Tuesday, 31 July 2012

Bye Mindy …for now!



Good morning crafters, I hope you’re all ok on this Tuesday morning.

It’s the last day of July so time to sadly say goodbye to our guest designer for the month Mindy

You’ve loved the work that Mindy has done for us throughout the month and this card will be no exception…






Here’s my last card, although she’s waving hello I thought it would be a nice ‘See ya around’ card.

This card is special to me, I’ve used some brand new papers that were designed by me!!!!

I hope you all have enjoyed my stay for the month. Have a great day!

Big Hugs!!!


Stamps- Milly Hello, Little Darling Garden Sentiment,

Paper – Little Darlings Caladium Paper designed by me – Mindy Baxter, Copic Xpress

Ink- Memento and Copics

Wild Orchid Craftspink and white cherry blossom, 25mm white rose, 15mm pink rose, hip rosebud, 6mm white rosebud, pink pearls,

Accessories –Stampin’ Up ribbon, misc button,


You can see more of Mindy’s work on her own blog here and make sure you pop back tomorrow to see who our new guest designer is  …a clue  …she’s a very old friend of Lili of the Valley!!

Enjoy the rest of your day xx

Monday, 30 July 2012

My favourite Summer bear ….



Good morning crafters, I hope you all had a great weekend. The Olympics is under way now and although team GB haven’t got off to a brilliant start we did get 2 medals yesterday which was great

Our Lisa, Laila and Lucy went down to watch the cycling, the ladies race actually ended up being more exciting that the mens, but good grief that rain – it was torrential!

Before I get back to all things Christmassy I have a card to show you using the Summer bears that we released last month

They were hugely popular and this one was my favourite from the set – it’s called blooming lovely and comes with it’s own little matching sentiment



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This is quite a busy card for me, and there were a whole lot of firsts…   first time I’ve used wide ribbon (The Ribbon Girl), first time I’ve made paper flowers (Spellbinders bitty blossom dies), and my first digital papers from Raspberry Road. I’ve had the papers on my computer for a while along with some gorgeous NitWit ones, I always forget I’ve got them because I’ve got so much actual paper but there are some amazing ones. Why don’t you try something different yourselves on your next card? it’s good to come out of your comfort zone occasionally!

If you do get chance tomorrow then pop back because we’ll have a little something to show you from our guest designer Mindy …and I’d love it if you’d have a little peek at my own blog which you can find here 


Sunday, 29 July 2012

Weekly candy winner

This week’s $£10 voucher winner is


Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize.  Please put LOTV voucher winner in the subject line

Snow Queen….



Hello everybody, thanks for stopping by and I hope you’re having a lovely weekend

I have a card today to show you from our Dena using snow queen from the latest stamp launch

She’s also available on a mini masterpiece sheet for you non-stampers or maybe if you’re just looking for some inspiration for your colouring



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Isn’t this just stunning?

You can find more details on Dena’s blog here and make sure you pop back to see what we have tomorrow to show you

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Anne xx

Saturday, 28 July 2012

A Bit Of Togetherness :)

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Hi there peeps, Dawny P here and I hope you all enjoyed the Olympic Opening Ceremony last night. The pyrotechnics at the end were spectacular  I thought - we are sooooo good at that sort of thing :)  We missed the beginning as we were out filling our faces so we only caught the last hour or so, but we will watch it later.

So today it’s my turn to share a card with you and I’ve used one of the fabulous

  Mini Masterpiece sheets 

and this is Mini Masterpiece 9. These sheets are a must have  I think for your Christmas stash because they take all the hard work away, and the quality is fantastic – a really nice weight,  and they are so versatile. 

Here I’ve used Glamour Dust to highlight various pars of the image and also to outline the sweet characters.

Of course, if you want to do the colouring yourselves, this image is also available in rubber and is called

Together At Christmas.

It’s one of the brand new launch and you can find it right here.

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Not a drop of DP used here, which is a very rare thing for me.  I just used Cuttlebug embossing folders to make the background :)

The trimmings are all from The Ribbon Girl and I’ve used 15mm Black No 10 Small Check gingham ribbon, some black button twineblack Jute Mesh Ribbon and White Medium Pom Pom Trim

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Some tiny bells, a hand made sentiment and die cut holly leaves finish this off and honestly it is the easiest card ever to put together. You could even use one of the smaller die cuts on the mini masterpiece sheet to make a matching tag and you’d still have 5 image panels left over!!!!

At only £1 a sheet, that’s pretty good value for your dosh me darlins!!!

All the rest of the details can be found here on my blog.

Enjoy your weekend and have a great day and huggiest of hugs to all :)

Dawny P xxx

Friday, 27 July 2012

Because you are SPECIAL

Good Morning…thank you for visiting the Lili of the Valley Inspiration blog today.

A little break from all things Christmassy today ...it is Summer after all!


Card style: pocket card – gift card
Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Sentiment: Lili of the Valley, scoll stamp on tag: Magnolia
Papers: My Minds Eye
Satin Ribbon: The Ribbon Girl
Other: Martha Stewart Butterfly punch, Cuttlebug corner die (retired), Spellbinder dies
Embellishments: Flowers through Sir Stampalot, Recollections (gems and tuelle rosette)

For more information on this card please come and see me on my blog Pretty Pressings.
Kind Regards

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Ice Skating

Hello, Fleur here.
Back with another of the gorgeous new LOTV Christmas images,
Have you placed your orders yet, they are all just so yummy! 
There's something for everyone.

This image is just so sweet & is available here, it's called

Ice Skating

I have also used:
Raspberry Road ~ Victorian Holiday

For more information, please visit my blog.
There is still time to enter my candy

Thanks For Looking


Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Winter Fairy …





Good morning everyone, the Christmas stamps are available now and so far you are loving them which is wonderful

We sometimes find with a new launch that the front runners are the designs that we have shown used on a card, it’s great to know that we are giving you inspiration and that’s what this blog is all about

This time all 24 designs are proving very popular and I have to agree with you, I would be hard pressed to choose favourites out of this set, they are all just sooo cute!

You can view the full range on our website here and meanwhile I have another beautiful card to share with you today from Lena Katrine using winter fairy

Lena Katrine used to be on our design team but although she is now busy with her studies she can’t resist popping back to do a few sneak peeks for us when we have new stamps!









You can also get this design on one of our Mini Masterpiece sheets if you are a non-stamper or just maybe want a quick card or some colouring inspiration

All the details about this card are on Lena Katrine’s own blog and make sure you pop back tomorrow for a card from our Fleur

Have a lovely day x


Tuesday, 24 July 2012

More sneak peeks…



Good afternoon everyone, hope you liked the gorgeous little card that Katarina shared with you earlier today.

We’ve had some great feedback about our new Christmas stamps, you love them as much as we do which is great news.

Here are a few more sneaky peeks for you;



Fleur using ‘snow queen’


Snow Queen (3)


Katarina using ‘together at Christmas’



Dena using ‘Winter fairy’


Winter Fairy


Dawny using ‘wishing and waiting’


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Remember they go on sale on the website at midnight tonight and they will be in our shop tomorrow if you can’t wait any longer!

Make sure you stop by our facebook page too, Lucy has been very busy on there making it a great place to visit. You can upload your own cards and ask us any questions you might have as well keeping up to date with all the Lili of the Valley news.


Christmas Angel

Hello blog friends, I hope you're enjoying all the peeks of the new Christmas stamps. Each is more gorgeous than the last, don't you think? 
The one I used for my card today is called 'Christmas Angel - Oval Bauble' and she is precious!

She's colored with Copics, shaded with some additional colored pencils as well. I find colored pencils helpful when I don't have a Copic color dark enough to get the depth of shading I really want. OR, I love using really sharp pencils for those last few strands of hair, it adds that super fine texture that I just can't get with a Copic.

 A couple of weeks ago on Pinterest (I spend entirely too much time on there!) I saw a link posted for these gorgeous old Christmas sheet music PDF's and I knew it would be perfect for this card! I love the illustrations on them, and the title makes a perfect Christmas sentiment. 

You can buy these beauties from midnight tonight and get to creating your own gorgeous cards, thanks for stopping by and make sure you pop back later for some more sneak peeks from our design team

Have a great day!


Stamps: Lili of the Valley 'Christmas Angel- Oval Bauble'
Ink: Distress
Papers: Cosmo Cricket, gold Stardream, SU, Hammermill for stamped image
Tools & Accessories: Copics, colored pencils, OMS, Spica pens, Stickles, Prima lace, satin/organdy ribbon, clutch pin, beads, Memory Box Tessatina die, Wild Orchid Crafts red roses, Cheery Lynn pine dies, red pearls, gold gel pen

Monday, 23 July 2012

Christmas Sneak Peeks ….

Good morning crafters, I hope you had a lovely weekend!
For those of us in the UK we finally had some sun so Christmas is probably the last thing you want to think about….
…but wait until you see our latest stamp release which will go on sale on the 25th July. There are 24 Christmas stamps and they are sooo cute you will need them all!
I have some more sneak peeks to share with you today from our fabulous design team, hopefully they will give you some inspiration for using the new stamps and help you get your Christmas heads on!!
Katarina using ‘light the way’

Dena using ‘cuddling Ted’
Boy with Teddy 1

Fleur using ‘Christmas eve girl’
Girl in bed

Lena Katrine using ‘snow queen’

Bev using ‘my little tree’
We really hope you love them as much as we do, make sure you pop back tomorrow for loads more sneak peeks and meanwhile have a great day x

Sunday, 22 July 2012

Weekly Candy Winner

This week’s £10 voucher winner is

#137 Mojca

Congratulations Mojca, please email me to claim your prize.  Please put LOTV weekly in the subject line

A couple of sneak peeks!

Hello and happy Sunday!  I’ve a couple of sneak peeks from the new Christmas stamps that are being released on the 23rd …. not long now!!

First up is Christmas Star


And next is Hanging the stocking


Do keep an eye on the blog as there will be lots of sneak peeks in the coming days



Saturday, 21 July 2012

Something for the Summer ….



Today I have a fantastic little project from this month’s guest designer Mindy

To celebrate the sun finally shining here in the UK, Mindy has made this gorgeous little windmill (or pinwheel as they call them in the US) using our Blossom stamp which is also now available pre-coloured on one of the Mini Masterpiece design sheets

You don’t seem to see these colourful windmills as much now, I remember always having one as a child, blowing it and never getting bored of watching it spin round. This is such a great idea for a little project, something fun and easy for the kids to do in the summer holidays!







I wanted to do something different so I decided to make a pinwheel. They are fun, easy and scream Summer!


Stamps- Blossom

Paper – My Minds Eye, Copic Xpress

Ink- Memento and Copics

Accessories –misc. ribbon, misc. button



That’s it for Summer for a while from us, we’re going to be showing you some sneak peeks of our first set of 2012 Christmas stamps over the next few days – they’ll be on sale on the 25th and you’re going to LOVE them!

Have a fabulous weekend everyone xx

Friday, 20 July 2012

Not A Creature was Stirring ………………….Ssshhhhhh :)


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Good morning lovely peeps.

Dawny P here, and a very happy Friday to you – it’s nearly the weekend :)

Today I have a little sneakie peekie for you and it’s one of the brand new Christmas stamps which are out on 25th – not too long to wait now.

This little sweetie doesn’t have an official name yet but we still think he is darn tooting cute!!!

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See what I mean – aww bless him. 

He’s sound asleep, waiting for the fat laddie in the red suit to call and dreaming of all the prezzies he will hopefully get.

I can almost hear him snoring!!!

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I coloured him with these Copics -

B0000, B000, B00, B12, C1, C4, C5, E42, E43, E50, E51, E53, E81, G0000, G000, G00, G21, R05, R17, R27, Y0000, Y21, Y28

And the pretty papers are all from the Nitwits FQB Holiday Charm collection

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All details can be found on my blog so please do stop by and say howdy :)

Just before I tootle off, have you heard the news?

Here you go, have a peep  ………..


… and I for one cannot wait because these Open Days are brilliant.

So make a date in your diaries chicksies and we hope to see lots of you there.

There are different classes on offer including 'Advanced Marker Pen Colouring with Bev,  'Beginner's Marker Pen Colouring with yours truly, 'Colouring with Distress Inks with Laila' and 'Beginner's Cardmaking with Anne'. Places are limited so if you would like more information and to book, please email erica@liliofthevalley.co.uk

Thank you for stopping by today and see you all soon.

Hugs to all xxx


Thursday, 19 July 2012

Design Sheet 28, Moving Day ….

Good morning everyone and as always thanks for stopping by our Ideas to Inspire blog
You’re loving our new Mini Masterpiece sheets and we’re so pleased with the response that we’ve had so far 
I have one final card to show you using them for now, this one is using design sheet 28 which features our moving day image and I love this unusual colour combination
I’ve also used a handy sentiment from our vintage sentiments - occasions sheet which is set 30

Mini Masterpieces - Moving Day

Hope you like it and that the cards this week have given you a few ideas for making your own
Don’t forget to enter our weekly blog candy draw and also have you remembered to check back to see if you were a blog hop prize winner, the winners are announced on the individual blogs and not on here
Finally, do take a look on our new and improved Facebook page. Lucy is busy on there every day bringing you cards, competitions and news, you can put your own work on there for everyone to see and also ask us any questions that you might have


Have a lovely day x

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

Mini Masterpieces–available now!



They’re here!! – we’re delighted to have our LOTV "Mini Masterpieces Die Cut Sheets" available now for you.

There are 24 Design Sheets in this first launch. They include Christmas and everyday designs of your favourite images as well as brand new ones which are not even out as stamps yet!

There are 7 of the same image on each sheet in different sizes allowing you to make bigger and smaller cards as well as projects such as tags, bookmarks and bags. You can decoupage them, run them through your nesties, punch around the edges etc. etc. in fact the list of possibilities is endless they are just so versatile!

To add to this, they have been hand coloured by our super talented Bev Rochester. She has beautifully coloured them in so that they appear as though they have been stamped and expertly coloured in by you! As we have done the work for you, all you need to do is pop them out and make a beautiful card.

They are brilliant quality too. You know how fussy we are as a Company to make sure everything is perfect for you, you certainly won't be disappointed with these!

For stampers, they will also provide a great colour guide and inspiration.

They are only £1 a sheet, so they are great value for money. To celebrate the launch, you will be able to get even greater value if you buy all 24 designs as the full set will only cost you £20!

This means you can make 168 cards for £20 (that's about 8p each!)

These new designs are available in our Farsley shop today if you are near enough to visit so you don't even have to wait for the postman! The special £20 offer will also apply in the shop and for your convenience we are now open until 3pm everyday.

We hope you enjoy making your own Mini Masterpieces, I have a couple more cards to show you today that are a bit simpler than yesterdays. You can take as much or as little time as you like, that’s the beauty of these images!



Design sheet 30

Mini Masterpieces - Yeehaa



Design sheet 2



Mini Masterpieces - Warm & Cosy


Have a lovely day!

Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Mini Masterpieces available tonight ….

Good morning bloggers!
Thanks to everyone who popped by our stand at the weekend to say hello, it’s always lovely to meet our customers face to face and I hope you all enjoyed the show
We had some amazing feedback about our new Mini Masterpiece die cut sheets, I’ve been making some cards with them and I have to say you’re hard pressed to tell the difference between these and an image you’ve stamped and coloured yourself. We had them hand coloured by Bev and they have printed beautifully, the colours are vibrant and crisp and you’re going to love them!
Of course we all love stamping and colouring and we wouldn’t want you to stop, but for those of you who don’t stamp or simply haven’t always got the time, these are just fabulous. I think we all have the need for a quick card sometimes and you can make cards with these that are as simple or as elaborate as you like in no time at all
They are just £1.00 each and there are 24 available in this first release. There is one image on each A4 sheet repeated 7 times in 3 different sizes so really great value for money – if you weren’t able to attend the show at the weekend they are available to buy on our website from midnight tonight.

To celebrate the launch, you will be able to get even greater value if you buy all 24 designs as the full set will only cost you £20! This means you can make 168 cards for £20 (that's about 8p each!)


This first card is design sheet 20 which features our ever popular ‘carol singing’ image.
I’ve used some flowers, ribbon and micro beads which are all now available to buy in our Leeds showroom


Mini Masterpieces - Carol Singing

This second card is using design sheet 23, I’ve put one of the cute smaller images on the inside of the card here

Mini Masterpieces - Wish Upon A Star

Mini Masterpieces - Wish Upon A Star 2

Mini Masterpieces - Wish Upon A Star 3


We really hope you’ll love the new design sheets as much as we do and I’ll have a couple more cards to show you tomorrow!


Finally, just a quick reminder that we had a mini hop at the weekend and you have until tomorrow to be in with a chance to win a prize.
All you have to do is visit each of the following blogs and leave a comment on the card posted on the 15th using basket of roses

Have a lovely day!

Monday, 16 July 2012

Christmas Sneak Peek

Good morning. Fleur here
I have a Christmas card to share today,
I've never made one this early before & 
I must admit, with the weather as miserable as it at the minute, I didn't mind doing it LOL

It was fun just getting out my all Christmas stash
 that I'd put away and forgotten what I'd got  ~ 

It was like....
....... well, Christmas !!!

I have used an image from the soon to be released Christmas collection from LOTV 
and I'm telling you now, You will NOT be disappointed, they are GORGEOUS

They will be released on July 25th and the DT will be sharing loads of fab sneak peeks with you up until then.

This sweet image hasn't got a name yet.
but isn't she adorable!

I have also used:
LOTV ~ Grunge Christmas Sentiments
Raspberry Road ~ Victorian Holiday Papers

For more info please visit my blog,
I also have a little candy

Thanks for looking


Sunday, 15 July 2012

Weekly Candy Winner

This week’s candy winner is

#185 Diane Scotford

Congratulations, please email me to claim your prize – please put LOTV weekly candy in the subject line

LOVT peek ...

Claudia_Rosa_Blooming Day_1

...which is no longer a peek anymore lol..

I bet you have seen this cutie already. I think it was all of our favorite when we saw a peek of the new designs.
This one is called “Blooming Lovely” and the teddy stamp comes with a matching sentiment.

 Usually I do like my sentiments on the front of the card but it did not work out, so I tucked the sentiment to the inside on a tag

Claudia_Rosa_Blooming Day_2

Papers: Magnolia ink through Sir Stampalot

Saturday, 14 July 2012

It's time for Christmas Sneaks!

Hello LOTV friends! It's that time of year when we all have to start thinking about the upcoming holidays, and Lili of the Valley will be releasing amazing, adorable and BEAUTIFUL Christmas stamps! You will have plenty of time to save your pennies, place your orders and get to creating gorgeous handmade Christmas cards for the people you care about. 

Can you tell I'm excited? I am VERY excited, I love Christmas, and LOTV paired with Christmas, well-- it just doesn't get any better IMO. 

Ok, so here's my first peek for you all.

How cute is this little guy all tucked up in his cozy bed? He's surrounded by his toys, he's got his stocking filled up and I can practically see the visions of sugarplums dancing in his head, can't you? I love his little stocking cap, just darling...

I've colored this image with my Copics, I chose colors to coordinate with the Basic Grey Nordic Holiday papers. I hope to see more of these Nordic patterns this season, I still love 'em!

So hang on to your wallets ladies and gents, you're in for an awesome release later on this month! 
Keep checking back to see more peeks coming up from the rest of the team, and I will continue to show peeks on my personal blog as well.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Stamps: Lili of the Valley
Ink: Memento
Paper: Basic Grey, Hammermill
Tools & Accessories: Copic sketch & Spica markers, baker's twine, Nestabilities, Spellbinders Labels, jingle bells, Silhouette Cameo (for die cut snowflake from Silhouette Store), Stickles, mini white pom pom trim, mini tinsel

Friday, 13 July 2012

3 mini cards …



Good morning everyone,  we’re busy today getting ready for the Summer Crafting show at Doncaster race course this weekend.

If you’re going to the show then make sure you pop along to see us.  We have 2 stands this year, C21 is where you’ll find all our stamps and P25 is the die cut stand where we’ll be launching the new mini master piece sheets that I told you about yesterday.

Today’s card is a little set of 3,  I’ve used present trio from the new Summer bears collection and also the incredibly useful sentiment tags to make these cute little mini cards


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The flowers are Wild Orchid Crafts which are now available to buy in our Leeds showroom

The crystals, lace and also the button twine are from The Ribbon girl, I love this button twine I think it looks so cute tied in between the flowers



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You can find details of all the other supplies I used to make the cards on my own blog here 

…and don’t forget to enter the draw on Bev’s blog here to be in with a chance of winning the full set of the new mini master piece sheets

Thanks for stopping by and have a lovely weekend everyone xx