Sunday 11 August 2013

Sunday Stamper - Week 270 - Green Onions

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

Hels x


EmmaT said...

Morning Hels, are I the first this morning? Sounds like that big crack might have helped you, I hope so anyway and that it starts to improve. Gorgeous project, love all the texture and colours. Emma

Lisapmac said...

Amazing piece of art, such a lot to take in, not too be rushed. Very pleased to hear you're feeling better x

Aquarius said...

Brilliant to see you back in action again but do please continue to take care. Love what you've done with this canvas with the lovely textures and details.

Yorkie girl said...

Ohhhhh Hels
That is amazing. Irish I was good enough to participate in your challenge one dat maybe
It would help if I got my melt pot out of its wrapper lol
Your creation is just a work of art
Thanks for sharing T xx

Unknown said...

Hi Hels,

Beautiful Piece of ART again today!
Saturated with evermore wonderful details of your artictic soul, all for our delight.
I am sorry to have missed Friday's post. My lovely daughter and her man finally marrried at a most lovely, personal ceremony, just the ten of their nearest and dearest to share their lovely day.
So belatedly, I felt that your missing and usually copious contribution to your blog was an omen of recurring troubles. If you say that the 'lump' has moved and made you feel better, I am so happy for you. Please, go and get the ' bone lump' checked. I really, really do not want you to suffer like that again.
Take extra care of yourself.
Lots of Love, Lis xx

Gerrina said...

What a fabulous artwork! Love the flowers and the colours! Maybe in this last week before the school is starting that I find time to join in the Green-challenge... Have an fun and inky sunday, Gerrina

Anneke said...

This is really very pretty, just have to look at it over and over. You have such a good balance in your work.
Thank you, Anneke.

Helen said...

Terrific project, such a lot of different elements. Great to hear you're on the mend and hopefully it was a 'good' crack!

Gail said...

Glad you are feeling a bit better - long may it continue xx luv the canvas but then I always do xx GailT xx

loftylass said...

Gorgeous art work Hels (I would love to join one of your workshops)
So pleased to hear you are the mend.
Take care.
Heather W

Marleine said...

Hi Hels,

This is a stunning work of art. Love the blue and the whole composition is pure delight. X

Joanne K said...

Hi Hels, glad to hear you are feeling a bit better. What a gorgeous piece you have for us today. I really like it. Hope you are full recovered soon. Kind regards Joanne K x

Helen said...

Hope this means the pain will stay away for a goodly while now... This is beautiful, Hels, I love it!!!

Carole Z said...

Hels, your project is stunning..amazing! I am so pleased to hear your pain is starting to diminish..I know what you mean by those cramps and jolts, which are excruciating to say the least..sending a big hug, Carole Z X

Redanne said...

Hi Hels, so glad to hear that you are feeling better, hope it lasts and that you continue to make improvements. Your canvas is simply gorgeous, wonderful colours and beautiful embellies. Big healing hugs, Anne x

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful Hels! Hope you are feeling better :)

Linda Simpson said...

WOW this is fabulous, so much to look at and keep revisiting and finding more gorgeous details. The textures and embellishments are wonderful.

Linda xxx

Carol Q said...

beautiful Hels. glad the mojo's creeping back. sounds like whatever cracked may have done the trick - fingers crossed!

Tracy Heaton said...

Lovely Hels.
Glad you had the crack! It sounds so painful, but hopefully you're getting some relief now.
I was reading your article on distress paints just last night - and now I want more than the one (picket fence) I already have. Come to think of it, I bought that one on your say so, you said something along the lines 'if you only get one it should be picket fence' now I need colours too. Yuo're an enabler!

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels love all the colours and embellies on this work of art. Glad to here you are feeling a bit better, hopefully you are on the mend.x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, So glad you are feeling a little better, lets hope the 'crack' did help un-trap the nerves that were causing you all the pain. I gave out a massive chuckle when I read the word 'cack', as when I grew up that word was used meaning 'poo' ha ha.
So loving your canvas, brilliant mix of colours, loving the stripey effect background, and that is my favourite mask of all, gorgeous, gorgeous textures, I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

nancyd said...

Morning Hels, what a fabulous work
of art everything about it is fantastic
love the colours and the embellies
the flowers are to die for, you just
have to keep going back and you always
see something else you missed just love
the whole thing.

Glad you are feeling a bit better
hope the crack did the job and you are on the mend.
Nancyd xx

Aquarius said...

I guess green onions is a song title??  Here is my green card

nannapat said...

Glad you seem to be on the mend Hels. Love this piece of art - the colours are stunning. Pat x

Anita Houston The Artful Maven said...

Beautiful piece Hels! I love the drippies! The flowers are awesome! The color is stunning too! I love every inch and then the sides with the tape is too cool! said...

There are so many beautiful details which in the hands of anyone other than you Hels could end up as a mess.
This is delightful.
I too have had a little play with birds Larry and Lolita - raucous Aussie Lorikeets
Hope you are feeling a little better.

Hazel said...

Hope the pain is easing for you - excessive pain is so miserable, feel for you. My card is here x

Kirsten said...

Glad you're feeling a bit better. That is a fabulously gorgeous canvas.

Becky said...

Love what you have done it is a work of art.You will find mine here

Carole Z said...

Here's mine Hels...Carole Z X

Mrs Beez said...

Loving all those embellishments and another fab background. Gorgeous. Hope you're feeling better and having a lovely time with your new iron.

rachel said...

Hi Hels - your piece is amazing - mine is here - lol!!!

Geraldine said...

Hope you're still on the mend.
Here is my green piece

Crafty Humphreys said...

Hi Hels, amazing that you are keeping up with things being poorly and all. Hope you are feeling a bit better. Here is my entry, green willies & bunting. Love Suz xxx

Jan Morris said...

Hi Hels - I have been absent for a while and was sorry to hear you have been unwell. Hope you are feeling much better.
As ever your creation is amazing - the colours are lovely.
Here is my entry ‎

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