Thursday, 31 October 2013

Oh So Girlie blog hop …





Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by!

Firstly today we’re not having a Theme Thursday so here’s the winner from last week, drawn at random it’s number 40 and that was you…

Val Jones

thursday theme winner

Well done Val, email with your address. You’ve won one of our brand new girlie stamps, it’s the one that was used on last Theme Thursday cards and it’s called My Favourite Friends


Right, time for another of our fun blog hops to celebrate the launch of the 5 gorgeous new Girlie stamps over the weekend

The stamps will be available to buy on the website from midday on Monday 4th November and also at our open day on Saturday if you are able to come along


We thought we’d have a change for this hop,  you all enjoy seeing how an image can be used in different ways so this time we are showing cards all made using the same stamp

We’ve chosen Getting Ready  ...and she is just adorable!


I’m sure you know what to do by now, just ‘hop’ from one blog to another following the links and leave a comment on each card, hopefully we can give you lots of ideas and inspiration

As always we have some hidden prizes along the way, we don’t know where they are so do be sure to visit and comment on every blog

We will let you know tomorrow which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners will be drawn at random from all the comments that were left on those blogs

~~ we have 3 sets of the new stamps to give away  …three lucky winners will each get all 5 new designs~~


Here's a list of all the blogs taking part, and remember that you will need to visit them all and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;

Ideas to Inspire – you’re here









Here’s a card to kick us off by Jen...

Getting Ready - Jen

I love the colour scheme that Jen used, the cute image is quite rightly the focus of her lovely card and she also used one of our sentiment tags

There’s another card from Jen later in hop too


Don’t forget to come back tomorrow evening, I’ll announce the winners and then if you are coming along on Saturday you’ll know beforehand

Next stop is my blog here

Good luck!

Wednesday, 30 October 2013

Sneaky Peek …



Good morning everyone and thanks for stopping by


Another little sneaky peek of the new girls today, you can get these on Saturday if you are able to come along to our Open Day at the shop in Leeds

If you can’t make it then they will be launched on the website on Monday (4th November) so not long to wait!

This card is by our clever Debbie and it’s called So Many Presents…

So Many Presents - Debbie


Hope you like it, have a good day everyone and I’ll see you tomorrow



Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Top Hat …

Good morning everybody
I think we escaped the worst of the storm here, we had some torrential rain but the winds were not bad
I hope all our lovely friends in the South of England came through it ok and if you're in Europe where the storm is how heading then please keep safe


I have the final card from Fiona today
Fi and Nicola have joined us as Guest Designers during October and they’ve made some beautiful cards between them
Fi used one of our cute Jack, Patch and Puss stamps for her lovely Christmas card
This one features Jack & Puss and it’s called Top Hat

Fiona 4 October - JPP Top Hat

She also sneaked one of the Christmas Grungy Messages on there too, these are so useful


Fi is going to put the card on her own blog if you would like to know what else she used  …and I’d like to thank her for joining us this month!

Have a lovely day everyone, see you tomorrow


Monday, 28 October 2013

Dancing Queen …




Good morning bloggers, hope you all had a fab weekend

We’re heading into the last week of October (really!!) and it’s going to be a busy week for us

We have our next Open Day on Saturday (2nd November) so we have to get the shop ready and stocked up with lots of crafty goodness for you. Keep an eye on here, the website and Facebook this week for more news about what will be happening

The five new girls will be launched at the Open Day so you will be able to get them a couple of days before they go on sale on the website

Dawny is taking another one of our popular all day workshops, unfortunately this one is full but there are still a few places on the November 30th one so if you fancy coming along on that date then why not make a full day of it and book yourself in. You can find details on the website here 



This weeks voucher winner, drawn from the comments that were left on Friday’s card is…


Well done Muhriel, email and Lucy will give you your voucher code


Today’s card is another sneak peek of the new girls and this ‘lil cutie is called Dancing Queen…









Gretha made this beautiful card and she’s included a separate tag using a lovely verse from our Inspirational Sentiments

The papers are from our new Winter Wishes, a lovely mix of pale blue and brown  …and a very useful pad to have because they can be used for Christmas too!


That was a long post today, hope you’re still with me!

Have a lovely day everyone, see you tomorrow

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Swirly Fir Tree …



Morning all, what you up to today? I hope you’re all having a nice weekend so far


Time to introduce Nicola again who is one of our guest designers for this month

Nicola made this lovely gift bag as her next project for us, she’s used the Swirly Fir Tree stamp

Nicola 3 October - Swirly Christmas Tree


Wouldn't you be delighted if someone gave you a gift presented in a beautiful bag like this, I know I most certainly would!

We sell the plain kraft gift bags in our Leeds shop, Dawny decorated one at the last workshop and everyone loved doing it, it’s such a nice change from making a card

Nicola also used one of our Christmas Grungy Messages 


Have a look on Nicola’s own blog here to see the details of how she made her bag and you can also browse all her other lovely work while you’re visiting!

Enjoy the rest of your weekend, see you tomorrow

Saturday, 26 October 2013

James and our Quick Cards column…



Good morning crafters, thanks for taking time out of your Saturday to stop by

We have got a Lili of the Valley column in issues 119, 120 and 121 of Quick Cards magazine which is quite exciting!

