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Monday, June 28, 2010


19th of June was Jackie's birthday.
Today is Vera's birthday.

Happy Birthday to both, sorry for being so late, Jackie!

Vera is also in the final of the Gallery Idol - she has a fabulous card, please check the entries and give her your support.

Friday, June 25, 2010

DT Projects and Challenge #6

The winner of the 5th Challenge, chosen by,  is Sammibug with this beautiful summer card:

Congratulations, please email me with your choice of extra image and I'll send the prize to you.

The challenge for the next two weeks is:

"Blue, white, green with a hint of red"

The source is A Creative Mint, a beautiful blog. If you love colours, you'll love this blog.
Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until the Thursday 8th of July, midday. The prize will be the last  3 images released (Mimi, Sinead and Leah), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

Fabulous DT inspiration is here. I love all the projects and am sure that will inspire everybody too.

Deirdre make an extra card, just as beautiful:

Rachel has decided to step down from the DT, we're going to miss her a lot. Best of luck, Rachel!

Please link your entries below:

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Lil'Mimi in the Beach

The hot weather is definitely influencing me, my mind is in ice-cream, sun, beach and anything holiday.

Here's Mimi, in her little bikini, toes in the sand, ready for a dip in the ocean!

Available in the shop, direct link here.

Friday, June 18, 2010

Learning as I go: Part 1, the blunders

Months ago I promised to share what I have learned about cardmaking and colouring.

I confess that making the images is taking longer that I had envisaged so I haven't been making many cards. Consequently my colouring still leaves a LOT to be desired. I am impacient, I go over the line, I am heavy handed with the Promarker and end up soaking the paper, which causes the paint to bleed. Need I say more?

So I am learning how to cover up the mistakes.

Here's my essential toolkit:
* White Gel Pen
* Back Pen
* Promarker Blender
* Pacience :-)

And here's my example:

Not too bad, you say? That's because you didn't look close enough.

OK, this might upset some cardmakers, so if are you soo susceptible to bad colouring, please look away...

Here's some of the mistakes and how I dealt (or not) with it.

1 - Blotches (tool used: Pacience).I coloured the face, using two shades for tan/brown colour, it turned out horrible, blotch, like the girl had a skin disease. I waited for the ink to dry completely and then recoloured again. The blotches are still visible, but the image is usable now.

2. Bleeding and mistakes (tool used: blender). Of course, some papers are not suitable for colouring with promakers, but  this one is OK, it is just that I was too impacient and coloured the second time before the first wash is dry and end up soaking the paper which caused bleeding.
In most places I have just left as it is - I am short on pacience. But look in the face, right hand side. I waited until the paper was dry and gently dabbed the blender until it almost disappeared. The blender "bleaches" the colour until it mostly disapears. But be careful as if you do too much, you might erase the bits inside the line too.

3. Bleeding (tool used: gel pen). The little glint in the right eye became brown - I repainted it white with the White Gel Pen.

4.Bad choices (tool used: pens). I coloured a bit of the collar in pink and then I didn't like it at all, so I covered with it white gel pen. And then added little black dots around the collar, so that the fix didn't look that obvious.

The black gen pen is an essencial for me, as I can add more detail if I whish.

5. Bad Stamping: I can't stamp well, that's what got me into digital stamps :-)

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Lil'Sinéad with Ice-Cream

Sun's stil shining here, and who can resist an ice-cream?

I think she looks cute in freckles, but there's an option without them too.

Available in the shop, direct link here.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

Our half-a-versary!!!

Today, this blog is 6 months old.

Instead of drinking champagne, I am trying move the "furniture" of the blog, trying to make a bit more user-friendly.
Please bear with me for a while and if there is something you like/dislike or is missing please let me know.

* edited to add * After all I didn't like the changes at all and went back to almost the same layout. The only addition is a slideshow of all the images released so far.

Friday, June 11, 2010

DT Projects and Challenge #5

Many thanks for everybody that participated in the challenge. The winner, picked by is:
Wendy with this beautiful card:

I think it is not the first time Wendy has won something in  this blog, but I swear I have not a bias, it is all above  board. Wendy, would you email me with your choice of image, please?

This year I want to make the most of the (sometimes too few) summer days. So the challenge for the next two weeks is:

Make a summer themed card featuring either a little boy or girl (or both) 

Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until the Thursday 24th of June, midnight. The prize is the last 3 images released (Luke, Alex and Leah), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

The DT is here to give you inspiration:

I am sad to announce that Sarah is stepping down from the DT. I've always loved her contribution here, she's going to be missed a lot. All the best Sarah!

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Congratulations to Deirdre!

Deirdre's Owl card for MamiDoodles is featured in the Cards blog. Congratulations!

I'll try to a round up of cards other Mami Doodles cards after I finish packing for my break, check this blog later. TLF!


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