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Tuesday, 5 July 2011

July's {Celebrations} ~ BiG Birthday Blog Hop & CANDY~EEEE!!!


July is Ellephantastic Challenges 1st Birthday......Happy Birthday to us!!!

To celebrate we have a Birthday Blog Hop, 'Celebrations' themed challenge, lots & lots of Sponsors with fab prizes, plus I have a big Birthday Blog Candy up for grabs.

The Challenge

July's challenge starts 2nd July ~ 5th August 2011
our theme is
so we want to see any kind of Celebration card or project
Please make sure you read our rules in the side bar & remember it is only 1 entry each
Just linky your card/project at the bottom of this post
You do not have to have a blog to enter the challenge
NOTE: You do NOT have to enter the Blog Hop/Candy to enter the challenge
The winners will be picked randomly using on or after 5th August 2011

The Blog Hop

Our Birthday Blog Hop starts right here!!
From here blog hop to each of the Elle DT's blogs in the order below. (note: Michelle's post won't be published until Saturday Evening so make sure you pop back to hers!)
Leaving a comment on each blog including this one.
When you reach my blog (Helen) leave your name on the linky to be in with a chance to win my
BiG Birthday Blog Candy.

Challenge blog ~ you are here at the start
(Michelle's post is now live)
Don't forget to comment on ALL the blogs

BiG Birthday Blog Candy

UK Blog Candy

NONE UK Blog Candy

To enter the Blog Candy follow the blog hop & the rules!!

  1. Blog hop round all blogs leaving a comment on each one including this one
  2. Put a picture (either candy) with a link to the this blog on YOUR blog to advertise our Birthday Blog Hop, Candy & challenge
  3. Leave your name on the correct linky HERE (you do not have to have a blog to enter, be sure to check back to see if you've won)
  4. Blog Candy will close the same time as the challenge 12:00pm Saturday 5th August
  5. Due to the cost of postage I can only post to UK so if you live outside the UK please enter the None UK Candy!!
  6. You do NOT have to enter the Challenge to enter the Blog Hop/BiG Birthday Candy.
  7. If you do enter our Celebrations Challenge & do the Blog Hop then you can have a 2nd entry into the BiG Birthday Candy. Just add yourself to the inlinkz again with #2 next to your name (I will check though so no sneaky ones!)
  8. I will pick the winners at random on or after the closing date. I will check to see if the winners have done ALL the rules & if they haven't I will re draw a winner.

The Sponsors & their Prizes


Ellephantastic is very honoured to sponsor this challenge.
Hi I am Helen. I suffer with CFS/ME & found a few years ago I could no longer work due to my illness.
To give myself something to do (when feeling well) I decided to go back to my roots....crafting!!
I grew up drawing, knitting & 'Cutting & Sticking'
Now I like to do all kinds of paper crafting, card making, altered art, knitting & sewing.
I also design & draw my own digital art.
My fun hobby as unintentionally grown into a li'l crafty business for me which I am loving.
There is nothing I like better than to put a smile on someone's face because of my crafting :0)
You can order & buy a lot of my work from my shop. You can also now buy some crafting products.
My prize is 4 digital images of the winner's choice

I'm a stay at home craft-aholic mum, with a passion for craft

I run my own little craft Business "Die cut Dreams" mainly to fund my craft addition

Most of the die cuts I sell are designer die cuts and a lot of them I have designed myself so you can't buy them anywhere else

As well as die cuts I also sell lots of other craft supplies such as charms, brads, gems and more.

Die cut Dreams Prize is

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.

Crafty Sentiments

Crafty Sentiments Designs

Crafty Sentiments Designs is an online webshop started by Suzette in 2010, we offer cute characters and sentiments for all occasions. We have now add digital stamps and papers to our range. We release new images every two months, so for information and idea's and freebies visit us at


GLITTERBABE’S DIGIS is a fairly new (2 years) digital stamp store specializing in a variety of images. I love “the sweet smell of flowers” so there is a nice variety. I also lean towards whimsical in my drawings and cover just about everything you need for any occasion. All my images are done in jpg format only and all my images come with sentiments. I strive for quality product and work hard to give my very best. I have tons of fun with it and I hope you do too!

$10.00 voucher to spend in store

Who are Just Tracys Crafts, Just Tracys are Tracy Watkiss and Karen Hoskin who are very lucky to be the proud owners of Just Tracys Crafts, as well as our fledgling on line store, we also have a bricks and mortar craft shop in Plymouth Devon. We both enjoy a variety of crafts but Tracy is a keen stamper and has designed some of Just Tracys Clear stamps, whilst Karen is a parchment crafter extrodinaire.
We hope you enjoy the challenge and look forward to seeing what you all come up with.


A buzz bumble stamp & sentiment stamp


At One Stop Card Crafts we have a big range of ever changing discount making and card making craft supplies.
We are always adding to our range of craft supplies which are ideal for making handmade greeting cards, do-it-yourself invitations scrapbook pages, altered items and much more.
Our card making craft supplies include free UK postage, our popular discount scheme and quick service means our customers keep coming back for more.
Our prices are very competitive and this & makes us an ideal place to buy your card making supplies online. Some of our new products include Petaloo flower layers, Ranger Glitter Glue and Martha Stewart Punches.

The cutting cafe blinkie


any 3 sets from the Cutting Cafe

Hello my name is Regina Easter. I have 4 wonderful children and an awesome supportive husband. I have for as long as I can remember loved all the aspects of creating things with paper and drawing. So it was only fitting that I decided to open up The Cutting Cafe' and I am loving every bit of this new venture. The Cutting Cafe' offers affordable Printable Stamps and Cutting Files. The Cutting Files which are basically just like templates are files that you Print out using your home printer, Cut, Assemble and then Embellish.....Very Easy.....The Cutting Files also come in the format where you can cut out the files using some of the latest Machine Cutters like the Pazzles Inspiration, Bosskut Gazelle and Cricut (with Scal software). The Printable Stamps are just that, images that are sent to you through email that you print out using your home printer. After the images are printed out, you can just color them in like you would any other stamped imaged...One great thing about the Printable Stamps and Cutting Files is that you no longer have to worry about finding space to store all of your stamps....You can keep them all in a folder in your computer and use over and over again.

The Stamping Boutique

5 images of choice or 3 images plus 1 paper pack

Tracey Malnofski's resume reads like a whose who of the Stamping Industry. Besides being the owner and a designer for The Stamping Boutique, she's also a stamp artist for Unity Stamp Company and has also worked for InStyle Stamps, Squigglefly, and The Digi Shack.She's a professional artist and an active member of the Artist' Guild in her community.Tracey has quite a busy household with a husband, 3 teenagers, 5 mini-dachshunds and an Appaloosa mare. It's noisy, but she loves them all. Her "Boutique" has it all - fairytale, whimsy, sentimental . . . and Candy!
Here's what Tracey says about her Stamping Boutique.
"The Stamping Boutique" is dedicated to quality products and original artwork. We not only provide wonderful digital images in our store, but also several lines of red rubber images. Our designers are chosen for their character and personality, as well as, their beautiful designs. We work hard to give you our very best. Thank you so much for having us as your sponsor this week.

Challenge Blog:
Monthly Challenge:

Your Checklist!

  • Entered the challenge?(1 entry each)
  • Been on the Birthday Blog Hop?(comment on all blogs)
  • Entered the BiG Birthday Blog Candy?(you do the blog hop to enter)
  • 2nd Entry into Candy if you've entered the Challenge?(& done the blog hop)
Please remember to check out our Challenge rules on the side bar

Now for some Elle Team inspiration!!!


The Stamping Boutique ~ Latte for two & Glitterbabe's ~ Congrats sentiment

Ellephantastic Elle & Andi ~ Bride & Groom image & Just Tracy's Sentiment

Just Tracy's Stalk image

Crafty Sentiments Designs Primrose image

Glitter Babe's ~ Love Dove image & sentiment

The Stamping Boutique ~ Latte for two image

Ellephantastic ~ Marley & Charlie Cheese

The Stamping Boutique ~ Puppy Surprise image

Crafty Sentiments Designs ~ Primrose image

The Stamping Boutique ~ Puppy Surprise image & Die Cute Dreams die cuts

The Stamping Boutique ~ Latte for two & Die cut Dreams die cut

GlitterBabe's ~ Bird Bath image & sentiment

Die cut Dreams ~ Bear & door hanger kit

Die cut Dreams ~ Bear & Rectangle scallop die cuts

The Cutting Cafe ~ Cute Critters Set

Ellephantastic ~ Roger Pilot, Barney, Roger in his Elle motor images 
also Make it Crafty Mushroom house & Hilly lane scene


using Crafty Sentiments ~ Bear on Mushroom digi

using Ellephantastic ~ Baby Roger FREE digi image

using Glitterbabe's ~ Bird Bath digi image

using The Cutting Cafe's ~ Graduation set

The Cutting Cafe ~ Cute Critters Set

Glitterbabe's ~ Bird Bath image


Puppy Surprise image by The Stamping Boutique

Ellephantastic ~ Baby Eva image

The Stamping Boutique ~ Latte for two image

The Stamping Boutique ~ Puppy Surprise image

Happy Crafting & Good luck everyone!!


Jeff Hardy said...

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Carly said...

wow ....gorgeous! All of them! Wow

Susie Sugar said...

I just popped in to say Happy Birthday to you all congrats on your first year , its been a real pleasure sponsoring you and loads of fun being your guest each month
Hugs Susie Sugar xx

Stef H (Glitterbabe) said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!! wow a whole year! where has the time gone? it's certainly been MY PLEASURE watching you grow this past year, enjoying your challenges and your absolutely gorgeous creations and having the honor of sponsoring every now and then. i wish you many more years of continued success and crafy happiness!

hugs :)

Lora said...

Happy Birthday!! I can't believe it has been a year already!
I'm off to do the hop and hopefully will get a card done for the challenge too.
hugs Lora xx

Nadine said...

Added! :) Thx!

happyglitzygirl said...

Happy Birthday. I don't do many bloghops but will give yours a go. Wish me luck.
I pray you will have great success and many more years of fun.( the stress free kind)
Blessings Hilde

Teresa Arsenault said...

Happy Birthday, Ellephantastic! You sure have accomplished a lot in just one year, Helen. Congratulations. Hugs, Teresa

Kathleen said...

great cards on the blog hop. and congrats on your 2nd blogaversary!
kathleen mc x

grandmalee said...

Congrats on your birthday celebration! Wow! Awesome candy! Too bad I live in the US for this one. The DT really did an awesome job on their creations! Gorgeous!!!

Scrappy Scatty said...

Happy birthday am just off to do some hopping
Much love

sabahat said...

dear if this challenge is free of cost then consider my post otherwise ignore it because i can not afford. hope you will under stand my problem..

mishael Aarons said...

Its looks like a wonderful birthday party is going on ... food, music, dance and kids birthday party games are also needed to make a memorable birthday party ...

mishael Aarons said...

I am speechless after seeing these photos! I love them all! I teach kindergarten and I intend to make a theme like this, and your photos have given me so many kids birthday party ideas! You are so talented! Thank you!

princesskitten said...

Hay I am so slow - just catching up

Jans said...

Happy birthday!:) Joined the challenge, now i'm off to do some blog hoppin'!;)

Doreen said...

Ooh lovely Dt cards,Happy

Dawn said...

Happy Birthday!
Dawn xx

Josephine said...

Looks like a great hop with loads of inspriation!

Happy Birthday!

Suzi said...

Thank you for a lovely Hop. Happy Birthday to you all.
Suzi x

Littlehamsterz said...
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Littlehamsterz said...

Happy Birthday :) Thanks for the awesome hop.

Linda w said...

Stunning DT projects. Thanks for teh fun challenge Hugs lin

Littlehamsterz said...

:) Thanks for the fun blog hop!

Please disregard my second card marked by Littlehamsterz #2. ^^; I had forgotten that it was only one entry.

Debbie said...

Happy 2nd Birthday Elephantastic. Great cards from the DT.Really enjoyed the blog hop.Fab challenge too.Love Debbie Johns x

lydiawalker said...

the blog candy looks fab xxx

Carol said...

Happy birthday, great blog hop and candy. Thanks. Carol x

Joynana said...

Great inspiration by the DT.

sparklingblackrose said...

Happy Birthday Ellephantastic! Elaine-xxx-

Tiggerbird said...

Beautiful cards. Thanks for the hop x

Helen said...

Happy 2nd birthday!
Fabulous celebratory DT creations...thanks for the inspiration, and the fun hop!
Helen x

anne said...

Happy Birthday .. I love hops - for you get so many great ideas..

papertrails leaver said...

Happy Birthday and thanks for all the fun challenges you have issued! I enjoy joining in!

salma said...

Looks like a great hop with loads of inspiration !!
Beautiful cards,its best gifts for the birthday's occasion....
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