Thursday 30 April 2009

Another mothers day card!!!!

I have woken up in such a great mood today!!!!! I had a great night with my sister and she has done some really cute images for her blog that I will strive to get sorted for the weekend, she has even made up some little freebies to pop on her blog from time to time which I love. I got my mothers day card for my mil to give to her mil in australia finished up and I am going to play at a friend's house from the cricut mb tonight!!!
she lives just down the road from me and I am really looking forward to it.
Ok so for the mothers day card I used my wild card crat on the doily card setting ( i lurve the doily card!)
I cut it from some butterfly cardstock that I had in my stash and then I cut a circle for the front from my co-ordinations card in yellow and popped it through my cuttlebug with my divine swirls embossing folder. The sentiments are computer generated and I mounted the sticker on a bit of acetate and then foam dotted it to pop it out a little.
I added some inking around the edge and then a bit f bling with some tiny yellow gems. I tied a little yellow organza ribbon around the top to finish it off.
I made a little circle from some flowery paper (again from my stash...its amazing what i find in there!!) and did a bit of doodling aroud the edge of it.
Thankyou for popping in!!!!!

Wednesday 29 April 2009

My first Tilda stampn cards!!!

Hello everyone!!!
I have been MIA for a couple of days on my blog as I have been soooo busy!! I have been making a couple of cards for the craft shop that I love for a charoty card make they are doing at the weekend, I can't go as scott and I have made plans to go walking with Mo. I still have a couple to finish up and a 60th birthday to finish but thought I had better post something here!!! (poor neglected little blog!!!)
I love,love,love these Tilda stamps I have bought and am eally getting addicted to them!!!!
I used some card bases I have had in my stash from my cross stitching mags, stamped and coloured my Tilda's and then popped them on so that they were 'sitting' on the cutout part of the card. I think the one with the buterfly and ladybird on is my favourite. I glazed the ladybird and the butterflyand stuck her hands and feet down but foam dotted the rest of her out,then added a bit of stickle bling to her bow and top and the pink flowers on the base, behind her I stamped some little flowers and chalked them pink, the foam dotting behind her is hard to see in the picture but it is a great effect as she looks a bit more real, soooo cute!!!
have a lovely day everyone, my big sis is coming to play tonight so we will hopefully be adding some more images to her blog,drinking lots of tea and generally eing a pair of dafties!!!!!

Sunday 26 April 2009

Trying new things!!!!!!

Wow!!! I have had a busy weekend trying new crafting techniques!!!!
On friday night I decided I would take the plunge and attempt a bit of a digital scrapbooking challenge from Diane (aka capdia!!) over on the fantastic new mb I have joined, heres the link to the new mb, it really is a great, friendly place to visit, make sure you mention me if you join!!lol!!! ( bit of a promotion going on over there!!! lol!!!!)
The sheep May calendar page was my try for this challenge!!! I used my hallmark card studio deluxe to make it for my mum who loves sheep!! I think its cute!!
Then on saturday morning I wombled off to my class to learn how to emboss stamps, and oh boy did I have fun, it was brilliant. I have the most amazing lady who teaches the class, she is so nice and funny and it makes the learning so much more enjoyable when you have someone like Ali teaching you.
The cards I made at class are in the second picture!!
Then as an extra, Ali gets out this brayer thing ( * at this point Lou thinks, omg, what the heck is that and what have I gotten myself into!!*) but OMG, this thing was amazing!!!
Ali had used some glossy card and made a card by using the bouncing brayer technique, it was absolutely stunning. My effort is the 3rd card!!! nowhere near as good as Ali's, (I just used the -rolling it and hope I am doing it right and not looking too stupid -tecnique!!!!)
I stamped the love doves (!!! don't know what the stamp is called!!) with a versamark watermark stamp pad and then rolled the rainbow ink over the image with the brayer, ooooh this is just so much fun, if you haven't tried it you really need to!!!!
I had filled up my loyalty card so ( and heres a warning to anyone who ventures into alicraft in out for that Ali lady- she is a Level 1 enabler!!!! romfl!!!) with my free £15 I bought myself a brayer .....
( at this point I would love to blame Ali and Iain and say that they held me down and forced me to buy it!!! ....unfortunately I actually have to admit ...I am weak!!! and cannot resist the powers of enablers!!!! romfl!!!!)
Today is it a gorgeous sunny day again and me and mo are having a pyjama morning!!!!
So far this morning I have made some 'football club club' cards for my 9 year old son who wants to make up a club and have started colouring in some of my tilda stamps!!
Have a great sunday everyone, thankyou so much for popping in!!!

Friday 24 April 2009

My big sisters new blog & her fairy downloads in action!!

Helllooo everybody!!!!!
I have had such a great day today!!!
Last night I made my big sister, Sam, a blog. She does the most amazing drawings and with me getting into image stamps I decided it was time to give her a push in the right direction!!!
My sister is amazing, we have lots of fun and giggles together and she does the cutest pictures (there are loads more to come and they are great as I have had a sneaky peek!!!!) She always worries that her pictures are not good enough but I think they are fantastic ( I realise I am ever so slightly biased but I really do think she has a very special talent).
These are some of my cards that I have used her very first download collection on. This particular set is comes coloured ( as it was made originally for me and I am colouring challenged!!!) and Sam is currently working on some black and white ones.
Please check out her blog for me and leave her some comments as she is new to our crazy world of blogging!!!!! heres the link
I would love to get a design team going for her so that is something for me to think about over the next few days!!!
I have a busy weekend this weekend with Mo's swimming lesson, a stamping class tomorrow and work tomorrow night but a calmer sunday so I might get some cards and bits done!!
Thankyou for popping in!!!!

Wednesday 22 April 2009

My Daisy May/uk crafters thread challenge!!!

Well it has been another gorgeous sunny day here today and I have had a great day playing in the garden with the little people at work, I love to see the sunshine. Mo and I had a lovely cool bath and snuggle up when we came home as he was so tired from being outside most of the day!!!!
So this is my card for the Uk crafters thread on the cricut mb, this weeks challenge was to use one of the cute Daisy May image downloads, here is a link to Daisy May if you want to pop in.
The challenge on Daisy May was to use glitter so I popped after I had coloured her in I put glitter on the dress and the bird in the tree.
I used my wildcards cart for the card base and inked the edges, I cuttlebugged the circle mat with divine swirls and inked it with blue and green, then I popped a bit of adhesive ribbon across the middle. I made a little organza ribbon bow at the top of the card.
I put the bird on the branch on my card so that the bird was stuck down and the branch below it I popped on some foam squares to make it stand out a bit. I also mounted the girl on foam dots to make her stand out a little bit.
I popped some tiny gems on the bows of her dress and one on her bag.
I put some glaze on the bord, the leaves and the dress to help them to stand out a little.
I really struggled to get a nice picture of this card so I hope you can see from this picture the lovely glittery bling!!!!
I hope you have all had a lovely wednesday, Thankyou for popping in xxxxxx

Sunday 19 April 2009

Lovely blog award feeling!!! Thankyou so much chrissy and stephann xxx

Hello everybody!!!

Well I had a lovely couple of surprises over the weekend and recieved 2 blog awards!!! I want to say thankyou to Chrissy and Stephann for making my day when I saw I had these!!
Stephann sent me this one:

Here are the RULES for this AWARD:
1. Thank the person who nominated you for this award.
2. Copy the logo and place it on your blog.
3. Link to the person who nominated you for this award.
4. Name 7 things about yourself that people might find interesting.
5. Nominate 7 Kreativ Bloggers.
6. Post links to 7 blogs you nominate.
7. Leave a comment on each of the blogs, letting them know they have been nominated.This is the hard part naming 7 things about myself people might find interesting, errrr, I am not actually that interesting but here goes!!:
1. I love ironing and iron almost everything!!
2. I have a notebook and pen by the side of my bed because I quite often get ideas for cards in the night!! (I am not a good sleeper!!)
3. I love to read nd can get through a book in a couple of nights.
4. I love socks!! I have so many pairs my drawers don't shut but there is no better present for me than socks!!
5. I had a crush on my husband from the age of 11 but didn't actually date him until I was 26!! felt like all my christmas' came at once with our first kiss!!
6. I am terribly shy when face to face but ok in cyberspace!!
7. I have only just learnt how to stamp!!
So here are my 7 nominees!!
And this one is from Chrissy and I have to pass this on to 5 blogs that make me smile!!
So I am passing this on to:

Phew!!! that took me a while!!!!!!! There are sooo many I love so I wis I had 100 or so awards to go around everyone!!!
I have to go and sort out sunday tea now so I will notify everybody I have nominated when I am full of tea!!!!!
bye for now, thanks for popping in xxxxx

Thursday 16 April 2009

Woo-hoo!!! stamped my first magnlia stamp!! meet 'tingla'!!

AWWWWWWW!!!!!! how cute is tingla!!!!
I finally felt I had practised enough to use my little tingla in the bath!!! I luuuurvve her!!!
I am still getting used to the colouring my stamp in thing but am getting better. This little tingla is the first one I have ever done and I did her quick on a bit of scrap paper!! Coloured her with my whispers pens and used staz-on tp stamp her. Think she would look fab on a bathtime layout!!!
I have stamped a few more and am having a bit of a crafty night tonight with my big sister so I will jazz it up a bit with 3d glaze and a bit of stickles on the bubbles and make it into something to post tommorrow!!!! Got to get ready for work now!! Thanks for popping in xxxxx

Tuesday 14 April 2009

Have a purfect birthday!!!

Well I have had a lovely day today, the weather has been lovely so I spent a long time with the little people at work outside in the garden, I got brought some beautiful flowers and delicious chocolate crispy cakes from one of my little men who left recently :( , I managed to get dh free tickets to the european open golf in may and my big sister had a fab idea that we should have a night together every week so we are starting that on thursday,its funny, you think you have lots of time to do things and then time just flies away so setting a definate night together has cheered me up a lot. We live quite close together and have employed our dh's to be our taxi firm, one to drop off at my house (my sister's dh)and one to return big sis home (my dh)!!!! so altogether a fab day!!
Thie card is another one I made last night with my forbes & friends stamps. It is for a student at work whose birthday was today.When I made my challenge card I used my photo wizard to print out my huge funky love papers, that way I can make them mat size and still keep all the lovely features of the paper,if I do it this way I can leave a little border of the colour of card I print itout on and it makes matting easier!! I used cream card for this one and had 4 print out on an A4 sheet of paper.
I stamped my cat,coloured it and glazed it.Then stamped the sentiment in a pink on a circle and stamped the fish from the set in black(used my fiskars squeeze punch for the circle)to match the colours of the card and ribbon. Then I inked the egdes of the card and it was done!! this card was real quick as I had all the scraps from my challenge card left to use!!! all I really had to do was the cat!!
Thankyou for looking xxxx

Monday 13 April 2009

Uk crafters thread wedding challenge card!

Hello everyone!!!!
Well, what a gorgeous day I have had today. We went out early to Rufford Park ( which is just a big, lovely old house and ruins and nature reserve with lots of woodland to play in and a little play village with tunnels and bits for little mo to explore) It was really quiet when we got there so we wombled around the lake and woods first,dh took lots of piccies with his camera and me and mo just enjoyed everything, Zak ( my furbaby) had a whale of a time, soooo many sniffs to be had there!!! It turned out to be beautiful and sunny and I just had a lovely time, I didn't even mind missing Extreme makeover day with Ty !! so itmust of been good!! It was just so nice to have some real time with Little mo with no distractions, real quality time, perfect. It is days like today that help me to remember how blessed I am to have such an amazing husband and children.
So here is my card for the Ukcrafters thread on the cricut mb, nicki set us a challenge to make a wedding card. I have ha the solutions wedding cart since it came out but to be honest I hadn't really used itso this was the perfect opportunity to get it out!!! I cut the rings, doves and glasses at 1" in both shadow and regular cut, inked te edges ith a brown whispers pen(great for fiddly little places wher no kind of inkpad or cats eye will venture!!! and popped a bit of stickles on them to give them some wedding bling!!!!
The background paper is totally gorgeous, it is from 'Huge Funky Love' from ( anice is having a sale until 10pm tonight so go quickly!! 15% off!!)
I popped some brown ribbon with a bit of pink rik-rak ribbon on top of it and then attached my cuts to it with foam squares. There is a dark brown mat underneath the background paper that I swiss dot embossed with my cuttlebug and chalked the top with cream but then I covered it all up with the cool funkyhand paper!!!!
The sentiment I did on my computer for both the outside and inside of the card, printed in brown to co-ordinate with the papers.I stickled the edges of the sentiment mats to make them look pretty and then popped some foam sqaures on them too. I inked the edges of the card in a pinky colour and hey presto!! its done!!!
I am going to make a quick card for one of our students at work whose birthday is tommorow, I am feeling the need for my forbes and friends woodware stamps again!! and I have a card to do for my dh's mum for her friends birthday so busy,busy,busy!!!!!
Thankyou for popping in.

Saturday 11 April 2009

Practice will make will you know!!!!!

I have had such a fab day today!!! We took the boys to Old Trafford on a tour of Man Utd football club, they loved it. It was our present to our oldest ds who is 9. Their faces were such a treat during the time we were there!!! along with dh who took soooo many pictures!! I learnt lots of dipy chick things like they have water pipes under the pitch to catch the rainfall and then tis water keeps the pitch warm in the winter!! coool!!!
Anyway, time for a blurble about todays piccies!!!! The top picture is mine and the bottom one is my 4 year old Mo's!!! He so has my crafty bug!! he little drawn circley bit on his is (in his words!!) " a mousey hole for the mouse to hide in when mr. cat gets the nibbles!!!!" He is so funny!! I love the little things that children come out with!! they have a rereshing sense of things and it just keeps me giggling on a daily basis with soe of the things mine come out with!!!
I have been practising my stamping again!!!!!! I know it is still a bit dodgy and splodgy but I really do think I am turning a corner with it after my fab stamping class with ali at alicraft.
The stamp set is a woodware clear stamp set called 'forbes and friends'. I used it at the class went to and fell in love with it so my amazing dh got me it for easter!! ( much better than an egg me thinks.....though the chocolate would be nice right now to cheer me up!!! the evil fluey coldy bug has returned!!!)
The little pas are supposed to look like the cat has wombled all over the page ( ali told me to do that and it looks soooo cute!!!) and I curved the sentiment a bit, ali told me about that too (hey, i am new to stamping so don't know you can move them about!!!!)
I am still practising on the colouring side!!! I promise to get better!!!!
Its hard to see in the piccy but the bit with the cat on stands out little and I glazed the cat and the ball of wool and they look cute in 'real life'!! as the ball of wool is kind of round!!
I keep practising as I have a totally gorgeoues tingla in the bath stamp that I am desperate to use but have promised myself not to touchit until I am worthy!!!!!
So thats me for today I think, time to go for a blog womble to see what everybody has been up to and then bed ready for the easter bunny tommorrow. Mo bought an easter hat to decorate and has marbled some eggs that I cut out from my doodlecharms cart so I will post a piccy if we get it made!
Have a lovely easter everyone and I hope the easter bunny is good to you!! ( i am hoping for a greens and black dark chocolate egg!!!)
Thankyou for popping in xxxxxx

Monday 6 April 2009

Team 1- Just buggin away-april challenge entry!!!

Hello everybody, hope you all had a good monday. I had such a nice weekend the thought of work was a bit urghhhh when I woke up this morning!!!!
So todays piccies are of my challenge entry for the april challenge. I am on the just buggin away team which is team 1). I absolutely love these challenges as they are just so much fun, I find it so much easier creating things when there is no pressure and I can just let my mind womble with ideas!! I set the challange this month to use the card function on any cart ( i did this a couple of weeks ago on the UK crafters thread so decided it would be a lovely one for aprils challenge too.) I wanted to do a altered project as I didn't want to make a card again, I wanted to broaden my horizons!!!lol!!! and my BIA has been gathering dust as I get frightened to use it!!! lol!!!!
I worked really hard on this one yesterday. I managed to get the inside ages made in the morning while dh was watching the failed grand prix!! and got the cricut bit cut out ( my big E sometimes disturbs mo at night so i tend not to use it if he is in bed!!)I used the cupcake card key from doodlecharms for this on and used my CDS to stretch it to 6x6, I popped a ribbon on it and attached some bling in the form of the little Anita's gemstones, they are tiny and very gorgeous!!! and made the tag on my computer,the big part of the card is mounted on foam and i stuck the cut out bits straight down onto the cover for a bit of depth, I inked,doodle dotted and stickled the cake before I glazed it.I used cereal boxes covered with paper for the front and back pages and some of my big one paper stack for the inner pages, folded to make pockets for the cards to go in!! the patterns are the same but the colours change. The month journally bits i did on my computer,lots of inking and a few yummy bits of ribbon on the spiney bit!! Phew!!! I think I remembered everything!!
Don't forget to watch this space and I will pop a link to everyones creations on here at the end of the month and members of the cricut mb get to vote for the best team. You should see the amazing things people make.
I really want to get brave enough to use my BIA more, I really should practice more on bigger projects as I struggled a little doing the binding and got some a bit squashy!!! (thankfully I couldn't see it once I had popped the ribbons on.) I want to try a paperbag album next but don't know where to find some nice paper bags in the UK!!!
Anyway, I have waffled on at you all enough so am going to go to bed now!!
Nighty night guys xxxxxxxxx

Sunday 5 April 2009

Vicki's hidden drawer card!!!

well it is a glorious day here in lincoln, the sun is shining and it is warmish, to be honest just the sight of the sun shining cheers me up.
This is the box that I made for the little girl I used t nanny for. She is getting into crafting quite a lot now and loves dogs. She has a black lab so when I saw this stampI just had to get her it.
I found vicki's fab tutorial for this cute little hidden drawer card, heres the link:
I had to make it a tiny bit bigger to fit the stamp in and please bear in mind that I made this before I went to my stamping class today so it probably isn't the best stamping!!! The stamps are from the inkadoo dogs life clear stamps set ( the cutest dog stamps I have seen!!) I put a bit of 3d glaze over the dogon the front to make it look cute and shiny!!
I stamped with a browny colour as I love pink and brown together and inked the edges with a slightly darker brown to get everything working together nicley. I did a bit of doodling and computer printed the greeting ( I don't like my own handwriting much!!)
I put some decorative shred inside the little drawer and popped the stamp in on top of that.
Thankyou so much Vicki for your lovely tutorials xxxxx

Wednesday 1 April 2009

Cuttlebugspot double embossing challenge!!!

This is my entry for the cuttlebugspot double embossing challenge. I tried (....... and failed!!!) a few different ideas bit this i the one I liked the best.
For the base,I used my swiss dots folder first and then got out one of my little embossing borders and ran it back throughto get the little buttons on. Then I inked theembossed dots with a light blue and the edges of the card buttons in a darker blue and popped a little bit of glaze on them to make them show up. For the centre panel I used swiss dots again and then ran it back through with one of the little stamps embossing folders that came free with my cuttlebug!! I inked the dots with light blue again and the stamp embossed bit with the darker one. Then I popped a bit of glitter glue on the pram to help it stand out. I had a little scrap left from my dots embsossing so I used a corner rounder for the edges and popped it on the inside!!
The second time through sqiushes the first lot of embossing a little bitit still looks quite cool, I enjoyed this one, Thankyou Nilda!!!!!
Check out everybody elses gorgeous cards here:
Thankyou for popping in xxxxx