Hi there 🙂  I’m back with a mid-challenge inspiration project for the current Aurora Wings Challenge blog 🙂  Our theme this time is

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I figured I would take a different route with my project, and, instead of using a song, use an album as my inspiration.  Being an 80’s girl, I was a fan of Hall and Oates, and their H20 album was big when I was in high school.  Luckily, my vinyl collecting friend had a spare copy of this very album, which I actually used as the base for my project 🙂

H20 being water, what else would I use but one of Mitzi’s spectacular mermaid images?  This time, I chose La Mer, available exclusively at the Aurorawings.com shop.  After coloring this beauty up with my Copics, I fussy cut her out and set her aside while I prepared the album base.

I had a few albums to practice on, as it’s been years since I’ve heated records up to make bowls or other projects, and I didn’t want to wreck the actual H20 album.  Well….well, well, well…..I really don’t know why I keep having these near catastrophic “things” happening with my DT projects….but this one was a doozy.  I put the album into my heated oven, and emptied my dishwasher.  I smelled something funny, looked in the oven and:

OMG!!  Not good!! First, it stunk, bad BAD!!  Second, I live in a rented apartment….nuff said. Third, it was all over the burner and racks and everything!!  Fourth, even after the oven cooled, I can’t just snap the plastic off….vinyl apparently melts and cooks in a “special” way.  This will take some time to figure out…..hopefully I can figure something out, or this will officially be the most expensive DT project ever!!! …..  HOWEVER, being the optimist, and focusing on the positive, it WAS a practice album, and I knew what NOT to do.  I got out my heat gun, and TADA!!! Worked like a charm!!! (note:  I did not use a heat gun when making album bowls…so I don’t know what happened).  I heated and bent and rippled the album until I was happy with the random appearance that I came up with.  I positioned the mermaid image, which I popped up fairly high to allow for the decorations, so that the space between her tail and body showed the album title.  I then added Spanish Moss, an assortment of seashells and star fish, some pretty green dried things that I had in my stash, pearls, some greenery,  and liquid pearl accents.

  I am thrilled beyond belief with this…and will keep looking at it….because I like it, and to avoid that other “stuff” that has to be attended to….  I know I’ll laugh at what happened someday….but not today….or tomorrow….and bets are off for next week as well!!!

I’d love to enter the following with this:

Classic Design Team Open Challenge – #10 October

Creative Moments – #153 ATG

Polkadoodles Challenge – ATG Week 39

DL Art – October Linky Challenge

Simon Wednesday Challenge – ATG


  1. Well, first of all I have to say I’m glad you did not succumb to toxic fumes and are still here to tell the tale. Secondly, how you ever managed such a spectacular project after such a mishap is beyond me, but you’re stubborn like that, so I suppose I shouldn’t be surprised. ;D SUCH an amazing idea and your coloring is beyond gorgeous and just pops against the black vinyl. Your underwater details are sheer perfection and I love the way you can still see the album title. Didn’t realized that the disaster of epic proportions was just a practice run, but thank God, eh? Truly stunning work, Chickie. You’ve outdone yourself! I can’t stop looking at it either. xxD P.S. Best of luck with that oven. May I suggest take out?

  2. Susan, I applaud you for your fierce determination and grit. That’s a super impressive project, and you have one heck of a tale to go with it. Fumes and cleanup of the practice round aside, the final project is breathtaking, Susan. I love how the greens and all the embellishments pop against the black of the record. The organic shape you attained from vinyl is a perfect backdrop for an underwater scene. It’s a stunning conversation piece on so many levels! Thank you so much for this awesome inspiration and an awesome story of determination today! Mitzi xxx

  3. Oh Susan I never expected to read such a horror story to go with such a beautiful DT piece. So pleased there were no after effects for you (well, other than the oven obviously). I love the greens and all the gorgeous little added details. You think of such clever things to do each month, I am in awe of your talent ‘cos all I do is boring cards!! Lol. Hope you can sort the oven hun. 😘😘 xx

  4. This is a great project, but oh, I am so sorry about the experiment in the oven! This seems like something that I would do! In the end, your heat gun worked like a charm, and the end result is fantastic and inspiring!

  5. Wow!! stunning creation, I would be looking at this daily too if it were mine. Beautiful work. Thank you for joining us over at Polkadoodles Carfting Challenge. Good luck!
    Hugs Suzi

  6. Oh wow, what an amazing project, just so gorgeous. Thank you for sharing your beautiful make with us over at Polkadoodles Challenge this week and hope you will join us again.
    Take care,
    Ann-Marie (DT)

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