Sunday, November 14, 2010

A little mermaid..........

Well, I'm back again, twice in two days.....Wow! Hope you're having a great weekend and enjoying what is probably the last of the good weather in these parts. It's Sunday and that means of course, time for a new challenge over at the OSAAT Challenge Blog, and therefore, a new DT creation from yours truly. The challenge this week is pretty much an 'Anything Goes' type of thing, but using your favourite colours. I don't think I have a particular favourite, as it tends to be whichever colour scheme I'm creating with at the time........I think they call that 'fickle' or something like that!

Anyhow, enough rambling. I got to play with a really pretty little image from Hope Jacare this week, which you can find at the Stitchy Bear Stamps and I Did It Creations Store. I chose to use those yummy shades of turquoise/aqua blue, you know the ones, and they are one of my favourites at least! Here is one super sweet mermaid............ Madeline.............

I have to tell ya, I love her tail, it's so pretty.

When I saw this image, my idea was to use some sort of net behind her with seashells and starfish caught in there.....great in theory! Couldn't exactly find anything that I could substitute for fishnet (not being of the fisherman type of card maker and having some on hand!), and I wasn't prepared to break out the needle and thread at this stage. So you know what I thought I'd use.............a Hairnet, or I think they were more correctly termed as a 'Wave' net........remember? Armed with this idea (last minute I might add), I hit a posse of dollar stores, as I certainly wasn't prepared to fork out big bucks on a package of 'Wave' net's..........despite what you may think I do not sleep in one of these each night! I quickly realized one thing.............anyone that is likely to wear a 'Wave' net probably dyes their hair 10 shades darker, cause the colour I had in mind was maybe a nice sandy or dirty blond and no-one (and I mean no-one!) sells anything other than dark brown/black!

OK, rambling over with, I hope the 'Wave' net wearers amongst us haven't been offended and surfed to the next blog(lol).

Shall we talk about cards? Yes, lets. My solution to the fishnet (or lack of) problem was to use a length of white tulle ( which I've had for ages trying to decide how or what to use it on), gathered in to the bow, which is pretty subtle and I'm guessing you probably can't see it too well, but at least it gave that little bit of texture I was looking for. The image is coloured with Prisma pencils and Copic markers for the fleshy areas. There is loads of glitter of course on her tail and a fair bit of Glossy Accents on her and the seashell. The sentiment is printed from my PC, torn and then inked. The two starfish, really pretty, were a $ store find I've had for a while gathering dust, and the treasure chest charm, I bought recently, I believe Blue Moon Beads, and have been itching to put it on something. Lastly, the DP's are from Queen Martha, and the seashell is chipboard I had in my stash, covered with card stock and sanded. I almost forgot to mention that I did 'pop' parts of Madeline's headgear and the seashell she is holding, to create a little more dimension.

OK, sorry if I bored you all with that.....I obviously have nothing better to do right now! Please hop on over to the OSAAT blog and check out what the other lovely ladies of the DT created, and why not join in this weeks challenge.........there are goodies up for grabs as always.

I hope you'll visit my blog again sometime if I promise not to rant over 'Hair' net's, 'Wave' nets or anything else remotely 'un'craft related!

Madeline will be swimming into the following challenges:

Craft Your Passion Challenges - #31 Recipe (use 2 of something)

Totally Stampalicious - Monday Blues

Digital Tuesday Challenge - #84 Use your never used stash (plus a digi)

The Pixie Cottage - #44 Sketch and/or 2 colours only

Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge - #58 Paper Tearing

Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - #109 Sparkle and Shine

Order Of The Opus Gluei - #79 AnAttitude of Gratitude

Paper Sundaes - #44 Pick you Sundae Toppings (I chose blue and ribbon)

Enjoy what's left of the weekend.



She's lovely! A beautiful card with great added detail.

Shell Shearer Swinscoe

LOL @ hairnets.....
Gorgeous card hun & she looks fab without her hairnet!! I just love the colours you have used & the embellishments are just perfect
hugs shell xx


Wonderful card beautifuly made nice work again Jayne!


Joycelyn Turner

This is fantastic!!! I love every perfect little element!!! AWESOME!!!


This post made me smile, I love your thought process and this project came together beautifully. Your mermaid is adorable, she's got lots of color, sparkle, and she looks like a fun gal. The hair net debate had me laughing, as a blonde I feel discriminated that there aren't hairnets in my haircolor! (LOL) BTW, the tulle ribbon is subtle but it really works!

I'm with you, I love whatever colors I'm working with - although there are those tried and trues that I tend to gravitate to. Your blues here are wonderful.

Thank you for participating with us at Opus Gluei, hope you return for more challenges.


Stunning card Jane and fabulous image!!!


A gorgeous card with beautiful details! Beautiful work on the image =) Thanks for playing with us at the Pixie Cottage!

Hugs, Anne

Claire Phillips

Wavenet or not - it's an absolutely fabulous card. I love how you have coloured Madeline and given her life - really beautiful! Cheers Claire x


Oh this is absolutely gorgeous and full of sparkle and shine, thank you for sharing with us this week at the SCSC
Hugs Kate x


aaah adorable. thanks for sharing your creation with us at craftycatz, x carol


Oh you have made me giggle with your Hair Nets!
Now, onto your card which I have to say blew me away, I LOVE it! The coulurs and the layour are absolutely gorgeous and I love how you've torn and inked the sentiment. Just beautiful!
Anyway, musy go and get me curlers in before bed!
Thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week Linds xx

Denise @ kc242

Adorable card. Your image is sooooo cute! What a great job with the coloring and design! Thanks so much for joining us this week at the Pixie Cottage!
Pixie Cottage-DT


Oh I am still laughing about the nets-my mother Loved those things. Me not so much, had to wear when I was younger and a waitress.
Adorable card and a totally fun blog.
Thank you for joining us this week at
Craft Your Passion Challenges
Hope you join us each week.


oh wow this is amazing its just so beautiful with the most wonderful detail,bless you for playing at the pixie cottage this week,love hugs cheryl xxxx


HI dear
what an adorable card you made!
thanks for playing at The Pixie Cottage this week...

Chocolate Orange

Absolutely gorgeous !! It made me giggle as i recently bought some hairnets in blue, pink and lemon ! Its for a joke gift i have lined up for Christmas ;O) But they didnt have any 'normal' colours here.

Choccy xx



Thanks for joining us on SCSC :)

Hugs Jane x


This is gorgeous and I would have used Tulle for the netting too! She has been coloured beautifully hugs Rebekah xx


Ooooooh! She's beautiful. I love her tail. Your color choice is magnificent. And that you made her a Friendship card is wonderful. Who wouldn't love to get her. Thanks so much for playing with us at OPUS GLUEI.

Tracy V.

Beautiful Card and beautifully colored! That little mermaid is adorable! Thanks for joining us at Paper Sundaes.


Oh she is beautiful as is the card. Love the colours


Oh this is really cute!


Fabulous job on her tail and the sentiment is beautiful! Thank you for joining us at Paper Sundaes - we hope to see you again next week!


I do love Claire's images they are lovely!! Fab card!


Mel X

A fabulous creation.

Thanks for joining us this week at the Secret Crafter and good luck.

Mel X


Great card and wonderful image. I love the blue and aqua colours.

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