Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Oyster Stamps Craft Retreat

Hello everyone - well, what a weekend, what fun!!!  Must admit it didn't start off too well.  I had decided to go up to Daventry on Friday so I'd be rested and ready for the start at 9am on Saturday.  Left home at 2.30pm for what should have been a 2 1/2 hour journey.............arrived at the hotel at 7.15pm!!!!  Nightmare - traffic jams, accidents etc etc.  Still at least I got there safely and met up with Martine, Tracey, Graham, Tom, Paul, Neet and Jacqui - it was a glorious day and we were sitting out on the terrace having a drink (or two!!!).  This is the view we had:

Whilst we were sitting chatting this lady came up who everyone seemed to know and was introduced to me as Jane.  Lovely lady, very pretty with a great sense of humour.  She went a little while later and I said to Tracey I'm sure I know her...........well, of course I did - it was Jane Nestorenko!!!  She has lost such a lot of weight and looks years younger than the last time I saw her on TV.  She lives quite near and had popped in to see Paul Church as he was using some of her Christmas stamps in one of the workshops.  We all piled back into the hotel to get some dinner and then had a fairly early night.

The next morning we all met up for breakfast at about 8am and then had the intro to what was going to happen during the next two days.  There were 40 of us at the retreat and had four workshops going at a time - so I was on table 1, then moved on to table 2, etc etc so we all completed four workshops on both days.  Jacqui Dennis took us for a colouring tutorial, the amazing Neet took us for some mixed media  and we had a great time using Ice Resin, Martine took us for the advent Christmas tree (see the photo below) and Paul did a Christmas card using Jane Nestorenko's Christmas bauble stamps. 

Behind each window is a folded sentiment (you can see some unfolded on the left of the tree) and I used the Twelve Days of Christmas sentiments and then stamped others making 24 in total.

On the second day Anna Marie arrived, hot-foot from her show on C&C the evening before, along with her hubby Tim who set up a mini shop of Anna Marie Designs goodies.  We did a great workshop with Anna Marie using some of her new Christmas stamps and various embellishments she sells.  She also showed us how to make a rolled and cut Christmas tree - so effective.

We finished off our mixed media projects with Neet next - it was so much fun and even the ladies who hate getting mucky really enjoyed themselves!

The third workshop was with Martine again and I show a photo of the card we were making - beautiful vellum flowers, coloured using Wink of Stella pens, with an envelope enclosed in the centre of the card plastered with bling!!!  Definitely a Martine card.  Unfortunately as time was limited we didn't have a chance to finish it but have brought it home to complete.

 This is Lorraine holding Martine's card

The last workshop was with Paul who was showing us the geared system that Inkadinkadoo have come up with.  If you're really into pattern building then it's ideal but must admit it wasn't my "thing".

Oh, did I mention that there was a fairly large Oyster Stamp shop on site?????   hehe............ well, you couldn't expect anything less eh?  Must admit I came back with more baggage than I went with! lol  We were also given an amazing goodie bag from Tracey & Graham which contained stamp sets, Memory Box dies, Spellbinders dies, Distress Inks, Distress Stains, packs of card, and several other bits and was so generous of them.

I have got loads of photos but there are also lots on Oyster's Facebook page but will try to post some more during the week.

Right, just going to see what's for dinner..........talking about which, after a great journey home on Sunday evening (2 1/2 hours as it should have been......) I came into the house to the wonderful smell of roast wonderful hubby had cooked dinner for me.....mwah!


  1. So glad you had a great time Karen ,it was a blast I must say ,but I'm soooooooo very tired it has taken its toll on me ,I no must be getting old .and your tree is fab
    Big hugs xxx

  2. Thanks for sharing details of what sounds like a wonderful weekend - so pleased you had a good time. Maybe it was as well you weren't flying back otherwise your luggage could have been overweight!!

  3. Hi Karen. Sounds like you had a fabulous time. Love of new things to see and learn about. And lots new goodies to play with ... what could be better??!!! ... well, maybe a roast lamb dinner ready when you arrived home - he's a keeper!! :) Loll xx

  4. what a wonderfully supportive husband and wow you must be shattered but your brain is going to be over flowing with more creative juices............. hope you found a new home for all your new stash and cannot wait to see more
    Hugs Kate xx

  5. Sounds like a great weekend Karen, love the advent calendar. Sorry you had such a bad journey, that's why we never travel after midday on a friday!! Is Tony setting a precedent:)
    Val x

  6. hi Karen, lovely to see what you had made, they did a fabulous job, your cards look amazing..

  7. Now I have had a lovely sleep - again - I am ready to go so whenever you are ready!
    You have done a fabulous job finishing off the advent card - now we need to see the others. Take care and stay safe.
    Neet xx

  8. Sorry to hear about your Friday journey after planning to get there early and be rested! Looks and sounds like you had a great time.

  9. Wow Karen - that sounds like a wonderful crafting retreat - love your cards, and the bag of goodies sounds fab. too (not to mention the wine)!!
    Am now popping over to Oyster's FB page to see what else you got up to!
    Hugs, Sylvia xx

  10. I've enjoyed reading about this jam-packed retreat here and on Anita's blog, Karendipity. It looks like a heavenly place to be, even if it was hell getting there! The photos and the projects and the shopping ... WOWZA! And to finish it off with Mr. Serendipity's lamb roast? I'm grinning from ear-to-ear with the infectious satisfaction you felt! xxoo Dippy


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