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, 28 January 2014

Challenge time !

Afternoon and its time for a new challenge over at fan-tastic Tuesday. The theme is make it cute & sweet. The sponsor is the fabulous 

For this I made a card using one of my own stamps and coloured with distress markers. Although I used the wrong paper to stamp on Doh !!!!!! Please do hop over and take a look at what my fellow teamies have come up with. Have a wonderful day. A big smile & hug for all my lovely followers xxxx


Sunday, 26 January 2014

Its Fixed !

Hi to everyone, hope you are well and had a fab weekend. Finally the internet was fixed a few days ago. But unfortunately I have been at work all weekend and have had zero time to craft due to the fact we have also had a new boiler which meant a hell of a lot of moving about and cleaning !!! Although I have a day off tomorrow yippee. But I thought I would show you what I intend to work on over the next few days.

 A tim holtz configurations box  ( my good friend maria got me it ), and a graphic 45 pad, this has been in my stash for 2 years !! About time I got the scissors into it. Well thanks ever so much for stopping by. Take care xx

Tuesday, 21 January 2014

And still no internet !!

Morning everyone, I am still a unhappy bunny at the moment. Still without internet, my appointment was arranged for yesterday. I waited in all day until 6 and no one had showed up !!!! I phoned and complained, what a waste of time BT is..... A new appointment for Wednesday morning ! They had better turn up. Must remain calm lol. Anyway today is the start of a new challenge over at Fan-tastic tuesday and the theme is femine and the sponsor is the fab 

Sprinkle n sparkle

I chose Isabelle and she is gorgeous and I knew I had to use my Graphic 45 couture paper with this. Hope you like it thanks for stopping by xxx

Monday, 20 January 2014

Hobby house challenge

The Sun is shining and its feels like spring will be on the way before we know it. Well as its so lovely I decided to treat myself to an afternoon in my craft room. Unsure what to make I got my tin of hobby house toppers and thought Im going to make a card & enter the challenge where the theme is ribbon. And this is the result ! Im quite happy that I eventually managed to tie a decent bow. Courtesy of john and the video on his blog. 

A close up showing the wings that I covered in glossy accents then sprinkled glitter into it....

Well hope you like it, I really had fun.
Thanks for all the visits & comments left, it does mean a lot to me xxx

Sunday, 19 January 2014

Inspired by Ellen

Well today I read the Paperartsy blog and  discovered that the very talented Ellen Vargo was featured. I loved the post so much I ventured straight into my craft room to make a tag. I used the wonderful fresco chalk paints in Hey presto & limelight. I then spritzed it with some perfect pearls to add a nice sheen. Then stamped using swirls & curls. Finally some tim holtz chit chat words. I like how it turned out especially as this was my first time brayering with paints, infact I have had my brayer for about 4 years and never used it lol. 

Thanks for looking, have fun xxxx

No internet !

Good morning, 
Well its the 1st challenge of the year for Team 1 at Hobbycutz. The theme is lots of layers & we are sponsored by the fab 
For my card I have used Strawberry shortcake - so cute coloured with Pro markers. I have used wooden leaves from Hobbycutz that I have embossed with green sparkle embossing powder. 

I have not been a happy bunny since Wednesday as I have had no internet and BT cant come out until Monday. Thank goodness for iPhones so I must apologise for the poor photos as I cant use my iPad or computer. Everything is being done via my iphone. Hope you like it have a fab weekend. Thanks so much for stopping by.
Elaine xx  

Wednesday, 15 January 2014

Mega Exciting news!!!!

Well for the last few weeks I have hardly been able to contain my excitement ...........
And the reason for this is I have a little guest designer spot over on the Paperartsy blog . Please do drop by and take a peek, I would love a little support. I am thrilled thanks so much to Darcy & Leandra & paperartsy for letting me loose. Now I will leave you with a little snippet of what I created (drum roll)

I was so lucky to be able to pick out Hey presto & limelight fresco paints which you can find Here
And a fantastic Squiggly ink stamp set which can also be found Here. I was asked to make a quick project and so enjoyed creating this. Hope you do too. Thanks for stopping by it is truly appreciated.
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Fan-tastic Tuesday

Time for another challenge over at Fan-tastic Tuesday. The sponsor this week is stitchy bear, the theme is Pink & a pattern. Here's my inspiration

I used pink patterned paper & stamps from Stamping up. Please do pop over and have a look what my teamies have come up with. 
Have a great evening , huge thanks for dropping by xxx

Monday, 13 January 2014

More Sweet sentiments

Morning , well what have I been doing - playing with the sweet sentiments again. After I finally cut into it to make yesterday's canvas I thought I would make a tag. I have used rangers big tag, swished it through Tim Holtz distress inks & also spritzed with perfect pearls. Then I added paper and chipboard pieces. 

Quite like how this turned out. Let me know what you think. Right I am off to play badminton & hopefully squeeze in some more craft later. Hope you all have a fab day.
Take care and thanks for dropping by xx

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Productive craft day !

Today has been the most productive craft day I have had in ages and I finally feel like my mojo is slowly coming back. I have made quite a few cards over last couple of days in an effort to use up some of my much hoarded stash. Then just for fun I decided to cut into my new sweet sentiments pad by Graphic 45.........and started a small canvas. 

I still think I might add to it but its a work in progress. Wish the photo was a little better. So what do you think, hope you like it. Take care & as always I appreciate everyone who stops by xx

Friday, 10 January 2014

Using up my stash

Quick post Just to share some simple cards made. I have gazillions of kits that I really need to use up and thought I would make a start. Even if its to get my lost mojo back. 

These were made using a free hunky-dory gifts.Take care & thanks so much for the lovely comments. 
Elaine x

Tuesday, 7 January 2014

January blues

Well to beat the January blues me & the future hubby took ourselves off to visit some of my family in Glasgow & then pop into Cumbria for a few days for our 6 month wedding appointment. It was great to see my niece and we got a little bit of crafty time together.

These are Freja's makes. Must take after her Auntie !
Still in Cumbria for another day then heading home to have at least 3 days crafting catching up with my DT work and using some of my stash I got for Christmas. Well must go, hope everyone is well and safe from this terrible weather. Take care xxx