Sunset Shores Retreat

I’m back from Sunset Shores and, as usual, we had a wonderful time.

I spent four days with some of my closest friends and made a few new ones, too. It was four days of fun, laughter, cropping, sharing, learning and eating. I spent part of Friday and all of Saturday teaching, so I didn’t get very much done, but I love to teach, so it was still fun. We even managed to fit in a movie and two Detroit Tigers games.

Although what happens at the crop, stays at the crop, I thought I would share a few photos from the weekend …

Linda is working on a page I did that she saw on display at Capture A Memory. She took photos and measurements and bought the supplies and brought it here to work on. I was so honored!


Croppers know how to improvise. When Lynnette, Claudia and Janet couldn’t find shot glasses, they made do with bowls!


Elaine completed several layouts over the weekend.

This is the view from my crop space. We may be in the basement, but there is still a view of the lake!

Vivian, the owner of Sunset Shores, always puts out an amazing spread for every meal.


Hungry croppers …

These are the ornaments the girls made in the class I taught. I love how different they each are.


Sandy used Distress Markers to color in her Elizabeth Craft’s image.

Can you believe how much stuff we bring to a crop!?!


Christina is working on Halloween photos …

So much fun … I can’t wait until next year to do it all again!


Sunset Shores Retreat

I apologize for being MIA this past week … I’ve been working on Globecraft Memories’ new website, having a shed (a.k.a. kitchen pantry) constructed and picking and preserving more food from the garden. It seems like time has totally slipped away from me — I haven’t even unpacked, yet!

My trip to Sunset Shores was amazing. In fact, I enjoyed the retreat, complete with classes taught by Linda Neff, more than when I just take my own things to crop. The fun factor — three days with the girls — and the amazing food was still there, but it was so much more relaxing to have each day already planned with projects. When I returned, I felt like I had been gone for weeks, rather than just a couple of days.

Here is Linda hard at work …

Here is one of the projects we made … it is made from a DIY Ornament and enamel powders by Globecraft Memories, clip art, moss and Art Glitter.

You can see the inside of the globe better in this photo …

Click here to see Linda’s version in progress …

We also did a quick make-n-take with a charm set from Globecraft Memories. These Piccolo parts are enameled and then coated in Glastique. It was very late when we did these and in my sleepiness, I did not choose the best colors of enamel powders, so the inside set of gears are a mess, but the other parts are awesome when covered in Glastique.

We also made a mini album, which I will show as soon as I add photos to it, and a window, which I will showcase tomorrow.

Despite being busy the whole time, I did manage to stop and smell the flowers …


Capture diamonds glistening on the water …

Take in an amazing sunset …

And get my feet wet …

Finally, here is a little teaser of our windows …

From left: Sandy, Lynnette, Faith, Me, Diane, Cathy and Lori showing off our windows.







Published: Cricut Magazine

I’m off to a scrapbooking retreat hosted by my friend Linda Neff .

We’ve been going to Sunset Shores in Clare, MI for some time now. It’s an old-fashioned resort on a lake with cabins. The basement of the main house has been turned into a great scrapbooking (or any other crafting) room. And Vivian, the owner, is an amazing cook. She makes incredible meals from scratch using locally grown foods. ┬áThe food is so good, I’ve told my husband that he needs to go with me just to eat!

Anyhow, this time Linda has set up a special retreat. We’ll be making a mini-album, a window and an ornament. It’s going to be a great time filled with good friends and good food.

But, before I go, I wanted to share some exciting news.

I was published in June’s Cricut Magazine!

I had two cards published this time … both using the Cricut cartridge from Close To My Heart.


on page 76-77 and

on page 64-65

The company mixed up the tips for the two cards, so the tip on page 64 actually goes with the card on 76, but it’s wonderful to be published!

See you next week with pictures of the projects I made.