Thursday, 28 April 2011

Baz, the frontman.....

A while ago (about 12 months actually..!) I created a set of Rock-Band digi dudes but due to time-related problems (...like I need 48 hours in a day...!) I've never got round to actually doing anything with them.


Today, at long last, I've finally got round to photographing a card I hurriedly put together featuring the lead guitarist 'Baz'!








I do hope you like him - I think he's kinda cute! Sorry the photo's a bit 'foggy' - it's the glare from the silver mirri card at the back - my flash wasn't even on!


The digis for the band are on sale at my showroom (Eiglassing, in the sidebar) if you're interested. Just e-mail me and I'll send what you want out to you.


I'll try to get the others done asap!
Hugs
Ei
x


BTW  The impetus for finally getting round to doing this, was I saw the challenge on Simply create and wanted to enter it!  What better venue for a Rock-Star! LOL


Challenges entered
Simply Create - Time to Rock the Metal
Amber's Crafts and Stuff - Any Digi
Bunny Zoe - One for the Boys
Creative Inspirations 58 - Digi Day 


Tuesday, 26 April 2011

Top Tip Tuesday - Squares/ Make a Box Envelope

It's not my team's week this week at TTT but I had to just write a few lines to let you know of the fab tutorial over there this week.


Our teammate and ladyboss Leanne has made a fab tutorial over at Top Tip Tuesday on how to make a box type envelope of any size.
It's really easy to follow and very instructive - you'll be making them all the time once you have a look!


Our sponsors this week are 
www.stashbooks.com
and
www.pizzazzaplenty.blogspot.com

So please pop over to TTT and enter your project which is anything SQUARE.


Look forward to seeing your entries next week!
Hugs
Ei

Monday, 25 April 2011

CCM Spot 44 - Bottlecaps (plastic or metal)

Our lovely teammate Paula has come up with this interesting theme for us this week on Crafty CardMakers Spotlight!


I wasn't sure about this when I first saw it suggested but after mulling it over for a few weeks, I came up with this lovely ( ...I think anyway...!) locket!












I used the metal top from a Prima Blooms bottle! 
I've used most of the blooms from the bottle and deposited the remainder in with the rest of my flowers, the bottle is now housing a collection of emery/diamond/ acrylic nailboards I use in my crafting, tucked into my new carousel!


Materials
Metal screw-cap from soft-drink bottle or similar.
Vintage photo to fit ( I used a pic of my Aunt Jinnie who practically brought me up and was born in 1907!)
Glossy Accents or similar
Any  embellishments you like - I've used a pair of metal earrings with a pierced Celtic Knot pattern and a disc pendant from an old necklace.
Circle of make-up sponge/packing foam if required.


Method
1) First give everything a good clean - it will annoy you when things won't stick!
2) Then make a hole in the side of the bottle-cap - your bale will need somewhere to pop out of! (I used my Crop-o-Dile for this.
3)Pop the bale of whatever you're using for the top of your locket through the hole you made.
4)Cut your photo to the correct size - (I inked up the bottle cap rim and 'stamped' the photo. Then I cut it just inside the line.)
5) Cut your make-up sponge ( if you're using it) the same size and pop the sponge into the cap followed by the photo.
6) I then cut out a slim circle of card to 'frame' the photo. Pop this into the cap and arrange it to fit.
7) At this point, if you want to add any inclusions, this is the time to do it!
8) Fill the remainder of the cap with Glossy Accents or similar and leave to dry off.
9) When it's all dry, stick your embellishments (I used my Celtic Earrings) to the back of whatever you've used for the locket cover and also to the back of the bottle-cap. That's why earrings are a good thing to use - there are two that match!


This is pretty much it, but if you want to continue to add lickle bits as please you then go for it!


Do pop over to Crafty CardMakers and have a look at the team's efforts - they're super!


Look forward to seeing what you come up with!
Hugs
Ei
x

Sunday, 24 April 2011

Colouring things with Copics

I've got a bit carried away with my Copics I think! LOL! - Nothing is safe!
After colouring that charm bracelet last week - if it doesn't move it gets Copic-ed!


I've had a watch in my drawer for about 15 years that I loved but it wasn't an expensive one and the chrome plating eventually wore off leaving a patchy chrome/copper bracelet which tarnished and made a mess of my wrist.  But I loved the face so I didn't throw it out and just gave it to Ada as one of her 'treasures'.


She's now grown out of her 'treasure' so I looked at this watch and thought 'Hmmmmm.....' and hey presto...




...here it is coloured with my Ultramarine Blue pen and varnished!


As you can see, it's also accompanied by an old brooch which had suffered the same fate.  I'm not sure I like the way I've done the brooch but the beauty of this method is, it comes off if you want it to! I could re-colour these on a monthly basis if I so wished!


