My Sweet Life

Sunday, 31 May 2009

What a busy time!

morning folks :)
what a flurry of activity my life is at the moment! ive still got my new zealand friend with me and work is full on so at the moment im just getting to walk passed my craft room and look longingly into it and keep right on walking!
ive got a couple of days off from tuesday so im going to make sure i get in there and put together a card or two because im starting to suffer paper and stamp withdrawal lol
ive been looking out for some prisma pencils because ive watched a fab tutorial on you tube with regards to colouring and blending so cant wait to get stuck in with having a go at that, im desperate to improve my colouring and this was fab. ill post the link to that tutorial later on, i found it really helpful so pencils, sansodor and paper stumps here i come! ill keep you updated on here with my progress when i get all the things i need.
it never ceases to amaze me the amount of new things there are to learn and do with this addictive habit, ive been doing it a while and still constantly learning, its wonderful!
have a wonderful day all
V :)

Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Im still here :)

hi everyone, just a quick post to say i havent deserted blogland! my oldest school friend arrived here yesterday from new zealand and is going to be staying a while so we have an awwwwwwwwwwwful lot of catching up to do! :)
ill get some pics and post them and ill be back soon with some cards cos ive recently done a little bit of stash shopping, ill soon need a bigger house!
see you soon
V :)

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

One last quick post for today

hello again, 3 posts in one day??? there must be some kind of blog madness taking over me :)
managed to get the card done for my friend that i did the frame for in the last post.
just a little something to let her know im thinking about her

i keep coming back to this hero arts stamp (fancy vase) it makes it easy to do a simple pretty card in a flash.....well......flashish, all cards take time as we all know :)
anyway, making memories paper, dcwv cardstock, hotp sentiment and a bit of ribbon from my stash. ive watercoloured the flowers and vase with marvy and dovecraft pens, oh and some gems.
thats me for today, got washing to fold and want to jump in the bath.
night folks
V :)

Buddy frame

2 posts in one day again? this is getting to be a habit! enjoying it though hehe, nice to have some free time for a to work again soon unfortunately but wanted to share this frame ive altered before i go.

its for my very dear friend who just a couple of weeks ago lost her beloved dog stan. we dont live close to each other so other than support via phone calls i havent been able to do alot for her so i wanted to do this just to let her know i love her and that im here for her whatever she needs, going to make a card to go with it tomorrow hopefully so if i get time ill post that too. when shes feeling better shes going to send me some pics of stan and i think i will put together a little mini book for her, just a little keepsake, and will it make me feel useful!!
ive altered frames before, just poundshop ones and i love them

heres how it came out

im determined to use up some of my scrap box so cant tell you where the papers are from im afraid apart from the blue one which is junkitz and was left over from a card i posted yesterday.
theres a couple of making memories doodles, some organza ribbon, prima flowers (over stamped with a tim holtz stamp) the letters are from a huge qvc kit i got forever ago, they were just plain white but ive stamped on them too with the same stamp and a studio g friends for life stamp.
ok, hi ho hi ho and all that.
thanks for visiting.
see you soon!
V :)

Just for fun card

Morning :)
felt like doing something a little fun and different this morning and had been itching to use the papermania secret garden stamps i picked up at a car boot sale, brand new, for £3!! what a bargain! there are 3 owls and they are just tooooooo cute.
heres what i came up with

the papers are from my scrap box, the owl and the stamped flower background are from the papermania set.
ive inked round everything with an ink pad from ink it up
ive watercoloured the owl with pencils, the sentiment is computer generated (font 2peas goofball) hes a little bit sparkly because there must have been some sakura glitter left on the waterbrush from another project but it really suits him :)
the flowers are prima, finished off with liquid pearls and the liquid pearls are there again on the bottom left for a finishing touch.
i think ill be using this owl again :)
back soon!
V :)

Monday, 18 May 2009

Two posts in one day? Whatever next?

