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, March 16, 2016

Think Green! {Scrapy Land} {Christina Hor}


Green Greetings to all my Sweet Crafty Friends!
Welcome to Scrapy Land Challenge #38
and
a special introduction to a VERY special digital talent AND free gift-for-you from
Christina Hor's Digi Arts for Healing!


Today, I'm wishing you all things beautifully green...

(psst! that means full of Abundant Life - your own personal internal SPRING!) 

May everything within your sights, sounds and smells remind you of the preciousness, loveliness and incredible-ness of YOU!


Theme: Think Green! (St. Patrick's Day) + 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 April 3 to submit your pretties!


My cards use the following Scrapy Land Products:

My first card uses:
Sketchy Colors #267 - Use Sketch


Instead of a single layer, I used the scallop squares. Brushable Glue was applied to the outside of the golden squares so SNS Starfire glitter could be applied before adhering the green scallops. The glitter provides a sparkly contrast that looks great in person! Even the oval frame has been brushed with glue and more glitter on it, too.

Here's a close up of Christina's darling digitals.  The little girl is one digital image, and the fenced tree scene is a separate digital. These are a freebies!  They are available on her blog Memories Crafter.

Christina Hor's Digi Arts of Healing
Don't you love the sweet 
Die-namites die cut bird house and bird?
It is part of a larger border. Cuts BEAUTIFULLY!

This card is 5x7
I really love the Spellbinders Card Creator dies for 5x7 cards.
The pale green die cut is one of the Imperial Gold dies.

Hanging my head in shame -
all this printed paper (DCWV) is over 10 years old!

The card interiors have the same sentiment:


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


Scrapy Land Products Used:
Other Products Used:

  • Christina Hor's Digi Arts of Healing -  "Sending Hugs" and "Fenced Tree"
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Starfire Glitter G1017, Brushable Glue, stitched pleated ribbon, lace
  • Copic Markers, dyed tulle, several dye-based inks
  • DCWV virginal papers - very old - like TEN YEARS PLUS! LOL (hanging head in shame). They were purchased at Joanns before we had papercrafting stores in the area.

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Clear It Out Challenge - (Mar 8-22) Anything Goes using paper over a year old 3/22 (All the patterned paper is at least 10 years old, and the gold paper is over a year old) Thanks for this challenge!
  2. Shopping Our Stash #243 "Use mostly Green/St. Patrick's Day" 3/22
  3. Sketchy Colors #267 - Use Sketch shown above - 3/19
  4. Open Minded Challenges - (March/April #3) Luck - St. Patrick's Day 4/12 (winners post 4/20)
  5. The Sisterhood of Crafters - (Mar 9) Use Your Dies and/or Punches! 3/20 (winners announced Tues Mar 22)
  6. Dragonfly Journeys  #48 Go Green! 3/20
  7. Glitter N Sparkle - #179 Use Some Green 3/20
  8. Crafty Cardmakers Challenges - #159 "Go Green!" 3/19
  9. A Bit More Time to Craft - #16 Anything Goes 4/1 (sep post)


Stamping hugs,

Thursday, March 10, 2016

COMMENTS PROBLEM?

With several people mentioning problems viewing comments, I thought this explanation might be helpful. It's a shame about the confusion and changes with Google+ (and if you think you don't need to read it because you are merely using "Blogger ID", check again.  hugs, de

Monday, March 07, 2016

SNS Easter Eggs {Our Crafty Corner #7}

Waving hello to my crafting friends!

Today begins challenge #7 for Our Crafty Corner!
Challenge starts this morning and continues until the end of the month.


OCC is a month-long challenge, beginning the first Monday of each month.
Every month's theme: ANYTHING GOES


We now have two sponsors every month!
Sponsored this month by PPinky Dolls and Sparkle N Sprinkle.



My card features Sparkle N Sprinkle's Easter Eggs Digital Image
by artist Jan Mahew

Jan created her Easter Eggs individually - just as regular eggs have different shapes, so do her eggs!
To achieve uniformity for the card, the eggs were fussy cut out, and then layered onto white scallop die cuts.



