Thursday, 22 January 2015

Some Nice New Stuff : )

Howdy peeps and hope you are all OK today.

It seems like other parts of the country are covered in snow and what do we have in Chester?


Not a single  flake!!

I don't know whether I’m jealous or not really.

Anyhoos, I thought I’d pop on to give you some news about the latest Lili of The Valley release.
We have 4 new images in the usual format but we also have some new fairies ands teddies – both with sentiments -in a new clear format.

Here, have look ……


…. and what d’ya think?

They are both fabulous sets I think.

Not only that but we have some brand new cross stitch sets out as well.

Have a butchers at them as well  …..


… soooo very gorgeous.

I have picked my fave from the new cross stitch kits already but I'm not telling anybody lol.
I’ll show you when I’ve got it and  it’s finished though : )

Right it's just a shortie from me but I thought I'd share.

Have a fabulous day and if you’ve got snow, chuck a snowball for me please lol.

Huggiest of hugs xxx

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

A Cute Sneakie Peekie Teddy : )

Good morning peeps  - brrrrrrr it’s brass monkey weather here today.
Hope it’s a bit warmer where you are!!

It’s time for another visit to
Papertake Weekly and our theme today is

Get In Shape.

No we don't want you to all rush off to the gym!!
We just want you to use 3 or more different shapes on your card or project and your base card counts as one.


.. this is what I did and I went for a square (base card), a rectangle (the papers and image) and hearts – easy peasy.

The sweet little teddy is one of the brand new release from
Lili of The Valley which is due out 31st January.
These are on a clear sheet – something a bit different – and are amazing value as there’s lots on that sheet…..


…. as you can see.

I coloured this little sweetie with Copics ion the following colours -

E31, E33, E35, E39, E50, RV0000, RV00, RV10, RV34, Y11, Y21, Y28

It is so simple to colour, it really is and by changing the colour of the balloon, you could use this for male and female.
It’s suitable for so many different occasions as well : )

The papers are all Lili of The Valley and are from Country Gent, Always & Forever Solids and Pastel Dreams paper pads.

I covered one of Mary Ribbon Girl’s wooden hearts with paper then inked and sanded back the edges which was a complete waste of time because I then went and covered them with Stickles !!

The bow is made from brown grosgrain ribbon and I topped it with a wooden heart button and string.


The sentiment is from the Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.
Dope that I am forgot to use one from the sheet.

So that’s me done for today.
If you get a sec, do nip over and check out the PTW cardage – much loveliness to be seen there – and also keep your eye on the LOTV DT blogs as we will be doing more sneakie peekie over these next weeks.

Have a fabulous day and stay warm and toastie and huggiest of hugs to all xx

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

New Stash : )

Morning sweet peeps and hope you are OK today : )

It’s time for another catch up with the Papertake Weekly girlies and this week our theme is

It’s All New

so all we want you to do this week is to either create something for a new event ie a new house, a new job, a new baby, a new year etc
OR use something new from your stash you you haven't used before.
OR maybe Santa brought you something new?
OR maybe you could use a technique that you haven't tried before.

And ….

… this is what I did (please excuse this rubbish pic me darlins!!)!!!

I bought a Sissix Step Up Die ands this is it’s first outing. 
There are 21 different dies in the set and I'm sure I will use this again.

The papers I used are all Lili of The Valley and they are Pastel Dreams and Up Up & Away.
Love these papers soooo much (clean and fresh).

There are lots of flowers and leaves in the set so I had a bit of a play – like you do : )

I made a rosette flower by cutting 2 strips 8” x 1” and gluing them together then punching one edge and accordion folding.

I went a bit made with the old liquid pearls as well …..

… and took this pic before they were properly dried.
Hence there are one or two smudges.
Oh well, a blind man on a galloping horse probably wouldn't notice!!

But he would notice the gorgeous bow made from Royal Peacock Seam Binding, topped with a Pale Pink Spotty Button, both from The Ribbon Girl.

So that’s the old card done.

We had a very busy weekend as it was Kyla’s 9th birthday.
I say it every year but I cannot believe where the time has gone or that we have had her for 9 years. She was a gift to us and she has been nothing but a constant source of joy - a loving and lovely kid, even though I know I am very biased!!! Anyway, we went out on Saturday evening for tea and then she had her party with her friends on Sunday. She wanted a laser quest party and it was good fun, although I have to say that the people who seemed to be enjoying it most were my Emma and Richard!!!

And I am back on the good old bad old diet and have had a 3lb weight loss this week despite eating out on Saturday.
I’d put on half a stone over Chrimbly and I could feel it so there was nothing for it, the lardage had to go.

And I am trying out a brand new craft – one very close to my heart. I’ll post pics and share a bit more when I am a bit better but I'm keeping all the pics and hopefully you can see an improvement.

Right on that note I better go.
Have the best day and hugs to all xxx


Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Happy New Year : )

Good morning sweet peeps and a very

Happy New Year xx

It’s the first challenge of 2015 over at Papertake Weekly and we have our usual Anything Goes theme this week,
with the option to make a thank you card or gift.

So that’s just what I did : )

I kept it fairly simple because if you have a lot of them to do (hopefully lol), you want something that isn't going to take you hours and hours.

So I used Set 44 - Statements - Just to Say from Lili of The Valley and teamed it with some of the beautimous Pastel Dreams papers.

