Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy Sunday to you all! Many thanks for the gorgeous entries you all made last week and thank you to the new folks joining in too. The theme this week is... HAPPY. You can interpret this how you like - I have used things that make me happy to play with but you could use the word itself or a happy stamp... tis entirely up to you. The way to join in is simples: make a little something, it can be anything you fancy. Add in the theme and stamping and then pop back here and leave me a comment with a link to the place you are showing your entry. If you haven't got a blog, you can also join in via tagging me on Facebook or by emailing me a small res. pic of your creation. The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 22nd March 2014. The more observant of you will have noticed that the week number this week is 299. Yesh, indeedily, 299 weeks of challenges! That is a very lot of song titles and themes isn't it? So, in order to celebrate next weeks' milestone, I will be putting together a little prize package... so please be sure to check back for next weeks theme!
My entry this week is all about my happy. What makes me feel happy when I am creating... my favourite products, Studio 490 and my fave Distress technique. I put together a little taggy entry using the Wrinkle Free Distress technique as a base to colour the tag - this is the easiest of all the Distress techniques but also my favourite... you can control how much colour you put onto the base and add some great spotty freckly effects too. To do the technique, simply smoosh your ink pads onto a craft sheet, I used Bundled Sage, Iced Spruce and Seedless Preserves. It is worth remembering this... don't put too much of your darkest colour on, this will obliterate your softer colours. Next, spritz the inky smooshes with water, dip your tag into the inkyness and dry it thoroughly. You can then dip again into whatever is left... the trick is to remember to dry each layer before re-dipping.
Once I had the base done, I grabbed a script stamp *Tim's Letters to Santa script* and inked it with Bundled Sage, stamping right over the background, nice and subtle like. Next I wanted to add more background without obscuring the script so I used Wendy's large bubble background (ain't this fab!) and Watering Can Archival Ink... more detail for the background but not too much. I added the dictionary definition on Jet Black Archival and then stamped up some flowers - also 490 images - and coloured those with more Distress Inks, fastening them together with a jazzy brad and then layering onto the tag with leaves and embellies. The sentiment was stamped onto cream card, cut out, lightly inked with Iced Spruce and then I used a Sharpie marker to edge the words with black before popping them onto 3d foam. The ribbon started out as cream crinkle ribbon, spritzed with water and then dabbed into Seedless Preserves I had smooshed onto my craft sheet, I gave it a nice purple hue to match in with the colour theme I had chosen. And there you have it... my kind of happy!
I can't believe that next week will be the 300th Sunday Stamper! It is one heck of a milestone isn't it? I started the challenge all those years ago so peeps on a Forum I was on had something to do with their Sunday's. It was set on a Sunday as that was the only day of the week I didn't have to work (I was still driving trains at that time and Sunday's were my crafty day!) There have been times when I have been close to the wire with my own entries... and some weeks I have scratched my head at picking a song title and a theme to match... the song title thing came about after about Week 3 I think - I had chosen to do an Oriental theme and picked Turning Japanese as the title of the post... and so many folks were tellin me I had given them an earworm for the day... so it just kind of spiralled from there... so each week there's a song title and each week a theme that links to it. Anyways... enough waffling from me, I had a bit of a bad night and it appears that the gremlin that lives under my bed used his superstrength hair gel on my poor old barnet, it looks like a birds nest! I best go and attend to it... leaving you with that rather delightful image lol Thanks for looking, have a goodly week! TTFN
PS... I just noticed... this is my 1800th post on this old blog!!! That is sooo much waffling and arty stuff!!!