Friday, 21 July 2017

Summer flower Tilda....

Doo Hickey Bon Voyage Flowers.
Sentiment- Stempelgede Magic.
Double Gatefold tutorial by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

Morning everyone!!

Scott is working, Little Mo is busy playing with his matchbox cars, loo rolls for tunnels, old vinyl cut offs for motoway races and many zooming sounds and winning car celebrations on the landing hall so I thought I would schmoozy into my craft room and make another one of these Double Gatefold cards I am so in love with at the minute!!

I had this scrumptious Inkido Springtime Butterflies in the sky paper that I have been itching to use since last week. I got it in a 12x12 bundle offer box from Dies to Die For. I don't know if they still do them but if they do, they are soooo worth the pennies because there's not one piece I don't love in my box and they are mostly papers I would never normally think to choose!

Anywhos' a bit of cutting, folding,die cutting and general Lou splodge stuff on-ness and the cardbase was done!! then it was on to using some Magnolia Doo Hickey goodness on it.....well...If you are having a Lou indulgent crafty moment you go for your Magnolia stash right?

As it happened, I decided to go for my Doo Hickey Dream Tag and my Mini Summer Flower Tilda. I have an uber thing for the Magnolia min's and luckily Suha at Swedish House Crafts has a wonderful bargain section of mini Magnolia cuteness for you to choose from! you can find them HERE...swooooon!!!

Here's inside....


My amazing friend, Jenny, sent me this Stempelgade Magic sentiment stamp in a HUUUUUUUUUUGE box of love she sent me not long ago and I decided today that it was just perfect for going with fairy cuteness!! and it is such a beautiful stamp too. It says out of stock when I tried to link it up there but hopefully they will get some more. For the very inside of the card I just decided to go with the little stamp and a little die cut border to sit with it.


and of course... a little video to show it's cuteness in action is always nice!!...

Right, I need to scout out ingredients from the depths of my cupboards to provide lunch for the men of the house...now this will be crafting a miracle today as school holidays have come well into effect in our house and I haven't food shopped properly all week!! he he!!! wish me luck!!!

Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx

Thursday, 20 July 2017

Look Ma!................

Image- Look Ma from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Morning everyone!!

Today Mo's Dream Team are having a special blog hop because in a couple of days time our awesome Boss Lady, Maurie, will be having her birthday. 

To celebrate, we chose one of her favorite images for us to all showcase in our own way. I LOVE doing this! there's nothing more inspiring than seeing all your teamie's takes on the same image! 

Don't forget there are THREE $5 gift vouchers to spend in Mo's shop to be drawn from the participating Dream Team Designers comments so... make sure you pop in and comment on everyone's post for the blog hop to be in with the chance to win!!!

So if you are hopping you should of come to me from Debby's blog, now it's time to pop on over to our Julie to see what she has for you to drool over !! and if you get lost along the way, here is the full hop order....

Lou.....That's me!!!
Julie, 
Kaly, 
Elin, 
Olesya, 
Gaynor, 
Anneke, 
Daria
Gretha, 
Franz
Pat.

Happy Hopping everyone!!!!!

Wednesday, 19 July 2017

Whisper Princess Petal Sprite....

Sentiment- Make A Wish from MIC.
Morning everyone!!
oooh I hope you all slept better than me last night! It was a super tough one for me so this morning I just knew I had to share m latest MIC Special Guest post here on my blog to cheer me up!! after all, what's better than some shaker card cuteness? 

And I adore Whisper Princess Petal Sprite , she has the most wonderful hair for playing around with. It's actually all sparkly but could I get a good piccy of that through the acetate shaker....errrrrr...nope!!! and that little Make A Wish sentiment is just perfect for all sort of occasions so I totally needed it for this card.

Today Scott has the day off to take up our decking ready to get our back garden all levelled out and turfed by a turf company this week. I am so excited because our back garden has been butt ugly for a couple of years now and it's driving me crackers!! 

