Thursday, 31 July 2014

Blog Hop Winners…




Good evening all, it’s a bit strange to be here at this time of night but I wanted to announce the winners of our blog hop before the products go on sale at midnight

If you joined in the hop I hope you enjoyed it and found plenty of lovely ideas and inspiration along the way. Our Design Team have enjoyed working the new stamps and papers and I hope you will too

We had a full set of the 22 new rubber stamps to give away and they were split into 2 prizes…


The first prize was hidden at Becky’s blog and the randomly drawn comment was from…


Congratulations LouLou you won the angels, penguins and snowmen stamps from the new release

Our second prize is the 10 Christmas children stamps and they were hidden at Dena’s blog, the winner of those is you…


Well done to our lucky winners, please email your address details to

If you left a comment on Facebook to be in the draw for the clear stamps then make sure you check over there too to see if you got lucky

Thanks for joining in, I’m sorry you can’t all win!


I have one last sneaky peek for you before the stamps go on sale (in about 2 hours!) by Gretha




Gretha used 3 products from the new release, the image stamp is called Penguin Pals, the sentiment is from our Christmas Wishes set and the papers are in the new ‘Twas The Night pad

Hope you like it, Gretha will put the details of all the dies etc that she used on her own blog

See you tomorrow crafters

Blog Hop reminder, and Just a Note…




Morning everyone, did you join in the Christmas blog hop yesterday? If you missed it don’t worry there is still time to play along, we have loads of fabulous inspiration from the design team using the new images and as always we have a great giveaway…  there is a chance to win some of our exclusive new rubber stamps just by leaving a few comments!

We have some fabulous new clear stamps in this launch too and Lucy has some of those to giveaway on our Facebook page today so make sure you pop over there too


We’ll announce the winners of all the prizes tonight before the new products go on sale


A little break from Christmas today because it’s time for the last card from Netty who’s been our lovely Guest DT this month

This is one of our popular Jack, Patch and Puss stamps and it’s called Just A Note

Netty 4 - July - Just A Note 


Full details can be found on Annette’s own blog here and I’d like to thank her for joining us during July, she made us some very pretty cards and I’m sure she has appreciated all the lovely comments you’ve left on them


This card is perfect for our July challenge and there is still time to get your entries in if you haven’t done so already. We have a new challenge every month and this month the theme is to use 2 or more Lili of the Valley products. Netty used the Just A Note stamp and also papers from our Promises pad

You can enter, see some inspiration, and find all the details on the Challenge Page at the top of the blog, there will be a new challenge for August tomorrow so if you want to join in this month then be quick as it closes tonight!


Just before I go here is a candy winner from earlier in the week, its you Patty. Congratulations, please email your address to

I’ll be back tonight with our hop winners, meanwhile have a lovely day all

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Christmas in July – DT blog hop!


Morning crafters, thanks for stopping by

I have a bit of a treat for you today, a blog hop with our full DT…  and some fabulous prizes!


We’re celebrating the release of our latest new products, our first Christmas launch of 2014 is a lovely mix of cute rubber stamps, useful clear stamps and festive patterned paper pads

We have an adorable set of 22 cute character stamps; new vintage boys & girls, cute angels and ever popular snowmen and penguins

There are 5 new clear stamp sets; mixed Christmas sentiments and carols, some everyday recipes and also some exciting mini images which add a nice finishing touch to your work

Last, but certainly not least, we have 4 fabulous new Christmas paper pads, Snow Princess (patterned and solids) ‘Twas The Night and Festive Trimmings






The new items will be available to buy on the website from midnight on Friday August 1st (UK time)


As I said, the LOTV design team are all joining in the fun today. You need to ‘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 along the way for using the new images

As always there are fabulous prizes up for grabs on this hop, we don’t know where they are hidden so do make sure you that you visit and comment on every blog

I will let you know tomorrow evening 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 a full set of the new Christmas image stamps to give away;

1st prize is the 12 angels, penguins and snowmen

2nd prize is the 10 vintage children

Here's a list of the blogs, 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)











Mary J



Here’s a lovely card by Gretha to kick us off, this cute image is called Christmas Treats and Gretha used some of my favourite papers which are in the Simple Joys pad

Christmas Treats - Gretha

The lovely greeting is from our new Christmas Wishes set



Next stop is my blog here, and if you get lost along the way you come back here and pick up the links again

Don’t forget to pop back tomorrow evening, I’ll announce the names of the prize winners before the new products go on sale

Enjoy the hop everyone and good luck!



Tuesday, 29 July 2014

My Snowman Friend…




Morning crafters, hope you are all well today?

Thanks for all the lovely feedback on our sneaky peeks so far, I think you are all loving the new Christmas range which is great

Today's card is by our Mindy and she’s used My Snowman Friend…

My Snowman Friend - Mindy


You can see full details for the card supplies on Mindy’s own blog


Leave a comment to be in today’s giveaway draw, our candy winner from Sunday is Elaine

Well done Elaine, email with your address


Have a lovely day everyone, we have a DT hop tomorrow showcasing the new Christmas stamps and there will be chance to win the new products…   ooooh!!

Monday, 28 July 2014

New Christmas papers…




Hello lovely crafty friends, how are you all on this Monday morning?

We’re still having some beautiful weather in the UK so I hope you’ve been enjoying it wherever you are, it does seem a bit odd to be making Christmas cards with the sun shining outside but the DT have been busy making sneak peeks for you with all the new products

Another look at the new paper pads today, the launch is on Friday and we have new rubber stamps, clear stamps and 4 fabulous seasonal paper collections …    you’re gonna love them all!

This is a card made with one of the new pads called Festive Trimmings, a lovely set of traditional papers in red, white and green

Festive Trimmings

It doesn’t show up very well on the picture but I used a mask to emboss a snowflake background. The simple tree is just made from strips of contrasting papers and stuck on with foam pads to give a bit of dimension and then a star on the top

The sentiments are from one of our new sets which I stamped and then embossed with silver powder

A few diamantes to finish off and your done…   hope you like it!


Leave a comment if you want to be in today’s draw, our candy winner from Saturday is scrAPamondo

Well done, email your address to and we’ll send you out a little prize


That’s it from me folks, hope you all have a lovely Monday…   I’ll see you tomorrow with news of a hop and chance to win a set of the new stamps and paper pads


Sunday, 27 July 2014

New Recipes….

Morning crafters, have you got anything nice planned for the weekend?

Don't forget that this weeks Summer Saver offer ends tonight. Get stocked up on your art pads for just £5 each (while stocks last) until midnight... and postage is still free wherever in the world you are!!

I have something a bit different today, this is another sneaky peek of our new products and these are some clear recipes stamps
You love the Christmas recipes that we already have in our range so this year we are bringing some more basic recipes that can be used for any time of the year…

Recipes - Elise

This beautiful card was made by our Elise and she’s used 2 of the new recipes (there are 4 on the A5 sheet)
The papers are from the Woodland Wishes pad


Hope you like it, please let me know what you think and I’ll draw a winner from all the comments that are left for today’s candy
Our winner from Friday is Tanya, well done Tanya email your address to


Have a lovely Sunday everyone, see you tomorrow


Saturday, 26 July 2014

Sneaky Peek and a new Sketch…







Morning crafters, I have another lovely sneaky peek for you and because it’s Saturday there is also a matching Sketch


Lou made today’s card and she used the stamp called A Fairy On Top



The papers and sentiment are both new too so watch out for those. The papers are from a gorgeous collection called Snow Princess and there will be pads of both patterned and matching solids





Here’s today's corresponding Sketch. Lou’s card has kept the layout as it is and then she’s added some lovely embellishments and a stitched border, don’t forget that you can move all the elements around…  it’s just a guideline to help get you started!

Sketch #20



Leave a comment if you want to be in the candy draw, our winner from Theme Thursday was linky entry 80 which was you Lorilee…


July 24th winner

Congratulations Lorilee, please email your address to erica@liliofthevalley

That’s it from me folks, hope you all have a lovely day x

Friday, 25 July 2014

Festive Lantern…






Morning lovely blogging friends, how are you all today?

Can you believe it’s Friday again, where are these weeks going?

I have another sneaky peek for you of the new Christmas stamps, Gretha made this lovely card and the image is called Festive Lantern





The papers are from the Woodland Wishes pad and the sentiment is from one of our new sets which will come out with the stamps on August 1st




Hope you like him! The Vintage Boys and Girls have always been very popular and I think you’ll like the new Christmas designs we have for 2014

You can see more details for today’s card on Gretha’s own blog


Our candy winner from Wednesday is Sue, well done Sue please email your address to

Don’t forget to leave a comment if you want to be in today’s draw, we have a giveaway every day here on the Ideas to Inspire blog


See you tomorrow for another sneaky peek and a new sketch

Have a good Friday all!!


Thursday, 24 July 2014

Theme Thursday…


Good morning crafters, are you all enjoying the lovely sunshine we’ve been having?  It’s forecast to stick around for a few more days so I thought we’d have …
as our theme for today!

We had so many lovely cards that I was spoilt for choice, I picked some animal cards which all have a lovely summery feel to them and I’ll do the ones with people another time
I hope you like my selection…

Armfuls Of Daisies - Gretha

 Butterfly Meadow, Springtime Bear - Elise
Watering The Flowers - Dawny
 Sunny Days & Smiles

Leave your name in the linky before you go and I’ll draw a winner for today’s candy
Our winner from Tuesday is Maria Preston, well done Maria, email your address to
Enjoy your Thursday everyone, see you tomorrow for another Christmas sneak peek



Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Guest DT…







Morning everyone, I have another card today from the lovely Netty who is our Guest Designer this month…


Netty 3 - July - Watering Can


Annette used one of my favourite stamps, this is not really a very well known one so I think it may be the first time some of our newer visitors have seen it

It’s called Watering Can, it’s a bit of a generic design and I can think of so many occasions it can be used for – really cute!

The papers are from our popular Promises pad… and you can now get a set of solid colours to match this collection for all your matting and layering



There will be more details on Annette’s own blog and I’ll have another card from her next week


Here’s our winner from Monday; it’s Jackies Crafts

Well done Jackie, email your address to and we’ll send you out some candy

Don’t forget we have a little giveaway every day so leave a comment to be in our crafty draw!

See you tomorrow for Theme Thursday, have a fabulous day everyone





Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sneaky Peek…







Morning bloggers, today I have another sneaky peek at the new Christmas stamps and this one is called ‘Sledging Fun’




Jen made this lovely card and the greeting is from our new set of mixed Christmas sentiments, I think you will find this set really useful as there are 4 different styles on the one A5 sheet, and they are polymer for accurate placement on your work



We have another sensational Summer Saver for you, for one week only all our art pads are just £5.00 each – and postage is still free so don’t miss a great chance to stock up on them!



Our candy winner from Sunday was Marjorie, well done Marjorie,  email your address to

Leave a comment to be with a chance to win todays giveaway and make sure you stop by tomorrow when I’ll have another card from Annette who is our Guest Designer this month

Have a lovely day all

Monday, 21 July 2014

Something Different…



Good morning crafters, I hope you all had a really lovely weekend – sorry about the mix up with the posts I don’t know what blogger was playing at!!

I have a wonderful project to share with you today by our Lou

Lou is very imaginative and add some fabulous little touches to her work that none of us would ever think of…

she covered this notebook and used one of our new Birthday Fairy stamps, this one is called Flower Dance



Flower Dance Book - Lou

There is a long list of supplies for this delightful book, Lou used lots of our sentiments so if you would like to know what they all are you  can see the details on her own blog here

She made a similar one last year and we have it on the counter in the shop as a visitors book. It’s been very much admired by our customers I have to say


That’s it from me, I’ll have another sneaky peek tomorrow so make sure you stop by

Our candy winner from Saturday is…


Well done, email with your address

I’ll draw another winner today so make sure you leave us a comment, you’ve got to be in it to win it!!

Have a good day all


Sunday, 20 July 2014

Christmas Sneaky Peek…


Good morning all, I hope you are having a nice weekend. I haven’t done any crafting since before my holidays so I’m hoping to get chance today to spend a couple of hours playing with the new stamps and papers. The Design Team are already showing what they’ve made and I have another sneaky peek today, this one by our lovely Dawny


The Perfect Tree - Dawny

This little cutie is called ‘The Perfect Tree’
Dawny used papers from one of last years Christmas collections (and one of my favourites) Simple Joys
The wavy greeting is another little sneaky peek, we also have a fab new set of Christmas sentiments coming soon!
This little stacker tree die is one that was out of stock for months and we finally have it back in the shop, the dies are not on the website but we’d be happy for you to order over the telephone


Our candy winner from Friday is Guida Machado, well done Guida, email your address to
Leave a comment to be in todays prize draw

Enjoy the rest of your weekend everyone, see you tomorrow for something a bit different