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, 30 December 2014

Where is Mr Mojo ?

Hello to everyone in cyber land, hope everyone is well & that you all had a good Christmas, it seems to have gone by in a flash ! I'm pleased to say I break up for 9 whole days as of Saturday. Which means a rest and a chance to see if I can find my mojo as I dont really seem to be able to find my flow at the moment. Hubby even got me a comfy office chair for my desk. So to try and help I used a kit that I was given..... A hunkydory one and I made 7 quick cards here are a couple 

If felt good to make something even if they were easy and simple. 
I was very lucky to have my crafting buddy Maria and hubby secretly buy me all the remaining Tim Holtz distress inks. I'm very lucky..... I will leave you with snaps of the stash I got.

I really do need to use up some of my stash !! Think a self imposed ban on purchasing might be in order !!!!
Well thanks for looking hope Santa got you everything you hoped for. 
Thanks for stopping by, have a wonderful new year. 
Take care Friends xxx

Thursday, 25 December 2014

Merry Christmas

Happy Christmas Day.......

Wishing you and all your loved ones a wonderful & healthy Christmas. 
Thank you so much for all the visits and support this year. I'm truly blessed with such wonderful network of friends and family. This is our 1st as husband and wife and its felt so special. 
Made a quick visit to my friend Maria's and this is what her son and my hubby got up to !!

Not quite sure who the biggest kid is lol.
We have been out for a lovely dinner at a restaurant as we normally do it was fantastic. I will leave you with a snap of us both on the way to lunch. Have a wonderful few days, big hugs 
Elaine xx

Thursday, 18 December 2014

Graphic 45

Good evening, quick post just got in from work. I made a card using g45 time to celebrate which I was lucky enough to get the complete collection for my birthday.....

So I made this for a lovely lady that goes to the craft club I go to. She is also a huge G45 fan. Hope you like it. 
I would like to say a huge thanks to Bibiana for such a gorgeous Christmas card and lovely stamps, so very kind of you, and also to Sylvie for a beautiful card also. I will treasure them. 
Right time For bed another long day in the world of retail tomorrow. Thanks for stopping by, I really do appreciate it and I know everyone is super busy. Thanks take care, 
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Final fantastic !

Evening to everyone ( rather late with this at 10pm only just got in from work ), hope you are all well and ready for Santa..... I know I'm not. Oops
Well today is the last fantastic Tuesday peice of the year. The theme is Anniversary.....

I made a simple card using the negative from my flourish die as I thought It was wasteful to throw it away. Hope you like.
Just wanted to say a big thanks to all the ladies from Fantastic Tuesday and Eclectic Ellapu for having me in the DT. I have really enjoyed working with them and look forward to doing it again in 2015. Take care special blog friends and thanks for all the comments and stopping by.
Elaine x

Tuesday, 9 December 2014

Fantastic Tuesday

Good evening, hope everyone is keeping well and warm, it is freezing here and very windy. So today is my birthday and also a new challenge for fantastic Tuesday........ Theme is add some fruit. Wow that's was quite hard for me but I did find some apples on my new graphic 45 - time to flourish papers. I only got these last week and didn't want to cut into them !!! 

I have had a lovely day going to cinema with my Hubby and great friends. We then went to chiquitos for lunch. This was my first time and we thought it was fab. My very good buddy Maria got me something I have been after for ages - Tim holtz scissors and rulers, and the wonderful Sue from the craft shop and club I go to got me ranger texture tools. Can't wait to use them. 

Hubby also spoilt me with loads of lovely things including a Martha Stewart scoreboard yay ......

Anyway enough of me waffling on. Have a wonderful evening. Thanks for stopping by. Much love Elaine xx

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Wake me up on the 24th !

Good evening to all my lovely followers, so sorry for the lack of posts but it's going crazy at work I'm either starting at 3.30am or doing late shift until 10pm there has literally been no time to craft. However I do have my last bit of luxury time off for 4 days. Then it will be almost non stop until I finish on Christmas Eve !!
So I did not waste my 1st day off , me and 2 lovely ladies went to a craft show at the motorcycle museum in Birmingham. We had a great morning. When I got back I cleaned all of the upstairs so I could craft this evening. And of course look at my new purchases.......

So what have I made ????
Well nothing yet with my new purchases but I stumbled across these tim Holtz trees I had about 12 months ago. So I decided to colour them up with my spray inks. Here's how they turned out....

