Wednesday, 15 July 2015

July's Mid Month Tutorial by Elaine


You can find our July Challenge ....HERE

Design Team Call....please check link under our header.

Hi All - Elaine aka Ellapu here with my Mid Month Challenge Project.

I was pondering quite a while as to what I was going to make until I spotted a kitchen roll insert and an envelope stiffener (cardboard) and from there the idea was born - a pen holder!  
The idea for a mid month is to show step by step tutorial for the project so here goes - a really long post lol - please bear with me on this one lol.

Do click on each photo to see more detail.

First off I laid out what I thought I would use, pic on left was original idea, pic on the right is more like it - minus the black lace (a thought I added in along the way along with leaf trim lol)

This shows the process of trimming the tubes to desired length - bet you noticed the stray toilet roll insert, slightly smaller than the other one (another unplanned add in lol)  You can see I am no good at step by step huh...

 I cut out a base shape from the envelope stiffener then painted it along with the inside and edges of the tube using black acrylic.  Then came the paper hanging, lol,I started by covering the outsides using beautiful papers called Chalkboard by Craftwork Cards - gorgeous love them. Please note the pic on right shows my first mistake - I did not allow enough paper to fold down completely inside - next pic shows me redoing it lol

 see now rectified

 bit of a bodge up but got there in the end

 After completing all three tubes I wiped the edges using black soot Distress Ink. 

 Now there was alot of drying time in between the steps and I promise I will not be talking to you in between - I sat on my sofa watching TV - better than watching paper dry, lol ...Anyway I am now back from being a couch potato (well I could have been doing the housework instead but chose not to, lol) .  This was the point I came across the latest add in - black guipure lace - love this.  I trimmed around the top of the tubes inside and out and around the edge of the base.  I covered the bottom of the base with felt - Ooops lost the pic of that one - still it would have been a boring pic anyway as I am sure you all know what felt looks like lol!

 I stuck the tubes and base together and added flowers and leaf trim to give it a bit of ummmmppphhhh!  Now for a copious amount of pics...... I have most probably duplicated pics along the way so please forgive me - I just could not see which angled shot was being merged with what in the end!


 That's it from me right now and you can see my project over at my blog - not an awful lot different to what is posted here but would still like to see you at mine so to speak!
There is still 2 weeks til the end of our current challenge and we would love to see you joining in with the fun - just click HERE.

Elaine aka Ellapu xx

Wednesday, 1 July 2015

July's Challenge

Welcome to our challenge for July...myself and the design team are always blown away with so many creative entries.
As always it is such a difficult choice to chose just one winner, I looked at every entry and decided on.........

           No.36....Nikki at Pawsitively Creative  as the Winner.

Congratulations on being our June Winner Nikki, a stunning entry...please take our badge to display on your blog.
I would love you to be our guest designer for if you would like to take up the invitation, please email me (Sandie ) here at 

Many Thanks to Joi, who was our Guest Designer for last was a pleasure having you on board throughout our June Challenge.

                     Our Guest Designer this month is.....

Hi, my name is Laila Ã…nesland, and I live in Norway :)
I live with my hubby-to-be (8th of august) and my cat, Marja, who is 22 year old! 
I've been crafting for the better part of 12 years now (oh my, that felt long....), and I get driven by all the amazing art out there - be it movies, music, paintings or crafting! :) I also find inspiration in the happenstance of life, and of course my cat ^_^ 
I am honoured to be a GDT here at Rhedd's :D

                                        Laila's Album

You can find Laila's blog here at.....kamis-castle.blogspot

We have some stunning creations from our very talented design team again this month, lots of inspiration for you sure to stop by their blogs and leave some love....


From Mussel shells 

                                to Steampunk Butterfly embellishment

"shreds and patches" scarf


An altered mini armoire with lots of interesting details.You will be surprised to know what this armoire started out to be! Do visit my blog to know what is is!

Sea Witch repurposed canvas

Polymer Clay Mini Steampunk House
More details on my new blog

Altered Domino Book

 Do pop back on 15th July for our mid month tutorial by our teamie Elaine

Please check our CHALLENGE RULES before uploading your entry....

Please note that some entries may not receive comments from the design team,  i.e. some Word Press Blogs where a password is needed, Instagram & Split Coast Stampers where we need to be a member.