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

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 324 - Lavender's Green

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your fabby entries to last weeks bright challenge - it was great to see all those eye popping summer colours on display.   The theme this week is colour based one... this time, USE PURPLE TONES.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: go for deep purples, add a smidge of violet, a little flash of mauve, 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 13th September 2014.

 My entry this week is actually the very first page of a new "I Challenge Thee" project that Ellen and I started last Sunday during our Skype session.  We have a recipe to follow and over the next few months we will be making pages and then altering covers to make a special little book.  The main ingredient is Studio 490 - it has been too long since we both got our heads together and did an homage to our Wendy...   My base is a bit of manila cardstock, measuring 7 x 5" (ish) and I coloured it with Milled Lavender, Tumbled Glass, Dusty Concord and Tattered Rose Distress Paints... I made a nice smooshy background and then once dried, I set about adding more layers using lots of inks and stencils.  All stencils used are Wendy's... and the inks are Wendy's Archivals.  Starting with diamonds and Cornflower, moving on to dots and Hyacinth.   I made up my own colour embossing paste - popping a couple of drops of Hyacinth and Cornflower Archival re-inker's into Wendy's white embossing paste and then spreading it thru the stencil (can't remember the name of this one)  Now, the embossing paste colour is shown better on the butterfly - that was the colour I chose... and then once I had used it for the flowers, it looked tooooo pale, so I rectified that and use Hyacinth Archival to colour over the embossed flowers - I just popped the stencil back in place and inked over the top so I didn't get any overspill inky bits on the base card.

I added the wreath, inked in Fern Green Archival, adding dots and Glossy Accents and a sentiment to finish off that bit... I wasn't happy with the overall look tho, it looked bare!  So I did some "second generation" stamping, using Wendy's massive script background and Watering Can Archival and randomly stamping onto the background.... ahhh, better!   I added some embellies - Wendy's Embellish Your Art and some bits of ribbon and lace and stuff and that was about enough for this page.  At the moment, the page is curling up - it will be glued to the next page finished and flatten out then... I made a schoolgirl error tho, I didn't punch the holes yet... ooopsies... I might have to fashion a fastening if I can't get the holes lined up properly!  I won't be making that mistake again.

I am excited today!  We are away to Rockingham to watch the British Touring Cars.  This is the first live meeting we have been to this year and I can't wait!  I need to feed my inner petrol head!  As ever, I shall be cheering along and shouting GO PLATO!   Thanks for looking, have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

Friday, 5 September 2014

Mix & Match... Part Quatre

... I promise I won't do the whole french counting thing again... well, for a wee while at least!   Here I am again with my last piece for Jones DT using Kaisercraft Mix & Match papers.  This time I have made a hanging... and of course, I couldn't allow paper useage without the addition of one of my Tattered Roses...

The base is mountboard that I have layered up with some of the papers from the collection - I love kraft and black together, it is a really classy look (IMO)  Please excuse the wonky photo, I tried and better tried to straighten it up but it still looks a bit wonky!  And I can't re-take the photo as the artwork has already been posted off to Jones... memo to self, always take two photo's just in case like!  Anyways, layered up papers and then I cut out some of the doily's from the doily paper sheet... inked them with Antique Linen and then edged with Vintage Photo and applied the to the top layer... I curled up the edges of the doily's to give the piece a little more dimension.  The sentiment was cut from the sentiment sheet... but it was too big for the hanging so I cut it up into individual words and then layered them onto black card, a cool tip for when you have a sentiment but it won't fit... chop it up!    The rose was cut using Tim's Tattered Florals and then inked with Barn Door to add a smidge of colour and formed into a rose... I added a couple of Tattered Leaves too and then popped some of the delish buttons made by Jones of Nottingham... I love these!!!   A bit of rusty wire for the hanging and voila, done!

That's all from me for today... I will be back again tomorrow with a little sample I have made for my demo day at Coleman's Rushden (on Saturday)... am rather chuffed with the way it turned out... something slightly different for me too ;O))   Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

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