Wednesday, 30 December 2009

My pick of 2009!

Evening all.

Seeing as though I don't have a new card to show you (I can't get any light until my day off) I though I would share with you my favourite cards of 2009. I have seen a few other people do this on their blog and though what a good idea it was. I have trawled back through my posts for the past year and picked my favourite card from each month. The first few months were a bit ropey, I can't believe how much your style can change / improve over the months. Well here they are, I hope you enjoy this trip down memory lane!

January


February



March



April



May



June



July



August



September



October


November



December


Well I think my photography skills have definately improved over the year, still not as good as some of yours though! Lol! I hope you have enjoyed sharing these cards again with me.
I am off work after tomorrow so hoping to get some cards photographed to show you (light/weather permitting).

Well I am ful of cold and not feling my best so I'm off to bed for an early night. I'm going to a fancy dress party tomorrow night as Marilyn Monroe, I think I will be the most unsexy Marilyn anyone has ever seen with my drippy red nose! Lol!

I just want to take this opportunity to wish all my friends and followers a very happy new year. May 2010 be a good year for all of you!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Sunday, 27 December 2009

Hello my friends!

Good morning my dear friends.

I hope you all had a wonderful christmas and enjoyed spending time with your families! I have really enjoyed my christmas, I have definately ate too much, but hey that's what christmas is all about right??!!

I got lots of lovely craft presents under my tree this year from SU. Jules had a fab wish list service so I just ant to say thank you Jules for giving me what I wanted this christmas. I just need to find some time to play with them all now. My mojo still hasn't fully returned but I'm hoping that now christmas is over and things have calmed down my life might return to some sort of normality.

So I hope to have some crafty creations to show you all soon!

I have a christmas buffet at my MIL's to go to tonight and we are going round to some friends tomorrow. Then it's back to work for me on tuesday! :-(

Enjoy your last few days off work.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Sunday, 20 December 2009

Two little birds!

Evening all. So sorry it's been so long since my last card! I'm just so manic at the minute. I've spent the past few hours in the kitchen making 3 dozen mince pies and some Rocky Road bars for my christmas fuddle at work! I hope they appreciate all my hard work! Lol!



Anyhow onto today's card. I made this card for my boyfriend over a week ago but just haven't been able to get the light to photograph it for you! Well I managed to get a pic yesterday! Both myself and my OH never call each other by our names (unless we're in public), our joint pet name for each other is 'babe', hope you're not all gagging at this point! So you can imagine how pleased I was when I found this 'babe' sentiment in the elzybells clear set that I bought recently!

Materials

Image: Winter Birds by Diane Duda from Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: Cosmo Cricket 'Golly by Jolly'

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Elzybells Everyday Greetings and Everyday Add On's

Tools: Distress inks, spronges, emery board

Misc: red adhesive pearls from papermania

I still haven't found my mojo unfortunely. But I am hoping that after christmas my mojo will be well and truly restored, and I am also hoping for lots of crafty presents under my tree so I will have to get my mojo back so I can use them! Lol!

Well I want to wish you all a very merry christmas. I hope that you all have a wonderful time with your families. Eat, drink and be merry!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~


Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Apologies..

...for being a bad blogger. I don't really have anything to show you at the minute due to a combination of lack of mojo and no light for me to take pictures. I just don't seem to have the time or energy to get in my craft rom at the minute. All my christmas cards are made and sent and I don't have any birthday's until the end of January so I can take a bit of a break. There is still so much for me to do, I still haven't finished my shopping and have got all the wrapping to do! And after a hard day at work I don't tend to get much done on an evening!

I know we are all in the same boat at this time of year so I hope you will be patient with me. I promise to still try and get by to see what you've all been up to!

Take care my friends.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 14 December 2009

Candy Winner!!

I have chosen a winner using Random.Org and the winner is:

Number 30: Sarita

Sarita said:

'Ooh thank you for the chance of winning Vicky...off to put you on my sidebar!
Love Sarita xx'

Please get in touch with your address Sarita so I can get your goodies off to you ASAP!

Thank you everyone for entering!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Christmas Candy!

*CANDY NOW CLOSED*

THIS POST WILL STAY AT THE TOP UNTIL DECEMBER 13TH


Hello all!

As a thank you to all my loyal blogging friends I would like to give away some christmas candy as an early christmas present to one lucky person. I know a lot of you have already done most of your christmas cards but I'm sure you can find some space amongst your stash for these cuties!


If you would like to be in with a chance of winning my candy please leave me a comment. You also need to mention my candy and leave a link on your blog. This candy will close at midnight on December 13th.

Good luck everyone & Merry Christmas!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Saturday, 12 December 2009

Merry & Bright!

Morning all! I'm getting a bit fed up of christmas cards now and have lost my mojo a bit. I think it's just that I have so many things to do I haven't got the time to set foot in my craft room. I have at least another 2 special cards I need to make though so will have to find some mojo from somewhere! I am enjoying my days off though ad have got so much done in the last few days. Still got some christmas shopping to do though, I just don't know what to get them, that's the problem!


Anyhow onto today's card. Another CAS sketch {again I made it over a week ago with a challenge sketch but I can't remember which one!}. I have used another of these cute Leanne Ellis christmas designs! Which reminds me that I must go skating after christmas. They are putting a temporary outdoor skating rink in millenium square in Leeds in January and my OH has promised to take me!

Materials

Image: Skating Annie by Leanne Ellis from Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DCWV Christmas stack 2008

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: craftwork cards

Tools: nesties, SU oval punch,

Misc: Glamour dust for Ice {not sure if you can see this!}


Well I hope you all have a great weekend! I have got some cleaning to do, mince pies to make, cards to write, presents to wrap, a party to go to and family to visit! Phew, not sure how I'm going to all fit it in! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by and I'm sorry I've been a bit of a rubbish blogger of late. I promise to try and visit you all as soon as I can!

Hugs, Vicky ~X~


Wednesday, 9 December 2009

We wish you a Merry Christmas!

Morning all. Today I have ANOTHER christmas card to show you. I sure will be glad when I can get back to non festive creations. I think I am almost there. I have done around 50 cards so I should only have about another 5-10 to make!


Now I did follow a challenge sketch for this card, but can I heck as like remember which one it is!! Lol! I used this sweet WOJ image that my kind friend Stacey sent me a few months back so I had to use her!

Materials

Image: WOJ image sent to my by a friend. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DCWV CHristmas stack 2008

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: craftwork cards

Tools: nesties, SU oval punch, SU scalloped border punch, cropodile


A bit of a different card for me today, using non traditional colours. My OH really doesn't like this card as he doesn't think the cards a christmassy! Good job I'm not sending this one to him then! Lol!

Well I'd best dash off and get ready for work. I hope you all have a good day and are not getting too stressed about christmas. Only 16 days left. I have 5 days off work after today so am hoping to get the rest of my christmas shopping sorted
and on with the wrapping!

Hugs, Vicky ~X~

Sunday, 6 December 2009

Let it Snow!

Morning all. A quick post from me this morning as I need to dash off to work! I loved the simplicity of the sketch over at Mojo Monday this week so I had to give it a go! I used one of the images from the new Sugar & Spice collection from Sugar Nellie, isn't she a cutie!




Materials

Image: RAven fom the Sugar & Spice collection from Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: MME Wonderful Winter

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: craftwork cards

Tools: nesties, SU oval punch, pricking tool,

Misc: Making Memories snowflake transfers, snowtex, Glamour dust



I had some Making Memories adhesive snowflake transfers which I applied with flock to the background images, they show up slightly pink but I think they look nice!

Well I must dash and get ready for work! :-( I will try and get back later tonight though with some christmas candy!

Have a lovely sunday!

Hugs, Vicky ~X~

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Penguin Love!

Evening all!

I have had such a long day at work, I've been in meetings all day. I have brain freeze now! So though I would come on here to show you another christmas card and then hopefully have a little hop and see what you've all been up to!

Today's card has been made with another of my Sugar Nellie stamps. I just LOVE these cute penguins from Diane Duda and they are so easy to work with!


Materials

Image: Penguin Love by Diane Duda from Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: MME Wonderful Winter

CS: from stash

Sentiment: craftwork cards

Tools: nesties, EK Success 'dotted wave' border punch,

Misc: Gingham ribbon from stash

Short and sweet post from me today. I want to have a look at what you've all been up to before I head off for a relatively early nite.

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Who wants some Sugar????

Morning all.

Happy 1st of December. Its' officially the countdown to christmas now we are into December. So make sure you head on over to the Sugar Nellie Blog as Karen is having a '12 days of Christmas' give away. Starting from today there will be a different prize to give away each day for 12 days.

Theres nothing sweeter than some free Sugar!

Have a great day.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 30 November 2009

Sweet Elise!

Evening all! I hope you've all had a lovely weekend! I know I have. I went over to see my family yesterday and it was lovely to catch up. The next time I will see them will probably be christmas day! I have also been lucky enought to win a couple of stamps over the last few days from Bev and Carole {thanks ladies}, so I can't wait for them to arrive so I can have a play!

My Sugar Nellie DT stamps arrived on friday and I couldn't wait to ink them up. They have a couple of new ranges out this month. The sugar & Spice collection and four new baby stamps so head on over to funky kits and have a look, they truly are adorable!

Today's card was made with my favourite from the Sugar & Spice collection so I just had to use her first. The sketch is from friday sketchers a few weeks ago! I loved it and wanted to give it a go but never got around to it in time! Better late than never hey!



Materials


Image: Elise from the Sugar & Spice collection by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: Cosmo Cricket {from a kit from QVC}

Sentiment: SU circle of friendship

Tools: nesties, SU scallop border punch, Cropodile, distress inks, sponges, blending brushes,

Misc:
Adhesive blue pearls from stash

Isn't she just the sweetest. I paper pieced her skirt with some of the cosmo cricket paper and cooured the hearts with my koh-i-noors! I love the effect of paper peicing.

I just want to thank you all for stopping by my blog and leaving me such lovely comments and support. To celebrate over 25,000 hits and by way of saying thank you to my loyal blogging buddies I will be offering some christmas candy over the next week, so make sure you call back to check it out!

Well I must get of and plan what we're going to have for tea.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 27 November 2009

Sending you some Diane Duda love for christmas!

Morning all. Sorry I have been AWOL for a few days. I have been busy with non craft related things, you know how it is at this time of the year! Only 28 days left until chritmas day!

Today I have a card to show you using one of my Sugar Nellie DT stamps. This fab image is from Diane Duda, something a little bit more quirky! I have used the sketch over at Create For Fun and I am also going to enter this over at Colour Create, where this week the theme is red, green and white and at Simon Says Challenge, where their theme is 'winter love'.



Materials

Image: Waitning for Santa from Diane Duda by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: MME Wonderful Winter

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: SU circle of friendship

Tools: nesties, SU scallop border punch, Cropodile, distress inks, sponges, blending brushes, sizzix snowflake die, emery board for distressing

Misc: red ribbon, dew drop from stash


I thought I would share with you a few more cards that I made at Jules SU workshop last weekend!



All items used on these cards are from SU and can be purchased through Jules!

Well I have to dash, me and my OH are off today and are going to the cinema and to do a spot of christmas shopping. I will hopefully be back later to pop round to all your lovely blogs and see what you've been up to!

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 23 November 2009

Sugar Nellie DT christmas card!

Evening all!

I hope you're all having a good start to the week! Unlike me! I bought something off of e-bay last week and it has arrived to day and it is counterfeit! Its just so annoying when you trust someone and they take advantage of your good nature. I have sent them a message and am hoping for a refund but I won't hold me breath!

Anyhow onto today card! I have use another of my DT christmas stamps from Sugar Nellie. I just love this cute image of these birds with their hot chocolate! Such a delight to work with. But if you are wanting to use this cute image for your christmas cards you'd better hurry on over to Funky Kits to get one as there are only 32 days left until christmas day!! I think this has to be one of my favourites from the new christmas releases!


I am entering this card for three, yes three of this weeks challenges. Simon Says Stamp want to see animals on your card, One stop craft want you to use snowflakes and over at creative inspirations they want to see sparkle!

Materials

Image: Winter Birds from Diane Duda by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DCWV Christmas Stack 2008

CS: Kraft

Sentiment: Craft work cards

Tools: distress inks, sponges, blending brushes, cuttlebug snowflake die, sewing machine

Misc: twinklets, pearl brad from stash

I was very brave and got my sewing machine out again for this card, not used it for almost a year! When I had finished the panel I didn't like the result so started tearing the paper off and this was the result, which I liked much better! A happy accident! Lol!

I also thought I would share a couple of the cards we made at Jules' SU workshop on saturday. These are my favourites of the 8 we made. I will show you the others another night so my post isn't too long!



{The sentiment on this card is from craftwork cards and not SU!}


All of the products used on these cards are from SU and can be purchased throught the lovely Jules!

Well that's all for me this evening. I am going to settle down to watch eastenders with a nice cuppa before a spot of blog hopping later!

Thanks for stopping by today, I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by and say hi and I love reading all your lovely comments!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Saturday, 21 November 2009

A couple of cute Eskimos!

Evening all.

Sorry for the later post, I did try this morning but my laptop wasn't playing ball! I have had the most wonderful afternoon at another one of Jules' SU workshops. Today's class was called christmas rush and we made 8 quick christmas cards, 15 minutes for each card. It was so much fun, although my mum was getting herself into a bit of a flap everytime Jules' son called out the time left! Lol! I don't have any pics yet but promise I will get some hopefully tomorrow {weather and light permitting!}and upload them for you all to see!

Onto today's cards. I have two to show you, both using the same stamp, but slight variations on the design. A couple of really quick and easy cards, those that you can make for the masses! Lol!


I just love this cute Eskimo stamp from Elzybells. I got him last year and he is delight to work with, so easy to colour and just as versatile for boys or girls cards, just swap the colour scemes!


Materials

Image: Juggling Eskimo from Elzybells. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DCWV Christmas Stack 2007

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Both from Elzybells

Tools: Nesties, SU stamp-a-ma-jig {to get the sentiment straight!}

Misc: snowflake stamp used to create background was free with craft stamper magazine, adhesive pearls {as buttons} from papermania

A couple of real quick cuties!

I know this is a bit of a long post today but I thought I would leave you with a couple of quick pics from my graduation on wednesday. The weather was really rubbish, it rained all day, so I only managed to get a couple of decent pics!


I like this pic as I am not looking directly at the camera, I always think these shots of me are better as I am rubbish at trying to smile for the camera .I am not at all photogenic !

Me with my OH {Sorry I don't know how to rotate the pic!}. When I came out with my gown on he said he felt so proud of me, bless!


And finally me with my mum & dad. This is the second time they have been to one of my graduations {I am trying for a hat trick, Lol!} but I think they were still just as proud of me this time around as they were first time 9 years ago!

Thanks for sticking with me through my mammoth post tonight. I hope you all enjoy your saturday evening. I'm just off to start tea and then I'll be settling down for a night of strictly and x-factor {my OH doesn't know what's instore for him yet, Lol!}

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Thursday, 19 November 2009

Seasons of Joy!

Morning all. A couple of quick cards to show you today that I have made recently with my most recent SU purchase the 'Seasons of Joy' set {available from the wonderful Jules}! I just love this set and it perfect for making all those bulk christmas cards.

I have gone with a choc chip, Kraft and white colour theme and whilst I recognise these are not traditional christmas colours I think they look very alternative and elegant together (although my OH would disagree, he doesn't like the colours, he's a more traditional red and green kinda man! Lol}!



Again I have used no DP on either of these cards, but instead have used the 'Sparkling' SU Jumbo wheel to create the background pattern. I have embossed the main images on both cards with white embossing powder, I love the effect this gives, so striking on the choc chip CS.




Materials

Images: Seasons of Joy set from SU. Stamped in white ink and embossed with white powder

CS: SU Choc chip and Kraft

Sentiment: Best Yet set SU

Tools: Oval nesties, 'sparkling' jumbo SU wheel, xcut snowflake punch, EK Success 'Dotted Wave' border punch, Scalloped SU border punch, New cuttlebug embossing folder 'Kars Snowflakes'

Misc: adhesive pearl and gems from papermania, ribbon from stash

I also want to enter these two cards over at this weeks Secret Crafter Challenge. I have obviously chosen the winter season!

Thanks for all your well wishes for my graduation. It went really well yesterday and we all had a fab day. Although it did rain all day so I couldn't get very good pictures. I am still trying to sort through them on my computer but I will post some at the weekend I promise.

Thanks for stopping by today and for all the comments you leave me. Have a great day everyone {careful you don't get blown away! Lol}!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Totally Gorjuss Christmas Blues!

Morning all! I did not sleep at all well last night because of the howling winds, did anyone else have a night like that?

Todays card was made for the new blog challenge Totally Gorjuss. Now those of you who know me well know how much I love my Gorjuss Girls! So of course I had to enter this weeks challenge ' Christmas Blues'! I just adore this little cutie with the fox from set 1, so versatile!




Materials

Image: foxy from the Gorjuss Girl range by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DCWV Christmas Stack 2008

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Craftwork Cards

Tools: distress inks, sponges, blending brushes, xcut snowflake punch, EK Success 'Dotted Wave' border punch

Misc: pearl and glitter from stash

Well I hope you like today's card. This is card number 39 in my christmas cards box! Only another 21 to go! Lol! Must make some quicker, CAS cards!

I spent last night doing a christmas wish list! Jules is doing a SU Christmas Wish list service. Such a fab idea. You make a list of what items in the new SU catalougue you would like and send it to her. Then you give her details to your friends and family and they can contact her direct to purchase things for you off of your wish list! Genious. I am definately hoping for lots of fab SU gifts under my tree this year. Oh and if you set up a christmas wish list and someone purchases something for you off of your list, you will be entered into a draw for a chance to win a SU hamper worth £50! Even better! Please pop over to Jules' blog and have a look at how you can join her wonderful Christmas Wish list service!

Well must dash and get ready for work. Ooooh before I foret I have my graduation ceremony tomorrow at Huddersfield University for the Specialist Commmunity Nursing Practitioner Course I have just finished. My mum, dad and fiance John are all coming with me and I am looking forward to seeing the girls who I did the course with again as I have not seen them since May! I will make sure I get some pics and post them for you later in the week!

Thanks for stopping by today to say hi!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Sunday, 15 November 2009

Wish Upon a Star!

Good morning all and what a beautiul sunday it is. The sun is shining here today in Leeds. Luckily we don't seem to have had the severe weather that some of you have had in other parts of the country! I had a lovely crafty afternoon yesterday whilst my OH was at work and managed to get several cards done {all christmas of course, only 40 days left to go and so much still to do!}.


Today' s card is made with another of my fabulous Sugar Nellie DT stamps. She is such a cutie and was a delight to work with! I am thoroughly enjoying playing with these gorgoeus christmas releases, I know I am a very lucky girl! I have managed to combine two of this weeks challenges in this card. I have used the sketch over at Create 4 Fun {although I missed out the corner elements as I couldn't make it work for me, I hope it still counts!} and went with the theme of 'Glitter me Silly' at Cute Card Thursday!

Materials

Image: Litle Angel from Mary Hall by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DWV Christmas Stack 2007

CS: from stash

Sentiment: from a See D's Christmas set

Tools: distress inks, sponges, blending brushes, snowflake embossing folder, SU stamp-a-ma-jig {to get the sentiment straight!}

Misc: ribbon from dovecraft, glamour dust and glitter for her wings, dress and star.

Well thanks for stopping by today. I hope you are all enjoying your weekend. Not got much planned today. Still waiting for the OH to get out of bed{lazy bones}. Maybe we'll go out for a walk seeing as the sun is shining. I'll be stopping by your lovely blogs at some point today to see what you've all been up to over the weekend!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 13 November 2009

Merry Christmas from Leanne Ellis!

Morning all! It's friday at last That means I can have a lie in tomorow and have some crafty time as my OH is at work. I haven't been in my carft room since last weekend as I am trying to spend a bit more quality time with my OH after work. I don't know if anyone else experiences these problems but he can get a bit miffed if I choose to spend time in my craft room rather than with him! So I am making a bit more of an effort. Roll on tomorrow though! Lol!

Well today's card I have to show you was made with another of the fabulous christmas releases over at Funky Kits from Sugar Nellie. Today I have used one of Leanne Ellis's Images. I have always been a huge fan of Leanne Ellis and I have lots of her older designs. This image as so easy to colour in and gives such a crisp image. She is so adorable don't you think?!



I managed to make this card withoutn using any DP. The pattern you can see was created with my new SU jumbo stampin around wheel stamp which I ordered from my SU mom Jules. Jules has just got back from the stampin up convention in germany where she was rewarded for her talents with many many prizes. Congratulations Jules, you deserve it (nad get well soon hun)!

Materials

Image: Annie with present from Leanne Ellis by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor and whspers pens

CS: from stash

Sentiment: craftwork cards

Tools: real red SU ink pad, 'sparkling' SU jumbo stampin around wheel, SU scallpoed border punch, cropodile to create to holes in the scallops

Misc: red and white adhesive pearls from papermania, glitter for her hat and tag

Well I just loved using this stampin around wheel and it gives such a fab effect. I think I may have to collect a few more of these (they are already on my wish list) Lol!

Well thanks for stopping by today and for any comments you may leave. I really appreciate all the support and kind words you have given me over the past 18 months! It's lovely to have so many blogging friends!

Have a great weekend everyone, whatever you're up to!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Seasons Greetings from Mary Hall!

Evening all. My delightful boyfriend has managed to get a cable that attaches the laptop to the
television especially for me so I can upload my creations. So as I am typing, my blogpage is up on my 42" television screen for me to see! I can tell you it feels weird. Hopefully the situation may not be as damaging as first though. If we can buy a new screen (hopefuly for around £80) my BIL is really good with computers and he says he can fix it for us! So keep your fingers crossed that this will work otherise I may be on a craft stash ban for a while whilst I pay off a new laptop! Lol!



Onto today's card made using another of the fab images that arrived in my DT pack from Sugar Nellie. I was so excited when I recieved this months kit with all the lovely christmas designs I had to just dive straight in and use this little cutie by the designer Mary Hall. Aren't they just adorable together! This image was a delight to colour in and if you haven't already checked out the sweet new releases, make sure you head on over to funky kits quicksmart, you'll be sorry if they sell out! Lol!

Materials

Image: Christmas present from Mary Hall by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: DWV Christmas Stack 2007

CS
: DCWV

Sentiment: from a See D's Christmas set

Tools: distress inks, sponges,

Misc: card candy from craftwork cards, glitter for the fur trim

I love these cute new releases from Sugar Nellie and I am so lucky to get these stamps through my door each month to play with. I have to pinch myself when they arrive! It truly is a dream for me to be on the Sugar Nellie design team. Maggie with flowers was my first ever stamp that I bought! I love the designs as much now as I did then, it not more so as there are so many fab new designers to choose from. So I would just like to say a huge thank you to Karen for picking me to be on her design team alongside such other amazingly talented people!

Thanks to those of you who have taken the time to stop by and for any comments you may leave. I really do love to hear from you!

Hugs, Vicky ~X~

Not so good news!

Morning all!

I won't be able to show you any cards for the next few days as I have broken our laptop! Silly me, I have dropped it and cracked the LCD screen. I am currently having to use a very old laptop and there isn't an appropriate sized connection for my camera lead! :-(
However, the good news is that I can still visit your blogs and leave comments!

Please don't desert me, I will hopefully be back within the next week!

Take care my friends.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 9 November 2009

Alternative christmas wishes!

Good morning all! I hope you have all had a lovely weekend. I know a lot of you lucky ladies have been to the NEC and it looks and sounds like you all had an amazing time! I really wish I could have gone, maybe next year though!

Despite not going to the NEC I have had a fab weekend playing with my new DT stamps from Sugar Nellie! Today's card is made using one of the new stamps from Diane Duda's collection. I have never used any of her stamps before and I loved using this cutie. I saw an article in this months Craft Stamper on how to create a distressed metal effect with mirri card and I thought this would look perfect with this image, so I set to it and this is what I came up with!


Materials

Image:
Peace Angel from Diane Duda by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

CS: DCWV Christmas stack and silver mirri card from stash

Sentiment: Craftwork cards

Tools: distress inks, sponges, snowflake embossing folder, black acrylic paint

Misc: Glitter for angel wings


I love this card. A bit of an alternative christmas card I agree, but I adore this distressed metal effect and it is so easy to do! I can see me using this technique a lot more!

Well I had best get my skates on and get ready for work. The start of another long busy week at work! :-(

Thanks for stopping by today!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~


Saturday, 7 November 2009

Christmas Kisses!

Good morning all. Thank goodness it's the weekend for two whole days! Lol! The sun is shining and it looks like a beautiful day here in West Yorkshire. I am ashamed to say that I have been so busy all week that I haven't once stepped foot in my craft room! I am hoping to remedy that today though! I just hope I can find my mojo!

I recently bought the cute Hope and Grace set by the Greeting Farm and couldn't wait to use them. I am not sure which is Hope and which is Grace though? Can anyone tell me?? I decided to use this little cutie to make a chritstmas card. I know there is not much christmassy about this image but I thought coloured in in christmas colours she looks quite festive! This is her christmas day outfit, she is all ready to open her presents and then eat some turkey! Lol! If you click on the picture for a closer look you may be able to see her sparkly shoes!

Materials:

Image: From the Hope and Grace set by The Greeting Farm. Coloured with Koh-i-noors and whispers pens

Paper: Dovecraft Ho Ho Ho pack

CS: From stash

Sentiment: Craftwork cards

Tools: Distress inks, sponges, nesties, x cut holly punch, white sakura gel pen

Misc: Adhesive pearl from papermania, red dew drops

Now as you probably know I usually use square card bases so this card LO was a bit of a challenge for me! A quick and simple card but I really like it! I hope you do too!

My Sugar Nellie DT kit landed on my post mat yesterday so that's what I'll be using this weekend! Make sure you head on over to funky kits and take a look at the new christmas releases from Mary Hall, Diane Duda and Leanne Ellis. They are available now but you'd better be quick as these cuties are sure to sell out fast!

Have a great weekend everyone and thanks for stopping by today!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~


Thursday, 5 November 2009

A SU Christmas!

Morning all! I hope you are all well today and have an evening of fireworks and bonfire toffee planned for guy fawkes night! I know I have!

Well today I thought I would show you the card we made at my mums SU party last weekend! The beautiful church image is from the 'Silent night' set, with lots of lovely glitter on the church roof and tree tops to imitate snow! The sentiment is from the 'Seasons of Joy' set. I have just bought this set and it is fab!! I just love this wonderful background we created on the base CS as well. We did it using the 'sparkling' stampin around jumbo wheel. It was the first time I have used these wheels and it was so easy. I have to confess I have bought one of these wheels as well! Lol!

As soon as I had mounted up my new 'Seasons of Joy' set of course I HAD to make a card with it and this is what I came up with!


Materials:

Image: Tree from SU Seasons of Joy set stamped with green ink onto white CS and cut out

CS: from stash, ripped to create snow effct

Sentiment: SU Seasons of Joy set

Tools: snowflakes cuttlebug folder

Misc: glitter, gingham ribbon from stash

Well I hope you have enjoyed looking at my SU creations this morning. If you would like to order any SU products you can get them here from Jules! I can highly recommend Jules. I get all my SU goodies from her and attend her workshops, her service is fab and she is so helpful!

I must dash off to work now. Hope to catch up with you all later!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 3 November 2009

A very 'Westie' christmas!

Morning all! Hope you are all well on this wet, gloomy miserable morning! What on earth has happened to the nice warm dry weather?! Well I had a fab time at my mum's on saturday. We had a lovely SU afternoon with Jules! We made a lovely classic christmas card which I am hoping to upload and show you within the next few days. I just need to get enough good light to get a good picture! If anyone in the Leeds area is interested in having a SU party I can highly recommend Jules, she is a fab demonstrator and the SU products in the new catalouge are gorgeous! Can't wait for my new stash to arrive!

Onto today's card. I made this a while back after I got my DT stamps from Sugar Nellie! No challenges, a 'just for fun' card to add to my christmas box!


Don't you just love this little cutie with his westie?! It was so easy to colour and I love the little doggie! I think this card is going to my aunt who loves dogs! I adore these cute snowflakes covered with twinklets. Thanks for the demonstration Bev!

Materials:

Image: Westie and Me by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: Brenda Pinnick christmas papers from a QVC kit

CS: Kraft

Sentiment: SU Best Yet set

Tools: distress inks, sponges, nesties, white ink pad, x cut snowflake punch

Misc: white ribbon from stash, Adhesive pearls fom papermania, white funky foam, twinklets, snowtex

I must tell you the exciting news that there are some more amazing christmas stamps from Sugar Nellie being released in the next few days over at funky kits. Head on over to the Sugar Nellie blog to preview the latest cute designs by Mary Hall, Diane Duda and Leanne Ellis. I cannot wait to get mine!

Well I must dash and get ready for work. Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~


Saturday, 31 October 2009

With Love at Christmas !

Happy Halloween everyone! I'm so glad it's the weekend! What a busy week at work it's been. Let's hope next week is much calmer. Well I've got a great crafty day planned. My mum is having a SU party at her house which will be held by the wonderful Jules! I'm really looking forward to it, and my mum has made some pumpkin muffins. Now I've never had these before, but I love muffins so I'm sure they'll be yummy!

Onto today's card. I haven't used this stamp in what feels like ages so I dug it out and dusted it off for this card {I made 2 of these cards actually, whilst I had everything out I though I might as well!}. All of the bubbles/spots have been coloured with my whisper pens before adding coloured glitter glue. I had to leave them to dry overnight which I found really difficult as when I normally make a card I do it all in one sitting! But it was well worth the wait as I love the sparkly effect! I am entering this card into two of this weeks challenges. At Papertake Weekly they want to see spots and stripes and over at Simon Says Stamp the challenge this week is 'All That Sparkles'!

Here's a bit of an arty farty angle, which I don't usually do but I thought it would show you the sparkle a bit more.


Materials:


Image: Christmas Bubble Tree from Woodware

Paper: Craftwork cards Plum Pudding

CS: from stash

Sentiment: Craftwork Cards

Tools: distress inks, sponges, EK Success dotted wave border punch

Misc: Stickles glitter glue in red, green, copper, gold and irredescent


Well thanks for stopping by today. I hope you all have a great weekend whatever you're up to! I'm off to get ready for my SU afternoon! Yay!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Manga Christmas for Friday Sketchers

Morning all. Hope you are all well. It's thursday and that means only 1 thing, only 2 more days until the weekend! Yay! It shows your having a rough week if you're counting down the days to the weekend {I've been counting since monday, lol}!


Today's card was made for this weeks Friday Sketchers, a fab sketch by Claudia, right up my street and one I will definately be using again! I've used one of the gorgeous Manga christmas stamps from Sugar Nellie again, I love this cute little chappie with his stocking! Makes me think about christmas morning when I scramble to the bottom of my bed for my stocking! Yes, I admit it, I am 30 years old and I still have a stocking! I just LOVE christmas!

Materials:


Image: Mr Stocking by Sugar Nellie. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: MME Signature Christmas

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Craftwork Cards

Tools: distress inks, blending brushes, snowflake embossing folder

Misc: Gingham ribbon from stash

Ooooh I just love this MME paper. So glittery and pretty. I am surprised I managed to cut into it! Lol! I also got the MME Wonderful Winter stack last weekend form Stamp Magic but I split the stack with my mum and a friend as I didn't think I would use it all!

Well I'd best dash, won't look goood if the boss is late for work! Lol!
Thanks for stopping by today. I realy appreciate each and every one of your lovely comments!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Fall wishes!

Good morning all! It sure looks misty, murky and miserable out of my window today. Shame I have to go to work! Well today I have a card to sare with you all that I made using the fab new country cousin autumn kit from Sugar Nellie. There are some really cute stamps in this kit and it is such fantastic value. The leaves I have use are an accessory stamp that also comes with the kit. I used my favourite MME papers with this image as well. Love the colours, so autumnal, and I hadn't used them in ages and they were starting to feel neglected so it was the perfect excuse to dig them out!


I used the fabulous sketch by Kathy over at The Sugar Bowl challenge. As soon as I saw it I knew which image I wanted to use! There's an amazing prize on offer this week. A set of six new christmas stamps from Leanne Ellis! So what are you waiting for head on over and have a go! I am also entering it over at Stamptacular Sunday challenge where they want to see the theme of 'Fall'!

Materials:

Image: From the Autumn Country Cousins kit by Sugar Nellie. Leaves also from the same kit. Available here from funky kits. Coloured with koh-i-noors and sansodor.

Paper: MME Bloom and Grow

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Papermania, freebie with a magazine

Tools: distress inks, sponge, nesties

Misc: Adhesive pearls from stash coloured with permanent whisper pens, Raffia lace ribbon from Hobbycraft

I am so pleased with how this card turned out, just how I envisaged it! I must tell you about the fabulous new releases form Sugar Nellie that will be available in the next few days over at Funky Kits! If you head on over to the Sugar Nellie Blog there are some sneak peaks of these fab new stamps! I hope you have been saving your pennies, I know there's plenty of them on my wish list!!

I had a great time at Stamp Magic on sunday with my mum, and unbelievably I stuck to my budget! I got some gorgeous MME Wonderful Winter papers, gimmer mist {never used this before}, sizzix snowflakes dies and some craftwork cards sentiments to name but a few. So watch out for some creations with my new stashover the next week or so!

Well I'd best dash and get off to work. Thanks for stopping by and for any comments you may leave I realy appreciate them!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~


Sunday, 25 October 2009

Alternative Anya for Christmas!

Morning all. An early post from me as I am off to Stamp Magic at The Dome in Doncaster today with my mum! Yay! I've got a budget and I MUST stick to it! Lol!

Today's card is another christmas card that I have made for my christmas box. A nice quick and simple card made using this fab Anya that I was kindly sent by a blogging friend. Thanks hun you know who you are!


This image was just so easy to colour and I added loads of glitter for her wings and halo, love to have some sparkle. I am going to enter this card over at ABC Challenge this week where F is for Flying! Well Fairies fly don't they??!! I am also entering it into Winter Wonderland this week, where they have an open theme {just so long as it's christmas!}. I added the sentiment in the corner of the image with a stamp-a-ma-jig which I got from the wonderful Jules. Can I just say I am such a huge fan of this fab little tool. I honestly don't know what I did without it. No more wonky sentiments for me!

Materials:

Image: Angel Anya from the Greeting Farm, coloured with Koh-i-noor pencils and Sansodor

Paper:
Winter Wonderland from Craftwork Cards

CS: Kraft from stash

Sentiment: From a See D's christmas set

Tools: Stamp-a-ma-jig from SU

Misc: White inkpad to distress edges of kraft CS, Glitter Glue for wings, spotty ribbon from Hobby craft.

I don't have many christmas cards that are girly and pink like this. They're not traditional colours or image, I know, but I think it make a refreshing change. My OH doesn't like it at all, say's it not a christmas card. Good job I'm not giving it to him then isn't it!!

Can I just say a huge thank to everyone who has enquired how am I am after my car acident and for your well wishes. I am much better now thanks, just a bad back, which I was having problems with before the accident anyway!

I hope you're all having a lovely weekend! Let's hope the weather is better today! Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 23 October 2009

All I want for christmas!

Evening all. Sorry this post is a bit late in the day and I ahve been AWOL for a few days. I did hope to post this last night when I got in from a girly night out at the cinema. Unfortunately all did not go to plan as I was involved in a car accident on the way home! I was hit from behind by a van at some traffic lights! Luckily I only have a slighly sore back and a bruised sternum. Most of the damage was absorbed by the car, which is now residing in the garage waiting to get fixed. Overall not a very pleasant experience {my first in 13 years of driving}, I'm just thankful I'm ok as it could have been so much worse! I also tried posting this morning but blogger was being naughty and wouldn't le me on or look at anyone's blogs! So tonight it had to be!! Better late than never hey!


Anyhow onto today's card. No challenges or LO's used for this card, just another 'just because card' for my christmas box. I have used another of the gorgeous country cousin christmas stamps from Sugar Nellie. Isn't he such a cutie with his little list for santa! Such a crisp image and so easy to colour!

Materials:

Image: Santa's letter from Sugar Nellie available here at funky kits

Paper: We Are Memory Keepers, DCWV Christmas stack

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: Rub on from stash

Misc: Red dew drops from stash, Snowtex


Well that's all from me tonight. I have a relaxing evening filled with TV and chocolate planned! I am also going to be at Stamp Magic at The Dome in Doncaster on sunday so if anyone else is going to be there let me know, it would be lovely to say hi!

Thanks for stopping by to say hello and I hope you all have a lovely weekend!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Santa Collage for Friday Sketchers!

Dear oh dear where are the daylight hours going? I have just got in from work and have taken this photograph before night fullly sets in, so I apologise for the poor lighting. I don't know what I'm going to do over the winter months as I usually take my photographs before or after work, but soon it will be too dark!


Anyway, onto todays card which I have made with the sketch over at Fridays Sketchers. I just love this Santa Collage stamp, which I got a few years ago {well my OH bought it for me actually!}, I think it's retired now, so I'm glad I got it when I did! Perfect for the more traditional christmas cards with a vintage feel!

Materials:


Image: Santa Collage Stamp by Rubber Stampede (Retired)

Paper: MME Signature Christmas

CS: DCWV

Sentiment: from the SU Circle of Friendship Set. Available from Jules

Tools: distress inks, sponge, nesties, xcut snowflake punch, snowflake embossing folder

Misc: Cappucino pearls from Quixotic Paperie, Glitter Glue for snowflakes, white foam, spotyt ribbon from Hobby craft.


Just a quick post from me tonight. My OH is out all night and I have a lot of TV to catch up with! Lol!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by today and say hello! I really appreciate all your support and lovely comments!

Hugs, Vicky