Tuesday 31 January 2012

Candy Reminder


Just a quick reminder to all my followers you have 7 days left to enter my 

To enter click HERE and follow the usual rules

Laurie xx

Feel The Love @ Ladybugs

Good morning to all my lovely blog friends out there, I hope all is well in your corner of the world. Can you believe it's the last day of January already?! Oh my I hope the rest of the year slows down a bit!!
It's not just any Tuesday today it's Totally Ladybug Tuesday and that means time for a new challenge at
and I have some news to share with you all too! Exciting things are going on (trust me there's never a dull moment on that DT!) and next challenge we have a NEW RELEASE and a BLOG HOP to celebrate! More on that later first lets get on to this weeks challenge and the very sweet and lovely Julie has chosen
so Love and Valentine inspired makes please
This is Guilty Jack available HERE and he is my favourite LCI character (along with Magnum and Nikki of course!) Today is your last chance to buy LCI stamps at half price so make sure you get your orders in before midnight tonight.
The papers I've used are MME and I've kept my embellies to a minimum with some rolled roses, tiny tag and a die cut swirl. Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some GORGEOUS inspiration from the Ladybugs!
Now for all the latest news!
Well to start with our 3 gorgeous GDT, Diane, Sally and Catherine are all staying FOREVER! Kerry took away their L plates and gave them their own set of wings, it's great to have them officially on board.
Kerry has been super busy (her little ladybug wings are all worn out) and next challenge we have a super new release and that means a fantastic blog hop with cracking prizes!
So keep yourself tuned into LCI over the next coupe of weeks for sneak peeks!

That's all from me today, thank you for visiting, I'll be back tomorrow with my first DT card for the Diva's and the results of my Candies

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges;
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Valentine/Love
Simply Create Too - Love Is In The Air (2nd entry)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Pollycraft - Favourite Things (Rolled Roses)
Incy Wincy - Flower Frenzy
The Crazy Challenge - Flowers

Sunday 29 January 2012

Button Moon

Happy Sunday everyone, the sun is shining but the sky is grey here if that makes sense! Thought I'd sneak a little card in that has been coloured up for a while and last night I gave up on 2 DT cards I've been struggling with and made this instead!

I've been wanting to play at Lili's Little Fairies but not found the time until now
Yes as usual I've had this LOTV image since its release day last year and this is its first outing! The stars are a Memory Box die. And as its significant a little peak at the inside

Now he is 'Gorgeous' literally as that's his name! He was a freebie from Pollycraft.

I'm overwhelmed that my followers has just gone over 300! 
I hope that not everyone is only here for the candy and will stick around for a while, I love having you over!

Well that's about it from me today,
enjoy the rest of your weekend

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili's Little Fairies - Oh Boy (Masculine Cards)
Phindy's Place - Just Kidding (Kids Card)

Thursday 26 January 2012

Blooming Marvellous @ MAWTT

A very good morning to all my blog friends out there, I hope today finds you all well and happy! I want to shout from the rooftops -
And I had a fabulous day yesterday I got 2 top 3 spots in one day, Creative Inspirations and My Mums Craft Shop it really made my day it did! lol

Thursday can only mean one thing....
It's time for another challenge over at
and this week my bestest blogging buddy Lisa is the hostess with the mostest and she has given us a fabulous theme
'Bloomin Marvellous'

 I saw this design in a magazine (I'm sorry I don't know which one because I ripped the page out to keep) and I had to have a go myself. The image is a fabulicious Stampin' Bella I think this one is called Babycarriageabella. The shapes were all cut with nesties (some of them grand) the flowers are a mix of Prima and punched, lots of brads and ribbon from my stash and little alphabet stickers.
I'm quite happy with this - blooming in every sense with that image!

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We have yet another fabulous new sponsor this year and for this challenge we welcome - the fantastic
Bunny Zoe's who are offering this prize to the winner
Nikki has some fantastic new stock just arrived in store, follow this link
to check it out - you won't be disappointed!

Make sure you check out the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, the amazing inspiration from the DT and to see if you were amongst the lucky winners last week. And this week our DT has the 3 winners of the GD spots joining us, I hope you can find time to visit them to show them some MAWTT love!

Thank you all for your visits and comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Pink Elephant - Photo Inspiration
Creative Card Crew - Seeing Red
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Phindy's Place - Shaped Cards
Little Darlings - Polka Dots

Wednesday 25 January 2012

Lil' Dude

Well it's not such a good morning in my part of the world today folks! It's really grey and miserable but I suppose we have more to be grateful for than a lot!

I'm here to sneak in a quick card between DT's. Since I've had this flu thingy my mojo has gone missing and try as I might I just can't make a DT card! So I thought I'd try something different and I've had little Lewis all stamped out waiting to be coloured.
I love Prairie Fairy images and Gillian made an appearance here a week or so ago, this is 'Lewis At The Beach' how cute is that little face? and I hate 'crocs' with a vengeance but his are just adorable! The papers I've had forever! Brown chipboard letters for 'Dude' and a die cut wave is about it on this one.

I can share some news today as it's finally been announced on the blog, I've been bursting to tell - I have been chosen to join the fabulous 

They are going weekly and the fantabulous Rebekah was looking to expand their DT, my official start date is Feb 8th but I couldn't wait that long and will I will be joining in from next week. At last I will be a real Diva! my family have been telling me that for years!

Thank you to everyone who drops by and reads my drivel and to everyone who leaves a comment - it never ceases to amaze me how excited you can get by that! Hello to all my followers, old and new.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Prairie Fairy Friday - California Dreaming
Totally Stampalicious - For The Men
Stamps R U - Just Kidding
Addicted To Stamps - Summer in Winter
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Stampavie And More - Blue & White

Tuesday 24 January 2012

Oldie But Goodie Have a Heart

Good morning to you all it's time for another challenge at
I hope today finds everyone happy and well?
I've now moved into the second week of my flu bug thingy and I'm so fed up with it, I was way ahead in my card making and now that's all been wiped out and I'm just keeping up again!

My very lovely teammie Debs has chosen the theme this week and she wants us all to

This is a card I made for my best blogging buddy on her recent engagement. The stamp is actually donkey's years old but I still love it! It's from Bang On The Door and it always makes me smile. Check out the size of Lisa's rock!!

You can find all the details of this weeks challenge over on the main challenge blog along with details of this weeks prize. We are sponsored by

and while you are there check out the fabulous inspiration from my lovely teammies and whether or not you were amongst the winners of the last challenge.
I hope you will get a chance to join in the fun and play along, remember to tell us what on your card is over 6 months old.

A short and sweet post for me as I have a thick head!
Don't forget you still have time to enter my blogaversary candies
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft - All You Need Is Love
Simply Create Too - Love Is In The Air
The Poodles Parlour - Valentine/Love

Thursday 19 January 2012

Moving Along With Things With Wings

Good Morning to you all lovely blogland people its time for a brand new challenge at
and this week the very lovely Pami has chosen


This is the 2nd time I have used this stamp - see I knew it was imperative I had it! I would like to use it more, but twice is really a lot for me when you see how many I have never used! The gorgeous gorgeous papers are from Maja Designs, I was first introduced to these by the lovely Jill, thank you Hunny they are DEVINE! I decided to go all monochromatic in my fave dusty pink as I had the exact right colour flowers from WOC and I coloured my flat back pearls in with Copics to match (you have to let them dry). I've sparkled her wings with glamour dust too.

I never get around to showing you the inside of my cards so for a change here's a little peek

The sentiment is from LCI and I promise it shows up more in real life!

We have a favourite sponsor back this week
the fantabulous

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, what you can win, last weeks winners and some amazing inspiration from the fabulous DT.

