Sunday, March 31, 2013

What I created at Sarah's Cards Retreat

A couple weeks ago Mom and I went up to Warrington for our second Mother/Daughter craft retreat (first with Sarah's Cards). It was an easy quick fun flight and then we started our classes.

Class One: This was the class with doodling - which I wasn't really looking forward too... I used a black and white photograph of my gran and great-granddad.  This was a good class to get into the crafting weekend.

Class Two: For the second class I used this photograph of my Grandma Violet.  This sheet of patterned paper from the kit went perfectly with the photograph.  The doilies were heat embossed... my heat embossing isn't that good but since we know own a heat gun it should get better.

Class Three: Love these papers! So many bright and eye aching designs!  We cut frames from the whole sheet of white cardstock and put squares of patterned paper behind and added decorated bright squares to the front. Love this technique.

Class Four: Normally I wouldn't go for these style of papers.  I worried about the use of roses and so much pink on this layout of Spot (a boy boy dog) but I think it shows his softer side.  The bows were made origami style from patterned paper.

Class Five: A project life styled class.  The Saturday before the retreat I still needed seven photographs for this class so I decided to do a Day In The Life.  It was fun doing these little cards and I learnt some new things for my Project Life.

Class Six: The last class. My mind was starting to get overused from all the creative so pretty much stuck to the instructions.  I used a photograph of me and Mom in Ireland last year.  I love this washi tape and the was enjoyable.

Sketch challenge:  The first challenge was a layout challenge.  I bought some papers from the charity table and used photographs from the Monday before the retreat when we had an avalanche of snow!!! A whole about 6 inches of snow in about 2 days! I used washi tape and a stencil and other bits I bought from the shop at the retreat.

Kit challenge:  We were all given a kit of papers and an alphabet set.  I wasn't going to do anything because I didn't find the papers inspiring but then I started cutting the flowers out of this sheet of paper and started to find the papers inspiring.  Just a simple photograph of my brothers when they were about 2 and 3.

And that's it.  I came home full of ideas and lots of new things to play with.  Already booked for another craft retreat for next year (sadly not with Sarah's Cards though).

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