Thursday, 19 October 2017

You're 'avin a giraffe!

Hi all!
Well, just an update, as I've banged on about our moving home business but..........drum-roll please......we did it!
I am finally moved.
It was hell on earth and I AM NEVER DOING IT AGAIN - EVER!!!
I cannot believe how stressful it all was! I moved only 3 years ago but this time it seemed completely manic and different for some reason!
I had less to shift this time around as I did get rid of loads of "baggage" the last time but ....anyhoo, it was hellish!
However, here we are all "settling in" and getting used to living as a larger family again.
If you weren't aware, we (me. the OH and my son) have moved in with my daughter and her hubby.
A new home has been bought between us all (6 bedrooms tho we've converted one into my craftroom) so they have one wing and we have another!!! It all sounds very grand but, in reality, it's all about having space to live without crashing into one another all the time.
Apart from the weekends, we hardly see one another much at all - except for yesterday (18th) as it was my birthday and my daughter worked from home then we all went out for dinner.
Had a great day to be honest even though yet another number has been added to my existence on this planet!

Here's a little pic of the new gaff! (although the ends and the gardens are missing off this photo!!!)

As far as my crafting goes, I was really inspired to create this little card when I saw Christy's new creations over at Tiddly Inks store.
Luckily, as part of the design team, I was able to create before they were advertised in the shop, and that felt quite nice!

I coloured the baby and the mama with spectrum noir blendable pencils and fussy cut around them to make them part of the frame, which I die cut from Sizzix pierced rectangles.
Brown and green patterned cardstock were used for the base papers.

I hope you like these cuties. 

I'll be back soon with some more Tiddly makes and maybe some Christmas stuff at last!!!


Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Spooktacular with Tiddly Inks!

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and it's time get your ghoul on!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....


 So think spooky fun!!

 (**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

Yes, it's challenge time again and It would be great if you could all join in by adding your lovely Tiddly creations using the inlinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post, so head on over for some spooky fun!

Here's mine to inspire you :

I've used Spooky Birthday - which (WITCH-lol) is available in the store at a bargain price of $3.00

She's so freakin' cute! Also, the web image is added to your order - FOR FREE!

Have fun creating :)

L x

Monday, 2 October 2017

Winner winner chicken dinner!

Hi all!
I recently (Friday) entered a card comp on the Crafstash Facebook page with the theme NATURE and the #thinkingofyouweek #sendacarddeliverasmile tags.
Well, I'm pleased to say I won the Sara Davies (Crafters Companion) goody bag which looks really lovely!

This is the card I entered :

Louise at CraftStash got in touch with me to tell me I'd won and she said they'd fallen in love with the wiggly worm!
Well, who wouldn't? He's part of the image I purchased from Sassy Cheryl's stamps and it's all super cute :).

So, I'm in a happy place right now - even tho' I'm surrounded by boxes, boxes and a mess!

L xxx

Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Designer For The Day!!!

Hi all!

I've been absent for a week or so as I had a little holiday-jaunt-type-thingy in Zakynthos with my lovely buddies - YEAH, Karen Kelly, this includes you! Thankyou for the surprise too!
I had another fabulous week away with lots of food, booze and sun - well, it was a little cloudy but, true to form, I still got a tan!
It's really lovely meeting up with faraway friends who can't just pop round for a coffee now and again - it makes the reunions all the more sweeter methinks!

So, not only have I had a holibob, I've also been given a moving date (sort of!). So, I'm spending time packing stuff, chucking stuff, sending stuff to the charity shops and selling stuff.............SO MUCH STUFF AND SO LITTLE TIME.
How on earth I'm going to pack up and dismantle my craftroom I have no idea! That will be the worst of the whole house!!!

I did come back to a nice surprise (kind of expected but it looks better than I thought it would), by having my card featured in Papercrafter magazine as part of their Designer for the Day series.

Here's the page :

It's actually a rich red and white card but the photo isn't doing it much justice.
I suggest you go out and buy the magazine (issue 113!) so you can see it better!!! lol x

Anyhoo, I've also been making another festive card for the Christmas issue of Papercraft Inspirations.
This has been made at lightning speed as I've another one to make for Quick Cards Made Easy magazine and my stuff (!) will be packed away soon.

