Thursday 28 March 2013

Stash …



Morning all, I have exciting news today. The lovely Dawny P has asked me to join the Design Team over at Papertake Weekly  …and of course I jumped at the chance!

It’s a fab weekly challenge every Tuesday  …and if you haven’t seen it where’ve you been!! She has some great prizes and loads of yummy card inspiration from the DT and I can’t wait to get started




We had a day at the NEC and as usual I spent up! I can’t resist buying crafty goodies wether I need them or not. I have been buying some paints, masks, stencils, mdf shapes, chipboard etc as I’m wanting to have a go at something a bit different

I spent a bit of time in the sewing show, I wish I’d actually left myself more time for it because I was reminded of my love for all things material. Sewing was my ‘thing’ for years, I used to make all my own clothes and home furnishings and have adored ribbons, lace buttons etc since I was a child. When I got into papercrafting it just took over, if only there were enough hours in a day to be able to do everything! I think I could really get back into it when time permits, some of the quilts and fabrics that are around are just stunning


This is all the goodies that I bought, some papers (it’s against the law to come home without paper!) ribbons and trim (can’t resist), buttons and wooden letters, crackle, cotton reels and a dress form from Indigo Blue. The Sizzix heart dies caught my eye, thought they would be useful

I wanted the Heartfelt Creations papers in every colour, they are just gorgeous but they were £20 so I had to limit myself to one! If I use it all I will buy another but it’s a bit too expensive to have for 4 years just for admiring!

I got some of the new Cosmic Shimmer velvet glitters, I don’t tend to use coloured glitter but I was intrigued by what they were doing with these on the tv last week so that will be interesting



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I got some stencils from Sweet Poppy, I did have lots of brass stencils many moons ago, we used them with a light box and an embossing tool. I sold them all when they went out of fashion (should have known they’d come back round) and I actually got quite a lot of money for them on ebay, somebody obviously knew something I didn’t!



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I got another folder and magnets for my dies as the one I have is full, I like to keep them together all in one place

Paper Artsy have some amazing stamps, very different from Lili of the Valley and I have a few of theirs. I also got the Treasure Gold from them that MDF man was using on his demos

I got some MICA powders, I have a couple already but wanted some coloured ones so I’ll be having a play with those too and I liked the colour of the German glass glitter, I think that will probably be saved for Christmas cards

Finally (I think) I got some sponge applicators for my pan pastels, I bought them last year and haven’t used them so I’ve no excuse now


Now I just need to find a few spare hours to play with it all lol!!


Enjoy your day x



Sunday 24 March 2013

Peekaboo, and a fab giveaway …




Good morning everyone, thanks as always for popping by and I hope you’re having a nice weekend

If you visit my blog regularly you might remember that my Daughter went away to racing college a while back. She’s always been horse mad and learning about race horses was a challenge for her, she was loving her course.

She’d said a few days ago that she couldn’t ride because she’d hurt her knee and she was having to rest. Then she rang in floods of tears saying she’d seen the Dr again and she would have to come home because she’s torn the ligaments at the front of her knee. If she can’t ride for more than a week she will get too far behind so we had to go and collect her. She will have to start again in 8 weeks (if the knee is better) but she was really upset to leave her friends. She’s been moping about at home really fed up with herself and its rubbing off on us all a bit. Together with this terrible weather it’s been a bit of a depressing week all in all!




The Ribbon Girl doesn't have a challenge this week so to take your minds off the current snowy, wintry weather, they are looking forward to Summer and the warmer weather with a scrumptious Peaches and Cream Giveaway

If you want to be in with a chance to win this delicious bundle then head over to their blog







I have a sneaky peek to show you of the new Lili of the Valley stamps which will be launched at the beginning of April


This one is called Peekaboo and features 2 of the new characters called Patch and Puss




  Peekaboo 2




I tried to keep it simple with this card, just used my Spellbinders hearts and scalloped hearts to make a frame and then put the image behind them with 3d glue. It was a bit tricky to line up and I ended up wasting some paper but I’ll know how to do it next time!

