I loved making this card! Its may not look very professional but I made it for my friends teenage daughter, Sarah, who loves pink and cats! Personally I think teenagers are the hardest group to make for and I normally dread making them but I actually enjoyed putting this one together and making it girlie!
Today was my daughter Isabelle's last day at Nursery here in Gibraltar. It is a really lovely Nursery and the staff are more like family than carers. Sue, Izzy's key worker is fantastic and I know Izzy is going to miss her like crazy!
Izzy's room is for toddlers aged two and is called the 'Sunshine Room'. So I wanted to make a card for the children as well. I used bright colours to represent the 'Sunshine' and my baby girls picture so that the children won't forget her.
I think the 'Sunshine' kids are going to have a lot more peace now!! LOL!
As we are soon to be moving to bonny Scotland I thought it would be nice to do some 'Scottish' themed change of address cards. These photos don't show all of them but I didn't want to drive you completely kilt mad! Our new details are on the back of the tags.
The stamp is obviously a 'Nellie' from funkykits but I would like to add that after painting 120 of these little chaps I can honestly say I never want to use him again!!LOL!
The tags I got free of a friend who was going to bin them....nooooo....the card I already had and the ribbon I got off e-bay for about £3.00. So in total the whole lot only cost about £7.00...not bad considering they drove me do-lally!!!!
I seem to be making a lot of thank you cards these days. I love making them, especially for people who really don't expect them! This one was made for a lovely lady who has helped my family so much since I became ill. She works for SSAFA...The Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Families Association and even though it is her job to help...she has also become a special friend. Thank you Margaret for everything,x
Today I received my first ever blog award!! It will probably be my last as well so am like a kid with a new toy!!!
Its the Arte Y Pico (Art & More) award. The lovely Cass from poursomesugaronme-rockchick gave it to me and I can't stop grinning!! Cass and I started our blogs at the same time and she is sooooo talented so its a real morale boost to get it off her. Now the rules of the award.....
1. You have to pick 5 blogs that you consider deserve this award for their creativity,design,interesting material,and also contributes to the blogging community,no matter what language.
2. Each award has to give the name of the author and also a link to his or her blog to be visited by everyone.
3. Each award winner has to show the award and put the name and link to the blog that has given her or him the award itself.
4. Award winner and the one who has given the prize have to show the link of Arte y Pico blog,so everyone will know the origin of this award.
5. To show these rules.
So now the hard part!!! 5 blogs? I want everyone though!!!
OK the ones I have chosen are...drum roll please......
I love using different colours and techniques and playing around using 'faux' stitching. I made this card for a friend of mine, Bev, who is very ill with Fibromyalgia and lots of other illness's that make her life pretty grim. She is very brave though and a real inspiration.
I loved making this card for my friend's Tracey and Nick's anniversary. They are the nuttiest couple I know and we have been friends now for about 14 years. The only problem is we have only ever been in the same country once but hopefully our move to Scotland will mean that we finally get time together!
I'm hoping to have the camera situation sorted out today as I have a 'sneaky peak' to show you that will be revealed next week. Don't get to excited...its just something that has kept me occupied for days!! LOL!
This card is for my mum...so I hope she does not peak on here before I get the chance to send it!!
She lives in NZ on a farm and recently took on some peacocks.
The card is embroidered and has been given an aged appearance with old gold ink. I put holes round the edge of the card and used eyelets. Then used some gorgeous 'eyelash' fibre to sew threw them all.
I have just had the terrible news that a very wonderful Fibromyalgia friend has passed away. I never had the chance to meet Neil but chatted with him on a FM forum and he came across as very warm and caring. The world lost a very special person today,x
Gill and I both love cats and over the past 2 years have fostered over 45 kittens and I would hate to think how many adult cats! We had got to the point where I had a litter in my bedroom, a litter in the bathroom, an adult cat in my sons room and that did not include my 6! Luckily hubby was away so was not having to put up with the chaos!!
Gill was looking after my daughter on this particular week and rang me to say that a very ill Siamese kitten had been added to my collection...and was in my downstairs loo!!
The poor mite was in a terrible state and was riddled with fleas and ringworm. She also had a crooked tail and was obviously dumped as she was not 'perfect'. Gill took her home as I was full and 'Coco' has never left. She is a real scabby cat and would never win any awards but to us she will always be beautiful.
I made this card for Gill and the disk (which is made out of sauce lid!) says 'purr-fect friend'....well that's what she is!!!
Well I am humbled this morning and speechless which is just not me!!! Have had a rotten couple of days with the pain and keeping busy with this blog has really taken my mind off it. Dawn, Diane's and Gills advice have been invaluable in the changes that have been made...thanks girls!I've just popped on to post another card and have realised that by today 100 of you lovely people have stopped by to have a peek!! OK, 100 many not be a lot for most blogs but for me it means so much so thank you and I hope you visit again!!
I wasn't going to put anything else on today as I've been feeling rough this afternoon but I have to point you in the direction of this website http://www.princesskitten.co.uk/index.html I asked on the Docrafts forum if any of the bloggers could send me their details...and Pandy sent me her website. Not only is this woman so flipping talented its scary...she also suffers from the same chronic illness's that I do....Fibromyalgia, Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, IBS and all the other horrible bits that go with this. May the 12th is Fibromyalgia awareness day so leading up to it I am going to post a few items about it. You don't have to read them...but living with this on a daily basis is so hard and so little is known about this 'invisible' illness. I spend a lot of my time stuck in bed and for someone who wants to achieve so much its cruel. But if we can get the word out about it and make people understand what it does to us then hopefully more funding will be put into finding a cure for it. We don't want sympathy...we just want to be 'normal'. But it still won't stop me crafting!! LOL!!!
Last year I had the good fortune to meet an incredibly talented French lady called Diane. She was in Gibraltar as well but was leaving within a few months to go back to the UK.
She very kindly did a fantastic origami demo for my craft club and also got me hooked on one technique that I have fallen completely head over heels in love with!! Considering I have no patience I find card embroidery very calming...and now I just can't stop!!
So to get our creative juices flowing again Gill and I set ourselves a challenge. Both of us had beautiful papers and stamps from http://www.craftyindividuals.co.uk/ so we each made a card to see what different styles and techniques we could come up with.
Gill's is beautiful with soft lilacs, pinks and purples. She used beads and ribbon to add texture and a graduated Versamarker for the stamp. Its so lovely and girlie!
Mine on the other hand is made using deep colours, chipboard, ribbon and acetate. To get the effect with the acetate I first stamped the image in deep red onto my paper. Next I stamped the image again using a black Stazon onto the acetate.
I then put the acetate on top of my paper image and slightly moved it so that you can see the red underneath the black.
The acetate is attached with brads.
We were amazed at how different they had turned out and both wanted each others!! LOL!
No...not the stamping kind....the friend kind!! When I arrived in Gibraltar two years ago Gill was the first person I met and a few months later she introduced me to card making...and my hubby has never forgiven her for our reduced bank balance!! LOL!
Gill is one of my closest friends and it is with her that we set up the craft club over here and took on various challenges...working for The Cat Welfare Society and smelling of cat pee every Saturday!!
We recently had the exciting news that Gill is expecting her fourth baby!!! We are over the moon for her but I am so sad that we will not be together when it is born.
This card was made for her with much love...and because I love elephants!
Not only do they send parcels out to the troops but they look after all of us that are left behind at home. The site is run by Karen and Agnes with lots of co-ordinators around the UK and it is non political but is so loving and caring and I made so many wonderful friends.
If you get a chance to have a look at it please have a look at all the wonderful tributes that have been made to all the troops that won't be coming home to their families. They are our fallen heroes and will always be remembered.
A few people have asked me how I chose my blog name....its simple really...it picked me! Originally I wanted 'elf designs'...but it was already taken....and to be honest the word 'design' isn't one that should be used with my crafting!! 'Design' to me means being organised and putting thought into a craft item...not in my world!! As my friends will tell you I am the most messiest crafter there is and chaos rules my craft desk!! As for 'elf'....that's simple...its my initials...how lucky am I???LOL!!
A lovely lady that comes to my craft club recently lost her mum. I wanted to make a card that was not religious but would let her know that we were thinking of her. The colours are quite muted but I think it worked.
Hello and welcome to my little bit of bloggy land.
I'm a very proud Forces wife and owned by one very understanding hubby, a grotty teenage son, my daughter, Princess Belle, Toby the couch potato greyhound, Tilly the fat cat, naughty kittens Molly and Alfie and a baby corn snake Merlin!
I'm a real homebody and love nothing more than pottering around crafting with Belle, playing with my fur babies or baking for my friends.
I'm very eclectic in everything I do and love seeing what craftiness my friends have been up to.
I've still much to learn and explore in craft land so if you have any thoughts or ideas on how I can improve on something please let me know.
Thanks for reading and I look forward to us meeting again!:)