Wednesday 30 December 2009

ABC Christmas

The first challenge of the new blog ABC Christmas went live today. I am late making my card as I have been ill in bed since Xmas eve with a bad cold and suspected pleurasy. Basicallyt he lining between my lungs and ribs became inflamed making it painful to breath and move as all bruised. I ended up at the emergency doctors at 11pm on baxing day as I could not stop wheezing and my inhalour was not helping and the emergency doctor needed to check my chest to make sure it was not pneumonia, so I have spent the last few days in bed, thankfully my husband has been on annual leave to look after the boys.

I could not let Samantha and the rest of the team down after all the hard work that she has put into the new blog, so here is a card from me. It is rather a simple on I am afraid but please forgive me this once.

Hugs, a happy new year to you all xxx

Vicky x

check out the ABC Christmas blog for the winner of my small candy - to be posted in the new year when I am well along with the winners prize from my birthday candy which I have added to as been unable to post with all the family illnesses.

Thursday 24 December 2009

ABC Christmas Blog Hop

The ABC christmas Blog hop has arrived and I hope you have fun! I'm last on the hop!
So if you have just stumbled on my blog and wanna join in then just go back to the start ABC Christmas Blog
If you have not come here from Samantha's blog then you maybe have got lost and need to go back to the beginning ABC Christmas Blog
This is My Christmas Hop card
For the card my G is for green and glittery
I have used:
Sketch from this weeks Whiff of Joy
papers are 12x12's I had in stash
Coloured in with copics
flowers wildorchard crafts
Pearls, charm, pearl brads and ribbon from stash
Snowflake cuttlebug folder
Sentiment forever friends
Please leave me a comment on this post if you would like to be in with a chance of winning my candy! The deadline for entry into any of the Candy's is midnight on the 29th
You should now have collected all the letters for the mystery word so head back to the ABC Christmas Blog to Email your words and leave a comment to tell us you have finished the hop! Did you have fun?
We all have thanks for joining us!

Wednesday 23 December 2009

ABC K is for Kissing, blog hop sneak and Ed's card

We are lucky to have Wendy sponsor us on abc this week and it is a nice theme of K is for Kissing. I have used a sarah kay stamp and mme papers both of which are available in Wendy's secret crafter shop. Flower is prima as is the swirl, papers have been slightly distressed.

This is Ed's school christmas card - isn't it adorable had to share.

and finally here is a sneak peek of the blog hop card for tomorrow. Make sure you are back here for the ABC Christmas Challenge Blog hop.

hugs Vicky xxx

Tuesday 22 December 2009

missed challenge cards? - Help

My husbands job means that he is very busy this time of year (especially with all the snow) and has to work from home most evenings on the computer, hence why I have not been around in blog land very much. Here are some cards I have done, that I think I have missed the challenges they were originally intended for, and I have lost the sheet with all my challenges written down. If you see one that fits a new challenge posted before today could you please let me know so that they don't go to waste. thanks xxx

A quick cracked glass card.
A quick card, papers basic grey wassill - adore this pack, image tilda Another cracked glass card.
This was just a play around card - I think it may have been for a Simon Says Challenge
This was the spoonful of sugar last week. Image is Sugar Nellie Snowflake, which has been coloured in copics then I applied clear embossing powder as per Cathy and Rach's tutorials and then cracked it. Papers etc stash.
I think this card was a papertake sketch? Not sure, papers Basic Grey Wassill. Image WOJ.

Tuesday 15 December 2009

It is so cold outside, so I snuggled up in my craft room

This is a lovely Tilda card, the photography does not do it justice, but I don't think it ever got light today! Coloured in distressed inks and mounted onto K and Co Xmas papers, flowers are wild orchard crafts. I have used last weeks (I think) friday sketchers and will be entering this in the following challenges,

  • Just Magnolia - Xmas

A neglected Sugar Nellie Stamp called Snowflake. I have used the sketch from Sketch and Stash this week and my new items are the navy flowers and a new martha stewart boarder punch. Coloured in copics. Papers are last years dovecraft Christmas.
I will enter this card into the following challenges

One of my new birthday stamps, coloured in distressed inks and twinkling H2O's. Mounted on dovecraft papers (rak of Jacqui thanks hun) Pearl Swirl is from prima. Adore these large tea roses from wildorchardcrafts.
Challenges entered

Wednesday 9 December 2009

Willow in Red

Another commission card - sorry.

