Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lasting Memories GDT

Hi - I was lucky enough to be asked to guest design for Lasting memories for November. Unfortunately the posts I thought I had scheduled to pop up while I've been away didn't happen so along with the final layout for this week I'm sharing the previous two as well. You can link up for any of the challenges during November - do pop over to Lasting Memories to see what their Design team have created and to join in. Here are my layouts -
LM320 - Any shape - I chose clouds

LM319 - Triangles

LM318 - Circles

I had great fun creating my layouts for LM even though they didn't post when they should have done.

Thanks for stopping by - Happy crafting Esther xx 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

GoGoGetaway excitement

It's been  a very exciting couple of weeks - not only did I teach my first scrapbook classes at the October GoGoGetaway retreat but yesterday the official announcement was been made for the 2017 team and I'm on it !!! It's been amazing to be part of the team this year and I can't wait to continue the journey. I've put together a couple of layouts from the Oct retreat - we were really busy so I didn't get round to taking many pictures, but I wanted to keep a record of my first teaching experience. I apologise that the photos are not brilliant - I struggle to get good lighting this time of year. 
GoGoGetaway retreats are held in the lovely Theobalds Park hotel and the photos in this first layout were taken in the hotel lobby where delegates were greeted by a beautiful welcome board and for parts of the weekend the bookings table was set up to take bookings for our 2017 events.
I created this background for my second layout - using lots of Heidi Swapp colour shine, torn strips from the written instructions for one of my classes, stamping and texture paste through a stencil.  I then added my photos and embellishments. The blanked out picture was taken during my first class and a couple of delegates asked me not to share it online. 
As well as three residential weekend retreats a year GoGoGetaway also run day events and non-residential weekends. Our classes focus on technique based teaching, large class kits, including exciting mediums and tools to use in class.   You can find all the details on the website here - we are also on Facebook and Instagram @GoGo_Getaway. I've some more photos to scrap from the October retreat and I'm so excited about making more memories and sharing my love for this craft with the rest of the team.  

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

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Lasting Memories - Guest designer

I was very excited when the girls from Lasting Memories asked if I wanted to be guest designer for one of their challenges. Of course I jumped at it and have been busy creating layouts for November's challenges which start today. The first week's theme is 'Squares' - use primarily squares.
I've used the gorgeous papers from Pink Fresh Studios 'Indigo Hills' collection on a background of Gelatos with some stamping thrown in for good measure.

I had great fun creating my layout and am looking forward to a month of fab challenges with the Lasting memories team.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Steampunk Scrapping

I Tried a different style for a new scrapbook page today - Steampunk. I had photos of The Porterhouse, Covent Garden from a trip we took for our 40th birthdays and they were perfect for this theme. I started by using light brown Brushos watercolour crystals to create two circles on my background paper, once dry I added some texture past through a stencil (I meant to take step by step photos but got carried away creating and forgot). 
Once the paste was dry I added some stamped cogs/wheels (Artistic Stamper) and embossed with kettle copper EP. I used the sketch from Stuck ?! for my layout. 
The Steampunk theme was inspired by the challenge over at 7DotsStudio.  I've used paper and a couple of tags from 7Dots illumination collection, plus some scraps from my stash.  
 I love the interior of The Porterhouse lots of copper pipes and steampunk style decor. 
I'm also sharing over on The Studio Challenge blog where the Sept 25th Theme is Watercolours.

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

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