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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Thank you SEW much card and Butterfly semi precious chip bracelet

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a special card for a friend and some jewellery I have made too :-) 
I will start with my card-I used Papermania Sew Lovely collection from a docrafts goody bag, printable canvas and buttons.
I started by printing a photo of a tropical butterfly that I took last year onto canvas-to bring texture to the sewing themed card. I created a sketch to show off my favourite papers from the set, then I drew stitches onto the papers and the canvas image. I added a sentiment at the top corner, then added buttons and a pleated wheel embellishment in the opposite corner to the sentiment.
Next I decorated the inside of my card with matching papers, and placed a die cut circle of white cardstock inside for me to write my message.
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Next is this butterfly semi precious memory wire chip bracelet. I used memory wire, semi precious chips of Quartz, Adventurine, Tigers Eye, Sodalite, Rose Quartz, Amethyst and Carnelian. Between each length of coloured chips I placed a silver bead. At the end of my bracelet I finished it with a loop and added a butterfly charm.
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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments! :-)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Parkstone Pink Flowers Friend Swap

Good evening everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with another card to write my positive message swap for my friends on, that way its easier for them to keep safe, rather than just on a piece of paper :-)
I used a Stampin' Up flower stamp and ink, then I coloured shaded parts with copics. I die cut the cardstock with spellbinders dies, and did the same for the inside message. I used Papermania Parkstone pink papers and bows, with ribbon from American crafts. 
The inside for the message. 
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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Crafty Ribbons Easter Showcase

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with an altering project for our Easter Showcase at Crafty Ribbons. We have inspiration and prizes for you each day for the holidays and on Monday we have a Bunny Hop so please pop by and join in!

For this project I used Chocolate ribbons from Crafty Ribbons and some special glue for fabric as general glues seep through the ribbon and look messy! I covered the handle with 'Keep calm and eat Chocolate' ribbon and on the basket I used a general chocolate sentiments ribbon. I then added polka dot felt to the base of my basket as a lining. Its a simple few additions that really personalise the gift.
Be sure to pop by Crafty Ribbons and get involved!

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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Thursday, 17 April 2014

Crafty Ribbons Anything Goes with Ribbon




Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my Anything Goes with Ribbon project for our Crafty Ribbons Challenge. I used their Chocolate Ribbons and some of their buttons on die cut flowers I made from felt to decorate an easter die cut plain felt bag :-) I used special fabric glue to affix the ribbon to the handle, and to put together the felt flower, button and bag. A simple altering project which makes the bag much more personal :-)
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Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Every Day is a Special Occasion Card

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a card I made to contain a special message for my friendship positive message swap with my friends. This one is obviously for my friend Kirstin! I used My Mind Eye papers, and used the paper with a frame to write her name inside with my fountain pen. I then decorated this frame with a light pink butterfly. I cut the dress form and sentiment paper and made it into a focal point for my card. I matted it on pink cardstock, and embellished with pink gems and a butterfly. I then made a border with paper, rose ribbon from Crafty Ribbons, scalloped cardstock and pearls and then placed my image on one side of this. Lastly I used glitter domes for the top left hand corner.
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Tuesday, 15 April 2014

A Little Bit Crafty-The Birds and Bees Midway Reminder

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with midway inspiration for our The Birds and the Bees Challenge at A Little Bit Crafty. I used some fab images and ribbon exclusive to Crafty Ribbons, Cardstock and Papermania Rose Garden papers and sentiment, and I decorated with die cut butterflies.
We have some fabulous sponsors so please pop by and join in, we would love to see your creations :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Challenges 4 Everybody: Anything Goes
My Bestie Norge: Ribbon and or Lace
Corrosive Challenges: Pastels
Ooh La La Creations: Easter/Spring
The Crazy Challenge: Spring is here
A Gem of a Challenge: Spring is in the Air
Open Minded Challenges: Easter or Pastel Colours
Sister Act Card Challenge: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments! :-)

Saturday, 12 April 2014

A Special Masculine Scrapbook

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with a special scrapbook I have made for my friend John, hes one of my oldest friends so I decided to make a little scrapbook with snapshots from our adventures over the years.
For this project I used Papermania All Aboard Papers, Die cut stickers and Ribbons, a chipboard scrapbook and a ornate frame I used on the front of the scrapbook from Papermania Madame Payraud collection.
I thoroughly covered the page with the papers, on one side I scored around the chipboard and I cut out with about an inch border each side of the score marks then I used double sided tape on the reverse side to fold the paper over the edge to cover the chipboard edges. Then on the other side I just cut a page to the size of the page so I covered the tabs from covering the edge. I inked the edges with Distress inks.
I made pockets using cardstock and covered this in All Aboard papers, and I made pull out sections from printed images on the papers like this postcard. I reinforced this with cardstock and covered the reverse with paper too so its all decorated. I placed photos on the reverse of the pull out section.
I used Stazon to stamp an 'Enjoy the moment' sentiment on All Aboard ribbon.
I cut out tiny parts of photos as embellishments.
I used All Aboard pockets to add tags I made with plain tags and printed paper, then I placed photos on the reverse. I inked the inside of the pockets to match the aged look. I also used cardstock stickers to write descriptions on.
I used All Aboard ribbons as the ribbons for my tags rather than the plain string they came with.
I used cardstock greeting stickers to embellish the photos.
On this page I made the pocket and the page below match with the print, then made an insert using printed labels on the printed paper reinforced with cardstock and decorated on the reverse.
I used the printed paper as a space to write a description, then made two tags for this pocket.
I used cardstock stickers to embellish this rather plain page with a pocket and tag.
And the reverse of the scrapbook. 
I am really hoping he loves it! 
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

