Friday, 23 March 2018

Die Cuts with Team Lou at the Southern Girls

1st of two posts today

It's time for another challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

This fortnight Team Lou have created projects to inspire you for the new challenge

Our generous sponsors for this challenge are


Today I have used the Mermaid Kisses digital stamp by All Dressed Up, one of our generous sponsors this fortnight, to make a pair of birthday cards.

This post is to focus on the elegant oval framed mermaid.

I printed two of the mermaid images (one flipped horizontally so that she was facing the opposite direction) on X-Press It blending card, heat set, then coloured with Copic markers.  I had the perfect patterned papers in my stash, so chose my colours to coordinate with the Mermaid Tails paper pad.  After blending the tail, I went around each scale with a Zig Wink Of Stella glitter pen.  

I also added some white dot accents to the shells with a white gel pen.

I used several nesting dies (details below) to cut frames to go around the mermaids.  I also used my Silhouette Cameo to cut internal scallops in a circle to make an "opposite" design to stitched oval frame, adding bling to the scallops on both frames.  I trimmed the image panels down to fit inside the frames and adhered them together.

Next came the card base.  The designs of the patterned papers are so pretty and it was such a shame to cut much off them, so I just trimmed off 1/4" then matted them with several layers of textured cardstock, ending up with large 7 1/4" square panels.  To make each card base, I took two sheets of heavy white cardstock trimmed down to 7 1/4" square.  I scored one sheet 1" from the top to make the top fold on the back panel, using liquid adhesive to secure the front panel in place.

I adhered the framed mermaids to each card then decided to add some fish.  I punched out a bundle of fish and coloured them with the same shades as the mermaid tails and adhered them in place around the mermaid and frame.  I had planned on adding bling bubbles around each fish but when I tested some out it was too "busy", so quickly removed them.

I matted the inside of each card, adding some fish to make it extra pretty when I write the birthday greetings filled with mermaid kisses.

I have to confess that I am thrilled how wonderfully the
BG11-15-18 Copic markers blend together.

Here are some of the tools I used, full details in the ingredients.

Copic markers - skin - E0000-000-00-93
Copic markers - hair - E30-31-33-35-37
Copic markers - tail & fish - BG10-11-13-15-18
Copic markers - top & shells - BV01-02-04
Zig Wink Of Stella glitter pen (scales on mermaid tail)
white gel pen (dots on shells)
American Crafts - 12x12 textured cardstock - white
Kaisercraft - 12x12 weave cardstock - Sea Foam
Kaisercraft - 12x12 weave cardstock - Island
Kaisercraft - 6 1/2" paper pad - Mermaid Tails
Sizzix Big Shot
Kaisercraft - decorative dies - Nesting Scalloped Stitched Ovals
Kaisercraft - decorative dies - Nesting Ovals
Silhouette Cameo
Silhouette Design Store - Design ID #64556
Stepped Inner Scallop Circle Border Set by Deborah Stine
clear rhinestones
Perfect Layers Rulers
Fiskars - fish squeeze punch
Fiskars - fish cartridge punch
Helmar Acid Free Professional Glue - to adhere the top fold
Helmar 450 Quick Dry adhesive - to adhere the layers
Tombow Mono Multi Liquid Adhesive - to adhere the fish


Sending a big Thank You to All Dressed Up for supplying the image I have used today and for sponsoring the Die Cuts with Team Lou Challenge with us at the Southern Girls.

I hope I have inspired you to get creative and look forward to seeing your work shared in the challenge gallery.  
Remember we are not just a card blog, we love to see scrapbook layouts, artjournal pages and all types of papercraft.

I am going to enter my card in the following challenges (alphabetical order):

2 Crafty Critter Crazies - Challenge #12 - Anything With A Critter Goes
My critter is a mermaid surrounded by schools of fish
A Bit More Time To Craft - Challenge #64 - Anything Goes
A Bit More Time To Craft Extra Challenge - EXTRA Challenge March – Anything Goes
All Dressed Up - March Challenge - Anything Goes

using All Dressed Up
Allsorts Challenge Blog - Week 459 – Bring On The Bling
My mermaid is surrounded by sparkling bling
Crafty CatzChallenge #409 – Anything Goes option of Easter

Crafty Creations Challenges - Challenge #362 - Anything Goes
Die Cut Diva's Challenge Blog - March Challenge – Monochrome In Color
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk 12 – Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #67 - Fantasy / Mythological
Love To Scrap Challenge Blog - LTSCB #107 – Anything Goes
Pammie's Inky Pinkies - PIP Challenge 1811 – Anything Goes
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny's Challenge 372 - Anything Goes

Pile It OnPile It On #140 – Circles - bonus theme - Squares
my card is square with lots of square layers, my first circle got squashed to make the oval and there are lots of circles in gazillion tiny rhinestones dotted around the scallops
QKR Stampede - Challenge #288 - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Stamp Society - Challenge #136 – Anything Goes option Birthday
Sketch Saturday Week #505
I have used an oval and round bling frame for each mermaid and I have used
schools of fish instead of the banner bits at each side

Through The Craft Room Door - TTCRD Anything Goes Challenge March 20th


  1. Beautiful card!Thanks for join us at
    ScrapbookStampSociety Challenge.
    Hope to see you again and good luck.
    Gr.Kaija Dt-member

  2. Such pretty mermaids! Thank you for entering our bling challenge at Allsorts this week.

  3. Stunning card,loving your colours and the little extra details.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny's.
    Jean xx

  4. Another beauty....Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday and best of luck with your entry.

    Jane DT for  http://

  5. These are both lovely. Thank you for joining in the fun with us at Digi Choosday Challenge, good luck! Yvonne (DT)

  6. Aww, she is so sweet with those cute little fish and lovely pearls! Your coloring brings this little mermaid to life! Thanks for sharing with us at Digi Choosday! ~Katrina

  7. Awww, sweetest little mermaid ever! Lovely coloring, and such a darling aquatic scene! So glad I got to see your critter project showcased at the 2 Crafty Critter Crazies Challenge. Thanks for supporting us, and we hope to see more of your pretty creations in the future. Please check back to see if you are a winner or our next guest designer. Sending you wishes for a wonderful day!
    {Creative Smiles - my little crafting world}

  8. Absolutely darling. Thanks for joining us at the Crafty Creations Challenges for our latest challenge. Good luck and join us again soon. Hugs, Kathy {Crafty Creations Challenges}

  9. Stunning cards! I love them both and you coloring is wonderful! Thank you for sharing it with us at Through the Craft Room Door.
    (Crafty hugs) Cara
    Through the Craft Room Door {Owner}
    TTCRD Challenge Blog
    My Creative Chaos {My Personal Blog}

  10. very beautiful card Tracy
    Thanks for join us at
    {ScrapbookStampSociety DT Member}
    Hope to see you again and goodluck

    Greetings Karin DT Coördinator

  11. Super cute!!! Thank you for joining us at Love to Scrap, good luck!!! Amy DT

  12. Beautiful cards & beautiful coloring! Thanks for sharing them in our weekly challenge at QKR Stampede!

  13. A beautiful card, I love the image you have used. Thanks for joining us this week at Crafty Catz. Lilly (DT)

  14. So many lovely details - inside and out! The fish scales are amazing. Thanks for joining us at the QKR Stampede anything goes challenge this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  15. Tracy,
    You need to go to the TTCRD blog and see who won last week. Hint. hint... hint... Hurry!

    1. Thank You for dropping by to let me know Deonna :)
      It's an exciting day!

  16. The cards are darling. So sweet. So glad you joined us at Die Cut Divas.

  17. Hey Tracy, love the 2 different looks that you got with this image and absolutely Love it when crafters complete the inside of a card!! Thanks for playing with us at All Dressed Up and come back real soon!
    Carolyn DT

  18. Two fabulous designs Tracy using the same image, very creative and love them both.
    Thanks for taking part in our current challenge at All Dressed Up and for using our image...Hope to see you next challenge and good luck in the draw..
    [aNNie Design Team Member for All Dressed Up Challenges]

  19. Awww.. such a cute card..Love this mermaid so much..Thank you so much for joining us at Happy Little Stampers – Anything goes with dies challenge. Hugs xx Deepti Aggarwal

  20. Love the card, cute little mermaid.
    Thank you for participating in this months challenge at Happy Little Stampters. All the best.


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