Sunday, 21 November 2010

Splatter and Sparkle

Another crafty Sunday speeds by..why do the weekends pass so quickly? I've been working on a mixture of things - the Compendium of Curiosities challenge from Linda at Studio L3 being one of them. This week the technique is Alcohol ink Splatter (P52) and I'd been looking forward to this one since getting the book - I even went and bought the necessary special equipment. However it took me loads of attempts to get something I was happy with. I am pleased with the colours and it has a shimmer which you can't see in the pic from the pearl mixative that I used but I don't know what to do with the finished piece , it will probably end up cropped and on a card at some point but for now it's just as it is......

I've also been cracking on with Christmas cards still and used the colours from the Play Date Cafe Challenge #56. This is one of my favourate challenges and they are having a 'Player Appreciation Week' so go check it out. The colours are Red, Olive and Turquoise which I have to admit I was unsure of to start with but out came the distress inks and after some smooshing I was loving this combination.

I love making my own Background papers and did just this with Distress inks and my favourate Judikins script stamp.  The main stamp is by Penny Black and I've stamped it once using Marvy Markers, then masked and stamped some more. I applied crystal stickles to the main image which had the additional effect of making the colours bleed. I cut flourishes with Tim Holtz's elegant flourishes die and added a Tim Holtz Type charm, some ribbon, lace and Gems.

I used the sketch from the Penny Black Saturday Challenge (left) and so am entering there this week and also into the following Challenges:- The Play Date Cafe - Red Olive and Turquoise ; Simon Say Stamp and Show - 'Whatever  makes you Happy' (Distress inks, stickles, creating own BP); Penny Black at Allsorts -  'It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas'; Allsorts -'Lace, Ribbon and a Charm'

I hope you've all enjoyed a good weekend, thanks for stopping by...Esther xx


  1. Hey there Esther, love both these creations, splodges are either right or not and yours are right so I think it was worth all that effort:0) xx

  2. oh hun really love that card its just so beautiful and as for the,card for linda's challenge,wow you have done this brilliantly hun hugs cheryl xx

  3. wowee Esther your splattings are gorgeous, please don't crop it as it would make a fab picture hanging. Great stamps as well. Ooh I love it. Annette x

  4. Esther, this was worth all the work you put into it-- it's stunning! The mix of colors you used is really unique and beautiful, and your splatter is awesome.

    it took me a gazllion attempts before I got a piece I liked, too.

    Your second piece is lovely, too, and a great use of those colors and the cool sketch!

    I know-- where do our weekends go, and why are the hours so much shorter when we're not working??

  5. Great job with the alcohol ink splatter! Your cards are fabulous!

  6. Wonderful cards! Great Alcohol Ink splatter, lovely holiday card! Thanks for playing at the PDCC.

  7. Lovely soft background on the PDCC card. The first alcohol ink splatter is gorgeous and the second card elegant and lovely. Thanks for joining us at the PDCC this week.

  8. What gorgeous cards Esther! Love the beautiful colors you used!

    Thanks so much for sharing them with us at penny black @ all sorts! Hope to see your work again soon!

  9. Hi Esther

    Super work, the ink splatter technique is fun, did you use an air gun ?

    Lovely Christmas card, another favourite stamp if mine, so very versatile. Agree with you that it is so satisfying creating your own backgrounds.

    Thank you for sharing with us at Allsorts and Penny Black at Allsorts challenges and good luck.

    B x

  10. Gorgeous Penny Black image and coloured beautifully. I love the technique you used and the background flourish and lace finish it off well.
    Thank you so much for playing along in our challenge at Penny Black at Allsorts this month and I hope you will return for next month's challenge.


  11. Beautiful cards,
    great technique on the first one, love it, too.
    Lovely and delicate PB card.
    Thank you for sharing this with us
    at Penny Black @ Allsorts, good luck;-))m

  12. Fabulous splatters, I need to try that technique too :)

    The Penny Black card is gorgeous with the decorpaper you made.

    Thanks for joining us at Penny Black at Allsorts.


  13. Hi again Esther

    Just seen that you have joined us on the SA gang. Not sure when that happened, so sorry if my welcome is overdue.

    Just linked up to keep an eye on your blog and see you are already doing the same with me, thank you.

    B x

  14. Both cards are just gorgeous! Love all the layers and colors! Thanks for joining the Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge!

  15. Love the way you have designed your own paper. Two beautiful cards.
    sue xx

  16. Love your AI splatter Esther! It will look fab as a card! And your card is beautiful too.
    Alison x

  17. Fabulous cards love what you have done with the papers...x

    Thanks for joining in my challenge this week at Allsorts hugs Kirsten...x

  18. Hiya

    fantastic cards, very pretty details, thanks forjoining us at pbsc


  19. lots of gorgeous creations esther and thank you for joining in the fun this week at PBSC...hugs kath xxx

  20. Gorgoue card Esther - lvoe the whole artistic look of it. Thanks so much for entering this week's PBSC and love how you have used my sketch :-)
    Pauline x

  21. Hi Esther

    Lots of loveliness going on here. Very inspirational and beautiful colour choices.

    Thank you for sharing with Penny Black at Allsorts this month.

    Love Jules xx

  22. wow, what amazing creations. Thank you so much for entering the Allsorts challenge this week and the PB@Allsorts for november and good luck

  23. Great Splatter was heaps of fun wasn't it?

    Your card with the PB stamp is gorgeous have the stamp but not been sure what to do with it your given me some real inspiration here thank you. Thank you also for sharing with us at Pennyblack@Allsorts xx Zoe

  24. You have a wonderful way with splatters! I love the colors and how you worked the image onto the card. I think just the splatters were beautiful, also!

    This is my first time here, I wanted to take a look after seeing your piece over a PDCC with the others. Nice blog! Very cool!

    He IS Able,
    Traci S.

  25. What a beautiful set of cards! I love that splattered one! SO CLEVER:) Beautiful second card too--love the border punch and extra details:) Thanks so much for playing along with us and joining in the fun over at the PDCC!! We appreciate and love our players:}

  26. Two great cards! I love the boldness of the spatter card and the elegance of the floral card!


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