Sunday, 7 April 2013

Sunday Stamper - Week 252 - Hip To Be Square

Gooodly Morning Stampfans and a very happy sunny Sunday to you all!  Many thanks for the gorgeous nature inspired entries for last weeks challenge... wow, you all made beautiful art.  This week is a nice simple theme... and it is... SQUARES.   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something - it can be anything you fancy.  Add in the theme and some stamping, pop back here with a link to the place you are showing your entry and then I can come visit you.  Those of you who don't have blogs/web-photo-hosty thingy's can join in via email (my email is in the sideybar... ) or on Facebook (just tag my name and I will be able to visit that way)  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday April 13th 2013.



Apologies for the later than normal posting of the challenge this week - being as Chez Sheridan appears to be living in the dark ages, our internet is still ADSL, which means, of course, that the slightest breeze takes away all possibilities of getting access to my blog, which is, I admit, incredibly irksome.  I was all set to do the post last night and saw the internet had gone red.  And no matter how many times I reset it, grovelled on my knees under the desk to unplug it and re-plug it, a copious amount of begging... nope, it wasn't playing ball.  Gah!   Anyways, it is back on now so on with my post!
 


This square is an Ikea mirror/frame that is the sample for my class at The Craft Den yesterday.  Lots of lovely paper-blocking going on (I do love a smidge of blocking) and there's some stencilling with Ferro texture paste... and some diecutting in the form of the Mini Tattered Florals and of course, being as I am mad crazy on the Melt Pot at the moment, there are some Faux Porcelain flowers, leaves and twigs.



The black bits are done with a Stabilo All pencil - I love this little bit of my kit soooo much! It acts almost like a charcoal pencil but it is, to me, darker and smudgier.  The papers are Prima's Almanac ones, I LOVE Prima papers and these are a top fave of mine too (see a pattern developing? lol)   And the stamping is the little sprigs across the bottom of the frame - this is an ancient Magenta stamp that I use as a little filler or to add some stamping without it being overbearing.  As ever, I used Black Archival ink to add the sprigs... just remember to heat set it if it is going on a surface that isn't absorbant.


So, yesterday saw me tootling off to Sheffield.  I had planned to get up at 5am so I could have a leisurely coffee and shower and allow my face to subside before make-up applications... I still believe that there is a troll living under my bed: during the night he gets a sink plunger and applies it to my face, repeatedly, making it all sticky outy and puffy!  *yuk*  Also, he has access to a pot of super strength hair gel which he puts onto my hair and then scrunches it up.  Either that or I have a very strange sleep habit lol   Anyways, said troll under the bed  worked his magic during the night and also, the little critter turned my phone alarm from Saturday to Sunday.  So that meant that I was reliant on the diddy alarm... which did, indeedily, awaken me.  What it failed to stop me doing was sitting on the edge of the bed and nodding off and snuggling back under the duvet again, which is what happened!   Until Grim said "Hels, what time are you leaving again?"  To which I replied "7"  And he said "It is 6.43"   "WHAT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!"  screeches I.  Next are scenes of me haring about the house, making coffee, slurping coffee at scald-the-tongue speed and attempting to apply make up to eyes that have been visited by the troll with the sink plunger.  And I was out and on the road in 20 mins!  And did you know, when you go over... ahem... a certain speed, Jane the SatNav makes a weird boinging noise?  No, I didn't know that either... ahem.... whoops!   Right, on that bombshell I shall say... thanks for looking, have a grand weekend!  TTFN

Hels x

46 comments:

Helen said...

What a gorgeous frame, love the colours and those papers. Glad you got to Sheffield...lol!

Mooffie said...

I do sometimes wonder if you sneak into my house and wander through my record collection!! I am going to be humming THIS all day now!! Love this creation. Will nick ideas and come back to you!! Have a great day.
PS I didn't realise that boinging noise was the sat nav...I have been living with it. Does that explain why I keep getting begging letters from various police authorities!!?!?! :-)

slowef said...

Stunning as always x

Caroline said...

Gosh, I'm exhausted just reading your post, how the dickens did you manage to be out in 20 mins, do a day in Sheffield & STILL write such an informative, amusing (rofl) post & with a super cool project to boot?!!! Phew!!
I am so cross I didn't enter this week, did have a project but the tiny monster that lives in my phone decided to upload everything upside down or sideways? Arrgghh!!!
Am I being thick (rhetorical question)? I want to see all other entries but can't find... Please, don't answer, actually that reminds me - you should be sleeping all day so you won't see this till tomorrow??? Do hope you ARE resting?! You won't like it if I have to get cross... Where is this rubbish coming from? Gordon Bennett my brain is fried!! Apologies Hels; will shut up.
Take care. Squidges to Alfie cat! :)))

Joanne said...

Wonderful paper piecing and colours
Thanks for the daily laugh
I would be happy if R CUB could actually go fast enough to frighten the sat nav
xx

sue said...

hi Hels I blogged my fabulous mirror a bit ago and I love everything too lol. Thanks for all your hard work yesterday I loved it ha ha x sue x

nannapat said...

Fabulous frame Hels, I love the paper piecing. Don't know how you got ready in 20 minutes - takes me almost that long to get from bedroom to bathroom first thing in the morning. Pat x

rachel said...

amazing frame Hels - love it xx

Aquarius said...

This mirror frame is brilliant and reminds me that I bought one ages ago in a fit of enthusiasm and guess where it is? hidden in my stash somewhere so must search it out. Your story of the troll under the bed did make me smile - guess he might have hidden my frame come to think of it.

Gail said...

Luvin the mirror and I defo want to have a go at the colour blocking technique xx me needs to get one of those Stabilo pencils xx Gail T xx PS I think your troll has a sibling that lives under my bed xx

Gail said...

Luvin the mirror and I defo want to have a go at the colour blocking technique xx me needs to get one of those Stabilo pencils xx Gail T xx PS I think your troll has a sibling that lives under my bed xx

Ria Gall said...

I love your blog not only for the works of art you produce but for the funny stories as well, you make me die with you tales.
Love this bit of paper blocking it looks fantastic and is a technique I tought my sister during the week
Ria

Cornish Emma said...

Fabulous frame and background of squares. Love the glossy roses. Emma

Carol Q said...

stunning Hels.

nikkib said...

I love this Hels and whilst I have never taken part in one of your challenges I feel a submission coming on as this really appeals to me...

Carole Z said...

I tell you Hels, in the time it takes Mr Z to get ready for work in the morning after brekkie, I've washed up, fed and cleaned the hens and got my bag ready for work..that's about 45 mins - he leaves and I'm ready to run out the door for my walk to work in 20 mins..lol! Love your frame,am already thinking about what to make this week! Carole Z X

Marjie Kemper said...

What a gorgeous frame! And oh how I feel for you on the alarm problem... yikes!

Andrea said...

loving the frame, I need one of those its fantastic and I have hopefully managed to post on here today, am having troubles with blog posts, hope all went well in the end yesterday, take care xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Lovely, lovely, frame, I love your paper blocking and the gorgeous faux porcelain flowers, what I loved the most are the stamped 'twigs' at the bottom, I LOVE THEM.
What an awful start to your day, hopefully it didn't have an adverse effect on your day, don't know about you, but I hate rushing, I would rather be there an hour ahead rather than rush ha ha.
lots of love from Patricia xx

Shazza said...

Hels I absolutely LOVE this, gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous, you clever lady you
xx

nancyd said...

Hi Hels, loving this frame have
done quite a lot inspired by you
but don't have the foggiest on
how to show them upload download or
whatever maybe someday.
Nancydxx

Angie said...

This caught my eye ....wondered what to do with the two I found in my cupboard.....Great effect you created ...gorgeous flowers.xx

Linda Simpson said...

Love this Hels and the beautiful flowers are stunning. Glad yesterday went well in Sheffield.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Asia King (aka Joanna K) said...

Fabuuuuuulous frame Hels, the flowers look sensational! And here's my entry :). Have a fabulous week! xx

Tamara Morton said...

Hi Hels, thank you for a great day on Saturday at Craft Den Sheffield. It was my first workshop and Altered Art too. Lynne, Annette (from Sweden) and myself crafted way into the wee hours of the morning (12.30am)great day/night..

Will defo be investing in a lot more crafting goodies.. (Shhh him in doors is not to know)
Hugs
Tamara

carol e said...

Love the frame and everything you have added. Your blog antics are really funny

Julie Short said...

What a wonderful job you do with this complex style paper piecing Hels.
Your challenge had me going where I have not gone before! http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2013/04/dare-i-say-it.html
Thank You
Julie

Mandy Chilvers said...

Hi
Here's my square coaster for the square challenge. Great to see you on CnC last week Hels... keep up the great work!

mandy x

http://mandysmagicalworldofart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/paris-in-springtime.html

Marleine said...

Morning Hels,

Love your project.

Love your stories of life with Hels. X

KimzKrafts said...

You have had a busy few days! Crafting is my way of relaxing after a busy time at work. Last night I made this wall hanging for your 'Squares' theme.

http://kimzkrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/squares.html

Kim x

Mooffie said...

Hi Hels

Here's my entry - it's pinned to my wall and looking very green!! Could have been an entry for your Nature challenge!

http://brightshinysparklycrafting.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hip-to-be-square-hels-challenge.html

Take care!

Ruth

Katie Stringer said...

Hi here is my entry!

http://katielstringer.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/crafty-monday.html

Katie x

Little Paper House said...

Hi Hels, was really inspiring watching your demos on Create & Craft. Your art work is amazing. I've had a go at the faux porcelain flowers. So a big thank you for introducing me to a new technique.

Here's my entry:

http://thelittlepaperhouse.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/no-place-like-home.html

Love Heidi x

slowef said...

Great place to get frames to alter is Charity shops, found one similar, so will have a go at one like yours. Inspired to have a go at this so here it is :-)
http://comerainorshinecraft.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/hip-to-be-square-challenge-entry-hels.html

Lisette Baker said...

This is gorgeous and what a great excuse to go to IKEA. Love the colours, the papers and those divine flowers - yummy. Gutted that I was at a wedding on Saturday and couldn't take that spare place. Here's mine for this week
http://mrsbeez.com/?p=3790

The Taming of the Glue said...

Love the mirror and I have just the place for it in my house!!
My square entry is on my blog for Sunday 7th April.
Thanks for looking. Sorry I'll miss you at Ally Pally as we can only be there on Saturday this time.

Claudine C. said...

Here is my entry for this theme Hels, I haven't been able to take in the other challenges in previous weeks and I've missed it.

Claudine

http://claudinesartcorner.blogspot.com/2013/04/just-fly-jumbo-tag-and-atc.html

Elaine said...

Love your mirror with the flowers - you do blocked backgrounds so well!! I did try but it looked wrong so here's my square card:
http://wavesofcreativity.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/300th-post.html

lucretia said...

Love your creation, but stumped for ideas myself. Think I'll sit this one out. Bit busy just now too.

Robyn said...

Great inspiration.
I'm addicted to grids.
http://rainbowweaves.blogspot.com/2013/04/learning-to-love-distress-back-side.html
thanks for visiting!

Karen Ives said...

Lovely colours, here is my effort this week.
Karen

http://frayedroundtheedges.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/sunday-stamper-week-252.html

Carole Z said...

Here's mine for this week Hels...have a fab time at Ally Pally! Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/sunday-stampers-week-252-thursday-11th.htm

Vintage Celebrations said...

Here's my entry - great work! Lisa
http://vintage-celebrations.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/need-for-speed-parkers-patterns.html

Mona L. Pendleton said...

Thanks so much for the beautiful sample for inspiration and the fun challenge! Here's my take:
http://cupcakescreations.blogspot.com/2013/04/a-special-canvas.html

rachel said...

http://www.fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/feeling-square.html here's my take on your challenge Hels! Hugs Rachel xx

Lisette Baker said...

I couldn't resist playing and having another go at this week's challenge. Hope you enjoy Ally Pally - it used to be on my doorstep :)
http://mrsbeez.com/?p=3845

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