Friday, 18 April 2014

Clarity Challenge 14 - Monochrome

Happy Easter,
Just a short one to attach this month's Clarity Challenge, the theme being Monochrome.

It is rather rushed I'm afraid as I am away tomorrow, but I was determined to get an entry in as I missed it last month.

I decided to go traditional black and white using Clarity Stamps wall flower set.  I embossed the large corner stamp in black on the black card. Not sure that works brilliantly on the photograph, it looks better in real life!  I had a go at some zentangle on a couple of flowers. It was my first attempt and I'm not sure they were the best flowers to attempt it on.  The Thank you stamp is a Clarity New Design Club and it has proved very useful.  The leaf bits on the end are from Clarity Birdcage set. 

Anyway, I hope you like it and thank you for stopping by.
Ela x

Wednesday, 16 April 2014


Evening fellow crafty people,
What a gorgeous day it has been, far too nice to be indoors.  We've been enjoying the sun in local park today, but I have been up to my crafty lair for a bit this evening.

So what's on my desk this week?  Lets have a look.

Crikey it is messy.  Well this week I've been making a birthday present for my husband.  I've made gelli plate mono prints using Clarity Stencil seed head designs.  You can see one of my attempts in the right hand corner.  I was cutting out frame for them which you can see on the desk in the middle. There is also a little peak of the card I'm making for my husband (see finished result below).

New toy alert .. my Brother scanNcut! I was trying to cut my frames out on it but not very sucessfully.  I got the the sizes completely wrong

So I had to resort to my trusty Silhouette.  You can see above a birthday card I've made for friend using a Clarity stencil and grunge paste (it was one of Barbara Gray's blog tutorials).

This is my husband's birthday card.  I used a Sheena Douglass stamp which I painted using H20s on kraft card.  The porthole and sentiment are from the Silhouette store.  I have since added a 'we' to the love you bit if you think the sentiment doesn't read right!  I lost the 'I' somewhere along the line.  Probably stuck to the bottom of my shoe.  Below is the finished birthday present.  It was an idea I got from the Silhouette blog; I've put my husband's favourite Beatles song lyrics in vinyl onto the prints.  I hope he likes it. 

One last thing I'd like to share.  Last week at school it was mad as all my students rushed to complete their GCSE and A level coursework.  It was an exhausting week but look what I found on my school work desk on Friday.  Aren't they lovely and it makes all worthwhile.

Have a great week and please leave a comment if you pop by.
Love Ela xx

Wednesday, 2 April 2014


Evening all fellow crafters, a short one tonight because it is late and I need my bed!

Another week has flown by although, workwise surely it should be Friday already! I haven't done much crafting this week due to deadlines for coursework at school.  Doesn't matter how long you give the students or how much notice you give them regarding deadlines, they all leave it to the very last minute .... arrggh ... very stressful.  Anyway had a good go at marking it at the weekend and set them lots of things to finish before we break up next week.  Fingers crossed it will be all done by then and they all get fantastic grades!

Anyway, this my desk this evening.  Bit of a mess again I'm afraid. 

There is a card I've been working on at the front.  Nearly finished but I keep getting interrupted. I'm trying to make it as an easel card.  You can see my first easel .... it's huge so I need to scale that down.  I'm embarrassed that there is still a jar of dirty water in the background.  I keep forgetting to take it downstairs with me to clean out. One of my box cards is still lurking at the back.  I must post it to my friend who had her baby in January.  I am terribly disorganised sometimes!

Here is another of box cards I made at the weekend.  Hope you all have a great week and thanks for popping by.  Please leave a comment.

Ela x