Thursday, 15 September 2011

Simon Says...

...cor blimey and thrice, how long since I joined in with the brill challenge that is Simon Says Stamp & Show??? Too long!!! Anyways... I have spent a few delightfully inky hours making a T'Pouch for my entry for this weeks challenge which is Steampunk. If you haven't seen this challenge before, do head on over to the blog to see all the amazing art by the Design Team... truly inspiring!



Anyways... that there pic is my entry... the T'Pouch...which reminds me... I did a quicky tut the other day with the "how to" make one of these... HERE are the deets for that :O)) SO.. the T'Pouch... made from white card and coloured with Distress Stains. I was having a smooshily fab time with Distress Stains yesterday afternoon and did a bit of mixing with Picket Fence and Milled Lavendar... it goes a gorgeous milky lilac colour... but I wanted it a bit darker so I added some Dusty Concord into the mix... and then once this had dried I added some Black Soot.



Amazingly, Milled Lavendar and Black Soot were the two Stains I wasn't going to bother getting... I thought that the Black Soot would be a bit OTT and the Milled Lavendar pad is one that I hardly ever use... how chuffed am I that I decided I NEEDED the whole set huh? VERY!! lol After making an inky background for the T'Pouch and the tag, I did a bit of background stamping with Snowcap Dabber... but this was really pale so I went over the top with Black Archival... the white still shows through and it actually looks darker... if that makes sense :O))




The stamping is a combo of Studio 490 stamps and those Steampunky ones by the Duke of Distress... I love that sentiment... and the chap with the box Brownie... I added some metal bits and bobs... oooh and look at the ickle bottle.. it has rusty screws in it... cute! The key dangling is one I picked up in an antique market in Chesapeake Bay when I was staying with Ellen in America last time... I could have spent a forrrrtune in there too... they even had an Underwood typewriter... but it would have cost me several million-squillion quids to get it back to the Room of Stash so I just had to stare longingly at it... and then walk away.



So... yesterday afternoon... the men came to put the sealy layer jobby onto the path in the back garden... and AlfieCat was confined to barracks... not wanting him to paddle through it and get it on his paws. Well, I strolled around to the post box and on the way back I was chased by a little black and white kittycat... she lives over the other side of the Spinney and is often seen lurking in the back garden... anyways, I said hello to her and gave her a bit of a pet... and then carried on to the house, noticing that she had disappeared behind me. Next thing, I am in the kitchen and I see her prancing up the just sealed path... so I nipped out and managed to pick her up... straight into the laundry to wash her paw-paws... the seal was drying but I don't know what's in it etc. So... there I am, holding a cat that has now decided she isn't all cute and cuddly and is, in fact, a right little monster. Then... I hear hissing... I turned to look... and as soon as kittycat noticed my attention wasn't on her, she bit me!!! And the hissing? That was AlfieCat who had puffed himself up to three times the size *he does look silly when he does that because his head stays the same size, so he looks like a big fat lump with a pin-head* and he was giving me and kittycat the Eye of the Muckergee.... eeeek... I quickly dried kittycats paws and out she went... in the meantime, the hissy-spitty AlfieCat is getting ready for the biggest strop ever! Honestly, it is like having a toddler lol I am just about forgiven for bringing another cat into the house, although he is still glaring at me every so often. Anyways... that's me for today...Thanks for looking... time for inkyness again... TTFN

Hels x

24 comments:

Sandy said...

Yeeeeeeeeeeeeeeah how cool is this ??
This is the greatest steampunk piece in the world. Absolutely stunning. xoxo

Paula said...

Fab tag and pouch creation.

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Fabulous T'pouch Hels, really love the colour you created, and the stamped images are perfect for the theme. Beautifully embellished, love all your metal bits n bobs. You are the Queen of great backgrounds too. Thanks so much for joining in the Simon Says Stamp and Show challenge. Tracy x

ellen vargo said...

OMG your t'pouch is beyond FAB! I'm with Tracy... you ARE the queen of awesome backgrounds... and stamping...and finding the perfect embellies... let's face it... you ROCK! Thanks for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show! Love ya! Els xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

What a wonderful tag, there is so much cool stuff going on, I don't know whereto leek first.very cool trace x

Gabrielle said...

This is awesome! Love it lots and lots!

Kaz said...

LOVE this!! Like super love it .....wow!! Gorgeous as always....been out of the loop blogging wise so trying to catch up while on my lunchbreak.....back to the snotty brigade in a mo!! Bleurgh xxx
kazx

Fliss said...

Wow Hels, that's one fabulous steampunk tag. Love the stamping and colours to bits.
Sorry to be awol for so long too - up to my eyes in DT work for what seems like forever and hoping to join in with Sunday Stamper again soon.
That naughty cat sounds like our lady bunny too as she bites if she thinks you're not moving fast enough carrying her back to the cage.
Fliss xx

Linda said...

I am off to check your tutorial. Sound like fun! Love your cat story, but so sorry about the bite.

Helen said...

Loving those men! What a gorgeous t'pouch. You go through so much idea-ology!! Love the colour of your background today.

Hope Alfie-cat has forgiven you for bringing in strangers... and your path is ok!

Mrs.B said...

I have just found your blog, such fab inspiration. I am now following!
Avril

Dragon said...

FAB FAB FAB - yey thrice FAB!!! This is wonderful... I LOVE that bloke on the left... great tag and tpouch Hels...
Frankie
xx

Alison Horne said...

Who knew how manlylavender could look, v.georg. Poor Alfie.x

betjunroe said...

Hi Hels--this tag makes me want to take a trip to the hardware store! Now I just have to buy the steampunk men stamp set. Can't wait to meet you--1 month! Bette

Nancy Wethington said...

Look at all those delicious steampunk elements! Thanks for joining the challenge at Simon Says Stamp & Show.

Candy C said...

Hels, your steampunk pouch is so cool! I love all the steampunk elements you added to this! The stamped images and words are really cool! It is THE perfect steampunk piece! Thanks so much for sharing your art with us at Simon Says Stamp and Show Challenge. You rock! <3 Candy

papillon said...

oooooh wow, that's what i call Art! absolutely love the steampunkness of your piece!

Sandra said...

wonderful Hels!
Sandra ltb

DeeDee said...

Oh Hels!! It looks so FAB! I've been stuck on steampunk all week and will probably sit this one out at SSSnS -- I just can't seem to get it right! Great work :)

Kat said...

OOOOOOH Hel's this is stunning,
I love it!
steampunk, cor blimy, i'd say so.
fabulous.
Kat x.

Shazza said...

Hels this is fantastic, love all the colours. Lol at the cat story too x

Sue Campbell said...

This is an absolutley fantastic tag!!!..my fav. colours AND fav. subject.Does it need a loving home? LOL...oh and did I mention that I love it!

Gillian .... said...

OMG Much Much Much LUSHNESS ... you have totally rocked this one, too cool for words .... total steampunk heaven hun. xxx

Lori said...

This is positively AWESOME!

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