Sunday 1 December 2013

Hello everyone - well December is here so Christmas is nearly upon us!!!  I am swamped with orders and have another craft show to do next week so am very nearly hairless LOL. 
First of all I need to do the OCTOBER winners.  The winner of the voucher is;
The top three, who can have a top three badge for their blog if they would like one, are;
5 - Angela
Before we get onto the December challenge I would like to welcome two new design team members :)  I hope you will welcome them and pop over to their blogs to say hello.  So a big welcome to;
Thank you both so much for agreeing to be on the team even though I am the most disorganised person on the planet!  I really look forward to seeing all your fab projects along with Paper daisies and Valou.
Onto the December challenge which this month is;
I know that some of you will have finished all your Christmas cards ages ago so I have added the theme winter to the challenge so anything using Wintry colours or a wintry theme is welcome.  Someone did ask if painted silk can be entered and the answer is yes, as long as you have made your project it can be anything from a card, a scrapbook page, a piece of altered art or mixed media or indeed painted silk - if you've made it and it fits the monthly theme, I want to see it!
We have some fab inspiration from the design team this month, so stroll on over to the Ladybug Ladies' blogs and be inspired :)



We all look forward to seeing your entries this month and also hope that you have a great Christmas, but also a peaceful Christmas and the chance to do lots of crafty things ;)

Friday 1 November 2013

November challenge and winners too :)

Hello everybody and Happy November !!  Well Autumn/Winter seems to have arrived very quickly here in the Midlands in the UK.  It has been so wet and is also rather chilly - still it's great weather for crafting especially as the nights are already so  dark so early!
I would just like to say thank you again to all those who were so kind to me over the loss of my dog William, it really means alot when people are so lovely to you even though we have never met in the 'real' world!  On that note I thought you might like to see the new arrival to our family;
This is Bertie - he is an Irish Setter and is now 9 weeks old.  He is in no way a replacement for William but he is helping the healing.
Anyway, back to craft and the winners of the September challenge.
So the winner of the voucher to spend online is
31 - Ziggy
The top three are;
111 - Gro J
117 - Doreen
If you would all like to email me HERE I will send either your voucher code or your Top 3 badge if you would like one :)
Onto the November challenge which is - Autumn Colours.
As usual it can be any crafty project you would like to share whether it's a card, gift box, mixed media art or anything else that you have crafted by hand :) 
So we have a couple of projects by the DT for your inspiration;


Wednesday 2 October 2013

October challenge

Hello everyone - well I am here just running a little late (as usual!!).
First of all can I say thank you to everyone who entered September's challenge, all 200 of you, even though we only had half of the month due to my delay in setting the challenge!  And on that note, thank you to everyone who sent kind messages about the loss of my beautiful dog William.  He is still very much missed and always will be but I thought I would share a quick piccie of him so you can see him;
William 2003 -2013

Anyway, onto brighter things and this months challenge;

Halloween and/or use your die cuts

I love Halloween but I don't have much call to make cards for it as it isn't that big here in the UK so I have given you the option to do Halloween if you love it or use your die cuts if you don't :) 
The winner will get a £10 voucher to spend online plus a top three will be picked who can have a badge for their blog if they would like one!

Inspiration from the team this month is fab as ever (and if you were interested in being a DT member when I asked a while ago look out for a message in your inbox as I hope to ask people to join the DT over the next couple of days.)

 So we would love it if you could join in with our fun challenge this month.  
Finally I notice we are creeping towards 300 followers so as soon as we hit that number I think we will start a little giveaway including a Gelli plate from Gelli Arts.

Have fun


Thursday 12 September 2013

September Challenge plus July and August winners

Well hello everyone, I am finally back.  Thanks to everyone for their kind comments but sadly my beloved Irish setter,William, went to sleep on the 4th September and is now free of pain.  I won't maudle on here about it but will post on my own blog about him when I feel a little less raw.
So onto the winners for July and August - If the winners will email me HERE with 'challenge winner' in the subject line I will email voucher codes through to you :)
If the top threes would like a Top 3 badge for their blogs, email to the same link above with 'top three badge' in the subject line and I will send a badge through!
So Julys winner is;
and top three are;
2 - Jane 
58 - Rachelle
Augusts winner is;
78 - Kanda
and top three are;
35 - Vicky p-r
92 - Cec
Ok, so now onto the September challenge seeing as we still have a couple of weeks left  ;)
So this month we'll do  Anything Goes!!! 
 So any crafty project you would like to enter, we want to see it.  The winner will get a £10 voucher for the online store .
As usual I have a couple of inspirational ideas from the DT girls ( I know I have a few interested in the DT call but with everything that has gone on I haven't had the chance to go through them yet.  However I plan to look at them this week so hopefully we should have some new members very soon) 

So please do join in if you can, I love looking at all your fab entries!  Just add your entry through the linky tool at the bottom.
Finally, I have a Gelli Plate from Gelli Arts to give away but am trying to think of a great way to do a competition for it - any ideas anyone?  If so please leave a comment or you could email me HERE
Thanks once again to everyone for their kind comments and for bearing with me during what has been a very difficult time.

Saturday 31 August 2013

Late September challenge

Hi everyone, I'm afraid the September challenge will be a few days late. My beloved dog is extremely poorly and I just can't get anything done due to having to sit with him for 24 hours at the moment.
I'm so sorry but I will do a giveaway or prize when I post later in the week.
Thank you for your understanding

Thursday 22 August 2013


Hi everyone - I am so sorry I haven't posted the winner and top three for the July challenge yet - I have had an awful month with me being unwell, a dash to the hospital in the ambulance with my husband in a diabetic coma, my dad in hospital and to top it all my gorgeous red setter is possibly facing a big operation too so this month just seems to have gotten away from me. 
So I will post the winner and top three on the 1st September when I post the new challenge.
Please accept my apologies and thank you all so much for joining in the challenges each month.
I'll be back on the 1st and hopefully everything will have calmed down a little so I can take a breath.

Thursday 1 August 2013

August Challenge - Something floral

Hello everyone!!  Well welcome to August - where the heck is the year going????  I'm another year older now (I feel ten years older but never mind LOL) and it feels like we're rocketing towards the end of the year and I just daren't say the 'C'word!!!
Anyway, thanks to all who entered the July challenge and now we're on to the next one.  This month the challenge is;
Say it with Flowers
So anything floral from the image you use to the floral embellies you like to pop on your projects, as long as there's a flower in there somewhere you can enter the challenge.
The winner this month will get a £10 voucher to spend on line at Ladybug Crafts and there will be a Top three too who will get a badge for their blog if they would like one.
So now for some inspiration from the design team;


Thanks so much to my ladies for doing these in their own time ;o)  I am  looking for another couple of Dt members at the moment too so if anyone would be interested please add DT after your name on the entry form.  I can't offer lots of product at the moment but hopefully in the future there may be bribes LOL. 
So please join us this month and tell your friends too ;o)  Just enter through the linky tool below

Wednesday 31 July 2013

July Challenge - Favourite embellishments

Hello everyone and welcome to July!!  I can't believe that half of the year has gone already - it won't be long and Christmas will be here LOL!!  How many of you have already got Christmas cards on the go?? I have to admit I have started a few as I know I'll need plenty to sell ;o)  Anyway, that's enough talk of Christmas when the sun is shining so brightly (or at least should be) and onto this months blog challenge.

Many thanks to all that joined in with our June challenge.  The winner and top three will be announced in a few days so don't forget to check back to see if you've won.

So, July's challenge is ....

Use your favourite embellishment.

Remember, you can enter any crafty project you fancy as long as you use your favourite embellishment and if you're anything like me you'll have lots to choose from LOL.  The winner this month will get a £10 voucher to spend online at 

and the Top three will get a badge to display on their blog.

Here is some inspiration from the design team;

Please pop on by to the ladies and say hello ;o)

So please do join in, we can't wait to see what your favourite embellies are - you can enter up to three times, just add your entry through Mr Linky below.

Monday 15 July 2013

June winner and top three

Good morning all, I hope everyone is well and not melting too badly in the heat.  I am not going to complain about the hot weather after such a long grotty winter and such a lack of sunshine but I do feel for my poor dogs who really don't like it when it is this hot - I'll just keep all the windows open, blinds drawn and fans blowing for them ;o)
Anyway, I thought I had better get my act together and reveal the winner for the June challenge and the top three.  Thanks to everyone who entered but this time the winner of the voucher to spend at Ladybug Crafts is........

