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