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jenn shurkus

looks like a wicked fun weekend :) hmmm... what project would I bring? maybe we would make a set of birthday cards with a simple distress ink smooshing. We could play with all different color combos!! :)


I love the bracelet a lot when I saw it on your blog earlier. That would be a great project. Thanks.

carly pool

I cant believe how much fun you all look like you had! I love the bracelets, I'm definitely in love with them but its because I metal stamp too. I would love to get together and have a group like this. I think If I did one of the first project I would bring is a wood jewelry box or picture frame so everyone could learn to wood burn. I think it is something everyone should learn. It makes great Christmas gifts and ornaments and its so versatile!


Wow, sounds like such a great time. I would probably bring a decoupage project. I love decorating items with all of my beautiful papers.
Thanks for sharing.

Nikki c

Wow looks like you had an amazing time I'd bring watercolors and h2o twinkling watercolors for everyone to play with and be able to create bg and colour flowers up with them

Denise Bryant

What a fabulous and creative, special weekend you had! Your bracelet project turned out beautifully!
I spy a fox die in that prize and I would LOVE it! Had a very special stuffed animal fox named Lopki when I was growing up! Still love foxes!

Denise Bryant

Pushed the 'enter' by accident before I finished! I have some very special vintage buttons I am saving to make bracelets with! The buttons were my Mom's and I want to do some memorial pieces with them. Have been looking on Pinterest for inspiration, trying to decide how I want to use them. That would be the project I would share!

Andrea Shell

Wow, what a fabulous weekend! I bet coming home was hard to do. All of the projects looked amazing, too! If I got the chance to participate in a weekend like that, I would probably pack my Grandmother's wooden spools, some wire, lots of pretty papers and embellishments and make little photo holders.

Brandi R

What a fun time! Looks like you all had an utter BLAST! I'd bring my alcohol inks, sticky backed aluminum sheets and some Tim Holtz charm fragments along with some of his vintage style DP to make some adorable charms. Great for adding to bookmarks and the like.


Looks like you gals had a super fun time. If I had to bring some crafty thing I would bring some clear glass Christmas balls to be decorated with alcohol inks. A bit messy but fun to see the final result. Oh and a bunch of decorative ribbons to hang them with.


goodness i would love to either host or attend a crafty weekend like this. what a lovely group of women! i have hosted crafty evenings before where i had my guests prepare stationery kits that included about 6 or 8 cards to send with decorated envelopes and lots of bits and bobs included as well.
your bracelets look like so much fun; i think i may have raved like a crazy lady the first time you posted about the one you made. fantastic use of tim's goodness (his products, i mean!). anyway, thanks for sharing this peek into your wonderful weekend retreat!

tricia barber

I would make card kits - my sisters love to craft. I did this recently with my mom and she loved it! I love your stories and adventures! Thanks for sharing with us! Thanks for the give away!

Liz mcallister

Hmmm it would totally depend on who I was crafting with. For little ones I would bring my fairy friends,made of beads and pipe cleaners. For my grown up friends it would be all my cards. I have mad weekends with my buddies where we did peeler beads for hours!

Mary Ellen

I wish I could have a fun weekend like you had. None of my girlfriends make paper crafts so I would bring my stamps and dies and teach them how to make some simple cards and hopefully they would get hooked like me.


Gosh! I don't know. I'd probably bring a perpetual birthday calendar to make. I made one years ago with a group...and had a blast!

Loved your pics from your retreat!


Do you know where Sharyn finds her vintage sheet music--I have a project in my mind. You already know I've been doing "art days" with my pals twice a month for over 20 years now. Our husbands call them dessert days, but what do they know? Anyway, just wanted to comment on your lovely post, but if I win you can surprise some other lucky gal.

Carolee mccaslin

What a fun weekend you had!!! I like to get together with my friends and we mod podge pretty paper napkins on terra cotta pots. They all turn out so unique and I LOVE to give them away with a cute little plant inside:)

Holly Saveur

What a super great and fun time you had..AMAZING and such a great thing to organize...
LOVE all the photo' all look so sweet and creative!
I have done so many hobby's so I could bring a lot ..would depend on what the others would like...could teach quilting...dried flower wreaths..pottery making..(with pearls)....making flower arrangements...make stuffed animals..,make felt items..make bread figures and wreaths....and off course ..stamp..and make cards!!!!
So when can I come and join you all...just joking..wouldn't dare to fly that long flight..
Hugs Holly.

