Thursday, 6 September 2012

You Bug Me...

...ahhaaaa, not bug as in "bugging" but as in... bugs! And not evil bugs like earwigs, oh no, one sight of those sends me running for the hills, screaming and waving my arms about like a big girls blouse. Give me a spider anyday! The whole earwig-scaredycat thing comes from when I was about 7 years old and playing in the garden with my BFF Elaine. We were collecting rose petals to press and squeeze and make into the finest Parfum anyone ever smelt. (well, that's what we thought lol) So. There we were, fistfuls of rose petals, happily mutilating Elaine's Mum's rosebushes and all of a sudden I felt the most intense pain I had ever felt. Yes, even worse than pretending to be a caterpillar, walking along underneath an old blanket and walking smack into a parked car and promptly knocking myself out. Oh yes, this was r.e.a.l pain. And the source of said pain? A chuffing earwig, with its pincery bit attached to the end of my ring finger, right hand, it has never been the same since! Anyways... I think I did a bit of a going-off-at-a-tangent-needlessly there... back to todays artful offering.



Ding-dong went the doorbell yesterday afternoon and there stood my knight in a red polo shirt, otherwise known as Mr Parcel Postie. I like Mr Parcel Postie better than I like Mr Letter Postie because Mr Parcel Postie brings me pressies, whereas Mr Letter Postie brings nasty things in brown envelopes (no, not the severed ear of a teddy bear... much worse... bills!) Anyways. There he stood, parcel in hand, smiling nervously at me... not sure why he always looks so afraid, maybe it is because I all of a sudden have lightning fast reactions and usually reach and grab said parcels from him before he has even had a chance to realise the door is open lol So there I was, fair dashing to the kitchen to grab the best steak knife to slice open the box (don't tell Grim, he doesn't need to know why that knife has sticky tape fragments on it)


And the contents of the box? A gorgeous lushness of Studio 490 stashly delights from the one and only Wendy Vecchi. Bless her! She sent me a pressie! After I had gazed at the box for a wee while, my eyes were dragged to the goodies nestled within. Some Art Parts, the new Stencils for Art (which, IMO, are PERFECT... sized perfectly, designed perfectly, made perfectly... I am happy!) Some Embellish your Art bits and bobs... And some tags to play with too! I did a little happy jig and a little wiggle and then fair galloped to the Room of Stash... only when I got there I realised that I was halfway through a DT piece, so being as I am a patient soul, I carried on and finished that... all the time gazing adoringly at the box of delights.


Finally the project was completed, the desk was cleaned, the other stash put away... and then I started to play! The tag base is coloured with Dylusions Sprays (hey for a change right? lol) as was the Tag Topper Art Part (how chuffing cool is that idea?) I also coloured a little scalloped border so the EYA Birdy had somewhere to stand. I used one of the new masks and Black Marble Dylusions to add the little black dots to the base tag. Now. I don't know about you but... one of the most beloved of techniques is heat embossing. But it is also a sadly neglected technique too. I oft get so absorbed with inking and distressing that I completely forget the reason why I first purchased a heat tool. Well, Wendy, bless her, she is a crafting goddess, has been using heat embossing a very lot recently; so, I copied her! The embossing on the Tag Topper is done using Black Soot DI and clear powder. And the embossing on the tag itself is done using Aquamarine Archival Ink and clear powder. A quicky tip for this one... have the powder ready as soon as you lift off the stamp, Archival can dry quite quickly on some surfaces. Oh and the GORGEOUS stamp?? It is the new honeycomb background from the brand new Studio 490 Art For You set. Actually, the bugs and Be You are also from that set too. The bee and butterfly were stamped twice with Black Soot and heat embossed with clear and then coloured with Distress Markers. Finally, the little birdy was coloured with Distress Markers and than gently heat set... this is a FAB technique I have also copied from Wendy :O) However, if you haven't got Distress Markers yet, you can use Copics, Alcohol Ink, ProMarkers to colour the Embellish Your Art range. I had the best fun playing with the new products and making this tag... so a hoooooge thank you to Wendy for her kindness, her continued inspiration and her amazing designs.


Anyway, I think I have more than bent your ears today. See, this is what happens when I get myself all exciteable... I waffle on alarmingly. Could be much much worse though... I could be singing.... Thanks for looking... have a most excellent day! TTFN

Hels x

28 comments:

inkypinkycraft said...

Wow lucky you,i agree on mr parcel postman , so much nicer!!! This parcel sounds wonderful ..cannot wait to get some of those goodies myself!!! You have made an amazing piece, the bugs are fab, although I don 't do real life bugs urgh! Love the yummy colours too! Trace x

Helen said...

Love what you got in the post!! Teh tag is great - yes the tag toppeers look fun and I can't wait to get the stencils.

Buttons said...

Bugilicious Hels! The tag shelf is such a cool idea and the bird is one of my fav WV embellies. Love your colour choices for the background too. Roll on the next Mr Parcel Postie visit:) Hugs, Buttons x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, A fantastic tag, the colours are fabulous and the bugs look gorgeous, I don't mind bugs really, although slugs are usually put in my 'green bin' in the hope they will go somewhere else other than my garden, if I find things indoors, I put them outside, I always think that I may 'come back as one' in the next world ha !! What a lovely parcel of goodies you got from Wendy, you lucky lady. Lots of love from Patricia xx

Rita said...

What a fabulous tag Hels. I love the honeycomb background ( I need that one ) and the colours you have used are sublime. Butterflies and Dragonflies are both beautiful and my favourite things to finish off a tag. Enjoy your parcel goodies and no doubt you will show us more. Have a good day. Hugs Rita xx

Miriam said...

Fabulous!!! And I am sooooo well jel of your pressies!!! Have fun!

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, i agreee i'd rather see a spider than a earwig! More lovely goodies from wendy, lucky you!
Lovely tag and colours, yippee i have distress markers so going to give this a go.
Emma

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,
What a lovely work of art. I'm with you earwigs are the only insect that gives me the creeps. You are a lucky girl receiving all those goodies. X

rachel said...

fabulous work - love that hexagonal background and the colours are just beautiful - this has given me ideas! Hugs rachel xx

Sue said...

Lucky you with the fab pressie. I like deliveries too-pots & pans for me yesterday so Matt can go to Uni with the old, battered ones!! Love the bug tag & the delicious colours. I guess spiders will be up next with Halloween just around the corner! Sx

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, wow what a great pressie to get from WV herself, that is special indeed. Brilliant, beautiful tag even if WV called the gorgeous, beautiful, delicate, wonderful butterfly a bug!! Crafty hugs, Anne x

Kathy Eddy said...

I love this Hels! Lucky you to be on The Wendy Vecchi's present list! Ooo-la-la! Fabulous goodies and art you made using it.

Joanne said...

Wow, wow, wow oh wow, wow, wow, wow. Wow.
Hugs Joanne xx

snazzyoriginal said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely tag - my home neds one of those birdies, and one of those background stamps, and one of those butterflies, and.... you get the drift? xx

Andrea said...

beautiful art and sorry about your bite, you know that me being a country girl, well when we were little we used to travel in the corn carts for miles, would not be allowed to do that today, we used to sit amongst hundreds of earwigs and never bothered us, I would not do stuff like that now I am older but as a child you were never bothered, we loved it, kinda strange really LOL xx

Aquarius said...

lucky, lucky you - hope you didn't scare mr parcelpostie too much - he may not call again and that would be awful to contemplate!! Love the bug tag

Karen said...

It's gorgeous! Am a touch jealous but I love seeing what you've made and look forward to seeing what else you are going to make! Karen x

Julia S-W said...

Wow, you're a very lucky girlie to get a pressie from such an illustrious lady (not that you aren't illustrious because of course you are and I didn't mean you weren't. . . . better stop before the hole I'm digging becomes to deep for vertically challenged me to climb out of!).
Anyway. . . I LOVE your tag and I'm off to look at said stamps and arty parts before you ban me!
Juliaxx

Anne Kristine said...

Gorgeous work!
Love it ♥

Carole Z said...

You lucky lady! Love today's post, and yep parcel posties get my vote too! Super super fab tag! Carole Z X

Planetsusie said...

I love Mr Parcel Postie - he always brings me nice things and he looks good in his shorts! ROFL (specially for you Hels). I love the tag you made from your pressie - those bits n pieces are wonderful!

Hugs to you

Sue P xxx

Still lmao.

Andrea said...

just re-read your post propally and think planet earth is not where I am right now, never registered you getting the pressie, sorry, how fab was that and from Wendy, glad you had fun playing xx

vinny said...

lovely tag with those bright colours. I like having parcel postie too. Its daddy long legs or Mr Skinny legs as my girls call them that I can`t stand. They send me into a right old tizzie fit, afraid they get the rolled up newspaper treatment x Lavinia

Renee said...

Lucky duck! Beautiful tag.

Image Masking said...

Very very pretty craft.

Wanda H said...

Fabulous tag!!!

Asaduzzaman Shakil said...

Wow i just love that butterfly.

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