Sunday, 4 October 2015

In The Garden Of Captain Birdseye

Hello.  Welcome.  Well now, over at the Craft Barn the weekly challenge is the sea.  Now, last week they were featuring fish fingers and I was all ready for Jane to set that as the challenge.  When she didn't I shared my favourite fish finger joke 

Why don't fish have fingers?

Cos Captain Birdseye took them all.  

Jane obviously liked that one cos she set me a little challenge all my own - fish fingers.  So Jane, in the spirit of rising to the occassion.......

So here we are.  I was inspired by the VLVS inspiration board to use this girl swinging from a lampost with octopus.  Like you do.  And also fences.  Cos it's Captain Birdseye's house he of course has a fishfinger fence.  Yeah, really.  I think these are called fishsticks in the US.  

So I stamped and masked VLVS Swing Set and used brusho's to colour the background.  Then I used distress inks in many colours and partially stamped VLVS Steampunk Warrior to get the tree and the bush.  I used his plumes for the leafy bits and his shoulder armor for the branches.  What fun.  I made my skinny fish fingers using wooden coffee stirrers, sand and orange paint.  The gate is a piece of fishing net with orange glitter glue. I added a seahorse and a starfish to the gateposts.  

I wanted a white edge on this copper base card. I tried sanding, but that wasn't very successful, so I used white embossing powder.  I ripped around the edge of my coloured panel, carefully cutting out the lady's leg so it could go out of the frame.  I really wanted some fish to be swiming around but couldn't find any suitable.  Little metal ones would have been perfect.......

Joining the fun at

Thanks for dropping by.  Hugz 

Winnie and Walter have also set a craftie challenge where we take pictures of us crafting, so here's me working on the fish finger fence

You might not believe it but I did actually tidy up yesterday.  Sorry you missed it LOL.


  1. Glad you are joining in over at W&W!
    LOVE that fish finger funny and clever!! Yes, we call them fish sticks in America, but ever since I saw Matt Smith wanting fish fingers on Dr Who, I have called them by that charming name. :)
    This is fabulous, Gail.....and I like the selfie, too. :)
    <3 J

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  2. Such a fun card!! Thank you so much for sharing with us at the Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge Blog!

  3. Gail you are a star!!! Love it, clever girl!!!!! Thank you for joining in The Craft Barn Challenge.
    Jane x

  4. Wow, what a lot of work went in to creating your detailed scene! It was fun to read about all the different techniques, tools, and supplies you used. I'm exhausted now : ) So glad you joined this w&w challenge, Gail!

  5. Lovely indeed ! Thanks for joining us over at VLVS!
    Corrie x

  6. this is wonderful Gail - great texture and i love the rustiness too! Thanks for sharing at Countryview challenges and good luck in the draw! Hugs rachel xx

  7. I love that you used the otto Girl! I love her!!! so excited for this take!!


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