue ! Loved how the red bird pops ,lovely coloring :)

Tammy said...

Such a pretty circle card and gorgeous coloring! Love the cardinal and pretty flowers you incorporated in your sensation card!

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so beautiful sweetie and so delicate and stunning.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous Donna also your dies
Gr Karin

Donna Maligno said...

So elegant in your color choices! Such a pretty, pretty card.

Sue said...

This is stunning Donna. I love the image, gorgeous colours and a such beautiful design using those wonderful dies. The pretty flowers are the perfect finishing touch.
hugs Sue xx

Anne Temple said...

Your easel card looks amazing Donna! Love the happy accident on your placement of the die. I think it looks better that way too. I never would have guessed your roses were rolled roses. Another die set that is now on my need/want list :-).

KT Fit Kitty said...

Very pretty, Donna! The image is so gorgeous and you have used some lovely dies! Awesome easel style! The flowers and sparkle look amazing! Sending hugs your way, my friend!

Lisa said...

This is absolutely gorgeous, Donna!! You would never know the placement of the die was a happy accident - it's stunning!! All of the details are just amazing!! The cardinal is so beautiful and colored perfectly!! I love, love this!! So elegant and fabulous!! Have a great day :)

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coldwaters2 said...

Wow this is beautiful Donna I love the image so much also those wonderful dies and the card shape, excellent creation.
lorraine x

Sue said...

Donna, Such a pretty card.

Hope you have a nice evening. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

How stunning! The red cardinal just pops from your white and blue paradise! Those dies are gorgeous and love the distressing you did to enhance them even more. The flowers are unbelievable and I love that you kept the blue and white theme going with them too. A gorgeous creation Donna.

Sharon said...

Donna, this is beautiful. Love the image and such a fabulous design with such gorgeous dies. Stunning work
Sorry I have been a while getting back to you. You asked if the MDF love word art came as a joined up word. It does. It is from Dutch Doobadoo. Such a fun piece to work with.
Enjoy the rest of your week.
Hugs Sharon x

pam said...

Stunning card design Donna, beautiful colored image, gorgeous colors that touch of red makes everything pop!!! love the card shape with those pretty dies..
Hugs Pam xxx

McCrafty's Cards said...

Beautiful card Donna, I like the adorable bird image the wonderful shape and the sentiment
Kevin xx

Stampsnob. said...

Donna this is so beautiful the die is wonderful and the image beyond......................Lis

SmilynStef said...

I always love cardinals for Christmas ... so very glad you joined us at jingle belles.

Sue said...

Stunning circle easel card, Donna. The color is so beautiful. And the dies are beautiful. Anything with a gorgeous cardinal just makes me love it more. A beautiful beautiful card, my friend.


Leslie Miller said...

An utterly gorgeous card, Donna, including the happy accident! Love when it turns out better for it. I can't imagine this card any other way, but I probably wouldn't have dreamed it up in the first place. You use your dies so beautifully and your coloring top of the line!

Abfabdesigns said...

Beautiful Donna but then all your work is .
Love the colours and layout
Hope you are well
Martine xxx

Petra Swart said...

Yeah, for an accident ending up as a great idea, hey!! Your card looks beautiful, Donna!!! The cardinal is so lovely and I love the red roses to compliment the red of the bird. The glitter and the pearls just add to all the loveliness!!! Beautiful, Donna!!!
Have a lovely day!!!

Paula said...

I saw you entered your lovely card over at the Holly Jolly Christmas challenge. It's lovely Donna, a winner for sure.

Amelia Breytenbach said...

This card is so beautiful Donna. Lovely image with gorgeous coloring. Amazing work!

Stamping With Bibiana said...

just wonderful the circle shape is so inviting and so unique, great post. thanks for showing the supplies used too

jimlynn said...

Donna, this is jaw dropping beautiful! I love the cardinal on here. SOOOO LOVELY!

Belinda said...

Wow Donna, this is just beautiful!!! Love all the soft blues and the red bird just makes this so pretty. All of those beautiful flowers and die cuts make this card so stunning!! Your work is always amazing!!

MaryH said...

