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PLEASE NOTE: November's challenge is going to be the last challenge for Ellephantastic for a little while we are all taking a much needed break. Thank you all very much for taking part we look forward to seeing you again sometime next year.

Friday, 31 December 2010

Ellephantastic Design Team - Meet & Greet!!!

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Hi I am Helen aka Ellephantastic. I am now 30 & have been married to a fantastic man who supports me with every aspect of my life for 4 years now.
I suffer with CFS/ME amongst other things & re found my love of crafting after having to give up work due to my illness.
My hubby & I are currently waiting to start IVF so hopefully at some point I may be able to update this to say I am a mum, but until then I am a mum to puppy (Tess) & 3 bunny rabbits who I treat like kids!!
I love to craft. I knit, sew, draw, make cards & crafts a little scrap booking & some altered art.

Temporary picture for Angie while she's not well :0)
Hi I am Angie, aka lilacanglia,
I am a 45 year old mum to 3 fabulous boys, and have been married to their dad for 21 years in August.
I started card making in Jan 2007, and have not looked back since, then it was just stickers on card blanks and now it ranges from stamping, decoupage, 3d cards like carousels, tractors etc, to doing the occasional tutorial, all self taught, I am so happy to be a part of the Ellephantastic Team,

Hi this is me, Jill, in my usual pose with a camera! I am an avid photographer, not good, just keen! I have been married for 38 years to a wonderful man who puts up with me spending lots of time on crafting!
I have three grown-up children and five grandchildren, two cats, Bonnie and Clyde, and one fluffy bunny appropriately named Fluffy.
I love all sorts of crafting, mainly scrapbooking and card making which I have done for a few years now. I also enjoy knitting and cross-stitch. I have a craft room which is so full of stash that unless I tidy up regularly I have no room to craft anything!
I am thrilled to bits to be part of this wonderful team and have the chance to work with Helen and the girls!

Hi I'm Michelle, AKA Thistle or Shelbert. I'm 35, married to my gorgeous hubby, Chris and mummy to the best creation I've ever made, Becky.
I've been crafting since I was a young girl, starting off with cross stitching Christmas cards. I moved onto papercrafts when I began doing birthday & celebration cards for friends. I started blogging late last year and shortly after got hooked on challenges.
I'm so proud to be on this fantastic design team not only with some brilliantly creative ladies but also
with the gorgeous images Helen creates !

Hi All I am Hazel (Didos) I am 36 and a Separated Mum of 2 boys Jake 13 and Tom 6.
I have been crafty for all my life but have been seriously crafting for about 4 years now and blogging just over 2. I love all types of card making and am willing to give anything a go. Looking forward to working with you all here on Ellephantastic xx


Hi I'm Clare, also known as Thread-bare. I am a 37 year old mum. I now live in Essex with my amazing hubby, Rich & my 3 kids aged 20, 17 & 13. I am known in my family as a mad cat lady with 3 cats, 2 rabbits & 4 fish. I am on the look out for a rat now :-) I love crafting especially cardmaking, xstitch, knitting, sequin art & latch hook rug making. I am now turning my attention to creating foody gifts for friends & family. Can't wait to get stuck in to Helen's fab designs xx

Tina B

Hi! I'm Tina (Tina B) I am married to a wonderful man called Darren. We have a beautiful dog called Tommy xx I have been crafting all my life, paper crafting for about 5 years. I love it!! I am an accountant in my day job. I am lucky enough to have some wonderful friends who craft too, we all met on a craft forum and have become really good friends meeting up for each others birthdays and Christmas and whenever we feel like it! I am so excited to be here and to get to know you all xxxxxx

Hi there, my name is Nikki and I live in Bonny Scotland with my two wonderful springy dogs Dylan and Daisy. I am a young widow but am so very lucky to have been married to the most wonderful man. My baby has just left home and will soon be 21!!
I suffer from ME/CFS and IIH. But still try to smile.
I love all forms of crafting although I have to admit I really am a paper stroker, I also really love stamping.
I'm looking forward to joining the team in 2011 and to see what you all come up with too. Lots of exciting things ahead.

Hi I'm Tamara, married to a fabulous hubby that is very understanding and supports me through my crafting addiction. We have a beautiful daughter, Savannah who brings us joy and happiness each and everyday. I started paper crafting in 2005 after receiving a handmade card from my cousin it inspired me so much I thought I would give it a go, since then I've been hooked.
The first major craft item I purchased was the Sizzix Big Shot which is still going strong today with my crafting space going from the dinning table to a purpose build cabin at the bottom of the garden and I have to say I think I might need a bit more space. I can be found there most days with glitter, glue, sticky pads and copic's all around (a girl in heaven).
I am proud to be part of the Elle design team and to be working with such amazing and talented lady's.

Winners of #21 - Wish upon a star/Winter

Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year!!!
all the best for 2011
love the Ellephantastic Design Team

Thank you soooo much to everyone who has taken part in the 2010 challenges. 
The Ellephantastic Challenges blog has taken off way better than I could ever have hoped!
I hope you will join us tomorrow for our first 2011 challenge with our New Team!
Click HERE to meet the New Team
Please note from tomorrow the challenges will be MONTHLY

I shall not keep you any longer!
The 1st winner of challenge # 21 Wish upon a Star/Winter
congratulations you have won the lovely die cuts from die cut dreams
please email me with your address so I can post them out to you

The 2nd winner of challenge #21 
congratulations you have won 4 of my digis. Please email me with your choice of 4 digis from my Ellephantastic Shop

Now for my top 3
in no particular order



Marilyn S

Congratulations everyone. Please feel free to take the badges from the side bar.
See you in 2011!!!!

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Challenge #21 - Wish Upon a Star &/or Christmas/Winter


Welcome to our challenge # 21 which will last for 3 weeks, instead of 2.

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last challenge and congratulations to the winner and the top 3!

So, like I said you will have 3 weeks to enter this challenge -which will be open until 31st December 12pm (London time)

Again, you have a choice of 2 themes or a combination of the 2.

Please remember it is still ONE ENTRY each please

The 2 themes are:

"Wish Upon a Star" - you may interpret it in the way you like

So, you can follow the first theme, or the second theme, or just combine the two! :)
still just ONE ENTRY each

This time, again we have 2 Prizes up for grabs which means 2 Winners!!

The first prize is from Die Cut Dreams

And check out the prize:

50 piece sentiment topper kit , the kit consists of 25 stamped sentiment circles and 25 coloured scollop circles to mount them on , the kit makes a total of 25 small toppers

The second prize is 4 digis from the lovely Helen's Ellephantastic Cards and Crafts Shop.

So, 3 weeks to enter, 2 themes, 2 prizes and 2 winners!

And now, here is some inspiration from the fabulous Ellephantastic DT!

Helen (Ellephantastic) using Ellephantastic image Rory and Charlotte - Nativity

Jill using images Roger with Flowers and Rory Winter

Michelle using image Elle and Wreath

Vanja using image Rory and Charlotte - Nativity

This is also my last DT card for Ellephantastic challenges, as I (Vanja) have decided to step down.
I just want to use this opportunity to thank Helen and the fantastic DT girls for everything and to wish them all the best in the New Year and in the future challenges!

I would also like to wish you all Happy Holidays!!!

To participate in the challenge, just add your link to inlinkz, please link directly to your blog post, link to a new project and only one entry per person and please turn word verification on comments off.
Thank you!

The challenge #21 is open for 3 weeks, till 31st December , 12 pm GMT.

We look forward to seeing your creations! Have fun! :)

Friday, 10 December 2010

Challenge #20 Winners and top 3

Good evening folks!
Thanks to everyone who entered into our 20th challenge, 
the entries are fabulous
so many talented folks around here :-)
Lets get straight down to business 

Our first winner is 

Number 58


you've won this fantastic prize from Die Cut Dreams

Second winner is

Number 18


you've won this fab prize from Posh Pin's & charms 
Drop an email to Helen and she'll sort out your prize. 

and now for my top three
in no particular order; this has been sooooo hard to choose

Well done Ladies! Please pick up the Top 3 badge from the side bar.

 Hope to see you all again tomorrow for this years last challenge! 

Monday, 6 December 2010

New Ellephantastic Design Team announcement


Good evening Ellephantastic fans!!

I am very pleased to announce the successful new members of the Ellephantastic Design Team
They have all accepted the invitation & will be joining the team from January 2011 when our challenges will change to monthly.

I would like to thank everyone who showed an interest in joining the team. I was truly overwhelmed by the response & it took some deciding!!

Please welcome 

they will be joining

myself - Helen - Ellephantastic

Thank you 

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Challenge #20 - Red & Green and/or St Andrew's Day

Good morning everyone!
I hope you guys are all doing well? The Elle DT girls have been a bit poorly this week 
so feel free to sending us all lovely healing thoughts and wishes., especially to Angie who's in Hospital just now, get well soon honey! 

Thank you to everyone who entered our challenge over the last fortnight, there have been some gorgeous entries. Unfortunately as we've been ill, we've not managed to comment on everyone's cards, we're so sorry and just wanted to let you all know how much we really appreciate all your work in your fab entries!       
Well done to our winner's and our top three! 

This fortnight we have 

2 themes
2 prizes
2 weeks to enter
2 Winners!!!

We're sponsored this fortnight by Die Cut Dreams & Posh Pins & Charms 

 A 9 piece door hanger kit to make 3 complete hangers for the winner to decorate in their own style.
The kit which consists of 3 chipboard hangers and 6 coloured card hangers to cove the chipboard making 3 complete hangers.

Beautiful hand made pins 

So let's get the Challenge Details then....
We have a colour theme for this fortnight of Red & Green and as it's St Andrew's Day on Tuesday, I thought it'd be nice to include that as an optional choice.

For those of you who may not know, St Andrew is the patron Saint of Scotland
though it's generally not celebrated as much as St Patrick's Day, which you may know a wee bit better.   

Now lets have a wee look at the beautiful creations from our Design Team and Guests. 

First up we have a special welcome to the Design Team for 
Jill has been with us as a Guest DT member for a few weeks and as she's so wonderful and creates some beautiful cards and projects she's agreed to join us full time on the regular team. Fantastic news for us, welcome to the team Jill!
Here's Jill's gorgeous card 

 she's used the Santa text available here 

Next up we have this gorgeous Book style card which is from Helen 
 and a wee close up 
 the "ho ho ho" text is available here 

Vanja has created this sweet tag 
This cute image of Rory is available here 

Sandra, GDT has created this beautiful easel card 

and this wonderful card has been created by Susie, our GDT and sponsor.  
and last but not least is my wee creation - Michelle 
 I've made a wee menu for St Andrew's Day
 I've used Roger Stood, he's a freebie and he's available here!

If you'd like to see more about each DT's card's click on their name to be taken to their blog.

So now we'd like to see what you come up with, remember it's ONE entry per person, and you have two weeks to take part. 
Create your entry and link your direct post link in the wee blue frog below.
You have until the 10th December at 18:00. 
I look forward to seeing all your beautiful entries!
Have a fab weekend
Michelle and the Ellephantastic DT. 

Friday, 26 November 2010

Winners & Top 3.............

Good evening!!
It is has actually been Angie's turn to host & do winner's post but she is poorly in hospital so I am helping her out.
We send BIG Get Well wishes to Angie 
Next let me apologise if we've not all got round to visiting & commenting on your lovely creations. It seems to have been an ill ridden couple of weeks for the Elle DT!!

A big thank you to all of you who took part.
there are still a fair few people not playing by them & it is unfair on the other people & us having to spend a lot of time taking out the rule benders!!

Ok now onto the good bit...WINNERS!!!!!

The first winner who will get this lovely set from Crafty Sentiments is
no 22

well done Tina please email me at so I can pass your details on

The 2nd winner who will get to choose 4 of my digis
number 143

well done Annika please email me at with your choice of 4 digis from my  Shop here

Please both feel free to take the Winners badge from the sidebar.

Now onto the Top 3
in no particular order

Congratulations ladies please feel free to take the top 3 badge from the side bar

Saturday, 13 November 2010

Winner & Top 3 for challenge #18 - 'Blue'

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Good morning! Sorry I am later than usual with the winner & top 3.
I will keep you no longer!!
The winner of the gorgeous die cut set from Susie at Die Cut Dreams is
Monika Reeck

Please email me at with your address 
please feel free to take winners badge from the side bar

Here's Monika's card

Now for my top 3 - this was a tough decision!!
In no particular order

Congratulations Ladies please feel free to take the Top 3 badge from the side bar!

Many thanks

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Challenge #19 Butterfly &/or Xmas

Hello & welcome to our 2 weekly challenge number 19
Thank you to everyone who joined us for the last challenge & congratulations to the winner & top 3
This week again is going to be a little different.
You have 2 weeks to enter - open until 26th November 8pm (London time)
You have a choice of 2 themes or a combination of the 2.

Please remember it is still ONE ENTRY each please

The 2 themes are
Use a Butterfly or add a Butterfly to your card/project
Christmas themed card/project may either Make
a Butterfly card
a Christmas card
combine the 2 together - a Christmas card with a Butterfly on it!!
still just ONE ENTRY each

This week we have 2 Prizes up for grabs which means

2 Winners!!

First prize is from the lovely Suzette at Crafty Sentiments
Suzette is offering the first winner

The second prize I have sponsored & the lucky 2nd winner will get 4 digis of their choice from my shop

2 weeks to enter, 2 themes, 2 prizes & 2 winners!!!

I know you will all now be itching to get started to here's some inspiration from the Elle DT & the lovely
Jill from A life well Crafted who is a Guest DT this week.
Don't forget we are looking for new DT members check it out HERE


Have fun crafting. Remeber only ONE entry each, no back linking & please turn word verification on comments off.