Sunday, 10 May 2015

I’m back with a Ribbon Girl challenge…



Hello lovely crafty friends!

I keep saying I’m back and then it never quite happens lol. I took a break from blogging and it’s been really hard to get back into it, when I come on the computer I have a limited amount of time (like everyone) and that time has been taken up by Pinterest lately – I love it!

But, I’ve missed seeing all your lovely work and hearing your news so I’m going to really make an effort to come back to the blogs and catch up with everyone. My lovely friends Mary and Andrea at the Ribbon Girl kindly welcomed me back to the team so I’m going to enjoy using some gorgeousness from their store and showing you the cards I make

I’ll share my news later, today I have a card for the new Ribbon Girl challenge…

It’s an 'Any Image Challenge' on the blog and this week our theme is 'A SHAPED CARD OR ANYTHING GOES' 

As always there is some lovely inspiration from the clever girls on the team to get you started

There are prizes up for grabs of a stamp of your choice from Lili of the Valley and a £10 voucher to spend in The Ribbon Girl online store



I like easel cards, especially circles and I make them a lot – something a bit different I think, although some people are a bit confused when they take them out of the envelope how to stand them up!

This is for some friends of ours and it will be going in the post to them tomorrow…


May Shaped


I used some lovely K&Co papers and the little house stamp is a JOFY stamp, I love her whimsical images and have quite a few of them

The sentiment was done on the computer and this is Andrea’s handwriting turned into a font by Darcy Baldwin – how fab is that! You can download it for free, it’s very aptly named Geordie Girl!

The dies are; Lil’ Inkers & Marianne circles, Sue Wilson pierced banner and Memory Box clouds

All the delicious embellishments are of course from the Ribbon Girl

Raspberry delight mixed dahlias

‘Anne’ antique white lace

Kort and Godt rolled roses

Ivory pearl bead string

Natural hemp twine



I hope you like my card, if anyone is still visiting my poor abandoned blog do let me know you’re there and I’d love to hear what you think

I will be catching up on all your blogs next week…  meanwhile enjoy your Sunday







Saturday, 31 January 2015

Blog Hop Winner... and new stamps out TODAY!! ...

Morning crafters, quick post to announce the winner of our blog hop...
The winning comment was left on Mindy's blog and it was you lovely Sharon
Well done Sharon, please email, you won a set of the brand new stamps which are out today ay 6pm!

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, hope we gave you some inspiration for using the new stamps - you're gonna love them all!!

Have a great weekend x 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

I’m back… (again!) with a sneaky peek hop




Hello lovely crafty friends… Happy New Year!

I took on the mammoth task of clearing out the attic over the Christmas Holidays and what a job it turned out to be! I’m just about finished and can’t wait to get back to some crafting. I am ashamed of the amount of crafty stash I have, so many things unopened that were bought with good intentions and then forgotten about when something else grabbed my attention. I’ve had a massive clear out and got lots of new storage so I know exactly what I have and where it lives. I’m going to get back on my Design Teams and start blogging again as soon as I’m done and I can’t wait!

Watch out too for loads of fab new crafty inspiration coming soon from Lili of the Valley. The website is nearly ready and I know many of you have missed the blog and the challenges. Our new Cross Stitch charts have been really popular so we have new designs coming soon, we listened to customer feedback so this time they will be sold as kits rather than just the chart




We’re having a hop today to sneaky peek the latest launch, there are 4 new rubber stamp images and some super cute mini images that are on an A5 clear sheet. There is also a set of new sentiments to go with our adorable fairies. We’re giving you chance to win the full set of new stamps, make sure you comment at each stop and a winner will be drawn on Friday from all the comments left on one lucky blog


You can get the new products on the website on Saturday (31st)




Our lovely Andrea was first stop on the hop today so you should have come from there, and remember to visit and comment on all the blogs to be in with the best chance of winning...










Mary J




This was a card from last year that I couldn’t bear to throw away so I messed around with it, took some things off and added a few bits – I think the colours are nice with this cute Spring image, it’s called Little Lamb, and I used one of our popular circular sentiments


January Hop - Little Lamb



I added some lovely flowers, hessian and tulle from the Ribbon Girl

The trellis at the back is a Spellbinders die and the papers are Prima


Hope you like it, next stop is Becky and she has a gorgeous card to share with you today

The winner will be announced on Friday evening so check back on the blogs and also on our Facebook page to see if you were lucky!


Have a lovely day all, see you soon


Anne xx


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

LOTV blog hop..






Morning all…  I’ve been taking a little crafty break from my blog and DT’s but I couldn’t resist joining in with the Lili of the Valley hop today to show you the new stamps and papers…  they are so gorgeous!!

