Thursday, 18 October 2012

L is For...

...Late!  On Sunday, after my last workshop of the day, I popped back to my demo desk and was greeted by some lovely ladies (sorry, I didn't get your names) and I was doing a super speedy demo with Distress Stains and the gorgeousness that is Studio 490.  Well, because I was so engrossed in what I was doing, the show actually closed!   Whooops!  And I didn't get a chance to finish my creation.  Anyways, I promised I would blog the finished piece, so here it is, better late than never right?



The base is the middle of a Rectangle Art Part, coloured with Crushed Olive Stain, dried, another coat of Crushed Olive for goodly measures and dried again.  A good tip to remember when you are colouring your Art Parts with wet stuff, dry it straight away.  It is, after all, a paper product, leave it to dry naturally and you will get little bubbles under the paper where it has separated the squished (sorry, compressed) layers.  Anyways, as well as inking the base, I also stamped it.  Firstly with that luuuuush honeycomb background from Art For You - I wanted a rough look so only inked patches of the stamp with Olive Archival Ink.  A quick zap with a heat tool to set the Archival and on to the next step, which was adding the floral border along the bottom edge.



This was simples to do: ink up the whole stamp with Olive Archival and then go in with a babywipe to remove the green from the flowers, then use the corner of a Vermillion pad and ink the flowers, stamp, voila, border!  I just so happen to lurve this stamp - I think it is probs one of my most used in my collection.  No self respecting Art Part would look complete without a bit of sanding and aging, which is what I did around the edges before drawing a rough couple of lines around to add some faux stitches.  The Wildflower Art Part was stamped with the co-ordinating stamp, coloured with DI/DS and popped onto the base with Cosmic Glue (THE best glue!)    Adding a word is always a good thing so I used the Funky Words Stencil for Art, using a Sharpie Paint Marker to draw through the letters.  Finally, three butterflies stamped onto Grungepaper with Jet Black Archival and then cut out, coloured with Fired Brick and popped onto the piece.  A smidge of rusty wire makes a hanger and ta-dah!  We are done.  See how simple the Art Parts are to use!  Seriously, I can't do difficult (ok, I can be difficult but that is a whole different thing lol) which is probably why I love my Art Parts so much, simply ink, colour, stamp, paint, paper cover etc and assemble!  




Anyways.  Let me tell you about my little jolly japestering that I did last night!  I got a packet of those Hallowe'eny plastic critters from the £1 shop last week.  In the packet were two big fat black spiders.  One of them went onto my Hallowe'en H earlier in the week so I was left with one big fat one.  So, whilst Grim was otherwise occupied (playing Angry Birds.... am sure he is addicted to that game lol) I crept into our bedroom and snuck said spider under the duvet on his side.   And waited.  And waited some more.... and tried my best to get him to go to bed... I was impatient you see... which is never a good thing when you have a jolly jape in-store.  When he finally won his tournament (seriously, I am singing the Angry Birds song in my head alllllllll day... and allllll night rofl) he went to bed... and.... pulled back the duvet... and... *there I am, poised to pee my pants* went "oh, a spider"  And that was it!  Pah!  I shall have to get up earlier if I want to fool him I reckon.  Well, unbeknownst to me, he has put said spider under my side of the duvet.  I went to get into bed and do admit to having a little jolt of "what the ????" when I pulled back the duvet.  Akkk, I am rubbish at practical jokes, methinks I need to go and buy one of those fake dog-poo's and see about putting that in his work boot.  (don't tell him though, that would ruin the surprise!)   Right, I shall away.  I had a lovely afternoon yesterday, we went shopping... and came home with a bag of cat lit (oh boy, we know how to live on the wild side!)  But.  We did see a rather splendid dining room table... so I think we may go back today and look at it again... you never know, I might come home with a tin of cat food today *stop me now, I can't cope with the excitement rofl*  Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

12 comments:

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, great 490 project again, those fake spiders would make me mate freak she hates them, luckily for me my cat seems to clear the house of spiders - not that i mind them, unless they are massive.Moths are what i hate! Emma

Joanne said...

That is a super hanging. I need to make an ATC with butterflies as the theme and this has me going now. As for shopping, we once went to Croyden (from here one Friday night!!!) went round London all day and then bought a plastic bucket in Croyden market!! and drove home. Round trip of over 450miles!!!
Hugs Joanne xxx

rachel said...

you're so funny Hels - that's just what would have happened to me I think!!! Bring on the fake dog poo! xx

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous little hanging and some great tips Hels (marker pen??!! looks fab!).
I HATE spiders so I'm glad I'm not near you!!
Still laughing about your risque shopping trip - you certainly know how to live girl!
Juliaxx

val jones said...

Lovely piece again today Hels. Where does your imagination come from? I wish you'd sent some down the computer to me.
I'm not too bad with spiders - it's snakes that scare the poop out of me.

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,
Beautiful piece of art as usual. X

Lottie said...

Oh lovely - it really really looks vintage shame you didn't get chance to finish it on the programme

Redanne said...

Fabulous wall hanging Hels, I got that Art for You set so that I have a play too, love the colours you have used, the butterflies are a-maz-ing! Love the story about the spider, if my DH did that to me I think I would have a heart attack, I don't really get on with spiders....... Crafty hugs, Anne x

Aquarius said...

Another post to make me smile - thanks. Great project too. Nothing wrong with angry birds - addictive though!! just like crafting.

Gillian .... said...

L is ..... wait for it (can you see a pattern developing here lamo)

Life is the name of the game and I wanna play the game with you ......

rofl sorry couldn't resist. This is a fab make hun, glad you got to get it finished!! xxx

Craftychris said...

Oh that is gorgeous! As to practical jokes - I just don't even try I am so hopeless! xx

Carole Z said...

Great project Hels....you're post made me laugh, though as I run a mile at the site of a spider, probably I was nowhere near, fake or not! Carole Z X

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