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A Mermaid Theatre and New Leafy Dies for a Sea Garden!

Filed under Art Projects, Giveaways, Letters from the Sea Kit, Newsletters, Rhonda Secrist Thomas, Sale

Design Team Member Rhonda Thomas was inspired by the February kit and has created a mermaid theatre of sorts: The Dance of the Mermaids!

Here’s an intro and some details from Rhonda’s blog post:

After seeing this month’s Letters from the Sea Kit, I was swept away with a strong current to the depths of my mind’s ocean. There I found beautiful crystal waters and playful mermaids with gorgeous hair.

It was easy to get lost in this project and I enjoyed every wave of creativity and how everything just flowed into place. I love it when that happens with my work!

I instantly thought of an aquarium of sorts after seeing this Fortune Teller Booth. It was easy to imagine each window having it’s own scene and seaweed and mermaids dancing from the top. I created my field of seaweed using paper cuts from 2 new dies:
– Large Leafy Flourish Metal Die
Eucalyptus Flourish Die & Stamp Set

Wooden skewers were all I needed to hold the “seaweed”, trimmed and painted with a little glue and layers of die cuts. After punching a few holes in the lid, the skewers slipped right in and I had an instant ocean garden.

See more photos on Rhonda’s blog post. Here’s her supply list, and read on for info on a SALE for some of those goodies!

Die-Cut Borders & Fences & Trims ON SALE!

FLASH SALE! This is a 25% off sale on ALL Die-Cut Chipboard Borders & Fences & Trims!

A couple of the flourishy trims from this section are in Rhonda’s artwork! 43 options… including the 4 highlights below.

The sale ends at midnight on Monday night, February 18th.

Click: FLASH SALE to see everything!

Dance of the Mermaids Giveaway!

Aw… I had to zoom in on the beautiful seahorse! I love the way Rhonda decorated him (in 2 colors to show off the laser-cut design, and with pearls).

OK… on to this Giveaway! Everything highlighted in the product photos down here is included! Plus the February kit (which is a big set of goodies this month, including the scrapbook papers Rhonda used to decorate the Fortune Teller Booth):

Letters from the Sea Kit
Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll
Mixed Size Ivory Flat-Back Pearls
3mm Rhinestone Chain (Green & Blue Mix)
Fortune Teller Booth
Mini Steampunk Seahorses – Set of 2
Waves & Seaweed Solid-Color Paper Set

To enter the Dance of the Mermaids 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 Night, February 18, 2019).

And what are you going to make?

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

Hey, who won the Stackable Room Box Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Kathryn McCartney! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, February 17th, 2019

62 responses to “A Mermaid Theatre and New Leafy Dies for a Sea Garden!”

  1. Debora L. says:

    I love the mermaids and seahorses. Clever and fun!

  2. Marykay chisum says:

    I think I must make a phantom tollbooth!

  3. Donna Kottcamp says:

    Wow. I just love everything about this giveaway. I have loved mermaids ever since my mother read me the Hans Christian Anderson tale as a small child. I think that I would bring this more toward his character with her undersea castle, sisters and of course, her prince. Just love it.

  4. ricki walker says:

    All of these kits are fantastic!

  5. Erin Gardner says:

    This is really a cute project.

  6. Barbara A says:

    Love the seahorses. Fortune teller booth would make a great castle turret!

  7. Ann Frischkorn says:

    The water behind the seahorse looks so real!

  8. Angiem says:

    Wow! Amazing work! Love the seahorse too

  9. Andrea Wahle says:

    I would love to make a mermaid kissing booth!

  10. Nadine says:

    Love the seahorse!

  11. Jean Marmo says:

    I adore the seahorse! I have had a fascination with those since I was child!

  12. Nancy AT says:

    The sea and its creatures have always been a fascination of mine. This interpretation is great!

  13. Jen J says:

    I love this project! So well done. Thank you

  14. Marilyn Ray says:

    Steampunk seahorses? Sign me up. I love steampunk (made my dog steampunk for Halloween) and mermaids awesome. This is a great craft idea

  15. Denise Bryant says:

    This looks like a fun project! Love the seahorses!

