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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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Sparkle N Sprinkle May 1 Reveal

Welcome to the Sparkle N Sprinkle May Stamp Reveal!
(if you have arrived here by way of my fabulously-creative friend Shona, you're in the right place!)

As Guest Designer, I'd like to reveal four sweet projects with brief descriptions
invite you to the SNS Blog Hop.

Check out the Sparkle Team's beautiful creations,
earn a chance to win the grand prize!



It's Demo Donna on the SNS YouTube Channel!

Subscribe today to REVEL IN all the latest Demo Donna tips and techniques - AND - great entertainment! Each week a new technique is shared, and each month, a new video kit is revealed!

HERE is the May Video Kit Club using the gorgeous peacock.

The new sets are 20% off until May 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 NUVO and STAMPENDOUS and HOUSE MOUSE, you're sure to fill that cart up quickly!

There are EIGHT new rubber stamp sets being released this month with their digital counterparts, plus a new Digi Papers set, and two digital mega bundles!   

The new SNS sets are:

840 - Happy Flowers 
      (digi version DIGI840FS)
      MEGA bundle includes additional images, decoupage sheets, 10 digi papers)
844 - True Beauty  - Peacock   (This month's fabulous video kit)
         (digi version DIGI844B)
845 - Girlfriends Support Set 3  
         (digi version DIGI845BG)
846 - Flower Girl-Magic in You  
      (digi version DIGI846BG)
4004 - Rainbow of Pastels Patterned Paper Pack (10 Digi Papers)

847 - Kaitlyn Mermaid 
        (digi version DIGI847LS)
848 - Rory Batter Up
        (digi version DIGI848LS)
849 - Graduation-Final Roll Call  
850 - Graduation-Party Time
         (digi version DIGI849-850B - MEGA BUNDLE combines both sets and additional images) 
Extras goodies come with our newer digital versions.  The extras can include additional images not available with the rubber version, JPG and PNG formats for scene creation, colored images, digi papers, and a cut file to use with your electronic cutting machine. Having both the rubber and digi versions of all our new releases brings you the best of both worlds.

On May 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 (checked for compliance).  The Grand Prize Winner will be announced on the SNS Facebook page and the SNS New Blog.  


First up is my girly Girlfriend Support 5x7 Card:

To change part of a rubber stamp:

I especially like the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen which was used as dots around the image, inside the hearts, and along the sentiment to hold the Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter. Once dried, the glitter DOES NOT come off.

Made hot with the heat tool and dipped into the Dragon Fruit Cosmic Embossing Powder, the brads match the embossed sentiments beautifully. Each brad was heated twice to create the smooth, creamy texture. This particular EP contains three thoroughly-mixed colors, with a touch of cosmic magic, making it mottled yet creamy. You can see the "mottling" in the brads.

List of Products for Girlfriend Support 5x7 Card:


Rory Batter Up Baseball 5x7 Card:

A different sort of "girly" cardRory Batter Up! is quite versatile in its uses as Thinking of You, Get Well, or simply encouragement. This sporty gal is sure to conquer anything she sets her mind to!
I colored her with Copic Markers.

The background sentiment has been embossed on top of designer paper with Glitzy Gold Cosmic Embossing Powder - it's kind of a copper-umber-gold-brown metallic color. Around the edge of the pattern paper, I ran the NUVO Medium Glue Pen and let it dry to become tacky. Then NUVO Gilding Flakes - Sunkissed Copper were rubbed along the edges for a distressed metallic look that matches the EP. 

The brads were dipped into Skylight Cosmic Semi Transparent EP for that all-star appearance. Flower centers are embellished with NUVO Crystal Drops (gloss white). 
Beautiful Blue Jewel G1113 Ultrafine Sparkling Glitter is adhered to the tag under the sentiment.

List of Products for Rory Batter Up Baseball 5x7 Card:


Flower Girl - Magic in You Tag (fits standard business size envelope):

This Girly Tag was cut from pale yellow cardstock, inked with Straw DI, dimensions are 7" x 3.25".

Pretty Flower Girl is colored with Copic Markers, surrounded by an aqua halo which has been embossed with Sparkle Embossing Powder

Embossing powders that contain a transparent powder will usually make the underlying colors more vibran.

I wanted a bit more aqua sparkle in addition to the EP, so I ran the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for around the edge of the pearl clusters at the bottom, and dotted the glue pen on top of the Sparkle EP around the halo, and added more Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter to those areas. 

The designer paper background has been stamped with the flower and sentiment, and then heat set with Gold Detail Embossing Powder For texture, NUVO Glimmer Paste was added to the gold-embossed flower centers.

List of Products for Flower Girl - Magic in You Tag:

Images - Flower Girl Magic in You (also available digitally with sentiments and color versions)

Gold Detail Embossing Powder (sentiment)

Sparkle Embossing Powder EP107 (around the girl)

NUVO Glimmer Paste (flower centers)

NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for glitters

Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter

MB Pinpoint Scalloped Circles die set, SB Classic Scalloped Circles

DL Art crinkle ribbons with a little color added, pearls, lace, Copic Markers


Kaitlyn Mermaid 5x7 Card:

My final Girly card is sweet for any age girls in your life, and for any occasion.
It comes with fantastic sentiments to be used individually or as a cluster.
Colored with Copic Markers, Kaitlyn Mermaid is sweet, kind and happy being her unique self.

The distressed inks across the panel make water, and have been lightly dotted with the NUVO fine (small) Glue Pen for glitters to adhere. I also used the glue pen on the dry embossed background to add more Waterfall Ultrafine Semi-Transparent Glitter. The shells have been entirely colored with shiny, quick drying NUVO Embellishment Mousse.


Products used in Kaitlyn Mermaid 5x7 Card:


The Blog Hop order this month is:


Donna (hi! you're here!)

After leaving a comment for a chance to win, hop on over to the fun blog of teamie Chris!

Challenges I'd like to support:

  1. A Gem of a Challenge #193  Embossing - Wet or Dry - 5/11 all four cards (mermaid card dry embossed with glitter - yellow tag gold embossed flowers and sentiment and Sparkle EP in blue halo around girl - baseball card brads are embossed with Skylight EP, sentiment with Glitzy Gold EP, words on background paper with Glitzy Gold EP - pink/black card sentiments and brads are embossed with Dragon Fruit EP
  2. Allsorts Challenge Blog #413 Embossing - Wet or Dry 5/4 all four cards (mermaid card dry embossed with glitter - yellow tag gold embossed flowers and sentiment and Sparkle EP in blue halo around girl - baseball card brads are embossed with Skylight EP, sentiment with Glitzy Gold EP, words on background paper with Glitzy Gold EP - pink/black card sentiments and brads are embossed with Dragon Fruit EP)
  3. Classic Design Team Challenge #14 Anything Goes DT  6/1
  4. Crafting from the Heart #157 Anything Goes 
  5. Crafty Friends Challenge #56 Anything Goes 5/4
  6. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1718 Anything goes 5/4

stamping hugs,


Anne Temple said...

Wow, you outdid yourself! All of these are fantastic!

Karen Letchworth said...

WOWZERS, Donna...first let me say...YOU REALLY KNOW HOW TO COLOR A CARD. These are amazing!!! I love each one, and they all look SO life-like that they come alive on the paper. Thanks also for the technique tips. I love learning new stamping ideas. This is fabulous. What an awesome May Release!
Blessings to you,
Karen L

Jessica K said...

WOW! Your coloring is AH-MAZING! I really need to step it up a notch ;) That bookmark is SUCH an amazing idea. All of your projects are just awesome. Thanks for the inspiration!

Shona Erlenborn said...

You really have a stunning collection here, Donna. Too hard to pick out a favorite - as each one is so different and amazing! So many different techniques and ideas on each one. You are such an inspiration to us all! Thanks for sharing your creative smiles!

cinderella said...

You have such a great artistic flare. Such imagination. Every card is really beautiful.

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

Home run!! I love each and every one, and of course, I think each one is perfect, and is my favorite. They are all my favorites :) I LOOOOVE the glittery waves across the mermaid, I love the Flower Girl tag, I love Rory, and I love the Girlfriend Support ... the dots around the corset make this card pop so much! I am bowled over. Wonderful!

Linda said...

They are all lovely, Donna! And your header is gorgeous!

Unknown said...

These are all so great and creative, thank you for sharing!

brenda said...

Wow Donna, you have been a busy bee and what a real feast for the eyes, The images are all lovely (I was once lucky enough to win a prize of several stamps and powders from Spinkle N Sparkle so know they are such good quality.

