Tuesday, 22 August 2017

New LOTV: Merry Messages

Hello lovely people,

I'm back with another DT post to share some more of the fantastic new LOTV stamps that were released yesterday.

This set caught my eye straight away as I just love the chalkboard style design, and I thought they would look lovely on a string of bunting.

I've heat embossed the sentiments in white and then cut them out right up to the line.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I liked the idea so much I thought I'd make a set of four, so I could use all four sentiments!

I kept the same backing paper for all the cards but with slightly different colour schemes for the bunting, and different card sizes, so this one is 12.5cm square.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I kept it monochrome for this one and it's a dinky one too at 8.5 x 11cm.

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV


I went all out on this last one and considering the card base is 7 x 18cm, I got a lot of bunting on it!

Christmas card with string of bunting, using Merry Messages stamps by LOTV

I hope I've inspired (tempted?!) you to have a peek at these gorgeous new stamps over at LOTV and do check out all the other beautiful DT samples too.

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used;
Merry Messages by LOTV
A Gift for You 12x12" papers by Maja Design
Stitched jumbo fishtail banner STAX by My Favorite Things
Various tiny fishtail dies by My Favorite Things
Cosmic Shimmer white detail embossing powder
Twine from stash

Monday, 21 August 2017

New LOTV: Bauble Greetings

Hello lovely people,

It's not long since the release of the first batch of super cute Christmas images from LOTV and now these are being followed up by some brilliant new sentiment stamps...and they are available from midday today!

I was really excited when I got my hands on these because of the amazing selection of designs in a wide variety of styles and my head was immediately spinning with ideas.

I'm starting with a very simple idea using one of the Bauble Greetings...and I've made it into a bauble of course!

I've used 1mm foam sheet behind the panel at the top and the bauble to add dimension and just a scrap of DP for a pop of colour.

Christmas card using Bauble Greeting by LOTV

The advantage of having these as rubber stamps is that you can use them for lots of different techniques, use different coloured inks, or heat emboss them as I have done here with white powder.

Christmas card using Bauble Greeting by LOTV

Look out for loads more fabulous samples from the rest of the Design Team and I'll be back tomorrow with a set of 4 cards (yep, FOUR!) using another sentiment set :-)

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Lovely things I've used;
Bauble Greetings - LOTV
Stitched basic edges - My Favorite Things
Stitched scallop basic edges - My Favorite Things
True white detail embossing powder - Cosmic Shimmer
DP, twine and Kraft card from stash

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Pearly heart wedding card

Hello lovely people,

I hope you are all enjoying your weekend and are up to something nice :-)

I certainly am...a weekend of crafting but also a curry out with lovely friends last night - yummy!

Today I have a card to showcase a few products from The Ribbon Girl and they have so many pretty things that are just perfect for making wedding cards.

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

I've used a gorgeous chipboard heart as the focal point, which I painted with white acrylic paint and then I added a few pearls randomly on top.

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

I have to tell you that the ribbon I used is absolutely beautiful but I just could not cut the ends without them fraying, and even my usual trick of putting a tiny line of glue on the ends was to no avail...hence why my 'bow' has no tails on it - lol!
I actually think I prefer it this way...honest!

Shabby chic wedding card with chipboard heart

If you find yourself tempted by any of the pretty supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the product links at the end of my post or just pop over to The Ribbon Girl and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


Friday, 11 August 2017

We wish you a Merry Christmas...

Hello lovely people,

I very much enjoyed having Thursday off this week as well as my usual Wednesday for some extra crafting time.  I'm back in work just for Friday and then it's the weekend...and more time to craft - yay!

I have sooooo much I want/need to do right now; sound familiar?!

I'm surprising myself by really enjoying making Christmas cards (very early for me!) so I thought I'd stick with that for my Dies to Die For DT card this week!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

This is a lovely Tiddly Inks rubber stamp that is fairly new in at Dies to Die For and I couldn't resist that pair of sweet little faces!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

I think this might be the quickest some new craft stash has made it onto my card as the foliage and speech bubble dies landed on my doormat on Thursday morning and were used on this card by the afternoon!

Well, they are rather fab...am I tempting anyone?!

Christmas card using Christmas Wishes by Tiddly Inks

Wishing you all a very happy Friday and I hope you all have a wonderful weekend whatever your plans may be :-)

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Skin: E000, 00, 21, 11, 04 & R20 for blush
Hair: Y21, YR23, E35
Reindeer: E31, E55, E35
Antlers: E40, E41, E42
Dress / hat: R46, R39, R89
Holly leaves / collars: G24, G28
Bells: Y23, Y35, Y17
Boots: W5, W7, W9 & 100 on soles
Fluffy bits: W00, W0, W1, W2
Ground: W00, W0, W1, W2, W3

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Christmas wishes stamp set - Tiddly Inks
Inside and out stitched square STAX - My Favorite Things
Fab foliage - My Favorite Things
Essential speech bubbles - My Favorite Things
Sentiment from Caroling Chicks - Stamping Bella

Other ingredients;
So this is Christmas 6x6 paper pad - Carta Bella
flowers, twine - from stash

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Patchwork sewing hoop

Hello lovely people,

I hope everyone's week is going well so far...and hasn't been too wet!  You'd never guess it was August would you?!

I'm looking forward to a couple of days off with plenty of crafting planned :-)

Today I have one of my embroidery hoops to share with you.

I wanted to make a decorative item for my sister-in-law's birthday and since she makes pretty things with felt and fabric, I made this sewing-themed design for her to hang in her creative space.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

The image is from a brilliant cross-stitch themed stamp set and I printed the text on my computer.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

I thought it would be really cute to create a patchwork background using tiny hexagons die cut from several different papers and my new Pion papers were perfect for this with the cute ditsy patterns.

Sewing themed decorated wooden embroidery hoop

The fab dies and stamps I've used are from Dies to Die For and you can click on the links or just pop over to the shop for a little browse around...you never know what might take your fancy - lol!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,


Copic colours;
Pink flowers: RV32, R83, RV34
Blue flower: B41, B23
Leaves: YG25, YG17

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Hand Stitched stamp set - Neat and Tangled
Circle STAX 1 - My Favorite Things
Circle STAX 2 - My Favorite Things
Inside and out stitched circle STAX - My Favorite Things
Stitched hexagon STAX - My Favorite Things


Other ingredients;
Patchwork of Life and Dearest Sofia 12 x 12" papers - Pion Design
Flowers, buttons, pins, cotton reel - from stash

Friday, 4 August 2017

Party hippo

Hello lovely people,

I have a Dies to Die For DT card for you today and I finally had a little play with the uber cute MFT Happy Hippos...

...and my new balloon shaker dies/pouches...

...and a fab new sentiment!

To be fair, I do have a LOT of new things to play with so I've gotta squeeze as many in as possible - lol!

Party balloon shaker card using Happy Hippos by My Favorite Things

This hippo looks all set to party I think with his cute party hat and that lovely big balloon!

I filled the balloon shaker pouch with die cut twirly things (technical term!) and sequins, then sealed the back with coloured card that I had stamped the sentiment onto.

In case anyone is wondering, I used the 2 larger dies from the MFT Blueprints 29 set, taped together with an even gap in between, to create the frame.

Party balloon shaker card using Happy Hippos by My Favorite Things

I'm off to my parents for the weekend but will of course be taking my colouring with me;-)

I hope you all have something nice lined up for the weekend...even if it is raining...AGAIN!

If I've tempted you with any of the lovely supplies I've used then you can go straight to the individual products via the thumbnails at the end of my post or just pop over to Dies to Die For and have a little browse around!

Thanks for visiting and I really appreciate any comments that you leave,



Copic colours;
Hippo: T0, T1, T2, T3, T4
Toenails: R00, R01
Hat: B000, B00, BG01

Lovely things I've used from Dies to Die For;
Happy hippos stamp set - My Favorite Things
Happy hippos die-namics - My Favorite Things
Sweet Celebration 6x6 paper pad - My Favorite Things
Balloon shaker window & frame - My Favorite Things
Balloon shaker pouches - My Favorite Things
Handwritten happiness stamp set -My Favorite Things
Blueprints 29 - My Favorite Things

Other ingredients;
Lucy's sparkly shaker selection sequins (lagoon and carnation)
Silver sequins, silver twine, plain coloured card - from stash