Monday, 31 May 2010

Guest Design Team Card - Sweetpea Stampers

Ok now you can see why I was asking so many questions about scrink plastic last week! This is my final week as guest designer over on sweetpea stampers and I have adored my time on this challenge. I have fallen in love with these stamps and my husband has ordered me some more from America for our 9th wedding anniversary next month so you will be seeing an awful lot more. The card showcases three stamps with the theme of fairy dust. I have choosen a k and co loose sheet of paper from the margo pack which is covered in green shinny glitter. I have used my cutterbug to cut 3 apperatures out of the paper and the green card stock. The larger centre hole has had an image stuck behind it on foam pads to add some depth. The image has been coloured in copics, sakura pens and twinkling H2O's. The two smaller ovals both contain shrink plastic windows of two other fairy stamps from sweet pea. The flowers are WOC which have been drenched in glimmermist pearl and have tim holtz cotton candy stickles added to the tops of the petals. I only used one sheet of paper as I did not want to distract from the 'windows' details.

I hope that you like it x

entering for totally gorjuss - wings

Secret Crafter DT Card - Catgirl

This is one of the new release from Secret Crafter, it should be in the shop now to purchase. Isn't she gorgeous and is a dream to colour.

Copics used - e42 e50 e01 e000 e71 e31 e43 e51 rv21
papers - basic grey sugared
other equipment - nesties label 8, pearls from secret crafter, swirl using brazil templates, ek success wave flourish, flower prima, brad and spacer stash

challenges -
stampavie and more - happy birthday girl
simon says - pink with green and brown
spoonful of sugar - celebrations

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sweetpea - Soth Goth Night - Distressed

I have been so busy making design team cards as my husband is on holiday for two weeks and we are off on holiday so I have tried to get all the cards done and set as scheduled, so fingers crossed they all post. I decided to make a card for a few challenges. I have not distressed in ages so I thought that would be a nice place to start. The image was a rak of Cathy and has been coloured in distressed inks. The papers are a K and Co buttons pack and the punch used is martha stewart. Flowers are WOc. I hope you like and do check back tomorrow for a sneak preview of a new stamp from Secret Crafter.


crafts and me - distressing
creative inspirations - distressed

Saturday, 29 May 2010

DT Card Secret Crafter

This is my second time writing this post as the last although scheduled has vanished into the ether. This week on Secret Crafter Helen has choosen the theme of Buttons and Blooms. I have coloured this lovely Sarah Kay image in distressed inks and mounted her onto basic grey porcelin paper. All of these can be brought from Wendy's shop Secret Crafter. Now nip over to the challenge blog to see the rest of the teams creations and also to read about some exciting news.

Freebie Friday on Secret Crafter

This weeks Freebie Friday giveaway at Secret Crafter is one of Wendy's own range of Manga stamps - he is called 'Jake with Bubbles'.

If you would like a chance to win him here are the rules:-

1. You must be a follower of Wendy's blog by adding yourself to the followers list on the side bar.
2. Mention Freebie Friday on your blog and link to the post on Wendy's blog
3. Leave a comment under that post with a link to your blog
4. Go to the Secret Crafter Shop and find Bazzill Jewel Templates Borders. Then send an email to with the item number of this item in the subject box

Thursday, 27 May 2010

No card today as it is the 5th anniversary of my Mummy dying and I am very emotional. I would instead like to share with you a favourite picture of her and I and also one of her favourite songs.

