Monday, 5 September 2011

In Stitches... Giveaway Time Again!

...yes, indeedily, it is Monday... so that means another day closer to my 4th Bloggy Birthday! Four years! That has whizzed past sooo quickly! Anyways, as detailed in yesterdays post... I am doing a "giveaway-a-day" up to and including Wednesday, which is the actual day I started blogging. Todays giveaway is a tag... but not just an ordinary tag... oh no, this one is special because...



It has my very first attempt at using a sewing machine since 1984 when I was unceremoniously booted out of Needlework class because I kept breaking the machines... or being a disruption by constantly interupting the teacher (she was nice normally but for some reason, when she saw me, she got all cross and her face went puce lol) So, I ended up being the only girl in the Woodwork/Metalwork class... and in fact, I enjoyed that a whole lot more... not being the only girl... no, the woodwork and metalwork classes were ace, and... I still have a little wooden tray that I made all those years ago! Anyways... enough waffling... I have been using faux stitching... or stamped stitching for way too long now and on Saturday, my lovely Grim came home with a diddy sewing machine for me... *I am a lucky girl... he is a star... *





So, I spent nearly an hour last night figuring how to thread the machine and how to actually use it. I kept trying and the thread kept popping out... so I adjusted a little knobby thing on the side and that seemed to work... according to the diagram it is "tension"... mmmm, there was a lot of that in the Room of Stash I can tell you lol But, I persevered... and... managed not only to sew around the edge of a tag but also... I stitched some old music score on there too!! Yipyah and thrice, I am a seamstress... well, ok, not really but it sounds good :O))



You will see on the tag that there is a little bit of shimmer... this is Capucchino Perfect Pearls Mist... oooh, I love this colour and it goes perfectly with the colour palette of Old Paper, Tea Dye and Vintage Photo. I heated up the Ornate Frame and spritzed the PP's onto that... they just kind of sizzle where they land and dry instantly... I love that look! The butterfly is an Alterations die... cut from Grungeboard for the top layer and old music score for the underneathy bits... and then coloured with Vintage Photo and spritzed with PP Mists again. The flower is made from the Tattered Florals die and Kraft Glassine... more PP's on this too! I went a bit bling-tastic really didn't I?




Anyways... this tag is up for grabs today... all you have to do to be in the draw is to leave me a comment on this post... click to follow me if you don't already... and then I will enter your name into the draw which will be randomly chosen and announcement next Monday, September 12th. Don't forget there are two other giveaways going on here already... CLICK HERE for the Watermark Resist Giveaway and CLICK HERE for the Sunday Stamper giveaway... Right, enough of the natterings from me for today... it is time for me to go and play with Sebastian (the sewing machine... well, I wasn't going to give it a name but then I left it standing next to Victor Vagabond and Colin Crop-a-dile overnight and now it is demanding one...) *please don't worry about my sanity folks... that is long gone rofl* Ok, I am offski... thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

54 comments:

Sandy said...

Love it, love it, love it hun.
This tag is again great.

Larisa said...

Very original tag! Love the stitching on!))

Mags said...

stunning as always Hels. xxx

Helen said...

What a great tag, not that we expect anything other! Have a great day with your new baby!! You could always try reading the instruction manual.....

Lesley said...

A bootiful tag Hels......and the sewing is spot-on! ;o))

chrissy o said...

your tag is lovely as usuall
hugs chrissy o
xx

inkypinkycraft said...

I love it , great colours. I am having issues with my little sewing machine, or rather I think it has an issue with me!!!!Love the stitching it is fab !trace x

Dots Dabbles said...

sooo vintage, I love it! Especially the ornate frame...lovely effect Hels.
Dot x

Lulabelle said...

Love the stitching! I really must find my little machine out and have a go1
Thanks for sharing!

craftimamma said...

Oooh, this is gorgeous and I'd love to be the proud owner of your first stitching since your schooldays. Well done you! I bought one of those diddy machines over a year ago now and it's still in the box. Shame on me as I can actually use one (proper machine now resides at DDs as I lost interest several years ago)!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Laura said...

I'm here!

sharon said...

I had the exact same problem with sewing machines when I was at school! However as it was a girls only establishment there was no alternative class once I had been forbidden to touch one ever again. Fortunately I was very good at embroidery - certainly got plenty of practice! Your tag is gorgeous and if I win it perhaps it will give me the inspiration to try machine sewing again ;-)

Eemeli said...

Beautiful! And that cappuccino perfect pearls mist is my definit favourite ...awesome color! ^^
Hugs from Finland, Eemeli

jude said...

Another fab creation.I was just same in needle work broke loads needles in end teacher got fed up i had to sew by hand!!!
Mind now my machine takes ages to thread but believe it not broke needle since ive had it.Must been the teacher i hated...lol
judex

Alison Horne said...

Fabby proj Hels, PP is great on glassine isn't it? am a bit obsessed with glassine -especially the envelpoes which are great for tags and ATC's. I too have bought a new sewing machine. Am also feeling the tension as I tried to take my jeans in and blew up the light bulb in said machine. Luckily machine still sews with aid of torch held between teeth.x

Janet said...

Love the tag,sewing is fab!!! great idea to heat the frame must give it a go like the look it gives
Janet x

Aj* said...

Ooo its a rather lush afair isnt it !


Well done on the sewing machine *whispers, if you play with the tension thingy a weee bit more you'll get both upper and lower threads to tension equally, but that said... if you were to now put a decorative thread in your bobbin you can achieve some really nice effects by bringing up the bobbin thread..

I have 3 sewing machines, 1 is also an embroidery machine, the other does everything bar make you a cup of tea when you could really do with one ( i use this for free motion embroidery) but my fav fav machine is an old as the hills singer, hand cranked, only does a straight stitch, doesnt go backwards & is as beautiful to look at as she is to use.

Anyhoo, off to pull one of mine out, you've given me the inspiration to create something gauze like to put on my sunday stamper piece.


Aj.

Janeyc49 said...

Lovely, lovely tag Hels. Beautifully 'over the top' as always.

betjunroe said...

I just love your sense of humor and read your blog every day for a chuckle and pick-me-up. This tag is beautiful. Love the glassine flower and plan to make one soon thanks to your inspiration. Bette

Silvia(Barnie) said...

A wonderful tag again and the stitching on it looks fantastic. I don't own a sewing machine, during school I hate the sewing matters ;)

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Beautiful tag love all the detail and elements . Great job with the sewing
Marilyn

Gabrielle said...

I love your description of sewing! Just how I find it! This is fabulous - how can you give your first success away? Good job we all have good homes for it 'eh?!

Joanne said...

What a star. 'Tis gorgeous. I bought one of those little machines some months ago now, to save getting my big one out of the cubby hole. I cannot for the life of me stop it running away like mad. I swear I could sew 10miles of material in under 3 secs flat!!!!
hugs Joanne xx

Candy C said...

Your first attempt at sewing since 1984 turned out BEAUTIFULLY!! Your tag is awesome girlfiend! <3 Candy

Vic said...

Wonderful tag! Your quite the sew-ist! LOL

The Octopode Factory said...

this is great Hels ... would be great to win it or something wonderful from you!

Neil said...

Brilliant tag! Great tag colours and bling is good!

Elaine said...

Loving the colour scheme and especially that glassine flower. Gorgeous.

Dragon said...

Well I think he is very jolly, so that is a nice name for him... the tag's not bad either... tee hee!!!
Frankie
xx

Kirsten Alicia said...

Now that you've mastered the basics there'll be no stopping, we're going to be seeing stitching on EVERYTHING!! :) Gorgeous tag today, I love the flower. Thanks for doing these giveaways, I'd be thrilled to have an original Hels Sheridan artwork.

Wendy H. said...

That is one beautiful tag Hels. Love the glimmery flower.

Tracy said...

Just beautiful!

Brenda Brown said...

I am sure I would have enjoyed the woodwork class alot more than domestic science. I don't like cooking at all.
Love this tag and the sewing is ace.
luv and hugs {brenda} xoxox

Caz said...

Glad you're ok with no injuries - blood would have spoilt the tag!! ;-)
Must get some of that cappuccino PPs - it's lush! Tag is beauts!
xx

Lynne said...

long time 'watcher' of your blog...new follower!! Love your work, and your quips!!!

Kathy Eddy said...

Oh pick me Hels. This is a fabulous tag and you are sewing! Wow! I am impressed. I took it in high school but I also took woodworking class and I loved it!

BarbaraW said...

You keep me in stitches with your wonderful blogging. Awesome project.

funkycrafter said...

the new seamstress did a wonderful job on the tag. can't believe i was not signed up as a follower. i visit almost every day, but i do it from a list of bookmarks i keep of my favorite blogs. congrats on the almost here blogaversary.

ElizabethR said...

Yet again another masterpiece, love the pennib as the critters body! Elizabeth x

Shazza said...

WOW, WOW, WOW check you and your sewing!!! I think this is fantastic x

Mary said...

Ooooo, I am so jealous of your bitty sewing machine! =) This tag is gorgeous, I love all the bling and the way you made the butterfly body.

Caroline said...

Gosh... you make these tags seem so easy to make... so pretty!

peggy aplSEEDS said...

that is a great name for your sewing machine! i would love to win this!

Milla said...

Gorgeous!!!

Rachelxx said...

Well done on your sewing! I love stitching on projects ;-)

Kathi said...

The butterfly is just stunning! I love it.

Kate said...

Wow! Love this one! Love how you put the pen nib on the butterfly!

SannaS said...

beautiful!! love the details!! =)
hugs, SannaS

nerllybird said...

Fabby kraft flower. I'm so tempted to buy some pen nibs whenever I see you using them.
Helen S

okienurse said...

Awesome tag and once again I love reading your blog each post. Thanks for sharing all your good ideas!

Kezzy said...

Fantastic tag, amazing as always, wish blogland was 3D so I could have a feel lol. I have only just started sewing on my craft, I was really proud of myself last week as I managed to finally thread it witbout looking at the instructions lol. Kezzyx

Sue Campbell said...

Fab tag.I would have rather done metal work or woodwork at school too but wasn't allowed...only for boys!

Julie said...

Real stitching is so cool. Guess it's that textural thing again.

JaneC said...

Hels this tag is beautiful. Love the stitching and the colours are just up my street. Thanks for another wonderful chance of a giveaway, most generous Jane x

Related Posts with Thumbnails
Related Posts with Thumbnails