Tuesday, 17 November 2009

No Computer!!!

Just a quick post to let you all know that I won't be able to blog for a while. I don't know for how long as my computer DIED this morning and I don't know if and when it can be fixed. I'm using DIL's to write this post.

As far as the LOTV Blog-Hop is concerned I will have to close my part of it and pick my winner now (by Random.org) instead of later on this evening. I will let Marcea know who it is and she will contact them on my behalf. Thank you all for your lovely comments and for taking part in the blog-hop, good luck to you all.

I shall miss you all but will be back when the computer has been sorted. Bye for now.

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

Lili Of The Valley BLOG-HOP

Lili Of The Valley are releasing their new stamps online TODAY!....WOOOOHOOOO!!!
As a celebration, we are having a little blog-hop...
There are lots of prizes to be won along the way, and you will LOVE visiting all the DT blogs, and seeing all their gorgeous creations....

You should have got here from Marcea's Blog, if not, then please start the Blog Hop from the Lili Of The Valley Challenge Blog and follow the DT's links in order so that you can collect each of the letters they give you.

For a chance to win the BIG prize of 6 of the new images of your choice, you need to collect and make a note of all the letters. Re-arranged they will make up a word/words. Keep this in a safe place as if your comment is drawn (by Random.Org) on the LOTV Challenge Blog we will ask you for the answer by email, if correct then you will be the winner! The Blog-Hop ends Wednesday 18th November.


So what do you need to do?
Remember every DT member also has a prize of a stamp of your choice from the new release. All you have to do for a chance to win the stamp is to leave me a comment and tell me what your favourite LOTV stamp is and link the Blog-Hop on your blog.

For my card I have used one of the gorgeous new Fairies stamps. This one is called 'On Tiptoe'. I have coloured her with a combination of pencils, chalk and Sakura Stardust pens. The papers are from My Mind's Eye and I have used some of them to punch out the flowers. The greeting is from LOTV and the gems and ribbon are from my stash.
Risa will tell you where you need to go next.... Before you go, the letter I have for you is 'M'
What are you waiting for?...go and see Risa!!!!


Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Thistledown & Wild Roses Sneak Peek


Lili Of The Valley DT (40) - 3 Papers/2 Stamps/1 Embellishment

Pollycraft (27) - Sketch

Simon Says (29) - Give Thanks

I have used one of the new 'Fairie' stamps from the Lili Of The Valley November release, isn't she gorgeous? This one is called 'Thistledown and Wild Roses' and the stamps will be launched at the NEC, Birmingham 5th-6th November and available to buy online from 11th November.

I have coloured the image with pencils and outlined her wings with a clear Sakura Stardust pen (doesn't show up in picture sadly) before stamping a sentiment onto the image. The ribbon is also glittery.

Card Recipe

Stamps - LOTV

Papers - Papermania

Flowers/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Image Folder


Cupcake Craft (64) - Sketch
Creative Card Crew (35) - Ribbons & Gems
Crafty Creations (40) - Pull-Out

If you look carefully at the front of this one you might just make out the three strips of corresponding paper going across the card (they have butterflies on). I think maybe I should of backed them with card so that they showed up a bit more. It was only when I finished that I realised they weren't very clear. The image has been coloured with my pencils as usual. I am hoping that Crafty Creations will accept it for their challenge as you 'pull-out' the images inside, fingers crossed!

Card Recipe

Stamps - Sugar Nellie/Personal Impressions
Papers - Joni Gray
Flowers/Brads/Ribbon - Stash

Thanks for looking.

Monday, 2 November 2009

AWOL and a few challenges at last!

You might have noticed that I have been a bad blogger for the past week. Apologies all round but here come the excuses... First, I have not been well the last couple of weeks and that left me totally drained and stressed. Consequently, although I have just had a week off work all I have wanted to do was to relax and watch the dreaded telly :-( Secondly, my blinkin mojo got up and walked out!!! Every time I went to craft I got up after about 5 minutes because there was nothing there :-(

THE GOOD NEWS IS - I attended our local craft show at Ringwood yesterday, bought some new goodies, and hopefully that will make my mojo return home where it belongs lol :-)

Meantime, I shall enter a couple of older cards that I have not shown before into a few challenges. There is one quick new one as well so here they are -


Crafty Creations (39) - Thanksgiving/Gratitude

Daring Cardmakers - Getting Punchy With It (Latest Punch Purchase)

This is the new card I quickly made for a friend to thank her for all the help she kindly gave me yesterday. I covered the base card with paper and put a panel of another paper down the left hand side. I then used my new MS punch (bought yesterday) to cut another panel (pearl paper) for the bottom of the card. The digi stamp image is coloured with pencils and layered using Nesties. The sentiment is stamped from a new set of stamps, also bought yesterday, and similarly layered. The flowers are made up using another new MS punch (Cornflower) and a Prima Got flower that has been sprayed with Glimmer Mist, although you can't see the subtle pearl effect in the picture.

Card Recipe

Digi Stamp - Graphic Garden

Sentiment Stamp - Woodware

Papers - Making Cards Magazine

Flowers/Brads - Stash


Paperplay (40) - Parlez Vous (Another Language)

This is a card I made earlier this year to celebrate Chinese New Year. The colours red and gold symbolize good luck and this year it is the year of the Ox. The main image is a chrysanthemum which I simply stamped and embossed. The words 'Kung Hei Fat Choy' is what Chinese people say when they greet each other at New Year and means 'Congratulations And Be Prosperous'.


Charisma Cardz (43) - No Backing Paper

The Pink Elephant (39) - Brown/Yellow/Neutral/Own Choice (Green)

This is another card I made earlier this year and have never shown. Although the colour yellow is not very significant you will see that the flower on her hat is indeed yellow. The main image has been stamped and coloured with pencils as usual and layered onto brown and green card. The neutral backing is parch marque card. The sentiment has simply been stamped onto the backing card and peel-off borders to finish it off.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Personal Impressions

Card/Peel-Offs - Stash


Stamp With Fun (31) - A Card With A Scene

Last but not least, another one I made earlier this year but didn't show. OK so I know I didn't 'make up' the scene with different stamps, but, it's still a scene so I think it should be alright for the challenge :-) This time I coloured the image with pencils but then applied water for a watercoloured look. The background is glossy photo paper which I applied alchohol ink to (the best bit I've ever done ha!ha!). I used bubble stickers to finish it off. Again, a simple card.

Card Recipe

Stamps - Penny Black/See D's

Bubble Stickers - Stash

That's all for now so thanks for looking.