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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Friday, March 31, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle's Corner Garden Digital Tutorial BLOG HOP

It may be April 1, but no fooling around here!
WELCOME to a bonus edition of the Sparkle N Sprinkle April 1 Stamp Reveal!

If you have arrived here by way of my gifted teamie Belinda you are in the right place!

For details about the blog hop, please click here.

For a chance to win the Blog Hop's GRAND PRIZE,


for a second opportunity to win this versatile Corner Garden mega digital bundle,

please leave a comment below stating what you like in particular about this digital set, and what you would like to do with it.  Don't forget to comment on everyone else's blog for a chance to owin this digital bundle. Random winner from eligible comments will be announced on April 3.

This is a picture laden post. Feedback from my followers is that you appreciate step-by-step photos, rather than a written tutorial.
I fear that the post may possibly be too long for the Feedburner email posts. If you do not see the entire tutorial and are interested, I hope you will click on the title at the top of your email and come to my blog. If that does not work, please email me. I will try to send you a PDF version.



This post is meant to help newbies to the world of digital crafting.

The ideas are stuffed into a few cards, so I hope you will view the simplicity in the cards merely for ideas. Hopefully some of the buzz words will help new digital crafters find the tools needed in your existing software.

Let's begin the journey using this beautiful Corner Garden mega digital bundle by artist Tracey Miller. The set includes papers, sentiments, black-and-white images, and vibrant, precolored images.

Many of the things we do with conventional rubber stamping can be done with digitals.
It's often faster, and less expensive because it's all done on the computer.

The perks include:
  • No storage room needed, 
  • No big mess if done completely digitally,
  • Ease of assembling, 
  • Takes very little crafting space,
  • Finding papers on line is relatively easy and usually inexpensive,
  • Playing around to see which papers you like with which images,
  • Little clean up involved unless messy techniques were employed,
  • Resizing the papers and images to suit your needs without having to purchase multiples of the same image.
  • You will never run out!
  • Cards can be extremely simple or very complex. 
  • Projects can be compiled a little at a time and saved on the computer until you have time to print and complete.
  • You may leave your scrapbook pages and paper projects as a single "real" layer, even thought it might look like several layers were used. This is great for easy storage and mailing. 
  • Create elaborate layers just as you would with conventional methods and techniques.


Using more than one layer of digital paper, and multiple layers of digital stamps:

Apologies for the stray glitter - here is the finished card:
The decorative border punch on top - white - is actually from the same white cardstock as all the printed digital "layers".

Here is the added dimension - but still flat for mailing - notice the flowers along the bottom, in the left and right corners:


Make a "plain" multi-layered card with only a few layers of paper:

Finished Card
flat for mailing:

A Close Up of the beautiful paper, with water color blending, and bokeh throughout:

Of course I would have liked to gussy-up the card with glitz and other embellishments, but it has been left "naked" so you can see the digital portions.


A few more ideas for layering, with easy finishing embellishments:

The finished card is ONE PIECE OF WHITE CARD STOCK, folded in half.
The butterflies have been added for dimension.

A single stamp will suffice for mailing purposes:

Sparkle N Sprinkle Products Used

Corner Garden Mega Digital Bundle (stamps, sentiments, papers, cut file)
Nuvo glue pens (large and small) also comes in medium point.

Thanks for stopping by - please hop on over to talented teamie Jess for artsy creativity!



Anne Temple said...

You created a fabulous step by step tutorial on this digi bundle! Love how you showed the ability to achieve dimension with a digi.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wow Donna! This is fabulous - a wonderful tutorial for all us newbies! Thanks you for taking the extra time to do all the steps in pictures for us! You rock!

Jessica K said...

I love all the steps you shared! The visual tutorial is just awesome!!! Fabulous!

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, what amazing cards!! The designs and colors are stunning!! You are so sweet to take the time to create the tutorials!! Simply magnificent, my friend!! Love these!! Have a great weekend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Belinda said...

Wow Donna these are gorgeous!! I just love all the pictures and instructions on how to use the digi sets. This will be so helpful to those not sure how to use them. Thanks so much for sharing I can't wait to try your techniques.

