Sunday 31 July 2011

A Couple of Magazine Cards

Sunday already and start of another week and almost another month, where has this year gone?  I hope you don’t mind but I have a couple of cards to show you that I was commissioned to do by Lili of the Valley for this months Papercraft Inspirations.


The article accompanied a Free Gift with the magazine  (a pad of Lili of the Valley images ready to be coloured)  and my coloured image of  New Hat was used as the cover for the gift. 

The papes on this card are from Nitwits Collections, and lots of dies where used, all of which come from Dies to Die for.  The flowers and Seam Binding are from Wild Orchid Craft.


Fairies Bouquet was used on this card along with a sentiment from The Happy Circular Sentiment sheet from LOTV again the papers are from Nitwits Collections, and flowers from Wild Orchid Craft.

Sorry this is so quick got to get out in the garden and do a bit of tidying up, my poor house and garden have been neglected this last few weeks and are both beginning to look rather run down.

Have a lovely Sunday


Jac xxx

Saturday 30 July 2011

Super Saturday

Hi peeps what a lovely morning, makes a change for a weekend.  Today sees the launch of SWALK, Humphrey 2  and of Course Spectrum Noirs on Create and Craft, there will be 3 shows today 10am, 12pm, 4pm with Sara and Leann so do try to catch them.


This little Humphrey has stolen my Heart what a wonderful Daddy’s Birthday or Fathers Day card this image would make.  The stamp set is called (unsurprisingly) Fathers Day.  I have used 2 backing papers from The Crafters Companion Humphreys Corner CD.  The stars are die cut with a Die-namics Star Die from Dies to Die For, and Humphrey has of course been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.


I have tucked a Stamping label from the same CD behind the image after stamping it with a couple of the accessory stamps from the stamp set.

And here we have an image from the new Crafters Companion SWALK release, this one is called: “Pants”, and just makes me giggle.


The papers are from SWALK 2 CD, flowers and lace are from Wild Orchid  Crafts, and for the doily a Die-Namics die from Dies to Die for has been used.  Lots of glitter has been added to the Flowers and edges of the Doily.  And again the image has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs.


Don’t forget to make a note of the show times to watch Sara and Leann.  Have a great weekend


Jacqui xxx

Friday 29 July 2011

JM & H&S plus a rather late Lili of the Valley Challenge Card

Morning everyone and thanks for visiting, have been all up in the air this week, but hopefully am back to normal today and have two cards to share with you, one a rather late Lili of the Valley Challenge DT Card and the other this weeks Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge Blog Dt Card


The lovely Dawny P is our host on JM & H&S challenge and she has chosen BUTTONS, BLOOMS AND BOWS  for the theme, we have a fabulous prizes from The Ribbon Girl and The Cutring Cafe.

Again I have used Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir to colour Tilda, these really out my latest must have and I have now got the complete set Smile.  I decided not to use Paper Flowers for the blossom bit,  as every flower on this gorgeous sheet of backing paper by Websters Pages cried out to be used, I cut the rose and rosebuds in the bottom right hand corner from the paper and added it to the front with sticky pads, then added gold stickles to the middle of the flower.  The Seam Binding is from The Ribbon Girl and awesome filigree butterfly is from The Hobby House, I have added rhinestones to the butterflys wings.


Spectrum Noirs Used:

Flesh: 139, 29, 132,

Dress: 2, 5, 22

Flower 35, 37

Leaf: 42

Hair: WG7 WG1

Hat: 104, 109

Now for my rather late Lili of the Valley Challenge Card


My Lili of the Valley image today is called Feathered Friends and is from the new Christmas Release now available on the website.  Sorry this is not a very good piccie.  The paper is by Magnolia, I have used a Martha Stewart Border punch and Maroon Satin Ribbon which IRL is an exact match with the paper and card.  The snowflakes are punched with Martha Stewart Punches and the sentiment is from Lili of the Valley Christmas Circular Sentiment stamp set.


Thanks for looking


Jacqui xx

Thursday 28 July 2011

2nd Sneak Peek

Morning and welcome to my second Sneak Peek of the New Crafters Companion Humphrey and SWALK release, that you will be able to get your hands on from 29th July
Today we have baby Humphrey and his little cuddly toys, I am sure you will just want to own this little one.  He has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs   (what else), and the papers are all from the Humphrey Twin Disc CD.
Don’t forget to join in the  the Crafters Companion Blog Hop  just click here to find out more.
Sorry I sent my samples off and forgot to make a note of the colours Sad smile

Tuesday 26 July 2011

Crafters Companion Blog Hop

Hi all, and welcome to the Crafter’s Companion Blog Hop to celebrate the release of the next SWALK and Humphrey and stamp set by Crafters Companion.

If you have landed here from Nandas Blog  then you are hopping in the right direction. If not then you need to pop over to the Crafter’s Companion News blog to begin.

Our DT have had a great time creating with the new ranges from Crafters Companion and to celebrate the launch of these stunning new collections on Friday 29th July we have decided to give you a chance to see some Sneak Peeks and also have the chance of winning a fabulous Prize:

All six new SWALK stamps and all six new Humphrey stamps, plus a pack of Neenah card!



For my First Sneak Peek I have used one of the new SWALK images  she is such a sweetie, the papers are from the SWALK 2 CD.  Of course I have used the new Spectrum Noirs marker pens to colour the image, The letters have also  been printed from the SWALK 2 CD.  When I was at Crafts U Love on Saturday I bought lots of new Doo Hickey Dies and have used one of them to cut the flowers.





Spectrum Noir colours used:

Flesh: 142 Pale Cream, 133 Baby Skin Pink, 132 Milky White

Hair: 35 Lemon Yellow, 37 Pastel Yellow, 38 Pale Yellow

Trousers: 15 Geranium, 11 Cardinal, 12 Coral Red

68 Turquoise Blue, 42 Bronze Green CG1.


All you need to do to be in with a chance of winning this great prize is visit each blog in order and then go back to the Crafter’s Companion News Views and Inspiration Blog to leave your link on Mr Linky. Along the way you will notice that each Blog will give you a letter - make a note of these as they will make a word which we will ask you for if your number is drawn by Random.Org on the morning of Friday 29th.

My letter is: U

From here, you need to hop to Paulas blog.


Sunday 24 July 2011

Winner of Christmas in July

I am pleased  to be able to announce the winner of my Christmas in July Candy  the Lili of the Valley Pretty Poinsettia Stanp:

Congratulations go to Natalie from NG Cards

Can you let me have your snail mail address dear so I can get the stamp sent off to you
Hugs Jacqui  xxx

5 hours to go and counting!!!!!!

Well Peeps thats come around quickly there is now only 5 hours to go before you can get you hands on the lovely new Lili of the Valley Christmas Release, they go on sale at MIDNIGHT tonight.  As well as giving me  chance to show you my last sneak peek it has also allowed me to show off my NEW LOVE Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir marker pens.  Read on to hear my thoughts on these awesome pens


Being a Granma to 7 boys this has to be my favourite image from the new release it is called “Ski Jump”.  The papers used at from Nitwits Collection Simple Joys, I have run green card through the Cuttlebug in the Snowflake  embossing  folder.  The Christmas tree is a die cut from Mariannes Designs and is available from Crafts U Love, and the border is a border punch from Martha Stewart I have glittered the tree and border with Glamour Dust.  The sentiment which I have attached with staples is from Lili of the Valley  A5 Verse Sheet   set 10.


This is the first card I have made using Spectrum Noir Markers and I cannot praise them highly enough, the colours are selected to all be tonally compatible this helps so much when trying to choose colours and they just seem to flow with ease,  although the nib is a bullet nib, as in ProMarkers,  it is longer and easier to get into those hard to colour places.  At a cost of £6.99 for a pack of matching coloured pens the price cannot be beaten and they have the added advantage of being refillable.  There are 168 colours in all and that will be all your need as they match so well, I think this comes from them being chosen by and for Crafters rather than Graphic Artists. You will be seeing lots of my cards coloured with Spectrum Noir’s from now on.

Colours used :

Flesh: 142 – Pale Cream, 133 – Baby Skin Pink, 132 – Milky White, 135 – Pale Cherry Pink  FROM SKIN TONES SET

Scarf, Boots & Trouser: 91 – Natural Oak, 96 – Mahogony  (FROM BROWN SET) 142  - Pale Cream,  42 – Bronze Green, 175 Lime Green (GREEN SET)

Jumper: 142 – 109 – Pearl White (FROM ESSENTIALS SET) 142 – Pale Cream

Dog: 91 – Natural Oak, 142 Pale Cream,  Dogs Jumper: R11- Carmine, 12 – Coral Red (FROM REDS SET)

Snow and Skis: – CG3, CG1, CG0.5  (FROM GOOL GREYS SET)


Jacqui xxx


Friday 22 July 2011

Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge

Hope this works I have scheduled this post today, anyway its time for another Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge Blog, our theme this week is “Whats Cooking”   and our host for the week is the lovely Dena


I didn’t have many cooking stamps and you are most probably wondering what on earth this image has to do with the theme, let me explain Tilda has decided it is was time she did something to help the environment and has taken up growing her own vegetables so here she is in the garden digging up the  spuds and carrots for a lovely Irish Stew.

