Saturday, 1 August 2015

Curiously Monoprint...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of the very last Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge *sad face*.  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 48 of the book and trying out the Layering Stencils Monoprint technique.  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.  


I absolutely LOVE this technique and had much fun playing and using different colours.. so much so, I was in a quandry which tag to choose to show you!  I plumped for this one as it is lovely and bright and uses my fave stencil... the Flourish one.  As ever, it is a tag I am offering and yes, there be little snippets of my harlequin stamp on there... well, it is the last challenge of the book so I had to use it!


I chose Distress Inks and used Twisted Citron, Fossilized Amber, Picked Raspberry and Mermaid Lagoon for the technique.  I decided to keep the embellies simple... then got all over excited and started layering up paper flowers, colouring Idea-ology Foliage with Distress Paint and generally going for it instead of keeping it simple.  Well, I do find it really hard to leave the embellies off... and it is the last challenge so it would be rude not to... right?



I just want to say a mahooosive thank you to Linda for organising these fab challenges... and to my lovely teamies on the Curiosity Crew, it has been a magnificent 34 weeks working alongside them... and I am still so honoured to have been asked to take part in the challenges.  Also, thank you to each and everyone of you who has left me comments... and to everyone who has joined in with the challenges each time - it has been great to see all your fab interpretations of the techniques and themes.  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

Sunday, 19 July 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 360 - You Are So Beautiful

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Apologies for the lack of Sunday Stamper challenge for the past few weeks.  However, it is back and this week is a rather poignant theme.  I am sure that most of us crafters have heard the incredibly sad news of the untimely passing of Lily Chilvers after a short battle with cancer.  Lily was a very talented artist bringing to life her little Octopode Monsters, not only was she talented she was also very beautiful... but that beauty wasn't just skin deep.  I had the pleasure of meeting her a few times and was struck by her radiant personality, she exuded sunshine.  My heart aches for Lily's dear Mum Mandy and her sister Amber and her family and loved ones. My thoughts, as I am sure yours will be too, are with them all.  In Lily's memory, I wanted to dedicate this weeks theme to her with her Mum's permisson.  But what theme could I possibly chose? A lily is a flower, could we have flowers?  There is a song called Pictures of Lily but that just didn't seem right. We could have had a memories theme, still, that just didn't sit right either.  So, after careful consideration, I have chosen the words BEAUTIFUL or BEAUTY because, as I said before, Lily was a rarity, beautiful inside and out. 



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. 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 25th July 2015.


My entry is a 12 x 12 mountboard base with two large chipboard tags, altered with Paper Artsy Fresco Paints and Distress Inks and a few Tim stamps, stencils, Grungepaste, embellies and diecuts.



I made this piece yesterday during my class at South Hykeham for AliCraft.  My class sample is pink... I could have used that for my entry this week but I actually wanted to make something with Lily in my mind... and of course, the words are very fitting I think.



I have lots of Lily's Octopode images and a few rubber stamps too...  If you have any Octopode monsters, it would be great to see your creations using them.  To visit the Octopode Factory, please click HERE.  The Octopode Factory will remain open in Lily's memory.

Thanks for looking... I hope you have a great day... TTFN

Hels x




Saturday, 18 July 2015

Curiously Altered...

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 Inspiration Emporium 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 45 of the book and trying out the Altered Surfaces technique.  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.  


I had much fun playing with this technique.  I made *another* tag for my collection.  This one started off with a piece of Tim's Correspondance papers laid over the tag and stuck down with Glue & Seal.  I wanted the paper to be more in the background so I knocked it back with a wash of Antique Linen Distress Paint, watered down and applied with Cut & Dry foam... this lets the pattern still show but not as brightly.  I edged the tag with Walnut Stain DI just to age it up a bit.  Of course, there has to be some stamping so I used my little harlequin stamp and Jet Black Archival ink.



