Wednesday, 10 March 2010

My Heart Is Dotty....

...about Ten Seconds Studio metal and Grungepaper...but you all knew that anyway LOL Here is the finished piece that was on my workdesk this morning...and...oh boy, I am a lucky Hels today...Postie brought me a pressie! Yes, he brought me a new Sizzix die...nowt special about that??? Wrong!!! Cos it is one of the new Mr T'Holtz's Alterations!!!!! And...I was very dubious about getting this because I have a 'Bug and not a Big Shot...but...I tried it out, kinda cringing slightly when it went though the machine...but it worked!! I used a B plate on the bottom, then the die, then some Grungepaper and then another B plate for cutting onto. I haven't tried it with Grungeboard yet...not sure which plate I will need because it did feel a bit "tight" with Grungepaper...I will let you know...if you hear some screeching you will know I have busted the Bug LOL




The base for this piece is a Maya Road chip heart shape, which I covered with TSS metal which had been pressed over the dotty mould. I squashed most of the dots back into themselves...using paper stump and refining tool to do this...(I would love to be able to take the credit for this technique...but it was the brilliantly clever Lin Brown who showed me how to this...she calls it a controlled squish!) then out came the Glimmer Mists; Jazz Blue, Marshmallow and Creme De Chocolat, all spritzed over the top and heated up to dry. I just kept going with them til I had the depth of colour I wanted.





Dur! Silly Hels had only gone and forgotten to age the metal with black paint...so I made a whoops moment and tried to put black paint over the top...which promptly cleared off most of the Glimmer Mists ... yikes, I then had to start again with the colours...and actually, I prefer it now!




I used some Rusty Wire and a rusty bell...(check it out...isn't it just cute...and it tinkles too) to make a hanger for it...I curled the wire at the front to make it stay...and then used a Studio 490 sentiment, stamped onto metal and popped into a frame...and stamped some teensy flowers - which are also Studio 490 - onto gold metal....oh, and yep, you know that gold paint I lost last week??? It turned up today, hidden in the basket I use to keep my Glimmer Mists in...goodness knows how it got in there! I used said gold paint to edge the whole piece and also change the colour of the snaps which I used as flower centres.




So...onto the Alterations flower...coloured with Distress Inks, overstamped with more 490 stamp backgrounds and then curled in my fingers, piled up and stuck together...and finally, I rummaged in my junk box and found a gemlike dome which must have been in some kind of naff earring years ago...but the colour is perfect and it has some staining on it, which matched the colours of the flowers... That's all from me for today...two posts in one day!! Please wish me luck for tomorrow morning... I have got to go to the hospital...nothing serious...I just have to have three MRI scans on my back and I am a bit of a scaredy cat...but finally, they might find out exactly what is wrong with me...*hey, I have left myself wide open for jokes about my mentality there haven't I? ROFL*

Hels x

48 comments:

Cuchy said...

wow!! Stunning work. Love it

Andrea said...

this is just wonderful Hels and love the heart shape, new dies how come you have them already Mrs and hope all goes well tomorrow and no comments about your mentality from me as I already know you have a white jacket with zips and ties on it xx

Sandy said...

Stunning heart.
So wonderful metal art. Looks beautiful. Love them hun.

Helen said...

what a great heart you have - in all ways. This is so brilliant. Good to know that the dies work in the bug, as that's all I have too. I would be cringing also..
Good luck tomorrow, am sure it will be fine.

Lori said...

Wonderful piece Hels! Love the colors you used. I just adore that flower! Good luck at the Doc's!

Helena said...

Oh wow, Hels. You artwork is fantastic... as always!

Linda Cain said...

Hang in there girl. You can do it!

The heart is wonderful..we've finally got some sunshine and 60s today. Going to play with some wonderful metal!

I'll be thinking about you for your tests.

Linda

Dan said...

Lovely heart! :) Why do they call these products things like Marshmallow and Creme de chocolat? I just end up stopping to go find something to eat! lol

Lori said...

Hels, did you see you won on the Zutter blog for those hangy things! Go check it out if you haven't already! woohoo!

Thespa McLaughlin said...

Oh! To love! You had me at blue and brown. What a great design!

Betty said...

Gorgeous! Yummy colors.Looks like I need to get that flower die.

crafty creations said...

A stunning piece Hels and well done on your Zutter win

xx Hilda

Artyjen said...

Best of luck for tomorrow......love the heart hanging

Fliss said...

AS usual just gorgeous Hels. Love that flower and have pre-ordered the same one a few days back and can't wait for my stuff to turn up!
Hope you get on OK tomorrow-fingers crossed for you!
xx

Kay said...

oooo, loverley stuff. I am very jealous of the new die. Good luck with the MRI. I had to have a few of those a while back and the machine is very, very noisy! They give you headphones and have a selection of CDs you can chose to have played through them. You can take your own CD if you want.

Ann said...

Stunning art work Hels!! Please don't worry about your scans - I've had lots done & I'm a proper scaredy cat, you'll be just fine Hels & it'll be worth it to find out what's really wrong & get proper help-big hugs to ya!! ((((HUGS))) Ann xx

Ang C said...

Another stunning piece - love the colours


Good luck for the hospital visit

Wanda H said...

This is FABULOUS!!!! I intend to have that die very soon and some new Wendy stamps also. I'll be praying that everything goes well at the hospital!!!

Vicky said...

This is just brilliant Hel's...
I think you would have to tell me several times before all these techniques sunk in...
I haven't got any of these product's, I haven't even got glimmer mist...keep meaning to get some but there are so many colours I just dont know were to start....
I tell you some of the things I have got recently...for when I do an alter project...I got a couple of small canvas's...two for a £1 they were...also asked Hubby to bring me some hessian sack's from work...just gotta figure out what to do with them now...lol

I want the new TH hinge sissix,do you know if they are out over here yet...

Fantastic creation Hels...bet you had fun playing...

you take care, speak to you soon
x
Vicky

craftimamma said...

Oh colour me with Shabby Shutters! I want that die (and the others too).

Fabulous hangy thing though Hels. I simply love your metal work. It's beautiful.

You'll be fine tomorrow. My son had an MRI scan (among others) on his back when he was 14 and he's still here to tell the tale at almost 32, Lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

The Inky Minx said...

xxx xxx Am sure 2mora will go fine,your going of your own free will.. it's when they come with the white coats you have to worry xxx xxx
As for your danglie, tis gorgeous, i need that die :P

voodoo vixen said...

Your heart is stunning, glad it didn't break your bug!!

Lucky you winning the Hang It Alls, they are going to suit your art so much, can't wait to see what you do with them!

Good vibes coming across the interwebs to you for your MRI scans... just a find a nice place in your mind and visit for a while, the noise in the machine freaks you out otherwise!!

JeanFB said...

So many wonderful details - love this, Hels!

Gwen Crowell said...

FAB piece! Now I'm gonna have to pick your brain for all the techs...lol

Thanks! Gwenny

gwenny415@yahoo.com

Cher said...

omg can u do gorgy work girl! I sooooo luv this ...and the last couple posts of yours too....TY for the heads up ...I have a bug but want the new Tim stuff, but I am also afraid of breakin me bugger...luv how u tell us directions...for the artisticallly challenged (ME!)..now where did u get that lil frame? yes, i want that lol...

flutterbycrafter said...

A truly stunning piece of work Hels, it's just wonderful.

Jennie said...

ooh mm I echo what Andrea said,, how come? and where is mine?...lol you will have to bring it with you when you visit. Off to see what you won..congratulations! good luck today :)

Lynn Stevens said...

I Love that your not afraid of color, my stuff seems to be hohum these days! I think I need to take some lessons from the master herself!

Sid said...

Lovely heart you have there !

My name is CINDY...... said...

This is stunning, and so glad to hear you have used those new dies in a bug!! Was looking athem yesterday and wondering if I could get away with it....

Calv said...

A lovely piece Hels, i've still not played with the TSS, but am so tempted when i see artwork like this. Great job! :)

Kathy Eddy said...

This is so wonderful! I love it! How'd you get your dies already????? I am so waiting for mine/ I ordered most of them! Good luck at the doctors. I am having minor surgery this afternoon also to remove 5 moles on my face. One has been bleeding a bit and another kind of tingly so it's time to get rid of them and test them.

Helen said...

Hey, go check out WV blog - your red heart purse hangy thing is featured!

Kate said...

Fab project and hope it went well today at the hospital ** Kate **

Linda Elbourne said...

Beautiful! Winning hang it alls and being featured artist by you know who ... things are looking good girlie ... hope all goes well today X

DonnaMundinger said...

Hels, you're really ispiring me o pull out my metals. Lucky you to have the TIm folders. Gorgeous! xxD

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Wonderful piece of art hun ;) totally lurve it.
Anne xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Good luck for tomorrow xx
Anne

Primitive Seasons said...

Hi Hels! Saw Wendy Vecchi's post this morning and your lovely piece with all the metal elements. I was floored! Can you share what kind of metal it is that you use and where it is available. I'd love to try some of this but don't have a clue where to start. Your work is outstanding. Have added your blog to my Favorites list! Have a great day!

Mary
www.primitiveseasons.blogspot.com

Debby said...

Hels your work is stunning as usual. Wish I could swim over there and have a play date as I am in the US. How do you get the ink to stay on the metal once you stamp it? You must share the secrets. Hope all goes well with the MRI's. They don't hurt I think as I never had one and hope never to have to.

Kim Piggott said...

Oh wow utterly stunning!
Such a Hels Masterpiece it is amazing!!!
Good luck with your MRI scans hope they can help you bad backs are a nightmare!
hugs
kim x

Diane.W. said...

Hi Hels! Sorry I'm a bit late commenting on this post,hope you were ok at the hospital x

Your heart is gorgeous :o)x

JAN said...

hi Hels this is truly beautiful..you are such an inspiration..just looking at your creations get the creative juices flowing..tfs Jan
P.s i showed my daughter your tags and she thought they were absolutly gorgeous..

Something Special said...

Great to have found your blog. I will be back to partake of some of those great tutorials. Come say hi at my new scrapbooking and papercrafting blog and check out my Easter Decorations. I think you might enjoy it. I will be back to visit for sure.

Something Special said...

Oops, I forgot to give you the link, cause if you just click on it you get my creative vintage blog not my papercrafting one. here it is askmichelespecialpaperprojects.blogspot.com

Angelnorth said...

Great piece Hels, glad the new die went through the Bug for you! Love your press stud flower centres!

Eiglas said...

Splendid piece of art Hels!
Love it!
Hugs,
Eiglas
x

Shar said...

Brilliant! Love the shine!

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