Monday, 28 April 2008

New Collection!!!

I almost forgot to tell you, as of last night we have a brand new Dottie collection on site. It's called Dottie at Work and it's perfect for all those end of term thank you cards and a whole lot more. Take a look - click the blinkie!
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DCM Most Distressing.

It's that time again over at DCM, here's the brief.....Hi it's Keryn here and it's my turn to Distress you all, or at least your cards with this weeks dare. You can make a card for any season, any holiday, any occaision but you need to use either a fingernail, curled edges, sandpaper, tearing, anything you like really as long as looks like it's had a fair bit or wear and tear.
For this challenge I had my first attempt at making a hybrid card, it was about all I had time for I'm afraid. I know it doesn't look all that distressed, especially with Dottie laid there like Lady Muck, far from distressed. But if you look closely enough you'll see that I did a distressed effect on the main image and the background before printing and then when the card was complete I attacked the edges with some sand paper.
I must admit I did have fun playing about with the images on the computer, I'm really pleased with my Dottie backing paper.

Saturday, 26 April 2008

I'm blessed.

I'm not a religeous person as such, I do believe there is a God, a higher intelligence somewhere out there, keeping things going ever so efficiently. I also believe that I am lucky enough to have someone watching over me, I don't know what exactly, maybe a guardian angel or maybe a loving relitive long past - who knows! What I do know is I have been blessed with many extradinary friends who are always there for me, supporting me, encouraging me, even, at time protecting me. I'm not sure exactly what I have done to deserve it but I tell you what I don't half bloody appreciate it. If you scroll down my blog you'll see lot's of tokens of friendship I've recieved recently, each one just a special as the next.

Well, shall I get to the point?
I was sitting drinking my morning cuppa today- try to picture it - Dressing gown, bed hair, face all creased from the bed covers- you know the look right? There was a knock at the door, "no worries", I thought, my postie has seen me like this a hundred times (don't raise your eyebrows, I mean that completely innocently! LOL)
Well I flung open the door and there stood Prince Charming holding a beautiful bouquet of flowers! How embarrassed was I! He gave me the flowers and scarpered! I didn't think I was that scary. You won't be surprised to know that actually he was just a very handsome delivery man.
The beautiful flowers turned out to be a surprise gift from one of those super pals I've just been telling you about - Karen. Karen is the proud owner of Charmed Cards and Crafts.
The digital download section on Charmed, where Dottie and George live was all her idea - without her we wouldn't have Dottie and George, so technically I think I should be the one sending her flowers! But you see Karen is very big hearted and is forever thinking of others, she wanted to congratulate me on the 'birth' of Dottie and George.

Well Karen I just want to say a huge THANK YOU, your kindness touched my heart. xx
Aren't they beautiful?

Thursday, 24 April 2008

How lucky am I!

Look what was waiting for me when I got home from a particulaarly crappy day at work. Isn't it fabulous! This card was made by Leo of Crafty Templates. Thank you so much Leo, it warmed my heart and brought such a huge smile to my face. At first glance you might think shes done some very neat paper piecing but you'd be wrong. This is actually a hybrid card. Shes added that fancy pink digi paper for Dottie's dress on her computer before printing! I really must have a go at this because the finished effect is superb.
I also love the funky effect she's achieved with the ribbon, it reminds me a bit of a lacy garter. Leo you are one super cool card maker and you made my day. Thank You xxxx

Wednesday, 23 April 2008

Hot Stuff Baby! DCM & Charmed

Here I am!!!! I bet you wondered where I was, well you know how it is but I won't bore you with the details, I'm here now and here's a surprise; It's not George, It's not Dottie it' stuff baby!

The challenge from was to go with the theme 'Hot and Spicy' and the challenge set by my forum pal Mellie at Charmed Cards and Crafts is to use some Fimo on a card. Well, I haven't used any Fimo in years but you know what, I think Mellie has opened a can of worms here, I could very possibly be addicted! That's the beauty of challenges isn't it? They introduce you to things you probably wouldn't have tried otherwise.
Anyway, I'll stop waffling now and show you what I came up with.
As you can see I used the Fimo to make a chilli pepper.
This card will be perfect for my husband who loves very hot, spicy food.

