Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Fab Fab Fab :)

Just to let you know that they are now on sale ……..



…. yes,  these are the very chaps here :)

So you can go and get them, woohooo :)

And not only that, there are some special offers on right now  to celebrate the new launch -

All 5 new paper pads for £35

The 9 new Spring stamps for £36

The 6 romantic couple stamps for £24

15 die cut/mini masterpiece sheets for £10

So peeps, go and get em!!!

And the winners of our blog hop can be found here – hugest congrats girlies, I bet you will have some fun with your prize :)

OK that's me done – BFN and hugs to all xxx

Lorry Loads of Love :)


Hi there sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today.

The camera is still out of action but luckily I did this card at the weekend, so without further ado, let’s nip across the pond and join our friends over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge and this week our theme is

Anything Goes

so time to get creative and have fun :)

The DT are using Penny Black products this week -  you don't have to of course, but if you have them we would love to see them :)

As always, our lovely Heidi is giving away a fabulous …

… for one lucky winner to spend …

… right here :)

So ….

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.. this is what I did (I love this colour combi).

The image is from the Penny Black Clear Stamps LOADS OF LOVE  transparent stamp set.
It’s a nice big image - the card base is 6x6 which may give you some idea.


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I coloured it with Distress Inks and these are the colours I used -

Antique Linen, Tattered Rose, Worn Lipstick, Pumice Stone, Black Soot, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters, Fired Brick & Barn Door


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The papers are from a Fancy Pants 6 x 6 THE GOOD LIFE Paper Pad (love these papers) and the XOXOXO border was made using a Wplus9 XOXO BORDER Designer Die.

I popped some red gems in the ‘O’s – I am such a messer!!!!!!


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STILL loving this die – it’s a  Simon Says Stamp Exclusive and this is Simon Says Stamp STRING OF HEARTS Craft DIE

You can maybe see better in this pic that I over - coloured some of the hearts on the image, and quite shoddily it would seem lol,  with Ranger STICKLES CANDY CANE Red Glitter Glue


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The sentiment is from the stamp set as well – it’s perfect for this image :)


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So that’s the old card done for today.
Right I better go and get on and I’ll see you soon if not sooner – ie once I can get the camera to open – but till then, have a fab week and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 29 January 2013

And The Gorgeous Giveaway Winner Is …….

Hi peeps – hope you are all OK today xxx

I’m afraid I’m having a few probs with me camera today. I had to recharge it but now it seems to be ‘stuck’ so bear with me and I’ll get the old card on here soon as soon.

But in the meantime, I thought I‘d do the winner from last week’s  Ribbon Girl gorgeous giveaway and that lucky girlie is ….


… you Jane from Jane’s Journal

Congrats to you hunny and if you email me at, I’ll pass on your deets to Mary and she will arrange to get your beautimous prize off to you.

Thank you to everybody who entered and be sure to check back next month as there will be another giveaway then. I’ll be  back  later to let you know who was the winner of  yesterday's  LOTV sneakie peekie blog hop.

And talking of which, here’s a bit of a sneaky peeky of what’s going to be on here tomorrow …

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… I knew I should have done all me cards for this week at the weekend!!!

Never mind, enjoy your day and I’ll see you later.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx


Monday, 28 January 2013

It’s Hoppity Hop Time :)

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Good morning crafters, thanks for stopping by!

Today we’re holding a Lili of the Valley

sneaky peek blog hop

to celebrate the launch of the gorgeous new Spring stamps!
The first 6 were released last week and the remaining 11 will be available on the 30th January. There are 9 more super cute rubber stamps and also 2 new clear sets (an alphabet and some stitching borders).

You will be able to buy all the stamps on the Lili of the Valley website from midday on Wednesday 30th (UK time) and you will also be able to get them at their showroom in Leeds if you are near enough to visit

The fantastic Design Team are all taking part, you just need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card.  We hope that you will pick up lots of ideas and inspiration along the way.

We don’t know where the prizes are so make sure that you visit them all. We will let you know tomorrow evening which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and 2 winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those 2 blogs.

Each winner will get the 2 sets of clear stamps and also 6 rubber stamps of their choice from the new designs :) 

So, what did I do then?

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…. it’s this card here. I used

Watering The Flowers

and I coloured it with Distress Inks in these colours -

Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Walnut Stain, Worn Lipstick, Fired Brick, Barn Door, Peeled Paint, Shabby Shutters,

- and then I outlined the image with Glamour Dust.

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An arrangement made up of  Ribbon Girl and Wild Orchid Crafts blooms with a punched heart and a little pearly star.

The papers are all from Nitwits – the FQB Perfect Pear Collection – and these are soon going to be available at Lili of The Valley as 8x8 paper packs.

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The bows are also from  The Ribbon Girl  - 15mm Shocking Pink No 72 Small Check Gingham – and I topped them with a pale lime green small spotty button and some natural button twine.


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Ok now back to the hop and here's a list of all the blogs taking part  ...

Ideas To Inspire
Dawny P

… and remember you will need to visit them all to have the best chance of winning. Good luck to everybody who enters and we hope that you have enjoyed the sneak peeks and cards today :)

I’ll be back tomorrow so until then, have a fab day and hugs to all xxx

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Calling All Tilda Fans :)


Hi sweet peeps and hope you are all OK and not under 6 feet of snow – blimey it came down heavy last night didn't it!!!

Well today is a very special day because it’s the very first one of these ……..

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…. how fab.
Ribbons and Tilda – could you get a nicer combi, and I just have a feeling in me water that this is going to be a brilliant challenge :)

So let’s get straight in and for our very first week, our theme is

Ribbons & Lace

and there are 2 prizes up for grabs ….



… a sweet Magnolia Stamp 'Love is in the Air' and a £10 voucher towards a shopping spree in the Ribbon Girl online store.

So …

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… this is what I did.

The image I used is Tilda Catching Stars from the Princes & Princesses 2012 collection.
I coloured her with
Distress Inks – I can see an improvement here so I think that I’m starting to get somewhere with them.

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The colours I used are -

Skin - Tattered Rose & Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Worn Lipstick & Tea Dye
Hair – Antique Linen & Walnut Stain
Clothes – Dusty Concord, Milled Lavender, Mustard Seed, Wild Honey

The papers are all by Nitwits and they are from the FQB - Life's Little Lemons Collection and Promises Collection.



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Two bows made from 16mm Yellow/White No 106 Berisford Pencil Stripe and 15mm Orchid No 910 Microdot Ribbon and topped with an 18mm Sparkly 2-Hole Button which has been threaded with some natural button twine.




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Oh my I am loving these roses :)
They are
Ivory Rolled Paper Roses and they are so delicate – I could never make them with such fine paper. I added a pearl and some leafy things made with a Martha Stewart BRANCH Craft Punch M230367 (from Simon Says Stamp).

You can just about see the  Francesca Border Die which I topped with some 5mm Lemon Cream Loopy Trim



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Another Cheery Lynn die – this one’s Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die

I’ve linked these dies to Sir Stampalot cos Jan has a fab selection there, but if you are ever over at the Lili of The Valley shop, there is a mahoosive selection there as well :)



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So that’s my card all done.

Well it is a quiet old weekend here peeps. My lot have gone to the Cotswolds so we are grandchild-less. It’s one of those things that looks fine on paper but the reality is different and we are soooooo missing them. The house is nice and quiet (and tidy) though so I guess we should enjoy it while we can …. as long as it doesn’t happen to often lol!!

Right, enjoy the rest of your Sunday and don't’ forget to nip over and check out the challenge. Also I still have my gorgeous giveaway and it isn't too late to enter – you can read all about it right here.

Take care, stay warm and safe and see you tomorrow (yes I will be back but I can’t say why!!!)

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

A Krafty Old Bit of Paper Piecing :)


Hi there sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today.

It’s another cold one here today and it has been snowing earlier but nothing has really stuck.

Anyway, without further ado, let’s nip across the pond and join our friends over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge and this week our theme is

Paper Piecing

The DT are using products from Lily Bee this week -  you don't have to of course, but if you have them we would love to see them :)

As always, our lovely Heidi is giving away a fabulous …

… for one lucky winner to spend …

… right here :)

So ….

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.. here’s what I did.

I did the kraft card thing again – love love love kraft card – and kept it fairly simple.

The papers are from the Lily Bee Head Over Heels paper pad I used them to paper piece the flower from a Hero Arts Clear Stamps To and From Petals stamp set (the leaves are also from that set).

The centre circle was made using one of the stamps from the Hero Arts Clear Stamps Many Dots set

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A sweet little rolled rose made with paper from the Lily Bee paper pack plus a bit of string that was handy :)



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There’s only one thing better than a bit of Tilda Lace and that’s three lots of it  - and all of it inked :))))

The sentiment is from a Hero Arts Clear Stamps Live and Laugh stamp set.


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I do quite like simple cards, even though they are sometimes a bit more tricky to make.

Right well that’s me off for today. Don't forget that there is my gorgeous giveaway which is open until next Tuesday – you can see it here if you haven't yet entered.

You gotta be innit to winnit!!!!

Just before I go (Colombo mode yet again lol),  I get quite a few emails asking about the way I do my pics so I thought it might be an idea if I do a little bit of a tutorial – keep watching and I’ll get onto it asap – hope that will help.

See you soon as soon sweet peeps and stay warm and safe.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Sneak Peeks & A Gorgeous Giveaway :)

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Hi peeps and hope you are all warm and cozy today.

It’s time for another Papertake Weekly Challenge and this week we want you to

Tie Up You Loose Ends

or in other words, add a bow to your card or project :)

There’s a GDT call, loads of fab DT cardage and a


.. up for grabs from our Mary & Andrea 

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.. so if you get a sec, do check it all out me loves xxx

So what did I do then?

