Saturday, 14 July 2018

Flower's All Over!!


Morning Peeps!!

It's Lou in for you and I'm so excited to be doing a Guest Make for the Allsorts Challenge Blog today as Swedish House Crafts is sponsoring their challenge.

This time the theme of the challenge is "Flower's All Over" and it is such a fun one to play with! I know I certainly had fun with it anyway!!

I decided to make a criss-cross card again so I could use a couple more of my 'very stroke and use, taking deep breaths only' Pion Design 6x6 Complete collection Summer Falls into Autumn papers. They are just so delicate and pretty and luckily I had enough little scraps left to paper piece my little Magnolia stamps Lovely Emoji's Okay Tilda's clothes to match the card base. I'm so pleased I did that because I love her little outfit! It's a fiddly technique of stamping and fussy cutting but such fun to do when you see her little outfit come alive.


I love how the little Magnolia stamps Sweet Cosy Love So Wrapped Lovely DooHickey die turns the lift out message part of the card into such a sweet lift out pat so easily. I nestled a little Dragonfly from the Magnolia stamps Bon Voyage Dragonflies DooHickey dies set for a little extra touch.


Once the message part of the card is pulled out you can see a few more flowers on the inside backing paper piece!! well, it as Flowers All Over so it had to be done!!


And just check out how gorgeous the Roxstamps Special Congrats die looks nestled into the flowers. I cut it twice, using the kraft coloured cardstock behind it as a 'shadow'. I love how it really makes the beautiful scripted font 'pop' when you do that layer behind with a different colour. And I know it's not daffodil season really but I so love the little Magnolia Stamps Daffodil die that I couldn't resist a couple of yellow daffs to sit with the paper sunflowers from my stash.


Now let's take a closer look at Tilda with her lovely little matching the card base clothes!! I love how she is holding her little thumb out to congratulate whoever the card ends up being for!! awww!!!


Right then, time for another cuppa after all that Lou waffling on!! Have a wonderful weekend everyone! Huge Hugs Lou xxxx

Tuesday, 10 July 2018

Music... Doo Hickey Club 19

Good Morning peeps!

It's my Swedish House Crafts DT post today and I wanted to share a make using  Magnolia DooHickeyClub Vol 19- Music.

Now, I have to be honest and admit I was pretty underwhelmed when my set arrived but as soon as I started snipping the dies in the set apart for how I store them on a magnetic sheet, the idea's of what I could make with this set started to whir through my head like little cogs!!!

I have had the gorgeous Danish Opera Tilda in my stash from the shop last year. I decided to use just her and not her violin die too as there were so many gorgeous little nik nak kinda dies in the Magnolia DooHickeyClub Vol 19- Music set already. I went with a little dancing on the piano-shaped stage and getting thrown flowers scene instead!

I eagerly went about cutting the piano die with my Neenah Desert storm A4 cardstock. I coloured the little top keys with my Warm Grey promarkers. Then again in a woodgrain effect paper from my stash, trimming off the key part and then I glued a little strip of white cardstock behind the keys on the kraft piece to get the black and white keys.


I loved the little music stand. It has a couple of places on it marked when you cut it for where to layer up for some fun dimension. I went with the little 'music holder' at the top of the stand to hold a little 'sheet' of paper and the bottom part of the stand so it stood out a little more. I also had fun with a few of the little musical note die cuts placing them all floaty around the whole card so you could 'feel' the music theme.


For her little congratulatory bouquet, I die cut 3 roses and 3 stems and coloured them up with my promarkers. Then I assembled them and added a little bit of stickles to make the rose heads glisten.
I used a little bit of button thread from my stash to make a little bow.


The big swooshy musical score die is just gorgeous. I cut it in kraft cardstock and then coloured the little notes in my Warm Grey promarkers and added a little glossy accent so they stood out more from the score. I love how they came out. 

The big note die is just stunning, I think it may be my favourite die from the set because it is just so pretty and I am sure that is a little heart set in the middle there too. It's just so sweet, isn't it?!

Right, time for a cuppa. I cannot get myself into proper gear today!! My left toe had an infection again... ( well, clearly it felt left out from the right toe having one..again..last week!!!) and it is sooooooo sore I could cry!!! I think it's yucky ingrown nails from damage from chemo last year so the Dr is referring me to someone to take a look at them. So hopefully all will be good soon!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 8 July 2018

Kalei...

Image- Kalei from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Papers- Aloha from Snap,click,supply.

Morning peeps!!

I am soooo pants at sitting on my Monday dream team make but anyone who knows me and my Moana/ Lilo and Stitch obsession will totally get why I adore this card!! there really is just something magical to me about Hawaii and their traditions and dances that just captivate a dafty Lou mind....plus...Lilo and Moana are pretty rocking chicks!!! so again.. I can't wait and you guys who follow my blog get her today!!!! 

So I just let myself pootle for a super fun colouring few minutes with Kalei from Mo's Digital Pencil (...yup....that says few minutes and it really was, I colour fast with my promarkers and then have mega fun with card bases!!!), but she is so seriously sweet to colour up. A little heads up though, she is in the Retiring Images section of Mo's shop so get her quick if you want her!!! 

Right, now I've got that urge to share my make quick I am going to go food shopping!! lol! oooh the exciting life I lead!! but first I may have to put a top on because I am currently walking round in my trousers and compression bra because it's so hot!!! oohh and a quick Boobenstien update!!! we are doing well, all dressings off and healing very nicely. My results weren't quite ready so I still don't know what they are but I'll let you all know as soon as I do. I think they will be just tickety-boo though!! here is how we looked on Wednesday, such a difference to the week before. 


Yey!! I'm getting there!! ...even if I did put 1lb on weigh in yesterday!!! right, I really must go food shopping now!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx




Tuesday, 3 July 2018

Tiddly Inks Challenge #215....Anything Tiddly Inks Goes!!!

Morning all!!

It's time for a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and it's one of my favourite Tiddly challenges ever!! I look forward to this every time it comes around! it is, of course, 

Anything Tiddly Goes!
let your inner Tiddly flow!!
(**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 just had to use the little bit of distress ink colouring practice I gave myself a couple of weeks ago for my make. I am so proud of the colouring because learning a new medium for me is no mean feat!! I love to stick with the safety net of my promarkers and a quick 10-minute colour up but this one took me 30 mins and it was just pure pleasure! I cannot even put into words how much I enjoyed this!!

I stamped the Wryn out first and then tried to line the little kitten stamp up so it looks like he is just playing with that little end of wryn's ponytail! soooo cute!!

Yesterday I saw my Little Mo off to Dorset at 6am in the morning. I swear there is actually nothing harder than waving off your little guy but I know he will have the best time and he is such a brave little guy for going. All last night and before he went this morning his nerves and anxiety were so high but as other children started arriving his magic little smile started to creep in and he was 100% fine by the time he had got on the coach with his best friend. I was so relieved and super proud. He's away now until Wednesday but I'm sure it will zoom by.

Look at that smile! I love it!

Right, time for me to go and get a cuppa and just kinda chill out with no school run to do!! Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx


Sunday, 1 July 2018

Hoping..............

Image- Hoping.
Evening everyone,

I cannot settle tonight at all. Little Mo is going to Dorset on a school trip in the morning and my Mamma Bear heart is beating so hard and fast that it's making my stomach pit too! but don't worry, I'm being that 'awesomely excited for you but wanting to snuggle you up and keep you home in silence' kinda mummy! so you are getting some Lou waffle!!

I needed a thank you card for an extremely special lady this week, my slimming world consultant, Sarah. She is such a very special lady and has looked after me losing weight so very well since the last Saturday in December 2017. I am desperately sad to see her go but utterly happy she is following her heart and doing what she needs. 

