Monday, 31 May 2010

More Sneaks Peeks


I wanted to show you as many sneak peeks as possible before tomorrows release of the Lili of the Valley Summer collection so today we have one for the boys.

002My Boys all played Rugby and I love the game myself so this little image really appealed to me, heres a challenge from the colours used on his top can you guess my favourite Rugby Team!!!

I have used Copics to colour this little Image of Owen playing Rugby, I am again sorry for the quality of the picture, the scrummy papers are from the Digi Downloads I purchased from Bearly Mine Designs.  By the way Donna has a sale going on on the Bearly Mine Site fantastic prices on the downloadable papers and 2 new sets as well, they are lush Vintage and Vintage Stripes Ohhhhh!! but pop across today as the offer closes tonight.


And now one for the girls

011a I cannot imagine any little girl from 9 to 90 would not love these dressing up images.  I know a soon as Lisa showed them to me, I just melted and couldn’t wait to start colouring, well not long for you to wait to own them yourselves now.


I have again used copics, and papers from my scrap draw, since finding the wonderful flowers on Wild Orchid Crafts, I am afraid my flat flowers have been neglected, but I really like the look on here, the centre brads are from The Hobby House.


As soon as I have finished posting this I will be posting a blog candy to celebrate the fact that I have been blogging now for 2 year wow that has gone quick, so pop back later to have a go at the candy.


Jacqui xx

Sunday, 30 May 2010

Sunday Sneaks


Did you all manage to get your Spider Mouse Downloads from Katharinas Blog, I do hope so he is just such fun to work with.  Now it is time for a few more sneak peeks of the Lili of the Valley images due for release on 2nd June, from the comments received so far and the repsonse to the blog candy on LOTV Challenge you are loving them as much as me.


004 Anyone for Tea isn’t she gorgeous, I love her wearing Mummys shoes.  The image has been coloured with copics and I have used two of the free downloadable frames Laila designed for Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog.  The papers are by Magnolia and the scrumptious flowers and ribbons is from Wild Orchid Craft.


Another one for you

  007b I amsure this next sneak will bring back memories to all you Mums and Nans Out there.  Don’t forget you will be able to get your hands on these little sweetie from Tuesday Midnight just visit the Lili of the Valley website.

007  Coloured in Copics again, this cute little boy makes the perfect New Baby card.  The papers are from Martha Stewart Nursery (Boy) Pad, I have used a  Martha Stewart Border Punch and my favourite circle oval.  The flowers are from Wild Orchid Craft of course.

007c You have another chance to win the full set of these new stamps from LOTV if you visit the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog but hurry you only have until tomorrow Midnight


Jacqui xx

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Free Digi Download and An Afternoon in the Garden


I am off to the local Wildlife Park with the Grandchildren today so do hope the predicted rain holds off, this is our visit real outing of the year.

We have a terrific Theme for you this week on Penny Black Challenge “In The Garden” and my fellow DT members have created some awesome cards to tickle your taste buds, please pop over and see, we are also sponsored this week by PB stamps with an awesome prize of 15% lifetime discount on their fabulous range of PB Stamps.


After seeing the wonderful 3d cards on the Butterfly Kisses stall last week and of course I have been an admirer of our very own Debby’s 3d work since I started crafting, I thought I would give it another go on this card.   I have used 4 stamps from the “Wonderful Day” Transparent set of Penny Black Stamps to make this little scene, the images have been coloured with Copics, the sentiment is also a PB stamp.  The papers are Butterfly Kisses download from Nitwits Collection.  The Pink Curly Wild Rose, pink & white Cherry Blossom, small pink Roses and Glass Sparkles are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Now I have some really exciting news of a Free Digi Download from Whiff of Joy

010a You are just not going to want to miss this fantastic offer from the lovely talented and generous Katharina, she is giving away a free download of Henry Spider Mouse designed by Alison Acton on her Blog today, just click here to get yours .


Isn’t he fantastic I can see this appealing to Men and Boys of any age and this card is going to my GS Robert.  I have coloured Henry with Copics, then cut him out and attached him to acetate to give the apperance of him travelling through the air attached to his web.  The houses in the background are a Magnolia Stamp and have also been coloured with Copics.  I could not manage to really give you the idea of  him flying through the air but it looks really good IRL.

009  Can you see it better in this picture.  I bet you cannot wait to finish reading this to get over to Katharinas  blog to get your free copy.

Have a great weekend


Jacqui xxx

Friday, 28 May 2010

Just Magnolia and Wags ‘n Whiskers DT Cards



The challenge on Just Magnolia this week is Hot and Spicy – now you can interpret this as you wish, either Hot as in summer, weather, colours or Spicy as food, colours, or both together.  Don’t forget that you can combine our challenge with any other challenges of your choice as long as the main image on your creation is a Magnolia stamp you will qualify to be in the draw for the fab prize. And remember NO back linking, new projects/cards only please.

006I have gone for hot as in Summer but have used red as a Hot colour too.  Sweet little Tilda is sitting on her sugar sack keeping cool eating her lolly and waiting for Edwin, how could he resist her looking as pretty as this.  I NEVER use copics to colour Tilda  but after seeing some of the beautiful cards made by my fellow DT members I thought I would give it a go and I am quite pleased with the result, may have to do this again.  The sentiment and Sugar sack are both Magnolia Stamps the Paper is also from Magnolia.  The White medium Curly Rose, Red Cherry Blossom and small white tea roses and rose buds are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Now for my other DT Card 


This week's challenge is hosted by ubber talented Melanie and her challenge is: Handcrafted Embellishment!!
Get creative and get crafty this week!!
Just remember that you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers stamps to be entered into the drawing for ONE FREE WAGS 'N WHISKERS STAMP OF YOUR CHOICE!!


Back to Distress Inks for this card, I love this sweet Sister Image from Wags-n-Whiskers these little girls are based on Nikki’s 2 girls Zoe and Hannah and it makes me smile every time I look at it.   The papers are from DCWV Linen Closet and they are just Yummy!!!!!, the Handmade element on the card are the flowers.  The little Adage ticket is by Tim Holtzs.


Thanks for looking

Hugs Jacqui xx

Thursday, 27 May 2010

Lili of the Valley Challenge


I cannot tell you how much I have been looking forward to today just to share with you the awesome new images from Lili of the Valley, I don’t know how they do it but each release just gets better and this one really is a stunner, It consists of 4 Girls, 4 boys, 2 babys and 2 Get Well images so everyone is covered here, I must say the Boys images really fill a gap in the market they are perfect.  They will be released at Midnight on 1st June and I don’t expect them to stay on the shelves for long,  all overseas shipping has been reduced to £3.50 and its free shipping for orders over £25.  The Lovely Kind Laila and Lisa from LOTV have also been really generous and given Lili of the Valley Challenge a complete set of stamps to offer as blog candy the candy is only open until Midnight on Saturday 29th May so hurry over to the Lili of the Valley Challenge to enter and be the first to have the complete set.


For this weeks Challenge  we also have another of  Bev’s awesome sketches  and everyone of the DT’s cards features a different Sneak Peek of the new Images.

I think this little baby is my favourite it is so easy to colour but so effective.  I have used my copics again and the gorgeous Bearly Mine digital download papers that are my new favourite buy.  I have also used the medium Cream Curly Wild Rose, Blue and White Cherry Blossom and blue tea roses from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The sentiment which I think is just perfect for this image is by Whiff of Joy .


I am sure you would not mind me showing you another sneak peek, this one is A Get Well Image

001I don’t like the look of the Carrot medicine the poorly bunny has to take, bless him.  More papers from Bearly Mine Designs  and Roses from Wild Orchid Crafts and the image is again coloured with copics.    I will be posting lots more sneak peek during the next week.  Don’t forget to pop over to the challenge blog and join in the Candy and hopefully join us in this fortnights challenge.

Hugs Jacqui xx

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Dads Retreat!!


I am going to be chasing my tail again tomorrow so thought I would get this posted early.  I am going to enter this card for the Just Cute Bears Challenge where there is a great sketch to be followed by Bev.


I cannot believe I have not had the time to ink up and colour this great Lili of the Valley Busy Bears image, wouldn’t he be great for Fathers Day, which is just around the corner.  I could kick myself I found these papers in my stash and didn’t keep a note of where I got them from or who they are by!!! but they are perfect for make cards.  I have used copics to colour the image, the other items used on the card are Martha Stewart Border Ounch, Tim Holtzs Ticket and Pin and Raffia from the local pound shop.  Don’t forget its time for the New Lili of the Valley Challenge this Thursday, if you are a Lili of the Valley  lover you will not want to miss this challenge we have sneak peeks of the new releases from the DT and also some extra special Candy so make a note to join us on Thursday.


Hugs Jacqui xx

Tuesday, 25 May 2010



By now I should be confident when I have to do a scheduled post but I still worry, so I hope this works.  This week on A Spoonfull of Sugar Challenge we are celebrating our 2nd Birthday so the theme is CELEBRATE, we have lots of cards for you to see on the blog including cards from Zoe and Hannah the very talented daughters of Debbie and Nikki who started this great challenge and also from lots of our previous GDT, lots of candy too so don’t wait pop over and join in with our celebration, this week our challenge runs for 14 days so you have plenty of time to create something special.


You all know how daft I can be sometimes and I read the challenge as celebration not celebrate so I thought I would be different and make a Wedding Celebration card doh!!!!Anyway Debbie was kind enough to include it .  I have used the beautiful Whiff of Joy Wedding Carriage image and have used Distress Inks to colour.  The Papers are by Basic Grey and I have stamped and glittered Stemplglede Grunge Hearts on to the paper then added Glamour Dust to them, the word stamp is LOVE by Penny Black, the blue flower is from Magnolia and the Cherry Blossom and Rose Buds are by Wild Orchid Crafts .


See you tomorrow

Hugs Jacqui xx

Monday, 24 May 2010

Floral Chorus

Had a great time at the Biggin Hill Craft Fair yesterday, I was amazed at how good it was and the amount of people there, I really didn’t expect to spend much but almost the first stand was Butterfly Kisses, OMG the Penny Black Stamps they had on the stand just took my breath away and of course I had to have a couple but you know how it is a couple turned into a few do I need to go on.
This cute flower stamp is one of my new purchases and I thought it was perfect for the Papertake Weekly Challenge which is Say it with Flowers, I have coloured the image with Copics then 3d it, I have used another new purchase to Mat it up, I love he shape of this nestie its going to be very useful.  I have also used the Martha Stewart Deep Border Daisy Punch, some Prima Flowers and Magnolia papers.
003I think I have made enough cards to post everyday this week, but I will not be around much , so I hope you all have a great week.  Off to do a bit of catching up with you all before 9.30am .
If you have always wanted to own your own  Lili of the Valley  Fairies now is your chance Lisa and Laila are offering two fairy stamps of your choice on the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog, the candy closes on 28th May so pop over now, these are the cutest fairies ever and are so easy to colour especially if you follow Lailas great Video tutorials

I have been asked by lots of girlies for the name of the stamp I used on the above card, it is a Penny Black stamp called "FLORAL CHORUS" and I bought it from Butterfly Kisses, they do not have a webshop but I am sure you can e-mail them at hope this helps
Jacqui xxx

Sunday, 23 May 2010

Sundays Child x 2


I thought I would have a little me time again today and use some of my stamps that have never seen ink, I think I may have to go and have therapy  for this stamp addiction I have, along with my backing paper addiction and my many other craft related addictions :).

I did manage to get a bit of blogging done today but then the Sun came out and the gardening called,  it was nice though because I managed to get Mum out in the garden with me and I am sure it did her good, hopefully I should get a whole nights sleep as she even asked to go to bed.  Tomorrow I am off to a little Craft Fair in Biggin Hill with my good friend Lin, but I am hoping not to spend much maybe a couple of Nesties!!!!!!!

001 Anyway down to todays cards, as you can see I am still in love with these fabulous papers from Bearly Mine Designs, Donna was a naughty girl and e-mailed me that she had two more downloads on there well need not tell you what happened.  I have used Distress Inks to colour this gorgeous Belles ‘n Whistles Cupcake image here are the colours used.

Flesh – Tattered Rose, Antique Linen, Trousers a mix of Shabby Shutters and Bundled sage, Hat and Apron – Antique Linen  Blouse Flowers and Cupcake – Victorian Velvet, Hat Antique Linen.  Re-inkers from Crafters Companion.

Martha Stewart Punches were used for the Butterflies and Border, and the swirls are a stamp from Stempleglede which  are now available in the UK  from Quixotic Paperie  Yippeee!!  of course the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.

I am entering this card for the Sketch Saturday Challenge this week, thanks for the lovely sketch.


And here is my second Sundays Child


I am entering this card for the Cute Card Thursday challenge which is another fabulous sketch by my lovely teamie on LOTV Caz thanks hun it was great to work with.


And yet even more Bearly Mine papers (expect to see a lot of these in the next few weeks).  The image is from Stampavie I am pleased to say that Crafters Companion will soon have the latest collection for sale on the website.  I have again coloured with Distress Inks

Flesh – Tattered Rose and Antique Linen, Ribbon, Blouse and Flowers – Milled Lavender, Trousers – Antique Linen, Dog and Hat – Frayed Burlap

Lots of Glamour Dust added on this one, don’t you just love the colour of that large rose from Wild Orchid Crafts it matches the paper perfectly.


A long post again, hope to get more blog hopping done when I get back from Biggin Hill I really miss you all and your creations.  Have a fabulous Sunday


Jacqui xx

Saturday, 22 May 2010

Pretty in Purple



The forecast said it was going to be very warm this weekend, well here it is quite cold and misty so I am hoping the mist will soon disappear and sun come out. 

This weeks challenge on Penny Black Saturday Challenge is LOTS OF DOTS:

as always it is up to you what you create....a card...altered art..scrapbook layout etc...the only RULE being that you use at least ONE PENNY BLACK IMAGE... LARGE SENTIMENT OR STICKEROO and at pains of sounding like a long playing record...please do not enter cards with another manufacturer's image and just a small Penny Black isn't fair to all the lovely folks who do abide by the rules.

005I have used one of the Older PB images for this card, I love here chubby little knees.  She has been coloured with Copics and the spots on her dress have been glittered with Glamour Dust.  The gorgeous papers are from Donnas fabulous new Download paper releases from Bearly Mine Designs, there are 3 sets Gingham, Dots and Flowers and every single paper is scrummy.  Don’t the Wild Orchid Crafts roses go well with this image.

006Hope you all have a wonderful weekend

Hugs Jacqui xxxx 

Friday, 21 May 2010

Frantic Friday



This week we are sponsored by the lovely Tracy of Dies to die for. DTDFvoucher

Our challenge this week is a sketch provided by Jane. You can rotate and or flip the sketch, as long as we can still see the basic sketch on your creation. Don’t forget that you can combine our challenge with any other challenges of your choice as long as the main image on your creation is a Magnolia stamp you will qualify to be in the draw for the fab prize. And remember NO back linking, new projects/cards only please.

The winner will be chosen by Random Generator next week so to be in the running all you need to do is ensure you have at least one Magnolia image on your card and link your card (not your blog) in Mr Linky and have your card posted by 8pm UK time next Thursday 27th May.


This is one of those cards that I am really really unhappy with, but I just have not got time to do another one, I don’t know what it is about this card UI dislike so much!! but it certainly doesn't do justice to Janes lovely sketch.

008I have used magnolia papers and distress inks, I think it must be the colours I don’t like, you know me a real pastel girl, and I also creased the waterproof paper when I was try to shape Tilda. Wild Orchid Crafts flowers have been used as usual, and I cannot get enough of the Martha Stewart Star Punch, I lurve it.




It is my turn to host the challenge this week so I have chosen the theme "Just Good Friends". You can either make a card using one our images with two characters, or you can just make a card for a friend. I am leaving the challenge open to interpretation. Just remember that you must use a Wags 'n Whiskers stamps.

010 Distress Inks have been used again for this one and also the obligatory Wild Orchid Crafts roses. The papers are from my scarp drawer and the Martha Stewart half daisy punch has been used for the borders. I think this is my favourite of the new Wags N Whiskers release and that Ice cream looks so scrummy and just what I need up here in the eves where I am absolutely melting.

010b Hugs

Jacqui xx

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