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Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Spots & Stripes @ Diva's

Good morning I'm back again with a DT card for a brand new challenge over at
and this week the lovely Rebekah has chosen
SPOTS & or STRIPES

I have used a stamp I've had for a while and never got chance to play with before, its called Topsy Turvy Cake and is available Here in digital format, though mine is rubber from Whimsey
I coloured my star pins with Copic markers to match the Echo Park DP's and the sentiment was computer generated.

We have a fabulous sponsor

and all the details of this weeks prize can be found on the main challenge blog. While you're there check out the fabulous inspiration from the gorgeous Diva's - you won't be disappointed!
I've posted this off to a very sweet blog friend - I hope she has it before she sees this!

Thanks for visiting
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft Room Challenge - Orange, Brown & Cream
Bunny Zoe's - Celebration
Addicted To Stamps - Birthday Card With Dots
Totally Gorjuss - Yummy
Allsorts - Free & Easy (2nd entry)

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

Pink & Girly @ LCI

Good morning blogland its time for a new challenge over at 
and today Catherine hosts her first challenge for us and what a fabulous theme 

PINK & GIRLY

Lol there's some ladybugs that went into meltdown over this one!
I've gone a bit 'Pink & Grey & Girly' as I just had to use this fabby paper from Echo Park. I actually bought another of these pads just so I could use the first one?!?!?! I've used Slobbing Nikki available HERE and a bit of feather makes it quite girly I thought! So many of my friends are ill I decided to make this into a Get Well card.
And inside..
I drew around the outside of my nesties and hand cut them to make thinner mats.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and some really girly inspiration from the DT.
Remember you don't have to use an LCI image to join in, but we love it when you do!
Don't forget to check out the all the winners from last week, there were so many prizes up for grabs its a long list of winners!!

Thanks for stopping by today, my comments have been few and far between for the last couple of days, I'll be back round to visit you anytime after tomorrow when things should be back to normal - well normal for me!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Crazy Challenge - Anything Goes
That Craft Place - Anything Goes
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Stamping For The Weekend - Bingo (flowers, polkadots, dies)
Delightful Challenge - Use Pattern Paper
Phindy's Place - Get Well

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Lots of Layers @ MAWTT

Good Morning It's me again here with my DT post for
this week the very lovely and very shy Sandra is hosting her first ever challenge so make sure you all show her some extra love! She has given us a fab theme of
Lots Of Layers
So easy peasy lets see lots of entries for Sandra please
 How much fun is this guy?! Meet Reg Butterswaithe from Just Inklined. I actually started to make this card for my Husbands birthday (as we sell ice cream for a living) but I didn't get him finished in time so he's now in my box ready for when I need him. The papers are Basic Grey and I've fluffed up his ice cream with Woodware fluffy stuff!

We are sponsored this week by


Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge and prize, and for some fabulous inspiration from the DT Girls.
I hope you will all get a chance to join in the fun this week with Sandra's challenge.
Yesterday I came down with my 3rd cold since Christmas! I've never had so many colds - I've totally lost my sense of humour now!! 3 isn't funny!!

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp - 3 Papers
My Mums Craft Shop - Buttons & Ribbons
Creative Card Crew - Masculine
Dream Valley - Just For Men
Wags & Whiskers - Masculine Birthday
Totally Papercrafts - Ribbon & Bows
Allsorts - Free & Easy (2nd)

Tuesday, 21 February 2012

Red & White with Ribbon @ Oldie But A Goodie

Good Morning everyone I'm still tucked up in bed (hopefully) My Husband is away on a boys skiing holiday so no one should wake me up! I'm really disappointed to have lost another follower, I find it so hard to believe that people stop following you! People really do follow just for candy, I'm so shocked by that!
It's time for a new challenge over at
and this week the very very lovely Claire has chosen
RED & WHITE WITH RIBBON

Now I had to make a Ruby Wedding card for my cousin a week or so ago (it's posted below) and that inspired me to make this one for my lovely Teammie Lisa's daughter on her recent 18th.
I don't normally post 2 cards at a time - lol - I struggle to post 1 when its due! And I also haven't made a card without a stamped image for soooooooo long but now things have changed here I thought I could get away with it! Though I have had that red & white stripe card for approx 5 years!
and inside...
on hindsight I should have painted the chipboard letters inside like I did with the numbers on the front, but then we all know hindsight is a wonderful thing don't we! I've used my beautiful rolled roses....again! The gingham ribbon is one of many colours all of which are my absolute favourite!

