What A Weekend

17:00 Karen 6 Comments

So, at the ATDML retreat,  I was up first with a class on Friday and I am closed the retreat with my Graphic 45 class today.  What a fabulous weekend it has been with fine food, fabulous friends and absolutely sumptuous classes.  ATDML really know how to throw a retreat, just looking at all the happy faces and listening the the comments from the lovely attendees is a testament to the Fab Five who put in all the hard work to make it happen.

I have, for some time, wanted to to teach a layout class that was opulant and festooned with sparkle and flowers but, other than cutting all the flowers out on the Silhouette - a mammoth task for a class of 30+, I couldn't see how I could mange it. 

Then the fabulous Denise gave me her Big Shot and a whole new world of crafting was opened up to me - die cutting.  

 Having retreat selfie fun with The Fabulous Denise

So I was able to buy the necessary dies, add some punches and the class was manageable, with everyone cutting out their own elements.  

The resulting page was one featuring lots of flowers, lace, gold and sparkle and a photo of my very lovely 3 year old Gracia.  I am going to put it into a box frame and bring it out each Christmas as a piece of home decor .

I had more than enough papers left over to make a second layout featuring our 'mad as a hatter' family in our prefered Christmas headgear.

Reasons to be cheerful:

1.  David is well on the mend.

2.  A weekend with good friends, eating lovely food and playing with paper, glue and sparkles.

3. Having gone into work for two days last week I can start this week without a huge list of jobs on my desk.


Sandra said...

Sounds amazing and what gorgeous pages

scrappyjacky said...

Love all those flowers.

Love that photo and your attitude is such a ray of sunshine this morning.
Thanks for sharing!

Katherine said...

Gorgeous pages as always, it was lovely seeing you again too :)

Jo said...

It sounds like you had a great time, the layout is stunning! x

Sandie said...

You can't beat a good retreat and lots of time for creating and being with friends. I love my Big Shot. I can see why it made cutting out so many flowers easier and more possible.