Monday, 17 June 2019

A Darling card..........

Images- John Darling.
Good Morning all! 

I'm in with my little Monday Dream Team post and today I have a super simple but sweet little make.

Ever since the Darlings hit the shop I have been wanting to merge them and on Saturday I finally got 5 minutes to myself to do so. Ooooooh it was such a sweet moment!!!

They all come in the correct proportions of size in .png format so all you need to do is arrange them how you want and hey presto! you have a Darling line up!!!

I also added 2 teeny little stars to the right.... you know why right??

and I couldn't resist a little play on words for the inside too....

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xx

Saturday, 15 June 2019

Travel Theme with Allsorts challenge blog!!

Morning everyone!!! I'm a bit excited today!! Swedish Housecrafts is sponsoring a challenge this month and I had the greatest honour of being asked by our lovely Lynn to take part as a guest over on the Allsorts challenge blog and the theme is Travel.

I knew just the papers I wanted to use for my little card! The Pion Designs The World Await 6x6 complete collection is just stunning and even better, it has these stunning little images on one of the sheets that I thought would be just perfect as Tilda's 'photo's' taken on her phone while she travels!! 

I took the time to distress and mount each layer of design papers and images onto some Crafters Companion Neenah desert storm A4 to really make the layers stand out from each other. 

The little 'photo's' are popped out on some foam squares so they really stand atop of the rest. I love how that bit came out in the finished card so much.

I think this is my favourite design paper in the whole collection, I love those little airships and balloons on it...

Well, that's me all waffled out for the day!! thank you so much for peeking in on me. We are on a mission to get Mo a new raincoat today as his is a bit too small finally after 2 years!!! lol! He has been squeezing into it all week with the bad weather but it's rather cosy over a shirt and blazer and he can't cope with that feeling so a new one is needed!!

Have a magical day all, huge hugs Lou xxxx

Sunday, 9 June 2019

Bronte Kisses.....

Hi everyone!

I'm in with my Dream Team post for you today. I fancied stepping away from the norm and doing a bit of a sympathy/understanding card for my make this week due to seeing that one of the lovely craft shops I buy my bits from had lost her mum and I had a lovely new center picture window card die to play with again I bought from them too so went for using 2 of my favourite images, Bronte Kisses and Life is like a balloon.

This is the outside of the card....

The gorgeous papers are the Bronte Design Papers. Maurie added them to the store for you because...well...I begged!! he he!!!

They really are just the sweetest papers. I used the pink toned one for the outside and inside of my card. Here's a closer look at inside...

and a little video of how teeny and just darn cute it is!!! .....

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Tiddly Inks challenge #226....All Squared Up.

Its the first Tuesday of the month means a super fun new Tiddly challenge and this month we are getting our shape on!! this month's challenge is...

All Squared Up!!
So, think squared design papers like gorgeous ginghams, square-shaped cards/creations, square matting etc..

(**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 **)

 So, for mine, I used the stunning Mini and Many Friends clear stamp set.

We have just got home from a wonderful 5-day break to Disneyland Paris and I wanted to make my husband a little card to say thank you that I can hide in his work bag for him to find when he gets to work tomorrow. We had the most magical time and Mo loved it. He had some panicky moments but he did better than we ever thought he would and utterly loved collecting his little pins with his spending pennies, collecting the little coin souvenirs and looking for hidden mickeys everywhere.

I wanted a travel kind of theme in my papers and a lot of love because we seriously had the best time!! 

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 27 May 2019


Image- Naunet.
Morning everyone!!

Happy Monday!! I'm in with my Dream Team post for you today with a super sweet mermaid image. I really, really wanted to get a Mermaid done for me and on Sunday I grabbed my crafty time and ran with it!!!

But Naunet is just the sweetest with her little band of fishy friends around her. I love it. I printed her out and coloured her up in my happy little dreamy colouring world! I do so love a good crafty day.

I decided to get out my gorgeous blending chalks to do the background. I haven't used them in such a long while but they leave the most beautiful effect. And then for extra fun, I decided to have a quick spray with glitter and then add a shiney spray to the top to fix the chalk.

I cut a couple of seaweed fronds from one of my old Magnolia Doo Hickey sets and the little wave border is from it too. The little shells are the teeny weeny ones I love to pick up when we go to the beach. There is nothing nicer than digging around for these. They look so sweet on cards and projects and all they need is a little hot glue to adhere them in place.

The sentiment is from old paper smooches set but I love it! It's such a fun twist on Best Wishes for a birthday card and perfect for this one with those little fishy friends.

Right, I need to get my workout done, these old bones don't get fit by themselves! It's hard work but I still think it's worth every bead of sweat to get as fit as I can after a couple of years worth of operations and cancer treatment! It takes its toll so you have to really work to get yourself back to where you want to be. I'm so lucky though. It totally gave me the push to keep going and get myself in much better shape than I was before cancer hit! he he!! 

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx

Wednesday, 15 May 2019

3 on a bench....

Image- 3 on a bench.
Sentiment- Cupcake Hamster.

Evening all!!

I have had such a lovely day today. I got my jobs started early this morning and had one load of washing done by the end of the school run so I hung it out and took a walk with the dogs this morning, a lovely 4 mile one in the beautiful sunshine and then I came home and hung out another load of washing before getting time to sit and play in my craft room.

I love days like today where you just fancy making something and go with it, they are always the best.

This cute little image is one of the new ones from Mo's Digital Pencil. I adore it!! they just look too cute. 

I attempted to colour them up so they looked like they had been playing in the sun and stopped for a snack break! awwwww they really are so cute!!

I think birthday cards are my most made card, and the sentiment from Cupcake Hamster was just perfect with those little full mouths!!

Right, I need to scoot!! I am going to try and squeeze in another band stretch before I have a bath...or shower because I actually think it might be too hot for a bath tonight!!!

Thank you for peeking in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 7 May 2019

Tiddly Inks challenge #225...Let's Get Dotty!!

Image- Cute-ilicious.
Good Morning everyone!!

Its the first Tuesday of May....wait whhaaaaaaat?? May already?? oh my!!! but you all know as trusted Tiddly peeps that the first Tuesday of the month means a super fun new Tiddly challenge and this month we are going dotty!! yup, that's right! this month's challenge is...

Let's get Dotty!!
So, think dotted design papers, doodling dots around your image and just lots of spots! he he!!

(**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you MUST use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

I just had to use Cute-ilicious. There is just something about this golden oldie Tiddly Inks image that makes me smile from ear to ear. I think it's the tulip dress and those teeny weeny lil ladybirds that clinch the deal!! she is just adorable and that is that!!!

Here's a closer peek of me attempting to get that bling photo I always struggle to catch!!!

Well, that's me for today.

Little Mo and I are both feeling pretty under the weather today. We have sore tummies so a day of rest for both of us is on the cards. I am not one for stopping when I feel rough but sometimes I manage to listen to my body!!!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 5 May 2019


Image- Hush.
Morning all!!

I hope you are all waking up to gorgeous Sundays. They always feel so much more exciting when they are followed by a Bank Holiday Monday don't they?!!!

I have had a busy morning so far! I've done my workout and knocked out 2 more cards from my little crafty desk so now I've got all that done, I've got time to sit at my pooter and make my blog post!.

It's time for a new challenge over on the Mo's Digital Pencil challenge blog and there is a lovely optional theme of 'For the Girls'. I can never resist a baby card so I grabbed Hush.

I love this image. The lines of it are so soft. Some papers from my stash pile and a few die cuts and she was done.

Right, time to walk some pawsy peeps!! It's not that warm here today but they are still eager to go...they are at that 'Lie down at my feet but move every single time I move and if I get up, get even more excited' stage of the morning!!!! I wouldn't have it any other way though, they keep me on my toes!!

Thank you for popping in, HUge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 28 April 2019

Millie with watering can....

Hello everyone!

Did you all catch the gorgeous new image over at Mo's Digital Pencil store? this is Millie with watering can and she is waaaaaay too cute!! She also comes with 2 adorable sentiments, just look at her cuteness!!

Millie with Watering Can
Isn't she the sweetest? she is...of course with Lou kindness....clickable so if you click on her, it will take you right to her in the store!! yey!!!

Mothers Day here has come and gone so I decided on a sweet little Lots of love card ( I love these because they are good for all sorts of occasions!! not just a birthday maker here!! lol!!!).

I've had a bit of an emotional afternoon watching out for one of my BF's Hubbies finishing the London marathon. I put on the live finishing line feed and we got so excited when we saw him coming up to it...I have to admit to having a bit of an emotional cry! what a blooming achievement to do that marathon. Massive well-done hugs go to Carl. 

Right, I need a bath and a bit of tea. It's not been very warm here today so I am more than ready to soak in a bit of warmness!!!

Thank you for popping in on me, Huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 21 April 2019


Image- Dream.
Hello all!!

I'm sneaking in my Dream Team post again!!! Today, I went for using the wonderful Dream. I used the boy version, I love this little guys eyes looking up, so magical.

I used my square nesties to crop of his little legs (poor guy!!) so I could fit it onto this card for my Father in Law for fathers day. I know when it gets closer to Fathers Day I might feel a little tender this year and Scott's Dad is so wonderful I didn't want him to miss out if my mojo gets a grief crash so I have gone for making it super early in preparation.

We've had such a magical easter weekend so far. Lots of walking which we love, Little Mo finding his hidden rocks, which he absolutely loves so huge thanks to everyone who does that!! and he was so inspired by his happiness that he wanted to make one for his best little friend his words... "I neeeed to make Khloe a pebble to fulfil her dreams". This is his first go so he was so excited.
Right, I need to go outside and watch the little guy play on his electric motorbike now. Wish me luck...It's warm and I am a little tired so I may fall asleep while he's riding round!!! romfl!!!!
Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xx

Monday, 15 April 2019

choccy egg box decorating fun!!

Good morning everyone,

I'm in with a post for you today and I wanted to share the divine little Laserowe Love Yellow Spring 5pcs Easter Eggs I've been playing with. I can't tell you how lovely these are. They might be for easter, as I've used them for today's post, but I really feel like they are beautiful all year round with those beautiful flowers in the centre. I'm working on the whispy branch one next so I'll share that in our fabulous Swedish House Crafts Crafters Lounge over on facebook! don't forget to click on the link to join us if you are not already there because we get to peek at makes and inspiration early in there!

Let's take a closer look at this little egg. It's so pretty. I used 2 of the eggs in the set and then glued them together once I had coloured them. I love that staggered dimensional effect doing it like that gave.

I simply coloured the little chippie egg cuteness with my promarkers. The surface of the chippies is lovely and smooth and you are able to blend your normal colour sets to get the shading which I love.

I added a teeny squidge of flowersoft from my personal stash to the little branch egg and one the flower one, I added a little purple glitter and glossy accents to the flower head to finish that off. It looks so pretty.

The beautiful gentle purple papers are from the Maja Design Vintage Romance 6x6 pad. They are so delicate and I really struggled to actually use them after much stroking and telling myself how they needed to be used, I distressed the edges with my scissors and glued them to the box!!! he he!!!

I added a little twine that I threaded through the egg chippie before I tied the bow just to keep everything flowing. I used a little bit of clear glue to position the ends of the bow on the box.

The little box of chocolate eggs you can get from lots of shops so quick, go buy some and have fun decorating it for easter!!! I'm going to get a couple more and have some fun with them!!

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

Sunday, 14 April 2019

Precious new baby....

Sentiment- Precious.
Image inside- Baby Fairy Kiki.
Papers- Nitwit Collections FQB Bear Necessities.

Good morning everyone!!

I'm popping into blogland with my Dream Team make for the week and today I've gone all inside out!! he he!!! I really fancied showcasing one of Mo's beautiful sentiments that came with the image Precious. I really love the script and precious new baby part because let's be honest, when have you ever seen a new baby that isn't so precious you just wanted to sniff that baby smell and look at it tiny feet????

Now, I have to be honest, that sentiment on the front alone made a beautiful card but I wasn't done yet!! I popped the little Baby Fairy Kiki inside so she is a surprise when you open it... 

She is just so very cute!!! I actually picked up the wrong paper and didn't realise until too late that my promarkers didn't blend quite as well as I would normally like them to on her but I still love how she came out. I added a little sparkle in a few places too...and actually managed to get a photo of it by fiddling around with the angle of my card under the light! get in!!

So my wrist ganglion removal op went well. I watched the whole thing. It was so interesting! I'm a bit sore and soooooooooooooo itchy from my stitches but I'm pootling along ok and in just over a week I'll be able to go dressing free and hopefully, those pesky stitches will have dissolved away!!! this is how I am looking right now, though the bruising is looking much better as I write this so that's always a bonus!!

The surgeon is re referring me back to my Dr though as he thinks I actually have carpal tunnel in that wrist too!! I never do things easy right?!!! lol!!! but for now, I'm just concentrating on letting this heal. I am having to miss out certain moves in my workouts, like anything that I would need to lean on my hand's for...push ups. mountain climbers, squat thrusts...I never thought I'd say it but I miss them greatly!!!...I'll not be saying that as soon as I can do them again though!! lol!!!

Right, time to go! I need to walk these pawsy peeps one by one before Scott goes to work!! I can only walk them one at a time because I am not allowed to use my left wrist for 6 weeks (...though I think it will be sooner). It's a shorter walk than they normally have because I have to do it twice but helps to keep my exercise up whilst I'm not getting my full routine in as normal though so it's a winner!!

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 8 April 2019


 Image- Colin.
Morning everyone! 

Its Lou in with a post for you today featuring the gorgeous little Colin. Last week my little guy got his necklace in the mail for my Dad's ashes and it came in this white little pizza box type box. Obviously, I stole that little box right away..... I asked him politely if I could use it for a crafty!!!!

But I really love how it turned out. I covered it was some blue design paper and then added a little Lou froo. I cut Colin out with a star die because it's so much fun to use those different shaped dies now and again!

Here's another peek of a different view...

I had the most lovely day yesterday. It started with a wonderful walk with the dogs and men of the house. Little Mo found a rock that had been hidden ( he loves these!! do you have them where you live? people decorate rocks and then hide them for others to find. Mo spots them a mile off, its quite magical and always makes his day!) and then it was time to spend a few hours with my sisters and their children. I LOVE family day. 

We ate sweets, cake, pizza, crisps and peanuts. We played one of my nephew's games, talked about Dad and just had a lovely catch up IRL. We always chat in messages, Facetime and whatts app but IRL gives the best hugs. It always pops my heart into fullness to see them.

Right, time for me to go and walk pawsy peeps while Daddy and Mo have breakfast. It's half term but Scott is at work until so a little Daddy Mo time together is just perfect.

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xxx

Saturday, 6 April 2019

Mo's Digital Pencil challenges are back!!!!

Good Morning all!!

Well, I've got my cake I'm making for tomorrow crumb coated, walked the pawsy peeps and got tidied up a little so I can write my blog post for today now and boy oh boy am I excited!!!

The challenges are back up and running over at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenge blog. I am so so happy about this because I can't tell you how much I've missed them being on the blog. I absolutely love visiting peoples blogs and makes so I can't wait to see some entries coming in!!!

The challenge is...Anything goes with an optional 'spring' theme if you want to do that. I totally did!! I had an idea for making that feel of the colours of spring coming in by using my magic colour slider card die again. It's so much fun to play with and with a little printable acetate, it's an absolute dream to use digital images for them!! I LOVE it!!!

Right, I need to get some green and blue buttercream made before I sit down to watch my beautiful friend Becky on the TV!! I'm so excited for her but feel a bit nervous for her too!! she is going to be on Hochanda so tune in at 11am if you can!!!

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 5 April 2019

cock a doodle do! Happy birthday to you!!

Morning everyone!!!

I'm in with my Swedish House Crafts post for you today. I was so pleased to get this super little Laserowe Rooster on The Fence in my DT package this month. Isn't he just so majestic? I fell in love with him as soon as I saw him.

Being chipboard he was super easy to colour with my promarker pens. For Mr Rooster I used burgundy, cardinal red and poppy, mustard, burnt orange, burnt sienna, caramel, olive green, pear green, midnight blue and denim blue. I decided to use his little fence for him to stand on too. I coloured that up with my favourite brown promarker colour combo- Burnt sienna, Caramel and sandstone. The chipboard is smooth yet allows for the colours to blend together which I just love. Let's take a closer look at him...

The stunning papers are, of course, from Maja Designs, these ones are from the Vintage Romance 6x6 paper stack. I really love how you can use them for any occasion and this time I went for a good old birthday card for a male. Men cards can be so hard but when you've got a rooster and some stunning papers you are good to go!!!

I needed a great sentiment to go on this card so I simply made my own in Word and then cut it out with some dies from my stash. It's such a fun birthday sentiment.

hehe!!! isn't it fun? I used a teeny weeny brad to attach it to the card base. I did a little Lou froo with some dies from my stash and called it done! I love how it came out.

Right, I need to get my bottom into gear!! I have a cake to decorate for the family day on Sunday. I can't wait. My big sister is coming with her family and we are going to my little sister's house to have some time mostly we are going to eat cake but it will be fun!!!! Scott is going to take his camera and tripod so we can get a family photo. Family photo's have become quite important to me since Dad died and although we are all completely bonkers and quite terrible at group photo's, I do still adore them!!

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Tuesday, 2 April 2019

Tiddly Inks challenge 224....Showcase!!

Good morning everyone!! 

It's time for the April challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and this month we are going for a super fun showcase challenge!! For this challenge, EVERYONE will use this super sweet image from the Little Valentines Mermaid set. Christy has very kindly added this super sweet little image to the store for free for a LIMITED TIME WHILE APRILS CHALLENGE IS LIVE, you can find it HERE.

Oh my!! you really need to click on the link and go see all the DT's amazing creations!! they are all so amazing!! I have absolutely loved seeing them pop up !!
So here's a couple of piccies of my make!
I had so much fun making this using the Lawn Fawn Magic colour slider die set.

Right, I need to sit and have my green tea and get myself woken up for the day properly!! 

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 25 March 2019

Party Tots...

Morning everyone!

I'm in with my Dream Team post!! I'm a bit late posting it today because my Lou bones are recovering from a magical day of walking with my boys yesterday. We did just over 16 miles of walking around the beautiful Rutland Water. I am always eternally grateful that Little Mo shares our love of walking because it really does make for some magical memories. There is so much beauty out there and we should all really take some time to soak it all up. Of course, the pawsy peeps had to come along too.....we all slept great last night!! he he!!

So, back to that super cute card up there at the top!! I was in the 'boy card making mode'!! Making a card for the boys of the world has really been something that has grown on me during my crafting journey. I used to find it so difficult not to want to throw a tonne of flowers and girliness at a card! 

But this little Party Tots ( Boy Favor) is just a little dream to colour. He is just such a sweetheart!! I adore his little party blower! Teamed with some golden oldie Bo Bunny papers from my stash pile he really does look set to party!!

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 17 March 2019

Baby Fairy bee Pre- coloured...

Afternoon all!!

I'm sneaking into my blog (as I always do on a Sunday because I make my Dream Team project and then I just cannot sit on the cuteness until tomorrow!!!) with my Dream Team post. I simply could not resist a good explore those gorgeous new pre-coloured images.

Oh, my giddy gumdrops these images are just the bee's knees...Hence I just had to choose  Baby Fairy B . People the cuteness and ease of use on these is unreal.

I printed mine on hammered white cardstock, using the Matte Photo setting and a print choice of High. It came out so beautifully. 

The only thing left to do was for me to faff about Lou style making a super fun card base for it to live on. I LOVE it!! I popped each layer up on some foam to make a super sweet little decreasing window effect going right back to that lil cutie bee, tooooo cute right?????

I've been putting on the brave girl Sunday pants as much as I can today. Yesterday we picked up some of Dad's ashes from my little sister who travelled home to Seychelles to spend some time with our Mum and even littler sister. I have sent some away for a special ring for me to wear always and Mo has bought himself a necklace that you can pop some ashes in. I have a little amount left in my pot which I have put into my craft room with me and whilst I was out there today I decided that I would make a little heart shape with them.

Well now, you'd think this an easy task wouldn't you??....errrrrr...nope!! My Dad would have laughed his socks off at me trying to make his ashes into a heart shape!! oh my!! First, a little bit went out of the line of the shape I wanted for the heart and dopey here thought she would just gently blow it out the Lou!!! that obviously didn't work!! so I tried to gently nudge it back into the shape but bugger me!! the ashes are kind of static and they jump towards your finger! So I'm crying by this stage...I cried...yup...real tears...and gently wondering to myself which parts of Dad I am gently nudging around my little piece of wood trying to align into a beautiful heart shape! I get it the way I want it, get my phone ready on the camera, take the photo....and a deep breath because I have been crying and whoosh the whole effect again!! oh my!!! but it's so pretty and I am definitely going to try and do it again using some glossy accents to hold the ashes safe from clumsy Lou's!!!

My Unamum sent us all some pennies to buy ourselves a beautiful ashes ring to wear. Mo has bought himself a beautiful little cross necklace that holds ashes with some pennies Grandma sent in Dad's wallet that she sent for Mo. That was such a special surprise for him and he absolutely loved it. The magic of social media meant that he could send her a letter right away when we got home.

The picture on the inside of the wallet is the one Dad kept of us all on the day they left home in England to go and live in Seychelles. It's so special.

Right, that's enough Lou waffling on at you to last you for today I think!! I'll leave you in peace for a couple of days! lol!! Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx