Sunday, 6 November 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 179 - The First Noel

Goodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all. Thank you for all the entries to last weeks 'batty' challenge and it was grand to see some more newbies joining in! This week the theme is taking a more festive feel... well, I just took delivery of those FAB new Seasonal Distress Inks and neeeeeded to play with them... more about those later though. So... the theme this week is... CHRISTMAS. To join in with the Challenge all you need to do is make a little something... it can be anything you fancy, just include the theme and some stamping and then pop over here to leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and then I can hop on over to see it. If you don't have a blog you can link me to any of your photo hosting sites or even email me a piccie if you haven't got any of those. The challenge will remain open until 23:00, Saturday 12th November 2011.


So... this weeks theme... yes, I know, Christmas already but... I am being virtuous and am doing Christmas cards now... well, errrrm, sort of... because my entry started life as a card and then I got all exciteable and ended up altering a photo frame... but I am promising myself that I will get all my Christmas cards made this year... like before the actual day *last year I ... bought... I know, I bought cards... tsk, tsk!*



The new Seasonal Distress Inks arrived at the Room of Stash bright and early yesterday morning and of course, it would have been rude not to open them immediately, make new Blending Tools for them and label them up and put them in with the rest of the Distress Ink range... and yes, I have got them all in colour order too. People laugh at me and call me names **sob** (ok, I deserve it sometimes) for doing this but... it just makes it easier to grab the right one and then to put them away again.



Anyways... back to the new Distress Inks. Iced Spruce is my fave of them... it is the most beautiful shade and I can see this is going to get a very lot of use in the coming months. The background of the frame insert was coloured by blending it all over some cream cardstock. I then used the Evergreen Bough to overstamp some script... I love this one too... and... I shouldn't tell you this but... it is also my fave one of the set! Festive Berries is a gorgeous red... less orangey than Barn Door and brighter than Fired Brick, IMO, it fits right in... (ahem, it is my fave of the group... mmm, I see a pattern emerging there lol) I used it on the die cut word to blend over red Bazzill before adding some Rock Candy Stickles and a bit of Gathered Twigs for the edges.




As well as the new inks, I also took delivery of a few of the new Christmas Alteration dies... ooohlalala... they are fab too! I spent 348 years attempting to get my pine cone to resemble a pine cone and not look like something AlfieCat had dragged in from the garden... eventually I gave up and huffed a bit... and then went and watch the Master himself of YouTube... and all became clear... I was doing it wrong! It is fiddly... but worth persevering with because those ickle cones are just so cute.... and look fab with a bit of Rock Candy Stickles popped onto them. The frame was painted with Pitch Black Dabber and then sanded back so more of the wood was showing and then I just blended Gathered Twigs over the patches to tone them in... a quick zap with a heat tool to set the inks and voila, a distressed frame!



My finishing touches were adding some jazzy ribbon that I bought from Michael's... tis like an organza with wired edges and bit of bling attached to it... good job I got a big roll of it because I see this being used a lot too. The Christmas Muse Token was attached through a holly leaf and the Charm was popped into a Memo Pin... easier said than done but I have found a cool way of opening Memo Pins... I use my old pokey tool that is a bit blunt and shove it inbetween the metal ringy bits... and that opens it enough to get whatever into it.

Right then, time for me to stop with a waffle and get away to bed. Thanks for looking... have a fab Sunday! TTFN

Hels x

25 comments:

Netrix said...

I'm awaiting delivery of these inks as we speak, but the dies im liking too, your project is fabbbb
Jeanette :)

Sandy said...

OMG hun what a wonderful frame.
Stunning christmas decoration. Love all the details. Gorgeous. xoxo

Helen said...

Great work Hels - I got my inks too yesterday and made a quick tag - shame I already posted it or I could have had my entry ready... maybe I'll get time to make some Christmas cards today.. yeh right!!

Sue Campbell said...

Love the new coloures even though I don't have them yet.You've put them to good use as usual..thanks for remindimg me that christmas is so close!

