Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Cricut Swarm: Honey Pie Gift Box

Honey Pie Gift Box March 19th $15 10am

Cricut Swarm: Honey Pie Gift Box

Just for you, create the ultimate layered pie trimmed in your favorite toppings! featuring Cosmo Cricket's Honey Pie line. Makes a great gift idea for any occasion.

Boxed with Love Gift Set

Boxed with Love March 20th 1:30pm $15

Are you always looking for that special gift? Then look no further, this charming boxed set of 4 beautiful cards makes the perfect gift! I will show you different techniques such as tearing and embossing with different Core'dinations cardstock collections! Bring basic tool kit and foam & pop dots.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Spring Fling Retreat

Backroads Plum Crazy

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April 8, 9, and 10th 2011: the Spring Fling Retreat is on it's way!  Our annual Spring Fling Retreat  is a long weekend of inspiration and relaxation held at the Dairy  Barn B&B!  E-mail us or call (641)456-6305 for more information and to reserve your space!

The base retreat is $175 per person, which includes make 'n takes, your room, meals, personal crop space, access to all of the shop's tools, a 20% discount on any purchases you make ALL WEEKEND, and an oh so fabulous gift bag of goodies in your room.

Classes are separate so you can take as many as you like or take none and have some serious fun just cropping.

Registration will be accepted as received.  We are limited to 16 people for the full retreat, and smaller limits on the classes- so get your registration in as quick as possible. 

Never been to a retreat?  Click Here to find out what to expect :-)
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 Optional Workshops


Every year we have two workshop classes are taught exclusively at the Spring Fling Retreat.  These workshops cover what we consider some of our best projects.  Projects are designed to be easy enough for a beginner, but awesome enough to make the heart of the hardest core altered artist race a little faster at all the possibilities.  


The Spring 2011 workshops are:

Workshop #1: Time Flies Altered Clock


10:00 AM Saturday Morning    $35


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Workshop #2: Nature Walk Letterpress Box

2:00 PM Saturday Afternoon   $45


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Spring Fling 2011
Workshop Classes
Time Flies Altered Clock
Nature Walk Letterpress Box
Mini Retreats for Retreat Dieters
What's a Retreat?
Spring Fling Mini Retreats


Saturday Only Option is only $95!  Can't come for the whole weekend? Day Croppers are welcome.  Come for the fun on Saturday.  Includes meals, crop space, make 'n takes, and a 20% discount on any purchases you make that day.


Come for a partial day for only $20. This gets you personal crop space, access to the shop tools, and a 10% discount on any purchases made that day.  Send in the registration form with your crop session choice marked.  Join us for a meal ($15) Reservation required.

What Exactly Goes on at the Spring Fling Retreat?

We've had a few questions of what exactly happens at one of our retreats. 
 Well, a lot of fun, for one!  But besides that you can click below for a rough run down of what we do at a retreat.   Give us a call at 641-456-6305 if you'd like more information and we'll gush our excitement, and share a few testimonials :-)

What to Expect
When you attend one of our retreats
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Workshop #1: Time Flies Altered Clock

Workshop #1: Time Flies Altered Clock
10:00 AM Saturday April 9th, 2011    $35

Time Flies Clock

 Alter a blank wooden clock with Anna Griffin's Elsie's Kitchen line.  
You'll frame three of your favorite vintage photos on the clock face.  
A perfect kitschy kitchen clock even for the Queen of Take Out. 

Workshop #2: Nature Walk Letterpress Box

Workshop #2: Nature Walk Letterpress Box
2:00 PM  Saturday April 9th, 2011   $45

Feather your nest with a pretty box filled with treasures gathered from your fondest memories and places.  This is a nice deep letterpress tray that can hold lots of goodies.  Weather permitting, we'll go on a nature walk to gather items for your box or in case of April showers we'll go visit our favorite local antique store for vintage treats to embellish with.  Two themes to choose from: Empress or Dollface

Empress Letterpress Box 
inspired by the old camel back trunk that was full of attic treasures you found one rainy spring day.

Dollface Letterpress Box
inspired by the cheery kitchen where you dyed easter eggs as a little tike.

Friday, February 4, 2011

What Exactly Goes on at the Retreats?

We've had a few questions of what exactly happens at one of our retreats.   Well, a lot of fun, for one!  But besides that is a rough run down of what we do at a retreat.   Give us a call at 641-456-6305 if you'd like more information and we'll gush our excitement, and share a few testimonials :-)

What to Expect
When you attend one of our retreats

Before you come: Give us a call at 641-456-6305 or come by the shop to register.

First thing Friday:  Come on in the barn and say Hi!

     Donya and Michelle will be on hand to help you get settled from about 2 PM on :-)  Then we'll show you what room you'll be staying in.  Your name will be on the door of your room for easy reference if you get lost (hehe)  The Dairy Barn has 8 guest rooms, each with a private bathroom.  If you are sharing a room- let us know your room mate preference and we'll make sure you and your slumber party pal are in the same room.  Most rooms have one queen size bed in them, except Ferdinand (1 bunk bed, 1 queen) and Rosie (1 fold out single, 1 queen)  For an additional fee, the B&B will put a fold out bed in another room.

      There will be a goodie bag for you in your room.  After you've put your suitcase in your room and finished tearing through your goodie bag like a kid on Christmas Morning, you'll come downstairs, check out the available tools, and survey the tables for the perfect work spot.  Spread your stuff out and get comfy!  This will be your very own spot for the whole weekend.

      The first night everybody gets set up and works on their own projects until supper at 6 PM.   After supper, we have show and tell.  Everyone brings out something they've made to show, we tell a few jokes, and we give away a few door prizes.  There's no curfew, stay up as late as you like working on your projects.  


      Saturday Morning at 7 am we have coffee, muffins, an Early Bird Make 'n Take for early risers.  At 9 AM we have breakfast and then break off into two groups.  One group heads off to their spots for some more paper fun and the other group heads off upstairs for the optional morning class.  A shuttle van will go down to the shop for a supply run for those running low on glue and sundries.  12 PM we'll break for leisurely lunch.

      Saturday Afternoon we'll break up into two groups again for the afternoon workshop and scrap time.  Snacks will be available underneath the stairs for a mid afternoon stretch.  Hopefully the weather will be nice and we can take a walk in the countryside of a have a cup of tea on the patio.  Another shuttle van will go down to the shop for a supply run for those running low on glue and sundries.  When it returns those interested in taking a field trip will head off to the Schoolhouse Antique Shop just up the road for vintage treasures to enhance their projects.

     Saturday Night we'll have supper at 6 PM and open crop.  At 9 PM we'll have a coffee, cookies, and a Night Owl Make 'n Take.


     Sunday Morning we'll have Brunch all day so you can get up as early or late as you like.  Open Crop until check out at 3 PM.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Super Bowl Sale

Saturday February 5th and Super Bowl Sunday February 6th

A Super Bowl Sale is here this weekend! 50% Off  merchandise located in big old salad bowls all around the shop, plus the grand unveiling of our new "El Cheapo" bargain corner!

Bring us your favorite salad recipe this weekend and get a free gift!  We need something to put in all those bowls after you empty them!

Christmas Layout

February 5th 

10AM $20

Put the "glitter" into your Christmas layout featuring Glittered Twinkle Types! And to make your layout perfect we chose "Gingerbread Lane" Collections by Reminisce! Bring 2-4x6 christmas photos and basic tool kit.

Love Notes Mini Mailbox & Mini Cards

February 5th 
2PM $15

Turn this ordinary mini mailbox into an adorable "Love box" for your secret admirers! which features the Sweethearts Cricut Cartridge!! So just bring your basic tool kit, glue & foam dots, Vintage Photo, Spun Sugar and Worn Lipstick Distress Inks!

Basic Layouts: Sugar Rush

February 13th
$15.00 2:00 PM
Using papers and embellishments from the Sugar Rush collection, this class kit teaches students how to use BasicGrey's newest embellishments including Varnish Stickers, Writer's Block and Bloomers.  Kit will also include instructions for three FREE greeting cards using leftover product from kit.

February Copic Basics Workshop

February 14th
2:00 PM $10.00

Learn the basics of coloring with Copic Markers and take home a completed card and a FREE new Copic Marker of your choice.

Fresh & Lovely Layout

February 19th     

10AM     $20

Join us on Feb. 19th, when we will be swarming with the "Backroads Chirps" as they create this beautiful "Fresh & Lovely"  layout featuring flowers and butterflies from Walk in my Garden, Give a Hoot, and Country Life's Cricut cartridges!  Start spring out in style! Bring your basic tool kit, sanding block, Xyron 510 sticker machine, and a 4x4 photo.  

To Die For: Sweetness Basket

February 24th
2:00 PM $10.00

Make a sweet little basket using Spellbinders Label dies, hand dyed crinkle ribbon and pretty felted Pink Paislee stickers.  Everything is pre-cut, so no die cutting machine is necessary for class.  This a great class series for beginner die cutters and former Wizard Academy members looking to learn new things to do with their dies.