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!

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.