Once food was out of the way, including the scrummy strawberry based pudding, it was time to clear the table, break out the wine and chocolate and knuckle down to some serious crafting!
Tamsin had managed to to stab herself in the hand while gardening the previous weekend and had a puncture wound that had been super glued back together (it was under a dressing and not on display thankfully!). This meant that she couldn't easily make the jewellery that she had planned and so Steph gave her a copy of Tim Holtz' first book to look through.
For those seasoned crafters amongst us, we all know the delights of Ranger products (just how many times have I mentioned Stickles glitter glues on this site?) and the guru of all things grunge and distressed in the Ranger product line is Tim Holtz.
Tamsin was reading up on the 'distress crackle paints' and it stated that you can "use this on paper, photographs, grunge board, wood - infact anything that you are fed up of looking at and want to change". At this Steph said jokingly "Like Stuart?" (her hubby) at which point more than one snort of laughter erupted from around the table. We all had visions of Stuart falling asleep and then Steph creeping up on him with all her Tim Holtz products (and she has plenty) and 'distressing' him!
Steph's daughter thought that this was really mean - but the vision will be there for ever more now. It still makes me giggle to think of it - what 'distress' method would one employ - crackle paints or an alcohol ink patina I wonder?