Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Friday Sketchers challenge card

Here is my card for this weeks sketch challenge over at Friday Sketchers. I love these papers from MME, it's the "magnolia" range..... I've used Distress Inks (again...lol) to colour the lovely Melinda image together with glamour dust for her wings and bottom of her jeans. Flowers are a mix of Prima, Poppicrafts and Roses are from Wild Orchid.

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis,
luv 'n' hugs to you all xx vicki xx

Monday, 29 June 2009

Just Magnolia Week 11 - Sketch challenge

Bev has come up with a fab sketch to follow for this weeks challenge over at the Just Magnolia challenge blog, so I thought I would has a lil go seeing as it's been a few weeks since I last joined in
I've used mainly SU goodies for this card, the papers, sentiment and even Tilda has been coloured with my SU inkpads her wings have been glamour dusted. Flowers are Prima and the roses are from Wild Orchid Crafts. I bought a job lot of paper doilies from E-Bay a while back.

thanks for popping by my lil oasis, luv 'n' hugs to you all
xx vicki xx

Friday, 26 June 2009

SFTW - Challenge #4 "Pocket Full of ......."

Helloooooo and a happy Friday to you all. Gosh it's week 4 already of our challenge over at Stampin for the Weekend, can't believe how quick these weeks are flying by.

We have another very generous prize from our sponsors this week, Paper Makeup Stamps have very kindly donated these lovely stamps. So why not join in, you never know you could be a winner...lol!!!!

We have a new Guest Design Team member, the very lovely Nancy is joining us this week, check out her wonderful creations over at her blog. Thank you Nancy, it's lovely to have you as our GDT.

So onto this weeks challenge which is entitled "A pocket full of ....." we'd love to see your interpretation of this title, you can choose to make a pocket card, add a pocket on your card or whichever you feel happy with as long as there is a pocket of some description somewhere...

Below is what I came up with, I made a lil pocket on the actual card, then made a wallet for stamped images. The papers are all K & Co, the edges have been torn and inked, plus I've got me sewing machine out again....wooo hooo!! still don;t know how to use it properly though...lol!!! Tilda has been coloured with distress inks, the sentiments are SU, lots of lace from my local market, flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, string of pearls also from my local market.
For the wallet I used the leftovers from the card, again the sentiment is SU. I have sent this card to a very special blogging friend, who always cheers me up with her lovely e-mails, thank you Zoe for being such a lovely friend....
I think we all enjoyed this weeks challenge, the rest of my lovely fellow DT members have come up with some gorgeous creations, you can check them out by visiting their blogs or visiting SFTW, all links are on my sidebar. I hope you are able to join us with your versions of "A pocket full of..." would be lovely to see what you come up with.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend,
luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Monday, 22 June 2009

Magnolia Down Under Challenge #16

Gosh two posts in one day, not very often that happens, all I have to do now is get better organised at blog hopping and visiting all your wonderful blogs....lol!!

These two cards I made a few weeks ago and forgot about posting them until I saw this weeks challenge over at Magnolia Down Under. There are three different colour combinations to choose from and these two fitted in with the brown/blue/cream or white catagory.
Isn't this Tilda so adorable.....ahhhhhh....I've coloured her with Distress Inks, my poor Copics are well and truly on the back burner at the mo. the papers are from my scrap box, mainly SU, Autumn Leaves "ticketed" sentiment tags, some tulle, lace, Prima flowers and a lil feather to finish off with.

The very lovely Tara sent me a fabby RAK, these papers were amongst the goodies she sent me, huge thanks againly luvly. Tilda has again been coloured with Distress Inks, some more Tulle, sentiment is from THAT Brenda Pinnick scrapbook kit, a few pearly gems to finish.

Thank you all for visiting my lil oasis and for taking the time to leave such lovely comments too, I really do appreciate them.

luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

For my sil birthday

Today is my lovely sil's birthday. I've made this card to give to her from my children. I have made another card from myself and hubby, but that is to be shown another day because it's also my DT card for an upcoming challenge over at SFTW, so mums the word....lol!!!

Sorry for this being another quick post, got loads to do again today, so ttfn,
luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Sunday, 21 June 2009

Happy Father's Day

Just a quick post for today to show the Father's Day card's I made in a mad dash Friday night. I thought I had made them all and realised I'd forgotten about my hubby's card from me and the kids.....doh.......so this is what I very quickly put together Friday night, plus I'd forgotten one to my day off the kids.

