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Monday, 28 March 2011

Mother's Day




I wanted to make a really pretty card for my mum for mothers day and I was struck with inspiration to make this-I hope she likes it!
For this project I have used Papermania textured cardstock, green ink pad, Butterfly stamping collection, white card stock, three cream card blanks, Doilies, Martha Stewart around the page butterfly set, Paper petal, Papermania Capsule collection papers, gems and brads, and Gold embossed card.
I started by attaching two card blanks together in the middle panel, then taking the third card blank and cutting it by a couple of inches each way.
Next I decorated each panel with the papers and cardstock for borders, then started stamping for each panel. I also decorated the front of the little card that I attached to the middle panel, and stamped little butterflies on the inside of the card. I used the green ink pad because I liked the pale look-it shows up better in real life than on the photos!
I then decorated the panel that you see as you first open the card on the reverse of the bottom panel, then lastly the front of the card.
I tried to make each panel look unique and pretty enough in its own right if it was a standalone card :-)
I would love to know what you think!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Ooh La La Creations: Mothers Day
There She Goes: No Markers
Shabby Tea Room: Photo Inspiration
Creative Inspirations: Mothers Day
Dream Valley Challenges: Mothers Day
Gingerloft Challenge:Die cuts or Punches
Lets Ink it Up: Die cuts, Punches with stamps
Allsorts Challenge Blog: For a special lady
Craft Your Days Away: Mum
Easy Craft Projects: for Mum
Flutter By Wednesday: Anything goes

Thank you for looking! :-)

Saturday, 26 March 2011

One Stop Card Crafts First DT project

I am really excited to show you my first DT card for One Stop Card Crafts. The theme this week is Angels or Fairies and I would love to see some of you enter :-)
I used the lovely fairy image from OSAT Stitchy Bear Digi Stamps and if you win you get to choose some lovely digis from their store!
For this project I also used Papermania 'Summer Bloom' Collection papers and embellishments, Vellum, Coredinations cardstock, Papermania Sparkly Card, Gems, buttons, and Papermania dome greeting.
I printed the digi onto vellum, then cut round with a craft knife. I mounted her onto Glitter card, then coredinations card, leaving a small border.
I then cut the Summer bloom paper I used and mounted this onto the same coredinations card, and left a little white border of the card blank to show through on one side.
I placed the digi image in the bottom corner and I added the butterflies so it looks like she is calling to them, then I placed little gems to show their path. Lastly I added the buttons and the greeting.
I hope you like it!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Little Red Wagon 'Butterflies'
Flutterby By Wednesdays: Anything Goes
Clear it Out Challenge: Buttons
Digital Tuesday Challenge: Button up

Thank you for looking!

Friday, 25 March 2011

My Beautiful Butterflies have hatched!



Finally all the love and care has resulted in five healthy Painted Lady butterflies fluttering around their habitat :-) I adore raising butterflies and I am always staggered by how beautiful they are and you learn so much about them by raising them too :-)

This is my first card with the lovely Lotv stamp my friend John bought me as a late Christmas pressie-are'nt I a lucky girl! :-)
For this project I used Lotv image stamped with Memento, coloured with promarkers and a sakura stardust pen on the wings, shimmering dot gems, my Martha stewart punch, lace, velvet ribbon, pink pearlised patterned papers, dovecraft pastel pink cardstock, card candy, a flower and a leaf.
I started by colouring her in my pink promarkers and adding sparkle but colouring the wings with clear stardust pen. Next I matted and layered the image and the pearlised cardstock, and I placed these on a cream card blank.
Next I added the card candy in the top right hand corner, and shimmering dot gems onto the pom pom parts of the image to make her look more 3d. I then added the ribbon and lace as a border along the bottom, and finished this with a beautiful flower and leaf from my stash.
Lastly I punched out little butterflies from complimenting pearlised card with my Martha Stewart border punch and then cut them so they were stand alone butterflies and arranged them around the stamped image :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Shabby Tea Room Bingo:Punch, Flowers and gems
Lili of the Valley: Punch it!
Delightful Challenges: Pastels and Ribbon 
Crafts and Me Challenges: Anything Goes
Stamp Something: Spring
Wild Orchid Challenge: Punch it out 
YNS Challenges: Make it Sparkle

Thank you for looking!

Monday, 21 March 2011

Tilda in the Kitchen

For this project I used Tilda stamped in Memento and coloured in Promarkers, Papermania Rose Garden papers, white card, buttons, paper petals, Chipboard greeting, pearls and glossy accents.
I started by colouring the Tilda image, and when it came to the egg I used glossy accents on the egg white part-unfortunately its so small it wont show up in the photo but it makes the egg look more realistic :-)
Next I cut her with a halo effect of card around her, then mounted her onto one of the papers from the rose garden stack, and then onto card which I cut a small border around.
Then I placed the green paper onto the card blank, and then added the pink paper in the middle on one side, and used strips of other rose garden paper as a border. Then I placed the card with Tilda mounted onto next to this. I added the chipboard sentiment in the middle of the pink paper. Lastly I added buttons, pearls, flowers and a little butterfly die cut that came with the Rose garden papers.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenge 49
The Creative Cottage Challenge 35 Spring has Sprung!
Creative Belli Blog: Challenge 113 'the letter 'C''
Totally Tilda Challenge Blog: Tilda with Chipboard
Stamp with Fun: Challenge 10 Spring!
Kaboodle doodles challenge: 59 It's a Colour Challenge-Yellow, blue, pink and green

Thank you for looking!

My Partner in Crafting Crime First DT project!

I have some more wonderful news I have known for a while but had to keep secret-I have been asked to be on the Design Team at the great My Partner in Crafting Crime Challenge Blog :-)
Here is my first DT card for their blog and the theme was 'Use three or more buttons'
For this project I used Tilda stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, kraft card, a doily cut with my Cricut out of gorgeous patterned pearlised paper, ribbon, Mother of pearl buttons and light and dark blue flowers and a fabric covered butterfly.
It was a really simple project but I didnt want to take away from the beauty of its simpleness.
Please join us over at My Partner in Crafting Crime and join in our challenge-I would love to see your take on the theme and it would mean a lot to see you joining in! :-)

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lets Ink it Up: Die Cuts with stamping
Magnolia Stamp Lovers: Buttons and Bling
Just Magnolia: Favourite Colour Combo

Thank you for looking!

Sunday, 20 March 2011

OSAAT Guest Design Team 'For the Boys' Project


I was lucky enough to get the chance to be a Guest Design Team Member over at One Stitch at a Time for their challenge this week 'For the Boys'. I was kindly given a choice of a digi stamp over at Stitchy Bear Stamps shop and I chose Stitchy's 'Dino' digi which I love!
For this project I used the 'Dino' digi, My Minds Eye green polka dot paper, square card blank, promarkers, glossy accents and black gems.
I started by printing the digi stamp out and colouring him with promarkers-then I covered him completely in Glossy accents to make him appear more three dimensional. After he had dried I got the idea that he should break through the front of the card as he looks like hes got a lot of attitude! :-) Next I mounted My Minds eye polka dot paper onto a square card blank and cut jagged edges out of the front of my card blank. I then placed Dino onto acetate so he stands alone when the card opened and stood up. I then used freehand sketching of cracks from the jagged edges I had cut with a promarker fineliner. I used an offcut from where I cut for dino to stand to make a greeting that I matched to the jagged edge style and coloured the edges, and wrote 'Have a Smashing Birthday' and placed onto the card with 3d foam squares. I mounted green glitter card onto the inside of my card and to finish added black gems onto the top left hand corner and to either side of my greeting.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Blog-a-doodle: Two 'G' elements  (Mine being green and glossy accents)
Crafty Purple Frog: Going green
Creative Card Crew: Show us some green
Fab 'n' Funky Challenges: All things green
Ooh la la Creations Challenges: Its a Man Thing

Thank you for looking and a note to my followers, I truly appreciate every one of you and the support you give me means a lot-thank you so so much :-)
Elaine-xxx-

Saturday, 19 March 2011

My first Lili of the Valley Bunny!


For this project I have used Papermania Henbury Lane Pink papers (which I adore!) one of my lovely LOTV stamps my lovely friend John bought me stamped with Memento and coloured with promarkers, hot pink gel pen, paper petals, brads, Card candy and Papermania sparkle card. Also used my cuttlebug with my nesties large circles.
I started by colouring the bunny in promarkers-I hope you can see the shading! I followed the lovely sketch over at LOTV challenges :-) Next I cut around him and mounted him onto a lovely sparkly circle cut using my nesties. I cut two rectangles out of the paper and a strip than ran along the middle of the card. I then placed the circle and added pretty petals around him. Then I cut the stamped greeting out with my nestie and then larger circles out of the glitter card and papers. I mounted the layers together and stuck it in the top right hand corner. I added three card candy circles in the bottom left hand corner. Lastly I used a hot pink glitter pen to freehand faux stitching around the main elements in the card.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley: Challenge 88 Sketch by Bev
2 Sisters Challenge Blog: Challenge 31 Furry Friends
Charizma Card Challenges: Challenge 11
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Animal Challenge
Cupcake Craft Challenges: Challenge 133 Up in the air
Paper Cutz Challenge: Challenge 83
Paper Playtime: Challenge 41 Pink and Glitter

Thank you for looking!

