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, June 10, 2018

Fairy Sweet {Sparkle N Sprinkle}

Hello, Blogging Friends! I hope you are doing well. In case this is showing up as a duplicate - it's because I accidentally deleted my post after uploading all my challenges! DUH!

It is hot here, and very humid, just as Florida should be, right?

Our air conditioner is always checked out professionally twice a year because without it, we would be "uncomfortable."

In contrast, I'm showcasing a sweet little fairy and die set called Cerys Hugging Teddyand using a sentiment stamp for its curlycue qualities, available at the Sparkle N Sprinkle store.

Love this cute stamp. Any color medium would do, but I played with Pearlescent PaintsNuance Watercolor Powers and Tombow Markers after heat embossing with Gold Detail EP168.

After spraying Nuance Watercolor Powers on watercolor paper, I spritzed with a little water and blended some Pearlescent Paints on top. Both the watercolor panel and some white fun foam were die cut. The foam was traced around the sides and edges with Prismacolor Marker in purple. The foam was then attached to the watercolor piece with 1.5" Tear-ific Tape for dimension. A larger white shape was cut. An application of Zig Two Way Squeeze Glue around the edges grabbed Lavender Iris Semi Transparent Ultrafine Glitter. This is a sparkly clear glitter with lavender highlights. A little Tear-ific Tape on the back of the fun foam, and the panel was attached to the white frame.

For some sparkly texture, I stamped the sentiment "grateful heart" from the Cardinal and Holly Rubber Stamp set, and heat set with Mulberry Star embossing powder:

The mulberry colored base card stock was folded in half. Using the "G" in "grateful," I randomly stamped the curlycue portion of sentiment, heat set with more Mulberry Star embossing powder, to create a frame:

I wish I had photographed the angel's wings before applying Pearlescent paint on top of the shading. In the following 2 photos, please see the change in the wings as the light hits them (you can also see a little of the indigo pearlescent paint in the background, and more of the white around the edges of the panel):

Such a cute little fairy! The DL.Art Store has beautiful, easy to use, crinkled ribbon. This pretty pink hue is part of a 3-color bundle named Vintage Vineyard.

Products Used:

Challenges I'm submitting this card to:

  1. Aud Sentiments #205 Anything Goes + a Sentiment 6/19
  2. A Bit More Time to Craft #69 Angything Goes 6/15 sep post
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft #6 Anything Goes 7/1
  4. The Fairy and Unicorn Challenge (June) Anything Mystical or Mythical 7/7
  5. World Wide Open DT Challenge #5 Anything for DT 6/15
  6. DL.Art Thankful Thursday #229 - Thankful/Grateful card 6/15
  7. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #83 Anything Goes 6/17
  8. Love to Craft #23 Anything Goes 7/1 sep post
  9. Retro Rubber #88 Anything Goes with a Stamp Older than one Year (I was gifted with this cute stamp and die set in March 2017 and have only used it now) 6/15 sep post 

On A Personal Note:

Have you ever tried growing your own celery? Easy! Cut the bottom off your store-bought celery and place it in a pot with potting soil, keeping the soil most. Baby sprigs begin showing within a week. We planted four of these in February. There is one more left to harvest from these four:

after four weeks, I cut off leaves to use in salads.

6 weeks after planting (and yes, that is the same angel wing begonia as in the pot above):

We moved the pot because of some construction:

3 months after planting, 2 feet tall, ready to harvest some time this week:

We had to dig up the Chinese Lantern bush and all the caladiums for a generator being installed. Looks so ugly:

We have had an unusual amount of rain this winter, and way more than usual this Spring, so the mold and mildew is growing all over the sidewalk. The celery is on the left, and many of the gorgeous giant caladiums cover the Chinese Lantern further down.

Thanks for visiting today!


Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Beautiful design and image. Love the gold. Nice work. Looks great.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

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Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Back again, and again, this is just super gorgeous 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


Billie A said...

Cute card and fun colors and ribbon. Thanks for sharing over at Aud Sentiments. (great idea on the celery. Did that many many years ago)

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Wendy L said...

Lovely card Donna.
Love looking at pics too.
My sis used to have a place in Port Richey. Xxxx

Sue Crease said...

Ooh such an adorable image you're right. Lovely colouring and wonderful layers too. I like your ribbon added at both corners. Thanks for sharing with us today over at LPCF.
Great photos of the garden projects too.

Linda Simpson said...

Gorgeous card and love the detail. The colour and image is wonderful. I am coming to Florida on Wednesday for a couple of weeks to stay with my friend.
Linda xxx

Donna Phelan said...

Gorgeous card! I love the purple shades and the gold embossing, that looks so regal! The image is sweet and adorable! Ha, celery you say! I wonder if I should try it here.....perhaps! Thanks for the tip!

Paper Creations by Shirley said...

Beautiful inky, sparkly card :) I hope you are doing well. Your gardens look wonderful. Take care, hugs, Shirleyx

Shona Erlenborn said...

How sweet is this fairy and teddy image. Love the bold colors you used for the background and then the paler hues being used on the image. Love the curly cues around the frame - so creative! the ribbon is also gorgeous, my friend. Love what you did with that celery - who knew?? Must give this a try!

Sue said...

Hi Donna, We have it hot today at 23, but expect you'd think that was a cool day:) LOL

Great idea for the Celery. Your other plants look lovely.

Can you put something to hide the generator? Maybe something big in a pot.

The card is fab.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

KarinsArtScrap said...

so sweet and beautiful Donna

great plants looks beautifully
Gr Karin

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, Donna, what a sweet and beautiful card!! The adorable fairy looks so stunning!! I love her pearlescent wings!! The background colors are so gorgeous!! How creative to use the G to create the curly-cues!! It's absolutely beautiful, my friend!! I love it!!

Your celery looks so delicious!! I'm seriously going to try this!! I already grow tomatoes, peppers, squash and zucchini in pots so I can't wait to add the celery. Thanks for the info!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

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Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I just love it. That fairy is so beautiful. I love seeing the photos of your garden. Have a great week. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Angie Scrapchild said...

Very original card and gorgeous!!
Ángela DT for

DIANA L. said...

Wow Donna what an adorable card I love your fairy and her pearly wings and I love all the color and sparkle. Your garden looks lovely Have a wonderful day my friend.

Chris said...

Such a sweet fairy Donna, love the colours and the pearlescent wings, the wonderful shades of blue and purple on the background paper contrast beautifully. Fabulous bow too!
Hope you are feeling better

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

I always like seeing pictures of your house and plants, Donna. You have some beautiful Caladium. I planted some here but the winters killed them. We've had a lot of rain too, like most of the East coast. Had over 13" in less than 30 days. On to your gorgeous card......I love the gold sparkle you added to the fairy, and I love your crinkle bow. I can never get mine to look anywhere decent. Great job with the card! Good luck with the new generator.

Verna Angerhofer said...

A very wonderful card design and such a cute fairy. And, I love the fact you used part of the curly cue on the sentiment to make a pretty edging along the outer layer of the card. That is fantastic and so clever and looks fabulous too. Thanks for sharing.

cghundley said...

Gorgeous card with
the Fairy! Love the
embossing and coloring.
Carla from Utah

Debbie Mageed said...

Absolutely gorgeous card, Donna! Love all of the sweet details and the sparkles are always appreciated! :) We had a taste of Florida weather for over a week and I am so happy that you all took it back! Your celery sure loves it though. Thank you so much for playing with us at Retro Rubber and hope you will be back in our gallery soon!!

Puppy Kisses and Paper Dreams said...

This card is beautiful!! I love the elegant, jewel tone colors. And I love how you used the "G" to create such a great background texture! Way to go, my dear friend!!

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card - love the texture and beautiful image - great job as always. Thanks for sharing your lovely garden - I would love to grow my own veggies but I live in the City. Maybe you can send me some lol - thanks for sharing my friend!!!

*Vicki* said...

