Sunday, 21 September 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 326 - Paper Roses

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your grand entries to last weeks musical challenge - it was great to see all your different interpretations of the way to use music in your art.   The theme this week is PAPER ROSES.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: make your own roses, jazz up some bought paper roses, stamp and layer roses... 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 27th September 2014.

My entry this week is a tag I made a few weeks ago using the new Twas The Night Before Christmas Graphic 45 papers.  And yes, there's one of my big old paper roses... as you all know, I LOVES making these roses... and yep, they do feature a lot on my creations... I am a great believer in sticking with what you like :O)  After layering up the papers onto the tag, I whizzed around the edges with Frayed Burlap DI to tone the white cut edges in... and added Tattered Leaves to the rose, along with a few bits and bobs to jazz it up.  So, where's the stamping???  Well, you see that ickle tag tucked in the middle?  The stamping is actually on this, just poking out of the bottom of the little tag... I know, not much there but it is ... proving you only needs a smidge of stamping to join in!

So!  What you got planned for today?  I am away teaching at JLT Crafts in Hinckley today... we are going to be getting inky and messy making a mixed media board... it will be fun!   Have a great day all... thanks for looking!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 20 September 2014

It's GIVEAWAY Time!!!

...oh YESH!  Indeedily!  Thrice and all that malarkey!!!   I have news!  Special news!!!    Being as it has just passed my 7th bloggy birthday, the lovely guys at Jones of Nottingham have very kindly offered a very special prize giveaway for me to do!   So, if you fancy grabbing yourself a very, very, very awesome prize, read on...

You see the papers I have used on this Candy Box Crafts frame?  They are the new 12 x 12 Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs papers... lucky person will WIN a 12 x 12 pad... all you need to do is leave me a comment on this post.  The giveaway will be open until 22:59 GMT, Tuesday 23rd September 2014 and the winner, who will be randomly chosen from all entries left, will be announced on Wednesday 24th September 2014.   Multiple comments won't be accepted, one comment per person please (and any duplicates will be deleted before the numbers are popped into  If the winner doesn't claim the prize by 23:59 GMT Thursday 25th September, the draw will be re-done and a new winner picked.  So!  Whatcha waiting for huh?  Comment away!!!   

These papers are truly gorgeous... they have a very special place in me old heart, the colours and the beauty of the designs just really have grabbed me!  This frame is a 6" insidey bit and about 8" in total with the frame.  I cut up some of the papers - the little gal is just so pretty isn't she?  And I also cut more flowers out and layered them up... and then made some roses and added bits and bobs to finish the frame off nicely.

Look at those cute little puppydogs... aren't they just adorable?  Even AlfieCat likes them!   I shall away now... thanks for looking... and good luck!  TTFN

Hels xx

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

How Very, Very Remiss....

...BLINKING BLIMEY AND THRICE!!!!  You will NEVER guess what I have only gone and done!!!  Go on, have a little guess... anything?  Nooo, not that, you weren't supposed to know about that (teehee)   I have... only gone and completely forgotten my bloggyversary!  I know!   It is now 7 years since I began this little old blog... SEVEN years!!!  And this is the 1871st post... that a seriously very lot of waffling isn't it?!   Over the past seven years, I think it is fair to say, I have met some of the nicest crafty buddies, had adventures in foreign lands, had over a million hits (that blows me mind I can tell you) and I have managed to share lots of inky and painty creations along the way.  Thank you to every one who has ever visited, commented, joined in with challenges etc and supported me along this crafty highway I traverse.

Today I have a tag to show you... one of my Jones' DT projects for this month, this tag was made using the delish Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs papers.  I am a sucker for anything that is black and white and I particularly loves these papers - the backsides of them have some fab black and white (well, off white, more like a vintagey white) patterns.  This tag is a Size 8, covered with a dotty and a gingham design paper with a strip of patterned paper across the middle to cover the join.  The flower is made up from Tim's Tattered Florals spikey flower, cut several times from the "front" of the papers and then layered up with a fancy button (also from Jones) to finish it in the middle.  The sentiment is one of Tim's and it is stamped on a little tag that is also from the same range - one of the extra strip sheets you can buy to go with all the lovely papers.

