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Why is my blog called "Creative Smiles"? My designs are the result of covering up mistakes. My fumble fingers drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly. Hence, the giggles and smiles of creative patience all throughout my crafting process. xx

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Monochrome Christmas {Scrapy Land}

A Warm Welcome from Warm Florida,
my dear crafty friends!
Hoping you are well, and enjoying the seasonal weather.
Thanks for stopping by and for your sweet encouragement.

Challenge #30 at Scrapy Land is 
Anything Monochrome Goes with die cuts. 

To enter the challenge follow the theme AND use any die brand that Scrapy Land sells
and become eligible for a fabulous prize and badges!

My card is an A7 (5x7) card, using the following "mix-and-match" dies from three Scrapy Land manufacturers.

(Scrapy Land dies shown below with their links)
Spellbinders Bitty Blossoms

The image was stamped in VersaFine and heat set with Sparkle N Sprinkle's Concord Star EP, for a fresh glittery look. The same EP was used on the 2 Holly Branches by Die-Namites.

I played with Color Bursts as a background for the pretty Sue Wilson Snowflake Background die cut. The white die was adhered with my Xyron. Then the entire Color-Burst-background-and-adhered-Snowflake-die-cut was run through the Xyron again.  Clear Detail EP from SNS was then heat set on the panel.

While completely covering the white snowflake die cut, the Clear EP created for a "distressed look" on the Color Burst Background. The finished process achieved an icy appearance. Finally, the frame was coated with VersaMark and Sparkle EP107 and heat set one more time for a glitter border.

A Martha Stewart Punched frame provides visual interest under the panel.

Looking forward to seeing your creative designs at the Anything Monochrome Challenge #30 at Scrapy Land Challenge.

Scrapy Land Products:
Other Products:

Challenges I'd like to Play in Please:
  1. Crafty Calendar Challenge "November" - Sparkle-Bling-Embellish - The frame is embossed with glitter, and the holly leaves are also embossed with glittery EP, the snowflakes are embossed with shiny EP, Bells are embossed with purple glittery EP, hand-made roses 11/29
  2. ABC Christmas Challenge DT Call (ends Nov 30). I also submitted a second card located here:
  3. A Snowflakes Promise #10 Anything Winter/Christmas - 11/30
  4. Creative Card Crew  #100 "Sprinkle" 11/23 Sprinkled purple glittered EP on image and holly die cuts, Sprinkled clear EP across the background and white die cut, Sprinkled "Sparkle" EP on the white frame of the snowflake die cut.
  5. Fantastic Tuesday #112 "Purple" 11/23
  6. Scrap Creations Nov 10 "Make It Sparkle"  Purple glittered EP on image and holly die cuts, clear shiny EP across the background and white die cut, glittery "Sparkle" EP on the white frame of the snowflake die cut. 11/23
  7. Unicorn Challenge #3 "Christmas Is Coming" 11/27 (12/1)
Thanks for stopping by!
Stamping Hugs,


Paula said...

lovely Donna!

brenda said...

Warm Florida weather...........hmmmm, sounds more than a little inviting Donna.

A gorgeous card today, loving the colours and all the frosting and glitter which really makes it all pop.

B x

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Donna first may I thank you for your get well wishes secondly WOW what a beautiful, sparkly creation you have made here, those die cuts are gorgeous the background colour really stands out, this is a card to treasure.
lorraine x

Shirley Chillman said...

That's it Donna you rub it in about how gorgeous and sunny your weather is while we bask in this mini hurricane that's pounding our shores. Not a teensy bit jealous!!!! lol

Such a pretty Christmas card all frosty looking with the added purple in the background. Love it.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Pamellia Johnson said...

WOW WOW WOW! I am just never disappointed when I visit your blog Donna! This is really amazing and I can't stop scrolling back up for more of the glitter and glimmer!! Beautiful choice for your colour and that fancy snowflake background is drop dead gorgeous!! hugs :)

Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna all the sparkle on your card is sooo gorgeous !!

Olga Jewell said...

Absolutely beautiful card!!!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous card, love the die cuts layered and the colours along with the flowers... love it ! Take care, Hugs, Shirley ps.. enjoy the warm sunshine :)

Asha said...

Amazing!!!! Love the colours... such a glitzy glamorous card! WOW!
hugs Asha

Sue said...

WOW! Absolutely stunning. Purple is my favourite colour.

Hope you are having a good day. Sue

Anne Temple said...

This is gorgeous! Love the colors and all the glittery goodness. I never would have thought to use purple on holly leaves, but they look fabulous!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow this is so beautiful Donna. Hope you are keeping okay. I am still looking after a very poorly hubby.

Christina Hor said...

Oh my Donna! LOVE your Monochrome card! Stunning colors and all the glitters. I might have to add that fancy snowflake frame to my wish list this Christmas! LOL. Hope you're doing well.


Cross Stitch Claire said...

Stunning die cuts and fantastic colours, just beautiful! Thanks for joining us at Unicorn, Claire DT x

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, this is absolutely stunning!! I love all of the amazing sparkle!! The background die you used is so beautiful and I love that you added the MS punch behind for visual interest!! And the bells are so pretty! I love, love this my friend!! It's a sparkly, wintery delight!! I hope you have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Linda said...

This is gorgeous, Donna! Thank you so much for sharing!

Chris said...

Stunning die cut! Fabulous card, love the colour and all the sparkle!
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Calendar this month.

cotnob said...

Such a gorgeous card Donna, you have chosen such a beautiful colour and your die cut details are fabulous - lots of lovely sparkle.
I hope you are keeping well.

Jean Bullock said...

Silver Bells, Silver Bells! It's Christmas time in the city ... Practiced that song for the Christmas program with my Third Graders today, LOL. Pretty cool to visit and see Silver Bells on the card.

This is gorgeous. You have everything I love on this card. Beautiful die cuts, perfect glitter, flowers, stamping, great layout and you even have Color Burst on it. It doesn't get better than that. I pinned of course. Giant hugs!

Verna Angerhofer said...

That is so beautiful with those colors and with all that sparkle. I really love this design. Awesome job on this!

Lori Kobular said...

Donna this is so beautiful! I love the color on the background, and that Sue Wilson snowflake die is awesome! Love the way everything sparkles!

pam said...

Stunning creation Donna, wonderful die cuts! with beautiful background colours and all that amazing sparkle, great idea to use your Xyron, I have the 12x12 size one, thank you for the tip.
Hope you are keeping well dear friend.
hugs Pam x

Patricia St Martin said...

Love all the beautiful shades of color in your background. The sparkle all over is wonderful. Your flowers turned out fantastic. The dies worked out so nice to to create this master piece.
Hugs Pat

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card and love the big fabulous die-cut -love all the sparkle too
Carol x

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful die and lovely card Always vote for a blue card ..Lis

Nancy Hill said...

Your card came out gorgeous. I have been shopping for that kind of beautiful bells that you have on your card. Also e-mail me at when you can and let me know how you were able to display the Scrapyland dies that you have on this link in one photo and still be able to do the links. It is so awesome and I would like to try this since it lets the customer see the dies better than when I link each one separately. Love your how you post your information.

Samra Leshinski said...

Oh what a stunning make this is!!! I love those gorgeous roses and simply breathtaking background!!! Oh wow!!! Just gorgeous!!!

Paper Talk with Samra

Reusing Cards & Quilling said...

New banner for blog..perfect with the fall season ! We are waiting for winter here in my place :) Beautiful card ,delicate lacy die-cut looks amazing on vibrant color burst bg :)

Lisa J said...

This is absolutely stunning! Love all the sparkle! Thanks for sharing with us this month. Lisa DT Unicorn Challenge

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a gorgeous piece Donna. Love the ice effect on top of the brusho panel that you achieved with the Xyron. So many details, so much eye candy - the bells and the holly sprigs are so pretty. Such a lot of work has gone in to this beauty!

Becky said...

I love the non-traditional Christmas colors. A very beautiful card. Thanks for sharing.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna this is so very beautiful great job you did.
Gr Karin

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous, spectacular, stunning, exquisite -- OK, now I'm out of superlatives which are magnificent enough to describe this card, Donna! :-D Love the glitter and sparkle, and those roses are really beautiful. Fabulous die cut frame.

Petra Swart said...

Oh, this is so beautiful, Donna!!! What fantastic colour you have worked with and all the glitter is soooo beautiful!!!! Love the sweet little roses and the lovely bells and holly leaves!!!! A wonderful creation, my friend!!!
Thinking of you and sending hugz!!!!
Have a great weekend!!!!

*Vicki* said...

WOW!! This card is so very stunning!! I just love the purple color in it along with all of the beautiful sparkle!! Really amazing! :) Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*
My Blog: Stamp Smiles

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my gosh, is this beautiful or what! Just a dreamy, wintry, glittery, snowy fairyland! Not at all like your Florida weather or our southern Oregon coast weather. It's wet and a little chilly here, though. Love the color you chose for your monochrome card. I think the monochrome makes it even prettier, and those bells are just lovely at the center of it!

Linda Vich said...

Such a pretty card! I absolutely LOVE purple, especially done up like this!

Pia S said...

Donna, this is absolutely gorgeous!! I love the purple mixed with white and silver and all that fantastic sparkle! Beautiful dies used!

MaryH said...

Stunning! I love seeing the Colorburst product in your hands! It worked amazingly as the impressive background to the fab white sparkling dies. Also love the gorgeous roses and that wonderful set of bells to embellish the top layer. This is just so beautiful....TFS & Big Hugs.

Karen said...

Donna, this is a wintry delight! What a beautifully unique design.. the colors are spectacular and the sparkle is pure radiance. The bells are absolutely stunning and I adore every elegant inch of this masterpiece. You have such a gift and it is a joy to see the works of your heart. :o) Thank you for the inspiration, my friend! Have a beautiful day. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Darnell J Knauss said...

This would brighten an entire living room from its place of honor on the mantel, Donna! What a sparkling delight!! Happy Thanksgiving! Hugs, Darnell

Sue said...

Wow, Donna, all those beautiful dies and glittery goodness are so pretty. Love the bells in the center and the color you chose. You always put so much into your cards, this one is simply wonderful.

Hope you have a Happy Thanksgiving, we will go to our daughters and take half my kitchen with me, LOL. We have a dusting of snow tonight, just enough to cover the ground, but it is cold.

I am forever grateful to have met you on our blogs, and for what you did for my sister in her time of need. I will always remember your kindness.

Big Hug


Carol Hurlock said...

This is gorgeous. I love all the sparkly goodness.
Bear Hugs,

KT Fit Kitty said...

This is beautiful, Donna! I love all the intricate dies you used! Purple is becoming one of my favorite colours again - I love this! The sparkle looks amazing! Glad to see you haven't lost your mojo! Have a great weekend and I hope you're feeling okay. Hugs, Kitty

Monica said...

This is so elegant and sparkly. Loving the hues and the roses are beautiful.

Sorry for not staying in touch.

Lots of love,


aussie aNNie said...

Love this, it's brilliant , adorable finish on your creation.xx
 { aNNie}

raven said...

Great so pretty. Thankyou so much for sharing with us at a SP. Good Luck..Genny DTxxx


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