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Time for some mermaids?

Filed under Art Projects, Collage Sheets, Giveaways, Mermaid Paper Doll Kit, Sale, Shannon Cooper

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 Shannon’s project that are still available on the new site.

Before we look at new artwork, new collage sheets, new summery papers, a new sale and a new kit (!) a reminder about the current sales and FREE kit!

Continuing from Thursday and ENDS MONDAY night:
Bowl of Skulls FREE Gift Kit!
I was inspired by Lora Mahaffey’s artwork (with a little bowl of skulls under the table) and put together a skull-filled mini kit!
ALL ORDERS through Monday, June 5th (2017) will receive a FREE Gift Kit!

More info

Also continuing from Thursday: TWO sales!
ALL Halloween Beads & Halloween Charms are on sale for 40% off! The sale also ends Monday night (June 5, 2017).

80 to choose from! Like the Resin Skull Beads and Tiny Bronze Cauldron Charms (and all the skulls in the gift kit).

See all the Halloween Beads and Halloween Charms.

What’s that about a new sale?! Read on!

NEW Mermaid Paper Doll Kit

Paper dolls! Who doesn’t like playing with paper dolls… especially with some cool, watercolor-y papers and new trims. Perfect for summer and with a mermaids theme!

This kit includes 2 new 12″ x 12″ scrapbook papers (with aqua blue waves and bubbles… and a whale wearing a crown)!

And, of course, a paper doll: a chipboard mermaid paper doll set to make an articulated mermaid. Note: the 2 new collage sheets in the kit also fit a slightly larger paper doll set that’s available to buy separately: but the mermaids are close enough in size that most of the heads/tails on the collage sheets will fit either (note: this smaller set can be folded up to fit in an ATC pocket).

The collage sheets have a bunch of full-color heads that fit the mermaids (and some tails, too, in case you want to use the chipboard torso and arms with a different tail). I figured that using paper or paint to decorate the mermaid’s tail would be easy but that a face/head and maybe a shell hat/tiara might be something needed to make a quick doll.

Speaking of tiaras… the new Mermaid Tails & Tentacles Collage Sheet has an oddity: I made a head with a “rum bottles and tentacles” halo. Even if you don’t want to use the halo, there are lots of octopuses and tentacles (for a mermaid scene, or to make your own “tentacles as hair” kind of thing).

Plus this kit includes some trims:
New Gold Dresden Shell Border Strips (a mini set of 5 strips). Psst: if you don’t want a shiny gold border, these can be antiqued, too… but mermaids are like magpies, right? Yours may want some shiny shells.
New Gold Mini Star Brads (a set of 10… ample to put a paper doll together, or use them as decor; note the photo above at left showing one used as a decoration on a crown)
Seashell Sequin Mix. An ever-popular item. See Shannon Cooper’s artwork at right for some shells decorating a crown and scattered around the sea floor.

And in honor of this new kit: ALL Bathing Beauties, Beach, Mermaids Collage Sheets are on sale for 50% off! Now through Wednesday night, June 7, 2017. That’s a big section with over 50 sheets! And that sale includes the new collage sheets, too!

Artwork! For Want of Legs by Design Team Member Shannon Cooper (see the wide photo below, another down in the Giveaway section, and the photo at right). I love this little book… 2 books in 1, as there are 2 books stitched into the accordion-folded cover. More info, more photos and a tutorial in Shannon’s blog post and/or see her supply list.

More info and photos about the new kit are on the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit page. And coordinating new supplies are below.


Hooray for the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit Giveaway!

Let’s start with THE NEW KIT! That includes 2 new collage sheets, 2 sheets of scrapbook paper, and the chipboard paper doll, sequin seashells, dresden & star brads!

New Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll (the larger paper doll set with more options)!

Next: some (more) items from Shannon’s supply list:
– Risque Beauties Collage Sheet
– Roman Goddesses Collage Sheet
– Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
– The Sea Fiber Set
– Stitched Leaf Ribbon Green
New Etched Mini Book Covers – Ship (don’t you love how Shannon painted it for her book’s cover?)

AND finally: Black Iris Beaded Fringe — on clearance (as are a lot of new goodies… check out the newest sale items or all the clearance items).

To enter the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit 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 5, 2017)!

AND tell me: How will you decorate your paper doll? And where will you put her?

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 Poison Room Giveaway from Thursday’s newsletter? That would be Megan Warren! Congrats! Check your email for info.

Posted by Leslie, June 4th, 2017

47 responses to “Time for some mermaids?”

  1. Colleen E says:

    Wow, I love this! I would use the shell sequins as a bra and stencil the tail on. My mermaid would be pearlescent teal!

  2. Love the articulated mermaid. i would paint her a teal color and use the sequin shells for her tale. thanks

  3. Jean Marmo says:

    This is such fun! I would make a collage for my husband’s aunt who lives near the Jersey shore.

  4. Phoebe Diamond says:

    I love making paper dolls, articulated and immobile it doesn’t matter. I just went to the Summer of Love exhibit at the De Young so I think I might make a doll inspired by that.

  5. Oh what a great give away – LUV Mermaids.
    I have a spool that I want to alter – would she not look great sitting upon that !!

  6. Denise Bryant says:

    Sweet! Love mermaids! She would be colored in blues and greens, and I’d place her in a cupboard in my bathroom that’s done in those colors. It has some seashells in it also, so she’d tie in nicely!

  7. I love mermaids I would put lace and sea shells Thank you

  8. Barb macaskill says:

    I love mermaids! I think I would exchange her front arms for a whale’s front flippers and call her a merwhale! Lots of shimmer and shine on the tail and flippers because all merwhales are beautiful! TFS!

