Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Back with Craft-room cats

Well it's been a while since I was here having had a little break while I had some tricky stuff going on. But I'm back with my team mates from Craft-Room to join the latest challenge from our newest roomie Christi. She has chosen 'Cats' as our theme and I've made a grungy birthday card - 
I've used scraps of paper from Gelli plate prints, stamped the swirly cat from Stamp Addicts and embossed it in black. The other grunge stamps on the background are also from Stamp Addicts.   















We've had a bit of a revision of our rules  -  we want to inspire and encourage you to create for our themes but were getting many entries with just token elements  or that didn't really fit the theme, so please have a read and play fair - 

Our rules are shown in the page Pesky Rules on the challenge site but to give you a quick run down they are:
* Must be new (no back links) 
* Fit our theme (no token gestures)
* Maximum of 3 entries to our challenge (limit of 5 other challenges entered)
* We will ignore any invalid entry
* You must add our challenge and a link back to it to your blog post. 

But mostly we want you to enjoy your art...so have fun and Happy Crafting....Esther xx

Monday, 30 June 2014

Late florals at FSC

Hi all - I'm a bit behind with stuff and this post should have gone out yesterday - but better late than never !! We have a new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge set by the lovely MeggyMay - Flowers. I made a card using grunge stamps from Stamp Addicts on gelli plate printed paper, and die cut with Tim Holtz Tattered florals - 
As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3. Happy Crafting -Esther xx

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

Craft-Room Tattoo Art

HI there - I'm here with another challenge from Craft-Room.   

Zoe has challenged us to take inspiration from Tattoo art with the added twist of including something hand drawn. I was a bit stumped by this at first, despite loving tattoos and having a real one, but decided on Skulls and Roses - both of which feature heavily in Tattoo Art. The stamps are by Stamp addicts -I've used masking to create the background, and mounted the main skull on layered die cuts.  I have added some hand drawn stitching as a border. 




We have a new roomie joining the team from this challenge.   Please welcome Christi to the team and she and the rest of the girls have made some fabulous samples. 
Our sponsor for this challenge is once again Tando Creative, they have their own on line shop now as well making it really easy to get hold of some of their goodies. 

As always to be fair to all please respect the rules and ensure your entry follows the theme.  Happy Crafting..Esther xx                               

Sunday, 15 June 2014

Birds and Bees At FSC

Over at Fashionable Stamping this fortnight our theme is Birds and Bees. Although I know birds are a very popular theme for crafting projects and love the many beautiful creations I see around blogland, it's one I've never really got into. So I've gone the bees route - making another tag for my Creative Chemistry Album (which I am VERY SLOWLY working on to include all of the techniques from Tim Holtz's CC workshops).

This technique is Distress embossing powder resist using Walnut stain distress powder to emboss this background stamp from Artistic Stamper before inking over with distress inks and stains.  
Once I'd created the background using the basic technique I added stamped and embossed flowers, my fav TH die cut and of course the bees and their hive. The flower stamps are Indigo Blu, the bee hive and sentiment are Stamp addicts and the bees are from Crafty Individuals. 
I make two tags using each technique for my CC album, leaving one unadorned and  using the other for a completed project. 
As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.

I'm sharing my tag here -
Crafty Individuals - Tag you're it
A Vintage Journey - Wings and Things
Crafty Creations - Tic Tac Toe (Embossing, Flowers, die Cut)
It's all about the Vintage - Punches/Die Cuts

 Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Sunday, 1 June 2014

Clockwork at FSC

HI - it's time for another challenge over at FSC.  Yvonne has chosen the theme - Like Clockwork Anything to do with clocks, watches and time.  I've used a Tim Holtz Fob watch - 
I added a cameo stamp with a frame and some old watch bits and pieces. It was tricky to photograph because of the light reflection.As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.  Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Thing with Wings at Craft-Room

Hi  - Thanks so much for all your great entries for my recycle theme over at Craft-Room, as always it's going to so tricky to choose my top 3.  Now it's Annie's turn to choose our fortnights challenge and she has chosen  'Things with Wings'.  I've created a Stamped Mandala - which seemed like a good idea at the time but proved very tricky to get lined up and I didn't manage it on all the circles so don't look too closely ! This page in my journal was also inspired by the prompt for Journal 52
 I drew some circles with a compass and started with the Butterfly layer - the outer edge is the top/bottom of a chandelier stamp from craft-stamper which I stamped by masking the main circle first.  Once I'd finished stamping I coloured with pro-markers and added some crystals and stickles for a bit of bling ! 
Our sponsor this fortnight is The Stamp Man and the lucky random winner who will receive a voucher, redeemable at their online store.

The Stamp Man
Don't forget to check out what my Craft-Room teamies have made too....Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 18 May 2014

Fashionable Stamping goes 3D

Hi - it's time for another challenge over at FSC - and we have a guest designer this fortnight. Alison from Words & Pictures is joining us and has chosen 3D as our theme - this means you can make anything you like, but it has to be a 3D object - so boxes, jars, bottles, jewellery, bags etc. This was a bit of a challenge for me - but then that's the point isn't it !! I don't do 3D objects often, but had this desk tidy sitting around that was getting a bit tatty so decided to give it a face lift. 
I started by covering with Gelli Plate prints which I finished off round the edges with TH Tissue Tape before stamping with a script stamp and flicking with white and pink ink.
As the pot is for my craft/Art bits and pieces I used this free stamp from Craft Stamper Magazine as the main  image which I coloured with pro-markers.  The letters are stamped and cut out - I'm not sure of the make of stamp.
And here it is with my brushes and pens etc back in it - 
As always my fellow FSC teamies have created some beautiful works of art so please head over and check them out. I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - Don't forget we are a stamping challenge and we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. Our sponsor is Flonzcraft and the winner chosen at random will receive a voucher for $20 - we also give special mention to our top 3.  Happy Crafting - Esther xx

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