Firstly Sunday Stampers - hosted by Hels - the challenge this week was to use Texture Fades/Embossing folders/dry embossing. Not necessarily all of them, but to include them along with some stamping. The only thing I've stamped is the 'love' sentiment. I embossed my tag with one of Tim's folders. I'd decided on using a crackle effect for the background but was actually aiming for much smaller cracks, but I'm happy with these. I actually used a crackle glaze from Homebase, intended for use with emulsion paint and last time I used it I got much smaller cracks. (It does say the thicker the topcaot the coarser the cracks). There are tiny shimmery sequins on the leaf but as often happens the shimmer doesn't show here.
Pat drove ;-) Though we went into 'Sewing for Pleasure' and 'Fashion, Embroidery and Stitch' and there was a supposed separate hall for Hobbycrafts, inside it was all in one! Though there were separate areas. We saw some fantastic stuff. If you ever go I'd recommend giving the sewing areas a looksee as lots of stuff crosses over into papercrafts and I'm sure you'd find something to delight you that you may not have seen before. Lynda Monk was demoing a great technique using vilene, transfer foil and tissue paper which she'd used to make some wonderful books amongst other things. Here's what I bought ;-) I won't list it all but in case you're wondering what the thing is between the white spray and the mould, they are felting needles.