Thursday, September 20, 2012

Feeling Better and Ready to Craft!

Well, its been a while since i have found myself seated at my craft desk.... i've cleaned it up, dusted it off and here i have sat making my first card since my shoulder dislocation and surgery.... it feels so good to be back! its been a rough road medically but hopefully that's all behind me!  I've had alot of support from friends and family, which i am truely grateful for!  I've also had alot of horsie therapy....  amazing what an impact those loving, beautiful animals can have when you are feeling a little blue....  so... i may not be able to play volleyball with these arms, but i sure can craft!  I may not be able to run with this knee, but my four legged friends let me sit on top while they run for me!  When one door closes.... another one opens.... may we always remember that!

Monday, January 23, 2012

Oink Oink!

Another cute digi from Meljens Designs! And another fun Meljen's challenge - the challenge is to use pink and or red and kraft :)   I'm awfully fond of pigs so when this challenge came out I couldn't help but make a pig valentine card.  I colored the digi with my copics, cut out the image and backround with spellbinder dies, cut out some hearts with a heart punch, disressed the edges of all pieces with Tim Holtz Ranger Ink, put it all together on a Kraft colored card and drew on some faux stitching :)

Check out Meljens Designs Great Digis and Great Challenges at:

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Inspiration Badge :)

I'm very honored to have my card "Cowboy Up" featured on MeljensDesigns blog! 
Check it out:

thanks so for such great digis to create with and the inspiration honor!!!!

Saturday, January 7, 2012

Cowboy Up!

Well, this was certainly a fun card to make!  Inspired my Meljen's Challenge to use STARS and Meljens totally cute Billy the Cowboy Bear my first card of the 2012 is one of my favorites.  I used some scrap distressed star backround papers and my Old West Cricut Cartridge to bling up my Cowboy Bear (colored with Copics).  I used my Tim Holtz Disress Inks on the edges of the card and he image.  I used a brown Mark-It pen to add some stitching to the sentiment and the backround star.

If you want to have some fun and pick up some really great digis, hop on over the Meljens Blog:

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Christmas Raccoon

I couldn't resist this new christmas critter from Meljen's.  A good friend and co-worker is an avid raccoon lover so I just had to make her a card using this cutie.  I used my new scalloped edge spellbinder die again, some scrap backround paper and a white marker for the faux image.  I colored my critter using my copics.  Merry Christmas to Miss Dottie! :)

This card has been entered in the following challenges:  (use green)

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas Card 2011

 Well, with knee surgery on Friday its crunch time for holiday prep, including getting my christmas cards done and mailed!  This year I joined two images from Meljen's Designs since I'm in love with her digis :)  The inside says "May the Spirit of Christmas Always Be In Your Heart".  I colored the images with my copics, cut them out with a scalloped oval spellbinder die, drew on some stitching, some Tim Holtz distress ink on the edges and I used various scrapbook papers for the backrounds :)

This card has been entered in the following challenges:  (use green!)  (project using snowmen!)

Happiest of Holidays to all of my crafty friends!!!!!

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Thank You Hero!

I made this fall thank you card in honor of my brother who serves as a Medivac Pilot in the U.S. Army and has served 3 tours thus far.  At Friday Mash-Up the challenge is to give thanks, to anyone, or someone random and I though with the holidays upon us, as we get ready to share good food and make memories with our families and friends its a good time to send out a thanks to all of the men and women who have given up holidays, birthdays, anniversaries and just every day life with theirs. 

The challenge over at Meljens Designs is to use brads so I used one of Meljens incredibly cute and fun new release images, colored him with my copics and embellished with two little button brads.  He's so darn cute and I'm a sucker for snowmen!  I cut out the image, the sentiment, and the backround with the Curved Rectangles Spellbinder dies.  I added a little bit of Tim Holtz distress ink on the edges.  Embellished with two fall leaves and a brad and drew on some stitching.

Thanks again to all of our hero's!

This card was entered into the following challenges:

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Hot Chocolate Fairy

This fun card is made with a new Christmas Fairy Digi from Meljens Designs.  They are too cute and so much fun to color with my copics :)  I even used my new snow pen to puff up the edge of her dress, hat and the bottom of the cup.  The sentiment was a free digi that I got from Meljens.  Then I put the card together with some scraps.  The red scrap cardstock is embossed with a snowflake folder for some added wintery flair :)  I used Tim Holtz Forest Moss distress ink on the edges of the images.

This card has been entered in two of my favorite challenges:

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Meljens Designs Top 5

I'm so very excited to have been picked for the top 5!  I just love working with these digi's. They are the absolute cutest and so much fun, I can't get enough of them!
Thanks so much ladies for the honor!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Guys 70th Birthday

I had alot of fun making this card for a very special someone's 70th birthday!  I used the cutest monkey image from Meljen's Designs and some free birthday digi's I've accumulated.  I colored all the images with my copics and cut the monkey image out with a spellbinder die.  I used some red and gold cardstock - I embossed the red with a birthday folder and then used a corner slot punch so I could insert the embossed red cardstock into the gold cardstock.  I used pop dots on the monkey, the balloons and the present for dimmension.  Lastly, I used my Gelly Roll Pens to add a little bling, some baker's twine to give my birthday monkey a bow and some Fired Brick distress ink from Ranger around the edges of the images, just because that's what I do :)

Happy Birthday Guy! I'm so lucky to have you and Linda in my life and so happy you are on the road to a healthy recovery!!!!
Vicki xoxoxox

I have entered this card in  challenges:  (use twine or a belly band)

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Mummy Puppy Card

This is just the cutest image from Meljens Designs.  I had so much fun coloring it with my copics.  The backround is made from a haunted house embossing folder (which I rubbed a white ink pad over to help the image pop a bit), the bats are an EK punch, the black spider ribbon is from the 99c ribbon bin at Michaels and then I used a purple spider embelishment from Favorite Findings.

This card has been entered in three challenges:  (use ribbon)
  (halloween project using purple and green)  (halloween project)

Friday, October 14, 2011

Holiday Snowmen

Wow, a holiday card... I'm not ready to except the holidays are right around the corner!  But...I couldn't resist the opportunity to use this snowman digi from Meljen's Designs... I'm a huge snowman fan and I love this digi!  I colored the digi with my copics and cut it out with a spellbinder die.  I also used some scrap christmas backround paper, my EK snowflake edge punch, a Martha Stewart snowflake punch and a holiday sentiment stamp.
Check out the challenge  -this challenge was to use ribbon - and check out the great digis!

This card has also been entered in the Friday Mashup:

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Fall is Here!

The cool, fall weather has arrived!  Now if we could just keep fall from turning into winter I'd be one happy camper!  I love the fall.. the leaves.. the pumpkins... making a scarecrow.  This cute scarecrow comes from Meljens - there's lots of great digis there to choose from!  The pumpkin is an old DOTS stamps from back in the day.   I colored both images with my copics, added some scrap backround paper, embossed some cardstock with my cuttlebug, some spellbinder leaves and a few added leaves from Recollection. 
Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Scrapping Chics Challenge

This months Scrapping Chics Challenge is Carnival/Fair and all things FUN!  After a couple of months off of challenges I realized how much fun doing challenges really is and I really had a great time with this one!  When I think of our county fair I think of the barns with all the animals.  For this challenge I used a barn stamp from Heartfelt Creations and a cowgirl stamp from  The sun was just a quick hand-draw because I needed a little something else :) Two stamps that I just love.  I colored both with my copics.  I used a scrap piece of denim looking backround paper and a strip of bandana paper that i used my fringe scissors on.  Then of course none of my projects are complete without my Tim Holtz distressing inks - I used tea dye on this one.

So if you want to have some fun too check out the Scrapping Chics Monthly Challenge blog at:

Saturday, September 24, 2011

Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge

Well, after taking a couple of months off from challenges to make signs to sell at our County Fair it felt good to get back into the swing of things.  I couldn't think of a better place to start then the Emerald Faerie Garden - Challenge #9  Pearls.  Check out the challenge blog at:

I used one of their new digi's "Isabella" and a sentiment stamp from  Every day is certainly a new day - a new chance at a new beginning - Since my kids were little I would wake them up by saying "Wake Up.. Rise and Shine...Time to Start A New Day"... some day they will get what that means and why its important to believe in the magic of that sentiment!  For now they just respond with
"whatever mom!" lol.

I used my copics to color Isabella, some scrap papers with an olive theme and my new Forest Moss Tim Holtz Distress Pad for the edges of the card, the image and the sentiment.  Both the image and the sentiment were cut out using my spellbinders.  And to meet the theme of the challenge... 3 big pearl brads with silver edging!  I'm back! :)

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Talk Like a Pirate Day Blog Hop!

