Magical Mermaid

Recently I've been inspired to do more punch art.  It's probably because of all the cute cards my downline Jodi of The Stampin' Owl has been sharing with me.  As I was designing swap cards for my recent trip to Thailand, I decided to see if I could come up with a punch art mermaid card.  

I'm usually a "three strikes and your out" kind of stamper.  This means that if I try working on something but after the third try if it doesn't come out, I give up and move on to something else.  For this particular card, I tried a couple of different combinations of punches and it just wasn't coming together.  I was just about to give up but I tried one final time and I'm so glad I persisted because this is what I came up with.

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Mermaid Punch Art Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Isn't she sweet?  She reminds me of this little mermaid who comes to swim in our pool often.

Raymee the Mermaid

Raymee the Mermaid

Would you like to know what punches to use so you can make one of these cute punch art mermaids?

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

Mermaid Punch Art Pieces

The tail was made with our new Pretty Label punch.  I took scissors and cut off the sides as shown in the chart above.  I used glue dots to attach the fins which were leaves from the lemon builder punch and then I placed the constructed tail into the Garden Trellis Embossing folder and ran it through the Big Shot to add texture.  

Since I was making this for a swap I punched several of the pieces I needed so that it made assembling a bunch of mermaids quick, simple and fun.

Building Mermaids

Building Mermaids

I drew faces on each mermaid using a journaling pen.  I gave them rosey cheeks by dipping a pencil eraser in pink pirouette ink.  It was really fun making these, every time I'd finish one of their faces I would smile!

Punch Art Mermaids

Punch Art Mermaids

To add the sequins to the shells I used a piercing tool and some liquid glue.  I just love how the little sequins sparkle and shine.

In our new catalog we have a stamp set that is called Magical Mermaid so that is where I got the sentiment for this card.  

I had a blast creating these cute and colorful swaps!  I hope that they brightened the day of each person who received one.  I hope that they loved them as much as I loved creating them.

Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes,

Cindy

Papa Bear

Yesterday my "In-Law's" arrived in Honolulu.  It has been 2 years since their last visit and it is so nice to have them here.  Since we live so many miles apart we don't often get to celebrate Holidays and Birthdays together so we took advantage of it being just a few days past Father's Day and told Papa we'd celebrate with him on the day he arrived.  

We took him to dinner at one of our favorite restaurants to celebrate special occasions, Roy's, Kapolei.  

Belated Father's Day at Roy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Belated Father's Day at Roy's - www.stampedwithaloha.com

When I make cards for people I like to think about them and customize them as much as possible.  So in creating this card for Papa, I started to think about him.  

 First, he is a loving husband and Father of 3 boys, all whose names begin with the letter D.  He is a Pastor and mighty man of God who loves on people like a gentle giant always making them feel special.  He is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hunting and fishing and if he's not out doing that he's sitting in his favorite lounge chair reading magazines about those same activities.  He drives a REALLY Big truck that Grandma Baughman almost needs a step stool to get into!  He loves John Wayne movies and did I mention he actually enjoys going shopping?

Here is the card I created with him in mind.

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card - www.stampedwithaloha.com

This card represents the good ole days when Papa would go fishing with his three boys.  I also made the boat shiny by using silver foil paper and textured it using our simply score board.  Our new Seaside embossing folder was perfect for adding wave like texture for the fish to swim in.

I went a little "overboard" (a term I probably shouldn't have used while writing about fishing) with the framelits but there were so many cute ones to choose from in this bundle!  Besides, I was only making ONE of these cards so, why not?

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Bear Hugs Father's Day Card (inside) - www.stampedwithaloha.com

The inside of the card has an adorable sentiment that reads, "wishing you a day full of sunshine and a lake full of fish".  And of course I used a glue dot to attach this Cabela's gift card so Papa could SHOP to his hearts content.

Papa and Grandma Baughman - www.stampedwithaloha.com

Papa and Grandma Baughman - www.stampedwithaloha.com

All in all we had a wonderful first night together and belated Father's Day celebration.  It was such a great night and its only day one of their visit.   I know we will have a lot of fun adventures and make new memories while they are both here.

Happy Belated Father's Day to my wonderful Dad in law!  Thank you for being such a wonderful example of someone who loves and serves others with a great heart and sense of humor.  I'm glad you're here in Hawaii and glad that tomorrow we are going fish.... oops I meant going SHOPPING!!!!  Yay!!!

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