Friday, 30 July 2010


Hi bloggers, just a quick post to let you know im off on holiday this week. I am goin to be away until 8th August so will not be posting for the week.
I hope you all have a lovely week.

x laura x

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Dancing Tilda

Hi all, I have been looking through the challenges this week and picked a few i wanted to join in with. I took a look at the just magnolia challenge and wasnt sure whether to join in. I am not normally very good at vintage theme, but after scouting through some of the amazing blogs i follow i thought i would have ago. I started this card yesterday and ended up very fustated, every time i tried to stamp Tilda it was going wrong. I hate wasting things, and ended up going through 2 pages of expensive water colouring paper, which annoyed me very much. I finally finished making my card today and thankfully today was a better day than yesterday. I stamped tilda with the latern first time(yipee). So i have a few photos for you. Im very pleased with this card.

Stamp-magnolia, mid summer Tilda and love lantern
DP-papermania, regency
Flowers-selection from wild orchid crafts
Ribbon and pearls from stash

The strip of brown coloured writing i made my self. I used stampin up En Francis stamp with memento cocoa ink stamped onto normal white card stock. I then distressed it using Tim Holtz distress ink in brushed corduroy. I also used Tim Holtz distress tool to add a bit of a rough edge. I added gloss accents to the glass on the lantern to give it a bit of shine, you can just see it in one of the pictures.

just magnolia-week 65 vintage
friday sketchers-sketch 112
stamp challenge-something flowery
raise the bar-distressed, torn, ripped, broken

Wishing you all a lovely weekend.

x laura x

Thursday, 22 July 2010

Whiff of joy DT entry.

Evening all. This post is being entered into the whiff of joy DT(design team) call. My very first stamp was a whiff of joy one, I adore them, I have quite a collection growing. So when i saw there was a DT call HERE i jumped at the chance to enter. Am i good enough? Im not sure but i thought hey if i dont enter i will never know. Now to enter i had to make a card using at least one whiff of joy stamp.
This is what i came up with:

I wanted to keep the card simple as i wanted all the attention drawn to the image and the background.

stamp-whiff of joy, queen charlotte, charlottes horse, magnolia, floral backgound
DP-papermania, henbury lane
coloured with distress inks

magnolia down under-season themed card

Wish me luck and fingers crossed.

x laura x

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

whimsy blog hop

Just wanted to do a quick post about the new whimsy collection. It is beautiful and there are some fab cards along the blog hop to view. If you fancy being in with a chance to win these:

Go over and start the blog hop HERE.

Remember to follow the blog hop carefully and make sure you leave a comment on each page to be in with the chance.

x laura x

Saturday, 17 July 2010

just hanging around

Hello bloggers, hows the weather where you are? Its lovely in Essex, UK not too hot not too cold, so just right for me. I received the magnolia summer kit this morning, I bought it off someone who didnt want it. So i just had to ink this one up as it made me chuckle when i saw it.

Stamp-magnolia, dangling sea Edwin
DP-magnolia, lazy summer days
Rest-from my stash

daring cardmakers-we are sailing
allsorts-summer days
the secret crafter-summer holidays

Look at Edwin, doesn't he look soo cute, just hanging around. I have coloured him with distress inks(im addicted). If you have any questions at any time, about anything, just leave me a comment.

x laura x

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

anything but a card.

Evening bloggers, Sorry my post is so late today i am still recovering from yesterday. I have had such a bad headache all day, so have been going in and out my craft room. I wanted to get this done today though as had some challenges it fits in with. You might of seen my post about the easel card i made HERE.  I decided that i would give it to my boyfriends mother for her birthday. As i had added lots of flowers to it i was uncertain how to send it, so decided to make a box for it to go in.

Stamps-magnolia, longing tilda, tilda with gifts, mid summer tilda
Box-white 12x12 bazzill card stock
DP-magnolia, pink starlit

create4fun-anything but a card
the secret crafter-apertures
creative card crew-to die for
2 sisters challenge-anything goes

I have coloured the tildas with distress inks and im pleased to say im getting better(at last) I am very happy with how this has turned out. I didnt want to decorate the front of the box to much as the card inside is decorated, so left it simple. I also didnt want to put a whole image on the front as that would be too much like the card. So came up with just using the top halfs. 3 fitted perfectly and im glad with how it has turned out.

Please leave any comments you have good or bad, love to know what you think.

x laura x

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Belles n whistles card

I have had a very busy morning so far. I wont go into to many details but a little over a year ago i was a witness to a incident that happened, so today i had to got to court as a prosecution witness. I was so worried about it, so worried that my M.E started to act up. Thankfully it didnt take to long so i was able to get home and have a nap. I wanted to get this post done today as i have another project lined up that i want to do tomorrow and show you.
 So on to the card, unfortunately i have only 1 belles n whistles stamp(which you have already seen) and so wanted to join in with the sketch they have. I am very picky with sketches, as i dont like to put too many different things on my cards. The sketch is lovely just want i like, i have followed the sketch but have rotated it 90 degrees anti-clockwise to suit my stamp better.

Stamp-belles n whistles, beary big hugs
Flowers-a selection from wild orchid crafts
Spellbinders nestabilities large deckled rectangles
Dollies-a selection from bizzy becs
DP-both prima, shabby chic collection "sweets"(blue), watercolour rainbow collection "whimsy"(pink)

belles n whistles-sketch
wild orchid challenge-say it with flowers

Hope everyone is having a good week.

x laura x

Sunday, 11 July 2010

Well prepared!

Afternoon bloggers. It has taken me a while to get going today as i went to a BBQ last night as a friends son is going around the world with his girlfriend for a year, sadly I wasnt told until yesterday that it was happening(boyfriends fault). So i wasnt able to make a card in time. I had a brilliant evening, good to catch up with friends i havent seen in a while. So due to the late night we had(home at midnight) my body didnt want to let me get out of bed straight away. Due to the fact i was not able to make a card, i wanted to be prepared for the furture, so have made a list(love my lists). First on my list is my nephew`s(my boyfriends brothers son) birthday card. He is going to be 2years old at the start of August.  So here it is:

Stamp-the greeting farm, a happy day
Sentiment-justrite, just a note borders and centre`s set
DP-best creation inc, transportation

I wanted to show as much of the DP as i could so have left the card very simple. I love the the DP, i saw it and thought it was perfect. Also it has glitter on it so im happy. I have coloured the image with promarkers. The sentiment is a new set i found HERE. As you may know from a previous post i didnt have many sentiments, so this set gave me 10 sentiments(brilliant). I didnt buy the wood stamper to go with them though. I just use non permanent sticky tape and attach them to a stamping block(Saved £8.00.(bonus)).
Sadly there are no challenges(that i know of) that this would fit into. So it`s just the card today, but at least it is done. 1 item ticked off the list, now onto the next.

x laura x

Elisabeth Bell Giveaway!

The amazingly talented Elisabeth Bell is giving away 36 stamps(jaw drops). Yes 36 amazing stamps. There are a few rules, so make sure you follow them carefully as you will not want to miss out on this.
You can find the give away HERE.
Closes 16th July.
Good Luck!

x laura x

Friday, 9 July 2010

secret crafter freebie friday

Just a quick post to make you all aware of the secret crafter freebie friday give away. There is a couple of rules, so follow them carefully.
Good luck

x laura x

Thursday, 8 July 2010

more challenges.

Afternoon bloggers. Just a quick post this afternoon. I made a card to go with some of the challenges i came across.

stamp-belles n whistles, beary big hugs
dp-papermania, rose garden
roses-selection from wild orchid crafts
sentiment-whiff of joy, 1001 nights

The image is coloured with distress inks. I am in love with distress inks, now i have got the hang of them. The ribbon was white organza ribbon which i have coloured with promarkers to match the colour of the dp i used. I am a little disappointed with the way the sentiment came out, i wanted it to be a bit brighter. Never mind you can still see it.

belles n whistles-glitter and pearls
yns challenges-challenge 20 flower power
magical crafts fortnightly challenge-challenge 18 flower power
crafty cardmakers-challenge 24 inky fingers

x laura x

Tuesday, 6 July 2010


Hi bloggers, Im on a roll with these challenges. My mojo is starting to return but it has taken all day. I have been backwards and  forwards from my craft area today so many times i think i am wearing the carpet down. So onto the card:

stamp-whiff of joy, willow with strawberry basket
sentiment-stampin up, tiny tags and tiny tags punch
DP-magnolia, strawberrys and cream, papermania yellow capsule collection
ribbon-papermania yellow capsule collection
charm-strawberry found here

Now for the challenges:
sketch and stamp-challenge 31 sketch
by the cute and girly-july challenge. warm summer days
cute card thursday-challenge 119, lets get fruity
sir stamp alot-july challenge, lazy hazy days of summer
charisma cardz-challenge 26, metal mickey

x Laura x

Monday, 5 July 2010


Hello, are you liking the weather in the UK? its so hot.
I had a look at some challenges today as my mojo has gone walk about(if anyone finds it can you send it back please) So i came across a few challenges i wanted to join in with and this is what i came up with.

stamp-magnolia. longing tilda, castle window, frog, im a prince kiss me.
sentiment- verve
DP-papermania, rose garden
card- bazzill, kraft, brown
water-blue card, blue glitter glue

The castle window was coloured with promarkers. I coloured the frog and tilda with distress inks. I ordered more distress inks and they arrived today and just had to use them. I did a better job this time as well. Still needs work but ill get there, just need more practice.

just magnolia-week 62, make a criss cross card
allsorts-challenge 59, create a scene
secret crafter-challenge 90, water

x Laura x