Wednesday, October 5, 2016


Today is the start of a new challenge at Frilly and Funkie and this time Suzz who is our hostess is calling it Author, Author and here is what she has to say about it:

"There are so many wonderful books that inspire the mind to imagine the worlds created within them. Think Fairy tales, mysteries, romances or even science fiction and use that to inspire your art. Provide an explanation of how the book and author inspired your project."

When I was about 5 years old I had to spend an extended period of time in the hospital in a city quite a distance from my family but my Godfather, who did live in the city and was a pioneering allergy specialist would come to visit me every 2 days and on the days in between he would sneak into my room and leave me a new book so I had lots of reading material. I could read quite well by then so I was thrilled. One of the books was a Treasury of Children's Literature that contained a variety of stories, including many of the Grimm's fairy tales.

I still have that book to this day so I decided to make a card based on one of those fairy tales - Cinderella. When I was doing a bit of research I discovered though that the brothers Grimm didn't write those fairy tales but published collections of the stories. Cinderella was written by Charles Perrault in 1697.

I started with some Recollections card stock for the blank and added a panel of paper from Maja Designs Nyhavn topped with a panel from Maja Designs Vintage Spring Basics.  Both were distressed with my scissors and the edges were inked with Stormy Sky Distress Ink.

Next I made a coach by printing clip art I found of a pumpkin and some wheels.  I coloured them with a Krylon Gold Leafing Pen and then added some sparkle with Stickles Glisten to define the lines on the pumpkin.  I cut the opening by hand and then added some Venise Lace and the word Dream, which was cut by my husband and altered by coating it with Gesso and spraying it with Brushed Pewter Distress Spray Stain.  I added some gold brads from my stash to the wheels.

I made the little book from some Recollections kraft card stock and added a cover, which was an image found online to which I added text on the computer before I printed it.  The inside of the book is a bunch of vintage Cinderella images that I also found online.  The little book is tied together with some burlap string and has a flap on the back that slides through a little band of card stock on the card so that it can be removed.

I extracted the Fairy Godmother from one of the book pages and added her with foam dimensional dots before I gave her wings some sparkle with Stardust Stickles.  Next came a bow of silver crochet ribbon topped with flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts and Walmart.  One of the flowers was coloured with the Brushed Pewter Distress Spray and the flat Walmart flower was inked with Stormy Sky DI to change the shade of blue.

The following products used to create this card came from The Funkie Junkie Boutique:


  1. This is so heart warming to read about why you chose Cinderella. Your card is so beautiful, shimmery and perfect to highlight the Cinderella story. Thank you for sharing your personal story.

  2. Be still my heart! This is so whimsical and magical that I am literally clapping my hands! While I love all the clever details like the coach window and that magical fairy godmother, it's the mini book that makes my heart go putty pat! What an inspired idea! I also spent weeks at a time in bed when young, and books, crayons and paper were my therapy. I read every fairy tale I could get my hands on! Thanks for sharing this precious memory and this gorgeous creation!

  3. Gorgeous! You always do such amazing work!

  4. Cec, this is absolutely the most charming creation ever! The colors and elements are in perfect harmony and are quite the tribute to the story! The mini book is such a wonderful touch... :) Hugs, Autumn

  5. WOW Cec! The level of care and attention to detail you've gone to in celebrating this beautiful fairy tale is amazing! The carriage is indeed fit for a princess and I adore the way you've included a mini version of the book with that clever attachment devise xx

  6. From clip art to real art! The pumpkin is stunning and your hubby did a brilliant job on the word - the little book is just the most beautiful creation... love this so, so much! Hugs, Anne xx

  7. Stunningly beautiful ! I love the little book,and the carriage and everything!

  8. WOW this is amazing. Everything you need to know about the fairy tale is there. Stunning.

  9. I don't know how you did it Cec, but it's like stepping into a fairy tale! Your card is gorgeous! I love love love it! <3

  10. Absolutely Cec ... This is absolutely magical down to the sprinkle of fairy dust (Stickles) on the pumpkin carriage. That is just gorgeous. I adore the mini book too. Fantastic details in all that gold and blue. Love it! -- Mary Elizabeth


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