Thursday, 22 August 2013

I'm Hoppity Hopping Back :)

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Hi there me darlins and hope you are all OK.

I've been AWOL these last few weeks but I haven't been sitting there and idly twiddling me trotters!!
Not on your nelly  I've not. I've been getting the samples ready for next Thursday :)

It's getting very near to the big day now and I'm starting to get the odd butterfly or 12579513258 when I think about it. But at the same time I am hugely looking forward to it and fingers, toes, eyes etc available crossed that it all goes smoothly (please let it go smoothly!!).

Anyway what has tempted me back to the land of Blog and away from the old craft room and what are you doing here Miss Piggy I hear you ask?

Well it's the best reason ever because  today we are holding a Lili of the Valley design team blog hop to celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new Christmas stamps (and I mean GORGEOUS!!)

This is the second set of the 2013 Christmas collection and there are 20 stamps including some of your favourite characters and also a few more traditional designs and there really is something in this collection for just about everybody.

The stamps will be available to buy on the website from midday on Sunday August 25th (UK time).

I’m sure you know what to do by now  -  you  just need to  ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card, and  hopefully we can give you lots of ideas and inspiration along the way for using the new images

There is a fabulous prize up for grabs on the hop, but as always we don’t know where it is hidden so do make sure you that you visit and comment on every blog

You have a couple of days to join in, we will let you know on Saturday evening which was the ‘lucky’ blog and a winner will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on that blog

The prize is a full set of the new Christmas stamps...

that’s 20 rubber stamps, one each of all the newest designs


Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;

Ideas to Inspire
Anne

Becky

Dawny
(that'll be me then!!)
Debbie

Dena

Elise

Fleur

Gretha

Jen

Kathy

Kim

Lou

Mary J

Moni

So what did I do then?

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Well as you can see I have gone all traditional.

There's something about Chrimbly that makes me want to reach for the red, gold and green stuff and this image is perfect for that.

It's called Holly Tree and I wish I had one like this in my garden. I'd show you a pic of our holly tree but you would only laugh and then report me to Alan Titchmarsh - it is a sorry sight and quite frankly there's more leaves in a tea bag.

Anyway I coloured this with Copics and I have to tell you that it is really easy peasy to colour.

I used the following colours -

E30, G99, R05, R17, R27, R59, YG00, YG01, YG23, YG99,

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Don't you just love a bit of seasonal tartan :)

The papers are from Laila's Classic Christmas 8x8 paper pad and the bells were in the bottom of my stash - sorry, I cannot for the  life of me remember where I got them from, but the fab red and white saddlestitch ribbon is of course from The Ribbon Girl

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The sweet sentiment is from Set 33 - Christmas Grungy Messages - perfect to pop onto your ribbon.

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Please do excuse the black shadow on some of these pics btw - the camera has been at it again, playing silly beggars!! It's probably sulking cos I haven't been near it for ages.

I actually took it out tonight because there was a report on the telly that a dolphin had been seen in the Dee very close to where we live so we went to see if we could spot it, like the saddos that we are.

We couldn't,  but here's a pic courtesy of the good old Beeb....

Dolphin on River Dee

... and here's the link to the story.

It's quite ironic really because the next stop on our hop is our very own dolphin, it's the oh so talented and ever so lovely Debbie so you need to hop over to her blog next. Don't forget that it you get lost (like this poor little dolphin in the pic, aww), you can always go back to the beginning and pick it up from there.

Don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Saturday evening when you can find out who the lucky winner is of that great prize

Enjoy the hop…    and good luck!

And cos I haven't been here for a while, extra big huggiest of hugs to all xxx

191 comments:

rian said...

nice card.
hugs rian

Chris said...

Hi Dawny,
Nice to see you back and looking forward to seeing you on the Telly. I love your card and the traditional colours you have used and the holly tree is beautiful.
Good Luck for next week.
Chris X

Holly Gwilliams said...

Lovely card Dawny. Just perfect. Holly x

Welkom bij Happy Stamper said...

woooow lovely stamp :)

Bettina L. said...

Absolutely adorable. Love all the details and your stunning colouring. TFS.Bettinaxx

Sazzle Dazzle said...

