I had such a fun day Monday. Stephanie (Amelia’s mom) called to let me know Amelia didn’t have to be at school because of testing. Actually, we found out she did have school starting at 11 a.m., but by then we had planned a fun day visiting with Mimi (my mom) and playing in the Fairy Garden. With the blessing of the head of school and Wesley (Amelia’s dad), we decided to go ahead with “Girls’ Day!”
Actually, Girls’ Day ended up being Girls’ and Xavier’s Day. One of Steph’s friends had an appointment, and asked if her son – who is still doing virtual school and is one of Amelia’s very best friends – could hang out with us. We had lunch with Mimi, who is a master at child friendly lunches that still appeal to adults. Everyone had seconds, and it was delicious. Then the kids and I worked on the fairy garden and took a walk in the woods. We had such fun. Maybe we had too much fun, because Amelia wanted to repeat it Tuesday. (The answer was, “No,” of course.) Her testing starts Wednesday, so no more skip days until summer.
Miss Amelia loves fantasy things – dragons, mermaids, fairies – and it was fun watching her pull Xavier into her magical world. He is now convinced that dragons and fairies and mermaids are real.
I may have shown you the post-it notes that Amelia added to my new Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog. We mark the sets we want with Post-It Notes, and right now, all of the post-it’s are hers. One of the sets she wanted was Pirates & Mermaids, and it’s so cute, I had to order it with my first order from the new catalog. Of course, while she would have wanted pirates at two years-old, now she likes the mermaid. So I made this card for her.
First, I used the new Plenty of Patterns Decorative Masks to create the background. Using Blending Brushes and the “scallop” mask, I blended Soft Seafoam on Basic White Cardstock. I love the way it mimics the mermaid tail.
Next, I inked the mermaid in Tuxedo Black Memento Ink. I used a Blender Pen to remove the ink from the flower center and the mermaid’s top before I stamped, then – using the Stamparatus – I stamped the image on Basic White Cardstock. Without removing the stamp or moving the card stock, I inked the flower center with a Melon Mambo Stampin’ Write Marker and her top using a Polished Pink Stampin’ Write Marker. I used the markers directly on the stamp, then stamped on the image. I repeated this 2-3 times until I was happy with the color.
I colored the rest of the image using Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Polished Pink, Petal Pink, Bermuda Bay, and Just Jade Stampin’ Blends. I die-cut the image using the Layering Circles Dies, then stamped a few stars in Bumblebee Classic Ink. I added a little Clear Wink of Stella to the mermaid’s hair before adding the die-cut to a slightly larger scalloped circle in Bermuda Pay.
The last thing was the sentiment. I chose the “Mermazing” one, because Amelia is starting to understand made-up words like that. (If only we had a “Fairymazing” sentiment. Or “Magicmazing,” Or “Dragonmazing,”) Still, this is a perfect card for my granddaughter who, I hope, will always believe in magic and fantasy!
Thanks for stopping by Stamping with Buffy. Have a magical day!