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!
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!

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

Tuesday, 17 February 2015

Passion for Promarkers - Perfect Pearls...

Good morning, everyone!  My, where are these days going to?  Less than a week to go before it's Sincerely Yours Papercraft@Leigh Show!...
I always get the jitters before a show and tend to flap about a bit like a headless chicken, trying to make sure I've remembered everything!  I'm hoping to make some more new samples before the weekend so that I'll have plenty of ideas and inspiration to share with you all!

But before then, it's Tuesday, which means the start of another fantastic challenge over at Passion for Promarkers!  It's the lovely Nic (aka Coops) in the chair and she has chosen the easy theme of 'Perfect Pearls'.  This week we are sponsored by the fabulous DigiStamp Boutique who are offering one lucky winner a £10 voucher to their store....yes please!
Don't forget, to be in with a chance to win the prize, you MUST use your Letraset products (i.e. Pro/Flexmarkers, Aqua markers, Tria, Metallic or Neon markers)
 ...The lovely Sally-Ann gave us the opportunity to choose an image for our DT inspiration and I chose the pretty Shopping Kate.  The background is, believe it or not, the back of a Carling lager box, embossed with Embossalicious Floral Frenzy folder and inked with Vintage Photo DI. (The lager hasn't been drunk (We'd rather have tea!) but it was essential for me to have the box for crafty purposes, so it had to find a new home!)  The daisy paper is one from a Papermania pack...Garden Party, I think and the lovely aqua paper is from Prima Divine Collection.  The die cut is Spellbinders Labels Eleven - one of my favourite die shapes at the moment and then I used the centre die from a Marianne Doily die set to create the sun and added some of my favourite obsession...clouds!  I printed the sentiment and mounted onto my latest crafty purchase - Cheery Lynn's Horizon Fishtail Banners...
...The image was, of course, coloured with my Pro/Flexmarkers and here's the colour list I used :
Skin - Blush, Soft Peach, Coral
Hair - Nutmeg, Auburn, Saddle Brown, Rosewood
Top and shoes - Cocktail Pink, Watermelon, Antique Pink, Ruby
Trousers - Soft Aqua, Cool Aqua, Duck Egg, Surf Blue
Handbag - Cappuccino, Cinnamon, Cocoa
Dog - Cool Grey 1 & 3, Blender
I paper pieced the shopping bags with the yellow flower paper from the Scarecrow set of A Year in Cards and shaded with Mustard, blended out with Lemon Chiffon
To embellish, I used some yellow grosgrain ribbon, button, diamantes and pearls and then added some Liquid Pearl dots to the banner, sun, Kate's top and shopping bags and dotted here and there.

So, there we have it, another great challenge to join in with!  I hope you can find the time to play along and look forward to seeing all your wonderful creations!  Hop on over to the Passion for Promarkers blog to see what my talented teamies have been creating and I'll see you soon!
Take care, crafty hugs,
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Add a Ribbon
Twos - I have two characters, two shopping bags and two clouds
For the Girls
CAS or Fussy
(This is a hard one! I do LOVE a good CAS card but in my own crafting can't help adding lots of layers and details but not in a fussy way!  If fussy is seen as lots of layers, then that's me, but if it means froo froo then I'm a clean and simple kinda gal! )

Monday, 16 February 2015

Spotlight on NELaserCraft...

Good afternoon, my lovelies! Hope you're having a fantastic start to the week and sending thoughts and hugs to those in need of them!

Today, I have something a little different to share....whilst at Ross Papercraft's Doncaster Show last month, I met some lovely traders with some fabulous products, one of whom was Daniel from NELasercraft. I definitely feel that the craft industry is about sharing knowledge and helping fellow crafters with ideas and inspiration, so today am doing a little spotlight on their company and sharing what they do - here's a little about them...

"We are a North East family run business of which started just over a year now. It all started when I bought a router from my old boss and with no experience at all set out to make a plaque for my sons room ( of which took me 6 hours to make ). After a few people said they liked it and could I make them one, thats were it started, from plaques came personalised mirrors, kids chairs to handmade candy carts. Then last year we opened up our first shop in South Shields. With demands starting to rise, we bought our first small laser cutting/engraving machine to cope with orders. Then we went to our first craft show and realised that this is were we wanted to be, in the crafting industry. Within a few weeks we had come up with a new product called the "Embossing Blank" which we sold on Create and Craft on Sky TV of which sold way past expectations."

Daniel has some amazing products and ideas, but being the relative 'newbie' to the crafting industry, I offered to create a project using one of his mdf design shapes and share it with all you lovely Bloggers...
...I picked out this pretty little tree design with little birds in the branches, which I glittered with aqua glitter and added some punched paper flowers with pearl centres. I also cut a piece of hot pink paper to adhere behind the heart aperture in the trunk...

...I then painted up and shabbied and old photo frame that has been lurking in the back of one of my cupboards and printed one of my favourite family quotes..."Family, like branches on a tree, we all grow in different directions, yet our roots remain as one." I stamped the word family onto a fishtail banner and added some small buttons and organza bow to decorate. Of course, I had to add my obligatory pearls to finish...

NELaserCraft are always expanding their product base and have recently gone into creating some excellent craft storage at really reasonable prices. Daniel is a very approachable guy, so if you have any questions, just send him a message and I'm sure he'll be happy to help with any queries! They have a recently updated Facebook page which shows more of their newest products and a newly opened bricks and mortar shop called the Riverside Craft Warehouse in Sunderland , plus you can catch him at most of the Ross Papercraft Shows around the UK!

I hope you've enjoyed my spotlight on NELaserCraft and like my home decor creation, and I look forward to hopefully introducing you to some more up and coming craft businesses in the future!

Thanks for dropping by to see me today and can I say a HUGE THANK YOU to everyone who has left me such wonderful comments recently, they truly are very much appreciated and are a great boost at such a nerving time when launching a new product! You support and friendship is amazing! Great big squishy hugs and lots of best wishes,

Sunday, 15 February 2015

A new medium...

Good morning, dear Blogger friends! You'll be getting used to this post a day...better get making some more creations to share! I have a fishy card to share today...
...This time I coloured with a new medium - Prismacolour pencils!  I borrowed them from Mum, but still haven't got any blending solution (wink, wink!) so this one is purely coloured on, wait for it....the back of a porridge box!...
...I did wonder whether to put my title as 'Colouring on porridge' like I did for my Weetabix post, but thought it was a bit far fetched!...
...I used the Fish digistamp, Dog plaid, Fish orange circles, Cow polka and Bird chevron papers and one of the simple Fish sentiments (again printed onto the porridge box).  I kept the design quite simple and didn't add any glitter or anything (I know!) as I thought it would make a good masculine card? What do you think?  I finished the inside, as usual, with a coordinating printed insert and was done!
That's it from me, I hope you like my fishy creation and who knows, I may be back again tomorrow with some more crafty inspiration - all depends whether I  get to spend any time at my crafty table today! Have a super Sunday!
I'd like to enter my card into the following challenges :
Sister Act Challenge
Anything Goes until 19th
The Paper Shelter
Recycle until 17th
(I've recycled an empty porridge box as my colouring card)
Crafty Catz
For the Boys until 19th