Monday, 21 November 2011

A Gorgeous Ivy Fairy

Hiya folks!!

Hope you all had a fabulous weekend?

Mine was spent putting plasterboard up in the kid's bedrooms after having new vellux windows fitted. They left a mess behind that needed sorting, wood and insulation material exposed, so hubby and I tidied that up (sort of, LOL). Now we need our plastering buddy to pop in and give it a lick of plaster before we can repaint the recesses.

We collected our new electric fireplace on Saturday, and put that up in the dining room that we have been 'doing up' too. That room is all but sorted, just a carpet to get done, then my glass bits to get out of the loft. I think we may actually be all done and dusted by Christmas. . . (she says with crossed fingers!)

Speaking of Christmas (see the link there! LOL) I made another card this weekend. Well started it several days ago actually but only finished it up on Sunday. I have used my newest image for this one,


She is a sketched image with all the shading already sorted for you. I printed her out a few times in a shade of dark green to match the yummy papers that I found at Raspberry Road (Holiday Elegance). I cut the corners using a loopy design Martha Stewart punch, and a snowflake corner punch that I've had for ages and not used much. Ought to use it more really, it's quite a nice one!

The circular panel behind Ivy Fairy is cut using a Marianne die, which I then layered onto red bazzill. I made this card into an easel card, printing out another dp for the base. Then I put gold stickles round some edges for a bit of bling.


That Marianne die came with a gorgeous flower shaped die in the middle, so I used that here to make these flowers. The middle of the flowers was made using some organza ribbon. To make them, I sewed a running stitch down one side for about eight inches, cut the ribbon, then gathered it by pulling the thread. I secured it by oversewing a few times, and then fiddled with the curled up shape until I got it to look right.

After that I put a large gold brad through the centre of it and the flowers to hold all together. Then I put some gold stickles on the very edges of the ribbon. I rather like this effect, so I may do some more of these if I can be bothered with the fiddly bits!! I then cut some lengths of gold christmas wrapping ribbon, curled then with the back of the scissors and stuck them to the card.


Finally I got the gems out and stuck some either side of the image, and some little gold brads in the corners for some extra bling. I think I should have made a big ribbon bow too with a dangly charm attached, but to be honest, my best ribbon is still in the loft waiting to come down again!

Here is a close-up of the layered image, with some added clear stickles on the wings:


Well, that's my tilers turned up to finish the roof off. All I need now is the builder blokes to turn up and finish the harling, then the jobs a good 'un!!  Will have to persuade the hubby to get his arse up the ladder and paint the wall now, LOL. Thank goodness we have had some decent dry weather recently to get the external stuff done. Better get the bio-hazard suit on and tackle the sons bedroom - eeeyugh!!

Catch ya later peeps!!

Some challenges -

Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
2 Sisters - Let It Sparkle
Just Some Lines - Tic Tac Toe
Fabulous Friday - Die Cuts
Fun With Shapes and More - Use something three times
(flower die, gems)
Stemplesonnen - Red, Green, Gold
CCEE - 2 Dies/2 Punches
Crimbo Crackers - Make it Sparkle
(I chose Patterned Paper/Punches or Dies/Flowers)
Card and Scrap - Traditional Christmas Colours
Creatalicious - Christmas + Sparkle
Marianne Design Divas - Sparkle and Shine
Flutterby Wednesday - Open (must use fairy, angel or butterfly)
Ruby's Rainbow - Something with Wings


Friday, 11 November 2011

Remembrance

Hiya folks!

Phew - a bit breezy this morning! I don't envy our builder guys standing on the roof today with all the dust flying about. Rather them than me, LOL.

I have a card for you today - woohoo! Things have been so 'up in the air' just recently that I haven't had a lot of crafting time. But I did manage to make this card for the new theme at the
Delicious Doodles Challenge which this fortnight is 'Remembrance'.

It's Armistice Day here in the UK, and on Sunday this week it is Remembrance Day when the whole nation remembers the brave people who died defending our country and the freedom of it's people. It's our way of showing our respect for their valiant sacrifices. Without them this country wouldn't be the place that it is today. BUT for our challenge, you need not mark this event for your remembrance make. You could just remember a birthday or something else. Up to you!

So here is my card, made using one of my new images - Poppy:


I coloured her in using my usual watercolour pencils, then scanned in the compy and printed for the layers. I added some stickles here and there, but you can't tell in these piccies, not the greatest of light these days up here in bonny (?) Scotland! LOL.

My papers are made by myself using some damask patterns I had on the compy, and colour tweeked, merged and messed with. Then I added some of the little poppies from the image to the paper in the corners.


I also added some lovely red pearls for some extra bling. Just the job me thinks! My layout was following an old Mojo Monday sketch from a week or so ago.

Righty then, off to do some more DIY in the dining room. Much as I enjoy decorating and DIY I'll be glad when I'm done. Not used to doing a whole house in one go. . . I'm cream crackered!!
Catch ya later peeps!

Some challenges I am entering this card into -

Cute Card Thursday - Red for Remembrance
Just Inspirational - Remembrance Day
Simon Says Stamp - Photo Inspiration
Digital Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Use a Digi-image


Wednesday, 9 November 2011

HOLY FECK!!

Hiya folks!

Have you been missing me? No? Phooey to you then! LOL

I've been MIA just lately.
As some of you know, we have been having our house knocked about, first of all with our gable end wall, which is all sorted and straight now. Phew! At least it will see us through many a winter from now on. It was debateable whether that wall would have seen through many more storms or snowfalls, but at least that is now sorted.

After that, it took the effing builders weeks, I say WEEEEEEEEKSS to get their arses round to doing the roof. We needed our old, and I mean VERY old tiles replaced, but it was undecided whether to have the whole front of the roof done, timbers and all, until the tiles came off. And at LAST they turned up this week to do just that.

Well, at first we thought the timbers looked fine, but on closer inspection the guy said no - they were CRAP and needed to be replaced too. THEN, while some of those timbers came off, it came to light that the whole underside of the roof was FECKED TOO. I mean totally gobsmackingly knackered - take a look -


LORD knows how this roof stayed up for over a hundred years, they did such a cobbled up job when they roofed ON TOP of the old thatch that was there originally - you can still see it here:


In effect, we have TWO roofs!! The original roof with old tree trunks for roof rafters, and then boards tacked to that with the old heather thatching. Then approx 100 years or so ago they re-roofed the thing on top of the original roof, by putting slats over the thatch, and then timber boards, and then some effing HUGE, thick tiles. Those tiles by the way totally fell apart as they were being removed, so they were DEFO in need of replacement.

Anyway, the short and the curlies of it is that the whole thing is now going to cost us ten grand!! HELP!!

On a happier(?) note we have had to do some redecorating because of the disruption and mess. First up was the kitchen, which was finished up just before I went on the crafty weekend last month. When I got back it was down to it again in the girls' bedroom, which I built a kind of wardrobe in - as yet to be finished properly, along with some fabric for a window dressing. I won't get to do that until the new windows go in upstairs following the roof rebuild. I'll take some photies when it's done.

Meantime, we got peed off waiting for Mr Builder to come and sort the inside out, so started to do it ourselves, and here is our work in progress (excuse the grafitii - hubby and kids!!))


This is the dining room, or it was. I had the compy in there, along with all my crafty stash which is now all boxed up and unavailable. This is why there isn't much coming out of my crafty corner just now.

All this extra work means I also haven't been doodling much recently. Blame the hubby being off work for that - slavedriver! LOL. Poor old fogey is suffering with his elbow (RSI me thinks) and his knee swollen up (rugby training), plus his never ending tiredness with sleep aopnia (spelling?).

Ah well, at least he knows how to use the washing machine and cooker while I'm sawing and drilling and hammering and painting and papering (sigh)

Jeez - this was only meant to be a quick update post - oooopps!! LOL
Catch ya later peeps - I do have a card to show you on Friday - see you then!
Teri x



Friday, 4 November 2011

A Christmas Card

Hiya folks!

Thought it was about time I made a Christmas card. Don't know why I wanted to, maybe it was something to do with the image. I drew Christina a couple of weeks back and wanted to make something with it then, but hadn't got round to it yet. Lord knows I haven't been in the mood for anything to do with Christmas just yet, still not really what with all that has been going on in this house recently, but it's a case of forcing oneself to get on with it!!

Anyways, I coloured Christina in with my usual watercolour pencils, scanned her in and printed her off the right size a few times for my layering. I also used my Poinsettia Corner for this card, up in the top left, coloured in white to match the one in her hair.


I layered the image onto gold mirri, then onto a frameabilities die shape which I had threaded some gold metallic ribbon through. My dp is from Bearly Mine Designs, and I smudged some green ink round the edges of that before sticking it all to some dark green card. Last thing I added was a few little red pearls in the top right corner, and some stickles, which are hardly visible in these photos.


Righty then. Need to get off here and get on with decorating the kids rooms. We couldn't be bothered to wait for the builders to take the panels down that protected the inside of the house whilst they rebuilt the external wall. Effing blokes have been FOREVER getting round to finishing what they started. Still waiting for them to retile the roof, and fit some new windows. At the rate they aren't going it will be spring before they get here. That's if the roof tiles don't come down in all the snow during the winter.

So we started to remodel and decorate the girls' room a couple of weeks back after doing out our kitchen. Still putting the finishing touches to it, but then it's the turn of our son who is very slow at tidying it all away for us to work in there. Might end up with us doing it for him!! LOL

OK, I'm off now then. Catch ya later peeps!!
Teri xx

Some Challenges -

4 Crafty Chicks - Die Cuts (frame shape)
Chrimbo Crackers - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes (+ bling)
(I chose Pearls, Ribbon and for the free space I used digis)
Sweet Stampin' - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

New Releases at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks!!

Boy, have I been slacker! Last week I almost forgot to post the new releases I had ready, so they ended up a bit late. This week I am on time, but I forgot to post about the new releases last week, and so I am doing a combined post today!

OK, last week's releases were a pair of sketched images.

The first one is a Brace of Pheasants:


These wouls look awesome teamed up with some yummy autumn colours!

Next up then, is a winter scene featuring a little croft in the Scottish Glens,



Fabulous for your Christmas and winter projects!

Last but not least, a lovely girl with some Poppies. I did this one for Remembrance Day, but you could use it for any occasion really, especially for your friends and rellies who love poppies!




Hope you enjoy using these images peeps!! Can't wait to see what you make with them!

Hugs,
Teri xx