Saturday 30 May 2009

OCCC Sentiment challenge

Well, it's a good job the OCC don't have a time limit, 'coz I'd have missed it! LOL
I've had precious little time this week, due to moving Mum into sheltered accommodation and I'm out of step with everything. Including this challenge , which I was determined to do.
All the fabulous DT cards help inspire me too!

The base card is my wonderful Bazzil. A5 top folded. I have no idea of the colour, as I bought it as a pack with each colour in. Could be lilac, could be mauve, could be anything..Ha Ha!
LOVE this sentiment from Verses Rubber Stamps. It's called 'Souls in this world' and is inked with Color Box Cat's Eyes 'Queue' ink. I also used this ink to 'blush' round the edge of the Top Note die shape.

It's mounted on my adored Top Note die, that I trimmed to show the mauve? matt.
The flowers are Prima with a Papermania pearl brad in the center.

Hope you like it. If you do, please leave a comment, I love to know your thoughts.

Have a super Weekend!!! xxx

Friday 29 May 2009

Can you make an old lady's day?

I'd like to ask all of you a great favour.

As some of you know, I've been ultra busy getting Mum moved out of her bungalow and into her sheltered flat. I'm exhausted but so pleased she's safe and comfortable. It was all hands on deck yesterday for the final move and she is now in her new home. She is 90 years young and understandably a bit bemused and a bit nervous.
I've made her this card. I chose this stamp as it looks a bit like Harvey, my dog, who she adores.
(Even down to the white patch on one paw). LOL

Would you be willing to make her a New Home card too? It would mean the absolute world to her as she LOVES people and loves to be loved. I know it would help her to settle quicker if she had something to look at from all over the world (if possible).

I would also ask of you, that you might mention my request on your blog?

Thank you SO much and I will of course keep you updated as to her reaction!!!

If you would like to send Mum a card, and there's no obligation or pressure to do so, please e-mail me and I'll give you her address. ;0)

Thanks for dropping by and I look forward to your next visit.


Thursday 28 May 2009

A big thank you and this week's SAS sample

Firstly, I can't thank you all enough for sending Mum your cards. Quite a few have been delivered already and they are amazing!! Mum is thrilled to bits to be getting all these cards and has them displayed on her table, right where she can admire them. Please keep them coming, they are boosting her no end. (I will update you all again soon).

Well hasn't a week soon gone by!!! Doesn't seem 5 minutes since I was uploading LAST week's SAS sample and here we are again!
Here's Mercy's gorgeous sketch for you to play with.......

.....and my sample.....

Here's a close-up of the Glamour Dust sprinkled on Cuppy's and the little cupcake's frosting.

Carl, from 'Carl the Cupcake'

Cuppy from 'Happy Spring'

Heart motif from 'Happy Birthday Cupcake'

Little cupcake from 'Cuppy Land'.

Bashful Blue CS

Ribbon from stash

Copic markers

Papermania DP

I love the versatility of these Cuppy sets. The combinations are endless!

We do hope you'll play along with us at Stamps and Smiles challenge blog, 'The Fresh Batch'. You don't have to have SAS stamps to play along and if you upload to Split Coast Stampers, please include the keyword....'stampandsmiles'.

We look forward to seeing your creations and if you need inspiration, pop on over to the Fresh Batch blog and see what the other DT members have come up with. You won't be disappointed!

Have a wonderful weekend when it finally arrives and thanks for stopping by, your comments and your visits are treasured.


Tuesday 19 May 2009


Hi Everyone!
It's time for another SAS challenge! We do hope you can play along with us.
(If you need inspiration, pop over to the 'Fresh Batch' blog where all the design team have uploaded their amazing samples).
If you upload to SCS, please include the code..SASSC16.
It's not compulsory to have to have SAS stamps to play along and there's no time limit.
Have fun!!

Here's this week's fabulous sketch..... Mercy draws these..isn't she clever!

I wanted to be a bit sophisticated this week! Here's my 'posh' sample.
What do you think?

The flowers are from the new release from Stamps and Smiles...'Hello Spring' and the sentiment from the 'Happy Birthday Cupcake' set, mounted on Nestability label die cuts.
Ribbon from a friend and the pearls from my stash.
The main panel is embossed with the Swiss Dots Embossing Folder and matted with Bazzil black CS.
This card also qualifies for entry into the Flourishes Timeless Tuesday Challenge.

