Come Along with Me …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m sharing a bit of the Holiday Retreat and OnStage.  As many of you know, I’ve headed out on my road trip to Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! 30th Anniversary OnStage event!! I’m so excited to get down there and meet up with my friends from all over, along with 1500 more stampin’ friends!!

The picture is from somewhere in Illinois  … Today we got as far as Kentucky and should be at our Orlando hotel sometime tomorrow evening … the drive back will be a little slower paced! lol (My fault … I got a late start yesterday morning!)  Hmmm … little tired from retreat, but again, my fault … I sat up till 3 am chatting and catching up with friends 🙂

I had a wonderful weekend with my guests! They were greeted with these cute name tags that hung on the door to their rooms.  Their Saturday night Pillow Gift was a sweet memento for them to take home … a travel mug!!  I want to thank them for joining us … and now we can always “travel” together!!

By now you might be seeing a theme running through the decorations and the door tags …  I used the “Making Christmas Bright” Bundle from the Holiday Catalog!! Oh My Gosh … this was so much fun!! Even the little light sockets on the bulbs were quick -n- easy to assemble when I used the new “Pick Me Up” tool.

On our Friday Night stamp session we made 3 cards featuring the “Making Christmas Bright” Bundle, and here is our “Z” Fold card …

I hope you enjoyed hanging out on a part of my road trip today, and at our Holiday Stamping Retreat.  I will be back to share more from both!!

Have yourself a most wonderful day ~

 

Kickin’ Off the Holiday Stamping Retreat …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

A lovely weekend has come to an end and a new adventure begins! We had a wonderful time at our annual Holiday Stamping Retreat this weekend … cute little welcome gifts on their beds when they arrived (chocolates were only part of it) and surprises, great cards and the best companionship all weekend.

I also adorned the mantle with a hand stamped gift for each guest to take home as a “Thank You” for attending. These boxes contain 4 gift tags that they can keep and were created with the Christmas Traditions Punch box located on pages 2 and 3 of the Holiday Catalog

After a hearty dinner of Homemade Sausage & Wild Rice and Vegetable Beef Soups along with bread, salad and more we ready for a little stamping …

The room was all ready for our stamping session and included a sweet little treat! All of their projects are pre-cut and packaged up for easy accessibility.  All they have to do is pull out the packet with that cards projects that’s up next and to stamp …

Plus there is always plenty of time to take a little break and have some fun …

Yes that is me as Santa Claus! Just have a little fun with my Stampin’ Friends Cindy and Sarah Bunkleman.  Those little Holiday props that I picked up at the Dollar Store sure made for some extra fun moments, and new memories!!

I will have more to share with you from our Holiday Stamping Retreat in the coming days; the cards we made and the cards we swapped … Plus, if you hop onto my Facebook page you may find some more fun as I share pictures of our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event with you.

Hope you have a wonderful week ~

On My Way …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Well … on the eve of retreat I was busy bagging, packing, cooking and getting ready to pack up the food in the morning! Looking forward to stamping with a wonderful group of ladies, so I’m not promising regular posts while I’m away, however you can follow the fun on my facebook page …

https://www.facebook.com/Lindas-Stampin-Escape-107404235998347/

I will be sure to share when I get home, but I’ll be off again on Monday to take a road trip to Orlando for the Stampin’ Up! OnStage event!!

You have a good weekend ~

Snow Globe – Shaker Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Monday! I hope you had a wonderful weekend … Sunday turned out to be a beautiful fall day.

Today I want to share with you another retreat card … a shaker card! Our afternoon session include 3 cards that we created using the “Hearts Come Home” bundle. My mission was to show them how quick and easy you can create a shaker card.

Our background comes from the Merry Music Designer Specialty Paper. Using the Layering Circles Framelits dies, we cut 1 white and 1 window sheet from the same size circle. Then we took the scallop circle and the circle one size smaller that our precut circles, and layered them together before cutting to create our frame.

On the white circle, we stamped our house in Black and then our Santa in Smoky Slate. Our next step was to attach the foam adhesive strips to the outer edge of the white circle. Once applied, you can fill this with whatever you’d like … we used a large glitter and Red Glimmer hearts.

Once you have filled your “well” … remove the top layer off the adhesive strip and drop the window sheet over the top – press to seal. Next, we glued the frame onto the window sheet.

To create a snowglobe … I used the Everyday Label punch!! This is the punch that we used on the Merry Little Christmas Suite cards. Our  greeting was heat embossed in white and then the punch was aligned (1/2 way into the cardstock) to create the base… then punch!

Use the adhesive strip to mount the base onto the front of the card so it’s the same height as the globe.

Everybody loves getting Shake Cards, and now you know how to make a Snowglobe Shaker …. quick -n- easy!

Thank you for sharing a part of your day with me and visiting my blog.

Have yourself a great day!

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Simply Sunday: Special Delivery

Hello Stampin Friends ~

Today I have another card I’d like to share from our Annual Holiday Retreat, and it comes from the Merry Little Christmas Suite like yesterday’s card. We will also be using the Merry Little Labels and Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper.

It’s fun to see how different your cards can look even when you are using some of the same supplies! The greeting I chose was the “Special Delivery” … I did this in the “Chalkboard” technique … I thought it looked a little Old World Style …

I’m also introducing a touch of Real Red in honor the big man’s suit, and a little sparkle for the holiday. I also embossed with the “Brick” embossing folder … not just to add a touch of texture but to reference the chimneys that Old Saint Nick climbs down each Christmas eve.

I borrowed the snowflake from the Seasonal Layers Thinlets, because I know, many of my stampin’ friends / customers have the Colorful Seasons Bundle so it’s a great way to show how to blend bundles and use your stamping supplies to their full potential.

I hope you have enjoyed today’s card and the reasoning behind some of the choices I made to create this card … the holiday’s are so fun and the perfect time to unleash your creativity!

Thank you for checking in with me today.

I hope you are having a good one ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List ….

Merry Little Christmas Suite …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you another one of our retreat cards. This card comes from the Merry Little Christmas Suite!

This masculine style card was quick -n- easy and a big hit at retreat. Our background comes from the Merry Little Christmas Designer Series paper. We then cut a snow bank our of a piece of the Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer paper.

Next, we used the tree dies from the Card Front Builder Thinlits Die and cut them out of Old Olive to give the card a fun pop of color.

The “Let it Snow” was stamped in Memento Ink onto Whisper White cardstock and then punched with the “Everyday Label” punch. A piece of Old Olive was punched to mask the greeting and again, add that nice touch of color.

We created 4 quick -n- easy cards that were tucked into one of the Acetate Card Boxes. This makes a perfect little gift for a teacher or neighbor … or keep them protected for yourself!

Hope you enjoyed today’s peek into our Saturday morning retreat stampin’ session. I’ll be back tomorrow with one more …

Till then, enjoy your weekend!

Thanks for stopping by.

Here is a quick list of the products used for our card today …

 

Night in Bethlehem / Guest Stamper: Lynne O.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’d like to share with you another beautiful card the we received from the Attendee Swap at the Annual Holiday Retreat. Our stamper is Lynne O. and she used the Night of Bethlehem bundle.

Here is a picture the illustrates the stamps and dies that are included in this bundle. You can create a die-cut Bethlehem scene in record time with Edgelits dies and the Big Shot …

Lynne’s card is beautifully layered to give it a wonderful dimension … the shading in the background also gives you the feel of a wondrous skyline.

It’s easy to send a powerful holiday message of Joy and Love with these beautiful silhouettes. This amazing bundle will make it easy to recreate this Christmas Story so you can proudly send these to your family and friends.

I hope you took some time to look at all the pictures so you can see the versatility of this beautiful stamp set and coordinating framelits dies. Remember … when you purchase a bundle, you save 10%.

Thank you for joining me today ~

Have yourself a wonderful weekend!

Here is a list of the items used …