Sheltering Tree Cards

These are some of the cards I made at last month’s weekend craft retreat.  My friend Ronda added Stampin’ Up’s Sheltering Tree set to our stash, and it is great for making cards for Send a Smile 4 Kids. This organization collects and distributes handmade cards for children who are inpatient at Children’s Hospitals around the country and in Canada.

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree with bicycle

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree window pane

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

Sheltering Tree Bicycle

The stamp images are gender neutral, which makes the cards that much more versatile, and I enjoy the painterly effect of the leaves, grass, and clouds.  Also, even though I did not watercolor paint these, I’m counting them as half a point for today’s World Watercolor Group prompt of bicycle.  😛

 

 

Creative Weekend

A few weekends ago I spent a terrific, creative weekend with some friends at a local B&B.  We spent the weekend working on various projects like scrapbooking, card making, needle work, etc.  I focused on making encouragement and birthday cards to be donated to a local hospital chaplain as well as Send a Smile 4 Kids.

Cheering You On

Cheering You On

I used up a set of coordinating patterned paper from Stampin Up along with some great stamps from to make these cards.

You're Doing Great

You’re Doing Great

You Got This

You Got This

You are Tougher

You are Tougher

Don't Be Afraid

Don’t Be Afraid

I so enjoy making cards and hope they will help uplift each person who receives one.

Celebrate with Balloons

Celebrate with Balloons

Birthday Balloons

Birthday Balloons

How wonderful it is to spend time with creative friends – we help each other with ideas, share all our “toys,” and simply relax in the ease of our friendships.  Thanks, ladies, for such a pleasant, productive, renewing weekend!

Supplies:  My Creative Time Stamps, You Matter; Simon Says Stamps, Cheering You On; Lawn Fawn, Scripty Sayings; Stampin Up, Best Year Ever paper.

Crafty Weekends are the Best!

Last week once again we spent a relaxing, crafty weekend at the Hickory Road Inn, a bed and breakfast in Batesville. Our group has such diverse talents and interests so lots of sewing, embroidery, painting, scrapbooking, paper crafting, and card making took place. All the food was scrumptious and the Inn is very comfortable and accommodating. At least this time we didn’t have any run-ins with ice storms or ticks!!

 

Emily's canvas pictures

Emily’s canvas pictures

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

Hedgehog banner by Mariele for college dorm door hanger

 

Colorful Birthday Card

Colorful Birthday Card

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

Hexagon Birthday Card with Sequins

 

Window Card with Flower Box

Window Card with Flower Box

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Chevron Birthday Card with Sequins

Emily worked on two canvas collages which were very stunning, but unfortunately I don’t have a picture of her second one.  Mariele is getting ready to go back to college and worked on door hangers and other decorations dorm room and her service group.  Above are some of the cards I made.  It was fun to add some sparkle with the sequins.  I can’t decide if the window box card needs to have some curtains in the window, so I will probably add some to the next batch and see which I like better. Have a great week!

Hickory Road Inn, Batesville

This past weekend some crafty friends and I tried out a new crafting B&B, the Hickory Road Inn, in Batesville, Indiana.  Unfortunately, Traci is recuperating from being very ill and hospitalized with pneumonia and other issues, and we missed her smiling face and crafty inspiration immensely.  Get well, Traci!  Take good care of yourself because we have lots of creating to do in the future!

The Hickory Road Inn was very comfy and cozy, and the innkeepers Leacarol & Jerry prepared delicious breakfasts for us and made our stay extra special.   Here are some pictures of our accommodations:

Kitchen - Hickory Road Inn

Kitchen – Hickory Road Inn

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom downstairs

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 3

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 2

Bedroom 1

Bedroom 1

Barb is so talented with her embroidery machine and made these very special wine glasses for each of us with our embroidered initials.  Thanks Barb!

Wine glasses that Barb made

Initialed wine glasses that Barb made

Terri finished her Hawaii scrapbook and Lisa finished her 12 Days of Christmas embroidery panels, both of which have been works in progress for a little while.  They turned out so beautifully!  Ronda and Teresa continue to amaze us with their natural card-making talents.  Kim worked on cards and her scrapbook, Judy got lots of cards marked off her long list, and they both have a new-found love of Versafine ink.  Such a productive weekend!

I focused on making some thank you cards for my daughter-in-law who works with the deaf community, birthday cards to fill special request, as well as some Mother’s Day cards for Operation Write Home.  I finished enough cards to fill a large-sized priority box which will be sent out to OWH this week, and about 25 Anyhero cards will be included thanks to Ronda writing out so many.  The Anyhero cards go to the deployed service men and women and thank them for their service, sacrifices, and dedication to keeping us safe and free!

Thank You card

Thank You cards for Maura

Mother's Day with Butterflies

Mother’s Day with Butterflies on Embossed Background

Mother's Day Pastel

Mother’s Day, Pastel

Hero card

Anyhero card

Hero card - close up of embossing

Anyhero card – close up of embossed stars

Crafting in progress

Crafting in progress

Craft Room

Craft Room

Craft Room - Terri and Judy

Craft Room – Terri and Judy setting up

We had cool weather on Friday and delightfully warm and sunny weather on Saturday, which we took advantage of by walking through the woods on the property.  Saturday’s weather was such a special treat because we knew Sunday was forecasted to be icy and snowy.   Unfortunately, the ice arrived earlier than expected so we headed out bright and early Sunday morning so we could get home before more ice and snow crusted the earth.  We had hoped to stay until 2:00 in the afternoon or so but oh well, better safe than sorry I guess.  Mother Nature has caused us to leave our last two crafting retreats early – first for thunderstorms and tornadoes and this time for ice and snow.  I think Mother Nature must be going through menopause and I sure hope she snaps out of it soon!!  Bring on spring!