Thursday 29 November 2012

Pretty Pastels …




Good morning everyone, another week nearly over  …I’m such a bad blogger but I just don’t know where the time goes!


We have a lovely challenge over at Lili’s Little Fairies this week  …it’s PRETTY PASTELS so we want to see lots of your yummy girlie cards. The fairies have made some amazing cards this week to give you a bit of inspiration



Bumblebee Fairy



To make the card I used backing papers from the Lili of the Valley Promises pad and distressed and inked all the edges. Some of the layers are stuck with foam pads to give a bit of dimension

The dies are Spellbinders and Nellies (this circle is one of my favourite dies ever and we have it in stock in our shop now)

I added the sentiment, some flowers, lace and a few gem stones – an easy card!

I can’t take the credit for the gorgeous colouring – it was done by the very talented Dena using distress inks



I love to read all your comments so do let me know that you stopped by, if you have any questions you can use the little chat box at the side and I’ll get straight back to you


Have a lovely day



Friday 23 November 2012

Some gift tags …



Hi everybody, thanks for joining in with the Lili of the Valley blog hop yesterday and thanks also for all your lovely comments.

Don’t forget it’s the last open day of the year tomorrow and if you are near enough to visit we’d love to see you.

We are holding a ‘virtual’ Christmas party on Facebook which is is a bit of an experiment for us.Some of our overseas design team are joining in for demos and chat and there will be prizes. Lucy will be at our shop in Leeds holding the event live so do join in the fun if you can’t get to Leeds 




I have made these little tags using the new Everyday Grunge Sentiments. The Christmas version of these were incredibly popular and I think everyone will love these just as much, they are so versatile and cover almost every occasion I can think of







I used the papers from the Bonnets & Bowties pad, ribbons from The Ribbon Girl and the die is Magnolia DooHickey.

The actual tags are cut out with DooHickey dies also and the middles of the flowers were done with liquid pearls


Hope you like them, don’t forget to check back on the Lili of the Valley website tonight to see if you were one of our blog hop prize winners!





Thursday 22 November 2012

Lili of the Valley DT blog hop


Good morning crafters, thanks for stopping by!

Today we’re holding a Lili of the Valley sneaky peek blog hop to celebrate the launch of the gorgeous new stamps! There are 18 of the cutest baby and animal designs (unmounted rubber) and also 2 new A5 sheets of clear stamps (a companion set and also an everyday version of the hugely popular Grungy Christmas Messages)

The stamps will be available to buy on the Lili of the Valley website from midday on Sunday the 25th November (UK time) and you will also be able to get them at the Lili of the Valley Christmas party at their showroom in Leeds on Saturday (24th) if you are able to make it

The amazing Design Team are all taking part, you just need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card

We’ve used all the stamps between us so hopefully we can give you lots of ideas and inspiration

We don’t know where the prizes are so make sure you visit every blog. We will let you know tomorrow evening which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and 2 winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left
There will be 2 prize winners, each winning the 2 sets of clear stamps and 6 rubber stamps of their choice from the new designs (each prize value £52.00)

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part  ...and remember you will need to visit them all to have the best chance of winning;


Ideas to Inspire 
Anne (you’re here)
Claudia Rosa 





I have 2 cards to show you today, the first one is ‘Woof You’

This cute ‘lil doggie comes with his own sentiment but I used one of the new everyday grunge messages



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The 2nd stamp I have to show you is Starry Teddy…



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Again I’ve used one of the FABULOUS everyday grungy messages – you are going to LOVE these!


Hope you like them, make sure you looks at all the girls’ blogs as they have some amazing cards to share with you today   …and don’t forget to leave everyone a quick comment and you could be one of our lucky prize winners!


Have a lovely day!



Tuesday 20 November 2012

Commenter's candy winner …




Good evening ladies, unfortunately my blog didn’t have one of the hidden prizes on the mini hop but you all left me such lovely comments on my last few cards that I’ve drawn my own candy winner


My winner, drawn from all the comments left over the last week is …


Sue W


Well done Sue, e-mail me and I’ll send you some goodies


Make sure you keep popping back this week for sneak peeks of the new Lili of the Valley stamps and a full DT blog hop on Thursday with some great prizes




Sunday 18 November 2012

I have news …

Good morning crafters, I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend
Thanks for all the comments you've been leaving for me, make sure you pop back tomorrow so see if you were a prize winner in the blog hop draw
I have some exciting news to share today  …I’m officially a Ribbon Girl …whey hey!!
Mary and Andrea are really lovely, I use so many of their products already and I’m absolutely thrilled to be on the team with a very talented bunch of girls
If you haven’t visited their website (where have you been??) then please do go and have a browse. It’s an Aladdin’s cave of gorgeous ribbons, lace, charms, flowers, beads etc etc - very reasonably priced, and they all come delivered to you beautifully packaged

I’m going to be on the colour challenge team, for November the theme is ‘shades of lilac’ and this is what I made…

Lilac cards

I did 3 little mini cards using the new baby companion set from the latest Lili of the Valley stamp release – they’re launched next Saturday at the open day and then for sale on the website from the 25th

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I used the following goodies from The Ribbon Girl to embellish my cards;

The backing/insert papers are from the LOTV Bonnets and Bowties pad and the edge was cut using a Doo Hickey die

Thanks for looking, do make sure you have a wander over to The Ribbon Girl blog here, there’s a new challenge twice a month with some fabulous prizes up for grabs

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Thursday 15 November 2012

Food glorious food …



It’s the turn of Team A this week over in the Lili’s Little Fairies challenge, and this week it’s a lovely one …




Our sponsors this week are the Denise and Jennie from J & C Creations, they have kindly donated at £10 voucher to be spent on the fantastic website







This is my card and I’ve used one of the sweet little mice stamps – this one is Sprinkled With Sugar





The papers are K & Co and I’ve gone round the edge with distress stickles

The leaf and flower dies are Doo Hickey. The brads on the edges and in the centre of the flowers are Tim Holtz



Thanks for looking, don’t forget to take part in the blog hop further down the page and you can win one of our mystery prizes!


Have a good day

It’s mini blog hop time …

Good morning everyone, it’s the 15th of the month again which means it’s time for another of our Lili of the Valley designer mini hops
Today the stamp that we are going to showcase is Bringing Gifts
The following DT members are all taking part so make sure you hop along from one blog to another and see what the girls have made using this cute little stamp;
Anne (that’s me)
The aim is to to show you some different ways to use the same image  …and hopefully give you lots of ideas!
As always we have some prizes up for grabs, all you need to do to be in the prize draw is to leave a comment. Don’t forget that you’ll need to visit and comment on all the cards to have the best chance of winning as the prizes are hidden along the way and we don’t know where they are!
This is the card I made with the image…
Bringing Gifts

I thought I’d try something different so I coloured the image with pencils as I was a bit pushed for time with this one. It’s certainly quicker than using Promarkers or Copics but it just looks a bit washed out to me, I think I need to practice!

The papers are Papermania Henbury Lane and the die is a Cheery Lynn doily
The flowers I used are gardenia, asters, sweetheart blossoms, 10mm open roses, gypsophelia and 5mm rosebuds from Wild Orchid Crafts
The fabulous red berries are from The Ribbon Girl as is the white seam binding
The sentiment is from the Christmas Handwritten Phrases
Finally I added some glamour dust …and then went a bit mad with the liquid pearls!


Hope you like it, sorry it's a terrible picture. Don’t forget to leave me a comment to be in with a chance of one of the prizes

I’ll be back later today with this weeks Lili’s Little Fairies challenge so please do pop back if you have the chance

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Coffee Break …




Good morning, I hope everyone had a lovely weekend

Thanks as always for your comments, I love to read them and will do another random commenter's candy draw later in the week just as a little thank you

I went and lost my wedding ring over the weekend so was a bit gutted, it’s never been off my finger in 20 years

I wear 5 rings on that finger; 2 wedding rings that were from both my Grandmas, my engagement ring and an eternity ring so out of them all if I had to lose one I suppose that had the least value in monetary or sentimental terms. I hope it’s not a bad omen, I have no idea where I lost it so unlikely that it will turn up now  …but I will keep on looking, you never know!


Onto today’s card and this is one I made when we had the new mini masterpiece sheets out a few weeks ago


The image is called Coffee Break and I used a colour scheme that would not normally be my first choice. I loved the papers, they matched nicely with the image and I was quite pleased with the result…





Here’s what I used …


Core’dinations card

K & Co papers

Tim Holtz brads

Crealies border die

Lace and twine from The Ribbon Girl

Gardenia, asters and rose buds from Wild Orchid Crafts

Sentiment from the Vintage Labels – Just To Say stamp set


That’s it from me, I’m going to put some washing out now because it’s given another good day so hopefully it will be nice and dry when I come home.


Have a lovely day all



Thursday 8 November 2012

All things bright and beautiful …




Good morning everyone, firstly thanks for all your comments I do love to read them  …and welcome to my new visitors, thanks for stopping by!


It’s the turn of Team B this week over in the Lili’s Little Fairies challenge but I couldn’t resist joining in when I saw the theme

It’s ‘All Things Bright And Beautiful’ …so we want to see lots of bright colours on your cards



This is a little mini card I made using the smallest design on one of the Mini Masterpiece sheets



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This image is also available as a stamp called Christmas Bunnies - Stocking – these ‘lil bunnies are sooo cute!

