Happy Birthday Tilda and Friends!

It’s been a whole year since we started the Tilda and Friends ATC Challenge Blog.  Can you believe how quickly the time has flown?  We’ve certainly enjoyed playing along with the fun challenges, as I hope you have.  There are some wonderful stamps up for grabs this week, so I hope that you will be able to come over and celebrate with us, and perhaps win a fabby prize for your efforts. 

My ATC is made with an oldie Magnolia, but Tilda has aged well, and is no less cute now than she was then.  I coloured her with Promarkers, with a touch of glitter on the cake.  The background is a Basic Grey plain pink paper from the Two Scoops pad, which I have embellished further with a Hero Arts cake stamp from a clear birthday set.  I added a few gems for extra sparkle, and the word ‘Celebrate’ is a rub-on  transfer.



Today’s sneak peek features the new Elzybells cupcake set.  This is a fabulous kit to stamp your own cupcakes.  You can choose your favourite topping, add sprinkles, chocolate chips and so on, as you make up your fantasy cupcake.  I had lots of fun playing with it, and I’m sure you will too.  The set also has some very cute sentiments.  I used Promarkers to colour in the cupcakes, Bazill Bling cardstock, and Basic Grey Cupcake papers (appropriately enough!), for the background.  The red brads are from my stash.


I hope that you’ve enjoyed all the sneak peeks this time.  Don’t forget to form an orderly queue at the Elzybells on-line store today, as I’m sure there will be a huge rush for these gorgeous new stamps!

Tea for Two


For today’s sneak peek, I’m using Elzybells new ‘Tea’ stamp set.  The pieces come individually, and I’ve stamped them using the masking technique to make a little scene. The lovely sentiment is also from Elzybells. I’ve tried to give this card a nostalgic look with the pretty Lily Kate papers by Basic Grey, and used fresh spring shades of green, blue and pale yellow for the colouring and matting.  The grosgrain ribbon is by SU, the cardstock is Bazzill Bling, and the flower is from my stash.


Join me again tomorrow for another sneaky peek at some of the latest designs by Elizabeth.

More Yummy Delights…


Here are two more cards from the Elzybells Just Desserts set.  Firstly, a card with some good advice for a dieting pal! Once again I used some SU papers, and the turquoise card is Bazzill Bling.  The cookie girl is delightful, isn’t she? And isn’t the sentiment just perfect?!  I coloured the image with Promarkers, and cut out the scalloped matting with a Nestabilities die. The brads are from my stash and the flowers are Prima.


I just had to show off these yummy doughnut stamps, also from the Just Desserts set.  They make a scrumptious background, don’t they?  This mini card would make a cute note card, or even a gift tag with a box of cream cakes when visiting a friend, or is that just wishful thinking?!  Apart from the brads by Dovecraft, everything is is made with leftover scraps.


Are you enjoying the latest sneak peeks?  These new stamps are certanly easier on the hips than the real foodie treats would be, aren’t they, so why not indulge yourself?  The latest release will be on sale from the Elzybells online shop from Monday onward.  See you all tomorrow!

Elzybells Just Desserts


Welcome to the first sneak peek of Elzybells ‘Just Desserts’ stamp release . I think that you’ll agree with me that these new stamps are simply scrumptious!  The first of my cards features one of the Elzybells girls enjoying some delicious cakes, with a very appropriate sentiment!  Don’t we all know that the diet always starts tomorrow?!  This image and the yummy doughnuts are from the Just Desserts clear stamp set.  As usual, I coloured the images with Promarkers, and then edged the white cardstock with a pink ink pad.  The papers are by SU, and the coloured card is Bazzill Bling.  The scalloped edge around the image was die-cut with the rectangle Nestabilities set, and the Fiskars Threading Water border punch was used to edge the striped paper.


I hope you’ll enjoy all the sneak peeks this week; do visit the blogs of the other Design Team members to see what wonderful cards they have to show you.  You will find the links to their blogs in my side bar, and don’t forget to call in on the Elzybells blog, to see what delights Elizabeth has in store for you too.

Elzybells Challenge #14

The latest Elzybells challenge theme is a recipe; you must use a rectangle, two ribbons, and three brads on your card.  I used the very versatile Teddy with Flowers stamp for my card, and coloured the image with Promarkers to match my green and blue colour scheme.  The papers are by SU, the cardstock is by Bazill, and the ribbons and brads are from my stash.


Shady Lady

Shady Lady is the theme for this week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends.  My interpretation of this was to use shades of one colour on my ATC, and in this case I chose blue.  I coloured Paris Tilda using blue shades of Tim Holtz’s Distress Inks, plus hair and skin tones too, of course!  The DP is by HOTP, and the charms are from my stash.


Do visit us at Tilda and Friends to see more fabulous examples of  Shady Ladies by the Design Team. We would also love to see your interpretations of this theme.

All Hearts

The new challenge theme at Tilda and Friends is ‘Hearts’, and what could be more appropriate this week?   I made my ATC with a sweet Hanglar & Stanglar image that was kindly sent to me.  I decided to go all out for pink, and coloured the image with Promarkers, with some fine glitter to accent the heart in the centre, and the wings.  The backing paper is by Papermania,  the sentiment was cut out from a magazine, and the brads are from my stash.


Happy Valentine’s Day for Saturday everyone!  I hope that you’ll have time to come and see the other lovely ATCs that the Design Team have created, and  join in the challenge with your hearty creations.

No Layers

The Elzybells challenge this fortnight is not to use any layers on your card. I must admit that this was a little harder than I first thought it would be. I started by adding texture to my card by embossing the top and bottom with the Cuttlebug ‘Swiss Dot’ border folder.  I also scored a line to define the borders, underneath the  embossing at the top, and at the top of the bottom embossing.  I used the masking technique to make the picture.  I stamped the ‘Girl on a Swing’ image twice, once on the card, and once on a post-it note.  After cutting out the post-it image, I masked the image on the card with it, and also masked the borders, which I wanted to keep white, with extra post-it sheets.  I stamped Elzybells’ ‘Daisy Stem’ randomly on the  card, and coloured in the images with Promarkers.  Keeping the mask in place, I dabbed the exposed card with pink and green inks on a piece of Cut and Dry foam, to give the image a softly coloured background. Then the masks were removed, and the girl was coloured in with Promarkers. I added a gingham ribbon and a butterfly charm to finish off the card.


Warm it up!

‘Warm it up’ is the theme of this week’s challenge at Tilda and Friends, which I’m sure you’ll agree is  perfect for the very cold weather we’ve been experiencing in the UK recently.  My Tilda is dressed warmly, and her background and embellishments are in warm colours. Apart from the Magnolia Tilda, I’ve used a daisy stamp by Elzybells, and a sentiment stamp from Hero Arts.  The buttons are from my button jar.


Come and help us keep warm at Tilda and Friends this week!