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Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Current Challenge Themes For My Favorite Places

Altered Eclectics (Mother Hen)
 1st day of every month

Eclectic Ellapu (Mother Hen)
on the 1st day of every month


Rhedd's Creative Spirit (DT)
Anything Goes 
begins 1st day of month

Drop by and join in the fun!
Hugz always 
Elaine aka Ellapu xxx 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Mid month Tutorial 3

Hi everyone -  it is my turn to give you a mid month tutorial over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit. 

I had a few wooden bangles hanging about in the deepest depths of what I call my craft room, one of which was wide and the others were varying styles.
I decided to put five of them together to make a pot for my dressing room table - I didn't want anything fancy and frilly, just simple and unique.

As you can see for yourselves I used glossy accents to adhere them together and you will also see they do not lay flat on top of each other lol.  I cut out a piece of mountboard for the bottom and sandwiched it between the bottom 2 bangles.  
To make the whole structure of the pot more stable I collaged the inside using dictionary pages and for the outside I used an old paper napkin.  (sorry forgot to take a pic of the rough outside)

Once all was dry I painted the outside using white chalk paint, used a crackle medium let it dry and then finished it off with a buff beige colour acrylic.  I left it over night to crackle and I have to say am really pleased with the overall finish.  I sanded the bottom and top edges to give it the vintage look and used an old earring for the front.

Voila all done - finito!

I do hope you like my project and I do hope to see you all joining in with our current challenge HERE

Hugz always 

Elaine aka Ellapu xx

This has been entered into the following challenges

allsorts - vintage 23m
a beautiful mess anything goes 25m
creative artiste challenge - may anything goes 1j

Sunday, 1 May 2016

Mays challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit 13

Hello everyone... Today is the start of the new challenge for May over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and it is my turn to host it.

For this month I altered a tin can and an empty glimmermist bottle and made it into a vase for my daughter.  You know when you have just a few flowers that will get lost in those large vases - well this one just fits the bill.

I painted the tin and bottle with white acrylic paint.  I then covered them with Eiffel tower serviettes.  I used diluted gesso over the top to dull the colours and roughly brushed over the top and bottom rims to blend in.  I used white cotton lace for the top and bottom and for the band in the middle for extra security for the mist bottle. I tied a bow using the lace and attached a heart from an old necklace.  I only had pale pink paper roses and needed red so I sprayed them with dylusions and I am really pleased with the colour.  I arranged them in the mist bottle and that folks is my end product.

Now for the pics

Thank you dropping in and please go on over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit and join in with the fun.

Hugz always Elaine aka Ellapu xx

Eclectic Ellapu May challenge 12

Hello everyone

Fot the May challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu this month I have created another tag.  Not quite shabby chic - just plain and simple.  I used a stencil and modelling paste for the background, then painted it all cream.  On the raised areas I painted using pink inka gold,  I used velvet ribbon and braid around the edges to tidy it up a little.  I decorated it using some mulberry roses and fabric leaves.  For a couple of the flatter flowers dotted about I pulled a rose apart and scrunched it together to make it look like a smaller flower.  I used silk ribbon for the bow and the handle.  I made a stickpin using swarvoski crystals - yes real ones I had bought a while back for a really special project.  Didn't want them gathering dust lol.

That's it for now folks just the pics to follow.

Hope you enjoyed your visit and I really hope to see you  over at Eclectic Ellapu for this months challenge of anything goes.

Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu

New challenge over at Altered Eclectics 12

May.. Yayyyy!  Time for a new challenge over at Altered Eclectics and as always anything mixed media/altered goes.  For this month I put together a shabby chic tag.  been a long time since making something pretty lol.

I basically ;aid lots of different lace over for a background, printed a picture from the net and framed it using a painted frame from Fernli designs.  I added roses, leaves and a tassle and there you go - finished.

Hugz to all

Elaine aka Ellapu xx

Friday, 1 April 2016

New Challenge For RCS 8

April - does that mean even more showers lol.  I think we have had more than our fair share of those and winds.

It is time for our new challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and as you know every month is Anything goes as long as it is Mixed media, altered etc so NO CARDS please.  Anyway I have put together a mixed media canvas.  I used the back side of a canvas for the framed effect.  I painted, wiped off sprayed allsorts of sprays and micas over it until I was finally pleased with it.  I pulled back the edges of the canvas and tore it in some areas.  I wiped turquoise inka gold round the edge of the canvas.

A colleague at work gave me her used up perfume bottle so I gave it a lick of paint and covered it using red, orange, purple, blue and green alcohol inks... Out came my old bits of jewelry and found the perfect piece for the bottle - an old pendant with a tassle.  I wiped inka gold over the edge before adding to the bottle.  I also used an owl pendant for the top left of the canvas.  I used a green alcohol ink for him and edged with the inka gold.  For the twigs and the flowers they once were part of a cheap bunch from the pound shop.  The poppies were too vibrant so I dulled them down with more sprays lol.

Voila all finished.  

I do hope you join us over at Rhedd's this month.

Hugz always 

Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

Spring Flowers for Eclectic Ellapu 2

For our April challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu the theme is 
  We are running a little thin on the ground for projects this month so there will only be the above theme.

I have made a quickie card as time was running away from me this time but am really pleased with it.  I will be sending this to a friend just because - no occasion - just because, so here it is a very simple card......

Please head on over to Eclectic Ellapu and join in with the fun over - would love to see your projects.

Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

Altered Jar - Altered Eclectics 2

April Fools day to you all lol.  'Pinch punch first day of the month''  where on earth did that expression come from hmmm will google it!

For the challenge this month over at Altered Eclectics I have altered an Olive jar using muslin soaked in sculpting medium by Prima.  First of all I used plaster strips to give the jar some tooth before laying the muslin. I cast some face molds with plaster and draped cotton lace to frame it. I painted everything black and used pink and turquoise dylusion sprays.  I used turquoise inka gold over the muslin areas and gold inka on the face.Why not head on over to Altered Eclectics and join in with the fun challenge - we would love to see you all

All done and now for the pics

Hugz always

Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Altered Box - Rhedds Creative Spirit

For this months challenge I altered an old wooden box for a colleague.  She wanted it to have a vintagy feel to it and is giving it to a friend as a wedding present - memory box

I painted it in several layers of paint and in between sanding it all back for the really distressed look.  I used napkins for the top and loads of modpodge and sanding it in between layers until completely smooth.  I deliberately sanded some of the napkin pics away to make it look aged

Thats it for now but why not head on over to Rhedds Creative Spirit and join in with this months challenge.  Go on you know you want to LOL

Hugz always 


This has been entered into the following challenges

New challenges over at Eclectic Ellapu

March already and time for new challenges over at Eclectic Ellapu.  For this month the PINK team theme is ''Thinking of you'' and the PURPLE team are hosting ''Floral and Fauna''.  The DT have been decreasing in numbers so my card originally for the Pink team has now been used for the Purple theme.   I will be running a DT call for both Altered Eclectics and Eclectic Ellapu very soon when I find the time to do so.  So if you are interested in becoming an Eclectic girly watch out for the DT calls on the blogs.

I made a Mothers day card for my stepmother using some beautiful poppy paper I had kicking about in the draw.  I printed the sentiment out on card and used some cream ribbon for the finishing touches.  Quite a simple card really but I like it.
Thanks for dropping in and please call again real soon.

Hugz to all xx

This has been entered into the following challenges.

Living room canvas

I have been at a loss as to what to make for this months challenge over at Altered Eclectics.  My mojo got up, packed its bags and left me for goodness knows how long.  I kid you not.  

 I managed to put this together a few weeks ago for my living room.  I used an 12 x 24 inch canvas.  I used modelling paste through 3 stencils, brickwork, stripes and sun ray type thingy,  for the background.  I painted over it several times using several colours until I achieved the lightish green.  I used inka gold over the textues.  I had bought some cheap dried arrangements from the local pound shop which I pulled apart, cut up and glued to the canvas.  All done and now for the pics

Thanks for dropping in and why not pop on over to Altered Eclectics and join in with the fun - we would love to see you there.

Hugz to all xx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Monday, 1 February 2016

Love actually over at Eclectic Ellapu *

Happy New year!  First challenge for 2016 over at Eclectic Ellapu and because it is February is LOVE Actually.  I put together a wedding album for a friend of mine who got married couple of weeks ago - Fools lol.  I used chip board for the basis, card for the pocket pages and for the decor First Edition papers ( I think)  which are absolutely gorgeous. Silk ribbons for the bows, lots of magnets for the interactive pages Oh yess alot of patience lol.  Now for motherload of pics - sorry!

Why not come on over and join in with our new challenge.  Would love to see you there.

Hugz xx


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