Saturday, 31 December 2011

♥ Happy New Year ♥

Hi to all my blogging friends :)  Just popping in to wish you all a Happy New Year and blessings for this coming year.
I lost a close relative one week before Christmas, so things have been very sad for me.
I Will be back blogging in the new year , so keep popping in :)

Marlou ♥♥

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

♥ Merry Christmas ♥

Just would like to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year :)

Marlou xxx ♥

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Anything Goes ♥

It's our challenge time over at Let's Craft & Create, last one for 2011, so we are running it for 3 weeks and the theme is "Anything Goes" :)
I made this bookmark for the challenge which also could double up for a present for someone :)

Supplies used:

Papertrey bookmark die
Waltzing mouse cameo to go stamps
Oval plain & Scalloped nesties
Melissa Frances paper (5th Ave)
Bookmark tassle

Merry Christmas to all my readers and a very blessed 2012 ♥♥
Marlou xxx

Saturday, 17 December 2011

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

♥ Dress form bookmark ♥

I recently bought Tim Holtz sewing room die, (which was on my "must have list" .... LOL )
I decided to make a bookmark using the dressform using card and Melissa Frances paper , punched a hole and added a book tassle.  Trimmed the waistline with satin ribbon and a heart shaped pearl embellishment.  I liked this idea :) hope you do too .... :)

Thanks for popping by
Marlou ♥♥

Sunday, 11 December 2011

♥ City Crafter Challenge ~ Home for the Holidays ♥

At last I get to make something Christmas ~ y :) and enter into a challenge :)
It's "Home for the Holidays" over at City Crafter and I made this cute Christmas Santa bootie
from felt and hand stitched every bit by hand :) only glued the snowflake :)  It's pictured here hanging from my new white Christmas tree :) :)
Candy cane ribbon and 2 jingle bells and its all ready :)

Thanks for stopping by
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 6 December 2011

♥ Lets Craft & Create ~ Round & Round

Hi "again" .... LOL .... two days in a row ... Wooooohooooo!! ;)
It's Challenge time over at Let's Craft & Create and the theme is round & round.
I made 2 very clean and simple circle gift tags using my new Hero Arts dies (loooooove these)
added pearls and jingle bells from paperchase :)
Pop over and see the teams lovely creations and there is a lovely set of Papertrey stamps for the winner!!! WOW!!!! ... Yes .... Papertrey!!!!! ;)

Enjoy your day
Marlou ♥♥

Monday, 5 December 2011

♥ Cameo elegant lady ♥

Hi blogging pals :)  still no Christmas cards, im soooooo late its unreal .... LOL (",)
However I did buy this gorgeous Marianne Charleston lady die and also bought the Elegant lady one
too, they are gorgeous!!!  So the top picture is just an oval nestie decorated using the die and then slipped it into a little clip frame :)  The bottom picture is one of my jewellery boxes that needed cheered up.
I also bought Waltzing Mouse Cameo stamps which are fab too :) will share soon with you something made using them.
Tomorrow is Let's Craft & Create challenge, dont forget to pop over and join us :)

Have a nice evening
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 22 November 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Trim the Tree

Getting ready for the Christmas season :) as we are all thinking about decorating our trees :) this weeks
challenge is "Trim the Tree"  over at Let's Craft & Create.
I cut out my mittens with Shapeabilities mittens and blanket stitched them togetther , stuffed with wadding and stitched on buttons and bakers twine to hang on my tree :)  I adore felt as regular readers will already know :)
Sorry for my lack of blogging lately, my health isn't the greatest, so just have to blog when I can :)
Really hope to get cards made as its not long until Santa Claus arrives ;)

Please pop over and see design teams beautiful creations and join in some festive cheer

Marlou xxx

Wednesday, 16 November 2011

♥ Reduce , Reuse, Recycle ♥

Over at our challenge Let's Craft & Create this fornight, is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle is the theme, I haven't got to join in with my team mates this time round, but would love for you to pop over and join us.   A chance of winning this cutie pie from Hero Arts mini stamp set and gemstones, love to see you there :)

Marlou ♥♥

Thursday, 3 November 2011

♥ Teatime ♥

Hi Folks :)  Where are my cards you ask???? (",)  ..... I know  .... I need to get my Christmas cards sorted ... LOL ;)
Couldn't help but share this latest cutie that I made, I only have 2 for sale in my Gracie's Corner :)
It's on a Silver plated 24" ball chain that just fits over your head, and the sweetest dolls house ceramic mug and little spoon charm, comes in a little pink velvet pouch, make a lovely little Christmas pressie, I may have to make myself one

Marlou xxx

Sunday, 30 October 2011

♥ Little Swarovski bracelet ♥

Thought I would share one of my latest jewellery projects with you :)  I made this using Beadalon 49 wire, tibetan pillow spacer beads and Indian pink Swarovski Crystals which I loooooove
Finished with a fancy toggle clasp :)  I have it listed in My Etsy .... Which is now called Gracie's Corner :)

Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 25 October 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Anniversary ♥

It's Let's Craft & Create time again :)  I haven't been blogging much lately, no mojo :(  just have to sit it out until it comes back :)
The theme this fortnight is "Anniversary"  So here I have made a little dinky Gracie gift card, measures only 2.5" x 3.5"  very cute, even has a little envelope to fit :)  The Blue card is Papertrey, pink paper MM, punched a tag from kraft card, inked it in white versafine ink, the decorated it with gorgeous lace and a punched out butterfly, sentiment from Papertrey too :)
Hope to see you over there taking part, it would be fab!!!! ;)

Marlou ♥♥

Friday, 14 October 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ One for the kids ♥

"One for the kids" is the theme over at Let's Craft & Create Challenge, im slightly late due to a few health issues.
Mine is a christening card for a baby girl.  I bought this cute little knitted outfit a few years ago (still in package) and decided it was time ...... yet again to stop!!! hoarding!!! ...... LOL ;)
The paper is from Denami (years old too)  stamps are recently new, I forget the company, but its a Christian range and I used good ole nesties, embossing the top one with a cuttlebug folder.
Please pop over and see the teams beautiful work and join in on the fun

Marlou ♥♥♥

Sunday, 2 October 2011

♥ Bracelet I made ♥

This is my latest creation :)  Bought myself a bracelet kit from Jillybeads to get me into the swing of bracelet making and I thoroughly enjoyed it , plus their service is first class :)
This is made using fresh water pearls and bali silver spacer beads :)
Make a nice present for someone special, dont know whether to sell it or keep it ..... LOL

Marlou xx

Tuesday, 27 September 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Felt ♥

It's Let's Craft & Create time :) .... Yes another fortnight has went by in a flash :)
Its "Felt" this challenge, make a project using felt or an item, totally up to you, we would love to see your creations :)
I got a new die, its either Sizzix or Ellison (from Sir Stampalot) it has this fab strawberry on it and a beautiful flower too (2 on the one die)  Anyhow I cut out my strawberry with felt and blanket stitched around the edge, adding gold coloured pearl sticky gems :)  I made another little wall hanging using my beaded nesties and the sentiment is from Paper Fashions Etc :)

Have a fab day
Hugzz xx
Marlou ♥♥

Saturday, 24 September 2011

♥ Christmas tree earrings ♥

Hi everyone, I haven't been blogging lately as I haven't been too well :(  Just been diagnosed with quite a severe form of Fibromyalgia, which makes life difficult , even the little things makes me tired, I was told my body is basically running on half a battery :(  
Anyhow on a brighter note I continue to create :) that's what I love .... that's what I do :) and have been getting into some beading which im thoroughly enjoying and as "dare I say it???" .... LOL ... Christmas is not far away (my favourite time of year) and I made these dinky little Christmas tree earrings using all Swarovski Crystal beads and silver plated findings and I put them in my Etsy :)
The sparkle of Swarovski is stunning and I adore their crystal, you cannot beat it :)
I will of course be making my cards, thats my first passion, just been doing this as something new to learn :)

Hope you are all well
Marlou ♥

Saturday, 17 September 2011

♥ Just back online ♥

Hi , I have had no internet connection for a few days, but back up and running again, just trying to catch up :)

back soon with a creation
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 13 September 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ How Charming ♥

Hi all, Im late posting this evening, had a few things to do.  This fortnightly challenge over at Let's Craft & Create is "How Charming" :)  Make anything using a charm or charms :)  I made this lovely handbag charm and had great fun making it :)  I have this for sale and another lovely one too I made in My Etsy :)
Please pop over and checkout all our design teams gorgeous creations and find inspiration :)  We would love to see you :)

Marlou ♥

Monday, 12 September 2011

♥ Paper Fashions post ♥

I made this little wall hanging for my Paper Fashions weekly post (which usually is a Friday)  im not keeping too well so just trying my best to post when I can on a weekly basis.
I used this beautiful verse from the Friendship collection , which I just loooove!!!
I made a little rose from felt and added Angel wings and seam binding & pearls :)

Have a lovely day!! ♥
Marlou ♥

Tuesday, 6 September 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Post ♥

A week from I posted ...... (",)  Haven't been keeping too well, so im a few days late with my Paper Fashions project.
I used the button boutique card and dressed it up with a die cut dress form {Papertrey}, scalloped velvet ribbon {Cosmo Cricket}, I like your style sentiment from Paper Fashions Sew sweet sayings, and pearls and seam binding.  The background paper is from MME ... blush .. double sided which I stitched on machine :)

Have a fab day
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Blast from the past ♥

It's Birthday Time over at Let's Craft & Create :) One year on September 1st :) :)  Sooooo this fortnightly theme is "Blast from the past" .  Choose any past theme from the year, and pop a link on our challenge site, we would love to see everyones favourites :)
I chose "Anything but a card"  (I actually won this challenge last year )  So I have been learning some beading :) and I made these little charm embellishments, using spacer beads , pearls and Swarovski, im quite chuffed how they turned out, and they are for sale in My Etsy.
Please pop over and join in, we would love your support and to see your different styles of crafting :)

Take care
Marlou ♥♥

Monday, 29 August 2011

♥ Paper Artsy Dies for sale ♥

Hi Quick post today, I have 2 sets of Paper Artsy dies I have only used once or twice for sale, perfect condition, normally retail around £7.65/£7.99 each set, Im selling both sets including postage UK only for £8.50, outside Uk see My Etsy for details. 
Find them here :) :) ♥

Have a nice Bank Holiday
Marlou ♥♥

Friday, 26 August 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Friday Post ♥

It's Friday again :) SOooo its my day to post my weekly Paper Fashions Etc project :)
I used the lovely new Coffee and Latte bingo cards, they are a much nicer colour in real life, my camera has made everything look very vivid.  The sentiment is from the Coffee with friends sentiment collection, I just love it!!!! I stitched on the red dotty October Afternoon Homemade collection paper {its red, looks a bit on the orange side here (",) } and the stripey paper is from same collection.
I was at my local craft shop the other day and there was a little bag of chipboard shapes for 99p, so
no name was on them and im bursting to find out the company. Sooo I used the chipboard coffee cup with 2 pearl pins as the coffee stirrers, adding a little heart charm {My Etsy} also added a heart doillie.
Have a fab evening
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 23 August 2011

♥ Cupcake Craft Challenges ~ A Giftcard ♥

This is a teeny weeny giftcard only 2.5" x 2.5"  , I thought it was cute :)  Im entering it into Cupcake Craft Challenges as this weeks challenge :)
A lot of stitching going on here (as always :) ) and used up left over papers. Butterfly is cut from MFT dies , love this set, you get 3 in the set and it even cuts beautifully through felt :)
Added pearls and pearl pins which I snipped using jewellery cutters and a bit of left over fabric to trim edge :)

Enjoy your evening
Marlou ♥♥

Monday, 22 August 2011

♥ Angel charm/pendant ♥

Something a little bit different to share today :)  I have a lovely friend in America, who I met through Etsy and we chat all the time :)  Her shop is Papernpearls and she sells stunning things including Crafty Secrets stamps and Scraps, pop over and have a browse, you will not be disappointed :) 
Well I bought all the beads from Deb to make this little Angel and also Deb taught me how to make them, this is one of the first 3 I made, I have this in My Etsy and im very pleased with it, thoroughly enjoyed learning beading and have ordered another tool ... LOL :)  Crafting is addictive!! just love it , Paper, card, stamps , felt, beads and the list goes on ........ ;)

Have a lovely evening
Marlou ♥♥

Sunday, 21 August 2011

♥ Layering , bit of this "n" that ♥

Here is a multi layered tag I made using nesties, bunting banner {Whiff of Joy} banner die {MFT},
jute, seam binding, stitching, ...... yeah!! ... pretty much a bit of this "n" that .... LOL , my sentiment is from Paper Fashions and have added pearls and a tiny clothes pin.  The cutie stamp is from Prima :)
This is me still practicing with Adobe 9, so please give honest opinions :) would value them sooooo much!! ;)  Don't forget about our teddy Bear's picnic challenge at Let's Craft and Create, you could win one of my handmade pin cushions and Gracie pins, please feel free to play along :)

Marlou xx

Saturday, 20 August 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Post ♥

Im having a few teething problems trying to get the hang of Adobe 9 on my new computer :(
Im not overly happy with this picture at all, but have spent hours trying to edit it, I know it will take patience and time.
This is a new set from Paper Fashions :) loved it straight away, you get both the basket of apples and the lovely sweet sentiment too.
Short post tonight, as Im grumpy!! ... LOL .... at my card and photo, ah well , we can't get it right all of the time (".)

Night all

Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 16 August 2011

♥ Let's Craft and Create ~ Teddy bear's Picnic ♥

Hi everyone  :)  Well this is my first day as a Design team Member for Let's Craft and Create :) and I am so delighted to be working along side Mandy, Eileen and Diane :)
Teddy bear's Picnic is the theme :) We all love our Teddy bears, no matter what age we are, I still have my very first one, I should post a picture sometime of him ... LOL ;) his name is Tweety ... LOL'
Anyhow back to challenge , I used a Me to you bear stamp , which I got free with Creativity Magazine and sentiments too, I decoupaged his arm for him to hold a chipboard heart which I covered in paper and added applique and pearl.  Stitched on large gingham dp and broad crochet lace {looove this} and finished off with a double seam binding bow and a gorgeous decorative pin that Mandy sent to me.
Please join in the fun with us , we would love to see your creations, it doesn't have to be a card, anything you would like to create using this theme, it would be great if you can as we love sharing ideas :)

Have a fab day
Marlou xx

Friday, 12 August 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Etc ~ My Weekly Project :) ♥

Friday again ... :) Here is my weekly project for Paper Fashions Etc :) I have used a sentiment from the friendship collection {love this set} and cut out with my banner die.
Used lots of lovely coloured MME papers and nesties and of course pearls, seam binding, machine stitching and a little leaf pin.
The pearl heart is from a wedding spray, had to send to America for these as can't seem to get them here (",)
Keeping it short today, don't feel too well :(

Have a lovely weekend
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 9 August 2011

♥ More Good News :) :) ♥

A late good evening to you all, major "problems" with "this" computer :(

As you know I thoroughly enjoy taking part in their fortnightly challenges and can't believe I am now part of their team along with another new team member Diane :) So Thank you so much ladies for having me, im truly honoured :)

I made this little tag and pocket last night using Waltzing Mouse tea for two stamps , kindly lent to me by my friend :) :) I paper pieced it and stitched on the yellow paper {Nan's Kitchen}

Hand stitched on little brass teabag charm {had for years }

This card fits in nicely with Cupcake Challenge, "Sewing", when I seen it I had to get a stitchin!! ... LOL ...

