Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lili of The Valley Blog Hop ...

Hello and welcome to the Lili Of The Valley blog hop. It's my first hop as part of the Design Team and I'm excited to share my card I've made using one of the new stamps


I used:
'Saddle Up' stamp and papers from Pressed in Time paper pad from LOTV
38mm faux hessian, star charm, pearl trim and hemp twine from Ribbon Girl
Lawn Fawn alphabet stamps

This stamp and the rest of the new release (6 brand new images) will be available in the shop on Saturday 20th September at the Open Day and then from the website on Monday 22nd

To join in with the hop and be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes (there are two full sets of the new images available) simply hop around everyone's blogs leaving a comment. Continue hopping to Anne's blog or go back to the start at the Ideas to Inspire blog


Ideas to Inspire
Andrea (that's me!)

The winners will be announced on Friday evening, Good Luck xx

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lovely Lili challenge ...

Today's challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog is our regular Lovely Lili Challenge - lots of lovely Lili Of The Valley products on show over there today.  I used one of my favourite Artpad images for my card

I used:
Image from Art Pad 9 - Party and Cake LOTV
Paper from Always and Forever 8x8 paper pad LOTV
Gemma and Clementine lace, dusky pink satin ribbon, 10mm rose and Stardust Stickles all from The Ribbon Girl



Monday, September 08, 2014

How to make the owl ...



Lots of people have asked how I made my owl so .......

Print the template image on an A4 piece of paper - it's upside down because I scanned it upside down and I can't work out how to turn it round :)

Cut the body shapes and wings from stiff card or several layers of thinner card glued together. Cover each of the body shapes and both sides of the wings with patterned paper. I used a different pattern for each pattern piece. Cut out two tummies and four eyes, ink the edges of everything with walnut distress ink and use a fine pen to draw faux stitching around the edges. Sandwich the wings between the body pieces and glue together. Adhere the tummy pieces and circles for the eyes and glue two black buttons on each side. Punch a hole at the top and thread through twine tied with rusty jingle bells. Cover wooden festive shaops with paper scraps and add tot he lengths of twine



Sunday, September 07, 2014

Exciting News!!!!!!

Hello, I have some very special and exciting news to share today ........................ Lili Of The Valley invited me to join their Design Team!!!! You would not believe how quickly I replied to their email and I've been sitting on this news for a few weeks because they asked me just before I was due to go on my holidays. 

So today I am sharing two projects, the first is also my card challenge project for The Ribbon Girl blog which is to add ribbon and uses one of the upcoming stamp release images from LOTV - my first sneak peak as a DT member :o)

For this card I coloured 'Halloween' with my Copics and I used papers from 'Snow Princess' 8x8 paper pad
I added Mauve Mist and Persian Lilac seambinding and Lavender openweave ribbon and a spider charm from Ribbon Girl

My second project is hanging in the Lili Of The Valley shop and it's made using all the patterns from the 8x8 paper pad Woodland Wishes

I used:
Woodland Wishes paper pad
Black buttons
Natural button twine
Christmas tree wooden shape

Monday, September 01, 2014

You Make My Heart Leap ...

I absolutely love this digital kit from Nitwit Collections. The papers and characters are gorgeous and the colours have *just* the right green and blue. 

FQB - On Nitwit Pond Collection

These are what I made using it, plus my can't live without Liquid Pearls and Stickles!




Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ribbon Girl Magnolia Challenge ...

It's a new challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and this week it's a Magnolia challenge (sponsored by Magnolia and Ribbon Girl)


I used: gingham ribbon, rolled rose flower, polka dot dress charm, crystal trinket pin, ivory heart pin and Alice guipure lace all from The Ribbon Girl
Promises paper pad from Lili Of The Valley

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birthday Cards ...

I'm back from my holidays with two cards to share that I made just before I went away ...


I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 9 - Party and Cake
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Country Meadow 
Embellishments from The Ribbon GirlBroderie Anglaise lace, pink satin ribbon, pink heart pin, crystal trinket pin (coloured with a Copic!), stardust Stickles and a pink flatback gemstone


I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 7 - Just for Girls
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Bonnets and Bowties and Promises (solids)
Embellishments from The Ribbon Girl - 'Michele' guipure lace, orchid satin ribbon, shiny silver heart charm, silver twine, crystal trinket pins (one of the coloured with a Copic marker)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last LOTV sneak peeks ...

These are the last few Christmas projects that I made last week when Anne and Dawny came to stay for the weekend. We had such a lovely time and have all said that we should do it again soon :)


For this card I used the Santa from LOTV Artpad #32
Silver glitter mesh, snowflake charm and jingly jingle bell from The Ribbon Girl
Martha Stewart border punch and lots of silver cardstock
I also created my own glitter paper by covering the paper with a glue pad and sprinkling Glamour Dust glitter all over it - in real life it is stunning! Anyone going to the LOTV shop can pick up the Glamour Dust from them as they have it in the shop but it isn't on the website


My second project is a gift box using one of the images from Artpad #33 Christmas Cuties - I just love these snowmen!


I used:
LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
White pompom trim, stickles and pink adhesive flat back gems from The Ribbon Girl
Papertrey holly leaves die and silver glitter card


My final project was made using the scraps of paper from all the other projects that were piled up on the crafting table and the new wooden shapes from the Ribbon Girl


I used:
Papers from LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
Wooden stars, Pale aqua medium pom pom trim, 5mm gingham ribbon, silver twine and shiny heart charms all from The Ribbon Girl


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Another LOTV Sneak Peek ...

Here I am with another sneak peek from LOTV. I love all of their Artpads and these are no exception - totally gorgeous and so easy to use. This release will be in the LOTV store on Thursday



I used:
LOTV Christmas Artpad image
Ribbon Girl tiny pom pom, satin ribbon, stardust stickles, liquid pearls, crystal trinket pin and the gorgeous diamante snowflake embellishment
Martha Stewart border punch and Spellbinders dies


Monday, August 11, 2014

LOTV Sneak Peek ..,

I've just spent a fabulous weekend in the company of three of my favourite people.  We ate, we crafted, we ate some more, we laughed, we ate, we crafted ... are you beginning to see a pattern?? Anyway, we had a brilliant time and even more excitement was getting my hands on some of the new LOTV Christmas Artpads that will be released on Thursday. I had such fun playing with them and they are gorgeous!! 


I used:
Christmas Artpad image (released on 14.8.14)
Papers from the Pastel Dreams paper pad
Concertina satin, pink velvet and pink gingham ribbons, pink bakers twine, stardust stickles and silver jingly jingle bells all from The Ribbon Girl
Doo Hickey swirl die, Papertrey Ink holly die
Computer generated sentiment and lots of lovely silver glittery card


Saturday, July 26, 2014

End of term thank you cards

Phew ... made it to the end of another year at school! I can't quite work out where the last two terms went but I'm now on my summer holidays :) I had the pleasure to work with a fabulous teaching assistant this year, the very best! She is a superstar and even better is that we get to work together again next year, we make a great team. I made her a thank you card to go with the gift I bought for her and after finding the FQB Bear Academy digital kit over at Nitwit Collections I knew straight away what I wanted it to look like.

I used:
FQB Bear Academy Collection from Nitwit Collections
Gingham ribbon, twine and apple charm from Ribbon Girl

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A Retirement Card ...

I made this card for the current Magnolia Only challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog - add a die cut


All the lovely embellishments came from the Ribbon Girl shop, the image is a Magnolia stamp, I added a spellbinders lacy oval diecut and a heart shaped diecut paper doiley. Papers were from Lili Of The Valley



Sunday, May 11, 2014

Lovely Lili Challenge at Ribbon Girl ...

Where have I been? Well no-where really just at home but my lovely Dad died in February and I have had no interest in blogging since then. I thought I should make an effort and share the card I made for the Ribbon Girl challenge this week.



Sunday, February 09, 2014

Lovely Lili at Ribbon Girl

It's a 'LOTV romance' challenge at The Ribbon Girl Challenge blog this week which fits in well with the fact that my brother got engaged to his lovely girlfriend :)

I used:
LOTV precoloured Artpad image
Satin ribbon, crystal heart embellishment and bronxe heart charm (painted), flower shaped pearl trim, liquid pearls and stickles, lace, crystal embellishment and paper roses all from The Ribbon Girl




Sunday, February 02, 2014

Hearts at the Ribbon Girl ...

There is a new card challenge at the Ribbon Girl Challenge Blog today - hearts

I used: 
ivory picot edge satin
teeny tiny pompom trim
stardust Stickles
Magnolia image coloured with Copics
Papermania letter stickers
Paper from Wishing Well Creations