Monday, 30 April 2012

Goodbye April, and goodbye Lou …

Good morning bloggers, I hope that everyone is well on this Monday morning

It’s the last day of April so sadly we have to say goodbye to out first guest designer Lou 

This is the final card she’s made for us using one of our favourite stamps from this years new designs 'best dress'   ...and what a fabulous colour scheme!

1 Lou April Best Dress

As soon as I saw this pretty LOTV image best dress it made me think of being all dressed up for a party. She is just waiting to go in at the garden gate with her gift and flowers …and she is on time too!
I have coloured the sweet girl with VersaColor cubes and Marvy pens then used a Labels Four nestabilitie to cut her out
I put a bit of stickles on her dress/present and some distressing with walnut stain
The gate has been stamped and then heat embossed onto acetate, the bunting has been stamped then cut out and threaded with linen thread
The small flowers are cut from a QuicKutz die,i added just the odd pearl in the centre and the stems are kraft card
I have cut the Tim Holtz decorative strip die twice to make it just a bit wider and tied the clock charm with linen thread too

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Product list:
LOTV image - best dress ST 279
My Mind's Eye - clear stamp set "Adore"(party wording/bunting)
Hero Arts - cling stamp - Metal Flourish (gate)
My Mind's Eye - 6x6 paper pad "Breeze"
Bazzill - Kraft card
Nestabilities - Labels Four
QuicKutz die - small flowers
Tim Holtz decorative strip - Vintage lace
StazOn - Timber Brown (stamped images)
Distress ink-walnut stain
VersaColor cubes - 56 cinnamon, 181 vanilla, 171 pinecone, 151 sand beige, 60 celadon
Marvy pens - 45 sepia, 90 suede
Other craft products used - acetate(heat resistant), clear embossing powder, distress stickles, pearls, linen thread, clock charm, brads
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We’re trying to bring a few new styles and techniques to our blog to hopefully inspire you to have a go at home. From the comments I’ve had you have all really enjoyed seeing Lou’s work; you can visit her blog here 

We will continue to feature a new guest designer every month and tomorrow I’ll be introducing you to Elise who will be our designer for May - make sure you pop back to see what she’s made for us and don't forget to click on the sneak peeks tab at the top of the page to see a preview of our next stamp release.

Enjoy the rest of your day, hopefully the weather will be a bit better than it was yesterday (I don't think it could actually be any worse)  x

Sunday, 29 April 2012

Weekly blog candy winner

This week’s blog candy winner is

#235 Uta

Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize.

The new candy will be open for entries at 10 pm

Close your Eyes

Happy Sunday dear all,

today I would like to show you my project for this month. I´ve made a book card and therefore I´ve chosen a super cute image of the latest Lili of the Valley collection, which is called Close your Eyes. I also used the lovely Filigree Heart, which you can see on the inside of the book and I played again with a little tag, which can be put into a small bag.


Don´t forget to have a look at the sneak peeks of the new release. Just click the tab at the top of this blog, there you can see new cards, which the Design Team is showing daily.

Thanks for stopping by and  have a wonderful day.

Big Hugz

Saturday, 28 April 2012

Scooter Boy

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Hi there peeps :)x 

Dawny P here and today it’s my turn to share a card with you.

Following our circles and boys theme, I’ve gone with a boy’s card and I decided to use this cute image called

Scooter Boy

He is one of the new releases and you will be able to get your mitts on them soon as soon :)

If you are coming along to the open weekend you will be the first to have them cos they are available there, plus there is 10% off  your LOTV stamp purchases. I will be demoing and it would be fab to say howdy to you so make a date and pop along. 

And if 10% off and the new stamps aren't enough to tempt you, there’s cream teas available as well – yummy, and don’t mind if I do (and I probably will!!!).

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Anyway back to the card.

I coloured him with Copics and these are the colours I used …..

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E21, R00, R20

Hair -  E29, E50

The rest – B00, B39, B45, 93, B95, B97, E33, E41, E50, E51, E81, E87, Y00, Y08, Y11, Y17, Y21, Y28

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The papers I used are all from Nitwits and are from the brand new FQB The Bees Knees collection.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

There will be more inspiration here tomorrow and if you want to see more sneak peeks of the new release, just click the tab at  top of this blog. There’s new stuff being added all the time so keep coming back to check.

See you soon and have the best day,


Dawny x

Friday, 27 April 2012

New Boy Stamp

Good morning! are you all as excited as I am that there are some new boy stamps coming, I love making boy cards they are so easy to sling together and take no time at all to make...

I have coloured Walk The Plank with copics and a touch of white pen and I have used lots of layers.
The nephew sentiment is from the For Him set.
I have distressed all the edges but kept it very simple...

Isn't he just a typical little boy?  I love this one the best!

Be sure to keep coming back as the rest of the team will also be showing some sneak peaks. At the top of this blog you will see a tab that says sneak peaks, click on that for a preview of all of the new stamps and there are new cards added daily.

Thanks for looking today, huggles Pops x x x 

Thursday, 26 April 2012


Another boys card to share today,
I've actually started to enjoy making boys cards LOL

This gorgeous image is aptly named


He's available here

I have also used:
Nitwit ~ Bears too
Ribbon girl ~ Charm
Sizzix ~ Primitive stars
SU ~ Twine & Buttons

Thanks for looking and pop back tomorrow for more inspiration


Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Sneak Peeks

Good morning everyone, just a quick reminder that we're starting to preview our latest stamps today which are due out on May 9th

There are 6 cute boys and we have loads of gorgeous cards to show you so make sure you have a look on our sneak peeks page here and do keep popping back to see what's new!

If you're coming to our open day on 5th and 6th of May you'll be able to get hold of them early!

Thanks for looking - we hope you like them!

For someone special

Claudia_Rosa_special Teacher_2
Stamps: Lili of the Valley “Pretty Bouquet

Sentiment: Stampin up
The Ribbon Girls Claudia_Rosa_special Teacher_1

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Lazy Afternoon

Hello LOTV fans! Continuing on with our boy theme this month, I've chosen this sleepy cutie for my card today. 'Lazy Afternoon' was stamped on kraft cardstock and colored with an assortment of colored pencils. This effect is so dramatic and beautiful, I don't know why I don't think to do it more often. 

The adorable papers are from Kaisercraft's 'Tiny Woods' paper pad. Perfect for little boys! I'm sure that's exactly what this little guy was doing before he decided on a little snooze under a tree, running around the woods getting dirty, lol! 

Instead of fancy embellishments for this little boy card, I went with a simple ribbon folded over like a prize ribbon. A sentiment from 'Set 19' tops it off. I use these clear sentiments a LOT, I love them! There's something for every occasion and it's so easy to add a sentiment to any card. 

Hope it helps inspire you for those difficult masculine cards! Thanks for stopping by!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Ink: Memento, Perfect Match
Paper: Kaisercrafts, ruche paper, PTI
Tools & Accessories: PTI ribbon, pinking rotary cutter, McGill circle punch, colored pencils, OMS

Monday, 23 April 2012

1000th post, commenter's candy winners ...

Thanks so much for all your lovely comments on our 1000th post!

Unfortunately there can only be 2 winners, they were drawn at random and they are;

** Wendy (Mrs B) **


** Susan Flynn **

Congratulations ladies, please email me with your address and then we can get your prizes sent out to you

We had some really fab comments but I have to just make a quick mention to Monnie,
that little poem was very clever!

Happy Times!

Hello everyone!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend full of gorgeous weather like we did here in Texas.   

I'm here to show you a fun male card using "Happy Times".  Doesn't he look so relaxed with his little slippers off and hangin in his sockies?!!!

I have colored him with distress inks and the newsprint is really from our local newspaper.  The blue paper is Maja Design.  The "Relax" sentiment is from Mixed Circular Sentiments set.

He's definitely a cutie and would be perfect for a Father's Day or Male Birthday card!!

Thanks for checking in on the Ideas To Inspire blog today!

Hugs to you all!


Sunday, 22 April 2012

Weekly candy winner

This week’s £10 voucher winner is

217 Frea

Congratulations Frea, please email Bev to claim your prize

The new candy will be up from 8pm tonight

Quick Flicks video

I’ve got a quick video today instead of a card.  I have had several requests for a video to show how to do the Out of Box technique that I used on this little Easter project I did last month.


I finally managed to get one done Smile


I will be back tomorrow with the first of the new Whimsy Stamps sneak peeks, OMW they are super gorge!!



Saturday, 21 April 2012

Some celebration candy ...and our guest designer



Good morning bloggers, and thanks for visiting the Lili of the Valley blog today

We have some exciting news – todays post is our 1000th!!!

To celebrate, and to say thanks for all your support in making our blog so successful, we are going to randomly pick a couple of comments from those that are left on todays card and the 2 lucky winners will get a prize

Lou is our guest designer for April and you’ve loved her work so far. I’m sure that this card will be no exception so over to her;


 Lou Molesworth - Bunny Cupcakes



With the sweet Bunny Cupcakes image I thought I would make a frame as the picnic scene looks like a photo and I have used Labels Two Nestabilities to make a double frame. The image has been coloured with VersaColor cubes and Marvy pens and I distressed the edges with Walnut Stain.

I have followed the theme with a die cut cupcake and used the designer paper to make the cupcakes case and paper pieced the little cupcakes too.

I put some glossy accents for the cherries and the icing on the big cupcake.

I love buttons so added a few of those too,a charm and the LOTV sentiment layered onto the fishtail banner die cut shape.




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ST 166 LOTV Bunny Cupcakes

ST 133 LOTV Calendars sentiment

Designer papers - My Mind's Eye:Dolled up 6x6 paper pad

Bazzill - Kraft

Amy R stamps - sweeter sentiment

Tim Holtz Decorative strip - Vintage Lace

Nestabilities- Labels Two

Cuttlebug- Cupcake die

Die-namics - Fishtail Banner die

StazOn - Timber Brown

Distress Ink - walnut stain

Glossy accents


VersaColor cubes - pinecone 171, sand beige 151, old rose 57, cinnamon 56, bamboo 69 ,vanilla 181, scarlet 14, mountain lake 159

Marvy pens- 45 sepia,24 beige

I hope you all enjoyed looking at Lou’s card today, you can see more of her work on her blog and there will be another card from her at the end of the month

Thanks again for supporting our blog, we hope that we give you lots of ‘ideas to inspire’ and good luck in the prize draw!!

Have a good weekend x


Friday, 20 April 2012

Birthday Fairy ….



Hi again everyone, two posts in one day – we’re spoiling you today!!

This is a card that I wanted to share with you using birthday fairy which is one of my favourite Lili of the Valley stamps and one of the first ones that I ever bought


Anne - Guest DT - Stripes



Hope you like it, all the details are on my blog and I’d love you to stop by!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone, make sure you come back tomorrow when we’ll have some celebration candy and there will be another card from Lou,  our guest designer for April



4 cards to share …

Good morning bloggers, hope everyone is well and looking forward to the weekend (here again already!)

First of all this morning we have a few cards to show you from our June
June tends to be behind the scenes, she’s a bit of a whizz with the markers and she colours images for us which we then use for advertising and promotions

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These first two cards are using our Easter sweeties and hoppy Easter stamps

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and these two cards feature moving day and meant to be

June has also used a selection of our circular sentiments stamps which you can find here, they are so useful to have in your stash and there is something for every occasion!
Hope you liked looking at those cards, you can see more of Junes work on her blog and make sure you pop back later for a card from me

Tomorrow we will have a card from our guest designer Lou, and on Sunday something a bit different - a video tutorial from our Bev
Enjoy the rest of your day x

Thursday, 19 April 2012


Hi sweet friends,

it´s me, Moni and today I would like to share another card with you. This time I´ve chosen to use the sweet image *Ooops* of the Boys Collection from Lili of the Valley and coloured this little clumsy fellow suitably to some great papers of the Jack n`Jill Collection from Prima Marketing.

Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by.

Sending happy smiles


Card Recipe:
StampsOoops from Lili of the Valley
Papers: Cardstock from Stash, Patterned Paper: Jack n`Jill/Prima Marketing
Tools:  Scor Pal, Cuttlebug, Spellbinders Classic Circles, Spellbinders Large Deckled Rectangles & Retro Flower Funches/EK Success, Doo Hickey Swirl Die & Doo Hickey Tilda Lace Die/Magnolia,, Cuttlebug Folder, Circle Punch/Stampin`Up!, Edge Distresser/Heidi Swapp, Sewing Machine
Embellishments: Half Pearls & Scrappers Floss/Ranger
Sentiment: Petite Pairs & Sprinkled Expressions from Stampin`Up!, Postmarks/Autumn Leaves
Medium: Prismacolor Pencil & White Spirit

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

Going Round In Circles

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Hi there peeps :)x 

Dawny P here and today it’s my turn to share a card with you.

Following our circles theme, I’ve chosen this oh so sweet image and she is called

Time For A Cuppa

(my thoughts exactly!!!)

I chose her because apart from being a proper little cutie,  there’s lots of spots and dots :)

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I coloured her with Copics and these are the colours I used …..

Skin – E000, E00, E11, E21, R00, R20

Hair -  E50

The rest – B0000, B000. B00, B05, B12, E50, E81, R85, YY0000, YG00, YG03

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The papers I used are all from Nitwits and are from the FQB From The Sea collection,  the blooms are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and the pencil striped ribbon is from The Ribbon Girl.

Thank you for stopping by and have a great day.

There will be more inspiration tomorrow so make a date and be sure to pop back :)


Dawny x

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Sailing Boat

I was going to put good morning but it is now afternoon, I am running a little late today so Good Afternoon everyone, today I (Pops) am sharing a boy card with you all, I love making boy cards...

I have used Sailing Boat and coloured him with markers, the papers are Echo Park Birthday Boy and they have all been distressed with chalk inks, I have added some die cuts stars that I have distressed and run through a ribbler, and the sentiment is from the For Him set perfect for these images...

Thank you so much for looking today, biggest of hugs love Pops x x x

Monday, 16 April 2012

Circles ~ Emma's presents & Church on the hill

Good Morning,
A couple of things to share today,
First up, I have a girly card to share with a bit of a circle theme going on.

This little sweetie is called


and she's available here

I have also used:
Nitwit ~ Crab apple
Nestabilities ~ Classic & Scallop circles
Marianne ~ Chinese rose
Cheery Lynn ~ Exotic butterfly
Martha Stewart ~ Sm Monarch butterfly
Pearls & Scrim


Next is a little wall hanging
This image is called 


I think it's so versatile, it could be used for loads of occasions,
Christenings, Easter, Confirmation....

You'll find it here

I have made a little wedding memento which
Mackenzie gave to the bride, when she was bridesmaid on Saturday

Thanks for looking and remember to pop back tomorrow for more crafty ideas.

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Weekly blog candy winner

This week's blog candy winner is

#337 Judith b

Congratulations Judith, please email me to claim your prize.

The new candy will be up at 8pm on the Blog Candy Page

A summer day

. Claudia_Rosa_on the swing_3

Stamps: Lili of the Valley

Paper: My Minds Eye

Saturday, 14 April 2012

By the River...

Hello friends! Continuing with our boy & circle theme this month here's another card using LOTV's 'By the River'. Look at that sweet innocent expression on the little boy's face as he watches his little boat float down the river. 

It's a water scene, so I felt the need to water color this stamp. I used my Tombow markers, some Distress inks and a water brush to quickly color it in on hot press water color paper. 

The papers are from an old Cosmo Cricket collection, 'Little Boys' I think it's called. I kept the rest of the card very simple, a bit of herringbone embossed paper for texture and a bit of soft sky ribbon tied in a knot. I also added some little dots around the edges of the card with a Souffle pen, kind of like faux stitching. 

Thanks for dropping by, have a great day!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley 'Down by the River', and 'For Him sentiments'
Ink: Memento, Distress
Paper: Fabriano w/c paper, PTI, Cosmo Cricket, Core'dinations
Tools & Accessories: Tombow markers, Koi water brush, McGill circle punch, Soft Sky ribbon, Herringbone embossing folder, pinking rotary cutter, Perfect Layers tool, Souffle pen