Last of the Sneak Peeks

I think I may have been a little confuzzled about the Elzybells release date yesterday; that will teach me to blog at stupid o’clock, won’t it?! Anyway, today is the day you have all been waiting for, but I have my last card to show you before you head over to the online store to purchase all the lovely new stamps.

I’ve used the pretty Strawberry Picker image again, but this time I’ve coloured her totally with Promarkers.  The gorgeous paper is by Crafts-Too, and I’ve added a border made with the watermelon stamp from the Mini Messages Summertime set.  I used Nestabilities to die-cut the image, and a Fiskars border punch for the scalloped border.  The flowers and brad are from my stash.

As I’ve mentioned, this is my last new release for the design team, but I’m sure that it’s not goodbye, but ‘au revoir’, as I’m sure to see you all when I’m stalking the Elzybells blog and shop! I do hope that you will still call in now and again to see what I’ve been making with my collection of Elzy stamps!

Elzybells Sneak Peek 14

Here’s a Little Sketch…

For a while I have been toying with the idea of putting up the occasional sketch on my blog, with examples of cards made with it.  Recently I had some time to play, and here is the result!  Please feel free to use my sketches, but I should be very grateful if you would credit me with the design, if you use it to make a card and show it on your own blog.  It would be lovely if you left a comment, so that I could have a peek at your work.

Maria's Sketch #1

Here are a couple of cards made with this sketch – hope you like them!

Maria's Sketch #1 Card 2

Maria's Sketch #1 Card 1


Happy Launch Day!


Before you all rush to the Elzybells on-line shop to order your new stamps, I have a few more peeks for you!  Elizabeth has really spoilt us with her latest sets; there are so many totally cute images and sentiments to choose from in each of them.  I had a fab time today, making four cards to show you.  As they are quite small, I was able to use up some scraps from my stash to make and embellish the cards.

Card #1


I used the  little spider from the Critters set for my image.  Whilst I’m not very keen on the real thing, I adore this little cutie, and the sentiment from the same set is one of my favourites too, just perfect for cheering up someone who is feeling low.

Card #2


The image on this card and sentiment are also from the Critters set.  I matted the design onto Bazzill Bling card, which had been embossed with a Cuttlebug Embossing folder, and then added a piece of stitched grosgrain ribbon for added interest.

Card #3


Another card on which I used Bazzill Bling card embossed with a Cuttlebug folder.  The beehive image is the same one as on yesterday’s card, but I used different sentiment from the same set.  The scalloped border was made with a Stampin’ Up border punch.

Card #4


Lastly, a little card that could also be used as a gift card.  Isn’t this ladybird gorgeous?  She is also from the Critters set.  I used the new Label set for the tag.  This set is very versatile, with a variety of greetings as well as the tags, and as they are clear stamps the placement of the words inside the tags is easy peasy. I used the Fiskars Threading Water border punch to cut out the scallops.

Well, that’s it for this time.  I do hope that you’ve enjoyed my latest sneak peeks as much as I’ve had fun making them to show you.  Thank you Elizabeth for the wonderful selection of new stamps you have given me to play with!

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.

Autumn Birthday Greetings

I adore this pretty Magnolia stamp, and it seemed perfect for making a card for an autumn birthday.  I coloured ‘Tilda with Sunflower’ with Promarkers, and distressed the white card with a brown chalk inkpad, so that it would blend well with the Basic Grey DP that I used.  I stamped some scrolls on two of the corners for extra interest, and then I matted the image onto brown cardstock.  Using the same cardstock, I punched a scalloped band with a Fiskars Threading Water border punch, and attached a piece of grosgrain ribbon to the centre of it.  I added a brown brad to each side of the band before adhering it to the card.  I attached the matted image, using 1mm foam squares, onto the scalloped band.  Finally, I fixed the Prima flowers to the card with pretty brads, and added the sentiment, which is from Hero Arts, to the bottom right of the image.