Monday 2 April 2012


It's Monday therefore it's Smudgy Antics day. This week the challenge is just that.
This week we are challenging our devoted followers to decorate an egg.
Keeping in mind, a stamped image (rubber, clear, or digi) MUST be used in the project. Because we know this may be a hard challenge for some, we will also accept projects that are egg shaped or contain egg shapes.
I lost count of the number of real eggs that went in the bin trying to do my DT piece for this challenge and am still not happy with what I eventually made although the family here like it. SO, take 657......shoving the real eggs aside, what else have I got in my stash? I found some polystyrene ones. Did you know gesso doesn't stick to polystyrene? Nor did I until I tried it. OK scrap that idea as well!! Time's running short now. Paint? kept peeling off! I'm going to cry now.
I finally came up with this. I stuck loads of sequins on using little pins. I remember doing this well over 30 yrs ago for Christmas tree ornaments when Pinflair first came up with the idea and marketed the polystyrene shapes. One big hat pin and some beads in at the top.
The stamped image is from Smeared Ink's Occassions Li'l Grumpies set. This was stamped onto thin card that I'd stuck vilene to. I thought this might aid adhesion for the next stage. I didn't want any more mishaps. Using PVA glue, I stuck micro beads and various other tiny gems to the image instead of colouring as normal. When dry this was pinned to the egg. Finished and intact. PHEW.

I am entering this egg into a few challenges
Addicted to Stamps - Easter
Fashionista - Girly and Bling
The Squirrel and the Fox - Easter
Just add Ink - Just Add Easter
Patties Creations - Anything goes
Simply Create Too - Eggs/Bunnies - I have both
Creative Mondays - Anything but a card


  1. Oh my goodness!!! What an incredible piece of artwork. You must have the patience of a saint to do this. I am in total awe of your talent. I just LOVE it! :) Your bunny is adorable. :)

    Thank you SO much for playing along with us at The Squirrel & The Fox for our challenge.
    Good luck to you and we hope you come back next week to play along again.
    Lisa xx

  2. SUPERB - this must have taken you forever with all those bling sequins. Stunning job with the Grumpie too. Loving this a lot :-) xxxx

  3. Wowsers, Helen! I had no idea you had to pin all that sequins on! Your finger tips must be sore and blistered! The end result is AMAZING! I love the microbeads on the bunny and am in awe that you were able to get such detail using the beads. Great work!

  4. Oh wow...what work Helen please submit this to somerset studios! you should be published. I love it. It is so beautiful.

    susan s.

  5. Helen this is beautiful...... all the work you put in has paid off big time here ......FAB!

  6. Wauw what a gorgeous creation!! What a lot of work this must have been! Thanks for joining us at ATSC. hugs, Marlies

  7. wow that was a lot of work, love the result, it's beautiful

  8. Oh my... what a tremendous amount of work that looks like! So creative and lovely.
    Thanks for joining in at

    DT Coordinator,


  9. Goodness me this is just lovely. Very creative and loving the colour combo. Thanks for joining us at Just Add Ink this week.

  10. My gosh that must have taken some time and paitence!!!
    Great job :)

    JAI Design Team

  11. An amazing creation. Thanks for playing with us at the Squirrel and the Fox, blessings Hilde

  12. Incredibly beautiful works of art. Love your design! Thanks for participating in the Fashionista challenge. Hope to see more of your work!xxx Ann Marie

  13. It is stunningly beautiful !!
    Cheers from Bangalore, India

  14. This is truly brilliant and so much hard work. Thank you for sharing it with us at Simply Create Too :-D xxx