Lisa is writing it and sharing all our news and I have made a card for each feature


This is the card that is shown in issue 119 which is on sale now and I’ve used a fab James the Bear image from one of our Art Pads

This pad is called Furry Christmas and has an adorable selection of James The Bear images along with our popular Jack, Patch and Puss and also our new Polar Bears

They are great if you’re not a stamper or your colouring is not quite up to scratch. Our stampers also love them too because there are always times when you need to make a quick card

There are 30 pages in each pad for just £6, Laila sourced a lovely quality smooth white card and you get 3 each of 10 different images – great value for money!

Furry Christmas - Anne

I used our Candles and Cake papers on my card

They’re not really Christmas papers but I love the red and the green out of this pad for Christmas cards, they’re such gorgeous bright shades   …perfect!

The ‘hope your day is filled with joy’ sentiment is from Christmas Handwritten Phrases. This and the regular Handwritten Phrases are my go to stamps when I need a greeting and are always on my desk. I love the font and there is a sentiment for any occasion on these 2 sets

Hope you like it, I’ll put the full details on my own blog later if you would like to know what I used



That’s it from me, have a lovely Saturday all


Friday, 25 October 2013

Getting ready …



Morning all, Friday again and another week has flown by!

We’re at the HobbyCrafts show in Glasgow until Sunday at the SECC so if you’re going to the show do make sure you visit us on stand B20

Rich is on his own so if any of you lovely kind crafters would like to take him a coffee I’m sure it would be very much appreciated   …it’s quite hard for him to get a break!



Onto todays card and I have another sneaky peek of our new girls which are out on November 4th

Our Lou made this and the stamp is called Getting Ready





I love the rich colours she’s chosen, see it doesn’t always have to be pink for the girlies!

That’s it from me for now, I’ll be back lover the weekend with more cards so be sure to stop by if you can

Enjoy your Friday everyone

Thursday, 24 October 2013

Theme Thursday …


Morning everyone, time for one of our Theme Thursdays and today I thought I’d feature one of the stamps we’re sneak peeking at the moment
The Design Team have all chosen this stamp to use and it’s my own favourite  …we think you’ll love it too!
It’s called My Favourite Friends, here are 6 very different cards all using that same image and what a gorgeous selection …

My Favourite Friends - Becky
My Favourite Friends - Dena
My Favourite Friends - Elise
My Favourite Friends - Gretha
My Favourite Friends - Mindy
My Favourite Friends - Moni

Lots of inspiration there for you for using the new girls!
If you’d like to win this adorable stamp (and get it before anyone else!)  then leave your name in the linky and I’ll announce the winner next Thursday

Lucy will be doing her Theme Thursday on Facebook later so if you get a minute go and see what she's chosen

See you tomorrow everyone, have a good day
 , don’t forget our Create and Craft show is today at midday (UK time)


Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Create & Craft and Frosty Christmas

Morning everybody, how are you today?



If you didn’t already know then we will be on Create and Craft tomorrow at 12 midday
Our Dawny will be flying the Lili of the Valley flag again and showing some fabulous stamps, papers and toppers so if you’re not going to be around then don’t forget to set your videos (or is it digi boxes these days!)
According to the schedule Leoni is presenting which is great, she’s a crafter so always seems to be genuinely interested in the products rather than just the sales figures and I think she’ll really like what we have on the show tomorrow!


I have something a bit different to show you today and this was made by Dawny
She’s used our hugely popular Frosty Christmas papers to make this fabulous starry wreath



Isn’t it amazing, I think you’ll all want to have a go at this!
You can see more details on Dawny’s own blog and please join me in wishing her luck for tomorrows show – she’ll be great but I know she’s nervous!


See you tomorrow for Theme Thursday  …and as always we’ll have some candy!
Have a good Wednesday everyone


Tuesday, 22 October 2013

Feeding Robins …




Morning bloggers, thanks as always for taking the time to stop by and I hope you’re all well?

I have a card from Fi to show you today who is our other guest designer for October

Fiona and Nicola each won a Guest DT spot with their fabulous cards in our August challenge

Here’s a little bit about her;



So, my name is Fiona or Fi for short! I'm married with 2 children, one is flying the nest with his girlfriend some time soon :( and the other is 15 and she is very high maintenance!! We also have a golden lab who is now an old girl and quite poorly so she gets lots of love and attention 

I live in a little town called Bathgate which is almost half way between Glasgow and Edinburgh. I also work full time and I have to say...I do really enjoy my job most of the time.  I work in HR for a large entertainment company of the biggest in fact, and have been there for almost 14 years. 

I have always been into some kind of arts and crafts and when the kids were little I took up knitting which I do love too but then as time goes on they don't want to wear knitted jumpers so I took up card making as I was encouraged by my friend. That was about 5 years ago   ....I could never stop now!!

I have had a few guests spots over the past couple of years but I am on the Team at The Sugar Bowl and I co run Sweet Stampin Challenge.  I have a guest spot coming up at My Mum's Craft Shop in November




Fi has used Feeding Robins on her card...


Fiona 3 October - Feeding Robins



Isn’t it lovely!

She’s also used the little Noel tag which is from our popular Christmas Grungy Messages set

Fi will put the full details on her own blog here so do go and visit …and you can see more of her lovely cards on there too

See you tomorrow, enjoy your Tuesday everyone


Monday, 21 October 2013

Voucher Winners. ..




Hi everyone, thanks for popping back

As promised I’ve drawn 2 winners from all the comments we’ve had because I wasn’t here to do it last Monday

The first one is..

Maria :)

and the second one is…

Crazy Craft Shed

Well done ladies, you’ve each won a £10 voucher

Email Lucy on and she’ll send you your codes


Have a lovely day everyone, see you tomorrow

Dancing Queen …




Morning everybody, I hope you all had a smashing weekend

I’ll be back later with the last 2 weeks voucher winners but for now here’s todays card and it’s another sneak peek of our new girls…

This was made by Kim and she’s used Dancing Queen






Isn’t she adorable dancing in her Mum’s shoes and singing into the hairbrush (I’m sure we’ve all done it!)

I like how Kim has used the 2 sizes of scalloped circles for her matt and layering, unusual, must give that a go


If you comment on our posts then don’t forget to pop back later to see if you were a winner, as always the prizes will be drawn from the comments that have been left on our cards

Have a good day

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Me and my dog …




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

We’re at the Stamp Magic show today at Doncaster Dome if you’re visiting so do pop by and say hello, we’ll be in our usual spot!


I have a card using an older stamp to share today, this is by our Moni and I thought it felt very Autumnal – just like the weather this weekend!

Milly Me And My Dog


The stamp is Milly Me and My Dog, I love this stamp, in fact all the Milly ones are really cute

Moni made a lovely card today, I like everything about this and the colour scheme is perfect!


Hope you all have a great Sunday, see you tomorrow!


Saturday, 19 October 2013

Birthday Bonnet …








Morning everyone, another little sneaky peek for you today of our new girls and this lovely card is by Elise



So Many Presents - Elise



The stamp is called ‘So Many Presents’ and is one of our 5 new girls that will go on sale November 4th (and also in the shop at our open day on November 2nd)

Elise also made a little tag using one of our Pretty Grungy messages, this one is from the Wishes set


Have a lovely Saturday everyone


Friday, 18 October 2013

Snow Buddies…



Good morning everyone, I had a lovely break in London for a few days (and spent a bloomin’ fortune!)

Thanks to the DT for looking after the blog, I did keep checking in to see what they were up to, and just as I knew they would, they had some gorgeous cards to share with you this past week so thanks for all your encouraging comments. Because I wasn’t here on Monday to pick a winner I’ll draw 2 names next Monday from the last two weeks comments and you’ll each win a £10 voucher


Before today’s card I just wanted to let you know about a new challenge that our friends Mary and Andrea have started on their fab Ribbon Girl blog

It’s going to be held once a month and it’s a Lovely Lili challenge which means you have to use your Lili of the Valley products to be able to enter, there are some fab prizes and as always lots of inspiration from the design team. The first one started last weekend but you still have time to enter so do pop over and have a look here


Right, on with today’s post and I have a card from one of our lovely Guest Designers …

This is Nicola and she won one of 2 guest DT spots in our August challenge…

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A little bit about me......I'm Nicola, hitting the big 40 this month and addicted to paper crafts!

I'm married with three adorable children - Joshua 10, Callum 7 and Jasmine 5 and we live in the East of England

I work part-time as a Preschool Assistant and I'm lucky that it doesn't take up too much of my time so I have plenty of time to get creative. I've always loved making things and used to do cross stitch until I discovered card making about seven years ago and haven't looked back since

I make a lot of shaped cards and 3D projects as I love anything unusual and out of the ordinary!

Nicola 2 October - Snow Buddies

Nicola made another fabulous shaped card for her second card and she’s used Snow Buddies

You’ve loved these cute Polar Bears and I’m not surprised seeing this card

You can see more details on Nicola’s own blog here and there will be more from her later in the month




Have a lovely Friday everyone, see you tomorrow



Thursday, 17 October 2013

Love you x

Hello everyone!  It's Mary J here to show you a sneak peek of one of the cute girls that will be on sale from Monday 4 November...

Didn't I say she was cute?!  This newbie is called My Favourite Friends and I matched it up with Perfect Pair papers and a sentiment from the Handwritten Phrases set.

The other newbies coming your way are just as cute so watch out for other sneak peeks here at Ideas To Inspire!


Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Fairy Lights

Hello there, I hope you have a lovely week, not too much rain like here in The Netherlands
It's Gretha here today while Anne have hopefully a great time on her holiday
I'm sharing a card with the stamp"Fairy Lights" coloured with the distress inks pads and some twinkling H2O
I used a circular greeting set 5 - "Christmas Circular Sentiment" on this card

Thank you so much for your visit and please come back tomorrow when the lovely Mary will show you a marvelous card

Hope you have a lovely day

xox Gretha