Friday, 23 March 2018

MORE Die Cuts with Team Lou at the Southern Girls

2nd 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 round frame with internal scallops.

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

A Perfect Time To Craft - 1st Mar-18 - Open Challenge #03
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
Crafting With An Attitude - Challenge #37 – Anything Goes

Crafty Catz - Challenge #409 – Anything Goes option of Easter
Creative Moments Challenge Blog – Challenge #139 – Anything Goes
Digi Choosday Craft Challenge - Wk 12 – Anything Goes
Get Creative Challenges - Challenge #67 - Fantasy / Mythological
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge Blog - Penny's Challenge 372 - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Pile It On #140 – Circles - bonus theme - Squares
my card is square with lots of square layers, my first circle is the frame around the mermaid and there are lots of circles in the rhinestones dotted inside the scallops
Polkadoodles Craft Challenge - Wk 12 - Anything Goes
QKR Stampede - Challenge #288 - Anything Goes
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

World Wide Open Design Team Challenge Blog – Challenge #03 - Anything Goes


  1. Sweet mermaid and lovely colouring, beautiful cards!
    Thank you for joining Allsorts challenge, good luck;-))m

  2. Oh wow another stunner.
    Thanks for joining us over at Penny's.
    Jean xx

  3. What a lovely creation! Great post...Thank you so much for joining us at Polkadoodles Digi Choosday and best of luck with your entry.

    Jane DT for  http://

  4. Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.
    Bye, Ine
    DT for:

  5. Another sweet card! 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}

  6. Oh this is just absolutely gorgeous. I love the design, colours and image which is coloured so nicely too. Great work.Thank you for sharing with us over here at "A Perfect Time To Craft" and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT for


  7. Thank you for sharing with us over here at A Perfect Time To Craft and best of luck with your entry.

    Ania DT

  8. Beautiful card and mermaid -love the bling---Thank you for joining us at Get Creative
    Carol DT x

  9. This is also lovely - I like the background you created for this one. Again - amazing detail! Thanks again for joining us at the QKR Stampede anything goes challenge this week. Dorothy S, DT member

  10. These are both beautiful - love the underwater background, and the sparkle on the mermaid tail!

    Thanks for playing along with us at Creatiive Moments,

    Hugz Tinz

  11. This is so pretty and I like everything about it, from your colouring and layout to those cute little fish. The addition of the sparkle to her scales is just perfect.
    Thank you for joining us at the All Dressed Up challenge blog and I hope you'll be back again soon.
    Marilyn S

  12. Very pretty cards, love the colours and bling around the images, thanks for joining us at Crafty Catz this week, Jac x

  13. Cute images, Thanks for sharing it with us at Crafting with an Attitude Janet DT

  14. Your cards are so lovely Tracy, I love those mermaids and how you added some Wink of Stella to their tails, that's a very sweet touch. Thanks for entering the challenge at Polkadoodles this week, good luck in the prize draw. XOX Lucy

  15. So pretty! Great color palette for those mermaids. Both cards are wonderful, thanks for playing along with Polkadoodles, hope to see you again.

  16. Thanks again Tracy, 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]

  17. Adorable! Love your coloring! Thank you for joining us at Pile It On! Challenge Blog ~Marciava ~ Design Team Member

  18. What a delicately feminine card. Good Luck!!
    Thanks for entering it in our Creative Moments challenge blog!

    Kristy Abela -

  19. Lovely project :)
    Thank you for sharing with us over here today at the Polkadoodles Challenge Blog and best of luck with your entry.

    Ania DT

  20. Gorgeous card Tracy xx
    Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.
    Dianne DT for the World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  21. Back again, and again, just so beautiful - Thank you for sharing with us here today at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Annette DT Registered Owners/Admin for World Wide Open Design Team Challenge

  22. Thank you for sharing with us over here at World Wide Open Design Team Challenge and best of luck with your entry.

    Jodie DT for  World Wide Open Design Team Challenge


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