Blog Name

My blog called "Creative Smiles" because 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

Friday, January 01, 2016

Dancing Squirrel {Crafts Galore Encore}

Happy New Year!

And Welcome to my first blog post as a Crafts Galore Encore Challenge DT member! 
May 2016 be the best Year ever for my sweet crafting buddies and your families.
We are experiencing our warmest Winter ever, here in Central Florida.
Very strange to have the air conditioner whirring when so many others are contending with slush and ice! Still, no complaints...

(note to my blogger buddies: apologies for being absent from commenting. I am seriously ill and still not able to do much on line - hope to catch up soon)

The Rules to the Challenge are so easy! Just create your project (using any crafting medium) according to this month's theme with up to 3 entries, and link your blog posts directly to the linky on the CGE Challenge site! That's it! This month's challenge is easy-peasy - ANYTHING GOES.

Our fun, imaginative sponsor this month is Fabrika Fantasy
I'm playing with Fabrika Fantasy's silly and darling Dancing Squirrel which  includes FIVE files!
  • a colored image in both JPG and PNG formats, 
  • a black and white image in both JPG and PNG formats, 
  • and a bonus colored image including background in JPG format - 
  • all for $3.00!

After coloring with Copic Markers, I added several of the daisies from Dancing Squirrel's crown so that it is raining flowers as she dances! This card measures 5.5" x 7.5".

In 2015, I vowed to use "old stash" on each of my cards, and largely, I succeeded. This year, I want do even more! Remember a decade ago when Michaels (and other Big Box Stores) carried all those cute decorative buttons? My dragonfly buttons were clamoring to play with Dancing Squirrel. Made of Resin, they are coated withmSNS Starfire Glitter.



Looking forward to seeing your masterpieces this month at Crafts Galore Encore Challenge!

Challenges I'd like to play in pretty please:
  1. Creative Card Crew - #103 Anything Goes 01/12
  2. Tuesday Throwdown - #274 Anything Goes 1/4
  3. Crafting from the Heart - #92 Anything Goes 1/2
  4. Love to Scrap - #68 Anything Goes 1/2
  5. Crafty Creations Challenges #305 Anything Goes 1/4
  6. Inspiration Destination Challenges #66 Anything Goes 1/4
  7. C.R.A.F.T #344 "Anything Goes" 1/5
  8. CCC Digi Creations #40 Anything Goes 1/13
  9. Petal Lu (Jan 1) Anything Goes 1/12
  10. Sisters of the Craft - (Jan) Anything Goes 2/1
Stamping Hugs,


Sue said...

Sending you positive healing thoughts and hugs (((Donna))). Hope you feel much better soon.

I adore the card. The rabbit is so cute.

Happy New Year

KraftyKoolKat said...

So sorry you are so poorly sweetie I do hope you begin to feel better soon. Big congrats on your DT new role. This is such a pretty cutie.
Happy New Year sweetie.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, I'm so sorry that you are ill, sending positive healing vibes your way. Congratulations on the DT spot, they are lucky to have you with your gorgeous artwork. The image is adorable with a beautiful lay-out. You work magic with die cuts. Take good care, hugs, Shirleyxx


Wow, beautiful design nd colours! I love every detail!
Big crafty hugs, Ileanaxx
(sorry for English,but I'm Italian!)

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my word Donna I am so sorry to hear that you are ill my thoughts and prayers are with you, please take care. Donna your card is absolutely gorgeous I adore that image also the fabulous colour you have used for him, the papers, embellishments and card design are all top notch, I love it.
lorraine x

Patricia St Martin said...

Donna, So nice to hear from you, Congratulations on the new DT. I'm so sorry that you have not been feeling good it is a bad time of the year for a lot of people, you take care of your self. I do know how hard it is when you can't stop by your friends blogs but do it when you can and do not feel bad. Your dancing squirrel is sooooo cute and even cuter in purple and love your idea with giving a make over to the dragonfly's as I have them also and I will try that with other embellishments that are kind of out of date. Love all the die cuts, the sparkle, sentiment and the extra daisies are darling. Great idea using up your stash I've been doing that for awhile now and it dose work. Happy New Year my friend.

