Sunday, 6 December 2015

What a time we had at the PA Party.

Leandra threw together a somewhat last minute crafty day at a hotel near Brentwood for some of the Paperartsy Aficionados  and today was the day.

Lucky it was today as the middle of last week saw me - bleurgh!  some 24 hour tummy bug. Enough said, you get the idea. But today I felt a lot more human, which was good as it was a 6.30 start...

The hotel looked fabulous decked out for Christmas and we made our way into the conference room to find the tables set out ready for us.
 Tracy led us in two projects, both canvasses, one in the morning and one afternoon. Most of these photos are from the morning when it was a bit less intense!
Lots of action shots not many close ups..



 this was my table for the morning (we were mixed up after lunch) Chris is hiding behind Lin!







 afternoon session, a square 12 x 12 canvas, much more out of my comfort zone but no less fun for that!


 and some shopping.. there was a bit more, some of Emma's new stamps - I forgot some of which had been on the blog on Saturday so whipped them out of the photo!
 the morning canvas.  A bit more "faffing" on both to be fair, but its 99% done!
 and the afternoon one..needs a bit more blending (I'm blaming the light in the afternoon, the morning was fabulous, loads of natural light flooding in through a huge skylight, but it got harder to see well in the afternoon.. that's my excuse and I'm sticking to it...
 but it's turned out ok, and apart from a few bits of final texture dots in some of the gaps, it's done

bit of a closer look at the morning canvas.

A huge thanks goes to Tracy for her teaching the classes, and of course Leandra and Mark and all at Paperartsy for organising today, we ALL had such a fabulous time, thank you SO much.  To everyone who came, friends old and new, it was wonderful to see you all.

20 comments:

Claire said...

Great post Helen - lovely to see so many familiar faces there! Love your projects - especially how bright and colourful the square one is! Claire x

snazzyoriginal said...

Glad you had such a lovely time especially after the midweek blip. Canvases looking good x

sam21ski said...

looks fab x

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

Wow, Helen. This looks like a wonderful experience. I wish I had this type of resources here. You took some gorgeous photos, and made some beautiful art. I am very fond of the square canvas.

Sarah Dunkley said...

Fab photos Helen. Looks like u had a great time! X

Lucy Edmondson said...

Looks like you had a wonderful time, Helen, missing you all!

Lucy x

PaperArtsy Rubber Stamps said...

Awesome pics Helen. !!! You're right it was a lovely day! Cheers for the gin!! Xxxx

Steven said...

Looks like loads of fun and Gin...sadly missed out this time!

Julie Ann Lee said...

Well done, Helen for setting to and writing a blog post super quick! I so missed being a part of this lovely event, but your post has enabled me to experience a little of what it must have been like! I love the 2 canvasses you created. They are both new, fresh and colourful and it looks like you had lots of fun with them. I'm so glad the day went well. I wish I could have been there! Sleep well after that very early start! xx

Chris Cresswell said...

Oh we did have a fabulous day didn't we. The workshops led by Tracy Scott were really absorbing. There were periods of concentrated silence followed by shrieks of laughter. As always at PaperArtsy events. A lovely generous gift to us all. Lovely to catch up Helen! Until Jsnuary then? xxx

pearshapedcrafting said...

What a wonderful time you all look to be having! Love what you made - fabulous colours! Hugs, Chrisx

butterfly said...

Looks like it was a fantastic day! I was so sorry I couldn't come and play, but I was on a singing workshop this weekend, just for a change... Love the look of the projects and all the happy PA Partygoers. Maybe next time...
Alison xx

Kirsten Alicia Sheridan said...

Excellent blog post, well done for getting it written & posted so quickly. It was a wonderful day & lovely to see everyone.

brenda said...

Great photos Helen, looks like you all had a great time and love the final piece in this post.

B x

Virginia said...

that looks like an amazing couple of classes - love the finished items!

craftimamma said...

Brilliant pics & lovely post Helen. I think you captured the fun & festive atmosphere perfectly. I am so glad I could be there & it was good to see Leandra & the PA designers having a play too at brilliant workshops with Tracy who is a wonderful tutor.

Hugs
Lesley Xx

heARTistry said...

Was a fabulous day Helen and was sooooo happy to have been asked to come and play with you all. Until we meet again. Big hugs. Tracy xxxxx

Lauren Hatwell said...

It was a fantastic day wasn't it. As always, you got some great photo's. I'm super-impressed as it was SUCH a busy day. Went by in the flashiest of flashes didn't it. Wow! Lx

craftytrog said...

What a lovely day it was! Great photos Helen, and your canvases look fab! x

Wanda Hentges said...

Some day I can hopefully travel that way but in the meantime I love living these things through your wonderful posts!!!!!!!!!!