Blog Name

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, September 12, 2019

Lavinia World Dancing in the Moonlight

Hello, fellow fairy lovers!
I have a little gift for you at the end.
In the meantime, my heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with all who were impacted by Hurricane Dorian - all the way up to Nova Scotia!

In the meantime...
I'm running away to Fairy Land!

I've always wanted to dance carefree on a tree branch overhanging a pond. 
Have you?

My fairy cards today use the same stamps, but the background has been inked with different colors of distress inks, and the sentiment is applied differently. The white highlights are also a in different places. Three similarly stamped panels with slightly changed colors and designs.

Details of our Lavinia World ChallengeAn ANYTHING GOES theme using ANY brand clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. Winner receives
a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store.

While "our" Lavinia World store is located in the US, it ships worldwide. In the US, buy $25 and get free shipping! Lavinia World carries other crafting supplies for your convenience.
My cards are about 5" x 7".

These backgrounds could not be more fun to play with. Fast, simple and easy AND the spark the imagination. I actually "fall into" the story as it unfolds.
These three began identically, but I used a variety of plain old distress inks to change the colors in the pool, the sky circle, and the edges.

Stamps were placed on the background to get an idea of how they fit:

To do the sentiment in sections, I was lazy and just inked parts of the stamp:

I have learned that even with shaking, spasmodic hands that are prone to lots of boo-boos, the white lines still bring out more magic to the scenes. So give it a try if you've never done it before. For example, my hands jerked several times with this card, and it still looks better with the white details, jerky as they are. So don't be afraid to try it:

A panel of purple with a black stripe was added for visual interest:

Using a leaf border punch on two sides of the card:

I added lots of extra purple and dark pinks to this background before distressing the edges with black EP containing glitter.

My favorite is the sparkly scallops:

A darker photo shows a bit more of the purple embossing powder (with glitter of course) distressing the border. Such a fun card:

Lavinia Products Used:

Lavinia World Stars Miniature LAV152
Lavinia World Fairy Bugs LAV471
Lavinia World Vine LAV165
Lavinia World Fantasia VersaFine Clair
Lavinia World Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel White (for highlights)
MS border punches: Curved Scallop, Laurel Leaf
Embossing Powders: Purple with Glitter, Black with Glitter, Detail White

A Digital Gift for You

Freebies for you - if you love fairies, I hope these little sentiments will add some fun to the inside of your cards or other fairy projects. They are for personal use only, and may be used on your design team creations. Click on the sentiments to make full size. Then right click to download as a SAVE PNG. (not for commercial use). Enjoy!

A Freebie Gift PNGs to my Followers -
NOT for commercial use:

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. Fairy and Unicorn Challenge Blog (Sept 7) Anything Fantasy (10-7)
  2. Patti's Creations Challenge #162 "Things That Fly" 10-7
  3. Classic Design Team Open Challenge #9 "AG DT" 10-1
  4. Simply Create Too Challenge  #153 Anything Goes10-4
  5. Modsquad Challenge Blog (Sept 11) Create A Scene Card 9/17
  6. Always Fun Challenges #127 Create A Scene 9/15
  7. Creative Fingers Challenge #170 Anything Goes 9/20 check chal 172
  8. Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge #447 Anything Goes 9/17 (sep post)

Thanks for stopping by today!
Stamping Hugs,


Monica said...

Dear Donna,

These cards are beautiful and I like the way you handled the movements. Your positivity is so infectious. Always a pleasure to visit you and see the amazing stuff you create.

I have good news - my initiative has reached over three years and the school was looking for parents to share skills so I offered to host meditation. I do guided meditation and today was my second session in the school. We will have a total of six per term. God willing if this is my dream, my angels will make it possible.

Have you heard of angel cards? I love reading them.



Lisa said...

These are all so absolutely stunning, Donna!! I love the whimsical scenes you've created!! The colors are gorgeous!! These make me happy to look at, my friend!! So, so beautiful!! And thank you for the freebie, too!! Have a great day!! Big hugs :)

A Mermaid's Crafts

Natalia said...

That is so beautiful!☺

Lori m said...

Gorgeous cards and thank you for the white inking tip also the freebies, love them.
Hugs, Lori m

Lisa J said...

Fabulous project and I could really do with a trip to Fairyland right now! Thanks for playing along with us at The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge

Bunny said...

Beautiful. I love the colors and the extras you added on. Especially the white highlights and dots. Very pretty. Thank you for the free sentiments. [Bunny]

Shona Erlenborn said...

