Here’s One for the Girls!

Elzybells sneakpeek label

My Elzybells sneak peek for today has a little more feminine charm!  It was great to be able to make some cards for men; like many of you, I always struggle to do that, but it was lovely to be able to make something a little more girlie this time.

I used one of Elzybells’ Teddy Angel stamps; isn’t she cute?  I coloured her with Promarkers, and added a touch of glitter glue to her wings and wand, but this is hardly noticeable on the photo.  I cut out the image with a Nestabilities Label Four die, and matted it on the same Bazzill Bling cardstock that I used for the rest of the card.  The flowers are by Prima, and I glittered the brads at the centre to add a little more fairy bling to the card. The designer papers used are from the Basic Grey ‘Gypsy’ range, and the sentiments on the outside and inside are also from the Elzybells new release. 

See you all tomorrow for my last sneak peek.  It’s also release day, so you will be able to flex the plastic a little more at the on-line shop!

Elzybells Sneak Peek Angel Teddy 1

And here is the inside of my card.

Elzybells Sneak Peek Angel Teddy 1 inside

New Sneaks from Elzybells


Welcome to the latest sneak peeks from Elzybells Art Stamps.  The stamps we are previewing this time are the wonderful Graduation and Spring releases.  On my card I used the Daisy Chain Teddy, and the ‘Spring is in the Air’ sentiment.  The DP is Lilykate by Basic Grey, and the cardstock is by Stampin’ Up.  I used a scalloped punch, also by Stampin’ Up, to cut out the sentiment, and embellished the card with flowers, ribbon and brads  from my stash.  Please come back tomorrow for another peek at the new stamps; I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!


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.

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.


Happy New Beginnings

A Happy New Year to you all!  This is the start of a new year of challenges at Tilda and Friends, and from now on you may use any cute image, stamp or download, on your ATC.  We thought this would enable more of you to join in the fun with us.  The challenge this week is to use some of your newly acquired craft stash on your ATC.  I’m sure that some of you will have been lucky enough to receive lots of crafting goodies from Santa, so now is the time to put it all into creative use!

Unfortunately, the Hanglar & Stanglar image that I used isn’t part of my new stash, but an image kindly given to me by a friend.  The DP is new, though, from the Basic Grey ‘Offbeat’ 6″x6″ pad, and I punched it out with a lovely new Martha Stewart border punch, given to me for my birthday a little before Christmas.  Many of us use the  New Year to make new resolutions.  One of mine this year is to adopt a healthier lifestyle, with more exercise, and lots more fruit and veg in my diet, which was actually the thought behind my ATC this time.


How about making it one of your resolutions this year to join us in our challenges at Tilda and Friends?  We look forward to seeing you!

Warm and Cozy

It has been so cold during the past few days; we even had a sprinkling of snow here in Oxfordshire.  It would seem that winter has certainly arrived!  With this in mind, this week’s challenge theme at  Tilda and Friends is ‘Cozy and Warm’.  We’d like you to use characters who are wrapped up warm against the winter chills on your ATCs.  For my card I used one of recently released Winter Magnolia stamps.  Tilda is dressed in a her winter coat, snuggly boots and gloves.  I coloured with Promarkers as usual (will I ever go back to my beloved Prisma pencils?!).  The background paper is from the Basic Grey ‘Wassail’ designer pad.  I used a Sizzix photo corner die to cut out the red corner, and the sentiment is partly taken from an Elzybells stamp. The snowflake brad is from my stash.  Do come and join our challenge to make some cute and cozy ATCs this week! 


Elzybells Challenge #6

The sixth challenge on the Elzybells blog is ‘Paper Piecing’.  This technique is explained in detail by Elisabeth on the blog. For my card I used the Cheery & Bright stamp.  I stamped the image onto smooth white card, and coloured it with Promarkers. Then I stamped the image again onto my selected DP, cut out the dress, and attached this to the coloured image.  I cut the image into a circle with my Nestabilies, edged it with pale blue chalk ink, and then used some Christmas peg stamps around the edge to give it some definition.  I completed the circle by dotting some glitter glue around on the edge design, and mounted it on a red Bazzill scalloped circle, also cut with Nestabilities.  The background paper is from Basic Grey’s Wassail range; this is mounted onto red Bazzill card, and then onto the white card.  I matted and layered the sentiment, which is also by Elzybells, and added it to the bottom of the card with a Prima poinsettia flower and leaf to finish.


Amazing Friends

Just a quick post to show you a couple of cards that I made for two amazing ladies who helped me out recently – you know who you are, girls!  I used WoJ stamps and sentiments on both cards, Basic Grey DP for the first card, and K & Co for the second.  Hope you like them – thanks for looking and for your comments, which I really appreciate.



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