Friday, 28 February 2014

a bloggy question answered!!!

Hi everyone!

I got a little question through in my emails this morning about my blog layout so I thought I would answer it on here instead incase anyone else has ever wondered about it.

So, the question was...

"Lou, can you share with me how you get your pictures so big on your blog. mine are all squished into the middle section on mine and there is a lot of space down the sides but if I make my pictures bigger they go over the side bars which looks messy. What can i do to change that out?"

ok, so the answer really very much depends on your blog template. So, lets womble through this together peeps!

OK, go to your blog and select 'Design' on the top right hand side. Then look down the left hand side and choose the 'Template' choice ( it has a little paint roller next to it). 

You will then see lots of different pictures of layouts for your blog. Mine is set on a 'Simple' layout, so we will go with that for these waffles!! 

When you click on your selection you should then see a few options down the side where you can click on options to change the bits on your blog. This is what mine looks like when I go to those settings. ( I have chosen the 'adjust widths' setting for this piccy so you can see the widths that mine is set at....

and this is what it looks like on mine when I select the 'Layout' option...

So onto photographs!! I resize all my photographs of my cards in paintshop. I do them at 72 dpi with the longest side of my crop to be 600 pixels. That way I can upload them to my blog and then click on 'original size' which makes them pop up nice and bog for peeking at. Doing them this way means I can get a lovely big picture on my blog but still have the pages loading quickly as they are not chug chug chugging along trying to load a massive file.

Phew! wafflies over!! hope it helped someone!!

HUge hugs Lou xxx

Family Minty Madness!!!

Good Morning everyone!!!

Its that time of month again for our 'Forgotten Funkies' showcase over on the Get Funky and Craft blog !!! each month our fabulous Funkette's are our blog showing off some new makes with our older downloads. 
Minty Madness downloadable craft paper
Today's showcase is centered all around the gorgeously fresh 'Minty Madness' download. Just look at these stunning papers, they are too good to be forgotten!!!

I got busy with my digital project life templates for this one, I always forget that digital scrapbooking is so much fun and so easy to compile together too. I added some of the gorgeous stars and alpha's from the download into the journalling squares too. This make was drag and drop heaven and I love how it came out! digital pages are like instant gratification!! he he he he!!!

Well, I had better get going. Scott is at work and Mo and I need to take him as Mo has an appointment with his 'tummy doctor' today.

Have a fabulous friday gorgeous peeps,
huge hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Babies just do make me feel froo froo!!!!!

 Images- Twin Girls from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Tia and friend from Mo's Digital Pencil.
(bit further down!!)
coloured with promarkers.
Challenge- MDP2 Add a ribbon.
Afternoon peeps!!

I have had a bit of a lovely morning of froo froo-ness!! am I the only one that really loves froo froo on baby cards?!! awww I just love them!! and I definitely went the froo froo-ist  have froo'd in a while on this one!!!!

This card is for my friends who have just had 2 gorgeous little twin girls (...can you tell I am just a bit excited?!!!!) so I hit the shop at Mo's Digital Pencil and bought me some gorgeousness to make their card. Mo's shop is just perfect for cards like this and even better I found an image in there too that I just totally squeeled at because it was just like their dog and daughter Khloe!!!

Same old Lou colours used but they do look so soft and pretty together so I think that's why they are my fav colour combo's. Here's a little half blingy shot of the babies....
 Now, I bet ya'll looked at my links under the first piccy and thought where the banana's did she use the Tia digi?!!! well, she is here....except Tia has had a little change to Tyson for this one to match Vicky and Chris's dog Tyson and the little girl with the heart balloons was just so like Khloe I had to get it!! please excuse the chubby Lou fingers on this piccy!!!...
 so cute!! I love it!!!

Then came the froo froo and lots of it!! dies, punches, flowers, 3 different sorts of glue, lace, ribbon, button,twine!! oh my gosh I had soooo much fun!! I will leave you with one last shot of gorgeousness!!!...

