Monday, 31 May 2010

New Stamps at Secret Crafter

Hi again folks.

Post number two already, scroll down for Sweet Pea Stampers posting.

There are some exciting new stamps in store at The Secret Crafter, some lovely Manga style images for you. Today we are showcasing this little cutie, Cat Girl:

I coloured mine with my usual watercolour pencils and raised her up on foam pads. Kept it nice and simple so as not to detract from the image. Just a few little punched flowers in the corner. The paper is by Funky Hand, and I erased some of it in photoshop to make the white circle in the middle.

Head over to the Secret Crafters Saturday Challenge Blog for some more samples of what the DT did with this stamp.

Sweet Pea Stampers - Fairy Dust

Hiya folks,

and Happy Bank Holiday Monday to those of us in the UK. What a gorgeous day it is today, with the sun out and the skies blue (for a change) Such a shame the kids have to go to school here in NE Scotland. Not all of us recognise this as a Bank Holiday, why? God knows! We have some very strange holiday schedules here, can't get my head round them at all. . .

Enough already! My card today (one of 3) is my DT piece for Sweet Pea Stampers, and this week we want to see loads of 'Fairy Dust'! A change to get out the glitter and sparkly stuff. I have inked up my 'Fly Dandelions' stamp for this one, and coloured in with watercolour pencils. I used a sketch from Sketch and Stash:

And a colour theme of Pink, Green and Brown which is the challenge at Simon Says Stamp. And as she is a Fairy, I am also entering at Totally Gorgeous, where the theme is 'Wings'.

My papers are from a couple of gorgeous digital kits by The Creative Cottage - Daisy Chain Farm, and Sunny Days. I used these papers to make my punched flowers too, and added loads of stickles, gold mirri in the flowers, and pearls for the centres. The fibres are from the stash, as is the ribbon beneath it.

Right, off to make another post now then, phew - busy day today. . . Let's see your fabby fairy dusty creations then peeps - hop over to the Sweet Pea Stampers blog, you could win a lovely stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps, and be our Guest Designer, but only if you take part!!

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Tinker & Co Samples

Hiya folks.

Late today with posting something, but I was sporting a hangover this morning - self inflicted so not expecting any sympathy! LOL

Just though I'd pop on with a few samples I made for some new kits from Tinker & Co - they're back!! AND with a sale on some older kits for a whole week too - yeay!

So here are some piccies then:

This is a notecard set I made using the Rainy Days Bear - well cute! Love these Bears Jo - keep 'em coming! I have used some templates that I have had forever on the compy to make the box, printed onto white card. The same with the envelopes. I just drop my chosen paper behind the template in QuarkExpress which is the programme I use to make my cards up. Then I make the frames up and drop in pics and text, then it's all ready to print out and make up.

Second up is this lovely wee kit featuring Polly. Everything is provided to make this card, except my added pink card and embellies. Just print out and have fun making stuff - simples!!

There are loads of new things at Tinker & Co, so why not pop over and take a look round the newly revamped shop - loads more new stuff to come as well, can't wait. . .

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Blog Candy Alert Peeps!

Hi all.

Hope your weekends are all going great.

I have a Blog Candy Alert for you, over at The Creative Cottage, you could win this:

Head over now for all the deets!!

Good luck folks!

Buttons and Blooms

Hiya folks!

A better day here today, at least it isn't raining! I have even seen the sun, albeit for a fleeting moment. . . LOL. I know the garden likes water, but BOY did it throw down yesterday afternoon!

Talking of gardens (tenuous link here lol) the theme over at Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge this week is 'Buttons and Blooms'. I hope I have done it justice with my DT piece. I am not a keen fan of using buttons on my cards.

So this time I have chosen not to use any images for a change, and opted purely to use up some of the blooms I have in my wee flowery bits box. I also had a sort out in the bottom of my wardrobe and found stuffed in a bag my old wedding day head-dress!! So after twenty years stuffed in a bag I decided to recycle it (don't tell the hubby!) So that is what you see here too in the shape of the leaves!!

My buttons are from my buttons box, the brown ones, and the wee spotty ones are from the local craft shop. I think they are Papermania ones. My ribbons are from my stash. I used some pearlescent coppery card for the base, cuttlebugged some green bazzill, sandpapered it and rubbed some copper metallic rub-on over it. The green paper with the MS border on it is from my stash, can't remember where it came from now. A few dots of stickles and job done! The piccie below is the card turned around on it's side, as I couldn't decide which was the better way round to have it. Looks good from both angles. . . what do you think?

So peeps, let's see all your buttons and blooms over at SCSC. Last chance to be in with this month's prize draw, so get those entries in!!

Friday, 28 May 2010

Fore! And Thanks Peeps. . .

Hiya folks!

Yet another wet and windy day here in NE Scotland, gets frustrating after a while. Soooo much to do in the garden, and it's either too cold, wet, windy or scorching to do it - lol. Never happy are we??

Well, I'd like to express my gratitude to all those folks who have ventured across to the Midnight Madness Challenge Blog to VOTE FOR ME!! Thank you all so much - I have gone past the TEN that I had hoped for - yeay!! Given up all hope of winning that award though, as the leader is well over 100 - boo-hoo. Never was any good at popularity contests. Should have been a vote for the best card rather than the person with most friends. I hated all that at school with house captains and all that crap. Still, it was nice to be recognised - thanks again all!!

Right, on to more pressing matters - lol. My card for today has been made with Father's Day in mind. Not sure whether to give this to my Dad yet. He likes his golf, but hasn't played it for a while as he got a bit miffed at his lack of talent, LOL. Might just make a cricket one yet. I think he still likes watching it. Never appealed to me all that sporty stuff, too busy crafting!!

I have used the sketch at Mojo Monday for this card. Thought it was about time I started playing there too when I can. The theme at I Love Digi is 'DAD' this week, so I'm entering that one too. There is a theme of 'Monotone' at Totally Papercrafts, and as mine is mostly green, I am going to enter there as well.

I have used a plaid paper background in a tint and as full colour. This I have had on the compy since the year dot and can't for the life of me think where it came from. I have also used a tartan that has been scanned in and made greyscale for me to change the colour whenever I want to. The dotty backing is from Funky Hand.

My image is my own design, which I have now loaded onto my shop, Delicious Doodles. It is a Golf Ball and Tee, which I printed out three times, coloured with my watercolour pencils and layered up with foam pads. The brad and ribbon are from my stash.

OK then folks, off now to start doing the kids some tea. Pizza, Garlic Bread and Chips tonight, followed this evening by some yummy but very naughty nibbles in the shape of Pringles and Doritos!! Lovely and healthy - LOL

Thursday, 27 May 2010

A Wierd Bat-erfly

Hiya folks!

Another wet and cold, windy day here in NE Scotland, but are we downhearted?? NA!! Just another excuse to stay inside and craft!! LOL

I have a bit of a wierd creation to share with you today. I saw the new challenge at Haunted Design House and wanted to play along this week. The theme is 'Beastly Butterflies'. Well, we all know that butterflies are beautiful creatures, but how do you make them beastly?? My wierd and warped mind went into overdrive for this one, and I came up with a new creature - a Beastly BAT-erfly!! LOL. It's a cross between a Bat and a Butterfly:

I have loaded this into my shop, Delicious Doodles, should anyone be interested in it. . . So, next job was to find a way of incorporating it into a card or project, so I opted to use the sketch over at Midnight Madness for it:

Go check them out over there. They are having a 'people's choice' vote for the new Priscilla Award, and yours truly has one of her cards from this last year in the top 20 - yeay! Not much chance of me winning, especially when half of their DT is in the list too, but it would be nice to get over 10 votes, so come on folks - get over there and VOTE FOR ME!! Pretty please, with little pink bows on. . .!!??

Enough already! Back to the creation. I had some fun making this card. I had been to my local craft shop especially for the Core-dinations card I used here. I wanted black and purple, so went for a black with purple core, and a purple with lilac core. Yummy - me likes purple! (you wouldn't have guessed that would you - LOL)

So, I distressed the bejaysus out of it, with torn edges to the purple card, and sand-papered the black after cuttlebugging it with a swirly folder. Then I got out my MS border punch for the edge of that, and backed it with silver mirri. The ribbon wrapped to the side is from my stash, a silver metallic and a black with silver thread in it. I stitched (yes - sewing!!) some silver thread through the card for the laced up details on the sketch, and tied it in a bow. A tip for you here - you know when using this type of thread it tends to fray at the ends? Well I stuck a wee bit of glue on the tips just to stop it doing that, hope that helps someone. . .

Next job was to do the slanted bit, so I got out my Fleur-de-Lys die and cut come pearlescent clack with it. This die is beautiful, but it's a pain in the bum to get the card out without ripping it! I traced round the outside of the die to cut the silver mirri I used to back it. This was all raised with foam pads. The flowers I made with spare bits from my bits box, with silver brad centres and stickled purple dots on the petals. I raised these too using foam pads.

Next job was my image. I printed my Bat-erfly out onto white card, pretty large so I could colour it without going over the lines (hopeless at colouring, I've decided). Used my usual watercolour pencils here, blended traditionally with brush and water. Then I scanned it to the compy and printed out three times, cut out the bits I wanted and stuck them to the card. I bent the wings over a bit on the second layer for extra dimensional interest.

My last job was to make a matching box-a-lope, which I did using Priscilla's Box-a-lope template kit and some more purple Core-dinations. I rubbed it all over with the sandpaper, and put metallic silver rub-on over the edges. I added another flower and a few sticky silver dots - job done!

Must say, I am pretty darned chuffed with how this came out. Just as I had it pictured in my mind, which doesn't always happen I'll tell ya! LOL.

I am entering a few other challenges too with this project:

Crafts and Me - Distressing
Creative Inspirations - Distressing
Flutterby Wednesday - Open theme (hope the Bat-erfly counts?)
Cute Card Thursday - No Designer Papers (sorry, not too cute here LOL)
Sir Stampalot - Butterflies and Blossoms

Righty then folks, off to do some HW - ugh! and some more DT work too, yeay! And don't forget to VOTE FOR ME!! LOL

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Creative Cottage New Realease - and a little plea. . .

Hiya folks.

Glad you could take the time to visit my wee blog, nice to see you! I'd like to start with a little plea - VOTE FOR ME!! I have been lucky enough to be placed on the finals list for an award over at the Midnight Madness Challenge blog, but it's a people's choice, so I need you to vote peeps!!

I know I stand little chance of winning when you see who I'm up against, but it's only a bit of fun. Still, it'd be nice to get a load of votes anyways. . .

OK, onto the business at hand, which sees a new challenge AND a new release over at The Creative Cottage. The challenge this week has been chosen by Donna, and is 'Blooming Charming', so we want to see your flowers and charms on your creations.

I have used the Baby Ellie and Family kit for my papers and flowers on this card. The main image is one of my own digi-images, the Rose, available in my shop Delicious Doodles. I printed this 3 times in purple (sorry, purple again LOL) then decoupaged it with foam pads. Everything else is from the kit. I added an organza bow and a heart charm and then some stickles for the bling.

Next up is the New Release, which is this lovely 'Daisy Chain Farm' kit and matching paper packs available HERE.

Gorgeous huh? This is what I made with the Daisy Chain Farm kit:

I have used papers, a topper from the sheet of toppers, a ribbon and a flower all from the kit. All I added was the base cardstock, some inky bits, a sentiment, corners and a bow! This is going to be such a versatile kit to use, I can see me using it pretty often!!

Right, so off you go then, get those flowers and charms out, and let's see what goodies you can come up with!

And don't forget - VOTE FOR ME!! - lol

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

I'm a Finalist!!

Wooohooo folks!!
I have been placed on the finalist list at the Midnight Madness Challenge Blog for their prestigious new 'Priscilla Award'. How cool is that then??!!
This is a new award that is only going to be given out once a year to one of the Gold Star Winners. There are twenty finalists - and guess what peeps??
You get to cast a vote for your favourite!!
That's right. It's a 'peoples vote' to make it fair on all involved, so if you like what I do, then get you wee bums across to the Midnight Madness Blog and VOTE FOR ME!!
Go on - you know you want to. . .

Tuesday Taggers - Man's World

Hiya folks!

Back to the normal summer weather here, wet , windy and grey. Kids are back at school after their 'long weekend' - in service days, would you believe it. Kind of counts as a half term really, as we don't get a whole week for that up here, wierd huh?? Trouble is, whilst I celebrate the kids being at school, I still have the wee one here at home sporting a nasty croupy cough. Don't know where that came from, she keeps getting them. . . miserable for her.

So, my card for today then, is my DT offering for Tuesday Taggers. Our theme this week is 'A Man's World'. We want all things manly! I chose to go with one of my own images again, a Vintage Chevy, available in my shop, Delicious Doodles. I have coloured with the usual watercolour pencils before scanning into the compy and printing out on glossy paper and layering up with foam pads.

My backing is an old sheet of vintage car images that I got years ago from an online craft shop. The square brads are from a seller on ebay. I am also entering this into the challenge at DU2DS, whose theme is also 'One for the boys'.

Nice and simple today. Can't believe how long it took me to make up though. It has been sitting on my desk since last Wednesday waiting for me to put together, but with the kids being off and needing entertainment, and having taught my youngest how to ride her bike without stabilisers I haven't had the time!! Really must knuckle down to some serious business - you should see my 'to do' list!!

Monday, 24 May 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers - Recipe

Hiya folks!

Well, we seem to have had our summer already here in NE Scotland. Woke this morning to grey skies and dampness, plus the wind direction has changed to northerly, so the temp has dropped too - ugh!!

BUT - on a more cheery note, today is a new challenge at Sweet Pea Stampers, and it is a recipe: 4 dp's, 2 ribbons, 2 shapes and 1 button. Can't believe how many times I photographed this card, as I kept forgetting parts of the recipe. First I forgot the button, then I forgot it was 2 ribbons, so had to hastily make a bow and find somewhere suitable to stick it - LOL!!

I have followed the sketch from LOTV for my layout this week:

And I am entering this into the challenge at Totally Gorjuss, as their theme is 'Bling It On!'

All my papers are from Tinker & Co, Vintage Dressmaker kit. There are four, honest! The main cardstock is one, the border panel is another, and there are two for the flowers. My ribbons are from my stash, a lovely deep metallic pink, and an organza pink bow. My button is hiding in the centre of the large flower!

And the two shapes? That'll be the large oval frame for the image, and the flower punched shapes, and I suppose you could use the sentiment as a shape too. I have also added loads of gems and stickles for some bling. The image, 'Love Is Gone' was coloured with my usual watercolour pencils. I snipped round the edges of the wing-tips so they overlapped the oval frame.

So, let's see what yumminess you peeps can come up with using this recipe then. You could win the lovely stamp this week, donated by Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps, or the GDT spot, but only if you enter!! LOL Head over to Sweet Pea Stampers for all the deets, and some more inspiration from my DT sisters.

Right, well I need to go wake up the kids and go get some shopping in - oh what fun. . . see ya folks!

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Take Time to Smell the Roses

Hiya folks!

Well, our glorious weekend has taken a turn for the damp. What started as a nice sunny day has become a hit and miss affair with the thundery black clouds and torrential downpours - ugh! Might get to finish what I started in the garden one day. . .

My card today then is one that I have made to showcase my newest doodle - Smell the Roses, available now in my shop Delicious Doodles. ***A little plea - If anyone out there knows of a challenge blog that is looking for sponsors, could you drop me a line or a comment - Thanks peeps!***

I have used a sketch from Friday Sketchers here:

I have used papers from Tinker & Co, Vintage Dressmaker is the kit's name. Sorry but I can't link to their shop as it is being re-vamped at the mo. I have inked some edges here and there for some extra interest. I used some glittery pink card for layering and for the flowers too. These were made using punched shapes, and also some white paper roses to which I dabbed some ink on the petal edges. Just gives it that little extra ooomph!

My image 'Smell the Roses' was printed out large onto A4 card, then coloured with my watercolour pencils before being scanned back into the compy, and printed to size. Thing is, I think I should have coloured the bottom some more, as it shows up more white than yellow like the rest of her dress.

I have used some metallic brads for the corners of the layered panel, although I didn't want to puncture the card after I had made it. Silly me forgot to add the brads to the panel before I stuck it down. So I cut the pointy ends off the brads and stuck the heads on by themselves. Does the job! I used a MS border punch to the left and layered two types of card there.

I am pretty well pleased with the way this one turned out. Nice and girly, which I hope would allow it to be entered in the challenge this week at A Spoon Full of Sugar, as their theme is 'Cute and Girly'. Not sure about the cute bit - but most defo girly huh?!!

Righty then folks - off to tackle some more DT stuff for next week - have a great day peeps!!

Saturday, 22 May 2010

A Bit of News. . .!

Hiya folks! Happy Saturday!

Well it is for me today, as I have some exciting (for me) news I have been itching to share. I had an email a couple of weeks ago asking if I would like to join the ladies at the Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge, so I thought long and hard - for about 30 seconds LOL - and said YES!! So here I am with my first DT piece for them! YEAY

This week's theme has been set by Donna, and is to NOT use any patterned papers - eeek! So out came the good old big shot and the cuttlebug folders and my bits box, and this is what I created:

Sorry folks, but it's another mainly purple card - you may have guessed that I kinda like purple LOL.

I have teamed up my textured, inked and sanded card bits with one of my images, the Hydrangea, available in my shop Delicious Doodles. This was coloured with my usual watercolour pencils and then scanned into the computer and printed three times onto glossy paper, cut out and decoupaged with foam pads.

I have used a Martha Stewart border punch for the centre strip and covered the strip with some organza ribbon, topped with some silver metallic ribbon and inked the edges here too. Last thing was the organza bow (hand-tied) and the wee gems for a bit of bling. The whole lot is mounted onto some white linen textured cardstock with green inked edges.

Now let's see what you can do peeps! Head over to the Secret Crafter's Saturday Challenge for some more fab inspiration from my newest DT sisters! Have a great weekend all. . .

Friday, 21 May 2010

Vintage Moonlit Sands

Hiya folks!

Another gorgeous day here in NE Scotland! Make the most of it, this is probably it for the rest of the summer season - LOL

My card for today is my entry to the Midnight Madness challenge, and this is the sketch I sort of followed:

I omitted some of the bits on the left, and did not use buttons. I am not very comfortable using buttons for some reason, can't think why but I can't seem to get used to them on cards. So I made my own flowers with my usual punches and spare bits, with some added gold brads and stickles. This fits the challenge at Fab 'n' Funky which is to make your own embellishments. I also added a little bow at the top - which is also hand-tied.

My image is my own digi-image that I named Moonlit Sands, available in my shop, Delicious Doodles. You may have seen her a few posts ago in full colour. I had scanned the colour version into my computer. What I did with this version is turn my colour image into a greyscale in photoshop, then in my QuarkExpress programme that I use to make my cards with, I turned the greyscale brown to make a sort of sepia image out of it.

The papers I matched it all with are from Tinker & Co. Can't link to the shop there at the mo, as Jo is revamping her website. Until then you can get some of her yummy stuff off her blog. You can't see much of it, but the left hand side has a strip of paper that I used a MS border punch on, wrapped round with a few bits of ribbon from the stash.

This also fits a couple of other challenges. At Papertake Weekly the challenge is to use 'Flowers'. Not too hard there then - lol. And at Charisma Cardz the challenge is to make something 3Dimensional. My flowers are the 3D items here, hope that's OK?

Right, it seems as though I have to go over the blooming park AGAIN. The kids are off for a long weekend - Thursday to Tuesday - ugh! I tought my youngest to ride her bike without stabilisers yesterday, and she is so excitied about it that it seems like I'll have to set my bed up over there. I was lucky to get this card done for today. Hope I'll get time for the rest of my DT stuff. . .

Thursday, 20 May 2010

The Sisterhood - Germany

Hiya folks!

Another glorious start to the day here in NE Scotland - I could get used to this!

Silly me forgot to post about our new theme over at The Sisterhood of Crafters yesterday - ooops!! What an 'id' as my kids would say! (short for idiot) This week we are travelling again, and our stop is Germany.

When I think of Germany I think of those thigh slapping blokes and beer! Now I don't have any thigh slapping images, but I do have a beer glass which is in my shop for purchase. So I used that. I generated some circles following a sketch from Truly Scrumptious using my compy:

and filled it with a dotty coloured background using the colours of the German Flag. Then I placed my Beer glass on the second circle. I had coloured the glass with my watercolour pencils, and scanned it in so I could place it digitally on my layout. Then I generated the sentiment, suppose I could have used the German word for cheers, but I never thought of that until now, what an 'id' again! LOL. The circular layout also fits with Totally Gorjuss this week, whose theme is 'Round'.

I copied the image and put six onto an A4 page for printing, which I did on regular white card. Then I cut out all six and whizzed them through the laminator to make some coasters. Not sure if they'll work as coasters actually, as laminated surfaces are slippery so the glass may slip off if you aren't careful. Still, nice idea even if it doesn't work!

So, let's see what you can muster up with 'Germany' in mind. Nip across to The Sisterhood for some more inspiration, plenty there to see folks!

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

The Creative Cottage - Boys

Hiya folks!

What a wonderful Wednesday morning here in NE Scotland. Can't believe it - two nice days in a row! Maybe we will get a summer this year. . .LOL

Wednesday means a new theme at The Creative Cottage, and this time we want to see 'One for the Boys'. For my card I used one of The Creative Cottage Christmas kits - Robbie and Roxanne - as there are just the right colours for boys. I followed a sketch from Friday Sketchers for my layout:

I am using one of my images, the Cruise Liner Ship, available in my shop Delicious Doodles, which I coloured with watercolours and ink (for the black).

Then I scanned it in and printed 3 times on glossy paper. I cut it out and layered with foam pads. This fits the theme at Pixie Dust this week, as they want us to 'Cut It Out'. I also cut some triangles from the spare papers and made some bunting (sorry Boni, but I 'cased' your boat card here, LOL) This fits the challenge at Daring Cardmakers who want us to use 'bunting', and also fits the theme at SSDS which is 'Masculine'.

Can't wait to see all your 'boys' projects. You could be the winner of a lovely paper kit from The Creative Cottage if you take part this week, or you might get picked as our favourite! So, let's see all those creations folks!