Built from the Fire

Does a name build a person or does the person build the name? I wonder cause I was given the Chinese name, which I was told, means Phoenix. The legendary bird that is rebuild from the ashes. I have gone through some personal hardships and big changes in my life, but I always managed to rebuild my life again, no matter where I am. So is it because I was told my name represented a bird, that sings its most beautiful song before bursting into flames, but then rises again from its very own ashes, that I feel I have to live up to the reputation of my name? If my name meant “Born in the clouds” would I have had a different life?

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No matter… but when I saw this sentiment from So Suzy stamps, I knew it was for me. Along with the beautiful bird (lets say its a phoenix…) stamp I got from them too, I tried to illustrate those words into images, although I think I went overboard with the fire which I painted with my Zigs, as I wanted this card to be CAS for the “Embossing” challenge at AAA cards!

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I used gold Wow embossing powder to colour the tree trunk and used Wow embossing glitters to embellish the beautiful peacock Phoenix. I also added red splatters to represent floating cinders from the fire.

So a simple “could have been CAS” card but I still hope you like it!


I’m also playing along at:

CAS mix up CAS Mix up card challenge – Stamping, splattering and embossing

sssmchallenge Simon says Stamp Monday challenge – Little critters

ssswchallenge Simon says stamp Wednesday challenge – A bit of Sparkle

casology Casology – I think the colours on my Phoenix are pretty LOUD!

stamping sensation Stampin Sensations – Butterflies, Fairies & Fantasy. I just went with Fantasy

time out Time Out challenges – My own take on Hanelie’s beautiful card here


15 thoughts on “Built from the Fire

  1. Enjoyed learning about your name, Gwendolyn. Phoenix rising from the ashes is such an interesting story, and I think you have portrayed it well with your card. I really like your “fire” that you made with the zigs. So cool! Thanks for sharing with us at CAS Mix Up!

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  2. Such a creative take on Hannelie’s inspiration, Gwendolyn … you’ve represented the phoenix wonderfully with the rich colours and gold embossing! Thanks so much for playing along with us at Time Out! Anita 🙂

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