I wish she realised just how much she has helped me. Since my first operation for breast cancer last year, I have been waiting ever so patiently to have the other boobie made smaller to match. I noticed that in December that one of the Breast Cancer groups I am on had a couple of ladies who also needed a reduction and they were refused until they had lost some weight. I utterly panicked because I knew I had staked on the weight with ops, chemo and rads and just general poopy eating habits. I was so terrified that when my appointment came round for my surgeon to talk to me about reduction I would also be refused due to needing to loose weight so I got on the job, pushed my going out into the big world and joining a group anxieties to the back of my head and joined Sarah's group. Now, I may be biased, but it is seriously the best group...EVER! I seriously joined the most supportive and caring group of people I have ever met...and all at 8:30am on a Saturday morning when most people would be enjoying a lie in or grumpily looking into a full coffee cup trying to wake up!!  

A few weeks ago I achieved my mini target of 2st off by June, and do you know what? when I went for my wound review on Wednesday my BCN told me she absolutely thinks I did a fantastic thing losing my weight and it will definitely of helped me in both being allowed to have my op and my recovery from it. How magic is that?? 

I am working on getting my 3st off target got to now. I have 7lb to go and I'm happily just pootling down to it at my own Lou pace but I really have started to notice a difference in clothing and umphness recently, it does feel rather blooming brilliant! so, a very special card was needed for my last group with Sarah yesterday.

I was so absolutely excited to find Hoping in the store! she is just absolutely perfect!!!
I cannot believe she was just sitting there quietly in the store hoping away when there are so many of us that can use this super sweet image. I think I printed her out faster than I have printed anything out in a while is sheer excitement at the perfectness of her!!! lol!!!

She was coloured up. splodge on the card and Lou froo'd in no time, ready to be given on Saturday when I got to group. oooooh, I can't tell you how much I will miss Sarah as a group leader but we are super lucky that she forced...encouraged...an amazing member from our group to train up to slimming world standards to take over our Saturday morning huddle. It's such a relief to know the person who is going to take over in helping me and the rest of my amazing group to our targets...he 'Will' (he he!! see what I did there? his name is actually Will!!!) of course, be broke because we will all be target members in no time but hey...we can start a Saturday morning coffee club instead!! bwah ha ha ha ha!!!

Right, this mamma bear needs to try and rest some and get some shut eye as we need to be at school for 5:45am at the latest in the morning...not a problem for us as we are normally up and on the go by then but just watch us all be zonked out for once! wouldn't that be a funny one?!!....errrr...No!! lol! alarm is set already for 4:30am to allow smooth moving for an easily unsettled Mo and lots of mummy cuddles!! he he!!

Thanks so much for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Loving wedding couple....


Hello everyone, I'm in with my Swedish Housecrafts DT for you today and I've been having super fun playing with a criss cross card fold.

I love this fold because of the beautiful ways you can decorate the 'card' you pull out of the criss cross pocket and the fun you can have decorating the outside of it. For this one, I used some simple lace from my stash and die cut the Gummiapan- Integrated Hearts dieThen I carefully cut away some of the hearts to leave me with the big heart and 2 smaller ones for decorating the centre.

Once I'd done that, I cut the Roxstamps special - Congrats die to pop on top of it. I cut it twice, once in my white cardstock and once in the kraft cardstock. I offset the kraft layer underneath when I glued them together to make a 'shadow'. Then I pressed the congrats into my Tsukineko Emboss Ink pad and covered them in ultra thick embossing powder. It looks so lovely IRL, I hope you can see from the photo.


For my Magnolia Stamps Wedding Collection- Loving Bridal Couple I decided to step out of my comfort zone and try some Distress ink colouring. I really enjoyed it. I need more practice but that's the whole fun of trying new things!!

