Tuesday, 12 August 2014

Spotty Dotty Sneakie Peekie :)

Good morning sweet peeps and hope everyone is ok today : )

It’s Papertake Weekly time and this week our theme is

Spots & Dots

and all we want to see is either or included.

So …

… here’s what I did and this is a bit of a sneakie peekie, because I  used one of the brilliant new Lili of The Valley Art Pads which launch on Thursday.

There are 7 new ones and you’ll be spoilt for choice as they are all fabulous.
Not only that,  but the new pads are XL and now feature 60 images instead of 30.
Best news is that they are still the same price but you are getting twice as much for the same price of only £6.00!


I used one of the Christmas Cuties images.
They are soooo sweet and they work beautifully with some of the new paper pads such as
Up Up & Away and Pastel Dreams.
And that’s exactly what I did.

The sentiment is from LOTV  Set 75 - Christmas Wishes which will be back in stock any time now – it’s been very popular and I'm not surprised because it has so many sentiments included and in fonts to match every type of card.

I actually started this card when I was up in sunny Newcastle – it was verrry sunny on Saturday and I got a bit sunburnt sitting in the garden having our gorgeous lunch.  I used Andrea’s Martha Stewart punch for the border and stupidly didn't ask her what it is called so I don't know I'm afraid.

But I do know that I used some lovely stuff from
The Ribbon Girl shop.
And how thrilled were
Anne and I to actually go in and have a private viewing – get us lol!!!.
Talk about kids in a sweet shop!!.

The bow here was made using 25mm Organza Pink/Silver Sparkle Stripe Ribbon – oh my this is beautimous, as is the little Aqua Dewdrop on top of  the snowflake, which I made from a Marianne Design Creatables - Snowflakes Style 1 die set from Dies To Die For.

Pinching the idea from Andrea, I cut a strip of aqua gingham paper and swiped a glue pad along it then dunked it in Glamour Dust – it goes all nice and sparkly and pretty : )

And here’s another snowflake which I layered up.
I die cut the shapes out then covered the smaller one with Cosmic Shimmer glue and soaked it in Glamour Dust.
It dries quite stiff so it’s a bit more robust!!

Bit of a pooey pic is this one, sorry peeps.

So that’s my card for today and if you get a sec, do nip over and check out the challenge peeps – as always, the DT girls have come up trumps with their work and there’s lots of different ideas to inspire you.

I’m counting the days down now to Sunday when my little treasures come back from Spain.
To say that I’ve missed them is an understatement and it’s proved to me yet again that I could never go and live abroad – it would kill me I think not to see them. I’ve ordered their new bunk bed which is arriving next week, and I’m going to redecorate their bedroom in the next day or two. We are going for an aqua and pink them – a bit like my card today, and all the furniture will be white. I’ve got bunting to make and shelves to put up (well I say ‘I’ cos that bit will be his Lordship).  Anyway there’s the biggest hug ever waiting for them when I collect them from the airport = not too long to wait now : )

Have the best day and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Thursday, 7 August 2014

Easy Breezy :)


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Good morning sweet peeps.
It’s my turn to host the post over at the DTDF Cutey Craft blog today.

And ….

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… this is what I did.

The super sweet  image I used is called Breeze and she is one of the new CC Designs images.

I coloured her with the following Copics -

Skin E000, E00, E13, R00, R02,
Hair E31, E35, E39, E50
The rest E30, E31, E35, E50, G99, V000, V04, V06, V12, V15, V91, V95, YG00, YG03, YG95

The pretty paper is Maja Design - Coffee in the Arbour - Grandma's Old Porcelain.

I really struggled to choose which side of this paper to use as they are both so gorgeous.
Mrs Predictable wanted the plaid and Mrs Dosomethingdifferentforachange  wanted the floral.

Mrs Predictable won.

She usually does, bless her!!!!


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The bloom was made using Marianne Design Creatables - Flowers Style 1  and Marianne Design Creatables - Flower – LR0107 dies. 
Apols for the blurry pic!!).

