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, April 15, 2020

Sweet Purple Bunnies for Spring

Waving Hello!
I hope you are doing well.

Today I have some bunny cards to share from an old, old, virginal Inkadinkadoo image, stamped with Monarch VersaFine Clair and colored with Tombow #133 marker. The leaves are very sparkly with glitter. I've used a different glue to adhere the glitter, so hope to hear back from recipients if it did not work well.

A great feat! They are A2 size.

Thanks to my friend Ana for helping 

to choose colors on these cards before our quarantine!

Clear glitter was applied to the greenery.

Shaded Lilac Distress ink highlights the background.

  • Image: Inkadinkadoo Bunny Retreat (this is the stamp)
  • Dies: Assorted Sue Wilson and Spellbinders dies
  • MS border punch
  • assorted embossing folders
  • assorted Brilliance inks, VersaFine Clair, Distress

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Crafty Friends #133 AG 4/25
  2. Crafty Cardmakers #254 Easter 4/19
  3. Shopping our Stash #418 Happy Spring 4/28
  4. Unicorn Challenge #53 Furry Friends 4/30
  5. Use your Stuff #395 Easter 4/18
  6. All Fun Challenges #6 AG Easter 4/25 (Mon aft)
  7. Classic Design Challenge HAPPY 4TH BIRTHDAY! #4 AG 5/1
  8. Sparkles Challenge #127 Spring is in the Air 5/15
Wishing you love and wellness,

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Lavinia World 24 - Every Wish Begins With A Dream

Greetings, friends. Sending you wishes for peace and good health.
I am so grateful you are here, and that our paths have crossed.

It is time for our new
Lavinia World Challenge!

Store -- Facebook -- Challenge -- Instagram
Play in our Anything Lavinia Facebook Challenge
and/or our Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Today's story 

Surrounded by love, Guinevere Mermaid is spending time alone, 
using the days to expand her heart, 
and to discover dreams that will make her world more 
meaningful to herself and others, especially those in need.
After all, everyone is "needy" in one way or another.

Both cards are colored with the same inks,
but different die shapes and stencils were used.

Guinevere Mermaid is stamped with Cheerful Yellow Versafine Clair and heat set with white detail embossing powder. I wish Versafine Clair came in a white!

Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink is the primary base, and is used in the foliage as well. The underwater foliage is done with the Spanish Moss Foliage set. 

A little Antique Linen Oxide provides a grounding for the rocks and sandy areas.

The glitter dots around the "wish" were done with my favorite detail adhesive - Quickie Glue Pen. It's my go-to product for certain intricate jobs, and I've used it for as long as it has been on the market.

The star brads are heated up and dipped into Cerulean Glitter EP, where the EP melts in place:

I used an Aqua Prismacolor Pencil in certain places to define shadows.
Unfortunately, I was a bit heavy-handed with the ink and stencils:


The Every Dream sentiment was stamped with Nocturne Versafine Clair onto vellum and heat set with clear detail EP.

Lavinia Products:

Products Used:

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. World Wide Open DT Challenge #3 AG DT 4/15
  2. The Fairy and The Unicorn Challenge (April 4) AG Fantasy 5/1
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2014 AG 4/13
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft #113 Anything Goes 4/15
  5. Classic Design Challenge #4 HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY 5/1
  6. Aud Sentiments Challenge #248 AG+ Sentiment 4/15
  7. Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #468 Anything Goes 4/15
Thinking of you fondly,

Thursday, April 02, 2020

Winners Owl Digi Set by Donna Ellis

Hello, Blogging Friends!
May Life be treating you well.

The winners of my digital Great Horned Owl set are...

Verna Angerhofer
Jane Willis
Connie Crafter
Chris (also a Top 3 at 2CCC)
Leslie Miller
Patti J
Karen Ladd
Crafty Stamper
KT Fit Kitty
Monica C

everyone who asked for it (giggling)

Be sure to email me so I can send it to you!
click on my profile in the right side bar to get my email addy.

To make this card, click here: