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Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid Fantasy

Mermaid FantasyI simply love mermaids, and Ching Chou Kuiks are some of my all time favorites!! So, with the challenge theme over at the Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge Blog being Under the Sea, I just HAD to do another card up :)  For this card, I used Embrace the Ocean.  I was inspired by the cool tones of the color picture of this image in the store, so gave it a go to see what I could come up with.  I used my Prismacolor pencils for this, in tones of blue, purples and greys and enhanced the pearls with tiny bits of Stickles.  I’m not happy with how the colors show up on my picture, but it was taken in natural light, and I kept snapping away until my battery died :)  Anyways….I found a pretty DP for the background, and tore some fiber-y paper up to serve as a back drop for the image.  I cut the anchor and the waves with my Cricut, and topped the waves with Stickles as well.  I had the adhesive lace border kicking around in my stash for ages.  I tried a bunch of different colored ribbon, but figured that navy would be the best….and of course I didn’t have one speck of navy ribbon!!  I rummaged through my closet, and scored!! You know those ribbons on the inside of women’s tops??? Some very cool colors in there….and navy was the coolest color for today!!  Silver roses, some mauve and white flowers with blue pearl centres, glitzy mesh….stuff….from my flower arranging days (oh my, I have soooo much stuff that isn’t even related to cardmaking!!), and a silver seashell charm finished my card off just the way I wanted :)

I’m entering this into the following:

Ching Chou Kuiks Inspiration Challenge -April – Under the Sea

Message In A Bottle

Message In A Bottle

Message In A BottleHi there, and Happy Easter!! This is another card that I colored up in my “funk”…. I used one of the fabulous images from one of my very favorite artists, Ching Chou Kuik.  I really wish there were more hours in a day to work with her images!!! This image is Far Away Messages, and I love the thoughtful look on the mermaid’s face.  I colored her up with my SN markers, opting for a blue skin tone, rather than the normal people colored skin :)  I did the sky with my Prismacolor pencils.  When I was digging around my craft room, preparing to organize and sell all my stuff (too much stuff, and I lazy), I found some of the Smooch Accent Inks that I’ve have for forever and forgot about.  I used the pearl one to accent the strings of pearls.  For the background, I used an old map from an old encyclopedia (which is another story in itself, how I so recklessly crafted away a $1800 set of antique encyclopedias!), and tore and inked the edges with Distress Inks.  I added a strip of cheesecloth, and some sand textured paper at the bottom, before adding the image.  I used a number of dies, from Tim Holtz, Marianne, and Spellbinders, for the seaweed, shells and seahorse.  I got the Smooch inks out to give the shells a nice shimmer.  I have a ton of pearl strings, and this seemed to be the perfect card to string them on :)  I was drawn to the bottle in the image, so dug up a tiny bottle, took some parchment paper and stamped a tiny sentiment “Wishing You Happiness”, and tied it to the card with some twine.  I’m sooooo happy with this card…..not to mention thrilled that I decided to continue on with this crafting journey and not throw in the towel :)

I’d love to enter this into:

Ching Chou Kuik Inspiration and Challenge – April – Under the Sea

Fab N’ Funky Challenge – #346 Fantasy

Imagination Is the Key

Mermaid Sunset

Imagination Is the KeyHey there! Today I have a card that I made for the new challenge at C.R.A.F.T.  Our theme this time is Create Your Own Embellishment, and we are sponsored by the ever popular, Nikki Burnett.

The team made some wonderful embellishments to go on their amazing creations, so be sure to check their blogs out for some inspiration :)

I was given the gorgeous image Giselle to work with. I colored her with my SN markers, adding some touches of sparkle gel pens, and Wink of Stella on her tail. I used Distress Inks to make the sunset background.  I was so busy inking and coloring, that I almost forgot our theme!! I got a bit ambitious, and hand made the net, tying ALL THOSE KNOTS!!!  I cut the shells, with a Marianne Creatives punch die, out of a scrap of shiny wrapping paper. The sentiment is from a LDRS sentiment stamp set.

Blue Mermaid

Blue Mermaid

Hi there!! I managed to take an extended long weekend off work, so I had time to play :)  Another rare card that isn’t an order or a DT make.  I got this beautiful image as a freebie from Amanda at Faery Ink on the new Facebook group Markers! Papers! Digis!  It’s a fun group where we share our coloring, and the sponsors are fabulous, with freebies popping up, and contests and games :)  You should check it out :)  I colored this little beauty up with my SN markers, adding touches at the end with white gel pen and glitter glue.  I played around with my paper choices until I found the pretty damask print that I used, which coordinated with the colors in the image beautifully.  I cut some wavy pieces of paper freehand, highlighting them with glitter glue, then dug around for some more “ocean-y” embellishments.  Loving how it all turned out in the end…..and I have 1 more day of me mini vacation…..what to do?? *grin*

I’d like to enter this into the following challenges:

Tuesday Throwdown – Fairies and Fantasy (300th post!! woohoo)

Sketch Saturday – week 419