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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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Use Ribbon {Moving Along With The Times}

Welcome, Blogging Friends! Hoping all is well with you.
For my friends along the Eastern Seaboard, I hope Florence's ferocities will be minimal and you will not suffer loss or serious damages from the storm.
Please be safe.

It's time to share a Project for the new Moving Along With The Times Challenge! Challenge #80's theme is RIBBON - for the next 2 weeks just make sure your project contains ribbon and upload it!

After coloring my impish fairy with Copic Markers, and die cutting her out, I applied a scrap of double sided Super Adhesive Sheets to my yellow cardstock, and die cut the shape out with the protective layer still in place.
TIP: when cutting double sided sticky tape, be sure remove the ultra glossy protective layer on the bottom first. The die will easily cut through the remaining protective layer, tape and cardstock.


The decorative border was cut to size, glued on the back of the panel, and then flipped over. I pulled off the protective layer from the yellow panel, applied the image, and then burnished with Velvet Micro Fine Glitter Butterscotch

I set the prepared panel aside to work on the card base. After dry embossing, Yellow Pearlescent Brilliance ink was moshed around the outer parts of the card.

I heat set it, and used a VersaMarker Pen around the edges and heat set with Buttercup Petal embossing powder. This color EP keep my yellow theme, rather than turning it gold. The added sparkly distressing brought more texture and a greater depth to the dry embossed area.

The greeting was also distressed with Buttercup Petal embossing powder. The close-up below shows the texture of this glittery EP on the edges of the card and greeting, and how shiny the velvety microfine glitter is:



On a Personal Note:

Early Mornings are often my favorite part of the day. In Florida, the past few mornings have treated us with a slightly lower morning temperature at 75F-24C so the ground is warmer than the air. A beautiful Stillness belies the cacophony of singing birds awakening - and my 2nd favorite thing - is when a special effect occurs after the night's thunderstorms, but before the sun has fully risen -- I marvel -- watching the warm ground releasing ribbons of dew rising from the pasture, creating a misty fog - caressing each blade of grass and every tiny leaf, in preparation for the heat of the day. It's like Nature lovingly kissing each of her children so they will have strength to stand tall in the humid heat once the sun rises. (If you are reading from my blog, click on the photos to enlarge).

The front gate is "down the hill" going left, and keep on going, past the fence, until you are nearly at that open space in the far right:

 The front and west pastures:
(already, the ribbons of fog have risen to feature a lush, green pasture from the previous night's thunderstorms). Isn't the Spanish Moss lovely hanging in the still morning air?

Thanks for stopping by, my friends! I sincerely appreciate your visits.

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Classic DT Open Challenge #9 AG DT 10/1 sep post
  2. Crafty Creations Challenges #374 AG 9/26
  3. Crafty Friends Challenge #92 Embossing Wet or Dry (two panels dry embossed. The back panel and sentiment are distressed with EP) 9/22
  4. Crafty Gals Corner #174 "3+ Layers" (6 layers) 9/25
  5. Crafty Girls Creations #50 AG 10/1
  6. Crafting by Designs (Sept 12) Offer Encouragement - my sentiment does that 9/19
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #1836 AG 9/15
  8. Creative Craft Cottage Challenge #111 Use Ribbon or Lace 10/3
  9. Die Cut Divas (Sept 1) Use Yellow in Project (used 2 Tonic die sets) 10/3 (sep post)
  10. Do-A1 Creative #21 Bingo Card (diagonal dies and punches - stamp - ribbon) 10/1

Crafty hugs especially for you,


Hazel said...

A beautiful card, in lovely colours too. I love your descriptive passages about the warm ground, etc. Hazel x

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card I it is just so beautiful I love it. Your photos are gorgeous. You live in a beautiful place. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Creaine said...

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Friends. Very nice and Good luck!
Bye, Groetjes van Ine (DT)

SD pooja said...

Lovely card ! The raised and heat embosssed pattern on card base looks Fab :)

Jenny L said...

Hi Donna,
oh what a very gorgeous creation and the colours are so pretty beautiful layering and ribbon.
You always explain so perfectly how you have created your cards inyour posts.
Yes isn't nature so wonderful at times, but there are also times when it can be so harsh too especially now with the Hurricane Season.
I just hope my US Friends are going to be okay, and not get too much damages.
Love your photos.
Lots of crafty love. Jenny L.

