Saturday, 29 December 2012

Some items for sale on Ebay

Hi Everyone :)

I just added a few items to Ebay if anyone is interested.  Plus I have a Papertrey stamp set somewhere in my craftroom .... Green thumb for sale, can't photograph it until I find it ... LOL (",)
If you are interested in the Papertrey stamps I can reserve them on my Etsy (to make things easier)
But if I find it in the meantime I will list it on Ebay.

Have a lovely evening
Marlou ♥

Friday, 28 December 2012

♥ Something sweet ♥


Hope you are enjoying your Christmas everyone and that Santa Claus brought you all nice goodies :)
I made this CAS birthday card using my Sizzix ice-cream/cupcake die and embossed the ice-cream with swiss dots.  Adding a red pearl for the cherry and the sentiment is from Papertrey.  Also a little sprinkling of tiny pearl and bling gem stones to embellish

I'm entering my card into the following challenges:

Dies to die for challenge ~ Celebrations 
Simon says stamp ~ Anything goes

Have a lovely day
Marlou ♥

Monday, 24 December 2012

♥ Look what I won :) ♥




Oh I am over the moon to have won week 24 CASology!!!  What a lovely Christmas surprise :)
I'm smiling from ear to ear :) :)
Thank you ladies for choosing my card, means a lot to me

This is the card that I made for the challenge .......


Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!!! ♥
lots of love Marlou ♥

Friday, 21 December 2012

♥ Merry Christmas ♥

I just would like to wish all my blogging friends a very Merry Christmas and look forward to a new year ahead of creating and crafting :)
Have a peaceful time with all your family and friends and please remember to keep Christ in Christmas

Love Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 19 December 2012

♥ Simon says stamp ~ Merry Christmas ♥


I have another card to share today to give to a member of family :)   I recently bought this Impression Obsession,  Alesa Baker stamp on sale from Stamps and Memories and I adore it :)  I very highlighted with copics and glitter and cut out the image and raised image with 3d pads.  Sentiment "yes ... again" ... Wplus9 .. LOL :)
I'm entering my card into Simon says stamp ~ Merry Christmas challenge

Enjoy your evening
Marlou ♥

Tuesday, 18 December 2012

♥ CAS-ology #24 ~ Star ♥


I think it's safe to say that I have enjoyed my Wplus9 "JOY" die this year :)  and also the sentiment from one of Wplus9 Christmas sets.  My star is cut from shapeabilites on pearl cardstock and added bling here and there :)   I'm entering my card into CAS-ology's challenge this week, the theme being "Star"

I think that's all my cards rounded up for this year.  I enjoy Christmas so much and making Christmas cards has to be my favourite :)
I went to visit my Dad's memorial tree today, miss him soooo much :(
Always hardest at holiday's, my Dad's death has to be the most difficult time in my life.
Cherish your parents while you have them as some day Jesus will want them home.

Enjoy your evening
Marlou ♥

Saturday, 15 December 2012

♥ CAS-ology ~ Gift ♥


I'm enjoying playing along with all the different challenges :)  I discovered this challenge blog not too long ago and it's CAS-ology .... The theme is "Gift"  
I used my Die-namics tag tied with jute and would you believe this chipboard glittered gift die cut has been in my stash for quite a few years ... LOL .. I just found it the other day and thought it would look nice dressed up with some holly :)  (holly die from CC Cutters) and a red button
The sentment is from Papertrey "love loves here Christmas set"

Hope you are having a lovely weekend
i'm having fun today crafting, even made 2 Christmas gifts for
2 special friends :)

hugzz
Marlou ♥

Thursday, 13 December 2012

♥ The pretty little ribbon shop December challenge ♥


Continuing our theme "buttons" over at Let's create and craft,  I just finished this card :)  Using my "JOY" die from Wplus9 and used a white heart button for the "O".  The paper is from Marianne Scandinavian Christmas papers (looooove these) and sentiment from Papertrey.  I used my lacey and plain circle nesties and pearls ;) I am joining in also with The Pretty little ribbon shop December challenge ~ It's Christmas.
This is my first time joining in their challenge :):)

I'm on a wee roll with my creating lately ;)
Marlou ♥

♥ Simon says stamp ~ What's your favourite? ♥


Simon Says Stamp's challenge this week is "What's your favourite?"  .... Well I have loads of favourite craft stuff, but i'm choosing my favourites I have enjoyed using lately :)  Clearly besotted signature Christmas set, my stash of "pearls" (never can have enough of these ... LOL )  im loving my new die-namics fishtail dies too.

Have a lovely day
Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 12 December 2012

♥ Poppy brooch ♥


Two posts in one day ... LOL ....  I just wanted to share this beautiful felt poppy brooch that I made for a very special friend for Christmas :)  I'm delighted how it turned out :)
I used Papertrey flower dies (can't remember the name of the set (",) )  and the leaves are from Paper Artsy dies and simply stitched on a black button.
Must add this into our "button challenge" over at Let's create and craft ♥

have a fab day ♥
Marlou xxx


♥ Let's create and craft ~ "Buttons" ♥


Over at our fortnightly challenge at Let's create and craft is "buttons" ... I know all crafters just love buttons, I know I do and have hundreds .. LOL .. you can never have to many buttons ;)
I made these little baby tags using Wplus9 onesie dies and simply added a little button to each of them.  The sentiment is from Papertrey.
This challenge runs until January 8th, so lots of time to join in with your projects :)
Pop over and see the gorgeous projects from my team pals and join in the fun

It's a beautiful crisp frosty day here, my favourite time of the year
stay warm :)
hugzz
Marlou ♥

Sunday, 9 December 2012

♥ Dies to die for ~ entry no.2 ♥




I thought I would enter another card for Dies to die for Christmas challenge :)  This one is using Marianne Santa sleigh die and CC cutters holly die.  Added red pearls to holly and plain pearls and glitter to sleigh.
I added some bias binding spotty red laced trim to the side.  Sentiment is from Clearly besotted ♥

Thanks for looking
Marlou ♥

Saturday, 8 December 2012

♥ CAS-ual Fridays ~ knots ♥

Over at Cas-ual Friday's challenge for this week is ~ "knots"  I made this little gift card using my CC cutters mitten die, Memorybox papers, Papertrey sentiment and I made my knot using some jute :)
I added "of course" tiny pearls to the mittens to embellish

Have a lovely Saturday
Marlou ♥

Friday, 7 December 2012

♥ Simon says stamp challenge ~ Snowflakes ♥


Simon says stamp challenge this week is "snowflakes".   I got these snowflake die cuts complimentary from Dies to die for when I ordered some crafty goodies :)  So I thought I would use them to create this card.
Adding pearls and glitter to decorate and sentiment is from Clearly besotted signature Christmas set.

Have a lovely weekend ♥
Marlou ♥

Sunday, 2 December 2012

♥ The Ribbon girls ~ December challenge ♥



Another Christmas card :) .. I'm looking forward to Christmas it is my favourite time of the year
I made this card using Daydream designs new Christmas digi sets and papers (these are soooo cute)
I am quite limited to how I use my digital images and I tend to keep them simple ... print ... decoupage and decorate :) :)  I finished off my decoupaging with punching out a heart shape.  Topped it off with glitter and pearls for the sprinkles.
I used my Joy die from Wplus9 and also their snowflake die and another pearl
I'm entering my card into The Ribbon girls Christmas Challenge

Enjoy your evening
Marlou ♥

Friday, 30 November 2012

♥ Christmas tags ♥


I made these tags using Stephanie's ever so popular signature Christmas set from Clearly besotted stamps.
If you haven't tried these stamps yet they come highly recommended
I used Papertrey tag die and some jute to thread and of course "pearls and glitter" ... LOL :)
Im entering these into Cas-ual Fridays challenge ~ Tags is the theme this week and also to A Passion for Papertrey ~ The theme ~ Christmas ♥

Have a fab weekend ♥
Marlou ♥

Thursday, 29 November 2012

♥ Simon Says Stamp challenge ~ Anything goes ♥


My card today is a little 4" x 4" Christmas card, using lacy scallop and plain circle nestabilities.  The beautiful Christmas tree stamp is from Clearly besotted stamps and also the sentiment from the same set.  CAS ~ with a few red pearls and I love how it turned out
I'm entering my card into Simon says stamp challenge this week ~ Anything goes

Wednesday, 28 November 2012

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ a splash of colour ♥


Our challenge this fortnight over at Let's Craft and Create is ~ A splash of colour.  So this challenge is for all you creative crafters out there :) who makes cards, jewellery, crochet, knitting, cake decorating :)  we would love for you to share your talents and ideas with us and it's using colour :) as much or little as possible.
I made this bracelet for a Christmas present for my cousin using Swarovski Pearls and Swarovski Crystals.
It is much nicer in real life and the sparkles of it is beautiful :) especially when the light hits it.

Pop over and checkout my design teams creations and see all their creations and join in the fun.

Have a lovely evening
Marlou ♥

Tuesday, 27 November 2012

♥ Scalloped shaped Christmas card ♥



I'm enjoying making little shaped cards using my nestabilities.  These are the large scalloped rectangles and I used my lacy circles from nestabilities also.  The stamped tree is from Papertrey "Christmas .. Love lives here" set .. topped with pearls and glitter and a red bow to finish. The Kraft card is also from Papertrey.
Have a lovely day

Marlou ♥

Sunday, 25 November 2012

♥ Less is more challenge ~ Glamour & glitz ♥


It's been ages from I joined in over at Less is more challenge, so I decided to join in this week as I love "sparkle and bling"
Very CAS card using a wooden snowflake topped off with a blue pearl stone and added pearls and "bling"
here and there around the snowflake to give it a real feeling of falling snow.
The sentiment .. from Wplus9 which I love

One month until Santa Claus comes ;)
Have a fab Sunday
Marlou ♥

Friday, 23 November 2012

♥ Mini Christmas cards ♥


Hi everyone :)  I bought mini 3" x 3" pearl Papermania cards and they are sooooo sweet!! These are hard to find,  you get 20 in a pack with 20 envelopes.
I used my Wplus9 Christmas tree die (papers .. Marianne designs) and CC cutters mittens (paper ... Cosmo Cricket)  added little pearls to them and "bling" to the tree and a sentiment stamped from Christmas Papertrey Love lives here
I'm gonna make more of these, I looove them. If anyone know where I can buy more of these can you let me know?

Have a fab weekend ♥
Marlou ♥

Tuesday, 20 November 2012

♥ Dieing for a challenge ~ Christmas card ♥


This months challenge at Dies to die for challenge is to make a Christmas card using at least one die.
My card has 4 .. LOL :)  I used my nestabilities lacy circles and plain circles, Hero arts Christmas tree dies and snowflake die from Wplus9 adding a little button to embellish.  The beautiful sentiment stamps are from Clearly besotted stamps.

have a fab day
Marlou ♥

Monday, 19 November 2012

♥ Snow family ♥



Isn't this the most adorable Snow lady and baby image?  It's from Daydream designs "Let it snow" set ♥
I'm not confident yet with overlaying digi images, so I tend to keep mine CAS adding my own extra little touches :)  the sentiment is from Papertrey Christmas "Love lives here" set and I added glitter (of course)
and a little decoupaging on their heads ... LOL ... kind of messed up my decoupaging a bit, but think it looks not too bad (",)

Have a lovely Monday
Marlou ♥

♥ Daydream designs blog hop ~ Polka dots ♥

Daydreams designs are having a blog hop :)   The theme is polka dots and there are prizes to be won and some freebies for you to use.
Why not pop over to the team starting with Diane Noble (who owns Daydream designs) and take part in the hop :)


Click here to take you to Daydream designs store 


Have a fab day
Marlou ♥

Friday, 16 November 2012

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Getting ready for Christmas ♥

I made this little felt snowman with a recent  Sizzix die and I blanket stitched round the edges.  I free hand cut out the scarf, stitched the eyes and added a wooden heart button.
Sizzix dies are amazing !!  they cut though chipboard, fabric and even 2 layers of felt at a time, love their dies :)  I get mine from Cutting edge Crafts which have free delivery and excellent customer service and fastest delivery ever :)
So just another Christmas idea for Let's Craft and Create challenge "let's get ready for Christmas"

Have a fab weekend
Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 14 November 2012

♥ Let's Craft & create ~ Let's get ready for Christmas ♥


Let's get ready for Christmas is our theme this fortnight over at Let's Craft and Create , so i'm sure everyone is busy getting Christmas cards made, Christmas cakes baked, maybe even knitting some winter woollies :)
Why not join in with us, we would love to see all your talents, and there is a lovely prize for someone too
I made these ice skate boots using a Sizzix die, cutting them out with chipboard and then layered with snowflake paper.  I sanded the edges and laced up the boots adding some glitter and seam binding to hang them up and a rusty jingle bell.  I'm very please with these and i'm definitely going to make some more :)

thanks for stopping by
Marlou ♥


Sunday, 11 November 2012

♥ Ribbon girls challenge ~ add sparkle ♥


The Ribbon girls challenge this month is "add sparkle"  think we all love our "sparkle" .. :)
I used my new digi set (My heart still dances) from Daydream designs and added sparkle to these beautiful ballet shoes, very subtle and some white pearls.
The pink paper is from MME.

Thanks for stopping by
Marlou ♥

Saturday, 10 November 2012

♥ Cloud9 blog hop November ~ Card no.2 ♥


I made another card for the Cloud9 November blog hop challenge.  This time I made a lacy circle shaped card.  I used WPLUS9 joy die and also their snowflake.  The sentiment is from Clearly besotted stamps.
Used pearls to embellish

Happy Saturday ♥
Marlou ♥

Friday, 9 November 2012

♥ Cloud9 November blog hop challenge ♥


Hi everyone :)  i'm getting into the Christmas mood :) .... even watching Christmas movies (don't laugh .. lol )
I'm joining in the challenge over at Cloud9 and I made this festive tag using Papertrey tag die and kraft card,
the joy die is from WPLUS9 and music paper from Cosmo Cricket.  Snowflake die (Hero Arts) and blue dotty paper (Memorybox)
I added a rusty jingle bell tied with jute.

have a lovely weekend
Marlou ♥

Thursday, 8 November 2012

♥ Christmas tree ♥


Well after a week without any internet , i'm delighted to be back online :)  .... Totally lost without it .. LOL
I made this card using WPLUS9 Christmas stamps and added a red heart button.  Spotty paper ... free with Craft seller magazine and used my die-namics fishtail banners and some jute

Have a lovely evening
I have lots of blogs to catch up on
Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

♥ Let's Craft and Create ~ Pearls & lace ♥


This fortnight our challenge over at  Let's Craft and Create is "Pearls and Lace"  ..  I used this beautiful rose stamp from Stephanie's Clearly Besotted stamps, "Happy everything" ... This is my first time in a very long time that I was able to get my copics out and sit and colour :) :)  I was so delighted that my hand didn't shake :)  I know my colouring isn't perfection, but for me this was a huge step in my recovery :) :)
The sentiment is from "Twinkle toes" and patterned paper from Echo Park ~ Victorian gardens.
I added my lace to the bottom and let it slightly hang over the edge adding my pearls.
My team pals have made absolutely beautiful cards if you would like to pop over and see and get some inspiration.

Thanks for stopping by
Marlou ♥♥

Monday, 29 October 2012

♥ Joy ~ My first Christmas card for 2012 ♥


Finally got around to starting my Christmas cards :)  as I have to do all my crafting in stages I'm quite happy how this turned out :)
The background gingham paper is from Memorybox.  Joy die is from WPLUS9  and the verse also WPLUS9 .. I love their products.  The little notebook page die is from Papertrey and "bling" and a heart button tied with just to finish

Have a lovely evening
and I hope that all my blogging friends are safe
in USA with the terrible storm .. stay safe, sending
Prayers your way.

Marlou ♥

Sunday, 28 October 2012

♥ Cas-ual Fridays ~ Kraft on ♥


Hi ... :)  I made this card using some of my new craft supplies :)  ... Die-namics fishtail banners, Clearly besotted butterfly wishes stamp and sentiment from "Twinkle toes" set and new lacy circles from Nestabilities :)  .  I used Echo Park .. Victorian gardens paper (which I just looooove) and stitched around the fishtail banner (hard to see in photo) and of course "bling".  Versafine ink .. which I love also and cannot find any other ink to match theirs, they give such a crisp image.
I made this card for Cas-ual Fridays challenge and this weeks theme is to use Kraft cardstock , mine is from Papertrey.

Have a lovely Sunday

Marlou ♥♥

Tuesday, 23 October 2012

♥ Just for you ♥


Hi .... I'm using today the beautiful butterfly wishes set from Stephanie's .. Clearly Besotted stamps, I think these stamps are so beautiful :)  All the ink pads I used are Versafine. and scalloped circle from SU.
Adding "bit of bling" and scored a few lines in card at top (a little tip from Michelle :) )

thanks for looking
Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

♥ Let's Craft & Create ~ Dimension ♥


Hi there :)  yes another fortnight has flown by, and it's our challenge time over at Let's Craft and Create.
The theme is "Dimension".  It's a little difficult to show you the full dimension of my card , I tried my best with the close up photo.  I embossed kraft card stock with the wood grain folder, it is on 3d foam pads (which photo isn't picking up).  Then I layered notebook die from Papertrey and little bird from WPLUS9.  The branch is from the same set,  Sentiment from Papertrey.
Pop over to our blog and join in with us and see my team pals gorgeous cards :)

Have a lovely day
Marlou ♥

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

♥ Twinkle Toes ♥



I made another little card using Stephanie's new stamps :)  This set is the sweetest ... love it.
"Twinkle toes"  ... Kept in clean and simple, stamped up "twinkle toes" with pink ink, simply stamped the mix and match sentiments and some pearls and bling and a little scalloped border.

Have a lovely Tuesday
Marlou ♥

Friday, 12 October 2012

♥ Ballerina ♥

Hi there :)  I got these gorgeous stamps from Stephanie's new company "Clearly besotted" .... they are just gorgeous!!!  This set is called Twinkle toes (how cute)  They stamp amazing .. lovely to work with.  I used Memento LuLu lavender on the Ballerina and added a teensy bit of stickles here and there.  Some "bling & pearls" and an Andrea Budjack handmade rose which I topped off with another pearl.
The sentiment is also from this stamp set and the background card is from Memorybox.

have a lovely weekend 
Marlou ♥

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

♥ Hope endures ♥


Hi everyone :)  I managed just there now to get my card finished for our Hope Endures
As you all know I suffer with a few health issues ... one of them being quite a severe form of Fibromyalgia which I was diagnosed with last year after years of suffering.
95% of my life is in chronic nerve pain which nothing can be done for :(  It affects every part of my body and my day to day life.  I grab any spare moment I can to craft, I'm at my happiest when I'm creating, even when in pain.  I don't want to go on and depress everyone with all the lows of this disorder, just want to remember everyone who suffers from this debilitating illness.  We don't look ill ... it's often described as the "invisible" or "forgotten illness".
Purple also is for Alzheimer's disease, which I personally think is cruel and I really cant put into words how terrible this is :(  My husband lost his Grandfather to this cruel disease and I just trust and Pray that there will be more research put into curing this disease and help for their loved ones who have to watch them suffer :(

Thanks for taking time to read my post and know that if you suffer from Fibromyalgia you may have found some comfort in reading this.

Love Marlou  ♥