Tuesday, 22 August 2017

New LOTV: Merry Messages

Hello lovely people,

I'm back with another DT post to share some more of the fantastic new LOTV stamps that were released yesterday.

This set caught my eye straight away as I just love the chalkboard style design, and I thought they would look lovely on a string of bunting.

I've heat embossed the sentiments in white and then cut them out right up to the line.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I liked the idea so much I thought I'd make a set of four, so I could use all four sentiments!

I kept the same backing paper for all the cards but with slightly different colour schemes for the bunting, and different card sizes, so this one is 12.5cm square.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I kept it monochrome for this one and it's a dinky one too at 8.5 x 11cm.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV


I went all out on this last one and considering the card base is 7 x 18cm, I got a lot of bunting on it!

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I hope I've inspired (tempted?!) you to have a peek at these gorgeous new stamps over at LOTV and do check out all the other beautiful DT samples too.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used;
Merry Messages by LOTV
A Gift for You 12x12" papers by Maja Design
Stitched jumbo fishtail banner STAX by My Favorite Things
Various tiny fishtail dies by My Favorite Things
Cosmic Shimmer white detail embossing powder
Twine from stash

Monday, 21 August 2017

New LOTV: Bauble Greetings

Hello lovely people,

It's not long since the release of the first batch of super cute Christmas images from LOTV and now these are being followed up by some brilliant new sentiment stamps...and they are available from midday today!

I was really excited when I got my hands on these because of the amazing selection of designs in a wide variety of styles and my head was immediately spinning with ideas.

I'm starting with a very simple idea using one of the Bauble Greetings...and I've made it into a bauble of course!

I've used 1mm foam sheet behind the panel at the top and the bauble to add dimension and just a scrap of DP for a pop of colour.

Christmas card using Bauble Greeting by LOTV

The advantage of having these as rubber stamps is that you can use them for lots of different techniques, use different coloured inks, or heat emboss them as I have done here with white powder.

Christmas card using Bauble Greeting by LOTV

Look out for loads more fabulous samples from the rest of the Design Team and I'll be back tomorrow with a set of 4 cards (yep, FOUR!) using another sentiment set :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used;
Bauble Greetings - LOTV
Stitched basic edges - My Favorite Things
Stitched scallop basic edges - My Favorite Things
True white detail embossing powder - Cosmic Shimmer
DP, twine and Kraft card from stash

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pearly heart wedding card

Hello lovely people,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and are up to something nice :-)

I certainly am...a weekend of crafting but also a curry out with lovely friends last night - yummy!

Today I have a card to showcase a few products from The Ribbon Girl and they have so many pretty things that are just perfect for making wedding cards.

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

I've used a gorgeous chipboard heart as the focal point, which I painted with white acrylic paint and then I added a few pearls randomly on top.

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

I have to tell you that the ribbon I used is absolutely beautiful but I just could not cut the ends without them fraying, and even my usual trick of putting a tiny line of glue on the ends was to no avail...hence why my 'bow' has no tails on it - lol!
I actually think I prefer it this way...honest!

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the product links at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


Friday, 11 August 2017

We wish you a Merry Christmas...

Hello lovely people,

I very much enjoyed having Thursday off this week as well as my usual Wednesday for some extra crafting time.  I'm back in work just for Friday and then it's the weekend...and more time to craft - yay!

I have sooooo much I want/need to do right now; sound familiar?!

I'm surprising myself by really enjoying making Christmas cards (very early for me!) so I thought I'd stick with that for my Dies to Die For DT card this week!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

This is a lovely Tiddly Inks rubber stamp that is fairly new in at Dies to Die For and I couldn't resist that pair of sweet little faces!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

I think this might be the quickest some new craft stash has made it onto my card as the foliage and speech bubble dies landed on my doormat on Thursday morning and were used on this card by the afternoon!

Well, they are rather fab...am I tempting anyone?!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend whatever your plans may be :-)

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11, 04 & R20 for blush
Hair: Y21, YR23, E35
Reindeer: E31, E55, E35
Antlers: E40, E41, E42
Dress / hat: R46, R39, R89
Holly leaves / collars: G24, G28
Bells: Y23, Y35, Y17
Boots: W5, W7, W9 & 100 on soles
Fluffy bits: W00, W0, W1, W2
Ground: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Christmas wishes stamp set - Tiddly Inks
Inside and out stitched square STAX - My Favorite Things
Fab foliage - My Favorite Things
Essential speech bubbles - My Favorite Things
Sentiment from Caroling Chicks - Stamping Bella

Other ingredients;
So this is Christmas 6x6 paper pad - Carta Bella
flowers, twine - from stash

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Patchwork sewing hoop

Hello lovely people,

I hope everyone's week is going well so far...and hasn't been too wet!  You'd never guess it was August would you?!

I'm looking forward to a couple of days off with plenty of crafting planned :-)

Today I have one of my embroidery hoops to share with you.

I wanted to make a decorative item for my sister-in-law's birthday and since she makes pretty things with felt and fabric, I made this sewing-themed design for her to hang in her creative space.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

The image is from a brilliant cross-stitch themed stamp set and I printed the text on my computer.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

I thought it would be really cute to create a patchwork background using tiny hexagons die cut from several different papers and my new Pion papers were perfect for this with the cute ditsy patterns.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

The fab dies and stamps I've used are from Dies to Die For and you can click on the links or just pop over to the shop for a little browse around...you never know what might take your fancy - lol!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


Copic colours;
Pink flowers: RV32, R83, RV34
Blue flower: B41, B23
Leaves: YG25, YG17

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Hand Stitched stamp set - Neat and Tangled
Circle STAX 1 - My Favorite Things
Circle STAX 2 - My Favorite Things
Inside and out stitched circle STAX - My Favorite Things
Stitched hexagon STAX - My Favorite Things


Other ingredients;
Patchwork of Life and Dearest Sofia 12 x 12" papers - Pion Design
Flowers, buttons, pins, cotton reel - from stash

Friday, 4 August 2017

Party hippo

Hello lovely people,

I have a Dies to Die For DT card for you today and I finally had a little play with the uber cute MFT Happy Hippos...

...and my new balloon shaker dies/pouches...

...and a fab new sentiment!

To be fair, I do have a LOT of new things to play with so I've gotta squeeze as many in as possible - lol!

Party balloon shaker card using Happy Hippos by My Favorite Things

This hippo looks all set to party I think with his cute party hat and that lovely big balloon!

I filled the balloon shaker pouch with die cut twirly things (technical term!) and sequins, then sealed the back with coloured card that I had stamped the sentiment onto.

In case anyone is wondering, I used the 2 larger dies from the MFT Blueprints 29 set, taped together with an even gap in between, to create the frame.

Party balloon shaker card using Happy Hippos by My Favorite Things

I'm off to my parents for the weekend but will of course be taking my colouring with me;-)

I hope you all have something nice lined up for the weekend...even if it is raining...AGAIN!

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Hippo: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4
Toenails: R00, R01
Hat: B000, B00, BG01

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Happy hippos stamp set - My Favorite Things
Happy hippos die-namics - My Favorite Things
Sweet Celebration 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things
Balloon shaker window & frame - My Favorite Things
Balloon shaker pouches - My Favorite Things
Handwritten happiness stamp set -My Favorite Things
Blueprints 29 - My Favorite Things

Other ingredients;
Lucy's sparkly shaker selection sequins (lagoon and carnation)
Silver sequins, silver twine, plain coloured card - from stash

Monday, 31 July 2017

Sweet dreams Edna

Hello lovely people,

Wow, that's another weekend that whizzed by!

We had a friend of Dr. Hubby's visiting and I thought I might get some crafting done while they did 'boy' things and I did a little bit, but I also got sucked into joining them for multiplayer games on the PlayStation 4 quite a lot instead, which was loads of fun :-)

The Ribbon Girl DT are taking a little break from challenges over the Summer but there's a lovely giveaway over on The Ribbon Girl blog at the moment, with this selection of beautiful blue goodies...


Completely coincidentally, I have chosen blue for the card I am sharing today, using some lovely products from The Ribbon Girl of course!

I was especially excited to use my new Denim & Friends paper pad from Maja Design...oooooh, this pad is so packed full of gorgeous patterns and colours :-)

Blue floral vintage style card using Edna's cup of tea by Stamping Bella

I seem to be having a bit of a love affair with Stamping Bella images at the moment, whether brand new images or slightly older ones like this one.

I hope Edna is having sweet dreams...she does look like it to me :-)

Blue floral vintage style card using Edna's cup of tea by Stamping Bella

I die cut 4 separate borders to create the frame effect around the image and broke out the Frantage to add to the vintage feel....shhhhh, the Frantage *may* also be covering a few unwanted spots of Copic ink from when I opened a particularly juicy pen right over the image...but you didn't hear it from me, right?!