Oh Donna, these are exquisite! Love all the different touches you added to each - I agree with you the last one with the scalloped edges is also my favorite! The added Gel White pen really makes a big difference in bringing those little fairies to life! Beautiful work as always!

Julie Odil said...

Those fairies make me feel like dancing, Donna! This is wonderful. I like the white you've added. Such magical cards you have created.

*Vicki* said...

I feel your spirit dancing right along with these fairies Donna! You are happy and free! :) LOVE the gorgeous colors you've chosen for your blended backgrounds which look awesome BTW especially with that touch of glitter around it! The white gel pen adds a wonderful highlight on these silhouettes! I think I need to find the time to fairy dance myself! LOL! Thanks for sharing your wonderful freebies with us my friend!! HUGS

Conniecrafter said...

These are all terrific, I love how you did the sentiment on the first card and added your white pen work with it. The second I think is my favorite and it has got to be I love the leaf border with it, just works perfectly! Your signature sparkle scalloped border is lovely too though :)

Mia said...

Simply gorgeous, Donna. Lovely scene in the moonlight. Kisses, my friend.

crafty-stamper said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Donna love the silhouette stamps,all the sparkle and beautiful backgrounds.Think i might need something more substansial than a thin tree branch lol
Carol x

Monica C. said...

Your cards are gorgeous Donna! I love the purply colors you have used and the fairy silhouettes. I think I would rather dance on the ground next to the pond than on a branch above it lol. But they have wings...
Hugs Monica

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeousss Donna

Gr Karin

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Loving the cards.

Thanks for the freebie.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Lena said...

What a beautiful and magical set of cards, Donna. Love the different colours and the frame you used around the one. Yes, I wish I could dance across a branch over the pond. Unfortunately, my walk across would not be that graceful :-) and may include an unexpected and totally unplanned dive into the water. More like a tumble, really! :-)
Have a wonderful day.
Happy crafting!
Big hugs,
♥ Lena
Lena’s Creations

Sarah said...

These are magical Donna, love the white highlights on these beautiful cards xx

cuilliesocks said...

What wonderful cards Donna, your colouring and the silhouettes are gorgeous, love your choice of images and layout, hope you are keeping well, Kate x

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well those cards are wonderful and yes, if I were not scared of heights I might want to dance on a tree branch too. LOL But the colors and images you used for this card are fantastic. I am so loving them.

April said...

I love your beautiful cards! So dreamy!

Anne Buckingham said...

Love the fairies! The coloring of the paper is magical. Appreciate the lesson in using white gel pen. My cards are enhanced as I learn from you. Can't decide which border I like best.

Leslie Miller said...

Look at you go, Donna, with three cards and all so beautiful! The white outline makes the scene totally come alive. Fantastic! Are you going to make me go buy fairy stamps and dies now? I currently have NO fairy things. I didn't have a single mermaid-related item until you shared that other sentiment. Now... I went nuts! You haven't even seen the half of it yet. But I appreciate it so much! Thank you! Are you grinning? I hope so.

Stampsnob. said...

Beautiful cards I love to see the fairies dance . Thank you for the sentiment …..Lis

cotnob said...

Gorgeous cards Donna, fabulous backgrounds and beautiful silhouette scenes, I really like the subtle differences that you have incorporated into the designs.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Jackie T said...

Hi Donna your cards are gorgeous. I love them all. Those stamps are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

NanaConnie said...

Absolutely stunning, Donna! I love the colors you chose for those beautiful backgrounds and the fairies make me want to dance on a branch, too. :-D
love the sentiments. Thanks.

Cath Wilson said...

These are stunning cards, Donna. Love the colours you chose - on all of them - and putting the dancing faeries on a branch is a stroke of genius! Gorgeous and definitely inspiring :-) Thank you.
Cath x

pinky said...

Yes Donna, I will happily join you with the fairies!! These are just gorgeous and I love the beautiful colour you used.

Nonnie's Cards and Gifts said...

So perfect! These are the epitome of magical. Wonderful work. Vicki

KraftyKoolKat said...

Three such magical creations Donna, really beautiful. Thank you for the freebies.

Donna said...

Oh, a triple delight of gorgeous scenes and stunning backgrounds! I like Lavina day (though I'm late commenting this week) to see what delights you, Lisa, and Anne have in store for me! Have s delightful weekend and thank you for the freebies!

Donna Phelan said...

Can't say I have....until now lol These are such pretty little creations! The images are so delightful and magical (of course) Your sparkle is ever them!

Inkyfingers said...

What beautiful, magical cards Donna, and I am in awe of your beautiful white pen work!
Carol x

Mrs A. said...

Three very gorgeous fairy cards. I do like the white edging to the fairies. Hugs Mrs A.

pam said...

Absolutely gorgeous cards Donna love the silhouette stamps,all the sparkle and beautiful backgrounds, what beautiful colours for your backgrounds.
Hugs Pam x

Billie A said...

Very pretty card and scene. Love the silhouette images and the white highlights So glad you shared over at Always Fun Challenge

Billie A
Always Fun Challenges
Catch The Bug
Creative With Stamps
Aud Sentiments
Colour Crazy Challenge
Creations In Pink
Crafty Gals Corner
Crafty Catz
Crafty Sentiments

Jackie C said...

Fabulous fairy cards Donna!! Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Classic Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Jackie DT

Jackie C said...

Back again! Super scene! Perfect for our Challenge! So glad that you have shared your great artwork with us here at Always Fun Challenges. Good luck hun and do come back again!
Jackie DT @AFC

Pattie G said...

This is so beautiful! It goes perfect with our current challenge “Things That Fly” at Patties Creations Design Challenge. Thanks for joining us…
Artist and Owner

PS If you would like to be on our Design Team please email me at:

Deanne Saunders said...

Your cards are amazing!!! Thanks so much for participating in our PATTIE’S CREATIONS challenge. Hope you participate in our next challenge!! Have a happy crafty day!!!
Deanne at A Little Bit O’ Paper

Valerija said...

Such beautiful cards as always!!! Love the background colours and amazing silhouette stamps.
Valerija xx

Crafter's Icon said...

Lovely card, love the sparkly effect on the background. Thank you for entering at Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges . Good luck with your entry.
Sharmitha @ Crafter's Icon

aussie aNNie said...

Stunning card design De, love your fairyland and gorgeous colours here.xx

Lori Kobular said...

Donna ~ I love, love, love these beautiful fairy cards!! The colors are so beautiful and those fairies look like they are having such a delightful time dancing in the dark that I want to join them! They are truly gorgeous and magical!!

Linda Simpson said...

These are fabulous Donna, love the fairies and beautiful background.
Linda xxx

Chrissy said...

Beautiful cards Donna, I love fairies and I love the colours in the sky and the silver shadows behind the fairies and of course the sparkle..beautiful.


Alina Florea said...

By seeing this, it really makes ou wanna dance! Absolutely amazing! Love how you combined the stamps :) Hugs

Beebeebabs said...

Wow beautiful work as always - love the scene you created and beautiful background - another great creation my friend thanks for sharing!!!

aussie aNNie said...

De I had to pop in and tell you your comment cracked me up....on my Lavinia project....I am about to go to bed and had a good ol' chuckle...hugs.xx

Sue said...

Oh my I see you were having some fairy fun for sure. Love how you changed up the scene using different colors. I love the pond and the branch and how they are dancing away the night. Such fun to go there and create and leave the mundane world behind for a few hours! Need to get my stamps out and create something and escape to the magic for a bit.


Lori said...

Such pretty fairyland cards! Love the distress ink colors and the beautiful design!

Robin Francini said...

Oooo, I am a fairy lover too!! I love all 3 of your cards, the same, but so very different, genius idea! U have never tried white around my sentiment, but I will with your recommendation! Thank for joining us at Simply Create Too
Robin DT Member Simply Create Too

Shelly Schmidt said...

My heavens, these cards are absolutely gorgeous!!! Your white pen accents are such a wonderful accent. I so love seeing them made up with all of the beautiful dies and different layouts!

Carole J said...

How clever to be able to change up the same background to create three different cards! I think my favourite is the sparkly scalloped edged one. A girl can't have too much glitter? Right? Gorgeous creations, Donna. x

Decosse's Dynamite Doodles said...

Hey my long lost friend! I hope that you are well and weren't in the path of the hurricane at all. Your card is absolutely stunning--but then they always are. Love the purple and black, how you've created your scene and that gorgeous fairy stamp.

Thanks so much for entering your project into our latest challenge over at Pattie's Creations. Good luck in the draw.

Take care of yourself!

☺Lisa D.
DT Member for Pattie's Creations Challenge!
Décosse’s Dynamite Doodles--My Personal Blog!


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