"Give Thanks"

Just posting a card to wish all my friends and family,
 near and afar, home and in blogland,
a Happy Thanksgiving!  How neat that this month begins my fourth year 
blogging (yes, blog anniversary candy coming soon)!
I have been blessed with such support and friendship and it is among those things 
for which I am so very grateful! So in the spirit of saying "thank you" 
for your kind comments, inspiration and friendship, 
I wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving and hope you are spending the day
 surrounded by those you love and who love you!  

For my card, I colored up one of my favorite oldies but goodies Fall stamp, 
CC Designs Swiss Pixies "Fall Hansel". He was colored with copic markers.

 The design papers are all from Simple Stories, "Harvest Lane" 6x6 inch pad. The last few pages have great tags and banners you can cut out that coordinate with the full page papers.  The brown mat cardstock is from PaperTrey Ink. Last, I added some twine,
fall paper leaves, burlap strip and stamped a "Give Thanks" sentiment
with a Stampin Up sentiment set stamp.
All edges of the paper were distressed with Rusty Hinge distress ink.
The "sky"  is always created with Pebbles Iridescent chalks (blue).

Thanks so much for stopping by and always for your kind comments.  
Happy Thanksgiving!  xxx

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Saturated Canary "Jeans and a Tee"

For my card, I colored up "Jeans and a Tee" by Saturated Canary 
using copic markers
Another view...
Design Papers are from Whimsey's "Marshmallow Delight" and flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Butterflies and doily border punch are from the Martha Stewart punches! All edges were distressed with Brushed Corduroy Distress ink and blending tool!
Have a great day and thanks for your kind comments!

Here Comes the Bride - A Creative Romance Challenge

  Happy Friday!  Today begins another fabulous challenge at A Creative Romance!  
     For this challenge, the "Chic Crafters" team chose to use the photo below 
as our inspiration. You may use some or all of the colors in this photo as your inspiration!
 These colors are so rich and beautiful!

     For my card, I selected a beautiful new digital image by Mo Manning available at Mo's Digital Pencil. She is called "The Other Bride".

   I used design paper that was in my stash. The edges of all papers were distressed with Dusty Concord ink and blending tool also. I love that his cardstock matches the Distress inks so perfectly! I cannot recall where I got those gorgeous vintage rhinestone buttons but the rest of them are on the lace as I used the others that came in the package as a photo prop!  I usually throw out the packaging when I buy items online and I store my embellies in my own containers so sorry I cannot place these!
        The pearl lace trim and 3" lace is from Live and Love Crafts. Mulberry Paper roses are from Wild Ochid Crafts. The ribbon was layered to make three loops and stapled with Tim Holtz stapler. I made two sections and used the button on top where the two ribbon pieces met.

      She is colored with copic markers and a few Polychromos pencils (cheeks and some skin shadows), then I added lots of glamour dust on her dress, veil and bouquet. (Of course, I am having fun with my camera again providing those great "bursts" on anything that glimmers or shines, and there is lot of bling on this bride.) The sentiment, "Dreams do come true" is a digital sentiment from Create with TLC Artfire. I merged it with the digi stamp.

and a close up..

    Why not hop over and see how the Chic Crafters were inspired by this photo. We hope you will join us at A Creative Romance with your creation. Have a great day.  This card is available in my ETSY store (see link on sidebar) and can be reacreating and customized to match any color of the bridal party.

 I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

 Fab n Funky- Anything with Ribbon
Clear it Out- Weddings/Rings or Circles
 Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes
 Marker Pop Challenge- Anything Goes
Glitter & Sparkle- Begins with a B
Sentimental Sundays- Bling it Up

Vintage Ceramic Tile Coasters- A Great Gift Idea Using Vintage Photos

  Happy Friday.. just a quick post to share some new ceramic coaster creations using fabulous digital vintage photos- another great idea for using beautiful vintage or any other art you can share.

These coasters are a great way to liven up any room. They are not just for drinks but can be used as paperweights, wall decor (yes many people have incorporated these ceramic tiles into backsplashes or tiled walls) and art decor by placing on little easels around the room. They make a great gift too and the images you can purchase or create yourself - including your own photos - is limitless.
 The coasters are created by printing the vintage photos in a 4x4 format on high quality cardstock using a professional color laser printer. Then each photo is adhered to a ceramic (4x4) tile coaster available at any home improvement store. I clean each tile with alcohol before adhering image.
 I do not use mod podge but rather another great decoupage medium - Beacon Fast Finish Decoupage and a good brush to apply it. (no foam brush as it creates bubbles).  Apply several coats and use a brayer to "iron out" any air bubbles...let dry in  between or paper will buckle.
Last, use a HIGH TEMP clear gloss sealer if you want to make sure that your coasters can be used for hot as well as cold beverages. The sealer must cure for about two days. Afterward, I apply precut, adhesive cork on back to protect furniture.  Then I tie together with beautiful ribbon and viola, a perfect gift.

 I have just added these lovely vintage and deco art coasters and more contemporary designs to my ETSY STORE HERE.  

Digital Art purchased at the following ETSY shops:
ArtCult, Bunnifoofoo & Behind the Door
All artwork is used with permission of all shops according to their TOU policy for the unlimited creation and selling of handmade items using the art they sell.

Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments.

Sweet 16 Shadowbox- A Creative Romance "Anything Goes" Challenge

    Today I am sharing a Sweet 16 Shadowbox created for the granddaughter of a friend for her Sweet 16 Birthday this week! It is also my Design Team project for "Anything Goes" challenge at A Creative Romance! I love when all is said and done to look back and see how I challenged myself to try new ways to create.
    No image, no coloring this time around. Instead, I used a Sizzix Bigz Dress Die- actually a quilt die used for applique- and decided to make this dress form my focal point. Since Bigz dies cut anything, I knew that in addition to using it for cuting applique fabric for quilts, I could also use it for paper and chipboard.
     I began with cutting a shape out of white chipboard. Then I cut two pieces of pink satin and attached to front and back of chipboard with the best glue for fabric- Fabri-Tac...no globs, no hot glue mess.  I layered two pieces of sequin tulle and adhered them to the front onl by placing a thin line of Fabri-Tac around the edge of the satin, then carefully placing the tulle down.  I added three pieces of rhinestone trim to make a drop waste. Last, I distressed the edges with "Victorian Velvet" distress ink to cover and white chipboard still showing. I took this pic above with the piece outside the shadowbox as you will see that the glass creates such a glare.
    For the background, I layered and distressed two sheets of Maja's Sofiero 12x12 design paper with Victorian Velvet distress ink.  I layered lace, thin strip of the dp (ala Alyce) and some white sequin tool on top. The I added the largest die cut of the Spellbinder Heirloom Legacy set. The oval is another die in that same set and I used it to cut a mirror out of the Tim Holtz mirror paper.. OMG that is the best. Not only is it adhesive but you peel off a clear layer on top and when you do, you would swear you are looking at real mirror glass.

I added the pic above to show you as you can see my fingers taking the pic! Now take a lesson from me, wait until you are DONE to remove that clear paper as you can get glue and fibers on it just like real glass! I adhered the dress onto the "mirror" and the pop dotted it onto my background.

     Some added embellishments include a Tim Holtz filmstrip, Pearl Swirls,Wild Orchid Crafts Roses (white and two toned) and a Prima frame under which I stamped "Sweet 16".  Last, I heat embossed/frantaged a large silver metal corner with Bridal Embossing Powder mixed with Shabby Pink frantage.
     I hope the "Birthday Girl" loves her gift. I know I had a lot of fun making it. I already have another million ideas in mind for how I would embellish this dress again.  Want to give a big "thank you" to my dt mate, Rhea Weigand for helping me take better photos!

Why not have a peek at the Design Team Inspiration at A Creative Romance and join in our "Anything Goes" challenge.   Have a great day and thanks always for your kind comments.

Shadowbox Ingredients:
Other Supplies:
Pink Satin and Tulle (Joanns)10" 
 10" White frame Shadowbox (Joanns)
White frame Shadowbox (Joanns) 
 Lace 6 inch (Joanns)
Wedding Pearl/Rhinestone Trim (Etsy)

It's All About the Fantasy at A Creative Romance

     Happy Friday!  I am here to share my design team card for our next challenge at
 A Creative Romance.  The theme of this challenge is  FANTASY!!
      Well, I promise you I could not go with the first idea that popped into mind, but the next best one was to work with my favorite of all fantasy images, a mermaid. I cannot pass up the chance to color up any mermaid I see!  Before we get to my card, I have to tell you that I purchased a very inexpensive camera the other day as my expensive one broke. I thought this would hold me over until I could fix the other. Well, this little camera (for under $100) has been a blast to work with and it has the coolest features. From choosing to only expose one of four colors (blue in above pic) to the "blur" in the bottom pic, it takes amazing pics and I am having so much fun.  If you want more info on the camera I purchased, just email me!
     Now, on to my card. This image is an oldie but goodie. As some of you know, my son moved out to a new apartment and his room became my new craft room. I love it! Well, as I relocated my stamps, I found this mermaid by Stampendous. I never colored her until now. I wish I could give you her name but she does not have one!  It is just "Mermaid".  You can find her online and in stores. Here is my card in color...

