Wednesday, 31 March 2010

A Big Thank You!

Hi again folks!

Post number three, scroll down for The Creative Cottage and MyGrafico

Phew - Wednesday's are so busy for me here in blogland with three DT posts to do in one day! But I am happy to do it, after all, if it wasn't for doing this, I would be sat in front of the telly turning into a vegetable!

Which brings me neatly onto this card that I have made for our first 'Sistah's Social' over at The Sisterhood of Crafters. As it is a five week month, we are having a bit of a different theme, in the form of a 'gethering' if you will. . . a social type of event, where we invite you guys to share with us on whatever the theme is. This time round our Terri has chosen 'Gratitude' and has made a journal to keep her 'things to be grateful for' in.

Now, I'm not a journaller, or a scrapbooker, so I have made you all a 'Thank You' card as I am very grateful that I found all you lovely people here in blogland. So this is dedicated to each and every one of you out there who inspire me, and who in turn I may have inspired.

Everything on this card was made using a gorgeous kit from Tracy at The Creative Cottage, named 'Bags of Style'. There is such a huge assortment of goodies in this kit - bags, flowers, shoes, papers etc. You can find it HERE. I'd like to offer a Thank You here too, for her invitation to join The Creative Cottage DT a couple of weeks ago.

I have used black cardstock as a base, and stuck the paper to it after inking the edges. The kit comes with ribbon borders too, so I used those behind the flower. The flower is printed several times and cut out, then the petals curled for extra dimension. I also punched some leaf shapes out of another paper to match one of the ribbons.

So folks, if you have anything to be grateful for, why not pop across to our Sisterhood and share it with us - we'd love to hear from you, even if you don't make a project!!

I would like to enter this card into the new theme at Creative Inspirations , as I think it fits their 'No Images Allowed' theme. (I hope anyway!) Came across it just as I was about to post this card, so I may very well end up being the first entry - ah well, someone needs to go first!

Pretty In Pink

Hi again folks!

Second post today - scroll down for MyGrafico

Boy, Wednesdays are busy for posting in my house! A third one to come later on . . .

Today sees the start of a new theme at The Creative Cottage, which is 'Pretty Pink', so it's definately one for the girls!! I have used a combination of kits for this creation 'Fairy Wishes' and 'Home Sweet Home'. These kits, and more, are available for purchase HERE

I have printed out several papers from these kits, and layered them up after inking the edges. I made borders with Martha Stewart punches and popped some ribbon on top (from local craft shop) and made a bow with it too.

The flowers are from the 'Home Sweet Home' kit. I printed them out several times and cut layers of them, curled up the petals and made them even more 3d by popping a foam pad between the layers.

OK then ladies, let's see all those pretty pink creations. You don't have to use Creative Cottage products for the challenge, but we'd love to see some if you have some!!

Aw - How 'Tweet'

Hiya folks!

Well, I thought Spring was here, with all the flowers out, the clocks gone forward, days getting longer. But NO! Winter has returned with a slushy layer of the white stuff, and still falling - ugh!!

Hopefully my first card today will bring some Spring cheer. It is my DT offering at MyGrafico, and follows the last sketch of the month:

We have used a cute set from Cocoa Studio named Springtime Birds, available at the MyGrafico store:

And here is my take on the sketch:

Papers by Funky Hand. Ribbon and cardstock from the stash. I coloured the birdies with normal pencils rather than watercolour ones, just for a change. The flowers are made using punches and spare bits from my 'bits box'. Sentiment is computer generated. I have also inked my paper edges for some extra definition.

Now, if only Spring would come properly and banish that Winter weather!!

Tuesday, 30 March 2010

More Blooming Bugs!

Hiya folks!

No, not real ones peeps, just the printable version, thank goodness - LOL

Time for a new Tuesday Taggers theme today then, and this week our lovely Pat has chosen 'Bugs'. We are sponsored by The Craft Barn this week too, so you'll need to include a link back to them to be included in the prize draw for the £15. voucher.