Thanks for dropping in. Please leave me a comment, I love to get them.

Thursday 14 May 2009

SAS Thursday Challenge card SASSC15

Hi everyone! It's that time again...the SAS Thursday challenge.

If you'd like to play along..(and we'd love you to), please pop on over to the Fresh Batch blog, where you will find all the details and of course the fabulous DT samples.
When you play along with us, just post your sample to your blog or gallery, and then include a link in the Mr. Linky form at the bottom of the post so we can easily find you. There is no time limit to our challenges, so please play along whenever you fancy. If you upload to SCS, please include “SASSC15” in the keywords. Stamps and Smiles stamps are not required for our challenges, so grab your favorite stamps & supplies and go for it!

Here's my sample......

Copic Ciao markers,
Glamour dust on Cuppy's icing,
Greeting and cloud from the 'Hello Spring' set,
Cuppy and balloon from 'Happy Birthday Cupcake'.

Have a wonderful day and thanks for visiting!!!

Wednesday 13 May 2009

While the cat's away......

The 'mouse' has been really busy! DH Alan, zoomed off yesterday morning on his road trip to Switzerland.
I've bathed the dog, cut the grass, vacuumed the carpets, polished the furniture and re-arranged the corner pan cupboard and emptied another cupboard in the kitchen. OH! And cleaned the soot smudges off the carpet in front of the fire.
I need a fender to stop the soot from the fake coals landing on the carpet, as they are a nightmare to clean off. Cillit Bang! to the rescue!!!
Now anyone who knows me, knows what a good girl I've been, 'cuz my priorities are cardmaking, rubber stamping and colouring.
All this because we are having new gas pipes laid and I'm house-locked at the moment. I usually go see Mum on a Wednesday, and shall still go, but later, when the workmen go home for the night, (to put her hair in curlers ready for her weekly outing tomorrow).

I'll be back tomorrow with the SAS Thursday Challenge!!

Thanks for visiting. Viv xxx

Tuesday 12 May 2009

Promarker Challenge Blog!!

There's a new blog on the block!
It's called Passion for Promarkers .
As the name suggests, they hold challenges with specific colours of Promarkers.
I'd love to join in, but don't have any, so it'd be a tad difficult.
BUT!! There's a chance! They are holding a blog candy to win some and all you have to do, is link to them and shout about it on your blog!
Well, 'coz I'm greedy and want 'em...I'm whispering!!! Ha Ha

I will play along using my Copics for now. (Do you think they'll notice)? ;0)

Pepped up OCC challenge card

I made a very sedate one yesterday for the OCC challenge and said I'd do another one, 'pepped up a bit'.
I reckon it's a bit pepped up, don't you?LOL

I love this Whipper Snapper stamp. It's SO cute and today he's a Robin Red Breast.

He's coloured with Copics.
The brown CS is matted with Basic Grey's 'Sugared' DP.
The little greeting stamp is an unknown make. I think it was out of a bargain bin.

Well, Alan's off to France ans Switzerland on his scooter, so while he's away, I'm going to try and get some work done in the house. The bathroom needs decorating for a start!

Thanks for dropping in. It's always lovely to 'see' you. xxxx

Monday 11 May 2009

OCC Challenge

I loved the sketch so much, the card kind of made itself.
It's not as 'pink' as it looks on here. It's more pale beige.
All I've done is change the orientation. Otherwise it's basically true to the sketch.
I think in these colours, it's totally suitable for a bloke.
Now I've made this basic one, I think I might do another and pep it up a bit.

I've matted beige Bazzil Bling CS onto plain dark brown CS.
Nesty ovals and some gold pearls.
The greeting is a stamp by Inkadinkado.

Thanks for stopping by. Appreciate your visits a lot. xxx

Saturday 9 May 2009

Blog Hop winner!

Whew!! I'm still recovering from my VERY late night with the SAS Blog Hop!
I finally got to bed at gone 5am!
Blogger, for some reason, won't 'schedule; my posts. I have to sit and push the button, which meant a VERY late night.
To be honest, I'm not in the least bit bothered 'coz it was a blast!!
I've made another two SAS cards in honour of the release.........

The sets are SO versatile and I got my new Nestability label tag dies just in time to use for the release.
The lucky winner of Carl the Cupcake, (using is No. 6 ... JACKIE!!!
Congratulations Jackie!!
Please e-mail SAS your details so your stamps can be sent out to you.
Please pop over to the SAS blog for details of a special discount 'till 12th May and to see all the winners!!
Well, I'm off for an early night..hopefully, as I'm absolutely shattered now.
Thanks for all your comments and support over the blog Hop!!! It was an incredible journey and I loved every minute of it.

Grandson's birthday

Unfortunately he's 19, so could only really use a sentiment from my fab Cuppy stamps. LOL

Did you get to the Blog Hop??? It was STORMING!!!
I've got my winner of the Carl the Cupcake set!!! Yeah!!!
Pop on over to Stamps and Smiles at 9pm UK time, 3pm CT to find out who won.
Good luck if you played along!

I'll be back later with another couple of Cuppy cards to share with you!

Thanks for dropping in, I love your visits. xxxx

Welcome to the Hop!!!

Hi my friends!

It's time for the Stamps and Smiles Blog Hop and it starts on Cindy Haffner's blog.
We have all sorts of goodies for you tonight. Prizes and surprises and the awesome last set in the release.
Here it is..... Cuppy Land!

How SWEET are those houses!!!
Here's the set......

Isn't it amazing!!!
OK, Let's get started!
For the Blog Hop, you will need to visit all the DT blogs and find a single letter.
After visiting me, your next stop will be Lori's Blog.
Collect all the letters to make a phrase. When you've got the phrase, e-mail it to us at .
One winner will receive the WHOLE RELEASE and another winner will receive a £25 SAS gift voucher. Whoo Hoo!!
The sets will be available for purchase in the Stamps and Smiles Store at the end of the Hop at 10pm CT.

(Daft O'clock in the UK). Ha Ha!

DON'T FORGET! If you link to me and leave me a comment to tell me, I'll put your name in the hat for the chance to win 'CARL THE CUPCAKE'.


Friday 8 May 2009

A 'Reflective' holiday card.

Only managed to do two cards while I was on holiday. This one and my final sample for the release tomorrow on SAS. (Can't wait for you to see it.)!

I used Copics on all of it. Don't think I did her hair correctly. Looking at girls with black hair on TV, I think the 'shine' is going in the wrong direction. Don't tell anyone will ya!
I love these papers! I'm using them on everything! It's off a huuuge pad I got off QVC.
Can't for the life of me remember what it's called. I shared it with my gud bud Pauline 'coz there was SO many sheets.
The CS is my trusty Bazzil. The stamp is a Sugar Nellie called 'Reflective' and is one of my favourites.

Right! I'm off to bed! Please remember to stop by tomorrow night for the very first Stamps and Smiles BLOG HOP!! Immediately afterwards the new release of stamps will be on sale in the Stamps and Smiles store.
So come on over , there'll be some great prizes and a lots of fun!

Wednesday 6 May 2009

Sneak Peak number 4!

The fourth amazing set in the release over at Stamps and Smiles, is called 'Happy Birthday Cupcake'. Just look at this cute set! There are 16 stamps in this set. Wow!

We have four sketches posted for our new release week.

Play along with any of the sketches and you could win the set being previewed. Play along in all four sketches and you could win the entire release! Pop on over to the Stamps and Smiles home page where you'll find all the details of all the fun challenges and prizes on offer there, along with the Design Team's fabulous samples.

Here's my sample for this delightful set.

Time's running out to win 'Carl the Cupcake'!!!!
Just link to me on your blog and leave a comment on here telling me before midnight CT in the US and 5am Saturday morning in the UK and you will be entered by me, for a chance to win 'Carl the Cupcake'.

Good Luck!


Tuesday 5 May 2009

You warm my heart!

Ha Ha!! Yes you DO, but I'm talking about the third of the next stamp set to be released on Friday night in the Stamps and Smiles Store, right after the Blog Hop on Stamps and Smiles!
It's a VERY cleverly thought out set.
Look at the different 'fillings' for Cuppy's biscuit! (Cookie).

