Monday, 31 March 2014

Yuki...and stroke only papers....gulp!!!

Morning Peeps!!

Hope you are all waking up to lovely mondays. I have got to do the school run, walk the pawsy peeps, go to the dentists for a filling (...long blood curdling scream inserted here...) and then take mum for her counselling session so hopefully at some point this afternoon I might get chance to sit down for a cup of tea.....albeit through a straw because my mouth will be numb!!!!!

Anywhoo, onto my makey for today!! I just adore this stamp, she is gorgeous and then there was the use of some extremely stroke only and whimper as the trimmer cuts them papers!!! in fact I think there may of been a scream...he he he!!!
Then it was just a case of splodge some colour on, rip a hole, mount and froo froo!! ahhh I love a cardmaking day me!!!

All the links you need for the bits on my card are just underneath the picture, you just need to click on the coloured names to be magically pinged to where they are in the Dies to Die For shop.

Right, well I guess I had better get started on little Mo's pack up before its time to go!! Have a wonderful day and thank you for popping in on me

huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 30 March 2014

A bit about us on Mothers day!!

Mo and mummy in the gardens at Alton Towers today.

There will be no paper, glue or froo froo in this post today because it is full of the most wonderful and special thing I have ever created.

Happy happy mothers day to my UK ladies. I hope you all have a day full of love with your little peeps. I have several friends whose little peeps or mummy's are in heaven so I want to send you all some extra snuggles today as you think of those dear to you. Huge hugs for you all xxxx

So, us for Mothers Day...we don't do the whole big presents thing, we do family time. Mo's school had a get a gift for mummy sale at school where they took £1 and chose a gift. I got a beautifully wrapped candle, I love it.

He made me love hearts shaped crumpets and a cup of tea and brought them up to me in bed (well...actually he gave the cup of tea to Scott to bring up because he is terrified of hot things!!)

Then we all jumped in the car and drove down to Alton Towers ( we love our Merlin cards we bought last year with our PPI pennies that came, best buy ever!!) and had a wonderful time exploring the gardens there. If you haven't ever been the gardens at Alton Towers are just stunning. Scott got on a couple of the roller coasters he loves and Mo and I plodded off into the greenery and explored whilst Scott was off thrill seeking! Mo LOVES gardens just like me so it was fabulous...
There are huge stones for climbing on and jumping off....or just being a little poser to indulge your mummy.....
We had lunch and then headed home. I am not at work tonight so its a lovely chilled feeling in our house this afternoon.

Mo and I made a heart with our fingers this morning...
Thank you for popping in
Huge hugs Lou xxx

Saturday, 29 March 2014

Tilda for Mothers day...

Stamp- Tilda blowing kisses.
Crafting magnets from Guys Magnets.
Afternoon peeps!!

I hope you have all had...or depending on time zoneage, are waking up to.... a wonderful saturday.
I have had a super day. We went into town for Mo to spend his £5 treat for having such a wonderful week at school (he chose the new Captain Underpants book...and has read it all already...and 2 Lego mini figures....he got Shakespeare so he was super happy!!) and then we met Scott's mum and dad for lunch...and I was really excited because I got to give her her mothers day bag card early!! 

I was especially happy yesterday because I realized on wednesday that I had run out of my magnets that I make these little bags with (..on the piccy below you can just see one on the underside of the bag lid and and the front of the bag) big panic and then calm as I found some at Guys Magnets shop on ebay and popped in my order.

They are soooo strong. I attached them to the bag with a little squidge of strong tacky tape on each one and hey presto worry over!!!

Now I can't sing the praises of Guys Magnets enough because they are an awesome price and they came so quickly (I actually had 2 bags to get finished...totally forgot to take a good piccy of the other one I made for a friend's sister...doh Lou!!) but in the crafty little world of Lou it is just so exciting to find a new and fabulous place to get my magnets from. They came in a pack of 50 so I have plenty for my little bag cards and albums I love to make! yipeeeeee!!! ( ....yup...expect to see lots of mini albums popping up! lol!!!)

So another quick piccy of the bag closed....I added some rolled daisies to the front of this one with it being for a very special lady and mothers day....

and another quick piccy of the card nestled inside its box. I used the gorgeous new MFT Banner Greetings stamp and die sets, I curled it around my chubby lil thumb to get a curve in it and glued down the 2 valleys either end to keep it popped out. It looked so cool.

