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Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Happy Birthday Handsome

Hi everyone I'm here today with my DT card for Swedsih House Crafts I its a male card. It was hubby's birthday on the 2nd Febuary. Of course to make male card I always turn to the Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' paper, if you struggle like me on those dread male cards then this paper makes it sooooo easy.
I was actually busy decorating the week I made this & yet managed to make this in just over an hour......including machine stitching all the papers. Thats a record for me, it usually takes me hours to make a card lol.

So I have finally used my Magnolia Denim Jeans Pocket die I brought when it was first released...yep they have been in there packet ever since..... I know shame on me, its not the only 1 either & there are still more unused in packets :-0
So I love this Magnolia die & to make it look like a pocket more I cut a piece of scrap paper to make it look like a hankerchief popping out the pocket. On the pocket I also added a piece of border that you get along the bottom sheets of the Maja Design 12x12 paper.......nothing needs go to waste.
I have a long running joke with hubby & sometimes call him Boyfriend, so I got my Tim Holtz Wording book & used 2 words out of it to make the word I wanted.

I love the Gummiapan Die 'Happy Birthday' & so I've used that for the card, I placed Happy at the top & Birthday down the bottom & cut out 'Handsome' again from one of the borders from the bottom of a 12x12 sheet.
For the wording I cut the wording out twice in white cardstock & then again in matching Maja Design Monochrome & glued them all together to make them stronger, its like chipboard then.
I have been asked a few times what glue I use as some people find it too fussy with liquid glue.
I use spray glue, I keep an old show box in my craft room & spray each piece to be glued with 3M Craft Mount in the shoe box, then using tweezers place them altogether. I find it so much quicker doing it this way & it dries quicker too.

I always decorate inside to co-ordinate with the front but I dont always decorate top & bottom inside. However these sheets in the 6x6 pad were perfect for the wording I wanted to add inside.
The 'happy Birthday' I stamped on another piece of white cardstock & cut it out with a Gummiapan Rectangle die leavig room for me to write my message.
'You Are My World' is from Tim Holtz Wording pad. The 'I Love You' is from 2 different stamps, if you dont have the sentiment you really want use different stamps & then cut out the words & make the sentiment you want. I could have done it neater maybe but I was in a rush & hubby still loved his card, especially inside bless him.
I was really pleased my brain worked enough for me to figure this out this way of making a new sentiment lol....I was tired with decorating until midnight every night lol.
From a card I made for my eldest son as his birthday is New Years Eve I had stars left over from a Gummiapan die I used, so I added those stars here..... I think stars are great as little add ons if you want to add interest or fill in blank spaces. The lovely Tamara gave me that inspiration as she uses stars often on male cards lol.

If you struggle with male cards like I do then you need to get this Maja Design collection, I have used a mixture of the 12x12 sheets & the 6x6 pad & the monochromes.......this collection is my favourite for male cards but it can be used for soooooo many occasions even for females as the ladies on this DT will tell you.

All links to products from Swedish House Crafts you will find below, just click on the link to take you there.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Thank you so much for stopping by, us DT ladies really appreciate it & hope we inspire you a little.

Links To Products Used.....

Maja Design 'Denim & Friends' 6x6 pad

The 2 stamps I used for 'I Love You' are - Gummiapan 'With Love From Me To You' text
                                                                    Gummiapan 'I Made A Wish & You Came True' text


Monday, 12 February 2018

You Are Invited


Hi everyone doesn't my heading sound delicious mmmmm, sorry for those on diets.....though if it makes you feel better I cannot eat cake at the minute either lol. Ooooh I lurve cake too.. 
So I made a Lollipop Invite card thingy lol using a fabby new die from Suha.


Look at that scrummy cake die mmmmm and it's pink. My granddaughter is probably gonna steal this off me.......she does with lots of my creations bless her and then sits them all in her bedroom on shelves and her window sill....

Ok anyway the new die is the Gummiapan Story Cake die and it's fab and could be used for so many things....even a wedding cake. I was going to use it with a Tilda but then thought for my first time using it I would give it centre glory on its own.......yep love it that much you will be seeing it again lol. I cut the cake out twice and glued both together to make it thick and then added the white icing bits in white card stock and added stardust stickles to it.


For the middle layer of the card I used Maja Design Monochromess and a punch from my stash to make the edge pretty. The beautiful paper is of course Maja Design Sofiero which you get with the monchromes and at the minute Suha has this beautiful collection on sale.....pop along here to see it and of course buy it before I buy it all.....yes I love it that much lol.

Flowers, lace and corrugated card are from my stash. The leaf is a Magnolia die-cut and the flower type die-cut is from a Magnolia Doo-Hickey Club Kit, Volume 16 I think - but my mind has gone blank lol.


The banner at the bottom is another Magnolia die from a Club Kit. These really are awesome kits and the dies always come in handy, I love how you can mix and match different collections. Olga on the DT does very different things with the dies, she is utterly amazing, it goes to show that a die can be used so many different ways.


Ok last photo which is a little better I think, I've struggled with my pics...insert unhappy face here....
The sentiment is a new Magnolia stamp that came with the Christmas Calender but Suha also has the collection in store. Yhe collection is called "You're Invited", you actually get two stamps with this one. I stamped it then fussy cut it and put it onto a banner cut with a Magnolia die. The circle in the centre was cut out using a Gummiapan die. I love these sets and they are some of my favourite to use.


Thanks for stopping by, take care.

Links to products I used:


EDITED TO ADD - Sorry I didnt realise this hadn't gone live when it should have done.......its late. Will be back with another one tomorrow

Saturday, 13 January 2018

Mini Handbag Album for SHC


Hello everyone, this is my first post of 2018 so I wish you all a Happy New Year, may it be one filled with happiness and love.

Ok so on to what I have made. Well a few years ago I saw something on Pinterest that was a mini album that folded up like a handbag and I loved it...........yes its took me this long to finally make one lol.  Actually I've had the base made since last October.......I have a few half done projects in my cupboard lol.  The photo above shows the front, which is very foofy compared to the one I saw on pinterest years ago but I love my foofiness lol!


I have used quite a few dies on this, all the leaves were made with different Magnolia dies. Some were from the Magnolia Christmas Calendar (which I opened all at once lol) some are from older Magnolia dies, the white one is Grandpa's Flower Leaf. 

I have also used one of the fabulous new dies Suha has recently got in her store, Gummiapan's Feather die. I cut it out twice, once in white card stock and then again in pink vellum. I also cut them down a bit.......they look pretty don't they? I added pretty flowers from my stash and some organza ribbon tied in a bow, then heat shrunk with my heat gun to give it a shabby effect, tucking it behind the flowers.


I brought these Bronze handle sets from Swedish House Crafts a long time ago and finally I have used one, they really are gorgeous. The one I have used here is the mini and with the Handle you also get 4 boxed feet which are great to use on boxes etc. I used tiny brads to attach the handle but all I had was silver and gold. So I used gold ones and painted them with black gesso. You could use a black sharpie or a copic marker.


The photo above shows you  as you open the top what you see. The text is a stamp from Gummiapan Love Is Patient. I thought it was suited to this project as it's going to be something from children to their mum and it's a lovely verse. I stamped it with cocoa Memento and cut it out using Roxstamps Pierced Nesting dies and then added a matting layer underneath using Roxstamps Cross Stitched round dies.

I have also used a new die by Roxstamps to go around the text, Heart Wreath die, I cut it out in pink card from my stash and cut it in half so I could place it around the way I wanted. Fabulous die and cuts brilliantly as all Roxstamps dies do.


The papers and cardstock are all Maja Design. The papers are Sofiero and each layer I machine stitched. All the die-cuts are cut from the Maja Design coordinating pink card stock (except the heart wreath). Images are also Maja Design Sofiero. Lace, pearls and corrugated cardboard are from my stash.


This is the inside showing the top....I have just placed an image in there to show you as an example. There will be photos going in there. I can't add them as the person will see and its a surprise ssshhhh lol!

To make the frame I used Roxstamps Square Nesting Cross Stitched dies and then added acetate to use as a window.
Sorry about the photo's I have new software and this is the first time I've used it.....I'm on a learning curve with it lol.


This mini album can hold three photos....although instead of a text you could put another frame and also on the front .... so it could then hold five photos. I was happy with three, one of each child  and then a photo of them both together ;-)

The die-cuts I've used are Magnolia, I've used the feather from the Christmas Collection and the hearts are from Magnolia Doohickey Kit Volume 16 (I think). The border that says "Memories" I cut from one of the sheets of Maja Design. I love these borders from the 12x12 sheets. It's the same on both sides of the fold which is the base of the album.


This is how it folds together. I added magnets to keep it closed. The small "Love" die-cut on the front is from Magnolia's Christmas Advent Calendar, but is being released very soon and you can order it now from Swedish House Crafts. I added another heart and added the letters "Mum" are Tim Holtz from my stash. The image on the front I cut out using Gummiapan stitched rectangles as I wanted the stitching to match, and one of the rectangles is the exact size for these images.........perfect!!

That is it from me, hope you like what I've made as much as I enjoyed making it. This really was sooooooo easy to make myself with no instructions. If you follow me on pinterest you will see the original on my board.

Links to products used:-
Challenges I'm Entering

Try It On Tuesdays - Favourite Things (Maja Design, Dies & Shabby Chic)

Wednesday, 27 December 2017

Deep Ocean Challenges DT Card

Hellooooo everyone, hope you all had a fabulous Christmas, we had a smashing one.
Sorry I've been MIA recently, there has been so much going on at home with different members of the family as well as a new puppy & things have been hectic & stressful at times lol.....mmm maybe I should consider Yoga lol.

Anyway I totally forgot about my DT card yesterday for Deep Ocean Challenges & this one is soooooooo darn easy.....in fact its that easy you dont even have to make anything!!!

Your Favourite Card/Project Of 2017


......yep, just upload your favourit card/project to Deep Ocean Challenges & make a post on your blog....easy peasy!!
Now I have a few favourites, although in all honesty not that many, I think I've had an off year to be honest lol.
However as most fo you know boys/men cards are my least favourite but this one I did very early in the year & I even used copics....for the first time in a very VERY long time. In fact I sold my original set & had to buying new ones again lol.
I love this image, Mo Manning does the best boy images dont you think. Ok she does a LOT of darn good images.
I was actually happy with this boy card, happy with the colouring (which is rare lol) yes it wasnt perfect by a long long way but not bad, happy with colours, papers, layout..........this really is a rarity lol!!
So has its not often I do male cards I decided this would be my favourite for 2017 & in 2018 I will make more male cards lol.

For the original post which also has the colours listed click here.

Will be back on New Years Eve peeps, til then take care & thanks for stopping by.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Swedish House Crafts DT

Hello everyone I'm here today with another Christmas Card but this card has a gift inside. I have not made these for a few years and thought this year I would make a few.

There is also another gift at the bottom of this post for you.

The dies I have used here are Roxstamps Xmas Reindeer Ornament. I used it on my last project as hanging tags. This time I have cut the ornament part away to leave just the Reindeer.......its like you get 2 looks for the price of 1........bargain!!!

Underneath the Reindeer is an envelope which is a Gummiapan die. This die also comes with a little card that goes inside, however, I have just used the envelope for decoration purposes. The little heart on it is a die from Magnolia Doohickey Kit Volume 17 of which Suha still has 1 or 2 left.

The Poinsettias I made myself using ivory foamiran. The top layer I also added green colour to just the centre then added some berries from my stash. Underneath the flowers you can see a few die cut leaves and under that is a Magnolia Jute die which was cut out in Kraft.


This is the inside of the card, sorry the left side is blurred I have no idea how that happened....I promise I was not drunk when taking photo's lol.



Here is a better view and not blurred in any way lol. The image just like the one on the front of the card is from Maja Design Joyous Winterdays Emphera sheet. I didn't want too much going on inside as I didn't want the emphasis taken form the front or the little gift lol.



So on the right hand side I added little Ambi Pur Scented Tealight Candles in Christmas Season Scent. Over the top is acetate to keep them in and I lined all around the edge with pearls.
I added a pocket with a strip underneath saying "Merry Christmas" which was cut from the bottom of one of the 12 x 12 sheets of Maja Design paper. I love that nothing goes to waste on Maja Design.
Inside the pocket I added a tag to write a personal message onto.


All around the edges are also decorated. You can see the Jute die better in this photo.



All the paper is Maja Design Joyous Winterdays 12 x 12 Collection and I machine stitched all around the edge. The birdhouse is another die from Magnolia Doohickey Kit Volume 17. I also added some organza trim along the edge and a doily cut from a die in my stash.

So as you know Suha is giving 5% discount on items that have been used on our projects. So if you would like to buy any of the items used on this candle card then here is the code you need to use.
YLQ27T83ME0Y6 valid throughout December.


Thanks for stopping by, big hugs to everyone.
Vicky xxx



Products used:



Monday, 11 December 2017

Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia

Hello everyone I'm running late as life is so so hectic at the moment with lots & lots going on & then the christmas period adding to it as well as a new puppy we picked up 3 weeks ago........pics at the end of this post of him.

Now I have been up nearly all night, shall not go into detail why but I have already wrote this post & as I got to the end pressed something....no idea what & wiped the whole lot.....so this one is a rush by thing now lol. Apparently if you have that red warning at the top, unless you click dismiss it wont save gggrrrrr!!!!!!!

Ok so its time for a new challenge over at Lovely Hanglar or Sweet Magnolia & this month, which is the last one of the year, is super easy...

ANYTHING GOES

........see told ya.
Mine is a rush card & although I'm not happy with it, I dont have time to make another unfortunately.
Papers are Maja Design Joyous Winterdays & this sheet is 'Christmas Time', you can get the whole 12x12 collection here at Swedish House Crafts for a fabulous price....I love this collection so much I brought 2 lol.
You get fantastic service & uber fast delivery.....even I get it fast as a DT member which is just fantastic!!! Most of the times the next day or 2 at the most....amazing!!!

The sentiment is from the Autumn Stamp collection which is now at Swedish House Crafts, called Christmas Party 2017, you can buy them all here or as a full collection here.
I have used 'Holiday Wishes Kit' & cut it out using a Roxstamp Cross Stitched Nesting die also form Swedish House Crafts.

The image is 'Gingerbread Tilda' & I coloured her with distress ink refills & then went over everything with Wink Of Stella to give it sparkle.....though my camera on my phone has not picked it up.
The stars are form another stamp from the same collection 'Starlight Kit'.
I cut the image out with a die from MFT I think it is......

The sleigh is from Magnolia Doohickey Club Kit Volume 17 & Suha still has 1 or 2 left over at Swedish House Crafts.
I cut it out twice, once in white cardstock & again in Kraft, added string & gesso. The heart is also from the same collection.

As always I have decorated inside to compliment the front.
Lace, chipboard & bulldog clip are from my stash & everything else is from Swedish House Crafts.

Dont forget you can join in with the challenge as many times as you like.....every day if you have the time ;-)
We cannot wait to see your makes & dont forget to pop over to my teamies blogs to see their amazing creations.

Ok now for some cuteness. This is Sir George.....or George for short lol....he looks like a Sir dont you think lol.
He is 11 weeks old now if my maths is correct.....brain does not work very well on little sleep lol. I also go a wee bit hyper & silly with the less sleep I get so my family are on for a fun day lol.
He is lying in my craft room here next to Poppy, my other furry baby.
The red you can see is form his Christmas Bow Tie.

Here is another in the living room with him on Poppy's dog bed...........though Poppy barely used it except for night time where she sleeps in our bedroom lol. George claims it during the day though. Both pics were taken Saturday Night.

Wee thank you lovelies for stopping by & staying to the end.
Hope your week ahead is good.
Take care
Huge hugs to all
Vicky xxxx


Friday, 8 December 2017

A Gift For Christmas from SHC

Hello everyone are you ready for the big jolly fella in red? No I'm not either but I'm still getting excited even though I have 101 things to do lol.
Before I tell you what I've made I just want to point out some new Roxstamps dies I've used, I've used two new ones and one of them is in the picture above. They are like Baubles I think with stars in them, Stars Xmas Tree Ornaments they are called and I've added them as a tag kinda thing.....I love them!!

There is a gift at the end of the post! and also a link to the tutorial on how to make these boxes.


I thought I would make my 2 grandchildren a little something for Christmas Eve while they are sitting with mum anddad after their tea watching Christmas movies. They love things I make, my granddaughter is always pinching the latest card I've made and she sits them all on her window sill in her bedroom with pride.........makes me sooooo happy.

I had to use these Santa Heads as they are just perfect, I coloured them with Copics and added Flowersoft to his beard to make it fluffy. I coloured them both with red hats as little children say Santa only comes in red lol. I also added a spring underneath the head so it wobbles every time it's touched, the kids will love that part lol.

I have made little boxes to hold a bar of chocolate....the chocolate in there is not what they are getting.....if I get it now I will end up eating it lol. 

There is also the other new Roxstamps die which is the Reindeer Xmas Tree Ornament hanging on the side. I cut out two.  One in co-ordinating paper from Vintage Frost and the other in white card stock and slightly off-set them. The hearts in the centre have magnets underneath to keep the box closed. The hearts were made with a die from a DooHickey Collection. 


On the back of both boxes I added a sentiment from the latest Magnolia collection. The tag die is also Magnolia. 


In the latest Magnolia Doohickey Collection Volume 17 (which is still available here if you want to buy it). They are excellent value for money, not only do you get a LOT of dies that you can use in various ways, you also get a Magazine with tutorials in it and inspiration.

Now if I take inspiration from someone I also say who, it's just the right thing to do. My inspiration came from the magazine, the super talented Yulis (I so want to colour like her when I grow up) I did a tutorial on how to do this scene effect like I've done on the chocolate boxes.

After I made them I thought well not everyone will have the die used on these chocolate boxes. However I then remembered I had brought a die from Swedish House Crafts about a month ago and still not used it.........yes I'm bowing my head in shame! So here is another way you can achieve this effect, I made a matching Christmas card for my granddaughter.


The photo above shows what you need. 
  • Paper for the card cut to size and in the decided layout and machine sewn (optional). Houses cut from white card stock using the House Dies
  • Tiny Tree dies or I have used three leaf dies from Volume 17
  • Two pieces of white card stock the same width as your card
  • Vellum (mine is the same width as my card and the same depth as the centre paper that will lie across the middle-ish of my card)
  • Foam Pads to add dimension under the middle layer that the scene is going on. (I use cardboard packaging as its firmer)
                                                          

Using one of your pieces of white cardstock cut waves into it to act like a snow. I cut two like this, you want one thinner than the other. The deeper one goes onto your paper so must be the same width as your paper/card. Glue or tape down down the bottom edge to the paper. Leave the top wavy edge free of glue.

For the houses I have used Gummiapan House dies, they are awesome, you get 5 little houses that are all individual so you can use all 5 or just use 3....depending on the scene you are creating and the size you are doing. Once you have cut your houses out arrange them as you want them, sliding the bottom of each house just under the wavy card stock you glued down first. This is why we keep the top edge free from glue, its nicer if you don't see the bottom edges of the houses.

Next take your leaves if that is what you are using and arrange them in between the houses, cut some down to make them look different heights. If you have tiny tree dies then use them but leaf dies will do the job just as well I think. Sliding the bottom of the leaf just under the top edge of the card stock. Once you are happy with the layout glue them all into position.

I then took some Enamel Accents which I've had forever and placed dots all over to act like snow is falling, this is optional. You could also use a pearl pen or even a white gel pen.


Using the thinner wavy card stock glue that onto the vellum, so that the card stock is facing up. Once this has dried and your snow drops on the paper have dried attach your vellum to the scene. I have cut my vellum to the exact size of the centre panel that I have made my scene on.

To glue it down I used tiny drops of glue from my glue gun, I did the top two corners first just using a tiny bit and then I did the bottom. Make sure the card stock you have glued on is on the top facing up. The bottom is easier as it has the card stock on the other side and this will hide any glue marks.
To help hide glue in the top two corners I then attached pearl stars which go with the scene anyway, you could even use star die cuts.

I have attached a string of pearls as I did on the chocolate boxes but this is optional. I also added more white dots on top of the vellum once it was in place as it shows up more on the vellum....so the snowfall looks as though some is close and some is in the distance. 


Here it is all finished. If I'm being totally honest I do prefer the look from the Gummiapan House dies as they stand out more and I love how you can arrange them yourself, its not fixed. I am really happy with these and I'm usually very VERY critical of my own work (I think a lot of us are lol).

I used one of the super new Tildas from the Autumn Stamp Club but these are now available in Suha's store. I used "Frozen Tilda" and stamped her with versamark watermark ink and then heat embossed with white embossing powder. I then coloured her in with Copics.....I'm still really rusty with these lol. 

I also used a sentiment from the same latest Magnolia collection and then cut it out using a Gummiapan banner die. The poinsettia I made myself using white foamiran and I added leaves using Magnolia dies. Lace is from my stash. The berries and pomegranate apples are from Swedish House Crafts.

Now if you would like to make one of these chocolate boxes then you will find a tutorial over on my blog here which I did earlier in the year. I usually add a pocket to the inside but I've kept the inside simple as they are for a 4 year old boy and a nearly 6 year old girl.

If you would like to use the same products and have a go at making one of these scenes yourself, (which are fun, I loved making these) then our lovely, generous boss Suha is giving you 5% off all the items I have used which are all linked down below so its easier for you to find. I used a LOT of items so that's quite a bundle you get a discount on ;-)

The code you need to get 5% off is O5CDMF7Y7828  it is valid until the end of December.

Thank you for staying to the end as this one was a long post lol. Hope you all have a good weekend, take care.

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Links To Products Used

Roxstamps Stars Xmas Tree Ornament dies
Roxstamps Reindeer Xmas Tree Ornament die
Magnolia Christmas Party 'Holiday Wishes Kit'
Magnolia Christmas Party Starlight Wishes
Magnolia Christmas Party Frozen Tilda stamp
Magnolia Sprawling Fern dies
Magnolia Butterfly Dreams Dream Tag die
Magnolia Snowflake & Mistletoe die
12pcs Mixed Berries Cream Pearl
Versamark Watermark Ink Pad
Black Memento Ink Pad
Crafter's Companion Vellum Paper
Magnolia Doohickey Club Kits