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

Friday, 25 December 2015

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas to everyone, have a wonderful day with your family & friends. Sorry not been around will catch up with you all in the new year. Take care lots of love to you all. 

Wednesday, 2 December 2015


Good evening and huge warm welcome to my blog. I hope everyone is well and managing to keep warm as it's freezing here !! 
Today sees the last Eclectic Ellapu challenge of 2015, we will all return in February refreshed and raring to go.
So the theme for the purple team was use 1 or more dies. Here's what I came up with.......

I used a hobby house topper and a cheery Lynn die. I added flowers and enamel dots. Hope you like it. Things are getting manic at work now in the run up to Xmas but I can thankfully say I have 2 weeks off from work as I'll be celebrating my 40th birthday !! How did that happen I still feel 21 lol. Anyway I'll be hoping to share pictures and fill you in soon. 
Take care my wonderful friends, thanks for visiting xxxx

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

How long ago !

Wow can't believe I haven't posted for 12 days - naughty me..... But working in retail means November and December are sooooooo busy and I hardly get anytime to create for long. And I have to do my own festive shopping aswell lol. Well I managed to make this months months charity kit from the lovely Christine Emberson. It's a cute little gift bag and I love it.

I was also lucky enough to recently win one of Christine's competitions, here's a picture of me wearing the tiara and looking at the book.

Excuse my work uniform !!
This is what I won

And then this week as I had sent in the pic of me in the tiara I won a set of these dies -

She's a very very generous lady and she dedicates a lot of time and effort to bring us these kits for charity. 
Anyway time for me to get ready for craft club with my friend Maria. 
Be back soon hopefully,
Take care & thanks for looking xx

Thursday, 12 November 2015


Good evening, and a huge warm welcome to all my followers. Hope you are all having a good week. So it's a new challenge for Team A which is my favourite things. Which is graphic 45, so I made a perpetual calendar using a g45 tag, g45 Christmas Carol papers, spellbinders dies and lawn fawn goodie bag die. 

I actually had this as a sample on my demo day & a lady said she was going to make it in one of her classes. Hope you like it too. 
Thanks for checking in , I always appreciate it. 
Take care xx

Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Eek where is time going !

Can't believe it's been over a week since my last post !! Sorry but I dont know where time is going . Thought I would share a couple of makes that I did recently.

This is a canvas that I made on my demo day, I used graphic 45 Christmas carol collection. Love this !!

Then Wendy the lovely owner gave me a case to alter. So I took it home and transformed using steampunk debutante which I also love ❤️

Haven't had much time this week to craft as work is beginning to get very very busy in the build up to Christmas. Plus I'm trying to prepare myself for redundancy in February. It's starting to
Hit home that I'm going to have to start thinking about what I am going to do for a job ! Anyway enough of my waffling on.

Hope everyone is well and I thank you all for the support and comments.
Take care xx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

1st of the month DT project

Good evening to all the wonderful people in blog land. Well today is the start of a new challenge at Eclectic Ellapu, and the theme for the purple team is alter it ! So transformed a MDF butterfly.......

I was given this by the lovely owner of intricut crafts to alter ready for my 1st ever demo day. So I painted it in black gesso and used g45 collection Mon amour. I did 2 layers of paper and only adhered a strip in the middle so that there would still be full movement in the wings. Really happy how it turned out and the pictures don't do it justice. 
I'm pleased to report the demo day went well and although I was really nervous the time flew by. Really hope I get to do it again lol. Here's a couple of snaps...
Wendy the owner & her lovely daughter who is also an Elaine

And a couple of my samples on the table

Don't forget I have a blog candy prize when I get to 75 followers which seems to be taking forever lol.... This is one of the prizes

A deluxe edition of once upon a springtime and also included in the papers is chipboard and stickers. I shall also be throwing in several other crafty items. So spread the word someone's got to win !! Anyway have a wonderful Sunday evening, thanks for visiting xxx

Thursday, 22 October 2015

My favourite re-release

Hello friends, well to say I was overjoyed when graphic 45 decided to re-release steampunk Debutante is an understatement. I loved these papers when I went to a workshop around 6 years ago and only ever managed to buy the odd sheet. But now I have a full set yay ! So I created this little matchbook box which is also from g45. It's this weeks design team piece for Jones crafts. I painted it with black gesso and cut out all the bits and bobs from the paper including lots of the little butterflies. Added some dies and flowers etc. I'm really pleased how it turned out. Take a look.....

Hope you liked it. Anyway a huge piece of exciting news for me is that I've been asked to demonstrate graphic 45 at one of the craft shops in the local area. I'm thrilled and also scared out of my wits ! It's at intricut crafts which has just moved into a larger premises. Nerves are so bad already, I'm beavering away making lots of samples etc. so wish me luck it's on Halloween lol. 
Hope you are all having a great week , take care thanks for looking and taking the time to leave comments, I can't thank you enough xxx

Thursday, 15 October 2015


Good morning, well I'm here today to show my make for MAWTT and the theme was Halloween, so I made a frame from a spare piece of mount board. Painted it with Dylusions paint, used a Tim Holtz stencil and added papers from rare oddities by Graphic 45. I then added embellishments from my stash. To get the blood marks on it I dribbled alcohol inks on and blotted it off. 
Let me know if you like it

I've had a busy weekend as I went on my 1st ever craft retreat..... Organised by the wonderful Susan Jones from crafty Bunch. This is her putting the shop back together lol,

It was amazing and didn't want to come home. We stayed in a fabulous hotel from Friday to Sunday night. 2 full days of craft with Hels Sheridan & Pauline wheeler. The food and company was fab . 33 ladies all together, some great friends, and even met some wonderful new ladies, food, drink and craft it was perfect. Thanks Sue you deserve a medal ( I'm praying she does another ). Anyway here's a few snaps.

This is one of the projects a folio using the gorgeous Graphic 45 gilded lily. I haven't taken a photo of the storage we made but will post it later in the week.

Well thanks so much for looking, sending hugs 
Elaine xx

Thursday, 1 October 2015

1st of the Month....

Well it's the 1st October so that can only mean it's time for a new Challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. The theme for this month for us purples is Halloween. I just love Halloween. I decided to alter a cheap frame that cost only £1. Here is the before photo....

I then covered it in dylusions paint in purple & hints of the lime green colour. Then I got out my graphic 45 papers & embellishments using the amazing Rare Oddities.......this is how it turned out. Really rather pleased with it. Let me know what you think.

The little bottles are from Tim Holtz and I've filled them with liquid pearls. 
Had great fun making this. Anyway please do pop over and take a look at what all my wonderful team mates have made. Hope everyone is well, thanks for stopping by always appreciated. 
Don't forget I'm having a big giveaway when I reach 75 followers and it will include all brand new items including some Graphic 45 !!
Big hugs 
Elaine xx

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Gilded lily

Hello there, I'm currently watching The great British bake off while typing this post.... I love that show. I don't watch hardly any TV but make an exception for this every week. 
This week my latest project for Jones crafts went up on their Facebook page. It's a Tim holtz clock transformed with gilded lily........

Such a pain to do but love the finished result. The photos really don't do it justice. I love these papers so much.
Hope you like it.
The week has been really nice been crafting and doing plenty of cooking making homemade soups and cakes. Really don't want to go to back to work next week !! Off to Nottingham with my lovely crafty friend Sue who owns crafty bunch on Saturday. It's a Fran Moreland who's on the prima Design team so looking forward to that. Anyway time to go , hope all my lovely crafty friends are well, take care xx

Saturday, 19 September 2015

Huge apologies

Hello to my crafty friends, firstly I need to apologise to All my lovely team mates at Moving along with the times and our lovely boss Wendy. This should of been posted on Thursday, but I can honestly say it's not my fault. It's Virgin Media services. We have been without any TV or Internet since last Monday. Everyday I rang I was told it would be fixed and it wasn't. Then sometime during the early hours this morning it was fixed. My husband has not been impressed missing all the football ! But thank goodness it's fixed for the weekend matches. So moaning over here is my card for team A and the theme was wearing hats and scarves. 

