Thursday 7 June 2012

Anything But A Card @ MAWTT

Hello again I hope you all enjoyed the Jubilee and have fully recovered from any parties you may have had to celebrate! I've been working non-stop over ther weekend but managed to get this made a couple of weeks ago in preparation!
Its time for a new challenge at
and this week my lovely Lisa is cracking the whip and has given us the challenge of
Anything But A Card

Now Lisa knows this theme throws me into total panic normally but as I'm going through a 'finally use my equipment that's collecting dust' phase I got to use my Zutter binder it all for the first time and I must have bought it at least 3 years ago!!
So my 'anything but a card' is a birthday book!
I know I know it's still square but give a girl a break!
All my flowers are from WOC, I totally love that shop! I can't remember where I got my butterfly! it was from somewhere that Rebekah told me! The ribbon is American Crafts and has been collecting dust for years too lol and the image was given to me to play with by this weeks sponsor

 You can find all the details at the MAWTT challenge blog along with some fabulous idea's from my lovely team mates.

I have another update from China to share too. Raegan went to see the Panda's and said they were amazing, you can have your photograph taken with them but at £130 she declined! (trust me that is not like her) She wasn't allowed through the path she originally chose, apparently sometimes Westeners aren't, so she backtracked to Kunming after going to the Face Changing Opera in Chengdu. This is a quote from her email
" I think I walked round the whole of Chengdu yesterday. I didn't want to go to bed and waste a day when time is running out so dragged myself to a monastery here then just walked around. I saw the bugs on sticks waiting to be ate...I just couldn't bring myself to do it! There's a massive statue of chairman Mao here so I walked to that as well and actually came across an Irish pub! So thought why not! Ha! Not very Chinese I know! Oh I ate Yak momo's in Shangri-la. Which is yak dumplings...they were good! They served them with this chili sauce and because my chopstick skills  are a little weak I kept dropping them in eating more chilli sauce than I would have liked!"
It goes on quite a bit more but I don't want to bore you all! She is now on her way to Xi'an (pronounced Sang I'm told)

That's all from me for today folks, thank you for coming by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
MMCS - Bingo (flowers, pearls & die cuts)
Truly Scrumptious - Flower Power
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Flowers In Bloom
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
RR Ribbons- Flowers and Ribbon
TIOT - Anything Goes


Lisa Jane said...

oh wowee Laurie.. its not only NOT a card .. but used another piece of kit that has been hiding away!! YOu get top marks from me... amd technically its NOT square as it has the wires sticking out lol
I love that beautiful butterfly too.
You rocked it girl.. i knew you would !!
Thank you for embracing my challenge this week
ps - Yak dumplings??? Tell Reagan i will stick to her dad's fish and chips !!
pss... tell her i am so jealous of her seeing the panda's.. aww i bet they were soooo cute

Always with a Sentiment said...

Hello dear Laurie. Oh WOW. I just love this beautiful book, what a fabulous idea.
Gorgeous image and the flowers and are absolutely stunning. I love the choice of paper and the ribbon is very effective. Finished with that stunning butterfly.
I hope that you are keeping well, and I will email soon, promise.
Lots of love, Sandra xxxx

Shell Shearer Swinscoe said...

Stunning creation hun, I think you need to use your Zutter more often!
Hugs Shell xx

Margreet said...

Wow, stunning creation Laurie!
xxx Margreet

Claire said...

This is just gorgeous Laurie and a binder tool eh - fancy having one of those, must take a look on google search!! Gorgeous image and love the floral arrangement too. Have a lovely day. Hugs, Claire x

Sue said...

oh WOW!! This is totally stunning, I love every single detail

Debs said...

Simply stunning Laurie - gorgeous design and colour choice and amazing flkoral arrangement as always.
I too own a Bind it All that is sat collecting dust - next to the Cricut Expression lol!!!
Sounds like Raegan is making the most of her trip and enjoying all to be enjoyed - including a visit to a Chinese Irish pub :o)
Hope you are ok and not too over-worked.
Take care
Debs xx

Sue B said...

Wow! this is gorgeous Laurie! I love the silhouette image and wow! the flowers and butterfly look stunning! and I love that lush ribbon! :-))
Glad Raegan enjoyed the Pandas - I think I would decline the photo at £130 too!!! I certainly wasn't bored reading about Raegan's travels… would love to hear more… it sounds like a trip of a lifetime!!!
Hope work is not too bad hun!!
Big Hugs
Sue xx

Hazel said...

Yikes, you've reminded me about my BIA. I used it loads when I first bought it and it's been gathering dust on one of my shelves for a few years now. (Along with my Xyron,Cuttlebug and Wizard!) Anyway, your book is great. Hazel x

Mrs.B said...

