Monday, 16 October 2017

Dogs in a boat...

Image- Dogs in a boat.
Papers- Beach Cottage from The Lovely Studio.
Morning everyone! 

I'm in with my Dream Team post of the week for you today and I couldn't resist those gorgeous sailing hounds,Dogs in a boat. Aren't they just sweethearts? awww that guy at the front with the lifesaver just makes me go awwwwwwwwww!!

They really didn't need anything else but them to make a sweet little card using those stunning  Beach Cottage from The Lovely Studio for someone but I did get the urge to glossy accent the sea I coloured for them to sail on!! 

So yesterday afternoon there was a disaster.....my faithful pooter died....sob sob...now this is not too awful because my gorgeous husband often backs my pooter up for me and he is also super techy so I've not lost anything important to me but it's still sad to say goodbye to the comfort of log ins known land!!! romfl...yes peeps, I will be that person quietly swearing as she tried to remember her passwords for everything instead of the pooter just knowing them!!!!  Luckily, I know most of them off by heart but there will no doubt be a few I totally don't know and the heaven that is bookmarks will be lost!!

We have ordered a new one from the catalogue that should be here in the next few days so for now it will be the small walk out to the garage to use Scott's super whizzy thing if I really need to!

Right, I had better get my bug bum into gear and get ready for the day. It's my mummy's birthday today so I need to pop her card and pressie over to her and school run and then it's some crafty indulgence for me. I'll be working on my Make it Crafty secret santa card. I'm so excited about that! I love to make little bits for people.

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 15 October 2017

The Ribbon Girl 'Use any image' October challenge....

Ribbon Girl goodies used.....
Diamante snowflake.
Morning everyone!

It's time for the October  'Use any Image' challenge over on The Ribbon Girl challenge blog. It's anything goes so you can use any colour you like and use any image on your project.It can be any craft project you fancy - card, bag, tag, 3-D project, anything but you MUST include an image! There will be 2 winners , announced on the blog with their projects shown after 9pm on Saturday 28th October.

First prize
 £10 voucher for LOTV
Second prize:
2nd Prize is this lovely collection of dies and embellishments from Marianne Designs 
Third Prize:
Your choice of 2 Christmas Mini Packs of 6x6 Papers from The Ribbon Girl.
I used the stunning Mini pack of 12 'Wonderland' papers, so I can definitely say you need to win those!! he he!!! They worked absolutely perfectly with the little Ricky Winter Light Wishes I wanted to use with those little bears making snow angels!! awwwww!!! and my oh my!! that .50mm Frozen glitter velvet ribbon swooooon!!! I absolutely love it. I can't even tell you how beautiful it is IRL. I finished it off with a little Natural button twine and the Diamante snowflake to finish it off.

I added a little woodware puffy stuff to the bottom of Rick's polar bears feet so he looks like he is trudging along through the snow! too cute!!

Right, that's enough Lou waffling on for today! I need to go and get my mum's birthday card all finished for tomorrow and a cuppa is definitely on the cards too!!! Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 9 October 2017

Jack O'Lantern.........

Images- Jack O'Lantern.
Morning everyone!! 

I'm in for you today with my Dream Team make of the week and boy oh boy did I have fun with this one!!

If you peek very closely at the bottom left corner you can just about see the acetate card base for my spookily cute card today! 

I used Just a pumpkin as my background and then merged the super sweet new little Jack O'Lantern just on the top so he looks like he's escaping from the mouth of the background pumpkin! I carefully cut out the centres of the background pumpkins eyes before adhering it to a cardbase I made with acetate so it looks like the whole thing is floating! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeek! I love it!!!

Yesterday The Daubney Trio went out to have a lovely walk around one of my Nana and Grandad's favourite places, Clumber Park. I decorated a little stone with a photo of them and sharpied on a little message and then gave it a good couple of coats of decopatch glue to keep them safe. We all found it very comforting to carry them round and take a few photo's of our walk before we found them the perfect place to stay. 

