Monday, 30 May 2011

Just for You - Pick a square!

Happy Bank Holiday to you all!

What rubbish weather. Woke up to drizzle this morning. So much for wanting to put my washing out! Typical Bank Holiday weather really, don't know why I'm surprised!

This week over at the LIM challenge, Chrissy and Mandi want us to pick a square.

So, I have to say I chose the easy option and went for the centre square. A real quick CAS card, literally took me 10 minutes to make.

an arty farty angle to show you the dimension of the flower...

and of course to finish it off I decorated the inside...


CS: SU Very Vanilla, Rose Red

Paper: Springtime Vintage Designer paper from the SU mini catalogue

Stamps: SU Vintage Vogue, Oval All

Tools: SU Stamp-a-ma-jig, XL Fancy Flower and Scallop Trim Border Punches

Misc: SU Crumb Cake and Rose red Ink, Adhesive Pearls

I suppose you could say I also chose the bottom right square to decorate the inside! :-)

I hope you're all enjoying your extended BH weekend. I'm just pottering about today, in fact I'm still in my dressing gown (Gasp!!).

Thanks for stopping by.

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Friday, 27 May 2011

Elegant Thank You's!

Evening all!

Thank Goodness it's the weekend after the week I've had. It's an extended bank holiday weekend here for those of us in the UK, so I have now got 3 days off! Plenty of timeto get crafty and take a wander around blogland!

Before I show you today's card, I just want to say a huge thank you for all the comments I received on my last post. A whopping 59 comments. I have NEVER in my whole 3 years of blogging ever has that many comments on one of my posts and I am just absolutely thrilled at all your comments, so thanks again!

Today I thought I would share some thank you cards I made to give to my friends and guests who came to my wedding in March! I got the Elegant Thank You stamp as part of my starter kit, as I knew I wanted to use this beautifull stamp to create a simple design for my Thank You cards. I made about 40 in total, 10 each in 4 different colour ways. The cards were approximately 10cm square, a perfect size to showcase this stamp!

Firstly here it is in Pear Pizzaz...

.... and then Baja Breeze....

..followed by Rich Razzleberry....

..and to finish Not Quite Navy...

Here they all are together....


CS: SU Very Vanilla, Pear Pizzaz, Rich Razzleberry, NOt Quite Navy & Crumb Cake

Stamps: SU Elegant Thank You from the a la Carte range

Tools: SU Square lattice embossing folder

Misc: SU Crumb Cake and Rich Razzleberry Ink

So which colour is your favourite?? I'll be intrigued to find out! Mine is the Rich Razzleberry, simply because these are also the colours I used for my wedding invitations, so they match! I also like how striking the Thank You stamp looks against the Vanilla background when stamped in Razzleberry too!

Such a simple design, but I was really pleased with the results! I just LOVE this square lattice embossing folder, can't get enough of it!

Well thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a lovely BH weekend!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Less is More Butterflies!!

Good morning all!

The sun is shining and it's the weekend, what more could you ask for! Well, a new LIM challenge for one, and this week Chrissie and mandi have come up with butterflies! This is so perfect for me as I am having a bit of a butterfly obsession at the minute, which my husband has definately noticed as they feature on most of my cards at the minute! So I couldn't wait. I just had to dive straight into my stash and get creating right away (before breakfast or any of the household chores!!).

So without further ado, here is my entry/entries for this weeks butterfly challenge.

a change of sentiment and I have another...

the inside is decorated simply and identically for both..
Here they are both together side by side....

I had to make two of these as I loved the first one so much I had to replicate it, with just a simple change of sentiment. I love these summery colours together, makes me feel as though I'm in a meadow, laid in the grass looking up at the butterflies flitting around! Ah bliss!


CS: SU Wild Wasabi, Whisper White, Melon Mambo

Stamps: Pocket Silhouettes, Cheer and Wishes, Sincere Salutations

Tools: SU Stampamajig, Sponge Daubers, Beautiful Wings Embosslits Die

Misc: Stampin Markers

Well I hope you like my card for this weeks LIM challenge. I can see me recreating this design, maybe with a change in colour and sentiment again, as they were so quick and simple to design.

Thanks for stopping by today and I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend whatever you're up to!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

Nursey Suite - not just for babies!

Morning all!

Today I am having a reaxing day as it is my day off. I've just finished my book, now I'm doing a bit of blogging with a cuppa and then I'm going to spend a few lazy hours crafting! Perfect day!!

So today I have a card to show you that I made for my best friend recently for her birthday. I used the Nursery Suite Speciality papers which I just love, along with my favourite ever sentiment stamp! I just love these papers and their versatility, and I wanted to show how they can be used for occasions other than babies.

and of course the decorated inside...


CS: SU Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Pretty in Pink

Papers: Nursery Suite Speciality

Stamps: Afterthoughts, Occasional Greetings

Tools: SU Stampamajig, Sponge Daubers, Scallop Trim Border punch, Perfect
Polka Dots embossing folder

Misc: Stampin Markers, Ribbon from stash, Adhesive pearls

I also recently made a male birthday card using the same Nursery Suite papers, which you can see here if you missed it!

Well thanks for stopping by today. I'm off to have a look around blogland to see what you've all been up to before I head off into my craft room!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Friday, 13 May 2011

Good Luck Strength & Hope Take 2!!!

Evening all!

As with you all, I'm not sure what's happening with blogger but my last post has dissapeared never to return again. So, pain though it may, be I've decided to upload it again. Thanks to those of you who had already stopped by and taken the time to comment.

Today's card was made for a friend using the wonderful Strength and Hope set. Not only is it a beautiful and amazing value set (Just £12.95 for the clear set), but it has been created with such a worthwhile cause in mind. For every set sold, Stampin Up has said they will donate £1 to Breast Cancer Research, and if you purchase this set from me, I will also donate £1 to Cancer Research UK.

Of course the decorated inside....


CS: SU Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla

Stamps: Hope and Strength, Sincere Salutations

Tools: SU Scallop Trim Border punch, Square Lattice
Embossing Folder & Sponge Daubers

Misc: SU adhesive pearls

The beauty of this set is that the images can used as focal images or to create backgrounds. You can see another card I have made using this set here.

There are a few challenges out there whose themes this week are met by today's card.

Cute Card Thursday - Distressing
Creative Inspirations - Decorate the inside of your card

Well thanks for stopping by. I'm off to enjoy a nice cuppa whilst watching eastenders! Hvae a great weekend everyone!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Thursday, 12 May 2011

Good Luck with Strength and Hope.

Morning all!

It's thursday already. Where is the week going to???

Today I have another card to show you using the wonderful Strength and Hope set. Not only is it a beautiful vintage inspired set it's creation was inspired by such a worthy cause. For every stamp set sold, Stampin Up will donate £1 to Breast Cancer Research. If you purchase your set from me I will also donate £1 to Cancer Resesarch UK and at only £12.95 for the clear set, I think it is amazing Value. There are 4 striking stamps in the set that can be used not only as a focal point for your card, but also to create backgrounds with, as you can see in my card today.

The simply decorated inside... (which also meets the challenge this week over at Creative Inspirations, which is to decorate the inside of your cards, something I am addicted to doing!)


CS: SU Crumb Cake, Baja Breeze, Very Vanilla

Stamps: Hope and Strength, Sincere Salutations

Tools: SU Scallop Trim Border punch, Square Lattice
Embossing Folder & Sponge Daubers

Misc: SU adhesive pearls, baja breeze, choc chip, crumb cake ink

I hope you have enjoyed seeing how this amazing stamp set can be used. Here is another of my cards using this set if you haven't already seen it. If you would like to own this beautiful set and also do your bit to help Breast Cancer Research then please get in touch and I would be happy to order it for you.

I would also like to enter this over at Cute Card Thursday, where the theme this week is distressing! Oh how I love to distress the edges of my CS with ink!!

Thanks for stopping by today and for any comments you leave, it's great to know who's been dropping by my lil ol blog!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Saturday, 7 May 2011

Spots and stripes Birthday.

Good morning all! It's the weekend and boy am I looking forward to a few days off! I've aready been busy this morning getting some dreaded household chores out of the way, washing, cleaning etc before I head off out this afternoon to my friend Jules Owl Class at 2! I haven't been to one of her saturday classes since before christmas, so I'm really looking forward to it!

Onto today's card. I made this a while back for a male friends birthday. The colours turned out a little girlier than I had anticipated, but at the end of the day at least there was no pink involoved! Lol!

Quelle suprise... I've decorated the inside!


CS: SU Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Baja Breeze, Choc Chip

Papers: Nursery Suite Speciality

Stamps: Afterthoughts, On a Pedestal, Seeing Spots (Retired)

Tools: SU Stampamajig, Sponge Daubers

Misc: Stampin Markers, Crumb Cake ink pad

Not too bad me thinks, considering I break out in a sweat at the thought of making a man's card!

Have you checked out this weeks LIM challenge. The theme this week is 'All White'. Might have to get my thinking cap on for this one! Oh well I like a bit of a challenge!

Well thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a lovely weekend and manage to fit a spot of crafting in somewhere!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

LIM Lucky Dip!

Good morning all!

I had a lovely bank holidy weekend spent in the Lakes with my family, the weather was absolutely glorious and I got to feed some baby lambs!

Today I have a card to share with you that I made for the Less Is More challenge. This weeks theme is Lucky Dip, either Thank You or Congratulations.

One of the girls at work has just announced she is having a baby, so I made this card for her.

and of course I had to decorate the inside ....


CS: SU Whisper White & Crumb Cake

Stamps: Fox & Friends, Cheer and Wishes

Tools: SU Scallop Trim Border, Square lattice and Perfect Polka Dots embossing folders

Misc: SU Adhesive Pearls and retired SU ribbon

I went for the crumb cake theme as she doesn't know what the sex of the baby is and this is a perfect neutral colour. I just adore this fox and friends set. So versatile, it can be used for so many occasions! See the birthday card I have previosly made with this set here.

Well thanks for stopping by, I'd best start to get ready for work. Hope you all enjoy the rest of your week, Mr sunshine is on his way!

Hugs, Victoria ~x~