Smile Just Because

Happy Thursday!
I'm noticing a theme with my cards lately...3 of the last 4 have been based around sunshine and smiles :)  And that's okay!  Not sure what has brought that kick on, but it makes me smile so I'll just keep rolling with it!
Our new challenge starting today at Meljen's Designs is Button It Up!  I really wanted to step out of my normal comfort zone with the buttons and try something new.  While I browsed around the Meljen's store to find an image to use, several ideas popped into my head with other images.  But they weren't quite hitting that "challenging" zone.  Until I found this sweet Smile Flowers image.  I knew it would be perfect!

So I printed it out and colored it all up with my pencils.  What you can't see is the middles of the flowers spell out SMILE but I sifted through my small button collection and found appropriate sizes to cover them up!  Ok, not super challenging like I made it sound...I know.  I just didn't want to scatter the buttons in the corners like I normally do...wanted to do something different :)

Since I really loved the smile sentiment in the flowers, I still wanted to use that somehow.  So I found a different image from Meljen's - Smile Bug - and printed that on some patterned paper to go below the flowers.  I added the "just because" with a Hero Arts stamp and Wink of Stella to all the flowers and buggies :)

I really love how it turned out.  Very light and summery.  Be sure to stop by the Meljen's Design Team Challenge Blog, check the rest of the DT's amazing creations, and then join in the fun!!!

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
    Color Me Creative #95-Friends
    Penny's Paper-Crafty #184-Buttons, Butterflies, or Bows
    Seize the Sketch #23
    Word Art Wednesday #139-Anything Goes

Thanks for visiting! <3


  1. This really makes me smile! The images and colors are so happy and the sweet buttons look perfect in the center of the flowers! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

  2. Wow, this is so lovely! I think it is the country feel of your card that I like so much! Great colours and a light feel! Thanks for joining us at Seize the Sketch!

  3. Hi Emily, I love this card! It is sweet, fun and summery! Adorable use of the buttons and I love the cute ladybirds! x

  4. Keep on rolling with the flowers an sunshine, it's making others smile too!

  5. Such a sweet card, great way to use buttons. I saw this on MelJen's challenge.

  6. Love this card - great job!

  7. A lovely creation. Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenges.