Friday, 31 July 2015

Magic and Sparkle at Lili of the Valley...

Good Morning...

Launch day has arrived at lovely Lili of the Valley

Today at midday LOTV launches its new range of fairy calendar stamps - 12 gorgeous fairies, one for each month of the year and all totally irresistible.

...and as if that was n't enough to tempt you, at the same time a new range of Christmas stamps will also be released - cuteness overload!

So...here's the plan!

Break open the piggy bank, warn the bank manager (mine is crying already)!, pull up a chair and a cuppa and at midday be ready to check the LOTV website...
You can follow the link HERE

Here are my two sneak peaks of the completely adorable October fairy.

Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

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....and please don't forget to visit today at midday to get a look at (and get your hands on)! all the beautiful new releases - Calendar Fairies and Christmas Stamps.

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Christmas in July...

Good Morning...

Today's card is my DT inspiration for The Sugar Bowl.

The new challenge at 
is Anything Goes (with a Sugar Nellie Image). 


The prize for the lucky winner is four Sugar Nellie Digital Images, and there is a second prize winner of two Sugar Nellie Digital Images from 
I have been a tad shaken by the number of Christmas cards some of my lovely bloggin' friends are creating and as there are only 147 days to go I thought I had better make a start.  

I decided to make my card with the gorgeous Sugar Nellie Digi - Wish Upon A Star.

I coloured her with Copics and used some pearlescent card to create layers.  

I used some twine, a button and some rusty bells (love those! they are from Live and Love Crafts).

Finally, I added some sentiments from Lili of The Valley and a dusting of Frantage.

Here we are then, - it's the most wonderful time of the year... (I do mean that you know)!
Ingredients
Sugar Nellie Digi - Wish Upon A Star by Funky Kits (currently out of stock though I think)
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from Elaine Hughes - Marker Geek
Copic Markers
Pearlescent Card by Papermania
Background Paper from Kaisercraft's Blue Bay Collection
Twine and Button from The Ribbon Girl
Rusty Bells from Live And Love Crafts
Sentiments by Lili of The Valley - Set 24 (Sentiment Tags) and Set 37 (Mini Christmas Icons)
Chunky White Frantage Embossing Enamel
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copics - 
Skin, E000, E00, E21, E11, RV11
Hair, E51, E53, E43, E57
Clothes, R21, R22, R24, YG91, YG93, YG95
Wings, E40, R21
Background, C1, C3
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star (Wings, Stars and Bells)
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to  
The Sugar Bowl 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in with all the fun!
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Love Boat...

Good Morning...

Today's card is for lovely Lili of the Valley Design Collective.
I came over all romantic and have used 'Love Boat' which I stamped on Neenah Desert Storm Card and coloured with Copics.  (I tried that a while back and was n't happy with how it turned out - happy I gave it a second chance now)!

I used the polka dot papers from Lili of the Valley's 
Dress Shoppe and Pastel Dreams Collections to create the background which I die cut with a wonderful die from Clearly Besotted.  

I added some teeny tiny star buttons from my stash (sorry had them a while and there is no wrapper)! along with some baker's twine.

The sentiments are Lili of the Valley's Set 24 Sentiment Tags and 

...and here we are, a couple of cuties in their Love Boat...
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
Stamping Sensations - Feature a Creature
The Cutie Pies  - Cute As A Button

Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Love Boat
Crafters Companion Neenah Desert Storm Card
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Papers from Lili of the Valley's Dress Shoppe and Pastel Dreams Collections
Cheesecloth from The Ribbon Girl
Clearly Besotted Wave Edge Die
Sentiment Stamps from Lili of the Valley's 
and 
Teeny Tiny Buttons from my stash
Baker's Twine by Papermania
Archival Ink Pad
Collall All Purpose Glue
Heart Gem by Papermania
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black - Image
Archival Ink Pad in Watering Can - Sentiments
Copics - 
Mrs Bear - YR21, YR23, YR24, YR27, W7
Mr Bear - E51, E53, E57, E55, W7
Boat - E71, E74, E77
Champagne Bottle - BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78. R37, Y21
Leaves - YG17, Y15
Moon - Y21, Y23, Y26
Night Sky - V20, V22, V25
Water & Cushion - B00, BG01, BG53, BG57
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star used to add some shimmer here and there!
Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

Remember to pop and have a look at all the loveliness at 
You can also follow Lili of the Valley on Facebook and Pinterest and instagram

....and please don't forget to visit on 31st July to get a look at (and get your hands on)! all the beautiful new releases - Calendar Fairies and Christmas Stamps.

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx





Sunday, 26 July 2015

Lili of the Valley Sneak Peak - Calendar Girls!

Good Morning...

Today's card is my second sneak peak of one of the adorable LOTV new launch 
Calendar Fairies.  My sneaky peaky is for October.
I decided to do something a little different and paper pieced the pumpkin and leaves with papers from Lili of the Valley's One Birdie Lane Collection.  I did add some touches of colour to the paper pumpkin with Copics to try and create some depth.

I coloured the rest of the image with Copics and used some of the same papers to create layers and some die cuts.

Finally, I added some buttons and stamped the October sentiment.

Here we are, a real cutie giving us a wave from the pumpkin patch!
Ingredients
October Fairy and Sentiment from Lili of the Valley
- new launch Calendar Fairy Collection
Memento Ink Pad
Make it Colour Blending Cardstock from The Marker Geek
Papers from Lili of the Valley One Birdie Lane Collection
Magnolia Doo Hickey Die - Lovely Fence
Marianne Creatables Die Set - LR0205
Owl Folk Mini Buttons by Papermania
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Archival Ink pad in Watercolour (sentiment)
Copics - 
Skin, E0000, E00, E11, RV11
Hair, Y21, YR24, E35, E37
Clothes and Bats, R81, R83, R85
Pumpkin, YR01, YR02
Stems, YG13, YG63
Background, B0000, B000, E70, E71
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star (Bats and Pumpkin Eyes)
Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

Remember to pop and have a look at all the loveliness at 
You can also follow Lili of the Valley on Facebook and Pinterest and instagram

....and please don't forget to visit on 31st July to get a look at (and get your hands on)! all the beautiful new releases - Calendar Fairies and Christmas Stamps.

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx



Friday, 24 July 2015

A Spooky Sneak Peek from Lili of the Valley...

Good Morning...

Today's card is a sneak peek of a gorgeous new fairy from Lili of the Valley.

 This sweetie is part of a new collection of Calendar Fairies out on 31st July.
Lovely October Fairy has been stamped and coloured with distress inks (another first for me and I love them)!

I have used orange and black to create my Halloween theme card and added some spooky eyes! 

All finished off with some stitching and Baker's Twine.

This little one looks far too cute to be scared though!
Ingredients
October Fairy and Sentiment from Lili of the Valley
- new launch Calendar Fairy Collection
Stazon Ink Pad
Fabriani Artistico Watercolour Paper
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pads
Cardstock by Papermania
Baker's Twine
Cheesecloth From The Ribbon Girl
Googly Eyes From Hobbycraft
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Stazon Black Ink Pad
Tim Holtz Distress Inks -
Tattered Rose
Spiced Marmalade
Dusty Concord
Walnut Stain
Peeled Paint
Iced Spruce
Tumbled Glass
Sakura Gelly Roll Pen - Clear Star (Bats)

Thank you for visiting
Happy Crafting!
From Sue...xxx

Remember to pop and have a look at all the loveliness at 
You can also follow Lili of the Valley on Facebook and Pinterest and instagram

....and please don't forget to visit on 31st July to get a look at (and get your hands on)! all the beautiful new releases.

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx



Thursday, 23 July 2015

Reach for the stars...

Good morning,

The Challenge this time at 
is
Starry starry....Pink!

And the prize from our lovely sponsor
is a
£10 Gift Voucher

Today's DT card is made with the lovely Sugar Nellie Suzanne Woolcott Gorjuss girl, 'up, up and away'.

There's a few firsts here for me; this is the first Gorjuss I have coloured and the first shaker card I have made.  (Quite straightforward! I found a tutorial on good old Pinterest) and also (eeeeek) first fussy cutting!

I coloured this lovely image with Copics and used Core d'inations cardstock, embossed and distressed to make the background and the frame of the shaker card.  

Finally I added a heart shaped charm and some twine from The Ribbon Girl.

Here we are then, gorgeous Gorjuss proving there's a first time for everything!
Ingredients 
Up, Up and Away Rubber Stamp by Suzanne Woolcott for Sugar Nellie
Memento Ink Pad
Make It Colour Blending Cardstock by The Marker Geek
Personal Impressions Acetate
Copic Markers
Tim Holtz Core d'inations Cardstock
Little B Stars Dies
MFT Die-namics Sun, Moon and Stars Die Set
Die'sire Embossaliciuos Folder - Clouds
Xcut Embossing Folder - Small Polka Hearts
Tim Holtz Sanding Tool
Charm and Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Sequins by Sil from The Range
Doodlebug Sprinkles
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
Copics -
skin, E0000, E11, E21, E00, R20, R21
hair, E51, E53, E55, E57
clothes and balloon, E41, E42, E43, RV11, RV32, RV34
Wink of Stella clear pen on balloon and stars on dress
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
In the Pink 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with the pink fun!
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx









Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Elfie

Good Morning...
This week's challenge at 
is
Flowers!

 The prize for the lucky winner is a 
£10 Lucky Dip from
Petal Lu

Today's DT card is made with the sweetest image
'Elfie' by CC Designs
I coloured her with Copics, in quite a few colours to match the Chalkboard Collection Paper I had chosen.
I made a flower shaped easel card, added a some flowers and twine from The Ribbon Girl and here we are
Elfie - is n't she a beautie!
Ingredients
Elfie by CC Designs
Make It Colour Blend Card by The Marker Geek
Memento Ink Pad
Copic Markers
Xcut Nesting Dies - Single Bloom
Papers from Craftwork Cards Chalkboard Collection
Flowers and Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Memento Ink Pad in Black
 Copics - 
Skin, E0000, E21, E11, E00, R21, R22
Hair, E51, E53, E55
Clothes, V000, V01, V12, V06, B00, B21, BG000, BG11, BG34
Background, B0000, B000, T0, T1
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!

We are now on a summer break at Creative Inspirations and this challenge will run until
Tuesday 25th August...

from Sue...xxx

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I do enjoy reading them and they mean a lot...



Wednesday, 15 July 2015

A New Day...

Good Morning...

This week's challenge at Creative Inspirations is 
Let's Colour!

This week is all about adding some ink, we only want to see images that have been coloured by yourself as the main focal point.
No Coloured Toppers allowed.

This week's prize is from our lovely DT Leader Natalie and is a
WATERCOLOUR PEN SET!
I feel quite emotional about today's card.  I made it as a commission for a lovely crafting friend of mine who is about to emigrate to New Zealand.  

I scratched my head a bit when she gave me the details she wanted on the card and after some hours spent on the interweb found Sherri Baldy's wonderful Etsy Shop.  (My bank manager is crying already)!

I have never coloured a 'My Bestie'...I have to say, I am hooked!

For this card I used a Sherri Baldy digi stamp - Bestie Pals
I coloured this sweet twosome with Copics - (using a very different colour palette from my usual choice but it just seemed to suit this cute pair).  I thought given the wonderful weather we have had recently they would look lovely in summery colours.

I used papers from the gorgeous new Romance and Roses Collection by Lili of the Valley to create mats and layers which I distressed around the edge a little.

I added some flowers from deep in my stash!  (Surely, I deserve a pressie now for trying to use up my pretty bits and pieces before I buy any more)! along with some Doodlebug enamel dots.

...and here we are, my first (and definitely not my last) 'My Besties' card...
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges - 
The Ribbon Girl - Everything Goes With An Image
My Besties UK Challenge - Anything Goes And Summer

Ingredients
Sherri Baldy My Besties Digi Stamp - Bestie Pals
Make it Colour Blending Card from Elaine Hughes
Copic Markers
Papers from Lili of the Valleys Romance and Roses Collection
Flowers by The Hobby House and from my stash
Natural Twine from The Ribbon Girl
Enamel Dots by Doodlebugs
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink Pad - Tumbled Glass
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Copic Markers 
Skin E0000, E000, E21, E11, R20
Hair E51, E53, E55, Y21, YR21, YR23
Clothes RV0000, RV000, RV00, RV02, RV13,
YG00, YG01, YG03, B000, B00), B00, B02
Background BG0000, BG000
Ground T0, T1, T3
Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to Creative Inspirations to look at the lovely DT Creations there and join in the fun!

from Sue...xxx

Please remember to leave a comment if you visit, 
I do enjoy reading them and they mean a lot...


Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Chic Geeky and Girly...

Good Evening...

Today's card is my Design Collective card for lovely Lili of the Valley.
I used the gorgeous new release stamp - Geeky and Girlie. 
I decided to have another practice with my Spectrum Aqua Markers and used some fabulous new paper - Fabriano Artistico 300gsm, a present from my lovely friend Christine from Cards By Christine.  

I stamped the image with Stazon, and coloured her with Spectrum Aqua's.
I used papers from the lovely Lili of the Valley Dress Shoppe Collection to create mats and layers, along with a little strip of burlap and lace from my stash. 

I distressed the edges of the papers and added some pretty flowers from The Hobby House. 

Finally, I added a paper bow cut using a Tim Holtz Sizzlits Strip Die - Bow Tied.

...and here we are... a gorgeous geeky girlie...
Ingredients
Lili of the Valley Rubber Stamp - Geeky and Girlie
Fabriano Artistico 300gsm paper
Stazon Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Aqua Markers
Papers from Lili of the Valley's Dress Shoppe Collection
Flowers by The Hobby House
Tim Holtz Sizzlits Decorative Strip Die - Bow Tied
Tim Holtz Paper Distressing Tool
Tim Holtz Distress Ink - Tea Dye
Lace and Burlap from my stash.
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Stazon Black Ink pad
Tim Holtz Distress Ink pad - Tea Dye
Spectrum Aqua Markers - 
Skin, Peach and Spice
Hair, Desert and Terracotta
Clothes and Accessories, Blossom, Begonia, Scarlet, Tan, Navy, Orchid
Little Cat, Slate, Peach
Ground, Boulder
Background, Aquamarine
Thank you for visiting...


Happy Crafting...
Sue...xxx

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You still have a day to shop at Lili of the Valley and take part in the wonderful 50% sale.

Follow the link HERE for all the details...

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Thursday, 9 July 2015

Flower Power...

Good Morning...
The challenge this time at 
In The Pink is a 
Pink and Floral Challenge.

Our sponsors are 
The Hobby House
and the prize for the lucky winner is a £10 gift voucher.


My DT card today is made with another of my favourites - Stamping Bella's Uptown Girl - 
Fiona Loves Flowers.

I coloured her using Spectrum Aquas.  (It is the first time I have used those)!   I am fairly happy with the result and I did enjoy using them but upon reflection probably need 
lots more practice and better watercolour card!

You have probably noticed that the colour choice - although still my beloved pink - is more vibrant that I usually choose.  The reason being that I am totally smitten with my new paper pad by Doodlebug Designs.

I used some papers from the aforementioned scrumptious new paper pad from 
Handmade Bliss - Doodlebug Designs 'Hello Sunshine' 
and borrowed a sketch idea which is currently part of the Handmade Bliss July Card Challenge.

I used some paper flowers from my stash and added some of my new favourite embellishments - Doodlebug Glitter Dots...

Here we are then... 'Fiona Loves Flowers'... (and so does Sue)!
I would like to enter this card for the following challenges -
Handmade Bliss - July Sketch Challenge
Cute Card Thursday - Ladies Only
Ingredients
Stamping Bella Uptown Girl 'Fiona Loves Flowers'
Doodlebug Designs 6x6 Paper Pad - Hello Sunshine
Doodlebug Glitter Sprinkles
(All of the above from Handmade Bliss)
Versafine Onyx Black Ink Pad
Spectrum Aqua Markers
Fine Paint Brush
Paper Flowers from my stash
Watercolour Card (From deep in my stash, could have been there years)!
Collall All Purpose Glue
Inks Used
Versafine Ink Pad - onyx black
Crafter's Companion Spectrum Aqua Markers
skin - peach, spice
hair - desert, fawn
flowers - rose pink, moss, gold
dress and bird - gold
background - teal, slate



Thank you for visiting...
Happy Crafting...
and remember to pop straight to 
In the Pink 
to look at the lovely DT Creations there and  join in with the pink fun!
from Sue...xxx

Please leave a comment if you pop by, I really appreciate them and do enjoy reading them all...xxx
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