Sunday, March 4, 2012

Coloring an African American Mermaid

Good Morning Sunday Stampers...of whom I suspect there are are legions.
I struggled to make this card for my youngest dd who turns 39 today. She is still my baby, but I sure am one senior mom. She loves all things mermaid, but finding an appropriate...not kiddish...mermaid ain't easy. An artist stamper mermaid lover collector friend came to my rescue and stamped out all her 15 or so images for me. I decided to work with this one. I had several issues with her. I used only copics for skin, but couldn't decide where her hair stopped and started. I didn't put enough green in her scales and, well, I ain't copic certified, nor do I plan on spending the $$$ to do so.

Speaking of $$$, I dropped no small amount at the annual Mesa Rubber Stampede Co. show. I hadn't been to one in three years due to my dh's escalating need for care. So I decided to treat myself and drove my new car the 50 miles...parking in a far corner of the lot so as to avoid unintentional least for a few months I hope. Besides, the exercise is good for me and yesterday was a beautiful one here. (Praying for the victims of that horrid tornado.)

So here are a few observations...

This particular show was attended by the well over 50 crowd (with an occasional grandchild in tow
Hmm. I don't think younger women can scrape the $$ together these days with our state's economy
ranking as one of the worst.

There were not as many booths as in past years.
Hmmm. Again, a reflection of the economoy state-wide.

There were no bargains to speak of.
In the past, I have seen individual booths reel people with phenominal sales. Rarely did I encounter
more than 20% off, and that only after you bought 2, 3 or 4 of a particular item. There weren't even
freebie cloth shopping bags other words, no hand-outs of any kind.

Neither Stampin' Up, or Close To My Heart, or A Muse, or Hero Arts, were there.
Hmm, this surprised me. The show consisted of "mom and pop" businesses making the show circuit.

There was nothing new and innovative being shown.
Hmm, with one exception...Imagience (sp?)has a machine that makes polymore stamps (priced at $157).
It wss demo'd well, but I noticed it didn't get much interest. I would have bought it as I love love
toys, but I still haven't really gotten into my Silhouette Cameo, so it was a no no.

Dies and embossing folders are in big time.
Well, this made me happy. Nestibilities are still rockin' the stage with so much stuff, it's impossible
to keep up. But there is real genuine competition in the form of Cherry Lyn, Marianne Designs and a few
other start-ups (to me anyway).

And, the latter is where I did the most damage to my pocketbook. I bought about $250 worth of varying dies. The one on this card is Cherry Lyn's Polynesian Sails oval. Kinda' goes with the mermaid if you think about the name.

So, that's it for me. Happy Sunday

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Sandra H said...

What a beautiful card the image is so adorable

DianeMoneyGoolsby said...

Erica: Your card is a beauty! you daughter will love it! Also I love the die you used on your card--and you know that as soon as I get through with this comment, I'll be going over to ALL the blogs you mentioned. Just got to look!

So glad you took the trip--and thanks for the 'over view' of the show [since I couldn't be there]