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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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

It's a Girl Thing - Blog Hop is Almost Here!

It's almost Here!
The "It's a Girl Thing" mega blog hop with lots of sponsors!
February 1 - 7, 2019

Even though we have 19 caring sponsors and 11 designers offering prizes to bring awareness to your attention, you will not have to visit all the blogs in order to be eligible to win a prize. More details in coming days.


Did you know that one in 2,500 girls are born with this genetic condition?
For TS information, please visit Lori's My Turner Syndrome Journey blog



In the meantime, I leave you with this thought: every little girl has two "x" chromosomes. TS Girls only have one. They are little miracles to survive in this world and face a host of challenges.



My card features Bugaboo's Kidz Love Digital Stamp. Bella is one of my favorite Bugaboo characters! She's so cute, and perfect for It's A Girl Thing cards.


She is colored with Copics, and then surrounded by pretty shaped dies.


See you on February 1 when we launch our mega blog hop!

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. Papercraft Challenges #29 "Use Bright Colors" 2/5 (sep post)
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1903 AG 1/28 sep post C5
  3. Scrapyland Challenge #106 AG SL dies (dies listed below) 2/6 sep post
  4. Sweet Stampin' Challenges (Jan 19) Bright and Cheerful 1/25 sep post
  5. Catch the Bug January BINGO Challenge (Jan 19) 2/26 (DIAGONALLY Something Blue - Player's Choice - Sentiment

Products:
SW Italian Decorative Frames die set
SB Grand Big Scallop Circles die set
SB Grand Decorative Labels One die set
SB Labels One die set
SU Labels Punch
Craftwell Delicate Dots Embossing Folde3r
Distress Inks BluePrint, Shabby Shutters
Copic Markers

Stamping hugs,



Thursday, January 17, 2019

Have A Heart - Moving Along With The Times Challenge

Greetings my wonderful blogging friends!
Hoping this finds you well and enjoying yourself.
The inspiration for this project came from Sue Dree's Card.


And now... 

It's time to share a Project for the new Moving Along With The Times Challenge!


Challenge #89's theme is HAVE A HEART - for the next 2 weeks upload your creations that feature hearts in one way or the other!

Applying EP after dry embossing:

After dry embossing the blue pearlescent cardstock, 
VersaFine Clair Blue Belle ink was "swiped" on top because it so easily covers fine surfaces. Then it was dredged with a semi-transparent embossing power called "Pearl". It looked like an opaque silver until it was heat set, allowing the blue to show through on the pearly finish.

VersaFine Clair Blue Belle ink was "swiped" on top of a piece of plain white die cut heart which had been embossed with the same EF. The same Pearl EP was heat set, which makes it coordinate beautifully with the pearlescent blue cardstock.
I repeated the same technique on the white interior cardstock, using VersaMark. It was more difficult to control because it required firmer "pressure" to apply the ink. So it's distressed (giggle).

Shaping the Leaves:


Spellbinders Foliage die set was used. I cut apart the leaves in Navy cardstock, wet the cuts, pinched the center together, and added a drop of glue.

After the leaves were dry, I coated them with a VersaMarker, dredged with Sparkle Embossing Powder, and heat set. The flourish and cherish dies were done in the same manner.



Tonic Studios "Follow Your Heart" dies is a two piece set. I sprayed adhesive on the back of the white die and laid it atop the navy pearlescent cardstock. Then applied Starfire Glitter. That 3M spray adhesive is strong!


Dies: Cheery Lynn "Cherish" and "Fanciful Flourish" dies, Quickutz "Nesting Hearts" and "Nesting Lace Hearts" dies, Spellbinders Foliage die, Tonic Studios "With Love" and "Follow Your Heart" dies Embossing Folder: Die'sire Embossalicious EF Rose Vine 8x8, Inks: VersaFine Clair Blue BelleVersaMark Ink and VersaMarker Pen, EP: Sparkle Embossing Powder, Glitter: Starfire Glitter

(for an extra 10% off the linked items use code DonnaDT10 during checkout)

On a personal note:

Here in central Florida, we are thin-blooded wimps when it comes to cold weather. We made it into the 50s today (about 12C), but night-time 30s with frost. So this is how we enjoy the cold weather:



(let's hear it for the wimps! - giggle)