Just saw your comment over at Shona's re: should you have the brushos in your stash, and popped over to say Yes, Definitely! Try Blick and get the larger set - good value. Then I saw this gorgeous SW with my beloved cardinal. You KNOW exactly how much I am loving see my 2 favs combined into this extremely gorgeous card! TFS & Hugs.

Deborah Frings said...

Wow! This is stunning. The ornate diecut frames are so beautiful and that cardinal is wonderful. Fabulous colouring. Thanks so much for playing along with 52CCT this week!

Danielle Vincent said...

Oh my goodness....this is just GORGEOUS!! My jaw went "thunk" when I opened your blog and saw this. Thanks so much for joining us at 52CCT this week.

Unknown said...

This is gorgeous! I love the colors and dies. I'm a big fan of glitter and this card just sparkles.

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 218 and also for Completely Christmas - you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for March - I'd love to see it there too. x

kReN said...

What a pretty card! Love the die cut shapes and birds are always one of my favorites!

julie1 said...

beautiful, thank you for joining us at whoopsie daisy, hope to see you again and good luck xx

Karenladd said...

I had to chuckle at your happy accident with the die cut, especially with an exquisite result like this one! So beautiful from the colors you chose, to the flowers, the cardinal, and down to the little touches of glitter on your roses!

crafty-stamper said...

Love the shaped easel card and obviously the die-cut was meant to be there-love the beautiful image and pop of red and beautiful roses
Carol x

Patricia St Martin said...

Your circle easel turned out stunning. I love your Cardinal, you colored him just beautiful. I'm a bird nut. The flowers turned out stunning and love the sparkle. Your colors are so amazing.
Hugs, Pat/♥

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow Donna your design is gorgeous. I love the lay-out with the pretty die cuts and beautiful flowers. Your bird image and colouring is stunning. I hope you are doing well, I was away so now trying to catch up on all the lovely designs! Happy Weekend, Shirleyxx

Desire Fourie said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna. Just love the round easel design and those flowers are so pretty.
Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

Linda said...

Dear Donna,

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! Thank you so much for sharing. :)

Bonnie said...

What a beautifully colored cardinal and a wonderful shaped card! It does make me think of Mary! Great job, Donna!

Carol L said...

What a gorgeous easel card and the way you colored that cardinal is amazing! I love the strings of pearls and especially the little red pop of flowers that compliment the bird so beautifully! I love this!

Dawn said...

Donna, your card is divine! I love the pop of the Red Cardinal agaainst the blue!
Dawn xx

Anonymous said...

Beautiful card, De. I am so happy to see your art work and hope you are doing good. Keep up the great work and hope you enjoy this lovely spring we have just begun! E

MaryH said...

You know I missed that dedication first time around! I am so humbled that you did this, and thank you so much. I loved seeing it all over again. One of your best - but then, again, I might be a tad prejudiced here! Big hugs & MWAH.

aussie aNNie said...

Stunningly gorgeous. These colours are beautiful as are all the added
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chanya13 said...

Beautiful !!! Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

chanya13 said...

Beautiful !!! Thanks for joining us at Clear It Out!!! I hope you get to join us again for our next challenge. Agnieszka DT

maria's knutselplezier said...

What a beautiful card Donna, I really love this one, great bird and colours!!


N-Eva said...

Gorgeous card, such a sweet image and great use of dies and embellies. Thanks for joining us at Holly Jolly Christmas challenge.Neva

Benzi said...

De, this is such a beautiful way to honor Mary. This cardinal reminds me of the header on her blog.
Sometimes, mistakes (such as dropping something) turns out to be a good thing and it did here.
Your flowers, sparkle, and dies make this a splendid creation.

Mayras Designs said...

Such a gorgeous card Donna !!!! I love every single detail !!! Perfect in every way !!!

Shirley said...

A truly magnificent card Donna. Especially amazing the way you have used those dies.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Jean Bullock said...

I am so behind in my visits. Sorry. Hope to catch up soon. I am officially placing this beautiful easel card among my top favorites. Gorgeous work. I love how you placed the smaller circular panel as the stop. "Lifting Alert!" Hope you are well.

E. Marie said...

This is really beautiful. Thank you for sharing in the Sparkle N Sprinkle March Creative Challenge.