I have coloured willow in using copics and mounted her onto an easel card using basic grey wassill pack - I adore this pack. For a bit of difference instead of surrounded her in distressed inks I used a watered down mixture of primrose yellow twinkling H2O's which gives it a beauiful and discrete gold tinge to the paper. The flowers I made up to resemble a bouquet and added a pearl in the middle for depth and then added sparkles to the edges of the flower to resemble dew. I have been doing this for the last few months and love the effect, think I will need to buy some more soon though! The papers have been mounted onto black card stock to create the card as I wanted to keep to a particular pallette and white would have been too harsh. The leaves have been cut out using my favourite fern punch.

I hope you like it
challenges -
WOJ - sparkle

Tilda family

Please excuse lighting it is so dark here today.

This is a commission family card for a friends wife.

challenges -

papertake weekly - no red or green

just magnolia - special card.

cute card thursday - girly

magnolia down under - sparkle - the flowers and papers all glitter beautifully and the images have all got sparkle on them

sorry in a rush will give details alter x

ABC Sponsored by Wags and Whiskers - new release sneek peek

We are so lucky to be sponsored by Lacey from Wags and Whiskers this week. Not only did she sponsor the challenge but she sent the DT a stamp each of the new collection. There is a blog hop starting on Jacqui's blog - (on sidebar incase link fails, with my pc playing up). Isn't she lush, I don't know what her name is as yet. The theme is J is for jigsaw (incase you haven't guessed) and the papers are basic grey.

Tuesday 8 December 2009

I am hopefully back

My poor computer has been poorly, think it has got the cough the boys have had for nearly 2 months, it is cough cough cough here all night and I can hardly craft.

Yet again I have missed a challenge - this was following last weeks papertake sketch. I adore the card so I may see if there are any challenges that I can enter it for.

This was a commission piece using the WOJ sketch unfortunately the light is not great. It is an easel card.

I hope you like and I know we are all busy so don't comment unless you have the time
hugs xxx

papers -
k and co - bridal
basic grey - wassill

roses -
wildorchard craft

images - woj

Tuesday 1 December 2009

Putting together a new, just for fun, challenge blog

Here is a new challenge blog I am putting together, if anyone is interested just leave a comment on the blog. It is just for fun, there will be no prizes, all entries including design team pieces can be entered for other challenges and commenting is not compulsory.

The idea is one image that everyone uses and one pad of paper. It would be facinating to see different styles and uses of the papers.

I don't think there is another challenge like this out there.

Hugs Vicky x


I am having major issues with Blogger at the moment as it keeps freezing my computer and won't let me post. I have opened up a wordpress page to run along side this until Blogger sorts itself out. is the address.

Also Katharina has advent candy on offer which it won't let me post the link is here

hope to get the problem fixed soon as I have lots of cards waiting to be shown

hugs Vicky x

Thursday 26 November 2009

Amazing blog candy from Elisabeth Bell 31 stamps from 4 collections, the perfect Xmas present x

Is blogger playing up?

Help I can't access my comments on the computer or my phone has it gone funny again?

Will load cards in better light as the photos are too dark tonight.

Donna has claimed the first candy so just the image candy to be claimed if I have not heard by the morning it will be redrawn.

hugs x

Wednesday 25 November 2009

Hazy Shade of Winter

This first image is my card for the ABC Challenge which is I is for Indigo. The light is awful here

today to take photo's but I hope you like it. The image is WOJ from the winter collection coloured in copics. The flower was a rak of Heidi.

This is my card I have made for the following challenges

  • Sketch and Stash - neglected last years Xmas papers and my new magnolia stamps
  • Magnolia down under - Xmas Card
  • Just Magnolia - Masking

I hope you like it. The images have been coloured in copics and the images are meant to be myself and my sister.

Sorry for brief posting again, life seems to be so hectic at the moment.

hugs x

Monday 23 November 2009

Candy Winners

Hello All
Hopefully will have some cards for you later, but here are the Candy Winners
The main Birthday Candy Winner is Donna, can you please email me hun and the winner of the images is Sally, please contact me to say what you would like.


Vicky x

ps If I have heard nothing by Thursday I will redraw both x

Wednesday 18 November 2009

Emily's Christmas Card and a mini image draw

Hello all

As a special little treat everyone whom comments on this post today will be entered into a draw to win a stamped image of my new birthday stamps.
I decided to follow Jacqui's tutorial on the WOJ inspirational blog and make an easel card. The image is one of my new ones and is coloured in using distressed inks. The papers are new and the packaging is upstairs so will update you on that later.
The card is for Emily my really beautiful neice whom was born in October.
I hope you like.
competions entered
spoonful of sugar - xmas card for a child - for my neice emily whom is a month old
allsorts - card for a child
secret crafter - season - this is winter
magnolia down under - sketch used. although i moved the sentiment and added flowers instead.
cute card thursday - glitter me silly - glitter on the flowers
charisma - merry and bright - it is a xmas card

BLOG CANDY will stay on top till 18th November.


