Tuesday, 2 October 2012

Spook-tastic....

...I am so into Hallowe'en and love everything about it... the season for starters, I mean, who wouldn't love Autumn, the trees losing their leaves, those gorgeous morning mists, heavy dews holding onto spiders' webs so they look like filigree silver. Ahhhh, then there's my fave festival of the year - Hallowe'en.  I know some peeps cannot stand Hallowe'en... but last year it was made even more special because I went to stay with Ellen just before... and saw all the ameeezin' decorations that she and her neighbours do to their houses and gardens... wishing we could do something like that over here!  I can't believe it is nearly a whole year since we were last together *sob* how time flies... and how I wish I was getting ready to go back again now!  Not long to wait til January though... am counting the days!

Cat Collar Haute Couture by Hels lol


Anyways... waxing lyrical about all things Autumnal and spooky leads me nicely onto showing you my last demo-tag from Friday.... mixing Tarnished Brass Metallic Distress Stain with Rusty Hinge Stain... ooohla-chuffertty-chuffing-la.  Do I LOVE those new Metallics or what!!!  (erm... yep, I dooooo)   I did a splodge of Metallic Stain onto the craft sheet and added a splodge of Rusty Hinge... and then swiped the tag thru them both to mix them.  Drying with a heat tool is imperative otherwise you end up with a pulpy tag... not nice at all.  Oh and... the Metallic Stains give a really cool "fluffy" feeling... a bit of texture to the tag... but still stampable... cool huh?




The die cuts are Tim's Alterations... I haven't got the Scaredy Cat in the Bigz at home so it was nice to play with this one.... and adding the Branch Tree at a jaunty angle made them fit together.  I used a tree stamp from the Xmas Mini's Tim set.. and added a sentiment... et voila, une tag completed!  (did you see me being all bi-lingual then.... am practising for when I eventually go to France... )   Oh and afore I go... please do check out my giveaway... deets HERE... I will be drawing a winner on tomorrow's post so you still have 24 hours left to be in with a chance of winning it... if you want to that is lol   Tis funny really.  When I was driving trains, I always used to treat Autumn with a little bit of extra respect.  You know the whole "leaves on the line" joke.  Well, actually, it isn't really a joke, it is deadly serious....squished leaves on the railhead gives an almost teflon like coating.  And steel wheels on said teflon covered steel rails can be pretty hair-raising in the "slippy season" as us drivers like to call it.  Imagine trying to stop your car whilst driving on black ice with bald tyres and duff brakes... yep, that just about sums it up.  I think just about every driver will have a story to tell about what happened to them in the slippy season.... I have several... I shall save them for another day though lol 


Right, I shall loves ya and leaves ya... I am in the midst of sorting out my Room of Stash - putting stuff away, getting distracted with ink, putting stuff away, getting distracted with paint... you get the picture right?   Thanks for looking... have a wonderful day!  TTFN

Hels x

21 comments:

craftimamma said...

Lovely tag Hels. That cat's great and I love the colours mooshed together. I really do neeeeeed those metallics, lol!

Almost each time we've been to the States, we've been around this time of year and I agree with you their deccies are brilliant.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Dee in N.H. said...

Love your tag and I'm so "needing" to get those metallics! I'm not so much into halloween but riding around and looking at all the decorations is fun. I guess I take it for granted so it's fun to hear a new take on it.

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeously spooky Hels! Love the colours. I need to persevere with the metallic stains - they seem to 'blob' with me and then just look like dirty, shimmery marks most of the time! Off to practice. . . . .
Juliaxx

Helen said...

That is a spookily great tag,Hels! Autumn is my favourite season too, I don't like the heat (not that we had much this year) or the wet, but autumn - lovely!!

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Ooerrr, really spooky, Tim's cat die-cut is really spooky with it's back arched so much, he's definitely seen something he didn't want to see ha ha. I love the metallic inks you have used, they are spookily gorgeous.
Autumn is nice, but hold the 'falling leaves from the trees' scenario, they are nice to see in a lovely setting, but not in 'my back yard' ha ha, I absolutely hate them, it is a real rant of mine, I try and keep my 'postage stamp' front garden nice, and at the other side of my very low fence the council in their wisdom - not !! - planted trees really close, so they fall all over my grass, the lady next door has a massive tree in her garden, she doesn't clear up her leaves but leaves (bu bum !!) them to blow all over my grass for me to pick up, I hate them sob, sob !!
Your description of leaves and rail sleepers is exactly the same as my hubby told me, great minds eh ha ha !!
Well that's my rant over for the day ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Annie said...

Love the cat Hels. Have not got any metallic stains but they sure are on my wish list now. The colours used are amazing. Outcome is one stunning tag!! TFS crafty hugs Annie x

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, I love the metallics too as they are not 'in your face shiny' and I really like the texture they create. Love the tag and I love, love Hallowe'en too, seeing all the kids dressed up is fantastic, but you are right, it is not the same here as I grew up with......shame. Love your snippets of your train driving career, always so interesting. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Michelle Webb said...

Halloween is my favourite season too. It's getting better in the UK with more and more people getting into it. I always decorate the front of my house, and all the kids love it. Of course I like getting dressed up too. I've got a Halloweeny post going up this week and I might put pics up of our scary house! lol. This is supposed to be a comment about you're amazing tag by the way! Sorry for waffling. Love your tag Hels. Michelle x

Carol said...

I'm a lovin' the tag Hels - I've yet to purchase those stains although I think they'll be the next thing on the list.....don't share with you your love of Autumn tho', it signify's dark nights, damp and cold...and the long winter ahead...!! lol - hope the back is better today xx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, lovely tag, and im so cuffed with TH as ive been wanting some metallic distress inks for ages and im not disappointed with them, great to use. Lovely tag, i got into halloween as the french are big into all hallows eve, and its fab over there at that time.
Emma

hazel said...

A fabulous tag Hels. I bought a couple of the stains at Ally Pally but not had chance to use them yet.
xxx Hazel.

rachel said...

fab tag Hels - great colours xx

pearshapedcrafting said...

Brilliant tag Hels! Love Autumn but not so much Halloween - although I think I would enjoy the way they do it the US. Just seeing the row of tat in ASDA puts me off!! Love black cats though! Chrisx

Keren Howell said...

Hallowe'en is my favourite as well..it's a big event for us pagans, being the start of the new Celtic year. The tag is fabby and I love the cat...love cats anyway..and I love the colours..I love it all, in fact!

Sue said...

Love halloween crafting, the colours & images etc. & do dress up my house a bit - not so keen on the colder, dark evenings though. Super, spooky tag - lovely cat & metallics. Sx

Planetsusie said...

Love this tag Hels - that cat is pretty scary even though he looks a tad full on - if you see what I mean!!!! The metallic feel is great and I am loving the scary colours.

Hugs Sue Pxxx

val jones said...

Love the spidery tag Hels.

Buttons said...

That has to be one of the best dressed moggies in blogland Hels! Love how you've used metallics too. Hugs, Buttons x

Lottie said...

Yo - this is fabulously spooky and I love, love, love the bondage gear - well chains and metallics! I wouldn't like to meet him in the dark!

Carole Z said...

I love Halloween probably thru spending times with my US family around the Holiday..I dec our porch and garden every year, it means lots of trick or treaters, but even the kids say wonderful things about it! Fabulous tag..those metallics look like they need to be in my craft room! Carole Z X

butterfly said...

Scrummy background, and how cool is that cat?!
Alison x

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