Craft the Night Away or aka Your Invitation to Weekend Retreat

My mind will be in serious packing planning mode this week. My weekend craft retreat is next weekend, August 24-26th in Poynette! It takes 30 minutes from door to door for me. An easy drive to organize my thoughts for which project I craft with first.

Would you like to attend? You are welcome to attend on your own or bring your friends. You get your own large table to spread out on for the entire weekend. Unloading is easy directly from the driveway into the ground level craft space which overlooks the pond.

The house sleeps 8 across 3 bedrooms and 2 baths. We coordinate noon and evening meals so you should only be providing and cleaning up 1 meal per weekend. Breakfast is on your own so you can sleep in if you want to.

We retreat at Cattail Retreat in Poynette. Click here for a link to their website.

Click the Contact button above to contact me for full details and to RSVP. Please do so today so you can start planning your packing strategy soon!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

The pond overlooking the craft space…

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Inside the craft space and happy crafters!IMG_7656

Card Exchange…Quiet Please!

When we retreat for a weekend with other papercrafters or meet as Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators, we exchange hand stamped greeting cards. The designs are great since we have been stamping for many collective years. Add all the years up and it would typically be over 300 years of stamping experience in one room!

This was the line up at our recent retreat with paper crafting friends. We had 19 card exchange participants. There was another table for sorting the cards too.

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Mom usually distributes the cards with care making sure each pile receives a card. If anyone helps with the distribution, they need to stay in line with Mom. No skipping around to piles. If the piles don’t all look the same, someone’s pile has been missed. We learned that the hard way several times in the early years and had to reshuffle back to original bags to figure out who was missed.

Focusing on the task ensures each pile is identical and any extras go back to the original stamper. Quiet, Please! And don’t talk to the helpers making the piles! We have a check-in sheet with name, how many cards submitted (so we know if there are extras in their bag) and design theme. More hard lessons learned along the way.

My exchange card uses the Coffee Cafe suite…

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I’ll share Mom’s card in a different post later this week. She used the Barn Door bundle. The barn door rails are peeking out from the real red cardstock towards the top of the card pile giving you a sneak peek.

Thanks for creating great designs and using fabulous Stampin’ Up! products!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

 

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