Sunday, 30 December 2012

Sunday Stamper - Week 238 - Everyday I Write The Book **PLUS GIVEAWAY**

Gooooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!   Thanks for your entries last week - very "heartening" to see so many lush creations :O)  This week the theme is a nice simple one to see us into the New Year.... and it is... WRITING.  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 don't have a blog/Picassa/Web-photo-hosty-jobby, you can also join in via Facebook or by email.    There will also be a giveaway this week as a thank you for joining in with my little challenge this year.  The prize is this tag that I have made for my entry this week and to win it, simples, just leave a comment and you will be entered: Leave a comment AND join in... you get entered twice into the draw.  The winner will be chosen randomly and announced on next Sunday's challenge post.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 5th January 2013. (wow, I wrote 2013 for the first time! yikes!)



I have to admit that for the past few weeks my old Mojo has been having a bit of down time and I had to drag him kicking and screaming into the Room of Stash last night.  It is oft the case when I have a few days off that he sneaks off to hide.  Well, I wasn't having any of that so I set myself a challenge, you know, to tempt him home.   The challenge was to make a tag *yes, comfort zone but it is easier that way with Mojo, he is a miserable so-and-so when he wants to be*   Next on the challenge list was use some of the Treasure Gold stuff I got from PaperArtsy at the NEC and haven't really had a chance to play with.  I also had to incorporate some stencils and some texture paste.  *ok, ok, that is all my fave stuff isn't it?  So, erm... really?  A challenge?  Erm... nope, but it helped to whet the old Mojo's creativity lol*   I started by chopping off the bottom of a large tag - tis a size 10 I think.   I then used some of the lush Studio 490 Embossing Paste (this stuff is LUSH peeps) and mixed it with a smidge of Ferro because I wanted a grittier texture.  This was then smooshed though a couple of stencils and set aside to dry.  Tis worth remembering to clean your stencils immediately when you have used Ferro/Embossing Paste cos it dries really quickly and it does stick (oh-ho, there speaks the voice of the lazy moo who thought waiting til later was a good idea lol)



Once dried, which is only a few mins really, I used Liquid Leaf Silver, painting right over the top of the tag.  I then got my brushes and applied patches of different coloured Treasure Gold wax... a quick zap with a heat tool to make sure it was set and then a quick buff with a soft cloth.  Aha!  I am there, sitting, staring at the gorgeousness of the Treasure Gold and thinking "weeeelll, I loves it but... it is too "in your face" for what I want....."   So.  I got some Traditional Tan paint and using my most favourite applicator tool (my fingers) I picked up a bit of paint and kind of massaged it over the tag...  "Mmm, nice"  Says I. *the effect, not the masssaging, that would make me sound like a weirdo lol*   "But it over-powers the background"  A bit of head-scratching goes on and then I thinks "I know, I shall use a babywipe to knock the paint back a bit"   Which I did.  Which worked!  Hurrah!  Now, as many of you lovely folks know, my skills at photography are, for want of a better word, diabolical (actually, that is rather a better word, I could have just said "rubbish" like I normally do lol)  So, it is with regret that you can't really see how the paint has reacted with the Treasure Gold... I did try really hard to get an in-focus shot but...erm... I couldn't. 




Anyways... once I had the background just how I wanted, I added in some stamping (phew, for a moment it was nearly a "Sunday NOT-Stamper" this week!)   It is my fave script stamp of all time, from Letters To Santa which is a Tim Holtz stamp set.  It has to be my most used stamp, it just is totes perfecto.  I also added a smidge of script to the metal butterfly embellie which is from Graphic 45 - I love those butterflies so much and alas, I only have one left, I think I needs to go on a shopping foray to find some more!   I added on lots of paper flowers, all layered up, spritzed (a la Finn styleee) with Black Marble Dylusions and Teal Wash Cosmic Shimmer to add some more bling.   Check out the ickle star - that is an Embellish Your Art Studio 490 piece, I just added some Treasure Gold to it to tone it into the design.  Oh and check out the ickle Crow, he too is a Studio 490 EYA piece... how cute!




Right then, that is all from me for today... what a lot of waffling I did there eh?   Don't forget, just leave a comment and you are in the draw, leave a comment and also join in (ie, make something!) and you are in twice.  If you join in via email or Facebook, please do add a comment onto the post and remind me you have joined in that way so when the numbers go into the hat, you are in there twice too :O)    I shall away... I have been bitten by the crafty bug again after my little play and I want to go and make the most of Mojo being at home!   Thanks for looking... have a great week and... Happy New Year to all my lovely Sunday Stampers!  TTFN

Hels x

P.S.... 12 Days to CHA!!!!! *I actually think I am doing remarkably well by not waffling on alarmingly about my forthcoming travels... mind you, there's still time lol*

72 comments:

Sue said...

Hi Hel's missed last weeks challenge by a couple of hours LOL. I have become Paper Blocking crazy onto my third one now. Thank you for another great Sunday Stamper challenge and a give away too, off to have a think...........

Ria Gall said...

Hi Hels
What a beautiful tag it is a little like the canvas that you did while at Birds in the Barn.
I have loved that canvas so much that I promised myself I would try something similar.
Sitting on my desk right now are the pieces to make up my canvas, my problem is I am over thinking it.
Maybe I should have started small, say on a tag!
Ria

Helen said...

This is a beautiful tag - I love that butterfly! Hope to join in this week!

Yvonne said...

Gorgeous tag, Hels!

Here is my entry.

http://artic-blonde-creations.blogspot.ca/2012/12/sunday-stamper-writings.html

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Good grief, Hels, what a stunning tag, it's completely gorgeous.
I haven't had much success with the texture paste I have, so I shall definitely try mixing it with a little Ferro paste.
THANK YOU for all the wonderful projects & techniques you've shared with us this year. I don't always comment & I'm hopeless at entering the SS challenge - will try harder in 2013 - but I always read your blog posts & swoon over your beautiful creations. Happy New Year to you, Grim & Alfie Cat.

Keren Howell said...

Fabby tag Hels - one of your best! Happy New Year to you all!

Joanne said...

That background is really gorgeous. What a tag to end the year of SS. I've not joined in much at all this year, it's been one of those - you know what I mean, but I've drooled over all your creations which have made me very happy. So thank you for a 2012 of wonderful art and roll on 2013.
xxx

Yvonne said...

Thankyou so much for all your inspiration during 2012. Will definitely be booking a place on one of your workshops during 2013. Happy New Year to you and yours x

Becky said...

Wow that is lovely Hels I am hoping to join in this week haven't done any challenges for ages about time I did some again get my brain working.x


Fuchsia said...

Its so beautiful Hels
I love Treasure gold its one of my faves .
Thanks for the chance of winner one of your pieces of art x

Miriam said...

Gorgeous!! I love the Treasure Gold - it just makes the tag more special!!

Jassy said...

Hi Hels, I started out with every intention of doing your challenge last week, it was such an inspirational piece but where did the week go? Todays is incredibly beautiful and I promise I will try to finish it! Happy new year xxx

Carole Z said...

Gorgeous Hels..the challenge last week was the only bit of crafting I did....and it was a good excuse to use my new melt pot! My mojo is seriously astray though, so we'll see what this week brings! Carole Z X

Dots Dabbles said...

Oh wow Hels!!! This is a truly stunning tag! Love the colours you have used and all the layers look amazing.
Hope you have a Happy New Year
Dot x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, WOW oh WOW, I love it. The colours blend beautifully together, loving the pastes and the treasure gold, I need to get some of that. Oh I'm over the moon with the zipper pull, the crow, the butterfly, the leaves, and all the beautiful embellies you have made. Absolutely stunning, as always. I would love to win this.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

butterfly said...

Totally gorgeous tag... love it!
Alison x

Elaine said...

Beautiful background and I love the black/turquoisey flowers. Hope you had a great Christmas and wishing you a Merry 2013!!

TAM said...

Morning Hels,
You never cease to amaze - you say your mojo is playing you up and then go on to produce such a stunning tag - I LOVE IT.
Thanks for all the inspiration you give I for one appreciate it soooo very much.
Trudi x

betjunroe said...

This is such a beautiful tag Hels! Between your blog and Paper Artsy, I now NEED all the Treasure Wax colors. They are awesome--well you are too! Happy New Year to you and Grim. Bette

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

So lovely with all that texture and shimmer and the little tucked in treasures and the posh flowers....art, is what it is! I love it!

Buttons said...

Hey there Hels. Know exactly what you mean about downtime - seriously needed methinks, but it's time to knuckle down now for me too. Also need to play with Treasure Gold so your tag has been a real inspiration this week. Happy New Year to you and Grim. Hugs, Jenny x

jackiescrafts said...

This is a gorgeous tag I love the background and layers

Jackie x

Crafty Humphreys said...

