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, 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.

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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,


Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your cards are gorgeous. I love them. Thank you for the freebies. You are very generous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

cotnob said...

Gorgeous cards Donna, lovely dies and beautiful colours - you can always rely on a butterfly!
Thank you for sharing the wonderful sentiments.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

KarinsArtScrap said...

these are gorgeous and great dies Donna
Gr Karin

Lori m said...

Donna your cards are always beyond stunning, these are one step further. The colors, the die cuts and your sentiment that is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing, hugs, Lori m

brenda said...

Such pretty and imaginative use of those pretty dies Donna.

B x

Bunny said...

Lovely cards, Donna. I really like the way you covered up the boo boo. Sometimes things happen. I notice more and more that things drop out of my hands. The ribbon entwined around your cards is really lovely. [Bunny]

D.L. Walls said...

Absolutely stunning designs and thanks so much for your Team Project for the Challenge at Inspiration Station. Thanks for the Freebies are such a generous person and a great friend! Donna

Shona Erlenborn said...

Gorgeous cards, my friend! The monochrome look is stunning! Love the interweaving of the satin ribbons - so feminine. Thank you for the beautiful sentiments - they are gorgeous too!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Beautiful use of dies to create your wonderful cards. I love the colors and the sentiments are perfect. Thanks for them too. I shall try to give them some love soon.

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Fab card and in my favourite colour. The verses are also fab.

Hope you have had a good start to the week. Sue

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous set of cards Donna love the beautiful dies and sparkly butterflies-thank you for the lovely verses too
Carol x

Anne Buckingham said...

Such a wonderful idea to make and have these on hand to send to friends. Lovely cards. Blue is my favorite color. Love the dies and the sentiment.

Mac Mable said...

What beautiful cards with the most caring and fabulous sentiments. Love the designs and the ribbon edging looks so pretty x. Wonderful inspiration and amazing cards Donna x.

NanaConnie said...

I adore all of these cards, Donna. They are truly magnificent! Love the variety of ribbon treatments. I'm in the process of putting something together for the Inspiration Station challenge, having been inspired by the black and white. While I'm here, thanks for playing along at Paper Funday. NanaConnie DT

Conniecrafter said...

Gorgeous, I love the two dies for the framing, they layer so perfectly together!! Pretty sparkle butterflies, you would never know that they were there to cover up a boo boo :)
The ribbon around the second card is a lovely touch too!
So sweet of you to share more wonderful sentiments and quotes

cuilliesocks said...

What a gorgeous card Donna, beautifully coloured and designed. Such a wonderful sentiment too, Kate x

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such gorgeous creations Donna, beautiful layout, die work and colouring. Those sentiments are beautiful too. Thank you so much for making them free to us all. I hope you are well at the moment.

Monica C. said...

These are just gorgeous, Donna. I love the purple you have used and the ribbon threaded through the die is beautiful. I also love the butterflies and their strategic placement is brilliant.
So good to see you crafting. Thank you for the sentiment.
Hugs Monica

Donna said...

Your four cards are just gorgeous Donna, great designs and color choice and the butterflies are a perfect touch,even though they were needed!

Darnell said...

What beautiful friend/friendship sayings, Donna. Where would we be without our friends?! Your designs to showcase them are so lovely and detailed with lots of interest (especially the woven ribbon), texture, and dimension! Love the idea of customizing white glitter paper. Thank you for that tip and for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

Aimeslee Winans said...

Donna, thank you for the sentiments, they are so lovely! As are your cards and yes, I think my faves are the ones you've woven the ribbon through so well. Love the purple and glitter too! Hope you are doing well, I have not been doing that great but it could be worse! Hugs, xoxo

Sue said...

These are beautiful Donna! I love how you've woven the ribbon, and how you've coloured the glitter card - what a great idea! Take care and have a very happy week, Sue xx

pam said...

Gorgeous cards Donna, love the colours and thank you for the freebies.
Hugs Pam x

Donna Phelan said...

Loving all of that purple and lilac! The ribbon wound through the die cut looks so lovely! Great layers, beautiful butterflies and fabulous sentiments! WOW!

Chrissy said...

So beautiful Donna, the gorgeous frame with the ribbon threaded through is gorgeous, the glittery butterflies and the sentiments are wonderful..thank you..


Leslie Miller said...

I finally made it here and, wowie, look at these gorgeous cards! The die arrangements, the colors, everything is eye candy! And again you are so kind in sharing your beautifully scripted sentiments with all of us. I'm saving. You know I do enjoy using them. You're so good! Hugs!

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful work as always thanks for sharing!!!

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

I just love how you have done your ribbon, looks amazing!
Hugs Shell xx

Karen Dunbrook said...

how how you framed them all up
xx Karen

Sue said...

Four fabulous cards, all different and all stunning! I love the ribbon woven into the die and the sweet butterflies. The sentiments are lovely and so generous of you to offer them to others. I love how you used the inside one, not only the lovely wording, but the inking and colors make the inside so attractive.

Please forgive me for being so late commenting, lots of rain here which creates lots of weeds and yard work. Also with the 4th of July and thunder our pup has been so freaked out we have had to get some meds for her, which I hate, but I also hate when she is stressed and doesn't know where to go.
Supposed to be rain and thunder everyday next week....ugh!