Sunday, 31 March 2013

Sunday Stamper - Week 251 - Mother Nature's Son

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very Happy Easter Sunday to you all.   Big, big thanks for the whopping amount of entries for last weeks' challenge - I think we set a record with 40 entries!  Before I announce the winner,  I will let you know the new theme... and do the usual housekeeping:  So this week the theme is... NATURE.  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, worry not, you can also join in via email or on Facebook.   The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 6th April 2013.


So, before I waffle on about this weeks challenge, I have the winner of the last weeks candy to announce.  Like I said, there were a massive 40 entries to the challenge - thank you all, I truly appreciate each and every entry.  I fed the number into Mr Random.org and the winner he picked is #14 which tallies with Sue's entry.  Congrats to Sue, please can you send me your addy and I will pop the candy into the post for you :O)



The theme this week is a poignant one for me.  I decided to dedicate the theme this week to my lovely Grandma who passed away, this day, 25 years ago.  I chose nature for the theme because she taught me more about nature than anyone else.  We used to spend hours walking along the river Aire and fishing for sticklebacks and tadpoles in the Leeds - Liverpool Canal and the time she devoted to teaching me names of plants and different uses for them will always stay with me. 



I am sure I am the person I am today because of the time I spent with her when I was growing up.  I still miss her incredibly, I wish that she had been around to see me mature into a woman, I wish she had been able to meet Grim, I know she would have loved him but more than anything, I miss her wisdom and her unfailing faith in me and unconditional love for me.  We used to get up to all sorts of larks too, like the time we went for a walk and inadvertantly wandered into a field of bulls... or the time we were watching Jasper Carrott on the tellybox and she was laughing so hard, she fell off her chair (I still reckon that Sherry might have played a part in that too....)  Anyway, this one is for you Grandma.....


This canvas is one of the samples for my upcoming shows this week (all the deets are in the sidebar)  I think all of the products on the show are online now so they won't come as a massive surprise.  I used Eco Paints, Beeswax (LOVE the new Creative Expressions beeswax, tis lush) and some stamping to make the background for the canvas... and then added some ickle canvases to add depth to the design. 
 
 
The leaves are Spellbinders and the roses are made from a stamp... well, not the actual stamp, you know what I mean lol   And the spiral flowers are also a Spellbinders flower.  I dipped the flowers and leaves into melted Beeswax - bit like a Faux Porcelain but with wax... and check out Mr Owlington ... he is made using Mold & Pour and a pendant I have... and then beeswax poured into the mould and a dash of Perfect Pearls to jazz him up a little.  Cute huh?



Right, I shall away... I am going to be having a busy day today... not only am I going to be doing my demo prep and last minute samples, I will also be eating lots of chocolate (I have two Easter eggs! Yay!) and it is the start of the new British Touring Car Championship season today at Brands Hatch so we will be watching the races... and cheering on Jason Plato as usual.  Grim is cooking our dinner and we have a Christmas Pud for afters that we have saved, tis one of those Kirsch Cherry filled ones from Sainsbug's... ohhhlllaaaaallllaaaaa... I am turning into a little piggy!    Thanks for looking... have a lovely day!  TTFN

Hels x

PS.... GO PLATO!!!

55 comments:

butterfly said...

Gorgeous canvas, and big congrats to Sue!
Alison x

Julie Short said...

What a wonderful memory for you to share with us today Hels. Things learnt from those who love us never leave us.
Your canvas is wonderful - soft and evocative of a gentle Spring appearing for you perhaps?
Nature is probably my most constant inspiration so hopefully, I'll be back!
Question - at your house with your love of Hares - do you get bigger Hare eggs?

Stamping in Pink said...

It's a gorgeous canvas Hels, I love the efect from the beeswax on the flowers - will have to try that! I'm sure from how you have described her your Nanna would have been well proud of you and your fabulous artistic talent. Congratulations to Sue! Fabulous new theme shall be back soon! Enjoy your eggs, sob never got one sob, and your Xmas pudding! Karen x

Helen said...

Well I reckon your Grandma would have been proud of you, and certainly she would have adored the art you've created for her; it is stunning. Hope you enjoy your chocolate, and have a lovely day.

Carol said...

Sounds like you've got a great day ahead Hels x those leaves look so real! Enjoy the chocolate nom nom xx

nannapat said...

Fabulous canvas Hels - what a gorgeous design. I lost my mum three years ago today so I know exactly how you're feeling - I still miss her so very much. Looking forward to your shows and watching you use the beeswax. Pat x

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Such a gorgeous canvas. Have a lovely day.

Alyce said...

stunning!!! i love the canvas and the beautiful colours. your grandma would be so proud :) xx

Buttons said...

Beautiful memories and wonderful canvas Hels. Sounds like you've got the perfect day planned too before you hit our screens again (can't wait!) Here's my entry - good grief, am I first for once?!
http://pushingtherightbuttons.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/happy-chilly-easter.html

jackiescrafts said...

Your canvass is brilliant, I'm sure your grandma would have been so very proud of you

Jackie x

Lucy Edmondson said...

Congratulations Sue! Love the canvas, particularly the owl. That Christmas pudding sounds good. Colin is cooking today. It smells very garlickly and apparently there is pudding!

Lucy x

rachel said...

amazing canvas Hels - and I loved hearing about your grandma - she sounds like she was an amazing lady and I'm sure she would be very proud of all that you have achieved too! Enjoy the choccies and the pudding - Happy Easter Hun! Hugs Rachel xx

Redanne said...

What a lovely tribute to your Grandma, I think she would be very proud of you indeedily. Love your gorgeous canvas and looking forward to the shows this week as I have never used a melt pot! Sad but true. Enjoy your choccies and Grim's dinner. Happy Easter Sunday. Hugs, Anne x

Cornish Emma said...

Morning Hels, gorgeous project, love the textures, colours and embellishments. Happy easter. Emma

Aquarius said...

Beautiful and what a lovely to keep memories of your grandma alive. have a great day - sounds promising with chocolate and Christmas pud!!

Caroline said...

Awwwee, what wonderful memories for you to have, thank you for such an emotional start to a Sunday. I actually welled up an ickle bit. Your grandma would be Totes proud, your No1 fan!! Love the J Carrot story, to be fair, he was hysterical even without sherry. Lol.
The canvas is beautiful & I want mine to look like that! NOT fair (5 yr old stamping feet tantrums)!
The mini canvas are so cute along with Mr Owl. Colours are stunning as are your flowers! Thank you for your help yesterday. Still don't know how to link so uploaded tag to gallery & raved about you & blog! Will really try to learn how for next time.
Enjoy your day (big squidge for Alfie cat!). Can't wait till tmrw (all set up to record). Only bummer is no pennies to spend. Take care :)))

Joanne said...

The love and pride just oozes off that canvas and your words could actually melt that wax. I noted the mould on your quick peak the other day and now know the pendant you used, how darn clever. Its lovely to think about those we have loved and enjoyed time with and I know how much you felt about your Grandma. I also know she was a 'corker' of a person because you ain't bad yourself.....
xx

sara j said...

Even with just this little bit of a description, I can tell your Grandmother was a very cool person. Lucky you to have such nice memories of her, and what a great piece you have made this week in her honor. 'Tis all a good thing.

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Beautiful memories.

Beautiful stories.

Beautiful canvas. X

darcydaydream said...


Gorgeous Canvas....xx

Gail said...

Luving the canvas and the dedication to your Grandma - I am sure that she has seen grow into a woman and is never very far away xx looking forward to the shows and hopefully I may purchase a melt-pot and some beeswax xx Gail T xx

Kezzy said...

What a beautiful memories you have of your grandma. Wow I'm sure she would be really proud of the canvas its stunning. Can't wait to watch you tomorrow. Happy Crafting :-) Kezzy xxx

craftimamma said...

