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Crafting in Tuscany With CardMaker

One year from now you could be heading out on a nine-day adventure with CardMaker magazine for its Creating Under the Tuscan Sun tour in Italy. Join Colleen Schaan -- regular contributor to CardMaker magazine and author of four books for Annie's, including two Copic Coloring Guide books -- for exciting card-making classes along with incredible tours and sightseeing in Italy.

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What could be better than a trip to Tuscany than a trip to Tuscany mixed with card making? Oct. 6-14, 2017, CardMaker will be hosting an event of a lifetime. A few of the trip highlights include:

  • First-class hotel accommodations in the Montecatini Terme district in Italy.
  • Sightseeing in Florence, San Gimignano and Montecatini Terme.
  • A train ride and sightseeing through scenic Cinque Terre coast.
  • A Florentine paper-making workshop with a master artisan.
  • A visit to an Italian master mosaic artist studio.
  • A special journal workshop with a master Florentine artisan.
  • An authentic Tuscan cooking lesson with an Italian "Mama" chef.
  • A visit to Pisa to see the famous Leaning Tower.
  • Coloring and card-making workshops with Colleen Schaan.
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Here are a few of the basics:

Price is $3,998 per person, based on double occupancy. This includes round-trip airfare from New York City; all taxes and round-trip transfers to and from the hotel; breakfast daily, some dinners and lunch in a family-owned winery.

After checking out all the trip information, I still had other questions. I went to the editor of CardMaker magazine, Tanya Fox, to fill me in a little more about this exciting opportunity.

Q: Can you explain how the classes are taught in conjunction with the tours of Italy?

A: The classes will be held at the hotel and scheduled around the sightseeing opportunities.

Q: How many days of crafting are there?

A: Opportunities to craft and create will be worked in throughout the entire stay in Italy. A detailed itinerary will be provided closer to our departure date.

Q: Tell me a little more about the classes with Colleen.

A: Colleen's project for this trip will teach you how to transform your favorite trip photos into colorful card art! During these workshops you will learn to pick the perfect photos and turn them into line art with just the click of a button. Then, you will use a variety of popular mediums to color your line photos while learning tips and tricks for application, adding subtle shading and creating detail. Finally, you'll turn your colorful artwork into amazing card projects, perfect to share with family and friends.

No experience is necessary to participate in the workshops.

Q: What should I plan on packing for the classes with Colleen? Is everything provided?

A: We are still working on the final materials list, but hope to provide the majority of the supplies needed. A few items to put on your packing list are an acrylic stamping block for the sentiment stamps, a bone folder, a black ink pad that will work with alcohol-based markers and watercolor pencils, and your favorite paper adhesive.

Q: Do we stay at the same location all week?

A: Yes, you will enjoy first-class hotel accommodations in the lovely Montecatini Terme district for the entire trip.

Q: Do we have our own rooms when we are in Italy or do we have roommates?

A: The trip price is based on double occupancy. Single rates are available upon request.

Q: Are there special accommodations for those with physical disabilities or dietary issues?

A: Yes, Craftours can arrange that, just please let them know when you register for the trip of any special needs you may have.

Q: What meals are provided and how much should I expect to spend on meals outside of what is provided?

A: We will have three dinners and one lunch included in the itinerary in addition to a daily breakfast. The rest of the meals will be your responsibility. Generally, meals can be found at local restaurants from 12 euros (a currency converter is provided on Craftours website) and up. Be aware that the cost of a soda such as Coke and Pepsi is very high in Europe.

Q: Do we have time to explore on our own or is everything with a guide?

A: Yes, you will have time to explore on your own in addition to the tours with the guide.

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This trip is run by Craftours, and you can find more information on their website.

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This sounds like such an incredible opportunity. Time to start planning!