Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Mermaid Joy!

I know, I know - it's Day 4 in the TGF 12 Days of Sketches challenge, and I'm just posting Day 2. But it's all good, because this challenge is really getting my mojo going and we have until January 3 to play with all the sketches!

I *really* like Day 2's sketch by Mercy Kerin because to me, it just screams for lots and lots of layers! Counting all the mats & base, this 5-1/2" square card has ELEVEN of 'em!

I colored up this Anya *eons* ago when I met up with Catherine for an Archivers afternoon. (*sigh* I'm going through 'Archivers with Catherine' withdrawal.) She just received the new Copics, and I couldn't wait to try the ethereal, watery blue/green. It turned out to be a great compliment to the fun DP and shimmery Sea Glass cardstock I wanted to use.

The accent band was supposed to go all the way across the card, but the shimmery Gun Metal cardstock was also from my stash, and I didn't have a piece quite long enough. The pretty organza poinsettia is the last one from a pack I found at the dollar store, and I just added a rhinestone center. (wish I had bought more of those flowers...)

Of course, one rhinestone is never enough, especially since I made this card for a friend who likes lots o' sparkle. So I glammed up Anya's hair with some more rhinestones and irridescent glitter, which I also used for her sparkly scales. Finally, I used really small Nesties for the JOY sentiment, and I hope that my friend feels "joyful" when she opens this card!

I am on a personal mission to follow this "12 Days" challenge through to the end!! I have realized that the only way to keep my mojo motivated is to use it, so I hope to create a card for Day 3 tonight after the rest of the house is asleep, then catch up with Days 4 & 5 tomorrow. Hey, I gotta have goals, right?

I hope you'll follow along with me as I continue through the challenge, and I hope you're finding time from the hustle and bustle to sit and stamp for a while, too!

Thanks for visiting! Happy creating!

Image: The Greeting Farm “Mermaid Anya”
Ink: Memento
Cardstock: The Paper Company
Patterned Paper: DCWV Winter Mat Stack
Copics: C00,BG0000
Accessories: Flat-back rhinestones, ribbon, dimensionals


kadie said...

This is AWESOME!!! I'm so glad you played along and you know I love that lil mermaid :)
Fabulous job with the sparklies and that ribbon treatment and the nesties and the borders (tiny tiny little scalloped borders around the letters...genius)! And I LOVE that you've popped the image outside the oval, it's beautiful!
Hugs, my dear friend!

Amy's Stocking Stuffers said...

Gorgeous card! I love your color scheme and all the pretty details.

Catherine said...


Holy mojo, woman! This card is beyond beyond! It is FANTABULOUS! love, Love, LOVE the colors! Your coloring is TDF! I'm totally drooling over the sparkle in her hair! The papers are gorgeous, and I just love the ribbon and the organza poinsettia & brad!

Now I'm really, really jonesing for some Archivers time with you! And your DH is moving to the top of my "Naughty List"! J/K! We'll fig it out.

I can't stop looking at this card! WOW!

Justine said...

This is a precious card. Love all of the little attention to details. Great job

karen said...

Oh this is just gorgeous!! I love the bling.. love love love love the bling and the sparkles in her hair toO!

ABC Toys and Crafts said...

This is a wonderful card I love all the detail put into it, Awesome work.

Mary Giles (OhioMary) said...

OMGosh! Susan this is just drop dead gorgeous. I love the gorgeous sea foam colors and how you did the joy letters, and the sparkles on the Mermaid are just perfect! So glad you playing at the farm because this is some serious eye candy.

Happy New Year Susan! Thank you so much for your friendship and inspiration this past year. I look forward to trying to keep up with everybody in the New Year and seeing all your wonderufl creaitons.

Judy McMullen said...

Wow! This is gorgeous, Susan! Love the color, the splarkle and shimmers!!!