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

Monday, November 18, 2019

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #2

A Hearty Welcome to my Blogging Buddies!
Thanks for visiting today - I am sharing some Christmas cards.

It's time for another ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps!

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My card features the pre-colored version of Santa's List #3186. It's a fantastic image for making either colored or sepia toned Vintage cards:

Anyone who knows me realizes that I have difficulty making A2 size cards but here are two quickie creations in that size using the pre-colored images:

For the green stripes, I used the "line" option in my word processor to make wallpaper. The Floor (free clip art on-line) was lightened by using the "opacity" option. 

After die cutting the frame, I burnished white microfine glitter in the frame's details:

The red creation is simple with a glittered frame:

Lastly, I have a 5x7 card. On my word processor, I change the color to Sepia then inked the areas with Aged Mahogany Distress ink.

The frame was distressed with Brilliance Gold and the glasses were highlighted with an aqua pencil.

Now for my boo-boo:

Somehow, I crookedly adhered the oval of my Santa inside the frame. It looks like he is in a haunted house - levitating:

Now that I've pointed it out, you can clearly see that Santa is "floating" in the air in an un-level manner. To be honest, my card was nearly completed, and everything had already been glued down.

So I cut out some gold flourishes and positioned them in a way that sorta-kinda hides my huge blunder. You can still see the boo boo because you know about it. But maybe my recipient won't notice it (giggle).
Haunted Santa (laughing)

Hop on over and play with us - who knows?
You might be the winner of the $10 store gift voucher!

Products Used:
Jan's Digi Stamps Santa's List #3186
Other Digital - Floor (free clip art on-line)
Red Oval Card:
  • Dies: SB Floral Ovals (glittered)   Punches: 2 Circle Punches
  • Paper: White, Red, old DP
  • Inks: Black Soot Oxide, Tea Dye Distress, Rain Forest VersaFine Clair

Green Stripe Card:
  • Dies: Tonic English Picnic Layering set,   Punch: SU Modern Label
  • Paper: White, Green     Inks: Rain Forest VersaFine Clair
  • Microfine white glitter (in the frame)

Sepia Brown Card:
  • Dies: SB Victorian Crest, SB Classic Ovals, DieVersions "Tis the Season", Cheery Lynn Holly Lace Flourish
  • Paper: Black, White, Burgundy, Pale Taupe, Gold Vellum, Gold Glossy
  • Inks: Digitally made Sepia Tone Image from colored image, then used distress and oxide inks on image, Brilliance Gold on frame and Copics (RV32, E16) PrismaColor Pencil aqua (glasses)     
  • Embossing Folder:  Crafters Companion Stone Wall

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Sparkles Christmas Challenge #106 Santa 12/1
  2. Crafty Friends #123 Christmas 12/1
  3. Pearly Sparkles #46 Christmas 12/1
  4. World Wide Open DT Challenge #11 AG DT related 12/15
  5. Kerst/Christmas FB Challenge #11 AG Christmas 11/30
  6. Make My Monday #109 Red, Green and White (my red card) 11/20

Inky Hugs,


Monica said...

Dearest Donna,

All your cards are happy chappies and I simply love them. Hope you are doing okay, lovely lady with a golden heart.

Lots of love,


KarinsArtScrap said...

these are gorgeous Donna love the sepia one

gr karin

brenda said...

Lovely traditional cards Donna, he's such a gorgeous Santa. Apols not been by much, what with hubby having been in hospital and my eyes everything's been taking for ages.

B x

Natalia said...

Oh wow, so pretty☺

Chris said...

Beautiful cards with this lovely traditional Santa image, I especially love the Sepia one it has such a wonderful vintage feel!
Hope all is well with you.

Lori m said...

Donna, stunning and gorgeous can't even come close to your beautiful cards, each one is so pretty, thank you for sharing the inspiration, hugs, Lori m

Sue said...

These are really lovely Donna. I've never really used digital images but you've shown how much you can do with them. I hadn't noticed your 'haunted Santa' lol anyway wonky is the new straight! Have a very happy week, Sue xx

jimlynn said...

They're ALL just gorgeous! Love the one in sepia too. So different and yet so pretty.

Linda Simpson said...

These are all stunning cards Donna, loving them all but my favourite is the sepia card.
Linda xxx

Wendy L said...

They look lovely Donna and thanks for entering into Crafty Friends challenge, xxxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Really fab cards.

Hope you've had a good start to the week. Sue

Shona Erlenborn said...

The sepia one is my favorite! You're such a guru with those digis! Of course, had you not said anything, I don't think anyone would have noticed your boo boo! They are all fabulous!

Heather said...

What a great collection of Santas! I love all your different renditions, such fun color combos! Thanks so much for playing at Sparkles!

NanaConnie said...

Oh, I dearly love each and every one of these, Donna! The work you did on the sepia version is marvelous (love that die you chose for the frame!) and I especially love the golden holly you added. Both of the others are wonderfully framed as well. I'm hoping maybe one of these might visit me for Christmas. :-D

Patti J said...