I’ve used backing papers from the Classic Christmas pad, I love these bright reds and greens and they’re perfect for the challenge

The tag is from the Christmas Sentiment Tags and just finished with some ribbon and a couple of pearls   …easy!


These size cards are great for the kids to send to their friends, it didn’t take long to make and they can all be different. The small die cuts are also perfect for your Christmas Gift tags, I have a couple of those to show you shortly


Make sure you head over to the challenge to see what fabulous cards the other fairies have made and it would be great if you had a go yourselves. There is a great prize every week for the lucky winner who is drawn at random



Have a lovely day



Sunday 4 November 2012

James The bear …


Good morning crafters, it’s very frosty here this morning and feels really quite wintry. Hopefully it will thaw and turn into a lovely sunny Autumn day and then I can do a bit of clearing in the garden.

I had to be up at 7.30am (yes, on a Sunday, that was a shock!) as we’ve got the decorators in so I’m trying to keep out of the way. I still have a cough, 5 weeks on I’m still not 100% and the dust is making me wheeze quite a lot. An hour in the garden and then the rest of the day crafting  …just what the Dr ordered!


This is a card I made using one of the mini masterpiece sheets, they’re so great for a quick card and this one is James In The Snow - beautifully coloured and ready to use. This is also one of my favourite stamps, I do have a little soft spot for our James The Bear!



Mini Masterpiece - James 


I’ve used the Frosty Christmas backing papers which has been the most popular of our 6 new pads.

The snowflakes are cut with a Marianne die and then sprinkled with some Aged White Frantage. I think I’ve got all the colours they do now and I’ve been using it a lot. The Stamp Man has had 20% off all the Stampendous products if you’re looking for it at a good price

The sentiment is a Christmas Grungy Message  and the little tags are from the Christmas Mini Icon Tags

The white spiders web is available in our showroom but if you can’t get to visit us in Leeds then have a look on The Ribbon Girl as I think Mary will probably stock it


That’s it from me, enjoy the rest of your weekend



Friday 2 November 2012

Ribbon Girl challenge …



Good evening all, it’s the weekend …hurray!

Hopefully I’ll get some time to do some crafting over the next few days – the Lili of the Valley DT are going to be working with some new designs soon, they are sooo cute so watch this space for news of when to look out for sneak peeks!


I don’t usually enter challenges but The Ribbon Girl have a guest DT spot up for grabs this month so I couldn’t resist making a card for their colour challenge and having a go. How lovely would it be to be a ‘ribbon girl’ …it’s one of my favourite websites and I LOVE using their gorgeous products



This is the inspiration picture …




and this is the card I made…


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The inspiration photo is a circle so I thought a circle card was best, also I just got some new Spellbinders grand decorative circle dies and wanted to try them so that worked out really well

I know I said I hadn’t used a Lili of the Valley stamp  …but I did sneak in the sentiment, it’s from the very useful Set 10 Verses sheet

I’ve used lace and twine from The Ribbon Girl and also those fab rolled paper flowers which are really handy

The backing papers are K & Co, card is Core’dinations and the leaf is a Marianne die

The little doily behind the sentiment in from Hunky Dory, it’s the first thing of theirs I’ve bought, they are parchment and look really pretty but to be honest the pattern just disappears when you put them on your card. I inked it over with a distress ink and it was as different again, that’s the way to use them


Hope you like it, as always all your comments are very much appreciated.


Have a lovely weekend




Thursday 1 November 2012

Snow is falling …



Morning all, another week gone and I can’t quite believe it’s November already. If you came to the open day on Saturday I hope you enjoyed it  …we were very busy and had some lovely comments about the new stamps


Thanks to everyone who’s left comments on my posts, I will get around to visiting all your blogs and looking at your lovely cards eventually!


Time for another challenge over at Lili’s Little Fairies and I really enjoyed making this week’s card, the theme is


** snow is falling **



week 44 - snow is falling - 1st november




I love this stamp, it’s called My Little Tree and I made him into a little scene using again the Papermania Mistletoe Kisses papers which I’ve used a lot lately

The little guy is coloured in with Promarkers, I cut him out and then stuck him on with PinFlair to give a bit of dimension

The sentiment is from the very useful Lili of the Valley Simply Sophisticated set

I stamped the trees (Magnolia) and embossed them in silver. I cut around the bottom so I could tuck the hill ‘underneath’ and them I put some flower soft on them to make ‘snow’ The white card is embossed to look like snow falling and I added a bit if glitter which you can’t really see in the picture

The ribbon is from our showroom but I’m sure you can get similar from the fabulous Ribbon Girl   …finally I finished it off with a few gems




Hope you like it, I’m thrilled that my card is going to be the card that is used on the website to showcase this stamp!! 


Have a lovely day, and do stop by tomorrow when I’ll have a card to share that doesn’t use a Lili of the Valley image – yes I know, that’s a bit of a shocker!