Friday, May 17, 2013

Creative Escape Retreat May 2013

Another retreat has come and gone... so many months of planning and preparing goes into each retreat, that after it ends I feel the post Christmas relief! In addition to all the make and takes, goody bags, my tools that are available for use, games, prizes and great shopping, what really makes these weekends special are the amazing and creative women! At this retreat I hosted 50 scrappy friends both returning and new participants. 

One of the things that amazes me the most is how at the beginning of the weekend many of us are strangers and by the last day it's like we are long time friends! Everyone has different creative styles, points of view and backgrounds, but we are all united by our love of creating and memory keeping.

Here are some snap shots from this fabulous weekend:

Make and Take Fun!

 There were 5 make and take projects throughout the weekend. My 3 projects introduced everyone to Distress Inks, Distress Paints, Stampendous Frantage products (including Fragments, Aged embossing powders, glitter and much more), Viva Decor Stamping Paint, Viva Decor Precious Metals paint and Crafter's Workshop templates. I love techniques and messy products, so my creations always use whatever cool new mediums that I'm super excited about! Maybe next time I will shock everyone and do no messy/artsy make and takes...haha ya right!
My friend Jen also did a project involving making rosettes and embossing with foils. She was very thoughtful and wanted to give everyone a break from my messy, inky projects!
Carrie from Scribbles and Giggles shared a fun tag project that taught embossing one application for Viva Decor Inka Gold (another one of my new favourite products).  

Winning prizes during the "Donkey Game"

Retail therapy with the onsite store provided by Scribbles and Giggles!

 Busy creating!

 Enjoying delicious food. The masterful chef takes very good care of us!

 My next big weekend retreat will be at the same location Sunnyside Christian Retreat Centre, November 14-17, 2013! I am now taking a waiting list. If you are interested in attending please contact me via Facebook or email (see the Contact Me tab for address).

Thanks for stopping by and happy crafting,

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