Wednesday, 31 August 2011

An Update

Hiya folks!!

Thought I would nip on and give you all an update on things here. I haven't got any new images today, things are hectic just now, albeit a week later than planned. The builders came yesterday morning and made a start on the gable end. Thank goodness we decided to do something about the lean, the guy said it probably wouldn't have lasted another winter!! Hasn't done too badly though, it is 212 years old!!

Anyway, they disposed of the chimney stack pretty quickly, and got to work on the wall along the roof line. They have a huge cherry picker, and the guy was standing in that and putting the stones in it to dispose of, but just after they got past where the roof joins the wall they backed up to go tip the stones out, and half the wall came down!! Thank F*** nobody was stood underneath it!!! Felt like a bloody earthquake!!

I can't believe how thick the wall is (was) there, with the chimney stack and all it must be at least two feet thick! Anyroadup, they are getting down to the foundation digging part already, here is a piccie that I took this morning:


Now you can see why things are all over the place. Downstairs is where the dining room is. You can see the remnants of the fireplace at the bottom there. Everything had to come out of that room just in case things went 'tits up' as we say here!! Although we couldn't move the table and we left my grandmas old sideboard there too, tucked against the far wall inside. But we had my craft table, and the compy in there, as well as all my crafty stuff, so our poor loft space is groaning under the wieght of it all. The loft by the way is to the left on the extension which is our bedroom.

Upstairs behind the green sheeting is the girls' bedroom. Had to find space for all that stuff too. Dno1 is squeezed into son's bedroom across the landing, along with her clothes cupboard. Dno2 is in with me along with her clothes cupboard and many boxes of 'other stuff'. Poor hubby is demoted to the sofa. Mind you, nothing new there, as he snores like a trooper, and got ousted by me anyway!! That way we both get some sleep, otherwise I'd be awake all night jabbing him in the ribs!

So, things are a bit chaotic just now. I am still doodling but things are a bit slow and cramped. Cardmaking is a challenge too, as my things are all over the place and I keep forgetting where I put it all. . . I have a humungous headache. Not sure if it is stress or because of the position I am sitting in on the compy, or the weather as that has been crappy too just lately, but I have a LARGE stash of paracetamol so I might just hit that in a bit.

Right - off to do some more on an image that I AM working on - hope to get it done later today, headache allowing!
Catch ya later folks!!
Teri xx


Thursday, 25 August 2011

New Releases at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks!

Brrrrr, it's a chilly start here today in North East Scotland! Hope it gets warmer soon!

I'm here to plug a few new releases in the Delicious Doodles Shop.
These were meant to go in early in the day, but for whatever reason I couldn't get into Payloadz to get my shop buttons loaded. However, it was fixed by late evening, so I loaded them up then.

These are all Halloween themed, first up a couple of sentiment images.





and finally, one for the 'dark side',


And here is a card I made with the clown image.
All the deets for this one can be found on my dark side blog.


Catch ya later peeps!!
Teri xx



Monday, 15 August 2011

Queen of the Damned

Hiya folks!

Hope you all had a great weekend? Ours was lovely and sunny for a change. Couldn't enjoy it though, too much to sort out inside for the builders next week (HELP!). And there is still loads to do!! Still, the kiddies are back to school tomorrow (YEAY!!) so plenty of peace and quiet to sift through the Son's crud-ooops, I mean stuff on the floor to find space for Dno1's bed to go in. Will have to dismantle Dno2's bed and have her in with me. Poor hubby gets the sofa. . .

Speaking of hubby - he's been a naughty boy! (no, not in THAT way! LOL). Seeing as we have some dosh in the account (supposedly to pay the builders with) he went and bought a rather large flat screen TV!
Him BAAAAD!
So yesterday afternoon/evening was spent playing with that. Must admit though, it's a fab picture and the sound is much better than the old telly. Hmmm, might just let him off . . .

OK, onto the card today, which is my DT piece for Macabre Monday.

"Queen of the Damned"
You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
that uses royalty, crowns, and/or thrones as the focus.
This doesn't have to focus on the movie with the same name (though it may)... just as long as it has that royally creepy touch, it qualifies!

Oh dear, I thought. What have I got that has crowns or thrones? Nowt, the cupboard is bare in that department. So, out came the drawing pad, and some visual references to said movie (although I read the book many moons ago and haven't seen the movie yet).
Went and doodled me two images for this one. An Egyptian Queen, and an Egyptian Throne.
These are going into the Delicious Doodles Shop on Wednesday.


I merged these two images in photoshop and printed them together for colouring with the watercolour pencils. I always print on an A4 size first, as my pencilwork tends to be rather rough and goes over the lines. When it gets scanned back in and made smaller you don't notice my crappy colouring work so much!! LOL


Now, I couldn't find my paper that had Egyptian hieroglyphs on it (packed away I expect) so I hade to make my own up. Fortunately I found some photoshop brushes I could download, so that's what I did. I used them to make the dp behind the image, and went over the edges with a brown ink pad.


I didn't have any lovely large jewels or beads, so I had to make do with some large black oval shaped ones that I picked up in Tesco a while back. I think they do just fine, but I would have preferred a lovely blood red, or a vivid blue. . . whatever! I also added some brads to the corners, and sponged some gold ink on top of them.


