Saturday, 31 July 2010

Under construction

A very late good evening to everyone... well it is almost tomorrow... and hope you've all had a super day.

I've been out and about most of the day with hubby and he's just retired to bed for the night for I can get stuck in to another wee bit of crafting... I try to spend most of my weekend time with him so normally only have mornings & very late evenings to play.

I'm quite enjoying playing with my wee townhouse as it's something a little different... Haven't decided exactly what it's going to be like upon completion as I'm just working away on it and seeing where I go ;-)

Well, I won't achieve much by sitting typing here will I... So I'll bid you all a fond farewell and catch up with you all again tomorrow.

Love 'n' Hugs
Lorraine xxx

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Friday, 30 July 2010


I know I promised to post before now but I've had nothing but unannounced visitors all day beginning at 10am this morning and it's also been one of those days where the phone has had a constant ring...

Anyway, just so you know I did start on some stuff last night and will continue with it again just shortly (need to tend to all the animals first), so will give you a progress report tomorrow on how my bits 'n' pieces are coming along.

Well I hope you've all had a good work, with a fun filled weekend ahead.

Catch up with you all tomorrow again.

Love 'n' hugs
Lorraine xxx

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Thursday, 29 July 2010

Running late today

Afternoon my lovelies and sincere apologies for not having any new projects to post just yet... it's been one of those days with the door going and phones (yes mobile & house) ringing constantly.
Hopefully things will calm down a bit now and I'm popping out to pick some stuff up then back home to actually get down to some proper crafty works...
Will do my best to upload something tonight... failing that... normal business should resume tomorrow.
Love 'n' Hugs
Lorraine xxx

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Penny Black challenge

Now are Kath & the rest of the crew over at Penny Black not really making us get ourselves into action and all prepped up with their christmas inspiration... you can always tell the organised people in life, can't you...
Well it's not before time that I got myself back into challenge mode and this was a perfect starter... thank you girls.

I have got myself a few Pro markers to try and this is one of my first attempts using them.. yes they are easy to apply but not sure if I need the whole range in order to get good shading on my image.. I feel that this one is a little flat in appearance but when I tried to add shading I seemed to end up with heavy lined marks... any advice would be greatfully appreciated. Perhaps I'm just too used to having complete control over the depth of my shading.
Anyway, done some layering, added some ribbon & embellishments... simple as that.
My snowflakes were originally clear so I wanted to colour them but not so that they were a bold white... felt that would be took much for the card so had to attack them a bit.

First up I used a white pen touch which I quickly scribbled on (a small amount at a time) and then rubbed over it with a cotton bud to smear the ink around.

Next up I used my quickie glue pen to dot around all over the snowflakes and then covered in the new ultra ultra fine glitter.
Hmmm.... wonder what's next on the agenda for today... need to be quick in deciding though as I don't have that much time as I have a meeting to attend at 5.30pm...
Hope to see many of you joining in the fun.
Love 'n' hugs
Lorraine xxx

Mr Dragon...

Uploaded for anyone to view but especially for Elaine as she loves him so much... thought I'd let you get up close & personal honey. He's made from clay and baked in a kiln just to make sure he's breathing enough fire... lol xxx


Another week and another Wednesday has come around already... so can't believe how fast this year is going... and how little I've posted over the last few weeks so it's defo time for me to get back into action again... starting today.
Hmmm what should I play with today... that's always the hard question when you're surrounded by everything so I pulled these out to give me some inspiration.
In addition to that I've got a few cards that I need to get done too so goodness knows what my next post will be... like me.. you'll just have to wait and see I guess... lol
My sincere apologies also as I just realised that I failed to create a link last week to WOYWW... silly old brain wasn't working properly after being on holiday.
So... here's the link to WOYWW....
Catch you all again in an hour or so I hope...
Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 25 July 2010

Good day

A very good morning to all you lovelies out there in blogland... Hope you're having a fab weekend.

