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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Friday, November 01, 2019

That Vintage Look at The Paper Shelter - 2 Crafty Critter Crazies

Is it REALLY November 1st already?
So glad I can share it with you - and thanks for dropping by today.

It's time for 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:
TPS The Paper Shelter
Her wonderful characters exhibit such a kindness and sweetness to them.
My card features the darling "Holy Night" digital set, including background.

I felt like doing something in a Vintage Style.

After dragging the focal image onto the background in the word processor, I flipped the entire thing horizontally so they were facing the opposite direction.

The sentiment is one I made, and am gifting it to my followers below.

In addition, I duplicated the focal image and sentiment so they could be fussy cut separately, and popped up for dimension.

Above, on a separate word processing document, I dragged 2 of the backgrounds to it, and sized them to be slightly taller than the scene on the first page. To elongate the card (making it 5x7), simply "overlay" one of the backgrounds onto the other, matching up the borders so they look continuous.

The Vintage frame needed a little help with the busy background, so I die cut a larger piece, embossed it with a very pale gold EP containing mica powder, and heat set:

Next came the assembly:
  1. Adhere Decorative frame to embossed panel.
  2. Adhere die cut image to framed panel.
  3. Adhere die cut inner frame on top of image panel.
  4. The card probably would be beautiful just like the bottom photo!

The background would be lovely all by itself with a sentiment.
Fussy cut one of those trees, make an extended background, pop up the fussy cut tree where the border overlaps, and put a sentiment or the lovely girl on the right.

But I placed the framed focal image panel on the background:

After inking the edges of the fussy cut pieces, the sentiment and focal image were popped up:

Gold Wink of Stella was placed around the dark card base. Clear Wink of Stella was placed on the white trees in the back ground, and more Pale Gold EP edges the background panel:

Wishing you all the joys of November!


I have made a simple freebie digital sentiment in two formats for my followers. NOT for commercial use, please. Use it on any of your projects, including projects involving any design teams you might be on.
Click on the image to bring it to full size, then right click and do a SAVE.


  • TPS The Paper Shelter "Holy Night" digital set, including background
  • Other: White Cardstock, Chocolate Brown Cardstock, Clear and Gold Wink of Stella, Tea Dye Distress Ink, Pale Gold Embossing Powder

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. The Holly and Ivy Christmas Challenge #59 AG Christmas 11/9 (sep post)
  2. Crafty Catz Challenge #481 AG-Snow 11/8 
  3. A Bit More Time To Craft #103 AG (sep post) 11-16
  4. Merry Little Christmas Challenge #16 AG Christmas 12/1 (sep post 12/5)
  5. Animal Friends Challenge #80 (Nov) Reindeer 12/1
  6. Pearly Sparkles Challenge #46 Christmas 12/1

Critter Hugs,


Sue said...

Hi Donna, Lovely card.

Hope you have a fab Friday. Sue

brenda said...

As always a really lovely creation Donna with a great image and looks lovely in the sepia tones.

B x

Wendy L said...

Looove this Donna, just my type of card, so beautiful, xxx

Chris said...

This is so beautiful Donna, lovely design as always, love how you've used the image and papers, the sepia tones are perfect for the wonderful vintage feel of this gorgeous card.

Natalia said...

Wow! That is so cute☺☺

Donna said...

Stunning vintage catf, like the golden efged, the raised image and your beautiful sentiment!

Lori m said...

Stunning card and beautiful image, hugs, Lori m

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I love the monochrome tone of this card. It suits the beautiful image so well. Have a great weekend. Take care. Hugs Jackie

jimlynn said...

Love the way you did this in the sepia tones. So beautiful! Great tutorial too! Thanks so much for the lovely sentiment.

Beebeebabs said...

Wow absolutely gorgeous - love your vintage style card - love everything about it - great job as always. Have a great weekend my friend!!!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my that is just beautiful in the sepia tones and I love how you used the background and then put the image framed over top, that embossing powder with the mica is gorgeous, Gorgeous creation!

Conniecrafter said...

I forgot to thank you for sharing the sentiment it is lovely!

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely gorgeous Donna, I love the sepia shades and of course it's a wonderful image, beautifully design too, Kate x

Monica C. said...

This is so beautiful, Donna! That vintage color and that gold embossing powder make a magnificent project. Love it!
Hugs Monica

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna this is stunning! Loving the vintage feel to this delightful card.
Linda xxx

*Vicki* said...

This is so amazing Donna! The sepia color on this makes for SUCH a stunning vintage look! I especially love the touch of gold EP around your layer underneath and the touches of shimmer over the details! I can never seem to capture mine in photos and you've done a beautiful job with that! Thank you for the elegant digi freebie my friend! I have a "Donna" folder on my computer now! :) HUGS

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so gorgeous Donna, you are so talented & have lots of patience when you are creating your beautiful work. Thank you for the sentiments sweetie.

Debbie Harris said...

WOW! Absolutely gorgeous all the way around!
If she isn't the sweetest little thing and then that deer, oh my.

You are one talented lady with a lovely eye creating such delightful cards.

Happy day to you ♡

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is gorgeous Donna
Gr Karin

Inkyfingers said...

What a stunning vintage card, Donna and your technique with flipping the background is awesome!
Have a great weekend.
Carol x

NanaConnie said...

This is stunningly beautiful, Donna! I love the sepia tones and the die you chose for cutting the image. Wonderful idea to separate the time from the background with the frame. Delightfully creative! Sweet sentiment and thanks for giving it to us. I know I'm going to use it for winter holiday cards.

Verna Angerhofer said...

This is so very gorgeous and I love the vintage style of it. Great colors too.

Anne Buckingham said...

You have amazing talent and are generous in sharing your knowledge. The sephia tone gives it an antique look. You have so many layers of embellishment that makes your work unique and elevated elegance.

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Donna, WOW! Just WOW! Your card is just beautiful! And even better you share a wonderful photo tutorial showing how to recreate it!!! The results are just stunning and elegant, and yet the technique is very do-able. Will be pinning to experiment with later 😊

Aimeslee Winans said...

Donna, you rocked the vintage here. Love the monochrome, it's perfect. Thank you so much for the freebie! xoxo

Dawn Phillips said...

I love that sepia effect. It's stunning. Love Dawn x

Sarah said...

What a luxurious card Donna, really beautiful xx

Donna Phelan said...

Lovely vintage vibe! That image is so nostalgic and beautiful!

Pia S said...

The sepia and brown tones and the touches of gold give this image and scene a perfect vintage feel. This is gorgeous. Brilliant!

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, you've done an amazing job with this image! I enjoyed reading how you made this card and what you did, might have to try this myself, love the outcome! Beautiful die cuts too! Very nice sentiment, thanks for offering it as a freebie!

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna. an adorable image and fabulous vintage design.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, this is really beautiful! The vintage look is perfect for it. Such a sweet image. It's really a nice digi package! I do like the pale gold embossing powder. Thank you so much for the lovely sentiment, too. You know how I enjoy my digis! Hugs!

Dreja said...

Ganz zauberhaft! Danke für deine Teilnahme bei den AnimalFriends.
LG Dreja

Chris said...

Hi Donna, just popped back to thank you for sharing this beautiful card at Crafty Catz, hope you're enjoying a lovely Sunday.

Shona Erlenborn said...

This is jaw-dropping fabulous! Love how you can manipulate the digis so well. Gorgeous monochrome sepia tones and your fussy cutting of that little girl and her friend is amazing. Beautiful work my friend!

Beebeebabs said...

BTW thank you for the lovely sentiment!!!

Mac Mable said...

Thank you for the step by steps on how you did this wonderful card. The images are beautiful and your design layout is striking. I always enjoy reading your posts on how you make your creative projects....Thank you. A beautiful card and thank you for the sentiment x

pam said...

Beautiful card Donna, love the vintage design and fabulous frame.
Pam x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card Donna and beautiful image looks perfect in sepia tones-and thank you for the freebie sentiment
Carol x

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

A very gorgeous card Donna

Thank you so much for the freebie sentiments

June :)

Carole J said...

Such a great idea to transform the digi set into a vintage piece, Donna! It has a totally different look and is gorgeous. The pale gold heat embossed panel adds a beautiful backdrop for your lovely scene. Beautiful sentiment, too! x

Sue said...

I love the image of the little girl and the deer, and it looks amazing in the brown tones. The vintage style is perfect for the image. Wonderful card design and dimension too. Reminds me of cards from my childhood.


cass said...

Sweet card. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our "Christmas" Challenge.

Cindy said...

Super sweet card! Thanks for sharing with us at MLC this month.

Mia said...

This is simply GORGEOUS, Donna!!!!! An amazing card!!! Thank you so much for sharing the steps! Hugs, my dear friend.