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Monday, August 18, 2014

Fairy Silhouette

Hi everybody and thanks for stopping by today!  I normally don't buy card making magazines, but recently purchased Issue 107 of Papercraft Essentials magazine, mainly for the adorable fairy stamp set that came with it. I didn't have any silhouette stamps and I thought there were so many possibilities with this one, so I had to buy it! I couldn't wait to get home and try it out!  After I shared some pictures of projects, one of my friends said she wanted a card for her friend's daughter's birthday. Great! Here it is:

Isn't that so pretty?!  I used a few Distress Inks to make a watercolor background and added the little mountain using Distress Inks and a paintbrush. The fairy and mushrooms are embossed in black embossing powder and I used Stickles for the fairy dust. Adorable! The little girl loved it and one of her friends was completely mesmerized LOL Makes me feel good :)

Now, even though I love the way the card turned out, I'm not a big fan of the quality of the stamps; they seem very cheaply made. They're really flimsy and do not stick to an acrylic block AT ALL. I had to put a bit of glue on the backs of them in hopes that would help, but it barely did.  I stamped the images a couple of times to make sure I got a good impression, but I just couldn't get a good impression with other stamps in the set so I didn't use them.  Having said that, as I was creating the supply list for this post, I looked on Lavinia's website and saw that many people have complained about the quality of these stamps! They said that although they made the stamps, they used a different company to manufacture them and the quality was not up to par with what they usually put out. If this is the case, I'm really happy because their stamps are absolutely adorable and so unique, but since this first experience was not a great one, I had planned on not purchasing again. Anyway, the post continued by saying if we got a crappy set, like me, we are allowed to send them back for a replacement. I sent an email asking if I could do this because they are based out of the UK and I'm in the states, so I'm not sure if I would be allowed to.  We shall see!

Here's a list of supplies that I used:
Distress Ink in Picked Raspberry, Seedless Preserves and Black Soot
Recollections Black Embossing Powder
Silver Stickles
110 pound cardstock 
small paintbrush
Strathmore Watercolor Paper
Lavinia stamps in Issue 107  of Papercraft Essentials Magazine (sorry, I can't find the name of it!!)
Versamark Ink

Thanks for spending part of your day with me!


  1. I love your card, especially the colours, I must say though that I hope that the cheap magazine stamps haven't put you off as I have a lot of Lavinia Stamps and they are certainly much much better quality. with the Magazine stamps if they are not working well what sometimes helps is to lightly sand them with a very fine grade sandpaper or if you don't have sandpaper rub over the stamp with an eraser. I hope this has been of some help xxx

    1. Thanks for the kind words and suggestions, Vanessa! I did a search one day about the quality and saw that Lavinia had actually written a blog post on it saying that they were not up to their standards and who to contact for a replacement. t took me more than three months and many emails back and forth to several different people for me to get the replacement set, but I finally got it, and the quality is much better! I'm looking forward to buying more of their products :)


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