Friday, 30 March 2012

Textures at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks!

How are you all keeping? Hope you've been enjoying the sun while it's been here? Gone a tad colder up here in NE Scotland, back to normal for this time of the year sadly. I could have gotten used to the warmth, but it wasn't to be! Ah, well, such is life! lol.

So, today sees the start of the next theme on the Delicious Doodles Challenge, and this time it's all about Texture. So time to get out all your fluffy stuff, scuffy stuff, fibres etc. etc.!!

I have used my Daisies and Butterflies image for this Twisted Easel card

I have coloured my image with the usual watercolour pencils before scanning into the compy and printing out multiple images for the layering up bit. My base card is a thick cream one, but I ended up covering it with other card as the cream wasn't textured. I used a lovely yellow bazzil paper for the main, which I edged with green ink. Here is the front by itself: 

The red paper is actually the reverse side of some leather effect shiny pink stuff I have had forever and thought I could use it this time. I used the cream card on top of that, but embossed it and edged that with green ink too. On top of that is some more of the yellow bazzill, and some deep red bazzill edged with black ink. There is a lovely piece of red stringy type ribbon on top of that. The frame is made using a frameabilities die and some black dotty textured card, which has been raised on foam pads. Then I put the image on top of that in layers, and have bent the butterflies wings for some extra dimension.

I tied a ribbon bow for the top corner, and added some yummy paper flowers for the other corner. I also added some red gems.Then on the base I printed some of the butterflies from my original image, but bigger, and put them there, along with a little green corner die shape and some little stickles dots. I added some stickles to the flowers just to add some more bling.

Last thing I did was to add some fabric flower pieces to the base attached with a gold brad. The fabric flowers were plain coloured, so I added some inky edges to tie it all together.

Phew, are you still with me? lol

Off I go then, busy old day again. Plus I have my youngest home again. Came home from school yesterday feeling all 'achy and painy', and she looked flushed. Hope the flu hasn't come back again. . .Don't need that with the holidays next week!!

Have a great weekend folks! Enjoy the sun while it lasts, they're talking snow on high ground up here for the weekend!! Eeeek!

Some challenges I am entering - 

Rainbow Ladies - Butterflies
For Your Inspiration - Photo (I used the gorgeous colours)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Waste Not Wednesday - Use forgotten stuff (red textured papers)
Bearly Mine - 3,2,1 (3 paper flowers, 2 ribbon/fibre, 1 digi image)
Craft Room Challenge - Bling/Glitter + Sparkle
Digital Tuesday - Favourite Colour
(so many fav colours, but deep red must be one of mine, especially combined with black or deep green)
My Time to Craft - Easel Cards
Party Time Tuesday - Anything Goes
Cheerful Stamp Pad - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Butterflies
Daring Cardmakers - Material Girl
(ribbon bow, red stringy trim, fabric flowers)
CardmadFairy's Digi Days - Dies and Punches
Crafty Catz - Use a Digi

Thursday, 29 March 2012

Blast - I'm Late!

With my Delicious Doodles image release this week!

Took me forever to finish this one up what with everything else going on here, and then I went and forgot to upload it!! DUH...

Anyway, it's there NOW in the Delicious Doodles Shop, ready and waiting for you!!

Here she is, 'Just Purr-fect':

Cute huh? Hope you enjoy using this one peeps!

Teri xx

Wednesday, 28 March 2012

Updates in the Garden

Hiya folks!

Hope you have all been enjoying the fabulous sunshine!!??
We've had it great here in NE Scotland for the past few days, but we have cloud rolling in, the wind has got up and it's a bit cooler today. A great day for doing a bit more digging.

Hubby and I put up his new shed over the last weekend, man, it's BIG. Not as big as the one that was here when we moved in, but at 8ft x 8ft(ish) it's still a biggie!! Right slap-bang in the middle:

For more updates on the seeds I am growing and what I am up to behind the shed (LOL), take a look at my Scottish Edible Garden Blog HERE

Hope I can figure out where to put everything when the time comes!!

TTFN folks!

Tuesday, 27 March 2012

Andrea's Awesomely Dark Candy!!

Hiya folks!

Just popping by to let you all know there are just a few days left to enter Andrea's Awesome Dark Candy to celebrate her new

And here is a quick piccie -

Cool huh?

Please do pop by her new Challenge Blog and enter

Only a few days left - it closes on 1st April

Monday, 26 March 2012

Hungry Like the Wolf

Ha! Ha! Nothing to do with the Duran Duran song, sorry about that!

Hiya folks!

What a belter of a weekend that was!! Gorgeous sunny weather, hardly a cloud to be seen, and not much of a breeze either for a change. No wonder it was a record day here in NE Scotland. The warmest March day ever apparently! Phew!!

Well, today sees a new theme at Macabre Monday, and this time we are going all GRIMM on you! LOL.

"Grimm's Grimmest"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
based or inspired by one of  the
tales of the Brother's Grimm

Well, there are quite a few stories that have a big bad wolf involved somewhere, so I went with that and whipped up a quick digital thing using a fabby Wolf image from our sponsor this week, IKE (our very own minion!) with her store Ikesart.

I have used a lovely dark forest background image from the wallpapers site, and some digital corners from Just so Scrappy2. Text is computer generated and dropped on top of the digi-backing.

We are also having a DT Call for some fresh blood until 20th April, so if you fancy joining the minions please do get an entry in!!!

Nice and quick this week, been so busy out in the garden the weekend, as hubby and I were raising his new shed. That was most of Saturday gone. Then with losing that hour through the switch to British Summertime (flipping waste of space!) most of Sunday was spent doing loads but not much happening if you know what I mean?? Hope you all spent it wisely and didn't get too sunburned!!

Right I need to go do some watering as we are very dry just now. My soil is very sandy so the rain doesn't stay long when we do get it. Then I think some 'pricking out' for some seedlings that are getting bigger by the day. And then I have to go spend some time at the school as it is 'Open Afternoon' and my wee D wants me to see her in their little play they are doing for it. (oh joy...)

Catch ya later peeps!!

Some Challenges -

Craft a scene - Moonlight
Opus Gluei - Animals
S4TW - Anything Goes

Friday, 23 March 2012

Oh, my aching joints!

OMG, is it really that long since I posted on my gardening blog??!!

Heck, where does the time go to? I'm sure someone is stealing it! LOL. Been a busy bee outside over the last week or so, as the weather has been so nice up here (for a change!) Albeit a bit blustery on occasions, but you get used to that eventually (so they tell me). I still hate it though. Blows the dust right into me eyes, bah!!

So, what have I been up to then folks? Well, I have been tackling this part of the garden:

If you want to see what I have been up to, then take a shoofty at my garden blog: A Scottish Edible Garden.

Hope I can inspire some of you to start growing some veg. . .

Teri xx

Monday, 19 March 2012

Can I Quote You On That?

Hiya peeps!

Hope you all had a fantastic Mother's Day yesterday (for those in the UK). Mine was spent grafting in the garden doing a little more landscaping. My hands are ruined!! As is my back. . . lol

Righty then, today sees the start of a new theme at Macabre Monday and this time we want to see your pieces inspired by a quote.

"Can I quote you on that?"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
based or inspired by your favorite quote.

There are so many wonderful quotes to draw inspiration from!
Maybe a quote from a favorite book or movie character.
How about something historical or just plain hysterical?

Now, I struggled a bit with finding a suitable quote. I spent hours looking on the internet, but nothing really jumped out at me, so I ended up settling on this one:

Speaks for itself really huh?

I have used my 'Devil May Care' image for this, seemed to fit the bill, lol.

Hope you can join us this time with your quotations!!
Catch ya later folks!
Teri xx

Friday, 16 March 2012

The Wonder of Life

Hiya folks!

Don't you just loooooove a sunny start to the day? We have been very fortunate here in NE Scotland recently with dry weather, bit windy and chilly at times, but at least it hasn't been pouring down. Sparing a thought though for those with impending hosepipe bans!!

Anyhowz, today sees the launch of the new theme at the
and this time we are celebrating
The Wonder of Life

I created a brand new image just for this challenge named
'A Mother's Love',
which you could use for Mother's Day creations as well as New Life/New Baby makes!
It's available now in the Delicious Doodles Shop.

Here is the card I made using it:

I kept it very simple this week, not too much added froo-froo. The layout is following a sketch. I made the baby hand backing paper myself, printed it out in a pale green on pale yellow. Ribbon and lace from the stash, as were the big pearls. Flower made using offcuts of card, inky bits and dies from Marianne and Tim Holtz.

I have used yellow bazzill to layer with. I kept the image to just one layer, coloured very softly with my watercolour pencils (but not watered). Text is computer generated, and raised on a foam pad.

Hope you can join us this time peeps!

Busy day again today. Got to get on and do me some tone-up exercises (have lost 3lb so far), then a stroll up the garden centre for some labels before it does rain later (maybe). Then it's down to business doodling some more exclusive digi-designs for Crafts and Me (and my own shop).
MUST get round to some paperwork too (ugh!). At least I am done with another two chapters of Father's exciting Cricket book (yawn) note to self - get it in the post!!

Catch ya later folks!!

Some challenges -

Crafting for all Seasons - Green and Yellow
Divas by Design - Citrus Colours (lemon and lime)
Simon Says Stamp - Bit o'Green
Ladybug Crafts Ink - Anything Goes
CutiePie Challenge - Pearls and Swirls (hope it's cute enough!)

Wednesday, 14 March 2012

Cruel Cruella

Hiya folks!

Just a quickie to let you all know that I have now finished up the image that was previewed on Monday, and it is now up for sale in the

and here is the finished article, with link:

Might just use that cute doggy again somewhere!
Have fun with it peeps!
Teri xx

Monday, 12 March 2012

Disney Villains

Hiya folks!

Just a quickie today. Mucho Busyo!

It's time for a new theme at Macabre Monday, which this time is:

"Evil Empire"

You are to create a dark, Gothic, or Halloween-based art piece
based upon a infamous Disney villain.
Well, to tell the truth I was going to flake out on this one, but I had a little flash of inspiration and googled loads of 'Cruella deVille' images. Then I came up with my own version of the spot-loving fiend!

I haven't had the time recently to even tidy this image up yet, never mind make a card with it!
BUT I am hoping I will have it tidied ready for sale in the 

So I have better bugger off and get on with it huh?!! LOL
TTFN folks
Teri xx

Friday, 9 March 2012

A Mother's Love

Hiya folks.

I decided to break with my normal tradition of releasing images on a Wednesday, just for this week.

I have just last night finished up a new image that I wanted to release in time for Mother's Day next Sunday, for those of us that haven't made our projects yet!!

So, now available in the Delicious Doodles Shop,

You could also use this for New Baby projects, it would be perfect for that!

Can't wait to see if anyone uses this one!

Have fun peeps,
Teri xx

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

New Release Day at Delicious Doodles

Hiya folks, Happy Wednesday to ya!!

As promised, I have a gorgeous New Release for you today in the

Here she is then,

Some of you may have noticed the creation I made using this image on Friday, but for those of you who missed it, here it is again:

Full details on how this project was made are on my blog HERE

OK, off to try and do some more in the garden as the sun is trying to come out from behind the rain clouds. Bit cold mind you, so we'll see how we get on.

TTFN peeps!
Teri xx

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

Path Laying

Hey there folks, how you all keeping?

The weekend saw hubby and I busy breaking up more slabs for his shed base. At last we have the hardcore put in and sort of up to the level that he needs it to be. I still have quite a lot of slabs left over though! Hopefully this coming weekend will see the concrete done too.

After doing all that I left hubby to get on with other stuff, while I got on with the soak-away behind the house. The gravel I used was left over from some building work we had done a few months ago. Nice of them to forget that huh?? LOL. I have plonked some bigger stones on top of that to make it look a bit more interesting. The gap in the middle will be filled with some more slate, and the seat will go back on top of it when I am done.

Yesterday saw a lovely day here in N.E. Scotland. So I made the most of it. Nipped up the garden centre for a few more seed packets, and when I got back I set to work laying some more path. I got rather cross though, as when moving three of the large slabs the darned things broke! So I haven't got as far as I had hoped. I would have been much closer to the shed if they had not broke :(

So I went up the garden a bit and laid some stepping stones through my freshly renovated patch. I have used some of the smaller slabs that I had previously used to top off the retaining wall in the sunken garden where the washing line stood. That is a Dwarf Pear Tree in the back there which I under-planted with some of my Strawberry plants, and a few red onions in between.

I spread a couple of bags of farmyard mix compost over the top for the worms to get their teeth into (so to speak!), and I planted the rest of the Strawberry plants along the path, with shallots and Garlic between those. That is a Variegated Sage in the foreground, which has survived the winter very well. Good job it was a mild one this year!

I will leave you with a wee shot of one of the Strawberry plants which has decided to flower already!! Not bad seeing as it is only the first week in March. Hope we don't get any harsh frosts, although saying that, the forecast isn't great for the middle of this week. TTFN peeps!

Friday, 2 March 2012

Music to sooth the soul

Hiya folks!

It's Friday again, and time for a new theme over at the

This time our theme had been set by Ruthie and is all about the songs that inspire us.
This is our last challenge with Ruthie, as she is leaving us on the DD DT.
Sad to see you go hun, wishing you all the best in your future ventures!!

Right, well I've gone off at a small tangent here with this theme.
I decided NOT to go with my usual 'Back in Black' by ACDC, and have gone with my fav band at the mo, MUSE. Such a hard decision over which track to use and which image to put it with.

This is why I went on a tangent, and chose 'Butterflies and Hurricanes', and I drew a totally new image which features Butterflies (no hurricanes, sorry), and here she is,

Butterfly Bliss:

 She will be available in the Delicious Doodles Shop on
Wednesday 7th March

Here is the card I made using her:

 I have gone with a different colour theme to the ones I normally use, as I am entering it into a current challenge with these colours as their theme. My dp is just a bog standard dotty one I have got stored on my compy that I made myself. I smudged mustard yellow ink round the edges, and mounted it onto white cardstock. Here is the hand-tied bow I made, along with a charm I also made using jewellery elements, and a white feather from an old earring.

