About Me

Hi and a warm welcome to my blog. My little place in the cyber crafting world. I'm Elaine and I'm 42 years old and married to the most amazing man I could wish for. My passion is all forms of crafting and I'm extremely lucky to be on the design teams for Leonie Pujol and Toni of Darroch at stamps by me limited . I also do a bit of demo work for stix2 anything and I love it. I've recently retrained after being made redundant to become a Teaching Assistant which is a very rewarding job. Well I hope you like what you see on my blog. I'm always grateful for people taking a peek and leaving messages x

Tuesday, 31 December 2013

Happy new year x

Well it's Nearly 8.00pm New Year's Eve and I have not long got in from work and wanted to post my fat- tactic Tuesday card. The theme is new year. I'm afraid I have been naughty as its not quite a square card oops. Sorry sue ,

I saw something similar on Pinterest, I have to admit that I had no idea what to do ( I've never made a new year card before & was stumped ) but it only took a few minutes with a few stamps and ink.
All that's left for me to say is I hope you have a wonderful new year & wish each and everyone of you all the best for 2014. Thanks for all the support on the blog in 2013.
I do have a tiny bit of exciting news coming in January !!!
Take care & have fun
Elaine xxx

Sunday, 29 December 2013

New stamp & distress markers

Good afternoon, hope you are all having a fabulous Sunday. I have managed to make a few cards and tidy up my craft room. Today I have a card to share with you made using a new stamp I got from My crafty heart she's called Alice. I love her !!! I intend to use her a lot....... I chose to colour her in using my new set of Tim Holtz distress markers. Not bad for my 1st attempt at using them. I used MME paper and again my stamping up punch & ticket stamp. Finished off with a spellbinders border.

I had lots of fun making this and can feel my mojo coming back. Have lots of crafty fun. 
Thanks for peeking & leaving comments, it means the world to me.
Take care , Elaine xxx

Saturday, 28 December 2013

Suzy Bees challenge

Hello & hope you all had a lovely festive break. 
It's time for a new challenge over at 

The theme this week was chosen by the lovely Erin & the theme is glitter & sparkle. 
We are sponsored by the fab Lacy sunshine. I chose Nicolosia Venice city girl. 

I used my new stamping up ticket punch & stamps for the greeting but the photo does not do it justice. I can see I'm going to get lots of uses out of the set. I also used the 2 sizes of cheery Lynn flourish dies ( there is a 3rd I'm dying to get my hands on ). That's all from me today , thanks for taking the time to take a look. Have a great weekend xx

Thursday, 26 December 2013

Sneaky craft time !

Well its boxing day ! Hope you all had a fab Christmas day & got some crafty stash. I was a very lucky girl my friend Maria got me some beautiful g45 stamps, along with a set from my mother in law. I also got a box of lovely goodies from my dear other half. So I snuck a bit of crafty time this afternoon and made a card, using yep you guessed it graphic 45. 
Hope you like it. Im back to work in the morning ( who stole those 2 days ). Got so many crafty things I want to make but it will have to wait until the weekend !!
Have fun & take care.
Thanks for stopping by xx

Wednesday, 25 December 2013

Merry Christmas

A quick post just to wish everyone a very merry christmas . Have a wonderful time with family & friends.
Thanks for the support & comments left here on my blog it is appreciated very much.
With love & hugs Elaine xx

Sunday, 22 December 2013


Christmas is nearly upon us and its time for a new challenge over at hobbycutz. This will run until January 19th. There are lots of sponsors this week. Please do pop over and join in. My make is one of the fabulous laser cuts from Kobie at Hobbycutz.
I have painted it in gold perfect pearls, and a bit of white gesso for the candles. I then die cut lots of poinsettias and added green liquid pearls. 
I really enjoyed this hope you all like it. Must dash as work is so so busy at the moment - and I only have 2 days off for Christmas !! Thanks for looking .
Take care xx

Sunday, 15 December 2013

Workshop day !

