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

Friday, 14 November 2014

A Tree For Christmas Plus New LOTV Goodies

Hi there crafty peeps and hope you are all OK today.
It started off very dark and windy here in Chester but the sun is out now, even if it is a tad on the chilly side.

I’ve got a little(ish) Christmas tree to share and I just have to tell you about some fab stuff that’s coming out soon over at Lili of The Valley.

Firstly,  it’s the last open day of the year over at the shop on the 22nd November.
Our last one of the year is always a bit special and this one will be no different.
There’s a lovely Christmas atmosphere and the shop looks beeeeeeeyoutiful.

Also, there are 2 workshops that I’m doing, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, and we have some lovely stuff to make.

The morning session will focus on gifts that you can make to give away (or keep your self if you can’t bear to part with them lol).
I will just say that chocolate is involved in one and everybody on that workshop will get a pack of our very special LOTV choccies!!

The afternoon session will, as always,  be the card making workshop and we will make 2 lovely Christmas cards.

I  think there may be some spaces left so if you fancy joining me for a crafty day filled with laughter and cake, then give the shop a ring (0113 257 8778) or email our Erica  - erica@liliofthevalley.co.uk

Anybody going to the shop will also be the first to get their hands on some brand new stuff which is due to be released on 24th November

Firstly …..


.. we have 3 brand new and stonkingly gorgeous paper pads.

And …

… as you know cos we have been sneakie peeking them, there’s also ….


… 10 brand new and super cute stamps.
Have you picked your faves yet from this release?

And  ……

…  if you fancy a chance at winning these brand new goodies, all you have to do is  ……


Also, don’t forget to enter the last challenge over at the Ideas To Inspire Blog.
As it is the last one, if we beat the  highest number of entries there will be a couple of  extra prizes. It’s a nice easy theme as well – it’s

Merry Christmas

so we just want to see Christmas cards or projects.
over here and check it out of you get a sec and good luck to everybody who enters : )

OK now for my tree.

What do you think?

IRL it looks much nicer than on this pic (that’s right, blame the photographer!!) and it's really light, pretty and sparkly.

I just painted a paper cone with white pant then using the good old hot glue gun, I added some fab stuff from The Ribbon Girl - .

Silver Sparkle Twine 
4mm Flat Back Pearl White Bead Trim
White Tulle
32mm White Pure Silk ribbon

and my fave ….

a 15mm Clear Crystal & Diamante embellishment.

The chunky glass glitter is the sort that you use in floristry – a lot of shops will sell it – and although it is a bit messy to put on (add it on small sections) it does look nice once you’re finished (and not dull like it looks on this pic).

I think it’s  a great way to use up all of the little bits and bobs that you have in our stash.

Right I better be off.
Thank you for sticking with it if you made it this far down the post (and bless your heart xx).
It’s Friday so the weekend is almost on us yayyyyy.  I have 2 little dinks in residence tonight so no doubt this time tomorrow I will have the mother of all headaches as little Thea is very loud and very shrill!! How a small child can generate so many decibels is beyond me.

Good job she is super cute!!

Have a fab weekend and hugs to all xxx 


Tuesday, 11 November 2014

A Little Old Sneaky Peekie

Howdy sweet peeps and long time no see lol.
I hope that everyone is OK

It’s been an eventful few weeks to say the least. We have completely gutted my old craft room and I now have a nice shiny new one – I’ll put some pics on here as soon as I get them done. I hurt my arm in the process but I was always going to do something daft – it’s just how it is with me!!  But who would have thought that carrying a load of wooden planks would hurt so much!!

Anyway we are back in the crafty swing of things now and today I have a little sneakie peekie for you which is also my card for this weeks Papertake Weekly and our theme is

2 or 4 Legs

So ..

… this is what I did (I have used 2 lots of 2 legs lol).

Do you like the  image?
It’s one of the brand new
Lili of The Valley release and it’s called Secretly Yours. 
Although it isn't technically a Chrimbly image, I think it could double up as one.

I coloured it with the following Copics -

  Skin – E000, E00, E13, R00, R02 
Hair – E31, E35, E39, E50
The rest – B0000, B000, B00, B02, B05, B93, B95, E30, E31, E33, E34, E35, E39, E42, E50, E81

The papers are Winter Wishes and the sentiment is from SET 75 - Christmas Wishes, both of course from Lili of The Valley.

I covered the punched holly leaves with glitter and added some Holly Berry Red Dewdrops from The Ribbon Girl
I love how they look.

The bow is made from 38mm white organza and topped off with a Red Small Polka Dot Spotty Button.

I love her twinkly collar – very glam and Christmassy.

So that's my card done and I will be back soon as soon with some more crafty stuff plus my giveaway for my 1000th post – I haven't forgotten peeps, I m just putting it all together.

Right I better be off cos I have work to do then we are off to check out the new Waitrose – I can feel the diet slipping, nay hurling itself at great speed right out of the window!!!

Have the fabbiest of days and sending nice to be back hugs to all xxx