Saturday, 31 January 2015

Curiously Rock Candied...

Gooooodly Morning to all you lovely Compendium-ers!  Today sees the start of another 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... they never cease to amaze me with their inspirational ideas and art!   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.  Tim & Mario have, as ever, 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 55 of the book and playing with Rock Candy Distress Glitter.  As ever 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.  


As per usual I have made a tag for my entry.  Before I waffle on, I shall answer a couple of questions I have been asked recently: "what do you do with all the tags you make?"   Well, that depends!  For example, the ones for the Compendium Challenge, have made it onto a big old book ring and will eventually be turned into wall art... the rest... they usually go into a basket and serve as a "mojo-buster" should the Old Cad Mojo swan off on his holibobs.  Occasionally I will pop one onto a card blank.   Another question: "why do you make mostly tags?"  I love tags, the size is perfect for me to work on, I love the manila surface to play on and I guess, they just make me happy.    And another: "What size tag do you use?"  My favourite size is Ranger's Size 8 Manila... I LOVE this cardstock SO muchly!  Hope that answers a few of you :O)   Anyways.. on with the challenge!  My tag! I started with my tag and spritzed Milled Lavendar, Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves Spray Stains over it, misting with water to get a nice drippy effect and dried it with a heat tool. 


Now, 213 years ago I was lucky enough to see a rare demo morning with Tim himself in a little craft shop in London.  It was upon that day that I fell hook, line and sinker for all things Tim and Distress!  I treated myself to a couple of wood-mounted Tim stamps (this was just as Tim released his very first 10 unmounted sets and the shop didn't have them in yet!) One of the stamps was Peacock Flourish - which is now on the unmounted set Tattered Elements - and it has remained a much beloved stamp of mine.   I used Seedless Preserves Distress Ink and did the technique as outlined on Page 55 of the book.  Isn't that glitter just soooo pretty?  I don't normally "do" glitter, I hate the way the stuff flies all over the place and ends up in places that glitter really has no business of being!  However, Distress Glitter is a complete different animal... it doesn't flap about, it isn't static and... best of all, it looks realllly chunky but is so smooth.. oh and better than best of all... you can ink it!  YAY!


Once I had the background how I wanted it (and.. ooopsie-daisies, I forgot to get a photo of the background before I decorated it) I set about layering up some decorative bits.  I used manila cardstock (Ranger) and did the same Spray Stain spritzes to colour it, die cut it with the Tattered Florals die and made a rose *points left - see full photo tut in sideybar on how I make my roses*   I then cut some Garden Green leaves, added bits and bobs of trim and ruler ribbon and Idea-ology and then got out the old Underwood (ahem, did I mention I loves my old Underwood?) and typed a few words... and voila, assembled!  I liked the look of it but it still needed something... so I grabbed some Crinkle Ribbon and followed the awesome Paula Cheney's bow tutorial... I LOVE how she makes those bows soooo easy... thank you Paula!  I make no secret of the fact I think she is a ROCK star in this world of craft we inhabit.



Anyways... that's it from me for today... don't forget, you have two whole 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* Thanks for looking, have an inky and inspirational day!  TTFN

Hels x

48 comments:

Joanne said...

Another perfect and exciting creation Hels. Love the colours and your flowers are fit for Chelsea.
Xx

Sue Balawajder said...

Love the colours, your roses are always perfect (in my mind mine will be too,then I wake up !).Beautiful tag.Hugs to you,Sue Balawajder (craftywaj)

Candy C said...

Hels....your tag is amazingly beautiful. As always, your rose is so elegant. I love the colors you used on your tag. Love your background stamp. I need to check out Paula's easy now making tutorial. I struggle with that sometimes. Thanks for sharing!!

Anita Houston said...

HELLO!!! A new favorite! How do you do it?!! LOVE LOVE LOVE this Hels! The rose, the Paula bow, the stamping, the glitter, the whole arrangement, and the dreamy color! Gorgeous every bit!

SusanK said...

So, so pretty and what a gorgeous shade of purple Seedless Preserves is!

Patricia Howarth said...

Hi Hels, A very beautiful tag, gorgeous colours and gorgeous stamping and gorgeous flower.
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Cindy Marlow said...

Love your tags and techniques! Colorful and romantic and perfect for Valentine's or Mom's birthday!

Jan Hill said...

What a beautiful tag , love the colours you have used and that subtle sparkle looks great. I think it shows off the flower. Jan x

Caroline said...

Beautiful tag!! I used to wonder also why people made these tags, they were too pretty to give a away!! Now I understand - they are to keep to admire and decorate our spaces :) Love the feminine colours you used.

Redanne said...

Oh Hels, this is so beautiful and so very you! Gorgeous background colour and the flower and Paula bow are to die for - gorgeous!! Hugs, Anne xx

Julie Steed said...

This is amazing! I love the colors you used.

Pam said...

This tag is o beautiful! I love the colors, the sparkle, the flower, the bow, oh just eevrything!

JanBianchi said...

This is beyond words! Gorgeous, soft and love the color you choose.

sara j said...

Such deep, yummy, inviting colors....oh my! If I could type a picture of my hands on my face I would - the whole thing is just rich and luscious and bling....but not too much. And the colors in the large rose are brilliant....Great tag Ms. Hels!!

Veronica Tovar said...

Incredible tag Hels, I love the rose, very beutiful...

Sunshine Girl said...

Wow great tag - its very bright! This was a great technique wasn't it. I used the garden greens and small tattered flowers on mine too!

Maura said...

Magnificent! What you can do with pinks is amazing. Very elegant!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I always love to see what you have created to share. Beautiful work and love the rose and your color choices.

Annette Green said...

Hels, this is simply beautiful. I'm not usually a big fan of pinks and purples, but you created a lovely, layered, gorgeous tag with the color choices and have inspired me to step outside my color rut and give them a try. Gorgeous darling!

Cim Allen said...

What a beautiful tag ! Your flower is perfect .. I wish I could get mine to look so perfect. The color and all the elements on it are so pretty.

Kerstin F. said...

Very romantic and beautiful with such a lovely pretty flower!

Shari Trumbull said...

Oh My Goodness, Hels!! I don't know what I LOVE more about your tag--your GORGOEUS sparkly background or that BEAUTIFUL bloom!!? Oh, I just LOVE IT ALL!! I love Paula Cheney, too! :) She is a rock star and I use/share her techniques all the time--especially her bows!!(she was one of my first followers of my blog when I started almost 2 years ago!) :)
Fabulous Tag, Hels! XOXO-Shari

newfiecrafter(Marilyn) said...

Such a gorgeous tag love the bright colors and your flowers are perfect

Rea' said...

As usual ... gorgeous, such pretty colors and I love your background. The flower is beautiful... fabulous shading ... it looks real !

Cheryl Grigsby said...

So many perfections here, Hels. You've ROCKED the challenge, totally agree on Distress Glitter. I love the baubles you add to the top of your tag and the roses, always your perfect roses. Gorgeous, my love!

Susan said...

Awesome tag, Hels! You used my favorite purple colors - yay! As always, you are the queen of roses and bows and, of course, all those wonderful embellishments that go with them!

Larimore2 said...

This tag is positively luscious !!! That color pop of purple/lavender rose is so spot on for getting all the attention on the page!! Our ygr DaughterInLaw just loves purple & would definitely agree, as well as COVET!!! lol!! ;)

Marjie Kemper said...

What a stunning tag, Hels.... the flower and greenery are outstanding, and I love all the background stamping.

Sara Barker said...

Love the colors!!!! A beaatiful rose, and bow and all those lovely trinkets really set the glittered background off!

Ruby Craft said...

Love, love, love this color combo. Beautiful tag! Thanks for the wonderful inspiration!

Carol said...

The colors are so pretty! Now if only I could get that glitter to behave as well as yours does! I'm a glitter-phobe for that very reason that it simply will not stay put where I place it and I'm pulling it out of my hair and clothing and the next three projects...

Pamellia Johnson said...

This is so gorgeous! I just love the feminine colours and patterns! Your flower and foliage are incredible! hugs :)

LauraVi said...

Gentle, spring-like colours, love your tag!

Nikki Acton said...

Beautiful tag - incredible colours and so well designed. Nikki xx

Vintagehandmade said...

What a beautiful vintage tag! Gorgeous creation! Love the flower!

Jess M said...

That flower is so beautiful. What a love burst of color in the middle of winter.

Jan Hill said...

I just love the colours you used in the tag, the lavender tones down the pink. That sparkled background is gorgeous with the rose. Jan x

Kim said...

Your colors are so perfect for this week!! Your roses are always spectacular; now I'm off to see about doing the bow!

Vic's Creations! said...

I love your perfectly soft pink tag! It looks so natural and I'm always amazed by your flowers. So...I gave your flower tutorial a try last week. It took some struggling, but I got a flower! Thank you for the tutorial! Love your greenery and rock candy glitter background swirly! I decided to use a swirly stamp on my project too! Love your projects!

craftylyn said...

You are defiantly the Queen of Roses. They always look perfect. The colours in this tag are gorgeous too, soft and inviting. I need to gaze for hours to take it all in.

Lisa H said...

Oh, this is soooo pretty! I love the rose and the colors. =)

Chary Deiling said...

This tag is just gorgeous!! I love the colors, the pearls, and just everything about it.

Kimberly Cobb said...

Hels, What a beautiful and elegant tag. Love the colors and how the glitter works with the Seedless Preserves. I do love how this technique adds a little zing to projects, not being a glitter girl.

snazzyjj said...

Love how your were able the get the twinkle of the glitter in your photo. So pretty.

Kay B Mitchell said...

Hi Hels - LOVE the flower - Happy Valentines Day!

Lisa S. said...

Gorgeous tag Hels! That flower is so pretty and I love the colors.

Studio Rose said...

It took me a little while to find the harlequin stamp this time! You always use it to such great effect. The colors on this tag are so breathtakingly beautiful and I just love love love that rose. I'm going to check out that bow tute; always need help with that!

Lisa :) said...

SO unbelievably gorgeous!!! I mean the colors and the glitter hints it's just all amazing.

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