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Friday, September 25, 2015

We're Going to Party...Like It's My Birthday! + BLOG CANDY!!

Hello friends!!

So, I've decided I'm taking a very short blog break this next week and sorry I won't be posting, BUT I have some FUN things to share with you while I'm away....

"Hint...while the cat's away...the MICE will play"...right?!! LOL!

Well, next week is my birthday and I have some fun special TREATS to share with you!!
I'm GIVING AWAY some special blog candy too!
So please be sure to check at the bottom of this post to enter!!!

First, I wanted to share some goodies that I've recently received including some fun gifts from hubby!  He's such a fabulous guy...don't know what I'd do without him in my life!  So it's fun to be able to share something with these products today! :)
OK...so IN ADDITION to the fun crafty items I've received, I feel like I got a special birthday present from Simon Says Stamp too and I've finally been able to share this....
here are the items and I'll explain...
So of course ONE of my favorite things about the month of September is not only my birthday month, but it's also STAMPtember!!  Well, you know how I love a good celebration with crafty fun, right?!!
So the kind and generous folks over at Simon Says Stamp GAVE AWAY some products for their up-coming STAMPtember event back in August!  I was one of the lucky ones chosen to receive this really awesome die!!  This one is called Happy Birthday Circle die...and I love it!  I have to be honest and say that I didn't at first because I couldn't get the darn thing to cut out all of those intricate details!  So I got frustrated and set it aside for a bit.

My wonderful hubby always wants to help me out you know!  LOL!  So he was kind enough to send me a few early birthday presents my way...that is partially what you see on the right side of the photo!  Now how in the world could I resist getting this awesome Distress Ink NEW COLOR WILTED VIOLET from Ranger?!!  If I was to design a purple color for myself that I love....THIS would be it!!  They hit the purple nail on the head with this one...really loving it!!

So anyway, although it's not really that "sexy" to show off in a photo, I've also got the Sizzix Precision Plate.  Let me tell you, it's most certainly WORTH the money to get especially for those very intricate dies!  It cut through my paper like buttah!  So because of that, I was able to produce a card finally using this awesome die cut that SSS gave me!

Wow!! So check out that purple color!  So cool!
I've taken that Wilted Violet and rubbed it on my craft mat and sprayed it with water and rubbed my watercolor around on it.  Now there is a circle die that goes with this intricate birthday wording which may not look very obvious at first.  So the circle was cut out and watercolored with the new ink color and then I cut out the intricate circle with some gold foil paper and my precision plate..bada bing, bada boom!  I've also used a couple of elements from the latest SSS card kit too!  There were these clear arcylic type of cards which I've attached with glue on the bottom portion of my card.  I've also added some gold thread to make the die cut circle appear like a big balloon.

Here's a closer look at that gold shine...
I think it's just stunning IRL of course!  You can sort of catch the reflection from the acrylic portion at the bottom from the shine of the gold hitting the light...I love the amazing shine on this card!  So wish you could see it in person!  Anyone have a birthday?!! LOL!
By the way, this die is sold out over there I see, but I'm sure they'll get some back in stock.
Now I'm looking forward to the next October SSS card kit...how about you?

So now, I have one more tiny little project to share with you as I couldn't resist playing with the very product items I happen to be giving away.....

Are these not the CUTEST little mice?!!
This tag was made with the fun stamp set called "Merry Christmouse" in collaboration with Lawn Fawn for the Simon Says Stamp #STAMPtember event!  - Yes...it's gone people!!  GONE!
Well...except for right here anyway to ONE lucky winner!! :)

I have used the Lawn Fawn Tag, You're It Die to cut out this tag with white card stock.  I used the reinforcer to cut out the hole with red card stock.  I've added some Green Sparkle cord which is the same as what I'm giving away with the prize too!  I've stamped the sentiment on the tag along with some hearts from the stamp set. The little mouse was stamped, colored with my Copics and cut out with the coordinating die cut.  I've added some green Stickles to his present and the tiny dot on the "i" in the "mice" sentiment.  There is also a strip of paper that I've used from the Lawn Fawn Chunky Scarf paper.  The mouse is popped up with some foam tape.

It's a great time to start getting ahead for those Christmas tags I'll be needing, right?!
So, if you are inspired and would like a chance to make a "MICE" tag too, then check out the details below!!

So with ALL of that fun....even-though it's my birthday, I want to give YOU a treat!
I will draw ONE lucky winner below on the comments from THIS post!  PLEASE tell me weather or not you'd like to be entered into the drawing to receive this prize so I know along with a way to contact you if you are the winner!  YES...I will contact you!
There's NO NEED to follow me, post about this, share, LIKE my on Facebook or anything!

Want to know what the prize is?...

(You can click on the photo to enlarge it!)
So....did anybody miss out on the REALLY ADORABLE STAMPtember collaboration with Lawn Fawn?  I happened to have bought an additional set of the stamp set and coordinating dies from the STAMPtember stamp set "Merry Christmouse"!!
(Check it out by clicking on the link...as you can see it is SOLD OUT..I believe there's no chance of it being offered once it's sold out either!)
So here's your chance to win the set!!
But that's not all I've included with this fun gift! :)
I've also included:
Simon Says Stamp "Schoolhouse Red" ink pad (unused with plastic sealed)
Lawn Fawn - Lawn Ornaments - "Snow Day" adhesive Flairs (not used in package)
Lawn Fawn - Lawn Trimmings - Green Sparkle Single Cord (not used 21 yards)

That's over a $40.00 prize!!
So why did I choose these items?  Well, anyone that has followed along with me KNOWS how much I adore those awesome Lawn Fawn products!!  I want you to have just as much fun with them as I do!!  (Besides, sometimes I just buy extra at random knowing I will be giving it to someone! LOL!!  So you just never know!)

The details are as above with just leaving me a comment and telling me that you WANT to enter!
That's it!
You will have until FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9th to enter for a chance!
I will contact the winner myself ...so be sure to leave your contact information!
I will contact the winner within THREE days of the ending date for this prize.


1.  Simon Says Stamp - No Designer Paper - (Do the acrylic sheets count?! - delete my enter if this will not work for challenge please!)
2.  Stampavie & More - birthday
3.  4 Crafty Chicks - Sparkle & Shine

1.  Fab 'n' Funky - Cute Critters
2.  Papertake Weekly - Festive
3.  Aud Sentiments - Christmas Projects
4.  Creative Knockouts - Glitter it Up


Robin said...

I love love love that birthday die and the Ranger inks! Your card is just stunning! And how cute is that little mouse...adorable!!! Thanks so much for offering a fabulous candy...HAPPY BIRTHDAY! Hope you have a most wonderfully magical day and a great week off. Enjoy yourself. Here is a way to contact me...rcraddock910(at)yahoo(dot)com. Thanks again! Hugs, Robin

Rebecca/Sydney's Sentiments said...

Happy Birthday Vicki! Hope you have a magnificent day! Your card and tag are just beautiful. Love the die. I'm a huge Tim fan too. Thanks for the birthday candy offer. It's a great package. Have a great day, Rebecca.

Contact info: rsandy1017(at)aol(dot)com

Suchi said...

Yayyy!! Vicki..Happy Birthday in advance! LOVE both of your creations..the card and the tag!! Thank you so much for this wonderful chance of winning the blog candy...looks sooo yummyyyy! I would love to participate in the blog candy! Thanks so much.. :)
Suchi xx

Dr Sonia S V said...

Your happy birthday card looks stunning in the purple - gold combination . Big birthday wishes to you and such a tempting candy. Of course I would love to win it ....super lucky whoever wins this my friend!!
Dr Sonia

Carol L said...

First of all, happy birthday to you! I'm celebrating my birthday today! Whoot! ALSO, my favorite color is purple and your card is just over the top fabulous with that vivid new color and die! Thanks for the tip on the precision cutting plate too - I wondered if it was worth the cost, and now I know. I am so upset that I missed out on the Merry Christmouse stamp set, so yes please! I'd love to be entered into the drawing. That might be one of the cutest Lawn Fawn stamp sets evah!! I adore the little tag with glittered ribbon and candy cane stripes! Enjoy your time off and I hope you do something fun for your birthday! Have a happy happy :)

Julie B said...

Have a great birthday Vicki. I love that new DI colour must get it for the stash! :)

Kathy Schweinfurth said...

Vicki, hope you have a WONDERFUL birthday!! Win a prize? Are you kidding?! ABSOLUTELY!! I missed out on purchasing this exclusive set and I've been whining about it ever since!!

Donna K said...

What a great way to begin my Friday blog surfing! I am loving...yes...LOVING that gold die cute happy birthday! Oh my, how gorgeous is that against the pretty violet background you created. Simply stunning girl. Thanks for the die cutting tips. I struggle with a few of my intricate die too and might just take you up on this solution tip.
Your mice holiday tag is the cutest lil thing. Certainly to make the recipient squeak with joy. Such a fun fest tag. Sure...plop my name in on the give away...you are so darn generous!
And...hey.....happy birthday to you coming up this week! Enjoy yourself!

honeybeelane said...

Happy Birthday Vicki! We share a birthday week. :) I'd love to enter the drawing for your super prize! Thanks for the opportunity. BTW I'm giving away a free stamp set. The drawing runs through the 27th. :) You have my contact info. via the Addicted to Stamps Admin Blog. :) Happy Birthday again. :)

aussie aNNie said...

Vicki, you always managed to put a big smile on my face regardless how tough life is...I too LOVE that new stamp colour and will be getting it as I try to get all the latest. I love the die set and the gorgeous card you made from the Happy Birthday. It's stunning and the tag is divine.
I would LOVE to join in your candy. I seem to be giving them and never join in much so this time I can't resist.
I just want to wish you the HAPPIEST birthday one could have and it's a great idea having a bit of time off.
love n hugs. xx

Enjoy your weekend.x
 {The Journey Is The Start  aNNie  my personal blog}

Margreet said...

I hope you will have a very happy birthday, Vicki!!
Of course I will make a chance to win this awesome candy....this would give me the opportunity to get acquainted with the fab brand Lawn Fawn is...I always adore both your cards and your videos... most of your cards put a smile on my face, which is one of your intentions I think.
The new stamp color is stunning as is the new HB die.
You made 2 wonderful cards.
Enjoy your very short blog break and your birthday (will miss your nice comments☺).
Dutch hugs,
xxx Margreet

MiamiKel said...

Vicki, my goodness girl you are an absolute gem! You're such a blessing in the crafting world always bringing innovative videos and fun cards and super techniques! What a joy to celebrate your birthday and with all of us!! Your hubby sounds like such a sweetie pie and I hope you have a fabulous birthday celebration - let it go on for weeks I say! Lol! What a yummy yummy prize thank you for your generous offering❤️ Blessings!!

Glennis said...

I hope you have a very happy birthday, Vicki, and yes I would love the chance to win this fabulous prize

Asha said...

AAAAArgh! I can't believe it's your birthday again, you nubile young thing! LOL! I know you will be celebrating in style. And look at all the wonderful goodies... you deserve it and so much more. The Happy Birthday die is super special. The Wilted Violet is awesome, so grand, so elegant, so regal .... just like us, right?! I've been wanting to order the Chrismouse stamp but it seems to sold out everywhere, and I know why now. You nabbed the last set! :) Should I be picked (fingers crossed) you have my email. If not.... hip hip hurray to the lucky winner! Have an awesome weekend, friend.
hugs Asha

Shelly said...

Certainly some FUN gifts from your husband! :) That purple is awesome! Your card and tag are FABULOUS! And how SWEET are you with your giveaway?!!... <3 Of course, I'd love to win. ;)
Happy Friday!! Enjoy your break and enjoy your birthday!! Hugs

Miriam Prantner said...

Happy Birthday! Enjoy your week off you certainly deserve it! Those mice are so cute and I love that birthday card you made! I'd love to win this fun prize. Thanks so much for the chance!

Tanja said...

enjoy your free week and of course I would like to win that awesome prize - thanks for the chance - the purple looks fantastic

Deb said...

Beautiful creations as always Vicki! Happy Birthday for next week! Hope you have a wonderful time doing something nice during your blog break! Fabulous prize too, you are so generous to your readers!
have a great weekend! Debx

Faye Wynn-Jones said...

What lovely striking cards xx

Bad Kitty said...

your card is very beautiful!
it's your birthday soon?
I would love to send you birthday card but I think that it will make too long to arrive to you...
thank you for chance to win this amazing candy.
you are very generous.
my eye was caught on this ink pad on paws :)
and this super cute mouse stamp...
I wish you all the best for your birthday!
lots of hugs

alexandra s.m. said...

OH Happy Birthday Vicki!!
You are so generous and your card + tag are awesome!
I would love to send you a card if you could share your postal address with me ;)

NanaConnie said...

Oh, Vicki, I love that incredible purple! WOW on the foil die cut, too. Darling little Christmas tag and such a sweet mouse. Let me wish you a happy birthday a day or two early. I'd say you deserve to be spoiled and it looks like you already have been. :-D

Tammy said...

I'd say you have one sweetheart of a hubby! Love the purple gorgeousness of your card and the little mouse tag is as cute as can be!

Aileen (mum) said...

Hey happy birthday for next week. My twins have their birthday on Monday next week.....is it a share?? Hope you have a great week. Love that purple colour, its so you isnt it. Your card and tag are wonderful. I would love to win the prize but not sure you want to be posting to Australia so will leave it to you to decide. I can understand if not as it can get rather expensive giving away when postage is so high. I have a friend in America and decided to send her some crafty goodies and nearly died at the post office when they told me how much it was.... Lucky I love her.
Anyway enjoy your week off.

Jerrie said...

First of all, happy happy birthday next week!! Another 365 days around the sun!! Second, that purple and gold are so perfect together!! An third, your Christmas tag is so cute!!

Sue said...

Hi Vicki, I'm not a purple person, but that color is wonderful, and love how you used it behind the word circle. The foil pieces look great too. Hope you have a fantastic birthday. Oh, love the little tag so cute.


Pollard Carole said...

Firstly enjoy your birthday I hope you have a lovely day thanks for the chance to win your great candy so kind and thoughtful my email is carole.pollard@ntlworld.com if I happen to win but either way just love your blog love and hugs Carole X

cm said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Vicki - may your celebrations be exponentially fantastic and the year to come filled with happiness, blessings galore and love - in abundance! And oh my stars: what an incredibly generous sweetheart you are with the giveaway! WOW! Yes, I would love to enter (cmayne@shaw.ca). Your post has planted a smile allll over my face! From hearing about your amazing husband, to your initial frustrations with the intricate die, to the showcase of your GORGEOUS, breath-taken-away purple and gold card...every word is a delight; every photo a feast for the eyes. Your wee mouse tag: cutie-patootie to the nth degree! I'm in awe over your creativity and the most ingenious ways you express it! Enjoy your blog break!!

Shelly Schmidt said...

Happy Birthday to you, and awesome hubby you have- what an awesome gift! He is a keeper : ) I hope you have a fab week too! I have not seen the new purple color of ink, and it is just beautiful as a backdrop to that gorgeous gold metallic die cut. And, oh my- love your tag- the red and white on the bottom of that tag is the perfect accent to the Christmas image you used- LOVE IT! I hope Mother Nature is good to you next week : )

Sandra Schroeder said...

I like both of your projects. That birthday circle die in gold is so stunning on your card. And what else can you say about that little mouse except he's just too cute.

Céline said...

fab projects ! as usual !!!
happy birthday !!!!

vinita jain said...

What a lucky person you are! Love that Simon's Birthday die, received at the time of your Birthday celebration and your Hubby made your birthday so special in advance with some crafting goodies gift! Great!
So Happy Birthday in advance and i totally love that glamorous purple color along with metallic die cut and the Christmas creation is darn cute with all Lawn fawn products, wanna love it!
Thanks for the fabulous chance to win this sweet goodie package, who doesn't love Lawn Fawn!!!

Unknown said...

Who would NOT want to win your fabulous prizes?! I DO!! I don't usually like purple, but your card is beautiful. Now I want THAT Distress color, too.
Laura Holt [Google will list me as "unknown"]

jimlynn said...

Love the tag with that cute, cute mouse on it! Precious!
The card is just beautiful. That purple and foil were made to go together I think. GORGEOUS!

Lisa J said...

Love this cute little mouse tag! Thanks for sharing with us this fortnight. Lisa DT Aud Sentiments Challenge

Monika Reeck said...

Woooww I need 15 minutes to read all your information Vicki hehehe
Your hubby really love you and really kind to gave you earlier bday gift oooh you must be love him much I believe it
and that purple (gasp) I am jealouuuss and that DIES oh adorable
Love love love the card and that cute lawn fawn TAG too cuuuutee Vickiiii the color are adorable too
you are so generous to gave that all
wish I am the lucky one but I know not always me the lucky one another lady too hehe
wish me luck to win your bday gift if not I should give you a gift ...cause it is your bday hehehe
big hugs and I am happy to know you and tell you as my Generous and Kind Blogland friend I ever have
hugs, Monika

April Story said...

Your Christmouse tag is adorable. I am with you - Lawn Fawn makes great products. Congrats on your SSS win. And thank you for joining the challenge at Creative Knockouts.

crafty-stamper said...

Beautiful card and tag love the purple -Happy birthday for nexy week and enjoy your week off
carol x

nwilliams6 said...

Happy Birthday coming up Vicki!!! Have fun on your blog break. Love your prizes and your creations. You have such a sweet and fun style! Hugz

Patti J said...

Vicki, enjoy your break! I'm having one myself...visiting DD in Germany! Happy Birthday to you, my friend! Your projects always make me smile...beautifully done!

Shannon McComb said...

Wow Vicki this one loaded post full of amazing stuff!! First off your first project is just STUNNING! That purple color is just gorgeous and i love how you paired with the gold!!Second: who wanted want to win that prize pack, that stamp set is beyond adorable!! Thank you for the chance to win! So sweet of you to share with us on your birthday!!
& lastly have an amazing birthday and enjoy your break!!

Lynn McAuley said...

Two fabulous designs, Vicki! An elegant birthday card and a precious Christmas tag! Awesome work!

CaroleAnn said...

first Happy Birthday to you!! I love both your cards - the purple one is indeed stunning with that gold and love your design. But the Christmouse is my fave!!! I have a collection of mouse stamps that I use on different occasions and this would be such a great addition (if I win). My sister loves mice (not real ones running around your house) so I make her a mouse card every now and then to let her know someone is thinking of her! You are being so, so generous - - thank you so much for sharing this chance with us and for sharing your talents with us. You are my inspiration for sure! Hugs

Maarit at Violets Corner said...

Happy Birthday sweetie!! And yes please, I would love to join the draw. Stunning card and a very cute tag. Enjoy your week!

Love and hugs

Lisa's Creative Niche said...

ohhhh loving that new die and the purple! Love how you mixed the two products together too! I'd love to be entered in the giveaway if possible! Thanks so much for the chance and awesome work!

Tammy said...

WOW fabulous creations Vicki! I love that gorgeous Happy birthday die and all of the gold! Your tag is adorable, what a sweet little mouse! I hope you have a wonderful Birthday and thanks so much for the chance to win your fab candy!
Big hugs, Tammy

Janis said...

Oh, my....that birthday card is beyond fabulous!!! I can't get enough of that metallic shimmer and shine. WOW! And then paired up with that awesome new DI color.....WOWZA-WOWZA!!!

Oh, the little Christmas mouse tag is just the cutest! Yes, I would LOVE to have my name tossed into the hat for this amazing prize package!! Thanks for letting us celebrate with you and I hope you have the happiest birthday ever!!!
<3 J

jwoolbright at gmail dot com

Jingle said...

Your card is absolutely GORGEOUS! I love that tag, too! That is just SUPER CUTENESS!!! Thank you for offering such a wonderful giveaway! Thank you so much for playing along with the No Patterned Paper Challenge on the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge blog!

Tracey said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY VICKI! (September is my birthday month too :o))
Thanks for the chance to win your fab candy. I love visiting your blog & getting lots of inspiration.
BIG hugs

Regina said...

hi, Vicki
your special birthday present is great and your result is stunning! The birthday card ist absolutely beautiful Vicki!

Happy Birthday wishes when it comes!
That's an awesome collection of goodies you're giving away! I have my fingers crossed.I’ve added your candy in my sidebar.
Thanks for the chance!
sending big hugs

Carol L said...

Oops! I forgot to leave my contact information in my comment (DUH)
c b acres at comcast dot net

Lola said...

Happy birthday to you! Your card turned out fabulous - thanks for pointing out the "balloon" string! Obviously you have the best hubby ever!

Davi said...

Gosh Vicki you hubby picked out the coolest gifts! I love that purple, it is beautiful for your fabulous card!! The Tag is the cutest, super job on it. Hope the rest of your week is great :)

Alanna said...

WOW Vicki, this is such a generous prize. I hope you had an awesome birthday and enjoying your blogging break.

I would definitely like to enter the giveaway as I did miss out on that super cute Lawn Fawn set.

Alanna @alanna.moses@yahoo.com

Donna said...

Hello lovely Vicki, I hope you had an amazing birthday and judging by your FB page you had a brilliant day with your hubby! your card is stunning, the purple and gold are perfect together and I totally NEED this circle b'day die! Cute little Christmas tag too, the mouse is adorable and so perfectly coloured...fab candy cane papers too! Have a great weekend! :) Donna ♥ x

Chrissy said...

What a beautiful colour Vicki and your happy birthday die is gorgeous especially in the gold...fabulous card and love your adorable little mouse on the tag..so cute.
Thank you so much for a chance to win your candy and wishing you a VERY Happy birthday next week and enjoy your time off..


Donna said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY MONTH VICKI!! So sweet of you to give a prize for your birthday. That birthday card is stunning, the purple and gold is so elegant together and your tag is so adorable. Have fun! Hugs, Donna

Dawn Frost said...

Happy Birthday Vicki I hope you enjoy your time off! LOVE that birthday die, wow and such a Gorgeous card with that die, Cute mouse tag too. I would love a chance to win your blog candy, thank you so much for sharing!

Ashley said...

A very very happy belated birthday to you and thank you for the info on the Sizzix precision plate! I would be thrilled to win the blog candy. I missed the Merry Christmouse set and am super bummed because Lawn Fawn is my favorite! Thank you for the chance to win!


Meredith L said...

Happy Birthday! Thanks for the chance to win!

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