Saturday, June 7, 2014


When I think of magic, the first thing to come to mind are pixies and fairies.  When I am creating, I think Perfect Pearl powders and Tim Holtz Picket Fence Distress markers work like magic.  It seems appropriate to use them in this challenge piece.

What I love most about this piece is I had NO IDEA what I was going to do, but as 8 p.m. turned into 1 a.m., things started happening.  It must have been magic! That's what happens in Sara's closet.

When I was a child, my sister and I would go to the woods on the edge of our farm and look for signs of pixies and fairies.  It was a magical place, and our imaginations ran wild. When I saw this stamp Willow Flower Fairy from Stamps Happen, Inc., it reminded me of that magical time.

Here's what I did to create this:

Background panel:  Several Distress Paints on craft mat spritzed with water.  Dragged cardstock throught the puddle.  Dried with heat gun and misted with several different colors of Perfect Pearls mists. Set aside.

Middle panel:  Swiped Distress ink pad on Cuttlebug swirls embossing folder, put card stock in the folder and ran through Bick Kick. After removing it from the folder, I used a palette knife to spread gold Distress paint over the raised swirls.  Set aside.

Focal panel:  Dropped some Dylusions ink sprays onto craft sheet, spritzed with water and dragged cardstock through the puddle.  Dried with a heat gun.  Stamped image noted above with Archival Jet Black ink on the background. Used a water brush and Dylusions sprays and Distress markers to paint in details. (Isn't the Picket Fence marker magical?)  Spritzed with Dylusions White Linen spray and highlighted the wings with Perfect Medium and Perfect Pearls pigment powder. Photos just don't pick up how her wings seem to glow. Sentiment is a rub-on from NRN Designs.  "Water droplets" are Glossy Accents (the one on her wing shows up the best in the photo above).  Edged panel with gold Distress paint.

The background, middle panel and focal panel were assembled in a yard sale frame that didn't have any glass. I added the vellum foliage pieces (clearance package from Michaels). I made a flower from some "droppings" from a flower arrangement I stored in my attic. I tinted them with Distress stains and water puddled on the craft mat and dried with a heat gun which made them curl up a bit.  Added a pearl, gold thread and micro beads after gluing them on the piece.

I filled 2 glass vials with pixie dust--I mean glitter--and capped them off with pearls (also found on the floor--in a closet this size you never have to look far for your next embellishment!).  I used Tim Holtz Little Labels for the, uh, labels and distressed them with Distress ink.  I glued these onto the frame and added some micro beads here and there (at the top).  What a mess--they are so bouncy!

It's great how you can use things that are just lying around to come together to make one magical scene.


  1. beautiful- love the colours and the sweet image, thanks for sharing with us at Craft Room challenge, Debi x

  2. So pretty! You did a wonderful job creating a water colored wonderland for your magical fairy. Thank you for sharing this card with us for the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge. ~Michelle

  3. Magical is the word reminds me of the prints in a childs story book from the '50s and 60s and I love it! Think you intended to say Craft-Room Challenge 'Things with Wings' thank you for sharing XOXO Zoe

    1. Yes I did. Can and should I change my post? thank you for your comment.

  4. This is art, what a beautiful creation..glad you have shared it with us at Loves Rubberstamps, please join our Sunday hop too,
    Hugs Blankina

  5. Truly magical! Love the soft blending of colors, and the pixie 'dust' floating throughout!

  6. Fabulous creation, beautiful colouring.
    Thank you for sharing your creativity at Craft-Room Challenge;-))m

  7. What a super project - really love those little bottles with their funky labels. Welcome to Blog Land!

  8. Gorgeous creation. Beautiful image and gorgeous colours. Thanks for playing along at Loves Rubberstamps.



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