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Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland, United Kingdom
This is a blog I use to share my papercraft projects. I make them for friends and family, as well as selling them to fund my craft stash. You can get in touch with me at loumac03@gmail.com if you have any questions or would like to place a commissioned order.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

A welcome return to craft-y-ness. *BIG SMILE*

I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth - I promise. What with uni assignments and my boyfriends family life things have all been a bit hectic the past week. But I'm going to be back with a bang! :) I managed to get all three assignments finished ONE WHOLE DAY before the deadline, I couldn't believe it, usually I'm a 'leave it until the night before' kind of girl (not out of choice - I seem to perform better under pressure.. honest) but this time around I set myself a challenge.. to NOT do that. Although an all-nighter was still pulled it wasn't the night before! :) I handed them in today and picked up some marked assignments that were due in before Christmas - I'm heading down that 1st class road I tell thee. Very impressed with myself this year. But hey.. you didn't come over to hear about that.

Here is a card I want to share with you today. It is using a sketch from Challenge#22 over at the Trimcraft forum, I love joining in on challenges over there, the feed back you recieve is so welcome! :) Anyway..

Here it is..

I suppose I should apologise now - I inked up yet ANOTHER Fleur Anya, but come on, the girl is sooo cute!! And right now, I'm in {love} with The Greeting Farm and she is the only one I got!! Talking of TGF - I may download some of their digis right after I publish this post!! Sounds like a good plan to me! Hehe. I made her a brunette this time - I kinda like it, but looking back I wish I had blended out the white bits with maybe some Ivory, just so the lines weren't as sharp. Ahhh well, there's always next time - its good to learn from our mistakes.

Here is a close up of those gorgeous flowers she has in her hair!! Yum. Oh, and also.. my incredibly messy stitching. You know when you're doing something that you wish you had never started?! That was one of those moments right then. Sooo much HAND stitching on this card - it took me nearly an hour. My thumb was totally aching - is that natural? Or is my thumb super unfit?! Don't think I'll be trying out that much stitching on a card for a very long time.

I would like to enter this card into these challenges:
× The Play Date Cafe - PDCC64
× Charisma Cardz Challenges - Challenge #2 - Good Luck
× 365 Cards - Day 319 - In Stitches

Cardstock: Bazzill - Kraft, Bazzill Bling - Glitz
Patterned paper: My Minds Eye - Meadow Lark
Image: TGF - Fleur Anya (you know that by now, right? LOL!)
Ink: Memento - Tuxedo Black
Sentiment: Doodlebug Simply Sweet - Blue Jean mini rub ons
Embossing Folder: Cuttlebug - Script
Tools: WRMK - Sew Easy, Lacey Circles Nesties
Miscellaneous: WRMK - Little boy blue embrodiery floss, white embrodiery floss, Prima eLine crystals - blue, Distress Stickles - Faded Jeans


While having time out when I got in from uni today - and while trying to get my creative juices flowing I decided to organise my ProMarkers, as I have quite a collection  now.

Regular visitors to my blog - especially through WOYWW - will know I keep my PM's in Ariel Excel Tab boxes, they are the perfect size and stack up nicely (I just need to get around to decorating them which I tell myself will happen, in actual fact.. I highly doubt it ever will. I'm not really one for 'altered'/'decorated' items).

I have some sticky spots, hold on.. lemme get the name *runs to bookcase* 'Self-Adhesive White Labels'. Not a very original name I know, but they do what they say on the tin, and they're round. Although not quite the right roundness for the ends of my PM's - so a small circle punch does come in handy. It just makes it very difficult to peel the backer off!! HA! I have them in four boxes. Box 1) browns, greys and neutrals, Box 2) blues and greens, Box 3) reds and pinks and Box 4) oranges, purples and yellows. Works well for me, as I can quickly look through the side of the box at the little sticky label that I have coloured in with the corresponding colours and pick my shade. Easy as that. Now if only I had of chosen Copics as my colouring medium - I needn't have gone through all that. Yuck.

Well, thats all from me. I'm about to go butter myself some scones with strawberry jam and whipped cream to sit in the fridge while I make my tea of cheese and onion sausages with loadsa buttery mash and bisto gravy. Lovely. :) Oh, but before that, I need to make sure the parcels that I need to send out tomorrow are all sealed and addressed! :) And I need to make some little notelet thankyou cards to put in with them. :) Enjoy your night, and thanks for stopping by. xo


  1. what a sweet card Lou! Thanks for playing along over at the PDCC!

  2. I think she is cute too. Nice card

  3. With those darling little blue flowers on her head, how could she not be adorable? :) Love the fun stitching and embossing-great textures! Glad to have you play at The Play Date Cafe!

  4. Such a amazing cards created by you! I love this blog. It is so informative. We are just starting out, and I read this site every day, good job.
    Self Adhesive Stickers

  5. As soon as I saw all of that cross-stitching, I thought "I bet that took a while" and then you stated that it did! It looks marvelous though and I adore the flowers in her hair. Too cute. Thanks so much for playing at the PDCC this week.

  6. Congratulations on the 'Cream in Our Coffee' honorable mention from last week's challenge in The Play Date Cafe. This is another beauty and a great offering for our gallery this week...so nice to have you play along!

  7. Your Anya is adorable...love all the colors. Thanks for joining us at Charisma this week.

  8. Absolutely darling! Just love your attention to detail! Such fantastic texture, too! Thanks for playing with us in The Cafe.

  9. So cute! The stitching looks wonderful. Thanks for playing with 365 Cards :-)

  10. Aww she's so sweet - and I love your stitching! Thanks for playing along with this week's Play Date Cafe challenge!

  11. WOW! This card has DETAIL! LOVE the bling and the stitching--and your coloring! FAB FAB JOB:) Thanks so much for joining in the fun and playing along with us over at the PDCC:}

  12. love it, Lou! the blue and brown combo is definitely one of my faves, and your little miss with the blue flowers in her hair - adorable! thanks for joining the Charisma Gals this week, and good luck! xo


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