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, February 03, 2016

Scallop Petals {Scrapy Land}

Greetings, Sweet Crafty Friends!
Welcome to Scrapy Land Challenge #35!

Theme: Anything Goes Using Die Cut brands sold by Scrapy Land
Up for grabs is a $15 gift card to the Scrapy Land Store, and several badge opportunities, as well. 
We love being inspired by your pretty cards submitted to our challenges.
You have until February 14 to submit your pretties!

My card is 8.5" x 5.5" and uses the following die cuts:

Scrapy Land Products Used:
5x7 Detailed Scallops
Fancy Tags One
Carnation Creations
Bitty Blossoms (leaf)
Configurations - Lattice Arched Adornment
Dandelion Clocks
One of my promises this year is to use stash items. This beautiful Stampin Up! RIOT OF PETALS image has never seen ink - and the stamp is long retired. How awful is that? But at last she received a little ink and embossing powder. Now she will be happy for a while until I bring her out again!


Image Close Up: The bottom 2 inches have been cut off the image:

The individual flower petals are "colored" with SNS Starfire ultrafine glitter.

Tip: Hold brads with tweezers. Heat brads with embossing tool, then dip while hot into the Gold Detail EP. Repeat and dip again. Heat one more time and dip into Starfire glitter. Briefly heat one last time. The brads are now a molten, distressed gold, darkened a little by the glitter:

Create the frame without using a plain rectangular die on the inside of the decorative frame die:

TIP: Glittering Vellum: After painting PPA on the vellum leaves, they were dredged in the SNS Starfire glitter. The wet vellum rolled into tube shapes. Upon drying the vellum relaxed to its original form. Even though the leaves have a slightly translucent quality, the glitter camouflages the adhesive when adhering the leaves to the card base.


A Sakura Glue Pen (Quickie Glue) was used to "color" the petals of the mums a little at a time, and Starfire glitter was dredged on top. I wish the photos would pick up the glitteriness. It's really pretty!

The white centers to the gold flowers were also dredged with Starfire Glitter.

Now it's your turn!
We always look forward to seeing your beautiful projects at:

Scrapy Land Products Used:

  • Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops, Fancy Tags One, Carnation Creations, Bitty Blossoms (leaf)
  • Sue Wilson Configurations - Lattice Arched Adornment, Dandelion Clocks

Other Products:

  • Images: Stampin' Up! Riot of Petals (retired), sentiment by Penny Black
  • Paper: Gold glossy, Gray, White, Gray vellum
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle: Detailed Gold embossing powder, Starfire Ultrafine glitter
  • Gray Tombow marker to outline the gold embossed image
  • Embossing Folder - Craft Essentials EFOB0010 Basket Weave

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. Crafty Cardmakers #156 Use Dies or Punches (used 6 diff die sets) 2/7
  2. Fussy and Fancy Friday Challenges #156 Monochromatic theme 2/12
  3. Crafting With Friends #13 Anything Goes 2/12
  4. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges (Feb) Use EP and Glitter (Detailed Gold embossing powder, Starfire Ultrafine glitter on every petal of the white mums, on the vellum leaves and in the white centers of the die cut flowers 3/1
  5. Glittern N Sparkle Challenge #173 Embossing (dry or heat) - Used Craft Essentials EFOB0010 Basket Weave EF on gold background and gold flowers. Used gold EP on the large mum image and sentiment. The brads were dipped into Gold EP and then again into the glitter to create a unique finish) 2/7
  6. The Crafter's Cafe #142 "Monochromatic" 2/15
  7. The Crafting Musketeers #34 "Monochromatic" 3/1
  8. Ruby's Rainbow Challenges #122 "Anything Goes" 2/17 (JFF "shout out")
Thanks for stopping by!

Stamping Hugs,


brenda said...

A beautifully opulent card with the gorgeous golds Donna, such a lovely design as well.

B x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a awesome beautiful creation. Sorry if I don't comment on all your cards but my hubby is so very ill and I am at the hospital lots of times in a week with him and also caring for him.

Lori Kobular said...

Donna this card is absolutely gorgeous! I love that you share all your great steps and the way you went about making this beauty! The flower stamp is gorgeous and I love all the different dies you used!

Pamellia said...

Absolutely stunning Donna! All the gold elements is so elegant and those die cuts are fancy as all get-out! wow!! Love the gold embossing, and the shading really creates a sense of dimension. Stunning!! hugs :)

Linda said...

How gorgeous, Donna!

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow stunning card love that gold with white Donna, fab dies.

Gr Karin

Shona Erlenborn said...

You've been a busy Lady as of late! This is amazing! The SU flower image is gorgeous and yes - I have many virgins in my stash! Love how you colored with glitter, so unique and absolutely stunning. Thanks for all the step by step details. Your work with the dies is always so beautiful. Love the dimension that you manage to achieve each time.

Anne Temple said...

Gorgeous!! Love the colors and all the useful tips you shared! (and yes, I have lots of virgin rubber :-P.)

