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, June 21, 2021

Inspiration Station's "BE KIND" board and freebies

Hello, blogging friends! 

You are cordially invited to play in the latest challenge at

Inspiration Station

NOT just "another" inspiration board. 
It's entirely YOUR take as to what inspires you - 
it could be emotional, thematic, color, texture. 
What ignites your imagination today?

My imagination immediately flew to KIND FRIENDS, such as yourselves.

I am inspired by the words and monochrome technique. The first card has two butterflies. They are covering up boo-boos from where I dropped my ink:

The next is my favorite. The white frame is popped up, and woven with pretty lavender satin ribbon:

Next is some thinner, dark purple satin ribbon woven around the frame:

Finally, I punched out a white glitter butterfly and colored it with purple copic markers to customize the look. You can also color the bodies and edges for dimension:


Come on over and share what you are inspired to make!

My gift to you - A sentiment for use on the inside or outside of your projects. Please do not sell the Sentiment. Use 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. Because of the changes Google Made with Blogger in June 2020, your image will appear to be solid black. Don’t panic. Right click and do a SAVE. Once it is saved on your hard drive, you can open it and it will have a transparent background. I create PNGs instead of JPGs so they can be placed anywhere on a scene or project, and so backgrounds can be made using them. Please let me know if you have any problems. I hope they serve you well!


This option is great for a card interior:

This option is better for centering in a die for a card front:

Two more sentiments, one with and one without the author's name:

Products Used: Dies: SB Floral Ovals, SB Classic Ovals Large, Tonic Studios Verdi's Waves Flourish, Memory Box Meridian Border 98134, Sue Wilson Australian "Background" CED8101, MS Butterfly Punch Papers: Purple Vellum, Lavender & White Glitter, Lavender, Purple, White, Stamps: (interior FSS Violets), Hero Arts C4210 Flourish Billow (background), Inks: DI Milled Lavender, Dusty Concord & Wilted Violet - Sentiments: by me - gifted above

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Paper Funday Challenges #30 AG with Sparkle and/or Shine (glittery butterflies and satiny-shiny ribbons) 7/4
  2. Dies R Us #171 "AG with dies DRU sells" (I used SB Floral Ovals, SB Classic Ovals Large, Tonic Studios Verdi's Waves Flourish, Memory Box Meridian Border 98134, Sue Wilson Australian "Background" CED8101) 6/28 (sep post below)
  3. Love to Craft Challenges #59 AG 7/1 (sep post 7/10)
  4. NBUS #27 Never Before Used Schtuff - my SW Australian Background die set and my lavender satin ribbon 7/1 (comment on 3)
  5. Love to Craft Challenges #59 Anything Goes (sep post on 5th) 7/5
  6. A Bit More Time to Craft #142 Anything Goes (sep post) 7/1

Stamping Hugs,

Sunday, June 20, 2021

Subscribe by Email

Greetings to my Blogging Followers!

Like many others, I have switched to "" as my choice of "subscribe by email", since Feedburner is no longer offering the service.  The people at were extremely pleasant and helpful, even though I opted for the free service. They even moved most of my followers over when I emailed the list of email addresses to import.

The major difference you will see is in the "from" section of the emails, which will now say "" instead of Creative Smiles.

I hope you don't mind that I've done that on your behalf. Please know how important your comments are to me. My life is very "little" since being homebound the last 20 years, and I treasure your kind friendships.

If you prefer to follow by email, and don't already receive emails from my blog, please visit my blog, and look in the right side bar. Scroll to the 4th item in the sidebar, and enter your email address. Thank you so much!

Now, for my poor Hoya Carnosa (Hindu Rope). Unfortunately, last Autumn it was in the way of some (supposedly plant friendly) overspray from the roof, and has some yellow streaks now. But check out the blooms. The plant also scales upward another 6 feet in addition to the hanging portion. The blooms are velvety soft when they open, but look like hard wax while closed:

Wishing you all the best this summer (and winter for my "Down Under" buddies!