Friday, October 13, 2017

Kansas Scrap & Quilt Retreat

The week school started this year, my girlfriends from all over the U.S. got together for some scrappy and not so scrappy fun! I have missed these girls (along with all my other friends from all over the globe) and the fun just didn't stop rolling. So here's my brief review of:

Our location: Valley Center, Kansas which is just outside of Wichita
(borrowed from their website)

There is loads of parking spaces, we had this driveway pretty full but still room for more cars! Let's see if I remember correctly, there were three cars from Kansas, one from California, two from Colorado, and one from Arkansas. My one and only negative about this location is the entrance has a couple of large steps. I would like to see them add a ramp for rolling carts full of scrappy & quilting supplies in easier.

Kitchen (aka The Hub):
(borrowed from their website)

The Kitchen (aka The Hub of all activities) was very nice, large, easy to have multiple people in. All the normal appliances which all worked ;-) Lots of pans & dishes for us to use. After we jammed this refrigerator full, there was another downstairs. Perfect!

(borrowed from their website)
This sweet area is where there are limited supplies you can buy and also you can dig thru a stack of things if you need just that right piece of paper or whatever. I left several things and took a few. I love a free trade area!

Relaxing & Getting away from the action
If you need some down time from your frantic crafting, you can go down to the basement where there are comfy sofa & chairs, plus tables & games, tv, etc. We didn't' really utilize this space except for that extra fridge

 Master Bedroom & Bath, located on main floor. There are 4 single beds. Also on the main floor is another full bathroom.
The back bedroom, located next to the full downstairs bath/laundry, 4 single beds.
The front bedroom, located next to the downstairs family room, 4 single beds.
And the single room. For us, this ended up being the non-snoring room... actually our other non-snoring person left the room while we were going full-steam.

When the action is going:


 (The view from my spot)

The owner of the house even stopped by to make sure everything was going good. I think she was checking up on Jeanne & Pam who are known instigators of all kinds of shenanigans.

Basically I loved this place! It's a five hour drive from my house, which isn't terrible. The house is laid-out nicely and it is roomy (if you don't pack an SUV full like I did). I HIGHLY recommend giving this location a try!

Time to get my crafty on ;-)

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Cloud Creative Retreat at Valley Rental Center

This weekend I went on a much needed mini vacation to a craft retreat!
The location was in Concordia, Kansas at a place called
Cloud Creative Retreat which is located at the
Valley Rental Center... a circa 1958 school building!
My GPS took me right to the building with no problem or confusion.
 (Photos from Valley Rental Center Website)
The current owners purchased the building at silent auction 3 year ago,
applied for and received a grant for its re-birth.
Many things happen at this wonderful re-purposed building!
{my friends know me & my recycling}
There is a daycare "Little Monkeys", Cross Fit in the old gym,
counseling office, wedding reception hall, massage room, and yoga room.
Of course I was there for a Cloud Creative Retreat which just happened
to be hosted by one of the owners, Becky.

Cloud Creative Retreat Entrance is locate on the backside of the building
where there is plenty of paved parking.

When you enter the retreat there is a little sitting area
with a book all about how the retreat came to be. 
Nope I didn't take time to read it, but Becky gave us the highlights.
There is a Welcome Area as well... pretty

In the Welcome Area there are also two private shower rooms.

The main hallway has had the paint updated along with Exit Signs
and other required safety features.
Also some non-standard items that are just plain old cute

The Kitchen/Dining is a very large room.
(yes, I failed to get a picture of the actual working area of the kitchen)
As you can see there is plenty of seating for all!
The kitchen area (located to the left & back of the islands you see)
is very basic but has what you need to cook a meal... refrigerator, electric
range/oven, standard kitchen sink, dishwasher, microwave.
Lots of pots,pans, dishes, crockpots, blenders, etc.

There are two craft rooms. The first (not pictured, darn that photographer) is setup for scrapbookers. There are machines to use, lots of room to spread out and a half bath.
The second craft room (where I spend most of my time, pictured below) is mainly setup
for those who do fabric crafting. Although clearly from my area
I was doing paper crafts.
 Both rooms have original sinks, which are stained up and I totally love.

For Sleepy Time there are lots of bed choices, all twins
and each room has a cute color scheme going on.

 Each doorway is labeled with its use and a brief description.

The air conditioning would not work properly Friday and a small portion of Saturday
but Becky was on top of things. She had repairmen out both days as
soon as she knew about the issues. We got a little warm (ok it was Kansas in June, it was hot)
but opened the windows on both sides of the building for a good cross breeze and
 had ceiling fans on high to stay cool enough to get our crafty on.

#1 Best Thing... NO STAIRS!

This happy crafter definitely recommends going to a Cloud Creative Retreat!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

all the flowers

I've been making cards for my church's Connections Ministry,
which is a group of people who keep in contact with people who are homebound
or find it very difficult to make it to church, or people who have had surgery.
When I saw these stamps, designed by Graciellie Design
made by Sweet & Sassy Stamps, I knew I had to have them!

Detail of the flower

The Dogwood flower is actually my very favorite flower!
That may be why I liked this set so much

Detail of the flower

Colored with Copic markers & topped off with a bit of Wink of Stella

Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Good Golly

I received my Unity Stamp Company SMAK Monday and could not contain myself
I push all other things in life aside to start making things with it!

First thing I made was this one layer card
super clean & simple but I love how the words POP
using TH Oxide inks over other inks

Next I created a tag
I swirled & blended TH Oxide inks for the background
splattered water then stamped the girl image with Oxide ink so she was basically a ghost!
Added the Sentiment & chandelier
Used a silver pen to draw a "string" from her hand to the chandelier
Added a bit of bling, just because
Topped it off with ribbons & pearls 

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

home sweet home

Gosh I just can't seem to keep up with my blog these days.
It's not like I'm that busy with life but I suppose I must be!

Here's my attempt at combining three completely different sets in one card
but they are all from Unity Stamp Company

Everything was colored with Copic Markers

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Too Long

WOW! It has been way too long since I posted on my blog
but I'm still here!

This past weekend I got to spend several hours with my bestie who lives about 45 minutes away but with her having a senior in high school, me having a freshmen in college (who commutes to the university), and both of us with an additional child well, we're super busy people who just don't make enough time for each other. This called for a nice lunch with drinks, pedicures & shopping!

We hit up Tuesday Morning, here's my haul:

The came Sunday and I had some downtime in the afternoon so I got busy with my awesome new Tim Holtz Oxide Ink Pads ( LOVE THEM!!! ) and made this:

I had so much fun making it, I have another card started with the bird die you can see and also a scrapbook layout that is nagging me to use with this new paper pack! My head is a busy place ;-)

Have a beautiful day!