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Thursday, 29 December 2011

Moving Along With A Blast From The Past!

Well Hello blogland!! Did you think I'd abandoned you all? lol It's been so long since I managed to post anything with the craziness that has been Christmas!
I hope you all had a fabulous time over the holiday and that some lovely crafting goodies found their way into your stockings, I know they did mine, and I got lots of storage as I'm determined to sort out my crafty chaos this year! I'd like to thank everyone who sent me gorgeous hand made cards, you will laugh to know that I've already started my Christmas cards for next year so I don't run out like this year!

I'm back today with a brand new challenge over at
and the lovely Hazel is hosting with a theme of
Step Back In Time
Like the last challenge, this challenge will run for two weeks to give us all a bit of a break over the New Year holiday and a chance to play with all the kids new toys!
 
We are sponsored this week by the fabulous
http://digimyworld.com/shop/ 

We were all given an image from the fantastic 60's Combo Pack and had a lot of fun with this I can tell you! And as it was Christmas we didn't even have to colour these babies in.....they were pre coloured - perfect when you're in a rush!
There are some fabulous new images over in the shop go check them out when you have a minute, you won't be disappointed!
You can't tell very well from this picture but this DCWV spotty card is all glittered and gorgeous! The punched border is a Martha. Head over to the main Challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and while you are there check out the fabulous makes from the DT. And guess what the DT got for Christmas....... A brand spanking new member!! Allow me to introduce SANDRA please head over to her blog and show her some love!

That's about all from me, probably until next year (lol) as I'm working everyday till January 4th I will try and get a little something posted as I'm approaching my first Blogaversary and I want to come up with something special for my followers!

I'd like wish you all a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Pollycraft Monday - Punch It!
Top Tip Tuesday - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Thursday, 15 December 2011

Moving Along With Cats & Dogs

Good Morning to you all, so preoccupied am I with all I have to do I almost forgot this post!
It's Thursday already and time for a new challenge at
before I go into the new challenge I'd like to thank everyone who entered last week with their Last Minute Christmas cards, we had some fabulous entries and you can find the winner and top 3 over on the main challenge blog.
This week it's Hazel who is hosting and she would like to see some 
Cats and Dogs
As it's Christmas next week (encase you hadn't noticed!) this challenge will run for 2 weeks - Yippee
I've used a Kaiser craft pad that I've had for an age and some WOC flowers.

We are sponsored this week by



who very kindly gave us some images to play with.
You can find all the details of the challenge and the prize over at MAWTT and don't forget to check out the DT makes while you're there!

Before I go I'd just like to say on behalf of MAWTT
A very Merry Christmas to you all

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Green & Purple
Allsorts - It Takes Two
Cute Card Thursday - Stripes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Lili The Pink

Good morning blog land, I've sneaked in here with an extra post - not that I have time to spare - but I just couldn't let the LOTV challenge blog end without joining in one last time!
I will be so sad to see this close, I didn't always get time to play along - but I always wanted to!
I used Lili's Little Dancer (not for the first time either!) and I can't make a Christmas card without a Magnolia snowflake these days, a Marianne icicle border, good old nestie shapes, a feather and an array (that sounds posh doesn't it!) of hat pins. Not sure you can see the diamante one. The pink spotty paper is I think Wild Rose Studio.

Goodbye LOTV, closing may save me some money - but I doubt it! lol

Thanks for calling by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
LOTV - Pink, White & Silver
Diva's By Design - Merry Christmas
Crafts and Me - Christmas
Papertake Weekly -I'm Dreaming of a Pink Christmas
Bling It On - Christmas
Scrapbook Sisters - 2 Colours

Tuesday, 13 December 2011

Let's Play Bingo @ LCI

Good morning again I'm back with my 2nd DT post of the morning.

IF YOU ARE LOOKING  FOR MY OLDIE BUT A GOODIE 
POST PLEASE SCROLL DOWN

It's TLT time over at 
and we are all getting in the party mood ready for Christmas.
The lovely Sue has decided we should be playing party games and has given us a game of
'BINGO'
We all chose our favourite embellishment and picked a square (Brilliant idea Sue) and this is what you have to play with
Pick a line, up, down or diagonal (from corner to corner) or if you want to show off (no names mentioned here lol but check out the challenge blog!) go for a full house! Be sure to let us know in your post which line you have chosen.

I've gone across the bottom with Buttons, Die Cuts & Pearls
 And I've used one of my favourite LCI stamps Jack & Robyn 'Gotcha' available HERE
My papers are from an Echo Park Spots & Stripes Christmas 6x6 pad and I've finally got to use one of my new Memory Box dies. It's all glittered and blinged up but you can't see from this picture! The snowflake brads are from Sir Stampalot, I couldn't resist calling in on my way through the other day. When I was searching for a Christmas Animal stamp (for my other DT post today) I found 3 packs of these Christmas messages that I'd forgotten I had! As most of my cards have been made now I thought I ought to use one! The tiny buttons are Papermania.

