Tuesday, 23 May 2017

Double Trouble

I'm well and truly set up in my new craft room now and beginning to work on my old photo stash again. I chose some photos of my Niece and Nephew from 2004 when they came to stay over and we had a trip to the zoo. I have used both the sketches from Stick It Down (love that I finally have time to join in challenges again!). 

First the Double Sketch - I used some artistic licence and rather than paper panels for the edges I created colour blocks with Ecoline Water Colours. 

 Here's the original sketch -
As well as using the watercolours on the edges I added splatters and splodges, some stamping and lots of layers.

 Still using Ecoline inks for the background I also made a page using the single sketch. 

Loved using these sketches - I was struggling with these photos as the colour combinations were outside my comfort zone (bright red and blue!) so having the sketches as a starting point really helped me focus on the layout design first rather than getting hung up on the colours.

Thanks for stopping by...Esther x

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

GoGo Marble-ous

I'm sharing a layout today that I created using one of of the fab techniques taught at the recent GoGo Getaway retreat in March 2017. I used shaving foam and distress re-inkers to create my marbling and once dry (which is super quick) I die cut and punched flowers and added Nuvo drops to the centres.May - Marbelling
The marbling effect said 70’s to me so I used this old photo of my sister and I all dressed up for a fancy dress party! My sister is an amazing mum to six children - one of whom was diagnosed with Leukaemia when she was just 8 yrs old. My sister was so incredibly strong during the most difficult two years while Amy went through treatment and she is such an inspiration to me. We were heading off here to a fund raiser for Click Sargent who were incredible when our family needed support. Thankfully my niece is now recovered, healthy and 14 years later a gorgeous mummy herself.

I used the same inks dripped on some packaging, spritzed with water then smooshed onto my background cardstock, added some texture paste through a stencil and after layering the photo sprinkled the flowers and some sequins.

I'm sharing my layout here -
Scrap the Girls
More than Words
This was a super fun technique and so easy,
Happy Scrapping….Esther xx

Monday, 10 April 2017

Scrapping my space

Having moved house recently I am lucky enough to have a lovely new inspiring space to create in and I love it, so I scrapped it.
I used ink and the packaging technique (current favourite) on the background, layered up patterned papers and added some die cuts, wooden flowers and Novo Crystal drops. 
This layout was inspired by several different challenges - I started with the colour scheme set by Nancy from GoGo Getaway
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took the sketch from Rochelle Spears
Tic Tac Toe elements from Scrap Our Stash (Chevron paper, flowers, yellow)
paint splashes and flowers from Creative Embellishments
and finally the subject of my layout from Challenge YOUrself - which is about how my lovely new craft space inspires me.

It's been ages since I've had the time to enter any challenges and I thoroughly enjoyed myself creating my layout in my new space. Thank you for stopping by - Happy Crafting...Esther

Monday, 3 April 2017

Inspired by....

Hi  -  It's been ages since I've had time to blog as we've been busy moving house but that didn’t stop me taking some inspiration from my GoGo Getaway design team mates and had go at a couple of the Be Inspired challenges set at the March retreat. I created a double layout of pictures of my great Niece. 
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The first uses Terri’s list of elements.  I decided to create a grid with luggage tags, I added texture paste to two of them, cut two from patterned paper and spritzed the remaining tags with Heidi Swapp colour shine spray.  After adding three small photos I went to town with lots of yummy layers and embellishments making sure to include the items on Terri’s list. 
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For the second page I went with Sarah’s fab sketch which I flipped to better suit the direction of my escaping Great Niece.be inspirec by sarahs sketch.Esther (2)
I wish I had been able to see the Be Inspired wall of creations at the retreat as it always looks amazing with everyone's layouts. I’m hoping to have a go at some of the other Be Inspired Challenges too as they were all great ideas to kick start our pages. For more details of GoGo Getaway retreats pop over here
Thanks for stopping by – Happy Crafting…Esther xx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Masked Distress for GoGo

HI - I've found time amongst the madness of preparing to move house to post a layout using one of the fab techniques taught at GoGo Getaway October 2016 retreat.
You can see more details plus other gorgeous layouts from my design team mates here -  do pop over and have a look...Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Confetti Pockets

Hi - It's been ages since I posted, we are getting ready ot move house so things are a bit hectic. These layouts are from a few weeks ago and were created for the GoG0 Getaway blog revisiting a technique from our October 2016 Getaway retreat.  Niki taught a gorgeous Confetti Pockets class and I've never seen so much pink and glitter, which I enjoyed but I wanted to to see if this technique would work as well for a boys layout using a photo of my Great Nephew on his first birthday.confetti-pocket-2
I hand cut the number one in white cardstock and a second time from acetate. After stamping on the cardstock I used Washi tape to secure the two layers together - not quite sealing all the way round and then  added sequins and glitter.  I completed the seal with more Washi tape and then to add some detail and so the 'confetti'  didn't all fall to the bottom I added some staples in random places.
Of course I couldn't revisit this technique without a bit of girly glitteryness so I also made a layout of my Nieces wedding and added a pretty heart shaped Confetti pocket.confetti-pocket-1
This time I stitched the edges using some mulberry paper with pressed petals and leaves in as a background and also added some stitching across the pocket to create places for the confetti to rest. As well as sequins and glitter I also added seed beads and heart gems to this one. img_2521
I had lots of fun creating more pretty pockets and I think it works equally well for a male layout too. Thanks for stopping by - please pop over the the GoGO Getaway blog to see more inspiration from the fab Design Team. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

GoGoGetaway technique

Over on the GoGOGetaway blog I've shared a new layout using one of the techniques taught at our fabulous October 2016 retreat - would love for you to pop over and have a look.

Happy Crafting - Esther xx


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