Wednesday, 9 March 2011

Curiously Detailed...

...ah, it is a sad day indeedily because... I have just finished my very last entry for the Compendium of Curiosities Challenge... all the deets for this amazing challenge are on LINDA's blog... however, I just wanted to say a few words about this challenge... It started way back in June last year and I have religiously followed the words of the book by the Duke of Distress and learnt a heap of stuff on the way... I have been incredibly lucky to win twice - the first time I won a set of stamps signed by THE man himself... and a few weeks ago, I won a gift certificate at Eclectic Paperie. But more than learning stuff and winning stuff which is super cool in itself, I have also met a whole new set of blogging buddies... I know, I am sounding a bit sentimental but indulge me do... this has been a fantastic "journey" and one which I will miss.




I started out with an idea to make a tag for each challenge - yes, I have waffled on alarmingly about this before I know, but I have 35 tags now that I can just flick through and get inspiration for new projects I am working on. I do think that books are fab to read and learn from but nothing quite beats actually doing something yourself for it to go into the old grey matter... well, that is how I learn best anyways.




My final tag took me an age because I decided to "sew" my details together... all the little pieces are embossed Grungepaper which are then sewn together with thin wire... I did cheat hugely and I stuck the GP pieces to thin card first and then sewed it together... well, can you imagine the colour of the air around me if I was actually trying to sew properly??? ROFL



The finishing touches are the ickle mini brads at the bottom and the Grungeblocks that I made the word ART from... the key, Journey... because this whole experience has been an art journey... behind the keyhole is a little snippy pic from the Lost & Found stack but it isn't showing too well on the photo's. Right, that is me for today... I have a date with a bowl of steam and some Olbas Oil in the vain hope that I will get rid of some this cold and finally be able to taste again.. yep, still missing my coffee and still grumpy that I can't taste a thing LOL Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

33 comments:

Neil said...

That as always is beautifully detailed and gorgeous to see. I wish I had been there from the beginning of CCC but only came to the party late!
Love the colours on this too. Have a lovely day and I hope you get your taste back soon and can taste the coffee. (I'm enjoying my cup of Columbian as I type......)

Kathy Eddy said...

Great tag Hels. I used all metal so makiing the holes to sew was really fun. NOT! I didn't poke myself at all at least but came close several times. LOL

Ann said...

Beautiful tag Hels and the colours are stunning, as always :D
Hope you feel better soon, have you tried ginger infused tea,or lemon & ginger? Take care xxx

Mary said...

bellissima tag ,
colori stupendi :-)
complimenti , ciao mary

Helen said...

I love your tag! So detailed and well thought out (unlike my rather rushed job, lol) I cheated and didn't sew through the metal on mine though!

Dan said...

Wonderful tag Hels, and I hope you feel better soon!

Joanne said...

Please can we see some photos of them all together, or at least a few in each pic. You have made some gorgeous tags and I agree with you about having inspiration and technique 'to hand'. Wish I had done them now.
Hugs Joanne xx

Minxy said...

Love how this turned out, i'm still thinking about my piece, my mojo is up the spout at the minute!

Hope the steam bath helps x

Piddawinkle said...

fab idea for stitching it together with wire,it looks amazing,well done on your journey with Linda, Ive only done a few but have enjoyed them all. I must try and get the final one done. x

Maggie said...

Love this tag Hels a grand final piece I have sad face too at the end of this lovely challenge still have my piece to do!

Meggymay said...

Gorgeous tag, the details are fabulous.

SusanK said...

Really cool, Hels! I had a similar idea but will now toss it so it doesn't look like I copied yours. Hope you feel better soon!

Charli said...

Beautiful vibrant colours on that tag Hels, and well done you for having the patience to sew it all together with wire!!

How lovely to have all your tags now, featuring different techniques - just the thing to give your mojo a kick up the bum when he needs it lol!!

Hope you're feeling better soon hun!!!!
Charli x

hazel said...

Fantastic tag, brilliant colours.
xxx Hazel.

ellen vargo said...

WOW - this is absolutely beautiful, and such a fitting final project... can't wait to see what Linda has up her sleeve for the next round... hmmmmm...??? have a great day!

Anesha said...

Wonderful tag, love all the great details and lovely colours. :)

Susan Allan said...

Nice one, Hels! You have done some fab colour blocking there...very, very fashionable!!!!!!!!!
Sue xx

thekathrynwheel said...

Wow, this looks fab!

Barb Cady said...

What a brilliant tag to end with, love your sewing! Do hope you feel better soon and get your taste back. x

Wendy said...

I love your final tag Hels and I think your 'tag book' is a wonderful piece of art in itself....I have had the pleasure of flicking through it and would never tire........

whyducks said...

I love it Hels, how inventive and colourful!

Silvia(Barnie) said...

Great tag, fantastic use of key and keyhole.

jude said...

Absolutely love your tag the detail textures techniques all amazing!I only found the blog in september will be sad to see the end only wished id joined at the start!
hugs and happy wednesday
judex

Sam said...

Aw! I have always fancied having a go at this challenge but never got to it. Do you think Linda could be persuaded to start it again so some of us newbies to blogging can join in? I will be willing to join in!
Hettie

Sam said...

Oops. Sorry Hels. I forgot to mention how much I love your piece of art! And I hope you get rid of the snuffles for sure!!
Hugs
Hettie

studiorose said...

Wow, you really put a lot of time and care into your final tag! Beautiful job, as always. I imagine your tag pile is as huge as mine! I hope you'll come up with a cool way to put them all together - so I can copy it. ;)

Marjie K said...

What a beautiful last installment! Like others have said, it would be fantastic to see your finished tags en masse. Hope you're feeling loads better quite soon!

Linda Ledbetter said...

Not a sad day, my dear, just a day of transition! Hasn't this been fun?? I've loved seeing your amazing art every week, and getting to know your lovely self better. You're an amazing artist and a wonderful friend, and I feel very lucky that you've brought your sunshine to this challenge series!

Your Grande Finale tag is magnificent! Wow, you sewed all those pieces together!( I'm not worthy!!!! That much sewing would surely cause my brain to seize up completely.) What a stunning combination of Design Details, embossing and color. You've done it again, Hels. Ingenious!

Feel better! I mean it! ;-)

Lori said...

Gorgeous Hels, just love your "final" piece!

Shar said...

Wonderfully perfect!

Kim said...

Your tag is lovely! I wish I had stayed with one format, it does make browsing through so much easier. All well, knowledge for the next one. I've enjoyed "meeting" you during this challenge, and look forward to following you on Linda's next venture.

craftytrog said...

Absolutely stunning! xx

Karen said...

Gorgeous tag: Love the colours and design details.

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