Sunday, 11 September 2016

Autumn Colours

Well it's approaching Autumn here on the UK, although they keep talking about a heatwave still. It was my turn to choose the theme over at Fashionable stamping challenge this month and I went for a colour theme - Autumn colours. I made a tag -

I enjoyed last months resist technique so much I used it again - after stamping and embossing this beautiful skeleton leaf I used Distress inks to colour, splattered with water and stamped over with the script stamp from Tim Holtz Papillon set.  
I stamped and embossed the quote and flourish onto card coloured with distress inks, then layered with corrugated card, canvas and shimmery paper. 
Don't forget we are a stamping challenge so we do need to see rubber/acrylic stamping on your project. To qualify for the winner’s prize we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that the stamping follows the format of the theme.

NO DIGI STAMPS ARE ALLOWED …but you may use digi downloads for enhancement of your projects … please remember that the main focal point must be STAMPING.

The winner of each challenge will receive a very generous voucher of $20 for Flonz’s Store.

I really hope you have time to join us....Happy Crafting..Esther xx

Sunday, 4 September 2016

Sunset strip

Another inky layout completed today.

I started by creating a background with distress inks on plastic technique using colours somewhere between a Summer sunset and Autumn. 
I used the sketch over at Stick it Down as my inspiration
Over the distress ink background I stamped with an Indigoblu border stamp and embossed in white, added texture paste through a swirly stencil, stamped with hickory smoke and spritzed and splattered  a little perfect pearls and cosmic shimmer mists. 
 I also followed the challenge theme at More Than Words
Clearly I haven't scrapped a family recipe so my ingredients from the art recipe are -
1.die cut
2 badge
3.button
4. dash of mist
I'm also sharing this here - 

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

Monday, 29 August 2016

Now for something completely different....

Today I've made a layout so far removed from usual creative style I keep looking at it wondering if I actually made it ! I had a photo I really loved from a recent birthday trip to our local seaside town where we spent some time on the pier playing the 'penny machines' something which I hadn't done for a long long time but which brought back lots of memories from my early teenage years as it hadn't really changed that much. 
I knew it would need something different from my usual inky, messy way and I'd seen this inspiration pic over at Pixels and Papers and loved the colours and sprinkles.
AUGUST inspiration
Then at my monthly crop this weekend a friend reminded me of some Pinterest pics I'd seen of layouts using Nuvo Crystals to create lots of enamel dots - and I thought it would work for this photo. I was also inspired by the August week 1 sketch over at Let's get sketchy


I used my Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil and created sections of enamel dots, patterned paper (Shimelle's True Stories) and stamping. I added some Stickles in with the enamel dots for extra bling. 
Then I layered up the photo mostly using paper from Shimelles True Stories range. I added glossy accents to the letters and light bulb for a bit of shine. I think I shall be returning to my ink and messiness but I've enjoyed trying something different for a change.

I'm also linking up to Shimelle's challenge which this week is to use lots of layers.

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

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

I've had the idea for this layout in my head for months and have only today found time to put it together and I've had a lovely messy afternoon. The picture is of my great niece.
I was inspired by the sketch over at Scrapping everyday miracles but have turned it 90 degrees. 
 
and I took the colours from the final August challenge over at Lasting Memories
  I started by using a Martha Stewart Punch all over the Page butterfly punch and then smooched the page in distress inks sprayed with water.
Over this I applied texture paste through a doily stencil and added script stamping and ink splatters. I also stuck patterned paper behind the butterflies.
 I layered up the photo on papers and project life cards and added embellishments - I punched the hearts and added Stickles glitter glue to one half for a touch of bling.
I also added sequins and dots of Stickles between the butterflies for a bit more shimmer
 I'm really happy with how my page came out and would like to share it here -

13arts - Bling
Archi-scraps - Butterflies
Stamps and Stencils - Time to Take flight

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

Monday, 15 August 2016

Feed the birds...

I am slowly getting through my old holiday photographs, currently working on a week in Cornwall from 2007. The whole week we had flocks of seagulls outside our chalet and one (we think it was the same one but who knows) regularly 'knocked' on the glass patio door with his beak.  
 I created the background by 'stamping' with a feather using Hickory smoke distress ink.
 I've used the first August sketch from Stuck?! sketches,  
tweaking slightly to fit in the three photos I wanted for this page. I also used the challenge theme from Another Freaking scrappy challenge which was to use a souvenir from an event.  These are the only photos I took actually on the holiday park so although including the little card pass we had that let us into the facilities is a bit of a stretch with these pictures, it was the closest I am going to get and I definitely wanted to use it having kept it for 9 years!  
I also continued with the pinwheels which are a consistent embellishment I'm making myself for all the pages of this holiday.
I'm loving going through these old photos and remembering our holiday.....thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Hard to resist....

A new, slightly late challenge over at Fashionable Stamping this month and we are looking for resist techniques. This is one of my favourites and I made a gift voucher wallet for a friend at work who was moving jobs (and yes we did put gift vouchers in it).
I started with a ready made gift wallet to which I applied a layer of gesso to soften the chevron pattern. I cut a front panel from water colour card and heat embossed the flowers. Over this I applied a wash of colour using distress inks pads as paints - swipe some ink onto a craft mat, spritz with water and apply with paintbrush.
I fixed the resist panel to the envelope and applied gesso round the edges to blend, I also added some texture paste through a stencil. I used die cut letters for the sentiment, and the butterflies are stamped and heated fantasy fibres.
Skeleton leaves, adhesive pearls and Nuvo crystal drops add the finishing touches.

Don't forget we are a stamping challenge so we do need to see rubber/acrylic stamping on your project. To qualify for the winner’s prize we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that the stamping follows the format of the theme.

NO DIGI STAMPS ARE ALLOWED …but you may use digi downloads for enhancement of your projects … please remember that the main focal point must be STAMPING.

The winner of each challenge will receive a very generous voucher of $20 for Flonz’s Store

I'm sharing this over at -
Allsorts - Butterflies
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Penny Black and more - Anything Goes with a stamp

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful Resist creations....Happy crafting....Esther

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Marbling fun

Another Layout completed from our Cornwall 2007 holiday.
 This was inspired by Bev's sketch over at 'Scrapping everyday Miracles'
and also by Challenge #300 at 'Lasting Memories' which is 'marbles'.  I love the beautiful patterns found in marbles and so created my own as a background using shaving foam and inks.
I used papers and more pinwheels from my Counterfeit Kit.
I'm really enjoying scrapping these old photos and bringing back some lovely memories - I'm just so glad I made some notes at the time of what we did. Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

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