Wednesday, October 16, 2013

EPA Presents: Steampunk Soiree 2014!

First of all, a HUGE thank you to everyone who attended the Epic Paper Arts launch party - you made it such a fun evening and a tremendous success! We're thrilled so many of you have already decided to join us on this epic adventure.

Epic Paper Arts

Last Thursday, I had the honor and pleasure of hosting the launch of a new event and retreat company: Epic Paper Arts.
Epic Paper Arts is dedicated to bringing you the highest quality retreats, classes and events celebrating paper crafting and memory keeping. We'll be partnering with the finest artists and educators, hosting at luxurious venues in world class cities and introducing creative products from innovative manufacturers to guide you on an epic adventure in memory keeping. Join us for our debut event: Steampunk Soiree promises to be a legendary weekend of artful crafting, community and lots, and lots of cake!
To see a recording of the epic launch party, click here or watch the video below: EPA Launch Party.

Here's a screenshot of the broadcast from ArteDar (Darlene Mariano) - thanks, Dar!

Steampunk Soiree

Join three amazing designers on a remarkable adventure from July 31, 2014 through August 3, 2014. Steampunk Soiree is three nights, three days and one epic adventure!
In this luxury event, Epic Paper Arts will ensure your every need is fulfilled. Join us at the Hyatt Dulles from 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, July 31, 2014 through 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 3, 2014. Generous crop space, gorgeous facilities and premium classes await you.
When you join Epic Paper Arts on an adventure, you can expect to pampered with:

Three nights in a premium hotel suite
Complimentary ground transportation to the hotel from Washington International Airport Dulles
Welcome reception Thursday with dessert bar
Steampunk cake designed by Charm City Cakes
Saturday night ice cream sundae bar
Breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snacks from Friday morning through Sunday afternoon
24-hour beverage bar (water, iced tea and Pepsi products)
Three premium classes with VIP instructors
3'x6' of personal cropping space
24-hour cropping
Die-cutting station and computer+printer for journaling and titles
On-site scrapbook boutique
Steampunk costume party
Steampunk fashion show with cash prizes for best costumes
Body artist to add drama to your Steampunk costume
Photo booth
Complimentary Internet access in both your suite and the crop space
Access to a massage therapist (additional fee applies)
Commemorative apron
Swag bag

Meet the Instructors

Four classes are included in your ticket price from three premium designers and instructors. You will enjoy one class taught by all three of our instructors, as well as one break out session with each instructor. All your supplies are included - you just need to pack your tool bag!
Known as the "Paper Phenomenon" for her amazing projects and innovative paper-crafting techniques, Kathy Orta Files is a published author, experienced educator and creative inspiration. A love for paper crafting and home décor started her on a journey of creating unique scrapbooks and paper crafts that can be enjoyed in homes as decorative accents. With years of experience in the paper-crafting field, Kathy has created many 3-D projects, home décor pieces, custom mini albums and more than 100 educational classes.

Kathy has designed for Cricut, by Provo Craft, for shows and TV events, for Tim Holtz's various show booths at CHA, Annie's Online Classes and now Epic Paper Arts.

You can see Kathy's work on her website: Paper Phenomenon.
Full of Southern charm, Jim Hankins is truly a Gentleman Crafter!  He dazzles and entertains weekly on his live Takeout Tuesday web classes. Known for creating intricate 3-D art projects and his use of innovative mixed media techniques, Jim has designed projects for Graphic 45 and for Tim Holtz and Dyan Reaveley of Ranger Industries.

An avid blogger, YouTube instructor and educator at large, Jim loves traveling the country, teaching classes online and in person and reaching out to fellow crafters to share his love of techniques and album construction.

You can see Jim's work on his website: The Gentleman Crafter.
A professional scrapbooker, mixed media paper artist and brilliant educator, Kathryn Krieger creates unique works of art and practical tutorials to inspire paper crafters and memory keepers. Known for her fun and entertaining teaching style, her educational videos have been viewed millions of times by crafters all over the world.

Kathryn utilizes the resources of the Internet and modern technology to bring crafters together online for community building and education. She hosts regular live web broadcasts and maintains a lively message board where crafters can connect with each other and share their works of art.

You can see Kathryn's work on her website: Kathryn Scraps.


Ready to pack your bag and come to Steampunk Soiree 2014? Click here to visit our website and sign up for the event: Register.
There are two types of tickets available, and each type of ticket has two payment options.
Double Occupancy
Share a room with a friend from home, or make a new one! This price includes all amenities, classes, meals and lodging. After check-out, you'll be directed to a registration page where you can specify your roommate, if desired. If you will be unaccompanied, you will be assigned a roommate by the event coordinator. These rooms are likely to sell out fast, due to limited availability at the Hyatt.
Reserve your double occupancy room today with a single payment of $995.00, or with seven easy payments of just $143.00* a month. These prices are per attendee.
Single Occupancy
Relax at the end of a day of crafting and chatting in the comfort and quiet of your own room! This price includes all amenities, classes, meals and lodging. Select this option if you'd like to bring a husband or other family member to enjoy the Washington, DC area while you craft the day away.
Reserve your single occupancy room today with a single payment of $1195.00, or with seven easy payments of just $171.00* a month.

Thank You!

Thank you again to everyone who participated in making the Epic Paper Arts launch party such a success - you're all AMAZING! I can't wait to see you all at Steampunk Soiree 2014 - it's going to be epic!
Kathryn :D
*This price includes a small convenience charge.


  1. Kathryn I'm so excited! I'm in and my steampunk bestie is coming! I was thinking I'd poop out without her and she's in! I was worried about the price and she's in! She's had some financial hardships due to family members needing her help and she's in! The payment plan made it possible and we're going to be there! I'm so happy! And my dad is getting better and stronger and less curmudgeonly as a result and thinking about dialysis at home and he liked his first meal on Diet-to-Go and he spent his first night alone last night and fixed his own dinner and everything! That light at the end of the tunnel is NOT another train! It's the sun! Yay!!!

    1. That is such GREAT news all around, Mary! I am so glad that you and your Steampunk BFF are all signed up and that the payment plan made it doable. I'm glad we were able to offer it. :) That is wonderful news about your dad, too. I actually used Diet-to-Go years ago (before I moved from DC to Miami) when I was working 80 hour weeks and I remember thinking it was really decent at the time - glad they're still around to be of use to your dad! Congrats on the sun shining & enjoy a nice, long nap! :)

  2. I too am signed up and am so excited! I can't wait to meet all three of you. Shari (cricutrookie)

    1. So excited to meet you, Shari! I'm thrilled you're signed up for the event. :)

  3. is there a non-hotel option? I live 20 minutes from that hotel.

    1. I'm sorry, but we're not able to offer a la carte pricing at this time.

  4. Hi Kathryn! I cant find your ustream button....are you no longer going to be broadcasting on ustream? I remember you saying that we could keep in touch with you through social media but....this is as social as I get LOL. Really....does this mean I have to join one of these things to keep up with you?

    1. I'll be on USTREAM at my normal times tomorrow! My blog sidebar got all screwed up somehow and I had to delete the whole thing. I should have written down what all was on there before I did, though! Here's a link for tomorrow: