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, October 26, 2017

Cardz 4 Galz - Your Favorite Flower and Why

Hello, Friends! Here in Florida we are delighted that our typical Autumn weather has arrived yesterday FINALLY! Lower humidity, cooler nights, and even cooler in the daytime! Even the weather man said, "It's been years since we have experienced our typical Fall in the Tampa Bay Area".
SIGH - Happiness is Autumn in Florida.

There's a new challenge at Cardz 4 Galz Challenges today!

Badges are awarded for the Spotlight Winner and Top Picks.

Challenge #59 is chosen by designer INA G - and the theme is:

  Your Favorite Flower and Why  

show us your Paper Crafting projects using any technique and medium, 
Challenge ends on NOVEMBER 8th.

Because Roses do not grow in Florida, I treasure them with their velvety petals and soft scents. They are available in so many colors, so today's card honors the pale orange roses available in other parts of the country.

The wood mount stamps in my craft room are enjoying themselves these days because I am paying attention and using them. It's been fun because I can stamp the images repeatedly and have a great final image by using my trusty OLD, OLD, OLD Stamp-o-Graph. Have you ever heard of it? It's a hinged platform like the Tonic Stamp Platform, with 2 open-ended sides. This image was repeatedly stamped 3 times to achieve a vibrant color:

In fact, everything on this card is at least several years old with the exception of the distressing done with Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse.

Oldies but Goodies:  the old Peddler's Pack stamp from 2002, and the pretty vellums from 2003, embellishments which are years old, and the MS daisy punch which is likely 8-10 years old.

Dry embossed and distressed, the frame is popped up. The dark brown Coordinations Paper has been dry embossed and sanded.

A few Autumn colored rhinestones adorn the card and cover a few boo-boos.

The vellum has a metallic pearlescent sheen (banners) with a computer generated sentiment "Come and meet my roses...":

Thanks for popping by today! I hope you enjoyed my Autumn colored roses!

And be sure to add your pretty flower project to the
Cardz 4 Galz Challenge.

Products Used:

  • Images: Peddler's Pack Roses (bought in 2002 and still virginal) YIKES!, computer-generated sentiment
  • Dies: Grand Nestabilities Large Labels, Sue Wilson Pierced Flags, Memory Box Chloe Stems
  • Punches: MS Daisy Edge
  • Embossing Folder: Craftwell Love Triangles, Craftwell Delicate Dots
  • Inks: Memento Cantaloupe, Tea Dye Distress Ink, Old Paper Distress Ink
  • Paper: Gold Pearl Vellum, White Pearl Vellum, Tan, Neenah Ivory, Coordinations Brown
  • MISC: Copic Markers, Burnished Bronze Embellishment Mousse, Flowers, Grosgrain Ribbon, Jewels, Leaves
Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Paradise of Stamps #59 Autumn 10/31
  2. Sparkles Monthly Challenges #97 Autumn Colors 11/15
  3. Sweet Stampers Challenges #12 Autumn 11/10
  4. The Rubber Buggy #4 Autumn 11/1
  5. Classic Design Team Open Challenge #17 Anything Goes for a DT 11/1
  6. Crafty Addicts #41 Anything Goes with Autumn Colors 11/1
  7. Crafty Creations #353 Anything Goes 11/7 
  8. Crafty Gals Corner #146 Anything Goes 11/1
  9. Inspiration Destination Challenge #136 Anything Goes  11/1 (sep post)
  10. Simon Says (Oct 25) Anything Goes 11/1 (sep post)

Leaving you with TWO Smiles:


Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card I love the colours and the roses are so pretty. I agree with you Roses are one of my favourite flowers. They won't grow in my garden the soil isn't right. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is gorgeous, Donna. What a beautiful rose image. I had forgotten about the Stamp-a-magig (that's what my wooden rubber stamp positioner is called!) Funny I was just thinking about the fact that you couldn't use the stamp platform with the wooden stamps, thanks for the reminder!) Love how you've framed this beauty with the layers of the frame and punched borders and your bouquet is exquisite! The Fall colors are so pretty and beautifully coordinated.

Pamellia said...

OK, I hope I'm not losing my mind because I was here yesterday and I don't remember that absolutely gorgeous banner of the autumn trees reflecting on the lake!!! WOW!!

Beautiful card Donna! I just love the neutral tones, so rich and warm and perfect for the season! Your rose image is stunning and I love that your 3D florals match perfectly! Wonderful borders and the double layered banner for the sentiment is fabulous!

I had no idea that roses don't grow in Florida! That's so sad! Is it because it is too hot there? Roses are such a huge thing up here, we have whole entire clubs that have rose growing competitions! Can you purchase them at flower shops for special holidays like Valentine's Day?

Thanks for the 'smiles'! Those rams were hilarious and how cute is that little squirrel!! Awwww! I'm gonna try to get outside today. It's been raining every day here, which keeps me in doors this time of year for lack of a rain coat. Fingers crossed. hugs to you dear friend :)

Mrs A. said...

Oh my this is so gorgeous the roses are magical. Love the colours and your design of the card hugs Mrs A.

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous stamp and card Donna
Gr Karin

Sue said...

Hi Donna, What a shame you can't grow Roses there. Could you grow the smaller ones as house plants?

Your card is lovely.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Linda Simpson said...

Oh my this is fabulous Donna, I love the gorgeous autumnal colours which is my favourite time of the year for the glorious colours nature gives us.
Linda xxx

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh, this is stunning!! The roses look amazing, Donna!! I love the colors!! The details you added are perfect!! I had no idea roses didn't grow in Florida :( They are such a beautiful flower!! Have a great day, my friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Chris said...

How beautiful! Such a gorgeous stamp, the roses look amazing stamped in the soft orange and you've framed it beautifully. Love that you have used your 'old' stuff, it's always so satisfying! The floral embellishment is gorgeous, I really love these colours.
The video made me laugh...I wonder how long that ram kept going, he wasn't giving up easily!
Thanks for a very entertaining post!

Tammy said...

This is stunning Donna! Your roses look amazing and I absolutely love the color, so beautiful!
Hugs, Tammy

Karen Hasheck said...

Love the cards and the two great laughs! Thanks for sharing!

Beebeebabs said...

Hi Donna hope all is well my friend. Such a beautiful card - love the die cut border - as a matter of fact I think I have that punch - I have so many Martha Stewart punches and rarely use them - thanks for the inspiration!!!

Wendy said...

Absolutely gorgeous Donna, love it!
Wendy xx

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Beautiful as always, Donna. I love how you continue using your Martha Stewart punches because they always look so nice on your cards.

Debbie Mageed said...

So, Donna, first of all, your new blog photos are fantastic! Then, I got to drool all over my computer at the gorgeous card you made. You take each of your stamps to a whole new level - truly art at its best. Thank you so much for the tutorial! Lastly, your cute squirrel made me smile and the playful ram made me laugh out loud. I could watch it all day! Glad your Autumn started finally; I remember the long, long, LONG summers living in Gainesville years ago. Guess what though - our Autumn here in Michigan just started this week as well! I'm thinking your idea of Fall and mine are quite different but it's still my favorite time of year anywhere I go. Wonderful card, my friend!! Thanks for sharing

Mia said...

Beautiful autumn card, Donna. I love roses. The die cuts, the colours and the flowers are great! Kisses, my friend.

Bunny said...

I love roses. Peonies are nice, too. This card is beautiful. Love the stamp and the MS punch. [Bunny]

Lori Kobular said...

Donna I am so glad that you are getting to enjoy Fall!! Your roses card is gorgeous! I love the colors of the roses and the papers that you used!

aussie aNNie said...

De this is so stunning, never heard of the stamp before. Love the most gorgeous real roses you have shown and just adore your beautiful card. So love your style and colouring and most inspiration values you have. [aNNie]

Nancy Hill said...

Donna: So excited to see one of your beautiful cards on our challenge. Love the vellum and had to read your instructions a few times to try to remember your beautiful technique and instructions for you did your beautiful card. Love the rose stamp and didn't know that roses didn't grow in Florida - never on our prairie due to the winds and cold temps in winter. Thank you or sharing your beautiful rose card with us at The Rubber Buggy and can't wait to see your next gorgeous project or card with us soon. Nancy Hill, Design Team for The Rubber Buggy

DIANA L. said...

