Sunday, 24 January 2010

Sunday Stamper - Week 88 - Hip To Be Square

Morning Stampers ... have you noticed I am not in my usual place??? Do I look different? Aha, that is cos today I am having to post from....THE BIG COMPUTER! My laptop has passed away (or at least, it will have once I have removed my boot from it...why are computers so annoying, you just get used to it, it understands you, you understand it... and then it goes and plays silly beggars and annoys you so much that you inflict harm on it....ROFL) so Grim has allowed me onto his pride and joy purely to post the new challenge...he just knows how rubbish I am with computers and how I break things, unwittingly of course, but clumsy is, afterall, my middlename ROFL First of all...THANK YOU for all your lovely entries last week... it was lovely to see so many new faces joining in too. I used Random.Org to pick out a winner...basically, using the usual formula, every entry assigned a number in order with date/time posted and then picked out this way...the lucky number was 7. Without further ado, I am pleased to annouce the winner of the "Sponsors" candy from The Artistic Stamper is....

Clarky J - congrats and please email your addy etc to me and I will pop your candy into the post.




Moving on...the new theme this week is....hips....ahahaha, got you going there... really it is SQUARES... and I used some 2" squares of Stampbord to make a little hangy piece. The base is an 8" square canvas oil board which I first painted with ... Traditional Tan (why use anything other when this is THE perfect paint!!!) and then layered some stamped tissue over it using Beeswax to fix it down...the stamping was done with StaZon and are Crafty Individuals stamps and an Artistic Stamper script stamp.





Now, once this was done it was way too in my face, not subtle at all (and, afterall, subtle is my middle name...along with clumsy LOL) so I layered another sheet of plain tissue over the top, using more Beeswax over the top...and then watered down some of the Trad Tan and blended this over the top using Cut & Dry foam. I used some little sprinkles of gold embossing powder to jazz up the edges and randomly over the bumpy bits just to add a bit of emphasis and to close the piece in I dragged a black StaZon around the edges too.




The tiles are all inked with a combo of Adirondack Foam Pigments and Chalk Inks and Colorbox Pigments. I have found that these pigments seem to work the best on Stampbord...basically, just heat set between colourings and stamping...and then I used a scratchy tool to scrape away bits of the images to add some highlights.




Each tile was then UTEE'd with three layers altogether so you get a really cool ceramic look..which doesn't really show up on the photo's too well. I edged all the tiles with gold Krylon to make them nice and neat and then to blend them more into the background I swiped a StaZon around the edges, just roughly, which toned them down a bit.




The stamping was all done with black StaZon and are a bit eclectic this week... no real theme, just some random images that are some of my faves and are from *in no particular order* Crafty Individuals, PaperBag Studio's, Stamp Francisco, Prima, Stampers Anon and The Stamp Bug... I have to admit, this piece is totally unlike the idea I had in my head...so that project, hopefully, will be made today...and will be the One World One Heart giveaway tomorrow :O)) If you are wondering what I am waffling on about, there is a link in my sidebar for you to click on and get transported to the place that is setting it all up...several friends joined in with it last year and loved it...so I thought I would give it a go this year!




Anyway...back to the hangy piece...I added some eyelets and rusty wire for the hangy bit and added a little bead that I nabbed from an old bracelet and a Philiosophy Tag which I dabbed with gold paint and wiped off so the gold stayed in the indentations. Finally, I added some micro beads randomly round the edges, again, they don't show up too well on the pics and some more of the heavenly golden pearls that I am fast running out of now!



To join in with the challenge, all you need to do is make a piece of art, be it a card, ATC, altered, tis up to you, incorporate the theme and some stamping and then pop back and leave me a comment on this post with a link to the place you are showing your piece... then I can hop over and visit you :O)) The challenge will remain open until 23:00 on Saturday 30th January...so you have all week to play!

Thanks for looking and I hope that you all have a great week!

Hels x

36 comments:

Wanda H said...

Hels, love this!!! Beautiful!!!

Daniele said...

just simply gorgeous love it

Tinkertaylor said...

Fab hangy thing lots to look at

craftimamma said...

Oooh, gorgeous Hels! I need the lesson you had on the beeswax without a doubt. You've become a veritable expert!

Lesley Xx

Fliss said...

Wow Hels! Can't believe this as I got my stampboard 2 inch squares out on Friday as my new CI stamps arrived and are perfect for them!!!
Yours looks absolutely gorgeous so apologies if it looks like I'm copying but I'm not honest! Already a WIP!
Fliss x

Sally H said...

Wow, Hels! That is stunning! I too got my stampboard out yesterday - what a small world!

Chris said...

Fabulous, Hels. Beautiful colours and images and the background is stunning.

Helen said...

Hels, this is beautiful! Here is my entry:

http://stampingbyh.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-stamper-squares.html

Sandy said...

Wow your work is brilliant. Lovely and powerful. Love the design. Have a great sunday hun.

Sarah Anderson said...

Stunning squares Hels. Love the idea that they look like ceramic tiles in real life.

Lottie said...

A M A Z I N G I am glad you post different shots of your work- as the there is so much going on - it's not just flat and stamped and it makes such a huge difference

Just a perfect project to cheer up a gloomy day, gloomy weather - bless you

Andrea said...

Hels this is stunning, love those little tiles and each detail on them is delightful, hope you can get another laptop to xx

craftytrog said...

Wow Hels! Your hangy thing is simply gorgeous! My entry is a card, as I have lots to make for february birthdays xxx

TinaB said...

I am loving your work with the Beeswax hun xxx Stunning work again xx

Martina2801 said...

Terrific artwork!!! Beautifully created!

Claireabelle said...

Wow!!! fandabydozy!
x

Daniele said...

Hi Hels I thought I'd share this card with you as I followed your tutorial of the rose in this months magazine card really pleased with the result

Minxy said...

WOW, this is totally amazing, the colours really pop on the muted background, just stunning, may i ask when i will be recieving this and i'll keep my eye out for the postie :p

Linda Elbourne said...

Love this ... great work XX

Nicks said...

you've done it again..you've inspired me on a sunday

Thanks Hels

Caroline said...

Oh I love this!! You did a magnificent job and it's just beautiful!! Hopefully I can come up with something fun to enter later.

Clarky J said...

This is gorgeous :0) Thanks for the win today - where will I find your email addy?
Janet x

Carolands said...

I love this, I love Stampbord :)

JeanFB said...

WOW! Fabulous, Hels! So many wonderful little details to take in! :)

Elaine A said...

Hi Hels -

Don't you just love Stampbord? I've started expirementing with it and I love it. I love what you've created, it is just beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

Elaine Allen

Nicks said...

Popped my result onto my blog... now got any ideas where my stampboard is??

Hazel said...

Gorgeous crafting, as usual. My card is here x

lesleyanne said...

hi Hels
have popped mine in my blog
and wow wow wow
how many people leaving comments on your
one world one heart
well done you
lesley xx

theresa martin said...

this is such a pretty format for your work. love it.

Clarky J said...

Hi Hels Have added my entry to my blog - Huge thanks for the inspiration x J x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Absolutely fab hun :) My entry is done now and is here
Anne xx

Cariena said...

oh wow. hels, you ahve inspired me - the only problem i have is that i have NO STAMPS that are so small!! we have such a limited variety here in South Africa - it is VERY SAD!! BUT - you have challenged me to actually go through my stash and find something that i could use. thanks for the inspiration!!! hereis the link to my entry

Ang C said...

A stunning piece as always Hels


Here is my card for this week

Thanks for looking

cockney blonde said...

Hi Hels, I love your square hanging thingy. Hope you like my card submission, x

http://cockneyblonde.blogspot.com/2010/01/sunday-stampers-challenge-hip-to-be.html

Lorraine said...

really like this Hels..good way to show off your collection of stamps ..glad you have had loads of owoh visitors hope they have all signed up to be followers as your giveaways are amazing..thanks for visiting my blog

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Great theme GF, just luv your project, it is spectacular! I'm a little rushed, but flyin' on a CHA high, and here is my post....

http://iwork4stamps2.blogspot.com/2010/01/squared-and-tims-new-edge-die.html

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