Sunday, 25 January 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 342 - Wind Beneath My Wings

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fab textured entries to last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... WINGS You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it a birdy, a bug, a bee or a butterfly... 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 31st January 2015.


My entry this week is a little tag I bunged together whilst I was having a quick Saturday night Skypey sesh with Ellen - for some reason my Mojo has well and truly upped and offed to sunnier climes... the old cad... and he has been gone for over a month!!! However, just sitting yakking with our Ellen made him come home (momentarily) so I grabbed him by the scruff of the neck and got cracking making this tag.  The background was made by spritzing the tag with Antique Linen, Bundled Sage and Frayed Burlap Distress Spray Stains... I LOVE these colour together. Once dried, I used Tim's Latticework Layering Stencil and Bundled Sage to add a bit of detail to the Bundled Sage bits where the sprays had landed.  I blended around the edge with a smidge of Gathered Twigs and then used Walnut Stain Distress Marker to puff little speckles onto the tag.


The butterfly has been sitting on my desk for yonks... inked and cut out but not coloured... so he got some Bundled Sage and Stormy Sky DI blended onto him and then I set about making something for him to sit on.  I have tonnes of Prima flowers so I made a little bundle... and used a feather that Grim had cut out for me last week (it was supposed to be used on last weeks tag but didn't make it on there!) using Tim's Writing Desk Alterations die feather.. I love the look with the bookpage and a bit of Distress Ink.  A few embellies and a typed word (yep, the old Underwood came out again for this... can you see on the G... it has a bottom bit of red... need to sort that out, must be the ribbon thingy... as ever, I am showing my intelligence with all things teckernickals lol) And there you have it... one tag, made in an hour!  Hurrah!


That's all from me.. I am typing this at great speed as I should be in bed... I am driving to Hull first thing for a Dabble Day at Craftique.. I needs my beauty sleeps so I shall say... Thanks for looking and have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 341 - More Than A Feeling

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for all your great entries to last weeks challenge, it was so lovely to visit you all.  The new theme this week is... TEXTURE You can interpret the challenge how you like: add some texture paste, triple thick embossing, embossing folders, layers, paint... 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 24th January 2015.


I have made a tag for my entry this week...for a change lol  I had made the background a few weeks ago for my Pocket Pages Compendium entry... I love having taggy bases all prepped and ready to decorate and I loved the colours on this one.  So, here's how I made it:


 I used Tim's Gothic Layering Stencil and spread Ranger's Texture Paste through it, set it aside to dry and made a few more backgrounds while I waited.  You can heat dry the paste, I find it best to wait until there is a crust on the top of the paste otherwise it can really bubble - which is ok if you want bubbly paste but I didn't... not for this one :O)   I spritzed the tag with water and then sprayed Antique Linen and Aged Mahogany Distress Spray Stains over the top, marbling them and allowing them to drip down the tag.  A zap with my heat tool to dry the Sprays and then I blended Walnut Stain DI over the top to highlight the raised bits... this photo shows it better...



Of course, it is the Sunday Stamper so I added in a smidge of stamping using my beloved harlequin stamp... see, you don't need to be a stamper to join in, just bung a little bit on there and there ya go :O)   I needed decoration and because the background is quite dark, I decided to go with something light... bookpages!  Aha, I love bookpages, die cutting, tearing, painting, you name it, they are so versatile.  I die cut the flowers and leaves using Tim's Tattered Floral and Tattered Leaves dies and used Frayed Burlap and Aged Mahogany alternately on each layer of flower... and Forest Moss on the leaves.  The sentiment was typed out on my Underwood (did I mention that I LOVE my Underwood? MUCHLY!)  I have a little wooden block in my room that has this sentiment on it... Grim bought it for me for Valentine's a few years ago and I think it just works perfectly with my tag.  A few bits and bobs of Idea-ology and suchlike finish my tag... oh and the resin bloom in the middle of the flower was coloured with Plum and Potting Soil Archival Inks...