There are 10 new stamps and 3 papers pads, you can get them in the shop on Saturday at our Christmas open day and they will go on sale on the website on Monday (24th)

We have a full set of stamps and the new paper pads to give away on the hop and there is also chance to win them if you place an order on the website* (finishes tonight and order value must be over £10 to go in the draw*)





Here’s a list of the blogs that are taking part, just hope from one to another and leave a comment on each as we don’t know where the prizes are hidden;


Ideas To Inspire


Anne (you’re here)








Mary J



I used this cute image called Secretly Yours, I stamped and coloured it then cut it in 2 and used the characters separately so she’s peeping round the corner…


November Hop Secretly Yours


The little birds sat on the fence are from the Geisha Companion Set, the greeting is from Set 10 and papers from the pretty Country Meadow pad

Hope you like it, don’t forget to leave me a comment before you ‘hop’ along to Becky. The prize winners will be drawn from the comments left on 2 lucky blogs and announced on the Ideas to Inspire blog on Friday evening – GOOD LUCK!!













Thursday, 16 October 2014

I’m Back!


Afternoon lovely blogging buddies, it’s been ages since my last post and I’m sorry for not visiting any of your blogs for what seems like an age…

We had a fantastic holiday, Egypt is lovely and I’d certainly go back but the highlight for me was spending time as a family. I miss our time with the kids, it’s seems like ages since we were all together for any length of time in fact it’s even rare that we eat a meal together these days so a full week was great…   and there was no falling out which is always a bonus! I was having a bit of a panic because I thought I’d lost my camera but I found it yesterday so I’ll sort out a few piccies to share soon


We finally got my Mother in Law’s flat cleared but Jess has decided to move house now so she wanted to keep some of the furniture and household bits. It’s sensible because she can’t afford to buy everything new (the house she is in at the moment is furnished) but everything is of course now in our house and it’s driving me MAD, I can’t move for stuff it’s like Steptoe’s Yard!  I can’t believe how many costs are incurred just to rent a place, deposit, bond, rent up front, admin costs, £500 to fill the oil tank for the heating because there is no gas in the area…  she’s very excited though so it’s gonna be the bank of Mum and Dad to the rescue again me thinks!!


I finally found time to make a card, first time I’ve been in the attic for weeks. There’s a ‘Lovely Lili’ challenge at the Ribbon Girl this week and it’s to USE LACE…


08 October - Add Lace


I used a topper from the Magical Fairies art pad and the sentiment is from Simply Sophisticated

I took the colours from the image and found some perfect papers to match in a pad by Basic Grey, not colours I’d have put together usually but I like them

All the scrummy embellishments can be found at the Ribbon Girl

Laila lace


Stardust stickles

Flatback gems


Cherry Blossom



You can see all the details for the challenge and some fab inspiration from the DT on the Ribbon Girl blog


I’m having a little break from the Papertake Weekly DT until I get myself caught up but do still pop over, this week’s challenge is ‘Things With Wings’



Have a fab Thursday all, thanks for popping by and your comments are very much appreciated… I’ll try and check out all your blogs very soon x




Sunday, 21 September 2014






Hello all, I’m feeling better at last hooray and have finally seen the back of my awful cold. Great to see you all at the Lili of the Valley open day yesterday, I love to have a chat with my crafty blogging buddies!


I saw this on Pinterest… thought it might amuse you…




We’re packed and ready to go to Egypt tomorrow so this is a quick post to just share my Ribbon Girl colour challenge cards. The theme this month is ‘Pastels’ so a nice easy one



ribbon girl logo



I love using pretty pastel colours, these 2 lovely images are in the new Lili of the Valley Christmas Cuties art pad

I made some more little cards, 4 x 4, they are very cute and so quick to make as you haven’t got much space to fill



September - Pastels 

Ribbon Girl pastels 2

 Ribbon Girl pastels 1


The papers are from the Pastel Dreams pad (my new favourite!) and sentiments from Christmas Wishes

I stamped around the edges of the images for a bit of interest with a dotty stamp from the Grunge Swirls set and then went over it with some stickles


All the lovely ribbons and embellishments are of course from the Ribbon Girl;

Silver jingle bells

Dew drops (top tip…  stick them on with Glossy Accents)

Glitter organza

Silver metallic twine (first time I’ve used this, I LOVE it…   so useful)




Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, I’ll be sunning myself shortly (hopefully!) as it’s forecast 38 degrees for the next few days in Hurghada, a good book and a cocktail and that’s me happy! Lovely jubbly!!


I’ll see you in a couple of weeks, take care all x



Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Lili of the Valley hop…





Morning everyone, 2 posts in 2 days…  that’s pretty good going for me at the moment haha!! Thank you all so much for your lovely comments and support over the last few weeks, you crafters really are a lovely bunch!

I’m still full of cold but couldn’t resist joining in with the Lili of the Valley blog hop today

We have sneaky peeks of their newest stamps, they go on sale on the website on Monday but you will be able to get them at the open day on Saturday if you are coming along

You know what to do, just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card,there are 2 sets of the new stamps hidden along the way too so make sure you leave a comment on each stop

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part;



Ideas To Inspire










Mary J




I fell asleep last night when I got in from work and woke up at 9pm so it was a bit of a rush to get my card done, it’s a bit simpler than I had planned! I used the cute Annabel Tennis image…



September Hop Annabel


The papers are from the pretty Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away pads (love the cloud design)

There’s lots of glitter on the clouds and the border but it hasn’t picked it up very well on the picture, I love a bit of glitter!


Next stop is Becky and don’t forget to check the Ideas to Inspire blog on Friday evening to see who the lucky prize winners were


Have a good day bloggers x