Right, thats me for today! I am off to make us a little salad for tea as we are still kind of rolling around full of chinese buffet but just neeeeed a little something!!

Thank you for popping in on me!
HUge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 28 March 2014

Retro Fun........

Good Morning everyone!!!
Its that time of month again for our 'Forgotten Funkies' showcase over on the Get Funky and Craft blog!!! and each month the fabulous Funkette's are over on our blog showing off some new makes with our older downloads. 

Today's showcase is centered all around the gorgeously funky and zingy 'Retro Fun Wordbook' download. Just look at these stunning papers, they really pack a colourful punch so they are most definitely too good to be forgotten!!!

Retro Fun downloadable craft word book
I love these papers. They are so happy and cheery and just what I needed to cheer up a rainy day yesterday!! and how does this little box open?!! .....
Isn't it cute?! I got it from the silhouette store. Its Samantha Walkers 3D Surprise box.
I added a couple of rolled daises to the belly band and punched some teeny little leaves. This box would be so perfect to tuck a little mothers day gift into!

Don't forget to pop over to the Get Funky and Craft blog and see what the girls made, they all rocked this showcase!

Thank you for popping in on me
Huge hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 27 March 2014

Faythe flower Girl Extraordinaire!!!!

Image- Faythe Flower Girl Extraordinaire from Tiddly Inks.

Hi everyone!!

I thought I would sneak in with a quick but uber cute post of a card using one of the gorgeous new digi images from Christy over in the Tiddly Inks store. They are just so much fun to colour up and I just love them!!

I went for the darker skin tones again and I LOVE how she turned out. I had some new stroke only papers in my Dt box from tracy at Dies to Die For and ooooooooh they are so good! they are called 'Its a Celebration' and I was very sly and used just one sheet of stroke only-ness to make this card! go me!! ....more left to stroke!! he he he!!!!

Right, got to go! I need to go and snuggle up with a certain cute little guy who means the world to me.

Huge hugs for you all and thank you for popping in on me

Lou xxxx

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

Passion for Promarkers challenge 240- Embossing...

Image- Danni and Danny from Tiddly Inks.
Dies- Die-Namics Blueprints 9.
sentiment-LOTV Greetings postmarks.
Ribbon- May Arts crochet velvet centre-Rose.
 Browns- Burnt sienna, caramel and sandstone.
pinks- Burnt orange, coral,sunkissed pink and blush.
Blues- Midnight blue, Denim blue and pastel blue.
Reds- Burgundy, crimson and poppy.

Good morning gorgeous peeps of the world!!

How are you all this morning? I am planning a lovely crafty day once I have dropped off the Mo-ster at school and walked the pawsy peeps! its raining outside so whats better to cheer up the day than some crafty goodness?!!!!

So its time for a new challenge over on the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog and this week it was chosen by our teamie Julie and its ...

( use heat or dry embossing on your make)
we are sponsored by

As always to be eligible for our prize draw you must use your Letraset products (promarkers, flex markers, tria markers, aqua markers or metallic markers) and of course follow the theme.

Oh man....embossing?!! I have not embossed in so long I think I had actually forgotten how to do it!!! ....cue embossing folders box and a good old delve into it!!!

I had coloured Danni and Danny from Tiddly Inks up last week so I just had to use them. I fussy cut them both out and popped Danny onto a little circle for the card inside. He's soooooo cute!! and Danni ( omg, she is soooo good to colour, Love her!!) stood on the outside.

Here's a piccy of the card outside its little pocket...
I made the card and the pocket using the Die-Namics Blueprints 9. OOOOOOOOOHHHH if you don't have this set you totally neeeeeeed it!! it comes with a little die included in the set that you can make little pocket cards with the tag shape! its sooo cool!

I made the card by folding my cardstock in half and just nudging the top fold down a few mm's so the die didn't cut into it. I know you think I am all obsessed with Die-namics blueprints but seriously..those sets are sooooo versatile they rock!!! and teamed up with an uber cute Tiddly inks stamp? well, that just rocks the cardmaking fun!!!

