Thursday, 28 August 2008

Must see blog candy!

Kristin has some amazing candy on offer over on her blog. Pop over and leave a comment to be in with a chance of winning! Oh and don't forget to have a look at her fabulous blog!

So long, farewell....

...for a while. This will be my last post for the next few weeks. It is only 24 hours until we move and we have so much left to do. So I just wanted to leave you with one last card of mine. Hopefully I'll be able to so a bit of blurfing this evening (my last fix!). I'm not looking forward to no blogging and no crafting for a while, but I suppose I'll have planty of other jobs and organising to keep me occupied!

This card was made using a challenge LO from a few weeks ago. I did it whilst I was disconnected from the internet so that's why I'm only just showing it!
I got this Bella image in a swap, but I'm sorry I can't remember who from! Coloured with whispers pens and watercolour pencils. I distressed the edges of the image with chalk. Background flower paper is from HOTP. Mink coloured CS has been embossed with swiss dots folder. Prima flowers. The sentiment is one of my new studioG wooden stamps that I got from The Range for 99p and has been stamped onto pink patterned paper! Three clear adhesive gems to finish, after all, you have to have a bit of sparkle!

Well take care everyone, I will be back soon and I will miss you all and your lovely comments!

Hugs, Vicky x

Wednesday, 27 August 2008

Scalloped circle card!

Don't keel over with shock but I haven't used any stamping on this card. I don't really know what came over me! But don't worry it won't last, I still have the stamping bug! I am happy with the result though and so was the recipient. I made it for my niece to say well done for passing her GCSE's last week! I took inspiration for this card from Sarah. I saw one of these circular scalloped cards on her fabulous blog. Thank you Sarah for letting me borrow your idea. Go over and check out her blog as she has some lovely designs!

The circular shaped base CS was made using the largest of my scalloped circle nestability dies.Background striped paper is from the papermania sweet nothings range. Spotty paper also from papermania. 'Congratulations' sentiment has been cut from a sheet of sentiments again from the sweet nothings pack, and attached with a metallic purple paperclip. Flowers are prima and I have added a button the the centre to finish.Dots of glitter glue were added around the scallops and the edges inked with a purple ink pad.

This card is smaller than a standard square card, but is that little bit different and was really quick to make. I think it would be ideal to adapt for large batches of cards such as thank you's or invitations!


Vicky x

Tuesday, 26 August 2008

Friday sketchers card!

Here is my attempt at this weeks Friday Shetchers challenge. It's the last challenge I'll be doing for a while so thought I'd give it go!
The image was kindly given to me by Sally and I coloured it in with my whispers pens, glitter glue addedd to the centre of the flower. Spotty background paper is from papermania, not sure who the cream/flower paper is by as I got it in a kit from QVC. Sentiment from Hero Arts, the frame has been paper pieced with paper from the new papermania sweet nothings range and an adhesive gem added above the 'i'. Doodle border added around the edge of the card to give it some definition!

Well back to work today, as I'm sure many of you are. Have a good day!

Tfl x

Monday, 25 August 2008

B is for....

Birthday, Boy, Balloon and Bank Holiday Monday!! I am always short of male cards so thought I would make a special effort and do a male birthday card. I wonder why we all find male cards such a struggle?

This image was kindly given to me by Kerry and I have coloured him in with my whispers pens and watercolour pencils! I love sugar nellie stamps, my collection is ever growing but I don't actually have this one!Large spotty background paper is from my K & Co Hopskotch pad and the smaller spotty paper is from the dovecraft male pack. The blue CS has been run through my cuttlebug with the distressed stripes embossing folder. The sentiment is from Penny Black and has been matted onto blue CS before being added alongside the image. I have finished it with two metallic star brads from my stash . I have also added clear gloss to the balloon, although it doesn't appear very well on the picture (or it might be that I added it as an after thought after I'd taken the pic)!

Well it's official. No more crafting for me for a while. I have packed away all my craft stash into boxes ready for the move on friday. I have no idea when I will be able to get it all out and start crafting again as there is so much to do in the new house. So my only crafting fix fro the forseeable future will blogging. I'll continue to upload some projects that I have made and will look forward to visiting all your blogs to look at your latest creations and to keep me inspired! I also have my new craft room to look forward to, and I have been planing it's LO and what new storage solutions I will need already! Can't wait to have my own crafting space!

Enjoy your BH monday whatever you are up to!

Vicky x

Sunday, 24 August 2008

Papertake weekly challenge - Katharina's sketch!

This is the sketch for this weeks papertake weekly challenge and has been designed by Katharina.I really enjoyed following this sketch and am sure I will use the design again so thanks Katharina for creating such a fab sketch!

I got the opportunity to use some of my new craft stash whilst making this card! The image is one of my new stamps that I bought from the Glitter Pot and is Changito Thankyou by Stampendous. I coloured it in with my whispers pens, and I paperpieced the flower. The butterfly was added from my PB clear stamps set. All of the gorgeous background paper and the spotty flower is from the new papermania sweet nothings paper pack. I love this new range, it is so scrumptious! Green CS has been embossed with swiss dots folder. Scalloped circle cut using my nestabilities and Doodlebug rub on's added to finish off the sentiment. Organza white ribbon tied down the right side and 'voila' the card is complete!

Tfl, hope you are all enjoying your BH weekend!

Hugs, Vicky x

My blog candy arrived....

.... yesterday. It's the first time I've won some blog candy and I was so excited as I opened up my box and looked in amazement at what Monica had sent me. She has even thrown in lots of extra goodies that weren't in the original candy! So thanks Monica you made my day yesterday!

I think you've managed to cover all bases with the selection of goodies that you've sent me! I have unfortunately had to pack it away due to the imminent house move but I will be playing with my new stash as soon as I can!!

Thanks again Monica x

Saturday, 23 August 2008

Gorgeous Bella!

Morning all. What a lovely day it is. The sun is shining and I have 3 whole days off of work, which is a surprise as I normally get stuck working all the bank holiday's. My boss must have been feeling generous when she did this months off duty!

I made this card following a sketch that I found but it was a few weks ago before my intenet got disconnected so unfortunately can't remember which sketch, sorry!

The Bella image has been coloured with my whispers and watercolour pencils. Cut out with my circle nesties and mounted onto a scalloped circle. The background papers are from a HOTP kit that I got from QVC last year. The sentiment has been stamped onto one of the HOTP labels and is from Hero Arts. Bronze eyelets added to the tag using my cropodile. The flowers are Prima and brads from my stash.

I strayed away from using pastels and pinks with this card and went for richer, deeper tones for the background papers. A bit of a change for me, but I think I like how it turned out!

Well, I'm going to spend a few hours crafting today as my OH is at work and it might be the last chance I get before packing away all my craft stash in preparation for the move. I hope you all have a wonderful BH weekend, whatever you are doing!

Hugs, Vicky x

Friday, 22 August 2008

Mum & Dad's Anniversary card!

This is the card that I have made for my mum & dad's 30th wedding anniversary in a few weeks time. I would also like to enter this as the card for Kerry's blog candy challenge she is holding to celebrate 10,000 hits!

I have embossed half of the base CS with the swiss dots folder. For the left side I have embossed some pink/peach CS with the divine swirls folder and adhered it to the base card. The center topper has been cut with my circle nestabilities. The chipboard 30 are from a brenda pinick kit and have anita's 3D gloss and glamour dust added to them. The sentiment is from See D's and I have added an adhesive heart gem above the 'i'. Organza ribbon added to the bottom of the card and three pearl brads to the top left to finish. As it is their pearl anniversary I wanted to incorporate pearl onto the card somewhere!

Tfl x

I've been given two awards!

Firstly I have received the 'I love your blog' award from the lovely Tara and Julie. Thanks so much ladies! It means a lot to me!

The rules of this award are:
1. The winner can put the logo on her blog.
2. Link the person you received your award from.
3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
4. Put links of those blogs on yours.
5. Leave a message on the blogs of the girls you have nominated.

Secondly I have been given the Wylde women award also from Julie.

The rules are:
1. You can give it to one or one hundred or any number in between - it's up to you. Make sure you link to their site in your post.
2. Link back to this blogsite (http:// so Tammy can go visit all these wonderful women.and remember the Purpose of the Award: To send love and acknowledgment to women who brighten your day, teach you new things and live their lives fully with generosity and joy.