There is such a rainbow of colour on display in this post and you know how much I love colour so finding it hard to choose a favourite but I keep going back to the first as that sentiment is priceless and so true.

Keep well my friend and my thanks for your recent visits to me.

B x

brenda said...

Oh yes and thank you for joining us at Allsorts this week, so lovely to have you join in.

B x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna these are all fabulous! I love them all! The sparkle is gorgeous.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, The cards and tag are so pretty.

Hope you have had a lovely weekend and you have a good week. Sue

KarinsArtScrap said...

wow these are all gorgeous Donna.
great colouring and designs.
Gr Karin

aussie aNNie said...

GREAT display De, love love ♥[aNNie]

Diane said...

Wowzers Donna, you certainly have a masterpiece of cards here...all are stunning and beautiful with all the fabulous products you have used...fabulous designs, too...a beautiful array of mastery!!

Becky said...

I love your cards, but I think my favorite is Kaitlyn Mermaid. She is sooooo adorable. I love how you color and shade. That's one of my biggest downfalls, I don't color well. And forget shading. :-) Outstanding job, Miss Donna.

Sue said...

WOW, a lot of bang for your buck with this post! What wonderful images and beautiful cards. Love all the attention to detail that is your signature card making charm!!
Love your pink support creation so pretty.
Your little girl athlete is adorable.
Pretty little flower girl tag, love the lacey trim.
and my favorite, because of the gorgeous colors the little mermaid card.
All four cards are wonderful Donna, and it must have taken you some time
to put them all together.


NanaConnie said...

These are all so adorable, Donna! Great tip on 'masking' a rubber stamp. I'll definitely remember that one. TFS

KraftyKoolKat said...

All are so gorgeous,as I went down them I kept changing my mind which I liked best. They are all gob-smacking gorgeous. You are one very talented lady.

SD pooja said...

Wonderful cards Donna !

Desire Fourie said...

Wow Donna what a stunning array of creations. Your creative talent is just so inspiring. Thank you for stopping by at my blog today xxx
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

Leslie Miller said...

You amaze me, Donna! All that coloring and detail... each card a mini-work of art! I especially love the mermaid and the underwater look you achieved with her. I must remember to color with Copics and make the water with water-based markers, or visa versa. That makes so much sense! The embossed brads are awesome. So much work put into each card. WOW!

Belinda said...

Well Donna you have out done yourself! These are all so beautiful and your coloring is just gorgeous. Thanks for sharing all your wonderful details and pictures, you are amazing.

ionabunny said...

Gorgeous cards. I love the first one. Such great and encouraging sentiments. The girl tag is so delicate and pretty. Love that cute mermaid. Hugz

Lisa said...

Wow, Donna, these are all amazing!! You've showcased the new release perfectly!! Your coloring is perfection!! I love them all but you know that gorgeous mermaid is my favorite!! The details and layers you added to each card are fabulous!! Love them all, my sweet friend!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Lori Kobular said...

Wow Donna!! You have been a busy bee lately! Congratulations on being a Guest Designer! All of your projects are gorgeous! The colors are all so bright and cheerful! I love the lace on your tag!

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Stunning projects. Thanks for the inspiration

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your projects are all so amazingly beautiful! I am glad you reminded me of that way of masking off part of a sentiment without cutting. I used to do that years ago.

cotnob said...

A fabulous selection of cards Donna, a super variety of images and designs, they are all fabulous.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

pam said...

Wow Donna! what amazing cards you have created, your colouring and colours are stunning on these cards, fabulous layouts and embellishments and still your gorgeous sparkle..
You have been so very busy! congrats on your Guest Designer post.
Hugs Pam xx

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Excellent job with your Guest Designer cards and post........all of your cards are amazing as usual. You put so much time into a card and it always shows. I love the coloring on each one, but especially the hair with the highlights on the mermaid. Love the bright, cheery colors you always use.

Birdie said...

Well, you are one busy woman! All the cards are stand outs on their own. A big fan of things that sparke so you had me with the glitter and flakes. Thanks for joining the PIP challenge this week.

sammi said...

Wow, Donna! You sure were busy on this release! So much fabulous inspiration in one post! it is hard to pick a favorite. I especially love the pink, black and white card - Love the crinkled ribbon - Great touch! Thank you for the tip on "customizing" the sentiment. Love your work and your style!

Unknown said...

