Friday, 21 September 2012

Busy As A...

...butterfly!  Last Saturday I travelled up to Sheffield to take part in a Dabble Day with Busy Bee's Crafts.  There were three teachers, me, Jo and Julie... and 27 peeps taking part.  I had the pleasure of teaching a mixed media class, altering a wooden plaque with paints and inks and some fab Indigo Blu stamps.  Because I am a numpty, I totes forgot to take photo's of the two plaques I had prepped already for the classes... but I have got this one which is the one I used for me demo-ing and I finished it this morning.






The background was painted with EcoPaints, blended with Cut & Dry foam to get a nice smooth blend and mixed with Aged Mahogany Distress Stain to get that gorgeous pinky colour at the edges.  The other two plaques I had done were very masculine so I decided to pretty this one up and used a Kaleidoscope of butterflies... actually it is a moth but I don't know the collective term for a group of moths lol  There are 11 moths, stamped onto card using Jet Black Archival and then coloured with Victorian Velvet & Aged Mahogany DI and the backs were coloured with Frayed Burlap DI.



The cogs stamped onto the plaque have been jazzed up a bit with some Idea-ology Gears, Mini Cogs and Snaps (oh how I wish Snaps were still being produced, I know you can get them from haberdashers but it is the metal colours that I lurves)  All of the bits and bobs have been glued on with the best wet glue in the world... *used my Jeremy Clarkson voice for that one* Cosmic Shimmer Dries Clear.



Anyways, that is todays little offering.  I must take a moment to say a hoooge thank you for all your lovely comments on yesterdays post... I was blown away by all your kind words!  Right, I shall away, I am prepping for my demo's at Ally Pally tomorrow - I will be on the Creative Expressions stand, playing with Studio 490,  Distress and... Tim Holtz stamps... you know, the new ones!!  Oooh and I am doing a 20 min demo in the downstairs demo area too... not sure of the time yet... but they will be announced periodically during the show.  If you are going, please do pop by to say hi... t'would be F A B to meet you in person.  Thanks for looking... have a grand day... TTFN

Hels x

23 comments:

Fuchsia said...

It certainly takes my breathe away Hels
I love the moths
have a great weekend at AP wish I was going but we are decorating and spending an extortionate amount at the dentist !!!

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Buttons said...

Love it hun. You are seriously back into pink again eh? Glad you had a great time at the class and hope you have an equally great time at Ally Pally. BTW, yesterday you totally inspired a project I am posting in a mo' so a huge thankyou for that:)) Hugs, Buttons x

inkypinkycraft said...

A fab make, love the colours and I am not a ink girl...this is wonderful..have a great weekend trace x

Helen said...

See you tomorrow then - and a demo too - great stuff!!
Love the project here - even in pink!

hotpotato said...

Will try and remember to say hi tomorrow.

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeously pink and love those butterflies. I will do my best to find you tomorrow and say hi! (Just a teeny bit excited about going to Ally Pally with my sister - we love it and have been saving. . . . !!) Hope your journey is good and that all goes well for your London weekend.
Juliaxx

Joanne said...

And breath. So, so wonderful. Wish I could get to Ally Pally but alas, too far.
Hugs Joanne xx

Korry said...

As usual, absolutely fabulous !!!! I would not have had the idea of using snaps but that is a fantastic idea ! thank you !!!
Loetitia

rachel said...

beautiful work Hels - love it! hugs Rachel xx

Rita said...

What a stunning wall hanging Hels. Have a great time at Ally Pally and how I wish I could join you. Hugs Rita xx

Marleine said...

Hiya Hels,
I am loving this plaque. Flutterbys are one of my favourite embellishments.
Giving AP a miss ( first time for 3yrs ). Wish I wasn't . Would love to meet you as I live on the south coast it would be a good opportunity. Will be hoping that you might be there in April.
All the best for the week end. X

pearshapedcrafting said...

Beautiful, just beautiful! So jealous of all those that can get to Ally Pally - have great time! Chrisx

Planetsusie said...

Lovin' the pink Hels. The butterflies are great. Really like this.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

Maisie Moonshine said...

Hi Hels I love the 3Dness (did I just invent that word? - my I'm feeling creative today!) I share your sentiments re the Snaps - the metal colours are so much more sympathetic than black or silver - would alcohol inks work? - Might experiment next time I'm getting messy.

Sue said...

Beautiful piece and the sentiment is so lovely. Love the colours & always love a butterfly. Sx

Cornish Emma said...

Hiya Hels, I hope your in less pain today. This plaque is stunning, love the moths and colours. Enjoy your time at AP.
Emma

Val in Spain xxx said...

Hi Hels. Another spectacular hanging. Such a clever girl. One of the few disadvantages of living in Spain is that I never get to attend any of the big shows. Have a great time this weekend everyone.

craftimamma said...

Oh, those people in Sheffield surely had a treat Hels! This is absolutely stunning ......... even though it's pink, lol! Those moths are gorgeous and I do love the little cogs and gears. Who would have thought such bits and pieces could look so beautiful!

Have a great day tomorrow. I'll be thinking of you ....... and I'll be an unflattering shade of green 'cos I can't go ;(.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Jill said...

Wow! That is indeed a very lovely post. I am mesmerize by those butterflies. So cute!

Jill @ e Garages

Stamping in Pink said...

It's gorgeous Hels! Love the colours you've used and those butterflies are awesome! Hope you have fun at Ally Pally hugs Karen x

Mary said...

This piece is beautiful, and I love the way you make those butterflies look as though they're about to fly right off the piece! Just gorgeous. =)

Anita Houston said...

Gorgeous contrast, feminine and punky!!! I love it! Fab color...I didn't know you loved pink...lol!!! I think I'm all caught up now...been gone. I wish you had an email subscribe button...or do you? Off to look.

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