Monday, March 19, 2018

Crafty Friends are the Best!

I've often read posts of bloggers getting together to meet in person, and wished I could meet so many of the wonderful friends I've gotten to know through the years.  Two weekends ago I had an amazing opportunity to meet five of my dear blogging/card making friends at the Whatever Craft House in Newton, KS.  It was a jam packed four days of talking, laughing, creating, and connecting.  I learned a lot about these ladies and I learned a lot from them too:  Marcia, Nancy, Birgit, Linda, and Colleen. Yes, I am holding the camera!
 
Here's a few of the projects we made or partial projects that I finished when I got home:
Colleen gave us each a notepad to cover.  Some ladies brought Distress Oxide inks so I tried them with these PTI birds that Colleen brought with her.  Marcia showed us a stencil technique with Oxides that became my background, and Nancy brought all of us some die cuts which became my scalloped frame and borders.  I added a little cs and a PTI leaf sprig and PTI sentiment when I got home and now I have the most gorgeous notepad I have ever owned!
Colleen put a beautiful kit together for each of us featuring this W+9 bird and flowers.  She even stamped the envelope!  I colored them in Copics and added a few sequins.
Nancy gifted us each with this beautiful bracelet made by her daughter, Alisa.  It is stamped with a heart and the number 18 as a memento of the year we were together.  Nancy stamped and gold embossed this beautiful spray of flowers on black cs so we could all try her Finetec watercolors.  Notice how well the bracelet and card go together?  I added a gold embossed border and a sentiment from PTI.
Linda gave us each a kit to make this wonderful gift bag.  I added some die cuts from dies Marcia gave to us.  I've already used this bag to give a set of cards to a hostess who invited our family over for dinner yesterday.  Linda also got me hooked on the Catherine Pooler inks.  I can't afford to need new ink!!  You would find that you need them too if you tried them for yourself, just sayin'.
Birgit showed us all how to make this adorable pop-up card.  I just love this little scene with the whimsical banner, mushrooms and ferns and those sweet deer!  Birgit also shared many stamps and dies which were new to me so now I have many many projects to keep me busy. 
Marcia die cut some SSS flowers for all of us and let us play with her Lindy's Magicals.  They are a powder similar to Brusho, but they shine like nothing I've ever seen!  I added a SSS sentiment.
 Here's my attempt of showing you the shine.
Marcia also made us each a kit to create this adorable pop-up box complete with pompom bunny tails!

My craft table is full right now with many more bits and pieces from our time together.  My heart is full of memories and love for each one of these precious ladies.

Thanks for coming over to visit.  I hope that you are having a wonderful day.  Who knows, maybe you and I will also meet in person one day!

Kara

24 comments:

  1. Oh sweet Kara, what wonderful and delightful cards and projects you made, I adore your new notebook cover...beautiful my friend! And LOVE Love your coloring on the WPlus9 flowers with the hummer...oh so precious! Every project is amazing just as you are and I am so glad we met in person. You are a gift from God and I treasure your friendship! Wish we lived closer because there are times I could sure use your wisdom...I value the talks and stories we shared on the last day just the three of us...you are special! Heart Hugs, and have a wonderful week! Col

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  2. Amazing cards! I too have been to that house in KS and it was one of the best experiences in my life. But you know what?? We live in the same state so we really need to try to get together! I would learn so much from you!

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  3. That sounds and looks as though it was the most wonderful trip, Kara ... it's such a special thing to meet up with crafty friends and spend time laughing, crafting and getting to know one another IRL! You created such a fabulous collection of projects during your time away (and since!) ... each one beautifully detailed and impeccably executed ... a gallery of gorgeousness! Hugs, Anita :)

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  4. So many beautiful cards Kara! I am so happy that you got to enjoy The Craft House--it is so amazing. I really should have hid under a bed the weekend before!

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  5. Looks like you had a blast, WOW!

