Saturday, 29 November 2014

Rock and rule!

Bwahahahaha! Did you think that a darkside baby-themed creation would be impoossible? Think again, and allow me to present my Rock and Rule perversion. It's for the challenge at the Left of Center blog, and the theme is Babies. I worried that the link-up at Left of Center might end up over-run by relatively sweet baby cards for this challenge, so I decided to throw in a healthy dose of goth to redress the balance :P And the pun in the post title makes me ridiculously happy - puns, evil babies and bloodstains; my work here is done :D

Thursday, 27 November 2014

Gremlins need stories, too!

The current challenge at the Left of Center blog is Gremlins, and I've had fun indulging my darker muse.

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

And in the opposite corner

Here's what I created today for the latest challenge at the Digitally Sweet blog. The challenge, sponsored by Bugaboo, is Opposites, and there are many, many opposites in this piece, so I may have to list them. Black vs white, circles vs squares, , coloured centre vs un-coloured bg, CAS centre vs busy bg, zombies vs cute, death (zombie) vs life (baby), jagged edge on the "ribbon" piece across the bottom vs scalloped edges on the centre circles and green vs magenta (opposites on an RGB colour wheel) in the centre. Sometimes I worry about my obsessive tendencies :P The digi stamp is by Bugaboo and everything else was created by me.

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Reflection with Opus Gluei

The current challenge over at the Opus Gluei blog is "Reflection" and as always it's open to your own interpretation, but it's definitely worth taking a look at the Design Team creations because they're wonderful. I really spent a while pondering this one and then starting but not finishing bits that I wasn't happy with. Here's what I did finish, using a quote from Nelson Mandela which not only uses the word "reflect" but also bears reflection. ;)

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Do you believe?

This is my second entry for the Fairy Photo Inspiration challenge at the Digitally Sweet Challenges blog. I'm so pleased to have found somewhere that will accept my digital creations, and I knew I'd be back with another one for this challenge in more appropriate olours. The fairy is by Outlaw by Design, the elements are from Tiny Turtle Designs and the bg is by me.

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Going where the mojo takes me

Please note: I WOULD like to be included for the prize draw for this challenge - usually I opt out of the prize draws because I don't use stamps or traditional crafting items, but I do love digital collage sheets, so please include me for this one.

This is what I've created for the current challenge at the Digitally Sweet blog, and I have a bit of explaining to do. The challenge is a photo inspiration challenge, and the photo is in shades of purple and turquoise blue, with fairies and swirls and I love all of those things, so it seemed like a no-brainer for me to play along. But when I started looking through my fairies, this one kept calling out to me. She absolutely refused to be colour-changed into a purple fairy, and insisted on staying this shade of orangey-red. Which isn't a colour I particularly like. And then I realised that I was going to make the background for her in the same colour as well. At the very beginning, I planned on making this a birthday creation and using polka dots as well, so that I could enter two other challenges, but she wasn't having any of that either. So, after I completely gave up on my original ideas and allowed her to lead me where she wanted to go, I ended up with this piece, which I'm really quite pleased with.

Saturday, 15 November 2014

Insanity vs. Genius

I created this piece of absurd nonsense tonight, for the current challenges at Open-Minded Crafting Fun and Quoth the Raven blogs. The first challenge is All Kinds of Fowl, and the second is a Poe-themed colour challenge. The quote around the edge is by Poe, from the short story Eleonora, and I've used the colours purple, green, orange and black.


The new challenge at the Left of Center blog is Polka Dots, and I've had fun putting together this cute-but-evil creation. She's trying so hard to be wicked, but she just makes me smile.

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Late for the party

I made this today, for the current challenge at the Left of Center blog, which is fireworks or celebration. I was completely inspired by this marvellous card on Ike's blog this morning. Puns and skulls - who could resist?
Again, please don't include me in the draw for prizes as they would be wasted on me - I'm entering purely for fun.

Wednesday, 12 November 2014

Deep in earth

The current challenge at the Take A Word blog is Think Pink. I've used a dark grungy shade and created this piece. The couplet was written by Edgar Allen Poe after his wife died, and I love the absolute melancholy it evokes.

Monday, 10 November 2014


I've kept myself amused this evening by creating this for the current challenge at the Left of Center blog. The theme is fireworks and I went a little crazy, cramming in as many as I could. :P

Since I've only just added this bit to my header, I'll say it on each post for a while as well - I'm just entering for fun, please don't include me in any prize draws. :)

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Lenore and the raven

Here's what I created today, for the challenges at Opus Gluei and Open-Minded Crafting Fun.
The Opus Gluei challenge is Treat Yourself, and I took that as an instruction to buy this blue-haired beauty. She wasn't on sale, and I didn't need her for anything, so I hadn't allowed myself to buy her when I first spotted her a couple of weeks ago, but I LOVE her blue hair. She;s by Alehandra Vanhek and is available at Pics For Design.
The Open-Minded Crafting Fun challenge is All Kinds of Fowl, but they expanded it to include any type of bird, so I swooped into Raven mode and allowed myself to be inspired by Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven. That's where the quote around the edge comes from, and Lenore is the name of the "the rare and radiant maiden" in the poem.

Saturday, 8 November 2014

The Black Cat

I'm just entering for fun, please don't include my entry for the prize draw. :) I've been creating a piece for the Quoth the Raven blog challenge today. It's a colour scheme challenge, and I used purple (sky), orange (flames),green (lawn) and black (everything else). This is based on the Poe short story The Black Cat, during which the narrator firstly gouges out one of his cat's eyes (and frankly, I was on the side of the cat from that point on), then gets irritated that the cat no longer likes him and kills it by hanging it from a tree in the garden. That night, the whole house mysteriously burns down. Despite it being a short story, there is far more to the tale than I have gone into here, and the narrator also murders his wife, but I've covered the elements that I've used in this image.
For anyone interested, I started with a public domain photo of a house burning after the Kupaianaha eruption of 1990. The original ca be seen here, so you can see how much I changed it. I tried to include a copy of the image here for easy comparison, but it keeps coming up huge, so I'm afraid a link will have to do. Kalapana burning gardens jpeg

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Admiring the floor

Here's what I made today, for the Freestyle challenge at the Three Muses blog. Maybe I've fallen, but I like the view from down here :P

Sunday, 2 November 2014

Take fright

Here's what I came up with for the current challenge over at the Three Muses blog. The challenge is "Take fright" and I think I subconsciously had "take flight" in my mind as well.

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Tempus Moriendi

Here's my entry for the Left of Center challenge, which is vintage Halloween, and the Open-Minded Crafting challenge, which is Halloween or dressing up. It's been a long time since I entered any blog challenges, so bear with me if I make a mess of things, ok?