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, June 15, 2016

Beautiful Vintage Summer Day {Dies R Us}

Yayyyyyy!! You're here!
(Waving hello quite happily!)

I'm glad you could stop by for a little Dies R Us Inspiration!

And there is a little freebie for you at the end of the post.

Today's technique is once again a simple design idea, 
but saves on card bulkiness to help with postage rates. 

Combining Layers and Die Cut Inlays

My cards use the following Dies R Us Products:

Spellbinders Grand Stately Cirles, and Grand Circles
Spellbinders Classic Circles
Spellbinders Decagon Nestabilities
First, determine which dies and colors you would like to use.
Decide if there are any areas where dies can be "nestled in" for an inlaid design.

The green card needed a bit of white behind the tan round accent. A white inlay was die cut using Sue Wilson's Ornate Pierced Squares, featuring the pierced dots around the edge for visual interest:

The image has also been die cut using the same circle as the frame.
Below, dark green is inlaid below the decorative circles. 
I wish the photography was better for darker colors so you could see the piercing.

I preferred the decagon shape instead of the round shape:

A close up to view the layers and inlaid portions:

The interior is also framed, using the external portion of the Ornate Pierced Squares.
There are pierced details in every section of the "left overs".

You might prefer Sue Wilson's French Collection - Borders, Corners, Tags which are lovely and ornate:

Thoroughly enjoyed coloring the image with Copic Markers and Prismacolor pencils.
A beautiful free image from Digital Tuesday.
I also delighted in using a VIRGIN Stampin' Up! sentiment that fit the image quite well!

Don'tcha just love using beloved goodies that have been neglected far too long?

Thanks for popping by today!

click below for:

Lis of Paper Maker Creations blog asked if I would please make some sentiments. 
Today we both share them with you:

These are for personal use only.

It is the same sentiment - four styles available in jpg.
To download, click on the sentiment first to enlarge it, then download to your hard-drive.

Hope you enjoy!

Products Used:
Spellbinders Grand Stately Cirles, and Grand Circles
Spellbinders Classic Circles
Spellbinders Decagon Nestabilities
Sue Wilson Ornate Pierced Squares
Sue Wilson French Collection - Borders, Corners, Tags
images: freebie Digital Tuesday Grist Mill, SU "Oval All" sentiment
Oval Punches by SU
Copic Markers
Prismacolor Pencils
Inks: Antique Linen, Walnut (Distress), Olympia Green (Versafine),
Crafters Companion Dry Stone Wall embossing folder
Papers: Bazzill cardstock, white Express-it for Copics

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Artistic Inspirations #158 "Just for Fun-Anything Goes" 6/21
  2. Color Throwdown #397 6/21 (sep post) 
  3. Craft Your Passion #316 Anything Goes 6/20
  4. Crafting from the Heart #116 Anything Goes 6/20
  5. Crafty Creations Challenges #317 Tic Tac Toe (middle row straight down) 6/21
  6. Crop Stop Linky Party #17 (used 4 Spellbinders die sets, Aleene's Glue, Bazzill CS) 2nd Wed Monthly
  7. Dream Valley Challenges #133 "Vintage" (my image and theme is vintage landscape) 6/18
  8. Inspiration Destination Challenge #90 Anything Goes 6/22
  9. One Stitch at a Time #264 Layer It Up 6/28
  10. Scrapy Land #44 Masculine (submitting 2 brown tone cards) using dies (brands shown above) 7/3 (7/7)

Stamping hugs,


CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Very nice cards! Great tip for making cards "flatter" hehe. Such wonderful cards!

maria's knutselplezier said...

Fantastic cards, I love them , very pretty design and colouring , great details, I just love them!!

Have a nice time!! Please Donna will you give me your addres, and your date of birth!!

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a lovely image and you have made beautiful cards with it.

Hope you have a good day. Sue

brenda said...

Love your set of cards Donna, such lovely shapes and use of dies.

B x

Gertrude said...

Wuuuuuuuuunderschön, danke für das Motiv
glg Gertrude

Shona Erlenborn said...

