Friday, 31 July 2009

Blue's not just for boys!

I just can't stop using these beautiful Gorjuss Girls. The new girls from set 3 are now available to purchase individually from funky kits. So what are you waiting for, pop on over and have a look at these cuties!

For todays card I have used the adorable 'little star' image, aint she just the cutest?! I have coloured her with my koh-i-nors and sansodor. The paper is from papermania ' sweet nothings' pack. CS is coredinations and I have run it through my spots and dots folder before distressing it wiht my emery board. The sentiment is from a See D's set and a few little adhesive pearls from my stash to finish!

So there we have it a lovely CAS card. Sometimes I definately believe less is more!

Well it's officially the weekend now and I am so thrilled as I have 9 whole days off of work! I've already been and done the food shopping and the housework was done the other day, so when my OH heads off to work in the morning I am planning on spending many happy hours in my craft room! Yay!

I hope you all enjoy your weekend and the weather stays fine for those of you who are heading outdoors. I will be heading on over to your blogs later for a nosey to see what you've all been up to!

Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to leave me such lovely comments. They really mean so much!

TTFN. Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Tilda for mum!

Morning all. I can at last share with you the card that I made for my mum's birthday! We had a lovely time on saturday at the garden party and fortunately the rain stayed away {until sunday at least!}.I used some of my favourites, pearls {as I do on most of my cards lately}, so I am entering in into this weeks stamp with fun challenge. It also meets with this weeks theme over at My Time To Craft which is 'floral frenzy'

I used a couple of the new magnolia stamps from the summer kit, masking tilda to stamp the flowers behind her. I coloured her with my distress inks and sponged some more distress inks below her feet to create a soil effect {hopefully!}. The butterfly I have stamped is from PB and I added a little glitter to it's wings. The papers are from the gorgeous apsparagus MME pack. The spotty paper is gorgeous, it is embossed and gives a lovely texture to the card. The scalloped edges at the bottom of the card were punched with my SU scalloped border pucnch which I got from the lovely Jules. The sentiment is from a See D's set and I have cut it out with some nestie labels. The flowers are from prima, the pearl brads and specers from my stash. The three pearls underneath the sentiment are from my gorgeous stash of pearls I got from Elaine!

The cards I show you over the next few days will be cards I made a while ago. I'm not having a very good week. It started on monday when my dad told me they had had to have our family cat put to sleep. He was 20 and hadn't been well for some time but it is still an upsetting time for us all. Then on top of that I am having the worst time at work lately and it is starting to get me down. Anyone who works for the NHS will probably know where I'm coming from! I've felt that worn out I just haven't felt like any crafting these past few days. Good job I have some cards in reserve to show you! Lol!

Well I only have 3 more days at work and then I have a whole week off. I can't wait for some R&R. Me and my mum are going to Ragdale Hall next week for 3 days and some much needed pampering. We went the other year and absolutely love it there!

Well I'd best shift my behind and go get ready for work!

I hope you all have a good day. TTFN.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 27 July 2009

Cute Card Thursday V's Friday Sketchers!

Morning all. Well today's card was made with two challenges in mind. The challenge over at cute card thursday is to use eyelets, which I admit I don't use very often and I have combined this with the sketch over at friday sketchers, which I have rotated to fit my image better!

This adorably cute CC image was sent to me in a recent RAK I won from Leanne, thanks so much hun! I coloured her with my koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor before adding lots of glamour dust to her wings {hope you can see this better in the close up}. The delish papers are MME Bloom & Grow again, sorry it you're getting fed up of seeing these but I still LOVE them! CS is coredinations and I have distressed it with my emery board. I set the eyelets with my cropodile before threading ribbon through. The sentiment is PB and the flowers, pearls and brad are from my stash!

Well I hope you like it, sorry about the poor lighting, it's been so dingy these last few days, where has our summer gone? I can assure you the colours re much more vibrant IRL! I'd best get ready for work now, but I shall be back tonight to have a look what you've all been up to over the weekend!

For those who asked, I had a wonderful time at my mum's garden party. She seemed to have a really good time with all her close friends and family!


Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Distressing can be gorjuss!

A good saturday morning to you all! The sun is shining and hopefully it will be a beautiful day, as I am going to a garden party at my mum's today to celebrate her 50th birthday tomorrow!

Well I am still on a high after being invited to be on the Sugar Nellie DT, it's just a shame that my friends and family don't understand how important this is to me, I think they are starting to get fed up of me talking about it! Lol!

Today's card was made for this weeks Creative Inspirations challenge of distressing. Although I love the CAS look I justed wanted to prove that you can still do CAS with distressing!

I just had to use another of the gorjuss girls from set 3 {sent to me by the lovely Bernie}, I just can't stop using them, they're so adorable! I coloured her in with my koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor before cutting her out with my craft knife, adhered to card base with 3d foam for added dimension! The papers are from the MME asparagus paper pack, just so yummy! The ribbon is from hobby craft (49p for 5m!). I made the frame from white CS before embossing it with a cuttlebug folder and adding distress inks. The sentiment is from HOTP and to finish it off, yet more capaccino pearls! Gorjuss girls and pearls seem to be my favourite combination at the moment! Lol!

Thanks to everyone who continue to send their congratulations and well wishes, your lovely comments mean so much to me! I hope you have a wonderful weekend and I hope to catch up with you all tomorrow whan I get back from my mums!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Thursday, 23 July 2009

The most gorjuss day!

Well as a lot of you now know Karen has asked me to become a permanent member of the sugar nellie DT! As you can imagine I am over the moon and have been dying to tell people {other than my OH and my mum!}, so am so glad I can finally tell you all properly! Thank you for all the well wishes and congratulations I have already had, I cannot tell you how much they mean to me. I almost didn't apply for the DT call as I didn't think I had a chance to be honest, I have been a guest designer for them previously, but there are so many talented ladies {and gentlemen} out there I though it was a really long shot! Boy am I glad I decided to enter. Sugar Nellie stamps are just my all time my favourites, Maggie with flowers was my first ever stamp purchase so this is like a dream come true for me!

Congrats to all the other DT members who have been chosen, I feel honoured to be chosen alongside you as you are all so talented. I look forward to starting my DT work and hopefully making some cards which will inspire others out there!

So onto today's card which I made to celebrate my new position. I though it only appropriate that I use one of the wonderful Gorjuss Girls from the new set {available at funky kits}, which Bernie kindly sent me! I just LOVE the gorjuss girls as I know many of you do too!

I coloured her with my koh-i-nor pencils before cutting her out with my nesties and the out of bounds technique. The sentiment is Hero Arts and the papers are from the new BG lemonade pad, these are just so yummy! CS is coredinations and has been distressed with an emery board. Pearls/brad/flower spacer/Prima flowers are all from my stash and I recycled the twine from a clothing tag! I also followed the sketch over at Simon Says Stamp this week so I will be entering it over there!

Well that's enough for now, a bit of a long winded post from me tonight, hope you're all still with me and have not dropped off to sleep! Lol! I'm going to have a little wander around blog land now and see what you've all been up to!

Thanks for stopping by and for all your lovely comments. TTFN!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Good Morning!

Well it is a great start to the morning for me. I've just found out I've won Leanne's RAK she was giving away. She has made a wonderful paper bag card and I am hoping it will inspire me to try one myself!

I also have some very exciting news that I can't wait to share with you all but I must keep it to myself atm! Hopefully I'll be able to let you all know really soon {before I burst}!

Well I'd best get myself off to work. I'll be back later today with a card for you.

Have a great day!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

A Gorjuss Sugar Bowl!

When I saw the prize over at The Sugar Bowl I just had to have a go. There is a wonderful sketch to follow by Gayle and you have to include ribbons and bows somewhere on your creation! I just love this sketch. I know some people have felt that it is a little too simple for their taste but I LOVE it. I'm more of a CAS girl myself anyway!

I just love these new GG's from the third set. I am a little short on craft money at the minute and these have had to go on my wish list but the wonderful Bernie has sent me a few of these images to keep me going! I think this image has to be one of my favourites {if not my absolute favourite} from the new set. I coloured her with my koh-i-nors and sansodor, glittering her wings before adding some glossy accents {not sure if the pic picks this up!}. The yummy papers are from the Bloom & Grow MME 6x6 pack, CS is DCWV. I have inked the edges of paper/CS with distress inks for extra definition. Faux stitching added around the edges by pricking holes with my pokey tool and using my white sakura pen. The cappucino pearls are beautiful and I got them from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie. You can get a bag of 100 for just 85p, which I think is just fab as I LOVE my pearls at the minute and with 100 in a bag I don't have to be too frugal with them! The sentiment is a cheapie rubber stamp that I picked up from a craft show last year. They had a special offer of 6 wood mounted rubber stamps for just £5! I was a bit dubious at the time as the quality didn't look that great but I have to say they stamp beautifully, so a real bargain!! Well I have to confess I finished the card and then realised that I hadn't included the additional 'ribbons & bows' and I so want to be in with a chance of winning the gorgeous manga anime stamps. Soooo I found this cute little ribbon bow on another embellie that I had, I pinched it and added it to the top right corner. To say it wasn't planned I think it actually look ok! I did try to put it in her hair or on the front of her dress but I didn't think it looked right in the end!

Well that's it for me this morning. Just got time to have a quick blog hop before work. I didn't get chance to have a look around yesterday as we went to see Harry Potter last night after work, bit dissapointed with it really, not as good as some of the others!

Have a great day, whatever you're up to! Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Sunday, 19 July 2009

It's a girl!

I have made today's card for a girl at work who is leaving this week to go on maternity leave. She already knows she is having a girl so the colour theme was an easy one! It also meets with three of this weeks challenges. I used the sketch over at Papertake Weekly, spots and stripes which is the theme at Secret Crafter Saturday and over at PB this week they want to see soft and sweet!

The sweet PB image was kindly sent to me by one of my blogging friends and I coloured it in with my koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor. I also added glossy accents to the daisy centers and glitter to the butterflies wings. Cut out with my oval nesties and the out of bounds technique. The CS is coredinations and the papers from papermania. I used my worn lipstick distress inks to sponge ink around the edges of the paper and CS. I added a few little pearls to the outer corners to finish.

Well the weather doesn't look so good here today so I think I'll head off to my craft room! My OH is in bed as he's on nights, so he'll have some peace and quiet if I'm in there! Lol!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and thanks for stopping by to take a look at what I've been up to!


Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 17 July 2009

Christmas in July!!

Well there is another christmas challenge to do this week this time over at cute card thursday. I am well ahead of myself with christmas cards this year, so at least it won't be a last minute rush like last year!

I used the beautiful Anya from the rain, shine, snow set and coloured her with my koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor. After cutting her out with my craft knife, I attached her to the matt with 3d foam. Matt was cut out with my nesties. CS is from coredinations. I have embossed the white CS with the cuttlebug snowflake folder, I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this folder and have used it so much! If you don't own this folder may I suggest that you buy it, it will be the best £3.50 you have ever spent on making your christmas cards! The sentiment is from craftwork cards and I have added a little glitter around the border. I also added gitter to her earmuffs and fur trimming!

I have been given this wonderful award by the very sweet and talented Sandra. Thanks so much San for thinking of me, you really are so kind and I am delighted that you though of me.

I would like to pass this award onto several people who I consider to be my blogging friends and whose blogs and designs continue to inspire and amaze me every day.
Thanks so much ladies for sharing your designs with us all. Keep up the great work!

Well the weekend is finally here and for once I am not working it! If the weather stays this torrential over the weekend I can see me getting a lot of crafting done! Hope you all have a fab weekend whatever you're up to!

Thanks for stopping by to say hi!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Beautiful Anya!

Evening all. Another beautiful day here in Yorkshire. So to reflect the sunny weather we've been having I though I would make a lovely bright sunny card! I used the sketch from this weeks friday sketchers, love it!

I coloured the beautiful Anya in with my koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor and I used the out of bounds technique to cut her out with my rectangular nesties. I inked around the edges with my distress inks and a sponge. The CS is from coredinations and the papers are a mixture of sweet nothings from papermania and Bloom and Grow from MME. I took a trip to The Range yesterday and saw that they have started to stock these delish MME papers so I just had to buy another 6x6 pack, well it would have been rude not to!! Lol! The sentiment is a freebie from papermania, the flowers are prima and the pearl brads are also from papermania {my absolute favourite craft item at the minute}! I also added a touch of glossy accents to her headband and shoes to finish, not sure if you can pick it up on the pic though!

I really enjoyed making this card and just love this combination of colours. I wouldn't have though they would have matched but I have been left pleasantly surprised!

Well I've had a busy day at work so I'm off to have a relaxing bath and then an early night! Hope you are all well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Monday, 13 July 2009

CAS Gorjuss girl!

Evening all! Well I have been busy working for the past 7 days so not muct time for crafting! I did manage to make my mums birthday card over the wekeend but I won't be able to post it until after the 26th as she is a visitor to my blog and I don't want to spoil the surprise! So today's card is a card I made for Shary a while back now to say thank you for some images she sent me.

I used one of the images from the GG2 set, coloured with my distress inks and cut out before matting it onto my matt with 3d foam. I am not too keen on the skull in her hair so I covered it with a flower gem, much prettier! I just love GG images and I adore the images in set 3 but I have spent far too much on craft stash lately and will just have to save up for them!! The CS is coredinations, the paper from Basic Grey {sorry I can't remember which pad, maybe sugared!}. The sentiment and the scalloped border punch I used to create the scalloped border are both from SU and available from the wonderful Jules! I just love the CAS look, I know it's not everyone's cup of tea, but I do sometimes agree with the old addage less is more. Although lately my cards have had less and less visible 'white' on them!! Lol!

Well it's my DO tomorrow. I've got to take a trip into Leeds to take something back but then I'm hoping to have some crafty time!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and leave me such lovely comments. I really appreciate each and every one of your comments!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Saturday, 11 July 2009

These are a few of my favourite things!!

Good morning all! The sun is shining and it looks like it going to be a beautiful day. The only fly in the ointment this weekend is that I am working! :-( I hope it won't be too busy! The theme over at papertake weekly this week is 'favourite things'. Well for me the list is endless but here is a card I made using some of my favourite craft items and crafting techniques. I also used the technique of paper peicing {which is a favourite of mine} and which also meets with the challenge over at Simon says stamp this week. After I'd completed this card I also discovered {accidentally} that it aslo meets with this weeks challenge over at a spoonful of sugar, which is 'hearts'. I love it when you are able to combine challenges on a card, time is such a precious comodity for me at the moment. Why oh why do we have to work! Lol!

One of my favourite stamp designers at the moment is Leanne Ellis. I adore these stamps of her {by sugar nellie available at funky kits}, they are so easy to use, and so cute! I have coloured her in with my fabulous koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor, and it is the first time I have used this 'luvvie' image to give her blonde hair {Shes's normally a brunette}, I think it suits her! I have paper peiced the heart with papers from the sweet nothing range by papermania. I have also added a pearl to the flower in her hair {I adore pearls at the minute as well and they appear on nearly all of my projects!}. The CS is coredinations and I have distressed it with an emery board. The sentiment is from Elzybells {the everyday greetings set, another favourite of mine at the minute}. I created the scalloped edge to the card with my SU border punch and added the holes with my cropodile.

Well that's all from me for now, best finish my breakfast and head off to work. I'll be having a look at all your wonderful creations when I get home from work tonight!

Have a great weekend whatever you're up to and thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Thursday, 9 July 2009

First summer magnolia kit card!

This is the first card I ahve made with my new stamps from my summer magnolia kit. It's the first time I've ordered this kit direct from Magnlolia and I can't believe what amazing value it is! It's a bit leathal really as I can see myself ordering every one of these kits from now on! Lol! I also used the sketch over at friday sketchers this week!

I masked this gorgeous tilda so I could sit her on the logs and its' the first time I've used this technique. I love the final effect, so clever! I coloured the image with my koh-i-noors, getitng better at this, although the sky could be a bit better! The beautiful papers are from the MME Bloom & Grow pad again. I just LOVE these papers. CS is from coredinations and I embossed the green CS with a cuttlebug folder. The sentiment is also from the manolia summer kit and the legless brads are from craft work cards and I have added a little glossy accents to them.

Well I hope you like! My OH is out with the boys tonight so time for me to hit the craft room I think! Lol!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Butterfly Tilda!

Evening all! Today's card was made for three of this weeks challenges. I used the sketch over at sketch saturday and also added some faux stitching around the edges of the card to meet with cute card thursdays challenge of ' a stitch in time'. I also used three of the challenge colours over at simon says stamp this week, yellow, orange and green!

I used this beautiful Tilda image that was sent to me by my wonderful friend Janny! Thanks so much hun, you are just the best! I coloured her in with my new koh-i-noor pencils and sansodor {I'm getting better at this technique the more I practice it and I love the effect!} before cutting out with my nestie labels. The fabulous papers are from the stunning MME Bloom and Grow papers which I got from Elaine! I just LURRVE these papers!! CS is coredinations. I have added faux stitching around the edges of the card with a faux stitch stamp that is part of a HOTP stamp set. The flowers are prima and the flower centers are legless brads from craftwork cards with a little glossy accents added to finish! Almost forgot to say the sentiment is from Hero Arts!

I really love how this cards turned out, not normally the sort of colours I use but I htink they look so summery. It makes a change from me using pink all the time! Lol!

Well I've got to get off now, my tea is ready! Lucky for me my OH has cooked tonight, but it does mean I will have to do the washing up! :-( I will be back later {after tea and washing up} to have a lok at what you've all been up to!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Sunday, 5 July 2009

Papertake weekly new home card!

I just adore the sketch over at Papertake weekly this week so I couldn't wait to give it a go! It also gave me the perfect excuse to dive into some new stash I got this week! Yes I know, even more stash, don't tell my oh! Thank goodness they all arrived when he was at work, now he'll never know! Lol! And for those of you who have left me comments, my summer magnolia kit arrived on friday morning so I have also been playing with that and will have some cards to show you throughout the week!

I just love this Elzybells stamp and haven't used it in a while so thought I'd make a new home card to go in my box! I coloured the image with my new Koh-i-noor pencils and Sansodor which I also got from Elzybells. The delicious papers are from the new MME Wild Asparagus pack which I got from Elaine's new on line shop Quixotic Paperie. Please head over and take a look. She has some gorgeous stash for sale and the customer service is excellent, so thankyou Elaine I shall be shopping again with you really soon I'm sure!! I inked all the edges of the papers with my distress inks and a sponge. The tab was handmade and the sentiment is also from Elzybells, the Everyday greetings set. This clear set is just amazing. You can get so many sentiments from it I can't ever imagine ever being stuck for a sentiment ever again!

Well I hope you've all enjoyed your weekend! The weather has been glorious and I am a little disapointed we didn't make plans to do anything. That's the last time I listen to the BBC weather, they said it was going to rain all weekend! I've also been shopping today to try and find an outfit for my brothers wedding in august with very little sucess! I musn't panic though, lots of time yet!!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving me a comment, I really appreciate it!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Friday, 3 July 2009

Happy Birthday Jules!!

It is the wonderful Jules' birthday today. Happy birthday Jules!! I get all my fabulous SU goodies from Jules and she holds the best workshops with yummy homemade cupcakes. I am so lucky that I live close enough to attend her workshops! So here is the birthday card I made for her. I put a few anya images in the card as I know Jules likes these and doesn't have any of the stamps!

I used this gorgeous Henry stamp from WOJ and coloured it with my distress inks and whispers pens. Cut out with nesties. The papers are BG and I have embossed the base CS with the swiss dots folder. I created the scalloped border with my SU punch. The sentiment is from HOTP. Flowers are a mix of prima and hand punched and the adesive pearls are from papermania.

I hope you have a fab day Jules and have got lots of lovely cards and pressies!

Well today is my day off, the first of four! I have got all my fingers and toes crossed that my Magnolia summer kit lands on my doorstep today as I am itching to get my hands on them and make a card. They look so sweet! Those of you who already have yours are lucky, lucky, lucky!!

I hope you all have a fantastic friday, and a great start to your weekend! It should be a little cooler today for us all!

Thanks for taking the time to stop by and say hi!

Hugs, Vicky -x-

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Double trouble!!

Evening all! Wow what a scorcer it's been today, I know I shouldn't complain but I have been so warm at work. We don't have a summer uniform so I have still been wearing my tunic and trousers and I have been sweltering. I just hope it stays this nice until friday when my days off start!

Well onto today's card. I am entering this card into two of this weeks challenges. I have followed the sketch over at Just Magnolia which was designed by the fabulous Bev and I have also used the colours over at colour create this week which are Pistachio green, aqua and powder pink!

The image was given to me by a blogging friend some time ago and I coloured her with my whispers. Papers are from the sparkly sweet K& CO pad. CS is coredinations. The scalloped border was created with my SU punch and the sentiment also from SU, available from the fabulous Jules. Flowers are prima and pearl brads from papermania. Apologies for the picture quality and the wonkiness!! I've been working for the past 11 day straight and the lights not so good when I get home {and neither are my photography skills}! LOl!

For all of you who have ordered the magnolia summer kit the news is it's on it's way! Some lucky people have recieved their's aready! Hope mine arrives tomorrow in time for my four days off! Although I can't complain too much I did have a parcel waiting for me from Jules when I got home, some more lovely SU stamps!!

Well sorry for the long winded post. I'd best get off now and get the tea on ready for the OH coming home from work!

Thanks for taking the time to stop on by!

Hugs, Vicky -x-