Friday, 30 October 2009

Stampin for the Weekend - Back to the 80's challenge

Hiya peeps and very happy Stampin Friday to you all.  This weeks Stampin For The Weekends challenge is a two fold challenge entitled Back to the 80's with a difference.  We have a combination of any of the three song titles and a color combo.......we wanna see what you can come up with for this one. You only need to use the title for this challenge, not the song lyrics........and the three songs for this challenge are

1. Girls on Film - Duran Duran
2. Dirty Laundry - Don Henley
3. Girls Just Wanna Have Fun - Cyndi Lauper
and the color combo is Orange Blue and Purple

Our sponsors for this week is Peachy Keen Stamps and Kathy is very kindly giving a $25 shopping voucher to the lucky winner.

For my card I've gone with the song choice "Dirty Laundry", now to be honest I've never heard of that song but thought this gorgeous lil image from The Greeting Farm, which so happens to be called "Laundry" fitted the bill perfectly.  The wonderfully lovely Tracy over at Dies To Die For has a fantastic range of The Greeting Farm stamps available, (humungous thank yous Tracy for this one....mwah).  She has been coloured with Copics, the papers are a freebie download from Shabby Princess.   I was quick off the mark when it was QVC Craft Day and managed to get me mitts on the Martha Stewart Loop punches before they sold out.......yippeeeeee!!! Tulle from my local Haberdashery store. Prima flowers from Dies To Die For.

We have three lovely guest design team members this week, Gry Heidi, Lil Sis and Aunty Sue have created some beautiful cards for this weeks SFTW challenge, as have the rest of my wonderful team buddies, please pop over to their blogs to check them out.

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, look forward to you taking part in this weeks SFTW challenge,
take care, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Kraftin Kimmie meets Stamp With Fun

There's a fabby sketch to follow for this weeks Stamp With Fun challenge, so I thought I'd combine it with the colour challenge over at Kraftin Kimmie.  To be honest I wan't too sure about these stamps when I first saw them but wow!!! have I changed my mind and have since bought Francesca and Charlotte.

I've made this card for a very special crafty lady, I really shouldn't have posted it on here yet cos she hasn't received it....ooopppss!!!

Papers - Freebie downloads from Shabby Princess
Flowers - Prima Painterly Petals and Prima Fancies
Charm - courtesy of Tracy at Dies To Die For
(Thank you so much hun xxx)
Lace - from my local haberdashery store.


Now this is one of my orders, 1 down 6 to!!!!  I've made it for the mum of the teacher I work with.  I was a bit daunted in making this card as the teacher I work with is an Art Teacher......but she loved it...phew!!!!

Image - "Posy" Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - available from Dies To Die For
Papers - K & Co
Flowers - Hobbycraft and Prima (which have been Glimmer Misted)
Raffia Lace - Hobbycraft
The beautiful heart charm was part of my DT pack from the fabby Tracy at Dies To Die For, humungous thank yous my luvly

And here is what the inside looks like

A close up of the Glimmer Misted flowers and beautiful heart charm from Tracy

Righty Oh, I;ve got loads to do today, my house is like a bombsite, my ironing pile resembles Mount Everest and the girls have their friends over, plus I've got loads of cards to make and Tom my eldest is asking ....where's lunch?????????  oh the joys of motherhood......pmsl.

Take care all, happy craftying/blogging, ttfn, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Monday, 26 October 2009

Friday Sketchers

Hiya folks, hope your all having a stress free half term so far....gosh today has flown, I just hope the rest of the week doesn't go as quick....don't want to go back to work...booo hoooo!!!! lol!!

Anyways, I've been having a lil play with the gorgeous kit that the ever so lovely Tracy from Dies To Die For sent me, huge thank yous once again Tracy...((((hugs)))).  For the first card I've followed the sketch for this weeks Friday Sketchers challenge.

The cardstock is Bazzill.  The beautiful papers are My Minds Eye "Colourful Christmas", they certainly live up to their name, I love them, makes a change from the traditional colours.  The images and sentiment is from a really cute set by CC Designs Sugarplum Snowy Scenery, I've coloured them with Copics and added lots of coloured glitter and Glamour Dust, but unfortunately the piccie doesn't do it any justice as in real life it's all sparkly and twinkly.
Now I know I may sound a tad biased but honestly if you've never bought from Tracy at Dies to Die For before, I can't recommend her highly enough, Tracy's offers fantastic service with such speedy delivery too, she's a lil gem, so if you've ever hesitated from buying over the internet before you won't be disappointed with Dies To Die For.