Hi Laurie, Love your Birthday Book! and the image is perfect and a gorgeous butterfly.
Great to hear your DD is still having a great time - glad she didn't eat the bugs!
Thanks for joining us at TioT this time.
Avril xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Well Done you on bracing the challenge you hate. Love the book its stunning. Ohhhh Bugs on sticks dont sound too nice, Love Hxxx

Kathleen said...

Fabulous creation, love the book and the silhouette, it really stands out, or should I say 'pop' as seem to be the craze these days.
The flowers are beautiful and ...
but don't tell anyone I said this but I even think the butterfly is nice.
Wow your Daughter is really living the dream.

Kath x

My name is Cindy said...

Just lovely!! I think we are all guilty of buying those things that languish in the cupboard not being used!! Thanks for joining us at TioT. Cindy


WOW Laurie this is great I love it


Berry said...

Wow Laurie I love this book! Fab idea! I have just bought a plain kraft notebook and lever arch file for my daughter for high school with the intention of customising it (note I said intention!) this is great inspiration! hugs Rebekah xx

Berry said...

Oh yeah and the butterfly is e crafts! xxx

Jayne A said...

Wow Laurie stunning project.

downrightcrafty said...

what a gorgeous piece, thank you so much for joining us this week for our Anything Goes Challenge at the Secret Crafter
Hugs Kate xx

Christine L said...

Wowww stunning project Laurie.. and so useful too! You sound much like me with pieces of equiment that have never been used.... what are we like??? LOL! I'm also with you on not being able to come up with anything that's not a card... really scratch my head when it comes to that!

Fabbie update from Reagan..... she certainly is enjoying herself - it must be so exciting for her! But I still bet you'll be glad when she's home, safe and sound!

Christine x

cheryl said...

oh wow and wow Hun how fantastic is,this gosh this is just amazing Hun,the detail is just fabulous love this too bits,sweetie amazingggggggggggggg hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Aunty Sue said...

what a lovely book so nice to see this on a desk. Thanks for sharing at Papertake Weekly. Aunty Sue GDT

Wendy Hall said...

Hi Laurie,
I have a question I would love to ask but cannot find your email? Can you email me at
Thanks so much

Sally said...

My Zutter is still in the box......I have only had it about 4 weeks though. You have done a fab it.
Hugs Sally xxx

Wendy said...

WOW! Stunning project Laurie, beautiful image and love all the gorgeous details.

I have not received your email and now wondering why you emailed me.

Hugs Wendy xx

Judith said...

Another stunning project Mrs Gadget! - love the gorgeous colours and all your embellies - surely you're not going to use this - it just needs to be looked at. It sounds as if the China trip is going great - really is a trip of a lifetime.
Have a great weekend - nearly home time for me:(

Mary J said...

Oh how gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! Love this Laurie!

~♥~The Navy Wife~♥~ said...

Laurie, gorgeous as always! I am so coming to raid your flowers! you have the nicest stuff! Have a great weekend hun (hugs)

Sewe said...

Just love these colors together, awesome book cover


Julie said...

Fabaroonie Laurie! That has to be the prettiest birthday book I ever did see! Another toy unleashed, you go careful lol! This is one I haven't got but is on my wish list. My SIL picked one up from a boot fair a while back, complete with lots of wires. A bargain buy of £10!!!!! Didn't think I needed one till I borrowed it ! Have a great week,Julie.x (p.s did you see you were chosen at Scrapbook Sisters on their post yesterday?)

sue w. said...

Hi Laurie, you certainly sorted out that challenge! what a fab idea, so useful too, and would make a great gift. Love the embellishments on the cover.
Sounds like shes having the time of her life, Pandas, how fabby. Could do with trying the chopsticks myself, might be just what I need to lose weight, ha ha.
Hugs Sue W.

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

This is just so fabulous hun, I love the beautiful silhouetted image, the colours are gorgeous and the flower arrangement is stunning, such a beautiful book
Lindsay xx

Unknown said...

Super birthday book I love it..... Hope u have managed to relax this weekend. Hig hugs Jo xxx

Marjorie said...

This is Stunning..beautiful colour combo...and that butterfly looks so real..your daughter sounds like she is enjoying every moment!!

Unknown said...

Hi Laurie, sorry to have been absent for so long, feels like it's been weeks since I had a peep at your gorgeous cards.

Sounds like your daughter is having a fab time in China as well - I've only been that far overseas once (went to America) when I was mucccch younger, very green with envy here (though I wouldn't have liked the Yak thingies - am a veggie!).


PS - Emily is not Damien I know, but sometimes she can be a touch of Dennis the Menace!

Cheryl Walker said...

Very pretty!! Thank you for joining us for Really Reasonable Ribbon's "Flower and Ribbon Challenge"!! Hope to see you back in our next challenge :) Good Luck!!