Sunday, 1 May 2011

April's Mini VSN!!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE doing VSN (Virtual Stamp Night) over on Splitcoast Stampers. I completely forgot to email my ideas in this time to be a hostess, but I have just as much fun partcicipating either side of the forum. This month is the mini VSN - there's only 5 challenges to get you all fired up ready for the big VSN which has about 15 - 20 challenges over a Friday night and all day Saturday. Each challenge is supposed to take you about 45 minutes to complete and this time I was fairly good - I only went over on a couple by a few minutes! This VSN's theme is a Pirate Party!

Challenge #1 was to use fabric on your card. I had to raid my Mother-in-law's quilting basket for some scraps of fabric as I have none at all, other than felt which didn't count! This card is also for Make It Monday's Challenge #12 to use hand drawn frames and for Paper Pal Arts Challenge #91 to use buttons on a CAS card. I don't do CAS as a rule, so this is as close as it gets! This one took 48 minutes - only 3 minutes over.


Stamps: Turning A New Leaf, Think Big Favorites #2 both from PTI

Papers: Ripe Avocado, Stampers Select White both from PTI, Basic Black from SU

Inks: Basic Black, Old Olive both from SU

Accessories: Fabric from MIL's stash, Buttons from stash, Embroidery Thread from stash, Ripe Avocado Ribbon, Beautiful Blooms Dies #2 both from PTI, Black Gel Pen

Challenge #2 was a sketch challenge so I combined it with this week's CR84FN Color Challenge #26 to use kraft, pale yellow and gold. A gorgeous combo - look at the fab inspiration piccy. This one took 46 minutes - only a minute over!

And here's my card for it.


Stamps: All About You and All About You Additions both from SU

Papers: Kraft, Harvest Gold, Distressed Dots Paper, Pretty Pastels Paper, Stampers Select White all from PTI

Inks: Memento Tuexdo Black, Copics, Crumb Cake from SU

Accessories: Lemon Tart Buttons, Double Ended Banner Die both from PTI, Stickles Frosted Lace

Challenge #3 was an inspiration challenge using the given photograph. I initialy struggled with this one as nothing inspired me until I found some papers in my stash - the Seaside Collection pack form Kaisercraft. I was looking for some papers for another challenge and stumbled on these beachy ones. I used old Mojo #80 for the sketch and CC02 to use Barely Banana, Ruby Red and Not Quite Navy, all of which were in this paper - ok so the yellow is more So Saffron, but I think I can get away with it! This one took 32 minutes - 10 of which was spent clearing up the mess my 3D gloss made - not sure if you can see the ring near the beach ball. It wasn't coming out of the tube so I squeezed a bit too hard and it made a HUGE splodge everywhere!


Stamps: None!

Papers: Barely Banana, Ruby Red (both retired) from SU, Seaside Collection from Kaisercraft

Inks: None!

Accessories: Navy Ribbon from stash

Challenge #4 was to use the colours of orange, green and yellow, inspired by the colours of a parrot, the faithful sidekick of many a pirate. I love this bright colour combo! I used the sketch from Sweet Sunday's Challenge #115 as well. This one took exactly 45 minutes 52 seconds! I have a stopwatch running on my computer and as soon as the last piece is stuck down I press stop! Just in the nick of time with this one!


Stamps: Signature Series: Butterfly from PTI

Papers: Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White all from SU, A Walk In The Park Papers from Echo Park

Inks: Pink Pirouette, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi all from SU

Accessories: Sizzix Daisies #2 Die, Sizzix leaf #2 Die, Wild Wasabi Ribbon (retired), Oval Punches Square Lattice Embossing Folder all from SU, Corner Rounder, Card Candi from Craftworks Cards, Swiss Dots Embossing Folder

And the final challenge #5 was to use wood of some kind on a card. I used my woodgrain embossing folder and a mini wooden peg. I also used sketch #45 from Walzting Mouse Stamps (I did order some new stamps from WMS on Thursday and am anxiously waiting for them to arrive now!). This one took 42 minutes to complete.


Stamps: Frame It, Victorian Frippery both from Waltzing Mouse Stamps, Take Note from PTI

Papers: Early Espresso, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla all from SU

Inks: Wild Wasabi, Early Espresso both from SU

Accessories: Wild Wasabi Ribbon (retired), Linen Thread both from SU, Mini Wooden Peg from Hobbycraft, Medium Scallop Border Die from PTI

And that's all from this VSN folks! Thanks for stopping by!


  1. I'm commenting on your CR84FN card ~ LOVE the flowers and the swirling bee! Such a bright and cheery card! THX for playing with us at CR84FN!

  2. What beautiful card!!! You did a great job with all the challenges. I love your stamping, you are such a pro.

  3. OH LOVE the tassel that you made for the WMS sketch challenge...that is so creative how you tied the ribbon into pieces with the twine! Love the whole woodsy theme with the woodgrain and the cute leafy envelope!

  4. So adorable - I love the flowers and buttons. Thank you for playing along with Pals Paper Arts.

  5. Beautiful cards, Vannessa! Thanks so much for joining us at CR84FN!

  6. All really nice. Your PTI framing job is really lovely. Good job.

  7. Wow you are amazing to create all of these cards in one evening - love them all! I wish that 45 minute rule worked for me!

  8. This is totally adorable. I love the little pocket card and how lovely it looks on this creation. Thanks for playing along with the Waltzingmouse Stamps Sketch Challenge this week.

  9. these are all so wonderful... love them all!

    tahnks for sharing ~ Pam

  10. Wow Vannessa! Fab collection of cards! Love the sweet flower garden! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN and the WMSC :)

  11. Wow! Love all your cards! So amazing that you could complete them all in one night. It always seems to take me forever,just to do a couple lol.. Really love the one you did for CR84FN. Super cute! and I love your card layout too! 8-)

  12. WOW! So many gorgeous creations!!! Love your CR84FN card!!! So beautiful! Thanks for playing along with CR84FN!!!

  13. Wow - what a great bunch of cards! all so lovely and creative! love your WMS sketch card with the woodgrain embossing and fun trees on the envelope!

  14. You've been very busy - such a lovely selection of cards. I really like the layout and super sunny sunflowers on your CR84FN card. And the glittery bee is so cute. Thanks for playing along with CR84FN this week!

  15. I love all of your card, Vannessa! Thanks for sharing your wonderful creations!