Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Fairy Friends hop…



Morning crafty friends, thanks ever so much for taking the time to stop by!

Lili of the Valley have some new fairies coming out for their 10th birthday event in May so the DT have been using some of the older fairy images. There are some super cute stamps and today we are doing a fun hop using the adorable Fairy Friends

We’ve all used this same stamp and have come up with very different makes!


You know what to do, just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each post, there will be a couple of prizes hidden along the way so make sure you leave a comment as you visit each blog
We don’t know where the goodies are so make sure you visit and comment on every blog

The winners will be drawn at random from all the comments left on the 2 blogs where the prizes were hidden

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

Ideas to Inspire

Anne (that’s me!)






Mary J





These little pop up card boxes seem to be everywhere at the moment so I thought I’d have a go at making one…



 Fairy friends box 6 Fairy friends box 4


Fairy friends box 2    Fairy friends box 3


Fairy friends box Fairy friends box 5



I used Bonnets & Bowties papers and some of the fab new matching solid colours

The fairy sentiment is from Set 6 Dreamy Days

I got the flower die at the Harrogate show, it’s a brand I’d not heard of but I love how the centres of the petals lift up, I have so many flower dies but these are a bit different and I think I’ll be using them a lot


Hope you like it, next stop on the hop is the super talented Becky who’s sure to have something very pretty to show you… and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there

The winners will be announced on the Ideas to Inspire blog next week

Enjoy the hop everyone, good luck!



Sunday, 13 April 2014

Tug Of War…



Morning crafters, what are you up to this weekend? Keith is going out on his bike today so my Mum is coming over and we are going to get the the garden tidied. It’s full of colour at the moment and all the spring bulbs are in flower and they look so cheerful. My lovely friend Gretha brought me some bulbs over from Holland when she visited, they are the best in the world and the flowers have been spectacular

It's time for another challenge at The Ribbon Girl and this week it is our 'Lovely Lili' LOTV challenge. It's very easy this week as it is 'anything goes' There are some great prizes up for grabs and as always some fabulous inspiration from the design team


03 April - Anything Goes x


I used one of the new Annabel images (this one is called Tug Of War) and also one of their useful circular sentiments. The dots around the image are from the grunge elements set

The gathered tulle is a new product from the Ribbon Girl, Mary and Andrea have added some scrummy new things to the website lately so do go and have a look

Here’s all the other gorgeousness I used from them; Melissa Frances organza pink pouf ribbon, jute mesh ribbon, aster daisy, lily, pretty blossom, beaded berries, pearl button mixture, button twine

The papers are Prima and the lattice in the background is a Spellbinders die



Hope you like it, thanks so much for stopping by today and for all your lovely comments. I appreciate you visiting and I’ll put some candy up next week as a little thank you

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone x



Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Spring Has Sprung!



Evening all, we’ve had a lovely day here today – sunny and windy and I got 2 loads of washing dry – hooray! I’m turning into my Mum, little things etc etc…

This weeks Papertake challenge is…

Spring has Sprung

It’s the perfect theme after today’s weather and we want to see some lovely Spring cards this week or cards using bright and cheerful Spring colours

There is a fabby prize as always and some great inspiration from the DT so make sure you pop over and have a look




I used one of the images from a Lili of the Valley art pad, this is one of my favourite stamps Balloon Bunny and it’s available now as a pre-coloured topper in the Bunnies pad


PTW 53 - Spring Has Sprung


 PTW 53 - Spring Has Sprung 2


 PTW 53 - Spring Has Sprung 3     PTW 53 - Spring Has Sprung 4



The shaped front was a bit of an accident but I quite liked it. I cut a couple of elements from another topper (you get 3 of each design in the pads) and decorated the inside


Here’s what else I used;

Handwritten Phrases

Circular Sentiment from Set 7 ‘For You’

Grunge Elements stamp

Magnolia Doohickey banner die

Prima Papers

Spellbinders blossom die

Flatback pearls and Cream Cotton Lace from the Ribbon Girl

Flowers from Wild Orchid crafts

Pine cones from our local park!!




It’s the final of the Great British Sewing Bee tonight so I’m looking forward to that. I find it hard to believe that they were the best 10 amateur sewers in the Country out of 1000’s but I suppose it makes good tv if some of them can’t even follow a pattern! I’ve still enjoyed it though, I did a quilting class a few weeks ago and was hand sewing for the first time in many years… I loved it! In fact I’ll take some piccies of what I made and show you shortly


Have a lovely evening all








Thursday, 3 April 2014

Easter Treat Holder…




Morning bloggers, thanks for stopping by, I hope you’re all doing ok?

It’s ‘Anything Goes’ for the latest Papertake Weekly challenge and there is an optional extra this week to make an Easter treat holder

My lovely pal Dawny has already made a couple of these little paper baskets and we’ve had so many comments on them in the shop that I thought I’d have a go…


It’s such a simple idea, just made from a sheet of 6x6 paper and I used my favourite Heartfelt papers


PTW 52 - Anything Goes Easter Treat Holder


I have so many punches and dies in different flower shapes, in fact I’d be embarrassed to tell you how many (!!) I would never have chosen these Woodware punches, it’s such a basic shape but when I saw what our clever Dawny had done with them I had to have some! They come in different sizes and she’d just snipped to the middle and then folded one petal over another to give it depth, she’s so clever…  you get such a pretty and very different flower just with this simple little trick! I used beaded berries from the Ribbon Girl for the centres and then layered up the different sizes

I made the handle with a Doohickey Swiss lace die and some gorgeous velvet ribbon again from the Ribbon Girl


I used the same velvet ribbon along with some white grosgrain for the bow and then just finished it off with one of the LOTV sentiment tags tied with a scrap of button twine




Hope you like it, full details for the challenge are on the Papertake blog along with some fab inspiration from the rest of the DT

I’m off to work now  …have a good day all!





Thursday, 27 March 2014

Sketchy Free For All…



Evening everybody, what you up to? I haven’t found much time for crafting this last week, can’t believe April is just around the corner I think I lost a couple of months somewhere!

Jess came home last weekend, it was lovely to see her but she cost me a fortune as usual because I ended up buying her some furniture at Ikea for her room. She has a lovely room in a shared house with some girls she works with but has no storage and all her clothes were on the floor when we went. Keith won’t go, he hates Ikea with a passion so I ended up black and blue trying to hoist the boxes into the car on my own. Those little flat packed boxes are bloomin heavy! She went off home with them all loaded up in her car so building them without having her Dad around will be fun! The boxes will probably be still sat there next time we visit lol


Time for a Sketch challenge at Papertake Weekly and there is a new Sketch, it’s number 88



You can use this one, or because it’s a Sketchy free for all you can use any Papertake Weekly sketch you fancy. All you have to do is add the number of the sketch you’ve chosen on your entry so that we know it’s one of ours


I went with the new Sketch and I used the Me And My Pony stamp from Lili of the Valley which I coloured with Distress Inks




It’s quite a simple card, I used Baskets And Bunnies papers and the sentiment is one of the Girlie Banners. It’s the first time I’ve used these stamps and when I’d cut the curly bits off it was just what I was looking for

A bit of lace down each side of the middle layer and it’s done – hope you like it



Enjoy the rest of your evening everyone, I think It’s going to be a quick bath and then bed time for me




Monday, 24 March 2014





Evening everyone, hope you all had a great weekend

I had hoped to get to the NEC but Jess came home so in the end I decided against it. I can’t let myself buy any more stash and going round there is just asking for trouble… I’m very weak!!


There’s a fabulous giveaway over at the Ribbon Girl blog this week, one lucky randomly drawn person will win;



A metre each of 'Lisa' and 'Laila' fine cotton lace; a packet of Prima Fairy Rhymes flowers; a metre of lilac concertina pleat ribbon, a packet of Melissa Frances pink vellum envelopes and tags and a packet of 5 Maya Road crystal trinket pins all available from stock at The Ribbon Girl online store

Full details and the linky to enter are on the Ribbon Girl blog





If you didn’t see my post about this lace on the Ideas to Inspire blog yesterday, the Lisa and Laila lace have been named after the girls from Lili of the Valley as it’s their 10th birthday this year, what a really lovely gesture. There are some celebrations planned for Saturday May 10th so keep an eye out on the blog and website for more details


See you soon for the new Papertake Weekly challenge





Friday, 21 March 2014

LOTV blog hop…





Morning crafters, hope you’re all well and looking forward to the weekend…  they certainly do come around quickly don’t they?

Not long to wait now to get your hands on the new Lili of the Valley cutie Annabel…  today we’re holding a design team blog hop to give you some inspiration for using the 7 latest stamps which will be available to buy on the website from midday (UK time) on Monday 24th March



You know what to do…  simply ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each post, there will be lots of ideas along the way

As always we have some hidden prizes, we don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and comment on every blog

We will let you know on Monday morning which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs

We have 2 full sets of the new stamps to give away, 2 lucky winners will each win the set of 7 Annabel stamps


You should have arrived here from the ideas to Inspire blog, if you get lost along the way just go back there to pick up the links

The full DT are joining in, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;

Anne (you’re here)










Mary J



I used this lil’ sweetie called ‘Music To My Ears’ on my card today

The papers are from the fab Heartfelt pad and the greeting from Handwritten Phrases


March Hop



I got the little guitar charm from Mei Flower at the Harrogate show last weekend and the gorgeous lace down the sides is from the Ribbon Girl


Hope you like it, you need to be heading over to Becky's blog next and make sure you leave me a comment before you go in case one of the prizes is hidden here!

…and just before you go, a reminder to check the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday morning to find out if you were a winner!!


Good luck!