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Sunday, June 23, 2013

Another Granada Getaway

Hi all - yikes, can't believe it's been 2 months since my last post!  Last weekend some crafting friends and I went to the Granada Getaway in southern MN off I-90 near Fairmont.  This was my 3rd time at this event to benefit a Relay for Life team, lead by our friend Karen.  I had to miss last year due to a chorus retreat but when I arrived it was like old home week - I was so glad to be with these 14 other enthusiastic paper crafters!!

I drove my own car with trunk and back seat full of stuff - of course, I didn't use all of it but it was there just in case!!  I wasn't as productive as 2 years ago but I managed to finish 13 cards.  Here are some of them:
productive weekend

The facility is so comfortable, both for crafting and for living - cushy beds, big kitchen, lots of craft space & tools.  This year each subgroup prepared a meal for the entire group.  We Twin Cities girls - Bonnie, Julie, Sandy & I - made brunch on Sunday, including 2 eggs bakes, a fabulous fruit/lettuce/granola salad, croissants, and OJ or mimosa depending on how soon one had to drive :)  Thought I'd share the recipe I made - modified from one that Bonnie found:

Egg Bake with Hash Browns
30 oz bag of frozen hash browns (shredded style)
1/2 pint half & half
1 dozen eggs
1 lb ham cubed (I used a 1/4 inch thick slice from the packaged meat dept)
salt and pepper to taste
2 cups shredded cheese (I used a cheddar/cojack mix)

Butter (or spray with Pam) a 9x13x2 baking dish.  Line bottom of pan with hash browns.  Crack open eggs and place atop hash browns; break the yolks but don't scramble.  Add desired salt and pepper, then top with 1/2 the cheese.  Pour half & half over this mixture, then add meat and the rest of the cheese.  Cover and refrigerate overnight.  Next morning, bake about 40 minutes at 350F.

I'm sure you could add lots of other things depending on your tastes - mushrooms, switch the ham with sausage or bacon, etc.

Back to the cardmaking - my masterpiece, according to the crafting girls, for the weekend was this flower basket card.

flower basket
My friend Julie found the basket stamp at a thrift sale - it just says by Judith on the side.  I googled and found it here.  I remember meeting Judith and Heather at the Bloomington Rubber Stamp Show last year, now that I think of it!  They have tons of cute basket stamps and many other categories as well.  I stamped the basket on kraft card stock and embellished with brown markers. 

I stamped the dogwoods from the Hero Arts/Sizzix set Antique Flowers and Butterflies three times on a pinkish Basic Grey paper, then trimmed them out and arranged in the basket.  I added some highlights with markers.  The dimension on the handle was achieved with foam tape; I also put some behind some of the flowers.  The tag was cut from a Spellbinders label set and stamped with a sentiment from Hero Arts clear set It's your Day.

I also made my Father's Day card at the Getaway.

Happy Fathers Day
I used a fun Stamp & Cut Hero Art's set for Archiver's featuring four ties with a matching tie die cut.  I put a diecut tie on the inside of the card but simply stamped the four ties on patterned paper for the card front.  The cute banner and sentiment comes from Lawn Fawn.  The patterned paper came from a 6x6 pad by Basic Grey called Hey You.

After the Getaway brunch I headed to my parents' house for Father's Day dinner.  Here I am with my sweet Dad - he loved his card, of course!

Thanks for stopping!  Hope you had a crafty weekend!!


joy said...

WOW! 13 cards is a great accomplishment. And, they all look so pretty, too. I like your basket card with the pretty dogwood blossoms. The recipe sounds yummy. Sounds like you had a wonderful time.

Great picture of you and your Dad. Thanks for sharing.

Dawn Turley said...

what a productive weekend Linda Some awesome cards. The flowers in the basket are delightful.

Barb said...

Love that photo of you and your dad, Linda! It sure sounds like you had a fabulous time on the getaway! Awesome job making 13 cards - and the gals were correct - that basket card is gorgeous! :)

Cat Craig said...

Linda it sounds like a fun get away. The basket card is wonderful! You rocked it! Glad you had time with your dad on Father's Day. Looking forward to more of the cards.

Cindy C. said...

Hi Linda, 13 cards are productive!! The basket of flowers is beautiful and Father's Day card is great!! Thanks for sharing.

Heather Maria said...

Linda, I enjoyed seeing photos from your retreat and hearing more about it! Well done to you for being so productive over that weekend! I saw some of your gorgeous cards over on Flickr but am delighted to see even more of them here:)Yummy, yummy your egg bake sound delicious - can't wait to try it! Love the great photo of your and your dad! Thanks for sharing!

Brenda said...

Sounds like you had a wonderful time and you were certainly very productive Linda, producing some masterpieces for sure!

Greta said...

Boy does that sound like a lot of fun! You made some wonderful cards, too!

Virginia L. said...

You are a busy bee, Linda! Love all of your cards! And your photo with your Dad is precious!