WOWZERS indeed! lol So many beauties! So many gorgeous creations with wonderful accents! The glitter, the flakes, the images, the dies....oh my! Love your colors and designs, Donna.....truly FABULOUS!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna your creations are simply out of this world and Thank you for sharing the tip about the rubber stamp inking...I always forget about that!! And ooh you have tempted me to go shop for the mousse
Dr Sonia

Janice said...

What a fabulous selection of cards, you have been busy! I love how colourful and sparkly you have made them, all with such detail too. Amazing tutorials - thank you! x

Unknown said...

What fabulous cards! I love how you've showcased these new stamps.
Sierra Winters

Christina said...

Oh my you have been quite busy Donna! These are so vibrant, fun and shall I say girlie girlie? Haha. I think my favorite had to be the mermaid card because there so many incredibly beautiful details happening there. Not to mention all the beautiful colors! And thanks for sharing Demo Donna. I think she's just so fun to watch. And I have those Nuevo products! They are so addicting! I hope your week is going beautifully Donna and thanks so much for the uplifting email. I'll update you soon on that. Wishing a lovely rest of your 1st week of May. Many hugs.

Nancy said...

Hello, Donna! :o)
I just wanted to come by and thank you for your sweet comment on my blog!
I'm so glad I did...your cards are all so beautiful!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my have you been busy, these are all winners, just beautiful!! Your coloring is just amazing and your embellishing with the die cuts, flowers and trims is a wonderful topping off of the cards and tag!!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...


coldwaters2 said...

Wowzer Donna these creations are all so beautiful and amazing, the images, the colours, the card designs......absolutely brilliant work. Donna I hope to be back in blogland soon but the house move was more difficult for me than I had anticipated, I do miss you all and will see you soon
lorraine x

Michele H. said...

These were ALL amazing.your work is fantastic!

Beebeebabs said...

Just stopping by to comment on your beautiful work - great job as always!!!

April said...

All your cards are wonderful! Great job on all of them!

Tracy said...

Thanks for joining Allsorts challenge with this great entry, good luck.
Happy crafting
Tracy x

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

These are all gorgeous 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

kReN said...

What fun to visit your blog, my friend! Love what you create and your positive attitude. Thanks for joining us at the PIP Challenges! You're the best!

Pamellia said...

Wow Donna, so much to see and take it, all the beauty!! The one with the bra really had me giggling, what a wonderful sense of humour you have! The images on the other three cards are absolutely incredible, your colouring just blows me away!! The mermaid card really caught my eye. The unique shape, the wonderful beach colour palette and the amazing way the water flows in the background, it's just such a unique and gorgeous card, wow!! Love the tag, the yellow is so sunny and cheery, and the touch of lace adds such a lovely shabby touch! Congratulations on your guest spot, you have truly shown their products so well today!!

I have missed so many of your posts Donna, and I'm truly sorry for that. I wish I had time to leave a comment on each one of your amazing creations, but I've just a short time for visiting today. I sent you an email a while back, not sure if you received it? It was just an update on life in general. I hope you are having a wonderful spring time and keeping well with all the fires down there, thinking of you and sending tons of hugs :)

susiestacey said...

Lovely cards. Lots of great details.
Thank you for sharing at Allsorts 'Embossing' challenge this week and good luck x Susan x

aussie aNNie said...

Back again De to thank you graciously for your always fabulous, encouraging and lovely comments. You are one of a kind and love ♥[aNNie]

kReN said...

Donna, what beautiful projects you have shared with us! So many lovely layers! TFS!

crafty-stamper said...

WOW all fabulous projects love all the beautifully coloured images,great embossing and always forget about your tip embossing brads to match!the first one is my favourite love the glitter,great sentiments and love how you trailed the ribbon
Carol x

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Wow Donna, four absolutely stunningly amazing projects. I always love visiting your blog and viewing your exceptional talent and I also love the way you display your photos on your blog too. Just fabulous and very professional.
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]

DIANA L. said...

wowzer!!!! Your cards are all amazing Donna, what an inspiration. I need to get working with my markers more. each and everyone of your cards is a treat for the eyes I particularly love your mermaid card.
Have a great week my friend. looking forward to hopping and seeing what everyone else has .

Pia S said...

These are all such special cards with Donna 'telltales' - special use of glitter and of dies:) I think your touches add that something extra to your cards that make them what they are: amazing! Beautiful works!