Sunday, 17 April 2016

Home Sweet Home

I have 13 years worth of photos to scrap, and a lot of the old ones are not that great but they are still memories I want to keep, so I'm working on just doing the best I can with them. These pics are from when Pete and I moved into our flat  - in May 2003 !!
 I used the first April sketch from Stuck ?! Sketches. 
I've been watching some old 'Glitter Girl' videos (Shimelle Laine) and was inspired by No 14 (April 2012) which was all about using just papers and not pre-made embellishments. I do this a lot as I have a limited budget and finds it's cheaper than buying pre-made stuff.

I die cut the heart, flowers, letters and Butterflies and I used minimal shop bought things - a few enamel stickers,some doily scraps, a chip board house, key die cut and a badge. 
 I then made a second page using the sketch from The Studio challenges. 
I used papers from the same collection as the first page - Amy Tangerine , Rise and Shine.

 I kept to the same die cuts and enamel stickers. 
These are quite different pages from my usual style which tends towards vintagey and mixed media, I can't believe I've made a double layout without any stamping - I have inked the edges of some of the paper pieces though!

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

Friday, 15 April 2016

Spring guest at A Vintage journey

A while ago one of my tags was picked as pinworthy over at A Vintage Journey and I was very excited to be asked to be a guest for Aprils challenge which is 'Spring is in the air'. I made a Tim Inspired mixed media tag.
I created the panel by smooshing distress inks onto glossy cardstock, stamped the Butterflies in archival black and then added a layer of texture with Ranger transparent texture paste through a Tim Holtz layering stencil. 
After stamping the butterflies on acetate I fussy cut them and added Distress stickles in Rock Candy. I layered the whole thing on a Kraft tag stamped with Frayed Burlap, and finished off with some seam binding coloured with distress inks.
I loved making my tag and sharing with AVJ - thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Monday, 28 March 2016

Scrapping camels !

Had some Srapbooking time today - gotta love Bank Holiday Mondays and as the weather was typically wet and awful we stayed at home and I got creative. I'm working on holiday photos from ten years ago, the pictures are not great and causing me difficulties as they are not very inspiring but are still memories I want to capture - these ones however I enjoyed doing. 
I started with a base of black cardstock, all the other paper and card are left over bits and pieces from other pages. Inspiration came from a number of places - a mixture of ideas taken from several of Shimelle's challenges (scrap on black cardstock, use three photos, minimal supplies), the sketch at Stuck ?!

and the challenge picture at Scrap Our Stash. 
I used the pink, aqua and yellow colours and bunting from the Scrap our Stash picture for inspiration and they worked brilliantly with the colours in the costumes and camel tassels. I made the tiny gold tassels from metallic thread - if I suggest doing that again, stop me they were sooo fiddly - that's why there are only two.  
 I recently re-discovered my old Opalite ink pads and so added some stamping with those  - I'm surprised how well it shows in the photo. I used another scrap strip to make a rosette (using Tim Holtz die).  

 As well as Stuck and Scrap Our Stash I'm sharing my page here -
Our Creative Corner - July 2013 Captured Memories

Thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Spring Butterflies

The new challenge is up at FSC and this month our lovely Dot has asked us to create something Butterfly themed. Always a favourite I used one of Tims tags of 2015 as my inspiration using a new technique I hadn't tried before.
I started with a background of distress inks using fresh, bright Spring colours (in the hope Spring might actually show some signs of arriving). I stamped this with a Butterfly and some script. Tim's technique is layering texture paste through a stencil and adding embossing powder on top which I've done here (after masking the butterflies). I used Gold detail EP and I love the extra depth and texture you get. 
I finished off by layering another Butterfly covered with rock candy stickles for added sparkle, a heart charm and the sentiment which I shadow stamped.

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 also sharing my tag here - 

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

Sunday, 6 March 2016

'Colour block' layout

Phew, been working on a layout this afternoon as part of Shimelle's online weekend crop and it's taken me forever but here it is
This was for challenge 3 from Saturday - Colour blocking. I actually still had a colour block template which I used a lot about ..oh...ten years ago, but I found it buried at the bottom of my stencil pile so used it to design the placing for this page.
 I then tried to update this old technique by creating some mixed media panels in three of the spaces  
I used transparent texture paste through different stencils, once dry I blended distress inks over and then added stamping before finishing off with embellishments. 
For the other 'blocks' I layered up patterned papers and photos and the added some embellishments.
 I guess it's kind of like a project life page without the pockets. As well as linking to Shimelles's blog I'm sharing this over at -
123 Challenge - Autumn tones, memories, leaves
Craft Stamper - Anything Goes (with stamping)
That's crafty - Stencils and masks

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

Sunday, 21 February 2016

Travel title

I've found some time today to scrap a title page for the holiday album I'm working on - I've a back log of photos going back ten years of our travels as although I started scrapbooking about fifteen years ago I didn't do any for ages so I've got some catching up to do. 
I've used a combination of old and new papers inspired by Shimelle who challenges us to mix old scrapbooking stash with new favourites. The map and green paper on the base layers are very old, as is the London eye stamp (crafty Individuals) and the travel themed and arrow papers and Tim Holtz blueprint stamp are a couple of my newest purchase. The circle is hand stitched as I don't have a sewing machine and I'm not sure I like it, it's a bit messy but it's my first attempt at stitching on a layout so I guess not too bad. I'll have to practice.  I've been using challenge themes and sketches to kick start my scrappy mojo and this page is based on the sketch over at Stuck?!

I rotated the longest panel and didn't use it across the whole of the page. 
 I made the film strip embellishment by die cutting the film strip (Tim Holtz/Sizzix) and adding little scraps of cardstock behind each 'window' - it took ages but I'm really pleased with how it looks.
The clusters are mainly stamped images with a couple of wooden embellishments, inspired by the Sketch Crew Crush: Mandi - Stacked and layered over at Scrapbook Challenges.

I've had a lot of fun making the title page - I intend to keep a 'contents' list on the other side as I scrap each holiday, with the dates and destinations.

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

Tuesday, 16 February 2016

TIOT - guest designer

Back in January I was honoured to be picked for the Top 5 of Try it in Tuesday's Snow, Snowflakes and Winter whites challenge with this window hanging. The girls at TIOT asked if I would like to be a guest designer - well, not a difficult decision so here I am with a tag inspired by their new challenge theme - Transport.
I used Tim Holt's rusted enamel technique for the base of the tag and over this I added stamping. I matted this tag onto a larger Kraft tag which I had also stamped on. 
I made a topper by stamping on kraft, smudging some picket fence distress stain, highlighting with glossy accents and adding a touch of distress stickles in antique linen to the edges. 
I stamped the same image again and fussy cut the aeroplane and die cut the word explore from cork sheet - oh and added a touch more stickles. I also die cut some Kraft glassine paper using Sizzix (Time Holtz) mixed media die. White splatters of dylusions spray ink and dots with a sharpie added the finishing touch. 
 It's been a pleasure to be part of the TIOT challenge as their guest and I hope you are able to create and join in too - Thanks for stopping by...Happy crafting..Esther xx


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