Thursday 26 January 2012

Lilis Little Fairies Challenge


Hi all, its Thursday that mean a new Lilis Little Fairies Challenge this week our Theme is Oh Boy we would like to see a masculine card from you, we have a great prize a $10 voucher to spend on the Nitwits Collections  Website. My fellow DT members have created some stunning cards to get you started so just pop over and join us.




The Backing papers are Bear Boys Too Paper Collection from Nitwits, The Image from Lili of the Valley  is called Little Lorry Bear, he was stamped on to Neenah Classic Crest Card and Spectrum Noirs both from Crafters Companions and outlined for depth with Polychromos Pencils.




The Spectrum Colours used are:


Bear: TN3, TN2, TN1

Blues: TB4, TB3, TB2

Reds: CR11, CR12, CR1,

Truck EB2, EB1

Lights, OR3, OR1, CT3




Jacs xxxx

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Your Fabulous!!


Morning Peeps, well I am all packed, taxi booked for 11am, checked I have got my tickets and of course the Passport, wouldn’t do to leave without that would it.  Going up to Newcastle by Train today,  I will meet up with Sarah Millsop and Leann  and we will fly from there, the flight is at 6am so its a really early morning for us, think I will set the alarm for 3am.  I cannot wait to see my Brother and his family hopefully have a couple of days with them then its work for 4 days, I will be demoing Spectrum Noirs  on the Crafters Companion Stand, cannot believe how lucky I am and so proud that Sara and Leann have given me this opportunity, Thank both of you so much MWAHXXXXXX.  I will take lots of pictures and let you know what is in store for us later this year, I really want to see those Tim Holtzs Distress Ink Markers!!!!!




I saw a delicious card made with this sweet Mo Manning Design Ragged Romeo on my lovely, talented  teamie Mina’s blog (I see she has now used this image as her blog header please go and check) and knew I just had to have it, I must stop visiting her blog I always spend money after going over there. 


I coloured the image up about a week ago but have just not had time to post it until now, so sorry I forgot to make a note of the Copics I used.


Once again I have made one of my favourite Doo Hickey Peony's and made a swirl rose to go in the middle.  The special Day sentiment is from Lili of the Valley.




I have scheduled my Dt card for the new Lilis Little Fairies Challenge  tomorrow, but have not had time to do any more cards, but will try to post CHA Pictures on here during the next week. 


See you in a week



Jacs xxxxxx

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Bright & Cheerful

Morning, I want to share another of the lovely Saturated Canary Digi Images with you today, this little Ragamuffin Girl image is Called Hand Me Down and she just called to be coloured in really bright colours, wow what a change for me but I loved doing it.




These Basic Grey papers were exactly the right match for the colours it is from the Piccadilly Pad available  from Dies to Die for .  The Coral Eyelet Trim Lace is also from Dies to Die for, isn’t it fabulous I just love the colour, this bit of lace was the start of the whole card.  The Flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts.  The Red and Green Card is rom the Co-Ordinations Card range.




I have printed  and coloured the image  on Neenah Classic Crest Card and Spectrum Noirs.


The Spectrum Colours Used are:


Green: (Sleeves) – CG4, CG3, CG1 Socks: LG5 LG1

Reds: CR11, CR10, OR2, OR1

Blues: TB4 TB3, TB2

Hair: Black, IG9, IG7, IG3, IG1

Flesh: TN3, FS9, TN1, FS2, CR2

Sorry its short and sweet have got to get my nails done now


Jacs  xxx

Monday 23 January 2012

The Final Episode

Morning Peeps, well finally its time for the Final Episode of the Princess crown Affair. I am quite sad to have finished this project but have another one in the pipeline.  It seems quite cold here this morning and I have had a bit of a battle with Mum to get her up, I know it it wouldn’t do any harm to leave her in bed, in fact I would like to be tucked up in mine  at the moment,  but that can be the start of a slippery slope.




On this page I have used Lili of the Valley stamp Brithday Fairy she has been coloured with copics here is the link to the colours used, I have used the same pens for every image.  The decorative elements all come as part of the kit.




The next page features the final image in the album, this is Its My Party.




This is the final page and here I have used lots of the elements in the pack.




And here is the finished Album, I must admit I am really pleased with it and its going to be hard to give it away


Thanks for looking and have a good week


Jacs xxx

Sunday 22 January 2012



Happy Sunday to you all, hope you have managed a little lie in this morning.  Yesterday I got down to playing with some new rubba and my Spectrum Noirs, I managed to ink up quite a bit of rubba and today intend to colour and  make them into cards .





let me introduce you to Chillax one of the newest Country Cousins collection from Sugar Nellie, what a fabulous card for a teenager she would make.  She has been stamped on to Neenah Classic Crest Card with Memento Ink and coloured with Spectrum Noirs and Polychromos Pencils (Colours below). 


The papers are from Maja Designs Old Fashion Christmas Collection, The doily (which I have chopped the top off of in this picture) is cut with Cheery Lynn French Pastry Doily Die  both available from Dies to Die For.



The Rose and Foliage is another die cut this one using the Tim Holts Alteration  Die Grunge Pine Cone  from Co-Ordinations card.




I have used a Stempleglede Swirl in the corner of the image to add a bit of interest as it seemed to be a lot of empty white space.  The Spectrum Noirs used to colour the Image are:


Flesh: TN3, FS9, TN1 CR2 (Medium Flesh Pencil)

Hair: TN8, TN7, TN5, TN4, TN2, TN1 (Burnt Sienna Pencil)

Greens:  DG4, DG2 ( Black Pencil)

Beige:  EB2, EB1 ( Nougat Pencil)


Off to play a bit more now have a lovely Day


Jacs xxx

Saturday 21 January 2012

Sweet Saturday

Quick one today I am afraid, the final pages of the Princess Crown have been put on hold for the last couple of days but I hope the final episode will be shown on Monday.  Today I have a card I made earlier in the week for the 1st Sweet Sugar Facebook Challenge which was a lovely colour challenge Green & Blue & White.  The 2nd Challenge will be posted on the Sugar Nellie Page on Facebook this Sunday.


I never think of putting Green and Blue together bit I love how this card has turned out so I will definitely be using the combo again.  I have used this Sweet image from the  new release from Sugar Nellie   it is called The Best Day Ever,  I was not going to buy any new stamps this year until I had used at least half of the new rubba  sitting in my craft room, but being nosey I had to pop over to Funky Kits to check out this new release and somehow 4 or 5 stamps fell in my basket, well it has to be done doesn't it.


I have used Copics and Neenah Classic Crest Card to stamp and colour the image, the Copis used are:

Flesh E11, E21, E000, E0000
Hair: E39, E15, E51
Greens: YG63, YG61, YG11, G40
Blues: B34, B41, B21

Have a lovely weekend
Jacs xxxxx

Friday 20 January 2012

Windmills in My Head

Hi, I have managed to get a card made for this weeks Just Magnolia and Hanglar & stHanglar Challenge and what a great challenge it is this week we are hosted by the fabulous  Iulia, who has chosen Windows and Doors for her Challenge.




I had to search through all my old Magnolias to find the Windmill Stamp, its amazing how  after 4 years collecting how many Magnolias I have and I still love them all.  I am  really impressed with the new Sweet Crazy Love collection and this little darling is called Rose Scent Tilda , I have coloured both images with Copics. 




The fence is cut with the Doo Hickey Lovely Fence Die from Cream Co-ordinations Card which has been distressed around the edges with Tea Dye Distress Ink, the Little Butterflies on the fence are cut from a small scrap of Pion Paper.




I have used Pion Papers, and some more of The Ribbon Girls fabulous Fine Cluny Lace.  The Papers, Dies, Tilda  are all available from Dies to Die For




Colours Used:

Flesh E21. E11, E00. E0000.

Hair, E74, E71, E70, E40

Blues: B34, B41, B21

Pinks: R83, R81, RV000, RV0000

Greys: C3, C1, C00


Thanks for looking today


Jacs xxxx

Thursday 19 January 2012

Lilis Little Fairies–Challenge 3 and some Humphrey Love.

Morning all, hope you are all well I am now getting rather excited about my trip to the US, this time next week I should be up in the air winging my way to California.  As well as going to the CHA I will be visiting my Brother & Sister in Law and my 2 handsome Nephews who live in Irvine which is about 22 km away from Anaheim, it will be the first time I have ever been over to see them, my tummy turns over just thinking about it.

Its the 3rd week of the Lilis Little Fairies Challenge and this week we have a fabulous theme for you LAVENDER AND LACE,  cannot believe how many of you have supported us since we started thank you all so much.


I have used Lili of the Valley stamp Hello Cup Cake for my DT card, whilst I was colouring the image I was getting really frustrated as I couldn’t get my Copics to blend as normal, thought it might have been the damp atmosphere  but once I cut the image out I realised a piece of plain card had got mixed up with my Neenah card, but being a last minute crafter I didn’t have time to re-colour the image, I will check more carefully next time.

Both the backing papers are by Magnolia I have distressed the edges with my Tim Holtzs Distressing Tool and then daubed Adirondack Snowcap Paint Dabber over the paper and metal corners.  Not sure where I got the Watch Charm from I am sure it was at the NEC in the Autumn.  I have made the bow using Fine Cream Vintage Cluny Lace, from The Ribbon Girl 


You can see better here my blending problems with the copics;

Colours Used:
Flesh: E21, E11, E000. E000, R30
Hair: E23
Lavenders: BV02, BV01, BV00, BV000
Greens: YG95, YG93, YG91
Browns: E43, E41, E40

No Princess Crown episode today, but I should have the final 2 pages for you tomorrow.


Another Humphrey Valentines Card from tomorrows Special deal from Crafters Companion on Create and Craft  this lovely image is called Flowers for You, I have used lots of Dies and Punches and the delicious papers are from The Humphrey CD which is part of the special deal.


I am really sorry I sent the card off without taking a note of the Speccies I used.

Have a good day
Jacs xxxx

Wednesday 18 January 2012

Episode 3 and a Bit of Love

Morning Peeps, a bit earlier this morning, Rosie decided that 6 0’clock was quite late enough for me to lie in so decided to wake me by licking my nose, Oh the joys of being a cat owner.
Have to go to Canterbury today, I really hate shopping its such a chore, but I need some Black Trousers and a couple of tops and I also need to go to the Post Office.  Thankfully Lin is picking me up so no need to queue for bus, BTW my Passport has arrived so that's a big relief, that was not such a random comment as it seems, when I had my photo taken for the passport  there were 3 left over so after 5 years I am going to apply for my Senior Citizen Bus Pass, kept putting it off, but it will really save me loads, especially when my Chauffeur (Lin) is unable to take me, going to buy her a nice Green uniform and Peaked cap for her birthday so she looks the part lol.
Today its part 3 of the Princess Crown Affair,  I am so enjoying making this album something completely different for me, todays page features Dandelion Clock from Lili of the Valley.  She has again been coloured with Copics.
Here is the next page
On this page I have used one of Lili of the Valley’s Happy Sentiments and one of the most useful stamp sheets I have in my collection their clear Ribbon & Bows Collection.
Now another card made from The Crafters Companion Valentines collection to be aired on Create and Craft on Friday, this is one of the 3 SWALK stamps in the collection and the Papers are from one of the 2 CDS also included in the deal.   The sentiment is also from the CD.  I have used the Heart to Heart Multi Die from Dies to Die for to make the base card and the filigree heart.  The flowers are all from The Ribbon Girl.
Pinks: PP2, PP1, PL1
Yellows CT1, CT2, GB4
Green: DG4
Flesh: FS9, FS4, FS2, CR1
That's it for today I did make a card for the Sugar Nellie Facebook challenge which I was going to add on here today but I will do it tomorrow now.
See you all tomorrow don’t forget you have until 6pm tonight to enter  Lilis Little Fairies Challenge. The new challenge will be posted tomorrow.
Jacs xxxxx

Tuesday 17 January 2012

A Valentines Sneak and the next episode of the Princess Crown Affair

Happy Tuesday, hope you have a cup of coffee to hand ‘cos this is a bit of a long one. 

This Friday on Create and Craft  Sara from Crafters Companion will be bringing us a Special Valentines Day Offer  - she has  put together 2 kits from existing product lines – each containing 2 CD’s and 3 stamp sets, they are from the SWALK and Humphrey range and have previously been on sale as single stamps.   Keep your eyes open on Facebook and The Crafters Companion News Views and Inspiration Blog for news of a fabulous competition.


Here is a card made with the papers from the Humphrey CD and one of the Stamps from the Valentines collection this Stamp is Best Friends.  I have once again made my Favourite Doo Hickey Peony Die and Swirl Die.


I stamped Best Friends onto Neenah Classic Crest Card with Memento Ink and coloured with Spectrum Noirs here are the Speccie colours used:

Greens: LG5, LG4, LG3, Browns: TN3, TN2, TN1, Blues: TB5, TB8, TB4, Mauves: HB2, HB1, Pinks: CR6, CR4, CR3, Yellow:GB6, Greys: IG1, IG2

Now for the second episode of The Princess Crown Album

Today with have pages 3 & 4 I have taken the book apart to complete these pages and will not put it back together until I have finished.  First we have page 3


I have used Lili of the Valley Never too old for Cupcakes stamp which has been coloured with the same colour Copics as yesterday image.


Now for the fourth page


I have made a little envelope tied with lovely spotted organza ribbon, and have used a Dream Street Rub On on the Scalloped circle used to close the envelope


Another Rub On has been used to add a little message on the inside of the envelope.

Well thats it for today (not quite as long as I thought it would be), be back tomorrow with episode 3 and maybe another sneaky. 


Jacs xxxx

Monday 16 January 2012

An ongoing project


A bit late this morning so better say Afternoon Peeps!!!! instead of Good Morning, as I spoke about the other day I have really had a clear out of my Craft Room, whilst rifling through a box of odds and ends I came across a fantastic Princess Crown Album Kit I bought from The Hobby House at one of the shows last year. It was just what I needed to get my teeth into and I am making it my project for this week.


The Album has 10 pages altogether so will take a bit of time to complete, so far I have painted and matted the pages with Dream Street Papers and add stickles to the edges. I am going to use Lili of the Valley images throughout, I will post updates of the pages as they are complete, Ooh!! my very own serial (East Enders watch out).

So to start, I have used Never to Old for a Hug stamp and coloured with Copics and Pencils, I will keep to the same colour scheme for each image and the copics used are at the end of the post.


The reverse side of the Cover has been made with elements that were included in the Hobby House Kit.


and the facing page (no photo yet) will have another Lili of the Valley image which I have yet to colour on it.

The Copics to be used throughout are:

Flesh: E11, E21. E000, E0000

Hair & Teddy: E53, E51, E50 plus Medium Brown Pencil

Pinks: RV55, RV63, RV000, Rv0000

Greens: YG61, YG11, G40

Have a food day


Jacs xx

Sunday 15 January 2012

Ribbon Girl Challenge

Happy Sunday all  Brrrrrrrrrrr!!!!! winter is here at last its cold up here.  Well I finished the Craft Room yesterday and it looks pristine,  wonder how long that will last, I wouldn’t take a bet that it will be back to its chaotic state by midday.
Today its the start of a new Ribbon Girl Challenge and our theme has been chosen by our lovely Guest Designer Lorriane
colour challenge label 15
The challenge for January is to create a new project (please no backlinking) using the colours of pink and blue and we have two fabulous prizes for one randomly drawn winner.
The lovely girls at Lili Of The Valley are offering a £10 voucher to spend in the LOTV online store ...
... and we have a gorgeous prize of ribbons, lace, trim, flowers and buttons from the Ribbon Girl 
What with everything that has gone on his week I was a bit late sending over my card to Mary and Andrea, I didn’t finish it until yesterday evening but there was an upside to that, it allowed me to use once of my fabulous new Sugar Nellie Images that arrived at Lunch time Yesterday, I am supposed to be on a self imposed diet until the end of January but after seeing these little cuties I just had to have one or two or three or four you know how it goes.
This sweetie is called  Birthday Princess, I have used Neenah Neenah Classic Crest Card & Copics (colours below)  to stamp and colour the image, the Butterfly Backing Paper is by Magnolia, and the LUSH 38mm Pink Silver Striped Organza Ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl
25mm Fine Cluny Lace, Blue Seam Binding  are all from The Ribbon Girl as well 
The Copics used are:
Flesh: E11, E21, E000, E0000
Hair: E25, E17, E52
Pinks: R85, R83, R82, RV00, RV000, RV0000
Blues: B34, B21
Teddy E53, E51, E50
Have a good day
Huggles Jacs xxxxx

Saturday 14 January 2012


Morning Peeps, once again I am stunned by how kind you all are, such lovely messages of support of my decision to stand down from LOTV, but as I said yesterday they will always be in my heart  and just to prove it on todays card  I have used a Lili of the Valley stamp.

lotvinsp 008

Yesterday, I decided to really sort out my craft room, and I do mean sort out, I decided to be ruthless and throw away embellishments that I have had for 4 or 5 years and not used for ages, passed onto to Lin over 100 stamps and lots of papers I have not used stamped up for years, but at 1.30am this morning I had to give in and go to bed, leaving the room in a worst state than it was before I started.

Thank goodness I had this card already made, I have used Lili of the Valley Times to Treasure stamp, the base card was cut with Go Kreate Dies Large Frilly Square Die, The papers are Pion Designs,  the doily popped behind the image was cut with Cheery Lynn English Tea Party Doily Die, both available from Dies to Die For.

lotvinsp 010 

The large Peony was made from the same Pion Design papers using Doo Hickey Peony petals  Die, and the inside was a rose made with a swirl I tore myself, I have used Gold Stickles on the edges and stuck a little pearl in the middle.

lotvinsp 009 

Forgot to make a note of the Copics so sorry.

Have a lovely weekend


Jacs xxxxxx

Friday 13 January 2012

A hard Decision

Hi all, I have made a really hard decision today,  I have stepped down from Lili of the Valley,  most of you will know how hard this decision has been to make, I have been with Lili of the Valley for a long time and I absolutely love their images, as I know you all do, and Lisa and Laila have been like family to me.  I have made so many friends through working for them especially  all you lovely people who visit the stands at the exhibitions your kind words when you have visited will always be with me and I will treasure them.  But I feel as if I have neglected very important things by getting so tied up in crafting, like family and non crafting friends and recent personal experiences have made me realise just how remiss I have been as a Mum.

I will of course  still be posting lots of cards using my beloved images and be the first in line to buy the new releases, and I will still continue to run Lilis Little Fairies Challenge, couldn’t let all you LOTV lovers down now could I

Anyway I am not really in the mood to make or post a card but I will defo be posting one tomorrow.

Lastly I would like to thank Lisa and Laila for all they have done for me and for allowing me to be the first to play with their fantastic products,  I have enjoyed every minute of it.


Jacs xxxx


Wednesday 11 January 2012

An eventful day

Morning Peeps, sorry for my lack of post yesterday (my resolution broken within 10 days not good), as you all know I only have one brain cell which gets me into deep doo-doo sometimes, well I have actually excelled myself, I forgot to re-new my Passport, which I will require at the end of the month.  To ensure I got the Passport back in time for my trip, I had to go to the Passport Office in London to fast track it, and take with me  Old Passport, New Photos and completed form, now unbelievably I managed to gather everything I needed and even reach Global House, Victoria without any mishaps, just one tiny problem my Photos were not good enough, although they had previously been checked at The Post Office, I had a tiny strand of hair over the very corner of my eyelid, so had to have another photo taken, they have a photo booth in the Passport Office, but you have to use 5 £1 coins or a £5 note neither of which I had,  to make it worse if you left the Passport Office to get change you had to make a new appointment which would not be for the same day !!!!!!!!!!!, can you imagine me running around asking all these poor people if they had coins or £5 note in exchange for a £10 note I got so desperate that I even said if they only had £5 they could keep the change.   A lovely security guard came to my rescue so I then went to the booth to get my photo taken, there was a long queue, obviously I was not the only one who's photo didn’t fit, after queuing for about 15 minutes  I got in to the booth sat down and composed my face, No Smile, Look Forward, Hair out of Eyes you know the drill,  you get a face map as to where your eyes must be, would you believe the seat was too low and I couldn’t get my eyes to reach the correct height, the up and down bar on the seat was not working, so I ended up sitting on my handbag and Coat.   After about an hour I finally completed my application and my Passport should be with me in 7 days.

The rest of the day went really well, I had taken my No 3 son James with me to London for company as we were walking down Victoria Street we saw the funniest thing I have seen in ages, a drunken tramp had found a 6ft Christmas Tree from somewhere and had decided to wear it!! his head was right in the middle of the tree, all you could see was a Christmas tree with legs. he obviously couldn’t see and was walking into bollards, walls and traffic lights, you never see people smile in London they are always rushing to get somewhere but this had people smiling and laughing out loud, James took a video which he will be putting on U Tube and a couple of stills I will add one on here as soon as he sends it to me, you really have to see it to appreciate how funny it was. We ended up meeting my No 1 son Matthew from his work at Canary Wharf and went to Carluccis for a fab Italian meal, my suggestion of going Ice Skating on the Canary Wharf Ice rink went down like a lead balloon.

After all this I did not have time to make a card yesterday so I am going to post some more of my DT cards for the new Crafters Companion Strawberry Kisses Stamps and CD Release:




These have all been coloured on Neenah Classic Card with Spectrum Noirs, (sorry I sent the colours off with the cards and forgot to make a note), the papers and sentiments are all from the CD.

Have a good day and I hope I haven’t bored you with my London trip


Jacs xxx


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