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

Passion for Promarkers challenge 236...Make it Digital!!

Image- Rock n Rolla from Tiddly Inks.
(she is just $1..bargain!!)
Papers- The Pier Crate paper.
Browns- Burnt sienna, caramel and sandstone.
pinks- Burnt orange, coral,sunkissed pink and blush.
Blues- Midnight blue, Denim blue and pastel blue.

Good morning gorgeous peeps of the world!!

How are you all this morning? I am nervous! lol! we have little Mo's IEP meeting and parents evening all in one day...gulp!! lol! but its all good for helping Mo so I shouldn't complain really!!

So its time for a new challenge over on the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog and this week it was chosen by our teamie Marie and its one I could totally rock out with!! .....

Make it digital!!
( use digital images/papers)
we are sponsored by

I just had to use the new Rock n Rolla digi from Tiddly Inks, at just $1 she is one you totally can't miss out on!! and she totally makes me think of my friend Amelia, who loves skating and has the coolest pink hair. She has been going through some horrid stuff with head pain and she inspires me totally. When my knee is sorted I am going to get my skates out of the shed!!!

So I printed her out, coloured her with my promarkers and then added some super fun papers. 

Right, got to get myself moving! Mo slept in until 6am this morning so I am on a go slow!! lol!!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 24 February 2014

Chloe and her friends....

Coloured with promarkers.
Die- Marianne Design collectables Tab with text.
Die- Namics Mini tabs foursome.
Ribbon- May Arts crochet velvet centre-Rose.

Morning everyone!!

Oh boy! I swear the weekend zooms by me in a blur!!! but we had a super lovely family time one this weekend so I don't mind!! I will still be working away when this little Chloe make pops up for you all to peek at!! then it will be home for the school run and bedtime!!

So, I just had to ink up one of the new Tiddly Inks stamps. They are on pre- order in the shop and will be in very shortly (...but I already got my little Lou mitts on some!!).

I adore the little hedgehog friend she has!! he is too cute! thought it was a super tough choice between him and the bunny!!!

They are all coloured up with promarkers on some hammered card. It blends quite nicely and then looks all sort of oldy bibbly bobbly when its dry, its a gorgeous effect.

And here's a little bling shot of her super gorgeousness!!
Her little eyes were done with a glaze pen and then it was just lots of sakura pen and white pen ditty dots!!

Thank you for popping in, I will be in to see you all later when I wake up!!
hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Funky Hands new release!!!! lots of piccies to share!!

Papers- Button Babies.

OOOOOOOh I cannot tell you how excited I am to post these makes!! I have been desperate to share these little baby pop up boxes with you!!

There are some new releases over on the Funky Hand shop and I just love them!! 

Here's a little sideview.....

 and of course...I just had to do a boy one too!!!!!!

Papers- Button Babies.
Image- Button Baby Boy.

 So, how gorgeous are those lil babies and papers???!!!! here's a look at the huge amount of papers you get for your £2.99....
Button Babies downloadable backing papers
Aren't they just soooo cute?!!!!
I'll be back later this week with a couple more makes with the new downloads....though I am really having to sit on my hands not to add them right away too!!!!!!

Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Why rock when you can roll?!!

Image- Ellie says why rock when we can roll? from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- Crate Paper The Pier 6x6 pad.
Coloured with promarkers.
Hi everyone!!
I am a bit late posting today because we woke up to gorgeous sunshine and decided to make the most of it with Poppy and my friends dog, Tyson. My friend Vicky is in hospital at the moment (....squeeeee!! twins coming soon!! squeeeee!!!) so we decided Tyson might like some treat time with his budette furball princess!
We had a wonderful time, they played, rested,played some more and then finished off with a lovely clam lead walk back so they were ready for chilling when we got home! Here they are looking all cheesy wheezy together!!!
and off for a good sniff around...
Anyways!! onto Ellie!! isn't she just a super cutie?!! I loved making this card (...wait....yup...I do say that like all the time but I am super lucky and love making all my cards!!!!)
She is so wonderful to colour up and the papers are from one of my fav pads ever, very stroke only, use only if you really really have to, The Pier by Crate paper.

