Monday, 4 June 2018

Serene Stampers and Crafters Creative Escape Retreat!

Hi Friends! This past weekend was my Spring 2018 retreat at the Smith Rock Chalets in Scotsburn, Nova Scotia.  What a fabulous time! My only complaint was it went too fast! Just goes to show that time really does fly when you're having FUN! And fun was the name of the game from start to finish! Our retreat began at 3pm on Friday, with a delicious buffet supper at 5pm and a Brusho technique class in the evening. Saturday morning started off with a delicious breakfast and then our "Waterfall Album" class, which also included guests who signed up for the one day retreat option. Raffles, prize patrol, BOGO tables, door prizes and treats were also scattered throughout the day. Lunch was a delicious tomato and cheddar soup, wraps and sandwiches and desserts. There were also gluten free options with a gorgeous vegetable soup & sandwich and brownies. The rest of Saturday afternoon was a free-for-all so that everyone could work on whatever projects they brought with them; scrapbooking, stamping and card making, etc. A few of the ladies brought projects that made our jaws drop and they graciously showed us how to make circular albums, mini accordion albums and more! It was an afternoon filled with inspiration as well as lots of laughs and enjoying each other's company. Supper on Saturday was another scrumptious buffet supper and then more crafting (and vino and chatting) into the wee hours! We enjoyed another delightful breakfast on Sunday morning before it was time for all of us to pack up and hit the road home! Lots of great memories were made this weekend and we were all sad for it to end. Here's a little video I put together of the retreat to share with you:

For the place-setting cards I used the new Painted Glass Bundle, Make a Difference stamp set, and Detailed with Love stamp set, and some new colours too!

Initials for each card were made with the Letters for You stamp set and coordinating Large Letters Framelits Dies.
Gift containers made with the Apron Builder Framelits Dies
For these treat containers, I used Garden Impressions Designer Series Paper, Eastern Beauty and All Things Thanks stamp sets, and punches.

I forgot to take photos of the Garden Impressions packet with the Werther's Butterscotch Candies and the envelope pouch with hot chocolate, marshmallows, tea, Stampin' Dimensionals and key chain. I'll take photos of mine once I've unpacked everything later on to show you - these were super sweet gifts to make!

Candles that I created using the Painted Glass and Enjoy Life stamp sets. The sentiment on the tags is from Dragonfly Dreams.

Friday Night's "Brusho Crystal Colours" Technique Class 

Saturday morning's class "Share What You Love Waterfall Album"

Newly formed friendships are one of the best things about retreats!

 I even had the lovely Christina from Smith Rock Chalets stamping....

 ....she loved making her cards!

 The grounds and the views at Smith Rock Chalets are spectacular!

 The chalets, tucked in the trees.

 The view from the Rock Maple Retreat, which is where we all stayed. This lodge has twelve rooms that are comfy, cozy, clean and very charming!

  There is everything you need in these rooms, including wine glasses and a corkscrew. The massive jet tub in the bathroom will be on my agenda next visit for sure!

 Pull out sofa beds are in every room as well. We had a lovely balcony and there are fire pits and BBQ's outside to enjoy too!

Oh my goodness - we really had soooo much fun! Next year's retreat is scheduled for June 7-9, 2019 (Scotsburn, NS) and reservations will be first come, first served, as space is limited. If you'd like to join us or want more information just pop me an email at

Next retreat:
 Holiday Creative Escape 
One Day Retreat 
 September 15th, 2018
Heatherton, Nova Scotia
 More details coming soon! 

Above photo from my Holiday Creative Escape 2017

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Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you were inspired by today's project and that you'll visit again soon!

Enjoy the day & HAPPY STAMPING!

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