I used a Lindsay Mason wood mounted stamp that I have had for years. I love it and it never ages. I used some Graphic 45 paper & a spellbinders die. 
Hope you like it. I have 10 days off from work starting today, tonight I'm off to see Florence and the Machine in concert. But today will be spent catching up on everyone's blogs. Have a great weekend and thanks so much for dropping by xx

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Mon Amour & spellbinders

Good evening, what a busy hectic week I have had. Work super busy due to stocktake.... Here's a picture of me and my best craft buddy & work mate Maria, this was taken at 02.45 in the morning outside work. 

Talking of Maria it was her birthday Thursday and I made her a card and matching gift bag from the wonderful DT parcel I got from jones crafts. I used g45 mon amour. It has the prettiest papers...

We celebrated by friends going out to Nandos for a meal...

A really lovely day but bittersweet as also the same day as my little brother passed away...19 years ago. I dedicate this post to my love for him.

Thanks for stopping by xx

Monday, 7 September 2015

When Elaine met Christine...

Hello friends, can you believe it we have had 2 sunny days in row !! Although it's not that warm, it does make a nice change not to rain lol.
So I have had a lovely weekend,  booked a last minute day off work Saturday to travel to Coventry to meet my crafting idol, the fabulous Christine Emberson. All I can say is what a lovely warm lady she is and so very talented. Christine and her son Elliott run Hope chances creativity online and that's where I get my spellbinders from. The demo was fab with amazing samples -( actually quite embarrassed with my entry, having applied for the DT Elliott has set up ). I also got to meet her lovely mum who accompanied her. 
Here is a photo of them both.

I picked up some great tips and hoping to try them out today, can't wait to get to my desk. So thanks for the inspiration Christine and looking forward to seeing her on the craft channel next week. 
Here's a card made as part of my DT entry. Love the foilage dies and I used doodlebug papers. 

Hope you like it.
Thanks ever so much for taking the time to read my blog and leave comments it's appreciated. Have a lovely week.
Love Elaine x 

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

1st of the Month

Good morning all, 
Well September already.........although the weather here at the moment is making me feel like it's November ! 
So we have a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu, the challenge for us purple team was to use things in our crafty stash that was more than 6 months old. Well where would I start I have enough stash that I have never used that it would last me about 4 lifetimes ha ha. 
I decided to pull out a very old paper pad from Graphic 45 called On the boardwalk, it was discontinued some time ago. 

I did break into a cold sweat when I cut into it but I'm happy to say that passed a few minutes later lol. Here is the card I made....

I used the smallest g45 tag for the front aswell as the paper. Love the vintage feel to these papers and the images on them. 
Hope you like it. Please pop over and see what all my lovely team mates have made. Have a fabulous day, thanks for stopping by again. From the bottom of my heart I thank you xxxx
Big hugs Elaine 

P.s A day of craft today so better get my skates on !

Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Scrapbook layout

Good evening, hope you are all well and managing to create some lovely cards and art. I managed to make a scrapbook layout for Jones crafts using the wonderful Gilded lily collection by Graphic 45, which they very generously sent me. It's such a beautiful versatile collection. I used one of our wedding pictures from last year to create a 12 x 12 page. Hope you like it.

I'm hoping to get creative on Friday for a few hours. I will be hopping around everyone's blogs over the next day or so. 
Take care, have fun. Thanks for looking.
Big hugs Elaine xxx

Saturday, 22 August 2015

Ssshhh its a craft day !

Yes it's true im having a nice chilled relaxing craft day. I don't often get a day off on a Saturday but today I have yay !!!
I am at work tomorrow but I'm not thinking about that yet lol. Hubby is at work and the only housework intended is some washing and cooking. 
What's everyone else doing this weekend hope you are all doing something nice. 
Right what have I got to share today....

A couple of new baby cards using Graphic 45 Precious memories. Made them at crafty bunch on Tuesday and finished them off with little bits this morning. Hope you like them, right dont want to waste any time it's back to the craft room I go. Thanks for looking and leaving comments I really appreciate it. 
Have a wonderful weekend , love of love and hugs xx