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, October 03, 2022

Rustic Autumn Wreath - Jan's Digi Stamps

  Lovely Autumn Colors in a Wreath - about the only way we experience Fall here in central Florida! I am guest designing for  Jan's Digi Stamps again today!

(Note: because a Cold Front pressed down from up north about 50 miles further south than anticipated, my husband and I escaped the horrific damage caused by Hurricane Ian with only minor rain, winds and brief power and internet outage. But our heart goes out to our neighbors further south. The devastation we anticipated in our area hit them instead. First Lady of Florida Casey DeSantis has created a special Disaster Fund for Florida's residents impacted by Hurricane Ian. If you are thinking of donating, will you please consider this site which is dogeared especially for this cause   To volunteer: 850-414-7400 or

Hello, my friends! Hoping you are doing well, and that Mother Nature is treating you nicely with her weather and delights. Today I'm GUEST DESIGNING for Jan's Digi Stamps ! It is the kick-off for the October Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps! If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it in your upload. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

October's Sale is an all-inclusive HOCUS POCUS SALE!

Today's card features two of Jan's beautifully pre-colored images (with some Copic Marker highlights in gray/brown, orange, golden yellow on my end).

Jan's images are so much fun to work with! I made a wreath using her fall branch above, and placed a bow with leaf at the bottom:

Two layers are dry embossed and inked, and the third layer is heat embossed with an embossing powder color called "Timber". It's shiny brown on top, and from an angle, has orange flecks in it.

Products: Images from Jan's Digi Stamps: Wisps of Autumn 647, Banners and Bow 4015Tonic Layered Leaves 1441e Embossing Folder, Craftwell Delicate Dots EF,  Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Grace CED4313 die set, Spellbinders Grand Large Scallops, Spellbinders Grand Ovals; Mahogany, Walnut, Tea Dye, Old Paper, Antique Linen Distress Inks, Copics, 

I'd like to play in the following Challenges please:

  1. World Wide Open Design Team Challenge #9 AG DT 10/15
  2. Pammie's Inkie Pinkies #2240 AG 10/9
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  4. Classic Design Challenge #10 AG 11/1
  5. Double Trouble #122 "Leafin' it Up to You" 10/16
  6. Crafty Friends Challenge #160 Use More than One Die 11/1 (I used: Sue Wilson Frames & Tags - Grace CED4313 die set, Spellbinders Grand Large Scallops, Spellbinders Grand Ovals)
  7. Pearly Sparkles Challenge Blog #78 Autumn or Halloween 10/28
  8. Scrapping for Fun #217 Autumn 10/28
  9. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #95 AG digital 10/15 (this is downloaded, cropped, recreated, and merged to include two different sets. I hope I understood the nature of your challenge)
  10. The Four Seasons #Oct 1 Anything Goes Fall 10/28

Sending Warm Autumn Hugs your way,


brenda said...

Nature can be cruel Donna, so pleased you escaped but as you say others not so lucky. Love Autumn colours and floral wreathes and your leafy one is beautiful.

B x

Chris said...

Hi Donna, so happy to hear you escaped the terrible storm without harm, I was thinking about you when I saw the devastation on TV- how awful for those poor people who have lost everything. Mother Nature is certainly showing her displeasure at how we have abused our planet with devastating consequences for so many people.
Your card is beautiful, lovely image, stamping and embossing, fabulous design
and autumnal colours.

Donna Phelan said...

Glad you are safe and sound! We have had Ian winds for 2 days now and a bit of rain, nothing compared to Florida though. Beautiful image, beautiful design! I {heart} October, my favorite month (finally!) on Cape Cod lol Be well!

NanaConnie said...

Donna, Beautiful card! So happy to hear you weren't in the path of Ian. Have been praying for all of you there in Florida and was especially worried about you, my friend. God bless you.

KT Fit Kitty said...

So relieved to know you are okay, Donna. The news footage of the hurricane was heartbreaking. Such incredible force with that storm! Your card is beautiful and your colouring is amazing! So creative the way you put together the wreath, gorgeous work! October is a favourite month for me as well!

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a beautiful card Donna

gr karin

Pia S said...

I’m sorry for those being hit by this terrible weather, but I’m glad you’re okay.
What an inspiring idea to make a wreath out of this branch, and the red bow is the icing on the cake. Beautiful!

Verna Angerhofer said...

I love the gorgeous wreath design and the gold leaves on the background are beautiful too! It is a wonderful design for Autumn.

crafty-stamper said...