      My mermaid is colored with copic markers on Make it Colour cardstock.  I used a combination of some old "By the Sea" dp with a new paper pad, "Seashore" by Prima. I added my favorite "underwater" die cuts, "Decorative Elegance" dies by Marianne Creatables (they are a set).
       I distressed the edges of my papers with a distress tool and then inked with Brushed Corduroy and Walnut Stain inks. The two shells on the bottom right are from Prima's Shabby Chic Treasures.  Last the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, lace from Live and Love Crafts and Pearls from Recollections.  Speaking of pearls, I dropped a blob on white paint pen when making the dots of "pearls" in her hair so I covered the smear with my own flat back pearls and some swarovsi crystals. Here is a close up:

      Thanks so much for your kind comments.  Please stop by A Creative Romance Challenge blog and see what beautiful cards my "Chic Crafters" teammates have created to inspire you. You will have two weeks to enter our "FANTASY" challenge.  You may be selected to win a prize from one of our fabulous sponsors on be one of our next Top 3! Have a great weekend!

        I will be entering this card in the following challenges:

Art by Miran- Anything Goes

 Southern Girls Challenge- Texture
 Simon Says Stamp - Summer
A Random Fan- Paper Patterns
Through the Craftroom Door- Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts- Summer Colors


Dog-Gone Mojo!

      Hello All!  It seems like forever since I posted a card! I seemed to have lost my "mojo" a few months back and then "life" had a way of taking over so there was little time to create... and when I did have time, nothing seemed to click!
     So what do you do when you lose your mojo??? Seemed everything I touched ended up in the garbage.  So, I took the pressure off and just "played" and waited for my muse to return- LOL! I switched gears and knit a ton of silk scarves, crocheted a baby sweater and little girl's dress (which I gave as gifts), and even learned Tunisian crochet!  I took several jewelry making classes, and even created my first ever real flower arrangement at a local library class. I then made lots and lots of ceramic art coasters. ...Hmm, maybe my mojo never left after all. Maybe it just wanted me to play with "other" toys!  
    Eventually I had to face them- my dreaded copics- and we mutually agreed to make friends! I revisited my manuals, books, video tutorials, pinterest inspiration and took some online classes. I turned to my design teammates and the amazing work on blogs and facebook sites for inspiration, and before I knew it, I was "feeling it" again! 
    Recently, I came across this adorable little rubber stamp, "Dr. Autry" from A Random Fan and I got back to coloring and making cards. She is available on ETSY  as a digi stamp, but I bought and used the rubber stamp HERE at Quick Creationz!  Using Alyce Keegan's Kit & Clowder Copic classes, I used this adorable image to practice coloring hair!
  Here she is just as I finished coloring her and was trying to match up papers! Isn't she adorable?

    And here is the finished card...
      The design paper is from LOTV's Nit Wit 8x8 paper pad, "Perfect Pair".  I just love this paper pad!  I layered the dp with Bazzill cardstock and a square doily.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the leaf die is from Cheery Lynn Designs. I believe the nesting dies are from Quickcutz.  Last, but not least, Create with TLC on Artfire never fails to provide a digi sentiment that fits any occasion and "Under the Weather" Vintage image and Sentiment set worked perfectly!! 
      Another close up, this time with her "glitter" and Glossy Accents on her glasses ..
    That's it for now. Thank you always for your kind comments. I would LOVE to hear what you do to find your "mojo" when it goes wandering!  For me, it means time to play in another playground, learn more and get playing outside that box!  Have a great weekend!

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Aud Sentiments Challenge- Get Well
Creative Knockouts- Doily Fun
Milk Coffee Challenge- 2 or more die cuts 
 7 Kids Challenge Fund- Anything Goes/Sentiment
Inkspirational - Use Markers or Pencils
Deep Ocean Challenges- Summer Colors 
 Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafting from the Heart- Anything Goes 
Suzy Bee's Bloomin Challenge -Anything Goes

Have a Perfectly Planted Day!

