Tuesday, 23 December 2008

A very merry christmas to you all!

Only 2 sleeps to go until the big day and this will be my last post until after the big event! So I just wanted to wish you all a very merry christmas. Enjoy the festive season with your family and loved ones. Eat, drink and be merry! I hope that your christmas is everything you hope for!

If like me you are working christmas day then I will be thinking of you!

Big holiday hugs to you all from me!

Vicky x

Thursday, 18 December 2008

Friday Sketchers birthday card!

Well I've finished all my christmas cards so I made a birthday card for my sis in law's birthday using this week friday sketchers challenge sketch! It makes a change to do a card for an occasion other than christmas!

Image is from Kerry Jo's clear stamp set kindly sent to me by Vicki. I love these images! Coloured with my trusty whispers and a little added glitter. Papers are BG . Sentiment is from a See D's set. Matted onto pink CS and glitter added to frame it. Flowers are prima and one created using the retro flower punch. Ribbon and button from my stash.

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky x

Wednesday, 17 December 2008

I've got an award.....

from Sandra and Bev thank you ladies I really appreciate it!

The rules are to give it to five others, who shall give it to five others.. You shall link the one you got it from, and also the ones you give it to:) And let them know. And there is more... You have to write down five things you are addicted to.

I would like to pass this award onto Sarah, Tara, Katy, Sally and Sarita.

As for five things that I'm addicted to:
  1. Crafting of course!!
  2. Buying clothes, handbags and shoes!
  3. Chocolate!
  4. Eastenders (much to my boyfriends disgust)!
  5. My boyfriend!!
Nothing to show you today, just a quick post as I am going out tonight with my boyfriend and some friends for our annual christmas outing to the theatre. We are going to see Peter Pan at the West Yorkshire Play House and then on for a curry. Not very festive I know but we like curry, and you end up having enough turkey over christmas anyway! Lol!

Hugs, Vicky x

Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Christmas table chocolate boxes!!

I went to Jule's Bag, tag and box class on the 6th December where I got to play with some lovely SU products and make the following bag, tag's and box!

I had a fab time and loved playing with the gorgeous SU papers and stamps! I loved these little chocolate filled boxes so much I wanted to make some more for the dinner table on christmas day as a little present for everyone! So I made another 6!

Three for the ladies....

and three for the men....

I am quite pleased with the results. Unfortunately I didn't have any of the gorgeous SU papers or stamps to use so I had to use what I had in my stash. Bo bunny papers, dovecraft & american craft ribbon. I stamped holly sprigs from a See D kit onto the red CS and added snowflake peel off's onto my blue CS (I dont really like peel off's but I don't have any white ink to stamp onsto my blue CS so they had to do!).'

I managed to get a little production line going and got all of these made on sunday afternoon. I filled them with Cadbury's Roses in an A5 cello bag.

I'm sure these will be well received after a lovely turkey dinner! It's always nice to finish off with something sweet!!

I hope you are all getting there with your christmas preparations, not long now!

Thanks for taking the time to pop by and leave me comments, especially at this busy time, I really appreciate it!

Merry Christmas everyone!

Hugs, Vicky x

Sunday, 14 December 2008

Santa's on his way!!

I love the Santa Collage stamp by Ruber Stampede and enjoyed using it so much for my grandma's card that I decided to use it again fro my mum & dad's card. The colour scheme in my parents lounge is red, cream and gold and always looks lovely at christmas, so decided to stick with a traditional colour scheme!

Image stamped onto acetate before being matted onto glitter card. Frame created from red CS and gold mirri card. Red CS embossed with snowflakes folder. All papers used are BG wassail. Strip across center of card has been embossed with 'just my type' cuttlebug border folder! Flower is from my stash and has been distressed with a bronze inkpad. Gold snowflakes are an x cut punch and pearl gem to finish. Sentiment is from a studio G set and has been cut out and matted onto scalloped circles with my nesties! Gold glitter dots in the corners are from QVC!

I also decorated the inside, just a simple design. Cream CS distressed with bronze inkpad. Sentiment and holly stamp are both from See D's kits.

Well I've had quite a productive day today craft wise. I've made 6 chocolate boxes for the dinner table on christmas day. I followed the instructions given by Jules at her recent Bag, Tag and Box class that I went to so thanks Jules. When I get them photographed I will upload them. I also made a brithday card for my sis in law's birthday on tuesday.

Only 11 days left until the big day. I hope you're all keeping up with things and you're not getting too stressed! After all 'tis the season to be jolly'! Lol!

Hugs, Vicky x

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Cupcake for my mum!

It was my MIL's birthday a few weeks ago and this is the card made for her!

The yummy cupcake image is from an inkadinkako transparent set. I have paper pieced it with BG papers. The 'cherry' on the top is a legless brad from craft work cards. Cut out and matted onto scalloped square with my nesties.Paper is from papermania. CS is coredinations and has been dry embossed with a spotty stencil. The ribbon is from dovecraft and the sentiment has been made with doodlebug run on's!

The card was well received. Well, who wouldn't like a yummy cupcake for their birthday!

Well the weekend is here and I have plenty to do. Housework, write my christmas cards, wrap presents, make some chocolate filled boxes for the christmas table (that I made at Julie's last week), uni work, shopping, the list goes on and on. My OH is at work today so I should be able to get things done a litle quicker!!

I hope you all have a lovely weekend, whatever you are doing!

Hugs, Vicky x

Thursday, 11 December 2008

Merry Christmas Grandma!

Evening all! I though I'd show you tonight the christmas card I have made for my grandma. She's not really a cute image sort of person so I wanted to pick a lovely christmas image that has a vintage feel. I had a look through my stamp collection and came up with this one!

The santa collage stamp is by rubber stampede and has been stamped onto acetate with black stazon. I put some irredecent glitter card behind the acetate before framing with a gold mirri card frame, embossed with swiss dots folder. Photo corner is from a Brenda pinnick kit. The DP is from dovecraft traditional christmas pack. The burgundy CS has been embossd with snowflakes folder. Ribbon is Anita's. Stitching around edge of card was done on my sewing machine. Greeting is from a See D's set. I also decorated the inside of the card as the base CS is burgundy and you wouldn't be able to see the writing.

Papers are from HOTP christmas kit I got from QVC last year and cream cardstock has been distressed around the edges with a bronze inkpad. I hope she likes it!

Only 14 days left until christmas and I'm really starting to feel the pressure now. Still got my OH's christmas card to make, quite a few presents to buy and lots to wrap! Where will I find the time?! But in between all that I promise to try and find time to visit you all!

Thanks for stopping by, especially as we're all so busy at the moment!

Hugs, Vicky x

Sunday, 7 December 2008

O christmas tree, O christmas tree!

Morning all! Hope you are all having a fab weekend. I had a great afternoon yesterday round at Jule's, where we had a bag, tag and box making class with some of her yummy SU goodies! Mince pie's, cookies and chocolates were flowing to keep us in the christmas spirit! Lol! I also met the lovely Diane and Karen. Thank you so much for a lovely afternoon Jules! I will take some pics of the goodies we made and upload them hopefully tomorrow!

My brother asked me to make a card for his fiance for christmas and whilst I am not really doing card commissions this year as I am too busy, I did agree to do one for him as I know how much she likes a nice handmade card! So here it is!

Sorry about the poor lighting, but you know what the weathers been like of late! My brother saw another of my cards made with this woodware bubble tree stamp and said he wanted a card with this image in traditional green's, red's and gold's. Image stamped in versamark and embossed with gold powder. Decorated with buttons, brads, gems and sequins all from my stash. Photo corners are from a Brenda Pinnick christmas kit I got from QVC. Base CS embossed with swiss dots folder. Paper is from DCWV christmas stack, matted onto green CS. Sentiment is a transparent sticker, also from Brenda Pinnick kit, matted onto cream and red CS.

Well I gave him it on friday and he said he loved it! I just hope his fiance does as well. I love this bubble stamp, so simple and effective!

Well I hope you all have a lovely relaxing sunday. I am meeting some friends for a christmas get together before one of them heads off home to Spain for christmas! Some nice food and exchanging of christmas pressies!

Big Hugs, Vicky x

Monday, 1 December 2008

Alternative to advent calenders!

Hi all.

Sorry for being such a rubbish blogger I can't believe I haven't posted anything for over a week or been around to visit you all. As I said in my previous post I am busy with uni work and then of course there is preparations for christmas (only 24 days left!). I promise to try better this week and get around to see you all.

I thought I would share with you something I made a few weeks ago in preparation for today, the start of advent! I have made alternative advent calenders this year. With the credit crunch I wondered how I could create some sort of advent calender. I saw some of the gorgeous creations that people have made with the match boxes, and I would have loved to make these, but time was of the essence. So these are what I came up with for me and my boyfriend, we're just big kids really, any excuse for chocolate!

I used a couple of old jars (thoroughly washed and dryed) before decorating with dovecraft paper and ribbon. I love cadbury's minature hero's so I bought a big tin from the supermarket when they were on offer for £4 and put 24 sweets in each jar. (There was over half a tin of sweets left over which I used for little treat bags for my colleagues which I will show you at a later date!).

I painted each of the jar lids with acrylic paint. The circles and scalloped circles were cut from CS with my nesties and embossed with my tan embossing mat from spellbinders. The chipboard 'V' and 'J' are from a Brenda Pinnick christmas set I got from QVC last year and I added glossy accents to them. I wrote the names with permanent pen.

Now it's the 1st December I can open up the lid and have my first one!! Mmmmmm!

Hope you are all well. I promise to try and visit you all over the next few days!

Hugs, Vicky x