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 01, 2016

Silly Scrapbooking Squirrel {Crafts Galore Encore}

Greetings, sweet crafty friends!
(a little freebie awaits you at the end)

It's time for another Crafts Galore Encore Challenge!


"Cuteness Escapes to the Country"
(inspired by The cutie Pie Challenge)

Today, Dancing Squirrel is showing off her scrapbook photos of the great fun enjoyed!

Being a "City Squirrel", my cutie, Silly Dancing Squirrel, enjoyed a lovely day, escaping to the country. She scampered up trees, leaping from branch to branch, and chattered the day away with new country friends! While there, Dancing Squirrel made a new friend, and she has promised to come back very soon.

If you follow Pamellia's Beautiful "My Little Craft Things" blog,
you will recognize Dancing Squirrel's sweet friend!

Her new friend is:
none other than Pamellia's Pumpkin!

I am very glad Pumpkin was there for Dancing Squirrel on her first trip to the country.

Pamellia, thank you for teaching little Pumpkin such good manners, and showing Dancing Squirrel the ropes for proper country deportment!

OK, sorry - I got carried away -

back to the challenge LOL

Our Sponsor this month is 

The Rules to the Challenge are easy! 
Just create your projects (using any crafting medium) according to this month's theme,
and link your blog posts directly to the linky on the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge site!
This month's challenge theme is  

"Anything Goes"

I am playing with Fabrika Fantasy's pre-colored, silly and darling Dancing Squirrel.

Fun Pieces and layers.
I also changed the color of her daisy chain crown:

A great time using older die cuts, punches and VERY MUCH OLDER papers! LOL

And then things got a little wonky:

Love those new "Next Level" embossing folders - the embossed areas are like tiny pillows!

Interiors using some leftovers 
and a freebie sentiment for you!

your freebie!

(not sure who originally said this)

These are for personal use. They may not be used by companies or for profit:

One is in png and jpg.
To download, click on the sentiment first to enlarge it, then right click to download to your hard-drive.



Hope you enjoy!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Now it's your turn to play at


  • Image: Fabrika Fantasy's pre-colored Dancing Squirrel.
  • SB Fleur de Lis Squares (card 1)
  • SB Classic Squares (card 1)
  • Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish (card 1)
  • SB Luscious Labels One (interior)
  • SB Grand Decorative Labels One (interior)
  • SB Fleur de Lis Rectangles (card 2)
  • SB Classic Scallop Squares (card 2)
  • MS Floral Crochet PAP Deep Edge Punch, Sm Butterfly punch, Sitting Bunny punch (card 2)
  • EKS Large Butterfly punch (card 2)
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle: Lady Luck Glitter, Brushable Glue
  • Lace, Flowers, Rhinestones
  • Next Level Embossing Folder (puffed hearts in the Dotted set)
  • Paper: Tim Holtz Coordinations blue cardstock (card bases), white, green, black, rust, tan, KandCompany,

Playing in the following Challenges please:
  1. Avenue 613 - #178 Anything Goes! 6/4
  2. Crafting by Designs (June) Anything Goes 7/1
  3. Crafting from the Heart - #114 Anything Goes 6/5
  4. The Cutie Pie Challenge - (May#99) "Cuteness Escapes to the Country" 6/4 (NOTE: I have posted a little story featuring The Cutie Pie Challenge toward the top of my post
  5. Crafting With Dragonflies - #58 Animals 6/10
  6. Die Cuttin' Divas - #268 Anything Goes with Die Cuts (I have listed my dies above) 6/5
  7. Inspiration Destination #88 Anything Goes 6/6
  8. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends - #34 Anything Goes 6/4
Stamping Hugs,


brenda said...

Oh my Donna, these are such fun and cheerful cards, love the Squirrel and you matting and layering is so beautifully done.

Thanks for your kind comments on my cards and garden photos, I meant to tell you and then forgot, I did another post a couple of weeks ago with loads more of the garden and all the four legged family.

B x

SD pooja said...

Looks like the city squirrel is having lots of fun :D !! Wonderful use if die-cuts,punches n papers ! Loved the inside too :)

SD pooja said...

Looks like the city squirrel is having lots of fun :D !! Wonderful use if die-cuts,punches n papers ! Loved the inside too :)

Shona Erlenborn said...

Too cute! What a fun little image, full of fun and cheer! Delightful cards Donna - the layering and the little embellishments are fabulous!

Pamellia said...

OH MY GOSH!!! Donna, I've been in complete stitches for several minutes now!! WOW, you really made my day with this post and your dancing squirrel cards!! The cards are wonderful. I love the puffy heart background and your 'wonky' layers and all the beautiful die cuts...but of course, the squirrels steal the show for me!! That one in the jar, BWAHAHA!!! Oh my goodness, thank you so much for all the smiles this morning!!

I just had to add your wonderful cards to my Squirrel Art page so everyone can see how amazing they are!

Big hugs to you my friend, and hugs from Pumpkin as well :)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, your card is beautiful with so many gorgeous layers of die cuts and matting. Great to use up 'older' stash as well. The image is adorable, your design is a great combo of elegant/cute. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

Lori Kobular said...

Two adorable cards! I love that squirrel! The dies you used on both cards really help her radiant smile stand out! Such fun and happy cards!

coldwaters2 said...

Two beautiful cards Donna love the image so much also the gorgeous papers and the dies you have used they are totally ACE
lorraine x

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow gorgeous cards and super sweet Donna
Gr Karin

Nancy Hill said...

