Sunday, 18 November 2012

Eclectic Ellapu: Purple Team Challenge

If you have popped in to hop with us during the Blog Hop for Foster Kids Birthday Banners, please scroll down to see my previous post.

Eclectic Ellapu: Purple Team Challenge:


I recently attended a class at my local stamp shop, and we were given Kaisercraft kits to create our own version of a Christmas display box. I love how we were all given the same 'goodies' but the end results differed so much. I also thought this idea would be ideal for this week's challenge:

We started off with the wooden frame which we had to paint, using green paint. We then layered the 12x12 paper onto the backing board before gluing the 'frame' on top.
Once that was all in place, we were able to decorate each 'box' to our own liking.



The idea of the 'display boxes' also lends itself to adding family photos, small trinkets, etc. I would love to create another one of these frames, using a Nativity scene!

Thanks for popping in! Do hop over to the Eclectic Ellapu blog and have a look at what the other ladies have dreamed up!

Tools & Products - Kaisercraft:
Wooden Shape/Frame
12x12 Paper (Twig & Berry Collection)
1x Packet of Collectibles (Twig & Berry Collection)
Wooden Flourish & Star

Tools & Products - Other:
Wooden peg - Bella Creationz
Rhinestones, Ribbon, Cross pendant & Twine - Stash
Start on folded Christmas tree and heart button: BoBunny
Glossy Accents
Glimmer Mist (Gold)
Green & Gold paint (provided by the store)

Banners for Foster Kids Blog Hop

Banners for Foster Kids Birthday Party's
Blog Hop

Hi! Welcome to Foster Kids Birthday Party's Blog Hop! Here is a bit of background info from Jennifer about the hop:

Many of you may be familiar with CardMonkey's awesome banner hops for kids. I was so inspired by them that I wanted to find another opportunity to do good with my crafting. I happened upon a volunteer at Birthday Magic at a work event & followed up with them. They loved the idea of handmade birthday banners, so I put out the call and I was lucky to have 15 awesome crafters join me! So today you will get to see everyone's creations!

If you've never heard of Birthday Magic, you can see their site here - 
BirthdayMAGIC is a program of the Volunteer Center of Sacramento, which provides personalized monthly birthday parties to children currently living in Sacramento area homeless shelters, transitional living facilities, community programs or residential treatment centers.

The goal of BirthdayMAGIC is to brighten the lives of children by providing fun, meaningful and memorable birthday parties during what can be an awkward and challenging experience in their lives.

Each month, children living in these shelters will celebrate birthdays – through financial support, volunteer help and the BirthdayMAGIC program, these wonderful children will receive a birthday party thrown in their honor.

For more information on sponsoring a party please contact us at or call (916) 567-3100.

I'm looking forward to dropping off all the amazing banners for them to use in the parties!

So now, sit back & enjoy all the great banners!!!

The guidelines we were given for the banners were:
Gender neutral
Suitable for ages 3-12
Fairly sturdy

I chose bright colours and decided on a Disney theme as all kids love Disney and it's suitable for both boys and girls.
I cut the triangle pennants using my Spellbinders Nested Lacey Pennants but had to cut two shapes for each pennant to ensure that it was sturdy enough.
The letters for happy birthday were cut at 4", using my Slice machine.
I used my 'Mickey' punch by EK Success to add the 'Disney' element.
All the materials used were from my stash.

Here are some close-ups:



You should have started the hop at: Jennifer Restivo's Blog and the next person on the blog is Jamie Moore

Here is the blog line-up:

Madeleen Field (you are here)

Tonia Williams

Thanks so much for hopping with us.

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Eclectic Ellapu - Vintage

Hello there and welcome back!

Today I'm sharing my latest project for the Purple Team over at the Eclectic Ellapu Challenge Blog. The theme for this week is:


The image and sentiment are from the 'Old Fashioned Afternoon' set by the Sweet Stamp Shop.
To make the ruffled ribbon, I ran the black ribbon under the sewing machine scrunching it as it stitched. I then added the cream ribbon on top, glueing it down onto the black ribbon using Tombow Mono Multi Glue.
I stamped the image and sentiment using Versamark ink and embossed it with my heat gun using black embossing powder.
Lastly, I added the black rhinestones.
Cardstock is Black Onyx and Ivory by GinaK Designs.

I can't wait to see what our lovely peeps come up with, so do play along and add your creations to Miss Linky over on our challenge blog.

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Saturday, 3 November 2012


Hi there,

Welcome back to this week's challenge on The Outlawz Paper a la Mode Team. Your challenge is to create a gift - it doesn't have to be Christmas and can be anything but it cannot be a card! I chose to make a Christmas tree decoration, using my Slice machine after seeing a video tutorial on YouTube.


The large star measures 4" (approx. 10cm) and the smaller one (from the center cut of the larger one) measures 1.5" (approx. 4cm). I cut 8 stars and layered them, although the video only shows 4. You can choose how many layers you'd like to add.

Here is a link to the tutorial video on YouTube by Two Peas in a Bucket:

That's me for now. Thanks for visiting!