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

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Flower Pot

I always have an assortment of pens laying around on my desk so figured I needed a pretty pot to put them I made one.
It started off like this
I began by sticking old book pages over the tin, applied a layer of Gesso followed by some stencilling and edging in distress ink (walnut stain). 
I stamped the beautiful Indigoblu  Rose Blush Stamp on to tissue paper and coloured on the reverse with Inktense pencils and a water brush to blend - I used the bright pink and yellow from the picture over at Mixed media Monthly to inspire the colours. I tore round the edges of the images.  
I stamped one of the lace strips from the Indigoblu Nottingham Lace set and fussy cut the edge. I die cut some contrasting paper with a Tim Holtz Mixed Media die. Then it was just a case of putting it all together.  
 Now my pencils are much tidier and pretty too !! I'm sharing my pencil pot over here - 

Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Friday, 22 May 2015

Gemini Sea Horses

Darcy at Art and Sole is heading up an Altered calender challenge and I'm amazed to say five months in and I'm still with it...normally when I try and take part in something life gets in the way and I only last a couple of weeks. For May the challenge rules are -

1.. Keep a part of the original picture and incorporate that into your design
2, Technique - Make marks,... scratching or stamping into texture paste/thick gesso/spackle/glue anything that will hold the shape
3. Add – an image that depicts your star sign/horoscope (drawing,painting,magazine image)
4. Blog your calendar page and link up from May 1st 2015

Now I'm a Gemini and wasn't hugely inspired by any images I found so I went a little outside the box and found my Celtic Zodiac Sign which is the Seahorse...perfect. So here's my page for May -

 This is the original page
And here it is with just the background layer - Gelatos on a gesso base, leaving some of the original picture as 'foliage'. You can also just see how I've used bottle tops to stamp 'bubble' marks into the background when the gelatos was still wet. 
I drew the seahorses onto some water colour paper coloured/sprinkled with Brushos, added white paint pen and cut them out. I did two as a nod to the more traditional Gemini image of twins. I added some stamped seashells and crabs along the 'sea bed' .
I'm also sharing this at - 
...Happy Crafting..Esther xx


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