Saturday, 30 June 2012

GDT @ Crafty Sentiments

Hello folks I'm here with a little extra post today as I was asked to GDT on some fabulous new release stamps at 

Crafty Sentiments

the lovely Jo asked me and I jumped at the chance to play with this super new character
Jasmine with her Winter Skates.
Crafty Sentiments are having a mini new release of 9 new Christmas stamps over 10 days and they will all be available on the 11th of July. Isn't she fab? 
The papers are Bo Bunny and I've used a mixture of dies lol, Magnolia snowflake, Marianne ice and Memory Box frosty border.

Keep your eyes peeled over at Crafty Sentiments for some more fantastic new release stamps in the coming week! And I will be back later in the week with another fabulous new stamp preview too! 

Have a super weekend
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Friday Sketch Challenge - Sketch 20
Charisma Cardz - Anything Goes
Dare To Be Sassy Thursday - Sparkle & Snow
Crafty Creations - Embellish It (Ribbon, Die Cuts, Pearls)
Creative Card Crew - 1-2-3 (1 Ribbon, 2 Papers, 3 Pearls)
Crimbo Crackers - Anything Christmas Goes
Secret Crafter - Christmas

Thursday, 28 June 2012

Midway Reminder @ MAWTT

Good Morning to you all, I hope you are all having a fabulous day so far!
It's time for a midway reminder at


as we are in the middle of our 2 week spectacular 3rd Birthday celebrations.
All we're looking for this week is something 
Birthday related
Easy Peasy lol
This week I'm showcasing an image from The Stamp Fairy 'Lenny Bee'
How cute is this little munchkin! I've coloured him with Copic's and used papers from Echo Park, the flowers are a die cut from MFT and the cloud is a Doo Hickey Die.

If you haven't been over and checked out the challenge blog yet head over now and see all the fabulous sponsor's and prizes that are up for grabs during MAWTT 3rd birthday party. This week the DT have all made some new inspiration for you all using  different sponsors images.

As I've said mine is from the fabulous

Thats all from me today, with this lovely weather I'm busy at work so I'm behind with my comments but I will get to visit you all I promise!

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Crafty Catz - Pastel Colours
Allsorts - Any Die Will Do
Craft Your Days Away - Teddy Bears
Dream Valley - Things With Wings
Stampin' Scrappin' Central - Bugs
Craft Your Passion - Wings
Bearly Mine - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations - Anything Goes
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
The Paper Shelter - Punches or Dies

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

Summer Holidays @ OBAG

Hello folks its me again here with a brand new challenge this week at


before I go into that though what a fab challenge we had last time, check out the blog for the winners post. This week the idiots are running the asylum and I'm in charge lol and I chose

Summer Holidays

Well that's pushing it a bit - summer holiday! I'd have been better choosing 'In the Bleak Midwinter'! I mean is the weather not bad enough to depress the whole nation without that pathetic excuse for a football match on Sunday night! And I'm a massive football fan - normally!

Anyway enough said about that! Here's my card for this challenge
This could actually be a picture taken on my recent trip to Yorkshire lol
There's Posh Pam on the end with her Martini - shaken not stirred, next up is Lisa with her hat on as she doesn't like the sun too much, then that would be me with my mouth open as I talk far too much - frequently!  and on the end would have to be Christine concentrating hard on her cocktail lol
Sorry girls I know you have a sense of humour!
It's actually an Art Impression stamp that I bought when I was there to find I already had it when I got home!! Nothing unusual then!  I gave the lovely Sue my duplicate as part of her birthday present.
My papers are Echo Park summer pad and most of the flowers are WOC again, I really love the mixing of the colours al la Rebekah.

We are sponsored this week by

You can find all the details over at the challenge blog page along with some fabulous inspiration and this week Francesca gave us a brand new teammie to play with!
So pop along and say Hello to Helen

Remember you can now use a digital image to join in but something on your card has to be at least 6 months old and you have to tell us what it is in your post

Before I go just to let you all know that Raegan arrived home safe and sound last night from China with mixed emotions! Really tired and happy to be going into her own bed, but sad that her adventure is over! Well at least for now - She's off to Orlando on the 6th of September with her friends from Uni.

Thank you for stopping by today
A big hello to Mandy my new follower  (I'll drop by ASAP)

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Love To Create - Anything Goes
Incy Wincy - Anything Goes
Corrosive Challenge - Summertime Girls
Bunny Zoes - Girls Girls Girls
Pan Pastels - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Ribbons & Bows
Cute Card Thursday - Here Comes Summer
Charisma Cardz - Summer
Dutch Dare - Summer Fun
The Paper Shelter - The Great Outdoors

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Happy Birthday MAWTT

Helloooo it's a massive celebration today as MAWTT is 3 years young! I'm so excited, Hazel has been working hard behind the scenes to bring you lots of sponsors and lots of prizes! So much is happening we have decided to hold it over 2 weeks so head over to


for this weeks challenge of

Happy Birthday 

and join in the celebrations!
All the details can be found there and some fabulous inspiration.
The DT are showcasing different sponsors over the 2 weeks and this week my card features one of the many sponsors, Saturated Canary and this image is called Belle
I've made this for my Great Niece who will be 18 soon, this is from her Grandma who asked me to make her a card. The papers are MME and all the die cuts are Doo Hickey's, flowers from WOC and coloured in Copics. Lisa.....the 18 was cut on my Cricut!

Don't forget to visit the main challenge blog for all the prizes that are up for grabs and details of how you can win. Remember this challenge will be over two weeks and next week I'll be showcasing a different sponsors images.

That's all from me today, thank you all those who left lovely comments about my twins - Rebekah really made me laugh!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts & Me - Anything Goes
Creative Card Crew - 123
(1 Image, 2 Pattern Papers, 3 Pearls)
Papertake Weekly - Bingo (ribbon, gems, punches)
Bearly Mine - Flowers
The Crazy Challenge - Recipe (Ribbon, Pearls, Dies)
TIOT - Anything Goes
Delightful Challenges - Anything Goes
Paper Play - Use A Die

I'm also entering the DT call at Saturated Canary

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Double Trouble @ LCI

Hello again my lovely bloggers, I've given up trying to predict the weather, we've had allsorts in the last few days! I just hope wherever you are the sun is shining on you!

It's time for a new challenge today at


and it's my turn to host, and, as today is
my lovely twin babies 23rd birthday
 I thought I'd go for a bit of

Double Trouble

So I'd like to see 2 of something on your projects please. It doesn't have to be 2 images (but it can be) just as long as I can see double it will count.

I've used 2 LCI images on my card, On Your Bike Robyn and Policeman Jack. It's the first time I've masked and stamped 2 images for a card and I'm thinking I might try this again! These two playing together remind me of my two as youngsters lol. 
The paper is from a Craftwork cards flower pad as too is the pinwheel. I wanted to keep it simple as the 2 images are quite busy. The sentiment is also LCI and its mounted on Stampin' Up punch outs.

You can find all the details on the main challenge page along with some fabulous inspiration from the Ladybugs.

Just encase anyone is interested, here's a couple of photo's of the kids.
I had to scan them lol as there was no digital photo's way back then!

This is Michael with all three of our Munchkins, Jordan was only 19 months old when Joel William (6lbs 11ozs) and Raegan Michaela (5lbs 12ozs) were born. Joel was born at 2 minutes to 10 in the morning and Raegan at 2 minutes past.

Joel had masses of thick hair and Raegan didn't have much for ages! 

This ones a bit more recent lol!
Joel didn't want me to use this picture as he thinks he looks fat but I like it. It was taken about 18 months ago on holiday. In the last couple of months he has been on this fitness plan and lost 2 and half stone. His sister (currently backpacking around China) won't recognise him when she gets back on Monday!

Thanks for looking
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes
Sweet Stampin' - Summer Fun
Polka Doodles - Summer Scene
Love 2 Create - Summertime Fun

Sunday, 17 June 2012

Look whats coming soon!!

