Monday, 21 April 2014

Inky Found Poetry

I've had a lovely Bank Holiday Monday playing at my desk trying to catch up with Journal 52 prompts. I'm not necessarily doing them in order and today I made a page for week 8. The prompt was Found Poetry. 
According to Poets.org, “Found poems take existing texts and refashion them, reorder them, and present them as poems. The literary equivalent of a collage.... " The background for my page started as a gelli plate print but I wasn't happy with it so I collaged some scraps of various papers over it, to which I applied a wash of gesso, distress stains and inks, some grunge paste through a stencil and finally some stamping.  My 'poem' is lines cut  from different actual poems and the fairy image is stamped (Lavinia Stamps) and clear embossed over an alcohol ink background. 


Thanks for stopping by - Esther xx

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Altered Bottle

OK - not the most imaginative title I know ! Does anyone else struggle for post titles ? Anyhoo - guess what - I've altered a bottle. A wine bottle to be exact, and yes I did have to force myself to make sure it was empty first although it is only a small 18.7cl bottle ! This was inspired by Craft Stampers current Take It Make it Challenge (the altering not the drinking) - 
I painted the bottle with Fresco finish Acrylic paint, then added a layer of Fresco Finish Crackle Glaze to the top half. While this was doing it's thing I stamped and coloured the Sheena Douglas (Creative Expressions) stamp onto tissue paper - I've coloured with water colour pencils.

Once the paint was dry I stamped Hero Arts polka dots and TH script onto the bottle before applying the tissue paper stamped image with Glue and Seal. Then it was just a case of finishing off with some lace, twine, a charm and roses.  
So as well as Craft Stamper Take it Make it I'm sharing my altered bottle here -
Rhedd's Creative Spirit - Altered Art
Tando Creative - Recycling
Splendiferous Creations - Alter It
Penny Black and More - Blossoms and Blooms

Thanks for popping by - Esther xx

Flying at Fashionable Stamping Challenge

Happy Easter - I hope you are enjoying the weekend, although it's grey, rainy and cold in my part of the world ! To brighten the day I have this colourful card to share for our latest challenge at FSC
This lovely Dove stamp is from Stamp Addicts and I've just simply stamped it in black over a background of ink sprays (Dylusions and Adirondack).  
I then used some watered down white paint to wash over the Doves and highlighted with a white pen.

 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 alsop sharing my card here - 

Happy Crafting  - Esther xx

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dance along at Craft-Room

HI - goodness how time flies, it's already come round to another challenge at Craft-Room. Hazel has set us the theme of 'Dance'. I love dance and took classes for many years - and like many little girls I'm sure, dreamt of being a beautiful ballerina. I remember going to the Ballet with my mum and have the programmes still somewhere, so I loved creating this journal page. 
The main picture is Margot Fonteyn in Les Sylphide which I've stuck onto a gelli plate print on manuscript and brushed over with gesso.  To this I've added stamping, tissue tape, die cuts 
and a  ballerina (Happy Daze) stamped in white on another piece of Gelli Plate print.  I added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and die cut letters for the title. This was week 7 prompt for Journal 52 - I'm quite behind but am doing the pages as and when inspiration strikes !   Our sponsor this fortnight is Tando creative. 
 
I hope you feel inspired to join in with our challenge and I look forward to visiting you...Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

FSC - Favourite technique

Hello  - it's time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This fortnight the lovely Dot has asked us to use our favourite technique ! Oooh it was so difficult to choose - I knew it would be stamping based  - stamping is my favourite thing, and I went for masking. I just love the layers you can build up by stamping, masking and then stamping again ! I've made a journal page, the inspiration for which came from Feb 2014 Craft Stamper magazine. 
I started by stamping one group of tulips, then used artists masking fluid to mask them before stamping more tulips, masking again, stamping the taller blooms (which look like they might be lupins) and masking them.  Once the images were stamped and masking fluid dry I used Spray inks (Dylusions and Adirondack) to create the background. More drying time followed by finally stamping the black foliage 'behind' the flowers. The key to building up a scene like this is to remember you are stamping the front images first and each subsequent layer will be behind those already there. The title is stencilled with black and white pens and I've also stamped a border. 

I'm taking part in Journal 52 and 'How does your garden grow?' was the prompt for week 13. 

So what's your favourite technique ? 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 also sharing my journal page here - 
Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Humour with Craft-Room

Hi all - we're back again for another challenge over at Craft Room and as this is launching on Aprils Fools day Mervi has asked us to inject some humour into our creations.  Our sponsor this fortnight is The Stamp Man. 

I have to admit I struggled with this theme  - I've never really made humorous cards and didn't think I had any supplies that fitted, but I found a lone sentiment stamp which I hope is mildly amusing and went with it - 

A simple card - the bottom edge sprayed with ink sprays to which I've added a stamped and embossed cupcake. The banner is a stamp and die cut set which I've used to place the sentiment.   I hope you join us and I look forward to having a bit of a chuckle as I visit you this fortnight, for the right reasons of course !!  

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Spring Silhouettes at FSC

Here we are back with FSC for another challenge - thanks for all your fab entries to Amanda's water inspired theme. This fortnight Ellie would like creations using silhouettes.  My card makes me think of walks in the park in Spring. The stamps are from Stamp Addicts, I've used distress inks to create the background and colour the flowers.


I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - don't forget we MUST see some stamping on your entry - NO Digi Stamps. 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 !



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