Wednesday 30 November 2011

12 Days of Christmas Event

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas, which means the Lili of the Valley 12 days of Christmas event starts tomorrow!!  So please do check out the Ideas to Inspire Blog every day as there will be a give away each day for the next 12 days.

Bath Time

Off to do my Christmas Shopping so a very quick one today, another sneak Peek from the Flowersoft Mabel Lucy Attwell CD rom due for release next week,  I was bought up with these little cuties and can still remember a childs China Plate and Cup and Saucer I used until I was about  5 featuring one of Mable Lucy Attwells characters, so these really bought back lots of memories for me.


This is one of the Digi images from the CD which I have coloured with Crafters Companion  Spectrum Noirs, The papers are both from the CD as is the sentiment.


As I said this is a quick one I have to wash my hair and put on my face and I only have 45 minutes until I have to be ready.  Hope to be back later.

Jacs xxx

Tuesday 29 November 2011

Tuesday Twosome

Morning peeps, as promised back again.  two cards again for you today, I am being good aren’t I!!!  I am trying to get as many cards done today as possible as with only 27 days left to Christmas I think it is time I made a start on my Christmas Shopping.  I am going into Canterbury tomorrow we have a fabulous German Christmas Market there so hopefully I will be able to get some unusual pressies and decorations, BUT!!!!!! if its busy I will be straight back and do my shopping on the tinternet, cannot do with all that pushing an shoving.

Sorry the pictures a bit fuzzy, got shaky hands it’s just thinking about all the money I will be spending on presents and not crafty goodies, it really hurts Smile
I got these beautiful Pion Papers from Dies to Die For, I love the vintage feel of them and tried to carry that feeling right through the card.  I have coloured Tilda with Copics and Polychromos Pencils and have added a little Stickles “Stardust” to her hat and around the edge of the image.
The Roses and Branches are cut with Sizzix Tim Holtzs Alterations Die Tattered Pine Cone, the roses should be pine cones but I have squashed then down to make a rose, I cut the roses and branches from white card and Distressed the edges with Walnut stain Distress Ink and both sides of the rose with the same colour,
For the Blue Roses I again coloured white card with Iced Spruce  Distress Ink then cut into 2 x 2 “ squares  sketched a  rough spiral on the inked square  and roughly tore out the spiral and rolled into shape (thanks to Leann Chivers  for this idea).
The Copics Used for TildaFlesh: E11, E21, E000Hair E71, E70, E40, Hat E40, Boots E70, E40, Coat B97, B95, B91
My Second Card is another sneak peek of the Mabel Lucy Atwell CD and Papercraft Sets  that are released next week on Ideal World & Create and Craft.
This was made with the Die-Cut Decoupage Set, I must admit I am not a fan of decoupage but I really enjoyed making this card.
Have a good day (or whats left of it).
Jacs xx

Monday 28 November 2011


WoooHoo I have a new PC and I am now fit to Go!!!!!,  not only have I been PC less, I have also been away for 5 days on my annual crafting holiday at Crafters Companion FANTASTIC  Craftaganza, had the most amazing time with lots of old friends and even more new friends.  Also had really fantastic workshops with

Sara Davies, Leann Chivers, Sheena Douglass, Sarah Millsop, Claire Hamer and Louisa McLean

I didn’t realise how many techniques there were still left to learn.


I have a couple of cards to show you today first of all an acetate Easel card using one of my favourite Lili of the Valley images, this one is Twinkling Star.



I am really pleased with how this a acetate card has turned out.  The image has been coloured with Copics and has lots of Glamour Dust added,  The two trees are stamped with a Magnolia stamp and Broken China Distress Ink.  The papers are from the new release by Nitwits Collections called  Holiday Charm all lovely Blues Whites Creams and pale Greens yummy!!!!  I have also used the Doo Hickey Swirl available at Dies to Die For



The sentiment is from the Grunge Christmas Postmarks from Lili of the Valley


The Copics used:

Flesh: E11, E21, E000, Hair Y26, Y23, Coat & Hat B00, B000, B0000, Brown E53, E50.


Just a reminder that Lili of the Valley   have 10% off all orders plus free P&P but be quick you just have until 30th November to take advantage of this offer.

Before my PC gave up the ghost I was asked to do some samples for a New Release from Katy Sue Designs (AKA Flowersoft) 

About Mabel Lucie Attwell

I am sure many crafters remember English artist Mabel Lucie Attwell who was a prolific illustrator, famous for her unique ability to reach adults through her drawings of children. Her illustrations appeared on advertisements, postcards, calendars, tins and books and, for many, her images became the back drop of their childhoods from the 30's, 40's and 50's. The humour of day to day situations can be seen in these nostalgic images of children which give them special appeal and guarantee to make you smile.   Katy Sue Designs are releasing a New CD which includes fantastic Digi Images  and also some papercrafting kits, the launch shows will be on Create and Craft on Dec 6th at 10am and 5pm.  Sue has agreed for me to show you some sneaky peeks this week.


Here is the first one using a Digi image and papers from the CD.  I have used Go Kreate Half XXL Circular Dies, the roses were hand made and distress with white paint.  The Pretty Blossoms are from The Ribbon Girl.  I have coloured the images with Crafters Companion Spectrum Noir Pens.


Well its great to be back with you all again and hopefully this is the end to all my techie problems, see you tomorrow


Jacs xx

Sunday 20 November 2011

Ribbon Girl Challenge




Happy Sunday all, I will be home later today so I have scheduled this post, Today it is time for Novembers The Ribbon Girl Challenge, which this month has a theme that is really one that appeals to me “PINK and WHITE”.






As usual there is a fantastic prize from The Ribbon Girls up for grabs.





Plus a £10 voucher donated by our good Friends Lili of the Valley 






This Years Christmas Collection from Magnolia is certainly one of the best I adore most of the images, after a couple of disappointing releases its nice to know Tilda is back to her best.  Lots of lovely products from The Ribbon Girl used on this one including   the delicious 25mm Pink/White open roses, 30mm Pink White open roses, 13mm white mulberry roses, crown pins and white seam binding.  The awesome lacy snowflake is called Memory Box Bianca Snowflake, from Dies to Die For.


The little sentiment behind the floral arrangement is from Lili of the Valleys “Grunge Post Card Stamp”, and the leaf branch is a Doo Hickey Die from Crafts U Love, the delicious soft pink stripped paper is by Best Creations and is also available from Crafts U Love.


The Copics used:

Flesh: E11, E21, E000

Hair E74, E70, E40

Pinks: R83, RV000, RV0000

Fur C1, C00

Enjoy your Sunday


Jacs xxxxx


Saturday 19 November 2011

Twice as Nice

A Scheduled post for you today (Hopefully),  one of the worst things about being without my PC was not being able to show more of the fabulous new Lili of the Valley Release, so to make up for it here is one of the cards I made for the stand at the NEC. 


This delightful image is called “Twice as Nice” and comes complete with Sentiment.   The papers are by Magnolia,  lots of Doo Hickey Dies have been used here, the Border Die down the side is Swirly Lace Border Die, when the border was cut instead of throwing away the waste I thought I would use it on the bottom border (waste not want not), Doo Hickey Vintage Daisy's and Wild Strawberry Flower, and Martha Stewart Frond Branch Punch are all availabler from Dies to Die For.


Sorry this is a short one but have got a train to catch now.


Jacs xxx

Friday 18 November 2011

Just Magnolia Challenge

Well at last I have been able to create a DT card for Just Magnolia Challenge seems ages since I have participated, this week we are hosted by the lovely Mina who has chosen the Theme of Ribbon, Ribbon and More Ribbon, wow a challenge right up my street, thank you dear xxx.  I am also entering this card for Novembers Challenge on CPL Challenge.


I really enjoyed making this card, lots of my favourite images, dies, and of course ribbons!!!!!   I have used Copics to colour Tilda  and the fabulous Trees, the trees have been covered in Glamour Dust.  The inspiration for the colours I have used on Tilda were inspired by the delicious Magnolia Paper available from Dies to Die For. The Doo Hickey  “Lovely Fence” and Tilda Stamp are also available from Dies to Die For.

The Christmas Tree Stamps are old Magnolia ones, I am not sure if they are still available, but I bring them out every year I love the shape of them and they are a dream to colour.  I bought the Sizzix Snowflake Border Die from Crafts U Love at the NEC this is the first time I have had a chance to use it I distressed the edges of the snowflakes with Iced Spruce Distress Ink from the New Winter Collection of Three inks, (each one of them is an awesome colour these are another must have).


The Ribbon & Flowers I have used are from The Ribbon Girl and the Holly Berrys from Wild Orchid Crafts, I have used one of the stamps from the Lili of the Valley “Grunge “Grunge Post Card Stamp Sheet” on the Tag.


the Copics Used:

Dress & Hat B99, B97, B95, Coo

Ribbon R59, R37, R35, $22

Trees YG99, G94, YG61, G20

Flesh E11, E21, E000

Hair E74, E70, E40

I am off to babysit for Owen this afternoon and will be staying until Sunday Morning, cannot wait to see him, think we will have tea nice and early and sit down together to watch Children in Need this evening, I have got both of us a pair of Pudsey Ears to wear.

Have a lovely Day


Jacqui xxxxxx

Thursday 17 November 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge

Morning Peeps sorry for being AWOL for so long its been PC problems again,   MY PC has now been completely cleared of all previous programmes, files, E-Mails etc, and VISTA has been replaced by Windows 7  so its like a Virgin PC Smile.  Keep your fingers crossed for me that my problems have now been solved.
Of Course the first card on my return has to be a Lili of the Valley Card, today is the start of the new Lili of the Valley Challenge which this week has the theme of A Christmas Card for Someone Special.  I’m afraid my card isn’t very special as whilst my PC was down I also seemed to lose my MOJO, but hope to find it soon.
This sweet image is from the latest Lili of the Valley Release and is called Summer- “Icy Angel”, she has been coloured with Copics and I have added copious amounts of Glamour Dust to her wings and dress.  The two postmark stamps are both from Lili of the Valley Grunge Christmas Post Marks Sheet, I love this set of stamps they are going to be so useful.  The Snowflakes (which have also been covered with Glamour Dust) are all punched with Martha Stewart Snowflake Punches and I have added little Gems to the middle of each.
I have tucked Cheese Cloth Fabric from Wild Orchid Crafts behind the Image and for added impact decided to scatter  matching Gems across the fabric.  The backing Paper is from last years Christmas Release from Magnolia.
I am going off to find my MOJO now, but hopefully will be back tomorrow.
Jacqui xxxx

Thursday 3 November 2011

Lili of the Valley Challenge

Hope this has worked, if you are reading this then all is well Smile

I am on my way to Birmingham as this is being posted,  if you are coming to the NEC don’t forget you can get your hands on the new releases from the Lili of the Valley stand, if not they will be on sale on the website from 10th November.  This weeks Challenge is BRIGHT AND SPARKLY


This really has to be my favourite of all the new Baby Images, as a bonus the sentiment comes with the stamp plate.  The papers are from my stash drawer, I have used A Doo Hickey Tag Die to tuck behind the image.  The Daisy Lace is fom The Ribbon Box and the awesome Silver Mesh Ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.  Although it dosen’t show  there is loads of glamour dust on the image.



Jacqui xxxx

Wednesday 2 November 2011

Final Sneak Peek before the NEC and a Crafters Companion DT Card


Morning all, this will be my final sneak peek post before the NEC, also I have yesterdays DT card for this months Challenge on Crafters Companion Challenge which this month is Let It Snow Let it Snow, Let it Snow.

I will try to schedule more Lili of the Valley Cards whilst I am at the NEC, keep your fingers crossed I do it right, me and Technology do not get on to well.  I hope to see lots of you in Birmingham, it is always such a great place to meet up with friends.


Today my sneak is from the fantastic Mice Collection, I love the meeces they are perfect for men's cards as well as for the girls.  The papers are from Nitwits Collections “Buds and Blossoms”, for once I choose the Paper before colouring the image, I know it is much easier to do this but all my good intentions are forgotten when I see the images I just want to get colouring Smile.

I have used quite a a few Dies on this card ,  The roses are made with a Marianne Designs Die, The leaves are a Doo Hickey Die as is the Border, and of course nesties have been used to cut out and frame the image, the Button is also a die by Die-Namics, all these dies are available from Tracy at Dies to Die For.


Now for my Crafters Companion Card, sorry I am late with this, I had to go out yesterday afternoon and forgot to schedule this one.


This gorgeous SWALK Image from the Winter Cheer Collection is Called Snowman.  I have used Spectrum Noirs to colour the image.  The paper on the base of the Rocker card is from the Winter Cheer Collection CD.  Again I have used a couple of die cuts on this card.  The Christmas Trees which I have distressed around the edge with Broken China Distress Ink, also available from Crafters Companion, and the fence are both Doo Hickey Dies.

I hope you can come and join us for this months Crafters Companion Monthly Challenge, Sara has donated a £30 voucher to spend on the website for one lucky person so it is well worth joining in.



Jacs xxxx

Tuesday 1 November 2011

Never too old for a hug

Hi Peeps, another Lili of the Valley Sneak Peeks for you today, this one is called “Never too Old for a Hug”, don’t forget that you can check out more sneak peeks from the DT by visiting Lili of the Valleys Ideas to Inspire Blog everyday.


The papers used on his card are by Pion and are avaiable from Dies to Die For, the sentiment comes with the stamp.   The latge flower is by Prima and the smaller ones are from Wild Orchid Crafts, as is the lace which I have stapled to the base.


I have woken up with a horrible scratchy throat today, hope it doesn't mean that  I am getting a cold.


Jacs xxx

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