Friday 15 February 2013

Stampin for the weekend Distressed

Happy Friday everyone I hope you are all well out there in blogland!
I hope you all had nice Valentines day yesterday, those of you who choose to celebrate it!
We have a new challenge over at Stampin for the weekend today and we are super lucky to be sponsored by the superb Lilli of the Valley.
Our challenge this time is to get DISTRESSED so get out your inks, tear your edges and rough up your stash! We are also looking for a couple of new DT members so why not give it a go?!
As I said in my post yesterday I would be showing you what Valentines I made for the kiddies yesterday and here they are (warning a bit more photo heavy today!)
Here is my hanging valentines string ball! I saw something similar to this on PInterest for Easter baskets and wanted to try it for valentines. They are a bit bigger than I planned but I love how they have turned out! My distressed element is the handmade tag.
I made 3 of these as I have 3 kiddies, actually I made 5 balls but only made 3 tags. There are some tiny chocolates inside too but how did they get there?!
It's simple, although fiddly lol!
Just take a balloon and push inside the chocolates, small egg shaped ones work best to get inside the non inflated balloon. Then you blow up the balloon and the chocs are rolling about inside!
The string is crochet string (size3) soaked in sugar water. Boil 2 parts sugar to 1 part equal water for the solution. Then you wrap the string around the balloon, this part is icky sticky! Leave to dry for 24 hours then pop the balloon and take out the bits through the string holes. This part is also fiddly as I found my popped balloon wrapped itself around the chocs but with a lot of prodding and fiddling I managed to get out the bits of balloon, leaving the chocs inside the string balls!
Here you can just about see some chocs inside! There aren't many as it is hard to get them in non inflated balloons! I then tied a piece of ribbon to form a loop for the top and added a bigger ribbon for a bow to hide any unsightly knots.
I guess I should show you my tag though! I have used Tea Dye and Victorian Velvet DI along with a stempelglede flourish stamp and prima script stamp to the edges. I painted some white crackle paint in the middle and stamped over that with the "I love you" stamp which is Papertrey Ink. My heart is a TH Alteration die and my butterflies are Cheery Lynn which have all had Tea dye ink and crackle paint on them. I have added a rose, ribbon and lace to the top of the tag and some bling and pearls too.
I am entering this today into...
Paper shelter be my valentine, Addicted to stamps and more bingo (heart stamp love), flutterby weds hearts,  Charisma anything goes, MAWTT love is in the air, Crafty sentiments valentines, Sarah Hurley anything but  a card, Happy campers shabby chic and In the pink pink valentines.
Do check out what the rest of the team have made for this excellent challenge and please join us you have 2 wks to enter!
Thanks so much for coming by my blog everyone
Big hugs


Alyce Kit and Clowder said...

wow these are great!! what a fantastic is so effective! love the beautiful tags and the stamping on them...great work :)

Sharon said...

I love these Rebekah. You certainly have some patience. They look so beautiful and the tags are gorgeous.
Hugs Sharon. x

Pop's Cards said...

Morning sweetie this is a fabulous creation, hugs Pops x x x

McCrafty's Cards said...

I think they are fabulous Rebekah, the tags are gorgeous and I like the butterflies.
Kevin xx

Lisa Jane said...

oh wow these are fabulous ... i need to have a go! Gorgeous

Christine L said...

Wowww these are so stunning - and what a fab take on the Valentines challenge!

Thanks for sharing at In The Pink.. hope you pop by again soon!

Christine x

Creations by Shirl said...

Wow they are just so beautiful, love the attached tags too!

cheryl said...

oh wow Hun simply stunning or what just amazing the detail is incredible,hugs Cherylxxxxxx

Patricia said...

What a fantastic idea would be great for on an Easter Tree or Christams tree.
Popped over to visit you from In The Pink
Have a great weekend

Patricia. X

June Nelson said...

Wowser this is something i have to try in the future, what a brilliant idea shug, and how beautiful are they, just magnificent love them big huggies June xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

cebelica said...

I was going to do this too for Valentine's day, but didn't make it. Maybe for Easter. I love how your string balls turned out. I'm sure your kids loved them! Hugs! xx

Craftin Suzie (Susan Wykes) said...

These are so stunning Rebekah! I have seen similiar on Pinterest but I must say yours are much much nicer! I bet they were all thrilled to receive them x

jan farnworth said...

wow how creative thanks for sharing at fbw.

Sandra H said...

Oh my goodness Rebekah they are stunning and so effective x

Debs said...

WOW WOW WOW and WOW again Rebekah - I LOVE these! Will have to have a go - thanks for the tips.
Have a fab weekend.
Debs xx

Danni said...

Very pretty and super creative! Thanks for playing along with my Flutter By Wednesday Challenge!

Loopylou. said...

omgosh these are just adorable hun! Mo would love to make something like this so I will have to have a go.
huge hugs Lou xxx

Canonbury creations said...

Fabulous creations and so unique! Thanks for playing along at ATSM
Val x

Wendy said...

WOW! These are absolutely fabulous Rebekah...gorgeous details and colours.
Hope you have a lovely weekend.
Hugs Wendy xx

coldwaters2 said...

OMG Rebekah these are totally amazing, wowwww, what a beautiful, fantastic and awesome project, stupendous work.
lorraine x

Kylie said...

Just amazing!! What wonderful projects! Thanks so much for playing along at ATSM xx

Barbara said...

Wow, what a fabulous creation....I love them. Our first grandchild is due in April, I might make one for her, and my daughter-in-law. Such a lovely idea and so beautiful. I'm now following (and I'm a 'teamie' on Petal Lu) xx

Lindsay Craftymonster81 said...

Wow! These are absolutely beautiful, what a fantastic idea abd the tags are so pretty too, LOVE them, hope you have a lovely weekend
Lindsay xx

Grenouille Greetings said...

What a super clever idea and so beautifully done too! I love the chocolates inside and I'm amazed that you got such round balls (now there is a phrase you don't see everyday!) Lovely tags too of course; beautifully decorated! Hugs, Lesley

Riette said...

Oh my Gosh!!!! These are just adorable! I think my kids would love making this. Balloons + sticky + string = heaven.
Thanks for sharing with us at MAWTT!!

Hazel (Didos) said...

WOW These are amazing, I adore them, what wonderful creations. Thanks for sharing with us on MAWTT, Love Hazelxo

Sheryl said...

These are just amazing!
Thanks for joining our anything goes challenge at Charisma Cardz.
Hugs Sheryl xx

Vee Cassidy said...

These are wonderful and so beautiful. Love the tags too. Thanks for joining us at Happy Campers and good luck in the challenge. Vee xx

mags said...

Oh my, these are absolutely gorgeous. Such a fabulous idea and you have done a great job. The tags are the perfect finishing touch.

Sarah-Jane said...

Wow! What a brilliant project. So pretty. Do you have to break them to get the chocs out?
Sarah-Jane xx

Lisa Jane said...

oops forgot to say -Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments this week for our
valentines challenge
Lisa x

Jackie said...

These are simply amazing, they are fun and so darn pretty! I love the idea you had! Thank you for joining us this week at Crafty Sentiments Designs! I hope you play along with us again soon!

Jackie, Crafty Sentiments Designs DT

Audrey Ernst (hippieaud) said...

Wonderfully gorgeous creations as always Rebekah! These are so clever - wish I could come up with something like this! Thanks so much for playing at Crafty Sentiments this week:)

Vee said...

Wonderful creation and oh so pretty. Thank you for joining our Anything Goes challenge at Charisma Cardz.
xx Vee

Vicky said...

WOW.........WOW.............WOW......these are absolutely fabulous shug, I may have to try something like this for easter. They really are gorgeous sweetie, I love them!!!!!!

Lotsa hugs Vicky xxx

Cazro said...

Gorgeous, soft and romantic tags. Wonderful creations. Thanks for sharing with us at Addicted To Stamps and More. Caz

Kjersti said...

Wow! These are sooo beautiful Rebekah! Lovely colours and gorgeous tags!
Have a nice week!
Hugs Kjersti:)

DesignerDiva said...

OMG how did I miss these!! Amazing!! I want to make some I love it!!
Hugs Laurie xx

Christine L said...


Just wondered if you'd noticed that your fabulous creation was chosen as a winner over at In The Pink..

Christine x

Гуля said...

Красивая работа))