Monday, 16 November 2015

Any Image Challenge…



Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by. I made a card this week for the Ribbon Girl challenge that is completely different for me. I needed an 80th Birthday card for a special lady and the style I usually make just didn’t cut it -  I took some inspiration from the fabulous Kathy because her cards are exquisite

It's a USE ANY IMAGE anything goes challenge and I was so carried away using all the gorgeous Ribbon Girl goodies that I just realised I didn’t actually use an image …ooops, sorry Mary and Andrea! 

(you are supposed to) …use an image, it can be any of your choosing and we hope to see all types of projects including cards, boxes, gift boxes, candles etc

This challenge will run for 2 weeks ending at 9pm on Saturday 29th November. All the details are on the Ribbon Girl blog as well as some gorgeous cards from the team – and, there will be 3 winners chosen at random from the entries




There’s quite a long list of supplies, here’s what I used from the Ribbon Girl; 25mm cream cotton lace, tulle, stickles, pink and ivory button twine, 3mm and 5mm flat back pearls, rhinestone self adhesive butterflies and dragonflies, teardrop ivory pearlised pins, ivory 10mm and 20mm open roses, tiny pale pink rosebuds

…and here’s everything else; LOTV/Raspberry Road Always & Forever papers, Noor border die, Spellbinders rose creations die, Spellbinders oval and scalloped oval dies, Memory Box foliage die

There are a few things I would do differently next time but all in all I’m pretty pleased with it and will definitely make another. Kathy uses lots of pearl flourishes so that’s something I need to get as they are a lovely finishing touch

I’m curious to know what you think so leave a comment if you have a minute, I love to read them

Enjoy your week crafters



Thursday, 5 November 2015

Jack Russell…



Hello everyone, Jess has been home this week so we’ve been Christmas shopping today. I’ve already got quite a few things online so that’s me just about done. I hate going to town when it’s busy so always try to start early and ordering things to be delivered is my idea of perfect shopping! I love it when the postman comes with parcels even if they’re not for me (although there are usually a few crafty bits sneaked in amongst the gifts!!)

I always loved bonfire night but I’m glad we didn’t have anything planned tonight because it’s pouring down with rain here so I’ve watched the local fireworks out of the window. Manny is so funny, he’s very timid and runs a mile if someone coughs near him yet he is completely oblivious to all the bangs and flashes going off – they don’t bother him at all!


Onto the new challenge at Papertake Weekly and as it’s the first one of the month we have our usual…

Anything Goes

…our optional extra is to make a gift for Christmas but remember this is only an option. I would usually have jumped at the chance to do a Christmas gift because I got a new cracker die but I couldn’t resist this week making a card with one of the new Lili of the Valley ‘Little Critter’ stamps. You are going to love this new release, Little Folk and Little Critters are great value for money with 2 images and some sentiments on the stamp for just £4.50 – and they are SO cute! They are launched on the website next week and a limited number can be bought at the NEC if you are going this week

This adorable image on my card is Jack Russell…


Nov 03 - Anything Goes


I used Butterfly Kisses papers which are my favourite green and pink colour combination

It’s a Creative Expressions embossing folder and there are a few dies… Marianne (fence) Lawn Fawn (sentiment) Spellbinders (circle & scalloped circle) and Memory Box (clouds & butterflies)

The lovely gems are Papermania



Hope you like it, you can see all the details for the challenge and some inspiration from the team on the Papertake blog and there’s a Lili of the Valley voucher up for grabs for the lucky winner this week


Enjoy the rest of your week crafters, thanks for stopping by



Sunday, 25 October 2015

All About The Base…



Evening crafters, Sunday again and it doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since I was sat here doing last weeks post…

…the clocks went back in the UK this weekend so it was dark just after 5 tonight and I don’t feel like doing much else other than getting snuggled up on the sofa in front of Strictly. Wasn’t Jay’s pulp fiction jive AMAZING by the way? as you can see from my blog name learning to jive has been top of my bucket list for many years and I live in the hope that one day I’ll persuade Keith to go along with me to a class. My favourite to date was Jill Halfpenny and her partner Darren Bennett a good few years ago although Darcey Bussell did a very elegant version (she would wouldn’t she!) with Ian Waite, I just love watching them


Onto this weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly and it’s…

All About The Base

…so this week we want to see different shaped base cards – anything at all that you want, apart from a square

There’s a lovely Ribbon Girl voucher up for grabs for the lucky winner and as always some inspiration from the team to get you started


You can enter and also find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Weekly blog



I used a Craftwork Cards base for this (I think it’s called ‘elegant’) and I used Lili of the Valley Always & Forever papers and the Wedding Couple image which is available either as a stamp or in the True Love Art Pad


Oct 20 - All about the base


We’re going to a wedding next weekend so this is for the happy couple, I made a lovely box to match and the sentiment is done on the computer

The bow die is Doohickey and the heart string is Penny Black – I also added some of favourite tulle from the Ribbon Girl which adds a lovely bit of texture

Hope you like it, thanks as always for your comments and enjoy your Sunday evening everyone



Sunday, 18 October 2015

Two by Two…



Hello lovely crafters, are you having a nice weekend? I hope so, they just go too quickly don’t they!

I’ve been getting the garden cut back because it’s the last brown bin next week, we’ve been to the tip twice too – I think it would be a good idea to put on an extra collection at this time of year before it finishes for the Winter, I always have so much waste when I’m cutting everything back. The garden looks very dull, I love it when it’s full of flowers! But, I’m thinking more time for crafting now the weather has changed so that’s got to be good!!

There is still time to enter the challenge at Papertake Weekly and this week it’s…

Two By Two

…please use 2 images or 2 papers or 2 different types of embellishments… or you may have your own interpretation!

We have a lovely prize from…

The Hobby House


…and as always there is some fabulous inspiration from the girls on the team

You can find all the details on the Papertake blog




I went with 2 Lili of the Valley products for my ‘2’…

…I used a stamp and some of their lovely papers


Oct 13 - Two by Two


This cute image is Annabel playing tennis and the papers are from the Up Up & Away/Pastel Dreams collection

I coloured Annabel and cut it out, then shaped and stuck her on with some pinflair to give it a bit of dimension. I cut and added the ball separately

The lovely gems and velvet ric rac are from the Ribbon Girl



Enjoy your evening everyone, Keith has just gone to collect his Sunday takeaway but I’m being good and having slimming world curry – not as nice but I’ll be glad tomorrow when I get weighed! 10lbs lost so far and I have the 1 stone award in my sights so I’m feeling quite strong at the moment

Then it’s Downton and Homeland – lovely jubbly!


Tuesday, 13 October 2015

Happy New Year!



Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by…

There’s another EVERYTHING GOES WITH AN IMAGE challenge over on the Ribbon Girl blog this week and it’s nice and easy because it’s everyone’s favourite ‘anything goes’ theme!

As usual there are two fabulous prizes, there is is a stamp of the winners choice from our Lili of the Valley and a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl towards a shopping spree in their store (the winner is chosen at random)


The Design Team have created some lovely projects as always to give you some inspiration, their work and all the details for the challenge can be found on the Ribbon Girl blog 




I used one of the new Lili of the Valley ‘Calendar Fairies’ there is one for each month of the year and if you buy all 12 at the moment you get a fabulous FREE ‘Months & Seasons’ sentiment set




This is January Fairy and I made a Happy New Year Card. The star border die is from Noor and I used some lovely goodies from the Ribbon Girl store;

Celery green ruffle edge sheer ribbon

Silver glitter mesh ribbon

5mm self adhesive crystals

2mm self adhesive crystals

Stickles glitter glue


Hope you like it, I’ll be back in a few days with my Papertake Card  - thanks as always for your comments I love to read them x

Have a good week everyone



Friday, 2 October 2015

Looking forward to the weekend…



Hey everyone, hope you are all well

I’m off work today, I’m leaving for Chester shortly for a lovely crafty weekend with some of my favourite people and I can’t wait! I’m still going to Slimming World, I put a bit back on over my holiday and then lost it so I’m about 8lbs down overall which is ok – steady away!! I’ve just had a pain au chocolate for my breakfast though, don’t think that’s on the eating plan!! I’ve been really good all week because I knew I would completely blow it this weekend so hopefully if I can stay the same weight over the week I’ll be happy. Things have been a bit hectic recently at both work and home, my holiday seems so long ago now and will be nice to just relax and spend some time crafting, eating, drinking, chatting…

OK, onto the new challenge at Papertake Weekly and it’s time for another

Take Your Pick

I love these challenges, there is so much you can do - the last challenge of every month has several themes and you simply take your pick from them - you can use any one or combine them

Here are this month’s  themes  -

Colour -
Autumnal ie reds, browns, golds, oranges etc

Technique - Embossing either heat, dry or simply embossing a die or using an embossing folder

Product – Distress Inks

Sketch - Sketch #105


I cheated a bit this week, this is an old card that I made a while ago for the LOTV shop but I don’t think I ever showed it on my blog so it fits perfectly with the Autumn Colours theme…


PTW Sept 29 Autumn Colours


I used one of the Art Pad images, these are so useful if you want a quick card and this is sunflower image is from Beautiful Blooms

The sentiment is from the Handwritten Phrases, a set I use a lot

The papers are K&Co, I cut the tiny flowers from the design on the paper and used them as embellishments. I had a bit of a phase stitching my cards last year but I haven’t done it for a while, I noticed I have on here and I like the effect. It’s finished with some distress stickles and a nice piece of cotton lace from the Ribbon Girl

You can find all the details for the challenge on the Papertake Blog as well as some fab inspiration from the girls on the team


Hope you like my card today,thanks as always for stopping by and for your comments

Have a great weekend crafters xx

Saturday, 26 September 2015

It will soon be here…



Hello lovely crafty friends, thanks for stopping by

It’s the weekend again already and my holiday seems so long ago…  I need to spend some time clearing my garden before the weather changes. The bedding plants had a slow start this year but they turned out lovely and I’ll be sad to throw them away. I love it when the garden is full of flowers, always such a shame when the last of them go in the brown bin!

We’re well on with the move at Lili of the Valley, the building we are in is lovely but is really too big for our needs so we’re moving to a smaller office on the same site and also opening a new coffee shop. It’s all still in the pipeline but Lisa and Laila are hoping to hold some craft events in there now we no longer have the shop so watch this space! Make sure you’re signed up for the Lili of the Valley newsletter and keep an eye on the website for more news


As if we need reminding that the year is disappearing in the blink of an eye our new challenge at Papertake Weekly is…

It Will Soon Be Here

…of course we’re talking about Christmas so your entry this week can be anything festive

I used some of the new Lili of the Valley Trio sets to make 3 little mini cards. I adore these useful stamps and they have been so popular that we just can’t keep up with demand for them. They are back in stock now if you’re waiting, we’re so pleased that you love them as much as we do


Sept 22 - Christmas

Sept 22 - Christmas 1

Sept 22 - Christmas 2

Sept 22 - Christmas 3


These are 4” square cards and I used Simple Joys papers

Just finish with a sentiment, some gems and a couple of poinsettias and you’re done. I like this Marianne poinsettia die, a lot of them on the market are too big for my taste so I use this a lot. Of course there is tulle and stickles on there too, I don’t think I ever make a card without either and you can get them both (as well as the gems) from the Ribbon Girl


Full details for the challenge are on the papertake blog, there is a fab prize as always and some inspiration from the team


Enjoy your weekend everyone