Friday, July 4, 2008

mermaid dreams



The Gothic arch challenge this week is mermaids. I was so excited because I thought I still had a mermaid stamp, but drat...I just sold it. I cut out this arch before vacation and then stopped. This morning after a long day of driving home yesterday I set out to finish it. I looked up mermaid in the old dictionary I have set aside for crafting. The answer was in the definition- the body of a woman with the tail of a fish. I have lots of women stamps and a trout stamp. That's how this mermaid came to be. She is a combo of bathing woman and a trout. I think it's fitting since we just got home from an amazing white water rafting trip where I'd like to think I was a graceful bathing woman. In reality I was unceremoniously dumped out of the raft into a very shallow rocky stretch of river. My backside is still a bit sore from the rocks that I landed on. Grace is not my middle name, though I wish it were. The guys caught and released quite a few trout, so the tail fits right in. It was a great vacation and the arch was a fun way to stamp it.

Supplies used: psx trout stamp, inkadinkado woman stamp, rubber stampede map stamp, grungeboard swirl, forest green and black staz-on, halo blue gold lumiere paint, lime green and fruit punch stickles, golden interference oxide green paint, vintage dictionary definition, flower.

10 comments:

Kim H. said...

WOW WOW WOW! This is amazing! I love that you made her from two stamps! Glad that you had a great family vacation! Hope your back side is feeling better soon! HuGS!

herminesplace said...

Gorgeous arch.

KathrynAntyr said...

What a very clever way to construct your mermaiden. Thanks for sharing your techniques. Overall your arch is so fun to look at. You have a lot of interesting elements and layers that come together very well.

carylsrealm said...

Love the colors! Beautiful!

Andi (RrlScrapGal) said...

The arch is wonderful! I love that grunge board 'touch'...

I just had to laugh about you selling your stamp.. For several years I have had a cherry stoner just 'sitting in the box'.. I sold it this year at a garage sale... Low and behold we have been eating cherries like no other year this summer! So, bought a new one! ACK!

Tami Roth said...

Tami, I really love your Mermaid gothic arch!!! It is just adorable and I love the story behind it(except you getting hurt part!) and you will always remember your fun vacation when you look at this :)
Tami R.

Ethel Amutan said...

I'm sorry to hear that you are sore from your vacation. I'm glad that your family had a chance to go rafting, though. I love the combination of the woman and a trout. That's clever!

Willy said...

Wonderful arch!

Jen Cushman said...

Love this! I have a total mermaid thing myself. Must have been one once. Lol. So happy to have found your blog. Your work is stunning! Jen (www.getrealscrapbooking.com)

Lesa said...

Gorgeous arch. I hope your back is better. Sounds like an "ouch" landing on rocks.