Monday, May 30, 2011

Learning as I go: Part 3, making ruffled ribbons with a stapler

When I started this blog, I had all the good intentions to share my cardmaking sucesses and errors, but didn't go very far. I am now restarting the tutorials.

While I haven't progressed much as far as my colouring is concerned, I have some other techniques that I'd like to share, some are "crafty", some are digital  (that is, things that can be done in Photoshop elements).

Today, I'll start with ruffled ribbons. A few days ago, a member of the Cara Craft Supplies forum posted a card with ruffled ribbons. I never made one but it was one of the things I've meaning to try since I saw a tutorial on how to make one using Tim Holtz's tiny attacher. Now I don't have a tiny attacher but I have a regular stapler.


Supplies:
Ribbon, stapler and double sided tape.
The narrow stapler is best suited for this, as the width of the staple has to be smaller than the width of the ribbon. Mine is quite wide so I had to use a wider ribbon.

1. The idea is to staple the ribbon, back to back, at regular intervals.




2. Like so



3. You will end up with something like that. I said regular intervals, do as I say, not as I do...


4. Turn it the other way round. That's basically it.



5. Stick the double sided tape where you want to place the ribbon. Remove the backing of the ribbon.

6. To form the ruffles you'll have to join the peaks together, this way. 1 indicates the first staple, 2 the second.



7. Carefully stick the ribbon over the double sided tape, first the start of the ribbon, then one ruffle at a time.

8. Final product.


Thanks for the inspiration, Di!!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

Challenge #27 Let's Party

The winner of the 26th Challenge is Kelly-Anne with this beautiful spotty and stripey card:


Kelly-Anne is only 14 but I would never have guessed looking at her card! Please email me with your choice of image.

The challenge for the next two weeks was chosen by Lisa:

"Let's Party"

Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until the Thursday 9th of June midday. The prize will be the last 3 images released (Daddy's boy, Daddy's girl and Mice Birthday), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.


"Wish you could see the shimmer from the metallic colored pencils! Hope you like my party card!"



The red haired one...

or the dark haired one



Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Inspiring cards

It's been a while since I posted Mami Doodles cards I've encountered in the web. Here's some of them:

This one by Deirdre, don't you lovered in a wedding card?


A communion card by Elaine Smyth, notice the pearls in her dress:


Look at the cute colours on this cute this card by Theresa Gerber.


Julie's adorable Easter card:


Also I noticed a few in the current challenge submissions, there still a few hours left if you want to participate.
See you on Friday with a brand new challenge!

Friday, May 20, 2011

Daddy's Boy


A little boy carrying a message, suitable for Father's Day, birthdays and other occasions as the kit includes a version without the text.
Available in the Mami Doodles shop, direct link here.

Daddy's Girl

A little girl carrying a message, suitable for Father's Day, birthdays and other occasions as the kit includes a version without the text.
Available in the Mami Doodles shop, direct link here.

Mice Birthday

 Two cute mice wishing Happy Birthday. Also includes an option without the text.
Available today in my shop, direct link here.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Lara with Roses

The girl in this image is not inspired by my daughter but the clothing is so her -She mix styles, layers clothes and thinks converse goes with everything.
Available in the shop, direct link here.

Challenge #26 Spots and or Stripes

This is an exciting week as we are welcoming our new DT members. I am sorry for the delay posting this, but blogger was not working at the time.

Also apologies to the challenge entrants, as I couldn't get to see several of the entries. The winner of the 25th Challenge, chosen by random.org,  is Kurly-Q with this sweet girly card:


Congratulations Heather, please email me with your image choice!

The challenge for the next two weeks was set by the lovely Wendy and is:

"Spots and/or Stripes"

Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until Thursday the 26th of May, midday . The prize will be the last 3 images released (Lara, Party Dress, Baby and Blankie), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.




Lisa


Manuela


Ren-Yi

Thinking of Ya

Stephanie

Stephanie said: "I'm super excited about it's monochromatic-ness, rarely do I actually pull that off! Don't know how much you need for details, but this card was made entirely from scraps and my pretty party girl was colored with Copics on PTI white card."







Saturday, May 7, 2011

Friday, May 6, 2011

Amazing additions to our Design Team!

I am proud and delighted to announce that we have 3 new members in our Design Team. They are (in alphabetical order):

Lisa: She's got eye for design and colours, and everything she makes is truly eye-catching!
Manuela: She's got a cute, colourful and happy way to do things, which always makes me smile!
Stephanie: Classic and clean style, a girl after my own heart!


They're equally talented but quite different in style from each other so our DT display will be even more fabulous that it already is. I can't wait to see what they come up with, keep an eye on this blog!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

May's Promotional item: Baby and Blankie



This cute baby is this month's promotional item, free with any purchase. You can get it here. Don't forget to add it to the cart, otherwise you won't get the download link.

This image was inspired by a request from a customer sometime ago. I wasn't able to get the image done at the time, but got it done now. I don't recall the name of customer, but if it was you, please email me and I'll send the image to you as a thank you.

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