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

Thursday, December 08, 2016

A Little Wine, Anyone? {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

YAYYYY! You are here!

Now we can share some wine! I have a fun Sparkle N Sprinkle card share for a new Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #37 theme is selected by teamie Babs - Anyone For Cocktails?  

so get crafting and show us your favorite cocktails!
Challenge ends on December 21.

My sparkly card has two borders using a Fleur de Lis theme. The bottom portion is actually the flap of the card front. I used a strip of 1/2 inch Tear-ific tape on the inside, burnished Sangria Star EP424 embossing powder on it, and heat set:

This card uses 4 colors of embossing powder:

Sangria Star Embossing Powder
1) The base of the card is white, with the front portion having been punched with a Fleur de Lis border punch by EK Success. On the interior flap is a strip of Tear-ific tape burnished with Sangria Star Embossing Powder  EP424 and heat set. The edges of the watercolored panel are heat set "distressed" with the same EP. 

2) The wine glass was colored with Copic Markers, coated by a VersaMarker Pen, then dredged with Clear Detail embossing powder and heat set, to give it a shiny appearance.

3) The sentiment is stamped in VersaMark and heat set with White Detail embossing powder.

4) The "pink" leafy vine was die cut from white paper, colored with copic marker, "colored" with VersaMarker, and heat set with Opaline Embossing Powder (one of my favorite EPs for its versatility).
Opaline Embossing Powder

Here is the card against a white background. Unfortunately, the white border becomes lost. But the white surely does show off all the richness of the "grapie" goodness!

Here is a close-up of the Clear Detail embossing powder on the wine glass. I love the Burgundy Glitz Glitter color with the deeper "wine" colors:

The water color panel was created using Nuance Watercolor Powders.

Using a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen,

I sprinkled a little more Burgundy Glitz Glitter along the water color panel. It looks like sparkling wine dancing across the page:

We want to see all you LUSHES out there!

I mean,
we want to see all your luscious cocktail creations!

Link it up here: Cardz 4 Galz

On a Personal note:
Sigh! Our last bean crop before that unexpected, heavy freeze we had 2 weeks ago:

Yesterday we awakened to a very humid 75F (24C) and
in a few days we are expected to have another freeze.
I feel badly for the farmers - and all the wildlife!

My Christmas cacti have begun blooming!

Have you ever seen a white one? This one is getting ready to bloom!

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to Support:

  1. 4 Crafty Chicks Challenges #328 No Pattern Papers! 8/15
  2. 613 Avenue Create #192 Anything Goes 12/31
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft #33 Anything Goes 12/13 (sep post day aft)
  4. Artistic Inspirations #169 Anything Goes 12/20 (sep post)
  5. Classic Design Team Open Challenge blog #9 Anything Goes 1/1
  6. heARTful Stamping Challenge #1 Anything Goes 1/4 (1st Mon)(weekly Mondays)
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #47 Anything Goes 12/14
  8. Robyn's Fetish Challenges #345 "Square or Rectangle Cards" 12/11
  9. Scrapy Land #55 Anything Goes with SL Dies 12/19 (dies listed above)
  10. Unicorn Challenge Blog "Add Some Glitter" (Glitter trail in middle of card, Glitter in the Embossing powder on edges of card, Glitter around the stamp image panel, Glitter on heart)
  11. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #16 Anything Goes 12/15

Thanks for stopping by!


brenda said...

What beautifully vibrant colours Donna and adore that beautiful background you have created.

I missed that you had a cold snap, never associate that with Florida but the whole world weather seems upside down the last year or two.

Thanks for your kind words about my Art Deco work and when you mentioned it I remembered we visited the district on one of your trips to Miami, strange how the memory dims and I needed that prod to remind me.

B x

Carole J said...

Ohhh - such gorgeous 'grapie' goodness, Donna! Such a beautiful background and wonderful use of EPs. Magnificent cacti, too! xx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a beautiful card. I love the colour mix.

I had a Christmas Cactus like your pink one. It started as a cutting from one of my mum's plants. It grew really quickly and would give me flowers before, during and a little after Christmas. Last year it didn't flower and started to die off. Think it had just come to the end of it's life. I saw a white one in a shop the other day. usually you only see pinks and reds.

Enjoy those beans. You can't beat home grown.

Have a nice day. Sue

aussie aNNie said...

Hi De, what a beautiful colour on your card, cheers to you on a wonderful work of creativity. Love the strong colours which all look lovely together. Your Christmas Cactus is just stunning.... I have a few of these at home but nothing as vibrant as yours. Take care.xx{aNNie}

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, this is stunning, Donna!! Wow!!! I absolutely adore the background!! The colors are phenomenal!! I love how you added the sparkling wine dancing across the page :) The borders are beautiful!! And the wine glass is fabulous!! I love how you framed it!! Absolutely spectacular my friend!! I love everything about it!! Thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!!

Your last batch of green beans look of my favorite veggies!! Your Christmas Cacti are stunning!! Mine's blooming, too but it's orange :) Have a great day sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a very beautiful creation Donna. Your Cacti are breathtaking too. You obviously have green things as well as being fantastic at crafting.

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Wow gorgeous vibrant elegant sparkly designs! They remind me of Valentines in the bright reds and with the hearts. Fantastic :) Thanks for your kind words at my blog :) Hugs xxx

Abfabdesigns said...

Great background and love all the embossing
Love your plant xxxx

Chris said...

This IS truly luscious Donna, wonderful vibrant colours, love all the embossing and sparkle.
I have a white Christmas has finished blooming didn't wait for Christmas!

Linda Vich said...

Donna I love your luscious card! The colors are spectacular and serve as a lovely backdrop for the wine glass! Hope you have a holiday glass for me!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna this is fabulous! I love the glitter and wonderful sentiment.
Linda xxx

Linda said...

Gorgeous and cheerful card, Donna! I love all the colours and details.

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card - love the background and image and all the beautiful embellies you did a great job as always and also thanks for sharing the photos!!!

Sherri Thacker said...

WOW! Your card is stunning and I love the sentiment!! Those green beans look delicious too!

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I just fancy a lovely glass of wine right now. The beans look yummy and the Christmas Cactus look spectacular. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Unknown said...

mmmmm grapie goodness! Love your card and all of your special and sparkly details! I love the Fleur de Lis theme running through it and how your wine glass shines and shimmers and is half full! I'm always optimistic! ;)

Lori Kobular said...

Donna this card is gorgeous and now I feel like a nice big glass of wine! I love how you did the wine glass, it looks real! The colors are so brilliant! Your Chrismtas Cactus looks beautiful! For some reason I can never keep them alive!

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Absolutely beautiful creation. Love the colour and design and the sentiment is just perfect. Nice work. 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]

Verna Angerhofer said...

That card is drop dead gorgeous! Wonderful colors and I love all the dies, layers and shimmer effects you added to it. I also enjoyed the photos of your green beans and those pretty Christmas Cactus plants. I had one of those years ago but never replaced it after it died...not sure if I killed it somehow or what but it was an old, old plant when it met it's demise.

NanaConnie said...

Ah, yes, this is a post from my friend, Donna! Lots of sparkly and fabulous die cuts. Love your color combo and that scrunched ribbon is fantastic!

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Another gorgeous card with tons of layering and colors. Love the colored embossing powders you used. I have to try this; it's stunning.

pam said...

Gorgeous card design Donna, love the vibrant colours and sparkle on the fabulous background, beautiful border and ribbon.
Enjoy your beans, those cacti are gorgeous, seen these white ones but never had one.
Hugs Pam x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wowser! Love it! Love wine! Love that glass! This is just gorgeous Donna! Great background too.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Back again, and again, just stunning work.

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

Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Unknown said...

Stunning card,thank you for joining in with us at world wide open and good luck

Shirley said...

Hi Donna fabulous background for the wine glass it makes everything pop and the ribbon creation on the side is fabulous, matches the colour scheme to perfection.

Bit partial to a drop of wine myself especially at the weekend. Choice of tipple is a medium sweet white tend to like the German wines the best. Queen of lush is right here sweets. lol

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Conniecrafter said...

Very cool, I love what you have done with the embossing powder and the glitter and that background is just awesome!!
I had heard you all had a freeze down there that is a bummer, how lovely to have a blooming plant this time of year, so Lovely!

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Donna, I love it when you stamp! You're very good with the Brushos. It looks absolutely dreamy. The sprinkling of glitter across the background is what enchants me most of all, sigh. My Versamarker just up and dried out and I'd hardly used it. Hahahahaha, I laughed out loud at your lushes/luscious comment! Gorgeous Christmas cacti! I do have a white orchid in bloom. Crazy weather!

Janice said...

What a fabulous card Donna! I love the colours, borders and design - something very different!
Your cacti are just beautiful.
Janice x

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Donna, such beautiful colours and fabulous background - a super card.
My Christmas cacti must be very confused, they have already flowered and are completely finished already - yours are beautiful.

crafty-stamper said...

