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

Monday, August 01, 2016

Sweet Dreamer Besties {Crafts Galore Encore}

Thank you for visiting!
So happy to welcome all my friends today.

Crazy weather, no matter where everyone lives -
so my hope is that you are comfortable, safe, and healthy.

It's time for another Crafts Galore Encore Challenge 

This month our theme is: Anything Goes using a digi or stamp anywhere on your project.
Our sponsor is:
Sherri Baldy's Besties

and the prize is these three images
and our Craft Galore Encore badges:

My projects used the little image on the far right (above).
On my cards, she is posed in different sizes, and in two directions.

Using two other Sherri Baldy Besties images, (IMG205 and IMG376)
I added the heart, flowers and butterflies to the little dreamer girl.

Pretty in Purple - with lots of fluttering butterflies.

I especially like the pink and aqua-turquoise color combination:

In the last card, the frame has been glittered and popped up.
First, I die cut the image using SB Triple Tear die cut, so that the image was perfectly centered:

Then I cut out the frame again, separately, distressed the inside edge with green ink,
and glittered the rest.
Around the edge of the frame are thin pieces of dimensionals.
Then frame was carefully matched with the base die cut:

She is so happy in her glittery habitat!

Thanks for visiting friends! Please be sure to enter the Crafts Galore Encore Challenge this month! You may enter up to 3 times.

On a personal note:

Our garden is rather bleak - it's too hot to grow anything and the bugs are having a field day (literally)!
So today we finished harvesting the "black-eye peas" and shelled them.

For those of you who don't know about them, black-eye peas are a traditional Southern food, and are quite good in salads, side dishes, stews, soups, patties, and more. Field Peas (Black-eye, Zipper, Pink-eye, Creamers, etc) are VERY high in potassium, and high in magnesium and B vitamins, with lots of other nutritional benefits as well. They tolerate the Florida summers rather well.

Products used:
  • Sherri Baldy's Besties - darling image - I call her "Little Sweetly Wishing"
  • Sparkle N Sprinkle Starfire Glitter G1017, Nuvos, Brushable Glue
  • Poppy Hampstead Butterfly Stem
  • Sue Wilson Canadian set "Toronto"
  • Spellbinders Triple Tear Circle, Petite Circles, Tear Drop Circle, Large Scallop Circle
  • Memory Box Quinn Flourish
  • Martha Stewart Laurel Leaf
  • Stampendous "Thoughful Wishes" set SSC1158
  • Penny Black "Sprinkles and Smiles" set
  • Hero Arts "You Sparkle" set
Challenges I'd like to support:
  1. Artistic inspirations Challenges #162 Anything Goes 8/15
  2. Besties International August Challenge Anything Goes 9/1
  3. Besties August Challenge UK - Anything Goes or Sparkle/Bling 9/1 two of my cards have lots of glittery bling around the mat!
  4. Craft Your Passion #323 Anything Goes 8/7
  5. Crafting with Friends #26 Anything Goes 8/10
  6. Crafty Gals Corner #82 Anything Goes 8/3
  7. Creative Craft Cottage #68 Anything Goes 8/7
  8. Incy Wincy Designs challenges (July 31) Anything Goes 8/15
  9. Jo's Scrap Shack #149 Anything goes 8/5
  10. One Stitch at a Time #267 Anything Goes with dies (please see list of dies above) 8/7
  11. Scrapbook Stamp Society Challenge #97 Anything Goes with Option of Summer (my little dreamer is surrounded outdoors in the midst of flowers, grass and her butterfly friends! 8/15
  12. Shopping our Stash #262 A Stitch in time (machine stitched the pink layer in the square card) 8/2
  13. Simply Papercraft  #34 Anything Goes 8/10
  14. The Crazy Challenge #228 Sunshine and Smile ( my yellow card is sunshiny and full of smiles!) 8/15 (sep post a few days after)


Desire Fourie said...