We also wore our new walking shoes so we can get them bedded in nicely before holiday fun walking time comes up in a couple of weeks. I am ever so pleased with mine, they are quite comfy with the gel insoles that the man suggested too. We spoke to him when we were trying to choose my shoes as chemo has left me with quite sore feet and a few bruised and loose toenails so I want to keep my feet happy in any new shoes!! It was all good yesterday tough whilst walking and a good 4 milewalk with no oucies in a brand new pair of walking shoes gets a big tick off on the Fabulous List for me!! he he!! 

Right, time to pootle off! I've got banana bread to take out of the oven and a few little bits I need to get done before the school run later! Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 6 October 2017

Spirit of christmas....

Hi everyone!

I decided to have a little tiddly time today. I was flicking through my printed out images coloured up pile and came upon these cuties that I had rescued off an older card that I managed to spill a cuppa on a couple of years ago!! Luckily, they weren't ruined in the spill disaster and I so needed to have another go with the Mini pack 'wonderland' 6x6 paper pack from The Ribbon Girl again. I don't know why but it just makes me smile!!

I also couldn't resist using the super sweet Cluster pearl tiny on silver stem. Eeeeeeeeep! it's so pretty. I snaffled some teeny bells out of my stash boxes to make 3 little 'holly berries' with and threaded them down the stems then twisted the excess stem wire around a cocktail stick to make the pretty little twirly bits. Then I glued the Rose leaf to the stems and hey presto! a super cute Holly-ish embellie!!

Right, I had better go and see how my wonderful hubby is getting on with a bit of block paving he is doing outside our front door. He's making such a wonderful job of it. Thank you for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xxx


Thursday, 5 October 2017

Pretty Pumpkin...........

Image- Pretty Pumpkin from MIC.
Papers- Crate Paper 'Farmhouse'.
Morning peeps!

Well, I've done the school run, walked my pawsy buddy and absolutely frozen my butt off! come in and defrosted with a lovely cup of boiled water and I've made it up to my craft room for a quick bloggy catch up.
Grandad's funeral on tuesday was beautiful. The sun shone for him which he would of loved. The church service was lovely and we let out some of his friends pigeons and 2 of Grandad's  own pigeons to fly Grandad away.Then close family went on to Alford Crematorium which is just beautiful.

I'll be honest, I am finding it very hard and missing my Grandad greatly but I am muddling on through it in the normal Lou way. He wouldn't want me to be sad, but then I am not sure he realised just how loved and special he was to everyone so he will just have to forgive us all a bit of a slip in our braveness!! he he!! so yesterday I had a lovely bit of time colouring to keep myself busy.

I couldn't resist colouring up one of Krista's new images released over in the Make it Crafty store. I printed out 2 and went for the gorgeous Pretty Pumpkin. How could I not with all the yummy autumnal weather? I had the most fun doing her glittery pumpkin!! a good splodge of clear glitter pen and then glossy accents on top made it look so pretty.

Right, I am going to get another hot drink now and then have some fun with my stroke only Maja designs Sofiero papers from the Ribbon Girl pressie my gorgeous friend Wendy sent me, some days it just calls to me so much I have to go with it and cut some!! lol!!!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #206....Spookaboo!!!

Image- Pum'kin Juice Party from Tiddly Inks.
Morning all!!

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and it's time get your ghoul on!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Spookaboo!!

 So think spooky fun!!

 (**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 **)

For my make I just couldn't resist the super cute little vampire Kitty from the new Pum'kin Juice Party set. It is seriously waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too cute and there are so many cuties to choose from! 

See!! I told you so!! you get this image of them altogether and they come separately too!! ....and...it comes with a super sweet little monster freebie too!! 

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 1 October 2017

Texas.........

Image- Texas from the Hurricane Donation Set.

Hi everyone,

I've been busy baking today but I gave myself a lovely hour to make a card too. This cute lil cowboy dude has been sat on my desk all week and I couldn't resist colouring him up today! 

He's the super sweet 'Texas' from the gorgeous Hurricane Donation Set . I think I'll be using this set for a couple more weeks! he he!! I just love the images in it!!!

