Thursday, 21 September 2017

Party bears

As soon as I saw the new MFT Bitty Bear set I knew I had to buy them as they are just so cute. I bought them from Dies to Die For at Thetford.  I didn't buy the dies at the time as I thought they are quite easy to fussy cut and I won't always want them diecut.  I have made threee cards with them so far and have more of them stamped and coloured on my desk.

I have been trying out a few different layout ideas and had this idea in my head which came out just the way I wanted which isn't always the case as we all know. I used MFT spots and stripes confection paper, MFT basic stitch lines die which just embosses and doesn't cut and MFT stitched inside and out rounded square die.  The bears as always coloured with Copics.

I would like to enter this into the MFT Superstar clean and simple card contest.

Wednesday, 20 September 2017


Another sample made for Stamposaurus using their new stamps. There is a gingerbread house and these cute gingerbread people. I found the Santoro frames in my odds and ends drawer and used pink Wink of Stella to tone down the yellow a bit and add some sparkle. The papers are MME Merry, almost the last of these now. I added some patterned burlap from The Range and remembered I had a cute gingerbread man die which came with a stocking die Lynsey bought me last Christmas from The Range.

Noor! Design UK layers 
Creative Inspirations seasonal

Off to see my Mum today, do some jobs and go out for lunch. She wants some things moved like the sofa to clean behind them, voile curtains taken down and washed and put back up, lawn feed put down etc. Hope it stays dry so we can get them all done. 

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

Magical flyby

I have been debating the MFT set of Magical Dragon stamps since they came out and every time I decide to get them they are out of stock but I bought them at Thetford from DTDF and here is my first card made with them. Coloured with Copics with chlak used with the MFT cloud stencil. The papers are MFT Painted Prints Smitten and I used a new MFT scalloped edge die. I wanted to keep it fairly simple but it just needed something and I found the tiny aqua enamel hearts amongst my enamel dots and they were just enough to finish it off.

MFT colour challenge 
The Ribbon Girl any image 
Simon Says clean and simple 
Stamping Sensations photo inspiration

Monday, 18 September 2017

4 U

I think this is the first outing for this LOTV digi and as I need to build up my card stocks for men I thought it was time he was coloured, with Copics of course. The papers are MFT free spirit. I kept the layout very simple using a Fiskars banner punch and adding the sentiment with American thickers.  I would like to enter this into the clean and simple challenge at Simon Says and any image at The Ribbon Girl .

I hope the weather will be fine today as we really need to get some work done in the garden. There is lots of pruning and tidying, plants to move and bulbs to plant and after the recent rain it is a good time to move plants.

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Another snowman!

This is the second card I made for the current Crafts Beautiful magazine.
Stamp - Hobby Art Norman and friends stamp
Medium - Copics, Sakura gold star pen
Papers - First Edition Merry Little Christmas
Dies - Sizzix Tim Holtz Holiday Words thinlets , Joy Christmas trees , Impression Obsessions fir trees 

I actually bought this and another snowman stamp a couple of years ago but I do have a growing collections of snowmen stamps. I saw a new Whimsy set on Facebook and just had to buy them though I am not buying many new Christmas stamps this year as I have so many that haven't been used much.


Hubby left early this morning for his last volunteering day with the powerboat club. Today's meeting is in Bedford so he won't be home until this evening.  Apart from a few chores I plan to spend the day in my craft room.

Saturday, 16 September 2017

Snowman trio

What's better than one snowman, a trio of snowmen! There are some really cute new snowmen images over at Pink Gem and I chose this one, Snowmen Trio for my DT card for the new challenge at A Gem of a Challenge, fun outside.  This is the first time I have made one of these shaped cards with the additional band and I really like the effect.

The snowmen have been coloured with Copics with Stickles added. The paper, sentiment and wooden leaves are Hobbycraft Heritage Christmas. The trees were diecut with MFT Winter tree dies and the flowers are from Wild Orchid.

The Ribbon Girl a card 
ABC Christmas T for trio

Friday, 15 September 2017

Snow angel

The lovely James is showcased on my blog today with a card I made for Crafts Beautiful magazine. This is James Snow Angel and of course it is from LOTV and coloured with Copics with Stampendous fun flock on his hat. The papers are Nitwits snow princess and the ribbon is from Crafty Ribbons. The dies are MFT stitched scallop edge, Joy snowflake and Lawn Fawn stitched rectangles.  This is one of my fave colour combos and I thought he would look better coloured grey with these colours.

Allsorts at least 2 DPs 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts Get ready for Christmas 
Di's digis lace, ribbon, twine, cord 
As you like it flora or fauna (fauna is my favourite, I love colouring fur and bears are a particular favourite of mine)

Thursday, 14 September 2017

Pressy time

Another inspiration card for the LOTV FB colour challenge using another of the new stamps. How pleased was I to see snowmen in the new release and these two are so cute. 
Image - LOTV snowy gifts
Medium - Copics
Papers - Bo Bunny silver and gold
Dies - Frantic stamper trees
Memory box tree border, Spellbinders wonky squares
Other - sentiment from stash, Stickles

Christmas with the Cuties Christmas cute couple 
Allsorts at least 2 DPs

Wednesday, 13 September 2017


Well my posts had been scheduled for my holiday and the last few days so it was nice to sit and schedule some more posts last night. We had a lovely time away in the Yorkshire Dales staying in Jayne's (Stamposaurus) cottage, Hillways. Since we came back it has been all go. I had a lovely time at the Sincerely Yours craft show on Sunday and bought some lovely new goodies and met up with some crafting friends. The we were selling at the hospital on Monday so yesterday was catching up on some housework and shopping.

So my card today is a sample made for Stamposaurus with another of Jayne's new stamps. I stamped the feather twice in purple and twice in turquoise and added some paper flowers, tiny heart brads I have had in my stash for years, a Stamposaurus sentiment and some pearls.

Stamping Sensations photo inspiration
Simon Says stamp it

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Wine Time

When we too my Mum to Wells on her Birthday we popped into a little shop there and I spotted a pack of corks with various pictures on them of grapes and glasses. Sometimes you just find something that will do perfectly for an idea you have in mind and that was the way with the corks.

I covered the MDF plaque with some LOTV paper and diecut the clock with a Tim Holtz die.  I cut the cork in half so it had flat sides and added some wooden letters I bought in Hobbycraft recently. A wooden bottle and some ribbon and job done. Mmmmm now what shall I make with the rest?

Monday, 11 September 2017

Sledging in the forest

Whilst I am selling my cards and gifts at the hospital today I have scheduled my second inspiration post for the LOTV colour challenge on Facebook. I chose to use just red and green today as we are looking for a minimum of two colours from the choice. I fussy cut one of the new precoloured simply print images and used Dovecraft winter blooms papers.  The stitched sentiment is from a Me to You set. I used Lawn Fawn rolling hills dies and various different tree dies.  Just for a change I added Stickles to their hats rather than fun flock.

Christmas with the Cuties Christmas cute couple 
Allsorts at least 2 DPs 
The Paper Shelter lots of layers

Sunday, 10 September 2017

Someone special

I am off to the Sincerely Yours show this morning and looking forward to catching up some crafting friends there. Hubby is coming along too as the tickets are only £3 each and that includes free teas and coffees and he drinks more than £3 worth of coffee! There isn't anything I am particularly looking to buy but look forward to having a look round and as Inkylicious and Dies to Die For are there I know there will be some lovely items to buy.

So my card today is made with some free papers from Making Cards magazine.  I added feathers, leaves from a florist wholesaler, and various flowers and some pearl brads.  The sentiment I found in my stash.

When we get home from Thetford it is off to the hospital to set up for tomorrow so no time to play with my new stuff. 

Saturday, 9 September 2017

Jingle all the way

The last of three cards made fro Papercrafter magazine using MFT Jingle all the way stamps and dies and MFT papers. Coloured with Copics with fun flock on his hat. I used MFT stitched basic edger dies and adapted the MFT sentiment die for the sentiment. The die is quite large but by 
using part of it for the top and then using it again at the bottom it looks like I have used a completely different die. I added some punched holly leaves, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and some pearls.

No doubt I will be busy sorting out the holiday washing today and getting my stock downstairs ready to set up the hospital shop tomorrow afternoon in readiness for Monday.

Penny Black and more at Allsorts Get ready for Christmas 
Simon Says stamp it

Friday, 8 September 2017

Heading home

Yes home sweet home is where we are headed today after a week away in a cottage in Swaledale in the Yorkshire Dales. I recycled this plaque which I bought at a garage sale. I covered the back with pretty paper and added some paper flowers and wooden embellishments. I also cut off the horrible string and added the ribbon. I should of course have taken a picture of it before I started. It looks so much prettier than it did when I bought it.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

Christmas bunting

I love embroidering and as my padded bunting has been selling well I thought I would make some for Christmas. I rather fancy this one myself actually as it fits the colour scheme of my tree decorations. Love the glitter felt. I bought the snowflake buttons on Ebay and the little reels from a florist supplier.

Here is one of the hearts in more detail.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017


Something a bit different from me today. The paisley stamp is one of the new stamps at Stamposaurus and as soon as I saw it I had the idea of heat embossing with it. I used Wow white embossing powder and DI Victorian Velvet. I embossed the card and diecut a rectangle out for use on another card.I raised the embossed card on foam pads and added a simple velvet bow and some pink glitter washi tape from Hobbycraft. 

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

For a friend

I made this card for a crafting friend who was 70 last Saturday. She doesn't look 70 at all mind you. The image is Stamping Bella. I do love these garden girls and this one is lily of the valley. She has been coloured with Copics and he pretty papers are Bo Bunny Secret Garden. I added some lace from Crafty Ribbons and some Santoro leaf pins. The leaf die is a new one from The Works and the flowers were cut with Nellie Snellen flower dies. I used Dovecraft 3d effects in pastel purple around the image.


Monday, 4 September 2017

Squirrel has a pressy

We have a colour challenge for you this month on the Lili of the Valley Facebook page. I chose to use red, green and gold and used one of the new simply print images which launch today along with the stamps and digis. This is one of the woodland animal sets and I teamed him with Bo Bunny Silver and Gold papers. The sentiment is from the paper pad and I used one of my newest MFT dies, fringed edge. I know this is going to be a well used die.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Sunday, 3 September 2017


Whenever I see poppy stamps I think of my blogging friend Brenda who loves them. This is another of the new stamps from Stamposaurus so if you see their stand at a craft show you may spot this card amongst the samples. I used Copics to colour and diecut using a Lawn Fawn stitched square die. The paper, raffia lace and sentiment have been in my stash for a long time as have the flowers. I really am trying to use some of those things I have had for years.

I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Snowy forest

A new challenge has started at A Gem of a Challenge and we want you to use kraft. I love it although I don't seem to use it quite as much as I used to. I love kraft card blanks which is what I have used here with Hobbycraft heritage Christmas papers and the cute snow friends image from Pink Gem which has ben coloured with Copics. Of course I had to use fun flock on their hats. I used a Lawn Fawn forest border die which is so useful and Impression Obsession fir trees with the textured pearl card I make using 3d pearl effects. I also added some punched stars cut from white glitter card. I really need some more of this but haven't been able to find any locally.   I would like to enter this into the anything goes challenge at Simon Says.

Friday, 1 September 2017


1st of the month means a new challenge at Paper Creator and this month is it simply Christmas. Have you made a start on your Christmas cards yet? I seem to have been making lots of them recently, for magazines and DT work. I still have lots more to make yet though.

I love the Sassy Cheryl images and this one is no exception, Admiring the Star. All the Paper Creator images are precoloured making for quicker cards. I went for lots of layers with this one, using Studio Light Scandinavian papers and adding some doodling. I used a new MFT zigzag stitch square die, ribbon from Crafty Ribbons and wooden stars from Hobbycraft.  I also used a clear Wink of Stella pen on the star. 

Thursday, 31 August 2017

Checking his list

Today I am sharing the second of the cards I made using MFT Jingle all the way stamps and dies for Papercrafter magazine. This is such a fun set to mix and match. Coloured with Copics with fun flock on his hat. The papers are MFT and I used a MFT basic border die and a Joy bunting die.

ABC Christmas P is for People, R is for Red
Simon Says anything goes

Last day of the month, Autumn is nearly here, my favourite season. Although it is sad to see the Summer flowers fading I love the Autumnal colours and I look forward to getting out my long sleeved tops and boots which I prefer to Summer clothes.

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

More reindeer

More of the cute reindeer from the new A5 set launching on 4 September along with lots of other cute stamps. For this one I used 2 of the images coloured with Copics. I kept the layout very simple as the Memory Box sentiment die is so large. I found some embossed card in my scrap drawer, no idea where it came from but it looks good with the die. The paper is MME all is bright and I added some silver acrylic paint and some punched snowflakes.

ABC Christmas R is for red

Day out today as I am having a haircut and colour so lunch in the city no doubt.

Tuesday, 29 August 2017


This is the second of the new flower stamps from Stamposaurus which has been coloured with Copics. I used a MFT cloud stencil and chalk for the sky. The papers are Bo Bunny Secret Garden. I just couldn't decided what embellishments to use for this one and played around with a few ideas. None of them looked right and I suddenly though butterflies so I added three pretty sparkly butterflies from Poundland and am very happy with the result as I didn't want to overembellish this large image.

In the Pink anything goes

Monday, 28 August 2017


I promised you the new LOTV images are cute and they don't come any cuter than this one, Snowy Hugs,
Medium - Copics
Papers - Hobbycraft Christmas Whisper
Dies - Go Kreate frilly squares 7, MFT party banners
Sentiment - LOTV grunge Christmas
Cheesecloth - The Ribbon Girl
Ribbon from stash
Other - pearl pen, Stickles, fun flock

Allsorts ribbons more than just a bow

Hubby is volunteering today driving one of the rescue boats at the powerboat racing. It's a big event today with lots of stalls etc for charity so I will be going along this afternoon with a friend whose hubby has also started volunteering there. Neither of us are interested in the powerboats but will enjoy looking round the stalls, having a chat and there are fireworks tonight too. It will be nice to go and see them in action as normally I stay at home crafting.

Sunday, 27 August 2017

Reindeer sneak peek

The second Christmas launch from LOTV will be for sale on 4 September and they are some more cute images. I didn't know which to use first but decided on one of an A5 set of reindeer.
Medium - Copics
Die - MFT stitched domes
Papers - Bo Bunny Winter Wishes
Snowflakes - Paperhouse puffy stickers
Sentiment and border - Bo Bunny

ABC Christmas R is for red 
Noor! Design UK anything goes

Saturday, 26 August 2017

Keep on Rockin'

I was so pleased to see the latest First Edition papers included a pad called Grand Plans which has some great papers in it. You may remember I have used one of these records on a previous card. It is actually a gift card from Barnes and Noble in America. I may have picked up a few whilst visiting as I knew they would be perfect for musical cards. I covered the writing with the LOTV sentiment and added some MFT diecut musical notes and a MFT sentiment.

Friday, 25 August 2017


Stamposaurus have a new range of stamps which will be available to buy at upcoming craft shows. I am delighted to be making samples for Jayne and this is the first one I am sharing with you. There are three flower stamps and a variety of other images. I have coloured the sunflower with Copics and decided to fussy cut it out as I wanted to put it into a flowerpot. That is when I realised just how many petals I had to cut round. The flowerpots are all Memory Box dies and the watering can is a Whimsy die. I added a punched heart to the pot and used clear Wink of Stella on the pot. I found the sentiment in my stash.

Noor! Design UK anything goes 
Dies R Us anything goes using dies

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Christmas present

The new Papercrafter magazine is out today and I am delighted to have three cards featuring the cute MFT Santa stamps and dies.  I have used MFT papers and my favourite Go Kreate frilly squares die.  Coloured with Copics with fun flock on his hat. I kept the design simple just adding a bow and some enamel dots.

ABC Christmas P is for People, Q is for Quick, R is for red
The Paper Shelter pearls, gems, enamel dots

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Winter Wonderland

As you know I love making scenes with these Card-io stamps and this card uses a variety of sets. I added a touch of sunset colour behind the tress using a dry baby wipe and small ink pads  A touch of silver acrylic paint for some sparkle and job done.

Allsorts forest friends 
Penny Black and more at Allsorts all creatures great and small 
Stamping Sensations anything goes