About Me

Im 39 years old and work in retail as a Deputy Manager. I love to craft whether it be cardmaking or altering something. I have been crafting for almost 10 years and it helps me to relax after those busy days at work. My big aim was to blog regular and get onto a design team, now Im on 2. Very proud to have recently made Jones design team. I am godmother to 2 lovely children Matty & and Rebecca...Hope you all like what you see and thanks so much for reading my blog and leaving comments.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Leonie Samples

Good morning & Happy Valentine's Day..
I'm thrilled to say that on Friday I handed in my portfolio at college. Now it has to be verified and marked. Fingers crossed I will be a fully trained teaching assistant in a few weeks. It's been a real roller coaster ride for me, being made redundant and taking the plunge to become a mature student but I have to say I've really enjoyed it. Just got to pass my English exam early April now lol. So I'm hoping for a lot more craft time now as my mojo had been in hiding with all the work I had to do. I've already spent 2 nights in my craft room since Friday so things are looking up !! 
Right now to show you the samples I made for Leonie Pujols one day special on some of her already released lovely ranges last week on Hochana.



Love all the different stamps, dies and stencils Leonie has designed. I'm currently working with the new range and oh my goodness you are going to love it all ! 
I'm off to Mellington Hall in Powys for a Prosecco afternoon tea with Hubby to celebrate Valentine's, hope you are all doing something nice. 
Take care and thanks for stopping to look or leave a comment. Big hugs. 
Elaine xx



Wednesday, 1 February 2017

Eclectic DT

Good evening lovely peeps, wow 1st February.....Goodness me that crept right up on me lol. Sorry for my lack of posts  but trust me I've been so busy with college spending hours on homework and my portfolio that I could scream ! Im working harder than when I was a full time manager. However the end is in sight only just over 2 weeks to go and then normal crafty service will resume. I feel that the pressure has really stunted my creativity since before Christmas, however today I started a project I'm excited about. When it will get finished is another story lol. 
Anyway I digress the reason for today's post is its time for a new challenge over on the Eclectic Ellapu blog and the theme is anything goes. So I decided that I would make a special card for a lovely friend. A fellow crafter. I used Cafe Parisian as the lucky lady was being whisked to Paris by her hubby ! Lucky lady. So here's the card.....


Love this collection as its so pretty.
Right I'm off to put my feet up. 
Thanks again for all your support and sticking with me, I really appreciate it.
Take care xxxx

Saturday, 14 January 2017

New stash!

Hello lovely peeps,
Tonight I have 3 cards to share with you. All in different styles but they all have 1 thing in common...... They all use the wonderful new papers and ephemera designed and made by the lovely Linda  Simpson. Who has set up Emerald city crafts. They are so nice and come in 2 styles in A4 packs, 6x6 packs and the ephemera. You can get them on her Etsy store.
Here's my makes.




I really enjoyed having a play with them. They are awesome. Hoping to get in the craft room tomorrow seems like I have not had much time lately lol. 
Hope you are all well, it's very cold at the moment brrrrrr. The lovely Heather Won my crafty giveaway, well done.

Take care 
Big hugs & thanks so much for stopping by xxxxx




Sunday, 1 January 2017

Happy new year....

Happy new year to all the lovely people in blog land may it be a wonderful one for all of you. We had a quiet night in which is just how I like it. Nice to relax. 
Hopefully 2017 will be a good crafting year and I'm starting the year with a giveaway. More on this at the end of the post. 
Right I managed to spend a few hours crafting on Friday so was really chuffed trying to get back my missing mojo. Still not found it but I'm trying !
I saw this idea on Pinterest...

I thought it was a lovely idea. However I decided to take it one step further and do an album with a page each month of all the good things that have happened. I'm going to use a little wooden box to still keep track but will empty it each month and turn it into a page with photos & notes etc. Now the box has been painted but need to decorate it. 
I had the perfect g45 album begging to be used from the lovely Darren at Jones crafts. So I decorated it with g45 Cafe Parisian papers. 





The album is perfect as it already comes with lots of different style pages ready to decorate. I'm going to decorate the box tomorrow. 
Hope you like it. I must say I was pleased with how it turned out. 
Thank you so much for your continued support over the last 12 months. I would like to say thanks to Jones crafts, Leonie Pujol for having me on the teams. I'm also looking forward to working with Toni & the lovely ladies at stamps by me limited starting this month.
I count my blessings each day.
So my giveaway today will include something to alter from candy box crafts, an MDF heart, notebook to alter and more.

All you need to do is leave a comment about what your favourite thing was about Christnas & new year. 
Enjoy the rest of your day. Lots of hugs Elaine xx






Wednesday, 28 December 2016

Christmas......

Hello everyone, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the festivities. This was my first Christmas where I have had some decent time off in 21 years and it's been fabulous. We had a lovely Christmas Eve. We went to the Crematorium during the day to take something for my little brother. Then we went home watched a Christmas film and had a nice meal. On Christmas Day I was up at 4.30 with excitement ( yes I'm like a little kid lol ). We had a lovely lunch out and just came home and chilled out the rest of the day. Boxing Day We had our usual party and I put on a Buffett. We played games and had a few drinks, and we had some of the guests stay over and I cooked the 6 of us a full English the next day. Today I've had my godchildren here all day and we have crafted, been out for food and played games. So it's been a lovely time spent with some wonderful people. 
Anyway onto craft, I have tidied my craft room and I'm ready to get going with some projects. I hope my mojo is coming back. Today I'm sharing a card I made 2 weeks ago. It's made for Jones crafts and I used g45 cafe Parisian. It's intended to be a simple afternoon tea invite, with details printed inside. 

Hope you like it. I would like to say thank you to all the people who have visited me and left comments this year. It is so heart warming to know someone takes valuable time to leave kind words. 
On that note take care xxxx

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Almost Christmas....

Hello to all my lovely followers. Sorry the posts have been somewhat erratic and slow. It's been a real difficult few weeks for me and I feel I'm only just sorting myself out. Sadly on 9th of December (also my 41st birthday) we said goodbye to the most amazing brave lady. My lovely friend Rachel. So my heart has not really been into crafting but I did spend a bit of time in my craft room the other day. Here's what I did... 


I wrapped up hubbys aftershave with some graphic 45 papers and covered an MDF tag. The collection used was St Nicholas. Thank you to Darren Saxton at Jones crafts for sending me these wonderful Papers. 
Well must dash having a new colour put in my hair and a cut at the hairdressers today. I fancied a change lol.
Take care friends and big hugs. 
Love Elaine xxxx

Thursday, 1 December 2016

December Eclectic

Hello lovely peeps. Wow December the first, it's almost Christmas woohoo ! However I do have my birthday before then..... 
Right onto today's DT make for Eclectic Ellapu. 


I have desperately trying to use up old kits to create some space. The theme was bells and I attached one to the little red bow. Please take a peek over at what the wonderful team have created. 
We have very generously been given time off until the next challenge starts on Feb the 1st next year. Thanks for stopping by. 
Hope everyone is well, take care for now xxxxx