Those traditional colors look great Dawny and loving the tartan at the back... Very chic. Amazing dolphin too x

Jane said...

I can't wait to see you on the TV Dawny, such fun! Loving your traditional card and yes there is nothing like some red green and gold! How amazing about the dolphin...a few years back there was a whale in the Thames ;0) x

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Big hugs to you too, lovely to see you back with such a gorgeous take on a traditional look. Fab, loving the tartan. I am so looking forward to your shows too, xx

crafty said...

A simply lovely card

calleigh said...

I love how elegant your card looks! Stunning!

NGCARDS said...

This is such a beautiful card, I love the image. Also what a surprise to see a Dolphin on your doorstep! xxx

theCook said...

Not my favorite image of the release, but I like how you used it, and those three bells look great on the card!

Rachel said...

Beautiful. I really love the traditional feel of this card!

Sammy said...

Gorgeous card! I do love the versatility of these kind of stamps!

Awww, gutted I missed the dolphin! Maybe we should have stayed in Scotland visiting my folks a little longer... As I adore them! Having said that, we were probably at the completely wrong side of the Dee, lol. (Just a stone's throw from Balmoral) Hey, maybe the poor fella just wanted to go for tea with her majesty? lol.

Craftetter said...

Nice card and love the tartan background. Shame you never got to see the dolphin.
Elaine

Sue - bearhouse said...

Stunning card Dawny. I love the image and wonderful traditional colours.
I am really looking forward to seeing you on C+C, I am sure you will be wonderful!
How exciting to have a Dolphin nearby!
Take care
hugs Sue xx

Emz said...

Stunning card love the tradition colour scheme x

Pollard Carole said...

Fab card with a gorgeous new stamp and what an amazing dolphin story. Also sending you good wishes for Thursday Love and Happy Crafting Carole x

Sue - said...

Lovely traditional card. The tree looks fab.

Kelly Lloyd said...

Great card Dawny.
I'm sure everything will run smoothly for you.looking forward to the shows,
Hugs Kelly

Chris x said...

Will be watching for you!
Beautiful card. wonderful colouring and fab papers.
Chris xxx

Renate´s Stempelwelt said...

Hi Dawny,

wonderful card it looks very beautiful and so nice with the mini clocks.

hugs renate

Rosemary said...

Love the tartan and bells on this Chrimbo card. Classy. Rosemary I

karen wood said...

Hi Dawny. Lovely traditional Christmas card & colour combo. Great stamp for a more grown up card. Love the little jingle bells. Good Luck with TV.
Thank You
Karen x

Sonia Wall said...

This is truly amazing colouring! I too would love a holly tree the same, but the one in my garden unfortunately does not look like this!! Beautiful, and so is that dolphin! X

Astrid said...

Very beautiful card Dawny. And a great stamp.
Hugs Astrid

Ileana Artuffo said...

Wonderful card!

Del said...

Great card, I too love the traditional colours for Christmas, super image and beautifully coloured. Good luck with the TV appearance, I'll be at work but it's set for record :)

lis-m said...

another beautiful card Dawny.. I am loving this hop!
Hugs xx

Pink-Crafty-Devil said...

Hi Dawny, What a beautiful card I love the traditional colours that you have used!
Isn't it amazing to see a dolphin in a river! I love dolphins and wish I could have seen it with my own eyes!
So looking forward to seeing you on the telly :-)
Thanks for sharing with us
Hugs
Kelly xxx

Wendy Pell-Stevens said...

This made me think of my 91year old scottish Godfather, still alive and drinking his Guinness. It made me go all sentimental. Thank you.

Anke said...

Wow the new stamps are gorgeous. Lovely card.
hugs Anke

Karen Davies said...

Hi Dawny,
Fab colouring and you're right it's lovely to have a bit of tradition at Christmas time.
Love the card.
Hugs
Karen x

Rosietoes said...

Gorgeous card Dawny. Love the tartan background and the bells. Great image too. x

Lotte said...

Hallo,

i love your card, love the images.
Yhankes for sharing.

Hugs Lotte

Ann McKeown said...

Such a beautiful card the dolphin is beautiful too
Ann

Debra Kenworthy said...

Have missed your cards so glad to see your latest creation which it lovely! Can't wait to see you on C&C, you'll be great whatever happens. Debra x

cdjcape521 said...

Thanx for the card and the story LOL!

butlersabroad said...

Lovely card Dawny, I was expecting pink and cute!!

Hugs
Brenda

rachel said...

gorgeous card Dawny and the tartan paper works so well with it - love it all. That Dolphin made me sit up and take notice of the news - a very rare thing these days!Hugs Rachel x

Jadie said...

I love the tartan plaid paper on this card! So cute!

Nanda said...

Very elegant card, looks beautiful.

Hugs, Nanda

Kathy Rogers said...

I too love the traditional red, green gold for Christmas. This is a perfect image for those who don't do 'cute'.

bastel_fee said...

A nice card.

Hugs, bastel_fee

Rachel V said...

Gorgeous card, love this new image x Rachel

Jennifer Hay said...

Welcome back! What a beautiful card! Thanks for sharing.

Helena (Gvendalen) said...

So pretty card! love the coloring and colors. hugs, Helena

Julie said...

Lovely card.

mary lou wich said...

This is one of my favorites. I am partial to topiaries!

mary lou wich said...

Lovely card. I have to admit, I am partial to topiaries.

mary lou wich said...

This is one of my favorites. I am partial to topiaries!

Tracy said...

Great card, love your coloring of the image, it is gorgeous. Have a great day.

Emily Lauritzen said...

Just gorgeous! Love the sweet little bells :)
<3 Emily L.

Chris W said...

This a lovely, festive card! The coloring of the stamped image is superb!

Lorraine said...

Gorgeous Christmas card Dawny. I love the new stamp and fab design.
It's my birthday next Thursday so I'm hoping for a lazy day...you never know, hopefully I'll be able to watch you on the telly!
Hope it all goes well - good luck.
Lorraine x

Bolilla Scrap said...

Beautiful card!!!... I love the bells!!! ^_^
Vale ;)

Amy said...

Love your traditional card - especially the bells!

Blankina said...

Lovely traditional xmas card with the new LOTV stamp,
Hugs Blankina

Lynn Hardy said...

Beautiful card Dawny! I do like that Holly tree stamp - I'm a traditional girl at heart when it comes to Christmas!

pysselfnatt said...

Wonderful card, love those traditional Christmas colours!

kuya said...

So different, but also a great Christmas card.

Hugs,
Heike

Sunflower Happiness said...

Great card I like the colors thanks for sharing.

Hellen said...

Fabulous image and beautifully coloured ! x

deesdesigns said...

Hi Dawny,
You never disappoint - another lovely creation. Beautifully colored and the addition of the jingle bells is fabulous. Thanks for the inspiration - I'm off to hop and see all of the other wonderful creations. Dee

carsondcat said...

A classic Christmas card. A dolphin in the Dee, you don't get to see that every day, oh wait you didn't ..lols..

Lesley said...

What a lovely card, the colours are perfect. This is another gorgeous stamp heading for my shopping list.

Teresa said...

Super cute card.. Just got them in the mail and can't wait to use them!! Thanks for sharing about the dolphin... it's beautiful :)

victoria bougen said...

Great Holly tree there, you have made something so simple into a great christmas card, i Love it, the colouring and the bell to top it off!! :0)

Little K Smith said...

A wonderful crimbo card! Love the little bells! And a fab piccie of the poor dolphin too, hope he finds his way home!
Looking forward to seeing you on the telly :)
Kelly.x

Midwife Jem said...

This is lovely. I am not so good at the traditional cards.

Minnamanna said...

I love this beautiful card! This is so traditional ♥
Greetings from Finland!

Jane said...

Another gorgeous card, loving the new release. Looking forward to the show too, take care Jane x

Kristen V said...

Beautiful plaid paper. It's perfect with your coloring!

Kristen V said...

Beautiful plaid paper. It's perfect with your coloring!

*Vicki* said...

Such gorgeous coloring on this image! I love the papers and the gold bell accents!! So lovely! HUGS :)

Dragonlady said...

