Friday, May 30, 2014

Some Layouts–At Last.

Finally – I have completed a few layouts.  They are simple in design, with photo being the real focus, but I like them.


This photo was taken with some of the girls who attended a fundraising, scrapbooking, getaway in Okiwi Bay.  It’s in the French Pass area of the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.  Some of us stayed with the awesome Brenda McKay and some stayed in the house right next door!  We had a fantastic time raising money for the Bevan Fund, doing challenges and completing projects of our own.  We had auctions and raffles and food galore.  Beth was a whizz in the kitchen and I’m pretty sure no-one went hungry.  We also had great fun teasing Trina McClune about being “famous” – check her out on The Live with Prima Ustream channel.  She really is famous, lol

If you can possibly see your way clear to donate to the Bevan Fund it would really be appreciated.  Bevan is the son of one of my very special Scrapbooking friends who is in dire need of assistance in order to enable him to spend  his last months/weeks/days with his children in Australia.  The background story is on the Give A Little site.



This photo is of my daughter and her partner in London earlier this year.  I have no idea what the building is behind them but I really loved the photo.

They had what sounded like a fantastic but very full-on month.  The went to  Berlin,Budapest,Paris, Venice, Vienna, United Kingdom, Singapore and Bali (Not necessarily in that order though).

I think they went back to work for a rest after all that.



This photo was taken earlier this month after my Bestie of 35+ years had completed her very first half marathon.  She is a legend in her own lifetime and I just love her to bits!!  Andrea has always been there for me when I really needed her and even when I didn’t realise that I needed her.  I can only hope that I am as good a friend to her, as she is to me. (PS: I am somewhat in love with her spa pool too, lol)

Thanks for stopping by and thank you for considering a donation to the Bevan Fund.

Esther  xx


Sunday, May 25, 2014

Craft Room Challenge

The current challenge at The Craftroom is to Recycle.  Once again I wanted to do something a little bit different.  I created  little mini album but felt very “Ho-Hum” about it.  I will show it to you anyway (and then show you my 2nd project, which I actually like, lol)
So – lets not even talk about that one.
On to project No.2
I was trolling through Facebook, as you do, and my good friend Brenda McKay had put up a link to a Prima video by Limor Webber.  I was instantly excited because I am due to attend 3 of her classes at the end of June.  The link to her video is here.
I just happened to have some of the packaging that she use had used so away I went.  This is my version of her project, a recycled wooden box.
I found a scrap of canvas amongst my off cuts (I knew I had some, somewhere) and used archival ink to stamp the background.  Even though I cut, stuck and coloured it in the same order Limor did, it doesn’t make sense to me.  I really wanted to colour, cut, and then stick it in – it just seems more logical, lol
So, the elements are all just loose bits and pieces I had hanging around my desk.  I didn’t really have to search for anything (other than my scrap of canvas) I was done and dusted within 30 minutes and yet still felt pleased had I had actually done, and completed, something creative.
Thanks for stopping by – always so good to see you.
Esther  xx

Sunday, May 18, 2014

The letter Q and the colour Gold

This is the current challenge at Dragons Dream Tag It On.  Not surprisingly, Queens and Gold Crowns came to mind but, being just a little bit stubborn, I didn’t want to do the most obvious.

I perused the dictionary, and viewed the Google images but nothing really gelled.  I got the word Question stuck in my head and simply couldn’t shake it so this is what I came up with.


I started by spraying my tag, then painting with gesso.  I added some torn washi tape (which is not all that easy to tear vertically, by the way).  The words are stamped (first ever use for that alpha stamp set) and I used a gold marker to highlight the letters.

I added a rose, again highlighted with the gold marker, Gold topped pin and gold beads.

Can you finish the Quote (another Q word, you will note)?  I couldn't help but add references to arrows and outrageous fortunes, lol

See you again soon – thank you for stopping by.

Esther xx

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Tag It On #165–Letter B and a Flower

It’s time for a new tag over at Dragons Dream Tag It On and I was keen on this recipe – I had several ideas and this is what evolved from them:


I had a tag in my stash that I had cut from a printed digital paper and I layered my 3D elements (flowers from my stash and leaves cut on the Cameo) over the print and stamped my bees by colouring the stamp with distress markers.  Doing the stamping this way gave me the opportunity to leave out the postmarks on my 2nd and 3rd bees, which I thought was pretty cool.

Here is a better look at the 3d-ness (that is so not a real word, I’m sure):


A short sweet post today – thank you for stopping by.

Esther  xx

Friday, May 2, 2014

Romance & Roses

The current challenge at The Craft Room has been set by Debi.  She confesses to be a romantic at heart and, knowing her only a little, I can well imagine this being the case.

I love to create 3-D paper crafts and when I saw this cutting file at SVG Cuts, I just had to have it!   There are several others on my current wish list too.

Having the Designer Edition of the Silhouette software makes it a breeze to open and cut SVG files but I have not yet upgraded to the latest version.  There have been a few issues with the new version and while the majority of the bugs have been fixed, I think I will wait a bit longer.

I digress – here is my entry for Romance and Roses:


I have made a smaller version as well that I have plans to use in my Christmas village – yet to be constructed.  Watch this space, lol

Thanks so much for taking the time to look, read and comment – it really does mean a lot to me.

Esther  xx