Gooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all. Big big thanks for all the gorgeous entries for last weeks challenge... so many different takes on the theme, I love it! This week is a nice and easy theme... and it is to use GREEN. 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 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/web-photo-hosty-thingy, worry not, you can also join in via Facebook (simply tag my name on your uploaded photo) or via email - just attach a small size pic so I can see your creation. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 18th August 2013.
This week has been a bit of one of those weeks for me and I wouldn't be honest if I didn't say that I have been pretty poorly. Thankfully, I think I am on the way up again as last night I heard the most almighty crack, not to mention feeling it, in the old lumbar war wound. Basically, I have a growth of bone over the area (a throw back from old surgery) and it has cracked... pinching the sciatic nerves and goodness knows what else too! Well this almighty crack happened and all of a sudden the sciatica started to fade, it is still here but nowhere near as bad.... and the cramps that I have had for the past 6 days have also started to relax a bit too! Hurrah and thrice! Could this mean that I am nearly back to normal? Well, whatever normal is!!! Sure hope so! During the past few weeks my old Mojo has taken a jaunt off to Mojoville for his summer holiday, leaving me with one of those aches... you know what I mean, you NEED to make something but everything you turn your hand to turns to cack? Well, last night, following said loud crack (and believe me, it was loud, I saw birds in the trees taking flight lol) the old Mojo slid back home... he is being a bit shy and isn't hammering on the door of my brain but I can feel him lurking... so I grabbed the opportunity with both hands and got to work!
A couple of weeks ago I taught a fabby retreat weekend in Middlesbrough and, as usual, I have demo samples half finished... I never get the chance to finish my demo samples... ever! Basically, I come home, bung said half done thing under the Desk of Detritus (the second desk in the Room of Stash has been so named and it is covered in and full up underneath of such an array of stuff....) Anyways, being as I have been a lazy old slattern again and not even unpacked properly after the weekend, I spotted the half done canvas sitting on the Desk of Detritus and decided that it would be perfect for the Sunday Stamper this week. At one point I was worried I wouldn't be able to do an entry myself... yikes! The background colour was made using my Drippy Distress Paints technique. BTW, if you have the latest Craft Stamper, I have done a Master Class on Distress Paints in it and the technique is featured! Anyways... drippy paints all over the background, a spot of stencilling using one of my fave stencils, Foxgloves by That Special Touch and Grungepaste coloured with black paint for the texture.
The stamping is one of Finnabairs little clear stamps (love this dotty stamp) applied by stamping onto tissue and using Ranger Glue & Seal Matte to adhere the images to the canvas. As ever, I did a two tone border, I know, I know, predictable but I do love the black and cream effect. A lot of shading using a Stabilo All Pencil and some spritzing with Black Marble Dylusions completed the background. Now for the time consuming bit... the embellies. I always take a yonk and a half to get the embellies right and have issues with trying to stop... as you can tell, this one is loaded up big stylee! I few colours of Treasure Gold to add some metallic highlights and the white flowers were spritzed with Cosmic Shimmer Misting Inks, Shimmer Sprays and Black Marble Dylusions. Most of the embellies are from the Mechanical and Junk Yard collections from Prima. Check out the little frame for the word (yes, I know, WISH again, well, it is my word of 2013) this was part of a lovely RAK I received this week from my friend Miriam. It is patterned on one side and plain wood on the other... so I popped Treasure Gold onto it and altered it to look like metal! Cool huh!
Right, that is enough waffling from me for one day... I must just say a mahoosive big thank you to all who left me a comment wishing me well. I truly appreciate you taking time out and it did cheer me up. I shall be having a couple more "easy" days to make sure I am over the worst and then hopefully I will be back to fighting fit again (well, as fit as I will ever be rofl) Thanks for looking, have a fabby Sunday! TTFN