Pat K said...

Wow..this is stunning Donna. I love white & gold together and you have done it so beautifully. This badly neglected stamp is in my happy to see it again with your gorgeous embossing and touch of sparkle. hugs, Pat K xx

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, gorgeous elegant card, I love the gold with the white. The many layers are so beautiful. Fantastic tutorial as well, thank you! Love it ! Hugs, Shirleyxx

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning, Donna!! The flowers look amazing!! I love all of the fabulous sparkle!! Your tutorials and tips are always perfect - I learn so much from you!! I love how you created the frame!! Each detail is perfection!! A work of art!! Gorgeous, gorgeous card my friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Absolutely stunning card.

Hope you are having a good week. Sue

cotnob said...

Absolutely stunning Donna, the gold and white looks so elegant - your cards are always so beautifully crafted and detailed.

Jean Bullock said...

Oh, this is gorgeous! I showed it to my 2nd Grade students and they loved it. "I love the flowers!" "Oh, so pretty!" Lots of oohs and ahs. You officially have the 2nd Grade students' mark of approval! Mine as well. I pinned of course.

Jean Bullock said...

Forgot to add what a great tutorial you created as well.

Christina Hor said...

Oh these frames are so elegant and love all the gold Donna. Thanks so much for sharing the steps too! I have a few fancy edges but never thought of using them this way. That's stunning! Have a lovely rest of your week. Hugs.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Absolutely stunning my friend. I love how you did the frames and love the shimmer of the gold. I am afraid my shaky hands would not be able to cut out a frame as perfectly as you did. I might have to depend on die cuts for most of mine these days.

Leslie Miller said...

Wowie zowie, Donna, your card is gorgeous! And always with the best crafty tips. Love the gold and now I'm thinking I need the SW Dandelion dies. Love that you're using some older stamps from your stash, too. I have lots of those, plus newer stamps that haven't been inked yet. Way to go!

Maryvonne Coussé said...

Absolutely fabulous , Gorgeous card Donna !
Love all in your card , and this stamp is Wonderfull !!!
And ...yes , I Have also Virgin Stamps ....

pam said...

Absolutely stunning,.. elegant.. and classy card Donna, love this gold embossing on this beautiful stamp. perfect frames and gorgeous embossed background.
Mmm now I have many many many uninked bad is that!! if fact a lot of unused craft stuff..
Hugs sweet friend..Pam x

McCrafty's Cards said...

So beautiful Donna, I love the gold & white it looks so classy and the die cuts really make the roses pop
Kevin xx

Kathy Krug said...

so much to look at and admire. Thanks for the tutorial showing how you put this together. So glamorous and beautiful.

Patricia St Martin said...

You sure have out done yourself on this stunning card. Love the gold and thanks for sharing how you created the frame and the dies you used. The brads are so much fun to use embossing powder and chance the color but they are hot. That Stampin up stamp is stunning and work wonderful. All the dies are fantastic together.
Hugs Pat

Linda Vich said...

Wow, wow, WOW! This card knocks my socks off Donna! I really like this card and I enjoyed reading about your process.

Linda Vich said...

Forgot to add that I, like a lot of other crafters, am a bit of a hoarder when it comes to stamps! However, I am now stamping more than ever and look forward to opening and using my many stamps!

Cara said...

Absolutely Stunning card Donna!
Thanks for sharing!
(Hugs) Cara
My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

maria's knutselplezier said...

Wow Donna what an amazing card, I would never have thoughed about only white and gold, but it looks so beautiful , so elegant, I really love this, and of course the die is super , great art work!!!

Have fun end enjoy your journey!!

Tracey said...

Beautiful card Donna, I love the gold with the white, very classy :o)

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card - love the choice of die - great job thanks for sharing!!!

Stampsnob. said...

This made me look more than once it is simply beautiful Would do for wedding/sympathy or any other occasion Love the two tone .......................Lis

Becky said...

Very elegant. And thanks for the tips you share.

NanaConnie said...

Absolutely stunning, my friend! I love the way you made the frame for that beautiful image (so glad you used it!) and the gold embossing is just so elegant. I first used your tip about coloring brads with EP and glitter a few years back and it's one of my favorite techniques for getting the exact color I want. :-D

*Vicki* said...

Oh wow Donna, this is absolutely brilliant!! LOVE the gorgeous shimmer and shine on your card! The dies are so stunning too!! Really knocked this one out of the park my friend! HUGS

SewPaperPaint said...

Donna, Donna, Donna! This is one STUNNER of a card! Oh my those petals, can't believe this is your first run with them - they are exquisite!!! Your thought process is so interesting to me. We work quite differently, but I am most impressed and intrigued by your layering. I would have never thought of all that! WOW! This is one beautiful card, a treasure! Hugs, Autumn

Petra Swart said...