Winner will be announced later today

This is the Candy that I am offering -
*brand new sealed Popcorn - for someone special stamp
*brand new Basic Grey and Ka nd Co Sublime 6x6 pad
*100 baby's breath blooms from wildorchid crafts
*1 sakura white glaze pen
*10 pink Azure flowers
*10 lilies
*10 roses
*5 peel of sheets

for every 50 entry's I will add more to the candy.

Here are the rules -
*please publish this on your blog and link it back to this post.
*become a follower if you are not already
*leave a comment on this post telling me what your favourite song/album is to craft to.

I personally love to listen to musicals and sing (awfully) at the top of my voice! I currently have Evita in the CD player.

The winner will be drawn by the boys on the 18th November which is my birthday. Good luck everyone.

50 comments so I have added this to the prize.

Tuesday 17 November 2009

Better late than never

This is the card that I made for the ABC H is for Hidden Message.

The paper is K and Co and is the hidden meanings of Flowers and the tag is from K and Co too. The image has been coloured using distressed inks and I have faux stitched the papers.

Thank you for the messages people have left me, I have had a crazy fortnight. We have lost a family friend, another friend has been seriously ill in hospital and is now awaiting a transplant. I found a lump and as my mother died of breast cancer I flipped, luckily all is ok and just glandular. Due to the stupid cold getting on my chest I have just finished my 2nd course on anti biotics in three weeks and to top the lot both of the boys are still ill - argh!

So if my commenting and cards are sporadic I apologise.

hugs xxx

Tuesday 10 November 2009

OMG I have been featured on the Belles n Whistles Blog

Do you remember this card? Well it has been featured on the Belles n Whistles blog. How excited am I!!!!!!!

Monday 9 November 2009

Finally a card

I hope you can see it as it is nighttime but if I don't post now I will miss yet anotehr deadline for a card!

The image is WOJ and the papers are laura ashley - trying to use some stash up, thought this sketch worked well to just one paper, so expect to see more like this as I think it ia very effective.

  • Papertake Weekly - sketch
  • simon says - thanks
  • allsorts -bling

hope you like - hugs xxx

Thursday 5 November 2009

Whiff of Joy Shopping

Woohoo I am so happy my husband just sat me down at the computer and gave me £50 for my birthday to spend at Whiff of Joy :)

Would you like to know what I got?

*Willow writing recipes
*Festive winter Willow
*Fall Willow with grapes
*Musing Melinda
*Melinda Christmas Angel
*Willow sitting bride
*Rose Swing
*Fall Grass

Aren't I a lucky girl :)

Tuesday 3 November 2009

Currently on my desk and Spread the love blog hop.

Firstly can I tell you about a special blog hop that is going on. This information has been taken from Katharina's blog where the hop starts.

"On October 4th, 4 teenagers armed with knives broke into a home in a small town in New Hampshire. Alone and sleeping inside were a mother and her 11 year old daughter. These 4 boys broke into this home with the intent to rob and kill anyone inside. They stabbed the mom, Kimberly Cates, to death and left her daughter, Jaimie, for dead in their driveway. It was a completely random act, their home was chosen only due to its secluded surroundings."

There are over 60 hoppers all offering candy and in return they ask that you take the time to send a card or a gift you created to the following address -

Jaimie Cates
c/o Mont Vernon Fire Station
Main Street
Mont Vernon, NH 03057
United States

Thank you. I am sending the blue card on this post and also a small gift.

here is a list of all participants -

Katharina Frei
Linda Lucas
Trudy Sjolander
Peggy Russell
Kim Teasdale
Maria Matter
Kim Howard
Karen Foltz
Ann Vento
Samantha from SPCC
Sharon Traynor
Janna Sicard
Jennifer Stricker
Terry Oulboub
Libby Hickson
Jenni Hamilton
Sammy Jo Singer
Helen Dooley
Sharon Lougheed
Cindy Beach
Kimmi Blakey
Crafty Creations Challenge
Jennifer Scull
Laura Campbell
Lisa Cook
Katie Cotton
Vicki Parson
Lorraine Aquilina(Lols)
Shelly Lutton Olson......
Denise Lynn
Cindy Royal
Crissy Armstrong
Simonne Clay
Kathryn of KLM Designs
Silvia Mabie
Melissa DeTullio
Regina Jones
Leslie Hanna
Megan Lock
Pamela Firecracker
Elaine from Quixotic
Jenny Lazslo
Boni Boutelle
Elizabeth Smith
Tracey from Starving Artistamps
Giovana Smith
Jacilynn Cox
Debbie Eastman
Anita Autore
Jenn McMillan
Lydia Fielder
Amanda Newton
Jaime Schlangen
Melissa Earnest
Erin Bailey
Cammie King
Wags n’ Whiskers Challenge
Tanya Smith
Linda Coughlin
Stamp Something…for Jaimie

ok onto the cards!

This card has been made for the following challenges

  • just magnolia - monocrome
  • simon says - all that sparkles
  • spoonful of sugar - sketch

This card actually started of for last weeks spoonful of sugar theme of food and eating! The top part of tilda is masked and then mounted onto the ribbon and bottom half of the plate. She has been coloured in copics and the paper is basic grey lily kate. The swirls have been stamped and then I have added the gems.

I hope you like it.

This card is cute card thurdays entry for the theme drink. I have made a male card but I feel that there is something missing, a sentiment is needed but I cannot come up with one at present. I think I will wait and see whom I send the card too. The stamp is a hanglar image from heidi and papers are basic grey boxer.

These two cards are missed challenges that I thought I would show you. I am not going to say which but I bet you can guess, both seem like there is something missing but I am not sure what I am open to suggestions.

Hugs Vicky xxx

Monday 2 November 2009

I am still here....just!

Sorry I have not commented or put up a card for a week but Henry's chest has been croaky and I am not been able to get in my craft room at all. I have so many nearly finished cards for challenges missed that I hope to finish them and post them here just for your enjoyment over the next few days and then hopefully start the challenges from fresh on wednesday.
Hope everyone is well


Wednesday 28 October 2009

ABC G is for


I have had so much difficulty uploading this card, it disappeared of the original post on ABC and my blogger is being such a nightmare that I am currently playing on wordpress to see if any better. Everytime I have tried to comment I am getting horrendous error messages on some of the blogs due to widgets etc that they have added or the backgrounds. I have tried firefox instead of ie but not sure about it as all my bookmarks then disappear. So sorry if I did not comment on your post but the error messages kept closing my browsers.

This card is made from a rak image of Jayne, I really must get this stamp as it is so lush, coloured in 5 different shades of green with my promarkers. I have done blonde hair for the first time, think it looks ok. Papers are basic grey boxer a long neglected pad which i suddenly remembered had some lush green papers in unused. The flowers are wild orchard craft. Hope you like it, hugs xxx

Thursday 22 October 2009

Antique Sunshine and Apples

I simply adore Belles n Whistles Stamps and have so many of them on my birthday wish list lol! This image was a rak of Jayne again and coloured in distressed inks. The papers are a loose 12x12 I had a scrap of on my desk and the brown I think is part of a MME pack which was a loose sheet too. I have distressed the paper slightly by using just ink and not torn for once and the papers have been handsewn in brown thread. I have also stamped a bronze swirl onto the paper that you can just see in the photo but in the light it glistens lovely. The flowers have not been splitzed for once as I wanted an antique feel to the card and leaves didn't work. I added a ribbon instead of the sentiment in the sketch as I could not decide which sentiment fitted the card from my stash. I hope you like it.

challenge - spoonful of sugar

Please note I have added another item to my candy!

Wednesday 21 October 2009

Sisters in pink and grey

This beautiful image was a rak of Jayne. Coloured in copics following the sketch from sketch saturday this week. Papers are MME Asparagus.
I hope you like sorry for quick post xxx

Tuesday 20 October 2009

A sneek peek at one of the pages from Emily's Baby Scrapbook

Here is one of the pages from my sisters scrapbook I am making for her on the birth of her daughter. Emily is doing really well thank you, she is off the antibiotics and was allowed home last night we all sighed a huge sigh of relief I can tell you.

I have left space for my sister to add either a picture or a little memory, i want it to be something they add too rather than it all being there to begin with.

I hope you like it.

Close up of the image.
coloured in copics then stamped around with swirls which I have heat embossed. Paper is DCWV Once upon a time and the flowers are the new prima paintly hydrangas.

Challenges entered into -

Simon Says Stamp - Sketch
Stamp SOmething - bling
Our creative corner - suede, hunter green, sage, blush
Creative inspiration - family

Monday 19 October 2009

Card for Alison

I hope I am not too late, having a crazy week here, have missed so many challenges and deadlines, my reason my sister gave birth to a beautiful baby girl on Thursday, but the poor thing wasn't well and was on high dose iv anti biotics so the whole family have been so worried and I have spent all the time by the phone and my brain too frazzelled and worried to craft.

Here is the card I have made for the WOJ Illustrator Allison using the passion for promarkers sketch (promarkers have been used), I hope she and you like it. Papers are basic grey wisteria.

