Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Crafty Retreat Photos :-)

Sharing a few photos from our Vancouver, BC Crafty Retreat!

Susan, Christine and Nancy making Stencil Layering Tags and Loll making us laugh (she took photo).   We did a lot of that for 5 days:-)

Our 2nd and only day in the sun...notice the squints.  We were not use to seeing the sun!  A great time at Granville Island eating lunch on the dock and shopping at a craft store.

Some of our supplies...

A few of the stamps and dies that were shared...

More supplies to share for techniques.  I know we went a bit overboard on supplies,  but because we did so many different techniques we used most of our supplies.

Loll concentrating on posting one of her technique samples!

Our very last day,  packing up and getting one last photo to show off our cool "Eat, Sleep, Craft, Repeat" aprons that Loll's DDIL Nikki printed and that Loll surprised us with as a gift our very 1st day :-) 

You should have heard our squeals of laughter and seen Loll grinning from ear to ear with her adorable dimples just as cute as could be :-)

We wore our aprons for every stamping session and we sure needed them with all the messy techniques!

I will be posting more finished cards in the days ahead with a few of my favorite samples using different techniques.

Here is my Stencil Layered Tag that I was working on in 1st photo

And a Close Up

We used Tim Holtz's Layering Stencil Part 1 youtube video.  On my tag I borrowed stencils,  bird stamp, rub ons and Distress Inks from all the girls.  I demo'd this technique and brought Ranger manila tags for all of us.  I added my ribbon when I returned home.   Such a fun technique. Loll, Christine and Susan have their tags posted to their blogs.


Enjoy seeing 4 very happy stampers even if we were tired and hoarse by the end of our 5 Fabulous days together.  Stay will soon see more of my finished cards in the near future.  Hugs...

Adding to STAMPlorations May Mixed Media Challenge..Anything Goes using at least 1 stencil.


  1. Nancy, thanks for sharing these photos of such a fun time! Your tag is fabulous. Love that background!

  2. That "some of our supplies" table looks about how my stamp desk looks half the time. I keep telling myself that if I got a 2nd table, this wouldn't be such an issue, but I know that a second table just means 2 tables piled up. LOL! I can't believe you wore your aprons for all the messy techniques and yet they look absolutely pristine in the picture. How did you do that? :)

  3. looks amazing!! not only the wonderful results of your tag but the great memories made seen in those photos!!!
    It is so great to share in a hobby enjoyed by your friends and sure it was a delight to meet them IRL.
    xx Karen

  4. Oh, what fun! And such a beautiful place for lunch. Nice to be able to sit in the sun for a change. Beautiful colors and subtle patterns on your tag!

  5. With all those supplies you looked like you were in a card factory, except you were all having too much fun.

  6. Great post with all the photos of us and with your gorgeous tag! I sure did enjoy our retreat and our day out to the market!

  7. Looks like so much fun! Love your tag!

  8. what great photos of a great event! How fun that you all got to just craft for 5 days!! AND try alot of fun techniques! It's always better trying things out together! Thanks for sharing Nancy!! Julia xx

  9. Thank you for sharing fab photos Nancy! So much fun, supplies and techniques. Your card is very beautiful. Thank you for your participation and support at STAMPlorations May Mixed Media Challenge ...See you again soon :)
    Hugs and smiles,
    STAMPlorations Mixed Media Design Team
    Qinaahana Arts & Crafts {My Personal Blog}

  10. Girl time is the best. Sharing is even better. All healthy for the heart.
    The photos really do portray all the loving energy between all of you.
    We can feel all that positive & warm aura, that in itself is all the sunshine one needs.
    Warm hugs, Joanna xx

  11. love all the photos of our week together. Thank you for showing us the layered stencil technique with such a beautiful sample.

  12. Stunning tag, Nancy, and a fun post! Thank you for sharing the photos and fun with those of us who are so jealous we weren't there, lol! I've loved seeing all the amazing things you ladies created in between peals of laughter!! Hugs, Darnell

  13. That is so cool that you ladies had such a fab gathering! You are intense with all that you did. Very nice tag!

  14. How fun. I am so jealous. Looks like you have a fabulous time. I love those aprons. Your tag is so pretty. I love the the color on the background. It really lets the bird pop and take center stage. Thanks, Nancy for sharing with the STAMPlorations mixed media challenge.

  15. Thank you for sharing the amazing and fun time you all had. Fabulous aprons and a huge amount of supplies. Love how you tried out so many and varied techniques. Great tag, gorgeous colours and layering x

  16. That looks like so much fun and I adore your tag!

  17. What a totally fab group of girls to craft with. All super talented and sweet, sweet, sweet! I so wish I would have been there - even as a fly on the wall. Many hugz

    1. I agree..sweet and talented :-) Wish you could have been there too my friend. Hugs...

  18. Great fun photos! I'm glad that you had so much fun in the retreat, Nancy. Sharing this kind of time with your friends is so so valuable, isn't it?

    1. I so agree..meeting IRL old stamping friends is so special. Hugs..


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