Monday, 21 August 2017

Arabella's 1st birthday........

Image- Anton and Cissy.
Papers and flowers- Luxury Maja Sofiero gift box.

Morning everyone! 

I had a special 1st birthday card to make for my niece Arabella so Anton and Cissy was just perfect for the job.I love how I can get Tyrese and Arabella on the card in one perfect image from the shop! yipeeeeee!!!

It's such a blessing to have Maurie's images at times like this because I so love to make their cards personal and it's super special to have the images to be able to do that.

And of course, those stroke only papers and flowers from my Luxury Maja Sofiero gift box were still sitting there on my crafty desk so I had to use those too!! he he!!!

Today is my first session of radiotherapy. I'm a bit nervous about it but it's going to be over so quickly I bet I don't even get chance to bit a lip with nerves! I have a little chat appointment first and then the actual deed of rads but by 10:15am it should all be over and I shall be making my way home. Luckily I have Scott and Mo coming with me for this first one so they can be my big girl pants for me!!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Saturday, 19 August 2017

Cause I love you Tilda........

Romantic Lace Doo Hickeys.
Memory Box Butterfly Delights.
Papers and flowers- Luxury Maja Sofiero gift box.
Morning all!

I've been for a lovely walk with my BF's pawsy peep and now I've got some time t blog away my latest make.

This card is for my fabulous MIL. I wanted to do something a little different and super special with some of my scrumptious Magnolia bits for her and my little Lou head cogs were ticking away with a tutorial that I have used many times and still adore by Dawn Griffith, the shadow box tutorial. It's such a wonderful little card because of the depth in that little window piece.

I put my own spin on the base card pieces by using my new Recipe Card Doo Hickeys with the Dream Tag Doo Hickeys for the cut out window! super yey because it looks sooo cute!! I used the cut out part of the Dream Tag to write our message on for the back piece with a few of the little hearts from my Romantic Lace Doo Hickeys glued on along the bottom (....I don't know why this lace die is retired, its truly a stunner with those little magical hearts).
I fussy cut my little Lovely Emojis Cause I Love you Tilda out and then popped her out on some foam so she stands out. I paper pieced her little heart in her hand with a scrap of the paper left from the card base and then sparkled it up with some glitter before glossy accent'ing it for extra pretties!! then it was onto some hold gently, use very carefully flowers from Mary and Andrea over at the Ribbon Girl. I love these little flowers!! they came in my Luxury Maja Sofiero gift box that my beautiful friend Wendy got me for my birthday.

 I added a couple of strips of a grass die around her feet but you can't see them too well in the piccies, you can just see them inside the window on the piccy above and then I used a couple more scraps of the paper to cut out some little butterflies with my Memory Box Butterfly Delights die.

Right, time for me to scoot! I have some bits I need to do today (....mainly finishing off undercoating my kitchen, hoovering and steam mopping but I can make it sound exciting by saying I have some bits to do!! lol!!!). Thank you so much for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 16 August 2017

Fairy Wishes.....

Image- Fairy Wishes.
(I used 0.75 size)
Pens- Promarkers.
Morning all!!

Well I've been busy this morning since I got up but I'm just getting a few minutes now to sit and get some me time and catch up on the old bloggy posting!! and I am so excited today because I've really been sitting on my hands since monday to post this make!! he he!!

I am so excited to be on the MIC team and even more excited to see Krista's images coming into the store! (oh my!! the squeeee's from me can probably be heard worldwide everytime Zoe tells us there's more coming!!!!!!!) and then on monday morning I woke up to see Zoe had done a live video using Fairy Wishes and covered colouring transparencies within the image ( like her wings and little skirt) and I just had to have a go right away!!

I had a blast colouring her up and then I had just the most perfect little chippies too go with her!! the Mini Dragonflies tinklings are just way too cute!!! I coloured them up and splodged some glossy accents on to pop them out even more....ooooh I love them!! 

Here is a little piccy of them a bit closer up...swoooon!!
I can never get sparkle to show when I take a piccy from a distance but it's a little better cropped in! 

Right, I need to get moving! We need a little walk before we have lunch so I'm going to do that now. I am slowly getting back to being me and moving around some more now my legs and feet aren't quite so sore and swollen!! it feels so nice to be able to schmooooze around without feeling 100 yrs old already!! he he he!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 15 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Fun Animals bunny cuteness...

Sentiment- Love and Smiles from YNS.
Papers- MME Noteable.
Afternoon all!!

I was so going to post this card earlier but then Mo and I went for a lovely walk with my BF, found another BF on the way round and had a lovely little play at the park before returning which time a small Mo was hungrier than a bear so our first job when we got in was lunch!! Now the bear cub has been fed and is chilling out with 30 mins of TV while I catch up on my bloggy!!

I couldn't wait to play with this new set from Tiddly Inks today. The little animals are so cute (Mo and I call them Funimals instead! he he!!!!) I chose the gorgeous little bunny since I have 2 of my own and I adore them. The little sentiment is one from one of my YNS stamp sets and it just went perfectly with this card because I am going to give it to Scott. (.I often wonder if he gets bored of getting little cards from me all the time but hey, he is just rather fabulous and deserves to be told so!!!).

We don't really have much else planned for this afternoon at all. My new Doo Hickey 15 Sail Away set has arrived in the post from Suha over at Swedish House Crafts so I am going to have a little look at those over a nice hot cuppa with a couple of biscuits. 

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 14 August 2017

Shoulders boy and Look Ma Girl....

Images- Shoulders Boy C.
Morning everyone!
It's Lou in with a post for you today and I've been busy making a birthday card for one of my amazing BF's mini peeps to give to their Daddy for his birthday.

Her little boy has the most beautiful curly hair so Shoulders Boy C was just perfect to get the right effect for his hair and her little girl has totally rocked the riding a bike without stabilizers thing this week....I mean like take the stabilizers off and she was gone straight away!! and I was super lucky to see it all happen too, so special.

So I really wanted the card to reflect all those elements...thank goodness for Maurie and her amazing images because I knew where to head right away!! 

I'm not sure what me and my little guy will be up to today yet. I've got some swelly legs and feet and my BP is a bit pants so I need to ring the Dr to see about getting my BP meds sorted and a but of a diuretic tablet to sort out the swelly legs and feet!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxxx

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Fun blog hop!!

Today is the blog hop and the Tiddly Inkers and guest designers who are joining in, and I hope YOU join in too! If you already created something for the hop, pop over to the Tiddly Inks blog and add your link to the blog hop. It's all day today, starting at 8:00 AM CST.

How to Participate:
Visit each person's blog below or those in the Inlinkz list and leave a comment. The blog hop will start at 8 AM and you are welcome to visit blogs all day. Then stop in and chat with us in the Facebook Group page between 6 PM and 10 PM CST, one lucky person will be randomly selected from the comments to receive a $10 gift certificate.

There are $25 worth of gift certificates (5 GCs worth $5 each) placed throughout the designers blogs listed below. These GCs will be randomly won by people who leave comments on that blog. You may win more than once by commenting on multiple blogs. In addition, two blogger participants will be selected from the Inlinkz list (announced August 13) to receive a $10 gift voucher.

Who to visit:

There will also be random prizes or freebies throughout the DT blogs, so be sure to comment and visit each one.

Here is a list of gorgeous blogs to peek in on......

My card was made for my amazing husband. It's our anniversary today and he is just my world. I love the new animals images so much! I made the sentiment up in word and then just printed it out and snipped it with my scissors to make 2 sweet fishtail banners! too cute!!

Anyways, Happy hopping peeps!! I've seen some of the creations and they are too cute to miss!! 

Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Thursday, 3 August 2017

Mo's Digital Pencil challenges on Facebook.....

Chipboard 'Boo!' from MIC.
Papers- Echo Park Arsenic and Lace (digital).
Morning everyone!

It's time for a new challenge over on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on facebook. ( please click on the pink writing to find us there!) and this month I decided to go with something different for you all and make a sketch for you to follow. I love a good sketch to sink my teeth into so I went with one of my favourite card layouts for you to follow....
Remember to follow Mo's Challenge Rules ...
use at least one Mo Manning image...
NEW creations only! (No back linking)...
And, please, only ONE entry per person!

I couldn't resist using one of the super sweet new witches in the store, Little Witch Wendolyn.Oh my, I adore her!!!! and if you've been following my blog a while, you will know I love all things halloween!!

I was even super lucky enough to get the awesome little Chipboard 'Boo!' in my chippies pack from Zoe at MIC. Oh my golly gosh! if you don't have it, you need it! it comes with the shadow layer for the actual Boo! word. I used the 2" size for this card and just coloured it up with my promarkers before popping it out of it's little sheet and added a little sparkle to it.

Right, I need to go get tidying a bit, the house looks like a bombsite with summer holiday fun taking priority of mamma cleaning duties (...well, what can I say, the choice of hoovering over making a matchbox car track with Mo...we all know which cutie will win mamma's time first in my house!!!!).

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

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #204.....Autumn Glow

Papers- Crate Paper Oh Darling.
Dies- MFT BluePrints 5.

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and it's time for some relaxing colour inspiration!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Autumn Glow!

 So below is a colour chart for you follow with some super sweet autumn colours.
( huge thanks to designseeds)

 (**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 could not resist inking up my gorgeous new DeerHeart clear stamp set for this challenge. There is just something way too cute about her not to ink her up!! 

I opted for stamping her and her little deer up in Rich Cocoa memento ink. It's juat a gentler line than the black and it used the 'browny' part of that fabulous colour palette just perfectly.Then it was down to my Crate Paper Oh Darling 6x6 pad to do the rest for me and oooooh it delivered just perfectly with some fun and gentle layers of patterns.

I used my DieNamics Blueprints 5 to cut the layers out. I've heard a little rumour it's been retired now but ooooh this set is one of my absolute faves. The little tab part is just perfect for sentiments and I stamped the little 'my' right next to the 'deer heart' sentiment so it just touched and I do love how it came out.

Right, I'm off to get some laundry in the washing machine and have a quick hoover before Mo finishes reading! Poppy is malting something chronic and I have black furry girl tumbleweeds floating around my living room!!!!

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

Monday, 31 July 2017

Space Walk.......

Image- Space Walk.
Papers- Bo Bunny Blast Off.
Dies- Magnolia Doohickey Starlight Lace.
Morning everyone!

I'm waffling on today about my make using the super sweet Space Walk

Do you all ever have a crafty day where you just want to make something for no reason at all other than it makes you smile? well,that was this make for me!! I have no idea what it's for or who it is for but boy oh boy did I enjoy making it!! Mo was busy on RoBlox and Scott was watching the Grand Prix which left little ole me to do something I fancied and Mo suggested a bit of crafting (...that boy knows his mamma so well!!!!!).

The helmets are all glossy but it's tricky to see from the photo!! I can never get things to show up right in photo's but it's sooo cute IRL. I think when Mo finds it he will add it to his stash of mamma made cards that he thinks I don't know he pinches and puts in his desk drawer!! cheeky monkey!!

I'm not really sure what we'll get up to today. Scott is getting ready to pootle off to work and Mo is busy reading in bed so I'm just having a quiet cup of tea and a bloggy womble before we start the day properly.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 30 July 2017

Garden Wedding........

Image- Garden Wedding from Tiddly Inks.
Morning everyone!!

We are on a bit of a go slow in our house today!! well, it is sunday!! I've managed a shower, made breakfast and had a quick sort out and now I've got as far as turning my pooter on I thought I'd blog my wedding card I needed to make for a garden wedding theme.

Luckily, I have the awesome Christy from Tiddly Inks who drew me this stunning image to help me massively with the style of the bride's dress. I really love to try and match things in as best as I can when I am asked to make a card, it just makes it so much more personal. The bride was having a knee length dress with no veil so I begged.....asked Christy to draw me one!!

