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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Tuesday, January 04, 2022

Black and White and one other color

Happy New Year to my dear blogging buddies! I hope 2022 is especially good to each and every one of you, and your families, too. Allsorts Challenge  has a theme of Black and White and one other color theme this time. From my unfinished box, I've finally completed two partially-made items  - both using Red Tones as the 3rd color.

Both cards contain designer papers adhered on red cardstock in a triangle format, given by a friend during a stamping get together (years ago). Two unique images were selected - both utilize heat embossing on all images. It was fun using old border punches and old dies - neglected but loved all the same. Because I have trouble making traditional A2 cards, I used the A2 backings, and embellished with shapes and borders.

The Paula's Best Dress is an old, old, old, never-before-been-used (at least 15 years?) stamp, embossed in white detail powder, and enhanced a bit with a quickie glue pen and sparkling red glitter:

One of my all time favorite stamps, and one I never tire of using, is the Inkadinkadoo carousel horse:

Stamped with Nocturne Versafine Clair (my favorite stamping ink), and heat embossed with clear detail EP, the horse was colored with distress inks and colored pencils blended with gamsol.

Thanks for visiting! And thanks to Allsorts Challenge  for the inspiration!

Products: Black-White-Red Carousel Horse Copics, SB Labels 5, SW Double Pierced Bkgrnd Rectangle, MS Star Edge Punch, Inkadinkadoo Greetings & Horse,  Black-White-RedArt Deco Dress Paula's Best Dress, Beccy Muir sentiment (Doris & Daphne), SB Labels Ten, LifeStyle-Quickutz Nesting Lace Ovals, MS Chevron edge punch

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #657 Black and White and One Color 1/8
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2201 AG 1/8
  3. Critter Crazy Challenges #58 AG with Carousel Horse 1/31
  4. Classic Design Challenge #1 AG 1/31
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #173 AG 1/16

Stamping Hugs, 


crafty-stamper said...

Best wishes for the New Year Donna-love both your beautiful cards and embossed images, great colour combo
Carol x

Donna said...

These are stunning cards Donna, I like your black, white and red color combo, very elegant and striking! You have such a knack for many beautiful layers which is also a talent! Happy New Year to you and your hubby!

brenda said...

So pleased to see a post from you Donna, not just because you have joined in at Allsorts which is wonderful, but because I noticed before Christmas you hadn't posted since early October, so I am happy to see you on both fronts.

Two striking cards and the pops of red against the black and white work beautifully plus the hints of glitter on the dress card a perfect addition.

Lovely to see you at Allsorts, thank you and wishes for a good 2022, let's hope it's a kinder year to the whole World.

B x

KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful and a gorgeous card Donna love the horse
Gr Karin

Donna Phelan said...

Hey Happy New year! Good to 'see' you! Love your creations! Black, White and Red are such a classic color combo, they look great, as do your layers and dies--those stars are awesome! Beautiful creations!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Good to see a post from you, Donna. I hope that 2022 is a Happy and Healthy one. Two striking cards here. Loving the punches and layers you used. That carousel horse is especially pretty!

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Donna so good to see you posting again your beautiful creations. Isn't it funny how we can let so many years go by before we use a crafty item, but they come out just when they are needed. These are fabulous, I really love the horse one. Great use of those dies and punches too!
I am glad you posted I was worried something was wrong when you didn't answer my message on messenger.
Take care

Patti J said...

Happy New Year, Donna! I totally love these creations! This is one of my all time fave color combinations, and you knocked these out of the park! The sentiment on the dress card will have me shouting woohoo all day! Great job, as always! Hugs and blessings to you!

KraftyKoolKat said...

Happy New Year Donna. These are gorgeous. Thank you so much for my lovely birthday card which I opened this evening. Sorry I haven't been commenting on your cards, I have just got back this evening from 12 days away.

Lori m said...

Happy New good to see you back creating these stunning designs. I love them both, hugs, Lori m

D.L. Walls said...

So good to see that you have been enjoying a bit of crafting. I love these cards and the black/white/red combo is always a winner. I hope 2022 brings you more crafty days and thanks for entering your project in our challenge at Pammie's Inky Pinkies. Donna

cotnob said...

Two super cards Donna, I love the bold patterned papers and embossed images, the words in the dress made me chuckle.
Hope you are OK
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Aimeslee Winans said...

Happy 2022, Donna! What wonderful stamping and coloring. Love how you have combined the patterns. Such a striking pair of cards! xoxo

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Great Cards Donna, nice work. Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge we really appreciate you joining in.

Annette DT

Pauline C said...

2 beautiful cards Donna .. fab colouring on the carousel horse, and the dress stamp and sentiment are such fun😀 Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts challenge this week, and thrilled our challenge inspired you to create
Pauline x

Jean Bullock said...

Way cool! I love them! Sorry I have been MIA lately. A lot going on.

Jackie C said...

This is a smashing project!
We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
We really appreciate you joining in.

Jackie DT

Pia S said...

Happy New Year, Donna! These are 2 fabulous cards, I somlove this horse, I remember it from previous projects, you always make something stunning with it. I also fancy that more than a decade old unused dress. Cards with limited colors look really nice.

Mac Mable said...

So good to see you posting these two really pretty cards Donna. Great to use older dies/punches etc too. They both are so striking with the dramatic black and white and then the pop of red. Loved the sentiment on the dress and that ever so pretty carousal x. Here's to a Healthy and Crafty 2022 Donna x.

Margarets designer cards said...

Two beautiful cards I like the red added into the black and white

Doris Klein said...

Wow... what an awesome make! Pretty done...

Thanks for playing along with our Challenge at Critter Crazy and good luck!

Hugs and please come back soon!
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Witchcrafted Life said...

Head-turningly gorgeous cards. Red, white and black is a perpetual favourite colour palette for me and one that I wear more days than not during the winter months (and to a degree, the whole year through).

Your awesome designs never fail to inspire and delight me, and these two beauties are no exception.

Autumn Zenith 🧡 Witchcrafted Life

Leslie Miller said...

It feels good to finish up those things that have been sitting for a while, doesn't it? Also to use a not yet used stamp plus a favorite oldie. I remember you using the carousel horse before and it's gorgeous every time. These colors are great for it and your designs for both cards are fabulous. It was good talking with you today, Donna.

Beebeebabs said...

Very nice work as always thanks for sharing!!!

Lena said...

Donna, both of your cards are absolutely lovely. Red, white and black is one of my favourite colour combos - always very dramatic, don't you think? Beautifully done, my friend. I'm so glad to see that you're back to crafting, hopefully this means that you're feeling better. Look forward to your next project.
Enjoy your day.
Lena xx

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your cards are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie