Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Curiously Rusty...

...oooh, whilst I do love Christmas I am always rather chuffed that it is behind us for another year... the house being tidy again, less dusting to do (!) and... it means that I can get back to using non-festive stash to play... and today is no different... it is a brand new theme on the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge... it is my favest challenge and I have been looking forward to a new theme... oh and before I forget... the challenge is devised and hosted by the wonderfully talented Linda... and... there are some stashly treats up for grabs... signed by the Duke of Distress himself no less!




Anyways... I have been making tags for this challenge and I now have 26 of the beggars ... the idea was to put them all onto a board and pop them on the wall in the Room of Stash... I obviously didn't think that one thru very well... however, they are now on two book rings and they do look rather colourful - and, if I am stuck for an idea, I can just whizz thru the rings (that makes me sound like Sonic the Hedgehog LOL) and get some idea's.




The base of the tag was made by dipping the tag into inky/watery misted mess on the craft sheet and dried inbetween each dipping... I love this subtle effect. I added some stamping and then got stuck into the "Rusted Grunge" part of the challenge... and I decided against doing a hardware/metal item and chose a flower instead... and then I did some leaves and substituted the Vintage Photo ink for Forest Moss... mmm, likey that! And then I did my first rose of the year (and I am sure first of a thousand odd LOL) I painted the Grungepaper with Gold Dabber and then just smidged the edges with Vintage Photo D.Emb.Powder. Am liking that effect but I should have put more powder on because it could do with being a bit rustier I think.




So... did you see that Stargazing Live last night? I got all excited about it because I do have this fascination with the stars and galaxies (not the chocolate bars ROFL) A little known fact is that I am a bit of a nerd on the quiet but I know you won't tell everyone... anyways, I was trying my hardest not to dash onto the internet and melt Grim's credit card by buying a chuffing great telescope when they said that there is a really good chance of seeing Jupiter in the sky towards the South - without a telescope or anything!!! I had to really control myself not to belt outside and have a nosey heavenwards... so... they then say that there is going to be a meteor shower at about 4am this morning... ooooh, calm Hels, deep breaths needed... so... the program ends and I fair whizz out to the garden... to be greeted with... SNOW!!! How chuffing typical is that!!! I know, I lurve snow... but... I wanted to see Jupiter... and apparently, if you got the angle right, you could see Uranus too! *snort and snicker* So, I am now torn... I want more snow but... I want to see those meteors. It has stopped snowing now but it is still a bit cloudy. I am now toying with the idea of just staying up anyways and seeing if I can see the meteors anyway... I can always find something inky to amuse me while I wait I guess! Anyways... time for me to go and do another weather inspection... thanks for looking... have a brrrilliant day (did you see what I did there... brrrrilliant.. cos it is cold again LOL) TTFN

Hels x

28 comments:

Nancy said...

Your blog posts are ALWAYS so entertaining! I can just picture you dashing outside ...!

I really like this tag, Hels! The flower is wonderful!!

Lori said...

This is a gorgeous tag, Hels! Love the flower, the color is lush!

Sherry Goodloe said...

And still ANOTHER fab-u-lous tag created with your talented hands! Love it. xo

Glad you're enjoying the snow you're getting :)

Jane said...

Positively gorgeous. I am going to learn to make these roses in January! My first of many techniques on my to-do list for the new year. I love your blog, your humor, and great talent. So glad you are sharing with us.

Terry said...

Once again I am so impressed. Love your rusty grunge leaves! Fabulous!

RosC said...

Happy New Year, Hels.
Great rusty grunge tag. Clearly most things including roses can look good rusty.
Also glad you're published again in Craft Stamper. I never get my copy in the Antipodes until the middle of the following month. That's six weeks after it comes out in the UK. Hurrrumph! I'll see if I can satisfy my curiosity on the web site. Well done.
Ros.

Joanne said...

The queen of grunge roses does it again. Another fabby tag. No chance of seeing any planets up North 'cos it's raining and freezing cold. Hope you see some.
Hugs Joanne xx

Saskia said...

Love your rose!

craftimamma said...

Really love this tag Hels. Very special!

Loved your post too. You always manage to at least make me smile and mostly have a little laugh out loud. That's definitely a talent I wish I had (as well as your inky one)

Hugs
Lesley Xx

PS Hope the snow stopped long enough for you to stargaze!

Minxy said...

Oh crap.. i saw on 'the sky at night' there was going to be a shower, then promptly forgot till just reading your post DOH!! I always manage to miss these things.. anywho... Tis a fab tag you have made, i love your rusty blooms X

Lisa & Elaine said...

Great tag Hels, just love those filled in Memo Pins & an amazing flower to boot.
Best arty cheer
Elaine & Lisa
Destination Art
Western Australia
http://www.destinationart.net/blog

Elaine said...

Loving your rose today. It was cloudy here in Sussex so all I could see was cloud!! Maybe it'll be clearer tonight!!

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful tag-as ever!!
Stargazing one of my secret vices too -oops, not any more!)I did dash outside straight after prog - CLOUD:( Up twice in the night(it's my age!) looked out of window - CLOUD:( Got up this morning - SNOW:) Eclipse due around 8.30 - CLOUD:( Oh well...

Vicky said...

totally gorgeous tag :) love everything about it.

Anonymous said...

Lovely tag Hels and a nice read - cheered me up (not the snow bit though!) d x

Juls said...

fabulous! Love the row of birds on the top of the tag! Hugs Juls

Rein said...

Gorgeous tag!

Helen said...

Love your rusty roses. Hope you didn't get too cold in the snow, you've only just recovered from your last lurgy.... Don't you think Brian Cox is drop dead gorgeous though?!

MarleneMAZ said...

Great tag as usual! Love the flowers you did.

minnie_mac said...

Brilliant tag. Love the rose and leaves.

Marilyn

wearestampers said...

Love the rusted leaves and flower!

Lucy Edmondson said...

Love this tag, Hels!

Lucy x

Kat said...

love your tag Hel's,
the colours are so vibrant,
Kat.

Netty said...

Oh wow Hels your tag is gorgeous. x

newfiecrafter said...

Love your tag and the rose is gorgeous.
Marilyn

Linda Ledbetter said...

Hels, you clever, amazing girl, look what you did! This is STUNNING!!! The rusted grunge flower is truly one of the prettiest I've ever seen. EVER! It truly looks like a delicate, perfect work of metal art. The sweet background couldn't be better, and as always, your design talents are second to none!

How are you feeling? I hope that bug has gone away and that you're chock full of good health and energy.

I'm an astronomy geek, too! It was way too cloudy here to see the meteor shower this time, but I have high hopes for the Lyrids in April!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Hels, you clever, amazing girl, look what you did! This is STUNNING!!! The rusted grunge flower is truly one of the prettiest I've ever seen. EVER! It truly looks like a delicate, perfect work of metal art. The sweet background couldn't be better, and as always, your design talents are second to none!

How are you feeling? I hope that bug has gone away and that you're chock full of good health and energy.

I'm an astronomy geek, too! It was way too cloudy here to see the meteor shower this time, but I have high hopes for the Lyrids in April!

Plume said...

Your tag has a wonderful feel. Your rose seems to be of velvet and I like the idea of "rusted leaves".

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