It will only be green grass with the decking level, Mo's trampoline and a wonderful new bunningham palace for the bunnies but it will be so pretty to look at. I need to re paint the fence too but I might need to wait until I am a bit better to do that as I get pooped out so quickly at the minute. I love my fence a lovely creamy white colour so it makes my little postage stamp of a garden look bigger! he he!!

Right, I need to crack on with making Scott a cuppa and generally be quite useless while he is super busy! He had help yesterday when removing our block paving paths from Little Mo but the decking is just a Daddy job!

Huge hugs and thank you's for popping in, Lou xxx

Tuesday, 18 July 2017

Flower Fairy For You......

Image- Flower Fairy For You from Tiddly Inks.
Dies- Lal La Land Heart doily.
Papers- American Crafts My Girl.
Morning all!!!

I am feeling a little more human this morning I think! well, I have managed to have a little Lou's Tiddly Tuesday fun in my upstairs crafty room Scott made me so the Lou critters inside of me must be winning over the chemo critters a bit more today!!! Go Lou critters!!! he he!! my hands and fingers are super sore and my nails feel like they may actually ping off any minute but nothing is going to stop me having a little craft this morning while Mo is having an imaginary nerf gun battle! he's so funny!!

I absolutely adore the new Flower Fairy For You image from Tiddly Inks. You get 2 images when you purchase her, one with the lil fairy dog and one without but having 2 pawsy peeps myself I fell in love with the with pawsy peep version!! 
       there is a version with no dog
Isn't she the cutest?!!
I also made a teensy little shaker heart with the inside cut of my heart doily die and the little hearts that come out of it! of I love it!! I cut the heart in my cardstock and then the little heart centre in acetate.  I popped some hot glue around the edge of the cardstock heart and then stuffed some of the little hearts in from the bigger heart and then adhered the acetate heart over the top. It looks so cute! then I just stuck a few of the little hearts I had left around the other heart centre and a few on top of the acetate heart for some more umpf! 

I think I can say I well and truly Lou'd this morning! Mo and I are going for a little walk with my BF now to get some fresh air! Have a wonderful day everyone!
huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 17 July 2017

Sassy.......

Image- Sassy.
Morning everyone!!

Oh my! what can I say about this little cutie??? she just makes me smile from ear to ear she's so stinking cute so I had to use her for my Dream Team make this week!!!

There were so many different sentiments that could of happily been used with her! soooo many!! but I went for a little mind wondering ,,,,'How Old?'!! he he!  I just thought with her little expression it just fit!!!

Ooooh I've got some exciting updates on me for those who follow my blog! I went to see my oncologist last wednesday and he said I have been doing so well that Friday could be my last chemo. So on Friday off I went and had my bloods done at 9am ready for my chemo at 11:30am. My herceptin slow push injection went in first and then......MY LAST CHEMO!!!! oh my gosh!! I was so excited! I even got a certificate and to ring the bell! All my wonderful chemo nurses came out to watch me ring it and clapped and cheered, it felt so very special....and yup...I'm goofy in the video because that bell was loud!!!!


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Now....Picc-kachu (that I was really really hoping would be able to come out....!!!) has to stay in just a squidge longer incase I get sick for any reason as my veins are shocking and my chemo nurses were worried they would not be able to cannulate me should they need to (...I have no plans on getting sick, it's upwards from here gorgeous peeps! but preparation is key to sorting me out quickly if they need to so I can grin and bear it a little longer!!)

So now I am just waiting for an appointment for my radiotherapy mapping CT scan before I can begin my 4 and a half week course of chemotherapy. My herceptin injections will happen at home from now on every 3 weeks so that will be nice.I think they finish in march. I have been ever so lucky not to need any type of hormone treatment so once I am all finished with radiotherapy there will just be my next operation to even me up and stop my feeling like the Hunchtit of Notre Dame!!!

