Tuesday 28 August 2012

Paper Piecing With The Ladybugs!

Phew!!! I'm late AGAIN!! And blogger isn't playing nice - half the text edit buttons are missing so goodness knows what this post will look like!

Time for a new challenge at
and my lovely Pami has chosen
Paper Piecing

Here's my effort, albeit a bit rushed!!
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details as I haven't a clue what is happening to my blog!!! 
I'll be back later tonight when I'm home from work to try and work it out!

Big Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday 23 August 2012

Happy Birthday To Me & A Present For You!




 I'll get the voucher bought and emailed over and if you let me have your address
 I'll post the paper and pearls ASAP

If you email me HERE thank you Hunny

Well hello strangers!! I have been away sooooooooo long I'm missing everything about blogging, all my lovely friends out there and most of all creating, as there has been no time for that either.
It's been a little crazy at the Seaside this August but as the children head back to school in the UK in a couple of weeks I can see the light at the end of the tunnel!!

It's my birthday today - I can't believe I'm 51 now!! And as I have been promising for so long I have a sweet little birthday candy for you, but first I have a bit of 'housework' to do on my blog!!

I didn't get time to join in with the new challenge this week at
 which is 'Paper Piecing' chosen by my lovely Janice but you lot can!  Follow the link to play along.

Secondly there is a brand new challenge blog on the block
I was lucky enough to be chosen for the DT along with a great bunch of talented crafters.
I met Mandy & Mandy earlier in the year when Pam and I went up north to visit Lisa and we are going back in October for a 'Blog Girls Day' and to visit the Harrogate show
If anyone is going on the Sunday and wants to meet up leave me a comment I'd love to meet you all!
So lovely people I need you all to head over to and join us, the first challenge is on the 1st of September (I hope I get time to make something!)

Now the bit you've waded through my drivel to get to!
I was lucky enough to receive one of these Saturated Canary vouchers from my lovely friend Debs (I've been waiting for the new release today to spend mine!) and in my excitement to get the Maya paper pad I bought 2! I can't seem to make a card without pearls either so my 'Birthday Candy' for one lucky follower chosen at random is

A $20 Saturated Canary Voucher
A 60 page Maya 6x6 Paper Pad (stunning!!)
A Pack of WOC Flat Back Adhesive Pearls in Brown Tones
and (not pictured) a Ribbon Girl Pearl Swirl Flourish.

This candy is for follwers only!!
Those that joined and then left after my last candy needn't apply!!

The usual rules
  1. Become a follower if not already
  2. Post a photo of my candy in your blog sidebar with link back to here
  3. Leave your name with the linky below.
Please  also leave a comment in case the linky goes AWOL as I don't want anyone to miss out!
      This candy will remain open for 1 month until 30th September

Thanks again for sticking with me in my absence!
Love 'n' Hugs and Good Luck
 Laurie xx

Thursday 16 August 2012

Shape Up @ MAWTT

Good Morning folks its time for a brand new challenge at
and this week the lovely LEESA is in charge and she would like us all to
Shape Up!
Well I certainly need to but fortunately for now its just my card that has to!!
This is a commissioned card I made a while ago. After seeing the twins card I made for Jake (yes his Mum won the name game) and Ella, I was asked to make another twin card, this time for two boys and as I love that image I used last time so much I went with it again.
This time I cut my card shape using X Cut dies and embellished the whole thing (last time you may remember I left it CAS). I have to say I'm happy with both even though they are so different! The papers are DCWV and the 'precious' is from WRMK its a kind of chipboard sticker  but its a bit thicker. All my flowers are from WOC and my nylon butterfly is from a £1 shop. I added a little button shaped like a dummy in with the flowers, you can just see it poking out the bottom corner.

We have my favourite shop in the whole of blogland sponsoring us today

and the lovely Janice has donated this prize to the winner
Some lovely Christmas goodies.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some fabulous shapes from the gorgeous DT girls. This challenge will run for a fortnight to give everyone plenty of time during the school holidays.

This is the last of the cards that I had pre made before I got busy at work so I'm not sure what will happen now! It's really hot here and that means busy busy for us but I hope I can find a little time from somewhere during the last 3 weeks of our season!!

Thank you to everyone for sticking by me while I have been unable to visit you all, I can't wait to catch up with all my blog friends soon.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
 Deep Ocean - Deep Blue (2nd entry)
Papertake Weekly - Spots 'n' Stripes (2nd entry)
Songbird - Anything Goes (2nd entry)
Dream Valley - Die Cuts & Punches
Stamptacular Sunday - Shape It Up
Pile It On - Bingo (Fabric, Image, Gems)
Polka Doodles - Celebration
Stampin' For The Weekend - Monochromatic

Wednesday 15 August 2012

Lets Get Sketchy @ Diva's

Hello lovely blog freinds it's time for a new challenge at


and this week Rebekah has made it very easy for us all with a


I finally got to use the gorgeous Tilda from the last collection! I keep buying all the new stamps but NEVER find time to play with them anymore!
I will never be able to catch up either so I think I might have to rename my stash a collecters item!
The papers are Tour Of London from this weeks sponsor

Lots of Magnolia Doo Hickey dies in this card too! Coloured with my trusty Copics.
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some fabulous inspiration from the Diva's, here is the sketch
Thanks for visiting again today, I will be back tomorrow with my MAWTT DT card - phew!! a busy week on my blog and with this scorching weather at work too!!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
 Just Magnolia - Pearls & Swirls
C.R.A.F.T. . - Add A Charm
Crafty Ribbons - Seeing Spots 'n' Dots
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Things With Wings
That Craft Place - Things With Wings
Deep Ocean - Deep Blue
Papertake Weekly - Spots 'n' Stripes
Bearly Mine Design - Fly Fly Away
Fab 'n' Funky - Angels & Fairies

Tuesday 14 August 2012

Mid Challenge Reminder @ LCI

Morning Guys, I was so late with my DT card for the current challenge over at
I've held on to it to post today as a mid challenge reminder!!
You still have 2 weeks to join us for some
Summer Fun 
For my card I used the fantabulous Golfing Magnum & Lily
 available HERE
This is the first time I have tried colouring in the entire image with Prisma Pencils and as to the verdict?  - well the jury is still out!! 
The lucious papers are Making Memories Brooke and all my flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts. The little golf ball is a flat back button.
All the detials of this challenge can be found over at LCI along with some more inspiration from the Ladybugs.

As for me well I've been a rubbish blogger lately but the end of our summer season is in sight and hopefully I will be back to visiting my lovely blog friends really soon!
Thank you for putting up with me!!
I will be back tomorrow with my Diva's card and I still have to take a picture of the candy I want to post!!
Thanks for visiting me 
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts - Pink & Green
Joanna Sheen - Try Something New (Pencils)
Allsorts - Going Round In Circles

Tuesday 7 August 2012

Friends @ Oldie But A Goodie

Hello folks - I'm struggling a bit here with trying to keep up to date with my DT cards while working 7 days a week and all my good work of getting ahead has been caught up!
Just got this one done by the skin of my teeth!
It's time for a new challenge at


and this week the lovely Tracy has decided we should celebrate our


You can never have too many! I hope mine haven't forgotten me in my absence.

This cute little image is actually a fairly new purchase but my paper is really old so I still qualify! Lulu and her little sister are from Kraftin Kimmie Stamps and I adore them!! The papers are the last few sheets from my Echo Park Be Mine pad but don't fear I bought a spare pad when I cut into the first few sheets! lol
The sentiment is a mixture of rub ons which also have been knocking around my craft room for a while (read years), the ribbon does actually match a lot more in real life - not sure what happened in this photo. I coloured with Copics and flowers are from WOC.

Head over to the main challenge blog for some great inspiration from the Goodie Girls and all the details of this challenge sponsored by

Remenber to qualify for the prize you must 
use an item over 6 month old and tell us what it is

Thank you so much for bearing with me during my busy work spell, I have a lovely little followers candy for you when I find a minute to post it!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lollipop Crafts - Monochromatic
Songbird Challenge - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Sugar and Spice and Girly
The Ribbon Girl - Bingo (Ribbon, Pearls, Image)
Kraftin' Kimmie - Out Of The Box Technique
Crafty Catz - Pink
Totally Papercrafts - Monochrome
Charisma Cardz - Pink plus 1 (cream)
MMCS - Ice Cream Flavours (Strawberry)
The Sweet Stop - Sketch

Thursday 2 August 2012

Summer Fun @ MAWTT and Candy Winner

Hello again - yes it is yet another scheduled post and today is a new challenge at


and this fortnight the lovely Sue is at the helm
with a theme of 


Hopefully  the weather is playing nice again!!
 I have to confess that as I have been busy at work this card isn't finished! The inside is still blank and I had cut a fabby little sandcastle out on the Circut already to add but no time to do it lately!
 I can't remember if the papers are Fancy Pants or Echo Park as lack of sleep as addled my brain but I do know that I combined 2 images - the cute little girl is CORAL from my latest obsession MayzyArt and the beach hut is from this weeks sponsor

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the prize and some fabulous inspiration from my lovely teammies.
Remember this challenge is open for 2 weeks during the summer as Hazel knows everyone is busier with family life, so plenty of time for you to join in.

 I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Creative Craft - Summertime
Creative Card Crew - On The Beach/Under The Sea
Cupcake - The Great Outdoors
The Crazy Challenge - Under or Beside The Sea
Polka Doodles - Summer

Now its time to announce the winner of my SMASHBOOK candy I see that I already lost a follower  now its over lol!
I won't keep you waiting any longer other than to say as I have been such a bad blogger with working so much I will post another blog candy later this week for my Birthday

So without further ado and a little help from Mr Random the winner is........

That's Lucky for you Lee

Huge Congrats, email me HERE with your details for me to post it off to you

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Wednesday 1 August 2012

The Blue Fairy GDT

Hello again lovely people, please don't think I've forgotten you all, we have all been working 18 hours a day and I just can't find 10 minutes to catch up with anything blogwise!

This is another scheduled post and  I'm sneaking in an extra post today
as I was asked a while ago to GD at
as I won a challenge and this time the theme is
and here is my contribution!
I totally love  this Sugar Nellie image - Pippi Longsocks - I used it a few weeks ago and couldn't resist using it again. The papers are a fabulous colour blue from Maja and I gave everything a dabbing with my white paint dabber and her wings a sprinkling of glamour dust!
A little peek inside..
The message stickers are 'Chit Chatter' from Tim Holtz and the die cuts Magnolia Doo Hickeys. I hadn't rolled any roses for ages lately but now I'm on a 'roll' again and can't stop!! I used Hi Tack glue this time to secure them and it was soooooooooooo much easier!

Head over to Scrapbook Sisters for all the relevant info about this challenge and some gorgeous inspiration from the girls.
Thank you Scrapbook Sisters for asking me to GD - I've loved it!

Once again I have to say how sorry I am for not getting around to visit you, the upside of my job is I have the whole winter off and will make it up to you all then!!

I'll be back tomorrow with my MAWTT card and my candy winner

Love 'n ' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cute Card Thursday - So Distressing
Charisma Cardz - Monochrome
Totally Gorjuss - Pearls
Crafty Catz - All That Glitters
Stamptacular Sunday - Patterns Galore
Deep Ocean - Anything Goes
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes