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Progressive Mermaids, New Sale, Free Gift Kit

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

New FREE GIFT with All Orders through Monday, June 12th!

Progressive Mermaid Gift Kit!
You know how progressive mermaids are. Buy more get more (free): all orders will receive a chipboard mirror or parasol (dealer’s choice). If you spend $20 you’ll get both items. If you spend $40 you’ll also get a baggie of the new Pink Mermaid Sequin Mix! (A few sequins from the mix are over on the far left of the photo at left… with the new, etched chipboard mirror). Both of the mermaid “props” are shown with the 2 mermaids in the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit and Articulated Mermaid Paper Doll.

1, 2 or all 3 items are FREE with All Orders through Monday, June 12th!

Next up: A new sale! EVERYTHING in the Paint, Pens & Colorants section is on sale for 35% off (and a few in there that are on clearance are 50% off)!

The sale ends MONDAY night, June 12th!

Over 100 to choose from! Like the Dimensional Snow – 2 Ounce Jar and Art Alchemy Antique Brilliance – Mystic Turquoise shown. (And the sale includes all TEN colors of Art Alchemy Waxes… many used by Laura Carson in today’s artwork!)

More mermaids! Seems to be the theme this month, even though the idea for Design Team Member Laura Carson’s Mermaid Dressing Table was hatched quite some time earlier.

Laura used the Gothic Mirror With Drawer as the base of her dressing table. And as you can see, it’s been gussied up into a glittery vanity for a mermaid (and Laura has shown step-by-step photos of how she added layers and colors in her blog post).

I wanted to do something unexpected so I thought it would be fun to come up with a dressing table that a mermaid might have. I imagined the table decorated with treasures from the sea. The mirror needed a base with legs and what has legs in the sea; an octopus (something I just learned). The back two tentacles are used as legs to walk on the ocean floor.

The iridescent patina is created by using Prima’s new Metallique & Opal Magic waxes.

For the table, I created mermaid versions of what you might find on a dressing table; crown, hand mirror, jewel box and a portrait of her partner.

Skipping down to how Laura layered elements and colors for the mirror frame (and see the wide photo below for 3 photos during the process):

I traced the outside and inside dimensions of the mirror on a piece of paper. The purpose for doing this is to make sure that I don’t add any embellishments that make it impossible to attach the mirror to the mirror supports.

Next, I started laying out some of the large pieces (coral chipboard and brass mermaid) around the mirror.

I painted the chipboard coral using various colors of Liquid Pearls paint and glued them to the mirror frame. I also attached the mermaid to the top of the frame.

NOTE: I filled the bottom part of the back of the mermaid’s tail with Glossy Accents until the glue was flush with the brass. This gave me a large surface with which to attach the mermaid to the frame.

See more of the tutorial (including making a clay octopus stand for the dressing table) in Laura’s blog post. And check out the new mermaid-y colored items on your way down to the bottom of this post (to enter a Giveaway with lots of the items in Laura’s supply list).


Hooray for the Mermaid Dressing Table Giveaway!

So many shiny options to choose from! I decided on this group for today’s Giveaway:
– Gothic Mirror With Drawer
– Coral Chipboard Set – 4 pieces
– Large Brass Mermaid
– Double-Sided Raw Brass Seahorse Charm
– Brass Patina Seahorse Charm
– Brass Patina Conch Shell Charms (at the bottom of the merman portrait at left)
– Pear-Shaped Pearl Stick Pins
– Liquid Pearls – Mermaid (used all over the place… and I’d bet on the hand mirror… see the bottom of the photos at left for an angle showing the color better)
– Art Alchemy Metallique Wax – Bronze Age (also part of the sale!)
– Mermen Collage Sheet
– Fancy Bronze Hand Mirror (as mentioned, colored green in the photos)
– 1mm Micro Beads – Clear AB

Just click on this Supply List link for photos and links to everything in Laura’s artwork, which will show you the subset in the Giveaway!

Bonus: I’m including one of the new Mermaid Mash-ups Collage Sheet!

And I’m also including all 3 items in the Progressive Mermaid Gift Kit!

To enter the Mermaid Dressing Table 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, FRIDAY, June 9, 2017)!

And tell me: What will you make with the goodies in the prize? If you make little vanity items, what project will you use them in?

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 Sunday morning to see who won and for the next Giveaway and Newsletter (and JUNE KIT)!

Hey, who won the Mermaid Paper Doll Kit Giveaway? That would be Kathy Sokol! Congratulations! Check your email for more info.

Posted by Leslie, June 8th, 2017

40 responses to “Progressive Mermaids, New Sale, Free Gift Kit”

  1. Kat Cashwell says:

    I love this vanity set! I would make Little Mermaid shadow box! so cute!

  2. I would put it in my dollhouse bedroom

  3. Most of my art stuff is in storage while we build a new house so I’m going small and portable for awhile. I would love to do some mermaid tins full of undersea treasures.

