Monday, 12 August 2019

Country Boy......

Image- Country Boy.
Morning all!

I'm in with a post for you today using the super sweet new Country Boy from Mo's Digital Pencil.

My Little Mo picks the images I use for my Monday post and he LOVED this little boy with his chicken and wanted something making for him with it because he loved it so much so I went for a bookmark ( he reads soooooo much that bookmarks are always a must!!).

And of course, no sooner had the glue dried from the bookmark tab, that bookmark had been whipped from my desk and added to the latest book from the library!!!!!

We are really enjoying the holidays. Last week we had a couple of days in The Lakes and it was just gorgeous. We visited a few of our favourite places and found a new favourite too, Levens Hall. Mo LOVED the house and the topiary trees.

We also had our visit from the EHE lady. She comes to visit you to make sure you have yourself sorted for home learning and know roughly what you are aiming for. She was really impressed by all Mo's plans he had written down and even more pleased we had purchased the GCSE's online so we know what to learn. She really liked Mo's 'learning area' in the garage and said how wonderful it was so fingers crossed we are ready to go. It's still a little scary but I really think he can rock it bless him.

Today we are kind of chilling as Scott has gone back to work. I have some laundry and ironing to catch up on and Mo wants to make Nannie's birthday card so I think I'll be able to sneak in a little crafty time too!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Tiddly Inks challenge #228.....Anything TIDDLY INKS goes!!!

Image- Birthday Boy.
Good Morning Tiddly peeps!!

It's time for a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog. Many of us are in the throes of summer and either has gorgeous mini peeps at home with us to play with or temperatures that are way too hot for bending our minds with a theme when we can grab a minute to ourselves to craft so this month its...

Anything Tiddly Inks Goes!!
so grab that little bit of time you get and create anything you fancy using your stash of Tiddly goodness!!!
(**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 go for a boy make and use the gorgeous Birthday Boy. I think he is one of my most used Tiddly images. I just adore his little face and holding that pressie! Too cute!!!

Right, I need to scoot!! Our first EHE visit is today and I need to tidy the kitchen a little from holiday time 'just pop it there' tumbleweeds we have made so far!! everyone has those in holiday time right???!!!

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 4 August 2019


Image- Dandelions.
Hi everyone!

I'm nipping in with my weekly make of Dream Team happiness and this week I chose the gorgeous new Dandelions.

She is just an absolute sweetheart isn't she? she just makes me smile from ear to ear hugging her little bunch of dandelion treasures.

I love Dandelions, we blow the seeds off the fluffy ones here to 'tell the time' and Mo still loves doing it.....errrr...but so do I!!! romfl!!!

Right, I need to scoot. There is a cracking thunderstorm going on outside and I simply can't wait for that burst of cool, clear air you get after the great downpour of rain, it's been so muggy here today!

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

Monday, 29 July 2019

Carry the cake...

Image- Carry the Cake.
Good morning all! 

I'm back in with a post for you today and it's another Carry the Cake make! I can't be the only one who prints out 4 of the same image at a time for later use can I??? I always do it because I just know I won't be able to resist the cuteness again!!

But she is so sweet I can't resist and I had the very last scraps of some of my favourite design papers ever to use up so using this cutie was a must!!

My Little Mo did not wake up until 8:45am!!!! and even then he was only woken up because they started cutting a tree down behind us! I am absolutely loving how relaxed he is starting to feel now. We feel like a lot of the reasons for his super high anxiety levels are gone and he is starting to feel more himself again. It's so beautiful to see. Having a ASD/ADHD little guy,it's always hard for us to try and get things right but this time, I think we have cracked it. So we really feel we are heading for things to work better for him from now on and excited about September for him.

Thank you for popping in! Huge hugs Lou xx

Room Service Edwin....

Good Morning all,

I wanted to share the little recipe book I made for my Little Mo over the weekend with you. From September we will be homeschooling Mo. He loves cooking and baking and we are really keen to keep him going with that during his learning time as not only is it one of his personal interests, but something he feels he may want to do at college  so I thought a little book for him to note his favourite recipes in and practice his neat handwriting would be a lovely thing to start.

And who better to help me do that than Room Service Edwin. The amazing Edwin stamps are often overlooked for the Tilda's but I adore them so much and he was just right for a recipe book!!

I added a little sparkle to his shoes for fun. The little tags on the next photo are from the Doo Hickey 22 kit. I really love the shape of them. To get the wording on there I die cut the tag first. Then I printed out the words I wanted and then adhered the tag over the top and popped it back through the printer so that the tag was printed with the words. I love doing this. It puts such a personal twist on things, especially when you have a child with a name that you don't often find personalised things for!!

Inside I used the little tab die from the Magnolia Stamps Recipe Card die. I popped one on every page until I got to the bottom and then once he has filled those up, I'll pop some more in!! Having the die to be able to do that was really nice and he can write the name of each recipe on the tab when he writes his recipes in.

Now, I can't find these cream flat sequins in the store anymore but I LOVE them. There are a few other colours left HERE. They are fabulous to just dot around your project for a bit of something to catch your eye and if you love making shakers, they are just magical for those!!

The papers are actually from the Maja Design Christmas Season 6x6 pad.I loved the blues and patterns and Mo's favourite colour is blue so they were just perfect for the job too! I love it when a plan comes together!!!

Right, time for this mamma to get a cup of tea and breakfast!! 2 blog posts done and I can hear my tummy growling like a little fuzzy bear who needs some hunny!!!! Have a magical day everyone!

Huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 22 July 2019

Shout Out........

Images- Shout Out.
Morning all!!

It's my turn to post over on the Dream Team blog today and I went for a bit of a bright and zingy make using the recently released Shout Out.

I really need a bright and cheery make. This last week has been quite an uphill climb and detour for The Daubney Trio this week. We have removed Mo from his school and will be homeschooling him and have lost one of our super precious rabbits, Kate. So all in all, a bright and zingy card was much needed for a Lou heart!!

Shout Out is such a sweetheart!! and being as I adore rabbits and very sadly lost one of mine this week, I decided to borrow the bunny from Bronte Bits to make it her little drawing on her art on the wall. I really love how cute this came out.

Today we are just going to chill out a little. Mo was quite poorly in the night with a very yucky tummy so we have been awake all night! He finally settled at about 3:50am so today I will be mostly looking like an absolute zombie!! 

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 7 July 2019

O Holy Night...

Helloooooo everyone!!

My make for today is a sparkly brand new image that will soon be in the store, Bethlehem.

I just fell in love with it right away and I knew what I wanted to do with it right away too!! Its little elements are just perfect for making a box card so that's just what I did!!

It even comes with that beautiful sentiment. I love the font on this one. I popped both the sentiment and the star out on some foam squares so they stood out a bit from the card.

We have had the most magical weekend. We had a wonderful street Archery competition on Friday night, then binge watched Stranger Things series 3. Then on Saturday and today, we spent over at Scott's Mum and Dad's caravan. It's only an hour away so we drive there in the morning and come back in the evening. Mo has loved practising his fishing (...and Scott too!! lol!!!), he caught 5 fish and one sneaked off the line last minute!! they had 2 great rounds of golf. We played in the arcade and Scott and Mo bowled ( I can't bowl due to silly pain in my hands and wrists but I loved watching them play), had fish and chips for lunch and freshly made hot seaside donuts, sung and danced to Dustin and Suzie singing the Neverending story and just loved being with each other. It's been amazing. I really, really love weekends like this.

We are ending it by watching The Never Ending story since Stranger Things 3 has made Mo 'neeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeed' to see it again!!!!

Thank you for nipping in to see me, it really does mean such a lot that you all nip in to read my waffling on!!!

Huge Hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 2 July 2019

Tiddly Inks challenge #227- Under the sea!!

Image- Snorkel Bunny.
Morning everyone!!

I hope you are all waking up to a beautiful day. It's lovely here so the washing machine is on already!!
The challenge this month over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog is....

Under The Sea!!
So, think mermaid/fish/swimming images, get under those waves and into the sea bed with your creations!!

(**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 **)

 and I had the best fun making this card yesterday!! Look how cute this little guy is!!!

Just look how he 'swims' through that bubbly little sea....

It's just too cute!! I LOVE it!! and here's a little side view. You need to remember to colour up the little image under the one you are wobbling too because you do see it quite clearly while the wobble is going on and it looks so much nicer coloured than black and white.

Time for a good drink of water. I have now been coffee free for 9 days. I had gotten myself into a whopping 6 cups a day routine so I'm pulling back by cold turkey then re introducing one a day!! lol!! I actually feel surprisingly great considering so it just shows I didn't really need it!!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs for you all, Lou xxx

Monday, 1 July 2019

Carry the Cake!!

