Saturday, 20 November 2010

Challenge Hels...

...don't worry, you won't have to see action shots of my backside wobbling as I run about for clues like the Challenge Anneka programme... nope, this challenge thingy that I have started is proving not only to be fruitful (in as much as I actually get cards made) but also... it is rather addictive! So, you know that my Room of Stash is actually a Room of TRASH at the moment... well, I decided to spend the best part of *ahem* seven hours yesterday trying to tidy it up... it is still not quite finished and to be honest, I am getting bored LOL I spent hours making little labels for my Blending Tools in the Craft Spinner...I am two tools short of a full set (that sounds wrong on so many levels ROFL) Anyways... (off I went on one of my waffles...sorry) I decided to have a little respite from the *cleaning.. ssssh... * and made a card.




The challenge was simples: to be made in under 30 mins, Christmas themed, must be a card, must have heat embossing on it and it must be flat for posting. The result is quite a...erm... flat card... which I don't really like - it needs something else, like layers for the sentiment and more bling... but, it was a challenge afterall. All the stashy bits, inks, stamps etc are available at The Artistic Stamper. I used Distress Inks, smooshed onto the craft sheet, spritzed with Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls mists and then the card was dunked *I love that word... dunked... if you say it loads of times it sounds really funny...mmm, just me then LOL* into the inky mix. I dried it all off with a heat gun and then edged the whole piece with Brushed Corduroy.



The heat embossing part... do you know what? I hardly ever do this anymore and I don't know why cos it is like magic, seeing the powders melt into the image *actually, one of the big reasons why I started stamping is cos I loved seeing those powders melt... before that I was a strictly peel offs and stickers girl ROFL* Anyways... the layout of the card is an idea I picked up from the Duke of Distress himself after seeing some tags on his blog... he is so clever isn't he? The little pine cones are stamped and cut out and then blinged with Rock Candy Stickles (which don't show up on the pics)



Guess what? I got another pressie in the post today... look at him, isn't he just the cutest thing ever? Laura picked up that I looooove hares, I have a lovely collection of them which have featured here before.. well, bless her, she has made me a hare... he is a knitted character with a gorgeous little sweater that has an H on it... I think he is just perfect! I wish I could make something like this... I can knit (well, after a fashion - scarves mainly ROFL) but I would never know how to make a little fella like this... anyways... I just wanted to sHare (!) him with you. Well, I have waffled and gone off on tangents and now... I have to go back and get that room sorted... well, I have got a goodly reason why I need to get it done now... because.. in exactly SEVEN days... Ellen will be here, all the way from America!!! Actually, this time next Saturday I will be actually with her at the airport... OMG, I am peeing my pants excited and this room needs to be perfect and tidy for us to be able to come in here, make some art... and trash it up again LOL Thanks for looking.. have a fabby day... oh and there is a new Sunday Stamper theme tomorrow... TTFN

Hels x


24 comments:

Artyjen said...

Fabby card....had such a laugh reading this....."two tools short etc" sounds much more exciting than two sandwiches short of a picnic for instance!!! HOL
Have a gorgeous day
xoxo Sioux

Lucy Edmondson said...

I absolutely adore this, Hels! When I first looked at it I thought it was a book cover and may I say it would be a lovely design for a journal cover?

Lucy x

Helen said...

What a great card. Know just what you mean about heat embossing! Christmas seems to cry out for it, though! Can't wait to see what you and Ellen get up to next week - should be interesting!!

Nicks said...

The magic of seeing embossing powder never goes away!

Sarah A said...

Lol you should write a comedy show about a day in the life of Hel's Craft room! I always thought you were 2 tools short of a full set lol.

Loving your card Hels enven it is well, erm, flat, stil has plenty of stuff to look at. I agree with Lucy and thought it would make a perfect journal cover!

Thanks for sparing us your wobbly bits ;-)

Sarah x

ellen said...

Two tools short... ROFL! SEVEN days to go! Can't even describe the excitement! HeeHEEEEE!! Els xxx

Jennie said...

Great card, and two tools short?you are mad!!!rofl
Love the hare...
Hugs xx

The Scrappy Tree said...

Agree with Lucy, totally think this would work as a book cover! Gorgeous design :)

Gayle xx

Joanne said...

Well I think your card is super. You have been doing exactly the same as 'peg leg' and me. Labelling blending tools and ink pads. but wait 'til woyww when I show all - no not me body!!!!LOL
Luv Joanne xx

Cassie_lu said...

i think the card looks stunning and I love how you created the background

whyducks said...

Gorgeous Hels and isn't Your Hairy Hare just great!

SusanK said...

Hels, this card is OTT!!! I would not have known it was a card or not as dimensional as it appears. Super kudos!

Wendy said...

I LOVE THAT CARD!!!!

Wendy said...

I LOVE THAT CARD!!!

Wendy said...

So much I appear to have loved it twice LOL sorry

Carol Q said...

beautiful card Hels. lovely vintage christmassy feel.

Lynn Stevens said...

Well I thought I was on the wrong blog with a flat piece until I started reading your blog, girl your a riot!!! tis a beauty though.
and Love your hare from Laura. TTFN

peggy gatto said...

It looks like something you might have found saved by your grandmother, so vintage and soft!

flutterbycrafter said...

Ooooo I love this card, so simple but extremely effective, and what a gorgeous pressie, lucky you. xx

voodoo vixen said...

'Two tools short' would a good description of you Hels!! Love the card and I wouldn't mind if I could actually do one in less than 30 minutes!! :( I think you are spoiled... that is one very cute hare!!

Lori said...

Love that card! Not simple a'tall! And Peter Rabbit is darling...

Jana said...

Very elegant card. As so sweet to get the rabbit. Wonderful gift.

Morti said...

"I am two tools short of a full set" - PMSL. You're right, so wrong on so many levels, but oh so true too - for many of us!

Dunno why you don't like the card = it is FAB, and very vintage.

Shar said...

Very pretty Christmas card, Hels! Very classy!

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