Saturday 30 November 2013

Stunning Snowflakes

Morning LIMettes...  We have another 5 week month in November which means a fabulous Guest Designer (Gillian from Made with Sparkle) and a lucky dip challenge at Less Is More.  This week the challenge is....

I've used the same stamp set for both of my cards today... Stunning Snowflakes from Uniko Studio. Here are the cards...

My first card uses one of the 3 styles of snowflake and I used flitter glue and some distress glitter in rock candy (although you cannot really tell from the photo) for each snowflake.  The sentiment is from the same set and heat embossed in smoky slate embossing powder from Stampin Up.  It's simply finished off with some pearls.

For my second card I decided to use white embossing powder onto pool party card stock.  The sentiment is also from the same set and I was so surprised at the detail the small text picked up it was a delight... I even emailed Bev over at Uniko to say how delighted I was with the clarity. I hate it when the embossing is not crisp. I used another one of the snowflake designs and then finished it off with smooth gems from hero arts.

I'm at Lili Of The Valley today at the Christmas Party so make suer you pop over and say hello if you are there!!

Friday 29 November 2013

Rocking Horse... New Arrivals Blog Hop at LOTV

Morning.... There is a new release at Lili Of The Valley which means a design team blog hop to celebrate the launch of their 10 adorable new Baby stamps.

 The stamps are available to buy on the website from midday Monday 2nd December and tomorrow (Saturday 30th November) in the shop at the Christmas party in Leeds!

All you need to do is ‘hop’ from one blog to another and leave a comment on each card!

There are 2 full sets of the new stamps to be won by 2 lucky crafters and they will get all 10 new designs and there will be a 3rd prize of a clear set of our baby companion stamps 

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.   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;

We will let you know tomorrow morning which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs

For my card I have used the very cute "Rocking Horse" and I just love how it turned out!

Card Recipe:
Image: Rocking Horse LOTV
Sentiment: Babies Companion Set LOTV
Stampin Up Write Markers
Pool Party card stock
Pool Party twine
Next stop is Kathy and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there!  Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow morning when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before they go on sale

Thursday 28 November 2013


Morning and Happy Thanksgiving to all my friends over on the other side of the pond!

With only a couple of days until the final Lili of the Valley release of the year this is another one of the sweet new arrivals. This one is "Baby Buggy" and i just love how the baby peeks around the buggy!

Card Recipe:
Image: LOTV
Stampin Write Markers
Sentiment: Stampin Up
DPs: Stampin Up
Ribbon: Stampin Up

That's all from me for today... See you tomorrow for a special blog hop!

Tuesday 26 November 2013

Better Get Better.. Seize The Sketch #9

Morning... It's time for another week over at Seize The Sketch and this week it's Amy's turn to design the sketch.  This is what she came up with....

I have used the sketch on my one layer card and I really love how it turned out! Here is my card

Card Recipe:
Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge, A Dozen Thoughts from Stampin Up
Crumbcake, Pool Party, Crushed Curry & Bermuda Bay ink
Stickles in rock candy

That's all from me for today.... Hope you can join in!

Monday 25 November 2013

Batty Hero... Sketch Saturday #286 (On a Monday)

Morning Sketchers... Sorry my Sketch Saturday card is a couple of days late... took me till late yesterday to recover the images from my laptop and as the card was a commission I no longer had it to take another photo!  Anyhow I got there in the end!  Here is this weeks sketch!
I have quite a lot of commissions orders at the moment it's just a little bit crazy.. esp as they are all personalised! This is one for a friend at works Son!

Card Recipe:
Image: Batty Hero from Tiddly Inks
Copics and Promarkers
DP: Stampin Up
Sentiment made with a tag maker... I love this.. why have I never used before!

That's all from me for today!!

Saturday 23 November 2013

Bobbing Along

Morning... Not sure what's going on with blogger but it completely lost this post so here I go again!!

This weeks Less Is More is to make a Christmas Card that features a bird.  Can't wait to see what you all come up with

Life is slowly getting back to normal although I think my laptop has gone to heaven and taken every thing with it.. we are currently trying to recover absolutely everything from it :-( fingers crossed it will work.

For my cards today I have used the many of the same ingredients to make both cards. The images are the fabulous Bobby Along images from this months sponsor Pink Petticoat!

For the first card I cute out the aperture using rounded rectangle spell binders and the placed this over the image I have coloured in with promarkers and copics. It's finished off with a little glitter and some lucky limeade twine from Stampin Up.

As I have turned into a frugal crafter, I decided to use the negative from the aperture from my first card for the second.  The image is also coloured in with markers and then simply mounted onto the off cut.

That's all from me for today!

Friday 22 November 2013

Welcome Baby! LOTV Sneak Peek

Morning ... I'm back today with a cute card from the "New Arrivals" from LOTV that are due on the 30th November... Not long to wait now and you can even pick them up next Saturday from the shop at the Christmas Party. 

I've used the very sweet "Bang The Drum" and I went with non traditional colours!! When I set of making this card it was going to be a Christmas card in the theme of the little drummer boy but I ended up getting distracted when I put it together!

Card Recipe:
Image: Bang The Drum LOTV
Sentiment: Simon Says Stamp Darling Baby Stamp and Die set
Stampin Write Markers
Star brads from Making Memories

That's all from me for today....

Wednesday 20 November 2013

Get Well Soon!

Morning.. I'm back in not so sunny Bolton and the first card I've had to made was a get well soon card for my Grandma who is currently in hospital with vascular problems :-( I went to see her last night and this is the card I very very quickly made!

The flower stamps, card and twine are from Stampin Up and the sentiment from Waltzing Mouse. I'm in a bit of a rush today but before I go I would just like to thanks Homecrafts for honouring me in this years Top 50 Craft Bloggers award


Have a great Wednesday!

Saturday 16 November 2013

Christmas Arrival... LOTV Sneak Peek

Morning LIMettes... I have a treat for you today as not only is this my Less Is More card it's also a sneak peek at one of the gorgeous new lili of the valley baby images out on 30th November!!

This weeks Less Is More challenge is to use Designer Paper in a CAS way.  Now I know Chrissie and I would interpret this completely differently so I kept my DP to a minimum :-).  Here is my card using the gorgeous "Just Arrived" from LOTV.

I've done this weeks card as a first christmas card for a new one!! See told you this one was gorgeous!!

Card Recipe:
Image: just arrived from LOTV
Sentiment: LOTV
DSP: Stampin UP
Twine: The Ribbon Girl

That's it from me... A few more days left in sunny Egypt and then back to the UK

Thursday 14 November 2013

Christmas Shopping!

If you have managed to catch a copy of the new Papercraft Inspiration magazine you will have seen a fabulous project by my LOTV team mate Dena.... I was lucky enough to get to test this project this month.. Here is my card!!

The image is from the fabulous christmas release earlier in the year!!!

Card Recipe:
Image & Sentiment: LOTV
Twine: The Ribbon Girl

It's a quick one from me today.... Hopefully I'm seeing lots of fabulous sea creatures!

Tuesday 12 November 2013

Joyful Christmas Wishes .. Seize The Sketch #8

Morning... As you reading this I'll probably be a few meters under water looking at the joys of the red sea but it is Tuesday which means another challenge at Seize the Sketch. Here is this weeks sketch!!

I have kept my card really simple this week.  Hope you like it!!

I have used the leaves from the Stampin Up set as holly leaves and simply added a button and some twine... Sorry I'm in a rush today ... Typing about 5 posts just before you go on holiday is hard work :-)

Have a great Tuesday

Monday 11 November 2013


No card for you today as I'm half way to Egypt but as I was trying to catch up on crafting yesterday Jack thought he would help!! Here is a little photo of him!!

Have a great Monday!

Sunday 10 November 2013

Garfield Says "Thanks"

Morning... I have a little card I made for a friend to say thanks and she is a huge Garfield fan.  Just happens this little guys was in the pile from the other week already coloured in!!

I took inspiration from the FMS sketch for this week and used the embossing paste to make a strip across!! I love this stuff and I'm so glad it's back in crafting fashion in a new way!!

Freshly Made Sketches: #111

Card Recipe:
Garfield colouring page from google coloured with Promarkers
Dotty Paper from Stampin Up
Diagonal Stripe Mask from Simon Says Stamp
Dreamweaver Embossing Paste in Matte Black

That's all from me for today...

Saturday 9 November 2013

Bright Thanks

Hi LIMettes... wow it's Saturday again which means another challenge over at Less Is More.  Before I go onto this weeks challenge I wanted to apologise for the lack of visits over the last couple of weeks.  I have managed very little crafting and time to do anything other than work, eat and sleep...

This week is One Layer Cards and the theme is... Thank You Cards

I have used one of the fabulous new sets from Clearly Besotted.  Just love the bold patterns.

CAS(e) This Sketch: #53

Card Recipe:
Geometric Shapes from Clearly Besotted
Thanks from Simon Says Stamp
Lucky Limeade card stock from Stampin Up.

That's all from me for today...

Birthday Wishes.. Sketch Saturday #284

Morning Sketchers... I'm finally back into the swing of things at Sketch Saturday and managing to actually make cards with my sketches.  This weeks sketch is a simple one... hope you like it!!

Here is my really quick card...

All items used are from Stampin Up....

I'll be back in a moment with this weeks Less Is More card...

Wednesday 6 November 2013

Just Awesome

Morning.. I've had a really busy week and not had a single minute to craft since last Wednesday and I'm really missing it.  I love watching squirrels run around the garden and it made me think of this card I made for a tester project for Papercraft Inspirations a few months ago...

It's a paper pieced project and I really loved doing something so far away from my usual style...  I made the banner using punched paper and folding it over the twine so might have to try this again on a more CAS card..

Hope you are having a great week

Sunday 3 November 2013

Dancing Queen

Morning.... I have the last of my LOTv sneak peeks for you today using the super cute "Dancing Queen".

The stamps will be available on the website tomorrow at 12pm... make sure you go check them out!

A few weeks ago I bought the MFT polaroid die to make some christmas cards.. Lazy I know but there will be at least 50 so thought it was easier than lining up dies and it was under some clutter when deciding what to do with this image.. This is what I came up with...

Card Recipe:
Image: LOTV Dancing Queen
MFT Polaroid die
Sentiment: LOTV
Ribbon: Stampin Up
DSP: Stampin Up

As you may have guessed I've had a recent obsession with polka dots.... I just love them!!  Promise I'll try and use some other papers soon :-)

Have a great Sunday!!

Saturday 2 November 2013

Thanks... Sketch Saturday # 283

Morning Sketchers... Its my week to host at Sketch Saturday and this week the wonderful Stephanie from Clearly Besotted  agreed to sponsor us (thank you from the bottom of my heart :-) a winner will win one a fabulous stamp set of their choice!!

Clearly Besotted Stamps
I also have the uber talented and amazing Mary J and my guest designer for the month.  I know you will love what she does so please pop over and say hello!!! 

I've kept the sketch simple for you this week.. Hope you like it
Here is my creation using the fabulous Autumn Flowers stamps and dies from Clearly Besotted!!

Paper and burlap are from Stampin Up and the Sentiment from Simon Says Stamp!!

Have a fabulous day!!