So, she drew me 'Garden Wedding'....
Isn't it just perfect? I absolutely squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed when she sent me a message showing me the image.

So then it was just a case of trying to match in the garden theme with butterflies, dragonflies and a few more bits off my lovely list from my BF's mum!! ( it was a long list......and I lost it...arghhhhhhhhhhh!!! then gorgeous hubby came to the rescue finishing it a few days before where it had slipped down the side of my bed!!

The inside is really lovely too as I did a group photo with all the bridesmaids, the couple and their pets but I didn't colour that so it's no sharing a piccy I'm afraid! he he!

Right, I am off into town now with Scott and Mo to see if I can find something for my head for my cousins wedding next weekend. I am so excited about it so I want to try and look nice!! 

Huge hugs Lou xxxxx

Thursday, 27 July 2017

Foxi Sprite..

Images- Foxi Sprite.

Morning everyone!
I was so airheady yesterday I totally forgot to pop into my own blog and share the make I did using the super sweet little Foxi Sprite from Make it Crafty, she’s such a little cutie pie and I just knew which background I had to try with her! The Whimsy Toadstools of course!! I merged her on so she was just balancing on a couple of the smaller toadstools. I added some glossy accents to the little toadstool tops but it’s so hard to get it to show in a photograph!
 Then it was time to choose a chippie to use….oh my…now that is a day job in itself trying to choose!!! but I decided to go with the little Hello brush script word and colour it up in a pink ombre effect. I added a little sparkle pen to the top before splodging on some glossy accents to make it shine.
So today my gorgeous husband has gone back to work. I took this photo just after he left. It looks just like an empty spot but it's where my truly amazing husband has been working from home since February so he could look after me. He's taken conference calls with dogs woofing away,planned jobs one second and changed my dressings the next second, checked my temp and rushed me up to the hospital when things have gone wrong. He's been at every hospital/Doctors and nurse appointment with me and dropped me off/ picked me up from chemo.He's been my absolute rock and yup, I had a few silly Lou tears as he left to get back to normal routine today.....and I'll probably have a few more every time I walk past this spot on the breakfast bar but they won't be sad tears, they'll be tears in celebration of how wonderful he is.
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Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Molly color my world.....

Image- Molly Color my world from Tiddly Inks.
Sentiment-Ellie says Happy birthday clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- American Crafts My Girl.
Morning everyone!!

It's another one of my little Lou Tiddly Tuesdays!! and I had super fun making this card! I even made a teeny little paintbrush and used some of the little pieces of paper from my paper stack to make little 'canvases' that Molly has painted to scatter around the card! too cute!! The little sentiment on her painting is from the Ellie says Happy birthday clear stamp set . I did it in green to match the colour I did on her little brush (...I'm not the only one who colours then matches everything to it right?!!! pmsl!!!!) I even gave her a few lil splotches of paint spill onto her is messy right?! ooooh I did so enjoy making this card.

I also used my fabulous Lawn Fawn Magic color slider die set to add a little surprise colour pop in there too. It just makes a fun little interactive part to the card. Here it is with that part open, I love the happy stripes that pop out from under the slider part.
Yesterday I had my radiotherapy CT scan and little tattoo's added so they can line me up in the right place when I start my radiotherapy. It wasn't too bad at all really....they had me in fits of giggles attaching the little markers because I am so ticklish! I have to admit though that afterwards when they added the tattoo's to me the needle into my chest one blooming hurt!!!! but they are all done and just look like teeny little blackheads on my body now (....Lou makes a note that they may need promarker-ing brown after my treatment has finished so they look like freckles instead of acne!!!!!).

See, they really are teeny!! I have one on my chest and one on each side of me.

Right, time to scoot! I need to help Scott move our bunnies back onto our decking now he has finished levelling and turning the boards over after the new turf went down. It looks soooo pretty, he is so clever. Thank you for popping in on me,
huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 24 July 2017


Images- Snowflakes.
Morning all!

I'm in with a post for you today and I just couldn't resist getting my winter cards makes going (...see...I didn't mention the festive name...bwah ha ha ha ha!!!!) by using the stunning image, Snowflakes.

Isn't she just magical? I absolutely love the victorian style images Maurie draws, they are just so beautiful and such a dream to colour up.I have an absolute weakness for any Victorian period drama's so to be able to colour some of this era in for fun too is win win in a Lou world!!

So today in Lou world I am going for my CT Planning Scan on my mini boob and to get my little black tattoo's put on for my radiotherapy to begin in a couple of weeks. They do this to check out where my little tumour was snuggled in its bed so they can blitz the bafoonie out of it!! I am hoping they can see it super easy but have to admit I am not looking forward to the little black dots on my mini boob...I kinda love it how it is and am not ready for Jack Sparrow style Black spots yet! Davey Jones is not getting me yet!! bwah ha ha ha ha!!! but in all seriousness, anything that shows the way to those cancer critters being blitzed is good with me!

Right, my hungry bear tummy is groaning 'feed me' so I'm off to nibble my overnight oats I made myself last night before I went to bed. They are so yummy and cooling on a sore mouth!

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx

Friday, 21 July 2017

Summer flower Tilda....

Doo Hickey Bon Voyage Flowers.
Sentiment- Stempelgede Magic.
Double Gatefold tutorial by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

Morning everyone!!

Scott is working, Little Mo is busy playing with his matchbox cars, loo rolls for tunnels, old vinyl cut offs for motoway races and many zooming sounds and winning car celebrations on the landing hall so I thought I would schmoozy into my craft room and make another one of these Double Gatefold cards I am so in love with at the minute!!

I had this scrumptious Inkido Springtime Butterflies in the sky paper that I have been itching to use since last week. I got it in a 12x12 bundle offer box from Dies to Die For. I don't know if they still do them but if they do, they are soooo worth the pennies because there's not one piece I don't love in my box and they are mostly papers I would never normally think to choose!

Anywhos' a bit of cutting, folding,die cutting and general Lou splodge stuff on-ness and the cardbase was done!! then it was on to using some Magnolia Doo Hickey goodness on it.....well...If you are having a Lou indulgent crafty moment you go for your Magnolia stash right?

As it happened, I decided to go for my Doo Hickey Dream Tag and my Mini Summer Flower Tilda. I have an uber thing for the Magnolia min's and luckily Suha at Swedish House Crafts has a wonderful bargain section of mini Magnolia cuteness for you to choose from! you can find them HERE...swooooon!!!

Here's inside....

My amazing friend, Jenny, sent me this Stempelgade Magic sentiment stamp in a HUUUUUUUUUUGE box of love she sent me not long ago and I decided today that it was just perfect for going with fairy cuteness!! and it is such a beautiful stamp too. It says out of stock when I tried to link it up there but hopefully they will get some more. For the very inside of the card I just decided to go with the little stamp and a little die cut border to sit with it.

and of course... a little video to show it's cuteness in action is always nice!!...

Right, I need to scout out ingredients from the depths of my cupboards to provide lunch for the men of the this will be crafting a miracle today as school holidays have come well into effect in our house and I haven't food shopped properly all week!! he he!!! wish me luck!!!

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Look Ma!................

Image- Look Ma from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Morning everyone!!

Today Mo's Dream Team are having a special blog hop because in a couple of days time our awesome Boss Lady, Maurie, will be having her birthday. 

To celebrate, we chose one of her favorite images for us to all showcase in our own way. I LOVE doing this! there's nothing more inspiring than seeing all your teamie's takes on the same image! 

Don't forget there are THREE $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to be drawn from the participating Dream Team Designers comments so... make sure you pop in and comment on everyone's post for the blog hop to be in with the chance to win!!!

So if you are hopping you should of come to me from Debby's blog, now it's time to pop on over to our Julie to see what she has for you to drool over !! and if you get lost along the way, here is the full hop order....

Lou.....That's me!!!

Happy Hopping everyone!!!!!