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Monday, 30 May 2011

My Partner in Crafting Crime Uncoloured Image

The theme this fortnight at My Partner in Crafting Crime is 'Uncoloured image' and we would love to see you come and play along! It seems like a daunting challenge but it is actually pretty simple-just have to stay away from my beloved Promarkers!
I wanted to create a CAS card and my new little ink pads from Papermania were perfect for this challenge. I cut two label sizes with my nesties, and stamped the gorgeous birds and 'Have a tweet day' greeting from a lovely free set I got with a magazine. I then mounted this onto card which complimented the ink colour, and mounted this on a cream card blank. Lastly I simply embellished the card with silver gems.
Thank you for looking!

Sunday, 29 May 2011

OSAAT 4th July/Picnics

Its a new challenge at One Stitch at a Time and this week our theme is '4th of July/Picnics' I would love to see some of you come and join in! I was given Bonna's digi to play with-isnt it cute! It is available along with many other great digis at Stitchy Bear Digi Stamp Store.
For this project I used Papermania mini colour ink pads, USA themed stamps from a prize, Digi coloured with Promarkers and red, white and blue cardstock.
I started by colouring the digi with my Promarkers and a sakura pen for glittery stars on the US flag. I then got out the USA themed stamps which had a 'Happy 4th of July' stamp, and firework stamps which I felt suited the digi perfectly.
I mounted this image onto red and blue cardstock, then placed on a white card blank.
Thank you for looking!

Friday, 27 May 2011

LOTV I believe in Fairies

I love the challenge at Lili of the Valley challenge this week 'I believe in Fairies' and I adore this stamp!
I coloured her with Promarkers and a sakura stardust pen, and wanted to echo the colours I chose in the papers and embellishments so I chose to use Papermania Capsule Collection 'Heather' coupled with Coredinations cardstock and Pearlescent cardstock.
I layered her image onto two colours of Pearlescent cardstock which matched her dress as a frame.
I then layered her onto panels of patterned papers and Coredinations cardstock. I left tiny gaps between the panels on the basecard. I attached paper flowers and roses glittered with stickles, a beautiful chipboard butterfly with a trail of gems, and three card candy pieces in the corner.
I have taken a couple of photos in different lights so you can see every detail.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:

Lili of the Valley: I believe in Fairies
A Spoonful of Sugar:Things with Wings
Scrap Creations: Use at least three DP
The ABC Challenge: V is for Violet
Crafting for all Seasons: Anything Goes

Monday, 23 May 2011

DT calling at Top Tip Tuesday!


Just thought I would let my followers know they are looking for new Design Team members at Top Tip Tuesday! Click on the link here or in my sidebar and have a go-I have found belonging to a Design team really rewarding and I know I have wonderfully talented crafters as followers so why not give it a try? :-)

Special 40th Birthday





My mum asked me to make a special 40th birthday card for her workmate and  this is what I came up with.
For this project I used: Coredinations cardstock, Buttons, Gems and Kirsty Wiseman design papers.
I cut shapes with my Cricut (Butterflies, Flower flourish panel, Butterfly border, 40, and flourish) in two different shades of purple Coredinations cardstock.
I started by mounting the flowery panel onto the pretty paper and then onto lighter purple cardstock, then mounted this panel onto the darker colour. I then folded the card into an easel design and placed this panel at the top of the card. I then reflected the top panel in the bottom by mounting the design papers onto dark card, light card then the dark card, then mounted on the bottom of the easel. I then placed the lighter card butterfly border across the panel, and three buttons to anchor the card when it is up.
Then I took the little butterflies I cut with my Cricut and arranged them on the top panel, and added gems. Next I placed the '40' in the design and the flourish in the bottom corner.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:


Thank you for looking!

Sunday, 22 May 2011

OSAAT Bling it on!

This week at One Stitch at a Time our challenge is Bling it on! Perfect for digging out those lovely glitters, glitter pens and gems :-) I would love to see some of you come and join in-we always have fabulous prizes on offer!
For this project I used Oase 'Chocolate Valentines' papers, and Teri's Kissing Butterflies (both found at Stitchy Bear digi store) image coloured in Promarkers, Sakura stardust gelly roll and stickles, gems, butterflies and hearts cut with my lovely Cricut, and Crackle accents.
I started by making like a patchwork background with Oase's papers, leaving a little white border alongside each. I then placed the coloured image in the centre, then added the butterflies and gems around the outside. I then covered the hearts in Crackle accents and placed them in the bottom corner. I then placed three pink flower gems in the top right hand corner, and added Stickles and pearl effect to give a really glam look :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Stamps R Us: Going Digital
Flutter By Wednesday: Open
Paper Play Challenges: Sparkle Galore
2 Sisters Challenges: Use a Digi

Thank you for looking!

Saturday, 21 May 2011

OSCC Fairy Tales

This week at One Stop Craft Challenge our theme is 'Fairy Tales'-what a fun theme! I would love to see you come and play along, we always have great prizes :-) We are sponsored by Sassy Designs and this gorgeous image is called 'Goldilocks' :-)
For this project I used Promarkers and Sakura pens to colour the image, DCWV matstack patterned cardstock, Embossed cardstock, Chipboard Greeting, Card Candy and a gorgeous satin flower.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Tip Top Tuesday: For a Child
Divas by Design: For the Girls
Crafty Purple Frog: Mono Moments
Tuesday Throwdown: Card for a Child

Thank you for looking!

Friday, 20 May 2011

Summer Bunny



I was inspired by the theme at Lili of the Valley this week-'Here comes Summer' and the gorgeous weather we had to day-you can see by the lovely bright natural light I took the photos in on my windowsill :-)
For this challenge I used: Lili of the Valley Cupcake Bunny stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, My Minds Eye Summer papers and matching greeting, Coredinations gemstones cardstock, 3D vellum butterflies, and gems.
I decided to have a play at make a 3D card for a change. I cut a panel from the card blank and folded it the opposite way to the rest of the card. I then covered the back of the card and the top of the 3D panel. Next I mounted the bunny image onto the front of the panel. I then covered the bottom of the card with three different papers from the set, and attached the greeting to gemstones cardstock in a complimentary colour, and finished with gems.
I then placed the butterflies fluttering about behind the bunny, and gems for their route across the card and lastly added gems to the corners.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Here comes Summer
Stampavie and More: Summer
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenges: Anything Goes
I love Promarkers: Animals
ABC Challenges: Unusual Fold
Ellephantastic Challenges: Birthday Party
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes
CRAFT Challenges: Birthday
Divas by Design: One for the Girls
Paper Sundaes: Happy Birthday

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, 17 May 2011

LOTV Happiness be yours

I have wanted to play with my Papermania Aqua capsule collection papers for a while and thought LOTV challenge was the perfect chance-its easy to forget the gorgeous papers we have had in our stash for a while!
For this project I used LOTV image stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, Magnolia sentiment stamped in Memento, Plain cardstock, Papermania Aqua Capsule Collection papers and bow, Ribbon from a prize I won at Fantastic Ribbons, a glitter butterfly, gems and paper flowers.
I matted and layered each design paper onto different colour mat cardstock, then reflected this on the LOTV coloured image. I then echoed the polka dots in the paper with a paper flower, bow and the ribbon I used as a border. I placed the sentiment on colour mat cardstock and placed it on foam pads in the left hand corner, then a butterfly in the top right hand corner, with a gem trail.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Ribbons and Bows
Really Reasonable Ribbon: Anything Goes
Paper Play Challenges: Anything Goes
Moving along with the times: 2B's (Bows and Butterfly)
Little Claires Designs: Sparkle!
Creative Inspirations: Glitzy and Bling
Lexi's Creations: Dots
A Spoonful of Sugar: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking!

Monday, 16 May 2011

My Partner in Crafting Crime-Twine, Jute or String!

This fortnight at My Partner in Crafting Crime our theme is using 'Twine, Jute or String'. We have some great prizes so I would love to see some of you join in with us!
My card was made using Magnolia image stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, Bloom and Grow 2x12 paper, string, Polka dot tag and green card stock.
I started with an a5 card card, and cut panels of  Bloom and Grow panels with flashes of the green of the card base to match Edwin's jumper. (My favourite paper) I then placed the image to one side, and framed them with string with knots tied all the way round. I then placed the tag, with string tied at the top through the eyelet. I then handwrote the sentiment 'Forget me not'-which I felt matched with the knotted string border.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges
Magnolia Down Under Challenges: Your favourite things
Creative Belli Challenges: Use something that starts with S (String)
4 Crafty Chicks: Spring
Do You Stack Up?: Add a Tag
Stamp Something: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, 15 May 2011

OSAAT Anything Goes!

