Hi Everyone. Happy Tuesday. Something TOTALLY different for you tonight :-)
Before I get onto my card, I wanted to say a huge thank you to the Just Us Girls team for choosing my watercolor card for Chick of the Week. I was thrilled to get he message - and still have a huge smile on my face. When I enter challenges, its because I really want to do something different; color schemes, sketch, styles, techniques. I never expect to win. :-) You can find my card, and the wonderful things Ina had to say about it - at this link.
I don't generally buy the Hero Arts card kit, but the one this month was absolutely perfect for a card for my bestie. Pammie and I used to try very hard to find faeries as little girls and, of course, wanted to be Tinkerbell. I remember Pammie got some pink fairy wings one birthday and the two of us spent many happy hours jumping off the top of steps pretending to be Tinkerbell!
This card kit comes with stamps and a fabulous die and I put all of these things to good use to make a shaker card.
I began by stamping and coloring the base of the shaker. I then die cut the frontspiece and spent time coloring it. I filled the shaker with shiny sunny colored sequins and added two little faeries to the front. The front layer is cut from Neenah Solar White cardstock that I colored a soft shade of blue with Pan Pastel colors.
Here's a closeup of the background and the sequins.
Of course, I couldn't resist decorating the envelope:
On a personal note:
I HATE to say this... but Fall is definitely knocking at the door. I can see some of the leaves turning and our Bergamot has turned to seed. We were really going to cut the heads off as they do make the place look a little untidy. BUT.... we were so incredibly surprised to see flocks of goldfinches, song sparrows, tree sparrows and other little things I haven't identified yet - feeding off the seed heads. The garden was alive with birds flying in and out of the seeded bergamot. It was fabulous. It's times that you realize how important seeds are in gardens - not just for propagation - but also as food. I'll try and capture some photos tomorrow.
The prairie may have taken a couple of years to establish itself, but it really is much more versatile this year.
Doesn't necessarily look like much... but I promise you it is:-) It is full of butterflies and insects and birds. You walk amongst them and insects and bees fly off. It's amazing.
We still have the "pretty flowers" as well as the wild.
I'm thrilled that our Orioles are still around. They are so beautiful. We bring the jelly in at night - because of our marauding racoons :-) and, if I haven't gotten the jelly out by about 6.30am, the Orioles sit on the feeders and call me until I take it out.
That's all for tonight! I'll be back later in the week. In the meantime, warm hugs and prayers for those of you who need a little lift tonight - including my Tinkerbell friend, Pammie.