Saturday 30 April 2011

Just for the Boys



Opps!!! I promised to post this yesterday afternoon, but got carried away with all the celebrations, and before I get on with describing the card I would just like to sat what a fantastic day it was,  the Abbey looked wonderful, Kates Dress was stunning but most of all they looked so happy, this was  so different from the stuffiness of Charles and Dianas wedding,  what a credit those boys are to Diana and how proud she would of been of them.


Right down to the Sneak Peek, I know there are many Lili of the Valley Fans who have been asking when we would be bringing out more boy images well here they are, this new collection of Boys and Boy Bears will be released on 11th May and you are going to be blown away with them all, we have little Wizards, Spacemen and Pirates for you, don’t forget to check out the Design Team blogs and The Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire blog where there will be lots of sneak peeks over the next 2 weeks.

These images will be released in time for Fathers Day so that is the theme for my first sneak peek, I have used a Lili of the Valley Sentiment and Ticket stamp both of which have been distressed with Walnut Stain Distress Ink.


Copics Used:

Bears: E53, E52, E50, Medium Brown Pencil

Chair: B95, B93, B91 T1

Have a good day I am off to Rye to have my Hair Cut and hopefully see Owen for a couple of hours.


Jacqui xxx

Friday 29 April 2011

Button, Bows & Bling

This is going to be so quick again, I need to get my glad rags on and do my hair cannot watch the Royal Wedding looking scruffy, getting Mum up early so she doesn’t miss anything, cannot wait to see Katharine's Dress  I am sure it will be very elegant wonder who the designer is.  I wish William and Kate a wonderful day and a long and happy life together.
It’s  Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTanglar challenge time and this week the challenge is Buttons, Bows and Bling.
We have two sponsors this week – The Ribbon Girl and The Cutting Cafe' so double the chance to win a prize.


I ordered this new hAnglar and stAnglar last week and it arrived within 4 days what a brilliant service, I love this set, Copics have been used again and I have broken the habit of a lifetime and used no Backing paper or Flowers on this card.  Just in case you cannot make out the bling I have used a lovely rhinestone Heart Ribbon Slide from Wild Orchid Crafts in the middle of the bow.


I turned on Create and Craft yesterday and saw a lady from The Ribbonbox demonstrating with Metal Mesh Ribbon and realised I had bought some of this ages ago and never used it, so after searching my disgustingly untidy drawers and boxes I found it amd made the two Bows on this card.


Not many colours used  on this image but here they are for you:

Flesh W02, E01, E00, E000,
Hair E17, E15, E13, E11
Clothes: B95, B93, B91, T0, T1, C1, C00

and finally just a little sneak peek of  the next release from Lili of the Valley available from 11th May, this is a Little Boy and Boy Bear collection absolutely perfect for Fathers Day, everytime we bring out a new release I am amazed how they just get better and better, you are really going to love this one and I know lots of you have been waiting for some more Boy images.


I will be back later today (after the TV coverage and a surfeit of Wedding Celebrations) to show you the complete card and colours.

Enjoy this happy day
Jacqui xxx

Thursday 28 April 2011

Wild Orchid Craft Blog Hop

WOC Blog Hopa

Good Afternoon and Welcome to the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog Hop if you have arrived here from Jacques blog  then you are in the right place, if not then you need to pop over to Bev’s  blog where the Hop starts.
The Blog hop is to celebrate the launch of a fabulous new range from Wild Orchid Crafts, these are the most delicious Classic Colour Range Roses.  It's an all new colour range and is a mixture of Vintage and soft faded colours. LOVELY!!!!!!!. 

There will be prizes along the way so make sure to stop at all the Design Team's blogs and leave them a little comment.  There will then be a grand prize on the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog to end the hop.  The hop will run from today until Saturday, April 30th, and we will draw a winner on Saturday night.  Here is a picture of the Grand Prize.  Is this a GREAT PRIZE or what!???

Here is the main Prize I am sure you will agree well worth winning, I really really adore these new subtle colours.
WOC Blog Hop
Here is the card I made for the Blog Hop using the New Roses, I ahve coloured the Stempleglede  image with Copics, (sorry made it quite a while ago and lost the list with the colours on, slapped hand!!!).  I have cut a peach card frame, and cut Swirls with Marianne Dies Swirls, The lace and Pearls are also from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The papers are Magnolia from Dies to Die For.
A close up of the fabulous image I thought this suited the Vintage feel of the Roses perfectly.
Used 20mm Rust Classic Colour Roses and large and medium Peach Roses from the same  range.

best of luck all


Love is in the Air


A Very Very Quick post today (or tonight),  I am ready to fall into bed and sleep for hours now but I thought I had better post this one early as I will be have a fabulous Blog Hop post to upload at  Midday Today  and I didn’t want the 2 posts to collide.




