Friday, 30 April 2010

Hyacinth Card

Hiya folks.

Wow - the sun is out!! Loads of grey clouds mind you, but at least some sunshine for a while!

My card for today then has been made to showcase one of my latest Flower digital images, the Hyacinth. If you like it you can purchase it now in my store, Delicious Doodles.

I followed a sketch from Sketch and Stash, but turned it sideways to get the image the right way round. I didn't use a sentiment either, hope that's acceptable. . .


I have used up some of my very ancient linen effect cardstock for the base and for some of the punched flower petals, along with some almost as ancient pearlescent lilac for the strip at the side and more petals. The dotty buttons and dotty bow are by Papermania, and are from my latest purchase at the local craft shop


This also fits a few more challenges too. DU2DS want to see 'flowers' along with a digi-image. Simon Says Stamp want 'buttons, bows, and bling'. Crafts and Me want to see 'sparkle'. I have added some stickles to the punched flower petals, and some gems at the top. Delightful Sketches and Challenges want to see us use our punches. I used a variety of flower punches, and also a Martha Stewart border punch. Charisma Cardz want a 'girly card with flowers', and at Cute Card Thursday the challenge is to 'make your own'. Well, I have made my own flowers, and the border and the image is my own sketch too.


Phew! Right, now, as our school have decided to take a long weekend because of the Bank Holiday (!!??!!) I now have to drag myself down to the blooming park with the wee one - ugh! Much rather be crafting. . .

A Quick Note. . .

Hiya peeps.
This is a real quickie, no card.
I had a note from the ladies at Gorjuss last night about the card I made a few posts ago.
It appears that I didn't read the terms of use properly, because it says that their digital products are NOT allowed to be printed, and that they must remain in digital format only!!
That was a huge waste of money for me then - shame, 'cause I liked those images too.
So, if anyone else was considering buying their digital products after seeing my post - DON'T!!
You can't blooming well use them if you wanted to! Not much point in selling digital items to crafters if they can't make anything with them is there?? The only way you can use these items is by making digital art and scrap pages - but only if you are going to keep them on the compy and not print them out!!
So, you have been told!
Hugs,
Teri xx

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Creative Cottage - Circles

Hiya folks!

It's a lovely day here (for the moment) in North East Scotland, hoping to get some washing on the line later - not holding my breath though. Things change pretty quickly here sometimes.

My card today then is my DT piece for The Creative Cottage, and our new theme this week is 'Circles'.


I have used the Forest Friends kit for my card, which you can purchase HERE. The flower was made using die-cut circles (nestabilities with scalloped edge) and tissue paper that I inked the edges of before pushing into my clenched hand. This scrunches up the circles into a cone shape, then you can stick them all together with some round the outside too, and ruffle them all about until you get what your after. This was fun to make - you may be seeing more of these!


The sentiment is computer generated. I printed out the little squirrel a couple of times so I could layer it up with my foam pads. I added some brads to the bottom from my stash, and hand-tied a bow, as the card looked a bit empty in the top corner there.

And there you have it! Pretty simple really. There are more lovely creations to inspire you over at The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog, head over and take a looky. You could win a lovely kit, or even be one of our favourites of the week. And if you use Creative Cottage products, you will be entered into the monthly draw too. Cool or what? See you there folks!

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Tuesday Taggers - Memories

Hiya folks!

Hope your day is going well. We have a new theme at Tuesday Taggers, which has been set by our lovely Michelle, and it is 'Memories'. 'Oh, great' I thought when I saw it. 'What the heck can I do with that?' Had to have a huge brain-racking session which took all week - honestly! I finally resorted to mooching through my old photo albums, in particular the one which has the honeymoon photos in it, and happened across the photo I have used here.

