Monday, 30 August 2010

A Total Exchange of The Art...

...oooohhhooooohhhooooohhhhoooooo.... didya see what I did there??? I did a play on words... ok, so it may be a bit of a pathetic attempt at a catchy title but hey... it is true! *oh and for everyone - the explanation... Total Eclipse of the Heart by Welsh songstress and her of the massively powerful voice... Bonnie Tyler* I recently did an art exchange with the lovely, talented and ever so slightly bat sH*t crazy Ellen Vargo - if you clicky on her name there is a shuttlebus waiting to take you over to her blog... oh and there are a selection of drinks and light refreshments on board... *hey - what is this light refreshments that I hear being served on airplanes and trains? Is it a "weigh less" thing... or is it just "techno-speak"???* Anyways... tuck in, it is all free ROFL *yes peeps, I appear to have finally lorst the plot!*




So... Ellen and I decided to do a three for three tag swap... and the closing date for posting was... 15th August. And I am a baaaaaaaad swapper and was late! So... to make up for my lateness I sent a little extra bit of art for her... I know she liked it cos she has told me... and I am so chuffed that she liked it too!!! You know, it is easy to make a tag or card or something for yourself, factor in someone else and I for one get myself in a right pickle, worrying if it is good enough... and more importantly than that... will the recipient likey the piece!!!




I am, as always, utterly inspired by that artfully clever and uber talented Mrs Wendy Vecchi... all credit has to go to her for the numbers in Memo Pins idea... how cool is that!? Pop a stamped number/DooDad into a Memo Pin, fill with Glossy Accents, let it dry, voila! A coolio embellie! Well, I just turned them upside down and made them into shoes for the Maya Road birdy!




All the tags (yes, all two of them ROFL) were made using #8 size cream tag (think it is called buff) and coloured with Distress Inks. All the stamping is from Mrs Vecchi's Studio 490 range... if you haven't used these before... try them! Honestly, the amount of variations for making a flower are literally limitless...and... Wendy comes up with the most original idea's... she is a veritable fount of knowledge and I love her art! If you would like to have a play with 490 stamps... before you buy so to speak... I have a few classes at The Stamp Attic using 490 stamps... there are a couple of places left on them, so if you fancy playing and making some art Hels' stylee... if you click HERE, there is a different shuttlebus waiting to take you to the Stamp Attic... oh and there's chocolate on this one :O))




So.... as well as the tags, I sent a box, little - about 4" square... which I had painted with Trad Tan (what else would I use???) and then covered with a lashing of Rock Candy Cracklepaint... and then spritzed with Glimmer Mists... the stamps - all Studio 490 and some of the new ones too... onto grungepaper, cut out, overstamped, layered up, Butterflies... cut out, inked, layered up and then Idea-ology Mini Pin for bodies... the sentiment is on a cardstock piece, inked, spritzed with water, stamped with ink and water... and sentiment over the top... voila! *erm, this is the second time I have used this word in this post... am I going French do you think, n'est pas?... ROFLMAO... again*




I love making inky and Grungepapery things... and I loved reading Ellen's mail to me telling me she liked the art... bless her, she is a sweetie.. and... US Postal Service get a 10/10 from me, posted on Monday, arrived on Saturday! How quick is that! It takes that long sometimes in the UK!!!




Anyways... this started out as a little quicky post and now I have waffled on for faaaaar too long... but I shall say... have a goodly day... thanks for looking... see you back here later for the C of C challenge - oh I cannot wait to find out what that will be... til then... TTFN!

Hels x

20 comments:

Shoshi said...

I am loving your work, Hels! Really fabby. You don't need to worry if it's "good enough" for swaps - I'm sure everyone will agree with me that it's brilliant and anyone would be overjoyed to receive it.

I'm dying to get my fingers nice and inky again soon as soon as my health allows! You are a real inspiration to push me in the right direction!!!

Lori said...

Love the title! lol! These pieces are just gorgeous Hels, and after reading Ellen's post, I can see why she "squealed"! rofl! Just loverly.

Lisa said...

Hels, you are just so freaking fabulous. LOVE YOUR ART!!!

Minxy said...

Your art as always is amazing hun, love all 3 pieces.

If i dont catch ya b4 wishing best of luck for your first class tomorrow xx

Netty said...

All terrific Hels am sure she will love them. Did you mean you are taking 490 stamps to the Studio to demonstrate........no wonder your back is bad........ Have a great week, Annette x

Sandra said...

thanks for sharing the beautiful art!
Sandra

scrappin-scrappin said...

Oh I love the memo pins for legs on the bird!! Awesome projects!

Marijane said...

I love your art today! Wendy's Studio 490 stamps are my favorite, most used stamps and I always get a kick seeing what you do with them. The memo pins used as bird legs are priceless.

Jennie said...

Great tags.. love the birdy feet.. cool idea:)

Cheryl said...

oh wow your work is just incredible,really admire what you do and you are such an inspiration,I have just made my first grunge rose thanks to you,wish I could come to your work shops,hugs cheryl xxx

SYLVIA-ANNE said...

Absolutely love these amazing works of art Hels. I was sooooo disappointed to find that your classes are held a million miles from West Yorkshire!
Sylvia x

Helen said...

It's so nice to see some of these pieces close up, I saw them on Ellen's blog and can't believe you thought she may not like them. (actually I can, cos I always doubt myself too.)
Also can't wait for the Cof C challenge, just out to blast round the shops so can spend the rest of my free day playing. yayyy.

Juls said...

such gorgeous creations!! really LOVE the bird tag! Hugs Juls

Joanne said...

These are amazing and would look even more so hanging in my little craft room!!LOL
Any chance of letting me know which of the Wendy stamps you have used for the flowers?
I love those birdy legs and will 'pinch' that idea next time I make something large enough to take the bird die. Thanks for sharing.
Luv Joanne xx
PS just changed the red ink on my printer, or thought I had, I put black in instead and now my fingers are covered in the stuff, just like your blog title!!!!!!!!

Sam said...

Oh my god your work is so gorgeous, you have given me so much food for thought, its just all so fantastically brilliant, wow, its so fluid. I can't wait to sign up for one of your workshops

SusanK said...

Holy snaps & pajamas! You really brighten my day with your words and art! I wanna grow up to be like you!

julie m said...

and a quirky little post it was. love it when you waffle. makes me happy. being a bit on the quirky side myself, i appreciate a good ramble. and the tags and all are definitely fab. always enjoy a mosey through your blog posts.

craftytrog said...

Lucky Ellen! These are all totally bootyful! xx

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Another super day of art from you and thanks for the "foots" idea, I will use that fer sure! luv the tag...et all.

She said...

Oh Hels these are gorgeous and I LOVE the little birdy 'feet'. Love S xxx

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