Saturday, 19 April 2008

Thank You Nicola

I haven't posted for a few days as I've been busy with other crafting projects that I can't show on here yet but I just had to come on today to show you the fabulous gift that my postie brought to me today. It's from my lovely, sweet friend Nicola/Enjay you should have a look on her blog, she's ultra talented and she's made a most fabulous set of ATCs. This lady must have a halo, and if she hasn't I'll have to make her one. She seems to spend her life doing things for others, she is one of the kindest people I know, thank you Nicola, I love it.

You can't see the handle in this photo but I think you can probably see that it's a mug, not just any mug, a DOTTIE mug! Dottie has always wanted to go to 'China' LOL.

Aren't I lucky!

Wednesday, 16 April 2008

Thank You's

Well it feel s like my birthday but it's not. I have been lucky enough over the past week to recieve two beautiful cards from two lovely ladies, for no particular reasons, just because they are so big hearted and thoughtful.

The first one was from Caz/ Foxy's Crafts, it's the one with skipping Dottie on it. Isn't it sweet? I love how she's layered the three sections and I really like lilac and green together, thank you so much sweetie, it was such a lovely surprise.

The second thank you goes to Sarah for the other gorgeous card with artist Dottie on. It's a beautiful card and what she said inside really touched my heart, I think she predicted tears because she sent a packet of tissues with it, how right she was. Thank you Sarah.

Here they are.....
And last but not least my third thank you goes to Martine for the lovely post she wrote on Inspirational Blogs, all about Dottie and George, thank you so much sweet heart, you made my day yesterday.

Monday, 14 April 2008

Boxing George

Here is my latest George card, I'm really pleased with the way this one came out, I've used craft metal for his clothes and for the embossed background. I colour in all of my images with Whispers brush pens.
Here's a close up.

I just want to take this chance to say a HUGE thank you to all the people that have been so supportive since Dottie and George were launched, I've had lovely emails of support, comments on forums, people displaying Download Dottie blinkies and lots of people generally spreading the word. I don't know what I've done to deserve such good friends but you know who you are and you are dearly loved in return. I'm not going to start naming names because I'd hate to miss anybody out.

Thank You.xxxxxxx

Saturday, 12 April 2008

CCT - Wings and Caardvarks Flight of Fancy

Two post in one day! can you believe it? Well I've been a busy bee and completed three challenges today.
This one covers the Caardvarks 'Flight of Fancy' and the Cute Card Thursday 'Wings' challenges.
I've used Birdie Dottie and Layered her onto Dream Street Birdie paper. I finished of the spots with some glossy accents.
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DCM - Butterfly Flutterby CCT - Wings

I haven't done many challenges recently, but I made time for this 2 one because I love butterflies. Here's what Jo from DCM said;
I seem to like butterflies at the mo. This week therefore I would like you to put some butterflies on cards. Stitched, felt, shiny, bright, plain, paper pieced, stamped, drawn... you get the idea :) any theme of card but it must have a butterfly somewhere on the card!

I used dream Street Die Cut paper, prima flowers, Flower Dottie and my Metamorphasis butterfly stamps for this one.

Thursday, 10 April 2008

Diving George

Good evening all, today I bring you yet another George, well he is the flavour of the month after all and with father's day coming up we need to be gettining into the man card mood. So here he is....Diving George.It's a case of bad lighting bad photo today and the fact that I went over board with the glossy accents on his wet suit, it really didn't have the effect I was going for. You could really go to town with the underwater theme with this image, mine's a bit of a quickie but I can just imagine it with lots of sea weed and shells.

This close up might not have been such a good idea, you can see the dodgy cutting LOL.

Again I've made use of my acrylic dew drops for the bubbles, I think the paper is DCWV.

PS. Just thought you might like to know........GEORGE IS NOW AVAILABLE TO BUY!!!!!!!

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Wednesday, 9 April 2008

Fishing George

Here's another George to whet your appetite....The papers and the matching brad are Dovecraft.

I used glossy accents on his hat and the tips of his waders but you can't really see it in the photo.

I'm back at work now after the Easter hols, and I'm shattered. In fact I'm now off to put my feet up.

Tuesday, 8 April 2008

Dottie has a Boyfriend!!!!!!

I think it's time I introduced you to Dottie's new man. please welcome............................................................GEORGE. I think I had better warn you that George is a bit of a rascal, but we all love a rascal don't we?

Well, soon to be released is the first George collection 'Sporting George'. This collection is sure to make you enjoy making men's cards and layouts, yes you read right, I said ENJOY! I enjoyed making them that's for sure. Well, I won't keep you in suspenders any longer, please welcome........George.
Here he is in his golfing gear, doesn't he look dapper! You'll find him sporting 12 different sporting outfits, both with and without sentiments. I'll let you know as soon as he goes live!

Monday, 7 April 2008

Dottie Challenge Extended

Hi folks,

I just wanted to let you know that t he Dottie challenge over at Charmed Craft Talk has been extended for another week - it seems everone was keen to get their mits on the free Dottie with her crocodile/crop-a-dile. If you would like to pop on over and take part and, of course join in all the crafting chat, here's a link.
I've just realised I haven't shown you this Dottie yet, probably because i'm not all that happy with it, I think I was having a bad day. This is Birthday Girl Dottie, she's not actually available to buy yet but she soon will be, promise.

Saturday, 5 April 2008

Di Hickman - Card Sketch

I really love using Di's sketches, she really knows what works.
This time I've used Dottie in her hammock (I know all I seem to do these days is Dottie cards - sorry)Here she is.

I thought I'd better explain the sentiment for those international viewers who might not be familiar with the term. Over here when we drink a toast we say "bottoms up" well, I do anyhow. Luckily, for all of you who don't say that, all Dotties are with and without sentiments. LOL.Here's a close up.

I'm loveing thes Prima Can-nections right now.

Can I just say a huge thank you to everyone that requested the code for the Download Dottie blinkie. I really appreciate your support.

Friday, 4 April 2008

Look at my blinkie!

I'm thrilled to bits with my new blinkie! I found a lovely lady called Jo who makes the most fabulous blinkies and blog banners for, for a really great price too. Thank you so much Jo I love it.
Even better, it links directly to the Dottie Download section too!
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If you'd like my Dottie blinkie on your blog, just email me and I'll email you it back.

Thursday, 3 April 2008

Dottie has child fans!

Hi all I just had to show you these pictures of my DoCrafts friend Caz's daughter Rhiannon. Isn't she just the cutest girl you ever did see? Hello Rhiannon! I'm sure mummy will be showing you this, I think you're Dottie's youngest fan, keep up the good work, your Dottie picture is coloured beautifully and I think you're going to grow up to be just as clever as mummy.

Here she is holding her masterpiece. AwwwwwAnd here's a close up. What a superstar you are Rhiannon.

Right, from one superstar to another Enjays daughter, Eden (what a beautiful name) has also produced a Dottie masterpiece. Take a look at this.......

Would you believe that that card was made by a ten year old? What a clever young lady she is, I think Mum had better closely guard her crafting stash, because this young lady was born to create.

Award Time X 10

Crikey! I've been meaning to do this for ages and I now have 7 awards to show! Thanks go to ;

Lazy Trout, Marlou, Traci, Shirley, Fabrizio, Chrissie , Caz, Eve, Martine and Enjay. Thank you all you made my day seven times! If I've missed anyone, it wasn't intentional, just give me a shout, I'm a bit fuddled today.
Because I've spent the whole day working at the computer my minds gone a little foggy so I'm wimping out of the daunting prospect of finding people who don't already have this award. Instead I'm doing something I've never done before. I'm putting them there for the taking. After all you all deserve it. Here they are.

Tuesday, 1 April 2008

Blog Candy Winners

I have them! Four Winners, well done ladies your candy will soon be on it's way to you.
Sarah C
Debbie -Bubblegum

Po by their blogs to see their Dottie creations.