Sunday, November 13, 2011

It's Summer at The Squirrel and The Fox

"sniff, sniff" Can you smell it? Freshly cut grass and onions frying on a BBQ - that, coupled with temperatures that are starting to soar, must mean Summer is fast approaching!

So of course, for our new challenge at The Squirrel and The Fox our theme is


Our challenge is proudly sponsored by The Paper Shelter this fortnight. For my DT work I used their fabulous digi "Beautiful Mermaid" and here's what I came up with.

Copics used:
Hair: E31, E35
Skin: E000, E00, R20 (lips)
Tail: G000, G00, G02
DP: Kaisercraft - Best Creation Inc "Bella"
Digi Stamp: The Paper Shelter "Beautiful Mermaid"
Kindy Glitz for sparkles on tail and starfish hair piece
Flowers, ribbon and pearl brads from my stash

I wish that sparkles would show better in photographs for this is a very sparkly mermaid. I used Kindy Glitz glitter glue on her tail and her starfish hair piece and the DP has beautiful sparkly swirls.

I chose this image because one of my favourite summer memories is of me at the bottom of our swimming pool pretending to be a mermaid. I pictured myself with long blonde hair and a glittery green tail (I was heavily influenced by the movie "Splash" and saw myself as a little Darryl Hannah). I wanted to be a mermaid when I grew up, so I could live under the sea with the fishes.  Sebastion from The Little Mermaid had it right when he sang

"Under the sea
Darling it's better
Down where it's wetter
Take it from me
Up on the shore they work all day
Out in the sun they slave away
While we devotin'
Full time to floatin'
Under the sea"

So I took up scuba diving - is that close enough?

All day long I am reminded of being underwater, for my desktop pics at work and home are both photos I took diving, like this one.

*sigh* That Little Mermaid had a lot to answer for wanting to be on land. I guess the grass IS always greener.

The Paper Shelter is offering our lucky winner a fabulous prize - visit The Squirrel and The Fox blog for details.  I hope you'll join us, I look forward to seeing all your Summery creations. For inspiration, make sure you check out what our DT have created, they continually amaze me with their work.

Also added to the following challenges:

Copic Challenge Group - Colours of the sea
Alphabet Challenge - U is for Under the Sea
The Poodles Parlour - When I grow Up
The Ribbon Reel - Colour Combination
Craft Your Days Away - Embellishment bingo (pearls, flowers, ribbon)
The Lollipop Ladies - Sour worms (colours and sparkle)
Southern Girls Challenge - Song "under the Sea"

See you again soon!


Pauline said...

Very pretty card, such a sweet mermaid image! Thanks for joining us aty The Ribbon Reel this week!

Jacq said...

Hi Tracey,
Absolutely Gorgeous Card !!! Great minds think alike lol..Love this little mermaid image. Love the dps, the colour scheme is beautiful. Love the layout and the embellishments. Coloured perfectly as always. Thanks for joining us at Poodles Parlour and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
Hugs Jacqui xxx

Elaine said...

Wow, what a gorgeous card. Your mermaid is just so cute. Summer is slow starting here in West Australia, we're still having rain. Can't wait for those BBQs though. Thanks for joining in at Lollipop Ladies.

Lisa Minckler said...

You crack me up! Love the post and your card IS gorgeous. The history behind it in your story, makes it even more special! I don't know, personally, I think you're MUCH prettier than Darryl Hannah!
Your underwater scuba pictures are fabulous and what incredible memories you must have from that.
Well, I now get to go away from your post with a giggle, a gorgeous inspiration card and that silly song stuck in my head now...thanks! LOL
Lisa x

Hazel said...

Your card is wonderful and I too wanted to be the mermaid out of splash. Thanks for joining us at Color me copic,
H xx

happyglitzygirl said...

Great card and wonderful colouring. There was a very brief moment in my life where I wanted to be a mermaid, but then I saw the movie Jaws.....say no more. Great story. Thanks for playing with us at the Poodles Parlour, good luck, blessings Hilde

happyglitzygirl said...

OMG, I am so lucky, I get to comment on your card again for the Alphabet Challenge. Just perfect, what more is there to say. thanks for playing along with our U for under the sea challenge. Blessings Hilde

Patricia St Martin said...

Tracey, Beautiful card. Your image is adorable Great job on your layout, love your colors and the flowers are so pretty. Thanks for joining us at Color Me Creative. Really enjoy seeing your creation.
Hugs, Pat

Maire Gamber said...

Love the colors you selected for your card. It is very soft and delicate! Thank you for joining us at CMC!
Marie, CMC DT

Shelby Goolsby said...

What a pretty card!! I love the soft colors and pretty embellishments. Thank you so much for joining us at CMC Copic Challenge.

F.T said...

So delightful craft, however I am not part of this challenge but your creative work made up my mind.
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