Sunday, 1 March 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 347 - Happiness is a Warm Gun

Goooodly Afternoon Stampers and a happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab orange entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... USE WARM COLOURS You can interpret the challenge how you like: use paints, papers, inks, embossing powders... any medium you prefer ... the choice, it be yours!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 7th March 2015.


Uh-oh, it's that butterfly again!  Actually, I made this tag a few weeks ago during a class - I have been right proper poorly again this past week so haven't felt up to getting inky :O(  So poorly that I completely forgot to post the Sunday Stamper today!  Anyways, I am here, better late than never right?  I have chosen "warm" as the theme because I can't remember the last time I was actually warm... I think it is a symptom of this thing I have going on...


Anyways, here's my entry... a Distress Spray Stain background on the tag, I used Wild Honey, Crushed Olive and Broken China and then stamped with Ranger's Sticky Embossing Powder and popped Rock Candy Distres Glitter over the top to add a little sparkle.  The butterfly is stamped twice, coloured with the same DI's and then layered up.


I won't stop and yak today, I am still feeling mighty crook so it is time for me to get back on the sofa again.  Hope you all having a goodly weekend!  Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 22 February 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 346 - New Moon on Monday

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab orange entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... USE SOMETHING NEW You can interpret the challenge how you like: do you have some new stash to play with? Have you got a new technique to try out? Or... is this your first time playing along with the Sunday Stamper! ... the choice, it be yours!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 28th February 2015.
 



There has been much mirth and merriment in the Room of Stash this week because new stash has arrived!   Oh yesh, after waiting patiently for most of January and February, Cracked Pistachio is finally in the building... and of course, it would be plain rude not to try it outBut!  What colours to put with it?  Well, I was Skyping with Ellen on Tuesday and she told me to use bright colours... you see, Ellen lives in a world of bright colours, fair embraces them... whilst I tend to live in a blue and brown world... so I took the bait and cracked on *pardonez le pun* with the Cracked Pistachio, adding Spiced Marmalade and Dusty Concord to the mix too.



The base of the tag is simply stencilled with Tim's new Flourish layering stencil... three different colours and one pattern looks fair pretty doesn't it?  Once I had done that I lightly blended Antique Linen over the top to slightly smudge the stencilling and add a smidge of... um... brown (don't tell Ellen)   Of course, it would also be very rude not to use my new butterfly from Tim's Perspective stamp set... so he got inked twice, stamped twice onto cream card and cut out twice, the second one, cutting into his wings *ouch* and making them smaller so they layer up nicely.   A blend of the same DI's again for his wings, colouring the underside too so they look pretty instead of the ugly cream card... layering onto a few paper flowers, a quick stamped sentiment from the same set - I got the BEAUTY to bleach out by using a waterbrush and a paper towel to remove the DI... and voila, one finished tag.  I have to say, after months of old Mr Mojo being AWOL or lurking behind a pile of dusty papers, he seems to have come home with great gusto.  I also spent a lovely afternoon yesterday in the Room of Stash... Ellen on Skype, ink and stamps in front of me... and I made... FOUR tags!  And... after tea, I was still popping with ideas so I started another project... that is part finished and hopefully it will be done later today.  I have grabbed the old rascal by the scruff of his pyjamas and I ain't letting him go anywhere.  *Mojo is actually a lazy old git and lives in his pyjamas for most of the year... only occasionally does he get dressed up*



Not only has Cracked Pistachio arrived.... Abandoned Coral has too!  Now, let me be the first to say... um... I wasn't too sure.  Like I mentioned, my world is blue and brown... not bright old pinky orange.  However, I am now in lurves with this new addition to the Distress line and, quite simply, I am actually now counting the moments until March 1st when another new colour will be announced by Ranger.  My money is on a purpley toned one... there's a gap there isn't there?  Milled Lavendar, Shaded Lilac, Dusty Concord and Seedless Preserves... we needs another purple :O)  However, being as I am the world's worst gambler, it will probably be a green or something!
 

For 281 years I have religiously played the National Lottery.  I stupidly started with "picked" numbers... and had one line a week.  Then they brought in the Wednesday Lotto and of course, I had to play those numbers... just in case like.  Then I met Grim and we had "special numbers" so another line went on.. then it went up to two quid a pop (humph) but I diligently carried on.  And thus far have won a grand total of £129.  In 281 years. Mmm.   Anyways, a few weeks ago I thought it was Monday when it was Tuesday.  And I thought it was Tuesday when it was Wednesday.. and realised I had forgotten to buy my ticket... only when I saw the numbers drawn had three of mine in them!  Akkk... I missed out of £25!  To console meself I bought a new set of Tim stamps... ahem... that is only right and proper isn't it?   I just thank heavens it wasn't six numbers out... imagine how much stash I would have had to buy to make up for that!   On that bombshell I shall bid you a very goodly day and say... Thanks for looking!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 15 February 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 345 - Orange Crush

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab steampunky entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... USE ORANGE You can interpret the challenge how you like: a smidge of orange ink, an orange tone of papers, a stamped orange... the choice, it be yours!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 21st February 2015.