Image- Carry the Cake.
Background paper- Laura.
Morning everyone!!

Birthday season is well and truly upon me so I have been busy stocking up on good old birthday cards!! I used Carry the Cake for this one and that gorgeous background paper from Laura. I love how it makes such a sweet cloud and sky background for any image to happily sit on. That super cute Happy cake day sentiment comes with Carry the Cake.

The papers I used are golden oldie Doodlebug ones but they are just so cheery I can't resist using them. They have a lovely glossy finish on them too so look so gorgeous with those little green sequins sprinkled around.

We had such a gorgeous weekend. On Saturday we drove over to Bakewell and had a magical day of exploring and Geocaching and on Sunday we took a drive to Hemswell to have a look around the car boot sale. Scott and Mo have a hobby of collecting 50p coins together so they look for people selling those. They are also doing the same with £2 coins and they found a few they have been looking for yesterday so they were ever so pleased!! 

Right, time for me to get my butt into gear!! I am really rather desperately starting to wish for the end of school term now and Mo is very much the same. He is absolutely tired out and ready to stop now. I really do feel for him, and any other amazing little ASD peeps that suffer hugely with anxiety, by this time of term. Mo can normally go a good 3 weeks and then it all begins to get way too much for him to deal with bless him. I really do feel for them so much in my heart, can you even imagine having a medical diagnosis that means you cannot cope well with social situations only to have to go to one of the biggest ones each day? but we are almost there! It's the 1st of July today so we have just 18 more days until school finishes!!

Thank you so much for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 23 June 2019

Mo's Digital Pencil merging fun!!!

Good Morning All!!

I'm in for you today and I have a super sweet little make using the new Bethy's Wagon set (PNG) and Belated Birthday Sloth and Peeking Sloth.

I absolutely adore merging images and the new PNG version of Bethy's Wagon is an absolute dream to play with. It is cram packed full of super little wagon fillers but my Little Mo always helps me choose my DT image on a Sunday morning for my make and this week he chose Belated Birthday and Peeking Sloth! well, I couldn't resist popping Peeking Sloth in that little wagon for a lazy Free Ride!!!!

I absolutely love how it turned out!!! I used my shiny brand new Mama Elephant Wiper Surprise die and Mama Elephant Mini Everyday messages stamp set for that super sweet little pop up surprise sentiment! I LOVE it!!

The Lawn Fawn Puffy Clouds die was just perfect not only to cut that fun skyline but also because I could use the cut edge of the cardstock left from cutting the cloud to do my distress ink sky!! wahoooooooooo! it's like 2 uses in one die!!!!!
....I still can't get over how cute the sloth looks just chillin' on his ride!!! I love him so much!!!!

And how does it work??? well, just like this.....

We have had the best family day today. It was Nanna's 90h birthday meal and it was so lovely to spend some time with everyone, plus, I got to see my big boy too so that meant all 3 of my gorgeous boys together and nothing makes my daft Mamma heart happier than that.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 21 June 2019

Awesome Tilda!!!!

Hello everyone! 

Thank crunchie it's Friday!!! I'm ready for the weekend this week! sometimes I just want to curl up in that family bubble! we have a big birthday celebration for Scott's lovely Nanna this weekend and I'm really looking forward to a catch up with everyone. 

And onto my make for today!! I wanted to make a little encouragement card. Luckily, there was just the die I needed, the Roxstamps special die- Awesome and the Tilda, Magnolia stamps Fixer Upper Tilda stamp that would fit just perfectly on top of what my little Lou mind had planned!!! yey!!!

Now, I LOVE paper piecing and the papers in the Maja Designs Denim Girls 6x6 pad are just spot on perfect for stamped images clothing. The pattern on the paper I chose for this one is the most delicately beautiful little flowers.

And who could resist using the stunning little Magnolia Bon Voyage Dragonflies dies? I never can! They are just the right mix of pretty to lift a blank space on your card without shouting hey look at me!!! I adore them!! I cut 2 from the scraps I had in my paper stack.

Let's just take a closer look at the fabulous Roxstamps special die- Awesome. Did you know that these were made just for Swedish housecrafts store? I think its just fabulous. I love that curvy text so much. I cut it in kraft cardstock them mounted it up on foam pads to make it pop, then I carefully did the same with the teeny negative cuts to make the word whole. I really love how it came out.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

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