Thursday, 31 March 2011

Moving Along With Bugaboo & A DT Call

Good morning bloggers is it just me or are these weeks just flying by? I can hardly believe it's the last day of March!

It's DT time again for me at Moving Along With The Times and this week the uber talented Shell is our hostess. Shell has chosen for the theme this week
'More Than One Fold - But Not An Easel'
This weeks sponsor is Bugaboo Stamps and they are offering the winner of the challenge

Yes 7 digi's! wow I wish I could enter! I've only just come across Bugaboo and I'm hooked.
Be sure to head over to MAWTT to check out what the lovely Design Team of Hazel, Brenda, Lisa, Shell and Pami have made for your inspiration, this week we are delighted to welcome back to the team Kelli why not drop by their blogs for even more idea's.

A couple of weeks ago when I was commenting on entries for our challenge I came across a card fold  I had never seen before (I lead such a sheltered life!) the lovely Lynn from Lynnn's Scraps sent me this tutorial link which I couldn't wait to try out   
This is my first attempt, it's really easy to do, it looks much more complicated that it actually was. I have used Making Memories DP's, Prima flowers and ribbon from my stash. The happy anniversary is a rub on. The sentiment inside is Bugaboo
I hope that you will all join us this week for our 'More Than One Fold - But Not An Easel' challenge, I look forward to visiting your blogs to see what folds you have come up with.

Not only do we have a great challenge for you this week, we also a DT call on for 2 more of you lovely talented designers to be able to join us.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Lollipop Crafts -Anything But Square
Cute Card Thursday  - Couples
Pink Gem  - Anything But Square
Creative Inspirations - Cards For Men

Thank you for looking
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Saturday, 26 March 2011

Tilda for my Mum

Afternoon bloggers, hope yours is better than mine, it's the most miserable grey day here and it's been so lovely all week!
Just a quick post from me as I'm off out to a posh dinner dance and wanted to get this up before I get ready. This is my Mother's Day card to my Mum.
I've had this paper (I think it's Junkitz) and this stamp for ages, and as usual never used either. The flowers are Wild Orchid and the ribbon is the seam binding that everyone has gone mad on distressing. The pearls are from my stash and the edges were distressed with a Tim Holtz distresser thingy!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Oldie But A Goodie -Pink, Brown & Blue
Cute Card Thursday - Deb's Sketch
All That Scraps Magnolia Challenge - Pastel With A Touch Of Brown
Simon Says Stamps - Mothers Day
Paper Play - Distressing
Just Magnolia  -Bingo (Gems, Flowers, Ribbon/Lace
Allsorts - Special Lady

Thanks for looking, have a FAB weekend

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Moving Along With Some Precious Metal

Good morning bloggers, its DT time again over at Moving Along With The Times , and this week my lovely teamie Brenda is hosting the challenge and she has chosen 'Precious Metals'
We are sponsored by
who have donated this fabulous prize to the winner
Be sure to head over to MAWTT to see what my exceptionally talented team mates Hazel, Brenda, Lisa, Shell and Pami have created for your inspiration.

It just happened to be Brenda's birthday at the same time as her challenge was set so I decided to combine the two events and made my card especially for her.
I have been dying to use my Tim Holtz caged bird die ever since I got it but the right time never came up until now. I tried to cut my cage out of shrink plastic but when I shrunk it down it looked as if a gorilla had escaped from it! It was funny the first two times - the next three I had a serious sense of humour failure! As you can see I settled on an unshrunk cage! You can't really see it in this picture but I have stuck my cage down so it is raised in the centre like a dome.
The fabulous papers are 7 gypsies which I have had for an age and I love them. The flowers are Prima. I can't remember where I got the metal letters from, they too have been around for ages unused.
This is the first really vintage card that I have made and I love it, I hope you do to!

I am entering this into the following challenges
Creative Card Crew - No Stamps
Wild Orchid Challenge - Dieing To Punch
Ooh-la-la-Creations  - Mothers Day or Special Friend
Simon Says stamp And Show - Word - BRENDA

Thanks for looking, see you all over at MAWTT
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Busy Bee Blue Tilda

Good morning bloggers I hope today finds you all well and full of the joys of spring!
I had the most stressful night when nothing I did would go right...guess you've all been there LOL but I stuck with it and eventually ended up with a card I do want to share with you
Fresh from my win at Ladybugs Crafts Ink yesterday I thought I was on a roll - but everything I touched rolled right off the table!
I painted my chipboard flowers blue but I didn't realise there were so many different blues, so after trying about 10 different ones I decided to paint over them (again) with white crackle paint, then they got stuck to the table with the paint!
Tilda was coloured with copics and that was another mistake cos I coloured her first then tried to match her up to papers. I thought I'd learnt that lesson a while ago - can't believe I made the same mistake twice!
Eventually I settled on Tim Holtz card - didn't think I'd ever cut into it!
The lush satin ribbon is from Ribbon Girl and I've nearly used it all and can't remember which it is,  and yes I have looked at them all! I found some Prima tinted flowers and added a pearl brad centre, punched out some vellum flowers and thats about it.

I am entering her into the following challenges
Ladybugs Craft Ink - Monochrome
Totally Tilda - Tilda With Chipboard
Just Magnolia - Favourite Colours
Cupcake Craft - Monochromatic
A Spoonfull Of Sugar - Ribbons, Pearls, Rhinestones & Flowers
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Use Dies
Wild Orchid  -Dieing To Punch
Simply Create  - Monochromatic
The Shabby Tea Room  -Bingo Brads-Flowers-Ribbon
Stamping Scrapping Central - Pastels

Thank you for stopping by to have a look, and to to those that do, for your comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

2 Thank You's

Just a quickie as I plan to actually make something tonight not spend all night blog hopping again!
 I want to thank the lovely Ladybugs over at Ladybugs Craft Ink for choosing my White On white card below, as their winner last week. I'm chuffed to bits ladies I've been dying to get a winners badge! LOL
Also I was given this lovely award by Maria at A Crafty Journey and I just wanted to thank her, I've been given a couple of awards lately and have posted everything that's remotely interesting about me before so I won't bore everyone with that again and I'd like to pass it on to my buddy Sue at Sues craft Haven
Hopefully I will be back with something tomorrow!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Friday, 18 March 2011

Lili's White Wedding

Hello bloggers and happy weekend to you all, the sun is shining here I hope it is where you are too. To those of you that are off to Harrogate this weekend - I'm jealous - I have to work!

Today I want to share with you a card that I have made, inspired by the wedding invitations that I am making for my nephew.

I've used an adorable little stamp from LOTV and followed a sketch created by the great Bev Rochester for their challenge this week. I'm always happy with my cards after I've followed one of Bev's sketches, they kind of create themselves!
The sentiment is from LOTV too and I'm ashamed to say this is the first outing it has had. I have used a flower punch to make the little white flowers, a Magnolia swirl die and my round nesties to cut out the circles. The three textures were made using Cuttlebug embossing folders and apart from a few skicky pearls, scraps of ribbon and two sheets of white paper thats all this card consists of. Cheap!!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
LOTV -  Bev's Sketch
Wild Orchid - Dieing To Punch It Out
Charisma Cardz  - To Die For
Ladybugs Crafts Ink - WOW
Paper Play  - Embossing
Bling It On  - Anything Goes (2nd entry)

Thank you for looking and to those that do for commenting.
Have a lovely weekend
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Moving Along With Luck!

Good morning bloggers, hopefully you are reading this and I'm on my way to the bright lights and big city of London! My friend bought me tickets to see 'Priscilla Queen of the Desert' for Christmas, so its a swanky lunch at the Savoy Grill, shopping, theatre and party party party...

It's DT time again for me over at Moving Along With The Times and this week the lovely Pami has chosen the theme 
 'GOOD LUCK' We are sponsored this week by
Stockists of beautiful card making and scrapbooking goodies including stunning papers, buttons, ribbon, lace, pins, 6 x 6 paper pads, punches, flowers etc. Gorgeous Bo Bunny, My Mind's Eye, Martha Stewart, Echo Park, May Arts, Molly Blooms, FancyPants, Prima and many more!!!

The prize is a £10 Gift Voucher
Because nothing is stamped on my card this week it feels kind of strange for me! It's only since I've been blogging that I've stamped almost every card I've made, so this back to my beginnings LOL
I have used some fabulous papers from Creative Imaginations that have been in my stash for years along with the chipboard shapes. I painted the letters with my acrylic dabbers added a horseshoe charm and some ribbon and apart from some matting and layering thats about it. Nice and easy as I'm swamped under wedding invitations!
Be sure to head over to MAWTT and check out what the fab Design Team of Hazel, Brenda, Lisa, Shell and Pami have created for your inspiration this week.
I am entering this card into the following challenges
Allsorts Luck O The Irish

Thanks for stopping by to have a look
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Gillian, Corry and Claudia Rosa

