Sunday, 3 August 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 319 - Bits & Pieces

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you for all your great frosty and festive entries for last weeks challenge.  The theme this week is one to help you!  Oh yesh, the theme is BITS & PIECES so you can interpret the challenge how you like: you could grab all those bits and pieces that you have laying about and pop them onto your creation, you might have stamped some images and not got around to using them...    the choice, it be yours!  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 *this is THE important bit guys, please remember your rubberstamps!*  and then hop back here, leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry and I can come see you.   If you haven't got a blog, you can join in via Facebook (just tag me name) or by emailing a small res.pic to me.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 9th August 2014.

 
Ok, so not only am I helping you tidy up your crafty spaces, I am also admitting that my Room of Stash has kind of, well, sort of... ok, it is reallly getting messy again!  I tend to get a load of stuff out to use on projects and when I don't use them, I bung them all onto a shelf above my desk where they lay around gathering dust and cobwebs and eventually I say "enough!" and spend several hours sorting them and putting them away.  I even have a box for left over diecuts that I haven't used... just the same as a box of offcuts of ribbons and lace... I mean, you never know when you will need that 1" piece of lace do you?



I started my tag by inking it with Antique Linen, Frayed Burlap, Vintage Photo and edging with Walnut Stain Distress Inks.  Stamping with Potting Soil Archival, I stamped the large birds and then using Jet Black I stamped the smaller birds (they are up a-top under the ribbon) and I added some faded script stamping with Antique Linen but that doesn't show up at all now!   My fave diamonds are making another appearance, well they were on me desk from my Compendium tag the other day so why not indeedily?


Now, I have had a pot of Ranger Frosted Crystal Antiquities embossing powder on me desk for a yonk and a half and I was sitting there, looking at my inked tag and I thought "I wonder if...."   So I tried it and... oh yesh, I likes.   SO what did I wonder?  Well, there be a technique of Tim's, called Rusted Enamel, where you ink all over cardstock, sprinkle clear embossing powder over the top, flick the back of the card and then ink right over the embossy bits... so I decided to dry my tag completely as I had used different inks and didn't want the powder to stick all wonky like and then I inked right back over the top using more Antique Linen, this enriched the original colours to my delight too!  I then sprinkled the Antiquities powders over the top, flicked the back of the tag so get rid of some of the powders and then embossed them... wow, I love it!  This tag is so tactile now!  If you have some of these powders... try it! Let me know what you thinks!  Because I am no David Bailey, my photo's aren't really showing what the technique looks like IRL.. I will try and do another one and get better pics (I might even see if I can borrow Grim's swizzy camera *or better still, get him to photo it for me!*  Once I had my background sorted, I started assembling the bits and pieces I had collected together... I used my Distress Spritzer and a Walnut Stain Marker to dirty up the ribbon roses as they were really clean and stood out far too much for my liking.



I really had a lot of fun putting this tag together and I wish I could say that my desk is looking a little tidier but no, it isn't... nor is the shelf above it... or, for that matter, is the floor any more visible than it was before.  Actually I thinks I may needs to make several hundred more tags like this to get rid of all those little bits I can't bear to either throw away or indeedily, put back where I got them from!   Today we are mostly going to be sitting watching the British Touring Cars, it is sooo long since they were last on... and we were on holibobs so we only saw the highlights of the races... I have missed shouting... GO PLATO!   Thanks for looking, have a great day! TTFN

Hels x



20 comments:

Helen said...

what a wonderful tag!! have an enjoyable day - I'm off to Stevenage; been an age since you were there!

Ruth said...

Beautiful tag, can just about see the effect of the antiquities powder......loving the touches of pink and green, perfect! I tidied up my desk yesterday and there's a little pile of bits in the corner so me thinks a great challenge I hope to join in with this week.

Carole Z said...

A beautiful tag Hels, well I always seem to be surrounded by bits, so in theory shouldn't be too hard to conjure something up, lol, hugs Carole ZX

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, You always make me laugh !! I have boxes and boxes of 'bits and bobs' just in case they come in for something haha !! I am going through the lot slowly, trying to use up the bits, and your tag is a fabulous idea for all these 'leftovers'.
Have a lovely day, we are having a respite, at the moment, from the horrendous rain that we had yesterday, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the sunshine stays !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Redanne said...

Ha, I am wearing my halo today because I tidied up my similar jumble of things and am now very clean and tidy - well for today at least!

Your tag is gorgeous, love the butterflies and your grunged up flowers - just lovely. Hugs, Anne xx

rachel said...

your tag is gorgeous Hels - a real beauty - hope you have a great Sunday xx

janna'scraftingattic said...

This is a gorgeous tag , love the shiney ribbon. Colours are very me :-) and I of course love the butterfly , noticed cute diamond stamps too. Husband watching Plato , I am in the garden crafting with a buddy :-)

crafty creations said...

Great tag Hels and a fab challenge Mine is on my blog HERE

Thanks for looking

Anneke said...

Your tag looks amazing. Really love the look of it. Everything fits perfectly. Thanks for your inspiration Anneke.
www.annekescardart.blogspot.com

our karen said...

Hels this is fabulous oh and that 1" of lace :)

Bonnie McLain said...

Hels your tag is beautiful... I love all the goodies to be found on your work table... mine was a mess... but I did find a few things... that I could pull together a piece... hope ya'll like it...

http://lovelightandpeacebonnie.blogspot.com/2014/08/reality-birds-are-cute.html

Have a GREAT week... Love, Light and Peace...Bonnie

BarbaraW said...

Love your beautiful tag. Once I got started on my card, I had no problems finding bits and pieces. Here's my card: http://magicdelights.blogspot.com/2014/08/grandmothers.html

Ruth said...

Well, back again this early...must be ill! Just had to join in as I've missed the last few. Here's my link. Thanks Hels, great challenge x

http://argeum.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/leftovers.html

Sandy Dehon said...

Your tag is SMASHING! I don't know which I love more, your beautiful art work or all the words you use which I have no idea what they mean!
Sandy xx

rachel said...

yippee - I managed to join in this week! http://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/stain-it-at-vintage-journey.html

huggles Rachel x

Lisette Baker said...

Divine with a stonking great capital D. Want to try that fabulous combo of inks. Love all the elements especially that little bit of lace peeking out.x

http://wp.me/p3bDgK-2Mk

jeanie g said...

Hi Hels this is a milestone for me!! My eyes have actually lasted long enough for me to upload to my blog and link it to yours, Hope you like it yours is gorgeous just like you. Wish I was seeing you this weekend. Hope you have a ball!!

http://apaintaholicsprogress.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/butterfly-cards-and-using-my-left-overs.html

Jane Castle said...

Hi Hels, beautiful tag, I'm not sure about tidying up the bits as some I've grown very fond of!!! Anyway here's my entry for this week.
http://castlekellycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/wedding-card-with-vellum-flower.html

janna'scraftingattic said...

Just got in again - phew !!

Very quick card this week

http://janna-scrappingintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/08/anniversary-card-made-with-scraps-hels.html

TangledBlueRose said...

Hi Hels! I love your tag so much detail and loveliness, always! I finally let time manage me to play along with you here! My play tag is ready to share :) Thanks so much!
See it here:
http://tangledbluerose.blogspot.com/2014/08/tag-playsunday-stamper-bits-pieces-hels.html

~kim

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