Sunday, 30 September 2012

Guest DT day …

Good morning crafters, unbelievably it’s the end of yet another month …so time for our last post from our guest designer for September

We’ve enjoyed having Kath and Buddy on board and you have loved the work that she has done for us

6 Kath September Book

Kath has made this gorgeous little book for us using one of our die cut designs
This image is from the Romantic Times sheet, they are A4 and you get 6 designs on each sheet for just £1.00
This cute couple are also available on a stamp if you prefer, it’s called Times to Treasure and you can find it on our website here

6 Kath September Book 2

The other stamps used on the card are Words For Tickets, Grunge Tickets and Grunge Postcard


6 Kath September Book 3

The album is a Craftwork Cards Chipboard Album


I’d like to say a huge thanks to Kath for the lovely things she has made. We’ve enjoyed having her on board this month and from the comments I’ve had you’ve all really enjoyed seeing her work – hopefully it’s given you a few ideas for using our stamps and die cuts in a different way
Take a look at her own blog here and see what else she’s been up to




I’ll be back tomorrow with another card and also the winner of this month’s £25 voucher who will be drawn from the comments we’ve had left this month

Enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Anne xx

Saturday, 29 September 2012

It’s Saturday ….




Good morning crafters, it’s the weekend again so I hope you’re all doing something nice today

We had a great day yesterday and everyone who visited was very impressed with our new shop and the extended range of crafty goodies that we have

The coffee and cakes went down a treat and we raised lots of money for Macmillan Cancer Support …can I say a big thank you to everyone who supported us with that, it’s a very worthwhile cause

If you weren’t able to come yesterday we are open every Saturday now from 10 until 4 for your convenience

Here’s todays card, it’s another little peek at the new Geisha Girls and this one is by Pops

Geisha Cho - Pops

Pops has used ‘Cho’ on this card – isn’t she gorgeous in her aqua Kimono!

Have a good day everyone, see you tomorrow

Anne xx

Friday, 28 September 2012

The Geisha Girls …and our new improved shop is open




Good morning everyone, we’ve been really busy the past few days here re-arranging our shop onto 2 floors   …it looks amazing and we really hope that you like it

If you’re able to pop along today it will be lovely to see you   …I’ll maybe put a few pictures up shortly for those of you who are not near enough to visit and then you can see what we’ve been up to!

If you do come make sure you have time for a coffee and a cake in our new cafe area    …we’re joining in with the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning to try and help raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Trust






Today’s cards are more sneaky peeks of our new Geisha Girls…


Geisha Cho - Fleur



Geisha Aimi - Fleur



Fleur has used the girls in her own unique style, they’re a bit different from the others I’ve shown you so far

I love the colour schemes that she’s chosen, they’re not typically pretty …but aren’t they just beautiful, Fleur’s work is very popular with our customers

You can see more details on her own blog so if you’ve not had a look then do have a wander over there

That’s it from me for today …have a lovely day all

Anne xx

Thursday, 27 September 2012

Our new shop …and another Geisha Girl

Good morning everyone, don’t forget to come and visit us tomorrow if you are near enough. We’re moving our shop onto another floor so that we’ll have room to display all of our products (we have over 400 stamps now) along with hundreds of cards and projects to give you plenty of inspiration to take home with you
We have a fantastic selection of crafting goodies now including the full range of Promarkers, Flexmarkers and Copic Ciao’s
We have glitter, lace and ribbon, adhesives, inks and punches  …and a HUGE choice of dies that we've handpicked for you

You’ll also be the first to see our new coffee shop area so after all that browsing you can rest your feet, have a nice hot drink, chat with friends and flick through some craft magazines

We are taking part in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. You can enjoy your cappuccino and cupcake and raise funds for a good cause at the same time!
All proceeds from the sale of of refreshments throughout the day will be donated to Macmillan


Todays card is by Elise using one of the new Geisha Girls which you will be able to get exclusively in the shop on Friday

Geisha Cho - Elise

Elise has used ‘Cho’ and also the little butterflies, scroll and cherry blossom from the accompanying companion set

There is a little set of sentiments to use with the scroll but there is a short delay on the delivery of those. They’ll hopefully be here for the website launch but not for the shop event or Port Sunlight. Don’t forget though that we currently have free delivery so you can get those when we have them and you won’t have any postage to pay

Have a lovely day …and make sure you stop by tomorrow for more inspiration

Anne xx

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

More sneaky peeks …

Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by
Just a quick reminder that all the comments that you leave go in a candy draw at the end of each month to win a £25 voucher …so do let us know what you think of the new designs, the cards, the blog  …in fact anything you would like to tell us! We appreciate your feedback about all things Lili of the Valley!

Our Dena has made 2 beautiful cards for me to share with you today using the new Geisha Girls…

this first one is Aimi …

Geisha Aimi - Dena

…and this one is Cho

Geisha Cho - Dena

Aren’t they just scrumptious, Dena has also used patterned backing papers on her cards from our new pads, you can find them all on the website here

Have a peek at Dena’s own blog    …and I’ll have another card to show you tomorrow

Anne xx

Tuesday, 25 September 2012

Sneaky Peek, New Companion Set …

Good morning crafters, well you are LOVING our new images which is great!

You’ve seen our 2 little Geisha Girls ‘AIMI’ and ‘CHO’ now so here’s a little peek at a couple more of the images on our companion set

Geisha - Kathy

Geish 2 - Kathy

This gorgeous card was made by our Kathy and you can see more details for the card on her own blog here

Make sure you pop back tomorrow for another sneaky peek, have a lovely day everyone
Anne xx

Monday, 24 September 2012

Sneaky Peek, Cho …

Good morning crafters, I hope the weather is a bit better where you are; Autumn has definitely arrived here in Leeds and it’s wet, cold and miserable!
Here’s a cheerful card to hopefully make your day a bit brighter   …this by our Gretha and she’s used the second of our 2 new Geisha Girls

This little cutie is called Cho which translates as ‘butterfly’

Geisha Cho 2 - Gretha 
    Geisha Cho 3 - Gretha     Geisha Cho 4 - Gretha  
  Geisha Cho 5 - Gretha 
   Geisha Cho - Gretha

Gretha has used some patterned papers from our new collection of pads, you can see them all on the website here
These 2 gorgeous girlies are part of a little mini-release which will be on sale in our showroom on Friday along with a set of companion stamps. The scroll, the little bridge scene and the cherry blossom branch are on that set so just wait until you see those too  …you are going to love them!!
The stamps will be available at the Happy Stampers show at Port Sunlight on Saturday and then they will be launched on the website on October 1st …so if you can’t get to the shop or the show then you won’t have long to wait!
Make sure you pop back tomorrow for more inspiration from our fabulous design team and meanwhile have a lovely day
Anne x

Sunday, 23 September 2012

News today, and a charity coffee morning …



If you’re near enough we’d love you to join us on Friday 28th September at our shop in Leeds when we will be opening our new area upstairs so there will be even more crafting goodies for you to see!

There will be a mini-launch of the amazing new Geisha girl stamps so you’ll be able to get your hands on them before anyone else  …if you saw Bev’s card yesterday you’ll have had a sneeky peek and you are going to LOVE them! Watch out for more cards on here this week from our design team using them

We will finally have room for all our 400 rubber stamps to be out out on display, there will be loads more card samples and projects for inspiration and there will also be more room for our popular sentiment stamps, paper pads and die cut designs too

We have some other new lines as well for you such as a fabulous range of dies including Spellbinders, Memory Box and more





We also have a fab new coffee area so after all that browsing you can rest your feet, have a nice hot drink, chat with friends, or even leave your husband - not literally!

(In fact we think we have the most husband-friendly girlie shop in England!)


To celebrate the new look, we are taking part in the 'World's Biggest Coffee Morning' event in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. You can enjoy your cappuccino and cupcake and raise funds for a good cause at the same time!

All proceeds from the sale of of refreshments throughout the day will be donated to Macmillan






We’d love to see you so hope you can make it, the full address and directions can be found on the website here



Saturday, 22 September 2012

Sneak Peek

I have a sneak peek for you today, this is Aimi (Japanese for Love and Beauty).  Isn’t she just too sweet for words!?!?
And a close up of little Aimi.  LOVE her hair!!
Lili of the Valley are going to launch them at the shop next Friday 28th September and then online on 1st October, along with an A5 Geisha companion sheet and a Scroll Sentiments sheet.  I have used one of the scrolls on my card today.


Friday, 21 September 2012

It’s another guest DT day …

Good morning everyone, hope you’re all well

Time for another post from our popular guest designer for his month  Kath and I think that this card is going to open up a whole new world of ideas for you using our die cut sheets!

Kath has cleverly used the die cut designs alongside the stamps …and isn’t the result fabulous!


The Christmas Tree and the Baubles are cut from our Traditional Christmas sheet …at just £1 for 6 die cut toppers they’re great value
The stamps she’s used are the Grunge Postcard, a greeting from set 5 Christmas Circular Sentiments and around the edges are our Grunge Corners

She inked the background with pumice stone distress ink and the postcard was coloured with pumice stone and tumbled glass.
She’s highlighted the baubles with glossy accents and then gone a bit mad with Frantage embossing enamels!   …I’ve been using these myself and they give amazing texture to your card

Hope you enjoyed seeing that, you can pop over to Kath’s blog here and see more of her work  …and do make sure you say hi to Buddy while you’re there lol
There will be more from Kath at the end of the month, meanwhile I’ll see you tomorrow  …have a lovely day

Anne xx

Thursday, 20 September 2012

A touch of romance ….



Good morning everyone

I hope you’ve all checked back on the blogs that took part in the mini hop. The mystery blogs that had a prize announced the draw winners last night so make sure you pop back and see if you were a lucky winner.

Today’s card is by our Fleur and she’s used Love Grows


Love Grows - Fleur 


I love the colour scheme and the splash of green, also how effective to put the sentiment in the cloud – what a good idea!

You can see more details of what she’s used on Fleur’s own blog here and I’ll see you tomorrow with another piece of work from our designer of the month – the fabulous Kath

Have a good day

Anne x

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Snow Cute! …



Good morning everyone, I have a very lovely card to share with you today that was made for us by Lena Katrine


She made it as a sneaky peek for the Christmas stamps and our blog hop but I’ve had so many cards to show you that it’s been held back a bit – I’m sure you’ll agree that it was worth waiting for!





The stamp is Snow Cute and isn’t he the cutest ‘lil penguin you ever saw!



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The ‘noel’ greeting is from our Christmas Grungy Messages set which has been unbelievably popular and will be back in stock shortly (sorry, but when I planned to show you the card today we had plenty of stock)




Lena Katrine has made these gorgeous little tags using our Folk Flowers and Small Christmas Greetings






Hope you like it, you can see more of Lena Katrine’s beautiful work on her own blog here and I’ll see you tomorrow – have a lovely day!

Anne x

Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Cuddle Time …


Good morning everyone, the weather has been nice here for the past few days and I have this fabulous bright and cheerful card to share with you while I’m still feeling a bit summery (probably not for long sadly!!)
Claudia Rosa has made this card for us using the Milly Cuddle Time stamp – isn’t her colouring just stunning

Milly Cuddle Time - Claudia

Don’t forget to visit our facebook page, Lucy keeps it updated with cards and news and you can upload your own cards for others to see and comment on
…it’s a good place to be if you’re a Lili of the Valley fan!


See you tomorrow, have a lovely day!


Monday, 17 September 2012

Something different ….

Hello everyone, I have something a bit different to show you today
Our Lou has made this amazing Christmas hanging using the Furry Festive Friends stamp

Isn’t it fab!
She’s also used some of our Christmas Sentiment Tags and paper from the Frosty Christmas pad
You can see full details on Lou’s own blog here
See you tomorrow

Sunday, 16 September 2012

Baby With Bunny ….

Good morning crafters, hope you’re having a lovely weekend

A break from Christmas today …our Fleur has made this lovely card to share with you for a new baby


She’s used the Baby With Bunny stamp and the circular sentiment is from our For You set which is set 7

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Saturday, 15 September 2012

It’s mini blog hop day



Good morning everybody and I hope you’re all having a lovely weekend so far


It’s the 15th of the month so time for another of our designer mini hops

This time our Pops has chosen a stamp for us to showcase and it’s ….Milly Hello


The following designers are all taking part so make sure you hop from one blog to another to see what card they’ve made using that stamp;










The aim is to to show you many different ways to use the same image and hopefully give you lots of ideas

There are hidden prizes along the way so make sure you leave a comment on all the cards as we don’t know which blogs have the prizes

The winners will be drawn at random from the comments that are left


Enjoy the hop, and see you tomorrow


Anne x

Friday, 14 September 2012

Igloo Bears ….

Morning all  …back to Christmas today and I wanted to share this gorgeous card with you that our Moni made;

She’s used the Igloo Bears stamps and a couple of tags from our new Christmas Sentiment Tags sheet

The backing papers are from the Frosty Christmas pad
Don’t forget that we have FREE SHIPPING** on our website at the moment
**please note that this doesn’t include the paper pads, unfortunately because of the weight of them we have to make a small charge towards the cost of posting, full details are on the website
Thanks for stopping by ...have a good day

Thursday, 13 September 2012

Paperbag Album Tutorial

Hello!  I have a paperbag album tutorial to share with you today. 

If you look out on the internet, you will find MANY different styles of creating these paperbag albums, this is just one way that you can create it. 

You will need three or more paper bags for this project and I would suggest using the best tape or glue that you have.  It will need to stand the test of time with being handled.

 Start by trimming the top, rough edge, of  each paper bag to make a 12” long bag.  Fold all 3 bags in half.  Lay one folded bag on top of the other and using strong glue adhere the bottom folded portion of one bag to the top folded portion of another, creating a page in the center with the two bags. 
 Attach the 3rd bag the same way.  There will now be four pages with a 6”x3” pocket on each page on the left hand side, and 3 top inserting pockets created from the tops of the bags. 

 Glue all pleats on sides of bags and place a small amount of tape along the very edge (top and bottom of book) on each pocket to hold down sides of pockets.

 Cut cardstock and design paper, mine is Lili of the Valley's Classic Christmas Paper Pad, and color images with distress ink refills or your favorite coloring medium to decorate all pages and pockets of the cookbook.   Make tags with the new Christmas Recipes stamps and add ribbon.


Here I have used Christmas Snooze along with a large doily and the Double Loop MS Punch.
Here I used Plum Pudding and the letters are from my Cricut.

Cut 6x6 pieces of card and attach recipe cards to the front for a large tag insert. I found some free blank Christmas ones on the internet.   Add circles to the top for pull tabs. Tuck into the large pockets.

 I also tucked more blank recipe cards into the pocket behind the tags for even more recipes.  This page uses Icing the Cake.

After all the pages have been decorated and the Spellbinders poinsettia die cut has been glued to the front, cut a small strip of design paper 2”x6” to cover the edge of the book and hide the seam.  Do not put glue in the center where the folds are, just on the portion that will overlap the front and back cover.  It will need to move when the book is opened and closed.

 Add all sorts of recipe cards, tags, and journal pieces to all the pockets in the book for the finishing touches.

 I hope you like the project.  Lili of the Valley has some of the most adorable stamps to make these recipes books with or even a super cute baby book!  Oh, just think how cute that would be!!! The possibilities are endless.  Have fun!

Hugs, Dena