WOW, Donna, such delicate dies so creatively used!!!! And the flowers are so beautiful with all the wonderful glitter and shine!!! This card must have taken quite a while to make, but it was for sure worth all the effort!!!! What a special card to give to a special friend on her birthday!!!! So beautiful!!!!
Thinking of you, my friend, and hoping you're well!!!
Have a great day!!!

MaryH said...

Your MoJo has returned in all his excellent creativity (or is that _HER_?) This really sparkles & gleams. Just beautiful & the image took to the gold splendidly to show off to best effects. Thanks for all the great tips too. Love the layering of the frame, and those lush vellum flowers. Well done, indeed! And also Kudos for using NBUS items. Big hugs & TFS

KT Fit Kitty said...

That would be a big YES! Probably more than I care to say! Your card is stunning, Donna! First the gold foil is so beautiful and very trendy now - love! So many details to look at and admire! You are very clever to change the colour of your brads - they coordinate perfectly! Beautifully made card, my friend! Hope you're doing well! Sending lots of hugs to you!

Sue said...

Another stunning card, Donna. The Gold, the dies, the sparkle all so pretty, and thanks for showing us how you put it all together. What beautiful flowers, don't you just wonder why you didn't use it sooner. Have to make time to join the fun.


Shelly Schmidt said...

Wowzers- this is amazing! I love this gorgeous shimmery gold cardstock and all of those beautiful dies!

Shirley said...

Just back from the UK Donna after having a super time with the grandkids, Alex has just turned 16. The first few months of the New Year are busy times for me going backwards and forwards to the UK. Amber will be 18 in March!!!

Another elegant and rich looking masterpiece with another super tone on tone colour scheme. Love the embossed flowers which match the background very clever sweets.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Maikreations said...

Love all the intricate details on your card! Thank you for joining our „Dies & Punches“ challenge over at the Crafty Cardmakers ;o) Happy crafting,

Olenkaja said...

Stunning card Donna! :))
Hugs :)

coldwaters2 said...

WOW Donna what a treat it is to visit and see this beautiful, ornate creation it looks so luxurious with all that lovely gold, the flowers look amazing so do the embellishments and frame, the added tutorials are brilliant, I have made a note of cutting out the centre of the frame before moving the die, this is stupendous work, thank you so much for sharing
lorraine x
thank you for your comment on my Tilda card the birds nest was made with natural fibres just rolled round then stuck down, hope this makes sense.

Handmade by Veer said...

Gorgeous card! Love the white and gold!
Thank you for joining us at Crafting with Friends
Veronique DT
Please link up to the specific challenge not to the blog

Karenladd said...

This is so elegant and beautiful. I especially love your tutorial on changing the color and texture of those brads! I have a number of bright shiny gold brads that I would love to make into distressed vintage ones...and this is very doable!

Josephine said...


Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Pia S said...

It's so inspiring to see how you use your dies, making them look totally different and new. Love the flowers too, with the golden lines and sparkle, it's gorgeous.

Sherrie K. said...

Absolutely stunning! I LOVE all the fun dies and wow, the gold looks fabulous! I love all the fabulous dimension! Great job and thanks for the tutorial!
Sherrie K

crafty-stamper said...

WOW stunning card Donna -gorgeous embossed and glittered image and beautiful dies-love the tips too
Carol x

Karen said...

My sweet friend, there is so much inspiration in this post that I do not even know where to begin. Your card is exquisite... you bring the utmost beauty out of every product you use. The focal point is spectacular, right down to the perfectly glittered petals. The frame is fantastic and I love your tip about cutting the frame! The background is amazing in all its golden glory. What a gift you are to the crafty community... and to everyone that knows you. Your heart sparkles through all you create and everything you do. Wishing you everything beautiful, Donna. You are a treasure. :o)

Hugs and blessings,

Debbie said...

Wow, What a beautiful card. Such attention to detail. I love it.Thanks for joining in with us over at Ruby's rainbow. Good luck. Hugs xx x

Unknown said...

Absolutely stunning card x

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Donna the gold and white look stunning together
Dr Sonia

Samra said...

What a wonderful card Donna!!! Love it!
Paper Talk with Samra

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely creation, such gorgeous colours

kReN said...

I would like to be an angel perched on your shoulder while you are creating something as beautiful as this! TFS!

Nancy Hill said...

Now have the Sakura glue pen from our Boise trip this past weekend and more paper and embellishments. Really to work on cards with glitter like your gorgeous one you have posted. Love the gold embossing powder and Starfire glitter that you used. Gorgeous card!!!

chanya13 said...

Absolutely beautiful, the gold and white looks so elegant, hugs chanya13

Monica said...

This is so classy and posh. The gold looks awesome and very befitting.

E. Marie said...

Donna, this is really lovely. Love all the gold and sparkle. Thank you for sharing with Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge.

Karenladd said...

Just catching up with some of your beautiful card designs and posts and WOW! This exquisite white and gold design is elegant and eye catching in every way. So happy that you were able to discover this new/old stamp set and do it proud!!