Thursday, 26 August 2010

a much neglected Sugar Nellie Luca

Hiya luvly peeps, well I guess I am not the only one who has a ton of stamps just collecting dust somewhere in their craft rooms.......mmmmmm.....just think of all those lil characters that don't see the light of day anymore......oh bless 'em.  So when I was asked to make a card for a 12 year old Grandson who plays the guitar, I remembered this lil guy, trouble was I couldn't remember where I'd put I went hunting through everywhere and found soooooo many stamps that I've not used in yonks, not to mention quite a few that have not even been taken out of their packaging let alone inked up.....shame on me.....but I think your reading this and thinking exactly the same aren't you....go on admit!!!!!!

So onto the card, which I am entering for this weeks Cupcake Craft Challenge, their theme is "Blue & Green"

Goodies used were:-

Image -Sugar Nellie "Luca with guitar"
Papers - DCWV
Sizzix die cute "Rock ticket" and star
charm and numbers from my stash

Now I wonder how many of you, like me, are feeling guilty and gonna dig out some oldies, ink them up, colour them in and make a know I'm gonna try my best to ink up some more oldies.

Till next time, ttfn, luv'n' hugs and thank you for popping by my lil oasis
xx vicki xx 

Tuesday, 24 August 2010

Tilda Bride & Bridesmaid

hiya folks, before I get onto the details of todays card, I just wanted to shout it from the rooftops how incredibly proud I am of my young lad Ryan for passing his Maths, English, Science and Geography GCSE's, I sure am one happy Mum and so pleased for Ryan, well done luvly boy.....luv ya so much xxxxx

Ok onto the  Yet another beautiful Magnolia stamp, Tilda with Bride and Bridesmaid has been coloured with Copics and the addition of lots of Stickles.  The papers are My Minds Eye, totally girl pad, Pearly gems, Martha Stewart border punch available from Dies To Die For.   Flowers are Prima and Wild Orchid Crafts which have been spritzed with Glimmer Mist.  (sorry that the pic doesn't show the real sparkle of this card)

I am entering this card into the following challenges:-

Wild Orchid Challenge - Make it Sparkle
Fluterby Wednesdays - Sparkle, Designer Papers and Buttons/Gems
Paper Play challenges - Pink to make the boys wink

Thanks for visiting and for all the lovely comments you kindly take the time to leave, they are always much appreciated.

luv 'n' crafty hugs
xx vicki xx

Monday, 23 August 2010

Romantic Tilda

Helloo crafty folks, well here I am again with another card ......  you can tell I am still on my Summer Hols, I would never normally create this many if I were at work.....which I am counting down the days....another 9 more days left......boooo hooooo!!!

For todays card, I've used my new stamp, Romantic Tilda, isn't she the prettiest lil thing, I have had her for a couple of weeks and only now inked her up...ooooppppsss!!!  I've coloured her with Distress Inks and added lots of Stickles.  The pretty papers are Prima "Annalee".  Melissa Frances rub-ons.

This card seems to fit the bill for the Just Magnolia "Sentimental" challenge. Stamp with Fun "Card for a Girl.  City Crafter "isn't she lovely" (very appt)

I wasn't sure which piccie to show, so I put up both, mind you neither of them do any justice :-(

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis, I may be back very soon with some more creations.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Sunday, 22 August 2010

Tilda & Edwin - Loving Wishes

Good evening crafty peeps, oh it's so quiet in this house, hubby has taken the girlies out for a couple of hours, to give me some peace......oh what!!!  I recieved my copy of the new Magnolia Ink magazine yesterday and it dawned on me that I've not used any of my new Magnolia stamps.....(oh the shame of it), so I've been playing most of the afternoon and made four Magnolia cards.

This is the first one, which I am going to enter into the "Blue & Cream" challenge over at The Secret Crafter blog, also Totally Tilda's challenge is "sewing".

I've coloured the happy couple with Distress Inks, then masked them off and stamped the Magnolia script stamp over them, than spritzed the image with Glimmer Mist.  The papers are Stampin Up, and sewn with my sewing machine. Nesties Label 10 available from Dies To Die For, as is the Martha Stewart border punch.

Well the troups should be due home soon, so I think I'd better go have a quick tidy up...don't want them thinking I've been crafting all the time they've been if I would do such a thing......pmsl.

xx vicki xx  

Saturday, 21 August 2010

for a couple of challenges

Hiya folks, today's card I've created following this weeks fabby sketch over at Cute Card Thursday's challenge blog, I'm also entering this for the "Anything Goes" challenge at Stampin for the Weekend.

Crafty stash used were:-
High Hopes image - Girl Overalls
Bo Bunny papers - Love Bandit
Prima flowers - Country Elegance
Marth Stewart Border Punch - Cornice
Ribbon and Melissa Frances Rub-on sentiment from my stash

Sorry for the short 'n' sweet post folks, busy day today.  Hopefully I'll be back soon with some more creations.  Take care all, hope you all have a lovely weekend.

luv 'n crafty hugs
xx vicki xx

Friday, 20 August 2010

Gone Fishin'

Hiya peeps, well here I am again today with another card, gosh I am doing well.  I've made this card with this weeks High Hopes "Water" challenge.

I've coloured the High Hopes "Time Well Spent" image with Copics and added a lil Glossy Accents.  The papers are a mix of Basic Grey "Marakesh" and Doodlebug "Prints Charming", Nesties Label 10 available from Dies To Die For.  The sentiment is also High Hopes ( Pals is a Melissa Frances Rub-on).  The orange net is from my fridge....I knew those onions would come in handy for something other than!!!

Rightyho, gotta dash, our house is in an awful state, the work still hasn't finished yet since we had that water leek back in January, huge saga with the builders, they left us high and dry in April because I complained about the way they laid our flooring, thankfully after months of battling, getting a solicitor involved plus another loss adjuster, they have finally returned this week to finishoff the work they started the beginning of the you can imagine how stressed it's been here but at least the work is now back on track......I so can't wait to have my dining room back and second more eating our meals on our lap in the lounge......

Thanks for visiting my lil oasis
happy crafting all
xx vicki xx

Thursday, 19 August 2010

Loads of Love .....

Hiya folks, gosh two postings in one day.....that's not happened in a long while....cor first you don't see me for months now you can't get rid of!!

Right first things first, I have to say a huge, enormous, gigantic thank you to the lovely Tracy at Dies To Die For, as she sent me the most scrumdiddlyumptious DT package only problem was that there were so many lovely things to play with I didn't know which to choose first.  But this lil lady stole my heart and I couldn't resist, isn't she a lil darlin'.   Her name is Honey August, CC Designs, and she's new to Dies To Die For.

I'm going to enter this card into the following challenges:-

The Secret Crafter Saturday Challenge - "What are little girls made of"
Alphabet Challenge Blog - "P is for Punches"
Crafts and Me Challenges - "Petals and Pearls"
Anything goes challenge - "Three Layers"
Paper Pretties - "Summer"

Goodies used were :-

Sassafrass Papers - Indie Girl
Martha Stewart Punches - Eyelet Heart  and Sweetheart punch around the page (on offer at the mo)
Available at Dies To Die For

Well you can tell that I am back crafting is a big way, as my poor Big Shot cutting plates just snapped on me and the funny thing is that I was only commenting on Nessy's blog yesterday when I saw the piccies of her broken ones, new I was jinxing myself.....oh well another excuse to go crafty shopping lol!!!!

TTFN my luvlies, see ya soon
luv 'n' hugs 
xx vicki xx

A wedding card in a hurry....

Good morning all.  I was asked if I could make a Wedding card with a lilac theme, the day before the actual Wedding.....oh eck....panic set in.   So I thought it best to keep it clean and simple and just used embossing folders and Spellbinders dies.

And the inside looks like this. 

Heart charms
available from Dies To Die For

Thanks for popping by folks and for all the lovely comments youkindly take the time to leave.
Enjoy your day.
luv 'n' crafty hugs
xx vicki xx

Wednesday, 18 August 2010

70th Birthday

Hiya everyone, hope your all keeping well, gosh are these hols flying by, not that we can call it Summer with this dreadful weather we're having.....ggggrrrrrr..

Anyhow, I was asked to make two 70th birthday cards, one being a handbag themed card from the grandson. Here's what I came up with, pleased to say that the recipient was very happy.....phew, I always dread handing the cards over just in case they hate!!

The papers are Anna Griffin, as you can see my sewing machine came in very handy.  I used the Marianne Design butterfly die available at Dies To Die For, HERE as are the Nesties Label 10, HERE.

Below is what the inside of the card looks like.

Here's the handbag themed card I made.  I used a Sizzix die to create the handbag, I made an extra one to fill with some small choccies.

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis, see ya soon
luv 'n' craft hugs
xx vicki xx

Monday, 16 August 2010

something old, new, borrowed and blue ........

......... is the theme to the challenge over at Papertake Weekly.

This is my take on the challenge.  Old is the sentiment, New is the Tilda image, Borrowed (well pinched ) the ribbon from my daughter, Blue are the flowers and bits in the papers.

I've coloured Tilda with Distress Inks, then heat embossed over the image.  Papers are Basic Grey - Wisteria, Nesties and Martha Stewart border punch available from Dies To Die For

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis, hope you all have a lovely day, see ya soon.

Luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx

Sunday, 15 August 2010

He's got ..........High Hopes.....

Hellooooooo and a happy Sunday afternoon to you all.

I've been playing again with the lovely goodies that Tracy at Dies To Die For sent me.  I've got to say that I love this cute character, Huggable Hank, just look at his expression on his cutie lil!!!  He's from High Hopes and Tracy has a vast selection of High Hopes stamps available at Dies To Die For. I've coloured him with Copics.  The papers are My Minds Eye - Merry Days of Christmas.  They've been slightly distressed, then sewn with my sewing machine.  I've also used a Martha Stewart border punch, Nesties, the sentiment is from my stash, not sure where I got that from now.....doh!!!

