Sunday, 9 August 2015

Summer at the beach with FSC

We have been enjoying a little hot weather the last few days and at FSC this month we are bringing you some summer inspiration with our latest theme - Seaside/Beach. I'm sharing a card I made for my dad for fathers day back in June. 
I've used a Kanban stamp set creating background papers which I've layered as a base for the main image which is stamped on water colour card and coloured with Brushos. A bit of cheesecloth for netting and some twine add finishing touches. 
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 summer card at these challenges too - 

Crafty Boots - Life's a beach/summer Holidays
Inkspirational - photo inspiration
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Allsorts - inspired by summer 

I look forward to seeing your summery creations....Happy Crafting Esther xx

Wednesday, 5 August 2015

The Mirror Crack'd - Masks

I can't believe it's time for my second challenge as part of the Mirror Crack'd team already, thanks for all your lovely entries to my Canvas challenge. The theme this month is Masks. This could be fancy dress type masks,  traditional masking with two or more stamps and/or masks/stencils. We are hosted by the lovely Susanne and this time we are thrilled to be sponsored by -

With a prize of £12.00 to spend at your favourite Woodware Stockist, either in store or on line.
Woodware are a Yorkshire based family owned business, as well as distributing Dreamweaver Stencils and Stampendous Stamps we have a wonderful range of stamps designed for us by Francoise Read and Jane Gill. We also scour the world for new and innovative products for the crafty card maker, and have a great range of punches and tools of the trade, to find stockists in your area or to see the range visit the

I had never made a mask before so this was a completely new area for me but I loved it ! 

I started with a cheap plastic mask and used it as a mould with Modroc casting plaster 

Once the plaster was dry I glued on manuscript, book paper and twirls of string

 I painted all of this with a layer of Gesso. 

 The next stage was to add distress inks and paint the twirls and additional details 

 The final detail was to add some white painted highlights and perfect pearls dots

I really hope you join in with our challenge and look forward to visiting your blogs to see what you create, don't forget to pop over and visit my talented team mates too....Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 12 July 2015

'One for the Men' at Fashionable Stamping Challenges

Thank you to everyone who joined in our 100th challenge over at Fashionable Stamping last month - and now we're onto our next challenge, which will now be monthly don't forget so you have even longer to get your creations shared.  The theme this month is 'One for the Men'. I've shared the Birthday card I made for my other half's birthday. He's a bit of a time travel fan so I made a Time themed card using a ready made die cut clock and a variety of clock stamps for the background. 
 I created the background with distress inks and a background crackle stamp as well as the clocks. 
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. 

 Happy Crafting....Esther 

Sunday, 5 July 2015

The Mirror Crack'd...Canvas challenge

I'm very excited to announce I have been lucky enough to join the design team for the fabulous Mixed Media challenge site The Mirror Crack’d.  Thank you to the girls for making me so welcome, it's going to be so much fun.  I have jumped in with both feet and am hosting this months challenge and the theme is ‘canvas’.  I used a sticky back canvas sheet as the base for a journal page.
I started by applying cracked texture paste through a sequin waste stencil and also some plaster fabric (modroc). Once this was dry I coloured with Gellatos, blending with a damp baby wipe.  The final background layer was some stamping - dots and crackles.
The cute owl is stamped on patterned paper and paper pieced, I coloured a few details with inktense pencils and added some glossy accents. A little banner across the corner and the stamped quote finished off the page.

The winner of this months challenge will be invited to join the team for a guest design slot - I really hope you share your canvas creations with us...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Summer Sunshine

I've been joining in with the Journal Journey free online art class but it's been ages since I had any time and today I have just finished May's page. The monthly theme was 'If I ruled the world' and the lessons included techniques with water colours and making our own stamps. I've used inspiration from several other challenges to create a summer page representing my love of the beach. 
 The background is created using Gelatos and gesso similar to the technique below and the stamps are by Rogue Redhead. 
As well as a journal page each month I'm also keeping a separate technique journal for examples of the techniques from each months lessons that I try. I've used a couple of these techniques on my page - wiping stripes of paint from the beach huts and dabbing the sky with a baby wipe to create clouds. 

I'm sharing this page over here -
Unruly Paperarts - The great outdoors
Our Creative Corner - What makes you smile
Allsorts - Blue as the ocean
Artistic Stamper - Summer is on it's way

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

Sunday, 14 June 2015

Fashionable Stamping's 100th Challenge

Over at Fashionable Stamping challenges we are celebrating our 100th Challenge so -

Welcome Everyone To FSC's 100th Posting

To celebrate our success and to say a huge thanks to each and everyone of you fashionable crafters for joining us each fortnight (many from the very first challenge) we are starting this auspicious occasion with a 'Blog Hop'.  There will be prizes on offer to go along with this weeks theme which could only be ...
'Glitz & Glamour'
Even though this will be our first Blog Hop lots of you will already be familiar with the concept.  If not here's how it works, click on the the name below and Hop to the next blog and leave them a comment.  You keep hopping until you have left all the Design Team a comment.
Leaving them a comment is important as each DT member will be doing a draw from comments on their blog's for the chance for you to win their fabulous inspirational make.  As well as one lucky winner receiving the €20 voucher to spend at our sponsor's store.
Below is the name of the DT member where you will Hop to and leave your comment (don't forget to leave one for me lol).  If you get lost you can always pop back to FSC and start over.
We have more news for you.
Starting from today FSC is changing to monthly.  Each challenge will now be starting the second Sunday of the month.
My card for this challenge caused me some issues as while perfect for a celebratory challenge the theme is a bit outside my comfort zone - however not to be deterred I remembered this elegant stamp I won from Craft Stamper some time ago and got to work 
The main image is coloured with a combination of Inktense pencils and H2O's  and is a bit more shimmery than the photo picks up.
 For the background panel I've sprayed with ink sprays and then added some texture with glitter paste through a swirly stencil - again tricky to see in the photo. I've used glitter card for layers and gems and liquid pearls to finish off.

I really hope you join us for our 100th celebration, don't forget to hop and I look forward to seeing your glitzy, glamorous creations....Happy Crafting, Esther xx

Saturday, 6 June 2015

Summery Shadows

I haven't had much crafting time lately as my dad has been unwell, but I had some play time at my desk today and had a go at something new for me - a shadow box. As this was a first attempt I thought I'd keep it simple and create a summery flower scene.  I started with a layer of gesso over the whole thing. 

Then die cut leaves, butterflies and flowers in my favourite purple shades and the on the edge die from an old book page. I used strips of fun foam to layer the dies cuts.  
 I decorated the outside frame with texture paste through  stencil, adding some script stamping and splatters over the top and finishing with a couple of butterflies. 

I'm sharing my Shadow box here -
I've chosen MMMC #3 - Stencils and Pastes

Mixed Media Mojo 

The Mirror Crack'd - Shadow Box

Love to Create - Anything Mixed Media

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


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