Friday, 27 March 2009

Gosh what a fabulous day.......

OK I know I'm a bad blogger for not updating before about our fabulous Retreat Day last Saturday, but its been a challenging week as my email has been playing up real bad!!!! In fact only yesterday I almost threw the whole computer out of the window I was so frustrated.... Still Gary fiddled with it and............. shhhh don't say anything out loud but it seems to be working this morning.... well for a bit anyway!!!

So to last Saturday - our 20 ladies all arrived smack on time and chose their table for the day. Tracie was ready to go with the first amazing class at 11am so the Prima Peaches class started with everyone getting a bumper kit to work from! Tracie had created THE most fabulous little mini book which has lots of little flaps inside and with the black cardstock base and the Peaches papers and embellies, looks truly amazing. The class did overrun and take a long time to complete even though we had quite a few Bind-it-Alls in the Hall but everyone agreed that it was worth it for the end result!! A quick lunch and then it was into Sassafras Lass afternoon classes. Tracie had created two brilliant Layouts using the very latest releases Vintage Yummy and Anthem and with the sun streaming through the skylights everyone got cracking creating their masterpieces....... Who would have believed it could have been so quiet at times!!!!

Gary did the take-away run again and came back laden up with Chinese meals, Fish & Chips, Chicken & Chips and many others too - poor thing could barely get in the door!!!! I think by then everyone was really ready for their food and so nicely refreshed everyone sat down to do the final Prima Paintables Class. Oh what a great one to end on as it was really nice and restful using the watercolour pencils to create watercolour masterpieces!! When that was over we took a group photo and started on the prizegiving.

The Basic Grey Mini Book Challenge was won by Marlene who did a fabulous tag book telling us so much about Why she Scraps - she won the Lime Rickey Collection Pack and was thrilled!! Well done Marlene. Our second Challenge was to create a Name Badge that wasn't a Name Badge!! Oh this was so very difficult to judge as the creations were so diverse, creative and fun with everything from a Cupcake sash sprinkled with sequins to flower pots, decorated tins and more!!! Absolutely wonderful ideas and we were thrilled with them all. However, a winner needed to be found and it was Anne who had created a stunning Needle and Scissor holder with her name on who triumphed and won a Fiskars Border & Corner Punch that is not yet released in the UK!!! Well done Anne.

Photos will follow of the day and the winning entries so keep your eyes peeled here for them just as soon as I can sort through them all. All that is left is for me to say a HUGE Thank You to everyone who came along and made it such a lovely day and a special Thanks to Tracie Hudson for being such a lovely teacher and to Wendy for helping us set up and take down in the Hall....................

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