Saturday 22 June 2013

Happiness is....winning the Lili of the Valley blog hop.

As I am sure most of you are aware I found out last week that I had won the Lili of the Valley blog hop and my prize was the whole....yes the whole of the new Pretty Vintage stamps release. That is no less than £325 worth of stamps. I still keep pinching myself that I actually won them but on Thursday a big parcel plopped through my letter box. I was stunned by this new release, it really is amazing and the sentiment below just had to be the first I inked apt is this...this is also a sneak peek of my creation that I will show you today.
I opened up my parcel and attempted to lay out the stamps on the floor, it was so hard to get them all into one camera shot. There are verses, sentiments, backgrounds, postcards, labels and so much more.

Of course my Billy had to come to help......

Didn't he do a good job ;0)

Here they all are in all their glory.

 I also recently managed to snap up one of the hardest to get dies of the moment; the Sizzix accordion die, from the nice people at Country View Crafts. I had been waiting for something really special to use it for. I knew immediately that I would use it to make an motivational card for me to look at in my garden studio and to remember how very lucky I was to have scooped this awesome prize.

My first task was to make some pretty backing papers to show off my Pretty Vintage stamps. Out came my distress ink pads and it was time to get inky fingers. I used some very summery colours.

When they were dry it was time to die cut my card components.

I also bought the Sizzix  frame and label bracket die as this makes it easier to decorate the accordion pieces.

Next it was time to add some gold embossing to the outside of the frames.

I used the dragonfly and the rose stamps from the Old Romance set of background bits.

I used some Versamark ink and Stampendous detail gold embossing powder.

Next it was time to choose my 4 inspirational verses. I  chose these ones which I embossed in black to make them stand out. I really love embossing, it is magic watching the power melt and the letters shine out.

These are from the Quotables sets; 63 Go for it and set 61 celebrate.
I also cut some Cheery Lynn exotic butterflies and leaves and also made some more hand made flowers with my Marianne set I showed you in my last post. You will see that I used the the scraps of my hand made papers for this.

So then it was time to put everything together. Are you ready for my Ta dah moment..................................................................................................

Well here it is................

I was quite pleased how it turned are some close ups.
 In the corner is one of my hand made flowers. You can also see the gold embossing detail above.

So in the words of the Hollywood star John Barrymore (his granddaughter is Drew Barrymore)

Happiness often sneaks in 
Through a door you didn't know you'd left open.

It certainly sneaked in for me, thank you Lili of the Valley for making one small crafter a very very happy girl.

I would like to enter my card into the following challenges;

Lili of the Valley Add a sentiment
Country View Crafts Die cuts
The Hobby House anything goes
Papertake weekly hot, hot, hot
Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge Take flight #9
Whimsy Challenge Shaped card
A Creative Romance Don't be square
Crafty Catz Pick and mix, add some embossing my frames are gold embossed and the sentiments are also embossed in black 
Stamping Sensations Summer Blooms
Bunny Zoe Things with wings 

Thanks for visiting me, I have not forgotten about my holiday posts, they are in the making. I also I have one last GD card to show you next Wednesday for the I love Promarkers girls. It's our Dance School Summer Ball tonight so the Cinderella slippers will be getting another outing ;0)

Enjoy the weekend,

Back soon,

Bye for now,

Jane x


  1. What a lot of time and effort went into that card - and look what a stunning result you got! Well done it is lovely! Thank you for entering into the Rhedd and Rosie's Challenge and good luck! Melissa (DT) xxxx

  2. Hello Jane & Billy! Congratulations on winning this collection! Seems to me these verses "spoke" to you- what beautiful sentiments to showcase in this colorful card. Looking forward to your next post...Welcome back!

  3. Wowzers Jane, that's quite some win, you won't be leaving your craft desk the months, but well done you.

    And what the stunning creation you have come up with here and such a fabulous fusion of summer colours.

    Thanks so much for joining in at Stamping Sensations challenge this month.

    Hope you're all unpacked and back to normal, I'm counting the days until ours now.

    B x

    B x

  4. Oh wow Jane, another masterpiece!! These cards of yours are little works of art. :)
    That really was a great prize to win, lucky you and Billy certainly seems to think so too! :)
    Enjoy your ball this evening Cinders!
    V xxx

  5. Oh wow...that is absolutely gorgeous, and thanks for sharing your process that was very interesting to see through all your steps.
    And again congrats to your wonderful price win...:)
    Pialine xxx

  6. Dear Jane,

    What a prize! Oh my! And Billy seems to approve :) and why not, if you can create masterpieces like that new card with those stamps! I am simply stunned by your latest creation, I just can't understand how...Even you show us how but still! You're a genius, dear, that's it.

    Have a lovely Midsummer Day, and happy crafting (I know that's what you are doing!)!


  7. O.M.Goodness!!! That is an award winner for sure! I'm so happy for you for winning that huge score of goodies! I look forward to more pix of your trip. I put up a neat post about our sternwheeler trip. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

  8. What an amazing prize Jane and an incredible card to make with some of your winnings. Love the colours and design. Thanks for your lovely comment and becoming a follower. I just had to come and say hi from Surrey too lol. x0x

  9. Wow! What an amazing project, the colours are stunning, so much effort, thank you for the tutorial too! Oh my word what a crafty haul you won, you lucky duck xxx thank you for joking in Rhedd and Rosie's challenge, good luck Hun, Zoe DT xx

  10. Congratulations Jane, I'm sure you're still on cloud 9. Stunning card, love those quotes you've used.


  11. what a beautiful creation, love all the verses and rich colours in your papers and embossing
    thanks for joining in at crafty catz

  12. You created some beautiful paper and such a pretty card!

  13. Dear Jane, I'm so happy for you to win that amazing present! Billy, you did great job by organizing all the goodies and admiring them!
    Jane, your card is amazing! I hope you keep in your studio to remind you not only about the present but also how talented you are and lucky to know to make something that makes you happy! Sunny Midsummer! x Teje

  14. thank you so much for joining us for our very first challenge at the Hobby House with this fabulous creation simply beautiful and I almost thought Jane that the next picture would hav been kitty paws all beautifully coloured from standing on your work :)
    Hugs Kate xx

  15. Beautiful! Love the colours and the design, a great project. Thank you for sharing your creativity with us this month at Country View Challenges. Chris xxx

  16. Congrats, again Jane!! What a lovely collection. I love quotations and this is a special card for your studio.Thanks for sharing!!

    Happy Midsummer and a big kiss for Inspector Billy....

    Anne x
    PlumCreek Studio

  17. Gorgeous, Jane! I love the pretty colours, and the techniques you're using create wonderful effects! I think those butterflies are especially sweet. What a wonderful win of all those fantastic stamps.....they have come to the right person and you will make such good use of them.
    Wishing you a happy sunny week.
    Helen x

  18. This is just gorgeous Jane! I think it's my favorite so far. Have fun with all your new goodies :)

  19. wow amazing work...well done, fabulous card, thanks for playing along with our challenge this week, x carol

  20. Wow Jane...such a fantastic prize!...I'm sure you will have hours of fun creating your beautiful designs...(Billy is clearly quite taken too!)
    Your new card design is gorgeous (a masterpiece!) and I love the colours...the butterflies are so pretty too...
    Happy new week,
    Susan x

  21. Hi, Jane! Looks like you've been having fun with your booty and Billy seems to approve too! Fab card with all those stamp and inking techniques and pretty butterflies! Hugs, Lisa x

  22. Wonderful creation hun! Thanks for joining in with this week's challenge at PTW! xxx

  23. WOWZERS! This is GORGEOUS! Congratulations on your win! That is an amazing prize and it looks like you are putting them to good use already :)

  24. I love all the amazing colours! Thanks for sharing with us at A creative Romance hugs rebekah xx

  25. this is amazing - love it to pieces! So glad you won and showed us this xx

  26. WOWSERS!!! Well done you! What a worthy winner you are...this is amazing! Thanks so much for showing each stage of your fab creation. And thanks for joining in the fun at Rhedd & Rosies.
    Fiona x


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