Things can only get better..

.. just about says it all about this fabulous MoManning stamp by Stamping Bella.
[Toby is Two]

I’ve got a truck load of new papers from ‘The Range’ just lately
and didn’t know which ones to use first.
These gorgeous G.C.D design ‘Bella Blue’ were perfect colours for Toby so they got first pickings 🙂

My card fits in with two challenges,
the Sketch is from the new CCT challenge
and over at PTW they would like to see flowers.
Thanks heaps for the inspiration!!


Today should have been the new Sugar Bowl Challenge as well,
but it has been decided to have a short break and hope to be back with a vengance in two weeks..

This past week has been a total internet nightmare for me
as I could only get online while my phone was engaged [?]
and even then it was sooo slow, took 5 minutes to load just one page!
Luckily after 2 days of work by some very helpfull BT men I’m up and running again
and what seems like faster than ever before! yay!

We [Lolly & me] had another horseriding lesson tonight and it is going better each week!
Laurelle did fall when her pony took a jump too high and she didn’t get her balance and landed on her bum.
She did wind herself and couldn’t get her breath as she started crying from the shock..
but she got up, was very brave and straight back on, I’m so proud of her!!


It looks like the weather is going to be gorgeous for the next few days,
I’m hoping for a super warm & sunny weekend so we can spend it outdoors and have lots of BBQ’s.. hehee

Big hugs,

Marlene xx



24 responses to “Things can only get better..

  • Elaine Livesey

    Hi Marlene, I love this stamp! It’s on my “need to buy” list!
    The papers are fab, great colours, and he’s perfectly coloured – as always.
    Love Elaine xx

  • Diane Whitehouse

    You’ve coloured this image beautifully, Marlene! What a lovely card!
    Diane x

  • Sian

    Wonderful card, love the paper and the image is adorable! Lovely big flourishes.

  • Wilma

    Fabulous card- love the stamp,your colouring and the papers are gorgeous! 🙂 xx

  • Kelly Schelske

    Ooooo, love this Marlene! Gorgeous papers and I love the flourishes! Of course a super cute image too!

  • deb

    such a cutie, love the papers too, many thanks for joining in the CCT challenge, hugs Debx

  • Heidi Erickson

    I love this screaming little guy! Kind of reminds me of what my boys could sometimes act like. I like all the white highlighting. I adds a punch! The swirls you used are awesome and delicate. Is this a sizzix die or something else?

  • Kreativmonster

    Marvellous card, the colour-scheme is sooo beautiful.

  • Caz

    Ohhh…you makw my sketch look good.
    Big Hugs

  • CharlieDK

    Aww bless – don’t we all remember THAT age. PERFECT card Marlene – pls don’t write about a truckload of papers – I am going all green with envy =0) Well done for DD after the fall – my DD was riding for 6 years when she was younger – here in DK if you fall off – you have to bring cupcakes or snowballs for the team next week. =0) AND they tell you that you’re NOT a good horseman till you had your 10th fall…

  • kim piggott

    Oh wow this is so gorgeous Marlene!
    Love this cute image and beautiful colouring!
    Enjoy your BBQ’s!
    kim x

  • Rach

    stunning Marlene, this image is fabulous…
    i haven’t been to the range in an age… may have to take a trip up to our local one soon….:)
    poor lolly, good for her for getting back on the horse… very brave…
    hugs Rachxx

  • Jo Nevill

    Bootiful ! Love those scrummy papers and that image is fantastic. I see this pose all too often from Izzy who is 3 ! I call her a “Tesco child” – she does it when everyone is watching and talking about what a bad Mum you are to have a child like that !!

    Fantastic card, love it !

    Gentle hugs to Laurelle and hope she isn’t too sore this morning.

    Have a fabby weekend and throw us some chicken !


    Jo xxx

  • Elaine aka Quixotic

    This is fantastic! Gorgeous colours. Love it. 🙂

    Sounds like the horseriding is going well! Laurelle was very brave indeed, good for her! 🙂

    Glad you have your internet connection issues sorted too!

    It’s super sunny and hot here today already! Hope you’ve got the BBQ weather too. 🙂

  • Marion

    Stunning card Marlene and lovely image. Those papers are fabulous. So good she got back on straight away. Have a fab weekend.

  • Alison W

    awww this is gorgeous!… I love this image. Its on my ‘list’ 😀

    Have a great summery weekend! xx

  • Shazza


  • Lori Ng

    OMG…too cute! The sentiment is just perfect. The image is adorable. Luv the sketch. Fab colour scheme. What did you use to create the beautiful flourishes? I luv them! Good luck with you’re challenges.


  • Mandy

    Gorgeous card Marlene, so sweet, love the little Tilda and the colours you’ve used
    hugs Mandy xx

  • Erika

    That is such a cute stamp Marlene and a beautiful card…..I had two like that at two!! I couldn’t do a certain DIY shop in the town for a couple of years or THAT happened, lol. Glad we’re now past that stage.

  • Caroline Jeffery

    Loving this image. Fab card and great colours
    Thanks for joining in with PTW
    Caroline x

  • Tracy

    Stunning card, that image is gorgeous, i love the colours you have used.


  • debby4000

    Gorgeous card Marlene, love the sweet image and the fab colours.

  • Helena


    I have just been smiling and cooing over your photo’s of ragdolls. SO CUTE!!!!!

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