Monday, May 17, 2010

Iris Folding Sealife

I once wrote in a post that the seahorse was the best husband and daddy on earth. Why? Well, the wife deposits the eggs into his pouch were he fertilizes and cares for them until the babies are ready to live outside on their own! I mean, WOW...why only the seahorse! {{{green with jealousy, LOL}}}

I find this sea creature fascinating because they are so different from any other I have seen. I also find them quite beautiful in their form, though their natural color is tan/brown. They do, however change to bright colors when they emerge from the safety of the sea grass and coral reefs.

I found a lovely seahorse iris folding pattern on line, here, and just had to get it. This past weekend I was able to take time to try it out.

Isn't he lovely. I used Vintage Luster  paper from the Paper Temptress. The brown and copper colors I had left over from making my daughters wedding invitations. That was 3 years ago and I have not found this paper since, until I happened upon the Paper Temptress.

See the lovely swirls, how perfect for the swirl of water! The embossed paper is actually a scrap I had from a mistaken measurement. I used to toss these mistakes, SHOCK, I know!!! One day I realized that some time in the future I will need that exact embossed pattern in that exact size. Well, this was the card.

I added some real sand dollars and a tiny star fish I purchased at my local scrap book store quite a while ago. These were VERY hard to use, lol. This image seemed worth the sacrifice. The tiny bottle I purchased at the same time.

I did not have any clean sand to put in it. Being in NE, there is plenty of sand to be had, but it is "dirty" sand, not the kind you would add to a sandbox. Sooooo...I thought for a minute wondering what I could use that would look like sand. I found the perfect thing...MAPLE SUGAR. Yum, this stuff is so YUMMY, LOL and expensive. Another sacrifice for this card even though it is probably only 1/8th a teaspoon, ha ha ha

I used the cut out from the iris fold patter for the inside. The inside embossed paper is yet another scrap from the same day. What a rough day that was, LOL. One of those days that nothing you try goes right. Perfect for this though, so now it seems worth it.
 I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Pixie Dust Studio: cut it out
Shelly's Images: anything goes
For Fun Challenges: Use actualy stamp, NO DIGIS (My Sentiment)

I have added more blog candy for having 25+ followers, which you can see in the post at the top of the front page. Looks to be one big candy to win. And only 1 more follower for more. Soon I will have to add another blog candy, at least I hope so, LOL So, if you like my blog please sign up as a follower. {{{big smile and a wink}}}

Have a wonderful Monday...Hugs


patty w said...

This is beautiful ! Love the finished inside too!

Marion E. said...

What a beautiful card. And the embellies a so well done. The sentiment is so matching as well.
Totally an awesome card.
Thanks for joining us at Shelly's Images TTT. Hope to see more lovely work from you coming Thursday on our next TTT.

Tracey said...

Gorgeous card, fab iris folding & I love the decorated inside too :)

Thanks for joining us at For Fun this week & we hope to see you again!


Shelly's Images said...

Oh...that is a stunning project. And I love anything that has to do with the beach and ocean so this is right up my alley.

Thanks for visiting us at Shelly's Images and entering our TTT Challenge.

Please visit again soon!

Helen Dooley said...

Way cool card. it is beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us this week at FOr Fun.

CraftinGranny said...

Stunning card! What a beautiful sheen to the paper and you have more than done it justice. Makes me wish I were on an oceanside beach.

Thanks for playing along with us at For Fun Challenges this week. We hope to see you back next week.
"Hugs" Granny (Carol)

Kristie said...

Beautiful card! Thanks for playing at For Fun Challenges!

lisa808 said...

Beautiful job with the seahorse. Great addition with the sanddollars, starfish, and jar. Thanks for the seahorse info. I didn't know the story.

itsabrt said...

Oh my gosh this is astounding! Thanks for taking the Pixie Dust challenge "Cut It Out". Beth aka BR-T

Ellie said...

OMG, sandy this is amazing!! Love your iris fold, the papers are so beautiful for the seahorse.
Those embellishments were perfect to use for this.

Mary Ski said...

Great card! Thanks for sharing it with us at For Fun Challenges

Hippieaud (aka Audrey) said...

This is AWESOME!! I LOVE the textured papers you used on the iris folding! THANKS SO MUCH for joining our TTT challenge this week at SHELLY'S IMAGES:)

lynmcf said...

I did iris folding many years ago and loved it ... it works so well for this gorgeous seahorse

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