Sunday, 29 May 2011


Had a great day out yesterday with the girls at one of our local craft shops, she does lot's of different courses there from basic sewing to fantastic altered art projects!!! We chose to do the workbag class as we all liked the look of the little drawsting bag with pockets on the outside, and so very practical for us crafters LOL. Jean made a gorgeous black and white gingham bag, with bright pink hearts appliqued on the pockets. Wanda went for sandy colours with chocolate brown hearts, very lovely, and me well, blue and green obviously! After several mishaps, ok, I sewed the base of the bag in at the top ups...........LOL, Jean very patiently un-picked it for me and gave me a quick lesson, she is such a wizz on a sewing machine! I don't think it turned out too bad, well I'm proud of my little self anyway . May have to have another go on a bigger version, jean's number is programmed in the phone ready LOL. Elizabeth xxx Nearly forgot we also made a scissor holder and pin cushion to match!

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Rainbow Lady's Challenge 154 - Some Enchanted Evening

This week over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge we are being sponsored by Crafty Ann's Digi Stamps, and I have to say making a choice was not an easy one! Child in a candy shop springs to mind...... Decided (eventually) and chose the Peacock, which I coloured in using Inktense pencils, as their vibrant colours are great for the feathers. I created an inky background with a mix of tumbled glass, stormy sky and black soot distress inks, after having masked off a moon. I stamped out some of the Clarity tree's around the edge, then matted on to a dark blue piece of card. The words form the song have been going around my head all week, so they had to be on there, LOL So they were typed out, and printed off on to a paler blue piece of card, then everything else was added along side. Hope you enjoy the challenge and join in with us this week. Just click on Rainbow lady's Challenge logo on my sidebar for a direct link. Elizabeth xxx

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

TIO #80 Fishes

This week it's Janet's turn to start the dream over at the DragonsDream TIO Challenge, with Fishes!! I bought the fish skeleton from IndigoBlu at Port Sunlight a couple of weeks ago, with this challenge in mind, but couldn't decide whether to use him or not. So snook him in the picture anyway!! I started with a cream base tag, and inked it up with a mixture of tumbled glass, stormy sky and brushed corduroy distress inks. For the seabed I spit a Mica tile and made layers of gilding flakes, ink and cosmic shimmer UTEE, then heated. I managed to add this to the tag with a blob of glue hidden behind the flakes. The chipboard letters are coloured in with a mixture of onyx satin, tuscan satin and bronze brocade Silkies. I also then used the same blend of Silkies to stamp out the Lavinia fish. Hope you enjoy the challenge this week, pop over to join us by clicking on the DragonsDream logo on my sidebar. Elizabeth xxx

Monday, 23 May 2011

Back to Port Sunlight and Paint Fusion!

Had two great weekends up at Port Sunlight the first being the Happy Stampers show, which was great catching up with everyone, increasing my the stash, and as always it was packed out!! The second being Sheena's Paint Fusion Workshop, a fab day of real mucky pup crafting ! I won't give too much away but, we did three projects, learnt loads of tecniques, and ate loads of cake, hum very unusual for one of Sheena's workshops lol!!!!! Russ was on hand to look after the shop and brew up for us, good lad, whilst Sheena filled us full of loads of hints, tips and of course gossip - my lips are sealed!!! Just one piccie to share, then I don't spoil anyones surprise if they are going on the next workshop, so here it is, my blackberry mirror, and yep I can now paint leaves and blackberries in my sleep LOL Elizabeth xxx

Friday, 20 May 2011

Play Date Cafe Challenge 82

After a very long and busy week, it's time to sit chill, and catch up with blogland (If it's still working LOL). How could I resist this weeks challenge at the Play Date Cafe with such gorgeous colours!! So with a pile a fab new stamps to mount after last weeks Happy Stampers Show at Port Sunlight, I made a start with the Crafty Individuals stamps. The Chickens are stamped out in Rich Cocoa Memento ink, and coloured using Promarkers. The backing paper is an old one of K&Co's,  distressed around the edge with brushed corduroy, and the sentiment is from an Easter set LOL. Off to Port Sunlight again in the morning for Sheena's Paint Fusion class, should be fun, and very messy!! Have a great weekend Elizabeth x

Thursday, 19 May 2011

Rainbow lady's Challenge 153 - With A Flourish!

