Whatever Craft House - Creative Soul Camp

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that I recently visited the Whatever Craft House in Newton, Kansas for the Creative Soul Camp retreat with Stephanie Ackerman. 

“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”
‭‭-Philippians‬ ‭4:8‬

It was so fun getting to know Christian women from around the United States and having the common connection of Christ spark great friendships. 


My roommates (Ruthie and Gayle) and I shared the “pink room,” and as it turns out Gayle and I live pretty close to each other, what are the odds?!


The house is a super cute and over 100 years old. Here's a peek around it:



Meg cooked some delicious meals and gave us lots of treats. (I through my “no refined sugar” out the window as to not be a stick in the mud, but I'm trying to get back on track now that I'm back home. Summer is so hard!





We went antiquing, and I found some great sheet music from a used book store to use for art projects. If I had a way to get home some bigger things it may have been bad. There was so many great finds at Bearly Makin’ It Antiques Mill. Oh, and I bought some fabric. Beautiful fabric! Definitely stop by Charlotte's Sew Natural if you're ever in Newton, KS.


Oh, and of course we did some crafts.  ;)  I didn't take many photos of it though since I was busy creating at the time.

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So needless to say, we had fun!


Quilted Rhinestone Decor

Rhinestone Decor

I love the way this project turned out. It's such a fun addition to my art studio and a great way to use up any scraps you have laying around.



(Note: I used pieces of fabric that were longer than 8" and then trimmed them down, but the correct measurements are listed in the instructions for my 4 ½” x 6 ½” frame...if you use a different size frame adjust your fabric sizes accordingly.)

  1. Select two strips of fabric and pin or clip the right sides together. Sew a ¼” seam down one of the long edges. Open and press the seams down with an iron. Rhinestone 1
    Rhinestone 1
  2. Select another strip of fabric and pin or clip it the right side to the right side of one of the previously sewn strips. Rhinestone 3
  3. You should now have three strips of fabric sewn together. Trim the two edge strips in half.  Rhinestone3b
    Rhinestone3bAnd then trim your joined fabric to  4" x 4" Rhinestone3d
  4. Decide which fabric pieces to use for each of the edges and then continue to sew on strips around the edges of the three strip piece using the same method of pinning the right sides together, sewing the edge with a ¼” seam and then pressing the seam open. Rhinestone 4
  5. Prepare a piece of fabric for the rhinestone by cutting it to about 6 ½” x  2½”. Fray the edges if desired. Set aside.  Rhinestone 5b
  6. Download the free rhinestone cut file and open it up on your ScanNCut machine. Rhinestone 6
    Rhinestone 6
  7. Open the Rhinestone Kit and remove the black fuzzy template material. Apply that to the cutting mat, fuzzy side up. Rhinestone 9
  8. Cut out the “create” rhinestone design. Be sure to do a test cut if you are not sure what blade setting to use. Rhinestone 12
  9. Remove the material from the mat, trim down if necessary, and separate just the corner of material from the backing. While firmly holding down the backing, quickly pull off the material. If any circle remain in the fabric, poke them out. Rhinestone 13
    Rhinestone 13
  10. Place the Rhinestone Kit lid down onto your work surface and place the reusable backing board, shiny side up into the lid. Adhere the template you just created onto the backing board. Rhinestone 15
  11. Sprinkle the rhinestones onto the template. Rhinestone 16
  12. Use the brush in a circular pattern over the rhinestones to move them into position. Rhinestone 17
  13. Cut a piece of transfer tape to size, remove the backing, and press it firmly onto the rhinestones. Rhinestone 18
    Rhinestone 18
  14. Lift the transfer tape up to remove the rhinestones from the template. Rhinestone 20a

