Friday, 24 July 2015

It's Worse Than That He's Dead Jim....

... my computer that is! Now I know that 7 years and 1 month is a good age for a computer, but that's no reason to conk out on me. And how do I know that he's 7 years and 1 month old, because I had a 7 year warranty that why! I had hoped he'd be back from PC hospital in time for me to blog this weeks Stampotique piece, but his vital signs are not looking good. So I'm typing this on a borrowed lap top that too small for Mrs Ham Fist, so please forgive just about everything :-).
Anyway, the aforementioned challenge at Stampotique has been chosen by the lovely Arwen and she wants us to get our mean heads on and stamp a background with inexpensive household materials. Now I'm from Yorkshire and we have somewhat of an (undeserved) reputation for being - now what's that phrase regarding a ducks bottom (you know the one, and wouldn't it make a good stamp) so here's my stamping on a budget.

These are my 'stamps', it's bubble wrap, some foamy kind of packaging, and a silicone heat mat.
I have to take lots of photographs 'cos I like to be a couple of challenges in advance and I forget what I've done lol.

DecoArt Multi Surface Satin paint applied with an old AA card.
Black gesso and the packaging.
Painted bubble wrap
I was surprised at how well the heat mat stamped :-)

They were VERY bright so I gave them a sanding to bring it down a little
Then I added some text with Pan Pastels. I've used
Journey Collage
Romantic Text and
Text Block 3
As the backgrounds are quite busy, I've kept the stamping
 very simple and used white embossing on black card.
I've used
Kate's Angel
Hold On Tight
Sing and
Barcode Text 2

So please dig out your household goodies and join in with our challenge.
I'm entering this into a couple of challenges
Craft Stamper take a stamp- anything goes, and 
We Love To Create anything creative/mixed media/inky goes, and
Try It On Tuesday - Hot and wild (colours or animals)
Hope you have a fab weekend, and thanks very much for looking xx


  1. Lovely Sue, the colours are very eye catching. Tracy x

  2. Wonderful tags, as always. Sorry to hear about your computer. I have an ancient laptop which needs mouth to mouth resuscitation about 3 times daily to keep it from tottering off of the desk, Hope you soon have a good solution, hugs, Valerie

  3. Typical huh.....almost as if the stupid computer knew! Mind you that's a fair old age for a computer though so you did well ;)
    Fab tags, love the bright backgrounds against the silhouette images,brilliant!
    Big weekend hugs
    Donna xxx

  4. love these. have the stamps and thanks for the inspiration. I made a few pocket cards with much fun!

  5. p.s. good luck with your computer.......we've all been there, ya know.

  6. Sorry about your computer Sue and I hope it is back with you soon.

    Love the beautiful tags with their delicious colours. These would fit in very well at Try it on Tuesday for the challenge this time

    Love Chrissie xx

    1. Thank you Chrissie, I'll link it up now xx

  7. Completely wonderful tags! Such a beautiful colour combination and those super images. Great technique as always.
    Sorry to hear about your computer, Sue.
    Thank you for joining us at Try it on Tuesday. Mar xx

  8. Such a nuisance about the computer, been there, done that. your tags are gorgeous.

  9. Wonderful tags! Great! Good luck with the computer!
    Thank you for joining TIOT's Sue!

  10. Happy you're with us in the TIMI challenge from the Craft Stamper. Gorgeous projects!
    xxx Ellie Knol xxx

  11. I'm so sorry it's been such an age since I visited, Sue (an Iron age, if you like!) - but wow wow wow what a post to arrive back on! I absolutely love your inventive household backgrounds - the layers are fantastic (love the PP text stamping at the end, particularly the palest lettering on the right), and the b&w figures really pop against them. Magnificent.

    Wishing you lots of luck with the computer... talk about sod's law with the 7-year guarantee!
    Alison xx

  12. oh hun this is brilliant just love how you have done the stamping and the colours and detail fab as always hun,hope you get your computer sorted hugs Cherylxxxx

  13. You do make me laugh Sue, great tags, loving the backgrounds and nice to see some pan pastel in there too xx

  14. Hi Sue, I have popped back to say thank you for joining in with the We Love To Create Challenge, just spotted you liked it to our challenge. I loved the colours on these pieces as soon as I saw them and I love the imagery too. Tracy x

  15. Oh Sue, what a great post!!! (though I must confess that I'm sincerely sorry for you about the death of your PC... poor of you expecially if the warranty has just finished ooops!! :)
    However I love your three tags made on a budged, they are simply fantastci. And ooh.. You can stamp using PanPastel?? I wouldn't have tried this. I will do the next time, thank you for the technique. Your backgrounds are fantastic! Hugs, Coco xxx

  16. I love those little figures, perfect with those fabulous colours ! So pleased you joined us at Try It On Tuesday! Chrisx

  17. Oh these look amazing! Love all the layers you have created.
    Thanks for playing with us at Craft Stamper Take It Make It challenge. Hoping to see you with us again in August! ♥

  18. As someone who fights with my EVEN OLDER THAN YOURS computer, I feel for you. But I am in love with your simple yet effective backgrounds and stamping. I'm here for the first time with TioT, and I love these tags.

  19. Wonderful tags Sue and I'm not familiar with your Yorkshire saying so do fill me in ;O) So sorry about your computer, hope they can revive it long enough for you to save your files and thanks for the Star Trek reference, brilliant!


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