Wow your colors look amazing Donna!! Really love your sweet embossed image among all of that gorgeous glitter!! So beautifully colored and put together my friend! Thanks for sharing your lovely photos! HUGS

Leslie Miller said...

Adorable image, Donna! Beautifully watercolored with your Tombows, and the way you treated all the layers gives the whole card incredible depth. Love the shades in the purple layer and, ohhhh, how cleverly you used that curly "g"!! Interesting about the celery. It makes a pretty plant! And those caladiums are so gorgeous! I can't even grow them successfully as a houseplant. Maybe if I had a greenhouse. I have to say your dog clip art at the end has stolen my heart. Too funny and sweet!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a gorgeous creation Donna. You are talented at growing celery as well as crafting sweetie.

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

This is very cool! Awesome colors

Valerija said...

Gorgeous card. Love the image and the design. Great background too.
Valerija xx

Janice said...

Fabulous card Donna, loving the ribbon! Never tried growing celery, just love to eat it! Thank you for sharing your lovely photos.
Janice x

Neva Cole said...

So many pretty sparkly details in this card. I love the iridescent wings on the angel. I must find some ribbon like what you used, it is the perfect finishing detail! Thanks for playing along with us at Retro Rubber!

Mia said...

Hi Donna. Your card is absolutely amazing. I love the cute image and the pearlescent wings of the fairy. I also LLLLLLOVE the way you created your frame. So original!
I grow my own tomatoes and peppers in pots. I will definitely add some celery, too. I did not know it was so easy to plant some celery. Thank you for the information.
Hugs, my friend.

Conniecrafter said...

Oh your fairy is just the sweetest as is her teddy she is carrying. I love the watercolor feel to the background and great coloring of the image, such pretty sparkle you have brought into it all too. That is so cool about the celery, I think I waited too long to pick my lettuce it is looking a bit wilted, but we just got some rain this evening so hopefully it will perk up just a bit.

MaryH said...

Doing some catchup commenting, and saw your link at Shona's. So easy to hop over and check out how things were. Such a gorgeous card (I never thought to try to add glitter on craft foam shapes either!) Your pearlescent shows marvelously on the wings too. Love the way you've done the ribbon on the corner treatment, and such a rich color on the mulberry paper. Great detail idea to use the 'g' curlicue as a background stamping too! Enjoyed seeing your beautiful caladiums - what brilliant colors. Bet the homegrown celery tastes so good & fresh in your salads. Never tried that either! Keep that a/c going..we are too. We have a nat'l gas generator that automatically powers on when our electricity goes off, and it's been money well spent! TFS & have a good, cool weekend. Glad you are feeling better and can blog again. Hugs & take care.

KT Fit Kitty said...

Hello, Donna! Your card is beautiful - I love the background you made with powders - so vibrant! Sweet image and sentiment too! Thanks for sharing all the pics of your plants - I didn't know you could grow celery like that - you are so cool! You haev a beautiful garden! Have a great weekend!


Beautiful card Donna xx
Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

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Sue said...

LOVE that sweet image and of course how you colored it up. What great colors too. Ilove how you show how you put it all together, you are such a sharer!
The pot of flowers and celery is amazing. I have a small box garden this year for the first time in years, just tomatoes, peppers, green beans, and cukes,
Growning like weeds! Have a good week, and thanks for sharing your pics.


Loose Stitches said...

Really beautiful creation Donna, love the image and colors!
I have thought about trying to grow veggies that way, as I really miss having a garden. May just have to try it. :)
Hugs, Sherry x
Loose Stitches and Unraveled Threads

aussie aNNie said...

Lovely post De, sorry not been around much, life does take over at times. x

NanaConnie said...

Donna, I'm crazy about that scrunched ribbon bow! Your embossing and the glitter are wonderful. I'm back from my June travels and am getting back into my routine. Catching up on commenting and on visits and should be back to my normal after I do a load or two of laundry. :-D

Ania said...

Thank you for sharing with us over here at A Perfect Time To Craft and best of luck with your entry.

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