Sunday, 24 May 2015

Flower Pot

I always have an assortment of pens laying around on my desk so figured I needed a pretty pot to put them in.....so I made one.
It started off like this
I began by sticking old book pages over the tin, applied a layer of Gesso followed by some stencilling and edging in distress ink (walnut stain). 
I stamped the beautiful Indigoblu  Rose Blush Stamp on to tissue paper and coloured on the reverse with Inktense pencils and a water brush to blend - I used the bright pink and yellow from the picture over at Mixed media Monthly to inspire the colours. I tore round the edges of the images.  
I stamped one of the lace strips from the Indigoblu Nottingham Lace set and fussy cut the edge. I die cut some contrasting paper with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. Then it was just a case of putting it all together.  
 Now my pencils are much tidier and pretty too !! I'm sharing my pencil pot over here - 


Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Gemini Sea Horses

Darcy at Art and Sole is heading up an Altered calender challenge and I'm amazed to say five months in and I'm still with it...normally when I try and take part in something life gets in the way and I only last a couple of weeks. For May the challenge rules are -

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Make marks,... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing,painting,magazine image)
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from May 1st 2015

Now I'm a Gemini and wasn't hugely inspired by any images I found so I went a little outside the box and found my Celtic Zodiac Sign which is the Seahorse...perfect. So here's my page for May -

 This is the original page
And here it is with just the background layer - Gelatos on a gesso base, leaving some of the original picture as 'foliage'. You can also just see how I've used bottle tops to stamp 'bubble' marks into the background when the gelatos was still wet. 
I drew the seahorses onto some water colour paper coloured/sprinkled with Brushos, added white paint pen and cut them out. I did two as a nod to the more traditional Gemini image of twins. I added some stamped seashells and crabs along the 'sea bed' .
I'm also sharing this at - 
...Happy Crafting..Esther xx

Thursday, 21 May 2015

Stamp and Stencils Guest Designer

Wow I was very excited to learn I had been picked as a winner over at Stamp and Stencils and would get the opportunity to be a guest designer with the very talented team.   The current challenge picked by Ruth is 'three of a kind' and I made 3 ATCs and mounted them on a board.

 For a step by step pop over to Stamp and Stencils , I hope you get creative and join in....

I'm also sharing this over at The Mirror Crack'd - Tryptich
Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 17 May 2015

Old Favourite Stamp at Fashionable Stamping

Well it's my turn to choose a theme over at Fashionable Stamping and I thought we'd have a rummage around and dig out an old but favourite stamp. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's got a collection of beautiful stamps from way back that don't see the light of day as much as they should as I purchase new stash ! Well here's your excuse to find them. I've used a beautiful stamp from PSX. It's says 1998 on the side and I think that's pretty much when I got it.  
I've created a Brusho background by sprinkling them on my craft mat, applying water and 'dabbing' my card stock. I painted the main image with Brushos too. 

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. 

Can't wait to see what you create....Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 10 May 2015

One Layer Brushos

The other day I took delivery of a starter set of Brushos and have been having an enjoyable, if messy time playing ! I still need to do some more experimenting but I made this card today for the IndigoBlu 'Just one layer' challenge. 
After stamping on watercolour card I painted the flowers and also sprinkled some Brusho around the edges of the image. Once this was dry I applied Micro Glaze to the painted area before spritzing the whole card with a very pale spray made from a tiny amount of Emerald Green Brusho. While this was still wet I added some additional sprinkled of Brusho in Emerald Green, Leaf Green and Brilliant red.  Once all this was dry I stamped and embossed the sentiment and added background stamping before finally swiping round the edges with Barn Door distress ink. 
I love the effect of the Brushos that contain multiple colours, think I'm going to be spending a lot more time playing - which also means more time with green/blue/purple/red fingers !!

As well as the IndigoBlu challenge I'm sharing this here -

Craft Stamper - Take a Stamp
Our Creative Corner - April Showers bring May Flowers

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

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Fashionable Stamping Challenges - Things with Wings

Well, I've been absent for a few weeks because I had to have some minor surgery and have been unable to craft while recovering but thankfully I was able to spend some time yesterday creating for the new challenge at Fashionable Stamping Challenges where the theme is 'Things with wings'. I must admit this is one of my favourite themes and I  needed a birthday card for my mum so I went for it and made a large 8x8 card. 
The background and additional panel are both coloured with Distress inks. On the large background piece I've added splatters of Dylusions ink spray and water. I stamped the text from Stampers Anonymous 'Papillon' in Vintage photo but also used touches of  Indigoblu flitter glue randomly before stamping and then applied Mega Flake 'chocolate box' to add touches of shimmer to the background which you can just see in the photo below.  The die cut butterflies are cut from a sheet of watercolour paper sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays and stamped with polka dots and an Indigoblu flourish. 
The vertical panel has been stamped with a Hero Arts stamp, die cut with a Tim Holtz mixed media die (I'm loving these) and the leaves/dots added with crackle paste through a stencil.  The die cut flourishes look blue in the pics but are actually purple IRL and match the butterflies better than it looks.    
The horizontal strip is splattered with ink spray, edged wiht distress ink and stamped with an Indigoblu lace stamp. 

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. 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 Look forward to seeing what you create....Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Saturday, 2 May 2015

April Altered Calender

OK - so I'm  a bit late but I've not been able to craft for a few weeks and so have only just had time to finish April's Altered Calender page for Darcy's challenge - to see what it's all about go HERE. Even though I have a different Calender my original page was similar to Darcy's and a rather uninspiring water lily painting (sorry Monet)  -
The rules for April were-
1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - use drips and splatters
3. Add - a repeating shape or word as many times as possible
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from April 1st 2015

I forgot to take photos along the way (gotta get back into the swing of things) so only have completed pics to share
I started by die cutting butterflies using Tim Holtz die on which you get a solid die cut as well as with cut outs. I used the solid pieces as masks before painting  layer of gesso to prepare the page. Onto this I scribbled bands of gelatos which I then blended with water and a paint brush. For the repeating pattern I struggled to find a stamp I was happy with and ended up using an alphabet (Stamp Addicts) like Darcy did in Archival black ink. I also stamped a border of large dots (PaperArtsy) with white paint and added splatters of Dylusons ink sprays. 
Once I'd removed the masks I added the butterflies which I had blinged up with stickles and which allow some of the original picture to show through. I also added some smaller die cut butterflies cur from watercolour paper coloured with dylusions ink spray sand stamped with polka dots.

As well as linking to Darcy's blog (although cheating a bit as it's now May's post which I hope is ok ), I'm also sharing my calender page here -


So better late than never but now I need to get on with May's page - thinking cap on again... Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting... Esther xx

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