Wednesday, 1 July 2015

Take your pick…



Hello everyone, how are you all? My friend next door has been away so I haven’t had my Tuesday wine night for 3 weeks. I think I’m going to have sneaky glass and sit in the garden when I’ve done this post!

While I was taking a break, the last challenge of the month at Papertake Weekly changed. Instead being Sketchy week it’s now a fabby…

Take Your Pick

The last challenge of every month now has several themes and you simply take your pick from them, there’s still a sketch if you enjoy using them, a colour theme, a product theme and a technique theme to choose from - so, there’s something for everyone!

You can use any theme - and if you want to you can also combine them

Here are this month’s themes  -

Colour theme  - Pink & red  - either or both

Technique theme - Covering or using chipboard

Product theme - Use pearls

Sketch – Sketch #102

(don’t forget as always you can use any of the Papertake Sketches if you don’t fancy this one, just make sure you put which one it is on your entry)

As it’s the last challenge of the month, we are sponsored by the fabulous Simon Says Stamp



I chose to use the products option for my pick, I love putting pearls on my cards and I used some of the new Lili of the Valley papers – these are from the Dress Shoppe pad

The wavy sentiment is from one of two new LOTV sets and I think these are going to be such a useful addition to your stash


June 30 - Take your pick - pearls


I’ve been making a few of these cute smaller cards lately and I like them. I cut out an oval aperture and then put one of the patterned papers behind it

This LOTV image is available as a stamp (Mirror Mirror) and she’s also in an art pad. I cut it out and shaped it round a pokey tool then stuck it on with Pinflair to give a bit of dimension

The flowers are cut with an EK Success retro flower punch and the leaves are a Sue Wilson die, as always can’t resist finishing with some stickles




Hope you like it, thanks as always for your comments, I love to read them

You can find all the details and some gorgeous inspiration from the team on the Papertake Weekly blog


Enjoy your evening crafters



Tuesday, 23 June 2015



Hello everyone, I have news…

after a break from my DT’s (which turned out to be a bit longer than expected) my lovely pal Dawny has invited me back to join the gorgeous girlies over at Papertake Weekly

The Papertake challenge is still one of the most popular blog challenges around, there are great prizes up for grabs each week and always some fabulous inspiration from the team

This week it's...


…so you need to use either 3 different things on your card (shapes, papers, flowers etc) or, you can use 3 of one thing, the choice is yours!

This week’s prize is from our lovely sponsor The Paper Nest




For my card today I used 2 ‘Trios’ –  3 papers and also 3 sentiments…

These are some of the lovely new Lili of the Valley papers, this pad is called Romance & Roses and is right up my street; my favourite colour combination of pink and green as well as being very pretty to boot!


June 23 - Triotastic

I put some tulle in between the layers, I do on most of my cards now as it’s so pretty and adds a bit of interest

The image is Wish Upon A Star from the Just for Girls Art Pad and the sentiments are from one of our new sets called Someone Special, stamped and then cut out


Hope you like it, thanks for your comments they are very much appreciated

You can see some inspiration from my teamies and all the details for entering the Challenge on The Papertake Weekly blog


Enjoy your Tuesday evening everyone, I’m going to watch the Syndicate now and spend an hour on my Cross Stitch


Monday, 15 June 2015

Father’s Day card


Hello lovely crafty friends, another month has whizzed by and my good intentions of posting more regularly have fallen by the wayside yet again. Can you believe we’re midway through June already, it’s scary

Dawny has invited me back onto the Papertake Weekly team so I’m hoping if I have to make a card every week for that then I’ll be able to do at least one blog post a week – that’s the plan anyway! Thanks for all your lovely comments on my card last month too, I really appreciated them all especially after I’ve not been the best blogger in town!!

The EVERYTHING GOES WITH AN IMAGE challenge over at the Ribbon Girl this month is to CREATE A MASCULINE PROJECT. You can use any image you like and we're looking forward to seeing them on this 'everything goes - use any image' challenge. Make you you take a look at what the DT have made too if you need a bit of inspiration. It doesn’t have to be a card, we like to see all your shaped cards, boxes, candles and projects of all kinds!

As usual we have two fabulous prizes, the first is a stamp of the winners choice from Lili of the Valley and then a £10 voucher from The Ribbon Girl for the randomly chosen winner


I stuck with a card because I had to make one for Father’s Day. The Lili of the Valley Vintage Boys is my favourite of their Art Pads and I use it for all my male cards when I don’t have the time or inclination to colour…


June Male


I mixed and matched my papers from two different Lili of the Valley pads - Always & Forever solids and Baskets & Bunnies

The frame is stuck on with foam pads and then you can’t really see on the picture but I shaped my little golfer round an embossing tool before I stuck him on with Pinflair so he has quite a bit of dimension

I did the ‘Dad’ sentiment on the computer and then stamped the blank tag from the Christmas Sentiment tags set (which is very useful!)

I used a ‘lil Inkers stitched circle die and Memory Box clouds

The rest of the goodies I used are of course all from the Ribbon Girl: ivory jute mesh ribbon, chocolate brown and ivory button twine, chocolate heaven flat back pearls and a charm. They have a huge selection of charms and I think they’re such a lovely embellishment, especially for male cards when you can’t always use flowers and sparkly bits


I hope you like my card, I’m going to do a bit of gardening now while the sun is still out – my garden is a bit neglected at the moment so needs a good tidy up before I get my bedding plants in

Enjoy your Monday evening whatever you’re up to…




Sunday, 10 May 2015

I’m back with a Ribbon Girl challenge…



Hello lovely crafty friends!