  9. Emily N. says:

    Love me some mermaids! I’d make a shrine with a scroll attached.. all MERMAIDS under the water beneath the shrine.

  10. Jackie P Neal says:

    I just ADORE paper dolls and just Adore Mermaids- so perfect is this giveaway!!
    I have an area in my art barn that is all about the beachy stuff! I even have a beach postcard from Laura Carson there that I received back in the yahoo swap days!
    I would decorate my mermie in pinks or as Marie- how fun!!

  11. Marilyn D says:

    Fantastic images! Love, love, love mermaids. I’d make a triptych to sit on my desk.

  12. Diana says:

    Just love paper dolls. Would love to make this mermaid traveling the sea and all her fun adventures. It will make a perfect birthday gift 🎁.
    for my sister.

  13. Cynthia Penney says:

    I will do mine in kitsch theme and she will reside in my 1940’s blue bathroom with the rest of my vintage mermaids

  14. Jo says:

    This looks like so much fun! I would love to make a mermaid paper doll!

  15. Wilhelmina Margalis says:

    I will decorate her with shells and an interesting texture for her tail…sequins overlapping maybe in an opalesant color. Beads in her hair and as jewelry. She will go on my mantel in a summer scene. Fingers crossed!

  16. Beth JOnes says:

    I ordered some tiny stars from yall about two weeks ago and I would add those to her crown. I love the colors teal, lime. and lilac all together. I love articulated items!! Thanks for this opportunity

  17. Janet T says:

    Wow, mermaids. What a perfect giveaway for the beginnng of summer. I would use lots of pearls and tiny shells that I cllected on a camping trip a few years ago. Also, she would need lots of glitter on her tail. Thank you for all the great ideas.

  18. Catharine says:

    Perfect! I live by the sea! I’ll put her on my car dash board so she can look over her realm when I park to look over my realm.

  19. Laural says:

    Mermaids are glorious and so are mermen…I have several in my family..I would have to make and give these to my loved ones

  20. Randi says:

    That book cover is so fabulous. I would make that sweet mermaid and make her fit in the book somehow Love everything in this give away.

  21. Kimberly says:

    She’s is so cool! I will decorate in polymer scales and glitz. As she needs to be near water I think over the aquarium is where she’ll reside

  22. Karen Mallory says:

    What a cute mermaid size! I would decorate mine with lots of color and use her on a summer tag to hang in my craft room!

  23. Emilie Boyd says:

    Love this mermaid kit will be ordering it to use with other sea themed items from your shop.

  24. Linda Benjamin says:

    This kit is wonderful who doesn’t love mermaids. It would make a wonderful summer project.

  25. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    I love mermaids and will definitely do an articulated mermaid. The mermen are pretty cool also.

  26. Kim R says:

    I love mermaids! Am working on a steampunk mermaid at the moment so this set would be marvelous!

  27. Kathy Sokol says:

    My friend (and muse) loves mermaids. We are part of a collaborative art journal swap group, and I’d love to surprise her with a mermaid page! Thanks!

  28. Sharon says:

    Inspired by the steampunk seahorses shown on the page, it would be fun to try a mermaid in coppers & patina green, adding some gears to embellish.

  29. Jen R says:

    I might have to use some paper clay to flesh her out a bit and give her some dimension… Then I will have to find somewhere for her to live. I hope I win.. Wait does that sound shellfish?? LOL

  30. Maria B says:

    She would have jelly fish and octopuses for companions, and she’d be part of a special artwork.

  31. Barbj says:

    Mermaids are neat. That would make a great by the sea addition to a seaside home.

  32. Mary Mac says:

    I would definitely do the mermaid.

  33. Nancy E says:

    Just love the mermaids. I made a minature one using an old pocket watch and paper and shells and netting. Would love to try my hand at the seahorses. Perhaps embellish with pearls?

  34. Kee Ostler says:

    I love mermaids, however I have never made one, this would be a fun challenge!

  35. I would stamp a texture on her body. The finished doll would be given to my friend to place in her guest room.

  36. Sally Peters says:

    I just love mermaids. I have a small paper mache treasure box that i would fill with jewels and mini beads and have her sitting or lying by it.

  37. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love paper dolls and the mermaid! would so make a mermaid with iridescent colors!

  38. I would love to make her and put her on my Christmas tree.

  39. Carol Slowik says:

    Two of my favorite things!! Mermaids and paper dolls! I have a mermaid collection and the one I could make from this kit would fit in nicely!

  40. Jennie Ingram says:

    With so very very much glitter!

  41. KIM says:

    What a great giveaway .
    The mermaid paper doll would be fun to make and put in a sea themed shadow box.

  42. Margaret D says:

    Definitely a mermaid. I love paper dolls!! The book cover is gorgeous!! I would make a book that would hold old family photos of days on the coast. This is a wonderful fun giveaway!

  43. K Toews says:

    I would make her a fish out of water!

  44. Luanne Shoup says:

    Make a mermaid picture for my daughter in law. she loves mermaids!

  45. Roxanne says:

    Love dolls & mermaids! I’ll decorate mine in silvery turqoise hues with a lil’ terra cotta blends…I have a sweet large mirror with crack near bottom, so I’ll use sticky sand/glue on bottom, glass will be water that I’ll color with alcohol ink & I’ll fill in areas with mermnaid, shells, starfish and Seahorses. 🙂
    Love all the goodies here! TFS!

  46. Ann Pierce says:

    I would use all of your wonderful bits and bobs, as well as hand- dyed lace scraps that i have and Lumiere accents! Then i would take her to my work and have her join the color and inspiration that makes working in a beige cubicle possible….

  47. Lou Anne says:

    I’d make good use of the shell sequins and add some pearlescent glitter to my mermaid.Then I’d put her in a sea themed shadow box.