Monday, 22 March 2010


Well what can I say......... Angie and I attended the Stamp With Us Retreat at the end of March in Stratford on Avon and had so much fun. Starting at 8am Saturday and not finishing until 10:30pm was a long first day but when we crafters get away from everything to craft for a whole weekend with like-minded people, we need to cram in as much as we can.
Sunday started early again with doors opening at 8:30am and first project finished by the time most people get out of bed on a Sunday morning !!!
Our hosts, Monica, Natalie and Zoe were all full of so much energy and fun, I think we are nearly all booking for the next one. I heard the last one in July 2009 was themed 'Christmas in July' and dressed up as Santa Claus', playing Christmas carols etc.
Our first project was Monica's folded box card and earring set.

Zoe (Mrs Wonka) loves her chocolate and couldn't resist this nice Easter project. Here we decorated a pot and clear film with white Staz On. Decorated tag and embellishment matched a beautiful Easter card.
Natalie's decorated accetate box and 4 card set - the cards were all the same design but used totally different colours from the Pink Flamingo DSP pack.

Crafting not finished for the day yet .... we were given the option to join the 'party evening' ...... yes more crafting from 7:30pm to 10:30pm. Zoe's decorated photo album cover, Natalie's covered notebook with paper rose and Monica's 3D card with ladybirds (or sausages ... you had to be there for that one !!!!).

Raffle time and more goodies to add to our FREE stash. I was lucky enough to win the SU Hostess Level 3 gift - Queue Up. Everyone was given a free ticket for the evening to win a FREE Sale A Bration set - there was enough for one each. The book 'CARDS - Spring 2010, was kindly given FREE to everyone - Natalie is now the Editor of the publication !!! The Best Wishes & More set was FREE on each work station on arrival and included in cost of the Crafting Retreat. With several SU demos and customers attending, how the team managed to pick a set that none of us already had, was amazing !!!

.... and so to bed ..... tired crafters all adjourned to our beds having finished the last project at 10:30pm and found our wonderful hosts for the weekend had got the evening staff to deliver a beautifully decorated bath bomb to each of our pillows. Such a kind gesture.
This is Zoe's Butterfly card set. The Tri-fold card just needs the finishing touches.

This is Monica's handbag and card set (There are 3 cards in the set and I still have 2 cards to finish off)
This is Natalie's canvas project - the photo doesn't do the project justice - I still have to cut out words and fix on ribbon.
This is Monica's mini album project - inside were 12 mini scrapbook pages to complete (probably not until Easter weekend).
We have received confirmation of the dates for 4th and 5th September 2010 at Haslemere. Angie and I reserved and paid our deposits on the release date. There will be 2 spaces in my car should anyone else wish to go too. We plan to leave about 9am Friday morning with a view to arriving lunch time to relax and catch up with others. Classes start from 8am Saturday and therefore want to arrive fresh (not racing there through rush hour traffic after work late Friday evening). Give me a call if you think you might be interested. I'm sure your will not be disappointed !!

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