Thursday 15 October 2009

Confirmation Melinda

I was asked to make a confirmation card and well there is only one stamp to use confirmation Melinda.
She has been coloured in copics and then mounted on to papers from the DCWV once upona time range and then cut out with oval nesties and surrounded by lots of flowers, i wish you could see all the glimmer mist on them.
I hope that you like xxx

challenges -
woj - diecuts

Wednesday 14 October 2009

Pixie Tilda Gardening

A quick one
this is the card I made for Spoonful of Sugar I hope you like will fill details in later - hugs x

ABC F is for Flying

Sorry this is late my little Henry is full of a cough and cold which is on his chest and he is all wheezy so emergency doctors tonight I think as my doctors are closed on wednesday.

Please enter the ABC Challenge this week as we are being sponsored by Wendy from Secret Crafter whom is offering one lucky person a £20 spending spree in her shop, wish I could enter as she has so much yummy stuff in there.

My card was one of Henry's birthday cards, the other one was a henry mouse which will feature in a later challenge. The image was a rak of Heidi - mwah miss you girl - and was coloured in copics with papers by basic grey.

hugs will be back later on abc with the winner from the last challenge and my top 5.

Saturday 10 October 2009

Whoops Tilda in Brown

Well my husband let me have a couple of hours in my craft room this morning and this is what I made. Isn't she lush, the photo does not do her justice.

challenges -
Just Magnolia - sketch
Secret crafter - Autumn colours
Stamp something - brown

medium distressed inks
teadye, tattered rose, antique linen, brushed cordroy, walnut stains, scattered straw

I hope you like it

Thursday 8 October 2009

My first House Mouse Stamp

Isn't it gorgeous, I just could not resist it!

Challenges -
Friday Sketchers, sketch.
Cute Card Thursday - so charming
Charisma - recipe - 1 ribbon, 3 flowers, 3 papers, 1 charm

colouring method - copics

Thank you for visiting and for your comments and remember to join in my candy if you have not already.

Belle with Teddy

This gorgeous image was a rak of Jacqui as I won the stamp in her blog candy, and it is gorgeous. I have coloured it using my distressed inks, they were feeling abit neglected and have stuck her onto paper from basic grey (marakech) and paper pizazz (tan text) I have hand sewen the green thread onto the card and distressed the papers. I hope that you like it. I am going to enter it into the Whistle and Belles (roses on paper) DT Call click here for details.

Sketch and Stash - Sketch - new items, stamp, martha stewart butterfly punch, neglected inks and ribbon.
Belles and Whistles - orange, brown and green plus a sketch from another challenge blog.
Secret crafter - celebration as it is for my son's little friend Amelia's birthday next week and he choose the image to be used.

Look out for my candy on offer too.

Tuesday 6 October 2009

Snowflake and Willow

Gosh it is so dark today isn't it. This was the best I could get with these cards and you can't see all the highlights in the hair, has anyone got any tips please on how to photograph in poor light?

This card is for 2 challenges, I have reused the fab sketch on WOJ to make a card for my sister whose first baby is due today! She doesn't know what she is having so I have used a yellow and green pallett and made it sparkly as she loves bling. I have added stickles to already glimmer misted roses for extra sparkle. The image I made to look like a cameo as our mother adored these to make the card extra special for her. I am just annoyed that the poor lighting cannot pick out my shading as I am so pleased with it.

challenges -
WOJ - sketch
Cute card Thursday - 1sts

eta - I can't even take another photo of it as my Dad took one look at it and has taken it home with him, right need to make George another one now!

Fantastic sketch on the sugar bowl this week, with the added theme of paper piercing, I must admit I have made a few cards like this as it is fab in different colour schemes. I coloured the flower with my copics as I didn't have the shade I wanted, think it looks ok.

challenge - sugar bowl.

Saturday 3 October 2009

The boys play Simon Says

As it is world card making day I thought I would let the boys both have a play with some of my stash. I cut the paper and glued it on but they did the rest themselves (sorry not letting a just turned 2 last week and a 3 1/2 year old near the guillotine).

Ed wanted 2 papers which he chose himself and then stuck them on to the card with a bit of help. He coloured the image himself then stuck the flowers and the gems (the roses have a sticky pad underneath), he wanted to put ribbon on but it would not stick for him.

Henry coloured the image and had great fun sticking the flowers and gems on the image and paper. He choose the backing sheet himself from my loose sheets.

I will do my own card tonight and will post on later and then we will be sending all 3 off to Paige.

Thank you for looking and the boys would love any comments that you have to make, although I will have to read them out to them.

hugs Vicky x