Right, off to veg on the settee with my guys now!! Poppy is fast asleep on her bed in the kitchen after her adventures!!!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 21 February 2014

'Popping' in with Wryn!!!

Image- Wryn Skater Girl from Tiddly Inks.
coloured with Promarkers.

Good morning peeps!!
How are you all this fine friday?!! I totally adore friday's because Scott is off on a friday and its even better today because its half term so we are all together. We are going to take a lovely walk with the dog before heading out for the day.

So how cute is Skater Girl Wryn?!! oh my gosh too cute right?!!!!!! I absolutely love her!! and I had to have another go at these awesome pop up box cards. They are just my cup of tea, layers and dimension always makes for a totally fun and cute card.

I popped the tutorial up there with the links but I fiddled with it a bit for this one because I wanted a square box, so this one the little layers are 3x3 with a finished size of 6x6. I have made 3 of these uber fab boxes now!!

I added some die cuts and little punched flowers and edge punched the edges of the box too.

Here's a little closer shot of her in her scene!! I am going to pop her over on the  Layers challenge on the Papertake weekly blog as this is such a fun way to add layers to your crafty makes!

Right, time for me to get a cuppa and have a little blogster womble!!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Hope your day is just 'Beachy' !!!

Image- Swimmer.
Papers- Crate Paper 'The Pier'.
Coloured with Promarkers.

Morning peeps of the world!!

So have you all woken up to a tremendous thursday?! I know we have!! we had oodles of mummy and Mo time yesterday which I just adore. I super love the school holidays for that and now Mo no longer worries about going back to school the holidays are just bliss. We enjoyed a wonderful walk in the sunshine with Poppy and Mo even took some time to sit and finish all his homework while I sat by him drinking tea and having a good old colour.

My card reflects my mood from super happy times. I am so lucky to have a tonne of sunshine in my life! Seriously, Swimmer is just to uber cute!!!! 

Here is the 'bit flashed out but hey the bling on the sunglasses shows' shot!!! romfl!!! they were just too cute not to get a closer peek on!! he he he he!!
I am popping her over in the Lovely Layers challenge over on the Papertake Weekly blog. ya'll know I love my layers!!!
and I can't resist a little piccy of my little guy and the Furball Princess for you all...
He always puts her lead around him like a belt (we have a double ended lead that attaches in 2 places on her harness) so that he knows she is safe and can't pull the lead out of his hand with any sudden movements. I LOVE how sensible he is like that. He has a seriously major bond with her, he doesn't really do people but the dog, oh my, he would do anything for her!! and I totally love how loose her lead always is when she is walking, see that lovely hanging bit with the bend in? she is just such a gentle girl. I love that she kept looking up to him and he kept smiling at her but could I get a good picture of that??!!!....errrr...Nope!! Anywhoo, I loved this piccy so had to share it!!

Right, got to go! cuppa's to be made and snuggling to be done!!
Huge hugs for you all, thank you for popping in on me
Lou xxxx

Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Diva's by design .... Rubber stamps....

Stamp- Gifty gwen from Some Odd Girl.
Morning peeps!!

I am just a big squidge excited this morning because I have a new DT spot to snuggle into! I have joined the awesomely talented ladies over on the Divas by Design challenge blog.
I am so happy they wanted to have a little Lou squeeze into their team! and today is my first time joining in with them all.

This time the challenge is ....

Rubber Stamps Only!!
and is sponsored by...

I received this stamp last year in a gorgeous pressie and card combo from my beautiful friend, Rebekah, and I have only just gotten round to inking her up and having a play. She is just adorable and i love the sentiment that comes with her so I just had to make a teensy little memory box for my big sister, Sam.
I am going to get a couple of her fav thorntons choccy bars and a couple of other little nick nacks, stuff them in the box, tie it up and then pop it in the post for her.
Here is a peek inside of the boxy bit....

Well, thats me blogged for today!!

We are off to walk the dog, then later we are picking Scott up from work and going to build some lego men! wohoooooo!!!!! roll on fun times!!

have an awesome day peeps!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Tiddly Inks challenge 127- Primary colours..Red, yellow and blue!!!

Stamp- My Super Boy clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks.
Morning peeps!!
Its time for a brand new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge blog and this week its a fab theme.....

primary color challenge

So that means use red, blue and/or yellow on your card.  You can have other colors there too, but we'd really like to see one or all of those three colors stand out on your cards.

To enter the challenge, make sure to use a Tiddly Inks image, follow the challenge theme, and link up a new project!  You have two weeks to finish your project.

And don't forget to pop in HERE and check out the gorgeous creations from the design team!  They just totally rocked it!!

...and so did I! quite literally!! I rocked up my little Super boy by popping him on an action wobbler!!!
he he he!! here he is all wobbly....

OOOOOOOOOHHHHH! and just to make you all smile even more!! there are new images in the shop today too!!! squeeeee because they are just gorgeous! I am still working on mine but some of the girls have got their skates on and created some totally stunning makes already! you can see them HERE on Christy's blog. Wanna see how awesome they are?!! Here they are!! each piccy is helpfully linked to its spot in the shop for you!!!!

Right, got to go! we have dog walking to do and my mum to take to the hospital along with a whole tonne of half term snuggling to get done!!!
Thank you for popping in on me!
Huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 17 February 2014

Ellie says Happy Birthday!!

Coloured with Promarkers.

Morning everyone!! 

I hope you are all waking up to magical mondays! I am still at work right now but as soon as 7am shuffles along I will be heading home and an extra luxury...I will be heading straight to bed!! oooooh I Love half term hols and hubby off work for the day! my pillow will be calling me for a snuggle!!! (...along with Mo every 10 mins as even thought Daddy is off her still has to keep coming and checking on mummy!! but its so cute because he always asks me if I need anything!!) 

The new girls stamps from Tiddly Inks are just a complete dream to play with, they have so much packed into their little sheet that you just want to use it all!! and I very almost did!! he he he he!! here is a quick piccy of what you get.....

*PRE-ORDER* NEW Tiddly Inks - Ellie Says Happy Birthday
eeeep!!you neeeeeeeeed it!! he he he he!!!

I just added a few little bows made out of twine on the banners and along the centre piece and then popped the sentiment onto a little die-namics tab.

I have had so much fun craftying away this weekend as Mo has been a little off it with a temp and not really wanted to do much!!

Right, I will pop in on you all when I get up! don't forget to leave me a comment if you fancy a visit from a dafty Lou as I am never that with it on a monday!!!!!

Huge hugs and thank you's for popping in
Lou xxxx

Friday, 14 February 2014

Birthday Balloons......

Image- Birthday Balloons from Saturated Canary.
Papers- Crate paper The Pier paper pad.
Coloured with promarkers.

Morning peeps!
I hope you are all feeling loved this morning. I am, I got a rolo from Mo and Scott made me a beautiful card ( he has hallmark studio!!) and we have a day of family snuggles planned. We don't do gifts for valentines day as our little bubble of family life is love enough. People have been horrified in the past when I told them Scott and I don't do the whole gift thing! but we just don't need that kind of stuff and we love each other every single day so cards full of loving words are all we do!!

So onto my make for today!! I used the gorgeous new 'Birthday Balloons' from Saturated Canary. She is just so sweet. She has some sparkle around her but as usual dopey Lou struggled to get a picture of that!

I stitched around all the holes in my nestie and then tied a lil bow in the top where the 2 ends of my thread met each other!! the floaty ends of the coton are stuck down with some glue.

Right, I had better get my self into gear really! a day of snuggleage needs preparation in the way of walking the furball princess and hoovering!! he he he he!!

Huge squishy hugs for you all, thank you for popping in, 
huge hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 13 February 2014

With all my heart.....

Stamps- With all my heart from Tiddly Inks.
Welcome to a lovely house Magnolia stamp.
Dies-Magnolia Doohickey die Lovely Fence.
Scalloped circle nestie
Circle nestie.
Hiyah peeps!!
I am flying in kinda late tonight with a tiddly make!! 

I had so much fun making this special card! its so funny because this was was a made for someone card and the lady I made it for was worried she was being a pain with all the bits she wanted me to include. 
The special lady it is for is an I used my numbers sheet of paper from the Simple stories Smarty pants 6x6 pad.
She loves cottages...a la magnolia cottage!! and please could I pop text behind the cottage ( she had seen my other cottage card stamped on a book page) She is a very special mum...find a gorgeous poem on internet at verses4cards, print and stamp cottage over top, colour up with my promarkers.... et voila!! 
The daughter and her mum used to visit Tiggywinkles ( a hedgie rescue home) and she liked the fence I used on my magnolia card last week! I added a few punched flowers onto the fence and popped it out, then I cut out my hedgies from tiddly inks being sooo careful that I didn't snip too much off because I knew I wanted one behind the fence and one in front of the fence.

Go me! it turned out so cute I almost kept it hidden but Norris would of set Mooch on a mission to lick me to death so i thought I best send it!!! but I really do so love this card a zillion! there's a really lovely feeling that comes with getting everything someone needs into one little 5x5 card that makes me feel like a bit of a card hero!! :)

And before I go I must just share my little guys tiddly make for this week. He used his My Boys clear stamp set. I am soooo proud of him because he is really getting into the 2 shades for shadows and trying to get strands of hair in the hair, its so lovely and special to craft with him because he always knows what he wants to do! I think he can use my dies/ paper cutter as well as I can!!

(yeah...that's pen on his nose....!!)
and here's a few of him making it.....
( because his mamma is a photo clicking so proud of him kinda mamma!!)

and if I can squeeeeeeeeeeeze just a teensy bit more proud mamma in, this is what my little guy came home with today....
it has pride of place on our fridge!

Right, that's a whole tonne of Lou waffle for you tonight!! I am off for a quick cuppa before i head to bed and wohoooooooo! its half term so we can just veg out tomorrow!!
Thank you for popping on me!
huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Passion for Promarkers 234...Have a heart.....

Stamps- Magnolia Floating Hearts Tilda and
Love background stamp.
Browns- Burnt sienna, caramel and sandstone.
pinks- Burnt orange, coral,sunkissed pink and blush.
Blues- Midnight blue, Denim blue and pastel blue.
Morning peeps!!
Its time for a new challenge over on the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog and this week its set by our Shelly and its a super duper treat of a challenge because its theme is...

( so you just need to include a heart)
and we are sponsored by 2 lovely sponsors this week!! we have...

I used my gorgeous little magnolia stamps for this one. I was in a total maggy mood!!! oh and I squeezed a little LOTV sentiment stamp in there too on my little magnolia tag die! well, you can never have enough gorgeous on one card!!! he he he he!!!

I also wanted to play along with some challenges too, so this little cutie is off to play in these challenges today...

The promarkers I used on this one are my normal colour palette!! I kinda use the same ones all the time!!! lol!!! I listed them all up at the top for you!!!

Have an awesome day peeps!! huge hugs for you all!
Lou xxxxx

Monday, 10 February 2014

My I love you......

DiesDie Namics Layered Heart.
Die namics Layered Heart border.
Papers- Pion Design poem of spring.

Morning everyone!!!
a slightly dopey Lou has just got in from work after spending some time defrosting my car in the work car park ( there was ice inside the windscreen?!!!!) I have had my espresso and I am just writing a super quick post because I need to jump in the shower to wake myself up for the school run!!

So I couldn't resist inking up this totally foxy stamp! its one of my absolute fav Tiddly Inks stamps ever.

Add that stamp to some stroke only pion papers and a bit of string to the heart and it was done!!

Have a fabby day everyone!
huge hugs Lou xxx