Wednesday, 30 September 2009

Sweet Sketch Wednesday + Doubletake

Hi all,

Happy 'Middle of the Week' day! - Which is also time for a great new sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday! Well done to our winner from last week - Momiji - great job!

Now to this week's lovely sketch:


AND just for good measure you can also use (if you like - but not if you don't want to) the doubletake sketch:



We have no sponsors for this week, so you can get to choose whatever images you please, or none at all if you wish!



I chose one of my own images for the first sketch - a wee Westie - but I only used his face in close-up as he is so sweet! He is available for purchase from my blog shop - Delicious Doodles. I coloured him in with my trusty watercolour pencils.

I used a backing paper that I made digitally to go with him on a birthday card that I sell on ebay. The green tartan paper was hanging about so needed using up! The ribbon is just some dark green grossgrain that I have had for two years, and a bit of purple satin that's been lying about too!! Topped off with a couple of buttons from the local haberdashery.



For the double-take sketch I used an image that was a free download from somewhere - can't remember where now, sorry folks! The papers were from Tinker & Co. I made the flower with my usual punches and inky bits. The lace I got from the same haberdashery store as above.

So folks, head on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a look at the rest of the lovely DT's creations, and have yourself a go - you have two sketches to choose from!! Spoilt for choice!

Tuesday, 29 September 2009

Little Christmas Penguin


Hiya folks.

At last I get to play some challenges - I was getting withdrawl symptoms! So much so that I am entering this one into FIVE challenges!! Woah - that's gotta be a record for me. . .

First up, the sketch, which is from Friday Sketchers - a lovely simple sketch! BOY do they get a load of entries!!

Next, there are two challenges with Christmas themes this week. One is at Bee Crafty, the other at A Spoon Full Of Sugar.

At Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge, they wanted to see Animals getting up to things - well my little Penguin has been sneaking around with gifts galore!

My first visit to DU2DS, their theme is to use dies and punches - my flower is made with punches of different shapes and sizes, with inked petals, and some gold stickles.

My Penguin is a digi-image that I drew myself, and is also for sale in my little blog shop - Delicious Doodles. I coloured it with my usual watercolour pencils, and layered it with foam pads for extra dimension. The backing papers are all from Tinker & Co., from last years Gingerbread Man collection.

Phew! That'll keep me going for a while - I don't think!!

Tuesday Taggers - Trees

Hi folks! It's Tuesday again, and time for another Tuesday Taggers theme.

I really enjoyed looking at all the sepia designs last week, can't wait to see what you come up with this time! We have a sponsor this week - from the Craft Barn, and a prize for the winner of a £15.00 voucher to spend with them!! Remember you must have the Craft Barn link in your post to qualify, or have them in your sidebar.

We've gone all nature on you this week, so the theme is TREES. Anything with trees, doesn't have to be about autumn either, just as long as it has some trees somewhere - could even be a photo if you want.


Well, as I had been drawing a Celtic Christmas Tree for my digi-image shop, Delicious Doodles, I decided to go with a Christmas card. I thought I would keep it pretty simple, as the tree itself is a complicated design. Just a printout of the image layered onto silver mirri, then onto white card with a black border and black sentiment. Topped off with some glitter and a silver bow. Done!

The card only took a few minutes to make up, but the drawing took days!!

Now you get to have a go! Why not have a look at the rest of our DT samples for some added inspiration! Head over to Tuesday Taggers for a look around.

Monday, 28 September 2009

More New Doodles

Just a couple of new doodles this week - too busy with Xmas stuff for ebay to draw any more!!

So here we are, a Celtic style Christmas Tree:


And an expectant Mum To Be:


Both are available for purchase now in my Delicious Doodles Blog Shop

Hippie Chick - Digital Ink Co. Challenge

Hi all,

Here we are at another Monday morning, and boy is it a grey day here in 'bonny'?? Scotland. Boring grey skies and boring wet rain. . .

So I need cheering up. I want to see loads of new entries in this week's challenge at Digital Ink Challenge Blog. Many thanks to all that entered last week. I really love to see all your creations!!

