17/05/2022

The Happy Couple - Lili of the Valley DT

              Good Morning!
This month at LOTV we are celebrating their 18th birthday! I can't believe it's been that many years since the company began and it's been a joy to design for them over the last few years. One of the most iconic stamps by them was of a cute little couple getting married and this month both myself and the DT are all making a card each using an updated version of this to celebrate!

This one is called 'The Happy Couple' and isn't it sweet?!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'The Happy Couple' Digi Stamp & Sentiment Stamp
Maja Design Papers
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Doodlebug Sprinkles & Sequins, Flowers & Paper Doily

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

11/05/2022

Balloon & Gift - Lili of the Valley DT

              Good Morning!
We have a brand new launch over at LOTV tomorrow of a gorgeous selection of Wedding & Anniversary themed images! I have put a little twist on one of them however and used it to create a Birthday card. This one is called 'Balloon & Gift' and I added some Glossy Accents to the actual balloon past to give it a little extra 3D touch! 

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Balloon & Gift' Digi Stamp & LOTV Sentiment
Maja Design Papers
Ribbon & Doodlebug Sprinkles

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - FEMININE

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

07/05/2022

May Challenge - Penny Black Saturday Challenge!

       Good Morning!

It's the first Saturday of the month so it's time for a new challenge over at PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. This months challenge is 'Anything Goes or Nature!'
Of course I love my floral stamps so I had to play along with the theme. I've kept the card simple so that all the focus is on the stamped image this time.

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black Stamps
Ribbon  & Doodlebug Sprinkles

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - FEMININE
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ANYTHING STAMPED + OPTION OF FLORAL/FAUNA

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX   

04/05/2022

May Challenge - Creative Inspirations

       Good Morning!

I'm back with something to share with you all today, finally! Thank you for your patience with me, gardening tends to take over a bit! lol Today's card is for our new challenge over at CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS which is 'A Sketch!  

It's been a year or so since I last set one as a challenge so I thought it would be nice to bring it back this month, hopefully people will want to play along! Both myself and the DT have been lucky enough to use an image provided by the sponsor this month.

 

INGREDIENTS -
'A Well Kept Garden' The Paper Shelter Digi Image
Maja Design Papers
Buttons & Doodlebug Sprinkles

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ANYTHING GOES
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ANYTHING STAMPED + OPTION OF FLORAL/FAUNA
AS YOU LIKE IT - FAVOURITE SKETCH / LAYOUT

(I created this sketch a few years ago and is one that I like to base my cards on a lot, sometimes angles the layers on an angle)


Thanks for stopping by and I hope some of you play along!
Happy Crafting!
xxx

23/04/2022

Apologies ...

 Good Evening!

I just wanted to pop on and apologise for why I haven't had anything to share for a couple of weeks. 
As I mentioned in a previous post I've recently started a new job, after working in retail for so many years I decided it was time for a change and find something with better hours. Working a mix of either 6a-2pm or 1:30pm-9:30pm each week with never more than 1 day off in a row was taking it's toll on myself and my home life. I'm now working as a Receptionist in a Doctor's Surgery and whilst it's a little overwhelming at times with how much you need to know I am thoroughly enjoying it. Plus I get weekends off which is a strange sensation!

Over the last few weekends all my time has been taken up by the garden, some of you may already know I'm an avid gardener! After moving into a New Build last year we've finally been able to get started on the garden and started putting plants into the ground. After renting for almost 10 years the majority of my plants were in pots and it feels so good planting some of those 'babies' I've had for years into a permanent home.
So far we've put some Hawthorn whips in to form a hedge over the coming years infront of the fence, created a little patio area and most recently we dug up some of the turf, worked in some well rotted manure and created a large border. There's a sneaky peek below. It's still a work in progress as I still need to pop in some Foxgloves that I've grown from seed and the spent Spring bulbs that I've had on display. Once the plants have established themselves and spread it should look a lot better!
We're planning on doing something similar on the opposite side as it seems such a waste just leaving all the space to turf! lol

So as you can see I've been a bit limited for time to craft but next week I'm planning on getting something made, so don't worry I'l be back with something soon.
 I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekends!
xxx

06/04/2022

April Challenge - Creative Inspirations

     Good Morning!

