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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Tips & Tutorials

Coloring Mediums:

1. Copics on Glitter -

2. Prismacolor Pencils - just the basics for using only colored pencils and no other additives.

3. Watercoloring on Glitter:
  1. Lavender Snowman
  2. Butterfly Sticker Blue
  3. Turquoise Snowman

Die Cuts:

Digital Images:
  1. With Glitter (using Sparkle embossing powder) (Hibiscus)
  2. Pleated Medallions with EP for texture (Sunshine)
  3. With EP on digitals or recycled cards (Frosty's Poinsettia)

Easel Cards - not got the right size card stock?

  • Main Top Panel is a larger square than the rest of the easel card. Couple Dancing.

Embossing Powders:
  1. Shading and using as a color medium
  2. Landscaping with EP on embossing folder
  3. Creating specialty paper or glitter paper for use with punches  (Holly the Christmas Fairy) (A Hoot of a Prize)
  4. A straight line to create dimension with EP (A Hoot of a Prize)
  5. Punch Around The Page punches by Martha Steward look fabulous when glittered or heat embossed. Best to use them before embossing so that the "white" edges of your cardstock are covered by the EP. (Snow One Like You)
  6. Use UNHEATED embossing powders to create texture.
Flower Tutorials *Easy* - Repurposing Single Layer Prima Flowers

  1. Small, single-layer flowers transformed.
  2. Larger, single-layer flowers - 3 shapes.
  3. Make tiny rose buds using left over pieces of paper.

  • To cover intricate dies with glitter, use Super Adhesive Sheets (Snow One Like You)

Repurposed Cookie Container (easy but time consuming)


Cracked Glass - Cracked Ice - (Winter Blues)
Hiding Paper Piecing in a large card - (Winter Blues)
Reversing Rubber Stamp Images - (Large Swan Card)

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