This week there is a colour theme, and we all got to use the 'Hippie Chick' image from Kathy at Stitchy Stamps which is available at the Digital Ink Co. Store.




I used a mixture of lovely papers that I got from Raspberry Road Designs (the grungy background), Tinker & Co (the flowery spotty bit) and Funky Hand (the swirly green bit), which are all digital, so perfect for me to use - no messy glue, no wasted papers. Just loads of printer ink!



The image was coloured with my watercolour pencils as usual, and raised from the background with foam pads. I made the flowers with my flower punches, added some inky bits on the tips, and some gold glitter for a bit of pizazz. Last bit was the wee gem in the centre of the big flower.



Now for a surprise - the Digital Ink Co. store is having a blog hop this Friday, for a whole week!! There is a chance to win a Mega prize, with challenges and gifts galore! Pop back on Friday for more info and the starting point link.

Also at the store is some great blog candy that runs through to 19th October - go on over and check it out!!

Sunday, 27 September 2009

Mum To Be Card


Hi folks. No challenges today, sorry about that.

Just this card I was asked to make for a customer of mine. A mate of hers is leaving to have a baby, and she wanted a Mum to Be card.

Couldn't find the image I wanted, so I drew one myself and coloured it in with the usual watercolour pencils. Just a light layering for this one, as it is being posted out tomorrow.

I will make this image available for purchase at my shop, probably tomorrow, along with a Celtic Style Christmas Tree - sample card to come in a couple of days.

Winter Wonderland - Box, Bag or Paper

Another weekend almost over - another one closer to that dreaded 'C' word! Time for another theme at Winter Wonderland. HUGE thanks to all that entered last week, truly fabby creations! Can't wait to see what you get up to this week.

And the theme is: Make a Gift Box, Gift Bag or Wrapping Paper. You don't need to do them all, just one if you like. We have a brilliant giveaway this week, donated by our very own Sam - thanks hun!


I chose to make a gift box, with a matching card. I have used this template for the box a few times before on different projects, so it was perfect for this one too. The papers are all from a Tinker & Co. kit.


I used the same kit to make the card. I know it's all a bit girly and pink, but they had a matching boy coloured set too, so I could have used that, if I had wanted to. These are all from last years collections anyway - I do hope they have some new stuff for this year.



I didn't have to colour anything in as it all came pre-coloured. All I did was cut out various bits and layer with foam pads, oh and make the bows with some gorgeous ribbon I found at my local craft shop, and stick some snowflake brads on.



Right then - now you can have a go! Head over to Winter Wonderland and see the rest of our DT's creations, and also a couple of Guest Designers too!

Saturday, 26 September 2009

Mackintosh Style - Peace


This card is to go into three challenges today. (I hope)

First up is the sketch at Midnight Madness, my card went a bit wrong in the middle, but you'd hardly notice!!

Next I am hoping this will fit in at La-La-Land, where the theme is 'Paper-piecing'. Not entirely sure what that is . . . but if it means cutting and layering like decoupage, then it'll be OK.

Last up is C.R.A.F.T. where the challenge is to NOT use any backing papers. None here! Just strips of coloured card, and a base colour of a very pale yellow - done on the computer and printed out - no papers at all!!

The Candle image I had as a stamp for ages, but what I did was scan a print in, and then coloured it and tweeked it to make a coloured image that I can print out again and again - handy for Christmas cards!! I cut bits out and layered them up with foam pads for extra dimension. You can't see it too well in the photo, but that's what happens when the hubby wants the camera, and you have to rush a job!! - MEN!

Thursday, 24 September 2009

Bee Crafty - Bookmark

Phew - didn't think I was EVER going to find my mojo for this project, but it sneaked up on me this morning!

I was busily making up the card in my last posting, and suddenly had a thought - why not do a bookmark for the Bee Crafty theme with the leaves I have left over?



So here we are. I used a piece of the orange card I had left over too, stuck my leaves all over it and cut it in half to make two sides. Then I printed off the FREEBIE on the Bee Crafty Blog and coloured it with watercolour pencils. Not too chuffed with my own colouring really - a bit sloppy for me!


I raised that panel on foam pads, and then made a tassle and attached it to finish off with. Ta-Da!

Isn't it great when Mr Mojo comes flooding back to you!?!

Autumn Leaves


Hey there bloggin' buddies.

Decided to do some challenges today, so this card fits three (I hope)

First, at Inspirational Card Sketches, I followed their sketch, but twisted it onto its side. I think it sat better that way for my idea of what to do with it.

Next up, the colours at The Little Paper Shop. These are: Rose Red, Pumpkin Pie and Summer Sun. Trouble is I don't own any fancy markers, just the kid's felt tips and watercolour pencils, so I had to try matching those colours digitally, which I think I managed to do quite well.

Third, the theme at the Digital Tuesday Challenge, which is to use leaves as well as a digital image. So off I trotted to my back garden for some autumn coloured leaves (yes, real ones!) Thing is, our autumn has only just started here, so not much has changed colour-wise on the leaves. So I raided the nearest thing, my Japanese Maples, and a wee ground-cover thingy that I forget the name of. Closest I could get to autumn colours for now.

The digi-image I used is the wording, which comes from the Digital Ink Co. and is by Stamping Dragon Designs. The cardstock was from my local craft shop, as was the ribbon. I used watercolour pencils to colour the image, and let them bleed into each other for a graduated look.

Wednesday, 23 September 2009

Sweet Sketch Wednesday - Dustin Pike

Hey folks - middle of the week - Sweet Sketch Wednesday time! This week we have the brilliant Dustin Pike sponsoring us. One lucky winner will get to choose three of his digi-images to play with! How cool is that?!

I chose to use this sad looking Dragon, poor thing, I felt sorry for him!! He has been in the wars!



I am dedicating this card to our own poor Arlana, as she hasn't been too well lately. I know you haven't broken any bones Arlana, but I still thought of you when I saw it. I hope you are on the mend now. . .?

For this card I used papers from Tinker & Co., and printed some extra for the flower. The border at the top was from my local craft shop, and is a sort of felt material. The Dragon is coloured with my fav watercolour pencils, and layered a bit with foam pads. I didn't do too many layers, as it was a bit fiddly, and my fingers were a bit stiff at the time. (Too much gardening!)

OK, so it's your turn now. Head over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and have a look at the rest of the DT's wonderful creations - they have been busy!! DON'T FORGET - Have a go and you could win some Dustin Pike images!!

Tuesday, 22 September 2009

Macabre Monday Challenge


Hi again,

Three posts in one day!! Just like buses, eh!!

This card is a little something I made for my ebay shop, along with a few others, but it just fits into the challenge at Haunted Design House's Macabre Monday Challenge, which is colours this week. After my shocker last week, this one is a bit less scary, phew! The colours are: Black, White, Purple, Orange and a Limey Green.

I used a couple of my digi-images (available for purchase at my Delicious Doodles Blog), and layered up the tombstone with foam pads. It was coloured with watercolour pencils, as usual!!

The papers are all digital papers I got from Free Digital Scrapbooking.com. Ribbon from my stash - had it for two years!! About time it got used up. . .

Girly Candi the Fairy Card


This card is going into three challenges today.

First I followed the sketch at Friday Sketchers this week - lovely!

Next, the theme at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge was 'Girly' - ooooh, endless possibilities!

And then at Polka Doodles they want to see DIY Flowers, well I always try to make my own, as you may have guessed if you have seen my blog before!!

So, for this 'girly' theme I drew another wee fairy character similar to Candi that I released to my Delicious Doodles shop the other day. This Fairy is available there now too. I made her seated this time, so she could sit on almost anything. I thought I would put her seated on the edge of the oval shape.

The papers are all from a digital paper kit from The Little Scrap Garden. I printed some extra to make the flowers with. I used my flower punches for these, and put a little gem in the centre.

The Fairy image and the oval are raised and layered with foam pads. I added some frilly lace round the oval for extra girliness. Last job, some clear glitter here and there.
Hope it's girly enough for you all. . .??

Tuesday Taggers - Sepia

Well, here we are at another Tuesday. Time for another Tuesday Taggers theme, which this week is all about Sepia, you know, the tones of brown on old photos. . . You can make anything you like - doesn't have to be with an old photo either.

We have a sponsor this week - the Stampman - and Jill has made a lovely mini travel book in a mini suitcase - fab!! The winner this week will get a £15.00 voucher!!

I made a simple card this time, using a photo image I found on the internet. All I did was turn it into a black and white image in photoshop, then I coloured it a sort of sepia tone in Quark-Express.


The frame is from Raspberry Road and was part of a set of fancy frames. Last thing to do was to add some ribbon, a bow and a couple of pearls, and hey presto! There you have it.

Now it's time for you to have a go - take a look at the DT's samples for some added inspiration - and drool over Jill's lovely suitcase and mini book at Tuesday Taggers.

Monday, 21 September 2009

*** More New Doodles ***

Hiya folks!

I've been busy doodling again. FOUR more additions to the shop today - check them out:

A Ghost for Halloween:


A lovely Robin Redbreast:


A Celtic Style Snowflake:


Candi the Fairy seated:


You can purchase these digi-images and many more, at my shop; Delicious Doodles

Digital Ink Co. Challenge #3



Wow folks! What a load of lovely entries we had for last week's challenge at Digital Ink Co. We loved visiting your blogs.

This week we have a recipe to follow - real easy peasey! Two designer papers and three buttons/brads or eyelets - that's it!!

Now, we on the DT had to use an image from Beary Dust (Sue) - available at the Digital Ink Co shop, along with many other wonderful images. I chose to use a fella named 'Holden' for my card. He's a cute little Pup isn't he?

The papers I used are from Funky Hand - Minty Madness the set is called. These are digital downloads - just the job! I made the flowers with some leftover bits from my box and a couple of flower punches, with some metallic brads for the centres. 'Holden' the dog is coloured using watercolour pencils, and layered up with foam pads.

Now for your turn! There is a yummy prize up for the winner - a set of digi-images from Reece's Designs - nip over to the challenge blog HERE to take a look at this prize, and see the DT's lovely creations! There is also a CANDY RAFFLE running until 19th October - so get over and put your name down for that! Can't wait to see all of your brilliant creations!

Blog Candy Winner!!

Hey folks! The birthday has passed without incident, blog candy is CLOSED and the winner has been drawn!!

Woah, we're all organised this morning - it won't last!

Now for the WINNER, yeay!


I was up early this morning putting all the names in my little box - yeah it's a printer ink box, but hey - whatever!


Got the big kids off to school, but grabbed the wee one to do the draw. Hazel is five and loves school. That won't last either - LOL


She dipped her grubby mits into the box and drew out the lucky number, which was:


Number 11: DRAGONLADY - yeay for you!! Congratulations Friend!

Drop me a note with your postal address and I'll whizz them off to you ASAP. Then you can PLAY to your hearts delight!!

Right, off now to do some DT stuff.

Sunday, 20 September 2009

Winter Wonderland - Hot Chocolate!

Here we are at another Sunday - and Happy Birthday to me! Yes, another year older and another year wiser, so the saying goes. Not sure about the wiser bit??

We had a great time nosing through all the lovely Vintage cards last week - well done all! This week at Winter Wonderland we have the theme of Hot Chocolate for you - yummy!!



I used the colours pink and brown for this one hoping it would convey the idea of chocolate drinks. The papers are from a kit named Mocha Love from Raspberry Road Designs. These kits are digital ones, but are so easy to use - and there isn't any waste! You just print the bits you want.

The image is by Stampin' Mama 4U, from the Digital Ink Co. Store. You really must check them out for some fabby images. There are new ones every day nearly!

I coloured it in with watercolour pencils, and covered it with decoart glitter snow and added a stripey stick to stir the chocolate with - yum!



I tried to make it more Christmassy by adding some pink holly with glittery bits by the flower, and accenting here and there with a bit of gold.


Now it's your turn! Head over to Winter Wonderland and take a look at the inspiration we have for you! And have a go yourself!

Birthday Blog Candy!!

****This Blog Candy is now CLOSED***



Hopefully if I have done it right, this post will stay at the top until 20th September. Please scroll down for more recent posts. Thank you.

Hey folks!

As it is my birthday in September, I have decided to celebrate with some yummy blog candy!! Wooohooo!!

Up for grabs are a couple of stamp sets. These are the regular inking up variety, which as you know by now, I don't do.




Set number one: some Christmas See-Dee's, which include images and sentiments, 22 in all.

Set number two: some trendy Smirk stamps which are clear, again with words and images, 9m in total.

I went out to buy these just for this occasion. Yeah, I know they are Christmas stamps, but hey, we're not far off now are we?? And you DO want to be organised don't you. . . ??

So, all you need to do is post a mention about my blog candy on your blog, with a link back to my blog, and then leave me a comment with your link in it.

I shall then place all entries into a wee - or huge - box, as the case may be, and I'll get one of the kiddies to pull one out, and that will be the lucky winner!!

You have until 20th September (my birthday) to place your entries. The draw will be made on the morning of 21st (UK time), and the winner posted on my blog.

Good Luck All !!!

Friday, 18 September 2009

New Doodles Added

I've just loaded up a couple more new designs, for anyone who is interested, at my other blog: Delicious Doodles.

A lovely little Fairy named Candi:


And a cute Penguin bearing gifts:


If you can help me out with a name here I'll be very grateful. Sorry, but I've already considered Peter and Percy. Hmmn, not quite right somehow. . . HELP!!

Fairy Wishes . . .


Hi all,

This card is going into three challenges.

First I followed the sketch at Delightful Sketches. This will be 'live' for a while yet, so you have plenty of time to get yours in.

Next I used the colour theme at C.R.A.F.T. which is Pink and Brown - yummy, reminds me of chocolate marshmallows. . .

Next I think it qualifies for La-La-Land, where they want 3 different embellishments or more! I have used: Mulberry flowers, a printed card flower with brad cantre, some gems, ribbon and glitter.

The papers are from a kit I found at Raspberry Road Designs named Mocha Love - these are digital kits, so perfect for me!

The Fairy is my own design, shortly to be available on my other blog Delicious Doodles, where I sell my own digi-images. I coloured her with watercolour pencils and sprinkled glitter on for extra yumminess!! (is that a word? 'Tis now!)

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Rock On Teenage Boy!


Hi folks!

This card is going into two challenges today.

First at the Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge, where their theme is 'Teenage Boy'.

Second is Inspirational Card Sketches. I followed the sketch there #7.

The papers are all from Raspberry Road Designs and are digital papers.

The Rock Guitar image is from Digital Ink Co., and is designed by Judy at M+M Designz. It has been coloured with watercolour pencils and raised up with foam pads.

Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Cameo Style Topper


Hi folks.

I have a triple whammy today.

First up this is going into the Polka Doodles challenge, which is to NOT make a card - difficult I know, but that's the idea behind challenges. I made a Topper instead.

Next, I followed the sketch at Midnight Madness - they do have some fabby giveaways there!

Then we have Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturday challenge, where they have a recipe to follow. 3 papers, any image, 1 ribbon or lace.

The papers are: the backing, the brown oblong frame bit, and the pink oval frame and some flowers. I used some lace to the left to fit in with the sketch, rather than use a bow elsewhere. The image is from Digital Ink Co, 'Lady in a Bonnet', designed by Julie at Jules Junk. I coloured her with watercolour pencils.

Sweet Sketch #15 - Double Take!

Hiya Folks!

Another Sweet Sketch Wednesday challenge for you. We are on week 15 already! Where does the time go??

Here is the original sketch we worked with for this week:



And here is the card I made for it. The papers are all from Funky Hand and are downloadable. I made the flowers from those papers too, with shaped punches and wee gems for the centre. I raised them up a bit from the card with foam pads.



We have another sponsor this week too - weyhey!! Regina Easter from The Cutting Cafe is our sponsor this week, and she is offering THREE digi's to the winner - wowee!!

For this we had a double-take sketch to follow:



And here is what I made with it, and a lovely set of digi's from The Cutting Cafe named 'Social Butterflies' - just gorgeous set!!



I printed the butterfly a few times, along with the sentiment that comes with the set, coloured the white bits, and dotted some Pebeo Touch dimension paint on the wings and as a trail as highlights, just to give it a lift. The topmost wings I curled a bit for extra effect. Papers from Tinker & Co.

So it's your turn now - get on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a look round the DT's blogs for some brilliant inspiration - have a go yourself - you know you want to win those digi's. . .

Tuesday, 15 September 2009

Autumn Leaves


This card is going into three challenges today.

First at Digital Tuesday the challenge is to 'Keep it clean and simple' with an Autumnal theme AND use a digital image. I hope mine is simple enough?? Might have used too many papers, but then it wouldn't have fitted the next challenge.

Which is at Rosie Dee's Challenge Blog. They have a recipe of two squares and one rectangle to fit their theme this month of 'Shapes'.

Next up is A Spoon Full of Sugar, where their them is Autumn - how convenient!

I could have made it four challenges, by the other one wanted another three embellishments, so that didn't work.

Never mind, another card, another challenge!!

This card uses some papers I found on some website somewhere, sorry I have had them a while and forgotten where I got them from (ooops!) The dark paper with flowers came from a Tinker & Co set.

The image itself is from a store named Digital Ink Co. The name is Autumn Leaves and is by Janet at Stamping Dragon Designz.
*** Forgot to mention - I coloured the leaves with ink daubers so the colours blended nicely - sorry!! ***

Another Customer Creation

Hi folks,

Someone else has been busy with one of my Digi-Images from my Delicious Doodles store blog

Just take a nosey at this one:


This lovely purple creation was made by Annette at My Pommie Purple Patch - coool or what?!

Why not pay her a visit, I'm sure she'd love your comments.

Die Cuts and Punches - Tuesday Taggers

Hiya folks! Another Tuesday, another Tuesday Taggers theme!! It was great fun going to everyones blog and looking at all the different bookmark ideas - great work all!

This week at Tuesday Taggers we are challenging you to use your Dies and Punches to create your project. You don't need both, just one or the other if you like.

I used both for my picture frame.



The rectangle shape was made with a Framabilities die. All the flowers on the frame were made with flower punches, and the leaves were punches.

The main picture was made with a Quickutz Double-die, the Rosebud. The little leaves at the bottom were using the Quickutz Christmas Poinsettia die (just the leaf, not the flower bit). These were all then placed on top of a fluffy feather, and the top-most rosebud was raised with tiny foam pads. Lastly I finished off with an organza bow.



So, now it's your turn to amaze us all with your wonderful creations. Hop over to Tuesday Taggers and visit the DT's blogs to see what they used for theirs. Have a go, why not!!

Monday, 14 September 2009

Apologies To Those With Weak Dispositions!

I have decided today to pay homage to the Master of Macabre, Mr. Stephen King!

The theme at Haunted House Design for their Macabre Monday Challenge is 'Movies'. This challenge blog is everything to do with Halloween and scary stuff - Ace!!

Now, Stephen King is most favourite author EVER, and some of his penned creations have made it to the silver screen - all time classics such as 'The Shining', and 'Christine', but two of them.

For my 'movie' card I chose a slightly less well known flick named 'IT' - I have a thing about Clowns - hate 'em, they put the bejayzus up me, and when I saw this fella - EEEKKK!!!

Ok, so some of the effects are a bit dated and sad nowadays, but Tim Curry (Pennywise, the Clown) really does the job with this character. Nice one Tim!

I am also entering this one into The Little Paper Shop's challenge, which is 'Halloween'. Great isn't it? I was almost late with my entry last week, now I am on the ball today!! I'll apologise now if I scare you guys with this one - SORRY!!!!

So here he is:


Pennywise the Clown. Yuck! Hate clowns!!

I drew this and coloured in with watercolour pencils. Then I scanned it into the computer and put some creepy text on top before printing out. Sorry, no layers this time, he's scary enough without jumping out at you!! - LOL.