Hi Dawn,
Beautiful creation. Hope you get to see the dolphin too.
Hugs Ali x

sonia said...

Beautiful card :-) xx

Marjorie said...

Fabulous card Dawny.. lovely colouring I do like this image:) I think you will blow them away with your great personality and sense of humour.. looking forward to seeing you on the TV.. Enjoy!!!
Hugs,
Marjorie xx

Daniele said...

so loving this topiary holly tree
hugs

Melanie Reid said...

Nice to see you back blogging. Love your card,love the way you colour your images. Sadly I will miss the show next week, but good luck I'm sure you will be great.

kanda said...

Beustiful card. Love the design and stamp - very stylish xx

Julye said...

What a fab card and the perfect image for all those difficult me in our lives at christmas -love the plaid idea and the bells add the fun element. Hope you get to see the dolphin aren't they suppose to be a sign of good luck?

Bev Chapman said...

Very elegant card. Love the choice of colors. Very Christmassy.

Niki Estes said...

Such a pretty card! I love the classic Christmas colors and patterns with the pretty image!

Christa said...

beautiful card love the little bells hugs christa

Crafteezee said...

Looks so elegant Dawn. Love it and wow to the dolphin. Think he's got lost, lol.
Hugs Tracy. X

cuilliesocks said...

This is so lovely, great image and wonderful trad colours, Kate x

Ann Lomax said...

fabulous card, love it. ann

lovetomakecards said...

Love your traditional. So many details.

Darla said...

Love the image of the tree and your card is great.

Vera Yates (Ling) said...

Lovely card! Love the little bells. And that dolphin pic is awesome!

Carole said...

A lovely traditional card - I have to say those colours always mean Christmas for me!-beautiful!

Alma said...

Not usually in to Holly and the such but am really liking this one

Janet Wilson said...

Great traditional stamp & beautiful card

Emma Dawson said...

A lovely simple card which really makes the gorgeous image stand out. I really like the way you've put the sentiment at the top too.

Emma x

Laura said...

The plaid and the jingle bells, perfect addition to your beautiful card.

Danielle Champagne said...

Hello Dawny! very joyful card! gorgeous image, and happy colors. Hugs.

Pauline C said...

Fab traditional card Dawny - great new image. Good luck with all your prep for Create & Craft TV - will ahve to se the Sky+ for that one!!
hugs
Pauline x

Debs said...

Beautiful card Dawny - love the traditional colours and fab tartan DP.
Thanks for a fun hop.
Debs xx

Helen C said...

I love this card, it reminds me so much of Christmases when I was a girl. Love the tartan paper too it really sets off the design so well.
That's another on my to buy list.
Helen

Dina said...

also beautiful but different

Heike's Creativeplace said...

Wow, your card is adorable, wonderful colors and Details. Love the new images.

Hugs
Heike

Annette said...

Your card is amazing and you're so right, these images are to-die-for. Love the photo of the dolphin. What a shame you didn't get to see it. I'd be the same though, wanting to go down and see!
Hugs
Annette
xx

Gail said...

Adorable. Love the image but what sets this card off is the scallop on top along with the ribbon and sentiment. It takes a cute image and turns it into a fabulous card. Love your coloring...it looks like watercoloring. --Gail

Debbie said...

Don't you worry Dawny you'll be a star.Your card is stunning.Love the paper and the image is lush.Hugs Debbie x

Julie Kitchener said...

Oh Dawny love the card it's gorgeous as always!! i will see you on TV cant wait!!

Heidi said...

Lovely copic coloring!!!

Debs M said...

fab card, loving that tartan paper! x

Katie Stringer said...

Lovely and traditional x

Tineke de Jong said...

Beautiful card!!! XXX

Tineke de Jong said...

Beautiful card! XXX

Mickey said...

That is such a pretty card. Here in the US we have Holly Bushes (you need a male and female to get red berries) How you tell bush sex is beyond me but we lucked out and have lovely red berries on the green leaves. You did a super job coloring yours. Hug back to you Marge

Claire Cawley said...

Love the traditional feel to this card

Carol S. said...

Love this image and card. Great colouring and design. Hugs, Carol S.xx

Sabrina said...

What a very pretty card!!! I love the jingle bells!!!

Stamping Bubbles said...

Welcome back Dawny. Loving this image very different than the ones I've seen. Good luck for next Thursday.
Lesley

Fiona said...

gorgeous Dawny...love the backing paper too!!

Fi
x

KraftyKim said...

Love a bit of traditional Dawny. Jingle bells included too - thanks for sharing.

Squirrel x said...

Ahh! Just too pretty hun! How am I going to choose? Stuff it, I'll get the lot, lol! xx

Karina said...

What a wonderful card you've made with this sweet image, Dawny!! Love all of them! Thank you for sharing this wonderful inspiration with us.
Hugs, Karina

Kate1973 said...

Lovely card, lovely stamp. I'm looking forward to watching C&C next Thursday - I have the day off work so I'll be watching live and sending crafty good wishes over the airwaves ;)

Laura Lotz said...

Not my favorite stamp. But a great job with the ribbon, scallop and bells. Loved the lay-out>

Maria said...

Love the colours and use of tartan. Holly Tree is one of my favourite new stamps!

Lise Cooke said...

WOW WOW WOW A STUNNING BEAUTIFUL XMAS CARD, GORGEOUS IMAGE XXX

Purplecat 64 said...

Hi Dawny,
Wow
Another great LOTV image,
beautifully coloured,
Loving you backing papers and simplicity,
totally stunning,
hugs,
Heather & Bronwyn xx

Muhriel said...

Nice card of yours! Love the traditional pattern!
Regards, Britta

Muhriel said...

Nice card of yours! Love the traditional pattern!
Regards, Britta

Newtoga said...

Gorgeous card as ever. Fabby stamps and colour combo. Talking of holly trees, I too wish mine was like that, but mine has gone wild and is now over 6" tall ! !

Donna said...

Love the gold bells and the way you mounted your sentiment on the ribbon. Great layout and a very fun dolphin photo! He looks happy!

Nikki said...

This is so kewl it's perfect for the holidays and it's so vibrant :)

ionabunny said...

Lovely card. I like these tree images.

Debbie said...

Gosh Dawny your card is lovely, wow to the little bells hanging I would just love this as a Christmas card. Debbiex

Kelly Bradshaw said...

Love the holly tree....tis the season too be jolly

Kelly Bradshaw said...

happy hopping :0)

margit salchner said...

very tratitional card colours looks great Hugs M a r g i t

lesley lawton said...

perfect card I love lotv cant wait to get my stamps, I would love to win the set! x

Laila B. said...

Wow... Simple and Special. Loved the way you played with the embellishment. Great inspiration. Thanks for sharing!

Cynthia Cole said...

The tree is so cute.

karen adams said...

Beautiful card!

Karen adams

karen adams said...

Beautiful card!

Karen adams

Arty said...

Lovely card design, it really showcases the Pear Tree stamp.

Teresa Godines #6857 said...

Love your choice of paper with the coloring of the image. TFS

Mari said...

Beautiful card, so lovely image :)

Denise Bryant said...

Fabulous card! Amazing coloring and special details on your creation! Love the new Holly Tree image.... gorgeous!

tanya oakey said...

Hello Dawny, lovely card! An image that looks quick and easy to colour too! Will certainly look out for you on the TV for more inspiration....good luck...sure you will be just fine!! :-)

Magda said...

I just found your blog Dawny and I love the layouts of your cards a lot!! Different than most others, you have a style of your own and it's very beautiful!!
I added you to my list of blogs and am looking forward to see more.
Wish you lots of inspiration!
Magda

Susan Lillicrap said...

This reminds me of my childhood when my mum made a tree like this every year

henriëtte verhagen said...

Geweldig mooie kaart

CraftyNatalie said...

Love the tartan papers

Trish said...

Hi Dawn,
Loving this card, fan image and it's great to see tartan making a come back! TFS
Hugs,
Trish x

mandy said...

Gorgeous card Dawny love the traditional card colors and I love those fab bells :)

Look forward to seeing you on the telly

Hugs Mandy xxx

Yvi said...

fab card, love the traditional colors!

