Thursday, 22 June 2017

A heart for you Tilda...........

Stamp- A heart for you Tilda from Swedish House Crafts.
Papers and embellies- Luxury maja sofiero gift box from The Ribbon Girl.

Good morning peeps!!

I am flying in with a bloggy post this morning before I go to my Pelvic core exercise class because I am soooo excited about this card!!

I received a stunningly beautiful birthday gift from my dear friend Wendy and tucked within it was a surprise gift from the wonderful Mary and Andrea from The Ribbon Girl.

I cannot put into words how much it lifted my spirits the day it arrived. A girl needs a lift now and again and this one was better than a wonder bra I tell you. Now, I have to admit, I have spent a week stroking this package before I could even bring myself to get in there!!! it's sooooo pretty!!!
Luxury Maja Sofiero Gift Box feel my pain at using it now don't you?!!!! oh my!!! but I had just the stamp I wanted to use with all that deliciousness!! 

I treated myself to the whole collection of Lovely Emojis Tilda's from Swedish House Crafts a few weeks ago....well, they were too cute to miss and Suha always does amazing deals with new collections that are too good to miss so how could a girl resist?!!! 

A good old bit of Lou splodging colour on, die cutting and paper oohing and ahhhhing later and I was done. There is nothing better than crafting with your friends in your mind the whole time, that way it is a card full of love. 

Right, I need to shift this butt of mine and get ready for the school run and restoring this pelvic core of mine! I am absolutely loving my class so far. It's so good to do stuff just for you once in a while and that hour with my trainer, Lisa, is just fabulous. I have learnt so much in my 2 weeks so far. Hopefully I will be able to go onto to do Pilates after this class but starting off small while I am recovering from surgery and pootling along in my chemo is just perfect.

Thank you for popping in and huge hugs for you all, Lou xxxx

Wednesday, 21 June 2017

Super Dad!

Image- Danger Dad from KennyK Stamps.
Sentiment- Love your Dad sentiments by KennyK stamps.
Morning everyone!!

I almost forgot I hadn't popped my amazing Dad's Fathers Day card on my bloggy yet!! I know a few days have passed but I didn't want you all to miss out on getting this image before the Kenny K Stamps shop closes down so I thought I'd get it on quick!!

My Dad lives in the Seychelles so he had his card facetime'd to him this year (....because it would be an actual miracle if I remembered to post it a month before so it gets there on time!!!!!) .

I teamed up my images with some of my fave super hero papers. Now! don't forget....

So, the sale is too good to miss! all digital images are just $1 and the clear stamp sets are $3.99!!  (all discounts are applied at checkout) so quick! go get them before its too late! the shop closes on Friday June 30th.

Right, got to scootaroo! I need to get mo's pack up sorted and then do the school run because today is check up day with my oncologist before chemo on friday.

Huge hugs and thank you for popping in, Lou xxx

Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Wryn's Panda notes............

 Stamp- Wryn's Panda clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks.

Morning everyone!

I hope you are all waking up to a nice cool tuesday!!! I am up bright and early because it's too hot here for me! lol! I am such a heat wuss! its been 28c at it's hottest over the last few days here and I feel like I have melted!!!!

Yesterday I gave myself some Tiddly Inks Time!! he he!! and I wasn't in the mood for making a card, I fancied something a bit different and fun so I decided to decorate up a little notebook I had kicking around in my craft room! and I was in an actual ink it up and stamp it mood too so I went for my Wryn's Panda clear stamp set. Some days you just have to splodge some actual ink on gorgeous stamps and stamp them out and of course, Tim Holtz's stamp platform just had to be used (it seriously rocks peeps, I love it.)

I had these neat little clear boxes left from my gorjuss girls mini stamps packaging and they uber rock as shaker boxes so i filled them with a few sequins and cut out some of the flowery circles from the scrap pieces of the base mat design paper I used to cover the front of the book. You can see them floating around in the box in the top piccy up there.

And inside I attached a little ribbon as a page marker and stamped out the cute little 'Beary Sweet' sentiment that comes in the set with the little panda head on...I so LOVE that stamp!!!! it's just too cute!!

And it was done! so cute and a super fun way to spend an hour playing in my craft room when outside was wayyyyy to hot for me!!

Today is bloods day so I need to go and visit my vampires...nurses at the Dr's surgery. The results then pootle off to my oncologist consultant for my appointment tomorrow so he can tell me if I am well enough for my next dose of chemo on friday. I am super duper lucky because he is so lovely.

Right, I think a cup of tea may be in order!! My mouth feels like a desert after a sandstorm!! thank you so much for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxxx

Monday, 19 June 2017

Fairy Nest..........

Image- Fairy Nest.
Hi everyone! 
It's Lou in for you this morning with a make using the uber sweet Fairy Nest. Look at these little cuties all sat in their cosy nest watching the world go by! I adore the way they are all watching their own little bit of the world! I decided to give them a swooshy magical looking kinda glow around the nest.

The papers are from a pad called Love Story that my beautiful friend Jenny sent me in an amazing package of crafty bits she had been clearing out. Oh my! the box was jam packed full of so many beautiful bits and I can't wait to use some more of them.

Chemo week has crept around quickly for me again so I am going to fully enjoy getting a few bits made using the gorgeous box of bits this week before treatment day on friday!! though to be fair, I feel fine friday, saturday and a bit of sunday. My steroids keep me going but the fluey yuck tender joints feeling tends to grab me by the big girl pants by the sunday evening so there will be a little chilling out Lou going on then I think!! I only have 3 more chemo's in total to go now and then it will just be the care team nurse coming to my house to do my herceptin injection once chemo ends.

And don't forget!! there's still plenty of time to shop your socks off in Mo's Summer Sale!!


Thank you so much for popping in on me. Huge hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Unicorn Fairy......

Image- Unicorn Fairy from my Saturated Canary Subscription.

Hi everyone!

So somehow my gorgeous little niece has managed to almost get to 12?? (..I am not actually sure how it happened because I could actually swear her and Mo are still teeny right?!!!) and I knew just which special image I wanted to use for her card.

I went right for my Unicorn Fairy from my Saturated Canary Subscription. She is just so gorgeous. I love getting my images from my subscription each month, it's like a super sweet surprise to wake up to when they come into my inbox because I never know what they are going to be.

Of course, I needed to get a whole lot of kisses onto that card and the best way to do it was with my cross stitch circle stax die from MFT stamps.The little tag and sentiment are Taylored Expressions.

Right, I need to make some fathers day cards! so far I have managed to hoover the whole house, get the dogs settee cover washed and hanging on the line to dry and do a few of my pelvic floor exercises and listen to spotify!! so onto the dad's card making time needs to be top of the list now really!!

Thank you for popping on me, huge hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Ellie says Hi....

Stamp- Ellie says Hi clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks.
Hi everyone!

Well I still can't resist myself a Tiddly Tuesday!! and let's be honest, there's no cuter way to spend a tuesday really is there?!!!

It actually took me a good while to decide which gorgeous clear stamp to ink up but then the little Lou cogs got whirring on an idea and I knew just who I needed for the job!

The last few months have been crazy with election talk, terrorism, people being unkind and I wanted to make something with love and peace in mind.

I made the sentiment up in word and then sized it so it would fit snuggly on my little tag die. Then it was a case of finding some nice bright papers to go with those gorgeous little rainbow hearts. I love how this turned out so much.

Right, time for a cuppa I think...or at least something warm and wet! My mouth gets so sore and dry in the night at the moment that my tongue actually kinda 'sticks' to the top of my mouth!! You've seen the 'water,water' scenes in many a desert set movie right? well, thats me when I wake up!! bwah ha ha ha ha!!!

Thank you for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xxxx

Sunday, 11 June 2017

Sailor boy........

Image- Sailor Boy Set.
Papers- Beach Cottage from Pink Petticoat.
Hi everyone!

I'm in for you today with my monday Dream Team make and I just couldn't resist colouring up a little guy from this stunning Sailor Boy Set.............
They are all just too cute right?!!!