A Special Scrapbook

Good afternoon everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with another project for my friend swap-swapping pretty positive messages to celebrate my birthday to make everyone smile :-) This is for my friend Sarah who is one of my oldest friends so I thought I would add photos of some of our adventures to her message so made a mini scrapbook :-)
I used a concertina scrapbook I have had in my stash for a while, which I paired with My Minds Eye Wild Asparagus papers and ribbons and I will tell you where my elements came from on the details of each photo :-) On my front cover I covered with two of my favourite papers from the pack, some polka dot ribbon and a chipboard sentiment I got in a scrapbooking kit a long time ago.
My first two pages I covered all with the papers, then decorated with a 'You are wonderful' die cut greeting from a SEI kit, the other pages sentiments are from the same set from the front cover. I die cut butterflies out of MME papers and set self adhesive gems on as a body for the butterflies.
My first tag is decorated with added pocket and a second tag, with an SEI die cut sentiment. These have the photos on the reverse.
The page on the left has an added pocket added and another tag popped inside this with photos on the reverse. It has a sentiment from the same kit as the front cover. The page on the right has die cut butterflies I cut from MME papers and added self adhesive gems as the bodies for the butterflies. This page also has a matching sentiment.
This tag I made another pocket on the front to accomodate another tag with a photo on the reverse. I decorated it with a die cut butterfly from Papermania. I added a greeting from the same kit as the cover.
For this tag I made a tiny tag with an extra pocket on the larger tag, then decorated the tiny tag with papers and a Tim Holtz ticket. I embellished with vintage butterfly images I printed on canvas.
The left page I decorated with Papermania die cut butterfly and self adhesive gems, and the page on the right I decorated with a friendship sentiment and a tiny papermania die cut butterfly.
This tag I decorated with a Papermania die cut butterfly, a sentiment from SEI and ribbon from MME. Like the others before the photos are on the reverse.
This tag I created a second pocket and smaller tag to come out at the side of the larger tag. I decorated with SEI sentiment and a Papermania die cut butterfly.

I really hope she will like it, I put a lot of love into making it :-)
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Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

Monday, 7 April 2014

Butterfly Wicker Heart Home Decor

Good morning everyone, hope you are well :-) I am here with my creation for my All Crafts Challenge, sorry its a little late! :-) As our sponsor this time is Crafty Individuals I used one of my favourite stamp sets of  theirs to make my own butterfly embellishments. You may not be able to see clearly in the photo but they are a labour of love! I started by stamping with Memento and colouring with Faber Castell Polychromos pencils. I then dipped and coated the butterfly wings in UTEE. Once I had done this I used craft wire to attach the two wings to each other (they are separated in the stamp without a body so I used this to my advantage). I then shaped the wire so that the wings looked at various stages of opening like a real butterfly. I got out this wicker heart I have had to alter for ages, its very pretty but I felt it needed something more. I used more wire and pliers to attach each butterfly to the heart-that was not easy trying to poke my pliers inside the gaps in the wicker to twist the wire so it was sturdy, very fiddly work! 
Lastly I changed the hanging thread from a boring messy looking jute to a ribbon from Crafty Ribbons which echoed the colours of my central butterfly.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking and for all your lovely comments :-)

All Crafts Challenge April/May!

Good morning everyone! Its time for a new challenge-that flew by didnt it? Once again thank you so much for getting involved in our non card challenge-its so inspirational to see all your crafting talent being used in really different ways and its a pleasure to visit your blogs :-) 
Anyway here are our winner and top three for last challenge:
Winners (chosen by random.org)

Top Three:


Ladies please email me for your prize and badges in the email address in my sidebar, thank you!

On to this challenge-as always our theme is ANYTHING GOES BUT NO CARDS! We love seeing what youve been up to, and hope it encourages you to think outside your comfort zone to make gorgeous gifts for yourself and others! ;-) We have a tiny new rule for you this time-please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery or scrapbook page.
Our Sponsor this time is:

Here is our DT inspiration for you for this challenge:
Me (Elaine) using Crafty Individuals Butterfly stamps-I will make a separate post to this challenge one to explain how I made them so please pop by to peek :-)

Shell is joining us as a Guest designer this challenge :-)










I cant wait to see what you all create for this challenge and thank you for getting involved, as always I encourage you to pop by the other entrants for inspiration and to make some new crafty friends :-)
Remember NON CARD creations only please but as always we are an anything goes themed blog so you can make whatever non card creation you desire!  We are also looking for new DT members (all the details on the post here
We have a tiny new rule for you this time-please limit yourself to two of a certain kind of make each challenge-so you can make two tags for example, and then some other kinds of creations like jewellery or scrapbook page.
Also if you would like to be a guest designer please write GDT after your name,  thank you! :-)


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