Sunday, 20 July 2014

Colour Challenge - Aqua




Hey everyone, it's Sunday again which means it's time for another Ribbon Girl challenge

This week it is our Colour Challenge and we would like to see your Aqua/Turquoise projects

I used a Lili of the Valley art pad image and some of their delicious new papers…



July - Aqua


The image is from Here Comes Annabel and I used papers from two of the new pads, Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away

These two pads are from the same collection so they mix and match perfectly together

The greeting is from the Scroll Sentiments set

I used some goodies from the Ribbon Girl which you can find on their website here

Chantal ivory tulle lace, Darjeeling white blossom flowers, tulle, aqua sparkle bead string, stickles, mixed aqua flat back gems mixed pink flat back gems


Hope you like it, as always thanks for your comments… I very much appreciate you taking the time to leave feedback and I’ll be catching up with all your  blogs this week

I’ll put some pictures up from my holiday when I get them sorted, and the Tour de France too although I only took one as I was too busy cheering them on!!




Friday, 18 July 2014

Thank You…




Evening all, what you up to?

We had a lovely holiday, beautiful hotel and lots of sunshine which was all we really wanted. I’ve come back with a nice tan and feeling very rested…   so job done!

I’ve had such a busy week that this is the first time I’ve managed to get into the attic, I intended to post my Ribbon Girl card just one day late on Monday but the week has whizzed by and it didn’t quite go to plan

….so here, better late than never, is a quick reminder about this month’s Lovely Lili challenge at the Ribbon Girl


You can see all the details on the Ribbon Girl blog as well as lots of fab inspiration from the DT. We have a special guest DT too this month, it’s my lovely friend, the super talented Lou


I’ve been making a few smaller cards lately and I like them. This is 4x4 and it’s just the right size to make a matching envelope out of an 8x8 sheet of paper



06 July - Thank You


I used another fairy topper from the Magical Fairies art pad, this image is called Petal and the sentiment is from Set 9

The border die is DooHickey and the rest of the gorgeousness is from the Ribbon Girl;

Yellow/white spot organza


White seam binding

Flat back pearls


Darjeeling white mini blossom flowers




Hope you like it, I’ll be back on Sunday with the new colour challenge and I’ve used some of the gorgeous new Lili of the Valley papers


Just before I go don’t forget the Summer Savers at Lili of the Valley, all the rubber stamps have a fantastic 20% off and the paper pads (including the 5 new designs) are just £6.50 until Sunday night (while stocks last!)






See you Sunday, have a great weekend



Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Stars and Stripes…




Hello everyone, all being well I shall be sunning myself in Zante when you read this post!

I don’t like to have to think about blogging when I’m away and don’t usually schedule posts, but when I saw the challenge for this week at Papertake Weekly I wanted to join in, it’s…


Stars and Stripes


I’ve had these lovely papers from magnolia for ages and never found a use for them, they were perfect for this weeks theme…



PTW 66 - Stars & Stripes


I used the Here Comes Annabel art pad from Lili of the Valley, this image is called ‘texting’ if you want to get her in a stamp and it’s a great time to buy because they have a summer sale at the moment and the rubber stamps are all reduced in price!


Here’s what else I used;

Marianne fence

Doohickey flags

Little B circle

Spellbinders scalloped circle

Computer generated sentiment




Hope you like it, you can check out what the DT did and find full details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog here, as always there is a smashing prize up for grabs




Right I’ll love you and leave you, I’m writing this on Saturday evening, it’s been a gorgeous day and I went to see the Tour de France which was about a mile from my house this morning – it was VERY exciting!

Need to go pack though now, I had a list of things to do today and sitting watching cycling all day wasn’t on it!

Hope you’re having a nice week everyone




Wednesday, 2 July 2014

Save The Date…




Evening everyone, hope you are all well?

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave comments on my cards earlier in the week – I’m really pleased that you all liked them


I have something again that’s a bit different to share, as it’s the first challenge of the month we have our usual Anything Goes theme at Papertake Weekly

This month’s optional extra is to do Christmas In July but remember this is only an option, I chose not to take it this time as I’ve been wanting to work  some more with the fabulous Wedding Stamps from Lili of the Valley…


This is a little Save The Date card…


PTW 65 - Anything Goes Christmas 

I used centura pearl card and Country Lady papers…


PTW 65 spare

This stamp is from the ‘Pretty’ set and you could do a whole set of gorgeous matching stationery with these stamps


PTW 65 spare 6


PTW 65 spare 4

I made a matching envelope using the gorgeous papers and lined it with a contrasting design, this is one of my favourite pads


 PTW 65 spare 3

 PTW 65 spare 2

I coloured the flowers with some Promarkers that matched the papers and trimmed with some little flatback pearls


PTW 65 spare 5

The edges were cut with a die from Spellbinders scallop borders one and I finished it with some button twine and a little charm from the Ribbon Girl




Hope you like it, you can see all the challenge details on the Papertake blog and as always there is a prize up for grabs and lots of inspiration from the Design Team


Thanks for looking x



Monday, 30 June 2014

Something different…




Good evening crafty friends, did you have a  nice weekend?

