Saturday, July 7, 2018

Crafty Retreat at Simp Lee Memories

Hello everyone.  I was so fortunate to be able to attend a Design Team Retreat for Country Craft Creations at Simp Lee Memories, Medical Lake, Washington.  This is a Bed and Breakfast type home that caters to crafters like me.  It's owned and operated by Karen Oliphant who just happens to be Ginger Ropp's Sister, hmm perhaps that's why her crafty name is My Sister's Scrapper.

Ginger taught a class using the fabulous Graphic 45 collection Tropical Travelogue.  Oh my goodness do I love everything about this collection.  This was a super special folio she taught because it was designed for us.  Loved it, loved learning from her.  What a fantastic personality this woman has!

On today's video I'll walk you through the whole folio.  It's just gorgeous and it's so fun to learn from someone else, glean information first hand from them on how they do things.  As you all know we each have our own way of crafting but it's always nice to peek inside another's brain and see how they do it.  I thoroughly enjoyed peeking inside Gingers!

Tammy Merrill, owner of Country Craft Creations store made sure each and every one of us had a fabulous time.  I was fortunate to share a room with her and long gab sessions, something I'll treasure forever.  That she left Godiva chocolates on our pillows the first night was certainly not a bad thing either!

We all did a project. the Fan Fold Box, that Tammy had taught on the Authentique Facebook page.  After ours was constructed we blindly exchanged them with one another, I have Rosa Kelly's.  My goodness is that lady a sweetheart!

I enjoyed meeting Karen, Ginger, Angela, Bonnie, Rosa, Cathy, Tiffany, Ann Marie and Kim and of course our fearless leader Tammy.  What a great bunch of crafters to call my friends!

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JD/ Jill said...

Wonderful post. So happy that you were able to do this...the retreat house looks like a dream come true for you to be there...(I know it would be for me!

Marilyn McLeod @ Pink Paper Cottage said...

Oh my Patti! What a wonderful time you must have had!!! Aren't those "retreats" fun???? I've been to a few and would love to go to more. I went to a quilting retreat back in 2004 which I'll cherish forever. We all made quilt blocks and signed our names with embroidery.. then someone one the whole pot.. and guess who won??? Me! I still have the blocks and one was made and signed by my aunt, who has since passed away. I just need to get that quilt done! Also have been to a couple of scrapbook/papercrafting retreats which are a blast... and a good time to get things done. How fun to make that gorgeous folio.. Ginger is indeed so talented.. I've watched her from the very beginning.... and those little boxes are darling. I love the retreats because I always feel so pampered... sounds like you were too! Hugs.. Marilyn