Sunday, 22 August 2010

Sunday Stampers - Week 117 - You Don't Bring Me Flowers...

... Goodly Morning Stampers... and a very big thank you to all who joined in with last weeks challenge. I shall kick off straight away with the theme for this week... have you guessed it? Yep, it is FLOWERS I know we have had this one before, but hey, we all love flowers :O)) To join in, all you have to do is make a piece of art, include the theme and some stamping... leave a comment for me here with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can hop on over and see what you have been making. The challenge will close at 21:00 Saturday August 28th '10.



My entry this week is an altered birdy... and I cannot believe this.. it is exactly a year ago to the day since I first blogged my original altered birdy... the fella who sits on the toy car *here is a link to the original post* So, the poor old boy birdy has been on his tod for far too long... and his mate has been sitting on my windowsill waiting for some attention... so that is just what she got!




I spent an age sanding her down.. ok, I spent about five mins and got bored... here is a pic of her after sanding just so you have an idea what she looked like... a bit boring ain't she? And... when she arrived from America, she had a broken beak... and no broken off beaky bit in the box... so she is staying that way... it just adds charm to her I think LOL





I Gesso'd her over with some...erm... gesso... *that's novel isn't it? LOL* and then painted a generous layer of Trad Tan paint all over because I then used some Antique Linen, Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lippy Cracklepaints over the top - so when the crackles crackled, they would show the Trad Tan.



While she was sitting drying, I used some Grungepaper and stamped some Studio 490 images... BTW... those folders that were on my desk the other day... all 490 stamps :O)) Anyways... I stamped out some flowers and used a flower from one of the new sets *big grin* to make her wings.. stamping four times, cutting out the whole flower as a wing each side and then cutting into the flowers to make the wings more fluttery.




I used Spiced Marmalade and Worn Lippy Distress Inks to colour the Grungepaper, stamping some of the 490 patterns over the top of them to add some interest to the flowers. I then curled the petals on them and by now, birdy had dried and crackled. I used some gold wax and rubbed this into the crackles - it doesn't show up too well in the pics though... I used a couple of long pointy metal tacks to attach the wings... I had to use a big hammer and... yipyah and thrice, for the first time ever, I didn't bash my fingers! *shows I am getting a dab hand at this hammering malarkey!*




I used some metal embellies to decorate the flowers - adding a little bottle filled with bead chain to the tail and popping a little propeller a-top of this. She is wearing a rather coolio pair of gold rimmed specs, she is a fashionista you know... and I added a little crown to her headdress cos she is pinky coloured and must be a princess. *yes folks, I have finally lost the plot ROFL* I have these divine letterpress blocks I have been stashing for a while... so I stuck three together - the three just so happen to be my initials too - I did this cos I am copying Wendy Vecchi... simples, I saw her birdy in Craft Stamper ages ago and she had hers perched on her initials...so I copied! And.. I *ahem* borrowed Grim's drill and made some holes in to the top of the blocks so her feet sit nicely on top of them... me and a drill? And no blood? Miracles!!! Another copy is one of the SSS&S DT's entry for this week... is a birdy... and she has a nest beside her... so I made a little nest for my birdy, winding wire around some old twiggy bits... and popping three little eggy shaped beads in there. One day I will have an original idea... I will let you know about it when I do LOL




Finally... *don't worry, I will shut up in a mo LOL* I took a picture of my original boy racer birdy with his new girlyfriend... don't they look cool together??? The getting of these birds took a lot of hunting *well, not literally hunting with a rifle and wearing a funny hat...you know what I mean ROFL*, shipping in from the USA and a rather large customs duty charge too... but I think it was all worth it... these are going to be perching in my room for a long time to come! So... that is all my waffling for one day... *whatcha mean thank heavens huh???* Thanks for looking... hope you all have a goodly day... I am planning a day of craft... Grim is working (booooo) so I will be getting inky and messy :O)) TTFN

Hels x

57 comments:

ellen said...

Oooh - I'm first again - the time difference works in my favor, I think! I don't know what the equivalent is so I'll just use the UK version and say.... BLIMEY!!!!!!!!! THIS BIRD JUST ROCKS!!!! And the two of them together???? Over the top.... I'm jaw-dropped knocked out. LOVE THEM!!! You MUST name them.... :) Have a name contest on the blog.... I already have mine picked out... :)
Hugs, Els. xx

Cheryl said...

oh wow hun these are just stunning,really love the birds,and you really have brought them to lift hun fantastic,hugs cheryl xxxx

Kaz said...

Hi there

Would love to enter my tag in the challenge, not done one before so bare with me if have done it wrong....I usually do lolxx I love your birdies too, just fab!! thanks for looking

kazxx

Artyjen said...

Superb!!! Am in love with the glass vial and metal beady gismo :) Must try to make some arty stuff instead of loading my C Card tomorrow!!! LOL
xoxo Sioux

Netty said...

Wowee Hells, absolutely zany wonderful, you have done a fantastic job with them and the propeller on the back pure genius. If I had a hat I would take it off to you......Annette x

Joanne said...

These have made me laugh so much, even at this ungodly hour. What I want to know is - do they lay eggs for your brecky?
Luv Joanne xx

julie m said...

such an adorable little pair of birdies. love the flowery headpieces. too bad the babies have to wear glasses when they have no eyes. being stylish is such a burden for birdies. (i need caffeine...i need chocolate)

Daniele said...

rockin' .....Hels, these are amazing and they have a hint of humour about them, they are amazing......have a good Sunday
hugs
x

Helen said...

I love your new birdy! You DO have to name them, Ellen is right. You can't call her 'birdy'. She is lovely, I laughed out loud when I saw her, so funny!
How come you can hammer into her without breaking- what is she made of??? Anyhow, she is adorable, I love her flowers. Have a fun, inky day! I think I MAY have some flower stamps I can use for this week.....rofl.

Effie said...

That's just so cute ( in a really good way)Fabulous!

Diane.W. said...

Hi Hels!!!
What a fabulous pair they make!!!
Luv all the details :o)x

Shazza said...

great birdy Hels x

Heather x said...

So beautiful! Love the birdy's Hels, what a face lift :)
*hugs* Heather x

Helen said...

OK, I'm back, inky fingers and all. Have made you some flowers, Hels!!
You can catch them here

Sandy said...

Oh wow so wonderful decoration idea and fantastic work. Thansk for the idea Hels. Unbelievable design. Love them hun.

Rosie Rowe said...

This was a lot of fun Hels - thanks! Your birdies are gorgeous... My entry's on my blog. Lots of grungey red flowers!!!!

Ali H said...

Hi Hels
Great fun your birds ! Love the colours & she looks so at home next to her mate !!
Ali x

SusanK said...

What a happy couple! I'm sure others in birdland are supremely jealous of their natty attire. I'll have to keep my eyes open for some bird statuary. Maybe mine is lonesome, too.

Kay said...

Love your birdies... how does Alfie cat feel about them?! I get to play for a change this week as I have just made something with a flower! Here is my take on the challenge.

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Oh what a lovely pair of birdies GF! You really amaze me sometimes, no...all the time! They are both so adorable, off to the Dollar store to buy me a bird! Thanks for this!!! hugzxxoo

Sid said...

Great Birdie !! Love the colours !!

Daniele said...

Hi Hels here is my entry for this weeks challenge, another one of your roses.....you'll be getting fed up seeing them soon
hugs x

craftytrog said...

She's a real beauty Hels! They make a fine pair together! xx

Esther said...

Those birds are just lovely and quirky, love them...

here is my entry -

http://essiescraftyeffusions.blogspot.com/2010/08/another-crafty-sunday.html

Esther xx

Sue said...

Cute birds!!!
Here is my entry for this week
http://sroddis.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-am-not-there.html
thanks for looking!

whyducks said...

Oh aren't they just gorgeous together! I love them both.x

Anonymous said...

ohmy word! to cute! have to laff..scrolled the last few posts as I had been MIA! saw your lil vac under your desk...and LOLOL!..put that thing away girl! I have my hubs believing my speckled floor is even art..u gonna wreck it for the rest of us! xo cher

ps...mentioned u at the Wendy classes I took last week..so wish you would have been there girl! We all agree..u are a nut muffin we love!

Toodles and Binks (Galaxy Girl from UK STampers) said...

Hels, he is adorable.

This is my first time entering the Sunday Stampers challenge, just a tiny entry first off:

http://toodlesandbinks.blogspot.com/2010/08/can-i-have-e-please-bob.html

Hugs
Kay

CuddlyBunny said...

Gah! What a tweety pie! Really, awesome creation!

Love the crackling and your flowers are OUTstanding!

Lucy Edmondson said...

I love these birds!

Lucy x

Susan Allan said...

Hi Hels
Love your birdies; I like three-dimensional projects.
You have got a good theme going this week for your challenge.
Funny, but I've been making plastic flowers again. If you go to my blog- the item is called Green Flowers with Attitude.

Let me know what you think, I always love to hear from you.

Sue A xxx

Deanna Cosgrove said...

Oh, these birdies are hilarious Hels! Simply divine.....

Shar said...

Oh my gosh! Your birdies are just way to cute and fun! Totally amazing...just like you!

Deezines Art said...

Beautiful Birds - these are totally gorgeous. My entry to your challenge is here http://deezinesart.blogspot.com/2010/08/just-for-change.html
hope you can find the time to look - thanks - Jacqueline xx.

ScrappySuzanne said...

I am in love...... with your birds! Lovely fun pieces. Here is my entry:-
http://suzsscrapping.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunday-stamper-flowers.html

DonnaMundinger said...

What a fab pair! AT last he's found his long lost love! I can see why he's smitten. Quite the tailfeathers she's got. LOL SERiousl/y LOVE these birdies. I'll be thinking on names. xxD

Janet said...

I love your birds,i'd call them
"Queenie & William"
my flower tag is on
http://dash-paw.blogspot.com
Janet x

Kate said...

I've made a little something here on a bird and flower theme.

** Kate **

craftytrog said...

My new baby card has flowers on it! xx

Netty said...

Hi Hels, have put my entry on my blog, its combined with C of C this week, hope thats OK.
Annette x

SuZeQ said...

Ohhhhhhhh Sweet Hels, I just love yur birdies. I think the boy bird should be Boyd the Bird and the girl bird should be Gladys the Bird. How do you like those names?

Lori said...

Can't remember if I left a comment already, but your birdie 'tis lovely! Love the tail feathers! lol! Great theme this week, for us flower lovers, lol. Here's my offering!

crafterGM said...

Here is my Card Thanks Gloria M

She said...

I've done mine Hels - thanks for a great challenge!
Here's mine
S xx

Kat said...

Hi Hel's, Oooh I love this bird
cant beleive how she started life (you would never think its the same bird)
here is my entry for this week

katscraftcreations.blogspot.com/2010/08/sunday-stamper-challenge-flowers.html

hope you like it,
have a grate day,
Kathleen x.

Daniele said...

thought I'd enter your fabby cahllenge again so here is my tag
hugs from Daniele

Tracey said...

Flowers on my blog

http://icklenorthrner.blogspot.com

Those birds are fan bloody tastic and they look like they are up to no good so and would like to get up to some mischief so I think they should be called

Bonnie and Clyde.

Take care hun.
xx

cockney blonde said...

Love the birdies Hels. Here's my flower card using the spotlight technique, x
http://cockneyblonde.blogspot.com/2010/08/sketch-and-stash-sunday-stampers-crafty.html

Hazel said...

Your crafting gets more and more gorgeous, Hels. My card is here x

Lisa Somerville said...

Beautiful inspiration Hels! Here's mine
http://www.lisasomerville.com/2010/08/bloggers-challenge-color-challenge.html

scrapfancy said...

These two birds just scream:
Gracie and Norm

They are so great.

scrapfancy said...

These two birds just scream:
Gracie and Norm

They are so great.

SusanK said...

Love your floral birdy! Here's my take on this week's theme. Hope you enjoy it!

http://susank-nimblefingers.blogspot.com/2010/08/im-blue-because-you-dont-bring-me.html

Ally said...

Here is my entry:

http://snigglessnippets.blogspot.com/2010/08/labour-of-love.html

Thanks for your help Hels!

ellen said...

Hope I made it in time! I was the first comment, and I'll probably be the last, too! Here's a link to my entry for this week... enjoy!

http://1036art.blogspot.com

Hugs,
Els xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Stop the clock! I'm posting now before you put up the new challenge, hugz.....

http://iwork4stamps2.blogspot.com/2010/08/posie-for-hels.html

Sylvia/LittleTreasures said...

So excited to find your awesome blog! Lots of Great Peeping and your Birds belong in an Art Museum...Great Job..
My Vintage Flower Tag is here:
http://littletreasures-sylvia.blogspot.com/2010/08/olive-red-yellow-vintage.html
Thanks for the fun

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