  15. Place the transfer tape with rhinestones on top of the previously prepared fabric piece. Rhinestone 20b
  16. Following the package instructions, iron on the rhinestones and allow it to cool. Rhinestone 20c
  17. Carefully peel up the transfer tape. Rhinestone 20d
  18. Place the rhinestone fabric piece into the center of your quilted piece. Using the embroidery thread, hand stitch around the rhinestone fabric to secure it in place. Rhinestone 21
    Rhinestone 21
  19. Place the fabric piece face down on your worksurface. Center the batting on top of it. Center the chipboard on top of that. Fold the fabric and batting edges around the chipboard and tape or glue into place. If desired, cover the backside of the piece with a piece of cardstock. Rhinestone 25
    Rhinestone 25
  20. Slide the piece into the frame. Rhinestone 27
  21. Embellish with decorate stick pins. Rhinestone 28
    Rhinestone 28

Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 



Create a Customized Tea Party.

299101C6-9E51-4AD9-B51D-B12425457AE1I knew when I found this plain children’s tea set that it would be cute to add some vinyl designs to.  It’s easy to layer colored vinyl to create custom designs. -Top the teapot off with some flowers from CanvasWorkspace and it’s great fun for your next tea party.





Follow the written instructions below or follow along with the video instructions here:


  1. In CanvasWorkspace, download the flowers from the “Flower Patterned Tumbler”.   20797D8F-BC01-4A6D-BABB-92A30B9716EB
    Using ScanNCut Transfer or a USB thumb drive, load the flower designs onto your ScanNCut.  Resize the flowers to fit onto the cup and tea pot if needed.  Load white craft vinyl onto the mat, insert it into your ScanNCut machine and cut out 4 of the “open” flowers.
  2. Next, cut out the “closed” flowers out of pink craft vinyl.
  3. Weed out the negative parts of the vinyl designs. B71A823F-3F8D-4712-9571-E2074CB28921
  4. Since the flowers are so small they are easy to pick up like a sticker and layer for placement onto the child size tea set. (TIP: If you are creating larger designs, use transfer tape to layer the vinyl designs.). Place the white “sticker” over the pink one.
    299101C6-9E51-4AD9-B51D-B12425457AE1Then transfer the whole flower “sticker” onto the cup or teapot. 
    299101C6-9E51-4AD9-B51D-B12425457AE1 Continue until all the pieces have been layered and applied to the tea set.EEB5B8E1-3560-4ECB-8309-95F24F167F5E
  5. Next, create the doilies by downloading the doily from the Tattered Lace Pattern Collection 1 onto your ScanNCut. 0D9B24C9-BDBB-4E0F-A19E-79AEC36D5CF1
     Resize it if needed and then cut it out of white cardstock.

    Use the “open” flower from the Flower Patterned Tumbler as a doily for the saucers. EEB5B8E1-3560-4ECB-8309-95F24F167F5E
  6. Place the remaining colored cardstock onto your craft mat so you can cut out the flowers to go into the tea pot.  

    On your ScanNCut (or in Canvas Workspace) lay out flowers and leaves from the “Mother’s Day Pop-up Card Box” so that they coordinate with where you placed the cardstock  on the cutting mat.  9EA76AA4-36A2-4DD4-800A-A07373A7C3CD
  7. Assemble the flowers by layering them with adhesive.

    Plce the green rectangle into the teapot and mark were it comes out of the top of the teapot. Place the assembled flowers on the top of the green rectangle above the “top of the teapot” mark. Use foam adhesive on some of the flowers to vary the depth. EEB5B8E1-3560-4ECB-8309-95F24F167F5E
    Fold the leaves on the score marks and then adhere them onto the rectangle.EEB5B8E1-3560-4ECB-8309-95F24F167F5E
    Adhere the pearl and bling embellishments to the center of the flowers. 29E17EEF-F1FE-4BE5-848E-C6CF9CAD930E
  8. Place the flowers into the teapot and enjoy your tea party with your favorite little ones.




Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony). 


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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.


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Disclosure: Erin is a paid consultant and has received  products from Brother to evaluate. However, the opinions expressed are entirely her own and based on her use of the products.

This post contains affiliate links. If you buy from these links it won't cost you a penny more but Erin will make a little bit of money (not enough for a pony).