Sunday, 18 December 2011

Sunday Stamper - Week 185 - I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus... **PLUS CANDY**

Goodly Morning Stampers and a very happy frosty Sunday to you all. Many thanks for all the heavenly Christmassy entries last week, I am in a fair festive mood after seeing them all. This week I have some candy to giveaway... well, it is Christmas so it is my thank you to everyone who has participated with the Sunday Stamper this year. The theme, if you haven't already guessed, is SANTA CLAUS. To join in with the challenge all you need to do is make something - it can be anything you fancy - add in the theme and some stamping and then hop back here to leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry. If you haven't got a blog/flickr/photobucket etc you can email me a photo of your entry. To be in with a chance of winning the candy is simples... leave me a comment here and pop a pic & link in your sidebar back to this post ... and if you join in as well, your name will be entered twice. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Friday 23rd December. It is closing early this week because next weeks challenge will be a Sunday Stamper on a Saturday... I thought that we would all be a bit busy peeling sprouts next Sunday so there's an extra day to join in :O))


Right... on with my entry. Each year since 2007 I have made an 8" x 8" piece of wall art. I actually hadn't twigged that I was doing this until a few days ago when I was putting up my decorations and opened up one of the boxes and there sat all these pieces... and all of them are red! I reckon something subliminal has been going on there. Anyways... I decided to make another piece for the collection... I am going to see how long I can keep this up... by the time I am 60 I will have... erm... very lots of 8" pieces of wall art!


So... my shadow box was painted with Fired Brick Cracklepaint... and once this was dry I gave it a rub over with some Gathered Twigs Distress Inks. Then I squirted a very fine coat of Heirloom Gold Perfect Pearls Mists to add some Christmas sparkle. The insert is a piece of white card, painted with Glue & Seal and then I popped some Tim Tissue over it, coloured it with Picket Fence, Antique Linen and Frayed Burlap Distress Stains, edged with Vintage Photo and then glued into place with Glossy Accents... and then I realised it is slightly on the wonk... ooooopsie~daisies... don't tell anyone and I might get away with it lol


The focal point of the piece is a lovely big square of Stampbord. I loooove this stuff and am very tight using it... I am always filled with dread that I will get all cack~handed and fudge the stamping... so, I was uber careful and made sure that I was steady when I stamped Santa. I like to use Distress Inks to colour the Stampbord... and stamp with Archival Ink. The trick is to remember to dry everything thoroughly with a heat tool as you build the layers. I used Antique Linen, Peeled Paint, Fired Brick, Vintage Photo and Tattered Rose to colour Santa, getting into the fiddly bits with Cut & Dry Nibs. Finally, I used a scratcher tool to add texture to his hair and beard.



The embellishments are diecuts using Holly Branch and Tattered Banners Alterations Dies, Bazzill, Grungepaper and music score paper. The Grunge was coloured with Distress Inks and the Pine Cones were assembled and then edged with Vintage Photo. The little Reindeer is sitting in a Memo Pin... and ssshhh, don't tell anyone but... behind all of the holly bits, I used a piece of foam to build them up so they sit nicely over the edge of the box... I just covered it with more music score paper :O)) I want/need some of those mercury glass baubles... but... seeing as I haven't got any I tried to make my own versions using large Baubles and Silver Alcohol Ink Mixatives... mmm, not 100% that it works... but they are a pretty colour at least lol




And... here's a piccie of the Candy... included is; Walnut Stain Distress Ink, Forever Green & Forever Red Perfect Pearls Mists, Maya Road Chip Books, Wooden Word "Friends", Alterable plastic stars, Christmas charms and some 7Gypsies Journalling cards.



Right... I think that is it... blimey, that is one biiig explanation... hope you haven't nodded off! I had better go, I need to get to bed... another late night! Did you watch the Strictly final? I thought that Jason's show-dance was the best of the three and Harry was a very deserving winner... bless Chelsee though, she has a natural talent there... I should be a judge lol Thanks for looking... have a fabby week! TTFN

Hels x

33 comments:

Rosalee said...

Love your beautiful project Hels. That embellishment cluster you added, adds a nice touch. Great giveaway too. Thanks for the chance
Hugs, Rosalee

Scrapthat said...

Oh man! That is some kind of lovely Hels!
I love the colors in the middle stamped image! TFS!! :D

Julie said...

I was having a laugh as I read your post re how many pieces you will have as I have just made sure to drag out a little Christmas piece that I made when I was anticipating the birth of our son, who is 30 now.

I love what you have done but I won't have time to play this week as we are off to do a magic trick for said son. We don't know the time yet but later in the week we are doing a garden blitz and makeover for him at his new flat. Sneaky stuff it is too.

Have a wonderful Christmas - do what you want to do and I will look for your posts in a wee while.
Hugs to you
Julie
From (shall I tell you?) sunny Australia!

Kathy Eddy said...

Love your Santa! Gorgeous!

Maggie said...

Great Santa project Hels love stampboard also thanks for the chance to win candy will try and join in this week as well.....nearly on top of Christmas!!
Just to say great C&C show have just watched recording again!

Maggie

kath said...

such a stunning project hels...gorgeous memories of christmas past...sending warm snuggly christmas hugs...kath xxx

Helen said...

Love the project, it is fab - I have some mountboard somewhere but it's just in a drawer of stash...
thanks for the chance to win your candy - I might even get time to enter the SS comp too...
I think you got it right with the Strictly - Jason's showdance was fab, but Harry was best.

Joanne said...

I think that Santa is the best image ever. He deserves a cuddle. I can only see perfection in this piece, it's beautiful. Wish I could have a go but sadly no time, going away tomorrow. Watched strictly and punched the air with joy because Harry won. Well deserved. Have a wonderful Xmas.
Hugs Joanne xx

ElizabethR said...

Yum stampboard, not played with that for ages, wonder where it is??? Gorgeous piece of art Hels, I so must buy the Holly die. Love Elizabeth x

Cath Wilson said...

That's a great project, Hels - love him on Stampbord. Must try using DIs on it cos I haven't up till now. I have a stash of it, too and am always afraid to run out of it - how nutty is that? Great inspiration. Thanks x

Caz said...

Love your project Hels - this is the best Santa stamp!!!
If I can get my cards finished today I will try and join in for once! Just booked the two Tesco shops for next week and the week after - impressively organised or what?? It's OK doing all the family visiting bit but there's no time left to food shop - and no delivery slots for next Wed or Thurs left so others are more organised than us!!
Ah well - better go make more cards......
xxxxxx

Tigs said...

Gorgeous Santa to add to your collection. I love using stampboard and have some tucked away. Merry Christmas :)

Izzwizz said...

Oh wow, that is a beautiful piece of artwork. Love your Santa, and the colouring is perfect. And candy too?? Well, I guess it is definitely Christmas round yours :-))

Yvonne said...

GORGEOUS card, Hels!

Here is my entry.

http://artic-blonde-creations.blogspot.com/2011/12/sunday-stamper-santa-claus.html

Yvonne said...

I've posted about your yummy candy too :)

Jacqueline said...

THAT'S gorgeous! I adore that santa!!!


Here's my effort this week! Yup, I actually made the challenge this time lol!

http://jacquelinescraftyblog.blogspot.com/

And also a biiiig thank you for the blog candy as well! 'Tis cool! :D

Jackie x

Janeyc49 said...

Your projects are gorgeous Hels. Thanks for giving us the chance to win them. Love how you have done Santa. Janet x

avisa said...

Beautiful Santa!
and nice candy :)
http://avisa-m.blogspot.com/

Janet Wilson said...

Love the shadow box, it is gorgeous. I don't have a blog, only a flikr album so don't know how to leave a link to your blog. However, I have put a picture in the album using the same Santa stamp as yours. The link to mine is here
http://www.flickr.com/photos/16373287@N05/6532387709/in/photostream

Hope the link works

Kirsten Alicia said...

Hi Hels, this is a stunning piece. Santa Claus looks wonderful. Thanks for the giveaway. I'm not sure I'll have to time to make something this week.

Shazza said...

wow Hels this is beautiful. I am not entering as I have not managed many, if any SS this year. Harry was fab-u-lous last night, gotta love him!!!

Bonnie McLain said...

LOL... so glad you got your cards all made... I didn't make or send any this year... I had fun making things... and loved every minute of it too...

Thanks for all the wonderful work you are always sharing... wish I could get on and leave a comment every time I come on here... but I am on this wonderful thing called dial up... and it is SLOW plus... takes over an hour to get here... to leave you a message...

So have a wonderful CHRISTMAS... and enjoy it all...

I left my Santa tag here...
http://lovelightandpeacebonnie.blogspot.com/2011/12/letter-to-santa.html

Hope you enjoy it... I had a blast making it...
Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

Fuchsia said...

Gorgeous work as usual Hels
I will try to take part this week only we have been a bit busy getting things done Grandson got a cancellation to have his tonsils out on the 20th so we are dashing about to get stuff done if we dont take appointment it will be another 6 month wait he is only 5 and suffering with them! xx

Lorraine said...

your work is so beautiful always and i love todays project and your giveaway is fabtastic xx

jude said...

absolutely love the creation.Adore what youve done with the stampboard.Love the florsal disp[lay and elemnets.Thanks for the chance to win some candy.I will pop back with my tag tomorrow.
Thanks again
judex

Sandy said...

Oh Hun your canvas and cards are brilliant. A fest for my eyes.
So beautiful work.

I wish you a lovely new week sweetie. xoxo

stamping sue said...

Wonderful project. another great wall hanging to add to your collection. you are one busy and talented lady.
stamping sue
http://stampingsueinconnecticut.blogspot.com/

inkypinkycraft said...

Fab project as always, love those santas!!thanks for the chance to win candy!!trace x

Elaine said...

He's my favourite Santa too. Love your colouring and the cards your made. Merry Christmas everyone.
http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.com/2011/12/santa.html

BarbaraW said...

Hels, Your Christmas project is gorgeous. I always love to see that particular Santa. The details are wonderful too. Thanks for the opportunity for the blog candy.
Here's my Santa: http://magicdelights.blogspot.com/2011/12/vintage-santa.html

Suzi B said...

What a warm and friendly Santa image.. I can see why you love it.
Here's a tag made with one of my favourite Sants Images
http://suzib1b.blogspot.com/2011/12/week-29-at-make-my-monday.html


Happy Christmas and Best wishes for 2012
Sue x

Shelly Hickox said...

Not only do I love this, but I love everything you've been doing - I could just live on this blog! I'm not proud of my Santa (it's horrible) but my other tag is pretty decent. ;-)

Shelly's hideous Santa tag

Anita Houston said...

You have been a busy girl...lots of beautiful Christmas goodness you are producing!!! Hope I am not too late. Here is my Santa.
http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/2011/12/3-challenges-christmas-tag.html
Merry Christmas, Anita

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