Monday, 5 October 2015

Wall Hangings at The Mirror Crack'd

Hi everyone, It's time for the October Challenge over at The Mirror Crack'd where we have a Tic Tac Toe board (see below) to inspire you along with the main theme of Wall Hangings. I love that being on this design team is challenging me to try new things and this is my first attempt at a Wall Hanging. 

If you want to do a wall hanging then you do NOT need to do any of the other squares but you can choose a line that runs through the centre for additional inspiration if you want to. Or you could pick any of the lines around the outside of the square and miss out the wall hanging altogether. If you do use the Tic, Tac, Toe, please tell us in your post which line you have used.

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For my wall hanging I started with an oval wooden blank which I painted with acrylic paint. Once that was dry I built layers of printed tissue paper, stamping, and texture paste mixed with perfect pearls applied through a stencil.  
The flowers are Tim Holtz Tattered Florals die cuts, painted with acrylic paint over which I applied Distress Crackle paint in rock candy for texture and Stickles glitter glue. 
The quotation is stamped onto sticky back canvas and edged with Gellato which I've gone over with my water brush.  Don't forget to pop over and see the beautiful samples from my team mates and I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge.

Happy Crafting - Esther xx 

Sunday, 4 October 2015

Mixed Media Halloween

Now I don't do Halloween - but as those who saw my post last weekend will know I am determined to use the Mixed Media projects in Craft stamper magazine to develop my techniques for card making and Art Journalling as I don't make altered or 3D objects very often. So because there are several Halloween themed challenges about at the moment I double challenged myself and chose the Curious Apothecary feature by Louise Crosby in Novembers issue for my inspiration. Here is the card I made -
I got so engrossed in this I forgot to take step by step photos - but I started by applying crackle paste coloured with acrylic paint through Tim Holtz Gothic stencil onto black card, once dry I added touches of treasure gold. While that was drying I rooted through my stamps and cutting dies for anything that looked remotely gothic/Halloweeny. I was surprised by how many things I had that I could adapt considering I don't ever make Halloween projects.    
The bottles at each end are Tim Holtz die cuts - I've cut them twice each, once on card coloured with distress inks and again in acetate stamped with a PaperArtsy numbers stamp. I then sandwiched Stickles glitter glue between one pair and bead gel coloured with alcohol ink between the other two. The bottle of 'blood' is a sizzix die cut and the feather 'quill'  a Craft Stamper freebie. 
The jar of frogs eyes are stamped eyes sandwiched between stamped (Artistic Stamper) jars - one is stamped and embossed on a layer of acetate coloured with alcohol ink and the other behind it is on white card. 
The skull is a Stamp Addicts stamp and the wings another Craft Stamper Freebie - I've added big blobs of diamond Stickles to the eye sockets. My Halloween card is by no means anywhere near as spectacular as Louise Crosbie's amazing Apothecary, but I  had an amazing time creating it (not sure my other half was so impressed though as dinner was an hour late).

I'm sharing my card here -

Craft Stamper - Take it Make it technique challenge
Mixed Media Monthly - Spooky Word search (Skull)

Mixed Media Mojo - Halloween (optional - Wings)
Our Creative Corner - Horror
Stamps and Stencils - Make it 3D

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

Monday, 28 September 2015

Time Flies

I have to admit I have been a little unsettled by the recent revamp of Craft Stamper magazine - not because the mixed media and 3D projects aren't fabulous but I find them intimidating and way out of my comfort zone.  I dabble with Art Journaling, make cards, scrapbook and make the occasional altered project but don't have the time or resources to make canvas's or 3D projects on a regular basis and wouldn't know what to do with them once they were finished anyway so sadly I was beginning to wonder whether this was still the magazine for me......BUT I went back to it and tried to think outside the box - how could I use the techniques on the projects that I do want to make ? So I have used the beautiful poppy canvas by the very talented Jenny Marples from the October issue (as it had a step by step article) combined with several of the current blog challenge themes as inspiration for this journal page
Completely different from Jenny's canvas but I've used the same steps - layering strips of torn paper and embossing paste through a stencil covered by gesso and sprayed with inks. 
 once all that was dry I added stamping (Artistic Stamper and PaperArtsy stamps, plus Craft Stamper free watch stamp)
 then embossed a clock face through a Tando Creative stencil with crackle paste to which I also added treasure gold once dry.
 I finished off with Tim Holtz die cut Butterflies which I'd stamped and coloured with Tim's wrinkle free distress technique and a stamped quote.  I think the quote aptly describes how my sadness I initially felt about the changes to Craft Stamper has 'flown away'  as I've spent more considering the new features.
I'm not sure I like the stencil I used for the initial layer of embossing but otherwise I'm pleased with my page and glad I thought more 'creatively' about the Craft Stamper article - think I'll be sticking with it after all.  I'm also sharing my page in the following challenges -

Rubber Dance Art Stamps - September 2014 colours
Our Creative Corner - Shades of Autumn
Fantasy Stampers - Steampunk
The Artistic Stamper - Things with Wings
Country View Challenges - Numbers
Mixed Media World - Autumn Colours

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

Sunday, 13 September 2015

Round and round they go....

I've been on a bit of a roll this weekend at my craft desk and I've created another scrapbook page...mind you I've got ten years worth of photos to scrap so I could do with getting on with them. These are photos from a weekend break with friends in Great Yarmouth - my other half Pete and his brother Tim getting dizzy !!
 I started with a pale sheet of 12x12, sprayed with Dylusions ink sprays then added splats of Cosmic Shimmer mist in Red Lava. I also trimmed the page down and stuck it to a patterned piece of Echo Park 12x12 to create a border - having gutted the Echo Park paper first.
I used the sketch from 'Scrapmuch? challenge for inspiration and stuck to it fairly literally - as it's been ages since I scrapped I'm finding sketches really helpful to get back into the swing of things.
Once the dye inks were dry I scribbled a circle then layered the photos with patterned paper, a piece of a tag coloured with distress inks and some die cut stars (cut from the gutted Echo Park paper). The title is created with letter stickers and I added dots of Aqua stickles glitter glue for finishing touches.
I'm also sharing this at 'Scrap our Stash' where the challenge is to use something beginning with each of the letters in the word LAYER. I used -
L - letter stickers
A - Aqua stickles
Y - yellow
E - Echo Park paper
R - Red Lava cosmic shimmer mist

We're off on our Holidays this week so I'll have even more photos to scrap, maybe I can squeeze another layout in amongst the packing tomorrow.

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

FSC Words challenge

Hi - over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges our new theme for this month is 'Words'. I love using book pages, text stamps and quotes on my projects so this was right up my street and I created a Journal page for Journal 52 prompt Gratitude. The background of the page is created using Colourcraft Aquawax (a new product to me) which I randomly spread over the centre area of white cardstock. Once dry I applied Alcohol ink leaving some white space and then blended Walnut stain distress ink. Finally I used a JOFY stamp to add the hint of texture. 
The image is from our sponsors FLONZ and I've stamped it in Stazon over an old book page, then layered on Tim Holtz patterned paper and burlap.
 I wanted it all to give the idea of being grateful for my family  - particularly my nieces/nephews and great nieces/nephews who bring such joy hence the images of children. 

 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.

I'm sharing my page here - 

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Scrapbook journal page

I've had a bit of scrapbook inspired motivation today and created a layout to go in my Journal 52 art journal (I'm still working on 2014 prompts!).  The prompt for this theme was 'Wise Words'. I did some browsing to look for a deep and meaningful quote but decided to go with some words of my own to myself. 
The story behind this page is all about my frustrations at my weight loss progress.  I've been losing  now for a while and although I am just a pound away from losing six stone, I'm getting frustrated as it's coming off soooo slowly !  So I started the page by applying Gesso through a chevron stencil which has worked as a slight resist to the next layer of Gelatos which I've blended with water.  I've stamped text over that and added a torn strip of printed paper. I used spray inks and distress stain to add droplets/splats in the corners. 
 I came across these photos which I'd printed a while ago but done nothing with. The bigger one is from my work ID badge taken in 2010 which was a couple of years before I started my weight loss journey. The other is a passport photo taken earlier this year.  
The title and journalling are a message to myself to remember how much progress I've made, rather than be frustrated at feeling like I should be losing faster. I've finished the page with letter stickers and die cuts, punched butterfly and flowers and touches of Stickles for a bit of girly bling.  

I used the sketch over at Stuck?! challenge blog for inspiration

and am also sharing this over at 'Lasting Memories' where the theme is Mixed Media with a Bold Title.

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

Sunday, 6 September 2015

Colour sample book

I've been to the Sincerely yours craft show in Thetford today and had a lovely afternoon treating myself to a few yummy new things  - including ink and sprays. I always have trouble remembering what colours I already have when I'm out browsing so a while ago I decided to make myself a colour swatch book.  It's been a work in progress but I had more or less finished getting the colour samples inside and decided it needed a cover. I forgot to take a before pic but it was Kraft with a black chevron pattern - pretty uninspiring. This is what it looks like now  -
I started with an assortment of discarded gelli prints.  I always end up with a selection of prints from gelli plate sessions that I'm not so keen on but I never throw them away.
I used an larger sheet to cover the notebook and then added texture paste through a stencil and some stamping.
I forgot to take progress photos but here's a closer look at the stamped circles - they are flower heads from JOFY PaperArtsy stamps which I stamped onto some of the Gelli prints with black archival, cut out and highlighted with a white pen. 
The words are from The Artistic Stamper and - yep stamped on a gelli print! After sticking on the circles and words I edged the covers in Tim Holtz tissue tape. I also added a little pocket inside the front cover for the PaperArtsy paint chart. You can see here the first page with colour swatches of Distress inks. I've also added colour samples of ink sprays, Inktense pencils, gellatos, stickles etc - pretty much all of the mediums I have several colours of. 
My book was really handy while shopping and saved me from wasting money on an ink I already have.  I'm sharing this over at -

Craft Stamper Take it Make it - Take a Stamp
Mixed Media Monthly - Inspiration photo

Mixed Media World - Gorgeous Textures
Love to Create - Anything Goes
Anything but Cute - Mixed Media makeover

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


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