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My blog called "Creative Smiles" because my designs are the result of covering up mistakes. My fumble fingers drop whatever they are holding - repeatedly. Hence, the giggles and smiles of creative patience all throughout my crafting process. xx

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Anything Goes at Lavinia World - Freya's House

Hello, Fairy Lovers!
Hopefully you are enjoying these sweet Lavinia World images at least half as much as I am in using them. They make everything all better. I used to think glitter and butterflies covered up all boo-boos in crafting. These darling little fairies have convinced me THEY are the answer to all boo-boos!
With that... it is time for a new Lavinia World Challenge!

Details of our Lavinia World Challenge:
Every second Thursday a new Anything-Goes challenge will be posted with chances to win a $15 gift certificate to the store, and badges for your blog. Use ANY clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. If your project features Lavinia World stamps, your chances to win double.

While "our" Lavinia World store is located in the US, it ships worldwide. These delightfully sweet images are extremely detailed and reasonably priced. Even better, buy $25 and get free shipping! Lavinia World carries other coordinating products for your convenience (like Brushos, inks, highlight pens and more).

Ever have a great idea for your card, only to have one blunder after another hijack your creative process to take a completely different route? Of course you haven't.


Just maybe...

it was the fairies?

(it's always comforting to blame boo-boos on someone or some THING else)

Here are the fantastic Lavinia World products in my hijack...
I mean... in my project: 

Card Front: I decided on a monochromatic theme using white embossing powder and an off-center aperture. The image is on the inside. To accomplish this, I fitted round dies that would accommodate Freya's House and each other.

Using a ruler and Sakura Quickie Glue Pen, I heat set White Detail embossing powder to create a frame. The fairies and "Dream" were stamped with VersaFine Clair Verdant Ink and heat set with White Detail embossing powder.

Partially open:

Inside, a stencil was used with Embellishment Mousse to create Moon Beams. A glue pen covered the beams to adhere white microfine glitter.

The glue pen also was applied around the fairy's lantern, on the little heart, and in some of the details of the house, with more white and burgundy glitter applied. The grasses are coated with green glitter, and shadowed with a Tombow marker.

Tip: I use the VersaFine Clair inks because their ink produces fine, well-covered images. Opaque embossing powders coat the ink so you cannot see through it.

Here are my blunders and how they were remedied:

Blunder Number One:

Here in central rural Florida, we enjoy beautiful night skies, with a bright moon illuminating the pastures and woods until it is just a crescent moon. It's pure magic seeing moon beams caress our sky and filter thought the trees. But when trying to capture that look with a Sun Ray stencil and embellishment mousse, I should have been a bit less vibrant with the application of color. The result was hideous, so I devised using a sentiment instead, with moon beams shining from the sweet saying.

Blunder Number Two:
Forgetting to add the pale green layer to the card front while planning my design.
To remedy it, a ruler and Sakura Quickie Glue Pen came to my rescue, heat set with White Detail embossing powder, to create a frame for interest. Embellishment Mousse was smooshed around the outside edge.

Blunder Number Three:
Because the mousse was applied in a light-handed fashion, lots of unwanted texture resulted - so white microfine glitter was applied to the beams, around the fairy lantern and verse layer, and even in parts of the house design.

Blunder Number Four:
Carefully deciding to add glittered grass to the front of the card, and then wanting to add a fairy and flowers which should have been added first:

Now that you know about the blunders, and how they hijacked what I **THOUGHT** I wanted to do, don't forget to add your ANYTHING GOES card to the challenge! Remember - the only rule is to use a rubber stamp or a clear stamp (no digitals).

Wishing you a great day!

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. ScrapyLand Challenges #116  AG SL Dies 7/3 (please see list of dies above)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #6 AG DT related 7/15
  3. Crafty Friends Challenge #112 Fairies and Fantasy 6/28
  4. 2 Sisters on the Blog #28 Things With Wings 6/30
  5. Sweet Stampers #33 Anything Goes 7/7 (sep post)
  6. Classic DT Open Challenge #6 AG DT related 7/1
  7. Fairy and Unicorn Challenge (June) Fantasy 7/1
  8. Crafting with an Attitude (#52) Anything Goes 7/1
  9. Aud Sentiments #229 Anything Goes + a Sentiment (I have one front and with scene) 6/25



Wendy L said...

Hi Donna, stunning card, so beautiful. Love the stamp and fab design. Xxxx

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card - love the stamp and all your beautiful blunders lol - another great creation. Have a great weekend!!!

Chris said...

This is so beautiful Donna, LOVE the white embossing against the dramatic dark background lit up with the shining moonbeams. Fabulous stamps, layout and card design.
Hope you're feeling well, have a great day

Lisa said...

This is absolutely stunning, Donna!! I think the fairies did play tricks with you but you adjusted perfectly!! Every detail is spectacular!! It's so gorgeous, my friend!! A happy card!! And I'm so glad you played along at Scrapy Land, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Bunny said...

Blunders or not, your card is beautiful. I love the fairy house. I love the card. [Bunny]

Shona Erlenborn said...

You're too funny! This is so pretty and I love the way you covered up your boo boos with all the fairy dust touches! These little images are so delicate and the shimmery moonlight rays are perfect for your sentiment.

Mia said...

I love your magical card, Donna. And what a fabulous idea to make the house and the fairies black! Hugs, my dear friend.

Anne Temple said...

This turned out amazing!!! The fairies just guided you in a different direction :-). Love the moon beams too.

Lori Kobular said...

Donna this is absolutely stunning! I love the silvery moon beams and the glitter on the grass! The tiny fairies add the perfect touch and I love the way you cut out the card!

brenda said...

What a stunner Donna, I've used whit EP on black but never thought of green and it's that little bit more subtle and works beautifully. I see you are also into Versafine Clair, my collection is growing nicely and I adore the vibrancy of their colours.

B x

Linda Simpson said...

WOW Donna, this is stunning! I love your card design and wonderful quote.
Linda xxx

KarinsArtScrap said...

it's a very beautiful card and great design Donna

gr karin

Conniecrafter said...

Oh Donna, I would say you have done a beautiful job with your blunders, I love the cut a way circle on the font to unveil the wonderful scene on the inside, your sentiment was a great save and who doesn't love your sparkle you add and it was perfect on the rays. I love that you brought the scene out into the font of the card with your additional fairies, just perfection in the end :)

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving the card. Those fairies are lovely.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Steph Ackerman said...

Donna, this is lovely.

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is amazing & so beautiful Donna. I love your gorgeous layout & stamping. Glad those little fairies didn't get away with the cheeky things they were throwing in your path.

Monica C. said...

Another stunning card from you Donna! I love the scene you have created inside. Thank you for sharing your fixes, nobody would ever have known if you had not mentioned it.
Hugs Monica

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna this is a stunning card. I love it. Those stamps are gorgeous. Take care. Hugs Jackie

cuilliesocks said...

What a stunning card Donna, I love the fairy house and the little fairies flying around. wonderful colours and design. Well done on covering up the mistakes, Kate x

Sarah said...

What a beauty this is Donna. Love the colours, design and the sentiment inside is wonderful xx

pam said...

De what a beautiful card, think your kidding about those blunders!, mine would never come out looking so gorgeous.
Hugs Pam x

Mac Mable said...

What a striking and beautiful card and the design is amazing. Thank you for your honesty and loved how you saved the little mishaps along the way. You sure did persevere and it was so worth it. One unique and stunning card x.

Stampsnob. said...

Love everything about this card
Donna the details are a mazing …….Lis

Verna Angerhofer said...

This card is so wonderfully done and I love the fairy creations you are doing. I think I may need a fairy in my house so that all by boo boos would get covered up too. LOL

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous card Donna love all the sparkle and stamps-obviously your "happy accidents" were meant to be and just guiding you in the right direction
Carol x

Julie Odil said...

I'm so glad you shared you blunders with us, but also how you fixed them. I have found there is usually a fix for anything. I rarely scrap a card unless it's really hideous. I can usually find a way around the boo boo somehow. Your blunders turned into a fabulous creation. I really like the moonbeams! Well, actually, I think the whole creation is marvelous, and Freja's house is my next "must have" Lavinia stamp. There is a long list......

Leslie Miller said...

Oooh, there you are with the Lavinia stamps again! They're so right up your alley because you love fairy dust. The little house is so cute! I've heard fairies can be mischievous and not always in a nice way. I have to say that each blunder and the fix that followed made your card a little better each time. Maybe the fairies were actually being nice this time!

Alina Florea said...

Gorgeous card! I actually love the hideous moon :) It gives such a SF vibe to the card :)

Kuni said...

Stunning card.
Thank you for joining us at the Sweet Stampers and i hope to see you again.

cotnob said...

This is gorgeous Donna, I love the contrast between the dark green card stock and white embossing - a beautiful card.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Lena said...

Love your card, Donna. The front is gorgeous and when you open it ... it's like you magically step into a fairy world. I loved reading through your blunders - hehehe you have no idea of how many times I said to myself "Yup, done that!" You covered them up beautifully and it only added more charm to your final design :-)
Have a wonderful day.
♥ Lena
Lena’s Creations

Donna Phelan said...

Well you are too funny! What you call blunders are just how I create lol Sometimes, I actually layout a card and not glue it down for just these reasons and sometimes I rip it all apart and try to re-glue it all lol Oh well, the price of crafting! :) I think you and these stamps are magical, blunders and all! You have a way of really make them sparkle and shine, truly! I love the glittered moon beans. When Penny is older I plan on creating a little fairy garden for her to stumble upon! So fun!

Sue said...

I love the white images on the green they look awesome. What a fun card,(for us, I mean). We all have those days, but most of the time the first attempt goes to the trash bin and I start over. Beautiful card as always, Donna.


Mrs A. said...

Absolutely fabulous. . Gorgeous colour combination. Loves the fairy tree house. Hugs Mrs A.

Loose Stitches said...

Such a beautiful creation Donna, lovely design! Thank you for sharing with us over at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
~ Sherry DT/Admin xx

Nicolette said...

A very nice. Thank you for sharing it.
Nicolette DT 2Sistersontheblog.

Valerija said...

This is very special and wonderful!
Valerija xx

Lisa Walsh @ said...

What a gorgeous, stunning card! I absolutely love your monochromatic theme & the embossing is beautiful. Awesome job! Love it.

Donna, we're currently looking for some new creative talent to join our Papercraft Business Design Team & would love for you to consider applying. You can find out all the details & apply here: Papercraft Business DT Call

I hope you're having an awesome week.
XO Lisa @ Papercraft Business

Diane Louise J said...

Hello Donna... it’s so lovely to see you have shared one of your gorgeous cards with us. Thanks for entering your beautiful fairy house card into our ‘Fairies/Fantasy’ Challenge. Good luck in the draw and hope you will come back again soon.
Diane Louise [Team Leader for Crafty Friends Challenge Blog]

jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts said...

Beautiful card! I love the fairy house and seeing a sneak peak into your happy accidents and how you worked round them, we crafters always need a plan B! Thanks for joining us for the Aud Sentiment Challenge.
Jenny (DT) x

Dawn Phillips said...

This is brilliant. A sort of Inside Out card. I love it. Love Dawn x

Caroline said...

Nice card you've made.
Thanks for sharing it with us.
Caroline DT 2Sistersontheblog

Mary M said...

LOVE your card! Thanks for joining us on the Scrapy Land Challenge.

Aimeslee Winans said...

Geez, Donna, I could have SWORN I left a comment here. I must be going crazy. I saw, read, and loved this post and your card, too! Oh well, here to remedy it, sorry so late. It's so cute! We share the love for the VersaFine Clairs, that ink is awesome and I have them in every color. Your glittering is stellar, I am much too skeered to attempt it. And kudos on the night sky and moon beams, too. Just a cute, sweet, adorable card! XOXOX

Stempelfrosch said...

What a beautiful your stamp in white! Ist a great effect! Thank you for joining us at sweet stampers challenge,
hugs Anke

Gale said...

Gorgeous card Donna! Love Lavenia stamps. Thank you for sharing with us over here at The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge and best of luck with your entry. Love to see you join in each month. Thank you.
Gale DT for


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