Wednesday 29 January 2014

Diva's and A Proud Mum!

Morning lovely peeps, my doesn't the time fly!! Can you believe January is almost over already? I haven't even had time to get myself organised this year and I had such great plans lol!
I had a day out in London on Monday, my friend had bought me a ticket to see The Bodyguard musical for Christmas and I had such a lovely time, I was worried it would too much for me too soon as I got picked up at 8.30am and we didn't get home till gone 1am but it was very slow paced with a long lunch and an early supper tucked inbetween the retail therapy!! We are doing it all over again in a fortnight to see The Commitments. The only thing I missed out on was I had to have orange juice in Harvey Nicks Champagne Bar as I'm not allowed alcohol for 6 Months!!

Now the real reason for my visit, it's time for a new challenge over at


and this week the theme is

Vintage With Lace

I have to be honest I struggle with making vintage cards though I do love the style, I'm hoping my frayed and torn edges will be vintage enough!!

I used a beautiful Saturated Canary stamp that is having its 2nd outing with me lol, I have so many that I haven't used yet so to use one twice is really rare. It's such a shame they are not carrying on with their challenges this year, not that I joined in that much but I always wanted too!
The papers are Pion and the tiny stamp is from Stampin' Up! My usual flower display is from everywhere!! WOC, Hobby House, Ribbon Girl, Kort Et God and Magnolia and the beautiful little 'love' clip is from this weeks fabulous sponsor, where I spend all my pennies

 I dare you to visit and not buy something amazing!! Everytime I go there they have something I can't live without - again!! Head over to the Diva's Challenge blog for all the information you need and some glorious vintage inspiration from my talented teammies.

Before I go some of you that actually read to the end of my waffle may remember I went off to my eldest sons PhD Graduation ceremony a week or so ago in Exeter and I promised a picture.
Meet Dr Jordan James Large.........
I was so proud and on the verge of tears all day!! To think I was so ill just a few days before that I could have missed this doesn't bear thinking about. I'm amazed at what he has achieved, he worked so hard going through school a year ahead of himself from the age of 4 and not stopping till finally at the tender age of 25 he has more letters behind his name than he has in it! A Dr of Mathematics and Economics and (I know I'm biased but) one of the nicest, kindest people I've ever come across.
I love you little man!

I'm crying now lol, what am I like? Thank you to everyone for all your comments, 
all your good wishes and your friendship.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Creative Card Crew - Recipe (1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 pearls)
Inky Chicks - Bingo (Lace, Flowers, Pearls)
In The Pink - Die Cuts & Punches
Allsorts - Vintage
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - D = Dazzle


Unknown said...

Gorgeous card Laurie, I love that image and the colours you've chosen are perect. Beautiful floral display too. Glad to see you're up and about again too! xx

Sue B said...

Ooh this is gorgeous Laurie… such a beautiful image and I really like the frantage! the papers and embellies are stunning… it's a very elegant vintage card… I love it!!!
Glad you had a lovely day in London and at the theatre… sounds fab! and what a lovely photo of your son… ooh you must be so proud and I'm very glad that you got to see him graduate hun!!
You will just about be able to drink champagne for your Birthday! you will have to make up for it then… ;-)
Hope you have a nice day my friend!
Hugs Sue B xx

Hazel (Didos) said...

Ahhh you have me in tears too, You have every right to be a Proud Mum hes done so well.
Love your card too its prefect for vintage with the dusky pinks, Love it.
Ohh did you cry at the Bodyguard!! When we saw the movie at the cinema I was the only one out of 6 of us not crying!!!
Love Hazel xx

Marjorie said...

Oh no!! I'm crying now lol!! What a lovely photo, and 'CONGRATULATIONS' to you All:).. It reminds me of my own daughters Graduation, and how determined she was:).. I don't think words can express the feeling of pride, and joy and love, and everything all mixed into one, you could squeeze and hug them forever!!
So pleased you are on the way to recovery hun, you have made a 'Stunning' card too..
Thinking of you...
Big Cyber hugs,
Marjorie xx

Sue said...

Oh Laurie, it's so lovely to hear you talk with such affection about your son. You have every right to be proud of him, he sounds like a fabulous person!
Your card is stunning. I love the glamorous image, beautiful colouring and such gorgeous detailing too.
I am pleased you had such a good time on Monday, you certainly deserved to after what you have been through.
hugs Sue xx

Unknown said...

So glad you had a great day in London Laurie after all your illness so far this year. What a proud mum you should be, your son has done you proud! The card is beautiful as always, just adore it. xx

Unknown said...

Fabulous card Laurie! Love that frantage - keep saying I'm going to get some, but I'm on a strict stash diet forever now!! Well for 6 months or so anyways!

You sound like one very proud Mum and so you should be as well - your son sounds like one very hard working young man!

Also sounds like you had a great day out in that there London!

Glad you are feeling better!


Lady E said...

Beautiful card ! love the colours ! and so happy for you and your "little man " :) hugs Emilia

Debs said...

WOWZERS Laurie what a stunner - simply gorgeous in every detail.
You have every right to be so proud of your very handsome son - huge congrats to him and to you for raising such a perfect young man.
Debs xx

Gloria Shirr (purpleglo) said...

Wow! This is gorgeous Designer Diva! You should be a winner with this one! I love all the elegant embellishments, papers, image, everything works so well together. Absolutely stunning!

I am your newest follower and would love to have you follow my blog as well. Have a fabulous day! Hugs, Gloria

Marianne's Craftroom said...

Such a gorgeous card, love the image and fab flowers. Sounds like a lovely day put nd what a great pic too x

Christine L said...

Oh My Goodness Laurie... this really is absolutely stunning.... I love how you've put it all together and made it look so good!! Such a fabulous design with all the diecuts.. don't think I have that till slim oval but certainly will have to rectify that!

Thank you for sharing in at In The Pink.. I'm thrilled to bits to see you join in again!

And awww to your tears of joy - it's a mammoth achievement - and you have every right to be so proud!

Big hugs
Christine x
PS.... So glad you had a lovely day out.. you certainly deserved it after the beginning of this year!

Christine L said...

ps... can you tell me the name/make of the slim oval please?? LOL!!


Claire said...

Love your vintage card Laurie, I think you have definitely cracked it - gorgeous image and pretty elements and colours. Congratulations proud Mummy - Doctor Jordan is a very handsome lad and so you should be very proud in what he has achieved. And finally I can;t believe you can't have any alcohol for 6 months!!!! Have a lovely evening, hugs, Claire xxx

Unknown said...

oh Laurie-I have a tear too as I have a little man who is only 2 and I hope he goes on to achieve as much (and still be my little man!). Love your card-it's really lovely.Thank you for joining us at Creative card Crew! x

cebelica said...

I'm glad you enjoyed the musical!
I wouldn't have guessed that vintage is out of your comfort zone. I think you did a wonderful job with your card. Hugs! xx

Nikki said...

Beautiful card Laurie. Love the pretty colours, the dsp, the image and your gorgeous flower spray. Thanks for playing along at ABC Challenge.
Also congratulations to you and your son.

Kathleen said...

Stunning, beautiful card, love the image and all you fabulous embellies. Have to admit not into vintage myself, I am vintage.
You are crying young Lady because you are one Super proud Mum and why not.

Kath x

Sarah said...

Beautiful card Laurie, gorgeous soft colours and fab details. Many, many congratulations to your son, that's some achievement :-) Thank you for joining us at Allsorts for our Vintage challenge this week x

Wendy said...

Absolutely stunning Laurie, gorgeous image and it!
So pleased you were able to get to your sons Graduation,it must have been such a special day for you all many congratulations.
Wendy xx

Pat K said...

Gorgeous card soft & elegant with beautiful colouring. Congratulations to your handsome son on this wonderful achievement. You deserve to be a very proud Mum. hugs, Pat K x

brenda said...
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brenda said...

What a super post Laurie, sounds like a great time in London and I can well understand the tear last week, rightly proud and super keepsake photo. One of our boys gets his Doctorate in April and sure there will be a tear as well.

Anyhow, super Vintage creation and thanks so much for joining in at Allsorts challenge this week.

Sorry not been by much, I am keeping it all crossed that I will feel more like blogging and crafting when I finish these treatments, third one today then only two to go.

B x

Mau xx said...

Wow!what a stunning card Laurie. You make the most amazing creations.
Glad you managed your day in London and had fun.
No wonder you are a proud mum, your son looks a wonderful young man. Well done Jordon
Huge hugs Mau xx

KraftyKoolKat said...

This is so beautiful Laurie. Your colouring and layout is awesome. Love your flower arrangement, it is breathtaking.

Glad you had a super day out and it wasn't too much for you.

No wonder you are a proud Mum, congrats to your handsome son.


Glittertastic said...

Hi Laurie - this is so pretty. Definitely a keeper for the newlyweds.

What a proud Mam you must be - your son has aceived such wonderful honours.

Nice to have you join the team at Totally Papercrafts



Craftnut said...

Thanks for joining our challenge at allsorts Tracy x

Tammy said...

Absolutely gorgeous card Laurie! I love that fabulous image and all of your embellishments! AND a big congratulations to you and your son, no wonder you are a very proud mom! Have a nice weekend.
Hugs, Tammy

cheryl said...

oh hun,your card is simply stunning,with amazing detail as always,and oh your son hun no wonder you are proud,he is really handsome,too,well done too him and so so chuffed sweetie,you were there,massive hugs to you hugs Cherylxx

Guild Master Crystal said...

Breathtaking card!! I love all the details!

Thank you for playing along with us in our recipe challenge at Creative Card Crew.

~ Crystal (DT)

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Hiya hun, apologies for being such a rubbish blogger lately. I hope you are well. Your card is so pretty and elegant, love the image and the layout
Lindsay xx

Janice said...

Sorry it's taken me like for ever to visit, no reflection on you, just me and not enough hours and a painfully slow internet connection! Lovely post Laurie, and so lovely to hear you sounding so jolly. Glad the show went well and you coped with a big day out. Bet it was just what you needed. Your card is delightful, but that goes without saying. Glad I'm not the only one to struggle with vintage, but it doesn't look like you have problems with it to me. Finally your son, a very handsome young man I must say. Huge congratulations to him on what he has achieved. If he wants me to run through chimney sums, you know where I am! Chat more soon, Jx

Margreet said...

I think your beautiful card looks vintage enough it...great you enjoyed your visit to the musical and enjoy the next one too!
Congrats on your wonder you are so proud of this handsome young man!
xxx Margreet

Christine said...

Hi Laurie wowzer vintage creation..I too struggle at vintage am told I'm to clean & tidy a gorgeous design stunning flowers display lovely take on the chall theme.

Sorry youve been ill & you shout from the roof tops of your sons achievements well deserved for his hard work..& yes tears of joy are

Thanks for sharing with us at In The Pink chall

smiles Christine C x

Kat W said...

This is so beautiful and I definitely think it has a vintage feel to it. The flower cluster looks so pretty on the die cut oval with that sweet tag tucked in too :-)
Thanks for sharing with us at In The Pink!
Hugs, Kat x