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

Friday, July 01, 2016

Bubbling with Happiness {Crafts Galore Encore}

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It's been quite warm here and oppressively humid - typical Florida Summer Weather.
How grateful I am to bask in nature's beauty - both here -
through my blogging friends' wonderful photos!
Thanks SO MUCH for sharing on your blogs!

It's time for another Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 

Our Sponsor this month is Art by Miran

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 Art by Miran "Bubbles Brea #216".

Today's duo consists of a partial "close-up", too.
It is fun using only a part of a digital image by enlarging just that portion:

Again, older die cuts, punches and VERY MUCH OLDER papers were used on this project!
It's fun using the old products in my stash!
Some things never go out of style - they are simply forgotten and neglected.

Colored with Copic Markers, the bubbles were especially fun. In this card, I've carried over duplicate bubbles into the flowers, and popped more up around the sweet little Brea:

Real bubbles are not glittery. But mine are!

My shimmering bubbles somehow grow to great sizes... 


          grow their own sparkly filmy veneer...

               they burst like fire work displays with glitter gently 

                       cascading everywhere...

                                a Sparkly Blanket coating trees, people, 

                                          birds, grass, everything...


     this glittery fun magically cleans itself up after the party!

Sentiment is by Impression Obsession:

My second card uses the different die cuts and punches, but the same papers:

Thanks for visiting today. I still enjoy blowing bubbles.

Do you?

We so enjoy seeing your projects. It's always a chore selecting a favorite.
There are always several - it's an impossible task. Here's the link:
  • Image: Art by Miran "Bubbles Brea #216" (card 1 with lots of extra bubbles)
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Starfire Glitter G1017
  • Sentiment: Impression Obsession "light heart" (card 1)
  • LifeStyle Nesting Frame #7  (card 1)
  • Cottage Cutz Greenery 4x4 (card 1)
  • Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish (cut up) (card 1)
  • Martha Stewart Double Arch Deep PAP (card 1)
  • EKS Butterfly Punch, Punch Bunch Butterfly (card 2)
  • Spellbinders 5x7 Detailed Scallops  (card 2)
  • Copic Markers, Distress Inks, VersaFine Deep Lagoon
  • Lace, fabric flowers, Embossing folders
  • Paper: Old Bubbles designer paper, SU pinks and aqua, Turquoise Vellum, Express-it White

Playing in the following Challenges please:
  1. Art by Miran Challenges #61 Anything Goes 7/7 (sep post)
  2. Artistic Inspirations Challenges #159 "Anything Goes 7/10
  3. Classic Design Team Open Challenge (July 1 #04) Anything Goes 8/1
  4. Craft Your Passion Challenges #318 Anything Goes 7/3
  5. Crafting by Designs - July - Anything Goes 7/24
  6. Crafting from the Heart #118 - 1, 2, 3 of something (1 girl, 2 butterflies, 3 fabric roses) 7/2
  7. Crafty Creations Challenges #318 Anything Goes 7/5
  8. Crafty Gals Corner #78 - anything goes (glittery bubbles)
  9. Deep Ocean Challenges #132 "colors of summer" 7/12
  10. Digi Chooseday Challenge #26 Bling, Gems or Glitter (bubbles are glittered) 7/5
  11. Through the Craft Room Door (TTCRD June 28-July 4) Anything Goes 7/5
Stamping Hugs,


Desire Fourie said...

WOOOOOOOOOW Donna these creations with ABM images are just amazing and so pretty with the pink and aqua. Your bubbles are just too beautiful and one just want to reach out and touch them.
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brenda said...

Another lovely share Donna, so girly and feminine.

B x

Lori Kobular said...

Two great cards! I love them both and your sparkly bubbles are just perfect on your cards! I wish all bubbles had sparkles!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card Donna great with those glitter bubbles

Gr Karin

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful card - love the glittery bubbles and great coloring thanks for sharing!!!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous cards Donna, your colouring is beautiful, the glittery bubbles fabulous and the rolled roses are stunning, (did you make them?). I hope you are doing well sweet lady, Cheers xxx ps.. I like the quote on the top card :)

SD pooja said...

How Beautiful and adorable your cards are ! I loved the shimmery bubbles a lot !

