Friday 29 November 2013

Papertake Sketchy Challenge ...and a Baby Blog Hop!




Morning crafters, thanks for stopping by!

I have the new Papertake Weekly challenge today and also an exciting blog hop to celebrate the launch of the 10 new adorable new Baby stamps from Lili of the Valley

The stamps will be available to buy on the website on Monday and also at the Christmas party in Leeds on Saturday if you are able to come along



It’s a Sketchy free for all this week at Papertake, as always there is a brand new sketch for you #85



You can use this one, or you can pick from the back catalogue (see them all here)

I chose number 71…



and I used one of the new baby stamps for my card


PTW 35 - Sketch 71


I love this image, he’s sooo cute!

I used candles and cake papers (fab bright colours for children's cards), sentiment from simply sophisticated and the border die is Magnolia Doohickey




Onto the blog hop and you know what to do by now, just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card, hopefully we can give you lots of ideas and inspiration for using these cute new images

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

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

There are 2 full sets of the new stamps up for grabs (woohoo!)…

2 lucky winners will each get all 10 new designs and there will be a 3rd prize of a clear set of baby companion stamps

Here's a list of all the blogs on the hop, you’ll need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning some of the hidden goodies;


Ideas To Inspire













Mary J




I made a little gift card holder for today's hop, Lou made one of these a while back which I loved, I’ve been intending to make something similar for ages…


Bunny Moon 7      Bunny Moon 3


I used some gorgeous Tilda papers that I’ve had in my box and couldn’t bear to cut!

The teeny little shoes from the new launch are great for using as embellishments, this is one of the pairs from the girls set


Bunny Moon     Bunny Moon 2


I made a little pocket on the inside and a card using Bunny Moon stamp, you can tuck a little gift card in here also

The alphabet is a Sizzix die and the flag banner is LaLa land


Bunny Moon 6      Bunny Moon 5



 Bunny Moon 4   


Hope you like it! ‘hop’ along to Becky's blog next  …and if you get lost just start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there

Don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes


Enjoy the hop!



Friday 22 November 2013

Giving thanks …



Evening all, a quick post from me tonight, it’s been a hectic week that’s flown by in a flash and I have a busy weekend ahead

Thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my white card, I thought I was happy with it and then when I saw the work from the rest of the fabulous DT the doubts started creeping in, I’m so pleased that you all liked it and really appreciate you taking the time to let me know your thoughts


Onto this weeks challenge at Papertake weekly and the new theme is…

Giving Thanks

Thanksgiving is the 28th so we want you to make a card or project for that this week please, or you can just make something that says 'thank you'.

There’s a voucher up for grabs for the lucky winner, and it’s £10 to spend on some gorgeousness from The Ribbon Girl



ribbon girl logo



Here’s my ‘thank you’ card

I used one of the images from the new Lili of the Valley ‘cute cottage garden’ art pad, I love this pad, it’s so pretty



PTW 34 - Thanksgiving



I used Bonnets and Bowties papers and the sentiment is from Vintage Labels Occasions, both Lili of the Valley

I dug out 2 of my favourite dies which sadly haven’t seen the light of day for a while, a fab Doohickey stitched border and the LaLa Land flag banner

Finally it’s finished with a bit of scrumptious cotton lace trim from The Ribbon  Girl and of course,as always, some stickles


PS. The little random blue flower at the bottom isn’t supposed to be there lol! I couldn’t understand how I came to forget to put a brad in the centre of it when I looked at the picture and then thought I don’t remember putting a flower there. There were a few on my desk and I think it sneaked on while I was moving things around to take the picture!!


Hope you like it, have a fantastic weekend everyone





Sunday 17 November 2013

White …



Good evening all, hope you’ve had a lovely weekend

The Ribbon Girl colour challenge for November, inspired by this gorgeous picture is


** WHITE **




I was quite excited to do this one, I’ve never made a white card and I enjoyed it

The design team have really excelled themselves with this theme and there is some gorgeous work to give you some ideas



November - White 2



I used white and silver for my card and embossed one of the Lili of the Valley statement stamps, this is from the Just To Say set

Everything else is of course from The Ribbon Girl fabulous online shop;


Antique white lace patch

Heart pins


Darjeeling white blossom flowers

Darjeeling white mini blossom flowers

2 row diamante trim

Silver Spiders web

White seam binding

Pearl flatbacks

Round diamante spacer



Hope you like it, it looks a bit clumsy on this picture now I’m looking at it  …it does look nicer in real life!

Thursday 14 November 2013

Snow & Ice …



Morning everyone, hope you’re ok today

Before my card, just a quick thanks to those of you that leave me a lovely comment, it’s much appreciated and I really enjoy reading them. Things have been hectic this last couple of weeks and with being poorly I seem to have got a bit behind with everything. I will try a catch up with all your blogs this weekend and see what you’ve been up to


It’s time for this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge and the theme is …

Snow & Ice

We just want you to use  blue or 'cold' colours on your card or project or you could also include snow/ice somewhere …or both!

There’s loads of fab inspiration from the design team if you need a few ideas to get you going …and as always there’s a lovely prize up for grabs




I decided to make another little snowy scene, I love doing these and it’s a good way to show off nice papers…



PTW 33 - Snowy



These scrummy papers are from the new Lili of the Valley Simple Joys paper pad, I adore this pad, definitely one of my favourites

I cut the image out from an art pad but you can also get her as a stamp, it’s called Skating Along

The sentiment is from my much used Christmas Handwritten Phrases

Finally a couple of DooHickey ‘Slender Firs, 3 Joy ‘Snowflakes’ and some flatback gems along with a liberal sprinkling of glamour dust




Time to go to work, hope you like my card  …have a lovely day everyone

Sunday 10 November 2013

Lovely Lili challenge – add sparkle!




Morning lovely crafters, thanks so much for stopping by and I hope you’re all having a nice Sunday

It’s a gorgeous day here today, I ended up going back to bed yesterday but this morning I feel much better so I’m going to take Manny for a walk later and blow away some cobwebs; I haven’t moved out of the house for 3 days!


It’s time for a Lovely Lili Challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog today    …and it’s a brilliant one that you’ll all love joining in with   …ADD SPARKLE


There are prizes up for grabs from Lili Of The Valley and The Ribbon Girl so worth having a go, you just need to use a Lili of the Valley image or sentiment on your card or project


As always there is some amazing inspiration from the design team so do go and see what they made, and you can also find out the full details on there too





02 November - add sparkle


There’s loads of sparkle which doesn’t really show, I used frantage and stardust stickles

I used one of the Lili of the Valley art pads (party and cake) Always and Forever papers and a sentiment from set 6 Dreamy Days


All the other gorgeous goodness is from The Ribbon Girl (of course!)


Flatback pearls

2 row diamante trim

Rose organza ribbon


Liquid pearls

Mini glossy accents

Velvet ribbon

Topstitching thread


I had a bit of trouble taking a decent picture of this card, the glossy accents on the balloons and the mirror confused the camera as it was so reflective under the light and I couldn’t get it to focus where I wanted!


Hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your weekend x

Saturday 9 November 2013

Birthday Bonnet…




Morning all, how are you today?

I’ve not been too well, came down some horrible virus and have been in bed for the last 2 days. I’m feeling a bit better this morning, still a bit woozy but definitely in need of some fresh air!


It’s an Anything Goes theme this week at Papertake Weekly, there is as usual an optional extra and it’s to make a Christmas Card

Remember this is only an option and if you don’t want to use this theme then you don’t have to


I’m still enjoying making cards with the new Lili of the Valley girlie stamps so I didn’t take the Christmas option. The 5 girls have been really popular and some of them have sold out at the moment but this one is still available, it’s called Birthday Bonnet


I recycled a card from last year for this that I wasn’t completely happy with, I can’t bear to throw them away if I’ve used lovely papers so I took off everything I could and re-used the base




PTW 32 - Anything Goes


Here’s everything I used;

Maja Design papers

Birthday Bonnet

Handwritten Phrases

Spellbinders ovals and large scalloped ovals

The rest of the gorgeous goodies are all from the Ribbon Girl, these crystal hearts are scrumptious

Emily lace

Crystal hearts

Hemp twine


Kort and Godt rolled paper roses

Heart pins

White beaded sprigs




Hope you like it, I appreciate your comments very much and always enjoy reading them

Have a great weekend all



Sunday 3 November 2013

My Favourite Friends …



Evening all, hope you’ve had a lovely weekend

I’ve had a busy couple of days, it was the Lili of the Valley open day yesterday so I was working all day

Today I went into Leeds with Keith, he is the worst shopper ever! He only goes to town once a year before we go on holiday, we haven’t been away this year with one thing and another so he really needed a few things. He said we’ll go shopping and have a wander round so I thought lovely, that it will make a nice change, we’ll have lunch out and I might get a few bits too. We went straight into Next where he bought the first 2 pairs of trousers he saw and a hoodie then said right lets go, we were home 30 minutes later!! We have a Next half a mile away or I could have ordered them from the directory, we may have well just stayed at home   …and I had a slice of toast for my lunch!!

I like to watch the X Factor and Downton Abbey on a Sunday so I always have a couple of lovely crafty hours to myself. The new Lili of the Valley girlie stamps are released tomorrow and DT have loved using them, they are the cutest yet!


I’m super late with my Papertake Weekly card but you still have time to enter

As it’s the last one of the month it’s a Sketchie Free For All, you can use any of our sketches but as always there is a new one and I’ve chosen to use it, sketch 84…





PTW 31 - Sketch 84


I’ve used one of the new girls out tomorrow and this image is so adorable, it’s called My favourite Friends

The papers are Always and Forever and the sentiment is from Handwritten Phrases

The gorgeous border dies are Joanna Sheen, I’ve had them a while and as I said before I’m making a point of using something I’ve not used before on all my new cards – they have matching corners and are really lovely, in fact I’m mad with myself for not getting them out sooner


Hope you like it, enjoy your Sunday evening everyone