Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Abracadabra!




Good morning, it’s the end of October so sadly time for the last post from our fabulous guest designer for this month Mandy


Mandy has made a perfect card for Halloween and used our popular Abracadabra! stamp…



7 Mandy October Abracadabra



7 Mandy October Abracadabra 2



Isn’t it fab!


She’s coloured him in with Copic markers and the papers are Magnolia & Prima
Those little scrabble tiles are from fuzzimo, a new site to me but I know some of you have been looking for them so worth a mention as they are a free download


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I’m sure you’ll all agree that Mandy has been a brilliant guest designer for us, we’ve had lots of comments on the cards and projects that she’s done during the month so do have a look at her own blog here to see more of her lovely work


Make sure you pop back tomorrow when I’ll be introducing a new guest designer for November – a little clue, she’s just a simple girl!


Anne xx

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Good morning ….



 
Good morning crafters, hope I find you all well on this Autumn day. The weather has changed now and all the leaves have fallen from the trees – I do like the Autumn I have to say, we usually get some lovely fresh and blustery days
 
On those grey and damp days that we inevitably have though what better way to spend them than crafting  …I hope we give you lots of ideas on here for your own cards and projects
 
If you are a new visitor then welcome to the Lili of the Valley blog, we post a new card every single day and if you leave us a comment you are in with a chance of winning a £25 voucher in our prize draw at the end of each month. The more comments you leave the more chance you have of winning!

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The new mermaids and fairies are now available on the website and you can find them here
Our design team enjoyed using them and made us some beautiful cards, here’s another couple that I want to share with you using the mermaids…
 

Dena and Lou have both used the same stamp which is Little Mermaid 2 but the cards are very different…
 
 


Mermaid - Dena
 
 
Mermaid - Lou


 
You can see both cards on the girl’s own blogs (click on the pictures) if you would like more details of what they used …and do make sure you pop back tomorrow for our last post of the month from our guest designer Mandy
 

Have a lovely day
 

Anne xx

Monday, 29 October 2012

New Stamps OUT NOW!

 

 

Just a quick update on my earlier post…

…the new mermaids and fairies are ready so we didn’t want to make you wait until midnight, they’re available to buy on the website now and you can find them here

 

We have a special offer on them too  … you can buy all 5 stamps for £20 which saves you over 10%

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed seeing all the sneak peeks and that they’ve give you lots of inspiration for using the new stamps!

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Mermaid Friends ….




 
Good morning crafters, I hope you all had a  lovely weekend
 
 
The new mermaids and fairies will be on the website from midnight if you haven’t been able to get them already, I have a final sneaky peek for you from our Fleur of Mermaid Friends
 
 


Mermaid Friends - Fleur

 
Everyone who comes into our showroom loves Fleur’s cards, she has a very unique style and you can see how she made this card along with all her other work on her own blog here
 
 
Don’t forget to leave us a comment, all the comments that we get throughout the month go into a draw to win a £25 voucher  …we love to hear what you think about the cards and the products

 
Have a lovely day, see you tomorrow
 

Anne xx

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Little Mermaid …

 

 

Morning all  …hope those of you that managed to come to our open day yesterday had a good time

The workshops were all full,  everyone seemed to really enjoy them and we had GREAT feedback about the new mermaid and fairy stamps

Here’s another little peek at one of the mermaids, this delicious card was made by our Elise

 

 

Mermaid - Elise

 

 

Elise makes such gorgeous girlie cards and you always enjoy seeing them judging by the comments we get   …take a look at her blog if you’d like to look at more of her work

Enjoy the rest of your weekend

Anne xx

Saturday, 27 October 2012

Back to Christmas …

 

 

 

Good morning everyone, because it’s our Christmas open day today at Lili of the Valley I thought it only fitting that I post a Christmas card today!

This one is by Claudia Rosa and she’s used our Ice Skating stamp

 

Ice Skating - Claudia

 

 

You can see more details of what she’s used to make the card on her own blog

Hope to see you today if you can make it   …the rest of you have a lovely Saturday

Anne xx

Friday, 26 October 2012

Little Mermaid …

 

 

 

Good morning crafters, it’s Friday again – where do these weeks go?

Don’t forget it’s our Christmas open day tomorrow if you are near enough to visit us in Leeds. There will be mulled wine and mince pies  …and lots going on. We’ve trimmed the showroom up and it look amazing, we’re all feeling very festive now and you’ll be able to get hold of all our Christmas products as well as lots of other crafting goodies

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I have another sneaky peek of our little mermaid today, the Design Team have loved using them and they have all made some amazing cards to share with you

Todays card is by Moni

 

 

Mermaid - Moni

 

 

She’s also used a greeting from our popular Dreamy Days Circular Sentiments Set

You can have a look at Moni’s own blog if you would like to see how she made the card

See you tomorrow

Anne xx

 

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Fairy With Dove …

 

 

 

Good morning crafters,

Another sneak peek of the new stamps today - this by Pops and she’s used Fairy With Dove…

…if your going to the HobbyCrafts show at the SECC this week (Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday) you’ll be able to get these before anyone else has them because we’re launching them there! If you can’t get there they will be available at our open day on Saturday (at the Lili of the Valley showroom in Leeds) and then they will be on sale on the website from midnight on Tuesday

 

Fairy With Dove - Pops

 

 

 

Fairy With Dove 2 - Pops

 

 

AND, I HAVE SOME  EXCITING NEWS!  …we have 3 sets of the new stamps to giveaway in an exclusive Facebook competition, so if you haven’t paid our page a visit then make sure you do so…

 

 

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 There are 5 stamps in the new set - 3 mermaids and 2 fairies worth £22.50. All you have to do to be in with a chance of winning one of the prizes is to leave your suggestions  for future stamp ideas that you would like to see from LOTV (don’t forget that this is ONLY on our Facebook page, suggestions left on here won’t go in the draw)

The competition closes at midday on Friday UK time and 3 winners will be picked at random

Lucy puts cards on there every day and also lots of Lili of the Valley news. You can ask us any questions you might have and also put you own cards and projects on there to share with other Lili of the Valley fans

See you tomorrow!

Anne xx

Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Little Mermaid …




Morning all!
 
Hope everyone is well today …and thanks for stopping by
 
We’ve had amazing feedback so far about our new mermaid designs and we’re really pleased that you like them as much as we do!
 
This is the 3rd stamp in the in the set and this lovely card was made by our Mindy



Mermaid 4 - Mindy


Mermaid - Mindy


Mermaid 3 - Mindy


 
Mindy has used patterned papers from our Petal Fresh pad on her card and you can get the Wild Orchid Craft flowers and ribbon in our showroom if you want to have a go at making this lovely card yourselves
 

Have a lovely day, and make sure you stop by tomorrow
 

Anne xx

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

Some sneaky peeks of our new fairies …




Good morning crafters,  I have a couple more sneaky peeks for you today of our latest fairies…
 
 ...they go on sale on the website at midnight next Tuesday, but you’ll be able to get hold of them early if you are able to visit us on Saturday. We’re having another one of our open days at our showroom in Leeds and this one is going to be our Christmas Crafting Spectacular!
 
The shop will be bursting with all things Christmassy, including all our Christmas products (if you haven’t yet bought them) and some fabulous products for your festive cards and projects
The colouring classes are now full but we’ll have some fabulous free demonstrations including how to stamp onto candles, how colour with pencils onto ‘Kraft’ paper and more
 
There will also be some tasty refreshments including mulled wine and mince pies and some fun competitions where you can win prizes!
 
If you are away for the school holiday week in the UK, don’t despair! We have a fabulous LOTV Party planned for Saturday 24th November, our final open day of 2012, which everyone can attend, either in person (although it would be quite full!) or virtually, though our online Facebook party. We are also open every Saturday until 1st December

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The 2 new fairies are Bumblebee Fairy and Fairy With Dove ...and our Fleur and Lou have made these 2 scrummy cards to show you…
 
 
 

Bumble Bee Fairy - Fleur


Fairy With Dove - Lou


You can see more details on their own blogs (click the pictures for a link) and I’ll have another peek to show you tomorrow of our mermaids

Have a lovely day!

Anne xx

Monday, 22 October 2012

Another sneaky peek …




 
Good morning crafters, hope you all had a lovely weekend!
 

I have another little sneak peek for you today using one of our new mermaid stamps. There are 3 mermaids and a couple of new fairies and they will be available at our next Open Day on October 27th and also at the Glasgow Hobby Crafts show which is 25th to 28th October
If you’re not able to attend ether of those events then they will be on sale on the website from Tuesday 30th October
 

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Today’s card was made by our lovely Katarina, she’s used one of the new mermaids and patterned papers from our Promises pad
 
 
There aren’t many mermaids on the market …and if you find one it certainly won’t be anywhere near as pretty as these little cuties!
 
 
 



 
The greeting on the card is one of our Girlie Banners and the little ‘hugs’ tag is from our useful Sentiment Tags set
 
 




 
Full details are on Katarina’s own blog here if you would like to know what she used to make the card
 
 
See you tomorrow!
 
 

Anne xx

Sunday, 21 October 2012

Guest designer, Christmas Eve boy …

 

 

Good morning, it’s the Stamp Magic show today at Doncaster Dome so if you’re going to the show make sure you stop by our stand and say Hello! It’s a lovely show that we enjoy doing  …it’s small and friendly!

I have another piece of work to share with you today from Mandy who is our guest designer for October.

She’s made this amazing little door hanger using Christmas Eve Boy

7 Mandy October Door Hanger

 

7 Mandy October Door Hanger 2

 

7 Mandy October Door Hanger 3

 

 

Here’s Mandy to tell you what she used;

I have made a little door hanger, as soon as I saw this gorgeous image I had an idea of what I wanted to try and make, I hope you like it!

Ingredients -

Image - Christmas Eve Boy

Medium - Copics

Paper - Magnolia

Flowers - Kort & Godt

Stars - Studio Calico

Seam Binding - The Ribbon Girl

Twine - May Arts

Key - Prima

Other embellies from stash

Santa's Magic Key poem – internet

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Thanks Mandy  …I’m sure everyone will agree that it’s just lovely!

You can see more of Mandy’s lovely work on her own blog here so do go and take a look …and there will be more from her later in the month

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Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone and I’ll be back tomorrow with another sneaky peek of the latest stamps

Anne xx

 

Saturday, 20 October 2012

Back to Christmas ….


Good morning all, the weekend again already – doesn’t the time just fly by!

Just a reminder that our showroom is still open every Saturday until December 1st (10-4)   …we appreciate that some of you can’t get here during the week because of work, school etc. so hope you’ll be able to visit us then

We have our next open day coming up on October 27th, there will be lots going on and a chance to get hold of the new fairies and mermaid stamps early so watch out for more details of that shortly


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I haven’t posted any Christmas cards for a while so thought we’d have a change today, these 2 beautiful cards were made by our Moni


This first card uses one of my favourite stamps from this years Christmas designs – Light The Way
Moni had also used papers from our Classic Christmas pad and a greeting from the Christmas Circular Sentiments sheet


Light The Way - Moni


The second card is Snow Queen, she is great for winter birthdays as well as Christmas cards  …you can also get her already coloured on a Mini Masterpiece sheet

The greetings on the card are from Grunge Christmas Messages and Calendars


Snow Queen - Moni


Aren’t they lovely  …I hope they’ve given you a few ideas for your own cards!


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Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I’ll have a fabulous little project from our guest designer this month Mandy to show you


Have a lovely day


Anne xx

Friday, 19 October 2012

Little Mermaids …

 

 

 

Good morning crafters, I have another sneaky peek to share with you today, this one is our Little Mermaid Friends – how cute are they!

Dena  has made this scrummy card and she’s put full details on her blog of what she’s used.

 

 

 

 

The greeting is from the Vintage Sentiments - Just To Say set and Dena has used papers from our Bonnets and Bowties pad

We think these little Mermaids will be very popular and I’ll have another card for you tomorrow

Have a lovely day

Anne xx

Thursday, 18 October 2012

A sneaky peek …




Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by


I have some more sneaky peeks for you    ...this time of our next mini stamp launch
There are 3 mermaids and a couple of new fairies which you are going to LOVE!
They will be available at our next open day on October 27th and also at the Glasgow Hobby Crafts show which is 25th to 28th October
If you’re not able to attend ether of those events then they will go on sale on the website from Tuesday 30th October


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This first peek I have for you is from Gretha and she’s used the new little fairy with dove…




Fairy With Dove - Gretha



Fairy With Dove 2 - Gretha



Fairy With Dove 3 - Gretha



The inside of the card is beautifully decorated too  ...and Gretha has used a greeting from our ever popular Set 10 Verses sheet


 

Fairy With Dove 4 - Gretha



Isn’t she cute  …and isn’t this the most gorgeous card?


Have a look at Gretha’s blog here if you would like more details of what she’s used …and make sure you pop back tomorrow for another card using the new stamps


Have a good day!


Anne xx

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Christmas Icons …



Morning all, hope you managed to get hold of your new Mini Masterpiece sheets yesterday

We’ve been very busy, you are loving them which is great ....and don't forget we have extended the free shipping offer for a while longer


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Today I have a card to share with you using our new Christmas Icons stamp set


The fabulous Kath was our guest designer last month but she couldn’t resist having a play with these when they came out and I’m sure you’ll agree that she’s made another beautiful card…


LOTV 1

LOTV 2

LOTV 3




Kath will put the details of how she made the card on her own blog here so do be sure to pay her and Buddy a little visit


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Have a good day everyone ...and make sure you stop by tomorrow when I'll be starting to show some sneak peeks of the next stamp launch 


Anne xx

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

Some more Mini Masterpiece cards …







Good morning crafters   …did you stay up until midnight to get your Mini Masterpiece sheets?

These new designs have been really popular and we’re so pleased that you like them – there are 40 sheets in total now so plenty of choice for all the cards you need to make throughout the year


We’ve extended the free shipping** offer so that it includes this new release so make sure you get your order in before the offer finishes
**please note that free shipping does not apply to paper pads, because of the weight of them we have to make a small charge towards the cost of shipping, details are on the website


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Lisa and Laila took a day off from running the business last week to have a play with the new sheets  …and I thought you’d like to see some of the cards that they came up with



The girls don’t often get chance to create now as they are so busy  (thank goodness  …you should have seen the mess they made!!) and these cards show just what great results you can get with the toppers even if you're not an experienced crafter

…it also shows that you don’t need to have a massive crafty stash or hours to spare to produce some really lovely cards






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…isn't it a lovely selection of cards for all occasions!

These and lots more will be on display in our showroom ...and our website galleries will be updated shortly to include a Mini Masterpiece gallery and also all the new Christmas cards so look out for more news about that





Make sure you stop by tomorrow for something a bit different  …and have a lovely day everyone



Anne xx

Monday, 15 October 2012

A blog hop, and new Mini Masterpiece Sheets out tonight ….




Good morning crafters, hope you all had a lovely weekend
 
It’s the 15th of the month so some of our design team are having a mini blog hop showing you various different cards all using the same stamp
 
This month we’ve used Delivering The Presents  …so ‘hop’ along to my blog here which is the first stop
 
We have some prizes along the way from our lovely sponsors…
 
 

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…so makes sure that you visit all the blogs as we don’t know where the hidden prizes are
The lucky winners will be drawn later in the week from all the comments that are left
 
 
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Onto today’s card, the new Mini Masterpiece sheets are launched on the website at midnight tonight and here’s another peek for you
 


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This cute little image is from our 2012 Christmas stamps and is called Cuddling Ted
The sentiment is from the Christmas Handwritten Phrases set
 

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We’re extending the free shipping offer* to include the Mini Masterpiece sheets so make sure you get them while your order is still postage free
 
*please note that this offer doesn’t include the paper pads, because of the weight of them we do add a postage charge to orders containing the pads
 
 

Have a good day, see you tomorrow
 
 

Anne xx

Sunday, 14 October 2012

…and another!

 

 

Good morning everybody, it’s the weekend again and we’re having some lovely weather here in Leeds.

We’ve had some beautiful bright and breezy days with just a bit of a nip in the air; I love Autumn when it’s like this and I hope you’re managing to find time to sneak in a bit of crafting on this lovely sunny Sunday!

 

Only 1 more day to go until the release of our new Mini Masterpiece sheets and I have another little sneaky peek for you today;

 

 

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This is one of our older images and was on one of most popular die cut sheets called Vintage Girls. That sheet has now sold out so I’m sure you’ll be pleased to see these lovely little girls brought back as a Mini Masterpiece  …beautifully coloured in as always for you by our Bev

The stamp is here on our website and it’s called Little Girls Tea Time

The little blue felt flowers are new to our showroom and they are SO cute! …we have them in various colours and styles

The greeting is from our Vintage Sentiments – Just To Say sheet …cut and embossed using a Spellbinders Labels 18 die

Finally …all the backing papers are from our Petal Fresh pad which co-ordinates perfectly with the blues in the picture

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Hope you like it, I’ll have another one to show you tomorrow …and enjoy the rest of your Sunday

Anne xx

 

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Another sneaky peek ….




Good morning everyone, thanks as always for stopping by    …and I hope you can find a little bit of crafty inspiration while you’re here!


I have another sneaky peek of the new Mini Masterpiece sheets to show you today;






This is Christmas Star, she was one of our best selling Christmas images this year and we’re bringing her to you now beautifully coloured and ready to use!

I did some layering on this card, each sheet has 1 larger image, 2 medium and 4 smaller ones so they are great if you like to decoupage

I used the medium size picture and from the second one cut out the tree, the star, her coat and her boots. It’s not a technique I use often but I was pleased with the result although you can’t see it very well on the picture

The sentiment is from our Christmas Circular Sentiments set and the backing papers (which I thought went really well with the little trees!) are from our Classic Christmas pad



Don't forget to leave us a comment, we love to hear your views ...and all the the comments that are left over the month go in a draw to win a £25 voucher

Hope you like it …enjoy your weekend!


Anne x

Friday, 12 October 2012

New Mini Masterpiece sheets out soon ….

 

Hi everyone, I have great news for all you mini masterpiece lovers …

…the next 16 sheets will be launched on the website at midnight UK time next Tuesday 16th October (that's the midnight between Monday and Tuesday!)

There will be a mixture of boys, girls and Christmas

Here’s a little peek for you – this little munchkin is one of our best selling boy images and he’s called Abracadabra! (click on the link to see the stamp)

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I2I, LTJ

 

 

I know a few of you (myself included) struggle with using the darker colours so this one will be very popular I think  …all the hard work has been done for you by our fabulous Bev so you can get straight on with making your lovely card without worrying about the colouring!

I’ll put all the details for the card on my blog for you. This delicious ribbon was sent to me by the gorgeous girlies over at  Crafty Ribbons, we’ve been so busy doing Christmas cards that I haven’t had chance to use my bag of goodies yet. There are some beautiful ribbons and they have some that are exclusive to them so do have a look at their shop  …and I’ll be back tomorrow with another sneaky peek

Have a lovely day

Anne x

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Guest designer ….




Good morning everyone, it’s time for another post from our guest designer of the month …and for October we’re delighted to have Mandy on board


You loved Mandy’s first piece of work and I can’t wait to share this card with you that she has made for us  ….


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Mandy has cleverly combined 2 of our favourite images on the card …and isn’t it a great idea!


7 Mandy October Ballerinas


The adorable little girls are Wish Upon A Star and Dainty Dancing

She’s also used one of the Calendar stamps


7 Mandy October Ballerinas 2


Here’s a list of the other supplies she used on the card;
Colouring Medium - Copics
Papers - SEI & Kraft cardstock
Flowers - Wild Orchid, Kort & Godt & Hooked On Craft
Doily & charm - stash
Twine - Hemtique
String of pearls - Wild Orchid
Sparkle - crystal glamour dust
Brad - American Crafts
Tools - Martha Stewart Eyelet Lace PATP & Loops punch & CC Designs Olive Branch




You can see more of Mandy’s work on her own blog here and there will more from her later in the month


Make sure you stop by tomorrow because I have some sneaky peeks to show you over the next few days of the new Mini Masterpiece sheets that are coming out next week – you are going to LOVE them!


Have a good day


Anne x

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Winter Fairy …

 

 

Good morning crafters, sorry there wasn’t a new card yesterday but I hope you’ll agree that this one was worth waiting for!

Our Moni has used Winter Fairy on this stunning card …and I love the pastel colour scheme she’s chosen

The greeting is from our popular Set 5 - Christmas Circular Sentiments

 

 

 

This image is also available on a mini masterpiece die cut sheet if you don’t like to colour  …or just need a quick card

 

This little cutie doesn’t have to be just for Christmas cards either, she’s perfect for Winter birthdays and parties so very versatile

Hope you like it, you can find out what papers etc that Moni used to make the card on her own blog here

Have a lovely day

Anne xx