Sorry this post is a little late, have been feeling pretty poorly today! This week at One Stitch at a Time our theme is 'Anything Goes'-the perfect challenge! I would love to see some of you come and play along!
I chose Sue's Krizza at Stitchy Bear Digi Stamps Store. I thought she suited a gothic look so I used a silver card as my base, purple coredinations, purple card embossed with Swiss dots embossing folder through my Cuttlebug, card candy, Black glitterations 'Best wishes greeting' and a hot pink swirly tag. I chose a CAS look and I wanted to leave her black and white but added a splash of purple with my promarkers on her lacy tights to tie her in with the rest of the card.
I would like to enter the following challenges:
Pixie Dust Studio Challenge:Use something metallic
The Crazy Challenge: Anything Goes
Crafty Creations Challenges: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafty Challenges: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking!

Saturday, 14 May 2011

The Tide always Turns

My first project in ages! I won these lovely tilda stamps on ebay-a total bargain! I have been feeling poorly and I have been desperate to play with them and this is my first effort!
For this project I used a Magnolia image stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, my nesties labels, Gingham paper from Laura Ashley, Gingham buttons, Blue paper roses and a blue bow from Papermania.
I wanted to keep it quite simple as I wasnt up to much but I am really pleased with how it turned out. I inked the edges of the nesties shape and the sentiment with a blue ink pad, then placed the sentiment on foam pads to make it stand out from the image.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Gingham and Roses
Craft us Crazy: Use your favourite embellishment or something new
Creative Cowgirls Challenges:Anything Goes
Crafty Sentiments Challenges:Buttons
Crafty Purple Frog: Mono Moments
Craft Your Passion: Check it out
Card Makin Mamas: Recipe

Thank you for looking!

Birthday post: Better late than never!

I wanted to share my gorgeous birthday cards and handmade presents I was given by a lovely bunch of ladies that made my day :-) I know the post is a bit late but I have been under the weather and wanted to do this properly so here we go :-)
Photo one: A gorgeous easel card made by the lovely Paula Holifield

 Photo Two-Four is a stunning Memory book I was given by the very talented Kelly-I wish I could show you it all but it would take all day!


Photo Five includes gorgeous cards from: Kelly, Teresa, Fairysue, Kay, Fi, Bethan, Tracey, and Rosie-I hope I havent missed anyone!
 Photo Six is a stunning creation from my partner in crafting crime-Rachel :-)
 Photo Seven is a spectacular card from Angiebabe
I am so blessed to have so many kind crafting friends and you all made my day so special, I cant thank you enough! Lots of hugs and thank you to all my followers, you really keep me going and I cherish all your lovely comments :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Sunday, 8 May 2011

OSAAT Fancy Folds

This week's challenge over at One Stitch at a Time is 'Fancy Folds' and I would love if you would come and join in with us :-)
For this project I used Core'dinations cardstock, 'Kissing Butterflies' by Teri at Stitchy Bear Digi stamps, Promarkers, Papermania Summer Bloom holographic cardstock and gems.
I started by scoring the lines for the folds and cuts in the core'dinations cardstock on my Martha Stewart scoreboard, then cut the middle panel so the image is fixed in the middle around the folds. I cut two panels of Summer bloom cardstock for each end panel and lastly added lilac gems to show the butterfly's journey to the image. I would love to know what you think!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Craft your Passion: Anything Goes
Tip Top Tuesday: Open Challenge
Divas by Design: Anything Goes
Flutter by Wednesday: Open Challenge
Delicious Doodles:Fantasy or Mystical
Joyful Stamper Inspire me Fridays: Anything Goes
Stamp Something: Digi
Catch the Bug: Anything Goes
Thank you for looking!

Saturday, 7 May 2011

OSCC Special Birthdays

Its time for a new challenge over at One Stop Craft Challenge and our challenge for this week is 'Special Birthdays'. I was given a lovely cupcake digi from Limited runs digis which I coloured in promarkers, a sakura stardust pen and lastly stickles glue.
I used my Papermania papers, Cupcake themed borders, Lili of the Valley greeting stamped in Memento, cut with a nestibilities circles through my Cuttlebug.
Thank you for looking!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's Challenge 40: Happy Birthday
Moving Along with the Times: Lets Have Some Cake

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Citrus Tilda and setting my butterflies free

 For this project I used: Tilda stamped in Memento, coloured in Promarkers, My Minds Eye Bloom and Grow papers, greeting, and embellishments, Tim Holtz ink, Papermania Capsule Collection bow and pearlised card.
I started by inking all the edges of my papers and pearlised card with a Tim Holtz tea dye ink pad. I placed the papers in opposing corners, leaving little borders of white card showing, and blocks of white space on either side. I placed tilda in the top left hand corner and placed a bow. I then filled the white blocks with a greeting in the bottom left hand corner, and arranged two flowers and leaves in top right hand corner.
I have taken a photo of my painted lady butterflies I have raised as I set them free in the garden this afternoon, hopefully they are enjoying flying off into the distance!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Divas by Design: Anything Goes
Papertake Weekly: Anything Goes
Top Tip Tuesday: Open Challenge
Craft Your Passion: Anything Goes
Pollycraft Challenge: Anything Goes
Fussy and Fancy: Springtime
Thank you for looking!

Monday, 2 May 2011

My Partner in Crafting Crime Incorporate numbers!

Its time for another challenge at My Partner in Crafting Crime and this fortnight we would like you to incorporate numbers on your creation. I would love to see some of you enter-we have a great prize of digis of your choice from the Bows and Berries Digi Store!
This challenge was very useful to me as a male family member is about to celebrate his 60th birthday and I wanted to create something really special.
For this project I used Papermania Hampstead papers and glitter strips, Cricut, Martha Stewart Scoreboard, Coredinations cardstock, White Card.
I wanted my project to pop and I thought green coredinations numbers would do that against a orange/red panel so I used my Cricut to cut the numbers. I then used my Martha Stewart Scoreboard to score the cut lines and fold lines, I then used panels of paper for each area and finished with the glitter strips. I will try and post a tutorial soon to show you how to make a card like this.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafty Ann's Challenges: Fancy Folds
Paper Cutz Challenge: Anything Goes
Totally Papercrafts: Use glitter
DYSU 17:Make it Pop
PCJ Challenge 9:Bling
Bunny Zoe's Crafts:One for the boys
Crafts 4 Eternity: Anything Goes

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, 1 May 2011

Birthday candy winner, and new candy!

Thank you so much for entering my Candy, I appreciate all of my followers and am honoured to have you following me! The winner of my Birthday Blog candy as chosen by random.org is entry 3 which is Sandra (Deco cards from docrafts) Congratulations-and as soon as I get your address from you I will send the candy asap :-) 
I was so happy to see so many new friendly faces and so many of you enter my birthday candy so I decided to make another candy for you to enter. It includes Molly Bloom clear stamps, card and envelope pack, decoupage sheet, embellishments, peel offs, stickers, pencils, design papers and assorted extras. 
All I ask in order to get a chance to win is:

1.Be a follower, or become one if you arent,
2. Post a photo of my candy in your sidebar of your blog, (If you are a docraft member just leave your docrafts name in the collection with your name and I will contact you on there if you win!)
3. Leave a comment under this post in case Mr linky goes wrong-I dont want to lose your entry! (Comments are below my pretty butterflies!)







Also here are two photos of my gorgeous hatched Painted Lady butterflies-arent they lovely? :-) 

                                                             Thank you and good luck!

OSAAT Emboss it!

Its Sunday so time for another challenge over at One Stitch at a Time, and this week we are asking you to use embossing. I chose Sylvie's Best friends from the Stitchy Bear digi store-arent they just adorable?!
For this project I used: Sylvie's Best friends image coloured in Promarkers, Coredinations pink and whitewash pink cardstock, Paisley and Swiss dots embossing folder and nesties put through my Cuttlebug, Card candy, Buttons, Distressed butterfly, 'a Special wish' greeting, and a heart dressmaking pin.
I started by embossing the cardstock and as debossed the whitewash coredinations panel, and as the sanding didnt work very well I found a new technique-I distressed it by passing really double sided tape over the panel until it removed the whitewash finish from the cardstock on the debossed design. I placed the panel of whitewash coredinations card in the bottom right hand corner, leaving a little border apart from a space for embellishments in the top right hand corner.
I then sanded the embossed coredinations card and placed it in the opposite position to the debossed cardstock. I then put the digi image through my Cuttlebug with the large scalloped circle nestie and placed them in the centre of my card. Next I added a swiss dots embossed whitewash cardstock in the bottom left hand corner, with the greeting. Lastly I added a heart dressmaking pin in the top panel on the right hand side, added buttons, card candy and a distressed butterfly.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Crafts and Me: Vintage/Distressed
Scrapbook Sisters:Distressed
4 Crafty Chicks:Distressing
Delightful Sketches: Distressing
Mami Doodles:Lets get girly
Craft Your Days Away: Music/Dance
Mark's Finest Papers: Use a pin
Sugar Creek Hollow: Embossing

Thank you for looking!
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