Sorry for being AWOL last week, think my mojo left me for a while, but am ok now, I think LOL. This week over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge we are sponsored by Steph, who yet again has provided some fantastic blog candy, up for grabs so thinking caps on gang!
The Wedding cards fly off the stall on a Friday morning, so have taken the opportunity to do a little re-stocking.
My flourishes are cut out from a cuttlebug die, with extra flowers and gems added, for some sparkle! The dress stamp is by Inkadinkadoo, I just think it is so elegant. It was coloured in using Promarkers, and then matted on to matching card , and the corners were cut out using one of Nellies dies.

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

TIO #79 All the write postage!!!!!

This week it's Zoe's turn to start the dream  "All the write postage" at DragonsDream TIO Challenge. I've inked up my background in a mixture of distress inks including, bundled sage, brushed corduroy, dried marigold, wild honey and black soot. All of the stamps I've used this week are from different sets by Tim Holtz. Couldn't resist adding the pen nibs, although they will be taken off and popped back in their box. They are from a collection that belonged to my Grandpa, he learned to write with them and so did I!! Check out the DragonsDream  link on my sidebar and come on over to join the challenge!

Wednesday, 11 May 2011

TIO #78 Texture!

This week over at Dragons Dream we are dreaming in "Texture" lead by the very creative Wanda. I decided that I needed a good dose of messy crafting this week after all of the pastel stuff I've been playing with over tha last few weeks, LOL. So my dream began with stencil paste through the mini harlequin Crafters Workshop template. I added some black glitter whilst the paste was still just wet enough to hold it, then once dry I inked around the tag with black soot distress ink. I love this Tango stamp by Blue Moon, it was stamped out in memento and then coloured in with a selection of promarkers, then inked around with black soot to distress the edges. To add yet more texture, I added a selection of beads around the bottom for a little extra drama. Hope you come over and dream with us this week, just click on the Dragons Dream logo on the sidebar for a link to the challenge. Elizabeth xxx

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Rainbow lady's Challenge 151 - Lady in Red

This week over at Rainbow Lady's Challenge we are sponsored by Joanna Sheene, who yet again has provided us with a wad of gift vouchers for one lucky person to win!!!!
This for me was a very quick card as it's made from one of the gorgeous Kanban toppers along with a co-ordinating sentiment, to which I've added a few red gemstones, some pre made red roses and a few die cut leaves, cut out from left over card. Quick and easy but very effective!! Well I think so anyway LOL. Follow the link on my sidebar to come and join in the challenge, and good luck! Elizabeth xxx

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

TIO #77 Colouring my World!!

This week it's Helen's turn to start the ball rolling over at the Dragons Dream TIO, with the theme being the Colour my World. Helen has chosen the colour purple, with the choice of one accent colour, and as always at least one real stamp!!
I started off by inking my tag up with milled lavender,dusty concord and black soot around the edges. Then I used the black soot again to stamp out the TH sentiment, and also the Chapel Road Dragonflies. I then added some highlights with a white chalk pencil to the wings, then also a touch of glitter for some sparkle!! The tag was then finished off by adding black ribbon, and a flourish cut out on cricut. There is a direct link to the Tio Challenge by clicking on the DragonsDream logo on the sidebar, so please pop along and join in the dream! Elizabeth x

Tuesday, 3 May 2011


Ok I like to think I can deal with most things (except frogs) but ants in the kitchen on the worktop, nope.............. Yuck may have murdered a small army!!!!! Going to bed itching LOL xxx Hope Oscar's not brought any up with him, else he's in the dog house more than he is already, after helping himself to a full packet of Dentasticks!!!!!!! May be up earlier than usual! LOL, but still on the prom by 6-30am if anyone wants to join me for 4 1/2 miles?. xxx