Sunday, November 22, 2009

images of the retreat

Just a small collection of the photos...
prepping for dinner
plate ups
place settings for the retreat
Your Colours
Enjoying kai
Card Make & Take
Creative Space
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Saturday, November 21, 2009

Thank You

To all those who came along. I really enjoyed your company, your creativity and all the tips and tricks we learned from each other.

Thank you Nik, Delys, Lynley and Julie for the Card making on Friday evening.

Thank you Mum, Sharon and Lynley for the workshops on Saturday - I loved seeing what everyone created and seeing the smiles when people recognised the effect that colours can have on your presence.

Thank you Jase for your wonderful food provisions yet again. Love you :-)

Huge Thank You to Andrea from Scrapbook Outlet New Zealand for bringing up your shop and supplying us with fantastic goodie bags and prizes (even if some of them arrived a little after the prize giving). Thanks also to Up2Scrap for previous issues of Up2Scrap Magazine and to Making Memories for the 8 x 8 pads, paints and embellishments!

Thank you everyone for a productive, creative and highly enjoyable weekend!


Tuesday, November 17, 2009

more treats

Shiny packages tied up with bows arrived in a Pizza box to my house courtesy of Sweet Brucies and... some fun packages just arrived in Invercargill from Making Memories...but you'll have to wait till Friday night to explore these...

Monday, November 16, 2009

Lovely Packages

A lovely package from Up2Scrap and two delicious packages from Scrapbook Outlet and things are looking pretty....but wait there's's still coming :-)

Two or three more sleeps...

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

not tinsel class - changes!

Here's a not so sneaky sneak of Nik's workshop! She has decided to teach you how to make these candy cane covers only and at a reduced price of $10 per person.

Sunday, October 18, 2009


Clear Album Class with Sharon

Clear Album Class with Sharon

Clear Album class with Sharon.

Getting Organised with Lynley

Getting Organised with Lynley.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

The workshops!

You can finally download the registration form for the workshops via the link on the right hand side of this blog! You will also see that the day registrations are now also accessible.

If we put enough pressure on all our Stampin Up you think they'd do a combined 'stamp a stack' with us?

Anyway, I think all the info is there...Let me know if I haven't included some vital information on the forms. There will be a 10% of the total cost added to overnight registrations from Friday 25th of September, up till this time people can still register. Both day registrations and workshop registrations close on Friday 30th of October. Full payments must be received by this date also.

Creative Smiles,
Lara Moss

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Getting Organised

with Lynley!
Well not organising you, but organising your cards!
You will get to choose from a range of Stampin Up papers to create a handy organiser! You will use a Bind it All, play with paper folding and stamping. You will finish with either something very useful for yourself or for a gift and you will know how to repeat this with other papers too so you can cross even more names off that list! Cost is approximately $25.


Not Tinsel

but spoolie angels & candycane holders!
I received this from Nik about her workshops at the retreat:
I will be bringing you 2 classes in one at the retreat, creating 2 super cute tree decorations for your own tree or someone elses. there will be some basic sewing skills required, and you will have no fear of a hot glue gun! this will be a chance for you to take a break from your Christmas cards to create something special for your tree trimming. Workshop will cost $20.. all supplies supplied! :0)

Saturday, August 29, 2009


With Sharon Newport.
Join me in creating a 6x6 acrylic album using the lovely papers and embellishments from the little yellow bicycle range.
You will have a choice of three paper ranges
a) Traveller (however this paper will work wonderfully with any, teen, dad, mum etc. It is a very versatile paper range!!)
b) Baby Safari Girl ( Range would be suitable for girls up to 8 years)
c) Baby Safari Boy ( Range would be suitable for boys up to 8 years)

Use innovative techniques to display photographs/memorabilia in a clear format. We will be using paper piecing techniques/ alcohol inks/ embossing powders/ ribbons/ flowers and more to construct a beautiful gift album......or keep it yourself!! Album uses photographs
that are 3" x 4" or less....can be added later.
Class fee $40.00. Kit includes everything you need to complete the album (including covers and 6 pages)
You will need to supply adhesives (clear glue, double sided tape, xyron if you have one, and diamond glaze or similar is also handy for this project) and your basic tool kit. Also PERMANENT pens (sharpies)

please note the price change of $40.00 for this workshop

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Registration close off extended until one week after all workshop sneaks are on the blog. I am still waiting for the descriptions of three workshops.
Lara Moss

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Off The Page

Lara's workshop for the Queenstown Scrap Retreat will have you creating an item for either your own or someone elses fridge...oh so useful, so cute and oh so easy to create more once you know how for lots of little gifts! You create a main project in this class and a little extra project too. You will be provided with all the necessary consumables but you will need to bring your own basics. Full details will be provided with registration for this workshop and it will be on the Saturday of the retreat. Approximately $20.00.
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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Slow Release

of tutors and workshops for the retreat!

Over the next week I will be putting tutor bios in the right hand column of the blog as well as any workshop information they have for you...sneaks may not happen before the end of August but class descriptions will...just so we can use up to date products for your creations in the workshops!


Friday, August 7, 2009

Colours Workshop

the timing for this workshop is by arrangement
Please see Karen's profile on the right hand column of the blog.

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Retreat Views


Thanks Sharon for fantastic photos of the Winter Fest 09 weekend!

Friday, July 31, 2009

Promotions Competition

There is now one month left till registrations close for the Spring Retreat.

In this competition there will be a couple of ways to earn your name in the draw!

  1. 3 entries - refer a friend who registers (if you have already registered and were referred by someone else coming flick me their name so I can credit them entries) This only applies to people who have been to a Queenstown Retreat before.
  2. 2 entries - make a post on your blog or forums you are a part of about the retreat with a link to the blog or forum thread - leave the link to where you did this in the comments section of this post. This part is open to anyone - whether you are coming or not! If you would like to put up some information at any schools or similar community places I have a document I can email you. By putting these up (grab a photo if you can and email it to me) you can earn the 2 entries also.
  3. 1 entry - for being referred by a friend that you nominated in the first way to earn names in the draw.
The draw will take place after registrations close :-)

Depending on registrations in August, I may be able to accept late registrations but there will be an increased cost of the total weekend for late registrations and will be on the provision that we can source extra beds and tables for creating on - each person will have half of a large trestle table for their creative space over the weekend.

Classes comments winner

is Kim.

If you have further class suggestions I'd still love to hear them.


Early Bird Winner

Using Random number generator from

The winner is number 7. That won't mean anything to you....but I have kept a list of registrations as they come in and number 7 on my list is......

Julie D!

Congrats Julie, I have your deets so will get your prize in the post this week.

Keep watching the blog for the next comp!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Early Bird Competition drawing to a close....

I will be drawing this on Saturday morning :-) You need to get both the completed registration form (emailed answers are fine) and the deposit of $30 to me before midnight tomorrow night... to be in the draw!

There will be a new comp announced on Saturday and from the location of a few of the registrations...Kim already has a few entries to this one!


Monday, July 20, 2009

Do you blog?

If you are coming to the retreat and have a the address for it in the comments section of this post. I'm thinking a blog award might be in order at the retreat....

Wednesday, July 15, 2009


When creating our pages, projects or cards colour plays an important part in the process and the finished product. It's the same for the colours you choose for your wardrobe and to wear. I recently had my 'colours done' by a colour consultant with Colours in Harmony. I was also guided through make up choices to suit my colourings. Really confidence boosting and a huge help when shopping for clothes. I took away with me a 'swatch' of the colours that suit my skin tones that will help with making good choices when shopping. When going through the colours the consultant also identified the colours in my swatch that really make ME stand out.

One of the optional workshops over the weekend will be for a one on one session with a colour consultant (minimum of 2 peole required for this to go ahead). With your full payment you will receive a $40 voucher for use to get the $189.00 cost for this reduced to just $149! It may seem expensive, but the confidence in what you wear and the savings you will experience when shopping for clothes or make up (simplified by the swatch that you take away with you) make it worthwhile in the long run!

Workshop details will be released mid-late July.

Remember the prize draws in previous posts! Sorry Kim & Julie...there are a few people now in the draw for the early bird...but only 2 comments on workshops so far...the odds for this draw are looking good!

Colourful Smiles,
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Getting to Queenstown

I found flights $109 From Auckland and $59 From Christuchurch each way on jetstar...

Or try to see what you can find on Air NZ

We will do whatever we can to assist with arrivals and departures...please let me know your itinerary. Or you can check out the different transport options from the airport yourself by clicking HERE.

Another option could be to rent a car if you want to see even more of the Wakatipu (you might even want to book an extra night or two ...)

We will be staying at Lakeland Park.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009


Queenstown Scrap Retreat 2008
(added a picture because all the interesting posts have photos right?)

Spring Retreat will be in November - getting to the end of Spring..but just sliding into that silly season...this retreat is a good opportunity to get a start or finish on the cards and gifts you want to make in time whether it be gifts for colleagues, teachers, coaches, family...

I have approached some experienced tutors who have agreed to run optional workshops at different times over the weekend. What I want from you are ideas regarding the type of workshops you would prefer to attend if any. Please vote in the micropoll on the right side of the blog. You can select more than one.

To encourage some feedback on workshop preferences...there will be a RAK sent based on a random draw for any relevant comments made following this post. CLOSED.

Workshops will be held in a comfortable space away from the main crop room, will cost extra and will provide you with techniques and ideas that can be used for many future creative endeavours - if not to create more of the same for further gifts or cards.
There will be minimum numbers required for any workshop to go ahead as well as maximum numbers also.

I look forward to reviewing your responses.
You have untill July 31st.

Make sure you check back here to find out the winner of the random draw!
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Monday, July 6, 2009

the little packages

that awaited retreaters on their beds at the Winter Fest Retreat 09.
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Friday, July 3, 2009

What your money pays for and a prize draw

If you are choosing to come from Thursday - Sunday
  • 3 nights accomodation
  • meals prepared by an award winning chef
  • 3 breakfasts (one cooked)
  • 3 lunches
  • Saturday night a la carte dinner
  • goodie bags
  • door prizes
  • good company
  • lots of creative time and space
  • option to particpate in workshops(extra cost for these)
  • on-site store
  • Continuous access to tea, coffee & milo
  • challenges and prizes
cost: $130.00

If you are choosing to come from Friday - Sunday
  • 2 nights accomodation
  • meals prepared by an award winning chef
  • 2 breakfasts (one cooked)
  • 2 lunches
  • Saturday night a la carte dinner
  • goodie bags
  • door prizes
  • good company
  • lots of creative time and space
  • option to particpate in workshops(extra cost for these)
  • on-site store
  • Continuous access to tea, coffee & milo
  • challenges and prizes
cost: $100

and... if you don't want to do any duties over the weekend or assist with clean up on the Sunday afternoon you can choose to pay an extra $50 and be exempt from these.Our first Prize Draw - Early Bird Registration - CLOSED.
All people registered with the form completed and sent or emailed to me along with their $30 deposit or full payment by 31st July 2009...go in the draw to win 3 of the handmade bags from the Winter Fest Retreat 09 (one of each of the different colours as shown above...anyone recognise what these once were?)...there may be more added to this prize as the month goes on!

Please note that registrations do not close until Friday 28 August.

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Surviving a Scrapbook Retreat

all you need to know in this article :-)
Surviving a Scrapbook Retreat


Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Venue

Te Kouka Hall - where we scrap!

The Shotover Units - where we will be sleeping

This block of rooms has a lounge and kitchen on one end with a TV so is perfect for some 'blobbing' out when you need a break from creating. There are two showers/toilets within this block and a short walk to the newly refurbished ablutions block with another 7 or so showers and toilets in.

Queenstown Spring Retreat Registration Form

You can access the registration form by clicking on the link below:

Queenstown Retreat Spring '09' Registration form

November 19th - 22nd 2009

A creative retreat from your ‘everyday’ so you can begin to cross off some of your gift and card lists, learn some new tricks, make a gift or two, create cards, scrap some pages and enjoy the company of other creative types, not to mention the delicious food that previous retreat goers have begun to expect!

What the camp fees cover:

Accommodation will be mainly in dorms with two people per room and you will be provided with Breakfast & Lunch each day, tea, coffee & milo as well as an a la carte dinner on the Saturday evening (a chance to dress up a little). Evening meals on Thursday and Friday will be your opportunity to enjoy some of the restaurants and cafes in Frankton, Remarkables Park, Arrowtown or Queenstown – depending on how far your tastebuds wish to travel – or even something quick from the Supermarket. Any cold drinks other than water are BYO. You will be expected to help with dishes, keeping things tidy and cleaning up both accommodation and scrap space, kitchen etc. at the end of the retreat. There is an extra payment you can make if you would like to be exempt from this.

Optional Workshops

You will have the option of participating in and paying for at least two different workshops over the weekend. The descriptions and costs of these will be released early August on the Blog and in an email to those who have already registered.


Your registration fee of $30 is non-refundable and this must be paid to secure your spot along with the information asked for in the registration form. Registrations close on Friday 28th August 2009.

The balance of your Retreat fees are due on Friday 30th October 2009.


GIMP beginners Digital instructions

The link for these is no longer avaliable.

Lara Moss

Saturday, June 27, 2009

We scrapped!

Arrived to the above table set ups - love the Prima Flowers Andrea of Scrapbook Outlet NZ set aside for us!
Technique booklets, handmade scrap bags with Precious Pages, papers, embellishments.....and that was just the tables, little parcels awaited each guest on their beds for the weekend.

The fireworks display on Winter Fest Opening Night was brilliant and the Hot Chilli Chocolates were even better than I remembered them!

The scrap room
Looking out over Lake Wakatipu and Ben Lomond - treat for our eyes! Open fire and plenty of space.

Dinner on Saturday night was AMAZING!

cappuccino of wild mushroom

please choose one of the following

corn fed chicken ballotine
wrapped in prosciutto
stuffed with sage farce
on vanilla turnip with carrot butter,
courgette & bean salsa


local lamb cutlet – served medium well
on potato gnocchi, seasonal vegetables
tossed in honey truffle vinaigrette
& mint balsamic jelly

trio of Valrhona chocolate
dark warm triple chocolate brownie
whipped chocolate ganaché
white chocolate crème brûlée

Evansdale Ruby bay
Evansdale Tanya
Farmhouse brie
with accompaniments

All served with Waitiri Creek Chardonnay and Pinot Noir - Jase - you are sooo good in the kitchen!

I will share some more photos when they are ready to go.

The Winter Fest Retreat is over for another year, booking will be made when the dates for 2010 Winter Fest is announced! Watch this blog...but before then we have the Spring Queenstown Retreat in November to look forward to. I will sort the registrations and details for this ASAP.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

just a few more sleeps

so charge your batteries

& get your bags packed!

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Sunday, June 21, 2009


From Southland...coming past Remarkables Ski field entrance....if you get to the one lane bridge you have gone too far!
turn left onto Peninsula Road, travel along until you get to 496 Peninsula Road which will be on your left...about 4.4 Km down Peninsula Road.

From Dunedin,Cromwell etc...
go left at the roundabout where the BP etc is. If you get to the mobil you have gone too far.
follow this road (straight through the next roundabout) and go over the one lane bridge.
Turn Right onto Peninsula Road (if you get to the entrance to Remarkables Ski Field you have gone too far)
travel about 4.4 Km down Peninsula road and you will turn left to 496 Peninsula Road. It's all signposted: Lakeland Park Christian Camp.

If you are map kind of person...check out and type in 496 Peninsula Road, Kelvin Heights, Queenstown :-)


Saturday, June 20, 2009

some thank you's

and a warning - dress warm, bring warm stuff, think warm for next weekend!

I'm not saying why just yet...but want to send some thank you's to the following people:
Raewyn Aldridge
Lesley Cooper
Julie De Villers
Niella Han
Nic Howard
Annelie Maddock
Kate Mills
Jannene Sloan
Lainie Takawe
Rachel Tucker
Beverley Warwick
Louise Williams

can't wait to show you why I'm thanking them....and as the text from Bronny earlier today's only 4 more sleeps!

and... Happy Birthday Bronny.

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

welcome packs

white paper packages, tied up with string, these are a few of my favourite things...

(I know the song says brown paper packages, but these ones are white!).

Monday, June 15, 2009


visited Andrea on Sunday evening.... needed more than one trip to the car to carry it inside when I got home...packed some giveaways last night...with help from Miss 7 and Miss almost 9...and sorted out some prizes, I love this part of organising retreats...still more to come...

We have a Stampin Up Donation for prizes too :-) - Thanks Ali!

if you are doing the 'home' tag 11 tags email me if confused.


P.S. you can keep guessing.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Spring Creative Retreat in Quenstown will begin on Thursday 19th of November at 7pm and conclude on Sunday 22nd November 3pm.

Will post more when registrations are open.



I've been playing with my ever growing box of goodies and prizes for the retreat and thought I'd share some of them...

I'm hoping to pop into Andrea's the goodies box may grow even bigger in a short space of time!

No one has correctly guessed the answer for the comp in the last feel free to keep guessing!

In two weeks time we will be creating.

Remember to bring some baking/snacks and your towels (that means you too Andrea!). A few still to pay the balance of the retreat fees (due on Friday 19th June).

The chef has an appointment on Monday - hope he can walk in time for the retreat! Bit tricky cooking on crutches.

Have kept our booking for the dining hall...scrapping by the open fire rocks!

Dinner on Sat night is looking a little special so to feel even more might want to dress up a little for it.

Andy specific product requests for sale in the 'shop' over the weekend- flick an email to Andrea at this stage Andrea is arriving on the Friday - if you will need something before then....let her know ASAP and she might be able to send it through or I could even bring it back on Monday.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2009

been busy

organising some inspiration, challenges, giveaways...

There is another bigger group using the camp so am now re-thinking our spaces and furniture arrangements!
Thankfully the 'common' spaces in the chalet's are a good size, a few trestle tables and it's all go.
We do still have the use of the dining room (with the open fire)...but the rest of the main block will be used by another group so depends on how everyone feels security wise? Let me know your thoughts.
No drama's, all sweet - there are only 13 of us so it's all good. Nice relaxed group :-)
For those who are registered, you should have got an email last night. Check your spam boxes if you haven't received it. And if it's not there flick me an email.

Got a box from Andrea today...something deliciously scrapbooky in it...first one to guess what was in the pizza box get's a RAK at the retreat! Leave a post with your guess. This is only open to registered retreaters sorry.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009


Have you tried digital scrapbooking?
Are you interested in trying it?
I am thinking of setting aside some time at the retreat to support anyone keen to give it a go...however I have only used 'gimp' which is a free software that works a bit like Photoshop.
If you are keen, let me know and I can send some things you will need to download.
You will need to bring your own laptop with the downloads saved to it already and some photos in your computer ready to 'scrap' pixel style.
This will be a super simple beginners style tutorial, any involvement from anyone who has more experience is welcome!


P.S. There is no extra cost for this tutorial!
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

a month away

not untill we go skiing (unless you want to)... but till the Scrap Retreat
If you struggle to 'pare' down your supplies and need to for travel purposes...might be time to start :-)

Registrations close on Friday - check previous posts for the link to the registration form and deposit information.

We had a really 'white' frost this morning and it's set to be -2 again tonight so think warm thoughts and thermals!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Just sent an email to those who have registered and paid their deposits :-)

Registrations close at the end of May. Deposit is required. Check the registration form for details.


Monday, May 11, 2009

and the first winner is...

Huge thanks to those ladies who have already paid their deposits/full fees :-) There will be other blog giveaways for retreaters in the next few weeks so make sure you check back regularly!

Jane...I'll get your prize in the post :-)

Remember that the last working day of May is the final date for your registration and there are only a couple of spaces left at this stage. Yay.

P.S. I had my first Chilli Chocolate of the Season today...they will be avaliable on Winter Fest Opening Night for those who haven't had the pleasure of one of these yet...and for those who know how good they are!
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Saturday, May 9, 2009

Do you Ski?

Heard that Coronet Peak Ski Field is opening June 6th....

because this Scrap Retreat is YOUR weekend if you wanted to head up the mountain for a morning, day etc you can :-) Besides snow photos are great for scrapbooking purposes!

Also, reminder that I'll be doing a draw for those who have paid their deposits by midnight tonight....these won't show in my account until Tuesday morning if paying online so I'll do the draw Tuesday avo...if you've paid, check back then!

Here's the Registration form with all the info and details: Registration Form


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


Kim, how much would you pay for a massage?

I could look into this if a few are interested...going for one later in the week so can check out the prices....

Just organising some goodies for the retreat and thinking I'll do a draw from all those who have paid their deposits or full fees on May 10th...and send the winner a RAK. YAY.


Saturday, April 25, 2009

Colour Me Beautiful

I spoke with a Colour Me Beautiful Consultant last week who indicated that she is avaliable (if there is interest) in coming to the retreat and 'doing our colours' professionally.

They have the catch phrase - "We take the guesswork out of looking great".

Email me for details if you are interested in this option at some stage over the weekend and I can give you the cost information etc.

The colours session involves finding the colours that make you stand out - not the clothes you wear - you.

The consultants are trained to international standards and provide a premium imaging service and seasonalised makeup advice.

Thanks to those who have their registration info and deposits to me already!

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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Registration Form

You can download, print and get your registration to me by clicking on this link: Registration Form.


Monday, April 13, 2009

and we have Thursday!

We can now start our creative weekend from Thursday evening, this is based on a minimum of 5 people selecting the Thursday start option.
Registration forms are currently under development.
Thursday 3:30pm (get your own dinner) - Sunday 3pm $125
Friday 2pm - Sunday 3pm - $100

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A Room with a View

Lakeland Park, where we will be staying and creating is on the Kelvin Heights peninsula and has views of the Remarkables and Ben Lomond, if you get tired of creating with paper or pixels you can take your camera and legs off for a work out along the lakeside track just minutes away.

The above is just part of the view out the dining hall and creative room.

and wandering around camp you might see this....

and this....
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