Tuesday, 19 July 2011

I've been neglecting you

cause I've been rather busy with my Stampin' Up! site. I hope you have been popping along to see me there instead :)

I have just 3 spaces left in my club 10, get yourself some hostess benefits for just £15 per month! www.thestickyelf.co.uk

I actually made this card a wee while ago and didn't get round to posting it. The theme over at Simon Says Stamp is anything goes, So here you go!

I've used the lovely teddybella stamp and coloured with my copics. I've added some ribbon from my stash and my fav Memory Box Gossamer papers and the sentiment is a stamp from LOTV.

Don't worry, I wont leave it quite so long next time, but you know you can see me anytime in my wonderful world of Stampin' Up!


Friday, 6 May 2011

Fancy some Stampin' Up! products?

I'm offering all of you lovely peeps out there free shipping if you place an order either today or tomorrow?

Feel free to drop me an e-mail (thestickyelf@gmail.com) or call me on 07908 652154.

Maybe you're thinking about becoming a demonstrator, if you are, now's the perfect time as we have a special offer for you if you join before the end of May. Details will be on my Stampin' Up blog (www.thestickyelf.co.uk) by the end of this evening.


Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Reorganisation in progress!


I made the decision yesterday to have a bit of a sort and to reorganise all of my craft stuff, no mean feet, but as it's WOYWW I thought I'd show you how things looked this morning...Can you guess where the cat lives?

The inside of the wardrobe that I'm fitting shelves to so that I can store more of my stash

And well this is what my lounge floor looks like today...really should invest in that TV...Like how I prioritised crafting over putting Ben's toys away...
Fingers crossed project reorganisation will be complete tomorrow and I can show you the new and improved craft zone.

Wednesday, 20 April 2011

Why do I spend more time crafting than cleaning?

Because crafting is fun! I hate cleaning and to be fair its not hard for me to do more crafting than cleaning, but with Jeannie poping in tomorrow, I really should leave blogland alone and tidy up a bit!

So without further a-due today's card is...

I'm so in love with Warren from CWC. I really wanted to buy the stamps, but my spending has been so high with my Stampin' Up! business costs that I really couldn't justify it! I'll just make do with the printed versions that are ready for me to colour.

I've used some of the gorgeous CWC cottontail papers and coloured with my copics. The sentiment is by High Hopes.

As it's Wednesday and I'm talking about my disaster zone, do you want to have a peak as part of WOYWW??? Ok here goes.... eeek!

Creme eggs - nom, thanks mum!

Well you'll probably remember from my previous post that my stuff has a tendancy to migrate out of my craft room. The net result is it then migrates off the living room floor and is dumped on the dining table away from little hands. Oh well, lets see how much I can clear up in the morning as I'm totally pooped! (I work with too many Americans!)

I'm waffling a bit today, so hopefully you've not completely lost the will to live!

I just wanted to let you all know that I've just announced the date of my first workshop and the theme is Men's Cards!!! oh yes!!! I'm already nervous, but it should be a fabby day and I hope some of you can make it. If you'd like to come, just pop on over to my Stampin' Up! blog for all the details (www.thestickyelf.co.uk). 


Monday, 18 April 2011

I've had my eye on this stamp...

since the very first previews and held off purchasing until my visit to Ally Pally.

I had a lovely crafty Ben free weekend and got to play with lots of my new toys. I have a few cards to share with you this week that I'm quite pleased with. Maybe the mojo is starting to return - yippee!!

Last week I was pre-occupied with making a cake for a friend of my son's first birthday party. I have only covered two cakes since he was born. It's amazing how rusty your skills get!

You can never have enough birthday cards and luckily the theme over at LOTV is birthday, so who am I to refuse that kind of challenge!?! Today's card features Birthday Fairy and has been coloured with my copics. The DP is CWCs Cottontail (you'll be seeing more of this paper too)and the sentiment is also LOTV.

I've die cut the leaves using my Stampin' Up! exclusive little leaves die and finished with some WOC flowers and lace.

You know one of the best things about Stampin' Up! is that all of their products are colour co-ordinated and I now always have the perfect shade of cardstock for matting and layering (something that's always been a problem for me!) Today's matted cardstock is Pretty in Pink.

And well here's the cake, I clearly need to practice but Sally was pleased and everyone thoroughly enjoyed the cake and were trying to have seconds.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

You are special

Yes you are! You don't believe me do you???

I made this card using some of the amazing goodies I picked up at Ally Pally. Not surprisingly I spent a small fortune and really have to stop splurging. My credit card will not be able to cope with much more.

The stamp is a gorgeous creation from Fizzy Moon and is called Little Messages. I've teamed it with some Paper Salon DP mounted on some SU espresso cardstock. I've made the flowers using my new Marianne Creatables die and used SUs Rich Razzleberry cardstock and SU Designer Series Paper Pattern's Stack from the Subtles collection.

Now I've somehow managed to become a follower of my own blog!?! I know that my numbers are somewhat on the shy side, but artificially inflating them seems a bit wrong don't you think?!? HELP! how do I stop following myself?


And the winner is...

gocannuksgo!!! Apologies for this post being later than promised, I seem to be loosing all track of time at the moment. Please could you e-mail me your addy and I'll pop the goodies in the post to you.

As there was only 3 entries into my candy, I'm going to send both Jeannie and Mary a little something too. You're both absolute stars and I really value your friendship.

I have a card to share with you later *gasp*


Saturday, 9 April 2011

Birthday Blog Candy!!!!

Hurrah!! I've finally got my act together and photographed the blog candy I've been planning to put together (and started putting together) a number of months ago.


So I have 3 Kraftin Kimmie Stamps, 2 Stamping Bella Stamps, 2 Lili of the Valley Stamps a stamp set from The Greeting Farm and Crafter's Companion's Appley Dappley stamp set. In addition to these delish stamps I've included 100 12x12 sheets of designer papers some old, some new and Memory Box's Fernbrae paper stack. As if that wasn't enough I'm going to include some ribbons and flowers that I've yet to photograph.

How to enter:
1. Become a follower
2. Post a link to my candy on your blog
3. Post a comment below (Mr Linky isn't working for me today)

Candy is open until midnight on Saturday 9th April. The winner will be announced here on my blog on Monday 11th as I'm at the Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show for my birthday - yay!! Hope to see some of you there.


Wednesday, 23 March 2011



I know I've been gone a little while, but I've just become a Stampin' Up! demonstrator, so I've been focusing my energy on getting some samples made up and sorting out a separate blog to manage my new buiness. It's turning into a bit of a headache, so if anyone out there is familar with wordpress, please drop me a line and I'll be forever grateful to you.

It dawned on me a little while a go that it's actually Wednesday and I should take part in WOYWW. Its not something I've done before, but I have to say I love seeing everyone's crafty habbits.

I'm someone that likes to craft in front of the TV (stops me munching). There's no TV in my craft space which means my stash slowly migrates down the stairs making the whole house a mess until it gets too much or Ben starts to play with my stuff (he ruined a finished card last week - noooooo!!!)

As I have so much stuff, I find myself migrating from my little craft table onto the floor (I have a bad back, so I probably should invest in a TV to go upstairs) so here we have what I'm currently working on, on the floor.

And as you've never seen my crafty space, here's what it looks like. My desk is relatively tidy, the rest of the room is a complete mess. I decided to have a bit of a sort out last weekend and ebay some stuff to help fund someone to help me with designing my new blog. Storage always seems to be a problem, so I've started keeping things on the windowsill too. My cat is not too happy about that as he can't sit on it anymore. 

Right, better get back to that birthday card that seems to be troubling me at the moment.

See you soon.

Friday, 4 March 2011

It's Christmas!!!!!!

Yup, it's March and I've just made my first Christmas card of 2011. I do love Christmas although I never seem to find enough time to play with the many, many Christmas stamps I have. I have an embarrassing amount of virgin Christmas rubbah. But if I start in March, I do stand a chance of rectifying that don't I?!?

So the theme over at Kraftin Kimmie this week is Scoopy scallops. I was feeling a little scalloped challenge, so I went for my oval nesties and then found a stamp that would fit, thus the Christmas card was born. I've coloured Stocking Miles with my copics and Prismacolour pencils. I have to say it does look so much better when using too mediums. I should do it more often. I've co-ordinated with some DP from the Basic Grey Jovial stack (another virgin Christmas item) it's such a nice stack, I'm certainly going to be using it again soon. I've used some stickles to make the fur of the stocking to give it some texture and I've finished the card with some CWC Candi

So all that's left to be said it happy Friday! Apologies for the lack of blog hopping this week. I've been suffering from severe headaches for the last couple of months, so I've been trying to reduce time on the PC to see if that will help. I will no doubt get to take a look at what you've all been doing over the weekend.

Thanks for stopping by. See you soon.

Thursday, 3 March 2011

I nearly forgot to post this!

I've created a card with this week's Friday Sketchers sketch....

I've coloured Savvyshoppabella with my copics and all of the DP is Memory Box's Gossamer. Still my absolute favourite stack of papers (and I'm not a pink person!) sentiment is from Craftwork Cards.

That's about it really. Short and sweet, just like me ;)

See you tomorrow with my Kraftin Kimmie card (if I get it finished in time...!)

Wednesday, 2 March 2011

I love this stamp!!!

Hi-di-ho peeps!

I'm in love with today's stamp. It's from Kraftin Kimmie and is called Tiny Miles and Masey. I've coloured with my copics and teamed it with some DP from DCWV Spring Glitter Stack and some Bazzil cardstock.

Nice and simple and I love it! I may just have to make up one for a little boy.

Right back to the day job now - booo

Monday, 28 February 2011

Monday, Monday, bah bah bah bah so good to me...

I don't know why The Mama's and the Papa's song has popped into my head. Probably because it's Monday. No doubt it'll be stuck in my head for the rest of the week, but it's got to be better than Star Wars which I had on constant playback yesterday. I don't know why some songs stick in my head sometimes for weeks at a time. They're never the ones you want are they?!?

Today we have a new home card for my cousin. I've used some positively ancient DT. I have absolutely no idea who it's by and it's probably 10 years old. Today's stamp is buy Bildmalarna and is called up in the tree. I've coloured with my copics (no change there) and cut out with my circular nesties. I chalked the edges in blue to give the image some sky, but that doesn't appear too well on the photo. Fabulous sentiment is LOTV.

The theme over at Lili of the Valley is circles, I'm not sure if only using a sentiment qualifies, but I'll give it a go.

See you later

Sunday, 27 February 2011

Ahhhh what a lovely weekend

Hallo!!! Did you have a nice weekend??? I have been Ben free for the last 2 days and it has just been lovely. The house has been quiet. I got some jobs done and I managed to make cards - yay!!!

Now I'm seriously thinking about becoming a Stampin Up rep. What do you think? Any of you had any experience of doing this sort of thing? Good and bad, let me know. I'm really yoyo-ing with the idea.

Today's card features House Mouse. This stamp is from the balloon set available from Joanna Sheen. I've coloured with my copics and teamed it up with some K&Co papers. Now it looks like I've mounted the fab LOTV sentiment onto a scalloped nestie, but alas I don't have any scalloped circles, so I improvised with two die cut flowers from Craftwork Cards.

That's about it for today. I'm all chilled and ready for the stressful working week ahead...

Friday, 25 February 2011

Happy Friday!!!

Where do the weeks go? I can't believe is nearly March already. Oh well will soon be my birthday and I can't wait. The Big Stamp and Scrapbooking show is on at Alexandra Palace on my birthday, so the hubster has agreed to take me for my birthday and is going to treat me to some stuff there as my present - yay!!! I'm sooo excited.

I've got some birthday blog candy in preparation at the moment, I'm hoping to launch it within the next couple of weeks, just depends on when everything arrives...

So today's card is for Kraftin Kimmie's challenge. Kimmie is having a Guest DT call. Did I tell you about that?? I thought I should give it a go. I've never tried for a DT before and will probably get no-where, but you have to try at some point don't you?

Today's card is in a style that is very much, not me! I'm really not sure if I like it at all. But the papers were speaking to me so I thought I'd give it a go. This week's challenge was a fabulous sketch by Elaine at Quixotic Paperie. Let me know what you think, as I'm really not convinced...

My card features Jayne and I've coloured with my copics. All of the papers are GCD Studios Paris Nights.

The Little Mister is off to stay with grandpa tomorrow, so I have a nice child free weekend to enjoy. We've rented some films are having Pizza Hut pizza and I'm going to craft. Can't Wait!


Thursday, 17 February 2011

Kraftin Kimmie Stamps - A recipe

Wow, where has the week gone. I can't believe it's Friday already! This has been the first week of my new working hours and it has been brilliant. Instead of working every evening (as well as during the day) I only have to do 1.5 hours in the evening and it's flexible, so I can do it when I want depending on what's going on. It's just fantastic. I'm a much happier lady and it means I will actually have more time to craft and de-stress - Yay!!!

So today's card is for the challenge over at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps. This weeks challenge is a recipe and I found it quite hard to come up with initially, but I'm pleased with the result. The recipe was...
3 main colours
2 designer papers
1 ribbon
1 button
I combined the recipe with this week's Card Positioning Systems sketch.

My card features Goldilocks, one of my newest additions to my forever expanding stamp collection, and I've teamed with Basic Grey papers from the Wisteria stack. I've coloured with my copics and teamed with some Bazzil buttons and ribbon from my stash.

That's about it for today. Thank you in advance for any comments you might leave. It's lovely to hear from you. I can't wait to see what you've all been up to.

Wednesday, 16 February 2011

Penny Black Saturday Challenge

I've been neglecting my Penny Black stamps recently. I don't know about you, but I go through phases, generally with whatever is newest and shiniest! I made this card for my hubster for Valentines day and coinsidentally the theme over at Penny Black Saturday Challenge this week is 'Pretty in Pink', it's almost as if I planned it.

The stamp is by....yep, Penny Black, and I've coloured with my copics. The DP is absolutely ancient and has been in my stash for probably 7 years so I've no idea who its by. The roses and pin are from Wild Orchid Crafts and the swirl is a Marianne Designs die called Frames/Swirls.

I hope you're having a good week.

Friday, 11 February 2011

Seeing Red


Really quick post night as I'm going out with the girlies and I should have left already - whoops!

Today's card is for Kraftin Kimmie's Stamps Challenge and the theme is 'Seeing Red' I was in valentines mode, but found that all of my valentines type paper is pink, so I was a little limited. I've used Sir Galahad and coloured with my copics. Papers are from Forever Friends.

Ok, gotta dash. See you tomorrow

Wednesday, 9 February 2011

Yes you Can-Can

Hi di ho peeps!

Sorry for not being around last week and saying hello to you all. Last week was one of the worst weeks ever. Normally I'd bore you with the details but I've decided that I moan too much, so I'm not. I'm going to keep a positive outlook, because things can, will and must get better :)

Today's card is brought to you by Suzette. She's bringing a smile to my face and who knows I may do a Can-Can when I get home from work ;) Suzette is one of Kraftin Kimmie's beautiful stamps. I've coloured her with my copics and teamed her with some beautiful Basic Grey Papers from the Wistera stack.

I hope you like her. I'm hoping to be back tomorrow with my submission for the Kraftin Kimmie Stamps Challenge...

Friday, 28 January 2011

Happy Friday...

...although by the time I finish typing, it'll probably be Saturday. ;O)

Today’s card is brought to you courtesy of Stamping Bella’s Execubella. I love this stamp, totally retro yet up to date at the same time. I partnered the stamp up with some Basic Grey papers. I got my copics out to find I didn’t have any colours that co-ordinated with the papers. (yeah I know shopping trip is a-calling, but nope, can't do it, got to be good) I decided the DP was perfect so I got my prismacolour pencils out and voila. The plant is really bugging me though, I thought I'd go for a more realistic plant green colour, but it doesn't work. Oh well maybe I’ll crack it next time.

I hope your week has ended well and you’re going to have some crafty time over the weekend.

See you soon.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Happy Hump Day!


Happy Wednesday. Boy have I had a nice day. No work and no little person. I got up at 9:30, went to weigh in and lost 2lbs, then the supermarket and I've spent the rest of the day making cards. I'm so relaxed its fab. I'm wondering how long this feeling will last when I'm back in the office tomorrow, but I'm going to enjoy it while it lasts.

I have a brighter card (especially for Mary, but you're right, pastel tones are more me!) featuring another fabulous image from Kraftin Kimmie. This is my only Miles the Mouse stamp and I had a bit of a mare finding someone in the UK that stocked it. There's a couple of others that I've got my eye on, but I guess I'll have to get them direct from Kimmie and ship them over from Canada. Not a big deal, but I'm trying to curb my spending, so it'll be a while before they make it into my stash. I coloured Birthday Cake Overdose with my copics. The DP I've used is from a stack of Making Memories paper that has been stashed away for a couple of years and I've used some more Craftwork Cards Card Candy. Apologies for the finger in the photo, airbrushing it out, would just mean less time for crafting, so I hope you'll forgive me :)

Fingers crossed I'll be back tomorrow with some evidence of the cards I made today.


Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Flower Power

Hello again :)

The theme over at the Basic Grey Challenge blog this fortnight is Flower Power. I made this card at the weekend which fits the bill perfectly.

Today's image is from Stamping Bella and I've coloured with my copics. I've teamed it with some gorgeous Basic Grey paper from the Wisteria stack. The pearl swirl is Prima.

Nice short post today. I'm so exhausted that I booked tomorrow off this morning (all hell broke loose this afternoon, so I'm feeling a little guilty about it) so I'm going to have nice day all to myself. Cant wait! All I'm going to do is sleep and make cards (probably in my pyjamas) - Yay!

See you tomorrow.

Monday, 24 January 2011

Did you think you'd lost me???

Sorry it took me a bit longer to say hi than I'd anticipated. I still haven't posted all of the cards I made over Christmas! Last weekend we were child free, which was a-ma-zing. Hubster and I have been full of cold and I'm now up to week 5 of this cold thing (yes that does say five!!!). We were supposed to go to a works do last Friday and as we had the opportunity, we thought we'd go out to dinner. Neither of us were well enough to go out on either night, so we had a Chinese on the Saturday and got food poisioning - nice! At least we didn't have to worry about the little mister and could actually be ill. Before the food poisioning I did some colouring and I've just made some cards with them - yay!

The theme over at Kraftin Kimmie Stamps is 'fairytales'. Kimmie does have some fab fairytale stamps to chose from. I have lots that have yet to see ink (something I will rectify over the coming weeks, I hope) I coloured up Cinderella last weekend which is just perfect. I've teamed her up with papers from Basic Grey's Cappelia stack. I chalked the edges and finished with some Craftwork Cards Card Candy. As always, apologies for the dodgy photo...

I hope you've all had a nice crafty weekend. I can't wait to see what you've been getting up to.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Another day, another card

Well we're up to 4 days in a row. I really am spoiling you! At this rate I wont have any cards left to share, so I better get some more crafting done, but as I don't finish work till 8.30 it does get rather tricky. Never mind, where there's a will there's a way!

So today I have another birthday card. I've used another Bella image Lulu's Cherry Blossom Tree. I've coloured with my copics. I took about 20 photos of this card, but couldn't get the lighting right. I've actually glittered all of the the blossom on the tree. It looks lovely in real life, but I'm afraid you'll just have to trust me on this one! Papers are from the gorgeous Glossomer stack from Memory Box. I don't deny it. I'm totally in love! Sentiment is Craftwork Cards, but you knew that already didn't you...

That pretty much sums it up for me today. Hopefully I'll find some time to stop by some of your blogs tonight. I've had serious withdrawal symptoms over the last few month.

See you soon (maybe even tomorrow!)

Monday, 3 January 2011

Birthday card

Just a quick post today as I'm ready to crash after my first day back at work after the holidays. Work is so rubbish, it gets in the way of quality crafting time. I had stomach ache all day yesterday, just cause I didn't want to go back.

I made this card for my dearest darling pal Nic (same person who should have received yesterday's card).

Today's card features Savvyshopabella from Stamping Bella. I've coloured with copics and mounted on the forever beautiful Gossamer papers from Memory Box. (The lovely Elaine tipped me off that these papers have been discontinued, so I've ordered some more - teehee!) The ribbon is from my stash and rather annoyingly it's freyed as I couldn't find any decent scissors, they have since turned up, which is all good. 

I'm going to love you an leave you. Fingers crossed I'll be back tomorrow with another creation (work permitting)


Sunday, 2 January 2011

Never stop sparkling

Its a sentiment that I could give to so many lovely, lovely people out there. I made this card for one of my closest friends that's fighting cancer, but my mum fell in love with it, so I thought I'd make another and so far haven't got round to it :(

The fabulous image and sentiment are Stamping Bella. DP is from Craftwork Cards. Today I've coloured with my copics and prisma colour pencils.

Lets see if I can make it three days in a row...


Saturday, 1 January 2011

Happy New Year!!!

I know I said I was back months ago, but hopefully this time it's for real. Things have been somewhat challenging and I'm been finding absolutely no down time, let alone craft time. But it's a new year so that means new me :)

I hope you've all been having a fabulous Christmas and New Year. We've all been full of cold, so not as merry as I would of liked, but it's been nice not to be at work. The upshot is I've made some cards over the last two days wooooooohooooo!!! House is a complete bomb, but that's what tomorrow's for (and tomorrow never comes...)

Today's card uses a fab new image I bought from Lili of the Valley. Their store is closed for the holiday, so I can't check what it's called!  I've coloured with my copics and mounted on some gorgeous dp which is Memory Box's Gossamer (My sister's tooth fairy was called Gossamer, but I digress!) I'm totally in love with this paper as you will see by the number of cards I'm going to post over the next few days featuring it. I may have to buy some more...The lace is from Wild Orchid Crafts, the flowers are prima and the sentiment is craftwork cards.

The theme over at LOTV is new beginnings, as this is a new stamp, I'm going to have a punt. Wish me luck!

Now I have a question for you. What method do you use for sticking lace to your cards? I have so many different glues, but none of them seemed to be the tool for the job. Please leave a comment, letting me know your adhesive of choice - ta

I apologise in advance for the dodgy photos that are going to be appearing over the next few days. I need a daylight lamp!

Enjoy the remains of your holiday.
See you soon (for real this time)


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