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Craft retreat

Each year I run two craft retreats. Ever wanted to spend a whole weekend crafting and eating amazing food? My craft retreat is for you. The next one is coming up in April (27th to 29th) and will be a fabulous time away as always.

Each retreat we have regulars come back and newbies arrive and everyone is always so welcoming and friendly. It is such a great atmosphere.

Here’s alittle snapshot of the retreat and what you can expect from the April retreat.

Everyone had a beautiful name tag. Some people used them as accents on projects or kept them with their others from previous years.

I always take a few jackets and even a knee rug because I ALWAYS get cold. If you always get hot make sure you ask to be positioned under the air con. All rooms (craft and sleeping) are air conditioned.

Kirsten’s project space. She had ideas from pinterest she wanted to created and achieved all her craft retreat goals by going in with a plan.

Everyone busy making things. Don’t we all take too much “stuff” to these things. I think the 3 people who created the most scrapbook pages or cards were those who didn’t bring much and had things a little planned out. Kits made or bought. Something to think about for those of you who bring everything.

Of course there has to be a kind of tricky card to complete. Stay tuned for the video of this card.

The retreat cost, $260, covers all food (morning and afternoon tea, main meals as well as supper) and accommodation, welcome pack, gifts, prizes and between 3 and 5 make and takes. Registration is essential and deposits or a payment plan are required to be in place by the end of January. Some ladies pay their retreat off at $25 per fortnight. Please contact me for more information on registration and payment.

We would love to see you there and enjoy your company for the weekend.

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Stamp-a-stack class

WHAT is a stamp-a-stack? Stamping a stack of cards. In my case I run my stamp-a-stack classes so participants make 12 cards for $25. Participants get to make 4 each of 3 different designs. That’s what usually happens. Normally you also get to choose your own sentiments to stamp too incase you don’t want 12 birthday cards.

This class was slightly different. Participants made a box using the envelope punch board and only got to make 10 cards. They made 2 each of 5 card designs.

Want to see the cards?

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This was made using Papaya collage and is on the retirement list. So if you like this card and want to make it don’t forget to purchase this stamp set while you can still get it.

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This has to be one of my favourite sets. This is The Open Sea and it is just gorgeous. Easy to use and very versatile.

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I just think this card is so effective. I don’t know whether it is the basic black that makes the card pop or something else. I Just love this card. This uses Zoo Babies as the main stamp set.

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I don’t think you can get any more effective or simple than this card. Three ink pads to colour the leaves (I think it would be just as effective with one colour) and another colour to add the detail to the top. This is called 2-step stamping and it is one of my favourite (and effective) stamping techniques. Unfortunately this is another set which is retiring. Gently Falling is a stunning set and I’m very sad it’s retiring. I use it a lot especially in my scrapbooking.

And finally,

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The die used to cut this set is just amazing. What a stunning card. So simple. Sticking with one colour really makes a difference and the fact that all the paper, cardstock and ink co-ordinate takes all the work out of it for you. Don’t you just love this embossing folder. This is beautifully baroque. I love it.

If you would like to attend one of my stamp-a-stacks please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Until next time,

Happy crafting.

Star card technique class

Last week’s card class was a bit different. Not much stamping and lots of patterned paper.

I call this a star card. I know that’s not the name of it. Do you know the name?

 

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This is a very easy card to make. I know it looks a little complex but it isn’t. The kids in my kids’ class did this card. They are aged between 6 and 10. If they can do it so can you. Give it a go.

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I just love this DSP,  Birthday Basics . It’s retiring so if you would like to use it please order it before the 30th of June so you don’t miss out.

Please see below for instructions on how to make this card.

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This is exactly the same design using a different colour scheme and a different pack of DSP. This is Modern Medley.

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This is the same design except on a smaller scale.  This is using the polka dot parade DSP.  Each of these squares are only 3cm x 3cm.

 

Instructions:

Cut 2 pieces of cardstock at 10.5x 10.5cm

Cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 5x5cm. You could use all different patterns or just 2 like in the picture.

 

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Place the pieces of cardstock on top of each other so they form a star shape. Try to make it as even as possible.

Glue or staple the 2 pieces of cardstock together.

Using your patterned paper lay a piece in the corner of the top piece of cardstock. Only put adhesive on half the square along the diagonal which will be covered by the next piece of paper. If you put adhesive over the whole piece it will be difficult to slip the last piece of paper in once you have completed the spiral.

Keep adhering pieces of paper until you come all the way back to the start.

Embellish the middle of the star as little or as much as you’d like. It helps to cover the centre which can be a little messy.

 

For the smaller star card cut 2 pieces of cardstock 7cm x 7cm and cut 8 pieces of patterned paper 3cm x 3cm. Repeat the same process as the larger star card.

 

I hope you enjoyed this. If you’d like to attend one of my classes please let me know so I can book you in.

Happy crafting.

Amity

Beautiful feminine card

The technique we used in April’s class was repetition.

Here is one sample we created. I created another one which was a Thank you card using the Thanks a Million. Exactly the same design with an alternate sentiment.

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We used the woodgrain background stamp which is on the retirement list. So if you love the background order it before it is no longer available.

So until next time,

Happy crafting.

Card in a box

These cards have been all over the internet. I resisted the urge to make one but thought the ladies in my technique class would like to have a go. I ended up making a sample for class when Hannah (5 years) saw it and said I had to make one for her to give to her teacher for her birthday.

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I made mine a little more simple than most you will see on the internet. I prefer it that way. I didn’t embellish the sides (apart from some embossing using the petals-a-plenty embossing folder. I also used the Stampin’ Write Markers to add the different colours to this stamp set from Delightful Dozen.

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Isn’t her handwriting amazing. She wrote this the day before she turned 5. Mrs Paxton’s birthday is the day before hers. Pretty proud of her efforts there. I didn’t even need to tell her how to spell any of the words.

If you would like more information about my classes, how to make this card or the supplies used please don’t hesitate to contact me.

I will post the the second card from my class in a few days so make sure you check back or subscribe to my blog so you can get notifications when I update.

Until next time, happy crafting.

Flower shop

If you love a versatile stamp set and, sigh, a co-ordinating punch then Flower Shop is for you. It is amazing. I had to tell my ladies in my card class that I promised I wouldn’t use it again for a while because I was over-using it a lot.

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This card was made by kids in my kids class. So easy. So beautiful.

I just like the versatility of this set. Here is a card my daughter, 7, made for her friend. It is easy enough for a 7 year old to use and to use so it looks good.

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I made this card for the neighbours who saved 3 of our chickens from being eaten by the other neighbour’s dog.

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This uses the fern from the Papaya Collage set. I like the subtle and detailed look this gives in the background. The punched flowers have been heat embossed with clear embossing powder.

This card is my favourite.

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I made for my Oma, Grandma, when my Opa died. She couldn’t believe that I’d made it. She was so chuffed that I’d sent her a card because people don’t do that these days. Why don’t people send condolence cards? Cards are a great way to let someone know you are thinking of them. It doesn’t even have to be for any reason. Just a card to say, ‘Hi, I’m thinking of you.’ It would make someone’s day. Maybe you should send someone a card this week.