Tuesday, 15 May 2018

LOTV Birthday Hop

Good morning crafters, an early post from me today on this sunny Tuesday as we’re having a blog hop… ooooh!

It’s a while since I did this, the Lili of the Valley ones used to be hugely popular so as part of their 14th birthday celebrations we are having a birthday hop with some wonderful inspiration from the Design Team

If you’re on the hop you’ll have come here from Jen’s blog

If you just stopped by to visit me and want to join in the then follow the next link to Gaynor

You can see lots more cards on the facebook group today from some of our previous DT and visit the Lili of the Valley website here for Birthday offers


I used Rosie and cake for my cards today, one of the earlier images and still one of my favourites…

LOTV rosie with cake rocker

I made a rocker card for a change, it’s a while since I added ribbon and flowers to a card but I liked it, very girlie!

I printed a few of the Simply print sheets at once and I did this quick eclipse card too so thought I’d share at the same time…

LOTV rosie with cake eclipse

Hope you like them, this is the Simply Print sheet but you can also get a digi stamp too if you haven’t got this cutie in your collection


Here’s a list below of the blogs on the hop so if you get lost you can start again

Be sure to leave a comment on each blog as there is a £10 voucher hidden along the way at one of the blogs and don’t forget to check back tomorrow night to see if I had the prize here

Marianne - https://mariannescraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/

Kat - http://cornishkat.blogspot.co.uk

Jen - http://thetinybluebutterfly.blogspot.co.uk

Me! - http://learningtojive.blogspot.co.uk

Gaynor - https://designsbygaynorgreaves.blogspot.co.uk

Donna - http://myhappyplace-donna.blogspot.co.uk/

Debs - http://debsatfrecklesplace.blogspot.co.uk

Andrea - http://andreagourley.blogspot.co.uk/

Lorraine - http://lorrainebailey.blogspot.co.uk

Mary - http://playingwithribbon.blogspot.co.uk

Karen - http://moreplease-ko.blogspot.co.uk

Yvonne - https://phoebeez.blogspot.nl/

Have a great day everyone, but of gardening for me I think while the weather is nice!


Tuesday, 8 May 2018

The weekend, and Mama Makes…

Good evening lovely crafty friends, I hope you all enjoyed the bank holiday

The weather was certainly beautiful, breaking records I think for May! We did some gardening yesterday and then had family round for a bbq,  nothing fancy but just a nice relaxing afternoon

I had a lovely weekend away visiting my friends Mary and Andrea in Newcastle. We went to the Sunderland glass centre and made a paperweight on Sunday and really enjoyed it, I love to do something different. I won’t see my paperweight for a week because it has to be left to ‘cook’ but the process was fascinating (if a tad hot!!) and I’ve got my name down for another go at something different in the future


Hochanda is featuring Mama Makes products on Leonie’s Let Loose shows tomorrow so be sure to tune in at 11 and 2, there should be some lovely bargains and lots of inspiration from the team for using the stamps

Here are a couple of cards that I made for the show using the Woodland Friends, Hello Spring and Elephant Birthday sets…

Elephant easel

Spring eclipse

The eclipse card is something I’ve seen around a lot recently, Jennifer McGuire did them a while ago and I really like the effect. I used the Lawn Fawn Louies ABC’s alphabet for this from Seven Hills Crafts

Hope you like them, don’t forget to tune in tomorrow… and enjoy the rest of your Tuesday


Tuesday, 1 May 2018

New beginnings, and retiring images

Good evening lovely crafty friends, hope you are all well

Not much to report tonight, it’s been a pretty quiet couple of weeks but I’m not complaining because I finally found some time to get in the craft room!


Lili of the Valley have a lovely new release with some of the cutest baby images, sentiments and alphabets

I made this pop up box card for a change, I wanted something special for a precious new arrival. These have a bit of a WOW factor but are quite easy to make from a piece of A4 card, it folds nice and flat for posting too

I used one of the new digital images called Polka Dots, also available as a simply print

LOTV polka dot box 2

LOTV polka dot boxLOTV polka dot box 3LOTV polka dot box 4

The baby sentiments are lovely, there are 12 in the set and they each come in 5 different colours

I also used the new toy box alphabet which again has 5 different colourways included

The papers are Country Meadow from NitWits and the heart banner is Penny Black


Some of the older images are being retired on May 4th and there are some fantastic deals on them. Take a look to see if there are any you missed before they are gone


Finally I know a few of you stampers have struggled with using the digital images (Debra, are you here??)

There are a couple of guides on the website which you may find useful

how to

That’s it for now, enjoy the rest of your week everyone


Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Pet sympathy…

Good evening crafty friends, thanks so much for all your lovely comments on my last post. I know it’s time consuming and I appreciate you taking the time to stop by

I’ve resolved to visit and leave a couple of comments each day because if you get behind it’s such a huge job trying to catch up on all your favourite blogs


Just a quick post today, my Brother sadly lost their dog coincidentally a day after I’d ordered some lovely pet related Whimsy stamps from Dies to Die for

I made a couple which I’ll share another time, and then did this one from an idea I‘d seen on Pinterest

This is a Stampin’ Up set called Bella and Friends and I loved the idea of the little doggy floating up to heaven tied to the balloon…


Sentiment - Whimsy ‘fill my heart’

Rainbow – Stampin’ Up ‘sunshine and rainbows’

Clouds – Memory Box ‘puffy clouds’

Sorry it’s such a rubbish picture, the light is so bad at the moment and it’s nearly all white


Hope you like it, enjoy the rest of your week everyone


Thursday, 5 April 2018

more LOTV girls…

Good morning everyone, thank you for popping by and I hope you all had a lovely Easter despite the atrocious weather we’ve been having in the UK


I didn’t manage to dig any wedding pictures out to share, they’re under a lot of stuff in the attic that I keep meaning to sort through

Our silver anniversary didn’t quite go to plan, Keith had the day off so as it was sunny we decided to have a drive out. On the way home a young girl crashed into the back of us when we’d stopped to let the car in front of us turn. Keith’s little sports car is his pride and joy but thankfully everyone was ok although it certainly didn’t do my neck any good, it’s just been starting to feel better and I’m back to square one


I have a couple more cards today using the new girls from LOTV, I like these older girls, they’re great for teens who are past the cute stage

These one is called Coffee

LOTV coffee

and this one is Curls

LOTV curls

The papers I used are from a lovely Stampin’ Up pad and the heart die is Sue Wilson

I have so many part used pads that when I start one now I’m going to try and make a few cards from it. I hate cutting them if they’re pretty, and even when I start a new pad I find myself using the ones first that are my least favourite so I can save the nicest ones

It’s like your best clothes or your favourite perfume, they never end up getting used!


It’s a rare sunny day here today so I’m going to do a bit of gardening this afternoon. I do miss my garden in the Winter and I have some cutting back to do

Enjoy your Thursday crafters


Saturday, 10 March 2018

Fairy in the Woods…

Good morning everyone, thanks so much for stopping by and as always for your comments on my last card

I have to share this with you that the kids bought me for my Birthday…


I’ve always said that when the dreaded day comes and we lose Manny that I would get a portrait done. They beat me to it and I’m absolutely thrilled with it. You can see it was done from the picture of him I have on my sidebar, the worry is always that the artist won’t get a likeness but I think she has really captured him


Quick post this morning, it’s pouring down here and Keith is tinkering with his bike in the garage. I’m all caught up with my magazine work so I’m going to have a few hours playing with the new Lili of the Valley and Mama Makes stamps

This is one of the LOTV fairies and she’s called 'In The Woods'

LOTV in the woods

I added some sparkle after I took the picture ,to her wings and the bottom of the dress

I’m trying to make an effort to use my embossing folders more too. I love the effect and have a drawer full but I always forget about them and they’re gathering dust like a lot of my stash

There are 4 fairies in the latest release, I used the digi stamp but there are coloured simply prints too which are adorable if you don’t like to colour or need a quick card

I know a few of you said you have trouble colouring the digis so I’ll try and see if I can find a few tips for you.Once you get used to the digis you will love them, there many advantages to using them


That’s it from me, have a great Saturday whatever you’re doing


Monday, 5 March 2018

Lots of news…

Hello crafty friends, I have a lot to tell you tonight so I hope you’ll stick with me…
First the weather, I can’t not mention the ‘Beast from the East’ seeing as it brought the Country to a standstill. Joe went on a short break to Amsterdam with his friends and got stranded for 3 days. They were flown to Germany to get a UK flight and then they were all cancelled so it was a fiasco and a bit worrying (and very expensive!!)
It was proper deep powdery snow like we used to have when I was a kid, we had a few lovely walks and Manny loved it...

Also… Jess got engaged, her boyfriend proposed when they went to Rome so all very romantic. There won’t be any wedding plans for a while as they are saving up for a house but I think when they do tie the knot it will be pretty low key, she’s like her Mum and won’t want any fuss!
Doesn’t seem like 2 minutes since I was planning my own wedding and it’s our silver anniversary next week, I might share some piccies to mark the occasion if I can dig them out!
I’m on a new Design Team for a fabulous stamp company called Mama Makes. Loti makes the stamps herself and there are some lovely sets at a great price.There are some new stamps just launched and they are the cutest foxes and rabbits with an assortment of sentiments by a fantastic new artist called Tracey Hey…
I used the new fox for this card, it’s called Woodland Friends. The images are also resized and available as small planner stamps. Planners is not something I’ve done but the girls on the team produce some amazing spreads so I think I could really get into it (I just need 48 hours in a day!)
To celebrate the Mama Makes 1st birthday there is a fantastic crafty workshop day. Full details are here if you’re in the Peterborough area
New stamps and news from Lili of the Valley too; at the end of March the images will only be available as digi stamps and simply prints. Rubber stamps are not viable for the Company at the moment and it will be reassessed in 6 months. Some customers have been disappointed but if you haven’t tried digi’s do them give them a go, you’ll be converted!
There are 12 new ones and this lovely is called Freckles. I thought colouring that skirt would take forever so I did a bit of paper piecing for her clothes and shoes and I think it looks quite pretty…
LOTV freckles
I added the little flowers and dragonfly, they are Woodware stamps and the papers on both cards are from the First Edition ‘Bella Rose’ pad
All 12 new images are available as digis and coloured simply print sheets, the 4 fairies are adorable and there are some lovely older more modern girls too

There are some launch offers so if you’re wanting any, now is a great time to get them
Are you still here? thanks so much for stopping by I really do appreciate it
I have a tutorial on the Mama Makes blog for this card so I’d be so grateful if my lovely visitors could take a minute to pop over there too, and do remember to say that I sent you!
Thank You

Its my birthday tomorrow so I’m having a girlie day with Jess and we’re going to see The Greatest Showman, I’m looking forward to it as I don’t seem to spend enough time with her lately

Have a great week everyone


Thursday, 22 February 2018

Only me…

Hello crafty friends, I know, I’m such a bad blogger…

I have good intentions of doing one post a week but the time just disappears and before you know it another month, never mind a week, has whizzed by!

I’ve been busy catching up on my magazine work, I got a bit behind when I was poorly so am back on track now

I have exciting news about a new design team but I’ll tell you about that in my next post because I’ve been playing with some stamps this week so will have cards to share soon


Lili of the Valley are launching a new stamp brand tomorrow so be sure to check that out. You can see all the details of the 10 new sets on their new blog, they have a fab new design team for the brand so lots of lovely inspiration for using them

The new stamps are called ‘Simply Sweet Stamps’ and are exactly that, just perfect for making clean and modern cards

This is a card I made using one of the new images called Purrfect…

LOTV Simply Sweet Purrfect

Not as clean and simple as it could have been but you know me and my patterned papers!


Here also are a couple of cards and tags that were for a magazine last year. They are quite similar so thought I’d share at the same time. They are a bit different for me but it’s good to try new styles sometimes and venture outside your comfort zone…



Stampendous tag 2

Stampendous tag

Sorry the photos are not great, because the magazines take their own pictures I really only do them for my own records, most of them don’t get shown on here

These are made with a Stampendous set, the sentiment stamps are Altenew and the papers for all of the cards are Bonnets & Bowties from NitWits


I’m having a hot flush while I’m typing this, always just my face and head on fire and the sweat is steaming up my glasses. I‘m pleased that only Manny can see me – it’s not a pretty sight!!

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy the rest of your Thursday


Friday, 26 January 2018


Hello everyone, thank you for all the get well messages - you are a lovely lot!

Seems there have been quite a few of you also not well, I hope you are all feeling better now. I thought I was getting over it when I did my post last week but another week has gone by and I have just not got an ounce of energy, I can’t be bothered to even turn the TV on. I have magazine commissions to do and have just sat looking at them, not getting any further than shuffling a few papers around. It’s been very strange because however I feel I can usually muster up the energy to do some crafting!

Anyway onwards and upwards, I don’t have new work to share so this is a card from last year that never made it to the blog…

LOTV cosy pram

I used some gorgeous Maja design papers (I hate cutting into these but it was a special card!)

The image is a Simply Print of Cosy Pram from Lili of the Valley which you can also get a a digi or a rubber stamp, it’s a lovely image

The heart banner is Penny Black and I did the sentiment on the computer

I made it for my Nephew and his girlfriend last summer when they found out she was expecting. If you visit my blog regularly you’ll know I became a Great Aunt just before Christmas to a precious girl, she is an absolute delight…


I saw the sun today for the first time in what seems like months so hopefully it’s a sign that Spring is not too far away, I sat in the conservatory with Manny and just enjoyed the warmth it was lovely!

Thanks so much for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend crafty friends


Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Jasmine and Oliver launch…

Good afternoon crafters, well I spoke too soon didn’t I when I said in my last post that we’d escaped the lurgy this year!

I’ve just completely lost a week, I’m not exaggerating I have never felt so weird in all my life. I just felt like my body wouldn’t work, zero energy, cold then clammy, starving hungry but couldn’t face food…  it was very strange. Keith and Joe had it too but hopefully we’ve seen the back of it now. I’ve heard people say they’ve been ill for 6 weeks so I’m really hoping that’s not the case as I do feel a bit better today


So, consequently I only managed 1 sample for the new LOTV launch. Popular teen images Jasmine and Oliver are back with new designs and some old favourites available in different formats

This is Oliver Texting, I like Jasmine Texting and have used it a lot so I hope this male version will be as useful

LOTV oliver texting

Cloud background, fence and grass are all Lawn Fawn and the speech bubble is Spellbinders. I’ve had that set for years and never realised it was stitched, there are a few different shapes and sizes and I’m pleased to have rediscovered it!


This is a card I made last year so I thought I’d add it to the post as this is another very useful stamp from the range… Oliver Kicking About

LOTV oliver football


I used an embossed background for this and die cut clouds/sun

If you visit me regular you will know I love adding clouds and sun, I think it creates such a quick and cute scene


Right I’m going to catch up on a bit of tv from the last week. Still don’t have the energy to do much more and it’s been snowing this morning here so a good excuse to get cosy on the sofa with Manny!

Enjoy your day all, thanks for stopping by


Thursday, 4 January 2018

A new year and a look back…

Good morning lovely crafty friends, happy new year and I hope you all had a good Christmas. It’s passed so quickly and ours was pretty quiet this year but thankfully (and for a change) we all escaped the bugs and viruses that have been going round. Keith and I don’t really do pressies any more but I got the obligatory cookery book, pandora charm and perfume. My laptop is playing up so I will be replacing it soon and that will be my Christmas present to myself!
Joe was 21 on new years eve, we had a lovely family day and then he had a party with his friends. He works in a cocktail bar and they let him have the top floor for the evening which was very good of them considering it’s such a busy night
This is my Joe, he loved having his picture taken and was always posing for me…
joe 21
and this is on his birthday making his Mum a cocktail, a rare picture of him as I can’t get him in front of the camera now…


I’ll be back shortly with new images from LOTV - but for today I thought I’d do the traditional look back over the previous year and share a few of my favourite makes…

christmas swap
Cosy Together
All loved up
LOTV Jasmine shopping
LOTV ballet shoes
LOTV Two's Company
LOTV Lazy Daisy stamp
LOTV Greg Cupcake

…bit of a Lili of the Valley theme going on here isn’t there lol!!
I resolved to use all my other stamps when I left and I still buy lots of different brands but I just love their images and they always seem to have one that suits my needs
My cards have changed over the last couple of years, I use a lot less flowers and ribbon now preferring a cleaner style, it’s interesting to look back
Sorry for all the pics, if you’re still here thanks so much for stopping by!
I’d love to know what you think if you have time to leave me a comment, I’ve been reading from a few bloggers recently about the shift to Facebook and Instagram but I do like to blog although it’s not as often as I intend. I do use Facebook but not for my cards, and I like to visit everyone's blogs and see what you have been up to too
Have a good day all whatever you’re up to