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Sunday, 27 May 2012

Hels Sheridan Workshop and New Friends

Hello Fellow Bloggers,

Firstly, I would like to again thank all my new followers and welcome you to my little blog, I do so appreciate your company.

Yesterday I had the most amazing day by attending a full day workshop with the uber talented Hels Sheridan of http://pinkleart.blogspot.com/ .  For anyone who does not yet know Hels, she is the mistress of all things grunge, to me she is the female version of Tim Holtz and I love her work.  Please have a look at her blog as her work is amazing.  Hels loves using Tim Holtz and Wendy Vecchi products in her work, she is also a fully qualified Ranger Educator.

We made a mirror and here is the finished result:



The picture is not my best but it is difficult to photograph black.  I covered the centre mirror to avoid getting my reflection in it.

We started with a plain base mirror in a cream colour, painted and distressed it.  We painted and distressed all the other elements, overstamping the flowers, butterflies and leaves.  The flowers are die cut tattered florals which we cut up and shaped into roses (one of Hel's favourite techniques and you will find instructions on Hel's blog).  The word 'art' is cut from Tim Holtz metal and distressed with a black dabber.  The little tag hanging down in the mirror part has the words 'embrace imperfection'.  That was the most fiddly bit but worth the effort.  The wings on the dress form are cut from grungeboard and distressed and hanging from the waist is a tiny pin, a pearl and a chain tassle.  This is one of those items that you have to see in real life to absolutely appreciate it.  I love it.

Aside from having an amazing time, a good laugh and lots of chocolates, I made a new friend, the lovely Rachel who you can find at http://fisherscardsandcrafts.blogspot.co.uk/ who is a Mum of two little ones.  You can check out Rachel's take on Hels mirror on her blog.  I also sat next to Kathryn, another young Mum but alas, I did not take her details.

Thank you for looking and if you have read this far I hope you will leave me a comment and if possible I will return the compliment (not on Facebook or Pinterest though).  Crafty hugs, Anne x

16 comments:

  1. Your mirror is gorgeous Anne and it sounds like you had a wonderful day. Crafting chocolate and new friends sounds like a perfect combination to me
    Claire xx

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  2. What a wonderful creation and a fabulous day. Agree with you 100% - Hels rocks!! Will check out that website asap. Thanks for all your lovely comments. They are a real encouragement from one who is herself a TH winner:) Hugs, Buttons x

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  3. Morning Anne...your lucky streak continues, congrats on your win over at Hels, I just popped over there 20mins ago!...well done....loVe your altered mirror all those elements are beautiful I bet you had the most amazing time at the workshop, there's nothing quite like being in the company of like minded people, they give off efervesant (I know I haven't spelt that right) encouragement...wonderful makings Anne have a fabby day...Mel :)

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  4. wow Anne - that mirror looks fab - it was a perfect day - and it looks like you won over at Hels place too! What a fab weekend you're having! Hugs and enjoy the sunshine! Rachel xx

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  5. A gorgeous creation Anne..love all the details,it does sound like you had a fab time.xxx

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  6. sounds like you had the best fun day with the gorgeous hels...chocolate making new friends and a beautiful keepsake are just the best ingredients for having fun...hugs kath xxx

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  7. WOW, WOW, WOW.. Anne I love your mirror.. what a fab workshop it sounded a fab day.. Hels is fab I follow her blog full of great makes.. Lovely to make new friends and chocolate all in the same day.. Perfect.. Hugs may x x x x

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  8. Hi Anne your mirror is gorgeous and I love the embellishments. I have never met Hels but she sounds lovely and her blog posts are brilliant. Her stories make me smile. Thanks for your lovely comments on my latest piece. You are so kind.

    Crafty hugs. Annie x

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  9. Hi Anne, I love the mirror that you made with Hels...and I am soooo jealous! lol I am glad you had a wonderful time...and chocolate! I think my favourite bit of the mirror are the butterflies, so hard to choose!
    Dot x

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  10. Just me again to say congrats on being chosen on Sunday Stampers challenge x

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  11. So jealous...what a fun time and a fun project!!!

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  12. Anne I think everyone else has covered my thoughts. Your mirror is fabulous and you know I'd have loved to have been there too, but just a tad too far. I've just heard about your win over at Hels. Who's a lucky girl then.LOL. I hope your buying lottery tickets too. It couldnt happen to a nicer person. Hugs Rita xxx

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  13. Looks like you had a great time and made a new friend, which is always awesome! I love your mirror, now where are you going to hang it? I love knowing those details too, lol, but then I am a nosey WOYWW, so what else can you expect from me? lol, and waving hi from the hills of North Carolina :)

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  14. Your decorated mirror is fabulous Anne - I love Hels' work she is fab. Would love to go to one of her workshops.

    Sarah

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  15. A fantastic piece, sounds like you had a wonderful time!!! Your piece is great and something to save !!! Hugs trace x

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  16. Awesome mirror/frame project! Ooooh, I envy you the day with Hels. You must have had a blast. And how great to come away with a new friend as well as this gorgeous piece for your home!

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Thanks so much for visiting, I love reading your comments! Hugs, Anne x

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