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  ♥


Tuesday, 9 October 2012

♥ Declaration of Hope day ♥

We are having a declaration of Hope day over at Daydream designs to remember loved ones we have lost to different diseases or disorders and who are struggling with disorders on a daily basis.
All my team pals have a personal story to share of what they have been through, lost loved ones or are suffering disorders themselves or family members they care for.
I would like to invite you to visit each blog, no requirement to leave a comment, maybe you may find comfort from reading every ones past and present difficulties, pain and loss.
There are some free dig's for you to create some cards yourself that maybe you would like to send to someone or hold a coffee morning.
I myself was supposed to be joining in today, but as you all know my own struggles are a day to day , minute to minute situation and this past week I have had a shocking time with my health.
I will however show my own card when it's finished and share with you.

love Marlou ♥




Thursday, 4 October 2012

♥ Little birdies ~ Nest to sky ♥

Hi there ... I made this little card this evening using the beautiful ... Nest to sky coloured set from Daydream designs  adding some pearls and glitter.  The background paper is from my stash, so not too sure who it's from (",)
Added some satin pleated ribbon and a felt rose (Andrea Budjack) .  The sentiment is from Papertrey
"Love lives here" and I also stitched the main image :) :) .. I can't resist stitching on my paper ;)

Have a lovely evening
Marlou ♥


Wednesday, 3 October 2012

♥ Let's Craft and Create ~ Borders ♥

Hi everyone :)   It's our fortnightly challenge over at Let's Craft and Create and the theme is borders.
I used these gorgeous papers from Echo Park ~ Victorian gardens and I loved how they co-ordinated beautifully together.  I did some zig zag stitching between each border and stitched a narrow lace border.  The felt rose is handmade by Andrea Budjack and I added a little pearl.  Sentiment is from Papertrey and also the die cut frame.  If you zoom in my picture you will see I have scattered little pearls here and there on parts of the roses
Pop over and have a look at the beautiful cards my team pals have made and please feel free to join in, remembering it does not have to be a card, maybe you are a stitcher, we would love to see your creations :)

PS:  I have another Die-namics die on ebay, used once, perfect condition, it's the jumbo scallop border.

hugzz
Marlou ♥