Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Dance along at Craft-Room

HI - goodness how time flies, it's already come round to another challenge at Craft-Room. Hazel has set us the theme of 'Dance'. I love dance and took classes for many years - and like many little girls I'm sure, dreamt of being a beautiful ballerina. I remember going to the Ballet with my mum and have the programmes still somewhere, so I loved creating this journal page. 
The main picture is Margot Fonteyn in Les Sylphide which I've stuck onto a gelli plate print on manuscript and brushed over with gesso.  To this I've added stamping, tissue tape, die cuts 
and a  ballerina (Happy Daze) stamped in white on another piece of Gelli Plate print.  I added some Tim Holtz Chit Chat stickers and die cut letters for the title. This was week 7 prompt for Journal 52 - I'm quite behind but am doing the pages as and when inspiration strikes !   Our sponsor this fortnight is Tando creative. 
 
I hope you feel inspired to join in with our challenge and I look forward to visiting you...Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 6 April 2014

FSC - Favourite technique

Hello  - it's time for another challenge over at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This fortnight the lovely Dot has asked us to use our favourite technique ! Oooh it was so difficult to choose - I knew it would be stamping based  - stamping is my favourite thing, and I went for masking. I just love the layers you can build up by stamping, masking and then stamping again ! I've made a journal page, the inspiration for which came from Feb 2014 Craft Stamper magazine. 
I started by stamping one group of tulips, then used artists masking fluid to mask them before stamping more tulips, masking again, stamping the taller blooms (which look like they might be lupins) and masking them.  Once the images were stamped and masking fluid dry I used Spray inks (Dylusions and Adirondack) to create the background. More drying time followed by finally stamping the black foliage 'behind' the flowers. The key to building up a scene like this is to remember you are stamping the front images first and each subsequent layer will be behind those already there. The title is stencilled with black and white pens and I've also stamped a border. 

I'm taking part in Journal 52 and 'How does your garden grow?' was the prompt for week 13. 

So what's your favourite technique ? 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 !

I'm also sharing my journal page here - 
Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

Humour with Craft-Room

Hi all - we're back again for another challenge over at Craft Room and as this is launching on Aprils Fools day Mervi has asked us to inject some humour into our creations.  Our sponsor this fortnight is The Stamp Man. 

I have to admit I struggled with this theme  - I've never really made humorous cards and didn't think I had any supplies that fitted, but I found a lone sentiment stamp which I hope is mildly amusing and went with it - 

A simple card - the bottom edge sprayed with ink sprays to which I've added a stamped and embossed cupcake. The banner is a stamp and die cut set which I've used to place the sentiment.   I hope you join us and I look forward to having a bit of a chuckle as I visit you this fortnight, for the right reasons of course !!  

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Spring Silhouettes at FSC

Here we are back with FSC for another challenge - thanks for all your fab entries to Amanda's water inspired theme. This fortnight Ellie would like creations using silhouettes.  My card makes me think of walks in the park in Spring. The stamps are from Stamp Addicts, I've used distress inks to create the background and colour the flowers.


I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - don't forget we MUST see some stamping on your entry - NO Digi Stamps. 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 !



Sunday, 9 March 2014

At the beach with FSC

Here we are back with FSC for another challenge - thanks for all your fab entries to my anything goes them, it's going to be so hard picking my favs. This fortnight the theme chosen by the lovely Amanda who would love to see water inspired projects. I've made a card which in my head was going to be a lot more CAS but it developed -
I started with strips of Gelli plate prints, mostly on book pages. Stamped a few seahorse, then layered on a burlap strip before adding my focal image which is water coloured. The girl and sentiment are from the Beach Babes stamp sheet by Rogue Redhead designs, The beach is from Judikins seashore cube.  

I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - don't forget we MUST see some stamping on your entry - NO Digi Stamps. 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 !

Wednesday, 5 March 2014

20th Century Craft-Room

Time for a new challenge over at Craft-Room and for this fortnight Zoe is asking us to look back to the  20th Century for inspiration and she would like us to say how we have been inspired for our project. Well mine was quite an easy choice as my mum and I are putting together a heritage album of her childhood and family photos. The pages I chose to share are of my mum at her dancing school when she was young - she can't remember exact dates but it would have been late 50's early 60's. 
 The photos are black and white but my mum vividly remembers the colours of her dresses which I've journalled on the pages. 

The dress in the top photo is yellow and lilac, and on the bottom one it was blue so I've added some patterned paper to reflect this. The photos are large so I've kept embellishments to a minimum to not over crowd the pages.  

Don't forget to check our rules page and I hope you join us for this great challenge theme...Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 23 February 2014

Anything Fashionably goes

Time for a new challenge theme over at Fashionable Stamping and it’s my turn to choose. I would like you to share your creations with us in an Anything Goes challenge. I've made a card inspired by a technique in the March edition of Craft Stamper - 
I've used two small flower stamps (Stamp Addicts) to create a background. Before stamping I ran the card stock through my big shot having first covered one half of  the embossing folder with bundled sage distress ink.   Here's a closer look 
I stamped a message (Hero Arts) on layered die cuts and embellished with flowers and gems

I hope you feel inspired to join our challenge - don't forget we MUST see some stamping on your entry - NO Digi Stamps. 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 card here - 



 Happy Crafting - Esther

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