Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A Splash of Orange...and a Beautiful Dreamer...

Good afternoon, everyone!

It's a blustery day here in California...where'd the sun go?!  Oh, well...we do need the rain!  Hope it's been a good day for all of you...

I have a couple of cards to share with you today.  I've been having so much fun with altered fairies...there's just so many possibilities!

Here's my first...made for this week's Play Date Cafe' challenge...black & white with a SPLASH of orange...

...I think I did a bit more than a splash...I landed in the orange puddle!  This was so fun--felt like Halloween!  This adorable fairy is from Cafe Retro Art--Kristin has created so many fabulous digital images--lots to choose from!

Love this adorable fairy--so different with it's bird's egg body--love all the digitally added roses!  All I did was add some Dazzling Diamonds, LOTS of Platinum & Black Stickles, (I got a bit dotty!), some lace, ribbon, and that's about it!

Next, one of my favorite images from Crafty Secrets' "Altered Fairy" Creative Scraps--SO many wonderful images on these sheets!  Here's my card:

Vicki Chrisman gave me a bunch of these wonderful scallop-edged cards when we were at CHA--I love them!  (Thanks, Vicki!)  The frame is from Crafty Secrets' Sweet Chips Square Album & Frames set....I gave it a healthy dose of mica for a gorgeous chunky shimmer! 

So glad I happened to have just the right shade of old pink lace in my stash--sometimes we just get lucky, don't we?!  The "Beautiful Dreamer" sheet music image is one I found online...and the fabulous beaded branch--don't you love that?!--this is part of the new "bling" that Crafty Secrets will be selling soon! 

Once again...tons of Platinum Stickles, lace, soft white ribbon, Dazzling Diamonds, and a lovely little crystal rhinestone... 

Speaking of "Beautiful Dreamer"...did you know it was the last song the legendary Stephen Foster wrote?  It wasn't even printed until after his death.  Sad, isn't it? 

It's always been one of my favorites...Such a haunting and enduring folksong...and he didn't ever know how it touched so many...He was so young.  It is written that when he died, he was only 37 years old and had only 38 cents in his pocket...

I love the lyrics of this beautiful song...

Beautiful dreamer, wake unto me,
Starlight and dewdrops are waiting for thee;
Sounds of the rude world, heard in the day,
Lull'd by the moonlight have all pass'd away!
Beautiful dreamer, queen of my song,
List while I woo thee with soft melody;
Gone are the cares of life's busy throng,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

Beautiful dreamer, out on the sea
Mermaids are chanting the wild lorelie;
Over the streamlet vapors are borne,
Waiting to fade at the bright coming morn.
Beautiful dreamer, beam on my heart,
E'en as the morn on the streamlet and sea;
Then will all clouds of sorrow depart,
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!
Beautiful dreamer, awake unto me!

(Words & Music By Stephen Foster)

Until next time...Sweet Dreams!