Friday, August 29, 2014

Lili of the Valley August Challenge Reminder ...

Hello!  I just wanted to pop in a quick note to tell you all that we'd love for you to come and join our Lili of the Valley August Challenge which is "Christmas in August"!  which ends on Sunday.



There are 3 prizes up for grabs;

1st prize - your choice of 3 of our rubber Christmas image stamps

2nd prize - your choice of one of our Christmas art pads

3rd prize - a £10 voucher to spend at the Ribbon  Girl

Hope you'll join in on the fun!  

Hugs,
Elise

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Silent Night ...

Hey Ya's!  I hope you're having a fabulous week so far!

Well, my little Bodhi has gone back to school on Monday .. and let me tell you .. I am not a happy camper!  lol!  The Summer flew by too quick .. I feel like we needed another 3 more months .. and let's face it .. I love hanging out with this little dude.  :)

My family will be surprising Bodhi once again by flying into town today .. and I can't wait to see the look on his face when he finds them!!! 

Last year, my family all hid in my car in the garage, and I asked Bodhi to please get my purse from the car.  And he says, "But Mommy, your purse is right here."  OMG .. the ONE time he pays attention to details right?!  lol!  So I said, "Ooooh no!  I meant my wallet!"  When Bodhi opened the car door .. ooooh he was soooooo HAPPY!  So hmmmm .. where shall they hide this year?!  ;)

Anyway, I've has a play with this darling LOTV image called "Christmas Light" along with the Silent Night sentiment from "Set 75 - Christmas Wishes".  I've also stamped some words and musical notes on the side of the image from "Set 77 - Everyday Recipes" (from the Silent Night recipe card) and also "Set 55 - Vintage Backs" (Musical Sheet).









Well, thank you so very much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!

ps .. wishing you all a most BEAUTIFUL week!

Hugs,
Elise

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Winter Wishes ...

Hey Ya's!  I hope you're all having a beautiful week!

I'm treasuring my time with Bodhi before he heads back to school next week .. omgosh .. can't believe the Summer is over!  It definitely flew by too quick, and I am sure going to miss hanging out with him!

Well, I've made a card with another DARLING Lili of the Valley image, this one is called, "Hats Off!", and I've used "Twas the Night" papers.  Then I've also added some sweet sentiments from "Set 75 - Christmas Wishes".

I've also used some lovely goods from The Ribbon Girl Store such as:
Amelia Lace, Wavecrest Seam Binding, Ivory Pearl Flower Trim, and some cheesecloth
The Ribbon Girl is currently on beautiful holiday and will be back on Saturday Aug. 23rd 2014 in the afternoon.  :)



Thank you so very much for visiting me ... I truly love it when you do!  See you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Friday, August 15, 2014

Let It Snow ...

Hey Ya's!  I hope you're all ready for your weekend once again!  :)

I have another darling LOTV image that I've played with .. this sweet penguin is from the image "Snow Flurries".  Then I've used a sentiment from Set 75 Christmas Wishes at the bottom of the image frame and stamped some random snowflakes from Set 36 Christmas Icons.  The papers are from Snow Princess Solids and Snow Princess (but that red/white strip down the middle is from my own stash).

I am once again grateful to be able to use lovely goodies from the Ribbon Girl such as:
Blue Velvet Lace, Butterfly Lace, Seam Binding, Cheesecloth, White Roses
They are currently on holiday until the afternoon of Sunday Aug. 23rd, 2014.



Please don't forget to visit my lovely LOTV DT Sisters on their personal blogs as well as on the LOTV Inspirational Blog for their peeks at their always gorgeous creations!

Thank you so much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Monday, August 11, 2014

Peace & Joy ...

Hey Ya's!  I hope you all had a wonderful weekend!

I have another Christmas card to show you using one of Lili of the Valley's newest darling release.  This sweet girl is called "Jolly Holly" and I've also used a "Peace & Joy" sentiment from Set 75 -Christmas Wishes (which will be back in stock on Aug. 14th).  The papers are from "Woodland Wishes".

I've coloured her with Distress Reinkers and Watercolors .. and outlined her with my white Sakura Gel Pen.  Some of you have asked how I do this .. and you'll find it very easy and simple!  :)  

1.  Stamp your image (I personally use black Memories Dye Ink to use with my Distress Inks).  
2.  Then I color everything as normal.
3.  If you use a spray sealer, go ahead and spray after you color.
4.  LAST STEP is to outline with your white pen.  I like to leave little hints of black lines here and there .. but it's all your preference on how you'd like to show your lines.  :)




I'm so grateful to also have the pleasure of using some beautiful Ribbon Girl goodies such as:

I hope you have all treated yourself to some new LOTV treats!  Don't forget shipping for all stamps are FREE!  :)  Can't beat that!!!

As always, don't forget to visit my beautiful DT Sisters on their personal blogs as well as on LOTV's Inspirataional Blog for their gorgeous creations!!!

Thank you so much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Monday, August 4, 2014

Sing It Baby!

Hey Ya's!  Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

Have you all got your fill of the newest Lili of the Valley release?  They are so GORGEOUS aren't they?!  I can't even begin to tell you how much I love each and every single one of them!

I've made a card with "Set 76 Christmas Carols" along with some beautiful "Woodland Wishes" paper.  I wanted the recipe cards to look like a Christmas Song Book, and those die cuts are Tim Holtz Alteration Dies.  The man playing the violin was lightly covered with Distress Inks and then I misted him with some water so it would have a slightly ruddy look, then melted Frantage on him.

Now the water misting .. I thank my LOTV DT sister Kathy for re-awakening that for me as it was used on her Father's Day Card.  Kathy and I have a good laugh about a lot of our projects because sometimes we do things that one another has done at the SAME time .. and we joke about us being in "one another's heads" often.  hehe!  Heck, I don't mind having a seat in her creative mind as I absolutely LOVE her work!!  ;)








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Well, if you haven't gotten your fill of LOTV images yet .. I think you should go and treat yourselves to something quite special!  You really do deserve it! ;)

Thank you so very much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lili of the Valley Blog Hop!!!

Hello there!  I hope you are all having a beautiful week so far!  :)

Today we are holding a Lili of the Valley design team blog hop to celebrate the launch of their gorgeous new Christmas products!  (OMW ... they are DARLING!)  This 2014 collection is an adorable mix of 22 cute character stamps:  new vintage boys & girls, snowmen, penguins and angels!

The stamps will be available to buy on the LOTV website from midnight on Friday August 1st (UK time) along with new Christmas paper pads and some useful clear stamp sets (Christmas sentiments, carols and mini images and also some everyday recipes).

The LOTV design team are all joining in, you just 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.  ;)  We will let you know tomorrow evening at the LOTV Inspirational Blog 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 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.  If you are on my blog .. you should have arrived from my GORGEOUS DT Sister Dena .. sigh .. bet you had a total eye treat yes?!!!!!!  ;)
  
Dawny
Dena
Elise .. you are here  :)

Here’s my card using this darling "In the Lamplight", along with a couple of their upcoming sweet sentiments:


And this Christmas tree was actually from last years release on "Set 36 Christmas Icons" sheet:



 I've also used some lovely goodies from the Ribbon Girl store such as the Red Crushed Velvet Lace and Monique Lace.  :)

Next stop is the GORGEOUS Fleur!!!  And if you get lost you can start again at the beginning and pick the links up from there.

Finally, don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow evening when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes before the new products go on sale. 

Thank you SO much for joining us in our hop and wishing you the best of luck!!!

Big Hugs,
Elise

Monday, July 28, 2014

Winter Wonderland ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you all had a beautiful weekend!

I have a Lili of the Valley Sneak Peek for you .. this little cutie is called "Ice Christmas".  I've also used some sentiments that will be available in this upcoming release.  The papers are from "Festive Trimmings" and the little holly berries and leaves by my flowers are cut out from the "Woodland Wishes" paper. 

These new darlings that you're seeing will be released on August 1st at LOTV's online store .. and I can't even tell you how much I love them ALL!






The lace is from the Ribbon Girl Store:  Crushed Velvet Lace and Phoebe Lace.

Keep a lookout of all my DT sisters blogs and also on LOTV's Inspirational Blog .. they will have a ton of GORGEOUS cards for you!

Thank you so much for visiting me .. I love it when you do!  See you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Birthday Wishes ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you're all having a beautiful week!

I can't believe Bodhi's summer is half over already .. omgosh.  :(  We're already seeing school supplies at the front of the stores already!  Whaaaaaaat???  I feel like the summer JUST started!  sigh ...

Anyways .. I've made a card using a couple of the LOTV Grunge stamps .. "Set 53 Flora and Fauna" and then I cut the cherub out from the other stamp and placed it at the top of the rose image.  I added my own metal wing and crown on the cherub.

I've also used some beautiful Ribbon Girl goodies such as:  Phoebe Lace, Alice Lace, Ivory Jute Mesh Ribbon, Small White Lilies, White Rose Buds, MF Organza Pouf Ribbon, and Seam Binding.





Thank you so much for stopping by and visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  See you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Dashing Through the Snow ...

Hey Ya's!  Hope you're all having a beautiful weekend!

Well, I've a little sneak peek for you with one of Lili of the Valley's DARLING little boys from the upcoming Christmas release!  This one is "Sledging Fun" along with a sentiment that will also be released too (gotta tell you .. these sentiment sheets are FAB-U-LOUS!  You're gonna go nuts over them as well!)  hehe!

I've also used papers from "Timeless Victorian", "Beach Bliss" and "Simply Joys" to use with my die cuts too.

Okay, now when you look at this image .. doesn't it make you want to squeal .. "Wheeeeeeeee!" cause you just know he's going full speed down ahead!  hahaha!  





Please don't forget that you'll be in for a treat at my Beautiful DT sisters blogs as well as on the LOTV Inspirational Blog .. they always have GORGEOUS creations for you to enjoy!

These DARLING images will be available for purchase at the end of the month!!  ;)

Thank you so very much for visiting me .. I truly love it when you do!  I'll see you again soon!

Hugs,
Elise