Joanne said...

Got my inks yesterday too. I love your Christmas frame. It will look fab on your wall throughout the festivities. Off to source the holly leaf die now.
Hugs Joanne xx

Fuchsia said...

They are so fabby Hels I love them !
really joyful you picked Christmas as you will see on my blog LOL

http://fuchsias-craftynotions.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-sunday-stampers.html

Really loving your Christmas frame its so lush and like a Christmas Hug x

ps I think you missed my last weeks one Boo Hoo x

Lottie said...

Fabulous!!!!!

Jacqueline said...

OOOh I like THAT! Not ordered those inks yet :( Must get a move on or there will be none left!

Here's my entry for this week...

http://jacquelinescraftyblog.blogspot.com/

Take care

Jackie xx

Joan said...

I'm trying to resist ordering the inks but getting more tempted by the minute seeing your decoration!
Here is my Christmas card

http://latenightstamping.blogspot.com/2011/11/santa-claus-is-coming-to-town.html

Gillian .... said...

Oooooo hope mines hurry up and land on said doorstep along with the other festive TH goodies ... can't wait to join in, love love love this piece of xmas home decor, fabby hun:) xxx

Shazza said...

luvverly!!!

Joanna King (aka Asia K) said...

Loooovely frame!!! Gorgeous roses ;)

My entry is here:
here

Hugs
Joanna x

Kirsten Alicia said...

I forgive you for mentioning the C word, but only because your altered frame is so gorgeous. :)

Izzwizz said...

Gorgeous x

Linda Cain said...

I'm still waiting for mine...but you've really inspired me. Love all the little details here.

~Linda

Bonnie McLain said...

LOVE your Christmas Frame... really lovely Hels... so who needs to do cards... these fun things are far more practical... right??? No cards for me this year... postage way too high... so will e-mail everyone a Merry Christmas...
I do love making gifts... and will give gifts to a lot of people...
Here is one for my grandsons box...
http://lovelightandpeacebonnie.blogspot.com/2011/11/christmas-and-recycling.html

I too love the new Winter colors... so fantastic... everyone needs them in their stash... they are a must!!

Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Daniele said...

Morning Hels, lucky girl getting your new inks and dies I've made a card today, thanks for taking a peek
hugs and happy crafting

Suzi B said...

This is the first time I've joined in, even though I look and go hoo haa all the time. My entry is here

http://suzib1b.blogspot.com/2011/11/better-late-than-never-for-mmm-vintage.html

Love this framed Noel
suzi b xx

Suzi B said...

Oops...Sorry I forgot to link ... now done!
Suzi B x

Barb Cady said...

Hi Hels! Hope you get this one as I think you missed my link last week. Hope I do this right! Love the challenge, here is my effort:

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.com/2011/11/sunday-stampers-179-first-noel.html

(How do you do it so that all you have to do is click on HERE ?
Wish I was clever with the lap top!)

Love your Noel frame, it will look stunning with your decs! Love me xx

Karenliz said...

Hi Hels, Here is my entry!
http://karenlizhenderson.blogspot.com/2011/11/ink-on-my-fingers-sunday-stamper-week.html

Love your holiday frame and those inks are gorgeous!

Elaine said...

Love what you did with the frame and that fir cone looks great. Here's my effort this week!
http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.com/2011/11/holly-ivy.html

Crafty mop said...

Hiya Hels.

Love your frame its fab. I would'nt mind putting that in my house for christmas ......

I have managed to join in this week although i am sorry i cheated a bit and have put it up for Grungy monday as well i was running out of time this week.... any ways

http://craftymop.blogspot.com/2011/11/grungy-monday-26-and-sunday-stampers.html

looking forward to next week have a great week !

Crafty mop said...

Ive just looked at grungy monday and i have used the same stamp as you sorry ...... it was the only stamp i had of a good santa.....Mandy

Hazel said...

My cards are here x

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