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  6. Oh what fun! Nothing beats meeting blog buddies, except perhaps when you can all share techniques & supplies at a fun gathering. You certainly have some beauties to remind you of this grand time. At first I thought those gorgeous birds would be my fav, then I saw the black with the finetec gold (of which I have some that are NBUS!) This makes me want to get at them! Some of your friends I visit, but I'll check out the others that I don't 'know' yet. So glad you were able to enjoy such a good time, and learn some new techniques too! TFS with the rest of us! Have a great week, and thanks for your too kind comments about my watercolor efforts :-) Hugs

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  7. What a wonderful post Kara! Totally reminded me of how much fun we had talking, laughing, sharing, and just getting to know each other even better...truly friends of the heart!! Your projects all came out beautifully...in fact I'm quite jealous of your flower and Hummer card and wish you were sitting next to me to advise! And I love how you finished your notebook...so many elements from all of us included on it!! I also just realized that everyone has shown their cards using the Finetec Pearls on the black cardstock and I'm the only one who used the image upside down...probably still had my head in the clouds when I finished that one!! Oh well, that gorgeous pearlescent finish will throw anyone off who receives my card that it's upside down! :0) Lovely, lovely post my friend...enjoyed reading every word of it! Have a wonderful week!! :0)

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  8. Oh my goodness!! It looks like you had so much fun!! I LOVE all your cards!! I need to try the Lindy's magicals. They look so lovely!! I love the die cut card you created with the little deer!! Just STUNNING cards!!

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  9. What a delightful post Kara and so full of happy memories that I'll cherish forever. All of your projects are awe-inspiring! The notepad turned out wonderful with all those layers and those darling birds. The hummingbird and flowers is stunning too! I agree with Marcia, that I wish you were still sitting right beside me when I go to color mine. You're such an inspiration in so many ways! (hugs) to you my friend!

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  10. Such fabulous makes Kara! I bet you had lots of fun! Have a wonderful week my friend! Love & Hugs. Hazel xx
    My Card Attic

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  11. What a fabulous collection of projects Kara and each one has a memory of new friends to go with it. It is wonderful to meet up with crafty friends and enjoy precious time together. I am smiling at your last pop up box. I received that die for Christmas and have just been been using it for the first time to make a similar Easter card for my new Granddaughter!
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs
    Carol x

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  12. Kara, love your post and wonderful memories that it is bringing up. We all had such a fantastic time getting to know everyone. I love how you colored the flowers on the hummingbird card and also wish you were here with me when I do mine. Thank you so much for the one on one Copic coloring and I too will cherish the time we spent with the three of us as we were waiting to catch our flights. Wonderful projects my friend. Miss You...

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  13. Oh WOW! What a memorable time you would have had meeting up with never before met friends. It is a wonderful experience. I have been lucky enough to meet several at a yearly craft show with one coming to stay and play. Last year I got to meet Therese from Lost in Paper.
    Boy oh boy have you created some amazing and varied creations. Simply stunning and all so beautiful. Thanks so much for sharing with us.

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  14. Kara....looks like you all had a simply wonderful time together! I have to agree with you that crafty friends are the best! I love all of your wonderful creations, so beautiful!

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  15. I've been waiting to see how you finished off all your wonderful Craft House gift projects, Kara, and you did not disappoint! Each one is a work of art under your talented fingers and even more so because it comes with so many happy memories of your time together with these amazing crafty friends! Thank you for sharing! I enjoyed it all!! Hugs, Darnell

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  16. Oh how FUN!! Look how cute everyone is. Sounds like a wonderful time with a wonderful group ladies. All of the projects you've shared are amazing!

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  17. These are wonderful projects, and how blessed are you that you got to have all this fun with friends?!!?

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  18. so many great projects plus time spent with kindred spirits - the cherry on top!!

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  19. Oh Kara, each one of your Craft House cards and projects is beautiful and oh-so-creative! Love that you six were able to meetup for what must have been the most amazing crafty trip evehhhh!

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  20. All that talent in one place! I love everything that each one brought to share and yours are great. I was lucky to meet Colleen IRL and she is wonderful. I love meeting my crafty friends in person and it seems like we have known each other forever. The pop up box is adorable, the Lindy Magicals are something I need to try and all of the projects are just beautiful. What a fun time.

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  21. I am so happy for you that you had the chance to meet these crafty friends in person and spend several days together crafting, laughing, and sharing! It is so much fun! And the projects you brought back are stunning!

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  22. Sure is super fun to meet up with blog friends in real life! Thanks for sharing the projects too!

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  23. Oh my good golly how did I miss this wonderful post!!! My darling friend, this is truly a tribute to the best holiday/getaway/craftaway ever! The only thing missing is your amazing teddy. Still bragging about you to everyone that asks about our trip. Miss you, and can't wait till we're all together again. CA, here you come!

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  24. What gorgeous projects!! I love them all and they are all so different. I can see that you ladies had a blast!

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