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Why is my blog called "Creative Smiles"? 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, November 07, 2019

Lavinia World - An Underwater Adventure

Hello, Blogging Friends!
Yesterday a Cold Front moved through our area, and the daily temps dipped down into the 70s (22-24C)! FOR ONE DAY.
laughing
Maybe Autumn will visit us later in the month.

Today begins 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.

While "our" Lavinia World store is located in the US, it ships worldwide. In the US, a $25.00 purchase means free shipping! Lavinia World carries other crafting supplies for your convenience.
My card features Sebastian the Seahorse. Isn't he magical?
After die cutting the SW frame, the panel was dry embossed while still in the die, and then distressed with Blueprint and Chipped Sapphire ink, keeping the die itself in place.
Sebastian was stamped with VersaFine Clair Blue Belle and heat embossed with a clear embossing powder that also contained glitter. The photo gives you a glimpse of the sparkle:



Sea Bubbles and Sea Creatures were stamped off on scrap paper, and then stamped into the background with Weathered Wood Distress Ink. Shaded Lilac was distressed around the edges of the frame for a soft lavender cast. Then I used a cue tip applicator with Lavender Pearlescent Brilliance ink all around the Seahorse, achieving a textured shadow:


Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel - white was used to add detail from Sebastian's snout to his forehead, and in lines along the front of his tummy area.

He is a gloriously mystical, magical creature!

The blue panel was adhered to a lavender panel to bring out the purple tones:

Available in the Lavinia World store:


Products Used:

  • Lavinia World Sebastian the Seahorse
  • Lavinia World Uni-Ball Pen Signo Gel - white (on nose and belly)
  • Lavinia World VersaFine Clair Blue Belle
  • Lavinia World Sea Bubbles (background)
  • Lavinia World Sea Creatures (fish in background)
  • Dies: Sue Wilson Spanish Granada (outline), Sue Wilson Spanish Seville (decorative frame)
  • Inks: Brilliance Ink Lavender Pearlescent, and Distress inks - Blueprint, Shaded Lilac, Weathered Wood, Chipped Sapphire
  • Other: Clear Detail EP that contains glitter, white, blue, lilac papers.

Challenges I'd like to play in please:

  1. Scrapyland #125 AG with SL dies (2 sets SW Spanish Collection) 11/21 (sep post)
  2. Crafty Animals #32 AG with an Animal (I used a seahorse and fish) 12/1 (sep post)
  3. World Wide Open DT Challenge #10 (technique- wet & dry embossing, distressing, glittering, stamping foreground and background) 11/15 (sep post)
  4. Artsy Stamper Digitals #3 Monochromatic 11/18 (sep post)
  5. The House that Stamps Built #N619 "Frame It" 12/4 (bottom of post)
  6. Addicted to Stamps #366 Anything Goes 11/12
  7. Country View Challenges Nov "Hand Stamped" 12/14


Stamping Hugs,


61 comments:

Bunny said...

He is absolutely beautiful. I love the blues and the background stamped with the other under water elements. They are magical creatures.
[Bunny]`

Dawn Phillips said...

Wow, what a brilliant creation. He's glorious. Love Dawn x

natalia20041989 said...

That is so cute☺☺

brenda said...

Sebastian looks lovely and shimmery with the deep blues ans pretty design Donna. I guess 70deg is a shock for you Florida Peeps but sounds pretty good from my end, we've averaged highs of 7deg this week.

B x

Marjeta said...

OMG! Fantastic card. Seahorse is uncredible.

Chris said...

So beautiful Donna, Sebastian is one of my favourite stamps ever! I love how you've showcased him on this gorgeous card.
xx

Mrs A. said...

Oh my goodness Donna, he is gloriously brilliant. I love the sparkle on his face/nose/snout!! Not sure what you’d call a sea horses features.
Love the colours also. Hugs Mrs A.

Lori Kobular said...

Donna your card is gorgeous! I love what you did with Sebastian! The die frame you used looks stunning on your card! You always amaze me with your beautiful creations!!

Beebeebabs said...

Wow such a beautiful card all around. Love the image and beautiful background - another fabulous creation. Great job my friend!!!

Jackie T said...

Oh Donna this is a stunning card. That seahorse is magnificent. I love the design. Take care. Hugs Jackie

Grandma Bonnie said...

Oh, Donna, he is magical and wonderful. I love reading your post and seeing how you made this so magical. Love this so much!

jimlynn said...

Gorgeous card Donna. That image just pops off the page in beauty.
Lynn

KT Fit Kitty said...

So beautiful, Donna! Such a gorgeous stamp and I love all the pretty blues and lovely die-cuts!

Darlene said...

WOW! You sure know how to work magic with these Lavinia stamps! GREAT job! Thanks so much for playing in our challenge at the Artsystamper Challenge Blog!
Darlene
ARTSYSTAMPER CHALLENGE
DAR’S CRAFTY CREATIONS Please stop by for a visit.

Julie Odil said...

Donna, it is 16 here today! We really bundled up for our morning walk.
Sebastian is breathtaking with all his sparkle, and those dies work beautifully with him!

Beverly Cole said...

Lovely card, Donna! Just magical. Thanks for entering our challenge at Artsystamper Digitals Challenge. Great to hear from you!

Hugs,
Bev aka Artsystamper

Linda Simpson said...

This is stunning Donna, loving the sparkle on the sea horse. Beautiful colours too.
Hugs
Linda xxx

Sue said...

Hi Donna, That is fab.

Hope you are having a good week and looking forward to the weekend. Sue

Conniecrafter said...

All the extra touches you did to your creation sure made it so very special and stunning. Love the sparkle you added to him and great white details, the softness of your background stamping is a great touch and you did a wonderful job with that Q -tip shading around him, just fabulous!

Anne Temple said...

Sebastian looks amazing! I love the light purple glow he has. Everything looks truly magical :-)

KarinsArtScrap said...

gorgeous Donna and also the stamp

Gr Karin

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and love the gorgeous sparkly seahorse -they are such mysterious creatures
Carol x

Anne Buckingham said...

The is stunning and different. Love the subtle printing of fish in background along with bubbles. The work you did on the seahorse is amazing. Love this card.

Verna Angerhofer said...

Well it is no surprise to me to see that once again you have created a gorgeous and spectacular card design. I love the glittery sea horse and the shading and dies used to frame it are so very perfect for it. I love the fish in the background too. And, the colors are magnificent! You certainly are an inspiration!

Aimeslee Winans said...

Brilliant ink colors for that magical seahorse, Donna. So pretty and in my fave cool tones as well. We had that same cool front, it lasted a wee bit longer here and I was not happy to see it leave even though I tend to have more pain. We are getting another one right now and the temps will stay pleasant as more cold comes down after that. It's supposed to be 29F for our low on Tuesday 11/12. HOPEfully you get some of that! We have already begun a/c in the daytime and heater at night - UGH! LOL xoxo

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Wonderfully designed project, you most certainly have brought this stamp to life and it looks just magical. Gorgeous and stunning finish. I love it. Great work and thank you for the excellent tutorial as well.
Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Annette DT / Admin / Registered Owner for https://worldwideopendesignteamchallenge.blogspot.com/

Steph Ackerman said...

Such an amazing design. Love how Sebastian sparakles.

Lena said...

He's not only mythical and magical, he's absolutely stunning too. Love the blue sparkly Sebastian. Love the soft bubbles and fish around him. Gorgeous card, Donna. Love it!
Big hugs,
♥ Lena
Lena’s Creations

Lori m said...

Very magical indeed, very beautiful, those colors and the way every detail pops off your card, just stunning. Enjoy the 70's temperature, I have snow falling and sticking to the ground as I type. Hugs, Lori m BURR!!

Alina Florea said...

Ain't he one gorgeous fellow? Absolutely adore your card! It looks magical and sooo alive :) Hugs

Alina Florea said...

Love , love loveeeee him !
Thank you for sharing it with us over at Scrapy Land Challenge! best of luck, Alina DT

Valentyna Komisarenko said...

Fantastic creation! Thank you for sharing your card with us at ATSM!

Shabby Chic Paper Crafts said...

LOVE LOVE the blue!

cuilliesocks said...

WOW Donna, what an amazing card, I love the seahorse image and the blue shades, fabulous design, Kate x

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so beautiful Donna. I adore the rich blue.
Hugs
Cathy
xxxx

Leslie Miller said...

Oh, my word, Sebastion is beautiful and with the glittery embossing -- wow! Love the blue, as well. I can't even imagine your temps, Donna. I'm not complaining, being in the 50s and 60s here, but 70s and above -- we were lucky to get that this summer!

Sarah said...

Wow Donna, what an amazing piece, a real stunner!! xx

cotnob said...

