Tuesday, 24 March 2015

Flower Dance...

Hi..a little make with the very sweet
LOTV....Flower Dance,
love this image and have also used  some
pretty papers from..Petal Fresh pad...

i have made this card 13cms x15cms, it's
a really nice size and rounded the outer corners...
also used one of the grungy good times sentiments,
she has a bit of sparkle too with gelly roll pen,
a blue picket fence for a change,
added lots of faux stitching a pearl,
bird house and a leaf edge by Sizzix...

Thanks so much for stopping by,
hope you are having a nice week......hugs all.Lou.Xxxxxx

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Daffodils...for March.

Hi..lovely to be here with a make,
can't believe we are in March...
sorry not posted for a while...and hope you are
all doing ok? 

really love LOTV flower stamps
and this one is gorgeous...have seen
 a few daffodils open already
and gives such a nice feeling of Spring :0)

loved colouring this with distress markers,
used one of the lovely little journal tags,
 grungy relations friend stamp and
papers from heartfelt paper pad
used a brad,tiny paper clip and a button
added lots of faux stitching and some frantage on the corner...

thanks as always for stopping by,
have a lovely evening...hugs all.Lou.Xxxxxxx

Saturday, 14 February 2015


Hi..hope your having a nice weekend?
we haven't done much today and loved it ;0)
enjoyed making this card,
fairies are just so magical and this one is...

the papers are from Pressed In Time
added lots of faux stitching,lace,pearls and a button...
coloured with distress markers
and sanded the edges of the papers a bit,
love the little tiny heart banner
and used one of the new fairy sentiments.

thanks so much,enjoy the rest of the weekend...
hugs all,Lou.xxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 31 January 2015

Calendar page...new LOTV Fairies.

Hi..thank you for the lovely comments,
love to read them all. xx
hope you are ok today? 
really enjoyed making this calendar month page,
i have used two of the very sweet
 LOTV  new release  images
 available on the website from Midday today...

they are from the Little Fairies Clear Stamp Sheet
and also used one of the new wording stamps...

 the calendar i made with an embossing folder,
i used papers from the solids Always and Forever pad 
and to enhance the embossing i used
distress ink pad pumice stone and stamped the numbers
with StazOn Stone Gray...


 i coloured these two sweeties with distress markers
and they have a bit of sparkle too...

 i die cut this little envelope from the papers
and a couple of note cards...

added some faux stitching,
mini paperclip,thread and a button...

i hope you like it and if you ever
need any more information just email ..no trouble at all.

thanks again for stopping by,
have a lovely weekend...hugs all,Lou.xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 28 January 2015

New Release...LOTV blog hop.

Hi.. mid week already,hope your doing ok?
 and how exciting...
our first LOTV blog hope for this new year :0)

there are 4 new rubber stamps in this release,some clear ones too,
 2 sets of mini images and a sweet set of fairy sentiments
these will all be available on the website on Saturday 31st...

 these new sweeties are adorable
and totally love this one which is...

"" Pancake Day ""

 just love his little face,
the pan looks a little bit heavy too :0)
coloured with distress markers...

i have also used papers from the Butterfly Kisses,
Heartfelt  pads, letters from the Stitched Alphabet clear set
and a Grungy Good Times sentiment.
added lots of faux stitching too,
eyelet,mini brad,paper clip and a button.

please make sure you visit every blog
for a chance to win a full set of this new release :0)
 here is the list of all the dt taking part in the hop...

Lou (me)

hope you enjoy all the gorgeous new makes,
our lovely Mary J is your next stop...

thanks so much,Good Luck***
hugs all.Lou xxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 23 January 2015

New LOTV rubber stamps,clear stamps and cross stitch kits too...

