Saturday, June 29, 2013

Dragons Dream TIO #144

This fortnight the recipe has been set by Elizabeth and she has come up with Coastal, Mica and a Flourish.

The Northern Hemisphere is in the throws of the warmer weather of course but here in the South it was a little more difficult to come up with some inspiration, lol


It is always hard to take a good photo that shows up the sparkle of the mica but trust me, it’s there.

I used distress ink spray with the mica added and “dropped” the Silver distress stain bottle in a few random places.  The flourish stamp is one I received from a workshop I took 3 years ago and the sentiment and sea-horse are possibly Bo Bunny (?) but I don’t keep my stamps in their packaging so I have no idea really.  A good amount of clear glue secured the tiny shells and the black trim.


Pop on over to Dragons Dream Tag It On and gather some inspiration to create a tag of your own and link up to share.

Cheers, Esther xoxo

Friday, June 28, 2013

Craftroom Challenge

They are, quite rightly, going to be quite strict with this one.  You may only use the colours Yellow, Blue & Green.   If you are not using a support of those colours then it must be white, and the ink you stamp in must be either one of the three colours or black.   No other colours to sneak in.
















I decided to make a notebook cover using some canvas art board that I had hanging around.  With texture paste and a resin fern added I used luminous paints in the three specifies shades. Paper flowers and a wee blue book plate have finished it off nicely.

The back is pretty much the same, minus the flowers, book plate and using a smaller fern.

Why not create something that fits in with the challenge and link up at The Craft Room.

Cheers, Esther  xoxo

Monday, June 17, 2013

TIO #143 Red, Book pages/text & an Embellishment

Helen has set the recipe this time round at Dragons Dream Tag It On and I was pretty sure I knew what I wanted to do straight away.


I covered my tag with a book page (ex Readers Digest Condensed book circa 1980-something) and removed patches of text with masking tape.  I made up a spray with water and a pigment powder (Poppy Red) that I bought at Finnibar’s workshop earlier this year.  The resulting colour was just what I wanted.  I cut the rosette on the Cameo using a Penny Duncan file and popped a red star on top.

For the stamping I used a Rosies Studio stamp that I got at Warehouse Stationery for not much mulah (I love a bargain).  I first stamped in Stazon Dove Grey and then over-stamped, slightly offset with black.  My idea was to create a shadow effect but I’m not sure I pulled that off really.  However, I do love the look of the “wishes” at the top stamp in just grey.

Thanks for taking a wee peek, let’s catch up again soon.

Esther xoxo

Saturday, June 8, 2013

TIO #142–White, Metal, Transport

This tag challenge over at Dragons Dream Tag It On got me quite excited.

I was keen to try a technique that was quite popular some time ago but I had never got round to doing.

I glued down part of a foil bag from a coffee refill pack onto an existing tag and painted it with gesso.  It took no time at all to dry which was pretty cool as I had what I wanted to achieve in my head and patience is not something I have in abundance, lol

I ran the tag through the cuttlebug and while it was still on the folder I took to it with a sanding tool (in all honesty, it was a pedicure tool).  I thought it best to leave it in place so I didn’t flatten the raised areas.


I then stamped my image and words on white card, cut them out and popped them up on foam squares.  I added extra layers in places to the image for some extra dimension although you cant really see that in the photo.  I used the Pewter Distress Stain on some seam binding to finish it off.  I’m going with a less is more approach with this one.


Cheers, Esther  xoxo

Thursday, June 6, 2013

76 Days to go!

We are on the countdown to Scrapfest By the Sea – a fabulous scrapping retreat to be held in Nelson in August.

We have a group on Facebook and every now and then Trina or Lyn will pop up a wee challenge to tide us over.

Trina has issued a photo of the venue for group members to use in any way they please – a card, a layout or as many are choosing to do, in/on a mini album.

I took up this option too so that I could pop in photos, get signatures etc and have a tangible memento of the weekend.

I have only done the covers so far but I do have several 6 x8 pages cut to size too.  I will put in some envelopes, pockets and tags as well I think.


I used a gloss medium and curved brick stencil to mirror the cobble pattern at the venue and cut the lamppost on the Cameo for the same reason.  The room I will be sharing with Miss Brenda is two doors down from the building on the left hand side (The Jewellers).

I am so looking forward to this event and after that I will be on the countdown to the Scrapbook Dreams Halloween Retreat in October.  The fun just never ends ….. awesome huh?

Cheers, Esther xoxo