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

Wednesday, 28 December 2016


Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the festivities. This was my first Christmas where I have had some decent time off in 21 years and it's been fabulous. We had a lovely Christmas Eve. We went to the Crematorium during the day to take something for my little brother. Then we went home watched a Christmas film and had a nice meal. On Christmas Day I was up at 4.30 with excitement ( yes I'm like a little kid lol ). We had a lovely lunch out and just came home and chilled out the rest of the day. Boxing Day We had our usual party and I put on a Buffett. We played games and had a few drinks, and we had some of the guests stay over and I cooked the 6 of us a full English the next day. Today I've had my godchildren here all day and we have crafted, been out for food and played games. So it's been a lovely time spent with some wonderful people. 
Anyway onto craft, I have tidied my craft room and I'm ready to get going with some projects. I hope my mojo is coming back. Today I'm sharing a card I made 2 weeks ago. It's made for Jones crafts and I used g45 cafe Parisian. It's intended to be a simple afternoon tea invite, with details printed inside. 

Hope you like it. I would like to say thank you to all the people who have visited me and left comments this year. It is so heart warming to know someone takes valuable time to leave kind words. 
On that note take care xxxx

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Almost Christmas....

Hello to all my lovely followers. Sorry the posts have been somewhat erratic and slow. It's been a real difficult few weeks for me and I feel I'm only just sorting myself out. Sadly on 9th of December (also my 41st birthday) we said goodbye to the most amazing brave lady. My lovely friend Rachel. So my heart has not really been into crafting but I did spend a bit of time in my craft room the other day. Here's what I did... 

I wrapped up hubbys aftershave with some graphic 45 papers and covered an MDF tag. The collection used was St Nicholas. Thank you to Darren Saxton at Jones crafts for sending me these wonderful Papers. 
Well must dash having a new colour put in my hair and a cut at the hairdressers today. I fancied a change lol.
Take care friends and big hugs. 
Love Elaine xxxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Eclectic

Hello lovely peeps. Wow December the first, it's almost Christmas woohoo ! However I do have my birthday before then..... 
Right onto today's DT make for Eclectic Ellapu. 

I have desperately trying to use up old kits to create some space. The theme was bells and I attached one to the little red bow. Please take a peek over at what the wonderful team have created. 
We have very generously been given time off until the next challenge starts on Feb the 1st next year. Thanks for stopping by. 
Hope everyone is well, take care for now xxxxx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Love & Sadness

Today's post is a mixture of happiness and sadness.
This weekend saw myself and hubby attending a very special couples wedding. Now my lack of crafting recently was due to this wedding as I made all the stationary, and on the day the room looked beautiful.
My first ever table plan.....
Favour bags & namecards

The beautiful Mr & Mrs Sutton-Jones
Me & the Groom
Special friends 
It was a beautiful weekend and we stayed overnight and all had breakfast together. I wish them both a lifetime of happiness.
The week was also very sad,
On Thursday a very special lady who I was glad to call my friend lost her 4 year battle with cancer. I had known Rachel for 21 years and she was an inspiration. Tomorrow would have been her first wedding anniversary and I would like to share a picture of that happy day which I was so glad I got to be a part of.

Sending love and wishes to all her family.
The wedding yesterday had lanterns on the lake in memory of the groom's father so I dedicated mine to Rachel.

Enjoy life and do what makes you happy. 
Thank you for reading my post today xxx

Sunday, 13 November 2016

I'm a bad blogger !

Evening fellow crafters. Firstly I must apologise for the lack of posts and visits to your blogs. It's been manic here for me. Front & rear gardens have been done which caused carnage. I finally managed to finish 100 name cards , 88 favour boxes and a table plan. Tie that in with college, school and work it's been a nightmare with no real time to do any craft. I have a huge day at school tomorrow aswell my college tutor is coming into school to observe me and see how much criteria I have met. To say I'm nervous is an understatement !!! 
After this week has gone all normal service will resume. Thank goodness lol. 
So what am I sharing with you lovely folk today then.....
A little festive trio for the dinner table using Graphic 45's lovely St Nicholas collection. Made this a couple of weeks ago for my DT piece for Jones crafts.

Love this collection so very festive, and anyone who knows me knows how much I love the festive season !!! 
Hope you are all well and enjoyed your weekend. I'm off to try and get some sleep ready for tomorrow, wish me luck I might need it. 
Take care friends.
Elaine xxx

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Time flies

Good Morning, how is everyone ? So it's the 1st of the month ( seriously where did October go ??? ) which means it's time for a new challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu. The theme for the purple team was let sparks fly - use glitter, gems or gilding flakes. 
I chose to make a MDF Xmas heart using   Graphic 45 St Nicholas and used some glitter Xmas trees that I've had in my stash for an eternity lol. 

Let me know what you think, and do pop over and check out what both teams have made this month. 
Right I must crack on I'm finishing off my friends Wedding favours no name cards this week. 
Take care and have a wonderful week xxx

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Halloween Treat bags

Hello & a warm welcome to my blog. 
Sorry I haven't been sharing much lately had a terrible cold that turned into a chest infection and didn't go in my craft room for almost 2 weeks !! Glad to say I'm feeling much better and I've been doing a spot of crafting. 
Today I'm sharing with you some gift bags I made for Jones crafts a few weeks ago using G45 Halloween in wonderland. Love this collection....

I also have some super exciting news to share.... Last Monday the lovely Toni from stamps by me limited put together her first design team and I'm thrilled to say that I made it. ( not even sure how it happened ) but I'm over the moon to working with another lovely team. The DT officially starts in November, Toni is on create and craft at 1pm today. Make sure you have a peek. 

That's all from me today, hope you are all well & doing lots of crafting. 
Take care and thanks for looking.
Hugs Elaine x

Monday, 17 October 2016

A peek at more samples

Hi everyone, 
Hope you all had a good weekend, I'm currently laid up in bed with the worst cold that I can remember. Not even the energy to craft but they say rest is best. I can't complain really. 
So I thought I'd show you some more of the samples I made for Leonies last launch. Hope you like them....

Had a great time working with them and there's so many more things I want to do with them aswell. These products will have a huge shelf life. 
Right that's all from me for now, although next time there might be some good news....... 
Have a fun day , thanks for looking xxx

Thursday, 13 October 2016

Leonies amazing new launch

Good evening & a huge warm welcome on this very chilly Autumn evening.
So round about now the super talented Leonie Pujol is launching some brand new stamps & masks.
Got to say love them used separately & love them even more combined. Had a real good time playing with them.

The first design team sample I'm sharing is a scrapbook page - Jen fisher if your reading this blog you inspired me to do a layout xx

Anyway here it is.....

The picture is of me & friends at our redundancy party hence why I chose the masks magic & memories. ( I'm the lady one on the left ) very apt wording.

To add a finishing touch I went around the words with my glitter pen. Hope you like it, I was really pleased with it.
Right I'm off to watch the launch in bed, got a terrible throat & head, hope it doesn't come out as a full blown cold lol.
Don't forget to tune in at 8pm on Hochanda. 
Thanks for looking, big hugs to you all.
Elaine xx

Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Leonies sneaky peek time....

Good morning, hope everyone had a good weekend. 
Today im sharing a sneaky peek and all the info ready for Leonie Pujols amazing new launch of products at 8pm on Thursday. 
I loved working with them. Make sure you tune in, the design team have made some fabulous samples. 

Right must dash currently working on some Halloween projects.
Thanks for looking, Elaine xx

Thursday, 6 October 2016

St Nick

I'm getting myself in the festive spirit ! 
I altered a frame for this weeks Jones crafts DT piece. I got the frame from the lovely lovely Sue, owner of the awesome crafty bunch.....not only does she run the craft shop but she is a fabulous friend too. 

I used the new Graphic 45 Papers
St Nicholas. Painted with prima paint that the lovely sue gave us at the retreat. Some fussy cutting here & there and my frame was complete. 
Thrilled with this collection that the ever so lovely & generous Darren Saxton from Jones crafts sent me...... I almost didn't want to cut it up !!!!!!
I'm very lucky to be on such wonderful design teams, and huge thanks to everyone that reads my blog. If it wasn't for you lovely people my little blog wouldn't exist. 
On that note it's time I got myself to bed, college in the morning..........
Take care & thanks for leaving comments. Have a lovely weekend xxx

Wednesday, 5 October 2016

New Leonie Launch

Hello and good evening to all my followers.
What an exciting evening it is too !! It's the fabulous Leonie Pujols new launch live on Hochanda at 8pm. It's been a pleasure to get to use the fabulous products. There are 6 embossing folders and 6 stamps sets. I'm sure they will go down a storm.
Here's one of my favourite samples that I made using one of the embossing folders and one of the stamp sets. I also added the artic glitter brush pen to make it glisten, and used leonies snow die from a previous launch. I really loved making this little scene.

Close up of that fabulous embossing folder.......

Please also take a minute to visit my amazing team mates blogs....

Nick - http://nickinbarnsley.blogspot.co.uk/

Jane - http://isleofcraftycreations.blogspot.co.uk/

Unfortunately the lovely Katrina had an operation and hasn't been able to make samples but we are hoping she will be back with the next collection. Plus there are some more lovely ladies joining the team soon  - Nicola, Ann and Claire. Please give them a warm welcome.
Right it's coffee and Hochanda time. Thanks for stopping by and leaving some love,
Big hugs Elaine xxx

Saturday, 1 October 2016

1st of the month Eclectic

Hello peeps, I'm so sorry I'm quiet at the moment but life seems to be really really busy for me at the moment. College, school etc etc..... And I'm working on a lovely couples wedding Stationary. Currently making name cards and favours. Oh and a table plan. Here's a pic of the front of the invites 

Anyway the reason for today's post is its DT time again for Eclectic Ellapu - I really can't believe it's the 1st October..... The theme was Autumn.

Please take a peek over at the blog as my teamies have made some amazing creations.
Hope everyone is well, take care and thanks for stopping by xxxx

Saturday, 24 September 2016

Quick post...

Good evening, hope everyone is enjoying the weekend ! I'm just going to share a few photos of the craft retreat I went on  2 weeks ago. It was fabulous and we left for Brownsover hall hotel on the Friday and sadly left kicking and screaming on the Sunday night as we didn't want it to end lol.......
This was organised by the ever so wonderful Susan Jones for the 2nd year running. Susan owns crafty bunch where I go to craft club. Now a lot of regular ladies went and also some others from far and wide. Here's some snaps of the hotel.

My room was in the converted stables

The crafty room....in full flow

We made a wonderful frame book on the Saturday with Sue.... And on the Sunday
a fabulous shrine with Fran Westmoreland. Will share photos of the finished projects after I've finshed tweaking them. The food and hotel was just fabulous.
It was amazing and thanks so much to sue for all the hardwork she put in.
No crafty projects to share, I've really been struggling with time and mojo lately. Have spent half of today doing college work before I fall too far behind. 
Take care thanks for popping in, 
Hugs Elaine xxx

Saturday, 17 September 2016

Cafe Parisian

Good morning cyber world ! Thought I would do a quick post before I head off into work. So today im sharing a card made using the beautiful new Cafe Parisian collection from graphic 45. I made it for my Jones crafts DT for this fortnight. The colours are so lush and work perfectly with a tiny bit of black. 
Let me know what you think....

Hope you all have a lovely weekend, I do wish I was going to Ally Pally but hey you can't have it all and there's always next year lol. 
Take care friends, thanks for visiting.
Hugs Elaine xxxx

Thursday, 8 September 2016

Biscuit Tin.....and heartfelt thanks

Good morning, hope everyone is well.
Today I'm sharing my DT make for Jones crafts. I have used graphic 45 Halloween in wonderland. I love this collection.....
I used an empty tin from biscuits I purchased at the good food show.....

I originally put green paint on but it wasn't thick enough so went with black gesso instead. 
The finished tin.....

Now all I need to do is decide which of my favourite biscuits to put in lol !!!
Hope you like it, it was so much fun to make. 
Let me know what your favourite biscuits are.....I love any with chocolate on 😂😂. 
Well I'm super excited as tomorrow I leave for a craft retreat organised by the wonderful Sue from crafty bunch. I can't wait, a workshop taught by sue herself and also one from Fran Westmoreland. Good company, craft, food and drinks what more could you ask for.
I also just wanted to share something personal, March was national brain tumour awareness month and I decided to sign up with hubby for the Wolverhampton 10k in memory of my wonderful little brother Matthew. 

This Saturday marks the 20 year anniversary of his passing, so even more reason to give something back...... We managed to raise £330 for the brain tumour charity and I want to thank everyone who supported us and donated. It really means so much. 
Here's a photo of me at the end. ( I've never been one for running and it was our first 10k ).

Sorry for the long post. But thanks so much for stopping by and leaving comments I really appreciate it xxxx

Friday, 2 September 2016

Eclectic DT

Evening all its two minutes past minute and my post didn't go live grrrrrr. That's the 2nd time I've tried it !!! 
Anyway this should of been posted on the 1st my apologies. 
So over at Eclectic Ellapu the theme for the purple team is new beginnings. I chose to do a CAS new home card. I love the CAS style but I'm very pants at it.....!!!!
Well at least I've tried lol

Please do have a look over at the blog , the rest of the DT have made some awesome things as always.
Thanks for looking & sleep tight
Elaine xx

Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Candy Winner !

Good evening, well it's time to announce the candy winner. I got my hubby to draw a name out of the hat for my candy giveaway...................
Drum roll....
He chose Wendy aka Spanish crafter Well done Wendy please will you email me your address and I'll post it out to you this week. 

Also thought I would share another couple of samples from Leonie Pujols new glitter brush pens. Did I tell you they are amazing. The stamps are fabulous too !!
Hope you like them

Did any of you catch the shows ? I watched all of them and thought they were great, picked up some more great tips and ideas. I just wish each day had more hours lol. Right it's midnight and time I was in bed. 
Thanks so much for stopping by and I will have another giveaway when and if I reach 100 followers. 
Hugs Elaine xxx