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
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*