  4. Cherry Koontz says:

    Wow! And I thought they only swam around doing nothing… they are really busy getting glammed up! What an inspiration!

  5. Peg Crescenzo says:

    What a darling set, I’d like to put together a box with them to enjoy!

  6. Jen R says:

    Love to make a shadow box with these!

  7. Sharon Bolmey says:

    Another amazing project. You can never have too many mermaids!

  8. Traci says:

    I want the Gothic mirror with drawer as I love the project Nicola made when she used the Gothic mirror. I would make one like hers. >^..^<

  9. Barb macaskill says:

    Oh dear! This is delightful and beautiful! I love how she has transformed the brass mermaid! Gorgeous! I would love to make a vanity like this! I can see lots of bottles and jars of mermaid lotions and potions, hair care products and even a few extra shell tops that she was trying on and tossed over the top of the vanity in her rush to get ready for her merman to take her on a date! Fingers crossed 🤞! TFS!

  10. Jean Marshall says:

    Our master bath is decorated in mermaid prints, so I might create a mixed media piece to frame and add to the decor.

  11. Laural says:

    Lots of work and detail in this one…I love it! Mermaids..bring it on!!

  12. Michelle says:

    Love mermaids. I have a little treasure chest that could use some additions.

  13. Sharon says:

    While I have a phobia about octopi, I can admire how Laura created hers… I would scream if I win this terrific giveaway, and would have emulate her project–just too beautiful!

  14. Jo says:

    These are beautiful- love the mermaid theme!!

  15. Lou Anne says:

    I love mermaids! I’d make the mermaid dressing table.

  16. JeanFB says:

    I love all things sea and beach related! I would craft little mermaid items to put into large scallop shells that I get at a discount here in North Carolina. I’ve done sea scenes in these before, and I would love to craft little treasures to make it look like the mermaid has left her beauty shell for the open seas!

  17. Leah Fein says:

    I make little fairy houses and I think this kit would be great for making a mermaid fairy house

  18. Denise Bryant says:

    I love all the shimmer… the sequins are beautiful!
    I’d use some of the items on cards with a mermaid and sea theme!

  19. Randi says:

    I’d make a little shadow box dressing area for my mermaid kit paper doll. I’d use less stuff on the mirror because I love the shape of it. But there will be shells and pearls, oh yes.

  20. Kimberly says:

    Id decorate a handheld mirror with all the mermaid goodies!

  21. Kathlene Ford-Walters says:

    More Mermaids! What fun. Sand, shells and the ocean. Bliss.

  22. Jean Marmo says:

    Such lovely inspiration! I would create a keepsake for my husband’s aunt who lives on the New Jersey shore and loves all things mermaid!

  23. Kim R says:

    I would like to make a steampunk mermaids dresser.

  24. Jennie Ingram says:

    I’d use the mirror to make a Beauty & the Beast project. 🙂

  25. Katherine Williams says:

    I have mermaid stuff in my bathroom at my office. I would make my own mermaid dressing table in a shadowbox wall hanging and hang it beside my mirror in the bath. So cute!!

  26. Karen Mallory says:

    I would make a mermaid vanity table and add all the things a mermaid would desire to adorn herself. I love Laura’s project!

  27. Mary Mac says:

    I would love to make the Mermaid frame. So pretty.

  28. Nancy O says:

    I’d include shells that my mother collected and antique it all to make a vintage, mermaid’s mirror Finnabair style.

  29. Barbj says:

    Anything beach related is in my wheelhouse.
    All of the giveaways are great and this one is one of the best!!!

  30. Kim Lucak says:

    Great for summer, love the shells, mermaid, etc…very fun!

  31. Carolyn Bowlby says:

    All these goodies remind me of an altered book I made with a Mermaid theme. I might just have to go for another book. Every element is perfect.

  32. Carol Slowik says:

    I have a mermaid collection and I would use the items for an altered frame for the wall. LOVE!

  33. Nancy E says:

    I just love this vanity set!

  34. Karen says:

    Love mermaids – this would make a fun little mermaid themed box.

  35. Jeri Stewart says:

    I love mermaids.

  36. Karen S says:

    I would make a shadow box for the mermaids to live. Love the set.

  37. Susan M L says:

    So cute! I would make a mermaid vanity shadow box and hang it in our “ocean themed” bedroom. Your design team NEVER disappoints! Such a creative, talented group!

  38. Diana bittaker says:

    So very cool!! With my goodies I would make a mermaids “girls” nite out scene. Mermaids all gathered around a table with drinks and snacks talking about mermen!

  39. Lea Cook says:

    I’m so enchanted by this kit. I would love to make a mixed media journal cover!

  40. Margaret D says:

    I love the under the sea mermaid mirrors. It would be fun to create something like that great giveaway!