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Friday, October 7, 2011

Retreat Journals and Goodie Bags with Art Philosophy

Sorry I have been MIA lately - I've just been a busy little bee running from one event to another! Last weekend our church had their women's retreat at a cabin up in the mountains of Snowshoe, WV. Believe it or not, it actually SNOWED while we were there!!

We had such a great time together! I love my RRC Sistas!

I was asked to make 35 goodie bags and journals again this year, so of course I had to incorporate our Art Philosophy cricut cartridge! I don't make anything anymore without it! LOL!

We studied a book called Weird - Because Normal isn't Working by Craig Groeschel. After last weekend, I really want to be WEIRD! The more weird, the better!

So back to the artwork - For the journal I used a few different shapes from the cricut cartridge for the journal cover (scalloped border, ticket frame, bracket shape). I added a sparkle on the "i" dot and prisma glitter on the ticket frame.
The bag is a plain white craft bag from Michael's but I added one of our cricut shapes along with a fleur de lis image, raised with 3-D foam tape and covered with glitter of course! I tied a little black tulle to the handle and inserted a silver pencil with a sparkle on top!

Inside the bag, aside from the journal, was a goodie bag tied with a coordinating fleur de lis tag. I have always LOVED how Close To My Heart products coordinate and this Art Philosophy cartridge is no exception!

And for the final touch, each bag included a box with one Raspberry Truffle (pureed raspberries are added to a ganache of Swiss dark chocolate and fresh cream to create this favorite. Presented in a milk chocolate heart-shaped shell) made by Holl's Swiss Chocolatier of Viena, West Virginia.

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