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, May 15, 2023

Flower Cart - Jan's Digi Stamps

 Hello! I'm so glad to see you!

Reminder Time for 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 Digi's now has a freebie section. Freebies will be left up for a short time, and new ones will be added periodically. Jan's newest sets are 25% off and this month's Father's Day sale, includes 10 sets.

I admit it! These were in my "to be finished" box, and it was fun to finish them up and send them to people who will love them. Each card uses: Flower Cart 798Showers of Tulips 923, clear glitter and Copic Markers:

Flower Cart 798 10 images

Showers of Tulips 923

Like lots of bloggers, I am trying to use as many of my favorite (or unused) older products as possible in my creations. There is something happy and satisfying in doing that (at least for me!) 

Cherry & Ivory Colored Card:  Dies- Spellbinders Cascading Grace 5x7, Marianne Design Creatables Anja's Large Ovals LR0236, EK Success corner punch, SU Scallop Punch, Distress Inks (Scattered Straw, Worn Lipstick, Spun Sugar), Ivory Neenah Cardstock, DLArt Ivory Ribbon, My Favorite Things cloud stencil, green and blue colored pencils, Freebie interior sentiments here.

Green & Ivory Card:  Dies: Grand Labels Four Nestabilities, SB 5x7 Elegant Labels Four, SB Fancy Tags One S4-235, Ivory Neenah Cardstock, Peeled Paint Distress Ink

I find using pale gray and/or pale ivory as a card base is difficult to photograph without appearing rather dingy and dark. But like other supplies in my stash, crying out to be used, so is my Neenah Ivory for Copics asking to be used!

But I DID allow myself to color one with traditional white Express-It:

Pink & Green Card: Dies: LifeStyle Nesting Lace Ovals, Embossalicious Rose Vine embossing folder by Die'sire, EK Success Oval Punch, Distress Inks (Bundled Sage, Kitsch Flamingo, Spun Sugar) DLArt Pink Ribbon,

The interior is a freebie gift from me. You can download it here (scroll to the bottom of the post)

Don't forget to head on over and share your pretty projects with us at Jan's Digi Stamps!

Challenges I would like to play in please:
  1. Crafting Happiness Challenges # 142 Flowers 6/1
  2. Classic Design Challenge #5 AG 6/1
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft #5 AG (check 7/1)

Stamping Hugs,

Orange Rose Fiesta Time at Beautiful Blossoms Challenges

Hello, blogging friends!

It's time for a new Challenge at Beautiful Blossoms.  A fun "mood-board-inspired" monthly challenge which features Flowers as the main focus.  

 The Mood Board is a starting point, and your artwork is where your imagination takes you! 

 I was inspired by: 

  1. The letters in the word "fiesta" are separated by squares. The "square triad rose image" is "separated" by the same shape.
  2. The gold glitter embossing tinsel is inspired by the pretty jewelry in the mood board.
  3. And those brilliant colors, so these orange roses are shaded with pink tones, and boast green leaves.

I rummaged through my "needs to be colored" bin and found this Pink and Main rose awaiting its completion. It was heat set with gold glitter embossing tinsel, and is quite sparkly in person.

The sentiments are from a stamp set purchased nearly 25 years ago, by Anna Griffin. The die set is also by Anna Griffin. Her dies are deeply etched, easily cut, and always emboss well:

While coloring with Copic Markers, I carefully avoided the marker tip with the gold EP. You cannot see it well in the photos, but the orange is shaded with deep pink Copics. The "tall flower" was cut into thirds to mimmic the scrabble words in the mood board, but it also allowed me to introduce the bright green color as well. (apologies for the dark photo)

Looking forward to seeing your floral masterpiece at at Beautiful Blossoms Challenge!

Products: Stamps: Pink and Main Tall Flowers set, Anna Griffin "Sentimental Statements" stamp set, Inks: Cheerful Yellow and Green Oasis VersaFine Clair, Copic Markers, Gold Glitter Embossing Tinsel, Dies: Anna Griffin Gentleman's Study Concentric Slimline Die set, 2 old SU punches, old EKSuccess corner punch.

Playing in the following fine challenges please:

  1. Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge #5 AG (entry 1 of 3) 6/12
  2. Classic Design Challenge #5 AG 6/1
  3. A Perfect Time to Craft #5 AG (check 7/1)
  4. Crafting Happiness Challenges # 142 Flowers 6/1
  5. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2319 AG 5/22

Stamping Hugs,

Monday, May 01, 2023

House Mouse Gingerbread Decorating {Christmas Bingo Challenges}

NOTE: My Jan's Digi Stamps design team project is also published today here.

Yippee! I'm so excited to share a brand new Christmas Challenge for blog land!

It's The Most Wonderful Time of the Year! A brand new challenge blog for Christmas lovers all year long! 

Named Christmas BINGO Challenges, a new bingo card is available for each challenge. But this bingo is a bit different. Only columns may be used (not rows or diagonal choices). Each column includes a FREE SPACE, which you may also use. Please utilize three or more squares in the column of your choice. (more details on blog)

In this case, I have chosen the "B" column.