Good Morning.. Stopping by to share a card I made using a CandiBean image.  She is colored with copi markers.

The DP is Maja Vintage Summer Basics,  
Glossy Accents on berries and pearls/flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Have a great day and thank you for your kind comments!

You and Me- Anniversary Shadowbox

     Spring has arrived and I have loved each and every day the past week!  Loving planting flowers and just being outdoors.  I am stopping by to share a 25th Wedding Anniversary Shadowbox that I was commissioned to make.  I am loving making these 8x8 shadow boxes.  As you know, the 25th anniversary is a "silver" one so I was asked to work with those gray, black and white colors.  For my image, I selected a truly versatile digital stamp called "You and Me" by Tiddly Inks. Because I had to get this gift to the recipient by this afternoon, I took these pics with my Iphone. I think you can still see all the details!.
  My image is colored with copic markers- C1 and C3 and Colorless Blender for her dress and W7, 5, 3 and 1 for his suit. The dress is embellished with lots of Decor Art Glamour Dust.  (Had a bit of a "gunking" issue with the E's used for the hair and skin but I cleaned off the nibs more frequently to prevent the blobs and shine that can come with using them a lot.)  I stamped some floral images from Stempeglede off the edges of the image with Pumice Stone distress ink and also distressed the edges of all the papers and images with it.
     I began with a white 8x8 Shadowbox that I purchased at Joanns.  Next, I had a hard time finding any design paper in paper pad format with the colors I needed, so once again, I turned to the fabulous Rasberry Road Designs and got an immediate digital paper pad download of their Happily Ever After Paper Set (while you may not see it in this picture, has delicate script and faded doilies throughout) and the Happy Anniversary Paper Set (Word Collage design paper).  I love the word art paper with all the phrases associated with love and marriage!  Each paper set has coordinating paper, label and embellishments to go with them so do check them out!
Digital Paper Tip:  If you are worried about what paper to use to print out these digi papers, let me share what I do and a tip someone in blogland shared. I will either use digital cardstock (sold at Craftworks) or HP Brochure paper. The cool tip I read was to use the WHITE BACK of a one-sided piece of design paper that you don't like or won't use. Cut it to the size your printer takes (usually 8.5 x 11 inches) and voila! You have a beautiful design paper and on the paper weight and feel you like with your printed papers. Also you can import these papers into Photoshop to change colors or contrast and size them to your needs.

    The beautiful white and taupe roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The white lace and gray rhinestone crochet trim are from Live and Love Crafts.  I computer generated the sentiment as per the recipient's request.  Cheesecloth and pearl embellishments are from my stash.  Here is a close up...

  Thanks so much for stopping by. Wishing you a great week!  Thanks also for your kind comments.  I will be entering this project in the following challenges: 

7 Kids College Fund plays with Sugar Pea Stamps

   What a beautifully sunny Saturday morning here in New York.  After this winter, there is such a huge appreciation for days like this! Hope everyone has some fun and relaxing plans for the weekend. Today, I am posting my last card for 7 Kids Challenge Fund. It has been wonderful working with Tab and the 7 Kids Design Team, and I am grateful to have been a part of such fun challenges!  I have shopped at 7 Kids Challenge Fund store for years...Tab has the latest and greatest products at great prices and super fast shipping! Stop by and check out the latest CHA products!

     Today, the Design Team at 7 Kids College Fund has teamed up with Sugar Pea stamps to promote the newest clear stamps called "The Bean Stalk" collection,  now available in the store.  Before I share my card, let me tell you that Tab is giving away a $25 Gift Certificate to the store to one lucky winner. Just head back to the store blog HERE and link up! While you are there, you will see the rest of this new stamp collection featured on all the design team cards- and all in one place! No need to hop around.
     For my card, I selected "One Big Hoppy Family". This is such an incredibly versatile stamp set- it features images and sentiments that work for Easter, Spring, Mother's Day, Father's Day and Family!
      My image is colored with copic markers.  Parts of the image are coated with Glossy Accents, Shabby White Frantage and Deco Art Glamour Dust. The design paper is from Maja's 6x6 paper pad- love, love, love Maja papers!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid crafts.The beautiful lace is from Live and Love Crafts. I just love working with these Spring colors!
 Thanks so much for stopping by. Please visit the other Design Team members' blogs to get a look at all the other stamp sets from  Sugar Pea stamps. Each design team member has a fabulous creation for you that features one of the stamp sets. Don't forget to head  back to the store blog (link above) for a chance to win the gift certificate... leave some love for the design team while you are there!  Have a great weekend!  As always, thank you for your sweet comments!

