Merry Christmas to One and All!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas, and I hope that Santa brought you lots of  presents, especially crafty ones for those of us who enjoy that kind of thing!  I had a wonderful book from my hubby;  it’s called ‘Paper Transformed’ by Julia Andrus.  I can’t recommend this book highly enough to those of you who enjoy playing with paper and paints.

Thinking of You

I’m certain that some of us are more than a little tired of making Christmas cards by now! I’m sure that you’ll agree that the greatest Christmas gift is to have your loved ones around you to celebrate the joy of the season, but there are some who are alone at this time of year, and I decided to make a card to send to someone in this position, to tell them that somebody cares.

Here is my card for the latest sketch challenge at Elzybells. I used the Elzybells Funky Flowers set for my image, and this was coloured with Promarkers.  I matted this on to light green, then turquoise, textured card from DCWV, and then an Cuttlebug-embossed piece of DCWV card, and finally a piece of silver Miri card.  Unfortunately, the silver looks more like black in the photo.  The turquoise patterned paper, embossed with crystal glitter, is from my stash.  The sentiment stamp is also from Elzybells.


I would like to wish you all a very merry Christmas, and I hope that you are having a wonderful time celebrating with your family and friends.

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from Tilda and Friends


Here is my ATC for the latest challenge on Tilda and Friends.  I’m sorry for being late in posting it here, but Christmas preparations and a few health issues have completely overwhelmed me this week.  I hope I’m forgiven.  I used the ‘Hamish with Kilt’ stamp, from Sugar Nellie, to give a New Year flavour to my ATC.  I coloured him with Promarkers as usual.  The flowers are from Poppicrafts, and everything else is from my stash.  There will be exciting happenings on the blog from the New Year onwards.  We have a new Guest Designer spot,  with our first guest being the lovely and talented Anesha, who will be joining the team in January.  Anesha makes beautiful ATCs and cards, so do go and visit her site, and see her gorgeous work on our blog next month. Come along and join us this week, and share in the excitement of  Christmas and the New Year; you will have extra time to make your ATC this time, as this will be our last challenge until 2009. 


Blog Candy Galore…

There is some amazing blog candy on offer from the lovely and very generous Linda, on her blog at Linanna Designs.  Click on the link to visit her – you’ll be sorry if you don’t!


My apologies to Elzybells fans and regular readers of my blog for the lack of posts over the last few days.  WordPress has some ‘new and improved’ software, which just wouldn’t cooperate with my efforts to post, and it’s only recently that normal service has been restored.  Thank you for bearing with me, and I hope that you like the new cards!

Elzybells Challenge – Red, Green and Gold

I love traditional Christmas colours, and the latest challenge at Elzybells is to use ‘Red, Green and Gold’ on your card. I had the perfect DP to use for this card: it’s by Fancy Pants, and has a red background with poinsettias, in red, green and gold, scattered around the edges. The image I decided on is called Deck the Halls.  I coloured this with Promarkers, and paper-pieced the girl’s dress in a scrap of the Fancy Pants paper. I tried to keep to the colours of the challenge as far as possible, with the exception of skin tones.  I matted and layered the coloured image on to pearly gold, and then red, card.  I added a strip of Cuttlebug-embossed red cardstock, matted onto the  pearly gold, to the left of the centre of the card.  I attached the coloured and matted image fairly centrally onto the background.  Lastly I added a paper poinsettia, with punched-out leaves, to the bottom right side of the image, where it blends in with the flowers in the background.



Frosty Nights

This week’s challenge theme at Tilda and Friends is ‘Frosty Nights’, and I used one of the cute Elzybells eskimo stamps for my image. This was coloured with Promarkers, with a touch of crystal glitter for a frosty sparkle.  The DP is by Paper Cellar, and seemed perfect for this challenge.  I added dots of Stickles glitter glue along the flourishes and the snowflakes, but this doesn’t show up very well in the photo, unfortunately.  Lastly, I printed the words on the computer, and cut this out with the smallest Nestabilities scalloped oval. I edged the die-cut with a dark blue ink pad, frosted the edge with the Stickles glue, and attached it to my ATC to finish.

Do come and join us in our latest challenge; we would love to see your work.


Here are some words I’ve just added below the picture.

Decorations Challenge from Elzybells

The theme of this Elzybells challenge is ‘decorations’, and I chose to make a hanging ornament.  I used the Carol Singers stamp, and coloured it with pastel-coloured Promarkers to give a crisp wintry feel.  I cut out the coloured image with the largest Nestablities circle, then painted a four inch chipboard circle with pale blue acrylic paint, and when it was dry I attached the coloured image. I then punched out and glittered an assortment of snowflakes, and layered them onto the edge of my ornament, overlapping here and there.  I used silicone glue, so that the snowflakes would have some dimension.  I dotted crystal stones and small iridescent snowflake sequins randomly for added sparkle. Lastly, I punched a hole at the top of the chipboard, so that a ribbon could be threaded through and tied with a bow.


Elzybells Sketch #5

My card for the fifth sketch challenge at Elzybells is made using the very charming Three Kings stamp from the Nativity collection.  I wanted to make this card look rich and regal, so used some beautiful red and gold paper from my stash, and because this is such a busy pattern I kept the card very simple, letting the colours and image speak for themselves.  The scrolls are cut with a Sizzix die, and the frame is made using the scalloped circle Nestabilities set. The jewel brads are by Dovecraft, and the gold borders are German scraps, also from my stash.


Red and Green

This week’s theme at Tilda and Friends is to use the traditional Christmas colours of red and green on your ATCs.  I used one of the new Christmas stamps from Magnolia, and, of course, coloured her in red and green with my Promarkers.  The background paper is by HOTP, and the holly leaves corner stamp is by Tanda. The ribbon and domed letter stickers are from my stash. Do come and join us in the challenge this week; we’d love to see your work.