Sunday, 7 February 2016

Grungy Valentine

I don't really do valentines....neither my other half or I really pay it that much attention, but I was inspired by several challenges this weekend so have made a grungy attempt at a 'love' themed card.
 I started off by making my own background with distress inks, old dictionary pages, washi tape, texture paste, stencils, stamps and ink sprays.

 The heart is hand cut and covered in metal foil before being run through a texture fade embossing folder and 'grunged' with black paint. I also added some text stamping. The wings are stamped fantasy fibre which have a shimmer in reality and I just added stamped words and some black jewels.
I'm sharing my card here -

A Vintage Journey - Industrial
The Artistic Stamper - HeArt Art
Craft Stamper - Text Me
Country View Crafts - make your own background
Try It on Tuesday - A Fine Romance
Stamps and Stencils - Splatter, Spritz, Smoosh
Anything but Cute - Grungy Love

Thanks for stopping by..Happy Crafting..Esther xx

Sunday, 24 January 2016

Vintage flying

I've had some inky play time this weekend and decided to revisit a couple of old techniques from Tim H's Creative Chemistry 101. This tag uses Archival resist - 
So here's the first layer with basic technique - stamping with archival ink and then adding distress ink over the top. I used Adirondack stonewashed and latte ink with Andy Skinners flight of fancy stamp set, followed by tumbled glass, pumice stone and walnut stain distress ink. 
I then had a lovely time adding some more stamping using my newest stash - Stampers Anonymous mini travel blueprint stamps.
I also layered on old book page die cut with Sizzix mixed media die, cork die cut sentiment, stamped and fussy cut plane and of course the main sentiment to which I added splats of Dylusions ink spray and cinnamon stickles.  

 I'm sharing my tag over at -
A vintage Journey - Vintage travel and luggage
Stamping Sensations - Anything Goes with a Die cut
Vintage Stamping - New Stash
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Saying Thanks at Fashionable Stamping

It's time for our first challenge starting in 2016 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges - thanks for all the lovely make your own background entries. It was my turn to choose this theme and as we go into the New Year I thought it appropriate to say Thank You - either for gifts received or just to be grateful for what we have. I've made a Journal Page - 
 I started with a Gelli plate print to which I added bead gel and texture paste (through a stencil). I then added some background stamping before stamping and cutting flowers and circles from Gelli print scraps.
I've written something I'm grateful for in each flower/circle and finished off with a die cut title.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 stamping needs to be the focal point on your project. NO Digi stamps please. 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.



Sunday, 20 December 2015

Holiday Layout

I finally got around to finishing a scrapbook layout I've been working on for ages. I have years worth of photographs waiting to be scrapped and am currently working on our holiday album. These pics are from 2005 -
I started with a fairly neutral background cardstock and applied peacock feathers ink through a stencil and around the edges - I used a white pen to draw around the edges of some of the stencilled shapes and added some stamping and washi tape.
 I tore some strips of contrasting paper and added to a corner of each page - adding more tape and stamping.
The Kraft letters for the title are die cut. The Turkey letters I hand drew with a black pen through a stencil, cut out slightly outside the lines, coloured with spun sugar distress stain and applied a layer of crackle glaze.
 I also added some journalling, a die cut word, wooden butterflies and tickets from the trip itself.

I'm sharing my layout over at Scrap our Stash where the word is DIECUTS - so stash I've used is -
D - diecut letters
I - ink
E - ephemera
C - crackle glaze
U - uniball white pen
T - tape
S - stencil

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Friday, 18 December 2015

Running Late

In October I was stunned to learn I had been chosen as the Craft Stamper's Take it Make it design winner. As part of the prize I was asked to make an inspiration sample for their December challenge theme - which I did except I got muddled with the dates and thought it went out on 18th....but it was on the blog post a week earlier and I missed blogging it at the same time. So better late than never here is the project I made.
 I made three bangle decorations by filling an old sparkly metal bangle with glitter glue and letting it dry - as in the last Craft Stamper magazine.  
Once dry I stamped on two with snowflakes 
 and on the third with a winter scene in blue stazon
 I then hung them together and added die cut snowflakes, liquid pearl drops and a sentiment. Here it is again hanging in the window - The one thing I didn't think about was how difficult it would be to photograph.
I'm sharing my Christmas hanging here -
Try it on Tuesday - Snow,snowflakes and winter whites
That's Crafty - Anything Goes
Love to Create - Anything Goes Mixed Media
The Artistic Stamper - Christmas

Happy Crafting - thanks for stopping by....Esther xx

Sunday, 13 December 2015

Make your Own Background - Fashionable Stamping Challenge

So here we are for our final FSC challenge of 2015...goodness when this one ends it will be next year. The theme this time is to make our own background as suggested by the lovely Avril. I've created a card using a technique from Craft Stamper Magazine (some time ago).
 The background is created using markers and a stencil and stamping.
I've used the very popular Pampillion stamps from Tim Holtz - using markers on the Butterfly stamps, and added an extra cut out Butterfly layer and some pearls.

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 stamping needs to be the focal point on your project. NO Digi stamps please. 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

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Vintage Christmas

I can't believe it's been so long since I was last here...life just gets in the way sometimes.  I haven't had much time to make Christmas cards either but I'm trying to put a few together and here's one I finished today.
I started with a Brusho background over which I stamped and embossed snowflakes and stamped some Christmas themed script. I also inked the edges with Distress inks. Some blobs of stickles finished off the background layer. 
 The sentiment is stamped onto Kraft paper, embossed in gold and inked with walnut stain distress ink before adding a few splashes of water. I added a mat of gold and hand drew a border on each layer.  This came together very easily and I have some more Brusho backgrounds prepared to make some more. I'm sharing this one here - 

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