What have you got planned for today? Whatever it is, I hope it involved lots of Yorkshire Puddings (I have a fancy for a nice roast beef dinner with lashings of grrravy and Yorky puds... and roasty spuds and cabbage and cauli-cheese and... and... and... *oinkoinkoink* ) and lots of ink and rubber!  Thanks for looking... have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 17 January 2015

Curiously Watercoloured... Part II

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 40 of the book and doing the Distress Watercolour Part 2 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.  


As usual, I have made a tag for my entry.. I am getting quite a nice collection of them now and I need a bigger bookring to store them on.  I have decided that come the end of the challenge series (sob, I don't want that to ever happen... Mr Holtz, get writing Book 4 now please!!!) I will mount all the tags onto a big old board and pop them onto the wall in the Room of Stash... I do enjoy flicking through the bookring though... it is nice to see what I have made (I am of an age now where I cannot remember what I did this morning, let alone a few months ago lol)



Anyways, my tag!  I cut a piece of Distress Watercolour Paper down to size and then stamped Mr Snooty from Tim's Time Travellers stamp set using Jet Black Archival Ink.  I then used the following Distress Markers for colouring: Black Soot, Pumice Stone, Scattered Straw, Antique Linen, Vintage Photo, Brushed Corduroy, Forest Moss and Walnut Stain.  I LOVE Distress Markers the best for colouring in... I am rubbish at colouring in so these are very forgiving being waterbased.  



Of course, Mr Snooty is a lovely old chap but he needed some embellies.. so I dug around my Idea-ology boxes and grabbed Mini Cogs, Sprockets, Word Band,  Compass Coin, Nib, Arrow, Bulb, Washers and Mini Fastners... piled them all on with a scrap of Ruler Ribbon and then because you can never have too many metal embellies I popped some chain with a Clip and a Philosophy Token to make a link between the ribbon a-top the tag and the sidey bit... The base tag was coloured with Walnut Stain DI and then I added Walnut Stain and Black Soot Distress Embossing Powders over the top, heated them, removed the crystals and got a cool grungey background for the main image to sit on :O)



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* Wishing you all a very crafty 2015.. may your fingers be forever inky :O))   Thanks for looking, have an inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Friday, 16 January 2015

It's a Craftyversary...

...Cor blinking blimey and thrice!!!  I am not quite sure I can believe this but... today is an anniversary... nay, more than that... it's a Craftiversary!  Today marks 12 years since I first dipped my toe into the this world of crafting for a hobby.  I took up crafting under sad circumstances and it wouldn't be right for me to not mention the reason why I first took to sticking bits of paper to more bits of paper.  My little cat Poppy had got really sick over Christmas 2002 and the V E T advised me she had renal failure, she was only 7 years old.  Seeing her deteriorating quickly, no matter how many different special diets I tried her on, no matter how many injections to try and perk her up, I had to make that most dreaded decision... it was time to say goodbye.  Poppy was more than "just a cat" to me... she had seen me through some pretty dark and hard times; helped me recover after major spinal surgery and she became the reason for me to get myself up and out of bed every morning.  Then my life took an upturn, I started training to do my dream job, driving trains, I met Grim, became a train driver, fell in love, got married... it was almost as if she knew her work was done.

Here's a scrapbook page I made in her memory

To say I was devastated was an understatement.  She was my little baby and losing her fair broke me. But, I had another constant companion who knew me, who knew that the following months would be unbearable for me... and something to occupy my mind might help.  So, he sent off for a TSV from QVC... a cardmaking bundle, which arrived on this day 12 years ago.  And I got cracking... I had watched Dawn Bibby making cards and decided I too could make cards.  Little did I know that it would become an obsession, fill my life, my house, my head... So this is a big, big thank you to my lovely Grim... not sure he is thanking himself seeing as his wife is always talking about ink and stuff but...











