Sunday, 5 April 2009

Sunday Stampers - Week 54 - Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep

Good Morning Stampers!

First of all, thank you to those of you who managed to join in last week, I saw some amazing artwork as usual.

It has been an eventful week for me :O)) The May issue of Craft Stamper magazine was on the stands this week and I am so chuffed because ... I designed the free cover stamp on the magazine for The Artistic Stamper!!! It is a little birdy with a swirl (called, amazingly enough, The Swirly Bird!!!! ) and I have used the stamp for one of my entries for this weeks challenge, which I bet you have guessed is....birds! There are a few pieces of artwork in the magazine using the Swirly Bird, some by Jennie, some from Katy the Editor and some from me too!!

As well as the cover stamp, I have also designed some more stamps that co-ordinate with the Swirly Bird and there is a special offer in the Craft Stamper for this set of stamps. If you click here, you will be taken to the page on The Artistic Stamper website where you can see the whole plate of stamps, which is A5 in size, and also make a purchase if you would like to take advantage of the offer :O))

For my main entry, I used the new stamps which include flowers, a vine and some little phrases that are actually made in my handwriting!! Eeee, I am soooo excited!! LOL I also used another set of stamps which are also brand new and available from The Artistic Stamper which are different types of Swirly Birds.


I used Cosmo Cricket papers from the Love Notes range, stamping, paper piecing, decoupaging and adding shapes cut from my Nestabilities and then finishing off with a dash of Glossy Accents.

The flowers are two sizes, so I stamped and cut out three of each size and then made sure that I cut right to the middle circle in the design, so each petal was separate. I then used a bone folder and scored a line from the tip to the middle of each petal and then folded the petals up and inwards so they stand out more.

I layered the smaller flower inside the larger one, securing with Glossy Accents and then cut out the large leaf from the A5 plate and popped this behind the flower embellishment. For a finishing touch to the flowers, I used some pale pink pearls that I got in a bumper bag of old and broken jewellry, what a bargain that was and it is so worth keeping hold of stuff like that because it always comes in handy :O))

I used Dusty Concord Distress Ink and blended the cut edges of the papers and flowers to blend them in more and also swiped the Blending Tool around the edge of the card to make it co-ordinate.


For the ATC, I cut a piece of plain card and then used some fab glossy cardstock that I had faffed about with the other day when Linda came to play. She told me about this fab technique she had seen on Tim's Blog, using droplets of Alcohol Ink and a canister of air - well, I knew Grim had one of those cannister jobbies in his desk drawer so I "borrowed" it so Linda and I could play. If you pop over to Linda's Blog, she has showcased the gorgeous backgrounds she has made using this method, but she is even cleverer and has used a straw - which I think looks even better.

Anyway, enough waffle - the ATC was made using the free cover stamp. It is in two parts, the bird and then a separate swirl, so if you have the mag, please use some sharp scissors and snip the swirl away from the main image, then you have two stamps to play with.

I made a border using the background and popped this onto the ATC, stamped the bird onto the background and cut him out, fiddly but worth it, and then made a little word using a Dymo. Finally, I added a couple of Stitchels flowers, which I have also designed and are also available from The Artistic Stamper, and popped a little DewDrop in the middle.

I hope you like the theme this week - please remember to post a comment here when you have made your piece and leave a link to the place you are showing your stamped project, I can come and visit you then!

Thanks for looking and have a great day!

Hels x


Gayle Page-Robak said...

Gayle's Art

Jacqui Chimes said...

I love both of these projects

Tine said...

Good morning,
this is my first contribution for you:
Thanks for looking!
Have a nice sunday!

Sue said...

Both fab pieces Hels but I think the card is terrific. I thought it was your stamp when I got my Craft Stamper, so now I recognise Sir Tim's and your stamps - fame or what!! :o)

Rainbow Lady said...

Must have been psychic last night as made up a batch of birdy cards. Hope you like this one and thanks for looking. Your stamp in CS is great too well done. Love Cynthia x

Claireabelle said...

Fab pieces Hels, and a HUGH congratulations on your Craft Stamper contribution. We are not worthy LOL

Shazza said...

WOW Hels, fabby pieces you have made and congrats on Craft Stamper

Unknown said...

I love that card ... tis stunning and congratulations on the article my clever friend. I hope the Wembly trip is a success ... I shall be back later with my entry for this week's challenge!

Andrea said...

just stunning card and artwork Hels and I am soooooooooo very pleased for you with the craft stamper, its very well deserved my clever friend. hope the footy goes well xx

Joy said...

Well Hels I loved the card as soon as I saw it! But, the ATC is something else ! STUNNING! I Think I gotta go shoppping again for a can of air ( though OH would tell you I've plenty of my own!!1 xx

Claireabelle said...

I've made a piece with a bird on! Look at me joining in a challenge LOL

You can see it here

Ang C said...

I have made an ATC using your fab stamp this week.

Thankyou for designing such a fab little stamp.

Minxy said...

Oh yummy, love the second ons colouring but there both fab, as are the stamps xx As you alredy saw mine are on my blog {i must of been physic posting mine easly lol}

Minxy said...

oops..that should of read EARLY lol

Rachel said...

Great samples! Here's my contribution
bird on a wire

Sue said...

Mine's in my blog now xx

K said...

here is my bird atc

Hels Sheridan said...

Apologies for not getting around to see your entries just yet.....was out all day at Wembley....and WE WON!!!! Oh am so excited!!! I have a few things to do this morning but will deffo be hopping about this afternoon to see you all.....thanks for joining in peeps xxx

crafty creations said...


Congrats on the wonderful cover stamp AND winning the cup!!!!!What a weekend for you eh!!!!

My atc is on my blog. You can see it HERE

Thanks for looking

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks everyone, have been and visited you all and I am sooo loving all your artwork and I feel very honoured that you have been using the free stamp birdy from Craft, bles syou all xxx

Steph said...

I love both of these. The colours and stamps are just gorgeous x

Hazel said...

Some birdie inchies here from me

RetRomantic said...

my first entry for this calenge

Thanks fir looking :)

Hels Sheridan said...

Thanks Hazel and Retro....fab creations x

Sally H said...

Rushed out and bought Craft Stamper. Love the stamp! Hope you don't mind me joining in this week here are my birds

Jacqui Chimes said...

Here's my 'birdy' entry this week
Thank you for looking

Elmi said...

Hi! I participated again, but did not have internet for over a week, so this is SO late, but here it is anyway :)
Night Owl ATC

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