I will be entering the following challenges:
Cut it Up- Mother's Day
QKR Stampede- Mother's Day
Savvy Handmade Cards- Butterfly  
Die Cut Divas- Use a die cut and one embellishment
Crafting at the Weekend- Anything Goes
Red Rubber Inspirationals #118- Mom
 Stampin Royalty- Mom

Use those Scraps- A Creative Romance Challenge

Good Morning!  Seems like forever since I posted my dt card for A Creative Romance. Life pulls you in different directions at times and there is only so much of me that can go around, so thankfully I am back!

For our challenge, the Chic Crafters chose "Use those Scraps" as its theme. For the next two weeks, you can enter your creations interpreting the theme any way you choose.  Scraps can come in the form of scrap paper, embellies or whatever material you have "a little bit left" of and want to incorporate in your project.  You will have from now until May 8th to enter for a chance to win a voucher from Live and Love Crafts or be selected as one of our Top 3!
For my  project, I am posting the companion to the earlier Easter shadow box that I was commissioned to make. This time, the colors I chose are yellow and turquoise- a great Easter or Springtime combination. I had one leftover piece of Pion paper, scraps of cardstock, one piece of yellow mottled design paper from an old 12x12  paper pad, and a small piece of gorgeous Live and Love lace to use on my project.  I also used up some square doilies that I had left over from other projects- love these doilies.

The image is from Crafts and Me, called "Dusk" by Sara Burrier.  She is colored with copic markers and embellished with Frantage and glitter.

 The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts, and the sentiment is from Create with TLC.  Thanks so much for stopping by.  Why not hop over to A Creative Romance blog and take a look at the inspirational projects created by the Chic Crafters. We hope to see your entry over the next two weeks!  Have a great day!

Easter Blessing

       Happy Monday! Just wanted to post an Easter commission project I just finished for a friend of my Mom.  She asked if I could create an Easter image for her, but encase it in a frame. I had been playing with the idea of shadowboxes ever since I made the engagement gift for the granddaughter of another friend of my Mom, and so when asked, I knew I would use a shadowbox again. Part of the reason is that the flowers and other embellies would get crushed in a standard picture frame, so the depth of these boxes work out perfectly. The other reason is that they are such fun to work with and are a nice alternative to a card!
The shadowbox is 8x8. I made my standard 6 inch square design, and then mounted it on another coordinating piece of 8x8 design paper.  The image is a digital image by Sara Burrier called "Dusk" which is sold at Crafts and Me. While I have colored her several times before and for different reasons, I knew this angel with her bunnies would be perfect for Easter!
     Here is another view outside of the frame as it is difficult to get a clear photo through the frame glass...
       The floral design papers behind the image are from Whimsy's "Purple Cottage Charms". I mounted them on DCWV Pastel cardstock(light green) and Tim Holtz Coredinations cardstock (lilac). The large 8x8 piece is from LOTV's "Timeless Victorian" 8x8 paper pad.  Both of these paper pads are among my favorites!  All papers were distressed using Brushed Corduroy distress ink. Last but not least, the die cut is from Marianne Creatable, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts, gorgeous lace and lilac Shabby Seam Binding from Live and Love Crafts and sentiment from Create with TLC. 
     A close up...
      I added an angel charm which was silver, but I embossed it with white pigment ink and Stampendous Shabby White Frantage.
Have a great day and Happy Passover to those celebrating tonight.  If I do not get to post again before Easter, I wish everyone a blessed day next Sunday.  xxx

I will be entering this project in the following challenges:
Dream Valley- Easter
Sentimental Sundays- Embossing
Crafty Calendar- Things with Wings
Sugar Creek Hollow- Easter
 Cute Card Thursday- Easter

Walking with Flowers

 Happy Monday.. is there such a thing? Well with the lovely weather we have had the past two days, I say yes, as long as there is no snow, it is a happy Monday!
Today I colored a lovely little whose name escapes me- yikes!

 I colored my image with copic markers and colored pencils.   She is mounted on Bazzill cardstock (pink and black layers) and the design paper is Prima's Optimist. I am a lover of black and these papers do not disappoint. While the background is dark, the papers feature such vibrant and beautiful pink/red flowers.

  I embellished my image with Black Soot Distress Ink, Chalk and Shabby White Frantage. Last, I added pink velvet lace from The Ribbon Girl and two-tone pink and white roses from Wild Orchid Crafts

  Thanks so much for stopping by. 

7 Kids Challenge Fund- "Anything Goes" Challenge

    It's time for another great challenge at 7 Kids College Fund! It is always "Anything Goes" for all who participate but the design team likes to add a twist for themselves, so the design team played with"Die Cuts"!  Remember, to be eligible to win the $20 gift certificate or Top 3 badge, you must use a stamped image from the store.
     For my card, I decided to make a "Welcome Baby Girl" 6x6 inch card.   Is there anything more precious than welcoming a new little life to the world!   It gave me the chance to play with several "die cuts"- Spellbinder Square Nestabilities, Scallop Square Nestabilities and a new Memory Box die, Precious Mobile. 
        The design paper is an oldie but goodie, "Noah's Ark" 8x8 inch paper pad by Debbie Mumm. I don't think it is available any more. Thought I might have seen it at Michaels- such a perfect paper pad for baby; boy and girl!  Debbie Mumm is also one of my favorite quilt fabric & pattern designers.. there is some baby flannel underneath the card by the way!  LOVE this paper pad and hate to use it up!!
    (Excuse the difference in lighting in the two pics.. once again, still waiting on my photo lights which should be here tomorrow I am told?) To begin, I cut nine squares of white Gemstone Core'dinations Cardstock (hence the shine).  Then I cut nine scallop squares - three each of three different coordinating papers from the paper pad, and pop dotted them on another piece of coordinating cardstock. That unit was mounted onto pink cardstock distressed with Tattered Rose distress ink.
           The "Double Frame" die is from Marianne Designs. On it I mounted the Memory Box Precious Mobile that I glittered with Deco Art Glamour Dust. I added pearls wherever I could, Wild Orchid Crafts two tones roses and small pink roses, a bow and a pearl over a round rhinestone slider. The "welcome" sentiment is one of my favs from Stampin Up.  That's it! This card is available at my ETSY store.

            Please visit 7Kids College Fund to see what Tab has just stocked in the store- some new items sure to please you!  Also hop over to the Design Team blog for some inspiration.  We hope to see your "Anything Goes" creations there!
           Thank you for your kind comments. They always make my day!  I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
 Card Mania- Something New
 Challenges 4 Everybody- Anything Goes
 Emerald Fairies- Pretty in Pink
Card a Day Blog- Baby
 Dynamic Duos- Color Challenge #93
Papertake Weekly- Bingo (Die Cuts, Free, Glitter)

It's a Bingo Challenge at A Creative Romance

       Happy Friday!  Today begins another challenge at A Creative Romance. The Chic Crafters are following Jen's "Bingo" Game and we hope you will play along!   Before we get started, we want to welcome Sheri to our great team. Woo Hoo!

    For my card, I selected a Mo Manning image, "Little Mermaid Kailani".  I have been soooo done with winter that I wanted to play with an image that reminded me of the beach, the sun and the ocean!  (Just heard that we are getting another 10-12 inches of snow on Monday, and I can tell you I am not happy about it!)
       I colored this mermaid with copics and polychromos pencils.  The design paper is from LOTV, 8x8 paper pad, "Beach Bliss"I was taken with Mindy's mermaid on her card here, and thought to try doing something similar... think I need more practice!  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pearl trim and burlap are from my stash.  The die cuts are from Marianne Designs- Decorative Elegance Die.

     I coated the rocks and water with glossy accents and Diamond Dust glitter. The background is done with Chalks and TH Walnut Stain distress ink. The sentiment is from LOTV.  I stamped it, crumbled it up and then distressed with Walnut stain ink. I bought the metal floral embellishment online and added a pearl to  the center of the flower and in different sizes around my image.

       Remember to head on over to A Creative Romance and check out the divine inspiration from my teammates.  In addition to being selected as one of our Top 3, one lucky winner will win a voucher for one of my favorite stores, Live and Love Crafts!
 Well, that's all for today. I have sadly been bitten by the "flu" bug so the past two days have not been the greatest.  Again, forgive the pics if they are dark, my photo tent lights still have not arrived! Thanks for stopping by and for leaving your kind comments.

I will be entering this card in the following challenges:
Crafts4Eternity- Texture
Sister Act Card Challenge-  Anything Goes
Stampin for the Weekend- Sparkle and Shine
Inspired by Stamping- Flowers
Ruby's Rainbow- Texture
Shopping our Stash- Heavy Metal

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