Monday, 26 September 2011

What a weekend! :)

I'm back home following an awesome weekend away at the Green Buttons Retreat. It was my first retreat and I had an absolute ball - great venue, the extremely lovely, funny, clever and creative ladies of the Green Buttons House on UKS, and a whole load of fabulous, incredibly inspiring classes and challenges. :)

I have to say thank you to all the Green Buttons gals for making me so welcome and for being such great company - and for setting such amazing classes. And an extra special big thanks to Tink for organising the whole thing!

Here are the gorgeous projects I have created over the weekend:

Marvellous Mask-erade class
This was actually my class! :D I showed everyone how to play around with masks and spray inks and a lot of (messy) fun was had by everyone - and a huge amount of absolutely gorgeous LOs were created! :)

These were the LOs I created as examples for the class:

And this is one of the two LOs I made during the class at the retreat (the other one isn't quite finished yet!).

Mini Book in a Box class
This was Fizzy Drink's incredible class. Such a very clever project and the results were amazing! Here's my creation:

The outside is complete but I still need to finish off the interior - I've pretty much chosen which photos will go where (they are currently tucked inbetween the pages ready to be attached) and I just need to stick them all in place and add journalling.

Would you believe this gorgeous box started life as a simple Graze box, like this:

As part of the class, Ruth also challenged us to create something with the removable interior section of the box:

There were some amazingly inventive ideas. Here's what I made with the interior section:

Good Times Class
Daisychain888's amazing class featured die-cutting, embossing and colouring (with alcohol inks) beer cans! :)
Here's what I created:

So many fabulous techniques and ideas in this class and the results were just stunning.
Teeny Tiny Envelope Album class
JimJam's fabulously clever class involved created an album/booklet using little brown envelopes. This was mine:

Mine is filled with photos and journalling about our family day out at Mirfield Show in August. :)
Sketch challenge
The sketch challenge was set by queen of digi, Mary Buttons. :) Here's my interpretation:

I used photos of Grenoble and went with a whole French theme for the LO. :)
Stamped Borders with Masked Space class
eClaire's gorgeous class showed us how to use stamps and masking to create fabulous borders. I couldn't choose between the two photos (and matching papers) I had taken with me and I loved the technique so much that I decided to go ahead and do both! :)

Speed Scrap class
The final class was Thrifty Crafter's speed scrap class - you are given a set of instructions one at a time, 10 or so minutes apart, and do your best to follow them! :lol: Here's my interpretation:

Am thrilled to bits with all the gorgeous work I've created over the weekend - and you should have seen how fabulous the crafting room at the retreat looked with everyone's incredible work on display!

P.S. Grrrr.. the formatting has gone all screwy on this post and I cannot fix it, it just keeps messing up all the spacing. Sorry if it's making this post rather hard to read. :/


Ali said...

Wow, what an awesomely productive weekend. Love that masked circle lo - in both versions, but so many other fab classes too.

Sue Jones said...

Most definitely WOW! Love all that you have done - will be having a go at that stampede masked boarder. BRILL

fatmonica said...

I love those flowers made from cans-they look great!The envelope album's gorgeous,as are the layouts.I can't believe you did all this in a weekend,especially with all the gossipy distractions!

Jimjams said...

Luscious, luscious pages and projects! Just uploading one of mine from your brilliant class. It was fab to meet you and I can't wait for the next one!

vixen said...

WOW Ali you have been really busy on the retreat , really wish I had been able to make it the classes look awesome :)

Mary B said...

You did some really stunning pages all of them in fact.
It was great to meet you and didn't we all get on so well together.

Anonymous said...

OMG! I'm so impressed - such lush and gorgeous LOs and all in a weekend? I can't imagine making anything that good in a month of Sundays :-)

Anonymous said...

I can't believe you did all this in one weekend! Did you lot even talk to each other? Eat? Sleep?! Gorgeous work! You NEED to share it on BC!

Sarah said...

Wow, fab pages!! Popped across from UKS where I asked about mists!! Thanks for sharing!! Love the masking! x

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