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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Friday, July 30, 2021

It's All About the Cupcakes! (and freebie)

Eek! Welcome, my friends!

House Mouse and Friends has an Anything Goes with Option of Food or Beverage challenge happening.  I'm playing with this cute image called Cupcake Belly. All three stamps were virginal, affectionately called NBUS (Never Before Used Schtuff).

SB Grand Large Labels, SW Ornate Pierced Design were used to make the frame:

Because I use both, a friend asked what the difference is between PrismaColor colored pencils and Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils. I love both, and use both with Gamsol. The PrismaColor brand has a level of waxiness even after blended. The Caran d'Ache Luminance Pencils glide on very "creamy-dreamy" and do not have waxy-shiny finish. The Caran require a light touch (good for feeble hands), and blend more readily. That's my experience, anyway!

thanks for popping by today!

Products Used: Three Never Before Used Stamps - HMCP13 Cupcake Belly, freebie sentiment below; Colored with Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils and Gamsol and distress inks, Impression Obsession CAD Screen (on frame), Penny Black Sprinkles & Shine "Have your cake",  INKS: Memento Tuxedo Black, VersaFine Clair Cheerful, Scattered Straw, Salvaged Patina, Wild Honey, Antique Linen & Abandoned Coral Distress Inks, Paper: Lime Green, Melon, White, DIES: SB Grand Large Labels, SW Ornate Pierced Design, MS Swirling Lace PAP, Other: Copper Cosmic Embossing Powder, Party Hats, Yellow Glitter

My Gift to You:

A sentiment for use on the inside or outside of your projects. Please do not sell the Sentiments. Use on any of your projects, including projects involving any design teams you might be on.

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Playing in the following awesome challenges!
  1. House-Mouse and Friends Monday Challenges #345 AG HM option: Food and Beverage 8/2 (sep post)
  2. Never Before Used Schtuff #28 - never used the 3 stamps on this project 8/1
  3. Paper Funday Challenges #31 - AG Summer Fun 8/1
  4. My Time to Craft #464 No Patterned Papers 8/5
  5. Color Throwdown #653 Color Challenge (sep post 8/2)

stamping hugs,


Lori m said...

So sweet, such a fun filled make you smile card, hugs, Lori m

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving this one. You gotta have cake on your birthday.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

cotnob said...

A super card Donna, such a fun stamp and lovely little party hats - great colouring and thank you for sharing the fun sentiment.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

cuilliesocks said...

What a fun image and a super cute card Donna, beautifully coloured too Kate ❤

Christine said...

Super cute mousey creation great colouring fab use of dies, great take on the option theme thanks for sharing with us good luck.

Mousey hugs Christine xxx

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful card, love the image. Anesha x

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I love it. Thank you for the freebie. You are so kind. Take care. Hugs Jackie

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card love the die-cut frame and sooo cute image -can't help feeling he will suffer after that feed though lol-thank you for the freebie
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

Ohhh that's one happy and adorable little mouse...I can totally relate to the x. Fabulous design and I like how you did the pretty framing. Thanks too for the pencil comparison and the freebie x.

Chris said...

This sweet and beautiful card brought a big smile to my face this morning Donna! Love your greedy little mouse, eating his body weight in cake -that tum and the look on his face says it all!! Beautiful colouring with your pencils, I use Polychromos mainly but am tempted by the Caran d'Ache ones...maybe I'll treat myself! Love the blend of colours around the image too, so pretty with that touch of sparkle!
Thanks for the freebie!

Lorraine A said...

Super cute card Donna :-) the image is so sweet and your coloring is fabulous! I love how you colored the background too, Absolutely GORGEOUS! :-)

Thanks for joining us on the House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge
Lols x x x
p.s, thanks for the sentimnet, have copied it :-)

Donna said...

Stunning card Donna, your coloring and framing of this darling image are outstanding! Now, if only I had a cupcake to go with my morning coffee! Have a wonderful weekend!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Such fantastic colouring and layout Donna and thank you once again for the awesome sentiment.

April said...

This is a delightful card and so colorful! I love this image that I have not seen before. Thanks for sharing at HMFMC. xx Have a good weekend!

Conniecrafter said...

He is just adorable, and looks like he surely has a full belly :) I am glad you found some pencils that were easy for you to use, always a plus!
wonderful coloring and I like the fun party hats in the corners too!

coldwaters2 said...

Fabulous, fun card Donna I adore the image which made me smile love the colours and card design
lorraine x

Anne Buckingham said...

Of course, I love the mice collection, so I love this card. As usual, you made wise decisions/choices for framing and coloring. Lovely card.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Donna, thanks for the sentiment digi and omg, I'm blown away by that blended pencil background -- WOWzers! xoxo

Donna Phelan said...

Cupcake Belly! Adorable!

Rocky said...

Fab colouring on a great card, love the tubby mouse! Thank you for joining us at Paper Funday.

pam said...

Gorgeous card Donna, as always beautiful colouring.
Hugs Pam x

Bunny said...

Absolutely lovely and fun card, Donna. I love the background. It's all colored so beautifully. Thank you for the freebie and for joining us at HMFMC. {Bunny} Designer for House Mouse and Friends

Jean Bullock said...

So cute. I love the textured green background!

Sue said...

WOW, love the background you created is amazing! Look at that full belly, so darn cute. I'm so glad you got to join us at the House Mouse and Friends Monday challenge, beautiful card.


KarinsArtScrap said...

this is fab and very beautiful Donna
Gr Karin

Broni said...

Cute! It looks like a great party getting ready to begin! Thanks so much for playing along with us this week at the Color Throwdown challenge!

Leslie Miller said...

Hey, is that what I have -- cupcake belly? Tee hee! What a cute card, Donna! I really appreciate your opinion on the Caran d'Ache pencils. I may look them up. Love your card, and thank you ever so much for the freebie sentiment!

SewPaperPaint said...

Oh my gosh, how fun! I love love love cupcakes, so he is a new favorite HM. The frame is awesome for the image. xx, Autumn

NanaConnie said...

Oh, I do love House Mouse and that Cupcake Belly is the absolute BEST! Fab coloring, Donna, and I love the dies you chose. great way to frame it. Lovely embossed sentiment. Speaking of sentiment, thanks so much for the wonderful freebie. :-D

Pia S said...

An adorable image, so beautifully colored. And I love the lime green frame and the textured look after stamping.

Colleen Dietrich said...

I like how you created that frame with the dies; I've got to remember to do that sort of thing more often. The House Mouse images *always* make me smile. This one is so cute.

Shelly Schmidt said...

Goodness, your coloring skills are amazing! Just Gorgeous!!! I need to work on my pencil coloring- and love your blending. Also, love HM images!!!

Monica C. said...

Beautiful coloring Donna! The image is so cute! I love that mouse's full belly. He really stuffed himself there. The wide frame looks so good too.
Hugs Monica