I keep saying I’m back and then it never quite happens lol. I took a break from blogging and it’s been really hard to get back into it, when I come on the computer I have a limited amount of time (like everyone) and that time has been taken up by Pinterest lately – I love it!

But, I’ve missed seeing all your lovely work and hearing your news so I’m going to really make an effort to come back to the blogs and catch up with everyone. My lovely friends Mary and Andrea at the Ribbon Girl kindly welcomed me back to the team so I’m going to enjoy using some gorgeousness from their store and showing you the cards I make

I’ll share my news later, today I have a card for the new Ribbon Girl challenge…

It’s an 'Any Image Challenge' on the blog and this week our theme is 'A SHAPED CARD OR ANYTHING GOES' 

As always there is some lovely inspiration from the clever girls on the team to get you started

There are prizes up for grabs of a stamp of your choice from Lili of the Valley and a £10 voucher to spend in The Ribbon Girl online store



I like easel cards, especially circles and I make them a lot – something a bit different I think, although some people are a bit confused when they take them out of the envelope how to stand them up!

This is for some friends of ours and it will be going in the post to them tomorrow…


May Shaped


I used some lovely K&Co papers and the little house stamp is a JOFY stamp, I love her whimsical images and have quite a few of them

The sentiment was done on the computer and this is Andrea’s handwriting turned into a font by Darcy Baldwin – how fab is that! You can download it for free, it’s very aptly named Geordie Girl!

The dies are; Lil’ Inkers & Marianne circles, Sue Wilson pierced banner and Memory Box clouds

All the delicious embellishments are of course from the Ribbon Girl

Raspberry delight mixed dahlias

‘Anne’ antique white lace

Kort and Godt rolled roses

Ivory pearl bead string

Natural hemp twine



I hope you like my card, if anyone is still visiting my poor abandoned blog do let me know you’re there and I’d love to hear what you think

I will be catching up on all your blogs next week…  meanwhile enjoy your Sunday







Saturday, 31 January 2015

Blog Hop Winner... and new stamps out TODAY!! ...

Morning crafters, quick post to announce the winner of our blog hop...
The winning comment was left on Mindy's blog and it was you lovely Sharon
Well done Sharon, please email, you won a set of the brand new stamps which are out today ay 6pm!

Thanks everyone for your lovely comments, hope we gave you some inspiration for using the new stamps - you're gonna love them all!!

Have a great weekend x 

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

I’m back… (again!) with a sneaky peek hop




Hello lovely crafty friends… Happy New Year!

I took on the mammoth task of clearing out the attic over the Christmas Holidays and what a job it turned out to be! I’m just about finished and can’t wait to get back to some crafting. I am ashamed of the amount of crafty stash I have, so many things unopened that were bought with good intentions and then forgotten about when something else grabbed my attention. I’ve had a massive clear out and got lots of new storage so I know exactly what I have and where it lives. I’m going to get back on my Design Teams and start blogging again as soon as I’m done and I can’t wait!

Watch out too for loads of fab new crafty inspiration coming soon from Lili of the Valley. The website is nearly ready and I know many of you have missed the blog and the challenges. Our new Cross Stitch charts have been really popular so we have new designs coming soon, we listened to customer feedback so this time they will be sold as kits rather than just the chart




We’re having a hop today to sneaky peek the latest launch, there are 4 new rubber stamp images and some super cute mini images that are on an A5 clear sheet. There is also a set of new sentiments to go with our adorable fairies. We’re giving you chance to win the full set of new stamps, make sure you comment at each stop and a winner will be drawn on Friday from all the comments left on one lucky blog


You can get the new products on the website on Saturday (31st)




Our lovely Andrea was first stop on the hop today so you should have come from there, and remember to visit and comment on all the blogs to be in with the best chance of winning...










Mary J




This was a card from last year that I couldn’t bear to throw away so I messed around with it, took some things off and added a few bits – I think the colours are nice with this cute Spring image, it’s called Little Lamb, and I used one of our popular circular sentiments


January Hop - Little Lamb



I added some lovely flowers, hessian and tulle from the Ribbon Girl

The trellis at the back is a Spellbinders die and the papers are Prima


Hope you like it, next stop is Becky and she has a gorgeous card to share with you today

The winner will be announced on Friday evening so check back on the blogs and also on our Facebook page to see if you were lucky!


Have a lovely day all, see you soon


Anne xx


Wednesday, 19 November 2014

LOTV blog hop..






Morning all…  I’ve been taking a little crafty break from my blog and DT’s but I couldn’t resist joining in with the Lili of the Valley hop today to show you the new stamps and papers…  they are so gorgeous!!

There are 10 new stamps and 3 papers pads, you can get them in the shop on Saturday at our Christmas open day and they will go on sale on the website on Monday (24th)

We have a full set of stamps and the new paper pads to give away on the hop and there is also chance to win them if you place an order on the website* (finishes tonight and order value must be over £10 to go in the draw*)





Here’s a list of the blogs that are taking part, just hope from one to another and leave a comment on each as we don’t know where the prizes are hidden;


Ideas To Inspire


Anne (you’re here)








Mary J



I used this cute image called Secretly Yours, I stamped and coloured it then cut it in 2 and used the characters separately so she’s peeping round the corner…


November Hop Secretly Yours


The little birds sat on the fence are from the Geisha Companion Set, the greeting is from Set 10 and papers from the pretty Country Meadow pad

Hope you like it, don’t forget to leave me a comment before you ‘hop’ along to Becky. The prize winners will be drawn from the comments left on 2 lucky blogs and announced on the Ideas to Inspire blog on Friday evening – GOOD LUCK!!