Today we are away to that London!  I have been longing to see the poppies at the Tower ever since I first heard about the installation and today is the day I get to see them.  Grim has ordered me a couple - I am being patient, they will be delivered after Xmas but I already know exactly where they are going to live... forward planning and all that!  If you haven't heard about this installation, HERE are all the details.  I think it is an amazing and poignant tribute to all the fallen of the Great War, I will take some photo's and pop back on later this week with them.   As ever, thanks for looking, hope you have a fab day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 14 September 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 325 - Play That Funky Music

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your fabby entries to last weeks purple hued challenge - it was great to see all your different interpretations of the colour choice.   The theme this week is a nice easy one... this week it is MUSIC.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: use music stamps, music papers, words from a song or a musical... 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 20th September 2014.

My entry this week is actually my class sample for my classes at the Craftique Dabble Day in Hessle today.   Now, I have last minute info.. there be three spaces left on the 14:45 class, so if you are at a loose end this afternoon, why not pop along for a little inky play time!

Because I am blogging my class sample, I won't go into detail on how I made it... that wouldn't be fair on the lovely peeps who are coming along to the class.... so... it be a short and sweet post from me today!   I will tell you I used Tim's Poinsettia and Holly Branch Alterations Dies... and the Movers & Shapers 25 and ickle diddy deer... isn't he cute!!!

I shall away now... *I am scheduling this post so it is actually Saturday evening at the moment*  I have got to tackle the claws on the end of my fingers... they haven't had any attention for over a week and are all snarly and chipped!  On that delightful note, I shall bid you a very goodly day.... thanks for looking! TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Curiously Effected...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely 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 Emportium this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  As ever, 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 52 of the book and playing with Effect Powders.  Now, as usual 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. 

Being as we are playing with a product this week, I have returned to my tag making - another one to add to the burgeoning bookring of tags I am accruing!  And, as ever, I have included my little diamond stamp on my design.  The powder colours I used are Vintage Photo and Walnut Stain.

I decided that I was doing an "industrial" design... and the words were the first thing I thought of so I worked around those - the whole tag is me tipping me hat to those men who were instrumental in the Industrial Revolution - a subject I am a bit of a nerd on - but don't tell anyone ;O))  In my opinion, they truly did discover a new imagination... coming up with ideas that literally revolutionised the modern world.   The base of my tag was stamped with an image from Tim's Steampunk set - I used Glue & Seal to make a resist technique and once dried, I inked Rusty Hinge, Vintage Photo and Gathered Twigs DI's over the tag, splashing with water to make some little bleachy spots for the background.  My diamond stamp and a smidge of script stamping using Archival had the background where I wanted it.

Next up - Gadget Gears to cut my Grungeboard and my powders - following Tim's recipe in the Book and using Rusty Hinge, Black Soot and Walnut Stain DI's to finish the technique.  I stamped my three industrious chaps onto Grungeboard, cut them out, coloured them with a bit of Vintage Photo and then did a smidge of the technique around their hats and the cut along the bottom... can't see that though, I covered that up - oops! This pic shows how "deep" my tag is... I love building up lots of height on my projects... the taller the better!

Oh what fun I had with embellishmentizing my tag!  I LOVE embellies... yes, you probs know that being as everything I make is covered with them but I especially lurves Idea-ology and I had lots of fun altering some of the bits I added.  The Faucet Knob - that was coloured with Fired Brick and Black Soot Distress Paint and then sanded a bit to make it look worn out.  The Light Bulb in the middle of the cogs will work if the Faucet Knob is turned 241 times counter-clockwise, 621 turns clockwise and then 13 turns counter-clockwise again... ahem... mmmMoving on... The massive arrow - that was painted with Black Soot DP and smudged to make it dull and a bit of the silver was revealed.  And finally, a strip of Ruler Ribbon for the bottom of the tag and a thrice of resistors to adorn it.  Here are the cogs close up -  you can see the cool technique in this pic:

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*  I will just say a big thank you to every one of you who has taken part in the challenge so far, it has been great to visit your blogs and see your wonderful interpretations of the challenge themes!  Thanks for looking, have an inky inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Friday, 12 September 2014

In The Shadows... thing I loves is papers... lots of papers... very lots of papers... especially new ones as they still smell so delish!  Do you do that? Get new papers and stick your nose straight into them?  Oh, erm.. just me then! *I do it with catalogues and paddling pools too you know!*  Well, I got some of the new Graphic 45 Raining Cats & Dogs papers last week, from Jones of Nottingham, so I could make some samples for my demo day last weekend at Coleman's.  I had a few blissful moments sniffing said papers (G45 always smell so nice!) and then I got playing!  I had a Candy Box Crafts Bird House to alter and whilst cats and dogs don't really go with birdy's, I saw that the reverse of the papers are so lush, they would do perfectly for the alteration of the house.

As I mentioned yesterday, I don't normally do flat pack as I am well aware of my limitations.  I have an admission to make.  I spent a while covering all the pieces of MDF, all carefully measured and marked, cut and inked and stuff... and then realised one of the sides of the roof wouldn't fit!  "How daft is that!  It doesn't fit, the tab is in the wrong place" Says I to Grim who I have called into the Room of Stash to see what I was up to.  And then, there was a clanking and a-banging noise as the penny very loudly dropped.   In actual fact, the genius guys at CBC hadn't put the tab in the wrong place... oh ho, no, this idiot here had put the paper on the wrong side of the roof!  Oopsies!! So, if you are making a bird house, check you have your paper on the right side... ahem... quite! 

Isn't that gingham gorgeous? One thing I loves about G45 papers is the backsides are always so pretty (backsides, you know what I mean lol) so even though the theme of the papers is all things four legged, it worked perfectly for our feathered friends too.  The flowers that are adorning the roof are actually from the additional strip sets you can get to go with the paper collection... I just popped them out, inked the edges and bunged buttons onto the centres... and then fixed them to the roof.  Simples!   I have a few more samples using these papers (and the Xmas ones) and will be blogging them next week.

That's all from me for today... I am busy playing with ink and stuff in readiness for my next lot of DT projects.  Thanks for looking, have a great day! TTFN

Hels x

Thursday, 11 September 2014


...eeek!  Christmas!!! Already!!!  I had a demo day at Coleman's last weekend and had some samples to make before I went and amongst the things to alter from Candy Box Crafts was this mahoosive sleigh.  Now, I don't do flat pack, I have NEVER done flat pack... the nearest to doing flat pack is me, armed with a butter knife and a hammer.  Thankfully, these little fella's go together a whole lot easier than a normal flat pack so I attempted a transformation and this is what I made!

I used the new Graphic 45 Twas The Night Before Christmas collection papers to cover the body of the sleigh - painting the runners with Kaisercraft Black paint... and gluing the papers down, sanding them so the edges were nice and neat and then edging around with Frayed Burlap DI so the papers looked nice and vintage.

Now this fella is a biggy, from one end of the runner to the other is just larger than 12"... so imagine just how many chocolates you could pop into this and have it as a nice room decoration at Christmas... or... using it as a table decoration filled with crackers... or... buy some little bottles of bath smellies and fill it up for a bespoke pressie.  Pretty cool huh!!!  And... Candy Box Crafts also do a smaller version too, perfect for filling up with more choccies (I have a thing about choccies obviously)   Anyways, this is one of my DT projects for Jones of Nottingham this month...

I will be back tomorrow with another creation made using more Graphic 45 papers... in the meantime, I am off to lay down in a darkened room, all this talk of Christmas has me having a fit of the vapours!   Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

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