Tuesday, January 21, 2014

The Prison That Is Parkinsons

I belong to a Facebook group for New Zealand Paper crafters and Beth has put up a sketch challenge for January.


I wasn’t sure how I would manage a layout, with one hand in plaster but was keen to give it a go because I really like this sketch.

My husband’s Cousin, Glenys, took an amazingly poignant photo of my Father-In-Law sitting in the shade of the pergola one afternoon and when she showed it to me I just knew I had to scrap it!  She was really moved by this image and said to me – “This is life for Uncle Jim now.  Locked in the prison of Parkinson’s and Dementia.”  I admit to shedding more than a tear or two for this once strong and capable man.


Take care of yourself and your loved ones.


Esther xoxo

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Let There Be Light

The latest challenge over at Dragons Dream Tag It On is to make a tag inspired by the letter “L”, using script in some way and naturally, at least one real stamp.


I used a Prima tag that already had script printed on it and stamped my lamppost, heat embossing it with fine detail black.

I made my own “washi” tape by using by script stamp on good old standard “invisible” sticky tape from the local $$$ shop. I used Archival ink and it set really well with little or no smudging.

All that was needed then was the finishing touches: tiny roses, homemade textured leaves, a bit of bling, some colour on the lamps and the phrase (excuse my less than stunning hand-writing – I just couldn’t figure out another easy way to add it to my tag with only having one had to use, lol)

Thanks for taking a look – I appreciate it.

Take Care – Esther xoxo

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Dragons Dream Tag It On #157

I didn’t think I could take part this time – I broke my left wrist a week ago – but where there's a will, there's a way!

Helen has set the guidelines of  “the letter T and stencil(s)” along with the compulsory use of at least one real stamp.

I set out several rows of cheap medical tape and used a stencil with Tangerine coloured paint (actually it’s called Ginger Spice but you get my meaning, lol)


I then stamped over it with my favourite Text stamp.


I covered my Tag with the tape, added some Twine and finished it off with a Timepiece.


I’m pretty happy with the end result actually.  Not too bad for “a one-armed parent”, as my son calls me, haha.