Monday, 16 April 2018

Celebrate b......

Image- Celebrate b.

Morning everyone!

I'm in with my normal Monday morning Dream Team make for you today and all know by now I cannot resist me a boy make so I get super excited whenever there are new ones in the shop!! and when I saw Celebrate b I just knew he had to be the one for my DT make this week!!

It's such a funny thing because I used to be terrified of making 'boy' cards or cards for the male variety of humans but now I LOVE it!! and well, he is just such a darling.
Of course, the next real clincher just has to be the little appearance of Bronte in there blowing the party horn!! soooo cute!!!

Because he is a .png image I was able to merge him right onto some cool digital papers! wahoooooo!!! 

I, however, don't feel so celebratory today. Little Mo is back to school today and Scott and I are still fairly unsettled in our feelings about him going back and having his options meeting with a teacher this week. Mo has filled out his little form and popped 3 choices down. There were 2 subjects that he was really looking excitedly forward to choosing but the teachers in both of those subjects have told us that they do not feel Mo would cope with picking them as options. Luckily, he had a favourite one, Food Tech, to put first and he has chosen another 2 subjects that he enjoys as his 2 and 3. He very honestly wrote how he felt about choosing the 3 and not choosing 5 and as parents, we applaud him for that.
We feel it is important for him to be able to write down his honest opinions and feelings so people can begin to understand how things work in his mind.

Right, time for a cuppa and brekkie to get me going this morning, the hungry bear inside me is screaming 'give me food already!!!!!'. Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Tilda with dotted boots....

Magnolia Doily Flowers dies.

Morning everyone,

I'm with my Swedish Housecrafts DT post for you today. I was in a wonderful playing mood when I sat down to create this so I decided to alter a little plain kraft gift bag instead of making a card. It's such a lovely way to send off a little gift to a friend.
I love the Gummiapan Hen's Net die tucked in behind the matting layers and the super cute little Gummiapan Heart Button die to 'tie' the twine together.It just creates a little bit more interest in the whole fun scene coming together with the little chick!! sooo cute!!

I used 2 stamps from the Magnolia stamps It's Springtime' release, they really are just totally too cute!! I went for Tilda with dotted boots and one of the chicks from the Cute Chickens set. The littlest chick was just a perfect size to keep Tilda company while she collects her flowers!! Let's take a closer look at them!!....

Awwwwwwwwwww right?!!! I paper pieced Tilda's clothing so she would match into the papers I had chosen to decorate the bag with. Luckily, the fabulous 12x12 Maja Designs Vintage spring basics 10th of March paper gave me plenty of playroom to paper piece and cut out all the little extra flowers too! and look at Tilda's little boots!! I coloured those in yellow with little green dots and then added some glossy accents to make them shine.

I cut the stamped image 'mat' out with the Gummiapan Old paper dies.(..sadly they are out of stock at the minute but hopefully back soon so pop them on your wishlist for when they come back in!).
Then I had some fun die cutting some Magnolia flower Doo hickeys from my stash. These ones are the Magnolia Doily Flowers and they are just a dream to play with. I cut them out, gave them a good spray of glimmer mist, squished them up and then dried them out with my heat gun before unscrewing them.
I gathered 2 together and popped a mini brad in to hold them together and make the flower middle.

And mixed in this one below are the teeny little flowers from the Doo Hickey 14 set.They just finished off the corner arrangement with being so teeny and cute! Oooooh I do love a good play with my flower dies now and again!! you honestly do forget how nicely they come together.

I also used the absolutely stunning Magnolia Bon Voyage Dragonflies.They are one of my all-time favourite Doo Hickey buys!! This is the smaller dragonfly of the 2 and so sweet. I cut it twice and layered it up for some dimension in the wings, and the used a little scrap of the Hen's Net die cut I had leftover from my matting to make the handle of the bag look a little less boring. it looks so sweet.

Corrrrrrrrrrrrrr!! I've spammed you with piccies a bit today!! lol!!! but there were just so many fun bits to altering that little boring kraft bag I couldn't help myself!! I'm going to leave you all in peace from my waffling on now and go and get a cuppa!!

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

Monday, 9 April 2018

Wanna Scream....

Image- Wanna Scream.

Morning everyone!

I'm in with a post for you today and today I am sharing a gorgeously CAS make with Wanna Scream.

She is seriously the cutest lil grump I have ever seen and I can totally identify with her (....mostly when I've used up all my slimming world syns and am feeling nibbly or when my promarker runs out mid colouring session!! lol!!!).

And in awesome Maurie style, she comes in 2 versions...Y'all can click on each one to be magically pinged to her place in the store!!

Scott has the day off today so we are indulging in a little geocaching time I think. Hopefully, the weather will hold out for us nicely because a good walk around and a few little geo finds is always a super fun Daubney kind of day....and I need to walk off the cake I used my syns for on Sunday in the garden centre with my Aunty!!! lol!!!! 

I've made sandwiches for the men of the house and a little ham salad for me and we have some bottles of water (...and maybe hopes of a cafe being open for a nice hot drink!!!) to keep us going while we search.

I absolutely adore school holidays. There is something magical about planning days out together instead of planning the school run!! Right, I need to go and walk the pawsy peeps before we go.Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Tiddly Inks challenge #212.....Let's Go Around...

Image-  Narly Birthday.
Morning all!!

It's time for a super fun new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and this month it's...
'Let's Go Around'

So let's have some fun and get some circular makes done!
Think paper lollipops, circle cards, hanging decorations etc and
circular makes only please, no corners, squares or rectangle matting allowed!

 (**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 knew exactly what I wanted to do. You see April is Autism Awareness Month and I wanted to make something special for my Little Mo. He is such a unique and funny little guy so I wanted to pop that in in a super fun way!

I decided to go with a decorated bauble and the gorgeous Narly Birthday I adore this set so much!! just look at the cute variations you get in there...
A little bit of colouring, fussy cutting and splodging stuff in a bauble later, I had this super cute gift for my little man!! I love how the little bubbles worked!! too cute!!

ASD Awareness is so important for all people to understand. This little guy has a whole lot to contend with every single day before we even get onto the 'normal' things that people do every day. Scott and I have worked tirelessly over the 13 years to pootle our lives along in a way that makes things so much easier for Mo to cope and pootle along in his Little Mo way. There are a few people who know and understand how we work for that. It's not easy to miss out on things we would love to be a part of or plan them quite meticulously making sure we account for every little thing that could set him off balance but we do it with great gusto hoping that we will make it easier for him. It gets hard and we get tired...a lot!! but it's also worth it because lots of people often look at Mo and forget everything he is going through because of the work mummy and daddy put in. We are happy to do it because he is our little guy, we are ALWAYS learning and ALWAYS looking for the best way.So my plea to you all today is just so simple...just be aware and remember.

As parents, Scott and I help his school in the best ways we can, they don't always get it but then, how could they when it's a world for Mo that changes constantly and he's constantly working to work it all out? it's a struggle most weeks. We help them by helping Mo with meds for his ADHD which complicates his Autism and his rare gene gain is still proving to be extremely rare as the gene organisation he is registered with try to find others with the same large gain (...nothing yet peeps, he is still the only one in the world on their records with it, but we keep hopeful!!).

Don't write off the struggles of parents whose children look 'just fine' all know the saying 'Never judge a book by it's cover' right?!!! Now I am lucky. I have the best friends around me who ALL understand Mo, but a lot of that is because I am happy to be completely transparent and open about how Mo and our life is. I do not believe in hiding it, or sugar coating it or making it out to be more than it is. Our life is just what it is and we are living with Autism.

I am entering this little bauble into the Stamping for Autism Awareness Blog Hop. I cannot tell you how beautiful a thing it is when you are a crafter and you see stamps/images you can really identify with and there is a whole tonne of amazing sponsors who have produced them.

I also wanted to share a link to the Awareness images Christy from Tiddly Inks made for me last year. I cannot tell you how much they touched my heart and I wanted to share them again in case anyone new to my blog hasn't seen them.

Phewsh!! I've waffled on a lot!! but y'all know it's something very close to my heart so I know you'll forgive me!! and...
Be aware and show you care!
Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 2 April 2018


Image - Lydia.
Morning everyone!

I'm in today for you with my make for the week using the super sweet Lydia, which is also linked to our fabulous April Showcase Challenge over at Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges on Facebook.

Isn't she just the cutest little fairy?!! and she is just $2! I had so much fun colouring her up in yellow. I don't often use yellow but I am braving using it more and more in bigger areas!! 

I added a little sparkle to her wings with my sakura clear star gel pen, it looks so delicate IRL but getting a photo of it is super tricksy!!

Entering is easy peasy!! You can make anything you wish, as long as it features Lydia in your project. Once you have purchased Lydia and had some fun creating with her, add you Lydia make to the Lydia facebook challenge link in the comments. 
Throughout the month of April, the Dream Team girls will be adding their makes in the comments too to inspire you.

**Remember you MUST use the 'Lydia' image for your make**
**All entries must be newly made from the date of the challenge start please**
**ONE ENTRY ONLY, please 

The winner will receive a $5 store credit.

Thank you for popping in. I'm off to pop the kettle on and enjoy the rest of this rainy icky day in the warm!!, huge hugs Lou xxx

Friday, 30 March 2018

Insta Tilda.............

Hi everyone!
I'm a bit late popping into my bloggy today. We've been busy enjoying the first day of the holidays. So, we've been ou for a cooked breakfast, delivered Ryan's birthday cake to Scott's mums because that's where we are going to eat it after our meal tomorrow, done the shopping and had lunch! wahoo!!! so now I can show you my Swedish Housecrafts DT post!!!

I've used World Wide Web- Insta Tilda for my make today. She just has such a sweet little face and I absolutely adore her little heart on the lens of her camera. To make her eyes and camera lens really pop, I splodged a little glossy accents on them.

I made a tent fold card base and glued papers from my stash on both the inside and outside of my card base. Then using a little circle die from my stash, I cut a little window to "reveal" the papers inside. I fussy cut my Tilda out and then placed her on my card so she made a feature of the die cut circle.

I LOVE this fold. It would be so easy to just tuck a little cellophane bag filled with treats in there to make it into a gift card, but today, I just felt like a card to make someone smile.

How super sweet are the little World Wide Web- Computer Icons?! I stamped the little Instagram icon twice, once on a patterned piece of paper from my stash and then again on some white card. Then I fussy cut around the sweet scalloped edge of the patterned paper and on the white piece I cut just around the circle. Then I glued the white Instagram icon right onto the centre of the red layer. I love how it came out.

This gorgeous little heart is just perfect for squeezing onto your makes as a little embellishment. It is the negative cut from the Get Well- Stethoscope Die. But it is too cute a heart to miss out on not using that piece you would normally throw away! I glued it onto my card and then used it as a little "background" element behind the bow I tied. It really does look so cute!

Right, I'm going to finish off my coconut milk coffee and get my colour on while Mo watches an episode of the Haunted Hathaway's and Scott pops a bit of decking down!! I LOVE holiday time so much.

Thank you for popping in, Huge hugs Lou xxxx

Monday, 26 March 2018


Images- Pirates.
Background - Laura.
Papers- Echo Park -It's a pirates life.
Good morning everyone!

I'm in with my Monday Dream Team make today and I just couldn't resist a little more merging fun! It's such an effortless way to get a scene using a digital image and well, let's face's just too cute!!!!!

This time I merged the super sweet new Pirates onto the beautiful watercolour Prairie background in the Laura image. I kid you not, that background is good for so many different images. I adore it! Teamed with some gorgeous papers, Echo Parks 'It's a Pirates Life', a little cotton gauze, twine and of course, an anchor charm for added seafaring fun, it was done!

I have had a slow couple of weeks with making cards because we've finally been moving all the last bits of my craft stash out of the spare room and I've painted it, Scott has put up a gorgeous new blind and we've had new carpet laid all in time for us to buy some new wardrobes to go in there in about a months time.

I'm really looking forward to getting back into my little crafty routine again this week. It's funny how much you can miss something when you've had a couple of weeks of not doing it like you normally would!! 

Right, time for me to get ready for the day! I'm going to walk the pawsy members of the family before the school run and then we need to nip to Aldi and get some veg and bits for the week ahead before Scott has his ultrasound done. 

Have a wonderful day everyone, Huge hugs and love, Lou xxxxx

Friday, 23 March 2018

Wryn on her horse...

Good morning peeps!

My poor little blog has been a bit quiet this week! I have been super busy giving our spare bedroom a new lick of paint ready for a new carpet that is going down today ahead of us turning it into a dressing room in a few weeks time. It's too teeny to be a bedroom really so we are making the most of it in a new way! he he!!

Have you seen the scrummy new images and stamp sets in the Tiddly Inks shop recently?? there seriously is too much cuteness to choose from! and I had a hard time choosing too!! lol!! but I decided to go with Wryn and her Horse.

I went for a dapple brown colour for my horse, dotting my blender pen on to get that lovely dapple effect. And then the fun bit!! I actually had enough time to sit and make a little 'scene' from some of my favourite dies. I popped the frame and little fence up on some foam so it looked like Wryn had ridden up to the fence to greet whoever gets this card!! so much fun!!

Right, I need to get a wriggle on. Pawsy peeps need walking and the laundry needs to go on! It was a gorgeous sunny morning yesterday and today its a bit meh!!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xx

Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Bunny Tilda easter cuteness....

Hi everyone!

I'm so excited to share this little Mini Bunny Tilda with you today because she has been sat patiently waiting for the right month on my craft desk since December!! 

Here's a closer look at her. I stamped her with my memento ink Tuxedo Black ink pad and then coloured her up before having some fun 'fussy cutting' (cutting her out with my scissors and some patience!!!). Whenever I fussy cut a stamp out, I always go around the edges with a small sponge and some walnut stain distress ink to make sure there are no rough, white edges showing.

A few highlights of white gel pen dots helped to make her fur look bobbly. I love that effect.

To get that wonderful easter feel I couldn't wait to nestle her in with these stunning vintage rabbits from the Pion Design Images from the past Valentines Animals sheet.I love how you almost miss her when you first look at the card. 

The little egg, border and backing papers are some Pion papers from my own stash, but Suha has a beautiful selection of easter Pion papers on sale in the shop too.

I really love to rip a little section of the paper open on some of my cards. I do it by placing a ruler on the paper and then gently tearing a small slit in the paper. Then, I adhere a small section of another contrasting paper behind the tear to add a little focal point.

Using a little pokey tool or punch I then add 2 little holes to thread a piece of twine through and tie it into a pretty little bow to finish off the look. A great crafty friend of mine taught me this years ago and it's still one of my most treasured lessons.

Thank you for popping in! Huge hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 11 March 2018

Birthday Pig...........

Image- Birthday Pig.
Hello everyone!

I'm in with my Monday morning Dream Team make....I know its Sunday and I'm posting it on my blog a day earlier than the Dream Team blog but seriously...... squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! this little pig is just the cutest and I couldn't wait to share it with you all!! 

Birthday Pig comes with 2 super cute sentiments you can use too, I loved the 'Feel free to pig out' one because it goes so well with the scrummy cake!!......and because I let myself have a scrumptious slice of St Clements cake when we went for our Mothers Day walk around Rufford Abbey today.

We have had such a lovely day. I was woken up by Mo and a lovely basket of flowers with Mo-memade vouchers for me to 'spend' and a card that he made himself and coloured with pencils. I love that so much. 

So, mummy slushing over, back to my piggy card!! I coloured and based my card on the scrumptious challenge colours for the March colour inspiration challenge we are having over on the Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges on Facebook. We'd love you to pop in and join us! the colour palette is just gorgeous, It's from Design Seeds and we love it...
Image may contain: flower and plant

Right, I'm off to get the plates out for tea. Scott has gone to fetch an Indian takeaway because our local one does a wonderful Syn free chicken shaslik that I can enjoy and not worry about! ....just the slice of cake that might have gone over my syns but I don't mind for one special day of the year!!

Thank you so much for popping in. Huge Hugs Lou xx