Monday, 31 December 2012

Just to say

Good morning everyone,
Hope you all had a good Christmas and are ready for 2013

I have a card to share today using an image from the latest LOTV release,

This darling image is called


 I have used:
All available at LOTV

For more information please visit my blog

Have a good day and enjoy the New year's eve celebrations

Sunday, 30 December 2012

If Friends Were Flowers ...

Hello there!  Hope you are all having a beautiful weekend, and gearing up for the New Year!

Gosh, can you believe it's going to be 2013??  Didn't the 2012 just start ... like ... a month ago?!  LOL!  Seems like when I was younger, I wished to be older .. faster.  Now that I'm older .. oh boy .. I sure got my wish didn't I?  haha!!

Well, I've made a card using this very lovely image "If Friends Were Flowers" from the newest release.  I really love how this image can be used for so many different occasions .. birthdays, friendship, love, get well soon, and other themes as well.  :)

Thank you so much for coming by and I wish you all a very HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!

Big Hugs,

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Let's Party!

Just a few more days till New Year's Eve! I hope everyone had the most amazing Christmas!!! 

This little guy is celebrating bring in 2013!

The stamp is called "Let's Party".  I colored it with distress inks and the papers are from the gorgeous Nitwits pad called "Bonnets and Bowties".  I was excited to use one of my new distress ink colors, Picked Raspberries, for the package.  I'm glad to see a few brighter shades coming out.  They work perfectly with this paper.

Be safe everyone on New Year's Eve!

Hugs, Dena

Thursday, 27 December 2012

to a wonderful you

Hi there…
I am sure you all have been good this year and received some well deserved gifts for Christmas.. if big or small the thought counts.. so for today I would love to show you a “Thank you” card made with one of LOVT’s latest stamps out of the Mermaid line.
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Stamp: Mermaid Friends

All supplies for this card can be found on my blog Pretty Pressings
Thank you

Wednesday, 26 December 2012

Winter Fairy

Sorry my post is late today, I’ve been in bed with flu, just what you don’t need over Christmas.  Anyway, better late than never …. here’s a simple card featuring  Winter Fairy from Lili of the Valley.  I have used Nitwit Collections digi papers. 




Tuesday, 25 December 2012

Merry Christmas …

Good morning crafters, I wonder if anyone is on here today?
I hope Santa brought you some lovely crafty goodies and that you’re all enjoying your Christmas morning so far  ….have you got that turkey in the oven yet?


Just in case anyone has popped by, as promised here are a few of my favourite cards from  2012 by our fabulous design team …I hope you’ve been enjoying the lovely cards they’ve been putting on for you over the past couple of weeks


This first one is by our Bev, I love the colours she’s used and its perfect,  I think any Mum would be thrilled to receive this
Teddy Bouquet is one of our older stamps but still very popular and I can see why when I look at this lovely card


Claudia made this little post it note holder for us earlier in the year and I’ve always loved it
It’s so simple but it doesn’t need anything else …what a lovely little gift for someone
She’s used the stamp On The Garden Wall and coloured the image with Copics

This one is by Dawny …and as usual with her cards you need your sunglasses on to view!
Dawny uses gorgeous bright colour combinations on her cards and they look fab in our showroom
This stamp is Time For A Cuppa

These 2 tags were made by the very lovely Elise, she sent them to us and the pictures don’t do them justice  …they are just gorgeous!
She’s used the Geisha Companion Set and the Scroll Sentiments


Finally today a matching card and tag from our Dena.
Again the pictures just don’t them justice, it’s hard to pick favourites from so many amazing cards but I just love everything about this lovely set that she’s made with our Dainty Dancing stamp




I do hope you like my choices, I’ll be back on New Year’s day with the rest of my top picks from the past year

There will still be a new card on here everyday throughout the holidays so keep stopping by   …and don’t forget the Winter Sale on our website if you want to get a few bargains with your Christmas money

Have a fabulous day

Anne xxx

Monday, 24 December 2012

Woof You

Good morning all Pops here to share one of the newest stamps with you all, today I am using Woof You I love this cutie and it comes with a free sentiment too....

I have coloured with pro/flex markers and used up the last of my Blush paper pad, some flowers, lace, ribbon and pearls and a little bit of stardust I have kept the layout very simple...

Isn't this little pooch so sweet...

Thank you so very much for looking, I would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas, I hope you have a fabulous time, big hugs love Pops x x x 

Sunday, 23 December 2012

Trimming the Tree

Good morning sweet Lili of the Valley friends,

today I want to share this Christmas card I made using the gorgeous image Trimming the Tree. I also selected a Sentiment from the Christmas Grungy Messages Set, thought it fits perfectly to the sweet stamp. 

Wishing you all a Merry Chrismas and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year.


Saturday, 22 December 2012

A New Baby.

Hi there crafty friends!
Here's a card I made using the new 'Bath Time' stamp.
I just love the way this card came out. I tried to make it look like it was 'foggy' from the hot bath.
I'm not sure I accomplished that look. But I still like it.
I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas.
I'm looking forward to bringing the New Year with you all!
Hugs, Mindy

Ink - Memento and Copics
Accessories - Misc Ruffle Ribbon,

Friday, 21 December 2012

Light the Way...Christmas decoration.

Hi..really lovely to be here today
and hope you are doing ok?
a little Winters scene decoration with the very sweet
"Light the Way" image...
I have coloured with distress markers and
used lots of puff white embossing powder for the snow.
The background is stamped with
a few of the Christmas Grungy Messages stamps 
and then i used a sizzix quilting die to
cut the patchwork pieces. 
Glued them together so that i could cut 
the large circle shape with a nestabilities die.
There is a little shrink plastic Noel on
the fence which is also from the grungy messages set
and the circle sentiment is from the postmarks stamp sheet.
thank you for stopping by,have a lovely day. 
*** Happy Christmas***
hugs all,

Thursday, 20 December 2012

Winter Flurries

Good morning folks, I want to share a different style of card I made a while ago using Lili of the Valley's clear stamp sets called 'Christmas Icons'. I love the beautiful stamps in this set, and I actually use the snowflakes from it quite often on other projects, especially for backgrounds. There are so many different styles in different sizes that it's perfect for creating your own patterns. 

A little about how I made the card... I cut some snowy drift shapes from sticky notes freehand and used them to mask off areas of snow drifts. I carefully sponged white pigment ink to create the highlights, and the dark paper showing through became the shadows of the snow. Totally opposite from what you would do on white paper. 

Next I stamped a lot of pretty snowflakes in the same white pigment ink (this is the quick drying kind like Fresh Inks from Impress Stamps, A|Muse Studios, Papertrey Ink, etc. etc.). Then stamped and embossed the gorgeous swirly tree.

To create the 'falling snow' effect I took an old toothbrush and spattered white acrylic paint over the entire thing. Takes a bit of practice, but this technique is one of my favorites from my days of decorative painting. You simply apply a dab of white paint onto your palette, wet an old toothbrush with water, shake off the excess, then dab the bristles into your paint until it's slightly watery, but not too wet. Getting the right consistency takes a bit of playing around, so test it on scrap paper before spattering your final project. You just run your finger over the bristles while aiming it at your paper. Depending on how wet or dry your paint is will determine how fine a speckle you get. 

The banner was made from a long strip of double sided pattern paper, notched on the ends with a square punch and scored/folded in two places. The sentiments are from 'set 26- Simply Spohisticated'. 

And there you have it, a beautiful scenic Christmas card! Hope you like it, have a great day!

Supplies: White embossing powder, white pigment ink, sponge dauber, white acrylic paint, old toothbrush, satin ribbon, baker's twine, silver bell charm, 1" square punch, Scor Pal

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

Thinking of you

Goodmorning everyone,

I hope you`re well today.
It`s my turn to show you a card with `Thinking of you` from the newest release. I`ve coloured the image with the distress inks and a little bit of twinkling H2O.

Please visit my blog, so you can read all the details I used on this card.

It`s a few days to go to Christmas, I wish you a Merry Christmas and a creative, healthy and all the best for 2013.
See you next year!!
Thanks for stopping by 

Gretha xx

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

Starry Bunny

Good morning,
Hope you are all well.

This morning I have a gorgeously, cute LOTV bunny to share,

I have used:

For more info please visit my blog

Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and I'll be back on New years eve.

Thank you so much for looking

Monday, 17 December 2012

Present Kitty

Hello there!  Hope you are all doing very well and enjoying your holiday season!  :)

For my card today, I've used "Present Kitty" from the newest release and used lots of Stickles on it.  A girl can never have enough glitter, and lace, and flowers, and pearls .. and, and, and .. oooh it makes me want to do more craft shopping just thinking about it all!  hahaha!!!

Thanks so much for stopping by .. and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas!  May your Christmas be filled with lots of love and laughter .. with memories to be made and treasured.  :)


Sunday, 16 December 2012

Igloo Bears wishing you a Merry Christmas!

All these cute little bears are wishing you a very Merry Christmas!  

This sweet stamp is called "Igloo Bears".  I colored them with distress inks and the papers are from Nitwits called Polar Pals, flowers from Wild Orchid Crafts.

Stay tuned as the design team shows you more ideas with your LOTV stamps all through the holidays!

Hugs, Dena

Saturday, 15 December 2012

Just For You :)

Hi there sweet peeps – Dawny P here and today I have a Christmas card to share with you.

When I was at the LOTV open day, I sat next to Fleur while we were demo-ing and she showed me how to use distress inks. Well all I can say is that I am hooked – thank you sweet Fleur xxx  The colours are amazing and I promptly went and got me a set!!!

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And this is the result of my first attempt with them :)

The image is

Delivering The Presents 

and I’m ever so sorry but I didn’t write down the colours that I used – I was too busy concentrating on  not making a hash of it with them lol!!

Enjoy your day and as it’s my birthday today I am off now to open my prezzies :)

Have a happy Christmas and I’ll be back before the new year.

Huggiest of hugs to all xxx


Friday, 14 December 2012

Merry Christmas

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Stamps: Lili of the Valley “Merry Christmas Penguins

This card hosts a ITunes gift card – if you like to see the full layout and get the full list of supplies used, please come and have a look at my blog here
Thank you

Thursday, 13 December 2012

Snuggle Time

Hello, long time no post lol.  The DT are doing their own posts for the rest of December whilst Anne is on her jollies, so I thought I would post a baby card (I am all Christmassed out lol).  The stamp is Snuggle Time and the wee tag is from the Sentiment Tags set



My next post here is after Christmas so I would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a wonderful Christmas.


Wednesday, 12 December 2012

A couple of my favourites …

Good morning everyone

Our shop and office closes at 2pm (UK time) today for the Christmas break so this will be my last post for a while. Don’t forget that you will still be able to order on the website over the holidays however your orders won’t be shipped until we come back week commencing 7th January
We have the Winter Sale section with lots of your favourite stamps at just £3.00 each  …and we have also extended the free postage offer


Our Design Team will be taking over and doing the  posts for the next few weeks so there will still be a new card to show you every day. We want to keep on giving you lots of ideas and inspiration to take you into the New Year and there will still be a draw at the end of December from all the comments for a £25 voucher. Make sure you let us know what you think to ensure that your name goes into the draw – you’ve got to be in it to win it!!


Lucy will be updating the Facebook page regularly over the holidays so if you haven’t visited then do stop by and see what she’s up to. You can also put your own cards on there for us and other LOTV fans to see

I’m going to finish with a couple of my favourite cards from the past year

When I saw this one from Kathy it really caught my attention, she’s very clever at making these little scenes using paper and fabric and they make for a very special card. She made this using Light The Way from our Christmas people collection  …

Light The Way - Kathy

My second card is by Gretha and she’s used Fairy With Dove from our Fairies and Mermaids set. I think it was the colour scheme that made this one stand out for me, it’s so hard to use reds and keep it ‘pretty’ without being too bright or bold and I think the colours on here are just beautiful

Fairy With Dove - Gretha

I’ll be back on Christmas day and New Year’s day with more of my favourites from 2012. We have a fabulous DT who make the most amazing cards to showcase our stamps so it was hard for me to pick a favourite for each of them!


All that’s left is for me to say thank you so much for supporting our blogs and for your custom throughout the year. We have some exciting new products for 2013 and can’t wait to show you them

Merry Christmas and a very happy New Year from us all at Lili of the Valley

Anne xx

Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Companion Set …



Good morning crafters, I have a gorgeous little card to share with you today made by our Lou

Lou has used some of the stamps on her card from the new Babies Companion Set

The sheet is £12.50 and you get 7 of the cutest images along with various tags, icons and sentiments so it’s great value for money

Companion Set - Lou



Lou is going to put the details on her own blog here so if you would like to have a go at recreating the card then make sure you pay her a visit

Have a lovely day, see you tomorrow

Anne xx

Monday, 10 December 2012

A Christmas exploding box …



Good  morning bloggers, I hope you all had a lovely weekend and got all your Christmas shopping done. I’ve done most of mine on the internet this year, I’m getting grumpier by the year   …I used to really enjoy it but I just can’t face the shops now when they’re busy and I always seem to end up wanting to commit a murder!

Onto todays post, if some of you have seen this before I apologise but I couldn’t resist putting it on again for our new visitors

Our Kathy made this gorgeous exploding box using the cute Musical Christmas stamp. You can get this stamp at the moment in our Winter Sale for just £3.00 (while stocks last)

There is a tutorial that Kathy kindly put together for us for making one of these boxes on our website. It’s also in the labels down the right hand side of this page under ‘exploding box’

They are a bit time consuming  but the end result is just so impressive that if you have the time and patience it’s definitely worth having a go




Here's the outside, all closed up in a pretty package

…and when you slide off the top, voila! …a little holiday scene and floating snowflakes pop out at you

The little die cut pine trees are decorated with gold tinsel and red pearls

The poinsettias are cut from vellum and sponged with a bit of color before assembling

The snowflakes are frosted with German glass glitter and attached to thin strips of acetate


Wouldn’t this be perfect to send to a very special person this Christmas!

Thanks for looking, see you tomorrow


Anne xx

Sunday, 9 December 2012

Pots Of Love



Good morning everyone, hope you are having a lovely weekend

I have a card to share with you today using one of our latest stamps and this one is called Pots Of Love, it’s one of my favourite images from the new release and comes with the free sentiment

Our Gretha made this adorable card and I love the colour scheme she’s chosen.



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If you want any details of what she’s used then have a mooch over to her own blog where she’ll be putting the card and a list of supplies



Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I’ll see you tomorrow

Anne xx

Saturday, 8 December 2012

James The Bear ….

Good morning crafters, hope everyone is well on this Saturday morning
I have 2 cards to share with you today using stamps that are on special offer at the moment in our Winter Sale
These are older images of  James The Bear and he is still hugely popular, you can get these two at the moment for just £3.00 each


Don’t tell anyone that I spilled the beans, but there might be some more James The Bear stamps coming in 2013   …watch this space!!
The first one is James Bear – Sledging Along and this lovely card was made by our Bev
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This card was in our gallery and I don’t know who’s it is so I can’t give them credit, whoever made it – thank you!

James Bear Box Of Decorations

Have a lovely day, see you tomorrow

Anne xx