Sunday 30 December 2012

Dan for Elliott

Hi Guys, 
Hopefully you will get this post later today as I am going to try and schedule this one.
This card is Dan from The Digistamp boutique.
If you saw my earlier post you will know I did the matching Rosie card for my daughter.
Again he is coloured with Promarkers. and is kept really simple with just a bit of bling.
Although I loved making all the Christmas cards, I must admit I am now looking forward to doing something else. Have a great Sunday,
Lou x

The bit inbetween

It's Sunday morning and I was wide awake from 5am so I thought I would be productive and get some colouring done and do a new blog post (or two).
This time between Christmas and New year is a bit like Limbo. When the kids were little it was filled with playing games and visting relatives but now it's like I am just waiting for the fresh start that a New year promises.
Anyway, this card is the one I made for my daughter for Christmas. She loved it. It's pretty simple but the image is just a cutie and was from The Digistamp boutique.
She was coloured with Promarkers.
The papers were some I picked up in Wilko's. Not sure if they are Do crafts or something else.
Hope you like it,
Have a great day,
lou x

Saturday 22 December 2012

Happy Christmas!

Hi guys,
Only 3 more sleeps till Christmas morning. I hope you are all nearly ready. I just have some wrapping and cleaning left to do. Trying not to panic. Just a  quick post today. It's using another from The Digistamp boutique and features Rosie.
Have a great Christmas guys and I will see you in the New Year!
Love Lou x

The Digistamp boutique- December challenge

Tuesday 11 December 2012

Time is Fleeting

Hi All,
The days are just flying by now and It all seems like a whirlwind of shopping, wrapping and trying to write cards. I have had to give up on the idea of sending home made cards this year as I will not have the time.
This is a card I made for a customer using a cute image from The Digistamp boutique and she can be found HERE
She is coloured in using Promarkers and the flowers are from WOC. The snowman was from Hobbycraft I think and he has been glittered with crystal snow.
Thanks for looking,
Lou x

The Digistamp Boutique- december 12 competition

Saturday 1 December 2012

Bugs and Kisses

Hi Guys,
I am sorry this is a little late but I have had a whirlwind week.
Hopefully getting back on track now and catching up on all the little jobs I need to do before Christmas. It has been super cold the last few days but this morning it is raining heavily so I won't be tidying the garden.
Anyhow, today's card was the one I made for my daughters birthday last Sunday. Her nickname is Bug and she loves ladybirds and hedgehogs so it was perfect.
The image is from Tiddly inks, the flowers from WOC and everything else was from my stash. 
I coloured in with my promarkers and softened them with a light blue round the outside and used my blender. The edges were inked up to make the papers pop!
Hope you like , My daughter loved it :)
I did the inside to match.
Have a great Saturday guys,
Love Lou x
 Passion for promarkers - Theme- Distressing

Saturday 24 November 2012

Bub Zombie

Hi Guys,
So pleased that I have actually been able to make a couple of cards that are not for Christmas. The first is for a customer and tomorrow I can show you the card for my Daughter.
Today's is using a Digi from Just Inklined. I was lucky to pick him up for just £1 but I think he has gone up to £2. I loved colouring him in and I got to use my new Sizzix star dies.
The papers were just bits and bobs from my male card stash. He was coloured with Pro markers.
Have a great Saturday and I will be back tomorrow,
lou x

Friday 16 November 2012

Friday Feeling!

Hi Guys,
Can't believe it's Friday again already. The weeks are just flying by and I have orders for cards piling up. I know I will have to close my order book soon or my house will be in a state for Christmas.
This is one I made for a customer. I wanted to keep him for myself as he is just so cute. The papers were free with a mag and the flowers are of course WOC. 
Have a great weekend. I am off to see Twilight in the morning and maybe get a bite to eat,
Bye, lou x

Thursday 8 November 2012

Mo Manning Baby girl

Hi All,
I seem to have had a run on new baby girl and christening cards these last two weeks so today I want to share another of them with you.
The digi is from Mo Manning and can be found HERE.
She was a joy to colour and I shall use her lots.
The flowers were from WOC, the papers are first edition Summer breeze, the little heart was from The Range and ribbon from my stash.
Thanks for looking today,
Lou x

Mo's digital pencil challenge blog - C is for...."Cute"

Wednesday 31 October 2012


Hi Guys, 
A late and quick post from me. I have been swamped with orders for Christmas cards, New baby cards and trying to get my own cards done for upcoming birthdays.
I made this card today using a freebie from Tiddly Inks.
Sorry it's a bit wonky ;)
It's quite simple for a friends birthday. The papers are First edition Summer breeze. I got it last week and have used half already. It is wonderfully easy to use. I shall be getting another pad next time I am out.
She is coloured with Promarkers and has some WOC flowers and some bling,
Love Lou x

Wednesday 24 October 2012

Paper pieced cupcake

Morning All,
I can't sleep so here I am blogging at 4.30 am. I am sure I will feel it later.
The stamp today is from Kanban and I have paper pieced it with First Edition Up and away.
It has been matted and layered on to card stock and simply embellished with pearls. The bottom paper is glittered so this adds sparkle.
I am going to try and get some work done now while the rest of the house is asleep.
Bye for now,
lou x

Fussy and fancy - Anything goes

Tuesday 23 October 2012

Baby girl

Hi everyone,

Today's card is a new baby girl card which I was asked to make for a work colleague whose daughter-in-law was due in Mid November....well she arrived early so thank goodness that Pink Gem Designs do images that are pre coloured as well as outline. It saved me at least an hour :)
flowers- wild orchid crafts
Image - Pink Gem designs
Sentiment- Lili of the valley
Papers- First edition Summer breeze
The bow and lace trim are from my stash, as are the pearls.
Hope you like it. It looks better in the flesh( so to speak) 
lou x

A gem of a challenge - #57 Flowers
In the pink - Buttons and bows

Sunday 14 October 2012

Dutch dare card

Hope you are all good this Sunday morning.
Today's card is for the challenge over at Dutch Dare.
It was a photo inspiration challenge with the colours orange, purple and tones there of.
The stamp is from Lili of the valley, papers are Desert blooms, all other bits are from my stash and of course she was coloured with my Promarkers,
See you soon,
Love Lou x

Dutch Dare card challenge - #186 photo inspiration from Kelly

Saturday 13 October 2012

Download Diva

Hi Guys,
Today's card I have made for my niece's birthday. She hopefully won't see this before I give her the card.
I followed the sketch over at the Sketch and stash challenge
I have used Download diva from Kenny k which I got when there was a whopping 30% off. Bargain :)

She is coloured in using Promarkers, the sentiment is from Lili of the valley, Papers are Raspberry road (I think), flowers are WOC and gems from stash.
Thanks for looking,
Lou x

Sketch and Stash Challenge - #98 Angies sketch
Paper play challenge - Simply cute

Monday 8 October 2012

Love birds

Happy Monday,
Well maybe not but Mondays for me are always really busy. Washing, Ironing, cleaning....blah!
I have managed to get a couple of walks in the sunshine though with my little Scooby so it wasn't all chores.
Today's card features an image from The digi stamp boutique and you can get it HERE.
It's so cute and I know I shall use it lots.It was coloured with Promarkers and the papers are from dovecraft.
Sorry it's a bit wonky.
The flowers are from Wild orchid crafts and the sentiment is a Kanban one from my stash.
Thanks for stopping by, Enjoy the rest of your Monday whatever you are doing,
Love Lou x

Challenges I would like to enter are -
Sentimental Sundays - Anything goes
Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything goes
Digistamp Boutique - October challenge

Thursday 4 October 2012

Happy Hour

Hi Guys,
Long time no see. I have been swamped at home and although I have managed to do a bit of blog reading I haven't posted in over a week. Shame on me!
Thanks for sticking with me though and hopefully I am now back on track.
Today's card is for a colleague who is retiring. It features Happy hour and Kitty from Kenny k.
I really love the images from there as they are so modern.
The flowers are all from Wild Orchid Crafts and are Gardenias, Cherry Blossom, Gypsophila, Roses and pearl stems. The papers are Dove craft and some from stash. The sentiment is rubbed on. I used Promarkers to colour her in :)
Hope you like,
love Lou x

Challenges I would like to enter =
In the pink - Pink and one other (lilac)
Wild Orchid Challenge - Anything goes
Papertake Weekly - Anything goes

Monday 24 September 2012

Joanna Sheen DT call

Hi all,
Back in August a DT call was made for the Joanna Sheen challenge blog.
I decided to enter and was delighted to be picked as one of the top twelve :)
Today our makes will be put on show and the followers will help to choose the top three.
 I made a card with a recessed window. I have never made one of these before but thought I should do something outside my comfort zone. I decoupaged the garden picture and popped it in the recess and decorated the front with flowers from Wild orchid crafts. They are Gardenias, Carnations, Roses, Cherry blossom, Gypsophila and pearl stems.

close up of flowers. 

The flourish is from Marianne designs and the little butterfly from my stash. The sentiment is Lili of the valley, the leaves are a MS punch.

Here you can see the layers of decoupage which I had printed onto Crafter's companion paper. You can just see that I added twine around the trowel as well.

Thanks for stopping by to take a look and maybe you can pop over to Joanna Sheen to take a look at the other creations. If you like my card don't forget to leave a comment over there and maybe I will chosen in the top three,
Lou x

Friday 21 September 2012

Rock Chix

It's been a very wet and miserable day today here in Staffordshire, probably where you are too.
I have managed to complete my Joanna Sheen DT call card. I can't share it yet but I was delighted to be shortlisted to the top 12. I have my fingers crossed to be chosen. 

My card today is for a young girl who plays the drums.The digi was very kindly given to me by Sandra Dry who sadly no longer has a digi shop but you can look at her old posts Here.

She is coloured using Pro markers, I used metallic pen for the Cymbals, the drums are covered in glossy accents and there are silvery pearls on the corners. The sentiment is from my stash and the papers are Papermania. I decorated the inside and the box to match but the pics were blurry so can't post them :(
Thanks for looking today,
Lou x

Monday 17 September 2012

Together at Christmas

Hey Guys, 
This cute little pair are from Lili of the valley. I think they just look so cosy in front of the fire.
I coloured them in using Pro markers and highlighted with stickles.
The papers are from Raspberry road and were free with this months Quick cards made easy.
The flowers are from Wild orchid crafts and the brad is from Papermania "A silent night".
I have used a sentiment from LOTV also which I die cut with my scalloped circle nestie. 
I would like to enter the following challenges-
Wild orchid crafts - Autumn colours
Lili's little fairy challenge -  embellishment bingo (flowers/brads/ribbon)
Bye guys,
Lou x

Sunday 16 September 2012

Madison Attitude

Hi again,
Well I promised I would show you the finished card that I sneek- peeked you yesterday.
It's Madison Attitude from Kenny K. She was a joy to colour and I have paper pieced some of her bags and clothes. It seems to be my thing at the min :)
The papers are Kanban, Raspberry road and some from a magazine. The ribbon is from my stash. The flowers are Wild orchid crafts hydrangea petals which I have coloured with Pro markers, edged with stickles and put cherry blossoms in the centre. There are also 10 mm roses, martha stewart leaves and pins, gems and there is even bits of laces edging out the shopping bags.
I would like to enter the following challenges-
Crafty creations challenge - # 187 Move it (she is dashing through the shops)
Dutch dare card challenge - #182 sugar and spice
Totally papercrafts - #134 favourite stamp

night night,
love lou x

Lazy Sunday?

Hi Guys,
Just a fleeting visit for now. I have my Sunday roast cooking (Beef) and I have been busy making cards all afternoon. This is one that I really enjoyed making. Its Ice cream and pickles from The saturated canary.
I have paper pieced her clothes and coloured her with pro markers. 
The papers are from Raspberry road and the matting is First edition Up and away.
I have added stickles to the ice cream and glossy accents to the cherry and her lips. Ribbon and gems are from stash and the pearl heart is from Wild Orchid crafts.
I would like to enter the following challenges-
Papertake weekly - Things that make you go awww
Simply create too - #22 Anything goes
Love to create - #32 show us your ribbon
Thanks for stopping by. I am off to finish Dinner,
Lou x

Saturday 15 September 2012

No time to myself

Hi Guys,

At the minute I seem to be pulled in all directions apart from towards my crafting.
You never know when your last chance for gardening is so I have been cutting the lawn and doing the weeding. The sun has been out and I am very grateful as my washing machine broke on Thursday so I have been hand washing as well as taking a trip to the local launderette.
Needless to say I haven't made a card in a few days but tomorrow shall be crafting heaven. All my main chores are done and apart from a quick tidy up and Sunday dinner all's I am doing is catching up with all my "cards to do" list :)
This little beauty is Madison Attitude from Kenny K. I love her. She will be finished tomorrow so I will share more then. 
Night Night,
Lou x

Monday 10 September 2012

More Pink

Hey guys,

So the lovely ladies over at In the pink have set a new challenge of anything but a square.
Now most of my cards are square so this was a little difficult for me  but I had recently made a card for a friends niece so I thought I would use this as my entry.

It is made using Hunkydory cardstock and toppers. Mirri card and some lovely baby pink ribbon. The sentiment is Kanban and the gems are from my stash.

I decorated the inside to coordinate and also did a matching box.

Bye for now, 
Lou x

in the pink - Pink and anything but square

A boy thing

Hi all,

The challenge this week over at A gem of a challenge is "A boy thing"

I made this card for a new baby boy using a Digi from Pink gem.

The papers are First edition Up and away and the embellishments were from Dunelm. It is quite suprising what little crafty bits and bobs they have there.

I decorated the inside to match.
Thanks for popping by,
Love Lou x


Saturday 8 September 2012

Pretty in Pink

Hey Guys,

Today's card an easel card for using a digi stamp from Pink petticoat.
It has a LOT of pink. It wasn't my intention but the brief was handbags and shoes and this is what materialised when I was in the zone.(lol)

The papers were free with a card magazine. As were the chipboard pieces.The sentiment is printed 
on to pearl card and cut with Spellbinders (blossom accents and tags ) die.
There is quite a lot of glitter, bling and glossy accents.
Have a great Saturday!!
Love Lou x

Tuesday 4 September 2012

Cheers Dad!

I was asked at the last minute to do a card for a very special dad who like most men
enjoys a  pint, a spot of gardening and cups of tea. I chose to use the "Pint" as inspiration after seeing this Digi at the digi stamp boutique. Alf is just full of character ..

I computer generated the sentiments and highlighted the shoes and beer froth with glossy accents.
I used frosted lace stickles just for a touch of frosting on the glass.
Papers, ribbon and gems were from stash. He is coloured with Pro markers.
I decorated the box and the inside to match.
Hope you like Alf as much as me :)) 

Love Lou x

Monday 3 September 2012

There is a change in the air

Hey Everyone,
Although today has been pretty warm, the mornings are definitely getting
chillier and the nights are drawing in. It's quite scary to think that September 
is already here.

My card today though is quite bright and summery with lots of red...

The papers are from Raspberry road "summer goodness", I computer generated the greeting,
Martha Stewart branch punch, Cuttlebug flowers embossing folder, flowers from stash and so are the gems.
The image is actually a re-sized kids colouring page :)
I highlighted her gloves with frosted lace stickles and her shoes with glossy accents.

Challenges I would like to enter -
Sketch Saturday - #223 Jen's sketch

See you very soon,
Lou x

Saturday 1 September 2012

maternity card

Hey everyone,
I wanted to share with you a card I made. It's for a lady who is going on maternity leave
and this is going to be from a group of co- workers.

The digi stamp is from Pink petticoat I think and the papers are Dovecraft 
Princess fairytale.

I coloured using Pro markers and paper pieced the top and trousers.
Flowers, ribbon and gems are from stash.

I am off to tackle a mountain of ironing now. I may be gone some time..
enjoy the rest of your Saturday :)

Lou x

Thursday 30 August 2012

Anniversary Magic

Hey guys,
I would like to share my latest card. It was a commissioned order for a 9th 
wedding anniversary from Husband to wife.
I used my S.W.A.L.K "A little kiss" again.
I am sure it will become a fave of mine.
Once again I used paper piecing for the clothing and Pro markers to colour in.

I used Princess fairytale papers, wild orchid crafts flowers, Kanban sentiments, pearls, glitter
and stickles from stash.
The inside is decorated to match as is the box.

Challenges I would like to enter =
Creative Inspirations  - # 178 BINGO ( pink/pearls/glitter)
Crafty creations Challenges - #185 A summer scene 
Wild orchid crafts challenge - #57 Summer flowers

Thanks for popping by,
lou x

Monday 27 August 2012

Just popping by

Hey Guys,

I have been really busy working the last couple of days so have been unable to post. 
I hope you didn't miss me too much.

I just wanted to share a few Christmas cards I have made. These (and others) will be sold in aid of 
The Douglas Macmillan coffee morning on the 28th Sept.

They were made using my new Lili of the valley stamps, Marianne creatables snowflakes,
Memory box border die, papers, gems, sentiments etc from stash.
Are any of you holding a coffee morning to raise funds for the charity?

Take care,
lou x

Friday 24 August 2012

New Hat

Morning all,

Well it's the Bank holiday weekend and I don't know what the weather will be like but I do know 
that I won't see much of it. I have two days of crafting ahead and then working the
 rest of the holiday. I am sure I will be grateful on payday though. 

Today's card was one for a challenge over on Love to create. The brief was Kraft, yellow and one other colour. I chose red.

The stamp is another from LOTV and is called New Hat. I have coloured in using Pro markers
and her clothes have lots of sparkle. Xmas red, stardust and frosted lace stickles.

The papers are Raspberry road, the little flower punch is from Tonic and ribbon and gems from stash.

I hope you like today's card. Please feel free to leave a comment and I will pop over and 
visit your blog,

Love Lou x

Challenges =
Love to Create - #29 Colour throw down

Thursday 23 August 2012

Baby boy

Hey Everyone,

I am hoping to make a serious amount of Christmas cards this weekend. I can feel September fast approaching and am afraid it's all going to be one mad rush.
For today though, we have a baby boy card. I have kept it pretty simple
as I wanted it to fit in an envelope and not a box.

The papers are First edition-Up,up and away. The image is from Pink gem designs  and I used my spellbinders circles and scalloped circles.
Gems and bow are from my stash. The sentiment is computer generated.

A little sideways view to show the layers.

Thanks for stopping by,
Lou x

Challenges =
A gem of a challenge  - #53 Animals

Wednesday 22 August 2012

Busy bee

Hey Everyone,

  I am sorry that I haven't posted for a couple of days. 
I went back to work yesterday after my 17 days 
leave and I have been rushed off my feet with last minute card orders.

Today I wanted to share my latest two cards. They are very different to each other. The first is a wedding card using my favourite Wedding Couple stamp from LOTV.

I coloured with Pro markers, used a LOTV circular sentiment and Spellbinders nesties to cut.
The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts and I got the embossed vellum, heart and butterfly from my local craft shop.

The second card was completely different to my usual style. The brief was shiny and blingy ...

I used my new Spellbinder dies Blossom tags and accents. You can't really tell from this pic but the layers are white pearl and silver mirri card. Decorated with hearts, gems and ribbon from stash.

I had better run now and get some more cards done,
Thanks for stopping by
Lou x

Charisma Cardz - Monochrome

Sunday 19 August 2012

Oh so girlie !

Hey  Everyone,

Today started off so well. I was up early expecting a heatwave (which never arrived) and pruned/ thinned the two large bamboo's at the bottom of the garden. It was quite a job and I had lots of spiders and earwigs dropping on me (gross). They look great now though even if I do say so myself.

I cooked Sunday dinner and then settled to watch a quick film before getting my craft on. Well that was the plan but I woke up 4 hours later on the sofa. Whoopsie!! So I never got a chance to make a card today but would like to share one that I recently made.

Its Pretty Bouquet from LOTV. I love this stamp. It's coloured with Pro markers and layered on to First edition Spring feast papers.

The flowers are from Wild Orchid Crafts, I used a Martha Stewart border punch/ Marianne creatables flourish and the flower ribbon and pearls were from my stash.
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges

Lili's little fairies - Oh so girlie
J & C Creations - Anything goes

Thanks for looking,
Love Lou x

Saturday 18 August 2012

A little kiss...

Hey Everyone,

I have managed to finish my card today. The image is "A little kiss" by s.w.a.l.k from Crafters Companion.
It is such a cute image and I can see tons of ways to use it for anniversaries and Valentines etc.

I have used an Eiffel tower die from Marianne creatables. A LOTV circular sentiment and my new Spellbinder dies (which I have yet to properly play with). The Papers are Raspberry road and were a freebie from Cardmaking and papercraft magazine.

You can see some of the layers from here, including the Martha Stewart punched branches and a cream cherry blossom and 5mm ivory rosebuds from WOC.

I coloured using my usual Pro markers but also paper pieced the clothes for a bit of texture. The bow and hearts have glossy accents and there is just a smidgen of stardust.

I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:

Crafters Companion - #27 Best friends
I <3 Pro markers - #130 Gardens (Its the garden of love-paris)
Charisma Cards - #32 Monochrome
The sketchy challenge - #30 Chantal's sketch
Just some lines - Layer it up

I hope you like today's card, Thanks for stopping by...

Love Lou x

Friday 17 August 2012

Just a little teaser...

Hey everyone,

So as I said earlier today, I was hoping to finish today's card. Unfortunately time just ran away with me so It is still un-stuck on the kitchen table. I have got most of the elements ready and with just a bit of tweaking in the morning it should be finished.

Now as the title suggests I thought I would leave you with a little teaser to keep you going...

Anyway, I am off now to finish watching CBB which I have paused. Enjoy the rest of your friday night,
lou x