I hope you can find time to join us for this challenge, the Ladybugs are resting their wings over Christmas so this will run till the 2nd of January. Remember you don't have to use an LCI stamp to join in but we love it when you do.
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and while you're there check to see if you made the top 3 or won last week and don't forget to see what the Ladybugs made for your inspiration and leave them some Ladybug love.

That's all from me for today, don't forget if you didn't get your Stamp Of The Month at half price last week there's still time HERE 
Thank you for taking the time to visit
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Creative Inspirations - Snow Much Fun
Crafts & Me - Snow/Snowflakes
Scrapbook Sisters - Sue's Sketch
Paper Sundaes - Anything Christmas
Stamptacular Sunday - Christmas Glitz
Pixie Dust - Glitter & Bling
Cupcake Craft - Don't Look At The Light
Pollycraft Monday - Christmas Fun
Incy Wincy - Christmas & Brads


Christmas Animals @ Oldie But A Goodie

A very good morning to all my lovely blog friends, it looks like those up north are finally sharing their weather as we are expecting some nasty storms and winds! I'm heading out to the shops later and hopefully I won't have to go out of the door again for days!

It's time again for a brand new challenge at
I'd like to thank everyone who joined us for the last challenge, we had some beautiful entries and you can find the winner and top 3 announced on the main challenge blog.
This week our lovely Tracy is hosting and she would like to see
Christmas Animals
and as Christmas falls at the end of this challenge the powers that be have decided that this challenge will run for a month, giving us all a nice little break.

Now I had a major problem with this challenge - I don't own ANY Christmas animal stamps! I didn't know this until I was searching for one, so I had to think outside the box a bit and this 
is what I came up with!
Yes? No? What do you think? Well it really made me smile while I was making it! lol The stamp is a Penny Black that I have had for ages and of course never used. The photograph looks a bit royal blue but it is actually navy. I've blinged up a Magnolia snowflake again (don't know what I'll put on my cards after Christmas!) done the same with a chipboard number and the sentiment are a mix of stickers and rub ons. Really simple and I hope you think - fun!

You can find all the details of the challenge plus the prize on offer on the main blog page and while your there check all the fabulous inspiration from my super teamies!

Remember to be in with a chance of winning you must use a stamped image that is at least 6 months old

Thank you for visiting this morning, 
I'll be back later with my 2nd DT post of the day

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
ABC Christmas - Y =Yippee Anything Goes
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Blue Christmas
Crafty Cardmakers - Use It 3 Times
Secret Crafter - All Creatures Great & Small
Crafty Catz - Anything Goes

Thursday, 8 December 2011

Moving Along - Quickly!

A very good frosty morning to you all my lovely blog friends. Still no sign of snow here, looks like those up north don't want to share!!
Thursday morning can only mean one thing in my crafting calendar.......a new challenge at
Thanks to those that entered Hazel's sketch last week, pop over to the main challenge blog to see if you made the top 3 or better still - won!
This week the Lovely Lisa is on duty, and she has given us the challenge of
Last Minute Christmas
So its quick makes all round, and Lisa you would be so proud of me I didn't 'faff' once in the making of this! From start to finish in 45 minutes! And I wish I'd made this weeks ago so I could have made 120 more, I love it so much, instead I bought them from M&S!
I have made cards for all my crafty friends though - I daren't buy cards for you lot!!! I took the image into Photoshop and gave it a brown overlay, so not even any colouring involved this week. Matted and layered it up on 3 different colours. Stamped directly onto my card (my is that nerve wracking!) with a Stampin Up sentiment, stuck on some gorgeous gingham from WOC, tied a bow, whacked it on and blinged up a Magnolia snowflake, layered it up a la Julie and that's it!

We have our regular sponsor this week, the fabulous

Pop over to the challenge blog for all the details and while you're there check out some fabulous inspiration from the DT. The lovely Val has decided to step down from the DT, I wish you well in your pastures new Val be sure to visit us @ MAWTT.  Our sweet Pam is taking a short break, personally I think she's been kidnapped by the elves or she IS Santa's little helper!

That's it from me today, thank you all for taking the time to visit me and to those that do...thank you for your comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Totally PaperCrafts - Let It Snow
Sweet Stampin - It's Snowing (2nd entry)
Lollipop Crafts - Colour Challenge
The Pink Elephant - Snowflakes & Sparkle
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Simon says Stamp - Photo Inspiration
Bling It On - It's Christmas

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

Stamp Of The Month at LCI

A very good frosty morning to you all out there in Blogland. Christmas is definitely coming and a little snow too which might be nice! Not too much though.

