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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

WOW - Get your whites out it's a White on White challenge!

 Happy Tuesday everyone. Hope you're all well and enjoying the sunshine. Yes, we have sunshine in Glasgow... I'm going to take a picture of it because it's supposed to be gone by tomorrow :-S 

Thank you to everyone who entered our Birthday challenge...the entries were all stunning AND we had 5 entries using an LCI image which all the Ladybugs were thrilled with. We'd love to see more LCI images used in our new challenge starting today. Make sure you check out the Challenge Blog to see if you were one of the winners.

Our Lovely Ladybug Susan has chosen one of my favourite challenges...WOW or white on white. I think white on white cards are stunning and are perfect for any occasion so let's see what you can do!

We're all using a Floral Delight image from across the 3 collections... Floral Delight Floral Delight Too and Floral Delight 3 but you can use any image.

I've used House of Daisies from the Floral Delight 3 collection. I love this image and I really like how my card turned out though it was a bit of a process and I couldn't get a decent picture but you can let me know what you think...

Ryan has been lodging with his acting coach and they recently moved house which means he doesn't have to sleep on the couch any more lol. I thought I'd make them a card and House of Daisies was perfect. I cut a scalloped circle aperture from the card blank and embossed the front. I cut a frame using 2 dies...this was the process (I won't bore you with the details but QOB came to the rescue)...and glued it in place. The sold sign is made from Die-namics Mini Penant Dies. I printed the image on a piece of cs slightly smaller than the size of the card blank, coloured it with my Copics  and stitched it onto a mat before adhering it to the inside. I then added glitter, Wink of Stella and Glossy Accents

Tuesday wouldn't be the same without pictures of my favourite munchkin...

I had kept a big box of Duplo that my kids loved to play with. I washed some of it in the dishwasher and we had a Duplo play day. I'm not sure who enjoyed it more, me or Coen lol.

We've started giving Coen more finger foods...I think we took the hint when he pursed his lips and refused to eat off the spoon lol.

I've got to take Ruby to the vet this morning so I better get going. 

Thanks for stopping by

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

Birthday Midweek Reminder

Hi all...hope you've had a great day. I know I'm a bit late with my reminder (again) but it's still Tuesday right lol.

I treated myself to a fab die MFT a few weeks's the mini chicken wire and it's fabtastic! There are so many ways to use it but I decided to go for the easy option first ... placing some pp behind it. I think it turned out pretty darn cute iidssm (if I do say so myself) lol

This time I've used Cupcake Cutie Blowing Out The Candle which I've printed and coloured with my Copics. I paper pieced the wrapper, added Fluffy Stuff for frosting sprinkled with glitter before fluffing with my heat gun. I stamped the sentiment from my Paper Smooches Birthday Sampler sentiment set and stuck it to the card with foam pads before adding the button with my glue gun.

I added Glossy Accents to the flame then sprinkled it with glitter

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

2 Cute Ink Digi Stamps - Anything Goes
Crafty Bloggers Network - Die Cuts or Embossing
Paper Makeup Stamps - Anything Goes
Love To Scrap - Anything Goes
Shopping Our Stash - Paper Piecing
Challenges 4 Everybody - Anything Goes

One weekend a month Ben's mom is going to be looking after Coen (They live 3 hours away). Moira says it's to give me a break but I look at it as a chance for her to spend time with Coen. She came down for her shift this passed weekend arriving Wednesday night. I picked Moira and Coen up on Thursday and we went to Rouken Glen for lunch and a nice walk and that was the last time I saw him until yesterday!!! Boy oh boy did I miss him lol. 

Coen & Moira

I took this picture on yesterday (Monday). I think if Coen could speak he would be saying....Grandma, I'm just too tired to smile lolololol

This is my favourite for a long while. I have a smoothie for breakfast which consists of spinach and banana and a combination of strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, mango and pineapple. You don't need to's really yummy and you can see from the picture Coen loves it too. When I made it the last time he was here he watched me put it together, blend it then got really animated until I have him some lol.

That's it for now...I gotta get back to work. Been working on that project I might have mentioned the last time ;-D

Thanks for stopping by

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Lyndsey's Challenge - Birthday

Hope you had a lovely weekend and the mother's in this neck of the woods had a fabtastic Mother's Day yesterday. Hubby's brother, wife and daughter were in St Andrews for a dinner dance at the Old Course and invited us all for lunch. I'd never been and it was lovely but it was FREEZING!! Afterwards we had afternoon tea which was no good to me as I've given up all cakes, cookies etc for Lent hmph!

Thank you to everyone who entered our For A Special Lady Challenge...we had an amazing amount of beautiful entries. Check out our Challenge blog to see if you were one of the winners

This fortnight we're using Cupcake Cuties digital images for Lyndsey's birthday challenge. I was feel extremely smug as I'd made my card last week. When I was writing up my post yesterday afternoon I thought I'd check the DT blog for any last minute changes and discovered I had used the wrong image!!!! I quickly had to throw this one together as I was going out with Sadie after dinner and knew I wouldn't have time to make a new card when I got back. 

I've used Cherry on Top...

Maybe I should leave it to the last minute more often (oh yeah I usually do lol) cuz I really like how this turned out. After printing and colouring my Cupcake Cutie with Copics I cut it out with my MFT stitched circle dies (which I thought I'd thrown out but were where I put them all along even though I looked there half a dozen times!) I found some old Doodlebug pp and paper pieced the cupcake wrapper to match the background and after gluing it to the image made the fluffalicious frosting from Fluffy Stuff. Before I fluffed it with my  heat gun I sprinkled it with pink, gold and silver micro beads. The sentiment is from my new favourite sentiment stamp set from Paper Smooches. My new favourite embellishment of the moment are Doodlebug Sprinkles...the yummy enamel dots I've added for a little extra fun. I thought the sentiment was perfect for my stash as you all know I'm usually if not always late sending my cards lol.

You can really see the micro beads on the frosting here and the gorgeous Sprinkles. I've also added Glossy Accents to the cherry and WOS to her top, flower center and shoes.

I finished the inside to match the front.

Now for a Coen update .... these pictures and short video (19 seconds) are from St Andrews. As I said after lunch in the Jiggler pub we went into the hotel for afternoon tea. Hubby, Coen and I went first while the rest got their picture taken on the famous bridge on the 17th hole. We were greeted by a 7' bear and Coen absolutely loved him. Apparently he was the only child that didn't cry when he saw him lol.

I'm not sure who like the bear more...Grandpa or Coen lol


That's it from me for today. I'm working on some new stuff ... can't tell you what so don't bribe me with stash or nuffink cuz I ain't telling ;-D

Have a great week and I'll

Catch ya later x

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

Midweek reminder - For A Special Lady

I'd just like to say that I had my card made at the weekend but couldn't find the time to blog it...honest lol!!! Believe it or not I made THREE cards in two days...yup I did :-D My house is like a bomb site but does that matter when you're crafting...absolutely not ;-D

Can't remember if I told you that Rocky had an operation on his back left cruciate (knee) in early January. At his 4 week post operation check they found bacteria on the implant and he's been on a 4 week course of antibiotics. We go back to the Vet School tomorrow to see if the infection has cleared and if it has hopefully he can run off lead and go back to Doggy Daycare for the first time in over 8 weeks! I know Rocky and Ruby have missed Norma from Doggy Daycare and she's missed them so what better image to use for my midweek reminder than Dog Walker Nikki....let me know what you thunk...

My card is a bit like'll love it or you'll hate it and I'm leaning closer to loving it today...tomorrow could be another story lol. I've tried and failed to use flowers and flourishes on my cards...I just don't have the knack to make them look amazing like a lot of you so for now I'm going to stick to plain and simple but I won't give up lol.

