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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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Lavinia World - Clean and Simple

My first EVER really Clean-and-Simple card!
So glad you are here to witness it (giggling).

And now you know it is time for a new Lavinia World Challenge!

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.

We now have a new Facebook Group where you can upload your Lavinia cards. It is called ANYTHING LAVINIA. The blog Lavinia World Challenge is an Anything Goes theme with any brand of clear or rubber stamps (no digitals). The Facebook Group Anything Lavinia is also an anything goes theme, but permits only projects made using any Lavinia Products.

Today's project:
Our beloved DT Coordinator and my dear friend,
Anne Temple
challenged me to do a CAS card, because she knows I've never been able to make one. So today's card is CAS - but it was not simple for me to make. (giggling) After 2 tries, and 3 backgrounds, I just went for whatever happened.

I spritzed water onto 4.25" x 5.5" cold pressed watercolor paper. The glass Work Surface was dabbed with two colors of Oxide inks and also spritzed with water. The paper was smooshed on top of the watered-down ink, and dried with a heat gun. (PS on the third try I dropped my ink pad twice, but decided to use the background anyway.)

Dragon Verse was stamped with Distress Peacock Feathers ink, stamped off once on scrap paper, and then stamped on top of the background.

Fairytale (fairy)  was stamped with VersaFine Clair Cheerful Yellow and heat set with white detail embossing powder. I use the VFC because the image is superior than any other ink and it gives complete coverage. 

Using a ruler and a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen I made two intersecting straight lines for visual interest, and heat set them with more white detail EP:

Shown above, her wings are colored with Zig #4 FL Green and Zig #42 Turquoise Green brush markers. The closest wing was slightly cut out to fit atop the white aperture. Also shown above, the Once Upon a Dream image was stamped with VersaFine Clair Nocturne ink and heat set with black with black detail EP that contains silver mica powder. The "splatter" of the black sentiment is actually part of the sentiment - it is distressed for us already.

Card Assembly: Die cat 4.5" x 5.75" white cardstock with choice of aperture die. Attach the color panel to the back to the frame. Cut the vellum strip and place the sentiment, folding the ends behind the white aperture. Use white "fun foam" and adhere to back of finished layer. Attach to white 4.75" x 6" card base:

Here is the front with a white background (hard to photograph white on white):

Products Used:

Challenges I'd like to play in please:
  1. The Fairy and the Unicorn Challenge (Nov 2) AG Fantasy 12/7
  2. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #1946 AG 11/25
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends #118 AG 12/1
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft #104 AG 12/1 (sep post)
  5. Classic DT Open Challenge #11 AG DT 12/1 (sep post)
  6. Love to Craft Challenge Blog #40 AG 12/1 (sep post)
  7. Creative Crafters #22 AG 12/15 
  8. Country View Challenges Nov "Hand Stamped" 12/14 (sep post)
Fairy Kisses,


KT Fit Kitty said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Donna! I must confess that I LOVE CAS cards! I remember how hard it was to make one the first time too - and it still is! I want to keep adding bits and bobs! You definitely succeeded with your first CAS card - I absolutely love it! Beautiful work!

Bunny said...

This is lovely. Some of my favorite colors. I struggle with CAS. You did a grand job. [Bunny]

Mia said...

I have never made a CAS card, Donna, and your card is a great inspiration for me. You created a lovely background and I love that you made the fairy white and not black. Hugs, my friend.

SD pooja said... have created a wonderful CAS card Donna !! Looking forward to more

Nonnie's Cards and Gifts said...

And you were worried about a CAS card!!! This is fabulous and I will definitely be making some of these.

Linda Simpson said...

This is fabulous Donna, loving the beautiful background and stamped images.
Linda xxx

cuilliesocks said...

What a very beautiful card Donna,I so love the background and the fairy image is so pretty. I love too the frame that you've put her into, fabulous design, Kate x

crafty-stamper said...

Gorgeous CAS card and i agree they can take more time than a layered and embellished one!!!Love the you embossed the silhouette in white rather than black and cut with a shaped die.
Carol x

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Beautiful card. I love the colour.

Hope you are having a nice day. Sue

Dawn Phillips said...

It's rare to see a Lavinia stamp on a CAS card but you have made it work beautifully. Love Dawn x

Mac Mable said...

I am so glad that I have witnessed your CAS card as it is a stunner. The colours are fabulous and the white just pops against it x. I am away for three weeks so I will catch up on my return x.

Anne Temple said...

Absolutely gorgeous Donna! Now you can say you did a CAS card and never have to do another one :-). Love the added lines - they are perfect for this stamp and add a lot of visual interest. Love the colors you've used too. You definitely met - and exceeded - the challenge!!!

*Vicki* said...

Yay!! So proud of your first CAS design Donna! You've done an amazing job with it too! The colors with your fairy panel are stunning! The vellum sentiment across it is perfect! I had a "phase" of doing some CAS style cards and remember it being VERY difficult. I still do one but only once in a while as I just happen to love the style that fits me comfortably, so I understand and hope you don't totally give up on it! :) I love your card! HUGS

Shona Erlenborn said...

Well I assume that won't be your last? You nailed it! Although CAS, with all the little extra elements, it is still a definite "Donna" card. Love the colors that you chose too.

Donna said...

This is gorgeous, like how you added script to your background and the white embossing!

Chris said...

I love it Donna, it's absolutely beautiful, lovely image and colours and a perfect CAS design...well done :)))

Steph Ackerman said...

Love how this turned out.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Your CAS card is so gorgeous! I am so proud of you. I just love all the blue and white on it. And that die framed is so perfectly. That is a wonderful little Fairy scene design. You should be proud of yourself too.

Lori Kobular said...

Donna your card is a perfect Clean and Simple card! I love the color oxides you used! The Dragons Verse in the background is so awesome, how did you get to be just barely there? That fairy looks amazing, I love everything about this card!

Conniecrafter said...

You have done a wonderful card with your CAS card! Beautiful background and love the embossing in white. I didn't know you could emboss with a glue pen, I didn't need to by a versamark pen after all. Like your extra touches.

Wendy L said...

Looks lovely Donna, xxxx

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, a fabulous CAS design - you should try it more often, you are obviously very good at it.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Lori m said... CAS never look right, you did a gorgeous card with so many things to look at and yet kept to the CAS look. I never noticed your ink pad drop and had you not mentioned, never would have.Such a pretty card. Tossing high fives to you,hugs, Lori m

KraftyKoolKat said...

Well done Donna on your first CAS creation. It is still beautiful sweetie. You can now take a seat & settle your nerves. lol

pam said...

Wish I could do a truly CAS card Donna, always have to add something! so hard for me to make, you have done a stunning elegant card! well done you.
Hugs Pam x

Mrs A. said...

Your first CAS card is a absolutely brilliant. Love the colours you have chosen. Hope thisceon’t Be the last one you make. Hugs Mrs A.

Anne Buckingham said...

You accomplished the challenge of CAS. It is gorgeous, as we expect from you.

aussie aNNie said...

Super gorgeous & lovely design ....enjoy your weekend.xx

NanaConnie said...

Oh, how lovely, Donna! I love the aqua color you chose for the background with the silhouette stamp in white. Magnificent!

Leslie Miller said...

Donna, I hope you know how really beautiful this card is! There's just something about all that pristine white, especially with the blue. What a lovely background. The stamp pad outline looks like it belongs there. I like the white lines you added, too. I'm getting a little better at CAS, but I can't shake my love of all the fun stuff, either. I've always been mostly middle of the road. In the beginning, a truly CAS card took me WAY longer to make than a non-CAS, just because I wasn't used to it. I do love CAS and I really, REALLY love your card!

Donna Phelan said...

You did it! YAY you! They are very hard to make I think lol I like your design, lots of white space! The embossing and ink smooshing look great! I love those 2 intersecting lines you added for accent, pretty cool! Again, well done!

Alice (scrAPpamondo) said...

I can't believe that it's your very own first CAS, it's just WONDERFUL!!! I'm not be able too and so I hope that there is a chance also for me LOL :D It's a great inspiration and it's the first time I see a white Lavinia stamp and the colours are amazing! :D Your work is so clever, thanks so much for sharing all the process!!

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card - love the frame around the image - another great creation thanks for sharing. Have a Happy Thanksgiving my friend

Joy Wilson said...

Beautiful card! I just love the embossed vellum! Thanks for joining us and good luck with with your entry!
Hugs, Joy
Joyfully Stamps
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends, Owner/Coordinator

Aimeslee Winans said...

Perfect CAS card. Mission accomplished! I related to this post 150%. I have to force myself to practice one a month when I can and although I haven't resorted to just CASE'ing someone else's, I just may! My problem is, I can't stand all that white space. Makes me think the recipient is going feel jipped or something, lol. XOX

creationsnz said...

A triumph Donna! Lovely fairytale effect with the white silhouette, and LOVE that sentiment stamp. CarolG

Sue said...

You are such a hoot. I am not good at CAS either, but what a beautiful job you did. Love the cut out over the image and the white on white is always a winner. Gorgeous.


CdeBaca Crafts Gallery said...

Such beautiful colors! So pretty I want to try that technique.

aussie aNNie said...

De in regard to my fold, yes I did it on the Cameo it is easy to design your own folds in there, this is one I got measurements from the website and made it up, hugs.x

Dr Sonia S V said...

WOW Donna you have made that fairy appear even more delightful than she is
Dr Sonia

Monica C. said...

Oh wow, Donna! You did an amazing job on this CAS card. I am so glad you took Anne's challenge.
Hugs Monica

Suze said...

Congrats on your first CAS card. You have done a wonderful job with it. Thank you for joining in the Anything Goes Challenge at Lil Patch Of Crafty Friends and apologies for the late comment.