My last post told you about how a bad week was turned about by a token of incredible wonderfulness from an amazing fellow blogger, Mrs.Craft. (If you missed the post you can find it HERE – it will open in another window for you).
I wanted to make something to say ‘Thank You’ – but something a bit different from just a normal thank you card. I’d been working on an idea of making a post about Tag Art, and suddenly a little Fairy sparkle of an idea grabbed me and spurred me on to make a Tag Art card for Mrs.Craft. But I needed a theme. hmmmm
Something popped into my mind. Mrs.Craft is the maker of some extraordinary show stopping slippers…. knitted slippers. BUT STOP… don’t think of ‘knitted slippers’, instead think Fairy Boots.
Mrs. Craft calls her creations Crocodile stitch slippers. What kind of name is that for something which belongs in the land of the Fairies?? It says nothing about the absolute fabulousness of those magical slippers. I mean to say … look at these Boots …
Every time Mrs.Craft posted about her ‘Crocodile stitch Boots’, I told her in a comment that she really should consider calling them something more wonderful. Fairy Boots. Unicorn Rider Boots. Elfin Creepers. That sort of thing. Of course … Green creations could be called Crocodile Creepers. But not these fantastical wonders!
When I was a child I can remember not wanting to wear my slippers which my mom had bought me. But had they been given a magical name such as ‘Samantha’s Slippers’ or ‘Bewitched bootees’ (both after the TV series Bewitched – which I adored to as a child), then I doubt very much that you’d have ever got them off my feet!
So with a nod to the Fairy vibe I decided to theme the Thank You Tag card around Fairy Land, and I share the resulting card with you here…
(. . . and to borrow the words of Willy Wonka himself . . .)
“Come with me and you’ll be in a world of pure imagination . . .”
The large red balloon was made by cutting out the same shape over and over, and then glueing them to each other so that the ‘half round’ shape for the balloon was achieved.
Oooo, yes please … ‘Admit One to Wonderland’ I’m all for that!
….and … of course, there had to be Fairy Dust, after all … we were in Wonderland!
What better place to allow your thoughts to take flight than when you’re DREAMING!
The Scroll on the front, to the right of the balloon reads: “How does one become a butterfly?” she asked. “You must want to fly so much that you are willing to give up being a CATERPILLAR”.
All the butterflies you see on the front are hand-made from card, but with a mix of embossing powders on them, and heated over and over, in order to make them look enamelled. There are a couple of hidden ‘smiles’ on the front of the card, but I couldn’t photograph those as they were tucked away and pretty impossible to try to get a photo of.
Shall we go inside?…
The centre is a tad less decorated … because well… one has to have a place to write! But it still has charm …
The ‘DREAM’ which you saw peeping over the top of the front of the card is actually a Bookmark which I made specially for Mrs.Craft, for this card. It simply slides off the top of the card, and can be used as a regular bookmark.
On one side of the inner card there is a ‘scroll’ which reads…
… and it continues on the other page of the card, and tells you exactly what you need to enter the Land of the Fae…
OF COURSE!! “… one must come with the right KEY“ … now why didn’t I think of that?! So … where do we get the right key from???
… look closely. ‘The Right Key’ is there … suspended on a cobweb thread, inside a tiny glass bottle, which has been sealed closed and dusted with Fairy Dust. The glass bottle is hung inside the card, on a length of woven Unicorn Mane Hair. (or something like that).
… And of course … no one would expect that a Tag Art card, made with the help of a Fairy who was sat on my shoulder, would have a plain ol’ boring back. Nooooo. Mrs. Craft deserved the full works … and the Fairy whispered into my ear and told me I was to tell her this …
“Your Wings exist . . . FLY!” …. so, Mrs.Craft, I know you’re reading this, and I wanted to tell you that the Fairy who was sat on my shoulder told me to tell you that your wings really do exist. Don’t be afraid to fly. (But I don’t think she meant jump off a ledge and fly… not that sort of flying. I think she meant that you can do anything you put your mind to. And … I agree with her. I think you can too. So then…. ETSY shop here you come!). 😜
Thank you again Mrs.C for the wonderful gifts. You won’t ever know how much your kindness
meant means to me. Bless your beautiful heart.
Edit to add: Mrs.Craft has (a few hours before I did) made a blog post about this card and the fabulous Chutney which she had made and sent me a jar of. If you’d like to read her post too, you can do HERE <— click to be taken to Mrs.Crafts blog post.
And now you …. no, not Mrs. Craft, but you... you reading right now … I want to do a post about Tag Art. So … we’ll do that in a few days. You see a little while back … I introduced some folks to working in ATC size – which I was thrilled to pieces about. Seriously so. But … I kind of would love to also introduce those folks to TAG ART too. It’s another fabulous way to craft, and really very easy. So … that post will come in a few days. I promise. [holds pinky finger up]
Thank you so much for coming. I love seeing you here and love even more when I get to chat with you, so please say hello in a comment. Tell me what’s going on. How you are. How your cat/dog/bird/children/boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/parent(s) are. Failing that … tell me your current guilty secret. Have you bought something you shouldn’t? Or planning to? Do tell. I love the juicy bits! 😎
I hope your Thursday is a truly lovely day. Please … Do something which makes someone else smile. Pull a face. Cross your eyes and pull your tongue out. Just make someone smile. It might just make their whole day into something worth being alive for.
A smile is a magical gift. Use it. LOTS. It never runs out.
Sending oodles of squidges to you ~