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Sunday, 14 April 2013

New Crafty-Emblies Challenge .......... D

Hello everyone

Its time for the new monthly challenge over at Crafty-Emblies(CE)  Now for those of you who know me will understand that I struggle with Shabby Chic and have always gravitated toward the darker colours so I set myself this personal challenge.  I have to say I am quite pleased with the result however will not be repeating it anytime soon lol.

I used one of the new shadow boxes from CE and painted it white with a little crackling going on.

I then started to fill the cubby holes.  I will show the individual pics and try to describe what is going on with the pic lol.  Long haul this is.

On the left I made 2 lil boxes out of white card and decorated.  The bird and trellis are from CE.  I filled the glass vials with pearl gems and pink paint.  On the right I made a frame and used a tiny basque from CE and next to it is a rosebud - unable to see it due to the angle of pic.Next to it is a larger basque from CE edged with cream marabou feathers for the skirt and crystal hearts scattered about.  Beneath one compartment has a CE key and lock painted white again hard to see due to angle.  Next to it is- you'll laugh at this) I knitted some hairy wool using cocktail sticks - however so hairy not that clear - you can see the stitches on the sticks lol.

 Left - I made the pearl flower using my stash of odd beads. I used another glass vial with flowers from my stash.  I tossed a few lonely pearls inside also. I used a tiny Victorian lady image and placed it into my handmade frame embellished with more pearls.
On the right you will see the front of a birdhouse, 2 mannequins, scissors, buttons, birds, sewing machine and to the side a huge sewing needle threaded with ribbon - all from CE.  the tiny reels are from my stash as were the lace and trimmings.

 Both images enable you to see the 3D effect and see the key peeking out of its compartment.  The birdcage I snapped and bent enough to make it 3D.

To the left is another 3D view.  To the right are the jars again.  beneath that you will see another handmade pearl flower.. the rest you have already seen.

Another 3D view but this time of the top.  I made letters out of mulberry papers and a Kaisercraft script stamp.  I added an old pen nib to add to the effect.  Beneath are just a few flowers and lace from my stash. Next is the dragonfly on the trellis.  What you will not be able to see are the birds behind the trellis.  If you look hard enough you will see another bird peeking out through the trellis.

This is a bottom view.  to the left I made a pin cushion with a couple of cut down hat pins.  A metal butterfly painted white.  Next is another trellis with flowers, leaves and bird from CE.  A couple of punched out butterflies also.

This butterfly is from a spellbinders die a friend gave to me.  Love it.  I painted it pink and decorated with pearl trim. The dangly pearl is one of my wedding earrings so a touch of real gold there - pure opulence!  Don't worry no memories shattered using this item.  marriage was over years ago.  You wait until I start cutting up my wedding dress for flowers! Joking far too expensive for that lol.

Another view of the CE birdcage and 
another bird behind it.

In this last picture before
the entire creation you will see a tiny mirror in a frame.  This was also made by me.  The lamp posts are also from CE.  I hope I have covered it.. OMW my finger tips hurt typing this out. LOL.

And now for the final picture which you may or may not have been waiting for.

Thank you for taking the time to read/look at my latest posting and I do hope you enjoyed peeking.  I think I have it all covered and apologies if I have missed anything. 

Do pop on over to Crafty-Emblies and join in with our fun challenge.

Happy Crafting everyone 

Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges........

Crazy4challenges - wooden accent c4c181 20a
One stop craft - 224 colour challenge 20a
Crafts 4 eternity - wings  19a
Left of center - ribbons and twine challenge 3 19a TOP THREE
Simply Create too - use stash 29a
Happy Campers - flower power 17a
milkCoffee - welcome spring 26a
Crafting by design - spring flowers 17a
Crafting for all seasons - floral delight 17a
Crafts and Me - lace and pearls 128 17a
Creative belli - pastels 23a
Creative moments - things with wings 17a
Divas by design - flowers 17a
Flutterby wednesdays - 235 17a
Little red wagon - lace 17a
Simon says stamp - april showers or spring flowers 17a
Clear it out - flowers from stash 15a WINNER
Creative craft - alter it 16a
Die cuttin divas - pastels 16a
LEJ designs - show us your ribbons 15a
Party time tuesdays - anything but a card 16a
TTCRD - anything goes 16a
Artistic Inspiration - anything goes 15a
Crafty Bloggers network - anything goes 31a
Incy wincy designs - out of the box 14a
Shabby tea room - photo inspiration 14a HONORABLE MENTION
Unstampabelles - anything but a card 31m
613Avenue Create - anything goes 21a
Challenges4everybody - anything goes 26a
CI - spring flowers 20a


  1. SPEECHLESS ... that's me! Oh my gosh this is amazingly beautiful - I hope you are keeping it for yourself! You are so inspiring!
    Jen Leeflang

  2. Thanks Jen sweetie... This has been sold to the first person who saw it at work lol. The glue hadn't even dried lol xxxx

  3. this is jaw dropping gorjuss !! i loves it, so much work and love has gone into this gorjuss piece, thank you hunnie x

  4. absolutely gorgeous work! hugs, Kim xx

  5. WOW, Elaine, this is spectacular! I totally agree with Jen's comment! So glad you shared your telent at the TTCRD site!