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a gorgeous card and love that cute squirrel image. So sorry you are ill and hope you soon can be feeling more like your self and able to enjoy life more. I will keep you in my prayers. Take care my friend!

maria's knutselplezier said...

I'm sorry to hear the year didn't start so well for you Donna, but I hope you will feel better very soon ,your card is very pretty and you deserve to be in the designer team , you are a great artiest , feel possitive for the future , I think possitive for the future for you!! Please get better soon!!! Have a happy year dear Donna, and enjoy the good winterweather!!


MaryH said...

Donna, I thought perhaps you might be having a 'time' just now, and I'm so glad that it's beginning to pass. We're hearing that tonight will see lower temps bringing cold rain for the wkend (and we're still in Florida too!) Congratulations on your new DT assignment. You amaze me how you do all. Really like this delightful, fun lavender much cuter with _your_ color choices. I like the way you've used your bits & pieces to enhance the design, with the addition of some glam glitter. Also adding the shower of daisies was a brilliant idea. I especially loved the sentiment...perfect for a lot of occasions. Sure hope the health mending continues to improve each day. Best wishes for a healthier 2016 with loads of happy thrown in. TFS & Hugs too

pam said...

Hi Donna sweet friend, sorry you have been ill, but happy to know it is getting a bit easier to cope.
Congratulations on your new DT position how crafting helps us all.
Gorgeous card, beautiful coloured image, gorgeous die cuts and design.

Wishing you A Happy Healthier 2016.
Take care.
Hugs Pam x

crafty-stamper said...

congrats on your new DT position and love the card great fun image,love the ribbon ruffle and how you sparkled the dragonflies-I do hope you feel better soon-best wishes for the New Year and thank you for your comments on my blog through the year
Carol x

Sue said...

First, so sorry you have been ill. I know how much it takes out of you, hoping you are feeling better each day.
Your card is wonderful. Love the colors and that sweet image of the squirrel is such fun. Makes a super sweet card. I have those buttons too in my stash!
I need to get rid of some things I haven't used in a long time this year, too much of everything. Thinking of you.........Happy New Year to you and yours.


Linda said...

I love the card! I am so sorry to hear you have been ill, I will keep you in my prayers and thoughts. Hoping that 2016 will be filled with good health, prosperity, love, peace and joy!

Abfabdesigns said...

Donna ,sending you big gentle hugs ,
Happy new year to you may 2016 be good to you .
Card is beautiful as always
Much love Martine xx

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, such a fun image and gorgeous colours, your little sparkly details are lovely along with your fabulous design.
Wishing you a very Happy New Year, I hope it's a good one.

Leslie Miller said...

That squirrel is so cute! I love how you scattered the flowers and glittered the dragonflies. Love dragonflies. I really need to use up some of my stash. This challenge is a great encourager. I'm sorry to hear you've been going through another bad spell, Donna. You continue to amaze me with your accomplishments in the face of adversity. Enjoy the new challenge. Your first contribution is fabulous! Wishing more "good" days for you in 2016. Big hugs!

Nancy Hill said...

Very cute card. Love the squirrel. The glittered dragonflies are gorgeous. Get well soon and enjoy the warm weather. We are below 0s with sunshine! Big Hugs!

*Vicki* said...

Wow!! This is such a lovely design Donna!! I love you coloring and your design is just perfect with your image!! Wishing you many blessing in 2016!! :)

Karen said...

Happy New Year, Donna! I am thankful to finally be visiting my bloggie friends. I have missed you terribly but simply didn't have time or energy for Blogger with so much going on at home... I am expecting to be back for good now. :o) Please know you are always in my heart and I pray you are growing stronger and healthier every day.
Your card is absolutely gorgeous... the loveliest combination of elegance and sweetness. The image brings a smile to my heart and I adore the sentiment. Lovely creation, my friend! Wishing you love, health, and happiness all year long. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Andree said...

A gorgeous card Donna and a wonderful colour scheme. The design, embellishments and image are all fabulous. It's brilliant to have you on the team xx

Linda Vich said...

