At the weekend I took part in my first Pinkies team event #pinkiesretreat2020 and I wanted to share a little of my experience with you.
Firstly I want to explain that the Pinkies are Michelle Last’s team and although I’m not directly in her team, Michelle kindly extends the invitation to teams further down the chain. So it’s kinda like I’m a distant cousin but I still get invited to the party – yay!!
And what a party it was! Obviously due to the whole pandemic situation the retreat was virtual but by using Facebook live and Zoom there was still lots of interaction as well as awesome projects to make. In fact, I’m only about half way through the projects so far.
I thought it was fitting to make one of the projects designed by Michelle herself first, even although it was a big step outside of my crafting comfort zone. Michelle designed this box to hold 4 of our note cards and envelopes using the Celebration Label dies…
The wreath on the box was made by stamping with one of the images from the Fancy Phrases stamp set, colouring with Stampin’ Blends and fussy cutting (I did cheat and used my Scan N Cut for that bit!)
The gold embossing was added my swiping the label with my Versamark ink pad, adding the Gold Stampin’ Emboss powder and heat setting it. The sentiment form the Fancy Phrases stamp set was also heat embossed.
Michelle also designed the note cards to go inside the box and gave us a number of options to inspire our own creativity. Here are the ones I made…
This kind of vintage style isn’t something I would normally do but I have to say that I really like them!
The light green wash in the background was achieved by mixing some Whisper White and Soft Sea Foam inks on a silicone mat and a little bit of water from the largest Water Painter. This gives a really lovely chalky finish, sort of like the chalk paints you might use to upcycle some vintage furniture.
I stamped the flowers with Memento and coloured with Stampin’ Blends. The background gave the blends a bit of a softer look than normal.
The sentiments were stamped on Vellum with Stazon ink and I wrapped the Vellum around the top layer before adding it to the Soft Sea Foam layer and then the note card.
On 3 of the cards I added more of the grungy gold embossing around the edges.
As I say, this isn’t a project I would have come up with but I really love the end result and I now have a few new techniques and lots of tips to help me step out of my crafty comfort zone more often!
I will share more of the awesome projects we made together over the weekend sometime soon.
I’ve listed the products I used for Michelle’s project below. You can click on any of the links to visit my online Stampin’ Up! shop.
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