Good news!

I just wanted to share with you all that I have been asked to join the design team over at One Stop Craft Challenge and they have just announced me as one of their new team members :-) If you click the link you'll see my name and please take the chance to follow them if you don't already-they have great challenges :-)
And I thought I'd include a photo of my caterpillars-although now they are in their Chrysalides busily changing into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies-I cant wait for them to emerge! 
Thank you to all my followers, I really appreciate you all and dont forget to enter my candy if you havent already! :-)

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

30th Birthday Twisted Easel


Here is a project that took quite a lot of work! For this project I used Papermania Mascaline papers, Coredinations gemstones, Acetate, Seed beads, Blue craft wire, Happy Birthday glitter greeting and a candle.
First I covered the top half of the card in papermania papers and then used my Martha stewart score board to make a twisted easel card. It was really easy but looks really different!
I then created the bottle using a template, coredinations card and acetate, and made it into a shaker element by using 3d foam pads and filling the middle with seed beads that matched the papers. Next I used blue craft wire and the same seed beads curled around the handle of my craft knife. I then covered the bottom of the card with matching papers and used my Cricut to cut the shapes and the 30 that I used as my anchor.
Lastly I added the glitter 'Happy Birthday' and candle embellishment onto the top of the card next to the bottle.
I really hope my cousin likes it!

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Tip Top Tuesday: Happy Birthday
Kaboodle Doodles: Happy Birthday
Incy Wincy Designs: For the Boys! 
CES Challenge: Men Only

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Spring Greens Ballerina

For this project I used some lovely Green items I was given by the lovely Jan (Tipsy on docrafts) including the paper, ribbon, star gems, and green skeleton leaves. From my stash I used a Lotv Ballerina stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, green gems, Papermania 3d butterflies, Green petals glued together to make a flower and a gold dew drop as its centre.
I thought the paper really suited the Ballerina image because the dotted swirls suggest movement amongst the flowers and I used little gems to show the butterflies paths alongside her.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Challenge 87 Say it with flowers
If the Shoe fits..scrap it! St Patrick's Day Inspiration
Flourishes Timeless Tuesday 109: Butterflies
Ellephantastic Challenges: Cute with a Butterfly
Delicious Doodles Challenge 16 Use Green for St Patricks Day
Easy Craft Projects: Use Green
Scrap Creations: Anything Goes
Penny's Paper Crafting Challenge Blog: Challenge 48 Use Green

Thank you for looking!

CAS Hearts

This project was really different and difficult for me! CAS is not a style I usually use, but I quite like the results :-) I have a wonderful heart stamp that came free with a magazine ages ago so I thought I would stamp panels of these with two matching hot pink stamped hearts and one lilac stamped hearts. I then cut them out using my nesties and then cut borders that matched the ink out of homemade paper to mount them onto. Lastly I stamped the 'Lots of Love' sentiment from the stamp collection onto a piece of card and cut it out and placed it onto the card with 3d foam pads.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Thank you for looking :-)
Below is a photo of my caterpillars-I am raising Painted Lady butterflies and today I have looked and all five are in the process of going into their Chrysalides so as soon as they are safely inside them I will move them to their 'hatching habitat' and take photos of them :-) Not long now until they are beautiful butterflies! 

Friday, 11 March 2011

Whiff of Joy-Pink Polka dots

For this project I used a Whiff of Joy image stamped in Memento and coloured in Promarkers, Pink Polka dot design paper from my stash, Pink Coredinations gemstones cardstock, pink card, butterfly die cut, gems, satin flower with pearl centre, paper rose, pink buttons, and a Lili of the Valley sentiment stamped in Memento.
I placed the Polka dot paper off centre to leave a white border along one edge as I felt it would look better with the scalloped pattern part of the paper along the opposite side. I then cut around my coloured Whiff of Joy image but left like a halo effect of white card around the outside edge, then mounted her onto Pink gemstones card. I then placed this along one side of the card with a border where I placed two pink buttons. Next I added the swirl to the bottom corner and placed a satin and pearl flower in the negative space below. I then added a paper rose in the top corner of the pink gemstones card, and a Butterfly die cut in the space next to it. I then added my greeting in the bottom right hand corner at an angle and placed pink gems travelling up from it.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Fab 'n' Funky: Make it Girly
Cupcake Craft Challenge: Pink Polka dots
Incy Wincy: Pastels
Sir Stampalot: Spring is in the Air
Whiff of Joy: Buttons and Blooms
Wild Orchid: Anything goes

Thank you for looking!

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Fruity Tilda

For this project I used Fruit printed paper card I found in Lidl, Papermania cardstock and glitter strips, Tilda stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, gems and wooden embellishments-the filigree butterfly and ladybird, and my Martha Stewart Butterfly punch around the page set.
I started by punching around the green cardstock so it wasnt such a stark border against the white card blank. I then placed the fruit card in the middle, and used the glitter strips as borders, and to sit my lovely Tilda on. I then used the wooden embellishments of a butterfly and a ladybird as I imagined Tilda sitting in the garden and finally used gems to show their paths.

Here is a blurry photo of how big my Caterpillars have got so far-it wont be long until they go into their Chrysalides :-) 

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Bling it on: Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers: Food and Drink
Creative Card Crew: No Flowers
The Paper Variety: Get Well Soon
Totally Tilda Challenge Blog: Fruity Tilda
Magnolia Down Under: Anything but a Square or rectangle

Thank you for looking :-)

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Black and White Butterflies


I'd like to start this post by thanking all my lovely new followers- I really appreciate you following me and I love getting comments from you :-) 
For this project I used Papermania Capsule Collection Monochrome paper and gems, a white doily and my gorgeous vintage butterfly stamp set, stamped in Memento. 
I started by stamping the main image with a large butterfly stamp, then with the two little butterflies stamp onto a die cut circle and inked around the edges with the black ink pad. 
Next I attached this onto the doily and placed it onto the patterned paper. I next stamped directly onto the white card blank multiple times with the same two little butterflies stamp to match the image I chose as my focal point. I then stamped the 'Les Papillons' onto white card and mounted onto black card which I attached to the card with 3d foam pads.
Lastly I added black and white gems.
My Caterpillars
Here is a photo of my caterpillars two days into raising them-they are becoming more active now and starting to grow 'hairs' on their body too :-) Please come back and see them as they grow up-I am going to try and take a photo a day and put them on my posts :-)

I would like to enter this into:
Crafty Purple Frog Challenges: Fly away with us
Papercrafting Journey: Things with Wings
Flutter by Wednesday: 144 Anything with Butterfly, Angel or Fairy
Craft Your Days Away Challenges: 15 Black and White

Thank you for looking :-)

Black and White Butterflies with a hint of Jade


Well this was a challenge-a card without my beloved character stamps and promarkers! I really enjoyed it actually because I got this wonderful Butterfly stamping set for Christmas a couple of years ago and haven't used it much-even though I adore it!
For this project I used Papermania Jade scrapbooking set-papers, ribbon and greeting, plus black gems, and ribbon from my stash.
It was such a simple project and I love how the papers and embellishments suit the vintage look of the stamp set I chose.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
The Playdate Cafe: Black and White with a splash of colour
One Stop Craft Challenge: 121 Colour Challenge

Thank you for looking!

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Perfect Digi for my username!




I've found a Digi stamp thats perfect for my username-Sparklingblackrose so I really enjoyed colouring this to show this off! :-)

For this project I used a digi stamp from Crafts and Me coloured with promarkers and a sakura black stardust pen, Papers and embellishments from Papermania's Jade scrapbooking kit, sparkly strips, ribbon and glitter card, My Minds Eye Polka dot black paper, Purple Coredinations card, Happy Birthday peel off, and lastly a paper rose by Prima.
I was inspired to create this project by the 'Gothic' theme over at Creative Card Crew-have never made a Goth style card before so I really enjoyed the challenge!
I coloured the beautiful digi first, and decided to mount her onto Purple coredinations card to compliment her hair colour (a slightly lighter purple than the card) and then onto black glitter card to glam her up.
I thought an easel card would really suit the project.
I coloured her eyes with duck egg and denim blue promarker mixed together so the Jade papers and embellishments really bring this little detail out. I put the Jade patterned paper next to the digi, but chose to make the base of the card a little less busy with pattern by using a My Minds eye black polka dot paper and enhancing this with a purple glitter strip, black sparkly ribbon and a Jade embellishment with a silver peel off added to tie the card together.
Lastly I added the leaf embellishment from the Jade set and a Prima rose.
I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Creative Card Crew: Gothic Challenge
Paper Playtime Challenge 40: Digis anything goes
Crafty Sentiments Designs: Birthdays...
Crafty Ann's Challenges: 35 Birthday
Craft your Passion Challenges: 47 Girly Girl 
Delicious Doodle Challenges: 15 Make the Card you want
Stamp Something: March Digi Day!

Thank you for looking :-)

Spring has sprung and part one of raising my butterflies! :-)




For this project I used a Gorjuss girl image stamped in Memento and coloured with promarkers, Yellow Coredinations card cut with my slice, and white card cut with a Nestibilities label through a Cuttlebug, Papers and embellishments (button and gems) from the Papermania Verde 'Capsule collection range', Wooden filigree butterfly, paper roses, paper petals, a pearl and finally a yellow and a green polka dot ribbon.
I wanted a spring feel as I am so fed up of winter! I thought the Verde collection paper and embellishments suited this well, and used yellow to brighten it up.

I took delivery of my Caterpillars yesterday so I thought I would try and take photos and share with you their life cycle-I will try and take a photo every day-they grow really quickly! I apologise for the photo quality but they live in a little pot with acetate circles so difficult to take good photos-and I dont want to compromise their environment by undoing their habitat too early. They are so cute-they will grow up to be Painted lady butterflies-I raised five of them last year as well and it was so interesting and fun too!



Thank you for looking and I hope you like my little caterpillars too! :-)
I would like to enter this card into the following challenges:
Penny's Paper-Crafty Challenge 48: Going for the Green
Delightful Sketches Challenges: Welcoming Spring!
The Pixie Cottage Challenge: Spring! 
Cute Card Thursday Challenge 154-Signs of Spring!
If the Shoe fits Scrap it: 69 Be Inspired Photo Inspiration
Stampin' for the Weekend: Challenge 5: Springtime! 
Really Reasonable Ribbon Challenge 19: Green Theme

Thank you for looking :-)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

Aqua and Lilac Dance




For this project I used: Lili of the Valley Ballerina stamped in Memento and coloured with Promarkers, Some old Papermania Capsule Collection papers, Papermania glitter papers, Ribbon, Paper flowers, Fabric flowers, Gems, X-Cut butterfly punch, purple pen, coredinations gemstones cardstock, purple pearlised cardstock, white super smooth cardstock and beads on gold wire. And my Slice and my Cuttlebug with nestibilities to create the shapes.
I began by colouring my favourite Lilli of the Valley stamp with duck egg and a pale purple promarker (sorry cant remember which one!) I blended the colours because I love how they compliment one another.
I started the card layout by cutting three circles with my Cuttlebug and nestibilities-one Large circle out of aqua glitter paper, one large scalloped circle out of lilac Coredinations and another large scalloped circle out of dark purple pearlescent card, which I then layered to look like a flower. I then looked through my paper stash and found the Aqua and Purple Capsule collection range suited it so well so chose the same paper from each stack to start with.
I cut it to fit my card blank, and then used faux stitching I made with a purple pen around the edges. Next I attached the circles and my image with it and placed the butterfly dancing along with the ballerina with his path highlighted with Aqua Capsule collection gems. I stamped a greeting and used the same faux stitching around the edges and placed a lilac ribbon on the top.
Next I added the gems on wire, also the lilac and blue paper roses in the top corner of the scalloped circles.
Lastly I added the satin and pearls flower in the bottom left hand corner.

I would like to enter this into the following challenges:
Lili of the Valley Challenge: Circles
Cupcake Craft Challenges: 131 Anything but a Square
Pollycraft Monday Challenge: Three Circles
Tip Top Tuesday: Favourites
Papertake Weekly Challenge: Anything goes
Passion for Promarkers: Week 89 Theme

Thank you for looking!

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

My Birthday Blog Candy!

As it is my birthday soon I thought I would offer some candy to my lovely followers-as a celebration of such a lovely collection of people following my blog  :-)
In order to have a chance to win this candy I would like you
1. Be a Follower
2. Post a photo with a link to this post in your blog sidebar (contact me if you need any help!)
3. Please leave a comment under this post in case Mr Linky goes haywire!
 I will choose a winner on April 30th with random.org.

In my candy there are lots and lots of pretty papers 6x6 and 8x8, Flower tags, Flower Fairies Decoupage, Rose Garden Decoupage, Flower Decoupage and Pretty Ribbon.

Good luck and thank you so much for following my blog, I really do appreciate it :-)
Elaine-xxx-

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