Sunday, 14 December 2014

Turn up the Heat at FSC

Our new challenge over at Fashionable Stamping is all about using your Heat gun - you can create any project as long as it involved using your heat gun (and Stamping of course). This is my final post involving a Christmas card - I've used good old stamping and heat embossing to create the banners and message for my card and have also heat embossed the wooden snowflake embellishment. 

The base of the card has two doily halves glued to it and I've softly inked the edges of the card with distress ink. As we're fast approaching Christmas, this challenge will run for four weeks to give us all a bit of a break to enjoy the holidays. 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. 

There are lots of Christmas themed challenges about so I'm also sharing my card here -
Allsorts - White Christmas (a little colour allowed )
Pan Pastels - Christmas
Take it,Make it (Craft Stamper) - White Stamping (includes embossing)
Penny Black and More - Special Occasions

Happy Crafting....Esther xx

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Winter Wonderland at FSC

Hello - it's been a while since I posted and I've not had much time for crafting either but I have made a few more Christmas cards and this one is my sample for the latest challenge over at Fashionable Stamping where the theme is Winter Wonderland. 
The background is a Gelli Plate print on which I used a snowflake stencil - The Stamp is by Stamp Addicts and I've embossed it in black on silver card and I've added some liquid pearls, stickles and crystals for that touch of sparkle and bling.
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

Sunday, 2 November 2014

FSC Animals

Over at FSC this fortnight the challenge theme is Animals and I'm still on a roll with my Christmas cards  -
I've created the background with torn gelli plate prints, which I've stamped on with words, stars and swirls, and then just added die cuts and crystal stars. You can see the sparkle on the deer in the pic below - I covered the die cuts in glamour dust.
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

Sunday, 19 October 2014

Weather Forecast at Fashionable Stamping

HI - thanks everyone for your beautiful entries to our Anything Goes theme at Fashionable Stamping Challenge. This fortnight the lovely Clare has chosen 'Weather Forecast' as out theme - Anything from a sunny Autumn scene, a rainy day, windy weather, an amazing sunset to a snowy Christmas card. Just remember the stamping!!!

I'm concentrating on my Christmas Cards at the moment so my weather is snow - the background is a printed paper which I've stamped snowflakes on and the pine branch across the top in distress inks.
I stamped the bauble onto a Gelli plate print, then again onto a paler print and embossed both with Silver EP. I cut just the oval scene from the paler image which I stuck onto the darker one which I also cut out. 
and of course I've added some stickles for extra bling.

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

Sunday, 5 October 2014

Anything Goes at Fashionable stamping

Hi - We have a nice easy challenge theme over at Fashionable Stamping this fortnight - Anything Goes !! As long as the focal point is stamping you are free to create and share whatever you are inspired to - My contribution is another Journal 52 page, the theme was 'Art for a Cause' - 
The background is created by firstly gluing down tags, applying a layer of gesso and then colouring with Derwent inktense sticks and washing with water. Once I'd got the colours I wanted I stamped dots (Hero Arts) and script (Tim Holtz) with white stazon, and randomly applied Rock Candy distress crackle paint. Once dried I rubbed some gesso into the cracks and wiped away the access with a baby wipe - this isn't really clear on the pics. I then added stamped flourishes (Indigo Blu) round the edge.
 I stamped the silhouette image on tissue paper, painted some areas white on the reverse and then glued it to the dried background. 
I recently picked up some tiny Dovecraft letter stamps and they are my current favourite way of adding text to my pages.

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, 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

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