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Monday, 28 February 2011

I've been given a Blog Award! :-)

I have been given this lovely blog award by Maureen at Maureen's Den. Please pop over and look at her pretty creations :-)

The conditions of this award are:-

1 - Make a post linking back to the person who gave you the award.
2 - Share 7 random things about yourself
3 – Award 15 recently discovered bloggers with this award
4 – Contact these bloggers and tell them they’ve won the award



7 Random things about myself:
1. I love Butterflies and raise them from Caterpillars (got some coming this week actually!)
2. I love a band called Alkaline Trio and have met them many times-but still get stupidly excited each time I meet them! 
3. I used to street team for Victory Records, was a lot of fun!
4. I adore old films-my favourites are Blithe Spirit and The Ghost and Mrs Muir.
5. Following the post above I have a crush on Rex Harrison when he was young! 
6. I have met many bands I admire, I have been very lucky :-) 
7. I prefer savoury to sweet foods.


I would like to pass this award onto some lovely talented people below:


Fi at Sugarplum Doodles
Fiona at Border Crafter
Tanmo at Tanmo's Craftyness
Kay at Crafty spider
Aunty Sue at Aunty sues craft cavern
Rachel at Sunraes crafty life
Sally at Sally's
Theresa at Crafting all days cards
Gill at Gill's Crafty Place
Karen at Karen Makes Cards
Hazel at Hazels Handmade Crafts
Lynn at Lynn-prettypaperlace
Lmn at A Little Bit of Naughtyness
Redrottie at Redrottie Cards and Crafts
Suzanne at Suzannes Cards


Well thank you for reading and I hope you will accept this blog award!
Elaine-xxx-

Tilda in Spring Showers

Today I wanted to get right out of my comfort zone and this lovely new Tilda stamp was a perfect opportunity! I saw her and thought that glossy accents would be perfect for her lovely wellies-I remember shiny wellies when I was little and the joy of jumping into puddles!
For this project I used:
Yellow Coredinations card, My Minds Eye Polka dot paper, 'Born to shop' Buttons, string, ribbon, Martha Stewart Corner punch, Glossy accents and Crackle accents, Magnolia stamped in Memento ink and coloured with promarkers, a Magnolia 'Happiness be yours' greeting, paper rose, glitter strips and gold dew drops.
I started by colouring the Tilda I had stamped in Memento, to get the green colour I mixed pastel blue and a pastel yellow promarker to make a lovely muted green :-) I only coloured the edge of the puddle with pastel blue rather than the whole shape because I thought it looked like a real puddle that way!
When I had finished colouring I covered Tilda's Wellies in Glossy accents and left to dry.
I started the card by making a base of yellow coredinations, with punched butterfly corners attached to a white square card blank.
Next I made a panel of patterned paper and fixed it along the centre of the card. I then placed Tilda onto a yellow coredinations frame, then into the space between the corner punched background. To finish Tilda I added gold dew drops, a ribbon and a paper rose around her. Next I stamped the greeting and cut around it, stuck a dew drop gem in the corner and applied Crackle Accents to it. I left this to dry. I then tied string in the button holes of the 'Born to shop' buttons and used double sided foam to attach to the card. I added Glitter strips to accent the side where I wanted the sentiment to go. When dry I attached the stamped sentiment which is crackled-it doesn't come out well in the photo but you can see it slightly :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Ann's Creative Nook-Bring on Colors
Cupcake Inspirations-Photo inspiration
Magnolia Stamp Lovers-Buttons and Bling
Sentimental Sundays Challenge 44-Anything Goes!
Incy Wincy Designs Challenge 83 Spring is in the air!
Wild Orchid Challenge 18-Anything Goes
The Crazy Challenge-56 Here comes Spring!

Thank you for all your comments, I love hearing from you and really appreciate them :-)

Elaine-xxx-

Saturday, 26 February 2011

Dancing in Purples



For this project I used Papermania papers, a Lili of the Valley Ballerina stamp, stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, Two Butterfly Embellishments-both wooden, one with fabric over the top and the other is a Filigree pattern, Silver and Lilac gems, flower petals, skeleton leaves in purple, a large brad, Papermania glitter strips, purple cardstock and paper roses.

I started by colouring the Ballerina in Promarkers, I played with the colour and blended purples by colouring into the other colour while still wet so they mixed well.
Next I mounted her onto purple cardstock and placed her onto a square card blank I covered with purple papermania papers. Next I made a flower for the corner with an irridescent petal with a purple sheen, a velvety fabric petal, then a deep coloured large petal fixed together with a large purple brad. I then added a purple glitter strip along the bottom of the card and stuck two purple skeleton leaves in the corner, with the flower on top. Next I added the two butterfly embellishments and used glossy accents on the fabric covered wooden butterfly to make it shine. Then I added a trail of lilac gems from on the flower to the butterfly. Lastly I added the paper roses onto the top left hand corner of the stamped image card, and two silver gems in the opposite corners.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Little Claire's Designs Challenge 1: Anything Goes! 
If the Shoe Fits Scrap it! Challenge 68: Let your Purples Shine! 
Paper Cutz Challenge 80: Spring
Papercrafting Journey Challenge 4: Anything Goes
Southern Girls Challenge 13: Use Brads, Gems or Dewdrops
CES Challenge 25: Flowers and Flutterby's

Thank you for your lovely comments, I really appreciate them :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Tilda's 3D garden





This week I kept thinking I wanted to make a 3D card, and here is my effort. For this project I used Coredinations ordinary card, and blue gemstones card, Glitter paper, My Minds Eye paper, Heat embossed Lilac stamped greeting and Silver wheelbarrow coloured with promarkers, Gold ink, my first Tilda stamped in Memento and coloured in promarkers, and Sunflower trellis flowers. I know its easy to forget your old stamps, but I love this Tilda, especially as shes holding a butterfly!
I started by covering the blank in MME paper, then started working on a way to create my 3d frame to represent the sky and the grass in Tilda's garden. I used strong card and cut it into strips, then folded it in half. Next I cut the pieces for the sky (using gemstones blue to show the sparkly sky) and grass and constructed my frame using double sided tape. I then placed the coloured, embossed wheelbarrow in the background to show her work in the garden, and placed Tilda sitting on the edge of the grass and the pretty sunflowers in the foreground. Lastly I placed a sparkly blue butterfly to one corner, and a 'Thinking of you' heat embossed greeting which was made with Lilac embossing powder and I highlighted this with gold ink from an ink pad to echo the gold in the sunflower field, then added a sunflower slightly above it in the corner :-)
I hope you like it!
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Totally Tilda Challenge Blog 'Tilda How does your garden grow?'
Tip Top Tuesday 'Bling it on'
Oldie but a Goodie: Spring is in the air
Kaboodle Doodles Challenge: Break Tradition!
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Week 7 Spring has Sprung! 
One Stitch at a Time: Anything but Square
Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them :-)

Friday, 18 February 2011

Ballerina Belle




Here is my gorgeous new Lili of the Valley stamp! I had so much fun colouring her-I hope I have done her justice! :-) 
I stamped her in Memento and coloured her in Promarkers. 
I used some stash the lovely Mary sent me , the pearlised decorated card, the larger flowers, card candy, and ribbon-what a great surprise when I opened my parcel from her :-) I hope you like what I have done with it Mary! 
I thought the swirls on the top pearlised card suited the ballerina's dance, so placed her so she was framed by it :-) Next I masked the join in the different card with the velvet ribbon and sparkly glitter strips. 
I then made the beautiful flowers and leaves into a gorgeous bouquet and glued it to the bottom corner. On the other side I placed a wooden filigree butterfly, and used silver gems to show its path across the card. Then  I stamped Lili of the Valley 'Its your day' circle greeting onto pink card and cut around the edge. I placed it next to the butterfly's path and lastly added the three pieces of card candy in the top right hand corner.


I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Challenge 84-My Favourite Colours
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Putting on the Glitz
Really Reasonable Ribbon 's Ramblings!: Challenges 18 Spring!
Craft Your Passion Challenges 45: Use Pink
Cute Card Thursday: Challenge 152 Shiny Happy Cards!
Delicious Doodles Challenges: 13 Glitz, Glam, Shimmer and Bling

Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Card Kit Swap Part Two!

Here is part two of my card kit swap with the lovely Paula from Paula Holifield Crafts Blog. 
The idea was to make a card, then send the same items to each other and see how differently we interpreted the same stash. We also sent the card we made with the kit, but sealed and were only allowed to open it after we had made a card from the kit. 
In the kit I received (Sorry I totally forgot to take a photo!) was:
Two approx A6 Pieces of purple card,
Two approx A6 light purple and white backing papers,
A Sentiment,
Four of the same images,
Some card candy, 
A strip of purple ribbon,
Approx 6x6 scalloped white card blank and envelope
An extra piece of white card.
I started by running three of the teddy images through my Cuttlebug with one of my labels nestibilities set to make a block decoupaged image, and used double sided foam tape to decoupage them. 
Next I coloured the chocolate and the icing on the cakes with my clear Sakura stardust gelly roll pen to make them glittery and shine in the light. 
I put my decoupaged image onto some dark purple card to edge it, and did the same with the sentiment, which I also embellished with a piece of card candy to look like a tag. Next I mounted purple card and the backing paper onto the scalloped card blank to echo the focal point. 
I played around with the elements until I found a layout that I was really happy with, then lastly I tied the ribbon into a bow and added two card candy pieces to each corner to finish. I hope you like my efforts!


Here is the card the lovely Paula created with the same kit, she went for an easel card and I really love it! I think this goes to show what a difference people can come to using the same stash and I have really enjoyed doing a card kit swap and would jump at the chance to do it again! 


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Creative Inspirations: Challenge 99 Plain and Simple
Creative Card Crew: Friendship
CES Challenge: Challenge 23 Cute and Cuddly


Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them :-)

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Card Kit Swap Part One!

I have been planning a card kit swap with the lovely Paula at Paula Holifield Crafts Blog and she received her kit from me earlier this week so I wanted to show the finished results! 
Basically each of us were to make a card, and to send the same items to the other to see how differently we made cards with the same stash. We weren't allowed to look at the card before we created our own so we weren't influenced by the other's before we started crafting with the kit! 


Pictured above is the kit I sent to Paula, which consisted of:
6x6 Card blank and envelope,
Approx 6x6 piece black patterened paper with hearts on
Approx 6x6 piece of lilac textured card
Dog image stamped onto white card
Small square of acetate
lilac textured card fancy frame
Small lilac textured fancy square
Thin white glittered paper strip
6 small pink adhesive stones
2 small white textured card punched hearts
Several irridescent stars and a butterfly
1 3D butterfly sticker
Small "On your special day" crystal sticker


Here is Paula's lovely creation with my kit! She made a shaker card too-I knew that would happen but I love shaker cards, they are a lot of fun! Its really interesting how we interpreted the same bits of kit and how differently they came out. The cards are similar but weve both chosen different layouts, and used different techniques-like Paula inking the edges of hers :-)
I'd like to post what Paula said about her card so you can see how she went about getting this look :-)
Paula:
'I decided to make a shaker card as soon as I saw the frame and the piece of acetate although I've never made one before but I've seen how they are made. I did have to pick it open as all my stars were stuck in a corner till I fixed it Lol! I cut my paper and mounted it onto my lilac card after I had edged all my edges with brushed corduroy distress ink. I stuck the thin strip of glitter paper across the middle and then stuck the thin strip of lilac card I had left about an inch under that. I coloured my image with promarkers and made up my shaker box with foam pads taking care not to leave any sticky edges free for the stars to get stuck on. I attached the shaker box to the front of my card and stuck the 3D butterfly to the corner. I stuck the small lilac square to the lower right corner and stuck the crystal sentiment sticker in the middle. I attached the two hearts to the upper right corner and attached 2 pink diamantes to the centres. I finished off by adding 4 diamantes to the corners of the small square and added the last one to the head of the butterfly. I also added a little crystal stickles glitterglue to the wings of the butterfly.'

And lastly here is the card I made! I coloured the teddy with my promarkers. I then used my favourite new Nestabilities shape as the frame for the shaker card, and used the acetate and foam squares to create the shaker box under the frame. Next I stuck an irridescent butterfly on the outside of the frame to echo the stars inside the shaker box, and a punched heart on the opposite corner. 
Next I stuck my glitter strip alone the bottom of the card, placed the sentiment on the little Nestibilities shape and placed it like a belt buckle on the corner of the card. Lastly I placed my 3D Butterfly fluttering in the top corner and used pink gems to show its route across my card. 
I hope you've enjoyed part one of our card kit swap and I will be back with part two when my kit arrives! 


I would like to enter my card into the following challenges:
Crazy 4 Challenges: C4C74 Hearts
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Challenge 26 Hearts
CES Challenges: Challenge 23 Cute and Cuddly
Crafty Cardmakers: Challenge 39 Hearts
Crafty Purple Frog Challenge: Challenge 8 Valentines/Romance

Thank you for all your comments, I really appreciate them :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Monday, 14 February 2011

Gorjuss Girl Blue Distressed Lace




For this project I used Kraft card as my blank, Whitewash coredinations, ribbon, plastic irridescent leaf ribbon, A wooden filigree butterfly, martha stewart border punch, prima flowers, paper roses and petals, x-cut corner punch, and a Lace doily. I used a Sugar Nellie 'Gorjuss Girl' stamped in Memento and coloured in promarkers.
I followed the lovely sketch over at 'The Sugar Bowl'. I started by mounting the doily onto the kraft card, then used Whitewash Coredinations card embossed with Cuttlebug folders and distressed by sanding, and I also used this for the corner details punched out with my corner punch. I used my favourite polka dot ribbon and plastic irridescent leaf embellishment. I then punched butterflies with my Martha stewart border punch and attached along the bottom of the card. Lastly I added my flowers and finishing embellishments.
I would like to enter this into:
The Sugar Bowl: Sketch and Photo Inspirations
Paper Sundaes Challenge 56-Pick your Sundae toppings
Delightful Challenges: Get Punchy
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: 59 Tempting Texture
One Stitch at a Time: Make it Pretty
Thank you for your comments :-)

Gorjuss Girl with Red, White and Pink





For this project I used some gorgeous Red Rose card I got in a set I bought from Lidl, a paper petal, a button, some silver and red paper lace paper cut with a nestie shape, a stamped image of a Gorjuss Girl with memento ink and coloured in promarkers, a butterfly punched with my xcut punch out of pink glitter card, and some gorgeous flower trellis embellishments :-)
I've been inspired by the Valentines colours and as I dont have many to make I decided to make friendship cards in their place!
I would like to enter this into:
Crafts and Me Challenges:It's Red
Craft Your Days Away Photo Inspiration
CRAFT Challenge 89: Valentines
Blog-a-Doodle Challenge:Red, White and Pink plus one
Creative Inspirations:Red, White and Pink
Thank you for your comments :-)

Tuesday, 8 February 2011

I've won a challenge over at Ann's Creative Nook :-)

Just a note to share my happiness as I have won a challenge at Ann's Creative Nook for this Valentines card you can find details of earlier in my blog posts under 'Valentines Tilda'
I would like to thank Ann for my win and my lovely followers for supporting me :-)

On your engagement!



For this project I used my Forever Friends CD-ROM for my focal point, rather than a stamp-I haven't got any engagement stamps yet so it was my best option and I love Forever Friends anyway-I should use them more often!
I also used a wooden filigree heart embellishment, some rose papers from Quick cards made easy magazine this month, Silver peel off paper cut with a nestie, a smaller size of the complimenting papers from the same stack cut with the same nestie set, paper roses accented with stickles glue, gems, a Forever Friends greeting, paper flowers with glitter accents made with a sakura pen, a tiny white brad and a border cut out of Dovecraft textured cardstock with my gorgeous new Martha Stewart Butterfly punch :-)
I would like to enter this into:
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Have a Heart :-)
A Spoon Full of Sugar Challenge: 138 Lets see some Love
The Crazy Challenge: 53 Lots of Love
Crafty Cardmakers: Challenge 39 Hearts
Paper Playtime: Challenge 37 Use Cupid or Hearts
Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them :-)

Sunday, 6 February 2011

My card is in Quick Cards made Easy Magazine!


My card is in Quick cards made easy this month! The challenge was to make them a Christmas card that stood out from the others, and luckily mine was chosen :-)
I tried scanning the magazine page, but it didn't come out very well so I thought I would show you the card I sent in as my entry and the prize I won for being picked. The comment about my card in the magazine is 'Carol Singers: Incorporating a wreath into the card is a great idea-it adds texture and looks fab!'
Thank you to my followers for all your support since I started my blog, I really appreciate you all :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Distressed Valentines Tilda




For this project I used some My Minds Eye papers, Coredination Black Magic Card stock, punched hearts, Promarkers, flowers, brads, buttons, and a Tilda image stamped in Memento and coloured with Aquamarkers.
I started by putting the black magic coredinations through my cuttlebug with a scalloped circles nestie die, then put through again with a cuttlebug paisley embossing folder. Next I tore a strip of the same kind of card to show the beautiful colour core underneath. I also put this through the cuttlebug with the same embossing folder and you can see its even embossed the lovely torn pink part of the card :-)
Coredinations are one of my favourite things to play with because they are so different and you can get so many amazing finishes with them :-)
Next I mounted the lovely paper on a white square card blank, and inked the bottom edge using the edge of a dusky rose promarker. I also coloured one of the petals with this promarker, and inked the little hearts I punched out of textured card, to echo the pattern on the papers. I placed Tilda on the sanded scalloped circle,and used 3d tape to attach to the card. Next I added the torn border which I also sanded. Then I added two heart buttons, one black and one pearlised white and the large flower which I secured with a large brad from a Papermania capsule collection kit. Lastly I stamped a gold heart onto pink paper, and cut around it leaving a little border.This I added in the top right hand corner, then added the punched hearts falling down from it towards the flower.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Valentines/Love
Craft Your Days Away Challenges: 12-Love
Crafty Sentiments Designs: My favourite things
Delightful Sketches: Have a Heart
Wild Orchid Challenge: Challenge 16 Love is...
Simon Says Stamp and Show: Some Love
Paper Sundaes: Valentines
Totally Tilda Challenge Blog: Challenge 15-Tilda with lots of hearts
Charisma Cardz Challenges: Challenge 4 Valentines/Love

Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate them :-)
Have a good day!
Elaine-xxx-
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