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Saturday, October 30, 2010


Patty Chapman sent me a link to her gorgeous pink card using Julia's Present image:

I love Patty's colouring, thanks for sending me the photo, Patty!

I made this one using Beautiful Roses for my sister in law.

She surprised me by saying that she never throws aways the cards I make for her.

The card has a window and the patterned paper and the single rose are on the inside. The ribbon is got from former DT member Lily. Look at the card from the side:

The two sides of the card are joined together, so it stands on its own. I put the message on the back of the card. The craft club I belong to, Arc Angels, invited Cliona Larkin (from Do Crafts) for a class and I learned this from her.

I promised to show my cards using the concertina flowers and never did. Here they are, I made them in the same shape as the card above.


Friday, October 29, 2010

Challenge#13: Anything but

Happy Halloween to everybody!!!
My apologies for posting late - I'm just back from a short break.

The winner of the 12th Challenge is n. 6, Pialy,  with this beautiful Christmas card:

Congratulations Piali, please email me with your choice of card.

I am very grateful to everybody that took part in the challenge.

The challenge for the next two weeks is:
"Anything but"
Use an image, stamped or digital, to create something other than a card.

Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until the Thursday 11th of November, midday. The prize will be the last 3 images released (Julia, Tina and Letter to Santa), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

Patty - October Guest Designer
 Patty made a present set for a girlfriend; a box with cards and a bag of flowers

"I created a mini treat bag with Halloween colours.  I added a generous amount of copper stickles to the 'friend'."


"Trick or Treat party box"


"This is my mom - mother of 11, grandmother to 22 and great-grandmother to 2. This woman is amazing and I wanted to do a LO about her patience, kindness, big heart and this verse from Corinthians just summed up my feelings."


"It's a box that can be used to hold small cards or gift card. "

Wendy created an original bookmark

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Julia's Present

Julia can be used either in a Christmas card on in a winter birthday card.

Available in the shop, direct link here.

Friday, October 22, 2010

Challenge #12 - DT Inspiration

Hello to all!!!

The winner of the 11th Challenge, thanks to,  is The Crafty Den this oh so cute card:

Congratulation Denise, please contact me with your choice of image & I'll send you your prize.

The theme of Challenge #12 , as already been announced last week, is a card for Vera's Card Drive. Please link our entries in last week's post.

This challenge will run until the Thursday 28th of October, midday. The prize will be the last 3 images released (Tina and Spotty, Letter to Santa and Peace on Earth), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

I am sad to announce that Claudia  is busy with work and studies and has decided to step down from the DT. Her contributions to the DT were fabulous and I am going to miss her a lot.

Patty - October Guest Designer

"The card has 3 sides inside and 3 sides outside, you can stand it up like you want. So you can see every day a differnt image, if you want..."


Deirdre has two card for this challenge.


'When I first saw this new stamp, the song "Joy To The World" popped into my head and I went with it. I didn't have a good place to put the sentiment on the front so I will put it on the inside.'

"Thank you all for the supporting the card drive. I really appreciate it!"

"Ohoho! Got a card done too. Don't look too close ;-)"

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

A quick pleated flower tutorial

I'm working on the current challenge - Vera's card drive - and I thought I'd share with you some what I am using on them. For the first ones, I am not using an image, only pleated flowers. The first time I saw them was when Christine from the Arc Angels Craft Club showed us how to make Christmas decorations a couple of years ago.

Later, Emily Pitts had a great tutorial in the Studio Calico blog. Here's my twist:

1. What you will need:

   * border punch - mine is MS flower bed.
   * 1 strip of paper, about 1.5 inches wide and 12 inches long (plain or patterned, with light coloured background)
   * 3 or 4 markers - dark, medium and light of same colour

2. Colour the paper strip
Using the thick end of the marker, colour stripes in one border, going from darker to lighter stripes. You could, at the end, go over all the coloured part with the lightest colour to blend them in, but honestly there's no need, it will look OK at the end.

3.Punch the paper strip
My favourite part.  I have here two paper strips,  I punched the coloured side in top one, and the opposite side on the bottom one. Don't they look pretty already?

4. Pleat the paper.

If you have a scoring tool, that's the time to use it. I don't, so I just folded by hand, very thin pleats, about 0.5 cm wide  1/4").
Then glue one end to the other.

5. Stick to the paper.

Put a few circles of glue on the paper you want to stick your flower too. Gently pull the punched side open, making a circle, place it over the glue. Hold  the flower for a while, until the glue sets.

I didn't have the card ready yet, so I glued the flower to a bit of scrap paper, as you can see below.

6. Done!

I used some for a scrapbook page and the remaning for cards.
I'll show you the final cards on Thursday.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Challenge #12

This week, one of our DT members lost a very close family member. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers.

I'll announce the last challenge winner and display the DT entries next week.

The challenge for the next two weeks is linked to Vera's Card Drive. She's hoping to send cards to everyone in a number of nursing homes. Post Thanksgiving and Christmas cards here and also in Vera's blog post to win prizes and warm people's hearts.

** edited to add **
This challenge will run until the Thursday 28th of October, midday. The prize will be the last 3 images released (Tina and Spotty, Letter to Santa and Peace on Earth), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

Thank you.

Hugs to all.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

If you haven't received your order...

and your initials are J.U., please contact me giving me another email address, as all attempts to send you an email have failed.


Mami Doodles

Tina and Spotty (or Spotless)

It was about time I added a cute doggie to my collection of digi stamps - here's Spotty and his friend.

Spotless also included. :-)

Available in the shop, direct link here.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Patty's Card

I love when someone gets back to me with cards they've done with Mami Doodles images, and this week was double treat (fitting, being Halloween month) as Patty Chapman also emailed me with these two beauties:

Read the full details in this post and this one. Thank you Patty!

Monday, October 11, 2010

Sandie's card

Sandie sent me the link for the card below using the Witch. (she didn't need to, I follow her in google reader ;-) )What can I say? LOVE IT!!!! Thank you Sandie!

Friday, October 8, 2010

Letter to Santa

This was a request from DT member Vera - a girl posting a letter. The letter box is in the style you'll see in Ireland and Britain, I thought it looked like an oversize fire hydrant when I saw it for the first time.

I've included a version without the postbox.

Available in the shop, direct link here.

Peace on Earth

My first Christmas themed image, I hope you like it!

Available in the shop, direct link here.


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