Thursday means  a new  Lili of the Valley Challenge  this week to celebrate the Royal Wedding we have a brilliant topical theme “LOVE IS IN THE AIR” and what better image to use than this little Love Grows Stamp from Lili of the Valley.




I have used ProMarkers to Colour this one:

Dress: Berry Red, Red Lipstick, Red, Pastel Pink

Hat & Apron Tan, Putty, Almond

Tree: Marsh Green, Pear Green, Khaki

Wellies & Gloves: Marsh Green, Khaki, Pastel Beige

Faces: Apricot, Saffron, Ivory, Pastel Pink


Shopping List:

Stamp: Lili of the Valley – Love Grows

Curly Wild Roses, Small Pearls, Seam Binding  – Wild Orchid Craft

Marianne Design Swirl Die, Martha Stewart Leaf Punch  - Crafts U Love


Sorry its so rushed



Jacqui xxxx

Wednesday 27 April 2011

Teddy Bo Challenge


Hello Peeps, still busy here but had time to pop over to the TeddyBo Site and order some of these little darlings, I have missed these little cuties somehow, this is what happens when you don;t have time to blog hop, I have made up my mind to make a day (or evening) this week to make some time to come and visit everyone.


The Challenge running at the moment on TeddyBo Challenge is called “Tag It” there must be a tag somewhere on your card,  my tag is tucked in behind the image, for this picture I have pulled the tag out half way. 


And here is one with the tag completely removed.  I just love these bears they are a real joy to colour and from today there is an extra special offer on so pop over to the TeddyBo website.  I have used Copics to colour the images (colour below), lots of Wid Orchid Craft Flowers and Lace and more of the lovely Tilda Pads Paper.


I popped over to Wild Orchid Crafts yesterday to order more of these gorgeous Sweetheart Blossom, but most of the are out of stock do hope they come back in soon, I am loving them.



Copics Used:

Fur: E53, E51, E50, Medium Brown Pencil

Hat: E71, E70, E40 Dark Brown Pencil

Dress: R85, R83, R81, RV0000

Shopping List

Lace, Curly Wild Rose, Sweetheart Blossom, semi open roses, 10mm roses  and Rhinestones are all from Wild Orchid Crafts,

Nestabilities from Crafts U Love

Tilda Paper pad Angel Love – Panduro Hobbies

Thats all for today folks see you tomorrow


Jacqui xxx

Tuesday 26 April 2011

A Right Royal Knees Up



Hope you all enjoyed your lovely long weekend we couldn’t of had better weather here in the UK, I have spent the whole week catching up with family and thoroughly enjoyed it.

With the Marriage of William and Kate on Friday this weeks challenge on A Spoonfull of Sugar is a homage to them “A Right Royal Knees Up”,  so we would like to see your creations showing all things royal, e.g. castles, princess/prince, a crown/tiara, posh gown, etc, cannot wait to see what you come up. 


This fabulous image fom Lili of the Valley called “Its My Party” seems to fit the bill perfectly, I have used more colours on this card than is normal for me, but I am quite pleased with it. 


The Copic Colours Used:

Flesh: E02, E01, E00

Hair: E70, E40

Dress: R32, R22, R21, E02, R01

Boots: G94, G85, BG93

Present: B93, B91, T0

Shopping List

K&Co Julianne Paper Pad, Cheery Lyn Designs Kiwi Doily Die – Dies to Die For

Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts, Craft Fairy, Magnolia

Tiara Charm – The Hobby House 

Seam Binding – The Ribbon Girl 


Jacqui xxx

Saturday 23 April 2011

A Touch of Class



Good morning hope you are all enjoying this beautiful weather.  Another new colour combo for me today, I didn’t realise how difficult it was to take a decent photo when using Black so sorry for the quality of them today. 

