Craft Retreats 2019

Craft Retreat One 2019   (CR1)


Keep this date for your diary March 22-24 2019


Venue: Atherstone Red Lion Hotel
Long Street, Atherstone CV9 1BB


£290 for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday)  this price includes accommodation, lunch, refreshments, evening dinner on Saturday night (not drinks) three workshops and materials.  All materials are carefully sourced from UK based companies and suppliers.

Or if you prefer to come for just the day it’s £ 70.00 per day which includes  refreshments and materials, no accommodation or evening meal on Saturday night.


These are the early bird prices for the rooms we have pre booked, which is on a first come first served basis.  After these rooms go the room rates may vary so if you are planning on coming get in there quick before the room prices change.   Deposit required £50 and remainder to be paid 7 days before retreat and can be paid in instalments if requested, please contact Elaine for more details. Elaine’s details are below.

Day One

Workshop 1
Rotating MDF Craft Tote

As crafters we are always looking for better ways to store all our craft tools and products. You will be the envy of all your crafting friends when they see this beautifully decorated shabby chic MDF craft tote which you can keep on your desk while crafting or take with you when you are on retreat or crafting away from home. Using current on trend Crafters Companion papers and distress inks you will be personalising this handy and useful storage unit. And the best bit…it spins.

Workshop Two

Art Journal Topper Storage

Need to make a card in a hurry?  We all find ourselves in that boat occasionally. Elaine Erskine shows you  some quick and easy techniques for making card toppers and  a lovely handcrafted  storage wallet for keeping them in. So when you need that quick card all you need to do is select a topper from your storage wallet and your card is practically made. Then when you have a bit of time all the  details of how each technique was done are attached to each sleeve in the storage wallet, this enables you to make a replacement topper using that technique again and again for your next card topper.

Workshop Three

You want to make an interactive card but you have to buy a special stamp and die set just to make it?  Not anymore, Mickey Woodcock will be showing you how to make a couple of very effective  interactive cards that you can make with dies/ templates  you already have at home, so save your money and  make these fun and playful  interactive cards.

And of course there will be cake, a goodie bag, a raffle and much more.  Looking forward to seeing you there!!!!


Craft Retreat 2 (CR2)

Our second  retreat is on June 7th-9th 2019 so save the date in your diary for this brilliant event.

Venue: The Wendlebury Village Hall (Near Bicester Oxon)

At this craft retreat we offer 7 different paper craft based workshops. We’re still in the planning stages for our workshops so watch this space for details on what workshops will be on offer. For those who arrive on the Friday there is a social evening.

At craft retreat 2 you book your own accommodation.

Lunch, refreshments and all workshop materials are included in the price, which is £50.00 for the weekend.

Dinner is separate which is a Chinese takeaway.

Closer to the time we will be sending out a “what to bring list”. This is a weekend full of craft, chat, cake and more craft. As always we will have our Raffle,  Secret Summer Santa Sack, Button competition, Craft Celebrity board, The look what other crafts I do table, a Preloved stand and a Card competition . And yes there are prizes!!!    Don’t forget there is a discount when you book both retreats!!!


Day One

Workshop 1

In this workshop we will be making a small mixed media Gratitude journal.  Mickey Woodcock will be taking you through different mixed media techniques to create a small journal that you can write in the big and the small things we have in our lives to be grateful for.  You’ll be creating some inspirational handcrafted “stickers” and have the options of  decorating your pages with washi tape.  This will be a journal you’ll just love to write in.

Workshop 2

Need a card to give to that really special someone in your life? Sue Tossell is our stencil queen and will be showing you how to make a beautiful card using stencils, alchemy waxes and sparkle medium.

Workshop 3

Nicola Brown just loves her mixed media and she will be guiding you through how to make a picture frame that is decorated with realistic handmade paper flowers that you will make using a flower quilling die.  Add a special photo and you will have a lovely gift or a beautiful addition to your mantle piece.

Workshop 4

To finish off our first day we will be making cards that are given away to our elected charity.  We will be playing Sheila Jordan’s consequences but look out for a surprise twist this year.  This is of course an optional workshop but it’s going to prove to be a lot of fun as well as making beautiful cards  for charity.

Day Two

Workshop 5

We all love to keep up with the latest trends and products. Join Ina Carney in making cards using the new wreath builder concept which is currently taking the crafting world by storm. It uses all those tiny stamps that you thought were too small to make anything effective. In eight quick and easy steps using the templates provided, you can have the perfect card for any occasion by adding the greeting of your choice in the centre circle.

Workshop 6

As we all know there are many different aspects to papercraft.  Jo Wyles will be showing you how to make a paper vase which you can put some funky handmade flowers in or use it to hold your paintbrushes.  Whatever you choose to put in it, it will make a lovely addition to any crafters desk.

Workshop 7

Sue Renshaw will be showing you how to make a really cute yummy interactive card for that coffee lover in your life.  Don’t have a coffee fan to give it to?  How about hot chocolate or even a cuppa tea, this card can be adapted to any of these beverages.

Places go quick for our retreats and are limited so book your place.
Contact us for more information or to book your place

Mickey Woodcock or phone  07974 687889

Elaine Erskine or phone 07724 473350

For more info, pictures and videos find us on our YouTube channel The UK Stampers Network and  Facebook at The UK Stampers Network Exchange Club or click on our link:  The UK Stampers Network Craft Retreats

Craft Retreats 2017


Wow what a brilliant weekend we had at our 20th anniversary craft retreat

Below is some of the techniques and work that took place at CR2!

Make your own embossing folders with Jo Wyles

Gelli Plate Gift Bags with Mickey Woodcock

Make your own note book with Clare Charvill from My Creative Spirit

Consequences with Shelia Jordan

Twist and Pop Cards with Susan Renshaw

Instructions to make: Twist and Pop up Construction Card

Box Making with Elaine Erskine

Quilling with Ina