A blog devoted to the cards I make in my tiny upstairs space. When my sister stays there, she calls it an "artist's garret". I'm not an artist, but am an enthusiastic cardmaker - hence the title "Cardmaker's Garret".

Thursday 30 May 2019

Eat Sleep Craft Repeat 2019

My wonderful and talented friend, Loll Thompson, found a perfect house near Vancouver for a bunch of us to get together for a craft retreat.   Loll, Christine, Bonnie, Darnell, Trina, Nancy and myself were there for a week.  We were joined for two nights by Linda, Colleen and Nancy's daughter, Jeani.  And Maureen (Scrappymo/Rudolf days) came for lunch on one of the days.  It was a fabulous social time, a great break from normal routine, and we did a ton of crafting.

 Left to right: Christine, Trina, me, Darnell, Colleen, Loll, Bonnie, Nancy, Linda

Each of us led a couple of techniques.  One that I chose to lead was bleaching out an image after stamping it on backgrounds created with powdered inks or Distress inks.

I sponged three shades of blue Distress inks onto smooth white cs.  Then stamped and heat embossed the blossom image.  Using bleach and a cheap paintbrush, I lifted the background colour from within the image.

Unlike the card in this post where I added some colour to the bleached image, I really liked this one left as it ended up after the bleaching.  I bordered it with black, heat embossed a white sentiment on a strip of black, and popped the panel up on fun foam.

It was a wonderful week.  I'll have more cards from the retreat to show you in the future, but meanwhile why not hop over to all the other participants' blogs:

Stamps - Penny Black
Ink - Distress Tumbled Glass, Salty Ocean, and Faded Jeans; Versafine Onyx Black, Versamark
Paper - white and black cs
Size - A2
Accessories - clear and white embossing powder, fun foam, bleach


  1. Beautiful card Susan! This image is just perfect for this technique. I really had fun trying out bleaching that you showed us. Thank you!! xx

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  2. No wonder you had a fabulous time with your very creative and wonderful friends...Jealous....Yes x
    Eye catching card with a wonderful technique....I love it x

  3. Very pretty card! Looks like you all had loads of fun and were very creative! :)

  4. Such a beautiful bleached card, Susan! I've heard about this technique for years and I would shrug and move on. Thank you VERY much for teaching this because I never would have seen how spectacular this simple technique could be! The bleached card I made was at the top of my favorites from the week. It's something that I will definitely be doing again. (It's a terrific way to use up the pretty backgrounds I have here)! I'll bet Tessa was so so happy to see you! Now I miss you!! Hugs, Dolly

  5. Oh no, now I'll have to add bleach to my shopping list... this card is gorgeous Susan and it sure feels like you all had a fabulous time at the retreat.

  6. I loved this technique and really need to hone my skills. So beautiful Susan, I love the blue background with the white flower. It was such a fun time :)

  7. I have looked forward to seeing what you have done at the retreat. Thank you for the reminder of the bleach technique. Your card turned out just beautiful and I can't get over how brilliantly you removed all the color. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I need to make a run to the store for splashless bleach and give this another go because this card has inspired me to make more with this technique! Love your card and loved meeting you and sharing our stories!

  9. This was one of my favorite techniques, Susan. I was amazed that I didn't end up with splatters on my clothes. I plan to use this technique again and again! Your card is gorgeous with the white flowers! You got a very different look than with your previous card. Thanks so much for meeting me at the airport. You are every bit as special in person as I thought you'd be. I'll treasure our time together.

  10. You all sure looked like you had loads of fun and what a stunning card and technique x.

  11. So fun to see you all having such a great time! I love your beautiful card using that bleach technique! Those white flowers pop right off the blue!

  12. What a lovely card and fun technique you brought to the table Susan!

  13. Gorgeous card, especially with the beautiful blue! Amazing technique!... no idea why I’ve been so intimidated to try this technique for years, but it was so easy and effective. Never knew about “splashless” bleach either. You are a wealth of information. Fun times. See you at the next crafty get together. xx

  14. I loved your bleach technique, Susan. I am looking forward to using this technique at home. I still have to finish my card front into a card. I was amazed when I unpacked all my card fronts and a few finished cards that I had made so many. It was such a successful and productive Retreat this year. It is going to be so much fun to see everyone's cards as they appear in future blog posts. We also have so many wonderful photos from Dolly and Alex to remind us what a great time we had.

    My one on one time with Bonnie and Dolly at the airport on our way home was great too. Lots more chatting with only 3 of us instead of 10...lol! I already can't wait for next year, my friend. Thank you for sharing all your products with all the out of country girls too. Miss you..Love and Hugs...Nancy

  15. Susan, this is so beautiful and such a fun technique to try. And it was so fun meeting you all and crafting with you. What a fantastic retreat.

  16. So glad that you had a wonderful time with your crafty friends at the retreat, Susan! All the beautiful smiles in the photo tell everything.
    Your card is so elegant and classy! Love the gorgeous shades of blue sponged in the background and the bleached-out flowers beautifully popping up against the background.
    Hideko xx

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