Traditional Mermaid Christmas

Hello friends!  Although it still feels a bit like Summer outside where I’m from with the temps in upper 80s and 90s all week long, I enjoy creating Christmas and snow-themed cards any time of the year!  Besides, I know that once Fall hits, it will soon be time for Christmas to come along right behind it!  I have used this adorable September release from Whimsy Stamps once again to inspire you with a more traditional Christmas themed colors and design this time:

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I have used this gorgeous Christmas Mermaid digital stamp by Crissy Armstrong for my card today.  She is an amazing image for the coloring enthusists for sure!

My last card with this image showed her in more soft pastel tones.  (You can see that post by CLICKING HERE if you don’t remember it.)  This time I went for a more traditional Christmas color theme.  I found some really cool green with white splatter pattern paper to use, so I worked around that by coloring the mermaid outfit in reds with gold trimmings.  I took inspiration from the gold ribbon, bells and buckle and added in more elements with some gold on my card as well.

I was almost too scared to try this, but after coloring the image, I took some white Shimmerz paint and a paint brush to add some white splattering effect over top of her to give the appearance of snow and to also coordinate with the pattern paper in the background.  I didn’t get too carried away, but just enough and then I cut her out with the Whimsy Stamps Hand Stitched Nested Rectangles die set and took my ink foam blending tool and went around the edges with some Pine Needles distress ink.  I then took some gold cord and wrapped it around the two corners and then added a double bow with some red jingle bells on one end.  I also glued some cheese cloth on each corner before I added some foam tape behind her to mount her on the card design.

For the card design, the base is a red top folding 5.5″ square design with the green splattered pattern paper over it.  I took some chunky glitter and glued it around the edges and then prehaps you remember this “oldie but a goodie” border die from Whimsy Stamps along the edge of the image panel?  I cut it out with mirror gold card stock and then wrapped some gold silk ribbon over it and attached to the card.  I placed the foam taped image panel over top and then added the finishing touches over the image:

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Here’s a closer look at the image where you can see all of the glitter and shimmer on her.  Before I splattered it, I covered her outfit with a clear glitter brush pen and went over her gold buckle and the jingle bells with a gold metallic gel pen.  I went over the tiny holly berries with a red metallic gel pen.  I then took some liquid glue and added some clear glitter to her hat and outfit trimmings along with the tiny creatures hats.

After she was splattered, I added some gold sequins and then some gold Stickles in the centers of each one.

Those tiny creature faces just make me giggle every time! 🙂

I know she has tons of shimmer and sparkle, but she is a mermaid after all and I do love adding a little bit of this and that as much as I can!  Do you like lots of bling?

Thanks so much for stopping by my blog, I truly appreciate your time!  I’ll see you again very soon!

Challenges:

  1.  The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  2. Crafty Creations – Anything Goes
  3. The Merry Christmas Challenge – Anything Goes + Christmas
  4. Winter Wonderland – Use Ribbon and/or Twine
  5. Little Red Wagon – Bling It On!
  6. CRAFT – Christmas
  7. Crafty Gals Corner – 3+ Layers

 

 

Whimsy Stamps September New Digital Release is Here

Hello friends!  I’m excited to be sharing with you my creation for one of the newly released images for this month from Whimsy Stamps!  Yay!

Every first of the month Whimsy Stamps will come out with a new release and the 1st day of the month begins with their digital release and the products become available for purchase as soon as they’re announced!  You may have seen my creation on the Whimsy Stamps Inspirations Blog along with all of the newly released images and inspiration from the rest of the design team!  So be sure to follow along over there so you don’t miss all of it!  🙂 – CLICK HERE to check out the entire September digital release in the store!!

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Now what a cute and clever idea from Crissy Armstrong to come up with a Christmas Mermaid image, don’t you think?!  I love all the different possibilities with this one!  I thought it was a good place to start with the amazing release this month!

I kept her very soft and femine with the pink and teal colors.  Not sure if you can be underwater with snowflakes…but it seemed like the perfect accent to add and I’m pretty sure that’s why the little critters have a surprised face! LOL!

For the image, I have used an oval die and cut around the areas that didn’t fit inside the shape.  I think it makes her look like she’s in a bubble of sorts!  I also layered her onto another teal glitter oval shape and I have also die cut a sentiment that went perfectly with the image.  I’ve paired her with the Whimsy Stamps Christmas So Soft digital papers and some mint colored cardstock.  They seemed to go well with the coloring I did on the image.  I popped the oval image panel up with some craft foam and added some fun tinsel ribbon in the strip behind her.  Then attached some snowflake sequins.

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Here’s a closer view of the coloring I did on the image.  I kept the colors more soft with pink and mint/teal.  I’ve used a gold gel pen to color in her gold bells and belt buckle.  I’ve also added some Nuvo clear Crystal drops on the “holly berries” the critters are holding and then went over all of the fur trimmings with a shimmer brush pen.

To get the “texture” in the mermaid’s tail area, I just took my “0” Copic blender and dotted it which also helped to blend in the colors.  Super cute and fun image to color!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my card today!  Thanks so much for dropping in!

Here are the Whimsy Stamps photos/links I’ve used on my card today:

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Challenges:

  1.  My Time to Craft – Christmas in August
  2. The Holly & Ivy Christmas Challenge – Anything Christmas Goes
  3. QKR Stampede – Anything Goes (Challenge#311)

Crafting Retreat Hang-over Plus ICAD Week 7

Hello friends!  Oh no…It’s been a week since my last posting!  I have a “crafting hang-over” if there is such a thing! LOL!  There were so many things to get done after my 3 day crafting stint and I just couldn’t get it all in!  I ran out of steam!

For my 3 day crafting event, it was a local friend who puts together 3 days full of classes, prizes and food!  They mostly get involved with painting because there are 3 of them there (including my mom) that are very talented advanced tole painters.  This is something that I’m slowly learning how to do with the help of my mom.  It’s fun to be able to spend time with her doing something she enjoys and I get to learn a new craft too!  Don’t worry, I am still a true blue stamper to the end! 🙂  But since it was mostly painting, I brought my painting supplies with me and not my stamping supplies.  I even taught a class with my mom and here’s my version of the mixed media sample we taught for class:

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There are several people that enjoy making Halloween projects there, so mom and I came up with this fun altered mixed media bottle with a glow-in-the-dark window and green ooze bubbling out the top with some flying bats coming out!

Mom had her idea all mapped out and sketched on a piece of paper and was having a hard time getting going with it.  So I asked her if I could take her sketch of what she wanted and give it a try.  At the time I started it, I had a Jack Daniels bottle to alter and went with that to follow her sketch.  The advantage that I had compared to everyone else is that I had four flat sides which made it a tad bit easier to attached items to it.  These girls were tough and creative and made it work and made it fun!  The window that I put on even glows in the dark with some special glow-in-the-dark embossing powder!  I then covered it with some glossy effects for a “window” look.  Of course my mom had special glow-in-the-dark paint and that’s what everyone in class used for their windows.  They are all so cool looking and I loved seeing all the different results!

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A closer look at the bottle and turned to the other side, you can see all of the texture that I attached to the bottle with the flowers, embossing paste, gears, bats, etc.  I was going for a steam punk look for the bottle portion (which is why I went over the texture with just a gold metallic texture paste.)  and I thought it would be cool to make the green goo coming out at the top, so that was fun to paint with a metallic green.  There were lots of little tips and tricks everyone learned along the way.  It was funny because everyone didn’t understand why they were painting over everything they worked so hard putting onto the bottle.  LOL!  After the texture paste, there was the excitement!

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This is just another side view of the bottle with the added texture I’ve put on it.  I was able to collect some unique items for everyone’s bottle through my husband’s work in a manufacturing setting that had little metal pieces…no idea what they are, but it was something fun and unique to add texture to the bottle.  And of course I had gears, buttons, stencils with embossing paste, flowers, etc.  The windows and bats were all cut out with some dies that I had.  That window die is actually from Lawn Fawn!  The tiny bone sticking out on the window is of course Tim Holtz.

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Here are some of the girls having fun with their bottles in class.  They are very intently working on getting their bottles just right! 🙂  Of course it’s hard to get everyone together at one time in a photo, but there were a couple more people there including myself not shown.

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Here’s a look at the bottles from class!  I think everyone enjoyed this concept and I even had an additional bottle that I made they really enjoyed the other sample that I made too.  So I made a different theme on this one:

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For those that are not Halloween fans, I showed them a completely different look with the bottle.  This is my “Mermaid bottle” that I’ve made with Patina Effect Texture Pastes and copper metallic paints.  I used some sea shells that I have along with some rope, beads, texture paste, cheese cloth and lots of other little tid bits I had on hand.  I  got a cork and used it for the top of the bottle and added a gem on top.  I really like how texturized the paste made the bottle look.

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Turning the bottle around, you can see more detail on the bottle along with the charm and tiny jar I have hanging down around the cork at the top.  I painted a silver mermaid charm with some Mermaid Sparkle metallic paint of course and then touched up the edges of it some copper texture paste.  For the bottle, I had a package of tiny bottles and I filled one with some blue sequins and made this tiny tiny label over vellum and attached it to the bottle.  It says “Mermaid Tears”.

 

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On the back side of the bottle, you can see that I’ve made a little “path” for the beads and sea shells to flow all the way around it.  I have taken a mermaid die cut and cut it out several times to create a dimensional look by adding several layers of cardstock together.  I had her sitting on top of one of the stone pieces I’ve attached to the bottle along with some gems above her for a “bubble” affect.  This mermaid die along with some of the stones, gems, pebbles, mermaid charm and the gem on top of the cork all came from a cool card kit I received a few months back at Brutus Monroe.  (There is very little left for purchase separately from this card kit, but the scale gems that I’ve used on this are still available…the kit has long gone sold out.)

