Sunday 27 June 2010


Hi Everyone, how's this weather suiting you? Personally, give me a nice clear, still, frosty day anyday. I really don't like this heat as it makes everything such an effort I find. Sorry about the whinge, I'm obviously getting old, Lol!

Well, I promised to post photos of my makes at two workshops I've been to recently. The first one was at the beginning of the month while I was away with my crafting buddies and we took in a workshop with the lovely (and she is) Linda Elbourne at LBCrafts. If you don't already know her blog and like anything Tim Holtz, Grungepaper, Distress Inks and Wendy Vecchi then you ought to give her fabulous blog a visit here. Not only is she very talented but she is also extremely funny and we came away from her workshop with a lovely piece of artwork and some memories of a great time too. We also bought loads of goodies from the wonderful shop, LBCrafts, owned by another lovely lady, Linda Brown.

Making this canvas hanging involved techniques such as stamping onto tissue paper and Grungepaper and making the Grungepaper roses which I love. We also made the little black hearts using the Melt Pot and UTEE.

The second workshop I went to this month was at Graphicus with the equally lovely and talented Lynn Robinson-Hunter when we made some articulated tags. These were what I call Classy Grunge, lol, and again used a lot of Tim Holtz favourites. We should have made a total of three but ran out of time. We didn't quite manage to finish two but brought all the goodies home with us and I've completed the two that were nearly done. The third one will be made as soon as I have finished a couple of other urgent projects.

This tag involved an image transfer onto Claudine Hellmuth Sticky Backed Canvas as well as making the paper flowers.

I thoroughly enjoyed both these workshops and can't thank Linda and Lynn enough for such fabulous workshops.

I hope to be back in a couple of days to give you a sneak peek of my project for this month on the blog I share with my crafting buddies, Craft Stamping Quartet. It was a project I thoroughly enjoyed doing and I'm really pleased with the finished piece.

Have a good week all.

Lesley Xx


Suzanne C said...

These looked like fantastic workshops! Love the wall hanging (Gorgeous) and the tags and projects are lovely! (I am so with you on the heat with humidity. I just want to lay down and sleep!)

Anonymous said...

oh wow...thats 2 workshops I would have love to have gone on - your work looks amazing!

Jules said...

Hi Lesley

Fantastic creations as always.

Everything you post is always wonderful but your first piece here is right up my street - I love it!

It sounds like you have been having a wonderful time of it lately at your inspiration workshops .. .. but what about yesterday?

Where there any "must haves" to be had? LOL!!!

Take care - catch you soon.

Love Jules xx

themessycraftroom said...

Oh wow!! Lesley these are stunning. I adore the canvas you have made, it's beautiful. Love all the elements on it. Still trying to get some grungepaper. I also love the tag with the lady on it's really lovely. HugsxChrisB

Aquarius said...

Luckt you going to these fabulous workshops and I love what you achieved at both of them - I'm very envious. Don't worry about your weather comments - I'm with you really on not liking the extreme heat!!

Suzi B said...

What beautiful projects... looks like you had a great time.. envious me? you bet. xx

Anonymous said...

What a fab wall hanging Lesley, very dramatic! You're tags are looking great too. I'm glad you've enjoyed the workshops and thank you for your lovely comments.
Lynn x

judith@poppy cottage said...

Well done for finishing your hanging Lesley, I was so pleased to complete mine, they are lovely aren't they? Your tags are beautiful, I love those flowers, and the colours are gorgeous. I wouldn't dare join in the WOYWW, you are brave! My desk is a nightmare!! I love the card you made in your previous post, is that the stamp you bought at AP when I was with you? It's lovely. Judith xx

Janet said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time Lesley! Very envious as I am unable to go to any workshops this year. Thanks for posting these pictures as it spurs me on and gives me some much needed inspiration.

Janet xx

Debbie Dolphin said...

all stunners sound to have had a great time xxx
love debbie xxx

Rachael said...

Wow wow wow these are fab!!

Thanks for commenting on my blog the other day. Ladybug Nora is by CC Designs and at the min the digi is on sale at All That Scraps! I thought Id let you know!
Hope youve had a good day

Rach x

lisa said...

Hi Lesley

Your workships sound brilliant and what amazing pieces of work you created. I love the roses on the first one but the Graphicus tag has to be my favourite. Your lady with thoe beautiful flowers is just breathtaking. I see it has pride of place on your wall where it should be!!
Thank you so much for your wonderful comments. The wedding cake was 3 fruit cakes by the way. My MIL makes them, she was a caterer before she retired and they are delicious. She is always getting complimented on them for being fruity and boozy!!! I just do the decorations.
If you need any help with ideas for your daughter, don't hesitate to give me a shout.
Hugs Lisax

Sally H said...

wow, wow, wow! Totally stunning! I think you need to show me how to make these! I'll email you in the next couple of weeks with some dates for the summer x

Debbie said...

Totally stunning work as always Lesley...the workshops sound like such good fun...maybe when Jack starts at residential school I will have more time to attend some :)...I really love your flowers...will you please do a tutorial...please, please please :)
Sorry I missed you at the Dome was all very last minute as I hadn't planned to go.
We really will have to meet up soon!
Debbie x

Val said...

Wow - everything is absolutely fab. I love the stuff you did with Linda, and am really looking forward to that workshop. The colour scheme is great - and very co-ordinated.

Love the tags as well, the same sort of ideas, but very different. Posh grunge is probably right.

I know what you mean about the weather Lesley - have been to LB today, and even though I have aircon in the car, it will still pretty uncomfortable. I do like the sun, but the humidity really gets to me, but today at LB we were all suffering in the workshop, but a great tine was had by all.

Linda remembered you!!!

Val xxx

Electra said...

You do such beautiful work! The "Pause" tag would be my favorite of these.

Shirley said...

Lovely lovlies!

Lynne K said...

Oh my goodness, Lesley, these are all just amazing! The tags especially are quite simply stunning. As Sally says, when we get together in the summer, please show us how to make them! xx