Monday, 22 December 2014

Sparkling Baubles!

...nay and thrice!  I made a Christmas card!  This is a DT project for Darkroom Door... you all know how much I loves my Darkroom Door stamps and these Brushed Christmas stamps are just so gorgeous to play with. CLICK HERE to head on over to Darkroom Door to see all their beautiful stamps... and HERE for the blog to see what my talented teamies have been up to.


I have been wanting to try this technique for a yonk and a half and have had the ingredients to do it... just not had chance to play.  I used Distress Ink (barn door and gathered twigs) to ink my baubles and then stamped them, sprinkled Sticky Embossing Powder over the top, heated it, added Rock Candy Distress Glitter and then let the magic happen.



I love the subtle sparkle from the glitter and yet you can still see the beautiful detailing on the baubles.


Check out the words... this was a lightbulb moment.  I inked a piece of cream card with the same DI's and then stamped the greeting (from Brushed Christmas Vol. 1) onto card using Jet Black Archival (it has to be a permanent ink and the best is Archival) and zapped it with a heat tool to dry it and set it.  Then I painted Glue & Seal over the top and immediately  sprinkled Rock Candy glitter right over the top.  Then comes the "ewwww, what did I do" moment... the Glue & Seal isn't see through so now it looks like a blob of mess.  Give it a few minutes to dry and voila, see through again... so the sentiment is right there along with that subtle sparkle again.  Cool huh?



I used some papers that I have been covetting for faaaar too long for my background... are you like me?  Keeping those special papers forever because cutting them would be painful?  Cut away, go on, they don't scream.. much! :O))


I shall away now.. I have more blog posts to get ready... and the next one is a biggie.. oh yesh, I have reached a milestone... all will be revealed next time.   Thanks for looking, have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 338 - Mr Bojangles **Two Week Challenge**

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy *nearly Christmas*  Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your fab entries into last weeks challenge, it was great to see you all playing along.  The theme this week is... MEN.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: make something for the chap in your life, make something including a blokey theme... or just add a man on to your art, like what I did... the choice, it be yours!  As we have Christmas and New Year fast approaching, this challenge will be a two-weeker so you have plenty time to play along. 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 3rd January 2015.


WOW, that is the first time I have typed 2015... I don't know about you but 2014 has whizzed past in a blur... has it been a good year for you?  I hope so.  Anyways, on with my entry for this week (or fortnight!)  Remember yesterday I posted my latest Compendium of Curiosities challenge... using Pocket Pages... CLICK HERE if you missed it.   This is one of the tags that I made to fit into a Pocket Page.


The base is coloured with Distress Spray Stains - I used Antique Linen, Wild Honey, Frayed Burlap and a smidge of Vintage Photo and once it was dry, I blended Rusty Hinge Distress Ink to add a bit more depth to the colour.  I only used one stamp set for my tag - Paris Memoir from Tim's collection - the background was stamped using Potting Soil Archival (IMO, Wendy Vecchi got it SPOT ON when she designed this colour Archival... tis me fave) and the old fella was stamped in Black Archival, cut out and then coloured with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain DI's.  The Fleur is stamped into card, coloured with Rusty Hinge and then popped onto the tag.  Of course, I had to add my little harlequins... I think they just finish me designs off nicely... I would be lost without that ickle stamp!  Old Fella's pose suggests he should be carrying something, so he has his heart full of dreams in his hand.



And there you have it... the final Sunday Stamper for 2014.   May I take this opportunity to say a massive big thank you to every one of you who has taken time out to join in with my little challenge.  It really does mean the world to me that after nearly seven years of the Sunday Stamper, you still enjoy playing along. It warms me cockles, it do :O))   I shall away now, I have a few more Christmas cards to finish but I will be back tomorrow with another project, this one is a special one I have done using Darkroom Door.   Thanks for looking... have a great day!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Curiously Pocketed...

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 Funkie Junkie Boutique 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 36 of the book and playing with Pocket Pages.  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.  

Tickets ready to be popped onto artwork

If you remember, a few weeks ago we looked at making over Worn Covers and since then, my Covers have sat on the shelf, quietly admired but totally ignored for any additional art.  The Pocket Pages are perfect for fitting into the Worn Cover and I had lots of fun making loads of different things to fit inside them.

In keeping with the overall design of the covers... more collages Wallflower papers


The Pocket Pages have lots of different configurations which means that you can add small bits and bobs right up to full size 8 tags.  Over the next few days I will add more photo's of the things I have made - otherwise this post would take you 17 hours to read!

Oooh, folded tags!


So these pics are just an "overview" of the things I did.... and I also made lots of backgrounds on tags.... I had a good old play with Distress Spray Stains so I now have 6 tags ready to stamp and decorate, which is perfect for my "Week of Art" which always takes place between Xmas and New Year.   Grim is always working over the festive period and there's only so much tellybox I can watch so I normally repair to the Room of Stash and get inky... what plans do you have for that "week inbetween?"



That's all for now - 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*  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!  And... HAVE  A WONDERFUL CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR... HOPE TO SEE YOU IN 2015.   Thanks for looking, have an inky inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x


PS... check back tomorrow, there will be one of the tags I finished on the Sunday Stamper :O))


Sunday, 14 December 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 337 - Paperback Writer

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your great winged entries into last weeks challenge, it was great to see so many different interpretations.  The theme this week (and yes, we had this song title a while back but it is a classic right?)  is... BOOKS.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it altering a book, using bookpages in your art, using a papiermache one like I have... 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 December 2014.



My entry this week is actually my class sample from yesterdays class at Papercuts in Whitley Bay.  Now I am going to say that I had a grand time and everyone enjoyed it because I am hoping that is what happened... I am actually scheduling this post afore I away!   The base is a papiermache book that has been altered using lots of paints and inks and stuff... and that's all I saying! 





Today I continue my mini tour of the North East and I shall be teaching two classes in South Shields at Crafty Corner... I will pop that project on the blog later in the week :O))



And that is all for now... I know, a short and sweet post today... all that is left is for me to say.... thanks for looking, have a cracking day!  TTFN


Hels x

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 336 - Wings of a Dove

Goooodly Morning ...ahem... I mean Goodly EVENING (!) Stampers and big massive apologies for the late posting of this weeks challenge.  I have no excuse except this... I am a woman of certain years and my memory is like a sieve!  I completely forgot to make something for this weeks challenge!  I know!  How rude!  Anyways.... onwards!  Thank you all for your great Christmassy entries into last weeks challenge.  The theme this week is... WINGS.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it wings of a birdy, a butterfly, a bug or even an angel... 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 December 2014.


Now, as I mentioned, Memory Like a Big Old Fat Swiss Cheese woman here forgot to make something... I have a few pics on me phone of stuff I have made recently but... I had a couple of lovely pics of some cools stuff I made *and gave away* a few weeks ago... and they were on the computer.  Which I decided to "clean" and um... deleted them. Permanently!  Ooops!    So, today I have been teaching a Melt Pot class over at Crafty Bunch in Telford and it was only as I was driving over there this morning that I remembered that I had forgotten.  Anyways... my entry this week is what we maded today!  Many thanks to Sue for hosting the class, (and having me back!) to all the lovely ladies who came along and made it such fun.... I shall forever have the image of a giraffe in a fridge :O)) and to Pauline for the scrumdiddlyumptious mincey pies... oh my, they were THE best... EVER!



This is a variation of my Waxing Lyrical sample that I did a few weeks ago, this one is a lot bigger and for some reason, the photo's are reaaaallly pink... I have tried to do the old thing with them in PhotoDodah but they still look pinker than a piglets nose.  It isn't this pink, it is more of a browny shady pinky colour.  The papers are Kaisercraft Key To My Heart... Tim's Tattered Floral for the rose and a Tim sentiment and Darkroom Door butterflies.


I shall away now... we are pigging out on curry tonight (strangely, this is practically the only food that isn't making me proper poorly sick!) and have the evening planned... XFactor (why, in the name of all things holy, do I watch that...every year!!!?) and the final of I'm A Celeb... upon which note I shall say *rather loudly* GO FOGGY!    Thanks for looking, have a great... um... evening!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Curiously Tinselled...

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 Emporium 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 60 of the book and playing with Woodlands & Tinsel Twine.  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.  


My entry this week actually has been one of those projects I have been intending to make for.... FOUR years!  I know!  Talk about slow coach!  Anyways... I managed to get a bumper pack of Tim's Woodlands and decided to chop them up so they were all different sizes... cool huh?  I also found a little wreath that came with a smaller pack of Woodlands last year and it was sitting there, unloved, uncoloured etc... so that made it onto my Configuation Box.



Last week much madness and mayhem decended on the Room of Stash... I decided to tidy up!  For the last year I have had a pot of Rock Candy Distress Glitter sitting next to me on the desk.... and yep, I tidied it up... and can I find it?  Well, actually no, at the time of making this piece, I couldn't find it... so I prayed to St Anthony who ignored me until about half an hour ago and voila, the pot of Distress Glitter was there, in my work box... the one I cart about with me to classes... um... too late?  Well, it is for these photo's but not for my project, I shall glitter to within and inch of my life later :O)


There are lots of "natural" goodies on the box that I collected from a cheapy bargain shop at the end of last year... they came in handy!  I used hot glue to stick them down - yep, I have a blister on my thumb now... but everyone knows that if you use a hot glue gun it is the law to get a blister right?



I used a bit of Grungeboard covered with Sticky Back Canvas to cut the Prancing Deer... then I cut him again just from Grunge, stuck the two together and then inked with Frayed Burlap and Walnut Stain inks, fraying the edges of him and then popping some Tinsel Twine around his neck so he has a jazzy scarf... adding in a little Christmas Token for decoration.


There be a couple of mini baubles hiding behind the bow (cannot believe I managed to make a bow that doesn't look like something Alfie hacked up!  My bow making skills are nil usually!)  and I coloured the baubles with a smidge of Alcohol Ink to make them a bit mercury glass like... shame I am a dingbat and didn't get a proper piccie of them...


That's all for now - 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*  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



Monday, 1 December 2014

The First Noel...

...uh-oh... I is singing!  Christmas Carols... I love a Christmas Carol, I do!  Well, it is December 1st so I am allowed to now... aren't I?  A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of demo-ing all things Tim and Ranger for Craft Obsessions at the NEC and I just found a few piccies I took of the bits I made whilst demo-ing... so here's one of them.



It is a Size 8 Manila tag, Ranger Texture Paste through Tim's Christmas Layering Stencil and then lashings of Black Soot and Antique Linen Distress Spray Stains... you can't really see the texture paste now though... I managed to cover most of it with the embellies!  Once I had dried the base colours, I did a very light spritz of Tarnished Brass Distress Spray Stain to add a bit of bling to the background.  The flower is one of Tim's Blueprints... I love this poinsettia and it is cool to stamp a few times and then cut out decoupage stylee and layer up. HERE is another tag I made using similar stuff.  The flower is coloured with Barn Door and Fired Brick DSS's and then I blended a bit of Fired Brick DI over the top to add a bit of light and shade to it.  The holly is also from the same Blueprint set... made in exactly the same way as the flower so tis nice and layered.  The sentiment is another of Tim's new Xmas stamps and I added a strip of blingy gems and some Idea-ology to finish.



That's all for today... we are off to that London this afternoon to have a look in the shops (yes, we are mental) and it would be very rude not to go and visit Five Guys too... NOM!  Have a great day.... thanks for looking.  TTFN

Hels x

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