Thank you for visiting and hello to my new followers
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Flutterby Wednesday - Open With Wings
Papertake Weekly - Buttons, Bows. Bling or Blooms
Deep Ocean - Sparkling and/or Glitter
Try It On Tuesday - Do You Believe In Fairies?
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Little Darlings - Favourite Colour
My Mums Craft Shop - Favourite Colour
Creative Inspirations - Favourite Colour + White (ribbon)
Simply Create Too - Layers, Layers and more Layers
Sweet Stampin' - All That Glitters
One Stop Craft Challenge - Spots and Ribbon

Tuesday 17 January 2012

Bows Bows Bows @ The Ladybugs

Good Morning everyone its TLT time again and I'm here with a new challenge at
and this week my lovely teamie Sue is hosting and she would like to see some
on your cards - We all love a bow don't we?
I rarely make a card that doesn't have ribbon on! Not intentionally, I just like to finish it off with a nice bow!
I've used an old sketch for some inspiration, I'm sorry but I don't know where its from but I think its one of Bev Rochesters.  The fabulicious image is Bathtub Nikki available HERE at half price through January! I've been stocking up while this amazing offer is on all cling stamps at the LCI store!
Papers are MME Meadowlark. My sentiment is a Melissa Francis rub on and you can't see it on this picture but I've put glossy accents on the bath tub to make it look porcelain!

I hope you will all get time to play along with this challenge, remember the Ladybugs have gone fortnightly for now so you have 2 weeks to get your bows tied! You don't have to use an LCI image to join in but we love it when you do!
Head over to the main challenge blog page for all the details of this challenge, last weeks winners and some fabulous inspiration from my lovely team mates.

It's been quite difficult leaving comments on some blogs this last week, I've just changed my comment box to a pop up as many people think this will cure at least one problem! If I didn't get around to commenting on your blog it wasn't because I didn't try!

Thanks to everyone for visiting
don't forget to enter my followers candies
I have a lot to thank you guys for!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Pink Elephant - Favourite Colours
Pollycraft - Bingo (Ribbons, Buttons, Die Cuts)
That Craft Place - Home Sweet Home
The Poodles Parlour - Button Up
Crafty Catz - Use Something New (my stamp)
Alphabet Challenge - Y= You Can Choose
Crafty Creations - Something New (my stamp)
Phindy's Place - Tic Tac Toe (pearls, ribbon, flowers)
Dream Valley - Anything Goes

Saturday 14 January 2012



Well I may be a little late but I am here with my candy post at last! I'm back from my Nephews wedding and it was fabulous - 2 days of non stop partying, I now need a couple of weeks off to recover!

While I was away it was my 1st blogaversay, the year has gone so quickly and been so much fun, I've made some friends for life and learnt so much from my fellow crafters I want to offer a little blog candy to my followers as a thank you. Rather than one big candy I've decided to split it up into small chunks! I was doing 6 but ran out of time putting them together so here are 4! I just may get around to putting the other 2 together before I pick the winners, but if I didn't hurry up and get this posted it would be closer to my 2nd blogaversary!
There is a 'Favourite Paper' Candy with a My Minds Eye and a Bo Bunny 6x6 pad and some organza ribbons.

A "Pink & Girly' Candy with lots of different Wild Orchid Craft flowers, a Distress Ink Pad in Spun Sugar, A Pink Copic, several lengths of ribbon and a sheet of Flat Back Pearls.

An 'Alphabet' Candy with 8 different alphabets, 3 Rub On from Doodlebug in different sizes, 4 sticker sheets, 3 from Doodlebug and 1 from Papermania and a Chip Chatter chipboard set. Each one is a different colour.

And last but not least a 'Valentine' Candy made up from red roses in several different sizes again from WOC, 2 lengths of red ribbon, a pack of heart doilies, a pack of flat back red pearls in assorted sizes, 4 chipboard hearts in 2 sizes, red satin and flock padded hearts and red glitter die cut hearts.

I will select 4 random winners from the comments left on this post

The usual rules apply:
  1. Post the picture of my candy in your sidebar with a link back to here
  2. Be or become a follower - genuine please, not just for the candy!
  3. Leave a comment to this post with a link back to you so I can contact winners
Please only enter once to make it fair to everyone
You have until the 31st January to comment I will choose the winners and post them on the 1st Feb

Once again a huge thank you to everyone who has helped me and inspired me this last year, I really have learnt a whole lot from you!

Love and Hugs
Laurie xx

I forgot I wanted to show you what my fabulous Brother In Law made for me!
Now I'm going to need to go shopping to fill this baby up with Copics!
Thank you Bobby I love it!!

Tuesday 10 January 2012

Back To Work @ Oldie But A Goodie

Good Morning blogland I hope all is well in your little corner of the blogworld. I'm slowly getting back into my crafty routine and today its time to resume normal services at
but with a major twist!! Oldie But A Good has zoomed into the future and from now onwards you can use your digital images! How fab is that? and whats more it doesn't have to be 6 months old but something on your creation must be! That's right folks - as long as you tell us in your post what you have used that you have had for longer than 6 months you will be eligable for the faabulous prizes on offer each week.  I still have a gazillion stamps that I want to use that have been gathering dust lol!

Our lovely Janice is hosting this week for her first time on the DT 
and she would like us all to get
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some fabulous inspiration from the team, while you're there don't forget to check out the winner and top 3 of Tracy's 'Christmas Animals'

We have a fabulous new sponsor as we're now digi,
one of my favourites, the fantabulous
 and they are giving the winner 7 images of their choice!
I've had this little image tucked away waiting for me to colour her up and as the trimmings came down it was time to get back to normal cleaning duties around the house YUK! I've used my new Echo Park Happy Days paper pad.

I've not been the best of bloggers lately as I have a big family wedding this week but I promise I will be a much more frequent poster after this week is over and if I don't get my blogaversary candy up in time for my blogaversary I promise it will be up by the weekend!

That's all from me today
Love 'n' Hugs
Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
CES - Anything Goes
Simply Create Too - Layers, Layers & More Layers
Cute Card Thursday - What's New (EP paper pad)
Simon Says Stamp - New Something (EP paper pad)
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Something New (paper pad)
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Anything New Goes (paper pad)
Cupcake Craft - Something New
Totally Stampalicious - Humour
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes

Tuesday 3 January 2012

The Ladybugs are Back In Town!!

Happy happy happy new year to everyone I'm probably still fast asleep in bed as we've just had 2 of the busiest days and I'm out of practise at working! I was aching in places I didn't know I had!

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year break and I hope you all got some new goodies in your stockings for crafting as you're going to need them this week as its Totally Ladybug Tuesday and that means a brand new challenge at
and this week we challenge you to 

Anything Goes with Some New Stash

All the details of this challenge can be found over at the main challenge blog page along with the winner and top 3 from the last challenge.
This card was a commission for a friend and I usually find these so difficult but when she said the recipient loves dogs I knew just the stamp to use! I've used Dog Walking Nikki available HERE

I got some lovely new Copic Sketch Markers in lots of brown shades, I know that sounds boring but I love my copics and my BIL is building me some lovely new storage for them as this year I'm determined to sort out my stash and I got some fabulous units for Christmas from Storage for Crafts. I've used my all time old favourite papers from Making Memories and Nesties were cut on my Cuttlebug - which to my disgust I broke the other day - so a nice shiny new one is on the way to me as I speak (or type) flowers from WOC

Lorna loved her birthday card and I got some more commissions from it so everyone was happy!

Thank you for all your visits and comments throughout my year blogging I can't believe its been nearly a year!

Love and Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Paper Sundaes - Something Old Something New
Pink Elephant - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy Designs - Anything Goes
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Stamping For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafts And Me - Anything Goes

Sunday 1 January 2012

The Queen Ladybugs Speech!

Well another year has past my friends and I'd like to wish all my friends and followers a very happy, healthy and prosperous new year. I cannot believe where the time has gone since I began blogging and I know I have made some friends for life!

Enough with the mushy stuff!! This time last week you were (possibly) tucking into your roast turkey dinners watching the Queen's speech and I have here for you another Queen's speech - Queen Ladybug herself Kerry has a liitle goodwill to spread to you all...

This is what Kerry has to say......

Happy New Year everyone!!! I hope you have all had happy and safe New Years celebrations and you're not feeling too tender!
To ease you into the New Year (can you believe it's 2012???) and thank you for your custom and support for 2011, Ladybug Crafts Ink is having a sale. For the month of January...yup you read right..MONTH OF JANUARY...all cling stamps are 1/2 price (digi's not included)!!! How is that for bringing in 2012!
If you've got a wish list, wish no more! At 1/2 price it will be easy to pop a stamp or two into your basket.
So what are you waiting for? Put the kettle on...make a cuppa and settle down for a bit of retail therapy and grab a bargain while stocks last!!!

You still here? .....well head over there now......I am!