Monday 29 July 2013

Getting Fussy

Morning gorgeous people.
I hope you are having better weather than we are. Solid torrential rain for 3 days now!! So much for summer. Although it has to be said - two weeks sunshine previously has far exceeded that of last year.
Anyway, back to the reason for today's post.
The challenges over at Smudgy Antics are starting the next 2 week cycle. This next challenge is all about


What ever stamp you use, or maybe you are into cutting out intricate shapes by knife/scissors, we need to see some fussy cutting somewhere as well (as the obligatory stamp somewhere).
For my project this week I have cut my own base from 3mm chipboard and used two of the images from the rubber stamp set Morte and one from the As Death set from Smeared Ink. Available only through the Rubber Club.

A memo keeper - with a bit of a difference. Another way of using those lolly sticks.
As already mentioned, the base was cut, then painted with copper acrylic paint. Black stazon ink and the image from the As Death set at the head. This was masked off before applying texture paste down the sides. Various colour washes later and it's ready for the peg clips.
Lolly sticks, painted copper as well and some laundry pegs attached with eyelets. The lolly sticks were then attached to the bottom of the coffin lid base.
The Pile of Sculls were stamped four times and each layer fussy cut out reducing the number of rows each time. As some of the rows "overhang" a slit was made to accommodate this for the next layer. Different distress inks were brushed over to graduating the colour from dark to light.
To be able to hang this, I have used chain, punching holes on yet more painted lolly sticks and attaching with jump rings. The top lolly stick has "remember" stamped on it and the bottom has the other image I mentioned. This was created with just three layers - again fussy cut out.
Just for good measure, we have a little skully charm as well.

The other girls in the team have made some awesome pieces and really need to be viewed both this week and there'll be more fabulous inspiration next week. So start off at the Smudgy Antics blog, visit those of the girls, then go back to enter your fussy cut project into mrLinky. Please.

I'd also like to enter this memo board into the challenge at
Addicted to Stamps - Lots of Layers
Challenges For Everybody - Anything Goes
Creative Inspirations Paint - Anything Goes


  1. Sooooo cool - I love that it is functional as well as AWESOMELY good looking :-) Fantastic !

    IKE xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

  2. Looks aeesome. Grat idea. Love it

  3. OOOh, how clever! Such a wonderfully functional piece, Helen! xxD

  4. oh wow! This is incredible ! I love this project everything about is is awesome Helen.
    susan s

  5. Oh what a fabby note keeper, Hope alls well, Love Hazelxox

  6. This is so spooky. great design
    Thank you for joining us at Creative inspiration paints.
    CI design team member
    DIANA L.

  7. This is soooo fun! You make me smile!

  8. Spooky but very clever, thanks for playing along at Addicted to Stamps Challenge.
    Teresa x

  9. This is a great one! Thanks for playing along at Addicted to Stamps Lots of layers challenge.
    Hugs Kjersti:)

  10. This memo holder is a hoot - a complete surprise and so fun! Thanks so much for joining us at CI Paints this week!