Phew, well we've finally recovered from the fantastic weekend that was the Halloween MegaScrap! I could have slept for the whole week LOL!
Donna and Anita who were teaching at the event arrived last Thursday in plenty of time to get themselves ready for their Workshops on Saturday. Donna even managed to sample a Guinness, having had her first taste of it during her last trip here to teach at the MidSummer MegaScrap in June.
On Friday we took her to the Knitting & Stitching Show in the RDS in Dublin ... not a patch on CHA I'm sure ... but she thoroughly enjoyed it.
On Saturday, everyone had an early start and we headed out to the CityNorth Hotel in County Meath to prepare for the day. We were in the Somerville Suite and it looked fab with all the tables set out and the beautiful chandelier as the centrepiece of the room.
Donna opened the event with her Paint.Watercolor.Doodle Workshop which had a definite WOW factor! During the next three hours she took everyone through some fantastic techniques using chipboard, acrylic paint and the gorgeous Caran D'Ache Neocolor II Watersoluble Crayons.
After a lovely lunch, we were back in the Workshop room for Anita Mundt's, Washday Layout Class.
Anita tested everyone's creative skills by introducing crochet to the class and everyone had a go, although some people (Eva??) didn't quite take to it!!
After a tea and coffee stop everyone was back in their seats for another of Donna's technique filled classes, "100 Eyelets or die trying". Chipboard, paint and eyelets, eyelets, eyelets were all used to turn a 4" x 4" Maya Road binder book into a gorgeous black & red mini album.
We soon found out what the "die trying" part of the Workshop was as Donna challenged everyone to "set those eyelets". Jillian was the first one to finish 100 eyelets and won one of Donna's gorgeous aprons for her efforts. Well done Jillian!
After another pit stop, everyone finally got a chance to sit back and put their Crop-a-Dile's down while they watched Anita's fantastic and informative Photography Workshop. Anita did a brilliant job of taking us through the various angles we could use to improve our photography and backed it up with a Powerpoint presentation packed with examples from her own photo gallery. She is such a talented photographer!
The whole day just flew by and before we knew it we had to pack up and head for home. Before we went there we had a prize giving ceremony and well done to everyone who won.
Well done Julie Frog for winning our MegaScrap Challenge with her gorgeous layout.
Thanks to A-Pak/Herma who were extremely generous as always by sponsoring four gorgeous gift baskets packed with Herma goodies (wrapped by Hilda!) as well as loads of adhesive sheets for everyone to use in their classes.
Thanks also to The Crafteire Shop, Art 'n' Hobby
and Treasure Bin for sponsoring some lovely prizes.
We held a separate raffle for a Donna Downey original canvas (kindly donated by the lady herself) with the proceeds going to Temple Street Hospital. Congrats to Lorna for winning this brill prize!
Finally, thanks to everyone who attended the event and made it such a success. Again, thanks to our prize sponsors and to all of the retailers who came along and provided some retail therapy, Linda from KellyPaperCrafts, Mireille from The Crafteire Shop and Sheena from Creative Expressions.
Sadly the event took its toll on Annamarie & Elaine, the event organisers and by the end of the day they looked wrecked! LOL!!
Looking forward to seeing you all again at our next event! Roll on MegaScrap 2009!