And don't forget, every purchase of this wonderful set gives a $5 donation to Animal Rescue and GoFundMe's Direct Impact Fund for hurricane victims.So if you want to help those affected by Harvey and Irma, and get some super sweet images in the process this is the set for you!!
I used a sentiment from my silhouette files for my card and a cute little cowboy hat charm to finish it of!! Right, I've got a buttercream mission to complete now!! I'd better get on it!!

Scott has been busy working away on doing some block paving in our front garden so I need to make him a lovely cuppa and some tea to warm him up because it's yuck out there today!  Thank you so much for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xx

Friday, 29 September 2017

Pug birthday.....

Papers- Doodlebug Hip Hip Hooray.
Hi everyone!

I've been playing with my silhouette today for a super cute little Pug card make, isn't he just sooooo cute!! I adore him!!! I've linked the cut file up there ^ . Jennifer is so clever and I just had the most fun making him.

He is originally for a rectangle card and a lot bigger but I just made him smaller to go on the front of a 6x6 square card. His little muzzle and ears are popped up on foam and look so sweet!

Right, I need to go and add my kidney beans into my chilli in the slow cooker for tea tonight. The car is in the garage getting a lovely new ball joint so Scott's mum and dad are fetching Mo from school for us.

Thank you for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 28 September 2017

Hoppy Poppy shakey!!!...........

Charm- Double star.
Sequins from my stash!!
Morning everyone!

I received the most wonderful message and email from the lovely Mary at The Ribbon Girl over the weekend. She had seen my Grandad Goals and asked me if I would like to Guest Design for them for the Use any image challenges for a spell to help me along with my make a card a day goal. Oh my, how super kind and wonderful was that? I was so excited I didn't even need time to think about it, yes of course I would love to Mary Thank you very much!!!

The little bits I chose arrived faster than a snap a day after I ordered them on monday and yesterday I couldn't resist having a play right away!! I know the challenge isn't for a couple more weeks but a girls got to practice right?!!! and I was in a cute mood too so my head went right for shaker card fun and that gorgeous little Hoppy Poppy has a prezzie.

I chose the Mini pack 'wonderland' 6x6 paper pack.It's so sweet, there are a selection of glittered and unglittered papapers in it so a mix of the 2 looks just dreamy together but my favourite choose was the super sweet little Double star charm.It's so pretty and ever so shiny. I threaded it onto the Natural button twine and popped a teeny dab of clear hot glue on the underside to get it to stick to Poppy's circle.

I kept looking at Poppy and thinking she needed a little bit of festive snow or blingles around her and decided to go for my White Opal liquid pearls. I know there are a tonne of new things on the market but I am absolutely sure there will never be anything more scrumptious than liquid pearls and the white opal and platinum ones are my absolute faves.

Well, that's me for today. I've school run'd, walked Tyson and I am going to have another little play with my bits and get the challenge card ready for a couple of weeks time before I go to fetch Mo. Today I am holding onto to my tears the best I can because I have managed to cry out my eyelashes!!! they were still delicate after chemo and seem to of washed away with all the tears! what a noodle brain I am!! thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Mermaid treasure box....

 Image- Merrie Mermaid from Tiddly Inks.
small magnetic close box from The Works.
Morning everyone,

I hope you are all pootling along to wonderful wednesdays. I am just sitting in my craft room and drinking a nice tall glass of lemon and cucumber water (...I will detox myself from chemo and rads.....and spent all night popping to the loo for a wee!! bwah ha ha ha!!) and taking some photos of this supercute box I made with Merrie Mermaid from Tiddly Inks last week.

It's just a little magnetic closing box from the works but when I saw it I knew it would be a fun little project for me. I didn't get to share it properly on my blog last week with Grandad passing so I thought I'd show you it today. Her hair is actually all glittery and fun but it wouldn't show in the photo, I've popped the video Scott took for me a bit further down this post as it shows her a little better in natural light.

The gorgeous die cuts on the top and sides of the box are from my last Doo Hickey set, I adore the little seahorse!! I covered my box with some watercolour design paper and then added my die cuts, then a good all over the box splodgey covering of decopatch glossy glue to protect them. 
 and here's the video!!


Right, I'm off to nibble some berries and greek yoghurt, the mission to loose some blubber is on!!! Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Baby Boy Shadow Box......

