Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Seasonal colours at Craft-Room

Goodness where are the weeks going, can't believe it's time for another challenge at Craft-Room.  Zoe has given us two colour palettes to choose from - Spring or Autumn, please check out the pics on the challenge site.  I've created another page in my Journal for Journal 52, week 9 (I'm not doing them in order!!) the prompt was to choose a colour swatch so fits perfectly with our theme. Here is my page....
I'm still a real beginner with Art Journalling and looking to learn all the time - I found France Papillon's amazing blog and her Journal on Monday Youtube videos and have used some of the techniques she shows to make my page. I started with a piece of patterned pink paper, added strips of old book pages and blended together with a layer of gesso. The circles are thicker gesso coloured with water colour pencils. The image is one I've had in may stash for ever and I've no idea where it's from and the quote is stamped with tiny Dovecraft letter stamps.    
So hop on over to Craft-Room, choose your colours and share with us. Of course don't forget to visit my teamies to see their beautiful art work too....Happy Crafting....Esther

Sunday, 21 September 2014

Autumnal Trees at FSC

Oops - thought I'd scheduled this post as I've been off on my hols and just got back this morning, but I actually hadn't even got round to writing it so here we are now, better late than never !! Over at FSC this fortnight our lovely Shirley has set the theme of 'Trees with Autumn colours'. I went back to basic techniques for this card, a background of distress stains, splatters of water and spray inks and stamping with black archival ink.   
 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 we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. 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 xx

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Forest Friends at Craft-Room



Hello - it's time for a new challenge theme ove at Craft-Room, I'm away on my holidays so this should have popped up on schedule !!   It's Amber's turn to host the challenge for this fortnight, and she has picked the theme of "Forest Friends".   You can include any of them in your project, but we ask that they be one of the focal points and not just a "token gesture".  Please check out the New Pesky Rules to ensure that your entry/post qualifies to be in with a chance of winning.  Our sponsor this time around is Tando Creative
I used a Gelli plate print for my background - one made using a lovely tree stencil from Clarity Stamps, and then added this cute little owl which is by Stamp Addicts .  
 The colours are a bit bright and orangey in this photo  - I'd packed my camera already for my holiday so had to make do with my phone.   I'll be home before the challenge ends so I look forward to seeing all your Forest Creatures when I return...Happy Crafting...Esther xxx

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Fashion at FSC

Over at Fashionable Stamping our theme chosen by the lovely Laura is 'Fashion'. It just so happens that one of the prompts for Journal 52 was also Fashion so I combined the two and created this page  

This was inspired by an Andy Skinner YouTube video here and created using my Gelli plate and stencils.  I don't have a figure mask/stencil so made my own by cutting out an image from a clothing catalogue.  

I used acrylic paint to stamp stars and the script on the figure, the 'audience' is created in black acrylic paint using a home made oval stamp cut from self adhesive fun foam and stuck on a dolly peg. 

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 we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. 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 xx

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Something new and old with Craft Room



Hi Everyone, its Annie's turn to choose the theme over at Craft Room and she's challenged us to use   'Something Old and Something New'. We all have some old craft items in our stash and some new ones too so we would like you to make something using both and you are required to list what you have used within your blog post'.  I hadn't actually purchased any new stash for quite some time - so this was a perfect excuse to order some new stencils and tools to use on my Gelli plate - 
I made a card using the Gelli Plate technique demonstrated by Barbara Gray (Clarity Stamps) here.  

I layered the Gelli print onto another print created using my new catalyst tools to wipe away paint before printing and added a strip from this background print across the front too onto which I stamped a sentiment - with an old Hero Arts Stamp.  
I also stamped a flourish round the edges using versamark which I dusted with perfect pearls for a little shimmer. So my NEW tools were my stencils and catalyst tools and the OLD was my flourish and sentiment stamp.                                 
                                             Our sponsor this fortnight is Crafty Individuals
                                        So come over and join us and happy crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 24 August 2014

Summer colours ATC's

This year I've been really struggling with my crafting - Mr Mojo seemed to disappear completely and I had a bit of a health situation that was worrying for a while and needed a complete break from my challenge design teams. I didn't do any crafting at all for several months and wondered if that was it :-( BUT...the mojo is back, I've had a lovely couple of days playing this weekend and for the first time in I don 't know how long have created something just because I wanted too !! I browsed some challenge sites and inspired by A Vintage Journey created a set of ATC's -   
I made the backgrounds using Tim's mono printing with stencils and paint technique from Chemistry 102 - I used bright cheery summer colours and stamped with Archival black for contrast.
 The stamps are all Tim Holtz and the stencils I used a bit of a mixture.  
 I used Pebeo and Adirondack paints and Distress inks. 
As the backgrounds were so bright and busy I didn't want to over do the embellishments but did feel they needed a little something so used coloured staples and ribbon for just a finishing touch.

As well as A Vintage Journey I'm also sharing my ATC's here - 

As it's Bank Holiday Weekend here I'm looking forward to another day's art tomorrow too :-) Esther xx

Special Birthday with FSC

Hi there - I've been away for a while, had some tricky life stuff going on, but it's sooooo good to be back with a new FSC challenge, and this time it's our lovely Dot who has chosen the theme. She's asking to see Birthday Cards for someone special ,which was perfect for me as it was my Dad's birthday last week.

 I used Gelli plate prints as backgrounds which I stamped over. The anchor is from Kanban and the ship Stamp Addicts.  The map stamp on the card base is from The Stamp Man. 



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 we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that this must follow the format of the theme. NO Digi stamps please, but digi downloads are ok to enhance your project. 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 xx

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