I topped it off with one of Marys  14mm Acrylic Gems from The Ribbon Girl.


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I printed the sentiment out and added the little flourish from the Marianne Design Creatables - Flowers Style 1 set

The little clouds are Joy Crafts Clouds – sooo sweet : )



A double double bow made from Mary’s gorgeous Vintage Seam Binding.
The colours I used are
Mauve Mist and Mauve Lilac.


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So there you go – all done, and I was quite pleased with the way this bad boy turned out.

Right I’m off.
Have the best day and I’ll see you soon as soon.
Till then,
hugs to all xxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

A Christmas Hoppity Hop :)

Good morning peeps.
Thanks for stopping by and if you've arrived here from  our
Becky’s blog, then you are in the right place because today we are holding a Lili of the Valley design team blog hop to celebrate the launch of our gorgeous new Christmas products

This 2014 collection is the most adorable mix of 22 cute character stamps – there’s new vintage boys & girls, snowmen, penguins and angels. In short, there’s something for everybody in this little lot : )

You will be able to buy everything  on the website from midnight on Friday August 1st (UK time) along with our new Christmas paper pads and some useful clear stamp sets (Christmas sentiments, carols and mini images and also some everyday recipes which are brilliant)

The LOTV design team are all joining in and you know how it works me darlins. You just need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leaving a comment on each card.  Along the way you will hopefully pick up lots of ideas and inspiration for different ways to use the new images

As always there are fabulous prizes up for grabs on this hop. We don’t know where they are hidden of course,  so do make sure you that you visit and comment on every blog.

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

We have a full set of the new Christmas image stamps to give away;

1st prize is the 12 angels, penguins and snowmen

2nd prize is the 10 vintage children

2 awesome giveaways : )

So what did I do then?

Well here is my card – I kept it very simple -  and the image I used is called

Seeds & Greetings (I LOVE that!!)

It is so easy to colour and I coloured it with the following Copics -

BG0000, C00, C0, C1, C2, C4, C5, C7, C10, E30, E31, E35, E39, E50, R05, R14, R17, R46, R59, YG00, YG03, YG95, YR04, YR16, YR68

The paper is from one of the new pads – this is Twas The Night.

Here’s another newbie – this is one of the new sentiments.
I'm not sure what this set is called yet but keep your eyes peeled for it because there is every Chrimbly sentiment you will ever need on here and in different fonts and styles as well.


Here’s a list of everybody who is taking part in the hop -

Ideas to Inspire



(that'll be me then!!)







Mary J


So the next stop is the sweetness that is our Dena, and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there.

Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow evening when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the new products go on sale

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

Friday, 25 July 2014

Millie & Friend

Good morning peeps and I hope you are all OK today and managing to stay reasonably cool!!

A few weeks ago, Lydia from Splitcoast Stampers  emailed me to ask if I would like to be one of the Dirty Dozen.
Well of course I said yes please!! So for the next 6 months, you’ll find me over there. To be honest, I never realised what a fabulous source of info and inspiration that website is -  it is amazing, and I’m so glad I agreed to do this.

So this is for my first month and the theme is to use any of the past themes from the last 10 years, or you can case another dirty girl’s card.

My card uses the Best Buds theme …

… and here it is.

I also chose this card as my own fave for this month.
I love it because of the colours, the gorgeous papers and sweet image.
I rather like the layout as well.

The image is LOTV  Milly - Me & My Dog.
I have to confess that I cannot for the life of me find the list of Copics that I used, I'm ever so sorry.
If I do come across it I’ll amend this but I have a sneaky feeling that I’ve chucked it out : )

These beautimous papers are all from the latest Lili of The Valley paper pad releases and they are from Up Up & Away and Country Meadow. And just for a change I used of the sentiments from the Sentiments to Fit Scroll set. If they weren't such hard wearing stamps, I’d have worn this set out long ago lol.

You can probably see that I’ve been busy inking and stitching as well.

A bit of fabby habby here.

