Friday, 2 October 2015

Looking forward to the weekend…



Hey everyone, hope you are all well

I’m off work today, I’m leaving for Chester shortly for a lovely crafty weekend with some of my favourite people and I can’t wait! I’m still going to Slimming World, I put a bit back on over my holiday and then lost it so I’m about 8lbs down overall which is ok – steady away!! I’ve just had a pain au chocolate for my breakfast though, don’t think that’s on the eating plan!! I’ve been really good all week because I knew I would completely blow it this weekend so hopefully if I can stay the same weight over the week I’ll be happy. Things have been a bit hectic recently at both work and home, my holiday seems so long ago now and will be nice to just relax and spend some time crafting, eating, drinking, chatting…

OK, onto the new challenge at Papertake Weekly and it’s time for another

Take Your Pick

I love these challenges, there is so much you can do - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them - you can use any one or combine them

Here are this month’s  themes  -

Colour -
Autumnal ie reds, browns, golds, oranges etc

Technique - Embossing either heat, dry or simply embossing a die or using an embossing folder

Product – Distress Inks

Sketch - Sketch #105


I cheated a bit this week, this is an old card that I made a while ago for the LOTV shop but I don’t think I ever showed it on my blog so it fits perfectly with the Autumn Colours theme…


PTW Sept 29 Autumn Colours


I used one of the Art Pad images, these are so useful if you want a quick card and this is sunflower image is from Beautiful Blooms

The sentiment is from the Handwritten Phrases, a set I use a lot

The papers are K&Co, I cut the tiny flowers from the design on the paper and used them as embellishments. I had a bit of a phase stitching my cards last year but I haven’t done it for a while, I noticed I have on here and I like the effect. It’s finished with some distress stickles and a nice piece of cotton lace from the Ribbon Girl

You can find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Blog as well as some fab inspiration from the girls on the team


Hope you like my card today,thanks as always for stopping by and for your comments

Have a great weekend crafters xx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

It will soon be here…



Hello lovely crafty friends, thanks for stopping by

It’s the weekend again already and my holiday seems so long ago…  I need to spend some time clearing my garden before the weather changes. The bedding plants had a slow start this year but they turned out lovely and I’ll be sad to throw them away. I love it when the garden is full of flowers, always such a shame when the last of them go in the brown bin!

We’re well on with the move at Lili of the Valley, the building we are in is lovely but is really too big for our needs so we’re moving to a smaller office on the same site and also opening a new coffee shop. It’s all still in the pipeline but Lisa and Laila are hoping to hold some craft events in there now we no longer have the shop so watch this space! Make sure you’re signed up for the Lili of the Valley newsletter and keep an eye on the website for more news


As if we need reminding that the year is disappearing in the blink of an eye our new challenge at Papertake Weekly is…

It Will Soon Be Here

…of course we’re talking about Christmas so your entry this week can be anything festive

I used some of the new Lili of the Valley Trio sets to make 3 little mini cards. I adore these useful stamps and they have been so popular that we just can’t keep up with demand for them. They are back in stock now if you’re waiting, we’re so pleased that you love them as much as we do


Sept 22 - Christmas

Sept 22 - Christmas 1

Sept 22 - Christmas 2

Sept 22 - Christmas 3


These are 4” square cards and I used Simple Joys papers

Just finish with a sentiment, some gems and a couple of poinsettias and you’re done. I like this Marianne poinsettia die, a lot of them on the market are too big for my taste so I use this a lot. Of course there is tulle and stickles on there too, I don’t think I ever make a card without either and you can get them both (as well as the gems) from the Ribbon Girl


Full details for the challenge are on the papertake blog, there is a fab prize as always and some inspiration from the team


Enjoy your weekend everyone


Sunday, 13 September 2015

Ribbon Girl – Everything Goes with an Image




Hello crafters, hope everyone is ok and thanks for stopping by

We had a lovely break in Zante, it was very hot and since we came back I’ve noticed the change in the weather here – it’s definitely feeling Autumnal which is hard to believe! How did it get to September already? I think I must have missed a few months somewhere. X Factor and Strictly are back which means my Saturday nights are taken care of until Christmas    …much to Keith’s disgust, he hates reality TV ha!

Joe is back from India, he had an amazing experience after getting upset and wanting to come home the first week! I don’t think he was prepared for the poverty and hardship he saw and he really got attached to some of the children at the school they were helping in. They really had nothing and he couldn’t understand how they could be so happy, I think once he realised that he couldn’t compare their lives with his because they didn’t know any other way then he enjoyed it more. I sent him a box of crafty goodies over by courier which they loved, it cost me a bloomin’ fortune and I was so mad with myself because he only took about half his weight allowance. We could have filled his case with things when he went but it never crossed my mind at the time. He said it was all much appreciated, especially the huge chalks which I got from Hobbycraft so they could draw outside – he said they loved doing that, and loom bands too which were all the craze here last Summer!


