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!


Warm Wishes

Here is a little card to keep you going until my next DT project!  The adorable image, just perfect for a cold winter’s day, is by Whiff of Joy.  The sentiment is by Hero Arts, and the DP is HOTP.  I have coloured it with Promarkers as usual, and punched out the brown Bazzill card with Martha Stewart’s doiley punch.  The heart embellies, which look just like choccolate sweeties, were a magazine freebie.


Last of the Peeks

I’m sorry to say that these two cards are going to be my last sneak peeks for this new Elzybells release. It has been great fun playing with the new stamps and seeing what the other DT members have designed with them.  I think you’ll agree that there has been a gorgeous and varied lot of eye-candy for us all to drool over!

This trio of bears is so cute, and the design versatile, as you can see below.  For my Valentine’s card I used Mara-mi DP, and I coloured the bears with Promarkers as usual.  The sentiment is computer-printed, and the brads are from Poppicrafts. 


Just to show you the versatility of this design I used it to make a Mother’s Day card.  This one is for my mum!  As we celebrate Mother’s Day in March here in the UK, I used some spring colours on the card.  The DP is by K & Co, and the cardstock is Bazzill Bling and Bazzill Basic.  The word ‘Mum’ is computer-printed and layered onto a label, which was die-cut with Nestabilities.  The flowers, brad, and flat-backed pearls are from my stash.


I do hope that you’ve enjoyed your visits to sneak a peek at Elzybells’ new stamps.  Thank you all for dropping by, and for your fabulous comments, which I’ve enjoyed reading very much.  Do come back and check out what else I make with these and some of the other delightful stamps to be found at the Elzybells online store.  Don’t forget that the new stamps will be on sale from today.


Another Sneaky Peeky!

Here is my third sneak peek at the new Elzybells Valentine’s stamps.  This little bear has to be one of my favourites, but then I have to admit that I love them all! I coloured him with Promarkers, and cut him out using my circle Nestabilities.  Before matting it onto a scalloped frame, also die-cut with Nestabilities, I edged the circle with the Colorbox ‘Robin’s Egg’ ink pad.  The lovely DP is by Daisy Bucket, and the ‘Grenadine’ red card is Bazzill Basic.  The sentiment that I used is also by Elzybells, and the red metallic brads are from my stash.


I thought this particular sentiment was too special not to to be on a card of its own, so I made a very quick one with scraps left over from making my other cards.  The base of the card is made with Bazzill Swiss Dots in Sunset Rose; the folksy heart brad, red velvet ribbon, and the silver buckle are from my stash.


Have you been enjoying the sneak peeks on the DT blogs?  There will be more gorgeous cards to delight and inspire you on the blogs tomorrow, and you will be able to purchase these adorable stamps from Elzybells’ on-line shop to play with at last!

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