Ahoy Maties!
Welcome Aboard the International Talk Like A Pirate Day Blog Hop
hosted by Captain Gill at

If you walked the plank from Lisa P ( then you are in the right spot, if you fell off the plank a little too early and missed a blog or two you can go back to Gill's blog for the full line-up.

Why do we celebrate this silly day??? This silly day was started in 1995 because talking like a pirate is fun. It's really that simple. It adds a zest, a swagger, to your every day conversation. Do you need another reason?   So here's a few basics to get your started!

Ahoy! - "Hello!"
Avast! - Stop and give attention. It can be used in a sense of surprise, "Whoa! Get a load of that!" which today makes it more of a "Check it out" or "No way!" or "Get off!"
Aye! - "Why yes, I agree most heartily with everything you just said or did."
Aye aye! - "I'll get right on that sir, as soon as my break is over."
Arrr! - This one is often confused with arrrgh, which is of course the sound you make when you sit on a belaying pin. "Arrr!" can mean, variously, "yes," "I agree," "I'm happy," "I'm enjoying this beer," "My team is going to win it all," "I saw that television show, it stunk!" and "That was a clever remark you or I just made." And those are just a few of the myriad possibilities of Arrr!

So,  when I think of pirates (of course alot of not so good things come to mind) but one of the first things I think of a treasure!  So I focused my project on a treasure... in order to find a treasure... they say you need a map (although I did find my treasures without one, despite a few wrong turns along the way.   But perhaps a map would have gotten me there quicker!!!).

My 1st project is a simple card I made with a pirate boy digi from Cuddly Buddly Crafts and a free treasure chest digi and colored with my copics.  The chest was added with a dimmensional dot.  The 2nd project is made from free digis that I've been accumulating and only one purchased stamp.  The Ahoy stamp is from Meljens.  The pirate is Brigid Ashood's Darja from Sweet Pea Stamps.  I stamped the pirate and printed the digis and colored them all using my copics.  Then those of you who know me know that I'm all things distressed so the next step was to rip and cut and then get out the Tim Holtz distressing inks!  Please leave me a comment and share with us one treasure that you are grateful for in your life and if you are not a follower, I hope you sign up as I will be giving away some blog candy when I hit 100 :)

So I hope you are enjoying your trip, don't be a lubber, stay aboard and head on over to the next stop on the treasure map is AJ:

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Top 3 in the Emerald Faerie Challenge - Petals

Thanks to the Emerald Faerie Challenge Blog for awarding me a top 3 award in the Petals Challenge!  Can't wait for the next one! - All Things Girly - definately going pink :)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Nevie's 15th Birthday

Today is my beautiful daughter's 15th Birthday - she is a cheerleader and a softball player and I'm so proud of her!  This card is for her - simple but sweet made with the a great cheer bear digi from  Check them out for some of the cutest digis ever!!!!
Happy Birthday Boo! I love you!

Friday, June 24, 2011

Fairy Day Blog Hop

Welcome to Day 2 of the Fairy Day Blog Hop hosted by the very talented Gill!  You should have hopped here from: Shannon - If you happened to be just stopping by and want to start from the beginning then you can start with Gill

The theme of this hop  is FAIRY DAY so what we are doing on this hop is bringing together a select few people from all over the world to take part and for them to create a project with a fairy or fairies on it.

This is a hop with a difference as along the hop there  are  letters to find in the postings - not all blogs have the letters but if you gather all the letters then at the end of the hop on day 2 assemble them to create a fairy related  word. You will then return to Gill's blog and enter the Mr Linky at the bottom of the post (do not reveal the secret  word yet). After the hop Gill will contact someone at random and ask them to email her with the word - if correct they win some lovely candy.

Now on to my projects  - I know you are probably tired and have had alot to read so I'm going to keep it short and simple - I have created 3 projects for this hop.   In all 3 projects I used faerie digi images from The Emerald Faerie Garden, sentiment digi's from anitabestampin, my copics, my Elegant Edges cart, a butterfly stamp from Stampin Up,  and various bling and backround paper :)

This one also includes a mushroom digi from Digital Delights

This one is also entered in the Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge.

Thanks for hopping by!  I hope that you are having as much fun as I am on this very mystical and magical hop! 
I would love for you to leave a little love and become a follower - I'm doing a 100 follower give-a-way - i'm going to be giving away one of my handmade dolls :)

You're next stop is the very creative Leslie - Rahye

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge

Challenge #3 at the Emerald Garden is "Petals" - can't beat that - I get to use my favorite digis and I got to bling my project out with blossoms :) 
Check it out!!!!!