Sunday, 24 September 2017

Hurricane Donation Set....

Hi everyone,

I'm sorry I've not blogged much this week. My Grandad has been quite poorly again and on Thursday morning with my aunty,my mum and I super close by him my Grandad went off on his journey to be with my nana. I rang Scott as he had stayed home with Mo and asked him to tell Mo. As soon as he told Mo a beautiful rainbow appeared out of the window they were looking out of! It wasn't raining at the time so Mo knew it was a sign from my Grandad for him. Scott was as brilliant as he always is and quickly took a photo for us to keep and print out for Mo.

I am finding it super hard to write that he has passed. He was such a wonderful, kind and gentle man and he did so much for so many people that I truly feel the world has lost a super special man. I know that my heart is broken by his loss but I also know that he so deserved to be free from pain and returned to the loving arms of my nana after so long without her.

I was grateful to be able to spend some time with my gorgeous cousin Blaize. Together we emptied Grandad's wardrobe on Thursday and took our time to bury our heads into shirts and jumpers that smelt of Grandad. We also had lots of giggles about happy memories of Grandad and tried some of his shoes on. This time with Blaize will remain one of most happy memories and we both definitely needed that time to process our sadness.

This morning whilst struggling through my tears to focus I made some promises to my Grandad and made myself a little project life digital reminder I can print out and look at to keep myself going. I'm never afraid of feelings you know, I just roll with them and let myself be me. Hiding stuff or pretending otherwise is not healthy....plus who needs Botox when you have super puffy lips and cheeks from your crying face?but being sad is not what my Grandad would of wanted and I know he's happy up there having a honeymoon period with my beautiful nana so this morning I have made myself some Grandad Goals for me to follow because he would of loved that.

So to start off my goals of a  card a day, I've got a post for you tonight using the fabulous Limited time Hurricane Donation Set of the card I made today.

The magic thing about this wonderful set is that $5 from every purchase will be donated to Animal Rescue and GoFundMe's Direct Impact Fund for hurricane victims. There 4 new stamps and 7 sentiments for the discounted price of $12.

So if you want to help those affected by Harvey and Irma, and get a bargain in the process make sure you pop in and buy this wonderful set before the end of September.
I used a sentiment from my stamps stash for my card but you get 7 super sweet sentiments with the set you can use!! 

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Monday, 18 September 2017

Sailor boy birthday......

Image- Sailor Boys set.


Hi everyone!

Its Monday morning BST so that means it's time for a Mo's Digital Pencil post as it's my Dream Team day to post.

For some reason I just fancied making a birthday card with one of the gorgeous little boys from the Sailor Boys set. I love this one from the set, his little boat is so sweet.I love the vintage feel and that gorgeous curly longer hair.

I glossy accented around the bottom of his little boat so it looked like water for the little boat to float on.

Today is my last radiotherapy session. It's gone so quickly! I made 4 yummy loaf cakes to take for the amazing team who have looked after me. I did a Banana bread, Lime and Coconut cake, Lemon Drizzle cake and a Dark Chocolate cake. I am hoping that covers all bases for what people like to nibble with their cup of tea!! he he!!! they look so scrummy!!


Scott and Mo put in a request for a Dark Chocolate one of their own so I baked them an extra one too! It was a big baking day!!

Scott has taken the day off to celebrate the end of radiotherapy with me. We are going to have a breakfast date once he has picked me up from the hospital! He has to drop me off early with Mo, then take Mo to school and then come back for me. I have been enjoying a wonderful walk down through our towns arboretum to Scott's work to pick up the car since Mo went back to school and I think I really shall miss that walk!

This week I am going to charge my fitbit back up I think and try and get myself back up to those 10,000 steps a day I was doing. I do so love a walk. 

Right, time to scoot! I need to get dressed and get myself off to that last session!!

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Sunday, 17 September 2017

Hairy Monster.......


Image- Hairy Monster from MIC.
Hi everyone!

Yesterday it was my turn to post on the MIC inspiration blog. This month we've had a super fun task of CASE-ing our teamie Deborah's card. I loved that cute little monster so much!!

For my CASE-ing project I decided to take the challenge literally and use an old cookie cutter tin to make Mo a little halloweeen treat tin! It was so much fun! I used up the scraps of paper left from making my Ferris Wheel a couple of weeks ago.

I covered the tin first, sanding down the edges of my papers to make them fit the shape of the tin perfectly.Then I printed my lil monster dude out a few times. I paper pieced him up, oh boy do I love doing that! It's so much fun. I printed him out on the orange cardstock and coloured up his horns and a few of the cocktail bubbles.

Then I cut out his eye and cocktail glass on my white printed out one and coloured them up in a deliciously spooky green colour!! I popped his eye out on some hot glue for some extra dimension. It looks so fab!!


The sentiment is a retired MFT stamps set called Frightfully Fun. I love it, it's one of my favourite halloween sets ever, the sentiments are just so lovely. I stamped it in white and heat embossed it, then cut it out in a fishtail banner style.

I've had a wonderfully busy weekend. Yesterday we went and spent some time with Scott's mum,Dad and Nanna at the caravan and had a super fun lunch in the BBQ hut and today I have been busy baking yummy cakes for my amazing radiotherapy team for a thank you as its my last radiotherapy session tomorrow!! I can't believe how quickly it has gone!!

The men of the house decided they needed a cake too so I am just waiting on their dark chocolate loaf to bake now and then my poor oven can have a rest!!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxxx

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Mini and many friends shadow box fun......

 Image- Mini and Many friends from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- Crate Paper Farmhouse.
Morning all!!

I've been zapped for the day, had a nice womble in the chilly fresh air with my BF's dog and a nice cup of tea to warm up and now I've got some time to mooch around my blog and general internet mooching around while the washer does it's load! 

Radiotherapy is going well and I've completed the normal sessions and am onto my booster ones now. I am developing a wonderful sunburn kinda effect on mini boob and my armpit and it's a little sensitive but my radiographer review lady says it's looking really good so I'm ever so pleased. I have just 3 sessions left to go now until this bit is all done! wahoooooooooooo!!! then it will just be my ever so ouchy herceptin injection every 3 weeks until next April along with regular ECG's to check my heart.

So I can't stop playing with my Lawn Fawn shadow box die.It's seriously way too cute and a whole tonne of fun to play with and I have the perfect clear stamp set to go with it in my Tiddly Inks stash, Mini and many friends. She isn't available in rubber anymore but you can still get the digital version HERE, phew!!!
The stamp set is just perfectly sized for use in this little shadow box!! the hardest bit is deciding which cute stamps you are going to use from the set! I went with some of my favourites and then the sentiment from my Chloe and her friends stamp set (that's also retired but luckily available in digital format HERE.)

And the little way you can line them all up inside is so cute!! you can add as many of the little hills as you like but I've only ventured 2 lots so far!!
Well, I had better go and do some exploring and get myself some inspiration of what to make today. I am finding the quiet of Mo back at school and Scott back at work after months of company a bit strange! It's too quiet without the comforting hustle and bustle of their voices!! I need to get back into the swing of Lou-ness!!!

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 11 September 2017

Life is like a balloon........

 Hi everyone!

I'm finally back in blogland with a post for you today and I am sharing my make for the fabulous september challenge over on Mo's Digital Challenges facebook page. Last week got smooshed in Little Mo going back to school and rads appointments so I didn't get much crafty time at all.

Thursday was my first day all alone with no Mo or Scott since february and it felt strange!! I'll have to get back into the swing of that a bit I think, it's going to take some training for me but with some yummy crafty bits I'm sure I'll pootle back into Lou-ness in no time!!!

For my share today I used just the little Bronte flying off with her gorgeous balloon harness for a very special friend who is going through a very tough time. Bronte set off in an envelope on thursday so should soon be in her new home! the bottom part is a shaker with some lovely sequiny fun inside.

Here's some more deets about our september challenge! we'd love to see you join in!!



If you don't have the three-stamp set "Life is Like a Balloon" already, here's a coupon code for 30% off so you can grab it! The code is UPANDAWAY.

Thank you for popping in! hugs Lou xxx

Tuesday, 5 September 2017

Make Lemonade...

Image- Make Lemonade.
Morning all!! 

Its time for a new challenge over on the Tiddly Inks challenge blog and this month it's one of my absolute favourites.....our theme this month is...

Anything Goes!!

 So let your creativity flow with any of your Tiddly Inks images!!

 (**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 decided to use my super cute little Make Lemonade image. She comes with the best sentiment ever and it's too sassy not to just make a card with it in mind!!! I really enjoyed sitting and making my card. Those gorgeous just kind of stepping into autumn colours of my papers and the layers and tearing was just sop relaxing and fun.

Her pitcher, lemons and sunglasses are all glossy accented but as always....I am an epic fail on the taking a photo of that effect-ness!! bwah ha ha ha!!!

Right, I need to stop waffling on. Rads is a 8am and it's the last day of the holidays for my little guy before he returns to school tomorrow.



Monday, 4 September 2017

Sticky........

Image- Sticky.
Morning everyone!

I'm in for you today with a little bit of a christmassy creation! I am totally blaming my christmas obsession at the minute on our gorgeous Elin who posted a picture of one of her WIP's the other day and got me feeling all festive!!!

But its ok, because Sticky came to the rescue when he plopped out of my printer and made me smile the whole way through colouring him! My friends little boy is teething right now so I tried to give sticky that kind of blotchy ouchy cheek look as he chomps down on that candy cane to get those teeth through!!!

My radiotherapy is a late one today at 11:30am! I am used to being there quite early so I've got that 'mmmm, I've forgotten something feeling' at the minute!! so I'm just having a little bloggy womble while I am waiting for my omeprazole tablet to settle in so I can have some breakfast....it sounds like their is a fully awoken after hibernation bear in my tummy right now!! he he!! 

Yesterday Scott took us to Meadowhall for an almost back to school treat for Mo. He had a £10 build a bear voucher to spend and some Lego store pennies so off we went. We had the most wonderful day just looking around, Mo chose some super fun Lego. He got the halloween set,a new car and a little rocket racoon lego dude keyring.Some sweeties from the amarican sweet shop they have in there just topped his day off, he was on cloud 9 bless him.

I spent some pennies in Lush. The young lady who helped me was completely amazing. I was so sorry not to catch her name but she had a beautiful blue columella piercing and long brown curly hair. I needed some advice on some products to help my scalp get back into a good place for growing my hair well. She helped me to find a beautiful shampoo bar. Then it was onto finding something to help me relax more at night as I continue with my recently started radiotherapy and she showed me 'Sleepy' which smells just fabulous. Mo was most happy to hear her advice on the Eskimo bubble bar he loved as he normally gets a bath bomb but loved the look of the Eskimo bubble bar!! He's most looking forward to using it later as we were too sleepy to use it last night!!.She very kindly sorted out a sample of 'Roots' treatment too and a beautiful surprise of a soft couer massage bar. I cannot put into words how special this all felt to me, what a wonderful member of staff they have in her.

Right, I can calm the bear no longer!! it neeeeeeeeeeds toast and honey!!!Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xxx

Wednesday, 30 August 2017

Beach Party...........

Stamp- Beach Party clear stamp set from Tiddly Inks.
Papers- MME Notable.
Hi everyone!!

Well, I've had a busy old day of Radiotherapy, Radiotherapy review ( I am feeling absolutely fine so that was nice and quick!!), walked the dog and then it was time for the Eeeeeeeeeeeeevil injection of Herceptin !! I am super lucky though as I have it done at home and the nurse who stays with me for 2hrs afterwards was super nice again. They get the 5 min slow push injection going as soon as they can when they get here so the 2 hrs goes by really quickly. It hurts and is super tender but I have chilled it out with some relaxing crafting fun......and let's be honest....I don't need much tempting to do that when there is Tiddly Ink clear stamp cuteness waiting on my desk for me!!

I didn't get chance to play with it yesterday because my Dad got admitted into hospital with Dengue fever ( he lives in the Seychelles so when he is sick I find the distance really hard to take.) and then My gorgeous Grandad was really poorly too and I kinda melted into a Lou pot of gulpness for the day but Dad has text and is still sfae in hospital and my Grandad has picked up today too so I had no excuses to not get my colour on!!! 

And today I had the Beach Party clear stamp set waiting on my desk for me. It's sooooooo cute!! and totally the best thing for taking my mind off my upper right leg where I am super sore!!! romfl!!!

I had a little fun and glossy accented up the little eye bits on her snorkel facemask and I absolutely love that little 'Love you to the beach and back' sentiment too! I stamped it on a Die Namics Rustic heart and popped it out on some foam.

Right, I had better go and get tea on for my boys. We are having a quick tea of sausages,egg, grilled tomato and homemade chips tonight. It's a complete comfort tea for me but I need it for being brave!!! 

Thank you for popping in, huge hugs Lou xxx

Monday, 28 August 2017

A bowl of....Jack O Lanterns!!

Images- Bowl of.
Morning all!! 

I'm in today with my Dream Team post and I couldn't resist a little bit of autumn. I got a super cute new Lawn Fawn Shadow Box die and I knew just what I wanted to do with it!!

I do love to merge Mo's images and Autumn Entrance Separated has been a firm favourite of mine for autumn fun since it came out. It has the most fun little autumn elements in it and they are all seperate so you can merge them in whichever way you fancy into your creation.

I just had to merge them into the little Bowl of image. She is such a cute and cheeky little image and I decided that empty bowl just needed a good old filling with Jack O Lanterns!!!!

It's sooooo cute!! I absolutely love that super fun pop of dimension from the little stitched hills.

I am quite tired today after super fun at the Lincoln Steampunk Asylum festival. It was fantastic and Mo adored it. We had to leave because it got very busy very quickly at lunchtime which was too much for Mo but we had had 2 hrs 30 mins of looking at all the fabulous costumes and stalls. Mo has been making his little costume for a while but mine was very much a see what we have and throw it together the night before when Mo said 'You're dressing up too aren't you mummy?' on saturday evening!! gulp!! but it was super fun.


Right, time for me to scoot. It's Bank Holiday monday here in the UK. Scott is off work but busy tidying out his shed for some new wooden shelving as the wooden shelving units he has have all but collapsed and are surviving on precariously placed wooden props to hold them up! good old aldi had some plastic storage shelves on offer so he has bought a couple of those.

Thank you for popping in, hugs Lou xx

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Tiddly Inks Fun Animals dog..........

Sentiment- MFT You have my heart stamp set.
Papers- Happy Day! from pebbles.
Hi everyone!!

I've had a busy morning! Radiotherapy session number 2, dog walking, bloods done at the Drs surgery, car taken back to Scott and then a bit of baking because Mo 'neeeeeded' mummy cupcakes!!! so I've only just had chance to schooch on up to my craft room and have a much needed relax making something Tiddly Inks as I love to on a tuesday!!!

I couldn't resist that super scrummy Tiddly Inks Fun Animals set again, they just have that Christy Croll whimsical yumminess to them that I adore and I have some Birdie Brown MFT stamp sets with such cute sentiments on that I knew the 'you're pawsitively awesome' one would be just right for this cute little dog!!

Radiotherapy has been ok for my first 2 sessions. Yesterday I had an all lady team and today I had an all men team but it doesn't worry me one bit. They were super sweet and asked me if I was ok with an all male team with it being so new to me. I thought that was so lovely of them. But....I am used to get my boobs out for all sorts of people now so I was all good with it!!!!!! the most time taken is when they are lining you up for your treatment and then my actual dose is over in 2mins and 30 seconds!!!

Right, I am going to try and squeeze in another make of something! not sure what yet but I'll just see what grabs me!!!! thank you for popping in on me, huge hugs Lou xxx