Sunday, 8 May 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 153 - The Star Spangled Banner

Goodly Morning Stampers... and howdy-doody indeedily! Today is my very last day in the USA (sad face) it has been a fabulous adventure and I have loved every minute of it... more of that a bit later though. Today, in honour of my lovely American hosts Ellen and Jack, I have chosen a patriotic song to tie in with the Sunday Stamper theme... which is... STARS &/OR STRIPES. To join in with the challenge is simples... make a little something - it can be anything you feel like. Add in the theme and some stamping... then leave me a comment here with a link to the place you are showing your entry. I will then hop on over to visit and have a nosey. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday May 15th 2011. I have been a bit lax in visiting everyone this past couple of weeks... I have been somewhat distracted but I think I am right up to date now and I should have visited all the lovely entries.




So... my entry this week is a handpainted sign which I made to look like an American flag. The base is a piece of wooden, I drew wavy lines on and a section for the stars... then set about painting it... the in-betweeny lines are (of course) Traditional Tan... then I used Cranberry Dabber for the other stripes... and Denim Dabber for the blue bit. I used a bit of Sable Brown paint to add thin line in between the colours so it looked a bit distressed.



The stars are stamped on using one of the fab Tim Holtz stamps and I cut out the sentiment using the new Typewriter Alpha Alterations... borrowed from Ellen and now on my wishlist! The star was bought in Michael's (ooh get me!) and stuck onto the board... after about 392 years of cursing because it didn't want to stick! The hangy bit is some twine that has wire in it... nabbed from Ellen's stash lol



So... I haven't had chance to blog the last few days... it has been horrendous here... basically, I have been forced to go to craft stores like Michael's, AC Moore, The Queen's Ink and to antique markets.. where I found THE typewriter I have always covetted... sad thing is it weighs a tonne so I had to leave it there. Oh and as well as all this enforced shopping I have also been subjected to being force fed Cheeto's, Lasagna, Grilled Cheese, Crab Cakes (they made me itch but they were so worth it!)... not to mention lots of other delish goodies... oh and chocolate too... like I have suffered!!! (mmm, believe that you will believe 'owt) Anyways... tis my last day today, I am flying home this evening... wish me luck with the suitcase packing job I am putting off at the moment... I am borrowing an extra case already.. erm... lots of Cheesy Chester Cheeto's are coming home with me lol Right... next time I blog I will be in the UK... thanks for looking... and for sharing my amazing adventure! TTFN!!

Hels x

32 comments:

Brenda Brown said...

So glad you have had a brilliant time. Have a safe flight.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Gillian said...

Fab parting gift for Ellen & Jack, they will also be sad to see you go I'm sure. Can't wait to hear all about your big adventure across the pond. for now safe travels back to blighty and good luck with trying to fit everything in the case ... serves you right for going to Michael's lol .. hmmm need me thinking cap on for this one ... hopefully I will be back (said in true Arnie style). xx

Gillian said...

Me again .. just noticed THE new banner on your blog ... Oooooo :) x

Sherry Goodloe said...

Safe travels back home sweet lady.

funkycrafter said...

poor baby! being subjected to such horrible conditions when visiting. and even feeding you chocolate. how terrible. anyway, glad you are having a good time and getting out and about. safe travels to you and your many pieces of luggage. looking forward to all the new blogs coming our way.

ellen vargo said...

Sorry to disappoint all you lovely peeps in the U.K., but I'm not letting her leave... Nope... staying right here.... Has been an aMAZing week, gone MUCH too quickly... already looking forward to the next visit...

xxx

Candy C said...

Hels...LOVE your hand painted sign with the Stars and Stripes! You did a terrific job! I am so sorry to see you go back to the UK. But, I'm sure Graham will be happy to have you home. :) I know Ellen will be sad to see you go. But, at least she got to spend an entire week with you. I just got a very quick and busy weekend! Love you and safe travels home!! <3 Candy

Artyjen said...

I sympathise with you...it must have been hell Hels!! LOL
Love the homely stars and stripes and have a safe journey home with all those goodies
xoxo Sioux

Helen said...

Love your patriotic tribute to Ellen and Jack - sounds like they have forced you into such awful things - shopping, eating - how have you coped, rofl. Good luck with the packing and have a good flight home.

Helen said...

This theme spoke straight away to me - here is my entry

Joanne said...

I can help you with your next visit. I'll come too with an EMPTY case so you can stuff it full of US goodies!!!! Have a good flight home to your special Grim who I'm sure will be as pleased to see you as Ellen is sad to see you go.
Hugs Joanne xxx

Nicks said...

Hi Hels, glad you have had a fab time. Missed most of you adventure cos we have had no internet connection - not quite such an exciting excuse for not blog hopping as you have had!
Will catch up !!!
safe journey home x

Kirsten Alicia said...

Terrific gift for E & J. Have a safe journey home.

Yvonne said...

Beautiful tribute, Hels!

Here is my entry.

http://artic-blonde-creations.blogspot.com/2011/05/sunday-stamper-stripes.html

whyducks said...

Oh poor darling, what a terrible time you have had, it is disgusting that Ellen has treated you so badly! Love the stars and stripes plaque, fabulous work. Safe journey, hope the cheezy things make it home in one piece too!

Dawn said...

Congratulations on your certificate mrs Range U educator so happy for you even if sightly green with that pesky envy.

Nice banner!

love Dawn xx

Gillian said...

My Stars & Stripes entry, TFL

http://scrappydoo-gillian.blogspot.com/2011/05/stars-or-stripes-week-153-ss.html

Bella said...

Hope your trip home is a smooth one across the pond. Look forward to hearing more about your time at Ranger and your shopping sprees...

Lynn Stevens said...

Hels sounds like you had a fabulous time, Linds going to fill me in next week, LOL
Have a safe trip back and enjoy those Cheetoes! LOL
hugs Lynn

Caz said...

Sorry Ellen, but you can't keep her - she needs to come back to us to run some workshops at Wendy's to teach us some of those fabby techniques she's learnt!!!!
And if she stayed with you she'd end up with permanent cheeto orange fingers!!!!
Safe journey home, Hels.
xxx

Sam said...

Lovely piece. It is nice to hear you have had a fab time and been spolt rotten. Safe journey home and "speak" to you when you get back!

Elaine said...

Glad you've been having a lovely time and hope you get home safely. Here's my stars and stripes: http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.com/2011/05/stars-and-stripes.html

jeanetteguy said...

Hi Hels, just been catching up on the blog- lovely work and great pics. Had a few chuckles while reading your posts. Looks like you had an amazing time with tim and the others and I'm sooo jealous!! And I'm sure you had to buy 56 extra cases to bring all your scrappy goodness and treasures home with you!!
Safe home
Jeanette/craftynet
Netrix_ (twitter)

jeanetteguy said...

Hi Hels, just been catching up on the blog- lovely work and great pics. Had a few chuckles while reading your posts. Looks like you had an amazing time with tim and the others and I'm sooo jealous!! And I'm sure you had to buy 56 extra cases to bring all your scrappy goodness and treasures home with you!!
Safe home
Jeanette/craftynet
Netrix_ (twitter)

StampDancer said...

What a sweet thing to make! I've been checking out the few blog posts of Ranger U I could find and envying you, one and all. Can't wait to see your future postings of all the great things you did last week.
Stampin' Hugs!
Deb M

Becky said...

What a terrible, terrible time you have had! :P NOT! :) Glad that chester gets to go home with you (well at least for a little while) here's to a safe trip.

Dawn said...

I have loved reading each and everyone of your posts...I have now got a bubbly tummy thinking about my workshops in August...reading your posts was like being there, the drama with the suitcase has me thinking...
But Hels THANKS. For sharing...loved your adventure xxx

Barb Cady said...

Don't know how you had the energy to do this with all your adventuring! Great stuff, here is my offering:
http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.com/

Barb Cady said...

Hi Hels. Just to say I have re posted my contribution after Mr blogger ate the first one. I hope I am linking it correctly to you!
x

Gabrielle said...

I have been brave and made something as I was utterly inspired (and not a little jealous!)by what you've made and your journey and adventures in America!

Hazel said...

I'm wondering if your feet have touched the ground yet?! lol! my card is here x

Kate said...

A last minute entry from me here.

Have you scoffed all those Cheetos yet?

** Kate **

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