Sunday, 9 December 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 235 - The First Noel

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all.  Many thanks for all the tag-tastic entries for last weeks challenge.  This week is a nice easy and seasonal theme... and it is... NOEL.  To join in is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme and some stamping and then pop back here with a link to the place you are showing your entry.  If you don't have a blog/photo-hosting-jobby, you can also join in via Facebook or by email.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 15th December 2012.



My entry this week has given me a bad head!  Mr Mojo decided to do a disappearing act just as I was sitting down to play.  How rude!  No matter how much I tried, nothing was working... the theme wasn't working for a start - I oft pick a theme before I make my entry and yesterday it just wasn't happening.  So, I left the Desk of Despair and went on a mooch around the Room of Stash, rummaging in boxes, drawers and cupboards... Nope, still no sign of that old cad Mojo.




I was getting a tad worried being as I had been very tardy with my entry for last weeks challenge, it reallly wouldn't do for me to be late two weeks on the trot now would it?  Well, I issued forth a plea on Facebook and a fair few peeps came up with suggestions of wine and beer and chocolate to tempt him back.  NOPE! Still didn't work!  Actually, between you and me, I can't drink owing to the amount of medication I need to take... and if I do partake of a beverage I am the cheapest date in the World, half a lager and I am sozzled.  So, the booze option was out.  I decided, instead, to go with the chocolate option and a suggestion from Sue - who said "paper blocking".  Aha!  Cool idea... and the chocolate wasn't actually the eating variety = oh no, I know, I passed up the excuse to stuff my face and instead went for the colour.   Now, about 239 years ago I bought some lush Hallowe'en papers from My Minds Eye, put them into a box to be used this year... and just ran out of time to use them (ok, I forgot about them *snort*)   



Well, I knew that I wanted to do something with these papers because the colours are beautiful... and they just so happen to have the most delightful backsides!  I just love doublesided papers, feels like I am getting a two-fer IYKWIM.   Anyways... I did the paper blocking onto a cute papiermache board hangy thing I got from Paper Artsy when I was at the NEC.  Once covered, painted, sealed, edged, I used a Dylusions mask (LOVE those snowflakes) and spatula'd some Studio 490 Black Embossing Paste thru... and then lightly sprinkled it with Rock Candy Dry Stickles... and once dry, I smidged some Classic Treasure Gold over them to make them pop a little.   I added on a couple of diecuts from Memory Box - love this seedhead die lots.      The NOEL is an Alterations die, grungeboard, paint, Alcohol Ink coloured glitter and then dry-brushed with Treasure Gold in Classic and Onyxite because the Espresso Glitter was naff, it didn't stand out enough.  




I made a fancy rose using the papers and the Tattered Florals die, adding in a couple of Art Part Leaves, some Holly Leaves and Branch, some Sprigs and the cutest ickle Red Cardinal - all are Alterations dies BTW.  After much faffing and fiddleydiddling, I realised... whoooops, there's no stamping! Yikes!  So I snuck in a couple of stars in the background and the sentiment which was bobbed into a Memo Pin.   I gave some Idea-ology bits some Treasure Gold action too... the Festive Foliage, Crown and Xmas Wreath all tone in beautifully now - that stuff is totes-amazebobs, it goes onto so many different things! 




Anyways, considering I started this without a single clue where it was going,  I am rather chuffed with the outcome... I have to admit, Mojo is still not here completely... you know what I mean, I can't just go and sit and make something right off, I am having to really think about it... so, I shall get my sketch book now and go and see if I can sketch some designs to tempt the old chap back!   I shall away right now, armed with pencil (and rubber!)  Thanks for looking... have a fab week - I have heard it is gonna be a chilly one so keep warm!  TTFN

Hels x

42 comments:

Stamping in Pink said...

oh my word - absolutely gorgeous Hels - love how you embellish your projects and i'm going to have a ferret through my stuff to see if i have something i can use that is similar to the this gorgeous wax you are using so much - want some but have to use up my bits first. thank you for the inspiration hun, oh and btw you're not the only cheap date - 2 glasses wine/lager and i'm as ####ed as a newt - again cos of meds, keep warm x

scrappymo! said...

OMG this is just gorgeous. Love this one to bits!

Helen said...

Fabulous, Hels - I love the colours, and that Treasure Gold is gorgeous stuff!

val jones said...

Hi Hels. Fantastic tag. If that's what you can do when you've got only part of your mojo-well I'm giving up!!!

I'm also a lightweight when it comes to the old plonk, again its cos of meds.

Have a greaat Sunday

Val in Spain xxx

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,
What a lovely tag, love the embellishments on it.

If the tag is the result of your mojo leaving you, there's no hope for us mere mortals.x

Carol said...

Gorgeous board Hels! So many different techniques going on. Mr Mojo couldn't have gone very far with pieces like this - he'll soon be back xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, This project is absolutely gorgeous, I love the papers you have used, and the tattered floral flower in those different papers is stunning. I really need that sentiment stamp ha ha, I think it is so beautiful.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Jassy said...

I love this little project, its beautiful thank you for inspiring me with it, going to have to hunt out a few bits to play along! I may have to take a trip over to paper artsy's sop for one of those fab hangings! Have a great week.

Redanne said...

This is fabulous Hels, love the cardinal in his golden nest and that Noel is beautiful. Love the Treasure Gold you use, it is so effective. I wonder if the plonk problem vs meds is a Crafters thing, there are so many of us.... Hugs, Anne x

Joanne said...

Well I reckon old Mojo should disappear more often 'cos this is simply stunning. Oh! the beer was meant for him not you LOL. xx

Aquarius said...

This chocolate coloured Noel is brilliant - love it

rachel said...

fantastic work Hels - love it to bits xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, im glad to hear that the professionals also get crafters block, usualy im ok but occassionaly no matter how much i play it looks awful and for the bin! Love your outcome tho, its totally stunning, amazing use of embellishments and colours. Emma

Viv's Visuals said...

Just fab!!!

Sue said...

Love, love, love this. The halloween papers look amazing. So much to take in - must get some dry rock candy stickles. Mojo just snoozing me thinks! Sx

Barb Cady said...

Oh Hels I love you! You state your mojo goes out wandering and then you stick with it and produce a masterpiece as well as writing a post to make us laugh! This piece is genius, I needed an excuse to use my noel die, I shall return (said on best Arnie voice!) x

Aquarius said...

How lucky that I was working on a NOEL card this morning - you can see it here

Carole Z said...

Absolutely wonderful Hels! Just gorgeous! Carole Z X

nannapat said...

Considering you say you didn't know what you were doing it's turned out pretty well hasn't it? Love the look of the Treasure Gold. Pat x

inkypinkycraft said...

so very you..and so very fab! a wonderful make trace x

ang said...

totally gorjuss, great inspiration angxxxx

Annie said...

Love your vintage tag Hels. I love my Noel Die and hope to incorporate in something for this challenge.

Hugs

Annie x

Planetsusie said...

I'm a bit stuck for time at the moment Hels but I just wanted to say how gorgeous and scrumptious all the tags are!!! This one is particularly delicious (have you guessed yet, we've not had dinner) so everything is food based!!! LOL. They really are yum yum though!

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Buttons said...

This is a perfect cocktail of patchwork and Christmas. One of my favs of yours or all time. It screams Hels, and is inspiring me for some gift wallets that need doing this week. Thank you hun, hugs Jenny x

butterfly said...

So stunning... gorgeous use of the hanging board - and the Noel looks totally amazing!
Alison x

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

Well I was just looking for some inspiration as I am going through a bit of a Crafters Block, and within 3 seconds of looking at this delicious Tag I am having all sorts of ideas - thanks, can't wait to watch you on Wednesday. Sam

Alana said...

Beautiful....not much more to add to that:)

Jacky said...

Oh my giddy aunt - you are just such and inspiration. This is brilliant. I can't wait to see you on TV with some more brilliant demos. Here is my attempt: http://muddlycrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/noel-sunday-stamper-challenge.html

Adrienne Crist said...

Oh, so very, very beautiful! Just a gorgeous tag! Here's my Noel Card :
http://paperdivascraps.blogspot.com/2012/12/noel-ooh-la-la-creations-reflections.html

Blessings,
Adrienne

Suzi B said...

Gorgeous as usual!! and you say your mojo is AOWL... phew! what do I do now lol
here's mine
http://suzib1b.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/mmm-pot-pourri-part-two.html
Suzi B x

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, I am back with my entry, it is a bit different!

http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/noel.html

Hugs, Anne x

Sue said...

Hi Hels

Hope you are feeling better hun and ready for the fab shows.

My festive contibution to Sunday Stampers is a few Dylusions Crimbo cards.

http://taitucker.blogspot.co.uk/

Good luck and I will be watching

Sue

Anita Houston said...

A totally out done yourself kind of tag here! So many hidden things I keep finding... the bird, the star, the foliage...and the patterns on the flower are all fab! That Noel has spruce up even the most elegant of makes! GORGEOUS work!!! Love the theme too!

Here is mine:
http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-white-christmas-atc.html

Craftychris said...

Goodness, this is amazing! And all without chocolate or alcohol! xx

Lisette Baker said...

This is a fab tag - see something new every time I look. Loved today's show - amazing samples and brill demos.
Here's my Noel
http://mrsbeez.com/?p=2143

Gerrina said...

I keep looking and see new things on this tag; just great! My link to join the sunday stampers (due to dead batteries from my camera not able to post this one earlier): http://gerrinascreatievewereld.blogspot.nl/2012/12/blauwe-sneeuwmannen-blue-snowmen.html
Hugs, Gerrina

Julie Short said...

Your piece Hels is Absolutely Fabulous (watched that silly show last night sorry!)All the splendid techniques you incorporate must take you ages but then the result is wow!
Here is my contribution this week.
http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/double-gifts.html

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, here is this week's little project, Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/sunday-stampers-wk-235-first-noel-thurs.html

EELS said...

Love this project Hels lots of work gone into your offering.
Here's mine.
http://crafteeowls.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/angelic.html

Barb Cady said...

Hi Hels, back with my small offering. You were great on the tv! Must get out the melt pot soon.

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/sunday-stamper-noel.html

Love and hugs Barb xx

Stamping in Pink said...

rat think a boo boo - missed your melt pot shows, just caught a couple of minutes of one. love how you've used it, will try to catch them on repeat.
anways here is my wee offering which i really enjoyed making, no mess but lovely ink
http://stampinginpink.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/cas-and-quick-christmas-cards.html
karen x

Buttons said...

Hope you are doing ok today hun. Got my entry for this week's challenge;
http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/and-sew-another-one.html
Take care of yourself (you're irreplaceable you know). Hugs, Jenny x

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