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

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

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Not a card

Hi fellow bloggers, 
I can safely say after 22 days of work without a day off, its officially my holiday for 9 whole days. We are off to Cumbria in the morning to pick up the much awaited wedding photos - cant wait. We are staying for a couple of days. We will be off to Abbey house hotel for afternoon tea. I have so much planned lunch on several days with different friends catching up, a craft day round at my wonderful craft buddies house ( maria ) and lots of crafting & generally taking it easy , I think as I have been overdoing it my back has been really painful the last few days!!! But enough of that.... The reason for todays post is there is a new challenge over at Hobbycutz and the theme is "not a card" ....... 
I chose to do a tag using texture paste, g45 steampunk spells and the gorgeous wooden pumpkins from Hobbycutz.

Hope everyone is having a fantastic weekend so far. Let me know what you think. And as always a big thanks for taking the time to stop by. It means so much to me. Take care Elaine xx

P.s only 3 more followers for the candy giveaway - spread the word !! 

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

More CBS halloween

Good morning. Im currently sat on my break its 5.45 am and I have been doing weird hours at work due to some changes we needed to do when the store is closed. So to keep me awake I thought I would share another clearly besotted halloween card. I really do love these stamps & die. 

Hope you all like it. Have a great day. Ive got the hairdressers so no sleep for me. 
Im going to enter this into the CBS challenge after all nothing to lose. 
Take care xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Fantastic Tuesday

Afternoon and a big welcome to my 2 new flowers. Only 3 more to go until the big blog candy giveaway !!! So at the moment it seems to be work work and more work. Cant wait for Sunday to come as its my last day and will have 9 days off. We go to Cumbria on Monday to pick up our wedding photos. Cant wait as its been 3 months since we got married and they came a few weeks ago but we have had to wait for some time off so we could go for a few days.Anyway enough of me going on. Here is todays card for fantastic Tuesday - theme is ATG with shades of blue.

I have used clearly besotted stamps did a bit of masking with shoe and stamped a simple background. Its very basic but I was in a bit of a rush as usual. Hope it looks ok. 
Thanks for stopping by & taking the time to comment it means a lot. Take care
Elaine xx

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Cbs new halloween

Happy Saturday ! I have spent a few hours this afternoon crafting. I have been super busy all week and desperately wanted to use some of my new stash from clearly besotted. So I have made this using the new halloween stamps & echo park papers. The stamps are just amazing. Love Stephanie's stamps and dies they are gorgeous. 

I can see plenty of use for these ! 
Hope everyone is well and enjoying the weekend. Im working both my days off again but at least I break up for a week soon and be able to buy more craft lol. Let me know what you think. Thanks for visiting and take care.
Hugs Elaine

Thursday, 11 September 2014

Clearly besotted

Thought I would pop in quickly with a quick card I made the other night using some clearly besotted stamps. 

I tried to keep it CAS. I admire the work of Michelle short & Stephanie Wyncott but mine never seem to be as good ! But I do love the stamps and dies and have recently purchased some sale items & the new Halloween releases. Just need to find time to use them now ! Hope everyone is well , catch up soon take care xx

Sunday, 7 September 2014


Hello to all my lovely friends who pop by my little old blog. I hope that everyone has got some crafty time over the weekend. Unfortunately I have worked full time at my own job then on my 2 days off I have been over to stourport-on-severn to do overtime as the store is closing down. But Maria has been with me ( extra money to spend on craft and maybe a few xmas pressies lol ) so time has flown having a laugh with her. Anyway enough of me going on , todays card is for my hobbycutz DT. 

I used the fantastic pumpkin wooden laser cuts from hobbycutz. I covered them in distress ink. I used echo park papers and a memory box spider die. Hope you like it. Take care , big hugs x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Mini gift box

Good evening and what a warm one it is. Whats everyone been doing ? Hope its been lots of good things.
So what have I been making ? Well I love my spellbinders square bracket edge box die, (which I purchased from hope chances creativity) so much I decided to use one of my other loves Graphic 45 and the lovely botanical tea !! 

I made it to put money in for a friends birthday. Im going to use this as my Boxing day lunch place settings, hopefully with the new g45 christmas papers !! Fingers crossed the birthday bear will bring them to me on December 9th lol. It only took around 20 minutes from start to finish. I really like the fact you can you it with any sort of papers. Let me know what you think of it. Have a great weekend everyone & have fun xxxx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Fantastic tuesday ( only just )

Hello and tuesday is drawing to a close and I nearly forgot to post my DT piece for fantastic tuesday !!!!!!! Well this week the theme is anything goes and we are sponsored by paper pretties. For my card I used some craftwork cards paper. Maria gave me some from her pad and they are brilliant. I added clearly besotted word dies and paper smooches stitched tag die. I then cut the taxi out from one of  the other 

A really easy card with such fab papers. 
Time to dash my long awaited hospital appointment is tomorrow to see the consultant for my slipped disc. Fingers crossed I can finally get rid of the pain soon. Take care friends , bigs hugs to everyone.
Elaine xxx

Monday, 1 September 2014

Card for a lady

Good evening and I seriously cant believe it is the 1st September and a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. The theme is card for a lady. It seemed very befitting to use my G45 ladies diary papers, chipboard and stickers.

I made the tiny flowers with a punch, shaped them, inked them and added tiny pearls. I went for a more vintage look with this. I do hope you like it, please pop over and see what my lovely team mates have made and why not join in.
Early night for me tonight as I'm exhausted me and hubby took our gorgeous godchildren out for the day to Drayton manor theme park and zoo. We love taking them out in the holidays. They are so well behaved aswell......

Well thanks for looking & stopping by.  Hope you are all well , take care xx