Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Merly Impressions first ever retreat.

I will soon be 50 (OMG) and for my gift my DH booked me a place on the first ever Merly Impressions retreat held at Wyboston Lakes.

There were 50 ladies ready and waiting at 6pm to get cracking and we were not disappointed. The kits were wonderful, I chose the package of 2 beyond the page and 2 paper layouts. We also received an extra kit that was a A4 BTP journal for us to dress up as we fancied and a bag to with it.

I chose to start on the box first which took till 4 the next day to finish, then on to the frame and then one of the paper layouts. The other layout will have to wait now as I ran out of time.

Please find a selection of photos to show off my completed work. This layout uses papers from the lovely Porcelain Rose collection and some collectables.

This is the frame which is a beyond the page item Chrissy sells. The papers are from Flora Delight and Base Coat.
This is the box, again a BTP item Chrissy sells and the papers are the wonderful 75 Cents Collection and family rub ons.
Both the photo above and below show the front and each side of the box
This is the top of the box. I used Kaisercraft paper flowers and hinges on this. I also added some gems and perfect pearls. All the papers are layered at different heights, some distressed and some stitched too. The frame the photo is under was fussy cut and glossed up then placed on to another mat which I cut the circle out first so the photo would show through. Even though this seemed to take forever to do I am so pleased with it.
If you have chance stop on over at and checkout the blog. There are lots of photos of the weekend to see.
Thanks for looking in


  1. WOW, WOW, WOW, to all of your FABULOUS creations Sue! Words can't express how much I love all of what you have made! Happy early birthday to you too! :)

  2. Hi Sue,

    It was lovely having you at the Retreat and so glad you are managing to complete the projects.

    See you at the next crop.
    Chrissy xXx

  3. Wow! Gorgeous projects! I am sure you enjoyed the retreat!
    Sending early Happy Birthday wishes to you!