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

  1. Stunningly gorgeous card hon, sooo glad your mojo is back to create lovelies like this. Love the pearls in her hair and the little hair doodad you made to cover the naughty blob, nobody would ever have known it was to cover an accident. The new camera seems a great find too.
    I do have to say though I'm ever so slightly intrigued as to what was your first 'fantasy' idea lol.
    Have a great Friday! :) xx

  2. Wow, this is stunning I love how you have coloured the mermaid and the design is beautifully embellished.
    Enjoy the rest of your Friday.
    Hugs Sharon. x

  3. Gorgeous, love the gorgeous colouring and layout. A real wow creation. Thank you so much for sharing your lovely creation with us at Through the Craft Room Door.

    Cathy DT Member

  4. Amazing details and design, Ann Marie! So glad that you join the fun over Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge!

  5. WOWZERS!!!!! This is very Beautiful!!! I love all the detail you put on here!!! I am a HUGE mermaid fan! I have this stamp but have to use it. LOVE your creation!!!
    Thank you for joining us at A Random Fan!
    hugs, Heidi

  6. Beautiful care. Color is on queue and the camera what can I say, it works for you with clarity.

  7. Amazing card Ann Marie! Love the colors and all the beautiful details!
    Have a nice Sunday!
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  8. Such a wonderful creation with great attention to detail. Love the colours and embellishments. All the elements work so well together. It is perfect for our 12th ‘ANYTHING GOES’ challenge. Thanks for sharing your talent with us. Good luck.
    {Art by Miran Showcase DT Member}
    {Doing Life – my personal blog}

  9. Gorgeous image, card and coloring! We are partial to mermaids in my family too! Love your design, thank you for sharing with us at A Random Fan!! :)

  10. Stunning.. love everything about this, your colouring is to die for... and the way you have used the embellies is amazing... beautiful card. Thank you for joining us at ArtbyMiran this time. Jackie DT.. x

  11. Gosh, how gforgeous this one is!!! Love the colors and all of the wonderful details!! Thank you so much for joining in with us at the Art By Mi Ranm Challenge and we hope to see you again real soon...Hugs...Jacque

  12. This card is amazing! So much color and texture! Thanks so much for playing with the Southern Girls!

  13. Wow, this is stunning! Love everything about it. Thanks for joining us for the Southern Girls texture challenge. Hugsxx

  14. Absolutely stunning card Ann-Marie, fabulous texture & colours xx

  15. Ann Marie! Sorry to be so late commenting on this, but I just saw it on Pinterest! WOW...just WOW!! Your coloring is incredible, and this is a fantastic card using our Mermaid! Thanks so much for sharing with our products! Hope to see more from you. Please feel free to email us about cards you make at or tag us on Facebook if you post them there! Just gorgeous!

  16. Very nice post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say that I have really enjoyed surfing around your blog posts.
    After all I'll be subscribing to your rss feed and I hope you write again soon!


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