Friday, 3 October 2014

Who Wants To Be In A Mag?

Heyyyy peeps.

Would you like to be in Cardmaking and Papercraft magazine? I know it's not even Christmas yet (!) but Kirstie is looking for any cardmakers who would like to say a special thanks to their husband/wife/partner next Valentine's Day. Maybe they’ve looked after you or helped you through some tough times? Maybe this is your first Valentine’s Day as new parents or as newly-weds? Or maybe you’ve been looking after your special someone and you want to say how happy you are they’re getting better? I’d love to hear from you and see your special cards. If you'd like to find out more email her at Every story published will win a brilliant prize of brand new crafty goodies, to say a big thanks for your time.
Why not have a go. You have to be in it to win it xxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

A VERY Special Hoppity Hop :)



Morning sweet peeps  and thanks for stopping by today – apols that I am bit late (techie stuff and it always happens when I don't need it to, grrr)..

It’s a very special post for me – see below – and also it’s time for another Lili of The Valley blog hop and today we’re celebrating the launch of the our new sweet girlie stamps

There are  8 new images including the Bonfire and Halloween images which you’ve seen already so today we are showcasing the remaining 6 and they are adorable.

Well you’d expect nothing less from us would you :))

They will be available to buy on the website from Monday but if you are coming over to the shop for the Open Day on Saturday then you will be able to get them then.

And speaking of the Open Day, there are still a few places left on the workshops if you fancy spending a couple of crafty hours with moi.
You can see all the details right here and it would be fab if you could join us.

There’s cake, crafting and a fair bit of laughter as well.

OK so for the hop,  you just need to go from one blog to another following the links, and  hopefully along the way you will pick up some ideas and inspiration for using these cute new images as well.

As always we have some hidden prizes along the way, we don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and comment on every blog

We will let you know on the Ideas to Inspire blog on Friday evening which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the prize winners  winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs.

And talking about prizes ….

We have 2 full sets of the new stamps to give away, 2 lucky winners will each get all 8 new 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


(that'll be me then!!)


Mary J


So what did I do then?

I made a triangle card, just for a change as I thought it echoed the image, which is the oh so sweet Annabel Camping.

The papers I used are Country Meadow – sooo pretty.

I coloured Annabel with the following Copics -

Skin – E0000, E00, E13, R00, R05
Hair – E31, E35, E35, E50
The rest – E31, E35, E39, E50. RV00, RV10, RV34, RV69, Y11, Y21, Y28, YG01, YG03, YG95


The tags are  SET 24 - Sentiment Tags – perfect for these images I think.

And there’s a bit of prettiness from The Ribbon Girl - 16mm Pink/Fuschia Saddlestitch ribbon and some Cream Tiny Ric Rac

Now before we get on with the hop, I did say that this was a special post and indeed it is, and not just because of the hop.

But also  I just realised that this is my 1000th post.

Wooohooo, who ever would have thought!!

So keep an eye out on here and I will put together a little celebration pack which I will give away to one of my followers over the next week or so.

So there’s my news and also my card – I hope you like it peeps.

From here you need to visit the  sweetness that is our  gorgeous sweet Elise but don't forget that 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 on Friday night when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the stamps go on sale

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

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Blooming Lovely Lili

Good morning  peeps and a very happy Sunday to everybody.

It’s time for another fabulous Lovely Lili challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and our theme is

Add Flowers

A blooming lovely challenge methinks : )

We have 2 fab prizes as well.
There’s a

and a

so hugest of thanks to The Ribbon Girl & Lili of The Valley 

If you get a sec, nip over and check out the blog – there’s some pretty darn tootin’ fab cardage to be seen : )

So …

... this is what I did – it’s a little bit different in that I didn't use any image.
But the papers are Lili of The Valley and they are the Country Meadow design – lovely and clean and fresh aren't they.

