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

Sunday, January 14, 2018

Sparkle N Sprinkle

Welcome, Blogging Friends!
I surely hope those of you in North America are staying warm. Even in Florida we are below normal with temperatures below freezing for long periods of time. Even our cat and dog don't want to be outside!
I hear Down Under that it is unusually hot, and I hope you all are staying comfortable and not too overheated.

Today begins 

Sparkle N Sprinkle's January New Stamps Blog Hop

The Blog Hop order this month is:

We are pleased to bring you:

Cherished Moments - Bride 875    (Digital Version: DIGI875BG)

Digital Version: 

The Roses in My Heart digital bundle is gigantic, with several color variations. The colors come with or without the pretty watercolor "halo" around the image, too. It is coordinated with the Ornate Greetings set also being released this month:

The Ornate Greetings set is specially designed to work with the Roses In My Heart sets. They will look great stamped inside the heart, or die cut and layered on top - or even used on their own. 

Cara and Mouse Friend 881  (also Digital Version DIGI881SG)

I colored this darling friendship set with Copic Markers. It is the same colored images you will receive when purchasing the set. The colored version comes with and without the grassy scene. The black and white images also include Cara and the mouse together, or individually, so you can play with the images in many ways.  

Digital Version: Digi882B
The digital version of Hello Foxy comes with additional sentiments, as well as colored and black and white PNG images in addition to the JPGs.

SNS digital stamps include JPG and transparent PNG images, and often have additional sentiments and papers.  All the new digital and rubber stamp sets are 20% during their debut from January 15 - 20.

On January 17th, ONE GRAND PRIZE WINNER will win a $20 gift certificate to the SNS On-Line Store. Winner will be selected from the comments left on the Designers' blogs listed above. Please leave a comment with each Designer in order to be eligible for the Grand Prize. 

The video is at the bottom of the page, or view directly on YouTube here:

Would you like to win a $15 gift card to the SNS store? Just create a project using any SNS image and join the fun in our monthly ANYTHING GOES Sparkle N Sprinkle Creative Challenge group on Facebook. The challenge runs from the 1st through the 25th. 

My card features Cara and Mouse Friend Digital Stamp SetI colored this darling friendship set with Copic Markers. It is the same colored images you will receive when purchasing the set. The colored version comes with and without the grassy scene. The black and white images also include Cara and the mouse together, or individually, so you can play with the images in many ways.  

First I created a green frame by using two brands of dies to customize the size. So don't hesitate putting different brands of dies together when making your pretty cards:

It was coated with VersaMark Ink, then dredged and heat set with Christmas Green Cosmic Opaque EP149 embossing powder.

The card would have been pretty just done simply with this thin frame:

But I wanted to "gussy it up" a bit with a cute frame to complement the pretty Tonic English Lace Embossed Handmade paper.

The white frame is from lovely Tonic English Picnic Layering Dies embossed with Opaline Cosmic Opaque EP359:

After lining the white frame with green paper, it was adhered over the focal image. 

Close-up of the frames:

The sentiments in the set make this a versatile all-occasion set!

Thanks for popping by. For more design inspiration, please hop on over to Diane's blog!

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. Animal Friends #58 "New Beginning" (new friendship with a mouse) 2/1
  2. Crafty Animals #10 Anything Goes with an Animal (new friendship with a mouse) 2/1
  3.  Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #73 Anything Goes  1/20
  4. Pile it on Challenge #138 "Thank You" (You're so Sweet) 2/4
  5. Simply Create Too #134 Use Embossing (I've used wet on frames and dry on card base - the handmade paper is also embossed) 1/26  #1
  6. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1  Anything Goes for a DT  2/15


Jessica K said...

This is sooo pretty Donna! I love all the frames you added and that row of rhinestones just sets off the entire card! Stunning!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

These frames really make the image pop. They are absolutely gorgeous! I love all the green too, really sets off the pink well and pulls everything together. Another amazing card, my dear! LOVE it!!!

Unknown said...

Super cute!

Belinda said...

Wow another beauty Donna!! I love all your layers and embossed frames. Your sweet little Cara and friend are colored beautifully!

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning and super post De. Love the details on this beautiful card, you are more than amazing in sharing your work. Thanks.
Yes down unda is a hot place but cooler today. Rains hopefully put the bush fires out which closed the airport in Newcastle for two days....
Sending hugs.xx[aNNie]

Sue said...

I love this little scene. And the colors you chose are beautiful. Makes me think of Spring, which is hard to do at the moment with these very cold temps.
Sweet little princess making friends with darling little mouse, so cute. Love her ring of flowers in in her hair too. Love to see how you put it all together too. Stay warm.........


Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW what a stunning everything...the image the dies , the colors
Dr Sonia

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Beautiful card.

From tonight we are going back down below freezing temps, but nothing like parts of America are having.

Hope you have a good start to the week. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

How pretty Donna. The frame die really does compliment the Tonic embossed paper so very well. Love the opaline finish too. The green and pink color combo is terrific. A totally darling little scene!

brenda said...

Totally delightful Donna, colours design and everything about it making for a beautiful creation.

B x

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is absolutely stunning it is just so beautiful. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Love your combination of greens and pinks and how the tiny flowers on the girl's headband match the tiny flowers cut out in the frame die. Beautiful as always, Donna.

Donna Phelan said...

The very sweetest of all sweet images! She is colored perfectly, the folds on her dress look amazing! I love all of your frames, the straight ones layer in so nicely and then the placement of that wonky frame to hi-light that sweet gal looks FANTASTIC! Love it! Your card IS so sweet! xo~

Anne Temple said...

Gorgeous card and I love your design. Great way to draw the eye directly to the focal point.

Chris said...

Donna your card is so pretty and beautifully designed. Adorable image, coloured beautifully, love how you've framed it with the with the gorgeous die cut frame and how that frame echoes the lacy dp (and the flowers in her hair).
Just cold wet and miserable here today...perfect day to craft:))

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Donna, beautiful image and wonderful layers. The weather here today in the UK is wet and windy. It is also very chilly too.
Linda xxx

Dreja said...

Toll gemacht. Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.
LG Dreja

Lisa said...

Oh, this is so sweet, Donna!! The image is beautiful!! I love how you colored her!! The sparkly frames showcases her so perfectly!! What a stunning card, my friend!! I love it!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, Donna! So much heart and soul in each of your creations, so much to see and to delight in! You've inspired me many times to think one step further when I'm in the mood to play around. Sometimes I want CAS, sometimes I want to go all out. Every time I first glimpse one of your cards there's always something that catches my eye after I'm done sighing over your beautiful coloring. Today it's that English Lace Embossed handmade paper. Seriously, it looks like cloth. Wow! Your card is just gorgeous and fun all over!

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous colouring and beautiful card Donna
Gr Karin

Lori said...

Such a sweet card! Love the darling image, layers and pretty colors!

Janice said...

Such a lovely ‘framed’ card Donna, with a pretty image beautifully coloured as always.
Janice x

pam said...

What a breath of spring on your beautiful card Donna, gorgeous coloured image and love your wonky layout! how cute is that mouse.
Wish spring would hurry here, looks like we are going to get it bad again! ice & snow.
Stay safe dear friend.
Hugs Pam x

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

You have colored her beautifully. Love how you framed the image. TFS said...

Beautiful Donna love them. Also love your videos.

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

Hi Donna, gorgeous card and just what we need at this time of the year so full of colour. Happy creative week, Angela xXx

Loose Stitches said...

Beautiful creation Donna, lovely coloring and design!
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

K.E. said...

Love the colors. Love all the layers. Very cute card!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Dear sweet lady! This is so gorgeous. I love the coloring of the image, the layers and all the fantastic dies. I love the eyelet look as that is what those dies remind me of.

Mary Ann said...

What a sweet card! Love the color combination!

Shelly Schmidt said...

So gorgeous! I love all of the layers and that you described your step by step. Love the embossing on the beautiful frame. Darling image and beautiful coloring. Loving the row of bling you added!

Angie said...

Gorgeous make, thanks for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
Angie DT

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such beautiful delicate frame and fantastic colouring of the image Donna.

sarascloset said...

Your card is full of love and sunshine! The image is as sweet as can be, and I love how you have colored it! The frame on frame is such a clever design to focus on that gorgeous scene; I love all the embossing! Sending warm hugs, although it's pretty cold here! I have friends and family visiting their's and my Mom, and they are happy for the cool temps. It may be cold for FL, but it's better than what they are having back home!

TracyM #6773 said...

DELIGHTFUL card Donna!
LOVE your sweet image and colouring, LOVE your colour combo, delicate layers, shimmer and textures too ... SO MUCH to LOVE!

Debbie Mageed said...

Coming to your blog and seeing your incredible works of art is ALWAYS worth the wait, Donna! This is beautiful!! I love how you don't waste one little space to add the perfect detail. If I may make a request, can you please enter this into the Sisterhood of Crafters Frame It challenge that just started? It needs to be there!! Have a crafty, great day, my friend!!

Karen H said...

Beautiful, sweet image and a totally awesome card. You have inspired me to try digital images for my projects. Thanks for sharing.

*Vicki* said...

Hello my friend! :)
Wow! Your card is so gorgeous! Really love the shimmer on the papers and your design with the titled layer of the sweet image captures it beautifully! Such a lovely work of art as always!! HUGS

gobarb26 said...

Hi Donna. I really love the way you did your layers. So many great techniques! great card. I hope you are doing well!
Barb B. CZT

Sue D said...

So cute. I like the layers and framing.

Sarah Biswabic said...

Your card is super adorable and so beautiful!

~ Kendra ~ said...

So adorable!! I just love this sweet image!!

sillygirl said...

The embossing powders make this card WOW

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, such a pretty image and fabulous design - I love your colour choices.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Ina G said...

Soooooooooooo sweet and sooooooooooo adorable Donna. Love how beautifully coloured it is. Great layout.

brenda trimmer said...

Love the dies used and the expert coloring of the dress!

brenda trimmer said...

Love the dies used and the expert coloring of the dress!

Penny Crafty Creations said...

i love the color combination used on this image and card it is so lovely

Sue Crease said...

Oh my word this is so adorable. Love the twisted frame. Thanks for sharing at LPCF

Pia S said...

Great idea to put the die cut frame at an angle, fun effect and adds extra focus on the image!

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Absolutely gorgeous. Love your beautiful image and so nicely coloured. Great design with the frame overlapping just love it. Great colours chosen and so beautifully photographed images of your project. Nice work here and a pleasure to pop by and visit your blog to view your lovely work. 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

Heike said...

Sehr schön gemacht. Vielen Dank für deine Teilnahme bei den Animal Friends.

Liebe Grüße

NanaConnie said...

Oh, I do love that offset frame, Donna! What a fabulous die. Wonderful card design and great color combo. A delightful spring card. Your embossing is perfect!

Kuni said...

Your card is wonderful.
Thank you for joining us at the Animal Friends.

NanaConnie said...

Donna, I don't know if you saw that this fab card was a winner over at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends!
Congrats, my friend. :-D

Ellen said...

Lovely card, well done! Thanks for joining us at Simply Create Too.

groetjes, Ellen

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card and love the image thanks for sharing!

Shirley said...

This is super cute Donna, when I saw it a huge smile came on my face. I still love pretty pretty and you do them so beautifully.

Warm crafty hugs from Shirl x x x