Thursday, 20 January 2011

Curiously Colourful...

...Layered... and fragmenty too! Yes, indeedily, it is time for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge again... devised and hosted by that lovely lass Linda - do hop on over to see the deets etc... tis a FAB challenge... and... there is candy too! This challenge has 35 weeks in total and... sob!... there are only 7 left now! What are we going to do once we have exhausted all the techniques in the book??? Perhaps we should start all over again??? Anyways... this weeks technique is one I haven't tried before... well, actually, that isn't technically true... I did try this once... and I didn't like it then either!!! LOL But, at the time I wasn't about to say that out loud... because the technique was actually taught to me by none other than the Duke of Distress himself!! I was lucky enough to take a workshop with him a couple of years ago... and I am so sure that if I had the right kit here in the Room of Stash, this would have been heaps easier.




So, I haven't got the "thingy's" needed for this technique... and I was crafting via Skype with Ellen and her suggestion was to use Cut & Dry nibs... well, we tried that and it didn't work... so I decided that I was going to ... erm... improvise!!! I have a lovely set of alcohol ink pens (now, don't tell anyone will you but they are called ProMarkers!!!) So, I... erm... improvised with those "pens" and made this fragment. It is one of the big oval ones... I had already faffed about with several small ones but none of them "worked". So, the stamp sheet on the top of the binder is the one with David on... and he stares at me all day long... and I always ignore him... I don't even say goodly morning to him... anyways, I took pity on him and decided that he needed a... erm... makeover! He was stamped, coloured and then stamped onto the tag, masked so I wouldn't have any colour under the fragment... and then I wrote the sentiment with alpha stamps. I made David into a "new romantic" (was supposed to be punk but I got carried away with the blue eyeliner LOL) the sentiment is supposed to be "clever" cos David is really old... and I have said he is a "new" romantic... geddit???


I am not sure if this tag will count towards the challenge but I am entering it anyway... well, if you don't try, you will never get anywhere will you. Speaking of trying... I had a shock yesterday afternoon... I suddenly realised that Ferdy is needing a service and the garage that I usually take him to his far too far away now we have moved. So, I went onto Mr Google and asked him to find me the nearest Fiat place... which he did... so I phoned them and asked how much a second service was... and I nearly fell off my perch when the bloke on the phone said £360 plus VAT!!! And then proceeded to ask me if I had air-conditioning (well, not me, Ferdy, but he doesn't know Ferdy's name.. you know what I mean!) So, I said yes, and he says... I need my air-con re-something-or-other-ing... and that is an extra £49 plus VAT!!!



So, I was...erm... a bit... annoyed... (I wasn't rude though...although I really could have been LOL) And then the bloke on the phone starts to patronise me and tells me I should have taken out a service plan and I could still do that although it wouldn't cover me for this service... cheek of it! Anyways... I rang around a few more places and found a lovely chap who is Fiat Approved (have to have that for the Warranty thingymajig) and can fit me in today... all for less than half the price! I still do not like parting with cash for anything other than stash but Ferdy needs his service so I have to do it... plus, you never know... the nice man may even give Ferdy a wash... something that doesn't happen very often ROFL Right... bedtime... I am reading a FAB book at the moment - it is called One Day and it is by David Nicholls so I plan to have a little read before I snoozle... thanks for looking.. have a... FAB day! TTFN

Hels x

28 comments:

Little Messy Missy said...

LOVE it!!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Oh my, David is so much better-looking now! I always ignore him too. LOL Maybe I should give him a go.

Bearcrazyman said...

Very Cool, I like it a lot!

Lori said...

Yeah, this is one stamp I just can't seem to use. The horror. I love what you did with it and the fragment, however! Looks grand! Good for you, to find another dealer to service Ferdie, really have to watch those guys, the thievin' bastards.

ellen vargo said...

Oooh - David went "GLAM" - love it. haven't gotten my fragment to "work" yet.... ughhh

Vic said...

Fab!!

Daniele said...

what a glam looking David.....garages are such rip off places, do they not understand that we can get alot of extra stash for the money we save, I'm sure Ferdie will be fine at an approved garage......
hugs

Helen said...

Love the New Romantic David... looks nothing like my ex though whose name he shares.... Praps that's why I won't buy the stamp set... (sorry, got distracted!)
Seems like several of us have struggled with this week's challenge, not sorry to see it done and dusted!

Joanne said...

Everybody needs a David. Mine are friends but yours is keeping his eye on you despite the blue liner! He's bril. You know, we've had a lot of new vehicles over the years and never had a service on them after the free one. It's all a big con. They don't do anything worth while anyway. You ask a non-money grabbing professional.
Hugs xxx

She said...

Love this Tag Hels. Never really liked David before.....shock, horror...you may just be converting me. Hope Ferdy feels better after his service :-) S x

Kat said...

love your tag,
every time you use this stamp
I look on with envy,
I want it!,
have a grate day,
Kat.

Tracy Evans said...

Great piece Hels, I love how you have highlighted his face with the fragment. Thought I would also stop by to say my Sunday Stamper piece is here. Hope you will let me get away with this one Hels LOL. Take care. Tracy Evans x x

wearestampers said...

Great job on your fragment piece!
Pam

Neil said...

Well you may have "Improvised" slightly but the result is fab. You know, there is not too much of a difference between improvised and improved..... something to think about perhap to make you feel better!
I was not keen on the David when it first came out but he is actually growing on me so thanks for showing me the possibilities!

SusanK said...

Love this new romantic! As much as we hate parting with $ on other things, we do need them so we can make more art!

Sherry Goodloe said...

LOVE how you created this Hels! Very artful :)

Kim said...

My David has been ignored as well...good for you to get him inky! I think your tag is great! It should still count, the technique is what counts here! I'm having smear issues...I might be improvising soon myself...

Susan Allan said...

Lovely work as ever, Hels. I have done something for your challenge but I half expect that you will discount it.

http://littleimperfections-sa.blogspot.com/2011/01/inspired-by-sea.html

I don't know how to link in to someone's comment box, sorry!!
sue xx

Liverpool Lou (Anne) said...

Ooh fabby tag hun and David, well, he's just an old romantic, dashed good looking ;-)
My SS entry is blogged now lookyou
Anne xx

Andrea said...

fab tag as ever Hels and amazing what can be done with David xx

Sam said...

I know Ferdy is a Fiat but is he a lickle 500 Fiat? I love those and Need one but I am not sure I would be able to get me, my friend and all our cropping stuff in when we go to a crop!! BTW I drive a lovely big Volvo called Clarissa - as in the Two Fat Ladies - the other one is driving - me!!! LOL
BTW - thanks for the non-tip on alcoholic pens that you did not tell us about!!!!

Plume said...

Clever and witty! i opve this tag!

karen said...

You are so clever! What a great use of this stamp! I don't have this set mainly because I just couldn't see myself using it. But now......

Sue West said...

What a fab tag, it's such a brilliant way to use this stamp.
Sue xx

studiorose said...

Another "cheater" here. I think this challenge was a bit too challenging, perhaps? Anyway, David looks fab, though I have to admit when I first read it, I thought it said "New Roman." Uh, wha---? OH, okay, new romantic. Does it make any more sense? Not much, but I like it better. :) Wonderful work as always, Hels; you do have the gift! (And David really did need some color in his life.)

Lottie said...

He's the best David I have seen - love the warm colours

Linda Ledbetter said...

Hels, my darling, you aren't a cheat. You used what you had on hand to rock this technique, and I'm pretty sure Tim would encourage you to do just that! It turned out FABULOUSLY, by the way! David never looked so healthy and handsome. And romantic!

I'm glad you found someone to work on Ferdy at a reasonable price. Do you ever wonder if certain mechanics hear a woman's voice and automatically jack up the price 30%?

Barbara Mason said...

Cheating is only if you don't pull it off & you did!!! Really hunked David up a notch....

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