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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Saturday, February 15, 2020

Speekski Designs at Do-Al(l) Kreatives AND A FREEBIE!

I won the fabulous Do-Al(l) Kreatives challenge recently, and part of the prize is guest designing this month!  Thank you for inviting me, DAK designers!
This month's sponsor is Sheepski Designs and the theme is:

Feminine + Monochromatic

My 5x7 card features Andrea Norris' pretty pensive Coffee Break digital stamp.

Colored with Blue tone Copic Markers, I die cut an enlarged image to make a close up of this lovely stamp.

More of my Great Aunt's 1930's vintage lace was used. It always makes me feel close to her using her sewing stash from long ago. How nice it was the perfect color for my card! Of course, I could not pass up adding a little glitter to the sentiment and leaves.

Card interior:

Products Used:
  • Sheepski Designs Coffee Break digital stamp
  • Papers: Mariposa Matstack, Aqua, White
  • Glitter (clear with a little aqua added)
  • Punches: MS Decco Fans edge, MS 3-in-1 Hydrangea, SU Label, SU corner rounder
  • Dies: Surprise Creation pierced scallops, SB Bitty Blossoms
  • Prills
  • Tumbled Glass Distress Ink

A little gift to you:

I have made a freebie digital sentiment for you to use on the inside or outside of your projects. 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.
Enjoy! One is for birthday, and the other for any day.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Sheepski Designs FB Challenge AG + Option Love 2/19
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge   AG DT 3/15
  3. QKR Stampede Challenge #385 AG 2/20
  4. Alphabet Challenge Blog (2-14) Challenge W Anything you Wish 2/28 (birthday wishes)
  5. Digi Choosday Craft Challenge Wk 6 (Feb 11) AG 2/23
  6. Classic Crafty FB Challenge (Feb) AG 3/1 (30% off)
  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2006 AG 2/17
  8. The Paper Girls Challenge #193 Birthdays 2/16
  9. Allsorts Challenge Blog #559 Use Dies and/or Punches 2/22 (Punches: MS Decco Fans edge, MS 3-in-1 Hydrangea, SU Label, SU corner rounder -- Dies: Surprise Creation pierced scallops, SB Bitty Blossoms)
  10. A Bit More Time to Craft #110 AG 3/1

stamping hugs,


Sue said...

Hi Donna, Lovely card. Congrats on being guest designer.

Hope you have a nice weekend. Sue

brenda said...

What a super feminine card Donna, it's a super image and loving the tealy colours.

Have a good weekend.

B x

Beebeebabs said...

Congrats - such a beautiful card - love the image and layout and great coloring - you did a fabulous job as always thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend!!!

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, a fabulous image and lovely shades of blue - so pretty.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card.

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. That image is beautiful. I love the colour and all the elements you have added to the design. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Wendy L said...

Gorgeous card Donna and thank You for another lovely freebie, xxx

Chris said...

Congrats on your Guest spot Donna, well deserved! Beautiful card with a lovely image, fabulous design - looks wonderful in the monochromatic aqua tones. Such a lovely greeting inside too, thanks for the Freebie!

Heather "Hev" said...

Beautiful card :) Thank you for the sentiments x

Mrs A. said...

What a lovely sentiment verse. Thankyou for allowing us to use. Congrats on your win. I love what you have created with this Digi. Colours are beautiful. I too have a bag of lace not as old . Mine is on,y from the 1960’s. Storm Dennis is raging outside at present so staying indoors for the weekend. Hugs Mrs A.

Lori m said...

Stunning card, always so pretty and this is gorgeous, thank you for the beautiful sentiment, hugs,Lori m

Bunny said...

Fabulous card. Love the colors. I really love the rectangle die and read it was a MS that I actually have. What was the dimension of the paper before you started punching it out. I always have problems with that. Again, a really lovely card. [Bunny]

Donna Ellis said...

Bunny, the dimension was 5 inches by 6.75 inches. Thank you!

Donna said...

Gorgeous card, love every detail Donna! Congrats on your first design dpot!

*Vicki* said...

Really stunning monochromatic design here Donna! Love the added butterfly, dimensional flower and lace to this and how you've focused on the image bringing it in closer! The glittery touches are always my fave from you! Nicely done sweet lady!! HUGS

*Vicki* said...

P.S. Congrats on your guest spot too! :)

jimlynn said...

Total beauty!!! You must have known my favorite color is blue. Oh my goodness.....I LOVE this Donna! Absolutely beautiful. Love all the little things about it - lace, butterfly...Stunning card!
Congrats on your guest spot - and thanks for joining us again at Pammie's Inky Pinkies too!

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is stunning Donna, I love the elements on this gorgeous card. The image is fabulous, the colours are wonderful too.
Linda xxx

Mia said...

Congratulations for your Guest DT, Donna. You certainly deserve it!
What a beautiful card you made, my friend!!!!
And thank you so much for the lovely free sentiment. Kisses!!!!!

Ellibelle said...

So nicely done, Donna. Loving the design!
Thanks so much for joining us at Allsorts challenge this week where our theme is dies and/or punches!
Ellibelle's Corner

cuilliesocks said...

Congratulations on your GDT, and what a gorgeous card Donna, love the image and design, wonderful colours too Kate x x

Dawn Phillips said...

That's beautiful. I love how you did her hair. Love Dawn x

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

WOW!!! Amazing!! LOVE so very much the monochromatic aqua tones you used, the old lace and the dp background, as well the shape on witch you stamped and the fan border all around!! The touches of glitter look amazing! Certainly a very well deserved GD!!!