Boy word.(1.75 size)
Hi everyone!

Today's make is an MIC one. I had a rough day yesterday feeling sad so I got myself to work on something like Grandad would want me to.

I had an awesome pile of chippies from Zoe I wanted to get playing with and thought hey, I'll combine a few!! I listed them all up there ^ under my photo.

I covered my little shadow box with some gorgeous papers from my Maja Spring basics 6x6 papers. Then it was onto to the super cute little New baby elements! oh my!! I LOVE that set!!

I coloured them up with my promarkers and glued them along the little washing line. Then I popped out some of the teeny weeny stars and glued them onto some iridescent thread and attached them to the inside lip at the top, ooooh they look too cute!!!

Next it was onto the words Baby and Boy. I coloured those up with my promarkers too and added a bit of clear sparkle pen to them before giving them a good splodge of glossy accents to set them off.It really worked well and it looks so pretty. Here's a closer look at the word baby.....

Right,I need to go to fetch my little man really. He is being super brave and auditioning for the pantomime that they do at school once he finishes classes today but he wanted me to go at the same time as normal incase he has ' an unbrave moment' and wants to come right home! bless him! 

Thank you for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 24 September 2017

Hurricane Donation Set....

Hi everyone,

I'm sorry I've not blogged much this week. My Grandad has been quite poorly again and on Thursday morning with my aunty,my mum and I super close by him my Grandad went off on his journey to be with my nana. I rang Scott as he had stayed home with Mo and asked him to tell Mo. As soon as he told Mo a beautiful rainbow appeared out of the window they were looking out of! It wasn't raining at the time so Mo knew it was a sign from my Grandad for him. Scott was as brilliant as he always is and quickly took a photo for us to keep and print out for Mo.

I am finding it super hard to write that he has passed. He was such a wonderful, kind and gentle man and he did so much for so many people that I truly feel the world has lost a super special man. I know that my heart is broken by his loss but I also know that he so deserved to be free from pain and returned to the loving arms of my nana after so long without her.

I was grateful to be able to spend some time with my gorgeous cousin Blaize. Together we emptied Grandad's wardrobe on Thursday and took our time to bury our heads into shirts and jumpers that smelt of Grandad. We also had lots of giggles about happy memories of Grandad and tried some of his shoes on. This time with Blaize will remain one of most happy memories and we both definitely needed that time to process our sadness.

This morning whilst struggling through my tears to focus I made some promises to my Grandad and made myself a little project life digital reminder I can print out and look at to keep myself going. I'm never afraid of feelings you know, I just roll with them and let myself be me. Hiding stuff or pretending otherwise is not healthy....plus who needs Botox when you have super puffy lips and cheeks from your crying face?but being sad is not what my Grandad would of wanted and I know he's happy up there having a honeymoon period with my beautiful nana so this morning I have made myself some Grandad Goals for me to follow because he would of loved that.

So to start off my goals of a  card a day, I've got a post for you tonight using the fabulous Limited time Hurricane Donation Set of the card I made today.

The magic thing about this wonderful set is that $5 from every purchase will be donated to Animal Rescue and GoFundMe's Direct Impact Fund for hurricane victims. There 4 new stamps and 7 sentiments for the discounted price of $12.

So if you want to help those affected by Harvey and Irma, and get a bargain in the process make sure you pop in and buy this wonderful set before the end of September.
I used a sentiment from my stamps stash for my card but you get 7 super sweet sentiments with the set you can use!! 

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sailor boy birthday......

Image- Sailor Boys set.


Hi everyone!

Its Monday morning BST so that means it's time for a Mo's Digital Pencil post as it's my Dream Team day to post.

For some reason I just fancied making a birthday card with one of the gorgeous little boys from the Sailor Boys set. I love this one from the set, his little boat is so sweet.I love the vintage feel and that gorgeous curly longer hair.

I glossy accented around the bottom of his little boat so it looked like water for the little boat to float on.

Today is my last radiotherapy session. It's gone so quickly! I made 4 yummy loaf cakes to take for the amazing team who have looked after me. I did a Banana bread, Lime and Coconut cake, Lemon Drizzle cake and a Dark Chocolate cake. I am hoping that covers all bases for what people like to nibble with their cup of tea!! he he!!! they look so scrummy!!


Scott and Mo put in a request for a Dark Chocolate one of their own so I baked them an extra one too! It was a big baking day!!

Scott has taken the day off to celebrate the end of radiotherapy with me. We are going to have a breakfast date once he has picked me up from the hospital! He has to drop me off early with Mo, then take Mo to school and then come back for me. I have been enjoying a wonderful walk down through our towns arboretum to Scott's work to pick up the car since Mo went back to school and I think I really shall miss that walk!

This week I am going to charge my fitbit back up I think and try and get myself back up to those 10,000 steps a day I was doing. I do so love a walk. 

Right, time to scoot! I need to get dressed and get myself off to that last session!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hairy Monster.......


Image- Hairy Monster from MIC.
Hi everyone!

Yesterday it was my turn to post on the MIC inspiration blog. This month we've had a super fun task of CASE-ing our teamie Deborah's card. I loved that cute little monster so much!!

For my CASE-ing project I decided to take the challenge literally and use an old cookie cutter tin to make Mo a little halloweeen treat tin! It was so much fun! I used up the scraps of paper left from making my Ferris Wheel a couple of weeks ago.

I covered the tin first, sanding down the edges of my papers to make them fit the shape of the tin perfectly.Then I printed my lil monster dude out a few times. I paper pieced him up, oh boy do I love doing that! It's so much fun. I printed him out on the orange cardstock and coloured up his horns and a few of the cocktail bubbles.

Then I cut out his eye and cocktail glass on my white printed out one and coloured them up in a deliciously spooky green colour!! I popped his eye out on some hot glue for some extra dimension. It looks so fab!!


The sentiment is a retired MFT stamps set called Frightfully Fun. I love it, it's one of my favourite halloween sets ever, the sentiments are just so lovely. I stamped it in white and heat embossed it, then cut it out in a fishtail banner style.

I've had a wonderfully busy weekend. Yesterday we went and spent some time with Scott's mum,Dad and Nanna at the caravan and had a super fun lunch in the BBQ hut and today I have been busy baking yummy cakes for my amazing radiotherapy team for a thank you as its my last radiotherapy session tomorrow!! I can't believe how quickly it has gone!!

The men of the house decided they needed a cake too so I am just waiting on their dark chocolate loaf to bake now and then my poor oven can have a rest!!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxxx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mini and many friends shadow box fun......

 Image- Mini and Many friends from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- Crate Paper Farmhouse.
Morning all!!

I've been zapped for the day, had a nice womble in the chilly fresh air with my BF's dog and a nice cup of tea to warm up and now I've got some time to mooch around my blog and general internet mooching around while the washer does it's load! 

Radiotherapy is going well and I've completed the normal sessions and am onto my booster ones now. I am developing a wonderful sunburn kinda effect on mini boob and my armpit and it's a little sensitive but my radiographer review lady says it's looking really good so I'm ever so pleased. I have just 3 sessions left to go now until this bit is all done! wahoooooooooooo!!! then it will just be my ever so ouchy herceptin injection every 3 weeks until next April along with regular ECG's to check my heart.

So I can't stop playing with my Lawn Fawn shadow box die.It's seriously way too cute and a whole tonne of fun to play with and I have the perfect clear stamp set to go with it in my Tiddly Inks stash, Mini and many friends. She isn't available in rubber anymore but you can still get the digital version HERE, phew!!!
The stamp set is just perfectly sized for use in this little shadow box!! the hardest bit is deciding which cute stamps you are going to use from the set! I went with some of my favourites and then the sentiment from my Chloe and her friends stamp set (that's also retired but luckily available in digital format HERE.)

And the little way you can line them all up inside is so cute!! you can add as many of the little hills as you like but I've only ventured 2 lots so far!!
Well, I had better go and do some exploring and get myself some inspiration of what to make today. I am finding the quiet of Mo back at school and Scott back at work after months of company a bit strange! It's too quiet without the comforting hustle and bustle of their voices!! I need to get back into the swing of Lou-ness!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx