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Faery Ink Inspiration Post Featuring Birthday Cupcake Appleblossom Mermaid

Good morning and welcome to my inspiration post for Faery Ink. As the month of May is also known as #mermay and Amanda is a huge fan of mermaids, it was only natural that this month's new releases at Faery Ink wer all mermaids!
I got to play with this gorgeous mermaid - Birthday Cupcake Appleblossom, sitting on her cake, ready to share in someone's birthday celebrations! 
I used my new Dutch Doobadoo Stepper Label stencil for this one and I think I did it right! It's so hard to "see" it sometimes and there's never a video about when I need one! I do wish they would create a construction video or step by step tutorial when they bring out a new stencil as sometimes I find it hard to visualise what I am supposed to be doing! 
Anyway.... here she is.
And here's a close up of her, so you can see that beautiful smile a bit better! 

Recipe:
Stamps: Birthday Cupcake Appleblossom Mermaid from Faery Ink
Papers: Coastal Cabana, Bermuda Bay, Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo &…
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The Paper Shelter Challenge #428 - In Nature/In Water

Good morning and welcome to my DT post for the new challenge from The Paper Shelter. This week our challenge is for you to create a project using an image in nature or in water - ideal for doing Mermay! 
I actually decided not to do a mermaid themed card as I wanted a break from doing all my mermay challenges (which I am colouring most days, but don't really get time to craft during the week, even when working from home as I am stuck in front of a computer screen all day!)
I went with the adorable, newly released The Queen Bee instead - isn't she just a sweetie?! 

Recipe:
Stamps: The Queen Bee from The Paper Shelter, Bee-Cause from C.C.Designs
Papers: Perfect Plum (Retired) & Basic Black both from Stampin' Up, Beelightful Patterned Papers from Nitwit Collections, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty
Inks: Gorgeous Grape from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Pearlescent Chalks from Pebbles Inc., Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen
Accessories: Gorgeous Grape Ribbon from Stamp…

#Mermay Challenge 13 - Sailor

Welcome back to another of my #mermay challenge posts! This has been a really hard challenge to do, not so much the actual colouring as I can sit for hours doing that, but the card making is hard going as I don't have a dedicated craft space so it takes me ages to haul everything out to craft and then to haul it all back to put away again! It becomes a bit of a chore to be honest, so I tend to wait until I have the time to make 4 or 5 cards in one sitting, hence why I am SO incredibly late with my posts! (If I do this again next year, I will definitely plan it better rather than last minute!)
Anyway today's challenge is... to include a sailor with my mermaid. 

I used this cute stamp from Polkadoodles for this card along with some nautical themed patterned papers, which I had forgotten I had until I was hunting for some to go with this card! It looked a bit empty and I couldn't find any nautical themed charms or dies, but did find this glittery blue twine, so added a rope str…

#Mermay Challenge 12 - Gothic

Hello and welcome to day 12 of my #mermay challenges. The challenge today is to go gothic! Although I don't dress like a goth anymore (I did when I was a lot younger), I do still wear a lot of black and still listen to rock and heavy metal! The rock chick will always be inside! 

For this challenge, I just had to use my Oddball Mermaid from Stamping Bella who is the ultimate gothic mermaid! I used a sentiment from the Under The Sea Sentiment Set as well, which goes brilliantly with this stamp! I went for lots of purple and black for this card, but with a touch of sparkle as well! 

Recipe:
Stamps: Oddball Mermaid & Under The Sea Sentiment Set both from Stamping Bella
Papers: Royal Velvet from Papertrey Ink, Basic Black from Stampin' Up, Beyond The Shore Patterned Papers from First Edition, Blending Card from That Craft Place
Inks: Elegant Eggplant (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: Black Glitter Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Gems from Poundland
Copics Used: Sk…

#Mermay Challenge 11 - Seahorses

Good morning and welcome to today's #Mermay challenge post. Today's challenge is to include seahorses in my mermaid project. I love seahorses, so this was an easy one for me! 

I used this gorgeous digi stamp from SheepSki Designs, called Hello, which is a perfect name for this stamp! I am loving aqua and yellow together at the minute, but don't have very much patterned papers in those colours that are not floral, so I am finding it harder to put a card together. Here I went for my Under The Sea papers from the Range, which are more pastel in shade, but work I think! 
Not sure if you can it very well in the photo, but her tail has been painted with Crystal Clear Sparkle Pen and streaks in the fins with my Clear Gelly Roll Pen as well, for a bit more glitter as well as the glittery "bubbles" in the sea. Can't have a mermaid card without a bit of sparkle here and there! 

Recipe:
Stamps: Hello from SheepSki Designs, Mermaid Dreams from Whimsy Stamps
Papers: Crushed Cu…

#Mermay Challenge 10 - Food

Good morning and welcome to my 10th #Mermay post. I know I am so very behind with all these, but I am slowly catching up now! 

Challenge 10 is to use food, so I chose to colour this adorable mermaid eating a piece of watermelon from Aurora Wings for this card. I attempted to colour her tail in the same style as a watermelon and it kind of works, but not something I have ever done before! And rather than having pretty pink pearls, like I would usually do, I went for black pearls to imitate the seeds in the watermelon as well. I do love the colours on this one even though they were way out of my comfort zone! 

Recipe:
Stamps: Summer Sprite Watermelon from Aurora Wings, Drink Up The Sunshine from My Favorite Things
Papers: Poppy Parade, Garden Green & Everyday Enchantment DSP (Retired) all from Stampin' Up, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty
Inks: Poppy Parade from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers
Accessories: basic Black Ribbon from Stampin' Up, Gems from Poundland, Sh…

#Mermay Challenge 9

Good afternoon everyone and welcome to challenge #9 of my #mermay challenges. Today's challenge is reading so I used this adorable image from Simply B Stamps of a cute mermaid reading a story to her fishy friends! 

I did keep the card pretty simple as I was running out of time in my crafting session and wanted to get as many cards made as I could. She's still cute though! 

Recipe:
Stamps: Reading Mermaid from Simply B Stamps
Papers: Perfect Plum (Retired) & Basic Gray both from Stampin' Up, Mermaid Tails Patterned Papers from Kaisercraft, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty
Inks: Copic Markers
Accessories: Crushed Grape & Sweet Lilac Crystal Drops both from Nuvo
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R30, R20 Hair - BV20, BV23, BV25, BV29 Eyebrows - BV25, BV29 Eyes - BV11, BV34, BV13 Lips - RV25, RV29 Pearls in Hair - RV10, RV11, RV13 Tail - RV13, RV14, RV17, RV19, BV01, BV02, BV04, BV08 Fish - YG01, YG05, YG07, YG09, YG17, Y19 Rock - W2, W4, W6 Coral - V04, V06…

Something Else on Saturday #58 Featuring Daydream by Tracey Hey

Good morning and happy Saturday! Welcome to this week's Something Else on Saturday post! I have found a new range of stamps by Tracey Hey, made here in the UK and had to buy a couple of sets to try out and I have to say I now need to go back and buy some more! They are just adorable and stamp really well too.

This set is called Daydream and as well as the cute woodland animals and foliage stamps, they come with a great selection of sentiments stamps as well. I decided to make a sunset background using my Distress Oxide Inks and love how that came out. I do need to practice with making other sky colours though as I tend to stick with these ones. I need to learning to make a space/galaxy sky!



Recipe:

Stamps: Daydream by Tracey Hey

Papers: Poppy Parade, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White & Soft Suede all from Stampin' Up, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty

Inks: Soft Suede from Stampin' Up, Memento Tuxedo Black, Copic Markers, Seedless Preserves, Picked Raspberry, Carv…

#Mermay Challenge 8 - Rainbow Tail

Hello everyone and welcome to today's #mermay challenge post, albeit a bit late! I had all these good intentions to be blogging daily and uploading all my cards, but I am running behind so much on the actual making, that I am now about a week behind my actual blogging! I will get them all done eventually and hopefully before the end of May as well! (I do have a week's holiday coming up soon, so guess what I'll be doing then?!)
Anyway...challenge 8 is to include a rainbow tail...

Now mine didn't quite come out as well as I had hoped and I was going to scrap the whole tail. Instead I persevered and just went with what came out, knowing that I could use it for practice! 

Recipe:
Stamps: March Mertot from Sweet November Stamps, Under The Sea Sentiment Set from Stamping Bella
Papers: Pool Party & Night of Navy both from Stampin' Up, Let's Be Mermaids Patterned Papers from Echo Park, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty
Inks: Night of Navy from Stampin'…

#Mermay Challenge 7 - Night Scene

Good evening! I am SO incredibly behind with making my cards and blogging them for my #mermay challenges, so I am trying to catch up a bit! I have been colouring my images (mostly) daily, but with working from home, I don't get to actually make anything during the week! So generally I have to leave everything til the weekend and by then I get too "mermaided" out and lose my inspiration! 

Anyway... here is Challenge 7 Night Scene featuring Night Swim from Saturated Canary. I love this image and went with a multicoloured tail, which looks so vibrant in real life!
Recipe:
Stamps: Night Swim from Saturated Canary, Cool Dude from Clearly Besotted
Papers: Smoky Slate & Night of Navy both from Stampin' Up, Let's Be Mermaids Patterned Papers from Echo Park, Make It Colour Blending Card from Make It Crafty
Inks: Lucky Limeade (Retired) from Stampin' Up, Copic Markers, Clear Star Gelly Roll Pen, White Gel Pen
Copics Used: Skin - E000, E00, E21, E11, E04, R30, R20 Hair - C5…