*virtual* Creative Journey Art Retreat

June 3 & 4, 2023

registration is OPEN here

In 2014, I started hosting Art Retreats in Providence Rhode Island in my 900-square-foot loft apartment, and when I moved back to Cape Cod I found an amazing space and continued hosting them at Cape Space. I found the perfect space to host the art retreats on Cape Cod and I couldn’t have been happier! Throughout the pandemic even though we couldn’t craft together in person- I didn’t let that stop us! I started hosting  *virtual* Creative Journey Art Retreats! I am looking forward to hosting in-person events again, but virtual events will always be a part of my teaching line-up! How cool is it that creative peeps worldwide are now able to take part?!

There will be an in-person Creative Journey Art Retreat in November 2023! I have found a new space to be able to accommodate more people! More details soon!

Creative Journey: a virtual art retreat from the comfort of your home

What is a virtual Creative Journey Art Retreat?

This is a dedicated creative time that will be hosted on YouTube in private videos. You can also join my {creative chick} studio share Facebook group to connect with other attendees, but that is not required. Attendees will get a carefully created kit delivered to their door. It will be filled with card kit supplies (pre-stamped and die-cut elements) as well as goodies (stamps, dies, stencils, etc) from our fabulous sponsors. During the retreat, you will be creating a stack of inspiring cards following my guidance. This retreat is open to all levels of cardmakers although it is encouraged that you have a basic understanding of cardmaking (how to stamp an image, die-cut, stencil, etc).

I will go LIVE in private YouTube videos at the specified class times listed. With the kit that is shipped to you and the supplies you have gathered ahead of time, you will be able to create right along with me as I teach. You will be able to comment, ask questions, and interact with other students. If you happen to miss the live broadcast, or if you want to rewatch it, it will be permanently on the event resource page.

I have been hosting art retreats for 9 years and teaching papercrafting classes for 20+ years. With all these years of experience, I can promise you I work hard to make this virtual event amazing!

Anyone who likes to play with paper wants to be inspired, enjoys learning new techniques, or just wants some “me” time, this event is for YOU!  The fee for the event is $175 +shipping. This includes some products from the sponsors, your carefully created card kits for at least 12 cards, and 2 full days of creative class time. I plan on shipping kits at least two weeks before the event. If you live outside the US, I can not guarantee that the kit will arrive in time, however, many people outside of the US have participated and gotten their kits in time. You also can always watch the replay videos and direct any questions at a later time.

Date & Location

This event will be held on YouTube with private videos.  The event is on June 3-4, 2023. On Saturday we will run 10a – 1p, break for lunch and come back 2p-5p. Sunday we will run 10a-1p break for lunch and come back 2p-5p. All times are ET. You can check out the world clock here to figure out what time that means for you. And remember, a replay for all videos will be available!


  • Registration is open here
  • This event has limited registration because we are shipping kits out. I have increased the number of kits available, but I still anticipate the event will sell out quickly. I suggest you set an alarm and plan to be on my site, ready to register at the time of registration opening.
  • I encourage you to create an account on my site now, or if you already have an account be sure you know your password so that won’t slow down your checkout process. Also be sure to fill out all of your information ahead of time (first name, last name, shipping, etc). You can do that here: www.shurkus.com/my-account
  • You can register for a friend at the same time you are registering for yourself. Choose the qty of people you are registering and fill out their name, mailing, email address
  • I have recently upgraded my website and invested in upgraded systems to help with the large surge in traffic to this website during registration, but there is still a chance of the website having technical difficulties. Please know if this happens, I am aware of it and I will be working hard to fix it. Keep refreshing the page until it works again, thank you for your patience.
  • Once registration sells out, the opportunity to purchase the event resources will be available. By purchasing the resources only you will then gain access to the event handouts, coloring guides, and replays of the videos on June 6, 2023.


$175 price Includes:

  • 10+ hours of instruction, and craft time
  • goodies from our sponsors that we will use to create our cards, valued at $100+
  • at least 12 handmade cards will be created. The cards you will be creating will be designed with some products from the sponsors listed below
  • everything needed to create all the cards will be provided (except for a few adhesives, ink pads, and basic supplies, a basic supply list will be provided to attendees soon)
  • 15+ page retreat handout which includes images of all the cards, including detail shots, and supplies listed per card
  • Copic coloring guides for the images we will be coloring with Copic markers (If you do not have Copic markers you can choose to color with a different medium and you will still find the coloring guides helpful)
  • special discounts for shopping with the sponsors


  • Avery Elle
  • Colorado Craft Company
  • Creative Chick Co
  • Gina K Designs
  • Hero Arts
  • Honeybee Stamps
  • Lawn Fawn
  • Newton’s Nook
  • Pinkfresh Studio
  • Purple Onion Designs
  • Ranger
  • Simon Says Stamp
  • Stampers Anonymous
  • Tim Holtz
  • Trinity Stamps

Supplies Needed

You will need a few basic supplies such as a few adhesives, ink pads, a coloring medium (I will be demonstrating with Copic markers), and basic supplies. A supply list will be provided to attendees soon. Many things can be substituted and quite a few items are optional.

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  • Due to the nature of this event, there are no refunds. Once you register and pay you are given access to the retreat resource page. You are provided the website and exclusive links so there are no refunds. If you are unable to attend the event LIVE you will be able to watch the replays.
  • The event resource page and event videos are exclusive to event attendees it goes without saying this should not be shared with others. When the event sells out, crafty friends can still sign up for the event resources at a discounted rate and will then have access to these resources as well. I keep events and class fees affordable, I would hope you support me in not sharing this information. Thank you!

How this will work

Once you have purchased this online event, you can access the event resource page by logging into your account www.shurkus.com/my-account and choosing “my classes & events” and then clicking the event name. You can join the private Facebook group if you would like, the link to it is on the event resource page. Being part of the Facebook group is optional, and is not required to be able to participate in the event. Please note it may take time to be approved into the Facebook group as this is a manual process that is done by Jenn. When requesting to join the private Facebook group, please be sure to answer the 3 questions, this will help me verify that you are signed up.

Your order will not be processed until your package has shipped, however, you can see your order by logging into your account and choosing “orders”.

On the event resource page, you will find a downloadable class supply list, which will be posted soon.


Q: What is the cost of the event?
A: $175 + shipping

Q: Can I purchase more than one ticket?
A: Yes, you can purchase more than one seat in the event. Then please email jenn@shurkus.com any additional mailing addresses and email addresses she will need.

Q: How long will you have access to the class:
A: Indefinitely (as long as YouTube is around)

Q: I don’t have Facebook. How can I join the class?
A: You don’t need Facebook to be able to access the event videos, and LIVEs

Q: I don’t have all the supplies listed.
A: You can always substitute for similar items, or leave something out.

Q: Your class is at 12 pm Eastern time, but I live in England. What time will your class air?
A: Go to World Clock and personalize the clocks at the top with New York time and your local time.

Q: I never got the confirmation email.
A: Your order will not process until the event box has shipped. Some communication emails end up in your Spam or Social folders. If you can’t find it, you can log into your account here, go to “my classes & events” and access the class resource page that way. If you still need help email Jenn (jenn@shurkus.com)

Q: I took one online live class. Will your next class go to the same group?
A: No, each class, or event will have its own unique links and Facebook groups. You must sign up for each class separately.

Q: Where do I find the video?
A: On the event resource page you will have access to the private YouTube links, and at the time of the event (or after the event) access the videos from those.

Q: What payment options do you offer?
A: We accept credit cards and PayPal.

Q: Can I have a refund for the class
A: Unfortunately, since you have already gained access to the event resource page, being provided the private links there are no refunds. If you can not attend the event during the scheduled time you will have access to the replays of the videos, the handouts, etc.

Q: I have technical problems!
A: Email Jenn and she will do her best to help. However, if she is in the middle of the LIVE she obviously will not be able to get back to you until after. Note that the videos will work well on your computer with a high-speed internet connection. They are not guaranteed to work on tablets, but we have tested them on our iPad and they worked well.

Q: In what language is the event?
A: The classes are in English. There is no written transcript of the videos.

Note:  Your order will not be processed until your package has shipped. You can find your receipt within your account here on this site. www.shurkus.com/my-account once logged in, go to “orders”. You can also choose “my classes & events to access the class resource page. If you need help simply email Jenn (jenn@shurkus.com)