Sunday, 23 December 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 237 - P.S. I Love You

Gooooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy *it's nearly Christmas* Sunday to you all!  Many thanks for all your gorgeously festive entries for last weeks challenge.  This week I decided to move away from all things Christmassy... well, I know that some of you will be busy this coming week but for those of you who have a few hours free for a spot of crafting, I thought I would do a generic theme to whet your whistles.  So, the theme this week is... HEARTS.  The song is actually one of my all time favourites, you know, those feel good songs that always make you smile?  Well, this is one of mine:  HERE'S a link to YouTube so you can listen yourselves :O))  This song has happy memories for me, it was the very first cassette (oh dear, showing age!) that I got for Christmas when I was 6 years old... that was my very favourite Christmas, it is from Please, Please Me and whenever I hear that album I can remember me sitting in my bedroom feeling very grown up because I had my own cassette recorder!  Anyways... nostalgia aside and on with the challenge!  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 to leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry.  If you haven't got a blog or photo-web-hosty-thingy, you can join in via Facebook or by popping me an email over.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday December 29th 2012*I can't believe that next week I will be typing 2013! Where did 2012 go huh?*



For some reason I am feeling all natural and am grabbing the cream and brown tones at the moment... could be that I have overdone the greens and reds for Christmas ... and I think that beiges, creams, browns and golds are my comfort zone... and there's no harm in snuggling into your comfort zone every so often is there?  So, I have a little pile of those FAB papiermache hangy things from PaperArtsy - I loooove these, they are the perfect size, they are smooth and they are dimensional.  This one I altered is the larger of the two sizes.  I started by bobbing a smidge of Black Dabber around the edges of the board and then glued some of that favourite Lost & Found Hallowe'en papers that I have been gabbing on about for a while now.  Paper blocking is so easy... really, it uses up all your little odds and ends and by giving it a quick smooth over with a smidge of Traditional Tan paint you can tone all the papers in together.  Once the Trad Tan was dry I gave the whole piece a good coat with Ranger Glue & Seal (think this has to be one of my FAVE products ever!)




Once the Glue & Seal had dried - which is a matter of minutes - I got out another old favourite, the Magenta stamp and stamped along the bottom of the board using Jet Black Archival.  You will notice if you stamp over paper blocking that because the levels are all different you will get some parts of the image missing... don't worry about that... because after drying the Archival ink, I used my Stabilo All Pencil and smudged shading along all the edges of the papers - this means that any gappy bits in the stamping are filled in.





I then laid the Studio 490 Heart stencil over the board and used another fab fave product - Studio 490 Embossing Paste (black flavour) and using a palette knife, spread the embossing paste over the heart... and then made some little peaky bits.  Whilst that was drying, I used the Tattered Florals Alterations die to cut three big flowers from the same papers and then assembled a 3d rose.  By now the embossing paste had dried so I got out yet another fave product, Treasure Gold... I used my finger to lightly smudge Onyxite and Brass Treasure Gold over the textures on the heart and around the edges of the board.




The finishing touches are the embellies that I loaded up onto the heart... and my final smidge of stamping - using Alpha stamps, I stamped out the words and cut them down to fit and blended a smidge of Gathered Twigs around the edges of the card to tone it in.  Blobs of silicone glue stuck everything in place and once dried, I added some May Arts silky ribbon to the hangy bit.  And there you have it!   I am loving those colours so much I might just have to go and make something else now!



Right, that's all from me for today, except to say... I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope that you all have your dreams come true.  Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

P.S... 19 days to CHA!  *teehee*

25 comments:

Julie Short said...

Oh, my goodness I must have been channelling your thoughts Hels!!!
Tis a scary thought indeed? Does it count that my entry for last week has this week's theme????
Have a wonderful Christmas.
I enjoy your no pressure challenges and love seeing your creative lovliness as well as reading your oft giggle-enhancing posts.
Now that we have survived the Mayan Threat I shall be back in 2013!

Ann said...

Beautiful tag Hels, love the colours too :D Hope you have a wonderful Christmas & prosperous & peaceful New Year, Love n Hugs
Ann xx

Sue said...

I have so mised popping over to your blog (and anything else bloggy for that matter) over the last few weeks but other things have just got in the way. This piece is beautiful Hels, just love those papers & such a great way to use bits up - I have hundreds of little bits I could use! The embossing paste looks amazing. Have a great Christmas Hels - enjoy! Sx

Helen said...

This looks beautiful, all the more so for not being traditional colours. Hope you have a great Christmas too, thanks for the card, BTW it is lush! See you soon - but not before CHA obviously (mad jealous, me!)xx

Marleine said...


Morning Hels,

Very enjoyable project to look at with so much going on. Love it. X

Li'l Pidge said...

Lovely tonal hues and so many different techniques and details, love it.
Merry Christmas and happy count down to CHA!

Kyla

Elaine said...

Beautiful artwork yet again. I'm not going to be able to join in this week as I had to pack all my craft stuff away - it's a shame but we need the dining table for eating!! Anyway thanks for all the inspiration over the last year and a hope you have a very Merry Christmas!! Elaine xx

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, your little hanging is gorgeous, love the way you block your papers and the embellies are fab-u-lous! I will miss not being able to join in this week but wish you and yours a Happy Christmas. Hugs, Anne x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, This project is gorgeous, I love the neutral papers you have used, they are beautiful. The treasure gold makes a gorgeous accent, it looks stunning. You work always, but always, inspires me, I love absolutely everything you create. Thank you for sharing all your expertise with us.
I hope you have a lovely Christmas and I hope the New Year is kind to you.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

val jones said...

Another masterpiece Hels. The heart is beautiful.

I wish you and all your lovely bloggers a wonderful Christmas and a healthy happy and peaceful new year.

Love Val in Spain xxx

ElizabethR said...

Gorgeous tag, know what you mean about green and red lol. I sooo need a blast of pink! Can't remember that song so I'm off to check out your link. Elizabeth xxx

Carole Z said...

Beautiful tag Hels, I have the same colour comfort zone as you, love browns, creams and golds! Have a fab Christmas and hope I can sneak to the craft room to make something this week:) Carole Z X

Joanne said...

What a fabulous hangy piece. I always want to go off and have a play when I see your creations but guess what? I have to make a Xmas card!!!!!!
xxx

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, beautiful project, love the colours and embellishments. I wish you ad your family a Merry Christmas and A Happy and Healthy new year. Emma

butterfly said...

Completely stunning tag... love the neutrals, and that heart is a knockout! Have a wonderful Christmas, see you on the other side!
Alison x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

This is lovely, and I agree, the soft colors are a rest for the eye after all the bold Christmas colors. Love all the texture, and the stamping at the bottom.

Lisette Baker said...

Gorgeous piece - just love those colours. So pleased to have a focus for my blogpost today - 'fraid I'm still with Christmas (although a snowman isn't just for Christmas, it's for life).
Have a fab Christmas with lots of Cheetohs

http://mrsbeez.com/?p=2268

Caz said...

Love the colours after all the Christmas stuff! It's a shame to go mess up my beautiful tidy to go make something but perhaps I just might now!!
Have a lovely Christmas
Lotsa
xxxx

Barb Cady said...

Happy happy Christmas Hels, your hanging is beeutiful! Just to say a massive thank you for the book and tag I won in your give-a-way, it came Friday and I shall blog it as soon as I find my camera under heaps of wrapping I still haven't done, you are a wonderful bright star and many many thanks for all the inspiration you have generously shared this year on your blog and teaching. By the wY, I am going a very bright green colour about your trip to CHA, but it couldn't happen to a lovelier person. Big festive hugs, barb xxx

Sara Jansen said...

This is simply scrumptious! At first I was taken by the amazing heart, but then I started looking at the background and the detail and WOWZA. Thanks so much for the wonderful blog and the challenges; even when I don't participate, I always check in! Merry Christmas!!

Nan G said...

Fab tag, Hels! Love the texture on the heart. Here's my entry: http://froggydesigns.blogspot.com/2012/12/an-atc.html
Happy Christmas!

Mary said...

I also fell in love with those Lost and Found papers and I LOVE the way you have used them on a completely non-Halloween project! I need to make time to make something for this week...it's been far too long since I've had a good crafty session!

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, hope you've had a fab Christmas..here's my little contribution..mojo's a bit out of sorts, but I had a new toy.....
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/sunday-stampers-week-237-thursday-27th.html

Julie Short said...

Hi Hels,
Here is my contribution
http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2012/12/sometimes-i-wonder.html
I hope all is wonderful in your world.

Barb Cady said...

Hi Hon. Back with my contribution you can find it here:

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/sunday-stamper-ps-i-love-you_28.html

lotsa hugs, barb xx

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