Tuesday, 14 August 2018

Get Whale Soon.............

Good Morning peeps!

I'm so happy to share this little Get Whale Soon make using the super sweet little whale and his sentiment from the Gummiapan Animal Kit sheet B stamp set. It is still one of my favourite sets to use because of those fabulous bold stamping lines you get.

Here's a closer look at the whale! I added a little glossy accent to his balloon, I love it!! I decided to paper piece my elephant to add some extra fun to the card. I love paper piecing and this stamp set is perfect for it with those gorgeous bold ink lines. I stamped him onto a scrap of patterned paper from my bits box and then fussy cut him out with my scissors. I also stamped him out on white cardstock so once I had cut him out with the Gummiapan Animal Kit B Matching Dies he would still stand proud from the little circle of design paper behind him.

I used hot glue to stick the paper pieced whale onto the white die cut so that when it dried he popped out a little. Then I squeezed some glossy accents onto his little spout and arranged some beads from my stash to make him a 3D little spray. To keep those on safe, I then glossy accented over the top of them too.

I love the swooshy font on the Get Whale Soon sentiment, it's so pretty. I stamped it on another scrap of design paper from the same pad in my stash and then cut it with a die, also from my stash...I have a good lot of stash to play with!!!! 

I love to liven my cards up by distressing the layers. All I do is run my scissor blade down them to 'fluff' them up. It looks especially nice when you glue a little piece of scrap design paper behind the curled up tears in the paper. I love this effect.

Oooh and don't forget...

Thank you for popping in!!  Huge hugs and squishes, Lou xx

Monday, 13 August 2018

Mummu's Bike....

Image- Mummu's bike.
Morning all! 

I'm popping in with a Mummu make! oh, she is just one of my absolute favourites and I can never resist a little crafty time with her. She really does just give you the warm fuzzies with her smile, doesn't she?

I've had such a wonderful weekend and I'm still floating on cloud 9 a bit!! on Saturday I reached my Slimming World Target!! wahoooooooo!! (...though I also went to my Godfather's wedding and think I have probably stacked it all back on with yummy food and treats!!!!!).

I also achieved something so special it really hasn't sunk in properly with all the busy weekend-ness. I won Woman of the Year at my Slimming World group along with my beautiful friend, Kirsty. Don't get me wrong, the sash, certificate and flowers are so lovely but whats magic to me is that the amazing men and women in my slimming world group nominated me and feel that I deserved to win this award? It just makes me feel so humble and emotional all at once. I have looked at my certificate and sash a million times and still can't take it in. How special is that? I have to be honest and admit I never thought I would get that blooming weight shifted, let alone get to target or be an inspiration for other so it really is a beautiful thing.

Here is a little piccy our gorgeous friend Jools took of me and Kirsty with our awards, she even managed to make me look like I have a halo on!!! he he!! It was so lovely to have Kirsty with me because I nominated her. I really still can't believe it!

Right, I'm going to have a lovely cuppa and a little relaxation before I tackle the ironing mountain!!  Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Tiddly Inks challenge #216...Clean and Simple..

Morning all!!

Its that Tiddly time of the month again where we start a new challenge! this months challenge is...
Clean & Simple.
so think less layers, no froo froo and just simples!

(**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

I decided to go with Wryn Christmas Gift for my image choice and turn her into a Thank you gift kinda card! I love how she can be used for different gifty occasions!! Remeber peeps, a Wryn isn't just for Christmas!!!! hehe!!!

Right, I need to scooteroo! I need to finish off a pavlova for our BFF's get together today. I've made a Slimming World wreath pavlova but I'm popping Mango, Pineapple and Orange on it for a summer kinda feel. It has quark and fat-free greek yoghurt topping with a mango and pineapple blended sauce to drizzle. I so hope its yummy because its one of my BF's birthday. We are all trying to eat healthily so I figured this was a fabulous alternative to a huge Lou cake!!! and its just 3 syns a serving! wahoooo!!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Monday, 6 August 2018

Sprout mini notepad....

Image- Sprout.
Morning all!!

Do you ever just feel like not making cards with your images and sprouting out into something a bit different?!! well, that's definitely the way my making mojo has felt this week! sometimes it's sooo good though to be reminded that we don't buy Mo's images just to make cards with!

Today I went for a little decorated notepad using some scraps of my papers I had left and a little mini notepad from my ever growing stationary addiction....all crafters have this addiction too right?!!!!

