Saturday, 19 July 2014

...who enchant all who come near them

There’s a brand new Simply B StampsFan Page challenge with a new set of gorgeous mermaid images, my first card features the beautiful Sheri Mermaid.

The theme for this image is to use twine so I’ve used some baker’s twine to make my own fishing net.  Not sure how good I’d be at fishing with it but once you get in the rhythm it is actually quite quick and fun to make.

I thought I’d stick with making my own embellies as I wanted some shabby, sea foamy type flowers and I didn’t have any in my stash so I got some cheese cloth and my Tim Holtz Tattered Florals dies and set to work.  The cheese cloth didn’t stand up all that well to being spritzed after I die cut, maybe I should have done that step first but as I wanted shabby flowers the fact you can’t really see the Tattered Floral shape properly doesn’t matter so much.  I used some berries for the stamens and tied the whole lot together with some more twine.  I like how they turned out, I think they suit my shabby chic seaside theme well.  Rather than add leaves I’ve made up some crinkle ribbon in a seaweedy green, I love colouring my own seam binding ribbon as you can get the exact colour you need and it seems to work with both Distress Inks and my Various Inks.  As I have both handmade flowers and hand dyed ribbon on this I am entering it in the current challenge at Our Creative Corner.

I tried to get the background to also have a fishing net look with my new Kite stencil but I suck with stencils, worse even than stamping!  I think I need some way to hold the stencil down flat, it probably didn’t help that I distressed my edges first.  I used modeling paste and spritzed with a Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio and although you can’t see the fish net pattern it does look water like and suits my theme.

I managed to print the sentiment that comes with the image perfectly on a journaling card from the Prima Seashore collection and then distressed it and rolled up the corner to make it look like an old parchment.  I also fussy cut the anchor printed on it to tie in with the anchor charm in the opposite corner.  It’s hard to see (OK, pretty much impossible to see) in the photo but I’ve used Twinkling H2O’s on Mermaid Sheri’s tale, I think I have to get more of them, it looks lovely in real life.

With all my shabby chic elements this fits right in with the Live & Love Crafts’ style and their current challenge is for ‘by the sea’ projects.  Lots of blues, water and sea bits and pieces on my card so I am linking it up over there.  I am also entering my card in the cool water themed challenge over at Frilly and Funkie.

There are three other beauties in this new release, hop on over to the SBS blog to check them out and all the details of the challenges.  The rest of the SBS DT have done awesome things with these images too so please go check their blogs out, you can find links at the bottom of the post or from the SBS blog.  Oh and be sure to come back soon as I will have another two mermaids swimming onto my blog in a just a few minutes.

Skin E000, E00, E11, E21 (E02 cheeks)
Eyes E30, E35, 0
Lips R24, R29, R89
Hair E21, E23, E25, E27, E29
Top and Tail BG000, BG01, BG02, BG05, BG07, BG09
Hair Decoration G21, G24, G46
Chalks & Powders etc
Fran-tage Embossing Enamel ~ Aged Marine
Dies, SVGs & Templates etc
Tim Holtz Alterations ~ Tattered Florals
Inks & Paints etc
Lindy’s Stamp Gang Flat Fabio ~ Tweedle Dee Denim
Smooch Spritz ~Electric Blue & Sea Kissed
Spica ~ Olive
Tim Holtz Distress Ink ~ Faded Jeans, Tea Dye & Walnut Stain
Twinkling H2Os ~ African Jade
Prima Seashore ~ Memories, Postage, Seahorse & Shell Shock
Ribbons & Trims etc
Cheese Cloth from stash
Hug Snug Seam Binding Ribbon ~ Chalk White (dyed and crinkled with G94 Various Inks)
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  1. Absolutely gorgeous and the fishing net is so creative.
    {I would love you to take part in my 900 Follower Give-away. Thank you so much if you have already entered and good luck}. Hugs Desíre {Doing Life}

  2. this is STUNNING... love how you made your net!!!

  3. Fabulous and the flower is so creative! Thanks so much for adding it to our challenge at Our Creative Corner!

  4. Such a lovely card and I adore how you've added lots of embellishments to this to really make it special. Thank you so much for joining us at Frilly and Funkie. Jenny x

  5. A super gorgeous card with so many special touches! Thank you so much for joining us at the Frilly and Funkie Challenge Blog!

  6. So gorgeous! Thanks so much for joining us this month at Our Creative Corner! x

  7. Stunning card with beautiful coloring!

    Thank you so much for joining our LLC July Challenge! Hope to see you next month too!

    Big Hugs

  8. Great card; lovely image and the net looks fantastic. Brilliant sentiment as well. Thanks for linking up to LLC's By the Sea challenge.

    Hugz, Sandy
    Owner & Operator @Live & Love Crafts


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