It’s time for another ‘Anything Goes with an Image’ challenge at the Ribbon Girl and as usual we have two fabulous prizes, the first is a stamp of the winners choice from Lili of the Valley and there’s also a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl


You can use any image you like so it’s a nice easy challenge and it doesn’t have to be a card – we love to see cards, boxes, tags, layouts… in fact projects of all kinds!


I had to make a card for my elderly neighbour so didn’t want a cute image this time and I used a lovely topper from the Lili of the Valley English Charm Art Pad (wish my wisteria looked like that, it’s been in 5 years and never had a flower!!)




I wasn’t thrilled with this card and when I was halfway through making it and it nearly went in the bin. I love these Hot of the Press ‘Rosemary & Thyme’ papers but thought they were maybe a bit too heavy for the image I’d used. It was too late to make another though as I had to get it delivered so I carried on and once the flowers and sentiment were on it didn’t look as bad. I’m still not 100% sure about it though so I’m interested to know your thoughts.

The sentiment is Lili of the Valley from Set 7 and of course I used lots of gorgeousness from the Ribbon Girl store;

17mm Laila white vintage style lace

Stardust stickles


Flatback pearls

 Cherry blossom (lilac/white)

 Sweetheart blossom (white)

Rose leaves

Princess pin (Green)

 Bead string (3mm ivory)


Aa always the details for the challenge and some fabulous Inspiration from the team can be found on the Ribbon Girl blog



I’m hoping it’s going to be a bit brighter today and then I can get my garden cut back. It doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since I was putting my bedding plants in but they’re looking a bit ‘back endish’ now and I don’t think I’ll get much longer out of them. I got some chrysanthemums from QVC for the Autumn but I’m very disappointed with them as they are still quite small, maybe it’s still a bit early for them?

Enjoy your Sunday everyone whatever you’re up to xxx


Sunday, 23 August 2015

To Die For…



Hey everyone, what you been up to this weekend? Today has been lovely but about an hour ago it went black and has been pouring down ever since. We’re going to Zante on Wednesday, it’s a bit of a last minute booking as we weren’t planning on going abroad this year after 2 expensive holidays last year… but we decided to sneak off for a bit of sun while Joe is away! Jess skidded her car into a wall last week during a downpour (about 2 days after we paid it off for her 21st birthday) She’s ok but a bit shaken up so we’re just waiting to hear from the insurance if it’s a write off, we’re really hoping they can repair it as she’s only had it about 3 months. It’s been one thing after another with her this year!

Time for another challenge at Papertake Weekly and this week it’s…

To Die For

…all you need to do is to include a die cut somewhere or you could make your base card from a die

We have a lovely prize up for grabs from Mary & Andrea at The Ribbon Girl




This was a nice easy week for me, I use dies on all my cards...



I used Pastel Dreams papers for the backing layer and then cut the little house out of some scraps – I punched a heart in the centre and then stuck it on with foam pads. The sentiment is done on the computer and the clouds are memory Box  (so useful, I use these cloud dies a lot)

I put the line of stamped hearts on and then thought I’d made a mistake but it was too late, maybe it didn’t need them?

Last thing is to go around the edges with some stickles.

You can see what the DT have done this week and find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog


Let me know what you think, your comments are always welcome and I’m hoping to try and visit all your blogs while I’m away and have some time to myself.

My Slimming World journey is going quite well so far, week 1 was 4lb off and another 4lb week 2 so I was pleased with that. I’m just mad with myself for not starting sooner, I was trying on some holiday clothes today and they are a bit snug for comfort! I’ll have to make do though because I’m not buying any more just for one week when it will be another year before they come out again!

Enjoy your Sunday evening crafters


Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Spots or Stripes…



Evening crafty friends, what are you up to tonight?

We’ve just had a Slimming World Chicken Kiev and chips for tea which was really quite nice. I enjoy cooking so adapting recipes to make them syn free is fun for me, there are hundreds on the internet too so at the moment I’m quite keen. Thinking of my shorts being tight for my holiday in 2 weeks is keeping me going. I’ve been here before though…  too little too late that’s me!!

I have a card to share for this week’s challenge at Papertake Weekly and our theme is…

Spots & Stripes

Nice and simple, all you need to do is to include them somewhere on your work

We have a lovely prize up for grabs this week from the Hobby House and as always there is some inspiration from the team



You can’t really tell from the picture but this is a big card for me, 8 x 8 square. Joe is 18 and a few of his friends are having 18th birthdays so I’ve made a few like this recently…



August 11th - Spots or Stripes


The papers are Lili of the Valley Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away

This cute image is Annabel Texting, I used the Here Comes Annabel Art pad but she’s also available as a stamp

It’s quite an easy card, I cut the letters and numbers on my cricut and just layered them on foam pads. The character is shaped round an embossing tool and then stuck with pinflair so she’s almost 3d


Hope you like it, thanks as always for your comments – I will try and catch up on all your blogs as soon as I can

Enjoy the rest of your Wednesday, I’m just watching Bake Off although nothing on there is very Slimming World friendly!!



Sunday, 9 August 2015

Ribbon Girl Challenge…



Good morning crafty friends, thanks for stopping by today

Time for the monthly EVERYTHING GOES WITH AN IMAGE challenge at the Ribbon Girl (they have a fabulous challenge every week but this is my team)

It’s a lovely easy challenge because you can use any image and we hope to see all types of projects and not just cards!

As usual we have two fabulous prizes, the first is a stamp of the winners choice from Lili of the Valley and also a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl towards a shopping spree in their gorgeous store

The winners are picked at random too so why not have a go – you’ve got to be in it to win it!

As usual the DT have created lovely projects to inspire you, their examples and all the details for the challenge are on the blog - and all the goodies they and I have used can be found in The Ribbon Girl online store

I had some colouring to do for a magazine which has taken me forever so I used a topper for this one, they are so fab when you’re short of time. This cutie is from the Here Comes Annabel Art Pad and the sentiment is from the Handwritten Phrases set




Here’s everything I used; 35mm Amelia vintage style cotton ivory lace, 6mm green sequins, 15mm pink organza, natural hemp twine, charm, stickles

This Amelia lace is just gorgeous and they have a HUGE selection of charms




Have a great Sunday everyone, I’m going to Costco now to buy an actifry! We usually go there for one thing and end up spending £300!!



Friday, 7 August 2015

India and Torn Edges…



Good morning everyone, hope you are all well? 

I had a busy week, as most of you will know now we closed the Lili of the Valley shop at the weekend. We are moving premises shortly and unfortunately won’t have room for a shop at the moment. We have a lot of work in the next couple of months getting packed up but there are exciting things ahead! There were some fantastic bargains to be had on Saturday which was our last day so if you got some of the half price dies lucky you!!

Joe has gone off to India for 5 weeks. They are staying with his friends Father over there so I know he’s safe and they will be doing some volunteer work at a school. Joe is a lovely boy but like all teenagers these days he’s quite lazy and selfish, not having the latest iphone is the biggest worry he has! I think it will do him good to see that not everyone has the same comfortable life, he’s very friendly and likes meeting people so i think he will enjoy it and I’m hoping that as well as having an amazing adventure he might come home having grown up a bit!

I watched the flight on Sunday on the radar, it’s absolutely fascinating and I was glued to the laptop for most of Sunday watching the journey…

flight 2flight 4 


Onto Papertake Weekly and as it’s the first challenge of the month we have our usual

Anything Goes

…this month’s optional extra is to add torn edges

Remember this is only an option to add a bit of variety so if you don’t want to do that you don’t have to

The first challenge of the month is sponsored by Lili of The Valley
and we have a £10 voucher as this weeks prize


I used one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas stamps, this cutie is called Skiddy Skates. The sentiment is from the Christmas Wishes set and papers from the ‘Twas the Night (which is out of stock at the moment but will be back next week)


August 4th - Anything Goes Torn Paper


You can’t really see on the picture but I did tear the edges of the papers!

The snowflakes were cut with my one of my favourite Cheery Lynn dies and it’s just finished with some gingham ribbon and gems from the Ribbon Girl – this is quite an easy card

Oh, and the oval dies are tonic

Hope you like it. You can see all the details for the challenge and some lovely inspiration from the team over on the Papertake blog


PS. Debra, when you asked about which yellows I use I wrote them down straight away intending to reply and I just found the post-it stuck to my desk with the list of colours!

I’m so sorry for ignoring your questionSad smileThe yellows I use are Copics Y17, 15, 13 and 11 or Promarkers sunflower, tulip, buttercup and ivory. I think the Tilda card you asked about was coloured with Copics


It’s Friday already and the forecast is good for us here in Yorkshire – have a lovely weekend everyone wherever you are! I’ll be back on Sunday with the Ribbon Girl challenge