I printed Sprout out and then die cut her out with a little circle that would fit nicely on the front of the pad. I love the way doing this focuses in one just one little bit of the image.

Thank you for popping in. huge hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 1 August 2018

Tilda baby bauble....

Stamps- Sleeping Tilda.
Nappy and feet on top from the Christmas countdown Doo Hickey.
Papers- DCWV Nana's Nursery Boy paper stack.

Good Morning all!! Happy half week!! 

It's feeling a bit hot here again today so I'm hiding in my kitchen on my pooter blogging and avoiding the outside! lol! it's gorgeous to look at and fabulous for my washing drying on the line but I don't like being out in it!!

Last week 3 of my friends gave me the super exciting news that they are expecting...and of course...we all know how much a Lou loves babies!!! so I decided I needed to make some baby cuteness!! and I couldn't resist some Magnolia stamps making time!!

My lovely friend, Sandra, gifted Mo and I some gorgeous crafty bits a while ago and I have dipped into them to use this fabulous bauble.

Just look at those cute Chubby Feet and little nappy die cuts...awwwwwww!! I got them in the Magnolia stamps Christmas countdown set and it's the first time I've used them. I cut 2 of the feet and coloured them with my promarkers and then cut the nappy with my papers and glued a little mini safety pin to the front. I stuck my finger in the nappy (...luckily it was clean !! bwah ha ha ha ha!!!) to give it a little bit more dimension.

And then, of course, there's  Sleeping Tilda. I stamped it and then fussy cut before I coloured. I went for a boy feeling this time and then doodled some little hearts on the top with a white gel pen. then I started decorating the little disc that comes with the bauble for you to pop your 'scene' on. I popped the tag die cut behind the baby with some cotton gauze and a little dummy charm on some twine through the tag! soo cute!!

And lastly, there are the chubby feet!! I stamped them coloured them and then I glossy accented them for extra cuteness!! you just want to squish them, don't you?!!! I cut the Roxstamps Congrats die twice and layered it up again. The little flag banner is from one of my older Doo Hickey clubs too, the one with the teapot.

Then I just splodged in some sequins and little bally things to make it pretties!! and it was done! 

Time for me to pootle off and find something to do today. Mo is busy looking at his nerf arsenal and deciding which ones are best for the zombie apocalypse and I've got the laundry washed and hung so I'm sort of twizzling my fingers now!!

Have a wonderful Wednesday everyone! huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 29 July 2018

Swing High......

Image- Swing High.
Papers- Cosmo Cricket Sweet Disposition.
Morning all! 

I'm in with a post for you today using Swing High. And the absolute bonus to this cutie is that the awesome sentiment comes with her!

I really do just love this image, I always go for the ones that really make me smile and for this one, that sentiment really does say it all. Life really is too short to not enjoy every little bit that it throws at you so you really must swing as high as you can and get the most out of it! I know I do!!

We had such a gorgeous holiday last week, I really didn't fancy coming home at all!! but I was missing my gorgeous pawsy peeps a whole tonne and I was looking forward to going to my Slimming World group on Saturday morning, they are such a gorgeous bunch of peeps and I really do love my me time with them all, so it wasn't all bad coming home really!!

Today we've just had a chilling kind of day. I've done lots of cooking to make sure that the chicken I bought didn't go off in the heat before we could enjoy it. I've steamed 4 breasts and Scott shredded 2 for me for sandwiches and salads. I made a chicken Sofrito and chicken Katsu curry. Tomorrow it is minced beef cooking day so I am going to do spag bol and a fake kebab

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Friday, 27 July 2018

Walk a tightrope Wryn....

Morning all!!

I hope you've all had a wonderful week so far! I am so happy that Fab Friday is here!

I coloured this cutie up a couple of weeks ago and I have been itching to show the finished card since then!! he he!! I am building up my stash of thank you cards at the moment because Thank you is just such a forgotten card at the moment and I have so much to be thankful for recently that I am just working on a whole stash of them so I can spread a little love around.

Let's take a closer look at Walk a tightrope Wryn.....

Isn't she the sweetest? I adore her!! I so tried to get a picture of the sparkle on her but it's so hard to do that!! 

The gorgeous background is the butterfly paper from the Fairy Fae House and extras set. I merged Wryn onto it and then printed it out and had super fun colouring her up and then onto each little butterfly.

Don't forget to pop over to the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and see what my other amazing Tiddly Inker Teamies made for their Fab Friday makes, oh my...they rocked it again.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxxx

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Country Girl Porch Tilda with Music!!!

 Stamp- Porch Tilda.
Good Morning everyone! 

I'm in with my Swedish House Crafts DT post for you today and I wanted to share another using the Magnolia DooHickeyClub Vol 19- Music and the super sweet little Magnolia stamps Country Girl- Porch Tilda.

Let's take a closer look at her! she is just so sweet and perfect for any kind of card/ project. I decided on a wall hanging plaque and covered it with some Pion 'A day in May' papers. I sanded around the edges and the little heart-shaped hole and then it was time for some fun with my ever-growing stash of Magnolia stamps!!

I stamped Porch Tilda first and then masked her to get the placement of the bench right. A little tip to help you if you are masking like this is to draw a light pencil line with a ruler where her hands touch the 'surface' so you can work out how far up to place the bench seat part of your stamp or any other 'sitting on' background stamp. Then its just a case of fussy cutting out and colouring in! I always fussy cut first so when I colour because the colours of your pens soften the cut edges.

And those little music notes in the Magnolia DooHickeyClub Vol 19- Music die set!! ooooh they look so sweet cut in black cardstock and dotted about so you can feel her tunes too!!

How super sweet is the little stereo from the Magnolia DooHickeyClub Vol 19- Music die set? Oh, my!! I just adore the little speakers! I coloured the hearts in a gentle pink colour because ...well...I just couldn't resist doing so!!! I also cut the centre part twice, inking the edges to make it stand out and then cutting an extra little 'tape' so that I could colour that in my warm grey promarkers and pop it in. I love how it turned out.

I absolutely love the way that the Magnolia stamps Country Girl Country Leaves die really lifts a little arrangement of flowers with its beautiful fronds and leaf. You only need to cut a few and you have the most gorgeous foliage ever.

And don't forget the sale!!.....

Monday, 23 July 2018

Valerie and her snowman get tree decoration treatment!!........

Morning all!!

Phewsh it's been hot!! so naturally I decided a nice wintery feeling make would cool me down some...did it work??...errrrr...nope, I still sweated my big Lou butt off but it did come out sooooo super cute!!!!! I LOVE it!!!

Here's a closer lil look at Valeria and her snowman inside the centre! they have some lovely snow and snowballs in there to shake around! 

Right! I need to scoot! we are off on our holibobs to the Lake District and Little Mo is so excited he might just explode!! I love that we all adore it there though. We really do have the most amazing time every time we go even if it rains, it's just so stunningly beautiful no matter where you go.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Galaxy Tilda with XOXO.........

Morning everyone!

I'm squishing in an extra Swedish House Crafts DT post today and I am sharing the card I have made for my amazing husband for our anniversary in a couple of weeks.

He loves Star Wars so Magnolia stamps Galaxy Tilda with XOXO was just the right stamp to go for and I love XOXO in her hand. The little heart spots on him just make me feel all warm and cosy inside!!

I had a teeny bit of Lou fun ripping the layers to add a little stitched twine detail in the corner, it just livens up the base layer a little when you are doing a fairly simple layout on your card. I tied the twine into a bow today too, sometime I leave the ends floating free but today was definitely a bow day!!

Just look how sweet Magnolia stamps Galaxy Tilda with XOXO looks a little closer in!! I stamped Tilda first and then masked her off to add the little moon from the Magnolia stamps Galaxy Moon, Star and Butterfly kit behind her. I love how it came out! You can see the glossy accents I added to little XOXO a little better on this photo. 

You can also see the heat embossing I did with the super sweet little stars stamp in the Magnolia stamps Galaxy Moon, Star and Butterfly kit. I heat embossed them with silver embossing powder and then added a lovely sprinkle of frantage embossing powder too. The last thing I did was go in with my distress inks and add a little colour to Tilda's galaxy!!

Lastly, it was time for a sentiment and for me, the 'You are a star' stamp from the Magnolia stamps Lovely emoji's You are a star kit was just perfect. Scott really is amazing, he has been such a massive support and help over the last 18 months of my cancer journey and I don't know what I would do without him, so 'You are a star' was just right! 

I used the Gummiapan Old Paper dies and some Maja papers from my stash for this card too.....well...a girl has to get all her faves on a card for such a special guy right?!!

Thank you for popping in peeps, I do so love blogging. It sure beats the picture quality of Facebook so I really appreciate you all nipping in for a better look. Huge hugs Lou xxx