Very pretty card, Donna! Your squirrel looks quite happy to be frolicking with your glittered dragonflies! Wish I had found some of those—I can see why you hung onto them! I also wanted to let you know that I don't think your email updates are working because I never know when you post even though I am sure I signed up to receive updates :(

Patricia Alvarez said...

Very pretty card. I love all the embellishments. I hope you feel better soon. Thanks for joining us at Inspiration Destination. Hope to see you again on the next challenge! Good luck!!! Patricia.

Tracey said...

Fabulous card Donna, I love the colours & the sparkle :o)
Wishing you a wonderful 2016.

Margaret said...

What an adorable card. Love the image and your color combination. Thanks for joining us at Tuesday Throwdown for this challenge.
Margaret, DT

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Donna, I absolutely have to get that darling squirrel image! Love what you did with the dragonflies before you added them. Congrats on the new DT position. I'll try to be more faithful about visits now that I'm back from my holiday travels. Happy New Year, my friend.

Heather said...

Beautiful!! Love your color combo and all those gorgeous dies! Thanks for playing with LTSCB.

Eret said...

Happy New Year, Donna! Hope you feel much better soon.
Your card is gorgeous. Love this adorable and fun image and your sparkling dragonflies. Such a cheerful card to start the New Year.

Lisa J said...

I just love Fabrika Images! You have made a fabulous card with this squirrel. Love the purple shades. Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT CCC Digi Creations

Brenda said...

I hope you are feeling much better very soon! This is such a cute little card, beautifully colored and embellished. Thanks so much for joining us this week at CRAFT Challenge!

Pia S said...

Sorry to hear you're not feeling well. I understand it can't be from the cold...
Your card is so sweet. First I love purple. And how it looks with green. And love how you spiced up those dragonflies with sparkle.

Happy new year and feel better soon.

Jean Bullock said...

How cute! Love the coloring on this sassy squirrel. So sorry to hear that you were ill. I hope you are on the road to recovery. Gentle but giant hugs!

Helen said...

A great card - thanks for joining us at the CRAFT Challenge.

Helen x

Anne Wilding said...

Lovely colours and design. Thanks for joining CCC Digi Creations this time. Anne W DT.

crafty-stamper said...

Hi Donna just popping back to say---Thank you for joining us at CCC Digi Creations
Carol DT x

KT Fit Kitty said...

Congratulations on your new DT, Donna! So well deserved! They are lucky to have you! Your card is gorgeous! Such a fun image and I love the way you sparkled up those dragonflies! You are so clever to do this type of thing - I never think to do it but what a difference! I always enjoy seeing your beautiful die cuts!


Unknown said...

So sweet, thank you for joining in at Petal Lu, Claire xXx

Petra Swart said...

Oh, my dear friend, I'm so sorry to hear that you haven't been well and I really hope that you are better by now!!!! My wish for you for the year is good health, Donna!!! May the Lord bless you every day and may you be aware of his presence in your life every single moment!!! I hope that on 31 Dec 2016 you will be able to look back at this year and know that it had been a blessed one!!!! And know that you are in my thoughts so often!!!!
Your card is so cute and I LOVE your happy little bunny!!!!! The colours are soooo beautiful and the glitter is just super yummy!!!! The delicate die cut circles and the punched borders and the lace are stunning!!!!! What a beautiful creation, Donna!!!!!
Have a wonderful day!!!!
Sending warm hugz all the way to you!!!!
PS. Thank you so much for the sweet comment on my blog - so much appreciated, my friend!!!!

Petra Swart said...

Forgot to say - congrats on the new DT spot, Donna!!! Enjoy!!!

Monica said...

Hi Donna,

Hope you are better now. Will send you healing vibes.

Your card is very cute, super cute and the treatment to the dragon fly is amazing.


Jacqueline said...

Wow! Love your card! Great image, love those dies and colours!
Thanks for joining the Sisters of Craft. Hope to see you next time as well. Hugs, Jacqueline ~ DT

Dmitry L said...

Such a lovely card! It has a pleasant colours and very interesting design!

Anne Chilvers said...

Love this squirrel! Beautifully coloured, the dragonfly buttons are fab and the whole card is a lovely creation. Thanks for joining in with the Sisters of Craft challenge. Wishing you well very soon. Best Wishes, Anne (DT)


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