Tags (in the upper right of my card)

Dots (in the background papers)

Green (papers are pine needle green)

Stamped Image (House Mouse & Hero Arts)

and I even can say "free" because I've used some other "stuff" on the card (giggle)

Remember, you only have to use 3 squares in one column, and FREE can be one of your choices!

Colored with Copic Markers, this darling House Mouse stamp is now retired. Fortunately, I had stamped a few from a friend several years ago.  

The sentiment is stamped in Rain Forest VersaFine Clair and heat set with clear detail embossing powder. 

The House Mouse line is one I never tire of coloring. 

How about you? Do you have certain favorite stamps or stamp lines that you enjoy? Or do you find yourself going through cycles of certain styles and techniques?

I tried balancing the gold glossy die cut with the brass bell in the image:

Come on over and show us what you can do with the bingo card at Christmas BINGO Challenges.

Products: Stamps: Stampendous House Mouse Frosting Gingerbread Man from 1997 (it's long been retired),  Hero Arts Clear set CL722, Green Digital Paper by LianaScrap (free, thank you), Dies: Tonic Mixed Edge Rectangle set, Surprise Creations Double Stitch Tags die set, Tutti-123 Arched Fir Branch die, Memory Box Precious Gingerbread Men Inks: Rain Forest VersaFine Clair, Oxides in Pine Needles and Lucky Clover, Copic Markers, Clear Detail Embossing Powder 

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG with theme COLOR IT (colored with Rain Forest VersaFine Clair, Oxides in Pine Needles and Lucky Clover, Copic Markers) 5/4 (3 of 5 allowed entries)
  2. Worldwide Crafters and Colorists Challenge #4 AG (entry 3 of 3) 5/12
  3. My Favorite Things Christmas Challenge (April 20) ends May 17
  4. House Mouse and Friends Monday Challenge (5/1) AG HM ends May 13
  5. Classic Design Challenge #5 AG 6/1
  6. A Perfect Time to Craft #5 AG (check 7/1)
  7. Girlz Creative Christmas Challenge #18 Everything Goes 5/6
  8. Peace on Earth Christmas Challenge #38 AG option mood board 5/4 (D&D - I hope I understood the challenge properly) 
  9. Christmas With The Cuties #69 Something Hand Colored ends May 14 check 5/29
  10. Critter Crazy Challenges #74 FEATURE a critter 6/1
  11. Merry Little Christmas Challenge Blog #50 AG Christmas 6/15

Stamping Hugs,

Patriotic Poppies {Jan's Digi Stamps}

Happy May, dear blogging friends! 

Today is the kickoff for May's 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 Father's Day sale, includes 10 sets, also on sale 25% off.

I've blended some other papers with Jan's pretty, Patriotic Poppies set, in honor of those who have fought for our freedom, and the freedom of others. The poppy was established as a symbol for that reason globally after World War 1. 

Patriotic Poppies on sale 33% off for $2.00

Sentiment is from:

Botanical Orchids 874

I digitally created a red 4.5 x 4.5 inch background, placing 4 small rectangles and cropped poppies in each. Then a larger rectangle accommodates the sentiment. Each rectangle is framed digitally in black, with a shadow effect for the sentiment, all in my free, trusty Pages word processor. I copy-and-pasted the flowers in each rectangle to be colored and layered. The images are colored with Copic markers. Even the lace is a digital addition.

Instead of "popping up" the whole flower, the bases of each flower (near the stem) have been glued flat atop the flower underneath, with black dimensional tape under portions of the flower petals on the upper layer:

A shadow affect was used on the sentiment digitally:

The card interior uses my handmade sentiment with one of Jan's pre-colored images:

We love seeing your projects at Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps!

Products: Jan's Digi ImagesPatriotic Poppies 4095,  Botanical Orchids 874, also digital: Digital Lace Borders by Angie Makes at Creative Market, Lozzy T's Papers "Checkout #30", regular papers, Coral Mulberry Paper, Copic Markers

I'd like to play in the following fine challenges please:

  1. Outlawz Twisted Thursday AG with theme COLOR IT (colored with Copic Markers 5/4 (4 of 5 allowed entries) 5/4
  2. Crafting Happiness Challenges # 142 Flowers 6/1
  3. Creative Knockouts #493 Flower Power (1st of 3 allowable entries) 5/13 OE10
  4. A Perfect Time to Craft #5 AG (check 7/1)

  5. Make My Monday Challenge #199 Flowers 5/6

  6. Classic Design Challenge #5 AG 6/1

  7. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2317 AG 5/8

  8. CD Sunday Plus #109  5/1 ( I used digital items: Lozzy T's Papers "Checkout #30" and layered Creative Market's Lace border onto it and printed. On my word processor, I then digitally applied red square layer framed in white with 4 white "windows" framed in black. The digital image was also placed in the "windows". A window was created for the sentiment, also a digital image from JDS and highlighted with red on the computer. This was printed out. I also printed more of the poppies separately. These were all colored with Copics and layered atop. Several digital layers, and several "paper" layers. 5/15

Stamping Hugs,