Wednesday, 30 June 2010

Social Sistah's - Inspiration

Hi again folks.

Post number two, scroll down for The Creative Cottage.

Today it is my turn to host the theme at The Sisterhood of Crafters, and I am doing a kind of inspirational theme this time centered around books or movies.

There have been some fabulous books and movies in the past. Sometimes the movies fail to live up to the books or even do them justice. Sometimes a movie is so captivating you just have to go see it more than once (some recent movies come to mind. . . LOL).

Personally, I have always been 'into' thrillers and murder mysteries. I started reading avidly when I was a teenager, lying in bed 'til way after midnight with my latest library book. Usually it was an Agatha Christie novel, but then I progressed into heavier reading, the likes of Dean Koontz, Richard Laymon and the King of thrillers and horror himself - Stephen King!

Of course this all lead to my liking of horror movies. I used to watch the re-runs of the old Hammer House of Horror movies, with Christopher Lee as Dracula, and Peter Cushing as Van Helsing, ah, those were the days! Trouble is, the Vampyre thing has stayed with me, and I still love a good Vamp movie! I really loved the Gary Oldman version of Dracula, and of course Tom Cruise's Lestat in 'Interview With a Vampire'.

Must admit though, I cannot see what all the fuss is about with the Twighlight movies. My eldest D brought the DVD of New Moon home the other day, and I sat watching it for the first time (I didn't see Twilight either!) thinking to myself - OK, so why is everyone so caught up in this? Bit too much of a teenage anxst type of thing for me. I prefer a more mature Vamp myself, he is way to skinny for my taste! LOL. Now if it were Hugh Jackman. . .mmmmmmm!!

So, with all that said, my challenge to you is:


Create something that is inspired by your favourite books or movies, and tell me a bit about why.


I suppose you want to see what I made for this theme then? Here you go:


I used an old layout for my card, just tweeked it about a bit to suit what I wanted. The colour palette was from the challenge at C.R.A.F.T. which was to use 'Black, Lilac and Lime'. Yeah, I know there is purple and red too, but that is in the colouring of the images I have used. The lilac is in the flower and the oval frame. The black and lime speak for themselves!

My images are from my Delicious Doodles shop, and are named 'Wanabe Vamp' and 'BAT-erfly'. These were already coloured for a previous project, I just scanned them in the compy to keep on file, so now I get to print and use pre-coloured images whenever I want!




The backing paper is one I have had for a while and can't recall where I got it. It is a digital paper, so I tweeked the colours to get the black and lime. I also used it in the oval frame. The card behind the framed image is a black core-dinations one that has a lilac centre core. I embossed it with my cuttlebug swirls folder and distressed it to get the lilac to come through. I then added a lilac organza ribbon to it, although it is only just noticeable!


The embossing fits two challenges, at I Love Digi, and at Allsorts (my first time entering here). Both these challenges want to see 'embossing' this week. Hope it will do folks! LOL

OK then peeps, let's see what inspires you, be it books or movies. Head over to The Sisterhood for some more excellent projects from my DT Sistah's. Can't wait to see you there. . .!!

The Creative Cottage - Summer Surprise!

Hiya folks!

'Tis a glorious summer's day today in NE Scotland - hoorah!! Make the most of it though, the weather man says it's gonna pee down tomorrow. You wait, we'll have floods now, LOL.

Talking of summer, today is my turn to pick the theme at The Creative Cottage, and I have chosen 'Summer Surprise'.


I have used the papers from two kits, 'Sunny Days' and 'Summer Mornings' to make my card with, along with my own digital image - 'Smell the Roses', available for purchase in my shop Delicious Doodles.


For the layout I have used this week's sketch at Friday Sketchers:


It also fits the theme at Digital Tuesday, which is 'Summer Time'. Most of the papers here were from the Summer Mornings kit, but I also printed off the flowery paper from the Sunny Days kit and made part of the large flower with it and also the butterfly. This Simple Butterfly is also one of my images, which I printed directly onto the paper. I curled the wings for some dimension.


The flowers are made with my usual punches, with gems for the centres. I popped a few gems at the top too, just to even things up a bit. My main image was coloured with watercolour pencils, then scanned into the compy so I can keep it on file and use these colours whenever I want without having to colour it all the time. Bit of a cheat I know, but such a time saver!!


Just realised this also fits the challenge over at Pixie Dust Studio this week, which is' 2 or more pics'. My two pics are the main girl image and the wee butterfly. Hope that's OK? I think it may also fit in at the Corrosive Challenge who want 'loads of flowers' this week. My first time entering here, hiya ladies!

OK peeps, let's see what you can come up with for this summery theme then. Hop over to The Creative Cottage Challenge and see what other yummies my sisters have come up with! See you there!

Tuesday, 29 June 2010

A Celtic Wedding

Hiya folks!

How are you all doing today? Well I hope? It's a cloudy start here in NE Scotland (again) although we had a few sunny bits earlier. The wind is picking up though, and they are forecasting some wet stuff for tomorrow. Mind you, the garden needs it. My veggies are looking very sorry for themselves. The carrots are a complete failure this year, they just don't want to germinate! Parsnips doing fine, spuds have caught up with the season after the cold and grey start this year. Runner beans are at the top of their sticks at last, lettuce has been nibbled by something other than slugs, birds maybe? (sigh, why do I bother??)

Anyroadup, today is Tuesday, so that means a new theme over at Tuesday Taggers. This week it has been set by our Pat, and is 'Weddings', as we are in mid-wedding season. I chose to make a Celtic style Wedding card for my project.


I have used the colour theme and layout from the challenge at Truly Scrumptious, which is 'Strawberries and Cream', plus this sketch:


Everything on this card is digital, apart from the stickles, bow and gold rings. Oh, and the inky edges, LOL. I have had all these Celtic style images on the compy for a few years now, and don't get to use them much, so I thought I would show them off with this project. Can't recall where the corner images came from now, such a long time ago. The main heart image I drew myself, based on a design I saw somewhere but tweeked a bit until I liked it better. This fits the challenge at Crafty Catz this week, which is 'Digital'.


The organza bow is hand-tied and snipped at the ends, then I threaded the gold rings through the knot in the bow and linked them together so they dangle when the card is standing. A few inky edges, and voila (spelling?) job done! Nice and simple to make, but looks complicated! LOL

OK folks, now it's over to you guys. Let's see what yummies you can muster for the Wedding theme. Head over to the Tuesday Taggers Challenge Blog for deets of this week's sponsor, and for more DT inspiration, some real crackers there this week!!

Monday, 28 June 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers - Earth Wind or Fire

Hiya folks!

Oh yeah! The sun is out!! Feels like we are on fire today (for a change) yeay!! Tenuous link there, to the new theme at Sweet Pea Stampers, which this week is all about the elements 'Earth, Wind or Fire'. You decide which you want to make a project about. I chose to do FIRE.

Must admit I have been eagerly awaiting this challenge as I have wanted to ink up this gorgeous 'Rising Flame' image for ages!!


I have coloured her with my watercolour pencils and got the stickles out again for some bling. I followed the sketch from OCCSC for my card, although I just noticed I left the sentiment off, ah well, I'll put one on if I send this anywhere:


I did add some extra bits though, in the shape of the corners which are cuttlebug die cuts, and I added some metallic rub on and ink to give them some depth.This hopefully fits the bill at Crafty Creations whose challenge is to add shine and glitz. (stickles, metallic rub on, glittery ribbon, just about visible LOL)


I have used a plain orange cardstock to which I added inky edges. The swirly backing paper is a Tinker & Co one, that I adjusted the colours on to suit this theme. Same one for the frame but in reverse. The flame-looking paper across the middle is actually a Zebra print that I adjusted the colour on too. These were all digi-papers. The flower is made with my trusty punches. Need to replace one or two of these, as I noticed the metal has split round the shape and makes for a raggedy edge. The brad and ribbon bow are from the stash. I added some dimension paint to the flower petals too.

Can't wait to see which element you all choose for your entries. There is a lovely Elaine Cox stamp for the prize this week, as well as the chance to 'Guest', so go on - head over to the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge for all the deets and some more wonderful pieces by my DT sisters! See you there!

Thursday, 24 June 2010

A Summer's Swallow

Hiya folks!

Welcome to my little corner in cyberspace, hope I find you all well today? The summer holidays are fast approaching, my little one is on her school trip today, but I don't think she'll need the sun hat, as it is another grey day here in NE Scotland.

One of the first signs of summer here in the UK is the arrival of the lovely little Swallows that migrate here every year. Thousands of miles they travel, how they do it I don't know, and then they have two or even three broods of chicks before migrating back to Africa again!! Little miracle workers eh?? So, I just had to draw some didn't I, and here they are:

Swallow:


Resting Swallows:


Both of these dig-images are now available for purchase in my shop, Delicious Doodles. I have used the Swallow image for my card today, which was made following the sketch over at Midnight Madness:


I turned the sketch upside down for the card, as the flowery bits fitted better with the shape of the image. I have used papers from Funky Hand for the backing pieces. The challenge at Get Funky is to use the colours 'Pink, Brown and Cream' along with Funky Hand products, so this fits the challenge there.


At Delightful Sketches and Challenges they have a new theme of 'Summer'. Hopefully my little Swallow will be summery enough for that one! I coloured her in with my usual watercolour pencils before scanning in and printing a couple of times to get the layers I wanted.


My flowers are all made with my usual punches, and some brads for the centres. I dotted some dimension paint on the petals, and also on the flourish bit at the bottom, which is a digi-image from a cd I have. This was printed onto both pieces of paper before cutting out and sticking down. It was fun trying to line them both up I'll tell ya!!

Right, I really must get on and do some DT stuff for next week, and do my paperwork - ugh! See ya folks!

Wednesday, 23 June 2010

The Creative Cottage - Pearls and Swirls

Hiya folks!

Another Wednesday, so time for a new theme at The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog, and this week we want to see your 'Swirls and Pearls'! Here we go with mine then:


I have used a combination of a few kits for this one, from 'Sunny Days', 'Daisy Chain Farm' and Sherbert the bear from 'Just For You'. I have used a sketch from Friday Sketchers for my layout:


I used a Martha Stewart border punch at the bottom, and dotted some mini pearls in the spaces on that border, and also popped a larger pearl in two of the corners on the main image and in the flower centres. These were made with my trusty flower punches and some inky edges. I have added an organza bow too, just to help lift it a bit.


Forgive my short post here, but I have soooooooo much to do today. Wish there were more hours available before bed, oh, and no cooking to do, washing up after, housework, etc, etc. . .!! Head over to The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog for some more inspiration from my DT sisters, you could get to be one of the favourites this week, or even win the prize!!

Tuesday, 22 June 2010

A Boot-iful Day

Hiya folks!

Well, it's supposed to be a beautiful day today, but I have turned it into a Boot-iful day instead - LOL!! Why, you ask? Because that's the challenge over at Tuesday Taggers this week - 'Shoes, Glorious Shoes'.


I have used papers and images from a gorgeous digi-kit at The Creative Cottage for my creation this week. The kit is named 'Bags of Style', and comes with loads of papers, bags, shoes (and boots) and flower images - I love it!!

I have followed a sketch from Sketch Saturday for this card then, and turned it on its side to suit my images better:


Like I said everything here is from the kit, no added extras, well only the foam pads and inky edges!! I am entering a couple of challenges with this card too. At Bee Crafty the theme is 'Pink and Girly'. Yeah, I know there is loads of black, but you can still be girly with pink and black - quite sassy if you ask me! LOL. 'Pink and Black' is also the colour theme at The Pink Elephant this week, so I'm entering there too.


Right, head on over to the Tuesday Taggers Challenge then and see what goodies my DT sisters have come up with this time, loads of fancy footwear!!

Monday, 21 June 2010

Sweet Pea Stampers - Stitching

Hiya folks!

Hope you all had a great weekend. I went for a lovely walk yesterday, first time for blooming ages! Don't go walking much - note to self - do it more often!! Not that the day was a great one. Grey as usual, and it rained when we got back!! Ah, well. At least I didn't get wet. . .

My card for today then is my DT piece for the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog, and this week's new theme is 'Stitching', be it real or fake or even both, it's up to you! I have actually done some real stitching for a change! Woah! I didn't get out my machine either, never done machine stitching on a card before, and wouldn't know where to start, so I went for some hand-stitched corners. Really simple, but quite effective with gold thread to match my other gold blingy bits.


I used a variety of printed papers and selected my colours to match the colouring that I had done for the image, Spring Luna by Ching Chou Kuik, available in the Sweet Pea Stamps store, or at Crafts and Me here in the UK. I have coloured her with my watercolour pencils in lovely rich colours. Just love purple and black together, especially with a bit of gold. Really rich and sumptuous, yum!

I have used a sketch for the layout here, from Bizzy Becs Creatalicious Challenge Blog, and they also have an extra requirement of 'stitching':


Just so happens that the theme at Crafty Creations is also 'stitching' this week, so I am also entering this card there.

I used purple core-dinations for the base card, with gold rub-on around the edges. The ribbon bows are hand-tied and come from my stash, the flowers are paper from the stash, with gold punch centre and metallic purple brad. Gold brads are also from the stash. I added some gold stickles to the flowers and as highlights to the image too.


Must say I am pretty pleased how this one turned out. Loving the richness of it, hope you like it too! We'd love to see your creations this week, so join in if you can.
Head over to the Sweet Pea Stampers Challenge Blog for some more yummy treats from my DT sisters. You may be lucky enough to win one of the prizes, and don't forget our yummy Sweet Pea Candy, donated by Lynette at Sweet Pea Stamps, only a few days left to enter!!

Sunday, 20 June 2010

Har-Har Me Harties!

How Be Folks?!

Bit of a pirate theme here me harties, oh, don't think I can keep this up at this time of the day - 8.20pm over here, BOY I'm running late! Hubby been hoggin' the compy all afternoon, so I'm jumping on while I can before the kids go to bed.


I made this card and finished it this morning for a few challenges, so I'll make this a quickie. First, the layout, following a sketch from The Pixie Cottage, and a theme of 'patriotic colours'. Being in the UK I have used the red, white and blue of the Union Flag:



Next up at Creative Inspirations the theme is 'One For The Boys', and at Raise The Bar the theme is 'Special Guys'. At Polka Doodles the theme is 'Father's Day/Male' (hope mine counts) and at Simon Says Stamp the theme is 'Pirates'.


I have used elements from the 'Little Monkey's Pirate Adventure' kit by The Creative Cottage for this card, with just the ribbon bow as an added extra.

So there you have it! Time to nip off and put me sproggs to bed then folks! Have a great evening wherever you are!

Saturday, 19 June 2010

Filigree Fancy

Hiya folks.

Hope your weekend has got off to a great start? Still dreaming of getting a summer here, blooming cold, grey and windy today - almost lost the gazebo a few minutes ago, so had to nip out and tighten the guy-strings (ooooer missus! LOL). Anyway, here's hoping things improve real soon, the kids break for their summer (??) holidays on 2nd July!

Until then, I still have a few days of peace and quiet for the crafting, yeay! Which brings me to my card for today:


This card was made for a couple of challenges. I wanted to do something a bit 'goth, but girly', so I hope this fits my own brief! I followed a sketch from The Pink Elephant for my layout. Haven't played there in ages, so thought it about time I did!!


Next, I used the colour inspiration from the challenge at Colour Create.


Now I know Johnny is a good looking guy, but I wish he'd drop all that make-up! About time we saw him 'in the flesh' so to speak, LOL (not nuddie I hasten to add, although. . .) STOP!! Back to the creation!! I used the black, goldy/orange, green and purple colours for the card I made. Just realised though that I was supposed to use white card and only two other colours from this pic - ooops! Went a bit overboard there me thinks! Whatever!!

This card also fits the challenge over at DU2DS this time, as they are after 'Butterflies and Blooms'. Yep, got that bit right at least! LOL

My ribbon is from the stash, had it since Christmas and never used it. It's a lovely velvet textured ribbon with wired edges and gold dots. The green flower trim is from the local craft shop and is made of felt. My backing paper was a freebie I found somewhere, it's a filigree design that I printed out in black on a green background. I used the same design on the oval frame, but this time used a goldy/orange colour on a purple background. The flowers are made with my usual punches and card from my bits box.

The butterfly image is a really simple butterfly that I created for a tutorial over at The Crafters Digital Art Centre. I have now loaded it into my shop, Delicious Doodles, so anyone can purchase it now:


I have sort of paper-pieced this by printing it out on another digi backing paper that has a gorgeous filigree pattern to it. I printed it out twice, cut round each one, then stuck the first one on slightly raised with foam pads. The second one I glued the body to the first one, and rolled the wings for extra dimension.


Last thing I did was pop some gold metallic dimension paint dots here and there to match the sketch. Don't think these dots show up very well really, what with the intricate backing print. Never mind. I like it as it is - hope you do too!

Friday, 18 June 2010

Cute Kitty in Monotone

Hiya folks!

Your warm and sunny thoughts worked for a bit yesterday! Yeay! The sun came out now and again, and it got rather muggy and humid. Me thinks you guys must have had some sleep though, it's gone grey and windy now - LOL!!

My card for today has been created especially as a sample for the Craftalicious Challenge, as it is myself doing their sponsorship this time with my Delicious Doodles Shop:

Their winner from this challenge will get to choose four of my digi's to play with, who knows you may even like to choose the digi I used for this card, Cute Kitty:

I have used shades of brown for my monotone card. The image was previously coloured in using my watercolour pencils, and yes, it was colour. BUT I changed the image from colour to greyscale in photoshop, and gave it a sepia effect to make it appear vintage.


I followed the sketch from Delightful Sketches and Challenges for my layout:



Papers are from various outlets - Funky Fairies (no longer trading), Funky Hand, Tinker & Co, Raspberry Road. All of these I turned from colour to greyscale like my image, so I could choose the colour I wanted to match the card. Ribbons are from the stash, as are the copper brads. I made the beady embellishment myself, from some beaded trim I got at B&Q. Hated the trim, but loved the beads!! LOL


I am entering this into the challenge over at Charisma Cardz too, as they are after 'Bling' this week, so I am hoping the brads and beads count as bling. . . ?

Oooh, guess what? You're sunny thoughts are helping - I can see a bit of sunshine!! YEAY!! Come on washing machine, hurry up so I can get the stuff dry today!!

Thursday, 17 June 2010

A Loopy Lupin

Hiya folks!

Well, you lovely ladies tried your best to send us some of your spare sunshine - I saw a glimpse of the sun yesterday evening, but that was it!! Back to good old grey wet stuff again, LOL. But are we downhearted?? NA!! More crafting time I say. . .

So, my card for today is a bit more sunny and cheerful than our weather for sure, and features my newest image - a sketch of a Lupin, available in my Delicious Doodles shop:


I never used to like these flowers much, but they are gradually growing on me (excuse the pun there). I have three of these now, one a gorgeous pink like my card, one a sort of salmon pink, and the other yet to flower. . . would be great if it were purple. So, here is the card:


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


I chose these lovely pink and greens to match that gorgeous pink lupin in my garden. The papers are from Tinker & Co, and are from kits I bought last year. I scrumpled up a peice of regualr paper for the centre panel with the brads in it, and inked the edges trying for an aged feel here. Not sure if it works, but there you go. My ribbon is from the stash, the bows are hand-tied with the same ribbon. The beady blobby bits (don't know what you call them) are from a Christmas RAK.


No other challenges for this card, boo hoo! LOL. Time for a lunch break me thinks, catch ya later peeps!

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Visiting Japan at The Sisterhood

Hiya folks!

'Tis me again. Second post of the day, scroll down for The Creative Cottage

This week over at The Sisterhood Of Crafters we are travelling across the globe to the island of Japan. What do you think of when you need something Japanese? Dragons, Blossom, Geisha, chopsticks?? The possibilities are endless folks!


I chose to use a couple of my images for my card. These are available for purchase in my shop, Delicious Doodles. My little Oriental Geisha was paper-pieced and printed a couple of times for the layering, as well as on blank paper for my watercolouring. The Waterlilies here are actually taken from my Waterlily image, and has been cut up and moved about a bit to fit the side. The papers are from a Debbie Moore cd.


I added some bling by spreading some metallic gold rub on around the edges of the card, and by dotting some dimension paint in the corners. Real simple, but I think it's quite effective, what do you think?? Does it need some ribbon. . .?

My sistah's have come up with some yummy goodies again this week. Head over to The Sisterhood for a looky!!

The Creative Cottage - It Takes Two

Hiya folks!

Another lovely grey day here in NE Scotland, GOD, I HATE GREY!!! My uniform at school was grey. Most of the houses around here where I live are grey, wish they'd paint them white! Grey is just sooooooo dull.


BUT, on a brighter and more colourful note is my card for today. We have a new theme for you over at The Creative Cottage Challenge Blog, which is to make a card and matching something too. I have used one of the many new releases available HERE, 'Sending Love', an easel card kit. Take a look at the other yummy kits on the main blog HERE.


This kit comes with all the elements you need to create an easel card - and matching envelope too!! (very handy for the challenge this week!) The only thing I added was the ribbon bow and fabric flowers.


So, let's see what matching things you can come up with. Head over to the Challenge Blog for some more inspiration, as if you needed any with these kits!!

I am entering a couple of challenges with this too. First at Digital Tuesday where the theme is to make an easel card, and at Papertake Weekly where your inspiration is to come from your favourite ice-cream. Mine is Strawberry and Vanilla - yum!!