Monday, 3 December 2012

Sunday Stamper... Better Late Than Never...

... is something I seem to say a lot!  Anyways... regular joiner-in-ers of the Sunday Stamper will have noticed that there was a whole load of waffle and not a lot of entering going on for me yesterday.  Apologies that I haven't managed to get my entry blogged until now - I have very good excuses (although it is a smidge embarrassing that the hoster of a challenge is so late with their entry!)   Firstly, pain.  Plain and simples, tis out of control!  Secondly, a much needed and long awaited Skypey sesh with Ellen - it had been ELEVEN weeks since we last Skyped! Mental!  And finally, a Christmas works meal out in the evening last night... and a small case of over-eating and being unable to actually move upon arrival home lol   Anyways.. here's my entry for this week = the theme is TAGS btw, and the main post is HERE for you to do your linky bits :O)



I have been after doing some Faux Porcelain Pine Cones for a yonk and a half and I got chance to have a play and made these, got a little bit carried away and Faux Porcelained the twigs, holly leaves and the branch too... but I love love love the effect you can get from simply dipping the card into a Melt Pot full of clear UTEE!  Another thing I like to do is scrunch the Faux Porcelained bits up, so they crack and look even more distressed.... cool huh?



The background of the tag was made by spritzing it all over with water and then pouncing Bundled Sage, Evergreen Bough and Brushed Pewter Stains over it, lifting it up and letting them drip down the tag and then drying.  Where the metallic stain mixed with the colour it gives a really lush effect... which I then promptly covered up with my rather large embellishment.  I used Evergreen Bough DI to overstamp the script and then edged the whole tag with Gathered Twigs DI.  I copied the 12 Tags from the Duke of Distress for the Joy To The World - fabby idea putting it onto a Journal Ticket... to see Tim's tags, CLICK HERE - there are prizes to be had too!




Anyways... that's all from me for today, Grim has this week off! YAY!  which means we actually get to spend some time together and catch up on all the telly stuff we have recorded and not had a chance to watch... there has been some mention of decorating too... I think I will keep out of the way of all of that though, knowing how dangerous I am with ladders and paintbrushes lol    Thanks for looking... don't forget, to join in with the Sunday Stamper HERE are all the deets etc.   TTFN!

Hels x

25 comments:

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, or i suppose its actually just afternoon. Beautiful tag, i love the mix of diff greens, works really well, must try this faux porceline technique.
By the way i love the project you did for this months craft stamper mag. Emma

snazzyoriginal said...

Wonderful tag. Have a good week with Grimm, will be in touch xx

Helen said...

ooh, yes stay away from decorating! You need to look after your back! The tag is great though.

Elaine said...

It was definitely worth the wait - love the faux porcelain effect. Have a great week!!

butterfly said...

What a completely stunning tag! Totally worth waiting for...
Alison x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Beautiful tag, love the porcelain pine cones etc, I also love the script done in that colour too, you are so inspirational.
Have great week with Graham, I'm with you there on the decorating front, I have had all the materials to do my lounge and up the stairs and landing for 12 months, but it is so daunting, I've stopped looking at it, will leave it until next year now ha ha.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Stamping in Pink said...

More than worth the wait Hels - it's gorge xx

ElizabethR said...

Yummy tag Hels, just gorgeous. Elizabeth xxx

Annie said...

Everyone needs time out Hels. X your tag is gorgeous and I love the holly leaves. Just got the die last week so looking forward to using them

Hugs
Annie x

Kim said...

Your porcelain effect makes those holly leave look so real! Love it.

Julie Short said...

Twas worth waiting for Hels. Until now I have resisted that pinecone die but I think this gorgeous tag has me adding it to my next order. I do so hope you are in a tad less pain. Enjoy your week with Grim.

Redanne said...

Oh Hels, hope the pain goes soon so that you can enjoy some quality time with Grim.

Your tag is fab-u-lous as Craig would say.... you do that porcelain effect so well. I love the pinecone die, it is so versatile 'cos, like you, I use it for roses as well. Have a great week. Hugs, Anne x

Buttons said...

Mmmmm, loving that tag Hels. Don't things look great when they are dipped in UTEE! So worth the wait.
Hope the pain goes away and you get to enjoy your week with Grim. Hugs, Buttons x

rachel said...

stunning tag Hels - hope the pain eases soon hun! Hugs rachel xx

Joanne said...

I
So love the utee'd cone and leaves. Not had chance to do Tim's tags yet but adore the words on yours so will get to it tomorrow if my puter behaves

craftimamma said...

Hi Hels, I hope your back is easing for you today. Best not to do any silly decorating and make it worse, lol!.

I love your wonderful tag and it seems very unusual to see lots of greens which are actually my favourites. The faux porcelain effect is gorgeous and until I read your description I kept looking at the holly leaves trying to work out if they might be real so it shows how effective the technique is. Fab stuff!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Nan G said...

Way cool tag! Love the faux porcelain pine cones and holly leaves! Adding those dies to my wish list. Have a good week.

Carole Z said...

Wow! stunning tag Hels!!! You and Grim have a fab week, Carole Z X

Pat said...

Love the tag Hels. I love the faux porcelain effect. I have tried it myself but it never seems to look that good. Oh well keep trying hey. Hope your pain eases soon.
Pat xx

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,
Love all the elements on this card. The colours are great, x

Lisa said...

Love it, I have that die and still yet to use it I love the holly.... the crackled UTEE makes it look soooo realistic!

Hope the pain has gone... it's a swine when it takes over ((gentle hugs))

Lisa
xx

Craftychris said...

ooh such a stunning tag! Its so opulent and wonderful. Have a brilliant week with Grim xx

This Art That Heals said...

Very pretty, you're very creative and talented. I love all the detail and layers you put on each one.

Mandy Chilvers said...

wow wow wow

Anita Houston said...

Your tag is BEYOND Gorgeous!!!! I am hating myself for not being able to get mine entered in time...so busy...sorry. Your tag is the most beautiful...and that pinecone!!!!

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