Thursday, 31 March 2011

Lili of the Valley

Morning blogland .... Thursday ..... running late but hey's Lili of the Valley so all is good!!!
Back later to fill in the blanks :o)

Here I am ..... oh my, what a dreadful day I had at work - isn't it fun workin with the public lol.

Ok ..... so our theme this week is Spring .... nice and easy!!!
I am loving all the blossom on the trees right now so that is my inspiration for my card this week.

I always think this stamp is so pretty ... you can buy it here if you love it too. My papers are Papermania's Signature range 'Blueberry Hill' and are so subtle - not my usual colours at all. Roses from ... guess... yep, Wild Orchid Crafts - god I love that store!


Wild Orchid Crafts - A Sketch
Kaboodle Doodles - Spring has Sprung
Creative Card Crew - For a Child
Copic Creations - We've got the Blues
Stamp Something - Spring Somethings
Stampin' for the weekend - For mum
One Stop Craft Challenges - Angels & Fairies
Totally Gorguss - Spring is Sprung
Paper Play - For mum
Charisma Cardz - Bling and Sparkle
Pixie Dust Studio - Fluttering Wings

Tuesday, 29 March 2011

Papertake Weekly - A sketch

Yeah .... it is time for Papertake Weekly again and it is sketch time!!!! We have a fab sketch for you all to follow and I hope you do a bit better than I managed, lol. I was going to rotate the sketch apart from I did not resize my gorgeous Kenny K digi small enough (duh). Instead I have used my artisitic license ... or something like that :o)

I am officially in love with these images now. Oh my word, it took ages to colour but I am pleased with it. I knew I wanted her to be in pink and black immediately and pulled out these very old papers that I have had for a few years, aren't they fab!!  I spotted the lovely Annika has now done on a wonderful tutorial for skin using copics on the same image .... a day too late for me but worth a visit if you want to see how to colour this image properly. You can view her blog here.

Apologies for my pics recently .... this is so vibrant in real life ... the pink is really bright ... oh well, I am sure you get the general idea.


Lexi's Creations - Ribbons but no knots or bows
Crafts & Me - Anything goes
Simon Says Stamp - Mothers Day / Girlie
Charisma Cardz - Birthday for a teen 
Pixie Dust Studios - Let's go to the movies (pretty in pink)

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Good morning my lovelies, how are you today??? Got any good tunes stuck in your head that you would like to share? If so you have come to the right place. I am delighted with how many shared last week and I have to say sorry for not leaving my comments yet - I will be popping round in a bit to leave some comments.

My song this week is a good old dance classic. It really changed nights out and dance music and was one of those songs everyone remembers ..... I think so anyway lol.

Now that's a tune!!!

Hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget if you want to play along just add your name to the linky below and if you could share the logo on your sidebar that would be great. Thanks to the lovely ladies who join in every week .... love listening to your choices!!

Oooh, if you are going to the NEC this weekend havea fab time - I know lots of you are going.... I will be there next time, couldn't make it today:o(

Finally, don't forget to change your clocks tonight..... ok, so we lose an hours sleep but it is worth it for lighter nights -woohoo. Have a great weekend folks xxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Lili of the Valley - Use Punches

Hi, it is me ... yes I am dashing around again!

Lili of the Valley this week is to use your punches ... so come and join in

Promise to write post and link tonight when I get home xxx

... sorry for not getting my post written properly - had an awful migraine when I got home on Thursday night and now have such a sore throat and ear ache ... ouch :o(


Lexi's Creations - Ribbons - no knots or bows
Wild Orchid Crafts - Dieing to punch it out
Simon Says Stamp - Mothers Day/Girlie
Sketch Saturday - Sketch
Little Claire's -Pink and Green

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

What's on your workdesk Wednesday

Well ..... not a whole lot of crafting that's for sure, lol. I am just about to meet my friend for lunch so basically just a shedload of make-up!!!!!!! Hmmm I bought my crafty giraffe bag for my copics but somehow it became the new home for some of my cosmetics .... will need to get another one I think!

