Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Did You Comment? Have You Won?

Well guess who's late for everything this week? 
LOL that would be me!!

I forgot to announce the winners of the uber cute Baby Billie's Blanket image from

Ladybugs Craft Ink

Remember I said Kerry was giving away the image to two people who commented on my post,  
well I'm here to announce the lucky two....


if you would both email me HERE
and I'll get the super sweet image off to you ASAP

Baby Coen Benjamin McLeod born Wednesday May 22 at 12:05 am 7 lbs 5 1/2 oz
and you will be able to find lots of updated pictures on Kerry's blog HERE

You still have a few days left to enter our Oh Baby Challenge where there are lots of chances to win, the new Grandma is very generous this month!!

Also today saw the start of a new challenge at
and I missed that too!!
There is a super new theme of
Tie A Ribbon
so I hope you will pop along to join in
(unlike me who was meant to!!)

Right that's me done, I'm off to catch up on my DT comments - I'm late for them as well!!
 I will be back on the 1st of June with a card for
(only cos I made it weeks ago!)

Love 'n' Hugs 
Laurie xx


Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Wedding Bells @ OBAG

Good Morning Guys, hope you all had a fabulous Bank Holiday break yesterday, hopefully I was really busy as this should be one of the busiest weeks of our season. As you have probably gathered this is a scheduled post!!

It's time for a new challenge over at


and this time Francesca has chosen the theme of


Here is my little offering!
This is a card I was commissioned to make a while back
Another lovely Teddy Bo image from my winnings and Pion Papers that you can't really see very well as I covered them up with cheesecloth!

We have a super sponsor this week

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details and some fab inspiration from my teammies. Remember to be in with a chance of winning the prize you must use something on your creation that is at least 6 month old an be sure to tell us what it is in your post.

That's all from me today
Catch you all later

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges

Thursday, 23 May 2013

Embossing @ MAWTT

Morning Guys, almost another Bank Holiday lets hope the sun shines for this one, I'm actually writing this during the snow of the Easter Bank Holiday (I'm getting ahead ready for when I will be working)

Today see's the start of a new challenge for Team B at


and this week the lovely Red is hosting her first challenge with us and she has chosen


It can be wet or dry or even both!

I went with the dry variety on a card that was commissioned.
I struggle with commissioned cards as I'm never sure they will like what I made!
Anyway here it is...

2 of the 3 papers are from our Sponsor this week

Plain & Simple and Simply Dots in a lovely soft lilac.
These really are lovely papers, they are already distressed and they sand away beautifully at the edges when you want to blend the edge of a covered card in.
I hope Joy liked her card!

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, the prize on offer and lots of gorgeous embossing from my lovely Teammies.

That's all from me, enjoy your long weekend,
if your in Sunny Hunny come and say Hello

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
The Ribbon Girl - Lilac and Lavender
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Cute Card Thursday - Tie It Up

Tuesday, 21 May 2013

Mid Challenge Reminder @ LCI

Good Morning Guys, I'm here today with a mid challenge reminder at


our month long extravaganza continues to celebrate the arrival of Kerry's first Grandchild.
The theme of

Oh Baby!

will carry on through May so you have plenty of time to join us.
Kerry had an early new arrival of the uber cut Billie Bear digi stamp which we have all been using. I have to admit I didn't get time to play along at the release but I'm happy to report I have found some time to join in now!

At the time of me writing this we are waiting news of Baby McLeod's arrival, Nic went into labour yesterday and all the Ladybugs are super excited!
Back to my card, I was meant to be making a baby boy card, but I had a couple of those in my stock box and I wanted to have a 'Girl' one too to cover every angle!!
This is the cute Baby Billie's Blanket digi image and is available HERE.
Coloured with my favourite teddy bear Copic colours and trimmed up with the fabulous LaLa Land Heart Banner Die.

Head over to the main challenge Blog for all the details of the challenge, the prize on offer and some fantastic inspiration from the Ladybugs.
As a celebration treat Kerry is giving away this image to two people chosen at random who leave a comment on this post.

As soon as we have news of Baby I'll edit my post

That's all for now, thanks for stopping by today
and don't forget to comment - it could win you the image

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
The Crazy Challenge - Baby Card
Squirrel & the Fox - Here Come The Girls
Pan Pastels - New Beginnings
1 Stop Craft - Anything Goes
In The Pink - Maybe Baby
Crafty Creations - KISS

Saturday, 18 May 2013

Another One of Those Just For Fun Cards!

Morning Peeps I won't say good as the weather is far from it here! I can't believe how it changes from day to day, no two days are the same lately!

I'm back with a card I made for the fun of it again - whoa steady on that's two I've made now this year!! I really liked the 'Mood Board' inspiration photo for the latest challenge at Saturated Canary and wanted to make something with those fab colours so here it is!

You'll have to excuse the dark photo, it's such a miserable grey day here.
I've used the super sweet 'Turtle Love' from Krista and coloured with copics. The papers are Kaiser Craft 'Utopia' and were a perfect match for their challenge. Lots of WOC flowers and my new Doo Hickey feather dies from Sir Stampalot
I took another pic with the tag out

Equally as grey and miserable lol
Half way through making it I decided it would be perfect for my friends Granddaughter so I added her name is Stickers, luckily I had a perfect colour match!!

That's it from me today, I hope you all have a fabulous weekend

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Saturated Canary - Emerald (Photo Inspiration)
Songbird - Bloom and Grow (2nd entry)
Anything Goes - Shaped Card
Fab 'n' Funky - Fav Embellies (Flowers)
Crafts & Me - Use a Digi
Simon Says Stamp - Flower Power
Bearly Mine - Lucky Dip (Lace, Flowers, Die Cuts)
Crafty Catz - 3-2-1 (1 button, 2 Butterflies, 3 Pearls)
One Stop Craft - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Inspired By a Song @ OBAG

Hello Blogland it's my favourite challenge today at
and I chose it LOL!

Inspired By A Song

Doncha just love it!! I do, it makes me laugh out loud when I check out everyone's posts! And boy oh boy is it good to have some laughter in your life! and singing, not that I can sing lol I'm tone deaf!

I went to the Theatre at Leicester the other day with some friends and I took my mum for her birthday. We went to see 'Hot Stuff' it was all 70's music and everyone, and I mean everyone, was singing and dancing all the way through it! If it comes to a town near you go and see it, it was a real trip down memory lane and non stop laughs!

Here is my little offering, I'm showing my age with my song choice!!
My dad was always singing Dean Martin songs when I was growing up, and my mum's a Frank Sinatra fan so I love a bit of 'Rat Pack'

Inspired by Dean Martin's
'Little Old Wine Drinker Me'
I'd made this card ages ago when I got the sponsor mixed up (I thought it was Bugaboo) and it isn't!! We have a super sponsor

The Paper Nest

Check out the main challenge blog for all the details
and some super inspiration to get you singing lol

Remember to be in with a chance of winning the prize on offer you must use something that is at least 6 months old and be sure to tell us what it is in your blog post

That's it from me today, I have a mountain of washing and ironing to get through!

Thank you for stopping by and for the lovely comments you leave

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bearly Mine Designs - Lucky Dip (Metal, Die Cuts, Flowers)
Crafty Sentiments - Add A Charm
Papertake Weekly - The Sound Of Music
Tuesday Throwdown - Smell The Roses
Cupcake - Lots Of Layers
Songbird - Bloom and Grow

Thursday, 9 May 2013


Morning lovely people this is a scheduled post as I'm super efficient and it's still March when I'm writing this!! I do hope that by now it has warmed up a bit lol if not I might have to emigrate!

I'm back today with a brand new challenge for the B team at


and this week my lovely little friend Sarah is hosting her first challenge here of

Clean and Simple

Is it just me that finds these cards such a challenge?
I almost need to chop my hands off to stop me adding stuff! 
I got there in the end, see what you think

 Of course what's even harder with these CAS cards is trying to photograph them! This is just a plain white 4x4 little card with a die cut moustache (which I love) stamped directly onto the card (which was nerve wracking) a black punched border with a black and white stripe raised on top with foam pads. Kinda cute me thinks in the end.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge and lots of lovely inspiration from my teammies.

Thank you so much for all your support and lovely comments, I've been having quite a difficult time and now more than ever they mean a lot

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges (if I get time!)
SFTW - Punches or Die Cuts
Crafty Sentiments - Use a Sentiment
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Anything Goes @ Diva's

Good Morning Guys oh boy do I have a project (and a story) to share today!

First things first lets get the challenge and theme out of the way!
Today is a brand new challenge at


and this week Rebekah has given us

Anything Goes

It was Anything but a card when I made these but I guess as the owner Rebakah has the right to change her mind lol

Michael (my husband) is chairman of his 'Fridaymans' club this year (15 businessmen go out to lunch on the last Friday of each month and once a year they take their wives!!) And as chairman he (read me) have to come up with a present for the ladies. I was told they were having a 'spring' theme and to wrap it in 'springlike' paper.
I decided I could do a bit better than that and made gift boxes!!!
I googled 'Origami box' and found some instructions. I had to alter the fold a bit as the top of the box was as deep as the bottom and I wanted mine to finish half way down the box if you know what I mean??
I already had an idea what I wanted to put inside them as I'm a 'Clarins' fan and love all their products, Beauty Flash Balm is a miracle cream as far as I'm concerned but a tad pricey - so imagine my excitement when I was flicking through the craft channels and saw the very product I wanted at almost HALF PRICE on the Deal Channel!!
You might want to go and get a cup of tea as I haven't got to the good bit yet!!!
After ordering and receiving my bargain and feeling pretty smug with myself for coming up with a fab present at an even fabber price I was totally surprised to get a phone call from Joanne from Ideal World, (yes 'THE' Joanne from Create and Craft) Curiosity had got the better of them as to why I wanted 15 bottles of Beauty Flash Balm! I had such a lovely chat with her, and they had googled my blog (they took a punt it was connected to my email address) and I was grinning all day after that!!
Little Darlings have a fabulous competition on which I thought I'd try and enter too.
Anyway after that rather long (but I hope not tedious) story you might want to actually see what I made!! Warning I have gone overboard with the photo's as I'm so pleased with them
and inside
all 14 (I didn't need the 15th as I didn't go)
From the side

A close up of another
And finally 2 more group photo's

As they have now been received I can tell you all the ladies were chuffed to bits with the fab presents and the unique boxes which were designed towards them (hair colour, glasses etc) I had so many thank you cards/flowers etc I was quite emotional!!

Back to business!! Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, the prize on offer and some fabulous inspiration from my teammies.

That's all from me today, after that marathon post I think I need a lie down lol

Edited: OMG were we busy at the seaside this weekend! I don't think I've ever worked so hard or so long. Crafting and blogging has taken a back burner for me and I'm not sure how much time I can devote to it at the minute all I can say is I'll  try!!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter these into the following challenges
Wild Orchid Challenge - 3 or more different flowers
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Saturated Canary - All things bright and beautiful

Wednesday, 1 May 2013

Heck of a Fashion Challenge

Hello again, you will be fed up with me soon, you don't hear from me for ages then two posts in two days! I must be getting back on a roll - NOT! Well I am trying but the creative juices aren't flowing too easily, it's a good job I got months ahead of myself in the DT work!!

Today is a new challenge as it's the first of the month (already!) at


and this month the theme is


We have some fab new teammies joining us so please pop along and show them some love (I need to too as I have been AWOL for too long!
I've used one of the gorgeous Uptown Girls from Stampin' Bella this is Audrey and I think she's super glam!! The sentiment is also a Stampin Bella but I retyped it up on the PC so I could fit it in a circle die cut. The papers and the pearl swirl are MME from last summer I think they are called Hello Sunshine.

Pop along to the main challenge blog for all the details of the challenge, some fabulous inspiration and the prize that is on offer the the fabulous Mandy's and their fabulous store

The Craft and Hobby Store 
at Heckmondwike 
and the online sister store

That's all from me today, another Bank Holiday this weekend so I hope I'm busy

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges
Creative Card Crew - Bling
Tiddly Inks - Movie Inspiration (Pretty Woman)
I'm Hoping Stampin' Bella images count for Tiddly Inks challenge still?
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Die Cuttin' Diva's - Anything Goes
Totally Gorjuss - Ribbon & Pearls
Crafty Ribbons - Anything Goes with Ribbon
Bunny Zoes - Favourite Colour Combo (Anything Monotone)
MMCS - Spots or Stripes