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, September 16, 2015

My Fresh Water Mermaid

Greetings, everyone!
Thanks for dropping by. Hope all is going well in your homes.
This week my Scrapy Land project is all about our inner Pink and Fresh Water!

Bourn Creative has this to say about pink:
It represents friendship, affection, harmony, relaxation, acceptance, contentment, 
inner peace, approachability romance, charm, playfulness, and tenderness.
"In the Pink" means being healthy.
"Tickled Pink" means being happy and content.
It is the sweet side of the color red - both represent Love.

This means I see you all in a Pink Glow
because you're the sweetest blogging buddies ever!

a card using a stamped image (rubber or digi). 
To enter the challenge follow the theme and use any die brand that Scrapy Land sells.

   Pssst! Did you know...
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My card features the Sue Wilson Noble Die - Ornate Pierced Design CED5507 )
I love that this set has 3 pierced dies, AND that the dies can be used on the inside
of the design, or as "frames" for the outside of the design!

After the card was assembled, a Quickie Glue Pen was used on Serena the Mermaid to apply the Raspberry Soda Glitter.
Wavy blue background is Copics B0000 and B000.
I forgot to photograph during the process. Hope the following instructions help a little. If you're visiting my blog, the photos enlarge when clicked:

Products Used:
Challenges I'd like to play in please!
  1. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges - September - Used 2 loose glitter colors 10/1
  2. ECLECTIC ELLAPU Challenges - September - "Anything Goes + Use Stash that is 6 months old or older" (I used purple EKS die cuts that were years old, mermaid stamp that is very old, and 2 old glitter colors all from my stash!) (2 Challenges) 10/3
  3. Glitter n Sparkle Challenge - #154 "Use Something that begins with the letter 'G'" - I used Glitter on the frame and Glitter distressing on the mermaid. 9/18
  4. Artistic Inspirations - #140 Anything Goes WITH A TWIST OF MAGIC (my fresh water mermaid loves her purply-pink home!) 9/27
  5. Crafting With Friends #6 - Anything Goes with Fantasy (used mermaid) 9/24
  6. Colouring In Scrapland #3 - "Under the Sea" (used mermaid) 10/3
  7. Craft for the Craic - Anything but a square or rectangle 9/30
  8. Unicorn Challenge - #1 Anything Mythical or Magical (used mermaid) 9/28
  9. Crafting With An Attitude Challenges - September #7 - "Anything Goes" 10/7
  10. Crafty Girls Creations Challenge - #4 "Anything Goes" 9/25
  11. Simply Papercrafts For All Occasions Challenges #13 - Anything Goes - 9/24
  12. Crafty Calendar Challenge - September - Anything Goes! 10/3
Warm Blogging Hugs,

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

Distressed Blue and White Christmas

Greetings, Sweet Friends! Hope this finds you doing well. So happy you could stop by.

Today I'm showing a Christmas card for the Scrapy Land ANYTHING GOES challenge, with this flat, easy-to-mail, distressed style card. The die cuts are "mix-and-match" from several Scrapy Land manufacturers

(Scrapy Land dies shown below with their links)
Colors are monochromatic theme in blues, including the holly leaf border done in navy. The white layer is one piece with the Sue Wilson Gemini die creating a beautiful border, and the holly punch on top. Then the panel was run through the Swiss Dot embossing folder. The Sue Wilson tag has glitter on it, and is backed with a matching tag done in navy to give depth.

Although the card is A7 (5x7), the design easily could be broken in half and still look pretty!

1. Use on an A2 "small size" card (top portion).

2. Or use on a "business size" card (bottom portion).

A tiny scallop edge from Impression Obsession provides a finishing touch along the bottom.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Cloud Nine Microfine Velvet Glitter accents the distressed edges, the area around Santa's sleigh, and the 3 snow flakes.

Looking forward to seeing your entry at the Scrapy Land ANYTHING GOES challenge, for a chance to win $15 prize!

Products Used:
Scrapy Land Dies:

Thankful to play in the following Challenges:
  1. Crafting With Friends - #5 Anything Goes 9/12
  2. Simply Papercraft - #12 Anything Goes  9/12
  3. Kitty Bee Designs - #55 "In The Sky" (Santa's Sleigh) 9/13
  4. Christmas Card Challenges - #39 Anything Goes Christmas 9/4
  5. Outlawz Monday Greeting Card Challenge GCC083115, Anything Goes with a sentiment 9/7
  6. Merry Monday Christmas - #170 - Use Holly (my card is framed in navy blue holly, and the top border is also white holly) 9/13
  7. Creative Card Crew - #95 Christmas 9/12
  8. Holly Jolly Christmas - (Sept) Use a die cut 9/13
  9. A Snowflake's Promise - #4 Christmas Theme 9/8
Wishing you the best and lots of hugs!