Linda Simpson said...

Hello! This is stunning Donna, I love the gorgeous image and beautiful colour palette. Enjoy the 4th July weekend celebrations.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a pretty card.

Hope you have a lovely weekend. Sue

Lisa said...

Oh wow, Donna, these are absolutely stunning!! I love the image!! You've colored her so beautifully on both cards!! The bubble are amazing!! I love the sparkle!! You've added the perfect embellishments to both!! These are spectacular my friend!! I hope you have a safe and happy 4th weekend!! Big hugs :)

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KT Fit Kitty said...

Oooh, Donna, you've made two gorgeous, sparkly cards! Love your colouring! Beautiful details and embellishments too! I think my favourite is the first one - the bubbles are so sparkly and I love the layout with all the die-cut leaves!

Maryvonne Coussé said...

Gorgeous card Donna , and Fabulous colouring !!!!Love the bubbles , and your color combo is absolutely fantastic !

Verna Angerhofer said...

You really pulled this off in great fashion. It is gorgeous and I love the sparkle and soft colors you used. Your coloring of the image is fantastic and I love all the wonderful layers. All I can say is "Wow! I love it.

Maria Valente said...

Donna, I have visited your blog and have to say I'm wowed by all the wonderful creations! So, so beautiful! Thank you for your kind comment on my blog post for the CWS Challenge.
Crafty hugs

pam said...

Two beautiful cards Donna, perfect colouring on both images, love how you have used part image in a frame, of course you have to have glittery bubbles! and gorgeous colours.
Hugs Pam x

Stampsnob. said...

The little bubble girl is precious and as usual you did a terrific job making her even more beautiful............Lis

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful girly image and card love the sparkly bubbles and rose trim
Carol x

Unknown said...

WOW! Fantastic cards. Your coloring is amazing and beautiful! The flowers and the bubbles, omgoodnes I LOVE those bubbles are fun and fabulous and glitter! If given a choice I would always choose glittery bubbles over non-glittery bubbles lol You always have a way with using just the right dies. You really know how to showcase it everything! Stay cool!

Linda Vich said...

Donna, what a great image! I love bubbles and your coloring of the bubbles is wonderful! I really love the girl with the pink hair but the blonde with the green dress is stunning! Though my daughter didn't have long hair at the time, I did a scrapbook layout of her with bubbles here: There is just something so magical about bubbles!

DIANA L. said...

Wonderful cards, great coloring and beautiful designs, I love the bubbles and your pretty pink flowers.

Pamellia said...

Wow Donna, these are so beautiful!! I was just completely sucked in to those bubbles!! They look straight out of a Disney movie, and I LOVE that!! So glittery and appearing to really float across your card, yep, love them!! Your main focal images are wonderful and you always put your die collection to good use with every creation! What a delight to visit you and see all these lovely summery colours!! I do hope you are having wonderful weather for this most amazing weekend!! sending hugs my friend :)

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhh, look at your coloring, Donna! You're so GOOD! Love her hair and her eyes and all that beautiful shading. And the bubbles! The color, the sparkle! Those are my kind of bubbles! I loved your description of your special bubbles and I laughed out loud at the BEST part -- how they magically clean up afterward! Wonderful sentiment which I wholeheartedly believe. Fabulous detail in both cards. Perfect with the bubble paper. Pure delight!

Conniecrafter said...

She is so very sweet, love how you used a portion in the first one and you did a fabulous job on the bubbles!! You have matched the coloring perfect with the papers and your embellishments!!

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Donna, such a pretty image and gorgeous colours - your cards are always so beautifully detailed, the glittery bubbles are fabulous.

Susan Renshaw said...

Gorgeous makes Donna!

Thank you for sharing with Crafting from the Heart!
DT for Crafting from the Heart!
Calling All Crafters! – My personal Blog!

Anonymous said...

Great card! Love the image! Thanks for playing at TTCRD with us this week! I hope I will see you again soon!

Alessandra - DT

Carole J said...

Donna, these are stunning! The glitter bubbles are fabulous and the pink ribbon roses are so lovely. I especially like the first card - the colour combo is beautiful. x

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

These are so adorable! Perfect colors and I especially like how you said 'real bubbles aren't glittery but mine are...' haha that's awesome!