I made the flower using the Spellbinders Pretty Petals A die set and the centre stamen is from Spellbinders D-Lites Blooms 3.

I topped it off with a little sparkly gem.

I rubbed a Tsukineko glue pad ..

Tsukineko The Essential Glue Pad & Inker Set

… over the centre strip of paper and covered it with some Glamour Dust.
It look so pretty I think.

Some gorgeous Aqua Dewdrops from The Ribbon Girl.
I LOVE the colour of these.

It matches the walls of my craft room lol.

So that’s my card for today and before I go, I just have to share this with you.

Have you seen the £10 for 10 days offer?

You’ve only got a few days left so nip over and check it all out.

On that bargainous note, I’ll be off.
Have a fabulous day and hugs to all xx

Sunday, 14 December 2014

A Lovely Lili Sunday

Good morning lovely peeps and a very Happy Sunday to everybody : )

Today sees the last Lovely Lili Challenge of the year over at The Ribbon Girl blog and today our theme is

Anything Goes

so you can really get creative with your Lili of The Valley products.

As usual we have two fabulous prizes from LOTV and The Ribbon Girl for the randomly chosen winner of the challenge

So …

… here is my card.

The image I used is Snow Queen and she is one of my fave LOTV Christmas images.

This was my first attempts using the brilliant Inktense Pencils and I have to say that I am smitten.
They are super easy to use and give a different look than you get with Copics.
I'm not saying I have abandoned the Copics or prefer the pencils, but I do like them and will use them lots.
They will last a lifetime as well – I cannot see how you could use them up because a little goes a very long way.

Some utterly beautimous products from The Ribbon Girl -

The bows were made using Pink Tulip Seam Binding and Ascot Grey Seam Binding. Then I topped them with a Wooden Heart Button which I’d painted using a White Snowcap Paint Dabber and finally I topped it all with off with a Pink Dewdrop.

The sentiment is from SET 75 - Christmas Wishes and the papers are from Mr & Mrs and Country Meadow paper pads.  
I really like using non Christmas papers for Christmas cards – call me strange lol!!!

The snowflakes were made using a die that was free with a magazine.

So that’s me done for today.
Enjoy the rest of  your day and I’ll be back soon.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

A New Thing

Hi there peeps and hope you are all OK today : )

It’s time for a new challenge over at Papertake Weekly and we have something new for you today.

As it’s the last one of the month there’s still our sketch challenge but there are also a take your pick idea so that you can choose a different one if you’d prefer, or you can combine if you’re feeling brave lol.

Nip over and check it all out if you get a sec – we hope you like the new idea xx

So …

… here’s what I did.

I used sketch #96 and also the ribbon and / or lace theme.

The image is from the Lili of The Valley  Art Pad 18 - Winter Wonderland and I just gave it a dousing in some glitter.
They are worth their weight in gold these art pads I think.

The papers are from LOTV  Frosty Christmas 8x8 paper pad.

A brace of double bows made from38mm white organza ribbon and 25mm red satin ribbon, both from The Ribbon Girl
I topped them with a button I found in my stash.


LOVING these Holly Berry Red Dewdrops from The Ribbon Girl : )

And I used Sir Tim’s Snowflake On The Edge die as well.
I’ve used it for workshops but I’m not sure I’ve used it on one of me cards!!

The two snowflakes are Marianne Design Creatables - Snowflakes Style 1 from Dies To Die For.

I also edged the central element of the card with Tim’s OTE die, covered them in glitter …. then promptly covered them up with the rest of the card.


Right, on that dopey note,  that’s me done for today.

Enjoy the rest of your Tuesday and stay warm and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

Time For A Hoppity Hop : )

Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Time for another Lili of The Valley design team blog hop and today we’re giving you some inspiration for using the latest stamp releases which will be available to buy on the website from midday (UK time) on Monday 24th November or if you are coming to the shop for the last open day of the year this Saturday 22nd, then you can get your crafty mitts on them then.

There are 10 brand new images and all of them gorgeous, plus 3 brand new paper pads.

So you know how it works peeps - you just need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card. As well as being in with a shot of winning the fab prize or prizes on offer, you're bound to get oodles of inspiration while you are on your travels.

Now talking of prizes, as always there's some hidden along the way.
We don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and comment on every blog - you have to be in it to win it me darlins :). 
But what we DO know is that there’s  a set of papers and images to win

We will let you know on Monday which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs.

Here’s the hop list for you -

Ideas to Inspire

(that'll be me then!!)



Mary J


So what did I do then?


The sweet image is called

…. Afternoon Stroll ….

and I coloured it with the following Copics -

Skin – E0000, E00, E13, R00, R05
Hair – E31, E35, E35, E50
The rest – E31, E35, E39, E50, R85, RV00, RV10, RV34, RV69, Y0000, Y00, Y02, Y21, Y28

The papers are from the brand new One Birdie Lane paper pad – full of pretty Spring colours which are a sight for sore eyes on a chilly, grey Autumn day.




From here you need to visit the  sweetness that is our lovely Dena but don't forget that if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there, and don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the stamps go on sale.

Finally, just to let you know that there are a few spaces left on the workshop so if you are coming to the shop and fancy doing a bit of crafty stuff, give the shop a ring -  it would be lovely to see you.

Enjoy the hop everyone, good luck, and huggiest of hugs to all xxx