Fun at Weekend Paper Crafting Retreat

It’s been 2 sleeps since 20 paper crafters converged on Wildwood Retreat for 3 days and 2 nights of paper crafting fun. Lots of good food, conversation and creating papercrafts. We had the range of crafts from party favors, scrapbooks, greeting cards and digital design too. A sewing machine was humming too.

photos from the retreat…first arrivals and the Friday night table favor

make-n-take with Tricia, Tammy and Marcy…

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with Tiffany, Faye and Jeanette. Tiffany and Jeanette just signed up to be demonstrators so they could enjoy the discount. Welcome to my Super Awesome Stampers team!IMG_8187

Make-n-take with the family, cousin Debbi, Aunt Dollie, cousin Cheryl, me, my Mom with the pink scarf and Aunt Mary in the purple.

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Tammy baked her birthday cake. She treated us to earl gray flavored cake and rich, buttery frosting for the bottom layer. The top layers were lemon poppyseed with lemon curd. Both delicious!

Tricia designed the Saturday night table favor. She did a nice job!

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Julie caters the Saturday night meal. Sharon helps Julie with the prep. She featured greek dishes this time: falafel, stuffed grape leaves, greek baked beans, hummus and lettuce salad. Falafel was my favorite.

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party favor prep…Mom needs 65 popsicle cards for table favors for the Lutheran Ladies Rally that is happening today at her church.

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This photo sums up the weekend fun! Thanks for taking the time to share your weekend with us.

Would you like to attend a future retreat? My next retreats are at Cattail Retreat in Poynette (20 minutes north of Madison, just off the interstate) on August 24-26, 2018 and October 19-21, 2018. We are getting away May 3-5, 2019 in the Eau Claire area. Click the Contact button above for more details and to reserve your spot.

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Super Awesome Coordinator Shirley

 

 

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Retreat Projects Completed!

We were busy crafters at our weekend retreat. Here are some photos to show what we created over our 3 days of spreading out on our own tables.

I worked on stamping and assembling the coffee cards for an upcoming card exchange. The happiness card was sent to a friend that could not make the retreat.

Dawn sewed the border around this hand stitched alphabet block. She said she used lots  of red scraps. She does not know the person that created the blocks so if you recognize the artist, please add a comment.

Katrina made a stack of microwavable bowls and was working on another stack. The ribbon blanket is for baby to stimulate visual and touch senses.

We took a break for the make-n-takes, a gable box and birthday card (not shown).

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There is usually a little bit of fabric left after a project is finished. Dawn creates a square to remind her of the project since most are given away as gifts. She created these squares over the weekend. She eventually hopes to sew these together to make a larger project. Maybe we will see her do this at the next retreat.

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Dawn’s square project reminded me that I do something similar with designer series paper. I keep a few sheets of favorite patterns to create a scrapbook layout so I can continue to enjoy the paper long after it has been used in other projects. I have several shelves of “saved” paper waiting to be scrapbooked. Someday I’ll get to creating with the stash. It may be used to finally get the scrapbook started that is All About Me. For now, it is enough I have a saved stash that will be ready when I am.

Would you like to join us on our next retreat? Paper crafters, quilters and rug hookers are welcome to attend and make progress along with us! Our next retreat is August 24-26 and October 19-21, 2018. Contact me for more information and reserve your spot at retreat!

Super Awesome Retreater Shirley at #cattailretreat

Tiny Treat Box Pillow Gift

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We had a nice time at our weekend retreat. Lots of projects completed, good food and pillow gifts! I’ll share the pillow gifts in this post and the rest of the weekend photos in a second post.

We had a lunch date with my nephew at Texas Tubb’s Taco Palace on February 16th which is within walking distance of the Gail Ambrosius chocolate shop. We arrived early in the area so decided to stop in the shop. They have the best chocolate covered caramels so that was what I was thinking of purchasing.

But, the heart boxes full of assorted chocolates were on sale since it was a few days after valentine’s day. So I took the opportunity to provide retreat guests with a fancy chocolate and that chocolate needed a fancy box. So I created one!

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The stamp set is Better Than Chocolate, the patterned paper is from the Coffee Break package all complimented with early espresso ink, cardstock and seam binding ribbon.

See how to create the box wrap and decorate the top in my how to video.

Would you like to attend a future retreat? The next dates at Cattail Retreat in Poynette are August 24-26, 2018 and October 19-21, 2018. You get your own table to spread out your favorite craft, help with one meal and enjoy the scenic pond view outside the craft room. Contact me for full details and to reserve your spot.

Thanks for stopping by today!

Super Awesome Retreat Coordinator Shirley

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Scrap From My Heart Benefit

I attended a crop last weekend which was a benefit in memorial to raise funds for the McFarland Lutheran Church youth camp. The gym has excellent lighting, nice tables and kitchen access. Good conversation, time to work on our projects and enjoying good food were the event activities.

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I provided a scrapbooking make-take using the Bubble Up suite. Here are Susan, Ranee and Brenda (peeking over the top) with their pages. The fun thing about double sided paper is that you can pick which side to display. Everyone did their layouts a little different.

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Ready for the scrapbookers…

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I have extra of both styles so let me know if you want a set for outright purchase or gifts with purchase works too.

I’ll be back next year. Would you like to join us? The tentative date is February 15 and 16, 2019. Scrap with you then!

Super Awesome Scrapbooker Shirley

Cattail Retreat – Epilogue

This should really have been the prologue but I missed taking a photo of my pillow gifts at retreat. So I recreated what I gifted when I was back at my house. This photo is a similar design to what I shared for pillow gifts. I used the pumpkins in place of the “owleween” image and spooky moon paper.

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Dawn also presented us with a purple and wine themed bowl warmer while we were settling in. She said it can be placed in the microwave with the bowl while heating so that fingers are protected from the hot bowl. The purple is on the opposite side of the print side.

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I think it is too nice (partly because it is purple!) to use in the kitchen. I will instead use it as a bow bowl. I pre-tie bows so I’ll use the bowl to corral them before I place them on glue dot strips. Stampers pull a bow from the strip and attach it to their card. In between bow tying sessions, I will use it to corral my snippets of wool while I rug hook similar to how Dawn and Pam were using their bowls, to corral snippets of fabric while making straight edges. Thank you Dawn for the thoughtful and multi-purpose gift.

This concludes my posts about our weekend retreat at Cattail Retreats. I hope you enjoyed reading along. I enjoyed my time at retreat and sharing it with you.

Can you picture yourself on retreat with us next time? Remember that the focus of the weekend is working on your own projects. You can make as little or as large of a dent on your list as you would like to. Breakfast is on your own. The rest of the meals are split up so we are only preparing and cleaning up one meal per stay. If you would like to join us next time, use the Contact Me button above for more details and dates. I have weekends reserved for February, August and October.

Have a nice rest of your weekend!

Super Awesome Weekend Retreater Shirley

P.S.  I almost forget to share the visit to Nancy’s Notions in Beaver Dam. Pam’s trip is complete!

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