I've used today's sketch. SASMR3. Why don't you play along? There are prizes to be won!
Pop on over to the Stamps and Smiles blog and check out all that's on offer this week!
While you're there, you can ogle all the fabulous design team samples. ;0)

Remember!!! I'm offering a little prize too! I'm offering 'Carl the Cupcake'. All you have to do is link to me and leave me a comment telling me. That's all! I will keep it going until midnight CT in the US and 5am UK time. Check the clock on my sidebar. I will announce the winner on Saturday.
Good Luck!!!).


It's raining!

I'd like to introduce you to the second set in the new release from
Stamps and Smiles.... 'Hello Spring'. What a fabulous set it is too!! There are 20 stamps in this set! WOW! It measures 4" x 6".... (10cms x 15cms). All the sets revealed this week will be available to purchase in the Stamps and Smiles Store, after the blog Hop on Friday night.

Over here in the UK, Spring means April showers, only they last until May, June, July.....LOL!
SO, my sample card reflects the rainy weather we get in Spring. Ha Ha!

Don't you just love her cute little wellies!
Pop on over to the Stamps and Smiles blog.
There are sketches, challenges and great prizes to be won and lots of lovely samples to see from our fabulous design team and our VERY talented guest designers..

I'm personally giving away a Carl the Cupcake set. For a chance to win that set, just link to me and leave me a comment to let me know. You have until midnight CT in the US or 5am Saturday, UK time. I will announce the winner on Saturday morning.

Come back tomorrow for the next set in the new series! You won't be disappointed.
Remember to keep your diary free for our Blog Hop Friday night!!!


Monday 4 May 2009

Introducing Carl The Cupcake!

Isn't he gorgeous!

Absolutely perfect for little boy's cards.
His is the first of a set of five brand new sets from Stamps and Smiles.

There are SIX stamps in this set!

He'll be available in the Stamps and Smiles Store from the finish of the blog hop on Friday night.
Please go and check out the fabulous DT samples and you will also see we have some fabulous samples from our four extremely talented guest designers.
Stamps and Smiles will be showcasing a new set every day up to Friday, so keep checking back and visiting Stamps and Smiles too, for all the fun and games going on this week.
You could win one or all of the five new sets in this release!!

Would you like to win this set?
Entries will be accepted up to Midnight CT in the US and 5am Saturday in the UK. (Check the clocks on my sidebar).
I will announce a winner on Saturday morning, (after the blog Hop on Friday night).
Good luck!!!

Thank you for visiting. I do appreciate it.


Sunday 3 May 2009

A great week at Stamps and Smiles!!

Stamps and Smiles is excited to announce it's first Blog Hop! It will take place on Friday evening the 8th of May.
You all probably know that by now though. I'm way behind with being on holiday! LOL
If you don't already know, to join in the fun, add our Blog Hop banner to your side bar and let us know over on the Stamps and Smiles blog by using Mr. Linky.

One lucky winner will win a $15 Stamps and Smiles Gift Certificate to spend in the SAS Store!

The winner will be announced on Friday the 8th May. (Blog Hop Day)!
Samples for the next release will start appearing from this Monday.
Also, Jennifer, owner of SAS, is giving away one of the new sets over on her blog!
Pop along for details of how you can get your hands on a cute new set from SAS!
It's great to have you along on Cuppy's NEW Adventure.

Keep checking back as there is much more to come all week!


I'm Home!!!

Well Wales was as beautiful as ever, but BOY did it RAIN!!!! Cats and flipping dogs every day....except the day we came home! We were more or less confined to the 'van for the most part.
We couldn't visit indoor places because we had Harvey with us and there were no outdoor attractions due to the bad weather. Never mind, Harvey and I had a stroll on the beach every day when there was a break in the black clouds.

He LOVED looking out of the window to the road at the side. dog and people watching!

Tiring work all that watching!

Yes? Can I help you?

Typical!!! We're going home and the sun comes out!!!

Look at that blue sky!!! It's been grey all week!
(But we did have the coast mainly to ourselves)!

It's good to get away, but it's good to be home!
Keep in touch as I've got news of the latest Stamps ans Smiles release!!!
(I'm late 'coz of being on holiday, so I bet you already know)! Doh!
Thanks for visiting and missing me!! Viv xxx