Sunday, 25 June 2017

Pretty Things

I took some time out from Design Team work yesterday to create a scrapbook layout inspired by a couple of current challenges. We have recently moved into a new build home and I have loved starting with a blank canvas and planning how I'd like the rooms to look. It's a gradual process time and finance dependant but we're getting there.  I've scrapped a couple of my favourite buys for Hey Little Magpie's Facebook group challenge which is to scrap our favourite things, but not people or places.
 As well as this theme I used the sketch from Stuck?! as a starting point. 
I started by smooshing inks to my cardstock, then applied texture paste through a script stencil in a heart shape. Unfortunately the heart shape got lost once I started adding photos and layers, but the script is still there. I added a glittery tag, die cut flowers backed with Tim Holtz tissue wrap, Nuvo drops and sequins. 
Right, better get back to work !! Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting....Essie xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

GoGo Glitter

Hi - I'm over on the GoGo Getaway blog with another technique re-make. I've used Glitter Paste techniques which Kirei taught in March 2017. Kirei used the paste on her layouts with a brush on the beautiful flower elements of her page and to create glittery backfill shapes.

I've used a stencil to apply Glitter paste to my background to create the hanging stars. I've layered up the photo (of my gorgeous great nephew) very simply with vellum, Navy and Silver cardstock.June - Glitter Paste
I've then also used the glitter paste as Kirei did to 'paint' my cut file title.
June - glitter paste close up
I love a bit of sparkle and bling don't you ? Don't forget to have a look at this months challenge over on our Facebook page - it's a recipe set by Kirei and of course you could be in wiht the chance of winning a fabulous prize. Looking forward to seeing what you create - and do share your layouts in the group if you feel inspired to get out the glitter paste too.
Thanks for popping by...Esther xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

GoGo Recipe Challenge



HI all - over on the GoGo Getaway facebook page, Kirei has posted a fab recipe challenge for us this month. The challenge runs for the month of June and the winner will receive 1000 Hey Little Magpie Reward points which will be added to their Magpie Rewards account.

I created this layout of a photo taken on New Years Eve. 

Kirei's recipe is below and I've used four patterned papers, plain cardstock background, a paper clip, ink and paint, die cut shapes, silver and Handwritten Journaling.   What will you choose ?
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To enter the challenge please add your entry as an image to Kirei's Facebook challenge post in the comments. As well as the Hey Little Magpie points for the winner,  One entry per person, per challenge will go into a GRAND PRIZE DRAW for a free place at a GoGo Getaway event in 2018, worth £380 – how exciting and what a magnificent prize!! You must be a member of the GoGo Getaway Facebook Group to gain entry.

I look forward to seeing lots of lovely layouts...thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Double Trouble

I'm well and truly set up in my new craft room now and beginning to work on my old photo stash again. I chose some photos of my Niece and Nephew from 2004 when they came to stay over and we had a trip to the zoo. I have used both the sketches from Stick It Down (love that I finally have time to join in challenges again!). 

First the Double Sketch - I used some artistic licence and rather than paper panels for the edges I created colour blocks with Ecoline Water Colours. 

 Here's the original sketch -
As well as using the watercolours on the edges I added splatters and splodges, some stamping and lots of layers.

 Still using Ecoline inks for the background I also made a page using the single sketch. 

Loved using these sketches - I was struggling with these photos as the colour combinations were outside my comfort zone (bright red and blue!) so having the sketches as a starting point really helped me focus on the layout design first rather than getting hung up on the colours.

Thanks for stopping by...Esther x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

GoGo Marble-ous

I'm sharing a layout today that I created using one of of the fab techniques taught at the recent GoGo Getaway retreat in March 2017. I used shaving foam and distress re-inkers to create my marbling and once dry (which is super quick) I die cut and punched flowers and added Nuvo drops to the centres.May - Marbelling
The marbling effect said 70’s to me so I used this old photo of my sister and I all dressed up for a fancy dress party! My sister is an amazing mum to six children - one of whom was diagnosed with Leukaemia when she was just 8 yrs old. My sister was so incredibly strong during the most difficult two years while Amy went through treatment and she is such an inspiration to me. We were heading off here to a fund raiser for Click Sargent who were incredible when our family needed support. Thankfully my niece is now recovered, healthy and 14 years later a gorgeous mummy herself.

I used the same inks dripped on some packaging, spritzed with water then smooshed onto my background cardstock, added some texture paste through a stencil and after layering the photo sprinkled the flowers and some sequins.

I'm sharing my layout here -
Scrap the Girls
More than Words
This was a super fun technique and so easy,
Happy Scrapping….Esther xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Scrapping my space

Having moved house recently I am lucky enough to have a lovely new inspiring space to create in and I love it, so I scrapped it.
I used ink and the packaging technique (current favourite) on the background, layered up patterned papers and added some die cuts, wooden flowers and Novo Crystal drops. 
This layout was inspired by several different challenges - I started with the colour scheme set by Nancy from GoGo Getaway
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took the sketch from Rochelle Spears
Tic Tac Toe elements from Scrap Our Stash (Chevron paper, flowers, yellow)
paint splashes and flowers from Creative Embellishments
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and finally the subject of my layout from Challenge YOUrself - which is about how my lovely new craft space inspires me.


It's been ages since I've had the time to enter any challenges and I thoroughly enjoyed myself creating my layout in my new space. Thank you for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther

Monday, 3 April 2017

Inspired by....

Hi  -  It's been ages since I've had time to blog as we've been busy moving house but that didn’t stop me taking some inspiration from my GoGo Getaway design team mates and had go at a couple of the Be Inspired challenges set at the March retreat. I created a double layout of pictures of my great Niece. 
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The first uses Terri’s list of elements.  I decided to create a grid with luggage tags, I added texture paste to two of them, cut two from patterned paper and spritzed the remaining tags with Heidi Swapp colour shine spray.  After adding three small photos I went to town with lots of yummy layers and embellishments making sure to include the items on Terri’s list. 
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Sarah's Sketch (2)
For the second page I went with Sarah’s fab sketch which I flipped to better suit the direction of my escaping Great Niece.be inspirec by sarahs sketch.Esther (2)
I wish I had been able to see the Be Inspired wall of creations at the retreat as it always looks amazing with everyone's layouts. I’m hoping to have a go at some of the other Be Inspired Challenges too as they were all great ideas to kick start our pages. For more details of GoGo Getaway retreats pop over here
Thanks for stopping by – Happy Crafting…Esther xx

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