Sunday, 28 February 2010

The Sisterhood of Crafters

Well, hiya folks!

Couldn't wait until tomorrow to post about this, a new adventure for myself and a few other lovely ladies who have formed a 'Sisterhood' as such. You may have noticed the badge in my sidebar hinting about this over the last week or three - LOL


This is sooooo exciting!!

We have formed a BRAND NEW CHALLENGE BLOG by the name of

'The Sisterhood of Crafters'.

You won't believe how many emails were sent trying to think of this name!!

Our challenges actually start on March 17th - St Patrick's Day - so keep your eyes peeled for that peeps! BUT before that we will be introducing all the founding members, and explaining a bit about the challenges, which by the way will be unique and fun - no pressure involved. Join in if you want to, or just leave a comment - we don't mind! There is no competition here, just a group of 'Sistah's' who are passionate about papercrafts and friendship!!

So, why not grab a badge and help us to spread the word!!

See ya there!!

Mono-Christmas

Hiya folks!

Hope your weekend is going well so far?

My card today is my DT offering at Winter Wonderland, where we have a 'Monotone' theme this week. I took a break from the usual mono-christmas colours of black, blue, white or red, and plumped for Green instead.


I have used my Poinsettia image for this theme, available for purchase in my blog shop, Delicious Doodles. I printed it three times and cut the petals out to layer up. I inked the edges in green and put some glistening snow writer on the very tips and in the centre.



The papers are from Tinker & Co. I followed a yummy sketch from Sunday Sketch and Stamp for this layout, just right for the shape of the image.

The scalloped bit was done with a Martha Stewart punch, and the sentiment is computer generated. The ribbon is from my stash.

Why don't you pop over to Winter Wonderland and take a nosey round my lovely DT sisters' cards for some yummy inspiration. Maybe even have a go yourself?? You might just win our prize this week, donated by our very own Teri P. Thanks hun! Off you go then, what you waiting for??

Saturday, 27 February 2010

Peacock Butterfly

Hi again folks!

Nothing for hours, then two at once! Just like the buses. . .

Here I am again then with my second post of the day. Scroll down for the first if you are interested.

I made this card for the Friday Sketchers Challenge.


Just wanted to get in a bit earlier than normal this time, and happened to have a new image almost ready for uploading into my shop, Delicious Doodles. This time I am using the Peacock Butterfly image, and in the background a Peacock's Feather image, which I will upload too, at the same time as the Butterfly image probably on Monday. Keep your eyes peeled for that then folks!


I have also been playing with making my own papers again, this time featuring a small part of the Peacock Feather image, but in colour, and repeated several times. Then I did one in a tinted version. I have used both here on this card.

So, everything here has been drawn, coloured, scanned, printed and assembled by me - except the brads - LOL.

A Card for Joey

Hiya folks!

Boy, I'm getting later and later posting here - me bad. . .!

This card then is one I made for my team-mate at Winter Wonderland, Joey. She has (the other day) given birth to a lovely little girl - well done hun!!

So I made this for her - but I followed a sketch for it, from the ladies at Stampin' 4 The Weekend. I turned it around for my card:


Here is the card then, which I made with papers and a Toffee Bear kit from Tinker & Co. So cute!

The flowers are made with punches and left over paper from the same kits, with a couple of little bits from my 'bits box' for the centres.


So this is winging it's way to you Joey, should you see this before it gets to you. . .!

Friday, 26 February 2010

My Namesake. . .

Hiya folks!

Hope you are all well today, safe and warm?? Things are more settled here today - the snow is turning into slush, and coming down as slush too, but things are set to clear up later - woooppeee! It was a job to get up to the school though, no-one has cleared the grounds so all the ladies with prams had a nightmare job getting through that slushiness. It was bad enough for Hazel and I to get through the ankle-high puddles of melting goo, slipping and sliding - ugh!


Enough of my whingeing! Onto my card for today, which is (boo-hoo!) my last Guest piece for Polka Doodles. I have really enjoyed my little stay with these ladies, Thanks Girls!! The theme for this week then is 'Shaped Cards', and I got to use the 'Back to Nature' cd again, which conveniently has a whole section of shaped cards!!


AND there was a little piggie with my name on it! Well, he is named Sherman the Pig (my married surname), so I just had to use that didn't I - LOL. I decided to 'mix and match' with different parts of the shaped section, so I printed off bits here and there, cut them all out and assembled them all together on an arched shaped base card. Everything you see here comes from that cd.


So, it is with a BIG sniff that I say ta-ta to the lovely ladies at Polka Doodles. Thanks again girls for having me - been a pleasure! See you next time for my challenge entry. . .

Thursday, 25 February 2010

Flowers Everywhere


I Wish. . .

Hiya folks!

How are you all today? Not too much white stuff where you are I hope. Snowed here most of the night, and still going right now. Forecast for most of the day and probably tonight also - we'll see - they often get it wrong for us just here in North East Scotland.

My card for this morning is very flowerful, wish I could see some right now. I was seeing snowdrops the other day, but they are all covered again now, poor things! I have used my Hydrangea image for this card, which you can purchase in my blog shop, Delicious Doodles. This was coloured with my watercolour pencils, and then layered with 3d foam pads.

I decided to try a monotone version with this one, but I did the leaves green - well, you can't have purple leaves can you?? Everything else is a purple/lilac colour. The layout is from a sketch at Friday Sketchers:


The papers I have used are my own design! Yes! I dabbled with making my own digital patterned paper using a small element of the Hydrangea flower repeated and flipped, then made into a tint. I also used it as a backing to the sentiment, which upon looking at it afterwards I think should have been dark instead of white. Ah well, hindsight is a wonderful thing.


I finished it off with a few mulberry paper Hydrangea petals which I got at my local craft shop. Don't remember the make - probably prima or somthing like that. Then I put some purple stickles on the edges of the petals of the flower, and the image too.

This also fits a couple of other challenges too:
Cute Daisy May - 'Flowers'
Crafty Creations - '3 Dimensional'
Creative Inspiration - 'Monotone'

Righty then, off to finish up some DT stuff now then. . . bye for now!

Wednesday, 24 February 2010

A Hint of Spring

Hiya folks, me again!

My second card for today, so scroll down for the first! (If you want to that is - LOL)

I found another challenge to enter the other day, over at Lily of the Valley, and (hoorah for me) you don't need to use their things to enter! They have a yummy sketch, and I hope I am going to have this one in on time as they start a new one tomorrow! EEEkkk!


For my card I used my Crocus image, available at Delicious Doodles, which I coloured with watercolour pencils, and layered with foam pads.


The papers are all from the Funky Hand Wordbook set 'I Do'. My swirl is from a digi-kit that I don't recall the name of, sorry!

The flowers are all Prima flowers from my local craft shop, with vintage style nrads in the centrs. The pearly buttons are ancient leftovers from my Nan's old sewing box. Knew it would come in handy one day - LOL. Ribbon and organza bow from the stash.

I am also entering this one at Totally Gorjuss as they want 'flowers' this week - yep this one checks that box!

Right, off to get this one in before the challenge closes . . . !!

Shiver Me Timbers!

Hiya folks!

How are you all keeping today - woke up to a few more inches of white stuff this morning. UGH! When will it end??!! More falling as I type. . .

My card this morning is my DT offering at the MyGrafico Challenge Blog, and follows this lovely sketch by our very own Mary:


We are using this set for the sketch, by Blackleaf:


Har-Har-Shiver me timbers!! Here's what I did with it:


My papers are from Funky Hand (skulls), the 'Happy Birthday' paper and the flag border is from a Pirate Bear set by Cuddly Buddly.

I coloured the image of the boat, and the compass with my watercolour pencils and raised bits with foam pads to get a bit of depth, I do like a bit of dimension in my cards. Not too much though, as it costs a fortune to post thicker cards!

If you would like to win this Pirate set from Blackleaf, have a go with the sketch and enter it at MyGrafico - easy as that!! Come on peeps - What ye waitin' for? har, har. . .

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Messy Me

Hiya folks.

Woke up to more snow today, but only a wee bit thankfully - and the sun is blazing this morning, so it'll all melt soon - I hope! Supposed to stay bloomin' cold though, so maybe it won't. Hope all is well where you are, with no more 's' word for you??

Well this is my second post today, already! My first one is below, so scroll down for that one. I am sponsoring at Midnight Madness this week, so that post is my card to join in with them.

This post is all about the new theme at Tuesday Taggers - which this week requires you all to 'Get Messy!' Now that's OK for those of you who use loads of ink and rubbah - little 'ole mua doesn't do ink and rubbah, so I had to rack my brains for this one! Just so happens that a customer of mine got in touch on Friday to say she was after a New York Honeymoon card, with the skyline on it, so I got to thinking 'skyline - sunset - messy??'

Now, how to do a sunset when you have no inks. . . Then I remembered my very ancient set of oil pastels, and I mean ancient! These were my Dad's, and I have had them since I was a kid. Not used them much, but I dragged them kicking and screaming out of the depths of my cupboard - LOL

I got out some colours that were sort of sunset-ish, not great colours in this set for that, but I found some. Then I just streaked them over a page of A4 paper and blended them together with my fingers, here is the messy bit:


I found a photo of the New York Skyline, and made by own silhouette image by printing it out on a piece of paper, then traced over it and coloured it in black. Then I scanned it into the compy along with the sunset mess, and combined them both before shrinking to card size and printing out.


As it was to be a Honeymoon card, I also found a picture of a couple about to kiss, and did the same, traced over, coloured in and scanned. Then I drew extra white lines on it for the man's suit, and the lady's hair. This image is now available on my blog shop, Delicious Doodles, and I have named it 'Lovers Silhouette'. I printed this out, cut round it and raised it from the card with foam pads. Last thing I did was pop some brads in the corners, just for a bit of bling.

OK folks, let's see your messiness then. If you need more inspiration, then head across to Tuesday Taggers - WOW - loads of mess on there peeps!! This week's winner could get a voucher to spend at The Craft Barn, as they are our sponsors this time. Go on - have a go folks!

I am also entering this into the Saturday Spotlight Challenge, as they want things 'Messy' too! I think this just about qualifies for that - LOL

I'm Sponsoring Midnight Madness!!

Hiya folks!

WOWEEE! I'm sponsoring this weeks sketch over at Midnight Madness. These girls are so Uber-Talented. I am priviledged, nay honoured, to be sponsoring them this week with my blog shop, Delicious Doodles - this should be fun!!

I have some yummies on offer for the winner, everything in the picture here:


I gave the girls there the same images to play with, and yippeee for me, some of them have come up trumps. Obviously their main efforts have to be with the monthly sponsor, but I am so chuffed that my images have been used at all . . . !!

So I decided to take part with a card of my own following the more complex sketch:


There is another simpler version, and you get to choose which you use, or even combine them, like I did with my entry last week.

So for this card I have used a new image that I only uploaded yesterday afternoon, that of the Vase of Roses. It is available now at Delicious Doodles, my blog shop, along with a few other things which may be of interest. . .


I only just had this card ready in time really. Had to take a run into town for some suitable beads, and do you think I could find anything?? Like hell I could. So I opted for a close second with these gold ones with a sort of antique look. I put them together with some brown glass beads I have on a gold thread (from tags at Christmas) and hung them from eyelets.


My Damask papers are from Cupcake Cutiees at MyGrafico, and I printed them in brown with a very faint creamy backing colour. Then I smudged brown metallic ink round the edges. The diagonal papers are from Funky Fairies, who are no longer, so no link available, sorry!

I placed it all in layers on some gorgeous leather effect brown card, and smudged gold metallic rub-on over it to bring out the texture of the card. The Image is printed in brown too, so as to give it a 'Sepia' feel, which just hapens to fit in with the challenge at Creative Inspirations this week.

The image is printed several times, then cut out and layered with foam pads for that 3d look. Hope you all like it! AND I hope you will all have a go with the sketches at Midnight Madness this week. You never know - you may win my goodies!!

Monday, 22 February 2010

More New Doodles

Hi again folks!

At last, I am here with my newest doodles for you, all available now in my blog shop,


So here we are with a couple of silhouette images:

Lovers:



Charleston Couple:



And a Sketchy style one, a Vase of Roses, just right for Mother's Day or Birthdays:



And a gothic style image that you may have seen featured a few posts ago,
the lovely Sultry Vampyress:



Hope you like these folks!

Beautiful Bird

Hiya folks!

Yet another gorgeous, sunny day here in North East Scotland, even if it is bl***y cold! At least it is dry. Thanks for visiting me here in my wee corner - glad you could make it! I do appreciate all my visitors you know, you make my day with all your lovely comments!

Right, mushy stuff over then - down to the card for the day, which features one of my new Doodles, a lovely Peacock Image. This is available for purchase now in my shop, Delicious Doodles. I have more images to load up later today, so keep your eyes peeled for those peeps!


I made this card to enter a new challenge I found last week - Truly Scrumptious. Their challenge is a sketch until next week, so plenty of time to enter! I turned the sketch to portrait for this card, as the Peacock image is too long for a landscape card.


I used some DP's from the new Polka Doodles cd, 'Back to Nature', and placed them onto a lovely Royal Blue cardstock from my local craft shop. This has a leather effect to it, so I smudged some metallic gold rub-on over it to bring out the texture.

The image is coloured with watercolour pencil, and layered for depth. The blue organza ribbon is from my stash.

This will also qualify (I hope) for Penny's Challenge this time, as they want to see 'Birthday's' for the challenge there. Although it doesn't actually say 'birthday' in so many words, just implies it with' Have a Beautiful Day', so I hope it will do for that.

OK - off now to assemble the images I need to upload, oh and do some boring paperwork - ugh!

Sunday, 21 February 2010

Snow Fairy

Hiya folks!


Welcome to my little corner of cyberland on this bright and cheerful Sunday morning! Time for a new theme at Winter Wonderland, which this week is provided by our very own Pascale in the form of a sketch:



We have a new sponsor for you too, Chris from Sketching Stamper is giving away four of her digi-images to our winner this week! Yeay!

Here is what I created with one of her images, and our sketch:


I used some yummy pearlescent papers from Crafts House, the Winter Wonderland range - funnily enough! This was all layered onto some linen effect cardstock which I smudged ink round. I printed the image a couple of times and coloured with my watercolour pencils, then raised the main body with foam pads.

The four corners were made with glitter paper and a flower punch. I cut the flowers in half and used that instead of using peel-offs. The snowflake is a chipboard shape recycled from an old Christmas project. Lastly I added some pearly bits here and there and a little bow at the top, all from the stash.

I do hope you all pop over to the Winter Wonderland Challenge and look at my DT sisters' creations - some fabulous projects for your inspiration! Have a go yourself - you might win some yummy digis from our sponsor!!


While I am here I just want to say a humungous Thank You hun! to our very own Anne for creating such a pretty award for us here. You MUST pop over and see what she has been doing with her paints!! Fabulous stuff! I am green with envy - LOL

Saturday, 20 February 2010

Sultry Vamp

Hiya folks!

BOY, am I late posting today - not usual to post in the afternoon for me, but I have been 'bustin' a gut' to finish drawing the image for this card in time, and have done it!

So, my card for today is a bit of a 'Goth' creation - I'm a secret Goth at heart, though you wouldn't guess to look at me! I used to wear it all though, in my younger days. The fishnet stockings with spider patterns, Spider Earrings, Snake Necklaces, purple and black lipstick!! Just a shame I never dyed my hair black too! (sigh)


This image is only partly shown here on this card. I chopped the top of the wings and the dress at the bottom so I could get her larger on the card. I will be uploading this Sultry Vamp onto my blog shop Delicious Doodles next week, after I have finished some other images I am working on.


I have coloured her in with my watercolour pencils, and layered with foam pads. I curled the wings at the points to make it a bit more 3d. The backing paper on the cardstock is from Tinker & Co.


This card will fit two challenges. The first at Haunted Design House, where the theme is 'Vamps'. I'm also entering it at Crafters Companion, where they have a colour theme of Purple and Black from an inspirational photo. They have a DT Call on at the moment too! I am using this card to enter that.

I'd looooove to be on their DT, such gorgeous products - shame I'm too skint to buy any stamps at the moment! I did get a couple of backing paper cd's ages ago, but I'd really love to get some of the Popcorn, and Cute Companion cd's sometime. Would love to create some scrummies with those!! Ah - will have to try saving up some pennies from my digi-image sales. . .

I know there isn't any bling, or ribbony bits, but I didn't want any froo-froo getting in the way of the image. Nice and simple - that's me!! LOL

Friday, 19 February 2010

Lily Bouquet

Hi again folks, 'tis me back for card number two!

I wanted to showcase one of my new images, the Lily Bouquet, and as it happens, I needed to make a Wedding card for my DH's Boss and Secretary who are getting hitched soon.


This image is now available in my blog shop, Delicious Doodles, along with the Tulips I showcased from a few posts ago. I have also made it with a couple of challenges in mind. The first one being at Charisma Cardz, where they have a sketch this week that I followed for the layout of my card.


I coloured my lilies in faintly with a bit of greeney-yellow, and left the most part white, with darker green leaves. Then I layered (quite deeply for me) with foam pads and put some lovely lace behind the oval shape.


The diagonal strip is a DP by Funky Hand from the 'I Do Wordbook' download, but it is a bit too faint to see really, as it is a pale yellow. I punched along the edges with my heart shaped Martha Stewart border punch, and inked the edges in green.


The cardstock is a lovely pearlescent white, that I inked in green round the edges. The flowers in the corner are made with punches and another Funky Hand DP with inked edges, and the brads are from the stash. These fit with the theme at Cute Card Thursday, where they want to see 'Metal things'.

It also fits (I hope) with the theme at Simon Says Stamp, which is a recipe to follow: '3 types of embellishment, 2 patterned papers, 1 image'. The DP's I have used are pretty faint to see, but they are there - honest!!

I am also hoping it fits into the theme at Pink Elephant this week - they want to see 'Ribbon', I hope Lace counts. . .?

Right, lunch beckons, hmn do I go salad, or soup??

For The Birds

Hiya folks!

Ugh - more white stuff falling! Thought we had seen the back of it for this winter, but no, it has returned for another go. Not too much I hope. . .

My card for today, well, this morning, is for my Guest DT spot at Polka Doodles this month, and there is a theme AND a sketchy to follow! The theme, as you may have guessed by the title, is 'For The Birds', and here is the sketch I followed:


For my Guest DT spot I have been using the cd 'Back To Nature', which (very conveniently) has loads of birdies on it!! I chose to use the Shake a Tailfeather section, as it includes lovely Peacocks, such elegant and graceful birds. I have visited Prinknash Abbey a few times (in the Cotswold Hills) and they have a bird sanctuary there, with loads of Peacocks, ducks, swans, oh, and a few deer too. Gorgeous place, lovely and peaceful, apart from the gobby peacocks that is! LOL.


I used backing papers from the cd to print off the card, and some extra bits for the flowers, which I made with my punches. I printed off the lovely peacock image, but didn't do any layering here, as it was rather fiddly. Instead I went to town with the coloured stickles and put dots on the tail feathers, and raised the whole thing on foam pads.


I got my Martha Stewart lacey punch out for the bottom of the card and made two layers there, topped with a lilac coloured organza ribbon. Not the best photos in the world, it was such a dismal day when I took them, so I had to fiddle with the exposure and contrast, but gave up in the end. You can see the stickles better on this closeup.

Righty then, off to finish up something for later. . .

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Been Doodling Again

Hi again folks!

I have been busy doodling again! AND now I am officially Self -Employed, so I can go ahead and plug my store and sponsor wherever I want to without worrying if someone is going to 'grass' me to the Tax Man!! YEAY!

Trouble is, now I shall have to pay National Insurance - boooooo! Still, I will need a pension when I get to retirement age. . .

Right, some new doodles for you, available now at Delicious Doodles, my blog shop:

Tulips:



Lily Bouquet:



Peacock:



Enjoy!!

Pink Tulips

Hiya folks!

It's a lovely bright and crisp day here in North East Scotland. We didn't get ANY of the predicted snow overnight on Tuesday or yesterday, phew! Monday was a damp squib, sleet all bloomin' day! Trouble is, my back gate (old door) was soaked from all that sleet, and it froze solid! I had to go round the front and kick it open to get my bins out for collection. Was half expecting it to all collapse as it is sooooo old, but no, still standing for the moment! LOL

Right then, today I am showcasing another new image of mine, shortly to be loaded onto my blog shop, Delicious Doodles. I used the yummy sketch at Midnight Madness for my layout. They have a choice again this week, but I chose to mix it up a bit, as my image kinda blanked out some of the elements of the original sketch:


And this is the card, with the new image - Tulips. I coloured them in a cerise-pink colour - love that colour in flowers! I layered them with foam pads for depth. Now, the sketch also called for some stitching. Ah, yes, problem there, as my machine is stuffed in the cupboard, unused and unloved - not even sure if it would sew through card. . . So I opted for the faux version, computer generated of course!


My papers here are all from Funky Hand, their newest cd named 'Dreams Come True'. Sorry, but I tweeked the paper colours again to suit my colour scheme - hope you don't mind. . .? I am entering this into their challenge 'Get Funky' - my second entry - must be keen! LOL

The cardstock is a lovely linen effect white card, lovely and thick so it doesn't bend - I made this an A5 size, so it is quite big. I find big cards tend to sag in the middle if the cardstock is too thin. I have made this into a Mother's Day card, as it is pretty girlie, but in a mature kind of way!

The little butterfly in the corner is a vellum one, from an old kit by Kameo Cards, and the tiny swirls are florists ribbon strips that I have run scissors down to make swirly (like we used to do at school many moons ago!)

Now, this also happens to fit a few more challenges, so here goes with a wee list:

Bee Crafty - Stitching plus a digi-image
Cute Daisy May - Bright and Cheerful
Sophisticats - Stitching
Crafty Creations - Stitching
A Spoon Full of Sugar - Spring