Tuesday, 26 July 2011

Grungy Rockin'...

...oooh lala indeedily, it is time for the new Grungy Monday challenge and I have had a lovely few hours faffing and playing with Rock Candy, which is the theme this week. To see all the deets about this fab challenge, do hop on over to see the lovely Linda Ledbetter... who has devised this grand challenge which is all about the techniques and cleverness that is the Duke of Distress... the King of Cracklepaint... Tim Holtz.


My tag is one of those "let's see if this works" things... I have these really coolio stencils that I got from Creative Expressions when I was at Ally Pally in April and I have just *ahem* remembered them... so I popped the diamond stencil over the tag and brushed Rock Candy Cracklepaint over the top...whhooothooottt, it worked!! I used Distress Stains to colour the tag once it had dried, stamped with Distress Ink and wiped off the crackley bits so the image is just on the un-crackley bits.... and then added some more stamping using Archival. The flower... mmm, the flower so didn't turn out how I wanted... basically, as I was in my "let's see if this works" mood, I slapped Rock Candy all over a piece of Kraft Glassine... and once it had dried it all started to flake off (yep, I hadn't factored in the shiny surface!) So... I slapped a load of Colorwash Spray over the top and then die cut the spiky Tattered Florals... and very carefully glued it together... well, it kind of works... just don't look at it too long cos the rest of the crackles will fall off lol

Tag before the stamping :O)

The leaves are Kraft Resist, Stained, Rock Candied and then Stained again... that worked at least lol Oh and the mini branch was Stained, Candied and Stained... and then the birdy was.. you get the picture... lots of Staining and Candying going on. The Foliage dangly was made by finger painting Trad Tan onto the metal and then adding Stains - again with the finger... what a lovely sight my paws are now!



Anyways... as I mentioned yesterday, Grim is on night-shift so I was in a flap about what to do whilst he was asleep in the day... well, I loved some of the suggestions and the one that really stood out was to go shopping... however, although I had thought about this shopping lark, I then decided to catch up on Corrie... I have three omnibus episodes to watch... so I sat myself down with a big bowl of cherries... scoffed the cherries and... woke up two hours later!!!



Then, because I had slept half the afternoon/evening away, I couldn't sleep last night... plus the fact I spooked myself... which is never a good thing... *the usual, in the house by myself and think that someone is hiding in the wardrobe scenario lol* **although, no one could actually get into my wardrobe cos tis full of crud and stuff to sort** so today I look like a sleep deprived old hag with zits... goodness knows why my chin has decided to revolt (believe me, it is) the only thing I can think of is that we are off to a wedding this weekend and of course, I want to look my best... and of course, the zits have appeared, as have the nails broken and my plan to lose 42stone in a week has gone awry (blame that Snickers bar!!) Anyways... best get a move on... I have an appointment with a sofa and more Corrie... zzzzzzzzzz Ta for looking... TTFN


Hels x

21 comments:

Gabrielle said...

Love using a mask and Rock candy - such a clever idea! Loving the colours - really pretty. Glad you 'caught' up on Corrie (ahem!) at least you were quiet (unless you snore?!)

Helen said...

This is just fab - I may have to steal this very neat idea - though I would get more RC on the stencil than in the holes....
I would have been tempted to leave the tag plain, oos it looks amazing... but the finished thing is wonderful. Hope your nails grow by the weekend and the zits disappear.... don't eat too many more cherries, you know what happened last time....

Shelly Hickox said...

Hahahaha! You crack me up. :-) My husband used to work the night shift, so I know all about things that go bump in the night!

Your tag is incredible. I LOVE the idea of using the crackle paint with the stencil. Definitely gonna have to give that a try!

Gillian .... said...

Oooo love how the masked background turned out, hmmm where was I when you naffed that one lol, Minxy got some too (huff)! The colours are always lush looking and this is no exception. I was loving the spikey/patina flower look, then I read further down your post lol, I think they are cool anyway, love the birdie sitting on his twig with the foliage, a VERY COOL CANDIED TAG indeed missus. xx

BrianK said...

What an awesome tag, the stencil idea is brilliant, looks fab. Love reading your blog, feel bad about your nails and stuff though. Take care.

Dawn said...

Love the stencil hun and beautiful tag as always Dxx

Juls said...

ooooh this is just gorgeous!! Hugs Juls

Elaine said...

Great background - love the crackling through the mask. Going to have to try that as my masks I bought at Ally Pally are still unused too!!

jude said...

Absolutely love this!Fab idea with the crackle paint & stencil!So much for corrie ....obviously not that exciting and you had some well deserved sleep!My hubby worked nights for year but i used to love being on my own watching what i wanted and crafting when i liked...dont get spooked that easily maybe im alucky one ...give me a spider and run amile!lol

StampDancer said...

Love-love-love this tag! The blue is amazing. And your clever stencil/crackling idea is brilliant.
Deb M

thekathrynwheel said...

How could you forget you had those stencils?! I can't live without mine and the harlequin is my all time fave. But I hadn't thought of using rock candy through it before, hmmmmm! Fab work as always. Now, be off to bed for an early night you!

Lori said...

Oooo, fab idea with the stencil! LOVE it! Awesome tag, Hels!

fairy thoughts said...

lovely tag, that's a good idea with the mask, but it sounds messy.
good luck at the weekend i bet you'll look gorgeous, if a bit 'inky'
thanks for sharing
janet

Lulabelle said...

Lovely tag! Love the background technique! I know what you mean about being on your own at night!
My other half used to work away and when my daughter was 2 she went for a 'walk' down stairs at 2am, spooked me out for ages!

Plume said...

Great piece! I love this technique of using a mask or stencil to apply the rock candy medium! thanks for sharing!

Dragon said...

Lovin the birdie, Hels... you rocked that stuff!!! tee hee
Frankie
xx

Trish said...

This is stunning!

bartlettpair said...

Thanks for showing what happens when you use the Rock Candy ---the diamond mask and distress inks:) FAB!
Blessings

Sam said...

Fabbey idea of the stencil with Rock Candy - will have to try that meself!! Lovely tag Hels!!
Know what you mean about the night shift Hubby scenario!! I used to craft until about 3am and then go to bed!! We live in the wilds of Woolly Wales and it is quite a shock how noisy it can be!!

The Craft Cupboard Under the Stairs said...

Hels - Love how the stencil, stain and candy worked out! Amazing how zits and broken nails are directly proportional to nearness of special event. Obviously some time/space continuum calculation involved...quantum physics perhaps?

Marjie Kemper said...

This is a beauty, Hels! Love the stencil and the handmade nest... darling!

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