Monday, 19 December 2011

I've Been Stampbording...

...sounds like I have been doing some kind of physical activity doesn't it? Don't worry, I haven't ... but I did get myself a rather late night the other night because I got all involved with playing with Stampbord. If you remember, the main piece on the Sunday Stamper is made from Stampbord ... and I reminded myself how much I lurve to play with this stuff... and yes, it is a bit scary stamping right onto such a large piece... so I was ultra careful...

Anyways... my favest three (only three!) Santa stamps from the Duke of Distress are these ones... all the Stampbord pieces were blended with Old Paper DI... and heat dried... and then stamp with Jet Black Archival... and heat dried.... and then coloured with Distress Inks and Cut & Dry Nibs... and then heat dried... you get the picture I am sure... dry each layer before moving on to the next.

So... I kept the first two pieces pretty straight... and then got bold and did a stampy collage on the third piece. The circle measures about 31/2 inches across the middle and the oblongs (oblongs?how old am I? three?) are 5 x 31/2 inches... so big old pieces to goof up if I went wrong (am so brave lol) All of the Santa's have had the scratchy tool treatment to their hair and beards... and I am rather chuffty tuffty with them... now all I need to do is figure out what to do with these pieces!

Anyways... I am being a right old grump today! I went out at stoopid o'clock this morning and spent all morning either standing in queues, looking for parking spaces, listening to children whinging or slobbing their feet along in wellies (isn't that one of the most annoying noises ever!!!) and watching a very irate old man have a fit of apoplexy right in front of me... he was really shouting at the poor man in the shop and the poor man was apologising and all that but the old fella was really going for it... I was just waiting for him to throw himself on the floor and have a paddy! And all of this because... it is Christmas... for... two days! I know, mental behaviour or what! Right, I must away, I have shopping to unpack and presents to wrap... and only a few more days left to get that turkey rofl... Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x


Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Love these pieces Hels, they would make great decorations. It is mad in the towns at the moment, mad really for the sake of two days LOL, but I love it. Enjoy your Christmas and Best Wishes for The New Year. Tracy x

Regina said...

Oh Hels...these are awesome. Ummmm, you can send them here...LOL!! I love your work..always amazing.

I wouldn't know about being out and about this time of year...I stay hidden...there are some scary folks out there. ^_^

Hugs and I hope you and yours have a very Merry Christmas.

ElizabethR said...

They are fab! I am in hiding now, wake me in the spring lol. xxx

Jacqueline said...

Oh!! What absolutely adorable santas !! I MUST get them for NEXT Christmas!!

Hels , they are simply stunning!!

I do most of my shopping online yo avoid all that hassle!! Pressies are hand crafted this year...i altered some Wendy Vecchi 'cake stands'!!

Hope all the hassle will be worthwhile.

Take care

Jackie x

Kirsten Alicia said...

These are gorgeous Hels, they'd make fab decorations. Well done on braving the shops, I'm avoiding them until January.

Helen said...

They really do look lovely, Hels! Well done on hitting the shops (but not the other people in the queue... don't you just HATE queues...)

Maggie said...

FAB-U-LOUS!!! Ho Ho Ho I am not going to shops again until food runs out!!!!! hopefully January!

Merry Christmas

Julie said...

Your last paragraph so sums it up Hels - I would like to put a sign the length of the Nullarbor Plain - check it out, thats one BIG sign that says - WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL?

The music's playing loudly "Peace On Earth" and people can't even be pleasant to shop assistants????

I love your wonderful artwork, as always.

Now I must away or I will be like the Grinch,'cause none of the Christmas stuff is done here.
Thankfully the turkey can stay out there in the paddock!
Keep smiling.

Julia Dunnit said...

My gave Santa is the third one, but seeing them so beautifully done makes the choice hard, also a reminder to play some more with my stamp board pieces...thanks!

Lottie said...

These are stunning and would make wonderful Christmas tree decorations for yourself. Or add a little support on the back and put them on a shelf or mantlepiece - or use blue tack and stick on glass or a mirror - cos the are too lovely to put in a drawer!

Dee in N.H. said...

Oh, those are just beautiful! I know what you mean about all this holiday hub-bub! People are just mean out there! LOL!

Val said...

Wow - these are fab Hels. Lovely work.

Fraid I have done most of my shopping on line, and also ordered groceries on-line. Have a loverly farm butcher just down the road and he supplies all my meat, veg and cheese. I just cannot be bothered to push and shove any longer.

Hope you, Grim and Alfie-cat have a wonderful Christmas - and hope to see you next year at the Stamp Attic.


craftimamma said...

These are fabulous Hels. I love Stampbord too especially when it's an image I can use a scratchy tool on like these. It's so therapeutic and relaxing to do. Lovely jolly Santa images too.

I just have to nip out on Friday to collect the pre-ordered turkey and some fresh veg and that's me done. I still have all my pressies to wrap though.

Have a wonderful Christmas and all the best for 2012. I'm hoping it's going to be a better year all round!

Lesley Xx

Lisa and Elaine @ Destination Art said...

Hi Hels, love today's creations! But where are you finding the time??? You must be uber organised for the holidays!
Thanks for sharing your wonderful work with us this year. You're AMAZING!
Big hugs for a wonderful Christmas!
Lisa and Elaine @ Destination Art Western Australia

Alison Horne said...

The colouring is 'A Maze Ing Dahling,' [sorry, still having craig detox symptoms]. Am so gld people still say oblong.xx

Alison Horne said...

Thats glad, not gld obv.xx

Julia Watts said...

Super Santas! Julia xxx

jude said...

these are all gorgeous pieces i also love stampboard dont use it ofte enough.May have to start in the new year.
Yes i know 2 days and every where you look in supermarkets youd think we were shut for fortnight!!!!
Have fab christmas and all the best for happy,healthy ,creative new year
hugs judex

Shazza said...

WOW Hels these are just fab - u -lous!!!!!!

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