19 May 2012

Stampendous Saturday: Pink Mermaid

Ready for another challenge with the Stampendous team?  Throughout the month of May we are challenging ourselves (and you) to get a head start on gifts for Mother's Day, end-of-the-year teacher gifts, graduations, and Father's Day by creating gifts, gift sets (could be cards, altered items, etc), gift card holders...anything you can give to someone special!

Today I'm sharing something that completely made my day yesterday when I made it.  My family just got back from our annual trip to Corolla (on the Outer Banks), and one of the things my daughter and I love to do while we're there is go for "girls walks" just the two of us and collect shells.  The challenge when we get home is figuring out what to do with her massive collection.  I went to Dollar General and bought a $1 pink plastic bucket and filled it with some of the shells.  Now, how to jazz it up?

I'm never sure if a solution for the shells is permanent, so I wanted to create something that she could use differently in the future (she's always rearranging things - she's 6 1/2!!).  Enter the fabulous Mermaid Kiddo stamp from Stampendous.  I colored her up using Spectrum Noir markers, and attached her to a popsicle stick that I then stuck in amongst the shells.  I simply tied a bow around the box.  Success!!! The squeals of delight when she got home from school were fabulous - and she has already put the bow in a doll's hair and used the mermaid as a fan while she rocks in the rocking chair outside.  My work as a mother is complete, hahaha!  The shells (and mermaid) are now proudly living on her bedside table, after going on tour last night (they accompanied her everywhere she went - outside to play, the dinner table, they hung out in the bathroom while she showered.....)

Like I mentioned, I used my new Spectrum Noir markers to color the stamp.  I am seriously in love with the amazing variety of pinks they offer - on this project I used mostly brights, and aren't they fabulously vivd?!?!.  Here's a breakdown of what I used:

Tail: BP7, BP5, BP4, BP3
Various Shells: BT8, BT6; JG5, JG3; PL4, PL2; OR3, OR2
Crown: GB6, GB3
Skin: FS9, FS4, FS2 (cheeks: CR3)
Hair: PP5, PP3, PP2
Seahorse: CR6, CR4
Outline: BT2, BT1

To see the colors, check out this downloadable color chart.  There is also a blank one available, to fill in the markers as you acquire them!

Be sure to check out what my Stampendous teammates have created for the gifts challenge today!

And we want YOU to play along with us!  Simply make a gift, gift set (could be cards, could be an altered item), or a gift card holder of some sort and add the direct link for your project to our collection at the end of this post (or on the Stampendous blog) no later than Thursday, May 31 at 11:59 PM EST .  You do not have to use Stampendous products, but we sure love it when you do!  As an extra incentive for playing along, one lucky crafter (drawn at random) will receive this fabulous new Cling Jumbo Tropical Garden stamp set:

Due to shipping restrictions, the winner must have a US address.  We hope you have a chance to play along with us (you an enter as many times as you'd like!) this month...Happy Crafting!

Stamps: Mermaid Kiddo (Stampendous)
Card Stock: White (Neenah), Swimming Pool (Bazzill)
Ink: Tuxedo Black (Memento) 
Coloring Medium: Spectrum Noir
Accessories: Ribbon (May Arts) popsicle stick

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Tenia Nelson said...

So so cool dearie!!!!

Ellen said...

Awesome coloring! What a treasure for your daughter! tfs

Janelle said...

Beautiful coloring Taylor! Oh yeah, this is an awesome idea. She's going to have tons of fun with this easy access tote of memories.

Pam Hornschu said...

Love the story about AG. That pink mermaids is fabulous!

Jingle said...

Someday when I get big I'm gonna be able to color like YOU! :-) GORGEOUS!