Such a cute and adorable card. Love the princess squirrel and the colors are gorgeous and great coloring. Thanks for the freebie sentiment. Hugs!

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

wow, deine beiden Werke sehen traumhaft schön aus. Das Eichhörnchen hat sofort ein schmunzeln in mein Gesicht gezaubert.
Wie es so fröhlich durch die Welt tanzt ist einfach herllich.
Vielen Dank für die Freebies. Ich bin mal wieder total begeistert von deinen Werken. Ganz liebe Knuddelgrüße Hugs Silvi

Wynn said...

Such fun Donna and great post. Thank you for sharing your cheerful card with us at Crafting with Dragonflies. Wynn DT

D K Crafts said...

Hi Donna, two really cute fun cards, such a sweet image, made me smile as did your storytelling. Thank you for the sentiment too. Donna

Sue said...

Hi Donna, I am loving the card. The lady squirrel is so cute.

Hope you are having a good week. Sue

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, your cards are absolutely adorable, Donna!! The Dancing Squirrel is so sweet!! I love how you've layered her up on both cards!! The details you added are perfect!! I love the designs and dies you used!! These totally make me smile my friend!! So sweet and beautiful!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Verna Angerhofer said...

That is such a cute and adorable little squirrel and great coloring on it. I love how you made so many layers with all those die cuts too! This design sure made me smile and I can see it as a cute card design to have around for fun birthdays and get well wishes.

NanaConnie said...

Donna, I'm so excited about what you did with those particular die cuts! I have most of the die sets you used and that means I'm probably going to be CASEing the 'wonky' card because I adore the design, including the image and the flower embellies.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Such adorable cards! Great work

cotnob said...

Such wonderful, bright and cheerful cards Donna, such a fun image and brilliant designs - I love all of the layers and the beautiful die cut frame you have used.

Unknown said...

Those are fun loving squirrels for sure! LOVE your layers and wonky placed frames and the texture too! Your butterfly accents are dear and beautiful! Cute little bunny silhouette and lovely grouping of fabulous flowers! WOW!!!

pam said...

Hi Donna, what a cheery post, you gave me laugh before looking at your gorgeous creations! your squirrels are adorable, fantastic colouring and layout with beautiful dies.. cute butterflies and bunnies.

Love to know how you edit you photos, so crisp and sharp..
Hope you are feeling a bit better.
Hugs Pam x

McCrafty's Cards said...

These are totally adorable Donna, I like the images and thank you so much for the beautiful sentiment
Kevin xx

Isobel said...

Great cards Donna, thanks for playing along here at Crafting by Design. Good luck X

Monica said...

Awe, what a happy chappy is this squirrel. Lovely sentiment too. Such a fun card.


Conniecrafter said...

She is just too cute, that smile just brings a smile to my face :) Love the way you layered the papers and the design of the card, the butterflies are lovely touch!

*Vicki* said...

Wow Donna, your card is absolutely AMAZING!! I just love the color combination here and you always do such amazing work with your die cuts!! I love your details here! HUGS ;)

Leslie Miller said...

I had such a good time reading this, Donna, and such a good time looking at your darling cards! That squirrel is adorable and the fun and happy nature of your cards is perfect for her. Gosh, love the roses in the butterflies, and the embossing, the wonky frames, and the glittery leaves. There's just so much to love on each card. Sweet!

Shelly said...

Awesome cards! Just love both designs!

Thank you for sharing with us at Die Cuttin' Diva's.

Gail said...

Oh my word, these are cute. The squirrels are just adorable! I love how you did the framing. Fabulous!! Thanks for sharing these and joining us at The Cutie Pie Challenge! Hugs, Gail

coldwaters2 said...

Hi Donna it is me again I am so pleased to be able to pop back and see these two beautiful cards but this time I want to thank you for joining our challenge at LPOCF
lorraine x

Michelle said...

This is such a great project. Love both cards. The "wonky" one is my favourite.
Thanks for playing with us at Inspiration Destination Good luck!! Michelle(DT)

Kandy's Krafts said...

Gorgeous card. Loving your layout. Thank you for joining us at Crafting from the Heart challenge.

Jean Bullock said...

This is so cute and pretty at the same time.

Jarka Ef said...

Nice work. Thank you for playing at Crafting with Dragonflies. Jarka

Lisa xx said...

Hi Donna....

thank you so much for using The Cutie Pie challenge theme as the base for telling such an adorable story! Your card is so gorgeous, beautiful use of the die made me start today with a smile

thank you for joining in with the Cuties xx

Patricia St Martin said...

Hi Sweetie, Sorry about being so late... These are so adorable, love the dancing squirrel and even the one in the jar, too funny. Gorgeous job on both layouts, love the older dies and your choice of colors. Beautiful job on the background and coloring the darling squirrel.
Hugs Pat

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Donna, what a tickle! These squirrels are hilarious, and I love both cards! You are the Queen of Dies and layering them and using them in such creative ways! I LOVE it and love visiting! Your blog banner, by the way, is gorgeous with the lilacs! Anyway, thanks for sharing this wonderful freebie sentiment! I love it!! Big hugs and love, sweet friend! You are a joy!

Petra Swart said...

Oh, your dancing squirrel is sweet as can be, Donna ...and I love the daisy crown!!! Such cheerful cards with lots of detail to appreciate and enjoy!!! Love the beautiful flowers, the cute little butterflies, the lovely frames, the lace ...everything put together perfectly to make two fabulous cards, my friend!!! So full of happiness!!!!

Helen said...

Great card - love all your layers.

Thanks for joining us at the Cutie Pie Challenge.

Helen x