Wednesday 24 August 2016



A quick post from me today I'm afraid as I am mega busy looking after my aging Mum. She's not at all well and my sister and I  are rushing around looking after her at present.

That said I still find I need to craft when I get home to de-stress I'm joining in The Stamping Grounds weekly 'WOYWW' to share my messy desk..

And here are the projects I have been working on this week.

I did two layouts at a crop on Saturday..and a Christmas card..(which I can't share yet as its a secret swap)

And Sue, who organises the crop, had a birthday and she'd made us all a 'party bag' to take cute is this?

Then I went to Hobbycraft and discovered they have a half price sale on art products in I bought a selection of canvases and I made this.

Which I am entering in the Travel challenge over on the Mixed Media Challenge Blog. as I was 'travelling' when I took this photo in June in Hampshire, UK.
And finally, here is a sneak peek of my first DT project that is going live on Saturday on the Merly Impressions blog... Do hop on over for a look at the final piece.

Forgive me if I don't get around to everyone's blog today..I will try to get there by the end of the week. Thank you all for your comments last week..I left as much love as I had time to share around. Please bear with me while I have this ongoing Mum issue.

To cheer me up I am also sharing this gratuitous photo of my GD Amber who was all dressed up for a wedding.. cute!

Take care, have a good week.



  1. Happy WOYWW. You are certainly busy. Loving all of your projects - and 'your' Amber is so cute (my Amber is now 23 and a mum herself !!). Ali x #12

  2. What fantastic layouts those are. So intricate and so eye catching.
    Love your canvas, I do like the insertion of the smaller one. (or is it a frame?) Love the cutie pie in the last photo too. You must be a proud grandma.
    Hugs, Neet 11 x

  3. Sorry to hear that your Mum is poorly but glad to hear that you are still getting to craft. Your projects are fabulous.
    Toni xx

  4. Art is definitely great for destressing! It's hard with elderly parents - good that you can share the burden with your sister. Looking after his elderly mother took a toll on my husband too and affected our whole family. It's something we all have to go through, I guess. Don't feel guilty for resenting it - we all do, that's just the way it is. Loving the circle designs in your layouts and your new canvas looks fabulous! Perhaps I should do something like that with my shells! Wishing you a good week as much as possible! zsuzsa #21

  5. Hello Eliane. WOW I love your layouts and my favorite one is the large flower with the butterfly. The canvas you made is trully stunning and inspires me so much. Sorry to her that your mom isn't doing so well but has two fantastic daughters that love her so much to make sure she is well looked after. Your GD is so beautiful, lucky grandma you are.Thanks for visiting me earlier and have a splendid week. Hugs ~Anne L#7

  6. Oh, Elaine, many blessings with the care of your parents. I know first hand about that! We are taking care of both of our parents. Your stress relief is a wonderful thing to have. Crafting always seems to fit the bill for me! I love your layouts especially the circle one! Sending peace and strength your way! :) Felicia #32

  7. Your projects are wonderful. The butterfly layout is amazing. Will say prayers for your mom and family.
    Chris P #26

  8. Hi Elaine, WOW! I love those layouts. So very different and eye catching. I may have to go to Hobbycrafts now, lol, you mentioned the SALE word! Met the surgeon, really nice guy. Told us pretty much what we already knew, so no surprises, which is good! Intends to do the surgery end of September, beginning of October. Have a great week, Hugs, Shaz #3xxx

  9. Thinking of you and your sister as you care for your mom. I know what that is like. I'm glad you have this outlet.

  10. What a fun post with lots of interesting stuff - I love the cute photo at the end, totally relate to neding the chillout crafty time and love those flamingos! Annie C #5

  11. What a lovely read you gave me today - Thank you for sharing all your awesome-ness and Congratulations on both your lovel grand daughter and your first Design Team post... I will visit!! Happy WOYWW from Scrapbook Lynne #37

  12. Lovely projects and looks like a busy week for you. Have a great woyww and happy crafting, Angela x 16

  13. What a happy and beautiful blog page, especially Amber what a cutie.
    Fantastic crafting Elaine and just the antidote needed after a day caring for your mum. I have an auntie who went through a bad patch recently so I know just how you feel.
    Take care
    Lynn x 13

  14. There so much goodness in this post, the layouts, the canvas and the cutie-pie!

  15. Sorry to hear that your mum is not so well, I hope she gets better soon. I dread that day with my own (now 85) mum...

    Love the layouts - did you cut all the circles by hand?? :-O and Amber is a proper cutie pie....

    Thank you for sharing your desk this week

    Morti #42

  16. This is beautiful. Thanks for playing along with the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge Blog!

  17. Hi Elaine, Sorry to hear your mum isn't well.

    Loving your LOs. the party bag is fab.

    Really like your canvas.

    What pretty little girl. She's going to break a few hearts.

    Sorry I didn't get on before, but I spent the day in hospital on Wednesday and have been taking it easy since.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog.

    Happy WOYWW
    Sue #10

  18. Oh how gorgeous does Amber look - those eyes! Make you melt into your early mummy memories, huh! I can totally understand the stresses you and your sister are rushing into and through, it's so hard. Really glad that you're making time to de stress a little - especially with a bit of crafting, because you actually end up with something to show for a day which might otherwise have felt as if you've achieved nothing. Your layouts are beautiful - I love to scrap but never do anything so complicated - I'm a bit of a chick it on gal, love to see the precision. Happy you have a lovely Hampshire photo to show off - it's a fab piece of art now, be sure to hang it somewhere you can enjoy it!

  19. Very cool project! Thanks for joining us at the Mixed Media Monthly Challenge.