I have had the chance to make some more Christmas cards, but am still very behind and need to be making them nightly really to catch up. The trouble is I have started to swim nearly every day after work so do not feel like it when I get home. I have just got to try harder and fit it all in.
On these cards I have been using the tree punch to punch a tree from some Stampin Up card stock and then add some double sided tape to the top making sure it wraps over the back as well. Then I have been covering them with ribbons to make a great textured card topper, They look great on a tag as well.
You can get the supplies from my store apart from the ribbons on the blue trees they are old Stampin Up stock. This is a great way to use up any ribbon scraps you just can not throw away!
On the one below I used white embossing powder, which did not turn out too well, I think I could have done better, but I love the one above. This used the Stampin Up white ink for the snow background.
The below ribbons are no longer available apart from the silver sequins and the Pool party cotton ribbon.
This is my third year at a craft retreat, held every September. As usual I had a fabulous time. This year I had two extra days at the hotel with my husband and my dog. The hotel is near a small lake and park, so we had lots of walks. Also in the hotel is a pool which I usually do not use but I took my costume this time and tried to swim! Dean is like a fish and he can swim with no effort what so ever, me I have to really work hard to stay afloat!! First day I could not swim a length with out stopping half way, but I could do a length the next day, but had to rest between lengths as I am so not fit.
As you can see the lake and the woods were very pretty, and Noddy (the dog) had a great time.
He really really wanted to make friends with the squirrel...well may be not friends with him being a terrier.
After Noddy and Dean went home it was time for the crafting. Two and a half days of cutting and gluing and some laughs with other crafters.
We get goodies to craft with, all meals included and our own room. I also won one of the star prises this year in one of the games, a lovely stamp set and punch.