Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Finn's CreARTe Tour in Australia and NZ

I was fortunate to be able to go to not one, but two of the classes that Ania Debrowska (from Poland) has been teaching on her tour of Australia and New Zealand.

OMG – what an amazing, talented and friendly lady she is!  Ania is better know as Finnibar or simply Finn.  Please check out her amazing work here.

To add to my excitement, the lovely Miss Brenda McKay was able to come over, stay with me Friday night and come to the classes too!

The first class was a layout involving loads of layers, metal, paper, lace, ink, paint ……..


I chose a sepia photo that the gorgeous Shell from Scrapbook Dreams took a couple of years ago.  I am really pleased with the finished project.

The second class was a long one.  It needed to be – there was a lot of drying time needed!

Again, loads of layers, metal, paper, lace, ink, paint …….. This time for a Journal cover.


and the back …


Strangely, this was not the colour palette I was aiming for but, hey, who cares!  I love it!

Huge thanks, from the bottom of my heart, goes to Lesley Seabright.  Without her the classes at Kapiti would not have happened and I would have missed one of the most amazing experiences.

More photos of other antics in my next post.  Hold ya breath, lol!

Cheers, Esther xoxo

Friday, March 22, 2013

Scrapfest By The Sea Blog Hop

I have indulged myself by signing up to go to an awesome scrapping even in Nelson in August this year.  Scrapfest by the Sea has been carefully planned by Trina McClune and Lyn Jordan and we will be staying and playing at the fabulous Monaco Resort in Stoke, Nelson.

I grew up in Blenheim and remember well when this beautiful resort was built.  Even though I lived in Nelson for 3 years as an adult I have never been there so I am really looking forward to it.

Trina and Lyn have set up a Facebook group and we have had several activities to take part in during the build up to Scrapfest (and there will be more to come) and this blog hop is one of them.  Another first for me.

Please start at with Trina’s blog and if you follow the links one by one you end up back there and get some great inspiration along the way.

This is what I have to show you today:




My somewhat amateur attempt at a mixed media canvas.  Lost of gesso, stencils, meta, resin, paper flowers, shells and the scraps from the ends of Mum’s weaving.  Not mention the leather watch strap!  I sprayed with Adirondack Colour Wash sprays.  The blue strikes me as too vibrant and one day I might have a go at “fixing” it, lol

Please take the next hop to see what Denise Spicer-Boyes has been up to. Click Here.

Cheers, Esther xoxo

Monday, March 11, 2013

Tag It On #137

So  it is the turn of the talented Trace to tempt us with the challenge for this fortnight at Dragon’s Dream Tag It On 
The recipe is : Green, die cuts and cogs


My green looks far more like grey in this photo, sadly.  I promise it is green though, lol

I started with a Vanilla Tag and covered it with a cog printed washi tape that had a cream/yellow background and brown cogs.  I thought that alcohol inks would the best to colour it with.  WRONG!  It look most of the print off but I just went with what I had left.

Through the Cuttlebug with a cog embossing folder and hey presto, not too shabby so far.

I have a massive bag of die cuts and odds and sods so I sat on the spare bed and spread them all far and wide to what was in there.  All the embellishments on tag were in that bag, hehehe.  The pen nibs had been stamped on acetate so I secured that to the Journal Tag.  The cogs and flower had all been cut on my Silhouette so there were my die cuts – ready and waiting.  I had stamped the flower parts with a crackle stamp prior to inking and assembling.

I am actually pretty pleased with this tag and I hope you like it too.

Why not go through your stash, make a tag to the recipe and join the fun at Dragons Dream Tag It On 

Cheers, Esther xoxo