With A Little Help from my Friends

As Stuck in Plastic’s virtual #sipspringworkshop2021 is about to kick off. It brought great sadness to @bevvypix, as she remembered the last workshop. You see, she had a chance to do some photographic commercial work and she really needed the work. So, she had to make a decision to give up her place on the workshop. 

That being said, she knew that although she had to work. She cheekily decided to try and get the crew to send her an envelope package anyway. She just knew, all the participant was going to receive a welcomed surprise filled with goodies to complete the workshop tasks.

Unable to attend the #sipspringworkshop2021

Interestingly, the element the impending surprise and not knowing what was inside the packages created much excitement, especially within the group of participants. As a spectator, all bevvypix could do was watch as the envelopes arrived to the different people. 

She knew they were going to have an amazing time, full of fun.

An Uncollected Package Arrives in Finland

Upon hearing the news that Maelick hadn’t collected his package from his local post office in Finland. This triggered off an idea, and bevvypix immediately thought of a plan to intercept his envelope. In order to do this, she would have to create a fake ID and the potential use of a Lego mini figure, meant she was able to create a representative of Maelick and perhaps get away with imposter syndrome.

But then she faced a slight problem, travel from the UK was with its limitations and her ability to get to Finland was now not an option. She was doomed, how on Earth can she now intercept the package all the way from Wales? 

Then surprisingly in conversation, she remembered someone mentioned about the Flash. Ahhha! now that’s just what Bevvypix needed, someone who could rush in and out in a flash.

She relied on her negotiation skills and asked the Flash to join her as a partner in crime. The flash would be able to move super quick, even the snowflakes wouldn’t have time to land.

To Finland in a Flash

In a Flash

As Bevvypix waited patiently on the corner of Main Street for the Flash to return. It suddenly dawned on her. After a conversation in which Natasja aka @by_a.n.n.a had mentioned that she would like to visit Finland with bevvypix, it later became evident that could this be Natasja holding the stolen valuable package?

Having prepared the journey from Denmark across the snowy landscape of Finland, The Flash grabbed the envelope, and no one noticed. It was a genius idea. No one would suspect anything.

When the Flash arrived in the UK, bevvypix was stood waiting by Her Majesties Royal Mail Post Box so not to give the game away. But then, she became consumed by guilt, what had they done? Stealing Maelick’s envelope meant that he was going to also be unable to join in the fun and that was certainly a crime against SiP. 

Who can this be?

Both Bevvypix and The Flash decided it was best to return the package to its rightful owner and hoped that Maelick hadn’t been to collect it beforehand. However, the flash did leave another package instead with bevvypix.

Superheroes in Progress

Now that Bevvypix was aware she was going to have to trigger a plan B. There was no way she was going to get an envelope without help. Even thou she had every confidence that Stuck in Plastic would have sent something even thou they knew she couldn’t attend.

With a little help from my friends

She called on whom she believed to be a group of superheroes to help her quest to find #wheresbevvyspackage. In fact, the characteristics of the Flash was making her begin to question if it was the Sip crew in disguise? Perhaps she will never know, or will she find out in due course? 

Wait ‘Till ya get a load of Me

After a recent photoshoot with Deadpool, she had mentioned her despair over not being able to attend the Spring 21 workshop and he offered to help her. Thinking back now, she remembers him speaking something in French, but she thought nothing of it at the time. 

They walked over to the post box and in true Deadpool fashion, he put his hand inside the gap to reach for the envelopes. In an attempt to retrieve an envelope addressed to Bevvypix, he forced his arm in further, then his arm got stuck.

At the time, he was taking about Panda’s, maybe this was some sort of a distraction? This confused Bevvypix as she thought pandas were irrelevant on this occasion. Looking back, was that Julien aka @Ballou inside that red suit?

Stuck in Plastic

All of a sudden, he shouted, “Oh La La” and upon releasing his arm, Bevvypix notice that his limb had become trapped and fell off. This wasn’t a problem for Deadpool, if you have watched the movies then you would know he can regenerate his limbs and as another lockdown was looming, seemed like the best time. At this point he decided to hand the envelope retrieval over to Venom.

With a little Help from my Friends

Originally Venom was known to enjoy the dark side, but recently he wanted to help others and today was the day. Although Royal Mail post boxes are secured solid to the ground and it would be impossible to lift them and at the same time a crime to steal post or tamper with the boxes. Venom showed no mercy and that dark side was still visible. 

