Sunday, 16 February 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 295 - And Your Bird Can Sing

Goodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all.  Many thanks for all your gorgeous diamond creations last week, it was great to see so many different interpretations of the theme.  The theme this week is rather poignant... more of that later... but first, the theme is... BIRDS.  To join in with the theme is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you like.  Add in the theme and some stamping and then pop back here, leave me a comment with a linky to the place you are showing your entry and then I can pop over to visit you. If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook, simply tag my name... or via emailing a small res pic to me.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 22nd February 2014.


As I mentioned, a poignant theme for me this week... in memory of my dear Aunty June who sadly passed away last week after a short illness.  I could have chosen so many different themes that remind me of her... but birds was the theme that stuck with me because I share her love of our feathered friends, especially owls.  When I was a kid I spent many a happy summer holiday staying with her, my uncle and cousins in "that London"... being a northerner in the south during those hazy summer days whetted my appetite for all things southern and I eventually ended up living in the south.  Aunty June always spoilt me, when I was little her birthday and Christmas pressies were always a little bit special, like a fancy pair of socks with golden threads woven into them, a beautiful red leather purse (which was sadly stolen) and in later years she bought me silver charms for my charm bracelet, all of them had a special meaning too; the Owl & The Pussycat because she used to say that poem to me when I was a kid.   She was a very special woman in my life and this piece of art is dedicated to my Aunty June... and the happy memories she left with me.



I won't go into too great a detail on how I created this canvas as it is my class sample from my workshop yesterday at Neil Burley's The Studio.  Big thanks to the lovely ladies who came along to play and get painty with us... and again to Neil for hosting the class.  I used a selection of Kaisercraft paints to create the background colours - Eggshell, Wisteria and Eggplant... aren't they gorgeous colours?  I don't know what is going on with me this year but I seem to have turned a little purple!  I had actually chosen to use soft mossy tones with smidges of mocha but changed my mind at the last minute!!! And then spent half an hour trying to dull down the purples until I was happy with the colours.  The sentiment is from The Artistic Stamper - available HERE... I love these lovely big wordy stamps - perfect for a mixed media project like this.



I must away now - I am up at stoopid o'clock today (scheduling this late last night... ) to travel to Birmingham for the Stitches Trade Show at the NEC.   I am demo-ing for Creative Expressions for the next three days so I might not be about much (social media might be a bit scarce too as the signal in the NEC is pants!) And as I hinted earlier in the week... I shall be demo-ing a brand new product from Creative Expressions... I am hoping to be able to make up a few samples whilst at the show so I will be able to blog as soon as possible to share all the goss on this fabby new ***** .... whoops, nearly let the cat out of the bag then!   As ever, thank you for looking... have a great day all.  TTFN

Hels x

30 comments:

Crafty Humphreys said...

Lovely post Hels. Beautiful theme. Have fun in Brum. Will try and get some (me) crafting in this week to join in. Suz (Aka Surrey Crafts) xxx

nancyd said...

Morning Hels, a beautiful piece of art
I'm sure your auntie June would be very
pround of you commiserations on your loss.
Good luck at the NEC and looking
forward to seeing all your demo's.
Nancyd xx

Mrs B said...

Hi Hels. This is a lovely piece in memory of your Aunty Joy. My condolences are with you. Have fun demoing at Stitches. Can't wait to see what the new product is : ) Drive carefully. Take care.

Helen said...

How beautiful this is, Hels' - I have always been a fan of purple and ignore people who say it's an old lady colour...although..!! A fond and fitting memory of your aunt. Hope Stitches goes well and we don't have to wait too long to see this "new secret..." ! xx

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Hels what a wonderful creation I do like the colours you have used. Your aunt was a very special lady my aunt was like that for me sadly she now has dementia. I am sorry for your loss. Enjoy the NEC I was demoing there last sadly not this year. I hope your journeys are safe and the weather kind. Jackie

carol edwards said...

Hi Helsso sorry for your loss. Your beautiful canvas is a fitting tribute to your Aunty June the colours are stunning. Funny won't go into detail but the song/word Imagine is so very close to my heart. Have a wonderful 3 days at Stitches enjoying all the new things to play with x

rachel said...

such a fitting tribute Hels - love it! Big Hugs xx

Inkypinkycraft said...

A gorgeous make and wonderful tribute...sending hugs trace x

Redanne said...

Your canvas is beautiful Hels, I love that Wisteria colour! Such a wonderful tribute to a very special lady in your life.

Take care at Stitches but have some fun too! Hugs, Anne x

corinna said...

hello hels, the canvas is so pretty, your auntie june sounds like she was indeed a very special lady, you are very lucky to have had her in your life. such memories. have a fab time at nec, i will just have to contain myself until the new products are revealed... i feel like a child at christmas!!! take care, corinna

Carole Z said...

Hello Hels, this is just perfect and I love birds, so a perfect theme too! Have fun at Stitches, I'm coming up tomorrow with my friend who is in retail, so hope to say hello and see what you're demo-ing! Hugs, Carole Z X

Astrid said...

Goodmorning,
Your creations is stunning, such a beautiful colours and layering.
Hugs Astrid

nannapat said...

Fabulous art work Hels and a wonderful tribute to your aunt. Pat x

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, My sincere condolences on the loss of your Auntie June, my thoughts and prayers are with you and all her Family.
Your canvas is stunning, the colour purple is my favourite of all time, so these colours in that range are stunning.
You have 5 asterisks, does that mean that there are 5 letters to the fab new product, see I told you I have no patience haha !!
Have lots of fun and fab demo's at the Trade Shows.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Debi said...

So sorry for your loss. You have some wonderful memories of your Aunt. Thanks for sharing a few with us.
Love the canvas, esp. the purples.
Here is a little something with your bird theme:
http://thatmightlookgoodonacard.blogspot.com/2014/02/i-just-cant-resist-pretty-embossing.html

Beautiful Bouquets said...

Hi Hels that is lovely and what a beautiful blog.
I will try and enter x

sue :) said...

Super creation this week, adore the colours and layers hope you can find time to pop to my blog and find the bird on the frame. www.artycreationinspiration.blogspot.co.uk

Julie Short said...

Sorry for your loss Hels but what lovely memories you have to console you. I have been playing with new birds http://timetocreate-handmadetreasure.blogspot.com.au/2014/02/warningnew-birds-in-neighbourhood.html

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Hels I'm back again. I wanted to have a go at your Sunday Stamper Challenge. I have only just created my blog as you will see when you go there. I'm not sure if I have the idea right but nothing tried nothing gained.
http://tinyrosecr.blogspot.co.uk/
I hope the link works. There is so much to learn. Love Jackie

Deonna Bemish said...

here is my Bird card
http://ilovetomakecards.blogspot.com/2014/02/repeat-impressions-sketch-challenge.html
Thank you
Deonna B

BarbaraW said...

Your piece is gorgeous. Wish I could attend one of your classes, but the commute from Chicago would be a bit much.
Here's my bird card. http://magicdelights.blogspot.com/2014/02/time-travel.html
It's not quite the kind of birds you were expecting, is it?

Sharon said...

Sorry for your loss Hels. Such a beautiful piece of art created in memory. x

Crafty Humphreys said...

Love the colours on your sample Hel's and great theme. As promised in the first comment, here is my entry. Suz (Surrey Crafts). Cheers lovey. xxx http://craftyhumphreys.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/birdy-card-for-my-latest-workshop.html

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels just popping back with my entry to this weeks challenge x
Carol Edwards.blogspot.com

Lisette Baker said...

What lovely memories you have of your Aunty and fabulous to have the charm bracelet as a tangible reminder (I'd love to see the owl & the pussycat charm). Fabulous project as always and a very special tribute.
Here's what I've been up to
http://wp.me/p3bDgK-2gM

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Hello Hels, please accept my condolences on the loss of your aunt. Your canvas is a beautiful way of honouring her. I hope you have a safe journey to Cornwall.

Carole Z said...

Hi Hels, here's mine for this week, hugs Carole Z X
http://8thwonderart.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/sunday-stampers-week-295-birds-friday.html

Becky said...

Another gorgeous piece of art Hels where do you find the time.
Here is mine

http://becky-bailey-blog.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/tag_21.html

Becky x

Vanja said...

Fabulous! :)
My card can be seen there http://vanjascraftyden.blogspot.com/2014/02/the-singing-birds-sing-to-springspring.html

hugs
Vanja

rachel said...

hiya Hels - hopefully you'll recognise your input here http://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/02/a-fine-romance.html

hugs Rachel xx

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