Challenges I'd like to support:
  1. Scrapyland Challenges #106 AG with SL dies (Cheery Lynn, Quickutz, SB, Tonic listed above) 1/30 sep post
  2. Cardz 4 Galz #88 Dimensional Elements (dry embossing & wet embossing on top of dry embossing, dimensional leaves which have been shaped and wet embossed, and a dimensional flower - with more on the inside) 2/1
  3. Crafting with an Attitude #47 AG 2/1 sep post
  4. Shopping Our Stash #386 Hearts on Fire 1/22 (C13) T3 Sat sep post
  5. Sparkles Forum Monthly Challenges #112 "New Year New Stash" (both Tonic die sets are new) 2/15
  6. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG DT 2/16 sep post
  7. DRU #113 Anything New (both Tonic die sets are new) 2/1 sep post
  8. Try It On Tuesday (Jan 8) Something Old Something New (both Tonic die sets are new, The SB die and Nesting Hearts are old old old) 1/22 sep post
Stamping Hugs,

Friday, January 11, 2019

My Newest Stamp Sets

Good Morning, blogging friends!

I have some new stamp sets available at Sparkle N Sprinkle and thought I'd share in case you know of anyone who might like them. Each rubber set has a digital set as well. For an extra 10% off, please use this code at checkout: DonnaDT10
The first is a versatile rubber stamp set called Ribbons of Love. It comes with 3 pretty sentiments, a small ribbon (for creating backgrounds, tags, borders) and a butterfly sized to work alone, with other sets, or on top of the ribbon.


The Ribbons of Love set is also available as a digital set with 50 PNG images in several colors and black and white:


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Also available digitally with 20 different options here for a mere $2.00.




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Another Digital-Only Set this month to go with other masculine sets is the Motorcycle Silhouettes and Sayings set. It contains 9 black and white PNG images and 15 PNG sentiments:




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Also available digitally ($2.00) with 9 PNG sentiments for your convenience to mix and match:



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my favorite is this lovely set

Also available digitally for $2.50 with several colored and black and white options:



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hugs,
de

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

Shaped Cards at Back to the Basics and Beyond Challenge

Hello -- I'm so happy you are here!


There's nothing like a pretty vase of flowers to brighten someone's day.

Today, it's time for a brand new Back to Basics and Beyond Challenge!



For the next two weeks, join us by uploading an "Anything-Goes" project as long as a shaped card (as opposed to square/rectangle) is used. 

The team has all kinds of inspiration and a variety of styles to view, so take a look! Hope to see yours there.




Other Products:
Bugaboo's Flower Butterfly Vase
SNS "A Rose for You" (sentiment) Rubber Stamp Set
(also available digitally)
SNS Gold Tinsel Embossing Powder (frame)
SNS Gold Detail Embossing Powder (sentiment)
Spellbinders Grand Labels Four (shape)
Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair Ink

It's a simple style card with a Copic/PrismaColor image, a glittery frame, and a same-shape card fold. I gave SNS the right to sell the colored image, however, I could not locate a link for you. To make the fold:



Then glue the top "full piece" onto the hinged section:
(not sure why the color change - other than my iPhone took the below photo and my iPad took all the others)





The sentiment is cut out of vellum and heat embossed with Gold Detail EP:



The frame was made using 2 of Spellbinders Grand Labels Four dies and cut out. Then using Golden Meadow VersaFine Clair Ink on the frame, I dredged with Gold Detail Embossing Powder and heat set. It is glued on top of the white image panel:


Wishing you a lovely week.

Supporting the following fine challenges:
  1. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends "AG" 1/19 (sep post)
  2. Catch the Bug Saturday Challenge "AG" 1/12
  3. Crafty Calendar Challenge (Jan 5) Make it Flowery 2/2
  4. Colour Crazy Challenge #51 AG Colored (I colored this image with Copic Markers and PrismaColor Markers) 1/12
  5. Crafting With Friends #77 AG 1/17
  6. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1901 AG 1/14 (sep post)
  7. Simply Create Too #145 AG no twist 2/1 (sep post)
  8. World Wide Open DT Challenge #12 AG DT (2nd sub) 1/15 (sep post)


stamping hugs,

A Tutti Collage for Christmas at Sweet Stampin' Challenge

Greetings, blogging buddies!
Thanks for visiting my blog today!


Today begins a new challenge at
Christmas at Sweet Stampin'!


My marvelously brilliant teammates have fantastic samples to share! We hope to see your imaginative artwork each month in our "Anything Goes Christmas" Challenges. The challenge is for ANY Christmas theme craft project. January's Challenge is open until February 12.


This month I'm playing with my virginal Tutti Deer Family Tree die. It's YEARS old, and has been crying out to be played with. It's a large die and will cover your standard A2 size creation. These cards are 5" x 7".



Products Used:
Tutti Deer Family Tree die
Tonic Studios Slab Merry Christmas die
MS Deep Edge Lace Trim Doily Punch
Crafters Companion Elegant Snowfall Emb Folder
2.5" Tear-ific Tape
GM2039 Ocean Breeze Microfine Velvet Glitter,
GM2000 Cloud Nine Microfine Velvet Glitter,
A colorful, dark Microfine Glitter called "Celebration"
Gold and White Brilliance Ink
Not Quite Navy, White, Gold Glossy cardstock

First I die cut 2 black back panels as bases. Then using brown, green and white, I cut out the shapes. Because the backgrounds were going to be dark, I placed white scraps on the back so that the snowflakes inside the deer would show up:



I made a big boo-boo on my first card, by applying the 2.5" Tear-ific Tape to the panel before dry embossing. As you can see, when I put the glitter on, it made a funky texture:


Lesson learned. For the light colored glitter, I dry embossed first, and applied the glitter to a white panel, adhering the glittered panel to the background:




The deer family and sentiment were adhered to the exposed 2.5" Tear-ific Tape, and the microfine glitters were rubbed in afterward.



Then a white and gold done in the same techniques:



On a Personal Note:
It's a normal day in central rural Florida's Winter.
Missy (our black cat) finds a convenient spot for an afternoon nap - the passenger bench in her Daddy's Mule. In the next six weeks, the oaks will lose the rest of their leaves. A week later, squigglies full of pollen appear, blanketing everything in yellow including the pool, and then the new leaves burst forth shortly thereafter, with lots of baby monarch butterfly caterpillars.



Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. ABC Christmas Challenge (A+B) A for Anything Christmas 1/16
  2. Pile It On Challenges #150 "Land Animals" (deer family) 2/3
  3. Crafty Hazelnut's Christmas Challenge #419 Something Old (the die is old) 1/12
  4. Sparkles Christmas Challenges #96 "Add Some Sparkle" 
  5. Merry Little Christmas #6 AG Christmas 02/01 sep post
  6. Kerst Christmas (Jan 1) Christmas 02/01 FB
  7. Christmas Crafts All Year Round (Jan) "Let It Snow" (white snowy theme) 02/01
  8. Creative Craft Cottage #114 "Winter" 1/21 or 2/7? (sep post)
  9. Shopping Our Stash #385 Winter Blues 1/15 (sep Post) (13)
  10. Holly and Ivy Christmas #43 AG Christmas 2/8 (sep post) (15)

Stamping Hugs!

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Bugaboo at 2 Crafty Critter Crazies!

Happy New Year, dear friends!
May 2019 be kind to you, as you have been so kind to me with your friendship!
Wishes for those who have had a rough 2018, that 2019 looks up, and that you feel hopeful. My biggest Hope for everyone is that Peace of Mind, Deep Contentment, and Health are yours.



Today begins a new Challenge at Two Crafty Critter Crazies where we love to celebrate any project with a critter on it! Critters include mythical creatures, animal toys and everything alive (except humans and flora)! Our very generous sponsor this month is Bugaboo Digital Stamps, so join us with your crafty creations this month for a chance to win and be recognized.
My cards feature Jodie's

Puppy Birthday Party Set!




The 6" square card presents uses:
SB's Mega Curved Rectangles S5-006
Poppy Crafts "3 Balloons" die
MS double arch punch around the page
Pine Needles-Mowed Lawn Distress Inks
Copic Markers, Glitter




The 5.5" square card party favor uses:
SB's Labels Three S4-189
Kaisercraft Decorative Stitched Stars
Memory Box Curled Ribbons 9893
Pine Needles, Tumbled Glass, Walnut Stain distress inks
Copic Markers, Prismacolor Markers





The 5.5" square card cupcake uses:
Poppy Crafts "3 Balloons" die
SW Double Pierced Circles
SW Double Pierced Essential Size Rectangles
MS Deep Punch Double Doily Trim
Pine Needles Distress Ink, Pearlescent Lime Brilliance Ink
Copic Markers, Nuvo Alcohol Markers, Glitter, Embossing Folder


Products are listed just below each card.

Challenges I would like to support:


  1. Love to Craft Challenges #30 Anything Goes (check 2/5) (1 of 5?)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #12 AG DT 01/15 (sep post)

Happy New Year Hugs!