Right, best get my butt into gear! Mo slept until 5:45am this morning so we have had a bit of a lazy morning!

Huge hugs for you all, thankyou for popping in on me

hugs Lou xx

Monday, 24 March 2014

An owl for easter!!!!

Morning everyone!
Its Lou in with my monday post for you all today and I had possibly the most fun ever making this little pop up box card for my little guy for easter.

The base for this pop up box is from the Silhouette store, I LOVE it! its the cutest box to make a scene for this stamp! but if you don't have a silhouette, you can find directions for making a pop up box card HERE. They are the most awesome base to add your favourite stamps and die cuts to. 

I coloured my Bildmalarna Little winged friends Owlwith my promarkers and then snipped him out carefully with my scissors so I could add him to my little scene!!!

and the reason for this card for my little guy?!! its because of this photo....
awww, how cute does he look in this piccy! this was taken in July 2008 and his hair was still white blonde then!! 

Have a great day everyone! I will be in for a visit tonight as I will be snoring after the school run after a night at work!!

Thank you for popping in on me!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 20 March 2014


skin- Burnt sienna,caramel and sandstone.
Dress- coral,sunkissed pink and blush.
Morning everyone!!

well I am running a squidge behind with posting today! not sure why! I just seem to be a bit slow today!!!

Its my turn to post over on the SC Inspiration blog and today I decided to ink up the stunning Eva stamp. I do just love her so much because she reminds me of my 2 little sisters, so i went with their skin colours for this one.

And oh my, those papers!! I broke into my stroke only Bo Bunny collection pack for this one because I needed some floaty light paper gorgeousness and of course a couple more pages of that fabulous 7 Dots Studio The Queens Heart. I love those sentiments they have written in there and they are just right for the feel I wanted for this card, like a dreamy floaty go out there and get what you want kinda mood.

Well, I have the munchies. I am feeling so much better today so I am going to go for it and grab a cuppa and a couple of slices of toast whilst I have a womble through facebook and bloggy land! 

Huge hugs for you all, thank you for popping in on me!
Lou xxxx

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Divas By Deisgn challenge...Flower Power!!

Papers-Basic Grey Sultry 12x12 collection.
coloured with promarkers.
Morning peeps!!

Its time for a new challenge over on the Divas By Design challenge blog and this week its just a bit of a gorgeous one!! Its....

Flower Power
and we are sponsored by
Live & Love Crafts

Well, Mothers day is coming up so I went all out flower power for my mum!! I am not sure I have ever put so many flowers on a card! especially big ones but luckily the 8x8 size of the card left plenty of room for adding some flowery froofiness!!!

And oh my!! when my Dt pack came from Tracy at Dies to Die For and this stamp was in I squeeeeeed as loud as squeeees can be!!!! it is perfect for my mum because of the littlle Daxie dog. My mum loves them and has had lots of them in her life, her last one. Tara, who passed a few years ago, was a long haired tan one so I coloured this one up tan.

Even those super little banners come in the stamp set, I just stamped them out, cut around the black one and then gave the 'you're pretty' some banner treatment to by snipping out a couple of triangles!!

I also added a squidge of cheesecloth, 'mum' in alpha stickers from my Basic Grey Sultry collection pack and then punched some teeny flowers using the scraps of paper from making my card base.

Right, got to go, need to pop to Tesco to get some pack up bits for Mo!!

Thank you for popping in
Hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Tiddly Inks challenge 129...Birthdays!!!

Morning peeps! 

Its time for a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and this one is super fun!! its....
(Only cards with Tiddly Inks images or Stamping Bella 
rubber stamps are eligible for prizes.)

And it came just in time for my big boys 14th birthday (...eeeeekkkkk 14?!!!) so I had super fun making that just a bit special for my boy kinda card!!!! 

I coloured up my uber cute little stamps in my promarkers and then snipped them out. The little smiley face stamp was just perfect for making some kinda fun balloony things and then I just needed to add the old faithful heart banner!! he he he!! well, its a must!!!

 The papers are from my Crate Paper Storyteller paper pad, mine is 12x12 but I couldn't find a 12x12 pad to link in for you :( but super yey! I found a 6x6 one in the DTDF shop so I linked that in for you all instead. The papers are just the same but a squidge smaller than the ones you can see on this card.

Here's a side shot to show the 'pop' dimensions on this card, its just fab! its squishes flat to go into your envelope! winner winner chicken dinner!!! lol!!

 I am finally feeling a teensy bit more alive today so I am going to walk the dogs and then sit and read the autism book my friend Kristie has lent me to learn a bit more about my little Mo now he has been diagnosed with it. Life is still the same for us at home, no changes there at all, and school? well his school are just so awesome that they already knew and had made some pretty awesome changes for Mo already so we are super blessed really to of found them. But what his diagnosis does mean is that from now on he will have the support he needs to bloom which is so important to me.
I must be honest and say I do feel extremely let down and hurt by Mo's old school. I have some feelings there that I need to work through in a big way to resolve them from my heart and head. They let Mo down and they let me down because we asked and asked for help with Mo and they couldn't see a problem? whereas the amazing Dr at the hospital we went to see and Mo's new school saw a problem right away?! mmmmmmm? but in true Bad Boys style Whoooooosa I am going to heal my hurts!!

Right, on with the day!!
Have a super duper special one peeps!!
Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Monday, 17 March 2014

Puppy Luv.......

Stamp- Puppy Luv.
coloured with promarkers.
Morning everyone!
I've been a little off it the past couple of days but managed to have a little relaxing colouring time on saturday after a good old dose of tablets!!...sadly that was the only bit of good I felt all weekend but it was good while it lasted!!! romfl!!

Do you ever have those stroke only papers that just sit under lock and key until the perfect stamp for them comes along?!!! well I do!!! lol!!!! the 7 dots studio 'The Queens Heart' papers are just that for me, they are just sooo beautiful you don't want to touch them (well...other than stroking them that is!!) Its one of those pads you use that just don't need any help from flowers and embellies but just do it all for you. My fav paper from this pad is the one with the text 'make it happen' on it. And luckily it goes kinda well with the Bildmalarna christmas love papers too!!!

All I needed to do was colour up my super gorgeous Puppy Luv stamp and add it to the card! I did do a teensy bit of ripping just to add a little more and a little twine bow.

Right, off to try and alive myself for the school run then its back to bed to try and rest off this blooming awful pain :(

Thank you for popping in on me
huge hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Baby Girl.....

Hi everyone! 

I wanted to share my Button Babies baby card with you all. I made it using the gorgeous new Button Babies download. It really is such a sweet download, I love it!
Button Babies downloadable backing papers
I also love layers! so I printed out a few of the papers in the pinks and layered them with some kraft. Then I cut out the letters and some butterflies and just plopped them on all whimsically. 

Thank you for popping in on me! I have cheesy sandwiches to make for Mo's pack up and my breakfast to nibble on so its off to the kitchen for me!!
hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Passion for promarkers challenge 238....Butterfly Kisses...

Stamp- Butterfly Tilda.
Papers- Magnolia.
Browns- Burnt sienna, caramel and sandstone.
pinks- Burnt orange, coral,sunkissed pink and blush.
Blues- Midnight blue, Denim blue and pastel blue.
Good morning peeps!!

Its time for a new challenge over on the Passion for Promarkers challenge blog and this week its set by our Eileen. This weeks challenge is....
Butterfly Kisses
So..add a butterfly to your make!!

and we are sponsored by 
 and Crafty Sentiments who will be giving 3 digi's this week.

I just had to go with Butterfly Tilda, some delicious magnolia papers and some punched butterflies to add a bit of pumpf to the layers!! I love how this card turned out.

I always stamp the delicate antenna's on these Tilda's onto acetate with staz-on, cut them out and then stick them to the back's of their head! the acetate is sooooo much easier to maneuver around because of the clear acetate you can leave a little more room around them and they don't get snipped off by accident. 

Right, I need to go make Mo's salad sandwich for his pack up!!! I lead such an exciting life!! he he he he!!!

Thank you for popping in on me and have a totally awesome day!
huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 10 March 2014

Ellie says Hi!!!

 Stamp- Ellie says Hi.

Morning everyone! another monday has come rolling by and its me, Lou, in with another make using the fabulous new Tiddly Inks stamps.

I have a thing for cards with dimension! I love that 'pop' they give. This one was cut on my silhouette machine but there is an awesome die in the shop that can do this card shape base too, its the Cheery Lynn Step Card.

I masked the bottom of my image mat off with a scrap of card and then stamped Ellie onto it. I love doing that rather than having her look like she was just splodged on (...lou thinks about that and then thinks...nah..people know I just splodge right?!!!!) gave her a quick colour up wth my promarkers and then got to work on the playing around with the base!! thats my favourite bit!! he he he!!

I added a little fencing and some gorgeous butterflies to make it feel all floaty and cheery. Ellie comes with a few options of what to pop in her speech bubble, I went for one of the 'Hi's'.

Here's a front view for you to peek at!! she is just soooo cute!!

Well, I was on holiday last night from work, bit of a surprise one but a nice one! I am off next sunday too but I knew about that one for a while!

On saturday we had a wonderful day and all Mo wanted to do was go to the library so off we pootled and 15 books later he had a wonderful day on the settee reading. Now he may have many Mo-isms but his reading we have always loved. He gets completely lost in a book and I just love it. Here he is at lunchtime..he did move to go to the loo a couple of times but he sat there until 3:30pm just reading!!!
Have a wonderful day everyone.
Huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 9 March 2014

Its another bag!!!

Hi everyone!!!

well, I wasn't going to bore you all with another Lou handbag card but then I saw the new Ribbon Girl lovely lili's animals challenge and I just had to share this little set I was working on this morning to play along with their gorgeous challenge!! 

The lady who the card is for loves lilac so I had to squeeeeze the lilac in with the green coloured radley-ish bag. I picked the 'Emma Walkies' because Mavis loves dogs so trying to tie it all in with an LOTV stamp just makes it so easy!!

Here's a close up of the card.....

I didn't have a light green promarker so I blended my olive and pear green with primrose to get the lights on the dress, I love how it turned out!
This piccy below is the card sitting in its little bag. I coloured in some white thickers adhesive letters with my lavender promarker and then popped them on one of my lacey oval nesties inside the box....
 and here's a little piccy of the card all nestled into its little Radley-ish bag ready to go!! I know I am pants at drawing and cutting out little Radley-ish dogs but they give the right effect I hope!! lol!!!
 well, the boys of the house are back from the tip! we have had a wonderful day in the gorgeous sunshine so far, we had a lovely walk along the viking way with the dogs, then we have spent the rest of the day attempting to sort out the back garden a bit, it looked dreadful after a winter of small boys and sticks and his four pawed helper getting toys out and digging holes together!!! we piled a tonne of throwing out stuffs, old scooters, deaded balls etc into the car and it feels sooooo much better now!

Have a wonderful day!
huge hugs Lou xxxx

Friday, 7 March 2014

Handbag birthday card....

Morning everyone!!

How are you all this morning? I am so behind with the bloggy world this week I need to have a good old catch up!!! so I can finally share this uber cute little 'Radley' bag I made for one of the lovely ladies at work who is celebrating her birthday today, and she LOVES Radley bags so I just had to make another little handbag!! I love these!!

I super loved making this. I had to draw the little Radley-ish dog by hand but he came out ok!!!! Here it is open...

 My trusty silhouette machine helped me with some nifty '50' cutting numerals and Eileen's name, that I blinged up a squidge with my glitter spicas!!
The little card is full of pages so we could all sign it! I used just one sheet of double sided patterned paper for the card and the inside of the bag, the look so cute all co-ordinated. The card was just a teensy 4x4 size, sooo cute!!!

 A little closer in on the card! its really tricky to take piccies of blinged up writing!! but it really did look pretty IRL!!
 Right, better go really, need to get Mo sorted for school. ooooh and I am quite chuffed this mornig too because at 5:20am as Mo was pootling through 'Lego ideas' on pinterest he saw a little box that he decided he needed "for Lego on the go mummy"...

Luckily I had the little Ikea box in my craft room from storing something..!! lol!! and we had a spare big grey lego board so a snip here and there and a few blobs of hot glue and wohoooo we were ready to go!!!! needless to say Mo is quite chuffed this morning and mummy can finally say...Pinterest...Nailed it!!!!!!

Thank you for popping in
huge hugs Lou xxx