That's all for tonight,

I hope my computer holds out for at least a month or so

Marlou ♥♥

Friday, 5 August 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Etc ~ My Weekly Project :) ♥

Hi there, here I am week 3 designing for Paper Fashions Etc, and having a ball , just adore their images :)

The top picture is an apron {can you tell? ... LOL } It was a freebie template I googled {can't remember} Anyhow, I used the basic shape and made my own pocket and half circle in centre {with circle punch} scrunched up a paper doilie and printed off a rolling pin from the Kichen Clatter images and have these sticking out of the apron pocket. The sentiment is frim Kitchen Clatter and the Cupcake from the Cherry Bundle images, its fab being able to re-size everything :) Oh yes.... I stitched all around the whole apron with my machine and added seam binding, lace pom pom trim and an applique {from My Etsy} Also inked around the edges too.

The second thing I made was a little tag {inspired by Andrea Budjack :) } using the Garden inspiations set and images. Gingham card is from MME, {which I adore} and another applique from My Etsy :) Isn't the cute watering can silver charm embellishment a nice touch? I thought so :) Feel free to ZOOM in the picture to see detail :)

Thats all for today

Have a fab weekend

Marlou ♥♥

Thursday, 4 August 2011

♥ Let's Craft and Create ~ GO DIGI ♥

It's Digi time over at Let's Craft and Create :) soooooo, :) gave me a chance to use my fab digi images from Paper Fashions Etc :) This sentiment is from The Cherry Bundle and I love this set and this Scripture :) I used my nesties labels and doubled them up with foam pads to make this wee tag and the circle sentiment fitted perfectly cut with round nesties.
Both gingham papers are MME and I scalloped the red gingham and stitched it onto the yellow gingham, adding lace, Angel wings, heart button with jute and seam binding and of course PEARLS :)
Check back tomorrow for my weekly Paper Fashions Etc Project :)

Off to link up, im late posting tonight (",)
Marlou ♥♥

Sunday, 31 July 2011

♥ Handmade felted flowers ♥

I made these felted flowers from a bag of felt pieces I bought from Andrea Budjack's shop, along with some of her beautiful handmade creations :) So I sat happy with a tray on my knee arranging the flowers the way I wanted them to look, then started stitching them altogether including the buttons and topping them off with a nice pearl on each one :)
I have them for sale in My Etsy :)
I have overcome my fear of mixing and matching different colour combinations through visiting Andrea and now im on a design team with her and some fabulous other ladies :) Please take time to pop to each of the Paper Fashions Etc design team blogs and you most certainly will find plenty of inspiration :)

Happy Sunday
Marlou ♥♥

Saturday, 30 July 2011

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ "Wings" ♥

This is my card for Let's Craft and Create :) im very late this time round (",) but I still made it :) The theme is Things with wings, fairies etc .... So I used my new Crafty Secrets Cherubs scraps {from Papernpearls}, Memorybox pink and blue dotty paper, and of course stitched on machine :)
Added glitter to image and inked edges, stitching on some lace to the edge. Finishing touches are seam binding, a Gracie Pin, and a heart charm from My Etsy :)
Off to link up

Enjoy your evening
Hugzz xx

Friday, 29 July 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Etc ~ Pocket tag card :) ♥

Well Week 2 of me designing for Paper Fashions Etc, and im having soooo much fun!!!

This week I have made a tag and pocket card, using different strips of paper and stitching it altogether and stitching the pocket too. I used Garden inspirations sentiment and made a rolled rose by hand. The tag I used Prima papers and Garden Bingo card , adding a little felt flower and pearl to the centre. Bringing it altogether with seam binding and a butterfly charm {from My Etsy}

Have a wonderful day and don't forget to checkout Paper Fashions, as they are always adding new sets and you will love them :)


Marlou ♥♥

Thursday, 28 July 2011

♥ Altered wooden teapot decoration ♥

I have spent all day trying to upload this photo!!!! I want my new computer soooooon!! ... LOL
Anyhow .. rant over ;) This was a blank wooden teapot decoration which I covered in K&CO Bailey paper :) added a bronze teapot charm and gingham ribbon, the sentiment is from Waltzing mouse , which my friend kindly lent to me :) :) I added pearls and strong jute string to hang this from a nice kitchen or craftroom/work space :)
Check back tomorrow for to see my Paper Fashions Etc. project :)

This shall be in MY Etsy :) and I have a few more I would like to alter, bought them in especially for to do so :)

Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 26 July 2011

♥ Little Apple hang tag for a Teacher ♥

Hi .... :) I made this little 3.5" x 4" Apple hang tag for a Teacher , I have it in My Etsy in anyone is interested in a Teacher gift :) It has triple layers of card to make it nice and sturdy and I machine stitched round the gingham card , adding a cutie little wooden ruler embellishment that I have had a very long time and dont even know if I can get anymore :( if anyone knows, please give me a shout!! ...LOL Printed sentiment off computer and added, pearls, seam binding and button with jute threaded and jute string to hang it up. I personally think it would make a lovely little gift for a Teacher to hang in their classroom :)
Also have some new embellishments in My Etsy too :)

Marlou ♥♥

Friday, 22 July 2011

♥ Paper Fashions Etc ~ My first post :) ♥

Well :) Today is my first day posting as a proud design team member for Paper Fashions Etc :)
Im truly overjoyed and delighted to be here designing for a wonderful company :)
I made a little wall hanging for a baby, using the new baby bundle set ....which is adorable!! full of gorgeous images and there is also a sentiment set you can buy which is equally as sweet and cutie pie :) I paper pieced the little booties and stitched on sewing machine, punched tiny holes to thread ribbon through, attaching bows and peach pearl heart and mint green pearl stones :)
The gingham paper is from Melissa Frances and is more subtle in real life, its turned out quite bright in the image (",) I love my new beaded square nesties and I stitched on these too, added the sentiment from the baby bundle and used my CC designs banner to cut out, and of course "more pearls" {I looove pearls} The seam binding just finished it all off ready to hang in a little nursery :)


Hugzz everyone :)
Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 19 July 2011


Hi everyone :) im here this evening with some fabulous news to share :) I have been invited to join the amazing Paper Fashions Etc design team and im totally overwhelmed :) I feel very blessed and honoured to be asked and if you pop over to Paper Fashions, you will see my work featured there today.

I found them originally through Andrea Budjack's blogspot and I just looooved their images and gorgeous sentiments and treated myself to a few.

So a HUGE thank you to Diane and the team for having me, I am delighted to be a part of your fabulous design team :)

Marlou ♥♥

Sunday, 17 July 2011

♥ Simon says stamp challenge ~ Anything goes ♥

It's "Anything goes" over at Simon says Stamp, so I used my new Sizzix bigz birdhouse die and made a little wall hanging with it :) The sentiment is from Paper Fashions :) {I adore their downloads} and I cut it out with my new CC designs banner dies {they are fab!! even cut through felt} added a little applique, pearlstone and hand stitched the little bird charm and I also stitched on the sewing machine around the birdy house.

Marlou ♥♥

Monday, 11 July 2011

♥ Shabby Tea Room ~ Flower power ♥

This is a little 4" x 4" wall hanging which I made and gave to my Mum, she was well chuffed with it and im pleased too how it turned out. Im entering it into Shabby tea Rooms "Flower power" challenge.
The sentiment is from Paper Fashions and I used square nesties and fancy eyelet nesties and circle nestie ... LOL ... Lost without our "nesties" ;) I stitched the pink gingham paper {Making Memories} and the lace and the circle {zoom for detail} I made a little pink rose from felt and stitched onto angel wings and added a felt flower and felt applique to top corner. I tied seam binding in around the eyelets for to make the hanging and if my Mum wishes to frame this all she has to do is snip off the seam binding. To finish pearls were added :)

Enjoy your evening
Marlou ♥♥

♥ A Sweet award ♥

Evening :) I recieved this lovely award from a new blog I discovered, Millers Ink, Lynn has the most amazing work, pop by and see for yourself :)
Passing it on to:


I can't think at the moment of 7 random things (",) im just delighted with my sweet award :)

Marlou ♥♥