Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Come Craft With Me.... Announcing...........

...whoooot-hoooot... BIG. MASSIVE. HUGE. GINORMOUS.... NEWS!!!!!   Believe me, I am so excited I am practically gasping for breath guppy-style!  Guess what?  Well, you might have already seen a few snippets of info on the old social media but here is all the info in full detail.... *what am I waffling on about???*    Here goes.... Next September, 2016, I will be teaching on a fabulous arty retreat in... Costa Rica!!!  (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)







Jim West, owner of Craftours has put together an amazing package which includes the following:


  • First class hotel accommodations
  • SEVEN different creative workshops from seven mixed media teachers
  • A visit to the Doka Estate Coffee Plantation on the slopes of Alajuela Poas Volcano
  • A shopping and sightseeing tour of Sarchi, a Costa Rican craft village
  • Mixed Media exhibits and lectures from your instructors
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch each full day in Costa Rica, and three special dinner events
  • For a limited time, FREE airfare from Ft. Lauderdale to San Jose, Costa Rica!
Jim will also be your tour guide - and he is the best in the business folks - so you will be sure to see and hear about everything possible about beautiful Costa Rica.  For booking details... CLICK HERE

I am over the moon to be able to participate in this amazing adventure along with my gorgeous and talented "sisters" Annette Green, Candy Colwell, Cheryl Grigsby, Linda Ledbetter, Marjie Kemper and Yvonne Blair.  Click their names to check out their brilliant blogs. Each of us shares a passion for art and mixed media and you can be certain that every single class will be fabulous.

Another really great thing is that Craftours have a really good payment plan, no need to worry about stumping up all the dosh in one go... and being as the trip is over a year away, there is plenty of time to make all your arrangements.

Someone pinch me or give me a slap or something... this is just going to be AWESOME!  And that isn't a word I use very oft!  Yes, I am pant-wettingly excited... and that is now... can you imagine the state I will be in by the time is it September '16?  No, don't... it won't be pretty!

I shall away now... I need to go and do some squealing!!!  TTFN!

Hels x


Sunday, 24 May 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 357 - All Kinds of Everything

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Many thanks for all your recent entries to the challenge and apologies for the blip last week... all is back to normal now tho!  The song title is a nod to last night's Eurovision.  The new theme this week is a nice easy one... FREE THEMEYou can make absolutely anything you fancy, no theme... just add a smidge of stamping!   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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 30th May 2015.


So, as I mentioned yesterday, I have been a bit busy with my houseguest Ellen this last week and we have been spending most of the time yakking or visiting places... we spent a delightful long weekend in Yorkshire and I initiated Ellen into the "Proper Northern Fish n Chip club"... they went down a treat... twice!  Well, when in Yorkshire and all that!

My entry this week is a class sample I put together... it is a 5 x 7" wooden frame, altered with paint and Distress Ink... the insert is inked, stamped, stencilled and die cuts were added... and of course, Mr Butterfly had to make another appearance!  He is just so lovely to use I cannot seem to resist him!



I shall away now... tis time for me to take Ellen back to Heathrow so she can begin her journey back home - I can't believe how quickly the past ten days have gone... blink and you miss it kind of thing!   Thanks for looking... I will be around to visit all who entered into the last few challenges this coming week... have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Curiously Eroded.....

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 Emporium 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 44 of the book and trying out the Eroded Metallic 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.  


My entry this time is another tag for the collection.  I used Cracked Pistachio, Bundled Sage and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints and Brushed Pewter Metallic Distress Paint.  Once I had done the technique and got the look I wanted, I gave the tag a quick slap of Glue & Seal to.. um.. seal it!  Here's the tag before I decorated it... 'scuse the shiny bit... I can't for the life of me take a decent photo!


A smidge of stamping using my little harlequin and Jet Black Archival Ink and edging with a black Sharpie to just give the whole design a frame, I then moved on to making a big fat rose embellishment.  This was made by cutting three Tattered Florals flowers from manila card and colouring with the same Distress Inks and overstamping with my fave Studio 490 background stamp.  I then assembled the flowers into a rose and added a couple of leaves and a few Winter Green diecuts to finish it.   The little Heirloom Roses were coloured with Pool Alcohol Ink.


The Ornate Plate was coloured with Cracked Pistachio and Mermaid Lagoon Distress Paints... dried off and then I smudged a bit of Black Archival over to age it up a bit.  The centre for the Ornate Plate was made using more card and DP's and Tim's word from the Stuff to Say stamp set.  A little bit of ribbon to finish and voila!  Another finished tag for the collection.


Apologies for being missing in action for the past couple of weeks.. I have an incredibly good excuse tho!  I have Ellen visiting from America and all thoughts of blogville and such-like have gone right out of the window as we've been gadding off into the wilds of Yorkshire and have been a tad busy sitting around yakking all day! Bad girl!  I will be back to normal service this coming week tho :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* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 356 - Top Of The World

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your grand entries for the last challenge - it has been "one of those weeks" so I am planning massive catch up to visit you all tomorrow!  The new theme this week is... MAKE A TOPPER.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it a topper for a card (as I have done) a topper for an invitation, a batch of toppers... 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 16th May 2015.


