Absence makes the heart grow fonder…

'Live Your Poem cardATC name

Hi everyone,
Sometimes life tends to throw us real curve balls… The past 2 weeks felt like I was caught up in some alternate reality – it’s like I existed outside the real world. I can’t go into detail, but at least let me apologise for my absense – and post at least one card to make up for the inactivity ๐Ÿ™‚

I made this card for the “Handmade” Profile All Occassion Cards” swap on swap-bot.com. It was one of 3 cards, but I based the other 2 on cards I’ve posted previously, so I did not bother to photograph them again.

Have a great day!
Elmi

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Handmade magnets

"Live Laugh Love" magnets‘Live Laugh Love’ magnets

I made the two magnets on the left and right for the “Fridge Magnet – No Theme” swap on Swap-bot, and the middle one I gave to a good friend for her birthday.

Here’s a good tip: when you make something, make more than one – you won’t believe how much time and effort it will save you in the long run!
Elmi

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Making cards with my Cricut

I am totally hooked on my Cricut! I joined a card swap where we had to use our Cricut to make 3 cards. I only have the “Stretch Your Imagination” image cartridge, but I’ve found the cartridge most versatile.

Bird quoteBird at sunset

Trees in AutumnTrees in Autumn

SunflowerSunflower

Thanks for dropping by!
Elmi

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“All the flowers of all the tomorrows…” ATC

'All the flowers of all the tomorrows...' ATC“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today” (Indian proverb) – Quote ATC

I don’t have any photos to show for the Scrapbook Convention yet, so I thought I’d show you an ATC I made a while back but never posted.

I’ve never made anything that’s so… yellow, LOL! It’s very happy and sunny and bright, isn’t it? This is 100% outside my crafting comfort zone, so I don’t know how this happened, but luckily it looks great and that’s all that matters in the end, right? It was made for the “Stamping with Bleach” swap on Swap-bot, but if you’re wondering where those stamped images are… well, they’re not ๐Ÿ™‚ย  I went through many (ruined) papers and card stock, half my stamp collection and half a bottle of bleach before just giving up on trying to stamp anything. In the end I used an ear-bud to ‘paint’ some daisies with the bleach.

This is what I’ve learned:

  1. There’s a good reason why they invented ink – if we were suppose to stamp with bleach, Ranger would have been out of business by now.
  2. If all else fails, blame the bleach! ๐Ÿ˜›

Have a great week, and thanks for looking!!
Elmi

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Buttons up!

'Buttons Up!' card“Buttons Up!” thank you card

Buttons Up! card close-up I had to make some “Thank you” cards for a Swap-bot swap, and based this one on the CPS112 sketch.

I used these beautiful papers from K&Company, tackled it with sandpaper and distress inks, then popped the diagonal strip up on foam squares. That’s it for now, will be back soon with the rest of the cards!

Thanks for looking!
Elmi

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Night Owl ATC

'Night Owl' ATC on dark backgroundNight Owl ATC

This ATC was made for the “Paperless ATC” swap on Swap-bot, and based on the Sunday Stamper theme “birds” (due to connectivity issues I could not post it last week…) The “Paperless ATC” theme determined that we had to make an ATC without using the standard “go to” supplies (card stock and paper) – the idea was to stretch us a little; to think outside the box. Boy, did my head hurt trying to come up with something nice!

Night Owl ATC on light background I have always been a late night person, and my parents have always affectionately referred to me as their little Night Owl. So naturally once I knew I was making an owl, the rest came together quickly!

I made the base out of some very nice, clear plastic that I cut from packaging, which is why I took 2 photos, one against my favourate dark background, and one against a light background. I sponged the back with black StazOnย  (although I’ll probably try black spray paint next time) after masking small stars at the top to represent the night sky, and used a piercing tool to create a border. I cut the owl out of hessian cloth and used embroidery thread for an outline. I decided the owl should sit on something, so I affixed a genuine African twig :p to the background with copper wire that doubles as leaves.

Thanks for looking!
Elmi
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Home Sweet Home ATC

Home Sweet Home ATCHome Sweet Home ATC

I had to make an ATC of my choice for a Swapbot swap, so I thought I’d join in the fun over on the Sunday Stampers blog, where the theme for the week is “Our House“. Since I bought this really cute stamp set at a sale the other day, I immediately knew what I was going to make ๐Ÿ™‚ I was initially going to use the house image to tie in better with the theme, but in the end I just had to use the couch stamp. You see, we have this amazing leather couch in our living room that is just perfect for sitting, sleeping, entertaining, relaxing, chatting, watching TV, typing long blog posts like this one, and many other random activities pertaining to life.

Home Sweet Home ATC close up So, this ATC celebrates the well known fact that “no house is a home without your favourate couch” …okay, I made that up, but I can’t think why it should not be true! I used mostly “Love, Elsie” products except for the background and journalling frame. This little piece of papier kuns is also laden with foam tape and Glossy Accents like there’s no tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜‰

Here’s to many more years of happy couching!
Elmi

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Oscar Wilde Quote ATC

'Oscar Wilde quote' ATC“Fashion is a form of ugliness so intolerable that we have to alter it every six months.” Oscar Wilde

Yes, it is time for another ATC swap! This one was inspired by the Wilde one. I thought the quote was quite funny – and it kinda makes you wonder…

I wanted the image to look like it was floating off the edges, so I made the base out of acetate. That piece of pink card is a page from a new range by Making Memories that includes beautiful spiral notebooks with diecut pages.

The pretty girl I used above had a beautiful pair of legs that I just couldn’t throw away, so I made another ATC, which is currently available to trade:

'Shorter Skirt' ATCIt’s not really a shorter skirt…

I wanted to use an appropriate quote for “legs”, and narrowed the search down to one of the following two:

“…Apart from having 2 good legs I also have 2 good degrees and it is just possible that I know what I’m talking about.” –ย  Edwina Currie (former British Member of Parliament, novelist)

“It’s not really a shorter skirt, I just have longer legs.” – Anna Kournikova (Russian professional tennis player)

I decided on the latter, just because ๐Ÿ™‚

Have a great day, and thanks for looking!
Elmi

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