Sunday, 30 November 2008

Dottie's World Challenge- Photo

Hi folks,

I've been a bad Blogger just lately because I've been decorating and haven't been able to have much 'me' time (nor have I physically been able to get into my craft room!) So please accept my apologies.

On to the challenge. It's Karen's turn to set it this week an she wants us to use a photograph on our creation along with one of the Charmed downloads. I panicked a bit at fist because I couldn't think what to do but isn't it funny how the more challenging challenges always seem to stretch us and make us produce something great? It's not often I say good things about my own work, I suppose I love it because it has my lovely daughter all over it! Thanks for a fantastic challenge Karen.

Do you think I might have had someone in mind when I drew his Dottie? Holly is 13 now but still just as beautiful, I guess I would say that though wouldn't I?

EVERYBODY Who plays along with the challenge this week gets emailed this free Dottie, it isn't available to buy so the only way you can get it is by playing!

Karaoke Dottie really makes me giggle.

Pop over to Dottie's World for more details.

Sunday, 23 November 2008

Dottie's World Challenge

Crikey what a week I've had! We're getting a new bathroom fitted this coming week and we've spent the past week gutting it. Yesterday I spent most of the day up a ladder stripping wood chip and about 100 layers of paint off the ceiling! Uuuuurgh! I'm aching a wee bit today I can tell you! I was glossing the woodwork at 11pm last night but then I realised that the flippin paint takes 16 hours to dry! I have sanding to do today but won't be able to do it until the paint dries, how annoying.
Any how, on to the card.... It was my turn to set he challenge this week at Dottie's World and I decided to go for the good old saving grace of many a crafty project - Flowers!
Here's the card I came up with....

I printed Hippy Dottie on a free digi background which I added before printing (saves on cutting out!) and added some Bo Bunny stickers and a flower I made for yesterday's Dottie's World tutorial. As luck would have it I had some ribbon to match the one on the sticker so it all matched up quite nicely.

As usual I put glue in the centre of all the flowers ready for glitter and then forgot to add the flippin glitter! So try to use your imagination! LOL

Thanks for looking

Louise xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Ruby Ribbons

Hi folks,

I have a new little lady to show you today. I was recently comissioned by Crafts Beautiful magazine to design a character exclusively for them. I knew it was going to have to be traced from their pattern pages so I wanted to go for crisp and simple. I ended up going for a 50's style domestic goddess! The full project and all the instructions, and templates is now on sale at a store near you!

The professional photogropher always makes my stuff look miles better but you'll just have to make do with my quick pics that I took before sending them off I'm afraid- there are more items in the magazine.

I hope you like her!

Thanks for looking.

Louise xx

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Dottie's World Challenge- Fur or Feather

It's Nicola's turn to set the challenge at Dottie's World today and she's challenged us to use fur or feathers either literally with one of the downloads or by using an animal or bird Charmed Download.

I couldn't decide so I made two.

I always have to sneak some glossy accents in there!

Nicola thought I was going mad when I said Ellie elephant would be good for the fur or feathers challenge. She said " Call yourself a teaching assistant? Elephants don't have fur or feathers!" I nearly did actually PMSL! I was giggling all day. Do you see what I mean now Nicola? ROFL. Only joking hunny, you know I love ya!

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Paper Take Weekly - Dawny's Sketch

I popped over to the PTW blog today to see what they've been up to. Dawny has produced a fabulous sketch and, well, I just had to have a play.

Here's what I came up with....
I was feeling lazy so I printed off the coloured version of the Scruff image - well that's what they're there for! The papers are Bo Bunny. Yet again I've done some stitching - I'm really into it at the moment.

I went for a variation on the decoupage by just having the feet attached with pads and the tops of the legs just stuck down flat, that way it makes it look a bit more real.

I hope you like it, thanks for looking. x

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

DCM- Bling!

Ok I,m in a mega rush this morning, I hav to outt ofthhedooin15 minutes and I arn't evenddssed yet! That is I don't have my wrk clothes on, I'm not naked PMSL......Moving swiftly on, I'm going to show you my challenge card and disappear. The challnge is to use bling, Karen and I have Sponsored it this week so the DCM blog is all Dottie ATM.

My bling is in the form of glitter and black gems. I don't really like this card very much but I guess we can't be happy all the time.

Thanks for looking.xx

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Dottie's World Challenge-Colour

It's Juliet's turn to set the challenge on Dottie's World this week. She was inspired by all the fireworks so has asked us to come up with something colourful.

I fancied a change so, as I haven't done any paper piecing for ages I thought it was time I did.

I chose the Peggy Pig download fom the Animal Magic collection and printed her out four times onto my four colour choices, cut out, pieced together and whizzed it all through my sewing machine before adding the finishing touches.
I like the layering I've done on the flower, you might be seeing some more of those frrom me. You know that Sizzix flower die must be my most used die of all time, it's so handy!

I forgot to say, I cut the scalloped background on my Sillhouette- but only just managed it as my sticky mat has finally lost it's stick, I had to tape it down!

Thanks for looking.

Lou xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Two More Challenges!

Blimey what's got into me! You see this is what happens when I get a bit of time on my hands, there's just no stopping me!

For today's card I've used this week's Di Hickman sketch, to celebrate her card sketch Anniversary Di has given us her very first ever sketch to play with, it holds a special place in her heart and I can see why-It's ace!

I've combined the sketch with this week's Paper Take Weekly challenge which is to use sparkle in you card.
Here's what I came up with......

I've used BG Fruit Cake papers for this one, I don't think I'll ever go off them. The happy chappy is called Donald and he's from the new download collection at Charmed Cards and Crafts, it's called Animal Magic.

I've made him Christmassy by adding the sparkly hat and the sparkly snowflake, oh yes and the snow is made with snow writer (which I LOVE)

I hope you like it, thanks for visiting. xxxx

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Cute Card Thursday- Cheers

I haven't done any challenges other than the Dottie's World ones for ages! I decided it was time for a change.

Over at Cute Card Thursday this week's challenge is to make a drinks themed card.
Hmmmm....which image could I use?....Well it had to be one of the new Charmed downloads just as it had to be some of my new Bo Bunny paper too, put them both together and what do you get?..

.....Peggy Pig slowly marinating herself with a gorgeous cocktail!

I wanted her to be holding a glass but the only one I could find was too big so I put it in the corner instead, take a look...........

Here's the arty shot.......

Thanks for looking.xxxx

Monday, 3 November 2008

Martine's Done it Again!

You may remember a while back Martine made me a fab blog background which led to another fab background for Dottie's World. Well as you can see, she's only gone and blummin done it again!
I loved the one I had before but I was really fancying something using the new downloads. I'm so happy with this I can't tell you.
Thank you so much Martine. You're one in a million.
Go and check out her blog The Blog Skin Boutique she has some great backgrounds to look at.

Sunday, 2 November 2008

Dottie's World Challenge

Crikey it's that time again!

Don't the weeks go fast when you're off work!

It's Adele's turn to set the challenge this week and there's a free gift for everyone who plays along! here's the low down.....

Black, white and a splash of .........COLOUR!!!I want your creations this week to be only 3 colours. Black, white and one colour of your choice. You can use as many tones of grey and of your chosen colour and you can obviously use a skintone and haircolour but that's it.

I have to admit to being puzzled at first but you know what? it ended up being such a fab challenge for me, that's what's so great about challenges isn't it? It takes you out of your comfort zone.

So here's what I came up with, a non-Christmas card from the Christmas collection! LOL

Not an ounce of patterned paper in sight but you know what? I quite like the effect.

Here's a close up...

If you'd like to join in with the challenge and receive a free one off image visit Dottie's World

Saturday, 1 November 2008

Lady Pusskins

Hi folks can you believe it?? I'm posting and it's not even Sunday! ROFL.

I've had a right old busy week, I've finished two magazine commissions AND finished a new range of downloads! The ew collection is called Animal Magic- you guessed it it's all animals,for more info plase pop over to Dottie's World.

So, Here's one of the gang, Lady Pusskins...
I've used some of the new Bo Bunny papers for this one, aren't they gorgeous!
The good thing about being a card maker is that when I design the images I'm always on the look out for embelishment opportunities, the crown was made to hold gems or beads - as was the collar but as I'm typing I realise I've missed them off! Grrr.