Monday, 30 November 2009

Christmas Poinsettia

Hiya folks,

All recovered from the gluttony at the weekend have we? -this is for my American friends!

A few of my ex-DT mates and I decided to challenge ourselves to make something with one of my images from my blog shop, Delicious Doodles. They decided we should use the Poinsettia image, as it is about that time of year when they hit our shops big time!!

Now, I have a few challenges that I have also covered with this creation, which is a Stationery Set, so here goes:

First I followed a sketch for the front of it. This is from Sunday Sketch and Stamp. It is my first time entering here on this challenge blog, so I hope it will do for them. . .



Next up, the colours were chosen for the Stampin' for the Weekend challenge, again my first time here too! The colours were Lilac and Silver, and they also wanted it to be a Gift Card with Tag. I decided for my Set to make the Tag bit into a Bookmark. Hope that's OK with them . . .?


At the C.R.A.F.T. Challenge, they wanted us to make something to give as a gift, well I think this qualifies for that one, no bother.



At The Pixie Cottage they want to see some stitching. Sorry but I don't sew, but I do cheat and I have put some fake stitches round the edges with a silver gel pen. Not that noticeable really, but there you go. It was a bit on the dark side for my photos, so please excuse their naff-ness!!



Finally (phew!) the theme of Christmas was required at Papertake Weekly AND at Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturday.



All the papers were from Tinker & Co, which I altered to make the right colour. I followed some templates for the envelopes, and the notelets were easy enough. Just the pic printed in one corner of an A4 sheet and folded into quarters.


The actual holder was made with three sheets of A4 card. Two were folded in half and then stuck together at the back to make a tri-fold. Then I cut the tabbed pockets from the other sheet and stuck to the main card. This was all then covered with the papers, and inked round the edges with silver ink, then I put the fake stitching round with my silver gel pan. Finally I cut out some more Poinsettia images and placed them in the corners.


Well that's it for now then. MUST go and do some dreaded housework. This took me most of the day!!

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Winter Wonderland New Challenge

Morning all.

I hope you are having a lovely weekend so far. It was great to see all your designs without Xmas papers and stamps last week, such a variety!

We have another new theme this week at Winter Wonderland, which is to decorate a candle or make a candle holder, or both if you like!

Well, I have never decorated a candle before, so I chickened out of that bit and opted to do the holder part. I found a lovely 'storm lantern' I think they call them, at Tesco for a couple of quid, so I bought that to use for this project.



It came as a set with the candle and some sand. All I did was pop the candle in the lantern with the same and some glitter mixed in, and then stick some silver snowflakes here and there. I found a lovely decoration in my local chemist and used that too. I think it was meant to go on your gifts - whatever. . . ! I also added some twirly florists ribbon to it for some extra pizazz.



It was a devil to take a photo of though, all that glass and fingermarks!!

So, head on over to Winter Wonderland and take a look at our DT offerings for some added inspiration, and get those candles out guys!!

Saturday, 28 November 2009

Chilli Penguin

Hi again folks!

Second post for today so scroll down for the first one!

This card is for two challenges. First one is the sketch, from the lovely ladies at Friday Sketchers. Another great sketch ladies!!


Second at La-La-Land the challenge is to use 3 DP's, 2 Cardstock and 1 Embellishment (but you can use loads of it!)




I made this card with yet another Tinker & Co set named 'Merry Fishmas'. He is such a cute Penguin, and looks somewhat startled - maybe he caught a whale! LOL I have used three of the DP's from that set, and made the pale snowflake shapes with the pale backing left-overs.

For the two cardstocks, I used a small amount of gold mirri, and some lovely blue from my local craft shop. I also used this blue for the centres of the snowflake shapes behind the main image. For my embellishment I used a few silver snowflake padded shapes. Last of all I added some shiny dimension paint dots in the corners, and some glitter on his hat. Oh, not forgetting a bit of ink round the edges!!