I have a tendancy to be a bit last minute (you don't say) when it comes to making cards for peeps... so I decided recently that I would make a few "toppers" to keep in a stash so when it came around to the time I needed to send a card, instead of toddling off to the local card shop, I would be able to put some together super speedily!  Good idea?  Most of the toppers I have made are an ATC size so they fit perfectly onto a 6" square card (my preferred card size) but you can make yours any size you want! My background is Distress Sprays... the ickle crazy birdy was coloured using the same Sprays and a waterbrush to pick up the colour... and the word is actually nicked from a big old sentiment of Tim's...


Today's is a super speedy post as I am just about to set off to Hull for a Dabble Day at Craftique... I love it this time of year when it is daylight when I set off on my adventures.... oh and also happening today is the BTCC at Thruxton (thanks Mr ITV4 for letting me record it!) so obviously I need to say.... GO PLATO!  Thanks for looking... have a great day whatever you are doing.... TTFN!

Hels x


Saturday, 9 May 2015

Curiously Ombre'd

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 57 of the book and trying out the Alcohol Ink Ombre 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 ever, I have maded a tag for my entry.... and I made a concerted effort to keep it simple.  I am one for chucking a load of layers and embellies onto whatever I make (oh, you noticed!) and the sentiment I chose kind of decided how the whole tag was going to look. Nice and simple... plus it shows off the ombre perfectly too.


Once I had the background how I wanted it, I used Wendy's Cornflower Archival Ink (my fave colour .. ok, they are all faves but this one is extra fave!) and stamped a little design at the bottom... and then decided to add some scripty bits but didn't want it to overshadow the paler top half of the ombre, so I used Ranger's Ultramarine and the script was a "second generation" image... basically, I stamped the script onto scrap paper first and used the leftover ink for the main thing... look closely, it is there... just a bit shy for the photo!  I inked some more gloss card with the same colours for stamping my butterflies onto and once cut out, I inked the backs with Mermaid Lagoon DI so there were no bare bits showing.  And yes, there be the little harlequins sitting there... they have appeared on all my entries so it is continuity and not just me being mad!


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* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 355 - Everyday I Write The Book

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fabulous entries for the last challenge.  The new theme this week is... BOOKS.  You can interpret the challenge how you like: use book pages as a background, use them for decorations, make a book, stamp a book... 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 9th May 2015.


Massive apologies for the lack of blogging and missing last weeks' Sunday Stamper - I had... MANFLU!  That is official, I know because I spent most of the time laying supine on the sofa moaning and whinging... blimey, it knocked me for six!  However, I am over the manflu (apart from a very annoying sniff that is being persistant!) and back to normal again.



My entry this week is a demo tag from a few weeks ago.  Book page covered tag with a bit of stencilling... a fancy rose made using the new Prima Archivers papers and some rusty embellishments found whilst being a Womble and rummaging around car parks... car parks are the best place for picking up rusty buttons and washers and whatnots!


More apologies for not visiting all your latest entries... I said thank you above because I know they will all be fabby... I am on a mammoth catch up now so hopefully I will be with you by the middle of the week!   I shall away now... hope you have a great day!  Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

Sunday, 19 April 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 354 - You Got A Friend

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your fabulous framed entries for last weeks challenge.  The new theme this week is... FRIENDS You can interpret the challenge how you like: be it a creation you have made for a friend, add a photo of a friend or, like I have done, the word "friends"... 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 25th April 2015.  



This weekend I am demo-ing at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts in Coventry along with the Pauline Wheeler and Johnathan Lockwood.... if you are around today, do pop in to see us - entry is free and I can guarantee you will learn tonnes of new stuff. *not to mention see all the gorgeous stashly goodies Wendy has in her shop!*  I am doing my thang with all things Ranger, Distress and Tim (it's a hard job right?)  And yesterday I made a fair few tags... being as I am slack and slatternly of persuasion, I hadn't made the Sunday Stamper so picked this tag as my entry.



Finally I have managed to get my very inky paws on the Bird Crazy stamp set by Tim.... hurrah! This is even better IRL!  And they are SO fun to use.  The background is Distress Spray Stains all smooshed and washy with a smidge of stencilling and, of course, the little sentiment to go with the birdies... another of Tim's from his Way With Words set.


I had better get a wiggle on, nearly time for me to attempt the "taming of the barnet" and the "resuscitation of the face" as it would appear that Mr Gorilla With The Extra Stength Hair Gel and Mr Troll With The Sink Plunger, who live under my bed and come out on special occasions to work their magic with my appearance, have... um... done just that overnight!  Wish me luck!  If you do pop into see us at Daisy's, I will be the one in the corner looking a little bit strange (ok, stranger than usual!)  I shall also be avidly avoiding Facebook, Twitter and all manner of social media today as... tis the BTCC from Donington and we are recording the whole programme (ITV4, thankyou!) to watch this evening... but it would be very remiss of me not to shout... GO PLATO!   Hope you have a great day and... thanks for looking!  TTFN

Hels x

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