The Ruby Anniversary card I made first
with a computer generated sentiment inside.....
In real life the red glitter heart is much brighter than it looks in this photograph.
I really love this red & white theme, it produces really fresh vibrant results! I hope you all get a chance to join in this time. Head over to the main OBAG challenge blog for all the details of the challenge and some great inspiration from my lovely team mates.

We are sponsored this week by

http://digidoodleshop.com/store/

Thanks for dropping by today
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I would like to enter the 1st card into the following challenges
Totally Papercrafts - Ribbons & Bows
Die-ing For A Challenge - Anything With a Die Cut
Wild Orchid Crafts - White Plus 1

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I would like to enter the 2nd card into the following challenges
Scrappy Frogs - Die Cuts
Charisma Cardz - Anniversary
C.R.A.F.T. - No DP
One Stop Craft - Create Your Own Background
Allsorts - Free and Easy
       Lollipop Crafts  - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Favourite Things (rolled roses)
                                                        

Thursday, 16 February 2012

Chicken Soup @ MAWTT

OMG! How late am I this week!
I'm writing this post as quick as I can to make the challenge time, now I know how the White Rabbit felt, at this point the card you are about to see isn't finished, it has no inside but I plan on getting it done PDQ and editing my post.

So onto this weeks challenge at
and this week our little Shell has chosen

GET WELL SOON

Honestly I know so many people who have been ill I need to make at least a dozen of these! (bit of a joke as I haven't even managaed to finish this one!)
Once again I have been inspired by the now infamous MARY J. I saw this image on her blog and fell in love, Mary you are costing me a fortune!
The image is now one of my favourite! Its called Chicken Soup and its from Bugaboo. I swear by chicken soup when I'm not well. The flowers are a die cut from Dienamics and all the shapes are Nesties.
Edited to show inside!
I got it done at last! and this is now on its way to my poorly friend.
 
We have a lovely new sponsor
The prize is a $10 voucher to spend in store.

Please head over to the main challenge blog if you haven't come from there and check out all the inspiration from the fabby DT and GDT.

Thanks for stopping by today, I'm sorry its a quickie, going back to work has thrown me into chaos!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

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

Truly Scrumptious - All Creatures Great & Small
Alphabet Challenge - A is for Animals
Love To Create - Buttons & Bows
C.R.A.F.T. Challenge - No Designer Paper
Paper Play - Critters

Tuesday, 14 February 2012

Spring Into A Blog Hop With The Ladybugs

A very good morning to everyone, it's certainly warmed up a bit here - I hope it has in your corner of the world, though I had to go to work yesterday and it took me about 4 hours to warm up when I got home!
While I was away in Yorkshire the temperature at home apparently hit -15 degrees in Sunny Hunny!

It's time for a fabulous new challenge today at
and before I go into details I'd like to thank everyone who joined us for the last challenge, we had some gorgeous work and I'm glad I didn't have to pick the winners from them!

This week is a wee bit special as most of you already know, we have a brand new release and so secret have these images been, no one on the DT has seen each others cards!
And normal for a new release we are celebrating with a BLOG HOP and some fabulous prizes are up for grabs! First lets get the details of this weeks challenge and the lovely Lisa has set this theme of

SPRING IS IN THE AIR

and the new release images are just gorgeous! Well mine is ( I have to go and look at all the others yet!) They are called Floral Delights and are the sort of images you can use and use and use!
It doesn't show in this photo but I have gone over all the stems in green and the fabby glass bowl has been glossy accented! I've been itching to use some Kraft card for ages and I punched my tiny tag out of that too. My gorgeous little ladybug is from Sir Stampalot and they will be appearing on plenty of my cards from now on! 
And a little peek inside..
Remember you don't have to use an LCI image to join in with the challenge but we sure love it when you do!

So onto the rules of the Hop - which are...
You should have arrived here from PINKY'S blog 
  1.  Visit each of the DT members in order and leave a comment on each of their blog hop posts.
  2. There will be a LETTER on the challenge blog and on each of the DT's blogs - note these down! At the end of the hop the letters you have collected will spell a word. Email us at lcichallengeblog@aol.com with the word you have spelt .
  3. Display the blog hop banner on your blog, either in a post or on your side bar.
 The letter you need from me is A and the next link on the hop is SUE, don't worry if you get lost, just head back to the challenge blog and start again.

The First Prize is The whole shebang ....
all 9 images in the new release


and we have 5 Runner up prizes of two images each. 
Winners will be chosen at random!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details.
Enjoy hoppin!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Stamps R Us - Anything Goes
Pile It On - Heartfelt Thanks
Phindy's Place - Round & Round
Charisma Cards - Things With Wings
Scrappy Frogs - Die Cuts
Allsorts - Free & Easy
Crafts & Me - Use A New Image


Sunday, 12 February 2012

I'm Back!

Wow what a frenzied shopping, blog friend meeting, show visiting, cricut cutting, craft shop touring, indian (not) eating, glitter uping, new technique trying, custard burning LONG weekend was that!
And what a FABULOUS time I had too - if you don't count Lisa's driving and Michaels custard!
Here's a pic from the Manchester show
Pami, Jo, Suzette, Lisa, Me (yes really!) and Linda

Head over to Lisa's blog for more pics (of course) and all the relevant links and funny stories! We had a great time and are already planning the next trip - Pam thinks Brighton, with a trip to her favourite shop, The Craft Barn.

As if all that shopping wasn't a treat enough, I got back to these too!

For my Bugaboo Lace card for Oldie But A Goodie

For my litte Bee Mine card for MAWTT

Thank you to Lisa, Michael, Pam for a great weekend and I have to just mention Christine is the only blogger I have met who is EXACTLY like her picture!

I'll be back on Tuesday with an LCI Bloghop!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 9 February 2012

Pesky Mice! @ MAWTT

I know I know but it's just a phase! I told you I loved the Mary J mini cards and now I can't stop making them! But you have to admit they are just the cutest ickle fings!

Thursday again (my these weeks go quickly) means only one thing!
Time for a new challenge at 
And this week my lovely friend Sue is hosting her first challenge since she joined us. We are all loving that MAWTT is going from strength to strength and this week we finally made it into the top 10 challenge blogs! That's because you lovely people join in our challenges every week, and this week Sue has given us a fantastic theme

CUTE CRITTERS

and inside
I spent my first year in blogland making nothing but 6x6 square cards and now I can't stop making mini round ones! I just don't know why I didn't make them sooner! The papers are Echo Park, the sentiment is computer generated and the cute little image was kindly given to us to play with by this weeks fabulous sponsor

http://digimyworld.com/shop/

and this weeks prize is a $10 voucher to spend instore

I did actually cut off his tail (ouch) and replace it with a desire wire one!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, the winners of last weeks and some gorgeous inspiration from the lovely MAWTT girls.

I'm lovin' my time in blogland at the moment, I've made some really lovely friends and today I'm picking one up from the train station (Pami) and heading north to visit another! No doubt those of you that know Lisa (My Makes & Me) will see pictures of us all on her blog soon! Tomorrow I'm hoping to meet a few more at the Manchester show.

Thank you for visiting me
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Tuesday Throwdown - Be My Valentine
Top Tip Tuesday -Valentines
Creative Inspiration - Lots Of Love
Fab 'n' Funky - Love Is In The Air
The Paper Shelter - Be My Valentine
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Love Is In The Air (2nd entry)
My Mums Craft Shop - It Must Be Love (2nd entry)
Stampavie & More - Love
Stamps R Us - Valentines
The Pink Elephant - Pink (2nd entry)

Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Love Is In The Air @ Diva's

Good Morning to you all - yet another post from me - I could get used to this card a day posting - NOT!
Although I will be back with another card tomorrow for my usual Thursday MAWTT DT blog!

