Friday, 31 January 2014

Happy New Year & A Little Candy Giveaway!!

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Morning.. Happy New Year everyone... Sorry I don't have a card for you today but instead I have a little candy to give away...

All you have to do is be a follower and then enter your name in the linky below.  It would be nice if you can share on your blog and facebook too but this is not a requirement to win! I'll leave this open until

31st January 2014

It gives plenty of time to enter!!

Plus, if I get to 500 Followers then I'll add a second prize of a £10 voucher for Lili Of The Valley!!

Update 11/01/2014 - WOW.... thanks so much to all my new followers!!  I've hit 500 now but keep going and I might add another little prize...

I'll be back tomorrow with a card but in the mean time that's all from me for today!! See you Soon

21 Today!! Plus last day to enter Candy!!!

Morning...  Just posting a quick reminder on my January Candy and thought I would show you a little card I made for a commission whilst I was at it!!

I also wanted to thank you for all your kind comments and emails this last week... It was difficult to share what is going on in my life but I wanted you all to know why I may not be around much.  I tried a little crafting last night but still struggling...

I will be back tomorrow with a special card for a special day at Less Is More....

Thanks for everything....

Tuesday, 28 January 2014

Hey, How Are You?

Hey Strangers... I thought I would say hello today and explain a little about what is going on at the moment... I don't normally put things like this on here but here goes....

Last year I my life got turned upside down when my partner decided to want to be with his family more... In January my heart finally broke and after 4 years of ups and downs he has moved back permanently and I'm not really dealing with it at all... Devastated would be the best word I could use. My mojo has run away and I really don't feel like doing anything at all .... I'm taking a break from crafting for a few weeks but may pop around if I can manage to make a little something to show you. Crafting was always my saviour and has got me through a few things over the years so I'm not sure why this is different but sitting in my studio just seems to hurt so much... maybe it's because I'm in on my own I'm really not sure. I'm hoping the start of February feels like a new start for me and I can start to rebuild my life slowly.

To top it all off I'm not sleeping and have lost about 12 lbs in 3 weeks ( I was less than 10 stone at 5'10) so now having blood tests to check nothing else is wrong as a precaution :-(

I do have a little card to show you today as my mum came over Sunday afternoon so I could show her how to watercolour so I managed (and it took about 2 hours) to pull the card below together.... It's so simple but it seemed like hard work and wasn't natural at all.  I just hope that all comes back.. and very soon!

I've used the very cute James with Laptop from LOTV and coloured with my Stampin write markers. The sentiment is from Waltzing Mouse but just seemed so appropriate for this little guy...esp in this digital world lol!

There are still a couple of days left to enter my January Candy HERE and don't forget my up to date FOR SALE page.

Finally can I say thank you to all my blog and crafty friends worldwide for everything the last couple of weeks.. you know who you all are!

Monday, 27 January 2014

Love Sentiments Promotion @ LOTV

Lili Of The Valley have another a promotion this week!!  If you buy any two clear A5 stamps sheets and get the love sentiments set free until Midday UK Friday 31st January or while stocks last!!

So pop on over and take a look...

Remember to check out my up dated for sale page here and there is still a few days left on the candy!!!

Saturday, 25 January 2014

Updated - For Sale Page!!

Sorry not been around but still not crafting at the moment for various reasons.

I just wanted to let you know I've finally got round to updating my for sale page 

There are bits of everything but it includes:

  • Memory Box Dies
  • Sizzix Dies
  • Stampin Up
  • Letraset Aquamarkers
  • Little Claire
  • Kraftin Kimmie
  • Penny Black
  • The Alley Way (TAWS)
  • Inkadinkado
  • Tim Holtz
  • Cheery Lynn

Just email me if you are interested or have any questions

P.S Don't forget there are a couple of days left to enter my January candy...

Monday, 20 January 2014

Crazy Stamp Sale Over At LOTV!!

There is a quick sale over at LOTV for the next 48 hours ... click on the pic to take you this fabulous offer!!!!

Sunday, 19 January 2014

I'm Still Alive!!!

Just thought I would pop in and say I'm still alive... I've got a lot of stuff going on at the moment that has knocked me (and my mojo) for 6...

I'm hoping I will be back soon... there are several half finished cards on my desk once I get myself in some sort of mood I can hopefully finish at least one to show you this week

Thanks for all your support

PS keep going on the candy... Still a few more days to enter!

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Oodles Of Love

Morning... A really quick post from me for today as I have loads to do and it unfortunately does not involve any crafting :-(

My card today uses another of the new James release from Lili Of The Valley out to buy on Monday!! Bet you all can't wait!!

Cute isn't he?
Sorry I have to rush today...  Don't forget about my candy... I'm over 500 followers now so there is an additional prize... but keep going and I might find some more goodies to add!!

Saturday, 11 January 2014

Heart 2 Heart

Morning.. It's one layer card week over at Less Is More and this week the theme is Hearts!

Here are my cards!!

For my first card I have used stamp sets from Clearly Besotted using the Say It In Style set and the older Love Hearts.  Firstly I stamped the heart from the Love Hearts set and then waited for it to dry.  Secondly I stamped the You and Me from the sentiments set in versa mark and the heat embossed in pewter embossing powder.  I really love the effect!!

My second card uses a stamp from the Love You More set from Stampin Up.  It's been embossed in gold embossing powder and then red glitter added to the arrow hearts with red stickles.

Friday, 10 January 2014

Peep!! LOTV Blog Hop

Morning...  thanks for stopping by today for another Lili of the Valley design team blog hop and today we’re celebrating our first launch of 2014.

There are 10 adorable new stamps in the set featuring the hugely popular James the Bear and some more of our newest cute characters; Jack, Patch and Puss!

You know the score... ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card and be in with the chance of winning one of two full sets of 10 of the new designs!!

We will let you know on Monday morning which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs. 

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;

Jen - You're Here!

 Here is my little card using James Peeping.. It must be one of my favourites!

Next stop is Kathy and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there. Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog on Monday morning when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the stamps go on sale
Enjoy the hop everyone, good luck!

PS Don't forget my Candy!!!

Thursday, 9 January 2014

Best Friends

Morning.. I have another sneak peek for you today for the up and coming release from little of the valley...

Sorry I have to be quick today .... Have a great Thursday

Wednesday, 8 January 2014

Special Delivery

Morning... It's an LOTV week for me it seems but this one is an older image from couple of years ago.... I just happened to be in a colouring mood for most of Sunday and this little one happened to make it to an actual card lol!!

Bright colours again from me .. It's becoming a bit of a trademark I think lol!!! Photos again are rubbish but I've already sold this card this week so no chance of a retake :-)

Card Recipe:
Image & Sentiment: Special Delivery LOTV
Rounded Squares Nesties
DP: Stampin Up in Strawberry Slush
Stampin Write Markers

Remember my candy here is still open until the end of the month!!!

That's all from me ... busy day at work ahead

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

James & Butterflies .. LOTV Sneak Peek

See told you I was be back very soon!!!!

How could I resist waiting to show you these fabulous new James The Bear images released next week from Lili Of The Valley!!  They are being released at Midday Monday 13th January 2014 UK time... Bet you can't wait!!

This one is James & Butterflies!!

Card Recipe:
Image: James & Butterflies LOTV
Colouring Medium: Stampin Write Markers
Sentiment: Stampin Up

I'm sorry the photo is really bad... struggling with the lack of natural light at the moment even though I am using daylight bulbs.  Think I may need to look at moving my set up!

Don't forget my Candy here!  Have a great Tuesday

Biggest Friend... Seize The Sketch #11

Morning.. It's time for another challenge at Seize The Sketch and this week it's my turn to host!  We also have a fabulous sponsor - Kraftin Kimmie.

Here is the sketch for this fortnight!

Here is my card using a super cute image from Kraftin Kimmie... This is from the Great Adventures set!

I really hope you can join in this time!

Don't forget that my New Year Candy is still open here!!  I'll also be back with a sneak peek from Lili Of The Valley in just a while.....

Monday, 6 January 2014

Birthday Fairy

Morning.. I have a little card for you today using an older LOTV stamp.. Birthday Fairy... one of many from my stash!

Card Recipe:
Image: Birthday Fairy LOTV
Colouring Medium: Stampin Write Markers
Sentiment: For You from Stampin Up
Petwer Embossing Powder
DP from Stampin Up - Retired

Sorry that's all from me for today... I'll see you tomorrow for a sneak peek of the new Lili Of The Valley release due out next week

Sunday, 5 January 2014

Moving Day!

Morning.. I have a Moving Day card for you today using super bright colours... Our friend Gareth just bought his house not to far away ( previously he lived in crewe) and this one was for him!

Card Recipe:
Image: Moving Day LOTV
Stampin Write Markers
Word Window Punch from SU
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted

I'm going to try and attempt a full day of crafting today.. Let's see how much I get done.  Don't forget my New Year Candy if you have not entered.  It can be found here!!

Hope you have a great Sunday and fingers crossed I will see you tomorrow!!

Saturday, 4 January 2014

Winter Blues

Morning LIMettes... Firstly I'd like to wish you all a Happy New Year and apologise for my lack of visiting you all.  The holiday period was far more hectic than I ever imagined and I didn't really get much time for crafting of any sort.

It's a new month at Less Is More which also means we have a New Sponsor and I am delighted to say that my lovely friend and fellow LIMette, Lizy, is Sponsoring us this month.  The Prize is a £15 Gift Voucher to spend on Stampin Up.

Anyhow, onto this weeks challenge... It's a colour challenge and we have chosen

Winter Blues
Here are my cards...

For the first card I coloured some Embossing Paste with Chipped Sapphire Embossing Paste. I also used a piece of card with the same colour blended to cut out the sentiment.

I simply stamped a bit of ink onto my mat and then mixed in some White Matte Embossing Paste from Dreamweaver.

I then mixed it together a bit.  I did try for a slightly marbled effect but the more you work it the more it mixes.

Any that was left I put into a little bag.  Fingers crossed I can use it again, although I'll know to do a lot less next time

Card Recipe:
Mask: Simon Says Stamp
Baby Die: Simon Says Stamp
Chipped Sapphire Distress Ink Pad

For this card I simply layered banners following the sketch at Freshly Made Sketches. So glad I didn't miss this one as love it!!

Freshly Made Sketches: #117

Card Recipe:
DPs & Paper: Stampin Up In Baja Breeze (Retired Colour)
Sentiment: Clearly Besotted

That's all from me today.. I'll catch up with you tomorrow as it's off to the gym, getting the car cleaned and then a crafty evening with Lizy.

Friday, 3 January 2014

Something A Little Different!

Morning ... Hope you managed to enter the candy yesterday... if not see this post here!

I have something a little different for you today, If you have got your copy of the new Papercraft Inspirations you will see some project using these fabulous papers.  I have used a Freestyle Collage technique for this card and I really love it!

I'm looking forward to catching up on some crafting this weekend and getting ahead ... Hope you have a great Friday