Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Box frame template and instructions

Good evening, everyone!  Well, as promised, I'm back with the template and instructions for the box frame as requested by so many of you at Leigh Show...
...I decided that it would be easier to do a template to share (I use my score board) and I've put the instructions on the tutorials page, which you'll find by clicking on the tab at the top of my blog.  I hope that they are easy enough for you all to understand - I tried to take as many photos as I could to explain it, but it's always so difficult putting instructions into words.  You can download the template for free from 4shared, here, and I would appreciate if you could direct people to my blog to download it. 

Hope you enjoy using it and I'd love to see what you do with it, either leave me a comment with a link to your blog or email (I won't publish comments containing email addresses)  Happy crafting!  Lisa x

Monday, 27 August 2012


Firstly, can I just say a big 'Hi!' and thank you to all of you that came over and said hello to us at Leigh show, over the weekend!  It was lovely to get such positive feedback for my designs and I hope that you're all enjoying playing! 

After my eureka moment of making the tool caddy gift box with the strawberry papers, as I said I would, here's the finished result...
 ...you will have to imagine that there are 2 jars of jam in there, as I could only find one in the cupboard!  I printed off the plain tool caddy box, then printed the strawberry and gingham paper from the Teatime set (March) as I wanted to decorate both the inside and outside of the box.  I turned the patterned papers over and printed the tool box matt template on the reverse, then cut out and attached the different papers to the panels.  Instead of using the tag as a tag, I attached it to the handle (just because I liked it there!) then printed 2 strawberries from the march jpeg and png folder, using Windows Photo Viewer contact sheet size and checking the mirror image option before printing the second so that they would go back to back on the plastic teaspoon.  This would also be lovely done in other papers with sample size body lotions, etc or tool shaped chocolates?!  Great Christmas gift ideas and can be personalised too!

Before I sign off, I would just like to announce the winner of my latest disc 'A Year in Cards' from the Art Stamp Wales show in Wrexham last month...and the winner is...No.15 Carol Jones...Congratulations Carol and I hope you enjoy using my latest designs!  Well that's it from me for now, I'll be back soon with a template and tutorial for the box frame card that everyone loved at the show...until next time, thanks for dropping by!  Lisa x

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Hi, guys!  I'll now be setting up at Leigh Show, ready for the doors to open and hopefully, a busy day of meeting people and sharing my designs.  For the duration of the show (Saturday and Sunday) my latest disc, A Year in Cards, will be available to buy here for £17.00 with free UK mainland P&P, then afterwards both here and in my digi shop for the usual retail price of £17.99.  If you live outside mainland UK, please contact me for postage costs at contact@ellasdesign.co.uk

Friday, 24 August 2012

It's the final countdown!!

...Only one day to go to my first solo stand at Papercraft@Leigh Show - getting a bit jittery now!  More for the fact that I remember everything...I am a checker and re-checker and still end up forgetting something stupid!  My hubby's motto is as long as you've got your phone and purse, everything else you can buy, whereas I'll still be going through my mental list whilst travelling up the M6!! (Not that it would do me much use then, but hey ho!)  The pile of stuff in the hallway is getting bigger by the minute and I'm just hoping the boot's big enough!  My poor old Epson printer is working like a trojan again printing off posters and sample pages (it must be about 8 years old now, I don't know what I would do if it finally gives up the ghost!) and my head is full of mental post-it notes to do before I go!  So, amongst all this organised chaos, I thought I would come on and share some more of the samples that I'll be taking along to the show - although photographs never do the finished result justice...mind you, it probably has something to do with my naff photography skills, too!

  Have a great weekend, whatever you are doing and here's hoping the weather is kind (doubtful!?!).  My new disc, A Year in Cards, will also be available to buy here on my blog from tomorrow at Show price with free P&P, so if you can't make it to the show, you won't miss out!  Thanks for dropping by, Lisa X

Thursday, 23 August 2012

More samples...

Hi, guys!  Oh my word, where is this year going to?!  I can't believe that it is September next week and that Leigh Show is this weekend!  The dates seem to just creep up on you and what seemed to be an age when the summer holidays started, quickly turned into headless chicken preparation with less than a week to go!  I think I've just about managed it though and there is a large pile of boxes cluttering the hallway ready to be transported north!

I hope that we have a good weekend (though it is a Bank holiday weekend, so the weather will probably be atrocious!), but it will be nice to see everyone and share my new designs.  If you're coming along, I'd love if you pop over and say hi, it's always nice to put faces to some of you lovely bloggers.  If you can't make it, my new disc will be available to purchase here on Saturday and Sunday for the same price that I'll be selling at the show, with free P&P and then both here and from my digi shop after that, at normal retail price, plus the usual retail outlets.

So, to whet your appetites, I thought I would share a few more samples...

...hope to see some of you on the weekend, take care and Happy Crafting!  Lisa x

Friday, 10 August 2012

A Year in Cards...

Hi, guys!  Well, I thought I would share a couple more samples with you today from my new disc - the sun is shining beautifully, so it was a good opportunity for me to get out in the garden to take the piccies!  The first is a side step card using one of the digistamps, coloured with Promarkers and the second is a gift box/basket made with some of the papers...

...The disc is now in production - thanks to my lovely hubby, and fingers crossed, things look to be on track for them going on sale at Leigh Show on the Bank Holiday weekend, 25th and 26th August (hope I'm not tempting fate!?!)  It's quite a lengthy process from start to finish, from sitting with pencil and paper to converting the images and colouring them digitally, to making the predesigned cards, backing papers, decoupage, inserts, digistamps, sentiments and 3D projects, to designing and creating the interface, cd and case images and then producing and packaging the discs!  All in all, it takes me around 6 months from design work to completion and I do all but the burning of the discs (which is where my better half comes in!) 

So what's on the new disc?  Well, it's called A Year in Cards and as the name suggests, there is a card for each month of the year, starting in January with New Year through Mother's Day in March, Father's Day in June, girl and boy birthday cards in August and November, New Baby in September, Halloween in October, to Christmas in December!  I have created many of the designs to give as much versatility as possible, so the New Year design can be for a Retirement card, or a birthday, the Mother's and Father's day cards are also for female and male birthdays and the Halloween card can be for a child's birthday.  There are 7 predesigned 3D gift boxes/projects, with full instructions, plus the blank templates to create them using the papers of your choice (like the one shown above).  Then there's all the usual digistamps for colouring with your preferred medium, backing papers, colour decoupage, sentiments and text editable inserts in 3 different sizes and both portrait and landscape orientations!  I am really pleased with the finished designs and hope that you will get as much pleasure from crafting with them as I have creating them!  Thanks for dropping by and I'll be back with more samples soon, Lisa x