Friday, 1 August 2014

Surprise!! I'm Still Here

LOL I bet some of you thought you might never see me again (I did wonder myself to be honest) The summer season is taking its toll on me again, along with life which I think is out to get me sometimes, I haven't had a chance to make or blog anything, but a new release at

lured me back into action! Absolutely everything that could go wrong did, including my not used for so long glue gel going all runny and showing through the image right on the face! I was up until the early hours colouring another image then this morning the camera battery was dead. I think someone is trying to tell me something!!
Anyway long overdue but finally here is my creation for the fabulous Zodiac release 
 I got Virgo which is quite fitting cos that's what I am (well according to some I am and others I'm a Leo as I'm on the change over day)
I decided to make an Origami gift box, I'm sorry I can't remember where the instructions came from, only that I googled it and found it. Made from 2 12x12 scrapbook papers and the lid is all furry and very tactile!
The bow is using the amazing ribbon from Stampin' Up! which is just awesome, I have several colours and I wish I'd bought them all.

Head over to 
to see all the new release and what the talented team have done with them, there are prizes to be won and all sorts of fun.

Right that's it from me, I'm not going to promise I'll be back soon as this glorious weather is keeping us busy at the seaside and I can't keep up with life in general but I do hope to keep making the odd appearance!!

Love 'n' Hugs and enjoy your summer
Laurie xx

Thursday, 10 July 2014

MAWTT Winner & The Papernest DT

Well hello strangers, I went and got myself in a right old tizzy with my computer and blogging! I finally got a new computer but as of yet I don't know if all my files (including my digi images and everyone's email addresses) can be rescued from my old one! I should know by Friday. I had to get a new email address as mine wasn't working and to be honest I was (and still am) totally fed up of the whole thing. I should have posted this card on June 30th and I should have announced the winner of all the people who commented on my MAWTT birthday post before now too! 
So better late than never I hope.
The winner chosen at random from my comments is


If you let me have your address I'll get your prize off to you ASAP
You can email me on my new address  HERE

Now the card that is so late I've got a nerve even posting it!!!
I had to make myself a new watermark and for the life of me I can't remember how I did the other one, this one is a bit tricky to maneuver!! It looks the same so hey ho.
Papers are Maja and the cute Paper Nest image is coloured with copics. An assortment of die cuts and a few flowers.

Check out the Paper Nest Dolls website

That's it from me, short and sweet, goodness knows when I'll be back but I hope it won't be too long!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 26 June 2014

Happy Birthday MAWTT

Well this isn't all going to plan at all, in fact I'm not even sure you can read this post!!  My computer died yesterday and everything to do with my blogging is trapped inside it! I'm trying to post this from my iPad as I'm in the middle of a blog hop to celebrate
MOVING  ALONG WITH THE TIMES 5th birthday. I don't know how to do links from here but you can find a link in my sidebar that will take you straight to the challenge blog for all the info you need re the new challenge and the amazing prizes (and yes that's plural) that you can win this week? We have loads!!! Also there are lots of prizes up for grabs on individual DT members blogs, you just need to make sure you comment on every blog hop post to be eligible to win. I have a fab little gift for one lucky commenter which consists of my favourite things. I don't want to give too much away it's a surprise!!!

Unfortunately I've not been able to access my card ( which is no longer in my possession) so to showcase Paper Nest Dolls who are sponsoring us I am reposting a card I actually blogged a few weeks ago.. I'm really sorry about this but there's not a lot I can do!!

This is Punk Ellie and she's such a little cutie, great to colour in. One of the prizes on offer is 3 of these super Paper Nest Dolls Digi images and there are some fabulous ones to choose from!!!

I've copied and pasted the list below for the blog hop, hopefully the links are there!! You need a letter from me before  you leave and that's an E. Happy hopping every one and Happy Birthday MAWTT 

Blog Hop Rules.

To be eligible for the Prizes you must visit all the blogs and collect a letter from each.  Then email Hazel at with the word you have made with Blog Hop Word in the Subject Line.  You must send the word to us to be in with a chance of winning!!!! 
Each DT Member will announce their winner on their own blog from the comments.

