Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Saturday crafting marathon!

Yesterday I told you about what had happened during the first evening of our cardmaking retreat. I promised more so here goes.

And so on to Saturday! The weather was beautiful outside but we didn't get to see much of that as our first crafting session started at 9am. Goody boxes were on the tables as our cardcampers came in but we soon got them started on our Woodware session using a new set of stamps designed by Francoise Read. We used watercolour techniques using pigments inks and gelly roll pens as our colouring medium.

After coffee we moved onto our next chosen range which was Fancy Pants. This set of cards was mine and Debi's favourites. We made an acetate card using the brand new "Its the Little Things", grunged up Lilac House, and made a clever little construction to house tags on the front of our Hot Chocolate range. (On the photo below the colours are a little dark and we lost the flower off the front of our Lilac House sample so it looks a little bland).

A well earned rest followed with a great lunch in the hilltop restaurant. But soon we were back to work with our next session. Personalized Thorntons Easter eggs greeted our ladies when they returned from lunch.

Basic Grey was our next chosen company. We stamped our first card using the blue and green Marjolaine range, used Claudine Helmuth Studio Medium to transfer the image from our brand new Hello Luscious paper to a mini canvas for our second card and then, lastly, before coffee break, we scored, cut and folded to make this kinetic card using Basic Greys Hopscotch range.

Boy did we need that caffeine!

Last formal session of the day used paper ranges from Papermania. We used stickers and papers from both Birdsong and Born to Shop and stamps and paper to make a paper quilted card from Little Cake Shoppe.

After an 80's themed dinner our retreaters had a choice to relax, swim, dance the night away or craft. Guess what they chose to do. We did give everyone an optional kit using Cosmo Cricket papers and although there was no formal teaching instructions were included for 4 gorgeous little notelets all stored in a larger decorated envelope. We had also given materials to make a different design of folder to hold each sessions cards and some people chose to use the templates we supplied to make those.

Nige, Debi and I definitely did not get to see the sun that day leaving the hotel at 11pm! But we really had had a lot of fun.

Tomorrow I will tell you about the final day of our cardcamp.

Went out shopping for a few hours today with Nige and Joel and split up from them to wander around on my own. Nige tried to give me the keys to the car in case I wanted to pick up a new rotary drier for the garden (after Mondays fiasco) and needed to take it straight back to the car. How considerate to think of that!!! Don't worry Nige - it will balance out all the other shopping I have to get!

Love Rosemary x

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  1. My favourite was Fancy Pants as well Rosemary! Wish I was doing it all again this weekend! Pam x

  2. So glad you enjoyed it so much. We love the weekends because all the prep is done and we just love seeing everyone having fun. Glad your journey home wasn't too bad. X