Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Something new and old with Craft Room



Hi Everyone, its Annie's turn to choose the theme over at Craft Room and she's challenged us to use   'Something Old and Something New'. We all have some old craft items in our stash and some new ones too so we would like you to make something using both and you are required to list what you have used within your blog post'.  I hadn't actually purchased any new stash for quite some time - so this was a perfect excuse to order some new stencils and tools to use on my Gelli plate - 
I made a card using the Gelli Plate technique demonstrated by Barbara Gray (Clarity Stamps) here.  

I layered the Gelli print onto another print created using my new catalyst tools to wipe away paint before printing and added a strip from this background print across the front too onto which I stamped a sentiment - with an old Hero Arts Stamp.  
I also stamped a flourish round the edges using versamark which I dusted with perfect pearls for a little shimmer. So my NEW tools were my stencils and catalyst tools and the OLD was my flourish and sentiment stamp.                                 
                                             Our sponsor this fortnight is Crafty Individuals
                                        So come over and join us and happy crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Summer colours ATC's

This year I've been really struggling with my crafting - Mr Mojo seemed to disappear completely and I had a bit of a health situation that was worrying for a while and needed a complete break from my challenge design teams. I didn't do any crafting at all for several months and wondered if that was it :-( BUT...the mojo is back, I've had a lovely couple of days playing this weekend and for the first time in I don 't know how long have created something just because I wanted too !! I browsed some challenge sites and inspired by A Vintage Journey created a set of ATC's -   
I made the backgrounds using Tim's mono printing with stencils and paint technique from Chemistry 102 - I used bright cheery summer colours and stamped with Archival black for contrast.
 The stamps are all Tim Holtz and the stencils I used a bit of a mixture.  
 I used Pebeo and Adirondack paints and Distress inks. 
As the backgrounds were so bright and busy I didn't want to over do the embellishments but did feel they needed a little something so used coloured staples and ribbon for just a finishing touch.

As well as A Vintage Journey I'm also sharing my ATC's here - 

As it's Bank Holiday Weekend here I'm looking forward to another day's art tomorrow too :-) Esther xx

Special Birthday with FSC

Hi there - I've been away for a while, had some tricky life stuff going on, but it's sooooo good to be back with a new FSC challenge, and this time it's our lovely Dot who has chosen the theme. She's asking to see Birthday Cards for someone special ,which was perfect for me as it was my Dad's birthday last week.

 I used Gelli plate prints as backgrounds which I stamped over. The anchor is from Kanban and the ship Stamp Addicts.  The map stamp on the card base is from The Stamp Man. 



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, 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

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