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, March 30, 2017

A Little Fairy in Us All {Cardz 4 Galz}

I'm so glad you're here, dear blogging friends!
It is FAIRY NICE to see you!

It's time for the 44th Cardz 4 Galz challenge!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #44 is chosen by teamie Jan -and the theme is:  Fairy Nice.

Show us your cards using any and all manner of FAIRIES! 
Challenge ends on April 12.

I am using this incredible Fairy Tangles Umbrella Fairy digital image that I just HAD to purchase some time ago, but has never been used. Sound familiar? 

It's always a pleasure mixing and matching die cuts and making wonky frames.
For a little extra texture, I added sparkly Pine Star Embossing Powder to the Tonic Swirling Frame Layering Die Set, which has a slightly marbled appearance. It affords great coverage AND interesting cast of hues as it glitters and sparkles:

For a little extra interest, Meadow Sparkle Ultrafine Glitter (a slightly different color green) was adhered on the Tropical Flourish die cut.

The card is topped off with an old Hero Arts Poetic Prints Danselfly and REALLY old embellishment at the top left, and pretty flowers with feathers in the bottom left. Another oldie is the Martha Stewart Geometric Shapes border punch. I'm sad she is not making more punches - I really liked her line.

It is always a pleasure seeing your artful treasures,
so please come play with us at
Cardz 4 Galz.


Challenges I'd like to support please:
Stamping hugs to you!


aussie aNNie said...

Stunning card De, your colouring is exceptionally beautiful and the lovely frame around the gorgeous image. Loving the green feather to compliment this creation.
I didn't know MS no longer makes punches, I have around 80 of them so am happy to have these..have a lovely weekend and take care..xx ♥[aNNie]

Gertrude said...

WOW, die Karte ist wunderschön gestaltet, gefällt mir sehr gut
glg Gertrude

Valerija said...

Beautiful card, I love the image and colours.
Valerija xx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, WOW! That is stunning.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

ellyscard creatief said...

Beautiful colored caed and lovely design.

Monica said...

As I always say, Donna, your cards are like jewellery. This card is stunning with all it's richness. The image is divine, coloured in so well as ever and all the embellies shine.

Always a pleasure to be here and learn from your kind and wise quotes and what not.



Shona Erlenborn said...

Another beauty! I love the image first of all and the colors that you have incorporated are just gorgeous! Love the offset frame and the border frames are so pretty. Your sparkly embellishments are fabulous, they frame the image perfectly. Another work of art my friend!

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful card - love the choice of dies - another great creation thanks for sharing!!!

Pamellia said...

Wow Donna, this is just magical! I love all of your wonderful layers of fancy die cut borders, and that offset layer is a fabulous design element. Your flower arrangement with the glittery flourishes and the amazing green feather is pure elegance. I think the show stopper for me today though, is that incredible image! WOW, what a glorious fairy and you have coloured her to perfection with a cheery palette and amazing shading! This card is absolutely fantastical my friend!!

So all of our snow melted away on the weekend, but now we are expecting more today! I'm not as excited about it as I would have been a few weeks ago, so I'm hoping the warm temperatures will melt it lickety split! Sending hugs, hope you're feeling well today :)

Diane said...

Wow Donna, this is fabulous!! What a beautiful image this is..(oh if only 'I' could color like that)..thank goodness for!! I think your framework couldn't be any more perfect for her and of course the added sparkle is the 'frosting on the cake' so to speak...perfection all the way....another masterpiece my friend!!

*Vicki* said...

Donna, this is absolutely gorgeous! Love your coloring on this very detailed image and all of that sparkle really helps to set the tone of the whole design too!! Love the accent feather which goes very well with that image too!! Beautifully done my friend! Hugs & Smiles - *Vicki*

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, I'm in love with this card, Donna!! Wow!! What a stunning image...I can see her as a mermaid!! I love the colors and the way you framed her!! The layers and sparkle are fabulous!! Love, love this, my sweet friend!! So stunning!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

brenda said...

What a stunning card Donna, the image is a real beauty and the colours you have chosen compliment her to perfection and along with your careful attention to detail it all adds up to a gorgeous creation - I'm running out of superlatives.

B x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna this is stunning! I love the gorgeous fairy and beautiful card layout.
Linda xxx

Julie B said...

What a fab image Donna, love your wonky frame! :)

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card I love the fairy she is gorgeous and all the colours work so well together. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Linda said...

Your card is absolutely stunning, Donna!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous image and card Donna also a great design
Gr Karin

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Awesome, amazing, stunning. Great work. I love it. Great image and I am so glad you got her out and used her, she is fabulous. 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

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Donna, such a beautiful image and fabulous combination of dies - I love your colour choices and super design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, Donna, this is super gorgeous. I love the colors and all the fantastic layers. And, you blinged it up perfectly too.

pam said...

Stunning work my dear friend, what a beautiful image and those colours you have used are gorgeous, love the green frames and punched one from MS, have lots & lots never seem to use them nowadays Donna..
Hugs Pam x

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

There's just so much to like about this card that I can't possibly list it all. The coloring on the fairy -- her dress, her umbrella, her scarf -- all those tiny spaces to color in and done so perfectly. Her arm and elbow look so real, Donna. Boy I wish I could color like you. You are so talented! I also love that Tonic frame set; how pretty is that! This is just remarkable and so full of beautiful layering. You'd be so fun to sit and make cards with; I could learn so much from you.

Carole J said...

Such a stunning card, Donna! The fairy image is gorgeous and your colouring has really brought her to life. Beautiful framing using all those lovely dies. And feathers ... and glitter ... wow!! ... what more could a girl ask for? :) xx

MaryH said...

So much bright color, so much texture, and what an interesting design layout. LOVE that umbrella. Did you color the tangles or use paper piecing? Love all the different die shapes and the way you've framed out the focal point with the wonky asymmetrical piece, and of course the wonderful swirly glittery bits that make up the gorgeous bouquet. Oh my, this must have taken some time to create! Well done! TFS & Hugs

Barb Harmon said...

As always you created another beautiful card. The colors, layers, punches and the coloring of the fairy are magnificent

Conniecrafter said...

wonderful coloring of her and the framing is so creative and neat! I love the sparkle you have added to go along with the lovely flowers!

Angela Westland Australia said...

What a beautiful card, you have done a wonderful job with the layout and the coloring is superb. Very Well Done.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Angela DT for

Farida said...

Very creative!

I remembered decades ago, when I was in elementary, I had all the eagerness and enthusiasm to do arts and crafts in class. This is a great and conventional hobby. I'm sure the recipients of these art works will be so much delighted and appreciative.

Warm regards,


This is stunning! Lovely fresh and fruity colors!!

Hugs Aly!

Unknown said...

I always love your placement of your frames wonky or not and your wonderful use of glitter! You could teach me that and I can work with you on Vellum lol Loving the sweet Fairy image, look at all of those wonderful colors! Your flowers and feathers are the perfect accents! Holy Smokes, just checked out the price on that swirling die, yes 10 dies, but WOW! lol Love this....and you! Have a HAPPY day!

Stampsnob. said...

Gorgeous gorgeous gorgeous card That image is stunning ......Lis

KraftyKoolKat said...

Wow Donna this such a stunning creation. It has the wow factor. Such a gorgeous layout and fantastic colouring of the image.

Leslie Miller said...

What a beautiful, amazing, fantastic card with that incredible image! Your coloring leaves me speechless. You truly have a gift. And all those layered frames and special touches... another of your gifts. Of course, fairies leave plenty of sparkle everywhere they go, so you've got plenty of that, too. Perfect! Such a fun and gorgeous card, Donna!

Janice said...

A beautiful card Donna, using a great combination of dies. You always manage to put everything together to look like a work of art!
Janice x

Lori Kobular said...

OMG! Donna this card takes my breath away! It is so beautiful, the color combination is gorgeous, the dies you used are wonderful and I love the glitter! You are a master at combining dies!

Debi said...

Donna, you are the Queen of sparkle. Love the greens with the pink/purple contrast. Fabulous combination of elements. Thanks for sharing this at Tuesday Throwdown Challenge. Good luck. Hugs, Debi DT

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous image and fabulous colouring (love the hair)Donna great layout and love the jaunty angle frame
Carol x

Chris said...

Stunning!! Beautiful image, fantastic colouring and colour choice wonderful design, love it!

Sue said...

She is lovely and you have colored her up to perfection. The greens are all so pretty and the tipped frame looks perfect with her. Awesome card, Donna.


TracyM #6773 said...

DELIGHTFUL card Donna!
LOVE your image (yes, been there, done that), LOVE your colouring and ADORE your creative layers!
Thank You for joining us at the Crafty Gals Corner :)

Sian said...

Beautiful card! I love that image and the layered frames.