Thursday, 9 January 2014

A Million....

...Page Views!!!! *sang to the tune of a Million Love Songs by Take That... sorry about the whole changing-the-words-keeping-the-tune-thing I seem to be doing a lot of..... *  Cor blinking blimey and thrice alive!!!  I been mooching around Blogger this morning, you know, faffing about trying to get up the courage to actually have a jazzy background on me old bloggetty-blog.  And then I sees this...




Yeppo, flabber-truly-ghasted moment!  Over a million page views since I started this little patch of yonder t'internet I can call home.  Firstly, THANK YOU for all those page views! Sure made me smile mahoosively this morning!   Anyways, enough of that waffle... here's some more waffle about my tellybox shows yesterday.  Gigantic, ginormous, jumbo (wracking brains to think of more words that mean big starting with a J) thanks for your response to the Melt Art shows yesterday on Create & Craft.  I love doing the Melt Pot shows because each time there are more and more of you lovely peeps getting addicted to this little machine of magic.  I get lots of questions asked about the Melt Pot.. and I am happy to answer them, so if you are one of those crafters who own a Melt Pot that is languishing in the back of a cupboard, unloved, unused (and still in its box lol) please do get the little machine out and have a play.  And how do I know that a very lot of you are identifying with my description?  Well, cos I was exactly the same... then  Suze Weinberg was in the UK on telly over here in the UK and I fell in lurves with her and the Melt Pot.  Suze has retired now but she is still creating her awesome art, CLICK HERE for her blog... and do take time to go and watch her YouTube Channel vids too... she is THE Queen of the Melt Pot, I bow to her greater knowledge and I tell you what, I have been inspired soo much by her... and she is a gorgeous gal too... did I say I lurves her?



Normally when I do my demo's on the telly box I already have an "original" made.  But, I sometimes think it can look a little bit too prepared, not as fresh as I would like it to be.  So, armed with a big bit of "let's see if this works" I got together all the bits and bobs that would make something that resembled what I had in my mind... I do little sketches of projects all the time so I figured it would work, do  you do that?  When you sit down to make something, have you got an idea what the "finished" thing will look like?  I have always done it... I am interested to know how the minds of other crafters work... are you like me, with an idea of how it will look?  Or are you a free spirit with a "let's see where this takes us" kind of crafter?


Anyways, if you didn't see my demo for this creation, how I made it is simples:  pop some scrapbook paper onto some cardboard. Add a strip of torn paper. Pop a piece of paper onto a Nestaboard shape.  Add some stamping using StaZon and then set about altering it with Beeswax.  Painting beeswax onto the surface of the paper gives it a really lovely vintage appearance.  The flower is a pile of the Tattered Blossoms images, layered up and dipped into clear UTEE for the Faux Porcelain effect.  Same with the leaves, stamped in Fern Green Archival (this is my FAVE green every... thank you Wendy Vecchi for inventing this colour archival!) and dipped into the clear UTEE.  The Hat Pin had a die cut bit of card, stamped with another Tattered Blossom and coloured with Dried Marigold Distress Marker and then filled with more clear UTEE.  I added Saffron Yellow and Azure Blue Melt Inks to the clear UTEE to make green and then I dragged the little metal leaves through the UTEE to fill in the spaces between the veins... I LOVE this effect muchly.  And there you have it!


Right, I shall loves ya and leaves ya now... once again, thank you for all your visits over the years... I am still grinning like a loon that my blog has had sooo many hits!  Thanks for looking, have a grand day!  TTFN

Hels x

20 comments:

perfectly4med said...

Congratulations on such a landmark! Super sample too x

Neil

annemarks said...

Saw both shows yesterday and have them taped for future ref. Love the projects and have bought more stuff to play with. You are so inspiring Hels :)

Julia Dunnit said...

Congrats..that's a lorra viewers!
I'm a 'picture in my mind' crafter and hate it when I can't get it from head to hand! My melt pot....gave it away about four years ago. Haven't ever missed it. I say, celebrate our differences!!

Inkypinkycraft said...

you deserve it hels, fab ideas and you are a lovely gal yourself! gorgeous shows and makes...i am going to have a play with my new project pan and beeswax real soon! hugs x

massofhair said...

Fantastic stats but not surprised as you are REALLY good at what you do Hels!

You are always a pleasure to watch, your Blog is very readable & interesting & you are so full of inspiration.

Am a quiet fan & follower of your creative genius, again huge congrats.

Love Suze Weinberg too, was lucky enough to attend one of her last workshops before she retired, a day of fun & wonderful memories:-) x

snazzyoriginal said...

No surprise at all at this Hels, you always inspire and give us a little giggle along the way too. What's not to click at? xx

Joanne said...

It doesn't surprise me one bit that you have had 1m hits on your blog - you are SUPER
As for how I craft, easy, I follow you.......
Xxxxx

Karen Petitt said...

Gorgeous work Hels and I'm not surprised about the numbers - you inspire so many of us with your beautiful vintage creations. If I hadn't have found your blog I would not do vintage or distress but your use of lovely colours means I experiment these days. With reference to my creations - well sometimes I do a sketch in my notepad and sometimes I just play around with stash until I am happy, it depends on who I am creating something for or what I am creating - typical woman does a bit of multi tasking lol! xx

Christine said...

Hi Hels congrats on your fab shows & views not surprised tho.lol as to your white B/ground blog I like it plain (mine is) shows off your stunning work all the better with out distracting themes etc..

smiles Christine x

rachel said...

congrats on the million Hels - I think I'm a bit of both - some things have got a definite plan - some evolve!!! I tend to be happier with the latter pieces as the definite plans often don'y look quite how I had imagined them - maybe its telling me something! Hugs rachel xx

Marleine said...


Hi Hels,

Loved the shows.

Congratulations on the blog.

Enjoyed watching your shows. X

Rita said...

Congratulations Hels. We certainly think your worth a million views. Enjoy your Day. Hugs Rita xxx

Jackie Trinder said...

Congratulations on so many page views you are certainly an inspiration to us all. I am so tempted by the melt pot but it will have to wait, January finances are not good. Great shows yesterday. Love Jackie

Carol Q said...

wow that's a stunner Hels. congrats! loved your makes on C&C yesterday.

Shazza said...

Congratulations you millionaire! Loved the shows yesterday and this is gorgeous x

Linda Simpson said...

Congratulations on such a fantastic landmark in blog land Hels, so well deserved as you are such an inspiration to us all. LOVE, this gorgeous work of art and the leaves look so lush.

Hugs
Linda xxx

Emma Burns said...

Congrats Hels! Like the [lain background...better to see your lovely work! I like to have a plan...and then I change it! Love what you do xxx

carol edwards said...

Congratulations Hels on reaching a million. Yours shows yesterday were really good, thanks for the inspiration. Like the new background, it does show your pieces on well. I tend to go with the flow when crafting unless I have a specific project in mind x

Lottie said...

I was glued to the TV watching you yesterday Hels. I can't operate out new tv so had to get my husband to sort it out for me!

Congratulations for being a millionaire!!!!!!!

Lottie said...

I was glued to the TV watching you yesterday Hels. I can't operate out new tv so had to get my husband to sort it out for me!

Congratulations for being a millionaire!!!!!!!

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