Monday, 11 February 2013

Schpeedy Gonzalez...

...ha! That has foxed me good and proper... what would the plural of Gonzalez be?  Gonzalez's? Gonzali?  Well, whatever it is, that's what Ellen and I were doing yesterday afternoon when we decided to have a "speed recipe challenge".  Being as we had spent most of the Skypey time yakking (what? us? yak? hell yeah!) we only had a short time left afore I had to go and have my tea... so we set ourselves a schuper schpeedy challenge which was as follows:

Size 10 Manila Tag
Painted Background
Collage
Paint Stamping
Dylusions Sentiment (ahem... I cheated)
Time limit - 30 mins... (ahem... yep, guessed it... cheated...)



So... that there tagingtons is where my effort was at after the alloted 30mins.  Pretty background, very plain and boring foreground (ok, non-existant foreground)  I had some butterflies and the sentiment sorted but that was it.  Let me tell you about how I got to this stage though:  Distress Paints - OHHHH MYYY!!!!   I loves them!!!  Well, I used Bundled Sage and Broken China and scraped the paint on with my palette knife.  The paint is sooo smooth and liquid, it scrapes on perfectly.  Once that was done, I added some torn bits of music score paper and lightly scraped a smidge of black Gesso... and then slapped a good old layer of  Glue & Seal to seal the whole lot.




Next I did the paint stamping... who decided on that one huhWasn't me (lol) but it was me that decided in my infinite wisdom to use the biggest stamp I own to do the paint stamping... so not only did the stamp, the tag, the sleeves of my hoody and my inky binky get covered in black paint, so did ever other thing in the Room of Stash!  (ok, slight exaggerations but... feels like it... I am finding splats of paint all over the shop!)  The stamp is a Donna Downey one, think it is called Holly Hocks and I do loves it very muchly and it is perfectly sized for the big Size 10 tags.




I made up some more card using the same method of paint application for a message mat... this time I added some background stamping using Broken China DI and a brand new Studio 490 stamp that is on Heirloom Art... and then stamped the sentiment in Jet Black Archival.  What?  No Dylusions sentiment?  Well, no.. basically the only set of wordy stamps from the Dylusions range that I own are the newest ones... and they are all in the first person.  And there's no way a butterfly would talk so... I cheated!  Oh yesh, rules are there to be stretched right?  




Finally, after much deliberating I decided to get up at stooopid o'clock this morning ... like 4.30am stooopid (Grim is on earlies lol) and came back to look at said tag again... well, it looked, to coin a phrase, pants!  So I cheated a little bit more and grabbed some Studio 490 florally stamps and stamped and cut them out from patterned paper and then popped them together with an Embellish Your Art button for the middle... sooooo much better!  So, all in all, it took 30 mins for the base tag and then about 25 mins for the florally bits... I am a big fat cheater lol     Do pop over to Ellen's blog and see her gorgeous creation... she didn't feel the need to cheat... and her creation is gorgelous... CLICK HERE to be whizzed off on a giant snowflake.      Right, I shall away... I am snow watch at the moment... it is snowing here in wintery Wellybobs and I cannot wait for it to get deep enough so I can faff about in the garden and make a snowman... I thinks it may be a tidgy one but a snowman is a snowman isn't it?  Thanks for looking.. have a fabby day!  TTFN

Hels x

36 comments:

Dots Dabbles said...

Totally gorgeous! Both tags! And sooooo very different :)

inkypinkycraft said...

A great tag , and love the colours cannot wait for my paints to arrive!
Great additions of embellies too...made it look more like a Hels tag! Hugs trace x

Curly Kent said...

This is awesome.I love the colours that you have used.
Regards
Shirley

Carole Z said...

This is beautiful Hels....loving those colours! Carole Z X

Helen said...

Well, you may have cheated (tut tut) but it looks great, I love that stamp of Donna's (I neeed that stamp of Donna's, lol!) off to check Ellen's now...

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, Wow, magnificent tag, love the colours, love the flower and all the pastes and paints. Ellen's tag is gorgeous and I absolutely loved the colours she used, and the hand drawn house. Same recipe, totally different creations. I was commenting to Ellen, it would take me at least 30 minutes to even think what to do, let alone complete the tag, you all amaze me with your creativity.
Lots of love from Patricia xx
PS It's snowing here, brrrrrr xx

Lynne Vowles said...

I love that Hollyhock stamp and the sentiment one, my wish list is growing!
The distress paints are fab, I've enjoyed playing with them too.
Thanks for the inspiration. x

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Both tags beautiful yet so different. X

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, snow again? We actually have sunshine at the moment but don't suppose that will last long. Gorgeous tag and once again i love your colour mix, the flower is gorgeous. Emma

Netrix said...

Loves it. You old genius you.
Hugs n kisses babes
Jeanette x

Joanne said...

What - only 55 mins to create this masterpiece. It takes me at least 5 DAYS!!!!
xx

rachel said...

I can't believe you did this in such a short time - its just stunning Hels - wow! xx

craftimamma said...

It's a smashing tag now you've given it the Hels' finishing touch of magic. I'll let you off for the cheating on time because I'm not going to tell you how long it took me to do the one you challenged me to on Saturday. Lets just say it was longer than an hour, lol!

Seriously though Hels your tag is glorious with wonderful colours and those stamps are all lovely. Nice quote too! Of course, the flowers finish the tag off perfectly.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Crafty Lark said...

Gorgeous colour and detail. Well crafting on skype is just too clever. xx Flora

Frea said...

This is just gorgeous Hels! Love it! Hugs FRea

snazzyoriginal said...

Sooo, whose counting anyway!! Fabulous tag, that DD stamp is stunning xx

ellen vargo said...

cheater, cheater.... LOL.. who cares... LOVE the end result and the flower really is a nice finishing touch! Love the sentiment (cheater, cheater)... hahaha.... Els xxx

Enfys said...

Oh rats! Something else to go on the must have list then - distress paints. Love this Hels x

Stamping in Pink said...

Gorgeous Hels and so different from Ellen's! You give us such great inspiration, thank you! Karen x

Craft Addicts - Tracy Evans said...

Lovely tag Hels, love the added torn music pieces and the black stamping is very striking against the painted background. Love your trademark flower. Beautifully embellished. You could enter this into the SSSS challenge Hels as I am sure you had messy fingers afterwards lol. Tracy x x

Kathy/NorthCarolina said...

Oh, I love the colors! wonderful background, Hels! You built in so much texture and dimension. The finished product is just gorgeous!

Claudine C. said...

Beautiful tag, love the colors and that flower is amazing. For a speedy tag, it sure is beautiful!!

Redanne said...

Brilliant tag Hels and so worth the extra time you spent on it! Love the additional flower and embellies. My paints are on their way - woo hoo! Hugs, Anne x

Kaz Brown said...

I love your embellishing and when I seen the first picture I thought...oooh ok, that's lovely...
LOL then I read the post and looked at the finished tag and wahey, it's the perfect Hels tag- you have a way of embellishing and it's just gorgeous!!
lol@ big fat cheat! Off to check out your non cheating friends tag now.... enjoy the snow! xxx

whyducks said...

Love it big time and my colours too!x

betjunroe said...

Oh so pretty Hels--love those butterflies with the pearls! I think that the hollyhocks stamp just might have to go on my wish list. Bette

Tracey said...

FABULOUS!!! I truely LOVE it....and great fun post too!

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

It took me a while but I eventually discovered that "Inky thinkings" meant comment??? Derrrr? I have left comments before! Love your Tag Hels, it is comforting to know that someone with your talent also thinks their work is pants sometimes, However I don't ever think your work is Pants its inspiring !. Sam

Carol Q said...

really gorgeous Hels. love the flower.

nannapat said...

Stunning design Hels. Colours are lush! Pat x

Helen said...

Just come from Ellen's blog to see what tag you've been creating. Great colour combination and the flower finishes it off really well! So glad I came to visit.

Nan G said...

Yep see what rushing gets you.....paint everywhere! :) The finished time fudged result is fab! The fussy cutting alone would take me :30 mixtures. :D

Pat Taylor said...

Love it Hels it's fabulous!!! Xx

Alexandra said...

Beautiful tag,great colours and stamping, I love it!

Anita Houston said...

Speedy taggy is brilliant idea! I love the theme! The blues and the flower are AMAZING!!! So artsy...belongs in a frame! LOVE this tag! Totally LOVE!!!

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