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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Thursday, November 24, 2016


I am soooo glad to see you!

It's time for a new Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #36 theme is a favorite of teamie Caz - A Snowman - 

so get crafting and show us your snow people!
Challenge ends on December 7.

Products for my simply sweet card:
  1. My Besties Snowman IMG382
  2. Hero Arts "Sparkle" sentiment set
  3. Copic Markers, red grosgrain ribbon, Distress Inks, Deep Lagoon Versafine Ink
  4. Swiss Dot embossing folder, Heart die cut, SB Modern 5x7 Stationary dies
  5. Glitter Paper (glitter will not rub off), white, red, blue cardstock

My card is being used for the 

Hug a Heart Drive:

to brighten the holidays for the very young pediatric cardiac patients at Nationwide Children's Hospital. The husband of Our Blogging Buddy Christina Hor Designs is a cardiologist there.

This year, Christina and her children are creating mini 3D Christmas trees for each room in the intensive care and inpatient wings. With so many rooms, Christina has never been able to have a card for every child spends Christmas in the cardiac unit. 
This year, she is hoping to do that, but needs a little help from friends.
For more information please click here.
and a sweet thank you from me to my Sweet Friends!

On a Personal Note:

What happened? Did Old Man Winter make a mistake?
We were warned that our area MIGHT have a chance of frost Monday night.
Something unheard of for Florida in November.
Not only did we have a frost, but we were 30F degrees (-1.1C) for several hours.
So our vegetable garden and tender plants likely bit the dust. We'll know in a few days.
The front pasture was coated with a thick layer of icy frost until about 9AM this morning - VERY unusual for Florida in November! But pretty, none-the-less. (there is always a silver lining, right?)

So what caused this turn of events?

I think Shona Erlenborn's visit to Sanibel Island triggered the frost.
She flew down from New Jersey last week.
It **HAS** to be her fault, doesn't it?

In the meantime, Florida's weather is gorgeously welcome, with lower dew points for lower humidity, and highs in the high 70s to low 80s. We love it! And so would you, so head over our way and visit the fabulous theme parks in our area.

PS. The Barred Owls were serenading and laughing again last night!

I'd like to support the following Challenges please:
  1. A Snowflake's Promise #33 Anything Goes with Optional theme of Seasons 11/29 
  2. Come and Get It Challenges Nov 20 - "Get Well Soon" (as written above, this is for an inpatient pediatric cardiac patient in the Nationwide Children's Hospital) 11/26
  3. Crafting from the Heart #137 Anything Goes 11/28
  4. Crafty Creations #329 Christmas 12/7
  5. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #308 Anything goes CUTE! 11/26
  6. My Besties International Challenge Blog (Nov) Anything goes 11/28
  7. Scrapbook Stamp Society #105 Anything Goes 12/5

Thanks for stopping by!

Warm, Florida, Sunshiny Hugs,


brenda said...

A very quick visit to look at your latest creation (which is adorable Donna) and also ask that if you have the new blogger dashboard changes and dislike it as much as most seem to, then would you please take a quick look at my post today and add your support.

B x

Carole J said...

A beautiful Christmas card, Donna. I love the embossed snow and the glitter heart sun! I'm sure it will brighten the day of the young person who receives this. x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so cute sweetie and such fantastic colouring of the image. Sounds like you need extra woollies as you are not use to the cold. I hope your garden survives.

Shirley said...

Hi Donna this is gorgeous, Mr Snowman is stonkingly cute but the little kid hanging out of the bag is the best.

Been having internet issues, keeps dropping out all the time so we have switched providers. Hopefully this will do the trick and let me on line more often.

Off to see all I missed.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Melanie-Jane said...

Hi Dear Donna,

very sweet your card. I love the golden glitter heart...
Thank you for your sweet comment on my Christmas card, I got into the top 3 of your Challenge at Cards 4 galz :)
You were asking about the font of my watermark. I don't know the font. I bought my blog layout from Daphne and in the price you also get a watermark in black and white. So you would have to get in touche with her.
I hope that helps.
Have a great day,
Regards Melanie-Jane

Sue said...
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Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving the card.

Hope you haven't lost your vegetables to the frost.

Hope you are having a lovely day. Sue

SD pooja said...

I loved the shape of your snowy card Donna ! The images are cute :)

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I love the sweet snowman and gorgeous colours.
Linda xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous card and great colouring Donna.
Gr Karin
Thanks for join us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
Good Luck and hope to see you again

Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

Lori Kobular said...

Such an adorable Snowman! Love your card Donna and some sweet child will too!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Linda said...

It is a gorgeous and happy card, Donna! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. :)

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is stunning I love the image image you have used. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Chris said...

Fabulous and fun! Such a happy smiley snowman, beautiful colouring and a lovely clean design.
Can't believe it's colder in Florida than here in SE England! Very strange!!!
Hope your garden survives!

Bunny said...

Frost? In Florida? Say it ain't so. I'm in Jacksonville Beach which means we'll be colder than Sanibel.

Cute card. I like that you made it for a patient in the hospital. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

cotnob said...

A super Christmas card Donna, such a fun snowman and great design.

Anonymous said...

Very cute, love the snowman, nicely done xo Julie P

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well, no wonder you picked out a cute snowman to showcase in this design! He is certainly adorable and sure to bring smiles. That was very cold for you indeed and to get a frost. So sorry about your garden too! We had temps in the mid thirties this morning when I went to church but that is not unusual for us in our part of the country. In fact, we think of that as being quite mild. It did make it to the 50's but it has since cooled down and is now snowing.

Alexandra MacVean said...

Ohhh what a super cute card! I LOVE it! Adore the snowman. :)

Babs said...

Oh what a loveable image so cute and a lovely smiley face, I love your glittery moon too.

Hugs Babs x

Sharon said...

Your snowman and little girl are so cute Donna. Beautifully coloured and love all the snow detail.
Hope you are well.
Hugs Sharon. x

Jean Bullock said...

The card is beautifully colored (with my favorite color combination by the way) and is cute as can be. Love the shape too. Will try to make some cards for the children. No promises. But I will try. Happy Thanksgiving.

Christina said...

Oh I get a sneak peak of this cute and gorgeous card before it arrive! Yay! Thanks so much Donna for everything! I finally got a post about it up. Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs.

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely delightful display here, gorgeous colours too.xx {aNNie}

Dr Sonia S V said...

Oooh this is adorable !!!
Dr Sonia

KT Fit Kitty said...

So cute and adorable, Donna! I love your snowman! Beautiful background too! Sounds like your weather has been unusual! I don't like winter so I'm definitely not living in the right part of the world! It's way too cold for me! But on a positive note, I can stay inside where it's warm and make some cards! Take care and I hope you enjoyed your holiday!

Eret said...

Such a beautiful card. Love your coloring. Looks like a real snowman. It makes me want to build one. Sadly all the beautiful snow we had for few weeks is gone now. I would be very happy to have a temperature below zero. You can send all the cold to my way :)

Unknown said...

THE cutest snowman! Love your design and that texture that looks like they are in a snow storm! Your glitter heart makes my day shine! Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, my dear OD! xoxo

Lisa said...

This is the sweetest card my friend!! I absolutely adore the image!! You colored it perfectly!! I love the glow around the snowman, too!! And that sparkly heart is a perfect touch!! I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

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Sue Crease said...

Beautiful card Donna, such a cute image you have used here. Your snow falling (swiss dots) back ground is fab. Thanks for linking up with us over at Besties International this month.

Leslie Miller said...

So cute and perfectly colored, of course! I love how you expertly placed those Swiss dots. Yes, that's what's so nice about glitter paper -- it doesn't rub off, sigh. Gosh, sounds like winter has come to Florida! It's been raining like crazy here.

pam said...

This is such a cute snowman image Donna, beautiful colouring and embossing, love the fabulous card shape too..
Cannot believe you had frost too, your poor garden..
Hugs Pam xxx

Hazel said...

Thanks for entering your lovely crafting for CHNC challenge 308 – you could also enter this into my CHNC challenge extra for November - I'd love to see it there too x

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and shape and I love the embossing just around the image
carol x

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Such an adorable card!

Kaija said...

Very beautiful!Thanks for joining us at ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.Good Luck and Hope to see you again.Gr.Kaija Dt-member

Beebeebabs said...

Cute cute cute - did I say cute - love your card and adorable image thanks for sharing!!!

Beebeebabs said...

BTW hope you and your Family had a great Thanksgiving!!!

CherylQuilts said...

Oh my, Donna! This is one ADORABLE snowman and bestie! I LOVE it, and what beautiful coloring and a fabulous card! I love the layers and how you've embossed a portion of it (genius!), and what a great shape! Yes, this is going to light up the face of one precious child! Hugs, precious and loving friend! You are a joy! xoxo

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my goodness is that snowman ever adorable and I love the way it is colored, the glow around his head is just so sweet and Love the shimmer heart too, it is sure to bring sunshine to whomever receives it!!
Wow that low of temps down there that is something else, that would be a bummer if it messed up your garden.

Marilyn said...

Love this gorgeous snowman card!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful card with an adorable snowman who is coloured perfectly. I hope you are doing well, Hugs, Shirleyxx

SewPaperPaint said...

Love your fun winter card! Isn't he amazing and you've used him so well here. Just stunning! Big hugs, Autumn

Stampsnob. said...

She is the cutest little Bestie I could pinch her tiny cheeks .............Lis

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love your sweet little card! So adorable and so beautifully colored! Especially liking the little snowflakes formed by the embossing folder. Great idea with the sun heart! Are those Gold Gilding Flakes by any chance? Totally fun card!

StampinJessica said...

What a lovely card Dona !
Thank you for joining the Come and get it Challenge ! Hope we see you soon.
Hugs, Jessica DT

coldwaters2 said...

Oh my what a wonderful Winter Wonderland creation Donna, full of so much festive delight, I adore the image that is full of joy, super, super make
lorraine x

Scrap World da Leo said...

So beautiful project! Thanks for joining us over here at Scrapbook Stamp Society.
Good Luck!
Eleonora DT

MaryH said...

Thanks for all the info on Blogger's mess-up. I've commented at Brenda's forum, but I'm not seeing all that much distress (yet!) I am however, having trouble leaving a comment at one blog. It repeatedly asks me to choose a profile (even though I'm signed in, and use the google id) When I select the option, the rectangle with the selection is blank. I can't choose a profile, nor type a comment. (I email her since I have her email addy). I'm seeing lots of complaints at other blogs though. I loved the bright colors & cute image of this delightful Snowie & friend card, and I love that modern card die shape. I think you must have had colder temps than we've had. One night I think we had 29 but so far, don't think the plants outside got too distressed. Enjoy the cooler less humidity weather! Hugs & TFS (hope you had a great Turkey day and are feeling good too).

MaryH said...

Oops...forgot to say, did Shona take the cold back up north after her sunny visit ended? LOL

Janice said...

What a fabulous shaped card Donna and I love your snowman!
Janice x

Pia S said...

I was looking more closely at your coloring here. I'm trying to start coloring in my snowmen instead of leaving them all white and the way you used blue here really works. And you managed to make a curvy snowy landscape for him. A little yellow around his head adds light in a nice way. Sweet!

Delfina Moretta said...

Beautiful card! Thank you for joining us at My Besties International Challenge Blog

Sue said...

I love this card. Snowmen melt my heart, and the little girl is adorable.
Will be so special for a little one at Christmas. I have made some cards, and will get them off to Christina this week.


Pamellia said...

What a lovely card Donna! I just adore snowman images for Christmas, and this one is so sweet and adorable! Love the fun card shape and the bright and cheery colours too! Fantastic holiday design my friend, totally put me back in the Christmas spirit!

I think Mother Nature has completely lost her marbles, and I for one am a little annoyed. Here you are getting cold temperatures in Florida, yet I am in Canada and it's almost December and not even a frost yet!! I love winter, love everything about it, and last year we didn't even get a winter, so let's hope Mother Nature gets her act together soon. Bring on the snow I say!!!

*Vicki* said...

AWE!! Now how precious is this image!! I just adore your snowman and that pretty shimmer over the heart too!! The texture and design are so delightful and all very well thought out! Thanks for sharing this and I hope you and your family had a wonderful Thanksgiving! HUGS

Mrs A. said...

That's a really happy snowman and in aid of such a great cause.
We have very cold weather her too in the UK. Heating is struggling to keep abreast of it. Hugs Mrs A.