Sunday, 12 October 2014

Sunday Stamper - Week 329 - Catch A Falling Star

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all!  Thank you all for your fabby leafy entries for last weeks challenge - I am loving all your different interpretations of the theme.   The theme this week is STARS You can interpret the challenge how you like: stamp stars, stencil stars, add starry embellies, add starry diecuts... 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 18th October 2014.



For my entry this week I have altered one of Tim's Worn Covers.  If you visited yesterday you will have seen the brand new Compendium of Curiosities 3 Challenge theme is Worn Covers.   HERE are all the deets on how to join in with the challenge - if you haven't before, you are missing a great challenge that also has brilliant stashly prizes too.  To see my post from yesterday just scroll down the page and it will be there.   Anyways... I went to town when I was altering the insidey bit of the cover and decided that I would save my outsidey bit for the Sunday Stamper this week... and here it is!



I used lots of Distress Ink to alter the cover - starting with Antique Linen rubbed directly all over the cover to age it up a bit.  I then used Gathered Twigs to dirty up the edges - I do love taking something brand new and making it look like it has been kicking around for a yonk and a half and nowt does this job better than Distress Ink.  I then used a couple of Tim's Layering Stencils (Gothic and Stars) to add more inky details - Forest Moss for the Gothic and Gathered Twigs for the Stars.  Of course, I wouldn't be happy without adding my little harlequin stamp to the project - so that makes an appearance both inside and outside of the cover, stamped with Jet Black Archival so it pops more from the background.



Decorating stuff is where I find my happy place... bet you never guessed that right?  I stamped the large feather (Tim's Bird Feather stamp set) using Wendy's Cornflower, Tree Branch and Potting Soil Archival Inks, stamping onto a smidge of Wallflower paper and then cutting out the detailly bits of the feather.  Once cut, I edged it with Gathered Twigs so there weren't any ugly cut bits on show.   I used Distress Core-Dinations card to die cut some Spring Greenery, sanding and inking the leaves before layering them with the feather.  I did make a big old rose for the front of the book but... alas... it just didn't look right - it was too heavy and bulky for the effect I wanted so that is now on the Shelf-of-Stuff-I-Will-Get-Around-To-Using!  Instead I added some Prima flowers, they are flatter and worked much better for me.


Finally I began the embellishmentising... I love tipping all my embellies out on to the desk and rummaging and altering them with Distress Paints - which is what I did with a fair few of the metal pieces I chose.  The cool this with Distress Paint is that half drying and then rubbing off the still wet paint to reveal the underneathy bits... it makes the embellies look like they are all shabby and battered.  I didn't want to ignore the back of the cover so I added the same kind of decoration as the front and scrawled me initials - you know, just to remind meself I made it *teehee*.  I am really chuffed with how the cover turned out... and I have set myself a challenge to fill it up with pages... I have the first one made already so will be back later in the week to show you that.


You might have noticed that I have been neglecting my blog and haven't been on the tellybox for a while.  There is a good (or bad) reason for this.  I haven't been very well for a few months now and in the past few weeks I have really been suffering.  I have felt so rough some days I haven't even ventured into the Room of Stash!  I am undergoing tests and scans at the moment - I am finding out some results this week and hopefully then I will be able to get some treatment to make me better.  I am still trying to keep up with all my challenges and commitments but my poor old blog has been getting ignored.  Thanks to all who still visit and who join in with my challenge - with a bit of good luck, I will get better soon and be back to my old daily blogging ways soon.  

That's all from me for today... it is the final race meeting of the British Touring Cars at Brands Hatch - I am not well enough for us to go this year (boohoo) but we will be watching the telly and cheering GO PLATO!   Thanks for looking and have a great day! TTFN

Hels x

23 comments:

Joanne said...

I don't know how you can keep making fantastic stuff each better than the last but you do. This really is fab. Enjoy the racing, I'll be shouting GO LEWIS later in F1. Rest up.
Xxx

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels gorgeous cover with loads going on for interest and enjoyment. Love all the mixes of different things. Sorry you have not been feeling too well lately, hopefully things will soon improve. Enjoy your weekend x

snazzyoriginal said...

Love these covers, just beautiful with stunning colours. Take care xx

Kathryn said...

Hi lovely , stunning project as usual .... I so need some of these covers lol xx hope your on the mend soon xx huggles

Redanne said...

Oh Hels, I hope they find out what is at the root of the problem and that they can offer you some relief, I know how awful it is to feel poorly for long periods of time - got my fingers crossed for you.

Well I thought the inside was fabulous but I love the outside even more! The feather and the butterfly are just stunning and I like how you continue the Harlequin stamping inside. It really is a stunning cover! Big healing hugs, Anne xx

Helen said...

Hope you get positive results (or negative should that be?) and they find out how to fix you! Poorly Hels is not good! Love the cover, it's beautiful. xx

Anneke said...

This is gorgeous. Really beautiful. Love your design Anneke.

Julie said...

Sorry to hear you aren't feeling so well. Here's wishing you soon get sorted and you will be able to get back up here to the North York Moors. I find the trains a nuisance when I have to get through at Grosmont near where I live. As usual, you are inspiring us with your inky creations. Hope to see you soon on the telly box. Am missing your style on the telly - it's boring without you, Hels.

All best. Love Julie x

corinna said...

Hi there, Hels, so sorry to hear you are "poorly." Hope the tests come back with an easy solution for you; feel better soon. Watching Plato at the mo, coincidence or what! Big crashes at the beginning. Loving the project, as always. Take great care of yourself.

Chris Kelly said...

Hi Hels.
What a lovely project. Beautiful colours and fab embellies. I do hope you soon feel better and there are treatments that will help you. You are a lovely lady and an inspiration to us all. I am looking for my mojo at the moment because I have so much to do craft wise and it has totally deserted me. My lovely hubby has been in hospital for 2 weeks and has been so poorly. He is home now so perhaps I can get started on decorating a heart shaped box for my friend's birthday next month. This has been the only time I have not been able to lose myself in craft. I hope things improve for you. Crafty hugs from Chris

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, Fabulous !! Fabulous !! Fabulous !!
I was sorry to read you haven't been well, I'm sending you huge hugs and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Vic said...

Your cover is fabulous! Sending healing thoughts and prayers to you.

Cim Allen said...

Beautiful cover ! I hope you feel better :)

crafty creations said...

Beautiful covers Hels - haven't started mine but I will-hope you are better soon

My star piece is HERE

Thanks for looking

Jane Castle said...

Really love the cover held, hope you are feeling more like your old self soon x
http://castlekellycrafts.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/star-of-wonder-christmas-card.html

AnneRD said...

A lovely cover Hels. Hope you feel better soon, looking forward to welcoming you back to Dandie Crafts for a weekend of inspiration! Anne x

Crafting Queen said...

Beautiful creation. Hope you get some help to make you better real soon.
My entry is :http://skippereva.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/mad-about-metallics.html

Jackie Trinder said...

Good morning Hels I love what you have created here it is gorgeous. You always give your projects so much texture. I have created a card and tag with some stars on for your to have a look at.
http://tinyrosecr.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/christmas-baubles.html
I hope you are feeling a bit better. Hugs Jackie

Lisette Baker said...

Hope you are feeling a bit better and getting to the root of it all. Love your cover - hoping you might do a class on this??

Once again, close to the wire, hoping to have more time to play this week!

The witching hour http://wp.me/p3bDgK-2TN

janna'scraftingattic said...

This is so beautiful - makes my little card look very naff , ha ha
Not even started on my worn cover yet !!!
Hope you are feeling more yourself xxxx

janna'scraftingattic said...

Oops forgot to put the link

http://janna-scrappingintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/catch-falling-star-hels-sheridan-sunday.html

Xxx

janna'scraftingattic said...

Oops forgot to put the link

http://janna-scrappingintheattic.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/catch-falling-star-hels-sheridan-sunday.html

Xxx

Kimberly Cobb said...

Hels, I am so sorry you have not been feeling well and I hope you will feel better soon. I know going through tests is not only exhausting but also anxiety producing. Your creative work must be therapeutic because your Worn Cover is beautiful, inside and out. My entry is: http://kornerchair.blogspot.com/2014/10/star-lightstar-bright.html

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