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Tuesday, June 09, 2009

Playing Catch Up - Part Two

Oh dear, I've been missing in action.... again! It was another dose of hospital and treatment last week which really did put me out of action for a few days. However, I'm going to endeavour to catch up with events and photos from the last few months and then I can get this blog up to date and back to the good stuff... crafting!

In my last post I mentioned that Diesel was off to the vets for his EPI check which I'm pleased to report, he passed with flying colours. Derek was really pleased with his weight and condition. While we were there he had his annual vaccinations and he is such a sweetie, I think he must be one of very few German Shepherd dogs who will turn around and lick his vet smack in the mush for being jabbed with a big needle. My last boy Degas would have taken the vets face off given half the chance.

February was a month packed full of events... some nice and some... not so nice! Early February saw us all at Elusive Images madly preparing for our big annual trade show at the NEC Birmingham. I should explain that most of the time when I refer to work I talk about Graphicus but I actually work for two companies (under one roof) confused? I am, most of the time, especially when it comes to answering the phone on my desk. For those who haven't a clue what I'm on about, Graphicus is the retail side of the company that sells all sorts of wonderful crafting goodies to all of you craft addicts out there whilst Elusive Images manufactures fab products such as the Elusive Images range of rubber stamp themeplates, wood mounted stamps and Artylicious CD ROM's but sells only to the trade. So this show was just for the shop owners, craft buyers and the press and it's spread over three action packed days.

Each year we try to theme our stand and the theme usually reflects a range of new stamps being launched at the show. Last year it was Peacocks whilst this year was Mardi Gras. Of course, the team on the stand have to be appropriately dressed and Glenda had sourced some fabuloso devore jackets in the company colours. Some visitors to the stand thought we looked very 'Harry Potterish'?

Here's Glenda, Helen and Emma all looking very elegant in their beautiful silk devore creations....

Glenda in full flow demonstrating......

And Carrie, Judith and Annette with Adrian beavering away in the background, taking the opportunity to get a hot cuppa before the mayhem begins when the show opens.

What you can't see in these photo's are the totally incredible watches we were all wearing that Glenda commissioned as a surprise for each of us manning the stand. We all sat down to dinner the night before the show opened after spending all day setting up and Glenda presented each of us with a beautiful little pouch and this is what it contained....

Aren't they exquisite? They were designed and hand made by the extremely talented beader extraordinaire.... our very own JUDITH! I was so surprised (although I did suspect Glenda was up to 'something' a few weeks before the show) and I will always treasure this very special piece.
Some of the art work and stock displays from around the stand.........

I have had to scrutinize all of the photos as several pieces of art work displayed on the stand are reserved for editorial features over the next few months, so some of the photos I wanted to show you.... I can't, at the moment.

As we had a strong Mardi Gras theme, I made this Venetian Mask using Elusive Images corporate colours and some of the brand new stamps released at the show. This was a real labour of love, originally inspired by the magnificent masks we saw in Il Prato, a shop in the Venetian Hotel, Las Vegas some eighteen months ago when Glenda, Adrian and I attended the Memory Trends trade show.

..... and the sumtuous colours of all of the other art work..... such stunning pieces!

The trade show is a lot of hard work and planning which usually starts mid summer the year before but it is such a fun thing to do and it's great meeting all of our trade customers, potential new customers, press contacts and of course, some of those well known guru's of the craft industry.

Well, when I sat down to do this post I had intended continuing with the February events which culminated in my knee replacement surgery but I really think that Part Three can wait until next time. It seems a shame to spoil these lovely arty photos with pics of my leg.... post surgery! I do want to share some pictures of the really lovely cards and special things people sent to me during my recuperation so they will be coming up soon.

Just to finish, I will leave you with some images of a tag I made last night. I was just messing around testing inks and ended up with this:
Using VersaMagic inks I stamped all around the edge of the tag using the lovely Christmas Rose stamp from the Roses Themeplate, with one full image in the centre of the tag towards the bottom. I then stamped the Art Words down the centre in quite a pale ink and took a large soft stipple brush and blended the inks while they were still wet.

Then I spritzed over the surface of the tag with Sticky Fingers Luster Spray Ink (Apricot I think) and finally with Fireworks Gold..... so zingy!

I took a Grungeboard flourish from the Elements pack and using my finger blended two of the Adirondack Acrylic Paints onto the flourish and dried. Then I added some Stickles to the flourish which was attached to the tag with silicone glue. Finally, some flat bottomed pearls, a large flower brad, rub-on letters and some ribbon finished the piece.

So, until next time.... thank you for all the lovely comments left on my last post, I really love to hear from you and appreciate the time you take to visit the blog and to leave messages.
Have fun and Happy Crafting!


Jill said...

Hi Lynn,

If I Hadn't seen you at the workshop I would've been worried as you've been MIA for so long!!!

All the girls certainly look very Harry Potterish in their devore jackets. I wish we'd had corporate clothes like that when I had to wear a uniform at work!!

Although I've seen your mask in Graphicus I've never seen it so close up. It looks fab from a distance,m but even better up close and personal. The stand just wouldn't be the same withoput your 3D creations.

Can't wait for the next post with the knee photos (Am I sick?......don't answer that!


chris farnsworth said...

Love the tag Lynn - you've given me a great idea to finish something off with an grungeboard swirly thing - it lacks something but the usual "stick a jewel or three on it" would not work this time! And its great to have you back in Blogland, I hope your recovery continues apace and the knees and back are A1 again.
Chris F

Jennie Atkinson said...

Lynn, thankyou for all the photos of the stand and particularly all the lovely tags. Being so far north and not being able to get to anything like this it was great to see Glenda and the team in action.

Your final tag is also beautiful - so very delicate.

Hope the health side of things improves for you soon, as I for one have missed your posts.


craftimamma said...

What fabulous photos, each and everyone Lynn. Starting with the gorgeous Diesel (he's a beauty) and finishing with your equally beautiful tag. I love the softness of this tag.

The plethora of photos in between are chock full of inspiration and your wonderful 3D mask is breathtaking (I'm running out of suitable adjectives here, Lol).

I can't wait for the next installment either, even if it does include pix of your knee. Who cares what it looks like as long as it works and is pain free!

Take care of yourself.

Lesley Xx

veronica said...

thanks for the show pix Lynn - looks like you all had a good time. Why is Adrian the only one not in posh blue? definitely unfair!!
Diesel looks in great shape;hope your leg is getting there too. The last tag is wonderful, really soft and delicate.Looking forward to pt 3 soon, when your back is up to it. take care, and don't do too much too soon

Paper Engineer said...

Love the new 'interior design' of your blog Lynn; very tasteful and artful (is there such a word?, very you. I can't believe the trade show was nearly four months ago, although I remember the aching feet like it was yesterday! Glorious photos of the stand, the girls, Adrian and your best boy - Diesel - he poses so well for the camera. As usual, in envy of your artwork, the final tag is just beautiful. Take care

Lesley x