Well I now have a new computer to investigate buying, hopefully all my files can be rescued especially my digi stamps!!!
I'll try and keep you posted!! Love 'n'Hugs Laurie xx

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

3 or More Layers @ Diva's

Hello again lovely people, my presence here is few and far between lately, I'm just not feeling it anymore and the bad news just keeps coming this year! Roll on 2015!!
I did manage to put together a card that I had coloured the image for months ago 
(I have at least half a dozen half made DT cards on my desk)
Just in time for a new challenge at


and the theme is

3 Or More Layers

Here's my effort
 As much as I'm not creating I still adore these gorgeous images from Saturated Canary and do still manage to buy more! This one I have had for a while but yesterday I decided to take a little look over Krista's shop and wow lots of new images I hadn't seen popped into a basket, maybe it will give me the kick up the backside I need to get back in any sort of routine!!
The beautiful papers I've used before, they're a Nitwits pad from LOTV called Bare Necessities, my favourite embellishment and now trademark flowers from lots of different places and the 'Cherish' is a metal word I've had for ages and I gave it a coat of Guesso before painting it with acrylic paint.

We have a fabulous sponsor this week

and you can find all the details you need and some fantastic inspiration from my talented teammies over at the main challenge blog.

That's it from me, hopefully my next visit won't be so long

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges....
Craft Your Passion - 3 or more Embellishments
Inky Chicks - Special Shapes
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe (Die Cut, Charm, Digi Image)
Fab 'n' Funky - Shaped Cards
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenge - Fav Embellishment (Flowers)
Sweet Stampin' - Say It With Flowers
Bunny Zoe's - Layers

Wednesday, 4 June 2014

Red, White & Blue @ Diva's

Morning Peeps, if you're surprised to see me here join the club cos I am too! Instead of using this Mad Hatter image I should have used a white rabbit because I've spent the whole year so far (only nearly half way through it) running around shouting 'I'm Late I'm late"!
I've been back in hospital and gone back to work (ouch!) and generally achieve nothing most days despite flying around like a lunatic. A bit of card making therapy would be ideal if I could fit it in.
It has taken me the best part of 2 weeks to make this and only just made the sentiment yesterday to get it up in time for the new challenge at


and the theme of 

Red, White & Blue

Here's my card

Using the fabulous Mo Manning's Mad Hatter which I've been meaning to colour for AGES!! Like I said I made the sentiment on my computer (which only just decided to work again today)You could use this card for any occasion but I thought I'd use it as a belated birthday card, I have missed so many of my friends birthdays this year I should have made this card in bulk! I coloured the red and blue in pencils as I really struggle with both of these colours in copics, I can get lighter versions but not the depth I wanted.
The papers are Bo Bunny, I've had them for ages. I was going to add some bunting but I thought as bunting was printed on the paper it would be overkill to add more.

We have a super sponsor this week

Check out the main challenge blog for all the details and some gorgeous inspiration from my talented teammies this week.

That's it from me, I have 10 ladies for supper tonight so it could get messy!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges.....
Cards And More - Lots of Flowers
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - Inspired By A Song (Boston Tea Party)
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Mo's Digital Challenge - Grad/New Beginnings
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - All About 'S' (stripes, spots, songs)

Wednesday, 21 May 2014


Am I going to kill my son or what! He decided he needed fibre optic broadband for his gaming and now my computer is not online!!! The whole shebang had to be rewired and my little computer is not up to the job so I've ordered a cable that should be here tomorrow and hopefully I will be active again. I'm using someone else's cable to post this lol
I'm so late with everything again, sometimes I don't know why I bother. Life is not going to plan this year. I did have a fabulous day at Sir Stampalot on Friday with some great mates and I made some new ones. Louise, who took the class was awesome!!! I love what we made, though true to form mine isn't finished!!!
Any way enough with the chit chat I'm already so late with this.

How much do I love this little stamp? 
Little Miss Hollywood
She's so cute she will have to have another outing soon. 
There's a new challenge that started today at


and once again this was my DT card at


Which I'm sorry didn't make it up on my allotted day, and this is me trying to do better!!
I'm just going to post it now and cut out the drivel! I'll be back to add her to some challenges later
Thanks for sticking with me
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 15 May 2014

I Heard It On The Radio @ MAWTT

Good Morning lovely people, I hope you are all well . My this year is flying by it must be my age!!! I just can't get my head around crafting and blogging lately, I have been missing in action so long, I thought I would have been back in a routine by now but I'm just not feeling it!!
I am here today with  a card I made weeks ago again which fortunately fits my DT commitments for the new challenge at


and this week we have one of my favourite themes

Heard It On The Radio

I've gone with 'Love & Marriage'
You can't beat a bit of Frank Sinatra!!!
This card was requested after I made one very similar earlier in the year (I think everyone I know wants me to use these images together for a wedding card now, thanks Sharon what have you started!) It is my favourite LOTV stamp so I didn't mind too much lol
I've used some gorgeous My Minds Eye papers that I've had for a while and you can tell from the date of the wedding I added to the card, I made this a couple of months ago.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some
 gorgeous inspiration from my teammies.
That's it from me, enjoy your weekend

