Monday, 30 April 2012

A magic card for WOC

I have been meaning to try this “Magic Card” by Marianne for ages and never seemed to have the time to do it, till yesterday.  The challenge this time round for Wild Orchid Challenge is Fancy Folds so I was determined to attempt it this weekend.


I used Filigree Heart from Lili of the Valley and coloured it up with Copics.  I love this stamp, so different and so detailed but a doddle to colour.  I have used one of the soon to be released Girlie Banner sentiments, this time I didn’t chop the swirly bits off so you can see the stamp in it’s entirety.

A peek at the inside


And another angle, it’s not the easiest card to photograph!  The paper is Nitwit CollectionsGrin ‘n bear it kit, the flowers, lace and seam binding are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  Flowers used are 25mm rose, 15mm roses, 10mm roses, 8mm semi open roses.  I also added some rhinestones to the stamped image and metal corners to the top of the card.


And that’s that, my fancy folds (all 5 of them on the card) Smile



Sunday, 29 April 2012

Candy winner and candy news

Before I announce this week’s candy winner just a heads up that my fab teamie Pops has some candy up for grabs here

And now for the winner of the stamps candy ….. the lucky lady is

Janes Journal

Congratulations Jane, please email me with your address to claim your prize.  Please put Stamps candy in the subject line.


Scooter Boy

Another sneak peek for you and an update on the Lili of the Valley open days which are being held next weekend.  All my classes are sold out, but for those that just want to come and browse (and of course buy the new boys stamps and sentiments!!!) and join us for a cuppa and tasty treats you are more than welcome.  As well as the tasty treats our Dawny P will be demonstrating stamping and colouring techniques all weekend and there are some fab prizes up for grabs ….. including a Grand Calibur!  So if you’re in the area do pop in.

And now to my sneak peek – meet Scooter Boy!  This is my Ben to a T (except he has 3 doggies!)  That kid is one with his scooter, gives me heart failure the way he whizzes round on it lol.  The new boys stamps and sentiments go on sale on the Lili of the Valley website  on 9th May


The papers are Bo Bunny Time Piece, the sentiment is from Lili of Valley and I stamped it on to a Quickutz die. 

The gingham ribbon and Jute Ribbon are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The top sentiment I did on the computer then punched out with a SU window punch.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend



Saturday, 28 April 2012


As soon as I saw the new digi’s in the Saturated Canary etsy store I just had to have some.  Oh my goodness, can that girl draw or can that girl draw!?!  This is one of the new ones that were released yesterday …. meet Wendy.  I also wanted to show you another of the new sentiments that are being released by Lili of the Valley soon!  There is flourishes attached to these banners, but I chopped them off this sentiment so I could pop the sentiment on the corner. 


And here’s the banner sentiment with the flourishes on, isn’t it fab!!


Love love love her, the detail is incredible!  And of course the fact that she has a likkle doggie on her knee didn’t influence my decision to colour her first one bit – not!!  Lol.  How stinkin’ cute is that doggie with the matching bow lol.

I’ve used copics and pencils to colour her up

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20, 30
Hair: E57, 53, 51, 50 and dark umber pencil
Dress and bows: R22, 20, 30, 00, 000, 0000 and peach pencil
Doggie: E17, 15, 13, 42, 41, 40, dark umber and french grey 70% pencils
Shadows: W3, 1, 0, 00 and french grey pencil and around her muted turquoise pencil


The paper is My Minds Eye Be Happy, one of my favourites out of all the MME paper pads.  I finished off the inside to match the front


The embellies are from Wild Orchid CraftsTrellis rose, 20mm roses, 15mm rosestulips, lilies, white leaves, pearl brad and that gorgeous bling spacer (I’ll let you know as soon as they are on the website.)  The lace and ribbon is from my stash.


And now I am off out birthday present shopping for Tony – oh joy … NOT!!  I have as much interest in his model railway as he has in my cards hahaha.



Weekly candy

This week’s candy is two rubber stamps that I got from Dies to Die For, Sarah Kay’s Andre carrying a watermelon and The Greeting Farm’s Maggie.


And as always all you need to do is enter your name below, and I will draw a winner tomorrow night. 

If you don’t see your name in the linky right away please leave it a few minutes, hit F5 to refresh your browser and check to see if your name is there before trying to enter again, it will save me a lot of time spent deleting duplicate entries.  Thanks

Friday, 27 April 2012

A super striker sneak peek

I did not get a change to make a card for this week’s Just Magnolia challenge so here’s a sneak peek for the upcoming Boys release from Lili of the Valley.  I am just loving these little boys, and had such fun putting these cards together.

This is Super Striker – check out the concentration on his little face lol.


I’ve always found boys cards such a darn challenge (because I loves me flowers and pretty-pretty) but these images are just so stinkin’ cute that I was more than happy just playing with buttons, dies, ribbon and divine twine. And boys cards force me out of my colour comfort zone, it’s rare that I use orange now isn’t it!

The sentiments are also from Lili of the Valley, I stamped out the tags from the A5 tag sheet then over-stamped with the sentiments from the Words for Tickets set before cutting out and inking the edges …. inked edges hide a multitude of sins when hand cutting lol.


Don’t forget to pop across to the Ideas to Inspire blog for more sneak peeks.  I’ll be back later tonight with a new candy and tomorrow to show another of the soon to be released sentiments, Laila sure has done a totally amazing job with these!

Have a fantastic weekend (let’s hope we see some sunshine!!)



Thursday, 26 April 2012

A sketch for Lili’s Little Fairies and a different sneak peek

It’s Lili’s Little Fairies challenge and this week it’s a sketch done by our Jacque.  I went a bit off kelter but I think you can still see the sketch (okay with a bit of artistic licence lol)


There is a sneak peek on my card, promise!  Check out that gorgeous sentiment soon to be released by Lili of the Valley!!  OMW when I was sent a bunch to play with yesterday I didn’t know which set to use first lol.  This one fitted in with my interpretation of Jacque’s brilliant sketch so on it went.  And there are more amazing sets begging to be used, so watch this space!  I love that there is a double border on this set of sentiments which gives a matted look without even trying Open-mouthed smile


The papers are from a Papermania pack that I picked up last year or the year before even, I think it’s called Hampstead, and the image is Meant to be from Lili of the Valley (coloured with Copics and pencils)


The hinges are a Tim Holtz hardware die, the flowers (25mm wild roses, sweetheart blossoms), seam binding and pearls are from Wild Orchid Crafts, the lace I picked up in the USA earlier this year.


I dotted some flowers in the grass and added gold liquid pearls to the centres.

That’s all from me today.



Wednesday, 25 April 2012

A Yeehaa! sneak peek for Lili of the Valley

Release time is looming – we have a mini release going on sale on the 9th May, although if you are attending the Open Day at Lili of the Valley next weekend you will be able to get your hands on these cute little boys before everyone else!

Today I am showing my sneak peek of Yeehaa! How stinkin’ CUTE is this little boy!!! And as for the feather on the doggie head lol – well me little heart melted in a puddle when I saw this stamp!

Sorry the photo is a bit skew-whiff, my head is still not working properly after a bout of cluster migraines (but it’s easing off now thankfully).  I made these sneak peeks a couple of weeks back but didn’t get round to photographing them till last night.


The fantastic papers (which are just PERFECT for this little cutie).  I used the bandana border as another layer on the card and even the sheriff button is from the Giddy Up digi kit from Nitwit Collections – LOVE this kit (must be the gingham hahaha).  I printed out the Howdy sentiment and chopped it up before sticking it down higgeldy piggeldy.  Then got my hubby to tie me a lasso from some jute string which I then stapled in place.  I have never been a fan of boys cards but loved making a sample using each of the 6 stamps in this new release.  Lili of the Valley makes boys cards soooo simple to make Smile


The red stars were lilac brads until I heat embossed them with Rich Red embossing powder – much better lol.

Please do check out the Ideas to Inspire blog as well as my fellow LOTV teamies to see what sneak peeks they have on offer over the coming days.



Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Commenters Candy

I am so bad!  It’s ages since I gave some candy away to the lovely peeps that leave such fab comments.  Thank you, I really do appreciate each and every one of them.

I have a couple of little parcels of goodies to give away to two ladies that left a comment on yesterday’s post – a rubber stamp and some WOC goodies for each of them

Soooo ……….

Linda (lindyloo) and Redanne

can you both please email me your addresses so I can pop your candy in the mail for you.



A Sarah Kay for a change

Sorry this is a short post (plenty photos tho) as I am suffering from these wretched cluster migraines again so not up to much.  I did manage to get a few cards done on the weekend and this is one of them and I even cut into my Pion Design papers!!  I thought this Sarah Kay stamp Barbette Sewing went perfect with the soft colours in the paper


I have used one of those new Tickets Notes sentiments stamps from Whimsy Stamps.  I really do love this set, the sentiments work for so many different cards.

The image has been coloured with Copics and pencils.

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R30
Hair and stool: E29, 23, 50 and dark umber pencil
Beige: E42, 41, 40 and french grey 50%
Aqua: BG53, 000, 0000 and muted turquoise pencil
Shoes: E47, 44, 42 and french grey 70% pencil
Shadow: Warm Grey 70%


And the inside finished off.  The grunge corner stamp is from Lili of the Valley, and the gingham ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl


The flourish die cut is a Magnolia die, as is the scalloped border.  The flowers are all from Wild Orchid CraftsChrysanthemum (again lol) and again I pulled it to bits (okay I mutiliated the poor thing) so I could use another of those gorgeous bling spacers that will be on the website soon.  I held the flower together with a pearl brad.  The other flowers are 8mm semi open roses, 15mm roses, 25mm wild roses and cosmos daisy 





Monday, 23 April 2012

Stopped by Nitwits lately?

If not you will have missed the announcement that their Spring Sale is on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th April where you’ll get 32.5% off everything in the store!!


Priscilla Pie

It’s ages since I played just for fun so really really enjoyed making this card with one of Saturated Canary’s fab digi stamps.  This one is Priscilla Pie – love her!


I have used Prima Sun Kiss papers.  Oh they are just so pretty! Matted on to chocolate brown card and machine stitched.  The embellies are all from Wild Orchid CraftsChrysanthemum, 25mm wild rose, 20mm roses, 15mm roses, silk ribbon, ribbon slider buckle, rhinestones, brad and also that gorgeous rhinestone spacer which should be on the website soon!


The inside has been finished off to match the front


And lastly the image has been coloured with Copics and pencils

Hair: E29, 25, 23, 50 and dark umber pencil
Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20, 30
Aqua: BG13, 11, 10, G0000 and muted turquoise pencil
Yellow: YR31, 30 and Jasmine pencil
Eggshell pencil for the shading around her and warm grey 50% for the ground shadow

I used Liquid Pearls opal white for the pearls in her hair and the centre of the flower and popped a tiny rhinestone for the bling on her ring lol.


That’s all from me, have a fantabulous week!


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Wild Orchid Crafts candy winner

This week’s Wild Orchid Crafts candy winner is


That’s you TAMMY ORTIZ!!!

Congratulations sweets, please email me your address to claim your fab surprise goodie bag from Wild Orchid Crafts

Ginger Meadows

Hello and welcome to Day 5 of our April Rubber & Die Release Showcase!  I’m back with another of the stamps that  Whimsy Stamps released this month along with new Shapeology dies. Until 24 April the Whimsy Stamps DT and Special Guests are showcasing these fabulous new goodies with a daily mini blog hop and I am part of today’s hop!

Each mini blog hop has a new release prize hidden somewhere along the way and you have 24hrs to enter each prize draw.

To be entered into today’s mini blog hop prize draw, be sure to leave a comment on ALL of the DT’s posts listed below by 12.00PM EST tomorrow. All winners will be announced on the Whimsy blog on 25 April.


My card today features one of Elisabeth Bell’s amazing images, this little cutie is Ginger Meadows from the Cottage Cuties Collection.  The sentiment is also from the new release, the set is Tickets Notes.


The papers are from the latest digi kit from Nitwit Collections, this one is Tour of London – isn’t it just fantastic!!!


I’ve used a few dies on this card, the Doo Hickey Picket Fence, Die-Namics Open Scallop Edge die, and for the leaves I used Poppystamps Die Ivy Tendrils that a gorgeous lady sent me as a surprise xxx


Coloured with Copics and pencils, I used

Skin: E11, 00, 000, 0000, R20, R30
Hair, E31, 53, 50 and Light umber pencil
Reds: E29, 24, 22, 12 and Tuscan red pencil
Blues: B39, 37, 34, 32, and Blue Copenhagen pencil
Greens: BG96, 93, G46, 43, 20, YG67, 63, 61 and Olive pencil (yes I used a lot of greens lol)
Cat and Fence: C3, 1, 0, 00 and Cool Grey 50% pencil
Basket: E15, 17, 11, W1, 0, 00


The flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I used 25mm wild roses, 20mm roses, 15mm roses and I used some gold coloured pearls for the centres of the larger flowers on the stamped image.  The ladybird in the centre of the lace bow is a button, I just snipped the shank off.  This was one of the many buttons I picked up on my shopping spree with Jacque, Suzan and Michelle when I was in the USA in January.

To take a peek at today’s fabulous new release creations, please click on the links below…

Beate Johns
Ellie Stover
Erin Bailey
Ann Vento
Mariska van der Veer
Tammy Louise Cunliffe

That’s it from me till later this evening when I post the winner of the WOC surprise candy plus the winner of the weekly LOTV candy (over on the Ideas to Inspire blog).  I am off to the Sincerely Yours show at Gateshead Stadium today, I can’t remember when last I went to a show just to take my time looking around and shop, so am taking two of my dearest friends with me for a girlie morning out Smile