Friday, 27 March 2015

What a week...

Good morning, crafty friends! I have at last managed to sit at my crafty table and create!  Last weekend, I (somehow) pulled a muscle in my neck/shoulder and was in absolute agony whenever I sat for more than 5 minutes - I was fine painting the lean to wall outside and I was fine digging and re planting my hardy geraniums, but ask me to sit still and my neck muscles would seize and I couldn't move!  Thankfully, it has started to ease off now, but I still get a twinge now and again.  The ridiculous thing is I wasn't really doing anything when it happened, it just came on and then that was it, I was like the tin man from Oz! I do keep saying about taking my cod liver oil...I don't suppose they do much good still in the tub!?!
Anyway, I have had a few card orders to fulfill, so have had to get crafty (if only you could see my craft room now...well, maybe not!?! I desperately need to organise my craft room properly and sort out the storage - or lack of, but just don't know how to do for the best)...
I was asked to make a 60th birthday card for someone who likes baking, so it had to be the mixer and cupcake from A Play on Words...
Card Recipe -
Image - Mixer and Cupcake .png from Mixer set of A Play on Words
Papers - Flower and Polka dot from the Sewing set of A Play on Words
Spellbinders Circle dies
Marianne Craftables Lace edge Circle die CR1248
Spellbinders Petite Ovals die
Doily
Salmon Pink 25mm satin ribbon
Embellishments - Paper clay frame, sweetheart blossoms, mini roses, rosebuds, pearls, crystal glitter & Glossy Accents
I am still on a roll with my design work and have a number of images and papers created for my next disc - I am thoroughly enjoying the process at the minute and am really pleased with the way it's looking! I just have to keep going whilst I have the inspiration!
That's it from me today, have a wonderful weekend and thank you so much for popping by to see me!
Huge crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
#11 Must Use a Die Cut closes 5th April
Anything Goes #26 closes 31st
Anything Goes closes 31st
Anything Goes with Ribbon closes 1st April
Use a Die Cut closes 14th April

Tuesday, 17 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Check it out...

 This card made Top 3 at Creative Craft Cottage - thanks so much, ladies!
http://creativecraftcottage.blogspot.co.uk/
Good morning, my lovelies!  Gosh, these weeks are really shifting - to think we are already in the middle of March and the clocks change in a fortnight!  Summer is on it's way!  I am currently working on a new disc...I know!?!...but I have so many ideas that I want to strike whilst the iron's hot, so to speak and am thoroughly enjoying creating new designs! Unfortunately, being sat at my computer for most of the day inevitably means that I am not sat at my crafty table and don't have very much craftiness to share with you all....But it's Tuesday!  Which means it's time to start another fab challenge over at Passion for Promarkers and I have my DT card to share!  It's the lovely Eileen in the hostess chair this week and she's chosen a nice easy theme of 'Check it out!', so we'd like to see checks, plaids or ginghams somewhere on your creations.  We are being sponsored by the wonderful Digistamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their online store...
Don't forget, to be in with a chance to win the prize, you need to use your Letraset products (i.e. promarkers, flex markers, aqua markers, tria markers, metallic markers or neon markers).
 ...I decided to use the pretty hummingbird digistamp from Animal Antics and make a new home card...

...The papers are from A Play on Words - the Lamp plaid, Sewing pink gingham and Mixer Aqua gingham...
...I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and mounted onto one of my favourite dies - Spellbinders Floral Ovals.  I added some pink gingham ribbon and a couple of polka dot buttons for embellishment and highlighted the image with gold and crystal glitter.  The inside was finished with a printed insert.
I hope you get chance to join in with our challenge this week and look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my wonderful teamies have made for your inspiration and have a fabulous week!
Hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Celebrate - New Home closes tomorrow
Flowers (on the image)
Things that Fly closes tomorrow
Spring closes 29th
Not quite Straight closes 20th

Monday, 9 March 2015

Ooops, dropped off the radar again!...

