Sunday, February 17, 2013

And the Fish Talks!


You might want a little backstory on this one, lol. We live and grew up in Minnesota, the land of 10,000 lakes. Actually it is more like 25,000, but who's counting? Our families hail from the Little Falls, MN area. Little Falls was home to not one, but two boat manufacturing facilities: Crestliner and Larson Boats. My Dad spent about a decade there, designing boats at Crestliner for part of that time. my hubby's stepdad has been doing customer service for Crestliner for a long time. My hubby, his stepdad, and all of his brothers have appeared in more than one Crestliner catalog. Hubby's grandmother worked at Larsons sewing the boat cushions before it closed. So, fishing is pretty much a given recreational activity for us. Lots of family bonding has happened around fishing.

Well, my hubby's brother gave him a gag gift for Christmas a few yeas ago. You guessed it. The talking/singing fish! Said brother has a birthday coming up. I am seriously thinking about giving him his fish back, along with this card.

And this lovely sketch from Retro Sketches was just the ticket for me to whip out this card in about 20 minutes from inception to finished creation. That is some kind of record for me. It is not unusual for me to take 2 hours to design and create a single card!




I love it!! I can't wait to sent it to him, I know it will make him smile.

  • Stamps: By the Tide
  • Ink: Soft Suede, Always Artichoke, Old Olive, River Rock
  • Paper: Whisper White, River Rock, Soft Suede
  • Other: Big Shot with Hexagons and Designer Frames EF, Paper Snips, dimensionals, White Baker's Twine, buttons, Blender Pen


I also used the Friday Mashup Challenge to use my markers, I colored the fish with River Rock, then added Old Olive and Always Artichoke accents right on the stamp. Love that technique!

11 comments:

Kim S said...

I am glad the sketch helped you throw together this fun card. I tend to be in the two hour time frame also!! I love the story behind this - isn't it great that making our own cards lets us personalize them perfectly! Thanks for joining us at retrosketches!

Heidi Baks said...

Great card to match the return of the gag gift! That sketch made me laugh (with the glasses). Thanks for joining the Friday Mashup this week.

Yapha said...

Oh my word, that is seriously awesome!! You totally captured the talking fish!! I love it! Brilliant!

Arielle ~ SnappyStamper said...

How cute is this? The fish on the "plaque" reminds me of those singing bass people have - LOL! Thanks so much for playing with us at RetroSketches this week!

Tina Adams said...

Very neat fish! This set is still on my wish list.

Heather said...

Brilliant use of this stamp with the embossing frame! I love this!

Katherine said...

I love the coloring on your fish, and all the great details on this card. I never knew MN had so many lakes, wow!

Paula said...

I double dog dare you to return it with this card. :) Love it!

Adriana Benitez said...

Great card - especially with the story behind it. You did a great job creating the mounted fish!

Tara (Murphy) Bourgoin said...

Fabulous card! I just love the plaque the fish is sitting on - great interpretation of the sketch (and the gag gift! haha). Love the texture and those 3 buttons. Thanks for sharing with us at The Friday Mashup!

Carol Payne said...

How about adding one of the "talking tags" to the inside so the fish can really talk? Of course, it would only work if he has the right kind of phone, but it would be fun!

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