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Friday, 1 July 2016

Current Challenge Themes For My Favorite Places

Altered Eclectics (Mother Hen)
 1st day of every month

Eclectic Ellapu (Mother Hen)
on the 1st day of every month


Rhedd's Creative Spirit (DT)
Anything Goes 
begins1st day of month

The Mirror Crack'd (DT)
begins 5th day of month

Drop by and join in the fun!
Hugz always 
Elaine aka Ellapu xxx 

Saturday, 1 August 2015

New Challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit 16

Hi all - I cannot believe we are in August, time is running away from us. Nearly the C word again lol.

It is time for our August challenge over at Rhedd's Creative Spirit and for my DT piece I altered a cheap 99p birdhouse.  

I took the house apart to make my reconstruction easier.  I painted the whole thing first and then covered the main part and base using papers from Indigoblu Euphrema collection. The wiped the edges using black soot DI. 

I had recently munched my way through some pistachio nuts and saved the shells to use at a later date lol.  They came in useful as I used them to cover the roof lol.  I colored them using adirondack colour sprays and then inka gold them.  

I used a fence from Fernli designs also covered with inka.  I used a tree also by them.  For the other tree I used a piece of old artificial christmas tree and placed a lil birdie on it.  .  For the window a film strip wooden shape (FD again) came in handy for the frame and then clumsily tried to make something that resembled curtains using a scrap of gold satin. 

I stamped, cut out, coloured and shrinkled 2 of the crazy birds by Tim Holtlz and place one in the window and one on the fence (could not get a decent pic of them but hope you can see them)

I reassemble the bird house and voila all done and dusted.  Now for copious amounts of pics - I forgot to take a pic of the original piece but am showing you a similar house.




I do hope you enjoyed your visit and call in again sometime.  Why not head on over to RCS and join in with this months - you know you want to lol.

Hugz Elaine aka Ellapu xxx

New challenge over @ Altered Eclectics 9

For this months challenge I altered three 5x7 canvases and joined them together.  I covered the background in crumpled tissue and coloured it using brushos and h2o's.  

I drew three hearts and paper mache'd using dictionary pages.  I used red brusho over the top working from the outside in watering the colour down in parts  until I achieved the effect I wanted.  I smudged black charcoal around the hearts to make them pop a little more.  Not so sure if it worked to be honest lol. 

Now for the pics

Hugz for now and please head on over to Altered Eclectics for our fun challeges


August Challenge over at Eclectic Ellapu 10

and the theme this month for the PINK team is ''By the Seaside''.  I chose an image of a lady sitting in her bathing costume with the sunshade.  I was originally going to put this together Finnibair style but changed my mind as you can see - things never go to plan do they lol.

I basically used modelling paste over the canvas, painted over using acrylic paint and rubbed inka gold over it.  I used purple, platinum and turquoise.  I added the picture and put together the words using small wooden letters.  I sprayed the flower and leaves using dylusions.  The pearls were colored using alcohol inks. I also used inka gold on the flower and leaves.

That is it for today.

We hope to see you over there with us Eclectics......

Hugz and love always xx

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Playin wit da burds! 4

Well this week I came to possess the Bird Crazy die to team up with the stamps. I decided to get ahead by getting some elements for my Christmas cards so I played with cutting and some layered, coloured using polychromos, some have glossy accents and even goggly eyes.

Here they are - Da coolest dudes in town

Introducing Edward, Edwin, Cyril
Cedric, Ronald, Archibald, Bert and Frederick

Thanks for dropping by and please call again real soon

Hugz Elaine xxx

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Mid month Tutorial for Rhedd's Creative Spirit 16

Hi all - it is my turn at hosting the mid month challenge over Rhedd's Creative Spirit.  I was pondering at what to make until I spotted a kitchen roll insert and an envelope stiffener (cardboard) and from there the idea was born - a pen holder!  
The idea for a mid month is to show step by step tutorial for the project so here goes - a really long post lol - please bare with me on this one lol.

First of I laid out what I thought I would use, pic on left was original idea, pic on the right is more like it - minus the black lace (a thought I added in along the way along with leaf trim lol)

This shows the process of trimming the tubes to desired length - bet you noticed the stray toilet roll insert, slightly smaller than the other one (another unplanned add in lol)  You can see I am no good at step by step huh...

 I cut out a base shap from the envelope stiffen then painted it alongwith the inside and edges of the tube using black acrylic.  Then came the paper hanging lol I started by covering the outsides using beautiful papers called Chalkboard by Craftwork Cards - gorgeous love them. Please note the pic on right shows my first mistake - I did not allow enough paper to fold down completely inside - next pic shows me redoing it lol

 see now rectified
 bit of a bodge up but got there in the end
 After completing all three tubes I wiped the edges using black soot DI 
 Now there was alot of drying time in between the steps and I promise I will not be talking to you in between - I sat on my sofa watching TV - better than watching paper dry lol ...Anyway I am now back from being a couch potato (well I could have been doing the housework instead but chose not to lol) .  This was the point I came across the latest add in - black guipere lace - love this.  I trimmed around the top of the tubes inside and out and around the edge of the base.  I covered the bottom of the base with felt - Ooops lost the pic of that one - still it would have been a boring pic anyway as I am sure you all know what felt looks like lol!
 I stuck the tubes and base together and added flowers and leaf trim to give it a bit of ummmmppphhhh!  Now for copious amount of pics...... I have most probably duplicated pics along the way so please forgive me - I just could not see which angled shot was being merged with what in the end!

 Now that's it for now but why not head on over to Rhedd's Creative Spirit for our challenge this month - go on you know you want to as much as we want to see you and your creations.

Hugz to all 

Elaine xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Crafty sentiment designs ag 21j
everybody art papers and embellishments 21j
ttcrd ag 21j
artistic inspirations ag 19j
crafting from the heart ag 20j
craft your passion ag 20j
not just cards ag 1a
simon says stamp monday challenge ag 22j
use your stuff ag 1st September
613avenue create ag 20j
artbymiram ag 24j
simply papercraft ag 19j
crafting with an attitude ag 19j
outlawz twisted thursday ag 17j
crafting by designs reuse/recycle 16j
pennys paper crafty ag 15j

Sunday, 12 July 2015

More Christmas cards.....8

Well this is typical British weather especially for a weekend - sunshine only ever comes out when stuck in the damn office - rant over!

I wasn't in the mood for much crafting either so just put together three cards for ready for the ''C'' season lol.

Again the Crazy Birds came out of their packet (may as well leave them out as I suspect I will be using them alot lol)  

I stamped images onto the cards and again onto some scraps of Christmas paper from last year - just knew they would come in handy lol.  I then cut out the birds and a little bit of paper piecing onto the cards - this way one doesn't try the impossible of cutting round spindly legs lol,  I added sentiments by Dylusions, wiped ink across the base and voila - three more to count towards the many that will be needed lol.
Thanks for dropping by and do call again real soon

Hugz Elaine xxx

New Challenge over at Anything but a Card

Hi all - July already, 6 months away from Christmas, presents needed to be made.  So I chose to alter a cheap tealight holder, costing just 99p from the 99p shop lol.  This is just a stocking filler.  This is a simple project and so quick to do.  I basically used alcolhol inks and a straw to blow them across the jar until achieving an effect I like.

Sorry forgot to take a before piccie.

Jar without lit tealight

Jar with lit tealight

Thank you for visiting and why not head on over to ABAC for this months fun challenge

Hugz always

Elaine xxx

This has been entered into the following challenges

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The C word 7

I thought I had better make a start on my Christmas cards and to give me a little incentive I bought a couple more sets of dylusions stamps. one set of quotes and one of images ie the xmas hat.  Out came my fave stamps - Crazy Birds.  I basically stamped and used distress markers to randomly color the birds. One of the hats was a stamp cut out and the other just cut from scrap paper.his time (because it is a one layer card)  there is just the one pic - yayyy I can hear you say lol
Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you all again real soon

Hugz always

Monday, 6 July 2015

Blog Candy Opportunity

over at Monica's blog, fabulous DT girlie over at Eclectic Ellapu so spread the word and and head on over there for a chance to win some fabby prizes - you have until July 6th for a chance to win.  Further details can be seen on her blog HERE.

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Steampunk Canvas 10

Well it is that time again for a new challenge over at ''The Mirror Crack'd'' and the theme this month is to put together a Canvas.  I decided to go Steampunk - one of my fave styles due to dark colours lol.

Here is the list of the items used

wooden cogs
chipboard dressform
lots of rusty wire coiled by me
glass bottle with watch parts in it
inka gold
wooden bird, bodyform, numbers, clock hands
lots of chain round the cogs
clock mask and modelling paste 
paint and sprays
lace, diamante effect trim for texture
and I ripped the arms from a barbie doll 
For the wings I used wire, mod podge and inks
and a lot of patience lol

Well now for the pics and sorry for overload

Why not head on over to The Mirror Crack'd and join in with the fun

Hugz always

Elaine aka Ellapu xxx


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