Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Glitter, Glamour and Glitz

If you read my blog, you know I love to read. I'm a HUGE Nora Roberts fan, because I think she has a wonderful knack of writing about relationships, and no I'm not just talking about romantic relationships, but about the relationships between siblings and friends. So now you're wondering what does that have to do with Glitter, Glamour and Glitz, the challenge theme this week on the Phindy's Place Challenge Blog?

Well, let me explain. Nora wrote a series of books last year called "The Bride Quartet." I happen to be re-reading the first book of the series called Vision in White. This series is about four friends for life that as children played wedding(and grow up to have a full service wedding business) where and I quote " By the time she was eight, Mackensie Elliot had been married fourteen times. She'd married each of her three best friends -as both bride and groom-her best friend's brother(under his protest), two dogs, three cats, and a rabbit." Isn't that a great opening line? That line reminds me of Phindy's Place image Babbie Bride along with the Royal Wedding last week. I don't know many little girls that haven't played bride growing up. I couldn't wait to use her in a card, and the Glitter, Glamour and Glitz, was the perfect challenge. I mostly paper pieced her. What little coloring is done with Copics and her shoes and her earrings are colored with a Gold Spica pen.

The tablecloth fabric of her dress is actually a cream lace looking piece of stationery. The beautiful blue background paper is from a digital kit called Cocoa Paisley Damask from Dotted Daisy Design Solutions from My Grafico. I printed it on a beige marbled paper. The flourished border is from Pewter 7 and was cut out using the MTC software. I then colored it with the gold Spica pen and gold Stickles. I made the veil using some tulle to which I stitched some double faced ribbon. I've done this before, as I made both my daughter and my niece's veils using this same technique. The head piece is a flower I made using a flower loom that my DH made to my specifications based on the tutorial you can find at Amazing Paper Grace. The butterfly is for the book as it created a defining moment for one of the characters in the book.

The sentiment is one I created in Photoshop, and based on the book. Here's the sentiment below, if you'd like to have it feel free to try and enlarge it, otherwise, send me an e-mail.

Thanks for stopping by. I think I succeeded in meeting the challenge guidelines.


  1. Great story of the inspiration for this card - and what a perfect image for this! She looks adorable and I love the paper piecing and the glitz.
    Thanks so much for playing along at Phindy's Place this week!

  2. Love Nora Roberts books too Shirley. This card is precious and I love all the details and the story behind your creation!

  3. Oh what a nice card!
    Thanks for joining us at the Phindy's Place challenge.
    xxx Anne-Marije

  4. Bea-U-tiful Shirley!! Love it when cards have stories!! ~jeni :)

  5. So cute. Love all the gold touches. I've been looking for a good read, think I'll go check these out, thanks! Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place this week.

  6. Well said---a preschool teacher's developmental mantra! So cute, Shirley!!!
    Thank you for joining us this week at Phindy's Place this week.

  7. Hi Shirley. Lovely card and a sweet sentiment to go with it. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.
    Tine :)

  8. Oh I love Nora Roberts too, even if sometimes I think she is really a computer, the sheer volume she puts out is awesome lol! What a clever idea for the digi and yes it's just right for the quartet. Fab card.
    Thank you for joining us and taking the Phindy’s Place Challenge, do hope you’ll join us again this Friday!

  9. Fabulous glitzy card. I love the paper piecing and the wonderful frame. Thanks for joining us at Phindy's Place.