I used some 16mm Aqua Ruffle Edge Sheer ribbon, some 9mm 9422 Pink Beauty Velvet Berisford ribbon (lush) and topped them off with a 14mm Acrylic Gem. And of course this is all from Mary at The Ribbon Girl.


I did the punching and chopping thing with these flowers – I am sooo into making paper flowers at the mo.

I thought the cute lil Joy Crafts Clouds from Dies To Die For  looked fab with the papers : )


So that’s me done for today and I’ll be back tomorrow – or verrry soon – with another card to share.

Have a great day and stay cool me darlins!!!

Huggiest of hugs xxx


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Blimey O’Reilly It’s Warm !!



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Good morning sweet peeps and is it hot today or is it HOT!!!

It’s my turn to post over at the DTDF Cutey Crafts blog today, and here’s ….


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… my card.

It features a Bildmalarna image  and this one is the sweet Mimosa Guitar.
I’m not sure that I’ve ever coloured one of these images before but they are  just gorgeous, and I coloured her with the following Copics -

Skin E000, E00, E13, R00, R02,
Hair E31, E35, E39, E50
The rest B0000, B05, B23, B32, B39, B93, B97, E30, E41, E42, E43, E50, E87, R00, R045, YG00, YG03, YG95

 So just one or two then lol!!!

The beautiful papers are Maja Design - Coffee in the Arbour - White Daisies – verry pretty I think .



See the border there with the lace on?
Well this is the strip on the bottom of the plaid paper …


Maja Design - Coffee in the Arbour - White Daisies

… you can see it on here.
I thought it was too good not to use.

The beautiful lace is from Mary at The Ribbon Girl.
I’ve forgotten which one it is (doh!!) but I will update this when I’ve sorted my two brain cells out !!!


This wide grosgrain type ribbon was off of a bedding set I bought recently from BHS.
The crafter in me couldn’t bear to part with it and I'm glad I kept it now.

I topped it with one of Mary’s 14mm Acrylic Gems.

The daisy, which isn't in this pic, is also from Mary and it’s a 40mm White Mulberry Daisy


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I haven’t used it for a while I now but I thought it had been idle for long enough!!
Yes I’m talking about the good old
Magnolia Doohickey Leaf and Swirl die.

In fact, I thought that as it had been slacking for soooo long, I would use it twice : )


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So that’s my card for today.

It’s been so muggy these last few nights that I bet none of us have slept properly. I have a fan going in our bedroom all night which annoys the hell out of his Lordship because he says it gives him a sore throat. I guess it’s better than the headache he would get from me moaning it if wasn't there though. It has to be strategically placed so that not one iota of breeze blows on to him.

Anyway last night I had one of those eureka moments.
Now this is how dim I am at times peeps cos really it is plain common sense.
I used a wet flannel to dampen my skin and then the breeze from the fan chilled the wet skin right down.

Yayyy, result.

I was cool at last,  or rather cool enough to get some zzzzs.

Talking of dim,  I am not without intelligence (no, really lol), but there are times when I do the daftest things.
If you’ve followed this blog for a while you will know this fo sho!!

So the dope struck again last week.

I decided that I would get an electric mincer …


.. this bad boy here from Lakeland (not cheap but a mincer is for life and not just for Christmas, I do believe).
The reason I got it is that doing this diet (a stone of flab gone up to now, wooohoooo), I’ve got a few recipes for stuff that used mince. I am a really fussy mare about mince and I never quite trust what’s in it from the supermarket.  Plus you can make sure that there is zilcho fat involved if you do it yourself.

So we got it home and I decided to make some burgers.

To be honest, they were not very nice because I didn't put in enough seasoning but hey ho, we live and learn and anyway, I’m digressing.

So the dope here didn't read the instructions properly and bunged all the moving parts into the dishwasher.
See that lovely shiny silver bit on the actual mincer? Well it is now dull and grey. I could have cried because to be fair, I am usually very verrry careful about stuff like that and I do generally look after me stuff!!!

So I rang Lakeland to ask if they sold anything that would restore it to it’s gorgeous shiny self again. They didn’t - there isn’t anything unfortunately – so I asked the nice lady if I could buy some spares. She said she would see what she could do but she couldn't promise and she would get back to me.

That was last Thursday and today, Mr Postie has brought me some a parcel of lovely shiny new parts. My machine now looks as good as it did before I ruined it, and better still there was no charge.


Now in this day and age where most companies do not know how to even spell customer service, I am truly impressed.

So a massive huge big up to Lakeland – they have restored my faith in human nature and I think they are completely and utterly awesome.

So on that happy as Larry note (whoever he is), I’m off.

Have a fabulous day, stay cool and I’ll see you soon as soon.
Huggiest of hugs to all  xx

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Little Blossom

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Good morning sweet peeps, and a very happy Thursday to everybody x

It’s my turn to host the post over at the DTDF Cutey Crafts blog and the card I’m sharing today features the little cutie above.


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She is CC Designs - Pollycraft – Blossom and I coloured her with these Copics -

Skin – E000, E00, E13, R00, R02
Hair – E31, E35, E39, E50
The rest – B63, BG0000, BG10, BG15, R00, R02, R05, YG00

The papers are from the new Echo Park - Simple Life - Dots & Stripes 6 x 6 Pad.
I LOVE these colours together




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I actually used an Impression Obsession die here – it’s a Square Cutout Border die.
I curled it slightly then stuck it down so that it bevelled in the middle. 
Then I promptly covered it up with some chopped up leaves cut with a
Memory Box Lavish Branch and some little Wildflower Patch flowers.  

Am I the only one that does that???
Sometimes even I don't understand myself!!!!

The sentiment is from my my all time fave LOTV  Sentiments to Fit Scroll set.



I did a bit of 3D-ing with the flower – like you do!!

And there’s a bit of glitter in there as well, just for a change lol.


Another helping of Sue Wilson’s bow die.
I’m rather liking this bad boy : )



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So that’s my card and that’s me done for today and I’m off to do some work.

Have a great day and huggiest of hugs to all xx

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

A Papertake Weekly Sneakie Peekie :)

Morning sweet peeps and hope you are all OK today xx

It’s that time of the week when we head on over to the Papertake Weekly challenge and this week our theme is

Buttons, Bows & Bling

and it’s ever so easy – you just need to include one, two or all of them in your work.


And here’s ….

… what I did.

Now if you’re thinking that you haven't seen that image before, then you would indeed be right because it’s one of the brand new Lili of The Valley Christmas images. You are sooo going to love this cute little lot and if you keep your eyes peeled on the DT blogs over the next few weeks then you’ll see lots of other sneak peeks as well.

The image I used is called

The Perfect Tree

and I coloured it with these Copics -

Skin – E000, E00, E13, R00, R02
Hair – E31, E35 
Squirrel – E07, E08, E97, E99
The rest –E23, E27, E30, E31, E35, E39, E50, E99, G99, R05, R14, R17, R27, R59, YG00, YG03, YG95 
and I outlined everything with Glamour Dust.

The papers are Lili of The Valley Simple Joys – proper Chrimbly colours these :)

I also added some Liquid Pearls to look like falling snow.

I made the tree using Dee's Distinctively - Christmas Stacker Tree Dies and did a bit of sanding on the edges!!


The bow was made using a Creative Expressions Craft Dies by Sue Wilson – this is Finishing Touches Collection - Classic 3D Itty Bitty Bow.
And I topped it with a Wooden Star Button  from
The Ribbon Girl.

That sweet curvy sentiment is also a LOTV newbie so keep your eyes peeled for those as well.
I thought it mirrored the Spellbinders Curved Borders 1 perfectly.

If I made this again, I would add an extra white mat behind the green to make it stand out more.

So there we are all done for today.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my sneakie peekie and don’t forget to check out the other Papertake girlies cos there’s some fabulous stuff over there.

Have the best day and huggiest of hugs to all xxx