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Sunday, 26 October 2014

Last few days of sale

The closing down sale ends Tuesday midnight so if you want a bargain get shopping!!! ALL stamps are £1 and ribbon, embellishments and felt are discounted 30%!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Sale continues

Due to the sudden passing of my mom on September 13th I have been back in Canada but will be returning to the UK on Wednesday. 

As I haven't been available I have extended the sale until 16th October. I apologize to those that placed orders in the first few days after the 13th for the delay but will send them out as soon as I get back.

Catch ya later xx

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Get Magnum in the sale!!!

Who doesn't love Magnum???? Magnum & Lily are a firm favourite at LCI and you can own these two adorable critters for only £1 per stamp!!!! I hate to say it but Christmas is around the corner and these would make the perfect inexpensive gift/stocking stuffer for a crafty friend :-D

Magnum thinks he's the boss but everyone knows it's Lily lol. 

Hope you're having a good week...Coen and I are off to Troon today for a stroll along the beach and an icecream.

Catch ya later x

Monday, 8 September 2014

Shoes n' Bags revisited

A quick one as I have to make hubby's dinner and head out to see Sadie and if I' late boy will I hear it lol.

Thought I'd show you a couple of cards (ok I know 4 isn't more than a couple lol) The High Top and
The  Flip Flop from the Shoes n' Bag Collection. There are still a few of these left if you want to grab a bargain as they're only £1 in the sale as are ALL the cling stamps

The first lot of orders has been dispatched ... apologies for those that ordered on the first day of the sale. I didn't get back from my holiday until the next day and then was straight onto babysitting duties Thursday until Sunday with 2 overnights!!! All have gone first class so you should get them in the next day or so apart from the international orders. get on with hubby's dinner. Hope you have a fabulicious week. 

Catch ya later x

Saturday, 6 September 2014


I adore Buttercup In The Dog House...she's just the sweetest pup...apart from Rocky and Ruby of course lol. I love colouring her dog house...not sure why as I can never get a wood look but it always seems to come out ok.

Hope you're enjoying the trip down  memory lane :-D

Catch ya later x

Friday, 5 September 2014

I'm home!

 Hellooooooooo!!! I'm back and raring to go :-D I know there are a few sad faces in blog land after the announcement that Ladybug Crafts Ink is closing down but there's no need. It's a decision that was a long time in coming...especially since I started looking after Coen back in February. It's all good. I will take a break from blogging for a while after the end of September but I'll be back! Thank you for all your lovely messages of support :-D

I arrived home on Wednesday morning from my amazing month back home in Vancouver. I had THE BEST time though by the start of the 3rd week I was thinking it was time to get back to Scotland and the wee man. I missed him terribly and he was asleep when I came through to arrivals but as soon as he woke and saw me he had the biggest smile :-D I woke to daily videos and pictures and I must say he has come on so much...he's running...yes RUNNING...and chatting away. He got his first haircut on Tuesday and looks like a proper little boy now! I was supposed to have yesterday off to recuperate from my 30 hours with 1 1/2 hours sleep but my SIL had to go into work so I was thrown in at the deep end lol. Look what happened when my back was turned lol...

Coen sporting his first haircut

I'm glad you're taking advantage of the hubby is too...he's looking forward to being able to park his car in the garage again lol. I'll be packing the orders from today so they should be arriving on your doorsteps next week.

I don't have a lot of time to craft so thought I'd show you cards that I've posted over the years. It's been great looking through them although in some of them I wondered what the heck I was thinking lol. 

I've used Gotcha! from the Jack & Robyn Christmas Collection...these images always make me smile

Jack & Robyn Sledding Fun

Hope you'll enjoy this trip down Memory Lane

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

The final LCI challenge - EVER!

Can you tell from the post title what I'm about to say? Well there's no sugar coating this so here goes...after 5 years I have decided it's time close Ladybug Crafts Ink. Although I am a bit sad I feel very blessed that I was able to fulfill my dream of having my own stamp collections and sharing them with the craft world. I have had a great time...'met' a lot of wonderful people, have made amazing friends and have worked with talented illustrators. My Design Team and Guest Designers have been THE BEST. 

For the Grand Finale I have invited retired Ladybugs and GD's to join in the celebrations so if you go over to the 
Challenge Blog you will need to put the kettle on because there will be a lot to see lol. We are all choosing our favourite Ladybug Crafts Ink image ... stamp or digital so the obvious theme for our final challenge is FAVOURITE IMAGE. I hope some of the entries will include LCI images :-D

Of course there is a sale starting TODAY for the month of September. All stamps are a pound and there will be 30% off ribbon, felt, nailheads, and buttons. The Swarovski Crystals are NOT in the sale and all sales will be final. There will also be a free gift with every purchase! Keep your eyes peeled for additions to the sale.

Nikki & Friends was my first collection and although I love all the images from all the collections,  Original Nikki is my favourite because she was the first one I saw when her illustrator emailed me the first drafts. It was love at first sight lol.

Here is my card....

I hope you will join us in our last ever challenge. The sale ends September 30th but make sure you shop early so as not to be disappointed!

Catch ya later x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Long time no hear!!

The wanderer returns!!! Well not exactly lol. I'm still wandering, I have 2 weeks to go before I head back to Scotland. I'm having an amazing time. Visiting Ryan in LA was the best. It was great to spend time with him and his friends. I got a surprise before I left. My sister Shelly's 40th is next week and her husband surprised her with a ticket to go to LA with me!!! I thought my hubby was king of surprises but Richard really pulled one out of the bag lol

Here's a card I made ages ago using N'ewe Addition from the Eunice & Ramsay collection. LOVE that collection :-D

Shelly & I on Santa Monica Pier

Ryan, Shelly & I

Ryan, Shelly, Josh and I...Ryan has really ugly friends lol.

Shelly's stepdaughter is getting married tomorrow and the rehearsal dinner is tonight. Mom and I are heading out in a minute to get our nails done and do a bit of retail therapy before. I've got some fabby new stash I can't wait to play with. Luckily my cousin Colette is crafty too and I've borrowed her Cuttlebug so you might just see a little Canadian creation before I'm home lol

Catch ya later xxx

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Midweek Reminder - CAS

Confession time...I didn't have time to make a card for today's midweek reminder :-( But I found a card using Billie is 1 that I haven't posted (At least I don't think I have!) so I hope my card is CAS enough...I think it might just squeak by lol.

This post is a bit picture heavy so be warned!!

I made this card for our friend's grandson who turned one 2 weeks before Coen. I love Billie with or without a number...she's just the sweetest little bear. 

Do you remember those wedding invitations I've been working on for what seems like forever? Well I've finished both sets and I handed one of them over on Sunday. I was really nervous but was relieved when the bride to be cried ... with happiness I might add lol. It was well worth all the hours I spent cutting, scoring, tying, printing etc. 

Because the invites were made using kraft cs I wanted to find a box the same. I thought I'd never find one but Paperchase had a PERFECT shirt box. I bought a ceramic heart that says 'Happy ever after begins today' and looped it through the ribbon before tying the bow

The inside of the box is lined with red paper which picks out the red in the hearts. I was really happy with how they turned out and they look fab in the box.

Coen's Corner

I have a 'few' pictures of Coen to show you...I just couldn't choose one this week lol. 

I posted a few of these on Facebook the other day so you might have already seen them but I couldn't resist posting them here. We went to the park again as the weather last week was glorious. Of course you can't go to the park on a hot sunny day and not get an icecream lol.

Ahoy matey lol

I love this picture...I just want to kiss those cheeks all the time lol

Nic and Ben left for a wedding in Italy yesterday and Coen moved in!

On the way back from the airport Coen and I stopped at an Outlet Mall and had lunch at Pizza Express. He was getting a bit grumpy so I put all the stickers on his face lol. I thought it was hilarious (as did passers by) but unfortunately I didn't think about how it would hurt when I had to take them off...he screamed blue murder ....bad Grandma lol.

I'm getting more and more excited about going home next week though I still have loads to do, most of which will get done when Coen goes for a nap! I hope to have some scheduled posts while I'm away and if you're lucky I'll pop in to let you know what I'm up to ;-D 

That's me for today...hope you have a great week

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Sally's Challenge - CAS

Morning bloggers! Hope you're having a good week so far :-D It's time for a new challenge here at LCI though it only seems like yesterday it was our Baby challenge! Speaking of which, thank you to everyone who entered out challenge with their fabby makes. Pop on over to the Challenge Blog to see if you were one of the winners :-D

This is going to be our last challenge until September as the Ladybugs are taking a well earned break in August. There will be a BIG announcement or two so I hope you'll join us September 2nd!

On to our challenge. Our Sally has picked one of my favourite challenges - CAS! Although I don't think CAS means WOW, that's what I usually do.

All the Ladybugs are using an image from the gorgeous Billie Bear Collection . They are super duper cute and can be used for umpteen occasions. I've used Comfy Billie...I LOVE this image and I hope you do too...

I've used Comfy Billie, MFT Blueprints 1 dies, Stampin' Up! banner punch, Sizzix embossing folder and my Copics for this card. It's for my friend Jean who I'm meeting today. I forgot her was in May. I know I know...I'm a disgrace but why change the habits of a lifetime lol.

You can't really see it but I've used a Wink Of Stella clear glitter pen on the some of the hearts before glossing them up with Glossy Accents. I added a Swarovski pearl to the pillow and I guess that's about it! 

I only have one picture for Coen's Corner this week but it's a belter (IIDSSM!)

LOLOLOLOL...I LOVE this picture...he looks so cute 'buying' his ticket. Or is he checking for leftover change???!!!! He is getting very independent these days and is walking with more confidence. In fact he can actually walk and have a tantrum at the same time he's that confident lol. 

Two weeks tomorrow and I'll be heading off home. I'm getting more and more excited but dreading not seeing Coen for a whole MONTH :-( I'm hoping that we can Facetime so he won't forget awful would that be!!!!

That's me for today. I hope you have a GREAT day and look forward to seeing your entries for our CAS challenge.

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Oh Baby Midweek Reminder

Goooooooood morning Peeps!!! Glad you could stop by today :-D

I made my midweek reminder card yesterday afternoon as the rain bounced off the glad I was indoors lol. It's the first proper rain we've had for a while so I guess we can't complain. As long as it remembers to stop and the sun comes out again ;-D

Again I've used Splash Time Baby Baby digi for my card but this time for a boy. 

I've used Echo Park Bundle of Joy Boy 6 x 6 paper pad, MFT Pierced Square dies, Doodlebug enamel dots, Stampin' Up flag punch, Memory Box Typewriter Lower Case alphabet, Fluffy Stuff, Glossy Accents, Copic markers, Bazzill cs and PTI white cs to create my card.

Fluffy stuff isn't just for snow a cupcake can use it for bubbles too!

I cut the letters for baby out 4 times each and glued the letters together to give a chipboard look and to give some texture. It also makes it easier to fix slim letters to a project using foam tape.

Coen's Corner

I only had the Wee Man one day last week as it was his other Grandma's turn so took advantage of the good weather to go to the beach in Troon. To say it was packed was an understatement!!! Took ages to park but eventually we made it to the beach where I carried Coen and dragged the buggy across the dry sand. I laid down a towel and sat Coen down where he proceeded to pick up sand from one side and drop it on the other not really bothering that the wind was blowing it back into his face and by the end he looked like a human piece of sandpaper lol.

Moira and Coen invited me to the park with them on Friday. It was another beautiful day and we had some lunch at The Boat House then went to the newly renovated swing park.  We had some icecream then took a few selfies...

Coen has discovered his finger fits in his nose lol!!

I'm pleased to say I'm ALMOST finished the second lot of wedding invitations yayyy! It took about 6 hours in total to fix the 1080 crystals...what was I thinking??? I've only 60 (of 120) inserts left to stick then I'm done! I can go on my holiday (3 weeks tomorrow but I'm not counting!) and not even think about the order of service till I get back. I must say I did not enjoy doing those for Nic and Ben's wedding but I'm going to blank them out for now lol.

Ok that's all for today. I hope you have a great week and get plenty of crafting done :-D

Catch ya later x

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Oh Baby...Baby!

Morning Peeps...hope you're ready for another challenge here at LCI!! Before I show you my card and Coen's Corner make sure you check out the Challenge Blog to see if you were one of the winning entries. They were all fantastic and we appreciate you taking the time to enter our challenges.

As usual I'm chasing my tail...more so these last few weeks. The clock is ticking to my trip home next month...4 weeks tomorrow but who's counting lol??? I'm uber excited but I have a TONNE of cards to make and wedding invitations to finish. Yes, I'm still working on the invites! I did finish one order but she needs more so just waiting for the numbers. I started fixing the Swarovski crystals to the other invitations...all 1080 2mm of them!!!! Why oh why do I do this to myself lol??? They are looking pretty fab if I do say so myself and when I've got them all done I'll share them with you.

On to the challenge and my card. Our fabulous Ladybug Susan has chosen the theme of Baby which I think we all love. The DT have used one of the 4 Baby Baby images and we would love it if you would too (you get an extra prize if you do) but it's not mandatory to win. 

I've used Splash Time Baby Baby. These images were originally brought out as stamps but have since sold out and are now available as digi's.

I'm happy with my card....for a change! I've used pp that I've had forever and white linen cs. The image is printed on PTI cs...fab when using Copics as it doesn't bleed...and cut out with my MFT stitched circle die mounted on a Nesties Scallop die cut. I used a Martha Stewart punch for the border, fabulous ribbon for the bow, Doodlebug Sprinkles enamel dots and I printed the sentiment on the computer. I made a bow with Lasting Impressions floss, added Glossy Accents to the bubbles which I sprinkled with glitter. 

I punched a border from the same pp and added it to the bottom of a white piece of cs for the inside. 

I'd like to enter the following challenges:

The Corrosive Challenge - Forever Young
Card Mania - Circles
Craft-Dee BowZ - Handmade Bows
Crafting From The Heart - Anything Goes
Digi Makeover Challenge - Anything Goes
Love to Scrap - Anything Goes

Coen's Corner

I only have Coen once this week as his other grandma is coming down for lots of cuddles and fun. This means I can get stuck into the list of cards I need to get finished to post on here or take with me on my hols. 

Here are a couple of pictures of the wee man himself...

His new M & M's back pack that's almost as big as he is lol

This was taken at Rouken Glen on was a gorgeous day and as the schools have finished here in Scotland it was PACKED!!!!

That's it from me today....back to those crystals.

Have a fab Tuesday and thanks for stopping by!

Catch ya later xx

Tuesday, 1 July 2014

New Release Midway Reminder

Happy Tuesday! This is going to be super quick...not a lot of dialogue...brief and to the point you'll be happy too hear lol. I'm so far behind it's not even funny :-S

I made this card for my mom for Mother's Day ... I've used Fishbowl of Roses and Pink Petticoat digital pp which work really well together.

I love Camelia Blooms...VERY quick to colour which is always a good thing. I've used PTI Tag Sale #10 die for the first's super cute. I cut the scalloped border 3 times and glued them together instead of using foam pads on one...easier to give dimension on small thinner pieces. 

The flower is from PTI Bitty Button Stacks die...great value at only $5.00

Coen's Corner consists of a group of pictures I took at Rouken Glen last week. Coen is now walking solo which is keeping me on my toes. He still hasn't crawled which I think is to his detriment because if he falls he doesn't put his hands out. I managed to grab his t shirt the other day just before his nose hit the road! I think the phrase 'eyes in the back of my head' is pertinent now more than ever lol.

Hope you have a great week and remember if you'd like to win all the images from the new Bloomin' Fabulous collection leave a comment on the Challenge Blog telling us your favourite flower.

Catch ya later x