Donna these are just the cutest little Bestie creations. So fun and colourful.
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Linda Simpson said...

These are all gorgeous Donna, wishing you a blessed day.
Linda xxx

Andree said...

A wonderful selection of cards Donna. The different colourways and designs are all fabulous. The sweet image is adorable in all three xx

Beebeebabs said...

Wow beautiful cards love the embellishments - great job as always thanks for sharing!!!

Monica said...

Hi Donna, all these are beauties and I like the way you did them in so many different colour combos. ALL so nice, cannot pick out a fave. Thanks for visiting and always leaving sweet comments.

Happy crafting,


D K Crafts said...

Hi Donna, these are really beautiful cards, love the colours and layouts and the image is so cute. Donna

Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna sooo good to see a post from you and as always you never fail to delight with your creativity and talent..My these images have been made to loook sooo beautiful by you!!
Dr Sonia

DeBe said...

Stunning work as always Donna. Such beautiful and sweet creations! Love, Denyse x

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness these little girls are just precious, your coloring and framing of them is just fantastic!!
Sorry to hear about the heat hurting your garden, we have had bad heat too but thankful getting enough rain along with it.

Unknown said...

Just stunning! Thank you for participating in Jo's Fun Friday Challenge.
:) Michelle

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Hi Donna, your cards are very beautiful with all the gorgeous details and amazing colouring of the adorable images. I think it must be a bit of challenge to garden down south, but at least you get rain in the summer ? Take good care and big hugs, Shirleyxx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Beautiful coloring, Miss Donna. Each one a unique treasure! Especially love the last one with the way you did the frame. Very intricate work!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Gorgeous set of cards, Donna! Love all the beautiful die cuts, layering, and the sparkle! So sorry to hear about your garden - you black-eyed peas look good! I've not had fresh ones but I've had them in a canned bean medley - they are yummy!

SD pooja said...

So Adorable are those images an I love how you have used thm on card ,decrated beautifully around them.We have these bean in India !

NanaConnie said...

I love each one of these, Donna, but must admit a special fondness for the one in purple with all those lovely little butterflies! It's wonderful to be on a DT with you. :-D

Chris Dring said...

Wow! Three amazingly colored cards! Those images are adorable and your card designs are fabulous! Thanks for joining us at Shopping Our Stash!

Pia S said...

It took me a little time to see that this was the same image. The one on the yellow card look really different, but in fact it's the flip and cutting that makes it so, in addition to the impact of color. Lots of fabulous die cuts on the purple one, beautiful butterflies and glitter on the turquoise one and the very summery and sweet yellow one. It's always an inspiration to see how different the one and same image might look. They're all very beautifully designed.

Lisa said...

Your cards are so sweet and beautiful, Donna!! You've colored the image perfectly three times!! I love the designs of each card!! The sparkle you added is fabulous!! And I see lots of dies I need to add to my wish list!! Love these my friend!! They're so gorgeous!! And your black-eye peas look so yummy!! Love fresh veggies!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Linda said...

Donna, these cards are all gorgeous and I love the big eyes! Very sweet. I am so sorry to hear about your garden. Here in Montreal, Canada, many flowers have dried out and died in our hot and humid conditions...and among them one of my favourites...lilacs.

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Those images are just the cutest. Your colouring is perfect.

I'd heard of black Eye Peas, but never seen them. I love our green peas and the very tiny ones (think they are called Petite Pae, not sure on the spelling).

Hope you've had a good start to the week. Sue

Leslie Miller said...

What an absolute delight to see this pretty girl in her three different prettily colored worlds! Your coloring is just dreamy, Donna, and I don't know which I like best. I am partial to yellow, though, and I love the green shading around her. Fabulous use of your dies and design elements. I can just see you in your stamp room creating away. What fun!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow three amazing creations Donna the images are beautiful so are the die cuts, embellishments and card designs, excellent work.
lorraine x

Unknown said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous and oh another gorgeous card! Each one has so many details and lovely elements! Great colors, great designs.....just WOW!!!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Fantastic cards! Three of them! The colors are so vibrant and each card looks like you put a lot of work into them! I love these type of cards!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Donna, these are absolutely adorable. I just love how you colored them and how you framed them so wonderfully with those amazing dies.

pam said...

