Saturday, April 18, 2015

Tropical Enchantment


A few days ago I colored a fabulous new design by Rick St Dennis, called Pearly Shells. This was an image I knew that was begging for a card, so following the coloring, I began designing with Pearly Shells as the focus. The design reminded me of a tropical south seas theme, and with this in mind I started with the background. The cardstock I used is from a DCWV paper pack called Endless Summer that I bought on clearance last year at Michael's. I decided to make this an easel card, with the intention of making this a display piece.

In keeping with the tropical theme, I added embellishments, such as different size pearls and shells. To one side I added gold netting to add a touch of enchantment.  The last touch was the sentiment, and as many as I have acquired over the years, I felt "Embrace the Goddess Within" was perfect. I hope you feel the same.....
                                                  Pearly Shells before she became a card!

Spellbinder Faeries


Last year Spellbinders released several new dies, among them three beautiful faeries. I have noticed that Spellbinders dies have lately become more intricate, no doubt due to the influence of the popularity of European based dies. This is a good thing and I for one am happy to see this line of diversity.  I have always loved anything magical and enchanted, this my fascination with the world of Fey and its mystical inhabitants.

I wanted for a long time to use the Spellbinder faeries and I finally got my chance recently. For me, the cardstock and papers used are very important, as they create the foundation of the card. For these three cards I used papers from Prima Marketing.  The gold embossing was accented by Frantage vintage style loose glitter, which added to the theme of the card. Since I tend to focus on silhouettes, this is how I imagined the faeries. The final touch was a gold ribbon bow with a charm.

I hope I have succeeded in giving you a glimpse of what I imagine the faerie world to be like.