Saturday 31 July 2010

Tilda and Frog in pinks

The boys wanted to colour this morning so I brought a few copics downstairs and sat and coloured with them. The image is a rak of Jayne as even though I have this stamp it doesn't stamp properly and as it is the second one I have had think there is a fault in the run. The papers are Basic Grey Infuse one of my all time favourite pads although now discontinued. I have added frosted lace stickles to the flowers from Wild Orchard Crafts but not around the edges of the papers as the backing paper is green shot with gold so it isn't needed. The lace also sparkles in the light. I have added little gems in two of the corners to balance the flowers. I hope you like x

challenges -
  • Just magnolia - Sketch
  • Totally Papercrafts - Going to the movies (Princess and the frog)
  • Wild Orchard Craft - Lace (2nd entry)
  • Simon Says - Dotty (2nd Entry)

Thursday 29 July 2010

Sarah Kay in Brown and Pink

Hmm the jury is still out on this one.

It is for my mother in law who adores pinks and browns, so I tried to make it match her living room! I have used my new Sarah Kay stamp, from Zoe Bunny, and coloured her in using distressed inks. The papers are from the Basic Grey Porcelin pack and I have cut her out using nesties 2. I have distressed the paper edges and used vintage photo. The image I used chalks on ( a first for me but I love the soft effect). The papers have been edges with tea dye stickles and the flowers with stardust. The flowers are a mixtre of WOC and prima. The brad, spacer and watering can charm were from Hobby House at the nec,a nd the lace is from my stash.

Challenges -
  • Stampavie - Summer
  • Zoe Bunny - Summer Days
  • Papertake Weekly - sketch
  • Everybody Art - Sketch
  • Simon Says - dotty
  • Cute Card Thursday - text
  • Wild Orchard Crafts - lace

Wednesday 28 July 2010

Guest Designer - Stampavie and More

This is my final week as guest designer on Stampavie and more. The theme is black, white and one other colour. I have coloured this WOJ image (rak of Jane) in using distressed inks and mounted her onto papermania papers. I only added a touch of purple and no glitter as it will be a sympathy card.
I hope you like, please do join us x

Monday 26 July 2010

Clean and Simple Wags and Whiskers

I decided to make a clean and simple card for Henry's best friend Tali for Christmas, she will just be 3 when christmas comes and so I did not want too much on the card she could pull off and chock on. The flowers are sellotaped down on the back of the card for this reason. The paper is a new pack of Basic Grey (well for me) called eskimo kisses. It is a slightly different pallett to the usual christmas papers I use and so is excellent for a girly card. I have coloured the image in using copics and added a touch of candy floss stickles to the cats hat and the top of the stocking. I have faux stitched the papers slightly edged in metalic pink ink. The lace has a white sparkle to it and the flowers are WOC I hope you like.

challenges -
  • my time to craft - check it out
  • simon says - sketch
  • wags and whiskers - stitching
  • basic grey - stitchin
  • allsorts - card for a child.
hugs xx

Challenge 1 - Pixie and Fairy Dust - Magical Mondays

It is our first challenge on Magical Mondays and we are lucky to be sponsored by Pollycraft whom are giving 6 stamps to the winner. The theme is Pixie and Fairy dust so with this in mind I choose this gorgeous sweetpea image and coloured her in copics, then adding glittering H2O primrose over the top and the mermaid tail to add extra sparkle. The papers are Basic Grey Wisteria and I have punched out the little butterfly (also glittered and pearled) and stamped an sentiment in gold. The swirls are a punch I got from the nec in november sorry I can't remember the make.

Pleasedo come and support us x

entering in the following challenges -
  • Sweetpea stampers - Anything goes
  • Stampsomething - Flowers

Friday 23 July 2010

Tuesday 20 July 2010

Sarah Kay - Little Shepherd in blue

My darling husband took the boys to the park so I could get into the craft room. Unfortunately they came back after 20 minutes as it was pouring with rain but he kept them entertained playing cars downstairs so that I could make this to show you. The image is Sarah Kay coloured in distressed inks, isn't he so cute, reminds me of my two boys. The paper I think is Dovecrafts, there are just a few loose sheets in my Christmas draw, and so it counts as forgotten stash.

Challenges -
  • Sketch and stash - new stamp, old papers
  • Everybody Art - blue and white
  • papertake weekly - cutest creations
  • cute card thursday - headstart for xmas
  • totally papercrafts - 1 image, 1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 embellishements (flowers, pearls, bow)
I hope you like it x

kellie's candy

copied from Kellie's blog -

Yeah uhhhh I think Stephanne was right the lack of sleep is really making me go batty but HEY it’s better for you! I was going to hold off on this candy because who has 2 candies running at the same time UMMMM yeah well that would be ME! I usually always have a birthday candy, BUT this year I am, but instead of having the candy on my birthday I am having the winner announced on my birthday instead! SO what’s the candy? You know it has something to do with the new collection RIGHT, well how about this……

Candy #2

YUP the whole Summer Kit from Magnolia! What do you have to do? Well there are rules but they are so simple…..

  1. Post on your blog or your sidebar with a link back to this here post.
  2. Add your name to linky.
  3. Keep your fingers and toes crossed…hehehe…

THAT’S all! So easy and simple and all for an amazingly gorgeous KIT! The candy will end August 4th and the winner will be announced August 5th…

2nd candy -

I am so overly EXCITED about many things, some I can share now and some you’ll have to wait and see, some are to do with my store and some are not but all craft related. But one of my reasons for this candy is that I have reached 550 followers…. WOW I am BLOWN away and amazed that many people like reading my waffles hehe….. And am extremely touched in so many ways by all the visits and comments that people come by and leave… So lets see the candy hey…… OH but before I do…. My candy consist of mainly stamps, stamps from my store, stamps I have bought and never used or bought 2 of etc…..

Candy Version 1Mmmm I guess that photo is a tad of a teaser hey. I actually had to get a chair in the end and stand on it to try and get it all in hehe… OK so here is the NON teasing photo….


Want to know everything that is in there that you may not be able to see….? Well then here is the list….

  • Tim Holtz 2 Embossing Folders
  • Flourish with a Bling Pearls – Pearl
  • Flourish with a Bling Pearls – Black
  • Flourish with a Bling Pearls – Pink
  • Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones – Silver
  • Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones – Wine *NEW*
  • Flourish with a Bling Rhinestones – Black
  • Magnolia Doohickey – Tilda Lace
  • Magnolia Doohickey – Vintage Tag
  • Magnolia Doohickey – Leaf and Swirl
  • Magnolia Doohickey – Peony Petal
  • Simply Betty Stamp Rio
  • Simply Betty Stamp Betty
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp – Babette
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp – Monique
  • Kraftin’ Kimmie Stamp – Perfect Poision
  • C.C Designs – Heidi Amount The Flowers
  • C.C Designs – Sandbucket Tevor
  • C.C Designs – Bathing Beauty Emma
  • C.C Designs Beach Scene
  • C.C Designs – Coffee Kiki La Rue
  • Motivet – Rabbit with Dandelion
  • Baby Buds Designs – Owie
  • Baby Buds Designs – Ashton
  • Baby Buds Designs – Jack
  • Fairy Tales – Cupcake Belle
  • Fairy Tales – Belle
  • Fairy Tales – Phillip
  • Sweet November Stamps – Current Ebbtide & Anela
  • Sweet November Stamps – Ocean Wavedancer & Echo
  • Sweet November Stamps – Shimmer Redkelp & Otto
  • Sweet November Stamps – Bubbles Lostlagoon & Palu
  • Tickled Pink Stamp – Lil Lolita – 20’s Evie
  • Tickled Pink Stamps – Lil Lolita – 30’s Lylah
  • Tickled Pink Stamps – Lil Lolita – 50’s Lilith
  • Pink Cat Studio – Sick Billy
  • Pink Cat Studio – Sick Lily
  • The Greeting Farm – Thursday
  • The Greeting Farm – Sweet Message
  • The Greeting Farm – OA – Happy Days
  • Magnolia Stamp – Wedding Collection – Tilda with Peony
  • Magnolia Stamp – Wedding Collection – Tilda with Veil
  • Magnolia Stamp – Wedding Collection – Flower Girl

