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Fairy Dust Shaker

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.

Fairydust (1 of 1)-2

Here's a closeup of the background and the sequins.

Fairydust closeup (1 of 1)-2

Of course, I couldn't resist decorating the envelope:

Fairydust closeup with envelope (1 of 1)

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.  

Flowers (1 of 1)-2

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.

Echinacea (1 of 1)-2

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.

Echinacea (1 of 1)-3

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.





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Fell in love with your fairy cards and your card that won the chick challenge! Beautiful coloring!


Congratulations Jaydee. So excited and happy for you that your card was chosen for Chick of the week.
Your shaker card today is just adorable and with such a great sentiment. You've inspired me; as our youngest granddaughter will be turning 4 come next month and was trying to figure out what type of card to make for her so I just may be making her a Tinkerbell shaker card. :} Thank You.
Have a great day and enjoy the rest of the week.
Beautiful photo of the Oriole


Wow, what a gorgeous card, Jaydee! So much detail. I also enjoyed your tale of you and your bestie hunting for fairies!

Doris D.

This card is over the top beautiful. It could win any contest. Every aspect of this card is just amazing. This is a winner in my book.

Linda Rodgers

Thank you, thank you for establishing that space for nature to thrive and thank you, thank you for sharing it with us. I love the thought of the orioles calling to you. What a joy.

Jeanne H

Congrats on making the winning card! Happy for you! Love your photographs too!


Awwww. Such wonderful memories!! Your card is beautiful!!


Jaydee, The fairy card is so sweet and pretty. I always liked fairies and your garden pictures are gorgeous; especially the oriole.

Always, Marsha

Linda Callahan

Magical card!


Beautiful card, but I am SO jealous about the orioles! I would love to come visit, just to see them. Well, to see you too!

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