Sunday, 28 February 2010

Sunday Stampers - Week 93 - Send In The Clowns

Morning Stampers...Thanks ever so much to everyone who joined in with the challenge last week..it was lovely to see so many different interpretations of the theme :O)) Some of you may have your gasts well and truly flabbered when you find out the theme today is... CLOWNS! Yep, I have bitten the bullet (or should that be the red nose) and faced these demons head on. I usually go running for the hills when I see a clown, but, for some reason I have been drawn to the Cirque set by Mr T'Holtz...that Freddie Mercury lookalikey stamp has helped...so I figured I would challenge myself to use the clown stamps...and here it is;




As ever, when I lose my Mojo, I resort to Tim stamps, a pile of Distress Inks and a Shadow Box...can't go wrong there I reckon. The inks...wow....are some of the new DI's...the ones I used are Wild Honey with Rusty Hinge and Wild Honey with Barn Door. The box exterior was painted with...do I need to say??? Claudine Hellmuth's Trad Tan paint as a base. I then added some patches of Spiced Marmalade and Fired Brick Cracklepaints and set aside to dry. Whilst this was drying, I made a centre piece for the frame...cutting up a 6" sq piece of card into shapes and then inking each piece and stamping various Mr T'Holtz's stamps...note how Freddie has turned up on this piece too :O)




Once the frame had dried, I used a concoction of Glimmer Mists, spritzed and dried, layered and dried until I got the desired effect, and then added some gold wax over the crackles to make them pop a little. The bits n bobs are Idea-ology...and the little "house" (idea stolen from Mr T'Holtz) has a DooDad in the middle which is actually a replica of the main clown stamp...and I used clear UTEE poured straight from the Melt Pot into the little frame to make a glass like bubble cover for it.... The little bottle has some seed beads in it...and...as a little taster for what I will be doing today...check out the flower on the frame.. it is made from card, inked, stamped and then dipped into the Melt Pot ... and then...how cute! I added a little propeller to the centre...and it actually spins...it kinda reminds me of a clowns bow tie (or for EastEnders fans...Frank Butchers bow tie...remember that scene LOL)




I will be helping Jennie today at Stamperama at Stevenage, doing Make & Takes ...so if you are going to be at the show, please pop on by and say hi and take part in the M&T and you will come away with a certain little something for keeps :O))




Thanks for looking...as ever with the Sunday Stamper all you need to do to join in is make a piece of art, include the theme and some stamping, leave a comment here for me and I can come and see you! The theme will stay open until 23:00 Saturday March 6th '10. Have a great week :O))

Hels x

34 comments:

Dan said...

Lovely stuff Hels, and a great challenge! :) Just a quicky from me, you can see it here.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

I can't believe I'm #2! tee hee, I just luv the clowns, will play along later....it's just a beautiful piece Hels, luv it lots and lots! hugz

Dan said...

Oops, I added a 2nd entry! :)

julie m said...

wabbits, metal-i-like-a, clowns... i have only missed reading your blog for a few days and you have been artsying all over the place (is that a word?). so much for my eyes and wee brain to take it at once. the colors are just too cool. i love it all. and love how much fun you have with it.

Sandy said...

Hels, I´ve missed my words again and again. This is outstanding. Very facinating. Love them.

Have a great sunday my friend.

Effie said...

Nice clowns! It's a fab piece!

Joanne said...

You know what? I think it's time you and your pal got your show on the road and came up north for a change. Apart from better weather, we are famous for our clowns and circus - remember Charlie Caroli? and ever heard of the Tower Circus, all in a little place called Blackpool!! Now where can I find a clown stamp........x

Hazel said...

This is fantastic - I love seeing your creations - absolutely beautiful crafting. Enjoy your day with Jennie x

Daniele said...

just love your shadow boxes, know what you mean a bot clowns not my cup of tea but this piece of art looks great.
Hugs daniele

Karen said...

Totally brilliant Hels! Have a great day at Stevenage xx

Artyjen said...

Oooh! Wild Honey & Rusty Hinge? Divine! I don't mind clowns but I understand the problems people have with them....this is another fabby box thingey....love it lots and lots :)
xoxo
P.S. As clowns go I have to say
T!m's are on the spooky side LOL

Andrea said...

just another amazing piece Hels and the clowns look fab, you have attacked your demons head on, well done as its created a masterpiece, hope you get on well today and Jennie does well xx

Kay said...

That's beautiful Hels, really gorgeous, even though it features the dreaded clowns. I admit the Freddie Mercury looking one is cool, but those ones along the bottom are scarey looking dudes!

judith@poppy cottage said...

Hi Hels, I saw this IRL today, it is stunning. I love all of the detail. I really enjoyed the make and take, and my little flower is gorgeous. I loved chatting with you, it was a good day. I got a sample from Jennie too, so I was lucky! Judith x

Shar said...

Fab piece! Love it! Now, I have to go find my clown stamps!

Heather Robinson said...

Oh Hels, I am completely and utterly in agreement with you when it comes to clowns. I too conquered my fears and created for this theme. You were my inspiration with this fantastic piece. Hugs...

Lorraine said...

like all the squares and it does look like Freddie Mercury

Diane.W. said...

Gorgeous & luv the lil house!!!

Afraid I don't own any clown stamps,so can't join in this week :o(

Will wait for next weeks (providing I have the stamps,lol!!!) :o)x

Helen said...

Hels, it was good to see you again and re the rose - as you asked on my blog, I have emailed you my address accordingly! Thanks so much!

Debs said...

Wow Hels these are truly awesome! Debs H

Nicks said...

MMMMmmm Hels,love your work but those clowns are too scary!
May dig out my Paperartsy stamps though and have a go

Jennie said...

Great theme, and I hope you are recovering from yesterday :) that was a lot of flowers you made ..hehehe
Hugs xxx

Rosie said...

You've surpassed yourself here Hels! What an absolutely GORGEOUS piece of artwork ....

Angelnorth said...

Fab piece Hels and the challenge was certainly challenging as I don't own any even vaguely clownish stamps. I had a go though, here - thanks!

Lottie said...

Stunning colours - they really lift the spirits along with the clowns.

Clever, clever, clever,

Lori said...

Love the colors on this one, too! Oh, are those the new ones?? lol

Andrea said...

you will be in shock I have done the challenge, woo hoo, hope you like xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Gorgeous art Hels ;) Can't wait to get some of the new DIs. Have done mine now, it's herre
Anne xx

Ann said...

Fabulous Hels - I want that set of stamps but those clowns kinda scare me too!! Adore what you've done with them!! xx

craftytrog said...

here's my entry

craftytrog said...

love your canvas btw xxx

Helen said...

Well, I'm not huge on clowns but have had a go
http://stampingbyh.blogspot.com/2010/03/clowns-on-your-workdesk.html

Joanne said...

Well, after much deliberating, I've done it. have a look at:
http://mytobyjug.blogspot.com/2010/03/clowns.html
Phew!! xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Here we go GF, runny eyes, runny nose, big red clown nose too, but I did get to play with my GF!

http://iwork4stamps2.blogspot.com/2010/03/send-in-clowns.html

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