Friday, 22 August 2014

Mix & Match... Part Deux

Ooooh get me, going all French!  Did I ever tell you how I exceeded all expectations from Miss Mathers, my French teacher? Oh yesh, in my *ahem* O Level (ok, yes, I am that old lol) I was graded a U.  At the time I was ever so proud that I had failed so miserably that they couldn't even give the failure a proper grade!  Looking back on it, I was going through a rebel phase, my devil may care attitude was "when am I ever going to need French huh?"  And I concentrated on my English O Levels (which, I am rather chuffed to say, I did exceedingly well with an B+ and a B in Lit and Language respectively!)    Not that you would ever guess that I reached those high accolades if you are a regular reader of this waffle filled blog!   Anyways... enough wafflings!  Today I am back with the card I made for my Jones of Nottingham DT using the Kaisercraft Mix & Match paper collection.

Get this... no stamping or inking on this one!! I resisted the temptation so much I had to sit on my paws to stop me grabbing an ink blending tool!  I wanted to see if I could do a little "clean" work... and, it appears, I can!  Although I do think a smidge of something around the edges would be nice ;O))  Now, I have never been one for making cards... give me a tag, a canvas, a piece of old cardboard and I am happy... give me a card and I struggle to get the layout right, my brain goes blank and I make something super simple... which is exactly what this card is but... it is no bad thing to do "simple" every so often right?

I decided to keep this card "colour free" and stick with the kraft, black and white theme of the papers (there be reds in there too but that was yesterday's post)  The sentiment is actually snipped from one of the papers - it is chock full of lovely sentiments!  The butterfly is another snip from a sheet of the paper, again, I was tempted to add some colour to him but I was good!  I made a little bow using seam binding and then popped the butterfly atop of it... and used a few Martha Steward punches to add some prettiness to the design.  If you look closely, you will see the under the butterfly has strips of butterflies on it... this is one of the "info strips" along the bottom of the papers... I know I said it yesterday but... Kaiser are cool, they do the info on one side of the paper and on the other side is a strip of decoration... this little butterfly strip worked perfectly.

We have had much excitement in the garden today!  Lord Alfonse is single-pawdley going through the Spinney removing all traces of mouses and voles - at least two or three a week and a few weeks ago, two in a morning!  He keeps bringing these furry critters home and I keep grabbing him and allowing them to run off *unless I am too late and they, erm... are extinct!*.  Anyways, this morning a huge cacophony of noise arrives along with Mummy's Little Predator.  What be that noise!!!  A loud squeaking and Alf looking ever so slightly alarmed.  Upon investigation, I can see it is a shrew.  A hooooge shrew!  A massive shrew!!! Nay and thrice a humungus Shrew!  Said Biggest Shrew in England had been deposited on the lawn and was standing up (I kid you not, it was standing up on hind legs) and squeaking loudly at Alf who was looking ever so slightly frightened!  I grabbed Alfonse and the Monster Shrew of the Spinney turned and ran at my feet!!!  Now, I ain't no chicken, in fact there be only one thing that will have me lifting my skirts and running for the hills and that be earwigs (shudder), but this Beast of Northamptonshire had a vicious look in its eye so I took very long and fast steps back into the house with a struggling Alf under my arm.   Calm is now restored, Alf has had his lunchingtons and a few treats so he knows he is a good boy and I have repaired to the (newly tidy) Room of Stash...  after all that kerfuffle, I needs a bit of time with my inks to calm me nerves!   I shall away now... time for an inky afternoon *peeks out of the window to see if the Behemoth of Wellingborough has disappeared*    Thanks for looking, TTFN!

Hels x

Thursday, 21 August 2014

Mix & Match... Part 1

Goodly morning!  Cor blimey and thrice, where has this week gone huh?  One minute it is Sunday and the next we are waking up to Thursday!  Yikes!   Anyways, I have been busying myself in the Room of Stash playing with my DT pack from Jones of Nottingham.  I was sent the new Kaisercraft Mix & Match papers which are a mixture of kraft papers with red, white and black patterns... along with some cool sentiments and two sheets that are just perfick for cutting out - namely butterflies and hearts.  I have made a card (I know! a card!) and a tag (yep, you know how I loves my tags!)  Today I am showing you the tag... I will pop the card on tomorrow :O)

I used a couple of the papers that have white lacy doily images on them, covered a Size 8 tag and then added a punched strip of black cardstock to cover the join.  Now the cool thing with Kaiser papers is that along the bottom "info" strip the reverse side usually has a little patterned strip - seeing this red and white stripe on one of the strips was perfect to add to the black card punched strip, I cut it, edged with Distress Ink and then popped it over the top. 

I mentioned about the hearts... well, these are so pretty, a lacy design and the actual heart looks like it has three layers... well, it really does now as I cut three out and layered them up, puffing them with a paper stump and adding Pinflair behind to make them stay in shape.   The words are taken from another of the papers... says it all doesn't it?  I added a few paper flowers (also Kaisercraft) to the bottom of the tag and a pearly self adhesive strip to jazz up the bottom of the tag a bit but... the heart, it looked ok but it needed something.  I tried out a pearl, nope that didn't look right so I spotted my Kaiser butterfly stamps and decided to stamp a small one, cut it out, colour with Barn Door DI and pop him on... perfect!  A bit of red and cream grosgrain to make the bow at the top and voila, finished. 

That's all from me for today... I have a "job" to do... and if I sit here I will end up spending all morning doing aversion activities that will stop me from doing the really important thing I needs to do... tidy the Room of Stash!  I know! I know!  I am of slatternly persuasion and the old Room has got a wee bit out of hand again... simply a case of not putting stuff away after using it... and I have had a bit of a declutter and things aren't in their proper places... I may be some time... and I may even *whispers* de-cobweb the place too!    On that delightful note, I shall bid you all a very goodly day.... Thanks for looking!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 321 - Moon Shadow

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  As ever, thank you all for the grand entries to last weeks natural challenge - it was great to see some new peeps entering too!   The theme this week is all about what you do at the start of your creation... oh yesh, this week we are looking at BACKGROUNDS. *I know the song title is a little tenuous but backgrounds are often in the shadows right?*  You can interpret the challenge how you like: make a background that is inky, painty, papery, stencilled, stamped.... 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 23rd August 2014.

 A few weeks ago, Darkroom Door released some new fabby Texture images into their range... HERE's a linky to the page showing them all.   I was super lucky and was sent four beautiful backgrounds to play with.  For my tag today, I used the new Flourish and Splatter stamps.   Starting by inking the tag with Antique Linen, Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky DI's, I then stamped the Flourish using Stormy Sky and popped some Frosted Crystal Antiquities embossing powder over the top... heat embossed it and then stamped some of the splatters using Frayed Burlap DI.  I lightly blended more ink over the tag as the embossing powder gives a really cool resist so it intensifies the colours if you have used it already with the same colour you are re-inking... if that makes sense!!! This next photo is just the background.. the embossing doesn't show up too well on this one (yep, my great skills as a photographer... not!)

No idea why this background has a lime green look to it, on the photo it isn't like this!!

Once I had the background how I wanted it, I stamped the Darkroom Door large butterfly - isn't he grand!  I used a smidge of Wild Honey in the middle of him and then Tumbled Glass and Stormy Sky DI's to colour him up.  I knew he was going to be the focal point of the tag but wasn't quite sure what else to I went and had a rummage in  my dies and decided to cut a few bits of greenery and a heart... I also cut a few other bits that didn't make the tag, they can be stored safely on the massive pile of stuff lurking on my messy desk! 

I inked the heart and overstamped with the Flourish stamp, again using Stormy Sky and then added a few Chit Chat stickers for my words... and then rummaged some more and found some paper flowers... aha, the whole thing was coming together nicely now... layers of flowers, leaves and lacey bits...  Oh and the pic above shows up the Frosted Crystal powders...

And of course, where there be flowers, there should always be embellies... ok, there should always be embellies - you can never have too many right?  The little heart is an Idea-ology charm, I smudged Tumbled Glass Distress Paint over it and then dried it off... and I did the same with the Foliage for the middle of the butterfly too.  A little pearl in the middle finished the butterfly off nicely I thinks.  And there you have it.... all about the background, which is still a bit visible :O)  

I am doing a sun-dance today... and a wind-dance too.  It is the local airshow today at Sywell and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, with those two magnificent Lancasters, is doing a flypast this afternoon (not to mention the Dakota, the Red Arrows and the Blades) but... I have seen that the weather is not playing ball and it is likely the BBMF might be cancelled!  So, if you hear some distant thumping about, you will know it is me, doing a jig in the hope it will shove the bad weather away so the old ladies can fly... finger's x'd!!!    I shall leave you with the vision of my mad dancing and bid you a very goodly day!  Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 16 August 2014

Curiously Framelitted...

Gooooodly Morning to all you Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of a 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... well worth taking a cuppa and a packet of Digestives :O)    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.  As before, Tim & Mario have 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 63 of the book and playing with Stamps & Framelits.  Now, 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. 

This week I made a tag for my entry!  I know!  Fancy that!  A tag!  Actually, I am getting quite a little collection of tags now and they are all on a bookring, I thinks I will be needing a bigger bookring tho!  The nature of the technique this week means that we are making embellishments/toppers for our creations so I decided to add in one of my favourite techniques for the background of the tag... and that be the Glue & Seal Resist technique.  There are lots of different resist techniques out there but this is one of my faves because the Glue & Seal is Matte which means my background remains Matte too... you could use a Glossy Glue & Seal and have a shinier resist if that is what you prefers though.   I popped some Glue & Seal onto my craft sheet and spread it thinly and then dabbed the large background from Tim's Papillon set... the perfect stamp to go with the French Flight Framelits set I am using on this project.  Once stamped, a quick zap with a heat tool to dry the Glue & Seal and then I got playing with Distress Inks.

I used Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Victorian Velvet and Walnut Stain DI's to blend over the background and then misted a rag with water and wiped off the excess ink to show the resist up even more.  The background looked ok but it needed *something* extra, so I added a few strips of Tissue Tape - again, mirroring the background stamp, I used the Boulangerie Tissue Tape along with the diamond (to go with the usual stamped diamonds) and a pointy hand just cos I loves that pointy hand tape!  To finish the background I cut down a Journal Ticket and added some Remnant Rubs to it... another Paris reference and another pointy hand... you would think I had thought this out right?   I snuck in another little technique on this bit too... adding Distress Ink over the top of the Remnant Rubs so another resist technique added to the mix.

For the Stamps & Framelits bit, I used Tim's new Wallflower Vellum... ohlalalaaaaa!  I is in lurves with this delish new paper... it is as perfect as the regular papers... but vellum!  It is a yonk and a half since I used vellum and I forgot how great it is to play with.  I used Jet Black Archival to stamp the Eiffel Tower and Butterflies... and for the little Fleur De Lys, I stamped in the same ink and popped some Frosted Crystal Antiquities Embossing Powder over the top... just to add the very smallest amount of bling to the creation.  Once cut out, I shaped the butterflies and added those to the tag, glued on the Eiffel Tower and then used a bit of 3D glue to add the Fleur so it is raised up a bit.  Now, regular visitors to this old bloggy will be well aware of my ineptitude for tying a bow.  I once spent a whole weekend at a cardmaking class attempting to tie a bow and, much to the disgust of all around me, I still couldn't get it to look neat.  Imagine how chuffed I was when I saw that the Ink Goddess that is Paula Cheney, has THE perfect way of tying a big old blousy bow... and it couldn't be more SIMPLES!!!  THANK YOU PAULA!!!  *I loves Paula, she is THE BOSS of all things beautiful, CLICK HERE to visit her blog*   As ever, with my Compendium tags, I had added in the little Diamond stamp... I think this is probably my most used stamp and I thought when I first started out this "use the same stamp on each entry" lark, I would get bored with it... well, not yet... I likes the continuity :O)

I had fully intended to be a good gal and take step by steps of the background taking shape... but then I forgot and by the time I remembered it was almost done so I will do a different tag in the next few days and pop it on here.  That's all for now - don't forget, you will have two 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 inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Friday, 15 August 2014

Kitty Crafting...

...I have a rather special card for you today... oh yesh, my little AlfieCat has been rummaging in the Room of Stash and made a birthday card for his Dad... I meant to show you this earlier in the week but you know what it is like, one day it is Monday, the next thing you know it is Friday already!    Alf told me he wanted to use a birdy stamp because he loves birdies... he loves to sit and watch them and he chatters away to them but thankfully he is far more partial to the odd mouse or shrew.. or three!

I helped him out by holding the new Gothic Layering Stencil from Tim... he blended a pawful of Frayed Burlap through the stencil and then did a bit of stamping over the top... Jet Black Archival for the eggshell speckles, birdy and fig.1 stamp and then Tumbled Glass for the egg itself (I love that egg sooo much!)   The letters are Alphaparts and you might have noticed that one of the D's isn't actually a D.. it is an upside down P as we have run out of D's, works tho, right?   The strap is a Grungepaper strip, coloured with Vintage Photo and he added a little Idea-ology buckle to it... Yes, I am as mad as my cat... but it is fun here lol

Please do check back tomorrow... there be a brand new Compendium Challenge launching at 7am GMT... which means you have a few hours left now to join in with the current challenge -= all the deets are HERE on Linda's blog.    Thanks for looking, have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 320 - (You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy (if a bit soggy) Sunday to you all!  Wow, what a great selection of bits n pieces entries last week, I was really chuffed that you all loved tidying up *but that is enough of that for one year right?*  The theme this week is one that pleases me greatly, drops me right into me comfort zone it do!  The theme is NATUAL COLOURS & ELEMENTS - you can interpret the challenge how you like: use your favourite neutral tones and natural colours (ie no bright neons folks) add in bits of natural stuff like jute, raffia, feathers etc...    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 15th August 2014.

Before I waffle on... I had a couple of entries in the past few weeks that didn't have a linky to the post on the entrants' blogs... I hopped on over to have a nosey but I couldn't find the relevant post on said blogs - so if you could give the Sunday Stamper a mention in your post please, I can find you much easier, plus your followers might not have heard of this l'il 'ol challenge and might fancy a play along too :O)

Right!  Waffle time!  It was my beloved Grim's birthday last Monday *yes, he was 21...again!*  I usually cop out and buy him a card because I never think that I will make him one that is as nice as a bought one.  However, this year he did mention about having a made one, so I got my thinking cap on.  Girls birthdays are SO easy aren't they?  Boys cards, however, I struggle with.  I didn't want to do a cliched "cogs, guys, cars, boats" kind of card so I had a thinky about what Grim really likes... and one thing he really likes is birds!  *feathered variety... although.... teehee*  I cut some of Tim's Wallflower papers so I had the little birdy image in the right place and layered this up onto Bazzill card.  The papers themselves are ornate enough to leave them be so I just kept it simple, tied some twine around the papers and added a little Heart Charm with the "love you" sticker in the middle  and stamped out the Happy Birthday and the cartouchey thingy it sits in (Tim stamps btw)

But!  Alas!  The card looked bare!  So I added some Idea-ology Washers and Long Fasteners and Clips... still a bit bland.  Ahahaaaa! A feather!  And being as I happen to have the gorgeous Bird Feather Tim stamps, I decided to make me own feather.  I used Wendy's Archivals: Tree Branch, Potting Soil and a smidge of Geranium to reflect the colours of the bird on the papers.  A whole lot of snippetty-snipping to make the feather a little more realistic and a blend around the edges with Vintage Photo DI to get rid of the creamy cardy bits and voila, done! I am chuffed with how the feather turned out... and Grim, bless him, thought it could be real when he first saw it!  *mind you, he didn't have his specs on - oh yesh, bless him, arms ain't long enough anymore*

I shall away now... I have a pretty lazy-ish day planned... well, I have got Mount Crumpled Clothes to scale and as it is a miserable day out there, I think an old black and white film and a date with the iron is in order!  Thanks for looking, have a goodly day all.... TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 319 - Bits & Pieces

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you for all your great frosty and festive entries for last weeks challenge.  The theme this week is one to help you!  Oh yesh, the theme is BITS & PIECES so you can interpret the challenge how you like: you could grab all those bits and pieces that you have laying about and pop them onto your creation, you might have stamped some images and not got around to using them...    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 9th August 2014.

Ok, so not only am I helping you tidy up your crafty spaces, I am also admitting that my Room of Stash has kind of, well, sort of... ok, it is reallly getting messy again!  I tend to get a load of stuff out to use on projects and when I don't use them, I bung them all onto a shelf above my desk where they lay around gathering dust and cobwebs and eventually I say "enough!" and spend several hours sorting them and putting them away.  I even have a box for left over diecuts that I haven't used... just the same as a box of offcuts of ribbons and lace... I mean, you never know when you will need that 1" piece of lace do you?

I started my tag by inking it with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and edging with Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  Stamping with Potting Soil Archival, I stamped the large birds and then using Jet Black I stamped the smaller birds (they are up a-top under the ribbon) and I added some faded script stamping with Antique Linen but that doesn't show up at all now!   My fave diamonds are making another appearance, well they were on me desk from my Compendium tag the other day so why not indeedily?

Now, I have had a pot of Ranger Frosted Crystal Antiquities embossing powder on me desk for a yonk and a half and I was sitting there, looking at my inked tag and I thought "I wonder if...."   So I tried it and... oh yesh, I likes.   SO what did I wonder?  Well, there be a technique of Tim's, called Rusted Enamel, where you ink all over cardstock, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the top, flick the back of the card and then ink right over the embossy bits... so I decided to dry my tag completely as I had used different inks and didn't want the powder to stick all wonky like and then I inked right back over the top using more Antique Linen, this enriched the original colours to my delight too!  I then sprinkled the Antiquities powders over the top, flicked the back of the tag so get rid of some of the powders and then embossed them... wow, I love it!  This tag is so tactile now!  If you have some of these powders... try it! Let me know what you thinks!  Because I am no David Bailey, my photo's aren't really showing what the technique looks like IRL.. I will try and do another one and get better pics (I might even see if I can borrow Grim's swizzy camera *or better still, get him to photo it for me!*  Once I had my background sorted, I started assembling the bits and pieces I had collected together... I used my Distress Spritzer and a Walnut Stain Marker to dirty up the ribbon roses as they were really clean and stood out far too much for my liking.

I really had a lot of fun putting this tag together and I wish I could say that my desk is looking a little tidier but no, it isn't... nor is the shelf above it... or, for that matter, is the floor any more visible than it was before.  Actually I thinks I may needs to make several hundred more tags like this to get rid of all those little bits I can't bear to either throw away or indeedily, put back where I got them from!   Today we are mostly going to be sitting watching the British Touring Cars, it is sooo long since they were last on... and we were on holibobs so we only saw the highlights of the races... I have missed shouting... GO PLATO!   Thanks for looking, have a great day! TTFN

Hels x

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