Elzybells Challenge #5

The latest challenge at Elzybells is to make a black and white card with a splash of another colour, and here is my interpretation, using the fabulous Funky Flowers set.   The flowers were coloured with pink Promarkers, but because of the poor quality of the light when photographing the card, they came out greyer than they actually are.  The daisy print background paper is from my stash, and I’m afraid that I have no idea where it came from.  I used cardstock in black, white and bright pink to matt and layer the stamped and coloured flowers.  I also used my Martha Stewart doily punch to edge the white card, which I think gives a retro look. 

Trick or Treat!

Here is another Halloween challenge theme, this time from Tilda and Friends.  I would like to thank Nikki and Fran for coming to my rescue when I was in need of some ‘spooky’ images for this theme; thanks girls, you’re the best! The image I used is the very cute Hanglar & Stanglar witch, and she is coloured with Promarkers. The starry background paper is from my stash, but I’m afraid that I don’t remember the make. As the image almost fills the space on the ATC, all I needed to add was a punched-out circle to represent the moon. I drew the tiny bat on it to make it a little more spooky, and for the finishing touch I added the two little silver star brads to the ATC.

Autumn Birthday Greetings

I adore this pretty Magnolia stamp, and it seemed perfect for making a card for an autumn birthday.  I coloured ‘Tilda with Sunflower’ with Promarkers, and distressed the white card with a brown chalk inkpad, so that it would blend well with the Basic Grey DP that I used.  I stamped some scrolls on two of the corners for extra interest, and then I matted the image onto brown cardstock.  Using the same cardstock, I punched a scalloped band with a Fiskars Threading Water border punch, and attached a piece of grosgrain ribbon to the centre of it.  I added a brown brad to each side of the band before adhering it to the card.  I attached the matted image, using 1mm foam squares, onto the scalloped band.  Finally, I fixed the Prima flowers to the card with pretty brads, and added the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts, to the bottom right of the image.


With Halloween fast approaching, Penny Black Saturday Challenge would like you to make a spooky card this week.  I had to improvise, as I don’t own any Halloween stamps.  I adapted the very cute ‘Easter March’ stamp by adding a stamped and cut out pumpkin image (thank you Fran!), which I placed  over the Easter egg and chick.  Surprisingly, it has worked quite well!  I coloured the altered image in seasonal colours with my Promarkers.  I cut out the image in a circle shape, to represent a large full moon, and shaded the outside edge with purple chalk to give it some depth.  I cut out a little bat and added it to the moon shape to give it a more eerie feel.  I was lucky enough to find a piece of DP with flowers that looked very much like pumpkin flowers.  This is from the Dovecraft Fairies DP set.  The colours match the Bazzill card that I used to layer and matt my image perfectly.  The sentiment is from a House Mouse acrylic stamp set, and this was stamped, matted, and attached to the card.  I drew the tiny cobwebs at the corner, again to make it a little more spooky. Finally, I attached some Prima flowers with some brads from my stash, and some photo corners to the top left and bottom right corners of the card.

Happy Birthday Elzybells!

As some of you Elzybells fans may know, they celebrated their fifth birthday this week. The Design Team had a very special challenge from Elizabeth for this occasion: we had to make some form of gift packaging. I decided on a gift bag, which can be adapted to make a bottle bag if you wish. For my bag I used almost a whole piece of double-sided 12″x12″ designer paper from K & Co. Here are the instructions, should you wish to make one of your own.

Firstly, cut a 0.5″ piece from the side of the sheet of DP. Save this, as you may need it to decorate the bag later.

Cut a scalloped edge with a decorative punch all the way along the top edge of your sheet. I used the brilliant Martha Stewart Doily punch. You may find it easiest to start in the middle, and work your way along on each side.

Now you will need to score a series of fold lines with a ruler and a bone folder. You can also use a Score-Pal board if you have one.

Score horizontally 2.5″ from the top edge. Turn the sheet over, and score horizontally 1.5″ from the bottom edge, then from right to left score vertically at 0.5″, 4″, 1.5″, and 4″, leaving 1.5″ at the end. 

Turn back to the right side, and fold the top of the sheet over at the 2.5″ scored line to form a decorative top edge in a contrasting colour. Secure firmly with double-sided tape. Turn your sheet over to the wrong side, fold up at the bottom horizontal score line, crease well with a bone folder, and open out again – this will form the bottom of your bag later.

Fold and crease at all your vertical score lines. Start to make up your bag by bringing the 0.5″ fold around to meet the 1.5″ fold on the opposite side. Stick a length of double-sided tape along the 0.5″ fold, and stick the 1.5″ piece over this. You should now have a bottomless bag, measuring 4″ at the front and back, with a 1.5″ gusset on the two sides. 

It’s now time to fold the bottom of the bag. First, cut along the corner folds to the horizontal fold line. You may need to take a little extra off each of the four pieces, so that the flaps fold over neatly. Think of it as wrapping a parcel. Fold one of the long flaps over first, then the two short flaps, and lastly the second long flap, sticking securely as you go along. This will give you a neat base, both inside and outside.

Make a topper using a stamped image, coloured to match your bag. I used my Nestabilities die to make a scallop-edged circle, using a piece of the same paper with the reverse side showing. Decorate the bag with this, and add other embellishments to suit. Bring the front and back of the bag together, and punch a hole through both layers. I added two eyelets at this stage, but you don’t need to, unless you would like to reuse the bag. Thread a length of matching ribbon through the holes and tie in a bow. Add a tag if you wish.

If you would like to make a bottle bag, I would recommend using a sturdy sheet of good quality gift wrapping paper. You will then be able to make a longer and wider bag by adjusting the measurements to accommodate your bottle.

Happy Birthday Elzybells!

Elzybells are celebraring their fifth birhday, and from Thursday to Sunday there will blog candy galore on the Elzybells Blog. Not only that, but Elizabeth is offering FREE worldwide postage on all purchases, so why not treat yourself to a pre-Christmas treat, or a wonderful pressie for your favourite stamping friend?!

Golden Days…

We’ve been lucky enough to have enjoyed a few beautiful golden days of autumn here in Oxfordshire. This really is my favourite time of the year; I love the crisp mornings and the gorgeous shades of the season. The challenge at Tilda and Friends is to incorporate beautiful golden tones into your ATC. I used one of the new Tilda stamps from Magnolia’s Autumn Collection for my ATC. She is coloured with Promarkers, with crystal glitter on her wings. I made the background by colouring a piece of cardstock with Colorbox Chalk Inks in shades of Yellow Ochre, Bisque, and Amber Clay. Then I stamped an Autumn Leaves scroll stamp randomly, in Brown Roan, on the inked card. I cut out Tilda, and fixed her onto the card with 1mm foam squares. The leaf stamps are from the Magnolia Autumn Club kit, and were also coloured with Promarkers, cut out, and then placed at Tilda’s feet. I added a little glitter glue on them to give an impression of frost. The sentiment was printed on the computer, and I added a golden Papermania flower gem on it for emphasis.

Come and join our challenge; we’d love to see your ATCs!

Thanks for looking and for your comments, which are always appreciated.

Elzybells – Challenge Four

It’s time for another challenge from Elzybells! This time ‘Inchies’ is the theme, and as you can see I’ve used my inchies to decorate the side of my Christmas card. I used the Robins set, plus an Elzybells snowflake stamp, to decorate them. They are coloured with Promarkers, and edged with white embossing powder to give the effect of snow.  I sliced approximately 1.5 inches from the front of the card before attaching the DP (which is by Craft Creations).  I finished the shortened edge with Martha Stewart’s doiley punch, and added a strip of blue Bazzill Bling card to match the piece under the inchies. The main image is Elzybells Eskimo with Robin, coloured with Promarkers, with a chalked background. I layered this onto a scalloped circle, cut from a Nestabilities die with the Cuttlebug. I used the Elzybells Warm and Snuggly sentiment, matted onto blue Bazzill Bling, at the bottom, and added the snowflake flowers to embellish the card. 

Let’s Play Tag!

This week the Tilda and Friends challenge is to make a tag from your ATC. You can mount your ATC on a tag, as I have done, make an ATC sized tag, or make it twice the width to make a folded tag. The design team have made various examples to inspire anyone who would like to have a go. This would be an especially nice idea for Christmas, but I’ve chosen to make an Autumn tag this time. The background paper on the tag is by Crafty Individuals, and the main image of Tilda and Chrysanthemums is one of the delightful stamps from the Magnolia Autumn club kit, as is the log she is sitting on. I coloured these with my Promarkers, cut them out and attached them to an ATC sized piece of copper metallic card, which I had previously embossed with the ‘Divine Swirl’ Cuttlebug folder. I stamped the Autumn Wishes sentiment (also from the club kit), matted it onto a scrap of the copper card, and fixed this to my ATC with a brad. Finally, I edged the tag with a brown chalk ink pad to define it, and added the ribbons, in two autumnal shades, to complete my tag.  

Beautiful Blog Candy!

Donalda has some fabby candy on her blog right now. She is offering one of the gorgeous Whiff of Joy stamp to the lucky winner. All you have to do is to leave a comment under her blog candy post, and mention the blog candy on your blog – how easy is that! Good Luck!

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