Hi there!

I was recently given to opportunity to play with Rita Barakat’s Mermaid Tail die cut ephemera. Sometimes it is hard for me to decide which I love most, mermaids or unicorns.  These mermaids, illustrated by Rita Barakat were so inspiring to me; I love the lines. The swirls

I inspired to create these three projects actually came while I was working on the Seas the Day background. I was intending to create an embroidery hoop background for my growing enamel pin collection.

I took some discount cotton fabric and basically painted it, as if it were a canvas, in an embroidery hoop. I guess anything can be a canvas! 😉 I just loved the background sooooo much, and I probably used too much acrylic paint to hold up to pinning and re-pinning my expanding pin collection. (Assuming I ever re-arrange my pin displays!)

The blue background was just so so perfect with this blue/purple mermaid. I just created a sentiment using cardstock from Cut Cardstock.com and Rita Barakat’s embossing powder. I topped it off with some gems, clear baubles, and blue sea glass.*

*I NEVER throw anything away. The blue sea glass came from a monthly card crafting kit. It wasn’t my style but I still kept everything just in case I found a project for the objects included! Voila’! Here it is!

I created the Stay Salty and Adios Beaches projects side by side. Yes, they look different, but the core steps were almost virtually the same. These are really great stash busting projects. I just gathered pretty much all the random sequins/gems/etc I had and glued them wherever they fit! I also very much enjoyed seeing different brands and products combined to create something so pretty.


I’ve been really into gilding flakes lately, though you can’t see it well in the pictures, the wooden edges of the embroidery hoops are covered in them. Warm copper is really a wonderful juxtaposition for Seas the Day. Bright silver for Stay Salty. Distressed gold for Adios Beaches.

Both Seas the Day and Adios Beaches feature Rita Barakat’s Embossing Powder by Emerald Creek. The text of Seas the Day is done in her purple from her Magical line and I used the gold in the metallic crown in Adios Beaches.

I used the FABULOUS cardstock by Cut Cardstock.com for the sentiments. I mixed a variety of their MirriSparkle, Curious Metallic, Discount, and Basis.

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