Hi..hope you are all ok today?
and warm ,the sun is really gorgeous here,
our garden is starting to wake up a bit
with the bulbs showing and the nights are getting a bit lighter too  :0)
how lovely...the thought of Spring.

i am sat at my desk this morning,
colouring and making bits for the new LOTV 
releases coming up very soon
they are all so sweet.....

also some more gorgeous cross stitch kits.....

must get back to making,
have loads to do.

have a great Friday,
hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Birthday make...

Hi..very ""special wishes"" for the New Year... to you all xx
we had a lovely couple of weeks together,
a few walks out and relaxing days too...
ready to get back to creating  :0)

really loved making this card for a crafty friends birthday soon...
love these big  LOTV stamps
and this one is from Statements Fabulous ...

i stamped the birthday wording in StazOn stone grey
which is a bit softer than black and it
works with the pretty papers too i think.

i have used a poppy stamp which i love,
its an old favourite and coloured with distress markers... 


also added a bit of sparkle in the middle,
lots of faux stitching, few pearls,heart charm and a button.

thank so much for stopping by,
have a nice week...hugs all.Lou,xxxxxx

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

**** Merry Christmas ****

Hi..really hope you are ok?
how exciting  :0)
it's that magical time of year again
and would LOVE to wish you all.............


a little hoop make to celebrate this lovely time of year...
coloured with distress markers,
i have used some fabric for this one
and added some sparkle,cream poinsettias,
sentiment,fake stitching and a button... 

THANK YOU so much for stopping by,
i always love to read your comments.....

BIGGEST hugs and special wishes** as always, Lou. xxxxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

LOTV....sweet "Baby Rabbit".

Hi..hope your having a nice week?
and doing ok at this busy time of year :0)
i have a little make to share...
  could be for babies 1st Christmas...

just love this sweet image so much...

the backing paper is from the Always and Forever
solid pad and the pretty patterned paper
is from the new Mr & Mrs paper pad.
coloured with distress markers and
used one of the Christmas Wishes sentiments...

a bit of sparkle too...

added some lace,lots of faux stitching,star charm,
pearl and a button.
the flower is a Die-Namics die
and love the foliage die which is by Tim Holtz...

thank you for stopping by,
have a lovely day...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 26 November 2014

Christmas Gift....hanger

Hi..hope it is a lovely week so far?xx
i was asked to make a
Christmas gift for a friends sister,
she said if it could have the word Boutique
on it and as a hanging sign...

it was lovely to make as my
crafty mojo has been a bit on the low side for a few days,
it could be any colour and purple again :0)

 it is very simple really,
i stamped the natural cotton ribbon with little flowers,
added some lace too
for a bit more detail,the letters are cut
 the tag is from LOTV Tags Madame stamp sheet.


i always admire the pretty flower clusters
on makes and used the two new joy crafts flower dies  
and also a die-namics
die and added some pearls,
 a couple of large eyelets,ribbon,added some faux stitching,
heart charm and a button...

thank you for stopping by,
it is always lovely to read your comments 
and enjoy the rest of your week...
hugs all,Lou.xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 19 November 2014

LOTV ...new release blog hop.

Hi..lovely to be here again and
hope you are doing ok?
it is LOTV blog hop time...
to celebrate the new release images available
very soon,there are
10 new stamps and also 3 new paper pads...
these will be launched at the shop on Saturday 22nd
at the Christmas open day and on the website Monday 24th...
for my make today i have used...
"" Afternoon Stroll ""

loved making this little scene,
a bit of purple one again :0) with some of the papers
i have coloured with distress markers,
doodled a bit of grass,added a couple
of die cut clouds,she has been sparkled a bit
with a gelly roll pen and the dots on the balloon have been too. 
used a birthday sentiment and a scroll one,
added a charm,pearls,faux stitching,brads,lace and a button.

please visit all the blogs for a chance to win :0)

Ideas to Inspire
Lou (me)
Mary J

There are 10 new images and 3 paper pads
and there will be a set of each as prizes
and the winners will be announced on Friday evening...

thanks so much,always love to read every comment
and you need to visit the lovely Mary J now
hope you enjoy the hop,
have a nice day...
hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxx

Sunday, 16 November 2014

LOTV Sneak peek...So Sweet

Hi..these two sweet ones
are "" Secretly Yours ""
  another one of the 10 new release LOTV
 stamps available very soon :0) 

the papers are from the Antebellum,
and the sentiment is an Everyday Grungy Message stamp.

i have coloured with distress markers
and used weathered wood for the shading around them.
love faux stitching and the double one around the edge
is a stamp from the Babies Companion stamp sheet,
added some lace,star charm,pearls and a button.

thank you for stopping by,
have a lovely Sunday...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxx

Friday, 14 November 2014

LOTV....Sneak Peek.

Hi..really hope you are ok today?
where do the days and weeks go...nice to be Friday :0)

 loved making this card with one of the 10 new
LOTV sweet images...

this little one is "" Afternoon Stroll ""

had an idea to make the card look like a
little house it has a bit of a big door and a small window :0)

added some detail with a few dies,pearls,faux stitching
and did a bit of extra stamping on the balloon and window
with one of the pretty Vintage Background stamps
and a little handmade charm hanging from the window and blinds...

i have used paper from the Timeless Victorian pad
as it looked just the right texture for the house,
coloured the image with distress markers,
added a bit of sparkle with a gelly roll pen
  and the little hanging heart on the wood door is from
the Christmas Mini Icon stamp sheet.

i really love to read all your comments,
thank you as always XX

a few bits of information to share too...

there are 10 gorgeous new stamps available very soon...

also 3 very pretty new paper pads...
(there is little birdhouses....how sweet)

 and there is a prize draw to enter too...

i wish you a lovely day,
hugs all.Lou.xxxxxx

Friday, 31 October 2014

Happy Halloween.....amazing offer over at LOTV.

Hi..Happy Halloween to you all :0)

time for crafty treats today over at LOTV

 a fantastic offer for 24hours only you will recieve 25% off all
LOTV products when you spend £25 on the website and also if
you are visiting the shop today...
wish i lived closer :0)

 have a lovely day and evening...
hugs all,Lou.xxxxxx

Friday, 24 October 2014

Seasonal journal book...

Hi..hope you are all ok?
it's Friday and Soph and George are on holiday :0)
 sorry for not posting for a while,
really loved making this...
it is the front cover of a little journal book that
i am going to pop the odd photo in 
and just things i love about the seasons.
i have had this tab book for years and thought it
about time i had some crafty fun filling it....
not sure how long it will take though  ;0))

the very distressed photo on the front
i took on my phone when out for a walk a few weeks
ago,probably distressed it a bit too much...

 the image is ""Little Acorn""
which i totally love and is a retiring LOTV stamp,
coloured with Inktense pencils and cut out.

i have used lots of dies and crafty bits...
a gorgeous owl charm,brads,mini paper clip and a button
and lots of faux stitching ...

thank you for your lovely comments,
wish you a lovely day...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxxx

Monday, 13 October 2014

LOTV....Collecting the tree (Inktense Pencils)

Hi..a little make today with
a LOTV image that i love so much,
i used this image for the first time 3 years ago
on a Christmas Scene that i did for a magazine,
 they are real sweeties...


 i have coloured them with Inktense pencils.... :0)
a first for me and it was different to distress markers
and i also need to practice lots more.

added lots of puff white embossing powder
for snow and some sparkle with a gelly roll pen,
also used one of the journalling tags that i love,

the background design pattern i did with a
  stencil and used distress inks for the colours
and sponged it through the stencil,
added a star tab,faux stitching and a button...

this image is one of the retiring stamps
and there is a great offer on all LOTV stamps until Christmas.....

 thanks for stopping by,have a lovely day...
hugs all,Lou.xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 10 October 2014

"" Christmas Star "" LOTV decoration.

Hi..hope it's been a lovely week for you,
Birthday's in our home this week as
George was 12 and it was Nick's birthday too...
been lovely with family popping in and far too much cake (s) :0)

my make tonight is with an embroidery hoop,
it is a 4" wood effect flexi hoop,
something to keep as a Christmas decoration or a gift.
I have used the very sweet LOTV image...
"" Christmas Star ""

love making these,i just cut a larger circle of
fabric and put it in the hoop before i stick anything down
and it can easily be pulled tighter after.
i have coloured her with distress markers,
stamped onto a die cut watercolour card circle,
added some puff white embossing powder,
sparkle with gelly roll pen,
die cut holly,added some pearls and
a sentiment with a button too
a bit of ribbon tied on the hoop hanger.

thanks so much for stopping by,
hope you have a lovely weekend and
some craft time too...hugs all, Lou xxxxxxxxx

Monday, 29 September 2014

Annabel Lasso...

Hi..lovely to be here this Monday morning,
hope you are all ok? loved making this
card with the very sweet LOTV Annabel Lasso Cowgirl image...

with an Autumn/Fall colour theme and detail  :0)

Annabel is coloured with distress markers,
i have tried to give her clothes,hat and boots a bit
of a suede look and just couldn't resist an Autumn make
with the lovely Enchantment papers,
a die cut leaf,coloured eyelets,brads,a button,
wire fence,wood posts and some looped green thread.
 also used a scroll sentiment stamped onto
natural ribbon and a grungy message tucked in,
lots of faux stitching and a star tab too...

thanks as always for stopping by,
have a nice day......hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

New Release...LOTV Blog Hop

Hi...lovely to be here today
with our LOTV new release blog hop...
 hope it is a lovely sunny morning for you :)

these gorgeous new stamps will be 
launched this Saturday (20th) at the shop in Leeds...
and it is the first Christmas Open day from 10am-4pm,
 they will be available on the website on Monday (22nd) .
 for my make i have used the very sweet image...

""" Smoke Signal """

really loved doing this make,
it has a bit of a country theme and she does look a 
little pale faced too...the deer is a Christmas die
but with the dotty paper from the Enchantment paper pad i think
it looks like a young fawn and there is a little shrink plastic bird,
coloured the sweet image with distress markers...  

there are 6 adorable new images in this collection...
and with the Halloween and Bonfire image
 two lucky winners picked at random will win
 a full set of the 8 rubber stamps each...
and the winners will be announced on Friday evening.

to take part hop from
one blog to another following all the design teams links
and please leave a comment on each card/make...

   after leaving a comment on my blog your next stop
is the lovely Mary J...

thank you so much for joining in with the hop,
hope you have enjoyed it and Good Luck too....
hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Friday, 12 September 2014

Totally love ....Halloween/Autumn

Hi..it's Friday :0)...
hope you are really doing ok this week?
all seem very tired at home with a full week at school/college
and Nicks been at home this week
bless with a poorly back and 3rd trip to the chiropractors today :(

LOVE so much this gorgeous LOTV.. Halloween image...

had great fun colouring with distress markers,
a little bit of sparkle on the moons/stars and her socks too,
used the gorgeous autumn papers from
the Enchantment paper pad,
tucked in the Calendar stamped circle and wrote October
on it in purple pen,
lots of faux stitching (again :),die cut bats and a little witch scene,
a die cut pumpkin with Halloween wording,
used a couple of brads to hold on the
zig zag strip and there's a button too.

distress marker colours-
Face..tattered rose,vintage photo,aged mahogany
Hair..vintage photo,walnut stain
Dress..fired brick,rusty hinge (mixed)
Cloak..dusty concord,faded jeans (mixed)
Hat and Shoes..black soot
Pumpkin..spiced marmalade,rusty hinge (mixed)
Ghost..pumice stone
Trousers..forest moss
Shoes..gathered twigs
around the image(sky)..weathered wood
grass..forest moss
inked edges..frayed burlap

thank you for stopping by,
have a lovely day.....hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxx

Monday, 8 September 2014

Christmas Patchwork Mini Icon hanger...

Hi...hope you all had a lovely weekend,
and are well?
a little LOTV patchwork Christmas hanger today,
i have used a few of the very sweet
images from the Mini Icons stamp sheet...

the images i coloured with distress markers,
added some sparkle with a gelly roll pen,
used lots of pretty papers from...
Twas the Night,
Festive Trimmings and Always and Forever papers pads,
also used the Sizzix 3/4" hexagon die,
lots of faux stitching,stamped one of the
Christmas Wishes onto natural ribbon and attached with a brad,
used a grunge message and grunge postmark stamp,
stitched a few buttons,added silver bells,thread,
eyelets and a tin star...

thanks so much for stopping by,
have a lovely Monday...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

SirStampalot Demo Day and Sweet House Mouse.

Hi..hope you are doing ok?
had a lovely day demoing at SirStampalot
with the sweet Chris and to catch up with crafty friends too
was so nice...

its been a bit of a whirlwind few days,
my Mum had to go into hospital for a couple of days
and home now :) but going back for more tests next week,
we have been doing a few last bits ready
for George starting secondary school on Thursday
and just can't get that sinking feeling to go
away for me :( but George is so excited bless him... 

loved making this card with
this sweet image from House Mouse...

just adored this image as soon as I saw it,
coloured again with distress markers
and have used sentiments from
A Heartfelt Christmas clear stamp set,
and a buttons die
lots of faux stitching and couple of pearls .

thank you for stopping by,
love to read your comments :0)
hugs all...Lou.xxxxxxxxxxxxx

Saturday, 30 August 2014

LOTV Sketch...In The Lamplight.

Hi..a really quick week again,
hope you have had a lovely one :0)

my LOTV sketch make today
and i loved colouring these two sweet girls so much...

coloured with distress markers,lots of lovely
 puff white embossing powder for snow,
they have a bit of a winters glow behind them
which i coloured with weathered wood distress ink.
also used one of the new Christmas Carols stamps,
lots of faux stitching,star charm,pearls,brads and a button...

don't forget you still have a little while to enter our
Christmas Challenge here ....

and the chance to win one of these 3 prizes...

1st prize - your choice of 3 of our rubber Christmas image stamps

2nd prize - your choice of one of our Christmas art pads

3rd prize - a £10 voucher to spend at the Ribbon  Girl

thank you for visiting,have a lovely weekend...
hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxx

Friday, 22 August 2014

LOTV...My Snowman Friend.

Hi..hope you have had a nice week?
been a busy one for Sophie,
bless so proud of her as she passed her driving test on Monday,
went for an interview for a Saturday/Sunday job Tuesday
and got that too and is driving around in her
lovely little Renault Twingo bought with
her own savings,we did the insurance which was so many pennies,
road tax, new radio and 4 new tires.
This afternoon she has gone on the 6 hour course
for pass plus ( motorway driving etc ).
Been such a quick week :0)

Loved making this LOTV card,
I have used the very cute image....
""My Snowman Friend""

they are so sweet,I have coloured again with distress markers,
used some papers from 'Twas the Night
and Always and Forever paper pads
sentiments from the Christmas Wishes clear stamp sheet,
added puff white embossing powder for snow,
a star charm and button,lots of faux stitching too...

a bit of snow has fallen on them from the pine branch :)

thanks so much for stopping by,
wish you all a lovely weekend,hugs Lou.xxxxxxx 

Thursday, 14 August 2014

Lotv....new release Christmas Bumper Art Pads.

Hi..hope you are all ok today?
a make with one of the lovely LOTV
images from the new Christmas Art Pads...

the new pads have 60 images instead of 30
and still only £6 with free postage too and
they are the same size with two lovely images to a page .

i have used some of the Festive Trimmings paper,
Twas the Night paper and the new Christmas Wishes sentiments
 added some sparkle to the trees,
faux stitching,holly,star tab,pearls and a button.

thanks so much for stopping by,
have a nice day...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 10 August 2014

LOTV...Frosty Fun.

Hi..hope it's been a nice weekend for you so far?
my make today is using one of the 
cute new LOTV penguin images...

he is having lots of fun whizzing through the snow,
love puff white embossing powder...
coloured again with distress markers,
used a couple of stamps from
one of the new Christmas Wishes stamps
and paper from the Festive Trimmings pad
lots of faux stitching,little bells,brad,thread and a button.

thanks so much for stopping by,
have a lovely Sunday...hugs all.Lou.xxxxxx

Saturday, 2 August 2014

"" A Time to Care ""...

Hi..a sweet Angel to share today,
love all the new images and papers
and so much to choose from :0)

i have coloured as usual with my distress markers
which i love,
i have some of the new inktense pencils but
still have to practice alot more....

also used the pretty papers
from the Always and Forever pad ,
new sentiment from Christmas Wishes stamp sheet

lots of sparkle with the gelly roll clear star pen
over the top of the distress ink colour,
frantage on the leaf edges,
faux stitching and used the stitch stamp border
from Babies Companion sheet   
 the snow which is puff white embossing powder
and added a few pearls and buttons too.

thanks so much for the lovely comments,
i read everyone's and it means alot .
have a lovely weekend,hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxx

Friday, 1 August 2014

LOTV new release....

Hi..happy Friday to you,
hope you are ok? and it's a nice
sunny day for you too...

all the new release LOTV stamps and paper pads
are available to buy now...here.

and there are some amazing offers...

Have a lovely day,
hugs Lou.xxxxxxxx

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

LOTV...Christmas new release blog hop.

Hi...really lovely to be here today,
hope you have enjoyed the week so far :0)
we have been out getting new school uniform for George
as he moves up to secondary school in the Autumn
and Sophie has been out driving alot
as she has passed her theory test last week
 and has the main test in two weeks....
time to stop them both growing up now  ;0)

today is our new release blog hop over at LOTV
for the amazing and so gorgeous new Christmas images,
paper pads and clear stamp sets...
there is 22 cute characters stamps;vintage boys and girls,
snowmen,penguins and angels...
(clear sets-Christmas sentiments,carols,
mini images and everyday recipes)
these will all be available to buy on the website from
midnight on Friday August 1st (UK time)

All of the LOTV design team are joining in...
 you need to ‘hop’ from one blog to another
 following the links and leave a comment on each card, 
hopefully we can give you lots of ideas
 and inspiration along the way for using the new images

As always there are fabulous prizes up for grabs
 on this hop, we don’t know where they are hidden
 so do make sure you that you visit
 and comment on every blog
We will let you know tomorrow evening 
which were the ‘lucky’ blogs and the winners
 will be drawn at random from all the comments
 that were left on those blogs

We have a full set of the
 new Christmas image stamps to give away;
1st prize is the 12 angels, penguins and snowmen
2nd prize is the 10 vintage children

Here's a list of all the blogs taking part,
 and remember that you will need to visit them all
 and leave a comment on each one to have the best chance of winning;
i loved colouring this sweet image..
"" Winter Walk ""

they are so sweet,i have set them
in a bit of a Winter's scene with snow,
walking under cones and pine leaves...sparkle too,
also used a couple of the new Christmas sentiments
and the Noel is from Grungy sentiments clear set,
added some pearls,brads,faux stitching and a button
and coloured with distress markers...
Next stop is our lovely Mary J
   and if you get lost you can start again at the beginning
 and pick the links up from there.
 don’t forget to stop by the Ideas to Inspire blog tomorrow evening 
when you can find out who the lucky winners were of the prizes
 before the new products go on sale...

i wish you lots of  ""Luck"" 
hope you enjoy looking at all
 the design teams gorgeous makes,
have a lovely day, hugs all.Lou.xxxxxxxxx


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