Monday, 29 August 2016

Now for something completely different....

Today I've made a layout so far removed from usual creative style I keep looking at it wondering if I actually made it ! I had a photo I really loved from a recent birthday trip to our local seaside town where we spent some time on the pier playing the 'penny machines' something which I hadn't done for a long long time but which brought back lots of memories from my early teenage years as it hadn't really changed that much. 
I knew it would need something different from my usual inky, messy way and I'd seen this inspiration pic over at Pixels and Papers and loved the colours and sprinkles.
AUGUST inspiration
Then at my monthly crop this weekend a friend reminded me of some Pinterest pics I'd seen of layouts using Nuvo Crystals to create lots of enamel dots - and I thought it would work for this photo. I was also inspired by the August week 1 sketch over at Let's get sketchy

I used my Heidi Swapp sunshine stencil and created sections of enamel dots, patterned paper (Shimelle's True Stories) and stamping. I added some Stickles in with the enamel dots for extra bling. 
Then I layered up the photo mostly using paper from Shimelles True Stories range. I added glossy accents to the letters and light bulb for a bit of shine. I think I shall be returning to my ink and messiness but I've enjoyed trying something different for a change.

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

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Beautiful Butterflies

I've had the idea for this layout in my head for months and have only today found time to put it together and I've had a lovely messy afternoon. The picture is of my great niece.
I was inspired by the sketch over at Scrapping everyday miracles but have turned it 90 degrees. 
and I took the colours from the final August challenge over at Lasting Memories
  I started by using a Martha Stewart Punch all over the Page butterfly punch and then smooched the page in distress inks sprayed with water.
Over this I applied texture paste through a doily stencil and added script stamping and ink splatters. I also stuck patterned paper behind the butterflies.
 I layered up the photo on papers and project life cards and added embellishments - I punched the hearts and added Stickles glitter glue to one half for a touch of bling.
I also added sequins and dots of Stickles between the butterflies for a bit more shimmer
 I'm really happy with how my page came out and would like to share it here -

13arts - Bling
Archi-scraps - Butterflies
Stamps and Stencils - Time to Take flight

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

Monday, 15 August 2016

Feed the birds...

I am slowly getting through my old holiday photographs, currently working on a week in Cornwall from 2007. The whole week we had flocks of seagulls outside our chalet and one (we think it was the same one but who knows) regularly 'knocked' on the glass patio door with his beak.  
 I created the background by 'stamping' with a feather using Hickory smoke distress ink.
 I've used the first August sketch from Stuck?! sketches,  
tweaking slightly to fit in the three photos I wanted for this page. I also used the challenge theme from Another Freaking scrappy challenge which was to use a souvenir from an event.  These are the only photos I took actually on the holiday park so although including the little card pass we had that let us into the facilities is a bit of a stretch with these pictures, it was the closest I am going to get and I definitely wanted to use it having kept it for 9 years!  
I also continued with the pinwheels which are a consistent embellishment I'm making myself for all the pages of this holiday.
I'm loving going through these old photos and remembering our holiday.....thanks for stopping by...Esther xx

Hard to resist....

A new, slightly late challenge over at Fashionable Stamping this month and we are looking for resist techniques. This is one of my favourites and I made a gift voucher wallet for a friend at work who was moving jobs (and yes we did put gift vouchers in it).
I started with a ready made gift wallet to which I applied a layer of gesso to soften the chevron pattern. I cut a front panel from water colour card and heat embossed the flowers. Over this I applied a wash of colour using distress inks pads as paints - swipe some ink onto a craft mat, spritz with water and apply with paintbrush.
I fixed the resist panel to the envelope and applied gesso round the edges to blend, I also added some texture paste through a stencil. I used die cut letters for the sentiment, and the butterflies are stamped and heated fantasy fibres.
Skeleton leaves, adhesive pearls and Nuvo crystal drops add the finishing touches.

Don't forget we are a stamping challenge so we do need to see rubber/acrylic stamping on your project. To qualify for the winner’s prize we especially need to see that the stamping is the focal point on the project and that the stamping follows the format of the theme.