WOW!!! what an absolutely gorgeous card Donna I love everything about it.
This is really great!! I love it.
Thank you for your inspiration.. Have a blessed day, my friend


Janice said...

A beautiful card Donna, in lovely autumnal colours. I love the punches frame too. I am really impressed with how you are using some ‘old’ crafting goodies :-)
I didn’t know that about roses in Florida. I’m sure you must have other beautiful flowers to take their place.
Janice x

Abfabdesigns said...

Lovely autumnal colour, love roses and that stamp is just beautiful, it's nice to get the older stamps etc out from time to time and this card proves they never date.
Hugs xxxx

Donna Phelan said...

Oh wow! Your stamped roses are gorgeous! I love that stamp and that particular color! I used to have yellow tea roses out back that were soooo fragrant, but Hubby and a shovel screwed that up lol (although at the time it was not lol) I also love your cluster of beautiful die cut roses--sooooo pretty! The metallic and shimmer are perfect and pleasing! This is one glorious card!

Becky said...

This is a beautiful card, and yellow roses are my favorite. I have a beautiful pink rose growing in my front yard that is at least 30 years old. My niece gave it to my mother, who had a green thumb. At one time I counted almost 30 blooms blooming at one time. Next time it blooms I'll take a picture and send you. It's gorgeous.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so breath taking Donna. I adore the gorgeous colours. The rose looks like you could just touch it's velvet petals.

Sue said...

Your roses are stunning. Love roses too, but they have breed the lovely aroma right out of them trying to make them bigger and different colors. What an amazing card, and all your details are perfect. Gorgeous card, Donna. Enjoy your cooler weather.


Verna Angerhofer said...

I sure am happy I saw this post in my scam mail as I would have missed seeing this gorgeous card you made. I love the colors used on your design as well and as always you do such fantastic work. That is such a great big wonderful floral designed stamp too.

SewPaperPaint said...

I adore my old stamp collection. I want to display more of them in my space. Still working on that. Love this rose image and your beautiful layering/colors. Such a yummy palette! Hugs, Autumn

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Donna, such a beautiful stamp and lovely colours - your design is amazing, I love this card.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

pam said...

Hi De, wow what a beautiful Autumnal card design, gorgeous rose image with your old wooden stamp! love how you framed with boarders and gorgeous floral arrangement, perfect sentiment and colours too.
Great squirrel.
Hugs Pam x

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

Your card is lovely 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 Owner/Admin for

Elizabeth Hart said...

A gorgeous display of beautiful roses on your lovely card. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Crafty Creations Challenge, elizabeth (DT)

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Gorgeous Roses, the 'real' ones and your card :) Love the use of the Fall colours. I just sent a message on FB :) Take care, Hugs xx

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Donna, I love the way you stamped those gorgeous roses for maximizing the colors. Fantastic effect! Beautiful job of framing the image and your embellishment flowers really make the whole card. Needless to say, I laughed myself silly watching the cat videos. My sides still hurt!

Diane said...

Stunning card my love the roses...I didn't know you couldn't grow them there...all the wonderful detail in your card is amazing, so very well thought out...I LOVE it! It is fall here and the leaves are everywhere, in fact as I write this I can hear the hubs with the leaf blower lol! Anywho a beautifully and fun written post!!

Teresa Kline said...

so pretty, fabulous details! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!

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sparkle & shine, kindness *~*

Gina's Cards said...

Such a beautiful card! I love the image and roses are one of my favourite flowers. The colours and design are beautiful. Thank you for sharing with us at the Paradise of Stamps, good luck and I hope you will join us again.
Gina xx

Pia S said...

Old items but certainly not out of fashion. It's s gorgeous design. I love the frame you used, its pattern I'm surprised to see how well it works with the delicate and more vintage like items, it sort of stands out and blends in with the rest at the same time.

Kuni said...

Wow...stunnung card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge and i hope to see you again.

Silvis Kreativstube said...

Hallo liebe Donna,
wow, was für ein wunderschöner Rosenstempel. Du hast eine wunderschöne Karte gestaltet. Ich wusste gar nicht das in Florida wenig Rosen blühen. Die Farben deiner Rosen sind so warm und herbstlich. Die Bordüre gefällt mir sehr gut. Es macht die Karte so super edel. Ich bin ganz begeistert. Ich wünsche dir ein schönes Wochenende. Hugs Silvi

Conniecrafter said...

Wow that is gorgeous, I too love those colors in roses, such a lovely stamp and you have colored it beautifully! Pretty idea to add to the framing with that border punch, really gives it an extra great touch! Lovely arrangement you have put in the corner too, so lovely!
Glad to hear the heat has become a little more bearable.
That video was so funny, I was surprised how long he stayed with the ball

Planetsusie said...

Oh my word Donna - that stamp is amazing. I never realised that you don't have roses in Florida - I must admit I love the roses in my garden and ours are really old so they smell absolutely wonderful (some of the newer ones don't seem to smell half as good - in my humble opinion that is). I love the colours and the embellishments you've used on your design. You've really made me think of my old stash now!! Lots of hugs to you Sue Pxxx

Leslie Miller said...

Another utterly gorgeous oldie but goodie! Those roses and your beautiful card in the autumn colors just sing to me. I have some roses that color, growing in a pot in the back yard where the deer can't get them. The color varies in intensity at different times. I confess I still use my old SU Stamp-a-Ma-Jig for anytime there's a chance I may need to repeat stamp for a better impression. I nearly always use it for sentiments and stamp more than once. Your Stamp-o-Graph looks easier to use as I can't let go of the Stamp-a-Ma-Jig when I re-ink my stamp. The squirrel at the end of your post just cracks me up! I kinda feel sorry for the ram in the video. I hope you're still enjoying some autumn weather!

Dr Sonia S V said...

Donna love how you used the flower stamp and the floral arrangement on the frame looks simply fabulous
Dr Sonia

seelenvoll kreativ said...

Das ist eine sehr schön Karte, die du gemacht hast. Vielen Dank für die Teilnahme bei den Sweet Stampers. LG Karina

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card Donna and that is one gorgeous stamp love the rich Autumn colours and beautifully framed
Carol x

Michelle said...

This card is so precious. Lovely work.
Thanks for playing with us Inspiration Destination.
Good luck!! Michelle (DT)

April said...

These roses are beautiful! Your card is so lovely!

Rae Ann said...

Love the vintage feel to this. The earth tones are so pretty and the lacy dies really finish it perfectly.

Thank you for joining us at Crafty Sentiments Designs for our Anything Goes challenge.

Mia said...

Donna, I am coming again to tell you that if you want to participate to my birthday candy, please visit my blog again and leave a comment under the post "Birthday candy". I will be glad if you decide to participate. Kisses, my friend.

wannabcre8tive said...

This is gorgeous, Donna. I love the roses and the color.

Loose Stitches said...

Gorgeous card Donna, love those beautiful flowers and design!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

Mia said...

Donna, I am coming one more time to thank you for participating in my birthday candy. Thank you also for informing me about your Facebook page, but I do not have Facebook, not yet. Kisses, my friend, and good luck to my candy!

Beeceecreativity said...

fabulous autumn card... super design. Thanks for playing along with us at The Rubber Buggy

Unknown said...

Woow... Love the stamp!! Super fu. Y and beautiful card!! Thanks for joining ud at The Rubber Buggy Challenge. Noe- DT

Marlene Bonetti said...

Such a beautiful card, Donna! Wonderful color scheme. Thanks for sharing your work with us at the Sweet Stampers Challenge.
Hugs Marlene

Ina G said...

Love Love Love it Donna. So many beautiful elements here. That stamped rose is beautiful. Love the added floral spray. I can smell those roses too!

Kleri said...

Fantastic floral card!Love the vintage look!Thank you for joining our challenge this week at the Crafty Gals Corner!Hope you join us again next week!
Kleri DT (My blog)