Title: Hallmark Senior Artist
Date started at Hallmark: 1995
Date started at Keepsakes: 1995
Hometown: Osceola, Iowa
When Keepsake Artist Kris Gaughran started thinking of ideas for the July version of Friendly Fairies, a new month-by-month spinoff of her Fairy Messenger series, she wanted to try sparklers or fireworks. Since the fairies are supposed to be tiny, she pairs them with larger objects to make the difference more obvious. But nothing gave her the balance she needed. Until she thought of a snow cone.
“We molded the snow cone in clear and did hits of color to get the different flavors of ice,” Kris said. “Once I painted over the bottom part of the cone and added the fireworks, it resembled the paper cone they come in.”
Not only did the snow cone work as the perfect shape for the fairy to hold, it also made her think back to the Clarke County fairgrounds in her home state of Iowa.
The March fairy posed a different dilemma. Kris thought a 4-leaf clover would be a lovely way to honor St. Patrick’s Day, right? Not so fast! She checked with her husband, who’s half-Irish, and he said to use shamrocks instead.
As the legend goes, the patron saint of Ireland used a shamrock as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. The tale of the lucky, 4-leaf clover stretches all the way back to the Garden of Eden.
“I always thought 4-leaf clovers fit right in with St. Patrick’s Day,” Kris said. “But they don’t.”
Like the Fairy Messengers, the Friendly Fairies all have touches of glitter in varying shades. This one features a green glitter to play off the shamrocks. She wanted the dress to pay homage to the simple white flowers that bloom from shamrocks.
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