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, January 20, 2020

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #6

Welcome, blogging friends!
I hope you are well, and enjoying winter activities.
(to my Australian friends, your country is in my prayers).

It's time for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps where a $10 store credit is given to a winner every challenge!


JDS is having a Design Team Call.

Details HERE.

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Jan's darling Across the Miles 603J reminds us that children thrive on receiving snail mail!

Earth Tone Copic Markers worked really well with this sweet little vintage boy in fun blue denim colors. Old Paper Distress inks allows bright colors to be used on a vintage piece, by toning down the bright white areas.

The flourishes are inked with faded jeans distress ink, and the Abstract Square die cut around the map is textured with navy glitter. To darken the outlines of the little boy image, I traced the black lines with a navy blue colored pencil from my Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils set and applied Gamsol to bleed the color a little bit. The same technique could be used with Prismacolor pencils.

Fellow crafter Marie Berquist shared fun denim designer papers with me, perfect for the vintage "travel-like" denim layers and those cute little corner details.
For the corner embellishments, I followed Desire Fourie's tutorial for creating fun embellishments using 2-sided paper.

The background papers were distressed with Barn Door Distress Ink to add more red tones to the setting.

Products Used:
  • Jan's Digi Stamps darling Across the Miles 603J
  • Navy Glitter (the abstract shape square)
  • Copic Markers, Distress Ink (Old Paper and Faded Jeans)
  • Background map stamp
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306, Spellbinders Shapes - Abstract S4-001, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #555 "More than a Single Word Sentiment" (on the map are digitals stamped "across the miles and Missing you" 1/26 (sep post)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG DT 2/15 (sep post)
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #2003 AG 1/27 (sep post)
  4. The Male Room Challenges #127 Anything Masculine Goes 1/22 (sep post)
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #123 5th Anniversary AG 1/27 
  6. Crafty Friends #127 AG 
  7. Crafty Cardmakers #248 AG 1/27
  8. As You Like It (Jan 16) AG Show Us Your Style 2/1

On a Personal Note:
Yesterday, Bright and Early,
as the sun colored the morning sky, through the tree line:

All the dark "patches" in the oak tree below, unfortunately, are mistletoe.

Happy Mail Day Hugs,


cotnob said...

A super card Donna, a sweet image and great design - I love the denim papers.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Crafting Queen said...

Great card, love the image and the paper you used.

Chris said...

A really sweet image and fabulous colouring showcased by your lovely design Donna. The papers and colours are gorgeous, the map adds to the message!.
I agree that children (and adults!)love to receive snail mail, so much more exciting to open a letter or card than an email!
Wonderful photos too, the colours of the sky through the silhouetted trees are glorious.

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love this vintage look! The colors are amazing and all the fun little additions from the distressing, to the glitter and your corner embellies, just make for the sweetest card. Love the penciled outlining of the dungarees. Your photos are gorgeous too!

Lori m said...

Darling cute and you always make the prettiest backgrounds for your cards.

Love the sky view photos, what a great morning waking up and seeing that sky, hugs, Lori m

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I love that image and your design is just perfect. Thank you for sharing your pictures. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Bunny said...

Beautiful personal pictures. Love the colors.

Great card. I love the map you added. The image for some reason makes me think of Charlie Brown reaching in to see if there is a Valentine for him. Love it. [Bunny]

Linby said...

So many lovely details on this card and the dies you used complement the images perfectly.
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
Lynn x

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Donna, I love your sweet card, the little by is so cute and your colouring is fabulous. Beautifully designed with those super papers too.
Wonderful sky. Our sunset was like that yesterday, amazing to behold, Kate x

Beebeebabs said...

Such a cute card - love the image and creative background - another fabulous creation thanks for sharing and have a great week!!!

Anne Temple said...

Your card is gorgeous! I love all the different elements and papers and the map is perfect for this sweet image. He's one of my favorites.

Sheryl said...

Donna, all I can say is WOW! I simply love everything about this card from Jan's gorgeous stamp, the vintage look and feel to the fabulous elements all working together perfectly. Beautiful.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Linda Simpson said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I love the beautiful layers and the little boy is so cute.
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That's a lovely card.

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

brenda said...

I can see you have out so much love and thought into this lovely creation Donna and it's a fabulous idea having the map as a backing, so pleased you shared with us at Allsorts 'More than a Word' theme, many thanks.

B x

Dawn Phillips said...

Really lovely Donna. The map behind the image is a sweet touch. Love Dawn x

KarinsArtScrap said...

great and beautiful card Donna
Gr Karin

Shelly Schmidt said...

How sweet is this card! Your coloring is beautiful, and love the denim color you added too. I agree- nothing more fun than snail mail : ) And, wow- love the landscape photo's- Gods artwork!!!

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful card, what a brilliant idea using a map

Poppyfield Card Crafts said...

This is a very cute image Donna and your colouring is delightful

June :)

Mac Mable said...

Love the scene you've created and the background map and the adorable little boy are perfect together. Gorgeous colour tones and love the addition of the flourishes.
Wow to the morning sky....amazing x.

*Vicki* said...

OK, well I must be like this kid when it comes to snail mail because I absolutely LOVE receiving it!! :) Your colors are perfect for a country feeling and I love that you've added that little map along with your image! The pretty die-cut vines are perfect! HUGS from over here in freezing cold Midwest! :)

NanaConnie said...

I LOVE THIS CARD, Donna! So perfectly designed, colored, and laid out. I love the map background; it really enhances the whole idea of letters coming from a great distance. Wonderful color combo and just the perfect amount of sparkle. :-D Hugs

Faith A at Daffodil Cards said...

Such a darling image, beautifully coloured. Love it. (Not just little ones thrive on snail mail, shame letter writing is out of fashion.) Gorgeous dawn in your area, fabulous photos. Thank you so much for joining us in our Anything Goes challenge at The Male Room this week. Looking forward to see you again next challenge.

Faith The Male Room DT
hint - add our challenge badge!

pam said...

This is one fabulous cute card Donna, love the vintage image and wonderful layout.
Hugs Pam x

Kathleen said...

A really super creation, great image and love all the elements in the background, super sentiment too.
Thank you for joining our 'More than one word' challenge at Allsorts.

Kath x

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love what you have done with that stamp set. I have often admired it and debated whether I should get it or not. And I know children love to get mail. I try to send mail to my grandkids often too. You really made this so wonderful with all those layers, colors and fantastic papers. I love it.

Donna said...

Fabulous image and card, like how you used a map for a layer.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

This is fabulous. I love the gorgeous image and background you have created. Overall, great design and project. Nice work.
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

Julie Odil said...

Your image is colored beautifully, Donna. Love that map paper with the darling boy. I do hate to think that this is your last challenge with the team but totally understand!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh that is just so sweet, he is too cute checking the mail, love how you aged the piece, especially on the map, such pretty details

Barbara Bruder said...

Donna, another great card. Perfect coloring and love that map paper, it's the perfect addition to this card. Thanks for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Barbara DT member for { World Wide Open Design Team Challenge}

Jean Bullock said...

Love the quilt and blanket-like layers you created. Also cool is your use of the flourish embellishment to tie things together. Great color choices and I love the feeling of "home" that you have created here. Well done!

Wendy L said...

Simply gorgeous Donna, great colouring and the sky pics, we get some great sunsets at the back of us over the mountains, xxx

KT Fit Kitty said...

Adorable card, Donna! The image is so cute and I love your colouring! I like the cool map too! I'll have to check out Desire's corner embellishment tutorial, such a nice detail! Have a wonderful day, my friend!

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous vintage effect Donna love the cute image,great use of a map and love the B.paper and die-cut swirls.Thank you for the lovely comment and have enjoyed my time as a GDT
Carol x

Sarah said...

I love that little guy posting his letter!! Such a fabulous design and the colours are wonderful. Lovely to see you at AYLI. What fabulous photographs xx

Leslie Miller said...

Awww, this is the cutest thing, Donna! I know children love to receive snail mail as much as we do (and, personally, I LOVE it). It makes them feel very special. Such a darling set and so beautifully done. I really love the dies you used. Oh, my, gorgeous morning photos! A beautiful sunrise! We would have to go over the hill to see the sunrise here, but we do get those lovely sun rays sometimes. Sunset is a different story. What a beautiful view to wake up to!

Joy Wilson said...

Fabulous card! I just love that cute little boy! Long live snail mail!!! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
Hugs, Joy
Joyfully Stamps
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

Vickie Y said...

Adorable image and card! Thank you for sharing with us at The PIP Challenge

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is such an adorable image Donna. I love what you have done with it. Love your scene photos, they are a talented photographer as well as crafter.

Sue said...

Oh my how cute is this darling little guy trying to get the mail! I love anything with a country mail box, we live in the city, but I have a country mail box. Love the sentiment and map. Background papers are great too. You always put so much into your cards and it shows. But, the little guy is the winner on this one, such a sweet digi. Thanks for sharing the beautiful Florida sky pictures, magnificent!


Maikreations said...

Awww ;o) I agree that snail-mail is always appreciated by the recipients and such a sweet one certainly is a lovely surprise! Lovely colouring as well! Thank you for playing along with our "Anything Goes" challenge at the Crafty Cardmakers! Have a wonderful weekend and happy crafting, Maike ;o)

Josephine said...

So cute!

Thanks for joining us at Crafty Cardmakers!

Loose Stitches said...

Fabulous creation Donna! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

Aimeslee Winans said...

I love anything with a map and those papers caught my right away, love the diamond pattern too. Your coloring of that sweet image is first class, love the way you did his overalls. We are sure having a winter, aren't we? Your photos capture loveliness but I'm afraid if I took a pic of our trees, there would be mildewtoes in them it has rained soooooo much this month, lol. You know how it is in a humid climate. ;-) xoxo

Sue said...

This is fabulous Donna, beautifully coloured! Have a very happy week, Sue xx

Felix the Crafty Cat said...

So sweet. Thanks for joining in at Crafty Cardmakers and good luck with the challenge, Angela xXx

Karen Dunbrook said...

really sweet card...I like the layout and the way you coloured it all.
xx Karen

NanaConnie said...

Hey, you took a Top 3 spot at Pammie's Inky Pinkies with this one! Congrats. :-D

Squirrel x said...

What a fabulous project for our Anything Goes theme, thanks so much for sharing your make with us for this AYLI challenge. Hope to see you at the next one too! Squirrel Xx

Brenda said...

What a great design for our Anything Goes theme. I'm loving all the wonderful details! Your photos are gorgeous too! Thanks so much for sharing it with us. Hope you share with us again this week!

Monica C. said...

Love your card Donna! The image is so cute and I love the enhancements that you have done on it. The background papers are perfect too.
What a beautiful sky on your pics.
Hugs Monica

HeatherB said...

This is such a lovely image. Love the way you colored it. Thanks for joining us at PIP Challenges.