On an unseasonally wet weekend in March 2020, our Paper Adventures team headed to Perth for our annual Paper Adventures Team Retreat hosted by Siobhan Fitzsimmons of Hightrees House of Cards. We all reflected that the last team day we had it rained too!!! Rainy days do make for great crafty days!
I always look forward to getting together with the team. And a whole day – yee har! We were lucky that 9 of the team were able to make it on the selected day. Siobhan put on a lovely venue for us as always and we had a great time. We even had a whole table of Big Shots – what a sight!
The format of our retreat days has stayed the same since we started – it’s all about the time stamping with regular opportunities to eat, and lots of chat and plenty of laugher. We each bring along a make & take project with all materials and kits for the team to recreate the design. There are usually less kits than people, so you don’t get to make all of the projects but you do come away with a bag full of completed cards with pretty designs, often using stamps you don’t own.
This is the card I made. I wanted a masculine card using a stamp set from the Annual Catalogue.
Stamp sets: For the Win, Lined Alphabet
DSP: Country Club
Colours: Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Night of Navy
Embossing Folder: Subtle
Dies: Stitched Shapes
The card needed to be simple enough for the team to put together in 20 mins, but interesting enough to be fun for an avid crafter. My card had several added elements to take it from simple to simple + including an embossed layer, a little but of fussy cutting, some colouring and heat embossing.
I also added the option to stamp the envelope for anyone who finished early.
If you live in Perth or South West WA and would like a supporting & welcoming stamping team to join, then Paper Adventures might be a good fit for you. We have an active Facebook page, meet regularly and value the friendships as much as the stamping. Click here for more information on joining Stampin’ Up! or click here to purchase the starter kit and join the fun!
Thanks again to Siobhan for hosting and to the team for making it an amazing day!