Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Galaxy Background

Hello from the Glenn,

I am back with another Electic Ellapu design team card.  November’s theme is “Anything Goes.   My DT card has a galaxy background made with Distress Oxide Inks.  I am really please at how it came out.    I used 5-6 Distress Oxide ink colours including Black Soot to make the background on Strathmore 140lbs cold press watercoloured  paper.  I think what really made it come to life is using Tim Holtz’s Distress Paint (Picket Fence) and my fan brush to make the white spots.  Once it was dry, to keep the colours from moving (if it got wet) I sealed it with some Distress Glaze.   I added some Wink of Stella Clear to some of the dots to make them glitter just a little.   Out of all the stuff I have in this craft room I could not believe that I did not have one stamp that had anything to do with space!  Well, it just so happened that our local craft store The Crafty Scrapper in Waxahachie, TX was having a great sale today.   I found a Lawn Fawn stamp set called “Out of this World” that was just perfect for my card.  If you are ever in the area, it would be well worth the trip to stop by the store.   Other supplies I used for the card are 110lb White CS from Michael’s Recollection brand, Stampendous White embossing powder, Versa Mark ink pad, and Momento Tuxedo Black to stamp the sentiment .  The sentiment is from a Stampin’ UP stamp set called Bring On the Cake.  I’m not sure if it is retired but I know I’ve had it for a while.  The finished card is 4 x 5 ¼, slightly less than an American A2 card.  I think this is a great card for your little space enthusiast or even your big one…lol. 
Thank you for stopping by, I hope you’ll give the galaxy background a try and I look forward to seeing your inspiration in the November challenge.

Here is a look at the inside of the card.  I kept it simple.
I made a matching envelope using my We R Memory Keepers envelope punch board. My card is a little less than the standard A2, so I used the measurements for a 4 x 5 1/2" card.
For more great card inspiration, check out Jennifer McGuire's You Tube channel here…til’ next time


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Dreamweaver Dark and Dramatic

Hello crafters,

My favorite time of the year is nearly upon us…FALL.  This month’s challenge theme at EclecticEllapu starts the season off with Dark/Dramatic Colours and/or something Scary.   My project is a dark dramatic and somewhat scary looking card. I didn’t want to do a the usual Halloween card.  I went to Pinterest for some ideas.  I got the idea for this card from Susan H.  I followed the link to Susan’s blog which is My Mindful Creations that link should take you directly to the post for this card, it’s dated October 5, 2012.  I changed up a few things on the card but her card truly inspired me, thank you Susan!  
The supplies I used for my card:  Grey cardstock I had in my stash for a long time.  It was from The Paper Company, the colour is charcoal.  Black cardstock- Michael’s Recollection brand, Strathmore 140lb Cold Press Watercolor paper, Tim Holtz (TH) Oxide Distress Inks Black Soot and Iced Spruce, TH Distress Ink Black Soot, Hickory Smoke, and Squeezed Lemonade, Momento Tuxedo Black Ink, TH Distress Spray bottle to add a little water, my heat tool, Spellbinders Die D-Lite “Hello”, Spellbinders Resplendent Rectangles, 3 black flat back pearls, and I created the sentiment on my computer using font-Chiller a size of 26.   I really like how it turned out.   Please join us at Eclectic Ellapu, I can’t wait to be inspired by what you create!!   Check out the photos below. 

This is really dark, I tried to enlarge the image so you can read the sentiment which says: "Bat you didn't know I was thinking about you?!"

Here is a close up of the greeting.  I added dimension by cutting the greeting x2 in black and x1 in the charcoal cardstock, then I glued them all together but I offset the charcoal just bit.

Well, I'm off on another crafting adventure, let's see where my mind takes me...til' next time,



Wednesday, September 6, 2017

30 Day Color Challenge Day 6-Decorated Eggs

Hello Colour Challenge Friends,
This is going to be a very quick post.  I just got home from work and I am absolutely exhausted but I had to post my colouring project for today.  This literally took me about 7 minutes to colour.  This is a stamp by Stampendous, stamp number Q150 Decorated Eggs.  I coloured the eggs with Copic Markers.  The cardstock is Stampin UP’s Daffodil Delight and the patterned paper is an old Prima paper pack called Fairy Flora.  Since the challenge is about colouring, I may or may not make cards out of the images that I colour.   Well, that’s it for tonight, I hope you pop on over to The Daily Marker and join the fun!  Here's a picture of my eggs...

See yins tomorrow, stay colourful

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

The Daily Marker's 30 Day Coloring Challenge

Hello Crafty Peeps!

Okay, I needed some motivation and I think I have found it!  I was looking for something on Jennifer McGuire’s blog when I stumbled upon The 30 Day Coloring Challenge hosted by Kathy over at The Daily Marker.  The challenge goes from Sept 1st thru Sept 30th.  Basically, the challenge is to colour something every day even it’s only five minutes. You can use any colouring medium.  You can find the specific details of the challenge on The Daily Marker.  I am pretty excited about the challenge of trying to colour something every day.  You all know how much I love my Copics.  The other challenge is going to be making something with the images I colour.  Over the last several months I haven’t been feeling so good and haven’t been able to get in my craft room as much as before.  I felt like I was becoming detached from crafts.  My crafts are my therapy!  So The 30 Day ColoringChallenge came right-on-time.  

Today is day 5, Kathy says there’s no need to feel you have to play catch up but if you want to no problem.  You can upload your colouring masterpiece on the site, Facebook, or Instagram.  Please go to the Daily Marker site for the specific information about the challenge and about Instagram.   

I am uploading my favorite flower…The Sunflower.  I coloured this image with a combination of Copic Markers and Pro Markers, the Stamped image is by Stampendous, it's called "Sunflower Ladybug" and the stamp number is P024. I purchased the stamp from Hobby Lobby.  I absolutely love the way it turned out.  Well, I better get crackin'  on my next image if I'm going to try to keep up.  I hope you’ll join us for The 30 Day Coloring Challenge.   Have a colourful day!

Joyce, the Duchess of the Glenn

Monday, July 31, 2017

Graphic 45 French Country 4x4 Utility Box

Hello my crafting friends,

August is upon us and it’s time for the next exciting challenge at Eclectic Ellapu.  This month is a fan fav…wait for it…you guessed it…ANYTHING GOES!!!   It’s far too hot to be outside so grab the kids and head to your crafting sanctuary.  Let’s rocks some awesome projects to share an inspire others.   For my design team project, my inspiration came from a simple personal need.  I needed a pencil/pen container for my desk.   Now of course, I could just go right out and purchase one but why do that when I have everything I need to make one right here!   I started with a craft coloured DCWV Explosion Box that I got from Michaels awhile back.  I tore out the inside papers (it come with 1 layer), so that it was just the base of the box with the attached 4 sides.  I attached some binding strips I made out of craft paper to hold the box sides together and created the 4x4 box.  And yes, you know how I love building things from parts; I could have made the explosion box from scratch as well but why should I work that hard when I don’t have too (save that energy for another project).  I put the box lid away; I will use it for another project some other time.  Some ideas for the lid: a decorated little trinket/embellishment holder when you are working on a project and want to keep all those little items together and out of the way.  If you glue some thin silicone rubber on the sides and inside bottom you can have your very own hand-made hot glue gun holder, and if you are careful with paper placement and embellishments you could probably squeeze the bottom of the box down into the lid as its holder.  Let me warn you, it will be a tight squeeze and I say once it’s in there, it stays, that’s how tight the squeeze will be.  Sorry got a little off target, continuing on with my project info… I inked all the edges with Distress Ink Vintage Photo.  I used some left over scraps from my favorite, favorite, favorite, favorite paper Graphic 45’s French Country (can you tell it’s my favorite paper).  I used the paper for the inside and outside of the box.  I place a piece of acetate on the inside bottom of the box to eliminate the ink pen and pencil stains. I finished off the box corners by hot gluing some Chinese Braid to the edges.   Since this will be a heavy use utility box for me, I felt that minimal decorations for the outside of box would be best.  I just wanted something simple and cute to sit on my desk at work for my writing utensils.  I’ve seen some boxes that are really gorgeous with lace, metal embellishments, flowers, ribbons, the bottom feet doohickies (not sure what they are really called but they lift your box up so it’s not sitting directly on the surface).     Below I have shown the box as a decorated small table or mantel piece box.  You can use this little box for many things… a loose change, bill or stash money holder, etc.    Again, I plan to use mine for pens, pencils and highlighters on my desk at work.   Well, that is it for now, see you over at Eclectic Ellapu for the August “Anything Goes” challenge!!!


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