Just got to decorate them now...... 
Well hope everyone Is having fun in the build up to Christmas. Thanks so much for stopping by I really do love reading the comments. Take care friends xxxx

Monday, 1 December 2014

1st of the month.

Yay it's the 1st of December and that means 2 things Christmas is approaching at lightening speed and that its time for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu and the theme for the purple team is not a card. So I made a big tag......

I used the largest graphic 45 tag and the gorgeous 12 days of Christmas, love this collection so vintage. To finish I added one of the keys and inked the edges. Hope you like it. Work is incredibly busy for me at the moment and there's no crafting time , but I'm off to a craft show Saturday with my friend Maria. Looking forward to that. Well must go hope you are all well thanks so much for visiting me. Take care xxx

Tuesday, 25 November 2014

Trees !

Good evening, can someone please tell me who has stole november !! Nearly December eeeek ! Things are getting so busy at work , working extra hours and all that. So a really quick post as I need my bed and some sleep so badly !
Tuesday means time to show you my DT slot for fantastic Tuesday and the theme is trees. I decided on a rustic looking card and kept it very simple. I have put wink of stella on all the branches and they sparkle beautifully but you cant see in my pictures. Its not good lighting at all just lately !! 

Thats it for now, must dash. Take care everyone and thank you for leaving such lovely comments xxxx

Sunday, 23 November 2014

Matching pair

Good morning, its a lovely cool Sunday morning. Very very quiet. Love it when its like that , don't you ? 
Anyway work is hotting up and we have less than 5 weeks until the big guy comes which means next few weeks will be very very busy. Im in work later so just relaxing before getting ready. 
Today I thought I would share a card and matching box. Quite simple and easy to do. Both sets of dies I got from Christine Emberson and that box is just so useful. 

I went with a clean & simple card using stamps I have had for years and never used....hope you like my matching pair. Take care for now, enjoy the rest of your weekend. Hugs Elaine xx

Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Im back

Good morning, hope that everyone is well and warm. So popping in today with my latest DT for fantastic tuesday. The theme for this week was Male. So I dug out some g45 good old sport paper and wonderful hobby house topper and hey presto and card I'm actually reasonably happy with. Male cards are so hard lol.

Let me know what you think......
So we got back from our few days away and we enjoyed every minute. Saw some wonderful family and friends. Then before we came home hubby treated me to that early birthday pressie at Abbey house (although its not until early December lol)
Where the food was amazing !

And the Christmas decorations were fabulous and so different from when we had the wedding there in June ! Our florist who is amazing gets married there this Saturday ! I will be thinking of her.

As usual we did not want to leave. But all good things come an end and its back to work Wednesday ready for the madness of the Christmas rush ! Only 1 decent break of a few days before Christmas. The rest will be an odd day scattered here and there. But cant complain as I have a decent job. And on the case of the slipped disc it has got a bit better so fingers crossed. Well thats enough of me rabbiting on I must get to bed its past midnight. Thanks for stopping by and a big hello to my new followers.
Hugs Elaine xx

Thursday, 13 November 2014

Well earned rest....

Hello to all the lovely peeps in blog land, and a huge welcome to my new followers. So after finishing nights yesterday I have a day to adjust back and from tomorrow 6 whole days off yippee ! We head off to Cumbria tomorrow evening for a little weekend stay with family, and hubby has booked us into abbey house hotel for an evening on Sunday as an early birthday treat ! Cant wait. 
Anyway today I have been catching up on my DT work but cant share them just yet. But I can share this card I made for my friend she requested a card for a 1 year old. 

Hope you like it. Thanks for stopping by it means so much to me. Take care xx

Tuesday, 11 November 2014

Atg with Ribbon

Good evening. A rather quick post from me this evening as I am working nights and blimey I am shattered. So here is my DT piece for fantastic Tuesday, where the theme is ribbon. A quick make as time again has been short. I find working in a shop Nov and Dec are just manic !!

Have a great evening, take care & thanks for stopping by xxx

Tuesday, 4 November 2014


Another card using the doodlebug papers. These were the scrap pieces from my card the other day & I am trying to be good and either use them straight away or put them in the bin ( recycled bin). As I have tons of papers & scraps, me and my buddy maria have said no more purchases until the craft show on the 6th Dec unless its essentials, like adhesives/cards. We are desperately trying to use kits, papers etc up. Well onto the card then here it is....

Not the best but as I say its used bits up. This is for Fantastic tuesday,and the theme was add a butterfly. Do pop over and maybe join in with the challenge. Hope you are all having a good week off so far. Thanks for stopping by, its always truly appreciated xx

Saturday, 1 November 2014

Leaves & foliage

Good morning on this lovely autumn day. 1st November wow already. So that leads me to my new DT card for Eclectic Ellapu ! Im in the purple team and I chose the theme which is leaves & foliage.... This is what I came up with.

I love these paper-pads from Doodlebug. But they are quite hard to get and I order from craft mojo. Thanks Sally. 
I used a spellbinders die for the leaves. 
Hope you like it, i must admit it was one of my favourites that I made the other day. Please pop over and see what both teams have made as there are some fab makes. Have a great weekend thanks for stopping by. Take care xx

Tuesday, 28 October 2014


Hello and hows everyone in blogland. So how quick has the week flown by again ! As my regular readers know I had some root spinal block injections on Thursday not particularly pleasant but not too bad. I stayed in hospital for the afternoon and they let me out once I could walk properly on my leg !! A huge thanks to Maria for taking me and my hubby for looking after me. I don't know what I would do without those pair. I have to have physio and see the consultant again but wont know if its worked for 2-6 weeks. Anyway I did have a few days off and on Saturday went to the best workshop I have ever been to. The lovely Sue from Crafty bunch organised it and the wonderful Pauline Wheeler taught us how to make the most fantastic book ! I did not want it to end, but pictures to follow in the week. So today I am sharing my DT piece for fantastic Tuesday and theme is monochrome. 
Hoe you like it. Must dash as I have craft club over at crafty bunch. 
Take care friends.
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Flowers & more

Good evening , blimey today we have had violent winds, hailstones and tons of rain. I was glad I was at work lol. Luckily its not as bad now. Hows the weather where you all are ? 
So Tuesday already which can only mean 1 thing a new challenge over at Fantastic tuesday...... The theme is flowers and here is my contribution to the DT.

Hope you like it. Just a quick note I might be a little quiet for a few days going to hospital Thursday afternoon for a minor operation procedure on my slipped disk, and on Saturday me and my best buddy Maria are off to a graphic 45 workshop. Organised by the wonderful Sue from Crafty bunch and Pauline Wheeler will be showing us how to make a typography book. Cant wait. I just hope my back will be ok. But I'm lucky to have Maria as she is driving. Anyway hope you are all well and take care. Big hugs Elaine xx

Sunday, 19 October 2014

In the Spirit

Hi and Welcome to my little blog, my outlet for my creativity....... Hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend.  Its very windy today but I am off to Birmingham's LG arena to see Ed Sheeran and Im so excited . Hubby brought the tickets and sent them to my room on the morning of our Wedding as a surprise and now its finally here yay. Anyway enough of all that I have been getting in the spirit of halloween and made treat bags. I have used my clearly besotted stamps & memory box die. Think they have turned out ok.

Could not stop at 1. 

Im hoping to have a good craft later on and catch up with DT work before We go. Take care friends, thanks for popping by xx

Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Anything goes with Yellow

Hello fellow bloggers, I do hope everyone is well in the midst of all this gloomy rain. It sure is dark and miserable !! So onto my card which is a bit brighter.........

Its time for a new challenge over at fantastic Tuesday. The theme is Yellow. I have used doodlebug papers and another hobby house topper along with a few flowers and the bunting is a memory box die. Hope you like it, have a lovely evening. 
Thanks for stopping by xxx

Monday, 13 October 2014

Hobby house

Good morning, Mondays sure do roll round quickly ! Today is my day off,  I worked all weekend and went out on the town Saturday night. ( 1st time in ages ). This afternoon I intend to craft as I haven't made anything for ages. 
So todays card I'm sharing, has been made with some leftover strips out of my new Kaisercraft pad that I didn't want to throw away. 

A hobby house topper & pearls. So there you have it, let me know what you think. Have a wonderful week, ill be back for Fantastic Tuesday in the morning. Take care , big hugs Elaine xx

As always I really appreciate the support. Comments and visits xx

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Fantastic Re-run

Well after my massive mix up last week with my DT card for fantastic Tuesday where I posted the wrong card. Here it is again on the correct day.....oops oops and more oops.

So the theme is anything goes with wings. I used my new spellbinders and a sizzix butterfly die. Hope it ticks the boxes. I just loved the mint colour card aswell. Do pop over and look at the wonderful creations from my fellow DT. Hope everyone is having a good week so far. Big hugs Elaine xx  

Saturday, 4 October 2014

World card making day

Happy world card making day ! Here is a card I made the other night, sorry not been able to craft today way too tired and work tomorrow ! (Huge sigh) 

I used some kaisercraft paper - think it was rustic harmony that I got the other day from the amazing shop I go to for club once a fortnight - Crafty bunch love it. I also got a matching pack of die cuts. I used one just in the bottom right corner and added a rub on. Hobby house topper & flowers and some prima pearls.  
A quick card as I have been so short of time this week. But that will change on Monday as I have a day off yippee !!
Anyway ill leave you with one of my favourite photos from the wedding. I love it. 

Thanks for visiting and leaving comments, it is always appreciated. Happy crafting 
Hugs Elaine xx

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Eclectic Ellapu

Hello to all my wonderful followers hope you are all having a fab week. Its the start of a new challenge over at eclectic ellapu on the first of every month and the theme  for the purple team was set my me this month yay ! I chose texture paste/ embossing. So plenty of scope there. I made a tag. I purchased texture paste recently to use with my Tim Holtz stencils and love it. Heres my halloween texture tag.......

I wanted a different colour for my paste so took a little and mixed it with some imagination crafts silkies and loved the way I changed the colour. Think I will try even more colours now. Cheaper than buying lots of different pastes !!
Well please do drop by and take a look at what my wonderful team mates have made. 
Thanks for stopping by 
Take care 
Elaine xx

Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Another fantastic card !

Well I really don't know whats happened to my brain - the card I posted earlier is actually next weeks , so im ahead of myself lol. So this weeks theme at fantastic Tuesday is camera/spotlighting and heres my make

A big thanks to bad kitty as I won a craft mojo voucher from her blog ! Very kind
Well must dash , thanks for stopping by xxxx

Fantastic Tuesday

Here we are again Tuesday already well actually its 3.30am Wed and im just at work ! Shattered as me and hubby, maria and her 2 children and our good friend Adam went to Blackpool for the day. Had great fun. 

On the big wheel all 3 boys !
Anyway heres my card the theme was wings .

Take care, thanks for stopping xxx

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Ooops more spending

Good evening , hope everyone is well and had a great weekend. I have had a lovely time. Its consisted of more craft shopping, Sunday lunch out with hubby and Maria and her son & friend, then even more shopping getting some winter clothes at the ready ! (Good job I had done plenty of overtime lol ) I have managed to play with some of my new goodies.

Maria got me this die and Its gorgeous. Made another with same die.

Going round to Maria's tomorrow for a few of hours of crafting together. Cant wait. So thats my last few days. Thanks for looking & stopping by. If May is reading this please can you get in touch so I can send your prize !!!!
Take care Friends xxx

Friday, 26 September 2014


Good evening , well I am enjoying my days off and have re-organised my craft area . So it feels a bit more spacious now. I have tried to start practising with my distress markers and used them on this saturated canary stamp. Teamed with my minds eye papers.

Need a bit more practise but I'm getting there. The papers are fantastic, had them ages but hadn't used them. I have recently purchased quite a few things.
Graphic 45 Twas the night before Christmas.

Doodlebug & MME pads

Not to mention some dies oops. Think I had better start making a few more things lol. Hope everyone has a wonderful weekend. 
Thanks for dropping by xxx

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Blog candy winner

Evening everybody. Well I'm super excited to announce the winner of my 50 follower giveaway.........

And this correlates to the wonderful May from Mays happy daze ! Congratulations May I have sent you an email please send me your address . 
The next giveaway will be at 100 followers so spread the word. 
Have a lovely evening and take care.

A huge thanks to everyone for supporting me. I appreciate it.
Elaine xx

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

50 followers giveaway !

Yay I got to 50 followers. So I can finally do my giveaway. I will put all 50 into a number generator tomorrow and announce the winner ! Fingers crossed it might be you. Thanks so much xx


Oh dear I am a very naughty blogger - I completely forgot to upload my card for this weeks fantastic tuesday ! I didnt get back from Cumbria until late last night so apologies ! Here it is anyway.....
Theme was tea party. I used a wooden stamp I won an eternity ago ! 

I wanted it to be quite simple. Hope it looks ok. 
Well we got our wedding photos and we are so pleased with them, we had a replica album done for my mum and she was so chuffed with it. My wonderful hubby took us to Abbey house hotel for afternoon tea it was lush.

And it was fun to stroll round the grounds 
I cant believe its only been just over 3 months ....

Well off to catch up on housework etc as tomorrow me and Marie are off out with the wonderful Sue from Crafty bunch for something to eat. Then the rest of the day will be crafting !
Hope you are all well, take care xxx