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Sunday, August 14, 2011

Challenge #111 - Oh I do love to be beside the seaside and all things fishy.

Gini here -    Hello there Folks, are you ready to roll your trousers up, tie a knot in each corner of a man's hanky to wear on your head, get sand in your hair and sandwiches?
Then finally in the early evening, to sit on the beach with your red peeling nose eating fish and chips covered with lashings of salt, malt vinegar and red sauce (Ketchup) out of a newspaper wrapping with a useless wooden fork provided by the Fish and Chip shop and enjoy the setting sun in your eyes.
Well it's time to put all your seaside memories or fantasies into a piece of art.
It can be based on the beach, sandcastles, donkeys, beach huts etc.
It could be something set on the sea, maybe a watersport such as sailing or surfing or just a seagull floating on the sea contemplating his next fish and whether or not he could ever become a pirate.
Perhaps you would rather go under the waves and use fish, mammals and other marine seascapes. Sunken vessels and treasure or mythical mermaids or even Kraken's. I don't know what a Kraken looks like but maybe you could show me.

I decided to represent through the medium of art; The birth of the Stampotique  mermaids.
Now as we all know mermaids are born out of mermaids purses, which is presumably why groups of young women in the 1980's used to dance around their handbags down the disco in an attempt to lure mortal men to their sides.  They were of course mimicking the mysterious and beautiful mermaids singing to the sailors and luring them to their doom.

This is a 10 x 12 inch canvas, details of ingredients and more on my blog

Let's see what all the other wonderful Poobahs have come up with for this challenge.

 Jana here - I LOVE the ocean and all things associated with the ocean. I have always lived within a few miles of an ocean or sea. I am not sure I could ever live away from one. My youngest daughter and I carry our love of the sea around with us in the form of a turtle shaped birth mark. Mine is on my leg and hers is on her arm. I made a little piece of art for her bedroom to celebrate our common bond.

Rosemary here - I do love water and so I was almost overwhelmed with ideas and finally after lots of tries, settled on ATCs for this challenge.  Three of them; one was inspired by sailors on whalers and schooners who were gone from their sweethearts for so long and spent their idle hours making love trinkets - two are inspired by Hawaii, a place I long to see and enjoy!  ( apologize for the lousy photo of the third ATC!)

Okay, I had to add just one more thing.  I had to use my mermaid stamp, she's my albatross.  I had to have her and yet, I haven't found a project to suit her.  Until now.  So, here she is in all her paper-pieced and fussy cut glory (no sailors or Captain Cooks were injured in the making of this card  - honest)

Electra here -  Did I mention I live on the prairies?  Mountains to the west, fields of wheat to the east and nothing but cows and horses here.  No water as far as the eye can see.  So, we went TO the water.  Found a lovely lake about 4 hours from here (how's THAT for dedication to "The Order"? Hah! And we went swimming...

The deets of this LO are on my blog.

Kristen here -  My dad turns 80 in a few weeks.  I thought I would use one of his many fishing photos for the invite, and then use a play on words to make the invite fun.  I used up a bunch of camping stickers on the cards... everyone will get a different embellishment (but who will be comparing, right?)  Nothing Fishy going on... just some good old fashioned fishing!  ; P

Deena here - my attempt is more of a bragging nature...I will be sitting on one of these in a few short days cruising to excited that it is hard to think of much else, so I decided to make a card which will probably end up chopped up and put on a scrapbook page when we get back...the fishies were done on the Cricut with the Life's a Beach (just giggle everytime I hear the name of that cartridge..teehee) cartridge and then soaked down in green, olive, blue, gold, orange and pear mists....then dosed in a batch of goosebumps (but I don't think that stuff did anything??)

You have until the end of Saturday 27 August to join in with your fabulous creation celebrating the SEA. Add your blog post address to Mr Linky below.
If you would like to join in with a previous challenge we've set (life happens and lateness is absolutely fine, we don't mind a bit) just add your blog post address to Mr Linky below. Please make sure your blog post refers to the previous challenge you are entering so we don't get confused. 
We look forward to visiting you!


Netty said...

All wonderful examples. x

Deena said...

everyone's cards and projects are sooo awesome this week!

Judy Ford said...

great challenge, as always! got me humming that song, by the sea, by the sea, by the beautiful sea...

really like the new banner background too!