Thursday, 4 January 2018

A new year and a look back…



Good morning lovely crafty friends, happy new year and I hope you all had a good Christmas. It’s passed so quickly and ours was pretty quiet this year but thankfully (and for a change) we all escaped the bugs and viruses that have been going round. Keith and I don’t really do pressies any more but I got the obligatory cookery book, pandora charm and perfume. My laptop is playing up so I will be replacing it soon and that will be my Christmas present to myself!
 
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Joe was 21 on new years eve, we had a lovely family day and then he had a party with his friends. He works in a cocktail bar and they let him have the top floor for the evening which was very good of them considering it’s such a busy night
 
This is my Joe, he loved having his picture taken and was always posing for me…
 
joe 21
 
 
and this is on his birthday making his Mum a cocktail, a rare picture of him as I can’t get him in front of the camera now…

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I’ll be back shortly with new images from LOTV - but for today I thought I’d do the traditional look back over the previous year and share a few of my favourite makes…

christmas swap
 
Cosy Together
 
All loved up
 
LOTV Jasmine shopping
 
LOTV ballet shoes
LOTV Two's Company
 
LOTV Lazy Daisy stamp
 
LOTV Greg Cupcake

…bit of a Lili of the Valley theme going on here isn’t there lol!!
I resolved to use all my other stamps when I left and I still buy lots of different brands but I just love their images and they always seem to have one that suits my needs
My cards have changed over the last couple of years, I use a lot less flowers and ribbon now preferring a cleaner style, it’s interesting to look back
 
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Sorry for all the pics, if you’re still here thanks so much for stopping by!
I’d love to know what you think if you have time to leave me a comment, I’ve been reading from a few bloggers recently about the shift to Facebook and Instagram but I do like to blog although it’s not as often as I intend. I do use Facebook but not for my cards, and I like to visit everyone's blogs and see what you have been up to too
 
Have a good day all whatever you’re up to

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Thursday, 21 December 2017

Polar Bear Pals…



Good evening crafty friends, are you all ready for Christmas? We have a whole year to plan for it yet here I am again rushing around at the last minute trying to get things done. I did a big food shop today and got the last of the pressies wrapped so I think I’m getting there now

I did manage to make most of my cards this year, I love these Polar Bear stamps from MFT and until a couple of weeks ago I thought it was a Christmas set. I’ve never used the sentiments and just found out they are actually birthday stamps but I like using them for Christmas

I used them with the Memory Box grand ‘Merry Christmas’ die and some Cheery Lynn snowflakes for these quick cards…


Polar bears 2

Polar bears 1

Polar bears 3


Here’s another one, I made a few the same as this. The large snowflake is cut from card and layered three times to make an embellishment. I’ve been doing this a lot with die cuts, especially sentiments and I like the effect 


Snowflake


These are a bit different for me, I hope you like them for a change

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I probably won’t be doing another post before Christmas so I’d like to just say thanks so much for visiting my blog and for your support throughout the year

Have a wonderful Christmas everyone



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Friday, 24 November 2017

Just a note…




Good evening lovelies. Hope you are all well and have something nice planned for the weekend

Two posts in one week from me, that’s a got to be a first but I’ve been making a few cards using the new bears from Lili of the Valley so I’d thought I’d share these because they are on sale NOW!

This sweet image is called ‘Greg - Just a Note’ and is available in rubber, digi, or simply print


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LOTV Just A Note


I wanted pale pastel colours because these were for new baby cards, I find it hard to achieve that effect with markers so I used distress inks and made a wash. I should have done the letter a different colour looking at them but overall I got the look I wanted

The ‘sending love and hugs’ is done with a useful Wplus9 stamp/die set from Seven Hills Craft and the baby girl sentiment is a swirly string sentiment from LOTV

I used some Tonic jewel drops on the top card too which is my new favourite product!

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Hope you like them, there are some great launch offers on the new bears so get in early because they are only for a limited time

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Thanks so much for stopping by, I really appreciate you visiting and for taking the time to leave me a comment


Have a great weekend everyone 



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Monday, 20 November 2017

New bears!



Hello crafty friends!

It’s been longer than I planned between posts (again!) but the weeks just seem to whizz by

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Keith is getting on nicely after his operation; thanks so much to everyone who asked after him. He got his stitches out last week so is able to get about a bit better now without all the padding. Just needs time to heal now but he’s not very patient and because it’s bone it will be a few more weeks yet!

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I did a lovely workshop at the weekend, journals and mini albums which I thoroughly enjoyed. It was the last one of the year so I need to make sure I put into practise what I learnt

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My nephew and his girlfriend had their baby so I’m a great Aunt (doesn’t that sound old and matronly!) She’s absolutely perfect and will be spoiled by everyone. She’s the first baby in our small family since my youngest nephew who is 20 so we were all very excited  for her arrival and my Mum has been knitting furiously for the last 6 months…

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Onto my cards and Lili of the Valley have a new image launch this Friday and they’re going Bear crazy!

There are lots of new stamps including a set of alphabet and number bears and also introducing a sweet new bear called Greg

This one is called Greg Cupcake…

LOTV Greg Cupcake


and this is a card with the alphabet bears that I made for a friend…


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These alphabets and numbers are going to be so useful

There are lovely samples and plenty of inspiration to be found on the pinterest board where you can see the full collection


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Thanks so much for stopping by, have a lovely evening all



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Friday, 27 October 2017

News, and Modern Misses…



Good morning lovelies, it’s a beautiful day and I’m going to try and spend a bit of time in the garden later to get some winter pansies in and cut things back before the brown bin collection stops. I’m always a bit sad when the bedding plants die off, I love the garden to be full of colour but there was a mild frost this morning and it looks to have killed the last of them

I’ve had a busy few weeks, we had a lovely break in Venice; what a beautiful place. We didn’t have enough time to see all the islands so will definitely go back next year to do what we missed

Then we had Rolo for a week, my Daughter’s dog. He’s a sweet little thing but he’s a monkey – Manny went to my Mum’s for a rest! He likes going to his Grandma’s, he gets her undivided attention and lots of treats

Keith had an operation on his foot on Wednesday; he had a bunion but he’s never ill, never been in hospital and is a terrible patient. He’s in a lot of pain and they’ve said to try and keep it up for 3 weeks until his stitches come out. I’d happily sit there with a box set and some chocolate but he doesn’t generally watch much tv  so he’s very bored – he’s even been watching Jeremy Kyle!! I didn’t realise what a routine I have until he’s here upsetting it, we’ll be driving each other mad after a few days!

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Something different today, LOTV have brought out some new Thoroughly Modern Miss images, there are 12, one for each month and they are a bit different from their usual style. They’re not in rubber yet until they see how popular they are but you can get digi’s or Simply Print

I’ve done a couple of mixed media workshops with Kate Crane so I thought I’d put it into practice and try a journal page, I printed the image large and paper pieced her then layered the page with inks, stencils, stamps and papers. It’s bit busy, that’s the intended effect but it’s hard to know when to stop so I’m interested to know what you think. The flowers under the cloud were an accident but I quite like how it looks like it’s raining flowers on her!

There is also a little card that I made with one of the Simply Print sheets…


LOTV Modern Miss May journal


LOTV Modern Miss April


Hope you like them, you can get the images and some extra bits on the LOTV website now

That’s it from me, thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend crafty friends


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Sunday, 8 October 2017

New simply prints and a retro challenge…



Hello crafty friends, oh my I can’t believe it’s so long again since I posted. Where on earth do these weeks go?
 
It’s a quick post, I’m going on holiday tomorrow to Italy (Venice and Verona this time) so I thought I’d better draw a candy winner and just let you know about the new LOTV simply print images before I go
 
Thanks for your lovely comments, I numbered them and then did a random number generator, the winner is Crafty Chris. Email me your address Chris and thanks to everyone who visits and comments on my blog
 
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There are some new simply print designs at Lily of the Valley. If you haven’t seen them they are coloured images just ready to print and use, fabulous for quick cards
 
 

LOTV sp teddy with penguin

 
The October Facebook challenge is Retro Lili of the Valley. This month you need to dig out the first LOTV stamp or product that you bought, or one of the first! This wasn’t my first stamp but it is an old one that was discontinued and such a cutie. It was never in the old style art pads so I’m really pleased to see it’s been brought back as a printable image
 
I used papers from a very useful Joy Crafts pad called Happy Holidays, the pine branch die is Marianne and the sentiment was computer generated
 
The challenge is open until the 15th and as always some great prizes up for grabs so get routing through your stash for those first buys!

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I’ll be watching Victoria while I finish packing and then it’s bed for me, we only live 5 minutes from the airport but it’s still going to be an early start
 
Have a lovely week all
 

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Saturday, 9 September 2017

Candy and new LOTV…



Hello crafty friends, despite good intentions it’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. But, I have been busy and spent quite a lot of time crafting

As promised I have some 400 follower candy today…

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..a few bits I gathered together for a little giveaway

I bought the pastels hoping they were water soluble after seeing a technique but they’re not, they weren’t expensive but someone might appreciate them. There is a stamp set, a flower die, some flowers and a bundle of ribbon. No sharing required, it’s just for my lovely followers so leave me a comment and I’ll draw a winner at random to get the goodies

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LOTV have a new stamp launch, its the 2nd part of their 2017 Christmas range and there are some adorable images – most are available in rubber, digi and simply print so something for everyone

The challenge for September is a colour one, just make a card or project using this colour palette…

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Remember you have to use a Lili of the Valley image, there are great prizes up for grabs as always and you can enter here

Lovely colours aren’t they, can be Christmassy but lots of other options

I chose to do a Christmas card, these 2 cuties are from the Woodland Scenes collection…


LOTV woodland scenes


I used some MFT papers, love the bright colours. I can’t remember where I got the die but it’s green so I’m thinking it might be Lea’bilities

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That’s it from me, it’s pouring down here today so my plans to do some gardening have been put on hold and I’m spending the afternoon crafting. I faff about so much though and end up doing nothing - time management is not my strong point!

Enjoy the weekend lovelies…

and make sure you leave me a comment to be in the candy draw



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