So you are probably wondering why we have some non-asian stamps for you this release? Well, every once in awhile, me and my sister talk shop and discuss what type of images we want to release next. Then she goes to town on those ideas and we see what she comes up with. She's been talking about doing up some mermaids for awhile now, so I told her to give it a shot and we'll decide if we want to release them or not. Once I laid my eyes on these cuties, I knew we had to release them to the world so everyone out there can enjoy them too.
Our first mermaid is Eliana... As some of you may already know, my sister lives in Italy with her Italian husband. He has a sister and two young nieces... For some reason, when I saw the mermaids, I totally thought of them! My sister helped me to pick out which mermaids matched each girl. We decided that this girl matched Eliana's personality the best, so that's how she got her name. Eliana is a sweet but shy little girl and this mermaid seems on the shy side, so I thought it was a perfect fit.
Speaking of mermaids... my daughter is....
Don't get me wrong... when we first put her in the water, she HATED IT!!!! Totally tensed up and would sink like a rock if we weren't holding her. She cried all through her IPAP (infant and parent) swim classes as a baby, etc. Since we live on an island, I pushed the issue and FORCED her to take private lessons since she was so scared to death of the water. After the private lessons.. she turned into a fish! If your child is scared to death of the water, I highly recommend one on one private lessons before group lessons. Now we can't pry her from the water!
I decided to make a layout using a photo from Akemi's birthday a few years ago. In Hilo, there aren't good beaches- lots and lots of rock... but there is a place where you can rent beach houses that have great access to the water. Calm enough for letting kids swim and the turtles even swim into the area along with other sea critters. Someone brought a raft and the kids took turns on top of it.
Before adding the photo, I laid down some cheesecloth for texture. I like that it looks like an net. Then I added some Prima flowers, acrylic flowers and beaded sprays to the side of the photo, along with Eliana. Also found some Recollections bling in my stash and added that too.
Here's a closer look at all the goodies...
Every once in awhile I have the need to do a layout the old fashioned way!
So you know the drill right? If you would like to win Eliana:
1. Leave a comment on THIS POST by 05/31/13 11:59 HST.
2. Tell me if you know if you love to swim or not... I like to swim but I'm more of pool person. Yeah.. boo on me for living in Hawaii yah?