A beautiful card Donna, a fabulous stamp and great die cut frame - so pretty.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob
x

Shona Erlenborn said...

Sebastian sure is a beauty! He looks so regal! I especially love the white highlighting you did, Donna! Beautiful work!

Donna Phelan said...

Oh I love that seahorse and how it covers the entire front of your card. That frame die looks great too! Magnificent!

Mia said...

Donna, your card is awesome! Like always, my dear friend!!! And what a lovely image!!! Kisses!

Mac Mable said...

Absolutely stunning card. Sebastian is fabulous and what a wonderufl job you've done with him. As always your attention to detail is amazing and thank you for the step by steps x.

Donna said...

This is stunning, the colors, the glittery embossing and beautiful framing!

Art by Zowie Dixon said...

I am in love with your card! this is so beautiful.
Thanks so much for entering Our challenge at Artsystamper

Hugs, Zowie xx

Crafts from the Fairy Den {My Blog}craftsfromthefairyden

pam said...

Gorgeous card Donna, love the whole design, gorgeous colours and image.
Pam x

*Vicki* said...

Oh what a very majestic looking creature heis! I love the subtle bubble textue in the background along with the hint of glistening shimmer over him! He's framed up beautifully and stands proudly on your design my friend! I so love this Donna! I wanted you to know that I have purchased several of these stamps but are wanting to play around first as these are new to me, but I find the creations everyone, especially you, very intriguing and inspiring! So thank you for doing just that my friend! I hope to share when the time is right! Biggest HUGS

Heather said...

This is so gorgeous!! I Love the color, that beautiful frame and, of course, the sparkle on the image!! Beautiful all around! Thanks for playing with The House That Stamps Built.

Esther Asbury said...

Love the beautiful blues you used on this striking card! Thanks for playing along in the "Frame It" challenge over on The House That Stamps Built!

aussie aNNie said...

Very fab card, awesome colouring. One stamp I am dying to get...short comment today, xx.x

Carole J said...

Oh, Donna, Sebastian is magical and magnificent! He looks gorgeous in the clear embossed, Blue Belle colour and his fishy friends and bubbles make a perfect background for him. The fancy die frames add a lovely elegant touch! Beautiful work! x

creationsnz said...

Simply fabulous Donna. CarolG

MaryH said...

Donna,love teh blue seahorse, and oh my what chilly temps! We were at 23 one morning, when we had to leave early for chemo. Just wanted to say thank you for the lovely autumn card. It was SO very kind of you to think of us, with such a pretty card. It means a lot to me (and to Mr) for all the blog friends who keep us in prayer and think of us with the wonderful cards they take the time to make and send. Especially when I'm so late in acknowledging with a proper appreciation! Hope you are well, and ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving! Hugs & Prayers that all is ok at your house!

crafty-stamper said...

Thank you for leaving a lovely comment on Hollys cards-she chose and made everything herself down to choosing the right papers for the image and even finding the little bows I didn't know I had lol -I was given the job of holding the die-cutting machine steady while she used it lol
Carol x

Monica said...

Loving Sebastian and all the blues here. So eyecatching and super brilliant.

Love,

Monica

Mary M said...

love your card and THANKS for including all that info in the challenge section. Thanks for posting to Scrapy Land Challenges #125!

Judy Markowitz said...

What a beautiful project! I love it! Thank you so much for joining us in our challenge at Scrapy Land Challenges. I can’t wait to see what you create next!.

Judy
Don't Mess With Me, I'm Scrappy {My Blog}

Scrapy Land Challenges
http://www.scrapyland-blog.com/

Lisa J said...

Totally Gorgeous. Thanks for playing along with us at Crafty Animals. Lisa DT

NanaConnie said...

I'm so far behind on visiting my fav blogs and I'd love to blame it on too many obligations but the truth is I've just fallen behind so far it seems impossible to ever catch up. :-D But here I am and I'm so glad I didn't miss this exquisite seahorse! Wonderful sparkle, elegant frame, and I adore the deep blue you chose. What a magnificent stamp.

Sue said...

WOW, seeing that blue is my fav color, he is just stunning. So magical, thanks to your wonderful coloring. AND, of course the sparkle (the Donna Glitz and Glamor)!

Hugs
Sue

rachel said...

Really fab - love this stamp! Thanks for joining us at countryview challenges! Hugs rachel xx

Monica C. said...

He is gorgeous, Donna! I love the purple you have used here too.
Hugs Monica

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