This card should fit in nicely with this weeks "Animal" challenge over at Crafty Catz Weekly Challenge blog

My Minds Eye paper - Merry Days of Christmas -  "Pajama Plaid"
Martha Stewart border punch
available from Dies To Die For

Why not check out all the New Stock Tracy has at Dies To Die For, not to mention all the Back in Stock goodies, you won't be disappointed cos there's ton's, just don't let on to your!!!!

Right that's it for me today, gotta carry on with the dreaded housework......ggrrrrrrr.....

luv 'n crafty hugs to you all
xx vicki xx

Thursday, 12 August 2010

Happy Anniversary

Hiya peeps, today's card I've created using all the delish DT goodies that the lovely Tracy from Dies To Die For sent me, thank you hun, I'm so enjoying crafting again and glad to be back with it too as it's a great way to unwind from the stress joys of being a Mum when it's school!

The challenge for this week over at Pocket Full of Posies is "All that glitters", I think this should just about!!!

Viewed from a different angle

Goodies used :-

Flowers Prima - Pearl Penache - (Snowbird)
Glamour Dust and Stickles

thanks for popping by folks, happy crafting,
luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 10 August 2010


Today I'm showing you two cards I've made using this sweet lil girl Mimosa from the Bildmalarna stamp range, available from Dies To Die For, isn't she a lil darling.  I've entered these cards into this weeks "Cute 'n' girly" challenge over at the Creative Card Crew challenge blog.

Image - Mimosa Sorry
Prima - Umbrella Happy Faces (card below)
Flowers - PRIMA -  Eline Pinks

I've got to say that Tracy has some deliciously scrummy papers available at Dies To Die For, I especially loving these Bo Bunny and Prima ones at the moment, go see for yourself, they are so delish.

Well as if this weather couldn't get any worse hey, some Summer hey!!!! My lil girlies and I spent the day in Cardiff and got rather wet, again.  I promised to take them to buy a new cuddly from the Bear Factory.....omg!!! I so love that store, I felt like a lil girl again and all those adorable lil outfits to dress the cuddlies up in......Yasmin chose a Pink Fluffy bear and called her Lucy and Georgia-May chose a Husky and named him Wolfie.....oh bless!!! When we got home our Sky box went a bit bonkers and refused to come on, it's been playing up for a while now, so I rang Sky earlier and they can't come out til Friday, but at least we get a new HD Sky box for free, now I need to tell the kids we've got no telly til Friday.....pmsl....that'll be fun....not.....oh well another good excuse for us all to play in my craft room or do some more shopping, mind you I really NEED to do the ironing.....decisions, decisions??????

Happy crafting, luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx

Sunday, 8 August 2010

For someone special

Hiya folks, thought I'd show a card that is very different from what I usually make and coincidentally is just fits with this weeks Stamp, Scrap and Doodle Saturdays challenge which is NO IMAGES, only sentiments,  die cuts and embellishments.  Apologies for the poor piccie, as it's not done this card justice at all, it looks much better irl.

Kraft cardstock - Stampin Up
Sentiment and ribbon - Anna Griffin
Spellbinders Butterfly Die
Cuttlebug embossing folders - Swiss Dots and Textile
Nestabilities Oval Scallop Die
Pearly gems  - Available from Dies To Die For

Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks, happy crafting, see you soon
luv 'n' hugs 
xx vicki xx

Tuesday, 3 August 2010

A few more to show

Hiya, just thought I'd show a few more cards that I made a while back but didn't get around to posting til now.

Image - "Ebony" - The Greeting Farm 
Papers- Rusty Pickle - Pirate Princess (I think)

Image - CC Designs - Kiki La Rue "Sweet"
Papers - Stampin Up

Tilda has been coloured with Copics Ciao Markers
Martha Stewart Border Punches
available from Dies To Die For

Thanks for popping by my lil oasis, have a fun day, it's raining here again so me and the girls are off to do a bit of girly shopping,  not to mention new school uniforms to buy too.

ttfn xx vicki xx

Monday, 2 August 2010

Strike a Pose

Hiya peeps, well here I am again...don't all faint on me now will!!!!  I can honestly say that I am getting back into the swing of crafting and posting my creations on my blog, now all I have to do is visit all my lovely blogging buddies cos boy has it been a while since I left comments....huge apologies for that.

Anyways, the lovely Tracy over at Dies to Die For sent me some gorgeous goodies to play with, I have to say it was ages ago but I have finally got around to having a lil play ... yay!!!.  I love Rubber Romance stamps, infact I remember them being the first stamps I ever bought and Tracy has a fabulous selection of the Rubber Romance Divas HERE

Image - "Strike a Pose", Rubber Romance

Image -  Rubber Romance - "Strike a Pose"
Papers - My Minds Eye - Lush - Black Damask (flocked)

The papers on the above card really does live up to its Lush name.....omg!! the flocking is really gorgeous.

Well that's it for me today, I shall be back soon with some more of my recent creations and believe me I have been rather busy in the crafting!!!

Take care all, luv 'n' hugs
xx vicki xx