Here it is, the final post for today (who said Thank goodness?!! - I heard you. Only joking).
I've been going on about what I've been doing since getting back from my recent trip, but I haven't said much about what I got up to whilst I was across in the UK.
Well, where do I begin ........ it was craft, craft and more craft - with very little sleep in between. I'm still buzzing from it all though, and I've been home since Monday.
The Indigo Blu Secret Retreat was my first stop, but more about that later - I need to finish off my projects before I can share them with you. I will just say though, we had a FANTASTIC time. I've already put my name down for the next one. Haven't got the exact dates but I'm going, whenever it is! Maybe some of you will be there too.
On the Saturday I was booked on a workshop with the lovely Maria Simms, amongst other things, she's the North West's Queen of Clarity Stamps. What she can't do with a Barbara Gray stamp and a brayer, well, it's just not worth doing!
As this workshop was a Clarity one I was so excited. Though I must admit that my brayer hasn't seen the light of day for months (years possibly), and as it's the one craft tool that puts the fear of God in me, I was also a little nervous. Especially when I was on a workshop with an expert!!
We did have fun though, it was a lovely bunch of ladies, some of which had also been on the Indigo Blu retreat so you can imagine what it was like when we all got together again.
We did two lovely, very different, projects using the same Clarity stamp - Butterfly Montage
First up we did a card in the morning. This is where the brayer came in, to create a resist background. Not sure if it comes across in the picture though, but believe me it's there.
website - fabulous product. You may have seen Maria on Create and Craft with them. They're great when using a brayer too - no lines! And they just wipe clean with a bit of water.
After lunch Maria really worked us hard and we made a beautiful box card, with matching gift box, sleeve and tag.
Here you can see the stamp in full, isn't it pretty. We actually stamped it a few times and cut layers of it to decoupage, finishing with the butterfly embossed in gold onto acetate.
Well that was one of my days away. Like I've said, we didn't get an awful lot of sleep and every day was packed with something. We never stopped. We did workshops, and shopping - lots of shopping (you've seen the stuff I brought back with me). I went back to where I used to work - Inspirations in Preston - it was nice to see everyone again, and I also managed to pop into a lovely little craft shop I used to go to called The Stampers Gallery in Tarleton, near to where Lauren lives. I even managed a visit to the hairdressers while I was over there.
When I finally met up with Stephen again properly (Saturday evening) I was shattered.
We got to spend a couple of lovely days with Lauren and Alex. He's growing up so fast. I can't believe he's 2 next month - where did that time go?!!
|what a cutie pie|
|strike a pose ....|
|chillin with Grandad|
Well, if you've read to the end of this post you've probably had enough of me by now.
Would you believe I'm off on another workshop tomorrow, Christmas themed this time. I'd better go and put my tool kit back together, then I'm afraid the ironing is calling me. Back to nomal now eh!!
Thanks for sticking with me today. Hope you enjoyed it.
Have a great weekend and I'll be back again soon.