Friday, 1 March 2013

Just The Two Of Us...

...making a mess in the Room of Stash (well, three if you count AlfieCat who decided to come and investigate what Daddy was up to in "his" room...)   As promised, the results from my playdate with Grim in the Room of Stash.   We altered a little papier mache hanging, mine is my usual blue and green but Grim went for something completely different... and it even has a story to go with it!



So.  Grim is a life-long supporter of the football team that is Luton Town - otherwise known as the Hatters.  In the past 40 years he has been going he has only missed two home games - the first was eons ago and a family wedding (I have been reliably informed that ear buds and a radio were worn for that one) and the second time, totally my fault.  I very nearly did myself a fatal mischief when I came into contact with a rotten old coldframe and sliced my arm off (well, not off but very nearly... I had an ambulance and flashing lights and everything!)  Anyways, in recent years, Luton Town have not had the best of luck with managers, the latest fool having left just last week.  It was announced on Tuesday that a new chap was taking over and he be called John Still.   Luton's colours are orange and blue.  So you can see where Grim was going with his little work of art.  Using Distress Paints and the scraped paint method to pop Spiced Marmalade and Chipped Sapphire onto an old book page and once dry, blending Gathered Twigs over the top.  And to prove that he does indeedily watch me on the tellybox, I didn't even need to show him how to use a blending tool... oh ho, he is a fair natural indeed!



The next step in the creation was to add some Studio 490 texture paste through a stencil... Grim chose a That Special Touch clock stencil.  "Why you chose that one?"  I says... he says... "cos the theme is "time"    "oh ok, that works"  says I.   And then he went on to tell me that the colours are Luton, the theme is time... and... the clock... is Time Stood "Still"... cos of the new manager... verrrry clever right?



So, the theme of my creation is based... actually, there isn't a theme (ahem), I was doing a "demo" piece so I chose my comfort zone of blue and green and my fave mask of the moment, the Foxgloves That Special Touch... and butterflies (yep, if it ain't got a butterfly on it... and all that) and of course, my word of 2013 "wish".   Oh and we played with Treasure Gold too and got nice and mucky - not in that way (tsk lol)... which reminds me, Grim did make me laugh when he was trying to remove black gesso from under his nails... I told him "the Craft Scrubbie will clean it off" but it seems, unlike his slatternly wife, Grim is a clean crafter!




Right, time for me to get  a wiggle on, I am about to jump into Ferdy and travel off to Birds in the Barn for a weekend of Melt Potting fun... as ever, thanks for looking... have a fabby weekend yourselves... TTFN

Hels x

44 comments:

Nan G said...

"Time stood Still" what a cool title and super cool tag! Mr. G done good! Kudos to him for actually playing in the room of stash! Love that foxglove stencil. Need to find that o'er here. :)

Helen said...

Great work by both of you!! Think we've found a new fab crafter... Have a great time - you know that G will be alone with your stash while you're gone, right...!!!

Jackson scott said...

Wow what print on your finger..!!!!!

Great post dude....

I use the needham-ink but never do this type of ink creativity in my life...

I like your ways to represent the data...
Keep it up and share with us....

Buttons said...

Awesome tags Hels! Love Grim's use of paint and paste in particular and your design/choice of stencil. It would appear you have possibly found a way of being in two places at once when you get him trained up further! Oh, and of course that way you could blame the state of the Room of Stash on someone else! Result! Seriously, what a wonderful way of sharing time together. You are lucky indeed. Hugs, Jenny x

Redanne said...

Grim's tag is fabulous Hels, he really is a natural at this crafty lark, he is obviously watching you very closely on the tv. Well done Grim. Your tag is as beautiful as ever too. A x

Liesbeth Fidder said...

Wow, wonderful tags by both of you ! Love the colours !

Crafty Lark said...

Maximum points to you for sharing stash zone with MrG, love both makes. xx Flora

Fuchsia said...

They are both fab well done Grim !
xx

Gill said...

What fun!
I agree totally with Crafty Lark!

Joanne said...

Well then Grim, how clever and talented are you. Please come up north and demo your skills. LOL
xx

nannapat said...

Clever Grim - so when will he be demoing on TV?? Love both of the tags and, don't tell Grim, but I prefer your colours! Pat x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, 2 lovely projects and Grims is fantastic and doesn't look like a beginner! You've obviously a good teacher, has he caught the crafty bug yet?! Emma

Elaine said...

Looks like great fun!! Beware, he may be after your job next!

snazzyoriginal said...

Love the hangings, love the colours, love the story. the Headmaster is going to have to look to his laurels now lol xx

Juls said...

ooooh this is just gorgeous!! Hugs Juls

ellen vargo said...

NICE WORK Mr. Grim! In fact, it's downright gorgeous! Glad you enjoyed your time in "my" seat in the Room of Stash (LOL). I'll rent it out cheap if you'd like! :)

rachel said...

wow Hels - you'd better watch Grim - he might be after your job xx

Sarah said...