Once I had coloured Tilda and Edwin and they were fully dry, I used my Tsukineko Emboss Ink pad with the Gummiapan- Worn Hearts stamp and randomly stamped them around the sides up to where I knew they would be hidden by the criss cross fold. Then I went over them with 2 different shades of gold perfect pearls dust. It is so shimmery but I cannot get that to show in the photo!!!


Then I popped my piece through my Bigshot using the beautiful Roxstamps- Curlicue Edge Decor die. I repeated that with a Kraft cardstock too and then slightly offset them at the top to make the 'shadow' again. I also tied a tiny little twine bow and glued it to the centre.


I decorated my Criss Cross card fold with some of the stunning papers in the Pion Designs- Summer falls into autumn 6x6 collection. They are so pretty I almost didn't want to cut them!!!


Right, time for me to scoot! I don't know what I'm going to do today yet but I can feel that crafty feeling so I'll go with it!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Cupcake Hamster...

  Image- Cupcake Hamster.

 Morning everyone!

I'm popping in with my Dream Team make for Mo's Digital Pencil today. I have decided that I can no longer wait until my Dream Team blog posting day because sitting here scheduling my blog post for over there is too tempting to just post on mine today!! hehe!!! And this little Hamster!!! oh my gosh!!! It's just so cute I want to squish his little full cheeks!! awwwwwww, It's too cute!!!!

Let's take a closer look at the yummy cuteness!!! to get that 'furry' kind of texture on him I just coloured a little bit of cotton gauze with my blender pen and then squished it onto him once he was all coloured up. I love how it looks.


And then there's that yummy, scrummy pink frosting!!! eeeeeeep!! I love it!!! it looks delicious!! I just coloured it up and then splodged on some glossy accents and added a few real cupcake sprinkles to the places where the little drawn ones were!


I even felt umphy enough to turn the handle on my bigshot and cut out the letters for my niece's name!! go me!!!


Now...did my niece get her card on time even though it was made and ready....errrrrrrr...no she did not!!!! I feel so awful about it but then I think my niece would actually be more shocked if her card arrived on time!!! Luckily thanks to the cleverness of PayPal, she had her birthday pennies for her girls weekend away with my big sister so it's not all bad!!!!!

I have been pootling along quite nicely with recovery. I am doing good on not many painkillers at all ( I had 4 paracetamol yesterday and none yet today!! wahoooooo!!!!) and I've managed to get a fake kebab made (...Scott had to get the food processor out of the back of the cupboard for me but other than that, I've managed everything ok!!).

Right, I must pootle off and chop up some salad to go with this fake kebab, it's got 20 mins or so left in the oven and then it will be ready for nomming...which is good because we are all starving here!! lol!!

I hope you've all had gorgeous Sundays, thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 22 June 2018

You Rock.....

Stamp set- Dino-Mite clear stamp set (retired)...But don't worry!!
Image- Dino-Mite from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- Bazzill Basics Dino-Mite.
Good Morning all!!

It's Fab Friday over on the Tiddly Inks blog so I couldn't resist a little Dino-Mite . I really felt like a nice little bit of fun crafting time while I recover from my Booby reduction on the good side so I am no longer The Hunchtit from Notre Dame...!! I had my operation on Wednesday.

Of course, the stockings of doom have had to be re-applied for the next 2 weeks..

 My amazing surgeon practised his geometric graffiti skills...!!!!

I was given a new type of anaesthetic that is done by an infusion pump and you have a brain activity monitor popped on your head! very exciting but with my feather veins,getting the cannula was a struggle for them and then when the infusion started, it incredibly painful going in but my theatre nurses and anaesthetist were so lovely and caring and gave me pain meds to try and combat it. An hour and half later and I was in recovery, apparently having a wonderful chat with my Nana and Grandad!! The nurse thought it was hilarious but I can only remember waving goodbye to them as they walked back to their caravan?!! lol!!