Three adorable cards using this cute image Donna, your colouring is just amazing.. love all three but the yellow & green image is so gorgeous in this pretty frame and lovely lace.
Sorry about your poor garden, a few months ago it was glorious.
Hugs Pam x

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your cards are gorgeous as always. i have just become a follower. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Patricia St Martin said...

Donna, Had to stop by and tell you how beautiful you're cards are. Always love your creations and enjoy your posts. Miss everyone but getting things done. Super hot here also, sorry to hear about your garden, I planted some Lavender plants this year. Looking forward to drying some of the flowers out next year, the plants smell wonderful. Wanted to say hello, so take care. Hugs Pat

Darlene said...

I just love these Sheri Baldy images and your coloring & designs are beyond FABULOUS!! Another beautiful and inspirational posting! Hope you're staying cool ... extremely hot here in Ohio too! CRAZY!!

SewPaperPaint said...

You have layered and colored these so beautifully! Wow! What a lovely collection and I do pray your garden recovers. Hugs, Autumn

Carole J said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna! I love all the details in these cards: the dies, the lace and the embossing. Brilliant colouring, too. x

Emma said...

Fab cards Donna you have been a busy little bee. xx

Planetsusie said...

Hi there de - I'm so chuffed to be on the same DT as you - I'm doing a happy dance under me desk!!!! Thought I'd pop by to say how much I love these cards that you've made for this month's challenge. They are all gorgeous and I couldn't even pick a fave if I was asked to - that is! lol. I always love the 'twiddly bits' you use (aka embellishments!). You really do have an eye for choosing the right ones for your design. Hugs to you teamie Sue Pxxx
PS We've just collected out broad beans, runner beans, garlic and courgettes (think you call the latter zuccini???) Our tomatoes are growing really well too! Have never tried black eyed peas (although I love their music - LOL LOL)

Lori Kobular said...

Donna each one of these cards is gorgeous! The image is so sweet and you colored them all so pretty! I love the embellishments you used on the cards, especially that beautiful lace! They all are so stunning!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous and sweet cards Donna
Gr Karin

Kellie 0:) said...

Your cards are gorgeous. TFS and joining us at Jo's this week for Funday Friday.

Maria Rodriguez. said...

Hello Donna: Thank you so much for visiting my blog and for leaving me such sweet words, I appreciate it with all my heart.
I'm in love with all of this amazing cards you made, the colors and details on each are breathtaking.
I'm very new at blogging, started in December of 2014 and I've been having a blast ever since, participating in challenges and discovering new ones.
The name of my blog reflects my love for the sport of Triathlon which I practice every day, keeps me healthy and on my toes to enjoy all aspects of my life, my sweet family and my amazing grandchildren.
Thank you again for visiting, I hope you come back again.
I'm subscribing to your blog, I don't want to miss your amazing creations.
Big hugs,
Maria Rodriguez.

Anne Temple said...

These are as sweet as can be. Love your coloring on both, especially their hair.

MaryH said...

What a lovely trio of Besties you've shared. While I think your coloring is always out of this world, I like best the way you present the images layered within the marvelous dies and the glitters & lace you always add to dress up the cards to make them especially your own. Great color choices (as it always is!) and I would be hard pressed to pick a favorite (but maybe the one with the gorgeous lace? Just cause I like lace!). Enjoyed the pic of the greenery too. Love black eyed peas, but don't think I've had in a salad. Would this be cooked or perhaps raw? Hmm! Stay cool, TFS & Hugs

Kaija said...

Gorgeous card!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good Luck and hope too see again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Donna, lovely images and pretty colours - lots of fabulous details as always.

crafty-stamper said...

Love the beautifully coloured images and sparkly die-cut frames -it has been quite cool with rain for about three days now-August and should be the height of Summer
Carol x

Unknown said...

Hi Donna . Popping by to see your beautiful creations after you left a beautiful comment on my blog . Thanku for popping by hope I see you again . And Thanku for sharing your blog with me , your newest follower
Kristyn xx
Owner and artist @

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

meine lange Reha ist nun schon einige Tage vorbei. Ich kann mir endlich wieder deine wundervollen Werke anschauen. Wow, du bist wirklich megafleißig gewesen und es sind so viele wunderschöne Werke entstanden. Von deinen Werken bin ich wie immer total begeistert. Jedes Werk für sich ist einfach nur wunderschön. Ich kann dir nur immer wieder große Komplimente machen für deine Werke. Die Besties Motive sind ganz zauberhaft und so wunderschön von dir gestaltet. Ganz liebe Knuddelgrüße Hugs Silvi

Stampsnob. said...

Isn't she just adorable Love what you did with her and the lace is fabulous ..........Lis

Unknown said...

Adorable Bestie images and wonderful designs. Thank you for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck in the draw and hope to see you again . Jennifer DT member x

KarinsArtScrap said...

and Donna

Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
Good Luck and hope to see you again

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Christina Hor said...

Oh what cutie images Donna and the coloring is beautiful! Absolutely love the bright colors and die you've picked. Very very cheerful and fun card. Truly will brighten up the day and melt the heart of the recipient. Have a lovely day! Hugs.

April said...

Super cute cards! Love all of them!

Cindy van Oorschot said...

Beautiful creations, love the colors. thanks for sharing with us at My Besties UK Challenge.

Pamellia said...

Not sure how I missed this post?! Wow Donna, I can't believe you coloured these images, wow!! You are so talented with those markers! Loving this set of cards, so many summery colours and glittery bits, love love love! Beautiful use of your die cuts as always my friend. sending hugs :)

thecraftycavalier said...

Stunning cards! Beautifully coloured and love the dies you've used.Thank you for joining us at My Besties UK :-) Hugs, Jayne x

Creaine said...

very nice!! Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Cottage. Good luck.
Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Creaine said...

Also great to see this post on the Crazy Challenge.
Good luck.
Groetjes van Ine (DT)

Tracey said...

Donna, these are stunning!!! My fave is the pink and Aqua too. I love all the fabulous little details you included and so many different dies to make these cards. Thanks for playing along this week and I hope to see you back again soon. Good luck!
Hugs, Tracey (One Stitch at a Time DT)

Unknown said...

These are all so beautiful! I love the different layouts and color combos. Thank you for joining us at Craft Your Passion. We would love to see you again!
~ Bonnie DT

Unknown said...

I love seeing this image 3 different ways. What a amazing little set. Thank you for sharing and joining us at Besties International. Good Luck

Sue said...

Sweet images, love the colors and your coloring too. Your cards always have so much to look at and enjoy. Lucky recipients!! Great dies and papers too.


Desire Fourie said...

Back with my DT hat on Donna. This is just the cutest little trio of Besties creations. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck and hope to see you play with us again.
{My Besties UK Challenge DT Member}
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

CraftingMum said...

Lovely card thanks for joining us at Artistic Inspirations Louise DT x

sussiecards said...

Your card is lovely, thank you for playing along with the UK Besties Challenge. Su

Unknown said...

Hi Donna! Amaizing job! Thanks for joing us an My Besties International Challenge Blog. Xoxo!

CherylQuilts said...

I am so very behind in commenting and visiting, sweet Donna. But I truly am delighted to see these absolutely beautiful My Besties! Wow, what eye candy! I am in love, and you've made the most beautiful and sparkling card! I love each one. You are so amazing, and what fun! So glad I visited with you today! Hugs! xoxo