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

WOW! Double WOW! Triple WOW! These are amazing ... and very inspiring! Thanks so much for the step-by-step photo tutorial. Very helpful :) Your cards have so much dimension and visual texture, yet they are practically single layer except for your sweet butterflies! Very impressive my dear. I love, love, love these and can't wait to give this a try. Thanks so much - enjoy your weekend, and thanks again for all the gret ideas!!

aussie aNNie said...

Fantastic set, and gosh what an amazing step by step. I would love to play with this one and most likely would print up the pieces, fussy cut and add more it.xx Have a great weekend.x

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,

wow, ich bin total begeistert von deinem Tutorial. Was für fantastische Werke entstanden sind. Ich bin wirklich beeindruckt. Mir gefallen die Farben sehr gut. Sie sind so schön frühlingsfrisch. Eine wundervolle Arbeit und drei perfekte Werke.
Ich wünsche dir ein wunderschönes Wochenende. Ganz liebe Grüße herzlichst Silvi

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna both of these cards are stunning. I haven't done much digital crafting you have inspired me to have a go. Take care. Hugs Jackie

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful Donna. Great tuition for anyone who wants to take up digital crafting.

Diane said...

WOW, you re the master of digitals and I love, love your beautiful creations and how you can manipulate the digii's to create such awesomeness! These are gorgeous Donna...I want your!!

Unknown said...

The bright colors are so refreshing...the brighter the better 😀

Lori Kobular said...

Love this beautiful colorful card! I love all the pictures, I always forget to take the step by step pictures and then remember when I am done with the card!

Leslie Miller said...

What beautiful cards and very helpful step-by-step instructions! I sure do love all those pretty flowers and butterflies. As you know, I'm sold on digital stamps for all the same reasons. I don't use digi papers, mostly because my current printer is an ink hog, but I have occasionally and love what can be done in correlation with the images. Amazing!

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

This is all way over my head (I need to see things IRL in order to understand it all).....I guess I prefer to stamp manually since my digital images always smear when I go to color them in. I love how you did the blue shading all around the flowers then added the sparkly dots. Beautiful work, Donna, and so sophisticated compared to my simple cards.

Diamond said...

I appreciate several options. Thank you.

Conniecrafter said...

Wow you are so great at showing every detail of this, beautiful work with it!

Unknown said...

Beautiful card! I've never used digi sets before, but I think I might need to start! I love the blending colors of the background print. I think this would be perfect to add to my vacation sunset pages. Thanks for the tip On using the same print, but rotating the paper for a different layering look.

carrie said...

Beautiful card! Wonderful step by step directions. I would use something like this to make great birthday cards; however, one has to have a well working printer and mine is not very dependable.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and fabulous step by step I am useless with digital crafting-printing digis is about my limit lol
Carol x

Gina H said...

Your cards are beautiful! I love the colors and details!

Audrey said...

Your card is so classic and elegant I really love how you used the digi background. Excellent.

Eret said...

Fantastic step-by-step tutorial. You showed really well how to use digis. I love all the cards you made with this beautiful digi set. Stunning work Donna!

SewPaperPaint said...

What a brilliant tutorial! Love these amazing projects and your awesome brain! Hugs, Autumn

Sue said...

STUNNING, beautiful colors on these cards. LOve the papers and flowers so bright and cheerful.


Shirley said...

Such a bundle of deliciousness De. Vibrant and beautiful comes to mind. Great tutorial.

Hope all is well with you and that the aches are behaving themselves.

Enjoy the rest of the Easter break.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x

Gloria S said...

I do love this! I've never done anything Digi before. I'm afraid. My computer not the greatest. I'll read you blog again and see if I understand. If not, can I ask for help?

Donna Ellis said...

Gloria, I would be happy to help you in whatever way you need. Be sure to leave your email address, or look in my side bar column and leave an email for me to contact you so we can get you started. I made digitals much more difficult than they are - sometimes, I still think I do. so I understand that fear. Most of my friends use Word or some other word processor, and they slide the images to an open document. Unfortunately, I don't use those word processors, since I have an older Apple model. Thank you for your kind words. xo

namabearx10 said...

Luv the tutorial and Just WoW what a GORGEOUS card luv luv luv it....Thanks for sharing