Beth Ross

Wow! It sounds like the next best thing to heaven!!

I would bring the supplies for 2 projects! I would bring all the supplies to make mixed-media door hangers. And shadow box frames with tons of supplies to make a mixed-media project.

So fun!!

Rosa Gomez

Omg looks like you all had lots of fun. I wish I had a group of crafty ladies in my area that I can craft with. I have to say that I love the bracelet, and I had no idea you can alcohol ink the gumdrop gems and the stars, brilliant. If I were to bring a project to an event like this I would like for all of us to make a flip book. They are the new thing right now and I'm having fun with them.
Crafty hugs,
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Teri W

Love it. I get together with a good friend often. We decide ahead of time whether we are smooshing, stamping or die cutting. Our projects are seasonal. A trip to the local paper store is a must! Thanks for sharing your weekend and your friends!

Isabel Zito

After reading this post and seeing the beautiful photos, I wish I had been with you lovely ladies. I would have brought materials to make a little scrapbook to capture the gathering.


** Wanda, what is the photo of colored rectangles that's between the cookies and the hands? **

What a wonderful retreat! I'd bring a box project - perhaps a matchbox box to make, and we could use my Instax camera to take Poleroid (instant) pictures of the group to put inside the box. They fit perfectly. : )


Oh - ignore my question! It's a box of paints! (Duh) LOL

Evelyn Vasquez

How I love this idea! My 3 nieces always look forward to arts and crafts at auntie's. They would receive something and also give back. We would create cards to forward to others, teachers appreciation, mothers and farhers day (nursing homes/veterans hospital).

Fran Smith

Wow! What an amazing weekend. I think some kind of a multi media card set would be a fun project. Thank you for sharing.


Looks awesome, I would love to do something fun like this. I would bring lots of flowers to create a card, frame.... I am glad u took time to do this, what an inspiration!

Patsy Ney

What a wonderful group of friends and great weekend together. You are so blessed to have such talented friends. Thanks for sharing. I would bring along a card to make using new techniques with an old shabby chic look. I enjoyed Your Weekend!

Celeste Goff

Wanda, this looks like the absolute most perfect day! Crafty friends and fun creations. And thank you for being an enabler. I love that scripty font so much that I had to go straight away and purchase it from Concord & 9th!

Sue Stutzman

Love the idea of a crafty weekend. Very inspired! I've been dabbling in photography and making mixed media cards using photos of butterflies and flowers, so I'd share that kind of project.

Teresa Doyle

Hi Wanda, it looks like a good time was had by all! Great projects and a fab. prize!
I would bring the paper & punches to make a cute bird house/treat box. (I made this a few years ago and its still my fav. project I have made so far.)
I use it as a candy box on the table every time my friends come to "play". They want to make one as well. It has a shingled roof that comes off and the bottom of the birdhouse has an acetate window with a bird sitting in front as if he is on his way in.

Christine Lazarides

What a splendid looking weekend you had, what a dream. If I could have a weekend like that I would maybe like to make tags for all occasions, or bookmarks, any style, yet simple and elegant.

Joyce mcintosh

How fortunate you are to have a great group of friends to spend a lovely long weekend with. Crafting for the whole weekend even makes it better! It seems like it was just yesterday you made your decision to quit your job and start crafting full time. Looks like it was the right decision! I so look forward to reading your blog with your beautiful pictures and great projects.

Lori Uren

Oh my goodness everything there looked beautiful and fun! I don't know what I would have done with myself, giddy yes. I can't get over bringing the hydrangea on board a plane!love it!

Tfs, and nice photos. You'll have to scrapbook your retreat.

Lori B

I just LOVE all the projects you got to work with. Perhaps my favorite were the pressed flowers. Nature is BEAUTIFUL!! What project would I have brought? Well, I'm mostly about card making, so I probably would have brought card making kits. These days, I love trying to find small ways to brighten people's days so I really enjoy sending random, "just because" cards to make someone smile.

F Bond

How much fun everyone was having! If I were going to a craft retreat with friends, I would bring small vintage suitcases. I would love to see how everyone would design it. I think they are wonderful for storage. Thank you for sharing such wonderful pictures!


I love love those bracelets! project I would share pop up/3d cards using the big shot :)

Wahnita Hammond

I always love a good retreat with my crafty friends! Unfortunately they are so far from me, I only get to see them every other year. Each time I bring different supplies & ideas for a fun crafty weekend. This year, I brought all my dies (which I have hundreds) and a couple of us did die cuts. Some were for their scrapbook pages and the rest were for them to take home. I cut quite a few for a friend who recently underwent cancer therapy to make it easier for her to keep creating her beautiful cards. 🙂

Tara Hoke

What a lovely way to spend time with friends. I would show everyone how to make a felted Christmas Tree. Made with felted wool, a dowel, wire, glue and florist tape. Similar to vintage feather trees.

Mario Rossi

Enjoyed reading about your awesome weekend.... thank you for sharing and loved your bracelets! Good Luck to some very lucky winner!

Sue Washburne

What a precious visit you had with your talented friends! Looks like it was an inspiring, soul nurturing time. Thanks for sharing! The bracelets came out great!

renee m

That looks like a wonderful weekend! Such gorgeous projects and I didn't even know cookies could be handpainted.

If I brought a project it might be to make a fun giftbag/box and tag set for a birthday or for Christmas. I'm always running around in need of those at the last minute! Thank y'all for having the giveaway :)


Wow! That looks like it was an amazing crafty weekend. Shopping at the end is icing on the cake! It would be so hard for me to pick just one project to bring. I also like jewelry making and little sewing/stitching projects. But I would probably like to make some kind of a shaker card or Christmas ornament. I would feel more comfortable teaching something I have more experience with. Thanks for sharing all the fun with us!


Wanda, what a lovely time to spend with crafty friends.
Wow! Amazing projects!!
What would I bring to a craft weekend?? Hmmm...that is a hard one. Probably a project using Tim Holtz products, such as distress crayons and watercolor paints. Something with butterflies.


Oh wow! This looks like you had such an amazing experience! It also looked like you were with a very talented group of ladies.
Hmm, I would bring everything for people to make beaded Christmas spiders.

Veronica Fairbrother

What a lovely idea to have a crafty retreat with creative ladies. I would bring a card kit(s) using distress stain, ink and crayons (my new passion) Tim Holtz dies&stamps and a few Elizabeth Craft Designs pop up dies. Throw in a dash of paper and embossing folders and it's the perfect recipe for fun! Good Luck everyone!

Taunya Butler

What a lovely time you all had - so fabulous!! On my last crafty retreat I took little notecards to stamp and make, and I also brought mailboxes for each person made out of gable boxes!! I encouraged everyone to write each person a little love note!! Turned out so fun and so cool!! I LOVE crafty retreats!! I will definitely do something like this again!!

Susan Viley

Wanda, I am so jealous of your crafty get-togethers! How can I join??
I have an amazing die cut for a special card with lots of spaces for flourish and stencil effects, and very girly.
Your jewelry is wonderful, thanks for the opportunity to win the kit.
Take care girl!


Thanks for sharing your photos - I really enjoy all the photos you post. Since I really love Halloween, I would bring a trick to treat pail (see through plastic paint can type) to covet with stamps, stickers, decoupage, etc. and then fill up the finished pails with treats.


I have a group of close friends and we go off for 4 days to scrap and craft together every January so I know how fun it is! Loved seeing all the peeks of your favor bags, the kits, and of you working on your bracelets. What a great idea to use alcohol inks to customize!!
My friends scrapbook but asked me to show them some card making techniques so I would make up a 2-3 card kit with card bases and goodies like washi tape, enamel dots and twine. We would do heat embossing, die cutting, and stamping (of course!). All my favorite things

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