  6. Thank you for entering challenge 48 'Show Us Your Ribbons' over on the LEJ Designs Challenge Blog.
    WOW WOW WOW This is absolutely beautiful. Love the colours and all the details. Great make.
    I hope you will join us for more of our future weekly challenges.

    Hugs Lisa xxxx LEJ DT Member

  7. This is just gorgeous, such detail and so much love and work has gone into this piece. I love it.

    Great Big Huge Hugs

    Becca xxx

  8. Wowzers! I'm not sure when to begin. Gorgeous, beautiful, totally awesome! Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    Hugs - Sharon from Crafting By Designs

  9. Totally amazing creation, never ever done anything like that, great job! =)
    Hugs, Elenor

  10. How wonderful so much in every little cubby hole...thanks for all the photos and explanations. Thanks too for sharing this with us at Unstampabelles for our Anything but a Card challenge this month.

  11. Hi Elaine, well !!! what can I say lol... I Love your project, it's gorgeous ..... so much to look at.. Thanks for joining us at Happy Campers xx

  12. Fab project thanks for joining us at Incy Wincy this week.
    Jenny x

  13. Stunning! Absolutely much work, but so worth the effort for sure. Thanks for joining in with us over at LEJ Designs. Karen xx

  14. Wow, what a gorgeous job you did! So pretty and feminine. :) Thanks so much for joining us for the CIP challenge! hugs, Kimberly

  15. Wow!! So beautiful! Thank you for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

  16. Elaine: Great shadowbox--beautiful work of art! Glad You joined in our Challenge #35 - "Use Your Stash" at Simply Create Too


  17. Absolutely stunning project! Such lovely, feminine colors and textures.. rich and opulent and elegant. Amazing! :) Thank you for participating in our "April Showers/Spring Flowers" challenge over at the Simon Says Stamp challenge blog this week! xx

  18. WOW! What can I say? This is more than fabulous! What a beautiful job! Thanks for joining us at Creative Craft Challenges!

  19. You must have had so much fun making all this! It is very OTT and so gorgeous - no wonder it sold so fast! I delight for so many little (or big) girls out there!

    Thanks for sharing it with us at Unstampabeles.

  20. WOW!!!! Absolutely amazing, stunning, gorgeous.....I could go on!

    Elaine xx

  21. A REALLY REALLY beautiful creation Elaine .... SOOOO Many wonderful things to look at too xxxx

    Tina xxx

  22. Your project is absolutely stunning, Elaine! There are so many amazing details! Really, it's a masterpiece! So happy you shared it at 613 Avenue Create!

  23. This is absolutely Gorgeous! I have the perfect spot to display this Lol!! Thanks for taking the Clear It Out Challenge! Come play with us again soon!

  24. Wow--you put a lot of work into this detailed piece!
    Thanks for playing along with our LACE challenge over at LRW!!

  25. Such a lovely design idea. Love your project! Thanks for joining us at Crafts 4 Eternity. Hope to see you again for the next challenge.

    DT. member

  26. So many wonderful details, time and love went into this project...and it shows! Thanks for playing along with us this week at Flutter By Wednesday!

  27. what a lovely creation! thanks for joining in UnstampaBelle Challenge this month.

  28. Wow Elaine! Where did you find the time for all of that?? It's stunning - well done!
    Claire xx

  29. WOWZERS Stunning project - full of so many gorgeous details.
    Thanks for playing along at Divas this week.
    Good luck.
    Debs xx

  30. What lovely work.
    Leona (DT Creative Moments)

  31. OMDays this is just stunning ,iv try so many time to do one but they never look any were near as beautiful as this one, thanks 4 sharing sweet

  32. Wow! This is such a fab project! Thank you for joining us at Crafting for all Seasons! xx Bianca

  33. Stunning project. Thank you for joining us at Divas by Design this week.
    Sarah-Jane xx

  34. Really fabby design Elaine. I love it :)

  35. Great work for a very unique project. Thanks for visiting our neighborhood and playing with us at 613 Avenue Create.

    DT member
    Personal Blog:

  36. Stunning work and oh so beautiful.

    Joan x

  37. Wonderful creation. Thanks for joining us at Left of Center Challenges.

  38. oh my word....this is a stunning work of art.

    Thank you so much for sharing.

    Thank you for joining us at Crafty Bloggers Network Challenge
    Claire x

  39. You already know how much I love your project - thanks for entering our challenge at 613 Avenue Create!
    luv'n huggz
    Jen Leeflang

  40. So pretty and delicate love the pink. Thanks for joining us at Challenges 4 Everybody. Good Luck!!
    Sandy :) DT


Thank you for your comments. I really do appreciate them and they make my love of crafting much more worthwhile.
Hugz Elaine xx


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