Wow this will be a tough one as most of the wonderful blogs I visit have already recieved these awards. If are reading this and haven't already recieved these awards then consider yourself awarded!

I have found a few people who have not received one or both of these awards so I would especially like to pass these on to Sally, Sarita and Monica (from across the pond). I love to visit these ladies blogs and have gained such inspiration from them so please accept these awards as a thank you ladies.

Hugs, Vicky x

Wednesday, 20 August 2008

Alota blog candy...

... over at Shary's blog. You have until the 22nd August to enter so pop over and se her fab blog (if you haven't already) to be in with a chance of winning!

Baby cards!

Just thought I'd share a couple of baby cards I have made using my new baby millie stamp from sugar nellie at funky kits. I don't have any occasion to make them but couldn't wait to use my new stamp so have put them in my card box. I like how by changing the colours it can be adapted for either a boy or a girl!

Image has been coloured with my whispers pens and cut out with my circle nestabilities. Doodled around the edge of the image to create a border and also doodled white swirls on the scallops with a sakura pen. Background CS has been partially embossed with my swiss dots embossing folder. Strip of paper across bottom of the card was a scrap of papermania paper I had left in my scrap box. Sentiment is from a Studio G set. 'Joy' was stamped onto white CS, cut out and coloured before being added to the bottom right of the card. Flowers are from prima and the pearl brad is from papermania.

Same image used but in 'boy' colours, shaded with whispers pens. Top half of CS embossed with swiss dot folder and spotty papermania paper added to the bottom half. 'Its a boy' blue Anita's adhesive ribbon added to hide the join. Sentiment from a Studio G set again!

Tfl x

Tuesday, 19 August 2008

I'm back!!

My internet has finally been reconnected after 12 long days without it! I never realised how much I relied on the internet before now. The upside to not having the intenet is that I had more time to get some crafting done! It's good to be back though! It might only be a brief connection as we move house in 10 days, but c'est la vie, I'll just enjoy the time I have.

Here are a few of my latest creations I have done over the past few weeks. I will gradually upload some of the others over the next week!

This is the card I recently gave to Tara in the RAK I sent her. I'm so glad she liked it! The image was actually given to me by Tara and I coloured it in with my whispers. The background paper and brads are from papermania. The flowers are prima, and the sentiment is from hero arts which has been stamped out onto two different papers and then paper pieced.

This image was kindly sent to me by Sally and I coloured him in with my whispers pens (again!). The backgound CS has been embossed with my swiss dot cuttlebug folder and the patterned CS is from DCWV. The sentiment is from See D's celebration messages set. I have added two yellow adhesive papermania stars to the top right to finish. You might recognise this LO as I have made quite a few cards with it, I just like the results and I think if it aint broke, don't fix it! :-)

Nice to be back, hope you are all well. I am going to try and get around some of your blogs this evening to see what you have all been up to in my abscence!

Take care, Vicky x

Sunday, 17 August 2008

Quick update!

I'm writing this from work so have to be quick. Just wanted to let you all know that I am hoping to be reconnected on the 19th, but it probably won't last long as we move on the 29th August so will be without internet connection again for roughly 10 days. Please don't forget about me, I hope to be back to normal in the next 3 weeks, so still drop by to see me! I will try and do some blurfing as soon as I can I promise!

Hope you are all keeping well and doing lots of crafting!

Take care

Vicky x

Sunday, 10 August 2008

Internet Update!

I've managed to find out why we have no internet connection. Sky had cut us off in preparation for our move... in 3 weeks! I am so annoyed with them! My o/h telephoned them up yesterday and gave them a real ear bashing! They are reconnecting us but it could take up to 10 days!! :-(

So needless to say I am still feeling sorry for myself and am hating being cut off from all my buddies!

I am writing this from my SIL's but the next time I post will probably be when we get reconnected!

Hope you are all well and I will visit you all again soon! I promise!!

Hugs, Vicky x

Friday, 8 August 2008

I've not deserted you all...

... I promise. My internet connection is down at home and has been for 2 days now so I'm having to write this from work. It's soooo frustrating as I have some cards I have made this week to upload and I can't visit all your lovely blogs! So I'm feeling sorry for myself. Hope to be back online with you all very soon!!

Vicky x

Tuesday, 5 August 2008

Bold and Beautiful Maggie!

I have moved away from my comfort zone with this card and gone for more bright and bold colours!
This Maggie with flowers image from Sugar Nellie was one of the first stamps that I bought and it is still one of my firm favourites. I coloured her in with watercolour pencils (her dress is green but it doesn't show very well on the photo) and cut her out with my nestabilities, the green scalloped circle has been cut from DCWV CS. Pink stripe background paper is from papermania and has been matted onto pink CS that has been embossed with the swiss dots CB folder. Stitched flower borders are 'sew simple' rub on's from doodlebug. Stamped sentiment is from hero arts and has been paper pieced and then 3d'd with some foam. The background bright flower paper was free with a magazine.

I am struggling to get much crafting done at the moment as we are due to move house in 3 weeks and so we have been busy clearing out the loft, garage etc. So please bear with me if I don't post as much over the next few weeks. I can't wait to just get into the new house, where I wil have my own craft room. I have already been planning in my head what new furniture and storage solutions I will need. I feel a trip to Ikea coming on!

Hope you are all well. Thanks for stopping by to look at my blog!

Vicky x

Sunday, 3 August 2008

Michelle's blog candy round 3!

If you don't already know this blog (which I'm sure most of you do) then pop over and take a look. Michelle has some fab inspirational designs and is currently offering some fab blog candy to celebrate the end of her nursing course!

A 'beary' happy birthday!

I have been dying to use this stamp which came free with the last issue of Quick Cards Made Easy and so I used it for my nephews 3rd birthday card.

I must say a huge thank you to Katy for posting about this stamp on her blog, if she hadn't said anything I probably would have missed out on this little Cutie, so thanks Katy you're a star!

I coloured padington in with my whispers pens and added some definition with my white sakura pen. Matted onto DCWV CS that has been cut with my circle nestabilities. I hope you're not getting sick of seeing these, they are my new toy so I seem to be using them for most things at the moment! Red CS has been embossed with the swiss dots cuttlebug folder. Background paper is Papermania and sentiment is Penny Black. The chipboard '3' is from some chipboard alphabet/number kits that I got from the pound shop, I added some anita's 3D gloss to finish!

I really had fun creating this card and I think he is soooo cute, I need to find more reasons to use him!

Tfl x

Saturday, 2 August 2008

Two challenges in one!

This is a card I made last night for a girl at work who is finishing her placement with us next week and moving on to pastures new. I didn't want it to be a 'good luck' or 'goodbye' so I thought 'happy wishes' sounded better.

It also fits two of this weeks challenges. Michelle is offering some blog candy and to enter all you have to do is make a card using just one colour and a base card colour! So being as I like all things girly I have chosen PINK! I have also used this weeks friday sketchers LO, which I have to say I found a pleasure to work with.

The background papers are all from the papermania pastel pack. One of the pink strips of paper has been embossed with the swiss dots folder. The image is PB 'lazy days', my newest PB edition, and has been coloured in with whispers pens. Matted onto pink CS and a doodle border added. The sentiment is from hero arts and has been cut with my circle nestabilities and layered to make a topper, a pearl adhesive dot has been added to the center. Finally three adhesive crystal gems added to left hand side.

Good look if you are also entering these challenges and I hope you are all enjoying your weekend!

Tfl x

Friday, 1 August 2008

Cheeky Monkeys!

It's the first time I have worked with these stampendous changito monkeys and I have to say I absolutely love them! They are soooo cute! This image was given to me courtesey of Sally over at pink sunshine, so thanks very much Sally!

I always struggle to think of ideas for male cards, but as soon as I saw these monkeys I knew they'd be perfect. This one is for my brothers forthcoming birthday.

I loved the recent papertake challenge LO so much that I had to use it again!The background paper is from dovecaft male themed paper pack. Ribbon is making memories. Half circle was cut out of white cardstock, embossed with cuttlebug distressed stripes folder and further distressed with brown chalk. Brother sentiment created with dymo machine. Changito monkeys were coloured with my whispers pens and matted onto blue & brown cardstock.

I am definately going to invest in some more of these changito stamps! If anyone know's of where I might be able to find them your advice would be greatly appreciated!

Tfl x