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Friday, July 29, 2011

Challenge #31 Flowers

The winner of the 30th Challenge is Jacky (Paddington Fan's blog) with this cute buried-in-the-sand teddy:

Jacky, please email me to get your prize.

The challenge for the next 3 weeks is:


Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run for 3 weeks until  Thursday 18th of August, midday GMT. The prize will be the last 3 images released (Sleepy Owl, Swing and  Jake), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Sleepy Owl and August's Promotional Item

Today I have two new digital stamps out:

Available here.

The next image, The Swing, is the promotional item from today till the end of August (free with any purchase). If you make a purchase, please add this item to the cart to be able to download it.

 Available here.

Friday, July 22, 2011

Inspiring cards and a plate

 I love the vibrant colours in Clairebears' beautiful card:

 She also made this card for the current challenge:

I just couldn't resist showing you a few of the cards made by the DYSU DT for their challenge last week:

Denise's card, is gorgeous, delicate and all sweet pastel colours:

Miranda's card, just as gorgeous and delicate, uses a completely different neutral pallete with bits of pink here and there.

Of course, the images can be used for other things rather than cards and scrapbooks. I painted this plate in Artworks Cafe in Portmarnock, when we had a ladies night a few weeks ago. It is also a great place to bring the children to paint their own plate or mug during the summer. The price depends on the piece you choose,  mine cost €15 and included the plate, materials and firing. 

This week, I'd like to give a little prize to Clairebears, since she never got a freebie from me. And of course, because her cards are gorgeous!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Learning as I go: Part 5 - Flower Makeover

There's tons of paper flower making tutorials in the web and here is my own twist.

I am taking the lazy approach and making flowers out of existing ones! If you are cardmaking or scrapbooking as long as I am, you must have gone through a Prima daisies shopping frenzy. Do you remember the pretty flowers that came in pretty glass jars? Like these ones?

I used plenty of them, but still have lots left and hardly use them anymore because while I still love them, they look a bit... let's say... out of fashion. So I decide to try a flower makeover and here are some of my results:

To make the pink chrysanthemum, I used 2 dark daisies, 3 pink ones and a smaller yellow one.

I glued one dark one on top of the other one.
Then I folded the pink ones in the middle, back to back. I put a dot of glue so that they'd stay that way.

Then folded them again, and glued.

Now put glue in the center of the dark one.

Now cover the dark daisies with the folded pink ones:

Now scrunch the yellow daisy like this. Back to back, so that the petal tips go inwards.

Glue it in the middle and you get this.

For the other two flowers I used a different shape and coloured them with Promakers. I didn't record all the steps but it follows the same idea of the first tutorial.

For the yellow flower, I coloured the centres with a darker shade.

And got this:

The blue one has a fuller centre; I used two yellow daisies.

Here's a second tutorial,  very similar to the previous one. This time I wanted to make a rose.

The steps:

The "ingredients":

Pop a bit of wet glue on the back of two of dark flowers:


A bit of glue on a third flower.

Place one of the folded ones over it.

Then the other one, on the other half.
Put a bit of glue on the back of the petals of the remaining two.

Scrunch the small one up, petals against petals.

Wrap the other one around the first one.

Glue it in the center of the other ones and you're done!

If you get to make a flower using the tutorial let me know, I'll love to see your creations!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Friday Gallery

Here some Mami Doodles cards and crafts that the DT and I spotted lately.

Sammibug made this cutie, I love that she layered the image over denim.

Fairysparkle used my first image (and still one of my favourites) in this beautiful card:

And one of my favourite cardies, former DT member Deirdre used one of my roses here:

 They're all beautiful - I don't think I can choose a favourite, but this week, I'll give a little pressie (Ligia Playing Dress-Up) to Fairysparkle because I think she never got a freebie from me. And as a member of "other races" :-) I appreciate that she's making cards for diverse ethnic groups. Please email me so I can send you your prize!

Last but not least, Jackie made this sweet card with my latest image, notice the colouring, the sand and the sky!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sponsoring DYSU Challenge Blog!

Today there's a new challenge up in the Do You Stack Up Challenge blog which I am sponsoring. Look at fabulous cards/scrapbook pages of its DT - these girls are so talented!

Here's Ren-Yi's card, she's a member of our DT as well as DYSU's:

Which little girl (or indeed big girl) wouldn't love to get a card like this one? And I am bookmarking the post in Ren-Yi's blog because I am definitely going to copy her idea!

Jake Playing Dress-Up

Jackie requested a boy to go with the girl and here he is, Jake Playing Dress-Up.

Same as the girl, two hairstyles, 4 clothes combined making 8 images. And the same bargain price!
Available at, direct link here.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Sponsoring Craft Your Passion Challenges

This week we are the proud  sponsors of the brilliant Craft Your Passions Challenges.  The challenge theme is Just For You and I absolutely love all the cards their DT created. Please go, check and submit a card for the challenge!

Trinh's card

Here's Trinh's card for the beach challenge:

Friday, July 8, 2011

challenge #30 At the Beach

 How are you enjoying the summer holidays? I am having a great time -with the children at home all the time I don't have much time to doodle or make cards but at least I managed to make a little blog redesign. Tell me what you think!

The winner of the 29th Challengem drawn by, is Lisa with this cute dog card:

The challenge for the next two weeks is:
"At the Beach"

Please link your card/layout/project at the end of this blog. This challenge will run until the Thursday 28th of July, midday. This challenge is running for 3 weeks. The prize will be the last 3 images released (girl with balloon, millie and ligia), plus one of your choice. Cards using Mami Doodles images - including freebies - will have two entries on the draw.

By the way, Wendy has a fabulous flip flop freebie in her blog, which would be perfect for a beach themed card.


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