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

Thursday, April 09, 2020

Lavinia World 24 - Every Wish Begins With A Dream

Greetings, friends. Sending you wishes for peace and good health.
I am so grateful you are here, and that our paths have crossed.

It is time for our new
Lavinia World Challenge!

Store -- Facebook -- Challenge -- Instagram
Play in our Anything Lavinia Facebook Challenge
and/or our Anything Goes Challenge Blog

Today's story 

Surrounded by love, Guinevere Mermaid is spending time alone, 
using the days to expand her heart, 
and to discover dreams that will make her world more 
meaningful to herself and others, especially those in need.
After all, everyone is "needy" in one way or another.

Both cards are colored with the same inks,
but different die shapes and stencils were used.

Guinevere Mermaid is stamped with Cheerful Yellow Versafine Clair and heat set with white detail embossing powder. I wish Versafine Clair came in a white!

Mermaid Lagoon Distress Ink is the primary base, and is used in the foliage as well. The underwater foliage is done with the Spanish Moss Foliage set. 

A little Antique Linen Oxide provides a grounding for the rocks and sandy areas.

The glitter dots around the "wish" were done with my favorite detail adhesive - Quickie Glue Pen. It's my go-to product for certain intricate jobs, and I've used it for as long as it has been on the market.

The star brads are heated up and dipped into Cerulean Glitter EP, where the EP melts in place:

I used an Aqua Prismacolor Pencil in certain places to define shadows.
Unfortunately, I was a bit heavy-handed with the ink and stencils:


The Every Dream sentiment was stamped with Nocturne Versafine Clair onto vellum and heat set with clear detail EP.

Lavinia Products:

Products Used:

Challenges I would like to play in please:

  1. World Wide Open DT Challenge #3 AG DT 4/15
  2. The Fairy and The Unicorn Challenge (April 4) AG Fantasy 5/1
  3. Pammie's Inky Pinkies #2014 AG 4/13
  4. A Bit More Time to Craft #113 Anything Goes 4/15
  5. Classic Design Challenge #4 HAPPY FOURTH BIRTHDAY 5/1
  6. Aud Sentiments Challenge #248 AG+ Sentiment 4/15
  7. Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge #468 Anything Goes 4/15
Thinking of you fondly,


KarinsArtScrap said...

beautiful cards Donna
Gr Karin

Sue said...

Hi Donna, Lovely cards.

Hope you have a nice day. Sue

Beebeebabs said...

Such a beautiful card - love the background and beautiful frame thanks for sharing and have a great day!!!

Chris said...

Beautiful designs and colours to showcase your lovely mermaid Donna, both designs are gorgeous.

cotnob said...

Beautiful cards Donna, such a gorgeous image and two fabulous designs - lovely colours.
Pauline - Crafting with Cotnob

Lori m said...

Gorgeous...the colors, the sentiment, the whole design, just gorgeous, hugs, Lori m

Lori Kobular said...

Oh Donna these are such beautiful cards! I love the colors you used and the mermaid looks awesome embossed in white! I wish I was the mermaid! She looks so content! The dies you used are gorgeous and i think they are going on my Wish List! You did an outstanding job on both of these lovely cards!

Grandma Bonnie said...

Always such a delight to see what you make each time. I love the white embossing..that is so pretty. I love your cards, Donna!

Jackie T said...

Oh Donna your cards are gorgeous. I love those stamps they are stunning. Take care. Hugs Jackie

cuilliesocks said...

Two very beautiful cards Donna, your images and colours are gorgeous.
I hope you are coping well and staying safe, Kate x

Linda Simpson said...

These are stunning Donna, love the beautiful scenes you have created.
Stay safe and healthy
Linda xxx

jimlynn said...

Both are stunning! So magical looking. Love the dies you used for them too. VERY pretty cards!
Glad you're playing along at Pammie's Inky Pinkies too!

Monica C. said...

Two beautiful cards. I love the backgrounds and the whole scenes that you have placed the mermaids into. The sparkly goodness that your cards always display is so stunning - I love looking.
Hugs Monica

Steph Ackerman said...

Both cards are beautiful.

Sue said...

These are beautiful Donna, gorgeous stamping and these die cuts fit the stamp perfectly. Take care and stay safe, Sue xx

Shona Erlenborn said...

Love this mermaid stamp. She is so detailed! You bring up a good point, Donna. I wonder why there isn't a VFC White? I love the detail on the sentiment too! The stenciling and colored background is so pretty. Both cards are beautifully enchanting!

Verna Angerhofer said...

Both cards are so very gorgeous and I love the colors. That is one wonderful mermaid stamp too. She is beautiful.

Donna said...

Gorgeous cards and narrative, very elegant! Take care.

Bunny said...

These are absolutely lovely. She's a beauty and I love the colors that you've used. I'm glad to see that someone still uses brads once in a while and you dipped and heated them which is a great technique. [Bunny]

Conniecrafter said...

She is so lovely, I so love the wonderful job you did with the backgrounds on those, so cool! The framing on the first card is so cool, those two dies are perfect together!
Take care and stay well!

brenda said...

Morning Donna,

You have achieved such a mythical feel to both of your cards, great use of colour and composition. I WILL get my Lavinia's out and have a play before too much longer.

Have a good and safe Easter.

B x

Donna Phelan said...

Beautiful die cuts! That mermaid image is fabulous! I love the scene you have created, all beachy, salty and magical! Be well!

Sarah said...

These mystical beauties are really wonderful Donna xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

So beautiful De. Happy Easter sweetie, strange times.

NanaConnie said...

Both cards are fantastic, Donna, and I don't know which framing I like better. Each one is visually stunning. Great color combos on those backgrounds. It's wonderful to be able to visit again and what a great post to greet me on my return. :-D

pam said...

Two beautiful magical cards Donna, love the frames and stunning work.
Happy Easter my dear friend,
Stay safe
Hugs Pam x

Anne Buckingham said...

Love both your designs. Love that she is surrounded by hearts. Interesting that one has the look of stitching on one of the layers. I usually think of the Lavinia designs as black. Love that you are not held back and use white. Lovely details. Love, love, love the cards.

Desire Fourie said...

Donna I absolutely love your artwork. The aquas in these are very eye catching xxx keep safe and healthy xxxHugs
{Doing Life – my personal blog}

crafty-stamper said...

Fabulous cards and backgrounds-love the white embossing and beautiful die-cut frames
Carol x

Mac Mable said...

How very beautiful and so feminine and pretty. Loving Guinevere's story and hope the time alone does indeed expand her heart. Fabulous scene making and I think the stenvilling looks just right Donna. Pretty star brad and loving the bling on your beautiful cards and thank you for sharing these beauties x.

Pam Tiedtke, or Pammie Lou said...

Very pretty cards and thanks for reminding me to use Vellum more often! It's a great addition! Happy you shared it with us at PIP Challenges!

Jackie C said...

This is a smashing project!
We do love to see all the entries at Classic.
Thank you for sharing in our challenge at Classic Design Challenge
We really appreciate you joining in.

Jackie DT

Gale said...

Gorgeous cards Donna! Lovely backgrounds. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

Gale DT for

Annettes Hobby Rosettes said...

Such a beautifully designed project. Nice work.
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

Pia S said...

You’re so great at building up scenes using your Lavinia stamps and inks and stencils. These cards are both gorgeous, Donna.

Sue said...

Beautiful. I love her watery home and those dies are lovely. I love the heart one! Colors are so pretty too very serene, which is just what we need right now. Fabulous cards, Donna, as always.


Leslie Miller said...

Guinevere is having some alone time like the rest of us. I wonder if there's a Mr. Guinevere? Hmmm... that makes me wonder about all kinds of things in regard to mermaids. Nevermind. Before I forget, I want to say that I don't think you were heavy handed at all with the inks and stencil. All along I was admiring the stenciled underwater background. I love the mermaids embossed in white. These are beautiful cards, Donna.

Lena said...

What a creative idea to use the Spanish Moss as seaweed. I've often thought if it could be used upside down, and now I see how beautiful it'll look, so off to add it to my wish list :-) Love your set of cards, Donna. The colours, stenciled backgrounds and the pretty frames all work together to create a magical masterpiece.
Stay well, my friend.
Hugs ~ Lena

Karen Dunbrook said... gorgeous are these. Your depth of details and colours are amazing.
xx Karen

KT Fit Kitty said...

Wow, Donna, your mermaids are so pretty! I love the scene you created on each card, such beautiful backgrounds!

Saphron said...

This is so lovely! I really feel like I'm looking at an underwater scene!
Thanks for sharing with us at Penny's, and good luck with your entry! :)

~ DT Saphron
Lemon Biscuit

jenny Ginger Ninja Crafts said...

Stunning cards, I love the white frame against the blue and your focal image is so pretty. Thanks for joining in with the Aud Sentiments Challenge, keep safe.
Jenny (AKA the Ginger Ninja!) Aud Sentiments DT

Kavya N said...

Fantastic cards and such a wonderful technique! Thank you for joining us at Aud Sentiments challenge!

*Vicki* said...

Such a truly magical scene you've made here Donna! I just LOVE the way the mermaid sparkles and shimmer with this amazing underwater scene! That heart border frame around it all is just gorgeous and I love how you've arranged the sentiment across the vellum strip! So beautifully done and it's my pleasure to look back on your posts to see them my friend!! HUGS