Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Only me ….


Is there anybody there? …I hope you haven't all abandoned me for being such a ridiculously bad blogger!

I had such great plans for last week, no work, no family, I was going to craft ands blog all week  …I didn’t venture up into the attic for 5 whole days and the week just whizzed by in what seemed like a blur of cleaning and visiting

Last weekend we had our Lili of the Valley Christmas trip to London, we had a brilliant time and packed such a lot into a couple of days including theatre, shopping, museums, Christmas markets  …and of course lots of eating, drinking and girlie chat!


This first pic is on our balcony overlooking the London Eye, we had amazing views over the city…




…and this one is near Leicester Square on our theatre night to the Donmar Warehouse




I also went to visit my friend in Settle during the week, she moved away to the Lake District a few years ago but we still like to keep in touch, we’ve been friends since college days and it’s always nice to have a good old catch up. We always used to go and stay up there when our kids were little but now tend to just meet for lunch and shopping just the 2 of us


I have so many cards to show you because I’ve not been on for a while, I’ll put a couple on today but first news of a great Christmas Challenge at the Ribbon Girl, something a bit different…


Kids Christmas Craft Challenge 2013


Just for kids aged 16 and under

We know lots of you like to make cards or do various other crafts when your Mums, Aunties, Grandmas, Nanas, carers and big sisters and so on are all making cards or colouring in so we thought it would be nice to have a special challenge JUST FOR KIDS!   The challenge will run until 9pm (UK time) on Saturday 28th December

The winners will be announced on New Years Eve - we're sure you will have some time to fill in before Christmas and maybe some spare time between Christmas and New Year - you might even be hoping to get some new craft things in your stocking and this is a great opportunity to put them to good use



There will be 3 prizes of crafty goodies and the challenge will be judged by 3 popular UK crafters:

Dawn Phillips, Kath Stewart and Andrea Gourley  

The winners will have their project displayed on the blog, on The Ribbon Girl Facebook Page and on the front page of The Ribbon Girl online store website on 1st January 2014

You can enter any type of project, for example you could make a card - could be a thank you card, a birthday card, a get well soon card, you can do a drawing or painting, a piece of knitting, crochet or sewing - in fact, any type of craft you like to do as long as it is your own work

This challenge is open to all young people under the age of 16 years whether or not they are a relative of the Ribbon Girl Design Team or Guest Design Team Members, you an see the full details of how to enter on the Ribbon Girl blog




Next is a Crafty Ribbons Christmas event running throughout December. Lili of the Valley are sponsoring one of the days and Elise and I made a card each

There are some fabulous giveaways and you still have time to enter so make sure you go back over the posts, there is uggins of inspiration and you can find it all here 


This was my card and I used one of our Art Pads, they are so great if you don’t have time to stamp and colour. This lovely image is in the Christmas Angels pad and is also available as a stamp called Little Ivy


crafty ribbons december


I chose to make an easel card for a change, here’s what I used;


LOTV Christmas Handwritten Phrases

Doohickey poinsettia die

EK success corner punch

LOTV Krafty Christmas and Classic Christmas papers

Tim Holtz ideaology brads

Lace and twine from the Ribbon Girl

Red and green stickles, had these years, I never use coloured glitter but they look amazing round the bottom of her dress and on the ivy





I’ve missed a couple of Papertake Weekly posts (sorry Dawny!)

I did have cards ready so I’ll show you those over the holidays

This week the challenge is to choose your favourite theme from 2013. It was hard to pick but I chose…

old, new, borrowed, blue which was from July

I had a new baby card to make for a friend so this was perfect…



PTW 39 - Old new borrowed blue


 PTW 39 - Old new borrowed blue 2


I’ve again used the Lili of the Art pads, this little cutie is in the Toddlers pad and you can also get him as a stamp called Baby Boy

The papers are from the new Winter Wishes pad, I love the colours and will use these papers all year round

I made some tags with his name and date of birth on and then the lace, pearls, charm, twine etc are from the Ribbon Girl (where else?)