Because Spring brights forth pretty colors and LOTS of green, my layers are mostly green tones.

Layering the Martha Stewart Double Arch was interesting.
There is sparkling "Starfire" glitter around all the arches, bringing a glitter happiness to the card. The glitter did not photograph very well:




Now it's your turn to link up to the 
Our Crafty Corner Challenge!


Products Used:

  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Easter Eggs Digital stamp set, G1017 Starfire Glitter
  • Copic Markers
  • SB Cascading Grace, Big Scallop Ovals, Floral Ovals, Classic Ovals Lg, Classic Petal Edgeabilities
  • MS Double Arch Deep Edge Punch Around the Page
  • Lace
  • Papers: 3 colors green CS, White, Turquoise

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. SNS Creative Challenges (March) Use Loose Glitter (the double scallops all have Starfire glitter around them) (used SNS digital image) 4/1
  2. Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #134 Use Punches or Die Cuts 3/15 (Die CutSpellbinders Cascading Grace, Big Scallop Ovals, Floral Ovals, Classic Ovals Lg, Classic Petal Edgeabilities  AND  Martha Stewart Punch- Double Arch Deep Edge Punch Around the Page)
  3. Your Scrapbook Place (March) Anything Goes 4/1
  4. My Sheri Crafts #176 - Lovely Lace 3/11 (lace going horizontally under triad egg layer)
  5. One Stitch At a Time #257 - Anything Goes with Fancy Borders 3/20
  6. 613 Avenue Create #166 - Anything Goes with optional twist: All that Glitters (there is Starfire Glitter all around the white arched loops). 3/13
  7. Addicted To Stamps (2nd Entry) #121 Stamp + Add Glitter or Bling (there is Starfire Glitter all around the white arched loops). 3/13
  8. Pattie's Creations #120 "Green is the Color, and Anything with Green goes!" 3/31
  9. Crafty Cardmakers #159 "Go Green" 3/20
  10. Where the Heart is Challenge #7 "Easter-Anything Goes" 3/31

hugs,

Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Cardinal and Butterflies {Scrapy Land}


Greetings, Sweet Crafty Friends!
Welcome to Scrapy Land Challenge #37!

Today's card is a combination for the SL Challenge and a card commission.
A friend asked me to make a 60th Birthday Card with a cardinal and butterflies.


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 March 13 to submit your pretties!


My 6" x 9" card uses the following Scrapy Land Products:
Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced Design
Sue Wilson Double Pierced Rectangles
Spellbinders Grate Effect
Couture Creations Embossing Folder Flamingos and Hedgehogs
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Swiss Dot"
Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio
Memory Box Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
Taylored Expressions Poster Graphic Numbers

The Taylored Expressions Poster Graphic Numbers are quirky and fun with "holes and fancies".



The white shapes behind the grey panel are all on a single layer!
Here's how:




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



Scrapy Land Products Used:
Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced Design, Double Pierced Rectangles
Spellbinders Grate Effect
Couture Creations Embossing Folder "Flamingos and Hedgehogs"
Cuttlebug Embossing Folder "Swiss Dot"
Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
Taylored Expressions Poster Graphic Numbers

Image: Stampin Up! Cardinal (Beauty of the Season set)
Glitter: Sparkle N Sprinkle Fire Engine Red G1007, Starfire G1017
Copic Markers
Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Punch ATP
Papers: White, Red, Grey

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. Crazy Challenge #217 - Use Red 3/14
  2. Craft Your Passion #301 - Always Anything Goes 3/6
  3. Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenges - (Mar) Use Loose Glitter 3/31
  4. Ellibelle's Let's Color Linky Party #4 - Anything Goes with something Colored 3/12
  5. One Crazy Stamper Inc - (March) Anything Goes with Rubber Stamp 3/31 (used Stampin Up! Rubber Stamp)
  6. Addicted to Stamps - #121 Glitter/Bling plus a Stamp - (SU Cardinal, 2 colors of glitter in the frame and "60" and distressed around the cardinal) 3/13
  7. Glitter 'n Sparkle Challenges - Things With Wings (bird + 4 layered butterflies 3/5
  8. Nordsalten Hobbyklubb #134 Use Punches or Die Cuts 3/15 (listed below)
  • Die Cuts Used: Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced Design, Double Pierced Rectangles
  •  Spellbinders Grate Effect
  •  Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio, Leavenworth Butterfly Trio
  •  Taylored Expressions Poster Graphic Numbers
  •  Punch Used: Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf Punch ATP


Thank you for stopping by!
hugs,



    Tuesday, March 01, 2016

    KennyK Mermaid {Crafts Galore Encore}

    Hello, sweet crafting friends!
    Here's to Spring (giggle)!

