Elfin Dance

This week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends is not to use any backing papers on your ATC.  You may make your own backgrounds in whichever medium you wish.  I started by spritzing some white card with Glimmer Mists, in purple and dark blue, until the entire surface was covered.  When this was dry, I found that I had to iron the card to make it flat again – at last, a use for my neglected iron!  After ironing the card flat, I cut it to ATC size, and put it through my Cuttlebug with the Divine Swirl embossing folder.  Then I sanded the swirls with a crafter’s sanding block to bring out some of the white card again.  I used a lovely stamped image from Pollycraft Designs, and coloured the darling little elf with Promarkers.  I added a sticky-backed ribbon, paper flowers, handmade photo corners and buttons, all from my stash, to embellish. 


Join us this week, and let your creativity loose on making a beautiful background for your ATC.  As always, we would love to see your work.


Post-it Notes Holder

When I posted about my ‘Valentine’s Treat’ last week, the lovely Annie was kind enough to leave a comment, saying that she had made something similar, only it was a cover for post-it notes, rather than for a choccie bar.  Well, I had to try that idea out – hope you don’t mind Annie? I adjusted my cover measurements, so that it would fit a post-it pad, and decorated it with one of the gorgeous Whiff of Joy images, and voilà, the perfect little gift for a friend, or to pop into a RAK package.  I’m on my way to being addicted to making these, as I have made three more since I made this one!


A Valentine Treat

The Elzybells challenge this week is to make a Valentine treat or gift. I used the gorgeous Love You Teds stamp for my image, and made a cover for a yummy chocolate bar.  I coloured the image with Promarkers, and die-cut the shape with one of the new Nestabilities dies. The decorative edge is made with the Martha Stewart doiley punch.  The cover is made rather like a cheque book cover.  I  measured the bar, taking into account its depth for a gusset, and used a piece of Bazzill Swiss Dots card measuring roughly 3.5″ x 12″.  I scored the depth of the gusset at the centre before I folded the cover.  To hold the chocolate bar in place, I wrapped a piece of grosgrain ribbon around it, covering up the join with a punched heart, then placed a length of strong double-sided tape on the ribbon, on the underside of the bar, and adhered this securely to the inside of the cover.

Come and join our challenge this week, and make a special Valentine treat for your loved one.



One, Two, Three…

This is the simple recipe for this week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends.  You are asked to include one button, two ribbons and three flowers on your ATC – the rest is up to you! I used Magnolia’s Tilda with Cupcake for my image, and coloured her with my Promarkers.  The chocolate and pink DP is from the Basic Grey’s ‘Bittersweet’ collection, and everything else is from my stash.  I’m sure you’ll agree that this recipe is very easy to follow, even if you are new to making ATCs. So come along and join our challenge this week; we look forward to seeing what delicious results you’ve achieved!


Card for a Man

This card was made for a swap on the theme of ‘cards for men’.  I discovered that I didn’t have many stamps specifically for men, but I think this Gruffie bear fits the bill.  He reminds me of my DH, who is quite fond of napping!  I’m not sure where the paper is from, but the Gruffie is by House Mouse, and the sentiment is by Whiff of Joy.  The green card is Bazzill Bling, and I coloured the image with Promarkers.


Two New Cards

Here are a couple of cards that I made to send to two very dear friends.

On the first I used Stamping Bella’s adorable Eloise Greengrass, from the Chichiboulie Fairies range.  The DP is Euphoria by Basic Grey, and the lilac cardstock is from my stash, as are the flowers and brads. The sentiment is by Whiff of Joy, and the design is based on Katharina’s wonderful sketch #32. 


For this card I went back to my Prisma pencils temporarily.  I used Magnolia’s Tilda with roses for my image, and DP by Bella Press.  The large brad and ‘friend’ sentiment rub-on are from HOTP.  I used Martha Stewart’s doiley punch to punch all the scallops, and the flower, ribbon and flat backed pearls are from my stash.


Something Sticky…

Well, this is the theme for this week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends.  You are asked to put something sticky: a sticker, a peel-off, and so on, on your ATC.  I used a sticky-backed ribbon, which I always find very useful for ATCs.  Just for good measure, there is also a sticky-backed flower embellishment.  This travel Tilda is so adorable, isn’t she?  I coloured her and her cases with Promarkers, and popped her onto some ‘vintage’ DP by HOTP, which I edged with brown ink to age it a little more.  The ticket stamp is by Autumn Leaves, and this has also been given the aged treatment.  The rest of the DT and our special guest, Anesha, have some gorgeous work to inspire you on the blog.  So come along , get out your sticky stuff, and come and play!


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