Sunday, 7 October 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 226 - Snowflakes

Gooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all! Many thanks for all your entries last week, it was so nice to see so many different things that make you all happy.  This week I have turned my thoughts to Christmas so the theme is Snow/Snowflakes.  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/photo-web-hosty-thingy, then you can enter via email or on Facebook.  The theme will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 13th October 2012.



As I said, I have been all Christmassy this week and have been making some festive things... and at the same time, having a little play with the new Metallic Distress Stains.  Well, what can I tell you about them?  Firstly, they are PACKED full of metallic-ness... literally shimmering with shimmer-ness... just remember to give the bottle a good old shake, I forgot to do that and ended up with a craft sheet full of liquid that wasn't very inspiring lol  They are also really nicely coloured as well... some metallic colours can be a bit gaudy but Ranger seems to have hit the spot perfectly with these little bottles of bling-ness.

Tag before decoration so you can see the stamping :O))

My base is a tag - a Size 8 one - and I gave it a smooshy background by popping some Picket Fence and Chipped Sapphire Stain onto my craft sheet, dipping the tag, spritzing with water and then drying.  I added a smidge more Chipped Sapphire cos I wanted the background to be quite dark.  I then did a little test of stamping... and found that stamping with the Metallic Stains alone does work... but it is subtle.  And I wanted "in your face" for my snowflakes.... so I an "I wonder if.... " moment and stamped the snowflakes first with Picket Fence Stain ,dried them and then overstamped with the Metallic Stain... yay! Result!  The chalkiness of the Picket Fence gives a nice grip for the Metallic to sit on.



The Snowflake adornment is actually both of the new Alterations Strip dies... Snowflakes and Mini Snowflakes.  I used Tim's new Holiday Paper Stash (not his actual one, like I said before, I don't think he would appresh me rummaging in his studio, nice thought tho' lol)   The Snowflakes are fiddlier to assemble than the Rosette... but not so fiddly that I wasn't impressed... I LOVE them... they are pretty and grungy all in one... and the possibilities are endless.   I have a fancy to cut them from foil tape and see about using Picket Fence Alcohol Ink on them... mmm, nomnomnomnomnom!  I added a couple of sprigs of ferny stuff behind them and a few fancy pins and... check out the new Festive Foliage... oh my word... these are just TOO cute!  Ickle metal snowy flowers... all spikey and cute!  I used Rock Candy Stickles and blinged them up a bit.




Anyways... enough of my wafflings... that's the theme for this week... I got myself sooo excited playing with the Stains that I made another tag at the same time... I will pop that on here tomorrow.  Hope you all have a F A B Sunday.  I am going to take up residence on the sofa.... tis the British Touring Cars at Silverstone today and I plan to sit and watch... Go Plato!!!   Thanks for looking.. .TTFN!

Hels x

49 comments:

Minxy said...

Oooooooo so pretty, Love the background and those die snowflakes are LUSH xx

Dots Dabbles said...

Oh now how scrumptious is this!!! I love all of it Hels...this just oooozes xmas all over
Dot x

Leah Ann Gast said...

Oh wow! Gorgeous!!!

Julie Short said...

What gorgeousness from you today Hels! Might just have to look at those metallic stains :)
Thank you for the inspiration and I had a little reward play. Hope you enjoy my Aussie Snowflakes. http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/we-have-no-snowflakes.html

Lottie said...

Wow - ten times over - what a truly stunning tage and oh those layere and layers

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,
WOW! What a tag! It just zings and pops out at you. The colours are perfect. Looking forward to tomorrow's card now.
Have a good Sunday. X

val jones said...

Lots of OMG's today. Simply amazing.Love it.
Off to Zumba now to lose some weight and then out for Sunday lunch to put is back on.Then continueing with my Christmas cards. What a great day.Enjoy your Sunday.

Carol said...

Beautiful tag girlie I bought the snowflake die last week ashamed to say that it's still in the wrapper perhaps I will get it out today and play xxxxx enjoy your Sunday x

fatmonica said...

I love this.It has a real icy blue feel to it and the snowflake's brilliant.

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, I love, love, love this tag, it is stupendous, I love the metallic stains, I need them ha ha !!, I adore the snowflakes die and the rosettes, simply stunning, I can't wait for tomorrows' now ha ha.
Have a nice day watching your tv, I'm just about to get ready for Church, then this afternoon I will be finishing off a card I started yesterday afternoon.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Sue said...

Love the double stamping idea-looks sooo fab & the chipped sapphire is lush. Was playing with the snowflakes die last week but didn't get the results you have! I guess it's back to the drawing board for me! Love this tag. Sx

Barb Cady said...

Woohooo, just got the dies! This is fab inspiration, adore the colours! Off now to vagabond like mad and make summut! Have a lovely Sunday, back soon! xx

Aquarius said...

Fabulous seasonal tag and more things for my wishlist - thanks for sharing

Annie said...

Stunning tag Hels. I love the colour palette and embellies, particularly that snowflake. It's funny but I always have a song in my head when I read your Sunday posts....today it was Dana singing All Kinds of Everything !!

Crafty hugs and TFS
Annie x

Redanne said...

Beautiful, gorgeous tag Hels. I sooo want that snowflake die but no more Christmas goodies for me (sadly). Tried making my own but not a patch on the real thing...... Enjoy the motor racing. Crafty hugs, Anne x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, this is Stunning, just my colours. Must have these snowflakes. Emma

rachel said...

this is gorgeous Hels - I'm already itching to get started! Hugs Rachel xx

Brenda Brown said...

Love those metallic stains too and a gorgeous tag Hels.
My snowflakes are at -
http://bumblebeesandbutterflieswithbrenda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/panpastels-alter-it.html

hugs {brenda} xox

Joanne said...

2 strip dies???? I thought there was only one. got to have a search now 'cos this tag is just too gorgeous. Go F1 for me later.
Hugs Joanne xx

Barb Cady said...

Hi hon, I'm back! Here is a snowflake offering for you:

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/sunday-stamper-snowflakes.html

Hope you enjoy the racing! x

ellen vargo said...

ooooh! snowflake dies and metallic stains = GORGEOUS! Love it! Have fun watching the BTCC - hope your boy wins!!! xxx

lady e said...

OMG! what a gorgeous tag! love it!

butterfly said...

So pretty - and a great tip on the Picket Fence + metallic stamping... the snowflake dies work brilliantly!
Alison x

Sue said...

I'm back with my entry this week & it's still Sunday!! Amazing, not last this week. Sx

Carole Z said...

Such a pretty tag Hels..those metallic stains are something I am soooo looking forward to getting in my craft room, lol Carole Z X

Little Paper House said...

Loved the layering technique on this tag, great choice of theme Hels!
We just love Chirstmas sooo much at Little Paper House!
Here's my entry, hope you like it :-)
xx
http://thelittlepaperhouse.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snowflakes.html

Stamping in Pink said...

I had no idea that you could get alcohol ink in Picket Fence! Your tag, the frou frou snowflake (gorgeous!) and the picket fence ooh I need some yummy new goodies! lovely! i love that dark blue the distress range is wonderful! have a fab week Karen x

Lillibelle said...

WoW! What a stunning, fantastic winter tag!

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, here's mine for this week and yes, I WILL get my mits on those metallics :)! Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snowflakes-monday-8th-october.html

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, I am back with my entry:

http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/sunday-stampers-week-226-snowflakes.html

Crafty hugs, Anne x

Buttons said...

You've created an avalanche of snow this week!!! Just not irl please as I'm excited about going to Kettering on Saturday - and YES! I am booked up for your first class!! Yippee, can't wait! Here's my snowy tag, completely inspired by your fab creation;
http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snow-problem.html
See you Saturday (oh, and well done JP - stunning performance - Brands Hatch is going to be a nail biter!) Hugs, Buttons x

Nikki Byrne said...

http://nmcardcreations.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/christmas-wall-hanger-decoration.html here is my entry

Nikki Byrne

Julia S-W said...

Gorgeous tag Hels and I love snowflakes too. Too many things to pick out so you should just know that I love it all!!
Juliaxx

Tine said...

Hi. Snowflakes are probably my favourite embellishment on Christmas cards.
Hope you like my contribution to your snowflake fun challenge here.

Brenda Brown said...

Got another one for you Hels, snowflakes have got to be one of my most favourite Christmas images. I love your Monday tag too.

http://bumblebeesandbutterflieswithbrenda.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/funkie-junkie-tag-3.html

hugs {brenda] xox

Rita said...

Hels, I managed to make a tag this week, can you believe it. Hugs Rita xx

Here's my Tag

Claire said...

Hi Hels, love the tag this week, I bought my very first distress stain this week in picket fence due to you! Tried it out yesterday and it was great - not on this card tho! Lol! Anyway, hope you like my snow.....here it is: http://clairescraftymakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/christmas-postcard.html

lalkygirl said...

wow what a wonderful tag ...so pretty
here is my entry
http://lalkygirl-my-creative-place.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/christmas-card.html
happy crafting
tracey x

Mamma Mia said...

Hi Hels ... I've just stumbled across your blog and I'm totally in awe of this gorgeous tag.
Here is the link to my project using snowflakes: http://crafty-mamma-mia.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/christmas-is-coming.html Hope using a digi stamp is OK - if not, thanks for looking and for your inspiration.
Helen x

Alyce said...

Gorgeous work!! Love the colours. Here is my snowflake creation :) http://kitandclowder.blogspot.com/2012/10/fall-fun.html

Elaine said...

Gorgeous background with those metallic stain snowflakes....think I need some!! Here's my card:
http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snowflakes.html

Lisette Baker said...

Just sittin here waiting 'til 7pm on C& C.This tag is divine - the colours are fab, love the embellishments and clearly I need -love those metallic dabbers. Here's mine for this week - thanks for an excuse to do snow again

http://mrsbeez.com/?p=1315

cardgirl said...

Wow!! Loving your tag, so clever! I SO wish I could afford all of Tim H's goods - don't think I've ever come across any I don't want/need.
When I saw you on c&c today, think I was in heaven. You demonstrating & Tim. Nearly became a c&c member just for your shows. You have such a talent & are so inspiring. I'll stop grundgy gush now.
Thank you
Caroline :))

diane hasthorpe said...

This is just beautiful! I have been a fan of yours for some time now,(craft stamper mag) but have only recently been shown how to blog etc. Love what you have done, and love reading your blogs with all of your helpful and inspiring tips. Cheers, Di

Lacey Stephens said...

Such a lovely creation!! Here is my snowflake inspired card...
http://handstampedbylacey.typepad.com/my_weblog/2012/10/high-hopes-challenge-a-sketch.html

rachel said...

finally got chance to blog my card! here it is http://www.fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snowflakes-and-some-departures.html
Hugs Rachel xx

Daniele said...

hi Hels you can check out my snowflakes http://musingsofachocoholic.blogspot.co.uk/">here, thanks for the inspiration
hugs

EmmiLu said...

Wow! Yours are fab, as always... here is my attempt http://emmiluandkorrytoo.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/snowflakes.html Hope you like it?

Anita Houston said...

This is absolutely stunningly beautiful Hels!!!! Those snowflakes are fabulous!!! I'm sorry to say that I am not playing along this week. Was sickly and had too much to take care of, but didn't get much done.

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