Friday 23 May 2014

LOC Ch 32 - Girly Theme!

Now, you know me - girly is not my middle name by any stretch of the imagination! LOL!  But that is the theme this week at Left Of Centre Card Challenge.

My teamies have come up with some lovely projects - they were clearly blessed by the 'Girly Fairy' at birth! I, however, struggle a bit with this theme so I decided to use one of my own Eiglas Digis called 'New Puppy Lola?'

Not completely happy with it but at least I got it done - which wasn't necessarily going to happen as I lost a lot of my digis last week during an upgrade of my PC.  Still dunno how it happened but a lot of my recent work got wiped.

Hope you like my digi at least! LOL!

I'm going to be AWOL for the rest of the week - off to London for a couple of days to see the Queen (no kidding - I really am!) so leaving OH to hold the fort and feed the dogs!

See you all again soon!
Ei x

Friday 9 May 2014

LOC Challlenge 31 - For a Male

My OH doesn't know it yet but this is his birthday card! :D

Over at 'Left Of Centre' this week the theme is 'Male Card' and as the sponsor is Dilly Beans, I HAD to use her fabulous 'Monster Family Reunion' - it reminds me of my lot! lol!

The backing paper is my own Eiglas design from my 'Monster' Digital Paperkit which will be on my site as soon as I can get to upload it!

Please feel free to pop over to 'Left Of Centre' blog and join in the fun! My talented teamies have some fab demo cards to inspire you and our sponsors always have fab prizes up for grabs!


I have started a Facebook group  'Eiglas Craft & Design' where I give away the odd Friday Freebie of my own digital work - either a digi-stamp or a paper-kit sample and I think it might be appropriate this week to offer a sample of my  new 'Monster' Paperpack as I made it specifically to suit the Dilly Beans Digistamp!

Here's the sample page - if you would like it then either e-mail me or pm me on Facebook. It's too large to e-mail so it would be a Dropbox download job.

Look forward to seeing you again soon! ;)


Saturday 3 May 2014

Delicious Doodles Challenge #86 - White on White

I've really been entranced by some of Teri Sherman's images on Delicious Doodles. Teri's images are always well-drawn and a little quirky but there's something for everyone on her page, be it Gothic, horror, traditional or cute.

I'm doing a stall at a charity dog show in Westhoughton in June and I've been wanting to use Teri's 'Lycaonia' for some time and I instantly thought of it when I saw the challenge was 'White on White'.

Isn't it a beautiful image..?

I'm getting excited about my dog-show now - busy making cards and jewellery and getting other bits of bric-a-brac together for my stall.

We (Eiglas Craft & Design) are sponsoring 'Best in Show' in memory of my beautiful Angel-pooch Merlin, my late Springer Spaniel.   I lost him six years ago and I still miss him like it was yesterday. 

He was an amazing dog - an enormous personality - and so the proceeds of the sale will be split between NWESSR  ( North West English Springer Spaniel Rescue) (link to follow) and AHAR (Animal Heaven Animal Rescue)

Run by the amazing Barking Berry's Bakery
  The show will be at Central Park Westhoughton, BL5 3DG  on 28th June 2014 and everyone is welcome - the more the merrier - especially the pooches!

I do Pet Portraits - this is my one of my Merlin - if anyone wants one of their pet, the proceeds will go to the above charities from now until one week after the show (to allow for any orders from the show).

Gosh! What a lot of non-crafting stuff for my blog! I don't usually feature very much non-craft stuff on here so it shows my passion for the subject.

Speak again soon!
Ei x

Friday 2 May 2014

Vintage Wedding and modern Graduation cards

Whilst digging in my, not inconsiderable, crafty stash the other day looking for materials for a project, I came accross an image I'd started making a couple of years ago but never quite finished.

I was practically brought up by my Aunt - my Dad's sister Jinnie and when I was small she'd let me look though her 'treasures'.  This was an old wooden box full of photos (usually with a shopping list & 'reckoning up' on the back and a few, old greetings cards from her late husband, Uncle Sammy who had died of a brain tumour when I was about three or four.

I loved the cards even then, with their lace and pretty, muted colours. They were usually sporting a heart and some floral embellishment and often a pearl or gem or two.  

Sadly, they're long gone, into the mists of time - who know where - possibly during a house move. But I remembered one or two quite clearly and had started to make up one or to sketches based on how I remembered them and then my own life got in the way and they became buried in all the other 'stuff' in my craft-room and i was only when going through a box of stuff I came across them again so i decided to actually do something with them before I 'lose' them again.

This is the first one.   I seem to remember it as being a Wedding card so I have made it as such.   The floral image, I'll eventually put on my site as a digi - when I get the time! lol!

I did enjoy making this although the scissored edges are a bit dodgy....! I printed onto a slightly textured ivory card and 'distressed' the dodgy edges with Tim Holtz 'Victorian Velvet' and 'Wild Honey' inkpads.

The backing mat is embossed with a spellbinders A4 Embossing folder EG002 onto a pearlized pale pink card and the whole matted, in turn, onto an antique gold card, then onto an 8 x 8 textured ivory bade card. 

 I didn't 'gut' the mats as I wanted a substantial, quality feel to the project.   I feel it needs something else -a gold silk cord for the spine but I shall have to hunt that down.

Inside, I've made a simple inner with just a couple of corner cut-outs - a vignette of the floral image to the left and the verse to the right.

The verse is, as far as I know ( I DID look and it DID say it was) a royalty free one from  :-

I usually write all my own verses but there are a lot of very nice verses on there and this one hit the right tone for me.


A lovely American friend called Kris, asked me to make a card for her beautiful daughter Shanna who is graduating this month as well as becoming 22.

She sent me lots of lovely pics of Shanna and I made a drawing of her from one of them to use for the frontispiece if the card.

the inner

the box

The card arrived this week and my friend is thrilled with it.  I'm so pleased!

Hugs Ei x

I have entered these cards into the following Challenges:-

Sisters Of Craft

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