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

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

Chirp! for the Birds!

Hello, blogging friends! I hope you are all enjoying milder weather and things are going well for you and your loved ones.

It's May First and that means a brand 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)!

Today I'm sharing a pretty set of SEVEN cards
 BUT also hanging my head in shame.
My friend Anne B and I got together LAST AUGUST to make some cards using her "Best Birds" Stampin' Up! set. I have finally finished mine, and it's time for show and tell. First, a preview:

My newest stamp set is out and available digitally for a mere $2.50.
It's called simply "Kindness".


Bold Blue:


I wish the gold sparkle had showed up below:


Blue Tan:


Products Used:
  • Images: "Chirp" SNS Bonnet Birdie rubber stamp set (also available digitally), Hero Arts mini sentiments, SNS Kindness rubber stamp set (also available digitally), Stampendous 8x8 Decor Music background stamp
  • Stampin' Up! sets: "Best Birds", "Touches of Textures", "Bloom with Hope"
  • MS Punch laurel leaf border, Twine, Distress Inks, Tombow Markers
  • Embossing Powder: SNS Gold Tinsel EP385 (very glittery)
  • Dies: SB Grand Labels One, SB Decorative Grand Labels One, SB Detailed Scallops, SB Teardrop Circle, Sue Wilson "Melbourne", SW "Australian Background", Crafts Too Presscut die set "Love Stitching Heart" PCD101, 
Challenges Entered:

stamping hugs,


Jackie T said...

Hi Donna what a lovely post with so many gorgeous cards. I am so glad you got round to using those birds and sharing them with us. Take care. Hugs Jackie

SD pooja said...

So many birdy cards !!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna, I absolutely adore these images. I do love birds and your layering and composition is stunning!
Linda xxx

Lori Kobular said...

Holy Cow!! Or should I say Holy Bird!! So many gorgeous bird cards!! I love them all! The colors are fabulous on each one of them! I guess someone else loves watching the birds when they come into the yard!

craftieodmae said...

Love the birds and those amazing sentiments!!!

Rosie said...

A beautiful collection of bird cards

Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY

cuilliesocks said...

What an amazing selection of cards Donna, all beautifully coloured and such wonderful designs, Kate x

Valerija said...

So many beautiful cards. Love them all.
Valerija xx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving all of them, but the first one would be my favourite.

Hope you are having a nice week. Sue

KarinsArtScrap said...

I love them Donna beautiful birds and cards you have made.

gr karin

Sarah said...

What an amazing collection of birds Donna xx

Donna Phelan said...

Oh WOW! What a pretty, pretty post! I have always loved birds on cards and your birds are not for the birds they are gorgeous! Each one is prettier than the last! And your Kindness set....there is always room for kindness!!! They are beautiful, loving the font! #kindnessmatters

Verna Angerhofer said...

Oh, my! All those pretty birds and used in such beautiful ways. I love these cards and they work for a man or a woman as far as I am concerned. These are awesome and you chose such pretty dies and papers to go with them too.

Stampsnob. said...

Every one as good as the other Your coloring is perfect yes I said perfect These cards however long it took are worth the wait ……….>Lis

Meggymay said...

A wonderful collection of beautiful bird cards. Thankyou for linking up with us at Try it on Tuesdays.

Lisa said...

Oh my goodness, Donna, they're all so stunning!! Wow!! I love the beautiful birds and gorgeous designs of each one!! They're so spectacular, my friend!! Each unique and totally beautiful!! I love them all!! And thank you so much for playing along at Scrapy Land!! Have a great evening!! Big hugs :)

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Bunny said...

I love all of the beautiful bird cards. I love birds anyway. They are such fun to watch. Ours are spoiled and I think yours are too if I remember correctly. It cracks me up that you've had them since last August but I have a feeling we can all relate. [Bunny]

Leslie Miller said...

Hold me back! This amazing collection took my breath away. It's back now so no need to worry about me, but my heart is still fluttering. Oh, the birds and the beautiful settings you gave them! Such a beautiful sentiment set, too. Lovely expressions. I bought your sympathy set and have been enjoying it. Plan to print some more, in fact. Must get on that because it's really so easy. You know... last August doesn't sound like so long to me. You know how I am. Trying to be better. A gorgeous collection of cards today, Donna!

froebelsternchen said...

Wonderful bird cards are these!
Thank you for joining us at TRY IT ON TUESDAY!

Monica said...

What a beautiful medley of cards there. Loving them all. Could not pick out a favourite. Thank you for your kind words about the cards. I pray to God that they sell and I can share the proceeds with these courageous women.

My forum United World Sanctuary is doing well. We will complete 3 years this month. Planning to host an event on the 15th where we will do meditation and browse pretty coffee table books.

How are you, my brave and courageous friend?



Beebeebabs said...

Wow such beautiful cards - love the birds and designs of your cards - great job as always thanks for sharing!!!

Diane said...

Wow these are beautiful cards Donna and I am amazed you found so many different designs to use for the same stamp set, I sometimes struggle coming up with just one! All are so well thought out and each with beautiful details...VERY well done!!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such a gorgeous array of cards De. I adore them all. The sentiments are beautiful & very meaningful sweetie.

Inkyfingers said...

What a fabulous collection of cards Donna and they were worth the wait IMHO! The birds are so pretty and your sentiments are lovely.

Carol x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous selection Donna love the beautifully coloured birds-great dies and gorgeous bow and flowers love them all
Carol x

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Donna, fabulous birds and wonderful sentiments - you might have taken your time but you've certainly done them justice.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Donna! What SWEET bird cards, and one is just cuter than the next! I love them all and love the digital sentiment set! Such sweet and lovely kindness quotes. We all need lots more kindness these days, and we can always expect it here with you! Hugs and love, sweet friend! xoxo

Sue said...

Wowzers!! So many beautiful cards with birds. I haven't make that many cards all together in a month!! And they are all stunning and beautifully designed and colored and embellished (as always) Thanks for sharing your awesome work.


sarascloset said...

A beautiful and colorful set of cards, Donna! I love the way you've colored the birds, and would love to see them all at my feeders! You've complimented those stunning birdies with beautiful papers and die cuts. Big congratulations on your latest stamps--they are beautiful! Sending hugs!

Monica C. said...

Donna, your cards are gorgeous! I love each one. Sometimes it happens that things take a while to mature in our craft room, but when they do, they are magnificent. I think that is what happened here.
Hugs Monica

wannabcre8tive said...

Wow, your cards are all beautiful. You chose some really pretty color combo's for the birds.

Caty said...

Woowwww your cards are so Gorgeous Donna !! Absolutely wonderful. I love these little birds, they are so sweet. The colours, details and designs are fabulous too.
I want to thank you very much for joining us at Try it on Tuesday.
Wish you a very nice day,
Big hugs, Caty

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Donna, these are just gorgeous, it may have taken you awhile to get them done but good things come to those who wait, your coloring on them are just amazing and your kindness digi's are a wonderful addition to the first, love how the leaves go over the sentiment heart. Such great designs on all the cards, Lovely!

Let's Art Journal said...

What beautiful cards! I love all of the designs with the pretty backgrounds and birds - amazing 😁. Thanks so much for joining in the fun at Try it on Tuesday! J 😊 x

pam said...

Hi De, my your cards are stunning works of art! love the beautiful images and wonderful colours on each card.
We have gone back to winter here in the UK, after the gorgeous heat wave, it`s one heck of a shock!.
Sending hugs my dear friend.
Pam xx

creationsnz said...

A marathon effort Donna that paid off bigtime. A wonderful selection. CarolG

Shona Erlenborn said...

Wowser! What a gorgeous flock of cards! Beautifully colored and coordinated. Love that you incorporated your Kindness stamp on the first one - I think that is my favorite! Such a pretty collection Donna. Thanks for sharing!

CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Very lovely cards! Perfect for the season as well!

Donna said...

What a beautiful set you designed and so many stunning bird cards, enjoyed all of them!

Donna Heber said...

Hi Donna, so many wonderful cards. I just love the birds and creating nature cards. They are great for all occasions. Blessings to you.

Pia S said...

Wow! 7 cards with birds, all in different colors and layouts. That’s an achievement. Normally I’m not too fond of bright yellow and blue. But you’ve made it my new favorite! But really, they all look amazing.
Ps: so pleased you liked my Twofer cards with animals, I’m honored to be picked a favorite, thanks!

*Vicki* said...

The bird images are absolutely stunning! All of these designs are so so gorgeous!! You've done such an amazing job showcasing this set!! Love how each and every one is differently done! You're very talented sweet lady! HUGS

Joan said...

A beautiful set of cards with all those lovely birds

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