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:
http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/  (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:
http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/  (use green!)
http://www.fridaymashup.com/  (project using snowmen!)

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

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!
Vicki

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:
http://www.fridaymashup.com/  (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:

http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/2011/10/challenge-80-and-new-release.html  (use ribbon)
http://scrappinchicschallenge.blogspot.com/
  (halloween project using purple and green)
http://sentimentalsundays.blogspot.com/2011/10/challenge-78-halloween.html  (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!
http://meljensdesignsdt.blogspot.com/2011/10/challenge-80-and-new-release.html

This card has also been entered in the Friday Mashup:
http://www.fridaymashup.com/2011/10/fm28-here-comes-susie-snowflake.html

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 rubbernecker.com.  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:  http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.com/

I used one of their new digi's "Isabella" and a sentiment stamp from rubbernecker.com.  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 http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/

If you walked the plank from Lisa P (http://handmadewithlove-lisa.blogspot.com) 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 stampfairy.com.  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 - www.purplelionpaper.com/blog If you happened to be just stopping by and want to start from the beginning then you can start with Gillhttp://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com


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   http://www.leslierahye.blogspot.com

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!!!!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Scrapping Chics Challenge - June

This months challenege was to use the sun and an insirational saying.   I had it in my mind what stamp I wanted to use but with a couple of moves recently I can't find it anywhere so I decided to make my 1st digi - the sun.   I also used a free digi for the sentiment,  a Martha Stewart punch for the yellow borders (which are top and bottom but I have the hardest time taking good pics so you can't really see the top), the Curved Rectangle Spellbinder die for the sentiment, and of course my copic markers :).  Check out the monthly challenges at:  scrappinchicschallenge.blogspot.com - you'll find lots of talented ladies there!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

ROYAL PURPLE FREEDOM HOP



Welcome to a great hop for a great cause!
You should have got here from Nancy: http://fancywithnancy.blogspot.com/

It is such an honor to be a part of this hop and have the opportunity to make a positive difference in someone else's life.  I have alot to pay it forward for.  Here are the cards that I made to be sent to the Bradley Angle House. All of them were made using digi images colored in with copic markers and my elegant edges cart :)

About 4.8 million i...ntimate partner-related physical assaults and rapes occur every year while many more assaults and rapes go unreported entirely. Over 3 million children witness violence in their home each year and those who see and hear violence in the home suffer physically and emotionally. These statistics are sad and overwhelming, but help IS out there for those that choose to break the silence.  
 Together we can make a difference!
Help us instill some hope where very little probably exists and give 24 families a chance at recovery when we are able to donate 1k dollars to the Bradley Angle House.  Your purple themed card(s) with a hope filled message inside could make all the difference, not to mention give YOU a chance to win the grand prize for this hop...what is it you ask?  A prize basket valued at more than $100.   Want more chances to win the grand prize?  Additional entries will be given for each $1 donation you include with your card.  Would you prefer 1 entry, 10 entries, or is 100 entries more of what you had in mind?  
It's all up to you!  
Cards must be postmarked by June 30th for inclusion in basket drawings
and can be mailed to the following address:

Royal Purple Hop
 c/o Vicki Smith
P.O. Box 1496
Millbrook, NY 12545  

I'm going to be doing a 100 follower giveway to one lucky follower!  a 4th of July Doll...handmade and designed by me... so leave me some love and become a follower and you will be automatically entered to win! :)


 
Your next stop along the way is (Emily: http://www.createserendipity.net/).  To start at the beginning or see all the blog candy being offered be sure to check out Faith's Blog http://faithfulecreations.com/
   and, in case you get lost along the way, here's the entire line-up:  

Faith: http://faithfulecreations.com/
Raven: http://love4stamps.blogspot.com/
...Linda: www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com
Brie: http://vintage53.blogspot.com/
Erin: http://www.spantastikreations.blogspot.com/
Tanya: http://www.ScrappyScavenger.blogspot.com/
Amanda: http://www.scrapanddash.com/
Kimmare: http://kimmarieskorner.blogspot.com/
Jackie: http://jackrabbitscrappin.blogspot.com/
Lori A: http://www.scrappinmystressaway.blogspot.com/
Gina: http://californiascrappin-gcinderella21.blogspot.com/
Monica: http://scraps2treasure.blogspot.com/
Anita: http://anitaandbugs.blogspot.com/
Sue: http://susanascorner.blogspot.com/
Gaby: http://www.gabycreates.com/
Debbie W: http://craftydeb-ddscrafts.blogspot.com/
Jen R. http:/www.memorieswithjen.blogspot.com/
Deborah http://www.scrappingmamma.net/
Ellen: http://www.cardmonkey-business.blogspot.com/
Gill: http://creationsbygillm.blogspot.com/
Lori: http://lorisartsyobsession.blogspot.com/
Krista: http://www.kristaspapercafe.com/
Carol: http://www.cardstockscissorsandglue.blogspot.com/
Nancy: http://fancywithnancy.blogspot.com/
Vicki: http://paperandprims.blogspot.com/
Emily: http://www.createserendipity.net/

Kristal:  http://gettingcricky.com/
Amy:  http://amychomas.blogspot.com/

Thanks for hopping by - your help is going to make alot of brave, special woman smile :)

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge



Ok, so there was a million things i should have been doing but i love these digis so much I just had to do a 2nd one for the challenge :)  I think this one is my favorite!

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Emerald Faerie Garden Challenge






Then Emerald Faerie Challenge #2  is LOTS OF BLING!  How much fun is that!?  Check out their blog for more details:  http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.com/.

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Scrappin Chics Challenge

I'm excited to take part in the Scrappin Chics Challenge Blog's 1st Challenge -http://scrappinchicschallenge.blogspot.com/.  The theme is Kitchen.  At first I had a hard time deciding what I was going to do... I was sitting at my desk when I heard some of neighborhood kids walking by and yelling "Hi Mom, what's for dinner" and like magic the light bulb came on!  On most days I have a houseful of kids, besides my own two, calling me mom and eating dinner with me so I decided to make this for my kitchen :)  I got an unfinished 12x12 shadow frame from Michaels, painted it black and then sanded the edges.  The inside is made with my cricut using Elegant Edges, Storybook, From My Kitchen and Country Life (for the apron so I didn't break the rules! lol).  I used some dimmension dots for the apron and rolling pin and then added some antique kitchen utensils for effect and dimmension.  Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Emerald Faerie Garden Challenges

I made this card using an Emerald Faerie Garden digi and my new cricut card Elegant Edges for the new challenge blog Emerald Faerie Garden (http://emeraldfaeries.blogspot.com/).  I just love their stamps and images and couldnt resist becoming a part their challenge.  This months theme was Anything Goes!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Happy Admin Professionals Day :)

This is the card I made for the great team of ladies that I work with :)  Ingredients:  A Magnolia stamp colored with copics, an oval cut from the Lacy Label Cart, Light Blue paper embossed with the cuttlebug, some 'Got Flowers' Mulberry Paper Flowers with brad centers and of course, Tim Holtz Ranger Distress Ink :)

Monday, April 25, 2011

Blog Candy Winner!

And the winner is..... #6  Misty
Misty said "That is an awesome collection!  Hummer Hugs!
Congrats Misty!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Flaunt it Fridays Challenge #20


I love the FIF Challenges - its always keeps me on my toes and using cuts in a cartridge that I normally might not have thought to use so check out the weekly challenge at flauntitfridays.blogspot.com!  This week the challenge is to use cricut cart Cindy Loo - I LOVE THIS CART so i was very excited!  And the cut - ANYTHING GOES!  We even got to pick our own cut so I chose to use 3 cuts - the deer, the tree and the flower!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Home Decor Hop Day 3

Welcome to the last day of the Home Decor Blog Hop!  I am Vicki and if you hopped here from Angelica (http://handmadebyangelica.com/)  then you are in the right place - if you just happen to hop here and would like to join in on the fun then you can start with Faith at http://faithfulecreations.wordpress.com/!  Thanks for hopping by, I hope you enjoy the hop, the projects and find a little inspiration to do something new and exciting in your own home!  I will be giving away blog candy on Monday (see below - Day 1).  Your next stop is listed at the bottom of this post :)
Vicki

So My Day 3 Project was the result of my sitting at my desk most of  Day 2 wishing I had a calendar to refer to and a project idea for day 3 :)  Well, after debating where I would find a calendar that I could just pin up on top of my desk I decided to make one myself!  Here it is....

Its not a huge, elaborate, complicated project - but a pretty useful one!  I knew I wanted to see two months at a time so I used a blank calendar template in microsoft publisher and arranged two months on one page.  Then I imported two of my favorite digi images and printed it out on white cardstock.  I colored in the images with my copics, wrote in the things I needed to remember and in less than an hour, I had a calendar that suited my needs, I like to look at and didnt have to leave my apartment, spend a dime on gas or supplies, gave me a post for day 3 and had fun creating!   I'm thinking when May is over I will cut out the digi images so they won't go to waste and use them on a card or scrapbook page :)

In case you missed it yesterday.....
My Day 2 project is not one that I just whipped up over night - It is one that I already have had done but couldnt waste the opportunity to share because it is one my favorites.  Its a TV stand that I designed around the baskets.  My kids are forever not picking up after themselves (imagine that! lol), leaving video games and controllers, dvd etc all over the floor so i thought putting the stuff all in baskets that they could just pull out as they needed would save me some time and stress :)  So here it is....




So first I bought the baskets, then I drew the tv stand (which I had someone else build for me to my dimmensions).  Then I stained the entire thing and stenciled stars on either end and the saying in the middle.  A coat of poly, thow the kids 'junk' in the baskets and in the tv they go... It serves my primitive taste, holds my big tv with a little room for a primitive display and when the kids need something, they just pull out a basket!!

In case you missed it yesterday here are my Day 1 Projects!
My 1st project is a stamped and colored framed print.  My 1st Project is also going to be my BLOG CANDY!  So leave me a comment and become a follower and this can be all yours! :)
This fun project can either stand up or be hung up :)  I started with an unfinished wooden frame that I got at Michaels.  I painted the frame with black paint.  When the paint was dry i sanded down both the outside and inside edges to give it that old, distressed look and then used a spray sealer.  On the inside I took a 5x7" piece of ivory cardstock and added some tea dye Ranger distress ink in a circular motion and then a touch of walnut.  I stamped the sentiment on a piece of cardstock 3x2" using Adirondack black ink and applied the distress inks as before.  I then used a piece of striped, distressed looking backround paper our of my scrap bin (about 3"x4 1/4").  I glued the backround paper on the top and the sentiment in the middle.  I then sewed on two wooden buttons in the corners (1 star and 1 heart).  The bear and honey pots are from Stampin' Up and I colored them with copics and popped it in the frame!  The frame came with a peg to put in the back for standing up but i also added a picture hanger in the back so it could also be hung.

My 2nd project was to transform a plain milk can that I had picked up at an antique shop near home.
This was a simple but effective transformation.  I cut a star on my cricut (you could use any shape you wanted) and then use the negative space as a stencil to paint the star on the front.  I then tore a strip of homespun fabric (the entire length of the fabric) to make the bow.  Lastly, some sunflowers from Michaels and wah lah! from plain to country in less than half an hour!

Well, anyone who knows me knows that my country, primitive dolls are an important part of my home decor.  In the spirit of the holiday weekend here is a bunny doll that I just love!
It would be hard to post sewing instructions on a blog so I chose to go with a doll that although I made I did not design myself so that I can direct you to threadbareprimitives.com for the pattern. 
This doll was handmade from scratch and has been treated with a mixture of coffee, vanilla and cinnamon and then baked in the oven so not only does it have that 'older country' look but it smells good too!

Now that you have seen all of my projects let me show you how they all look together!!!  And now you all know what my house looks like!  Lots and lots of country, primitive stages such as this one :)  I hope you all enjoy the hop as much as I have - with this hop I was able to share a big piece of who I am!

You're next stop!!!!!
Happy Hopping and Happy Easter!
Vicki

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Beautiful Tilda

I had fun with this Magnolia Stamp - Beautiful Tilda.  I had colored two, one for a card for a friend and one for fun.  I just needed a quick fix so I took advantage of my already colored image and cut it out with a spellbinder die.  I put a little Ranger Distress Ink on the edge of it and was ready to assemble!  I decided to go with a brown card, a piece of backround paper from DCWV's Matstack called "Garden Party", a purple strip of cardstock I ran through my cuttlebug with a Tim Holtz embossing folder, 4 mulberry flowers from the Got Flowers? Collection and two purple crystal brads and wah lah :) Sweet and Simple!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Girl in Purple :)

I just love the digi images from sassycheryls.com - they are so cute and fun!  I had a great time coloring her in with my copics and then I cut her out with a speckled rectangle spellbinders die, surrounded her by some dark purple cardstock and put her on card covered with some purple polka dot paper from  Nana's kid pack and a cuttlebug embossed strip of olive green cardstock from stampin up.  I embellished with a blingy butterfly from Recollections and a silk flower from the Paper Studio with a purple stone brad :).

Monday, April 4, 2011

Thanks to All My Friends

Even though the past few weeks have been difficult, confusing, scary and sad I learned to appreciate my friends and how blessed I am for all that I have.  When life seemed like there was no hope there came randoms act of kindness that gave me the strength to get through.  So this card is a tribute to my friends "Friendship is Shelter From Life's Little Storms".  Thanks to all of your for your words of love and support, thanks for being patient during the weeks I wasn't able to post to my blog, thanks to all of you for listening, for helping me move, lifting furniture and boxes up two flights of stairs, for helping me get ready for my craft fair, for sharing your creativity on your own blogs to keep me inspired for the time i'd be able to create again myself.....  FRIENDS ROCK :)  Thank you! xoxoxo Vicki

Saturday, April 2, 2011

FIF Challenge #17


Well, if feels good to be back crafting and doing challenges after all the chaos!!!!  This card is for the Flaunt It Fridays Challenge # 17.   The challenge this week is to use 3 BIRDS ON A PARADE cartridge and the cut choice this week is Disguise Bird Page 36.   I don't have this cartridge so i decided to use a bird from the Create-a-Critter Cartridge, along with some posies stamped from Heartfelt Creations and an Inkadinkadoo Sentiment that seemed appropriate :)  As most times, Tim Holtz distress inks and tearing are involved!!!
Miss you all!!!  Vicki

Thursday, March 31, 2011

I'm back in Action!

Well, we have recovered from the flood and the abrupt move and although my new craft space is a small nook it has potential and i'm ready to get back to crafting!  Despite the chaos I was able to submit my semi-finalist projects to Heartfelt Creations and do a two day craft fair and with nothing on my plate for this weekend I'm psyched for some crafting!  I'm babysitting my 4 yr. old niece so there will be some kid crafting involved which is always fun :)  I also have a home decor blog hop to prepare for by the 24th.  I'm really looking forward to the weekend!!!!  I hope you all have a great and creative one!!!  Vicki

Monday, February 28, 2011

Liebster Award - times 3!



Well, what can I say but what great way to start a new week but with a proud post :) They say we get things in 3's and that's how many Liebster Blog Awards I received over the past few days - words can't expess how thankful I am to:
These ladies do amazing work and you should stop by their blogs for a little inspiration!!!

The Liebster Blog award is given to bring new blogs to light. It's a great way to share blogs that might not otherwise be seen or ones you want to share with others.
 As a recipient you must share the love and pay it forward by:
1. Creating a post where you blog about the Liebster award & reveal your 3-5 blog picks
2. Let them know you chose them
3. Copy & paste the blog award on your blog
4. Have faith that your followers will rally & show their crafty love back out to those you awarded
5. Have fun!
Please stay posted as I sort through the many blogs I love and try to narrow it down to 5 -how does one do that with so much talent out there????  You are all deserving so I dedicate this award to all of you for all of your inspiration and creativity!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Distressed Barn Card

Tearing... inking... tearing... inking....de-stressing! A good card to make after a hard day :)  The torn papers (a stamped backround from Stampin Up and some backround paper) are layered under a torn image from Heartfelt Creations that I colored in with my copic markers.  After all the tearing I used Tim Holtz ink on the edges.   Last, but not least... a piece of jute for the bow. I found the perfect challenge to enter this one in at http://www.alwayscrafting.com/.  The Whimsical Wednesday challenge is all about destessing!  Thanks Stephanie and Margie for the great challenge!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Live, Laugh, Love

 I enjoyed making this card, stamping, coloring, hand stitching and distressing... all my favorite things :)  The sunflower stamps are from Heartfelt Creatins, the saying from Stampabilities and I used some red homespun fabric for the heart and my copic markers for coloring :)

Monday, February 21, 2011

Pocket Full of Posies


This was a fun card on a snowy day.... a glimmer of hope... spring is coming!!!!  I used alot of Tim Holtz Distress Ink on this one o give it lots of color, some backround paper fom K&C Company and the stars of the card are three great stamp sets from Heartfelt Creations (Posy Patch Flowers, Jean Pocket/Ball Can and Tropical Butterfly)... I stamped the pocket on denim paper and colored the butterfly and posies with my copics :)

Friday, February 18, 2011

Country Birthday Bear

Well, I spent Valentine's Day having dinner with my son, blog hoppin' and making cards :) What a great night!  I used lots of Tim Holtz Distress Ink as usual, a Stampin Up Bear and balloon, some cricut cuts for the heart and label (Lacy Labels is one of my fav's), buttons, backround paper and alot of love!

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Liebster Blog Award!

I would like to thank Dina from mycricutrocks.blogspot.com for giving me this award! As a recipient of this award reveal 3-5 blog picks.
2. let them know you chose them.
3 copy and paste the award on your blog.
4.Have faith your followers will rally and show their crafty love back out to those awarded.
5. Have fun
 My 5 picks are:
Linda:  http://www.thefruitofmyhands.blogspot.com/
Debi:   http://dizzylizzyscreations.blogspot.com/
Cindy:  http://scrappingroom.blogspot.com/
Cathryn: http://inthepinkcathryn.blogspot.com/
Diana:  http://www.dianamlarson.blogspot.com/

Congrats and thanks for all the inspiration that you have given me through your amazing work! Can't wait to share and see more creations! Vicki

Monday, February 14, 2011

Framed Prim Bear Valentine

Well, my dolls are prim, my house is prim so i decided its time to go total prim on my cards!  I made this country primitive card with a Stampin Up bear stamp, a Stampabilities saying stamp, lots of Tim Holtz distess ink, a heart cut with my cricut, two of my favorite homespun fabrics and lots of hand stitching. I also used my new  Zutter electric distress tool, which rocks BTW.  Its a very country primitive valentine you can give a friend and that's generic enough that you could display it every day in a distressed wooden frame :)

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Paper Pups - FIF Challenge #9

I was very excited to do this challenge!  We had to use the Paper Pups Cartridge - the cut from page 104.  I got the paper pups cartridge free with the purchase of my cricut machine several years ago and haven't used it once!  I had no idea what a fun cartridge it could be!  Thanks to Flaunt it Fridays I was finally inspired to use it and had such a great time with it!  I used a cute dogbone pattern for the cat/dog backround and dimmensional dots to pop them off the page (hard to see in the pic) and embossed the inside heart for some more dimmension.  I also used Tim Holtz distress inks around the edges to give it the look I love :)

Monday, January 24, 2011

Give A Hoot


This week on Flauntitfridays.blogspot.com you can flaunt your skills by using the "Give a Hoot" Cartridge - the subject is the bear in the trashcan on page 61!  I made this fun card with a polka dot backround and cuttlebug embossed solid green paper from stampin' up.  Flaunt it Fridays has a great blog so check it out!

Busy Weekend!

It was a busy weekend but between all the kids taxi'ing, grocery shopping and errends I did get the two owl cards done and these three prims!  These prims were inspired by Threadbareprimitives, I find some of my favorite patterns there.  Of course with any pattern, at the end of the day, I need to twist it up and make it my own!  But as always, I give my dolls a coat of coffee, vanilla and cinnamon and then bake them in the oven to give them that old, country look and a yummy smell!  The prim cat was actually made with a twist at the request of one of my customers who always has great ideas!