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Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Swedish House Crafts DT Card

Hello there, hope you are all well.

I'm here today with my first official post for Swedish House Crafts wooooo hooooooo. I made this card a couple of weeks ago before I went on holiday using lots of products from SHC.

I was going to make a Magnolia card as Suha has sooooooo many gorgeous Magnolia stamps and dies but then I decided to use some Gummiapan products which I'm getting addicted to. Their stamps stamp perfectly every time and their dies cut brilliantly.......I love them......the best bit is the price, great products at a fantastic price!!!

So here's my card, a bit of shabby chic the Gummiapan way ;-)

The papers are Pion Design Easter Collection, I love this whole collection and all the sheets can be used for all year round.......as you can see. Every sheet really is so so pretty.
On my 2nd layer I used the Gummiapan Old Paper die, on some of the little splits I distressed and made them slightly bigger so I could put bits of lace underneath.....this is an excellent way of using up scraps of lace you have lying around.....I never throw anything lol.
I very slightly distressed the whole layer and inked it up with Pumice Stone distress ink, concentrating it more in the little splits/rips.
For the sentiment I used Gummiapan 'Without Change There Would Be No Butterflies'....I lurve this sentiment. I stamped with Versa onto vellum and then added white embossing powder and cut it out using oval dies. I then made a frame using two oval dies to attach it to. The right side of the oval is popped up onto a tiny foam pad to keep it raised.

For the large butterflies I used the Gummiapan Butterfly Morpho large and again using versamark and vellum, I used white and pink embossing powder and then fussy cut them out. Once they are cut out I then gently creased the vellum either side of the body to fold the wings up and glue onto a flat butterfly.

The little butterflies were made using Gummiapan Butterfly Morpho small and Gummiapan Butterfly Monarch small and again I slightly creased them either side of the body to give them dimension as though they are flying.

The rectangle was cut using the Gummiapan Stitched Rectangles, I cut out a piece from Pion Design paper first and then I used two different sized dies and made a frame to go on top. I also added flowers, Magnolia leaves and some twine and lace to finish the shabby chic look to this card.
The bottom layer I distressed slightly and then machine stitched all around.

I hope I have give you some inspiration. Why not grab a cuppa, sit in a comfy chair and pop on over to Swedish House Crafts where you can find lots of fantastic Swedish Products........all links to items are below and will take you straight to them. The prices really are fantastic and you will get lots more for your money and postage is fast!!! What more could us crafters want ;-)

Products used on this card with links are below........

                                                                                                Easter Greetings - Easter Basket 
                                                                                                Easter Greetings - By The Cherry Tree
                                                                                                Easter Greetings - Cherry Blossom

CHALLENGES I'M ENTERING.......
Fussy & Fancy - Things With Wings
In The Pink - Anything Goes


Sunday, 13 August 2017

Magazine Card

Hello there everyone how are you all? Hope you are all well.
Well I will be in Devon now....soon be cooking a full english breakfast (its the law when on holiday to cook one every morning lol) but before I went I did have time to do 1 or 2 posts lol.
This is a card that I forgot to show you so thought I would do a quick post to show you it.

I was asked to do a card for Papernest Dolls for a magazine, there were quite a few gorgeous cards going in this magazine by fabulously talented crafters.

Here is my card which I kept foofiness to a minimum.
She is a rubber stamp called 'Bird Nest'.......I'm sure she is called that lol, my brain is all mixed up with flour after a heap of baking I did before my hols....cheesecakes, quiche's, biscuits & cakes lol.

I coloured her with copics. Papers are from my stash & I cannot remember what pad they are from.....they were machine sewn as always.
The small tag I think is CC Design's die. The border above the lace is a MS punch.
The sentiment is Stamping Bella.....again I think. It was done a while ago & I cant remember everything I used now lol.
I do know though that all the flowers are WOC lol.

I was extremely chuffed as this card make the cover..............yayyyy me, so happy lol. Though I have to say hubby was even happier, he rushed out again to buy the magazine & then wanted frame it.........I drew the line there dont worry lol. Its in my cupboard in my craft studio lol.

Here is the magazine it was in.


Ok I'm off now & will be back again soon.
Take care lovelies & thank you for stopping by.
Squishy hugs Vicky xxx



Thursday, 10 August 2017

Deep Ocean Challenges

Hello there everyone its nice & sunny here by the sea today, perfect for getting my bedding out on the line after I've finished this post.
I must say sorry for being late with this post, we go on Holiday to Devon tomorrow woooo hooooo but it means this week has been crazy busy.  So I will make the post quick-ish lol. 

Ok so this fortnight over at Deep Ocean Challenges our theme is............
SHABBY CHIC or VINTAGE
................omg I love both these themes, however I didnt really have time make anything but thankfully I have a few makes that fit this theme. This one I made when I first got the stamps.
I used the super gorgeous Maja Design Sofiero collection which you can get from Swedish House Crafts with the Monochromes to go with it, just click here.
I used a Go-Kreate die for the shape of the card & also used a circle one the for 2nd layer.
All papers were machine sewn & gesso added.

I added lace & cheesecloth form my stash.
All smaller dies used are Magnolia, the Bow, butterfly, both tags, swirl & the leaves.

The fabulous stamp is from the Magnolia From Farm To Market collection & this beauty is called 'Market Tilda With Fruits' & you can get her & many others from Swedish House Crafts.
I coloured her with distress ink refills & 1 marker which are her boots.
I also stamped the fruit that comes with here around her a bit.
I cut her out using MB Stitched Ovals.

As you can see I decorated inside to compliment the same as the front.

Here you can see the tag out with a charm attached, I used a Magnolia die but left it blank til I know what it will be used for. The seam binding I made myself a long time ago.....havnt made any for a while will have to remedy that lol.

The sentiment on the Magnolia Tag peeking out is from Tim Holtz wording doo dah's.....yeah I cant remember what they are called lol.

Hope you will join us this fortnight for our shabby chic/vintage theme we love seeing what you create.

I'm gonna go peg my washing out & then I have lots of beds to make including the bed in our touring caravan as thats what we are going on holiday with so I have that to clean inside  out today. Then I'm baking LOTS this evening as I'm making tea & desert to take down with us. Its the whole family going in 2 tourer's & we doing the travelling over 2 days, so the first night we are stopping over just outside Birmingham & then first thing the following morning we will travel down to Devon.
Will catch up with you all when I get back.

Thanks for stopping by, I will have a couple of scheduled posts......I hope if I get time to do them later lol.
Tatty bye lovelies
Big hugs Vicky xxx




Tuesday, 8 August 2017

21st Male Card

Hello everyone how are you all?
I'm sorry I've been missing in action lately, I do have lots of stuff to show but not had time this last week to blog........so much going on. I've not even crafted or coloured for a week.....

Ok I got the latest Maja Design collection 'Denim & Friends' from Swedish House Crafts, they had an awesome deal on the whole collection.......I got the collection, the 6x6 pad & 2 lots of the matching co-ordinates for a fantastic price.
You get the 12x12 collection here for £29.99 plus you can get the co-ordinates for just £5 when buying the full collection!!!
I have to say this collection is gorgeous, it can be used for male & female cards.......however if you struggle with male cards like I do then let me tell you this collection will not only make it easier but it will make you WANT to make male cards......... seriously I made 2 in the first day I got the set.........here is the first one!!!
Ive kept this one more on the simpler side as I really wanted the papers & image to stand out.
I used the 6x6 pad for the bottom layer. I cut 2 sheets in half & then overlapped them & machine sewn all around the edge & then along the middle in zig-zag...
The top half represents the shirt & waistcoat & the bottom half represents the jeans ;-)

The 21 was cut from Kraft cardstock from dies in my stash, cannot remember what brand.
When I put them through the number 2 slipped..........normally I secure them down but I forgot & I liked the way it wasnt quite perfect & ended up a little smaller than the number 1.....it was a happy accident ;-)

I used other sheets from the 6x6 pad & created a backdrop for the image to go on. I chose my papers carefully & when looking through them I saw that this sheet said ''I wish I had invented blue jeans''.. so I thought it was perfect for my card & decided to underline & add little stars to accent it.
The backing is a co-ordinate sheet 'Blue', I used one side for the very bottom layer & the other side as they are 2 different shades for the first banner shape.
First 2 layers were stitched together to match the stitching on the card.
There was also a little something written lower down which I also underlined ''You're a star''.... 
As there was this text when choosing a button I chose one that would go with denim & one that had a star on.......co-ordination at its best lol.


The base of the card I used another sheet of Maja Shades of Denim Co-Ordinates 'Brown'.
The hessian piece at the top is a Magnolia DooHickey & is cut from Kraft cardstock.
The gorgeous image is from the same Maja collection & is called 'Snapshots Guys In Jeans' seriously this sheet is awesome & makes you want to create more male cards. You also of course get the smaller ones in the 6x6 pad too.
I distressed the edges a little just like all the other layers & then added at an angle to give the card a more interest.

I love love LOVE this collection..........yeah yeah I say it about every collection but for someone like me who doesn't do male too often.....well to do 2 in one night is good going lol.
Will show you the other one another day.......a clue though, the other is more teen orientated ;-)

Well thats it from me I have shopping to do today as I have quite a bit of baking to do this week.....what better way to travel a long way than with homemade goodies in the car for every time you stop lol.

Thanks for stopping by big hugs to you all
mmwah Vicky xxx




Saturday, 29 July 2017

Live In The Moment

Hello everyone how are you all? 
I'm here today to show you a card I made the weekend it was my birthday, 8-9th July. I had new goodies delivered on my birthday from Swedish House Crafts.....now what better excuse than when you have new stash!!
Hubby brought me another set of Maja Design Sofiero collection & with them you get the set of matching monochromes.......maybe you should buy 2 sets then you can stroke one set while you use the other set ;-)
Sorry if the photo's are not great I'm still getting a proper light thingy set up plus I'm not using my new camera yet.......if I'm busy I end up grabbing the old one what I know how to use blah blah blah.....

Look at those Sofiero papers so soooo pretty, as always they have been machine stitched. I used Magnolia dies across the centre, Sakura Background die (peeking out top & bottom) & the leaves are Magnolia dies also.

The sentiment is Gummipan Stamp which was a lovely birthday present off a beautiful kind lady mmwah.......I love this, isn't it fab!! I cut it out using Roxstamps Cross Stitch nesting square dies which let me tell you are fabulous!!

At the side of the sentiment stands Farmer Tilda from the Magnolia  Farm to Market collection....see she's not just a farmer.....she is a wise farmer, telling you to live in the moment & love life ;-)
I coloured her with distress ink refills.

Thats it from me, hope you all have a wonderful weekend & lets hope for nice weather.
Thanks for stopping by
Hugs Vicky xxx




Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Deep Ocean Challenge and SALE

Hello everyone how are you all?
Well didnt we have a miserable weekend, well we did up here in the North East yuk!! Still the gardens got a good watering o it saved me getting the hose pipe out lol. 

I'm here tonight with my DT card for Deep Ocean Challenges & the theme this fortnight is........
A DAY AT THE BEACH
...........so easy this time of year, although I love the sea all year round & am so lucky I live 5 minutes away from it, walking that is. 
I struggled to what papers I wanted use.......I know I wanted to use Maja Design but which collection, which sheets?? Oh the torture of my life lol.....in the end I had to choose Summertime which is one of my favourite collections.......I love everything about this collection & every single sheet is soooooo drool worthy.....not to mention good for stroking & smelling.......yes come on you know when you have good quality paper when it has a good smell ;-)

Of course I decorated inside to compliment the front as always but I've added another small picture inside to match the front.
All papers have been distressed a little & machine sewn as always.

Lace is from my stash as is the bakers twine.
I cut out a star with a stitched star die & then added a tag on top which is from Magnolia Doohickey volume 1 which I was so lucky to find on Ebay from the lovely Donna & then I found someone selling Volume 3 in the same week........it was a gooooood week lol.
All die cuts have been cut from 12x12 sheets.

The leaves & the Sea-Horses are also form the Doohickey kit. I've added sea shells, bark star & gesso here & there. There is also cheesecloth & corrugated card covered with gesso under the main image.
The main image came from 'By The Sea Die-Cuts' I've also used the 6x6 pad for the card itself & for the die-cuts I've used 'Having Fun' both sides, 'Glittering Water' was also used.

Hope you will join us this fortnight in our theme 'A Day At The Beach'.

Thanks for stopping by.
Squishy hugs
Vicky xxx

Challenges I'm Entering..........
Craft Heaven - Summertime

Also just to let you know that Swedish House Crafts have the whole new Magnolia release on sale.......20% off & you get a free gift. Seriously pop on over for this fabulous deal.Release is expected 7th August. CLICK HERE to be taken directly to the page.
Yay, it's Your Birthday - Complete Collection (ships Mon 7 Aug)

Saturday, 22 July 2017

Hello To A Special Friend

Hello everyone, how are you all? Yayyyy its the weekend, lets hope the weather stays nice.

I'm here today to show you a recent card I made using a Magnolia stamp I got for my birthday & a new die that a lovely lady sent me for my birthday.... thank you again sweetie sooooooo much ;-)

The papers I've used I brought a while ago from Swedish House Crafts & they are the Pion Easter Collection........this is such a pretty collection & not just for Easter. I've had them a while but didnt want cut them as they are too pretty....stroking purposes lol.
I cut the card with a Go-Kreate die, all papers have been stitched as always.

I added lace across the centre. I added a straw cut down a little & added a sentiment from the Pion Easter Collection saying 'To A Special Friend'. The flowers at the bottom of the straw are WOC.
Butterflies are cut from the same paper set & pearl string down the centre.

I made flowers with white foamiran & I added bits of colour with Pentel Oil Pastels, these are really good on Foamiran & cheap too. I got mine from Amazon here.
To make the flowers I used my favourite flower die at the moment which is Whimsy Peony die designed by the uber talented Bev Rochester, the little ones were made using the smallest die & the larger ones were made using the smallest & the middle die. I also used the leaf die that comes with the set & foamiran.

This Hello die by Gummiapan I got off a lovely lady for my birthday, I cut it out 3 times in cardstock & then once in the same lemon paper I used on the card, this gives it thickness like its chipboard.
Ive tried to show the dimension of it here. 
Gummiapan dies are Swedish dies & are fabulous, they cut perfectly but what is just as good is the price........they are not expensive at all!! Great value for money.
You can find the Gummiapan range here in the UK at Swedish House Crafts.

This Magnolia stamp I got for my birthday off hubster, would you believe I didnt get her when I got most of this collection.....then I was like...why why why didnt I get her!!
So hubby got her for me, she is from the I Believe In Unicorns collection at Swedish House Crafts & she is called 'Snowwhite Tilda' isnt she the cutest!! I coloured her with distress ink refills.
Colours used are......
Skin - Vintage Photo, Tattered Rose, Cheeks- Worn Lipstick
Hair - Antique Linen, Ground Espresso
Top - Scattered Straw, Black Soot, Wild Honey
Trousers - Stormy Sky
Boots - Pumice Stone, Black Soot
I then covered her with distress glaze & fussy cut her out.

Inside in decorated to compliment the front as always.
I cut the tag from the Pion collection to stand Tilda on & then I cut a postage piece from the same Easter Collection.
Not many die-cuts on this one but I dont think it needed to be over done with foofiness, I wanted the pretty papers to be seen & of course Tilda ;-)

Well thats it from me, hope you have a wonderful weekend. I have my family coming in a few hours for a bit.
Thanks for stopping by.
Squishy hugs from me to you.
Vicky xxx

Challenges I'm Entering........
Magnolia-Licious - Anything Goes
Fussy & Fancy - Anything Goes