We went into town to get a few holiday bits, all my shorts and sundresses are too tight and I’m so mad with myself – 6 weeks of dieting and I weigh exactly the same lol, I’m not the most successful slimmer in the world it has to be said!! Anyway I’m not going to lose a stone by next Sunday so I just have to get on with it and take what does fit me! I don’t suppose I’ll care once I’m laid by the pool with a cocktail and a good book lol!




I have a couple of cards to show you tonight that are a bit different for me, I’ve seen a few on pinterest and the blogs in this style and I thought I’d have a go using some of my favourite Lili of the Valley products…


Vintage Boys 2

This first one was for Father’s day, the papers are Winter Wishes


Vintage Boys 1


This one is for my Nephew, these papers are from Pressed In Time and the little embellishments are from My Minds Eye


The circular sentiments are from the Greetings Postmarks set and I used the Vintage Boys art pad which I love




What do you think? I very much appreciate all your feedback as this is something new for me, I quite like them and they were easy to make


Enjoy the rest of your evening, it’s lovely here so I’m going to sit in the garden and snatch the last half an hour of sunshine!




Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Sketchy free for all…




Evening crafters, how’s your week so far?

We’re going away on holiday soon so I’ve been trying to get in front with my cards. Most of our family birthdays and occasions are in the Spring so it’s quietening off a bit now on that front. I promised myself at the beginning of the year that I wouldn’t buy any cards… and so far I haven’t!


We had a busy weekend, one of the horses that Jess looks after had an awful accident and sadly had to be put down so we needed to go and see her for some cuddles, she was devastated, she loves those horses so much. She’s very soft like me and I think it will take her a while to get over this


As it’s the last one of the month (really, already??) it’s a Sketchy Free For All at Papertake Weekly 

I chose to use the new layout but you can choose any of the sketches from the back catalogue (make sure you add the number of the sketch you’ve used on your entry so we know it’s one of ours)

There is a sketches page at the top of the challenge blog to make it easier and there are lots to choose from
Hopefully this will save you having to go back through the archives to find one that you like


Here’s the new Sketch…


sketch #91 PTW


It’s number 91 and I think this month the whole DT have used the same one


PTW 64 - Sketch 91



I used the Lili of the Valley art pads again, this is Cobweb and she’s from Magical Fairies

I don’t usually do my own backgrounds but the Just Rite cobweb stamp matched perfectly so I stamped and embossed with silver powder, still love this technique even though it was one of the first things I learnt when I started making cards nearly 20 years ago.

I used the Promises papers (solids and patterned) and a LOTV sentiment

The cute little butterflies are a Joanna Sheen die and the clouds Memory Box

…and you can’t really see on the pic but there’s lots of glitter on the web!




All the details are on the Papertake blog, there is a fab prize as always and lots of inspiration for using the Sketch




Thanks for stopping by, and all your comments are very much appreciated




Friday, 20 June 2014

Lace and Pearls…



Good evening peeps, thanks so much for stopping by

I’ve sneaked up into the attic to do some crafting and it’s boiling up here, I’ve got the fan on but I think I’ll do this post and call it a day – it’s stifling!!

I have a card to share for the new challenge over at Papertake Weekly 

We thought it was time for some nice girlie cards so our theme this week is a lovely one…

Lace & Pearls

You can use either or both, my card is actually one I did a while back for a magazine but I wasn’t happy with it so I took a few bits off and remade it, now I like it better lol



PTW 63 - Lace & Pearls



 PTW 63 - Lace & Pearls 2



I used a LOTV topper for my card, the image is also available as a stamp called Emma Presents but the art pads are great for a quick card if you don’t have time to colour, this one is from Party and Cake

The papers are the Heartfelt collection and the sentiment is from their Set 9 which has loads of useful words to mix and match either in the circular border or on their own

I made a paper lace border (I think that counts as lace!) with a Joanna Sheen die and cut the flowers with an EK Success retro flower punch – each one has a flatback pearl in the centre

The gem flourishes are from K&Co and I finished with a few dots of liquid pearls around the image




Hope you like it, you can see all the challenge details and some fab inspiration from the DT over on the Papertake blog

Right I’m going before I melt, I hope you’re enjoying your Friday evening and looking forward to the weekend