Tuesday 24 October 2017

What a weekend.

Good afternoon all and thanks for popping in again. I am going to try a full blog post today.  So wish me luck . 
I am really hoping that this new app will work and that I can keep on blogging . 
As promised I have more photos from our retreat last weekend in Cumbria. 
As part of the goody bags the ladies had an apron each...these were created by my lovely friend Debbie...and what a great job she made..
Thanks Debbie...
(She also decorates T shirts, bags, xmas stockings etc, so if you need her , I can put you in touch )

We started our Christmas themed retreat on Saturday morning with a Christmas card...well I have to get mine made somehow..


These are fab ladies, 
After coffee we repeated the design onto tissue paper and then embedded it into a candle...this really is a wonderful technique 



I just love these .

Then after lunch we used the same Clarity Stamps and mask but this time we made a ‘faux velvet ‘card 

Look at all those sumptuous colours. 

After coffee and cake we use distress Oxide inks to make a piece of background card ready to stamp on the following day..
At the end of day one , some ladies had to leave and go home and others stayed at the hall. 
We had a lovely talk from Rachel about Tropic skin care and a few of us had a relaxing facial. 
There was lots of laughter and chatting,,., some food and soon it was time for us all to say goodnight 

Day two, soon arrived and it was great to see everyone again.
We spent the day decorating a festive wreath, I had designed these and had them made. 
We added white gesso, Oxide ink, some gilding wax..
There were fir cones, ribbon and lots of Christmas embellishments. 
I do love the Tim Holtz Pointsettia die 
It was so good to see how everyone created their own design 

Unfortunately the photos really don’t do these justice...they were all stunning 

Each and everyone a delight...

We had more tea and cake,,,I am sure I put at least a few pounds on....
And a quick bonus card to finish 

I can honestly say that it was an absolute delight to spend two days with such fabulous people...
Karl, Sheila,  and Peter were such great helpers...
I couldn’t have done it without them ,
I must admit I was shattered by the time we got home on Sunday evening...

The ladies must be mad because they have asked for another one next Spring....!!!!
Ok then...let’s fix a date...

I hope you have enjoyed a little look at our mad weekend...there were a few outtake photos...
But then what happens at craft class , stays at craft class.... you all know that...
Better get on , I have a chilli to cook..
Take care all.

Much love and hugs 
Jo. xxx


fabulous fiona said...

I agree it was a fantastic weekend and just what was needed to calm me before dealing with a lot of stress this week. I am looking forward to making more cards using the techniques from the weekend. Looking forward to the next one.

Saintly Lisa said...

A lovely weekend was had by all. Thank you for all the great ideas and techniques and for starting the Christmas cards too. Bring on the next one xx

MFM said...

Looked like a great time was had by all. Sorry I missed it. Hope you get a few days off to relax, before getting busy again.

Jo Rice said...

Thanks for your lovely comments ladies , and Maggie , we missed you xxx

Guillyflower said...

They all look really fabulous - well done to everyone! Your wreath design is amazing & I'm sure you'll be selling them all on Wednesday - if you have any left! See you very soon (hugs) Chrissie x said...

Let me know that date JO! This looks like it was loads of fun and what beautiful projects you did. I will be decorating my Ivy soon. Xx.