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And here is just another angle of the bottle before we come back to the front of it.  It just gives you a better idea of what all the dimension is on the bottle and how I’ve highlighted it with copper metallic paint.  I even had a little toy compass to attach to the front.  I had a piece of decorative paper from an older paper collection that I cut of piece of to attach to the front of the bottle and then wrapped the rope around it.  I gave it a bit of a white wash over it with paint so it fit with the theme of the bottle….old looking.

I also shared another mixed media project with them that I had done, but they wanted me to do it for class next year…so I guess I will be sharing it with you all then whenever we get together for that class! LOL!!  I’m sure I’ll be making another version of it in the meantime! 🙂

And finally, yes, when I got home I realized that I was behind on chores around the house as well as my ICAD challenge!  So I sat down yesterday to try and catch up with those so that I don’t get too far behind!  I’m happy to say that I’m all caught up and there is not many left to go either!  Another 2 weeks and it will be complete!

So here are the results of Week 7 ICAD:

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With the theme and prompts given this last week, I didn’t expect mine to be as colorful as they are, but some of them turned out very colorful!  I also enjoyed playing with some things I rarely get out to play with!

So now you know what I’ve been busy with this past week and maybe you’ll excuse me not being around so much! 🙂  Hope you’ve enjoyed my mixed media projects.  I’d love to know what you think!  Have you ever tried mixed media?  Do you like the concept of it?  Just curious how many of you out there enjoy it!  Thanks for stopping in!

Challenges I’d like to enter my bottle(s) for:

  1.  A Inky Mess – Just For Fun (mixed media)
  2. Creative Artiste – Anything Mixed Media Goes
  3. Altered Eclectics – Anything Mixed Media Goes (no cards)

Shello

Hello friends!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I’m so tired!  I forgot how much work it takes to put together a garage sale!  We had a nice day for it and it was a great turn out!  We are happy to have gotten rid of those big items in our way around the house.  We ended up donating the rest that did not sell.  Thinking of this, I probably need to go through my craft stash and do the same…but somehow, it’s just so much harder to decide what to keep and what not to…the pile ends up changing eventually! LOL!

If you remember, I have also been participating in the ICAD 2018 challenge which I have been going into my craft studio each day and creating at least once a day.  I can share with you the results of that each week as go, so be looking for that soon!

Today I have some fun “underwater” items to share:

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This card was made from the Brutus Monroe Inspiration Box (sold out).  I recieved it a couple of months ago and it helped get me some much needed inspiration that I hadn’t had for a while.  (It’s a long story and probably one best not to type up here.)  Along with a fun painting retreat that I had went to in April this year…it was all the kick start I needed and then came the inspiration to blog again!  I am happy that I did as I missed sharing my art and communicating with my fellow crafty friends here! 🙂

If you haven’t checked out the Brutus Monroe company yet, I highly recommend you check out their products and what they have!  I am very impressed with the embossing powders, inks and a few other items!  Everything I have received, I have been pleased with.  Wish I could share everything I have received from this kit, but I will just share the creations that I’ve made for now.

For the card above, I wanted most of the card to look underwater and that’s where I’ve used the vellum from the kit and die cut out a wave at the top of it.  I stamped the shoe image from above, the fish and underwater background stamp and colored with Copics.  I added the sentiment banner and the awesome two toned pearls over the top.  The edges of the vellum were sponged with blue ink (from the kit) and I added some blue sparkle on the waves.  All papers came from kit.

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Next, I have this really cool Jumb Tag from Brutus Monroe (looks like that’s sold out too!) that I’ve decorated with contents from this same kit!  I’ve used this cool cover die (also BM) and instead of die cutting with it, I’ve used it for embossing.  Before I used the die, I covered the background with some distress inks and splashed some water dropplets over it.  I colored the images with my Copic markers, fussy cut them out and attached to the background.  The embossing powder I’ve used for the sentiment at the top is from Brutus Monroe also and it was called “mermaid tail”.  The green glitter strips and the ribbon at the bottom were from the kit and I attached those as part of my background.  The sea shell sequins at the top came from the kit as well as those awesome scale accents.  This was such a fun kit to play with and a fun tag to put together!

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Here’s closer view of the images colored up.  Hard to see in the photos, but I have covered the mermaid’s eyes as well as the fish eyes with some glossy accents.  You can also see how cool looking those fish scale flat backs are…love the different shimmery colors in it!  And to give you an idea of the size of the tag, it’s 4″ x 8″!

Hope you’ve enjoyed my underwater creations today and I’ll see you again with more of what I’ve been crafting!  Have a great day!

I would like to enter mermaid tag in following challenge(s):

  1.  Hand Stamped Sentiments (HSSIC291)– inspirational photo:

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2.  Cupcake Inspiration Challenge (CIC447) – Magical Creatures

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