Saturday, September 12, 2009

Stamping Around in Manchester, VT !

So here I am in beautiful Manchester, VT (even though it was overcast it was still lovely!) for the Stamping Around weekend. It was held at The Inn at Willow Pond. This is the main building where we had our breakfast and got our coffee all day long.


The room for our workshop was in this bulding directly across the drive.



Our first class on Friday night was led by Erika Martin. She had us do a really intersting project involving an 8x8 canvas board, acrylic paints, small pieces of designer papers and Modpodge. Here's Erika showing us her sample (which was larger than the one we made today).


We started by painting a canvas board with blue acrylic paint. Then we added white with swirling strokes. While that was drying we cut out a sun, a hillside, and rectangles and triangles to make little houses to run along our hillside. (We had been instructed to bring a bag of coordinating color designer paper scraps with us to the workshop). So here is the beginning of my project.


And here it is after I got it all together. After we got all the pieces on it - we went over the whole thing with ModPodge - let it dry overnight and in the morning we outlined all the pieces with a fine point Sharpe marker to give all the pieces definition.


Here's a shot from the back of the room we were working in.


Here's me sitting with new found friend Dee who came over from Conway, NH for the weekend. (Hi Dee!)


We were all asked to make nametags before coming to the weekend - here's mine.

Julie & Kim give away prizes all weekend long (I won a pack of new 6x6 Basic Grey papers, an Amuse Halloween Stamp and a Castle Clear Stamp !) - below center is Julie picking out a winning number. Erika is on the left here, then Julie Masse, Kim Schofield in the green sweater (the organizers of these workshops), and you can see Cindy Lawrence another instructor in the red sweater.

On Saturday we had 4 classes and just look at the wonderful projects we made! Joanne Basile had us make this fun tote box and 2 beautiful cards! The stamps are by Stamping Bella.
We hardly took a breath and we were onto class #2 led by Cindy Lawrence where we made this wonderful box that she designed as well as these two beautiful cards using a stamp set by Our Craft Lounge.


Then we broke for lunch where the choices were smoked chicken, pulled pork, ribs, brisket, baked beans, cole slaw, ceasar salad, corn bread and Texas toast - Phew!!! talk about yummy!

Next up was Jenn Shurkus - who I'm sure many of you know as one of the Amuse Instructors

She had us make 5 (count 'em - five!) great Halloween cards using some of Amuse's new stamps. Each one was cuter than the last!



Ok, so by now we are getting pretty exhausted from our marathon stamping - but we had one more project to go. Julie Masse taught the last class and she had us make this terrific acetate box decorated with a wonderful pumpkin multistep stamping set from Kitchen Sink Stamps. Can you see how 3 dimensional these pumpkins look?! And we got 2 cute aroma wax pumpkins and a votive candle to tuck inside.

So there you have it! Don't you wish you had come!?!?! Check out the next Stamping Around to be held in PA in Nov - they still have spots open I think.

Thanks for much for dropping by today! Can a person have too much stamping in one day?!!?

24 comments:

One4Joy said...

what a productive and creative weekend, Julia! I love the acetate box and and the cute stampin' bellas. I think you can rest well tonight.

Sharli said...

Ooooo, Julia! What a great weekend you've had - I'm so happy for all of your beautiful photos!

~amy~ said...

wow Julia...such FUN!!!! A whole day chock full of craftiness...that's fabulous! Thanks for sharing your pics!!

Bev J. said...

Sounds like you had a very productive weekend-great cards and projects. What yummy sounding choices you had! tfs

dpkennedy said...

Yes! I do wish I had come! I hope to make it one of these days! You made such beautiful cards and projects and had so much fun...looks just fantastic!

Dawn Easton said...

Oh my goodness! What amazing projects you made! Sure wish I lived a LITTLE closer...lol and I'd have been there for sure!! Thanks for sharing your creations, Julia! They are wonderful!

Anne said...

What fantastic projects and what a wonderful weekend!! Oh my word, everything ya'll made is such high quality, so creative!! Would love to be able to attend something like that some time!! What a great weekend Julia!! TFS, loved this post!!

Allison said...

Oh my...jealous! How fun does that all look esp. hanging with those fun stampers and getting to take all those classes? Wow!

Christina said...

what a fun weekend. Your creations were fabulous.

Janelle said...

Sounds like you had so much fun, Julia! Thanks for sharing your photos and fun experiences!

Lauri said...

Thanks for sharing the pictures!! What great projects you made!!! I really love the project you made Friday night...very different! I may just have to try that myself!

Kim said...

Julia - Thank you so much for posting your pictures! It was wonderful to see you again...I wish we had more time to chat, we sure were busy creating, weren't we! :-) Thrilled that you had a nice time and are able to enjoy a few days relaxing with the hubby...hope the next few days are a delight!

Donna Marie said...

I am so bummed I missed it!!!
This is my busy time with school starting tomorrow!!
I would of been to pre-occupied to enjoy anything.
I really wanted to meet some of those teachers,I visit their blogs often enough LOL
I was on your blog earlier and saw all the goodies.....:-(
You lucky duck!!

Julie Masse said...

It's so much fun to see your pics Julia!! It was great to see you again - although we didn't get much time to chat did we? Busy busy busy we were!! :) I'm happy you came and hope you have a wonderful week there in VT!

Teresa Kline aka va.sunshine said...

Julia,

thanks for stopping by and commenting on my blog...this place in VT looks gorgeous, that is my kinda of living...wow...I know you had a blast...it is so much fun to meet others who create like we do, KWIM?

Have a wonderful week!

enjoy *~*

Chris Olsen, Glowbug said...

Wow!! I sure wish I was there. What incredible pictures and cards!!!Maybe next time. Didn't know it was going on. A few hours away but boy would it be worth it!!

Denise (peanutbee) said...

Wowwww, what awesome projects and a BEAUTIFUL place to hold the event. Thanks for sharing all the pictures! :)

Joan Ervin said...

WOW!!! I am tired just reading all this, Julia...what FABULOUS projects and how wonderful to get to meet all those awesome stampers!!!! My DD and I will be going to a shoebox swap on Oct 11....the last one was such a blast that we are ready for many more!!! Wouldn't you be surprised if I showed up for the classes in Nov!!!

Debbie Corbari said...

HOLY SMOKES JULIA!!! HOLY SMOKES! I am soooooooooooooooooooo incredibly jealous! It looks like you had a GREAT TIME and just look at what you MADE! All I can say is HOLY SMOKES!!!!!!!

Vicki (basement stamper) said...

WOWZER!! Sure looks like you had so much fun and it looks like you've made some really gorgeous things!! ;) HUGS

My lifes inky escape and more said...

How fun! All your cards are just adorable!! I would love to be able to do something like this!! What a nice place to do it in also!

Kelly Ellis (kraftykelly) said...

I was so happy to meet you! Talk to you soon! Take Care! Kelly

Aunt T said...

Hi Julia,

What a wonderful recap of our AWESOME weekend. It was great to meet you. Maybe we'll meet at another stamping event one day :)

Teresa

jdmommy said...

What wonderful projects you had for the weekend!! Meeting new crafters and making new things is always such fun! Glad you had a great time, and came home safely!!