Lots of Magnolia products have been used on this card, backing paper,Doo Hickey  Grass Die, Doo Hickey Fence Die , Doo Hickey Swirl Die and Doo Hickey Leaf Die and they are all available from  Crafts U Love.  I am looking forward to demoing Colouring Magnolia Stamps with Copics and Die Cutting at Crafts U Love shop tomorrow do hope I see some old friends there more info below.


If any of you are around Charlwood in Surry (near Gatwick) Crafts U Love are having a fabulous 5th Birthday celebration  deltails below. 

Shop 5th Birthday Event
Sat 23rd July 10am – 4pm

This event will take place at the Crafts U Love shop and the Parish Hall in Charlwood. There will be demonstrations all day in the shop from 10am and there will be demos and workshops held at the hall. Also available at the hall will be products to purchase and light refreshments which will include sandwiches, snacks, cakes and hot & cold drinks.

There will also have a FREE Prize Draw and ONE DAY SPECIAL OFFERS

Demos & Workshops with Caroline Counsell, Charry Wijers, Helen Meighan, Kim Fee, Jacqui Dennis & Lindsay Mason


Jacqui xxx

Thursday 21 July 2011

Christmas In July

Wild Orchid Crafts and Lili Of The Valley have teamed up to host a
'Christmas In July Party'.
fifteen inch
There’s sneak peeks of the new Lili Of The Valley Christmas release and the new Christmas Goodies from Wild Orchid Crafts.   These creations will be featured on the
Wild Orchid Crafts Blog, LOTV Ideas To Inspire Blog and also daily on the featured Designers Blogs so be sure to check it all out.
And no party would be complete without a little goodie bag so there’s candy all the way as well – woohoooo :)))))!!!  It’s the 4th day of the party and time for me to show you are sneak peek and offer my candy, If you would like to win the stamp I have used on my card today please leave a link to your blog on Mr Linky Below
So here is my Card and info on how I made it
I found these gorgeous papers in a box of last years Christmas scrap papers and just had to use them with this sweet little stamp “Pretty Poinsettia”, I bet your mouths are watering with all these gorgeous sneak peeks we are showing but don’t worry not long now for the release.  I have used Copics to colour the image in my favourite colourway.  I think you can see there's lots of glitter spread around. 
I love this baby Pink Mist 20cm trellis rose you can almost smell the fragrance, and the Baby Pink Sweetheart Blossoms compliment  the rose beautifully, I have just popped over to The Wild Orchid Crafts Website and have been drooling over all the Christmas embellies now in stock. 
We also have a new Challenge on Lili of the Valley Challenge Blog today, the theme this week is “Fun and Games”
I thought this little Kitty seemed to be have great fun playing with the ribbons so hope you think this fits the theme.   I have been so busy I think my Mojo went on strike whilst I was try to make this card, anyway I tried my normal cure all and visited some of my favourite blogs, I came across a card by the Awesome Talented Kim Piggot  and just loved the ways she had used the Doo Hickey Swirls, so I hope you don’t mind Kim I just had to build my card around them.
The Papers I have used are Pion Papers I am so in love with these papers cannot get enough of them.  I used another Doo Hickey Die to cut the snowflakes,  and have added copious amounts of glitter AGAIN!!!!!!
Well you can take a breath now I have finished, hope you have a good day.
Jacqui xxxxxx

Wednesday 20 July 2011

Icing the Cake

Day 3 of the Lili of the Valley Christmas Release Sneak Peeks and today I am using “Icing The Cake” , another must have don’t you agree.  Don’t forget to check out the Wild Orchid Craft Blog and the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire blog for todays sneak peeks from the DT and also be in for a chance of winning some fabulous candy.


This was a really quick and easy card, I have so much catching up to do after my fortnight of being a  nurse to Rosie, for those of you who have asked she is doing really well almost back to her old self minus fur Smile

Copics have been used to colour the image, and I have added lots and lots of Glitter, which doesn’t show up very well on the photo.  The image has been cut with Nesties Label 10 and added to the front of the card overlapping the top.  The border which has been punched with Martha Stewart Doily Border Punch has been glittered on the edge and attached with Sticky Pads.  the Sentiment is from Lili of the Valley Christmas Circular Sentiment Sheet No 5.


Copics Used: Reds: R39, R37, R35, R22, Greens, YG67, YG63, YG61, Greys C2, C1, C00, Flesh E02, E00, E000, Dog: E99, E97

Shopping List:

Large Poinsettia – Wild Orchid Crafts

Martha Stewart Doily Border Punch, Labels 10, Doo Hickey Swirl Die, Crystal Stickers – Crafts U Love 

Thanks for looking


Jacqui xx

Tuesday 19 July 2011

Sneak Peek 2

Another Card using one of the new Lili of the Valley Christmas Release this one is called “Lots of Letters”, don’t you just love it.
With lots of fur on the image it gave me a chance to use the new Ultra Fine White Flowersoft, it is just perfect.  The snow has been enhanced with Twinklets Diamond Dust.    The papers are from a Christmas Collection I bought last year, I am afraid the front page is not with the papers so not sure who it is by.
The stamps will be available from Lili of The Valley website  from 25th July there are 21 images in all, check the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog  each day to see sneak peeks from  our DT members, I think you will have trouble choosing which ones to buy.
Copics Used: Flesh E02, E00, E000, Reds: R39, R37, R35, R22, Greens: YG67, YG63, YG61, G20, Greys C2, C1, C00
Shopping List:
Large and Small Poinsettias, Silver Bell  – Wild Orchid Crafts
Buttons and Brads – The Hobby House
Martha Stewart Star Border Punch – Crafts U Love 
I thought I would show you a card that I was commissioned to make by Lili of the Valley  for this months Papercraft Inspirations.  I don’t usually show the cards I make for commissions it feels as if I am blowing my own trumpet when I do, but I thought I ought to let you see what has been keeping me from blogging for the last couple of months, so I hope you excuse me.
I love this image “Little Girl – Swing Time”, she is one of our older stamps but is still popular.  The papers are from Nitwits Collections and of course the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.
Thats it for today thanks for staying with me
Jacqui xxxx

Monday 18 July 2011

Back Again



Hi peeps back again with the quickest card ever Smile  , I will let you in to a secret I am not really Speedy Gonzales, I had already coloured the image so it was just a case of making up the card.  this is Christmas Puppy from the new Lili of the Valley Christmas Release due out on 25th July, some of you who visited the stand at Doncaster were lucky enough to get your hands on a few of these new images but they sold out fast. 


The image is quite bust so I decided to keep the card very plain just red and white card, the image has been coloured with Copics and PolyChromos Pencils.  The White card on the left hand side was run through the cuttlebug in the Snowflakes Embossing Folder.




The Ringing  bells and Double ended Holly Berries  and Red Organza Ribbon are from Wild Orchid Crafts




Copics used: reds: R39, R37, R35,. R22, Greens: YG67, YG63, YG61, G20, Golds, YT24, YR21, Y11, Puppy: E53, E51, E50


Thanks for looking

Jacqui xxx

Good Morning

Morning all, after a fab weekend at Doncaster its back to reality with a bang, thanks to all the lovely peeps who popped by to say hello and to ask after dear Rosie, I was so surprised at how much better she looked when I got back last night her eyes are really sparkling again and she was almost back to the old Rosie, except for being Bald lol!!!!.  Had a fabulous time at Doncaster with the lovely Michelle,  Meg and Claire from Crafters Companion and it was great to catch up with Marcea, and of course I had the pleasure of playing with the New Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Markers Wow girls these are going to blow your socks off  I LOVE THEM!!!  and such a reasonable price, you will be hearing lots about these on here  this week. 


I also caught up with Lisa Laila, Bev Richard and Danny on the LOTV Stand Boy did you love the new Xmas Stamps.


 Today sees not only the start of the new Lili of the Valley  Christmas sneak peeks, but we are kicking off our Christmas in July with Wild Orchid Crafts and Lili of the Valley bonanza with oodles of inspiration and prizes so stay tuned all week to the Wild Orchid Crafts Blog and Ideas to Inspire blog.  Each day some of the DT and Guest Designers will be showcasing Christmas products from Wild Orchid Crafts and the new Christmas stamps release from Lili of the Valley!!


I was just getting ready to upload one of the sneak peeks I had made with the new stamps and realised I had taken them to Doncaster without taking any photos, so I will be back later today with a card Oppppps!!!



 Jacqui xxx

Thursday 14 July 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge



Morning Peeps We have a new theme on Lili of the Valley Challenge this week a fabulous colour duo Blue and Pink, we have been sponsored this week by Mary and Andrea from The Ribbon Girl they have donated an awesome Green Mini Kit and Lili of the Valley have donated a £10 voucher to spend on the website. 


I am so behind this week have loads to catch up on before I go up to Doncaster tomorrow, so again this will be short and sweet.  I have used one of the new girlie images from Lili of the Valley  “Emma Presents”, she has been coloured with copics as usual (colours below).  The stunning Butterfly paper is by Magnolia and is available from Crafts U Love,  I have used lots of products from our sponsors this  week  The Ribbon Girl, I have listed them with the links below. 


The Copics used to colour Emma are:

Flesh: E02, E00, E000, R20, Hair E17, Hat and Present: BG02, B01, B000, Dress & Bag: R85, R83, R81, RV000


Shopping List:

Cluny White Fan Lace, Seam Binding, Polka Dot Buttons, Aqua Decorative Pins all from The Ribbon Girl

Sweetheart Blossoms and Wild Rose from Wild Orchid Crafts

Dainty Lace Doily DieDies to Die For 

Magnolia Paper, Martha Stewart Leaf Punch – Crafts U Love

Thanks for looking


Jacqui xxxx


Wednesday 13 July 2011

Sketch Saturday Challenge


Finally a card from me.  Thanks to everyone who sent such lovely messages to Rosie and Myself, I am glad to say that she seems so much brighter this morning, and we both had a full nights sleep last night. I have spent the last 3 days at the vets or with her sitting on my lap and making cards was the last thing on my mind, it looks as if the pain killers are kicking in now and the acid seems to have finished its dreadful work, although the Vet did say it could still look worse before it looks better.


I used the sketch from Sketch Saturday Challenge for this card and Lili of the Valley “Emma-Swing” stamp.  The Paper is from my Scrap Drawer so do not know who it is by although I have a feeling it is Doodlebug.  I die cut patterned paper and pink card with the Doo Hickey Romantic Tag  from  Crafts U Love.  The image has been coloured with Copics as usual. The Roses have been made with Marianne Designs Chinese Rose and English Rose dies.


The Copics Used:

Flesh: E01, E00, E000, Hair, E53, E51, E50, Hat and Cardigan, YG67, TG63, YG61, G20, Skirt Ribbon, Shoes, R85, R83, R81, RV000

Shopping List:

Doo Hickey Dies (Romantic Label & Grass), Marianne Designs Dies (Chinese and English Rose) – Crafts U Love

Stamps – Emma Swing and Circular Greeting – Lili of the Valley,

Lace: The Ribbon Box 


Jacqui xxx   

Friday 8 July 2011

A Treat Box


Our lovely Jane is hosting this weeks Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge,  and has designed a fabulous sketch for you to follow, do come and join us

Our sponsor for this week is 7 Kids College Fund who are offering a fabulous $20 voucher for their store!



I needed something to take my mind off of Rosie yesterday so thought I would make  something a bit more taxing than a card, I have had a Papertry Ink template for ages which I used to use a lot so printed it off and here you are.


The papers are by Magnolia and Maja Designs, and tilda has been coloured with copics.




Here is the inside of the little treat box, I am going to fill it with travel bath goodies and a packet of tissues,  the Tags are a Doo Hickey Die, and I have used a Mini Magnolia mounted on the label .




Sorry this is very quick I am waiting to hear from the Vet again and cannot put my mind to anything.


Shopping List:

Doo – Hickey Dies,  - Dream Tag,   Martha Stewart Lace Doily Punch, Papers,   Marianne Doily Die,  Tilda Stamps  are from Crafts U Love.

Flowers: Wild Orchid Crafts

Pins and Charm – The Hobby House

See you soon


Jacqui xxx

Thursday 7 July 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge



Sorry I am a bit late this morning, had to take Rosie to the vets yesterday and had to wait until 10 this morning to ring and find out how she is, so couldn’t really settle to do anything, she still has a high temperature and pulled her drip out during the night, so it wasn’t the news I was wanting, she will be in at least another night.

The new Lili of the Valley Challenge was posted this morning so I do hope you can come and join us this week, we have a fabulous sketch by our teamie Donalda and a £10 voucher from Lili of the Valley as the Prize.


I have used Lili of the Valley Stamp “Emma – Plant Pot” and a Circular Sentiment.  Copics have been used to colour Emma, a new colour duo for me inspired by the lovely Best Creations papers.


Lots of Flowers and Embellies on this one, and also plenty of Glamour Dust


Copics Used:

Flesh: E01, E00,E000, E0000, Plant Pot E59, E37, Blues: B23, B32, B41, Yellows: Y15, Y13, Y11

Shopping List:

Stamps – Lili of the Valley,

Flowers – Wild Orchid Crafts, I am Roses 

Lace and Velvet Leaves - Ribbon Box

Papers – Best Creations The Hobby House

Thanks for looking


Jacqui xxx 

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