 
Yesterday  I had a grand day teaching my Beeswax Distress Collage canvas at Daisy's Jewels in Coventry.... and decided halfway through the day that I was going to use the sample I was making to demo on during class as my entry for this weeks challenge... yes, oft I am that late in deciding what the Sunday Stamper will be!  You could call it "spur of the moment" but really it is inherent laziness on my part *teehee*


Anyways, lots of lovely layers of patterned papers, these ones are from Kaisercraft, inked and stamped and waxed and embellished with one of my Tattered Roses... well, I do love a rose you know :O)  I also loves a bit of beeswax, I just adore the vintage softness a slap of wax can add to any papers...


I am dashing off now back to Daisy's - today we are playing with all kinds of Distress and no doubt we will all be covered in ink by the end of the day... the best way to spend a Sunday eh?  Whatever you be doing today, I hope you have a good one!  Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Curiously Cutting...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of another brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  To see all the details on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE.  Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... they never cease to amaze me with their inspirational ideas and art!   The challenge is sponsored by the Funkie Junkie Boutique this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  Tim & Mario have, as ever, very kindly donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the "Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby prizes!  If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE.  And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there.   This week we are turning to Page 62 of the book and using the Dimensional Cutting Plate.  As ever with the Compendium Challenge, neither I, nor the Curiosity Crew, will be posting the technique instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any entries that don’t follow this rule.  



Another tag appearing for my entry to the challenge... this one has a bit of a textured background... I had this idea that I would create some extra dimension to the dimension I would be cutting using the Plate.   And as ever, my little harlequin stamp makes another appearance.  I had a bit of a result last weekend too.. I finally found the Tim stamp set (clear stamps) with the diddy little harlequin on it... yay!  I now have three different sizes in this same design... I shall be harlequinning all over the place!



My tag base had some Texture Paste added through a Layering Stencil and then I added Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Dusty Concord Distress Paints... and then tried out this new idea I had a few months ago that has been buzzing around my bonce and I hadn't really had a chance to try it out.  So.  Once the background of DP's is set, it looks really pretty but... it is a bit too clean looking for me.  I likes a nice antiquey shabby look.  Inking over the top with Vintage Photo DI looks cool but it just wasn't rich enough... so I decided to slap a layer of Glue & Seal over the top... this activates the DI and once dried it is completely waterproof.... hello Faux Sepia, a new technique!!!   I will do a proper tut later next week :O)



Now once I had my butterflies dimensionally cut I decided to make sure that they weren't just left a bit boring ... no butterfly likes a bare behind after all.  I inked the wings with Broken China DI and then overstamped with a script using Jet Black Archival.... and then made a little plaque of card and Tissue Tape coloured with the same DP's to sit directly on the tag behind so it shows when the wings are raised... cool huh?


Decorations are layers of Prima Flowers... a gorgeous Studio 490 butterfly stamped onto card and inked with DI's and a few bits and bobs of Idea-ology.


Anyways... that's it from me for today... don't forget, you have two whole weeks to enter the challenge... and a bat at the chance of grabbing the Crew's Choice prize which is a mahooosive haul of stash donated personally by Tim & Mario... so if you are joining in, remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too *believe me, this is one gigantic pile of goodies* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Playtime...

...it's amaaaazing what a little bit of new stash can do for a girl.  For months now I have been bemoaning the fact that the old cad Mojo has beetled off on his holibobs and left me all on my ownsome.  It happens, I know, to most of us... that old "crafter's block"... I hate that feeling that I will never be able to make anything ever again *yes, I am a bit of a drama-queen when it comes to Mr Mojo going off on a jaunt and I can be oft heard saying "that's it, I am done as a crafter, I will never make owt again... ever!"  Grim and most of my friends just ignore me when I am on one of these rants... I wonder why?*   
 


Anyways, yesterday some new goodies arrived in the Room of Stash!  Namely the new Tim Layering Stencils Blossom and Flourish and the new Tim stamp set Perspective.  Yes, the name of the stamps does make me grin a little... putting everything into perspective and realising Mojo hasn't actually departed for good... no, he came bobbing right on home as soon as he saw these goodies!



Hurrah and thrice indeedily... today was playtime!  I decided to do a quickie tag to start with... that was after using Texture Paste on a couple of tags and trying out both stencils - they are drying off awaiting more alterations.  My quickie tag was just that... I started by colouring the base with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then using Bundled Sage for the Blossom Stencil and Stormy Sky for the Flourish... and then I decided to use a smidge of Black Soot to add some more Flourishy bits... just to "ground" the background a bit.


The butterfly - oh the butterfly, how big is he!!!  Mahoosive and gorgeous and in at Numero Uno as my new fave stamp!  *thanks Tim, I love love love him!* Anyways, the butterfly was stamped twice with Jet Black Archival on cream card and cut out - the first one is the normal butterfly, the second one was cut smaller, decoupage stylee like, so they layer up and make him even more blousey.  I used the same DI's to colour him and then once glued together, I curled the wings and added a Pen Nib to make his body.


Of course, along with the butterfly are a veritable feast of new sentiment stamps... not to mention a gorgeous background of numbers that is yet uninked (gimme chance lol)  I chose the Dream sentiment... inking the card with the same DI's and then stamping with Jet Black Archival... and then taking a waterbrush to the dream part of it to lighten the letters so they pop a little more.  I just love how water bleaches the Distress Ink and makes it lighten up.   I made a fancy bow using Crinkle Ribbon and Stormy Sky and a smidge of Gathered Twigs DI, added some pearly bits and voila, finished.


Now, it is not unusual for me to be on me tod on a Tuesday night as Grim goes off to watch his beloved Luton Town... and in past months, instead of spending this time in the Room of Stash as I usually do, I have flopped about on the sofa huffing at the rubbish telly viewing available.  Now that Mojo is back, I would normally be in there like Flynn, inking and crafting away.   However, tonight I have a ticket!!! Oh yesh, I am off to freeze me doodah's off watching said footy.. and of course, it would be rude not to have a pie, wouldn't it?  I shall away now, I have football songs to learn and I need to apply several layers of clothing, socks, hats, gloves etc etc etc....   Thanks for looking, have a goodly evening!   TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 8 February 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 344 - Locomotion

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab birdy entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... STEAMPUNK You can interpret the challenge how you like: steampunky stamp, add cogs and gears, grunge it up... the choice, it be yours!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 14th February 2015.


My entry this week is my class sample from a great day teaching yesterday at the Ali-Craft Retreat in Daventry.  I always have fun teaching the folks who come along to their retreats and yesterday was just fab.  A bigger class than I normally am used to... 30 people (!) but 30 people means that I get to see 30 completely different projects at the end of the class... that is one of the most rewarding things for me, seeing all the different interpretations.  Big thank you to Ali and Iain for inviting me again and to all the delegates who were such fun to teach.



I won't go into great detail on how I made this... it wouldn't be fair on the peeps who came along to play yesterday... but I can tell you there are several Distress Ink techniques - the colours I used are Rusty Hinge, Antique Linen, Stormy Sky, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs.


There be texture paste and Treasure Gold, Tim stamps, Darkroom Door stamps and then some diecut and metal embellies... voila, one 12" square finished project :O)  I have a plan to find a glass fronted 12 x 12 deep frame thingy to pop this into... then it is going on the wall. 


That's all for now... I will try to get back to a proper blogging schedule this week... I have a few things made and in need of blogging already so I have no excuse!   Thanks for looking and have a fabby day.  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 1 February 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 343 - Blackbird

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab winged entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... BIRDS You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it a stamped bird, a die cut, a decoupaged birdy, a real one (!)... the choice, it be yours!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme AND some stamping *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 7th February 2015.



This week my entry is a large canvas I have altered.  I taught a couple of lovely ladies a Melt Art workshop during the week and because I have done so many beeswax things, I decided to do mine slightly differently... {theirs are the same, just beeswaxed :O)}   The papers I used to make a collage on the canvas are Tim's Wallflower collection - I am now needing Pad #5 - yes, I love these papers that much!  The soft and delicate colours and the beautiful natural designs are right up my street.   Around the edge of each bit of collaged paper is a smidge of Faded Jeans Distress Ink - this is to highlight the layers of paper and also, I hate to see cut edges so it blends them in nicely.


I snipped out the little blue tits from the paper design... these are layered onto the collage too.  Next up is a good slap of Glue & Seal... to um... glue and seal the papers!  They are now water-resistant which means that if I accidently slop something wet onto the canvas, it is protected.   The roses are made using my tutorial *points left* and I used more of the Wallflower papers to make these. The sentiment is one of Tim's stamps - stamped in Jet Black Archival so it is permanent ink.  The butterfly is a Darkroom Door stamp - isn't he just so perfect?   I added a few bits and bobs of embellies and a little wrap of twine so it looks like a bit of a birdy next and there we have it... done! 



I have a lovely lazy day planned today... a nice roast dinner and an afternoon with Grim... if the weather behaves we are hoping to get into the garden and start the tidy-up before I get cracking in the greenhouse again.  A few weeks ago someone asked how I make my Yorkshire Puds and if it was a secret recipe.  Well, I can't tell you the recipe exactly... but I can tell you how I make them:  I go to the freezer section of the supermarket and buy Aunt Bessie's Yorkshire Pudding Batters... and then pop them into my halogen oven and they are better than the sad efforts that I make from scratch... yes, I am a Yorkshire Lass and yes, I am useless at the puddings!  I have tried sooo many different ways, recipes etc but nope, they all turn out revolting.  I blame the oven (ahem)  On that bombshell I shall say... thanks for looking and have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

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