Sunday, 14 February 2010

Sunday Stampers - Week 91 - All You Need Is Love

Morning Stampers and Happy Valentines Day to you all...hoping you are all indulging in lots of chocolate and lurve :O)) Many thanks to everyone who joined in with the challenge last week...wow, there are some seriously delish roses out there...speaking of which, I hope that your beloveds have bought you some for today! The new challenge for today could only be one thing couldn't it...so, I chose LOVE...and the song, another Beatles classic is one of my all time faves - yep, another Beatles song so it goes without saying that I am going to love it LOL To join in with the challenge, all you need to do is make something, incorporate the theme and some stamping and then leave me a comment here with the link to the place you are showing your creation. The challenge remains open until 23:00 on Saturday February 20th.





I have always been a bit of a grump when it comes to Valentines Day and think that it is commercialism and why should I just have one day to tell Grim that I love him when I tell him everyday anyway...still, every year I succumb to the "romance" of it all and end up making a card for him LOL This year, I have done a card and a matching altered frame...using a combination of inky messy techniques and some delightful Wendy Vecchi stamps. The main idea actually came from a tut that Wendy had on her Blog (HERE) so I kind of nicked the heart idea and actually, more or less copied the whole tutorial! **anyone else think that Wendy is a Beatles fan too? Only, check out the titles of her last two posts :O))**



The card was made using some cardstock which was dipped into Cranberry and Sunset Orange inks, which had been swooshed over my craft sheet and then spritzed with Perfect Pearls in a Mini Mister. I made a few of these until I got the colours I wanted...now, Wendy was using Adirondack Pigment Inks for her tut...I have a fair few of these...well, I did have...until my drawer unit decided to eat them all up... they have fallen right into the back of the drawers...and the drawers are those daft "male" ones that are attached inside, so unless I grow some massive muscles overnight, the ink pads are trapped until the whole chest is moved :O( So, I improvised and used /adirondack dye ink pads instead :O)) which, I have to say, are loads richer in colour but didn't give me the pale washy look I wanted.




The background is made up from two different stamps, stamped with Cranberry and then I made a divider using a Martha Stewart punch. The heart is stamped into cardstock and swooshed thru more inkyness and then the little flowers and leaves are made from Grungepaper, coloured with DI's and then attached with silicone glue. Now, don't you just LOVE the sentiment? This is actually a Beatles lyric from a song called The End, which is the 2nd to last song, side B of Abbey Road...which I have to admit is my fave album too...ah, many an evening spent in my bedroom as a teenager, pretending to drum along to it...*back to present day* So, I was over the moon when I saw that this was on one of the new Wendy Vecchi plates...Isn't this sentiment just perfect?




I wanted to make something for Grim this year...I usually buy him something (which...*whispers* I have but don't tell him cos he doesn't know yet) and because I loved the card stylee so much I altered a photo frame, this can be for his study/computer room/den/room of boxes....ROFL I started by sanding the frame and then hammering it with Tim's texture hammer (actually, it is my hammer but Tim designed it...it would be just too funny if I had actually got the one that belongs to Tim!!!) I painted the whole surface with Trad Tan and then slapped on patches of Rock Candy Cracklepaint...which is my ultimate fave cracklepaint in the whole wide world ever....and once this was dry, I used a combo of red and gold Glimmer Mists...the clogged one was de-clogged! I now have a delightfully splattered tshirt though...(memo to self, when de-clogging GM's, wear a pinny) I rubbed some golden wax into the crackles to emphasize them but the pics really do not show it properly, I may try to do pics in the morning when it is daylight and see if it looks better with no flash!




The middle of the frame was made using some sturdy card, swooshed as before and then background stamped with Cranberry...and the With Love added a little too far to the right...whoops, forgot the card was larger than the frame apperture...actually, I did that on purpose really LOL




The heart is made from mountboard, inky swooshings and Glimmer Misted and then the same embellies as the card, except this time I used some Maya Road Trinket Pins and a pearl. The sentiment wouldn't fit as it is stamped, so I chopped it up and made it into little pieces, 3d'd them onto the cardstock and then bunged the whole thing together. I decided against adding anything else to the frame as I want the heart and sentiment to stand out...whatcha fink? Does it need more embellies on the frame? I hope Grim likes these...if he leaves a comment then we will find out :O))

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

Hels x

46 comments:

Minxy said...

Happy Valentines hun, your artwork as always is flawless.. i'll be blogging my piece later this morning x which you will obviously find HERE
xo xo xo xo xo xo

Linda Cain said...

I LOVE your colors!!!! I'm all for intensity....great piece.

Linda

Lori said...

Lovely card and hanging Hels, I'm sure Grim will love it! Love the colors, I do so love the Adirondack dye inks. Well, really I love all the inks Ranger makes. lol I'll definitely try to enter this one too!

Susan said...

Your art , as always, is terrific. I would leave the frame as is - as you said, doing anything more might take away from the focal piece. Happy Valentines Day!
Susan

julie m said...

you have been making some cool stuff with the new stamps. love the look as it is. but do hope you are able to retrieve the pigment stamps soon. i think the frame is great as is...more masculine than all tricked out.

Gayle Page-Robak said...

