Saturday, September 15

FBD - Oldies But Goodies Blog Hop

Welcome to 
September's Fresh Brewed Designs 
Blog Hop!

This is our Biggest Blog Hop of the year!

We have invited several guests to join in on the fun.
If you are just arriving here, then you need to start at the beginning
at Freshly Brewed Challenges

If you are getting here from Sheryl's blog then
you are right on track!

Our Hop this month includes 
previously released FBD rubber stamps!

You will see a variety of stamps from 2010 - 2012 from many talented crafters.

The project I created for you,
features the FBD Rubber Stamp 
Cutie Pie Mermaid
Cutie Pie is the Perfect Name,
don't you think?

When I think of Mermaids, I think of Magic.
When I think of Magic, I think of sparkles.
So with that thought,
I stamped her onto Watercolor Paper, grabbed Whisper Strokes Watercolor Markers
and coordinating colors of Stickles.

After I colored Cutie Pie, I painted a light
layer of many colors of Stickles 
(Lavender, Glam pink, and Waterfall).
I also used Studio G Glitter Glue
(Light Green and Clear)
onto the image with several
small paint brushes.

I originally was going to make
a card with a happy sentiment.
Then it occurred to me,
I have been wanting to make some tags.
Instantly, a light bulb appeared
above my head with a sentiment to use
so the tag could also be a fun bookmark.
"dive into a book"
I am fortunate that all of my kids,
who are old enough to read thus far, 
love books.  
And, after picking Gabriella up 
from school on Friday,
she pulled out her book and the bookmark
she has been using, well, let's just say,
had probably marked its last page...LOL.

So this will be a gift to her.

I let her dry for a little while before
fussy cutting around her sparkly little self.
Then I started on the tag.

I simply took my finger dauber, dabbed it in
some aqua Studio G ink,
then made light circular motions
all around the tag.
I painted small 
portions of the tag with
Waterfall Stickles and
hand drew some bubbles
using a white gel pen.

I poked about my alpha
sticker stash until
I found some
circle ones that
matched the color scheme
I had created.

I grabbed my Twinery Twine
and picked out
Charcoal, Buttercream, Blossom,
Orchid, and Caribbean.
I cut a 12" piece of each color and folded it in half.
My first attempt was to leave a loop
in the front and feed the ends through.

But after making the first knot,
I opted to go the opposite way,
so the knot would rest in the front.
She is so super
sparkly, that even after
snapping 50 pictures at different angles
and in different light,
I couldn't get the perfect pic.

But here is the finished 
tag bookmark.

Stop by the 
Fresh Brewed Designs Shop 
to check out the 
being offered for this hop 
and be sure to comment on ALL of the
stops for your chance to win 
the blog hop prize package!

Thank you for stopping by!
Your NEXT stop is at Joanie's Blog.

here is the complete hop order in case you get lost:

Freshly Brewed Challenges:

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  1. Oh Gosh Oh Gee - this is as cute as can be! LOVE the inking and the step by step photos! Gorgeous little bookmark. So sweet and girly and fun!!!

    Thank you for being a guest at our hop for September. I am so thrilled to have you playing along

    Have a wonderful weekend,
    Heather D.

  2. I like all the detail you added showing us all how you colored and blinged this up. Well done and super fun!!! Happy Blog Hop Day!

  3. Love it...

  4. What a pretty and practical project. cheers Linda

  5. This is very cute! I love all the step by step pictures :)

  6. That cutie pie mermaid is adorable. I love glitter so it's perfect to me. Great job on the bookmark Jessicas. TFS


  7. Darling bookmark!!!
    Perfect sentiment and love how she sparkles!!!!!

    Fun hopping with you :)

  8. Oh my gosh! Jessica! This is such a beautiful sparkly bookmark! "Cutie Pie Mermaid" looks good all sparkly and I LOVE your sentiment! PERFECT!!!
    Great tutorial too! Your daughter will LOVE THIS! All of her friends at school will want one too!
    Big Hugs, Sheryl

  9. Sweet tag! Thanks for sharing how you created it! ;o)

  10. Very sweet tag! What little girl doesn't like mermaids!!

  11. I am sure this sparkly bookmark will be so loved!!!

  12. Like the Mermaid with all her sparkle/shine. Especially like the sentiment.
    "Sunshine HoneyBee"

  13. what a super cute bookmark! i love that cutie pie mermaid stamp, and i know she looks extra fabulous in real life! :)

  14. What an adorable bookmark! Seriously love all the sparkler--super fun!

  15. Wow Jessica, this is gorgeous!! And I appreciate the step by step instructions too. You really brought Cutie Pie to life. So wonderful having you join us on the hop!


  16. Oh my gosh, I love this!! What a sweet, adorable mermaid!! I love all the sparkle!! Fabulous project, Jessica!! I hope you are having a great weekend :)

    A Mermaid's Crafts

  17. Very cute bookmark!! Glad to be on the hop with you!

  18. Great picture tutorial Jessica!! Your tag turned out fantastic!!!

  19. Fabulous tag dearest creative for this beautiful blog hop:)

  20. What girl doesn't love a little more sparkle!!??!!
    Cutie pie looks adorable and I'm so glad you had a light bulb moment! Your project is perfect for this hop!!


  21. Awwww... isn't she cute!!! I love tags... my fav :))

  22. Fabulous Jessica. Love the mermaid and how she sparkles.

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  23. Jess, Your project is so very cute!! I love the little mermaid! What a fun little bookmark! Great idea!


  24. Wow I love the tag! I like the colors, glitter and the image. So fun and cute. TFS AJ-

  25. I love your tag. What a great gift. TFS.
    dmcardmaker (at aol)

  26. Hey Jessica! This is definitely a "Cutie Pie" of a tag! Thanks so much for showing how you colored and put it all together! I'm having so much fun hopping around!

  27. Stunning, so cute and love the sparkle. x

  28. You know that you showed me this was the perfect stamp for a bookmark. I adore mermaids too. (I must, I just did over 30 ATCs with them!) You did a fab job. TFS

  29. i really like what you did with the bookmark! Thanks for sharing so clearly.

  30. Love your Bookmark - the Stickles are just perfect!!

  31. Very cute tag! I like how you painted the glitter on to get precise lines! Very well one!

  32. Wow, this is the cutest bookmark. TFS.

  33. Adorable tag. Thanks for sharing.

  34. I love your bookmark! I'm sure your daughter will as well! I love Stickles!! :)

  35. Love the mermaid, glitter and all in between!

  36. Super adorable Jessica...and oh yeah, nice and sparkly!! I hate it when a photo just can't capture all the cuteness!


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