Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Playtime...

...it's amaaaazing what a little bit of new stash can do for a girl.  For months now I have been bemoaning the fact that the old cad Mojo has beetled off on his holibobs and left me all on my ownsome.  It happens, I know, to most of us... that old "crafter's block"... I hate that feeling that I will never be able to make anything ever again *yes, I am a bit of a drama-queen when it comes to Mr Mojo going off on a jaunt and I can be oft heard saying "that's it, I am done as a crafter, I will never make owt again... ever!"  Grim and most of my friends just ignore me when I am on one of these rants... I wonder why?*   
 


Anyways, yesterday some new goodies arrived in the Room of Stash!  Namely the new Tim Layering Stencils Blossom and Flourish and the new Tim stamp set Perspective.  Yes, the name of the stamps does make me grin a little... putting everything into perspective and realising Mojo hasn't actually departed for good... no, he came bobbing right on home as soon as he saw these goodies!



Hurrah and thrice indeedily... today was playtime!  I decided to do a quickie tag to start with... that was after using Texture Paste on a couple of tags and trying out both stencils - they are drying off awaiting more alterations.  My quickie tag was just that... I started by colouring the base with Antique Linen Distress Ink and then using Bundled Sage for the Blossom Stencil and Stormy Sky for the Flourish... and then I decided to use a smidge of Black Soot to add some more Flourishy bits... just to "ground" the background a bit.


The butterfly - oh the butterfly, how big is he!!!  Mahoosive and gorgeous and in at Numero Uno as my new fave stamp!  *thanks Tim, I love love love him!* Anyways, the butterfly was stamped twice with Jet Black Archival on cream card and cut out - the first one is the normal butterfly, the second one was cut smaller, decoupage stylee like, so they layer up and make him even more blousey.  I used the same DI's to colour him and then once glued together, I curled the wings and added a Pen Nib to make his body.


Of course, along with the butterfly are a veritable feast of new sentiment stamps... not to mention a gorgeous background of numbers that is yet uninked (gimme chance lol)  I chose the Dream sentiment... inking the card with the same DI's and then stamping with Jet Black Archival... and then taking a waterbrush to the dream part of it to lighten the letters so they pop a little more.  I just love how water bleaches the Distress Ink and makes it lighten up.   I made a fancy bow using Crinkle Ribbon and Stormy Sky and a smidge of Gathered Twigs DI, added some pearly bits and voila, finished.


Now, it is not unusual for me to be on me tod on a Tuesday night as Grim goes off to watch his beloved Luton Town... and in past months, instead of spending this time in the Room of Stash as I usually do, I have flopped about on the sofa huffing at the rubbish telly viewing available.  Now that Mojo is back, I would normally be in there like Flynn, inking and crafting away.   However, tonight I have a ticket!!! Oh yesh, I am off to freeze me doodah's off watching said footy.. and of course, it would be rude not to have a pie, wouldn't it?  I shall away now, I have football songs to learn and I need to apply several layers of clothing, socks, hats, gloves etc etc etc....   Thanks for looking, have a goodly evening!   TTFN

Hels x

20 comments:

carol edwards said...

Hi Hels love your tag and the butterfly is simply gorgeous. Glad your mojo has popper back just wish I could find mine. I'm blaming the weather!. Have a great time tonight and hope you don't lose your voice cheering the team on x

Lisapmac said...

This tag is gorgeous, I can see why you were so excited x

whyducks said...

Oh Hels this is so lovely, yum yum.

Sue Balawajder said...

Oh,Hels where do I start? The colours are fab,but the butterfly..... Oh,oh,oh the butterfly its gorgeous!!! I need that stamp.I hope you get really wrapped up its cold out there,have a pie for me.By the way great tag :0) Sue Balawajder (craftywaj)

Elaine said...

Gorgeous, pie sounds fab on a cold Footy night x

trisha too said...

Ooooh yes, this is beautiful! LOVE that butterfly.

:)

Redanne said...

Snap!! I love and also used the butterfly today too and I think my mojo may have paid a brief visit but I love what you have done with your butterfly, the layering looks amazing! Hope tonight goes well! Hugs, Anne xx

Rita said...

Fabulous tag and card Hels. I definitely need that Butterfly stamp. Enjoy the beautiful game. Xx

rachel said...

oh so stunning Hels - good to see you on blogger too! Big huggles! Rachel xx

Shari Trumbull said...

Gorgeous, Hels! Simply Gorgeous!! I'm so glad that your Mr. Mojo came back to have a play with you!! What would we do without our Mr. Mojo's? And I'm so glad you're enjoying your new goodies!! Oh, I have some coming by way of The Funkie Junkie at the end of this week (new fun Tim stuff!)that I know my Mr. Mojo is going to love and has been waiting for! He's been telling me--You better get some new stuff or else!!LOL :) :)
Thank you for keeping our Mojo's happy, too, Hels!! XOXO-Shari

Wheely Bad said...

Hi Hels

I really like the tag, the masks give a lovely pattern and the butterfly is lovely, I especially love your idea of using the pen nib for a body. The DI colours work beautifully and the sentiment finish it off a treat. As Kenilworth Road is a football ground I never got around to visiting I can't comment on the quality of their pies but, as a general rule, pies taste better on the terrace than anywhere else, and even make the stuff that is allegedly tea taste ok too. Look forward to your next post.

Hugs

T x

AnneRD said...

Wow Hels, this is lovely. The butterfly is simply gorgeous, what a statement stamp. Anne x

Patricia Howarth said...

Morning Hels, This tag is fabulous, I'm loving the stamping, the colours you have used are gorgeous, and the butterfly with a pen nib body is stunning, I love it !!
Lots of love from Patricia xx

Lis Kervill said...

Oh, Hels, this is glorious!
I can see that you are sparking on all your cylinders! Love, love, love all of it.
Much Love to you,
Lisxx

Chris Kelly said...

Hi Hels
That butterfly is amazing and I love the colours. You make the loveliest things.
X Chris

Shilpa Nagaonkar said...

Beautiful tag Hels!!

Jackie Trinder said...

Hi Hels this is absolute stunning. The butterfly is amazing just so pretty. Hugs Jackie

Vintagehandmade said...

Woow, the tag is fabulous! Love the idea with the pen nib and the colors are fantastic! What a wonderful background using the new Tim Holtz stencil!
Hugs
Branka x

Fuchsia said...

Oh Wow !
I have stamp envy .
How big and cool is that butterfly I cannot wait to get my paws on that one .
It's so beautiful what you have done x

Carole Z said...

HI Hels, well life had totally taken over from crafting with me these last few weeks! I love love love this tag and what an amazing butterfly! Hugs Carole Z X

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