Thanks for stopping by, I will find time over the holidays to visit all your blogs and see what you’ve been up to

Jess is home unexpectedly for Christmas, she had an offer of a job in a North Yorkshire racing yard which was too good to miss so she moved last week and gets a couple of days off over Christmas as the rotas were already done so that was a lovely surprise. It will be great to have her nearer home, I didn’t like her being so far away and missed her a lot as you know


I’ll be sharing some of favourite 2013 cards from the Lili of the Valley design team on the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow and then the rest of them on New years day so do stop by if you get a spare minute (I know, I know  …turkey and pressies, you’ll be up to your eyes in it!!)

The girls have been doing a great job running the blog and there is still a new card every day while I am off


We’re going to the cinema now and although I’m setting off with good intentions I know I’ll end up with a huge tub of popcorn and scoff the lot  …it’s the law I think  …and it’s Christmas!!


Have a a fabulous Christmas everyone


Big hugs and sloppy festive kisses for you all, my lovely crafty friends xxx






  1. What a wonderful trip Anne, London is my favourite city in the world. Looks like some fab Cath Kidston goodies too ;0) Enjoy the festive season and time spent with your loved ones. Festive love to you, thanks for all your hard work, hugs xx

  2. It sounds like you had a wonderful time in London.
    Your cards are gorgeous, I love the images and wonderful designs.
    How lovely to have Jess home for Christmas and it's great news about her new job too.
    Wishing you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
    hugs Sue xx

  3. Hi,love the photos from your trip together Anne and can just imagine what an amazing time you all had together.
    Both of your makes are gorgeous,oh so sweet the baby boy one and great name :)
    That's fab that Jess is home for Christmas and nearer too,***Merry Christmas*** hope you all have a lovely time and loads of treats too.hugs Lou,Nick,Sophie and George.xxxx

  4. Wow, you look like you had a great time in London. Fab cards too hun, glad you're back with us again. And glad that Jess has found something a bit closer for you. I know you missed her. :0)

  5. Hi Anne, lovely, lovely cards as used.
    Wonderful to have Jess home for Christmas, have a lovely time with your family and every good wish for 2014, hugs Kate X

  6. It looks like you all had a good time in London. Well deserved. Great cards, both of them. Have a wonderful Christmas,with all your famly and the best present, your Jess! Hugs, Carol S.xx

  7. looks like you've been having fun Anne - and its good to get a complete break at times - even from crafting - lol!!!!!! I do hope you have a fabulous Christmas and a realy happy new year xx

  8. What a great time you have had.
    Have a very happy Christmas
    from Glennis F (downunder)

  9. All sounds fab Anne, have a great Christmas xxx

  10. Oh My Anne - l need another glass of wine after reading your mamouth post lol. So please Jess is now home and working closer too. Looks like you girlies had a fab time in London. Gorgeous cards too.
    Happy Christmas to you and yours and best wishes for 2014 x Susan x

  11. Lovely pics Anne, love the look of that easel, very nice and the baby card is adorable too! What great news to have your daughter home for christmas, they're still our babies aren't they. Take care. Ruby x

  12. Waw lovely pictures Anne and your cards are gorgeous as always. Have a lovely Christmas! hugs! MOjca

  13. Beautiful cards!
    Hope you had a good Christmas,

  14. Lovely photo's of you all in London, I bet you all just had the most fabulous time:)...
    It was great to hear that Jess has a job closer to home too!
    Lovely cards Anne, I'm sure you all had a fabulous Christmas.... My family went back to Germany yesterday, so David and I are trying to put everything straight lol! ... just having a cup of tea and my computer is up and running now, so quickly having a look at what everyone has been up too... off to work this afternoon, so still no time to play with my goodies Santa sent me lol!!
    Wishing you and your family a fabulous New Year, it will be a quiet one for us after Christmas:)....
    'Happy New Year' .....
    Love and Hugs,
    Marjorie xx


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