Not letting on, he thought, if he could get his envelope out of the box before it was delivered to his address. Perhaps he could genetically clone it using a superpower code. And then, Bevvypix would have a duplicated version of the real thing.  He was talking as he rattled the heavy metal box. However, this was no ordinary accent. It sounded more like it was from a place near Manchester. Indeed, it sounded closer to a British accent. Was this Chris aka @chrisrosephoto … ???

Help from the dark side

Bevvypix was aware he loved Star Wars, but she never contemplated he would ever turn to the dark side.  On the contrary, a pattern was beginning to emerge. These superheroes that were helping, are becoming all too familiar. However, Bevvypix was never going to know who it was behind the mask, she could only hazard a guess.

Every Superhero need a Captain

With Deadpool and Venom failing to break into the post box. The commotion caught the attention of Captain America. Upon his arrival, it was evident that Bevvypix had heard this accent before. Bevvypix was confident this could potential be Boris aka @_Me2_ a true leader and a defender of a good causes. 

In order to help, the only thing to do was use Thors hammer. He had rescued it from the clutches of evil and was in the process of returning it to its rightful owner. He had also just saved Planet earth from impending doom.

Captain America?

As a matter of fact, as strong as the hammer was, it couldn’t penetrate through. Indeed, the hard structure was impenetrable. As he smashed against the metal with such force. The red paint exploded into the air and then … Appearing from the letter opening something fell out. Was this the envelope that Bevvypix had longed for?

A Message to Gothamburg City

With the disappointment starting to flow through Bevvypix, she was about to give up. How can this be, all the superheroes help and not even her envelope remotely in her sight. It was time to call on the Batman. 

Without further ado, bevvypix released the famous bat signal and waited for a response. She knew that Gothamburg City was far away. Could this cry for help be possible, could the Batman deliver the envelope addressed to Bevvypix and put her out of her misery.

Her call was answered and through the darkness of night, the dark knight appeared holding what seemed to be a package. As he approached, he was holding out the envelope, but Bevvypix knew somehow this couldn’t be her package, everyone else had failed with the delivery. She heard Batman saying “ist das deins Bevvypix.”  

All the way from Gothamburg City

In light of these words, she realised that the Batman sounded a lot like Stefan aka @herrsm He had come to save the day. As he got closer, it was sadly not Bevvypix’s workshop package. However, it was a different type of package. “Offnen Sie nicht bis zu Ihrem Geburtstag”  Batman said. What did this mean?

Spidey Senses

Out of nowhere, then appeared Spiderman holding an envelope. To be honest he was waving it in front of her face and teasing her. Indeed, it was not bevvypix’s envelope, but he had heard that his package was taken some two weeks prior to the workshop and his Spidey senses guessed it must have been Bevvypix.

After collecting his envelope from the Finnish Post office, his Spidey senses were drawing him to the culprit. Now, and this was only another guess but is that you Maelick aka @maelickinthenorth

Have you finished?

Then he disappeared leaving only an envelope full of photographs from the workshop that he had captured. The envelope felt cold and that was when Bevvypix realised there is only one person with cold snow at the moment and it must have been Maelick.

No Joking

The whole situation was making Bevvypix wonder if the crew were playing tricks on her. Furthermore, and to top it off, the Joker arrived with his humorous sidekick Miss Harleen Quinzel. Having got word that Bevvypix was waiting to find her package. They arrived waving around a package/envelope. Not to mention a baseball bat that was stopping Bevvypix from approaching Mr J. At first, she thought Harley was Karine aka @eatmybones in fancy dress, but then she knew different because Karine was way too busy to joke around.

The corresponding address was out of her visual, all the Bevvypix could see was a similar envelope to what she was looking for. And off they went, taking the envelope with them. 

The Joker’s laughter scrawled across the Street as a constant reminder that  Bevvypix was not going to find her package. She had put up a good search but sadly to no avail. By the same token, she knew she had tried and failed her mission. In spite of this, she knew the workshop was going to be a good one. Afterall she had photographs to look back on when she was allowed to open the envelope.

Playing a joke

By Order of The Peaky Blinders

With the intention to give up her quest and admit defeat. All the Superheroes dispersed and went on to continue helping others and Bevvypix was left wondering about the May Workshop that she was definitely attending, was she going to receive a package.