So, beautiful!!
Happy Valentine's Day.
Hugs, Gayle.

Fliss said...

Mmmm, lovely! No more embellies needed, would be OTT. Happy Valentine's Day and hope he loves his pressies.
xx

TinaB said...

Fabby card and frame Hels xxxx

Sid said...

Two fab projects and both are brilliant....such warm colours. May have chance to join in this time too :-)

* Shaz * said...

Happy Valentines to you and Graham Hels... lovely work as always big hugs to you both xx

Here's my card

Helen said...

Hi, love the card and the frame, both great as they are. Will be back later with a little love....

Anonymous said...

These are terrific Hels. I hope you are having a lovely romantic morning. My Valentine can be found at http://Heavens2betsy-creativeoverflow.blogspot.com/

Sandy said...

Wonderful Valentine Creation. Fantastic elements and darling work. Love them.

Happy Valentines Day my friend.

Diane.W. said...

Both are gorgeous!!! Luv the colours.
Happy Valentines Day :o)x

Laura said...

Lovely grungy pink!

Lesley said...

Happy Valentine's Day Hels.
Here's mine"
Lesley x

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Hi Hels, 2 wonderful creations - lucky Grim :) the frame is wonderful as it is, sometimes it's nice to overload with embellies sometimes it's fine without. Would Grim prefer more embellies or not? Will try to get mine done today.
I dreamt about you last night hehe. Your hair was short and a funny colour can't remember exactly but it was speckled :O I was in this big room; don't know where; when you turned up with someone big in crafts (but only in my dream) and you were advising her on stuff 'cos you knew so much LOL.
Anne xx

Daniele said...

morning Hels love this piece hope hubby appreciates it...I'm sure he will.her is my card at least its inky this weekas my fingers are still red lol
hugs x

Rosie said...

Oh it's gorgeous! You're SO talented I may have to decide to hate you after all .... or maybe I'll just copy your fabulous ideas?? Note to self - MUST get some of those Wendy thingy stamps! Hope Grim appreciates your magnificent efforts - I made mine a book out of toilet roll middles ....

Helen said...

hi, all. Back with my entry this time - I enjoyed it more than I thought I would. Hope you like it.
http://stampingbyh.blogspot.com/2010/02/all-you-need-is-love.html

Joanne said...

I keep saying it and will continue to do so, your work is AMAZING. I am such a Tim fan and can't get enough of Ranger products, but now I've found your blog, life just got even better. x

Linda Elbourne said...

Lovely work Hels ... My entry for this week's challenge is here

Faerie Moon Creations said...

This is absolutely beautiful! I am in awe of your work, and I'm so happy I discovered your blog through One World One Heart! Have a lovely day with family and friends (and enjoy more chocolate!)
♥Theresa

Jennie said...

Stunning stuff! I am sure Grim will love it :)
Will be back later in the week
Hugs xx

Dan said...

Using Linda's suspect "Love" connection, my entry can be found here

Jennie said...

ok, I am so fast that I have created a card in just a few minutes!!!rofl! Mine is Here

Ang C said...

Two beautiful creations

My offering can be found Here

Andrea said...

just lovely work Hels and I am sure Graham will leave a message for you, he would of loved this to, great stuff and have a wonderful evening xx

cockney blonde said...

Lovely artwork as always, x

Grim said...

Too right I liked it Andrea. Am I lucky to have such a talented wife or what?

Thanks for the card and stuff babes...I love you X

2amscrapper said...

Love both of these pieces. The colors are fab!

Paula said...

looks amazing Hels...Ive just purchased my 1st set of Wendy Vecchi stamps, hope I can create something half as good as this!

Hermine said...

This is absolutely gorgeous!!! love it. Happy valentines day to you too.

IsaNorris said...

This is really lovely!! beautiful piece.
Thanks for your comment on my blog too ;)
isax

Cheri said...

here is my entry

Thank you for looking.

Anke said...

Wonderful works Hels, I love the colors.

Hugs
Anke

Nicks said...

All done.. not exactly valentines though!
BUT!!!! I have managed to do some stamping on it this week!

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Mine's done now and on my blog. You can see it here
Anne xxx

Joanne said...

I've had a go but am struggling with a decent photo. I'll keep trying though. In the meantime, here's mine:
http://mytobyjug.blogspot.co./2010/02/love.html
xx

Lottie said...

Oh my fantastic - sorry I haven't posted a comment on each of your post - have been doing the rounds an ran out of time

crafterGM said...

Here is my Card Thanks Gloria M.

Artyjen said...

Gorgeous colours...love the whole ish! My ATC is here.
xoxo

MarissaDW said...

Hels, I love your artwork. You inspired me to join the challenge, so here's my entry at
MDW's Love

Hazel said...

You are such an inspiration, Hels. My card is here x

Emma - Independent SU! Demonstrator said...

Your creation is fab. This is my first challenge for ages (other than Tuesday Taggers). Here is my creation

http://emma-daye.blogspot.com

Thanks for the challenge.

Emma xx

Pat Bowman said...

Oh my gosh. I just love, love, LOVE everything about this. Of course, I'm an avid Beatles fan myself so how could I not LOVE it. Also, this is one of my favorite color combos. Someone was very luck to receive this card. I'm still drooling over it!

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