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