Bunny Hoppin' at Karen's Doodles!

Zoe April 1, 2010 62

To celebrate Karen’s Doodles more than 1000 Blog Followers, we are having Easter Blog Hops.  Yes, I said Hops!  There are 4 separate Hops going on….

You are currently hopping on the United States Challenge Blog (My Team)

Scroll down to find my egg!

If you have hopped across from Dee’s Blog then you are on track!

If not simply jump over to the US Challenge Blog
and you can take part in the hop.
Hope to see you back here soon!

We are also running blog hops on the other challenge sites.
If you go for the super hop  across all the challenge sites you can win a super prize.
Scroll down for more info.

How to play:

For each individual hop, visit all the participating members blogs and you will find an Easter Egg with a number on it.  Collect the numbers and add up the total.  Be sure to leave a comment while you are visiting, as each Design Team member will be choosing one person from their comments to win the Karen’s Doodles image they have used.

There will be 4 Grand Prize winners, one for each blog Hop, chosen from the visitors who send in the correct total of the eggs for that particular Hop.
The winner will get their choice of 4 Karen’s Doodles images.
For this hop, please send your answer to Easter Blog Hop

The Super Hop!
Wait, there is more, anyone visiting all the blogs for all 4 Hops can enter to win a Super Grand Prize of 4 Karen’s Doodles images plus an autographed Karen’s Doodles original piece of art. Just visit all 4 Country’s blog hops, collect the numbers from the eggs and send the grand total to Karen’s Doodles Grand Prize
The Hops will close on Saturday, April 3 at midnight EST.  Winners will be announced on each Challenge blog before their weekly challenge.

My Card

So I wanted to select one of my favourite images from Karen to share with you today. Remember I will be selecting one of you that leave a comment to WIN this image. It was a very difficult decision to make and I coloured up 3 images before finally deciding at the last minute last night to go with a water theme idea.

The digital image I chose to play with is “Mermaid“. She is one of the prettiest mermaids I have seen availalbe and she could be yours just by leaving me a comment!

So as ideas go I decided to try something I hadn’t done before. I have been wanting to try something like this and I thought this would be a good opportunity, however…

Plans don’t always go smoothly and unfortunately I don’t think this card is one of my brightest ideas, however I will share with you and maybe you can leave me suggestions on how I could have improved the result.

I coloured the top part of the mermaid using copic markers and then I coloured the tail using a tonal applicator stamp from stampscapes, slowly adding different coloured pigment inks. I then embossed the tail and sea shells with glitter embossing powder.

The background was created with strips of ripped blue velum and I created the scene using material leaves, star fish and pearls.

This is where the idea went astray… I wanted to create the scene as though she was immersed in ‘water’ and so I covered the whole image with Dimensional Magic. I had thought I would try to add bubbles as it was drying, but that didn’t quite work out. And because it was so thick it took FOREVER to dry and when it finally did dry it dried with cracks. I think to do this properly the coats would need to be thin and allow to dry in between each coat. I think the extended drying time also made the inks bleed.

Here is a close up.

It does feel pretty cool to touch though and the leaves look pretty cool stuck in the dimensional magic. I might just need to put this one down to experience (lack thereof). hehehe
Any ideas how I could do this with a better result?

WOW. You made it to the bottom! Lot’s of info to read this time sorry!

Here is the egg you are looking for:

Now to continue the hop, hop on over to Erin’s Blog but don’t forget to leave a comment here for your chance to win this gorgeous mermaid!

There are a couple of challenges I wanted to share this card with:

  1. Sweet Sunday Sketch Challenge (S) – I flipped the sketch
  2. Stamp Something (F) – Doodle Challenge

Thanks for hopping on by!

Take care

Zoe xxoo


  1. Maria April 1, 2010 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    I’m the first to comment ~ woohoo! Love the card Zoe and your gorgeous mermaid ROCKS! She totally looks like she’s underwater and happily swimming along. I love the effect you have created here so don’t be so hard on yourself. We are often our worst critic. Your colouring is fabulous and I love the bling you added to her tail. Happy Easter and Big Hugs, Maria

  2. Ramona April 1, 2010 at 6:45 pm - Reply

    I just love your card….the mermaide is beautiful!! And how you made it look wavy….Just awesome!!


  3. ginny April 1, 2010 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    i think it looks fab, off I hop :0)

  4. my2angels April 1, 2010 at 7:24 pm - Reply

    it is a brilliant effect with the DM totally love it – we are so critical of ourselves but it is really like Maria said :):):)
    Have a great Easter 🙂

  5. Bonnie Brown April 1, 2010 at 7:31 pm - Reply

    Great card and idea!

  6. Shannon April 1, 2010 at 8:18 pm - Reply

    WOW I love the techniques great job!!!

  7. Jolara April 1, 2010 at 8:56 pm - Reply

    i love what you did with the mermaid, sooo lovely !
    and I found an egg so i’m hopping on to the next one
    Joyce x

  8. Jolara April 1, 2010 at 8:57 pm - Reply

    i love what you did with the mermaid, sooo lovely !
    and I found an egg so i’m hopping on to the next one
    Joyce x

  9. alica April 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    great idea! love the mermaid and the scene you created – I actually thought (before reading) that you used crackle paint and it’s supposed to be cracked… I would probably use SU Crystal Effects if I wanted something to look like it’s underwater… 😉
    Thanks for sharing!

  10. andrea April 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    hoi zoe,
    I like your card but it is a bit cracky
    and I found your egg so I hop on to the next one
    hugs andrea

  11. Colinda April 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Hop Hop Hop I’m going on a Hop, to all the DT members and leaving a note.
    Collecting all the numbers on the eggs, Hope I know my Math because that is some time ago. LOL
    Hop Hop

    Hugggzzzz Colinda

  12. Tammy S. April 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm - Reply

    Wow—-you sure put alot of work into this one…beautiful job! She is soooooo pretty.

  13. linda dekker April 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm - Reply

    What a fun it is to do the blog hop.
    I love the card you made with Karen’s lovely image.

    hugs Linda

  14. diana April 1, 2010 at 11:27 pm - Reply

    Nice card and thanks for my egg now back to hopping
    hugs diana

  15. Patricia April 1, 2010 at 11:50 pm - Reply

    I love this it really looks like she’s under water.

  16. Coralie April 2, 2010 at 12:01 am - Reply

    I really love the effect on the background! Pretty mermaid! xxx

  17. Michel E April 2, 2010 at 12:54 am - Reply

    Love the mermaid.

  18. Susan ~ Killam Creative April 2, 2010 at 1:02 am - Reply

    Wow, this is a really cool effect. I think I would do it the the first time exactly same way with the same result. lol! You’re probably right about layering it next time. Live and learn, right? I love that the tail tip is sticking out and the pearls. The pearls! Very neat overall. 🙂


  19. Randi WS April 2, 2010 at 2:07 am - Reply

    I think this card is great! Your idea was a good one!!!

  20. Laralee Ganske April 2, 2010 at 2:29 am - Reply

    great job it is sooooo cute WTG

  21. Julie T April 2, 2010 at 4:53 am - Reply

    Your mermaid is just lovely. I think she looks like she got caught and is behind a glass wall.

  22. Kym's Crafty Cards April 2, 2010 at 4:54 am - Reply

    Well, firstly I must say congratulation to the start of all the Karen’s Doodles Challenge Blog. Secondly I wish you well with your first Blog Hop for each Challenge Blog. You are so lucky to have such wonderful designs to work with. I would love to be in with a chance of winning anything as I make my cards to sell solely to raise funds for different charities and anything I win via challenges or blog hops go to this good cause. You have certainly made a lovely card. Best wishes, Kym xxx

  23. Teresa April 2, 2010 at 5:06 am - Reply

    Pretty card.

  24. Michelle April 2, 2010 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Beautiful. TFS.

  25. Denise Q (DQ) April 2, 2010 at 5:15 am - Reply

    Lovely card!

  26. The Rutledges April 2, 2010 at 5:16 am - Reply

    Beautiful. TFS.

  27. Shelley D April 2, 2010 at 5:18 am - Reply

    Thanks for sharing your card, especially as it didn’t work out as you planned. We can learn so much from mistakes!

  28. ElaineBC April 2, 2010 at 5:45 am - Reply

    I like your card and good for you for trying something new, that’s how we learn. I’ve just got back from Mexico where I did some scuba diving so want to do some cards and scrapbook pages that are underwater related. This image would be perfect.


  29. Nancy April 2, 2010 at 7:04 am - Reply

    I like this mermaid image. The cracked glass looks nice with the water theme!


  30. Mary Demmons April 2, 2010 at 7:08 am - Reply

    Beautiful card and what a great water effect. This image is very cute!

  31. Simone R. April 2, 2010 at 7:35 am - Reply

    Even though you didn’t get the effect you were going for your card looks wonderful. Your mermaid reminds me of you color on shrinky dink material, very cool.

  32. Denimo April 2, 2010 at 7:37 am - Reply

    Oh what a GREAT card!!! I just LOVE it! Thanks for the great hop stop!!!

  33. Michelle April 2, 2010 at 7:54 am - Reply

    Amazing card! Adore your image! Well done and thanks for sharing!