Yep, im back with my second post of the day, unheard of just lately!
anyway, a friend at work has his birthday this week so ive set to this afternoon and made a card for him.

here it is

didnt take long at all, a hotp card makers sentiment, card scraps from my scrap box, bit of inking and matting and layering, some faux stitching (i think im addicted!) and a dymo labeller and it was done.
it was an easy make that came together nicely. i like to spend time on cards but sometimes its good just to get the job done.
right, need to make room on the comp for the homework brigade.
back soon
V :)

Flutter by butterfly

Afternoon all, yet another long break between posting, really struggling with time management at the moment!
Ive come to post my magnolia challenges card, over on just magnolia there is a sketch to follow this week and on magnolia down under challenges the theme is flutter by butterfly. ive combined the two again.
You know when you get an idea in your head for a card and you think its going to be fab but when you do it you just cant quite recreate it and theres something not quite right? thats whats happened here, maybe ive lost my mojo and need to have a hunt round for it.
heres what i came up with anyway

just didnt work out quite the way i wanted it to, im happy with tilda but mainly because shes my favourite one i think :) shes coloured with pencils, whispers markers and chalked around. the papers are junkitz, a papermania butterfly stamp, hotp sentiment, prima flowers and some silk flowers ive had in my stash for ages.
ok, see you sooner!
V :)

Tuesday, 12 May 2009

Magnolia challenges card

Afternoon, what a beautiful day! a little bit to windy but always nice to see the sunshine. my youngest is on a school trip to alton towers today so im thankful its not raining at least, she text me earlier and even though shes been bitten by a duck shes having a great time lol.

Anyway, to the card for today. im a bit pushed for time all the time just lately it seems so ive combined the just magnolia challenge for this week which is "stitching" (ive gone for faux but you can do it any way you want to) with the magnolia down under challenge which is "thinking of you."
heres what i came up with

i think this is one of my favourite tildas, shes so sweet, ive coloured her with pencils. the papers are from dream street papers, hotp sentiment, american crafts flowers, sizzix sizzlet swirl and the gems are from my stash.
i really enjoyed making this card and the paper is divine! lots left over so youll be seeing it again soon im sure
okie dokie, onwards and upwards
back soon!
V :)

Monday, 11 May 2009

Some favourite layouts

Happy monday everybody! a start of another week, where is time going this year?? it seems to be flying by. ive popped on today to post a few of my favourite layouts.

the 1st one is a layout of my husband and i, i HATE having my photo taken but when i saw this one, taken by my youngest daughter when we were ready to go out to my works christmas meal in december last year, i really liked it

The paper ive used is basic grey, the spotty one was free with a magazine sometime, the heart is cut from a perfect petals template from craftwork cards, american craft letters and the love embellishment is from a colorbok scrap pack.

this next one is another one taken by my daughter, this time when we werent looking! she really is becoming a super photographer and theres a link in my link doodah, over there >>>>>>>>>>>,
where you can take a look at an online gallery of hers

the journalling on this one reads: "even after over twenty years together its not unusual to see us strolling along..........."
ive used making memories papers (i think! im terrible for that, took it out of its packaging and forgot whose it was) definately some colorbok paper and lettering (in), prima flower, chipboard circle and american crafts rub on and ribbon.
this 3rd one, "oh so funny," is of my bestest buddy and me just after christmas

ive used some free digital elements here that ive printed out, acrylic paint, american crafts ribbon, staples, dymo labeller, rhonna farrer autumn leaves swirl stamp and a heart template from craftwork cards.
the journalling reads: "here we are, just after christmas, two cameras pointing in our direction, striking a pose, but somehow not seeming to get it quite right. but what fun we had trying!!"
good times :)
back soon!
V :)

Sunday, 10 May 2009

Has it really been that long since i posted??

wow, how time flies when you get caught up in life and dont have time to do anything it seems........or if you do youre to tired to do it! i havent had time to participate in my favourite magnolia challenges this last week but hoping to have a go at this weeks in the next couple of days.
ive come to post a card i made a while ago but love because it was so quick and simple to make....i have this and a few other projects posted on my docrafts gallery but im going to post them over here also....i have some more cards and some layouts to share.

making memories checked paper, the background star paper i cant really remember where it came from! but ive had it forever, hotp card quote and a dymo labeller (one of my very favourite things!) i used the sizzix red original die for the stars.
ok, back sooner!!
V :)
Vikki is Made Of Charm, Wit, and Silliness
3 parts Charm
2 parts Wit
1 part Silliness

And a Splash of Courage

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