Wednesday, 13 August 2014

My weekend, and lots of spots!




Evening crafty friends, I intended to do my post earlier tonight but I laid on the bed to give Manny a little cuddle about 6 and the next thing I knew it was 8pm! I never fall asleep usually but have had so many restless nights during the spell of hot weather I think it’s catching up with me. I feel groggy now though…  and I missed the beginning of the Bake Off!


I had a fabulous weekend with 3 of the loveliest crafty ladies anyone could wish to meet. I went with Dawny to visit our friends Mary and Andrea (or otherwise known as the Ribbon Girls!) We did some sightseeing, I have driven past the ‘Angel of the North’ before but close up, wow, it is AMAZING and we went over the Millennium Bridge where on one side you’re in Newcastle and on the other you’re in Gateshead (hope I’ve got that right). We ate, drank, chatted, laughed, crafted and generally had a jolly good time



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This is Mary with the wonderful lunch she made us and Dawny eyeing up Andrea’s yummy homemade cake!


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Andrea working with the new art pad images


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The spectacular ‘Angel Of The North’



Millennium Bridge


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We went for a wonderful Italian meal



Haggis…   he was supervising, with one eye out for any crafty stash that he could steal!!


I’ve always done my crafting on my own as none of my friends are interested so it was lovely to swap and share ideas and we spent time playing with the new Lili of the Valley Christmas art pads which are out tomorrow





This was the first card I made and it was perfect for this weeks Challenge at Papertake Weekly which is…

Lots of Spots and Dots


I used the Father Knows Best papers which I would never have chosen for a Christmas card but they matched this image perfectly

The cute snowman is from the Christmas Eve pad and the images are all of a similar colourway, ideal for Winter birthdays as well as Christmas


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 


PTW 71 - Spots and Dots 2


The sentiment is from the new Christmas Wishes set which is SO useful and hasn’t left my desk since I got it

I used some Berisfords 15mm satin ribbon in ‘sable’ and ‘peaches and cream’ pearl flatbacks - both from the Ribbon Girl, and both a perfect match for these images

I added lots of stickles and the border was cut with a Doohickey die which I have hardly used but is really lovely

Hope you like it, you can see all the details for the challenge on the Papertake blog




Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your evening everyone



Friday, 8 August 2014

Anything Goes…



Evening crafters, a quick hour in the attic for me tonight, I have an exciting weekend ahead so need to pack (I’ll fill you in on my next post!)

As promised I have candy for getting to 400 followers… I asked Joe to pick 2 names from all the lovely comments you left for me and the winners are Debbie and Donna

Well done ladies, send me your address to

Thank you so much for all your kind comments, your continued support means a lot and I appreciate all your feedback




Now onto this weeks Papertake Weekly challenge and as it’s the first one of the month we have our usual

Anything Goes

This month’s optional extra is to use torn paper but this is only an option and if you don’t want to use it then you don’t have to

All the details are on the papertake blog with some fab inspiration as always from the DT and a LOTV voucher up for grabs




I used one of the new Christmas stamps, I think everyone likes snowmen for their Christmas cards and you can go to town with the glitter (which I did!)


PTW 70 - Anything Goes Torn Paper


I went with the torn paper option and made a landscape. The extra little snowman is from the new Christmas Mini Images – Icons set,  this is a fabulous collection of mini stamps which you will find so useful for all your Christmas makes

Here’s everything else I used…

Festive Trimmings papers

Gifts On The Tree stamp

Handwritten Christmas Phrases

Cheery Lynn mini snowflakes die

Flatback gems


I embossed the background with a snowflake mask, it looks really effective but doesn’t show up really on the picture




Hope you like it, thanks again for taking the time to let me know what you think…   have a great weekend everyone



Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sketchy Free For All…




Evening everyone, whoo hoo I got to 400 followers!! Welcome to my new visitors and thanks for stopping by

I’ve not been a good blogging buddy this last month but I will try and find time this week to visit and see what you have all been up to. I promised some candy when I hit 400 so make sure you leave me a little comment on today’s card and I’ll draw a winner from them when I do my next post mid-week

The last few weeks have been mad, no sooner is it Monday than we get to Friday again and I’m wondering where another week went. We’ve been busy at work getting ready for the new launch and I’ve had a struggle to get any cards done at home because it’s been so unbearably hot in the attic. We have some adorable new stamps out for Christmas and some papers that you will need in your stash, I’m still giddy over the new pastel pads and now we have Christmas ones too for you to stroke!!






We went to the dogs trust in Leeds today, they have a Summer open day every year and I like to go along and support them. There have been a few really bad days weather wise over the past few years but today was lovely and they had a great turn out. I always take Manny to see the girl who looked after him for 2 weeks until he was ready to come to us. She’s got herself married and had two children since we got him and she must see 1000’s of dogs but I think he has a special place in her heart and she is always so pleased to see him. I’ve never seen so many dogs of every size and breed that you could imagine… and I have to say they were all impeccably behaved!




As it’s the last challenge of the month 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 #92…



and here’s my card…


 PTW 69 - Sketch 92


I made another tiny card (4x4) as I’m liking these at the minute and I used an image from the Here Comes Annabel art pad. This one isn’t available as a rubber stamp it’s just in the pad at the moment – isn’t she cute!

I used Bonnets and Bowties papers from both the patterned and solid pads and the sentiment is from Set 9

I cut out the ball and stuck it on with a foam pad

The lovely lace is from the Ribbon Girl 


It’s quite a simple little card, it’s not often I use buttons and can’t always get them to look right but I do love them!

I have so many shape dies and still nearly always cut squares round my images, I like using Sketches because it makes you do something a bit different


You can find all the details for entering and some fab inspiration from the design team over on the Papertake Weekly blog




Thanks for looking, don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to be in my candy draw… and enjoy the rest of your evening





Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Christmas blog hop…




Morning everyone, how are you today?

It’s a while since the Lili of the Valley DT did a blog hop, so today, well overdue, it’s time to showcase the new Christmas products! As always we have loads of ideas for you and a fabulous prize up for grabs!


The new stamps and papers go on sale at midnight on Friday (August 1st) There are 22 cute new images, 5 clear stamp sets and 4 festive paper pads…  you’re gonna love them all!


The full design team is joining in the fun, you need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave feedback on each card

We don’t know where the prizes are hidden so be sure to visit and comment on each one, the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on 2 ‘lucky’ blogs


There is a full set of the new Christmas image stamps up for grabs, we’ve split it into 2 amazing prizes;

1st prize is the 12 angels, penguins and snowmen

2nd prize is the 10 vintage children


Here’s a list of the blogs that are taking part in the hop, you should have come here from the Lili of the Valley blog…


Ideas To Inspire











Mary J




I used this adorable stamp called Skating Friends, I coloured the image to match the papers which are from the new Snow Princess pads (I used both patterned and solids)

The sentiment is from the Christmas Wishes set, these stamps will be a must have for all your seasonal greetings


July hop christmas


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 July hop christmas 2 


The dies are DooHickey poinsettia and slender firs

It’s hard to see on the pictures but I went round the edge with a small snowflake stamp in Adirondack ‘Cool Peri’ ink, it’s quite pale but is a perfect match for these papers

Some diamantes and stickles to finish off (I can’t resist!)




Next stop is the lovely Becky, I’m sure she’s made something gorgeous to show you, and if you get lost along the way just go back to the start and pick up the links again


Don’t forget to pop back tomorrow evening, I’ll announce the names of the prize winners before the new products go on sale

Good luck!



PS.  I just noticed that I’m nearly at 400 followers so if you haven’t already please click the blue ‘join this site’ logo on the right and when I get to 400 I’ll give away some candy





Sunday, 27 July 2014

It’s a Jolly Holiday…




Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by…

my crafting has taken a serious hit this last couple of weeks, I love the sunny weather but it is unbearably hot in the attic so I haven’t been up there at all

I can’t wait to get started with the new LOTV Christmas stamps, I made a card with the new papers which is on the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow but that’s all I’ve managed to do in weeks with also going away



The new theme at Papertake Weekly is…

It’s A Jolly Holiday

so we want to see your interpretation of this, it could be a summer holiday or a Christmas holiday or you may have your own ideas




I chose to make a Christmas card, I’ve been wanting to use this Marianne die for ages, didn’t quite know what to do with it to be honest so I made a small card and used it as an aperture…


PTW 68 - It's A Jolly Holiday


PTW 68 spare 3



 PTW 68 spare 2



 PTW 68 spare 1


Here’s what else I used…

Fizzy Moon papers

Doohickey pine branches die

Marianne small poinsettia die

LOTV Christmas sentiment tags and Winter Wonderland art pad


Hope you like it, thanks as always for your comments I love to read them

All the details for the challenge as well as the usual fab inspiration from the DT can be found on the Papertake blog





Enjoy the rest of your Sunday everyone, we had a family BBQ yesterday for Jessie’s birthday so today is just a pottering day and I’m not doing much of anything!



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