Thursday, 19 December 2013

A New Design Team, A New Video Tutorial & a New Project! {'It Always Seems Impossible' Canvas } Lindy's Stamp Gang/Prima/2Crafty

Hello there!  Yes I know, I know - I haven't blogged in 12 days!!
Not AT ALL like me I know!  BUT it is the silly season!!!

There are a number of reasons why I have been absent here.  

1)  We went away for a week!!  Yes - we had a lovely local holiday 
away in the mountains.  {where there is virtually no internet}
Photos may follow {time permitting!}.  The weather was terrible
 unfortunately so I didn't take many photos.

2)  I have been SICK :(  I have had gastro-enteritis! At first 
I thought it was food poisoning but it went on too long for that. 

3)  My computer is out of order.  So I am working on my
back-up laptop while it is in for repair & it is SLOW...

4)  Our internet line-fault is back!!  So yet again I am relying
on very expensive 3G data (& SLOW!) to get online for now...

5)  I have my daughter HOME FOR CHRISTMAS :-D
I am cherishing every minute with her!  She has just qualified
with a B.Sc Chemistry degree at only 20 years old - so proud of her!
She studies away from home so I don't get to see her often :(


I will be joining the 2Crafty Chipboard Design Team in 2014!
SUPER exciting!!  I am really looking forward to this new
 adventure!!!  You can see the official announcement & who
else made the team on the 2Crafty blog  HERE.


Unfortunately that means that this is my last month with
Scrapmatts Chipboard as my year's term will be over at 
the end of December.  I have had a fantastic time there
with their wonderful Design Team & the owner herself,
 who is now a good friend & I will miss everyone dearly.

To celebrate my new appointment I decided to use a lovely
big piece of 2Crafty Chipboard on my latest Lindy's Stamp
Gang project, which is up HERE on the LSG blog right now. 

 I also have a video up on the Lindy's Stamp Gang You Tube
channel HERE, showing my entire process of manipulating 
wet mists, layering my colours then stripping them back off
again using neutral mists.  I hope you enjoy watching!

If you watch & enjoy my videos please SUBSCRIBE HERE.

I created an inspirational canvas for one of my dear friends,
Eila Sandberg, in Sweden, using the latest Prima Product Pick.

2013 December PPP

LOVED making this!  Getting a bit addicted to canvases!!

As you should all know by now, Nelson Mandela passed away
recently so I chose one of his quotes - what a wise man he was!

I love chunky embossing chipboard, using a Ranger Embossing Dabber!

I used a couple of Prima masks & a Crafter's Workshop Stencil.

The mesh used is actually mosquito netting from the Hardware store!

Starburst Sprays – Frozen Jack Frost, Creme Brulee Cream, Tiffany Lou Blue & Pointsettia Red Gold.  Moon Shadow Mist – Gossamer Gold.  Flat Fabio – Toto’s Tornado Black.  Embossing Powder – Midnight Bronze Slate.  All available HERE.

Just LOOK at that shine from the Lindy's Stamp Gang
embossing powder - BEST Embossing Powders in the biz!!

The "Midnights" collection of Embossing Powders all have
 a black base together with a metallic secondary colour
 so they have an awesome 2 tone shine!

Don't you just LOVE a good ol' Prima flower cluster!?!

I am sure I am not the only one desperately EXCITED for
their new January CHA products to be released for sale!

The stunning circular chipboard piece I have used
comes from 2Crafty Chipboard in Australia.

I always treat the sides of my canvas as I do the front.
(It amazes me how many people forget about the sides?!?)

Embossing Paste – Studio 490 by Wendy Vecchi
Gesso – Studio by Claudine Helmuth for Ranger
Gold Mica Flake – Golden
6 inch Masks – Prima {Damask & Dots} Crafter’s Workshop – Bricks
Mesh - Mosquito Netting {Hardware Store}

 Flowers – Prima Marketing

Lace/Crochet flowers – Vintage
Chipboard Piece – 2Crafty Chipboard – Australia

I hope you are all enjoying a wonderful festive season!


Lynnda said...

Gorgeous canvas Helen!....

Congrats on your new DT stint!....


Denise van Deventer said...

Hey certainly sounds interesting on your side! Glad you had a break, but not good that you were sick! Enjoy having the family around...that's always so very cool! Congrats on the DT at 2Crafty...and lastly such a super, super canvas! Love it and the beautiful details and chippy work! Really fabulous!

Lizzy Hill said...

