Monday, August 13, 2012

Happy Camper

 This weekend I felt like scrapbooking and I still can't believe I actually finished this page in one day. That is so unlike me. Scrapbooking for me is always been a long drawn out process of moving things around for hours and sometimes days on end before I am happy and glue everything down.  However this came together very quickly....a day but it's all relative right? I have been sitting on these pictures and paper for a few months now too so it was about time I got down to business.

Here are some close ups of the details.

Mr. Sunny is so happy I am actually using the Silhouette he got me for Christmas two years ago. Lets just say I am still learning how to use it. It seems to be one of thioe things that if you don't use it regularly you forget how.....I really need to cut out more things. Here are some more of the details.

I totally love the not so happy campers label.
Some more details.

One last one picture.

Happy Camper Scrapbook Page
PAPER: CTMH, October Afternoon, Scenic Route
OTHER: October Afternoon, Papertrey Ink Die, EK Sucess Punch, Lori Whitlock Silhouette Title

Friday, August 10, 2012

Modern Thank you

Today I have a very modern card to share. This card came together very fast and I actually made a set of four, one can never have too many thank you cards. I used Papertrey Ink's background basics : Vines and stamped the image in five colors then cut it into four stripes. Fast and easy, my favorite kind of project.

Thank you card
STAMPS: Papertrey Ink Background Basics Vines and Vintage Picnic

Thursday, August 9, 2012

A Lace Bouquet Thank you

Today I have a quick share.  Here is a card I made that was inspired by Debbie Olson's beautiful card here.  I love so many of her cards and have recreated many for my self. This card started out as a complete recreate of the original and just as I finished all the pieces I ended up with brown ink on the top right of the card.  So instead of scraping this and starting over I ran the ribbon down the right side to hide it and stamped the sentiment on the bottom left.

Lace Bouquet Thank you Card
STAMPS: PTI Lace Bouquet, PTI Simply Jane
PAPER: CTMH and PTI Card stock
OTHER: Stampin up Ribbon

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

You are so Sweet

Today I have another card to share I made using the stash at Craftaway Studios.  I loved the Strawberry Patch set when Papertrey ink released it in April of this year. I really wanted to purchase it but decided to wait, so when I noticed it in the stash I started playing with it. Have you ever really liked a set, loved what a Design Team did with it but once you get it in your hands you have a hard time working with it? Well, that is what happen to me, there are a few other sets that are like that for me (usually flower sets). To be fair I really didn't give this set the attention and time I would have liked to since I was trying to complete as many cards as possible. In the end I liked the card I made but after finishing this one I moved on to another set.

You Are So Sweet Card
STAMPS: PTI Strawberry Patch
PAPER: CTMH Pattern paper and card stock

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Larkspur Thank you

Today I have a card to share that I made while I was at Craftaway Studios. This stamp set is actually a set that is part of the amazing stash that I got to play with while I was there. I was so happy to see Patertrey Ink stamps and inks as part of the stash.  I have been wanting to play with some of the year of flower stamps so I took the opportunity. I decided to color the flower using my using color pencils, mostly because it was quick and I started working on this card at 6 am and still a bit tired from staying up way to late the night before. In my opinion pencils are a bit more forgiving.

Larkspur Thank You Card
STAMPS: PTI Year of Flower Larkspur and Lilys of the Valley
PAPER: CTMH Pattern paper and card stock
OTHER: PTI Button, Stampin up Ribbon, Bakers Twine

Friday, August 3, 2012

Craftaway Studio Weekend Retreat Part 2

Today I have the rest of the house at Craftaway Studios to share with you. If you missed part 1 of this weekend retreat you can find it here. Let me answer a question that came up from my last post- yes all the stamps, dies, ink, paper and ribbon is free to use.  We were amazed by the amount of goodies we could use. And the rest of the house was just as great as the studio space. Here is the fully functional kitchen with a frig that is stock with all kinds of drinks.

But my favorite has to be the butler's pantry that had all kind of snacks to keep us able to stay up late into the night to keep crafting. I mean seriously is this not the cutest set up ever? And I will admit that the jar with the Hersey's nuggets was not this full when we left.

Here is the dinning room so you didn't get any food on your crafty projects.  There were two dinning table in this room but it did not feel overcrowded.

Here is the living room if you just want to sit and relax.

Here is what one of the bedrooms look like when you first arrive. 

And because I forgot to take a picture of our room when we first arrived, here is what it might look like after having enjoyed a wonderful crafting weekend.

I would love to show you the wonderful bathroom which were attached to the bedrooms but I couldn't get a good picture.  But believe me they were just as great. We really enjoyed our weekend and are going to return for sure. And if you are in the Dallas Fort Worth area I suggest you check out this gem of a crafting retreat too because at 79.00 a night for all of this, it is a deal to not miss.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Craftaway Studio Weekend Retreat Part 1

Today I'm going to share with you the best crafting weekend I have had to date. My mom and I went to a retreat for the first time to a charming place in Bonham Texas, Craftaway Studios.  This place was amazing and well worth the two and a half hour drive from my SW Fort Worth home.

I learned about this gem back in June at the Great American Scrapbook Convention in Arlington.  What caught my eye about the booth was a picture of a card using some of my favorite stamps, Papertrey ink.  So I stopped to see who was the PTI fan and in doing so I met Anna. She then told me the story of how she renovated a turn of the century home and turned it into a crafting retreat. I booked that weekend for my mom and I.

I really didn't know what to except since I had never done a overnight crafting session away for home. When my mom and I got there we were in ah.  This place was amazingly renovated, keeping all the vintage charm from the original doors to the skeleton key. Today I going to share pictures of the crafting space, which we had all to our self's since we were the only ones to book that weekend. I am sure that isn't going to be the case for long once word gets out.

Here are some of the goodies she has for you to play with.  My mom had the circuit going most of the time.

There was so much ink, ribbon, stamp sets and dies (Papertrey Iink and Stamping Up) to use it was amazing

I have never seen so many colors of baker's twine before.

There are two rooms of craft tables (11 spaces in total) here is the room that we didn't use.

Here is the room that we took over, let's just say I brought way too much stuff and leave it at that.  I know better for next time, and believe me there will be a next time.

Well that's is for now, in my next post I will share the rest of the house.


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