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

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