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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Monday, February 22, 2021

ONE WEEK LEFT for Turner Syndrome Awareness Blog Hop and Challenge!

  Hello, Blogging Friends!

ONLY ONE WEEK LEFT - for the Third Annual 
This  year we have added a Card Challenge so that crafters can help spread the word, and enjoy opportunities of winning more prizes!

To view my prizes, please visit my blog post.

For more information, please see Lori's TS home page. 

Turner Syndrome is a genetic disorder where a female is born missing part or all of her second X chromosome leaving her with life-long medical issues and learning disabilities.  This condition occurs one in every 2,000 female births worldwide, but is more common among pregnancies that do not survive to full term.  That is why Turner Syndrome Females are considered MIRACLES!


Living with Turner Syndrome: Linda Hunt

I am an appreciative fan of movie star
Linda Hunt
whose roles are always character-rich.

My favorite programs Linda has starred in:

NCIS Los Angeles
Kindergarten Cop

Linda was born with Turner Syndrome.

One thing I have learned regarding Turner Syndrome is that there are many chromosomal deviations that cause humans to be born with "interesting outcomes".

Our inspiration board:

My brand new Kitsch Flamingo ink pad was perfect for this project. Being a Pink Fanatic, it was love at first sight with this color. I used a pale pink cardstock, dry embossed it, and smooshed the ink on top. The card base was distressed with the same pink, to color coordinate. A layer of glittery goodness separates the shapes. 

To achieve the butterfly layers, I scanned a butterfly definition from the Random House Dictionary from 1950, and distressed it slightly both with the scanner's settings, and with Distress Ink. The edges of the print layer are adhered, with a bulge on either side of the body:

To achieve the "bulge", single layer of dimensional tape was used on the glitter layer, and a double layer of dimensional tape as used on the printed layer. This formed a "cavity" for the butterfly body.

A Pencil was used to depress the area where the butterfly layers are adhered, so the body would sink into that space. Two little hearts were punched out and distressed for the body as well:

The green vellum dry embossed well, and was also used for the heat embossed sentiment. The silver brads were heated up and dipped into the embossing powder to match the sentiment.

Hope to see your card in the challenge!

Products: Dies: SB Grand Labels One, SB Grand Decorative Labels One, Memory Box Sorona Butterfly, Lydia Butterfly, Fin Butterfly, Delia Butterfly - MS Heart Lace Punch - Embossalicious Die'Sire Rose Vine Embossing Folder - Paper: White, Glitter White, Green Vellum, Pale Pink - Inks: Old Paper, Mowed Lawn & Kitsch Flamingo Distress, Green Oasis Versafine Clair - Green Embossing Powder mixed with Green mica powder - Brads.

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Pammies Inky Pinkies #2108 Anything Goes 3/1
  2. Get Creative Challenges #98 AG with Twist use pink or red 3/1
  3. My Turner Syndrome Journey #3 Inspiration Board shown above 3/13
  4. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #152 Anything Goes 3/1
  5. Avenue613 #2 AG with opt twist "heart and sole" 3/1
  6. Simply Create Too #167 Use Hearts 3/1
  7. Creations in Pink #31 AG Mainly Pink 3/15 (sep post)

Happy Hugs,


Lori Kobular said...

Wow! Donna you always come up with the best ideas! I wish I had your creative brain!! I love the dictionary page cut out as a butterfly for the layers! That is so cool! Plus I love the hearts for the butterfly's body, I am going to be stealing that idea! Of course, I absolutely love the Extraordinary sentiment! TS girls and women are Xtraordinary! Your card is stunning, as all of your cards are! Thanks for entering this beauty in the challenge and for helping to spread awareness of Turner Syndrome!!

Verna Angerhofer said...

What a beautiful card you have created. I am so pleased you mentioned Linda Hunt. I just added a little about her myself in my last blog post. She is such a talented actress and I love her especially in NCIS LA.

Donna said...

Your card is gorgeous Donna, like all the sparkle and your fabulous design for this great cause. Nice information about Linda Hunt. Take care, Donna

Stampsnob. said...

Love the card and your blog presentation is fabulous ....Lis

brenda said...

This is a real beauty Donna, such pretty colours, depth and attention to all the little details and the print coming through adds a lovely touch.

Received confirmation the first set (you know what I mean) are being released on TV on 5th March.

B x

KarinsArtScrap said...

this is such a very beautiful card Donna love the butterfly
Gr Karin

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your card is gorgeous. I love that butterfly it is beautiful. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That is a pretty card.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful! Love the dictionary page butterfly backing, that looks amazing! That pink is perfect and all of that wonderful glittery goodness! Lovely!

Anne Buckingham said...

You made some interesting choices that I had not thought of or seen before. Embossing a paper, then putting it through a die was clever and added more interest and texture to each piece. Clever to use a dictionary page in the background. Love the card. It is beautiful. Thanks for sharing it.

Shona Erlenborn said...

You have created another beauty here, Donna. So intricate with all the gorgeous layers! Beautiful colors, textures and dies!

Darlene said...

What a gorgeous creation (as always) Donna! Thanks for sharing all the details and of course for sharing your time & creativity to help spread awareness of Turner Syndrome!

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so beautiful Donna, thank you for sharing this with us. So lovely to see you creating and posting.

Mac Mable said...

What a pretty and dimensional embossed rose layer and Wow to that beautiful butterfly. One very special card and a great way to raise awareness Donna x.

Conniecrafter said...

So good to see you creating :) I love all the layers of the butterfly and the little hearts on his body. Great idea to use the definition for the background, I bought a dictionary just to do that and haven't used it as much as I should be ;) I do love the new pink too, can't go wrong with pink and green!

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card Donna love the embossed background and beautiful butterfly
Carol x

cuilliesocks said...

Absolutely stunning Donna, your colours are so beautiful, and your design too. I love the printed background behind the butterfly.
I hope you are keeping well and staying safe, Kate x x

Lori m said...

Beautiful card Donna, I could stare at it for hours and still find something new, beautiful, hugs, Lori m

cotnob said...

A stunning card Donna, your layered butterfly is beautiful and I love the pretty pinks, I have a Kitsch Flamingo ink pad on order, I can't wait for it to arrive.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Donna this is so beautiful I love how you have designed this amazing card that butterfly and the sparkle are wonderful. Linda Hunt has always been a favourite actress of mine I have watched many films and programmes with her in, lovely lady
lorraine x

Monica C. said...

Oh Donna, what a beautiful card! I love the green and pink combo you have done here. That pink ink is indeed beautiful.
I love the way awareness has been raised with this blog hop.
Hugs Monica

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhh, beautiful, Donna! I love the hearts on the butterfly's body. You know I'm a fan. There are many beautiful details to take in here, as you always go the extra mile with your cards. The inked up dry embossing is especially pretty and, of course, there's your signature sparkle. Extraordinary is the perfect word for this card!

Janis said...

Oh, that is so pretty! Your cards are always amazing, Donna! Love the extra details you add that make such a difference. Thank you for sharing the dimensional tip!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jan Mahew said...

Miss Donna, You never cease to amaze. Love the touches of glitter and the use of the vellum. I am proud to be serving with you on the TSA Design Team and being your friend. Thank for all your hard work and supporting Turner Syndrome Awareness. Stay safe, healthy and happy crafting!

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card. lovely layers. Thanks for joining 613 Avenue Create challenge. Anesha

Aimeslee Winans said...

Hi again! Oh this card is amazing, so many fab details to it. I have never seen that butterfly before. I just ordered my Kitschy Flamingo inkpads and reinkers last night from Stampers Anon, and now I am happy I did. Love that shade of pink! Again, your card is amazing. I hope you can continue to post, I've missed you! xoxo

Chrissy said...

Beautiful card, I love the layers and textures, gorgeous butterfly..
Thank you so much for joining in with us at 613 Avenue Create..hope you will play along again..


Beebeebabs said...

Wow absolutely beautiful work as always. Thanks for sharing!!!

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

Wow, Donna! This is just stunning! Well done and beautiful! Thanks for playing along with us at PIP Challenges and for informing us about TS!

Sue said...

Donna this is beautiful! I love how you've used the dictionary page and the new Kitch Flamingo is on my wish list. I'd not heard of Turner Syndrome before this weekend, so thank you for the info. Thank you so much for your visit to my blog and your very kind words, your comment really means the world to me. Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

KT Fit Kitty said...

OMGoodness, Donna, this card is stunning! Absolutely beautiful! I love the big butterfly and all the layers, especially the dictionary page. I'm hoping to get Kitsch Flamingo too - I know it will be a favourite as pink is my favourite colour! Love your inking of the embossing folder and of course I love the sparkle too! This is a beauty! And for such a great cause too! I recognize Linda Hunt; I did not know she had TS. She's awesome, and so are you! I also want to thank you for all of the sweet comments you have left on my blog lately. I was especially touched and want to thank you for your kind words of sympathy on the loss of our Snowie. Brian and I really appreciate it. He read everyone's comments as well. Snowie was Brian's cat and she always cuddled with him when he was resting so he is really struggling with the loss. Thank you for your kindness.


Twórcze pasje Danki said...

Amazing card and great idea. Thanks for sharing over at Creations in Pink.
Danka DT
Twórcze pasje Danki {My Blog}

Fiona said...

Such a pretty card - I love the addition of the mixed media vintage paper under the butterfly - thanks for sharing at 613 Avenue Create this month

Suze said...

Beautiful card Donna. I like all the sparkle and the dimension. Thank you for entering the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends.

Crafting with Darcy said...

Wow, this is so gorgeous! I love how you did the butterfly! Such creativity and I'm loving the sparkles!! I'm also a fan of Linda Hunt. I had no idea she has TS. Hugs!

Sue said...

Pink and a beautiful butterfly! Amazing card, loving the butterflies heart body and the dictionary page background. Fabulous card and sentiment, love everything about it.