Wednesday 31 August 2011

Twinkling Star for Papertake Weekly Challenge

Back again a bit late,  can you guess what I have for you today – Yes thats right another Lili of the Valley Sneak Peek – this one is called Twinkling Star and is in the Lili of the Valley Christmas Relase 2 which will be on  sale at the Lili of the Valley website on 6th September, I am entering this card into the Papertake Weekly Challenge which this week is a fabulous sketch by the brilliant DawnyP.


The card base has been cut with Go Kreate Half XXL Frilly Square No 4, the paper is by Magnolia the leaves are cut with DooHickey Die Vintage Flower & Leaf  both available from Crafts U love.   I have added Glamour Dust to the leaves and image, also around the flowers.


The White Roses and Sweetheart Blossoms are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


Sorry this is so quick have lots to get on with today including the dreaded tidying the Craft Room, I make a promise to myself everytime I clean it to put everything back in iots place as I finish with it, that lasts about a day Smile


Jac xxxx

Tuesday 30 August 2011

Lili of the Valley–Day 4 Sneak Peeks

Today is Day 4 of the Lili of the Valley Christmas 2 Sneak Peeks, from the messages I have received I think you are liking these.   I have really enjoyed colouring these images especially the Teddies and Angels but then I enjoy every release from Lili of the Valley and feel so lucky to be one of the first to get my grubby mitts in them.


My long time favourite Lili of the Valley Image has always been “Fairy On Tiptoe” but this beautiful “Festive Fairy”  is now threatening to take over,  don’t know what it is about her but each time I look at the image I want to smile. 

Pion Papers from Dies to Die for have been used on here, in fact it is just one double sided sheet, Lace and Flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts.  I have stamped Magnolias Silent Night Music Stamp onto a piece of scrap backing paper and popped it behind the image.


Here is Festive Fairy in close up can you see why I love her so much


Jac xxxx

Monday 29 August 2011

Christmas Bears

Hello Peeps over here in the UK its another Bank Holiday and for once the weather looks promising, I am waiting for my Grocery delivery then I am off  to Canterbury.  I was so excited on Friday we had a brand new store open in Canterbury and instead of the usual High Class Dress or Shoe Shops etc that we usually get and that don’t really appeal to me, The Range has opened a big Superstore WoooooHooooo that's  more like it.    Lin and I where waiting at the Door dead on 9am Friday Morning and made a rush up stairs to the Craft Department, made lots of small purchases which I am so pleased with.  We finished off a real girlie morning by going to a nearby greasy spoon cafe and had a full English breakfast with all the trimmings Smile


It’s Day 3 of the Lili of the Valley Christmas 2 Release Sneak Peeks and today I have gone for a completely different colour scheme for my Christmas Bears – Snowman card, the idea for the colours was taken from the lovely glitter paper that is from one of my Range purchases a First Edition Paper Pad called Festive Treats. full of lovely and unusual papers, half glittered and half double sided.   I went for quite a plain card as I wanted to show off the paper and the image.


I have cut and distressed a flower punched with Magnolia Doo Hickey Doily Flower Die from Crafts U Love the stunning roses and buds are from Wild Orchid Crafts.


The Copics used: Bears: E53, E51, E50 – Mid Brown PolyChromos Pencil, Greens: G29, G28, G82: Browns: E09, E08, E97, Creams YR21, YR000o.

The Lili of the Valley Christmas 2 stamps will be released on 6th September.

Have a great day everyone


Jac xxx

Sunday 28 August 2011

Sneak Peek 2–Milly Winter Window


Hope you are all enjoying a lovely restful Sunday, Mum has a nasty Cough and Cold and has not had much sleep so I have been up since about 5.30am, already hung out 2 machine loads of washing, cleaned the Kitchen and Bathroom and had a bit of a tidy up in the craft room, so I can settle down to a day of crafting without feeling guilty Smile


Day 2 of the Lili of the Valley Sneak Peeks for the 2nd Christmas Release available from 6th September this one is called “Milly Winter Window”   I love the little cat, once again I have used papers from Nitwits Collections this time its from “Joyful Hearts Too”, The star border is punched with a Martha Stewart Border Punch, and ther large snowflake has been cut with a Marianne Snowflake Die  from Crafts U Love.  The flowers are from The Ribbon Girl.


Lots of Glamour dust and Stardust Stickles have again been used on here, unfortunately I coloured this image quite a while ago and  as usual cannot find where I put the Copic Numbers.

Have a lovely day and don’t forget to check out the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire blog for more sneak peeks from our fabulous Design Team


Jac xx


Saturday 27 August 2011

Papertake Weekly Challenge and a Sneak Peek

The lovely and generous Tracy from  Dies to Die for is sponsoring this weeks challenge on Papertake Weekly where the theme is to use Dies on your creation, couldn’t resist and it gave me a great chance to give you a sneak peek of Part 2 of this years Christmas Collection from Lili of The Valley, as with all Lili of the Valley collections this one is full of the cutest images including the most stunning Angels and Animals.


I have used one of the delightful bears on this card it is called Little Bears – Presents, this bears really are so sweet and I love the little Meeces included in most of the images.  The Lili of the Valley Design Teams will all be showing sneak peeks of the new images everyday this week on their own blogs and the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog so please check them out I am sure you are going to love them.  They will be released on 6th September so not too long to wait.

The papers used are from Still Be Joyful Collection from Nitwits and of my most used Christmas Paper Collections, I must admit whenever I am stuck for Backing Papers a trip to Nitwits Website always comes up with the goods.   The snowflakes are punched with Martha Stewart Snowflake Punches,  I cut the Base card with Square Frame Frilly No 4 from Go-Kreate, the image was cut with Nestabilities Labels 18, which has been distressed around the edge with Tumbled Glass Distress Ink,  I have also used Die-namics  Dainty Lace Border Die and Die-namics Dizzy Doily Die also distressed with Tumbles Glass, all the dies are  available from Dies to Die for. 


The Ribbon is a find at The Range and only 99p a roll Bargin!!!.  I have used loads of Glamour Dust and Stardust Stickles on the card.

Don’t forget to check out the Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire blog for more Sneak Peeks and come back here tomorrow for another one from me.


Jacs xxx

Friday 26 August 2011

Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge

This week I have been having a real problem with my Internet Access  no access for hours on end, but I think I have got it sorted now (fingers crossed).   So I am a bit late uploading my card for this week Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge which has been hosted by the lovely Donalda she has chosen BINGO for her challenge and it was good fun choosing what line to use.  Here is the Bingo Card, all you need to do is to choose a Horizontal or Vertical Line and use all of the 3  items on that line,


I have chosen the middle vertical line, Distressing, Flowers and paper Piecing.


I have paper pieced Tildas Dress and Ribbon o0n her hat. and Distressed the small scraps of papers from my scrap box.  The small Roses, lovely blossoms  and Ribbon are all from the Ribbon Girl.


Tilda has been coloured with Copics.  Sorry this is so quick but as you can imagine I have a mountain of e-mails to go through now, it makes you realise how much the internet has become a part of daily living dosn’t it, I have felt quite bereft without it.

Have a good weekend everyone

Big Hugs

Jacqui xx

Tuesday 23 August 2011

I am still here !!!!

Morning Peeps, sorry for the absence had a short holiday with the Boys and Grandchildren, hired a caravan at Rye Harbour, we all had  a brilliant but tiring time, the weather was a bit windy and chilly but the boys didn’t seem to mind that.  I came back home to an order for an urgent  Wedding Card with the colour scheme of Pink and Yellow, a colour scheme that scared me a bit, but I am pleased with the results.


I have used my favourite wedding image from  Lili of the Valley Stamp "Wedding Couple", the paper (which has a pale yellow background which has shown up very well) is from K&Co Watercolour Bouquet Pad, the Heart Doily behind the image is Cherry Lynn Heart To Heart Die both the paper and die are available from Dies to Die For.

The Roses and Heart Charm are both from The Ribbon Girl  and the Sentiment is from Lili of the Valleys Happy Sentiments Sheet.   I have used Copics to colour the image and Polychromos Pencils to create the background.


Copics Used:

Flesh: E02, E00, E000, Hair, YR21, Y11, E35, Flowers & Ribbons, R83, R81, RV000, Suit & Hat C5, C2, C1, C0

Thanks for looking and its good to be back


Jac xxx


Thursday 11 August 2011

Belated Winner of My Ribbon Girl Candy

Morning yes I am still around :)  I am so sorry I am late in putting up the winner of my Ribbon Girl Candy,  I have been away (not a planned absense), I asked Mum to pull a name out of the hat and the lucky winner is:

Could please e-mail me on  with your Snail Mail address so I can pass it on to the lovely Ribbon Girls

Hugs Jacqui xx

Friday 5 August 2011

Just Magnolia and hAnglar & stAnglar Challenge

Morning Peeps, felt a bit guilty yesterday I think my poor Copics were feeling unloved so thought I had better colour at least one card with them this week, but don’t worry I will be back to practising and finding combos with my Spectrum Noir later today, just cannot resist.
This week’s challenge on Just Magnolia & hAnglar & stAnglar challenge is Anything Goes with the option of adding Glitter.  As always our special monthly challenges are sponsored by Simon Says Stamp with a fabulous prize of a $25 voucher! 
I haven’t used little Ballerina Tilda for an age forgot how sweet she is, how many of you are like me so much rubba you forget what you have got, I have stacks that have not even seen ink yet, but of course I still have to keep buying more ;(
The papers are from Nitwits Collections, none of them were whole sheets just scraps left over from a previous card, I have torn and distressed the papers and gone around the edges with  Frayed Burlap Distress Ink.  I have popped a Kiwi Doily cut with a Cherry Lynn Doily Die from Dies to Die For, behind the image and also a small label from Go-Kreate  has been distressed and popped behind at the top.  The die cut flowers have been cut with Marianne Designs Dies from Crafts U Love  and have been glittered around the edges.
Copics used: Dress BV00, BV000, Coo, Flesh: E02, E00, E000, R20, Hair: E74, E71, E70, E40
Have a lovely day
Jacs xxxxxx

Thursday 4 August 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge–Roses and More Spectrum Noir practising

They have forecast rain for us down here in the South East corner of England, well I wish it would hurry up and arrive, it was unbearable in bed last night.  Again it was uncomfortable up here so I took myself and my Spectrums  into the garden yesterday and spent most of the day practising, the results of which are posted below.  Luckly I had already made my Card for the Lili of the Valley Challenge which this week is Roses.


Again I have used Spectrum Noirs to colour the image this time I went for a Bright combo, as I say the only way to get the best out any new Markers is to experiment.  The papers are both by Magnolia and I have used Lili of the Valleys Emma Plant Pot image.  The gorgeous unusual flowers are from the Ribbon Girl.  A Doo Hickey Border die wa used for the border and a Die-namics Doily die from Dies to Die for has been popped behind the image.  I think I have fulfilled the criteria for the theme this week Roses they are everywhere.


As this card is being sent to a very dear friend I have also decorated the inmside, using the same papers, roses and some frayed finger bandage


The Spectrum Noirs used  to colour Emma:

Flesh: 25, 29, 109, 139, Bag, Hat Ribbon: 57, 68, 171, 178, Leaves: 42, 175, Dog: 91, 97, Roses, Plant Pot: 17, 147, 196.

Now here are 3 images I coloured up yesterday, I am really enjoying playing with my Speccies (yes they are so dear to me they have a nickname already), I was determined to get the best from the markers rather than leaving them on my desk and just looking at them, which is what I did when I first started collecting Copics they actually sat on my desk for months and I hated them just couldn’t understand how to use them properly.

The first two images are digis from the lovely Make It Crafty collection, I choose these as they had large areas of hair, flesh and cloths  to practise on



The final image is a Sugar Nellie Adorable Image -  Melissa , and this one was chosen to see how they worked with Pencil Sketches, I am really pleased with the result


Have a lovely day, see you tomorrow


Jacs xxxx

Wednesday 3 August 2011

Colours for Mid Brown, Dark Blonde & Blonde Hair with Spectrum Noirs

Another Spectrum Noir question I have been asked a number of times is “What colours do you use for hair” so here are the colours for Mid Brown, Dark Blonde and Blonde hair


On all of these I have started with the darkest first, but these colours should work whatever way you prefer to colour, a little tip for you that I find helps me when I am trying to find colour combos for whatever pens I use, stamp out or print 2 of the images you are working on use one for practise and when you are happy colour the final image, it looks quite funny when you have an image with rainbow coloured hair but this works for me, I then file the image I used for practise with a note of the colours in my colouring folder.


Colours for Mid Brown Hair:  94, 96, 97, 25, 142


Colours for Dark Blonde: 101, 104, 31, 44, 45


Colours for Blonde hair: 44, 35, 37, 38

Hope this helps, if there is anything else I can help with let me know.  I will be back later with a card.


Jac xx

Tuesday 2 August 2011

A Review of Spectrum Noirs

I have had so many e-mails this past week asking for my honest opinion of Spectrum Noirs, those of you who have followed my blog for a while know that I don’t very often endorse products other than backing papers and dies Smile and if I do I have to be really confident in that product, so this is my honest and truthful opinion on the new markers.  As I say this is just my opinion and as a member of the Crafters Companion DT you may think I could be  prejudiced  so I thought the best thing I could do was to show you the same image coloured with Spectrum Noirs and Copics and see what you think, but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE them.  
Here a few of the reasons I love them,  The tonal range has been thought out so well, I know Leann Chivers spent months and months matching the tonal value of each set of pens, this makes it so much easier for us to get good shading and blending, of course it will still take a few tries to find the combinations we like, but when I first started using Copics and Promarkers it took me ages just to sort my pens out tonally.  Then there is the fantastic Price the complete set, with no duplications for under £200 plus they are REFILLABLE, now is that value for money or not!!!!The nib is another plus point, I am not a big fan of bullet nibs as I find them a bit scratchy, but these are a little longer and softer and the ink flows really easy through them.
Please don’t rush to throw out  your Promarkers or Copics, I will still use mine but I now have the choice  of 3 sets of  Markers, I have always used both depending on how I felt that day or just for a change, you know how us crafters have to have everything!!!.  If you are just starting with Markers then Spectrum Noir are perfect for you, as I say no duplications, colours sorted into tonal ranges etc so as soon as you get them home you will be ready to use them.

  For those who have been to the LOTV Colouring class or have seen my demos these markers work perfectly with Polychromos or Prisma Pencils and Sansodor.

Right thats enough from me now its time for you to make up your mind.  I would be really interested to know what you think.

Here is Mo’s Image “Dream” the first card is coloured with Spectrum Noir, I have listed the colours used below: 


Spectrum Noir Colours:
Jacket and Hat: WG7, WG5, WG4, WG1,  Trousers: WG0.5, WG1, WG4, Grass Jumper: 47, 59.  Skin: 132, 29, 25, 18  Glasses: 44, 32, 36, Plane: 13, 23, Shoes: CG1, 183, 185

Now for the Copics Colouring:


Copics Used:
Jacket and Hat: F74, E71, E70, E40  Trousers: E43, E42, E40, Grass Jumper: YG63, . Skin: E02, E00, E000, R20 Glasses: Y26, YR21, Y11, Plane: R17, R5, R2, Shoes & Jumper: B21, B41
Looking forward to your comments
Jac xx


Morning,  I popped over to Mo’s Digital Pencil site yesterday and of course had to buy a few images, this is one of them, she is called  SHY  couldn’t resist her, could you?


She has been coloured with Copics, I need to get a bit more familiar with my Spectrum Noirs  browns to get this effect but I will be practising today, so hope to get there soon.   The Papers are Bo Bunny Gabrielle collection, the butterflies were cut from a sheet of BP from the DCWV Mariposa Pad.

Flowers are from I am Roses and the swirl (which I have cut up to get the effect I wanted ) is a die from Cherry Lynn Designs available from Dies to Die For.


Copics Used:

Flesh: E02, E00, E000, Hair & Bunny, E71, E70, E40, Dress: E70, E40, R39, R35, R22

Don’t forget to scroll down to join in the Ribbon Girl Blog Hop


Jac xx

Monday 1 August 2011

The Ribbon Girl 1st Birthday Blog hop

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Good morning and a Happy 1st August to everyone, welcome to the  The Ribbon Girl Blog Hop if you have arrived here from Mandy from A Little Space of My Own then you are in the right place if not please go  The Ribbon Girl Blog  where the blog hop starts.
The Ribbon Girl  is celebrating its 1st Birthday and the lovely kind Mary and Andrea have decided to celebrate with this  Blog Hop and have given each of us taking part a Prize to give away to any one who leaves a comment on there blogs plus a fabulous main prize which can be seen on the Ribbon Girl Blog.  Here is my prize so if you would like a chance of winning it just leave me a comment at the bottom of this post.  The hop is opening until 9am 7th August
A lovely selection of Ribbons and accessories from the website.  If you haven’t yet discovered the website you don’t know what you are missing, there you will find ravishing  ribbons, cute charms and buttons, pretty pins and now fabulous flowers, so what are you waiting for Smile
I followed the lovely sketch Papertake Weekly Challenge for my card to celebrate the blog hop is made with the sweet Lili of the Valley “Molly Cuddle Time “ image which has been coloured with Crafters Companion - Spectrum Noirs, The Backing paper is Echo Park from Crafts U Love and the Ribbon has been made by stamping a Lili of the Valley Clear Additions Ribbon and Bows image onto pink card and adding lots of Glamour Dust.
The Flowers are new additions to the Ribbon Girl website, they are sold in small quantitie which makes then really affordable, I really love the colour of the Pink and White Pretty Blossoms.
Flesh:  25,27,109, Hair, WG4, 169, 109,, Dog: 142, 107, 21, Paws & Ears 18, 36, Jumper: 17, 146, 196, Car: CG2, CG1, CG0.5, Nose 102, CG3.
Now you need to hop over to Mary from Playing with Ribbons blog to complete the blog hop, not forgetting to leave a comment below to be in with a chance of winning my prize.

Please scroll down for This Months Crafters Companion DT Card

Best of Luck
Jac xx

Crafters Companion Challenge–Glitter and Glitz

Second post today, the 1st of the month means its time for a new challenge on Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge, this month our theme is Glitter and Glitz, Crafters Companion have sponsored us this month with a £30 voucher to spend on the website so do come along and join us.




For my card this month I used one of the new Swalk Images from Crafters Companion, this one is called  “Deserve a Treat”, she  has been coloured with Spectrum Noirs of course.  The papers are from the Swalk 2 CD.  The roses and sweetheart blossoms are from Wild Orchid Crafts and have been glittered with Crystal Stickles, the doily popped behind the image is die cut with Cherry Lynn French Pastry Doily Die from Dies to Die for.




Spectrum Noir used:

Skin: 25, 29, 132.  Hair: 91, 94, 21 Dress: 1. 11. 14, Chair: WG0.5, WG1. WG5, WG3



Jac xx

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