Sunday, July 22, 2018

As I ready for my Fallbrook card making class this morning, I'm aware of two things -- how grateful I am for the opportunity to share my passion for paper crafts and especially card making, and for my summer break, which wraps up today.

I enjoyed my crafty jaunts during my break -- Milwaukee (Gina K and Village Paper & Ink) and the Bay Area (Hero Arts and 30 Day Coloring Challenge Road Trip and time with my bestie). These past several weeks have also allowed me to enjoy being a bit of a homebody, taking time to relax and enjoy being at home, but also to really spend quality time crafting.

Lovely Legs/Girlfriends & Coffee from Colorado Craft Company

Be grateful for time, friends and family, health, and your passion for your craft. Life is good.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2018


Hey there -- long time, no see! I'm on summer vacay for a few weeks and started it off with a trip to Milwaukee. Mike loves to visit MLB ballparks and I've wanted to visit Village Paper & Ink for a while, so we wrapped those up in a nice little vacation bundle and headed to Milwaukee.

Can't you just see Laverne & Shirley arm in arm here?!

We stayed at the Brewhouse Inn, a boutique hotel in a renovated building in the original Pabst Brewery. Check out these copper brewing kettles -- these are what we saw outside our room on the second floor.

We took a couple city tours, one of which was a food tour -- so fun! We walked around the Old World Third Street area and the Riverwalk and enjoyed some yummy food.

Milwaukee Brat House
Beer, brats and's what's for dinner! We went to a few baseball games at the Brewers' fantastic stadium with a retractable roof, which was very convenient since it rained some days, but was sunny and gorgeous another.

OK, now on to the main attraction (for me at least!) I took the rental car and made the short trip to Greendale. The weather was fantastic that Saturday... almost like it was made to order. Gina Krupsky, owner of our fave Gina K Designs, has a brick and mortar store in the historic village of Greendale and it is one of the very best local scrapbook stores I've ever visited!

Here's a quick video of the inside of Village Paper and Ink -- I hope it works!

I had the pleasure of taking a Distress Oxide Ink class taught by Emily Schroepfer. She did a great job explaining about the ink, making color choices for blending, and several other great tips. We created two different backgrounds for three cards. I had such a great time doing that and visiting with my classmates.

Emily Schroepfer

A couple of my table mates ... we had a great time!
The classroom was very high tech making it easy to see Emily demonstrate the techniques.

Here's what I created in class, as well as the finished projects.

After class I leisurely lingered in the store and picked up a few (ha!) things. Emily, her sister Hannah, and the rest of the Village crew were so helpful, patient and kind. Emily even autographed one of her stamp sets I purchased! I walked down to Ferch's Malt Shop for lunch and a treat...a peanut butter sundae made with frozen custard.

Later that afternoon the store hosted their weekly Scrappy Hour, where customers can stop by and create a fun card while enjoying lemonade and cookies, and fabulous live music by Gina's husband Tom -- he was really, really good! Here's the Scrappy Hour card we made:

After I left Village Paper & Ink I drove around the neighborhood and checked out the adorable homes, all the green grass and trees (being from CA where it's pretty brown most of the time), and snapped a few pics of the area. It was almost like a New England village that Norman Rockwell might have painted...and here's the proof!

Unfortunately Gina was in Virginia that day at the Scrapbook Expo, but I hope to go back in the near future and enjoy this little slice of creative Americana again! If you ever get the chance, make the trek because it's definitely worth it!

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