Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Summer in the Garden…



Hello crafty friends, hope you are all well?

Summer hasn’t quite arrived yet has it but it’s been a bit better here this week and I’ve managed to get my garden tidied up and all my bedding plants in. My Mum did a few for me when we were in Chester, she likes gardening so there weren’t too many left and it looks lovely when all the flowers come out.  We treated ourselves to some nice chairs when we had that nice spell about 6 weeks ago and they’ve been in the garage ever since, hope I didn’t jinx the weather!!

There has been such a lot of sport on the TV I haven’t seen much of my hubby, he likes the Grand Prix and I won’t see him at all once the Olympics start but I’m not complaining, more craft time for me! I don’t watch a lot of sport but I like Wimbledon and usually catch the football if England are playing, what a waste of time! Our premiership players are obscenely overpaid and think they are better than they are. It’s such a shame for the fans who spent their hard earned money going to France to support them. Hopefully Wales will fly the flag for us and win tonight


There’s a new challenge on the LOTV FB PAGE and the theme is...  Summer in the Garden
You need to use a Lili of the Valley image of course but have a go because there are some great prizes on offer for 3 winners picked at random. You can enter and find all the details on the
Challenge Event Page


Summer in the Garden always meant that the kids wanted to camp out when they were younger so I used this image for my card…


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It’s a discontinued Art Pad image (sorry, I’m using them up) and the sentiment is from a Hero Arts set

The papers are Carta Bella and I’ve had the embossing folder ages and never used it, I don’t know why because it’s a lovely one – it’s Couture Creations ‘Ooh La la’

I cut the sun, clouds and grass from scraps of the papers (just so I can tell myself there really is a reason to save all those tiny bits!) and I finished it with a couple of little beads 


Hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your week everyone and I’ll be catching up on the blogs tonight while I have one eye on the football!



Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Baby Tags…



Evening all, how was your weekend? We had a few days away in Chester and it was a nice break. It’s a lovely city, lots to see and very historic

I had a couple of places on the Coast planned for today, I’d love to see the statues on Crosby beach, but the weather was so bad we just did a bit of shopping and headed back home after lunch

We just took my Mum out for tea as she’s been looking after Manny (and Joe, but I didn’t tell him that!) so I don’t seem to have stopped eating for the last 4 days – I’m stuffed and dread facing the scales next Monday, I’m going to need to starve between now and then!




I made a couple of tags using the gorgeous Tiny Miracles papers from Lemon Craft which are available from the Ribbon Girl


ribbon girl lemon craft tags


Sorry but the coloured images are discontinued I was just using them up, I printed the sentiments on the computer

All the lovely embellishments also come from the Ribbon Girl… tulle, stickles, flatback pearls, white seam binding, pink and ivory pearl flatback hearts, pink 23mm organza, ivory button twine, Charlotte Elizabeth vintage style lace, Leah scallop flat lace, ivory jute mesh ribbon




Hope you like them, I’m going to catch up on the final Game of Thrones episode now, I can’t wait. We were away last night so I missed it (although I would have watched it on my ipad if I’d known the football was going to be such a joke!)

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




Sunday, 19 June 2016

June Ribbon Girl challenge…



Good morning crafters, hope you are having a nice weekend

Time for a new 'Any Image' challenge at the Ribbon Girl

It’s a nice easy one, there isn’t a theme - just create a new project that has an image on it and blog about it… simple! There are 3 lovely prizes for our randomly drawn winners and the challenge will end on Saturday 2nd July at 9pm UK time


First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  from Marianne Designs

There is some gorgeous inspiration as always from the team on the Ribbon Girl blog… and we have the lovely Kat Waskett joining us as our Guest Designer too so make sure you have a peek



I used some more of the scrummy new papers that Mary has in stock, these are by a Company called Lemon Craft and they are divine. I used the 6x6 pad but some of the sheets are available in 12x12 too…


Ribbon Girl June


The pad is called Tiny Miracles, the images are from the papers too – they are really lovely and it was hard to cut them!

The doily frame is a new product too, Mary has a few different designs of these Scrapiniec chipboard laser cut shapes and you are going to love them

Here’s a list of the items I used, everything is of course from the Ribbon Girl shop; Lemon Craft 'Tiny Miracles' 6x6 paper pad, Scrapiniec chipboard lace doily round, cheesecloth, flatback pearls, stickles stardust glitter glue, white and pink cherry blossom flowers, two tone pink hip rosebud flowers, cream 20mm open roses, 16mm hot pink saddlestitch ribbon, clear crystal hearts, white pearl and crystal sprays, 45mm 'Eleanor' White Embroidered Tulle Lace




Hope you like it, you can enter and find all the details for the challenge on the Ribbon Girl blog

Enjoy your Sunday everyone





Wednesday, 15 June 2016

Floor progress, and a wedding card…




Hello everybody, blimey another week has flown by…   where on earth does the time go?

We’ve got the workmen in this week sorting out the hole in our floor, the wet rot has all been burned away, new joists put in, and the wood and bricks all treated so hopefully that should be the end of the problem




It’s horrible thinking that this has been under our floor for goodness knows how many years, this is a few days on when it’s started to dry out so you can imagine how horrendous it was when Keith first looked, OMG

The foot size hole you can see in the board is where my Sister in Law fell through, it was quite funny…

ok, it was actually hilarious!

…and you can’t see but there is a matching one at the other side where Keith fell through on Sunday, he pulled the curtain down, that was hilarious too




…looking a bit better now, Manny thought he was project manager!!

Plastering and skirting boards tomorrow and then we have to start decorating, but, that means the other rooms will all look scruffy and we’ll probably end up doing the whole downstairs!



Jess is going to a wedding on Saturday and asked me for a special card as it is a good friend of hers. I’d seen this pretty shaped card on Teresa Allday’s blog and wanted to try it for a while...




Here’s what I used;

Doohickey heart border

Image from one of the discontinued LOTV art pads

Centura pearl card

NitWits Mr & Mrs papers

Stickles stardust glitter and gems from the Ribbon Girl

The front flap lifts up and I decorated the inside to match (although I forgot to take a picture)

The names and date are printed on vellum and then I just stuck it at either side with a tiny blob of glue and covered with a gem

Hope you like it, here’s a link to the original tutorial and here is the version by Teresa if you fancy a go



Right, time for a nice soak in the bath for me! I can’t wait to get stuck in and have a good clean, we seem to have been surrounded by muck and dust for weeks!

Enjoy the rest of your week crafters




Monday, 6 June 2016

It’s Monday…




Evening everyone, I’m excited because it’s Monday and nearly time for Game of Thrones

I think when this season finishes I’ll have to watch the box set again…  I love it!

I’m reading the books at the moment but I’ve been on the first one for weeks and weeks now and am only 46% of the way through it, 10 minutes before I go to sleep every night is about my lot so you can imagine how long it takes me to get through a book like this! That said I am enjoying it and the TV series seems to have kept quite close to the story which is good

I’ve started watching Billions too which looks very promising. I do like Damian Lewis and there has been talk of him being the next Bond. I’m a huge fan of Daniel Craig so I’m sad to see him hanging up his trunks but I’m intrigued to see who they pick; I love Tom Hiddleston but I think my choice would be Idris Elba, he’d make a great James Bond!


I found this card when I was going through my pictures and don’t remember ever putting it on here – I think it was one I just showed on the LOTV blog


pop up


The card is a simple pop up which you can then decorate as you choose. The lovely papers are from a Cosmo Cricket pad and I used some lace, rafia and flowers from The Ribbon Girl

The image stamp is now discontinued – sorry!


That’s it from me – its nearly time!!

…enjoy the rest of your Monday crafters











Friday, 3 June 2016

Sports Challenge…




Good evening crafters, hope you’ve all had a nice week – they certainly fly by don’t they. I think the time is actually going quicker now I am at home, I am certainly never bored that’s for sure!

Our problem with the floor is ongoing and we’ve got the workmen coming a week on Monday to treat the wet rot. The plaster and skirting in the bay will all have to come off as it has gone up behind it so we’re going to have a mess but luckily it hasn’t spread any further. There is a mix of carpet and tiles on our downstairs floors and we’ve considered replacing them all with wood. Manny was skidding about on the laminate that was under our carpet though so I’m having second thoughts now. He jumps on and off the sofa so I’d never forgive myself if he slipped and hurt himself, especially with his poor little legs. So we’ll just replace the front room carpet for now and look at it again in the future – hard floors are much easier to keep clean when you have a dog but I do like my carpet!



Time for a new LOTV challenge and because there is a great summer of sporting events ahead it couldn’t be anything else this month but… SPORTS!

There are some fab prizes on offer for 5 winners that we will pick at random and the challenge closes at 6pm UK time on Wednesday 15th June. You can enter and see all the details on the facebook page or click on the picture above


This is another card from the set I did a few months back for Quick Cards and it seemed a perfect choice to introduce the challenge…


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LOTV littlefolk 4


These are the Little Folk stamps and they are so cute!

I cut the images out and used pinflair on the boy to add dimension. The papers were a download from Etsy, if anyone wants to know what they are send me a message and I’ll dig out the link. They are very brightly coloured but a nice set

The full feature is in the April issue of the magazine if you are able to get hold of a copy



We have a good forecast now for a few days so I’m going to spend some time in the garden and get my flowers planted into pots

Thanks as always for taking the time to leave me a comment, I’ll be catching up with all your blogs over the next few days

Have a fabulous weekend everyone






Saturday, 28 May 2016

Little Folk, and a giveaway…




Good evening crafters, I thought I’d grab a quick ten minutes to myself and write a post while things are quiet here!

Jess is home for a few days and snuggled up watching tv with Manny - and Joe is away at a festival until Monday. Keith has just gone in the bath after spending all day pulling the floor up in our lounge. We have a big chest in the bay window so that area rarely gets walked on, I just lean over to wash the windowsill and draw the curtains. A few days ago I stood on the chest to clean the windows and felt the whole thing move, to cut a long story short we have wet rot under the floor and 2 of the joists have just rotted away – it was lucky I didn’t go crashing through!




So, my carpet has had to come up and there is laminate under that which is glued down so is a nightmare to remove. The local builder had a look and said replacing the joists is not a problem but we need to find out where the water is coming from that’s causing the mould. We’ve never had a damp problem and luckily it only seems to be in the bay so hopefully it won’t turn into a huge job. We’ve been toying with replacing the floors downstairs with wood for a couple of years so this might give us the push we needed to do it!




Just before my card I have news - there is no challenge this week on the Ribbon Girl blog so Mary and Andrea are having a little giveaway instead. Just head over there and leave a comment letting them know what you would make with these gorgeous goodies…

One lucky entry will receive a pad of the gorgeous new 'Purple Rain' 12x12 paper by Galeria Papieru, 5mts of Mauve Mist Seam Binding, Bunch of 3 Lilac Ballerina Blossoms, 1mt of  'Jennifer' pale lilac lace and 1mt of 38mm Lilac Faux Silk!

The winner will be announced on Sunday 5th June when the challenge will be back




This card is one I did as part of a series for the April issue of Quick Cards using the Lili of the Valley ‘Little Folk’. I was pleased when this one made the cover and I have had some lovely feedback about the whole set…


LOTV littlefolk


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I would never have chosen such bright colours normally but I loved how they worked with the images once I started to put them together.

I used foam pads so there was lots of dimension, and my new favourite embellishment – sequins!




Hope you like it, thanks as always for stopping by and for taking the time to leave me feedback. Have a lovely weekend everyone xx