Pia S said...

How beautiful these are! I love that you showed us two versions of the same image, I tend to forget about the option of cropping, but it's a great way to make an image look quite different. And die the sparkle and colors, so sweet, loving the fabric rises two.
Two special cards for a special girl.
I just got home from a wonderful holiday abroad for 14 days, now I'll enjoy one week at home before starting work again, hoping to get lots of crafting time:)

Elizabeth Hart said...

Oh My! These bubble look real - what an incredible job! Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Craft Your Passion Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

Jacki Daniels said...

Such a pretty card and colous too.Thanks for playing along with us at Digi Choosday and good luck
Jacki ♥
(Digi Choosday DT)

Olga Fink said...

Wow fantastic cards! and those baubles!! oh yes I still enjoy blowing them! lol
xoxo Olga

Petra Swart said...

Oh, your glittery bubbles are soooooooo beautiful, Donna!!!! - and no mess after the party - have to get some of those for my next party!!!! She is just the cutest little thing and you have coloured her so wonderfully - love the colours you have worked with !!!!!! Very creative use of all the die cuts and the fabric roses and lace!!! Two great girly cards that would make any little girl so happy, my friend!!! Beautifully done!!!!
Enjoy 4th of July!!!!

Wanda said...

Beautiful! I love all the glimmer and shine on this card. Thanks for linking up with Crafty Gals Corner this week. DT Wanda

coldwaters2 said...

WOW, WOW, WOW, Donna I have had so much pleasure on your blog tonight, your creations are stunning, you have coloured the image beautifully, I am in love with those sparkly bubbles, I remember blowing bubbles in my time, in fact I went to see my neighbour today and she was blowing bubbles, lol, both cards are full of so much gorgeousness,
lorraine x said...

Oh wow what a beautiful blog you have bless you for your lovely comment your work is stunning beautiful detail hugs cheryl xxx

Granmargaret said...

Lovely cards. Thank you for your comments on my blog

Sue said...

Oh my goodness, that image is darling. Love your bubbles and the beautiful roses too. What delightful cards, love the eyes on these sweet little girls. Fabulous, Donna.


NanaConnie said...

OMGoodness, Donna, I love your glittery bubbles. Actually, I love everything about your card -- color combo is fantastic, the die cuts really add so much texture, and your coloring is marvelous! Great butterfly and roses, and the design is just perfect for showcasing that darling image. Will be sending you a quick email this afternoon. Oh, yes, I adore that picture you used in your signature block. Wish that was on my blog as a header. :-D

*Vicki* said...

Donna, your design here is absolutely gorgeous!! I adore your coloring on this sweet image and all of the sparkle on the bubbles is just the perfect touch!! Your details to your designs are always quite perfect!! Always a treasure to come see what you've created my friend! HUGS :)

MaryH said...

I do remember So Fla's summer humidity. SC is just as bad! Loved both of these cool looking cards. A pretty color combo on each one too. The glittery bubbles look very sparkling & translucent and enjoyed seeing how you used the same supplies on each of the cards, yet created a unique look on each of them. Well done, stay cool, and take care. God Bless. Hugs & TFS

SewPaperPaint said...

These are so happy and beautifully designed! Congrats on your Scrappy Land top 3! Woo hoo! And truly, I am sorry to hear about Jerry. My prayers are for you all now. Hugs, Autumn

Romina said...

I'm so glad to see you!!! Your card us beautiful. Thanks for enjoying with us. Romina DT by digi Choosday

Anjie said...

Lovely make. Thanks for joining us in our Add some bling challenge at Digi Choosday
Anjie (DT)

(AJ) ArtJypsy said...

What sweet cards you have made. Love the 3-D effect on the bubbles, the papers and embellishment you chose.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Wow super stunning and absolutely gorgeous image and design. Great work and a real pleasure to visit your blog.

Thank you for sharing with us over here at Classic Design Team Open Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
[Annette Registered Owner/Admin for Classic Design Team Challenge]

TRACEY MO said...

So cute great image & love the extras with all that sparkle.

Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Tracey DT

Shirley said...

Your bubbles look so realistic and she has been coloured to perfection. Thanks for sharing another set of fabulous makes Donna.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x