Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all. Big thanks for all the gorgeous be-ribboned creations for last weeks challenge. This week is a nice and easy one... and the theme is... to use MASKS/STENCILS on your entry. To join in is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy. Add in the theme AND some stamping and then pop back here with a link to the place you are showing your entry. If you don't have a blog/picassa/web-hosty-thingywotsit, you can enter by emailing me or via Facebook. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 29th September 2011. I have been asked a few questions recently so thought I would answer them here: "Can I join in with the challenge even if I don't live in the UK?" YES!!! It is open to anyone, worldwide... the more the merrier! "I don't have a blog, can I still join in?" YES!!! Just so long as you leave me a comment and either a link to your web-hosty thing OR email me OR link me to your Facebook album... simples... like I said... the more the merrier! "I haven't used any stamping on my entry, does it still count?" Well... I have been known to get so involved in my creation that I forget to add in the stamping and end up bunging a quick sentiment or the odd "fill in" stamp. Soooo, I guess the answer is... Try to use stamping as much as you can.
On with my entry for this week. I spent a lovely day yesterday demo-ing for Creative Expressions at the Big Stamping & Scrapbooking Show at Alexandra Palace. It is my fave venue for demo-ing, I don't know if it is the space, the people, the hooooge amount of stashly wares on sale... but, whatever it is, it is always special. It was grand to meet so many lovely peeps and put faces to names too. So. I was demo-ing Studio 490, Tim Holtz and Ranger. And a little Art Parts piece that I had made as a sample is my entry for this weeks challenge.
I used some of the brand new Studio 490 stamps and stencils and Art Parts for my creation. The base is a Hearts Art Part and I added a Scallop Trim to make a little shelf. The colours are Scattered Straw, Wild Honey, Rusty Hinge and Vintage Photo. The background honeycomb stamp was inked with the brush tip of a Vintage Photo Distress Marker - this is a cool technique because you can just ink the stamp in patches so you get a random background... I have tried this with an inkpad but I always seem to get harsh edgey lines... so the Marker is sooo much better.
My masking is in the guise of one of the new Studio 490 Stencils for Art - the Spots & Stripes. I LOVE this stencil (actually I love them all... no big surprise there lol) I used a smidge of Rusty Hinge and a smidge of Vintage Photo to add some detailing on the base through the stencil - the lines under the shelf are meant to be shadows... mmm, not quite but the idea was there :O))
I added a Grungepaper flower - Accents For Art stamp set, both flowers, stamped in Sepia Archival, inked with Wild Honey and Rusty Hinge DI and then curled... the centre is an Embellish Your Art flower button... coloured with co-ordinating Distress Markers. This is a cool technique from Wendy Vecchi - simply colour the EYA piece, heat set it with a heat tool - don't overheat, it will go all stinky and wobbly - experience there folks lol - and there you go! You can also use Alcohol Inks, Copics, Pro-Markers and Archival Inks to colourize the EYA pieces too. The little metal thingy at the point of the heart is actually one of the new Creative Expressions Antique Corners... I just bent it slightly and popped it on with some Cosmic Glue.
Anyways... I shall away. I have some much needed beauty sleep to catch up on... we are away to Rockingham this morning to watch the British Touring Cars... YAY! I love Rockingham... only about 25 mins in the car and nice seats to sit on all day... oh and they always have a rather nice hog roast too... and a donut stand (oh, no, not more sugary chops) and of course, we shall be cheering Jason Plato on - I really hope he has a good meet this time... the last couple of meets have been pretty poop! Thanks for looking, have a fabbbby day! TTFN