Monday, 28 February 2011

Curiously... 33 & ... Three...

... Oh I know, you will be wondering what on Earth I am on about again... I know I have this habit of *trying* to make ooohhhhahahahaaa titles for my posts but actually this title is... well, apt! Mainly because I have been a tidge excited and distracted the past few weeks what with all the anticipation of Ellen coming to stay and then of course, me going to sit in a room with THE Duke of Distress... actually, this is funny because I have been thinking up different titles for the Duke... so far, the Sultan of Stamping and the Viscount of Vintage... and the latest one... (bear with please as I fear for my sanity...) the ... King of... Kraft!!! Well, he has those new Kraft papers doesn't he? I have yet to see them but I know already that I will not be able to kraft (ahem) without them!



Anyways... the title... I am soooo late on my entry for the Compendium of Curiosities challenge... I mean, I have entered every single week and it would be daft not to just pip in before the bugle calls on last weeks challenge... which, btw, is to Alcohol Ink Metal... all the deets are HERE on Linda's blog... oh and if you are new to this blogging lark and haven't met Linda before, do hop on over for a nosey around her blog... oooh, she is a clever lass and her artwork just schmooozes originality...



So... my tag for this week... a total crib from Day 3 of the King of Kraft's Tags of Christmas '10. I set myself a challenge a few weeks ago that I would try and recreate those tags... and here I am, a few weeks later doing my first one. Oooh, and I used... DISTRESS STAINS... sorry I had to shout then but... seriously... when I first heard about them I did the usual "what would I use those for???" and... now... reality strikes and I neeeed them all.. actually, I need ALL the Distress Ink colours... oooh, lushness indeedily! I used only the Stains for the tag - colouring the background all over with Antique Linen, then smooshing a bit onto my craft sheet, spritzing with water and dip-drying-dip-drying. I inked the stamps with the Stains and coloured birdy and the tree (both Alterations dies) oh and stained the trim with them too....


The next part of the title... the Three... is for week #3 of the Everything Wendy Vecchi Yahoo Group challenge... basically, Lori - she who is our List Mom and uber organised and talented, has devised a challenge using projects from Wendy's books... this week the challenge was to make a hanging, add a heart and a bit of junk jewellry... My hanging is an abudance of Art Parts (oooh I loooove these), Clearly for Art BlackOut (my new fave stuff) and some inks and Grungepaper and some Jenni Bowlin papers... I am still on my black, cream and red kick... well, if it works why change!



My ickle bit of broken jewellry is teensy... it is hanging from the hanging chain and was an old earring... I just re-jigged the pearls onto head pins and jump rings (am hoping this ickle bit is ok for the challenge!) The Grungepaper flowers and the Art Part leaves were coloured with more Distress Stains... I think the Fired Brick just looks that bit brighter and more oooomphy, if you know what I mean.




I have tried to get a close up photo of the Clearly for Art... I stamped the images with Gold StaZon ink and just whizzed the heatgun over the top to dry it enough so when I was cutting it, it didn't smudge the details... then once it was cut out, I heated it up and then shaped it... seriously, it is that easy to use!!! Ooh, and before I forget, all the 490 stash is available from The Stamp Attic...




Anyways... I have waffled on alarmingly today... if you are still with me... thank you for sticking with me and reading this far :O))... have a goodly day! TTFN

Hels x

20 comments:

Penni said...

Love these projects Hels, they're fab. Also love the new titles your coming up with for the Duke - Viscount of Vintage is my fav !!!

Hugs
Penni
X

Joanne said...

I love it all, love it all. Not got my stains yet but they must be on their way. Bought some of that flower ribbon yesterday, cost £3.14 for a mtr. Crumbs. Now, please, please do tell where you bought those clear drops from at the bottom. I've tried everywhere to get some but can only find beads that have holes right through instead of front to back.
hugs xxxx

Kathy Eddy said...

Both are wonderful Hels, as always. Your work is always exquisite! My stains are preordered but not here yet. I am really anxious for those and the new dies!

Helen said...

Stunning, especially the Wendy challenge piece, but the tag is also fantastic. I love the drops hanging from the bottom of your - er - hangy thing - too!!

whyducks said...

Both pieces are beautiful Hels x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Wonderful tag, the colours are very striking, the blue works really well on this piece. Love the trim. Your hanging is also a wonderful piece, great embellishments. You have been busy. Tracy Evans x

Wanda H said...

Hels, I LOVE both the tag and the hanging!!! Totally fabulous!!!!

voodoo vixen said...

Oooh lovely tag and the hanging bracket thingy is lush... the flowers are my favs' you make such gorgeous flowers!!
Seeing as how the name Holtz originated in Germany he could be a Duke or a Archduke or a Marquess?? They had Emporer's too... the Emporer of Ephamora... LOL

craftimamma said...

Both gorgeous pieces Hels. Love the use of the Stains on the tag and in such pretty blues too. All the WV stuff on the lovely hanging piece is great and so effective.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Minxy said...

both pieces are stunning hun x

Sandy Huntress said...

Love your projects, Hels! Isn't Tim the bestest teacher? I took my first classes with him last fall, it was soooooo much fun. And when I needed a little help, he was so gracious and I was sitting there thinking, "He put his hands on MY project, whooooooo." lol

I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one who still needs to do the 12 Tags of Christmas techniques. I did 1-3, but I've still got all the pages for 4-12 printed out and waiting patiently on my desk. One of these dayS!

Wendy said...

Love your tag Hels, very 'me' colours too. I too am converted to the Distress Stains and with the Vagabond arriving later this week I am having trouble containing myself LOL

Kirsten Alicia said...

Good grief Hels, how do you do it?? These are utterly fabulous, love every bit of them.

Little Messy Missy said...

Love the bird!

Gerrie Johnnic said...

Wonderful and cr8tive GF, luv them both.

Lori said...

Both of these pieces are postively scrummy Hels. That tag is awesome with the blues, especially on the crown, and the challenge piece for the EWV group, well, it goes without saying that it's totally WENDY! Love them!

Cass said...

Beautiful! I have to say my favorite is the blue tag, so lovely.

Have a great day!
Cassandra

Stampersue said...

Hi Hels I love your projects and your names for Lord Tim - how about the GURU of GRUNGE .

Stampersue

X

Linda Cain said...

Lovin' it all, Hels!

buglady said...

Beautiful work as always Hels. Thanks for all the details. I cannot wait for some of these items to become available to buy online. My local stores will not be getting them in stock!
Aloha, Kate

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