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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Deep Ocean Challenge DT Card - Summer Colours

Hello all you lovelies out there, how are you all? Thank you all for your lovely messages, yes it was a long post, but hey its me lol. 

Ok I'm gonna rush on now as this was supposed to be up last night but I was at the hospital & well things didnt go to plan, so I'm only now posting lol. 
Ok so over at Deep Ocean Challenge blog we have a new challenge & this fortnight its....
SUMMER COLOURS
..........oooh we certainly have the weather here in the UK to inspire us. 
I have used one of Krista's recent images.............this could become a favourite I soooooo enjoyed colouring this beautiful lady up........
The image is called 'Fairy Sweet' isn't she gorgeous!!! I have coloured her with distress markers as I wanted a shabby soft look.........not that I need a reason to use my distress markers lol. The wings I printed out agin & layered them up & covered them with glitter. I also added Shabby Pink fran-tage.

All the flowers are from Live & Love Crafts including the Rolled Roses which are by Kort og Godt. I've also added bits of Gesso.

This is the inside, the gorgeous, beautiful papers are digi papers from Michele R Designs on Etsy. On this card I have used 'Shabby Flowers' papers, 'Shabby Flowers' Inserts, 'Shabby Flowers' Elements pack 1 & 'Shabby Flowers' Elements pack 2. The verse I took from Elements pack 2 & added it to an insert, I love the way its turned out & the verse is lush for a friend.
Michele has LOADS of different designs, most I have lol, well she does lush designs that are addictive. I only use digi papers with decent paper which I thought I had ran out of til I found some & then also ordered more lol.

The bow I made is from the Elements pack 1 & these really are so easy to make............if I can make them anyone can lol. The metal flowers is from LLC which I also added Gesso to. The pink doilies are from my stash.

I have stamped 'Made With Love' onto a Magnolia Tag which I also cut down to shorten it. I added 2 different shades of pink seam binding from my stash for the bow. The Bark Heart is form LLC.

The gorgeous crochet lace is from my stash & I really REALLY need to find more as its so so pretty & this is the last except a teeny tiny piece :0( All the paper I have inked the edges with Pumice Stone & machine stitched them as always.

Well I think thats it from me, I better go as I have a summer house to paint before I have to start my medication ready for a test tomorrow at the hospital............I did it the other day, well me & hubster but I dont like the colour so now I'm painting it a darker shade, fingers crossed lol. 
I am at the hospital 8am in the morning & its South Tyneside hospital so its through the Tyne Tunnel & further for us to travel but I will be around during the next day or two to catch up with you all.

Thank you soooooooo much for stopping by I loves you all mmwah.
Lotsa squishy hugs Vicky xxxxxxxxx



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Race For Life & Candy Winner

Hello everyone how are you all? Are we all enjoying this gorgeous weather? I am soooooo sorry I am so late with this post the weather has being so nice its been shameful not to spend time with the family.
We also took the family to Seahouses on Sunday, we all had a great day out & Natalie did nothing but giggle & laugh the whole day bless her lol.

Anyhoo's better late than never I am finally here with my Race For Life pics & of course the winner to that fantastic candy

Ok so the race was held at Newcastle Race Course & OMG I've never seen so many people, the crowd was huge & for the Race For Life event we actually had over 3400 women taking part that day alone..........it was the biggest crowd they had seen. It was fantastic.
I have to admit we went to the car park & just walking from the car park.........I hadn't even gotten off it & I started to cry........seriously that was before seeing the thousands of bodies waiting to run to raise money for such a worthy cause. I was doing this for everyone who has suffered this disease & in memory of my dad, my brother & the rest of my family this disease has claimed. It came over me like a great big wave at the ocean & I suddenly felt so over-whelmed with emotion. I felt so many emotions as well, I felt proud but at the same time I felt so sad, sad for the reason we were there, the reason everyone was there, sad that the people I was also there for were not there with me in person........yes I know they would have being there inspirit, my dad especially but its so not the same. I wiped my tears & painted that smile back on my face & tbh once I saw how many people were there I suddenly felt extremly proud & let me tell you that smile was no longer painted on, the atmosphere was amazing it really was. The day started out quite dull & overcast but still very warm & humid, however about 3 quarters through the race the sun shone bright........& boy did it heat up even more lol.
I will show you some pics that my hubster & youngest son took.

This one my younest took before the race to try show the magnitude of how many were there, it shows half of them lol. Of course Metro Radio was there who were brilliant & they were there at the finish line to give every single runner a high 5 as they passed that line...........they stayed right until the last one passed that line as well. They were awesome!!
There was a speaker from Cancer Research to tell us what they are concentrating more on this year as the cure rates are extremely low, one of them was Lung cancer. During the speeches lots of people cried, yes & me yet again. There was also a minute silence in remembrance of all those that has sadly lost the fight.

Ok this one you need to read the little story I am going to tell you cause this woman is awesome.
Ok if you look at the pic above & there is a little speech bubble with Hi in it, well the remarkable lady standing there had breast cancer last year, she suffered a very hellish year & 6 months ago looked like near death. However she is now in remission & she wanted to enter Race For Life & she thought she was entering the 5k race..............only to realise a LONG time after that it was actually the 10k race she was doing. She did it though & came through that finish line with a smile on her face. I bow to her, she's awesome. The 10k race finaihed an hour before the 5k race began.
There really were som many ladies there, all shapes & sizes & ALL ages.............it really was an awesome day & all my family really enjoyed it.
When the sound went off to start, I think it took nearly 10 minutes for us to even reach the start line that was just that many people there lol, but we were going to set off & do this..........
Time to give Cancer & kick up the butt!!

This is a banner hubster made the night before to hold at the finish line lol.........bless him isn't he awesome mmwah, loves you loads babe. Smeg is obviously what we call our Megan at times.


Here is Megan & myself not long before the finish line, yep feeling very hot, sweaty & knackered lol. Yes we wore bright pink tu-tu's for a bit of fun lol. 
However we had a good race, we kept up the banter, we even had a laugh...........it was great.
Although it was more like a cross country, it was not a track & at points due to very bad rain throughout the night it was thick with mud & very slippy. How our tu-tu's stayed pink & didnt end up very brown from us falling on our arses I dont know lol.
We had been given large foam hands at the beginning, which let me tell you made your hand sooooo damn warm lol.
This is us after the finish line with Natalie & Payton holding our foam hands lol.( Payton usually does not use a pushchair anymore but with these crowds we didnt want risk it, plus we knew it would be a long day for her.) We were given medals, thats what I am holding up, a bottle of water, a tube of Primula Cheese lol & a cakey-bready thing which I've got in my hand cus I'm desperately wanting some sugar in my body lol.
Here's our little Arjay who was just waking up, he slept through most of it bless him........think the excitement was just too much for him lol.
Here's my gorgeous Natalie with the foam hand & my eldest had re-positioned the fingers so it became a thumbs up. 
The day was great, the feeling of proudness was just awesome but what was best was when each of my family hugs me & said how proud they were. That feeling I will never forget & even now whilst typing this I have tears in my eyes remembering that day, that moment...........
Seriously peeps this really was an awesome day with fantastic people. We ended the day back at mine with a BBQ for everyone & I think it was late that evening before we packed up & called it a day.

However the next day I suffered badly & I have suffered all week & being really ill & in a lot of severe pain, thank goodness for Morphine lol. I've done 1 bit of crafting which was my Magnolia card the other day..... & I managed yesterday to do a little bit for my DT card tonight. Also I do have a card I made nearly a month ago for a GDT & didnt like it so replaced it with another one.............which I will post sometime in between DT work this week lol. I am hoping to craft tonight though as I am feeling some what better now, not 100% but I'm never that anyway lol, also I have a few bits of unfinished work for DT projects due.
However even though it made me ill for a week we are going to do it again next year. Yes I'm ill for nearly a week after but compared to what other people who suffer this disease have to go through its nothing. There is all different types of cancers & each one affects differently but I've seen the worst one & what that did & believe me I would suffer for a lot longer than a week if it meant it stopped people suffering & worst dying. Its a small sacrifice to pay...............

............ok talking about paying lets get onto the candy winner, yep long post I know lol. I thought when I first set the candy up & talked to sponsors ect that £2 was a fair amount, its so small even for those who dont have a lot of money. I certainly dont have a lot of money but £2 is a loaf of bread & I thought it was giving a loaf of bread away.............however sadly some people thought otherwise.

However there are a small amount of people who donated, who supported me & gave to one of the most worthy causes I know.............when it comes to saving peoples lives there is nothing more worthy, whether its cancer, kidney, heart..........the list goes on. I have supported & donated to I dont know how many in blogland, kidney, heart, cancer ect...........I kinda hoped it would be the same & I would raise lots of money. Thankfully though even though I didnt raise a huge amount, down to thousands of people donating & supporting others just in the north east just for the ones attending Newcastle racecourse on the 20th July we all raised over £490,000 which I think is totally amazing.

Now before I announce the winner to the amazing candy I have a few public thank yous to make.

First off all I would like to thank my amazing sponsors who donated & helped me put together this amazing candy, I know if it had been free there would have been 100's entering lol.
So a HUGE MAHOOSIVE thank you to............in no particular order.

Thank you so so much for your kindness towards a worthy cause, from the bottom of my heart I really do 'Thank You'.

Also I would like to say a HUGE HUGE HUGE thank you to everyone that sponsored me & donated to Cancer Research, you have no idea how much it touched me, each & every donation. Each & every message, email & comment made tears come to my eyes, some made me cry as I know the pain that some of you are going through or have gone through. Tbh the pain never really goes away, you just learn to live with it, you learn to mask over it. I dont know how many times hubster has put his arms around me because I'm bubbling my eyes out because of the pain that you are or have gone through. I've also had lots of happy tears just thankful that not only have you sponsored me but you are donating to help fight one of the worlds biggest killers. So truly, deeply from the very bottom of my heart I thank you a million, billion, bjillion (something me & hubster say when we saying our loves yous, sloppy stuff lol) times, you are all pure gems & I treasure your friendship I really do.

Ok now for the winner, in one way I hate this part as there can only be one winner. If I ever win the lottery though you can expect a very big parcel to your door ;0)

Okie dokie so the winner is performed by Mr Randomorg himself is............
drum roll please as this is an amazing prize........


Well done sweetie, if you email me please & I will sort out your uber fabulous prize.

Thank you again to everyone I really wish I could send you all something as it really has meant so much to me, you have touched my heart forever mmwah.

There is still time to donate through my page if anyone would like to donate. Just click on my Give Hope badge in the sidebar.

I will be back later with a DT card & hopefully my blogging will be back to normal.........allowing for good weather as well lol. Well we all have to make the most of nice weather & family time dont we ;0)


Thank you for sticking by me lovelies, you all totally rock!!!!!!!!!!!
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Thursday, 24 July 2014

Midweek Magnolia's Challenge DT Card

Hello everyone, yes I'm still here & more importantly YES I did the Race For Life wooooooo hoooooo I will tell you more about that later & will tell you when I draw a winner of the fantastic candy. Yes I know I'm late but will explain why.

I'm also late for Midweek Magnolia's new challenge so I'm gonna push on & tell you all about it. Ok so the theme this week is...........
EASEL CARDS
............I havn't done one for so long so really enjoyed this one, even though its late lol.
PHOTO HEAVY.........these are so hard to photo, so sorry if some are poop :0(
I have used some of my fave papers.......Maja Design, I cant pick between Pion or Maja Design as I love them both although I love that Maja design do pads & are a thicker quality paper. Papers are from LLC & its the 'Vintage Spring 6x6 pad'.

Here it is as an Easel Card, must make more of these.........I got addicted to them when I first started crafting.
I've used 'Shabby Seam Binding', Blue WOC roses, 'Shabby Rose Organza' trim, 'Lace Zahra', Doily & 2 smaller WOC roses all from Live & Love Crafts.

I've also added Magnolia 'Swirl & Leaf' die, Magnolia 'Sprawling Ferns' die, Kaisercraft Sparklets & Kaisercraft Paper Bloom, all from Bunny Zoes.

Ok now to show the bottom part of the easel card. I added the same lace & trim to the bottom & used the smaller of the frame dies to add a sentiment from Stempelglede's 'Just A Note' stamp set. The frame was layed down on foam pads to create a 3D bit to help the top stand up. The pocket at the back also has a sentiment on it from the stempelglede stamp set, saying 'Made With Love'.

Now as I wanted the bottom to have a nice sentiment I wanted to create a part to write your own message. So I made a pocket to house a tag, which is a Magnolia die from Bunny Zoes. Underneath that is a secret area that I created with a slot to hold money, the top is held to it by hinges & stays closed with velcro.
I couldnt find my white velcro spots so had to use the household black velcro & cut it down, still does the job though lol.

The stamp is Magnolia 'Prima Ballerina Tilda' & I think its one of my most favourite Maggie stamps, I absolutely love it!! I also love it coloured with distress markers/inks so I've coloured her with Distress Markers. I've also stamped a postage stamp with another Magnolia stamp.

The 'Daughter' sentiment is from LOTV & its one of their 'Pretty Grungy Relations' sentiment stamps, although I love ALL LOTV sentiment stamps. The edging was of course created by using Martha Stewart ARTP punch set.

Well thats it form me I will be back later with the winner of the fabulous Race For Life candy & I will also tell you how it went & include a couple of pics ;0)
I've been addicted to pinterest these last 2 days as I want to cut my hair off so need style inspiration..........pinterest has all inspiration you could ever need lol.

Thank you so much for stopping by it really means the world to me.
Tatty bye, take care & enjoy your day
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Candy Time - I Need Your Help

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Hello everyone well I'm finally here with a candy. Now its a candy different to any other I have offered so please read all the information. Warning this is a long post '0)
As you know I have lost quite a few family members to cancer. The last 2 people I lost were my dad & my brother, this nearly destroyed me, it literally broke me in 2. Its a pain that is so hard to describe & its a pain that so so many of us have suffered from losing a loved one to this awful disease. 

 Anyway ever since they died I have wanted to do the Race For Life but with bad health ect I never did it. This year however I AM doing it. I went on their website & there is a race on Sunday 20th July which just so happens to be my brothers birthday. I know my health still isnt great, ok its pants but compared to what cancer sufferers go through I have no right to complain or feel sorry for myself. I have the full support of my family, infact my future daughter-In-Law our lovely Megan is supporting me that much she is running it with me, I'm couldnt be more proud :0)
Now of course I want to raise as much as I possibly can for Cancer Research, they do amazing things & cure more & more people of this dreadful disease every single year. However they rely heavily on donations, I already donate monthly to them but I felt that wasnt enough which is why I'm doing this. 

Cancer has no feelings, no morals, it doesnt care what colour you are, what age you are, whether you are rich or poor............it doesnt care about the loved ones that are left behind broken hearted. It does not care about anything, its one mission is to spread & kill. Please help me to help Cancer Research stop this, put an end to Cancer. Help protect future generations, our children, our grandchildren, their children, help protect our loved ones. More & more people are being cured every year but only with the help that comes from people like those at Cancer Research, help me to help them to give cancer a heav'o'...........please I am begging you!!!!!!!


Ok this is the part I want you to read carefully as its the rules. 
To enter this candy you must donate to my Just Giving Page which is at the top of my sidebar underneath my Candy picture.
I would like  £2 per entry. If you want to donate more you can of course. You need to leave your full name when you donate & the amount, however if you wish not to leave your name & the amount then you need to email me the receipt or copy the final page that says you have donated ect to my email address which is....
craigpss 'at' aol 'dot' com
 Obviously the at & the dot you know what that means, this way is just to stop those spam robots ;0)
Now you can enter as many times as you want, yep you have read right there is no limit to the amount of entries. However each entry you must pay at least the £2 & either leave your name or email me your receipt. I will remove names that have not donated. This is all for a good cause & I would like to raise as much as I can. To donate click on 'Give Hope' button  in the sidebar & it will take you directly to my Just Giving page where you can donate.

All monies go directly to Cancer Research. You can also click on my Just Giving button which will also take you there.
Also enter your name & a link to your blog via the linky-uppy-thing at the bottom of the post ;0)
You also need to put the last picture in your sidebar with a link back to this post, so I get maximum exposure for the charity to raise as much money as possible.
Ok now for the exciting part, the candy. Now I have been sponsored by 4 of my favourite companies who VERY generously have each offered some lush goodies to this candy to help raise money for this good cause.
Ok these are in no particular order at all..............
From the lovely Krista of Saturated Canary she has generously offered $50 which you can spend at her store here.

From the lovely Nikki of Bunny Zoes she has generously offered £25 which you can spend at her store here.


The lovely Sandy of Live & Love Crafts has generously offered these gorgeous laces & trims from her uber gorgeous store here.

Lastly but by no means least the lovely Anne & the rest of the girls from LOTV has generously offered 6 small stamps of the winners choice from their store here.
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I would like to say a HUGE thankyou to my sponsors as without their generous help I would not have been able to put together this awesome candy. So from the bottom of my heart I thank you all xxx

Okay this is the piccie I want you to post in your sidebar my lovelies, with a link to this post.


So my lovelies isn't that a candy worth entering as well as your money going to a good cause, one that helps & does save lives every single year.
Please help me to help them to carry on doing the wonderful work that they do.

I am running on the 20th July & I'm doing the 5km race, my race number is 1875. The candy winner I will draw completely by random 3 days later......I may need time to recuperate lol. So the candy will end 20th July at 11.55pm GMT & I will annouce the winner on the 22nd July along with piccies of Race Day.

I have a lot of training to do so wish me luck & thank you so much with all my heart to everyone who donates & enters this wonderful candy. You all totally rock!!!!!!!
MMWAH xxxxxxxxxxx

Lotsa hugs

Good luck for the candy everyone, dont forget to add your names with a link back to your blog in the Inlinkz below & thank you so so much again xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Its like buying a lottery ticket for £2 but instead your money goes to a very worthy cause & you could win this super candy for helping that cause.
Come on peeps help to save lives!!!!!!!!




Sunday, 20 July 2014

TIME TO KICK CANCER UP THE BUTT

Hi my lovelies how are you all?
Well todays the day we go give cancer a good kicking. Todays the day for RACE FOR LIFE. For all those that have donated I really do from the bottom of my heart thank you, you have no idea how much it has meant to me & with every donation & every message I can honestly tell you I have cried. I have cried happy tears & sad ones when I read people have lost loved ones, I know & still feel the heartbreak. Life can be cruel but we have to stand united & try fight against it, try to stop cancer, STOP it taking our loved ones, STOP it taking us!!!!!!!!!!!!
So please please PLEASE help Cancer Research & donate, anything..........I dont care how much it is just please donate something..............you are helping to future protect your loved ones & yourselves.

Ok I'm off, if you dont hear off me again thats because I'm still in the racecourse somewhere or I'm still at the finish line where I collapsed ;0)

So in memory of my dad (my best friend) & my brother & all the other family members I have lost & for all those around the world who have lost, won & who are still fighting...............I am Racing For Life for you mmwah.
Keep fighting peeps, stay strong!!!!!!!!!!!!!


PLEASE DONATE HERE.............or click on the logo in the sidebar.

See you at the finish line lovelies, wish me luck ;0)
Thank you sooooooooooooo much for all your wonderful support.



Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Deep Ocean Challenge and Midway Reminder for Midweek Magnolia's

Hello everyone how are you all? I'm here with a card for 2 of my DT challenges today, I spent yesterday afternoon at the hospital discussing a new test I have to have but because of my symptoms I've got have a dummy test first to make sure there is less risk of things going wrong.

Anyway without boring you more I will tell you of the challenges. Well we have a brand new challenge over at Deep Ocean & its one of my faves & super easy.........
LAYERS
.............see super easy ;0) Over at Midweek Magnolia's you still have a week left to enter our.........
ANYTHING GOES WITH OPTIONAL 'SUMMER FUN'
.........perfect for this time of year ;0)
I have used my most favourite Pion papers, I love this collection that much I always cry a little when cutting it lol. Its called 'My Precious Daughter 6x6' & I've inked all edges & machine sewn as always.

This is the inside before putting something in to write a message on. Isn't the paper just so divine, in the top corner it reads 'My precious daughter a gift of love'.........perfect for any daughter.

I've added gorgeous 'Tulle Pleat Trim' & 'Shabby Ruffle Trim' & added 'Flat Backed Pearl String' along the top.

I made a double bow with 'Shabby Seam Binding' & added a 'Clay Heart' to the centre. I also added an 'Angel Tag' charm under the bow which is just so pretty. I added 'White Gesso' to highlight parts of the charm.

The Magnolia stamp is one from the Zodiac collection which has finally got inked up. This one is 'Pisces Tilda' which has been coloured with Copics & had 'Liquid Pearls' added. 
Colours used are.........
E11, E21, E00, E000, RV21
E59, E37, E35, E33, E31
R85, R83, R81, RV10
E55, E53, E51
BG05, BG01, B00, B000 & White Gel Pen

I've used a Marianne 'Anja's Border' die & Magnolia leaves from the 'Swirl & Leaf' die. All the WOC flowers are from LLC, I also added 'Kort & Godt Rolled Roses' all with added Gesso. The sentiment at the bottom I actually cut from the strip along the bottom of the Pion sheet saying what collection it is, recycling at its best. I distressed the edges & inked them a little, added a 'Seashell' to one side & a Pearl Heart from my stash to the other side.

Well thats it from me but please pop on over to both challenges to see my uber talented teamies.
Thank you so much for stopping by & dont forget to check out my candy.
Hope you can sponsor me for my Race For Life run on 20th July, only a few days left..........I'm getting nervous now.

Take care & tatty bye, enjoy your day
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