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, January 30, 2020

Lavinia World 19 - The Magical Moments of Laundry

Greetings! A Hearty Welcome to all my friends and visitors!
I have two cards today done in similar techniques but the stamps are used in different ways.


It is time for a new
Lavinia World Challenge!

Details of our Lavinia World ChallengeWinner receives
a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store. Submissions can be placed either on our Lavinia World Challenge blog which has an ANYTHING GOES theme using ANY brand clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. Or you may play in our friendly Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia if using ANY Lavinia Product in your creationEither way, we enjoy seeing your artwork!


Story Line:
I am at Freya's House, helping with laundry today.
Even in doing the mundane things such as laundry, I find

  the magic of gratitude 

in my day's moments.
Each accomplished feat is a moment of Life, and Life is where the Magic happens!


To make Freya's House:

Begin with lavender cardstock to pick up the other lavender elements in Scenescape Woodland Walk background paper. Stamp with Twilight VersaFine Clair to make a purple-blue inky color and heat set with clear EP that contains glitter. Distress with purple and pink dye base inks. With Prismacolor pencils (not watercolor), shade certain areas in white, pale green, gray and pale pink. (these pale colors will show up atop the dark ink colors).

I used the green celadon pencil, to make the lavender paper and green celadon pick up the colors in the Scenescape. For a little more detail, use PC1008 and PC932 in purple/pink tones.



Before stamping on the Scenescape, arrange your stamps to be sure they fit:



With CARD ONE, the sweet Snail  helped us by chasing away unwanted critters - because WE ALL KNOW SNAILS ARE SO FAST ON THEIR FEET.

I positioned this card for the photography to keep most of the shine off the house - you can see the house's detail clearly:



Bubbles were stamped and glittered for more interest. Both cards were distressed with a combination of Twilight VersaFine Clair and Purple Delight VersaFine Clair BECAUSE I wanted distinct colors to show in the distressing - not just a flat purple against the green. The Scenescape was distressed with Twilight VersaFine Clair and heat set with purple EP that contains glitter:




When the light hits right, the house is quite glitzy and fun:


CARD TWO has a Popped-UP house to bring more dimension to the scene:


Interior of the Cards:

(please get this freebie sentiment here)





Some of the Lavinia World Products Used:


Products Used:
Lavinia World Freya's House LAV365
Lavinia World Bubbles LAV351
Lavinia World Believe in Magic LAV344
Lavinia World Fairy Washing Line LAV205
Lavinia World Slender Mushrooms LAV151
Lavinia World Snail Miniature LAV433
Lavinia World Twilight VersaFine Clair, Purple Delight VersaFine Clair
Lavinia World Distress Oxides - Shaded Lilac, Wilted Violet
Embossing Powders: Clear EP with Glitter, Purple with Purple Glitter
Glitters: Bubbles in a pale lavender blend, and a pale purple blend
Other Inks: Adirondack Wild Plum and Purple Twilight

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG DT 2/12
  2. Always Fun Challenges #147 Sparkle! 2/1 (the laundry "bubbles" all have glitter, the frames are purple glitter in EP - clear, lavender, purple)
  3. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends 5th Anniversary Celebration #124 AG 2/1
  4. Aud Sentiments Challenge #243 AG + a sentiment 2/2 (sep post)

Wishing you a day full of appreciation that you are able to do those mundane tasks like laundry...
hugs,

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Thinking of You Warmly

FREEBIE SENTIMENT


I have made a freebie digital sentiment for you to use in any layout. 

First, if you enjoy the freebies, will you please give me a little feedback about this one? I have made it in 6 colors thinking it might be nice on the front of a card as well as for the interior. The colored renditions have a shadow on them, so they won't look very nice directly on colored digital paper, but the black one will.

My question is: Do you like the option of colored sentiments, or should I not take time to make them?

NOT for commercial use, please. 
Use it on any of your projects, including projects involving any design teams you might be on.
Click on the image to bring it to full size, then right click and do a SAVE.
Enjoy!
