The image was layered onto some gold mirri and then black card. I only did one layer to pop up this time, as it was getting late and I had a neck ache from cutting out with the scalpel on my drawing board (which has to be put away too!) Should have sat on the sofa with the snippy scissors to do it, but hey, hindsight is a wonderful thing!!

Right, gonna love ya and leave ya now then. Getting the kids organised for school today (yawn!)
TTFN folks!
Teri xx


Wednesday, 10 August 2011

Sniffing Daisies

Hiya folks!

Hope you are all well and are having some sunshine where you are? All is wet and soggy up here in Scotland (again), but are we downhearted? Well, maybe just a bit, LOL.
Which is why I decided to cheer myself up and make this here card using my newest release in the


I have done one of my favourite cards, a twisted easel, and have used a sketch for the layout of the front part (deets in challenge list at bottom of post). Here is that part then:


My papers are from a brand new FREEBIE from an old buddy who is making a welcome return after having a really naff time of it away from blogland. Remember Tinker & Co? Well Jo is making a comeback and is sorting through her store as we speak (can't wait 'til it reopens) and has got a new blog too, with the papers seen here as her first FREEBIE. Why not pop over and take a looky. . .


Back to the card then! Papers from Tinker & Co, as are the elements on the front - the big flower and the ribbon. I printed the flower a few times, and snipped it in layers and popped it up with foam pads. The ribbon I printed twice, once for the bit going across, then again for the tied bit so I could give it the 3D treatment!! I added some gems in the corner for some bling, and put stickles on the image on the daisies. 


On the base I used those papers again, with the blue one punched in the corners with an MS Around the Page corner punch. The flowers here are all handmade with card from my stash using punches and brads for their centres. I then put little dots on their petals using dimension paint. Love that effect!! Also added a couple of heart shaped gems, one to help the card stay up, the other just to equal it out.


Above you can see the flower and ribbon in detail. Meant to add some stickles to the flower, but completely forgot about that until now as I sit here typing! Oh well. . . The detail on these elements is just fab - you'd never tell they were just paper until you look closer!!


And lastly a close-up of my image, Sniffing Daisies, coloured with the usual watercolour pencils, scanned in and printed out for the layers. I have got into the habit of having the image appearing to come out of the frame, which is an effect I saw many moons ago when I used to watch an artist do his paintings on the telly, anyone remember Bob Ross?? Sadly I could never reproduce his wonderous pieces, just haven't got the patience to let oils dry, but I remembered what he used to do and this is my way of doing it.

Okee-dokee peeps. Gotta dash, as I have had the building start date (22nd August) so I need to get the rest of the house sorted and reorganised. So if anyone wants any of that stuff I have for sale in the tabs at the top of this blog - then get in quick as I REALLY NEED to shift it NOW!!!

Another little thing folks -
don't forget the Delicious Doodles DT Call
- just over one week left to get your application entries in!!!

Challenges I am entering with this card -

Creative Craft - Summertime
Bunny Zoe's - Easel Cards
I Did It - Children
Kenny K - Fun in the Sun
SSDS - Friendship
Crafty Anns - Summertime
Raise the Bar - Anything Goes
Stamp Something - Digi Day



Thursday, 4 August 2011

MORE RUBBER FOR SALE


Just a quickie folks to let you know I have added the rest of my rubber stamps to the For Sale - Rubber page at the top of this blog.

AND

I have also added even more dies to the For Sale - Cutting Dies page too!!

There is also a For Sale page for other stuff I need to shift before the builder starts dismantling the house - Start date is imminent!! (eeekk)
Give me a shout if you want any of it folks - first come, first served!

Hugs,
Teri xxxx

In the Pumpkin Patch

Hiya folks!

How y'all keeping? Hope your summer is treating you better than our grey skies and dampness? Poor kids have only had a few nice days to go out and play. We are all going a bit stir crazy!!

Anyroadup, I have managed to make a card today using the image released last week,


Which I have combined with another Delicious Doodles image, 'Pumpkin Corner', to make this Autumnal/Harvest/Fall themed card:


I have also designed a brand new paper ready for all those autumnal projects, available now in the Shop,
'Autumn Paper' which comes in colour as the preview below, and also as greyscale, which is what I used for my card above.


The greyscale paper was colour adjusted using my page programme to look autumnal by using brown and cream colours. I have used a previously coloured version of my Pumpkin Corner image, which I printed directly onto the paper, then seperately to cut out my layers.


I have mounted my Pumpkin Patch image onto a brown card made using a lovely new die that I bought a couple of weeks ago. This was smudged on the edges with some gold metallic rub-on.
 

Last job was to make a bow using some ribbon from the stash, and add some gems also from the stash.

Whilst I am here I'd like to remind those of you who may be interested, that there are only TWO weeks left to get your entries into the
it ends on August 19th!!!

Some Challenges I found to enter this card into -

Crafts and Me - Anything Goes
For Fun Challenges - Anything Goes
Creative Craft - Anything BUT Birthdays
Sir Stampalot - Anything Goes
Craft Us Crazy - Anything Goes