Shrink Plastic help

I have brought some shrink plastic to use with the boys have stamped my image in memento and now 48 hours later it is still not dry, help!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

ABC Design Team Card V is for Vintage

I loved this challenge as you know I love my Sarah Kay stamps and it gave me the excuse to ink up this beauty. She is coloured in sistressed inks. The papers are Basic Grey and have been matted onto plain green card stocl. the flowers are WOC and the lace is from my stash. I hope you like it xxx

The challenge is sponsored by Kellie of tickled pink whom is offering a stamp from her new range.

challenges this card entered into -
*friday sketchers - sketch
*create for fun - vintage

Monday, 24 May 2010

Guest Design Team Card - Sweetpea Stampers

This is my card for my guest design team spot on Sweetpea Stampers, although looking at the way it has loaded I think my scanner had a slight mare!
The theme is a receipe - 4 patterned papers, 2 ribbons, 1 button and 2 different shapes.
I have used the beautiful enchanting gold stamp and coloured her in distressed inks, the papers are basic grey Eva an old pad I am in the process of finishing off. The flower was won in a simon says candy on facebook - I just happened to be in the right place at the right time. The button was a rak of Cathy. I hope you like and please do try and join in x

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Secret Crafter DT Card

I am so not happy with this card it just doesn't seem right to me, I am not sure why. The theme this week on Secret Crafter is no patterned paper. I have used this lovely image from Sarah Kay which can be purchased from Wendy at Secret Crafter. Coloured in distressed inks with the flowers from WOC. Please do go and look at the other DT Members cards as they are much better than this - hugs xxx

Thursday, 20 May 2010

I am still here

Sorry not posted a card for a few days Henry has been ill, I am trying to get all my dt cards doen when I can and also revamping ABC Challenge following the departure of Jane and Jennifer. If anyone is interested in joining the team please email me with a link to your blog, a bit about you and also enclose your 5 favourite cards, thanks x

Monday, 17 May 2010

Sarah Kay in Orange!

This card ahs been made for my husbands Uncle whom is a massive Wolves fan, hence the old gold(orange) and black hues to the card. I have coloured this Sarah Kay image in distressed inks (he reminds me so much of my eldest son Edward). I mixed my colours together to get the bronze I wanted for the dungarees, I am very pleased with the effect and I have tried to create a shadow behind him and the dog, has it worked? The papers are Basic Grey Ambrosia pad, i had forgotten I had these but came across them while paper hunting and thought that they would work brilliantly for a male card. I edged the papers in black soot distressed inks as I wanted definition but without being too bulky. Finally a punch swirl in the corner and tiny pearls as you can't put flowers on a male card and I thought it needed an accent.

Challenges -
*Allsorts - Birthdays
*My time to craft - too cute
*Cute Card Thursday - Someone Special (Paul's Uncle)
*Friday Sketchers - sketch
*Stamping for the weekend - male card
*Basic Grey - Punches
*Creative Inspirations - Punches or dies

Saturday, 15 May 2010

Secret Crafter DT Card

I hope this posts as it is scheduled as I am full of a rotten summer cold - well that explains all the splitting headaches that I have been suffering from this week! The theme on this week is Secret CrafterSomething Metal. I have used this gorgeous Tilda she is a favourite of mine and coloured her in distressed inks which can be brought from the Secret Crafter shop. The papers are a basic grey pad aslo available from Secret Crafter. I have added some prima hydrangas and added a metal flower head to them for a change from a brad or a rose and from one of them have hung this adorable teddybear charm. The image has sticles around it (also available for Secret Crafter) as a change from distressing the edges with ink. A few little pearls highlight the corner. The lace has a thread of glitter running through it I could not resist it!
Please do check out the rest of the design teams creations and join us this week and nip over to wish Wendy get well soon after breaking her leg earlier this week.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Sweetpea box

This is the box that I made for ABC Design Team which is unused stash this week. The paper is a brown sheet of BoBunny which has been faux stitched in silver pen. Unfortunately it is so dark here today that even under a daylight bulb all of the work is not showing up. I have taken pictures of the boys holding the box (they both wanted to be photographed) to give you an idea of the size of it. The flowers used are wild orchard crafts and have been glitter sprayed. The fern punch is my stash and the images have been coloured in green and pink and brown and skin tone copics and I have distressed the edges of the images with distressed ink tea dye. The box covers a coffee box which I intend to give to my Nan. The flowers I have kept simple and in the same arrangement on the sides as I don't want the sides to be too heavy and have concerntrated the blooms on the top of the box all flowers have been glimmermisted in pearl and then have add sprinkles of diamond dust added. On the two larger sides and on the top I have followed some sketche challenges and the pearls used on these are from the hobby house and the brown ribbon is stash. I promise to try and get some better pictures outside if it is not raining tomorrow.

challenges -
  • Papertake weekly - shiny, sparkly, special
  • everybody art - make a gift
  • sweetpea - brown, pink and green
  • totally gorgeous - pink and green
  • allsorts - sketch (on one side)
  • totally papercraft - stitching
  • crafts and me - anything but a card
  • simon says - sketch (on one side)
  • sweetpea stamps - may flowers and/or showers
  • sketch and stash - sketch - on top the paper is new and flowers abandoned
  • Stampavie and more - pink
all the challenges are linked directly on my sidebar.

Henry and box
Edward and box
top of box - sketch and stash sketch
side of box simon says sketch

side of box allsorts sketch

other side of the sketch

image just coloured to show the sparkle

what is on your desk wednesday

A mess basically!!!!

To join in click here

A forgotten stamp

As challenged by my best friend Cathy here is my penny black with 2 patterned papers. It also fits the penny black challenge this week, I hope you like it. Sorry for short post have horrendous sinus migrane x

Monday, 10 May 2010

Crafts & Me
My first ever top 3!

Saturday, 8 May 2010

Magnolia - Princess scene

It had to be done! My stamp kit has finally arrived and I just had to ink up a scene and colour it! All the stamps are magnolia and have been masked together and coloured with copics and a surkura pen for the gold highlights. The flowers are WOC and have had stickles added to the petals.
Challenges - (all direct links on sidebar)
*Simon Says - birthdays (the banner says happy birthday)
*Just Magnolia - It takes Two - there are more than 2 magnolia stamps here lol!
*Stamp Something - Birthdays
*CRAFT - Birthdays

I hope you like it,
Vicky x

DT Secret Crafter

The challenge this week is a lovely one on Secret Crafter of 1 image, 2 papers and 3 embellishments. I have used this beautiful Sarah Kay which you can buy from Wendy at Secret Crafter, coloured in distressed inks. The papers are from an old K and Co pad which I have lost the cover off! The flowers are WOC and I have also used some pearls (from Wendy again) and a black ribbon which was originally off a chocolate box! I do hope you like and will join us x

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Sweetpea in green

This is a card I worked on last night, and unfortunately the glitter details aren't showing due to the bad light today, is it yucky and grey by you?

I have coloured the image in with copics, and glitter pen (not that you can see that shading over the top). The papers have been distressed and I have fauxed sewed in the pen too, it loks fab in the flesh. I hope you like it x

Challenge -
*sweetpea - sketch
*crafts and me - sparkle
materials -
sweetpea - coral immersions
paper - basic grey origins edged in distressed ink forest moss
copics -
skin e000 e01 e50 e00 e42
hair g85 g21 bg 96 yg63 g94 bg93
dress e31 e37 e33 e57
shade w1

Wednesday, 5 May 2010

Magnolia - Parcel Tilda in Pink

This gorgeous image was a rak of Cathy. I have coloured her in distressed inks and mounted onto an old Eva Basic Grey Pad. The flowers are WOC of course! I am desperately trying to use all my stash of papers up as I am not allowed to buy anymore until they are all gone. My papers are low and my flowers even lower, help I need to win the lottery I think!
Challenges -
*Just Magnolia - Sketch

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Two that I am not sure of

Is it just me or do others have certian times in the month where every card seems perfect in their head but when you put it together on paper you go eek!? This is what has happened on these two cards. They were made for -
*Simon Says - Buttons, bows and bling
*Magnolia Down Under
*Totally papercraft.
Should I enter them or not? Any ideas on how to rescue them are gratefully received otherwise they will go to the great filing cabinet in the sky!

Sunday, 2 May 2010


One of the nicest and most talented bloggers is back in blogland. Rach is back yay and to celebrate is offering the most wonderful candy below to one lucky person - please let it be me!
Pop's (whom does some wicked sweetpea cards)has some fab candy to celebrate her birthday from Wild Orchard Crafts, click on the picture to take you there.

Candy Winner

Thank you to the 23 people whom entered and the name Henry pulled out of the hat was Dotty Jo. Could you please contact me with an address so I can get your images to you please.

Two Sweetpea Cards - One Aqua, one Lime Green

This first card was a challenge set by my lovely friend Cathy. I gave her the colour pink, ok not her favourite colour but I got lime green! I decided to use distressed inks to colour her and basically blended all my greens until I go the right shading. I thought she looked very wood nymph so I distressed tea dye in the background and added a leaf charm. The papers are Basic Grey Origins, which have been distressed and torn.
challenges -
*Stampavie and more - Distressed
*stampsomething - sketch

This was a trial I decided to see what she would look like with blue skin to reflect the pael light of the moon and the sea. I actually think that it has come out very well, although due to the light this morning you can not see the twinkle of the moon which was painted in H2O's and also the stickles which I have dotted to make waves and on the stars and round the image. I punched out the waves with a martha stewart flourish punch and used my wave inspired lace with a little anchor charm attached. I did not want to loose too much of the backing paper which is DCWV Once upon a time mermaid sheet as she looks as if she is leaping out of the waves.
challenges -
*sweetpea - under the sea
*crafts and me - sparkle

DT Card Secret Crafter

Helen has choosen the theme this week on Saturday Secret Crafter of Buttons and Blooms. I have used one of the wonderful new released Sarah kay's (in stock at Secret Crafter) and coloured her in distressed inks. The papers is Basic Grey Porcelin and the flower is from prima. I am trying to do some 'flat' cards at the moment as my sister complains of the special envelopes and higher postage costs when I use WOC so I am trying to use those for hand delievered cards and flat flowers when having to post.

Now some news

* firstly nip over to Wendy's blog for her freebie friday draw.
* secondly keep an eye out on the secret crafter blog and the design teams blogs all next week as we will be showcasing the new release of Secret Crafter Stamps. Unfortuately my set have never arrived in the post to say I am unhappy is an understatement and I have formally complained at the post office. Wendy has sent me some images so I hope to be able to join in but I did not receive these in time to particiapate fully in the blog hop, but I will be showing them throughout next week.

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Sweetpea in sea green

If I told you I even took this photo outside to try and show the sparkle would you believe me. It is so dark here I am sure we are about to experience a thunder storm. I have coloured the image in distressed inks, mixing my blues and greens to give different depths. I have then gone over the mermaids tail in a light wash of Sparkling H2O's sage. The flowers were done in Sparkling H2O's as well and then I used a very light wash of one of the Sparkling H2O's to try and create the beams of light you get underwater. The lace was choosen as it was in waves and I tried to create the wave swirl with the gems. A favourite of mine and almost a signiture piece of a bouquet of blue and cram flowers to match the background papers (Basic Grey Wisteria, faux stitched and distressed in weathered wood distressed inks) and tied with a ribbon with a starfish charm.
I do hope you like it.
Challenges -
*Charisma - Girlie
*Sweetpea - Under the Sea
*Totally Gorjuss - Stitches
*Crafts and Me - Sparkle
(all linked on sidebar)

Sarah Kay - Secret Crafter DT Card

I am a bit late getting this on. sorry we have had one of those couple of days here, sorry I have not visited all your blogs.

My best friend Cathy choose the theme of friendship for this weeks challenge on Secret Crafter. Choose this fantastic Sarah Kay stamp, which I have coloured in with distressed inks, cut using nesties 8 and matted onto Basic Grey Paper. Everything I used can be purchased at Secret Crafter.