I've coloured the image with my Copics and used them for the sky and ground too. I cut clouds from my PTI dies and stamped Miss You from a set of Clearly Besotted sentiment stamps I was gifted. I roughed up the edges of the image with a sanding block and added twine and a button at the bottom. After sticking the image to the card blank with foam pads I added loads...and I mean LOADS...of WOS to Nikki's sweater, the dogs tags and the clouds so IRL my card is so sparkly you need sunglasses to look at it lol.

I've given Norma a few cards from Rocky and Ruby over the years using Buttercup and she's loved them so hopefully she'll love this one too :-D

I went a bit crazy with the camera this last week...the subject of course being Coen lol. He is now TEN months!!! You'll be happy to know I've managed to chose only 2 pictures to show you today lol.

I think Coen is obsessed with eating noses lol

Somehow I managed to add a filter to my phone camera and couldn't get it off for ages so all the pictures have this yellow tone but I kinda like it. He looks so much like his mom and uncles here.

Ryan's been busy since going back to LA. Thankfully the football/soccer season has started back a. He's also been taking acting lessons and doing a bit of modelling. He's applied for his Green Card which means he'll be able to take on paid acting and modelling jobs once it's been granted. In the meantime he does shoots to gain experience. Recently he was asked to do a photo shoot which turned into a photo shoot and a music video. If you have a spare 5 minutes and like Depeche Mode click on the link to see a re-creation of their Useless video. Ryan is the one at the left and takes his sunglasses off.

That's it from me for today. Coen is due to wake from his nap and after lunch we're going to get the train into East Kilbride for a mooch around. 

I hope you're having a fab week and it continues through to the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

For A Special Lady Challenge

Hello lovelies...hope all is well with you and you've had a crafty fortnight :-D Thank you to everyone who entered Sue's One For The Boys challenge...I don't believe men's cards are that hard because your entries were fabtastic! Check our Challenge Blog to see if you were one of the winners :-D

This fortnight's challenge is brought to you by QOB (Queen of Bunting) otherwise known as Julie ;-D She's chosen For a Special Lady so we'd like to see what you can do. It can be for a birthday, get well, friendship or just because.

The Ladybugs have used Nikki and Friends digital images. Nikki holds a special place in my heart as she was the first collection from LCI. Originally she was only available as a stamp but you can now purchase her in digi format. 

The image I've used is Slobbing Nikki....I wish I could spend at least one day a week in this position lol.

I thought paper piecing was the way to go but after seeing the pictures when I was writing the post I'm thinking maybe colouring would have been better lol. Och well everything in hindsight ;-D I've paper pieced the couch and pillows from the same Bo Bunny paper pad and coloured the rest with my Copics. I added the text using a text box so I could move it freely to where I wanted it under the couch. If you're wondering, DIL stands for daughter in was a commission...and on the inside it's from MIL, FIL, SIL, BIL, BIL & NIL...I'm sure you can work those out lol. 

I've added glitter to her slippers and WOS to the pillows though you can't see it in the photo. I didn't like it for a long while but I stepped away, went to bed and when I looked at it again in the morning I didn't not like it lol. TBH it looks better irl. The main thing is DIL loved it so job done!

We had 2 gorgeous days last week and I took Coen to the park. We walked around the duck pond, had a bit of lunch at the Boat House then went to the playground was a fab day. Can you see those blue skies??!!! Just as well I got photographic evidence because we haven't seen them since hmph!

I found this picture of Coen eating Uncle Ryan's nose...I guess he was trying to tell him he was hungry lol

That's it from me for today. I hope you'll pop over to the challenge blog and see the gorgeous cards the DT have made for you.

Thanks for stopping by

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

One For The Boys midweek reminder

Another week another midweek will be Christmas before you know it ...oops...sorry for saying the C word rofl. 

I have a confession...I haven't crafted in a couple of weeks...been so busy looking after Coen and then recovering lol. I must say I LOVE being a grandma and LOVE looking after him but boy it's tiring...I need the next day to recover. I've been struggling with that part of it cuz in my head I'm still 18 but my body is reminding me I'm 50 !'d think I was 80 or something lol. With that in mind...I hadn't crafted not I was 80...I wanted to make a QUICK card for today's reminder. The only way I could achieve that was not to colour the image. So that took me to black and white and since I didn't have any black and white pp I had a looky on Etsy and found some fab digital papers, downloaded them and before you know it my card was made!!!

Here it is...let me know what you think....

Ryan passed his driving test in LA last week and I thought First Car Josh was perfect for a card for him. I printed Josh...mounted him on black cs, printed the diagonal check pp and mounted it on black cs. I made a little 'quilt' of other pp from the collection and punched flags using my fabby banner punch from Stampin' Up! I curled the flags, glued the corners together attaching string at the ends (a tip from QOB aka Ladybug Julie) and finally added gunmetal nailheads between the flags then added it to the card. I still haven't decided if I'm going to add a sentiment or not as I've already congratulated him on the inside...we'll see.

Here's a closer look at the pp ... the flag on the end is the same as the large pp behind the image but on a smaller scale. 

Tuesday wouldn't be Tuesday with a picture of my little monkey. Coen went to his first birthday party at the weekend....twin girls he used to go to Rhythm Time class with. In fact he was the only boy there!!! The twins mom had the girl from RT come to entertain the kids...we beat drums, shook maracas and tambourine's and sung and swayed ... well I did anyway lol. It was good fun and all the kids loved it. 

I didn't manage to get a picture from the party but here's one I took the day before....I think he might be fed up of Grandma taking his picture and was trying to grab my phone lol. 

Another little video with Grandpa being a terrible tease!


That's it from me for today...I think Coen and I might go for a nice walk as the weather is supposed to be dry and sunny!

Thanks for stopping by,

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

One For The Boys!

Hands up who can believe it's March already! My hand is firmly at my side...not sure what happened to January and February and all signs point to a speedy March too :-S

I want to thank everyone who commented on our new Floral Delight 3 release...there was a lot of love going on :-D. If you want to see if you were the winner of 4 of the new FD3 images and either of the other challenge and Top 3 winners check out the Challenge Blog here. Thank you to everyone who linked up to our Flowers Galore challenge...all entries were stunning!

Our new challenge One For The Boys comes from Ladybug Sue. The DT have used Jack and The Teenager's Josh images to guide you and I'm thinking you're gonna LOVE them :-D Although you can purchase Jack as a stamp he is now available as a digi!

I've used Policeman Jack...


I used the digi format for Policeman Jack. I've coloured him with my Copic's (don't look too close) and added Glossy Accents to the badges and whistle. These images are super fun and suit all ages. I know a lady who bought Policeman Jack to make a card for her policeman son!

I've been collecting Washi tape but have never felt confident enough to use it...why not???? It's so easy to use and is a nice change from using pp. I stamped the image using a Paper Smooches stamp I got from 
My Mum's Craftshop. Are you familiar? They are fab and funky and have some great dies too. Anywho back to the's awful lol. I can't remember the last time I stamped a sentiment...especially on the actual main front of a FINISHED card. Usually I'll stamp it on a piece of cs, trim and mount it. I guess I didn't have a good grip of the card and it came to meet the stamp and I did a bit of a double stamp...don't you just hate when that happens grrr! Too late to make another ;-D

I'd like to enter my card in the following challenges:

Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes/Use dies or punches
Craft Your Passion - Birthday Bonanza
Digi Makeover Challenge - Must use digi/Anything Goes
Make It Monday - Anything Goes
Paptertake Weekly - Birthday
TTCRD - Anything Goes

Coen got some new wheels the other week and he loved them. Poor child has no shoes on...we're saving up for a pair lol.

I took this little video last week and it makes me laugh every time watch it...which is a lot! I especially love the little noise Coen lets out when Rocky barks and then sings along to the tune. You can see Ruby hiding behind Coen to the left...she's been left traumatized by Speedy Gonzales lol. If you're in his way watch out! Enjoy!


If you're looking for inspiration make sure you head over to the rest of the DT blogs.

Have a great day...catch ya later x