  16. Oh I just love this, who doesn’t love mermaids. This is so cute, I hope I win.

  17. Jen R says:

    Lovely mermaids. Great project.

  18. Kathlene says:

    Absolutely stunning. Mermaids and seahorses, my kind of fun.

  19. Arlene says:

    A Sea Kit is a fantastic inspiration!

  20. Kathy S. says:

    Sequins, rhinestones and pearls—the best.

  21. Jennie Ingram says:

    OMG I love the mermaid goodness!

  22. Jo says:

    Love the posable mermaids and the fortune teller booth! So cute!

  23. Alice says:

    This is such a cool idea!

  24. Sue Chesley says:

    I adore your aquarium! Such a creative idea for the fortune teller booth! Thank you for the chance to win this kit!

  25. Dona says:

    Looks like a fun new twist!

  26. Catharine McCammon says:

    Well…I’m loving the little mermaid bra. I think I’ll make a mermaid bra shoppe. LOVE this!

  27. Kim Lucak says:

    FUN!!! The seahorses are adorable!!! Such a great project 🙂

  28. Lorna E. says:

    I think I’d go with the steampunk nautical theme and make a ticket booth for the Nautilus from 20,000 Leagues under the sea.

  29. Laurie B says:

    So many cool things in this giveaway! Love all things nautical 🙂

  30. Karen Mallory says:

    How fun is this project!! I would make a Sea Gypsy box!

  31. Laura N says:

    Beautiful use of this kit!

  32. Kitty Tatman says:

    Eeeee! Rhonda this so cool. I bet it was fun to create! 😍

  33. Janet Turner says:

    I love this theme. I just ordered some of your mermaid collage sheet and I’m havng so much fun with them.Thank you for the great ideas.

  34. Elizabeth Burrows says:

    love this mermaid design — all kind of great ideas coming to mind with these elements – thanks for the giveaway

  35. kathleen codyrachel says:

    I love this – as I sit surrounded by a couple of feet of snow & expecting more – mermaids and summer sound delightful

  36. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love the seahorse diecut!!

  37. Celia says:

    Ditto – love the seahorse!

  38. Thalia Kottke says:

    A mermaid fortune-teller with seahorse familiars.

  39. BarbMac Vt says:

    This project is every little girl’s dream vision! I love the 3D scene on the top and the window views are stunning! TFS!

  40. Jaimi B says:

    I love this project! I would love to make something similar!

  41. Luanne Shoup says:

    This would go nicely in my beach themed bathroom!

  42. Jennifer Sobolewski says:

    Would love to make this for a friend who loves mermaids!

  43. Lea Cook says:

    The mermaid articulated doll is fantastic! I’ve used them before and they are fun to play with

  44. Roe says:

    I love how the chipboard is used for the mermaids hair. What a cute idea

  45. Sally Peters says:

    I love everything mermaid related. This stuff looks awesome!

  46. Kee Ostler says:

    What a fun project! I’ve never thought of making a mermaid aquarium before Oh, but the challenge would be intriguing

  47. Jean Godbold says:

    I adore the details and you can never go wrong doing a mermaid or beach themed project… Love, Love, Love!!!

  48. Rhonda S says:

    All mermaids All the time!

  49. Debbie Stine says:

    What a clever and cute idea. Good use of flat back pearls!

  50. With these materials, I would make a mermaid puppet show.

  51. Ellen Oliver Smith says:

    I’d love to get this. I am a mermaid collector in memory of a departed great niece and would love to put something like this together for her mom.

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  53. Nancy E says:

    Love both the seahorse and mermaid. So many different opportunities and products that can be used.

  54. Suzie Quebedeaux says:

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE everything about this project!!!!

  55. Laura callies says:

    I love all the universal products you carry to use in so many ways. This project is beautiful and magical. Looks like so much fun!

  56. Kimberly says:

    Very sweet use of pearls!

  57. Carrie Monnier says:

    Love it! There is so much detail I can’t stop looking!

  58. Carol Slowik says:

    I soooooo love Mermaids! I have a collection. This would be the most awesome addition to my guest room!!

  59. Anne says:

    Love the mermaids. I may have to make one myself.