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, April 03, 2023

Sweet Spring Tulips - Jan's Digi Stamps

Hello, friends! I hope this finds you well, and enjoying some Spring Season crafting time.

Today's card is for April's Kickoff at the Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps!  If you use a JDS image in your card, please mention it. There is a 2nd draw specifically for those who use one of Jan's fun images.

Jan's newest sets are 25% off, and this month's sale, includes 9 sets for Mother’s Day, also 25% off.

To create my card, one set was used:

*NEW* Spring Flowers & Coffee 4085
9 images on sale for $3.00

I had fun using Copic Markers on this versatile, sweet Spring Flowers & Coffee set. 

Wilted Violet & Shaded Lilac Oxides were employed in the background, while Pumice Stone Distress ink was used in the bottom area.

Using Distress ink allows for shading a bit more atop the ink with warm gray Copics to create a shadow effect.

Gotta love the combination Purple & Yellow!

The beauty of digital stamps is they can be "re-worked" to suit our purposes. 

In this case I cropped one of the sentiments to fit my needs. 

Instead of:

 "Daughters are like flowers, they fill the world with beauty", 

my card says:

 "fill the world with beauty".


Looking forward to seeing your creation in the Anything Goes Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps!

Products: Jan's Digi Images:  Spring Flowers & Coffee 4085, Anna Griffin Slim Concentric die set AG-1249-AS, Copic Markers, Pumice Stone DI, Wilted Violet & Shaded Lilac Oxides, White Gel pen for the heart bauble.

This was taken on March 14. Even after the "dregs" of milkweed leaves at the end of winter, the caterpillars have hatched, are merrily munching, and growing quickly. There are butterflies all over because of the crazy weather patterns. We have potted milkweed in our gardens, just for the butterflies to lay their eggs on!

May I please play in the following challenges?

  1. CD Sunday Plus Challenge #107 AG (1 of 3) (sentiment was copy-and-pasted digitally, cut apart digitally, and then printed out to accommodate my card. The "table top" was drawn on the word processor and hand colored with the image after printing) 4/16
  2. Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge #4 AG (entry 2) 5/12
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft Open Challenge #4 AG 5/1
  4. Classic Design Challenge #4 AG 5/1
  5. The Corrosive Challenge #4 Anything Goes 5/6
  6. SheepSki Designs Challenges #73 Die Cuts and/or Punches 5/1
  7. My Time To Craft Challenge #505 Easter Flowers or Spring Flowers 4/20
  8. Inspiration Station #48 Field of Tulips in the boldest of colors, like the yellow tulips in my card. 5/1

Stamping Hugs,


brenda said...

That's s really lovely new Spring blog header Donna and equally pretty card, yellow and lilac make such a wonderful colour palette and the tall DL shape elegant.

No crafting here for a couple of weeks now, so annoying a cervical procedure went a bit pear shaped! Very few Butterflies as well, they are sadly in decline in the UK. We and our neighbouring farmer have set a field aside and planted with wild flowers and suitable fauna to try and encourage breeding, but will be a while before we see any positive results.

B x

KarinsArtScrap said...

you have made a gorgeous card Donna

gr karin

Donna Walls said...

Beautiful card design and I love the purples as well as the added interest of the die cut layers. That is a fat and happy caterpillar and thank you for supporting Monarch Butterflies. Thanks for a wonderful team project for the Jan's Digi Stamps Challenge.
Donna xx

Chris said...

A beautiful and elegant card Donna, Your lovely image is beautifully coloured, love the purple and yellow combo- so pretty with a lovely air of spring!
How lovely to have loads of butterflies, seem to be a lot scarcer here these days, that caterpillar looks so smart in his lovely stripes!

Beebeebabs said...

Beautiful work as always thanks for sharing!!!

Betty said...

lovely card, Donna! perfect for this springtime part of the year! and love the pic of the caterpillar too! thanks for joining us at TicTacToe this week!

Donna said...

Stunning card, your coloring is fabulous and great design! I always pick up good tips from you-the scrap of yellow and rewording the sentiment - I will be using these.

Lori m said...

Stunning card and just gorgeous photo of the caterpillar, your garden must be so relaxing and so peaceful to look at, thank you for sharing. Hugs, Lori m

Marjeta said...

Simply gorgeous. Love your color combo and design. This stamp is fantastic.

Chrissy said...

What a beautiful stamp set and I love your colouring here Donna and the frame and card design is lovely..


Verna Angerhofer said...

Your slimline card is so beautiful! The vase of tulips are in gorgeous colors and I love all the pretty layers on the card.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and love the tulips and freesia? flowers and framed perfectly with the die-cut frame-my printer is still refusing to-no idea why keeps saying no paper in the tray and got so annoyed took it all out and shook it in front of the printer and said there we loads for you???Driving me mental talking to a printer that has the attitude of a teenager!!!
Carol x

Monica C. said...

This is so beautiful, Donna! I love the color combo that you have chosen here and the tall card with the beautiful frame is just gorgeous.

As.I.Do.Rodos. said...

A fabulous card.
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Donna Walls said...

I'm popping back in to say thanks for supporting our humble little challenge at The Inspiration Station! It's always a treat to see your lovely cards.
Donna xx

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful! Love your coloring and that hi-light of yellow card stock, doesn't that just add so much interest! Clever! Who doesn't love a pretty jar/vase full of spring flowers! Fantastic! And yay for the Monarch caterpillar, I have lots of milkweed in my gardens too, so fun to watch them grow and change!

Conniecrafter said...

That is a gorgeous image, love the way you colored it, that is a neat idea for adding more colors that bring together your image with the scraps.
How wonderful to have your yard full of butterflies, my spring thing is my house has ants coming inside, I would much rather have the butterflies, LOL!

cotnob said...

A gorgeous card Donna, such a beautiful image.
I have just had a browse through your blog to see what I have missed, you have been creating some fabulous cards.
Happy Blogaversary.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Aimeslee Winans said...

Nice header, Donna. And such a pretty card creation, love the drop shadow die idea. You are such a good steward of the natural world. I'm going to ask Honey about planting milkweed. We used to have sunflowers along our fence and I asked him could we grow some again. He scoffed, then relented and planted them. He also secretly planted some bluebonnet seed last fall so now we have a tiny little patch! He bought some peppers and tomato plants too so here we go again. The Carolina wren eggs in both hanging plant pots hatched and the birdies are getting louder every day. I keep thinking I'm hearing our old Doxie Reggie whining for attention, lol. Hope you are doing good. XOX

Leslie Miller said...

I will say that Jan has some of the most gorgeous digis on the market and you always do the most beautiful things with them! I love how you manipulate them to suit your needs. I had a lot of fun doing that in the past. It's so good to see the Monarch caterpillars munching away. Some spring weather would be nice. I'm feeling puny, but will take LuLu out to walk around the yard and feed the birds as it may not rain a lot today.

Pat K said...

Gorgeous slimline card with such a pretty image. Thanks for playing along with us at Sweet Stampin. Pat K x

Sue said...

Gorgeous image, coloring and card. Love the bright yellow flowers.


Jocelyn said...

Such pretty colours and a beautiful design. Thank you for sharing with us.
Jocelyn x
CD Sunday Plus DT

Kathy said...

Your card made with Jan's digital stamp set, is just gorgeous, so well made. Thank you for sharing your lovely creation with us at Inspiration Station this month. Smiles, Kathy DT I'm capivated by the adorable white dog on the hat with the beautiful blue background and the beautiful red tulip so well colored!

Shona Erlenborn said...

Such a pretty make, Donna! Love the little extra bands of color - another great idea! That die is gorgeous, looks like it was made for this particular image!! Love the shading on the table too!

Margarets designer cards said...

Beautiful card, and lovely colouring
Thank you for joining us
CD Sunday plus DT

Lena said...

Beautiful card, Donna. I had never thought of adding colour in this way, thank you so much for the tutorial and inspiration. So creative and fabulous!
I hope you and yours had a very Blessed Easter.

Pamela said...

A really pretty card, I like the yellow and purple.
CD Sunday Plus DT.

Seafield Jo said...

Your card is so pretty! Lovely coluring and a gorgeous frame.
CD Sunday Plus DT

Helen said...

Beautifully coloured and a really pretty die cut.

Thanks for joining us at the Inspiration Station Challenge.

Helen x

Jan Mahew said...

Fabulously beautiful slimline composition, Donna! Thank you for sharing and showcasing Spring flowers and coffee on my behalf.