Had a really good day yesterday, I woke up feeling really down, I was missing having my own things around me they have all had to be put away or left in my own home since I moved in with Mum and although I have now been here for 7 years it still doesn't feel like home, I am lucky to have a truly wonderful friend who decided to try to cheer me up and decided I needed some retail therapy so off we tootled to Dunelm Mill just to buy a couple of new Bins for the kitchen and look for a Toaster, £750 pound later and a complete Kitchen make over was achieved, the kitchen is now has a lovely bright White and Red theme with Poppys everywhere. The retail therapy worked Smile


I am loving this sweet Sarah Kay image really throw back to the seventies.  I am entering this card for Cute Card Thursday Challenge which this week is NO TEXT.  I have used another of my new Panduro Tilda Pads this one is called “Classic”.  The Swirls are dies by Marianne Designs from Crafts U Love, and of course the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


The Copics Used:

Flesh:E02, E012, E00, E000, Suit: RV66, RV55, RV63, RV000, Jumper and Dog: C6, C3, C2, C1

Product details:

Swirls – Marianne Designs – Crafts U Love

Stamp  – Stampavie Sarah Kay Collection

Flowers – 25mm Wild Rose, 15mm Open Rose, 10mm Open Rose, Pink Semi Open Roses. White Hip Rosebuds – Wild Orchid Crafts.


Big Hugs

Jacqui xx

Friday 22 April 2011

Happy Easter to you All



Well at last the long Easter Break is here and it looks as if the weather is going to make it worth the wait, hope you all have a brilliant break.  We have a lovely SKETCH for you to follow this week on Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge Blog.




A  different colour combo from me for this card, Mauve and Pink (although the Mauve looks Blue in this photo) ,  another of the new Tildas she is just so pretty, I had to use her.  The Papers are from the Tilda Lavendar Paper Pad.




The floral arrangement is made up of  Cherry Blossom, Sweetheart Blossom, 10mm Roses of course all are from the fabulous Wild Orchid Crafts collection .




Copics used: Flesdh@ E02, E01, E00, E000, Hair E71, E70, E40, Dress BV23, BV11, BV000, Flower: RV55 RV63 RV0000




Leave Die Cut – Doo Hickey Die , Magnolia Tilda Stamp – Crafts U Love

Tilda Lavender Paper Pad – Panduro

Lace and Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts



Thursday 21 April 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge–Easter



A Card at last, well this has been scheduled so its not really a return for me, I am in Rye this week enjoying some quality Nanny and Grandson bonding time with my little ray of sunshine Owen.  

This weeks theme on the Lili of the Valley Challenge is EASTER and we have been sponsored wioth a £10 Voucher from Lisa and Laila from Lili of the Valley


What better image to use than this darling little Bunny from the Animal release, this one is called Spring Swing and has been coloured with Copics, the flowers have been punched with the Smallest Retro Flower Punch.  and the Paper is from the new Magnolia Collection.  The Blue card is from Co-ordinations.


After punching the flowers I used scissors to shape the top of the petals and added little dots of R85 copics to each flower, the leaves are cut with a Doo Hickey Die from Co-Ordinations paper and a little self adhesive pearl has been added to the centre of each.


I used another Do Hickey Die to cut the fence which  I 3d onto the image and add some more flowers to.

Copics Used:

Bunny: E53, E51, E50, R20, Leaves G82, YG11, G40,  Ribbon R85, R83, R81

Magnolia Doo-Hickey Dies, Magnolia Paper – Crafts U Love

Co-Ordination Card – Crafters Companion

Martha Stewart Border Punch – The Hobby House

Pearls – Wild Orchid Crafts

Ribbon – The Ribbon Girl 

Have a lovely day


Jacqui xx

Sunday 17 April 2011

A Spring Sunday



What a beautiful day it is here in Canterbury, and it looks as if the sun is shining on all those inspirational people running the London Marathon, best of luck to them all. 

I have had a real family couple of days, first Friday spent with Ben and Charlie, and yesterday Matthew, Emma and Sam came down, we decided to go to the opening of the New Turner Art Gallery in Margate, so had a very cultural afternoon, as it was the opening day the exhibitions were quite sparse but what we did see was fabulous, especially being able to see and almost touch a Turner IRL, I do hope this is the beginning of the regeneration of Margate, it has been left to become really run down for too long, the beautiful sandy beach is one of the best in the South East but the state of the sea front is just so off putting, empty shops and run down buildings.

After visiting the Art Centre we met up with James, Vicki, Ben and Lucy and took in the lovely party atmosphere.  On the way back home we stopped at a stunning 14th Century Pub and had a real slap up meal, the end of a perfect day.



Having been away from the craft room for 2 days it took a bit of time to get into the mood this morning, but here is a quick card I made whilst watching the Grand Prix and the Marathon.  I have used another of my new Bildmalarna Stamps on this Easter card which I am sending to Mum, the stamp actually has her sitting on an egg, but I couldn’t get the complete image to fit the lovely sketch on Sketch Saturday this week so I have cut her out and 3d her onto the Nestie Ovals.



Copics used:

Flesh E11, E02, E01, E000

Trousers and Hat R02, R01, R00, R000

Egg & Jumper G28, G20, YG11, E41, E40

Flowers and Flat Back PearlsWild Orchid Crafts

Seam Binding and Button– The Ribbon Girl

Nestabilities Scalloped Ovals

Lili of the Valley – Sentiment

Martha Stewart Border Punch, Butterfly  and Leaf Punch

Marianne Designs – Swirl Die

Enjoy the rest of Sunday, and I hope all our friends in the USA have missed the awful spring storms that we have seen pictures of over here.


Jacqui xxx

Friday 15 April 2011

JM&HS 2nd Birthday



Sorry this is rushed off  to catch the train to Ramsgate early this morning, I am going to spend a lovely day with my dear grandson Charlie and son Ben cannot wait to see them.



Just Magnolia and hAnglar & sTanglar challenge is two years old this month.  And to celebrate we are having a “Birthdays” challenge this week, with an amazing $50 voucher so generously sponsored by the lovely people at Simon Says Stamp.  Hope to see you all joining in the fun this week!!



Thank you to everyone who has regularly entered our challenge and made it the success it is.




I have gone very beige for this one, using some lovely subtle Magnolia Papers and distress them with scissors, (I cannot find my little Timmy’s distress tool but if you saw the state of my craft room that wouldn’t surprise you).  I decided to make Tildas little Party dress all sparkly buy adding Glamour Dust to it,  instead of a ribbon I decided to sramp the LOTV Additions Ribbon stamp on to matching Backing paper.




The inside has been decorated to match the front, after sitting on my hands to stop me buying the mini Maggies, I finally succumbed and bought some from Nikki at Bunny Zoes, must admit think they are very very expensive but they are so sweet.



Colours Used:

Flesh: E11, E02, E01, E00, E000

Dress: E41, E40

Hair: E70, E41, E40


Materials used:

Flowers, Pearls  and Lace Wild Orchid Crafts

Ribbon stamp – Lili of the Valley   LOTV Additions Stamp


See you tomorrow


Jacqui xx

Thursday 14 April 2011

Lili of the valley Challenge


“Happy Birthday to you”  that is our challenge on Lili of the Valley Challenge this week, our fabulous DT have posted some gorgeous samples on the challenge blog,  and we are sponsored this week by the lovely girls at The Ribbon Girl.  And don’t forget the Lili of the Valley Addition Stamps go n sale this morning.




I am still playing with unusual shaped cards, this one is created by cutting a scalloped circle with the largest die in the Go-Kreate XXL set and folding it in half, the circles of Mauve card and backing papers (from Nitwits Downloads) are cut with a cutting compass, forgot I had this handy little gadget.  Used more of my swirl dies again and lots of little Retro Flowers and Pearls, the small retro flower punch is from The Hobby House


Seam Binding and Lace are from The Ribbon Girl.




The Lovely Birthday Bunny image from Lili of the Valley has been coloured with copics:


Fur E53, E51. E50

Balloon: R85, R83, R81, RV000, RV0000


Just waiting for my grocery delivery then I have lots of behind the scene  work to get on with, so I am sorry this is so short.  Have a lovely day everyone and do come and join us on Lili of the  Valley Challenge


Jacqui x

Wednesday 13 April 2011

Three of a kind



I’m up really early this morning the sun shines straight into my bedroom first thing in the morning and it woke me up, but then I never mind being woken by the sun after the rotten winter we have had.  Just a quick reminder that the Lili of the Valley Additions collection will be available on the website tomorrow morning.  This collection, as it’s name suggests, has been created  to complement and add to the normal Lili of the Valley Character stamps, it includes a stunning Ribbon Stamp sheet, Postcards, Labels , Various corners , Tags and more Round Sentiments plus lots m0re, all produced in strong Polymer for easy placement.




3 more of my new Bildmalarna stamps have been used today, I stamped Mimosa first then masked her and stamped her two little friend on the log over her, the images have been coloured with Copics.  The papers are from Sparkling Spring Collection by Prima, another purchase from The Hobby House at Ally Pally, I already had a couple of these pads at home but thought I would get another just in case they discontinue them, I hate it when that happens.




I have had the Martha Stewart Butterfly Punch for ages but I think this is the first time I have used it, The Cherry Blossom is from Wild Orchid Crafts as are the pearls.  I have used another of the Bildmalarna Stamps on the base and the sentiment is from the LOTV Additions Range.



This is a better picture.


Hope you all have a great day


Jacqui xxx

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