Hope you all have a great week.

L x

Friday, 22 September 2017

Fab Friday! It always is with Tiddly Inks!

 Hi everyone!
It's Fab Friday over at the Tiddly Inks challenge blog!
     I hope you have a mooch on over there for some uber cute inspiration from the oh-so talented Design Team then wing your way over to the SHOP and have a good old look around for some tantalising images you can use with your crafting projects.
Even if you've some images already in your stash, why not join in and play along ? Add your design using the inlinkz tool at the bottom of the challenge post and sit back and relax! the fun work's done, now time to enjoy all the other projects too; maybe, visit the Design Teams blogs and leave a lovely little comment!

This special lady and her beautiful friend is  Magda and Sparkles.

If you choose this option, you'll be rewarded with a bonus of digital papers too! What's not to love?

After stamping the most gorgeous image, I coloured it with Spectrum Noir and Tonic marker pens.
I distressed the background with a little Tim holtz vintage photo then layered it onto Kraft card.
The mats and layers are also from Kraft card and I used a selection of papers from an unknown pattern book with a little lace, some twine, a couple of flourishy die-cuts, sequins, glitter and of course a lovely sentiment which I created on the pc and printed out.
It's not my usual style of card but, I thought this image worked really well this way.

Hope you've been inspired enough to pop on over to the challenge blog and join in!

Take care.

L xxx

Thursday, 14 September 2017


Hi all!

Just a quick post to let you know my latest card for Papercraft Inspirations magazine issue 170 (reader tester team) was published this week!
I was asked to create a card using some printable papers and elements and could make it Christmassy or wintry - whichever I liked!
So, I made it Christmassy as I think I could do with the practice as it's been a year since I last made Christmas cards! Lol

This is what I made :

As well as the printable papers and elements, I used a snowflake border die for the bottom of the front panel and pierced circle dies for framing the aperture.

That's all for now! 
L x

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Tiddly Challenge #205

Good morning peeps!

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and it's time for a break from the themes so let your tiddly flow!!! our theme this month is simply


So let your creativity go using any of your Tiddly Inks images!

(***remember - We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc, but you MUST use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image ***).

This is the card I made featuring this awesome EWE which you can purchase right here! for only $2.50!

Products Used :-
A fab paper/card pack from a company in the Netherlands (can't find out exactly who they are though!
White A6 card base
White cardstock
Pierced edge rectangle die - unbranded.
Spectrum Noir markers
Black fine liner pen.

A simple card which was quick and fun to make :)

Hope you all enjoy the challenge!

L x

Sunday, 3 September 2017

QCME magazine free gift project!

Hi all!

I hope you're having a lovely weekend.
It's a gloomy, wet and miserable day here in Leyland so I don't feel guilty about sitting in my craftroom and catching up with my blog and organising my "world" instead of being over at the new house doing stuff!!!
It makes a change NOT to feel guilty about relaxing for once!

Anyhoo, the title of this post is relevant to the card I made using the FREE GIFT with the QCME mag. I made it just for fun then decided to send it to them anyway as they do like to see what we make with their monthly gifts.

Products Used :-
The free papers and stamps along with some kraft card on a white card base.
Oval dies - plain and scallop edged.
Pierced edge "hillside" dies.
Snowflake embossing folder.
Spectrum noir markers.
White gel pen.
Black fine-liner pen.
Enamel dots.

That's it for today.
Enjoy the evening, wherever you are!

L x

Tuesday, 29 August 2017

Tuesday Again.

Hi all!
Hope you've all had a great Bank Holiday weekend (at least those of you here in the UK!).
We did really well as far as the typical British weather is concerned as it was actually a sunny weekend with hardly a shower to worry us :)
I have managed to make only one card this last few days but I can't post it yet as it's for a mag and, as usual, it's not good practice to post a project before it's published nationally!
The reason for my lack of creating is simple - I seem to be spending more tinme at our new house making tea and coffee for alsorts of workmen!
This last week has been utterly mental - plasterer, painter, electrickerer, and joinerer all in one day as well as the lads outside digging a new driveway for us!!!
My son helping with the new driveway.
This WILL look like my new bedroom - eventually!
The Upstairs hall in a mess!

Just a few boxes of paint............
Other days haven't been much different what with all the comings and goings. I did take some digi printouts to do some colouring when I could but, after a peaceful half hour, I was interrupted and never to return to it!
Anyhoo, it was warmer outside than sitting indoors so I did just that - and ended up feeling sleepy and I couldn't see the paper to colour!!! Massive fail!
This weekend hasn't been any different.
The darling OH came home late on friday night and didn't stop working all weekend.
I think he was happy to go to London yesterday for some peace and quiet.
There is still an awful lot to do before we move - even choosing home accessories is proving tricky as everyone has a different idea and, until the magic money tree puts lots more cash into our piggy bank, then we have to prioritise exactly what we can buy........................not alot right now!!! lol

So, unfortunately, I don't have an image to share with you today but I promise to do better this week    :(

Have a good week everyone.

L x

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Wedding Celebrations!

Hi all!

What a wonderful weekend has been had by myself and my family!
Our niece, Lisa, has married the love of her life, Ed, and it was fabulous.
A beautiful hotel, in beautiful surroundings with beautiful people in beautiful clothes - what's not to love at a wedding? !!!
I don't feel guilty at all for imbibing oodles of yummy food and scrummy cocktails either!

I'll pop one or two photos on here when I can but, for now, here's the card I made for them.

I used 2 LOTV digi stamps - the couple and the church background.
Aren't they just doozy? !

Products used -

Lili of the valley digi stamps
Frame die (can't remember where I bought it sorry)
Spectrum Noir blendable pencils
Spectrum Noir sparkle pens
Paper flowers
Silver ribbon
Flatback pearls.

Hope you all have a fabulous weekend too  :)

L x

Friday, 18 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Fab Friday!

Hi all!
IT's that time again over at the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog - Fab Friday where inspiration can be found in abundance!
This cutie is Wryn - Bake Me some love digi stamp and I made her a short time ago for a magazine comp - which I won, I hasten to add! No wonder, she's sooooo freakin cute!

I love the papers too! These were free with cardmaking and papercraft magazine and I think they're just fab for this card.
It's a simple style of card but I think the patterns and the image speak for themselves.

Hop on over to the challenge blog where you'll find loads of other fab makes from the Design Team.

Have a great weekend :)

L x

Monday, 14 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Carolling

hi all!
Hope you like todays card!
I used an uber sweet digi stamp from Tiddly Inks stamps and a selection of paper from Craftwork Cards (peppermint forest paper pad).
I also added a couple of wooden snowflakes from Dovecraft and I think the overall effect is very pleasing!

This is the first Christmas card of 2017 and I intend to make plenty more and I might just stick with the same colour scheme too!

Have a great day all

L x

Sunday, 13 August 2017

Sunny sunday!

Good morning all!
I hope you're all having a fab weekend after a truly busy week (for me anyway!).
How come some days just seem to drag when others totally fly and there doesn't seem enough time to do everything that needs doing? Strange!
If you're not aware, we have sold our house and we are going to move in the near future to "Southfork"!!! (who else remembers Dallas?)
 And by that I mean a bigger house for my daughter, son in law, my OH, my son and me - so 6 bedrooms will do it!!! One of which will be my craftroom of course :)
Anyhoo, my daughter and her hubby moved on Thursday, and, as I was poorly on Friday, there wasn't much I could do to help so I made up for it yesterday.....I unpacked a box then found the wine and.............well, let's just say we've all got fluffy heads today 😉 Oops!
All in all we had a great day and I'm paying for it now but hey ho! That's how we roll here in sunny Leyland!
So, onto todays news.
This month, I have a card featured in Papercraft Inspirations magazine (issue 169).
As part of their Reader Tester Team, I occasionally have papers/images/stamps sent to me and it's up to me to make something out of them! The theme was "uplifting sentiments" and my challenge was to make a card using the papers they sent then add a sentiment of my choice.
This is what I came up with :

And here's the article (just to prove I haven't dreamt it!!!)

Did you join in with the blog hop at Tiddly Inks?
It was great fun and I know the other DT members really enjoyed it too.
Thanks for leaving comments and for visiting.

Have a great day 
L x

Thursday, 10 August 2017

Tiddly Inks blog Hop - Fun Animals!

Hi all!

This is my first hop as a DT member at Tiddly Inks and it's so exciting!

From here, you can hop on over to!

How to participate:
Visit each blog, below, or those in the Inlinkz list HERE  and leave a comment!
The hop starts at 8am and you're welcome to hop all day!
Then, stop by and chat with us on the Facebook Group page between 6pm and 10pm CST (US time zone....) and one lucky commentor will be randomly selected to receive a $10 gift certificate.
There are $25 worth of gift certificates (5 of $5 each) placed throughout the designers blogs listed below and they can be randomly won by anyone who leaves a comment on that blog - how easy is that?!!!
Should you comment on multiple blogs, you might win more than once and two participants will be chosen from the Inlinkz list (announcement on August 13th) to receive a $10 gift voucher
There will also be random prizes and FREEBIES on the DT blogs so be sure to visit and comment on each one . 
I made this one using the super Fun Animals collection - $4 and they're yours!

This cutie is using Punky Pup and Cool Cat which is available in the shop for just $1!
( My son, who recently graduated, is now the proud owner )

And if that wasn't enough, I have a freebie for you to save and print for all those lovely "fabulous" teacher cards you're going to make soon! Just right click and save it to your computer and voila!

Hope you like what you see - have a great hop and thanks for hopping by!
Lesley x

Wednesday, 2 August 2017


Hi all!

A little celebration card again for you today.
This little pretty was created using an ink blended background and die cutting to keep it simple. I paper pieced the cake die tho and that was a little time consuming as the pieces are tiny but, I then found a way to do it which wasn't so laborious!
I stuck double sided tape to the back of the silver die-cut ,then die cut another cake in blue which I placed over the silver die cut and pressed onto the pieces I needed to paper-piece and they stuck down perfectly as the sticky side of the tape was facing upwards! I could then discard any pieces that didn't stick and ....voila!!! All done!

Products Used :-
A6 card base.
The cake die was a freebie with a magazine (can't remember which one tho!).
Unbranded pierced edge circle die.
Unbranded sentiment die.
Ranger distress inks in wild honey and mermaid lagoon.

That's it for now!
Have a good day x

L x

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Challenge #204 Autumn Glow

Hi all!

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and it's time for some relaxing colour inspiration!!! the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Autumn Glow!

 So below is a colour chart for you follow with some super sweet autumn colours.
( huge thanks to designseeds)

 (**remember...We love to see any new creation, a card, 3D project, journal page etc 
but you must use a Tiddly Inks stamp or image **)

Here's my take on the challenge - I've used Wryn - bake me some love! digi stamp which, if you'd like to use, is available in the store with oodles of other goodies too!

For the pumpkins, I added a section of the digi stamp from From The Heart Stamps and added it to my background! I think it looks fun!

Other Products Used -
Pink background created with Spectrum Noir alcohol markers (spritzed with water and blended)
Spectrum Noir blendable pencils
Flat bottomed circle dies - unbranded
Pierced edge rectangle dies - Creative Expressions.
Pink.White patterned cardstock - Deco Time (Netherlands)
Lilac and purple cardstock.

I hope you like my first Challenge card for Tiddly Inks! 
Please pop on over to the site and join in - it's a great community of like-minded folk and so much fun :)

Have a great day!
L x

Friday, 28 July 2017


Hi all!

Today I have celebratory card for you.
This is another card my sister in law requested for some friends who are getting married this weekend in Crete and she'll be there to celebrate with them.
 I'm not jealous at all - not much - nope ..............................Waaaaaaahhhhh!

Only 7 weeks to wait until my little jaunt :(

So, here's the card!

 Products Used -

Tattered Lace bottle and flourish dies.
Spellbinders Decorative Labels die.
Unbranded pierced rectangle dies.
Sparkly black and textured white cardstock.
Unbranded sentiment die.
Sizzix bright bubbles die.

I hope they love it as much as I enjoyed creating it.

L x

Monday, 24 July 2017

Snail Mail and Belated Birthday!

Hi all!

Last week I totally forgot to post my BFF a birthday card :(
Yes, I know. Cardmakers do have the worst record when having to remember our own friends and family's birthdays but what can you do? Well, for a start, I did make a lovely card using digital stamps Wryn Snail Mail and Fairy Fae House from my favourite Tiddly Ink Stamps!
I thought I'd better post it so she'll have it at least on Tuesday but, what happened? She turned up this afternoon with her fella in tow for tea and a slice of cake and I could've given her the card but............oh well! Snail mail might just have to do this time!!!

Still, we did sort some deets out for our upcoming holibob to Zante so it wasn't a wasted visit!!!

Products Used -

6 x 6" white base card
Pastel blue cardstock - Create and Craft
Embossing folder - free with Love Cardmaking (issue 1)
Spectrum Noir and Tonic Nuvo marker pens
Pc and Printer
Pierced edge circle dies - Unbranded.
Mini cloud dies - Xcut

Have a great day!

L x

Sunday, 23 July 2017

Catch up time!

Hi all!

Well. I have been so busy creating from morning til night that I just haven't had time to blog about any of my recent makes and successes!!!

I have had a new baby card requested, kind of ASAP!, as the lady who requested it couldn't find a card with the new baby's name on so she thought of me and I'm glad she did! I love making new baby cards - they're really sweet and cute!
This is it and below each photo I've listed the products I used -

White 5 x 7" base card
Pastel pink cardstock - Create and Craft
Hammered white card - Create and Craft
Digital image from Lili of The Valley - Cosy Pram
Spectrum Noir blendable pencils
Spellbinders circle and scallop dies
Ranger Distress Ink - Spun Sugar
water spritzer and paint brush
Pink ribbon and sparkly ric rac ribbon - The Ribbon Girls
Pc and printer

The second card I've made this week is for a couple who are celebrating their anniversary with my sister in law in Crete! Their annual holiday falls on the anniversary which, I guess, is just an excuse to have a few more drinks and another party on their summer holibobs!!!
I do know them and I know they have a fab sense of humour so this one is right up their street!

White 6 x 6" base card
Gus and Stella digi stamp from bugaboo stamps
Deco Time cardstock/patterns paper pad
Spectrum Noir/Tonic Nuvo marker pens
pearls and gems
Pc and printer

And Finally!
This week I've been featured as part of the Reader Tester Team in Papercraft Inspirations magazine! (issue 168).
The challenge was to make a shaped card using a choice of templates and papers provided.

I think I did ok with this "bobbin" shaped card. I added some haberdashery (just love that word!) into the make by using stamps and dies and some fussy cutting and made the whole thing into a shaker card for fun! Hope you spotted me in there!

Hope you've had a good week/weekend.
I'm off to do some shopping and I will post the new projects as soon as I'm able!

L xxx

Monday, 17 July 2017

Tiddly Inks Fab Friday!

Good morning all!

Today is a very special day for me as it's my first Design Team post for Tiddly Inks!
I created a super sweet card using Wryn - Cloud 9 (She's my fave Tiddly Inker!)
Tiddly Inks have an inspirational post once a month, on a Friday, called - Fab Friday!
This Friday, 21st July, is the next one and I'm really chuffed to be featured in it!

I kept this card quite simple and even though the rainbow is brightly coloured, I made Wryn the main focal point by setting Wryn, and her cloud, just over the rainbow and breaking the colours up.

Products used - Basic 6 x 6" white card base
                          Distress Ink in Mermaid Lagoon (blue sky)
                          Unbranded pierced edge cloud die.
                          Smooth white cardstock.
                          Free rainbow stamp from Creative Stamping magazine
                          Spectrum Noir and tonic Nuvo marker pens
                          Blue sequins (from a selection at The Range)

Hope you like her and, if you'd like to have this image in your stash, pop over to the Tiddly Inks store where you can purchase it and download to your pooter straightaway!