Blue floral vintage style card using Edna's cup of tea by Stamping Bella

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair: E53, E57, E59
Flowers / feather boa: B91, B93, B97
Leaves: YG61, G82, G94
Wings: RV000, RV000, RV10
Teacup: C00, B60, C3
Tag: RV10, RV11, RV34
Ground: W00, W0, W1, W2

Lovely things I've used from The Ribbon Girl;
Denim & Friends 6x6 paper pad - Maja Design
15mm navy blue No.13 Berisford satin ribbon
White cherry blossom
Pale pink carnation
15mm pale pink aster
Miniature white blossoms
8mm self adhesive white pearl flowers

Other card ingredients;
Edna's cup of tea - Stamping Bella
Inside & out stitched square STAX - My Favorite Things
Essential sentiments - My Favorite Things
Spring foliage die - Sue Wilson for Creative Expressions
Border die - freebie with magazine
Shabby pink Frantage - Stampendous

Friday, 28 July 2017

Just floating along

Hello lovely people,

Hurrah, it's Friday!!

I have a Dies to Die For DT card to share with you today and I made a start on using my rather large pile of new Stamping Bellas!

I know the weather isn't too sure, but it IS Summer so I've gone all Summery with this one...

Colourful Summer card featuring Frances loves to float rubber stamp by Stamping Bella

I've created a little scene in the aperture and since I don't have any wave border dies (yet!) I decided that hillside borders would do the job instead!

I die cut the clouds from plain white card and added a touch of colour with Copics.

Oooooh, wouldn't you just love to be chilling out like this right now?!

Colourful Summer card featuring Frances loves to float rubber stamp by Stamping Bella

The sentiment is cut out with another of those super useful little MFT Blueprints elements, and I reckon it's one we can all agree with, right?!

Colourful Summer card featuring Frances loves to float rubber stamp by Stamping Bella

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04 & R20
Hair: E53, E35, E59
Swimming costume: R81, R83, R85
Ring: Y15, Y19, YR23 & B00, BG53, BG57
Watermelon: R14, R17 & G19, G28
Clouds: C00, C1

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Tiny Townie Frances loves to float - Stamping Bella
Tiny Townie Frances loves to float 'cut it out' dies - Stamping Bella
Inside and out stitched circle STAX - My Favorite Things
Stitched hillside borders - Lawn Fawn
Blueprints 13 - My Favorite Things
Puffy clouds - Memory Box

Other ingredients;
Cool Summer 6x6 paper pad - Carta Bella
Pink Baker's twine - from stash

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Coffee for Dad

Hello lovely people,

I seem to have been very busy crafting lately as I have a few projects lined up to show you, and today's card is the one I made for my Dad's birthday.

Coffee cup birthday card using MFT coffee cup die

He and I share a love of coffee and since I had just 'acquired' this fab MFT coffee cup die, it seemed it would be rude not to use it!

I thought it would look cute tucked into my new Happy Birthday circle die...and then I realised the lettering exactly matches the lettering in the stitched banner alphabet - perfect!

Coffee cup birthday card using MFT coffee cup die

I used some bean stamps to add detail to the corners of the base layer of DP, and a little coffee steam swirl.  I wanted to use a darker ink than I usually would to ink the edges and stamp the beans so really, I had to use Ground Espresso didn't I?!

Coffee cup birthday card using MFT coffee cup die

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

I hope the week is going well for you all :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Die-namics Coffee cup - My Favorite Things
Die-namics Happy Birthday circle frame - My Favorite Things
Die-namics Stitched banner alphabet - My Favorite Things
Mini remix brewtiful stamp set - The Greeting Farm


Other ingredients;
Joyous 6x6 paper pad - Authentique
Ivory button twine
Ground Espresso Distress Ink

Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Cosy penguin

Hello lovely people,

I'm still all about the brand new LOTV Christmas release, and today I have the final one in my trio of cards using matching papers and detailing.

These gorgeous images are selling like hot cakes and some are already out of stock but can be pre-ordered for when more stock comes in.

Even better, the introductory offers on multibuys of the new stamps (rubber or digi) and Simply Print sheets have been extended until midday on Sunday 30th July so if you haven't already got your hands on them... again, just saying ;-P

Christmas card using Cosy Penguin digital image by Lili of the Valley

I felt like I had a teeny bit more white space around this image than I wanted so I added some little snowflakes with pearl centres.

Christmas card using Cosy Penguin digital image by Lili of the Valley

I got these snowflake dies last year and I just know they are going to be the first ones I reach for to embellish my Christmas cards for many many years as they are just soooo pretty :-)

Christmas card using Cosy Penguin digital image by Lili of the Valley

This is my last LOTV Christmas card for now...but all the other images are so gorgeous that I need to find some time to play with more of them!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair: E41, E43, E47
Aqua bits: BG10, BG11, BG23
Red bits: R24, R27, R46
Fluffy trims: W00, W0, W1, W2
Penguin / boots: W6/W7/W9
Penguin tummy: W00/W0/W1/W2
Penguin feet: YR12/YR14/YR16
Ground: B0000/B000/B00/B01 

Monday, 24 July 2017

Reindeer love

Hello lovely people,

A couple of days ago I shared the first of some DT cards I made for the brand new LOTV Christmas release, and today I have another one for you.

Oh yeah, and they were released today...just saying ;-P

Christmas card using Happy Reindeer digistamp from Lili of the Valley

Isn't this more cuteness than you can shake a carrot at?!

Christmas card using Happy Reindeer digistamp from Lili of the Valley

You'll see that I've kept the same colours, papers and snowflake detailing as the first card but with a different design.

Christmas card using Happy Reindeer digistamp from Lili of the Valley

It's a shame it's Monday again, but I hope you all had a good weekend.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Copic colours;
Skin: E000, E00, E21, E11, E04
Hair: E41, E43, E47
Aqua bits: BG10, BG11, BG23
Red bits: R24, R27, R46
Fluffy trims: W00, W0, W1, W2
Reindeer: E41, E43, E47
Antlers: E40, E41, E42
Reindeer ears: R000, R01, R30
Carrots: YR12, YR14, YR16
Carrot tops: YG17, G07 Ground: B0000, B000, B00, B01

Friday, 21 July 2017

Wedding squidgies

Hello lovely people,

I'm enjoying a few days off work and trying to squeeze in as much crafting as I can, but I guess I have to do some chores too - lol! 

Today I have a Dies to Die For DT card to share with you.

Wedding card featuring Love Story Squidgies by Stamping Bella

I coloured this image whilst on holiday in Cornwall in June so thought it was about time it made it onto a card.  I added pink details to the image because I knew I wouldn't have a hard time finding some pink papers in my stash to use with it - lol!

Wedding card featuring Love Story Squidgies by Stamping Bella

The little tab with the sentiment on is a strip die from a Blueprints set; I always seem to find useful little bits and pieces in these.

The paper pad is probably quite an old one but a new one to me; I have quite a stash of lovely paper pads I picked up at one of the Dies to Die For pop up shops :-)

Wedding card featuring Love Story Squidgies by Stamping Bella

I also have a fairly sizeable pile of new Stamping Bella gorgeousness ready to play with though so can't wait to get stuck into those!

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000/00/21/11/04
Bride's hair: Y21/YR23/E35
Groom's hair: E53/E57/E59
Dress: C3/B60/C0/C00
Veil / shirt: B60/C00
Suit: N5/N6/N7/N8/N10
Shoes: N4/N6/N8/N10
Ground: N0/N1/N2/N3/N4

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Love Story Squidgies - Stamping Bella
More Essential Sentiments - My Favorite Things
Stitched square scallop frames - My Favorite Things
Blueprints 13 - My Favorite Things


Other ingredients;
Be Mine 6x6 paper pad - Echo Park
Baker's twine - from stash

Thursday, 20 July 2017

A gift for you

Hello lovely people,

It's the most wonderful time of the year...oh yes, I'm talking Christmas!

I am not known for starting my Christmas cards this early in the year but it is time for the first of the LOTV Christmas releases (on Monday 24th...put in it your diary!) so I have been making DT cards to share some of the gorgeous new images with you.

Here's the first one...

Christmas card using 'A little gift' by Lili of the Valley

I love this sweet little girl and her penguin friend, and of course, I couldn't resist adding a little sparkle and some pearls for that essential Christmas bling!

Christmas card using 'A little gift' by Lili of the Valley

I do love this colour combo for Christmas cards as it feels so bold and fresh...and my red and aqua Copics are some of my faves to colour with :-)

Christmas card using 'A little gift' by Lili of the Valley

I'll warn you now that I was on a bit of a roll when I made this card, so I have two more coming up with other images, using the same colours!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,




Copic colours;
Skin: E000/E00/E21/E11/E04
Hair: E41/E43/E47
Aqua bits: BG10/BG11/BG23
Red bits: R24/R27/R46
Fluffy trims: W00/W0/W1/W2
Penguin: W6/W7/W9
Penguin tummy / scarf / tights: W00/W0/W1/W2
Penguin feet: YR12/YR14/YR16
Ground: B0000/B000/B00/B01