Anyway - just thought you might like a peek!
In the photo, it looks a bit dusty, but that's just the talc I dried the back off with 'cos it was still a bit tacky from the varnish!


Don't forget to check back in tomorrow for my Crafty CardMakers demo.....it's another wowzer from CCM!
Hugs
Ei
x




Entered for  Shannon's Sentiments - Anything but a card (106)
Delicious Doodles - Anything goes! (125)
If the Shoe Fits - Scrap it! - Reuse/renew  (5)

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Top Tip Tuesday - Anything But a Card

My mojo finally came crawling back, with a little help from a friend!  


On Sunday, my lovely Hubby, Nic, took me to a huge car-boot sale which is at a place called Chelford, just outside of Macclesfield/Knutsford. It's on every Sunday during the summer and is a real mix of tat, new and old and you do, very occasionally, find a lickle treasure there.


We walked around for over three hours - I was absolutely done up in the evening!


But I did find a few lickle treasures and a part of my haul, I have used on my project for this week - an elasticated bracelet in a antique-y bronze.




I found a length of bronzy-coloured chain which the chap let me have for 30p and  I found some lovely Swarovsky crystals very reasonable indeed.


I took the chain and threaded a length of Beadalon elasticated thread through all the links and tied it off (a dab of superglue holds the knot), then joined the chain.


This gave me a chain bracelet!
Then I took some Anna Griffin metal shapes I've had for years and coloured them with my trusty Copics. 
On the watch-piece I added watch cogs and micro-beads and one red gem before flooding the recess with Glossy Accents.




These were then attached by bronze-coloured jump-rings to the bracelet - voila! - one vintage charm bracelet! I may even add some beads later on......


Why don't you pop over to Top Tip Tuesday and have a look at the team's fab inspiration - have a go and enter and you could win a prize from one of our two fab sponsors:- 
Pink Cat Studios  and Your Next Stamp
I'll be checking up on you, you know...! LOL!




See you over there!
Hugs
Ei
x


wed:- only just noticed my photo of the finished bracelet was missing. Have put it up now.
sun:- edited slightly. I'd missed off the Glossy Accents' in the method for the watch-fob.

Monday, 11 April 2011

....so sorry.....

I haven't done any blogging this week due to some personal stuff including a truly sad bereavement so I do apologize to all those who have dropped by to see the Tweenie card I was scheduled to make for Crafty CardMakers as I haven't even attempted it.

The funeral is on Thursday so I may be back in action this time next week or maybe not, depending on how I feel by then. I've really not felt inclined to do the job this week and do the entrants the justice they deserve.

I'm also sorry I forgot I had my reminder scheduled so it alerted everyone.

I'll be back soon and thank you so much for visiting anyway.
Hugs
Ei
x

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

TTT 28 - Hearts & Flowers / Thank You!

My lovely team-mate over at Top Tip Tuesday, Elaine, has made a fab tutorial this week for a wonderful gift-box you could make/use for almost any occasion - you really should pop over there and have a look!


My project is not a box but a 'Thank You' card using a pretty image from our sponsor, Whimsy Stamps called, 'Gracie's Roses'.





As you know, I'm not overkeen on very 'cutesy' stamps but I think this one is a classic which, although it could be called 'cute,' I think it's more than that -  it's a lovely drawing of a pretty child who could be anyone's daughter, granddaughter or niece.







All papers etc from unbranded stash but I used Nesties for the aperture and the greeting plaque.


Please join in with us over at Top Tip Tuesday and show us what you can do! We're very kind to newbies so don't be shy!


The Stamping Boutique are also on board this week and are offering three digistamps to one lucky person.






All of our lovely team members have personal blogs which are very worth a visit! Lots of inspirational projects to see and get ideas from.


Hop to see you there!
Ei
x

Monday, 4 April 2011

Crafty CardMakers Ch 43 - Recipe

Our teammate over at Crafty CardMakers, Dionne, has given us this fab recipe to follow this week.
We've to use :-
Mainly Yellow and these three embellishments - stitching, rhinestones and ribbon.
Now I know you lot love a recipe, so come on! Get your mojo out and make a project!
You'll be in with a chance of a fab prize from The Stampman
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Here's my effort and it was out of my comfort zone so be kind....!





Materials used:


Yellow background paper - Martha Stewart
Pearl Bazzil - American Crafts
Brown jacquard paper - from stash
Punches - Martha Stewart
Leaves - Sizzix
Flower - Prima
Mottos on bookmarks - K&Co.


The image is, clearly, Magnolia Tilda holding a bee and I coloured her with my lovely Copics - the bee's wings are Stickled!


Hope you like it and will come and join us over at CCM! Whilst you are over there, have a good look at my teammates' projects - very inspirational - they're a talented bunch y'know! LOL!
Their personal blogs are worth a lickle look too - they're full of inspirational projects and tips!
See ya over there!
Hugs
Ei
x