Thursday, 21 April 2016

The Queens Birthday and new Oliver…



Good evening crafters, thanks for stopping by and I hope you are well…

I’ve had a great week, Jess has been home so we’ve had a few days away at the coast, cinema, races etc. Keith booked the week off work too and we’ve been lucky with the weather, it’s been really lovely to have some family time which is sadly quite rare these days


It’s the Queens official 90th birthday today so I’ve just sneaked in this card which I made for the Diamond Jubilee in 2012…


It’s always interesting looking back at cards you made a while ago and see the changes. This stamp is Tea Party, and the papers are called ‘Tour of London’ from NitWits




Onto today’s card - I always have a lot to make in March and April for friends and family and the new Oliver images from LOTV have been very useful for the older boys, it’s hard to know what will suit that age group…




This is Oliver Skateboard and the papers are Candles and Cake. I’m still digging around in my bit box (to try and justify saving them for years and years !) and these are some scraps I had left from the printed pad which is now discontinued. It’s a useful collection with bright red and green that you can use for Christmas too and it’s still available to download from NitWits



I’ve been at sixes and sevens this week having everyone at home, I like it when it’s just me and Manny and we have our daily routine!

I took him to the vets today by the way and he’s recommended a course of anti-inflammatory injections that they give to dogs with arthritis so we’re going to give that a go. He seems ok at the moment so the vet said to wait and see if he has another episode like we had at Easter or seems to be uncomfortable and then take him straight in

Carol you mentioned Noel Fitzpatrick, I have to say that man is my hero, he’s amazing. Manny is 8 and when I asked about it they said a referral can take months, even years. I think he’s too old now to go through such a huge operation, I’ve watched him straighten legs like Manny’s and has to literally chop the foot off and pin it back on in a better position, he would need both doing and I think it would be too much for him. Here’s a quick piccie, I’m indulging because I love him, and its my blog so I can lol…


My manny


Thanks to everyone who takes the time to leave me a comment, I love to read them and I do appreciate it. I’ll be catching up with all your blogs next week so if I don’t get another post done in the next couple of days have a lovely weekend all



Sunday, 17 April 2016

Coffee in the Arbour!



Good morning crafty folk, it’s a beautiful day here today and I hope you are all enjoying the weekend

Thank you for all your lovely comments and emails about Manny, he seems to be fine now so hopefully nothing more sinister than a bad landing when he’s jumped off the sofa or the bed. That little dog makes me so happy and I can’t bear to think of him hurting, his legs don’t seem to stop him enjoying his life so hopefully he’ll be with us for a long time yet!



Time for the April ‘Use Any Image’ challenge at the Ribbon Girl and you can make anything you like as long as you feature an image on your work – easy!!

There will be 3 winners and some great prizes up for grabs from Lili of the Valley, Ribbon Girl and Marianne Designs…


All the details for entering are on the Ribbon Girl blog and the challenge runs for two weeks. There is as always some beautiful inspiration from the Design team so do go and have a peek if you need a few ideas


Mary has started selling designer papers and they are the most beautiful I’ve seen. Some of the brands are quite difficult to get hold of in the UK so check the full range out here and I know you will love them


I used a Maja Design collection for my card called Coffee in the Arbour…


Ribbon Girl April


I have to admit it was quite hard to cut into these gorgeous papers, I already have a couple of Maja Design pads that I’ve had for a while and can’t bring myself to use (it’s mad, why??) but I bit the bullet and loved the result

There are some images and tags also in the pad so everything you need to make a beautiful card and they go perfectly with the pretty Ribbon Girl products… Maja designs 6x6 'coffee in the arbour' papers, top stitching thread, pale pink bead string, tulle, flat back pearls, seam binding, 8mm Rebecca ivory vintage style fine scallop lace, ivory aster, raspberry delights mixed dahlia, Kort & Godt rolled roses, butterfly charm, button twine, rose organza ribbon


Hope you like my card today, I love to read your comments so do let me know what you think



Right, time for me to tidy the garden a bit I think, I like to feel as if I’ve been productive when it’s sunny! Enjoy your Sunday everyone




Saturday, 2 April 2016

LOTV April colour challenge…




Good morning lovely crafty friends, can you believe that it is April already, how did that happen?

We had an awful scare with Manny a couple of days ago, he couldn’t get out of bed one morning and was yelping when we even just touched his left leg. Keith had to carry him out for a wee and we sat with him all day - he kept trying to walk and kept falling over. He was limping so bad and obviously in pain that I really thought the time had come, I cried all night. The next morning he was trying to put it down and as the day passed slowly started to walk on it, 2 days later he is absolutely fine. I can only think he must have maybe slept funny or jumped off the sofa and twisted it. If you are not a regular visitor you won’t know that my fur baby has problems with his poor deformed front legs, I know we won’t have him for ever but I’m not ready to part with him just yet – I love that little dog so much





Onto my card and there is a new challenge on the LOTV Facebook page for April – this month we have a colour theme and want to see cards using three of the following colours: A - aqua, P - pink, R - red, I - ivory, L – lilac

The challenge runs until April 17th and there are some great prizes for the lucky winners

I used the new Jasmine Phone stamp again and this time chopped off her feet to fit her in the oval die (sorry Jasmine!) I like this image, she’s so pretty…


April colour challenge

I used Pastel Dreams papers from NitWits which fit nicely with the APRIL theme – the papers have pink, red and aqua in the design and I added some ivory flowers too. These are colours I use regularly anyway and it’s one of my favourite NitWit collections

The greeting is from the new Teenage Girl sentiment set

Hope you like it, thanks for leaving me your comments I love to read them and appreciate you taking the time


I’m off to the theatre this afternoon to see the Jackie show, remember the magazine from the 70’s that all the girls used to read? Should be a good laugh although it’s bloomin pouring down which means I’ve got to change the outfit I had all planned which will put me and 6’s and 7’s !!

Have a lovely weekend everyone whatever you’re up to


Anne x







Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Something different…

Good afternoon everyone, thanks so much for stopping by. I hope you all had a nice Easter weekend, my hip’s been feeling better so we had a nice walk on Saturday while it was fine but boy was it chilly, you forget it’s still so early in the year!
Before my cards I want to show you this amazing amaryllis…
…Laila’s lovely Mum Anne bought me it when I left Lili of the Valley at the beginning of December and it’s been in flower ever since. I’ve had them before and they usually die off after one flowering or they grow too tall and need support. This has had 12 flowers and keeps coming back, it’s also on quite a short stem so is nice and neat – I’ve been thrilled with it!
I have a couple of cards to share today that are a bit different for me, I’ve done a few in this sort of style recently and I like them
I’ve got a box where I keep all my scraps of paper, can’t bear to throw them away and they are from years and years of crafting (it’s quite full lol!!). I just took a piece out (the green) and challenged myself to make 2 cards with it so I had to be quite sparing as it wasn’t very big!

March 2016 sailing boat
March 2016 Rosie with cake

The images are 2 of the retired Lili of the Valley stamps that have been brought back for a limited run; Sailing Boat and Rose with Cake. Rosie with Cake was always one of my favourites and is one I use regularly
The cards are quite small at 4.5 inch square and I have to say I like this size
The sentiments are from an older set by MFT (my favourite things)
That’s it from me, enjoy your evening everyone
PS. I haven’t been using my signature because suddenly and inexplicably it’s appearing with a black background instead of just the pink lettering and no background. I’ve put it on in case anyone can tell me why it’s doing this, I’ve used it since I started my blog and never had this problem before!
Anne xx

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Jasmine Phone…



Hey everyone, what are you up to today?

