Thursday, 18 December 2014

Our Blog Is Now Closed

 

 

 

closed for web

 

There won’t be any new posts on this blog, you can still use the links down the side to browse the inspiration but we have 100o’s of cards in our galleries/Pinterest boards and you can also keep up to date with all the news on our social media sites

 

 

Our Design Team will still of course be posting lots of lovely cards on their own blogs to so be sure to add them to your favourites and check regularly;

Andrea

Anne

Becky

Dawny

Fleur

Gretha

Jen

Kathy

Lou

Mary J

Mindy

You can still order on the website over the holidays but nothing will be sent out now until we return on January 5th

 

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported our blog and also for the lovely messages

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from us all here at Lili of the Valley

x

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Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Our last day…

 

 

 

 closing today for web

 

 

Good morning lovely crafty friends, I’m sad to tell you that our blog is closing today

Thanks to everyone who has visited and commented, some of you I know stop by every day and I’ve enjoyed reading all your feedback and I know we’ve given you lots of inspiration over the years.

If you didn’t see my earlier post I’m excited to tell you that we are launching a brand new website for 2015. We are keeping all the best bits of our existing website but there will also be a fantastic ideas section where you can see a different card and project everyday as well as loads of helpful projects and tutorials. The website will have some much needed features for you our customers such as being able to create your own account and view your order history, zoom functions so you can see the products more clearly and the facility to add wish lists so you can save favourites for later

Of course you will still be able to visit the DT’s own blogs for inspiration using our products and we are very much looking forward to launching our new website for you in January

 

 

 anne and dena for web

 

There are 2 members of our Design Team left to feature and that’s myself and the fabulous Dena

Dena has been with Lili of the Valley for many years and is now stepping down to give herself time to try new things, she makes very pretty cards which showcase our images perfectly…

 

Pedal Power - Dena

 

 

Dena colours with distress inks and more recently the Inktense pencils, the images you see on our banners and magazine adverts will usually have been coloured by her

 

Emma Presents - Dena

 

James Butterflies - Dena

 

I’d like to say thank you to Dena for being a fabulous member of our team and wish her well with whatever she does next xx

Last but not least I’ve chosen a couple of my own favourite cards…

 

Vintage Boys 1

 

05 June - Girlie

I really enjoy using our art pads, they are so great for a quick card when you don’t have time to colour

midsummers night2

 

04 May - Add Pearls

I’ve had a busy year so have taken a bit of time out the past few months from my blog and my DT’s but I still can’t resist playing with our cute images when I have the chance!

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We finish today for the festive break so that’s it from me and from the Ideas to Inspire blog. Make sure you keep an eye out in January for details of our new website

All that’s left for me to say is a huge Merry Christmas and a very Happy New to each and every one of you from us all at Lili of the Valley…   see you in 2015!!

 

 

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

1 day to go…

 

 

 

 

1 day for web

 

Good morning everyone, its my penultimate post before the blog closes and today the designers I have in the crafty spotlight are Kathy and Mindy

 

 

kathy and mindy for web

 

Kathy is first today, she makes the most exquisite cards for us using our patterned papers and sentiments

 

Christmas Sentiments 2 - Kathy

 

 Friend Quote - Kathy

 

I think nearly everyone on the team has tried to emulate Kathy’s style, on the whole unsuccessfully I’m sure they won’t mind me saying! Kathy has a wonderful way of putting her cards together and they are just beautiful…

Good Friends - Kathy      Snow Princess - Kathy 

 

Mindy is next today and she’s our colouring expert, the Copic videos that she’s done for us have been really helpful to you all and are amazing to watch…

Cold Hands Warm Hearts - Mindy

 

Bumblebee Fairy - Mindy

Mindy uses bold colours on her work and it really makes it stand out from the crowd!

Tomboys - Mindy

 

 

That’s it from me for today, hope you enjoyed my choices

Have a lovely day all and I’ll see you tomorrow for my last post

 

 

Monday, 15 December 2014

2 days to go…

 
 
 
 
2 days for web

 
Hello everyone and good morning!
 
For the last few posts on the blog I'm choosing some of my favourite cards and projects from the DT…  today I have work to share with you by Mary J and Gretha
 

 
gretha and mary for web
 

First today is Gretha who is our lovely Dutch designer, she is a very active member of our team and makes beautiful cards and projects…

 
Dandelion Clock - Gretha

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Gretha colours with distress inks or watercolours. She likes to visit the UK from Holland and is happy to demonstrate her skills at our open days much to the enjoyment of our customers
 
 
Lace Case - Gretha



Mary J is the second designer I‘m focusing on today. Mary makes such cheerful cards and has a very unique style, quite CAS but with a little extra zing!!

 
 
Penguins and Papers - Mary
 
Mary uses both our toppers and the stamps. She often cuts out the images for a different look and teams them with pretty patterned papers

 
Pom Pom - Mary
 
  
Aren’t they all fabulous, we’re lucky to have such a great team with so many varied styles…  I hope you like my selection today
 
Make sure you stop by tomorrow when I’ll be featuring cards from Kathy and Mindy…  don’t miss it!
 
 
Enjoy your Monday crafters, see you tomorrow
 
 

Sunday, 14 December 2014

3 days to go…




3 days for web

 
Hello lovely bloggers, I hope you are all having a great weekend
 
For the last few days before our blog finishes I‘m sharing some of my favourite cards from the DT… today I have chosen cards from our  Becky and Jen

 
becky and jen for web
 

First is Becky, she makes such beautiful girlie cards…

Dainty Dancing - Becky


Becky uses distress inks or inktense pencils to colour her images
She loves pretty papers and likes to add lots of lace and flowers
 
Meant To Be - Becky
 
 Time Flies - Becky

Jen’s style couldn’t be more different from Becky’s, she make CAS cards…
 
From All Of Us - Jen
 
 
The image is always the main focus on these type of cards with just a small touch of colour and then a sentiment or an embellishment for some interest
 
Rocking Horse - Jen
Bang The Drum - Jen
 
 
Hope you like my selection today, I love each of these cards although they are so very different
 
Tomorrow I’ll be featuring cards from Gretha and Mary J so make sure you stop by
 
 
 
Have a lovely Sunday everyone and enjoy the rest of the weekend
 
 

Saturday, 13 December 2014

4 days to go…

 

 

 

4 days for web

 

Good morning everyone, I hope you all have something nice planned for the weekend, a bit of Christmas shopping for many of you I imagine!

For the last few days of our blog I‘m sharing some of my favourite cards from our lovely DT and today I have some gorgeousness from our Dawny and Fleur

 

dawny and fleur for web

 

First up is Dawny who has been on the Lili of the Valley design team for many years, she does our Create and Craft tv shows and also hosts the workshops at our events here in the Leeds shop

 

Millie Me and My Dog - Dawny

She likes to use lots of layers and very bright colours on her cards, she also teaches colouring classes using alcohol markers

 The Perfect Tree - Dawny

 

Dawny enjoys using our patterned papers and creates some brilliant 3d projects with them

 

Paper Cart - Dawny

 

 

 

Fleur is next and she has a very different style to Dawny. Her cards are much more subtle and vintage, she likes a to create a distressed look to her work…

Pushchair - Fleur

 

 

Holy Light - Fleur

 I hadn’t come across Fleur and she just sent me in a picture of a card she had made. I loved it and spent the next day looking through her blog, every single post!

We invited her to join the team and you have enjoyed her cards ever since

 Pressed In Time Tag 2 - Fleur

 

 

Hope you like my selection today, tomorrow I’ll have work from our fabulous Becky and Jen

Have a lovely Saturday crafters