Wednesday 28 November 2012

Glitter and Sparkle @ Diva's

A very happy good morning to you all, this post is here I hope, as I'm not! I'm on my way to Euro Disney and a couple of days in the Disneyland Hotel before I go from there to Germany on Friday evening for a visit to the Christmas Markets. I have to get myself from Paris to Eisenach by train lol....  I'll let you know if I succeed!

Today is a brand new challenge at


and this week we want to see a bit of

Glitter and Sparkle

Well my card is for a man! lol and it fits the challenge!!
My Nephew was 18 the other week and he is a drummer in a band so I couldn't use anything other than this fab image 'Tommy Leen' from the Rock Squad at Kenny K who are this weeks sponsors.

It might not show up too much in this picture but the 18 and the name have been glittered in Martha Stewart black glitter and in real life they sparkle lovely!! The papers are from the Basic Grey 'Little Black Dress' 6x6 pad and the diamante music note charm twinkles like a star!
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some sparkalicious inspiration from the Diva's.
I'm not sure how I'll get on this week with my comments, I'm taking my iPad just encase I can find some wifi.

Thank you all for your visits and the lovely comment, 
I'll put some pictures up of my adventures in Disneyland!!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

If I find some wifi I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Here Come The Boys - Birthdays Only
Pile It On - Anything But A Christmas Card
Forever Friends - Glitter & Sparkle
Allsorts - Bring On the Bling
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes

Tuesday 27 November 2012

Let It Snow @ Oldie But A Goodie

Hello lovely people, I'm all in a tiz this week flying around here there and everywhere and I don't know if I'm coming or going!! I'm so behind and I have no chance of catching anything up this side of Christmas. Apart from a couple of cards I've made weeks ago and scheduled, I will be absent for a while. I have to apologise to all my DT blogs for not being around. It's all about to get even busier at the crack of dawn tomorrow when I head off to EuroDisney with my Son, via lunch in Paris, from there I get the train to Frankfurt then on to Eisenach on Friday evening to meet my Husband and friends. We fly home late Sunday evening then Monday morning I head off to Leicester overnight to get my Mums shopping and chores done before I get whisked off (and this is the part you all feel sorry for me) to Barbados!! OMG! I'm so excited though goodness knows when I'll get to fit in my Christmas shopping/wrapping/card writing etc.....

Enough excitement for now, its time to get on with the new challenge at


and this week lovely Tracy is hosting with a theme of

Let It Snow

This is what I came up with
Now I know what you are all thinking....this is a fairly new image and I'm supposed to be using things at least 6 months old for this challenge - well I have, the paper is from last Christmas, and my Magnolia Pointsettia die I've had at least 1 year if not more and this is the first time I've used it!! Shame on me as I'm really loving that flower. It's all been glittered and curled using Aileens glitter snow that I got at the NEC, I glittered the Tim Holtz Snowflakes edger die cut too and they look fab in real life. This goes to show that you can all enter our fab challenge as long as something on your card is at least 6 months old and you tell us what it is!

Be sure to check out the main challenge blog for all the details and this week we have a fabulous new sponsor

while you're there check out the fabulous inspiration from the Goodie Girls.

Before I go I just want to share what was delivered
 to me last Friday on my 29th wedding anniversary
29 gorgeous red roses!! Each year I get the relevant number, it's certainly making up for the early years when he was being a cheapskate!!
That's all from me today - I'm off to pack!!

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
though I may not be around much.
Midweek Magnolias - Dreaming of a White Christmas
Tilda's Town - Anything Goes
SFTW - Texture
Stamptacular Sunday - Winter Bliss
Songbird Challenge - Deeper Shade of Blue

Thursday 22 November 2012

Going Dotty @ MAWTT

Good morning guys, another scheduled post from me as I'm back off to Leicester today to visit my Mum. I seem to have been flying around everywhere this last week! I'm only going for the day as Friday is my wedding anniversary and I think my husband has something planned! LOL no doubt I'll be disappointed. 29 years, I can hardly believe it.
My trip to London and the Royal Variety Show was amazing!! I never thought of myself as an opera fan but Andreas Bochelli (if that's how you spell it!) was spine tingling!! Robbie Williams and Rod Stewart were pretty fab too! My seat was above the Royal box and I was hanging over the rail all night to get a glimpse of me 'Auntie Liz'! LOL

Anyway back to the matter in hand
it's time for a new challenge at


and the lovely Claire is sending us all


Not difficult, over at MAWTT we already are!!

Not that you can tell by this dull and dismal picture (it didn't stop raining yesterday to get a decent pic) but the whole reindeer is covered in glamour dust and it sparkles beautifully IRL!
The little deer in question is 'Doodledeer' from this weeks sponsor

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some gorgeous dotty inspiration.  We now also have a full DT call on as MAWTT is really MAWTT lol and splitting into 2 teams in the new year. We'd love some new playmates to join us!!

That's all from me today, thank you for stopping by to visit
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'll link this up when I get back!

Tuesday 20 November 2012

Snowflakes @ Ladybugs Craft Ink

Ho Ho Ho it's getting close to that time of year and I have so many lovely things planned first!
This is scheduled because I'm away in London, as last night I was lucky enough to get tickets to go and see the Royal Variety Performance! I'll let you know with my next post how it was.

I'm back today with a new challenge at


and this week the very lovely Diane has set us a theme of


That was the easy bit! Queen Ladybug went and made it more of a challenge for us (no resting of our little ladybug wings for her team!) and sent us all a plastic box to alter for this challenge and boy did I find this a challenge!!

At first that was!! I got really into this after an awful lot of stressing.
I filled mine with candy canes that were just £1 from the local supermarket and trimmed it up to match the colours. I also stuck on lots of sparkly Nailheads that are available from LCI  HERE. 
They come pre glued and I used my Kandi Kane to stick mine, don't look too close - I slipped twice and melted my box a bit!!

The boxes are also available at following sizes and price
4 1/8" x 4 1/16" x 1" - 45p each
5 5/8" x 5 1/2" x 1" - 60p each
4 7/8" x 6 5/8" x 1" - 60p each
6 1/8" x 6 1/16" x 1" - 70p each
4 1/2" x 5 7/8" x 1" -  60p each
These are the perfect size to fit standard size cards in if you wanted to use them as a gift box for a set of homemade notecards too!
Head over to the main challenge blog for lots of inspiration from the very talented bunch of girls and check out all the details of this weeks challenge while you're there.

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

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Bearly Mine - Snowflakes
Craft Room - Punches and Dies
RRR - Anything But A Card + Ribbon
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Allsorts - It's A Gift

Friday 16 November 2012

I'm Late for MAWTT & GDT Call

I should be a white rabbit! I've been running around for the past 24 hours muttering "I'm late, I'm late" but at last I can say "better late than never"! as finally I have a card to show you for the current challenge at


and the lovely Leesa wants us to be

Seeing Stars

I've used Barry Winter 3 from this weeks sponsor
who are offering this super prize
The papers are Papermania and I got them at the NEC last week, the little red bells I got last Christmas from WOC and forgot to use them!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some starry inspiration from my lovely on time team mates!

If you would like to join us at MAWTT for the next couple of weeks, just add GDT after your name when you enter, we would love some new little playmates!!

Thank you for stopping by today, and goodbye to my lost follower, 
I'm sorry you left me.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
SFTW - All Stitched Up
That Craft Place - Red for Remembrance
MMCS - Winter Wonderland
Fab 'n' Funky - Bears
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Cute Card Thursday - Starry Starry Night

Wednesday 14 November 2012

Anything Goes @ Diva's

Good Morning everyone, it's not my teams week to play but as I have been playing with my Magnolia stamps for no other reason than I wanted to I thought I'd join in today with the DT makes at


for the fabulicious theme of

Anything Goes

Here is my card, I said I was going to make more cards I wanted to and not that I have to,
 so I hope you like it! This is one of my favourite Tilda's EVER!
This is the yummy Tilda that caused all the fuss last year when she was only available very very limited. EVERYONE wanted her and she became priceless on Ebay, luckily Magnolia re issued her and that's when I got mine. Yes this is the first time she has seen the back of an inkpad!
The papers are Bo Bunny Snowfall from last Christmas too, the flowers are a mix of WOC and the Ribbon Girl.
Pop over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some gorgeous inspiration from the Diva's.
Thanks for stopping by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Christmas
Papertake Weekly - Flower Power
Magnolia Mania - 3D (2nd entry)
MMCS - Winter Wonderland
Crafts & Me - Untraditional Christmas Colours
Forever Friends - Ribbon and Twine
Stamptacular Sunday - For The Love of Tilda
Dutch Dare - My Favourite Things
Charisma Cardz - Feeling Blue
Bunny Zoe's - Winter
Joanna Sheen - Cold & Frosty

Tuesday 13 November 2012

Anything BUT Christmas @ OBAG

Morning guys, are you fed up with making Christmas cards yet? If so you will want to join in this week at


as my bestest blogging buddy Lisa has given us just that challenge!

Anything BUT Christmas!

I still have a million Christmas cards to make but a change is as good as a rest!
This was actually made a while ago before I went on holiday as my Mum had asked me to make some cards for her to send. I feel a little like I've cheated with no stamp but once upon a time that's how I made all my cards! Now I'm addicted to stamped images and I can't believe how much my card making has changed!
This was made for my Mum's friend, Phoebe, and she loved it - she got a bit emotional actually!!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge and some gorgeous inspiration from the Goodie Girls.
We have a fabulous sponsor

Thats all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow with an extra card I've sneaked in this week for Diva's. Thanks for stopping by and a big hello to my new follower Debby

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Wednesday 7 November 2012

Something Cute @ Diva's

A very good morning to you, I'm back again today with another DT card to show you, this time


are looking for 

Something Cute

I have just the thing! My lovely Tilda!
I really don't get to play with my Magnolia stamps anywhere near enough and I hope to change that starting from NOW!
When I was looking through my Magnolia stamps deciding which to use I was horrified to find out I hadn't used ANY of last Christmas's stamps yet!! 
I've just bought a pile of this Christmas's too!
This is Tilda with a Holly Garland from last years release and watch this space for one of the new stamps ASAP!! The papers are also from last Christmas from Magnolia and most of the flowers are from WOC, the gorgeous white curly spirals were sent to me by my lovely talented friend Jill. 
I'd been trying to get them everywhere and couldn't, then just after Jill sent them to me The Ribbon Girl got them in stock! I have no intention of running out now -  EVER!!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some gorgeous inspiration from the Diva's.
We have a fabulous sponsor this week

That's about all from me today, thank you for visiting me and thank you for the comments you leave.  I'm off to my Mums again later and I'll go to the NEC on Friday from there as its just down the road.  Hope to meet you all there!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Crafty Ribbons - Christmas
Really Reasonable Ribbon - Christmas Holiday & Ribbon
Sweet Stamps - Christmas
Magnolia Mania - 3D
Oh La La - Christmas
Midweek Magnolia's - Christmas Winter Wonderland
Whimsy Stamps - Tradional Christmas Colours

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Office Supples @ LCI

Good Morning all, it's a bit wet and miserable here today but I have a few things to look forward to starting with a trip to the NEC on Friday to catch up with some of my blogging pals, Debs and Claire. If you are going and you want to meet up just let me know here.

It's time for a new challenge today at


and this week Sally chose the theme

Office Supplies

so we'd like to see paper clips or string, maybe bull dog clips or whatever you think would be found on your desk in the office (piles of bill on mine!)

Here's my attempt at Office Supplies lets see what you come up with
I've used Frog Chasing Jack available HERE 
 I love this little guy and haven't had a chance to use him for ages. 
My papers are Echo Park and I used a border punch but can't remember what its called!! I am 51 and allowances have to be made LOL!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some fabulous inspiration from the Ladybugs. Don't forget to check if you were amongst the winners from last week while you are there.

That's all from me today I'll be back tomorrow with my Diva's card
Thanks for stopping by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Forever Friends Monthly - Anything Goes
Here Come The Boys - Punches & Dies
Allsorts - Men Only (do boys count?)
Catch The Bug (November) - Anything Goes

Thursday 1 November 2012

By Heck I'm MAWTT

Goodness me what a job I was having to post this! I hope Mr Blogger isn't going to be this awkward again (notice I said Mr as anyone that awkward couldn't be female!! (Sorry Kevin!)
I'm actually feeling really sorry for myself as I failed to make a Magnolia DT yet again this week! Tilda is my all time favourite stamp and I seriously need an excuse to use the 100's of Magnolia stamps I've collected!! But alas it's not to be.

Today I have 2 different DT cards to post and I couldn't decide which was going to be first so I'm putting them both in the same post! (Can't have favourites lol)

First up my regular weekly post for


who have a fabulous theme this week

Stitch Up

I love this cute little Sassy Cheryl image and have been itching to use her, my stitching as you can see is 'faux' I did buy a mini sewing machine but a LOT more practice is required before I can actually use a card I've stitched!

Then as it's the first of the month


have a brand new challenge theme

50 Shades of Autumn

Neither of these makes were what I had originally planned to post for either challenge, but Lisa beat me to it with her make for the Heck of a challenge and as I'd made the same folded flowers with the exact same paper a quick change of plan was required! lol

My card, using 'Dreads' from the fabulous Saturated Canary is probably at least 42 shades short of the required 50, lol but as its for a 50th birthday I'm covered! (just joking you don't need all 50!)
I bought the 'Papermania' capsule collection paper pad for £1 when we visited the 'Mandy's at the Craft & Hobby Store in October. The Marianne flower florish was also from there.

Follow the links and head over to BOTH challenge blogs for lots of stunning inspiration from both teams and all the details you need for each challenge can be found on the respective blogs.

Thank you all for stopping by, I'm hoping to actually make something 'just for fun' this week - no DT work allowed!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter the Sassy Cheryl round card into the following challenges
Simon Says Stamp - Get In Shape
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Sassy Cheryl's - Nothing Square
Allsorts - In Stitches
Anything Goes - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's - Anything Goes

I'd like to enter the Saturated Canary card into the following challenges
Scrapalicious - Happy Fall Y'all
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Fall Colours
The Ribbon Girl - Autumn Photo Inspiration
Craft Your Passion - Photo Inspiration
Bearly Mine - Flowers Galore
Shopping Our Stash - 3D Flowers
Creative Inspirations - Lets Celebrate
Stampavie - Autumn
Fab 'n' Funky - Die Cuts & Punches