Sunday, 26 January 2014
Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Evening all, it’s a week since I posted yet again, my good intentions are not really going to plan so far in 2014!
For the last giveaway before our regular challenges begin next Sunday there is one each of the new vintage style bronze frames, 3 charms, 10mm ivory flatback pearl braid, 10mm ivory flatback pearl flower string, and pink satin ribbon
Pop over to the blog for full details if you want to enter the draw for this fab bundle of goodies
Onto the Papertake challenge and our theme this week is…
All we want you to do is to add a bow and use a die
You can do one, or the other, or both …it’s up to you!
This was an easy one for me, I love bows and I love dies so of course I put both on …
I used 2 scrummy ribbons from the Ribbon Girl; red silky crush and 16mm aqua open weave
I can’t resist adding a bit of ribbon even when it’s not a requirement, I adore it!
Here’s everything else I used;
This image is called Rosie With Cake and is available as a stamp too
Simply Sophisticated sentiment
K & Co papers
EK Success corner punch
LaLa Land heart banner die
Thanks so much for stopping by, I’m keeping my fingers crossed for a quiet weekend so I will be catching up with all your blogs and seeing what you’ve been up to
Have a lovely evening
Tuesday, 14 January 2014
Hey everyone, thanks for stopping by
We were overwhelmed by the response to our blog hop hop last week, thanks for joining in and for all your lovely comments …it’s so nice that you all take the time to actually read the post and look properly at our cards rather than just whizz round with a copy and paste of ‘lovely card’ to get you in the prize draw!
My blog was one of the hidden prize blogs too so well done Keeley, her comment was drawn from the ones left for me and she won the full set of new stamps. They’re on sale now and there is a special offer if you buy all 10 before Friday
There’s another fab giveaway at The Ribbon Girl this week, not long now until the challenges start again
There are some Prima embellishments now in stock with more to come soon! If you would like to win this gorgeous Junk Yard Findings 'Ballet' set plus one metre of pure silk ribbon just visit the blog for full details
We'd like to know what you would do with this pink and girly collection and we'll pick one winner at random. Winner will be announced on Saturday 18th January
Onto this weeks challenge at Papertake Weekly and the theme is…
New Year, New Stash!
We just want you to use something new that you may have got for Christmas. If Santa was mean and you didn't get any new stash then feel free to use something that you haven't ever used before (and we all have plenty that fits in this category don’t we!!)
I went completely out of my comfort zone for this one. I needed to make a 21st birthday card for my nephew and I’ve been trying to find a use for my lovely new ‘on the edge’ star die from Tim Holtz
I also used a Tim Holtz embossing folder that I’ve not used before to give a bit of extra texture
I cut out the letters on my circut - ooh, by the way, I really like the look of the new Brother scan ‘n’ cut, did you see it?
That’s it really, there’s one of the Handwritten Phrases and I used foam pads and pinflair for the layers so it’s quite dimensional
It looked a bit bare so I thought of adding the brads after I’d stuck it all together (don’t you just hate it when that happens!) I broke a few nails pulling all the little legs off but I stuck them on with glue but it looks better I think
I always buy cards for the men in my life as I enjoy making pretty cards so I’m interested to know what you think of this as it’s very different for me
I was glad to see this theme come up as I’m still on a bit of a mission to use all the stash that I haven’t used yet, in fact I’m trying to use something new on every card I make!
That’s it from me, enjoy the rest of your evening everyone
Friday, 10 January 2014
Good morning lovely crafters, how are you today?
We’ve got the first hectic week back at work nearly out of the way, the trimmings are packed up until next year and everything is back to some sort of normality. Now I need to get back into healthier eating habits and lose the few pounds that crept on over Christmas!
We have the first Lili of the Valley stamp launch of 2014 this weekend. Our fabulous design team have all made cards to show them off and we’re having a hop with 2 chances for you to win the full set
There are 10 of the cutest new designs featuring everyone’s favourite James the Bear and some more of the adorable Jack, Patch and Puss
The stamps will be available to buy on the website from midday (UK time) on Monday 13th January and also in the shop this Saturday if you’re near enough (we’re open 10 – 4)
Just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card, hopefully we can give you lots of ideas and inspiration for using these cute new images
As always we have some hidden prizes along the way, we don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and comment on every blog
We will let you know on Monday morning which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs
We have 2 full sets of the new stamps to give away, 2 lucky winners will each get all 10 new designs
Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;
Anne (that’s me!)
Here’s my card and I used one of the Jack, Patch and Puss stamps
This one is called Let’s Celebrate and I wanted to use some bright cheerful colours …they look like they’re having such a fun time at their party!
Here’s everything I used;
K & Co papers
Kort & Godt rolled roses
My Minds Eye gems
Doohickey border die
Penny Black heart string die
Tulle (lots of it, you can’t really see on the picture)
I’m still practising with the distress inks, I actually cannot believe how long I spent colouring this one image, I daren’t tell you, but I think I’m getting a feel for them now. I was trying to blend them like the markers which I’ve used for so long but it’s a completely different technique and it’s taken a while to get used to…
Right, enough chit chat I know you’re itching to see what else we have on the hop …next stop is the fabulous Becky
If you get lost along the way just go back to the Ideas to Inspire blog and pick it up from where you were
Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday morning when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the stamps go on sale
Enjoy the hop everyone, good luck!
Tuesday, 7 January 2014
Hey everyone, happy new year to you! I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, where on earth did the holidays go?
I didn’t get much crafting done (best laid plans and all that …) but I did do a few jobs that I’d been putting off and caught up with some friends which was nice. I think it’s good sometimes to just do nothing although the days seem to go even quicker when you have no purpose
Jess started her new job so she was home which was an unexpected bonus, but both her and Joe have their own agendas now and it takes a bit of getting used to not having to think about what they want to do before making plans!! It’s the first Christmas for ages that everyone has been fit and well, there’s usually some lurgy going around just in time for the festive season!
They have a smashing giveaway at the moment so do pop over there if you’d like to win these lovely brass charms. They are some of the new goodies which they are stocking, brand new for 2014!
There’s a little banner too for you to put on your own blogs;
Time for the first challenge of the New Year over at Papertake Weekly
It’s the beginning of the month so it’s Anything Goes and the optional extra theme is to ‘celebrate something new’
I’m celebrating the brand new stamps from Lili of the Valley which go on sale next Monday, everyone loves James the Bear and this one is called James – Daisy
I made a bit of a mess of the colouring to be honest, he looked ok and then I couldn’t leave well alone and decided to add some prismacolour pencils and sansodor. All the bloomin ink smudged so I used copious amounts of stickles in a very bad cover up job lol – he’s seriously sparkly!!
Here’s everything I used;
Grunge swirls (the dots around the image)
K & Co papers
German glass glitter
EK Success retro flower punch
Tim Holtz idealology brads and film strip
Doily from stash
The gorgeous butterflies came all the way from Holland with my lovely friend Gretha, they are fab!
Some of you who visit my blog regularly will remember me deliberating over wether to throw away the teensiest scrap of lace a while ago – you all said NO, don’t do it!! ...so I kept it. You can’t see very well on the picture but it’s tucked in front of the film strip behind the paper flowers!!
It’s Tuesday so I’m off to see my friend next door now for a sneaky glass of wine!
I hope you all enjoy your evening whatever you’re doing