I used a large die for the frame, a shapeabilities one, and then mounted that onto yellow pearlescent bazzill and fussy cut round it. Yummy lace trim from the stash, which I inked up with some black. The text is computer generated and printed onto a grey damask pattern. I coloured the image with my usual watercolour pencils before scanning back in and printing out several times for my layers.

I printed the larger butterfly out even bigger a couple of times, and fussy cut that to make the butterfly in the bottom corner there. I added some large gems for some bling, and also some stickles for glittery highlights.
This last shot is one to show the dimension.

Really should be outside breaking up some more patio slabs, but I have so much to catch up on round the house, plus two poorly girls to babysit (flu plague!) Don't know if I can be bothered to tell the truth.

Have a good weekend folks!

Some challenges I am entering:

Colour Create - Yellow, Grey, Black and White
DYSU - Things with Wings
Divas by Design - Spots or Stripes
Flutterby Wednesday - Open, with Butterfly/Fairy/Angel
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Partytime Tuesday - Anything Goes
Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes

Thursday, 1 March 2012

More Potterings

Warning, photo heavy post!!

Hi all, hope you are all keeping well in this 'up and down' weather? My little clan are all having their ups and downs. I have hubby and the two girls off today with flu. Teach them to go watch the Rugby! Poor son would have gone to see it too, but he was ill at the time so couldn't. Hubby offered the spare ticket to a daughter of a family friend, and she turns out to be poorly too! Must have caught it there me thinks!

While they were all in Edinburgh I did some pottering about. Decided it was time to put out the cold-frame I bought last year, and to erect my new mini-greenhouse that I got a few weeks back. Thought I would see how warm it got, so I put our thermometer thingy in there. This is what it read to start with:

And this is how it read after an hour and a half - WOW!!

I also broke a few of the horrible broken patio slabs up ready for hubby to do his foundations to the new shed, and this is the pile. I think some more will have to be broken, as this doesn't look like it will go across all the gap there:

Monday saw the delivery of a load of ballast for hubby's shed footings. It was deposited in the side alley, but unfortunately that blocked it up, so muggins here had to shift it all through to the back.

So that is what I did, but on Tuesday as it was too late in the day on Monday when they delivered it.

After that I had a wee break but went back out and started digging out behind the house where it tends to get damp. It needs a kind of soak-away there, but many years ago these houses all had a cow shed (which was where the extension is now) and they left behind a large pan of concrete where the animal had it's yard. So I can't do a lot there. I have loads of purple slate in that area, but right up to the house there was dirt and pebbles under the seat I put there. So I shifted the seat, and all the pebbles and am in the process of doing that still.

Wednesday: Not much happened. Had hubby home with beginnings of Flu, so while I had the car I went into town and did the food shop instead of having it delivered. Got back, and had a look at those microleaves. Must admit I am not very impressed. I don't know if it's something to do with a lack of suitable light in my kitchen, but some of them grew very leggy, whilst others seem to be very slow. Here are two of them, the Purple Basil and the Celery leaf:

Initially I didn't think the celery was going to make it, but sprout it did. They are very small, as are the basil sprouts, no sign of any true leaves yet. This next piccie is of the Mustard and Broccoli. No sign of true leaves here either. I had a wee taste of the Broccoli, bleeeuuugh!!! That was well yucky!! And seeing as in the bottom right corner you can see it going a bit mouldy I decided not to keep them.

And here are the Radish. Very leggy, no true leaves either. I had a taste of these sprouts too. OMG!! They were very spicy and hot!!! Not to my taste at all. Strange that, as I do like a bit of Radish in my salad sometimes. Needless to say I am not keeping these either!

I decided to try putting the three I have left into the mini-greenhouse and see if the extra light out there will help them not be so leggy, and also spur on some true leaf development. I have also put my seeds out there that I planted last week. They are already showing signs of life. These are the Marigold, Tarragon and Sweet Pea seeds:

Just a few little bits coming up, Tarragon seems to be doing well there in the bottom left of the pic.

This next lot are the Sprouts, Leeks (x2) and Cabbage. The Sprouts and Cabbage are racing away there, not much sign of the leeks yet.

And I still have that problem of mould growing around the base of my seedlings! I was hoping that by using the special seed compost this problem would not be so bad, but I must be doing something wrong somewhere, any ideas??

Are you still with me after all these photos?? LOL. Don't worry, I'm off now, but I will leave you with a quick snap of my little helper, Hazel. Here she is helping to move some earth around. TTFN folks!