Monday, September 19

Inspired by Jimmy Buffet's "Fins"

Hello, hello my Monday friends! We have a great theme for you this week at Simon Says Stamp Monday challenge - Inspired by Music!! I love music and listen to it often while I am crafting, just about every time I am behind the wheel, and even in the wee hours of the morning when hubby is playing guitar. 

So, can you imagine how hard it was to decide on one song? But the one that kept coming back to me was "Fins" by Jimmy Buffet, maybe because it takes me back to my younger self? Maybe because like in the song, at that time in my life, I was the girl from Cincinnati? Maybe because I just liked the imagery? 

How appropriate is it to use old cleaned anchovy and herring tins to create the base for my mermaid? Well, I thought it was perfect!

I glued them together, let that dry, then painted them with black gesso.

I am so impatient waiting for things to dry, so in the meantime I started to freehand cut waves out of Graphic 45 Voyage Beneath the Sea papers, and a few extra bits.

I inked up the waves a bit, then glued them around the tin's base.

Next step, adhere some green tulle at the base of the waves.

I am repurposing this beautiful mermaid that I made quite awhile ago and had on a tag - time to give her a new home! She has all kinds of fun details like seashells and bits of ocean treasures, and I love her gorgeous white and purple hair! I think this is one of my favorite Julie Nutting doll stamps.

I seated my mermaid on my tins, added rocks I had collected from the beach, and then added wire with sharks to circle her.  

Can't you feel 'em circlin', honey? 

Can't you feel 'em swimmin' around?
You got fins to the left, fins to the right,
And you're the only bait in town. 

To get my mermaid to sit up straight, I added a popsicle stick to her back and glued it to the tin. In order to hide that, I cut out another mermaid and put her on the back.

and here are a few photos I took of her outside...

Thanks for the inspiration Jimmy Buffet, and a big howdy to all the ParrotHeads in Paradise out there!!

I really hope I have inspired you to think of a song, or how music inspires you so you will join us this week for our challenge. As you know Simon Says Stamp always has an awesome giveaway each week, and you could be the winner of the $50 voucher!



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Now, I wonder how music has inspired the rest of the DT? Do you wonder what songs they will choose? Head on over to the challenge blog to see their amazing as always creations!


  1. What a clever creation, loving all the detailing you put into it! :)

    Simon Says Stamp!

  2. I love your use of old sardine cans, Maura! So much detail and I love the seaside scene you created around your mermaid. Awesome!

    Cathie ♥

  3. Oh my God!!! From old sardine cans a beautiful mermaid!!! I'm in love!!! This is the shape of my eyes right now--> <3 <3

  4. amazing project Maura...truly a work of art ...hugs kath xxx

  5. Your mermaid striked my heart!I love her hair and her dress! Wonderful! you had a great idea to create the base! Barbara

  6. What a fabulous creation and so much work and's so gorgeous Maura and so clever! xx

  7. This is so stunning! I love the idea and the final effect. Love the waves and fishes and everything! Hugs, Marzena

  8. This is such a beautiful and fun creation, Maura. You are so creative! :)

  9. Oh my goodness, Maura! This has so many layers of geniusness that I had to call the hubs over to come take a look! (For the record, he thought it was awesome, too)! This is such a nod to your aesthetic which includes all of the wonderful magic in the world. I've said it before-- I bet a trip through your brain would be the most imaginative place ever! Your mermaid is striking from her crown to her fins and I love her hair!!! And kudos to creating such an apropos base, too!!

  10. Swoon over the many wonderful details! Wowzers! Genius idea to use the tin and it is so appropriate for this design. Hehe! Awesome sauce mermaid and it pairs so well with the song. Gorgeous! Hugz to you muffin! ~Niki

  11. Fabulous make, Maura! Love the super pretty mermaid! Great tutorial too! Hugs, Sandra


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