Sunday, October 30, 2011

A Scrap Me Happy Retreat Finale!

My sincerest apologies to all my avid readers for my delayed absence of late! The health issues in my family have been worsening as the year progesses and my crafting has unfortunately been the first thing to be forgotten or somewhat thrown out the window!

It is also with a sad note that I make this post about the very final "Scrap Me Happy" Ridgecrest Retreat that my Mum and I will run! 

Our humble abode for the weekend - The Lodge
Ridgecrest Christian Retreat & Convention Centre, Mumbil NSW

 13 ladies meet at Ridgecrest in the beginning of October for a black & white themed Scrap Me Happy including 1 surprise guest and dear family friend Robbie who had organised her attendence with the co-ordinators of Ridgecrest so it would be a surprise for Mum and I! I am still in shock - it was an awesome surprise!

As usual I made all my lovely downlines attending do a "demo" - but boy was I blown away this time........

Pat showed us how to make cute rollagraphed "Sunny Boy" gift containers and how to create some stunning effects on punched flowers using smooch, glitter, glossy accents and ice stickles!

Carolyn demonstrated a blended masked tag - which I was grateful for as I had been putting off trying this technique as I thought it would be hard!

Honestly the hardest part about this tag was getting the bird in/near the sun - just ask poor Leanne who managed to stamp her bird upside down!

Long time customer and now new to my team Kathy showed us how to make beautfiul bazzill roses! One of the ladies made some gorgeous rolled flowers on her ATC's - so she was asked to demonstrate how she made them to us all - good on you Tina! Even my surprise guest Robbie - brought along heaps of Show and Tell items for us all to drool over and also demonstrated yet another technique for making velvety flowers as well as showing us how to make a cute Christmas Milk Carton gift box, a gift card holder wallet and a cute christmas card! 

A big thankyou to all these lovely ladies that took time out of their scrapbooking weekend to show us all new and wonderful techniques and ideas!

Saturday night dinner saw everybody (with the exception of me - because I had completely forgotten about it) dress up in their black & white devine! Prizes were awarded to the top 3 best outfits - can you guess who one first place???????

These are all the gorgeous ATC's that the ladies proudly made!

Can you work out which two ATCs I made??????? Give you a hint - Mum loves owls and I was testing out the autofill function on my new Cricut Expression2.

Finally, I just want to say a huge thankyou to all the ladies that have attended a Scrap Me Happy Retreat during the past 10 years whilst Mum and I have played host. We have had a wonderful time running them - despite all the obstacles, babies and distances that have occured along the way!