Today was the day I had been waiting for..... The Graphic 45 workshop with uk designer Clare Charvill. And it was brilliant. The owner of my local craft shop Sue from Crafty bunch organised it and she did an amazing job. Kept us in drinks, cakes and bisciuts. We made a beautiful box. I still want to add a few bits and bobs to it. It was made using the new papers called Couture.
And also this week I received a wonderful package from one of my blog friends.
Take a peek at her blog : 
Stamping with Bibiana
The handmade tag is gorgeous - thanks so much Bibiana. 
Thats all from me today, lots to do as I prepare for the busiest working week of the retail year. Thanks to everyone who stops by, leaves me comments - it is truly appreciated.

Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Good afternoon

Hello & afternoon, hope everyone is well. 
I have had a fab few days, It was my 38th birthday yesterday and my future hubby whisked me away for a night in a hotel (the radisson blu) We did outdoor iceskating at night which was so romantic, a meal, german market and some shopping - I've included a couple of pics. ( hope its not too boring ).
Anyway its the start of a new challenge at Fan-tastic tuesday. Theme is add sparkle.

 I have used a craftwork cards image and die cut from glitter paper. A very quick card indeed. Hope you like it. Take care and as always thanks for looking xx

Sunday, 8 December 2013

Dt piece

Good evening.
Im a little late with this post, sorry it should of been this morning. Sunday marks the start of a new challenge over at Hobbycutz and the sponsor is the
Theme this week was Christmas decoration and boy did I struggle - think my mojo has up and left me these past few weeks . I put it down to being so busy at work that my brain cant cope. 

Anyway I printed 2 of the lovely images called winter fairy and decoupaged it onto the gorgeous wooden frame from Hobbycutz. I put pink ink onto it and sprinkled  glitter over the top. Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by and stay warm and safe everyone xxx

Saturday, 7 December 2013

Suzy bee's

Good Morning and a happy Saturday it is. Why ? Because I have 4 days off, its very rare I get a whole weekend off ! I intend to make the most of it - off to a craft event with My crafting buddy Maria.
But enough of that, today sees a new challenge start over at Suzy Bees bloomin challenge blog. The sponsor is 
And the theme is recycle. I have made a large tag. Using the wonderful Christmas boo. 
The ribbon is recycled but the whole tag is made from cardboard from the back of a paper pad ( usually gets put in the bin ) I have included a photo of it before I decorated it.

Thats all from me must dash off out for breakfast before the craft workshop,
Have a great day,
Elaine x

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Fan-tastic tuesday

Good evening , hope everyone is keeping well. Just popping in with my DT post for fan - tastic tuesday. This week the sponsor is Lacy sunshine & the theme is clean & simple. 

I chose Angel Boo, such a cute image. I wanted it to be mainly white with a splash of red therefore I did not want to colour her in. Sorry its a quick post its the busiest time of year for me at work so I don't get a lot of free time to craft in December but ill keep trying in-between sleeping and working. Hope you all have a lovely week. Thanks for stopping by & take care xxx

Sunday, 1 December 2013

Slight hangover !

Hello to everyone, hope you are all well on this the 1st of December ! 
It was our works Christmas party last night, what a great evening it was, so lovely to go out and enjoy ourselves away from work. 

The photo is of me and 2 of the lads I work with. I do not normally drink but I must admit I had a few sherberts last night to get in the festive spirit. But seriously I need a tan !!!! 
Tonight is the staff children's Christmas party where we will have 30 children in our canteen for a buffet and loads of games and dancing. Will let you know how this goes. 

I have managed to make a quick card using a gorgeous new die from Robert adams and Its so cute. Hope you like it and have a lovely day, thanks for stopping by xxxx

Thursday, 28 November 2013

Christmas round the corner

Christmas is less than 4 weeks away and panic is starting to set in. Now im organised on the gifts front. However behind on the handmade tags and cards. I have made loads but its not enough so each night I am making quick ones for colleagues. I think I need around 20 more and a couple of special ones. Here are a few from a really old Kanban kit.

Hope you like these. Thanks for looking.
Take care xx

Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Vintage !

Good morning, hope everyone is keeping warm as it certainly has gone chilly so much so I have dug out my big fluffy dressing gown and warm slippers. But I do love this time of year ! Anyway enough of me going on. Its tuesday so its challenge 11 over at fan-tastic tuesday.
Theme is vintage ( loved this ).
This week we are sponsored by Lacy sunshine and I got to work with Lizabeth Gatsby ! 

 I printed onto watercolour card and used distress inks & water-brush to colour her in. Added lace, flowers and a piece of Anna Griffin paper. Hope you like it and thanks for stopping by, I have a day off today and myself my 2 eldest bridesmaids are going shopping and lunch but more importantly the dresses have arrived for them to try on ! The first time I will see them in them in right colour and size etc ! The wedding is less than 7 months away. Eeeeek !
Take care xx

Sunday, 24 November 2013


Happy Sunday !
Today sees the start of a new challenge over at Hobbycutz challenge blog 

and the theme is Steampunk. ( Love this theme) Here is my card using the image Steampunk Victoria. I coloured her in with distress markers. I used docrafts paper & cogs embossing folder. The wooden cogs are amazing ! They are made by the lovely Kobie over at Hobbycutz do pop by her shop & take a look.

The sponsor this week is the fabulous 

Well have a wonderful day & thanks so much for taking a peek at my blog.
Take care
Elaine xx

Saturday, 23 November 2013

Challenge Saturday at Suzie bees

Evening and today see the start of a new challenge over at :

The theme this week is buttons and we are sponsored by the lovely Robyns fetish. I have to admit that I used my own stash which included Christmas wreath peel off and some buttons. Hope you like it. Have a fab weekend. I am off to see the comedian Greg Davies tonight so hoping for a good laugh. Take care & keep snuggled up its FREEZING !!!!
Thanks for looking.
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 19 November 2013

Challenge time

Afternoon , it is time for another challenge over at :
The theme for this week is Make it fancy. Well I certainly attempted that !!!
The sponsor this week is Digi Darla and I just had to use the angel wings digi stamp. I used a fancy square card, spellbinders frosty form dies and coloured using distress markers and glitter.
Had great fun making this. The dies are fantastic. Hope you like it. Have a great day & thanks for looking.

Monday, 18 November 2013

G45 obsessed !

Happy Monday ! I go back to work in the morning after a lovely week off , although it will be hard getting back up at 3.30am even worse in the cold. Never mind I am thankful I have a job. ( it does help pay for craft stash lol ). So todays post is a couple of easy graphic 45 makes - a card and mini notepad. I adore g45 and sometimes I only sit and look at them .....
But I did manage to do something with Kraft reflections & typography. Hope you like them. A huge thank-you to everyone who has left me comments or popped by it makes it worthwhile to know people take a peek. 
Elaine xx

Sunday, 17 November 2013

Good morning

Well I got back home last night after a lovely week seeing my family in Scotland and popping into Cumbria to sort a few Wedding bits and collect the invites. Hang my head in shame that I have not made my own. Only 7 months away it will soon be here. I managed to get in some craft with my 6 year old niece - we had so much fun. Cant wait until I see her again.

Anyway I thought I would pop on a card I made a little while back.
I used the dies I got from Christine Emberson and I have to say those little presents are so cute. The set is called frosty forms. You should pop over and take a look at 
There is a great selection of spellbinders. 
Onto my card then its really
Quite a simple Christmas card. Hope you all 
Have a lovely Sunday & thanks for looking
and leaving comments it is appreciated.
Elaine xx

Friday, 15 November 2013

Hobby house toppers

A really quick post from me, currently in Cumbria sorting out a few things for my Wedding in June. But had a great few days in Scotland before heading into Cumbria. Was great to see my family and my niece is growing so fast ! Anyway I made a card using a gorgeous hobby house topper, some dies & bits and bobs. Hope you like it. Have a great weekend. Thanks to everyone who stops by xx

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Fan -tastic tuesday

Hello , its Tuesday that means another challenge over at fan- tastic. Sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine. My digi is called snowflake quality control. I have coloured her with distress ink. Sorry for the poor photo but bad autumn light & mirri card not a good combination. Well must dash I am posting this from scotland. I have gone to spend a few days with my little niece. Thanks for looking xx

Sunday, 10 November 2013


Thought I would pop in again to show you a card I made as part of my DT for hobbycutz. This week sponsored by
I chose to work with the Christmas sentiment, I used one of the beautiful swirly frames from Hobbycutz ( you should definitely take a peek in the shop )
I used paper from a craftwork cards set. Finally added some gorgeous green ribbon.

 Really like this one hope you do too. Please do hop over and have a look what the other DT has created. Have a great Sunday.
Elaine xx

Eclectic challenge

Hello , today see the last challenge of the year over at Eclectic Ellapu (cue sad face). This was my first ever DT spot and I have loved it. But don't panic its just a Christmas break ! We will be back on Feb 2nd completely refreshed and hopefully santa will have got me some new crafty things to play with !!!
So the theme for today is anything but a card. I made an ATC with my lovely g45 papers.
Hope you like it. I will be back later. Have a fab day everyone xxx

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Whoops Im late

Oh no I am day late with this post for Fan-tastic tuesday ! Better late than never. This weeks sponsor is Digi Darla and I have used the gorgeous image sweeping fall leaves. I stamped some leaves as a background, cut out leaves with my spellbinders and finally added some fibres, which Is the theme for this week. Thanks for looking. Must dash Im blogging on my break.
Take care xx

Sunday, 3 November 2013


Good morning, at last I feel a tiny bit better have had one of those nasty bugs for a couple of days. Anyway enough of me feeling sorry for myself onto todays card. 
I made this to enter the hobby house challenge. The theme was pearls. I used a gorgeous pre coloured image, prima paper and those little corners are from the frosty forms spellbinders dies which I got from the lovely Christine Embersons shop Hope & chances. Of course to finish I added lilac and green pearls from my local stockist of hobby house ( intricut crafts). Hope you like it. Have a fab sunday . Thanks to everyone who visits my little blog . I do truly appreciate it xx

Saturday, 2 November 2013

New challenge blog........

Today sees the start of a new challenge blog and Im lucky enough to be part of the Design Team !!!!!!
So exciting and the lovely Sue has worked extremely hard behind the scenes setting everything up, but its paid off as todays it goes live . Our sponsor this week is Lacy Sunshine.
I was given the digi image Keiko tokyo  city girl. The theme was emboss. I coloured her with watercolour pencils and used red embossed oriental card. 

Please do hop over and take a peek at my teamies work ,and why not join in the fun . You never know you could be a winner. Thanks for stopping by my blog have a lovely weekend xxx

I have entered this into the lacy sunshine challenge blog

Tuesday, 29 October 2013

New challenge , new name

Hello and yes it is Tuesday again ( they come around so quickly ) and that means a new challenge at the recently renamed fan-tastic Tuesday. There is one major difference and that is it it can be any size as long as its square yay ! This weeks sponsor is the marvellous Lacy Sunshine and the theme is Halloween. I chose fangletta. I coloured her using distress inks and added a Tim holtz web die and some fab ribbon. Thanks for looking do hop over and join in. Have a great day friends xx

Sunday, 27 October 2013

Hobbycutz !

Again good morning, this is my second post of the day for my Dt piece hobbycutz. The theme was bingo choose 3 in a line.
I choose the 3 going down the right side. I used a fab digi image called payton from crafts & me. I chose not to colour it as I loved it in black and white. Although I did add some silver glitter pen to parts. I then added flowers and a gorgeous butterfly from hobbycutz where i added pink ink , glossy accents and sprinkled glitter into it before it dried. Hope you like it and why not pop over and join in. Thanks for looking again its truly appreciated 
Elaine xx