Nice to catch up with what you're up too - BIG CONGRATS on the 2Crafty Team:):) Sounds like you're having an awesome time with your family...but NOT an awesome time with your technology...LOOOOOVE that canvas. Sooo stunning! I have missed you, I must say!!! Have a wonderful Chrissy with all your family around, Mother Chooky:):):)

Elaine coustley said...

This canvas is gorgeous. love the idea of the netting looks good. Colours or wonderful .x

Lizzyc said...

HI.. I loved watching you create this gorgeous canvas, layer upon layer of wonderful color and texture.. really beautiful.. thanks for sharing the video of it!! love the quote too.. and yes a light has gone out from the earth with the loss of Nelson Mandela...

Di Garling said...

Great video Helen, thoroughly enjoyed watching the process. It is always FUN to see how someone else works. Beautiful canvas. Cheers Di

Unknown said...

Gorgeous canvas!

Violette said...

Wow Helen! Your canva is spectacular! I love it so much!

And congrats for your new DT position. It's well deserved!

Margaret Mifsud said...

Wow!! What can I possibly say that does this justice??? Adore this canvas Helen. Love the colours, love the chippies, love the flowers and totally loved your tutorial. You make it look so easy!!! An absolutely divine work of art!!! Congratulations too on your DT post at 2 Crafty. They are lucky to have you!!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful and joyous Christmas!!! ox

Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Huge CONGRATS on the DT!! That is WONDERFUL!!! I love love love your canvas!!! LOVING the colors, the textures and the quote from Mr. Mandela!! Hoping you are feeling better now!!!!

Wilma Voermans said...

I love your canvas, great colors and the design just fits so well. I have the same addiction with canvases....problem...what to do with them? Cant hang my house full with it. I love the quote whats on your canvas, I never heard of it and it is great for me. I have bad dayplanning and instead of just do it, I always "think"about doing it. Now I wrote this quote on a paper and hang it in the near of the computer and it helps me. Very good!! :)

Wilma Voermans said...

Sorry, I forget something, congrats on the 2crafty team! Deserved!

Val-Belle said...

Ah hope all ok in the land of happy blogging. You are allowed to be absent sometimes. Hope you are feeling better and enjoy what time you have with your baby girl... it is special time. I love this canvas and so will Eila... love the video too... have a wonderful Christmas.\xx

Keren Tamir said...

gorgeous canvas for a beautiful friend!! love all the mixed media details on this!!

Lisa Minckler said...

Absolutely sensational what you've created here. Your tribute is eye catching and so sincere. Congratulations to you also on the new DT. Cannot wait to see what knock out things you create then!!
hugs and Merry Christmas to you,
Lisa x

Tusia Lech said...

Gorgeous canvas! And congrats on your new DT <3

Bellaidea said...

1. I was missing you here :)
2. Stunning canvas!
3. Congratulations!
4. Enjoy time with your girls!
5. ...and boys too!
6. I know I forgot about something so I will pm you later on :)

Mona Pendleton said...

Beautiful project Helen! Congrats on your new DT gig! Yahooo! Way to go!

Lynn said...

Your canvas is just fabulous! I loved all the techniques! Hope your feeling better and I wanted to say Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

Cassandra aka Scrap Savvy said...

So much in that post... glad you enjoyed some vacation and time with your dd. Congrats to her on her academic achievement. Hope your internet and computer woes are short lived. Hope you are feeling better. Not a fun ailment to have. I can relate as I have Crohn's. Congrats to you on the new DT. Such a wonderful tribute to Mandela with a beautiful canvas! Wonderful textures and details!

Take care and happy holidays!:)

zenevak said...

Congratulations on the new DT spot.
LOVE your canvas and your use of the embossing powder on the chipboard - looks fabulous! Enjoy your time with your family and have a wonderful Christmas.

Lynette Jacobs said...

Your canvas is beautiful. I love the colours and textures. Stunning gift.

Eila Sandberg said...

Early Sunday morning, me and my BIG coffee mug all set to enjoy everything I have missed for far too long on your blog. Oh Helen, you cannot imagine how accurate this quote is for me at the moment! Thoroughly enjoyed watching the video and the creative process leading up to this fantastic canvas! Wow! adore the golden embossing! thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kindness, cannot wait to see this masterpiece IRL!! Thankyouthankyouthankyou my beautiful friend!! xoxoxoxo

Linda Eggleton said...

AMAZING canvas...lucky lucky Eila!!