Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Happy Birthday Dad!

Hello all!

Today was my first day back at work following my wedding. I've had 3 weeks off so it was a bit of a shock to the system to get up at 7am, oh well, back to reality!!

Today I have the card I made for my dad's birthday to show you. It was his birthday last friday, the day after we returned from our holiday so I had to be super organised and make this last month! I was inspired recently by a card I had seen to use punched shapes as a stencil, so I decided to use some various sized circles to create my own stenciled background!

What do you think to the end result??

....and a simply decorated inside following the theme from the front.


CS: SU Choc Chip, Old Olive Whisper White

Sentiment: SU Just perfect Alphabet set, SU Cute Curly

Tools: SU circle punches (Various sizes), SU Sponge Daubers, SU Button in Marina Mist, Twine from stash, Post it notes

I'm really pleased with how this turned out with the masked edges to create a frame and the circle shapes. I always struggle with male cards, so this was an unusually pleasant experience for me!! Lol!

I just want to say thanks for all your lovely comments on my recent wedding and the photo's I shared with you last week. For those of you who have asked here is a few more for you!

As you can see I've been playing around a little with the colour of the last photo, I'm amazed with technology today that enables you to do this!! We were stamping our thumb prints onto our marriage certificate in this picture, which whilst not done in the UK, is tradition in Mexico!

Well, I'd best dash, I'm off to my tuesday night craft night at Julie's and need to get ready!
Oh, and for those who don't already know the new SU mini catalogue is being released in 3 days, and I can't wait for you to see it. I've been having fun since I got home last week making some samples with the new products and believe me, they're fab!! Watch this space for the mini link!

Thanks for stopping by!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 25 March 2011

Just For You!

Morning all!

Long time no see!

Well I am back from my wedding/honeymoon. I have had the most fabulous 2 weeks in Mexico with 16 of my closest friends and family, an unforgettable experience for all of us! Just a shame I had to come home, but at least I have returned to some unseasonably mild weather!

Today I have a card to share to with you that I made a few weeks ago for a friends birthday. I think its amazing what a change in colours can do to an image . I used the just believe image some time ago to create
this card at one of my friend Julies card classes. For today's card I used brighter colours to create more of a summery feel!


CS: SU Melon Mambo, Whisper White

SU Pattern Designer series in Pumpkin Pie

SU Afterthoughts set (Level 1 Hostess set

Stamps: SU 'Just Believe', Butterfly image from 'So Happy' sale-a-bration set

SU spritzer tool, SU stampin markers

I love using my SU markers to apply colour directly to my stamps, it enables you to get some stunning effects. As you can also see, I am still enjoying my spritzer tool to help me to create backgrounds, such a useful addition to your craft collection.

Well thanks for stopping by today. I will leave you with a couple of my wedding pics of me and my handsome new husband.

Hugs, Vicky (AKA Mrs Tate)


Sunday, 6 March 2011


Morning all!

I hope you're all enjoying your weekend whatever you're doing, be it relaxing, crafting, shopping etc!

Well I went to a SU training day yesterday held here in Leeds. It's my first training day as I have only been a demo for just over a month now and I had such a wonderful day. Got lot's of hints and useful crafty tips, and I got to meet lots of lovely fellow crafters. Now at such events everyone creates some projects to swap with all the other ladies, a great way to be inspired. Well, I underestimated my swaps a bit and only made 40, but there was 70 ladies, oh well I know better for next time! So here is the swap that I made, a topper that can easily be added to any card base.


CS: SU Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry and Melon Mambo

Sentiment: SU Vintage Vogue

Stamps: SU I heart hearts

Tools: SU Scallop Trim border punch, SU Colour spritzer tool, SU stamp-a-ma-jig

Misc: SU markers, Foam dimensionals

I love the pink and purple together. I though this card could be used not only for a love themed occasion such as Valentines day or an anniversary but to give to a friend as well!
I got the spritzer tool for christmas and have really enjoyed playing and experimenting with it. You can create lovely backgrounds with it if you use a few diferent colours and depending how close to the paper you are, it gives different splatter effects!

Well I have an afternoon filled with crafting ahead of me , I will be busy finishing my table favours and place name settings. Only 9 days left until I get married and only 3 days until we leave for beautiful Mexcio. I will take pictures of my wedding favours/table decorations that I have made to show you on my return. Lot's to do in the next few days so might not be around much.

Thanks for stopping by today and if I don't see you again before tuesday i'll be back in 3 weeks with lots of pictures to show you all!

Hugs, Vicky ~x~

Friday, 4 March 2011


....for not being around much this past week. I have been really busy with long days at work and I have been busy with projects I can't show you just yet. I've been finishing my wedding favours and place name cards for the reception tables which I am keeping secret as my mum reads my blog! Only 11 days to go and things are all starting to fall into place. I am also going to my very first stampin up training day tomorrow which is being held here in Leeds, so I've had to make lots of swaps, which I'll be able to show you after tomorrow. I'm really excited for the training as it's an opportunity to get together with fellow SU demo's in the area and pick up lots of hints and tips! We will also be discussing the new Stampin Up mini catalogue which I am lucky enough to have had a sneak peak of. It is available for general viewing from April 1st and I can assure you, you won't be disspointed!

Well thanks for dropping by today, it's my last day at work and then I have 3 whole weeks off! Bliss!! Please do stop by again in the next few days as I should have some of my new projects to share with you!

Have a great weekend.

Hugs, Vicky ~x~