Hello blogger just a quick post from me to let you know what you can expect in the next few days!
Lisa made this fab banner to pass on all the info!

I'm a wee bit excited!!

I'll see you all then!


Thursday, 14 June 2012

Get Krafty @ MAWTT

A very good morning to you all and I hope everyone is tickety boo!
Today would have been my Dads birthday if he was still with us so I'm a little melancholy but NOT sad, he had a good life, full of love and friends.
It's time for a new challenge at

and this week my lovely lovely friend Pam is in charge and she would like us all to 
Get Krafty
I love this effect but I never use it enough! Story of my life I'm affraid lol
Note to self: Use more Kraft stock!

We are sponsored this week for the very first time by

 Who gave us all some images to play with.
Isn't this little guy a cutie?
I coloured him in using my Copics and the lush ribbon is from Kerry at LCI available HERE. The little wooden letters were from Craftsulove and I bought my Spots & Stripes paper pad in Manchester when I went with Lisa & Pam but I can't remember who it is by.

Head over to the main challenge blog for all the relevant info and some super Krafty inspiration from my teammies.

No updates from China as my little cherub hasn't emailed for a few days - and I told her to keep in touch!

Have a lovely weekend, I hope its a dry one!

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Ribbon Girl - Ribbon or Lace
Craft Your  Passion - Anything Goes (2nd)
The Paper Shelter - Anything Goes

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Summer's Here @ Diva's

Well I hope it's a little bit more like summer out there now than when I'm typing this! I'm a wee bit ahead of myself as I have to be organised or I can't play during the summer months, and today I wanted to play along as it's a brand new challenge at
and the fantabulous Rebekah has given us a theme of


and goodness me you need your sunglasses for this one!
I've used another Mo image, I'm totally lovin' these images at the minute! and I'm also lovin' Echo Park paper pads which I have used here. All my flowers come from WOC and I have mixed up all the bright colours al a Rebekah! I love it when the Boss does this so I copied her idea! My sun is cut on my Cricut - oh yes I used it again!

 We are sponsored today by

You can find all the detailsof this weeks challenge and some gorgeous, sunny inspiration from the Diva's on the main challenge page.

Thank you all for looking, I'll be back tomorrow with my MAWTT DT card

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Wild Orchid Crafts - Anything Goes
Mo's Digital Challenge - Anything Mo Goes
Papertake Weekly - 3 (pearls) 2 (papers) 1 (ribbon)

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Buntings & Banners @ Oldie But A Goodie

Hello again lovely blog friends, have you all gone back to work and normality after all the celebrations?
I've had to work through it all so I'm hoping for a little quieter time in the next few days, and hopefully I'll get to catch up with you all!

I'm back with a DT make for the fabulous


and this time the very lovely (who I hope to soon meet) Claire is hosting and she has given us a fabulous theme of

Bunting or Banners

well this is perfect for me as I'm addicted to my Doo Hickey pennant die and can't resist using it at every available opportunity!
I'm also addicted to cutting out numbers on my Cricut lol I've only had it 3 years and never used it and now I've used it 3 times in a week!! The fabby papers are Bo Bunny Ad Lib, I love the bright colours, the brown card is from Stampin' Up, the image of course is Birthday Clyde from the amazing Bugaboo who are this weeks sponsor

You can find all the details of this challenge and some faberooni inspiration from my teammies over on the main challenge blog,

Remember you can now use a digital image to join in but something on your card has to be at least 6 months old and you have to tell us what it is in your post 
Thats all from me today, I'll be back tomorrow with my Diva's DT card

Thanks for stopping by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Sir Stampalot - Bingo (Turquoise, Dots, Brown) hope my spots  count?
Simon Says Stamp & Show - Anything Goes
Craft Your Passion - Anything Goes
Great Impressions - Die Cuts or Punches
Creative Card Crew - Song Inspired (Puff the Magic Dragon)

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Anything But A Card @ MAWTT

Hello again I hope you all enjoyed the Jubilee and have fully recovered from any parties you may have had to celebrate! I've been working non-stop over ther weekend but managed to get this made a couple of weeks ago in preparation!
Its time for a new challenge at
and this week my lovely Lisa is cracking the whip and has given us the challenge of
Anything But A Card

Now Lisa knows this theme throws me into total panic normally but as I'm going through a 'finally use my equipment that's collecting dust' phase I got to use my Zutter binder it all for the first time and I must have bought it at least 3 years ago!!
So my 'anything but a card' is a birthday book!
I know I know it's still square but give a girl a break!
All my flowers are from WOC, I totally love that shop! I can't remember where I got my butterfly! it was from somewhere that Rebekah told me! The ribbon is American Crafts and has been collecting dust for years too lol and the image was given to me to play with by this weeks sponsor

 You can find all the details at the MAWTT challenge blog along with some fabulous idea's from my lovely team mates.

I have another update from China to share too. Raegan went to see the Panda's and said they were amazing, you can have your photograph taken with them but at £130 she declined! (trust me that is not like her) She wasn't allowed through the path she originally chose, apparently sometimes Westeners aren't, so she backtracked to Kunming after going to the Face Changing Opera in Chengdu. This is a quote from her email
" I think I walked round the whole of Chengdu yesterday. I didn't want to go to bed and waste a day when time is running out so dragged myself to a monastery here then just walked around. I saw the bugs on sticks waiting to be ate...I just couldn't bring myself to do it! There's a massive statue of chairman Mao here so I walked to that as well and actually came across an Irish pub! So thought why not! Ha! Not very Chinese I know! Oh I ate Yak momo's in Shangri-la. Which is yak dumplings...they were good! They served them with this chili sauce and because my chopstick skills  are a little weak I kept dropping them in eating more chilli sauce than I would have liked!"
It goes on quite a bit more but I don't want to bore you all! She is now on her way to Xi'an (pronounced Sang I'm told)

That's all from me for today folks, thank you for coming by
Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
MMCS - Bingo (flowers, pearls & die cuts)
Truly Scrumptious - Flower Power
Papertake Weekly - Anything Goes
Lollipop Crafts - Flowers In Bloom
Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
RR Ribbons- Flowers and Ribbon
TIOT - Anything Goes

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Big Birthday's @ LCI

A very good morning to you all on this Jubilee Day. I hope you all have something fantastic planned or have had a fab time in the last few days?  Unfortunately for me I'm hard at work as weekends and bank holidays are our busiest time.
I'm here today with a brand new challenge at


and this week we have a great theme of

BIG Birthday's!
Lol I love it! And not only that, we are all using  the same fabulous image that is the first of more to come in a fabulous new release! We don't have a date yet as Queen ladybug has been busy with her daughters wedding- so watch this space for the latest news!

Lisa and Julie - I hope you can spot the Cricut cut???
I'm getting a liking for my Cricut  now lol (3 years after I bought it!) and yet again I've used my Doo Hickey pennant die, I told you I liked it!!! The papers I've had FOREVER are Making Memories.
Head over to the main challenge blog for all the information you need for this weeks challenge and some great inspiration from the Ladybugs.

Enjoy the last day of your Bank Holiday, I'm off to work but hopefully I'll have more time to catch up with everyone next week.
Thanks for stopping by and a mahoosive hello to my new followers.

A very quick update from my Daughter in China: qoute 
"Mum I'm coming back here as I don't have time to do everything I want!"
 That was on her way to Chengdu to see the Panda's.

Love 'n' Hugs Laurie xx

I'd like to enter this into the following challenges:
Love To Create - Fathers Day or Special Guy
Here Come The Boys - Anything Goes (2nd)
The Secret Crafter - Anything Goes
Craft Your Days Away - Red, White & Blue (2nd)
The Stampman - Make It For A Man
Scrapbook Sisters - Anything Goes
Simon Says Stamp - Anything Goes
MMCS - Red, White & Blue (2nd)
Delightful Challenge - Red, White & Blue (2nd)