Today, I feel really rough from chemo but I know it will run it's course over the next 2 weeks and then I will feel much more Lou-ish again, and I have my gorgeous Little Mo on school summer break now so that is another reason to smile.

Right, I am going to go and try to eat a little breakfast.Thank you so much for popping in, Lou xxx

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Cutie Pie cuteness......

Image- Cutie Pie from Tiddly Inks.
Double Gatefold tutorial by Dawn's Stamping Thoughts.

Hi everyone!!

I've finally made it to my computer after a day of playing around so I can share this gorgeous little card with you all.

I have been following a lady on youtube called Dawn for such a long time and she never fails to inspire me with her fabulous makes and tutorials. I just love them and a couple of days ago she posted this Double Gatefold tutorial .

Oh my!! I love it! it was so much fun to make too....taking photo's of it was harder but I've popped a little video down there for you so you can see how it opens up.

I used a digital Tiddly Inks image from the Cutie Pie  set for the front, the ladybirds on flowers and sentiment from the Bugs and Kisses clear stamp set, and the heart flowers and sentiment from the Friends are flowers clear stamp set for the inside....because you can never do too much Tiddly Inking on a Tuesday right?!!!


And here's the little video for you to see it in all it's cuteness.....squeeeeeeee!!!


Right, I'm going to go and hop in the bath for a little soak now. I am counting down the weeks until my Picc Line is out and I can snuggle right down in the bath again! at the minute it's a case of holding my left arm up out of the water when I lay down!!!!! 

Thank you for popping in on me! Hugs Lou xx

Monday, 10 July 2017

Porch Tilda..........

Stamps- Porch Tilda.
DooHickey Dies- Grandpa's flower leaf.

Phewsh!! am on a painting break!! Having chemo makes me a bit tireder than I normally would be so while the 2nd coat on our bedroom is drying I am having a bloggy break to share this little card with you that I made on yesterday's paint break!! (....well, sitting down is resting in my eyes right?!!).

If you missed the Magnolia stamps pop up box 3 then you need to pootle on over to Swedish House Crafts and order some of the scrumptiously cute stamps and dies that came in it. Oh my do I love them!! 

I also used one of my Little B's Block Out dies for this card. I love how it makes such a simple but really effective cut out sentiment with the Kraft card showing through and of course....I couldn't resist using that gorgeous Small Daffodil die either!!! I nestled it in between some pretty flowers and those wonderful DooHickey leaves.

Oooooooooooh my arms do feel like jelly!!!! I am most looking forward to my baked sweet potato to umpf me back up for the next coat of paint activities!! I may be pooped out but it does feel so very good to have a fresh coat of paint on. I've finished our little En Suite and it looks so wonderful. The grey bathroom paint I chose has a special little glitter pack you can add to it. I chose silver and it's a subtle beautiful shimmer when the sun catches it, luckily our En Suite is just small so there was plenty left for me to carry the theme of glittery bottom and whisper white top into our bedroom.....I am actually like Lady Glitter Sparkles from Trolls!!!!

Right, time for me to pop off and see what I fancy colouring now...see!! waiting for paint to dry isn't that boring when you do it Lou Style!!!!! Thank you for popping in, Lou xxx

Bright and Zingy 2nd birthday cutie....

Image- Twins at 2.
(...I only used one!!!)

Good morning everyone!!

I'm in with a make for you this morning sharing a card I made using the Twins at 2 image from Mo's Digital Pencil. It is soooo good that this image comes with 2 separate little girls that you can merge together because for this card I only needed one!!

It is for the birthday of a little girl that I don't know very well but often see around and the other day I saw her walking with her Daddy with her dolls pushchair so I just had to use this image! I merged a little number 2 onto the little heart shaped handbag she is carrying as it was Phoebe's 2nd birthday that my BF needed the card for. Too cute!! I love the way I coloured her trousers too! just 3 colours in lines but so effective.

My BF said that Phoebe's mum loves bright colours so I went for one of my favourite paper pads ever, American Crafts My Girl. It has the cutest mix of zingy prints and colour combo's in there and I knew they would be perfect for the way I had coloured up my image (...yup...one day I will learn to pick the papers first!! bwah ha ha ha!!!).

Right, I had better go. I need to eat my breakfast and then get the last coat of paint done in our En Suite bathroom before the school run!! Then I need to do another couple of coats in our bedroom but it looks so fresh and lovely when its newly painted I don't mind one little bit, it's like crafting on my bedroom walls!!! he he!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 7 July 2017

Mo's digital Pencil challenge #277.....

Image- 6 baby Fairies (boys) from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Papers- MME Noteable.

Morning all!

Nothing says Friday like a cute lil baby's butt in your face right? Ha! I knew it!!! see the cuteness just has Friday written all over it doesn't it??!!!! he he!!!

I am just back from the school run and nibbling on an orange so thought I would get my make for the July challenge #277 over on facebook all written up. It started yesterday but yesterday went by in a puff of a big zoladex injection into my tummy, an excellent exercise class and then wayyyyyyyyyy too much heat for a Lou to feel productive in any way!! Luckily a big thunderstorm cleared the air at about 9:30pm and its a lot cooler today...phew!!!!

Don't forget, the same challenge rules apply!! 

Anything Goes with a Mo Image

                             Winners prize: a $5.00 voucher for Mo's online store.


Remember to follow Mo's Challenge Rules ...
use at least one Mo Manning image...
NEW creations only! (No back linking)...
And, please, only ONE entry per person!


I was super excited to use my new Magnolia Country leaves dies, I do so love popping a little foliage in when I use flowers on my cards and these dies are just the perfect size for snuggling into those pretty flowers.

Well, thats me for today I think. I have one of the fabulous new Country Girls, Porch Tilda, and Grandpa's Porch all coloured up on my desk ready to go onto a card today so I'll pootle along on that this morning before my Picc Line flush and re dress this afternoon. My little Mo is super excited today because we are going to the summer BBQ at his old school tonight. I can't wait to see some of my gorgeous mummy friends and amazing teachers from Welbourn, I can't believe it's been a year since Mo left! time flies but that school will always have a huge place in my heart for all the did for Mo.

Right, lemon water needs making and a load of washing needs popping on the line before I can have fun!! Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Krista Smith at Make It Crafty Blog Hop..........


 Image- Unicorns and Rainbows by Krista Smith from Make It Crafty.

Morning everyone!

I am super duper excited to be taking part in the Make It Crafty blog hop to showcase the fabulous new images from Krista Smith that Zoe will now be keeping snug in the Make It Crafty shop. I am so honored because Zoe asked me to guest for a couple of months for her too...squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!!

And to make the new image from Krista even more exciting...they come in .png format too with some of the elements of the images being separate so you can get the most out of your images. I love merging the sentiment with the rainbow ( picture below) to make the inside of my card come alive too!! I cannot wait for you lot to get yours and start to see all the fun makes appear on the timeline in the Make It Crafty facebook group.

I used Unicorns and Rainbows to make my shaker card. It was so hard to choose which ones to play with first so if I was you, I would just get the whole Funky Girls Collection set!! That way you can print them all out (....and then have trouble deciding who to use first!! bwah ha ha ha!!!)

Now, onto the important stuff you hopped here for and not tonnes of Lou waffle!!! Here is the blog hop list to help you find your way.I'm so excited for you to see all the team's makes, they are all so stunning....quick! off you go!!! and don't forget to leave some love along the way because Zoe will be offering 2 guest spots for 2 random commenters to guest on the Make it Crafty for 2 months!! oh my gosh right??? but wait!! there's more!! you will also get a package of Zoe's gorgeous chippies to play with and access to the store for images to play with....eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!

Zoe 
Lou ...That's me!!
Store Blog

And as I mentioned..... waffled on before, here is the inside of my card...


Right, that's enough from me!! hop on over to Deborah to see what she has to show you!!

Hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Frappe Delight.........

 Image- Frappe Delight.
Morning peeps!!!

oooooooooooooooooh today isso exciting for me because it's my first Special Guest post over on the Make It Crafty blog! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep!!!!! and of course...I had to use one of the gorgeous new images from Krista Smith that are now safely tucked up for you to purcahse from the Make It Crafty shop.

They are all so beautiful...and you can buy them separately or in a bundle of the whole Funky Girls collection.
I made up my own little sentiment for under the flap of the card. I wanted something super fun and Lou-ish in there so went with this.....


I am double excited today because I am spending the afternoon with one of my oldest crafty friends Lou. We haven't had any real time together for sooooooooo long but today we are off to a Macmillan Look Good, Feel Better session. For both of us to of had Breast Cancer at the same time was a bit of a shock but it has also been a god send because we have been able to chat to each other about things.....especially in the early hours of the morning when neither of us could sleep due to medications!! but today we get to be pampered and taught how to do make up and stuff. I wonder what the poor staff up there will think to 2 Lou's in one room!!! he he he!!! so this morning I am going to have a bit of crafty time and then get picked up by my wonderful Lou to go and cause some chaos!! I can't wait!!

Right, I had better go and get some breakfast. I was up in the night with a bad nose bleed so my tummy has been grumbling ever since but I have to take a tablet to help my acid reflux before I can eat and I've been waiting for that to kick in!! shredded wheat here I come!!!

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 4 July 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #203.....Independence

Papers- Key to my Heart.

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

Independence!

 So think images that make you feel independent,empowered and positive.

 (**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 **)

I decided to go with the independence of moving home since one of my best friends is going through this empowering journey of finding the right home right now. Knowing what is right and wrong for your family life is such an important step to take. Going through your belongings and packing and remembering those positive and happy memories from your old home is emotional and magic all at the same time so I couldn't think of a better way to showcase this challenge than using the Cute as a Bug clear stamp set.

I also wanted to include a key element to my make ( letting go of your house keys and all that) so I used the free paper from the Key to my Heart image.

Now for the exciting bit.....I have one Cute as a Bug clear stamp set from Christy to give away to one random commentor who comments on this blog post...eeeeeeeeeeeep!!! I am so excited to be able to give this set away so huge Thank you's to Christy for sending me it to be able to do this.

I used the random Little Mo app to draw the winner !! he he!!
Congratulations Cheri!

Please pop me an email with your addy deets so we can get your
stamp sent to you xxx

Huge hugs and thank you for popping in, Lou xxxx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Skipping Santa and Snowy House....

Images- Skipping Santa and Snowy House.

Good Morning everyone!! I'm in with my Dream Team share for you all today and I couldn't resist a cooling christmassy make after all these super hot days!! 

Skipping Santa and Snowy House are just the perfect images to merge. They are so much fun to use together that there might of been a few 'squeeeee' and 'awwwww' sounds coming from my pooter as I popped the 2 together.

A few die cut tree's was all I felt I needed to finish this cutie off, but there are so many more images you could pop in there if you felt super mergey!!!

We've had such a lovely weekend. On saturday we did something new and went to play Footgolf!  Oh my gosh, Mo and Scott loved it and it was such fun! it's golf but played with a football and the hole is like a dustbin kind of size hole. We only played 9 holes but it was great. 

On sunday we treated ourselves to Handmade Burger for lunch and then went to our favourite icecream parlour for a yummy cone each on the way home. I absolutely adore family time at the weekends. Its just so special to close down into that little bubble and enjoy each others company. We finished the weekend off by watching Labyrinth ( we LOVE that film!!).

Right, time to scoot. A cup of tea and shredded wheat is calling me...well it's calling my tummy but I can't function without it!! he he!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx