Friday, 30 July 2010

Arachnophobe? Look Away Now!!

Hiya folks!

Hope I find you all well today? My eyes are a bit blurry this morning, I have been reading 'Eclipse' just lately until late in the night. Need to get it back to the library on Monday so I have to finish it by then - eeek!

My card today gave me the jitters to make. I absolutely HATE spiders!!! So when I saw that was the theme over at Haunted Design House my stomach dropped - ugh! Now last year I doodled a wee spidey, but it was a bit cute, and I decided to take the bull by the horns and draw a nasty one. I think I succeeded, even if it did make me shudder to do it!!

It is based on a Black Widow. I have seen tattoos with spiders and one with a skull body, so I thought I would incorporate that into my design. No, I haven't copied it - the original was very graphic in style with bones for legs! Anyway, this is now loaded into my shop Delicious Doodles (not really a delicious doodle is it?? LOL) I have named it Skull Spider (original huh?)

I have used the sketch from Sketch and Stash for this card. Sorry ladies if you were expecting a cutie card, LOL!! I do have a bit of a DARK side hiding secretly beneath the facade - mwuhahahaha!! Here is the sketch:

My colour theme of 'Green, Red, Black and White' comes from the challenge at OCC. This one finishes tomorrow so I am just about on time with this card! Turns out this week's challenge at Totally Papercrafts is 'Movies' - how about 'Arachnophobia' for this one. Yes, I did actually manage to watch this movie - GOD, did it make my skin crawl - yuck!

Right, some deets then. My backing is another one of my own, a cobweb, which I printed onto plain paper and stuck to some cardstock. I used the same image under the spider, but in black on red this time. The green cobweb paper is a digi dp I bought last year, but neglected to note where it came from, sorry! My text is compy generated - a typeface named 'Dracula'. This was done twice in two colours to make a drop shadow. I bought some yummy lace trim in black on ebay, and I just had to use it here, topped with a black organza hand-tied bow. Last deet was a few black pearly bits at the top.

The spider was printed large onto an A4 piece of card for me to colour in. Me no good at colouring small images! When it was dry, I scanned it in and printed it out a few times (on one sheet) to get my layers. Then I had to snippy snip round all the spindly legs and layered it up with foam pads. Then I added a few white highlights to it, as it lacked a bit of definition.

There, hope I haven't creeped you out too much folks! You might get to see a few more yucky images before Halloween hits - be warned!!! Mwuhahahahaha!


Thursday, 29 July 2010

Pretty in Pink and Blue

Hiya folks!

Almost the weekend - roll on Monday! Why do I say that? Well today sees the start of our yearly Music Festival here in Fochabers, Speyfest. Much as I love to hear all the music, with the fiddles and bagpipes, it is FAR too loud!! I live about 200 metres from the site, and honestly - sometimes I can hear the very old mortar falling out when those drums are beating. I pity the poor sods in the tent - their ears must bleed!! (here I am complaining - I used to go to rock concerts, and my ears were humming afterwards for days!) It might not be so bad if they finished at a reasonable time. My kids can't get to sleep until way after 1am when they decide to finish up. (sigh) Only four days to go. . .

Ah, well. I have a couple of books I can read. I am slowly getting into this whole 'Twilight' thing. My D1 got two of the dvd's, so I have watched those. Not too bad. Now I have the 3rd book and am reading it at the mo. It's all a bit teenaged angst for me though, I may have said it before. Much prefer a more mature Vamp myself, you know, a bit more filled out and less skinny! LOL Right, on to my card for today, which is my entry into a few challenges.

I have used the sketch over at Midnight Madness for this one, although I messed up with the swirly corners. I used some dimension paint and drew some swirlies with dots, but it dried horribly and looked really naff, so I made some flowers for those bits and covered it all up! Here is the sketch:

The background of this card is too pale in my opinion. It is meant to be a pale blue with white dots, but you can't see that at all. The bigger dotty papers are by Funky Hand. All these dots fit the challenge at Simon Says this week (dots). My colour scheme is to fit the theme at Corrosive Challenges which is 'Pink and Blue'. I hope it will fit the theme at Allsorts too, as theirs is 'Baby or Child' this week. I think this would suit a child more so than a baby!

I have used up some of my bits box to make the flowers here, and made them with my punches. The centres are using a couple of large floral gems that I have recycled from an old card I never used. My image is my own, Kitty In A Box, available in my shop Delicious Doodles. I have coloured her with my usual watercolour pencils, and layered with foam pads. Kitty here fits the challenge at Creative Inspirations, and at Rosie Dee's as they are both 'Animals', and also at Charisma Cards this week as their challenge is 'something with a tail'. I know - you can't see the tail, but kitties do have one!!

Phew - just a few challenges then! OK, I have loads of stuff to catch up on today for DT work, and hopefully some more challenges. See you later peeps!


Wednesday, 28 July 2010


Howdy folks!

Yeah, that's enough of that - too much energy this time of the morning, LOL. My card today is showcasing the fabby new kit from Tracy at The Creative Cottage - Little Monkey's Wild West:

WOW, you sure do get a huge pile of stuff in this kit, and it's only £2.99! You can buy it HERE. I have only managed to use a few of the elements in the kit for my card:

All I added was the ribbon and brads (from my stash) and the wording on the star. I did ink the edges of the papers too. I printed out the Monkey image a few times and did some 3d layering with it. Love how it came out!

This kit is fabulous for all those little boy projects. Well done Tracy - another wonderful kit!

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Christmas at Tuesday Taggers!

Hiya folks!

Thank you so much for visiting me here today - I really do appreciate all the wonderful comments that you take the time to leave for me - love ya!!

Now, Tuesday brings a new theme over at Tuesday Taggers, and you may have guessed by the title that we have gone all Christmassy - oh dear! As if it didn't arrive early enough anyway in the shops. Still, I suppose it's one card done for the pot. Mind you, I have loads left over from when I sold them on ebay. I stopped doing that as it was costing too much to sell them there. Trouble is, I now have a huge mountain of cards that I can't get shot of!! Any suggestions??

Waffling now, back to the card! This one I decided to keep fairly simple, as I was pushed for time. I used my Poinsettia Corner digital image, available in my Delicious Doodles shop, for the main focus. This was coloured with my watercolour pencils, scanned into the computer and printed a few times for some layering.

I also printed out a Christmas text backing with a faded effect, and the greeting printed onto it in a goldy coloured text. I have put some stickles onto that for a bit of bling, and some clear stickles on the image too. This was all placed onto some linen effect cardstock, with a bit of gold card between, just for a bit more bling! Last thing was a ribbon bow, hand-tied, from the stash (which doesn't seem to be getting any smaller, LOL) I am entering this card into the challenge at SSDS, which this week has the theme of 'Digi's'.

So, if any of you fancy making some Christmas projects, hop over to the Tuesday Taggers blog for some more inspiration from my DT sisters, and have a go! You may even get to win the prize this week, generously donated by our very own Janet - cheers hun! See you there peeps!


Monday, 26 July 2010

Anything Goes at Sweet Pea Stampers!

Hiya folks!

Hope you all had a good weekend? We had a great day out yesterday at our local amusement park with fun rides for the kids. Cost a fortune though - Agh!! Shame it pelted it down with rain at the end of our trip - glad we didn't get a soaking. We went early enough to avoid the worst of it, phew!

This week over at Sweet Pea Stampers, we have an 'Anything Goes' theme for you to play along with, so come on folks - ink up those SPS and get stamping!!

Some of you my remember the wee gift box card I made the other day, well, I said I may do some more of them, and here we are with one! HERE is the tutorial I used for the original box on the other post. I just modified this version here to fit the size I wanted. Had to redo the drawer section though, as I goofed up my measurements - duh!

The card on the top is an easel card. I have used some of my X-cut punches for this one. I have an old snowflake corner punch of theirs and used it to make the frames. With the little snowflake shapes left over, I made the flower centres, and used another daisy punch for the main parts.

The bigger flowers in the corner are made with the same daisy punch, and also a larger one. I added loads of wee gems to them for some yummy bling. I left the bottom frame blank in the middle for the greeting - albeit a small one at that! LOL. Last thing was to add an organza bow - hand-tied of course!

I have inked up Ching Chou-Kuik's 'September Rhythm' for this card, and coloured with my usual watercolour pencils. I added some stickles for a bit of bling. Not too chuffed with my colouring on this one to be honest. I think I chose the wrong backing colour, needed to be a deeper shade of something to bring out the figure. Ah well, next time huh?!!

I am entering a couple of challenges with this one. First at Stamp Something where the theme is 'Flowers', and at Sweet Stampin' where the theme is 'Vintage'. Hope it looks vintage enough, didn't do any distressing, but there are a few inky edges.

Righty then folks, head over to the Sweet Pea Stampers blog and take a look at my DT sisters creations if you need inspiration. And have a nosey at the prize this week!! Let's see those 'anything goes' projects peeps!

Saturday, 24 July 2010

Angel, or Fairy??

Hiya folks!

I hope I find you all well this Saturday morning? Good start here, except I couldn't get Paypal to work earlier! Almost didn't get to list my new images, but thankfully it is back up and running now. Must have been one of those compy gremlins! LOL. Apologies, but this post has quite a few piccies - grab yourself a coffee!!

I have been seeing all those 'Christmas in July' themes in the last couple of weeks, and thought I had better jump on the wagon before it was too late, so I have drawn some new digi's which I finally got to upload just a few minutes ago to my Delicious Doodles shop:

Thinking about it, this could also be a Christmas Angel, so that is what I coloured her as, in lovely golden colours with purple highlights to match the rest of my project. I used my usual watercolour pencils for this, then scanned into the compy to print off my layers. I did the same with the Poinsettia corner motif. Managed not to cut off the flourishes like I did with my Rose corner on yesterday's post! I have put some stickles on these for some Christmas bling.

There is a wonderful competition that has just started over at Polka Doodles, which is a colouring comp., with some fabulous prizes for the winner. Their challenge for this week is to make a Christmas something, so I decided to use this project for both! Hope that's allowed ladies??

I have also been seeing some fabulous Gift Box Cards in blogland, so I checked out the tutorial over on SCS, and decided to have a go at it myself, and this is the result, using a layout from the challenge at Pixie Cottage:

Please forgive my rather naff photos. Somehow I just can't get the colours to look the same as the project actually looks IRL.

At Pixie Dust Studio, the challenge is to make a Gift Card Holder with a Christmas theme, I know mine is a box, but you could put the gift or gift card in the drawer section couldn't you?? My next challenge to enter is over at Flutterby Wednesday. Their theme this week is Christmas but you need to include a butterfly, angel or fairy.

I am loving how this turned out. It took blooming ages for me to decide which ribbon to use. I went through almost the whole lot or organza, but nothing looked right. Then I got out my box of thin satin ribbon and happened across this gold one which went perfectly - phew! My background paper is digital and has been on my compy for ages. Can't recall where I got it now, sorry about that. The frame dp is from Tinker & Co., with gold mirri behind it. I have used gold gems and gold brads, and the flowers are punches with stickles for highlights. This fits in with the recipe challenge over at Penny's Challenges.

Must apologise for the peel-off too! Most folk seem to hate using them, but I find they have their place! How else would I have got that lovely shiny sentiment? My printer doesn't print gold embossing, and I can't get the hang of doing proper stamped gold embossing. My card always bends with the heat and looks really naff!!

Phew! Told you it had loads of photos! Think I might make a few more of these boxes. They look so complicated, but are really quite simple. Right then folks, think I have bored you for long enough, so I'm off to finish up some more DIY stuff and do some DT work before I forget!! No post tomorrow, off to the local Amusement park with the family. No, I won't be going on the big rides, maybe a few kiddie sized ones with the little one, but that's as far as I go these days! LOL. See you later folks!

Friday, 23 July 2010

True Friendship

Hiya folks!

Hope I find you all well? We have a wierd yellow thing in the sky today, I think it might be the sun - LOL. Pit the hubby is working, could have taken the kids out for the day. I bet it rains on Sunday when he is off. LOL.

I have gone on a bit of a departure today with this card. I have wanted to draw a corner motif/image for quite a while now, and finally got round to finishing it earlier in the week. I have named it 'Rose Corner' (wow, that took loads of imagination, LOL) and it is available now in my shop, Delicious Doodles:

I have used this corner image on my card for today, but instead of having a main image, I have used some wording that I found on the net, a wee quote about True Friendship. The image is coloured with my usual watercolour pencils, scanned into the compy and printed out several times for the layering.

I have followed this week's sketch at Midnight Madness for the layout:

I sent this card across to the Daring Cardmakers Challenge as a sample too, as I am sponsoring their theme this week with my Delicious Doodles Shop (yeay!) The theme there is 'Layering', and I think this image just begged to be layered, so I went a bit overboard with it, LOL. Five layers there! I added loads of stickles to it and dotted in the backing text box too, just to 'feed' into it a bit more. Trouble is, you can't see it very well on these photos! Such naff lighting just lately - ugh!

I completely missed the scalloped edge on the sketch - oooops, sorry! But I hope the gorgeous Rose backing paper will make up for it. I got that in a goody bag from DoCrafts this month in my local craft shop. The papers were Papermania 'Henbury Lane' and it has some glittery bits on too - yummy! The dotty paper and gems are also from that set. The ribbon is from the stash.

I am also going to enter this into the challenge at Crafty Catz this week, which is 'summer'. Nothing speaks of summer more to me than a lovely Rose with it's gorgeous scent floating on the evening air, yum!

OK, hope you all have a lovely day today, wherever you are, whatever you do. Have fun and look after yourselves!

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Just to say. . .

Hiya folks!

A better start to the day today. Hoorah! Got a bit of washing out, so fingers crossed.

Today I would like to share a wee box of notelets I made with the gorgeously humungous new kit from Tinker & Co, named 'Duckies'. It is on offer at the moment on the Tinker Blog, so hop on over and have a nosey!

I used some templates that I have stored on the compy for the envies and the box. The notelets are just an A4 page, one corner has the design on it, the rest of the sheet is folded up to write on.

Everything here is made using the fabby kit, papers, ribbon borders, motifs, the lot! All I added was the cardstock and paper!! Oh, and some words!

While I was at it, I also printed out a pre-made printable card from the kit too, along with it's matching envelope. I printed the card elements out a few times and did some layering to give a bit of depth, but you don't need to do that. If you keep it flat it is cheaper to post, I just wanted to show what can be done with the printable sheet. I did add a bit on inky round the edges though, just for a bit of extra 'something'.

Righty ho then. Off to do some DT stuff, and design some more digi's, see you later peeps!

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Funky Hand DT Call

Hiya folks!

'Tis me again coming to you from a rather damp and soggy NE Scotland.

You may have guessed from the title that Funky Hand are having a DT Call, and I have decided to have a go and apply. Nothing to loose, all to gain (maybe) LOL. In order to apply I need to be listing some of my fav creations of the year so far. Hmmmn, tough call peeps. Loads of photo's coming up, so grab a coffee!!

This first card is a monotone and features a Funky Hand backing paper (sorry, I adjusted the colour to fit the B+W theme!) And also one of my sketches.

This one uses another Funky Hand paper, a Christmas one. Again I adjusted the colour to match the theme. It also features my Polar Bear image, and Poinsettia flower.

Sorry, no Funky Hand papers here. I made my own papers digitally and also used my own Butterfly image.

These bags were great fun to make. I got the beads from my local B&Q store. They were meant to be curtain trimming - but I couldn't pass them up!

This one I am including just to proove I can use rubbah! I have entered this one into this years 2010 Cardmaker of the Year comp in the Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine.

Another card using my image of Mr + Mrs Owl. The backings here are from Funky Hand, in their original colour too! No fiddling with this one! LOL

Another favourite. Love these lillies, so fragrant in the garden of an evening. (still waiting for mine to flower up here though)

And last but not least, one of my most OTT creations featuring my BAT-erfly image, and a matching envelope.

Phew! Hope I didn't bore you all to death folks!! Fingers crossed eh?! You have until 28th July to get your entries in if you want to be considered for the DT places - good luck all (oh, and me of course! LOL)

Touchy Feely Card

Hiya folks!

What a dismal day to wake up to! Pouring with rain, with rain forecasted for the whole day and tomorrow too!! Next up we'll have flooding - you wait and see!

On a more cheerful note, today sees the start of a new challenge at The Creative Cottage. This has now gone to a fortnightly challenge, so you have plenty of time to enter AND you get to win two prizes!!

I chose to do a 'New Baby' card with my DT piece this time, and I used the Fairy Wishes kit for my backing papers. My layout is from Friday Sketchers:

I have also used my Baby Bear digital image, available from my Delicious Doodles shop. I coloured the bear with watercolour pencils, scanned it in, and printed 3 times for the layering.

My base card was covered with some yummy crushed velvet feel paper. No idea what you call it, but it's lovely stuff!! I have also used some organza ribbon which has wee flowers down the edge. I got this on offer from Madaboutcards (online shop). Feathers from the stash.

I am entering this into the challenge at Charisma Cardz, which has a 'Pink' theme, and also at C.R.A.F.T. where the theme is 'Babies or Kids', and at Papertake Weekly where the theme is 'Cute'.

So, don't forget - you have two weeks for your entries - and you can win two prizes from now on! So pop over to The Creative Cottage for some more 'touchy feely' inspiration folks! See you there.

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Meerkats - Simples!!

Hiya folks!

Forgive the naff title, but when you have an advert with Meerkats and a catchphrase it tends to stick!! LOL. Hope I find you all well today? The sun is out (for a change) so is my washing again! Hoping to dry something today - failed miserably yesterday. It was a lovely morning, much like today, so I hung out the washing and went off to do the weekly shop. And as last week - it blooming well rained while I was out, and for most of the day afterwards!! I hate our weather here sometimes! So unpredictable. Enough!

On to my card for today then. I am lucky enough to be sponsoring the 'Birthday' themed challenge at Digital Tuesday this week with my wee digi-shop, Delicious Doodles. One winner will get to choose four of my digi's to play with - lucky them!! My newest creation is this sketch style image of a wee group of Meerkats:

These guys are so cute IRL. I saw them while at the Black Isle Wildlife Park a couple of weeks ago. I snapped loads of piccies (so quick and shy!) and this image is the combo of what I snapped. I followed a sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp for my layout:

The cardstock was printed with a rippled sand image. There is a backing paper from Joanna Sheen with Meerkats on it, the flower and dots papers are from Funky Hand. I used these papers fro my flowers, with copper brads for centres. A quick sentiment, and there you have it - simples! (sorry, lol)

I am also entering this in the challenge at SSDS, which is 'Animals', and at The Pink Elephant where the colour theme is 'Brown'.

So folks, get on over to Digital Tuesday and enter your birthday cards! You may be the lucky winner of FOUR of my images!!