Tuesday, 8 August 2017

Back Filled Back Ground

Hi - I'm over on the Go Go Getaway Blog with my take on the technique taught by Kirei on back filling a cut file. I have only had my Cameo Silhouette for a few weeks so am still learning but managed to create this hanging hearts design which I have used for a photo of my niece on her wedding day.
I used a variety of textured and foiled papers to fill the hearts and added stitching for extra detail. Thanks for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther xx

Monday, 7 August 2017

Round and Round at Stick It Down

It's time for another double layout sketch over at Stick It Down - and here is my interpretation. 
this was the sketch

and a closer look at each side 
The photos are many years old of my niece and Nephew when they stayed over with us for a weekend - they are now both in their 20's !!

Thanks for looking - Happy crafting, I'd love to see how you would use the sketch....Esther xx

Sunday, 6 August 2017


Hi - I took some time out from DT work today to scrap just for me and took inspiration from a couple of challenges to create this monochromatic layout of two of my great nieces. I love how it came out but it was really tricky to photograph.
 I started with the sketch from Stuck?! sketch blog and then took the moodboard from Scrap the Girls.

I used distress inks and sprays to create a soft, water colour background over which I stamped and applied texture past through a leaf stencil. Once all this was dry I just layered up and placed my photos.  I also added some eyelets and threaded ribbon through - I can't remember the last time I used eyelets but thanks to the Hey Little Magpie FB challenge I dug them out and was really happy with this added little detail.
I love grey so really enjoyed using just this colour for my photos. Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting....Esther xx

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

Go Go Colour challenge

Hi - over on the Go Go Getaway Facebook group we have a Colour challenge, set by the lovely Jo. I have to admit they were colours I wouldn't usually use much of but I had some silly snapchat pics that I wanted to use with my fab NSD stamps from Shimelle and I thought they would work well. 
I started by creating a mixed media background of spray inks and crackle paste and then layered up my photos with flowers cut from some really old patterned paper, stickers and stamped phrases. 

Every entry to our challenge gets entered into a draw to win 1000 reward points to spend at Hey Little Magpie, we'd love for you to share your layouts with us. 
Happy Crafting...Esther xx

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  


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