A bit of lovely ribbon, pearls, a sentiment tag and some of my favourite K&Co Smitten paper and that’s it

Hope you like it




Have a lovely Sunday



Sunday 17 March 2013

Ribbon Girl Colour Challenge and a sneaky peek …

Good evening all, it’s been a busy weekend at the Harrogate show and I’ve just got home after 2 long days
I do always enjoy doing the GNPE because it’s quite small and you see a lot of familiar faces which is nice
It’s time for another challenge over at The Ribbon Girl Blog 
This week it’s a colour challenge, and it’s a nice easy one …GREEN & WHITE 
There are some prizes up for grabs as always, a £10 Lili of the Valley voucher
…and there’s also a £10 voucher to spend in the Ribbon Girl online store
I have an extra little treat for you tonight  …an advance sneaky peek at one of the latest Lili of the Valley stamps!
The new designs will be on the DT blogs from the 21st but I sneaked this one in early because it was perfect for the challenge…
March Colour Challenge
 March Colour Challenge 2    
The stamp is one of 4 fab new flower images and this one will be called Bluebells And Primulas
Here are all the scrummy products I’ve used from The Ribbon Girl;
Organza stripe ribbon
Meadow green satin
Sweetheart blossoms
White beaded sprigs
Bakers divine twine
Pins from the teardrop pin wheel
I used pearl trim from my stash but there are similar ones at The Ribbon Girl if you like it
The doily die is Cheery Lynn French Pastry, Wild Rose studio papers and the sentiments is Lili of the Valley Handwritten Phrases
More details for the challenge are on The Ribbon Girl blog as well as some amazing inspiration from the rest of the DT
Thanks for stopping by, I’m going for a long soak in the bath now …enjoy the rest of your evening whatever you’re doing

Friday 15 March 2013

Ribbon Girl giveaway …



Hello everyone - there wasn’t a challenge this week over at The Ribbon Girl so there is a lovely giveaway instead


As it was Mothering Sunday here in the UK the prize is a lovely 'Bouquet of Paper Flowers' which are always useful to have in your stash drawer!





The winner will be picked at random and will receive all of the flowers in the photograph which consist of Kort & Godt rolled roses, chrysanthemums and beaded berries, Wild Orchid Craft trellis roses, large rose buds, hip rose buds, gardenias, cherry blossoms, carnations and sweetheart blossoms; Ribbon Girl beaded sprig, beaded twirls, large white daisies

I’m a bit late posting this because of my computer problems but the draw closes tomorrow so you can still sneak in if you’re quick!




It’s the GNPE tomorrow so if you’re going then make sure you pop along to Lili of the Valley

We have our 2 usual stands and there will be some special show offers




Have a lovely weekend




Wednesday 13 March 2013

The Charleston …

Good morning, I'm so sorry if you stopped by for the details of this card yesterday but the day just ran away with me, I'm sure you know   …
I got a new computer with Windows 8, what a nightmare - it’s so frustrating, I don’t know what Microsoft were thinking. Maybe they just presume everyone has a touch screen or a tablet? I’m so mad with myself for not reading the reviews on it first as it seems to be the general opinion (worldwide) that they’ve messed up with this version and that Windows 9 is already being planned
That’s my moan for the day!
  …here’s the list of supplies for The Charleston card I had on the Lili of the Valley blog yesterday;

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Lili of the Valley The Charleston rubber stamp
Lili of the Valley Sentiment stamp from Handwritten Phrases set
Lili of the Valley Country Lady backing papers
Spellbinders dies – circle, lacey circle and bitty blossoms
Magnolia Doo Hickey dies – foliage (from vintage flowers and lef set) and sweet lovely lace
Lace from The Ribbon Girl
Crafty gauze behind the image, I love this stuff it just adds another texture and we now have some in the Lili of the Valley shop
I stuck the little hearts that were the waste from the border die around the image!
Righty I’m going to get ready for work, it looks like it’s going to be a beautiful Spring day here – have a lovely day wherever you are x

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Blog hop winner and an anniversary card …



It’s been over a week again since my last post, where on earth is the time going? I can’t believe it’s March already


Thanks to everyone who came to say hello last weekend at the Lili of the Valley open day, it’s always fab to meet all you lovely bloggers in person   …sorry if I didn’t have much chance to chat as it was so busy. I think I had to rush off mid conversation with most of you!!


My blog was one of the lucky prize blogs from our birthday hop last week, I did a random number generator and the winner of my prize is







Number 100 of 100!


Well done Erin, please email and she’ll arrange for your prize to be sent to you

Thanks to everyone who joined in with the hop, we had such lovely comments and I would like to give you all a prize!!




This card is one I made for my Husband for our anniversary next week – 20 years!!

It’s turned out a bit more girlie than I intended but I can’t resist adding a few flowers!



Bunnies In Love


Bunnies In Love 2



The image is Lili of the Valley Bunnies In Love

The flower dies are the new Noor ones which I love, there are some great leaves in the range too

The patterned papers are K & Co

Border and swirl dies are Magnolia Doohickey




Thanks for stopping by, have a lovely evening