Sadly I haven't got any photo's of the cards I made back then... actually, it is probably a good thing as they were pretty dire... but we all have to start somewhere right?  So, this post is peppered with photo's of things I have made that are my "favourites"...  The above ones are my Wendy Vecchi Studio 490 creations... and here are some arty things I made using my fave Tim Holtz goodies



And here is my fave creation from 2014...






If someone had said to me 12 years ago that I would still be crafting, still be making stuff and been completely obsessed with anything inky, I would have laughed... I thought it would be a whim... a passing phase (just like that counted cross stitch that I still haven't finished... that I started in 1995!)  I guess I am lucky that my lovely Grim was so thoughtful and bought me that first kit... although I do remember hearing Dawn say I would save money making my own cards... ahem... yes, quite!    As ever, thanks for looking... if you pop back tomorrow you will see a brand new Compendium of Curiosities challenge... tis a lovely one this time :O)   TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 11 January 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 340 - Anything Goes

Goooodly Afternoon Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your lovely hearty entries to last weeks challenge, I need to finish my visits later today... been busy being lazy - you know how it goes right?  The new theme this week is... ANYTHING GOES You can interpret the challenge how you like: literally this week, you can do anything... seriously, anything at all! Be it a card, a tag, an altered creation... 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 17th January 2015.


My entry this week is a tag I made a while ago that I hadn't blogged... the papers are the gorgeous Rustic Harmony from Kaisercraft as is the stamped sentiment.  I added a couple of Wendy's butterflies - edging everything with the usual Distress Ink... and then got cracking on the floral embellishment.



I used Sue Wilson's Poinsettia dies - the fancy and the solid ones, showing that you don't have to actually make a poinsettia with the dies, they are so versatile they can make a nice big blousy flower... and you all know how much I loves me blousy flowers :O)  I added a few more of the fancy cut flowers, cut up and coloured with Forest Moss DI to make a leafy bundle behind the flower, popped a few pearly swirly bits behind the flower and voila, finished... and nice quick and simple tag :O)


I hope you haven't been blown away this week... we have been lucky here Chez Sheridan, the winds haven't been too bad so I haven't had to sit and stare at the Spinney, willing the trees to stay upright... tis a smidge chilly here today though, so my plan is so hunker down in the Room of Stash and get some ink on these far too clean fingers of mine!  Thanks for looking, whatever you are doing, have a fab day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 4 January 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 339 - Anyone Who Had A Heart

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy New Year Sunday to you all!  Before I waffle on, I just want to say a big thank you to everyone who joined in with my little challenge through 2014 - it is so good to see different interpretations of my themes and your artwork.  As ever with the Sunday Stamper, I chose a song title to go with the theme and this one is one of my favest songs... I love a bit of our Cilla :O))  The new theme this week is... HEARTS You can interpret the challenge how you like: get your Valentine creation made early, add the word heart like what I did, add heart embellies, heart stamps... 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 10th January 2015.


I actually made my entry on Christmas Eve!  I know, I got ahead of the game!  That will be the only time this year! On Christmas Eve, Ellen and I had a little Skypey sesh and got inky in our respective time zones.  I haven't had a good play with my Studio 490 stash for yonks so I got all my stamps and stuff out and got playing.


The background was created by stamping the pattern with Antique Linen Distress Paint and drying it.  Doesn't really show up on a manila tag... until ink is applied... and then it is a fab resist technique as Distress Paint doesn't budge once it is dried.  I used Tumbled Glass, Milled Lavendar and Seedless Preserves Distress Stain Sprays, adding more water to make it washy and then standing the tag up so the inks drip down the tag.  Once this was dried, I whipped around the edge with a smidge of Seedless Preserves DI to give it a bit of depth and then finished with a smidge of Black Soot DI to give it a frame.   I stamped the large flower using Jet Black Archival Ink and used a waterbrush and piece of kitchen roll to dab off the ink where the leaves were stamped... zapped with a heat tool and then added Forest Moss DI using a waterbrush.... see how that resist just doesn't budge? Cool huh?  The Idea-ology florals were coloured with the same Distress Paints, part dried and then wiped so the still wet paint comes off and the dried paint stays on giving a faux enamel effect.  A strip of torn book page, a butterfly (she is my fave butterfly ever) and a sentiment and ta-dah, finished!   I had the best fun playing with this tag, I just let my mind wander and didn't over think it...


I shall away now.  Today we are doing the job I like the least... taking down the decorations.  It has to be today cos Grim is on nights for the rest of the week so there won't be time on the proper twelfth night but I will keep one thing out so I can put that away on twelfth night so I am doing a bit of it right.  Oh and... this post is a milestone post!!!  It be my 1900th blog post!!!   WOW!!! That is one heck of a lot of waffling... and art!  Thanks for looking... have a FAB day!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 3 January 2015

Curiously Frayed...

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 Imporium 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 66 of the book and doing the Frayed Fabric technique using Tim's gorgeous Eclectic Elements fabric.  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.  

Before I waffle on I shall say a very Happy New Year to you all and wish you all the very best for 2015... let's hope it brings all our dreams come true! 



My entry for this weeks' challenge is another tag to add to the collection.  Now, for those who have read my blog for a while, you may have got the gist that I am not a sewist... nope, I struggle to thread the machine, let alone get a stitch out of it.  Grim bought me a little diddy machine a few years ago and that did ok until it ran out of thread and yep, I struggled to get more thread into it.  I am that thick... really!   I knew that I was going to have to do something about this not being a sewist issue... so I hatched a cunning plan.  A plan so cunning that Jock McCunning from Sneakyville would be amazed by it.   What did I do?  I collected together all the ingredients needed for my tag and popped next door to see my lovely neighbour Carol, who is an expert sewist and asked her to... um... help do it for me.  *insert gasps of shock*  I know, I kind of cheated... ok, I really cheated but in my defence, I happen to like Carol muchly and should she have allowed me loose on her beautiful sewing machine, I would have broken it... so better safe than sorry and all that.... ahem.... and I did do all the decorating bits meself...


Anyways, the decorations:  I popped some of the Eclectic Elements fabric (apparently I had a fat quarter, whatever that may be... it was indeedily gorgeous but not that fat...) onto a piece of black Clearly For Art using Glue & Seal and once this had dried, I used Tim's Mini Tattered Florals Movers & Shapers die to cut out a few spikey flowers, the Heart M&S die to cut the... um... heart and a few leaves from the Mini Tattered Leaves die.   In order to see the diecuts, I firstly dulled the print of the fabric on the heart using a smidge of Antique Linen Distress Paint, secondly spritzed the flowers with Wild Honey and Broken China Distress Spray Stains and thirdly, inked the leaves with Forest Moss Distress Ink.  Hey, the fabric takes Distress sooo well! Result!  I used my Scratchy Tool to fray the edges of the shapes to make them a bit shabby and then heated the CFA from behind to shape them.


Last year I treated myself to something I have been longing to own for a very long time... an old Underwood typewriter!  I had been a-mooching around eBay one Sunday evening and spotted a portable Underwood on a listing that was just about to end and it was dirt cheap... so I snuck in and popped a bid in at 4 seconds to go.. and won it!  Hurrah!  Now I have got the Room of Stash nice and tidy, I have finally got room for it to be used...  high time I got typing!  One of my all time fave songs is P.S. I Love You by The Beatles and this song has been floating around my head for a few days... so it seemed right to type the words and pop them onto my tag.   Oh and do you see the little harlequin stamp made an appearance too?  Well, it has to be used for continuity... and cos I loves it muchly of course.


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* Wishing you all a very crafty 2015.. may your fingers be forever inky :O))   Thanks for looking, have an inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

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