Well, we took a drive up to Tillicoutry yesterday in the search for a new sofa... Yippee... Mission accomplished. Only took about 4 hours of sitting up & standing down but finally we got there. Just need to be patient & wait for delivery in around 8 weeks now.

Today, we are celebrating our 5th wedding anniversary and not sure yet what we'll get up to for the rest of the day but won't be surprised if it's nothing special as I know we do need to do the supermarket run, so may very well turn out like just another day... Lol

Love 'n' hugs
Lorraine xxx
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Thursday, 22 July 2010

My favourite pencil...

Not sure how many of you will have tried this, but, for me it's the best.

You can use for normal artistic work or you can load it with white lead for parchment craft. You load all your lead into the centre and when 1 lead runs out, another will automatically load for you. In addition to this, there is a large concealed eraser at the end so you only have out what you need... The remainder stays tucked away inside. It also has an ergonomic grip so you never need to worry about your hand cramping up.

If anyone needs details of how to get a hold of one of these pencils please drop me an email.

Lorraine xxx

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Wednesday, 21 July 2010


This is a very rare occasion when my work space is very clean... Normally is piled high with everything but the kitchen sink.

Why is it so clean... Whilst on holiday my mum decided to come in and clear away all the bits & bobs I had lying around... Aaarrrrrggggghhhhh.

Needless to say I'm having to sort it all out now... Should be back to normal for tomorrow.

Lorraine xxx

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Tuesday, 20 July 2010


Hells bells... I've not that long since joined up to FB and am still in the process of finding my way around it... would you believe it though... today whilst having a wee browse I happened to come across a few well known faces from blogland... what else could I do but send out all my friend requests...
Looks like I've been missing out on more action than I at first thought by not being a FB member.... let's hope that I'm up to date now eh...
Well... really is time for me to get on the go again after my wee break.. downstairs housework all caught up now... washing well on the go today as we've got some sunshine... yippee... and now it's time for a quick run around the upstairs before I get to my good old craft room for some personal play time.
Catch you all later this evening.
Lorraine xxx

Monday, 19 July 2010


Evening folks and sorry about being AWOL from blogland today but it's a local bank holiday here and therefore the last official day of our holiday.

Took things easy, chilled, popped out for a bite to eat and a walk in the park... Doing our best to avoid the rain showers as much as possible.

Still working my way through the holiday washing due to the lack of sunshine I'm being forced to dry everything on the clothes horse!!! Sure does suck.

Hopefully I'll get back to a somewhat normal routine tomorrow again.

Catch you all then
Lorraine xxx
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Sunday, 18 July 2010

Master of Pharmaceutical Science

One of the proudest times in my life.

My stunning niece Hannah has now graduated from Hull University with her Master of Pharmaceutical Science degree.

She has already secured herself her dream job which comes complete with a company car.

Not bad eh considering she's only 22 years old.

Is it any wonder I'm so proud of her.

Lorraine xxx

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Saturday, 17 July 2010

Back home

Arrived back home safe & sound last night & Rob's now back to normal Saturday morning routine... Watching TV... Currently watching last weeks F1 race.

It's been a leisurely start to the day so time to get my butt in gear... Piles of washing to do and MUST get to a Vodafone shop as my phone is knackered!!! The navigation ball in the centre won't move therefore I can't access most parts of my phone... Nae good that so hope it can be resolved today... Fingers crossed.

Will try to catch up with you all later again.

Lorraine xxx
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It's a swinger...

All closed up

All opened up

The only thing holding this card together is one little brad... it's so cool as it swings in any direction to reveal your hidden secrets...

Catch ya all soon

Lorraine xxx

Friday, 16 July 2010

Peek a Peek a Flower...

Flower Easel Card using templates
Well folks.. I shoudn't be far from home now and my final auto post is set for tomorrow morning... after that... it's back to the real old me.
Lorraine xxx


Another quick make card using the templates... and all I have done here is added some pins & flowers... this way it leaves it open to interpretation as to what it can be used for... birthday, anniversary, wedding, engagement etc.

Thursday, 15 July 2010

Little Miss Daisy

Little Miss Daisy... coloured using Sakura Metallics

Samuel Taylor

Managed to find my way to Samuel Taylor's in Embsay. Xxx

P.s. Purse is now a little lighter. Lol

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The stamp man

Hells bells... Would you believe it... Arrived at The Stamp Man... And it's closed!!!

Gasp... Oh not too bad though as there is a sign in the window with their new address... Now... Is it in the same direction as I'm heading is a question I can only answer once I get back to the car.

Thanks Cynthia for all your guidance... You're a life saver :-)


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Court yard

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Skipton Castle

Currently on our journey around the area, we have just arrived at Skipton Castle. Xxx

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Quick basic make... fold a card, cut around one end with a template, add some papers... shame you can't see the pink paper properly as it's been jazzed up a little with some quickie glue & glitter... some stickers on the front... voila... done.
Lorraine xxx

Wednesday, 14 July 2010

Hugs all round

Chris, Aidan & Aimee

Family Ties

The top pic here shows Gail with her beautiful daughter Charlie and her little nephew Aidan. The bottom pic shows Charlie presenting her horseshoe to the stunning bride Aimee whilst new hubby Chris looks on.
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 13 July 2010

The Bride & Groom

I simply adore this picture even though it was just an amateur shot... can't wait to see the professional take on it... I'm sure it's gonna be awesome.
Hope you're all having a fab week.
Lorraine xxx

Mother Shipton's

Some amazing calcified objects at Mother Shipton's cave in Knaresborough. Xxx
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White tailed eagle

Sat watching a bird of prey display just now and currently they have a beautiful white tailed eagle out just now. Isn't he gorgeous. Xxx

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No wonder my nick name is Petal...

How sweet is this cheeky little face... and wee Aidan has also managed to get himself in on the pic yet again.... having fun in the garden, swings, slides and tents... what more can a couple of kids ask for... hmmm... perhaps a wee ice cream... lol
Lorraine xxx

Monday, 12 July 2010

Pretty ground setting of our hotel
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Well... Arrived at our hotel yesterday afternoon (Aldwark Manor) to find that it was needing a bloody good clean and that they had a dysentry outbreak !!! No I really don't want to take the chance on catching it so ended up getting the receptionist to call around & find us another hotel for the night. Ended up in The Park Inn central York & the night was spent listening to the youngsters moving between pubs & heading home from nightclubs... It was a very clean hotel though which was a huge benefit. This morning we managed to find another hotel which is the one in the picture (Hazlewood Castle Hotel)... Lovely accommodation set in a rural environment. Thank goodness for that and I'm looking forward to getting some sleep tonight.

Hopefully things will go well now.

Lorraine xxx
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We love each other

Another scrap page for you folks... this time around Aidan has managed to get himself in the pic too... cheeky little chappy that he is... lol
Lorraine xxx
p.s... still enjoying my hols... x

In the garden

Hopefully I've already given you a clue as to where our little Charlie is... oh yes... in the garden.
You may also know by now where abouts I am in the country enjoying my holiday... if not... stay tuned...
Lorraine xxx

Sunday, 11 July 2010


This is a little wall hanger I made using some templates and some patterend paper.. oh and a few brads along with some ribbon.
Lorraine xxx

My own little book on Create & Craft

I don't very often say it about my own work... but I love this little book.
I used some templates for the shapes and then some yummy House Mouse decoupage. Utilised by beloved crop a dile then attached some book rings & ribbons.

If you fancy being able to do something similar yourself then why not tune in today... there are 2 different Sakura shows on air today along with repeats... to make life easy... here are the show times.
Create & Craft 11am
Ideal World 2pm
Create & Craft 4pm
Create & Craft 10pm
Well folks... I'm off on holiday for a few days now so I'm hoping Mr Blogger will be nice and update my postings for me on a daily basis... no doubt however you will be getting the odd picture or two throughout the day showing my daily where abouts.
Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx

Friday, 9 July 2010

What a life saver....

Hell's bells' was just about the words that flew from my mouth when I was asked to make a rush card for a 10 year old... only have around 4 hours to get the job done which is no problem with one exception... it has to have a fairy on it and guess who didn't have any fairy images... ME....

Had a mad rummage around the net trying to find a download then suddenly thought.. hmmm... off to Funky Kits I went and yes... I found this adorable little fairy... just perfect for a 10 year old and it was in download format... YIPPEE... was the exclamation to escape from my body. Popped her in my basket, paid, downloaded, printed and now I'm all set to go.

Was so excited about them saving my day that I just had to share with you all before I even started on the card...

Alas, time is running out now so I'm off to make a start as I can't let a little girl down...

Catch you all later.

Lorraine xxx

Thursday, 8 July 2010

Cat's taking it easy

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Washing on the go

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Dishes now being washed

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A little rest

Afternoon folks... and if it keeps going at the same rate as it has today it's gonna be tea time before I know it...
Jumped onto Facebook to catch up with some mail and been there for a few hours chatting away with friends from school and discovered my niece is going for her call back interview for her dream job this afternoon... so hope she gets it... she's worked so hard at uni and is simply wonderful... love her to bits so I do... only wish she lived closer.
Anyway... now that my playtime is done for the day it's time to move it along, get the house organised and then get back to work... you never know.. might even manage to complete a project that I can actually upload... lol
Well, hope you're all having a fab day and I'll be back again soon.
Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx

Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Reflective !!!

Morning all... Hope you've got a little bit of sunshine wherever you are... As I certainly haven't... It was rather nice at 6am but now it's very heavily overcast... Where has all the sunshine gone?

Anyway, at least I'm pushing ahead with my samples and here's a little piece of another scrap page. I will upload proper pictures in a few days time to reveal the complete project.

In the meantime folks, happy crafting and oh... If you do have sunshine... Please send me some... Lol

Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx
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Monday, 5 July 2010

Wedding scrap

Sorry it's so late... Forgot to post earlier... Naughty old me.

Anyway, here's a wee section of another of my scrap pages.

Very tired tonight so think it's gonna be early to bed for me.

Catch you all tomorrow.

Lorraine xxx

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What a mess

This is just a glimpse of the mad old mess that I'm currently surrounded by. Xxx

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Sunday, 4 July 2010

Evening all... Been working away today again but did take a wee break earlier to pop out for some afternoon tea with OH.

This is a pic of part of one of the scrapbook pages I've been working on... What a little cutie eh!

Well, time to get back to it again & hopefully I'll get another post done in an hour or two.

Toodles for now
Lorraine xxx
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Saturday, 3 July 2010

Scrapping time

Well it's been a busy old day & now it's time to make a start on a little bit of scrapping... This little cutie here is one of my best friend's little girl's 'Charlie'. She's one of those kids who is always laughing & smiling... Also very inquisitive. Pretty good considering she's only 18 months.

Right, I'm not gonna get anything done if I'm gibbering away here, so I'll bid you farewell for now & catch you all again soon.

Nighty night
Lorraine xxx
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That's a bit better... No more plain vellum...

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Next part of today's work... Stamping on some vellum...
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Morning all... Sorry I can't post any full projects just now but all I've been making is samples but I thought I'd share pictures of at least part of the finished projects just now, then when I can I will upload the full things (in about a week). Hope you all have fab weekends planned and that the weather is not too bad... I know it's forecast for pretty bad rain here so I'm hoping that the wee weather man is wrong.

Happy crafting all and catch up with you again soon.

Lorraine xxx

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Friday, 2 July 2010

One of the finished House Mouse pages... Waiting on the silicone to dry xxx
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House mouse

There's a few wee critters around my house today in the form of some lovely House Mouse decoupage... I've just spent hours cutting out 8 different images and here they all are, waiting to be put together... Off to do that now so I can get them all put together in their new little book... Ain't they cute.

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