Good to hear you escaped the worst.Your card is absolutely gorgeous love the Autumn colours,embossed leaves and the beautiful wreath you created
Carol x

Donna said...

Your card is gorgeous! So many fantastic layers to enjoy!

cuilliesocks said...

Hi Donna, so pleased to hear that you escaped the hurricane, it must have been so frightening.
Your card is gorgeous I love the colours, well I love Autumn, my favourite season, beautifully designed too, Kate x

Aimeslee Winans said...

I love what you did digitally with the wisp branch. I had not noticed the Banner and Bows, glad you used it. Hope you have been able to relax and shed some stress. Remember, stress = inflammation! Hugs, xoxo

Darlene said...

Beautifully colored & crafted (as always) my friend! Thanks so much for joining in the fun at our Four Seasons Challenge! Good Luck and we hope you’ll come back again soon.


P.S. Just a friendly reminder that our new STENCIL FUN CHALLENGE is open and ready to see your stenciled creations. Hope you’ll come join in the fun!

Conniecrafter said...

So thankful you escaped that terrible weather, it is so hard to see on the news the devastation of it all.
I so love what you did with the branch in making the wreath, so very clever and gorgeous, especially love how you topped it off with that bow! I love the inking you added to it too, so pretty with your embossed layers. I love the sentiment and I so agree :) Beautiful Autumn creation!

Leslie Miller said...

You are a clever girl combining your digis so expertly. It's something I have enjoyed in the past, but have not done for a while. Beautiful card design and extra touches you've added to the main image. Just look at all those fun Halloween and fall digi sets! Thanks for showing them. You know how glad I am that you and Jack & Kilo are safe and sound. My heart goes out to all those who suffered losses from Ian.

Suzanne Reynolds said...

Wow, beautiful and love the combination of digis you put together... great framing, embossing and patterns. Your coloring looks so dimensional. So glad you found us at Double Trouble and hope you will come back and see what Thing 1, 2 and 3 have up their sleeve for future fun challenges. Congrats on being a Guest Designer at Jan's Digis Challenge.

Diane Louise J said...

Thanks for entering your gorgeous autumnal wreath card into our 'more than 1 die' challenge. Good luck and hope you can join us again next month.
Diane Louise (Team leader at Crafty Friends) xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So relieved you both escaped sweetheart. I am sure your creation is as gorgeous as ever, but I am not getting any pictures coming up but white squares.

cass said...

Gorgeous project, love the colours. Thanks for joining us at Pearly Sparkles this month for our Autumn and/or Halloween Challenge.

Bunny said...

Donna, we were fortunate in north Florida as well.

My favorite color is October too. This is lovely. Thanks for joining us. Bunny - designer for The Four Seasons Challenge

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful autumn card, I like it looks like a plate, lovely design

Wendy L said...

This is a wonderful card, really gorgeous, thank you for joining us at the Crafty friends challenge, x

Donna Scholz said...

Donna, what a gorgeous card! I love all the autumn colors, and that wreath you created is so incredible!! Thank you so much for sharing your creativity with us at Double Trouble. -Donna

Carol said...

You certainly did understand our challenge, and welcome. Glad that you are OK. The devastation that we have seen on the news is difficult to comprehend.
I love what you have done with Jan's digital images.
Thank you for sharing with us.
Carol xx
CD Sunday Plus DT

Lena said...

Absolutely beautiful Donna. What lovely colouring! And your card design is just gorgeous and so perfect to showcase this beautiful image. Love it! So happy to see you crafting again! Hugs ~ Lena

Wendy Ann Batchen said...

Lovely card Donna. Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge.
Wendy DT

Pamela said...

A beautiful autumnal card - love the colours. As Carol has said you have understood our challenge rules. Hope to see you joining in again soon.
CD Sunday Plus DT.

Melanie R said...

Such a lovely card, Donna! Thank you for playing along with us at Double Trouble #122.

Kellianne said...

This is really pretty! I love that sentiment too. The colors of Fall are just so stunning! thank you for playing with us at Double Trouble :)

Scrapping4funChallenges said...

Beautiful card! I love the Autumn Wreath!
Welcome and thank you for your entry at Scrapping4funChallenges.
Rachelle DT

ClaireB said...

Beautiful card, the colour tones are so vibrant. Thanks for joining us at the Pearly Sparkles Challenge this month Claire DT

Cindy Groh said...

Beautiful card