Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WOW What a weekend!!!

I really don't know where to begin!! I have had the most fantastic weekend at Sarahs Cards DT weekend!
My lovely parents drove me up to Derbyshire on Friday, it was such a long way I was nervous about driving on my own, it took us just under 7 hours to get there including 2 stops the traffic was horrendous for the last two hours of the journey.
I was really excited about meeting everyone but nervous as well, I needn't have worried I can honestly say all of the girls were just sooooooooooooooooooooo lovely and I feel I have come away from the weekend with 11 new friends. There were 12 of there in total and we had such a fun weekend I haven't laughed so much for years!! I never knew that you could have so much fun with a sheet of bazzill!
I didn't take many photos as nearly all of the girls had gorgeous DSLRs (one has been added onto to my Christmas list) but here are a few of what I did take all a bit mixed up I am afraid!!

Sarah and Lianne did such a fantastic job of organising the weekend and had just about brought everything to cover all eventualities, Sarahs car was full to bursting!! This is their car on the way home minus the piles and piles of food that they had brought to feed us all! Sarah is unbelievably generous, she had brought 2 big boxes of papers and a box of thickers that we could help ourselves to over the weekend!
We decided to do a few fun scrapping challanges, Tracy came up with the great idea of creating a page by all adding one item to the page and then handing it on to the next person. Quite amazingly it actually turned out really good, no shite here Sarah!! Here is Jen adding her doodling touches.

Cal and Tracy cooked a gorgeous full English for everyone on Sunday morning it was just yummy!! I think the idea was the gorgeous aroma would encourage everyone out of their beds after another rather late night/early morning!

The setting of the barn was gorgeous, there was big double doors in the dinning room area which looked our across the fields, this was the view on Sunday evening.

Cal added part of the title to our challange page.

I sat next to Nat and Vanessa on our scrapping table they are both so lovely, it was lovely to meet Vanessa we were on the DT for Scrummy Stash Cafe a while ago and now on Sarahs cards together but had never met. Nat is such a sweetie and an extremely talanted scrapper and card maker I was surrounded by such fantastic inspiration!

Sarah and Lianne catered for us as if we were at a 5 star hotel it was amazing!! We had a choice of the most yummy cakes, Sarah (AKA Pete) is tucking into some chocolate fudge cake, this girl really is a laugh a minute!!

All being keen scrappers we were all keen photographers too and so just had to go outside for a bit of a photo shoot despite the mud and it being freezing cold!! Cathy and Sarah snapping the view.

Vanessa, Jen and Rachel.
It really was such a fantastic weekend and I really didn't want it to end! Sarah and Lianne were the perfect hosts and I think anyone going on the March Sarahs Cards retreat is in for a real treat of a weekend!!
Thank you all for such a brilliant weekend xx


kjjc said...

glad you had a good time.Looking forward to hearing about it.

Gertie said...

Haha, what a weekend
So glad to have met you Rachel :-)
Roll on March!!

Pete xx

PS hubbys just looked at the pics and said 'look at the state of the table'

PPS Cheers for showing the picture of me eating that cake!!!

Anonymous said...

It was a brilliant weekend! You've got some fab photos there :)

Can't wait for March!

Vanessa xx

Jen said...

it was a brilliant weekend! Great photos & memories, looking forward to meeting up with everyone again! x

Nat said...

fab pics Rachael - it was a great weekend and sooo lovely to meet you too. You are lovely and so very talented :)
Hehe I'm not sure which photo is better - me deep in concentration lol or Gertie stuffing her chops with choccie cake!!!! ;)

TG said...

Fab pics Rachael, it was a fantastic weekend, and it was great meeting you and all the other girls. Roll on March!!!!
Hugs Tracy x

Lianne said...

Was so nice to meet you at the weekend Rachael, can't wait till we can all get together again. Great photos, especially Sarah scoffing cake haha.
Lianne xxx

Anonymous said...

Sound like you had a fab time!

cathy c said...

Brilliant pics Rachael! so glad you didn't get me face on! hahaha!
It was great to meet you, you're such a lovely lady & full of inspiration! ........... it was amazing what you created with that Bazzill & a black marker, the Colonel & Pete looked fantastic! :D
Can't wait for March when we can laugh some more!