It's the first Totally Ladybug Tuesday of the month which means a brand spanking new Stamp Of The Month over at
and of course a new challenge to go with it, this week chosen by my very special friend Lisa. Lisa helped me on my way into blogland, she was one of my first, if not the first of my followers and is entirely responsible for 2 of my 3 DT positions - Thank you sweetie! xx This week Ladybug Lisa would like to see some
Snowflakes and Sparkle
The Ladybugs were all given the fabulous new SOTM to play with for this challenge.
Introducing......Tom & His Snowman!! 
Available here at half price for the whole of December!
I've used a wee bit of artistic licence here and this is Toms twin sister Thomasina as he/she is all dressed in pink! Shows how versatile these fabby little stamps are. All my papers are DCWV and I've sparkled up my Magnolia snowflake die cut. A little bit of black ice cut with a Marianne die.

Head over to the main challenge blog to check out all the fabulous Ladybug inspiration, and this week we have 3 fabulous GDT making their debuts so please give them a visit and show them some Ladybug Love! Don't forget to check if you were a winner last week or if you made the lovely Pams top 3.
Remember you don't have to use an LCI stamp to join in with the challenge but we love it when you do!

I'm off to make a start wrapping presents
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
One Stop Craft - Let It Snow
Sweet Stampin - Snowing
Totally PaperCrafts - Let It Snow
Crafty Catz - The Colours of Christmas + Glitter
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes + Glitter
The Pink Elephant - Snowflakes & Sparkle

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Gingerbread Time

Good Morning and a very happy Sunday morning to you all. I'm afraid I've been AWOL again, this time I was wiped out with a migraine. It's the first I've had for about 10 years so at least they're not too frequent for me thank goodness.
I've not been able to craft for 5 days and I'm now so behind with my DT work! I was just getting ahead of myself nicely and I'd found the time to make another card just for fun, so at least I have something to post today.
You all know how much I love my Magnolia's! Since I've been blogging I've actually used some - they are not just for looking at now! This is Gingerbread Tilda, I think from a year or so ago. The die cut wreath is Memory Box again, the little wooden deer is from WOC along with the roses and the pearls, the gold baubles and leaf are from a Christmas decoration I dismantled and the sentiment is LOTV The lace is adhesive, I've had it for ages and never used it!

Right I'm off to catch up on all my blog visits and comments, so maybe I'll see you later!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Diva's By Design - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes
Deep Ocean - C is for Christmas Candy
Sir Stampalot - Bingo Pearls Flowers Punch

Thursday, 1 December 2011

Moving Along With a Brand New Sketch

Good Morning lovely blog friends, it's starting to get a bit more exciting now we've hit the 1st of December! Don't forget to open the first window on your chocolate advents! LOL I have so much to do for Christmas but I'd still rather be playing in my craft room!

I have a couple of new followers this week that I'd like to say Hello to, thank you so much for tagging along you really make my day.

As its Thursday its time for a fabulous new challenge at

Wow did we have some gorgeous entries last week, pop over to the main challenge blog for the winner and the lovely Debs Top 3

This week our prestigious leader Hazel is in charge, well she's always in charge but this week she has drawn us a lovely sketch to follow.
We have our lovely regular sponsor the fabulous

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks prize on offer to the winner.

I thought I'd have a change from Christmas cards, but I soon have to get back to them as I don't have anywhere near enough!
I've used one of my many Stampin Bella images that I have had for years. I've kept it all really simple, plain card in 3 colours, the sentiment in printed on the ribbon that has also been in my stash for a while, the white panel is embossed with hearts, I think its cuttlebug but I could be wrong! The die cut border is Magnolia, I know its pink but its still Magnolia LOL

I hope you will all get time to join in our little challenge this week, please pop over to see the gorgeous inspiration from the rest of the DT. All that's left for me to do is thank you all for stopping by today

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

Tuesday, 29 November 2011

WOW Time at LCI

Good Morning lovely bloggers I'm back with my second post today as promised
If you are looking for my Oldie But A Goodie DT Post Please Scroll Down

It's TLT time over at
but first I would like to thank everyone who played along with my Winter Blues challenge last week, it was my first time hosting and I was relieved that lots of you wanted to play along with me!! Head over to the main challenge blog to see if you were amongst the Winner or top 3 and also Queen Kerry was looking for some Guest Designers and in the immortal words of Ant & Dec "It Might Be You"

This weeks challenge was chosen my lovely friend Pam and its a favourite of mine
White on White
WOW cards always look totally stunning and I can't wait to see what you all come up with

I've gone right outside my comfort zone with this one LOL  I usually only make square cards but with all that creativity out there (and equipment in my craft room) I was inspired by our very own Lisa who manages to create something totally original every time!!
I've used the fabulous 'Nikki & Buttercup Building A Snowman' and if you didn't get yours yet - hurry up - you only have until tomorrow to get this baby at HALF PRICE. Honestly at half price its worth putting by till next Christmas or better still a fabulous present for someone!
The lamp post, tree and snowflake dies are all Magnolia and the other shapes are nesties so now I've used my Grand Calibur twice it's obviously an essential to any craft room!!
Head over to the LCI blog for lots of gorgeous inspiration from the Ladybugs and for all the details of this weeks challenge. Remember you don't have to use an LCI image to play along but we love it when you do!

Thank you for visiting
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Totally Papercrafts - Christmas
Simply Create - All About Christmas
Poodles Parlour - Christmas (3rd Entry)
Sweet Stampin - Punches & Dies (2nd Entry)
Charisma Cardz - Snowflakes
Crafty Catz - Snowmen
Craft Your Passion - Tis The Season

Golden Oldie @ Oldie But A Goodie

A very good Morning to you all, I'm still tucked up in bed as this challenge starts the day before me LOL I don't do mornings in the winter months anymore - its usually too cold!

It's time for a brand new challenge at
and this week it's my turn to host because I swapped with my buddy Lisa who actually picked us the fantastic theme of

Red And Green Must Not Be Seen!

How cool is that? Love it Lisa!
We have a fab prize up for grabs to the winner and all the details can be found over at the main challenge blog, along with last weeks winners and some gorgeous inspiration from my lovely team mates.

Remenber you must use an image that is STAMPED not digi and it must be at least 6 MONTHS OLD.

I hope you will all find time to join in this week, I love getting my old favourite stamps out to play,
and this was no exception. I just love Magnolia and yet again this is one from last Christmas that never got inked up (I can hear Jill screaming from Norway!) All the die cuts have been done with gold mirri card and sparkle and shine and my new Memory Box wreath looks fab in real life! I can see now that I'm going to be needing some more of these!! The lush papers are also Magnolia and the sentiment LOTV

Thank you for looking and I will be back later with my second DT post of the day
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Quixotic Inspirations - Kim's Sketch
Lollipop Crafts - B is for....Bow
Ooh La La - Lots of Sparkle
Sweet Stampin - Punches & Dies
Poodle Parlour - Christmas (2nd Entry)
Deep Ocean - C is for .....Candle

Sunday, 27 November 2011

Just For Fun

Hello everyone, happy Sunday to you all. This is a rare post for me as I found a little extra time to play this week with some images that I've wanted to for ages, that's right not a DT in sight this is just for fun!

I love Kenny K's and I've had this for so long if I didn't get it coloured and posted soon it would have to wait till next Christmas! Meet the lovely 'Mistletoe'
I had this fabulous paper pad from Echo Park, Christmas Spots and Stripes, every sheet is gorgeous and I've been desperate to use it and I thought this image was perfect for the traditional red and green colour combo. I've used some fluffy stuff for the fur trim again, love this technique its ideal for Christmas.

I hope you all have a nice relaxing Sunday, I've got friends coming for lunch so I best go peel some potatoes!!
Thanks for looking and to those that do, for the lovely comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Dutch Dare - Recipe
Poodles Parlour - Christmas
Simply Create - Christmas
Totally PaperCrafts - Christmas
Secret Crafter - Borders & Flowers
Cupcake Craft - Teenage Boys
Stamptacular Sunday - Anything Christmas
Here Come The Boys - For The Man In Your Life

Thursday, 24 November 2011

Moving Along With some Pretty Little Ribbons

Good Morning blog lovers, hope it's not too frosty in your part of the world, it hasn't been here cos the salt air stops us having much frost but my Mum tells me she has had a proper white welcome these last couple of mornings!

Thursday seems to come around faster than ever just lately, I reckon it must be my age! LOL 
I've been quite poorly for the last few days and I want to thank everyone for all the get well wishes you have all been leaving me, I can't believe how kind everyone has been. Sniff sniff. Feeling loads better now so business as usual and time for a new challenge at


and this week my lovely friend Debs is hosting and she wants to see some 
Ribbons & Bows
 Here is my contribution
I've kept my card pretty simple this week as I didn't want to cover up too much of these gorgeous Bo Bunny papers, I was tempted to just stick a piece of the lush paper on the front of a card blank, it's so so gorgeous! The cute image as you will recognise is LOTV, my collection of these is growing but I never find enough time to play with them, this is one of my favourite of this years Christmas release. The flower I have had forever from Prima, I have a problem with using the stuff I buy, I think I prefer to look at it and stroke it LOL 
The pearls and ribbons are from my stash. Thanks to my lovely friend Jill for the fab tip - I don't buy pearls in every colour anymore - I colour them with my copics now.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and check out the fabulous inspiration from the DT The girls have done a brilliant job for you this week! It's a super little challenge and growing stronger and stronger each week with some fabulous prizes up for grabs.