Kim Pritchard said...

Loving the new stamps, hopping along to the next blog now. Thanks for the chance to win. Kim.

Jeannette said...

This is what I call a christmascard! Love the traditional colors!

Hugs,
Jeannette

Marina said...

Great card! I like the tiny bells..

Clare Jones said...

Welcome back to blogland Dawny, can't wait for the show next week.
Wow - absolutely loving the cards & brilliant ideas.
Fingers crossed I may be the lucky one to win the stamps
Hugs
Clare xxx

Susanne said...

Beautiful card! I`m looking forward to sunday!
xo Susanne H.

Susanne said...

Beautiful card with the traditional colours. I`m looking forward to Sunday!
XO Susanne H.

May So said...

Though it's traditional, I love it especially the jingle bells!

Lisa E said...

This is gorgeous Dawny so christmassy I'm loving all the new tree stamps my mitts are itching to get to them! Thanks Lisa xx

Iris said...

Gorgeous card and I love your choice of traditional colors.

Hugs,
Iris

my craft cupboard said...

Such a sweet clean card:)

craftyb said...

Images are gorgeous!! as is your traditional take on this gorgeous tree. Break a leg for next week Dawny, I'll be tuning in and enjoying the show!! You'll walk it.....and sure what's the worst that can happen.....?!!Go for gold girlie!!x

Natalie said...

I love the Card, it brings a true Christmas feeling,(although it is sunny and hot today...)!

loulou said...

Great card, love that paper and the bells.

dal24 said...

what a lovely stamp and use of it x

Tanya said...

Gorgeous card as always Dawny, love the traditional colours and little bells :)

Tanya xx

Marieke said...

Dear Dawny,

So nice is this christmas tree! So nice! I like the newest lotv stamps alot!

Have a nice weekend and greetings,
Marieke

Elizabeth S said...

Gorgeous card thank you for the opportunity of winning the stamps. Off to hop. Lizzie xx

Elise said...

OooH Dawny! This is soooo BEAUTIFUL! I love the traditional colors, and I can already feeling myself looking forward to the upcoming festivities during Winter! :) Absolutely STUNNING!!!

ps .. Gasp! A dolphin there?!!! Oooh my gosh! :)

As always, I've had a wonderful hop with you lovely ladies!

Sending Big Hugs,
Elise

homelycrafting said...

Hi Dawny,
Very Beautiful card. I like the Christmas feeling i get when looking at your card.
Hugs Britt

Teri said...

It is traditional and very lovely!!!!
Teri

Hermien said...

Lovely card

hermien

Wendalyn said...

Love the new stamps and your card they are both fabulous. I would just love to win the stamps. Thanks Wendy

ElaineBC said...

Really like your card, I am very fond of the traditional christmas colours. Great stamp.

Elaine

Scatty Kath said...

Beautiful traditional colours & I like the jingle bells! A very effective stamp that would look good with modern colours too.

Cazza said...

Love your traditional card Dawny! :o)
Hugs,
Cazza
x

Mamameerkat said...

Love the colours perfect for this stamp & the jingle bells are a great touch

Kat said...

Gorgeous Dawny. Love that new image.

Kat x

Annie13 said...

Beautiful card, love the bells very much great idea.
xx Annie

Deb said...

Your card really has a Christmas feel to it. Love it!

Deb said...

Your cards a real Christmas feel to it. Love it!

Renae said...

Nice card.

Patty said...

Such a funny story...love it! And I love your traditional Christmas colored card!! I too am usually drawn to the traditional Christmas colors! We have holly bushes here outside my home and they very much have the lovely colors of your holly tree!!

kotkotin said...

FABOLOUS HOP ! I´m love!

Kathy @ Stamping Still said...

you have coloured this stamp so beautifully!

Laura Ferrari said...

molto natalizia la tua card.. non è nel mio stile ma mi piace molto! :)
Laura

Claveh said...

This card is lovely, so elegant. xxx

Pöydän kulmalla näpertelijä said...

Very elegant!

Deborah said...

Gorgeous card Dawny. Can't wait for Thursday.

Deborah A

Sara T. said...

You have great talent with Copics. Lovely card!