Sunday, March 27, 2016

Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 - March & Happy Easter!!

Happy Easter to all my bloggy friends!! I hope you are all having a wonderful holiday weekend!! I was able to sneak into my craft room yesterday to create a tag to play along with the Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016. One of my resolutions was to play along every month and so far, I'm three for three :)


I pretty much followed Tim's instructions HERE. I don't have any of the new Distress Crayons yet, so I used Distress Inks in Mermaid Lagoon, Picked Raspberry, Twisted Citron, Squeezed Lemonade and Carved Pumpkin. For the cut-outs, I used


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1) Tim Holtz 12 Tags of 2016 - March


2) Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
3) Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday - Anything Goes


Thanks so much for stopping by!! I wish all of you and your families a blessed and happy Easter!! Big hugs :)

Thursday, March 24, 2016

DL.ART Thankful Thursday #177 - Anything Goes

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! It's time for another Thankful Thursday Challenge at DL.ART. The theme this week is everyone's favorite - Anything Goes. Have you seen Diana's new spring ribbon colors?? Oh my gosh, they're so gorgeous!! I had to use two of them for today's cards. You'll be seeing projects with the other two soon :)


I started with papers from Prima's Tales of You and Me stack. I then applied texture paste through a Jenni Bowlin North Star stencil.


The doily is a Cheery Lynn French Pastry die.The two circles are Memory Box Stitched Circles dies and they were each popped up with foam tape for dimensions. The images are from the Prima paper.


Beneath the flowers, I've used Marianne Leaves Dies inked with Wilted Violet and Carved Pumpkin Distress Inks. Sue Wilson Faux Quilled Leaves and Impression Obsession Open Scroll Vines were also used.


The butterflies fluttering about are My Creative Time's Mini Butterflies covered with glitter. The tags are Taylored Expression Banner Stacklet dies cut in vellum. This gorgeous crinkle ribbon is Peach and below is Lavender from the 2016 Spring Bundle. I used a Tim Holtz Splatter Brush to sprinkle some white acrylic paint across the cards.


I am entering these in the following challenges:

1) Anything But Cute - Crazy for Color


2) Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
3) Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4) Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Anything Goes
5) 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to DL.ART to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your Anything Goes project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, March 21, 2016

Merry Christmas Gift Set

Happy Monday and happy spring...or fall for all my southern hemisphere friends!! It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have a seasonal project to share with you  today :)


I know it's the second day of spring, but I'm actually getting a head start on my Christmas projects :) I made some Christmas cards and a gift box to hold them. I used beautiful Authentique Festive Christmas papers sent by one of my oldest and sweetest and dearest blog friends, Sherrie of Sherrie Scraps With Passion!! We both started our blogs about the same time and have been friends from the beginning :) The sparkly Merry Christmas tape along the bottom of the box is also from Sherrie. Thanks again for everything!!


For the cards, I used the new Whispers Angel of Peace dies. I popped them up with foam tape for dimension. The circles are the new Whispers Stitched Nesting Circles dies. They were also popped up with foam tape.


The sentiments are Sweet Wordlets Peace on Earth and Sweet Wordlets Believe dies. The buttons on the ribbons are a Wee Petites Button dies.


For the gift box,  I used a Whispers Madonna Ornament. The sentiment is a Sweet Wordlets Merry Christmas die. Another Wee Petites Button die was used on the ribbon.


Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Scrapy Land Challenge #38 - Think Green

To enter my Five Year Blogaversary Giveaway, click HERE!!

Happy Wednesday!! Do you have any fun plans for St. Patty's Day tomorrow?? In honor of the day, the challenge this week at Scrapy Land is Think Green. We want to see your Green/St. Patty's Day projects using a brand of die that Scrapy Land carries...there are over 40 to choose from!!


For my cards, I started with papers from The Paper Studio. I used a My Favorite Things Blueprints #13 die to cut the green layer and popped up with foam tape.


A Prima La Fleur Doily was cut in heavyweight black cardstock and popped up with foam tape. A LaLa Land Stitched Scallops die stretches across the center of the card. The banner sentiment is a Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets die. Both of the sentiments are from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is from DL.ART's Halloween Bundle.



Tucked among the Wild Orchid Flowers blooms are Tattered Lace Meadow Leaves, Cheery Lynn Dandelion, and Memory Box Fresh Foilage dies. The butterflies are Memory Box Isabella Butterfly and Memory Box Pippi Butterfly  and they are covered with Sparkle N Sprikle Crystal Ice.

Scrapy Land Products Used


I'm entering this in the following challenges:

1. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
2. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
3. Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Anything Goes
4. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Scrapy Land to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your Think Green project using a brand of die that Scrapy Land carries!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Sunday, March 13, 2016

A Mermaid's Crafts 5 Year Blogaversary!!


I can't believe it, but today is my 5 Year Blogaversary!! Wow!! My gosh, the years have flown by so quickly. I really don't know where they went. What a journey it's been!! I've been fortunate to design for some amazing companies and challenge blogs over the years, and guest design for several more. I've been blessed to meet some incredible people whom I'll be friends with for life. I've been inspired by all of you to try new styles and techniques to expand my crafty horizons. And I am so very thankful for each and every one of you :)

I don't have as much time for blogging as I used to, and my posts are fewer and far between. Lately, I've not had much time for Facebook either and I apologize. But I want to thank you all and show my appreciation for your encouragement, sweet comments, and continued support.

I've pulled together a few of my favorite things to share with one of you including items from my current design teams: gorgeous crinkle ribbon from DL.ART; a Spring has Sprung die from Die-Versions; and my favorite die, one I use on most every project...a Memory Box Chloe die from Scrapy Land. I'm sure I'll have more items to add as well :)

I'm not going to make you jump through a bunch of hoops to be eligible and I will ship anywhere in the world. All you have to do is:
  1. Be a follower of my blog
  2. Post the giveaway picture on your sidebar (if you have a blog). I'd appreciate it if you shared it on social media, but that's not a requirement.
  3. Enter your name in the linky below.
That's it!! The giveaway will run for a month and I'll use Random.org to choose a winner soon after.

Thank you for taking this journey with me and thanks again for your amazing support over the past five years!! Big hugs :)

Thursday, March 10, 2016

DL.ART Challenge #176 - Easter

Happy Thursday!! I hope you are having a wonderful week!! Spring is in the air here...the temps are warming up and the daffodils are blooming :) It's time for a new Thankful Thursday Challenge at DL.ART. The theme this week is Easter. If you use the code l01210, you'll receive 10% off your order at DL.ART.


These are about as CAS as it gets for me. When I was planning out my cards, I pulled out all the supplies, prepared to layer these babies up. You know how much I love flowers!! Well, I selected these beautiful Maja Designs Summer Crush papers and I love how the rays highlight the crosses. I thought it represented the meaning of Easter...Jesus rising from the dead. So I just couldn't cover them up :)


The crosses are Spellbinders Shapeabilities Crosses 2 dies. I layered two together, popping each layer up with foam tape. The gorgeous ribbon is Silvery Hue Sea from Mermaid's Tale Second Edition.


This beautiful ribbon is Pure Love from The Valentine Bundle. The tab is a Spellbinders Address Book die. The sentiment is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Djkardkreations NBUS #6 (3rd Entry) - New Papers and Cross dies


2. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4. Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Anything Goes
5. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
6. Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday - Anything Goes


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to DL.ART to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your Easter project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Monday, March 7, 2016

Mr. & Mrs.

Happy Monday!! I hope you had a wonderful weekend!! It's my turn to post on the Die-Versions blog and I have a couple of cards to share with you today featuring one of the beautiful dies from the newest release.


I love the Whispers Iron Gates. They're so elegant, I thought they would make a perfect decoration for a wedding card. I popped them up with foam tape for dimension and...


covered them with Crystal Ice glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I tried to get a close-up of the sparkle. The heart is a Wee Petites Heart Doodle die. It was also covered in glitter and popped up with foam tape. A Sweet Wordlet Mr. & Mrs. die was cut in gold paper, as was a Sweet Wordlet Happy and a Sweet Wordlet Anniversary die for the other card.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Djkardkreations NBUS #6 - New Iron Gates Die


2. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4. Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Anything Goes
5. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
6. Jo's Scrap Shack Funday Friday - Anything Goes


Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Scrapy Land Challenge #37 - Anything Goes

Happy Wednesday!! I hope you are having a wonderful first week of March!! It's time for a new challenge at Scrapy Land and the theme this week is Anything Goes PLUS a brand of die that Scrapy Land carries...there are over 40 to choose from!!


For my cards, I used papers I've been hoarding for months...Pion's Paris Flea Market.


I started with a layer of texture paste through a Prima Flourish Stencil. The center panel was cut with a Frantic Stamper Stitched Photo Card and popped up with foam tape. I used a Frantic Stamper Elementals #12 Oval die to cut the oval. The pretty lattice is a Paper Artist Fancy Lattice die.


The butterfly die along the side is a Die-Versions Whispers Daisy Flair die. Tucked among the flowers are Memory Box Chloe Stem and Fresh Foliage dies, Sue Wilson Grand Vinery, and Impression Obsession Berry Branches. The sentiment was cut with a Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklet 1 die. The Happy Birthday sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp.


The tiered butterfly is a Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio. The crinkle ribbon is from DL.ART. This sentiment is from My Craft Spot (no longer in business).

Scrapy Land Products Used

I'm entering this in the following challenges:

1. Djkardkreations NBUS #6 - New Papers, Frantic Stamper, Sue Wilson, Paper Artist and IO Dies.


2. Frilly and Funkie - Layer it On
3. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Florals
4. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes


Now it's your turn!! Head on over to Scrapy Land to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your Anything Goes project using a brand of die that Scrapy Land carries!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

New Graciellie Design Stamps - Blog Hop & Giveaway

This is my second post of the day. For the DL.ART March Linky, click HERE.


It's time for a new blog hop featuring Graciellie Design’s Digital Stamps. Gracie's stamps are so versatile and today I have the chance to share a card with you using one of her new sets called Dream.


For my card, I selected papers from Craft and You that featured musical notes to tie into the image and then I pretty much covered them all up :)


I used My Favorite Things Blueprints #14 for the layers of the card. The image was colored with Distress Markers in Victorian Velvet, Spun Sugar, Shabby Shutters and a Tim Holtz waterbrush.


I used a clear Wink of Stella marker to give the petals a subtle shine and added pearls to the centers. The butterflies are Memory Box Cascadia Butterfly Trio dies. The sentiment was cut with a Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 die and inked with Spun Sugar Distress Ink. Memory Box Chloe Stems were tucked among the flowers. The crinkle ribbon is from DL.ART.


I am entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Work it Wednesday - Floral
2. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. 2 Creative Chicks - Anything Goes
3. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
4. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes


This and other new digital stamp sets can be found at Graciellie Design’s shop HERE. If you want to check out last month's release and inspration blog hop, click HERE.

GIVEAWAY

For a chance to win a new digital stamp set of your choice from Gracie's shop, comment on all of the blogs listed below. I'm sure their cards will inspire you!!

Graciellie Design
Lisa F. < YOU ARE HERE
Samra L.
Karen
Vicki Robertson
Cornelia
Autumn
Lindsey

The giveaway will run for a week and Gracie will announce the winner on her blog, so don't forget to subscribe to her newsletter HERE.

Thanks so much for stopping by!! Have a great day :)

DL.ART March Linky - Anything Goes

This is my first post of 2 posts today. Click HERE for the Graciellie Designs Blog Hop.

Happy Tuesday and first day of March!! Gosh, this year is just flying by!! The start of a new month means the start of a new month-long anything goes linky at DL.ART. If you use the code l01210, you'll receive 10% off your purchase at DL.ART!!


This was a special order for a birthday girl named Sarah. The theme of her party is Beauty and the Beast so that meant I got to play with my severely-neglected Cricut Explore :) I used the print and cut feature and I cut it twice so I could pop them up for a bit of dimension. A Marianne Anja's Large Oval die used for the backdrop. You can't tell in the picture, but the white layer is covered with Crystal Ice Glitter from Sparkle N Sprinkle. I popped that layer up with foam tape for dimension, too. Sarah was cut with Alphabet Dies from My Craft Spot (no longer in business). They were covered with Crystal Ice Glitter, too.


The gorgeous crinkle ribbon is St. Tropez Gold from the Tropical Summer Bundle. The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. Memory Box Chloe Stems and Tender Leaves are tucked among the blooms. The sentiment is from Simon Says Stamp. It was heat embossed in gold on vellum cut with a Taylored Expressions Banner Stacklets 1 die.


I'm entering this in the following challenges:

1. Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
2. Pause, Dream Enjoy Linky - Anything Goes
3. Word Art Wednesday - Anything Goes
4. Little Scrap Pieces Show It Off Saturday - Anything Goes

Now it's your turn!! Head on over to DL.ART to see the amazing projects my design team sisters have created for today's challenge!! Then link up your Anything Goes project!! I can't wait to see what you create :)

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