 I was well enough to go home by 4pm which was wonderful. I cannot thank my surgeon, theatre staff and the gorgeous nurses on Branston Ward enough. They are always so wonderful when I am in the hospital.
 And now...well now I look a bit like this!! Oh, how I laughed on dressing investigation when I got home and saw this!! Firstly I thought my surgeon must have an S&M fetish going on but then sense told me it's so they can keep an eye on my nipple!!!! bwah ha ha ha ha!!!
So there we go!! the tale of Lou's week!!! he he!! 2 days later I am feeling pretty good really. I'm sore but not to the point of tears and am managing my painkillers really well with good breaks of 5-6 hours between them. 

Today I am going to try a weaker dose of 2 paracodol as I have been having 2 paracetamol and 30mg of codeine but it makes me feel quite nauseous so being as I am doing ok pain wise, I'm going to knock it down a little. I went from 3:30pm yesterday to right now, at 6:34am, once I have finished my breakfast before needing anything else so I'm on the right track!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 17 June 2018

4 Dad...


Image- 4 Dad Boy S.
Papers- Crate Paper 'Boys Rule'.

Hello everyone!!

I know...it's a day early again but because it's Fathers Day, I wanted to share my Fathers Day make using 4 Dad Boy S.

Isn't he so cute?! I 'out of the box' nestied him to get him to fit in that cute little position. If you need help learning how to do that technique, please check out this fabulous tutorial HERE. 

Let's take a closer look at his cuteness!!.... awwwww!!!! I love him!!


I coloured him up so that his little picture of Dad has the colouring out of the lines some like a little dude would colour, sooooo sweet!!! My marvellous Little Mo liked this image and technique so much that he used it for his Grandad Prickly's birthday card but I didn't get chance to take a photo of it because he was so excited to get it written and in the envelope ready for today!! I absolutely adore that he makes cards for people like me, it's so special to know I've passed on a little thoughtfulness to him.

We've had a gorgeous day out at Yorkshire Wildlife Park today with Scott's mum and Dad. It was so special to spend Fathers Day with Scott's Dad and we had such a lovely time and now we are all pooped out and thinking zzzzzz's!!! It's such a gorgeous 'zoo' to go around though and the enclosures for the animals are just amazing. Mo's favourites are still the Polar Bears, closely followed by the Meerkats and the Giant Otters.

Right, I'm going to relax with a lovely liquorice tea and then I'm going to have a bath.I'm taking extra time on them this week ready for not being able to lie down in the bath for a little while after my op on Wednesday!! lol!!  Needs must and all that!!!

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx

Monday, 11 June 2018

Fixer Upper Edwin....


Morning peeps!! 

I'm in for you today with my Swedish Housecrafts DT make and I think it's just perfect for Father's Day which is fast approaching us now.

Fixer Upper Edwin is just the sweetest little stamp to help you along with those slightly harder to make for males! and I ADORE him. I thought a little notebook for Dads' to jot down bits and bobs would make a really lovely father's day gift so using a little mini notepad bought from the shop, I got to work. You just need to gently remove the front cover and replace it with a piece of kraft cardstock. I allow 1/2cm for the "spine" of the notebook width and then a good 1.5cm to go down the back of the notebook so the front is secure. Once that's done, you are ready to decorate it!


I stamped Edwin out on some normal colouring cardstock and then onto some papers from my paper scrap box (the little pieces I find in there from my stash of used bits were just perfect for a little notebook altering!). Then it was time to colour up and have some fun paper piecing his hat and shirt to match! so cute!!


And how fabulous are the little screws and bolts in the Fixer Upper Painting brush, Hardware & Hammer dies set? I think they are just magic. They would be just perfect for a shaker card too you know! Just imagine those little screws and bolts floating around!!


Right, I need to get my butt into gear! I have my pre op appointment today...ooooh there's nothing quite like swabs around your nose and crotch area to check for MRSA!! I tell you, there's always something to look forward to in Lou world!!! romfl!!!

Have a magical monday peeps! Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xxx