I used Tim's Flourish Stencil and Wendy's Black Embossing Paste... then sprinkling Ranger's Queen's Gold embossing powder over the embossing paste.  Once the paste had dried, I heated up the embossing powders so they melted onto the textured surface.  I love this technique!  The heart is sticky back canvas stuck to Grungeboard, die cut using a Movers & Shapers heart, sprayed with Fired Brick Distress Spray Stain and then wrapped with a bit of rusty wire.  I added on my "altered surfaces" and a bit of flower trim and voila, finished!



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


Wednesday, 8 July 2015

It's Been A Long Time!

...indeedily it has!   What with one thing and another, my poor old blog has been neglected but hopefully things are starting to gain some equilibrium now and I can start to get back to normal service.  Thank you for thinking of me and Grim and for you safe wishes for us.  We are safely back from holibobs - what an amazing adventure we had - and thankfully weren't caught up in the horror in Sousse.  It would be remiss of me not to mention that my heart goes out to all those who were involved in that mindless atrocity.


I have had a few things going on of late - personal stuff, health stuff... not only my health but also my AlfieCat who has become ill recently, that has been most worrying as you can imagine.  He is now on medication and, fingers crossed very tightly, seems to be responding to the treatment.  He needs to have more tests with the *whispers* V E T next week and all being well they will bring goodly news for us all.


With all that going on I haven't really had chance to catch up or to get into the Room of Stash.  The canvas I am showing you here is one I made in class at the end of May (yes, I am that far behind!) and also... is inspired by my canvas I did for Craft Stamper which hit the shelves last Friday.  It is so nice to be back in the magazine!  HERE's a linky to the Craft Stamper blog where you can find details of the new challenge and other fun stuff too.


I shall away now... my Room looks like Miss Haversham's dining room... knee deep in dust and cobwebs and looking ever so slightly neglected... I need to get tidied up and clean up and then I can get inky!  Thanks for looking.. have a grand evening.  TTFN

Hels x


Tuesday, 9 June 2015

The Closest Thing to Heaven...

...Cor blimey and thrice! I have finally sussed out how to do a bloggy thing on my tablet! Whether this will actually post is another question but I shall waffle on a but and see what happens.  If you don't get to read said waffle, I am still a dunderhead and haven't really sussed it at all 😉 If you do, however, I am a teckernical genius!

So here we are in Tunisia. A place I've never really fancied because I always had a preconception it'd be dirty or something... actually, it is a bit dirty out side of the hotel complex, mainly dusty... I'll let them off tho as it is so hot here, I wouldn't want to be pushing a broom down the street either!

The hotel is magnificent! I highly recommend it; couples only, all inclusive, friendly staff and the food... ohlalaaa, the food! If you can't go an hour and a half without eating this is the place to stay. If, like me, your relationship with food is somewhat fraught, this is the place to stay too! So much choice, all piping hot or nicely chilled,  depending on what it is... no one wants hot lettuce do they *teehee*  Yesterday was Day 1 of our holibobs, we did the obligatory "welcome meeting" which was actually pleasant and we learnt lots of stuff... then we went for a mooch to suss out where everything is and such like. We soon sussed out that actually, you could eat from dawn til dusk if you wanted... so I think I shall be exercising a little self control... otherwise I will be coming home with, um, excess flabbage!

Last night, after we'd eaten dinner... a Mexican night in the restaurant but no worry if you don't like Mexican food, there was plenty else to choose from, we repaired to the Courtyard where entertainment was laid on. A really good singer with a guitar and... acrobats! Those blokes were nutters... but incredibly good! Anyway, being as I'm on me holibobs I decided a Pina Colada was the drink of choice! Cor! Blimey! Strong! So I had a second one to make sure it was that strong... yup... strong!  Because of the strength of said cocktails, I decided to try a white rhum *their own brand Bacardi* and see if that was any weaker. Um. Nope. *hic*  After the acrobats had done their acrobatics, Mr Singing With A Guitar came back on and struck up Mustang Sally. Around the same time we decided to repair to our room which needs a lift to get there,  especially after several large drinkypoos. As we were waiting for the lift to arrive it got to the chorus bit of Mustang Sally. Of course it would've been impossible for me now to sing "ride, Sally ride"... well everyone would've done it right? What I'd not realised was there was a couple standing behind us also waiting for the lift. Oops... well, it was then only natural that I tell them "I only sang out of tune because you'd be jealous of my angelic voice if I sang properly"  Mrs I'm Sucking A Lemon wasn't impressed at all... so today I'm keeping me nut daaarn, don't want to bump into them again lol

I shall away now... think there may be some food on offer somewhere and it'd be rude not to try it 😉  Thanks for looking... have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 359 - Trains and Boats and Planes... **TWO WEEK CHALLENGE**

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy sunny summer Sunday to you all!  Big thanks to you all for joining in with the challenge last week.  Next week the Sunday Stamper will be on his holibobs so this challenge is a two-weeker.  The song title and theme this time is all about... TRAVEL.  You can make absolutely anything you fancy, be it a journal page, a card, a canvas or even, like I have done, a folio to start collecting bits and bobs from my travels.    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. 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 20th June 2015.


My entry is a Tim Holtz Folio that I have decorated using various stashly goodies.  I started with some Correspondence papers... cutting them to size and corner punching them (they always look so much neater IMO) and edging the lot with Vintage Photo DI.



I layered up some of Tim's Ephemera... tickets and tokens and what-nots and added one of my new fave Framelits - the butterfly!  Yes, here he is... much smaller than his original counterpart but so easy to use.  Stamp the butterfly, pop the die over the top, die cut... colour... simples!  I did the same with the little row of stars too and also added them on their own... just stamped in black Archival ink... I love stars and I think this might be a new fave stamp you know!


I also die cut some Mixed Media thinlets... love this framework, especially in black, it just adds that little something to a project.... and I also painted up an Alphapart thingy with Antique Linen DP... half dried it then wiped off the still wet paint to reveal a faux enamelled look... cool huh!   Now all I need to do is take a shedload of photo's.... good ones too *actually, I might let Grim take all the photo's and then steal them off him!* and then I can get cracking at altering the inside of my Folio... I plan for it to be a travel-log of our adventures in 2015.


That's all from me for the time being... as I hinted, it is holibobs time... I will still be around *wifi permitting* but we are taking a well earned break *plus, there is the small matter of my birthday next Saturday which, of course, needs celebrating in style! And remember, all cake on June 13 is free from all calorifics... so fill your...erm... cakeholes!*  Before we jet off to sunnier climes, there be another round of the BTCC to watch... so I shall cheer and shout... GO PLATO!  Thanks for looking, have a great two weeks!  TTFN

Hels x



Saturday, 6 June 2015

Curiously Faux Cracked...

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 54 of the book and trying out the Faux Cracked Glass technique.  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.  



You have heard the saying "they suffered for their art" right?  Well, I sure did suffer for my art for this project... I ate me bodyweight in pickled onions so I had the jar I wanted to transform!  I have done this technique on several size bottles before but I wanted a big old fella to jazz up as I am going to be using it as a pen/brush pot.  *ok, so I may have had help eating said pickled onions from Grim... and I may have had this jar kicking around for a few weeks, waiting patiently for its transformation... but it sounded good... didn't it?*


Instead of using the inks suggested by Tim in the book, I decided to try out Distress Spray Stains... I have to say I am rather chuffed with the results.  I used Frayed Burlap, Forest Moss and Vintage Photo sprays... letting them soak right into the crackles and then heating the jar to set them.  Of course, they are waterbased so won't be as permanent as the inks suggested... but this won't be getting wet so... it works for me! 


The roses were made using Tim's Tattered Florals and Mini Tattered Florals Movers & Shapers dies and Correspondance papers... a few leaves from the Mini Tattered Leaves die and a few twiggy bits gave me the embellies I wanted.  I cut a plaque using manila card, inked it with Stormy Sky and Faded Jeans DI's and then stamped one of my fave Studio 490 sentiments and of course, added my little harlequin stamp too. To finish I wound some string around the jar to make it a bit more rustic... and voila, one altered jar! 


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

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