Tuesday 24 March 2009

Dotty Sisters!

Hi there

Well first of all I must share our good news...We FINALLY exchanged contracts on our house today. Woohoo, we are moving on 7th April, I can't believe we've actually resolved all of the little bits and pieces that were holding everything back! It's been going on for ages!!

I wanted to enter a challenge over at Dotties World. I've been buying things from Karen at Charmed Cards & Crafts probably for a couple of years now. (mostly Basic Grey papers!!) Her site is fab and her service is too! She's really lovely, she always sends a little token gift with my order, such as toppers for cards or some ribbon etc, and she goes out of her way to help. I don't know about you but it's that kind of thing that keeps me a loyal customer. Anyway, enough of me chatting, onto my card...! Can you tell I'm excited that we're moving?!

So, the details....I used cardboard pre-cut shapes, I don't normally buy them but I just couldn't resist when I saw these Amy Butler ones that match my pad. I used my Copics, gasp, horror! Yes, I'm using them :o) I've had to play around with them to get used to how they work and to be honest I didn't really have enough colours before to be able to use them properly. Also, I kept on getting blurring where the colour would run outside of the edges. I seem to have worked it out now that if I leave it to dry for a moment before trying to blend it seems to stop the problem.

The challenge was to use two downloads from Charmed Cards & Crafts on the card. Why is it that I choose to enter a challenge where I need to use not just one download, but two?!! I don't make it easy for myself, do I? I decided to use my Holly & Madison downloads. They are gorgeous designs. I also wanted to use my Amy Butler papers so chose a theme of lime, grey, blue and green. I thought that the card needed a bit more colour, hence the red accents that I used to colour the girls.

I split the card into two thirds lime and one third blue/grey DP and then added three tags at the bottom. The first wide one was pop dotted, the second circular one was just stuck on to the first, and the sentiment tag was pop dotted. The tag 'My Sister, My Friend' kind of sparked off the whole design. I thought I could go with the idea that Holly & Madison were sisters.

I printed the downloads and coloured them with Copics, colour details below. I adhered them to two rectangles and stuck them at angles. (They remind me of those little collector cards that people get framed!) Finally I added a few small die cuts from the set, and voila the Dotty Sisters were born! I was going to add pearls but it looked a bit too much. I'm still not sure if the card is too busy as it is.

Digi Downloads: Charmed Cards & Crafts, 'Holly & Madison'
Paper & Tags: Amy Butler Faded China
Pens: Copic B05, R00, E93, RV21, YG03, YG67, G21, B00, B23, Y11, R27, R59, E33, E35, E47, C-1, C-5, C-7, 100

I still need to sort out better skin colours with my Copics but that will come in time. This girl needs to set a craft budget. Do any of you do that? If so, how do you do it? Is it weekly, monthly? I am terrible though.. If I don't buy it you can guarantee it is discontinued or gone by the time I go back to get it. If I do buy it I find it cheaper somewhere else afterwards lol. What's a girl to do?!

Oh by the way, the chocolate cravings have subsided thank goodness. I kind of killed them with a big bar of chocolate on Mother's Day. Well, it has to be celebrated, doesn't it! ;o)

I hope you like my cards, I'd love some feedback, particularly on the Copic colouring in!

Have a good evening. I'm off to watch Holby City now! ♥


  1. A beautiful card Ruby, apart from the fabulously coloured images, the papers and accents you chose are just perfect! Thank you for joining the challenge this week.
    Juliet xx

  2. Aw! Ruby this is such a sweet card, I love the colours you chose. Brilliant!!
    Kim x

  3. CON'GRATS!!! ON FINALLY MOVING!! So exciting... :) You sure have your Copic coloring down!! I'm looking into them and "HAVE A BUGET" also!! LOL... I just wait till I have my coupons to shop, and I'm in a monthly stamp club and spend on that! I order a few things online too! A girl has to have limits, WHEN NEEDED! Smiles... :)

  4. Hi Ruby!
    Your Copic colouring is way better than mine. I need to collect loads more colours before I can do any proper shading.
    Congrats on exchanging... you must be thrilled :o)
    As to budgeting for craft goodies..... I just spend my money until it runs out! works for me :o)
    There is a Hug and Lemonade on my blog for you.
    Sandra xx

  5. Hi Ruby! Congrats on getting the move all figured out. April 7th is right around the corner. I know less than nothing about card making, but for what it's worth, I think your card is adorable!

  6. Totally fabulous card! I love the way you used the Amy Butler die cuts and you coloring is really wonderful!

    (-: Heidi

  7. Ruby I love your card!! Those two images work really well together and I love the papers you've used. Your colouring with copics is really good too, you've made good use of shading. Good luck with your move!! I hiope i all goes smoothly. katxx

  8. Oh Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby!!!(I've set myself off singing now LOL) Not only have you made me smile and made a fabulous card you've also used my favourite papers and embellishments! I'm so into that Amy Butler range. You're right about the service at Charmed, you can't beat it can you.
    Thanks for playing sweetheart, your cheerfulness came right through in your blog post and cheered me up.
    Good luck with your move.♥♥

  9. Oh thank you Ruby for the lovely words about Charmed; it's easy to give good service if you have lovely customers like you ♥♥♥♥

    What a lovely card, it's gorgeous! Your colouring is ace too, you must enter the Copic challenges now you have your markers. That Lotus Faded China is fantasttic, watch out for project ideas on the main site as I sent some of the goodies to one of my DT members to play with (Lou in fact).

    Thanks for joining the challenge, this is the first of many I hope!!

    Good luck with the move too!

    Karen xxx

    P.S. I always sing "Ruby Ruby Ruby Ruby" for HOURS whenever I have an order from you. :-)

  10. Beautiful card Ruby, thank you for joining in the fun over at Dottie's World.

    love Dingle.xx

  11. Wow this is a stunning card, I love it the colours are beautiful and I love how you have accented wtih the red.


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