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!


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,

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'.


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


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!


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!


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

Paper: DCWV Christmas Stack 2007


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.


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!


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


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!


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)!


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!


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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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~