Trouble is, the photo was sitting on the worktop looking at me for ages saying 'What you gonna do now then?' Monday morning came and went. Did the weekly shop, defrosted the freezer, kids came home from school. Then I got round to looking at the sneak peak on Midnight Madness, and it all clicked - phew!! So I followed their sketch for this card:


I love the heather in this photo, but haven't got that particular colour in my stash, so I used the next best colour, which happened to be the one they use to make these sprigs of fake heather, purple. What do you know, purple is my most fav colour! So I have used shades of purple here. The frame is my frameabilities die - used it twice in two days, can't be bad! I have edged it with some purple ink using a dauber. I embossed some dark purple bazzil with a swirly cuttlebug folder, and mounted it all on some lilac cardstock from the local craft shop. The photo was scanned into the compy, then I placed a swirly corner image on top of it before printing out.


The heather sprigs have been lounging around in my flowery bits box for years, so I dusted them off and added a couple of thistle bits to it. Then I used some ribbon from my stash and hand-tied two bows, one for the top of the card, the other for on top of the sprig. Last thing was to add some stickles round the frame, and some little gems for a bit of bling.


Just happens this also fits a couple of other challenges too, well that bit was planned really as I was looking at my list of challenges when I was making it! At Polka Doodles they want to see 'Monotone', and at Raise The Bar their theme is 'Use your favourite colour'.

Hope you guys don't find it as difficult as I did to figure out something for our theme this week. If you want more inspiration, then head over to Tuesday Taggers, some fabulous pieces there. AND you could win the voucher from The Craft Barn who is our sponsor this week, fab!

Monday, 26 April 2010

Monday's New Doodles

H again folks.

Time for a few new doodles then. These are now available for purchase in my shop

Hope you enjoy these.

Hyacinth:


Primrose:


Squirrel:



Have fun!

Sweet Pea Stampers - Under the sea

Hiya folks.

Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was uneventful, apart from having to drive to Inverness with hubby to buy a van for him to get to his new job. Don't know if anyone remembers a little while back that I mentioned he wasn't sure if his job would last very long? Well, things were so iffy there that he decided to quit anyway. He was lucky enough to find a new job within hours of deciding to do so!! If that was me I'd have been looking for ever. . .

So, my card for today then is my DT piece for Sweet Pea Stampers. Our theme this week is 'Under The Sea'. How easy is that then, with all those Mermaid images available?? I have used a lovely image I found on Ching Chou Kuik's own website, and it is a freebie colouring image. I used my watercolour pencils for this one. Really must invest in some markers. Can't seem to keep inside the lines with these pencils.


I wanted to steer away from a card this week, and decided to decorate a picture frame that I had under my drawing board for months. It was a plain black box frame with cream mounting board. I covered it with some 'Paper Perfect' by DecoArt, which is a paint that looks like handmade paper. Lovely texture when it dries. I covered this with all sorts of goodies from an old pot-pourri selection, bits of flower, funny round things that look like wheels, a couple of rosebuds and petals. I also bought a wee kids bead kit that had shell shapes in it, as I couldn't get down to the beach to collect my own. So I used these too. Then I painted everything with white acrylic paint, then used coloured acrylics here and there to try and match the inky colours I had used for the mount. Hope it works. . .


Last thing I did was bling it up a bit with a frame cut with a frameability die, a few punched flowers and coloured stickles. I am entering this into a few challenges too, so here goes:

Daring Cardmakers - 'Die Cuts' (frameability die)
Bee Crafty - 'Holes' (Aperture for picture, and all the holes in the shells)
Fab 'n' Funky - 'Use Old Stuff' (Frame and pot-pourri)

Can't wait to see what you ladies come up with for our 'Under The Sea' theme this week. Don't forget you could win a stamp from Sweet Pea Stamps, and you could also be entered for our 'Card of the month' prize too. Head over to Sweet Pea Stampers for more info, and some more fabulous DT inspiration.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Totally Gorjuss Goth


Hiya folks.
Had the chance to play today, hoorah! I found the GorjussArt website yesterday, and discovered they are doing digital images and backings - yeay! So I spent yet more money that I don't have (oops!) and bought some stuff. Couldn't resist the little Goth girl, me being a closet Goth and all. . .
***EDIT - Gorjuss got in touch with me to say that their digital items are NOT to be printed - they are to remain in digital format only and NOT to be made into anything physical***
Pointless or what??

So I got to playing a few challenges too. Staring with the sketch, which is from Friday Sketchers. Haven't been there for a few weeks now and wanted to do their sketch this week:



I am also playing at Totally Gorjuss as they want to see a Gorjuss Girl on your project. I didn't think I would be able to as I didn't own any Gorjuss Girls images until I bought these - thanks for the link ladies!! I am also entering this into the challenge at Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge and Crafty Creations, as they are both wanting 'distressing' this week.


This was such a yummy card to make. I printed one of the backing papers onto cardstock, then printed off some others and tore the edges for the distressing bit. Then I inked all the edges. I used some extra bits for the flower, and I sanded the edges of the petals to distress that too. Took a little liberty with the sketch, and there weren't any added bits for flowers or bling, but I wanted to dress it up some. There isn't anything for the border I put across either, but I wanted to hide the edges of the DP's behind the main image.


I have raised the image too on some more backing. This was all printed onto glossy card for a richer colour. I have cut an extra girl image and raised that as well. Last was all the bling. Brads from the stash, mirri board, ribbon from stash, and spider charm from local craft shop. Just love how this came together, a small flash of inspiration. . . Just noticed how incredibly dark the blue came out in these pics, it is actually more of a deep aqua blue colour, ah well . . .

Saturday, 24 April 2010

Just A Quickie!


Hiya folks!
Just a quickie this morning as I have to go out to town and pick up the wee one's new glasses - boring!

This card is my entry to the Midnight Madness challenge this week. Didn't get to play last week, just too darned busy, but I made sure to find the time this week. This is the current sketch then:


And here is my card:


The image is my own, Ruff the dog, available at Delicious Doodles, my blog shop, coloured with watercolour pencils, scanned into the compy and printed on glossy photo paper along with the circle frame thingy. The backing is by Tinker & Co. and is printed onto cardstock. The flowers are made from the spare bits of card, and the leaves with mirri using punches. Ribbon bit from bits box.


This card also fits the theme at A Spoon Full of Sugar, which this week is 'Birthday'.

Right, need to find me shoes. . .

Friday, 23 April 2010

Creative Cottage New Release!

Hiya folks!

Today sees the realease of a brand new kit from
and a cute kit it is too!



Baby Ellie and Family are here with lovely soft coloured papers, flowers, borders, toppers, images of Ellie and her family and for a limited time only, four uncoloured digi-images too!! How cool is that lot then!


I made two lots of samples with this yummy kit. First I made a New Baby card that says 'Well Done!' I printed one of the papers onto white cardstock, then printed out elements like the border and one of the toppers (a few times).


Then I made a hole in the card and made a frame for it. The topper I stuck to the inside of the card and decoupaged the image through the hole with foam pads. I finished it off with some fabric flowers and an organza bow.


Then I decided I would like to use all of the toppers somehow, so thought I would make a set of cards for New Baby's. I made the box using an old template that I made for the computer ages ago. All the elements for the lid were made up on that computer template before being printed and assembled.


I printed out loads more elements from the kit, and after cutting out, laid them all out on some pre-printed cards that I made earlier until I was happy with my layout. Then it was just a case of sticking down and adding a bow to match.

The envelopes were made in the same way as the box and printed onto regular copy paper before cutting and sticking the edges down.

So, if you are itching to get your mitts on this lovely kit, you can purchase it HERE.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

I'm Sponsoring MWATT

Hiya folks.

Happy Thursday to you all. Still no sign of the sun up here in NE Scotland, all grey and damp. Doesn't fill you with enthusiasm really, especially when the kids are all poorly AGAIN!!

Onto something more cheerful though, I am sponsoring the lovely ladies over at MWATT with my Delicious Doodles shop this week. One lucky person can win three digi's of their choice, you lucky things you! All you need to do is enter their challenge, which is a wee sketchy and the theme of 'Animals':


I made a card for them too, as a sample:


I have used an image from my shop, the Pine Marten teamed with burgundy cardstock, mirri board, swirly paper from Funky Hand, and plaid from my compy. The flowers are made with scraps of the card and mirri, using punches. The bow is made with ribbon from the stash.


There are plenty of little cuties in my shop should you care to take a wee snoop round, along with flowers and a few bits for the men. This is a new line I am still working on with more images in the pipeline - just need to draw them!!

The ladies over at MAWTT have worked wonders with the samples I sent them - thanks ladies!! Why don't you head over and take a looky at those, and get entering to win!!

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

The Sisterhood - Scotland

Aye-Aye folks!

Over at The Sisterhood of Crafters this week we are off on our trips around the world (unlike some with that blooming volcano). Seeing as I live here in Scotland and it was my turn hosting, I decided upon Scotland for this week. Now, I am English, born and bred, but moved north to Bonny Scotland some years ago. After many years of touring around the Scottish countryside on our holidays, and indeed honeymooning here, hubby and I took the plunge and decided to relocate our small family 'up north'. Best move we ever made!!


So dig out those tartan papers and paper heather sprigs, and what about some wee Scottish images?? Some of you may be aware that I have a wee digi-shop by the name of Delicious Doodles, and I am sponsoring the challenge this week, so if you want to win three of my images, hop over to The Sisterhood and speak to Mr Blue Froggy Thingy - I'm giving him a try-out!

This is my creation then, using one of my new images, Nessie:


I have coloured Nessie with my usual watercolour pencils, no decoupage this time for a change. I even dug out some old bouquets I made ages ago for favour bags, and recycled one of those for the front. The layout by the way follows a sketch from the OCCSC, which finishes tomorrow - hope I am in time with this card. . .


My papers are printed onto cardstock, and are of a tartan pattern that I have had for ever and scanned into the computer to use. The ribbon is from the stash.


Hope to see you over at The Sisterhood then peeps - have a looky at the DT's creations - fab job as ever ladies! And I hope the blue frog thing works for you all. . .

My Last MyGrafico Card

Hi again folks.

Second post today, scroll down for The Creative Cottage

OK, so you may have guessed by the title that this is my last DT piece for the team at MyGrafico. I regretfully had to withdraw from my post here due to other commitments and pressures which I won't go into - too boring!! So I'm (hopefully) going out with a bang! Well, more of a damp splosh seeing as no-one mentioned it on the challenge blog, whatever. . .

So, there is a sketch this week then:


And this is what you are playing for by Clip Art and Scrap:


And here is what I came up with:


I have teamed up the image with papers from Tinker & Co, and have used some of the spare bits to make the flower too. I used light blue cardstock from the local craft shop, and have inked the edges of the papers and flower petals. Hope you like it.

So that is that then. 'All good things must come to an end', as they say, so I bid the ladies at MyGrafico a fond farewell. . .

Going Green

Hiya folks.

I hope I find you all well today? Bit warmer here, not so windy or wet - phew! Just grey and dull - boring!


I hope my card brings a bit of colour and cheer to an otherwise grey day. It is my DT piece for The Creative Cottage, and this week we are all 'Going Green', whether it is with colour or with recycling. I did both on my card. I have used elements from the Fairy Wishes kit for the majority of the card. For the recycling bit, I have re-used an old sketch, and the flower/fern and bow are from a tag I made for Easter. Nice and simple today, no faffing.


So if you want to win a fabby kit by The Creative Cottage, then head over for all the deets and some yummy inspiration. I am also entering this card at The Pixie Dust Studio, as their theme this week is to use the colour Green as the main colour. Back soon with some more stuff. . .

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Eeek! It's a Dragon!

Hiya folks.

Seems winter has come back again here in NE Scotland. No snow as yet, but loads of hail stones, and it's only 44 degrees F out there with a howling wind - ugh! Wish the wind would change direction to our usual SW - might push that Volcanic stuff away too!

Onto my card today then, which is my DT piece for Tuesday Taggers. It is my turn to set the theme this time, and as Friday is St. Georges Day I decided to choose Dragons. I drew a brand new Mum and Baby Dragon image for this one, which is available now for purchase in my shop, Delicious Doodles.


I kept this quite simple this week. Just the image, coloured with watercolour pencils and raised on some foam pads, and the background printed on cardstock with and added bow and gems to finish.

We are sponsored this week by Tanda Stamps, who just happen to have some Dragon stamps as well. Our winner will recieve a selection of different sized stamps, but it will be your choice - fab!

My teamies have done some fabulous creations for you this week - nip over to Tuesday Taggers and take a look folks. Visit their blogs and leave some love!

Oh, here comes some sleet then. . . might snow later. . .!!!

Monday, 19 April 2010

Crafters Companion - 3D

Hi again folks.

Second post today, scroll down for Sweet Pea Stampers DT piece

OK folks, so this is my DT creation for the Crafters Companion Challenge Blog. This fortnight the theme is to make a 3 dimensional project. I saw a lovely Watering Can project a while ago, and decided I would try this out myself for this theme.

After downloading the pdf's from the link above, I printed them onto some plain white card, and then printed some backing paper on the reverse from my new Peter Rabbit cd. I got this and some rubbah by subscribing to a cardmaking magazine a few weeks ago - great gift eh!!?? I also printed out a little Rabbit motif for the sides of the can.


I cut all the relevant pieces out, and assembled as per the instructions. There was some printed pattern left over, so I made some flowers using those bits - waste not, want not - as the saying goes! I inked the edges of the finished can, and also popped a little border round the bottom of it using a Martha Stewart border punch, with a bit more ink.

Looked a bit lonely for the photo, so I popped some mini daffs in it from my garden, and they gave it the lift it needed - plus the sun came out just at the right time too - fab! I am also entering into this weeks challenge at Totally Papercrafts where the theme is 'Spring', and also at Penny's Challenge, where they have an 'Open' theme this time.

Can't wait to see what goodies you come up with this fortnight peeps. . .

Sweet Pea Stampers - Wonderland

Hiya folks!

I do hope you have all had a wonderful weekend with glorious weather. Not so great here in N.E. Scotland. We had sleet and hail yesterday, and today it is so blooming cold again, they are talking of more snow tonight - aaarghhh!!

Sorry about being MIA the last few days, but I'm afraid this card set me back a bit and I needed to catch up on such a lot of stuff that I decided to take a break from posting every day. But I'm back now!!

The new theme for this week from Sweet Pea Stampers is 'Wonderland', and the DT have been using mostly Alice in Wonderland images. I have used a decoupage sheet made by the lovely Amy at The Crafty Purple Frog for my card, and I think I may have gone rather overboard with the embellies on this one! No wonder it took me so long to make it.

Alice: Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?
Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you want to get to.

 I started off thinking - 'I know, I'll make a gatefold card', which progressed into a kind of 3d affair as I wanted some depth, and wanted to create an air of mystery. Not sure if that part worked or not. . . Anyway, I printed my cardstock using Tinker & Co backing paper, and cut holes to get a window effect. I found a quote from Alice in Wonderland, which just fits this image perfectly! This was printed onto the cardstock as well. I cut out the layers of the decoupage image and stuck them onto acetate and placed them in the windows of the card. Then I started on the embellies. . .

Alice: I don't much care where -
Cheshire Cat: Then it doesn't much matter which way you go.

Many, many die-cut leaves and ferns, and punched out flowers, butterflies and dragonflies later I stuck them round the windows to try and re-created a forest wonderland. I used loads of scraps here, and glitter card. Then I got the mini gems out and used far too many of those too!! THEN after all that, I decided the inside of the two sides were very plain, so out came all the bits and bobs again, and I decorated those too.

Alice: - so long as I get somewhere.
Cheshire Cat: Oh, you're sure to do that, if only you walk long enough.

Like I said, may have gone a bit overboard here. I do hope it works though, what do you think?? Maybe I should have stuck to just an ordinary card. . .

OK, I think I will enter this into another challenge too. At Raise the Bar this week, the theme is 'Movies', so this fits that one brilliantly. I haven't played there for a couple of weeks, so thought their challenge enables me to have a go this time.

Right folks, that's it for a bit, but I'll be back later with some Crafter's Companion stuff for you. . .

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

The Sisterhood - Remembrance

Hi agin folks.

Third post today, scroll down for 1 and 2.

Today sees the new theme at The Sisterhood of Crafters, and our lovely Boni has set our theme as 'Remembrance'. Any kind of remembrance, whether you want to remember a family member, or an occasion, it's entirely up to you!

I chose to make a card for Armistice Day, yes I know that's yonks away, but at least I have one now!. It took me longer than I thought to get my image ready for this theme, and I only finished the card yesterday lunchtime!! So here it is:


I have used my new Poppies image here, available at Delicious Doodles. I have coloured it in and scanned it so I can print it out a few times onto glossy photo paper for extra depth of colour. I have cut out layeres and raised them with foam pads. My backing paper is from Funky Fairies (no longer trading) which I have inked round the edges in black. The ribbon and bow are made from pieces out of my bits box. I have mounted all onto plain black cardstock.

So that's it, short and sweet today, gotta fetch kiddies from school in a mo. Pop over to The Sisterhood and see what my lovely Sistah's have created for our remembrance theme, go on, have a go!

Things With Wings - The Creative Cottage

Hi again folks.

Post No.2 for today, scroll down for the MyGrafico challenge

This then is my DT offering for The Creative Cottage, who's theme this week is 'Things With Wings'. Bit of a giveaway in the title really - LOL


I have used some scrummy papers from the 'Oh Christmas Tree' set, available HERE, which I have teamed up with one of my own images, Little Birdy, available at Delicious Doodles.


I have inked the edges of the papers and printed cardstock, before colouring the Birdy image with watercolour pencils and layering with foam pads. I have added a little bow, and a wee dragonfly charm from  my local craft shop. The big flower is also made from the same papers using my flower and leaf punches.

There is a fabby Easel card set up for grabs to this week's lucky winner, and don't forget, if you use any Creative Cottage products you get to be entered into the monthly draw for extra goodies!!

I would like to enter this into a couple of other challenges too. At Pixie Dust the theme is 'Wings', and at Papertake the theme is 'Cute'. Hope this birdie is cute enough for you!

A Colour Challenge

Hiya folks.

A bit late today - just been to the dentist with D.No.3 and a broken tooth. All fixed up and back at school now, just No.1 son at home with bellyache to put up with - sheesh! What a day!

Are you up for a colour challenge? That's what we have for you over at MyGrafico this week, and here are the colours for you:


We got to play with some images from this cute Baby Animal Stamp set by Ladybug, available in the MyGrafico store. This is what you all are playing for:


And here is my card:


Papers are by Tinker & Co. I have used my usual watercolour pencils here, and layered with foam pads. The flowers are from my local craft shop and are attached with a gold brad from my stash. This is such a cute horse. Might just give this to one of my little D's buddies as it is her B'Day on Sunday.

Have fun with these colours folks!!

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Some New Doodles

Hi again folks.

Totally slipped me by, but I forgot to post my new doodles here last night!!

They are all up and running on my Delicious Doodles shop, but it was so late when I finished I just hopped off to beddibyes without showing them off on here too! Me bad!

So here we are then:
Vintage Chevy:



 
Poppies:


Mum and Baby Dragon:


Hope you like them!