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

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Beautiful Pansies - Sparkle N Sprinkle February Reveal

Hello, marvelous blogging buddies! I hope 2017 has been good to you.
Thank you for joining me today!

Welcome to the ALL NEW Sparkle N Sprinkle
 February Reveal Blog Hop!


We have another HUGE reveal for you this month, plus something new!
The new sets are 20% off until February 3, 2017, so after the blog hop, hop on over to the NEW STORE and have fun shopping - be sure to check out the OTHER amazing new products as well! With names like TONIC and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

SNS also has a brand new blog, which can be found here!

On February 3, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will be selected from the comments left on all the Designers' blogs listed below. Please leave a comment with each designer to be eligible for the Grand Prize. It's always a mystery which designer has the winning comment! The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.

 There are SEVEN new fantastically-eclectic rubber stamp sets being released this month, 

a Digi Only Bundle set full of extras, including the papers! 

Also, when you purchase the digi versions of any of the SNS rubber sets, you are getting lots of extras that aren't available otherwise.  These extras include a cut file set to work with the rubber or digi image, may include additional images or sentiments not available with the rubber version, and occasionally digi papers! (NOTE: Cut files work with electronic cutting machines).

You're definitely going to want both the rubber versions as well as the digi versions of all our new releases.

It's Demo Donna on the SNS YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to REVEL IN all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques! But even more - PREPARE TO BE ENTERTAINED!  Each week a new technique is shared, and each month, a new video kit is revealed!

The supporting cast of stamp sets:

  *815 Leafy Flower Spring Wreath  
            Leafy Flower Spring Wreath digi version DIGI815B
  *826 Pansies (set one) 
           Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS
           Pansies fabulous digi bundle version including papers DIGI826-833FS
  *832 Girlfriend Support Set 1 
           Girlfriend Support Set 1 digi version DIGI832
  *833 Pansies in Teacup (set two)
           Pansies mini digi set DIGI826833FS
           Pansies fabulous digi bundle version including papers DIGI826-833FS
  *835 Sitting Pretty Kitty  
           Sitting Pretty Kitty digi version DIGI835LS)
  *836 Luck of the Irish Enchantress - St. Patrick's Day
           Luck of the Irish Enchantress digi version DIGI836LS
 * 837 Rory's Lucky Clover - St. Patrick's Day 
           Rory's Lucky Clover digi version DIGI837LS)
  * Eleven Watercolor Papers - Purple Pink (to coordinate with the pansies) DIGI4003FS 

My Terrifically Talented Teamies in blog hop order:

Donna (you're here)

(*Tip: if you have difficulty with a particular link, try clicking on the Designer's blog title to send you to their Home page.)

I am featuring the incredible new Pansies Digital Bundle, including decoupage sheets, black and white images, colored images, 4 lovely sentiments, cut file set, PNG and JPG images, and 11 beautifully coordinated digi papers! It's a great value, especially if purchased at 20% off!

During a recent "girly" luncheon, artist Tracey-Lynn Miller provided these beautiful pansies which are featured on a gift bag, make-and-take cards, name place cards, and napkin rings! The guests loved these, and took them home to enjoy.

First -- easy, beautiful NAME PLACE CARDS:

Arrange four of the PRECOLORED teacup images on an inexpensive white piece of card stock. I used the JPG color versions because these do not have transparent backgrounds. They have a lovely, soft, water color effect around the teacup. Type the names prior to printing, or die cut teacups and then hand print/write the guests' names:



(boo boo time!)

Arrange several of the PNG colored pansies on inexpensive card stock, leaving enough room for an electronic cutter or for your own dear hand fussy cutting (shown at left).

Use coordinating colored cardstock, or print your own from this set - or even make your own coordinating designer paper (shown further below in this post). Cut it into strips, and "double wrap" the circles to give them a little more strength to hold the napkin in place (see photo below).

