Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Indgioblu love

My crafting time is limited and precious so I love it when challenges that I like to enter have themes that I can combine. Today I made a vintagey Tim Holtz inspired card for Valetines using the Vintage Journey 'Love is in the air' and Indigoblu theme of 'A touch of red'.
I started by making the background piece using the perfect distress technique from Tim Holtz's Compendium of Curiosities 1. You can't really see the shimmer in the photo. 
 It's so easy to get caught up with fabulous new techniques that we forget the old ones - so I've enjoyed re-visiting this book and used the Shabby chic technique to create the focus panel. All the stamps are Indigoblu and I've just added stickles, liquid pearls, lace and flowers.
So I'm sharing my card over at the two challenges -
A Vintage Journey - Love is in the Air
Indigoblu - A hint of red

Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting..Esther xx

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Numbers up !

We've already come to the end of our first 2015 challenge at Fashionable Stamping - which means it's time for another one. This fortnight Amanda has chosen the theme 'Numbers'.  I went for a journal page (I'm still trying to get through last years Journal 52 prompts so taking every opportunity to do a page - this one is for the prompt 'sing a song'). Anyhow - this is what I did - 

The background (top half of page) was from a previous arty session and is ink sprays over a tree stencil. Over this I added some grunge paste through a stencil and stamped numbers in gesso, I've rubbed gesso around the edge of the page to soften it.  The brick wall is a gelli plate print with splatters of dye ink and stamped bricks. . Now I didn't have ANY number stamps so made my own - 
I die cut numbers from self adhesive fun foam and stuck them onto a scrap of cardboard.  
The bottles are a PaperArtsy stamp. I've stamped them in different inks on assorted papers and cut them out. I clear embossed some, added rock candy crackle paint to a couple and even some stickles on others. The numbers are very old stickers from my stash. The words of the 'song' are stamped with little individual stamps from Dovecraft. 

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.   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 page over at - 

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

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Talk about Last minute !!

I was inspired today to make a Journal page using the technique shown over at PaperArtsy by Clare Lloyd and have just managed by the skin of my teeth to get it together in time to enter it into their Fragile Papers challenge. Clare used tissue paper but I don't have many colours so I used some hand made papers too. I started by gluing them over the journal page - 

The I added a wash of gesso to blend and bring the colours down a bit , followed by more gesso through a stencil and then randomly rubbed some gellatos over. 
I love that this picked up the textures in the papers. 

Then it was a matter of adding the quote and my character. Drawing faces for my art journal pages is a new art adventure for me, this being my first attempt that I've actually used and one I really need to work on but this one will have to do for now. The theme for the page was inspired by the Journal 52 Prompt for this week - Conversation Starters.  I am guilty of sometimes not knowing when to stop talking - hopefully this page will remind me when to keep something to myself.
I'm also sharing this over at Anything but a Card where the theme is 'New Beginnings' (for me this is drawing faces for my Journal pages) Thanks for stopping by....Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Portrait Tag

My crafty mojo definitely went missing for a large percentage of last year - I struggled to find much motivation and enthusiasm and at times even wondered if that was it - I was done ! But thank goodness I seem to have found a renewed passion and have had some lovely days at my craft desk - it also means that there may have been one or two items that somehow found their way into an on-line shopping basket or two. One of my new purchases was this cute little die cut frame which is a Tim Holtz alterations die.  I've used it on this Tim Holtz inspired tag  - 
I'm trying to explore new techniques so started by using enamelled embossing from Compedium of Curiosities, with Weathered Wood and Walnut Stain Distress inks, to create the background of the tag. I cut the frame and embossed in gold before using it to frame the printed portrait (from my stash). I added a strip of cream lace and a label and to finish off rubbed the edges with antique white paint - which I also flicked about a bit too. 

I'm sharing this over at  -
A vintage Journey - Use a Portrait
Country View Crafts - Use something New to you (die cut and technique)

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

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Glitz and Glamour at Indigoblu

I've had some more crafty time and have made a tag for the challenge over at Indigoblu where the theme is 'Glitz and Glamour'.
I started by using Distress inks on the tag, then spritzing with metallic distress sprays. I stamped the flourish in versamark and applied perfect pearls (though you can't see the shimmer on the pics).  Images are stamped in Ganache Stazon (which is my new fav colour!). I added some white circles - (just gesso printed with the lids from a glue stick and a pen) to lift the background and flicked some watered down gesso about too.
For some added glitz I stamped and embossed the little flourish on the top and bottom in gold and added some stickles round the edges and to the glamorous ladies' parasol. Then just added some lace and thread which has sparkly gold bits in (which again doesn't show on the pics) to finish off. Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Something New at Fashionable Stamping

Hi - it's our time for our first challenge of 2015 over at Fashionable Stamping Challenges and it happens to be my turn to choose the theme. I went with something nice and easy for the New Year  - 'Something New'. Now this could be a creation with a New theme or something made using new stash...or maybe even trying a new technique, the choice is yours. I've started a new project as part of a Facebook group and needed a sketch book to keep techniques and ideas in - and of course it needed decorating.  
I started with a Gelli Plate print, added texture with some grunge paste through a stencil, stamping and distress inks and a strip of Tissue tape down the spine edge.
The central panel was created using new stamps (Artistic Stamper) and a new technique - wax crayon resist. Crayon was drawn around the stamped words before applying  distress inks. I'm going to b using/handling this notebook a lot so left embellishments to a minimum with just a key in the corner to add some interest. 

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.

I'm also sharing my book cover over on the following challenges - 

Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Saturday, 10 January 2015

PaperArtsy Challenge - Fragile Papers

Over at PaperArtsy they have given their challenge a makeover and the new format is great. Their first topic is Fragile Papers and there are some amazing examples to inspire us.  Now I consider myself to be relatively new to mixed media and Art Journaling even though I've been dabbling for a while.   I'm always on the lookout for new learning opportunities and grabbed at the chance to have a go.  I've joined a couple of Facebook art groups and needed to decorate the cover of a new Art Journal I'm going to be working on over the year following weekly prompts so I did this - 
I started by applying tissue paper (plain and printed) and mulberry paper (with ranger glue 'n' seal) to the cover  which I had first painted with gesso. I added grunge past through a heart stencil and once all this was dry I spritzed with perfect pearls in pink and turquoise - you can see this in the top right corner on the main pic above where the light picks it up. 
I applied distress inks through a stencil I made from a die cut, stamped with PaperArtsy stamp (words2) and randomly applied more distress ink.
I added some script stamping to the background before adding a cluster of bits and pieces - is this called ephemera? The base layer for this is a page from a pocket dictionary (so more fragile paper) coloured with more DI, then there is some lace, burlap ribbon, die cut pieces, an old stamp (which isn't as florescent pink IRL as it looks here!) and some dew drops as well as the title in die cut letters on a piece of distressed corrugated card. 
I finished off by rubbing some Gold wax round the edges of the journal cover and over some areas of the cover to catch some of the texture and adding a strip of washi tape down the left hand side to neaten this edge by the spiral binding.
I loved working on my Journal cover - I have a habit of fixing on the end result and trying to get there as soon as possible  and all in one go (my crafting time is limited) but that often leaves me dissatisfied with the finished work as I usually feel there is something missing. I took my time with this and enjoyed the process rather than just trying to 'get it done' and am happy with the result !  Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting..Esther xx


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