Monday, 31 May 2010

STAMP SET WINNER!

This Candy below is now closed and the winner of a full set of our Brand new Stamps is

No. 14 Sonia

Congratulations Sonia - if you email us your name and postal address to admin@liliofthevalley.co.uk we'll get your set of our 12 brand new stamps sent out to you in the next couple of days.

Thanks so much everyone for entering.

Better go anyway as we're still trying to get our website up and ready for the midnight launch tonight.

Bye for now :)

NEW STAMPS - OUT MIDNIGHT TONIGHT (UK TIME)

I thought you'd like to see the 12 cards that the very talented Jacqui has made for us using our new stamps. I think they are so lovely I couldn't wait until tomorrow to share them with you:


TEA PARTY


GLAMOROUS GARDENING


MIRROR MIRROR


NEW HAT


BIG PRESENT


BY THE RIVER


RUGBY MAD


SAILING BOAT


BABY CHRISTENING


BABY BLANKET


LITTLE NURSE


GET WELL BUNNY

Just to remind you - all these stamps are launched at 12 midnight (GMT) tonight. The response we've had to them so far has been phenomenal so if you do want any of them I'd get them sooner rather than later as if they sell out we won't be able to get them back in stock for 2-3 weeks. They are £3.75 each or you can buy the full set as a Multibuy Pack for £40(saving you £5).

NEW STAMP LAUNCH - BLOG CANDY SPECIAL - RUNS UNTIL 31.05.10




TO CELEBRATE THE LAUNCH OF OUR NEW STAMPS ON TUESDAY 1ST JUNE, OUR BLOG CANDY SUNDAY GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK IS A FULL SET OF ALL 12 NEW STAMPS.

THIS CANDY WILL RUN UNTIL 9PM(GMT) MONDAY 31st MAY SO YOU'LL HAVE TO BE QUICK. In case you're wondering, we will immediately announce the winner at 9.05pm - so you'll know whether you've won or not by midnight on Monday night - which is when all our new stamps will go on sale. We've got a lot of stock in - but I'm not sure how long it will last - judging by the number of great comments we've already had about about them!

Entry is the same as usual - just post a link in your side bar back to our candy and leave your details with Mr Linky.

Good Luck to you all.




THE WINNER OF OUR FAIRY CANDY GIVEAWAY LAST WEEK IS no, 145 - LINDA S.L Congratulations Linda - can you please email us at admin@liliofthevalley.co.uk and let us know your postal address and which 2 Fairy stamps you'd like.

Thanks to everyone who entered this Candy giveaway, by the way - it was our busiest on yet - but I'm expecting this weeks to beat even this!

Friday, 28 May 2010

THIS FAIRY CANDY IS NOW CLOSED - FOR THE WINNER SEE BELOW

THE WINNER OF OUR FAIRY CANDY GIVEAWAY LAST WEEK IS no, 145 - LINDA S.L Congratulations Linda - can you please email us at admin@liliofthevalley.co.uk and let us know your postal address and which 2 Fairy stamps you'd like.

Thanks to everyone who entered this Candy giveaway, by the way - it was our busiest on yet - but I'm expecting this weeks to beat even this!



What a beautiful day it's been - so we thought we'd carry on the Summery feel this week and offer you the chance to win any 2 LOTV Fairy Stamps of your choice.

As usual all you need to do to enter is to leave your details with Mr Linky below then please put our Blog Candy banner on your side bar and link it back to here.

TO ANSWER A FEW PEOPLE WHO HAVE ASKED IN OUR COMMENTS - YOU ARE WELCOME TO ENTER FROM ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD - NOT JUST IN THE UK. LAST WEEK'S WINNER WAS DINA FROM LUXEMBOURG!

Good luck!

Wednesday, 26 May 2010

Busy Bears – Dads Retreat

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Hi its Jacqui here just thought I would let you see the card I made last night for Just Cute Bears Challenge using one of the cute Busy Bears Images don’t you think this one would be ideal for Fathers Day, for the full post just pop over to my blog .

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Don’t forget we post the new Lili of the Valley Challenge this Thursday and if you love Lili of the Valley images as much as we do you will not want to miss this weeks challenge, we have sneak peeks of the New releases from the DT and also some  amazing, fabulous and awesome candy donated by Lisa and Laila, so make a note of the date and we look forward to seeing you there.

Hugs Jacqui xx

Monday, 24 May 2010

Another Busy Bear

I thought I would commandeer the blog today and post a card I did for the Just Cute Bears challenge. This little sweetie is called Busy Baking (and that’s just what I spent Sunday doing!)

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Thanks for stopping by,

Sunday, 23 May 2010

THE WINNER - CHOSEN AT RANDOM FOR OUR BUSY BEARS BLOG CANDY IS NO: 251 - DINA

CONGRATULATIONS DINA. IF YOU COULD GET IN TOUCH WITH ME AND GIVE ME DETAILS OF THE 2 BUSY BEARS STAMPS YOU'D LIKE ALONG WITH YOUR ADDRESS - I'LL GET THEM SENT OUT TO YOU. JUST EMAIL ME AT admin@liliofthevalley.co.uk

I'D JUST LIKE TO SAY THANKS TO ALL OF YOU WHO ENTERED AND FOR ALL YOUR LOVELY COMMENTS - WE HAD AN AMAZING RESPONSE FOR OUR VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY SO THANKS AGAIN. WE'VE GOT ANOTHER LOTV BLOG CANDY GIVEAWAY STARTING THIS AFTERNOON - SO DO CHECK IT OUT!

Friday, 21 May 2010

BEV'S BUSY BEARS!

I've been so busy this week re-drawing all our new Christmas images as stamps that I've had no time at all to do the video I promised. I was sitting there this morning thinking - what should I do? I've had no time to do anything I can post at all. Then I was saved - by the postman of all people (he is quite cute actually!) but this time he had a parcel that our lovely Designer Bev had sent us - full of gorgeous Busy Bears cards she has made for us. So I thought I'd let you get your inspiration from them today. I certainly don't think you'll be disappointed! There are 5 in all - 2 Boys - including a Father's Day Card if you're needing some ideas! and 3 Girls - Just perfect for this weather:

Born to Shop:





I Baked a Cake:





Mr Fixit (Easel Card):







Window Box:





Zooming Along:





VIEW BEV'S BLOG

Thursday, 20 May 2010

BLOG CANDY - ANY 2 BUSY BEARS STAMPS OF YOUR CHOICE

PLEASE NOTE THIS POST WILL STAY AT THE TOP UNTIL 21.05.10 - NEW POSTS WILL APPEAR UNDERNEATH



Hurray - managed to get the photo up this morning! Our Blog Candy this week is any 2 of Lili of the Valley Busy Bears stamps. There's 12 in total - 6 Boys and 6 Girls - for a full view of the whole set, do look on our website for more info.

Entry is open until Friday 21st May. All I ask is that you put our Ideas to Inspire Blog Banner on your blog in your side bar with a link back to us - then leave your details with Mr Linky and a winner will be chosen at random next Friday.

Good luck.

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

ALL STAMPS NOW BACK IN STOCK ON WEBSITE

Sorry there's no interesting post today - We've been so busy with all our website orders that I've just not had time! Our free shipping offer has been so popular - we've been getting triple the amount of orders each day that we normally get! It's great fun but our stamp stocks have definitely taken a bit of a beating and we're rushing more stock of everything back in asap.

For any of you who've been on the website to buy but have found the stamps you'd like are out of stock - you'll be pleased to know that they are now all available to buy again. Actual stock is due in in the next few days and all orders will be shipped the minute we receive the out of stock items. Orders may not arrive quite as quickly as usual but we'll be working round the clock to ensure everything you order should be with you in 7 to 10 days.

Hopefully my post will be a bit more exciting tomorrow. I am going to try and film the first of a new set of video tutorials for you. I've had such great feedback from the videos I've made so far I thought I could make one for each stamp we sell to show you how I'd go about colouring it in.

I've also be looking at the great Distress Ink tutorial that our lovely designer Jacqui has on her blog and I'm going to try and colour in some of our stamps using the inks. I'll let you know how I get on.

Anyway - better get back to those orders :)

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

SNEAK PEEK OF NEW BOY STAMP OUT 1st JUNE



Thought you might like another sneak peak of one of our new boys stamps that are part of our 1st June Release. This one is called By the River. There are 4 new boys in total and I think they're so cute.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

BLOG CANDY SUNDAY!

Just thought I'd mention - be sure to check here tomorrow as we've got our first bit of blog candy for you!

SUNNY ROSIE



Morning - It's a gorgeous day here. Well it looks like it is - haven't been outside yet and it's probably freezing but the sun has made me think of summer.

I've been playing around with trying to colour in our stamps with the fewest possible colours - but so they still look pretty. I've tried our stamp Rosie Posy using only 3 Promarker colours - Buttercup for her hair and dress, Baby Pink for her cheeks, bows, socks and flowers and Blush for her skin. I suppose it's a bit of a cheat as I also used the Blender pen to blend the Buttercup on her clothes and hair.

I think she looks very sunny and spring like and she's put me in a better mood.

Don't ask about the papers - crashed the system - can't find them on the PC - so their appearence may not be for a while yet!!

Friday, 14 May 2010

Zooming Along!




I do love this image - he's always been one of my favourites and since I did the video for the little vintage fairy I've had in my mind how lovely he would look done in vintage colours - especially as he's got a vintage car. I'm so pleased with how he's come out and again I've used the exact same colours as in the fairy tutorial - Promarkers in Ivory, Sandstone and Warm Grey 5.

Busy day again - I'm glad it's Friday - is it Friday? I think it is - my heads gone all vague as I've spent so long designing these new paper sets but I think they'll be worth it. They're looking lovely already - they make my mouth water just looking at them :) I've put a couple of bundles together. I've done a Coffee and Cream set - For Him and a Coffee and Cream set for her. They're nearly done and should be up and ready tomorrow.

The first think I'm going to do when they're done is make a card using my little vintage Zooming Along Busy bear. I'll post it on here when he's done.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

FREE TEMPLATES TO DOWNLOAD

I've not had much chance to post anything today - I've been so busy. I've been working on some new digital backing papers. I've really got my vintage head on at the minute and have been designing some really lovely beige and brown papers. They'll hopefully be ready tomorrow - so if they are I'll post some samples on here so you can have the first viewing!!

Talking of downloads, I don't know if you know but I've designed some templates which are free to download from our website. I'm going to try and add lots more of them - when I get the time lol!!



CARD BY JACQUI DENNIS - to view her Blog CLICK HERE

You'll probably all be familiar with the lovely Jacqui (Cat's Whiskers blog) who makes lots of gorgeous cards for us. She often uses a punch to create a lovely shaped mat for her stamped images (like the little fairy above). We asked her where it was from and she says she thinks it's a Martha Stewart one but doesn't know if you can still get it anywhere.

So I set to work and have come up with a couple of templates (one for a square mat and one for a rectangular mat) which will give you a very similar effect. I've designed each one in sizes from 4cm up to 15cm so no matter what you need them for you should be able to find an exact fit. They are PDF documents so you'll need Adobe Reader to access them but I'm assuming you've all got that anyway. They're free to download from our LOTV website - or just click on the links below:

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR FREE FANCY FRAME - SQUARES SET 1 TEMPLATE

CLICK HERE TO ACCESS OUR FREE FANCY FRAME - RECTANGLES SET 1 TEMPLATE

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

TUTORIAL: HOW TO USE YOUR PROMARKER BLENDER PEN



Finally managed to upload the last of the 3 Fairy Tutorials I recorded at the weekend. This one shows you how to use your Promarker Blender pen to blend one Promarker colour with the white of the paper.

RELEASE DATE OF 1st JUNE FOR NEW ANNABEL DESIGNS!



We've finally set a release date for our new Annabel stamp designs. We will be releasing 12 of them in total. We've got four new 'Dressing Up' girls, four new boys, one really cute litte unisex baby, one adorable christening stamp and two sweet get well soon ones. We've been so excited about releasing these as we've fallen in love with them and we hope you do too

So just to give you a bit more of a taster here's one of the Get Well Soon stamps - it's called 'Little Nurse'

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Promarker and Copic Colour Comparison Charts

Just to make it clear for all you Copic users out there - below is a link to our website where we've got a PDF document I've written with Copic comparison colours for all the Promarkers I use. I know I've put a list at the beginning of each video - but the colours I refer to when I'm colouring are all Promarker colours. I thought if you have this it's much easier to look up the Promarker I'm using and find the corresponding Copic colour.

Sorry it's probably a bit waffly but hopefully it's makes enough sense!

Click here to view the Chart

The 3 Fairies in their True Colours



As the videos are all a bit dark I just thought I'd pop on this photo which shows all 3 fairies as they actually are.

My favourite is the little pink and white one which is the last video I did and that's using the Promarker blender pen. I'm a bit disappointed as I tried to upload that one last night too but it corrupted so I'll have to try again today. If not I'll film it again.

I don't know why but these videos must be jinxed!! We've had so many technical problems with them but I will definitely try and get the third video up and on for you today. I love working with the blender pen - it's so easy to use and I love the delicate results you get.

TUTORIAL - HOW TO BLEND 2 DIFFERENT COLOUR PROMARKERS TOGETHER

Here's another Promarker blending video that I managed to upload onto YouTube overnight. It's pretty similar to the first video but this time I've demonstrated how to blend 2 completely different colours together - just so you can see how simple that is to do too.

Monday, 10 May 2010

TUTORIAL - HOW TO BLEND SIMILAR PROMARKER COLOURS TOGETHER

This first tutorial shows you how to blend similar Promarker colours together. The other 2 - which I'll upload tomorrow once I've got them on YouTube are showing how to blend different Promarkers and how to blend one Promarker colour with the white of the paper using the Blender Pen.

Sunday, 9 May 2010




SNEAK PEEK TIME!


I've been really busy this week producing the images for our new stamps which will be out soon. I thought you might like a preview of what's coming up. They are all designs by Annabel and we think they're gorgeous!

Hi everyone. Just to quickly introduce myself: I'm Laila and I'm art director for Lili of the Valley. Basically it's my job to find all the lovely images that we use on our products - It's a very difficult job I can tell you - NOT!!

I've set up this blog to share all the ideas and inspirations that I come up with - As well as using it to show you all the gorgeous and yummy creations that our amazing DT and customers come up with.

You may already follow our Lili of the Valley Thursday Challenge blog - run for us by the lovely Jacqui. If not be sure to check it out http://liliofthevalleythursdaychallenge.blogspot.com/. There's a new challenge every fortnight with prizes and the chance to win GDT places.

But I did feel that we needed another space to offer hints and tips and advice and inspiration to all you very talented and lovely crafters out there - so me and our Design Team will be posting a whole host of interesting and helpful things on here.

I'll be posting all the Promarker Tutorial videos that I've made on here - which will hopefully be useful to all of you out there who enjoy using your marker pens.

There may also be the odd sneak peek or two of our forthcoming designs as I begin work on them!

I also hope it will be a way of helping you all out personally - if you have any crafting questions or problems post them on here and I'll answer them asap.

Anyway, enough for now - I'll hopefully be putting some brand new Promarker tutorials on over the next few days.