NO DIGI STAMPS ARE ALLOWED …but you may use digi downloads for enhancement of your projects … please remember that the main focal point must be STAMPING.

The winner of each challenge will receive a very generous voucher of $20 for Flonz’s Store

I'm sharing this over at -
Allsorts - Butterflies
The Artistic Stamper - Anything Goes
Penny Black and more - Anything Goes with a stamp

I'm looking forward to seeing lots of beautiful Resist creations....Happy crafting....Esther

Saturday, 23 July 2016

Marbling fun

Another Layout completed from our Cornwall 2007 holiday.
 This was inspired by Bev's sketch over at 'Scrapping everyday Miracles'
and also by Challenge #300 at 'Lasting Memories' which is 'marbles'.  I love the beautiful patterns found in marbles and so created my own as a background using shaving foam and inks.
I used papers and more pinwheels from my Counterfeit Kit.
I'm really enjoying scrapping these old photos and bringing back some lovely memories - I'm just so glad I made some notes at the time of what we did. Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Wednesday, 20 July 2016

Mid-Week Scrapping

I've been away for a lovely few days with my BFF and after getting home last night had an extra day off today to spend with my Other Half. It's been so hot though we decided not to go anywhere and so I got some midweek scrappy time which is unheard of.
I created a second LO with my Counterfeit kit using the second sketch from Stuck?! which will be my title page for pages of a holiday to Cornwall in 2007 - the whole week was dominated by a seagull who used to tap on our chalet door regularly, hence the photo. 
I used the colour palette from the first July challenge at The Studio Challenges
cement color
 My Title is the negative from using individual die cutting letters and backing with patterned paper. The word search banner is inspired by challenge three at Counterfeit Kit - Played in the Shade (word games). I used tiny letter stamps and then drew round the words I'd stamped in orange pen.
 I then made some more little pinwheels as inspired by forgeries on the fourth also at CKC.

The Scrap Our Stash book inspired challenge is to use this book cover as inspiration - obviously my page is about a place I've visited, but there is also a couple of die cut scribbled circles inspired by the spirals.   
July Book Inspired Stash Challenge
The challenge also asks us to use 5 patterned papers and a round embellishment.  I used the following papers - 1.Floral and 2. Navy dot from Shimelle True Stories, 3. Waves from Fancy Pants 'Making Waves', 4. orange/black dots from DCWV and 5th orange/red dots has been used to die cut the paper tab embellishments, one of which also counts as a round embellishment.  It's been lovely to have some extra crafting time, thanks for stopping by....Esther xx

Sunday, 10 July 2016

Summer at Land's End

I started to scrap the photos of a holiday to Cornwall we took in 2007 and it reminded me that we have some lovely places to visit in this country, we've had our holidays abroad for the last few years but I do enjoy exploring the UK when we get the chance. I'm not doing the photos in order, these were taken midway through the holiday when we went to Land's End. I chose them because I am using my counterfeit kit (which I shall share further down) and the first challenge is to take inspiration from Beach reading. One of the book covers on the inspiration pic was of a sign post which immediately made me think of these pictures. (sorry these photos are a bit dark - couldn't get the lighting right as it was grey and gloomy by the time I took them)
 I'm using the sketch from Stuck?!
I started by creating a Mixed Media background - Gelatos, stamping, texture paste, ink splatters
 I actually didn't use any Patterned papers from my kit, just embellishments and a Journaling card.
 I made the little pinwheels myself and just added some tags, PL cards and Nuvo crystal drops (didn't notice the bottom pinwheel had come unstuck...grrrr...have to go back and fix that.
So here is my version of this months Counterfeit Kit. The CK team have used the Heat Wave Kit from Scrapbook and Cards Today from Summer 2015 and I put together this little lot of paper and embellishments.
Patterned paper
Plain cardstock
Embellishments, Thickers and Washi tape

So as well as Stuck?! and Counterfeit challenge I'm also sharing this over at 

Have loads of photos form this holiday so hopefully will get to use more of my kit on the next Layout - this one just seemed to fit the MM background rather than papers. Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting...Esther


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