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It’s this very chap here.

I used one of the brand new, only just released Lili of The Valley images and this one is called

Love Balloon

Isn’t it a little poppet :)

I got the old Copics back out seeing as they were sulking at being ignored for so long and these are the colours I used -

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E13, E21
Hair- E31, E33, E35, E39, E50
Clothes etc - E31, E33, E35, E39, E50, E81, E99, G99, R00, R02, R05, R17, R27, R59, YG0000, YG00, YG03

The papers are all from the fabulous Nitwits FQB - Crab Apple Lane Collection and I can share that they are soon going to be available from Lili of The Valley as a 8x8 paper pack.

And do you see the little stitching detail around the paper?
Well that is also going to be available from LOTV as a stamp set as well -  perfect for when you can’t be bothered to get your sewing machine out :)

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Some yummies from The Ribbon Girl.

The bow is made from 38mm Ivory Silky Crush ribbon, topped with a Red Small Polka Dot Spotty Button and some natural button twine. I also added a couple of  Heart Pins.

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Righty-oh, that’s the old card done.

Now, who fancies winning one of these …..

Red Mini Ribbon Kit

… fabulous Ribbon Girl Red Mini Ribbon Kits?

Well if you do, all you have to do is to leave me a comment and then add your name to old Linky at the end and I’ll do a random draw thingie next Tuesday. And of course mahoosive thank yous to The Ribbon Girl for donating this xxx

Right I better go and do some more work. I’ll see you tomorrow with some more cardage so until then, take care and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Happy New Ribbon Girl Challenge :)


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A very good morning lovely peeps and hope you are all OK today.
It’s still verrry cold here but the snow is going – yayyyyy!! BUT I think it may be back during next week (boooo, hisss!!)

So the best thing to do I reckon is to stay indoors and do a bit of crafty crafting :)))))

So it’s a brand new year for challenges' over at  The Ribbon Girl Blog and today's challenge is a colour challenge  which is ……

Pink and Ivory!

There are 2 prizes up for grabs -  a £10 voucher from Lisa and Laila at Lili of the Valley

plus a £10 voucher towards a spending spree at The Ribbon Girl

Now these colours are right up my Stra├če, and I don't think I am alone either cos the DT creations are super dooper fab so if you get a sec go and have a mooch. You won't be disappointed fo sho!!!

So what did I do then?

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This is the very chap right here.

I used one of the new Magnolias  - Tilda With Dot Bow (which you can get from Simon Says Stamp) and gave her the Distress Inks treatment and these are the colours I used -

Skin - Tattered Rose & Vintage Photo
Cheeks - Worn Lipstick & Tea Dye
Hair – Antique Linen & Walnut Stain
Clothes – Spun Sugar, Worn Lipstick

I’m getting a bit more used to them now :)   

What you can’t see on the pic is that I’ve added some Diamond Stickles (I blame the photographer!!).

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Some beautimous Ribbon Girl stuff here – I’ll put the list at the end with pics.

The papers are a bit of a mash up from various Nitwits collections – Bear Girls TooFQB - Mr and Mrs and FQB - Grin 'n Bear It

It’s so useful that they all work together so well.

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Those Kort & Godt Pink Rolled Paper Roses are just so pretty – LOVE them :)


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Do you like this little heart banner (and please excuse the grainy as hell pic peeps!!)

It’s made from a

Simon Says Stamp String of Hearts Craft Die

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The card base is an On The Edge - Top Notch card base from Craftwork Cards (check out the inked edges again – I don't know what’s coming over me lately with all this inking etc etc lol!!).

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Ok so here’s the stuff from The Ribbon Girl that I used today.
If you click the pic it will take you straight to the right place in the shop.

5metres Cream Seam Binding     10 metres Pink Button Twine     White (Pale Ivory) Carnation, WOC Pk of 5


23mm Pink Organza Ribbon     Rolled Paper Roses Pink    Pearls Sugar and Spice Self Adhesive


   Deep Rose Pink Tiny Ric Rac    Pk of 10 Pale Pink Small Striped Buttons    Stickles Stardust Ranger Ink

Only one more week to go before the brand new Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only challenges start and I am sooo excited by this (you can read all about it here peeps)


And a bit more news – there is a brand new collection coming from Lili of The Valley ……


… which are perfect for Valentines Day as well as Anniversary's etc or even just for loved up peeps and even better news is that you don't have to wait long to see them cos they go on sale tomorrow, wooohoooo!!

Right on that note I better get off and get on :) We are off to watch Kyla horse riding and then Nik, Em and I are off to do a bti of shopping. I have no doubt at all in my mind that Miss Kyla will be joining us because there is a Claire's Accessories there and it is to her what craft shops are to us!!

Enjoy your Sunday and see you in the week. Stay warm and safe and huggiest of hugs to all xxx