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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

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