There is a little hint of my card for tomorrow though, if you look very closely, lol. If you want to join in or just have a look at everyones desks then pop over to Julia's Stamping Ground and have a good old nosey! I think this is the first time I have joined in and I am going to do my best to play along each week from now on. Perish the thought cos my desk is usually piled high with all sorts.
Hope you have a great day and enjoy this glorious weather xxx

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Papertake Weekly ...... and a thankyou to Mo!

Hi everyone, ooh isn't the weather beautiful Not a cloud in the sky and it is warm .... yes WARM!!
Not long now until mummy's day so we would love it if you could join us on Papertake Weekly by making a mothers day card ... or just a girly card if you do not have a mummy to make one for :-(

My image is by the uber talented Mo Manning who kindly offered it for only $1 for the first 1000 purchases - all the money went to help with the Japanese disaster. You can still buy What's cookin' but it is now back at the full price of $3 (still a bargain) but the charity donation has finished. Thankyou for donating all that cash Mo!!!!

I have used 'those papers' again, I just love MME and you can buy them from Tracy at Dies to die For ... scrummy or what!

Flowers and lace from Wild Orchid Crafts - I am just loving lace at the moment, so very pretty.


Sketch and Stash - Challenge 57
Crafty Creations - Mothers Day
Charisma Cardz - To die for
Stamp Something - Something Sweet
Crafty Catz - Mothers Day
Stampin' for the weekend - Mothers Day

Saturday, 19 March 2011

Music Saves My Soul

Morning .... sorry I am late with my song this morning, had a night out last night and have been slobbing around in my dressing gown half the morning. Thanks to all of you who shared songs last week .... welcome to the 'newbies' too .... hope you are back again this week too. I thought about this song half way through the week. I love strings on dance music and this has to be one of my all time favourites.

The introduction to this is pure genius, I love it ..... ahhhh come on, lets all have a dance :o)

 Hope you enjoyed it!!!!!!

Don't forget if you want to play along just add your name to the linky below and if you could share the logo on your sidebar that would be great. Thanks to the lovely ladies who join in every week .... love listening to your choices!! Hope to see some more new girlies this week!

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Lili of the Valley - A Sketch

Hiya, yes I am rushing again ... didn't get my card finished til verrrry late last night so I am trying to write a bit here during my short break at work.

It is sketch time on Lili of the Valley and I have used this cutie stamp .... again!!! I know, I know, but she is so cute I have to use her, lol. The stamp , in case you don't know, is called 'Pom Pom' and is one of the many beautiful girlie stamps available from Lili of the Valley. Not sure about my sentiment - I added glamour dust but think I might change it for a brown bordered one instead - if I do I will change piccy.

Scrummy flowers, pearls and lace are all from the fab-u-lous Wild Orchid Crafts .... this is the first time I have used their hip rose buds and oh my .... they are gorgeous!!!! Will be ordering lots more of these I think!! 


Totally Gorjuss - Pearls and Lace
Secret Crafter - Flowers for Mum
Kaboodle Doodles - Happy Birthday
Wild Orchid Crafts - Dieing to punch it out
Magical Monday - Spring Colours
Creative Craft Challenge - Lace
Simon Says Stamp - Happy Birthday
Charisma Cardz - To die for

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Papertake Weekly - Triple tastic

Good afternoon my lovelies ...... sat at work writing this post during my lunch so will pop back later to link up properly. Time for another great challenge on Papertake Weekly and we would love you to join us .....


Just have 3 of something ... it can be anything at all - papers, flowers, brads ... whatever you like!

How much do I love Daisy, one of Sugar Nellies most perfect stamps ever (in my humble opinion). It is well over a year (maybe more) since I last inked her up and it was like visiting an old friend. I have used some of the new MME papers which you can get from Tracy at Dies To Die For. This one is from the Hazel 6x6 pad .... gorgeous!! Flowers are from yep, you guessed it Wild Orchid Crafts. Not sure where the lace is from. Thought I would get my old cuttlebug corner die out - I have noticed corners are becoming more popular at the moment.