Thank you for sharing your lovely memories of your Grandma with us Hels and I am sure she would have been very proud of the woman you have become and she would have loved the beautiful canvas you have created in her honour. It really is gorgeous and I'm looking forward to seeing the shows. I'll probably have to watch most of them from the recordings though as DD and her family arrive tomorrow for a 3 days stay. Trust the only shows I'm bothered about on C&C to be scheduled for when I have a house full, lol!

Hugs
Lesley Xx

Linda Simpson said...

Congratulations to the winner. I absolutely adore the canvas you created it is a work of art and would look stunning on any wall.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Claire Newcombe said...

This is my first visit to your blog, but I have watched you lots on C&C and marvelled at your creations.
Your sentiment for your post this week is so lovely, and heartfelt. YOu have used my favourite colours to create this work of art.
I would like to offer you my link her to enter your challenge this week. Thank you
http://creativemakings.blogspot.ie/2013/03/humphrey-in-garden.html

butterfly said...

Back with my Nature contribution - hope you've been having a lovely day with plenty of chocolate-eating!
http://alisonbomber.blogspot.cz/2013/03/a-nature-journal-is-born.html
Alison x

Little Paper House said...

Hi Hels, lovely to meet you at the NEC trade show! You've inspired me to enter with an invitation ive made this week.
The owl canvas is fab, really like all the green tones that you have used.

Here's my entry : http://thelittlepaperhouse.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/sunday-stamper-nature-entry.html

Love Heidi x

Carole Z said...

Beautiful canvas and theme Hels, your Grandma would be so proud of you! Carole Z X

sara j said...

Now that I've had a bit of sleep, I actually got up and paid homage to Mother Nature. Thanks. It was a good memory.

http://fromthefunroom-adventuresinartscrafts.blogspot.com/2013/03/somewhere-there-are-dogwood-blooming.html

Happy Easter

Ann said...

Thanks for sharing your lovely memories of your Grandma Hels, made me reflect on mine too, as I spent all weekends with her & she taught me so many crafty things too!!! Love your canvas, beautiful colours & Mr Owl is spectacular :D
Hugs, Ann xx

PS - C&C show was fab this morning!!xxx

Deonna Bemish said...

I have a Sponged Card that i made with Distress inks and a Repeat impressions Loon Stamp.
http://ilovetomakecards.blogspot.com/2013/04/repeat-impressions-stamp-of-week-4-01.html
thanks, Deonna B

rachel said...

here's something I already had made that I'd like to link up for this challenge this week - Hugs Rachel xxhttp://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/craft-scene-dt-down-on-farm.html

jean said...

hi hels loved the shows on c+c today i got a meltpot wax treds and ut powders i only hope i can use them becuase ive only got the 1meltpot can i use it for both wax and ut each time how can i /what can i do with any residue from each product eg how do i store to reuse later. sorry its a lengthy coment but im worried ill do the wrong procedure and be putoff it.

Carole Z said...

Morning Hels, here's my project for this week! Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/beneath-sea-tuesday-2nd-april.html

KimzKrafts said...

Love your canvas. Your shows on C&C have been recorded ready for me to watch (Tea and choccies at the ready!)
My creation for this weeks challenge is one of my little books which you can see at http://kimzkrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/its-beautiful-day.html. Hope you like it?
Kim x

Stamping in Pink said...

I'm back and well before the deadline! Hope you likey:

http://stampinginpink.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/technique-time-tuesday-crew-april.html

as always thanks for inspiring us! Karen xx

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, back with my little entry which you can find at:

http://bollyanne.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/nature-butterflies-new-stamps.html

Hugs, Anne x

Becky said...

Love the canvas Hels. Here is mine
http://www.becky-bailey-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hanging.html

Mooffie said...

Hi Hels

Been loving the MeltPot stuff on C&C! Here's my Nature entry:

http://brightshinysparklycrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/nature-hels-sunday-stamper-challenge.html

Had me thinking of my mum, who did for me what your Gran did for you...