I absolutely adore this set. I think this little make would be perfect for fathers day that's coming up soon....the only problem you'll have is choosing which one to colour up!! and of course, there's those gorgeous Beach Cottages papers from Pink Petticoat. They were just right for the job!!

And don't forget!! there's still plenty of time to shop your socks off in Mo's Summer Sale!!


Tomorrow I am having something super exciting done! we are having new laminate flooring put down in our porch, lounge and kitchen. Our old floor was 12 years old and looking really rather battered so we bit the bullet and decided to get a new one.

So today Scott and I muddled through both feeling unwell ( my poor gorgeous Scott woke up with a vertigo attack and it took him 3 hours to be able to move without the room spinning for him and I feel rather tender from all the picc line trauma's of the week!!) to remove all of the old floor, underlays and skirting boards so the man coming to fit the new one can just get straight on with his job with no hassle. Mo was an absolute super star and helped me get all the kitchen and some of the porch done whilst Scott tried to get himself well.

Right, I must pootle off! Mo is making cheese scones at school tomorrow and wants to measure out his ingredients with me! He LOVES his cookery lessons so much, he said he will be sad when that part of technology class is done.

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx 

Saturday, 10 June 2017

Kenny K close down.......

Images- Brianna Blaster from Kenny K stamps.
Morning everyone!

I'm pootling onto my blog this morning with a kinda sad for me, yet happy post! After years of supplying us with stunning images, Kenny K stamps is closing down. That's the sad bit. The happy bit is that Kenny and Elena are closing to focus on Kenny's new work and their gorgeous little family, what could be a better reason to take a step back? and to thank everyone for supporting them for so many years they are having the best blow out sale I have seen!!

So, the sale is too good to miss! all digital images are just $1 and the clear stamp sets are $3.99!! wowzers right?!!! (all discounts are applied at checkout) so quick! go get them before its too late! the shop closes on Friday June 30th.

I started my love of Kenny K images all the way back in 2010 with Christmas Hottie and Racy Roxie but my absolute favourites are the stunning steampunk images, oooooh I do so love those! and I have been so super blessed to of been GDT for Elena since May this year and to be with them on their last weeks open means so much to me. I feel very honored.

My card today features Brianna Blaster and Col.Macallon. They just go so cool together so a bit of merging fun just had to be had! I am so pleased I have these cuties to stay in my digital image collection forever. Thank you so much Kenny and Elena xxx

well I've had a doozy whoozy of a week with Picc Line problems!! The line had gotten itself a little too far into my heart which made me feel really unwell, taking a breath was so hard and painful so off to A&E I went. It was a mammoth day! 2 ECG's, chest x-ray, a cannula in my finger, full bloods, pain medication, CT scan with another cannula expertly put into a very nervous me in the scan room, PICC line pulled out by 3cms due to it sitting in my heart, PICC line redressed and cannulas removed and sent home all in 6 hours.

And it was ok then.....until I had to go and get it flushed on the medical day unit ( I have to get it flushed weekly with saline and heparin to stop it blocking up). Somewhere in the flushing and redressing the line managed to move back in and by thursday night I was feeling rough again. Luckily my fabulous oncology team had already rung and asked me to go back in for a check up xray so off we went yesterday to get that done! once the results came back my chemo nurses (who I blooming adore, they just rock, like seriously rock) told me that it had slipped back in again and was making me poorly again so they needed to move it out some more. They went to see my consultant who showed them where it was and where it needed to be and they taped it down twice for good measure!! and then re dressed me so I am feeling much better again today!!

What a palava!! he he he!!! right, I'm off to see my grandad today for a couple of hours so I best get my booty moving! thank you for popping in on me! huge hugs, Lou xxxxx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Tiddly Inks challenge #202...Make it Rectangle...

Pull tab sentiment- Lawn Fawn Push here.

It's time for another fun challenge over on the Tiddly Inks Challenge Blog and this month the Tiddly Inkers want you to think.....

Make it rectangle!

 So think rectangle card/project bases! 

 (**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 could not resist another Magic Slider card make, oh my do I love this die set for super cuteness!! and to go with slider cuteness, I went for one of my fave clear stamp sets.... Wryn Berry Sweet clear stamp set.
This is how this lil cutie opens....eeeeep! I csn't get over how much I adore this magic!!! sooo cute!

It's a bit grey and wet here today so I think I am going to spend a little time in my craft room today. My chest is a little sore and tight from my chemo so making some stuff will be a welcome distraction!! I am still finding the Picc Line a bit of a tricky experience! lol! it feels sooooo strange just sitting there and it's still quite sore from the bruising and bits around having it put in, so I have made myself a little cover with an old long sleeve t-shirt and re-named it Picc-akchu to cheer myself up!! 

Right, time for a warm drink and to get the Mo-ster bundled off to school.

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

Sunday, 4 June 2017


Image- Pigeons.
Pigeon Papers- from Vinthstock on Etsy.
Hi everyone!

I'm in for you today with a bit of a super special make for me because Maurie drew this image for me. My Grandad had a car accident last year and has been quite poorly since so I wanted to make him a super special card to let him know how special he is to me.

My Grandad breeds and races pigeons and I asked Maurie if she could draw me a senior man with pigeons and oh boy did she deliver, I just absolutely love him. So click on the piccy below to pop into the store and get him for yourself, he is just magic.

So I went with a little 'hello' kinda card because they are always the loveliest when you are not expecting anything in the mail. It was such a welcome escape from feeling a bit rough from chemo today.

So on thursday I was 40! and I had my Picc Line fitted at 9am in the morning for a present! lol!! there I was in my pretty birthday Calvin Klein dress getting all kitted out with a Powerpicc solo 2 catheter!!! I know how to rock a birthday right?!!!

Now, I've got to be honest and say I'm finding it kinda tricky to get used to but it did make chemo a lot easier on friday as we didn't have the whole try and find a vein trauma to go through so that was a lovely bonus!!

Right. I am going to attempt to do a little bit of gardening now, just a teeny bit. I bought 3 lavenders and some trailing lobelia from the car boot sale this morning so I want to get them in to catch the rain that looks like it is going to happen soon!!

Huge hugs and thank you for popping in, Lou xxxx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Happy Birthday Puddin' !

Image- Derby Girl from Mo's Digital Pencil.
Morning everyone!

We are moving and shaking with the times and moving for DP2 challenges over to our Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on Facebook and the new challenge starts today!! and the super fun part about the new page is that there are fabulous mini challenges posted by Maurie herself as well as our monthly one so if you love challenging yourself, it will be the perfect group to join!!

Our linky tool with Inlinkz has become too expensive to justify having it as our link provider for your stunning makes so you will still see the challenge start days posted here and all the info both here and on the new facebook page,but entries will only be accepted on Mo's Digital Pencil Challenges over on Facebook .

Playing along is still super simple! If you are not a member of Mo's challenge page already, pop in on this link and 'like' the page (make sure you click to get the notifications too so you don't miss anything!). Find our current challenge post, ( this post will be bumped daily for you all so easy to find) and add your make in the comments below the challenge post.

**please note...challenge rules still apply, they are listed below**

So now all that explaining is over, its time to explore your Mo's Digital Pencil images in your own way!! its.....

 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!

And here to get you going are Lou and Pat with their makes for the challenge. Please make sure you pop on over to the challenge page to get inspiration from other entrants, you are all so amazing and we don't want you to miss all that scrumminess!!

I needed to make me a birthday cake!! and of course being a little Harley Quinn obsessed, Derby Girl was the only image for me!! I coloured her up Harley-ish and with Mo's permission I added a little black heart to her cheek then I made myself a big ole vat of acid from cake and buttercream, added some oozy green acid icing and off course the red and blue swirl from the movie when Harley is brought back to the top by The Joker! eeeeeeep! I love it!! the colours of the layers are red, blue and white for Harleys hair, green for The Joker and black for the bad!! of course!!!oh and sparkler 40 is a must too right?!!!! Here is a closer piccy of my lil Derby Girl Harley all coloured up!

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 and a better view of the cake from a bit higher up...

Now it's over to you!!
You have until 12am BST on Wednesday 5th July 2017 to link up your project on Mo's challenge page, pop in on this link !
**please remember- ONE ENTRY ONLY**

Wednesday, 31 May 2017

Col. Macallan.........

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Image- Col. Macallan from Kenny K stamps.
Cogs from
Morning everyone!

Today I am sharing one of my Kenny K stamps makes. I absolutely adore this fabulous steampunk pet bulldog. My little Mo loves steampunk and has been busy building his costume up for a few months now so with fathers day coming up I just had to help him out by making him a super cool gift bag to give his gift to Scott in.

The gears are some metal ones we bought in a selection bag and the rest will be going on Mo's brown top hat that goes with his costume but I thought it would tie in so nicely to put a few on Daddy's bag for him too. I can't wait for him to pop his choice of socks (we always gift socks for mothers and fathers day, its a kooky daubney thing, socks keep your heart warm) when we go shopping for them.

Right, I need to get a wiggle on! Oncology appointment today at 11am.
Huge hugs and thank you's for popping in, Lou xxx

Tuesday, 30 May 2017

Friends are the chocolate chips in life........

Morning everyone!

I felt like having a Tiddly Tuesday today!! Today will be mostly powered by me trying to find some kind of caffeine that does not give me reflux to keep me awake since I woke at 1:45am this morning ( thank you very much for the party chemo pains, let's not do it again tonight!! lol!!!) so a bright and cheery little make was just what I needed to get the Lou brain in the game today!!!

I have a busy week again! Today i am visiting the vampire bank (AKA my nurse!!) to give them some more bloods to test, then tomorrow I have an appointment with my oncologist to see how I am doing, thursday I am having my new PICC line fitted and friday is chemo day...phewsh!!! and it's half term too so I am squeezing a tonne of Mo time and snuggles right in there too!

Right, I need to get a shifty on. I am going to treat myself to a lovely walk to the drs surgery I think. Sometimes its good to just womble along Lou style in the fresh air.Not sure what Mo and I are going to do for the rest of the day but I do need to pop out and get some cake making bits so that will be on the plan somewhere.

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

Monday, 29 May 2017

Wonderful Day..........

Image- Sentiment from Wonderful Day.
Morning everyone! 

I decided to do something a little different for my Dream team DT post this week. I challenged myself to use one on the stunning sentiments Maurie makes to go with images as the main part of my card. 

This sentiment comes with Wonderful Day. I absolutely love how it turned out. i just die cut lots of super teeny butteflies to 'fly' across the sentiment and some super cheery design papers.

It's school holiday time here and bank holiday today so I am lucky enough to have Mo and Scott at home. I'm not sure what we are going to do today yet as Scott is a bit under the weather with a yucky cold and sore throat. It might just be a veg out at home day today! we'll see how we all feel after a cup of tea!!

Thank you for popping in
hugs Lou xx

Sunday, 28 May 2017

Jasmine Shopping..............

Image- Jasmine Shopping from LOTV.
Hi everyone!

I've just got back from a wonderful morning at the seaside and realised I haven't blogged any of the pretties I've been making this week!! derrrrr Lou!! so I thought I'd start with this one (...though you have to excuse the wonky bit of lace in the photo!! I squished it down whilst plodding out to my garage to take the photo lol!!)

I needed a new girly shopping kinda image and the Jasmine Shopping digital image from LOTV just fit the bill tickety boo!! Isn't she fabulous though? 

I've been doing ok in the last week apart from my sore mouth and very sore nose but that's been much improved today so I will be on top form just in time for my next chemo on friday!! typical!! he he. I am so looking forward to arranging the time to take the pennies we raised to the Breast Unit too. Sadly the massive cyber attack on the NHS has left the team up there struggling terribly to get everyone seen and sorted out. I hope the idiots who sent the virus are satisfied that they put people lives at risk...grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. So I am waiting until they get all sorted out and then I''ll go.

Right, I can hear the kettle calling me. I feel so relaxed after a swishy walk along the shore of the water. I LOVE days like today.

Huge hugs and thank you for popping in, Lou xxx

Monday, 22 May 2017

Kai is one boy (redux)........


I'm in with my Dream Team make for you today and I have been lucky enough to need a super cute little baby boy image for 2 of my favourite little baby boy's over the last week....cue Kai is one boy (redux)!!

This cutie was just what I needed to make me smile as I was colouring, cutting and gluing! Isn't he just so cute? 

I have been mostly well this weekend. Some good old chemo aches and pains but mostly good so I think my new injection really helped. Today I am hoping to get a bit more time to have a play with my yummy new Lawn Fawn bits and maybe my new magnolia stamps!...I'll see how far I get!! he he!!!

The most exciting thing I need to do today is ring the breast unit and see whn I can go and take my pennies in!!! eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep! I can't wait. I would love to try and get my photo taken with some of the people I know up there so you can see how amazing they are too.

Thank you for popping in! hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Cutie Pie...

 Image- Cutie Pie from Tiddly Inks.
Slider Card Tutorial- Dawn's Stamping Thoughts

Morning everyone!

I've ha d a rough couple of days but am feeling a bit more Lou-ish today so the big pooter has been turned on for a blog post! wahoooooo!!!

Yesterday was my very special friend Erin's birthday. She is such a special lady so I wanted something with a bit of awwwwwww factor. I just had to have another go at the super fun slider card I have been so enjoying. I don't know what it is about them but I just LOVE them! Its so fun to pull up the little slider part!!

And of course, the brand new Cutie Pie from Tiddly Inks  images had to come out too, they just make me smile from ear to ear! they are the sweetest little things. 

The inside just has a little decoration and I write on the back of the slider.
I have the date and time for having my Picc Line fitted now so I just need to do some talking with myself before it goes in that I can super whizz and manage it being in for 4 months ( are looking at a girl that doesn't even like plasters here!! lol!!!).

Right, I'm going to have a raspberry tea and label up my new stash of magnolia stamps from Swedish House Crafts...oh my!!! they are seriously way too gorgeous!! I got some dies too so I am seeing how long I can hold myself off playing with them (...I give myself like......5 minutes!! bwah ha ha ha!!!!).

Huge hugs, Lou xxxxxx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Going Up Boy..........

Image- Going Up Boy.
Slider Card Tutorial- Dawn's Stamping Thoughts

Morning everyone! I'm in for you today with such a fun card. I absolutely loved making this one. I popped a link to the tutorial up there ^ under my photo incase anyone else wanted to have a go with this card base! 

And of course! Going Up Boy was just the perfect image for the job with his little balloon carrying him and his sock monkey off on an adventure!!

Here is the card open! eeeeeeeeeep!! so cute with that little hidden birthday message! I love it!!

And this is how he opens up! so cute!! I do love a super fun card!!

So my 2nd dose of chemo didn't go exactly to plan on friday!! I had a bad reaction to it after just 24mls and it had to be stopped while they quickly gave me some piriton and extra steroids to sort me out.I have never felt so yucky. I couldn't breathe properly and my head felt like mush and the nurses told me my face was a glorious shade of cherry red! but they were so super in sorting me out I was ready to go again after 30 minutes rest. My vein refused to flush at the end of my chemo and the nurse was worried it might blow if she tried anymore which would mean chemo drugs in all the wrong places so they removed my cannula.

My veins are so feather thin I am having to have a Picc Line fitted in a couple of weeks. I'm a little nervous of that but it will be so much easier for everyone in trying to get me sorted because trying to get a vein to get chemo meds and IV's in is quite a trauma! he he!!! so the Picc Line will go into the top of my right arm for the next 4 doses of chemo. It's not too long so I'll just get those big girl pants pulled right up and get on with it!!

To stop me getting sick like last time (...hopefully!!!) I have been given some special injections to inject myself with for 7 days to make those little white cells boost for me instead of deplete too much like last time. I was a little nervous about doing them but pulled up my big girls pants and went for it! Pinch an inch, 45 degrees, push it in and the job is done! Go me!! First nivestim injection done! 💉
So I am learning new skills each time!! he he!! Thank you for popping in, Hugs Lou xx