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Friday 30 January 2015

Wish I was an elf

A couple of my all time favourite books are the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings so you can imagine how thrilled I've been that they've been made into films.  Normally books don't translate well into film but I think that Peter Jackson has done a fantastic job.

But anyway, I waffle.  I'm actually here today to share my DT inspiration for Alicia Bel this week and I chose Elfa Del Bosque which translates to Forest Elf...

So now you can see why I was going on about Tolkien books!  So I created a window and used a (discontinued) Stampin' Up embossing folder and a Memory Box leaf die to create this.  The sentiment is from the SugarPea Designs Pure Magic stamp set.  Not much else to say about it - pretty simple!

Check out the rest of the design team's inspirational projects over at the blog here.  Thanks for visiting me - I'll see you later on my blog rounds.  Ta ta!

Cookie love

When I saw the For the Boys theme for this week's La-La Land Crafts inspiration, I thought of this little dude straight away and created this card...

Copics used:
Face: E000, E00, E21, R02, R05
Hair: C03, C05, C07, C09
Outfit & tray: C03, C05, C07, B91, B93, B97, R02, R05, R08, E31, E33

This guy is so adorable and I love his hat!  I kept it pretty clean and simple as I thought the papers by NitWit Collections did enough for it!

Check out the rest of the DT creations over at the blog here!  I will be back later with my Alicia Bel DT post - ta ta for now!

Thursday 29 January 2015

You brighten my day

I'm here today with the last of my Lili of the Valley sneak peeks using one of the cuties and sentiment from the Happy Bear clear stamp sheet that is being released this Saturday - not long now to get your hands on these sweeties!  Don't forget to join the hop (yesterday's post) to win the whole set!!!!

He's so adorable, I'm sure you'll agree!  The sentiment is also from the set.  The papers are called Party Animals by Nitwit Collections and the hearts are die cut from the SPD SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die set.

Okay, I'll be back tomorrow with my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel DT posts - until then, bye!

Wednesday 28 January 2015

Lili of the Valley new release blog hop!

The Lili of the Valley design team are having a blog hop today to show off the new release that will be available from the webite from 31 January.  There are four new rubber stamps and some clear ones too.  I used another adorable bear from the Happy Bear clear stamp sheet for my DT make...

The papers are... guess what... yep, Party Animals by Nitwit Collections and again I used my old Woodware punch for the little stars.

I forgot to mention that I've been colouring in these cuties with my new Polychromos pencils.  Steve bought me the whole 120 set for Christmas - what a lucky girl I am!  Personally, I prefer them to my Prismas as the lead is harder and easier for me to be lighter with them.  I still love my Prismas though so they won't be relegated to the bin!

Back to the hop!  One lucky hopper will win a full set of the new release!  The winner will be announced this Friday.  Here is the hop list...

Mary J (me!)

Okay, I'll be back on Friday with my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel DT posts.  Enjoy your week until then!

Tuesday 27 January 2015


Hi everybody!  Thank you for visiting me today.  I'm sharing an early Valentine's card that I've made for my husband.  As my regular visitors will know, my husband isn't very impressed with my cards, especially if they are cute (my usual style!) but I think he'll like this one as it doesn't have a cute image in sight!

Now I just couldn't photograph this card very well - it looks much better in real life!  I die cut the pink card with DCWV glitter cardstock and used lots of foam pads for depth.  I used dies from the SugarPea Designs SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die set and the polka dot paper is by Doodlebug.  Take a closer look at this gorgeous die set...

And here's a closer look at the glitter cardstock...

Well, we'll have to wait and see if he likes it!  In the meantime, I'll be back later in the week with my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel DT posts - see you then!

Monday 26 January 2015

Heart shaped easel card

Just popping in to let you know that there are some freebie printables papers on our docrafts Facebook page.  As soon as I saw them I knew that I wanted to create a heart shaped card and this is how it turned out...

As you can see, I created an easel card with the papers and added some flowers and butterfly elements.  I finished it off with a few iridescent gems dotted around for some added interest.  I love how this turned out so I'm going to give this to my Mother-In-Law for her birthday.  The docrafts goodies I used were:

Xcut Petal Posy dies
Xcut Floral Frame dies
Xcut Nesting Heart dies
Xcut Nesting Circle dies
Xcut Butterflies die set
Papermania Transparent Adhesive Stones

That's it from me today - thanks for visiting and I'll see you again soon!

Sunday 25 January 2015

Sweet Bear bum!

I've got yet another Lili of the Valley sneak peek of one of another adorable bear from the Happy Bear clear stamp sheet that is being released on 31 January.

Look at that cute little bum!  And I really love the font of the sentiment that also comes with this set.  The papers are (again!) the Party Animals by Nitwit Collections and I used a very old Woodware punch for the little stars (although I don't think they are called stars!).

Okay, that is it from me this week.  Enjoy the rest of your weekend and I'll see you next week.

Saturday 24 January 2015

Docrafts Design Team blog hop!

Hi everyone!  As I announced on this post here, I'm now on the Docrafts design team and we decided to have a little blog hop to introduce the team and show you our "typical" styles.  As you'll know, my style is CAS with a touch of cute!  But I'm trying to move away from too much cute as it's not everyone's cup of tea.  My husband is especially not a fan of cute so I decided to take the opportunity to make his Valentine's Day card...

A bit soppy, but not too soppy.  He should like it, but then again he rarely likes my cards so he'll just have to suck it up, lol!  Here's a list of the Docrafts goodies I used:

Slimline Alphabet die
Quilting Embossing Folder
Heart Nesting dies
Papermania Monochrome Buttons
Papers from the Valentines Collection (free download here)

You can find Docraft stockists over at the website here.  So if you're on the hop, you should have come from Katie Lamb and you now need to hop off to Sarah Douglas.

I'll be back tomorrow with a Lili of the Valley sneak peek so see you then!

Friday 23 January 2015

Alicia Bel new release

The Alicia Bel new releases for this month is now available in store and the design team are showcasing them over at the blog today.  I decided to use the beautiful Blowing Kisses...

I love her outfit - I want one just like it!  And I definitely need the platform shoes what with only being 5' 2"!!  The papers are by Pink Petticoat and the sentiment is from the SugarPea Designs Happy Mail stamp set and the SugarCuts Heart Journal die set.

You can see all of the new goodies being showcased over at the blog here.  I'm off now - enjoy the rest of your Friday!

Green hair - really?!

The theme over at the La-La Land Crafts blog this week is funky hair colours.  Here is my DT take on it...

La-La Land Craft goodies used:

Copics used:
Face: E000, E00, E21, R20, R02, R05
Hair: YG000, G20, G21, G24
Outfit: R00, R02, R05, Y11, Y15, BG70, BG72, BG75, BG78

It felt really weird not using normal hair colour but I think it came out ok!  The papers are by My Minds Eye and I used some little pearls for interest.

I will be back later with my Alicia Bel DT post - see you then!

New Lili of the Valley goodies!

Hi all!  You will have seen the sneak peek of the new Lili of the Valley Happy Bears clear stamp that I posted yesterday and thought you'd like a closer look at the rest...

And did you know that Lili of the Valley does cross stitch charts?  Well they have some new ones of these coming soon too!  Here's a look at them...

Oh, bet you're all excited for these now!  I'll be back soon with my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel posts - see you in a mo'!

Thursday 22 January 2015

Teddy bear sweetness!

Popping in again with another Lili of the Valley sneak peek of one of the cuties from the Happy Bear clear stamp sheet that is being released on 31 January.

Another cutie pie and the sentiment is also from the set.  The papers are once again the Party Animals by Nitwit Collections and the hearts are die cut from the SPD SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die set.

See you again tomorrow my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel DT posts!

Wednesday 21 January 2015

SugarPea Designs 1st birthday celebration!

This is a very special day - it's the first birthday of SugarPea Designs!  When the very sweet Wendy, owner of the store, asked me to join her design team, I was really pleased she asked me as she is a very talented crafter herself plus I have considered her a very good friend.  What I didn't know was how much I would love the stamp sets and how fast the company would grow!  I truly love SugarPea Designs and very proud to be on this very talented team.

Of course we had to celebrate and we're doing it in style!  First off we have a blog hop - comment on all of the blogs joining in - see the list below - for this special day.  More details on this below.  

Here is my DT card in celebration of SugarPea Designs first birthday...

I just had to use the newbies from the January release and I'm really pleased with how this turned out.  I used the SugarCuts Air Mail die setSugarCuts Heart Journal Card die setSugarCuts Heart Border die, and the sentiment is from the Happy Mail stamp set.

I also used the heart border stamp from this month's  freebie stamp set which you can get if you spend $60 or more this month. It's called Build-A-Background - Basics and here's a closer look at it...

Of course there are lots of prizes to be won along the way! A few of our blog hop participants will be giving away a SugarPea Designs stamp set so please leave some love on your travels. In addition to this, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen from all the comments left and that winner will receive...drum roll...

Here's the hop list...

SugarPea Designers

SugarPea Designs Blog
Lesley Croghan
Anita Madden
Jenny Peterson
Kim O'Connell
Mary Johnson
Wendy Bond
Tracy Valure
Simonne Clay
Stacey Schafer
Wendy McGaffey
Vera Yates
Kerri Michaud
Lisa Lara
Cathy Preissing
Shanna Shands
Cibele Glazer

Our Special Guests

Tracy MacDonald
Danielle Lounds
Tara Godfrey
Veronica Zalis
Angel Rivera
Jen Shults
Isha Gupta
Amy Tsuruta
Dina Kowal
Chaitali Narla
Brianna Loeffelbein
Lisa Henke
Piali Biswas

There is another way to win a $25 Gift Certificate and that's by creating a birthday card and linking it up over at the blog here.  You can check out all of the birthday celebration deets over at the blog.  Blog hop and  LinkUp ends midnight, January 28th and winners will be announced on 1 February.

And lastly, but not leastly (he he!!), we are ALSO offering a coupon code: BDAY01 for customers to receive 10% off their entire purchase (valid until January 24th).

That's it from me today but I'll be back on Friday with my La-La Land Crafts and Alicia Bel DT posts.  See you then and thanks for visiting!

Tuesday 20 January 2015 pancakes!

I could eat a whole pile of pancakes - whatever sort! - and would keep on wanting more!  My favorite are my mum's Chinese style ones which are large (size of a dinner plate!), thick and fluffy and you spread butter and Golden Syrup on them - yum!  I also love my husband's small, fluffy drop scones (not really a pancake not what I'd call a scone either!) with whipped cream, sugar and lemon on top.  I'm nearly dribbling thinking of them both!

You're probably wondering why I'm waffling on about pancakes!  Lili of the Valley have got a gorgeous new release out on 31 January and one of them is called Pancake Day - just in time for the event in the UK on 17 February!  So I've made a sneak peek with him...

I'm going to send this to my mum to hint to her that I'll be expecting her pancakes on the day!  The sentiments are from the new Happy Bear clear stamp sheet, also being released on 31 January.  The papers are called On Nitwit Pond by Nitwit Collections and the hearts are die cut from the SPD SugarCuts Heart Journal Card die set.

I've got some more sneak peeks of the Happy Bear clear stamp sheet from the new release over the next week or so and I'll see you tomorrow with my next one.  Bye for now and have a loverrrrrly day!

Friday 16 January 2015

Happy unbirthday to you!

The Alicia Bel design team is giving you some inspiration from the fabulous goodies available in the store.  I decided to use the gorgeous Alicia y El Pastel...

The name translates to Alice and Cake and I thought I'd put an appropriate Alice in Wonderland quote for the sentiment!  The yellow paper is by Avery Elle.  I used a My Favorite Things polka dot background die with a piece of blue cardstock stuck behind it for some contrast and the flower is made with a La-La Land Crafts flower die.  The gorgeous gem in the middle is a Doodlebug jewel.

You can see more gorgeous inspiration over at the blog here.  That is it from me today - see you again soon!


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