Donna, I SO love these! Each one made me smile - I'm a Christmas junkie :) The 'define good' fits me to a T!!! Thanks for sharing your secrets - wish I had a good program. All I have is basic Microsoft Word. What do you recommend for working with digi images like you've done here? Have a wonderful day, my friend!!!

Mrs A. said...

Three absolutely stunning Father Christmas cards. So busy admiring the sepia tones that
I hadn’t even noticed he was slightly off kilter. Really doesn’t show. Hugs Mrs A.

Gale said...

These are all lovely Christmas cards! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Gale DT for

Donna said...

Such gorgeous cards Donna, they are all framed so lovely. It is so fun to see 3 different cards with one image, really like the sepia one as it is not the usual - no one would of noticed he was slightly crooked if you had not told. Thanks for the link for the floor clip art!

Anne Temple said...

These are all gorgeous. I really liked the red one until I saw the sepia toned one. It looks amazing ( and I didn't notice the boo-boo till you pointed it out. :-).)

Donna Ellis said...

Referring to Patti's comment - I do not use any special program. I've never learned to use MS Word for digitals because it seems so complicated. I have an iMac and it comes with Pages as a word processor, and that is what I use to put my digitals together, and even to make the PNG sentiments I share with everyone! xx

Stampsnob. said...

That is a georgeous image ........Lis

Anne Buckingham said...

Enjoyed seeing the difference frames and background make. Changing to sepia tone gives an antique look. Fun cards. Funny to see your oops card.

Conniecrafter said...

Your cards are just fabulous, I love how you added the striped paper and wood floor. I will have to say I think that the Sepia one is my favorite though and I totally couldn't see how it was crooked!

Leslie Miller said...

Your cards are just beautiful, Donna! I think my favorite part of this set is the bag of toys... just 'cause I'm a kid at heart, I guess. I love the sepia tone, too. I laughed out loud at the idea of Santa levitating in a haunted house!!! I did not notice it at all because your fix is so clever!

cotnob said...

Fabulous cards Donna, such a super Santa image and three great designs - super Christmas cards.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Donna Phelan said...

These are so festive, boo boo and all (which I never would have picked up on lol) I love the Santa images and pray that Penny will embrace him in the coming weeks--doesn't look good. Ha! I love your A2 cards, there is still so much detail put into them. Merry Merry!

Sarah said...

These are wonderful Donna and the levitating Santa would surely go unnoticed by an untrained eye!! xx

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful cards with that wonderful Santa. And, if you had not pointed out the boo boo I would not have noticed. I am always getting things out of line so it might seem natural to me. LOL

KraftyKoolKat said...

All three of these gorgeous creations are awesome sweetie.

*Vicki* said...

Sigh...these are ALL very stunning and so elegant looking Donna!! I love how you've framed them all in and each one has it's own unique qualities about it which I truly admire in your designs! To be honest, if you hadn't had said Santa was crooked I wouldn't have ever known, but I chuckled at your floating comment! :) Seriously all are gorgeous!! Have a lovely week my friend!

Donna Ellis said...

Vicki, Not everyone can have a floating, levitating Santa in a Haunted Room! LOL

Mac Mable said...

Extra loving the haunted Santa card....LOL ....Great save and I love how you've used the gorgeous image on your cards. I really didn't see the mini boob boo but of course once you mentioned it....I saw it, but I am sure the recipient won't. Fabulous inspiration and thank you x.

pam said...

Donna, I adore your Santa, beautiful cards and love how you put right your hick up!!looks perfect now ..would have noticed if you had`nt said lol.
Hugs Pam x

cass said...

All wonderful Christmas cards. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Christmas" Challenge.

Julie Odil said...

I think your cards are joust perfect!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Well you've outdone yourself again, dear Donna! These are all gorgeous! No one is going to notice haunted Santa - they will be happy to receive a handmade card - don't be so hard on yourself! These images are beautiful and I love what you've done with them! Gorgeous work, my friend!

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Donna, fabulous trio of Christmas Cards, you really did a lovely job creating these gorgeous projects. Love them all.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Fiona said...

What lovely Santa cards - and yes as soon as you said that about the levitating Santa I couldn't help but see it! thanks for joining us at Sparkles Christmas Challenge this month - Fiona, DT

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous cards Donna love the dies and the sepia one-I wouldn't have noticed either TBH
Carol x

Janeen from said...

Fabulous interpretation of the Red, Green and White theme for MMM.

Thanks for entering it at the Make My Monday challenge blog.

Janeen from the
Make My Monday Design Team

Aimeslee Winans said...

All 3 cards are beyond gorgeous, Donna. I'm in awe of what you did on that sepia one, crooked or not, genius effects. Love all the frames and your signature glittering. Hope you are staying warm and well, sweet girl! xoxo

Sue said...

He is such a beautiful Santa, and it was such fun to see all the different ways you used him. Lovely Christmas cards. I shopped for some digis but haven't had time to get to them..........story of my life..........


CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Wow these are perfect cards! Vibrant colors and great images!

Diane Louise J said...

Hello Donna... Thanks for entering your lovely card into our ‘Christmas’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

Monica C. said...

Great job in creating such different cards with the same image, Donna. I love the digitally created scene too.
Hugs Monica