I chose not to do a proper card this week, and made a Notecard Set instead. Everything here was printed off from a kit I bought at Cardmaking Downloads. The envelopes were printed onto cheapy inkjet paper from Tesco. I printed the notelet fronts onto good quality inkjet paper before cutting out and sticking to some linen effect card. I inked the edges first though, for some extra definition.

The wallet is just the A5 sized paper from the kit printed onto white cardstock, and again stuck to some linen card. I cut some extra bits of that card and folded it for some pockets inside to keep the envies and notelets from falling out. Just before sticking the A5 bits down I stuck some ribbon to the card, so I could secure the whole thing with a bow. Ta-da!

Just as well it was so simple, as I was suffering with a bug of my own this week. Rid of it now though thankfully!! So, come on then ladies - lets see those buggy creations! If you need more inspiration, believe me there are some gorgeous projects this week over at Tuesday Taggers!

This happens to fit a couple of other challenges too! What a surprise I hear you say - LOL. First at Colour Create the theme is 'Pastels, or Spring'. I have used very soft colours here (apart from the ribbon that is!), and at Totally Papercrafts the theme is 'Pink and Green' - yep that's covered! Last but not least there is an 'Open theme' at Flutterby Wednesday - just in time me thinks. . .!

Monday, 29 March 2010

More Doodles Monday

Hi again folks!

Time for a few new doodles then.

These are all now loaded and available to purchase in my shop

Vintage Norton:

Misty the Horse:

Arctic Fox:

Have fun!

One For The Fellas

Hiya folks!

Hope you all had a good weekend. Things are good here now the icky bug has all gone - yeay! Back to firing on all cylinders! Talking of which, I have a two-stroke for you today, in the form of a card that is! LOL

This card then is for the fellas, especially the more Vintage Bikers amongst them. It follows the sketch from MAWTT, which just suited the shape of this Vintage Norton perfectly (after tilting it).

I have used one of my new images, available now at

my wee blog shop.

The original image is a sketch in black and white, but I printed in a sepia tone to get a more Vintage feel to it. The colours here are done to fit the theme at Saturday Spotlight which is 'Coffee', so I have used browns and creams here. It kind of fits at Crafty Catz too, where they want 'white and one other colour'. So, as this is shades of brown with some white in, I'll enter it there too, hopefully it'll pass!

I have printed the bike three times onto glossy photo paper for a richer colour and sharper image, then cut it and layered it with foam pads. This fits in with the theme at Fab and Funky which is 'Use your favourite technique'. The backing cardstock is printed, and is a tinted photo of a bike engine. I have inked the card edges in brown too.

The image is layered and matted onto cream and brown card, with some organza ribbon underneath to match the sketch. I have generated the sentiment on the computer, and is raised on foam pads too.

OK, off to do another post now then, see ya in a mo!

Sunday, 28 March 2010

A Sweet Something. . .

Hiya folks!

How is your weekend going so far? I hope I find you all well and crafty? I feel tonnes better today, thank you all for your lovely comments and well wishes - you made me feel better a lot quicker, honest!! Now the schools here are on their Easter break, I hope no more germs will come our way. . .

Onto my card today then, which is a little departure for me, as it incorporates an image from Sweet Pea Stamps. I haven't used these before, as I don't do rubbah! BUT I was pointed in the direction of The Crafty Purple Frog as they have been given licence to sell some of these lovely images in the form of Printable sheets - YEAY!! That's my bag - so I nipped over there sharpish and snapped up the few that they have at the moment, and I have made this card with one of them.

Now, a couple of my old teamies have just started up a new challenge blog dedicated to Sweet Pea Stamps, with permission of course! They are named: Sweet Pea Stampers. I am lending my support today with this card, which is following the sketch there:

I have used the Mermaid sheet for this one, and they are all pre-coloured (phew - saved me a job!) you just have to cut out the pieces you want to use for your decoupage. I printed it out on some glossy photo paper as it gives a richer colour than normal stuff.

I used backing papers from Tinker & Co, and swirly corners from My Craft Studio (Lavender and Lace). The Butterflies I have used are from my shop, Delicious Doodles, which I coloured with watercolour pencils and I cut some extra wings for dimension. To these I piled on some stickles, and dotted some on the main image too. Ribbon is from the stash, as are the beads and charm.

Keep those printable sheets coming - I'm really loving these fantasy images - yummy! Before I forget, there is also a DT Call at Sweet Pea Stampers, you have until April 2nd to get your submissions in peeps!!

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Flower Fairy Gatefold

Hiya folks!

Did you miss me yesterday?? Sorry for the non-posting, but I was a poorly bunny. Thos lovely kids of mine decided to share their icky bug with me, so that was it for the day - ugh! On the mend now, but still not 100 %.

I was going to post this yesterday, but felt too bleugh so I left it for today. I made it for the current challenge at Crafter's Companion, which is to make a Gatefold card, and use some spots. I recently 'came into' a CC cd of the Flower Fairies courtesy of the lovely Lyn aka Blackdragon (THANKS HUN!) and have been itching to play with it for a while, and decided to use it for this challenge. This card also fits the theme at Cute Daisy May, which is 'Fairies'.

I chose the Zinnia Fairy with some paper to match, printed onto some gloss photo paper. I used some spotty paper printed in red to match the red Fairy, and teamed it up with some red cardstock. I decided to offset the gatefold on this one, just to be different, plus it fitted better that was, as I was following the sketch at Sunday Sketch and Stamp.

I made the flower at the top with leftover bits from the main card using my punches. The ribbon was part of some winnings a while ago, and the roses at the bottom are from the stash. The sentiment is computer generated. I even got to decorate the inside for a change, although that is pretty plain and boring really. Didn't want to over-do it!

Right, off to rest me head now - got such a headache after yesterday. . . catch ya all later!

Thursday, 25 March 2010

Such A Cutie

Hiya folks!

What a difference some sleep makes! I'm back in the land of the living today - yeay! Might actually get some crafting done - wooohoooo!

Kids are still poorly though and haven't eaten anything since Tuesday night. Blooming schools, breeding grounds for Alien life-forms/bacteria/germs, whatever. Filthy places!! AND guess what? A Mum at their school, who happens to be a cleaner, said once that they are not allowed to use Bleach or disinfectant????!!!! Eh? How the Hell to they actually clean the place then?? Soap?? Years ago when I was Manager of a Pub, we had to go on a course to learn about chemical use, such as bleach - simple really. Why can't they do that in schools where they need the bloomin stuff??

Anyhow, that's my rant over - I feel better now! Onto more cheerful things, my card for the day (and yes, just the one - lol) is made following the sketch over at Midnight Madness:

LOADS going on over there - if you haven't had a look yet, where have you been?? I chose the more challenging sketch again this time, and have also used a colour theme from Rosie Dee's Challenge, of 'Yellow, Green and White'. Yeah, I know I have some lilac there too, just thought it needed a bit more somehow. . .

I have teamed these up with one of my new images, the Pine Marten, available to purchase at

my wee blog shop. If I say so myself, I think he's a real cutie! I have used him just as it comes in black and white, although you could print him out as a Sepia I suppose. My papers are from Tinker & Co, and a tartan one I have converted into a B+W. This way I get to make it whatever colour I like in my page make-up programme, an old version of QuarkXpress. Wish I could afford a newer full version, but hey - that's major expense!!

I have also used a damask border to the left and tried to make it look like a ribbon with a bit of a border to it. Not sure if that really works, but you have to try these things sometimes don't you? I have punched out some flowers and leaves for the swirly part of the sketch, as I don't have those swirly flourish bling things I see in blogland. Where do you guys get those from?? I finished it off with some wee pearly bits for the flower centres, and some lilac organza ribbon and bow.

OK, need to do some serious DT stuff now. I'm a day behind myself and need to catch up some - eeekk! Catch ya later folks!

Wednesday, 24 March 2010


Yes folks, me again!

My third post today, scroll down for posts one and two!

This then is my proper first DT card for The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog. The theme this week is to include some 'Sparkle!'

For my card I have used the gorgeous kit 'Let's Celebrate' available at Pollycrafts for the time being, until the store proper starts up.

I printed the lovely firework paper onto my white cardstock, and have liberally smothered it with stickles in different colours. I hope it catches the light enough in the photo. . . I have also layered Sherbet onto some shiny pink mirri, and have raised parts of the image for some depth. For some more bling I have dotted some metallic silver dimension paint round the image, and also on the star. Last thing was to add a small white bit on some parts, like the bottle and balloons to create some more shine - ta-da!

So, let see all your sparkly bits then peeps!! Head over to The Creative Cottage for some more inspirational creations!

Hidden Potential

Hi again folks.

This is my second post - scroll down for my first one!

BOY, do I need more coffee, I can feel my eyes closing as I type. I hate it when the kids are ill, especially all three at once, forgive me if I waffle. . .

This then is my creation for The Sisterhood of Crafters, a group of ladies who like to play for fun, and the challenge of course!! Today is the turn of our lovely Kim to set the theme, and as it's week four in our rotation, Kim came up with a Tutorial for you using an Easter Egg Stamp. Thanks for that Kim - you're a doll !

Now, you should know me enough by now to realise that I don't do rubber, so this had me stumped for a long while. But in the end I had to do something, so I got out my ancient Egg template and cut out some shimmery paper I have had since forever! Then I cut it to make it look like a broken egg, and popped a few sequins and bits on to decorate. I suppose these things have hidden potential??

I got out a yellow fluffy feather and made it into a chick for the egg with some googly eyes and a little beak. Next, I made the card to put it on, which uses a piece of 6x6 from a pad of papers by Tim Coffey (I think?) The words were generated in my page makeup programme.

But I decided this didn't look enough, so I got out a really old sheet of 12x12 that has been lounging around since I bought it some years ago. Now this had the hidden potential, as I made it into an Easter Basket for some yummy choccies. I followed a tutorial from the Just Magnolia blog for this (the basket, not the choocies-lol) AND you'll be pleased to note I have NOT eaten them all - they are still there for when the kids feel better.

Now, we'd really love to see all of your hidden potential this week at The Sisterhood, so come along and join us folks! Have a rummage and see what you can find. . .

While I am here with this project - I just came across today's challenge at Simon Says Stamp, which is 'Easter/Spring and Glimmer'. Well this is an Easter project, and I have some shiny sequins, and the Egg is made of shimmer paper, oh, and those choccies are all wrapped in foil!! Hopefully this will count. . .??

I hope it also counts for the theme at Daring Cardmakers this week, which is 'Birds' - OK it's a small chick, but it's still a bird, and that's where eggs come from right?? LOL

Another long shot - the theme at Charisma Cardz this time is 'something for the kids' - well I think it's kinda cutsie, and those choccies are destined for my babies when they feel like them!

Little Princess

Morning folks!

Busy old day today - three posts coming, so this is the first. Not in the mood for any of it today though. Spent all night mopping up after the kids - they got the icky bug from the school, and decided to all have it on the same night, so here I am with only an hour or two of kip, trying to think what to type - ugh!

This card then is my DT offering at the MyGrafico Challenge Blog, and follows this sketch by Mary, who is leaving us today (sniff) - miss you already!

We are using a set from JD Digi Designs, named Fairy Tale available at the MyGrafico shop:

Here is what I made with one of the images, the Fairy Godmother:

I used some lovely pink Bazzil for the cardstock, and some little corner images and papers from Cuddly Buddly. I have coloured the image with watercolour pencils, and layered with foam pads as usual.

If you want to win this set, then play along peeps. It's a lovely sketch to follow - we'd love to see your creations!!

Tuesday, 23 March 2010

Some Altered Boxes

Hiya folks!

How do I find you all today?? Hope you are all well? Things are great here today - just found out that I have made it onto the DT at Crafters Companion - YEAY!!! I tried out for that before but didn't get it, so this has made my day - wooohoooo!!

OK - deep breath. . .

Today is a Tuesday, so it's a new theme at Tuesday Taggers. This week it was set by the lovely Lyn aka Blackdragon, and is to 'Alter Something'. SIGH. What on earth do I do for that? - I asked myself. Not being an inky, messy sort of crafter, as most of what I do is digital. BUT then I remembered a wee box set stuffed in my cupboard that Lyn very kindly sent me a few months ago after I asked her where she got her boxes from. Thank You so much Lyn - see, they did come in handy after all - LOL. So, here is my 'before' piccy:

I got my well over 20 year old Acrylic paints out of my old college leftovers box (also stuffed in the same cupboard) and painted them all black. Lucky for me those paints hadn't gone dry!! WOW, after 20 years too. . .!!! Then I got my Fleur de Lys shapeabilities die and a few other little dies out, and cut some shapes in gold mirri. I stuck these on with PVA glue, nothing special, and finished them off with some metallic gold dimensional paint dots. Here are some 'after' piccies:

Not a bad job for a novice alterer, if I say so myself! God knows what I am to do with them now. Maybe I'll let the girls have them for their trinkets. You wait - they'll be trashed within minutes. . .

Right then - off you go to the Tuesday Taggers Challenge Blog for some more fabby inspiration, and have a go ladies!! We'd love to see what you come up with!

Monday, 22 March 2010

Leaping Salmon

Hiya folks!
How do I find you all this Monday?? Hope you are all well. . .?

My card today is one for the fellas, especially the Anglers amongst them. I wanted to showcase my Salmon image, available from:

my blog shop. I drew this a while ago, and have only recently got round the converting it to a digital image. Originally it was in colour, as you see it here, so this is what I have printed out to use for this card. The one in my shop has been made into greyscale for folk to colour as they wish - not all Salmon are the same!!

I followed the sketch over at Friday Sketchers for this card, and teamed it up with an old plaid that was lying around, and some parchment effect cardstock.

The darker backing is an image 'borrowed' from the net, but 'fiddled with' by me in photoshop to make it more fuzzy and faded. Behind the main image I have added some gold mirri, and some metallic gold ribbon to match. I have given the image some depth by layering it with foam pads. Just a bit of brown ink round the card edges, and that is it.

Nice and simple - just like me LOL!!

More Doodles Monday

Hiya folks!

Just finished uploading this week's newbies over in my shop

Vintage Jaguar Car:

Pine Marten:

Art Nouveau Window:

Hope you like 'em!!

Teri xx

Sunday, 21 March 2010

Another Bunny Card

Hiya folks!

Hope your weekend is going well. Mine is a bit up and down, but mostly up thank goodness!

So today I have another wee Bunny for you, just for Easter or Spring. Yeay - spring is here at last!! My garden is errupting into flower, snowdrops, crocus, mini-daffs and something else that I just can't pronounce never mind spell for you!! I'll take a photo when they are out properly, then you guys can tell me what is is called!!

For my card I followed a sketch from MAWTT. Lovely and simple sketch and an open theme this time. The ribbon I used here is a felt one with flowers, so I am hoping that I can get away with that in the sketch. If I put a flower where it is supposed to be, then the ribbon gets obscured!

The backing paper is from Funky Hand. Sentiment is computer generated. Dark green cardstock from the stash. I have used my Bunny In A Box digital image for this card, available for purchase from:

my blog shop. I have coloured this with my usual watercolour pencils and raised parts of it with foam pads. This happens to fit a few other challenges - how convenient - lol. Here we are with a wee list then:

Pink Elephant - 'Spring'
Cute Daisy May - 'Open theme'
Creative Inspirations - 'White, yellow and green'
Crafty Catz - 'Spring'
Bee Crafty - 'Spring'