I find myself apologising again for being a dreadful blogger, I know it's been ages since I visited my blogging buddies, I will do my best to visit you all as soon as I can. Hope your all ok, enjoy th erest of the weekend, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Friday, 19 June 2009

SFTW - Challenge #3

It's Friday whoooo hooo!! and you know what that means another new challenge begins over at Stampin for the Weekends challenge blog.

This week we have a wonderful prize very kindly donated by Simon Says Stamp, $25 gift voucher......wow!!! how fab is that.

Also, many thanks to Sandie for being our Guest Designer again this week.

So for this weeks challenge, which is entitled

"Rock 'n' Roll 60's".

We would like you to base your card around one of these song titles:-

1. Whiter Shade of Pale
2. Time of the Season
3. Please Mr Postman

I decided to go for White Shade of Pale......

...mind you it doesn't look this dark in real life though...lol!!! For my card I have used a pale pearlescent grey cardstock and cuttlebug swiss dots embossing folder. The image and sentiment, which is SU "Baroque Motifs" firstly I stamped the scroll image with versamark then added silver embossing powder and heat embossed, added quite a few lil gems, plus the sparkly heart and ribbon.

There are so many options with our challenge this week, my lovely fellow DT buddies have come up trumps again, with so many wonderful creations, just take a lil peek for yourselves. Thank you for visiting my lil oasis and hopefully you will be able to join us this week with our challenge over at SFTW.

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Friday, 12 June 2009

Stampin for the Weekend - challenge #2

OMG!!!!! what a tremendous first week we had and thank you to all who entered our first challenge over at SFTW, we also received some lovely comments and e-mails of encouragement and good wishes, which we are all so very grateful for.

So now onto this weeks challenge which is entitled

"Going Digital"

For challenge #2 we would like for you to create a card or project of your choice using a digi download image. Our sponsor for this week is the very talented Dustin Pike who has kindly donated a fabulous prize, just pop over to SFTW to find out more. You can either click on his name above or the picture below to take you to Dustin's blog
We are also very pleased to welcome Sandie, who is going to be our Guest Designer for the next two weeks, Sandie creates such beautiful cards, why not pop over to her blog and see for yourself.

So here are the cards I have made for this weeks challenge. I used the "Grads" download from Dustin Pike's blog, which just so happens to be a freebie, how kind is this guy, there are also many more freebie downloads available. As the both freebie images were downloaded together I thought I would go with that and make two cards. Both images have been coloured with Copic markers, around the images I have used Brilliance ink pads in Pearlescent Blue and Silver with a sponging technique. Both cards have HOTP papers from a kit I bought yonks ago from QVC. The sentiments are a mix of Cuddly Buddly and SU, with some gems, ribbons and punches as embellies.

Well done and congratulations to the rest of the fabby DT at SFTW for creating some delish designs this week. After such an overwhelming response to our first week, I do hope you will be able to join in with this weeks challenge. Looking forward to seeing your creations.
Have a fab weekend all.

luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx

Thursday, 11 June 2009

some more wonderful awards

I am so chuffed to have received these wonderful awards from such lovely blogging friends.

This first award was given to my by the very lovely Nicola who is also my fellow DT member over at SFTW, Thank you so very much Nicola for thinking of me to pass this lovely award onto, it's so much appreciated.
This second fab award was very kindly passed onto me by the lovely Sarah-Jane, thank you luvly for thinking of me, I'm so chuffed for the award, not sure about answering all those questions though, took me forever to think of the answers.....lol
Here are the rules for this award:-

I must thank the person who gave me the award, list their blog and link to it.

I must list 10 honest things about myself ( honest? eeek! interesting? debatable!).

I must put a copy of The Honest Scrap Logo on my blog.

I must select at least seven other worthy bloggers & list their links.

I must notify the bloggers of the award.

ok, now for the boring bit

1. I absolutely detest tinned baked beans.....arrgghhhh....the smell turns my stomach..yuk!!!

2. I have an addiction for Yankee candles, love, love, love them and when I have used them I keep the glass jars, wash them and store all my embellies in them, the smell still lingers too.

3. I can't swim, never been interested in learning either. I will go with the kids but tend to stay in the shallower end.....lol!!!

4. Hate spiders....well who doesn't

5. Another love of mine is Kipling handbags, so far I have 7 bags and 4 purses

6. I am an only child but I have made up for that as I have four children..lol!!!

7. Like most of us, I spend way too much on crafting goodies, the majority of my stash is still not used as I am a self confessed paper stroker.

8. My fav snacks are, olives, sun dried tomatoes, celery, hummous, cheese (too many to mention), balsamic vinegar, olive oil and a huge chunk of fresh crusty olive bread.

9. I enjoy writing childrens stories, only for my daughters though, haven't got the confidence to show anyone else......yet!!! (phew!! that was a biggy, can't believe I have just revealed that)

10. I really wish I could draw, especially for the lil characters I have created for my stories.

I feel as if I've just had therapy, where's the men in white coats.....lol!!!!

Well I'm glad that is over, I bet you lot are too....pmsl. I think most of you have already received these awards but I would like to pass them on to all my lovely readers, thank you for all the wonderful comments you so kindly take the time to leave, I really do appreciate each and every one.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Saturday, 6 June 2009

a couple of Tildas

I've been really good and used up some more of my odd bits of scrap papers to make these two cards.

The papers on the above card are mainly K & Co, which I've distressed using my papermania distressing ruler, then inked the edges, I've also inked the doily. Tilda is coloured with a mix of distress inks and Copics, the sentiments are Autumn Leaves "ticketed", Prima flower also used my SU spiral punch
This is one of my newest additions to my ever increasing Tilda stamps, I love her lil outfit. Again I have used a mix of K & Co scrap papers, the ribbon is American Crafts, SU sentiment. I've coloured Tilda with Karisma watersoluble pencils, sansador and paper stumps then added some stickles glitter glue to her wings.

Hope your all having a lovely weekend, despite this dreadful weather.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Friday, 5 June 2009

SFTW - It's Launch Day wooo hooo!!!!!

Yay we have lift off. The Launch of Stampin for the Weekend is finally here, and boy oh boy have all us DT girls been so excited for this day. I do hope you will be able to take part in our first challenge. The candy that is on offer has been so generously donated by Kimmi and Donna, I'd like to take this opportunity in thanking both these amazing ladies for all the hard work they have put into organising this fantstic new challenge blog, not to mention the wonderful candy they have donated and wow!! what a scrummy load of candy it is too, for more details of what you could win, just pop over to Stampin for the Weekends blog where you will see a detailed list.

So here goes then, for our first challenge which is entitled "Dusk to Dawn" we would love you to make a card or any project of your choice with the colour scheme of


Here is the card that I have made, the yellow background paper is a freebie download from the amazingly talented and very generous Summer, I've used SU "Bundle of Joy" stamp set to create the stars and moon backing. The gorgeous Alota image has been paper pieced with another freebie paper from Cuddly Buddly, also used Copics to colour the rest of the image. SU five petal flower punch and Ek success retro flower punch. The cutie lil charm is from The Hobby House.

The rest of the DT girls, Donna, Kimmi, Nicola, Jen, Amy, Claire, Ida, Pops and Vanya have created some truly wonderful projects for our first challenge, so why not pop over and check out their creations for yourself. We are all really looking forward to you taking part in SFTW and visiting your blogs to see what creations you come up with.

have fun and good luck
xx vicki xx

Wednesday, 3 June 2009

an award, candy alert and a lil reminder

My lovely fellow SFTW design team member Ida has so very kindly passed on this award to me, thank you so very much Ida.

Also, please pop over to Ida's blog as she is celebrating 7500 hits and to mark this occasion she has some amazing candy up for grabs, the best part is for every 10th comment she receives, Ida will add one more thing to the candy, so what are you waiting for, pop over and see for yourselves......lolo!!!!!

Just a lil reminder about the big launch on Friday of a brand new challenge blog Stampin For The Weekend, which I am so lucky to be a DT member. I do hope you will join us for the launch and to be in with a chance of winning some scrummy candy. Hopefully see you there.
ttfn xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

Creative Card Crew - Card for a Child Challenge

It's the first time for me to take part in the Creative Card Crew Challenge blog, this week the theme is to create a card for a child. I made this card a few days ago and thought it suited the challenge.

I've used up some more of my scrap papers, which are by Anna Griffin, I don't know about you but my scrap paper box is bursting at the seams, well infact I've three large boxes full of scraps, where do you draw the line and decide what size of scrap papers to throw out or keep...aarrghhh!!! I've coloured this gorgeous Magnolia image with my Stampin Up ink pads and added some pink Sakura stardust pen to the winges and antenna's, a few lil gems for extra sparkle, SU round tab punch and the sentiment is by Autumn Leaves "ticketed"

thanks for taking the time to visit my lil oasis
luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx