Saturday, 11 October 2014

Curiously Covered...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of a brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge.  To see all the details on how to join in with the challenge, CLICK HERE.  Also, if you pop across to Linda's blog, you will see all gorgeous creations that my talented teamies on the Curiosity Crew have made... well worth taking a cuppa and a packet of Digestives :O)    The challenge is sponsored by the Inspiration Emporium this time... so you will have a chance of winning a very generous Gift Certificate to spend there.  As ever, Tim & Mario have very kindly donated goodies for an extra prize... which will be awarded to the "Curiosity Crew's Choice"... so you have two chances of winning fabby prizes!  If you haven't got your Compendium book just yet, you can order a signed copy directly from the man himself... HERE.  And... Linda has also done a FAQ page for you.. HERE it is... all the info you will need is listed there.   This week we are turning to Page 35 of the book and playing with Worn Covers .  Now, as usual with the Compendium Challenge neither I nor the Curiosity Crew will be posting the technique instructions and participants must not do so either. We all want to encourage people to buy Tim's awesome book; giving away the instructions wouldn’t be fair to him. Linda will have no choice but to un-link any entries that don’t follow this rule. 


My Worn Cover has been well and truly inked into submission!  I make no secret of my lurve of Distress Inks - in fact, it is a rare project that doesn't feature something Distressy on it.  My Cover is the Diary Journal - there are several different cover designs to chose from and I particularly liked this one because of the printing on the front.   It wasn't really my colour palette for the project I have in mind so... out came good old Antique Linen and voila, it changed the pale cold tones to nice pale warm tones!   I added a smidge of stencilling using Tim's Layering stencils - Stars & Lattice Work - using Gathered Twigs and Scattered Straw DI's respectively.


Onwards with Wallflowers papers and Vellums... I totally LOVE this paper collection - you know sometimes you get a paper collection and there's one particular paper sheet you aren't keen on?  Not so with this one... I loves them all... front and back (ooh-hooo all double sided which is always a bonus isn't it?)   Because of my lurves for the Wallflower papers, I cannot bear to part with even a half inch snippet of the papers so I put to good use my hoarding ways and used up snippets of the papers to make some layers and blocks which were then stamped and inked and remant-rubbed.



I didn't want to leave them just flat though... of course, any chance of popping an embellishment onto my art, I am going to take it right?   But... the insidey bit can't be too fat so I went for Prima flowers and some bits and bobs of embellies, a bit of Linen Ribbon to tie around the binder fixing and voila... finished!    Now... I would show you the outside of my Worn Cover but... I am being cheeky and it is actually going to be my Sunday Stamper for tomorrow so please do pop back if you can to see it... oh and I made a page or two to go inside too... totally carried away with all this fun inking and papering!



That's all for now - don't forget, you will have two weeks to enter the challenge... and a bat at the chance of grabbing the Crew's Choice prize which is a mahooosive haul of stash donated personally by Tim & Mario... so if you are joining in, remember to comment on all the Crew's blogs and you will be in with a chance of winning that too *believe me, this is one gigantic pile of goodies*  I will just say a big thank you to every one of you who has taken part in the challenge so far, it has been great to visit your blogs and see your wonderful interpretations of the challenge themes!  Thanks for looking, have an inky inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

56 comments:

JanBianchi said...

Hels I gotta say, I love always the organic touches to your work! I really admire that. I love what you have done here with the worn cover and vellum papers. I will check back to see what else develops. Love what you have done so far.

voodoo vixen said...

Lovely work Hels, hope you are feeling a heap better too! Big hugs.

Belinda Basson said...

The vellum has a lovely glow to it and I love all the layers you have created with the paper and stencils and remnant rubs.

Vic said...

Oh, how pretty! I look forward to seeing the front.

Joanne said...

Oh Hels this is unbelievable. Can I swap my bare cover for yours pretty please
X

Karen Garrard said...

Wonderful piece Hels. Love what you've done so far. Karen.x

Sue said...

This is LOVELY, Hels! So soft and Victorian looking. Just beautiful.

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels what can I say this is simply gorgeous. Your work inspirational I love visiting your blog to see what you have created. I have seen some of your work first hand at Pickwells farm shop. Hugs Jackie

Mary Elizabeth said...

So gorgeous. I adore the Wallflower paper too. And you have layered it such a wonderful way on your worn cover. This definitely has a time-worn and well-loved feel to it. Marvelous make -- Mary Elizabeth

SusanK said...

Hels, your worn cover is stunning! It speaks volumes of you...flowers!

Susan said...

This is so gorgeous, Hels! I just love nature themes and you have created a masterpiece! Love the stenciling and detail work! You are awesome!

Yvonne said...

This is so you...I would know it anywhere I saw it. your creations always inspire me. I love the nature and organic feel...it's beautiful. You always have your embellies perfectly set..beautiful colors and of course distressed love! Sending you hugs and love!

snazzyoriginal said...

Stunning x

Anita Houston said...

LOVE how you are breaking up the inside and outside on different posts! I'll be back!!! LOL!

You always amaze me with how balanced and perfectly proportioned your embellies are! LOVE the use of stamping and the warm tones. That paper is wonderful...so right you are! Just gorgeous innards Hels!

Rea' said...

I love it love your layers and all the stencil work; the use of wallflower paper just gorgeous... can't wait to see the outside... I'LL BE BACK !!

trisha too said...

Absolutely lovely.

:)

Lisapmac said...

Gorgeous, love this xx

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Love it !! Love it !! Love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Juliz Design Post said...

This is so beautiful Hels and I do love how you have decorated the whole folder, finishes it off perfectly.
Julie x

Carole Z said...

Lovely creation Hels, gorgeous! Hugs Carole Z X

Ruth L said...

What a wonderful work on that cover, love it, just perfect for the technique! Hels, hope you feel better already :-) hugs Ruth

rachel said...

I love that you did the inside \Hels - it looks brilliant - just ordered mine and I will try my very bestest to join in! Hugs rachel xx

Redanne said...

Oooh, you are a tease, if the outside is anything like the inside it will be totally amazing! I love how you decorated it Hels, it is beautiful. Hugs, Anne xx

McStamper said...

Beautiful creation.

Veronica Tovar said...

Very beutiful work, Hels. I would love to see the front and see if it they are as cute...

Sharon Y said...

Such a lovely vintage feel to the inside of your cover. Such a balanced and pleasing composition. Looking forward to the outside.

Jess M said...

Holy cow! This cover has everything. Just gorgeous to look at. Each time I see a little something new.
Jess

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Annette Green said...

Hels, you're an ace at Distress! This worn cover is simply gorgeous inside and can't wait to see outside. Love the layering, the papers YES I agree are SO pretty it's hard to cut, and the overall feminine feel of your book is stunning.

Shari Trumbull said...

It's just a lovely worn cover, Hels! The attention you've given to the inside of the binder is fabulous--your binder needs to be reversible so that you can enjoy the inside as much as the outside :) XOXO-Shari T.

CathyP said...

Just gorgeous! So many interesting elements! Really beautiful!

Candy C said...

Hels...this is absolutely gorgeous! I so love the soft muted colors. I am a huge fan of Tim's Wallflower paper collection, too. Like you...not one paper that I don't love. You've even taken the snippets of papers and created something wonderful with them! Love your use of the vellum. Your inside covers are amazing! I think I would have to display your book just like you have, opened and with absolutely NOTHING attached to the ring binders! It's too pretty to close the cover! <3 Candy

Marjie Kemper said...

It's so beautiful, I wouldn't want to put anything in it to cover your gorgeous work. Love all the layering, and the gorgeous flower arrangement.

Kim said...

Very pretty cover! I'm drawn to the pearls...can't wait to see the outsides!

Terry said...

This is so soft and lovely with the Wallflower papers. Love all the layering and added details. Looking forward to the cover!

Studio Rose said...

Always so much fun to read your posts and view your beautiful work! I will know the day you are kidnapped and someone takes your place, because there won't be a harlequin stamp on your project. Can't wait to see the outside - I'll go check that now!

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crafty creations said...

Beautifully done, as always, Hels so much detail - brilliant

Cheryl Grigsby said...

This is delicious, Helsie. I share your love (obsession) for Wallflowers Paper Stash so I was so excited that you went that direction. I love every detail of your Worn Cover!! I know what you mean, I can't throw away the tiniest piece, I use them all!! <3 <3 <3

Carol said...

The color actually "glows"!

Bobbi Smith said...

Just gorgeous Hels! I love all the layering and that vellum is amazing!

penny4thoughts said...

Such gorgeous layering on your cover - you embellish with the best of them - love it!

Ellen said...

Gorgeous Hels!!! Love the colors and the details!!!!

Hugs,
Ellen

snazzyjj said...

There is something so beautiful about your book, it just draws me in.

Vic's Creations! said...

Wow! What a masterpiece. If it wasn't a worn cover, you could just frame it and hang it in a museum. It's that beautiful! It's so natural and lovely! It reminds me of what peace should look like! Thanks!

Maura said...

Truly lovely!

craftylyn said...

This is so pretty and feminine I need to check out the Tim Holtz vellums. Fabulous

toni said...

Wonderful Hels! So very pretty! X

S@ndy Diller said...

You are the master at layers. Love how this all came together.
Simply lovely.

barbarayaya62 said...

Your layers are incredible! Love this! Your cover is so soft and beautiful! Gorgeous work! BArbarayaya

Lisa S. said...

I'm in love with your Worn Cover Hels. This paper collection is divine and I love the vellum papers too. While I'm too busy hoarding mine you've put them to beautiful use. Love, love, love this! Thanks for the inspiration!
Hope you are feeling better! xx

Kriss said...

Beautiful layering of papers and embellishments Hels!

Deb Lorence said...

Wow, you did an amazing job on the inside Hels! I need to check out your post on the front cover!

Lisa H said...

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