  34. Formerly known as: Queen of Bling April 2, 2010 at 8:14 am - Reply

    I love your mermaid card, sometimes our mistakes turn out better than expected. I am hoppin’ down the blogging trail… oh btw I posted the blog hop on my site! Laurie’s Blog

  35. marian van eindhoven April 2, 2010 at 8:27 am - Reply

    i love jou mermaid.
    gr Marian

  36. Lisa Foster April 2, 2010 at 8:35 am - Reply

    Oh My! This is absolutely GORGEOUS! Love it!

  37. Chris Pruss April 2, 2010 at 8:39 am - Reply

    She looks great. I totally felt like she was underwater and gorgeous.

  38. Gloria Westerman April 2, 2010 at 8:57 am - Reply

    This is awesome….I love it…..it does look like she is in water…..thank you for sharing….

  39. Brandy Whisman April 2, 2010 at 9:40 am - Reply

    Great job – very cute!!

  40. Tami French April 2, 2010 at 9:44 am - Reply

    Great job. Lovely mermaid

  41. Rhonda Miller April 2, 2010 at 10:26 am - Reply

    What a great card. I love the mermaid.

  42. LeanneP April 2, 2010 at 11:11 am - Reply

    What a lovely card. I this the mermaid is georgous.

  43. pat April 2, 2010 at 11:24 am - Reply

    Love the little merimaid…………

  44. Denimo April 2, 2010 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    I’ve already commented once Zoe so don’t count this one in the hop. Just wanted to say thanks so much for joining us for the Stamp Something challenge.
    Hugs, Denimo

  45. Jan Scholl April 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    This is my favorite so far! I love the cracked look of the water. I must try this.

  46. scrappintlc (Robin) April 2, 2010 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Wow, love the cracked effect. Adorable.

  47. Autumn Goodman April 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    Your mermaid looks great! You obviously put a lot of thought into this and you are probably right about the drying time making it bleed as I have had that happen myself. Great job!

  48. seongsookduncan April 2, 2010 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    You did a great job. Beautiful image, your nice coloring and detailed techniques. Thanks for sharing.

  49. Linda April 2, 2010 at 6:10 pm - Reply

    Lovely mermaid

  50. Diana April 2, 2010 at 6:49 pm - Reply

    Hi. I love your card , so sweet and great coloring.
    Hugs Diana

  51. Renata April 2, 2010 at 7:58 pm - Reply

    Wow…Gorgeous! Love all about it but especially the crackle AND the great sentiment.

    I’m not joining in for the price, just hopping around 😉

    Liefs, Renata
    Karen’s Doodles NL

  52. Jo April 3, 2010 at 1:31 am - Reply

    Great card, image and bloghop.


  53. sassyscrapper April 3, 2010 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Hi Zoe! I love your blog I am now your newest follower. Yeah!! I got half way through your tags and was simply drooling over all your beautiful creations! I absolutely Love your style. Everything a little more unique than the last and always full of special little details. Anyway I decided to become a follower as I know there is so much I need to see on your blog. Awesome blending tips. I LOVE my Copics so I look forward to learning everything I possibly can to get the best results and your demestrations are wonderful! Thank you for sharing them. I also LOVE Tigger what a cutie pie. I’m a big dog lover. But I had to really laugh when I saw the picture of his bed all shredded and that cute little face of his. Gosh how precious! I must say I love you blog set up with the cute little tabs to the left and especially the tags to the right with all the goodies waiting to be explored. I was so inspired by your rocking horse card that I put it on my to create list. It’s really beautiful. I wish I could stay longer but I hear the roar of my husbands chain saw and well someone has to babysit. LOL I look forward to stopping in again! Take care and have a blessed weekend! Hugs Bonnie

  54. Stacie April 3, 2010 at 3:49 am - Reply

    I actually think it looks neat with the cracks…great creative idea!!

  55. Stacy Walker April 3, 2010 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Very nice card. I like how you put it together.

  56. Deonna B April 3, 2010 at 7:41 am - Reply

    Your card is beautiful. I love the dimensional effect.

  57. Melissa Tousse April 3, 2010 at 8:03 am - Reply

    Love your card! I’m having a fab time on the blog hop! Thanks for sharing!

  58. Nancy in Iowa April 3, 2010 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    This is a stunning card. The pearls are just the BEST! Thank you for the inspiration.
    All good wishes,
    Nancy in Iowa

  59. Joey April 3, 2010 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    Hi Zoe

    your mermaid looks just perfect to me! gorgeous card. Just stopping by to show some support not to be entered for the prize.


  60. Krista's Design April 3, 2010 at 11:44 pm - Reply

    Love your mermaid on the card…

  61. Cat Spicer April 5, 2010 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    Your mermaid is still wonderful even though it didn’t go quite the way you planned. The cracks make me think of the movement of the water, she’s swimming through the waves. WONDERFUL!

  62. Bonnie April 7, 2010 at 9:56 am - Reply

    I love the card and the cracked glass just adds to it.

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