Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Retreat Update

Good morning from a cold and frosty Canterbury!!!  You should have received an email from us in the past couple of days - if you haven't please let me know on

Activity is hotting up on the Facebook page so if you have an account and have registered for the weekend why not join in the fun!!!  Come and 'meet' Cindy and others who are coming along.  There may even be a prize or two up for grabs :)

Details of what you will need to bring will be emailed and put on FB and the blog as soon as that information is available.  We are aiming to provide you with a full product kit so the list of what to bring shouldn't be too long.

There are a few places left - registration form is available here.  $285 for 48 hours of tuition with Cindy, qualified international Ranger U tutor with a raft of experience!!  Cindy doesn't sleep much so you can work into the wee hours and she will be there inspiring and teaching you as much as you want!!!!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Words or Whatever... WOW....

Another of the generous sponsors for the retreat is WOW, words or whatever.

WOW is an amazing Australian chipboard company on the lovely Central Coast of NSW that is owned by Suzanne and Neil Webster. They have been going now for over three years and in that time have expanded to take over RW Lasercuts. WOW use a great quality chipboard that allows us to use it with all sorts of mediums and products without fear of it falling apart like some of the chipboard products currently on the market.
WOW now incorporating both their own designs, and the RW Lasercuts designs have a very extensive range that Suzanne is constantly growing. To this end Suzanne now also makes Altamatz. Altamatz are amazing acrylic stencils. They are fantastic to work with. Being a bit thicker than most of the stencils currently on the market, you can achieve some amazing texture and depth with them using all the mixed media products that are so popular at the moment.
WOW also specialize in providing custom made items and can also create exclusive items for retail outlets upon request. So if you would like something personalized, why not ask Adrienne about getting WOW to create it just for you! You can check out all their designs on their website here, and they have an inspirational blog here.
What more can I say about WOW, they have a great quality product at the most reasonable prices around, and I am so grateful they are sponsoring us in September.


Monday, July 16, 2012

Darkroom Door

One of our generous sponsors for the retreat is Darkroom Door.

Darkroom Door is an Australian company owned/operated by Rachel and Stewart Greig.

Darkroom Door designs and manufactures quality art rubber stamps and photographic based products for your papercraft and mixed media creations.

I have had the privilege to meet and work with both Rachel and Stewart, and they are amazing people, both very creative and inspirational. Rachel is an award winning photographer and many of their stamp designs and photographic print products are made from her original photographs.

If you are an ATC fan or card maker, then you are just going to love Darkroom Door products, and their blog is a great source of inspiration too. You can find the Darkroom Door blog here.

One last thing to note about Darkroom Door is the company motto: Unlock the artist within! I think that statement says it all, don't you.


Sunday, July 15, 2012


Hi everyone,

Adrienne has asked me to put up some sneak peaks of some of what you will be doing at the retreat....

I love to teach techniques. I enjoy nothing more than showing someone how to get the most out of a product or recreate a particular style or look, there is nothing else like it. So with that in mind I plan on teaching you lots and lots of techniques over our weekend together. We will be playing with a large range of products, including Distress Inks, Alcohol Inks, Ferro, Inka Gold and Impasto just to name a few.

I also have a very special project to teach you all once we have mastered our techniques. We will be creating a mixed media canvas using goodies such as impasto, glimmermists and Altamatz, just to name a few.

So over the coming weeks I will be putting up teasers of the techniques and our mixed media canvas to hopefully get you all geared up for the weekend....

So stay tuned for more sneak peaks and I'll see you in September...


Sunday, July 1, 2012

From Cindy.....

Well, flights are booked, YAY!! Not long now until you'll have this Aussie invading your shores.... Hope you're all getting ready to get messy inky fingers!
We have a sponsor that we will announce very soon too along with details of what you need to bring etc....
Check back here regularly for updates, or on our Facebook page.