Today I'm here with my very first official DT card for the very lovely
I am over the moon to have joined such a fabulously talented group of girls so much so that I couldn't resist joining in last week when it wasn't my team's turn!
And my oh my did you lot just love the anything goes theme last week! I'm glad I don't have t pick a winner as we had sooooooo many gorgeous creations!
This week it IS my teams turn and we have a fantastically topical theme
LOVE IS IN THE AIR
I can't get that song out of my head now
 
I've used the gorgeous little Valentino from Magnolia - how cute is he? It normally takes me at least a year to ink up a new Maggie stamp so this is super quick for me! I painted a die cut chipboard heart with TH crackle glaze and was chuffed to bits it actually worked! The papers are a mix, some from BG Little Black Dress and the music paper was from my stash, the flowers are WOC.

We have a brilliant sponsor this week

 
http://www.craftyemmasstore.co.uk/

Emma has a fab sale on at the minute you should all find time to check it out - trust me!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge, what you can win and some amazing inspiration from the Diva's.

Thank you all for looking, commenting and just being there!

Love 'n' Hugs
Laurie xx

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Magnolia Mania - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Try It On Tuesday - It's A Lurve Thing
Simply Magnolia - Hearts & Love
Lollipop Crafts - Valentine
Magnolia Down Under - Love Is In The Air
Magnolia-licious - Vintage Shabby Chic
Just Magnolia - Anything Goes Valentines Option
Polka Doodles - Show Some Love with Hearts
Truly Scrumptious - Love & Hearts
All That Scraps - Anything Goes
Basic Grey - Love/Valentine
One Stop Craft - The One I Love
Sweet Stampin' - The One I Love
Dream Valley - Valentine
Addicted To Stamps - Valentines/Love
Simon Says Stamp - Love Is In The Air
My Mums Craft Shop - Love Is In The Air

Oh my that is a lot of challenges! and trust me that is NOT all the challenges that this card could have entered!!

Tuesday, 7 February 2012

Oldie But A Goodie and a Sneak Peek!!

Good Morning blogland hope all is well with those who had some snow and sad face for those that didn't as you didn't get to build snowmen! We had a good few inches here and as it was so windy too it drifted so it was pretty deep in places, not that I've been outside yet!
I hope it all melts soon though as I'm off up North to visit Lisa on Thursday with Pami, and I don't want to be driving in snow and ice! We are going to the show at Manchester on the Friday if anyone is going give us a nudge, it will be great to meet up.

Now to business! 
I have a little surprise at the bottom of my post so make sure you read to the end!

First things first and it time for a new challenge at
and this week SARA is hosting and would like to see
Lace
and inside
I've used flowers from WOC and Echo Park Country Drive 6x6 paper pad, my little nylon butterflies have been in my stash for years along with the lace. I'm not a lace person usually.
We were kindly given some fabulous images to play with by this weeks sponsor
Bugaboo

and this is Flower Gals Violet available HERE
Coloured with Copics and I've used a Spellbinder nestie inside bot available from Stamping Scrapping Central.
I added the flowers over the flowers on the image and was quite pleased how it turned out!
Head over to the main OBAG challenge blog for all the details of this weeks fabulous prize and some great inspiration from my lovely team mates and while your there check out the winners from the last challenge - it might be you!
Remember to be in with a chance of winning you must use something on your card/project that is over 6 months old.

Now for a little sneak peek
You may remember me telling you that Ladybugs Craft Ink are having a new release with a blog hop next week
Well I'm allowed to show you just a teeny tiny snippet from my top secret image! Even the other ladybugs haven't seen each others images so we can hardly contain ourselves!
I know I know its a bit blurred! I hadn't coloured it until last night so I had to take a picture at night with the flash and its not the best picture but just you wait till you see the whole thing!!

I have to apologise if I didn't get around to visiting you much this week, I've been trying to get ahead with my DT cards for my little trip to Yorkshire!
Thanks for looking I'll be back tomorrow with my first 'official' post for the Diva's.
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Let's Get Girly
Catch The Bug - Anything Goes
Pixie Dust - Girly Girl
Do You Stack Up - Anything Goes
Poodles Parlour - Anything Goes
Crafty Catz - Pink and White
Allsorts - Free and Easy


Thursday, 2 February 2012

Bee Mine @ MAWTT

Well I'm here with my DT post and to be honest I didn't think I was going to make this challenge! Never has a challenge given me as much trouble as this one (except for my next LCI card) I was already to throw in the towel and call it a day forever!.
Then I was visiting our GDT Leesa the other day she had made a mini card (check it out HERE) and I knew that was the answer to my problem! So off I zoomed to the Mistress of The Mini Makes, Mary J for a little more inspiration and I was saved!! Hallelujah!!
Without further ado its time for another challenge at
and my dear friend Debs is the hostess and she wants us to 
HAVE A HEART
So lets see some love in your creations
My very first mini card and I can assure you it will not be my last! 
I love Mini cards now! It even has an inside
This was so quick to make (if you don't count the 2 hours I was looking for the yellow spotty paper!) The little bee was kindly given to us to use by this weeks sponsor
and the flowers are a MFT die with yellow brads in the centres.
Head over to the main MAWTT blog to check out all the details of this weeks challenge, last weeks winners, what you can win this week and some fabulous inspiration from my gorgeous Teammies.

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

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Truly Scrumptious - Love & Hearts
Fab 'n' Funky - Use A Digi Image
Crafts & Me - Brighten Up Your Day
Simon Says Stamp - Animal Antics
My Mums Craft Shop - Fab 'n' Funky
Crafty Sentiments - Punches & Dies (2nd entry)
Sweet Stamps - Shaped Cards
Crafty Catz - Things With Wings
Sweet Stampin' - Animals
Delightful Challenge - Punches & Dies
Paper Play - Get In Shape

Wednesday, 1 February 2012

Now I'm a Real Diva! & Candy Winners

Yeahh I'm officially a real Diva now lol my family have been calling me one for years but today I get to post my very first card for the
The gorgeous Rebekah has taken me on her team and I'm sooooo pleased to be here amongst such talented teammies!

Team C are kicking off the weekly challenges and even though it's not my teams week I couldn't resist playing along. To get you all into the party mood Rebekah has thrown caution to the wind and given you all the fabulous favourite theme of

ANYTHING GOES!

We were lucky enough to given some fabulous images to play with 
from one of this weeks 2 sponsors!

And
I've used Lil Little Lolita Willow  from Tickled Pink Stamps, coloured with copics, some gorgeous Maja Designs paper and the Prima blooms are a mix of some that have been in my stash since the beginning of time and a gift from my Secret Santa! The pearl brads and sticky gems are also from my stash.
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks challenge, what you can win and some gorgeous inspiration 
from the Diva's!

Now it's time to reveal the winners of my Blogaversary Candies
Before I do I just want to say once again, a great big thank you to everyone who has helped me, inspired me, visited me and left me a comment over this last year - you are all really special!

These are chosen at random to each candy
It's a bit of an international event lol

The Valentines Candy is going all the way to New Zealand to
http://chrissyscardland.blogspot.com/

The Pink and Girly Candy to
http://cheryl-cherylscreativeatcscards.blogspot.com/

The Favourite Papers to
http://dropletsinarustybucket.blogspot.com/

and the last but not least

The Alphabet Candy to (I think Norway?)
http://creaastrid.blogspot.com/

Congratulation to you all ladies, a couple of you I know a little,
if you email me HERE with Candy Winner in the subject bar
with your postal addresses I will get that sent out to ASAP

I hope those that joined recently will stay around for a while, I'll try my hardest to keep it interesting!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter my card above into the following challenges:
Crafty Sentiments - Punches & Dies
Creative Craft - Bingo (Gems, Brads & Flowers)
Lollipop Crafts - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Craft Your Days Away - Distressing
Stamptacular Sunday - Diamonds or Pearls
Tickled Pink Stamps - Bright & Cheerful