Monday, 30 November 2009

I have Candy - to celebrate my first DT post

Hello everyone and welcome to the candy to celebrate my first DesignTeam post with the Rusty Pickles DT. Now I have only put up the picture of one of the elements of this prize but will add things later as I get them sorted but I wanted to give you guys the maximum time to join in the candy before I draw it on the 1st December 09 (hopefully).

The rules for this candy are as follows:-

1. Please become a follower of the Rusty Pickles Digital Delights shop.
2. Please also become one of my followers - if you are already a big thank you.
3. Please spread the word either on your sidebar or in a post.
4. Leave a comment on this post telling me you have done all of the above.

Edited to add a list of candy:-

Robert Addams Ancient Egypt CDRom
10 Christmas Peel offs
2 Whispers stamps
1 Anita Stamp
1 Papermania Stamp
1 Pack of 8 x 8 Dovecraft Christmas Papers - 48 sheets. 
1 length of Black Rafia
1 length of Blue Rafia
5 sheets of Teddy Bear epoxy stickers

Here is the picture as promised.



Heads are Rolling!! - at Rusty Pickles!

That got your attention!! Not literally, I hope. Well the sun is out the sky is blue but I have the dreaded lurgy as does my youngest!!! But nothing is going to stop me making a card - except maybe my daughter with her continual interuptions.
The image I am using today is from Rusty Pickles and can be found here isn't it fun, what a cheeky cat.

Oh and by the way, would you like to win a set of 12 Copic Ciao's then check out the Rusty Pickles site here and if you would like the chance to win 72 then check it out here and you can read all about these offers in my post here.

Anyway back to my card, I have used the sketch at Moving Along with the Times which was drawn by Clare and is shown here :-


I have coloured my image using Stardust gel pens with a bit of water, plus the aht is a watercolour crayon. I glittered the hat with crystal glitter. I then mounted him onto some embossed white glitter card - the snowflake folder on my cuttlebug. This is then mounted on some pale purple mesh with white dots on - I thought it could be snow!!! Finally I have mounted that onto the silk effect plastic I had in my stash.
The back ground paper is from my Cute Companions Winter Tales CD Rom. The ribbon is from my stash and the snowflakes were punched from white glitter card and one from silver miri card.

The other challenges I am entering this card for are :-

Charisma Cardz - anything Christmassy,

Daring Cardmakers - Mainly white (Hope I have enough white!)

Stampin' for the Weekend - Lilac, Purple and silver

Saturday Spotlight - Hats on,

Everybody Art Challenge - Christmas theme,

Kaboodle Doodle Challenge - Snowflakes and

Practical Scrappers - Christmas Card.

There we are, finally as I have been working on this for too long!!!! Please let me know your thoughts.


Rusty Pickles Copic Ciao Candy

Isn't this a fantastic set of Copics, and if you pop over to The Rusty Pickles Digital Delights shop to check them out. The rules are that for every $10 you spend in the shop Michelle - the owner and illustrator - will enter you in a draw for this set of Copics. It is a set of 72 - yes that's right 72 of these gorgeous pens so what are you waiting for!!!!  This offer lasts until Christmas Eve - 11.00pm MST.

There is also a set of 12 Copics up for grabs until 8/12/09 if you comment here. For an extra chance of winning these you need to post a picture using a Rusty Pickles image and then put a comment saying you have done it.

Good luck everyone

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Birthday Card

Good afternoon everyone - another dull dreary day in Devon!!! One of my little dragons is ill and the other one is making enough noise for both of them!!!
I had an important Birthday Card to make and felt the Penny Black image I won in a candy was perfect - can't find it anywhere though - sorry.

They have been coloured using my trusty watercolour crayons, and the image has been mounted on some lovely pink glitter card. I have used the sketch at Penny Black Saturday which has been drawn by Beth and I love it, lots of measuring involved!!

The papers I have used are from the Create and Craft Triple Treasures Cd Volume 2. The other papers are pearlised paper which has been embossed using my early Christmas Present. Yes, you guessed it I now have a cuttlebug - Yeh finally. Two of the folders I bought are the Divine Swirls and the Swiss Dots which have been used to death as I eagerly try them out on every bit of paper and card I have!!!! Well I have been waiting a while and one must have a play with ones new toys!!!! the background card is from Core'dinations - Whitewash pack, sanded a bit to let the colour through.


The flower is a mixture of punched flowers and one from my Just Pots Funky Flowers jar topped with one of Anitas gems. Doesn't this picture show off the Swiss dots embossing well!!!

The other challenges I am entering this card in are :-

Paper Cutz Challenge Anything Goes,

Pile It On - Flowers and flourishes,

Crazy 4 Challenges - Punch Happy,

MyGrafico - P.I.E recipe (Papers and Pink, Ink on the stamps and Embossing) and

Frosted Designs - Same shape, different size (I have two sizes of square).

I hope you like it and don't forget to let me know. Don't forget you have until tomorrow to enter my candy which you will find here.


Friday, 27 November 2009

Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree

Good morning happy crafters everywhere - I hope. Friday for me is a day at home with my little dragon (3). She is colouring and I am doing this post!!! It does mean a lot of interuptions however!!!
I wanted to try and use the sketch at Sketch Saturday shown below.

So I needed a large image and as luck would have it I had already stamped and coloured my new purchase from Sue who was clearing out for some new stamps I expect. Anyway I used the Penny Black stamp, Holly Jolly although mine is wood mounted and separate.

I coloured it using my watercolour crayons and glittered the baubles - that was the fun bit!!! I mounted the image onto silver miri card. The DP is from DCWV and the blue and green pieces are from Core'dinations Super Assortments - Elements, duly distressed!! The cord is from Dovecraft and called Sticky crochet - I won it in a candy some time ago now. The snowflakes are from two punches by Xcut and Crafts Too. I have used glitter card and the miricard for contrast. The sentiment is my own using a free font called Santas Big Secret, and fits in nicely with the challenge at Allsorts this week - Christmas carol or song title.

The other challenges I am entering are :-

Simon Says Challenge - Winter love (Cats love mice don't they!!)

Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers,

Everybody Art Challenge - Christmas,

Creative Card Crew - Favourite things (Penny Black stamps, Glitter, and Core'dinations card stock!!),

Pollycraft Monday - Christmas Theme,

Sparkle Creations - Christmas Card and

One Stop Craft Challenge - Snowflakes.

I am so pleased I am making Christmas cards at the moment because I need to!!
Don't forget I still have CANDY until 30th November.


Thursday, 26 November 2009

Rusty Pickle New Release winners

Hi everyone and thank you for your support for the First New Release at Rusty Pickle Digital Delights.

The winners of the images I was Sneaky Peeking are ..........


The Teddy goes to Teri


The Rattle goes to Jacqui

Well done girls. Please email me so that I can send you your winnings.

Wednesday, 25 November 2009

Rusty Pickle Sneaky Peaks Time

Yes folks its here and I have got some gorgeous images to show you today on the last day of our New Release. I was, to say the least, stunned to be asked to be a DT member for this new venture. The fabulous digi stamps have been designed by the very talented Michelle and the best place to see these images I hear you say - The Rusty Pickles Digital Delights Shop of course. There are plenty there some of which I have already used. I just love digi stamps because you can flip them and resize them - ideal. You can also use them on many different mediums - candles, shrink plastic to name a few. The releases have been on Monday Tuesday and today so if you have missed anything scroll down for the names of my other team members and have a look - not forgetting to comment!!!!

I am showing off two of the images from the new Baby Release, firstly I would like to show you the Teddy. If you check out the site you will see I have flipped him to lean against the number one. Here is a close up for more detail.

He is coloured using water colour pencils and the 1 and the sentiment were painted using H2O's and glitter.

My next sneaky peak is the Rattle and again I have resized this one as you can see!

Have you noticed I like glitter too. The ribbon was a freebie and I have used it all up!!! The DP is from Funky Fairy's and the frame is a Chris Warner special. Here I printed the image on to blue card then highlighted areas and glittered the band. The sentiment is from Funky Hand.

My next card was not really an after thought but more showing how you can mix the images on one card.

Also you can see I have flipped the rattles. More glitter card and ribbon from my stash. Here is a close up for you.

This is the last day of the FIRST EVER RUSTY PICKLES RELEASE so I hope you have visited all my team mates to see their Sneaky Peaks, if not here is a list of their names and links to their blogs

Heather DT Co-ordinator






Jacqui and


New Release Prizes

Now if you would like to win the GRAND PRIZE of the Baby release and 3 other images of your choice, or the SECOND PRIZE of the whole new release you need to do the following:-

Comment on all the Design Teams Sneaky Peak posts and become a follower of the The Rusty Pickles Digital Delights Shop and also leave a comment here. 
If you fancy 3 extra chances of winning the GRAND PRIZE do a quick post on your blog linking to The Rusty Pickles Digital Delights Shop and mention the sneeky peaks and the prize that could be won.

On Wednesday evening I will pick one commenter from this post to win the Teddy image and one to win the Rattle image. Don't forget to come back on Thursday when I will let you know the winners.

Hope you have enjoyed our first Sneaky Peaks. There will be more coming up soon - guaranteed to be as fabulous as this one.


Monday, 23 November 2009

Winter Wonderland in Red!

Another horrible wet windy day in South Devon!! Never mind I managed to get another Christmas Card done using the sketch at Sweet Sketch Wednesday shown below.

OK so I have tweeked it a bit but the main look is there. The image is from Penny Black and is on the Christmas Critters set. I have coloured the image with water colour pencils and done the fur and snow with crystal glitter.

The image is mounted on red miri card and the paper is from my Artilicious CD Rom - Season's Greetings. The vellum is silver and has Christmas greetings on it - it is from my stash and has been torn down each side. The ric rac glittery ribbon is from Papermania as is the little bow.

I am also entering this card in the following challenges :-

Penny Black Saturday - Winter Wonderland,

Simons Says Challenge - Animal Antics,

Cute Daisy May Challenge - Red Christmas,

Pollycraft Monday Challenge - Christmas Theme,

Frosted Designs - Paper tearing and

Tuesday Taggers - Red, Green and Gold.

Hopefully I am in time for the last one!!! Please let me know what you think I really love all your comments.
Also don't forget that I have BLOG CANDY!


Sunday, 22 November 2009

"He's not heavy he's my Brother!"

Hi everyone on a very wet and windy Sunday, hope all is OK with you in blogland. Now as my regulars will know I have been given the honour of being a member of The Rusty Pickles Digital Delights Design Team. My fellow team mates - all listed under the Rusty Pickles blinkie - are a fab and talented bunch, so I am very proud to be there with them at the start of this new venture. Gosh that was a bit of rambling to get round to telling you that the image I have used today is a Rusty Pickles corker.
I have used the sketch at The Pink Elephant which is shown below.

I love these shapes and it gives me the opportunity to use the template from the Polka Doodles CD Rom - Sugar Birdies. I have cut out a circle in green glitter card and then punched a smaller scallop in the Simply Brushed paper. I then mounted the image using foam pads on to this paper.

I have coloured the image in using my watercolour crayons - I know they are not the usual colours but I was experimenting!! Finally I used some ribbon across the middle from my stash.

I am entering this card some other challenges as follows :-

Cupcake Crafts - Digital images,

Caardvarks - Colour it, a digi,

Dare you to digi stamp - Glitter,

Bee Crafty - Sparkle and a digi,

Creative Inspirations - Sparkle and

Simon Says Challenge - Animal Antics.

I hope you like it, oh and please don't forget my BLOG CANDY!


Friday, 20 November 2009

Winter Warmer

Good Morning everyone in craft land, hope you are all well and looking forward to the weekend. I have a great card today - well I think so and hope you do too. I recently purchased some Penny Black stamps from Sue and inked them up straight away. When I saw the challenge at My Time To Craft I immediately thought of one of these images - "Under my umbrella" - it is gorgeous. I have used the sketch at Sketch Saturday shown below.

I have used a red base card and then put a layer of kraft card on top. I have stamped snowflakes on the card using white ink and some snowflakes from an Elusive Images set called Snow is Falling.

I have coloured the image using water colour crayons and then glittered the snow on the umbrella. I have mounted the image on to Whitewash Core'dinations card and distressed it by sanding and scissors.

I then added the fibres at the top which I bought so long ago that I have forgotten where from but I am so glad I am now putting them to good use. I stuck a snowflake on top punched out of glitter card as are the others. I was a bit unsure about the colour scheme at first but I think it works really well now.

The other challenges I am entering are :-

Creative Inspirations - Sparkle,

Quixotic Challenge - Kraft and Red,

Simon Says - Animal Antics,

Creative Card Crew - Strings Attached,

Cute Daisy May Challenge - Touchy/Texture,

Sparkle Creations - Christmas Card,

Creatilicious Challenge - Snowflakes, Christmas and Sparkle, and

Saturday Challenge - Four Seasons - mine is Winter.

I would love to hear what you think and also don't forget I have candy here.


Monday, 16 November 2009

Christmas Scene

Hello everyone on another wet and very windy day. I wanted to do the challenge at A Spoon Full of Sugar
where they want you to "Create a Scene".

I used one of the scenes from my Crafters Companion Cute Companions A Winters Tale CD Rom, it is a decoupage scene which I then glittered. The main image is a very cute one from Penny Black called Caroling Trio.
I have coloured the mice in with watercolour pencils and added a bit of glitter to the glove then attached it using foam pads. The sentiment was from a Clear magic set - I bought it from Handy Hippo but they don't have it anymore - sorry. I stamped it onto some waste blue card and then put some of Anitas sticky ribbon underneath. I am therfore going to enter this card in the Penny Black Saturday  Challenge which is Christmas card for a guy and also in the Paper Cutz Challenge which is use a digi or normal stamp and use any colour.

As ever I welcome all your comments.


Saturday, 14 November 2009

Rusty Pickle DT Card

Hi everyone in blog land. Here is the first card I have made using one of the fantastic images from Rusty Pickles Digital Delights. As you know I have been given the honour of joining the design team for this new venture so I just had to get creative. I have tried something totally new with this card - I have used faux polar white flower soft. I am sorry I can't remember where I saw this but I thought it was a great idea and gave it a go. You use polystyrene - you know the stuff that fills up boxes to make sure nothing breaks - flaked it up using my scissors - warning it goes everywhere!! - and then glued it to my picture. What do you think?
Here is a closer picture to help show it better.

The rest of Lazy day snowman has been crystal glittered and coloured with water colour pencils. I layered him on some paper from the Jingle Jangles CD Rom from Polka Doodles. Then layered again onto blue miri card. The other background sheet is from one of my most neglected CD roms - Seasons Greetings by Artylicious. What I hear you say how could I not use it, I know I am ashamed to admit it because I absolutely love the papers. Anyway I have got round to it eventually!!!
The ribbon across the middle is from Papermania and I have used two triangles of my favourite cardstock - Core'dinations So Mod -duly distressed.
I have used the sketch from Midnight Madness shown below.

You know me there have to be a few other challenges I am going in for and here they are :-

Cupcake Craft Challenge - Snow much fun,

Papertake Weekly - Use a digi stamp and add sparkle,

Digital Tuesday - Holiday Wishes,

Creative Inspirations - New/Neglected (new digi, neglected CD rom)

Crafty Creations - Snow,

Cute Card Thursday - Glitter me silly and

Charisma Cardz - Merry and bright.

Well there you have it!! I think with all these challenges plenty of people will now be seeing these gorgeous digis.

Please let me know what you think,


Friday, 13 November 2009

Some Fabulous Exciting News

Yes, finally I can tell you that I have been asked to join the Design Team for a new digi company called "The Rusty Pickle". I can't tell you how honoured I was to be asked and it would appear that I am the only Brit on the team - wonder how the time difference will effect me!!!!

"The Rusty Pickle is my new site for selling Digital art! Digital art is an amazing new way of getting affordable images for your cardmaking and scrapbooking needs! There are many many people who are taking this to a new level! Like Digital scrapbooking Digi Images are able to be resized and swapped around to fit your card making needs!" says Michelle who's own blog is called Addicted to Rubber.

If you would like to visit the store click here and have a look around at the new digis available. If you stop by before 15/11/09 and leave a comment you may win 5 free digis of your choice.

I will keep you all posted and be putting details of the whole DT on my sidebar later. Now I can start to do sneaky peaks and be a stop on a blog hop!!!! Can you tell I'm excited.


Thursday, 12 November 2009

In Sympathy

Hi everyone in blog land what a wet and windy day it has been here. Now a good friend of mine at work recently lost her Father - he had a two year fight against cancer and inevitably lost. I am not good at sympathy cards but I hope she likes this one. I wanted to go for subtle colours and a flower always fits well with this type of card. I have used the sketch at Mojo Monday shown below - this is the first time I have

managed to do one of the sketches here. The flower is made up from some circles of different sizes which I have feather cut along the edges. I put a button in the centre with some fibre through it for interest. The circles were then mounted on to pale pink glitter card punched with my favourite scallop punch.

The idea for this flower is from the Polka Doodles CD Rom - Candy Doodles and I think Nikki showed it on one of her Create and Craft appearances. The card underneath is from Core'dinations Whitewash set, which has been lovingly distressed using my scissors and some sandpaper.

The semicircle is the other side of the whitewash card with a ribbon tied around it - eventually. The gems are from my stash and I used them to fill the empty space it the corner. I printed out the sentiment my self using a font I downloaded called, inappropriately, Selfish but I liked the look of it for this card.
I will also enter this card in the following challenges : -

Practical Scrappers - Colour/white core card stock,

Lots To Do - Distressing,

Tuesday Taggers - No Patterned Paper

La La Land Challenge Blog - Use punches,

Simon Says Challenges - Thinking of You and

All Sorts Challenge Blog - Bring out your bling.

I am really pleased with is card and I hope you will feel free to let me know what you think.