This week we have a new sponsor

They are donating this super collection to the winner

I hope you all find time to join in and thank you all for visiting this morning
Love 'n' Hugs
Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious - Christmas With Pearls or Vintage
Creative Craft - Free For All (2nd Entry)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Christmas Crackers
LOTV - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

The Winter Blues @ LCI

And a very good if not frosty morning to you all, I know it's not actually frosty yet but compared to what I've been used to, it certainly is! 
I hope you're all well or at least better than me as I seem to have caught something nasty over the weekend and have had to drag myself out of bed to make this post.

Tuesday means one of my favourite challenges hits the airwaves at
and this week is somewhat special for me as Queen Ladybug Kerry and Princess Lisa have handed over the reins and let me choose a challenge!!
Oh the power, I hardly knew where to begin (as if!) I've a list of challenges waiting LOL 

With the change of weather and seasons we could all be feeling a touch of 
The Winter Blues
So we'd like to see frosty or cold, Blue inspired cards from you this week, easy peasy yes?

A fabulous LCI stamp (to the value of £6.50) of your choice is up for grabs to the winner and remember you don't have to use an LCI image to join in but we love it when you do.
I've used one of my favourite LCI stamps Sledding Fun I love Jack and Robyn they are sooooo much fun! Papers, tree's and snowflakes are all Magnolia, the frosty border is a Marianne die, the image cut out with a nestie and the sentiment LOTV. Navy and white always looks so crisp and clean - love it!

Now this week is a wee bit special at Ladybug headquarters as not only do we have a fantastic challenge we also have  3 GDT spots up for grabs for the month of December!! Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and you could be joining us very soon!! The girls have been extra busy creating some fabulous DT inspiration for you so pop along and show them some well deserved Ladybug Love.

One last quick reminder, if you haven't bought the November Stamp Of The Month yet, you still have time
Nikki and Buttercup Building A Snowman is available at half price till the end of the month!

Thank you for stopping by today, hope to see you all over at LCI  very soon
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bunny Zoe's - Anything Christmas With Pearls
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes
Stamping Scrapping Central - Christmas
Crafty Catz - Snowflakes
One Stop Craft - Blue
CES - snowflakes
Diva's By Design - Monochromatic
Fab 'n' Funky - Baby It's Cold Outside
Creative Craft - Free For All
Creative Card Crew - Monochromatic

Thursday, 17 November 2011

Moving Along With Some Snow!

Good Morning my lovely friends I'm back and I have really missed you and your blogs. Sad really when I've been living it up in the sunshine but whatever floats your boat hey!

The first thing I had to do on my return was head into my craft room and make my DT card for
couldn't be late this week as it's my turn to host LOL
I'm sorry I haven't been around to comment much but I'm trying to catch up, there were some fantastic entries to Hazels Fairytale challenge WOW how much fun was that one? Head over to the main challenge blog to see if you won or made the top 3

Now onto this week and as I'm feeling the cold on my return I thought we may have some snow so...
Let It Snow

We have a fabulous sponsor
They are offering the winner a $10 voucher to spend in store

They also very kindly gave us some super images to play with
How cute is he? I've coloured him with my Copic pens and used the fabulous Bo Bunny Blitzen papers, really didn't want to cut into these LOL I've used my delicate Magnolia snowflake die and made a removable tag with a rub on sentiment on it. On his hat I put fluffly snow to make it look like fur....not real fur....be kind to animals and all that!

Hope you'll all have time to join us this week, don't forget to check out the fantastic DT cards the girls have made for your inspiration over on the challenge blog.

Now would be a great time to remind you all too that Oldie But A Goodie have a Let It Snow challenge running too this week - check it out xx

Thank you all for looking and for all the lovely comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky - Baby It's Cold Outside
Craft Your Passion - Let It Snow
Paper Sundaes - Digi Images

Tuesday, 15 November 2011

Holiday Candy Winner

Hi guys I'm back!
Really quick post to announce my Holiday Candy Winner

CONGRATULATIONS....

please email me at laurie@designerdiva.co.uk
with your address so I can post your candy

xx

Scroll down for my two DT posts today

Do You Believe in Fairies

Hello again, I'm back with my second post of the morning

IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MY OLDIE BUT A GOODIE POST PLEASE SCROLL DOWN
IT'S WORTH IT!!
I love my card this week!!

9 a.m. on a Tuesday morning can only mean one thing....
TLT time again at
This week Queen Ladybug Kerry is hosting with a fantastic theme of
'Fairies'
 Before I give you all the details of that, have you checked the LCI blog to see if you were a winner last week? And don't forget all the super 'Candies' that were on offer, I only got back from my holiday late last night and the first thing I did was to pick my winner

Congratulations....
Anne at  http://anewcrafter.blogspot.com/
Please contact me at
laurie@designerdiva.co.uk with your address to send your candy

Now on to this weeks challenge, remember you don't have to use an LCI image to join in but we love it when you do.
Meet Daydreaming Ruby - isn't she fab? This is my first card with this little lady but I think we will become firm friends! I've teamed her up with the lush Prima Fairy Florals 6x6 papers and a gorgeous silk bow. No flowers is really unusual for me - I hope you noticed Kerry!