TTFN!

CG said...

WOW what a gorgeous project. Love the colors and those amazing flowers! Thanks for the fun challenge; my card is pretty simple, but it has one of my favorite nature quotes: http://cg-says.blogspot.com/2013/04/flowery-wishes-with-sunshine-mail.html

Best, CG

Julie Short said...

I'm back Hels with creations inspired by my garden too!
http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/come-into-our-garden.html

The Taming of the Glue said...

Hi Hels
Love your canvas and the C&C shows have been fantastic.
I reckon both out grans would be proud of us!
My entry for Sunday Stampers is at
http://smiffyscards.blogspot.com

Emma said...

Lovely post!

Here's my entry for this week, despite me going for a spring theme it seems to have gone a bit blue, to match my cold fingers!

http://theaddictedinker.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/blue-spring-card.html

Lisette Baker said...

Lovely canvas with gorgeous colours. Have really enjoyed the C & C shows - fab demos and samples, no wonder they sold out.
Here's my tag

http://mrsbeez.com/?p=3698

Brenda Brown said...

This is a beautiful and sentimental piece Hels. I love the muted colours.
Loved your shows this week.
My entry is at
http://bumblebeesandbutterflieswithbrenda.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/butterflies-at-cvc.html
hugs Brenda x0x

CraftingMum said...

Have been watching and sky+ your shows, very good, yes it was funny when you told Dean about your cat stealing your watch! I couldn't stop laughing.
Keep bringing us wonderful inspiration, and always cherish the memories we have of our loved ones.
Louise x

Julie Owens said...

Hi Hels,
Love your canvas it's in my favourite colours of the moment and so pretty, Grandma would have been so proud to see you on tv and in magazines. Your relationship you describe with your Grandma is just the same as mine was with my Nan I miss her every day and dedicated a card on my blog to her recently too.
I would like to enter a card in your challenge, you'll find it just here:
http://bluebell-woodcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/03/easter-bunny.html
Julie x

Barb Cady said...

Hi Hels I think your canvas is beautiful, I caught you on tv today and I thought you were marvelous a real natural! Like being at one of your workshops almost! (I prefer you in real life!)

Here is my try for this week:

http://barbarascraftroom.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/sunday-stampers-mother-natures-son.html

Lots of love, Barb xx

My name is Cindy said...

Been watching you all week Hels and was inspired to get out the meltpot again - made a little piece which I shall link as it fits this week's SS challenge. Cindy x

http://plantslist.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/april-art-draw-beeswax-collage-aka.html

Karen Ives said...

So proud of myself that I resisted buying the melt pot...not sure how much longer I can hold out. Ginny was not so strong!! Well done for all the shows. Here is my Sunday Stamper entry.
Love Karen

http://frayedroundtheedges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/sunday-stamper-week-251.html

Lisette Baker said...

As it's been all about the beeswax this week, I couldn't stop myself from doing another piece with some bees!
http://mrsbeez.com/?p=3694

slowef said...

I made this with some flowers I painted with mica paints. Hope it fits the bill for the challenge x
http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-egXSYLe6xqQ/UVxwF6BLxLI/AAAAAAAAIrY/mCG8wx7qnbI/s320/Image018.jpg

Nan G said...

Fabulous piece. here's my nature submission: http://froggydesigns.blogspot.com/2013/04/life-is-atc.html

sparklingblackrose said...

Just gorgeous! I am sure your Nanna is smiling down on you :-) Elaine-xxx-
Heres my entry: http://sparklingblackrose-craftmylife.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/cas-butterflies-card.html
Elaine-xxx-

Anita Houston said...

Oh Hels...this canvas is just FABULOUS!!! I love the color and stamping everywhere! The flowers and minis are perfect! Your Nana would love it I am sure! Sniffle!

Here is mine:
http://theartfulmaven.blogspot.com/2013/04/distress-powder-flower-power.html

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