This little sentiment is suitable for any encouragement, special day, celebration or even just as a thinking of you card.

digi hugs,
de

Monday, January 20, 2020

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #6

Welcome, blogging friends!
I hope you are well, and enjoying winter activities.
(to my Australian friends, your country is in my prayers).


It's time for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps where a $10 store credit is given to a winner every challenge!

and

JDS is having a Design Team Call.

Details HERE.



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Jan's darling Across the Miles 603J reminds us that children thrive on receiving snail mail!



Earth Tone Copic Markers worked really well with this sweet little vintage boy in fun blue denim colors. Old Paper Distress inks allows bright colors to be used on a vintage piece, by toning down the bright white areas.



The flourishes are inked with faded jeans distress ink, and the Abstract Square die cut around the map is textured with navy glitter. To darken the outlines of the little boy image, I traced the black lines with a navy blue colored pencil from my Caran d'Ache Luminance 6901 Color Pencils set and applied Gamsol to bleed the color a little bit. The same technique could be used with Prismacolor pencils.



Fellow crafter Marie Berquist shared fun denim designer papers with me, perfect for the vintage "travel-like" denim layers and those cute little corner details.
For the corner embellishments, I followed Desire Fourie's tutorial for creating fun embellishments using 2-sided paper.

The background papers were distressed with Barn Door Distress Ink to add more red tones to the setting.




Products Used:
  • Jan's Digi Stamps darling Across the Miles 603J
  • Navy Glitter (the abstract shape square)
  • Copic Markers, Distress Ink (Old Paper and Faded Jeans)
  • Background map stamp
  • Spellbinders Wonky Rectangles S4-306, Spellbinders Shapes - Abstract S4-001, Cheery Lynn Fanciful Flourish Die

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. Allsorts Challenge #555 "More than a Single Word Sentiment" (on the map are digitals stamped "across the miles and Missing you" 1/26 (sep post)
  2. World Wide Open DT Challenge #1 AG DT 2/15 (sep post)
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies Challenges #2003 AG 1/27 (sep post)
  4. The Male Room Challenges #127 Anything Masculine Goes 1/22 (sep post)
  5. Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Challenge #123 5th Anniversary AG 1/27 
  6. Crafty Friends #127 AG 
  7. Crafty Cardmakers #248 AG 1/27
  8. As You Like It (Jan 16) AG Show Us Your Style 2/1


On a Personal Note:
Yesterday, Bright and Early,
as the sun colored the morning sky, through the tree line:


All the dark "patches" in the oak tree below, unfortunately, are mistletoe.



Happy Mail Day Hugs,






Thursday, January 16, 2020

Lavinia World - Every Dream Starts With A Wish

Welcome, everyone, and a special shout out to my newest follower Corry!
I hope this finds you well and appreciating the smallest of magical moments.
Those precious moments usually appear where we least expect them!


It is time for a new
Lavinia World Challenge!

Details of our Lavinia World ChallengeWinner receives
a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store. Submissions can be placed either on our Lavinia World Challenge blog which has an ANYTHING GOES theme using ANY brand clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. Or you may play in our friendly Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia if using ANY Lavinia Product in your creationEither way, we enjoy seeing your artwork!

Today's story 

revolves around the fairy who is picking up the pieces of a bloomed out flower. Like we all do, she is dreaming of the new beginnings at the same time that "things" appear to be falling apart. 

It's a simple card using Love as the catalyst.
This Love is represented by our heart-felt endeavors.
Green represents the promise of new growth.


White Glittered paper holds the recessed delicate heart frame. Bright Meadow Green Glitter is on the scallop heart frame. The Fairytale LAV389 image is stamped with Verdant VersaFine Clair and heat set with clear EP. Every Dream LAV573 was stamped with Rain Forest Versafine Clair and heat set with clear EP that has glitter in it:


Dimension and Embossing Powder - clear EP on the fairy, and clear EP that has glitter on the words. The Green glittered frame around the outside of the card is popped up with a die cut green fun foam piece:


Glittery Wings pick up the colors in the journal-style sentiments:


If you play in our Challenge BLOG, you may participate using any brand of stamp, as long as it is clear or rubber - not digital.
So let's see your beauties!


Products Used:

  • Lavinia World Fairytale LAV389
  • Lavinia World Every Dream LAV573
  • Lavinia World Verdant VersaFine Clair
  • Lavinia World Rain Forest Versafine Clair
  • Mowed Lawn Distress Ink
  • Embossing Powders: Clear with Glitter and Clear Detail
  • Glitters: Green Opaque, Dark Salmon Opaque, Pale Semi-Transparent Salmon
  • Dies: Tonic Studios Lovely Arch Squares Die Set, QuicKutz Lifestyle Nesting Hearts and Nesting Scallop Hearts,
  • Paper: SU Shimmer (I don't see the shimmer though), Green, Salmon, SSS White Glitter cardstock (for heart frame).
  • Green Fun Foam to pop up the green frame and heart.
I am submitting this card to The Fairy and The Unicorn Challenge 1/29


Wishing you a great day!

Monday, January 06, 2020

Anything Goes at Jan's Digi Stamps #5

Greetings, Sweet Blogging Friends!
So glad you are here. There is a little freebie gift for you at the end of my post.
It's time for our ANYTHING GOES Challenge at Jan's Digi Stamps where a $10 store credit is given to a winner every challenge!

and

JDS is having a Design Team Call.

Details HERE.



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Jan's TEA TIME set is brand new, and has so many possibilities. I have used the Birthday Cup and the Single Sweet Pea flower to make my card:



The tea time set comes with colored options as well as Black and White. My images have been colored with Copic Markers.

After die cutting, the interior portion was inked while the die remained in place:

A slit was cut along the rim of the tea cup, so the fussy cut flowers could be placed inside the slit:


A "table" was inked in place, and the flowers placed in the slit, with dimensional adhesive popping the flowers up:



The table top and green panel were distressed with the same ink:


Close Up of dimension:


The entire white panel is popped up on this very simple, yet pretty card:


Interior:


FREEBIE SENTIMENT


I have made a freebie digital sentiment for you in an unusual layout. 
NOT for commercial use, please. 
Use it on any of your projects, including projects involving any design teams you might be on.
Click on the image to bring it to full size, then right click and do a SAVE.

Enjoy!



Products Used:
  • Jan's Digi Stamps "Tea Time" set
  • Spellbinders Detailed Scallop 5x7 Rectangles
  • Green, Pink, Express-it White papers
  • Copic Markers, Distress Inks


Challenges I would like to play in please:
  1. **NEW**Classic DT Open Challenge was hacked so the DT created a new Challenge blog called Classic Design Challenge. With the new blog, the team has decided to make it Open to ALL CRAFTERS, not just design team members (lucky for me since it is one of my favorite challenges, and I am resigning from all but one DT next month). The new Challenge has the same wonderful designers, the same caring recognition of crafters, and same talented inspiration. Please visit them and become their follower so we can return the favor for their hard work.  Challenge #1 Anything Goes 2/1
  2. ScrapyLand #129 AG using SL dies (Spellbinders Detailed Scallop 5x7 Rectangles) 1/14
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft #107 Anything Goes 1/15
  4. Dies R Us #136 AG using DRU dies (Spellbinders Detailed Scallop 5x7 Rectangles) 1/15
  5. Allsorts Challenge #553 Soft Pastels 1/11
  6. Sweet Stampin Challenge (Jan 4) New Stash (the stamps are all brand new, and so is my freebie digital gift to everyone - please take it as a gift!) 1/11
  7. Crafty Friends #126 Something New (the stamps are all brand new, and so is my freebie digital gift to everyone - please take it as a gift!) 1/18 
  8. Seize The Birthday #180 "Layer It" (white layer is popped up, and the flowers are all popped up)
  9. Classic Design FB Challenge (January) AG 1/31
Happy New Year Hugs,

Thursday, January 02, 2020

Lavinia World - Let Your Spirit Take Flight 2020

It's a brand new year, and a brand new decade! I'm looking forward to my new journey in 2020 which involves many changes.
It is my greatest wish that 2020 is promising for you as well,
and that good health and love meet you in your endeavors.


Today's FAIRY STORY:

Appropriate to my New Years Promises,
these scenes reveal the act of letting go of the old ways (of being-ness), and grasping new ways as our spirits take flight!

Wanna come fly with me?


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

Details of our Lavinia World ChallengeWinner receives
a $15 gift certificate to the Lavinia World store. Submissions can be placed either on our Lavinia World Challenge blog which has an ANYTHING GOES theme using ANY brand clear or rubber stamp - no digitals. Or you may play in our friendly Facebook Group called Anything Lavinia if using ANY Lavinia Product in your creationEither way, we enjoy seeing your artwork!

Today's story revolves around Josie Fairy who is setting herself free from old impositions and thoughts.

By The Way - these cards were planned as Clean and Simple - HA! 
Foiled again!

First, we need to create a scene. this involved cutting the sentiment into three pieces. Now it can be used in different ways:


The images were inked up with Medieval Blue VersaFine Clair and heat set with white detail embossing powder. A before and after is shown below where Faded Jeans Oxide was applied to the background stamp using a blending tool to make the edges softer:


Boo-Boo Time!

Not caring for the soft color, I decided to use something darker, and forgot to use with the applicator - so YOU GUESSED IT - it came out with the square edge showing! I learned for the other two cards. Ink the background up, and then use the applicator to soften the edges:


I also wanted the fairies to have more dimension. Using a finger dauber and the same ink colors but with Distress Ink only, the images were highlighted:


It really does make a difference. While it may appear to be too dark, it looks pretty after the backgrounds are stamped:


The sentiment is naturally distressed with "fairy dust" (those are not embossing powder messes - giggle). Because I wanted the details of Josie's wings to show, a Sakura Quickie Glue Pen was used to adhere transparent pink glitter to them. The pen was also used to make dots on the dark leaves of the floral spray with the same pink glitter. The little "spirit" taking flight is also highlighted with pink glitter:

The next card does not have the images highlighted with ink, so there is not the same dimension. This one has a blue frame. My die-cutting errors are covered up with a floral spray - no one can see the mistake:



Her wings were "painted" with glue instead of the glue pen, so the glitter is heavier and masks some of the image detail. Other elements are glittered, too, because who can pass up glitter? More is DEFINITELY more here. While you can see that "rigid" straight line, you likely would not have noticed it had I not mentioned it as a boo-boo in the beginning:


This one is my favorite with those amazing pink leaves and darker halo around the images. The photography is a little funky (dark) but it is a lovely card:



If you are making a card that has a rubber or clear stamp on it, please upload it to the BLOG Challenge site for a great opportunity to win a gift card to the store! The members in our Anything Lavinia Facebook Group are very helpful and supportive, so check it out for more ideas.

Thanks for stopping by!

Products:

Challenges I'd like to support please:

  1. **NEW**Classic DT Open Challenge was hacked so the DT created a new Challenge blog called Classic Design Challenge. With the new blog, the team has decided to make it Open to ALL CRAFTERS, not just design team members (lucky for me since it is one of my favorite challenges, and I am resigning from all but one DT next month). The new Challenge has the same wonderful designers, the same caring recognition of crafters, and same talented inspiration. Please visit them and become their follower so we can return the favor for their hard work.  Challenge #1 Anything Goes 2/1
  2. ScrapyLand #129 AG using SL dies (please see my list of dies above) 1/14
  3. A Bit More Time to Craft #107 Anything Goes 1/15
  4. Dies R Us #136 AG using DRU dies (please see my list of dies above) 1/15
Fairy Hugs,