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, July 05, 2021

Treasures at Inspiration Station and a freebie

 Hello, Blogging Friends! Today we have a new Challenge happening 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 memories wandered back to childhood days of warm sand, foaming ocean waves, and treasured shell hunts:

Stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne and heat set with clear detail EP, this shell collection was from a NBUS Inkadinkadoo wood mount Stamp from our local stamp store that went out of business in 2005. Using a blender pen and daubers, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, and Old Paper DIs were used.

Love all the shine in the embossing powder, making the shells and sand look wet.

Please join us this fortnight with your inspiration piece - remember, it's not just an "inspiration board". It's a board that inspires you in any way - emotionally, colors, themes, textures - whatever moves you!

Inkadinkadoo Sea Shells, Digital Sentiment, Clear EP, Nocturne Versafine Clair, Old Paper-Black Soot-Pumice Stone DI, Blender Pen, brads, vellum, white, black and kraft paper.
Dies: Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced Design Dies.

My gift to you:

Please do not sell the Sentiment, but please 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, 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 it serves you well!


Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. NBUS #28 Never Before Used Schtuff - my Inkadinkadoo stamp and the printed vellum 8/1 (comment on 3)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #6 (June 15) AG DT 7/15 (sep post)
  3. Dies R Us #172 "AG with dies DRU sells" (Sue Wilson Noble Ornate Pierced Design Dies)

  4. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2127 "AG" 7/12

  5. Crafty Calendar Challenge (July 3) "AG" 8/7

  6. My Time to Craft Challenge #460 "All Things Beachy" 7/8

Stamping Hugs,


crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful Donna love the embossed shells beautiful die-cut frame
Carol x

Jackie T said...

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

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, lovely seashells and a super monochromatic design.
I love the beach and we often take our dogs down for the day, usually out of season when it is quieter - I always collect a couple of shells when we visit and bring them home and put them in a special place in our garden. Your lovely card brought back lots of wonderful memories.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Zoechaos said...

Wonderful, I love everything about this from that pretty border to the ?vellum? Strip that goes under the topper to that gorgeous shells image. What a find but why have you not used it before. Your work is always elegant and this certainly lives up to expectations. x

D.L. Walls said...

Thanks so much for another gorgeous design team project for The Inspiration Station Challenge! This is simply stunning, I love the monochrome and the image so much Donna!

Donna said...

This is stunning Donna, like the monochromatic look and the lovely layers, especially that beautiful vellum layer! Than you for the lovely freebie!!

R's Rue said...

This is so beautiful and inspiring. I love it. Have a great day full of love and joy.

Verna Angerhofer said...

This design is so gorgeous and the coloring and shading are fantastic. I love the die panel which show cases the shell scene too. Thanks for the sentiment as well.

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a fab and beautiful card Donna
Gr Karin

cuilliesocks said...

Beautiful Mono card Donna, I love the shells and the pretty frame that surrounds them, Kate x

brenda said...

A beautiful monochromic creation Donna and so elegant as well.

B x

pam said...

Beautiful mono card Donna, love the details and pretty frame.
Thank you for the freebie.
Hugs Pam x

coldwaters2 said...

This is beautiful Donna that image is wonderful so is the die cut a super make
lorraine x

Conniecrafter said...

Oh wow Donna, absolutely stunning, only you could make a beach scene that is elegant, I love these colors, lovely framing and your sentiment is so sweet!! I love the touch with the sheer ribbon too, wonderful!

Sue said...

Hi Donna, A fab card.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Karen Dunbrook said...

how it.
xx Karen

Donna Phelan said...

Always! This is spectacular! Love the images and that sentiment!

Shona Erlenborn said...

What a monochromatic beauty, Donna! Such a peaceful card this is! Love the shading and the gorgeous dies! Your sentiment is so inspiring, thanks for sharing.

Anne Buckingham said...

I usually prefer bright colors, so I was surprised how much I like your monochromatic card in neutral colors. It is lovely. You are inspiring me.

Monica C. said...

Oh your card is beautiful, Donna! I love the earthy tones and I can imagine the beautiful shine in real life. So nice to see you creating again.
Hugs Monica

Leslie Miller said...

Ohhhh, those Inkadinkado stamps! It's the old woodblock ones I love best. In my opinion they are treasured classics like some of the PSX stamps which are becoming so hard to find. When you want to stamp something truly beautiful, these are hard to beat. Speaking of beautiful, your card is just that. You couldn't have expressed your inspiration better. Again, you are so generous to share your digital sentiment. You do such a lovely job on the script. I'll be back to download. Thank you so much, Donna!

MagsB said...

What a fabulous card, Donna! I love the monochrome image, it's so elegant! Thanks for joining in at My Time to Craft!

love Mags B x

Colleen Dietrich said...

I think I have this stamp! A friend gave me a load of her crafting supplies, and that image looks so familiar. I do so like the black and white tones you did here, lots of interest, very eye-catching.

Sladjana Perisic said...

What a beautiful monochromatic card! Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Donna DT Member for

Aimeslee Winans said...

Oh I love love your handiwork on this and that kraft paper frames it all perfectly! Hope you survived Elsa's winds and rain! I had you pinned on my map as it progressed. xoxo

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is awesome Donna. Thank you for the lovely freebie. Sorry I haven't commented but I have been away for a week.

Anne Temple said...

I love this monochromatic card! It is stunning! Thanks for the freebie too :-)

Sue said...

I LOVE this card. Have been into the sea and ocean lately and I am in love with the seashells. The mono colors are awesome too. It's such a gorgeous card, with all your special touches. I also love the sentiment and have saved it, thanks so much.


Nora Noll said...

This is GORGEOUS!! I love the way you colored this in. The use of the lace die cut and the vellum is just amazing.

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card - love the frame - very pretty thanks for sharing!!!

Jean Bullock said...

Ooooh! Subtle and beautiful!

Lori m said...

Stunning card, just love the image and black and white is always so elegant. Thank you for dropping by my blog and leaving such kind comments. You made my day, feel good, hugs, Lori m

Mac Mable said...

Your card perfectly evokes the memories of warm sand, foaming ocean waves and treasured shells Donna x. The tonal shades looks fabulous and I love that the embossing made the shells and sand appear 'wet'. Such a wonderful card and I love it x.

NanaConnie said...

Gorgeous, Donna! I love the monochrome and that die cut frame is marvelous. Great choice! Thanks for the sentiment, my friend. That will get much use. :-D

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

What a gorgeous project you have created here. Looks absolutely amazing. Lovely work. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for

Darnell said...

What a beautiful design, Donna! I love the seashell image. The whole effect is very evocative of the seaside with the colors and the embossing. Thank you for sharing with everyone at NBUS! Hugs, Darnell

Mrs A. said...

Wow, what a beautiful card. Love your colour choice . Hugs Mrs A.

SewPaperPaint said...

Hi Donna! I hope you are doing well these days and am so happy to make it by to see what you've been working on. These shells are spectacular in this kraft & black palette. You are such a wonderful cardmaker. Big hugs, Autumn

Beverley said...

Gorgeous monochrome card. Thanks for joining in our July 'Anything Goes' challenge over at Crafty Calendar.
Bev x