That is 30+ stamps and over $200 worth of goodies. Now comes the questions, how long for? and how do I enter? Here are the 3 rules of the candy…

  1. You have to post the pic of the candy on your blog or in your side bar with a link back to this here post.
  2. You have to add your link to Mr Linky
  3. AND THAT’S IT…..

When does it end….? You have until August 16th and Winner will be announced August 17th.

just click onthe picture to take you to her blog x

A new Challenge blog

copied directly from the blog -

Welcome to the 'Craft Your Days Away' Challenge Blog!!

After the sad closure of Magical Crafts myself (Joanne) and the DT girls have all got together to set up a brand new fortnightly challenge blog and we will be launching with our first challenge on...
Saturday 7th August
We are still going to be a multi-crafts challenge blog, it'll be much the same as before just a brand new name and home and a few little exciting extra's, but you'll have to wait for our first challenge to see what they will be.

There is candy on offer to celebrate launch click on the photo x

Saturday 17 July 2010

Secret Crafter Design Team Card - Summer Holidays

This week on Secret Crafter Helen choose the theme of Summer Holidays. Well Ed broke up on friday and it has poured down all week so in true English School Summer Holidays I give you hAnglar and sTanglar girl in rain mac. The image was a rak of the wonderful Heidi whom I really miss in blogland although we keep in touch via facebook. I have coloured her in distressed inks and mounted her onto basic grey offbeat papers. I have added wet look to the water and dropped it onto the roses to look like dew. I hope you like x

copied from secret crafter blog


This week I am offering the 'Warm Apple Pie' stamp from Belles & Whistles

You can enter for a chance to win her by following the rules below:-

1. You must be a follower of this blog by adding yourself to the followers list on the side bar.
2. Mention Freebie Friday in a post on your blog and link to this post (not just a link on the side bar)
3. Leave a comment under this post with a link to your blog
4. Go to the Secret Crafter Shop and find Tim Holtz Paper Distresser. Then send an email to with the Product code of this item in the subject box. (Do not post this item number in the comments or on your blog)

Entries must be in before midday on Thursday - a winner will be chosen by Checks will be carried out to ensure that all the rules have been followed and the winner will announced on Freebie Friday next week.

Friday 16 July 2010

Gifts for teachers

This is what I have been working on all week there are more but I won't bore you showing all of them! Little gift boxes which have sachets of homemade bathsalts made with seasalt, epsom salts, bicarb of soda and dried rose petals out of the garden and rose essential oil.

I hope you like

challenges -

Simon says - fruity - the orange one is from last summers woj kit and has strawberries and apples on it - coloured in distressed inks
papertake weekly - in the garden - used roses from the garden

Wednesday 14 July 2010

Stampavie and More - Guest Designer Card - Anything Goes

I was very honored to be asked to be the guest designer for July on Stampavie and More. The theme this week is Anything Goes and I have choosen to ink up one of my favourite Tilda's, Ballarina Tilda. She has been coloured in copics and mounted onto Basic Grey Porcellin Pad. The edges have been inked in a bronze papermania little ink pad as I wanted a softer edge than what you get with distressed inks. The punched leaves is a favourite of mine and the flowers are WOC. I have added a pearl swirl on the one side and little pearls in two corners. I hope you like and will be joining us x

Monday 12 July 2010

New Challenge Blog

There is a new challenge blog which goes live shortly on a monday called Magical Monday Challenge details are here and there is a dt call going on.