I was just taking a sip of wine as I read your post title lol-fabulous card love the heat embossed glass and all the sparkle-my Christmas Cacti are the same as Paulines completely covered in flowers midsummer-finished and gone and not sure if it will flower next year as took me over a month to find the smallest caterpillar which has eaten all the new growth!!!
Carol x

Chrissy said...


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

Chrissy DT

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Such a great card! Excellent design

aussie aNNie said...

Hi again DE. The template is via mail, but it arrived here in Australia within two weeks I think so not bad. It is made of a sort of hard 'plastic' and has different sections where you draw around and cut out. Not like the cameo or dies, means a bit of work but love them...have several now...xx{aNNie}

Pamellia said...

What a gorgeous card Donna! I don't think the border gets lost at all, I think it is a wonderful accent piece that doesn't steal focus from your incredible background or fabulous image!! The colours are just amazing, and I do adore that wine glass image. Is it wrong that your card makes me crave some Wildberry Sangria!!! lol.

I didn't realize that you grew crops as well, how wonderful is that! Next summer, I should like to see some pics of that!! Your Christmas cacti is just beautiful, love the hot pink colours!

We finally got a couple of good frosts and we even had a couple of millimetres of snow, although it didn't last long. I ran quick as a bunny outside to grab some pics! They are saying more snow for Monday night, so keep your fingers crossed that I wake up to a Winter Wonderland Tuesday morning. sending hugs my friend :)

Pia S said...

The brusho background looks amazing. And the punched border with white gaps are great details. It's colorful, it's sparkly and it looks beautiful!

Helen said...

Great card - love the background you've created.

Thanks for joining us at the Robyn's Fetish Challenge.

Helen x

Stampsnob. said...

So vibrant and the cactus is splendid MERRY CHRISTMAS DONNA ..............Lis

Christina said...

WOW the background so amazing Donna! The colors are so vibrant which really make the white border pop. And I love all the sparkles! Your card will put the recipient in a very happy celebration mood for sure.

Your green beans look so yummy! Our gardening ended way back in early October. The tomatoes didn't do too well this year but at least we got to enjoy plentiful of the green beans and cucumbers. And I love your Christmas cacti! So beautiful.

Have a great day Donna and happy holiday! Warm hugs!

Chris said...

So many wonderful details packed into this card - love it! Thank you for helping me kick of my new heARTful stamping challenge this past week...please come again!

coldwaters2 said...

Wow Donna this is a card that has impact the colours are so beautifully vibrant and juicy looking, love the design and sparkle, amazing creation
lorraine x

Leanne said...

Wonderful and love the shine to the glass. Those cacti are pretty as well. Thanks for playing our challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Leanne DT/LPCF

Nance said...

Beautiful card full of color and loveliness! Thanks for joining us at 4 Crafty Chicks this week!

KarinsArtScrap said...

I have missed this one Donna it's beautiful.
our plant was blooming too.
Gr Karin

KT Fit Kitty said...

Your card is beautiful, Donna! I especially love the ribbon! The wine glass looks amazing with the glossy effect of the embossing powder! Sorry for the short comment but I am very behind after being offline for a week!


Karen said...

Hello, my dear friend! I am so thankful to be back visiting now after an overwhelmingly busy few months! Thank you for sticking with me. :) Your card is as exquisite as ever... I am enamored with the vibrancy and elegance! That is not an easy combination to pull off so flawlessly. Gorgeous design as always, Donna! Have a beautiful weekend. :)

Hugs and blessings,

Rae Ann said...

Love the colors and all of the sparkly goodness! The crinkle ribbon is gorgeous!

Thank you for joining us at Li’l Patch of Crafty Friends for our challenge.

Handmade by Veer said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors and the design!
Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Veronique DT for

Handmade by Veer said...

Beautiful card! Love the colors and the design!
Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Veronique DT for

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Gorgeous! I love all your sparkle and your embossing ... but I really love that background! Looks like the most magnificent northern lights, and is truly gorgeous. Wow!

cotnob said...

Hi Donna, I just popped back to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

MaryH said...

When I first saw this, I thought "brusho", but then read about the watercoloring. Reading further through the post, aha! It WAS some brusho work! This is just fabulous, and love the play on words with the imagery and the EP you used. Wonderful old S/B die to trim that border, and I forget about using the oldie goldies from S/B. It's so ultra elegant, just right for the celebratory tipple. Today in MB, it's a lovely mid-80's, with a cool, soft breeze. However SIL thought the humidity was getting too much, so closed up and a/c is on. Merry Christmas to you & DH, with very best wishes for a wonderful, healthy 2017. Hope the freeze holds off until we head back north! Hugs, TFS and many thanks for your encouraging friendship...a blessing indeed.