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

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Special Place {My Paper Moon Stamps}

Hello, Blogging Friends! I am beginning to feel a bit better these days and have a card share from last month! (Thanks for being very patient, Becky!)

This card is dedicated to Diane Brown.

Long time stamper Becky Parton owns a wonderful little shop called My Paper Moon
She has her own line of eclectic rubber stamps. I'll be showing some of her images in coming weeks.
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My card features this darling rubber stamp:

The individuals words "SPECIAL" and "PLACE" were inked with a Tombow Marker, and then cut out for the left and right hearts.

The edges of the turquoise layer were distressed with my DisTrezz-It-All, coated with Aleene's Quick Dry Glue and dredged with Blue Nile Glitter by Sparkle N Sprinkle.

3/4 inch Double-sided tape was applied to the borders of the card base, then the heart panel was placed on top so that the white borders stuck to the tape. Starfire Glitter was then blanketed on top to give the borders that sparkly look.

Fits in a standard business-size envelope and will use a single postage stamp! 
(See? I did it!)

I hope you will enjoy browsing Becky's shop My Paper Moon.

products used:

  • Stamp: Special Place  (please scroll down the page to the thumbnail)
  • LifeStyle Nesting Hearts and Nesting Scallop Hearts
  • Darice Scallop Hearts
  • Martha Stewart Loops Heart punch
  • Copic Markers, Tomboy Marker (for sentiments on 2 hearts)
  • Inks: Memento in Danube Blue, Cottage Ivy and Plum; Pool Adirondak Ink
  • Paper: Neenah Solar White, Turquoise, Marina, White
  • Adhesives: Quick Dry Tacky Glue, Pop Ups, 3/4" Tear-ific Tape by Sparkle N Sprinkle to adhere glitter to the borders
  • Glitter: Blue Nile, Starfire and Lemonade Ultrafine Glitter by Sparkle N Sprinkle

Challenges my card is submitted to:
  1. Outlawz Monday Greetings Challenge - Anything Goes May 25th GCC052515
  2. Suzy Bee's Bloomin' Challenge #82 Anything Goes with bright and colourful! 6/4
  3. Sister Act Challenge #108 "Anything Goes" 6/4
  4. Addicted To Stamps #146 Anything Goes 6/1
  5. Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #229 Anything Goes 6/2
Big thanks for your e-mails, comments, and snail mail cards which brightened my days this past month! I try to remain flexible and content with these bad old exacerbations - I do cherish how you help make that possible! Hopefully I will be able to visit your blogs soon. Your amazing designs have been so missed!


Saturday, May 16, 2015

Just FYI - no comments needed

Hi, unfortunately I've been down with an exacerbation this week. Equally unfortunate, when the last MS Office update came up this week, it caused my Business Outlook E-mail app to disappear, and I've not been able to recover it. So I'm learning a new e-mail app on my iMac in the mean time. But it is slow going since I cannot sit up very much.

This note is just to let you know why I have not been visiting blogs, or responding to email. No need to leave comments - I know you all are busy, and working on your own health problems, too. Please know that you are each in my heartfelt thoughts.

Love you bunches,

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Outlawz May Day CAS

Hello, Blogging Friends! I hope you are enjoying a great week, and that you are well.

Outlawz is sharing a fabulous New England tradition about May Day in their Sunday CAS Challenge. The result is to create CAS cards containing flowers in baskets.

These are my CAS cards - or at least I HOPE they are considered CAS.

The first is cut using Sue Wilson dies from her Ornate Pierced Rectangles set - I cannot say enough good things about this die cut set - definitely one of my favorites! I like this card best of the two.

The second is done with the Spellbinders Scallop Labels Two set:

After coloring with Copics, I smeared the middle section with VersaMark Ink and SNS Sparkle embossing powder which contains glitter. It does not look pink in real life, but I guess the camera sees the reflection of the glitter differently than our merely human eyes do!

Isn't it strange how the cameras capture colors, shine and glitz so differently from what our eyes see?

You can see a little better that the left matches the right, but it depends how the light is hitting it. The last picture in this post shows the glittered area best - but way too much pink showing in it!

The pretty sentiment is from Create With TLC. From the thousands of images in my stash, not a single one was a basket with flowers, so I found this freebie on line at Coloring and Coloring.

I cut the Spellbinders shape in a single pass through so that the dry embossing would not be compromised during a second pass through. (if reading from my blog, just click on the photos below to enlarge).

Not only does the glitter look unexpectedly pink, but the clear EP shows off my poor shading skills LOL

Thanks for stopping by!

I am playing in the following Challenges: