Saturday, 8 July 2017

Go Large

I was really excited to be asked to guest design for UK ScrapAddicts in July and even more pleased when I heard the theme was big photos. I love using larger photos and have combined it here with my love of mixed media.
I first placed the photo which is 8x6 on the background paper and used my fingers to smudge a frame of gesso around it. Over this I added texture paste and bead gel - you can see the texture better below.

Once this was all dry I used Gelatos to add some colour before going in with my stickles and mica flakes for some bling.  I kept it minimal with the other embellishments, just some hearts, a simple title a few lines of journaling and I was done.  I have loved being a guest, thank you so much for UK Scrap Addicts for having me...Esther xx

Monday, 3 July 2017

Double Stick It Down

I am so excited - I am joining the Stick It Down, Double Page Team and it's time for my first layout using the July challenge sketch.
 And here is the sketch
I've used a mix of all sorts of papers from my stash and fussy cut some of the elements to use as embellishments. 
I also created my own mixed media background with texture paste through a stencil and spritzing with Heidi Shine sprays.  The photos were taken when we completed the purchase of our new house, and I've added some quotes that a friend had written in the New Home Card she gave us.
 I had a fab time using the sketch and am really looking forward to seeing what you come up wiht, so please pop over to the Stick It Down Blog and join in ...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Sunday, 2 July 2017

Birthday Girl

I've played along with a couple of challenges today to create this layout of my great Niece on her 3rd birthday.

I combined the sketch from Stuck?! with the gorgeous mood board from Lisa @ Go Go Getaway.  
Be Inspired by a moodboard Lisa's challenge July
This is not my usual style of layout, there is not messy ink, paint or other mediums, no stamping either and I rarely use pink.  I probably wouldn't have made it this way if I hadn't been following the mood board, so it just shows you how good it is to use prompts sometimes and step out of your usual comfort zone. Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting, Esther xx  

So Go Ombre

Wow- July already, and I (Esther) am back on the Go Go Getaway blog to share my version of the fab Ombre technique that Terri taught at March 2017 Go Go Getaway. I created a panel across the full width of my page. I started with white at the top then mixed some Gelato stick with the texture paste to create the colour,  gradually adding more as I moved down the page. I didn't want to cover up all that yummy texture so just used a few bits and pieces around the photo. July - Ombre texture
I love this look and will definitely be using it again. I'd love to see your layouts if you have a go so please share on the facebook page - and don't forget you can also enter out monthly challenge on the page too.
Thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Pretty Things

I took some time out from Design Team work yesterday to create a scrapbook layout inspired by a couple of current challenges. We have recently moved into a new build home and I have loved starting with a blank canvas and planning how I'd like the rooms to look. It's a gradual process time and finance dependant but we're getting there.  I've scrapped a couple of my favourite buys for Hey Little Magpie's Facebook group challenge which is to scrap our favourite things, but not people or places.
 As well as this theme I used the sketch from Stuck?! as a starting point. 
I started by smooshing inks to my cardstock, then applied texture paste through a script stencil in a heart shape. Unfortunately the heart shape got lost once I started adding photos and layers, but the script is still there. I added a glittery tag, die cut flowers backed with Tim Holtz tissue wrap, Nuvo drops and sequins. 
Right, better get back to work !! Thanks for stopping by, Happy Crafting....Essie xx

Friday, 2 June 2017

GoGo Glitter

Hi - I'm over on the GoGo Getaway blog with another technique re-make. I've used Glitter Paste techniques which Kirei taught in March 2017. Kirei used the paste on her layouts with a brush on the beautiful flower elements of her page and to create glittery backfill shapes.

I've used a stencil to apply Glitter paste to my background to create the hanging stars. I've layered up the photo (of my gorgeous great nephew) very simply with vellum, Navy and Silver cardstock.June - Glitter Paste
I've then also used the glitter paste as Kirei did to 'paint' my cut file title.
June - glitter paste close up
I love a bit of sparkle and bling don't you ? Don't forget to have a look at this months challenge over on our Facebook page - it's a recipe set by Kirei and of course you could be in wiht the chance of winning a fabulous prize. Looking forward to seeing what you create - and do share your layouts in the group if you feel inspired to get out the glitter paste too.
Thanks for popping by...Esther xx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

GoGo Recipe Challenge



HI all - over on the GoGo Getaway facebook page, Kirei has posted a fab recipe challenge for us this month. The challenge runs for the month of June and the winner will receive 1000 Hey Little Magpie Reward points which will be added to their Magpie Rewards account.

I created this layout of a photo taken on New Years Eve. 

Kirei's recipe is below and I've used four patterned papers, plain cardstock background, a paper clip, ink and paint, die cut shapes, silver and Handwritten Journaling.   What will you choose ?
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To enter the challenge please add your entry as an image to Kirei's Facebook challenge post in the comments. As well as the Hey Little Magpie points for the winner,  One entry per person, per challenge will go into a GRAND PRIZE DRAW for a free place at a GoGo Getaway event in 2018, worth £380 – how exciting and what a magnificent prize!! You must be a member of the GoGo Getaway Facebook Group to gain entry.

I look forward to seeing lots of lovely layouts...thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

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