My Family & Other Animals

Wednesday, 29 February 2012

"Unleash The Dragon..."

Another week and yet another one of my favourite singers has gone to the great DanceHall in the sky. Davy Jones of The Monkees died today at the decidedly unfriendly age of 66. He was such a huge part of my childhood, their programme was one of the few I would rush home to watch or during the school holli's scour the channels in the hope that it would be on. I have always loved their songs, especially Randy Scouse Git and Pleasant Valley Sunday, songs that will stand the test of time. So sad, I hate when heroes slip away from me, especially one's I didn't realise were heroes until it was too late!

This weeks card has been a bit of an uphill struggle too. The image is from Digi Doodle Shop and is called Louis, Butterflies and Buttercups and the last time I tried to use it for a challenge I just couldn't get my ProMarkers to look even on his skin, there were lines and patches all over and the more I coloured it the worse it got so I binned the picture and started with another image altogether. This time around I made the image a lot smaller to reduce blotches and it worked, I am really quite happy with the finished image.

But that's not the whole story here, oh no. I made a card (with the I ♥ ProMArkers challenge sketch in mind) and although I managed to get all the bits and pieces in the right places, the final card (which is in the bin and will NEVER see the light of day!!) was so hideous it actually scared me how bad it was! I then went into panic mode and actually came up with a fairly decent card that, as usual, I hope you like too.

The papers used were really old Papermania papers I have had for years now and the flowers are the same, they have been in my craft room since Noah was a lad, but they work so what can I say?

So onward and upward, let's hope we don't lose any more musical heroes in the next 7 days and I will see you here again next week with another creation,



Entered Into: Flutterby Wednesday Challenge #192 - Open

Simon Says Stamp Challenge - Anything Goes

The Sisterhood Of Crafters Challenge - Use A Digital Stamp

Stars And Stamps Midweek Throwdown - Use A Digi, No Glitter

Just Inspirational Challenges - Photo Inspiration

CCEE Stampers Challenge - CCEE1209 Stamp or Create A Spring Scene

Digi Doodle Shop's Best Challenge #97 - Pink & Green

Do You Stack Up Challenge #61 - Things With Wings

Rainbow Lady's Challenge #194 - St. David's Day (Anything Welsh)

Sassy Studios Design Challenge #114 - Seeing Green

Tando Creative Challenges - Spring Is In The Air

Sparkles Challenges #29 - Things With Wings


  1. That is really sad about Davy Jones, 66 is way too young.
    Your card cheered me up and made me smile. What a ferocious dragon heehee I just love him. I hate it when I have to pitch things so like you I try and make them better and they become more hideous.
    Hugs Bonnie

  2. Adorable creation and yes, I too am so sad at the passing of Davey Jones! Being only 5 years younger than him, as a teen I thought he was the cutest in the band!!
    Thanks so much for joining us at The Sisterhood ‘USING DIGIS’ challenge and please come back again soon!
    one of the 'Sistahs'

  3. What an adorable card, I love it! Sometimes smaller images are easier for me to color too :) Thanks for playing in our challenge at Operation Write Home Stars & Stamps!

  4. Beautiful card, loving the sentiment and images.

  5. Just love your little dragon he looks gorgeous, really scrummy card too. I too have a heavy heart as another great artist is lost too soon.
    Big Hugs

  6. Great Dragon image and the layers and embellishments add so much to the design. Nice work! Thanks for posting at Operation Write Home!

  7. First welcome Andy... what a super card this is - love the colours you have chosen. Thanks for sharing
    Love Cynthia x

  8. Andy love, I think this is a wonderful card!! should be proud!!


  9. Great card Andy!

    Thank you for joining in the fun with us at SMC with our
    "Things with Wings" challenge

    Hope you will join us again soon & good luck in the draw

    Hugs Shaz x

  10. Awe, the passing of Davy Jones is sooo sad isn't it? Childhood hero of mine too! Lovely card, thank you for joining us over at Tando x

  11. Adorable card, and terrific background! Thanks for joining this week's challenge at Digi Doodle Shop.

  12. He is a super sweet dragon, love his colour. Thank you for joining in with Rainbow Lady this week.
    Jen x

  13. What a great dragon and such a great card for our challenge. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady this week.
    Jenny x

  14. Great card, Andy. Thanks for jloining us at Rainbow Lady.

  15. hi andy
    what a fab card ,love how you have coloured louis and the layout is fab.
    I too have childhood memories of the monkees,i loved their tv programme and looked forward to rushing home to watch it too .My fave is daydream believer ....
    thanks for joining us at the digi doodle shops challenge and good luck
    tracey x

  16. Hi Andy!
    Thank you for your nice comment on my blog! I´m very happy to found yours!I´m a new follower now =)
    Your card is so adorable and funny, Love the little dragon chasing the butterfly (or food?) =D
    Have a nice sunday!

  17. Share your sadness at the passing of Davy Jones have fond memories of galloping around the school playground in some sort of Davy Jones tribute!

    Thank you for sharing the memory and your little blue dragon with us at Tando Creative XOXO Zoe

  18. Hi Andy,
    Sad news about Davey Jones, agree with Tracey my favourite is Daydream Believer too.
    Oh this is just Absolutely Adorable!!! Love that little dragon, the dp, the colour scheme is gorgeous. Love the layout and the embellishments. Coloured perfectly. Thanks for joining us at Sparkles Monthly Challenges and Good Luck. Hope to see you joining us again.
    Hugs Jacqui xxx

  19. Great card Andy! Thanks for joining Just Inspirational Challenges this week and good luck!

  20. Super cute image! Thanks for joining us at Do You Stack Up.


  21. Adorable card. Love the layout, papers and image. Thank you for joining us at Just Inspirational Challenges this week. Good luck. Jill (DT) x

  22. Fab card Andy, I just love that dragon image and all the little details. Thanks for joining us at Rainbow Lady's Challenge
    Claire xx

  23. gorgeous! love the layers, thank you for joining our challenge at Digi Doodle Shop this week, hugs, martina

  24. Oh, he is too cute! Love how his net is "out of the box"! Such fabulous layers behind your image panel too! Thanks for joining us at Sassy Studio Designs! :)

  25. Wonderful cute dragon card Andy.
    Thanks for joining us at Simon Says Stamps Challenge.

    1. Great card Andy, thank you for joining in with us at Rainbow Ladys this week. Elizabeth x

  26. Fab card Andy, thank you for joining in with the Digi Doodle Shop Challenge,
    Ruth x

  27. Oh, I think your card looks GORGEOUS! I am sure the other card was not as bad as you think it was. =D Thank you for playing along with us at Digi Doodle Shop, and THANK YOU for using a Digi Doodle Shop image!

    xx Star

  28. LOVE this card! Beautiful flowers & die-cut leaves and that image (which you coloured so beautifully) is ADORABLE! Thanks SO much for joining us at DYSU!

  29. What a fab card, soo worth the effort of keeping at it! Thanks for linking it to Tando.


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