Place the cut out elements as desired. NOTE: I wasn't thinking correctly, and placed the 3 pansy heads in perfect spacing on the ring, however, I forgot to turn them "sideways" so that they would be facing each guest vertically, instead of horizontally (sideways). So keep that in mind when creating your napkin rings, or any other similar projects.

I also used some punched leaves for visual interest. As much as I wanted to add glitter, I thought the colors were pretty enough without it, and maybe glitter on the dining room table was not such a good idea (giggle).

This photo shows both the inside of the rings, as well as other angles:

Creating beautiful, easy cards, using traditional methods with digital images:

Recipe is for 12 cards:
  • 1 white card stock for printing out all the digital sentiments, spaced apart for the die cut.
  • 3 white card stock for printing interior sentiment
  • 2 white card stocks for the precolored digital pansies in teacup image, spaced apart for the round die cut.
  • 3 green card stock for layers, run through the embossing folder, and distressed with ink.
  • 3 pink card stock for layers.
  • 6 artichoke green papers for the folded card base.

This is an example of using digital products in a traditional method:

The pretty sentiment is die cut from two directions,
so half the cards are a little different from the first half.
(Don't ask me where that line came in on the photo below - it's not in my Photos anywhere else except on the blog LOL)

I used 1/4" Tear-ific Tape to adhere the panels.

There are now 8 great sizes of Tear-ific Double Sided Tape to accommodate a number of Crafting Mediums and papers.

Making the GIFT BAG

Making your own designer papers is easy if you have the right tools and images.

In this case, the green splattered digi paper was selected. Place it on any word processing document.

Then I randomly placed the leafy pansy heads on top of the green paper, tilting them so they are at various angles. I did the same with the various leaves, and plain pansy heads. There are two sizes of the plain pansy heads on the paper.

Print out 3 sheets of the paper and assemble the bag. Before adhering the front and back panels, I added the white cardstock which was punched with a border punch.

Next, lace and pom poms were added with a larger leaf vine and another leafy pansy head.

I will make a lot more of these papers! It was fun!

Here are some better instructions, and other samples:

Quick Sample Ideas for creating fully digital projects:

The REALLY GREAT THING about Digital Papers:

  1. You can print them out AS THEY ARE NEEDED, so that there is no stock piling of papers in a craft room.
  2. Using your word processor, (or a more sophisticated app), you may customize them using any properly-created PNG images.
  3. They can be sized to your specific requirement.
  4. For EASY FINDING, save them by name on your hard drive OR on "secret" Pinterest Boards so only you can see them (we discourage digital piracy). A simple scroll through the board locates the grouping you want.
  5. Or use your PHOTOS app on any computer, or mobile device.
  6. Create a book of samples and file according to your needs.
  7. Create traditional projects with lots of paper layers, or a completely digital project with lots of digital layers for lower postage rates.

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products:

Other Products:

  • MS Vintage Floral Punch
  • Memory Box Pinpoint Scallop Circles
  • SB Classic Circles
  • Sizzix Sizzlet leafy branch
  • SW Pierced Flags
  • Deco Art Glamour Dust Paint (Ice Crystal)
  • CB Swiss Dot EF

On a Personal Note:

Our Tulip Tree, azaleas and camellias are blooming!
(tulip trees are actually a part of the Magnolia family)
They bloom before leaves are present. 
Ours is only about 20 feet (6.1 meters) tall.
The blooms are a bit larger than my open hand.

Challenges I'd like to play in:
  1. Come and Get it Challenges (Jan 27) 3 or More Layers 2/5 (my card has 5 layers plus the base card, the napkin rings have 5 layers of cuts
  2. Classic Design Team Open Challenge Blog #11 Anything for a DT goes 3/1
  3. Crafting from the Heart #145 Anything Goes 2/5
  4. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #18 Anything for a DT goes 2/15
Thanks for visiting today!
Stamping Hugs,


Shona Erlenborn said...

Well, you certainly know how to take things to the extreme! How creative, you really rocked these digi sets of pansies. I'm in awe of you imagination, Donna!

Anne Temple said...

Gorgeous projects! Love all the step by steps. I know your friends loved them too!

Jessica K said...

WOW! WOW! WOW! I love this suite of products and I am going to be making some of these myself thanks to your super detailed instructions! The projects are GORGEOUS!

Denise Bryant said...

Gorgeous details and coloring on this beautiful ensemble! So many extra special touches on your projects... what a treat!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, you made so many awesome projects with these gorgeous images! Beautiful gift set! Love your tulip tree - I've seen these around here in the spring and always thought they were Magnolias and now I'm happy to learn they have a name! The new release looks great - I see a kitty!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Impressive! I don't know where to start, except that this luncheon had the most beautiful place settings, cards, bags, napkin rings, etc. Just all around fabulous! I am always impressed by you, and you continue to amaze me. Love everything!

And, your tulip tree is so beautiful! Ours won't bloom for another few months.

Pam English said...

Oh my goodness! I may have to start getting me some of those digital sets to play with

Unknown said...

Love the tea cup and pansies!!!!!

Lena said...

OMGoodness, I keep going back for one more look and one more Wow! What a gorgeous set of goodies you created! I love the precoloured images and the great tutorial on how to create your own papers. Thank you so much!

Valerija said...

Amazing projects. Love them all.
Valerija xx

Karen said...

Oh my! Donna, you have gone above and beyond the call of duty.. which is nothing new for you. :) This is bursting with inspiration! The stamp set is gorgeous as is, but you have truly showcased it to most unbelievably beautiful level. Exquisite work, my dear friend! Thank you for the crystal clear tutorial. :) Have a beautiful day!

Hugs and blessings,

craftieodmae said...

WOW! Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning post De, I just love everything here, the pansies are just so pretty. Hope you are well.xx{aNNie}

Sue said...

Hi Donna, The Pansy range is fab. My dad use to plant Winter Pansies, as he said they cheered the garden up during the dull months.

Loving your Magnolia/Tulip Tree.

Hope you have a lovely day. Sue

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna you sure have been busy! These are all stunning!
Linda xxx

KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow you have really worked hard on this set sweetie. Every element is gob-smacking gorgeous. You are so talented. I am always telling you but I don't think you believe me.

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow Donna what a gorgeous project you have made, great colours.
Gr Karin

ionabunny said...

Your projects are gorgeous. So many great ideas. Love the tulip tree. What a beauty. Hugz

Diane said...

Well my friend, you certainly blew our socks off with this GORGEOUS! Love, love the entire creativity of using the digitals....stunning!!!
What a pretty tree, we have snow now and it's to be 53 on next Tuesday...then back to the 20's..go figure...oh well that's Michigan for ya!! have a great day and what an amazing reveal!

daisydilly (vicki) said...

Love love love this.

Cindy Pryor said...

Wow! So many creative ideas for using digital images. You inspire me to try new things!

Lori Kobular said...

Wow Donna!! You have been very busy! I love all your projects, pansies are one of my favorite flowers! I love how they are the first flowers you can plant outside where I live and they always remind me of my Nana! Beautiful projects, each and the napkin holders!

SewPaperPaint said...

Donna, you really went wild with this gorgeous collection and I am so very inspired!!! How lucky they are to have you designing with these gorgeous digis. Love love every detail of your stunning projects. Thanks so much for starting my day off with this amazing inspiration. Hugs, Autumn

Eret said...

Fabulous use of digis. I love everything you made with this beautiful digi set. My favorite is your gift bag. I adore this costumized pattern paper. Really stunning projects!

Unknown said...

Love the entire set and how you tied it all together! Pansies are one of my favorites and live the colors!!

Becky said...

Beautiful, Donna. What program or app do you use with your digital images? I'm intimidated by photoshop. :-)

Love your tulip tree, too.

karlalala said...

OHMYDOG!!! Talk about going above and beyond!! You Rocked the Digi's Gurl!!

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, everything is amazing, Donna!! You've showcased the new release perfectly!! I absolutely love the cards and the napkin holders...heck, I love everything!! The colors and designs are fabulous!! The recipients will treasure these!! And your tulip tree is so beautiful!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Pia S said...

How fun it looks to make your own DPs! Great idea to put a sentiment on the paper too. This looks like loads of fun, making personalized items for a party and they sure make the table look extra special too. Thanks for the ideas and the how to instructions!

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna everything is so pretty I love all your creations. We have a Magnolia tree too it isn't in flower yet. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Belinda said...

Wow Donna these are beautiful!!!! I really love this digi set and the background papers are gorgeous! You always amaze me with your creations.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

This is such a beautiful image. I love how you incorporated it into your table setting. TFS

pam said...

Wow what stunning creations today Donna, I do not do Digital, so I`m lost! but your gorgeous image and colors are so beautiful and wonderful sentiments too.
We also have a Magnolia tree and Camellias, but to early for flowers yet, yours is gorgeous.
Hugs Pam x

Stampsnob. said...

Love what you did on those pretty tea cups....Lis

Kelly G said...

Love all of your projects!

Donna said...

Your projects are just amazing Donna! You used my favorite set in the new release! Thanks for the inspiration!

Mary Ann said...

Love these projects! So many great ideas!!

Gina H said...

Wow! What great projects and tutorial! I pinned it for future reference!

Conniecrafter said...

Beautiful creations with this lovely set!! the napkin holders are so sweet, lovely card and the bag is so pretty with it's borders.
The Azaleas are just beautiful, getting me itchy for spring to come, just love the flowering trees and bushes!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Omg this is awesome! Have to read over again. Thank you for the tutorial!!

TracyM #6773 said...

WOW - Donna - you have created such WONDERFUL projects with these digis!
LOVE them ALL, from the napkin rings & place cards to the gift bag and card!
The pansies are DELIGHTFUL and I feel SO INSPIRED => THANK YOU for sharing :)

Dana Johnson said...

Donna your projects are so beautiful!! Thanks for joining us at the Come and Get it challenge. ~DT Dana

N-Eva said...

Love these projects so much! The details are perfect! Thank you for sharing your wonderful project with us at Come And Get It challenge.Neva

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, I'm simply in awe! I imagine your friends were in awe, too, when they came to lunch. Perhaps they've come to expect such incredible-ness at your luncheons, but still in awe, spellbound. Everything is so gorgeous!!! Your place setting is so beautiful. I have some antique dishes, similar. You've certainly shown the ease and benefits of working with pre-colored digital images and papers. Otherwise it would take forever to pull this off. It was probably quite time consuming as it is. Bravo, my very creative friend! Also... we have tulip trees in our area, and they do bloom very early. A neighbor had a huge tree with lavender blooms, but it blew down in a storm a couple years ago. Sad. You could see it was quite old. Rather decrepit looking, actually.

*Vicki* said...

Wow Donna!! You have really shown off this image in so many creative and useful ways for sure!! You have made everything so elegant and stunning! Such a beautiful job in every way my friend! Thanks for sharing! HUGS

Bunny said...

Wow! This is lovely. Thank you for joining us at Come And Get It challenge. Bunny DT

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Wow amazing work with these pre-printables. Love them all. Great job.

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]

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Back again, and again just love this.
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

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

Just love all the ways you have used these pansies Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Michelle DT for

Wanda said...

wow, you sure know how to throw a fantastic luncheon! Your guests are so lucky to have this beautiful layout for them. You are so very creative. Thank you so much for sharing your talent with us!
Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Wanda DT World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

Helen said...

A beautiful selection of projects!

Thanks for joining us at the Classic Design Team Open Challenge.

Helen x