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card - love the layout and beautiful image - another great creation thanks for sharing!!!

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card Donna and gorgeous photo's

Gr Karin

Bunny said...

Beautiful card but my eyes are on the yard. Love it. I love lots of trees and you have a great view. I know us Florida girls are happy that Hurricane Florence passed us by and we pray that it will continue to drop down in size. I'd love to have it totally die down to a bad storm and that's it.[Bunny]

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a beautiful and sparkly creation Donna. Love the blues, green and yellow combo and your pretty ribbon. Your little fairy is so pretty hiding in the fantasy flower. Thanks for sharing your pictures - it looks like such a peaceful haven!

Wendy L said...

This looks fab Donna, thank you.
Love the pics, had some happy holidays in Florida, xxx

*Vicki* said...

Wow, your card is aboslutely gorgeous Donna!! Really loving all of the details you've added with the glitter and EP!! The colors are stunning and go so beautifully with your image too! The ribbon treatment is stunning as well! All so beautifully done and I appreciate your steps along the way!

P.S. You have SUCH a beautiful and tranquil place to enjoy! I sure wish I could join you as I listen to construction going on daily for the last 2 months right across and ON my street where I live! I think I've counted about 3 headaches so far this month! It's like a constant drilling on your skull! And I live in a small town mind you! LOL!! So it's nice to see such tranquil photos! Thanks for sharing! :) HUGS

dmbennett said...

Beautiful card. Love all the glitter. Thanks for joining us at Die Cut Divas.
Dawn DT

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving the card.

Thanks for sharing the photos of your outside areas.

Take care. Sue

Lisa said...

What a gorgeous card, Donna!! I love the adorable image!! The techniques you use for glitter and embossing are so fabulous!! It looks amazing!! I love the ribbon, too!!

What beautiful pictures!! What a stunning place to live!! I love your descriptions, too!! Have a great day, sweet friend!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

KraftyKoolKat said...

Your card is a stunner sweetie so is the tranquil place you live. Gorgeous photos.

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, such a sweet image and I love your yellow and blue colour combination.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Ann Greenspan's Crafts said...

Donna, thank you for sharing your beautiful art with us and also the photos of your amazing property. I am so jealous but I couldn't tolerate the humidity there. I love the bow you made on your card too. I have a ton of that ribbon but was never able to make a bow come out decent looking with it. Stay safe!

NanaConnie said...

Donna, I don't know which is more gorgeous - the card or your morning mist photographs! I love them all. Fab glittering on the yellow diamond behind that beautiful flower and I adore the texture you managed in the flowery background. The crinkled ribbon is marvelous. I need to remember to dig out some that I have and use it more often. :-D

Mrs A. said...

Pretty card donna and I especially like the way you have done the ribbon embellishment. hugs Mrs A.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your card is so gorgeous and well designed. And, I love the fabulous ribbon bow you used for it. Thanks for sharing photos of your garden too. They are gorgeous as well.

D.L. Walls said...

Such a beautiful card, your design is splendid and the colors are fab! Thanks for joining the fun at Crafty Creations Challenges this week and best of luck in the draw. Donna - DT Member

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, your darling little fairy sits on the most lovely yellow glittery background! Love how glittery embossing stays put so nicely. And then you have that pretty embossed panel with the pattern brought out so nicely. You've created the perfect home for your fairy! But, talk about fairies... I believe if I look closely enough I might see a fairy or two flitting about in your misty landscape. So magically beautiful, and I know you're one who truly appreciates it. What a sight to wake up to! We live in such a gorgeous area here, but, honestly, these days I'm having trouble looking over the top of human blight to see the beauty of the mountains and the bay and the evergreens. It's wearing on me. Back to my Golden Retriever bubble!

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

Stunning card design Donna, blue and yellow are a great colour combo

I was right with you reading your detailed description of your early morning.... how beautiful and serene

Happy crafting....

June x

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous card Donna love all the details and techniques used to put everything together-great shabby bow and sparkle-BUT sorry must admit pics of your patures and your beautifully atmospheric descriptions I completely forgot about your card until I read someones comment and had to go back to check it out again
Carol x

Keen Crafter's Hand Made Goodies said...

This is beautiful 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

Becky said...

Beautiful card. I love it when the temperature drops and I can sit outside on the weekends and drink my coffee. Fall is one of my favorite times.

cuilliesocks said...

What a beautiful card Donna, I love the colours and design.
Your garden is spectacular, beautiful photos. I love early morning too, and here in the Highland of Scotland the air is so fresh and wonderful to hear the bird song when there isn't so much traffic to drown it out and now that we are into Autumn the colours are wonderful, have a great weekend, Kate x

pam said...

Beautiful magical card you have created Donna, What a beautiful place to live! love the photo`s you shared of your gorgeous garden.
Hugs Pam x

Tracie said...

Beautiful card. Thanks for sharing how you made the card. We appreciate you playing along with us at PIP Challenges.

Conniecrafter said...

Lovely design, like how you have layered everything and the edges done in the embossing powder is such a neat touch, love your fabric brad with the crinkle ribbon bow, everything looks great on the angle!
Don't you just love the stillness of a morning fog or mist, so pretty to see it partially lifting too!

Chrissy said...

Gorgeous card, I love the blue and tellow combo..Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Chrissy DT

Lori Kobular said...

Love the colors on your gorgeous card! You have so many beautiful elements oh this wonderful card, the image is so pretty and I love everything about this masterpiece!

Donna Phelan said...

Another beauty for sure! I always love the way you combine colors, papers, images and all of your glittery goodness! And here I thought you bought all of your glitters and magical powders in 5 gallon drums LOL Have a happy day, Donna! xo~

Ustvarjalni utrinki Tamara P. said...

Gorgeous work
thanks for your visit and sweet comment on my blog
Hugs Tamara

Donna said...

Stunning card Donna, so many special details, glad you did a tutorial on them. Great outdoor pictures, we are headed out in a few minutes to enjoy the morning nature!

kReN said...

Love that image, Donna. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Creations Challenges. Follow me. kReN at

DIANA L. said...

This is so sweet. I love your design and you did a great job with the DL.ART crinkle ribbon. Your pasture is breathtaking
You could enter this in my DL.ART Thankful Thursday Anything Goes SEPTEMBER 2018 Linky Challenge. Have a blessed day, my friend


MaryH said...

Another beautiful card, and interesting read, with some lovely So. Fla photos. You really captured the peace of the morning after a tstorm too! Loved that technical term "moshing". That's a very pretty EF and what an interesting & lovely look you achieved with the treatments you've done. It looks so nice with the pretty fairy image. Lovely embellies, and such a pretty, pretty card! Glad you are having some cooler temps. We fared well from Flo's fury, but our coastal areas got hit pretty heavily. No flooding here in our area, we did lose power briefly, and I think our internet provider took that as a reason to have sketchy service Sat night & Sunday. But no serious stuff, so we were blessedly lucky. TFS & Hugs.

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning view from your gorgeous part of the world. We are blessed to have beauty around us and appreciate it as well.
Gorgeous card that gold embossed diamond.
I am ok thanks, heading in the right direction now I hope..hugs.x

Alex said...

Beautiful card. I like the embossed background.
Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

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Mia said...

Great card, Donna. Lovely colours and gorgeous embossed background. Kisses, my friend.

Arlene said...

What a wonderful card, so glittery and summery. Btw, your tuorial was great and I loved the story after. What a beautiful property you live on.So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

Janice said...

A gorgeous and brightly coloured card Donna, love all the detail. Lovely photos of your looks huge!

Doris Klein said...

Oh.. this is just amazing! Love the background and the colours of your project!

Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

Hugs and please come back soon!
Kleido’s BastelStüble
*Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives (#21 – Bingo)
*DT* Die Traumfabrik

Diane Louise J said...

Hello…. You have made a beautiful card…. Thanks for entering it into the ‘Embossing’ challenge at Crafty Friends Challenge Blog. Good luck in the draw and hope you can join us again for our next challenge.
Diane Louise
[Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

Pia S said...

It’s a lovely card, Donna, so beautiful with the yellow bow and glitter as well as the textured layers.

Kleri said...

Well done,Donna!Great job!Thank you for sharing with us at the Crafty Gals Corner!Hope you join us again soon!
Kleri DT (My blog)

Judy V said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for sharing with us at Creative Craft Cottage!