They are all little masterpieces. Love the detailed work, the piercing is such an sweet addition. Gorgeous image - beautifully colored. Sorry to hear about Jerry's passing, Donna, but at least he is now at peace. That was a lovely gesture you did for them.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, Your cards are gorgeous, beautiful layers of die cuts which are are so talented at using. The images are coloured so beautiful, I thought they were a digital print. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, these are absolutely stunning!! I love the layers!! You always layer dies perfectly together!! What a beautiful image!! You've colored them so gorgeously!! Love, love these my friend!! They remind me of a state park close by that has an old grist mill with a water wheel!! Beautiful!! Thinking of you. Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Cora said...

Donna, this is a beautiful card. Thank you for sharing this with me.
Cora from DTT.

SewPaperPaint said...

Hello sweet Donna and happy summer. Thank you so much for these amazing digi sentiments. You're a doll! Now onto these fantastic cards - wow oh wow! What a difference the layering makes. Sometimes when I see your gorgeous works, I think back to the cards I made for years and sigh... They don't compare! You are so talented with dies and coloring and I truly enjoy the show! Big hugs, Autumn

Lori Kobular said...

Donna your cards are beautiful! I love the stamped image, so calming! The dies you used are gorgeous! I am always amazed at how many dies you mix together and they always look awesome together! Thanks for the freebies too!

Linda said...

Waving back to you, Donna! Yes, I'm here! Your cards are brilliant! I also love your header!

Maryvonne Coussé said...

Wow Stunning cards and Gorgeous colouring !
Love the Green !

SD pooja said...

Hello Donna! Yes I am Happy your blog banner freshened me up !Beautiful card with very nice layering of dies and charming vintage ook !

Becky said...

Beautiful cards. I love the image and you colored it so beautifully. Thanks for sharing.

Inky hugs,

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such beautiful creations Donna. Thank you also for the freebies. Hope you are well.

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna, these are simply gorgeous! Loving the cottages and beautiful layouts and dies you have used.
Linda xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous cards Donna love them en thank you for the freebie.
Gr Karin

D K Crafts said...

Really beautiful cards Donna. Love the different layers and the image is so beautifully coloured. Donna

Patricia Chalas said...

Wow Donna! Adorable set that you created, just perfect for the occasion. I love your coloring and the perfect scenery. Thanks for joining us at Scrapy Land Challenge!

cotnob said...

A gorgeous collection of cards Donna, such a pretty image and you have used a fabulous selection of dies.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful coloring of that image and I just love all the layers of awesome dies you used on your card designs. Absolutely stunning work!

NanaConnie said...

These are incredible, Donna, and I adore the water wheel image! These remind me of a set of beautiful coasters I once owned but they weren't as decorative as your cards with all the layers and die cuts. Beautifully done. I've just gotten my first ever Sue Wilson dies and am having such fun playing with them. More to come, I'm sure. :-D

Olga Fink said...

Wow Donna! these are really fantastic! Beautiful coloring and such gorgeous design!
thank you for the sentiments, they are great!
xoxo Olga

pam said...

Wonderful card designs Donna, love this image, colours and beautiful shapes you have surrounded your image with, beautiful colouring on these images.
Hugs Pam xxx

Janice said...

Fabulous cards Donna, with a great tutorial, thank you. The combination of dies and card colours you have used, compliment one another so well. You have coloured your images beautifully and you certainly have been busy!
Janice x

Elizabeth Hart said...

What a charming set of cards - love how you incorporated different dies and colors. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Angie said...

Thanks for joining our Challenge at Craft Your Passion Challenges.

Unknown said...

Such a beautiful collection! I always admire your layering of the spectacular dies you pick out, it's uncanny! I can do layers bur not die layers, I am going to start paying close attention! :) Pretty scene, love the colors and your design! Magnificent!!!

Leslie Miller said...

Hello, Donna! First of all, your photography is great and I can see the piercing on the dark green just fine. Okay, now, the photo where you have all the schtuff laid out is so fun. It makes a person want to run to their stamp room and create! I would have a huge mess, though. Getting right down to it... these are gorgeous cards!! LOVE the image and your layering and insets and the embossing and just everything about them! I was admiring the image and thinking how I'd love to have it and nice to do something besides flowers for a change, and then I saw that you found it at Two for Tuesday. My favorite place to browse! I think I have every image my heart could possibly desire from there, and I certainly must have this one. It's probably stored off the computer. I'll have to go look. How could one NOT want to color this scene? See, now you've got me going... Gee, thanks, Donna!

Nancy Hill said...

Beautiful cards and thanks for the freebies always. Love your coloring of this gorgeous country old home. I think I saw something just like this back Easter at one of the old DuPont homes with the water wheel. Love the colors. Well done my friend and Hugs!

Jean Bullock said...

How beautiful! I want to climb right through the frames and go there. Well done, my friend, well done. Pinned of course.

KT Fit Kitty said...

These are beautiful, Donna! Such a gorgeous image, beautifully coloured, and I love all the die-cuts you used and layered! Wishing you a great weekend, my friend, and hope you're feeling well enough to enjoy it! Thanks for the lovely freebie!


Hi Donna
A beautiful collection of card's thank you for joining us over on
Inspiration Destination
Dianne xx

Unknown said...

Stunning set of cards Debbs xx

Linda Vich said...

Very pretty cards! I really like the dark green one. You were right about the bits of white—they really make it pop!

Monica said...

Beautiful image and so superbly coloured, Donna. The greens look awesome and yes, what a flat card. The sentiments also look nice with all the variations. You are so talented.

Isobel said...

Great cards thanks for joining the challenge at Crafting from the Heart good luck x

Carole said...

Lovely creations, thanks for playing along with our add a vintage Challenge @ Dream Valley this week. Good Luck
Happy Crafting
Carole xXx

coldwaters2 said...

WOW these are awesome Donna you have coloured that beautiful, scenic image perfectly, the dies you have used are gorgeous, just added some of them to my wishlist, lol, the colours and designs are beautiful, brilliant creations
lorraine x

Natalie said...

beautiful cards!
Thanks for playing along in the Artistic Inspirations Challenge.

Lori said...

Gorgeous designs! Your inlaid die layers frame the images beautifully. Thanks for joining us for this week's Color Throwdown!

Petra Swart said...

WOW, what a beautiful image stamp, so beautifully coloured, Donna!!! Love how you have used all the great dies and all the greens and browns are so beautiful!!! What a wonderful set of cards, my friend!!!

*Vicki* said...

Wow these are absolutely gorgeous creations my friend!! I happen to love scene cards and you'd think I'd have some of those type of images because I do love them and say so every time I see one...but of course I don't!! Thank you so much for the image share!! You always use some stunning dies too!! Love your idea of keeping things flat for mailing too!! :) HUGS

Patricia St Martin said...

Want to answer your question the die is one solid metal piece and really easy to work with.
Finally had some time to check my email. Gorgeous, love the dies you used makes all the wonderful layers and fits so well together. Your beautiful collection you can use for so many occasions and love the scene and wonderful sentiment thanks for sharing, you are such a giving person. Love the inside nice and simple but great touch.
Hugs Pat

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for the beautiful free image and brilliant selection of dies and love the earthy colours
Carol x

Anne Temple said...

All of these are amazing! What a great set.

Cicci said...

What a wonderful creations !!! Love The Cards and so great blog to visit !! Aldi great that you show The dies you have used !!!! Really beutiful makes!!!
Hugs Cicci Vid Pennan
Cicci Vid Pennan {My Blog}

CraftyGirl said...

Thank you for playing along this week at OSAAT. I sure hope to see you back again very soon. Good Luck in the challenge!!!


CraftyGirl OSAAT DT

Sall said...

What a clever idea I will def be trying this out. Thank you for taking the time and sharing your creativity with us at OSAAT this fortnight, I hope you have enjoyed playing along as much as we have enjoyed seeing your talent. Love 'n' hugs Sall OSAAT DT.

Stampsnob. said...

Your blog is so beautiful Donna you cards are always lovely ....Lis