I used some beautimous goodies from The Ribbon Girl shop and they are -

38mm Parrot Green Faux Silk ribbon,

 25mm 'Amber' White Flat Polyester Fan Pattern Lace,

7mm Pale Lime No 6 Satin Ribbon,

40mm White Mulberry Daisy,

Bubble Gum Pink Small Plain Button)

Here’s a couple more close up pics ….

I got me a Tim Holtz Word Play die a while back and this is it’s first airing.
It won’t be the last I’m sure because I LOVE it.

I did the glitter pad thing again – it’s so addictive!!!



And that's the old card done.

It’s a bit of a sad day for me today because it’s 11 years today since my beloved Mum died. I cannot believe it’s been 11 years – I wonder sometimes how I have managed without her, I really do. But of course we do manage because life does and must go on.  And life is all about balance I think. In amongst the sadness, there’s been some wonderful things that have happened in my life in those last 11 years, things that I would have loved to have shared with her. First and foremost my beautiful grandchildren whom she would have adored as much as I do. And the crafty stuff as well – she would have loved it all. 

But sadly it wasn't to be.

We are off to Emma’s for lunch shortly (yayy, no cooking for me today)  and I will raise a little toast not only to my Mum but to all the mums out there as well. We do a great job if I do say so myself lol!!

Enjoy your Sunday whatever you are up to and huggiest of hugs to all xxx

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Say That Again lol!!!

Hi peeps and hope you are all OK today xx

It’s that time of the week when we catch up with the Papertake Weekly gang and this week our theme is

Repeat Repeat

and all we want you to do is to use a repeated design or words, or embellies.
Or you may have another interpretation – as always it’s up to you/

So what did I do then?

Well I went with a repeated design ie the die cut circles and also the layers in the flower.
And there’s also repeat pearls on there as well.

The papers are from LOTV Country Meadow and I just added random sized circles.
The sentiment is from the LOTV
Sentiments to Fit Scroll set – love this set.


The flower was made using Sir Tim’s tattered Florals die (I also used his Flourish and Leaf die as well ).
I used the same pattern throughout and added some of Mary’s gorgeous
White Tulle in the centre and a 14mm Acrylic Gems which I coloured.

I also used a couple of Crystal Trinket Pins.
I didn't colour these but they do colour beautifully if you needed them to match



I like how this one turned out : )


And that’s the old card done.

It’s a quickie today but if you get a sec, do nip over and check out the PTW cardage – it’s beautimous and there’s lots of different ideas for the challenge.

Till next time, have a fabby-tastic day and hugs to all xxx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Twinkling Away :)

Good morning  peeps and a very happy Sunday to everybody.

Yes you’re right,  I haven't been on here for a good while now but I haven’t been slacking, I promise you!!
Oh no, far from it. I’ve been busy with all sorts of exciting stuff.

I’ve also got a fair few cards which I haven't blogged so I’ll try and get that done very shortly.

But on with today and it’s time for another fabulous challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and our theme is

Add Ribbons

and that’s it – couldn’t be easier.

We have 2 sponsors for you …

Lili of The Valley


The Ribbon Girl

If you get a sec, nip over and check out the blog – there’s some pretty darn tootin’ fab cardage to be seen : )

And …

... this is what I did.

I used and image from  LOTV Art Pad Set 33 Christmas Cuties – so handy to have – and I just cut it out and added a bit of Glossy accents to the buttons and carrot nose. Then I mounted it onto a die cut oval which I'd covered with some Up Up & Away paper, swiped with a glue pad then doused it in Glamour Dust.

You can see it a bit better here.


Now for the ribbons.

I made a bow from  25mm Black No 10 Small Check Gingham Ribbon then topped it with another made from 25mm Red Plain Sheer Ribbon. Then I put some glue onto an Aqua Small Plain Button and dunked that in the glitter, and on that went!!

I also used some Red/White Spot Lace Edge Bias Binding which you can see better on the top pic – seriously love this.
And I added three
Aqua Dewdrops cos they are so pretty and they match the papers perfectly.

And that's the old card done.

Right I’m off to get on with the next thing on the list. Enjoy your Sunday and I wont leave it quite so long next time.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx


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