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges....
Creative Card Crew - Music
Deep Ocean - Distressing
Simon Says Stamp - Die Crazy
Creative Knockouts - Lots of Layers
Cute Card Thursday - Handmade Embellishments (flowers)
Totally Gorjuss - Don't be Square
ABC Challenge - L= Lots Of Layers

Saturday, 10 May 2014

Late for Diva's and the Paper Nest DT

Oh my goodness am I in trouble! Why can't I get my head back into making stuff and blogging? I really thought by now I'd be back in the swing of things but there are just not enough hours in my days anymore!! I am totally late for the new challenge that started at


on Wednesday  so I thought I'd combine two and use my


DT card to tell you about both events

The Theme over at Diva's is

In The Pink 

so that's nice and easy for us all and these gorgeous Paper Nest Dolls are such little darlings to colour, so easy to work with and too cute taboot!!!
The lush papers are Maja Design and I love my star hatpins that I've used again.

Head over to 
To check out all the fabulous rubber stamps on offer
and lots of inspiration from the DT

and don't forget to check out Diva's to see what fab prize is on offer this week along with some beautiful makes from my Teammies

I really am sorry I've not been around
I hope I can get back to normality soon!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

Thursday, 1 May 2014

Pretty Pastels @ MAWTT

Hello Peeps, I hope you are all well. I'm way ahead of myself here as its only mid March when I'm writing this! I may edit this with an update on life lol
It's time for a new challenge at


and this week our hostess is Kelly
and she has given us a lovely theme of

Pretty Pastels

Nice and easy for us all so I hope you will join us.
Here's my offering, I made this for one of the first blog friends I made, the lovely Sue B and I'm pleased to say we are on 2 fabulous DT's together now so I get to spend lots of 'virtual time' with her!!

The image is of course one from Krista Smith at Saturated Canary, this one is called Yvonne and when I saw her I couldn't resist! I have far too many images, especially Saturated Canary, but I guess that's why its called an addiction!! Papers are from Maja Designs, I think they are the Spring pad. I'm not fed up of using my PTI birthday die yet, I hope your not fed up of seeing it!!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and some super pretty inspiration from my talented teammies.

That's all from me, I will be back tomorrow
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx
I'd like to enter this into the following challenges.....

Saturday, 26 April 2014

I'm Back! With the Paper Nest Dolls DT card

Have you missed me? I can't believe how long I've been away, what with my holiday (more about that later), work (the less said about that the better) and life, blogging and crafting have taken a back burner. I've missed all my DT deadlines, done no commenting and I'll probably get slung off all my DT's lol.  I know I have missed you and it so hopefully life will settle down and I'll find some time to enjoy my little hobby again soon.

Today I'm back with a card for my newest venture (well done Janice on your prediction) 
lucky lucky me was invited to join the fantabulous 

Paper Nest Dolls

 by the lovely Christine and by the skin of my teeth here is my 
first official DT card (I was GDT last time) albeit a little late!

I've used the uber cute Teddy Bear Emma which is available HERE in digi format. Isn't she a little cutie? The papers are a pad I bought at the NEC show recently from LOTV, I think they are Nitwits. Lots of flowers which appear to be my trademark lol.

Head over to the 

Dolls House 

and check out everything on offer, you won't be disappointed!

I've got to fly as I'm still running late but I will be back really soon to bore you all with my life!
Thanks for stopping by and don't forget to check out the PND!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges....
Alphabet Challenge - F is for Feathers 
Creative Fingers - AG Bingo (Die cut, Pearls, Flowers)
We Do Doobadoo - Embellish It
Crafting At The Weekend - Anything Goes
Di's Digi Designs - Birthdays
ABC - J= Just As you Like
Creative Inspirations - Cute Characters

Friday, 4 April 2014

Pastels @ Totally Papercraft

Hello again, I'm still in the sun lol don't mean to rub it in but I hope you are all getting some vitamin D too! Just popping by again to tell you about the new challenge at


and this week Pat K has chosen a theme of


I just had time to make this before I left, hop over to the main challenge blog to see what all my teammies made for you and all the details of this weeks challenge and prize.

Sorry I haven't been to visit, I'll make it up to you when I get back

Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 3 April 2014

So Sweet @ MAWTT

Hello Peeps I'm busy laying in the glorious Bajan sunshine (at least I hope its sunny) and I'm popping by to let you know about a new challenge at


my lovely friend Sarah has chosen the theme

So Sweet

and you can find all the details on the main challenge blog along with a fabulous prize up for grabs to the winner and some delicious inspiration from my teammies.
I made this before I flew off on my hols

Sorry its short and sweet I need to pack!!
Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Buttons & Bow & Bon Voyage!

Morning everyone I'm a little excited today (I've been excited lots of days running up to this weekend) this is the last card I will be here to post before I fly off on holiday at the weekend. I have scheduled a few posts while I'm away but I won't be around to visit you and comment. Someone has to lay around in the sunshine all day and I'm taking one for the team!!! I couldn't believe it when a friend of mine said she had rented a house in Barbados and she had a bedroom going spare if I wanted it? What is even harder to believe is it took me a week to decide if I wanted to go!!!! Finally I came to my senses and booked a flight so its adios amigos for a couple of weeks. 

Back down to earth with a bump though, first things first, it's time for a new challenge at


and this week Rebekah has given us

Buttons and Bows

Easy peasy lemon squeasy just how I like them!!
I've had this Saturated Canary Pack Light image on my desk coloured for ages and I thought it would be fitting for me going away (I wish I looked that glamorous when I'm trying to squeeze everything in my case) The papers are MME and a couple of years old at least. Lots of die cuts, LaLa Land banner, Magnolia So Lovely heart tag, Marianne (I think) Eiffel Tower. The little cream hearts are buttons that I chopped the back off and I adore the pearl string from Live & Love Crafts.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all details of this weeks challenge and the prize on offer from the sponsor

and some amazing inspiration from the Diva's, you won't be disappointed!

That's it from me, thank you for stopping by
I love reading your comments

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges....
Love To Create - Bingo (Ribbon, Blue, Flowers)
That Craft Place - Flowers
Stamping For The Weekend - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Its A Girl Thing
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes With Buttons

Friday, 21 March 2014

Beautiful Borders @ Totally PaperCrafts

Hello again, I'm back with my 2nd post in 2 days. So far so good with keeping up lol, it used to take me a week to make one card!! I am working hard to stay ahead as I will be working soon and my time crafting will be short. 
If all  goes to plan I'm actually on my way to my Mum's for the night ready to get an early start at the NEC craft show in the morning (Mum lives 20 miles away, I live 120 miles away!) Hopefully I'm meeting Pam, Debs, Claire & Sharon and maybe some more lovely crafters. Let me know if you're going, I'd love to meet you!

Today it's time for a new challenge at

Totally Papercrafts

and this week my lovely friend Wendy is hosting, she has chose the theme

Beautiful Borders

I have so many borders but decided to use my first and still favourite lace Doo Hickey die.

The image is Fortune Teller Ellie, one of a fabulous new release from the 

and the lovely owner/artist Christine emailed to ask me if I would like to  GD for her and make something with them, of course I jumped at the opportunity and as I'm flying off on holiday next week and time is short I've combined the 2 tasks today. The papers are (again I hear you moan) from a Maja paper pad, I'm not sure which one. Flowers from everywhere!!

 So.......head over to the totally Papercrafts challenge blog for all the details on this weeks challenge, the prize on offer to win the winner and some beautiful border inspiration from my talented teammies, then head over to the Paper Nest Dolls to check out the cutest little characters available.

That's all from me today, thank you for stopping by
and for any comments you may leave

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

Thursday, 20 March 2014

Photo Inspiration @ MAWTT

A jolly good morning to all you lovely people, while I'm writing this (scheduled) it's a glorious sunny day I do hope it's lasted! I hope you are all well and happy. I'm on a mission to get ahead with all my DT work and so far so good.
I'm here today to tell you about a new challenge at


and this week my lovely friend Pam is hosting, she gave us this pretty picture to work from so its a 

Photo Inspiration

You can interpret it how you wish, colours, spring, sweets etc

After my mishap of posting my DT card a week early a few weeks ago I'm taking no chances and putting the inspiration picture first!! I don't have to worry about Janice peeking, this was sent to her for her birthday so I know she has it now. Here's my take on the challenge

Ummmm, my green looks a bit darker on this picture, I don't remember it being that dark. I used some giant nesties to cut out the card shape and the cutest little Mo Manning image. Inside the greeting says ' Wish Big' lol just like her knickers!! I'm in love with my PTI 'birthday' die, I just wish they weren't so expensive to mail stuff here. My usual flowers only this time I experimented with air brushing them different colours. I've only had my Copic airbrush kit about 5 years and not used it till I did these white flowers pink and green. It's sooooooooooo cool, I want to airbrush everything!!!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and some gorgeous inspiration from my lovely talented teammies.
I'll be back tomorrow. I'm going to the NEC on Saturday if anyone wants to meet up, I'm already meeting some lovely friends again who I haven't seen for ages.
Thank you for stopping by
Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

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

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

Anything Magnolia @ Diva's

Good morning guys, I hope you are all well and have been enjoying the glorious sunshine we've had lately. It was still sunny here yesterday but an awful lot cooler than  last weekend when it was absolutely beautiful! 
I'm here today with a new challenge at


and this week is right up my street!!

Anything Magnolia

Those of you that know me, know I love Tilda and the gang so I'm really happy about this challenge so much so that you would have thought I'd spent ages on my favourite girl lol, well wrong!!! I haven't had a chance to make anything this week but just like a Blue Peter presenter - here's one I made earlier!! Before Christmas actually, and I used it for Christmas, I did put the recipients name on it, die cut letters just along the ribbon. She loved it!
I already had the bag, I think it came from Sainsbury's lol.
It actually shimmered and sparkled lovely with all the mirri card and glitter. I think most if not all the papers are from Prima but I might be wrong. It was that long ago I made it I can't remember!!

We have a fabulous sponsor this week

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some stunning inspiration from the team. I'm pleased to report they did get around to making some fabulous stuff for you. 
I did mean to take some pictures of the building site that used to be my front room but I forgot till I just wrote this, I will take some to post next time just encase you're interested.

That's it from me today, I"m going to lunch with a friend so that should be nice!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges..
Time For Magnolia - Christmas Bingo (Tilda Flowers Pearls)
Midweek Magnolias - Flourishes
Inky Chicks - Monochromatic (2nd Entry)
Papertake Weekly - Bingo (Gems Die Cuts Flowers)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Female Birthdays @ TPC

Hello again, I'm getting used to this 2 days on a row thing now lol though I have cheated a bit here as the card I'm about to show you was made before Christmas and not blogged and it was perfect for the new challenge this week at


the lovely Cathy KraftyKoolKat chose the theme

Female Birthday

I'm using this time to try and get ahead with my DT work, I must admit it was nice having one already done!!
I made this for my blogging buddy (Kerry obviously) for her 50th (obvious again!) not sure why it didn't get blogged at the time. I love this Kenny K image and the papers are Maja Designs, can't remember which pad sorry. My usual over the top floral display and a super doo hickey swirl die cut.

Head over to the main challenge blog for some super gorgeous inspiration from my teammies and all the details of the challenge including the prize on offer from this weeks sponsor

That's all from me today, thank you for stopping by and for any comments you may leave, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Sister Act - anything Goes
Kenny K - Anything Goes/gems twist
Whoopsidaisy - Lots of Flowers
Creative Moments - Pearls and Swirls
Fussy and Fancy - Birthday
Challenges and Candies - Flowers

Thursday, 6 March 2014

Moody Blues @ MAWTT

Morning Peeps, hope all's well in your world. I'm knee deep in building renovations and I'm enjoying myself soooooooooooo much! I haven't had this much fun for ages, I'm not sure the builders are as happy as me cos I'm kind of winging it a bit and changing things as we go along but it's gonna be so nice!!!!! (I'm scheduling this post but I'll try and think to take some pictures).
I also got invited to go on holiday with some friends the other day and I'm so tempted as I missed my holiday in January because I was in hospital. I can't think of a good reason not to go so by the time you read this I might have booked my flight!!
Enough of my rubbish, the reason I"m here is a new challenge over at


and this week the lovely Debs is hosting with

Moody Blues

She has given us a fabulous mood board for inspiration and I love the name of the challenge, very clever Debs (even if I'm far too young to remember the Moody Blues!)

This is what I came up with
I finally used some Go Kreate dies that I'd bought ages ago and the fab Joy bingo board stamps for the first time too, the cute little Sassy Cheryl stamp I've had for a while and I love, my usual flowers, quite simple but I like it!
Head over to the main challenge blog to see the fabulous mood board and some gorgeous makes from my talented teammies, they have pushed the boat out this week, you won't be disappointed!!

Right that's it from me today, I'll be busy making tea for the workers, I'll be back tomorrow with a card I made before Christmas and didn't get around to blogging.

Thank you for stopping by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges....
Sassy Cheryl's - Anything Goes
Inky Chicks - Monochromatic
Creative Knockouts - Girlz Rule
Craft Your Passion - Birthday Bonanza
Deep Ocean - Just For A Girl
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Little Fairies - Song or Film Title (True Blue - Madonna)

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Make It Sparkle @ Diva's

Morning lovely peeps, hope you're all well. My is this year flying by or what? 2 days left in February, I can hardly believe it! (mind you I am scheduling this post so maybe I'm getting ahead of myself LOL).  I should be living in a building site as the work was due to start Monday, I'll keep you updated as and when anything exciting happens!

Today I'm here with a new challenge at


and this week Rebekah wants us to 

Make It Sparkle

Well not that you can really tell from this picture but my card does sparkle quite a bit, mind you its not the same colour in real life as this photograph. It was a dull old day when I took it maybe I should retake it?
The papers are from a First Edition pad Noir Et Chic and they are sparkly, they are also much creamier in colour than they look here,  I glamour dusted the wings of this uber cute Sugar Nellie fairy Pippi Longsocks I think she's called. The little black 18 is also glitter, its actually a peel off LOL long time since I used one of them.

We have a fabulous new sponsor who I was lucky to meet on holiday
 last year (hello Mark and Mel did you miss me this year? lol)

Please pop over and check out their store they have lots of gorgeous stash including the First Edition paper pads and the super shimmery organza ribbon I've used.
When your all shopped out there pop over to Diva's challenge blog to check out all the sparkly inspiration from my teammies this week, you might need your sunglasses to catch the glare!

That's it from me I hope to be back with a little extra make I intend on sneaking in that I'm making just for fun, a rare but pleasurable occurrence lol

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges...
The ABC Challenge - F is for Flowers
Allsorts - Ladies Day

Friday, 21 February 2014

Spring @ Totally PaperCrafts

A very good morning to you all, I hope you are all surviving the weather (and for those of you with young children) the half term holidays! It's very quiet here as we still haven't managed to get our business back up and running since the flood before Christmas so no work again during the holidays. 
All the peace and quiet is due to come to an end as the builder is starting on Monday (fingers crossed he turns up). It's a bit exciting choosing everything but I'm so indecisive lately it could turn into a nightmare!!

I'm here today to let you know about a new challenge at


and this week it seems


has arrived (maybe a little early as I'm looking out my window whilst scheduling this post!) We can but hope it warms up QUICK!!
Here is my card, I went for soft spring pastels as my interpretation and tulips in my flowers

I'm trying to fit my DT work with cards I need at the minute and I needed an 18th birthday card for my friends daughter, I might just add her name to this before I send it. The Saturated Canary image has been coloured in on my desk for almost a year and luckily I found some papers that matched up lovely from a LOTV Nitwits pad I've also had for ages. I usually like to colour my image after I've chosen the papers and I don't know why I didn't this time!! I cut the 18 out with my Cricut (think I've used it about 3 times now, see I knew I NEEDED it!).  There's a tiny little key charm hanging from the organza bow too.

We have a fabulous sponsor this week

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some beautiful spring time inspiration from my teammies too.

That's all from me today, thank you for stopping by and looking and for any comments you may leave too. Have a super weekend I'm away again at my Mums.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges.....
The Cutie Pies - Cute With Spots & Dots
Ladybugs Craft Ink - Flowers Galore
Papertake Weekly - Lovely Layers
Fab 'n' Funky - Spots or Stripes
SFTW - Flower Power

Thursday, 20 February 2014

Sketchie Time @ MAWTT

Good morning good people I hope the world finds you well, I seem to be in a jolly good mood for some unknown reason (at least I was when I was writing this - scheduled again) I hope it's lasted!!

Time for a brand new challenge at


and this week the big boss Hazel has given us a


to follow. It's ages since I followed a sketch, I do love a good sketch especially when my mojo goes missing, its just what I need to get me back on the creative path!

Here's the sketch

and here's my take on it.
A little different again from me - no flowers in sight lol. I'm not sure how I feel about this card, I had all these elements that went together but I'm not sure I like them together if that makes sense? I loved this Saturated Canary 'Usherette' image when I bought it but I've found it really difficult to use. I don't know if you can see it very well but I cut my Tim Holtz on the edge star die out of silver mirri card and also the sizzix film strip has been backed with acetate film. I suppose it hasn't photographed too well either but even in real life I'm not too sure!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge, there is also a little prize up for grabs this week and some gorgeous inspiration from my talented teammies.

That's it from me today, I'll be back tomorrow

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges..
Creative Card Crew - KISS (I think this is KISS?)
Crafty Sentiments - Anything Goes
Love To Create - Make It Sparkle (is Mirri enough?)
Sweet Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Keep It Simple
Charisma Cardz - Cinema Paradiso
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 12 February 2014

With Love @ Diva's

Good morning lovely peeps hopefully you are reading this, as it is another scheduled post, and I am off to the bright lights and big city of London yet again for part two of my Christmas present from my friend, another musical, this time its The Commitments. I loved the film so I'm sure I will the stage show, all I have to do this time is try to stay awake LOL as I did have a little nap during The Bodyguard a couple of weeks ago!

The reason for my visit today is the start of a new challenge at


and this week the very talented Rebekah has chosen

With Love

As I don't really need any valentine cards I went with a wedding theme, I've a couple of orders to make so here is the first. I can't take any credit for this as my lovely teammie Sharon gave me inspiration for this when she first used these two stamps together HERE

I never tire of this beautiful LOTV stamp, and I say that after using it 150 times for my Nephews wedding invitations some of you may remember! I absolutely adore it teamed up with the fantastic Magnolia Love Heart background stamp (which I got from Sir Stampalot and the Doo Hickey heart border die and swirl was from there too). The papers are Bo Bunny Isabella and they are soooooooooo pretty, most of my pad has gone now, well all my favourite sheets anyway!!
Coloured with Copics, flowers, feathers and beads things from everywhere, pink lace from the Ribbon Girl, the sparkly heart buttons I've had for ages and the organza ribbon is from this weeks sponsor

Head over to the Diva's challenge blog for all the details of the super prize on offer and lots of luscious Love creations from my super talented teammies.

That's all from me, I'm going to be singing 'mustang sally' well into the small hours and god help anyone who sits near me on the train on the way home LOL I'm tone deaf!
My little boy (24 years old but still my baby) arrives home today from his trip to Japan to see his twin sister who's there for 6 months, it's been so quiet without him here I can't wait to see him, I might have to wake him up if he's asleep when I get back from London!

Thank you for stopping by and for any lovely comments you leave, they really do make my day.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

LOTV - Name That Tune (Love & Marriage by Frank Sinatra)
The Ribbon Girls LOTV Challenge - Romance
Bunny Zoe's - Hearts and Love
Love To Create - Red or Pink
In The Pink - Valentines/Love
Cute Card Thursday - Lots Of Love
A Creative Romance - Show Us Some Love
Crafty Catz - Love Is In The Air
Crafts 4 Eternity - With Love
Deep Ocean - Love Is All Around

Friday, 7 February 2014

Hey Cutie a New DT for Me!

Hello peeps I'm back with my good news, I got a new job!! 
I start a brand new 6 month stint on the fabulous Design Team at


I'm excited can you tell? 
I thought it was time for me to push the boat out 
and make more than one card a week for a while lol, I hope I can keep up!!
I'm starting off with a super theme

Hey Cutie!

Here's my first official offering as a shiny new Totally PaperCrafts DT member!

I've had this little Mo Manning cutie coloured in and sat on my desk for so long she's virtually a teenager now! The fab Echo Park papers are fairly new even though I'm not supposed to be buying any more papers LOL and the thing I'm most pleased with, is the sentiment. I couldn't find the right one anywhere so I made my own on the PC and I'm chuffed to bits how it turned out. If I can work out how to do it, I'll happily email it to anyone who wants it. The flowers are my favorite things dies with brads in the centre.

We have a fabulous sponsor this week
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge, the fantastic prize on offer and lots of super cute inspiration from my new teammies.

That's it from me this week, 2 cards in consecutive days means I need a lie down!!
Thank you for stopping by and for all your lovely comments.
My recovery continues and I should be back fighting fit really soon.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

Creative Craft 2 - Recipe
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Calling All Brads
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Mo's Challenge - J = Just Adorable

Thursday, 6 February 2014

Use Vellum @ MAWTT

Good morning good people. Hope the weather is kinder to you than it has been here! Wind and rain non stop again, I wanted to be going out for a walk everyday but not in this weather, I'll end up back in hospital with pneumonia!

I'm back today with a new challenge over at


and this week Wendy L our Spanish crafter has chosen

Vellum or Parchment

Now this theme was a challenge for me but trying to photograph my card proved to be an even bigger challenge!! All I can say is I'm sorry, no way would it focus at all, I tried everything I know but all to no avail. I don't know if it was the vellum, or the fact the stamping direct onto it is very soft.

It's actually very pretty in real life but you will just have to take my word on that lol!!
I stamped my yummy new LOTV pushchair stamp direct onto the blue vellum with blue ink and just coloured in a little shading with a polychromo pencil. The Special Delivery is a rub on and I fixed the vellum onto a blue card with 2 eyelets just along one side. A bit of ribbon and twine with a cute teddy charm and Bob's your uncle that's it!
(Actually Bob is not my uncle - he's the builder that is finally starting work on my renovations any day now, it's only been 2 years since work was meant to start!!)

Head over to the main challenge blog for lots of gorgeous inspiration from my multi talented teammies and you can check if you were in the top 3 last week while you are there.

I'll be back tomorrow with a brand new little project for me that I will explain then.

Thanks for stopping by and for your lovely comments, a big hello to my new followers too (if you read this far down)

Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

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

Wednesday, 29 January 2014

Diva's and A Proud Mum!

Morning lovely peeps, my doesn't the time fly!! Can you believe January is almost over already? I haven't even had time to get myself organised this year and I had such great plans lol!
I had a day out in London on Monday, my friend had bought me a ticket to see The Bodyguard musical for Christmas and I had such a lovely time, I was worried it would too much for me too soon as I got picked up at 8.30am and we didn't get home till gone 1am but it was very slow paced with a long lunch and an early supper tucked inbetween the retail therapy!! We are doing it all over again in a fortnight to see The Commitments. The only thing I missed out on was I had to have orange juice in Harvey Nicks Champagne Bar as I'm not allowed alcohol for 6 Months!!

Now the real reason for my visit, it's time for a new challenge over at


and this week the theme is

Vintage With Lace

I have to be honest I struggle with making vintage cards though I do love the style, I'm hoping my frayed and torn edges will be vintage enough!!

I used a beautiful Saturated Canary stamp that is having its 2nd outing with me lol, I have so many that I haven't used yet so to use one twice is really rare. It's such a shame they are not carrying on with their challenges this year, not that I joined in that much but I always wanted too!
The papers are Pion and the tiny stamp is from Stampin' Up! My usual flower display is from everywhere!! WOC, Hobby House, Ribbon Girl, Kort Et God and Magnolia and the beautiful little 'love' clip is from this weeks fabulous sponsor, where I spend all my pennies

 I dare you to visit and not buy something amazing!! Everytime I go there they have something I can't live without - again!! Head over to the Diva's Challenge blog for all the information you need and some glorious vintage inspiration from my talented teammies.

Before I go some of you that actually read to the end of my waffle may remember I went off to my eldest sons PhD Graduation ceremony a week or so ago in Exeter and I promised a picture.
Meet Dr Jordan James Large.........
I was so proud and on the verge of tears all day!! To think I was so ill just a few days before that I could have missed this doesn't bear thinking about. I'm amazed at what he has achieved, he worked so hard going through school a year ahead of himself from the age of 4 and not stopping till finally at the tender age of 25 he has more letters behind his name than he has in it! A Dr of Mathematics and Economics and (I know I'm biased but) one of the nicest, kindest people I've ever come across.
I love you little man!

I'm crying now lol, what am I like? Thank you to everyone for all your comments, 
all your good wishes and your friendship.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Creative Card Crew - Recipe (1 ribbon, 2 papers, 3 pearls)
Inky Chicks - Bingo (Lace, Flowers, Pearls)
In The Pink - Die Cuts & Punches
Allsorts - Vintage
The Ribbon Girl - Anything Goes
ABC Challenge - D = Dazzle

Thursday, 23 January 2014

A Purrfect Challenge @ MAWTT

Hello folks, I'm slowly but surely getting back to normal health, I'm surprised how long that takes after an operation and my crafting is coming on very slowly!! Thank you to everyone for the good wishes and fabulous Get Well Cards I've received, I've been feeling very special and very spoilt I can tell you. Just another few days before I'm allowed to drive, thank goodness, I'm going a little stir crazy stuck at home 24-7. I will never moan about having to go out to get the grocery shopping again - well I might not LOL

It's time for a new challenge over at


and my little Scottish friend Janice is hosting with the theme of


I'm not sure I should admit this as everyone at MAWTT is cat crazy but I'm not a cat fan, they always scratch me. Maybe the cat and I fight for top spot in a household!!
I didn't feel 100% when I made this but I've missed so much over at MAWTT lately I felt was in danger of being sacked if I didn't snap to it!!
(Not really everyone has been so kind and my lovely boss Hazel has been covering my commenting)

I did however, decide to go down the Clean and Simple route to speed things up, not that it does as I spend so long deciding if I should add more things to this style of card!! My cat is a rub on, so I haven't even coloured anything here!

Head over to the main challenge blog for lots of much more creative cards and news of a super prize up for grabs this week. We also have 3 new teammies joining our happy band that you can find out about there.

That's it from me, I'm off for a lie down LOL
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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