Friday, 5 February 2016

A Brand New Arty Adventure!

... I am SO excited to be able to finally share with you all some news that has been getting me all of a tizzy for a few months now.  And what is this news?  Only a brand new challenge blog to tantalise your artyness and excite your inkiness!   Firstly, I have to say I am so honoured to be a part of this new adventure and am most humbled to be amongst such talented girlies;


The new blog is called Creative Carte Blanche... and it offers you just that... carte blanche to create the things that makes you happy... the freedom to embrace your creativity.


To see more details about our new adventure, hop on over to the new Creative Carte Blanche blog where all the challenge information and details and stuff in general has just being posted... I hope you are able to join us all in this brand new and very exciting arty adventure!  Thanks for looking... TTFN

Hels x

Tuesday, 19 January 2016

The Ink Buds!

...Cor blimey! I am soooooo excited!!!  All of a dither in fact!!!  Pauline and I have just announced our next Ink Buds Weekender!  The weekend is 12th & 13th March 2016 and the venue is at Inspirations in Preston, Lancashire. 


Saturday's class will be a Perpetual Calendar... lots of gorgeous techniques to alter and decorate a perpetual calendar and Sunday will see us In The Frame... decorating, altering and making a beautiful arty frame.

If you would like more information about our Weekender, please drop me an email (my email addy is in my profile) and we will get back to you with all the details on how to book your place.

I am off to squeal a little bit more now and get the finishing touches put to our very first weekender.... which is... this weekend!!! Yikes!  Who pressed the fast forward button already!!! 

Thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

Sunday, 10 January 2016

Sunday Stamper - Week 370 - Oh You Pretty Thing

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy sunny Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your entries into the last challenge... twas great to see your lovely creations!  This week the theme is  MAKE SOMETHING PRETTY!   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something; a card, canvas, ATC, a piece of altered art... the choice.. it be yours! Add in some stamping if you want to 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 23rd January 2016.


A card for my entry this week!  Today I am teaching my first class of 2016 at Crafty Corner in South Shields and we are having a Distress Cardmaking bonanza... this is one of the cards I have created for the class.  Bearing that in mind, I won't go into too much detail on how I made it... but.... I can tell you about it! I used those gorgeous Darkroom Door stamps that I so love... the sentiments and flowers go together so perfectly... and the little scroll frame is also a Darkroom Door stamp.  The colours I used are Antique Linen and Seedless Preserves DI's... keeping it simple!


I am scheduling this post... hopefully I have remembered how to do it (it has been a long time, I have been neglecting my poor old blog I know!) so it is actually Saturday afternoon at the moment but by now it will be Sunday sometime.... uh! Confooosed... tis easily done with me tho!  Right, time to get a wiggle on... as ever, thanks for looking and... have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x



Saturday, 9 January 2016

Whoopsie-Daisy!!

... ooopsies indeedily!  Firstly Happy New Year!!!  I know, a little late!!!  Ooops again, I completely forgot that last weekend should have been a new Sunday Stamper challenge... am getting forgetful in my old age.  What with the mirth and merriment of Christmas and New Year I clean forgot that two weeks had passed since the last challenge.  Where does the time whizz off to eh? Anyways, there will be a new challenge tomorrow... I have already scheduled it and everything *polishes halo*


Today I am showing a card I put together as a class sample for my Distress Cardmaking class tomorrow up at Crafty Corner in South Shields.  This is one of my fave Darkroom Door stamps... I love collage stamps and especially those that have lots of details on them along with a decent sized main image.  And what an image this one is!  Tis no secret that I love trains and whilst I am a diesel girl, I do love to see *and smell and hear* steam trains.  Did you see on the news yesterday that the Flying Scotsman is finally restored and back in steam?  It is lovely to see the old girl back running again... even if she should really be green and not black ;0))


So!  Did you have a cracking festive season? Father Christmas was very generous this year... I got some lovely pressies and of course, it would have been rude not to stuff my face with chocolate... so I did!  Just call me Spotty Sheridan now lol    I shall away now... thanks for looking and have a goodly day!  TTFN

Hels x

Sunday, 20 December 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 369 - Merry Christmas Everybody

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy sunny Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your entries into the last challenge... twas great to see your lovely creations!  This week the theme is a little different - a double theme of CHRISTMAS and NO STAMPING NEEDED (although you can use stamping if you want to, you don't have to this time!)   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something; a card, canvas, ATC, a piece of altered art... the choice.. it be yours! Add in some stamping if you want to 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 2nd January 2016.


So! The reason for the double theme this week is because yours truly here is a numpty (you knew that right?) and I completely forgot to add any stamping into my entry!  But, I really love this make so decided to go with it anyway and free up the restrictions a wee bit too. Have you tried the new Distress Mosiac Kit yet?  Oh my wordy indeedily!  I am totes in lurve with this new kit.... and am thoroughly addicted to using it.  It is simple to use and gives great results every time... this little Christmas tree hanging was made using a Studio 490 Art Part as a base - it is the inny bit from one of the Art Part frames which are really sturdy - that is the only thing you really need to remember with this kit - use a sturdy base otherwise the grout makes it go wibby-wobbly.  The papers are from Tim's new Yuletide collection (how cute is that Santa?) and I used the Teensy Tattered Florals die to cut some little flowers for decoration and added a couple of Festive Chit Chat stickers to finish it off.


I have been on my death bed this past week! Oh yesh, I have been beating the Grim Reaper off with a snot filled hanky and a chesty cough... I am happy to report I made it through and am feeling muchly improved now.  I hate having a cold... that awful cannot-breath-or-smell-or-taste feeling... yuk!  It is completely my own fault tho.  Grim had a cold last week and I was all "oh it is yonks since I got a cold, I rarely get them...."  Haha, famous last words!   We went to see Simply Red last Sunday (they were amazing) and I fear that the nice bloke behind me who was hacking and sneezing onto the back of my head may well have shared his germ with me.  How kind! NOT!



Are you all set and ready for Christmas?  I am happy to report that for the first time ever, I am!  No rushing around like a complete loon trying to post cards and wrap pressies.. oh ho! I am all prepared, all I need to do is buy veggies on Christmas Eve and ta-dah... done!   As this Sunday Stamper spans the Christmas and New Year period, I will just take this opportunity to say a mahoosive thank you to all of you who have joined in with my little challenge during 2015 and I hope that Christmas is all you wish for and that you have a marvellous 2016.  That's all for now... thanks for looking... TTFN!

Hels x

Sunday, 6 December 2015

Sunday Stamper - Week 368 - Pipes of Peace

Goooodly Morning Stampers and a very happy blustery  Sunday to you all!  Thanks for your entries into the last challenge... twas great to see your lovely vintage makes!  This week the theme is ... PEACE.   To join in with the challenge is simples: make a little something; a card, canvas, ATC, a piece of altered art... the choice.. it be yours! Add in some stamping 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 or by leaving me a link to your Pinterest or any other photo hosting site.  The challenge will remain open until 21:00 Saturday 19th December 2015.
 


I have made a tag for my entry this week - it is a size 8 manila and covered with Tim's gorgeous new Christmas papers - these colours are right up my street for Christmas and the patterns are so vintage and nostalgic looking.  Once the tag was covered, I knocked back the print on the paper a little bit rubbing a bit of Antique Linen Distress Paint over and smudging with my fingers... then blending Fired Brick and Ground Espresso DI's around the edge.



I used the new Distress Splatter Brush to add speckles of Peeled Paint Distress Paint to the background (my new fave tool!) and then die cut some flowers - Tattered Florals as usual to make the rose which was edged with Fired Brick DI and splattered with Antique Linen DP to add speckles... and some leaves using the Winter Greens Thinlets die and the same papers.  I made a bow using Crinkle Ribbon coloured with Fired Brick DI and popped a few little resin roses and some pearly swirls on to add a bit of extra dimension.  The sentiment was stamped onto one of the little labels in the paper pack and 3d'd onto the tag.


As usual I am rushing around so a short and sweet post from me today... please do check back soon tho as I have been playing with the new Distress Mosaic kit and having a right old ball!   Thanks for looking, have a grand Sunday!  TTFN

Hels x

Monday, 23 November 2015

Indroducing.... The Ink Buds...

Cor blimey and thrice!!! I am so excited to be able to share with you some grand news!!!   My very dear friend, Pauline Wheeler, and I have joined together to form The Ink Buds.   Our aim is to travel around the UK teaching Weekender Workshops, bringing our love of all things inky, messy, arty, painty and crafty to venues local to you.




Our very first Weekender is to be held at Daisy's Jewels and Crafts, Exhall, Coventry on 23rd and 24th January 2016. There will be two classes over the weekend - we have decided that you can book the classes separately if you cannot make the whole weekend - that way you don't have to miss out. If you are interested in joining us for our very first event, please pop me an email (my email address is in my profile on the left hand side) and I can send all the details over to you.  Spaces are filling up fast so if you are looking for something to banish those January blues, please do let me know.

I do hope that you will be able to join us - and if you are interested in us visiting your neck of the woods, please do drop me a line to let me know... and we can add your area to our list of places to visit!

Thanks for looking... ooooh I am so excited I could squeak.. ok, I did squeak... several times.... loudly!!! I even did a little jig too!!   TTFN

Hels x

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