It's a gorgeous sunny morning here in north Notts but still with a nippy wind......... much better than all that blooming rain and hail we had at the weekend though so something to smile about!
I got no crafting time at all last week for various reasons, one of them being a certain little lady's 6th Birthday!
This was the Pink Pizza Party she asked for hence Daddy's hat and braces! She asked her friends to wear pink (even I had to rake through my wardrobe and find an old pink top :-( ) or purple was allowed at a push ;D. She definitely doesn't take after her Mamma ....... Barbie Pink is my least favourite colour, lol!
The day after Alexa's birthday is her Daddy's so we had a lovely get together at the weekend. It was extra special because Jenna (sister) managed to rearrange her weekend and turned up as a surprise and also one of Jamie's best friends from his Uni days made the trip for the weekend and they haven't managed a get together for over 3 years. His partner, Yvonne's family also made the trip from Chester to add to the pleasure. Yvonne put in such a lot of work both for Alexa's birthday and Jamie's so bless you Yvonne from me, Mwah!
And now back to the crafting........
The reason for my post title is that nearly 4 years ago I had a fab weekend at a retreat organised by Glenda Waterworth of Chocolate Baroque (formerly Elusive Images). My friends and I had a smashing time and there were some really good workshops but, me being me......slow, I only managed to complete one project which was a lovely vintage style necklace/pendant (a Lynn Robinson class) which I gave to Jenna. When I had a craftroom clearout a few weeks ago I found the unfinished projects (along with a few others) and last night I finally got to complete one of them, Whoohoo!!!!!
One of the mirrors from 'you know where' painted, inked, crackled and stamped to within an inch of it's life, lol! (er, excuse the reflection of my arm ;D)
I think the paints we used were Golden products and I do remember the patches of crackle which you can barely find as it's so fine was Ranger's Distress Crackle Paint.
All the stamps were from the fabulous Chocolate Baroque catalogue. At that time they were under the Elusive Images banner but I'm pretty sure they are all available under the CB name now. As the workshop came to an end the only thing I hadn't done was decide what embellishment, if any, I needed to complete the mirror and it's taken me nearly four years to get there, Ha! Ha!
In the intervening years I have picked up so many more techniques and one I've long wanted to have a go at is the fabulous Hels Sheridan's UTEE flowers using my Melt Pot so last night this is what I made. The rose in the centre of the flower is one from the very first batch of paper roses I had a go at many moons ago. The flower behind it is cut with the Sizzix Gulian Spirale die and I have to admit I'm really not too keen on this die. It's the usual excellent quality Sizzix product but I find it very hard to shape. I'd be interested to hear if anyone else has any tips for using it.
The leaves are a fab size and another Sizzix die called Arbor.
I got a lovely sense of satisfaction finally completing this project and it was interesting to note how another four years experience has changed what I would do with it now. The main thing would be much less stamping! Talk about overkill, lol! The stamps are all beautiful individually but too much together in this way.
I really enjoyed making the a la Hels Sheridan flower and my OH was very impressed. I even used another of my first paper roses and a couple of leaves left from my Green Lady project to make a brooch.
I hope to get more time to play again this week so see you again soon. Till then ............