Monday, May 16, 2011

Cowgirl Chunky ATC

Suzannes Project PWA RoundUP sm

The Pennywise Arts annual retreats are always a “shoebox party” which means everyone that attends brings the components of a specific project to share and we all move around the room making each project over the course of the weekend.  It’s really a great way to get to try new products and techniques!

This year I decided to share my first chunky atc!  I really like the chunky aspect because it opens so many doors for embellishing.  I also like that it’s something that can stand alone on display rather than get tucked into a collection binder.

I apologize in advance because I’m going to be teasing you just a little by sharing this project.  A couple of the items are brand new and not even on our website yet. 

The focus on my chunky atc is the shaker box window filled with a mix of micro beads.  The window is a clear plastic bubble that comes with a strip of adhesive on the edges.  We just got in a case of many different shapes and sizes of windows and this was my first sample using one.  Several members of our design team are hard at work making samples with them so we’ll have more to share soon.

Inside the window is an image from a new collage sheet created by Michele Aiello-Zendejas of Swing Shift Designs.  I love these sheets and look forward to sharing the western collection with you soon!

Since it’s a perfect fit for the Cowboys and Cowgirls challenge on Gingersnap, I’m sharing this project with the gals over there! Gingersnap Creations Chestnut Theme Challenge - Cowboys and Cowgirls  Check it out for lots of fun wild west inspiration!  (I even recognize an artist or two there as PWA Beadie Buddies!  Ü)


Hugs,  Sheriff Suzanne

PWA Retreat Recap

let ter buck big PWA

It’s hard to believe that another retreat has come and gone.  This was our 8th event celebrating our 8th year in the bead biz.  Wow!

Twenty-two ladies converged on The Big House LodgeBig House  in

Cle Elum, WA where the accommodations were just perfect for our crafty gang.   Everyone loved the sleeping wing that was secluded and quiet.  Chowtime was fun!  We had a mess hall that could seat us all together separate from the rest of the house.  Having the meals catered was new for us and we definitely plan to do that again!   Jorge and Vicki Chow really did a nice job and we were all well fed.  Thank you!!Cinnamon Buns

Then there was the great room which we decked out for a weekend of shoebox projects and kept open 24 hours a day.  morning!  Crafting


What girls only event would be complete without a SHOPPING trip?  Even a tiny town like Cle Elum has it’s own rubberstamp and scrapbook store!  Ruby of Ruby’s spoiled usShopping all rotten with

yummy treats, a store discount, goodie bags AND a very generous gift basket donated to our event and awarded to Kris D.!  If you’re ever in Cle Elum, WA Ruby’s is a must stop store!

Entertainment seems to happen spontaneously with this group of gals and the echoes of laughter rang throughout the house all weekend long.Amanda

Great food, great fun and great projects made for an amazing and memorable weekend!  Thanks to all who came to spend the weekend with me!!







Hope to see ya’ll next time!

Hugs, Suzanne