Gorgeous tags Hels - and perhaps it's time for Grim to give up the day job, he has done fab work. It must have been lovely to spend an inky day together, you lucky things. Like the French text behind your tags LOL ;)
Sarah & the Honey Monsters x

Alyce said...

WOW!! Just so amazing. tihs is really amazing :)

Claudine C. said...

These are both just wonderful, how fun! I fear and would love the day my hubby wants to come in my craft room haha! Looks like you two had a great time. The colors Grimm used are the same colors of my football team, The Broncos!! Yay!!

Tracey-B said...

What wonderful tags, I love the colours, the texture...well everything really! I might just have to have a go myself. See you tomorrow. x

Anita Houston said...

Shame on me...I'm in love with Grim! What a man! He crafts with his fantastic life, keeps clean, has meaning to his madness, and creates a beauty! Love it! Love yours too! You two make a dynamic duo...Ink Girl and The Mad Hatter...wait, I'm mixing stories! :0)

betjunroe said...

Wow Grim did a great job for a first time project! Maybe he will make another project in the future. Great idea for my next man card--football colors! Bette

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Wow, you have taught him well, very well. Is this Graham's first time getting inky ?? He is a natural, you've definitely got a helper now ha ha. Loving both of them, loved the foxglove mask so much have just ordered it.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Gerrina said...

Wow, You´re tv shows are very good, you´ve seen the proof at your own home! Think both are great and the way Grimm worked out the theme is clever! Great to read how he came up whit the theme! Have a great and inspiring weekend. Hugs, Gerrina

Artyjen said...

Fabulous ;)
xoxo Sioux

Lynn Hardy said...

What a wonderful pair (and both tags are great too)! Grim is a natural - now you'll have to buy twice as much stash!!!
Hels, please promise that you won't go near a coldframe again - as a crafter I find that arms are very "handy" to have!

Crafty Humphreys said...

Hels you must be mooocho proud of Grim, great job!! My hubby is of the same ilk....he pretends he is totally board when I'm doing or watching anything crafty - then comes out with all the lingo! Good caption for the Luton tag would be 'Their time has come' lol. Have a fab weekend. Suz xxx

Rein said...

These are beautiful!

Andrea Kennard said...

Just fantastic Graham, you have done a brilliant job and good for you getting down and dirty with your mrs:-) x

Carole Z said...

Great post and fab tags...Grim did well! Carole Z X

Annie said...

Sounds like great fun Hels. Would so love to attend a class with you as tutor.

How many people do you need to attend a booking ?

Just thought I would ask as I would arrange it and my mum Rita would love it. Seriously let me know.

I think Grim shows a natural ability ....so have him as your sidekick x

Pat Taylor said...

Wow Hels you have got a stand in if you are ever sick!!! Grim Is a natural crafter! His tag is fabulous I love the colours he's chosen! Oh soz Hels yours is just as fabulous as Grim's lol take care now xxx

inkypinkycraft said...

Both fab pieces and how cool to craft together ! Hugs trace x

corinna said...

hi there, "HG designs," the tags are great, the story behind g's just had to be footy didn't it! hahahaha. loved all the craftiness going on, totally jealous though, my hubby is so not interested in the crafty working behind everything i make, he does enjoy the finished results though. wishing you many more days of sharing in the room of stash, take care, corinna

Grim said...

Thanks for the lovely comments...and whilst more time in the room of stash is not completely ruled out, the crafting session was probably just a one off...sorry to disappoint. I have picked up some of Hels tips and techniques as I do genuinely watch her on TV.....and I know I'm biased but really, she is talented.

I have also amended the name of the work....it's now 'Still Time'....Luton's new manager is John Still and despite recent poor form, there is 'Still Time' to reach the play offs.

Marleine said...


Hiya Hels,

The tags look fab. What a gifted family you are. X

Sams Home Cooked Designs said...

Great Tags both of them , How lovely crafting together! ! Sam

Dawn @ LilyPinkScraps said...

Just had to pop in on this one - I'm currently a NJ gal Stateside but spent nearly 20 years of my early life in Luton (still have my close family there) - remember the orange Hatters and their constant disappointing seasons very well!! The artwork is super creative btw - love visiting your blog as it's so inspiring :)

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Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Two gorgeous pieces, Grim did a great job. I wouldn't be surprised if he makes himself a permanent space at your desk. :)

Mary said...

Ha! Thanks Hels, now I can use this post to convince my significant other to craft with me! =) These both look great! Grim should craft more...although Alfie might get jealous... =P

nikkib said...

Wow Mr Hels you did fantastic, why is our other halves always come up with a story behind a project, mine does (when I let him play with my stash, which isnt often, mostly its I need to make you a card, can I use your craft room!!!)..... when's the next installment???

Geraldine said...

I love both hangings and the story behind Mr Grim's one is great.

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