Oh Hels, I must stop looking at your fab blog when I'm TRYING to do my tax return...............now I wanna craft not look at flipping spreadsheets!!!Sobs. Suz xxx

craftytrog said...

Your tag is super stunning Hels!
Hope you had a fab Christmas...here's my entry! xxx

craftytrog said...

http://craftytrog.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/a-life-without-dreams/ oh dear, shouldn't have had that sherry! lol!!!

Ohhh Snap said...

Gorgeous tag! Love that crow and the little bulby thing. So glad you found something to busy your mojo!

Joan said...

fabuloso tag ! love the background,bet its even better looking in real life , the G45 butterfly -well I need some of them! wish,wish,wish I could win this tag

Joan

Stamping in Pink said...

Happy New Year to you too you lovely lady! Gorgeous tag, love the texture and depth and the oh so pretty pearly sheen. I'll try to get something made once the spasms and sciatica have bogged off and returned monsieur mojo! Karen x

liz spooner said...

Happy New Year to you and yours Hels, I spent today playing with my melting pot after watching your show on create and craft, and to think I nearly sold it on ebay.
Many thanks for all your inspirations and a healthy 2013 to everyone.
CraftyLizzie.xxxxx

Stella said...

Hello Hels
Looking at your blog after seeing you on C&C .What gorgeous projects you have and this tag is so beautiful.I will become and avid follower now.Happy New Year to you and yours.

Korry said...

It is a lovely tag Hels, thank you for the opportunity to win it !!!

Marleine said...


Hiya Hels,

Cor! What a gorgeous tag.

Hels I think you got your mojo back. (Not that it really went. Huh! ) x

Glennis said...

Your tag is just amazing - thanks for the chance to win

Cornish Emma said...

evening Hels, beautiful tag and i love all the embellishments, esp the zip pull thingy! I hope to join in the challenge this year!! Here's hoping for more hours in the day this year. Happy and healthy new year to you. Emma

Shazza said...

oooh tis gorgeous Hels. Happy New Year when it comes x

nannapat said...

Lovely tag Hels, the background colours are gorgeous. Love all the embellies you've used. Pat x

scrappythoughts@blogspot.com said...

Fabulous tag Hels - love the colours.

rachel said...

stunning work Hels - will do my best to join in but with the kids still off for another week I might be on a hiding to nothing! Happy New year to you hun xxx

Claire said...

Hi Hels, great tag this week - I wish I was half as good as you at photographing my projects - they never look anything like the real life version!! Anyhow I had a bash at something new this week (and it has writing on!) so here you go: http://clairescraftymakes.blogspot.co.uk/2012/12/art-journal-calendar.html
Thanks, Claire x

Julie Short said...

What would you do if MR Mojo was firing on all cylinders????? Your Tag is gorgoeus Hels. Have a Happy New Year.

Julie Short said...

Just found your comment on my Blog Hels! Thank you! What P's me off more than the non-response to challenge entries is the response from a couple of design teams I am on - Nothing ... no feedback ...nothing. So sad. I do it to get my art and me out there a bit more but I am disheartened. I work B hard for them for Nothing. Keep thinking I am doing things wrong but I don't want to be cookie cutter - I want to be me!
Me hopes that you continue to have the wonderful things happen to you because you talk the talk and walk the walk :)

Sara Jansen said...

This tag is SOOOOO gorgeous. The colors, the layers, and of course your flower. I so appreciate your commitment to Sunday Stampers. Even when I don't meet the deadline, I ALWAYS enjoy taking a peak at what you are creating.
This week I even have an entry, which you can find at: http://fromthefunroom-adventuresinartscrafts.blogspot.com/2012/12/hearts-words.html
Best Wishes for a HAPPY New Year.

Gerrina said...

What a great tag! Love the way the pastel/shades give some rest in the tag and what a great flower did you make! Hugs, Gerrina

Eliza Devine said...

I love the tag,in fact I woujd rather like to get a closer look at it. 2013 is going to be a lucky year for me. I hope it is for you too.

Eliza Devine said...

I love the tag,in fact I woujd rather like to get a closer look at it. 2013 is going to be a lucky year for me. I hope it is for you too.

Clai01 said...

What a lovely stunning tag!
I wish... for a happy healthy and great 2013!
Happy New Year Hels, love your designs and demos on TV, you're an inspiration! Thanks for sharing them x

scrappymo! said...

Great tag. Your walk through the steps of how you made it was fabulous and funny!
Thanks for the chance to win!

carol e said...

What a wonderful tag Hels. I love all the colours and would love to give it a home Carol E

Carol said...

what a fab tag - liking the look of that treasure gold...I'm going to try and take part this week xx

Buttons said...

Woohoo! Someone else using brushes with Treasure Gold! Had to use Walnut Stain on mine to get it to work on the paste. Love your Finn projects and this is a cracker.
Here's this week's entry;
http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/happy-new-year-everyone.html
Have the happiest year yet (CHA is a heck of a way to start it eh?) Hugs, Jenny x

Carol said...

This is soooo stunning! The amount of texture and detailing is a work of art in itself. I am in awe and will try in time to emulate your techniques. For now Happy New Year and thanks so much for the inspiration, will try to find a mo to also enter the challenge
Carol x

craftimamma said...

A stunning tag Hels. Love what you've done with the Treasure Gold and Liquid leaf. What a fabulous effect! Love the Finn stylee spraying too. In fact there's not a single bit of this tag I don't like.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Joan said...

Still hoping to win that fabulous tag! here is my entry

http://latenightstamping.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/just-playing.html

Joan

Mandy Chilvers said...

great and gorgeous one (you and the tag Hels!)
here's my little taglet for the challenge
http://mandysmagicalworldofart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/todays-dreams.html

Becky said...

Yeah I have managed to do I haven't done a challenge for weeks here is my card

http://www.becky-bailey-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sunday-stampers-challenge.html

Jacky said...

Love the tag - as always it is so gorgeous and I would love to be able to have the chance to be able to own it. I see you have started tidying up your craft room to make room for all the new goodies from CHA!!
Here is my "writing" card:
http://muddlycrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/scrunchy-flowers-card.html
Have a mojolicious time at CHA, Jacky

Sue said...

Hi Hels, Here is my entry to Sunday Stampers for this week. You will be happy to know that I finally finished the Paper Blocking canvas from the workshop.

I am now officially addicted to Paper blocking...............

Take Care Sue. x

http://taitucker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/new-year-carpe-diem.html

Andrea said...

What an amazing tag im new to most of these products but looks amazing your post si fun to read and i will be back for more now a follower love your work Andrea

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Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, here's my little project for this week, Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sunday-stampers-week-238-writing.html

rachel said...

Hi Hels - decided to do Tims tags this year so have combined the writing with his tag - http://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/tims-tags-of-2013-january.html
hugs xx

Julie Short said...

By the skin of my teethe here is my contribution http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2013/01/true-totally-true.html

Nan G said...

Love the metal pieces on this one! Here's my entry: http://froggydesigns.blogspot.com/?m=0

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, your piece is absolutely stunningly gorgeous! I especially love the butterfly and the flowers - oh, and the colour too. Sorry I am so late but here is my entry:

http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/friendship-and-art-pocket-watch.html

Hugs, Anne x

Judy Murphy said...

Love these colours Hels. I wish I was as brave with my work as you are, though this week I've tried paper blocking and really like the result.
Here's my entry for this weeks challenge - http://cardscakescraftsandcatastrophes.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/two-more-challenges.html

margaret said...

hi Hels going to try to do more posts on my blog and more challenges this year. http://marglovecrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/sunday-stamper-week-238.html

Saintly Lisa said...

Another stunning tag Hels, love it. Lisa x

Kezzy said...

WOW gorgeous tag, I so love this technique. Nearly didn't make the deadline lol, my entry is
http://kezzyscraftyjourney.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/birdy-tag-for-sunday-stampers.html
Happy Crafting :-) Kerry xx

Lisette Baker said...

Another amazing tag - love what you have done with the butterfly and the little bird sitting on the lock is gorgeous.
Here's mine for this week - I really did stamp, but it doesn't show up in the pics very well - sorry :(
http://mrsbeez.com/?p=2374

Anita Houston said...

I think this is my new favorite tag of yours...WOW...a smorgasbord of gorgeousness Hels...so much to see that is uber cool! I love it!
Here is mine for this week!
http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/2013/01/happy-birthday-tim-holtz.html

jane gray said...

Hi hels. Think i have th right blog now to leave a comment. Im pleased that you like my card. I hope to post more cards as and when i make them.

Take care
Jane:-)x

Kate said...

Gorgeous tag, as usual!! Congrats on making Darkroom Door DT. Can't wait to see all the lovely things you come up with. I am playing along this week so here is my link: http://scrapyardthe.wordpress.com/2013/01/05/birthday-card-for-tim/

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