Thursday, 2 March 2017

Masked Distress for GoGo

HI - I've found time amongst the madness of preparing to move house to post a layout using one of the fab techniques taught at GoGo Getaway October 2016 retreat.
You can see more details plus other gorgeous layouts from my design team mates here -  do pop over and have a look...Happy Crafting Esther xx

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Confetti Pockets

Hi - It's been ages since I posted, we are getting ready ot move house so things are a bit hectic. These layouts are from a few weeks ago and were created for the GoG0 Getaway blog revisiting a technique from our October 2016 Getaway retreat.  Niki taught a gorgeous Confetti Pockets class and I've never seen so much pink and glitter, which I enjoyed but I wanted to to see if this technique would work as well for a boys layout using a photo of my Great Nephew on his first birthday.confetti-pocket-2
I hand cut the number one in white cardstock and a second time from acetate. After stamping on the cardstock I used Washi tape to secure the two layers together - not quite sealing all the way round and then  added sequins and glitter.  I completed the seal with more Washi tape and then to add some detail and so the 'confetti'  didn't all fall to the bottom I added some staples in random places.
Of course I couldn't revisit this technique without a bit of girly glitteryness so I also made a layout of my Nieces wedding and added a pretty heart shaped Confetti pocket.confetti-pocket-1
This time I stitched the edges using some mulberry paper with pressed petals and leaves in as a background and also added some stitching across the pocket to create places for the confetti to rest. As well as sequins and glitter I also added seed beads and heart gems to this one. img_2521
I had lots of fun creating more pretty pockets and I think it works equally well for a male layout too. Thanks for stopping by - please pop over the the GoGO Getaway blog to see more inspiration from the fab Design Team. 

Monday, 2 January 2017

GoGoGetaway technique

Over on the GoGOGetaway blog I've shared a new layout using one of the techniques taught at our fabulous October 2016 retreat - would love for you to pop over and have a look.

Happy Crafting - Esther xx

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Lasting Memories GDT

Hi - I was lucky enough to be asked to guest design for Lasting memories for November. Unfortunately the posts I thought I had scheduled to pop up while I've been away didn't happen so along with the final layout for this week I'm sharing the previous two as well. You can link up for any of the challenges during November - do pop over to Lasting Memories to see what their Design team have created and to join in. Here are my layouts -
LM320 - Any shape - I chose clouds

LM319 - Triangles

LM318 - Circles

I had great fun creating my layouts for LM even though they didn't post when they should have done.

Thanks for stopping by - Happy crafting Esther xx 

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

GoGoGetaway excitement

It's been  a very exciting couple of weeks - not only did I teach my first scrapbook classes at the October GoGoGetaway retreat but yesterday the official announcement was been made for the 2017 team and I'm on it !!! It's been amazing to be part of the team this year and I can't wait to continue the journey. I've put together a couple of layouts from the Oct retreat - we were really busy so I didn't get round to taking many pictures, but I wanted to keep a record of my first teaching experience. I apologise that the photos are not brilliant - I struggle to get good lighting this time of year. 
GoGoGetaway retreats are held in the lovely Theobalds Park hotel and the photos in this first layout were taken in the hotel lobby where delegates were greeted by a beautiful welcome board and for parts of the weekend the bookings table was set up to take bookings for our 2017 events.
I created this background for my second layout - using lots of Heidi Swapp colour shine, torn strips from the written instructions for one of my classes, stamping and texture paste through a stencil.  I then added my photos and embellishments. The blanked out picture was taken during my first class and a couple of delegates asked me not to share it online. 
As well as three residential weekend retreats a year GoGoGetaway also run day events and non-residential weekends. Our classes focus on technique based teaching, large class kits, including exciting mediums and tools to use in class.   You can find all the details on the website here - we are also on Facebook and Instagram @GoGo_Getaway. I've some more photos to scrap from the October retreat and I'm so excited about making more memories and sharing my love for this craft with the rest of the team.  

Thanks for stopping by...Happy Crafting, Esther xx  

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Lasting Memories - Guest designer

I was very excited when the girls from Lasting Memories asked if I wanted to be guest designer for one of their challenges. Of course I jumped at it and have been busy creating layouts for November's challenges which start today. The first week's theme is 'Squares' - use primarily squares.
I've used the gorgeous papers from Pink Fresh Studios 'Indigo Hills' collection on a background of Gelatos with some stamping thrown in for good measure.

I had great fun creating my layout and am looking forward to a month of fab challenges with the Lasting memories team.

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Steampunk Scrapping

I Tried a different style for a new scrapbook page today - Steampunk. I had photos of The Porterhouse, Covent Garden from a trip we took for our 40th birthdays and they were perfect for this theme. I started by using light brown Brushos watercolour crystals to create two circles on my background paper, once dry I added some texture past through a stencil (I meant to take step by step photos but got carried away creating and forgot). 
Once the paste was dry I added some stamped cogs/wheels (Artistic Stamper) and embossed with kettle copper EP. I used the sketch from Stuck ?! for my layout. 
The Steampunk theme was inspired by the challenge over at 7DotsStudio.  I've used paper and a couple of tags from 7Dots illumination collection, plus some scraps from my stash.  
 I love the interior of The Porterhouse lots of copper pipes and steampunk style decor. 
I'm also sharing over on The Studio Challenge blog where the Sept 25th Theme is Watercolours.


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