Today I'm back with a bright and cheery card ready for our new challenge over at CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS which is called 'Hoppy Easter / Animals!  

I know that not everyone enjoys making Easter cards so I thought I'd add a little option for those that don't.  On my card I've used an older digi that I've coloured up by LOTV. I think it's versatile enough to be used for both Easter and non-Easter cards so you're not stuck only being able to use it once in a blue moon!


 INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Cartfull of Sunshine' Digi Stamp
Maja Design Papers 
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Doodlebug Sprinkles & Flowers  
 
  I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ANYTHING GOES
STAMPING SENSATIONS - I LOVE ... (LOTV)
 
 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING! XXX

04/04/2022

Hanglar & Stanglar Strawberry Girl!

  Good Morning!
Today I've got a card to share with you all that I made simply for fun over the weekend. Whilst organising my craft room I came across lot's of stuff that I hadn't set eyes up on for years, including my selection of Hanglar & Stanglar stamped images. Today's card is using one of them, I don't know for sure what her name is but I'm calling her 'Strawberry Girl' lol

INGREDIENTS -
Hanglar & Stanglar Stamped Image
Maja Design Papers
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Doodlebug Sprinkles & Flowers

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ANYTHING GOES
STAMPING SENSATIONS - I LOVE ... (using Stamped images, Design Papers, Distressing)

 Thanks for stopping by! I hope you all have a nice day planned.
Today will be my first day at a new job, after 7+ years working in a local shop I decided it was time for a change. Today I will be starting at one of our local Doctors as a Receptionist, wish me luck!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

02/04/2022

April Challenge - PBSC

       Good Morning!

As promised I'm back with a card to share with you all today, this one is for the new challenge over at PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. 
This months challenge is 'Anything Goes or Easter!'

Before I get onto that though I have a little bit to add to yesterday's post. Me being me I couldn't resist having a bit of a tinker with the craft room after sorting it out and I ended up moving the punches and putting all of my Tim Holtz products onto the dresser instead. Luckily only 7 of the stains were no longer usable due to changing colour, but the paints seemed to be fine!

You will be surprised to see that I haven't used any flowers on today's card AT ALL. Trust me I even surprised myself with this! lol I just felt that it didn't need any due to extra butterflies from the die cut. By the way if any of you know the make of this die please let me know, I was given some folders of Dies before Christmas and apart from Nesties I'm struggling to identify what is what! lol

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black 'Butterfly Bunny' Wooden Stamp
DCWV Design Papers
Border Die - unknown
Seam Binding Ribbon & Doodlebug Sprinkles

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ANYTHING GOES
ALLSORTS - ANY 'REAL' ANIMALS

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX    

01/04/2022

My Craft Room!

Good Morning!
Today I thought I'd share with you a little look around my craft room as yesterday was the day that I finally got around to sorting everything out after moving into my new home 10 months ago!
I literally had about 10 large boxes of mixed craft stuff stashed behind the door comprising of old items that I haven't used for years that I'd put off sorting as I knew it would takes ages to do so. In fact it took me just over 8 hours to sort everything out yesterday! I think the main thing that pushed me to finally sort everything was that my other half managed to find a pine dresser for free last week so I had no excuses not to get on with it now haha

First up as mentioned is the dresser we got for free last week. This is now sat behind the door as you walk into the Craft Room. On top you can see a box of Tim Holtz products which does need going through still as from the looks of things quite a lot of the Distress Paints have dried up. I'm also going to stack my tubs of Distress Glitter next to where you can see my Distress Ink Pads are lower down.
The box beneath that is excess stuff that I'm either trying to sell or will be used as prizes over on the Challenge blog that I run. The first shelf as you can see is full of Punches, the lowest shelf is home to my Die Cutting machine. Inside the cupboard doors are all my Dies, an Express Big Shot and excess Embellishments that don't get used often.

Just to the side of the dresser is a bookcase holding all of my Wooden, Rubber and Clear Stamps. Heck knows how many there actually is! On top I've arranged 5 of my favourite cards that I've made.
To the right is a corner unit that my Dad made for me almost 20 years ago, it does take up a fair bit of space but I can't bear to get rid of it. I'm using it to store my Flowers, Ribbons and Embellishments that I use the most.

Moving round to the opposite side of the room is a cupboard storing non-craft things such as paperwork and my pet snake in the tank above. Don't worry if you're not a fan of snakes, you can't see her in the photograph. The bookcase (starting from the top) is holding 2 boxes of cards on the top that I've made, the top one is everyday and occasional, the lower one is Christmas cards. On the top shelf are boxes full of stamped images and coloured toppers, the next two are Design Papers and the other two are card blanks, envelopes which are followed by sheets of card.

Coming back around is the last part of the room, the desk! As you can see I've got another drawer set this time full of art supplies such as watercolours for if and when I ever get the chance to take up painting again and odd bits and bobs. 


I hope you enjoyed a little look around my Craft Room, apologies for the 10 month wait! lol
It was nice to look through all my old craft stuff though, it's definitely given me the motivation to craft a bit more!
I'l be back tomorrow with a card to share with you all.

Happy Crafting!
xxx

26/03/2022

Easter Fun - Lili of the Valley DT

             Good Morning!
Happy weekend everyone! It's a lovely sunny day today and I've got the day off work so I shall be spending the morning pottering around inside the greenhouse, can't beat it!
Today I'm sharing another card with you from the latest release over at LOTV.
This one is called 'Easter Fun' and just look at all those Easter Eggs!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Easter Fun' Digi Stamp & Sentiment
Maja Design, Magnolia and DCWV Papers
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Flowers & Paper Doily

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - FOOD AND/OR DRINK (Easter Eggs)

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

17/03/2022

Bunny on Swing - Lili of the Valley DT

            Good Morning!

I'm back today with another card for you all, this time featuring one of the brand new designs from LOTV! They've just released some cute Easter designs and this is one of them!
I've gone back to my roots and coloured up the main image this time in a soft colour scheme of blue and warm grey. There is also still 50% off over at LOTV so do please go and grab yourselves a bargain!!!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Bunny on  Swing' Digi Stamp
Maja Design Papers
Ribbon, Dew Drops, Flowers & Paper Doily

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - FAVOURITE THINGS (Maja Design Papers, LOTV Digi's)

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

15/03/2022

Easter Egg Bunny - Lili of the Valley DT

             Good Morning!
I bet you're as surprised I am to see another card from me so soon after posting so recently lol. Well I printed this design off a couple of days ago and I really wanted to make something with it, so last night I did! This is another design by Lili of the Valley and just like my previous post it's one that has been around for a little while. I promise I will colour something up myself soon but today's design is another 'Simply Print', they're just so quick and easy to use when you're short on time!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Easter Egg Bunny' Simply Print
LOTV Sentiment
Maja Design & Magnolia Paper
Ribbon, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Flowers & Paper Doily

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
ALLSORTS - SPRING IS IN THE AIR

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

13/03/2022

Mouse and Bumblebee - Lili of the Valley DT

            Good Evening!
I hope you've all had a nice weekend, I was at work until mid afternoon today so not the ideal way to spend a Sunday.

I was having a little look through my 'Simply Prints' the other day and came across this design which came out a while ago. The image is perfect for Springtime so I couldn't resist making a quick card with it. A little simpler than my usual style but not too much! This design and many more can be found in the 'Simply Print' format along with your usual digi's over on the LOTV website.

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Mouse and Bumblebee' Simply Print
Maja Design Paper
Ribbons, Clear Dew Drops, Flowers & Paper Doily

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
ALLSORTS - SPRING IS IN THE AIR
SIMON SAYS STAMP - BIT O' GREEN

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

09/03/2022

Spring Ducklings - Lili of the Valley DT

           Good Morning!

You may have noticed recently that LOTV have brought out a new release! From Dinosaurs to Chicks there's something for everyone for you all to choose from and at the moment there is 50% off ALL DESIGNS!
Today I am sharing a card where I put 3 of the individual Spring Duckling characters together to create my focal image ... they look so sweet walking along with their flowers!

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Spring Farm - Ducklings' Digi Stamps
Maja Design Papers
White Ribbon, Branch Embellishment, Doodlebug Sprinkles, Flowers & Paper Doily

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
ALLSORTS - ANYTHING GOES WITH THE OPTION TO DISTRESS
SIMON SAYS STAMP - ADD A DIE CUT (The main image)

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

05/03/2022

PBSC March Challenge!

       Good Morning!

It's the first Saturday of the month which means it's time for this month's PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. This months challenge is 'Anything Goes or Bright Colours'.
I haven't opted for the option this month as I wanted to create something with a cooler colour tone. It was the first time I'd used my Distress Inks in years, I was so relieved to find that they hadn't dried up! The card that I have made was for my Dad's birthday earlier in the week but I think it was simple enough that it could've also been used for a variety of occasions. 

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black 'Winter Sky' Wooden Stamp
Weathered Wood & Shaded Lilac Distress Inks
Clear Dew Drops

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
ALLSORTS - ANYTHING GOES WITH THE OPTION TO DISTRESS

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX   

02/03/2022

Creative Inspirations March Challenge!

     Good Morning!

I didn't realise that it had been quite so long since I made a card, luckily today I have something to share with you all Also before I do I'd just like to say thank you for each and every comment that is left on my posts, it really is a pleasure to read them and I do appreciate them :)

Onto today's card and it's for our new challenge over at CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS which is called 'Spring Flowers!'


 INGREDIENTS -
All Dressed Up 'Spring has Sprung ' Digi Stamp
LOTV Sentiment Stamp
Maja Design Papers
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Dew Drops & Flowers

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING! XXX

09/02/2022

Nuts about You - Lili of the Valley DT

          Good Afternoon!
Today I am carrying on with the love theme using another digi from the latest release by LOTV. However this one doesn't just have to be used for Valentines as I think it's pretty versatile for many occasions, or even just a simple hello. This design is called 'Nuts about You'. Don't forget that you can get all 16 of the new designs for £25 right now, that would usually come to over £45!


INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Nuts about You' Digi Stamp
Maja Design Papers
Tim Holtz Tinsel, Clear Dew Drops, Berries, Flowers & Paper Doily

Before I go I'd just like to also let you know that I am holding a DESIGN TEAM CALL over at my challenge blog CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS. I'm looking for some lovely ladies to join the team, why not head over for a peek?

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

05/02/2022

PBSC February Challenge!

      Good Morning!

By some miracle I've actually managed to make a card in time for the start of this month's PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. I always seem to think I have longer to make something than I actually do lol
This months challenge is 'Anything Goes or Love is in the Air' 

I've used another of my old wooden stamps for this card and paired it with a soft pink colour scheme with accents of white. You could also use this stamp for Birthdays or Get Well Soon cards if Valentines / Love cards aren't really your thing!

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black 'Furry Love' Wooden Stamp
LOTV Sentiment 
Magnolia Design Paper
DCWV Embossed White Paper stack
Paper Doily, Ribbon, Clear Dew Drops & Enamel Dots

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
SIMON SAYS STAMP - WITH LOVE

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX   

02/02/2022

Creative Inspirations February Challenge & LOTV Sneak Peek!

    Good Morning!
Today not only am I sharing with you my card for the new challenge over CREATIVE INSPIRATIONS which is 'With Love' but I'm also sharing a sneaky peek at one of the new designs soon to be released by LOTV!
There is a large selection of beautiful love themed digi's and you don't have to wait long for them, they are due to be released at the end of the week!


 INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Teddies & Roses' Digi Stamp & Sentiment
Magnolia Papers
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Flowers, Wooden Heart & Dew Drops

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING! XXX 

21/01/2022

Clouds - Lili of the Valley DT

         Good Morning!
I needed to make a New Baby Girl this week as there had been a birth in the family. I didn't have time to colour up an image along with putting the card together in time to get it in the post, however luckily I came across some Art Sheets that I had by LOTV that featured some ready to coloured images for a baby girl!
You might be thinking that the card looks a bit bare, I needed to keep it fairly simple as I only had a regular postage stamp to use to send it instead of the usual large size. So unfortunately flowers were a no go! lol
The image I've used today is called 'Clouds' and is also available in a digi form.

INGREDIENTS -
LOTV 'Clouds' Full Colour Simply Print (also available as a Digi)
LOTV Baby Sentiment
Magnolia Paper
Doodlebug Sprinkles, Ribbon & Paper Doily

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX  

15/01/2022

PBSC January Challenge!

     Good Morning!
Okay so I will admit I completely forgot to make a card in time for the start of this month's PENNY BLACK SATURDAY CHALLENGE. However hopefully I can be forgiven by making something for the midway reminder post lol The theme this month is 'Anything Goes or Something New' 

I've played along with the Anything Goes aspect because if anything I did the complete opposite of something new lol I have used an old Penny Black stamp on today's card along with some Basic Grey design paper which I dread to work out how old that actually is lol Due to the detail on the stamped image I decided to keep embellishments to a minimum so that the card didn't become too over the top.

INGREDIENTS -
Penny Black 'Flying Stars' Wooden Stamp
Basic Grey Design Paper
DCWV Embossed White Paper stack
Paper Doily, Ribbon & Enamel Dot

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges -
STAMPING SENSATIONS - ANYTHING GOES

 Thanks for stopping by & have a lovely weekend!
HAPPY CRAFTING!
XXX   

07/01/2022

My Favourite Cards of 2021!

 Good Morning!
A little later than planned, today I'm sharing with you my favourite creations from 2021. Admittedly there wasn't as many as there has been in past years to choose from but there's still a few!

You might recognise this first one from my blog banner, the stamp used is an old design by Penny Black and is one of my all time favourites along with using a green colour scheme, also one of my favourites lol

The next two both share a blue colour scheme but are completely different themes ...



Celebrating a birthday I've used this cute design by LOTV on a birthday card, I loved the unusual pairing of pink and aqua.

Moving on later into the year next up is a Halloween Card, I do love making these especially with cute Penny Black stamps.

The last two cards are Christmas themed, of course I couldn't pick some favourites without including a couple of those.


I hope you've enjoyed having a look at my favourite cards for 2021. 
Happy Crafting!
xxx

05/01/2022

Creative Inspirations January Challenge

   Good Morning!

Happy New Year to you all! Let's hope that 2022 is much better than last year, positive thoughts! My first card of the year that I'm sharing with you all is for the new challenge over CREATIVE INSPIRATIONSThe new challenge is called 'Anything Goes', something nice and easy to start the year with! For this challenge we are sponsored by The Paper Shelter and myself along with the rest of my DT have used a digi called 'In Bloom' provided by them for today's card.
 INGREDIENTS -
The Paper Shelter 'In Bloom' Digi Stamp
DCWV White Embossed Paper Stach
Ribbon, Paper Doily, Flowers & Doodlebug Sprinkles

 Thanks for stopping by!
HAPPY CRAFTING! XXX