Saturday, February 27, 2016

A Mermaid in my Pocket (Letter)

Hello Crafty Bloggers!

I'm sorry - it's been a while, and this blog has been sorely neglected. Through no fault of my beautiful Design Team Ladies who are always hard at work behind the scenes creating awesome projects for us. It's an Aunty Vera thing - life has been a bit messy and complicated here in my part of the world. But you know what they say - when life gives you lemons....... say "WOAH! Free lemons!!!!" 

So this is me getting back on the horse......... (with my sack full of lemons). It's a super hot day down here in Sydney, Australia (AGAIN!) so I thought it would be just perfect to showcase this beautiful seaside pocket letter from Amira. Feel free to make yourself a cocktail... and enjoy!

Dear All,

I'm back to show you one more project I made with Kaisercraft's Sail Away Collection.
A Pocket Letter using Julie Nutting's Sea Sallie Mermaid Stamp.

If you are not familiar with Pocket Letters they were created by Janette Lane in 2015. You can check her out here and learn all about them.
I have joined the PL phenomenon and have joined a few groups on Facebook and swapped with some amazing pocket letter pals!
It's been an absolute joy!

So the pride and joy of this PL is Sallie Mermaid herself. I coloured her in using Kaiser Fusion Markers and I decided to use sequinned ribbon as her scales and her bikini top. 

It is so fantastic- I love how it turned out!!!

Notice the shaker pocket in bottom left pocket # 7. I used my We R Memory Keepers Fuse Tool to create that :)

Here is a close up:

The sequins thread runs through her body like it is part of her fishy form. 
Just perfect!

For the top part of the PL, I made a banner using the 12x12 Rope Sheet and if I was swapping this with a pal, I would add her name to the banner to personalise it.

I then used pieces from the Collectables pack to fill in the gaps as needed (this is done by artistic impression and there is no right or wrong to this part).

My favourite embellishment has GOT to be this pirate/sail ship. I NEED to get the die for this!!

Here is a closer look at Sallie's tail where I used 2 different sequin ribbons.

Now for the back of the PL:

Some people do not bother with the back but I DO!!

The back is also where you add goodies to share with your pal.

I love this pocket on the back. I used the matching stamp set and inked the compass and then fussy cut it out to make it look aged.

In the pocket below, I used the anchor die-cut on the rope page. Love how it looks alongside the hessian "rags".

Now for the middle pocket!!
Once again, I used my Fuse Tool by We R Memory Keepers to create this pocket and I used Fran-tage hot yellow colour fragments by Stampendous to simulate sand around the anchor.

There are also shells and star fish that show up among the "sand" as you shake the PL from side to side. SO MUCH FUN to design!

I just HAD to incorporate a hessian tag here too! I love the texture!

Here it the front one more time :)

Thank you so much for joining me :)

Check out the Australia Pocket Letter FB Group here.

I hope you found inspiration here..

Oh thank you so much Amira! I feel like I've been sitting on a beach watching the ships and mermaids sail by! Gorgeous pocket letter!!
Aunty Vera xx


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