    While we have had a mild, unusually wet winter here, with only occasional freezes, the rest of you are ready for Spring. Maybe my blog header will hasten Mother Nature? Our azaleas are about bloomed out, the tulip tree has sprouted with pink magnificence, and the camellias are still prolific. Surely Spring is about to greet us?

    On to Card Making!

    The March challenge at Crafts Galore Encore is upon us already!



    The Rules to the Challenge are so "painless"! (giggle)

    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 theme is oh-so-easy! 

    "Make a Card".


    Our Sponsor this month is KennyK. There will be two challenge winners who get to choose 3 digital stamps of their choice from the KennyK Store! Please see the details for a special discount and contest available to all of the Crafts Galore Encore followers on our challenge blog post this month! 

    KennyK stamps are sent as beautiful PNG images. Today I'm featuring "Mermaid".
    My little Mermaid has been splashing with the dolphins, enjoying a fantastic day!



    I used the aluminum liner on a Planter's Peanut Container to die cut the shells:



    Copic Markers provided a little color on the silver aluminum liner.

    There are a number of Mermaid quotes on the internet. I've assembled several with a little editing and adding some of my own to make a fun sentiment on the inside!


    Some paper layered sea shell die cuts, and a few tiny real sea shells, help set the stage:



    Now it's your turn to play! All you need to do is create a card!
    See you at
    Products Used:
    Image: Kenny K Mermaid
    Punches: MS Scallop Teardrop Punch (around the page), EKS 3/4" circle
    Die Cuts: SB Triple Tear S4-490, SB Circles, SB Dolphin, Impression Obsession Shells, KandCo purple border
    Paper: White, aqua, turquoise, metallic liners from Peanut Cans
    Copic Markers, dye-base inks, embossing folders, Brilliance Ink


    Challenges I'd like to play in please:

    1. Suzy Bee's Blooming Challenges #119 (Feb 27) Anything Goes with a Twist of Fantasy 3/7 (sep post)
    2. Crafting With Friends #15 Anything Goes 3/12 (top new chal)
    3. Creative Fingers #103 Anything Goes 3/5 (posts on 2 newer chals)
    4. Jo's Scrap Shack Fun-Day Friday Challenge #127 Recycled Scraps (pink border pieced from left overs, metallic shells are from recycled peanut can lid, Turquoise circle and dolphin are pieces, and the silver embossed dolphin is from a tin sliver of silver) 3/5           (winners announced week of March 7)
    5. Simply Paper Crafts #24 Anything Goes 3/13 (top new chal)
    6. Color Your World Team B Inspiration Feb 21 - Anything Goes - 2W 3/6  (top new chal)
    7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #28 Anything Goes - 3/5 (may show in sep post)
    8. Craft Your Passion - #301 Anything Goes 3/6
    9. Digi Stamps 4 Joy - #122 Anything Goes + Option of Add an Animal (mermaid plays with 2 dolphins) 3/14
    10. Doodle Pantry Challenges #15 Anything Goes 3/25
    11. Nordsalten Hobby Klubb #134 Use Punches and/or Die cuts (Punches: MS Scallop Teardrop Punch (around the page), EKS 3/4" circle    ANDDie Cuts: SB Triple Tear S4-490, SB Circles, SB Dolphin, Impression Obsession Shells, KandCo purple border
    12. Sisters of the Craft (March) Anything Goes 4/1
    13. Your Scrapbook Place (March) Anything Goes 4/1

    Thanks for popping by! I always enjoy your visits!
    hugs,