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Thursday, 1 October 2015

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



Anything but a Card(DT)
''Inspired by the Masters''
Mini spotlight challenge 4th week of the month
5th Sunday in month - challenge''FIVE'' 

Rhedd's Creative Spirit (DT)
Anything Goes 
begins1st day of month

The Mirror Crack'd (DT)
begins 5th day of month

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

Monday, 6 July 2015

Blog Candy Opportunity

over at Monica's blog, fabulous DT girlie over at Eclectic Ellapu so spread the word and and head on over there for a chance to win some fabby prizes - you have until July 6th for a chance to win.  Further details can be seen on her blog HERE.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

A few more attempts with glass 4

I went to a charity shop today to pick up a few glasses to practice on.  On the smaller glass I engraved a tree free hand and on the larger glass I stamped a tree onto glass and engraved over the top. My old faithful leggings lend themselves as the background in the glass lol .  Not that great but enjoyed the practice and just thought I'd share with you

Well that's it for tonight's attempts - thank you for popping in and do feel free to call again - Hugz and love always xx

These have been entered into the following challenges

ttcrd ag 3j
tuesday throwdown ag 3j
craft your passion ag 1j
not just cards ag 10j

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Romancing the stone - no I mean spoon! 7

Just a quick project today.  I recently bought some old spoons ready for me to alter.  I then realized I don't own a drill to make holes in the spoon.  Had to think about how to hang it... well ribbon of course! I am such a silly billy lol.

I will just list the stuff I used rest is self explanatory.

Old dessert spoon
lace lots of
pearl trim
pearl heart
and of course my glue gun

Voila all done and now for the pics

Thanks for dropping by

Elaine xxx

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Wings on a pin............4

I am still waiting for my safety goggles and mask to arrive until I can experiment further with my glass engraver. 

During the week I had been sorting out my CD's as new sideboard arrived and all had to be transferred so what better time to sort out and dust them off.  I found so many still sealed and untouched lol - bit like everyone's crafty hoard.  Well after culling the music I didn't have the heart to throw the excess CD's out so off they marched to my craft room where they will remain as clutter - just moved to a different room lol.

So.... I decided to make use of them - I made a brooch.  I cut out wing shapes to start with.  I then messed about with alcohol inks and achieved the look I wanted. I used my engraver to give the effect of the wing veins.  I triple embossed using utee and then sprayed with silver mica, heated it up to give the pitted look.  Trouble was I could no longer see the veins clearly enough.  So out come the engraver again and voila finito - well after the brooch pin was attached lol.
Not too many pics this time....

Thank you for dropping by and really hope to see you again soon

Hugz Elaine

Friday, 22 May 2015

Turn the pages but don't wet your finger - it's a cloth book 9

I had a sudden urge this afternoon to put together a cloth book, kinda shabby vintage using my remnants from my many bits and bobs boxes - yes plural as I am sure you all have more than one.  I used 3 strips of khaki colored cotton fabric as the basis and chucked right at it copious amounts of doilies, some of which were hand crocheted by me as was some of the flowers, bits of lace, pearls, feathers,  handmade flowers, mulberry flowers, ribbon, pearl string, ribbon, motifs and images from the internet. I also used a brush loaded with DI inks and stippled the images to make them look old.  I still had to use some lengths of ribbon from my stash so of course I now have even more bits and bobs to add to the box lol.  Oh of course I did
use some glue, now where would we be without the glue lol.

I will be gifting this to one of my friends whether she likes it or not lol.

Now for the pics (sorry mother overload)

and here is the state of my work area lol 

Thanks for dropping by and I do hope you will drop by again real soon

Hugz Elaine xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Branching out.....

Just a quickie - I bought a glass engraver today and here is my first attempt - I stamped a dragonfly onto a coffee jar to practice....

I screwed up an old pair of leggings and shoved into the jar for the background lol - CAS? LOL

Here you are - should be near perfect by 2040 lol

Hugz to all

Elaine xx

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Window to the heart - 3

Hi all

I have been off sick for a couple of weeks and to be honest I haven't been heading for my craft all that much - Just cannot focus for all that long.  Anyway I found my way there.

I used an MDF heart and painted it using Silkes paints, dark green.  I then stamped using crackle stamp and Viva decor metallic/ glittery green 3d stamping paint.  I edged the heart using gold inka gold.

 I then painted the frames using the same silkes paint and the 3D stamp paint.  I used some papers from the fairy belles paper stack and dissected the ballerina and placed her disjointed onto the square tiles within the outer frame.  For the other frame I used an image I had printed out from the net.  I used hinges to fix them together and placed them onto the heart.

I used the 3d paint on 3 large roses and instead of laying them down I fixed them into a cluster.  I added a bow and ruched up some ribbon.  I didn't want to add anything else - thought it was okay as it is.  Now for the evidence of my make lol and apologies for the imagery - quite difficult to catch what my eyes are actually seeing.....


Hugz and love always
Elaine xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges
inspiration destination ag 27m
2 creative chicks ag no cards 31m
sisters of craft ag 1j

Sunday, 17 May 2015

My second leap into using Brusho 11

I was in the mood to make a card today - so what to do I asked myself.  I recently purchased a set of tree stamps by Creative Expressions - I just love them but was unsure what to do with them.  So there I am sitting there terrified of the stamps and the beloved brusho's (yes they scare me still after having just the one success with them).  I played about with the brusho's once again and after several attempts I achieved an almost subtle background for woodlands.  Now for the stamps.  Hmmmmmm!  I didn't want to stamp directly onto the background in case I made a big boo boo with them lol.  So I practiced masking areas off until I felt confident it looked okay.  Now for another first for me I got a piece of acetate out of my stash (had to rummage about for it too LOL ) Dah dah! I think I managed to mask and stamp quite successfully - I used a sentiment stamp from another Creative Expressions which I stamped directly onto the card.

That was my little adventure for today and I have to say I am quite pleased with myself lol.
Hugz and love to you all xx

Saturday, 16 May 2015

Altered Jar 4

is now a pen pot for my craft room.  I found this old pickle jar laying about screaming out at me to have a makeover - I mean after all I took a lot of time to give it a good scrub to get the pickle smell to go lol.  

I wound twine round the jar top to bottom - sticky tape to stick it.  I then cut out the bird and butterfly from a paper napkin and used mod podge to adhere it.  I then used some raffia for the top.  I used hessian for the base.

A small amount of hessian left over found itself transformed into  a flower. I tied several knots using the raffia for the flower center.  
That's it for now - maybe back later if I find some time to play lol

Hugz for all


Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Just playing around 12

I have so many things to alter and half the time I cannot make up my mind as to what to next and I am sure there are lots feeling the same.  I almost feel daunted looking at all the ''bargains'' I have collected LOL!

I recently purchased these small kind of shadow boxes with 3 sections.  I took one out of each.  I had printed a lot of images from the net so decided to use 2 of them (oh and that really made a difference to the pile - NOT!  I also found some really pretty papers (fairybelle or something like that) and used a whole 4 sheets lol. That too made a difference.  I used some ribbon and odd flowers from my stash.  I was going to use some lace and pearls but did not want to overdo it.  I used canvas as the spine and finally came up with a kinda book/come double photo frame.

Now for the pics
Thank you so much for popping in and hope to see you again real soon.

Hugz always

Elaine xx


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