With my letters ready to decorate, my mind was racing with ideas, but bearing in mind that I needed 8 of these babies I didn't want to go over the top. One element I knew that I wanted to included was a 'crown'. For some reason (which totally eludes me) some of my these crafty friends of mine have nicknamed me 'smut queen' - obviously if the letter is suppose to be a representation of me a crown was in order.
I happened to find a crown stamp in the $1 bin at M's sometime ago and I knew I had to have it. At the time I wasn't sure what I'd use it for, but now I'm glad I got it (which just proves you need to 'go with your gut' for those little craft urges.) I stamped the crown on a 1 3/4" circle with versamark and then embossed with copper embossing powder. I wanted to put this crown on top of a rosette, and found this great tutorial for it on The Paper Boutique. I already had the perfect paper to make these, the reverse side of what I had used to cover my letter. Here is a close up.
I took some Tim Holtz Distress ink in Vintage Photo, and the same Perfect Pearls Mist in 'Cappuccino' and 'Perfect Copper' just to finish it off.
You will also see in the photo a couple of stick pins. Beads and stick pins have been quite the topic of conversation amongst my friends of late - someone in particular is trying to do a lot of enabling (you know who you are Caroline!) Well, I have a stash of beads and some corsage pins, so I had to try. The corsage pins actually have a white 'pearl drop' on the ends, as this didn't go with my colour scheme I decided to cover that in versamark and heat emboss with copper embossing powder. Then I added a few beads which are held in place with Beadalon Bead Fix - take care with that stuff if you use it, it's like super glue (don't ask how I know!) I'm pretty pleased with the way they turned out.
Finally I wanted to add a meaningful quote - found this and thought it was perfect.
Here they are, all 8 ready and waiting for a trip to Florida in February.
This project, although not inspired by, fits perfectly on this weeks theme challenge 'Being Thankful' over on Paper Craft Weekend Challenge. I am truly thankful for these ladies and their friendship (even the ones that enable.)
Thanks for looking, and happy crafting.