Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Baby Rabbit…



Hello crafters, what have you all been up to today? I bought a digital piano a couple of years ago with good intentions and then never played it, I don’t want to part with it because it was expensive and I do hope to start again at some point in the future so we’ve moved it up into the attic. But, that’s meant I’ve had to have a rearrange of things up there so I’ve had a trip to Ikea for some storage. Keith hates Ikea with a passion and we’re nearly divorced every time he does go so I had a lovely few hours there on my own and a good look around. I always have to race around at 100 miles an hour when he’s with me although it is handy having him to lift things! I love having a good sort out, it’s theraputic and especially going through my craft stash and finding things I forgot I had. Although, it does always give me a shock at how much I’ve spent… I just collect rather than use dies, stamps and papers now – I hope I’m not on my own in that?


These three cards are some I made for a magazine feature, it’s a while since it was published so i think it’s ok to show them on my blog now. It was to make 3 simple cards using one stamp and this cutie is Baby Rabbit from Lili of the Valley


Baby Rabbit (3)

Baby Rabbit

Baby Rabbit (2)


The pink (Butterfly Kisses) and yellow (Country Meadow) papers are discontinued pads but you can still download the collections from NitWits, the sentiments on these two cards are from Lili of the Valley

For the blue one I used some lovely Wild Rose Studio papers and the greeting was done on the computer



Right, I’m excited for Happy Valley shortly – it was one of the best things on tv last year and I hope the 2nd series will be as good

Have a lovely evening all, thanks as always for leaving me a comment I love to read them


Anne xx


Thursday, 4 February 2016

New Trios, a Ribbon Girl challenge, and The Loft is open…



Good afternoon lovely crafty friends, hope you are well

I’m enjoying my time at home but I can’t wait for the weather to pick up. I actually got a nice walk with Manny yesterday, my hip was feeling ok and for the first time in weeks in wasn’t a miserable grey day so off we went and it blew a few cobwebs away. It was windy, I love the wind and we came back covered in mud and feeling a lot better for it!


It’s nearly Valentine’s Day so there is a special challenge this week at the Ribbon Girl with a LOVE theme

Mary has put together some gorgeousness for the first prize…

and, there is a fantastic opportunity for second prize to win a Guest DT Spot for our February  'use any image' challenge!! Full details are all on the Ribbon Girl blog so why not give it a go


I went to see my old pals at Lili of the Valley last week and it was so nice to catch up with everyone, I didn’t realise just how much I’d miss those girls! Lisa and Laila have done an amazing job on The Loft coffee shop which is now open, it’s in the Springfield Centre just around the corner from the office and once it’s up and running they are going to do some offers for LOTV customers so keep an eye out for that. Even if you don’t want anything crafty it’s worth a visit for lunch…  lovely toasties, soup, sandwiches and of course coffee and cake!! You can get all the details on the Lili of the Valley website and don’t forget to like the new Facebook page too


The new Trios are now available to buy and I love them all, the smaller images are so useful for putting on tags and as I’ve done here mini cards

I like these cute smaller cards and you can make a lovely envelope to match from a sheet of 8 x 8 paper




This is the Birthday Trio and you get the 3 images and some sentiments for £4.50 so they are a great buy

There 9 to choose from in the new range and there is a launch offer on them at the moment, get all 9 sets for just £35.00


trio 1

trio 2

trio 3 

I used Pastel Dreams papers which are some of my favourites, they are discontinued now in the printed pads but you can still download the collection from NitWits. You can’t really see on the pictures but I die cut some acetate flowers and dots too, the die set is Perky Posies from ‘Lil Inkers. I glittered them and sneaked them amongst the paper ones, I think they add a nice bit of texture


I’ll be having a catch up on all your blogs over the next few days, apologies for not visiting lately – I’ve missed seeing what you’ve all been up to

That’s it for now, enjoy your Wednesday everyone


Anne xx




Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Ribbon Girl… the challenge is back!




Hello everyone – happy new year!

I hope you all had a lovely Christmas, ours was quiet but nice and relaxed and a long overdue break. I’ve had my first few weeks at home and it’s flown by, by the time I’ve had breakfast, showered, tidied round and taken Manny out it’s lunchtime before I know it, in fact I don’t know where the time has gone. I need to get myself into some sort of routine and then I don’t waste my days, it’s new to me not having to go to work and because spare time has always been such a luxury I feel a bit guilty if Keith gets home and I’ve not been very productive!!

I had a play in the attic as it’s time for the first Ribbon Girl challenge of the New Year. It's an ANY IMAGE challenge and it doesn't have to be a card, it can be any craft project…  just as long as you include an image!

There will be 3 winners and the prizes are:

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for the Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  Mystery prize from Marianne Designs



Here’s my card made for a special friend, this sweet Lili of the Valley stamp has been discontinued now which is a shame. The papers are from the Bonnets and Bowties collection available at NitWits


Ribbon Girl Jan 17th


I used lots of gorgeous embellishments from the Ribbon Girl and you can find them all on their website;

Dawn antique lace, 3mm white bead string, tulle, lilac/white cherry blossom, white carnation, pink cosmos daisy, stardust stickles, flat back pearls


Hope you like it, you can see some inspiration from the fabulous team and find all the details for the challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog


Have a good Wednesday crafters, it’s a nice day here today and I can see blue sky for the first time in ages so I’m going to take Manny for a walk now


Anne x




Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Papertake Winner...

Hello all, hope you've had a lovely Christmas. I've completely lost track of the days and as much as I enjoy the festivities I'm looking forward to getting back to normal now, I've eaten and drunk far too much as usual so wont be looking forward to getting on the scales next week!
Just a quick post tonight with my Papertake winner from the final challenge - drawn from my comments the winner is you Kanda. Well done, please email me your address to anne40@gmail.com
Have a fantastic New Year everyone, it's Joe's birthday on the 31st so we've always celebrated his birthday rather than New Year's Eve but he's 19 this time so will no doubt be out with his friends which will be a change for us - oooh the options, we'll probably end up staying in with a take away!! 
Anne xx

Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Papertake Weekly - last ever challenge

Hello lovelies…

I can’t believe it’s over a month since I last did a post and that it’s Christmas in a few days, how did that happen?
What's going on with livewriter? I've tried to do this on 2 computers and it won't let me sign in. I'm just doing it as a new post  on blogger but it's not very user friendly

I’ve probably got lots to tell you but my main news is that I’m now a lady of leisure, whooo hoo! I was very sad to leave Lili of the Valley and the lovely team there but I decided after much umming and ahhing that at 50 and having worked full time since I left college at 18 that it was time for a break. We’ll see what the New Year brings but at the moment I’m planning to spend ridiculous amounts of time on my hobbies and catching up with friends and family. I’ve never not had a job so it might take some getting used to…  I’ll probably just waste the first month cuddling Manny and watching rubbish on the TV lol

You may have seen on Paper Take Weekly that this week is our last ever challenge which is very sad. It was THE first challenge blog and Dawny has done an amazing job to keep it so successful amongst probably 1000’s of others now
If you fancy joining in, the final challenge is to choose one of your favourite PTW challenges, any, since the very beginning  (so pretty much anything you want to make will fit in somewhere!) We are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp and the girls on the team are also adding a little prize each of their own. I have a Marianne die as my prize so if you are entering the challenge leave me a comment on here letting me know and I’ll draw a winner on the 29th when the challenge closes

I chose Pretty Pastels as my favourite theme, I love using pastel colours on my cards and this is the card I've made for Jess’s 21st…

I cut the big numbers using my Cricut and the cute image is ‘saddle up’ from LOTV. The papers are from their Pastel Dreams and Up, Up & Away pads which are no longer available (sorry!)
It’s 8x8 which is bigger than I usually make but I was pleased with how it turned out – you can’t really see on the pic but there are quite a few layers and foam pads. I don’t often use sequins either but really liked them and will use them again
Hope you like it, check out what the rest of the team have done on the Papertake blog and all the details are on there too
I’d just like to say a quick thanks to my lovely friend Dawny for all the work she’s put into Papertake Weekly, it takes a lot of commitment to run a challenge and I know she’s been up against it the last few months. We’re all sorry to see it finish and I’m sure the crafters will be too but it's better to go out while you’re still on top I think! 

Don’t forget to leave me a comment to be in the prize draw!

I'll have no excuse to not catch up with all your blogs in the New Year but until then have a wonderful Christmas everybody


Monday, 16 November 2015

Any Image Challenge…



Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by. I made a card this week for the Ribbon Girl challenge that is completely different for me. I needed an 80th Birthday card for a special lady and the style I usually make just didn’t cut it -  I took some inspiration from the fabulous Kathy because her cards are exquisite

It's a USE ANY IMAGE anything goes challenge and I was so carried away using all the gorgeous Ribbon Girl goodies that I just realised I didn’t actually use an image …ooops, sorry Mary and Andrea! 

(you are supposed to) …use an image, it can be any of your choosing and we hope to see all types of projects including cards, boxes, gift boxes, candles etc

This challenge will run for 2 weeks ending at 9pm on Saturday 29th November. All the details are on the Ribbon Girl blog as well as some gorgeous cards from the team – and, there will be 3 winners chosen at random from the entries




There’s quite a long list of supplies, here’s what I used from the Ribbon Girl; 25mm cream cotton lace, tulle, stickles, pink and ivory button twine, 3mm and 5mm flat back pearls, rhinestone self adhesive butterflies and dragonflies, teardrop ivory pearlised pins, ivory 10mm and 20mm open roses, tiny pale pink rosebuds

…and here’s everything else; LOTV/Raspberry Road Always & Forever papers, Noor border die, Spellbinders rose creations die, Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies, Memory Box foliage die

There are a few things I would do differently next time but all in all I’m pretty pleased with it and will definitely make another. Kathy uses lots of pearl flourishes so that’s something I need to get as they are a lovely finishing touch

I’m curious to know what you think so leave a comment if you have a minute, I love to read them

Enjoy your week crafters



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Jack Russell…



Hello everyone, Jess has been home this week so we’ve been Christmas shopping today. I’ve already got quite a few things online so that’s me just about done. I hate going to town when it’s busy so always try to start early and ordering things to be delivered is my idea of perfect shopping! I love it when the postman comes with parcels even if they’re not for me (although there are usually a few crafty bits sneaked in amongst the gifts!!)

I always loved bonfire night but I’m glad we didn’t have anything planned tonight because it’s pouring down with rain here so I’ve watched the local fireworks out of the window. Manny is so funny, he’s very timid and runs a mile if someone coughs near him yet he is completely oblivious to all the bangs and flashes going off – they don’t bother him at all!


Onto the new challenge at Papertake Weekly and as it’s the first one of the month we have our usual…

Anything Goes

…our optional extra is to make a gift for Christmas but remember this is only an option. I would usually have jumped at the chance to do a Christmas gift because I got a new cracker die but I couldn’t resist this week making a card with one of the new Lili of the Valley ‘Little Critter’ stamps. You are going to love this new release, Little Folk and Little Critters are great value for money with 2 images and some sentiments on the stamp for just £4.50 – and they are SO cute! They are launched on the website next week and a limited number can be bought at the NEC if you are going this week

This adorable image on my card is Jack Russell…


Nov 03 - Anything Goes


I used Butterfly Kisses papers which are my favourite green and pink colour combination

It’s a Creative Expressions embossing folder and there are a few dies… Marianne (fence) Lawn Fawn (sentiment) Spellbinders (circle & scalloped circle) and Memory Box (clouds & butterflies)

The lovely gems are Papermania



Hope you like it, you can see all the details for the challenge and some inspiration from the team on the Papertake blog and there’s a Lili of the Valley voucher up for grabs for the lucky winner this week


Enjoy the rest of your week crafters, thanks for stopping by