105 - Nick

Well one to you ;o)  If you would like to email me HERE with challenge winner in the subject line I'll email you your voucher code.
Now onto the top three (it gets harder to choose, it really does!!) who are...

70 - Viv

If you would like a Top 3 badge to display on your blog just email me HERE with 'top three badge' in the subject line and I will email you a badge ;))

Thanks again to all who entered last month and remember there are still 2 weeks to enter this months challenge with your favourite embellishments!  
Take care all and remember to keep cool and don't get sunburnt!!


Sunday 30 June 2013

June challenge - for the men in your life

Good morning everyone and welcome to June - it finally seems like Summer may be on its way here in the UK and the sunshine really does help lift my mood.
Before we get to this months challenge I would just like to mention that we have moved website hosts and so the site has had a few teething problems which I seem to be sorting out (if somewhat slowly!) so if anyone has had any problems getting in the store please accept my apologies and please contact me if these problems are still going on!  I am hoping to add lots of new stock now that we are relaunching so if there is anything people would like to see in there please let me know!

So onto the challenge and seeing as it is Father's Day this month I thought we would do something for them so the challenge this month is;

For the men in our lives.

It can be any crafty project so a card for a man or a scrapbook page or anything else that takes your fancy.
We had a bit of a quiet challenge last month so please spread the word about our blog challenge and the prize will be a £15 voucher to spend online at Ladybug Crafts .

We have a little inspiration from our design team to share with you;

We really would love you to join in this month for our June challenge so give it a go ;o)
I shall post the winner and top 3 of the May challenge after the weekend (and I'll try to press the right button this time so the post doesn't just sit in my drafts for a fortnight!).


Friday 14 June 2013

May winner and top three

Hi all, so I am here with thewinner and top three for the May challenge.  There weren't too many entrie for the GetWell soon theme but the entries we did have were fab!!
So the winner of the £10 voucher is;

1 - Eileen

so if you email me HERE I will send you your voucher code for the online shop

(I think that Andy who was the April winner is having some difficulty getting in touch with me - I have emailed you 3 times so check your spam folder just to make sue I haven't hidden in there ;o))

So top three are;

If you would like your Top 3 badge please email me HERE and I will send one through to you ;o)

Thank you so much for entering our challenge and don't forget that the June challenge is still on and it's anything for the men in your life!

Take care 

Friday 31 May 2013

May challenge - feeling off colour?

Well here we are at the first of the month again ;o)  Hopefully Summer will be along shortly because I don't know about you but I could really do with some warm sunny weather to lift my spirits!
Well once again many thanks to all those who took part in our April challenge, I shall be along next week with the winner and the top three - please make sure you check back to see if you are the winner of the voucher to spend online!

Just before we head on to our May challenge I would like to welcome the newest member of our design team who joins us this month so welcome to Valou - I hope you will all welcome her warmly ;o)  Also, I would like to send love to another DT member Sharon, who has been rather unwell lately.  I hope she is feeling a little better and will be back with us very soon!  That brings us neatly to our May challenge which has the theme of;

Get Well Soon

It's always nice to send something special to someone who is unwell especially in this age of emailing rather than the more personal letter.  So it could be a Get well soon card or it could be a gift that you might send to someone who is unwell to make them feel better.  All crafts are welcome so please do join in.
There will be a £10 voucher for the winner to spend online at Ladybug Crafts plus a top three who will get a Top Three badge to display on their blog ;o)

So here is a little inspiration from the design team;

Please pop over to the design team blogs and leave some love as they do this in their own free time free of charge, for which I am so very grateful ;o)

I hope you will join in this month for our challenge (and if you scroll down to the post for  March's winner there is the chance to win a La Blanche stamp if you leave a comment. I shall be picking a winner this week) we look forward to seeing your fab projects 


Sunday 19 May 2013

April Winner and Top Three

Hi all (and to begin an apology.  I posted this well over a week ago but then Gail left a comment saying she hadn't seen the April winners post so I came into Blogger and there was the post sitting in my drafts!  So I am so very sorry that this is so late).
So onto the winner of the £10 voucher for Ladybug Crafts online shop

85 - Andy L-B

Congratulations.  Email me HERE with blog winner in the subject line and I'll get your voucher code to you ;o)

Top 3 are;

35 - Shell

71 - Katie Tate

If you would like a little Top 3 badge for your blogs please email me HERE with Top 3 in the subject line and I will email you a badge ;o)

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the challenge and please give it a go this month too - I know the topic is a little depressing (get well soon) but a card really brightens the day if you're feeling under the weather (trust me I know!).  If we get a few more entries I may up the prize a little too ;o)  Also please let your crafty friends know that we are hereand if there are any challenge themes you would like to see leave me a comment and I'll see if I can put it in the next block of challenges.

On a final note we are changing website hosts for the online store at the moment so I do apologise if anyone is having any difficulties with the store.  If you are please get in touch with me and I promise to sort them out as fast as is humanly possible.  When it is up and running I will be adding lots of new stock too.

Tuesday 30 April 2013

April Challenge - Lets leap into Spring!!

Hello everyone.  Happy Easter to all of you - I hope you haven't eaten too many Easter eggs and that you're all feeling up to a new challenge!
Thanks to all of you who entered our March challenge and I will be drawing a winner and a top 3 over the next few days so don't forget to keep a look out to see if it's you who will be receiving the £10 voucher to spend online.

I'm sorry it's been a little quiet on here for the last month or so but I have been rather unwell - not helped by all of the cold weather we've been having in the UK - I am hoping to put together a giveaway very soon and am also expecting to add lots of new yummy stock t the shop as soon as I can ;o)  Anyway, let's hope that the weather improves a little and that we get some much needed sunshine now that Spring is officially here.  On that note let us move onto our April challenge which this month has the theme of;

Spring  !!!
So you can enter any type of crafty project that follows this theme, whether it be Spring images or just Spring like colours.

The prize will be another £10 voucher to spend at  Ladybug Crafts

So onto a little inspiration from the design team;

(I have to say I am loving the ladybugs on Ali and Nina's cards - you'd never guess that I love ladybugs would you ?LOL)  Please pop over to see the girls as they really do some fab work all on their own time ;o))

We'd love it if you can join in with our Spring challenge and we look forward to seeing all your amazing creations.  You can enter up to three times and all you need to do is enter via the linky tool at the bottm of this post.


Monday 15 April 2013

March winner and top 3

Hello all and Happy Spring time ;o)
Well I know it's Spring but it doesn't feel like it weather wise and I have had a horrible cold so I am running even later than usual!
So onto the winner for the March challenge.  All the entries were fab as always and picking top three is really very hard!  
The winner of the £10 voucher to spend online at Ladybug Crafts is ;

4 - Heidi K

If you email me HERE I'll send you your voucher code ;o)

The top three are;

34 - Angelique

71 - Frea
If you would like a Top 3 badge for your blog please email me HERE and I will send one to you ;o)

Also I have a La Blanche stamp to give away;

If you would like a chance to win this cute little mouse, just leave a comment under this post and then I'll pick a number .

Also don't forget there is still the April challenge to enter and as it is the theme of Spring it might make you feel sunny even if the weather (here in the UK anyway) isn't great ;o)


Sunday 31 March 2013

March challenge and new DT members

Hi everyone - well it's March already!!  Where does the time go?  On the plus side hopefully we'll soon be getting some sunnier, warmer weather which always makes me feel better :o)

So, thank you all so much for entering our February challenge - as usual there were lots of stunning projects! The winner will be chosen at the weekend and I will post the name plus the top three on the blog - don't forget to check back to see if you've won!

This month we have a new design team so I hope you'll all love their work as much as I do.  
So we still have  Sue  and Sharon who do fab work ad are willing to put up with me for another term (Thanks ladies ;o)) and we are joined by Paperdaisies  and  Ali  - welcome to you both and we look forward to seeing your crafty projects ;o)

So onto the March Challenge which is -  The Colour Blue.
use the colour blue in your project and enter it in the link below for a chance to win a £10 voucher to spend online and there will also be a top three chosen who get a little badge to display on their blog if they so choose! 

Here is some inspiration from my fab team ;o)

I hope you love these like I do and that you'll pop over and say hi to the ladies ;o)
Most importantly though don't forget to enter the challenge yourselves - you can enter up to three times.  Just  click on the linky and leave your details ;o)

Tuesday 12 March 2013

Hi all, I am so sorry I am so late in posting the February winners - I have been even more poorly than usual and the time just seems to pass me by!! 

Anyway, I am here now and so the winner of the February challenge is...

19  Maggie S .
If you email me HERE I will send you your voucher code ;o)  If you pop blog winner in the subject line that would help too 

Top three (I think it may have to be the top five from next time as I am finding it sooo hard to choose!) are;

If you would like a top three badge for your blog please email me HERE with 'top 3' in the subject line and I will send one right to you ;o) 

Finally I am so sad to say goodbye to our fab DT member Sue at Bearhouse Creations :(  I hope she can come back and join us again very soon.  Thank you so much Sue for your fab work.  However, this means I do have another DT postion open for anyone who is still interested.  If you would like to join us please email me HERE with a link to your blog so I can see your creations.  I don't at the moment have the ability to send lots of product but hopefully that may change in the future as there are more plans for the store etc ( I just have to stay well long enough to put them all into action!) .  However, your work will be seen by the many people that have been joining in our blog challenges and who knows who might be looking ;o)  

Anyway, I'll be off for a while and I am going to try to work out how to put a gallery on the blog to display the great works of the DT ;o)


Thursday 28 February 2013

Time for the February challenge - Already!!

Hi everyone - well we're into February already and it is time for our new challenge :o)  
Many thanks to everyone that entered our January challenge and I will be back with the winners in a few days - don't forget to check back to see if you've won!
I will also be choosing 2, or possibly 3 new design team members so will be posting news of that very soon too.

So, onto the challenge which this month is;

Valentine's Day and/or love.

It doesn't have to be a card, it can be a scrapbook page, an altered art piece, mixed media or anything crafty that you fancy, just give it a go.  The winner will receive a £10 voucher to spend online and the top three will get a top three badge to pop on their blog if they want to.
Here is some inspiration from the design team;

We would love for you to enter this month as we really enjoy looking through all of your fab creations.  I know that lots of people get great inspiration from looking around all the creative blog posts out there, so give it a go and enter ;o)


Thursday 7 February 2013

January Winner and Top three

Hi everyone, I hope you are all well and not too cold (it's freezing here this morning although that may be me as I've had a crummy flu type bug since the weekend and am only just starting to feel human again!)  Anyway I thought I had better get the winner and top three done for the January challenge as February is a short month and time seems to fly by so here we go;
The winner of a £10.00 voucher to spend ONLINE is;
50  - Gunn
Congratulations and if you email me HERE with January winner in the subject line I'll send you your voucher code ;o)
the top three (picked out by aiming a 'pin' at the screen to choose as everyone's craft projects are just fab!!
11 - Sandie
82 - Alyce
If any of you ladies would like a 'top 3' badge for on your blog please email me HERE and I will send one through to you.
I shall be back very soon with news about new DT members so see you all later ;o)

Thursday 31 January 2013

Happy New Year and a new challenge!

Happy New Year everyone !!!

I hope you all had a great night or like me a quiet night in LOL.  Well 2012 has gone and we are onto 2013 - that went soo fast.  I am hoping for a better year this year, particularly healthwise as I have lots of plans for workshops and classes so need to stay as well as I can .

Has anyone made any new years resolutions?  I have made a couple; to blog much more regularly, both here and on my other BLOG and also on Facebook too - it would be great if you'd pop over there and let me know what your new years resolutions are!
Thank you so much for all of your December entries, it  really is great to see so many people joining in with our challenges, the only trouble being that it is so incredibly difficult to choose a top three, if this carries on I may have to make it a top 5 and even then it would be a struggle LOL.  Don't forget to check back in a couple of days to see who the winners are, remember that there will be a winner of a £15 voucher, a winner of a £10 voucher and also the top three so you don't want to miss out if you get chosen!!!

Anyway, onto the first challenge for the new year which is;

Anything but a card (or for those of you who really want to make a card, make it a shaped one!)

The prize will be a £10.00 gift voucher to spend ONLINE
Also, this month I am looking for one or possibly 2 new design team members.  I'm afraid I can't offer lots of free product to you and I am really disorganised (LOL) but you do get to inspire the many people that come on here to take part in the challenges, this means that your blog gets a little publicity too ;o)  Anyway if you are interested in a 6 month term (perhaps longer) starting in March please add 'DT' after your name in your link!

So onto the fab design team inspiration;





I think you'll agree that these are fabulous so pop across and share some love ;o)  But most of all please join in with our challenge this month, especially as the post Christmas blues can hit some people quite hard so this is a great way to make you smile!