Now I just have to remind those of you who have not got her yet, Novembers Stamp Of The Month Nikki & Buttercup Building a Snowman is still available at half price  - what are you waiting for? Get yours before they run out!!
Thank you for looking and any lovely comments I receive
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenge
Flutterby Wednesday - Friends and Wings

Let It Snow @ Oldie But A Goodie

A very good morning to all my lovely blog friends. As you read this I should be back from my little jolly in the sun, but I'm probably fast asleep in bed as I should have arrived home quite late last night!

It's DT time again at one of my favourite challenge blogs
Where else can you play with all your old favourite stamps, and I really don't get to play with mine enough! This week our big boss lady Francesca has stepped up to the helm and our fabulous theme is
Let It Snow
Hopefully its not snowing at the moment!

I'm really pleased I got to stamp out one of last Christmas's Magnolia stamps that had never seen the back of an ink pad before and I love it!!
I'm so pleased with this card I can't begin to tell you how much! LOL Probably because it has most of my favourite things on it - Tilda, the rolled roses, those gorgeous Doo Hickey snowflakes, pink gingham paper and MS frond punch.

Don't forget to head over to the main challenge blog to see what super prize is up for grabs, to check out if you were the lucky winner last challenge and to see what my fabulous teamies have created for your inspiration.

Thank you for visiting my blog today
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Totally Tilda - Christmas but no red, green or blue
Magnolia Stamp Lovers - Christmas
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday - Punch It
Craft Your Passion - Let It Snow
Sweet Stampin' - Gorgeous Gingham
Wags 'n' Whiskers - Christmas
Dutch Dare - Punches and Dies
Truly Scrumptious - Bingo (Gems, Flowers, Punch/Dies)

Thursday, 10 November 2011

Moving Along With A Fairytale

Once upon a time in a land far away (encase you hadn't guessed I'm on holiday) there was a little blog called
it was a lovely little blog, it gave away fabulous prizes to really nice, clever people, and this blog had a Fairy Godmother called Hazel. Hazel liked
Fairytales
she wanted all the people in the surrounding lands to like fairytales, she wanted all the people to use fairytales as an inspiration to everything they made.

On this blog was a beautiful young (OK OK I'm using artistic licence here) girl called CinderLaurie, CinderLaurie made a card for the nice blog
Upon this card was all the things CinderLaurie dreamed of, oh where oh where could her Prince Charming Edwin be? Was he back in the land of Magnolia? She'd danced with him under the stars in the garden with the rolled roses and butterflies on the night of the Prima papers ball, when she'd lost her shoe running away as the clock struck 9pm and she didn't want to miss Downton Abbey.

CinderLaurie had sisters (oh God they are so gonna kill me for this!) who had made cards too, and all the people from the surrounding lands flocked to the little blog to look at their cards. Their cards were beautiful and they were beautiful too, no one is ugly in this fairytale ha!

There was a beautiful cloud, it was a 
and this beautiful Crimson Cloud had a wonderful gift to give away to someone on the little blog, someone special.
And they all lived happily ever after.
The End.

Hope you liked my fairytale LOL
I'll be back from my hols next week and get around to catching up on all your blogs
Love 'n' Big Hugs Laurie xx

 And as if by magic Cinderlauries Fairy godmother would like to enter the card into the following challenges ...

TOMIC- Edwin and sketch
Just Magnolia -Anything goes with Pearls and lace
CES - Film or Song

Tuesday, 8 November 2011

LCI New Release & A Blog Hop

Good morning bloggers I hope it's all nice and sunny in your part of the world, it certainly should be in mine at the moment! Obviously this is scheduled!!

Exciting times at 
today it's not just a normal Totally Ladybug Tuesday, all the Ladybugs are extracited as it's a Blogaversary  and Kerry is celebrating with a fab New Release and a Blog Hop and there are sooooo many prizes up for grabs!

With so much happening I don't know where to start!!

You should have arrived here from Pinky's' blog, to join in the hop just visit the Ladybugs in order, leave a comment on each of their blogs and then leave a comment on the main LCI challenge blog too.
Easy Peasy - yes?

The Fabulous new release is all about weddings, don't you just love a wedding? We were all given images to play with and none of us have seen each others cards!!
I used the two stamps I was given on the one card, I love the Wedding Cake - that's probably because I just love cake in general!! You'll have to head over to the LCI blog for all the details of the lush new stamps, as I didn't have them when I typed this - sorry, but while your there you can check to see if you were the lucky winner of last weeks challenge.

This weeks challenge has everyones favourite theme
'ANYTHING GOES'
Remember - you don't have to use an LCI image to join in but we sure love it when you do! And the winner of the challenge gets to pick the stamp of their choice!

One more thing.....every Ladybug is offering Blog Hop candy on their blog, to be eligible for this you have to have commented on each blog on the Hop and they will choose their winners from the list of commenter's.
Here's my candy

Right, now you need to know that the next stop on the Hop is Kerry's blog but don't worry if you get lost - just head back to the main challenge blog and start again!

I hope you all took advantage of the Fantastic Half Price
Stamp Of the Month last week?
If not - don't worry you still have time.

That's it from me - Happy Hopping

Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 3 November 2011

Moving Along With Food & Drink

Good Morning to you all my lovely bloggers I hope this finds you well wherever you are. Thursday can only mean one thing......Time for a new challenge at
and this week its hosted by my blog buddy Pam and she has chosen a subject very dear to my heart
Food and Drink!
Yummy....I like both! A lot!! In fact I like a lot of both!!

I also like this scrummy stamp from LOTV and this is the first time I've got to ink her up, and she is sooooo cute! I have also used my latest toy on this.....the rolled rose die......OMG you are so going to get fed up with these COS I LOVE THEM!!! I didn't think I loved them until I bought it and used it for the first time LOL now I can't stop rolling roses. The lush papers are MME and I attacked the whole thing with an emery board to distress it.

We have a fabulous new sponsor

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and to see what super prize is up for grabs. While you're there check out the fantastic DT inspiration.

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

I'd like to enter this into the following challenge
LOTV
Bright and Sparkley

Tuesday, 1 November 2011

New Stamp Of the Month at LCI

Back again with my 2nd post of the morning
If you are looking for my Oldie But A Goodie 
DT card please scroll down

Its Totally Ladybug Tuesday and time for a fab new challenge at
 and as It's the first Tuesday of the month we have a brand new 
Stamp Of The Month 
available at half price for the whole month of November. 

The whole Design Team have made cards using this gorgeous Nikki and Buttercup building a Snowman to give you lots of inspiration and idea's and our lovely Sue has spoilt you with a choice of themes to use for this challenge
Distressed or Non Traditional Colours
Now I went and got myself all distressed hoping my black and white stripes was non traditional enough! That's what happens when you try and get ahead of yourself so you can go and lie on a beach somewhere!!
I loved working with this stamp it was a joy to colour and one that I will use and use (and to think I totally overlooked it at first! - a mistake I will not make again)
Head over to the main challenge blog to check out the DT's fabulous inspiration, all the details of the new challenge and last weeks winners.
Remember you don't have to use an LCI image to join in, but we love it when you do!

Thank you for stopping by today and for all the lovely comments 
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Buttons & Bows @ Oldie But A Goodie

Good Morning blog lovers, time for a brand new challenge at
where you can all use your favourite stamps as long as they are at least 6 months old! I love this challenge, I have so many stamps that I've never got around to using or only used once - I think I could stay on this DT forever!!!

This week our lovely Lisa is hosting for me ( I swapped with her) and we want to see some
Buttons and Bows
Nice and easy, we all love to use buttons and I rarely make a card without a ribbon these days!
How much do you love this little man? I just want to pick him up LOL. You can tell it's a long time since mine where this age - I'm desperate for Grandchildren! This little guy is Toby and he is from Mo Manning (rubber not digi - no breaking the rules). My fabulous papers are Making Memories and are amongst the first I bought years ago - since then a small Forest has been sacrificed to fill my craft room!
We have a fabulous sponsor this week
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this fab challenge and to check out the very talented DT makes for your inspiration.

Thank you stopping by my blog this morning, I'll be back later with my 2nd post of the day
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Saturday, 29 October 2011

Candy Time!

EDITED TO ANNOUNCE THE WINNER

CONGRATULATIONS....

DEL at http://designedbydel.blogspot.com/

please email me at laurie@designerdiva.co.uk
with your address so I can post your candy


 Good Afternoon my lovely bloggers, just a quick post from me as I have packing to do!! It hardly seems fair, me going to lie on a beach in glorious sunshine for two weeks, eating out every night LOL, drinking, shopping, sleeping and being waited on hand and foot (its a hard job but someone has to do it!), while you guys settle into darker nights and dropping temperatures so I'm leaving you a little pressie while I'm away - a small but stunning
'FOLLOWERS CANDY'
 MME Lost & Found 6x6 Breeze Paper Pad
Distress Ink in Brushed Corduroy
4 Bunches of WOC Roses in 'Sepia'
A Generous length of brown Organza ribbon

The usual rules apply
  1. Be or become a follower (genuine please)I will be checking if your name is chosen
  2. Post a picture with a link back to here on your sidebar
  3.  Leave a comment to this post
This candy is open till Midnight on Monday 14th November
I'll pick a winner on the Tuesday from the commenter's
(is that a word?!)

Love 'n' Sunshine Laurie xx

Thursday, 27 October 2011

Moving Along With the Boys

Good Morning blog lovers I hope you are all well wherever you are and whatever you're doing! It's DT time again for me as Thursday means a new challenge at
Before I go into that I'd like to thank everyone for the fabulous entries into last weeks challenge, my you all love a bit of vintage! I also want to thank you all for supporting out fabulous blog, its really great to see it grow and grow.

Now on to this week, super Shell is hosting and she says
'No Girls Allowed!'

I used this opportunity to make a card for one of my favourite nephews Isaac
As soon as I saw this fabby paper I knew I had to use it with my new stamp from LCI.

We are sponsored this week by the fabulous
 StitchyBear Stamps and this super prize is up for grabs.

We were all given either images or Digi papers to use and I chose 
doobleboys bluedkbrown doodle paper.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some great inspiration from the DT.

Thank you for stopping by and for your lovely comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

It's A Baby!! at LCI

Good Morning blogland, I hope all is well in your little corner of the world. Not long now before I head off in search of sunnier climes. I'm so busy trying to get all my DT work done before I go, I don't want to let any of my challenges down - even though I won't be around to comment.

Its Totally Ladybug Tuesday time again and that means a fab new challenge at
and this week we have a super theme set by the lovely Tams
Babies
I've been itching to ink up this gorgeous Nikki stamp
I had a pram like this for my eldest son, it was great, so much better for the babies as they have lots of room, I had twins next and I remember putting them both in the pram while I was waiting for my twin pram to arrive, seems like 5 minutes ago not 23 years!!
Anyway, back from my trip down memory lane and back to my card - I followed a fab sketch by our very own Mary J for Quixotic Inspirations and the papers I used were free in a magazine ages ago I'm sorry I can't remember what they are called.
You don't have to use an LCI image to join in but we love it when you do, and with images this gorgeous how could you not want to!
Head over to the main TLT blog for lots of gorgeous inspiration from the super talented DT and for all the details of this weeks challenge and last weeks winners.
And I just want to remind you there's just a few days left to get the October Stamp of the Month at Half Price this week - Nikki Running With Buttercup

Thanks for stopping by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Thursday, 20 October 2011

Moving Along with a Vintage Theme

Good Morning blogging community!! For no reason what so ever I'm in an exceptionally good mood!!! Hope it lasts LOL Thursday already can only mean one thing.....time for a new challenge at
And today we have a brand spanking new member joining our Design Team the lovely 
Please give her a visit and show her some love.

Today's challenge is set by Val and she has chosen
Vintage
I've never made a vintage card before, I guess that's why these are called 'challenges'
I dug out some old paper, think its K & Co (only another 499 sheets to use up!) I remembered this stamp I bought years and years ago and thought it fitted the theme perfectly, I coloured it loosely with some pastel distress inks, added the lace (essential in vintage) and the tea dyed ribbon bow et voila!! A few flowers and a rub on gold sentiment - one vintage style card.

We have a fab sponsor this week

The prize up for grabs is a £10 Voucher (P&P not included) and with some fabulous stock in store you'll be spoilt for choice with what to spend it on!!
Head over to the main challenge blog to see what the fabby Design Team have made for your inspiration and don't forget to check if you were amonst the top 3 or a winner last week.

Thanks for stopping by today
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Tuesday, 18 October 2011

Pink & Brown Circles at LCI

PLEASE SCROLL DOWN IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR MY OLDIE BUT A GOODIE POST

Hello again, I still can't quite believe that I have two cards to post every other Tuesday! LOL Oh to be in demand!!

Tuesdays aren't just any old Tuesdays anymore - Now they are Totally Ladybug Tuesdays and that means its a new challenge at 

and what a fab challenge this one is! Set by our very own lovely ladybug Michele.....
Pink & Brown with Circles
Show me anyone who doesn't like pink & brown together!!
I love it and the circles made this one a lot of fun for me.
Now I never make anything other than sqaure cards,  but on my birthday I received a card from my blog buddy Debs and I was amazed by it. So amazed that I had to have a go at it myself and this is my go....not a patch on Debs card to me but I'm still really pleased with it. I have to point out at this moment that because I wanted to make this card so much .....I had to buy a Grand Calibur!!! Thanks again Debs!!
As it cost me so much to make LOL I want you to see it from every angle!!
That gorgeous ribbon is from LCI and you can get it here. I used Robyn stamp who is just as cute as a button I know I will use and use her time and time again. I did a tiny bit of paper piecing on her dress,  I thought she was thin enough to get away with horizontal stripes LOL! The flowers are from WOC  and I've used my favourite papers of all time Making Memories Cosomopolitan.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge and to see what gorgeous inspiration the Ladybugs have created for you and if you haven't looked yet - it might be you that won last weeks challenge or made the top 3!

And most important of all
Don't forget you can still get the Stamp Of The Month at Half Price


Thank you for visiting
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Stamptacular Sunday - You Choose
Tuesday ThrowDown - Shaped Cards