Visions of Doodles Danced in Our Heads

Over the past month we were greeted on Facebook with status updates by the Crop-A-Doodle-Do that said, “Hello Doodle fans! HUGE announcement Feb. 5th!”  Then there was another teaser, “…a math problem… Brett + A Plan + Construction = Happy Scrappers,” as well as their favorite movie is “Home Alone.” I hated to get my hopes up too high but we were all elated with the thought that our beloved Crop-A-Doodle-Do was going to reopen bigger and better than ever. Could it be true? My crafty friends and I certainly hoped so because we have not been able to recreate our wonderful crafting weekends anywhere else. Waiting with anticipation of the news on February 5th, it was hard to stop thinking of the possibilities. Then came the announcement; the suspense was over but I had very mixed emotions about it. Yes, they are going to reopen but not in the capacity we are used to. While crafters are welcome on weekends as always, it seems that their main focus is going to be on destination weddings in 2015 (building two pavilions out back) with the revamping of the B&B to cater to couples and families (no more twin beds which are optimal for a girls’ weekend – yes, we love our togetherness but most of us prefer having our own single bed). The B&B will be open to travelers throughout the week. Scrapping weekends are less expensive now but no food is served on the weekends and we would have to take care of all our meals. While this is not a really big deal – although we did enjoy being pampered and served our meals and snacks all weekend – my thought is that we can find these kind of accommodations a lot closer to home.

Crop-A-Doodle-Do

Crop-A-Doodle-Do

The news was a little bit of a letdown for me. I’m not totally opposed to trying it at some point, but I am not rushing to my calendar to book a weekend either.  Most of my friends had mixed feelings about it as well.  Pashaw. However, I do wish them well in their new endeavors because all the folks associated with the Crop-A-Doodle-Do are really good, sweet folks.

Doodle Card

Doodle Card

I don’t think I ever posted the above card, but it was my entry for their Christmas card contest in 2012. Best wishes to the folks at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do!

Starting Monday with Espresso Thanks

Today’s featured card was made during my last trip to the Crop-A-Doodle-Do.  I decided to make use of their stamps since it would be my last chance to do so, and I chose this retired Stampin Up set.

Just Wanted to Epresso My Thanks

Just Wanted to Epresso My Thanks

I used the Devine Swirls embossing folder for the background since it kind of mimics steam rising from the cup, and I thought the paper colors were very happy and cheerful.  Happy Monday!

A Fond Farewell

Crafty Ladies

Crafty Ladies

Last weekend was so bittersweet.  Some crafty ladies and I visited the Crop-A-Doodle-Do one last time before they closed for good.  You probably know how much I enjoyed my crafty weekends there, and I am really going to miss the farmhouse and the terrific folks who worked there.  Also, I think we witnessed one of the most spectacular sunsets ever with its fiery reddish-orange glow cast all across the farm.  I will miss the serenity and peacefulness found only in the country.

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Fiery Sunset over the Cornfield

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Colorful Sunset Reflection on Farmhouse

Anyhow, I was able to get a start on my Christmas cards but they will be a work in progress until I finally mail them out in December.  There are a lot of steps to them, but I think in the long run they will turn out really pretty.  It was fun to break out the heat embossing tools and supplies once again and even though it can be a little messy, the end result is so classy and beautiful.

Vellum Poinsettias

Vellum Poinsettias

In contrast to my poinsettias, Judy was working on a summer project and used the napkin transfer technique that we learned last weekend a Stampaway.  So cute!

Judy's Project

Judy’s Project

After a while I was weary of playing with the poinsettias, so I happily broke into my newest Stampin Up set called Secret Garden.  With a little inspiration from Pinterest I made these cheerful-looking cards.  I was really happy with the way they turned out.

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Stampin Up, Secret Garden

Well, I guess our Crop-A-Doodle-Do fun is over but looking back we learned a lot from each other and made a lot of fun memories.  Thanks, ladies, for making it so terrific!

Weekend Retreat at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do

I was fortunate enough to enjoy another weekend at my favorite crafting place – the Crop-A-Doodle-Do – which is Indiana’s finest crafting Bed and Breakfast!  It is a farmhouse renovated into a crafter’s haven.  What a respite.  All our meals and snacks were made for us, and all we had to do was craft, relax, and reconnect with friends.  Here are some pictures of the weekend.

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Friday's Sunset

Friday’s Sunset

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

Relaxing in Adirondak Chairs

I planned to make 114 owl cards to to go along with the owl pun stamps I just bought.  After about 35 owl cards I had had enough of the tedious piecing and moved on to another project.

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Components to make 114 owl cards!

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whoo Misses You

Guess Whooo Loves You

Guess Whooo Loves You

The owls were made with Stampin Up’s owl punch and the branch is from their bird punch.  I pieced everything together with my craft tweezers and Tombow’s Mono Multi Glue.

You Rock components

You Rock components

I borrowed the CADD’s Cricut Cartridge called Nifty Fifties and cut out all these terrific guitars as well as the phrases of “You Rock.”  I made these cards for OWH and thought the You Rock cards were perfect for deployed service folks to send home to their teenagers.

Now back to normal tomorrow with work, etc., but at least I am starting Monday feeling refreshed and rested.  Speaking of work – Missie, here is the card I dedicated to you for covering the weekend’s dictation for me.  Thank You – You Rock!

You Rock

You Rock, Missie!

3 Cards, 1 Weekend

As I promised in my last post, here are the cards I worked on during our weekend at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do. 

 First is a masculine card using my new Stampin Up set “Clockworks.”  It is an A2-sized card with a dark green panel dry embossed with a Tim Holtz gear embossing folder.  The middle panel with the stamped images is 2-3/4 x 3-3/4, and it is outlined with brown cut to the size of 3 x 4-3/4 then edge punched with a Martha Stewart paper edger.  I used a bit of baker’s twine to tie at the bottom of the panel.  I stamped the “splotches” with Memento Desert Sand ink, and the dark green is Versafine Olympia Green.  I love Versafine ink pads especially when stamping detailed images.  I love using a general celebratory phrase like “Let’s Celebrate” because then the card can be used for any happy occasion.

Stampin Up Clockworks

Stampin Up Clockworks

Then I decided to break out the Cricut and use my Create A Critter cartridge, one of my favorites, as well as Elegant Edges which I find to be the most versatile Cricut cartridge I own.  I actually received the sentiment stamp as a freebie from Unity Stamps when I placed an order with them.  I used the Elegant Edges and cut an image that looked cloud-like (Eyelet3-s, oblong and shadow).  I cut a 3-inch moon and simply added a square of black behind the facial features rather than cutting out an entire black background shape.  I cut out 1-¼-inch and 1-½-inch stars from yellow gingham paper as accents, and they look perfect on the background paper that was dry embossed with the Stampin Up Cloudy Day embossing folder.  I cut one 2-½-inch cloud from the gingham blue and playfully tried to use it as a pillow for the moon, while the sentiment is his blanket.  What a sweet, gentle card for one of our OWH recipients to send home to a child.

Love You to the Moon and Back

Love You to the Moon and Back

Lastly I cut out thirty 3-inch kitties (Cat2) and shadows from Create A Critter.  I tried to use color combinations that would make the cat look neither masculine nor feminine, and I love the pattern play of the small Swiss dots on the 2-inch pillow bed in contrast with the larger dots on the background paper.  The separation with the bright yellow strip makes it all work.  Again, I selected a “punny” sentiment that would be applicable for any occasion or just to send home to say hi.  

Purr-fectly Wonderful

Purr-fectly Wonderful

I made approximately 30 of each of the above 3 cards, so I had to finish up the cat cards after I returned home from the CADD.  Currently I am working on 30 cute skunk cards (a prototype of which I gave to my mother-in-low who seems to enjoy puns as much as I do) and a special-request First Communion Card for my Mom to give.  I have made First Communion cards in the past and am researching something new and improved on Pinterest and other favorite websites. 

Thank goodness I have my creative outlets to go to when the world seems turned upside down.  Please send good thoughts and prayers to all those affected by the events in Boston today.

Miss You Latte

 This has been a crazy week for sure! 

Last Friday a group of terrific ladies and I ventured to Arcadia, Indiana, to the Crop-A-Doodle-Do (CADD), a lovely farmhouse renovated into a bed and breakfast for craft enthusiasts.  We spent a productive, girlfriend-bonding weekend together and crafted late into the evening while watching Mama Mia and some other favorites.  Angie, our hostess at the CADD, pampered us by bringing snacks, making our beds, and of course cooking up 3 delicious meals on Saturday, as well as dinner on Friday and breakfast on Sunday.  Being at the CADD really slows down time for me and helps me totally relax; of course, the massage I got helped a lot with that too.  Friends and crafting and relaxing – can’t get much better!  We arrived home on Sunday with just enough time for me to unpack, do some things around the house, catch up on mail and then . . .

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Here are just a few of the snacks and meals we were served at the Crop-A-Doodle-Do. Delicious! Also, on the upper right is a picture of my work station in the craft room – it looked this neat all of 5 seconds!

 Monday we traveled to Ft. Wayne, Indiana, to the Vera Bradley Outlet Sale.  It was a special day for “sponsors” so it definitely was not as crowded as it is on public days.  I had so much fun shopping for family and friends, and I might have even picked up a new purse for myself.  Our session was from 3 to 6, which entailed leaving my house at 9:10 a.m. to pick up my sister and then drive to Harrison to meet up with our carpool.  We were on the road by 10:00, stopped around 1:00 or so for lunch in Ft. Wayne at Cheddars (so we could get a preview of the one being built at Northgate – yummy), then arrived at the sale at around 2:15.  We had to wait in a crazy-long line until they opened the doors at 3:00, but the venue is so massive that it really doesn’t seem as crowded as you might think.  We shopped pretty much until about 5:30, got in line, and were headed out the door by about 6:15.  We drove for quite a while and decided to stop for a quick supper.  By the time we got back to Harrison and I took my sister home, I walked in my front door at 11:15 p.m.  A fun but exhausting day!

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Here is a birdseye view of the sale. Behind the black and blue screens on the right were sky-high boxes of product used to replenish the tables. This picture must have been taken at the end of a sale because the tables are a little bare.

This is how the tables looked when we were there - lots of product to choose from.

This is how the tables looked when we were there – lots of product to choose from.

I had lots of things to catch up on with work, going to the grocery, and daily life.  Then, my sweet mother-in-law was admitted to the hospital yesterday for some sort of tumor growing near or on her spine that makes it difficult for her to move.  She can lie flat or with a slight elevation, and once she is up she is fine to walk, but the acts of bending to get in sitting positions, etc. are excruciating for her.  Today brings lots of tests so please say a little prayer for her.

Of course I have to show a quick card – I made this one last year and it is comprised of some stamping and a digi (digital image).  The coffee cup is a digi and the sentiment is stamped and adhered on a rectangle that is edge-punched on one side.  Of course the rest of the card is pretty self-explanatory just by looking at it.  I also used a wavy dry embossing technique on the left side of the card to simulate the little sleeves that coffee shops put around hot cups to protect our fingers.

Miss You Latte

Miss You Latte

Okay, off to visit with my mother-in-law for a while.  Have a great weekend!