Hello my lovely bloggers thank you for taking the time to stop by my blog today and have a look around I hope the sun is shining and all is well with you.
Today I want to share with you a card I have made purely for Corry and her whopping candy blog post. Corry is celebrating 2 years in blogland and has a massive candy to give away. She is about to go back to work after maternity leave and as Corry is a nurse I thought Gillian from Prairie Fairy was the perfect image to use for her card.
Claudia Rosa from Pretty Pressings came up with a fabulous sketch just for Corry and this is my interpretation.
The papers are Kaiserkraft and I thought had the look of a chart, the flowers are from Wild Orchid Craft with the exception of the green one which is Magnolia. I have used a nestie, rub ons for the sentiment and ribbon from my stash. I used some glossy accents on Gillian's glasses.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges.
Stamp Something Cream & Green
Crafty Catz Yellow & Green
Allsorts Luck O' The Irish/Green
Creative Card Crew Green
Fab 'n' Funky All Things Green

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Saturday, 12 March 2011

Swing Into Spring!

Hello again my lovely friends, 3 posts in just 2 days - don't get too used to this I'm sure it won't last LOL
My wedding invitation production line is well and truly under way so I thought I would treat myself to a bit of 'me' production!! I didn't get time to enter several of my favourite challenges last week so I'm determined to do better this week.
Today I want to share with you another LOTV stamp made for their challenge of 'Say It With Flowers' it's turned out a bit brighter than I hoped it would but I think I can live with it! Papertake Weekly want us all to go 'Lemon Zingy' well mine is a little more 'Egg Yolk Dingy' but I'm still entering!
 Cute Card Thursday are celebrating their 3rd birthday this week with an additional prize up for grabs if you add the 3 to their 'Happy Birthday' theme. The sketch was provided by the lovely Jenny over at Pink Gem
Ladybugs Crafts Ink want to see 'Spring Colours' and I've gone for blue skies and yellow sunshine with of course spring daisies! The middle daisy came from WOC and the 2 smaller ones made from die cuts and brads.

Over at Sir Stampalot 'Spring Is In the Air' and they would like to see lots of Green, Yellow and or Blossom Pink on our cards this month. Browsing through challenge blogs the other day I came across a photo inspiration challenge that this would be perfect for, but me being me, I can't remember what it was and can't find it anywhere! Feel free to nudge me if you know please.
I used blue daisy paper from a sizzix sizzlet pad, yellow card and punched some flowers for a self colour pattern, oval nesties, a rub on sentiment and ribbon from my stash oh and a MS border punch.

Thank you all for visiting I hope you all have a fabulous weekend, think of me I'll be working!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Gone Too Long

Hello my lovely bloggers I feel like I've been away forever! Working over the weekend, in meetings all day on Monday, 2 days (Tuesday and Wednesday) away at my Mothers and I'm getting withdrawal symptoms from blogland! I never thought I would miss colouring in and cutting out so much LOL!
My posts will be fewer and further between for a while too, as I will be busy making 150 wedding invitations for my Nephews wedding, the eagle eyed amongst you may have noticed the new page that popped up a few days ago.
So, you get nothing from me for nearly a week then 'wham' 2 posts in 1 day!  (Sounds more like a bus than a Laurie) My MAWTT weekly DT post went up earlier this morning, scroll down to check it out.
Now I want to share with you a card that will just make a couple of challenges by minutes I think! LOL
Halfway through colouring this image 1 of my copic markers died on me so I had to change the colour of Tilda's dress which hasn't really worked out so don't look too close! I can't remember where most of the ingredients for this card came from, they have sat in my stash for so long but I do know the pink spotty paper is from a K & CO 6x6 pad and Tilda, her Frog Prince, the sentiment, the Doo Hickey lace border die and the chandelier garland are all from Magnolia, the flowers are WOC except the green rose is Prima.
The card was made using a sketch by the fabulous Rach who hosted her first ever challenge over at Friday Sketchers. FAB sketch Rach.
Just Magnolia are sponsored this week by Simon Says Stamp and both have a 'Anything Goes' theme - handy that, I can combine two of my favourite challenges in one card!
Cupcake Craft Challenge are looking for 'Pink Polka Dots' - Ladies look no further - you have found them! LOL and finally everyone at the ABC Challenge must think I'm illiterate as I keep entering their challenges and have missed the rules that clearly state you can combine an entry with a maximum of 4 other challenges - I  am finally eligable for their 'P is for Pearls' challenge - hooray I can read!
This post has turned into a bit a novel, I hope you are still with me because I want to thank you for stopping by to visit me, and to those that do, for commenting, Ladies you rock!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Moving Along With A Mens Theme

Morning lovely bloggers its Thursday which means its DT time again for me over at Moving Along With The Times, this week its the turn of my buddy Lisa to host the challenge and she has chosen the theme 'Male Cards' We are sponsored by the brilliant Ellephantastic who gave us some lovely images to play with.
The winner will get 4 Digi Stamps of their choice

I was given  'Rory the Footballer' to use for my card today - how cute is he! The backing paper is from my 'Forever Friends' Mens 6x6 pad, I've 3D'd some footballs as I'm not allowed flowers for texture on mens cards! (believe me I tried)
Be sure to check out our very talented Design Team of Hazel, Brenda, Lisa, Pami and Shell to see what they have created for your inspiration and join in the fun with us over at MAWTT.

Challenges for my card 
Creative Card Crew - No Flowers
Stamp Something - Digi Day
One Stop Craft Challenge  - Black & White plus 1 (Green)
Allsorts  - Card for a Teenager

Thanks for looking, I'll see you all over at MAWTT
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Saturday, 5 March 2011

Sophie's 21st

Hello bloggers and a very happy weekend to you all, I hope the sun is shining where you are and spring has started to sprung!
Today I want to share with you a card I have made for my friends daughter Sophie, for her 21st birthday. I rushed to get it made because I wanted to enter it into the  colour challenge at Ribbon Girl their colours are 'Pink, Brown & Cream' and those of you that know me will know I cannot miss an opportunity to use my all time favourite Making Memories papers.

Crafty Catz challenge this week is 'Special Birthdays' and they don't come more special than your 21st. Papertake weekly have 'Anything Goes' Totally Stampalicious have a 'Recipe Challenge' of '1 Ribbon, 2 Patterned Papers & 3 Embellishments (I've used flowers, chipboard and gems). Cupcake Craft Challenge want to see 'Anything but Squares' on our cards - I hope my circles count even though they are on a square card!  ABC challenge are on 'P' which is for Pink this week. The stamp is a Bike-a-Bella and the flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts whose challenge is 'Anything Goes'. I have used my Magnolia Doo Hickey Lace Border Die, Nesties, a Martha Stewart leaf punch, ribbon, chipboard numbers and rub on sentiment are from my stash.

Thank you for looking and many many thanks to my lovely followers, I promise I will get round to visiting you all soon
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Thursday, 3 March 2011


Guess what?........ I won the challenge at LOTV!!!
 OMG!!! Am I a happy bunny!!
And what makes it even better is the winner is chosen by the design  team not randomly generated

Moving Along With A Stitchy Bear

Good mornings bloggers, hopefully I'm still tucked up in bed and this post has managed to find its way here via a schedule!
It's DT time again over at Moving Along With The Times and this week we are sponsored by Stitchy Bear Digital Stamps
Hazel is our host this week and she has chosen the theme of  'Anniversarys' Don't forget to head over to MAWTT to check out what the amazing Design Team of Hazel,  Brenda, Lisa Jane and Pami have created for your inspiration.

For my card I have used a fabulous Stitchy Bear with a sparkler image (isn't he just so cute?)

I have glittered his little sparkler with Art Institute iridescent glitter (I've taken another pic which shows it up better)
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the wire and crystal flowers are from e crafts a store I heard about from the lovely Rebekah (I ordered them one day and they were delivered the next morning!)
I have used Magnolia's doo hickey lace border die and swirl, a cuttlebug embossing folder and my nesties. Sentiment is a rub on and everything was from my stash.
Papertake Weekly  have a theme of 'Anything Goes' this week so I'm entering this there.

Thank you for looking and I'll see you all over at MAWTT
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

1 Tilda & a Bunch of Challenges

Hello my lovely bloggers I hope you are all well. Thank you for dropping by my little corner of cyber space and thank you also for the lovely comments you have been leaving.
Today I want to share with you one of my beloved little Tilda's, you will be surprised to hear that I HAVE used this one before (not all of my stamps are unused - just most of them!) Somehow I have managed to combine 3 Magnolia challenges in 1 card! I just couldn't get Totally Tilda in there too!!

I have used the lovely Mina's sketch over at Just Magnolia as a starting block, and what a great sketch to start with!  Magnolia Down Under are looking for 'Flower Power' and I have taken them literally with my 60's inspired Flower Power Tilda and Hippie Chick paper from DCWV. Magnolia Stamp Lovers want to see 'Buttons & Bling'. Simon Says Stamp have a 'Recipe' of 1 image, 2 patterned papers & 3 different types of embellishments. Stamp Something want to see 'Something with Flowers' and a brand new challenge blog Bling It On have 'Anything Goes' as their debut challenge

The little flowers are from Prima and all the buttons, ribbon and gems are from my stash.
Thank you for looking and I hope you like what you see and that you come back and visit me again 1 day soon
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie