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A Dia de los Muertos Cat Mermaid Shrine?

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Miniatures, Newsletters, Sale, Teri Calia

Note: most of the links on this post no longer work, as we moved to a new Web site in 2018. However, you can see the supply list items from Teri’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before we look at a really WOW project (with some new zingy colors), here’s a reminder about the miniatures sale and FREE kit, both ending tomorrow!

Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night:
FREE Mini Clay Pot or Tiny Dog? Your choice or we’ll pick!

I just couldn’t decide between these 2 new miniatures… each of which could be used on/near the new chaise or another 1:12 scale chair. Maybe you’re not a dog fan? Then pick a clay pot (maybe leave the pot bare in a potting shed? Or (oh my!) check out Teri Calia’s artwork below, ’cause those PURPLE pots are these clay pots, colored with the new Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Royal Aubergine!

And orders over $50.00 can pick TWO (your choice… 2 dogs? 2 pots? 1 of each?)

Just leave your choice in the comments section when you check out. If you don’t leave a comment, we’ll pick one for you.

Also continuing from Thursday:
EVERYTHING in the 1:12 Scale Dollhouse Furniture section is on sale for 25% off!

The sale ends MONDAY night, June 26th!

Over 70 to choose from! Like the Fancy Chair 1:12 Scale shown.

And the sale also includes the new Chaise Lounge used by Shannon Cooper in Thursday’s artwork!)

Some are being discontinued, so get ’em while you can, and while on sale! View all

See what I mean about WOW!? Teri Calia has made a crazy, colorful Dia de los Muertos Cat Mermaid Shrine! And a new collage sheet with parts to make an articulated cat mermaid paper doll of your own!

And before I turn this description over to Teri, her shrine is sitting on the new Stairstep Shrine Base! A base (with built-in feet) designed to use with the Arched Shrine Shadowbox, but is just a cool platform by itself! As you can see, it has lots of room for adding a little scene in front of the shrine.

A dia de los muertos (day of the dead) cat mermaid shrine?? Well, why the heck not? I love cats, day of the dead shrines and mermaids are really apropos right now. So, I created a collage sheet with mermaid parts to fit the awesome Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll so you can make this…

Isn’t she cute?? I love her, she has so much attitude! Anyway, you could just make a mermaid (or two) with the new collage sheet and be done with the whole thing… or you could make a whole day of the dead shrine to house her in!

I made a shrine because I really do love day of the dead shrines and never need an excuse to make one.

The shrine is composed of an Arched Shrine Shadowbox, a Balcony Balustrade – 12 Inch, and a brand new Stairstep Shrine Base. Plus a whole bunch of brightly painted doodads…

I used the Tiny Scalloped Shingles or Scales Stencil – 5×5 Size to add some texture to the top of the shrine base…

Of course I used Nuvo Embellishment Mousse – Aquamarine to push through the stencil because this stuff is the most amazing thing on the planet! Not only is it awesome to paint with and dimensional enough to hold its shape through a stencil, it is iridescent and comes in some luscious colors too!!! It’s now available in nine colors at Alpha Stamps. (To see the colors I used click on my supply list for this project.)

Read more in Teri’s blog post! AND come back to enter today’s Giveaway, as it includes tons of items from Teri’s supply list! (Psst… check out those PURPLE clay pots below! And an offering of chocolate mice on the cat altar!)


Hooray for the Mermaid with Attitude Giveaway!

I picked out lots of the supplies used in Teri’s artwork to include in today’s Giveaway:
– Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll
– Arched Shrine Shadowbox
– Stairstep Shrine Base
– Dia de los Muertos Mermaid Collage Sheet
– Mini Steampunk Seahorse – Set of 2
– Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
– Resin Tall Single Shell Applique (did you recognize them painted? see the close-up at right)
– Assorted Clay Pots – Set of 6
– Tiny Paper Roses – Orange

See photos of everything from Teri’s project (including the subset in today’s Giveaway) in her supply list.

Bonus: Not in Teri’s artwork, but super cute (and just put on clearance!): I’m including a Tiny Window & Corners Silicone Mold! Lots of new things have been put on sale, so check the clearance section (or the sale section to see them sorted with the newest first)!

To enter the Mermaid with Attitude Giveaway drawing all you have to do is leave a comment BELOW on this blog post TODAY OR TOMORROW (the deadline is 11:59 pm PST, MONDAY, June 26, 2017)!

AND tell me: What zany mermaid will you make with your Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll and and your Arched Shrine Shadowbox?

Don’t forget to leave your (hello! correct) email address, too, so I can contact the winner; your email address does not need to be made public. Note: I’m offering free shipping, too, but only within the USA. International shipping will still apply.

Please be patient! Spammers try to post crap here a lot so comments are moderated. So if you don’t see your post in the comments section, be patient and check back in a few hours before re-posting it, please!

After midnight, I’ll randomly pick the winner (via So check your mailbox on Thursday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter!

Hey, who won the Witchy Little Chaise Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Carla! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 25th, 2017

36 responses to “A Dia de los Muertos Cat Mermaid Shrine?”

  1. I love all of this I would make a Steampunk Mermaid definitely!!

  2. Kim R says:

    OMG! This is the cutest merkitty ever!
    I would make a merkitty too.only a little more gothy!

  3. Kay H. says:

    Oh My this has got to be one of your coolest giveaways. That shrine is awesome.

  4. Abbie says:

    Love this shrine! I would make my shrine similar to Teri’s. I would have my little Merkitty lounging on top of the shrine, maybe enjoying some merkitty catnip bonbons.

  5. Catharine says:

    I live by the ocean. Finally, all my tiny pebbles and shells will have a home in a wee treasure box by the shore. Thank you

  6. Laura says:

    I would have to make a cat shrine of some sort and since I love mermaids a cat mermaid would be really fun. I always have a cat shrine in my Dia de los Muertos altar for all my furry pals who have moved on and this would be a fantastic addition!

  7. Denise Bryant says:

    Has to be a cat mermaid in my house… as I am sitting here sharing the chair with my Siamese cat, Coco! She is taking up more than her share of the seat, with me perched on the edge…

  8. Barb macaskill says:

    Love the tiny windows and corners mold and Teri’s cool cat mermaid! The way she used the Nuvo Mousse and stencil on the floor of the shrine is awesome!
    I think a Merparrot would be pretty cool or maybe a Merpig! I am leaning towards the Merparrot because both are known to have lots of beautiful colors so they would meld together beautifully!
    Congratulations Carla on winning the last giveaway! Enjoy your goodies! TFS!

  9. Nadine says:

    I would make mine into a steampunk scene!

  10. Lou Anne says:

    Being both a mermaid lover and cat lover I’d have to make the Cat Mermaid Shrine. Love it!

  11. Marie Weddle says:

    Ok, that is just insanely cute!! Teri comes up with some amazing art, and I think I would have to make this one just like she did…especially since she used one of my fave color combos. Looks like my next order just got bigger…lol! <3 <3

  12. Jennifer J says:

    Those seahorses are so darn cute. I’ve been reading a lot of steam punk novels and would live to make a steam punk mermaid

  13. Nancy E says:

    I love the seahorses. Would make a steam punk version of both the horses and mermaid, perhaps a merman?

  14. Jo says:

    Love the mermaid cat! The colors are awesome! I would make a steampunk shrine, too!

  15. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    We’re talking Mercat for sure. Love the throne.

  16. Carla says:

    I would have too make something other with a Halloween!

  17. Karen Mallory says:

    I love the idea of a mermaid kitty! I would make a pretty kitty with lots of glitz!

  18. K Toews says:

    A catfish house

  19. Kitty T says:

    I ADORE the Dia dos Muertos kitty! What a playful idea!

  20. Maria B says:

    Since I love all things scuba, my creation would likely have a scuba theme.

  21. Mary Mac says:

    Would love to stick with the Cat mermaid.

  22. Kat Cashwell says:

    Love the Mercat !! Would keep cat theme!!!!

  23. Sharon says:

    Using Teri’s idea would make an amazing gift for a good friend…but giving that beauty up and not keeping it for myself would be soooooo difficult!

  24. Jean Marmo says:

    So fun and creative!! I love the cat!

  25. Kimberly says:

    …a mermaid chair of course, but a live one!

  26. Cheryl Lee says:

    I’d have to go along with most of the above with a ‘Merkitty’ theme, and make something similar. Congrats to Carla! (By any chance Denise Bryant is your lovely Siamese kitty named after the Coco in “The Cat Who…” books, by Lilian Jackson Braun??!) Nice giveaway, thank you for the chance!

  27. Randi says:

    Steampunk mermaid shrine for sure.

  28. Jen R says:

    Oh my goodness, I love this totally! I would love to make something similar.

  29. Michelle says:

    I would love to make a mermaid witch.

  30. Carol Slowik says:

    I would make the shrine as is but use my mom, dad and brother’s faces for the mermaid and sea horses. Then I can use it for Dia de los Muertos.

  31. Barbj says:

    Love that cat! Great giveaway.

  32. I love this idea, love cats and mermaids.. Please keep up the great work.

  33. I have six cats so would love to make mercats of each one, lounging in the shrine.

  34. Jennie Ingram says:

    I might try a fairy mermaid. Like some sort of answer to “A fish may love a bird, but where would they live?”

  35. Megan Warren says:

    Cat mermaid, brilliant idea and why did I never think of this with my love of the mustached catfish? Great project.

  36. Bonnie Hayes says:

    WOW! I have never made a shine and these would be the perfect items to start with. Being from near the ocean and stuck in a landlocked state, I would make a mermaid and seahorse and beach shrine to honor the ocean I miss so much. I bet my landlocked kitties would love the shrine and the ocean if they ever get to see it. Thanks for all the wonderful project ideas.