Good afternoon, lovely Blogger friends!   Hope you enjoyed the glimpse of Spring we had on Saturday here in the UK - I even managed to go to the local garden centre and buy my first touch of colour...
...There were a few pretty primroses left, so these got potted up...
...and last year, I bought an old pillar drill from a reclamation yard, when we were up visiting family in Scotland and it has been waiting to be adorned with some greenery until now!...
...And to finish off, a touch of colour by the front door.  The rosemary plant was grown from a cutting, when I pulled up the original plant last autumn and is doing really well.  All I need now is a bit more sunshine and I'll be a happy bunny!
I also have a card to share with you today, which TBH is about as CAS as it gets!...
...I just adore this dog's expression!  I printed off the pre coloured image topper from Animal Antics and added some grass with a few different shades of green Promarker.  I then cut around the bottom of the dog's ears and head and attached the orange circle paper (from the fish design set) and a strip of the same dark brown that I matted the image onto.  I printed one of the sentiments from the dog set and created a pennant shape and embellished with a few light green buttons...
...As easy as that!  This card had to be simple as I've had a busy weekend doing the jobs that I had planned on doing last weekend, changing around the boys' bedrooms - as usual, best laid plans and all that...my eldest had his girlfriend to stay and my youngest had 4 friends to stay over...well, if you're having one, why not four?! But it's all done now - beds have been chopped to cabin height, so no need for ladders and everywhere is neat and tidy...well, in their rooms anyway - the rest of the upstairs looks as if a bomb has gone off and will have to wait for now!
I'm off to try and get some ironing in before kid's club this afternoon...handprint trees and collage people...should be interesting! Take card and have a magnificent Monday!
Hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenge s:
Craft your Passion
Always Anything Goes until 15th
Scribble and Scrap 
Always Anything Goes until 14th
Crafty Catz
Song Title to match your image until 11th
'Hound Dog' - Elvis Presley

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Lovely Lilac and Lemon...

Good morning, Blogger friends!  Gosh, it's Tuesday again! This means that we see the start of a brand new challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  This week it's the lovely Shelly who is in the hostess chair and she has chosen a colour scheme of 'Lovely lilac and lemon'...It's great to see Shelly's CAS style and awesome doodling back this week, after having her beautiful baby Darcie last year, though I'm sure crafty time is still at a premium with a little one!...
...This week we are sponsored by Crafty Sentiments who are offering one lucky winner 3 digis from their store...
...I decided to make a simple Get Well card using the kitten digistamp from Animal Antics.  I cut away the front of the card and cut off the kitten's tail (cruel, I know!) so that it looks like he's peeking over the front of the card...
...I coloured the image with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :
Main body - Light Fawn, Champagne,Nutmeg
Muzzle and paws - Antique White, Linen, Champagne
Stripes - Umber, Shale, Nutmeg
Ears - Blush, Dusky Pink
Eyes - Lime Zest. Pear, Olive
...The papers are from A Year in Cards.  The yellow flower paper is from the February Scarecrow design set and the plaid from the August Fairy design set...
...The purple polka dot is also from the August Fairy design set of A Year in Cards.  I added a writing panel to the inside and embellished with the mouse, heart and sentiment from Animal Antics.
I have to say, this isn't a colour combo that I would normally go for - I don't tend to use yellow very often and should remedy it really as I love to see it in other people's creations! The lovely Sue Bearhouse always ROCKS yellow and it makes a card look so bright and sunny (remember what that is?!) Well, there we have it, another fab challenge for you to play along with!  I hope you can find the time to join in with this week's theme and look forward to seeing all your fabulous creations!  Don't forget to hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see the amazing DT inspiration and I'll be back soon with some more craftiness!
Hugs,
Furry Friends until 8th
Animals closes today
Anything Goes closes today
Make it Digital closes today
I've used a digital image, papers and embellishments

Friday, 27 February 2015

Happy 'Bird-day'...

...Hello, dear Blogger friends!  So where did February go to?! Not long now until the clocks go forward, the days get longer and hopefully a little warmer too! Can't wait to get out in my neglected garden, I so want to grow some more veggies this year!
Anyway, I have been sat at my crafty table for a couple of hours today and have a card to share that was inspired by the talented Tara Godfrey from Inking on the Edge...I just love this girl's style and use of colour and talk about die envy!!...So this was my take on the card she made HERE...

At Leigh Show, everyone loved the colours of the Bird design set from Animal Antics and I've teamed the papers with bolder mats than usual, to keep the card bright and sunny (though I did have to take pictures with the flash, so the pink isn't quite as bold as showing in the photo)...

After talking to so many crafters last weekend, the resounding thought was that people were unsure how to go about replicating the samples that they'd seen.  With this in mind, I will try whenever possible (a. if I remember and b. if I get the time) to add a card recipe and sizes when making new samples, so if you would like to replicate this card, or just use the layout for another project, heres the card recipe :
Hot Pink mat - 12 x 17cm
Bird Blossom paper - 11.5 x 16.5cm
Green mat - 12.5 x 9cm, corners rounded
Bird Polka dot paper - 12 x 8.5cm, corners rounded
Aqua mat - 14.5 x 5.5cm one end fishtail
Bird Chevron paper - 14 x 5cm one end fishtail
Hot Pink Spellbinders Scalloped Square
Bird Stripe - 7.5cm square, corners rounded
Bird Image Topper
Bird Sentiment - Snapshot Tool around the Happy 'Bird-day' sentiment, Click to Print, set Custom Scale to 130% and Print
Sentiment cut to 2.5 x 9.5cm, fishtail both ends
Green mat - 3 x 10cm, fishtail both ends

*Please let me know if you think this is a good idea!?!  (I so want people to achieve the same results as what they've seen)  And if you ever have a question about how I have made a certain card or a technique, then please do not hesitate to leave me a comment ( I have comment moderation turned on and will not publish anyone's email address) and I'll get back to you or send me an email at contact@ellasdesign.co.uk *
I embellished the card with buttons, pearls and White Liquid Pearl dots, plus highlighted the bird image with crystal glitter.  The inside was finished with the coordinating Bird 5x7 landscape insert.
It's workshop in the morning then a bit more sorting out of the house - I want to change the boys' bedrooms around as they're outgrowing their midsleeper bunks now (especially my big man who is now over 6 foot!) So, if I don't get chance to pop in, have a wonderful weekend, whatever you are doing!
Huge crafty hugs,

Wednesday, 25 February 2015

Animal Antics, Now Available!...

Good afternoon, my lovelies!  Firstly may I say a HUGE thank you to everyone who came along to Sincerely Yours Papercraft @ Leigh Show over the weekend - it was lovely to see so many familiar faces and to meet some new crafters too! Your support and lovely feedback really does make it for me and is the reason I continue to design! I can officially confirm that my new papercraft DVD-Rom (I couldn't fit it onto a CD!) is available to buy via the Add to Cart button on my sidebar!  It ends another six months of work from pencil and paper, colouring, digitising, creating the browser, compiling, burning, to printing and packaging...on to the next one?!  Maybe next week?!...
...I have had a couple of days off...well, not crafting anyway...trying to catch up with all the neglected housework plus delivery of a new sofa, tackling the washing and ironing piles and various appointments.  I have to take a family member for a hospital appointment tomorrow and workshop on Saturday, so the week will soon be over!
I have a couple more of the latest samples to share with you which I had at the show and have been trying to add some more images to my samples blog, so that they are all in one place and easy to browse!..
...The first was a flower wreath that I made by drawing around a CD for the outer circle and cutting the inner with my Spellbinders circle die.  I then printed off the Flower embellishment sheet, cut and shaped the flowers and added buttons to the centres, before attaching to the circle along with a hanging loop.  I used my Cheery Lynn Horizon Fishtail die for the centre, then used the Snapshot Tool to just print the birds from the Bird Image Toppers, cut out, glittered and attached with Pinfalir glue gel...
...For the second, I opened the jpeg and png folder and printed the branch from the Owl folder using Windows Photo Viewer, with A4 Page Size and printing 2 to a page.  I again used the Snapshot Tool to just print off the elements I wanted - the 2 Owls from the Image Topper sheet and the moon and stars from the second Embellishments sheet.  I added some Gold Liquid Pearl dots as extra stars and a hand stamped sentiment and bow...
...Lastly, I made one of the simplest cards ever!  I printed the Sun and clouds from the second embellishment sheet and attached to a panel embossed with Cuttlebug Divine Swirls embossing folder and used some yellow paper scraps as the sun's rays.  I printed a simple sentiment and matted the panel onto aqua cardstock.  The outer of the sun and the rays were highlighted with crystal glitter (which has shown up really well for a change!)...
Once again, many thanks for your continued support and lovely comments!  I hope you like my crafty creations and I'll be back soon with some more makes...until then, have a wonderful week and take care!
Hugs,

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

It is hard to be a woman...

Good morning, everyone!  Hope your having a wonderful Wednesday!  I'm back again today to share a  fun sample that I made using the Horse image from Animal Antics...not long now until it's available, I promise!...
...I decided to alter up another one of my 10p mdf plaques and thought it would be fun to use the horse image with one of the sentiments, which reads "It is hard to be a woman.  You must think like a man, act like a lady, look like a young girl and work like a horse!"...
...I used the Frog cloud paper as a background, Owl flower paper and Bird stripe, cut with my new MFT fishtail flags die.  Of course, I HAD to add some clouds...and buttons (another of my latest fetishes!) I highlighted the grass with glitter paste and the edge of the plaque with Liquid Pearl dots.  All that's left to do is for me to add a hanger of some sort - will have to raid hubby's shed later!
Hope you like my fun creation and thanks for dropping by!  I'm off to print covers for my new discs and start sorting things out for the weekend!  Leigh Show is only a couple of days away!!!
See you soon, take care,
I'd like to enter my plaque into the following challenges :
All Creatures Great and Small (2nd entry) closes today
Add a Button closes 24th
Bingo closes 23rd
I've used Die Cut (fishtail flag die), Free (image) and Glitter