Have fun colouring and creating :)

L xxx

Thursday, 13 July 2017

Graduate at last!!!

Hi all!
Just a quick update to let you know why I've been MIA for a while!
I've been really busy creating but, at the same time, preparing for my sons' graduation yesterday (Wednesday 12/07/17).
He is now a Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in Screen writing, Film, TV and Radio.....Phew!
Here's a little snapshot of his day.

The shenanigans didn't stop there though!
The three of us (my daughter included) went out for dinner followed by several seriously tasty cocktails and after a long day I was tucked up in bed by 10pm :)
Thought I might have a teensy hangover this morning but I must be used to the alcohol after all these years! It's unusual to have drinky-poos on a school night though!

Anyhoo, as you know I'm now a proud member of the Tiddly Inks design team and I'm just about itching to get started!
My first post will appear very soon and I'll certainly be showcasing the lovely images which Christy Croll (owner/designer) creates for us all to purchase.

Hope you have a fab day.
I'm away to pack for a weekend in Bonnie Scotland (my, it's a hard life!) and I'll be back here on monday with my first tiddly project!

L x

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Such a Happy Day!!!

Hi all!

Well, what a day I've had - but I'll get to that in a mo!

I've had my head down with my projects since I last blogged on Sunday and, well, it's been a chuffin nightmare making my card "just so" before I was happy with it but, at last, I finished it and I've popped it (with the paperwork) in a mailbag and it's ready to post out to Papercrafter magazine, for my DESIGNER FOR THE DAY feaure, in the morning.
I guess it won't be published until September/October as I know magazines are usually prepared for printing a month or so in advance but that's not a problem. It just means I can't post my card here for you to check out until it's "in print"! Oooooh, doesn't that sound fancy?
I do love the sound of it - In Print!!! Tee hee :)
While I've been making that one, my mind has been on my next item for Papercraft Inspirations magazine. Again, I can't say too much about it as it's not yet "In Print"-----there I go again! But, I've still to make that one so I must crack on very soon.

The post came this morning with a prize from one of my craft magazines - a competition I'd entered has won me a set of stamps by Stampin' Up! Lovely. New stuff, free stuff, any stuff is always a bonus in my book and I'm sure I'll be using these soon enough :)

So, onto today's news!
I entered the Tiddly Inks Stamps Design Team call out (mentioned in an earlier post - once or twice!!!) and today I found out that I've been selected to join the team for the next 4 months!!!!
I'm absolutely blown over! Thrilled and excited but a little nervous too as their work is so lovely I don't want to let them down!
And I can use their gorgeous Tiddly Inks stamps all day long - Heaven!

AND, finally, I did manage to find time to create a lovely card for my nieces (??th) birthday on Saturday! I'm sure she wouldn't want me blabbing her age about too much (half as old as me......)
I hope you like my use of the Tropical Chick by From The Heart Stamps .

It was a fun card to make and, once I'd printed and coloured the image, I fussy-cut it out and layered it onto my card base with 3d foam pads.
I used generic cardstock for the lovely bright papers,
Spellbinders rectangle dies for the frame,
Free stamps from Creative stamping magazine for the flip-flops and sunglasses,
coloured gemstones
Spectrum Noir/Tonic Nuvo alcohol markers
Computer and Printer for my sentiment.

So, a very productive, and joyful, day all round really which makes a change for me!!!

I hope you're all well and your days going fabulously too :)

L xxx

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Sunday laziness!

Hi all.
Just a quick update as I've been a tad busy (today lazy) and I've not  posted anything for a few days .

I'm posting this from my mobile as I'm just too lazy to get up from the sofa and go upstairs to my laptop! I'm watching the MotoGP and last nights Dr.Who! I really need to get creative as I've alot  to do this week.
I'm creating an article for Papercrafter magazine, making an engagement gift for some friends nephews engagement! and racking my brain for ideas for another project but for Papercrafter Inspirations magazine! Just like buses, work comes in all at once in twos and threes!!!
So I need to move myself and start a minute 😜!

I hope you're all doing something lovely and more creative than me this weekend!
I'll definitely be more motivated once I've had another coffee and maybe a biscuit or two!
Or not!

L xxx

Thursday, 29 June 2017

22nd Birthday!!!

Hi again!

Today is my sons' 22nd birthday and as a treat (hahahahahahahahahaha - I do tell fibs don't I?), he's having a lie-in!!!
That boy is more horizontal than vertical even on  his birthday!

Anyhoo, I'm waiting for him to get up so I can take him out for lunch - It'll be dinner at this rate and I'm starving!

I made his birthday card, which he loves (he did get up for cards and prezzies earlier before going back to bed "for a little snooze"!!!).

I layered spotty paper onto teal cardstock then both onto a 5 x 7" white base card.
I die-cut a rectangle then cut a square into it and added 3d foam to the back to create height.
I stamped, coloured and die-cut the Tim Holtz Crazy Birds.
I then die cut a square within a square to create the frame for the front and added the coloured birds on and behind the frame.
I also added a Marianne design die-cut birthday box and ribbon and some balloons (can't remember where I got the balloon die from).
I typed the sentiment into my digital designer then printed it onto white cardstock, die-cut it out, and added it to teal card with 3d pads on the back again!
The little number 2's were cut from black card and added to a balloon.
Everything was coloured using Spectrum Noir and Tonic Nuvo pens.
Sequins and tiny stars just finished it off.

Ok, so I'm off out for lunch now.

See you all soon, and don't be too jealous of my probably very naughty and  un-Slimming World friendly lunch that I'm about to have!!!
(May the Slimming World Gods forgive my moment of weakness.....!!!)

L xxx


Good morning peeps!
I've just realised I haven't posted my final card for Sassy Chery's stamps - and this is my favourite one too! I made a circular shaped card for a change!

Before I cut out the digi image, I stamped some Leonie Pujol flowers around her then cut them all out together within the circular frame!

The sentiment is from Docrafts.

I've used Spectrum Noir and Tonic Nuvo markers for the colouring and unbranded circle dies for the card base and frame.
The flowers I bought online - again unbranded!

She's really sweet!

Thanks for looking today :)

L xxx

Saturday, 24 June 2017

Sassy Cheryls Stamps - again!

Hi all!
This wasn't intended to happen but when creativity takes hold, it's important to go with the flow, make what needs to be made then blog about it - even though it wasn't expected!!!
Sometimes it just happens!

So, I made yet ANOTHER card for Sassy Cheryl's Stamps - Making Cards magazine call out!

This time, I chose the Final destination digi stamp as this little fella is just so cute watching the cuddly caterpillar wriggle on by!

I have used white cardstock and an unbranded patterned cardstock to make the card, along with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils, alcohol markers, and unbranded coloured gemstones.
I saw the sentiment online and typed it into my digital designer before printing it off onto white card.

I started with a 7 x 5" white card base and added a layer of patterned card to the front leaving a 5mm white border all around.
I die cut 2 pierced rectangles and took the centres out of each one to create a frame and glued the smaller one to the largest.
3D foam is added to the back before placing centrally on the card front.
Once I'd finished colouring the digi image, I die cut it out using a smaller pierced rectangle die then drew a contrasting border around the image for interest.
This was glued to the centre of the frame and sentiments added.

All finished!

So, again,  that's all for now folks!!!

See y'all soon.

L xxx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

Sassy Cheryls Stamps

Hi de hi peeps!

My last post mentioned the British weather - the rain.
Well, since then "the sun has been cracking the flags" as we say here in Lancashire!

Yes, summer has arrived and it has been fabulous. I love the hot weather (just not the hot nights when you find it difficult to sleep 😞 ).

So, as tired as I've been, I've still managed to find time "In My Craftroom Daily" (check out my new  Facebook page!) to create this lovely card for Sassy Cheryls stamps.
Cheryl's designs are just so darned cute and I couldn't resist making this lovely card for her "call-out" for cards which may possibly be featured in an issue of Making Cards Magazine!
How exciting!

I hope you like her - I know I do!

I purchased the Be your own kind of beautiful digi image from Cheryl's store and printed her onto white cardstock.

If you'd like instructions as to how I made the rest of the card, please do get in touch!
I took inspiration for this from QCME magazine design team member Julie Gibbs.

That's all for now peeps!

L xxx

Friday, 16 June 2017

Tiddly Inks Design Team card entries - 3 to choose!!!

Hi all!
Have you all had a good & crafty week? I did!

As I'm British I'm going to discuss the weather.
                     It's raining.......😢
Ok, that's out of the way so.......................!!!!!

..I've been busy with lots of everyday mundane stuff but the fun stuff  always happens in the craftroom and I've finally finished 3 cards which I'm submitting to Tiddly Inks for their much desired Design Team positions!

I've really enjoyed making my cards and I love the drawings Christy Croll (owner/designer) creates. They're fun and cute and super versatile and, as I mentioned in my last post, I've used them oodles of times too.

So, here are my entries!

My first card is an uber cute image - Amy and her mini mermaid friends -  digi stamps.

I decided to make a "frame" and place the mermaids in and out of the frame to give depth and dimension - something I tend to do alot of!!!
I printed the minis onto white cardstock and coloured them using Tonic Nuvo and Spectrum Noir markers.
I fussy-cut the mermaids and the little fish out leaving a little border around each one.
On a 6" card base, I layered a sea-green and white patterned paper (I think it was a magazine freebie once upon a time....) then cut a 5 1/2"  square from white card and used an edge die to create the mini scalloped border all around it.
With a 4" square piece of card, I drew wavy lines and dots with a versamark pen before adding clear embossing powder and heating it up. I splodged some Spectrum Aqua marker inks onto a craft mat, dipped a water brush in to pick up the inks and swiped them across the card so the embossed sections would create a "resist" and the ink wouldn't settle onto those lines.
I glued this piece to the white square then die cut a circle into the centre of both pieces.
Placing 3d foam to the back of this piece lifted it away from the patterned paper when placed in the centre.
To create the frame for the aperture, I cut another circle into white cardstock then used a scallop die around it and die cut it again - et voila! a frame (!).
The minis were placed in and around the frame with glue and 3d pads and I added some glossy accent "bubbles", clear pearls, a turquoise gemstone and a sentiment.


The second is a simple card using the Wryn - bake me some love digi stamp. (Wryn is my favourite "girl" stamp!)

I created a 6" card base with white cardstock and covered it with this gorgeous paper (can't remember where it came from sorry ) then added a contrasting strip of pink pearlescent cardstock across the centre. I inked up a stamp (Ranger distress ink in pistacchio) which came with a Creative Stamping magazine recently and used it to create a background on a piece of white copy paper for the centre of the pink strip. From the same set I stamped the sentiment stamp onto the front with black Memento ink.
I then tied some pink and white bakers twine around the whole thing before attaching it to the card base.
As for Wryn? Well! I printed her image onto white cardstock and thoroughly enjoyed colouring her with Spectrum Noir blendable pencils before fussy-cutting her out along with the side table!
I added 3d foam to the back and positioned her onto the front of the card with a few sequins for added sparkle!

My final card is bright and colourful and cheery!

I've used the Best Friends digi stamp because I love the dog and cat with little gifts and lots of cuddles!

They're coloured with the Spectrum Noir blendable pencils and I drew little paw prints around them for fun before doodling a couple of black square "frames" around the whole image.
I made this with square mats and layers in differing sizes on a 6" white card base.
I used contrasting bright papers (from unbranded paper stacks) just to show I don't just do fussy cutting and layering with 3d foam !!!
I love the little buttons on here too and it's a shame the Spectrum Noir sparkle pen doesn't show up on the images :(.

All in all, the last one was the quickest of the 3 cards to make and I do believe card-making really shouldn't be all about the time it takes but how much fun I get out of the creative process.
 And I do!  OODLES!!!

So, I'll sign off for now.

If you've fallen upon my blog (by accident or by design), I hope you enjoy looking at my cards and if you care to, you might have a pootle around the other posts as there are some other bits n bobs I've shared for everyone to have a peep at.

Have a great weekend

L x