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Sunday, 30 November 2008

For my mil's birthday

It's my MIL's birthday on Tuesday, this is what I've made for her. A few months ago she said she needed a new birthday book so I thought I'd make one for her. I'm not into decoupage but I had THIS Anna Griffin kit from QVC and thought it would be suitable for her birthday. Apart from the lil Prima flowers on the birthday book, everything else is from Anna Griffin. This card below is for my children to give their nanny. A simple card made using Sizzix flower layers #4 and the decorative accent, swirl. Papermania glitter embossed velum has been attached with pearly brads.

I must apologize to you all, again, for being such a bad blogger, I've got the flu at the mo and it's knocked me for six because I never get colds, well hardly ever. I've got loads of cards to show from last weekend, but will post them when I'm feeling a bit more with it.
I hope your all enjoying the weekend, despite the cold weather. Take care all, luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

some lovely awards

Oh wow!!! I've had the pleasure in receiving these amazing award from two lovely ladies. Firstly Julie award me the Kreativ Blogger award, many, many thanks Julie for thinking of me to give it to, I'm well chuffed....lol!!!!!! Next, the very lovely Cass, nominated me for this wonderful Proximity award, huge thanks Cass, it's so very much appreciated.
This award states that:
This blog invests and believes the PROXIMITY- nearness in space, time and relationships. These blogs are exceedingly charming. These kind bloggers aim to find and be friends. They are not interested in prizes or self-aggrandizement. Our hope is that when the ribbons of these prizes are cut, even more friendships are propagated. Please give more attention to these writers. Deliver this award to 8 bloggers who may then pass it on.
It looks like most of you have already received these awards, I should have popped them on my blog sooner, as I did received them a few days ago, apologies ladies. If you are reading this post and haven't got these awards yet, please feel free, my way of saying thank you for visiting and taking the time to read my blog. Bye for now xx vicki xx

Sunday, 23 November 2008

kiddies birthdays

Well I've had a very productive crafting weekend....lol!! I didn't even get dressed yesterday, been feeling a bit poorly, I spent the majority of the day in my lil craft room and I made loads of cards, shall show them another time. My children were all out for the day, at friends houses, Stephen was watching the Rugby and I had some quality time to myself...for a change....YAY!!!

But for now here's two cards I made for friends of two of my children. This card is for Yasmin's friend, Eli who was 6 on Friday. I've coloured this lovely Elzybell image with Copics, Basic Grey pp, ATD cardstock, Cuttlebug embossing folder, K & Co sparkly alphabet stickers.

This card is for one of Ryan's best friend, Shelly, they've been best buddies since nursery. The papers are from my new Basic Grey Granola pad, 'pen pal' images has been coloured with Derwent water coloured pencils, Doodlebug alphabet rub-ons, kindly given to me by Michelle, flowers and brads from my stash. Bye for now xx vicki xx

Friday, 21 November 2008

Silent Night

My lovely new Silent Night stamp set from Stampin Up arrived about an hour ago and as you can see, I just couldn't resist having a lil play. I have to say a humungous thank you to Jules for going out of her way to order this set for me. For those of you who don't already know, Jules is a Stampin Up Demostrator and just recently I've ordered a few goodies from her, if you are interested in purchasing any Stampin Up products, honestly Jules is the person you need to get in touch with


these are just a couple of quickie cards. I've stamped the image using Colourbox Queues fluid chalk cats eyes with two different shades of blue, then I've used a quickie glue pen and sprinkled glamour dust in places. The sentiment is HOTP and papers are Anitas.
Hope you all have a lovely weekend and don't forget to wrap up warm, it's going to be a cold one....bbbrrrrrrr xx vicki xx

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

'tis the season


I made this card almost 2 weeks ago with every intention of making it for Stephen (my hubby), but now I'm not too sure, so will have to think of someone else to give it too. I've coloured the image with a mix of copic's, derwent watercolour pencils and sansador. The papers are Dovecraft and I've distressed and inked the edges with gold. The sentiment is HOTP which has been heat embossed. Tab punch is Stampin Up, I've ordered quite a few Stampin Up products lately from the lovely Julie at Julies Japes, I've also joined her stampers 10 club, so if anyone is interested in ordering Stampin Up products, please get in touch with Jules, she's so helpful.
Thanks for poppin by my lil oasis, luv 'n' hugs to you all xx vicki xx

Monday, 17 November 2008

Hello!!

Just a quick post today to show the card I have made for my Friendship Card Swap partner over at the Do-Crafts forum. yay!!! my new Elzybells stamps have arrived and thought this one would be appropriate for the swap, I've coloured the image with copics and watercolour pencils. The Core-dinations cardstock, was kindly give to me by Michelle for my birthday and has been run through my big shot using the Cuttlebug 'stylized flowers' embossing folder, the I used my Nails Inc glass nail file to sand the embossing, the pp is Basic Grey, Studio G sentiment stamp.
Well I'm ploughing through a mountain of ironing at the mo, so better get back to it, just stopped for a bit of lunch and to say a quick hello!!! Shall get around to visiting everyone later this evening....hopefully. Bye for now xx vicki xx

Friday, 14 November 2008

a few crimbo cards

Helllllooooooo!!!!! Gosh what a week, so sorry for being such a bad blogger but I've had three of my children off school this week with that awful sickness bug.....yyyyyuck!!! So what with looking after them and all the extra washing I've had to deal with, this week has flown by. Luckily they are all better now and have gone back to school today and since it's my day off work, I thought I make a couple of cards, Christmas is fast approaching and I'm so behind with everything again this year so here's a few for starters.

A couple of simple embossed cards using the Cuttlebug Winter House embossing folder.


This card is for our eldest son, Tom, many thanks to Sue for the snowflake embellie and this lovely image, he kind of reminds me of Tom, perhaps it's the cheeky grin on his face...lol!!! I've coloured the image with a mix of distress inks and water coloured pencils and then embossed the image with clear embossing powder and a touch of holographic embossing powder for a bit of twinkle. The pp are Anita's, Cuttlebug embossing folder and lil distressing to the paper edges.

I hope you all enjoy your weekend whatever you've got planned, take care, hugs xx vicki xx





























Saturday, 8 November 2008

God ~ Daughter's 1st Birthday





I've made this card for a guy in work with my hubby, for his God~Daughter's 1st birthday. He gave Stephen a photo of his God~Daughter, isn't she adorable......aaawwww.... and asked if I could incorporate it into the card. Many thanks to Maria for the lovely flowers and stamped images, which have been coloured using Copic markers, with a touch of glossy accents, brilliance ink pad around the edges of the images. The cardstock is American Traditional Designs and Bazzill Bling. The striped paper is K & Co, the spotted paper is Papermania, scalloped Nestabilites, cuttlebug embossing folder, large brads from qvc, charm, gems and ribbon from my stash. It's not that often that I'm happy with the way my cards turn out, but have to admit to really liking this one, well it took long enough...lol!!!
Thanks for popping by and having a nosey at my lil oasis, hope you all have a lovely weekend, luv 'n' hugs to you all, ttfn xx vicki xx





Friday, 7 November 2008

Happy Birthday Daniel


Here is the card I sent to Claire's son, Daniel. Today is his 11th Birthday, I hope you have a wonderful day Daniel. Claire put a lovely post on her blog about her son explaining that he has Asperger's, therefore doesn't have birthday parties as such and she wondered if anyone would like to send Daniel a card for his birthday, please go check out her blog if you get chance.

For this card I've used DCWV papers, alphabet stickers and tag, Core'dinations cardstock, the stars were cut out using a sizzix die on my Big Shot, then embossed with cuttlebug embossing folders, the Magnolia image has been coloured using Copic markers.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Baby Megan's 1st Christmas



A friend of mine asked if I could make a Chirstmas card in a box for her step grand-daughters 1st Christmas. I've used a Forever Friend image, which was kindly given to me for my birthday by lots of you lovely blogging buddies. Bazzill Bling cardstock, DCWV white glitter cardstock, Anna Griffin spotted paper and K & Co Stripy paper. Snowflake punches, felt ribbon has been held in place with glossy accents and brads, parcels on the box have been paper pieced, then embossed with clear embossing powder, 'Megan' has been cut using my Big Shot and sizzix forever friends alphabet.

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis, hope you are all well and enjoyed Bonfire Night. Sorry for not being a very good blogger lately, I've been so busy with kids, home and work that there seems to be hardly any time for blogging these days, hopefully I'll get some free time soon to visit you all. Take care all, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Wednesday, 5 November 2008

Thank you Caroline


Yesterday I received this beautiful card together with a ton of stamped images from the very lovely Caroline. Thank you so very much Caroline, I'm so pleased as I don't have any of these stamps. I had recently sent Caroline some images and this is what she sent me by way of saying thanks.

Monday, 3 November 2008

different occassions




Happy Monday to you all. My house is so quiet today now that my scallywags are all back in school....oooo but it's lovely....lol!!!

My very good friend Tracy and her hubby have just taken over the running of a lil sweet shop and she asked if I could make some cards for their shop, " of course I could", said I, so above are just a couple to start with.

This card above is for Yasmin's friend Tia, who's birthday is next week, I love these cutie Elybells and so can't wait for mine to arrive.


This is the card I made for my lovely cousin Janet who's birthday was last week.

Right I'd better get a wriggle on and finish the dreaded hous*****, oooppss, nearly said that awful word that we don't like to mention.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Saturday, 1 November 2008

I've been tagged.....

...by the lovely Jilli.....cheers Jilli !!!!! lol.

Here is how this one works.......Link to your tagger and list these rules on your blog. Answer the five sets of five (this is the easy part) Tag 5 people in the last section by leaving their names as well as links to their blog. Let them know they have been tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Things I love

1. My wonderful hubby, Stephen.
2. Our four amazing, but at times annoying...lol!! children, Tom, Ryan, Georgia~May & Yasmin.
3. My closest friend, Leigh, whom I've been friends with since I was 11, she's the sister I never had.
4. My lil craft room and all the goodies in it.
5. Coronation Street.

Things I don't love

1. Liars.
2. Ironing.
3. Heights.
4. Spiders.
5. Heinz (or any other brand) Baked Beans,......yyyyyyuck!!!!!, the smell turns my stomach.

Music on Ipod or Playlist.

As I don't have an Ipod, I thought I would list some of the songs I have on my mobile/walkman..

1. Chris Brown - Forever
2. Rhianna - Disturbia
3. Ne-Yo - Closer
4. Sugarbabes - Girls
5. Dido - Here With Me (theme from Roswell), it's my hubbys fav song.

Favourite food/drinks

1. Roast Beef, Yorkshire Pudding Sunday roast with all the trimmings.
2. Olives of any description
3. Hummous
4. Chocolate
5. Cuppa tea

oakey doakey, so here's the five I'm gonna pass this tag onto.... sorry girlies, hehehe!!! Caroline, Kerry, Jools, Natalie and Jules.