OMG!!!! I am inundated with card orders at the moment.....don't get me wrong it's so lovely that people are ringing me with orders but they all want those tri-fold cards with boxes that take forever to make, my MIL rang me earlier, she wants 3 so in total I have 7 to make by the weekend......oh eck...anyone fancies coming over to my house to help me!!!!  TTFN xx vicki xx

Sunday, 25 October 2009

Sunday Sketch and Stamp my GDT card

Hiya folks, I hope your all enjoying the weekend so far.  Did you remember to put the clocks back for the extra hours sleep....????

Okay, as it's Sunday that means it's time for another Sunday Sketch and Stamp challenge and this weeks sketch has been provided by Ger and what  a great sketch it is too.

Here's my guest design team member card for Ger's sketch over at SS&S.  The image and sentiment  is from Your Next Stamp who just so happens to be SS&S sponsor for this week.  I've coloured her with Copics and added some stickles here and there. The papers are a mix of Doodle Bug (I think) and  the leftovers from my previous card which were a freebie download from Summer. American Crafts ribbon and gems from my stash.

Please pop by and check out the Sunday Sketch and Stamp design team cards, the girlies have come up with some fabby creations again this week.

Enjoy the rest of your weekend and if you have the half term hols off with the kids, have fun whatever your plans.  ttfn xx vicki xx

Friday, 23 October 2009

Stampin for the Weekend - Challenge # 21

Hiya peeps...phew what a manic week, am I glad it's Friday and time for another Stampin for the Weekend challenge, this weeks theme is............


So yep, we'd like to see a halloween themed card or project for this weeks SFTW challenge.

Thought I'd make a different shaped card for a change, not sure that it turned out quite how I'd imagined but there again my cards often don'!!!  The papers are a freebie download from Summer.  The image is by the ever so talented Kerryjo, which has been coloured with Copics

This weeks prize has been very kindly donated by our very own Donna. thanks luvly.  The lucky winner will receive this wonderful Designer Extreme vol 111 disc.

More of Donna's fabby discs can be found HERE:

Donna is also one of our Guest Design Team members this week, along with Tracy and Lil Sis (Beccy).  Cor what beautiful and imaginative creations they have come up with, thank you ladies for joining us it's lovely to have you.  The rest of my lovely teamies have also made gorgeous creations this weeks, well done girls.

Yay!!!! half term hols are upon us a week off....whooooo hoooooo!!!! Don't forget to put your clocks back at the weekend, an extra hours sleep and don't I need it after this!!!!

Well whatever you've got planned this weekend, I hope it's a good one.  Take care all, luv 'n' crafty hugs
xx vicki xx

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

Happy Birthday Yassy and Just Magnolia Bright 'n' Zingy

Hiya luvly crafty buddies.  Well today my lil girl Yasmin is 7, (Happy Birthday Squidge) and here are the cards I made for her.  All cards count for this weeks Creative Inspiration "Family" challengeThe first card I've entered into this weeks Just Magnolia Bright 'n Zingy challenge, just a tad on the bright side

I've coloured the Magnolia image, Tilda with Bike, available from Dies to Die For with Copics.  The papers are a mix of K & Co and some  from a luvly RAK I received from Tara, got me sewing machine out again. Martha Stewart Butterfly punch.  Prima flowers from Dies To Die For, charm, ribbon, and gems from my stash.  The chipboard number 7 has been coloured with distress inks then painted with crackle glaze.

The above card is from her sister Georgia.  I've used a foam stamp from QVC which I've had for yonks and again it's one of those that hasn't been used until now....Melissa Frances rub-ons.

This card is from her brothers, Tom and Ryan.  Megan has been coloured with Copics, Papers are Basic Grey.  My Favourite Things "Bling Dot" alphabet stamps which has had stickles added, Prima flowers and gems from Tracy at Dies to Die For.

Thanks for popping by, sorry I've not been around much lately......again...., really busy with card orders and organising Yassy's birthday, she has a school disco tonight then tomorrow is her birthday rest for the wicked hey,  this past week has been manic around this house, roll on next week and the half term!!!!  ttfn xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

Anyone for Anya - Autumn Colours

Hiya folks, I made this card quite a few weeks ago now and just noticed that this weeks theme over at Anyone For Anya is Autumn Colours, so thought I'd enter it with this card.  I've used my large curved rectangular Nesties to create the acutal shape of the card, the papers are Sassafrass Lass leftover scraps leftover.  The Greeting Farm "Annika" image has been coloured with Copics.  Autumn Leaves "Ticketed" sentiments, button, paper and string from my stash.

Thanks for popping by, ttfn, xx vicki xx

Monday, 19 October 2009

Some fabby news to share and a few Christmas cards.....

Oh gosh I am so excited, not to mention totally shocked....I received a lovely e-mail from Tracy last week asking if I would like to be part of her design team for a while......well you could have knocked me down with a about flabberghasted!!!  So after taking it into careful consideration for all of a nano second of course I said yes.  I am incredibly chuffed, not to mention honoured to be part of Tracy's design team over at.............Dies to Die For......omg!!! Whooooo hooooooo, thank you so very much Tracy...mwah

Friday I received the most fantabulistic first DT pack from Tracy and this is what I've been busy making.

Image - Rubber Romance "Merry" (coloured with Copics)
Gems and Ribbon available at Dies To Die For
Sentiment - Stampin Up

Image - Rubber Romance -"Kiss Me You Fool" (coloured with Copics)
Bazzill cardstock
Gems and ribbon available at Dies To Die For
computer generated sentiment

Image - CC Designs - Sugarplum Snowmen
Gems from my stash

Image - CC Designs Sugarplum Snowmen
Papers - My Minds Eye "Colourful Christmas"
gems from my stash

Image - CC Designs Sugarplum Snowmen (coloured with Copics, stickles)
Papers - My Minds Eye "Merry Days of Christmas"
Felt snowflake and gems available at Dies To Die For

Well at least I can now say that I've made a start on some Christmas!!!!!  For all the latest news on Dies to Die For, just check out Tracy's blog, there's some special offers on at the mo too. 

righty oh I shall be back soon with some more cards, gots loads to make this week as it's my daughters birthday on Wednesday, sil and bil anniversary Thursday plus I've got a few more new orders to get done.....busy, busy, busy....ttfn xx vicki xx

Saturday, 17 October 2009

Happy 7th Birthday

Hiya peeps, are well all happy and well on this beautiful Saturday.  Just a quick post today inbetween my juggling act of kids, housework, shopping, making cards for orders.....oh there's just so much to do today, goodness knows how I'm gonna fit it all in....I knew I should have done more yesterday...oh well only got myself to!!!

I've made this card for another order, the same lady who crafts herself...oh bless her.  She asked for this particular image as it reminded her of her grand-daughter.  I've coloured Daisy with Distress Inks, the papers are K & Co "Berry Sweet",  the chipboard 7 I coloured with Copics then painted crackle glaze on top.  Computer generated sentiment, organza ribbon was part of a beautiful bundle of birthday goodies from Michelle, (thank you so much again Michelle..mwah) and the lil charm is from The Hobby House.

Ok, that's it from me today, gotta dash, ttfn xx vicki xx

Friday, 16 October 2009

Stampin for the Weekend - Challenge 20

Hello everyone, hope your all doing well.  Gosh don't these Friday's come along quickly these days, can't believe the weekend is almost upon us again.....So I guess that means it's time for another Stampin for the Weekend challenge....yippppeeeeee!!!! This week my luvly teamie Amy has come up with this fab lil sketch, (thanks chick really enjoyed making this one).

For this weeks SFTW challenge card I've used this fabby High Hopes stamp called "Warm Wishes", (Tracy over at Dies to Die For has a wide variety of High Hopes stamps available....go check them out and while your there why not bag yourself a bargain with todays special offers, plus check out all those new stamps Tracy has just taken stock of...oh eck I feel a spending spree coming on..uh oh!!!!!!)  Warm Wishes has been coloured with Copics.  The Basic Grey "Archaic" papers have been distressed and machine sewn.  Raffia lace and eyelets from my stash. The sentiment is HOTP.

So I guess your wondering who our sponsor is this week, well a huge thanks to Whiff of Joy for kindly donating this stamp for our prize, isn't it a lil cutie and all you have to do to win is follow Amy's sketch.

We have Tracy and Jerusha as our Guest Design Team members this week,please check out their wonderful creations.  Thank you ladies for creating such beautie cards again.