Wild Orchid Crafts - Dieing to punch it it out
Simon Says - Anything Goes
Alphabet Challenge - Stripes
Friday Sketchers - Sketch #145

Lunch over - back to finish off later .... lucky I had my challenges linked last night, lol ... see you soon xxx

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Music Saves My Soul Saturday

Hello all you lovely blogging folk, are you ready for a bit of music to kick start the weekend????? For a change I knew exactly what I wanted to play for you all ...... this just sounds of summer holidays and fun times ... more in a minute.

So my choice ...... the new Jennifer Lopez song, or J Lo to you and me ...... just loving this. Turn it up full volume cos that is how it should be played. I am pleased she is back again, hopefully she will make a decent comeback this time. I think American Idol has really helped her popularity again. Enough of my waffle ...... enjoy!!!!

I shall have to have a little dance later tonight to this at home ... can you believe it is my first weekend in sonce before christmas!! Luckily my next few weekends are booked up so looks like you can't keep me in for too long, lol.

Don't forget if you want to play along just add your name to the linky below and if you could share the logo on your sidebar that would be great. Thanks to the lovely ladies who join in every week .... love listening to your choices!! Hope to see some more new girlies this week!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Lili of the Valley - Say it with Flowers!

Hands up who got their brand new Lili of the Valley animal stamps yesterday???? There are 19 in this release and at only $4 (should be pound sign ... keyboard being silly) they are such excellent value. I can't wait to see what you all create with them. 

The theme this week on the LOTV challenge blog is ....


I am loving experimenting with different colours and combinations of colours, especially ones that I do not usually use. I took my inspiration from these beautiful papers available from Tracy at Dies to Die For. They are by K & Co and are from the Julianne Speciality papers ..... complete with glitter (click pic for better look)

Another totally adorable stamp - Hello Cupcake .... I just love colouring these so much, I feel so lucky to be part of the Lili of the Valley family :o)


E000, 00, 11, YR 20, 23, Y28, 35, YG0000, 03, 11, 63, R20, RV11, 34, W1, 3, 5

Did you spot my Australian lace????? Well ok, it isn't Australian ..... I stuck it upside down by mistake so I thought I better make it match on the insert too. I am trying to convince myself there is no wrong or right way up for lace but of course we all know there really is ... isn't there? The lace and roses are available from Wild Orchid Crafts .... my favourite place on earth on buy my flowers from!

Just to prove never to throw your lush paper scraps away ..... managed to turn them into a matching piece for the reverse of my card .... it would be a sin even to throw this tiny amount in the bin!


Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Kaboodle Doodles - Go Green
My Time to Craft - Jewels
Sketch Saturday - Sketch # 145
Wild Orchid Challenges - Anything Goes
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring ... Flowers everywhere
Pixie Dust Studios - Thankyou for being you
Little Claire's - Flowers
Southern Girls - Flowers

Wednesday, 9 March 2011

My name is Marcea .... and I am a ribbon addict!

Ok so I think I may be in need of serious help, like really SERIOUS help. It would appear I have a slight addiction to buying ribbons .... don't we all though :o) Ribbon storage is a nightmare isn't it but let me tell you something, I think I have the answer ..... interested???...... well read on.

At first glances my ribbons look fairly organised .... pretty jars of yumminess, ooh I am drooling over them already

A good old craft drawer stuffed with reels and packs of ribbon ..... plus all the bits that wouldn't go in my jars.

No wonder they wouldn't fit in my jars - they are stuffed to the brim

I don't even know what is in these any more, it is a bit dangerous removing a lid - ribbon just spills everywhere!

Also, my lovely ribbon is all creased when I want to use it so I have to get the old iron out - something I hate at the best of times.

Can you believe all this was in that scabby old drawer....

Just how much ribbon does one person need

Love papermill shop satin ribbon (can you tell, haha)

More and more

... and all those little bargains I couldn't turn down

and more .... hope papermania appreciate my purchases

Sigh, we just can't part with it though can we.

So what is the answer to my storage problems .........

The ribbon ring - have another of these beauties hopefully arriving tomorrow ..... will post later in the week to let you know how I got on with them and piccies of my neat new storage solution!

There are loads of ribbon storage tips on Really Reasonable Ribbon's Ramblings Organization week (phew, not easy to say fast 3 times lol) so pop over and have a look and win some storage solutions too!!

Hmmm ..... better not show you my flowers, lol xxx

Your wait is over...... LOTV new stamps on sale!!!

Have you managed to get yours yet????? Come on, hurry up before they fly off the shelves!

It is release day for the 18 brand new animal stamps from Lili of the Valley

Go grab yours HERE!!!!!!


Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Papertake Weekly goes lemon zingy!

I can hardly believe it has been a week already since my first week at Papertake Weekly, it has flown by. Over 700 of you joined us last week, OMG ..... I tried to leave as many comments as I could but I have had a manic week so aim to visit more of you this week.

Our theme this week is LEMON ZINGY which is perfect cos that is just what I will be having on my pancakes tonight - yum yum!!!

Pretty Tilda and her cute little chick were perfect and the gorgeous and extremely lush MME paper is from Tracy at Dies to die For ..... those pretty flowered papers are flocked, pure indulgence!! You can find them here along with other colour options


The Pink Elephant - Springtime
Lexi's Creations - Easter
Stamptacular - You Lucky Duck
The Pixie Cottage - Spring
Simon Says Stamp - No Cook recipe Challenge
Alphabet Challenge - R is for Ribbons
Stampin' for the Weekend - Spring
Just Magnolia and hAnglar - Anything Goes
Friday Sketchers - Sketch 144
Cute Card Thursday - Signs of Spring
Pixie Dust Studios - Seeing Polka Dots
By the Cute & Girly - Springtime
Creative Inspirations - In the Garden
Bunny Zoe's Crafts - Spring ... Flowers everywhere
Totally Ladybug Tuesday - Spring Colours
Delightful Sketches - Welcoming Spring

Have a fab evening xxx

Monday, 7 March 2011

Interested in beauty products etc ......check this blog out!

I know virtually all of my followers love all things crafty but as you know I am a bit of a girly girl and love make up and trying to look my best.... well imagine my pure delight when I discovered a very lovely lady I know reviews lots of products on her amazing blog. 

I would love it if you popped over and said hello to Karen and have a little look around her fabulous blog. I am always interested to hear about what products are out there and if they really work or not.

I am just off for a lovely soak in a big bubble bath and then treat myself to some wonderful free body lotion that Karen wrote about on her blog ..... I am officially a 'lazy cow' .... you will have to read more to find out what on earth I am talking about ..... thankyou Karen for all your great tips and reviews xxx

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Music Saves My Soul

Morning, eek I am getting quite late with my posts for MSMS but you know it is worth waiting for. I have been so busy with decorating that I haven't visited you all yet from last week but I promise to come see you all today.

There was only one video I could share this week and that is the goddess that Is Gaga .... you know I adore her. The intro is rather long, and slightly odd (true Gaga style, lol) but she is wonderful and I won't hear a bad word said so ssshhhhh ;o)

If you want to skip the intro move up to about 2mins 30 secs xxx

Mama monster has done it again in my eyes.

If you can't view this you will have to have a look on you tube ... if you feel so inclined.

Here is a piccy from when I saw her in concert last year .... she was ... yep, you guessed it .... amazing!!!!

Hope you enjoyed it. Don't forget if you want to play along just add your name to the linky below and if you could share the logo on your sidebar that would be great. Thanks to the lovely ladies who join in every week .... love listening to your choices!!

I am not sure why the links are not showing on the linky thing .... will leave it and see if it sorts itself out - had a look and all looks correct from my end so who knows ... probably blogger being naughty xxx

Thankyou to the inlinkz admin team for helping me display all the fab entries :o)


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