Jumat, 26 Februari 2010

Challenge #12 Winner - Cathy

I'm back with the winner from last week's challenge...

Here are your random numbers:
Timestamp: 2010-02-26 13:22:15 UTC

Wow! I love when the #1 is picked!!
Our winner is:
Cathy actually made 2 cards this week:


Amidst the constant stream of celebs strutting down the catwalk for Naomi Campbell's Fashion for Relief show, nobody deserved their place in the line up more then Elite's very own Alizee Gaillard. After having spent most of her childhood in Haiti and with friends and family still living there, it seemed only right that Alizee was asked to take part in an event that would make a difference to a cause so close to her heart. We think she looks absolutely beautiful and almost outshines Miss Campbell herself in these exclusive backstage shots...it's that smile which make Alizee one of our top beauty girls!

Kamis, 25 Februari 2010

My new line of glitter....

Facebook and Twitter friends have been loading my email with questions about my new line of glitter.

So here is the story... I have been pitching lines of glitter for years and could not get any companies to take the bait. So after careful consideration, I decided to go it alone!

I will have 57 different colors to start and will be expanding into over 100 colors very soon. I am going to be selling the glitter online in single jars and in color coordinated packs.

The glitter has tons of sparkle and is ultrafine. I have a combo of semi-transparent and opaque. I have 4000 jars in my guest bedroom and a very patient husband. :)

More details soon!


Elite models are known for having fabulous personal style... we actually think most of them look as stylish running to castings as they do in the pages of magazines! EML winner Fei Fei Sun encapsulates cutting edge London street style (impressive for a non-Londoner!) when she was papped after the Christopher Kane show by Models.com wearing head to toe vintage.

Soon to be superstar Lizzy Burden always looks like she’s just stepped off the catwalk, even when popping in to the agency for a chat. When we quizzed her on her designer wardrobe we were surprised to find that she’s a bargin hunter... check out this amazing coat she found on London’s Brick Lane for teh princely sum of £10... now that’s street style at its best!

Rabu, 24 Februari 2010

Challenge 13 - Freestyle

Oh we have a great challenge for you this week!!

But before we get to the challenge, we have some exciting news!!

How would you like to be a guest here on the Challenge Blog?

Starting this week you have the chance of being a guest on one of our challenges. Here's how:

1. Enter the current challenge using a Wags 'n Whiskers image.

2. When you enter your card into Mr. Linky, type "DT" after your name.

Each week, we will choose one person from the participants who are interested to be a guest the following week. For instance, enter this challenge...next Friday we will choosen a guest... the winner will be a guest on the challenge the following week.

This will be on-going, so if you aren't chosen this week, try again the following week!!

Ok...onto this week's challenge...

The ubberly talened Inge has given us a "Freestyle" challenge!! That means you can do anything you want!! That also means that everyone can play along...as long as you use a Wags 'n Whiskers image on your card!

If you need some Wags 'n Whiskers stamps, check out the links here.

As usual, one lucky participant will win a free Wags 'n Whiskers stamp of their choice!!

Here are the awesome Design Team samples...


Now it's your turn! Let's see your creation...anything goes for this challenge as long as you have a Wags 'n Whiskers image!

Don't forget to let us know if you would like to be a guest by adding "DT" after your name in Mr. Linky.

Happy Stamping!


From Vogue cover girl to queen of the catwalk both sides of the pond, Anastasija Kondratjeva is a success story wherever she goes! Anastasija is rounding up a spectacular London show season having walked for Betty Jackson, Matthew Williamson and Nicole Farhi to name a few. Always a favourite with casting directors and with Milan next on the itinerary, this is set to be another amazing year for our girl.

Betty Jackson

Matthew Williamson

Nicole Farhi

Selasa, 23 Februari 2010

Week 3 - 101 Snappy Fashions Giveaway

This Giveaway is closed!
Check out week 4 and enter to win!
link soon

The winner is!!!!

101 Snappy Fashions Giveaway

available for pre-order - available April 2010

I am 8 weeks away from 101 Snappy Fashions release and to celebrate I am giving away a goodie pack each week for the next 8 weeks. The goodies will be themed by chapter and will include a signed advanced copy of the book, a grand prize and a few fun extras! Keep coming back each week and enter to win another set of goodies. Follow my blog, my facebook or my twitter to stay in touch! :)

Week 3 - Chapter 3 - Applique
Have a peek at a few scans from the book featuring some of my favorite designs from Chapter 3. This chapter focuses on applique and has 10 different applique techniques and 16 different designs.

Lots of basic instructions for first timers.

#24 Tattoo Love

#26 Off to Work

#30 Kokeshi



The business stuff....

All items are provided by me (Cathie Filian) and are in accordance with the Blogher Rules.

To enter: Simply leave a comment to THIS specific post by telling me if you have ever altered a baby snapsuit or if you have ever appliqued anything.

Your comment MUST link to your particular blog or web site or include your e-mail address. Otherwise, I won't be able to get in touch with you if you win! Any entries that do not include
some way of getting in touch will be disqualified.

Deadline: Comments must be received by midnight EST February 28 st, 2010.
Odds of winning will depend on the number of eligible entries received.

Other rules:
1. You must have a mailing address in the United States of America (sorry
international folks!).
2. Only one entry comment per person.

How it works: Each comment will be assigned a sequential number. The winning
number will be selected from a random number generator, so there will be no
favorites, simply a game of chance.

Note: The books will be in my hand at the end of February. All February prizes will ship as soon as I have the books.


A catwalk exclusive is always a major event so we were thrilled to be able to work with the fabulously talented Bora Aksu this season, supplying all 10 of the models for his Autumn/Winter 2010 show.

the finale

On the fashion front we loved the palette of neutral metallics and the combination of architectural silhouettes and proportions with pretty, delicate layers - and those shredded leggings are already being coveted by most of the booking desk (as well as the models themselves who had to be stopped from making off with them after the show!) and will definitely be seen in the Elite office!

Georgie Wass opens the show

But most of all we love the sight of our army of Bora beauties stalking down the catwalk in unison for the show finale – it’s an Elite takeover!

Helen McCusker

Special thanks to casting director Luke Foy for his support.

Photos by Getty as seen on www.coutorture.com

Make it: tool peg board

Tool Pegboard

Tired of losing tools? Simple outlines on a pegboard will help keep crafting supplies organized and together in one place.

appropriate size pegboard
tool hangers made for pegboard
spray paint (base color)
acrylic paint (accent color)

1. Paint base color on pegboard.

2. Hang tools on purchased hangers.

3. Outline tools with pencil.

4. Paint outline with acrylic accent color.

Revamped Trunk - 70's Style

Cathie Filian and Steve Piacenza
Homemade Hardware on Creative Juice

'70s Storage Locker

The '70s are making a comeback, and with this groovy storage locker decorated with lace trim, you’ll be packing in style.

small footlocker
wide lace trim
thin rattail cord
tacky glue
dark red acrylic paint
acrylic primer
medium paintbrush
glazing medium
gold Rub N Buff

1. Tape off trunk hardware to protect from accidental paint drips.

2. In a bowl, mix white glue with water. Cut lace to fit edges, sides and top of trunk. Using a foam brush, apply glue directly to the trunk and attach lace.

3. Attach rattail cord to the trunk with glue mixture, creating decorative swirls, zigzags, patterns, etc. Use other pieces of lace to create flower shapes; just be sure to work on one side at a time (face up) and allow the strings to dry before moving to the next side.

4. Apply primer to entire trunk, making sure to really work the primer into the lace. Let dry overnight.

5. Apply red paint to the trunk; as with the primer, push the paint down into the lace and rattail cording. The process uses a large amount of paint, so make sure to allow a couple of days for the paint to dry.

6. Apply gold Rub N Buff to lace edges to bring out detail.

7. Remove the tape.