I spent this morning organising and backing up my laptop, boring but necessary! I’ve had 2 laptops die on me in the last few months and it’s taught me a valuable lesson, it was something I just kept putting off. Thankfully I didn’t lose my pictures but I lost all my programmes, fonts and documents – and there were a lot of craft things I’d saved over the years such as digi stamps and papers – I’m gutted

Anyway, I’m not going to bore you with my tales of woe, onto the new stamps at Lili of the Valley which are available on Match 31st and you can also pre-order them now. There are 8 teen images featuring new characters Jasmine and Oliver and also some clear sentiments which are always popular…


…this is Jasmine phone, she’s my favourite and I think this stamp will be very useful


Jasmine phone


I used to make a lot of cards this size (A5 folded lengthways) until I moved onto squares but I think the tall narrow shape suits this image

The papers are from one of my favourite K & Co pads called Wild Raspberry


Hope you like it, I’m just waiting for the plumber to finish servicing our boiler and then I’m up into the attic to finish another card I’ve started with this stamp!

Have a great Tuesday everyone, thanks for stopping by


Anne x




Sunday, 20 March 2016

Ribbon Girl Challenge - Jasmine



Good morning crafty friends, hope you are all well. It’s a beautiful day today again here after a lovely week and it cheers you up doesn’t it!

Did any of you catch the new X-Files? we were looking forward to it after watching and enjoying it for many years but after a promising first episode it was disappointing, in fact one or two of them were ridiculous. We were loyal and stuck with it for the full 6 weeks hoping it might improve but I wasn’t sorry to see the end of it and I’m looking forward to Game of Thrones starting in April now - I hope that isn’t a let down but I don’t think it will be!

I’m loving having some crafty time, I do quite a bit of work for the magazines which I really enjoy as it gives me chance to go out of my comfort zone a bit and do something a bit different. Lili of the Valley have a new launch which is definitely right back in my comfort zone, the stamps are available from March 31st and you can pre-order them on the website now. There are eight fab teenage images, Jasmine and Oliver, and also some new clear sentiments

Time for another Ribbon Girl ‘use any challenge and there are, as always, some great prizes up for grabs;

First prize:  £10 voucher for LOTV

Second prize:  £10 voucher for The Ribbon Girl

Third prize:  Mystery prize from Marianne Designs



The team have made some lovely cards and projects to inspire you and the challenge will run until 9pm on Saturday 2nd April - you can enter and see all the details on the Ribbon Girl blog


I used one of the new stamps for my challenge card and this is Jasmine Music

Jasmine music 

…the greeting is from the useful teenage girl sentiments 

There are (of course!) lots of gorgeous goodies from the Ribbon Girl store on my card; tulle, flatback pearls, stardust stickles, tiny vintage cream blooms and some of their delicious new pale pink sugar sprinkles sheer ribbon

Here’s everything else I used:

Sizzix doily die, EK Success corner punch, Sue Wilson finishing touches flourish die and Heartfelt collection papers from NitWits


Hope you like it, thanks as always for stopping by and any comments you take the time to leave me are very much appreciated


Anne x



Saturday, 12 March 2016

Spring challenge–last chance!




Good evening crafters, hope you are having a lovely weekend

Just a quick post to remind you that if you haven’t already entered there’s just time to join in with our Spring challenge…



All you have to do to be in with the chance of winning one of fabulous prizes is to join the Spring Event on Facebook. It closes tomorrow and there are some great prizes up for grabs;

5 winners will be picked at random, the first 4 will have the choice of any of the following;
any 2 sentiment sheets or
any 5 rubber stamps or
any Cross Stitch Kit or
£20 to spend in our Ebay Store (where there are still many die cut sheets and toppers)

and, the lovely
Ribbon Girl have also offered a fab £10 voucher for their store as an extra prize


Lucy has been putting lots of inspiration from the Design Collective over the past 2 weeks so be sure to go and have a look


I’ve used one of the old favourite stamps that has been brought back as a limited run for my card, this is Bunnies in Love… so cute!


March 2016 bunnies in love


Hope you like it, you can download the pretty papers from NitWits and this is from the Promises collection - and I added a layer of tulle from the Ribbon Girl


I’ll be back in a couple of days with a sneak peek of the latest stamps and you’re gonna love them!

Enjoy the rest of the weekend, we’re going to take Manny to the coast tomorrow if the weather stays fine so I hope you are doing something nice too


Anne xx