All the girlies over at Stampin for the Weekend have done a marvellous job with Amy's sketch this week, why not pay them a lil visit and say "Hi" while your there.

I hope you all have a fun weekend.  My eldest daughter is off to Wembley tomorrow on a Guide trip to celebrate the 100th birthday of Girl Guides......she's only gonna see JLS, Pixie Lotte, The Noisettes, Alexandra Burke, The Saturdays to name but a few live on stage....oh I so wish I was going....

lots of luv 'n' crafty hugs
xx vicki xx

Thursday, 15 October 2009

Stamp with Fun

Hiya luvly blogging buddies, hope your all keeping well.  For today's card I've folllowed this weeks sketch for the Stamp with Fun challenge.

Would you believe I've had this stamp for a while now and not inked her up until now.....isn't she adorable, her name is Emma by Elizabeth Bell for SCACD.  I've coloured her with Distress Inks.  The papers are MME "Bloom & Grow". Prima flowers, dewdrops and sentiment from my stash.  Martha Stewart butterfly punch available from Tracy at Dies to Die For

Just a quickie post from me today, I must be crazy still up at this time of night, (01.24am) my alarm goes off at 6am....I doubt I'll be able to get up for work at this!!!!

ttfn, luv 'n' hugs xx vicki xx

Monday, 12 October 2009

April - Martini Girl

Hiya folks and a very happy Monday to you all.  Just thought I would show some cards that I've made over the weekend, plus one I made weeks ago and forgot to post.....doh!!!

I love this Rubber Romance image, April the Martini Girl is so appropriate for many special girly occassions.  I bought her from Tracy at Dies to Die For a while ago now but  Tracy still has a great selection of Rubber Romance stamps available HERE.

April has been coloured with Copics.  The papers are from MME "Laundry Line" available from Elaine at Quixotic Paperie OMG!!! I could hardly bare to tear these up as they are all glittery and I go!!!!  The flowers are a mix of Primas, the roses are from Hobbycraft.  Dew Drops and Lace from my stash, Stampin Up sentiment.

This card is an order from a lovely lady Jean, she always rings me with orders but the funny thing is, she's a crafter herself and has just treated herself to the new electronic Big Shot, but she's not into stamping.......yet.......which is why she rings me to make her cards.  I popped over her house yesterday and she has a box filled with beautiful cards that she has made, she enjoys decoupage and the Glitter Girls embossing boards.  The papers for the card below I only received on Saturday from Jules. it's not like me to use my new papers so quickly, well you know what I'm like with lovely!!!  They are from the new Stampin Up catalogue and gosh they are delish.  Prima swirl gems and again April has been coloured with Copics.

This card I made ages ago and it's for a very close friend of mine, Sarah, we've been friends since we were 3 and now I can't believe she is 40.  April has again been coloured with Copics, the papers are a freebie download from Summertime Designs. Prima gems.

And here's what the inside looks like.  I may have gone just a tad overboard with the Prima swirly!!!

Gosh that was a long post, sorry if I've bored you all rigid, I'll leave you all get on with your day.  I'm just having a lil break from the dreaded Monday housework.....what a way to spend my day off hey!!!! Take care all xx vicki xx

Sunday, 11 October 2009


Well can you believe I'm here again....I've gone from having no mojo to the complete opposite.  Mind you I did make these cards a couple of days ago for two very good crafting friends over on the Do-Crafts Forum, Hilary and Patricia,  just a shame they arrived after their birthdays

Both Miss Anya's have been coloured with Copics, the papers on the card below are Bo Bunny, I love these papers but never get around to using them, you know how it is with us crafters and stroking!!!!

The papers on the card below are a mix of Stampin Up and Basic Grey Lemonade, mmmmmm love those ones too, oh what are we like with our obsession for lovely papers....pmsl. sentiment is Stampin Up.

Just in case you were wondering where I purchase my Stampin Up stash from, just pop over to Jules' blog, she is a fabby Yorkshire Lass, who knows a thing or two about Stampin Up products, so if you ever want/need anything, I know she'll only be too happy to help

I've got some more cards to show, some I've made today and some I made weeks ago, but forgot to put them on my blog.  So I shall be back sometime tomorrow with them.  Gotta dash, we haven't had our Sunday dinner yet, I've left that up to hubby and he's dishing it up as I type.  See ya soon, lots of luv xx vicki xx

Sunday Sketch and Stamp - Clare's sketch

I have some exciting news to share with you all........I was chosen to be a Guest Designer for the challenge blog Sunday Sketch and Stamp, I can't tell you how chuffed I am....woooohoooooo!!!!!! Thank you so much ladies for chosing me to be part of your team for the next three months.

This weeks sketch is by my lovely friend Clare and what a fabby lil sketch she has come up with too.

And here's my card.  I've coloured Tilda with Distress Inks. The papers are MME "magnolia", I've used the retro floral punch to create the flowers, the sentiment is HOTP, American Crafts ribbon.

Please pop over to Sunday Sketch and Stamp to check out all the other wonderful creations from the design team. I hope you will join in with this weeks sketch, I'll look forward to seeing you there.

My mojo is well and truly back, I've made quite a few cards the last couple of days, I've caught up with all my orders.  Thank you for all your lovely comments of encouragement, they cheered me up no end.  Thanks also for hubby's birthday greetings.  We had a wonderful evening on Friday, Stephen was in not fit state to do anything yesterday, well at his age he can't drink whiskey like he used to....pmsl!!!!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, luv 'n' crafty hugs xx vicki xx

Friday, 9 October 2009

Stampin for the Weekend is back...yay!!!!!!

Due to Donna's ill health and the tragic death of Kimmi's brother, SFTW was put on hold but I am so glad to tell you all that our lovely Stampin for the Weekend challenge blog is back to our usual Friday slot. So this week theme is a colour challenge.  We'd like you to create a project using the colours


Our sponsor Heidi from Simon Says Stamp has once again very generously donated a $25 gift token for the lucky winner to spend.

We have two fabby guest designers this week, Sue and Jerusha have created the most gorgeous cards, thank you ladies for joining us at SFTW

So here's my lil card.  D'ya know I received my Manga stamps over a month ago and what with one thing and another I've not had chance to ink them up, apart from this one, the other two are still in their sealed packs....I love these Basic Grey "mellow" papers so appropriate for this weeks colour challenge. The edges have been distressed, then machine sewn. The sentiment is Stampin Up , corner punch with some pearly gems which Michelle kindly gave me as a birthday present along with a huge bundle of delish crafting goodies, thank you again Michelle for your wonderful present. 

This is the first card I have made in almost three weeks, my craft room has well and truly been neglected, it's was really hard to get back into the swing of things, so to speak but I hope to be back soon with some more cards, as I still have some orders to make.

Don't forget to check out my lovely SFTW teamies creations, they've all come up trumps again this week, well done girlies.  Unfortunately Donna is still poorly, (I hope you make a speedy recovery sweetie and take time out for yourself, you deserve it chick).  I like to say a huge thank you to Kimmi for organising the return of Stampin for the Weekend, after all she has been through, this lady is a true inspiration to everyone..((((((HUGS)))))))

Well my fab lil hubby is the BIG 40 today, (happy birthday chunk), so lots of celebrations going on today and over the weekend, I just can't believe he's 40...I'd better be careful cos he'll only get me back next!!!!

I hope you all have a wonderful weekend, lots of love 'n' crafty hugs xx vicki xx

Sunday, 4 October 2009

Hiya folks.......

........sorry for not being around lately, been a bit down and in a rutt, plus  I seem to be forever taxiing my kiddies here there and everywhere, I'm shattered all the time and I've been neglecting the dreaded housework for so long that it has got me down, so I've been trying to catch up with everything around here.   I've not been in my craft room for almost a fortnight, my Mojo has emigrated and can you believe that I went into town on Friday and bought (gasp, shock, horror) 6 birthday cards,  I just didn't have it in me to make any.....omg!!! that's the first time in over 2 years that I have bought any cards......oh the shame....there my big confession to you!!!! I have a couple of orders for cards to make, goodness knows how I'm gonna make them, so if anyone has any spare mojo's around, please send them my!!!  On a happier note, my luvly  blogging buddy and fellow taffy (Welsh) friend Clare asked if I would be interested in going to the NEC with her in November.....well of course I couldn't refuse, I've always wanted to go but never made it, so I was chuffed to bits when she suggested it and now I so can't wait.   I hope I'll be back to normal soon, in the meantime take care all, loads of love and hugs...mmmmmwaaahhhhh xx vicki xx