My Lovely Friends

Monday, 21 July 2014

Candy Time - I Need Your Help

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 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.

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


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 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.........
.............see super easy ;0) Over at Midweek Magnolia's you still have a week left to enter our.........
.........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

Monday, 14 July 2014

Bunny Zoes Challenges DT Card - Bingo

Hello all you lovely jubbly people around the world, how are you? I had a lovely weekend with my family, went for a bike ride with my eldest on Saturday night, we did over 8 miles.......I was quite pleased with myself. Thank you so much for the encouraging messages you really did put the smile back on my face.........mmwah, you rock!!!

Okie doke so today we have a brand new challenge over at Bunny Zoes & this month our lovely Karina has made a bingo board as the challenge........
Please choose 3 elements from the above Bingo card.  They can be chosen vertically, horizontally or diagonally.  If you are feeling adventurous why not try to incorporate them all!

I felt adventurous & did the whole board, well it is me lol. 
The papers I have used an older Marianne pad, I have inked the edges with walnut & Machine stitched all around them as always. This was the first card I did last week when I got my new sewing machine so some of it is isn't perfect on the zigzag as I wanted to the edging on the top layer.

The bottom lace is from my stash & the top one is an older Marianne lace. The rolled flowers are Kort & Godt. The doily is from Live & Love Crafts.

For the embossing I did both, I added shabby white fran-tage to the Key Charm & I also put the Magnolia's 'Lovely fence' through a Woodgrain embossing folder & then inked it up to distress it & make it look....fencey ;0)

This utterly gorgeous image is of course a Whimsy Stamp image called 'Maya', oh I soooooooo love all images by Sylvia Zet & I've been neglecting them lately :0( This one & the other new I coloured up about 2 weeks ago & really enjoyed colouring them. They are coloured with copics, colours used below.
E11, E21, E00, E000, RV21 - Skin
E49, E47, E44, E43, E40 - Hair
RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91 - Flower
YG97, YG95, YG93, YG91 - Stem & Leaves on flower
R85, R83, R81, RV19, V95, V93, V91, V000, C3, C1, C00 - Clothes, Socks & Shoes
W7, W5, W3, W2, W0 - Ground

The frame around the image is a new Marianne die called Petra Circle & Crown & I inked it up with Tattered Rose & Milled Lavender distress ink to get the colour I wanted. The small pearls are from my stash. I also added a Marianne heart on the image for a bit of bling ;0)

Items from Bunny Zoes.........

Marianne Petra's Circle 

Well thats it from me hope you will play along with us this month for our fun Bingo challenge.

I'm off for a run now, then later I'm off on a bike ride with both my sons..........wish I had as much energy as them mind lol.

Thank you soooooooooo much for your continued support it really does mean the world to me, even more at the minute. Dont forget there is still time to sponsor me, I dont care how big or little the amount is just PLEASE sponsor, .it means the world to so many people. Thank you to my latest sponsors, I love you all.
Thank you mmwah.

Tatty bye, wish me luck........oh yeah & strength lol.

Saturday, 12 July 2014


Hello peeps, guess what??? ITS THE WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!!! woooooo hooooooooo. We are off out with all the family today to the river & take the dogs. Me & the eldest took our dogs out for a walk last night & ending up covering a couple of miles lol. This was not long after me doing 5 miles on a cycle..........I was pooped last night lol. Hubster brought me a cheap mountain bike off someone to help strength train my legs some more for running...........last night was my first time on a bike for years, so 5 miles wasnt bad. However I had to come back due to my phone going flat & me needing water. Yep the bike didnt have a bottle rack..........guess what I'm getting today lol.

Anyway the reason for this post today is that I'm am literally on my knees BEGGING you to donate for Race For Life, the money goes to Cancer Research directly. I know a LOT of us peeps have been affected in some way by cancer, whether it be a family member or a close friend that has lost this awful battle to this awful disease.
Now I am aware some of you will be on some of the DT's that are offering prizes however if thats the case or even if you dont want certain prizes I will just let you pick the ones you want & then pick another winner for the other prizes. So for example if Vicky won it & she is on 3 of the DT's so wouldnt want, Bunny Zoes, Saturated Canary or LLC.......she would win the LOTV stamps & I would draw a winner for the other prizes. If that does happen I will also send some secret candy to the winner, so you would still get a lot more for your £2 entry.

Come on peeps its £2...........thats it, over in the UK its a loaf of bread you are giving up & I'm sure we can all give a loaf of bread up. If everyone donated £2 imagine how far that would go for Cancer Research............come on peeps this money is helping to 'Save Lives' what is more important than saving lives. If you dont want to be entered into the candy, thats fine then you can of course donate £1..........yep just £1 will help go towards Cancer Research that works solely on donations & if these donations ever stopped...........well so would their research. So would those lives they help save each & every year. Maybe they have helped save someone you know, they work hard for us so let us help them to work harder.
The run is in 8 days, yep 8 days. I still have so much training to do as bad health has really affected me but I am determined to do this even if it means crawling. However it would be so much better if I was able to raise more money, please donate & help, I will be so grateful & I know the lives you will be helping to save will be soooooooo grateful, every £1 helps.
Links to candy & My Justgiving page are on my sidebar, hope you can help me out ;0)

From the bottom of my heart I would like to thank those that have donated, without you my get up & go would have got up & buggered off lol. Thank you for helping Cancer Research, you all totally rock!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you a bjillion times ;0)

Also a little plug in for Bunny Zoes as well cus look whats arriving soon...........
Yes new Magnolia's..... If you would like to pre-order these oh so cute new Magnolia's then pop on over to Bunny Zoes as she is doing 10% off each stamp on pre-order...........come on think of the money you will save ;0)

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Saturated Canary DT - You're Wonderful

Hello everyone I'm so sorry I'm so late excuse is......well my excuse is nothing, I dont have one lol. It is however my birthday I'm 21 (again) ssshhhh though keep that to yourself ;0) My birthday pressie off hubster is at the bottom of the post.
Ok I'm here today with a simple card, its not CAS but for me its simple lol.
This is 'Reader' isn't she wonderful but then ALL SC images are wonderful. Krista darling you are our wonderful talented artist ;0)
The centre rose is from LLC & the other flowers are Prima. The 'Swirl' is a Magnolia die from Bunny Zoes.

I have coloured 'Reader' in Copics, all colours are listed below.........

E11, E21, E00, E00, RV21 - Skin
E49, E44, E43, E40 - Hair
RV99, RV95, RV93, RV91, RV000 - Clothes & Bow
E44, E43, E40, V95, V93 - Book

I have used gorgeous Maja Design 'Vintage Summer Basics' 6x6 papers, my favourite colours, a few flowers & some die-cutting & punching & voila...........all done lol. The sentiment is from LOTV, I sooooooo lurve LOTV sentiments!!!

I had my birthday pressie on Saturday afternoon off hubster, he got me this.........
Its a new sewing machine, its the Brother FS-40 & you can get it here, it also comes with a cover & an extension table which is awesome. Its fab I love it, its sooooooo much quieter & lighter than my old one & tbh my old one isn't really that old.........probably about 2-3 years I think. I am doing more sewing now as I am making toys for my grandkids & Natty. I also make curtains & I've got outside & inside cushion covers to make ect. So this is awesome & will get used..........a lot lol.

Hope you like my wee bit of a card today, Thank you so much for stopping by it really means a lot. I have the family coming for tea & I've got my grandaughter stopping tonight because Arjay is at hospital very early tomorrow morning for testing on his hips, fingers crossed it goes well.

Tatty bye, lotsa hugs Vicky xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 5 July 2014

Daisy Chain

Hello everyone I'm here with a wee bit of a creation using the utterly gorgeous products that Sandy stocks. I am running late today as I'm busy decorating my kitchen & although I made this card beginning of this week I then totally forgot to write up the post ready.........yep Thicky Vicky.
Ok I better get on ;0)
I have used more of the super delicious Maja Design 'Coffee In The Arbour' papers, I lust love all the colours in this collection.
All links to products used from LLC are at the bottom of the post.
The shape I've used a Go-Kreate die, I lurve shaped cards. Sorry some of the pics are not great :0(

This is the inside, I've not put a place to write yet as I wanted to show you the gorgeous papers. This top one is called 'Rose Garden' 12x12 & I think its my favourite sheet of this collection, maybe lol. I have inked all the edges with Walnut & machine sewn them as always.
Of course I've added Gesso here & there & I'm addicted to the Bark Hearts, so one of them had to go on.
The gorgeous charm is called 'My Garden' which I thought was perfect for this card. I also added some Gesso to it.
I have used a LOTV stamp called 'Daisy Chain' & coloured her with distress markers & distress ink re-fills. I have also added a bit of Shabby White Fran-Tage around the image. For the colour on the frame I used 2 distress inks, first I used Tattered Rose then I went over the top with Milled Lavender, I love how the colour has turned out. The frame is an old Spellbinders one I've had for years which I think are now discontinued. I have a lot of emails about this frame but sadly I dont think you can buy this from anywhere now. :0(

I added 'Cheese Cloth' & 'Doilies' underneath. Just above the Organza Rose Trim I added a gorgeous 'Crown Sphere' Pearl Pin. I havn't added a sentiment yet as I'm not sure what the card is for ;0)
All links to products used are below.

Thats it from me, I have decorating to get back to.........however at the minute hubster has gone out to buy me a new Sewing Machine for my birthday in a few days.........I'm sure he will let me have it early so guess what I will be playing with tonight lol. 
Hope you all have a great weekend, thanks for stopping by, it really means the world to me.
Tatty bye & take care, Love Vicky xxx