Wednesday, November 19, 2014

LOTV Blog Hop ...

We're having a super Blog Hop today on all the LOTV blogs to celebrate a new release of stamps and paper pads (in the shop on Saturday 22nd November and online 24th November).  There will be  prizes of a full set of the stamps and a set of the new paper pads too so get hopping!!

I used:
You're A Star stamp coloured with Copics
Pastel Dreams paper pad
Faux Diamante trim, satin ribbon, star diamante buckle slide and stickles from The Ribbon Girl
MFT scallop dies

Join in by visiting each blog on the list leaving a comment as you go, the winners will be announced on Friday evening
Andrea - that's me!!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A girlie birthday card ...

A girlie birthday card with a pop out centre for today's challenge over at Papertake Weekly - you must check out the fabulous girlie cards by the design team - well worth a visit!

I used the new 'Snow Princess' papers from Lili of the Valley and the numbers in the center were cut from sparkly glitter card

I added some 16mm orchid satin ribbon, a 15mm clear diamante embellishment, shiny lilac twine with a couple of crystal beads tied on the ends

My flower arrangement includes WOC lilac roses, a purple rose from the Deep Purple floribunda rose pack, purple/white beaded berries, a lilac beaded twirl and a gorgeous lilac 'Princess' pin

Ribbon, flowers, diamante, shiny twine, Princess pin all from

I hope you will be able to join us over at Papertake Weekly - we would love to see your projects! and there is a nice prize of a £10 voucher towards a shopping spree at The Ribbon Girl - just in time for Christmas :-)

Andrea xx

Sunday, November 16, 2014

LOTV Sneak Peek ...

I'm back with another sneak peek of the new LOTV stamps, they'll be released next weekend!!

I used:
Baby Rabbit stamp - coming soon to LOTV!
Country Meadow paper pad (LOTV)
Lace, ribbon, pearl trim, 10mm roses, pins (tinted with Copics) from The Ribbon Girl
Tonic scalloped dies and La La Land banner die

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

LOTV Sneak Peeks ...

Today I'm sharing a sneak peek of one of the new stamps from LOTV, they're being released on the website and at the Christmas Open Day on November 22nd

I have been really drawn to rosettes and badges recently - isn't Pinterest a marvelous invention for inspiring creativity and wasting several hours of the day!!

I used the new stamp 'Baby Balloon' and it is perfect for new baby cards and birthday cards and could be for a boy or girl - I love versatile images :)

I used:
Baby Balloon rubber stamp and Candles and Cake paper from Lili Of The Valley
Spotted Grosgrain, my favourite red and white Saddlestitch, Gingham and Pencil stripe ribbons, tiny ricrac, top stitch thread and Glossy Accents all from The Ribbon Girl
Lawn Fawn word die, Spellbinders circle dies and a Hobbycraft star punch for the sparkly silver paper 

Sunday, November 09, 2014

Ribbon Girl Challenge ...

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas .... well at least it is over at The Ribbon Girl blog because the challenge this week is a Christmas card Lovely Lili Challenge. There are two lovely prizes from LOTV and The Ribbon Girl

I used:
Saddlestitch ribbon
Stardust Stickles
Red princess pin - coming soon to The Ribbon Girl
LOTV Artpad image (#15 Furry Christmas)

These Princess pins are gorgeous - can't wait to get some more from the Ribbon Girl, they'll have them in stock later in the week

Before I go, just a reminder of the next open day at LOTV

Sunday, November 02, 2014

Card Challenge at The Ribbon Girl ...

It's a Christmas Card challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog with two fabulous prizes from The Ribbon Girl and Lili Of The Valley

I used:
Red and white saddlestitch ribbon
Red and white gingham ribbon
Silver glitter velvet
Silver Glacier ribbon
Diamante angel hanging charm
A crystal trinket pin
Stardust stickles

Image from a LOTV Artpad (#15 Furry Christmas)

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Howdy Cowgirl! ...

I love this little cowgirl stamp from Lili Of The Valley

I've used her to make a rosette style hanging and matched the stamp up with lovely papers from LOTV and embellishments from The Ribbon Girl

I used:
'Lasso' stamp coloured with Inktense Pencils (LOTV)
Pressed In Time papers (LOTV)
Faux Hessian (Ribbon Girl)
Cream satin ribbon (Ribbon Girl)
Button, Hemp twine and pearl beads (Ribbon Girl)
Star pins (Ribbon Girl)
Basic Grey alphabet stickers

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Glad Tidings ...

I made this card using one of the more traditional artpad images from Lili Of The Valley

I used:
Image - Artpad # 34 Christmas Eve
Sentiment - set#75 Christmas Wishes
Embellishments - honey gold satin ribbon, tiny gold liberty bell, gold poinsettia flower all from The Ribbon Girl

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Cowboy Cards ...

I made these cards using the FQB Lil' Tumbleweeds Collection from Nitwit Collections - it is such a cute collection and perfect for little boys cards and parties

FQB - Lil' Tumbleweeds Collection

Sunday, October 12, 2014

Ribbon Girl Lovely Lili Challenge ...

The Lovely Lili challenge at The Ribbon Girl blog is to add LACE - my favourite :)

I've chosen to make a baby girl gift box / keepsake box. It's just waiting to find out the name of the new born so that I can personalise it

I used:
Image - Artpad #12 Toddlers from LOTV
Papers - Country Meadow and Always & Forever Solids from LOTV

Embellishments - Veronica Lace, pink faux silk, 6mm white flatback pearl trim, White Opal Liquid Pearls, 11mm flatback pearls (for the feet on the bottom of the box) all from The Ribbon Girl

Sunday, October 05, 2014

A Little Bit Spooky ...

I made some Treat/Gift bags for Halloween using the latest kit from Nitwit Collections - FQB Fly By Night and some ribbons and charms from Ribbon Girl

Glitz and Dazzle at The Ribbon Girl

The new card challenge at The Ribbon Girl blog is Glitz and Dazzle. Lots of sparkly loveliness on this mornings card and of course the chance to win 

I used:
Image - Artpad #15 (Furry Christmas) from LOTV
Sentiment -  Christmas Wishes Set 75 from LOTV
6 row faux diamante trim
Silver lame ribbon

Saturday, September 27, 2014

Pastels at The Ribbon Girl ...

The colour challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog this week is PASTELS. You've still got time to enter. My card is pink and cream and I used the beautiful new papers from Nitwit Collections.

I used:
Papers from the FQB Dress Shoppe Collection from Nitwit Collection
Papertrey Ink number dies, Magnolia star die and Spellbinders scallop circle die

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Lili of The Valley Blog Hop ...

Hello and welcome to the Lili Of The Valley blog hop. It's my first hop as part of the Design Team and I'm excited to share my card I've made using one of the new stamps

I used:
'Saddle Up' stamp and papers from Pressed in Time paper pad from LOTV
38mm faux hessian, star charm, pearl trim and hemp twine from Ribbon Girl
Lawn Fawn alphabet stamps

This stamp and the rest of the new release (6 brand new images) will be available in the shop on Saturday 20th September at the Open Day and then from the website on Monday 22nd

To join in with the hop and be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes (there are two full sets of the new images available) simply hop around everyone's blogs leaving a comment. Continue hopping to Anne's blog or go back to the start at the Ideas to Inspire blog

Ideas to Inspire
Andrea (that's me!)

The winners will be announced on Friday evening, Good Luck xx

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Lovely Lili challenge ...

Today's challenge over at the Ribbon Girl blog is our regular Lovely Lili Challenge - lots of lovely Lili Of The Valley products on show over there today.  I used one of my favourite Artpad images for my card

I used:
Image from Art Pad 9 - Party and Cake LOTV
Paper from Always and Forever 8x8 paper pad LOTV
Gemma and Clementine lace, dusky pink satin ribbon, 10mm rose and Stardust Stickles all from The Ribbon Girl

Monday, September 08, 2014

How to make the owl ...

Lots of people have asked how I made my owl so .......

Print the template image on an A4 piece of paper - it's upside down because I scanned it upside down and I can't work out how to turn it round :)

Cut the body shapes and wings from stiff card or several layers of thinner card glued together. Cover each of the body shapes and both sides of the wings with patterned paper. I used a different pattern for each pattern piece. Cut out two tummies and four eyes, ink the edges of everything with walnut distress ink and use a fine pen to draw faux stitching around the edges. Sandwich the wings between the body pieces and glue together. Adhere the tummy pieces and circles for the eyes and glue two black buttons on each side. Punch a hole at the top and thread through twine tied with rusty jingle bells. Cover wooden festive shaops with paper scraps and add tot he lengths of twine

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Exciting News!!!!!!

Hello, I have some very special and exciting news to share today ........................ Lili Of The Valley invited me to join their Design Team!!!! You would not believe how quickly I replied to their email and I've been sitting on this news for a few weeks because they asked me just before I was due to go on my holidays. 

So today I am sharing two projects, the first is also my card challenge project for The Ribbon Girl blog which is to add ribbon and uses one of the upcoming stamp release images from LOTV - my first sneak peak as a DT member :o)

For this card I coloured 'Halloween' with my Copics and I used papers from 'Snow Princess' 8x8 paper pad
I added Mauve Mist and Persian Lilac seambinding and Lavender openweave ribbon and a spider charm from Ribbon Girl

My second project is hanging in the Lili Of The Valley shop and it's made using all the patterns from the 8x8 paper pad Woodland Wishes

I used:
Woodland Wishes paper pad
Black buttons
Natural button twine
Christmas tree wooden shape

Monday, September 01, 2014

You Make My Heart Leap ...

I absolutely love this digital kit from Nitwit Collections. The papers and characters are gorgeous and the colours have *just* the right green and blue. 

FQB - On Nitwit Pond Collection

These are what I made using it, plus my can't live without Liquid Pearls and Stickles!

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Ribbon Girl Magnolia Challenge ...

It's a new challenge over at The Ribbon Girl blog and this week it's a Magnolia challenge (sponsored by Magnolia and Ribbon Girl)

I used: gingham ribbon, rolled rose flower, polka dot dress charm, crystal trinket pin, ivory heart pin and Alice guipure lace all from The Ribbon Girl
Promises paper pad from Lili Of The Valley

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Birthday Cards ...

I'm back from my holidays with two cards to share that I made just before I went away ...

I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 9 - Party and Cake
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Country Meadow 
Embellishments from The Ribbon GirlBroderie Anglaise lace, pink satin ribbon, pink heart pin, crystal trinket pin (coloured with a Copic!), stardust Stickles and a pink flatback gemstone

I used:
Image from LOTV Art Pad 7 - Just for Girls
Paper from LOTV Paper Pad - Bonnets and Bowties and Promises (solids)
Embellishments from The Ribbon Girl - 'Michele' guipure lace, orchid satin ribbon, shiny silver heart charm, silver twine, crystal trinket pins (one of the coloured with a Copic marker)

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Last LOTV sneak peeks ...

These are the last few Christmas projects that I made last week when Anne and Dawny came to stay for the weekend. We had such a lovely time and have all said that we should do it again soon :)

For this card I used the Santa from LOTV Artpad #32
Silver glitter mesh, snowflake charm and jingly jingle bell from The Ribbon Girl
Martha Stewart border punch and lots of silver cardstock
I also created my own glitter paper by covering the paper with a glue pad and sprinkling Glamour Dust glitter all over it - in real life it is stunning! Anyone going to the LOTV shop can pick up the Glamour Dust from them as they have it in the shop but it isn't on the website

My second project is a gift box using one of the images from Artpad #33 Christmas Cuties - I just love these snowmen!

I used:
LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
White pompom trim, stickles and pink adhesive flat back gems from The Ribbon Girl
Papertrey holly leaves die and silver glitter card

My final project was made using the scraps of paper from all the other projects that were piled up on the crafting table and the new wooden shapes from the Ribbon Girl

I used:
Papers from LOTV paper pads - Up,Up & Away and Pastel Dreams
Wooden stars, Pale aqua medium pom pom trim, 5mm gingham ribbon, silver twine and shiny heart charms all from The Ribbon Girl