February 2023 – Easter Bunny

Hello everybody!
I can’t believe another retreat is over! Again my heart and soul are filled with gratitude and my bucket overflowing. Thank you so much to everyone to participated. Without you it would not be possible.

Location

I feel so blessed that we were able to change locations to the beautiful Waters Edge in Port Macquarie with stunning views and plenty of natural light. The room is also bigger which was wonderful to have the space.

The retreat started at 3pm on Friday 17th February 2023 and finished 1pm on Sunday 19th February. Everyone had their own table to spend out on and to craft to hearts content at. I provided a shop, library, make ‘n’ takes, snacks, and prizes.

Stampin’ Up!® Swag and Gifts

On arrival everyone received a bag full of Stampin’ Up!® swag at their table. I found these perfect bunny faced bag which I added some heat transfer vinyl making them retreat special. Inside everyone received the Easter Bunny Bundle, Thanks a Bunch stamp set, Pool Party Ribbon, Vellum Basics Specialty Paper, and a pack of Embossed Treat Bags.

Then over the course of the weekend gifts were given out. I have to say shopping for, decorating and preparing these gifts is one of my favourite parts of the retreat.

First gifts of the weekend were a bunny name plate mini easel, carrot notebook and bunny pencil. On Friday night I presented everyone with a pack of adhesive backed sequins. On Saturday morning everyone found a surprise box of bunny cookies on their chairs. In the evening everyone received an egg cup with egg candle. On Sunday as a parting gift I made everyone a personalised bunny rabbit scissor fob.

Bingo, Door Prizes and Raffle

Friday night we played four rounds of Bingo with many laughs. The bingo balls kept jumping to the floor or at me.

Over the weekend I had a number of door prizes to give out. Always so much fun to draw out a lucky winner. 

Little Miss (my daughter) joined us on Sunday and one of her highlights is drawing out the raffle prize. 3rd Prize: Clear Blocks D, & H. 2nd Prize: Blending Brushes, Small Bending Brushes, & a set of masks. 1st Prize: a Mini Stampin’ Cut & Emboss Machine was won by Cheryl which was very exciting.

Make ‘n’ Takes and Card Challenge

On Saturday attendees were able to create six Make ‘n’ Takes that were designed especially for the retreat. The Make ‘n’ Takes used products from the swag bag and used every single stamp in the Easter Bunny and Thanks a Bunch stamp sets. These are worked on in your own time with written and video instructions provided. I did forget to take photos!

I also provided everyone with a Card Challenge to create what ever they wanted using the swag supplies and the small kit.

Food

For those who opted in for meals, I provided Friday night dinner, Saturday lunch and Saturday dinner. Snacks were for everyone who came. Thank you Debra for brining extra chocolates!

Add On Class

On Sunday morning I offered an add on class using the Share A Milkshake bundle. We made three cute projects.

Video

Here’s a video summary of the retreat:

Next Retreat

This will be held on 16th to 18th February 2024 at Waters Edge Port Macquarie, NSW. I would LOVE to have you join! Click here for all the details.

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