Friday, 30 September 2011


Grab a great bargain at

this weekend, Kerry has gone mad and for this weekend only it's 50% off!
(Digi's not included)

Head over there now, before they run out!

Thursday, 29 September 2011

Moving Along With A Halloween Party

Good Morning my lovely bloggers and hasn't it been glorious these last few days? Summer has returned and it's put a smile on every ones face again.
I had an amazing time at The Ritz yesterday, my how the other half live!! We ate so much food for our 'tea' that I couldn't eat anything else all day! All washed down with 2 glasses of lovely champagne - Yum! The pianist played Happy Birthday and they appeared with a cake for me (only 1 candle fortunately) and everyone clapped - I was so embarrassed

As it's Thursday already this week it's time for a brand new challenge at
and this week our lady boss Hazel has chosen the theme


I've had so much fun with this card
Not only were we were given some fabulous images to play with by our sponsor Whimsie Doodles, they have an amazing offer for all Moving Along with the Times fans - use the discount code Moving10 at the Whimsie Doodles online store and receive 10% off your next order! Code expires 30 days from today.*

 How cool is that! 
I just love these images, I'll be heading over there to take advantage of that offer PDQ!
The winner of this weeks challenge will receive a $10 Gift Certificate from the online store. You can check out all the details on the main challenge blog and while you're there check out the amazing makes from the DT this week!
I hope you all have something wonderful planned for the weekend
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Paper Sundaes - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes (2nd Entry)
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

Fall and a Fold at LCI

Surprise!! I'm still here. No doubt you have wondered what has happened to me AGAIN!! I keep saying I've been a bad blogger but I'll get better and I don''t get any better...BUT and its a big BUT I've made most of the wedding invites, they are being collected today, by my nephew and that means after my trip to London tomorrow (Tea at the Ritz! - a birthday present) I will have time to make cards!!!

Now I have some more exciting news....
fresh from my GDT at 

last week I have been asked to stay on as a 
Fully Fledged Ladybug!! 
So I'm here today posting with my brand new shiny Ladybug wings for the challenge that has been set this week by my new teamie Amanda and she wants to see

Fall Colours and a Fold 

that gives us all lots of options, a tent fold, an easel, a tri fold shutter, and so on....
I've used the fabulous Roadster Nikki from LCI and the lush papers are from Kaiser Crafts Up and Away pad. I've just made over 100 easel card wedding invitations so I thought 1 more wouldn't hurt!
The flowers are from Prima and have been in my stash 'FOREVER"
The winner will receive a stamp of their choice and there's so many fabulous stamps to choose from here
You don't have to use an LCI image to enter the challenge but we love it when you do, head over to the main Ladybugs Craft Ink Challenge blog for all the details and to see what the lovely Ladybugs have made for your inspiration.

Thank you girls for inviting my onto your team - I love it!
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts 4 Eternity - Autumn Days
Cute Card Thursday - Mindy's Sketch
Crafty Catz - Autumn
One Stop Crafts - Easel Cards
Sweet Stampin - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew  - Easel Cards

Thursday, 22 September 2011

Moving Along With Sqidgi Digi

Good Morning blogland, I seem to have got myself in a right old pickle this week! I 've lost a couple of days somewhere along the way, and I had a major catastrophe with the wedding invitations and some Distress ink! They went from pink to brown over night and I had to start that bit all over again. All sorted now and I had my kids on a production line yesterday, cutting, scoring and gluing to make the boxes! They should be all finished by the weekend and I'll post some more pictures.

Thursday means its DT time for me again over at 

Thanks to everyone who joined in last week with some sparkle, check the main challenge blog to see if your card shone through to the top 3 or winners spot.

This week the delicious Debs has been cooking up a
and your main ingredients are

3 Design Papers 
2 Types of Embellishments 
1 Image
We have a super sponsor this week, the fabulous Beth and

Check out all the details of the challenge, the faberooni prize on offer and the dynamic DT's inspiration for you on the MAWTT challenge blog.

I don't like to make excuses for my cards but I feel I owe Lisa and Beth one for this! I ran out of days and made this really quickly last night and photographing at night as not done it any favour either!! The image is the super cool '70's Girl from Squidgi Digi and I'm really sorry but I don't feel I have done it justice! All 3 papers aren't as wishy washy as they look here and, they don't look it from that angle, but the buttons are straight!

Thanks for stopping by today to visit me
Happy crafting
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenge
Stamptacular Sunday - Just Sayin'

Tuesday, 20 September 2011

GDT for Ladybugs New Release Blog Hop

If you are looking for my Oldie But A Goodie DT post, please scroll down.

OMG I get to be a Guest Designer for 
as they celebrate going digital with a new release and a Blog Hop - *SCREAM!*

How excited was I when lovely Head Ladybug Kerry emailed to ask me to GDT and Magnum is my favourite pet too so that doubled the excitement!
It's all happening over at Ladybugs Craft Ink today, a new release of the fabulouso Magnum and if that wasn't exciting enough - just like the switchover - he's gone digital! 

That means marvellous Magnum's at digital prices, no need to choose which one to buy, now you can afford to have them all!  Head over here to check out all the details of all the new digital stamps available.

Now on to the Hop, you should have arrived here from the lovely Julie's blog

 and for my card I got to play with the brand new
Missed  A Bit Magnum
I can't tell you how much I love this stamp, and as of yet I haven't seen any of the other new releases, I'll be hopping along with you all!

The theme for this weeks challenge is 'ANIMALS'

Next on your Hop after me, fresh from her Candy Floss making day at the seaside is Lisa

Don't worry if you get lost, just head back to LCI and start again.
Remember to be in with a chance of winning the fabulous prizes on offer,follow the rules of the Hop.
  1. Leave a comment on each DT members hop post on your way round.
  2. Leave a comment on the challenge blog telling us your favourite new release stamp.
  3. Dispay the new Digi hop banner in your sidebar or in a post.
Thanks for visiting, I'm off to Hop!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp  - Song or Film Title (The Lawnmower Man)
Sweet Stampin - Flowers
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Bingo (Flowers, Sentiment, Die Cut)
PaperPlay  - Punches and Dies
Papertake Weekly - Creature Comforts

One For The Boys at Oldie But Goodie and Candy Winner

Good Morning My lovely blog friends, I'm supposed to have had more time to craft and visit your blogs this last week but some how it hasn't happened and the days just whizz by!

I did have a fabulous weekend though and went to my first craft class over at Sir Stampalot with the lovely Brenda and made some fab new buddies and a lot of mess with ink! Two fab blog friends, Lisa and Pam and came to visit and we all headed off on our adventure together.

Tuesday means it's time for a new challenge over at 
Thank you to everyone who entered last time and those that joined in the blog hop, it was my first time hosting one and I thought it was great fun.

I had a little candy on offer for the Blog Hop and I used the random number thingy to chose me a winner and they picked No. 20 -that's you Sue.
Congratulations I will get that sent out to you ASAP. 
Don't forget to head over to the main challenge blog to see if you were amongst the winners of the challenge or the Hop

Now on to this weeks challenge and the Delightful, De lovely Debs has chosen the theme of
'One For The Boys'
Don't run and hide, this is gonna be great fun, boys and men's cards used to scare me senseless but not anymore thanks to you lot out there and your wonderful inspiration!

I've used one of my cute LOTV little boy images that hadn't seen a bit of ink before this challenge! The lush paper are Maja and were a birthday present from my very dear, very talented friend Jill over in Norway. The sentiment is a rub on and it's just gorgeous! Nesties and punched stars, some twine and a charm and that's that!

We are sponsored this week by
Details of the prize will be found on the main challenge blog
Remember to be in with a chance of winning You must use a rubber stamp (not a digi) and it must be at least 6 months old 

Thanks for visiting me today and to those that do, for the lovely comments
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz  - Sketch
Here Come The Boys - Bingo (Metal, Cute Image, Die Cuts)
Stamptacular Sunday - Just Sayin!
Simon Says Stamp - Film or Song Title (Sailing)

Sunday, 18 September 2011

News Flash!!

Something BIG is about to happen at Ladybugs Craft Ink

Tune in on Tuesday 20th September to find out......

Friday, 16 September 2011

Pami's Pink Card

Good Morning everyone, how nice was the weather yesterday? well it was really sunny here at Hunny anyway! I hope it lasts for Lisa and Pams visit this weekend.

Today is just a quick post as I want to show you the card I made for Pami's birthday yesterday, and now I know she has received it I can post it here to share.
I used my very first Kraftin Kimmie stamp, I first saw image this on Pami and Mary J's blogs and as it was sold out everywhere at the time I had to send to the USA to get it! That's determination for you! The papers are Echo Park 'Be Mine' and they could be the only 6x6 pad that I ever use all up! The flowers of course are WOC, I just love the new Carnations and the sentiment LOTV.

Thank you for visiting and for the lovely comments you leave me, I'm off to bake a cake in honour of their visit, have to pretend to be all domesticated!!

Have a great weekend, Love 'n' Hugs 
Laurie xx

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Kraftin' Kimmie - Your First Kraftin' Kimmie Stamp
Craft Your Passion - The 'F' Word (Flowers, Fairy)
Papertake Weekly - Things With Wings
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Fab 'n' Funky - Bingo (Flowers, Ribbon, Stamped Image)
Flutterby Wednesdays - Open (Butterfly, Fairy or Angel)
Simon Says Stamp - Sing It (Lily The Pink)
Cute Card Thursday - Anything Goes

Thursday, 15 September 2011

Moving Along With A Sparkle

A very Good Morning to you all, I need to start my post with a little message

I'm a little excited as tomorrow I get to meet Pami for the first time, both her and Lisa, my two fantastic teammies, are coming over to Sunny Hunny and we are all off on a blog girls day together on Saturday. Lisa and I have met before and hit it off really well. If anyone is around this area on Sunday maybe you'd like to join us for lunch?

Now on to the rest of my post, its Thursday and that means new challenge at
and this week I get to host and I would like to see your cards

So go mad with the glitter, glamour dust to your hearts content and let us see those cards shine so much we need sunglasses! Don't forget to check out the main MAWTT challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, to see if you were the lucky winner of our fabulous Hazel's sketch challenge last week and to see what my lovely team makes have made sparkle just for you.
Not that you can tell from this photo, but trust me this is a very sparkly card!! I printed out the super Stitchy image after I'd re-coloured it in Photoshop, then used a glue pen to go all around the outline and glamour dusted the lot!! Fab WOC flowers and the lush paper is Kaiser Craft.

We are sponsored this week by the faberooni
StitchyBear Stamps
and this super prize is on offer to the lucky winner

I hope that you all get a chance to join us this week, I look forward to being dazzled by your creations in every way!

Thank you for stopping by today for your visit and to those that do, for the lovely comments

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

Wednesday, 14 September 2011

Party Pictures

Well against my better judgement but as promised pictures of my 50th birthday party. I showed these to my Mum the other day (along with the other 305!) and she didn't recognise me!! I had a great time, and the pictures are lovely to look back on but there honestly isn't one of me that I like!!! No new profile pic here then.

The drinks were lined up for guests as they arrived, my cake was gorgeous, the bottom was chocolate sponge, the middle vanilla and the top was strawberry cake yum yum. Not one slice was left at the end of the night !
I had two show girls helping to hand around the canapes then the vodka and mojito jellies which were a big hit with the men (the girls not the jelly) actually the girls and the jellies! Of the 180 people there I think at least 179 had a hangover the next day - I was fine.......I had my hangover two days later LOL
 My eldest son Jordan, made a speech, I think my husband was too drunk to string a sentence together! At least I didn't have to say anything.
Here I am with all my family, you can see how far gone my husband is on this picture LOL There is a canvas behind us that all the guests signed and wrote messages (well most of them that could still write)
Me again with my friends Colin & Sally - note bottle of pink champagne & straw! You can also see how hot I was, the whole night was one long hot flush!!
With my best friend Janie (in red) and her son's girlfriend Sophie. I had a mouthful of chocolate cake at the time, it looks like I've had cheek implants!!

Below is my daughter Raegan and my eldest sons french girlfriend Agathe who is just gorgeous - I do keep mentioning that I'm desperate for a grandchild but he's not biting!!

Raegans twin brother Joel on the right with Rob and Emily who both work for us, my twins are my babies, you can see why I'm ready for grandchildren - they're a bit too big to take to the park now!!
It was so hot that night people kept drifting outside, the heat was probably coming off me!!
Just a few more.......keep awake! 
Some dancing and merriment, Lou and Toni 2 lovely friends.
Last 2, well done those that managed to stay with me till the end! Graham on the fist picture celebrated his 60th the night before, as you can see he is a bit of a party animal!

Well I think you can get the general idea of my birthday from those pictures. No more parties from me for a long time now, we've done  18th, 21st, 40th, 50th and silver weddings I think when Michael reaches 60 we'll just go out for a nice quiet meal!!

Love 'n Hugs Laurie xx

Thursday, 8 September 2011

Moving Along With Hazels Sketch

Good Morning bloggers,  albeit blustery and blowy it's perfect weather for my hot flushes lol! The wind is cooling me down nicely thank you very much.

Its Thursday already and time for a new challenge over at

What an amazing lot of entries we had last week, there were some fantastic ideas for handmade flowers that I can't wait to try out. Head over to the main challenge blog to see if you were a winner or top 3.

This week our Head Mover Alonger Hazel has provided us with a super sketch to follow
and we have a fab sponsor this week, the megalicious
They have an amazing selection of goodies on offer and even better a fab sale on too.
Check out the main challenge blog for all the details of this weeks prize and for some fabulous inspiration from my super talented team mates.
For my card I've used one of my many (unused) Stampin Bella images that I loved so much when I bought them, and still do! So many stamps, so little time! I thought this would be great as a Passing Your Driving Test card.
The arrows were cut from a cuttlebug die, the ovals from a nestie and the flowers from little punches.
I like to mix it up a little and not make all my cards with 3D flowers now and again. The sentiment is SU.

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:
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Crafty Creations - Anything But A Square
Ladybugs Craft Ink - Anything Goes
Pink Gem - Colour Inspiration
Sweet Stampin - Anything But Birthdays

I almost forgot! I was given this lovely award by the very sweet Tracy
Please visit her lovely blog and share some love.
The conditions for accepting this award are that I give answers to a list of questions and pass it on to 10 deserving bloggers.

Well here goes with the questions.
  • Q1) Name your favorite colour? - Green
  • Q2) Name your favorite song? - One by U2
  • Q3) Name your favorite dessert? - Creme Brulee
  • Q4) What annoys you at the moment? - My Kids bedroom floors!
  • Q5) Your favorite pet? - I've only ever had 1, a dog, Shane
  • Q6) Black or White? - Black
  • Q7) Your biggest fear? - Spiders or drowning maybe
  • Q8) Best Feature? - Personality
  • Q9) Everyday attitude? - You only get one life, live it!
  • Q10) What is perfection? - You tell me?
  • Q11) Guilty Pleasure? - A fortnightly manicure, its the only girly thing I do!
  • Q12) When you're upset you? - Eat
Now with this bit I struggle, so as I love you all for reading my blog I want you all to have it! So please help yourself, it will be nice to learn a little about you

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

A Christmas Blog Hop at Oldie But A Goodie and Candy

Good morning all my lovely friends it's an exciting day for me today as I'm about to be involved in my first ever Blog Hop over at

Where Francesca is hosting a fabulous challenge of
Christmas In September

and as today is a special day at Oldie But A Goodie (it's the challenge blogs 1st Birthday) we are celebrating with a Blog Hop with lots of super prizes up for grabs.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the details of the hop, the fabulous prizes you can win and to see what the lovely girls have made for your inspiration.

You should have arrived here from the Lovely Francesca's blog and the letter you are looking for from me is E

The next stop on your hop is Sara but don't worry if you get lost, just head back to the main challenge blog to find your way again.

For my card I have used Gift Wrapped Tilda from the Christmas 2010 collection and yes Jill, this is the first time I have inked her up, shame on me! The beautiful paper is Anna Griffin, its from a Christmas box set that I have never used either! The flowers and berries are W.O.C. and a Martha Stewart holly punch finishes it off.

I have a little Christmas Candy up for grabs on my blog for the hop, all you need to do is leave a comment on all the DT blogs and I will pick a winner using the random integer thingy from my commenters (is that a word?)
Thank you for visiting me today and for all the lovely comments that I receive and a very
Merry Christmas to you all!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie x

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Just Magnolia  - Anything Goes, Circles Option
Crafty Catz - Monochromatic
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Simply Magnolia - Anything Goes
Stamptacular Sunday - The Sky's The Limit
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes With a Flower Twist

Thursday, 1 September 2011


Good evening all, it's time to announce the winner of my birthday candy, I used random integer thingy and took a screen shot of the result, I don't know if thats what you are supposed to do..... it seemed to work ok? Any how without further waffle the winner is

That's you CJ
Congratulations hunny if you let me have your address I'll get that posted off to you. You will find my email address on the water mark of my card pics

I'd like to say a great big thank you to everyone who entered, I will visit you all eventually and I had so much fun I'll be back with another candy in the near future

Love 'n ' Hugs
Laurie xx

Moving Along with Handmade flowers

Good morning my lovely fellow bloggers, I think I'm back in a routine and I actually made a card! I was a bit late as I seem to have got all confused and lost a day this week and I had to photograph it at night which is never a good thing with a flash! If you think I don't know what I'm talking about there is a good chance that I retook the photo this morning!

Its time for a brand new challenge over at
 and this week our lovely Pami 
(who I'm going to meet very soon) has chosen the theme 
 Handmade Flowers
 Now Pam is a bit of a whiz at handmade flowers and churns them out faster than interflora, but as all of mine come from Wild Orchid Crafts it was a bit more of a challenge for me!

I used my poinsettia die from Magnolia Doo Hickey and blue glitter card from DCWV, a Martha Stewart border punch and I coloured the super image from LOTV with Copics which are available from Stamping Scrapping Central

Our fab sponsors this week is LOTV and they are offering the lucky winner this fabulous prize
They also have a new release of Christmas stamps due out next week,  check their online store  HERE

Don't forget to check out the main MAWTT challenge blog for all the details of this challenge, to see if you were a winner last week and to see what my gorgeous girls have made for your inspiration this week.

I just like to add another massive thank you to everyone for the good wishes, cards and presents I received for my birthday, I really was overwhelmed by your kindness and a very warm hello to all my new followers, I will get round to visiting you all eventually! I'll be back soon with the winner of my Birthday Candy.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I would like to enter the following challenges:
Diva's By design - Christmas in August
Creative Card Crew - Anything Goes
Crafts 4 Eternity - Christmas
Simon Says Stamp  - Anything Goes
Paper Play  - Make Your Own Flowers