Leslie Miller said...

How beautiful! I love that you did it all monochromatic with several of your special touches to make it even prettier. The lace is so lovely. When I was clearing out my ribbon I saved quite a few trims, particularly some very pretty lace. Thank you so much for the awesome sentiments! I'll save them and then print up a few for card insides. Congrats on your guest spot, Donna!

NanaConnie said...

Stunning, Donna! I love the blues you chose. Lovely image and you featured her perfectly on that background paper. Beautiful lace and the glitter on the flower is such a nice touch. Love the border framing the image. I've just completed a card for the DAK challenge but it'll never hold a candle to this one of yours. Now, time for a DT hat - Thanks so much for supporting our "Anything Goes" challenge at QKR Stampede this week. Good luck.
NanaConnie DT

Verna Angerhofer said...

Congratulations on your guest spot. I love the card too.

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

I absolutely adore your chosen colours for this image, they are just gorgeous. I love this image, I have this image in my file and am yet to colour her up. You did such a lovely job Donna. 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

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is so beautiful Donna and I love the colour you have chosen
Gr Karin

Sioban said...

This is great in blue! Love it.

Donna Phelan said...

How beautiful! Love all of the shades of blue and that delicate sparkle. Your Auntie's lace is soooo pretty makes for a lovely accent! The flower and sparkly leaves are fabulous! Great sentiment too, how generous of you to share it! Have a happy day!

Sarah said...

What a beauty she is Donna and I love the icy blue. Thank you for the messages xx

Karen @ Misplaced Mojo said...

Oh Donna, your sentiments are just beautiful, as is your card! Thank you so much for your generosity sharing these sentiments! I can't wait to put them to use 😁

Wies said...

So nice to see your beautiful card with the “coffee break” digi stamp. Lovely monochromatic colouring and details.

Julie Odil said...

This is my 3rd attempt to leave a comment on this blog post. I'm trying a different computer and browser this time. Congrats on your GDT! I love the monochromatic colors of this! Well done! The paw prints that you asked about on my blog were a file from the Silhouette Design Store that I cut out on my Silhouette. Hope that helps.

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

I love love the blues! This is just lovely! Always happy to see you at PIP Challenges!!

Conniecrafter said...

Congrats on your win and the guest design spot, you did a wonderful job with this lady, such pretty colors, the lace is such a beautiful touch! Thanks so much for the beautiful inside messages too, so sweet of you!

creationsnz said...

Lovely monochrome card and sure is feminine. I find monochrome cards difficult to keep interesting and not look too flat, but you've done a great job. CarolG

Arteconpapelmaderaehilos said...

Gorgeous card. Thanks you for joining with us at Good luck with your entry
Maritza DT

KT Fit Kitty said...

Congratulations on your Guest Designer feature, Donna! They are lucky to have you! Your card is beautiful! Gorgeous colouring and beautiful die-cuts! Thank you for the free sentiment!

Linby said...

Congrats on your GDT, this is such a wonderful card you designed. The colours are beautiful and your colouring complements it so well.
Thanks for sentiments.
Thanks for sharing with us at Allsorts.
Lynn x

Brittany M. said...

This is absolutely stunning, Donna! From the beautiful coloring to the vintage lace, it is just gorgeous. Thank you so much for joining the Paper Girls with their birthday challenge!

NanaConnie said...

Hey, girlfriend, I knew this was a fabulous design and now I see you've taken a Top 3 spot at Pammie's Inky Pinkies! Congrats. :-D

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a monochromatic beauty! She looks so pensive. Love all the gorgeous embellishments. Your Aunt's lace is so pretty. I hope you still have lots left? Congrats. on your guest design spot and thanks for sharing your beautiful sentiment!

pam said...

WOW!!! Amazing!! LOVE the monochromatic aqua tones you used Donna, gorgeous image and layout, perfect finishing touch to use your pretty lace.
Hugs Pam x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is stunning once again Donna. Congrats on your Guest Slot.

Mac Mable said...

Congratulations on guesting Donna but of course I think they are extremely lucky to have you x. I so love your monochromatic colour choice and what a fabulous image...feminine and beautiful and great how you highlighted her x. Wonderful use of your great Aunt's vintage lace and always great to add a little glitter x. Thank you for the sentiment Donna x

crafty-stamper said...

Hi Donna congrats on your win and GDT spot and thank you for the freebie verse.Gorgeous monochrome card and image-love the beautiful lace and sparkly embellishments-a really feminine card
Carol x

Anne Buckingham said...

Such a lovely image. The color makes me think of cold weather. The sparkle reminds me of snow. Perhaps I see it as cold and cozy at the same time since I do love the card you created.

Dr Sonia S V said...

Such a beautiful creation how you have brought alive such a gorgeous monochome theme and so lovely that you are using your granma's lace
Dr Sonia

Kathyk said...

Fab make and gorgeous colour - well done on your win too

Happy Sunday


Sue said...

This is beautiful Donna, you have amazing colouring skills. Congratulations too on your win. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

Monica said...

Congrats for the win, Donna. And what a super elegant card this is. Loving the cool and calm colours and the expressions on the girl's face.
The little flower is so pretty too.


Aimeslee Winans said...

Congrats on guest designing, Donna, I love this card. You cropped the gorgeous focal image perfectly in the die cut. Your great aunt's lace is beyond beautiful. I covet lace like that! And your glitter accents make it sparkle, love the inside too. And THANK YOU for the wonderful sentiment gifts, XOXO

Loose Stitches said...

Gorgeous creation Donna, lovely coloring! Congratulations on your GDT spot. 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