Then from nowhere, she heard voices shouting, “By Order of the Peaky Blinders, Bevvypix here is your package.” Slightly confused Bevvypix reached out for her envelope, it had her name written on the front and they ordered her to not open it before her birthday, just days before the workshop. 

Notably, these may not be your typical Superheroes, Indeed far from that particular characterisation.  However, they looked familiar, more to the point she actually now thinks that they were her boys dressed interpreting The Peaky Blinders. And if it was them, they did a really good impression. In order to trick her, they had hidden the envelope in a secret location and then placed a bet that she would search for it. 

By order of the Peaky Blinders

You’ve Got Mail

All things considered the adventure and search continued for the potential workshop envelope, well at least May’s delivery.

In the meantime, Bevvypix anticipates the excitement ahead of opening Batman’s package. Whatever is inside she knows it was so kind to think of her and for that she is truly thankful. And recently she has received further packages, will she be able to open them before they self destruct.

Bevvypix will be sure to follow the Spring workshop on Saturday 3rd April 2021. You can also join the SiP crew and Friends by following #sipspringworkshop2021 and maybe next time you can also join in the fun. Those of you who are attending, have an amazing creative time and I look forward to seeing the results.

And a few packages arrived to Bevvypix

Diolch (Welsh for Thank You) 

Bev x

The Bevvypix Cut

Maelick writing his thoughts Looking Back at SipgoesTT last week has inspired me to complete the themes that I had not completed. There were three movie genres in total that I failed to finish for #SiPgoesTT. These were Comedy, Sci-Fi, and Fantasy. I had the ideas but in the latter part of 2020, I was also finalising my final major project connected to my academic Master’s degree. Although, I have no excuse for not completing Comedy way back in July.

The Challenge

Previously, I had enjoyed taking part in the Stuck in Plastic yearly challenges and I had completed the 2018 project. Concentrating on 52 different values we set about to complete #SiPgoes52. This consisted of words/values provided each week for your own interpretation. Having completed this project, I set about publishing a book titled LEGO Life 52V.

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It’s A Small World with David Gilliver

Recently Bevvypix asked our Feature Friday guest if he would like to tell us all about his toy photography. And without hesitation David said yes. Bev was introduced to his work whilst studying her MA in Photography. Although she specifically use Lego in her images, she was interested to know there are other types of toy photographers out there, all creating little universes and highlighting environmental issues in different ways.

Without further avail, let us introduce the Miniature Worlds and creative Toy Photography of published artist David Gilliver.

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Flattery or Paid Work

Recently, here at Stuck in Plastic, we discussed the concern of commercial usage of our photos on platforms such as IG. This sparked a conversation about the artistic licensing of photographs – “Can anyone just use your photographs or content?” And for which target groups is it okay and which target groups is not okay?

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The Party of the Decade

The party day has finally arrived for the residents of NINJAGO City. Master Lloyd, along with his friends, prepare for the big celebration and the secret ninja warriors get ready for the party of the decade.

Gathering all the props was an easy task for Karine. The party of the decade was about to commence and there was much excitement in the air.

Karine gathers the props
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Hey Frankie Siren

In conjunction with the launch of the new CMF series 21 sent to us by our good friends at TLG. These figures have been keeping us busy, along with a few friends. Amongst receiving complete sets, we have all received a mixed up bag of the set to create something unique.

Body Snatchers

In the beginning the suggestion was that we all make a Frankenstein model out of the different body parts. What a great idea! Those of you who aren’t familiar with who exactly Frankenstein is, here’s a little background information.

Mary Shelley’s novel, Frankenstein: is a combination of Gothic horror story and science fiction. The book tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a Swiss student of natural science who creates an artificial man from pieces of corpses and brings his creature to life.

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Our Magical Card Exchange of 2020

Back in October 2020, we put the word out and asked if a few of you fancied joining in our SiP Card Exchange 2020. We must say that the response was incredible.

The Task

The task was simple. We asked participants to make a postcard design using their own photograph. Write a message on the reverse and then post it to the members in their nominated group.

To spread more festive joy, we also asked those who joined in to nominate a friend who would also receive a card. All we asked for the #sipcardexchange was the magic to be shared amongst others who were not expecting it.

The SiP elves lending a helping hand.

The previous year, I participated in the 2019 Card Exchange and loved receiving every card. However, 2020 was different for many reasons. The pandemic for one, had threatened Christmas planning. Forcing many people to alter plans at the last minute and some not being able to spend the festivity with loved ones. Therefore, I really did not know what to expect this year!

I chose a photograph that I had created last year for a project given by our dear friends at The LEGO Group… I didn’t send it last year and thought this Christmas it would make an ideal picture as I wanted to include a fun positive message.

Special Delivery

Each card was handwritten with a personal message for each receiver. At times this was a difficult task, simply because I didn’t personally know some of the recipients. However, I read between the lines, took onboard their reason for nominating a friend and kept updated in the conversation via our group chat.

We placed the cards into envelopes and sent them at the beginning of December. Without knowing how the pandemic was affecting the postal service. I was confident that the UK cards would arrive to their destination in time for Christmas.

“Have yourselfie a Merry Christmas”.

A Magical Christmas

Although some decided to wait to open their cards, I couldn’t wait. My first card arrived, and the feeling I had last year came flooding back. The excitement began and I opened the envelope, reading the beautiful handwritten message inside. Then another arrived, then another. This year was certainly beginning to top last year on so many different levels.

The power of peoples voices and those who become intertwined by a common interest became something special and unique. People whom I had never met, all of a sudden put good out into the world and you know what? Good came back to me in ways that I had never thought, nor anticipated. This act of kindness was so special to witness.

Farewell twenty twenty

Without further ado, we say goodbye to 2020 and regardless of how the year turned out. The magic of Christmas was restored. Cards arrived filled with amazing, heartfelt, creativity from all over the world. I have loved seeing and reading each handwritten message, my nominated friend has also loved receiving all the beautiful cards.

The SiP crew have all enjoyed spreading some positive joy to the world. And you guys certainly made 2020 card exchange very special indeed.

A Magical Special Delivery.

It’s a Wrap

We at Stuck in Plastic feel truly blessed with wonderful followers on our SoMe channels. Those of you who joined in our card exchange will completely understand how we are all feeling. These cards will live in a very special place within our hearts.

Overwhelmed by the love put into each and every special magical card. We thank you all for helping us spread the joy and making others smile upon receipt. Although it is only the beginning of a new year, we are looking forward to the next Card Exchange. Thank you all again for participating and “have yourself a healthy and wonderful 2021”.

Sing a Rainbow

This week you may have all been wondering about the story behind @bevvypix’s latest series of images? Well today she reveals the story so far regarding #wheresbevvyspackage.

The Package

From time to time, we at Stuck in Plastic receive packages from our good friends over at The LEGO Group. We are fortunate to have this opportunity to build and review the products inside these packages, which are then written about in our blog and shared on social media. You can check out so many different reviews written by our wonderful team. And if you are specifically looking for a particular product then you can just use our search tool here on the blog.

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Hello September and Film Noir

The Golden Age of Film Noir

Last weekend the crew, along with old and new friends. we hung out together on our virtual toy photography safari. While the heat was on to make the deadlines, we sadly missed the scheduled post for our movie theme. So, here we are, one week the late introduction to this month’s theme, Film Noir.

This genre was prevalent in mostly American crime drama’s and regarded as the “classic Period” of film Noir between 1945 and the 1950s. However, the Noir style still continues to date with one particular movie that comes to mind. Typically known as Neo-Noir is Sin City. The style of filmmaking was characterised by such elements as stark lighting, cynical heroes, frequent use of flashbacks, intricate plots, and an underlying philosophy.

Some examples of the classic noir style to name but a few include, The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946), The Maltese Falcon (1941) with Humphrey Bogart, Kiss Me Deadly (1955) a novel by Mickey Spillane, or Orson Welles’s baroquely styled Touch of Evil (1958). Even though it is hard to classify some movies into this genre, the turn of the decade brought about the Neo-Noir. You are probably more familiar with films such as Brad Pitt immensely successful Seven in 1995 or Quentin Tarantino’s popular movie, Pulp Fiction.

How you interpret this theme is completely up to you, perhaps you might want to create your own plot and play around with artificial lighting.

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Tell a story

Huston, July we had a problem

And what happened to our sense of humour? We do have one , saying that as a team with the exception of @herrSM, we are guilty for not joining in last month, so please accept our apologies for our absence. As a result we did not have many entries either and choosing a winner was an easier task than normal. Thank you so much to everyone else who entered. So drum role please…

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