Right, off to do some DT stuff now then. . .

Toffee Bear Topper

Hi folks.

Another wet and dreary day here in not so Bonny Scotland! LOL

Today I have a little Topper for you. It is a very simple affair, as I don't like to be too fussy with my Toppers. This is for the Sophisticat Challenge.



I have followed the theme at Pink Elephant which this week is to use Plaid and Brads, but NO ribbon! Difficult I know, as I like ribbon on my Toppers. It just adds that little flourish, but hey, not allowed for this one!

I have used a red Tartan for the 'Plaid' part, and three white snowflake brads. All from the stash. The cute Bears are from a Tinker & Co set named Mr & Mrs Santa. Not sure if it is still available, as I got it last year. I have printed these out and layered with foam pads. No colouring necessary, as all their kits come ready coloured - how cool is that!

I have dotted some dimension paint round the edges, and put some glittery paint on the white bits on the coats. So there you have it - simple!

Carlyann's Mega Blog Candy!!

Hi folks.

A quickie for you - there is some MEGA blog Candy up for grabs from Carlyann.

Three prizes to be won - just hop over to find out how you could win. . .!


Winner to be announced on New Years Day!

Friday, 27 November 2009

Roxi Red Robin

Hi all.

Today's card is going into four challenges.

First the sketch, which is from Inspirational Card Sketches.



As you can tell, it is a Christmas Card, so fits into a couple of challenges that way. These are at Cute Daisy May (Red Christmas) and Whimsy Stamps (Christmas).

The colours I have used are for the Little Paper Shop challenge, which is to use Brown Red and Kraft.


This lovely Robin is named Roxi, and comes from Tinker & Co, along with the DP in the background, and the strip at the front. I don't have any Kraft paper, so tried to match that colour with that DP using my Photoshop and tweaked it until near enough. The red card is a lovely pearlescent one from my local craft shop, trimmed with decorative scissors. Roxi comes already coloured, so all I did was layer him up with foam pads.

I made the snowflake using a Shapeabilities die with some red sparkly card and some of the DP left over. I have inked the lighter edges of it in brown, and dotted some Pebeo Touch dimension paint on it too.

I have also inked the card edges in red, and used some more dots of paint in the corners. I finished off with a red brad in the centre of the snowflake, and some holly brads from Papermania. It isn't very clear, but there is a sentiment on the strip at the front that says 'Season's Greetings'. This is a red peel-off from Anita's. Sorry about the peel-off, but they do have their uses!!

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Another Easel Calendar Card

Hi all, me again!

I'm back with yet another Easel card in the form of a Calendar for next year. Let's hope I can sell a few of these too. I might even try them on Ebay. . .



Anyway, this is for three challenges. So, the first is the sketch, from Midnight Madness. This was a frustrating sketch to follow, I ripped up several attempts before being finally happy with this design.


I have used a set from Tinker & Co named Shabby Milly for this card/calendar, with the brown backing being from another set named Vintage Milly.



The next challenge is at A Spoon Full Of Sugar, and is a colour one. They wanted us to use Brown, with either Pink or Blue, well I chose to use Pink, oh and sorry, there is some cream colour too. . .



And the third challenge? I am entering for a second time at Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge, as it is another Calendar Card. Hope that's allowed girls??

To You With Love. . .

Hi all, and to those who celebrate it - Happy Thanksgiving!

My card today is going into four challenges. First of all is the sketch and colour theme by Polka Doodles. They want us to include Brown in our project, as well as using the sketch.




Then at Bee Crafty and at DU2DS they want us to use 'Sparkle and Glitter', as well as using a Digital Image.



I've been doodling again, and am using one of my new images, Martin the Mouse. He is available for purchase at my blog shop Delicious Doodles. I have coloured him with watercolour pencils, and have layered him with foam pads. I made a little gift box for him to present to his loved one, out of glitter card, with a metallic glittery bow on it.

I am hoping this will also fit into the Simon Says Stamp Challenge, as their theme is Winter Love. It's my first time entering there, so I hope it will be acceptable.

You might not notice it, but the background is of Snowflakes which I printed from my Artylicious CD after fiddling with the colour a bit to make it more brown. I have also added some glittery bits with gold stickles, which I have also run down the sides of the sentiment for some extra bling!

Hope that's enough glitter and sparkle. . . !

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Just a Quickie. . .

I'm back again!!

This is a quickie that I made this morning for the Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge. They wanted us to make a Calendar, and following all their DT samples, I made this one.



The image is of a local bridge over the River Spey and is one of my sketches. I sell notecards with this design on, amongst others in my local Heritage Centre. They have an Open Evening in the Village on December 4th, and I plan to sell a few of these Calendars there, and also at my little one's School Craft Fair/Coffee Morning the day after. Hopefully it will be a busy couple of days - need to pay for the Xmas pressies somehow!!



I purchased the little Calendar Tab at WHSmith in Elgin. It was a set of five for £1.99, so I grabbed two sets! Off now to get making some more. . .

Crafty Creations - Last Post

Hi again.

This is my last post as GDT for Crafty Creations - sniff! I have so enjoyed my little stint with the girls for the month of November - thanks guys it was great fun!!

This week the theme is Cracked Glass, and there is a tutorial posted on the blog to click on.



I didn't get the chance to see that, so I interpreted the challenge in a different way. We got to use images from the sponsor this week, Regina from the Cutting Cafe, which are baubles. There are sentiments in that set too, so I combined both with my offering.



I used one bauble and made it large enough to go on a DL sized card. The DP is a print from an Artylicious CD. I also used a little snowflake image for the border. I coloured the image with watercolour pencils and made it double-sided, so you can take it off and use it on the tree at Christmas. The ribbon is from my stash.



I carried on this border idea on the snowglobe and wrapped it round the base. I got the snowglobe from Tesco, as it was going cheap! It is one of those you can change an internal image with, meant for photos, but I used a sentiment from Regina's set, with a couple of snowflakes.

So there you have it! Head over to Crafty Creations and see what else the girls have come up with. Regina is giving away a prize for the winner this week, so why don't you enter too!

Nuttin' Better. . .

Morning all from a windswept Scotland!

Today sees another new sketch from Arlana at Sweet Sketch Wednesday. We have another sponsor this time, Joni from Inktegrity, and she is offering a prize for the winner!



I chose to use Joni's doodle of Candi the Squirrel. Such a cutie! And the set came with ready-made sentiments too, one of which I also used for my card.

I used papers from Tinker & Co for the backings, and made a strip to go across and also the flower out of it too. I coloured the image with my watercolour pencils and only lightly layered it, as it was a bit fiddly!!



Head on over to Sweet Sketch Wednesday and take a look at my DT sister's work for some extra inspiration - some fab creations girls!! Go on, have a go - you may be lucky enough to win the prize this week!!

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

At Last, New Doodles!

Hoorah!!

I have finished doodling some more images for you guys, a mouse and some sketches.

All available now at my blog shop, Delicious Doodles.

Martin the Mouse:



Hydrangea:


Golden Eagle:

Birthday Kitty

Hi again!

Another card for you, this time it is going into two challenges.



I just loved the sketch this week from Friday Sketchers, so I used that for my layout. And I used the theme at Rosie Dee's, which is 'Lemon, Lime and a hint of ribbon'.

Took me ages to think what to do for that one, but I finally decided on a Birthday Card. The colours sounded sort of summery too, so I made a nice big flower and stayed away from Christmas for a change. The papers are from Tinker & Co, which I have adapted digitally to suit the colour theme.

The image is one of my own digi-images available at my blog shop Delicious Doodles. I coloured Kitty with my watercolour pencils and layered with foam pads as usual. For the 'hint of ribbon' bit I used some lovely lace from my local haberdashery. I finished off with some tiny flower brads I got on offer at WHSmith.

Tuesday Taggers - Light

Hi folks,

Yet another wet and windswept day here in North East Scotland, but I am sparing some thoughts for those poor sods down in Cumbria who are flooded out like our village was a couple of months ago, and the family of the Policeman killed when the bridge was swept away. We pray you guys get some assistance from 'those that be'. . .

Apologies for the lateness of this post, I have been doing some Xmas shopping and got held up a bit! I was lucky not to get a ticket at the Car Park, as it had run out by ten minutes by the time I got back!! Next time I'll wear my watch!

Another Tuesday means a new theme at Tuesday Taggers. BOY - you filled up Mr Linky last week with all your red, green and gold entries!! This week we are celebrating all the different Light Festivals from all over the world, whatever your religion!



I made a card and bookmark set, with an image of a Candle wrapped in Ivy. This is one of my own digital images, available for purchase in my shop, Delicious Doodles. I have used it before, for a Candle of Hope, but it will do for many occasions, so it's a Candle of Peace this time.



I coloured it with my watercolour pencils and layered it up with foam pads. The whole thing is placed onto some shiny gold card on top of some backing paper from Funky Hand that I adapted to suit the colour theme. The card is printed with some quite faint pattern - you may just be able to make it out. This is from a set by Tinker & Co, named Serenity. The bow is a recycled one that I have used a couple of times for different cards.



The bookmark uses the same images and papers, but isn't layered as it was laminated. I made my own tassle with thread from the local haberdashery.

Right then, head over to Tuesday Taggers for some more fabulous creations from my sister's on the DT. Great work girls!!

Monday, 23 November 2009

Hydrangea Card

Hi all,

At last I get to the computer! Been food shopping this morning - HATE IT! Still, managed to get one Xmas pressie out of the way. . .



This card is going into the Papertake Weekly challenge today. There was an interesting sketch that I wanted to use, so busied myself sketching something to put on it. I came up with this Hydrangea. I based it loosely on a picture I had seen somewhere on the net, and printed off ages ago with the intention of drawing it, and have only just got round to it!!



I have coloured it with my watercolour pencils and layered up with foam pads. I placed the whole thing on a glittery purple card and trimmed the edges with some decorative scissors. In the corners I put some silver peel-offs. Can't remember where I got the backing from though. It's a digital image I have been keeping just to use with this flower, when I got round to drawing it that is!!


I'll be loading this sketch on to my blog shop Delicious Doodles, just as soon as I finish the other project I'm working on. . . !

Sunday, 22 November 2009

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star. . .

Morning folks!

Hope your weekend is going well? I've managed to get half my hallway done yesterday, paper stripped (finally) and holes filled, and repapered with a much nicer pattern. Was the previous paper yuck or what!! A really massive basketweave pattern in enormous repeating squares! Eeeuuuww!! Taking it off was like removing plaster, it was sooooo thick and lumpy!! My fingers hurt today - thanks wall!!

Right, to business. It's Sunday, so time for another theme at Winter Wonderland. We loved visiting all your St. Nick's last week, so fab work out there! This week we are daring you NOT to use anything Christmassy!! No christmas papers, images or ready-made embellishments. Now, don't all run for the hills!! You can make your own embellishments you know!



I used some gold card as my base, and ran some pearlescent ivory through the cuttlebug, then sprinkled glitter over it. The star I made using some gold card with a cracked ice pattern on it. I left some tabs on the edges and cut strips to stick to them and the base card to make it stick out.


I printed the words off the computer and dotted some gold Pebeo Touch dimension paint round the edges.

Your turn now then! Let's see what you guys can come up with!! Head over to Winter Wonderland and take a look at what my DT sister's have come up with - some great work there!

Saturday, 21 November 2009

Bee Thankful

Morning all!

Ah, these easel cards are fun aren't they? This is only my second one, but I'm getting the hang of it. I'm entering this into two challenges today. The first is at Sophisticat, where they have a yummy sketch to follow. The second is at La-La-Land, where the theme is to 'Be Thankful'.



I took a break from Christmas and Thanksgiving cards and made this more 'Spring-like' by using some lovely papers by Tinker & Co called Spring Fling, and by using my image Bee with Flower, available in my blog shop Delicious Doodles. I coloured the Bee image with my watercolour pencils and layered with foam pads for that 3d effect.



Inside, the flowers are made with punches and some spare of the DP. I used a Martha Stewart border punch - my newest aquisition (been wanting one of these for EVER!) These punches don't like card much do they?? Even when it is quite thin. I left the inner square blank for folk to write a wee note on.



Right, need to spend the day sorting out my hallway - left it for days unattended so I need to finish what I started. Do you ever do that? Start a job and leave it forever, unfinished and neglected. . . ?

***Note to self - STOP DOING THAT!! *** LOL

Friday, 20 November 2009

Oh Christmas Tree. . .

Morning folks!

This little card is a quickie for a couple of challenges today.

The first is at Pixie Cottage, where they have a sketch to follow:


Next at Penny's Challenge they have a colour theme:


Now I don't own any markers, apart from the felt pens the kids use, so I opted to try matching these colours in another way. I used some matt gold cardstock as the base - hopefully this is close enough to the brown bag colour.



I printed some patterned paper in a blue that I matched using Pantone colours on my computer, then I used a goldy-yellow organza ribbon, and printed a goldy-yellow coloured frame for my Christmas Tree image to sit in.


This image is one of my own designs, and is available for purchase in my blog shop Delicious Doodles. I coloured the leafy bits of it with my watercolour pencils, and spotted some gold stickles on the snowflake shapes for a bit of bling. Darn, can't see that bit very well. Such rubbish light to work with at the moment!!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Some News And Some Exciting News!!

Hi again.
First some not so exciting news.
I have decided to withdraw from the DT at Digital Ink Co., for a variety of reasons which I won't go into here. But it is with sadness that I do so. I will however be staying in touch with my teamies, most of which have also left.
Now to the exciting news. . .
I have been selected to be part of the new DT at My Grafico!! I am well chuffed they chose little old me to play along with them. Just hope I can do them justice. My term starts in January through June. Can't wait . . . !! Yeay!!

Candi the Silver Angel

Hiya folks!

This card today is for a couple of challenges.

First the sketch, which is from Midnight Madness. Another lovely one ladies!! Keep 'em comin'! Then I chose to use the colour theme at Digital Tuesday, which is to use 'White, Purple and gold or silver'. This sounded lovely, so off to work I went!!



I used my Candi the Angel image, which is available in my shop - Delicious Doodles - along with the Poinsettia image that I used for the flowers. I coloured Candi with my trusty watercolour pencils, and popped some silver stickles on the halo. She has also been layered decoupage style, with foam pads. For the flowers, I only coloured the green leafy bit, and left the other layers white, but just added some more stickles to the edges, and to the flower centres.



Found some yummy curling ribbon in my local chemist the other day - so just HAD to have it, and then some!! I have used a bit of it here for the twirly bits.



The ribbon at the side is from my stash, as is the silver at the bottom. The charm has been hanging about in my 'bits box' for ages, so it was about time I used it!!

The backing paper is from The Little Scrap Garden. I made it into black and white in photoshop, as it was a different colour, but I liked the pattern and wanted to use it. I mounted everything onto some gorgeous silver foil card that I got from the local craft shop last year, and thought it needed using!

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Some More New Doodles

Hi again folks.

Time for some more new doodles. I have just added these to my shop, Delicious Doodles, so they are available for purchase now.

Christmas Tree:


Celtic Knot:


Celtic Corners: