Saturday, 31 December 2011

The video you've all been waiting for!!!

Thanks guys for following me since posting videos from YT (youtube) and following my posts on this  blog..........i love you all, so here it is, enjoy, and Happy New Year to all my present and future followers, love Vick xxxxxxxx

Monday, 26 December 2011

A Simple Wired Ribbon

Hi Guys,

Well, its Boxing Day across the western world and I have just come to my bedroom for a little bit of R&R after helping John set up a buffet of delightful yummy tastes, for our son Kris who lives with us (and went into nursing, like his mummy, proud isnt the word) and one of our other sons Ian and his beautiful girlfriend Danielle (& she is gorgeous, our boy done good, lol) they are both on Christmas leave as they are both in the British Army and have been for 5 years, we couldn't be prouder parents!! they are all here to enjoy the festivities. I have had to come up here as my back and old bones are killing me, but i'll go back down later tonight as we are having an evening of MW3 (modern warfare 3) i bought John, and an Ouija & spiritual session later to contact our friends and loved ones on the otherside as i am a spiritualist medium and thats how we roll!
Anyway, onto my crafty make, this is some ribbon my mum gave me whilst clearing out some stuff she had when i went to visit her last week and i was messing with it in my hands whilst watching tv and had an idea, and look what i made, its beautiful!!!! She wont believe what that bit of wired ribbon and silver glitter spray turned into and i will do a video of how i make these tomorrow as Ian bought me a Flip HD for Christmas so i have a new cam to record on!!! So here are some pics to put you on till the video, which i will link to here and Facebook, Hope you're having a great Christmas my friends, and lets catch up soon eh? Lots of Love Vick xxxxx

Saturday, 24 December 2011

A Christmas Greeting

Hi Everyone,
No card i'm afraid, infact, they have been very thin on the ground, as i still have no craft studio and only a couple of things in my bedroom with me, however, the sentiment can come from my heart, to each and everyone of you to have a Happy, Healthy, Peaceful Christmas 2011, and a Prosperous, Crafty, and Happy, Safe 2012, and i will see you here in blogland, and hopefully i'll have a studio that i can comfortably craft in and do more videos and more posts on here to (hopefully) inspire someone!!
Lots of Love, hugs, love&light to all my followers and passerby's
V xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

My Birthday offering!! Making 3Dimensional flowers from petals

Hey Guys,
Its my new video for you, how to make 3dimensional, from flat petals! Its just a quick 'how to' video ! and its my birthday today (14th Dec) so i thought i would offer something to watch, hope you're all ok!
Hugs, and thanks, Vick xxxxx

Monday, 12 December 2011

Paint - a - poppy!!

Hi Guys and Gals,

Today i have filmed a new video showing you how to paint with acrylics, a poppy, onto a drinks coaster. Im hoping the video is informative and gives you clear instructions from the start onwards, also that you can see everything that is going on! I would really like to have your feedback, thanks guys, oh and this is the first video i have edited and added text and special effects, nothing massive but a new toy for me to play with, lol...........see what you think ...........

Please share if you can, thanks in advance, and thanks for watching it really means a lot to me! xxxx

Friday, 9 December 2011

A Birthday Card!!

Well, ive finally managed to make a card, still not in my studio i hasten to answer, still on my bed, anyway, this card is for my niece Lacey ( her birthday's on the 10th) and i hope she likes it! I also have designed a bracelet for her but its not finished yet, however, i have made some trinkets for it with lettering and glossy accents, it looks really good, will finish it tomorrow! So here it is

And a pic of the bracelet trinkets i made, hope you like it thanks guys, Hugs Vick xxxx

Ingredients for the card

The Stamp is from Mo Manning named "Baby Fairy Flora in the Spring"
Papers from Papermania "Rose Garden"
Coloured in with promarkers, sorry didnt make a list of colours used this time.
Flowers from WOC
Glossy Accents and Stickles.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

The glueless paper gift box !!

Video No.2 is here guys in my 'How To' range, this time the tuition is on how to make a gift box from paper or card, of your choice, without the need for sticky tapes or glues, perfect for this time of year when you need something to put a small present in, and this is where i show you how, and how easy peasy lemon squeezy it is, so without further ado i will post, said video here and you can watch it here or within YouTube, by clicking on the YouTube logo on the video, Hope this helps someone and you enjoy the video,
Hugs and Sunday Blessings, Vick xxxxx

 Please share with your crafty friends, and thankyou in advance! xx

Thursday, 1 December 2011

My very 1st Crafting Video

Hey guys,

Well it was early morning in my bed and i couldnt sleep and i have been promising to do my first video like, forever!! so i finally plucked up courage to do it! It worked out ok and Part.1 has uploaded and Pt.2 is on its way but if i put the link on here to Part.1 you'll be able to pick Pt.2 up within Youtube on my channel 'vixcrafts'.........i dont have any editing suites etc but luckily i only made one mistake when i called glue acrylic so there you go..........How To:- The Crackle Effect
thanks guys and please share the vids with your crafting buddies, lotsa love, Vick xxxxx
PS hope this works ok and its embedded itself onto my blog havent got a clue what im doing but it doesnt take me long to find goes............. it.........enjoy!

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

Acrylic bubbles/pebbles

In recent months, i have noticed some embellies on my fellow crafters gorgeous creations and asked what they were.................i remember buying something similar in glass, that i used in my flower vases and glass candle holders beneath the candle. However, knowing glass is probably too heavy for a normal everyday card, and probably only good for a 3D project, i tried to source acrylic pebbles instead, to no see most of the talented ladies live in America and i couldn't find anywhere here that sold anything similar until last week when i had a brainwave, i saw the Epiphany Crafts button maker but didnt wanna shell out for something i only wanted to use for this purpose. To cut a long story short, the bubbles arrived yesterday (mon) and today i tried them and even though i havent got a hole punch 14mm either (thats the bubble size) found them so easy to cut out around them after sticking down to my chosen piece of material that i'm not going to buy the appropriate punch either, and to be perfectly honest it would take longer to put my chosen pic, bubble and close everything up and then punch it out of the machine than it did to cut it out with some sharp scissors which only took about 12seconds!!!!! So, here is my finished pebble/bubble with a little Robin Red Breast to adorn a christmas card at some stage, you know me, Christmas cards late Christmas Eve!!! LOL............anyway anyone over here in the U.K can pick those bubbles up now from stockists that stock the Epiphany products, there are other shapes in them and sizes! I paid £4.80 for 35 bubbles.
If you can get them cheaper or the proper acrylic ones, please let me know, so for now im helping others out by sourcing something for over here that will do as good a job for now! I hope i've helped at least one person
Happy Crafting, Hugs, Vick xxx

Sunday, 2 October 2011

Latest Goodies

In this post is another 'no card' i'm afraid as lately i have been suffering bad with my disabilities, more than usual, and also having bad allergies, sinus pressure headaches, i haven't really been upto crafting, however, i have finally got something i've been after for a while and can't believe that i've found a store over here that stocks this and still had some left, when the postman came yesterday i was squealing like a naughty school girl when opening the package, i felt like Charlie and the Golden Ticket!! LOL...I'm talking about the elegant and sophisticated papers and embellies from Melissa Frances, Oh wow, how in awe i am of this woman's designer papers!! They are so! I love Shabby Chic, Vintage, floral victoriana prints and these are no exception, i cannot wait to see what i make with them, so for now until i am able i will leave you a pic of my new goodies and hope i can play with them soon!!
Toodles for now, Vick xxxx

Saturday, 27 August 2011

Happy Anniversary!!!

There is no card in this post but a joyous message, it is mine and my hubby's (john) Wedding Anniversary today (27th August) 7 years to the day that we said "I Do" and it was the most happiest day of my life, i cannot try to explain how this man has changed my life for the better and gave me back my self-esteem and confidence...........he's made me feel good about myself when i had no love for myself for over 17 years as it was knocked out of me!! He's showed me what a real marriage should be like and showed me true compassion  and love, of a man for his wife.  I will never be able to repay this man for what he has done for me, and he would not want or feel the need for recompense, so i would just want him to know that he is my angel here on earth and i will cherish him forever, with all of my heart.......x 

Saturday, 6 August 2011


Hi Crafters,

I have recently come to the decision to leave the Sheena Douglass Design Team, i now, no longer belong to any DT's !! I do hope though that this will not stop my followers and other crafters visiting my blog, and chatting to me on FB as i have made, over the years, some very good friends, my being on a DT, or lack thereof, hopefully should not figure in these relationships. As the crafty fusioneers on FB was my baby, i will continue to participate and run that as i love the progress members have made in their painting endeavours and they have made some great friends, helped others with hints & tips and in general have come on a lot as part of this great group, so i will continue to be part of that!! Nothing really has changed apart from me not being on the DT, but i thought i would post about it so that people were aware, thanks for everyone that followed the work i did and i will continue to paint and create as i have done all my life, thankyou friends and keep coming back!!
Hugs, Vick x

Friday, 5 August 2011

Look out for the Douglass!!!

Hi Folks,

For all those crafty fusioneers, future fusioneers and rubber stampers, Sheena Douglass is coming to our screens next Friday on Create & Craft with a new POW Christmas 'fusion' inspired stamp sets, make sure you check back here or at Sheena's site HERE for correct times for the shows, and any masterpieces made by my fellow DT members!
Have a nice day folks and stay safe!.....Vick x

Tuesday, 2 August 2011


And how sweet was that?? WOW............thanks to Jacque from i won her candy of a Deluxe Scor-Pal set, oh wow im so excited to have won something and to have something i don't actually own already, and i just know i'm gonna love using it and its one of Jacque's favourite crafty things to work with and if its good enough for her its defo good enough for me!! Thanks Jac xxx Vick

Friday, 8 July 2011


Hey there girls and boys, today (Friday) i wanted to say hello and show you something i worked on with only the use of my left hand, anyhow, i got delivered last week some sets of spellbinders (my newest buddies) and havent really been well enough to play with them but last night or should i say a couple of hours ago (havent been to bed yet because of the pain, but thats a different story) anyhoo i played with the 'peony' spellbinders nestability dies and this is what i achieved, first time playing with them!!! And i kinda like the result, i was going for vintage and i think thats what i got!
The first pic is of the paper/card stock I used without any treatment, and the second & third pics are of the finished flower! So, here goes and i hope you like

From this above, to this below

and here is a close up too!!


Ingredients & method for this flower

I firstly cut and embossed all the dies that come in the 'peony' set, you don't have to but cause it was my first one i thought i would see how large it comes out and what it looks like, it is around 3" in diameter when finished like this!  I then distressed around the edges of the flower layers with Vintage Photo DI, then i squashed and screwed up the layers in my hand! then unfolding them backout carefully without ripping them i sprayed them all with Crafters Companion 'gold' glitter spray, i love all those spray glitters! i then added a gorgeous extra large 'chocolate' pearl brad from Bunny Zoe Crafts and voila, your vintagey peony ready to go on the creation of your choice!
Hugs & Blessings, Vick xxxxx

Wednesday, 29 June 2011


Hi Guys,

Just incase you can't find them or have them, here are my fellow DT members on Sheena Douglass' design team, blogs and of course including me!!  These will all have at some time or the other, sneaky peeks of their samples up and coming shows and launch info and also product info nearer the time! So, keep checking back here and at all the other blogs for inspiration and information every so often!
Thanks friends, hugs and blessings, Vick xx

JACQUI DENNIS @ (cats whiskers)
DEBRA FARRELL @ (magic creations)

So, there you go! plenty to look at, have fun, V xx


My New BF's,

OMGoodness!!!! these are absolutely stunning, and thanks to one of my FB friends, who shall remain named, lol......Sheenagh Hulin, i ended up buying a new stash of Spellbinders dies, only because she was using those particular ones to no end and i was a jealous puppy, who just had to start building my die collection and why not start here? i thought, lol......i have a couple of sets but nothing like this, mine are some labels and some oval scallops and although i love them to bits, these have become my new best buddies, Oh how fickle us crafters really are?!........LOL anyway, i had them finally delivered yesterday afternoon and will use my left hand to turn my cuttlebug handle as i am not letting my disabilities get in the way of fun........i cannot wait to try out these little beauties and what's a better way? as when you've samples to design and make for a crafty friend, the lovely Sheena Douglass..........this is a NEWSFLASH!!!!!!!......... she has some gorgeous 'Christmas Inspired' fusion stamps coming out very very soon, and i mean soon, and i am doing some samples so watch this space, as there will be sneaky peeks galore starting up backend of next week all over mine and my fellow DT members blogs, info of those blogs in the next post, so please come back and check me out, don't miss out though as these stamps are as usual, stunning, easy to use and well.......special.....that Sheena Douglass does me head in.......... all of that talent, i really think she is selfish as she won't share any of it with me, hehehehehehe....gotta love her!! anyways, here is a pic of my new BF's and don't forget, sneaky peek time is around the corner guys, hugs and blessings, Vick xxxxx

Sunday, 26 June 2011


Hey there Crafters,

Why the title? Well, this past 3 weeks i have been suffering soooo badly with Rheumatoid Arthritis in my right shoulder, arm and would have to be the right side wouldn't it??? flaming typical..........I'm not gonna dwell on the pain here as no words can describe it, however, the pain is so intense i have hardly slept in this last couple of weeks, i don't know where to put meself! and the whole limb is acting as a fractured limb would do, swelling wise, & painwise. I cannot type (hence hardly any posts, left index finger coming in handy here!!! LOL) i cannot craft (stamping in the main) write,  not nothing.........anyway, onto my project.........
I was in agonising pain yesterday and needed to avoid focussing on the pain so sat up on the edge of my bed, and in front of me i set my bed table up with various beads, and findings, i couldn't hold anything in my right hand other than a piece of memory wire, so i made my very first memory wire bracelet and only my 2nd jewellery piece ever, as i am a rubber stamper at heart but like the idea that i can make something to match an outfit, at short notice and wear my project too!!! So, here it is, im happy with it and can see myself wearing it a lot, in its gunmetal & pale grey silvers!! bear in mind folks that this is all new to me and was also done with a pretty useless right hand with hardly any grip and a left hand that doesnt know it's bailing me out at the mo! although this is where i draw the line (threading on beads etc) i've tried but my writing in this hand, and it looks like a 3 year olds!!! without further ado i will add my pics and love you & leave you with.........."Have a Happy Safe Sunday!" hugs xxxx

Sunday, 19 June 2011


Hi Crafters Everywhere,

I want to take this opportunity to say Hi and hope you are having a good Sunday!! In this post i am showing you my very first attempt at handpainting Sunflowers & Leaves, i was so proud of them, i cannot do leaves normally but these were great to paint and i love the way my sunflowers came out too with a lot of texture, you just wanna touch them! Anyhoo, i am going to post my pics here of them, i hope you like them!

For your own info, the main pic shows me blending in some Tim Hotz distress inks, i love these and have been using them since they came out, i have used Vintage Photo in the blending and right on the edge of the 300gsm watercolour card is Walnut Stain, these 2 are my all time favourite distress inkpads!
Thanks for taking time out to look! x


Hi Crafters,
I just love these new charms that Wild Orchid Crafts have started to stock such good quality and value for money, below is a couple of pics on their own and own my handpainted candles!!

thanks for looking guys! go get yours now!!!

Monday, 13 June 2011


OOh, gotta tell yer, if you don't already know WOC HERE have added a few newbies to their range, including bakers twine which went in a couple of weeks back and i have some already, and loads of raffia in many colours that i just had to have!! infact what really happened was, i made an order out to WOC for some more flowers, lace and the 'new' sweetheart blossoms, to be honest there isn't now, anything they sell that i haven't got in copious amounts, however, after my order came last week they announced some new stash coming in, and i just had to have a shufty at it all last Thursday when it went on sale and guess what Mr Postman brought me this morning??? well i am telling you all this cause i want to post a pic later of the new charms and metalwork from WOC, i am so in love with this shop already but i think i am fast becoming a stalker after seeing this little lot Oh my Goodness, they are gorgeous, my only feat now is, how to use them as these would normally go in the 'get out and stroke, admire in different lights and put back' draw!!! so i will have to buy more when i calm down so i can use some and keep some, that's all there is to it, see you later................if you can't wait, check them out at WOC now!!! xx

Monday, 6 June 2011


Hey Crafters,

I hope this post finds you well and happy and hopefully you have got some free time to do some crafting, i believe it is school holidays at the mo, how about painting with the kids, i have come across a fantastic site, via a friend of mine on the Facebook group that i run under a Paint Fusion guise, namely 'Crafty Fusioneers', anyone can ask to join it is an open group!!The lady in question is called Margaret (thankyou again Margaret) and she pointed out to me a website called Crafty Crocodiles, if you wanna visit them, CLICK HERE. They sell anything and everything in wood and ceramic that you and your children can paint or decorate and be proud of, go on, get the kids crafting in a loving family bonding environment!!! they even sell eggcups and cups to decorate so the kiddies can do their own ceramics and then write their name on with special pens that don't need fixing in an oven!! I so wish there had been something like this when our boys were growing up! Oh and their deliveries are phenomenal, within 48hrs in most cases and some have been 24hrs!!!
Anyway, i digress, the following piece of work is half of a box i am making for my lovely mum, and it is the lid, I intend on finishing the actual box this evening as it only needs painting and a crackle effect added, anyway, i hope you like what i have done, have a lovely day and thanks for taking an interest!!!

Hugs Vick xxxx

Saturday, 7 May 2011


Hi Crafters,

I hope this post finds you all in fine fettle! I have hand painted my first candle with Poppies and have taken a few pics, i thought you might like to see!

Sorry about the bad light on the pics, its kinda dark here today with rainclouds! It is much better in the flesh
Thanks for looking xxxx Vick

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Thursday, 5 May 2011


Our very last hero of WW1 on this earth has just passed away, and i would like to say you will never be forgotten, and thankyou..............Claude Stanley Choules, reached the ripe old age of 110years old and has passed away in his nursing home in Perth, Western Australia..........Born in Pershore, Worcestershire, U.K.. Claude at the young age of only 18 fought for his country within the Royal Navy aboard HMS Revenge. Known to his friends as "Chuckles" Claude fought to protect our country and kept us safe.  R.I.P Chuckles, you can now reunite with all your well missed friends.........bless you x

Monday, 2 May 2011


Hey there crafters,
Well this is a lot of cards for me to be making in such a short space of time, i don't normally make so many cards one after the other and jewellery made too!!?! well all i can say is enjoy it Vick whilst you can cause the old crafters block will soon kick in, it always does! Thats when i will do some fusion painting as its the only thing i do where i don't have to have my mojo! also, John bought me some soft oil paints last year and i must admit i havent picked them up yet, i want to teach myself oil painting florals, not one-stroke folk painting like fusion is, (as that is acrylics) but 'proper' oil painting, i used to paint landscapes in harder oils however, the long brush strokes made my weak wrists swell so i had to stop doing something i loved, so small strokes and florals it is, i must find the tutorial book John bought me to teach myself!
Anyway, enough waffle, here is my card and i am entering it into the following challenges (Anything Goes) (Girl's Birthday Card) (Anything Goes) (Use something that starts with a 'C') so i have used 'Cherry Blossoms'

Hope you like it, thanks for looking and i would love it if you could leave a comment! Hugs Vick xxxxx
Oh 'Eck im losing my mind, i forgot to give you the ingredients of the card, sorry!

Ingredients used to make this card

Stamp - Sugar Nellie 'adorables' ' Verity Standing' i coloured her in using my Promarkers
DP - Blueberry Hill A4 papers from Papermania
Purple basecard made from 12x12 cardstock
5x5 mat from pearlescent white card from my stash from CCompanion
Frame from Marianne Designs Die
Baby Blue 1/2" satin ribbon, various blue 20mm roses, white hip rosebuds, 2tone blue 25mm rose, small brown flat gardenia, coffee coloured 25mm roses, ivory cherry blossoms, silver metal filigree corners, all from Wild Orchid Crafts HERE
8mm baby blue pearls from my stash

My very first Cha Cha Bracelet

Hi Crafters,

This is my very first Cha Cha bracelet to match my 1st cha cha ring that i made last week, i am so pleased with it and hadn't got a clue how to make it, besides collecting photos of them from a google search, i dont know if its done right but i like it and i added some crosses to go with the ring! hope you like it, hugs vick xxxx

Saturday, 30 April 2011

Adorable Grace!

Hi There Crafters,

I just made this card last night just for something to do and thought i would post it on my blog, hope you like!

Ingredients used to make this card

Purple Card Base
Grace Standing stamp from Sugar Nellie 'Adorables'
I coloured her in with my Promarkers
Sentiment from my stash
Ribbon from my stash
Butterflies & Flowers from my stash
Branch Garden Die that i cut from silver mirri card from Marianne Designs 'Creatables'
3mm diamantees from my stash
Silver metallic Pearls i used for her buttons from Bunny Zoe Crafts
DP Paper from Prima 'Annalee'

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Prayers and Thoughts

I would just like to convey my thoughts and prayers for those in the U.S.A that have been affected by the recent tornados in the Southern regions and their families affected elsewhere.  My prayers tonight will be for those poor souls who have lost their lives, their families whom have lost their loved ones forever and for the thousands injured, that they have a fast and safe recovery. May your God look after you all x

Pretty in Lilac

Hey there, I made this card last night and thought i would enter it into the Stampavie & More challenge 139 of 'Pearls' HERE i hope you like my entry, Thanks for looking and if you have time, a comment would be lovely! Hugs, Vick xxxx

Ingredients used to make this card

Purple base card
Papers - Lawrence Llewelyn Bowen
Ribbons from my stash
Stamp coloured with Promarkers
Stickle (crystal) used on wings
Pink Pearls WOC
Lilac Hip Rosebuds WOC
4cm wide White Guipure Lace from WOC
Pearl pin made by me
Sprays of Pearls from WOC
Spellbinders Lacey Circles die cut from Marshmallow Hunkydory 350gsm silk board
Butterfly Charm from my stash
Ivy Leaves from WOC
Small white and lilac flower made by me from WOC petals
Large white flower made by me from petals at WOC
Irridescent gems from my stash
40mm Purple Hybrid Tea Roses WOC
Pearl Brad from my stash
35mm Trellis Rose in Lilac from WOC

WOC items used HERE

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

WOC & Hanglar/Stanglar/Magnolia Challenges

Hey there guys on this cool Tuesday morning!! not as nice and warm&sunny as it has been but hey we can't have it our own way all the time! Today i bring you a card i made from my sickbed last night, i wanted to enter 2 challenges so followed their rules,
Wild Orchid Crafts (which is my favourite shop by the way) i have a love affair bordering on an obsession with, and this challenge had to be 'White & 2 other colours' so i went for white (obviously) and pink & lilac, and im kinda liking how it came out! and the
Just Magnolia & Hanglar Stanglar (both co. are my favourite character stamps) challenge was to follow a sketch provided by the very talented Dena @ DENAS STAMPING CORNER so i followed the sketch and although its covered up in the main, you can just about see an extra panel behind the doily, i just wanted to point that out as its hard to see and if you dont know its there i wouldn't be following the sketch exactly! here is the sketch
So next is my card for both the challenges, this is the first time i have done a double challenge, hark at me, pretending i know what i'm doing in blogland!!! without further ado here is my offering for WILD ORCHID CHALLENGE BLOG and JUST MAGNOLIA & HANGLAR STANGLAR


Tilda was from the 'Fairytale' range and is called 'Midsummer Tilda'
The beautiful DP was a digi from Bearly Mine Designs in the 'Lacey Vintage Dreams' set
One of my now famous chocolate box bows was made with 1/4" satin ribbon from WOC in Orchid with a 15mm rose in lilac
All flowers are from WOC and include :- white cherry blossom, 2tone lilac cherry blossom, 25mm 2tone lilac tea rose, 2tone lilac calla lilies, lilac heather stem, assorted 15mm lilac roses, & white aster daisies.
Pale pink large irridescent butterflies were also from WOC
Doily from WOC
8mm pink pearls from my stash
Quicky Glue Pen
Deco Art Crystal Glamour Dust
Cuttlebug 7x5 Deb Devine Embossing Folder, used for the white panel on the right side behind the doily.
I used the following Promarkers

Hair - Buttercup, Tan, & Caramel
Skin - Satin & Blush
Dress - Orchid, Blossom & Rose Pink

Hope you like it! Hugs xxx

Sunday, 24 April 2011


Hi All,

I do hope you're having a nice family Easter break, and those with kids i hope they aren't doing your head in already!!! lol....been there, got the Tshirt, old enough to have the house full of adults, although an adult child can be just as noisy ask my ears when my son Kris is in the same room!!! soft voice doesn't come into it......the word foghorn springs to mind moreso!! LOL.
Well, i thought i would have a change from the old papercrafting and painting & bought some lovely glass pearl beads from HERE and the set of beads i have used are the 'Cookies & Cream' glass pearl mixed set, these are some gorgeous beads, i just love this shop, and their service and delivery times are second to none, i cannot rant about them enough!!! So why not call on Lisa & Richard and see what they have in store for you now!!
So i thought even though ive never made jewellery before, i liked the look of cha cha bracelets & rings, so i am hoping i have done this correctly as there are only photos of them online! I have made this ring and will (if im well enough) make a matching bracelet tomorrow, however, i don't know if i made the ring properly but i like it and John my hubby says it looks good so that's all the recommendation i need, i added a silver cross (no not a pram LOL) to my ring and think it looks quite nice.........the bracelet may have crosses or roses or alternative charms, not sure yet until i start it, but here's a couple of pics of the ring, hope you like it!!!

Tuesday, 12 April 2011


I don't know if anyone can help me, however, i am in search of a place that sells the paper pads from Melissa Frances..............OMW they are adorable, why can't we have some designers over here that do small floral shabby chic/country cottage prints like Melissa's i so wish i knew more about graphic design i would make my own! I have loved these types of papers and fabrics since being a young girl, however, over here we don't seem to have embraced this, in the U.S they seem to be more British Country Cottage than us?? good on you America but can you get some over here please!
Thankyou in advance to anyone that can help me find somewhere that stocks it in the U.K!!! Vick

Saturday, 9 April 2011


  I have made this card for the challenge on Wild Orchid Challenge Blog which is centred around a sketch by Bev Rochester, i hope people like it

 Ingredients Used

Spellbinders Lacey Circle Die
Marianne Creatable Frames - frame & swirl set
Base Card and mat - Coredinations in Baby Pink
DP Polka Dots - Papermania - Summer Bloom 6x6 paper stack
All embellishments from my favourite shop of all time WILD ORCHID CRAFTS
Guipure white lace.
Burgundy Crystal Chandeliers
Flat Gardenias - small 2 tone champagne pink
Cherry Blossoms - Baby Pink
Calla Lilies in 2tone Baby Pink
Heather Stems in Rosy Pink Ribbon 1/2" satin ribbon on the spool
5mm Pearls in Baby Pink

Where is my head at, i soooo forgot to give you the ingredients for colouring, so sorry guys, if you want to recreate this colouring exactly, this is what you will need xx

Skin - Satin all over and i used Blush in the shadowed areas and to warm up areas
Hair - I decided to make this beauty blonde, so i used Vanilla all over & warmed it up in areas with Buttercup, and i used Tan to the shadowed areas and areas that i wanted a little darker colour especially around the roots!
Dress - I used Blossom all over and shaded with Rose Pink
Ribbon in Hair - I used Blossom, Rose Pink, and for the polka dots, Canary

Around the image and die 

I used Tim Holtz Distress Inkpads to add colour to the diecut whilst it was still in the die, in Spun Sugar, and used Victorian Velvet for shading around the main image

I hope i have made it a little easier now for you to be able to recreate the colouring in this card, i also want to say that if you havent got some of the darker colours for shading, use the lighter colour and go over the areas again where you want shade, multi layers will add a shaded effect.  A pen i cannot live without in these sets is Cool Grey 1, as that can be used to darken areas too!

and again, sorry for forgetting to list the colours xx vick