Recently Mia, our eldest Grand daughter, learnt to swim. She's only just over five and a half years old and the big 'test' was for her to swim a full 25 metre length of the pool. Despite being really scared of the 'deep end' she did it on her second try - and also summoned up her courage to jump into the deep end as well. Bless her, her Mum told me that the award she got features a sea horse and that sea horse was the driving force behind her determination to conquer her fear. So, yesterday I spent what seemed like almost the whole day making a card for her plus one for Livi (her little sister) - got to keep them equal! This is Mia's card:
- 6" x 6" square white card stock
- a downloaded digi image of a mermaid plus sea horse from here. Coloured with Pro Markers then some H2O's from the very lightly tinted iridescent set, which just gives a hint of pearl without changing the background colour too much. The tricky part was cutting the image out, then I added some tickles of Stickles in 'Cherry Ice' and 'Mint Ice'. The mermaid's 'tiara' was also Stickled with 'Mint Ice' and a teeny pearl popped in the centre
- the plain card I used to mat the patterned paper onto is SU's 'Pool Party' - appropriately enough :)
- backing paper is from Prima's 'Firefly' collection
- the 'seaweed or coral' in the bottom right hand corner is a part of an 'Arboscello Tree' die cut using 'Pool Party' again and tickled with 'Mint Ice' Stickles
- sentiment is LOTV, stamped in 'Pearlescent Purple', die cut and a couple of little pearls added
- pink organza bow, with a lovely silver dolphin charm (thank you Jules!) tied on with iridescent cord
- then I hovered, holding my 'Water Droplets' stamp - but bottled out for fear of spoiling hours of work (I'm a very slow crafter!). I hasten to add, it wasn't because the stamp wouldn't have enhanced the end result, I was just worried I did a last minute 'shake action' and smudged! Suddenly remembered a whole range of 'dewdrops' I had tucked away so added just a few pale turquoise ones with Glossy Accents
- thought it was finished until Grandad Len saw it and asked me to add Mia's name - silver peel offs to the rescue!
What with this and yesterday's Snippets card, there's a lorra swimming going on right now!
And, thank you so much for your lovely comments yesterday - but without you, your unselfishness, sense of fun and at times the downright ridiculous, we wouldn't have a Playground!