Friday, April 25, 2014

A Light-bulb Moment

Miss Shell has been playing with light-bulbs (she clearly doesn’t get out much, lol).  She mentioned in a blog post that she had thought about making some of those light-bulb vases that are all over Pintrest at the moment.  She spied some for sale online and there were a ridiculous price.  You can read about that here.

I sniggered a bit and dared her to make her own – which of course she did (within an hour or so, in fact).  Take a look at her success in her follow-up post.

Then – because she is a bit like that – she dared me and Vicki to have a go too. (Vicki had also made a comment on her first post)

So …….


……  I did.  Yay me.

Honestly – if I can do it, so can you.  Anyone else game to give it a go?

Esther  xx


Tuesday, April 22, 2014


The current challenge over at The Craft Room is simply “Dance”.  The design team have come up with great samples(as usual) so why not pop on over, take a look and join in.

Here is my entry:



I went back to the tried and true Distress Ink technique of “smooshing” a variety of colours on my craft sheet, spritzing with water and dragging my tag through it a few times.  The stamp is from Tim Holtz and the silhouette is traced and cut on the Cameo. The crystal droplets just finish it off nicely, I think.

Thanks for stopping to take a peek.  I do appreciate it.


Esther  xxx


Friday, April 11, 2014

Dragons Dream Tag it On #164

You may, or not, have noticed that I have not been taking part in the tag challenges over at Dragons Dream Tag It On very often of late.

I have struggled with the letter part of the challenges, mainly.  That, combined with putting my time and energy into my exercise/weight loss effort, means that I just haven’t had it in me.

I did actually complete #163 – The letter Z and a face but didn’t get a blog post written in time to link it up.  I will pop a photo in at the end of this post though, just to show what I came up with.

This fortnight May has set the challenge as “The letter S and the Colour Blue.”  Now this one was so much easier.


I trimmed the bottom off a Prima tag and added some lace and bakers twine.  I used a stamp (no idea what brand it is) that has some sewing pattern references.  I resized and printed off the spool from a Kerri Bradford kit that I have and wrapped it with blue sewing thread.  I added a doily stamped on blue canvas, a blue hat pin and the wee blue rose.  The tape ribbon is from Typo and the zipper pull was floating around on my desk (how fortunate).



As for the non-entered tag …..  I really struggled with this.  A version of my original idea had already been entered and being stubborn (who, me?) I wanted to come with something else.  This is what I eventually made.


I even had two faces, hehe.  I had fun paper piecing Tilda’s clothes and hair.  I coloured the birds and the giraffe with Gelatos and a water brush.  The stone wall is also stamped and then shaded with Gelatos.

So, there you have it.  Two challenges in one – so to speak.


Esther  xx