Eat, Sleep, Craft Repeated 2018

Hello everyone!  For the past week, I was fortunate enough to be part of the 2nd annual craft retreat in Vancouver with some very talented crafty friends.


L to R: Nancy, me, Susan, Loll, Christine, Darnell


Christine was our gracious hostess again and she is the one who introduced me to this fabulous group of ladies.  At last year’s retreat, I met Loll, Susan and Nancy for the very first time, making this our one year anniversary!  And this year, I met Darnell for the first time!  Also this year Bonnie (L) and Nance (R) joined us via Skype.



Darnell and I are newbies to mixed media unlike the others who are seasoned pros, so it was so fun and educational to learn and play with all the different products and techniques.  I came home with several pieces and backgrounds that I will turn into cards later, but here’s a simple card created with DOx inks, a stencil and embossing paste.



And I used a gorgeous glitter spray for the background.




I had a blast and can’t imagine how much more fun it would have been had I actually went to all five days!  Hope to do it again next year for the full retreat.











12 thoughts on “Eat, Sleep, Craft Repeated 2018

  1. Oh how fortunate you are to meet and play with all these creative ladies! It sounds like so much fun! Your card is gorgeous and I am looking forward to seeing the other pieces made into cards!

  2. Oh, how lucky you are to have met this talented group – and they, you! I can just imagine all the joy that infused every. single. moment you spent together, laughing and crafting! Learning new ‘tricks of the trade’ must have been so exciting (says someone who does the same thing repetitively *grin*). Your mixed media card here: only gorgeous! Love it!

  3. It was so wonderful that you joined us for several days during the retreat, Trina. A lot of fun and lots of learning for all of us on mixed media products and techniques. Your card is beautiful with the blended background and embossing paste stenciling. Love the colours and the sparkle! xx

  4. Meeting you was a highlight of my week, Trina! You know I have long admired your card artistry! And it was fun having another CAS designer there so I wasn’t the only one doing a lot of ooohing and aaaahing! You did a brilliant job e-pasting your blended panel, adding shimmer, and turning it into a beautiful thank you card!! Hugs, Darnell

  5. I’m jealous, Trina! 🙂 So glad you had a fun crafty time with your wonderful friends!
    Your card is fantastic! The white stenciled flowers pop against the beautifully DOX-sponged background! The gorgeous glitter spray is a wonderful finishing touch too! Hideko xx

  6. It was so much fun at our craft retreat – glad you could join us for some of the days, Trina. Your card turned out beautifully – love the blue and green and the shimmer, and the wildflowers look perfect against it. Great contrast with the black sentiment.

  7. So glad you had the chance to join with other crafting friends…and the card you shared above is so lovely. tfs

  8. Hi Trina. It was so nice seeing you in person! Love how you’ve covered your background with the shimmery spray and the stenciled wildflowers! The black die cut thanks gives wonderful contrast!

  9. ohh you lucky duck Trina I could think of nothing nicer than getting together with that bunch of ladies. Crafting, coating eating and sharing what could be better. Love your card, beautiful colour and love the embossing paste.Dont use it enough, need to get it out.

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