Saturday 10 July 2010

Secret Crafter design team - Appature

Sorry I am abit late in loading this today but I ended up in casulty last night with chest pains and my asthma playing up so feeling abit tender today.

The theme this week on secret crafter is Apperture cards. I made this little card while at Cathy's the other weekend. I have coloured the magnolia image in distressed inks and then cut her out and placed her in an apperture I made using my round nesties. The papers are basic grey boxer which can be purchased along with the nesties and distressed inks from the Secret Crafter shop. I finished the card off with some card candy and some gorgeous flowers from WOC. I do hope you like and will join us in the challenge.

Vicky x

Friday freebie at secret crafter -
This week the prize is a 6x6 pad of basic grey - june bug
You can enter for a chance to win him by following the rules below:-

1. You must be a follower of the secret crafter blog by adding yourself to the followers list on the side bar.
2. Mention Freebie Friday in a post on your blog and link to this post (not just a link on the side bar)
3. Leave a comment under the post on secret crafter with a link to your blog
4. Go to the Secret Crafter Shop and find Promarker - Amethyst. Then send an email to with the Product code of this item in the subject box. (Do not post this item number in the comments or on your blog)

Entries must be in before midday on Thursday - a winner will be chosen by Checks will be carried out to ensure that all the rules have been followed and the winner will announced on Freebie Friday next week.

Thursday 8 July 2010

Am I too late?

I have retaken the photo's but had missed the Just Magnolia deadline :(. I have made the bag using an old carrier which has been recovered, and the criss cross card using the tutorial on Just Magnolia.

Here is my entry for the following competitions

*Just magnolia - criss cross card
*Stamp with fun - sketch on the bag
*my time to craft - Angelic
Craft - cakes/icecream - i think this colour scheme counts

Magnolia image coloured in distressed inks, papers Basic Grey Cappella from Simon Says Candy, thank you so much Steph xxx

hugs Vicky x

Wednesday 7 July 2010

ABC Design Team Card Y is for You and Me

The jury is still out on this one. My husbands parents have been married 45 years this september,(I am trying to get ahead on cards) and I wanted a card that resembles a picture that has gone brown with age iykwim. I therefore used distressed inks in various shades of brown (lots of mixing) to paint the scene. The papers are Basic Grey Cappella such an adorable pad. I have added stitching to the paper edges and slightly distressed then and then inked them in bronze. The flowers are Wild Orchard Crafts whom are sponsoring the challenge and they have had gold stickles added to them. I hope that you will be able to join us.

Challenges (All linked on sidebar as per usual)
  • Allsorts - Crate a Scene
  • Sketch Saturday - Sketch
  • Totally Tilda - Chocolate and cream
  • Papertake Weekly - In stitches

Monday 5 July 2010

Top 50 Birthday cards

My Jake the footballer was featured on the top 50 birthday cards article here. I am really chuffed x

Sunday 4 July 2010

Sarah Kay - My Sweet Lili in soft peach

This is the first in a series of cards which are to be used as Thank You cards for the boys pre-school and nursery teachers for the end of term. I have used one of my favourite Sarah Kay's for this card. I have coloured her in distressed inks and mounted her onto porcelin basic grey paper which the edges I have inked first in a bronze ink pad and then stickled. I hope you can see it fully as it is very dfark and overcast here today. The flowers are WOC and I have added a little teddybear charm to the bottom of the flower cascade.

Challenges - all linked on sidebar
  • Stampavie and more - sparkling
  • Pocket full of posies - one for the girls
  • Charisma - Metal Mickey - charm
  • Totally Papercrafts - One for the girls
  • Stampavie Challenge - Dots
I hope you like x

Saturday 3 July 2010

Secret Crafter Design Team Card - Water

This week on Secret Crafter the theme is Water. I have choosen this cute Housemouse Stamp which I stamped up on my recent craft weekend at Cathy's. I have coloured it in distressed inks and mounted it onto Basic Grey Koshi pad both of which are available at Secret Crafter. I hope you like and will be joining us this week x