Friday, 27 May 2011

Lace and Flutterbys

Hiya folks!

Hope you are all keeping well? If not, then I hope you get better very soon!!

Wish blogger would get better soon. Honestly, it's being a right pain in the rear end. I'm sure most of you are experiencing some probs. Mine are; having to sign in twice to get on the dashboard : not being able to comment at all (keep being directed to sign in page) : pics being rejected when uploading.

So I must apologise to everyone! I have been reading your blogs, and trying to leave comments when it works, but mostly it doesn't. Blooming frustrating or what!!!

Anyways, let's get onto my card today, which is my sample for the new Delicious Doodles Challenge. This week we are after your creations with 'Lovely Lace' as the theme.

I made a twisted easel card for this, (love doing these at the moment) and have used the Small Butterfly image from the Delicious Doodles Shop. This was coloured with the usual watercolour pencils, scanned to the compy and printed in two sizes, then fussy cut round.

I have cheated a bit with the lacey doily seen here. It isn't a real one!! I found a digi-version on Crafts-u-print and have used that placed on a pinky coloured digi-paper and then printed. I printed it a few times, cut one out for layering over the real lace trim, and used the third for the base part.

I was also a bit crafty with the base. As well as having the two smaller butterfly images (whose wings were curled over using my bone folder), I made a lace flower using three trims. One is a fancy trim, one is the same lace as the front panel, and in the centre is a smaller lace. I have also used inks to colour the lace, see below pic:

The die-cut corners (in green bazzil) are done using a Nellie Snellen corner die. Now I bought these a couple of weeks ago thinking 'oooh how fab, lovely corners', but they don't cut a whole shape! I found out they only cut a corner on the outer edge, with the inner edge still attached - a bit like a corner shaper punch. So I had to fussy cut the inner edges of them all to get the corners by themselves. Shant be buying any more of those dies!!

I finished up with some large sticky pearls and some leafy punch shapes.

Righty then folks. Off to do some more doodling, oh, and I suppose I ought to do some of the dreaded HW. . . ugh! Catch ya later!!

Some challenges to enter -

Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
My Time to Craft - Die-cuts
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
4 Crafty Chicks - Colours
Papercrafting Journey - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

New Release Day at Delicious Doodles

Hi again folks!!

A quickie from me to announce a couple of

New Releases in the Delicious Doodles Shop.

I went a bit floral this week, and have doodled a frame/border featuring some Lily of the Valley flowers, and a watering can with Daisies and Pansies. So here we go with the watermarked images -

This would look fabulous teamed up with a fairy or girly image, or could be used with a sentiment in the middle instead! Next up -

Loads of flowers here tumbling out of the can - would be perfect for those lovely ladies makes, and vintage style cards too!

Don't forget to keep sending me your Delicious Doodles creations!

Next set of Customer Submissions will be going onto the

week beginning Monday 6th June, so still plenty of time to get making!!
(don't forget to include your post links)

Teri xx

Problems, problems. . .

Hiya folks!

I'm just popping on to apologise to you all, as it seems we are still having some blogger issues with commenting.

My plan was to visit my regulars and catch up on the Delicious Doodles Challenge entrants, but unfortunately I can't leave many comments!! For some reason I keep being redirected back to the sign in page, which is a pain in the bum, especially when I am already signed in!!

And its another pain not being able to properly sign out too - anyone else have that problem??

So, many apologies peeps - I will resume commenting when blogger enables me too, I'll keep trying though. . .

Hugs to all,
Teri xx

Friday, 20 May 2011

A Yummy Sundae

Hiya folks!

BOY am I late with this one today! This should have been up this morning, but I had not even started it let alone finished it - me BAD!!

 . . . I do have an excuse though, but cannot reveal why just yet . . .

Anyway, here I am at last with this week's offering for the Delicious Doodles Challenge.

This time we are after your creations that are inspired by the Sun. What do you do when it's sunny and warm? I love to pig out on a lovely Ice-Cream Sundae, but we don't get much sun up here in NE Scotland, so I don't get the chance very often! LOL

Never mind, I can always look at this Ice-Cream Sundae and know that I won't put any more pounds on! LOL. I have used the Ice-Cream Sundae image from the Delicious Doodles Shop, coloured with the usual watercolour pencils, scanned, printed and layered with foam pads.

Papers are from an old set by Tinker & Co. Whatever happened to them, eh? Pearls from the stash, flower made using punches, ink and dimension paint.

Hopefully blogger will sort itself out very soon, so I can get round and comment on your creations. It's a pain in the bum keeping on having to sign in for commenting, and then not being able to sign out when I want to log off. OK, off to see if I can get this linked into some challenges now.

Have a great weekend folks!

MAWTT - Sketch
Spoon Full of Sugar - Anything Goes
Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Make Your Own Blooms
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Saturday, 14 May 2011

Seeking Inspiration

Hiya folks!

Well, what a day yesterday turned out to be. I didn't realise until well into the afternoon that it was Friday 13th. Seems this time it came and bit blogger in the butt!! Were you like me - completely lost and befuddled?? Not to mention rather peeed off???!! Yeah, I thought so. . . lol

So, today we are all picking up the pieces and playing catchup, and here I am with my DT piece for the new challenge at Delicious Doodles (a day late - sigh).
Our theme this time is 'Inspired by. . .'.
What is it that inspires you to create? Is it texture, colour, smell, nature etc, etc. . .

I get inspired by the lovely patterns of damask, and anything at all black, purple and Gothic. So how could I resist going down that route?? Well, I didn't resist. I splurged!! Out came the damask dp's I have on the compy, printed in black, roughed up with sandpaper and smudged with purple and black ink.I wanted it to look old and distressed. Not sure if that bit worked out too well. . .

Made this into an easel card. These offer some much more scope than a regular fold don't you think? I have followed a sketch for my layout, but I used the text bit for the bottom of the card and left it blank. I hate putting sentiments onto things, to be honest I'm crud at thinking up things like that, and verses for the insides, so I tend to leave my cards blank if I can.

I have used MS punches for the corners (loops) There is a Fleur-de-Lys shapeabilities strip across beneath the image, in purple bazzil, smudged with silver metallic rub-on. I have used the same card and corner pieces from the same set at the bottom on the blank panel.

Behind the image is a scalloped frame, which is a digi-element from a scrap kit, which I layered silver mirri onto, followed by the image. Behind all that is a yummy purple dp by Crafty Chaos Designs, and behind that, though you can hardly see it, is a black panel that I embossed with a damask folder and smeared with silver rub-on. I cut the corners with the same MS punch to match.

My image is Sexy Goth Girl from the Delicious Doodles Shop, left uncoloured here, and printed a few times to layer up using foam pads. Last job was to add the bling, which is in the shape of a few pearls in some of the corners, a huge black organza bow, and a dangly charm made from recycled bits of jewellery.

Now, because of bloggers cock-up yesterday, the challenge at Delicious Doodles is staying open until 6pm on Friday 20th May instead of the usual Thursday, so I hope you all can come and join us there (blogger permitting that is!)

Some challenges I am entering this card into -

Creative Craft - Distressed/Vintage
Bearly Mine - Vintage Easel
My Time to Craft - Scallops
Ladybug Crafts - Black, White plus one (purple)
Papertake - Punches + Dies
Crafts and Me - Punches
Craft Us Crazy - Favourite Embellies + New stuff
(Love making these dangly charms+new Fleur-de-lys dies)
Do It With Digis - Sassy and Sparkly
Cute Card Thursday - Distressing

Friday, 6 May 2011

Fantastically Mythical at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks!

Ooo-er, that title was a bit of a gobfull wasn't it?? LOL

This week's new theme over at the Delicious Doodles Challenge is:


So I pulled out the stoppers and went a bit mad. I have been seeing these 'triple easels' going about in blogland, and wanted to give it a stab. Didn't quite turn out right though. I wanted all three parts to fold on top of each other so nothing would show under the top layer, but I'm blowed if I could figure out how to work that bit right. Ah well, whatever!

I have used three of my Fairy images for this card, Endless Love, with its Dragon, Steampunk Fairy and Wistful Fairy. These have all been printed out as they come, with no added colouring.

Went a bit gothic with this project too - no surprise there, as that is my favourite style!! So there is plenty of black card here! And of course I just had to team it up with my favourite colour, purple - with some silver thrown in for good measure (and blingy highlights)

I haven't gone overboard with the embellies though, wanted a dramatic look without too much froo-froo getting in the way. I settled for a few little punched flowers with pearly centres, some fake brad heads, and some silver mirri corners cut with my new shapeabilites ornaments set (fleur-de-lys)

I also have another new set (thanks to Vicky) which I was desperate to get hold of. Finally found one on ebay for a reasonable price, and it turned up on Wednesday. I have used it here too, its the square frame behind the images (fleur-de-lys again!) in black card with silver rub-on for highlighting, and purple behind. These image panels are raised from the backing layers, and the images are also decoupaged with foam pads, then I stickled them for some bling, not that you can see the stickles in these photos.

I have used Martha Stewart corner punches for the base cards (loops) and the mirri/purple layers (iron railings) I also used some purple peony ink for the purple card edges too, and behind the images on the white backgrounds, just to help the images stand out some more.

Heck - almost lunchtime already! That'll teach me to go clothes shopping before posting this!

Gotta get this linked into a few other challenges before getting the son's lunch. He has lunch at home instead of at school, he finds it better as he doesn't get 'bullied' when he isn't there! And this school has an 'anti-bullying policy' - yeah, right - like anyone takes a bit of notice. Flipping place! That's what comes of not having any male teachers or any form of discipline anymore. Oooooooo - don't get me started on that one!!

Hope you can join us with our Fantasy come Mythical adventure this week over on the Delicious Doodles Challenge folks! See you there. . .

Challenges -

Sugar Creek Hollow - Embossing (card behind large fairy, and on frames)
Creative Inspirations - Embossing (see above)
Flutterby Wednesday - Open plus Fairies/Angels/Butterflies
Fab 'n' Funky - No dp's
ABC - T for Two or more images
DYSU - Purple
PaperPlay - In Your Own Style
Polka Doodles - Easel Cards
Crafts and Me - Swirls (swirly frames)


Wednesday, 4 May 2011

New Release Day at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks!

It's Wednesday again, so time for a few New Releases over in the

First up, a couple of summery images,

This would look fab teamed up with the driftwood frame HERE

Next up a lovely vintage style floral image,

Here is a sample of a card I made with this image, all the deets are HERE

Lastly, a sketched image of a She-Wolf, named,

And a sample of a page I made for my Mythical Creatures book using this image, deets can be found HERE for this one



Next week is Customer Submissions week
beginning on Monday 9th May,
so if you want me to show off your lovely creations using
just pop me an email with your post link and a piccie,
then I can add you to the Delicious Doodles Blog!!

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Vintage Floral Card

Hiya folks!

Another fabulous day here in NE Scotland, we are being spoilt! You wait, we'll suffer for it later in the summer. I expect we are having our summer right now. . .! LOL.

Today I have a card that I whipped up using a new image that is being released tomorrow (Wednesday) over in the Delicious Doodles Shop. The image was inspired by my visit to the Highland Folk Museum weekend before last. Loads of old houses and vintage stuff. I took dozens of photos and plan on turning most of them into digi's at some stage.

Might have to wait a bit though, as my thumb joint is giving me a lot of pain right now, especially when I try to grasp things. It's my drawing hand too, which is a bummer!!

The image I made for tomorrow's release was in a window in an old fashioned Post Office house, and was a beautiful little stand with a large pot of Geraniums in.
Here is a watermarked version of 'Geranium Stand':

And this is the card I made using it, in a Vintage style. The image was printed out in a brown to look sepia toned.

Dp's are from Bearly Mine 'Lacey Vintage Dreams'. The brown cardstock is from the stash, and is a leathery texture which I roughed up with some sand-paper, and then smudged gold metallic rub-on over. I also layered with a bit of gold mirri. A close-up:

I have used some lace from my stash too, a couple of strips that are staggered, with brown ink dabbed on to help with the vintage look, and a thinner pale brown one on top.

I have added some antique brads, some brown organza ribbon tied in a bow, and an ear-ring looped through the bow. This was bought in a sale and I have used it here in the place of a charm. Just loved the way it looked with the vintage style of the card, even though it isn't actually vintage itself.

Right, I'm off to link this up to a few challenges now then. TTFN!

Crafts and Me - Vintage/Distressed
DYSU - 3 Dimensional
PaperPlay - Use an item not for crafting (ear-ring)
Totally Gorjuss - 1 image, 2 lace trims, 3 brads
Digital Tuesday - Ribbon and Lace