Saturday 30 March 2013

Me a Guest Designer for a Magnolia DT!!!

Wow can you believe that post title !! I've read it a hundred times and I still can't believe it! But yes it's true - I'm a Guest Designer for a Magnolia Design Team!

Look I even have the badge to prove it!!

This little beauty will be taking pride of place at the top of my sidebar after today, probably staying there FOREVER!!
My Tilda Christmas card that I made just for fun a few weeks ago was chosen in the top 3 at 
and it also came with a Guest Designer spot which I will be eternally grateful for lol
The theme for this challenge is

Magnolia Christmas 
Without Tilda or Edwin 

and this little Santa was my favourite in its release,
 goodness knows how many years ago now!!

It's been easy making Christmas cards with this crazy weather, not a lot of motivation needed other than the snow out the window.
The papers are Carta Bella and the sentiment stamp, flower and mistletoe dies are all from Magnolia. I stuck a few beads on the mistletoe to make it more dimensional and I'm pleased with how it came out.  I cut Santa out and mounted him on glue gel so he sits quite 'high' on the card, at first I masked him on the bench but I didn't like that as much.

I hope you will pop over to the Time For Magnolia blog to see the beautiful cards created by the DT and I would like to thank them for letting me GD for this challenge.

That's it from me, I'm working today and all weekend but I have a post scheduled for Monday as its the 1st of a new month already!! Enjoy your Easter weekend and don't forget to put your clocks forward tonight.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Tilda's Town - Christmas
Midweek Magnolia's - Favourite Stamp
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Dream Valley - Pearls and Lace

Thursday 28 March 2013

Moving Along with a Sketch

Morning Peeps, hope you're all ok.
Short and sweet from me today (for a change)
It's time for a brand new challenge at 


and this week Valou has given team B a 


Here's my take on it
Cute little image from the Stamp Fairy, Barry Winter wasn't what I originally was going to use but hey ho not everything in life goes to plan!!

As you have probably guessed our sponsor this week is the fabulicious

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some great inspiration from my lovely teammies. Sorry for the quick post - I'm flat out busy but I will be back with a surprise post on Saturday oooooooooo I'm excited!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Wednesday 27 March 2013

Use Some Metal @ Diva's

Morning Guys, I'm not saying good as it's still FAR TOO COLD to be cheerful, especially when I spent the day down the seafront working to get ready for the up and coming summer season and it was freezing!! I didn't get finished and will be heading back for another go today.

But first things first, it's time for a new challenge at


and this week Rebekah has chosen

Use Some Metal

I have to be honest I didn't have time to make a card using the sponsors image and this was made a while ago for a friend and not blogged so I kinda hope Rebekah doesn't mind!!

My lovely much used Blanche from Saturated Canary, I've definitely had my money's worth out of this image lol, she makes me think of the Tennessee Williams play 'A Streetcar Named Desire' don't ask me why!! The papers are Bo Bunny Isabella and the flowers mostly from WOC I painted my tiny wooden letters to match and my metal is in the form of a crown pin and a bead spacer I used as a belt buckle.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and some 'Divalicious' inspiration from my teammies.

Thanks for dropping by, I'll be back tomorrow with my MAWTT card even if I freeze to death as it's scheduled!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
I Stop Crafts - Recipe (1 Image, 2 Embellishments, 3 Papers)
Sweet Stampin' - Lots Of Layers
Bearly Mine - Girly Pink

Tuesday 26 March 2013

Billie Bear New Release @ LCI

Good morning guys, I hope you are all safe and warm can you believe what this weather is doing?
I have just started getting our shops ready for the summer season and I can tell you I have ZERO inclination to be on the beach front!! Me thinks we won't be selling much ice cream and beach stuff this Easter bank holiday.

It's time for a brand new challenge and another fabby new release from
with everyones favourite theme
Anything Goes

Introducing the adorable 'Billie Bear' Isn't he a cutie, there are 15 different Billies around blog land today, head over to the main LCI blog to find out where he is and what he's up to!
None of us have seen any of the new release images other than our own so we are all a tad excited to see what the rest of the DT have made.

All of the details can be found on the challenge blog, I'm off to have a look there myself!

Thanks for stopping by today, I'll be back tomorrow with a card for Diva's if I get it made in time!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Love 2 Create - Pastel Colours
Craft Your Passion - Make It Cute
Incy Wincy - Use Pastels
Dutch Dare - Shaped Card
Crafts and Me - Buttons and Bows

Monday 25 March 2013

Coming Soon - Very Soon!

Take a look at this!!!

 Coming to a blog near you!
Only 1 day to wait!!

Tuesday 19 March 2013

Happy Easter @ OBAG

Hello again folks you can tell it's almost time for another Bank Holiday as the weather has got cold!! I've been a bit absent as I've been working for a change, not got back in that routine yet!

Today it's time for a new challenge at


Francesca is hosting with the theme

Happy Easter

My card is a real Oldie but goodie as I actually coloured this image in last Easter to use, but when I went to match it to my papers - it didn't! lol Not one to throw anything away I put it to one side and low and behold I just happened to buy papers that were a perfect match during the course of the year lol !!

 I love this cute Teddy Bo image, I can remember the card I made with it last year! This time I decided to roll out the rolled roses again, it's ages since I made any (no doubt you will be seeing them regularly again for a while now as I enter another phase!) I made them with Stampin' Up card and they really hold together nicely. The Swirls are Cheery Lynn and the papers MME that I bought sometime during the last year.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details plus news on the prize and some fabulous inspiration from the girls. Francesca has given it a fab new makeover and we have a couple of new members to our little DT family.

Remember to use something on your card that is at least 6 months old to be eligible for the prize and don't forget to tell us what it is in your post.

That's all from me, thank you so much for your lovely comments and support and hopefully I will have a bit more time to blog this next week.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Deep Ocean - Cute & Cuddly
Teddy Bo - Spring
The Paper Shelter - Easter
Stampavie - Easter
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Easter
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes
Allsorts - 123
Pink Gem - Easter/Spring
Totally Gorjuss - Something Old
Pile It On - Circles and or Squares
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Easter/Spring Colours
Love 2 Create - Anything Goes
The Pink Elephant - Easter
Cutie Pies - Easter

Phew that's a lot of challenges for me!!!

Thursday 14 March 2013

Spring has Sprung @ MAWTT

Hello folks me again!! And today I have a card to share with you for a brand new challenge for the B Team over at


and my bestest blogging buddy Lisa set the theme

Spring Is In The Air

Well this is scheduled so I really hope it is!
 I'm super excited today as we have a FANTASTIC new sponsor at MAWTT Towers, the mega amazing

and this lovely little lady is 'Pretty Gillian' and she is one of my favourite character stamps (after Tilda of course!) Just look at that cute little face, how can you not love her lol. I coloured her in with my copics and the papers are last years Echo Park.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge, the prize and some beautiful inspiration from my lovely teammies.

I'm still a bit busier than I would like to be with getting ready for our Summer Season so not too much time for blogging, but it does go quiet again after Easter so I will get around more soon.

Thank you for your visit today and any lovely comments you leave

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:

Papertake Weekly - 1.2.3. (1 bow, 2 bunnies, 3 papers)
Creative Card Crew - Ribbon
Craft Your Passion - 2 Colours (Pink & Green)
Crafty Sentiments - Hello Spring
Bunny Zoe's - Girly
MMCS - Spring Has Sprung

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Spring Time @ LCI

Good morning lovely people, I hope it's a glorious spring day where you are, it's currently a dark cold February night here as I'm super organised and scheduling!

It is time for a new challenge over at


and this week the very lovely Susan is hostess
and she has chosen


I've used an image from last years Floral Delights release
that I didn't find time to play with until now, I'm not too sure its 'Spring' like but you decide!

I had a lot of fun colouring in that fabulous bench - it took me nearly all night! The image is called Garden Bench Delight and is available HERE. That fabulous ribbon is also available on the LCI website, Kerry sent me a sample a couple of weeks ago and I wanted to use it as my 'Spring Greens'
The 'YOU' is a Cheery Lynn die cut - I love it!

Pop along to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge and some amazing inspiration from the Ladybugs

Thank you for stopping by, I hope to catch you later!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Eureka - Spring Has Sprung
The Squirrel and The Fox - Autumn or spring
Glitter 'n' Sparkle - Use Some Green
Allsorts - Springtime
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Go Green
Cute Card Thursday - Spring Fever
Crafty Creations - Green
Pink Elephant - Happy St. Pats, Use Green

Thursday 7 March 2013

Christmas Tilda - well it is cold today!

Good Morning guys, as promised yesterday I'm back today with a card I made for FUN! Remember that's what this craftin' thing is all about! No DT deadlines, set images, themes to follow etc etc..... lol And it doesn't get much more fun, for me, than my lovely Magnolia stamps (maybe Saturated Canary is up there too)! So out came the old stamps that I still hadn't played with from years ago and this little cutie forced her way to the top of the pile!

This card has all my favourites on it! maybe a few too many on one card lol I can't decide, as much as I love this style, I'm not convinced I can actually do it! 
I adore the curly embellishments from Kort et Godt  my lovely Jill sent me when I couldn't get them (I have since bought 4 more packets from Ribbon Girl) the little berries from Magnolia I have in every colour (I just can't bring myself to part with them normally) The La La Land heart banner (couldn't get it anywhere it was out of stock, so I sent to America for it like you do!) The gorgeous paper is from LOTV,  I've been dying to use it and I think the natural jute from Ribbon Girl goes perfectly with it and all my WOC flowers.

So there you have it, a card made for fun, my first this year and hopefully not my last as it was FUN making it!
I've decided to give up trying to get on a Magnolia DT or even GDT and just enjoy my Maggies!!

Thank you for your lovely comments,
blog friends are the best!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Tilda's Town - F&F or U&E (2nd entry)
Time For Magnolia - An Old Christmas Stamp
Magnolia Down Under - Especially For You
Midweek  Magnolias - Lots of Layers
Inky Chicks - Magnolia Image

Wednesday 6 March 2013

Buttons and Bows @ Diva's

Good Morning everyone I'm back today with a brand new challenge at


and this week the lovely Rebekah has chosen

Buttons and Bows

Here is my card
I was given this cute little image 'Stingray Kids' from this weeks sponsor
The papers are Echo Park Paradise Beach from last summer and the sentiment stamp is CC Designs which I first spotted on Mary J's blog, again last summer.

Pop over to the Diva's challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some really cute inspiration from the Diva's.

That's it from me today, thank you for stopping by
Shock horror tomorrow I'm going to post a card that isn't for any DT!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Deep Ocean - For a Boy
Sweet Stamps - Green
Creative Card Crew - Ribbon
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Pink Gem - Button It
Dutch Dare - For The Boys
Crafty Creations - Green

Tuesday 5 March 2013

Feeling Floral @ OBAG

Good Morning to you all, spring is on its way and this week over at


the lovely Helen is hosting and she is

Feeling Floral

I hope you get a chance to join in and play along with us.
My interpretation is a gorgeous flower display, one of my favourite things!

I've used a cute little Marianne stamp I bought last summer and didn't get around to using and my papers are a gazillion years old from MME, these are the last few pages in the pad but I'm sure knowing me I'll buy another to replace it soon!
The flowers are from (mainly I think) WOC and the cute little bike charm (yes I know I used some of my treasure!) is from the Ribbon Girl I think!

Christine if you're looking, I cut my card on the fold and then cut out a frame with the same shape to place over the top of it so no folds are visible.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and and prize and some beautiful floral inspiration from my teammies.

Remember to be in with a chance of the prize 
you have to use something on your card at least 
6 months old and be sure to let us know 
what it is in your post.

We are currently holding a DT call 
if you would like to join us at OBAG

That's all from me, a big thank you for stopping by, I'll be back tomorrow with my DT make for Diva's, I can't believe how quickly these weeks come around!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges
Forever Friends Monthly - Lots of Flowers
Love 2 Create - Pick 2 (Die Cuts & Ribbon)
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Addicted To Stamps - Bring On Spring (Flowers)
Cute Card Thursday - Something Old (Papers)
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Friday 1 March 2013

Heck of a Challenge

Morning guys, can you believe it's the 1st of March already?  I can see that this year is just going to whizz by at this rate - blink and you might miss it!!

I'm back (AGAIN) today with a brand new challenge at


and today we have a lovely theme of

Butterflies and Pearls

As long as there at both on your card/creation somewhere - it fits!!
Here is what I came up with

I used my favourite Tilda from last years releases (I have so many now I'm getting confused - most unused!) and I also did a bit of masking with a Magnolia background stamp. The pretty papers are also last years, On The Bright Side from MME. My pearls are in the form of pearl sprays and my butterflies are a tiny punch and aslo there is a butterfly charm tied on.

Pop over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge, news on the prize you can win and lots of pretty amazing inspiration from the DT.

I love that I got time to play with my Magnolia stamps this week, I promised myself I was going to try harder this year to use my favourite things and I was starting to feel really guilty about buying new ones when I have so many I haven't used - ironic that I made a card using one of the few stamps I had already used!!

Thanks for stopping by again today, I've been a little preoccupied and only dropping in and out of blogland lately - I hope to change that soon!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
7 Kids College Fund - Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Ribbon Girl Magnolia Only - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Totally Tilda - Spots & Stripes
Magnolia Mania - Butterflies
Tilda's Town - F & F or U & E