Chasing Ghosts … Halloween Card

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Happy Labor Day!! Hope the sun is shining where you are.  We have been inundated with rain for days, so I headed down to my Stampin’ Studio (fancy word for basement craft area) and began to play with all my new goodies from the Holiday Catalog.  Whenever I’m creating something with my hands, all my stress instantly melts away. It’s so satisfying.

If you’re looking for that escape to melt away your stress and get some of your creative mojo going … join me at my Annual Holiday Stampin’ Retreat – November 2nd thru the 4th. I had a cancellation so we now have one room open and you are welcome to join us.  This does not happen very often!

Our retreat is like no other, we’re All Inclusive … just contact me and I can answer any questions you may have.

While I was in my craft room, I created a sweet -n- simple Halloween card … the Toil & Trouble product suite is really fun to work with (or should I say play). You really get a good look at the entire product suite with today’s card.  I used the stamps for the ghost and greeting, used the designer paper, the dies and the “really cool” Black Foil Sheets and cardstock pack.

The Toil & Trouble Designer paper is so stinkin’ cute! From these friendly little ghosts, to happy frogs, hats, cauldrons, bats and more! Did you know some of the images from the designer paper can be cut out with the coordinating dies in this bundle … Fabulous!

The spider webs were cut from the new Black Foil Sheets with the dies included in the bundle. I even brought out the punches: 1-1/4″ Circle and 1-3/8″ Scallop Circle to highlight my greeting.  Whenever I use ghosts I have to make sure there is some ectoplasm present … lol, so you will recognize it as the Glitter Enamel Dots.

I love fun, simple cards … they are easy to create and oh so fun to share.  Using designer paper on your cards adds so much without all the work.  You can get a better look at the products I used below.  The Toil & Trouble product suite will be available for purchase on September 5th … see you then.

Thank you for hanging out with me … or should I say “Ghost Hunting” on this Labor Day!

Have a great day ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST…

 

An Invitation to the Holiday Stamping Retreat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Eileen and I are pleased to open our “Timeless Christmas” Holiday Stamping Retreat to you. Lets get together and have fun stamping as we put a hand crafted touch on the holidays. Our years of experience and our dedication to our guests experience will ensure you an inspiring, creative, fun and memorable retreat.

Our stamping retreats are all inclusive and include your lodging, all your meals and all your stamping projects; cut and ready for you to stamp. Along with your stamping sessions, you’ll have time to explore the beautiful grounds, or just relax by the lake… a true escape.

Please join us on Friday, November 2nd through Sunday, November 4th for a fun filled getaway with fellow stampers to create, make new friends, unwind, and enjoy being pampered for a weekend.

Here is what you can look forward to …

Lodging …
You’ll be staying in this private 1930’s English Tutor Manor situated on beautiful Green Lake.

All meals included …
You’ll enjoy delicious home made meals prepared for you Friday night, Saturday Morning, then a fun luncheon in our stamp room Saturday afternoon, and a Continental breakfast Sunday morning. Saturday evening you’ll be treated a delicious dinner in the Bauer Dining Room… Choose a lake view or gather around the cozy fireplace.

Your Rooms …
Are comfortable and relaxing. You’ll look forward to retiring each night, after a little fun of course!

Stamping Room …
We have a large, private well-lit room with plenty of room to stamp and move around with ease! We have stations set up for die cutting and embossing. You’ll love creating in this relaxing environment and love the projects too. (Projects pre-cut for you) No worries here, you can leave your projects while your out.

RETREAT COST:
Enjoy our Early Bird pricing: Only $250 thru September 5th, 2018
Cost: $275 – September 6th through September 30th, 2018
Registration Closes at Midnight September 30th.

Our retreats are done on a first come / first serve basis … Only payment holds your spot, at which time your room will be assigned. Rooms are also based on number of guests in your party.

All you need to bring are comfy clothes and your basic stamping kits: scissors, your favorite adhesive and refills, and a bone folder. If any other supplies are needed, I will contact you prior to our retreat. All stamps, inks, dies & BigShots are supplied for you.

Eileen and I can’t wait to see you at our 2018 Fall Holiday Stampin’ Retreat
Here’s a look into our past retreats…

RSVP NOW ~ CALL 262-334-1009 or message me below or email me at: lindaluvs2stamp@aol.com

Linda Schnabel / Linda’s Stampin’ Escape

Once You’re Registered …

Once you are registered, I will send you an e-mail with details on our attendee swap, a brief agenda and directions to our Retreat location.

SWAP THEME:  “What Christmas means to YOU”
We host a contest with everyone’s swaps .. It’s a lot of fun. * *We ask that you stick to current Stampin’ Up! product /

I hope you consider joining us, it’s the perfect escape!!

Have a wonderful day ~

Guest Stamper: Kathie D.

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Looks like summer is upon us!!  I actually had my air conditioner on yesterday and will put the second one in upstairs today!! I believe in being comfortable when I’m at home and I don’t like to sweat … so, if this is going to be my cleaning weekend, I’m putting in the air!!  AND … the sooner I get done with my cleaning – I can get to my stamping and play with all the new stuff I have (yes, I’ve still got a BIG Wish List when the catalog comes out next week)!

Well on with the good stuff … Yesterday I told you I had something good planned and I do, today I’m sharing the WINNING Card from the All Attendee Card Swap at our Annual Spring Retreat! Our winner is chosen by votes collected by the attendee’s themselves. Here is Kathie’s winning card …

Kathie’s stunning card was created with the Flourish Thinlits Dies and the Softly Falling Embossing Folder … got to love that BigShot!!  Kathie gently brought the floral piece around the opening / greeting.  Not sure if Kathie used the punch or circle framelits create the circle but it adds a beautiful layer of dimension.

The floral piece was also embellished with our pearls and it adds a little more dimension and elegance. Our them was “Cards to show we Care” and this one is beautiful!! This layout would work well for any occasion from Wedding, to announce a new baby to Sympathy.

Thank you for joining me today, I hope you enjoyed Kathie’s card as much as we all did at the Stampin’ Retreat…. it is stunning!

Have yourself a fabulous day today … and enjoy the holiday weekend.

 

Petal Pallet: Life Is So Much Better

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you got to enjoy a wonderful weekend and got spoiled a little!  I also hope you got a chance to check out my post yesterday to see the new In-colors. I love these cards and the simplicity yet they were so pretty!

Today I have one of the cards that I created for the Spring Stamping Retreat.  Our retreat highlighted “caring” cards … cards that we create to make someone feel better, to cheer, encourage or relay our sympathies. This was one of those cards …

I began with the Petal Pallet bundle and designer series paper. I knew I wanted to use the beautiful floral die in the bundle.  I also want a little bit different of a fold … just for fun! Petal Pallet will be in the upcoming catalog but it will no longer be a bundle (Save 10%) after May 31st.

We used the Multipurpose adhesive sheets with the Silver Foil sheets and then cut them out with the BigShot! Turns them into stickers … and then we just pressed them onto our card.  This made it super simple to watercolor the flowers using ink and Aqua Painters. Then we drew the little lines into the flower petals with the coordinating marker.

I’ve used the Petal Pallet bundle quite a few times already, it is a very versatile stamp set and I love the coordinating dies. It has great verses / greetings as well … and I will admit, that will sway me towards a stamp set.  Sometimes I will choose a stamp set just because of the beautiful verses.

Thanks for dropping in for the visit today …

I hope you have a marvelous Monday!

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … 

Stampin’ Fun …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

So I’ve been asked many times about my Annual Stampin’ Retreats… I host 2 a year, one in the spring and one in the fall which is our Holiday Retreat.  They are different from other retreats as we are all inclusive; your lodging, all of your meals and your projects (and we do plenty!)  The only thing you have to bring is your basic stamping supplies … I bring the rest, which includes your projects prepared for you … a little cutting with the BigShot at times.

Our retreats focus on building knowledge of stamps, accessories, techniques and friendships.  We have many repeat attendees who have become friends!! We enjoy beautiful scenery …

We have guests who have been with us from the very first retreat!! These two ladies … hopped a plane to join us, all the way from Oklahoma!! It was Carolyn’s first retreat but this was Peggy’s third retreat! I am honored that they would come so far to stamp with us …

If you didn’t see my earlier post but each of our guests got a hand made little gift when they arrived in the stamping room …

Filled with some embellishments, Stampin’ Spritzers and a treat … Jelly Belly’s!!  I also had a gift waiting for them in their room that evening …

Each guest got this tote to carry their projects in … I made sure they were larger than 12 x 12 in case any of the ladies had scrapbooking supplies they’d like to carry with them too.

When we were done for the evening … we went back to our house for a treat. When they got to their room, they had another little gift to say “Thank You” … Hugs & Kisses, tucked into our clear boxes and decked out with the new “Share What You Love” Designer Series paper.

Hope you enjoyed spending a little time at our Stamping Retreat … I will be sharing a few more of our projects and some of the Swap Cards!

Have a wonderful day …

A Beautiful Waterfront … Guest Stamper: Maria

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Yes. I did!!  I took they day off yesterday.  It was a stressful week and I had the day off of work as well so I took advantage of it.  I hope you enjoyed your day too.  Today I am taking Eileen to Door County for lunch at the Chef’s Hat … they prepare her favorite meal; Blackened Ahi Tuna. I’m looking forward to time with Eileen, a beautiful drive and an excellent meal… we’ll have a good day!  The Chef’s Hat is located in the beautiful waterfront village of Ephraim, WI.

The scenery is beautiful in Ephraim and I’m excited to share with you a beautiful card from our Annual Spring Retreat Attendee Swap. My guest stamper is Maria and she created this stunning scenic card using the “Waterfront” stamp set.

Each retreat our attendees participate in a swap and I absolutely love it … everyone makes such beautiful cards.  I will be sharing more.  If it wasn’t for the mountains, the lovely waters could pass for the waters of Door County.

I appreciate you stopping back to check out my blog, and I’m sure you enjoyed Maria’s beautiful card.  She has inspired me to break out my “Waterfront” stamp set and start creating some cards with this set as well.

I hope you have a lovely day … enjoy the beautiful weather!!

Have a wonderful day!

 

Stampin’ Retreat 2018 …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of fun and friendship, as that was my blessing this weekend! I hosted my Annual Spring Stampin’ Retreat and although there was a little rain here and there on Friday we did just fine!!

I would like to Congratulate my friend and former co-worker Arielle on her marriage to Josh this past Saturday ❤ Arielle, her mother Olivia and sister Abby have all joined us on several retreats, so I was sorry to miss her big day. I wish her all God’s blessings and a lifetime of happiness. All your retreat friends say “Congratulations” as well 🙂

After everyone arrives and settles in to their rooms, we gather for dinner. This time we had a picnic; Sloppy Joes, Potato Salad, 7 Layer Salad, Jello Salad, assorted Chips!

Dessert comes later, however they had a “Welcome” snack of popcorns in their room when they arrived.  Once we are done eating we head out to our stamping room and settle in to get some stamping done!

As they found a seat … they were greeted by cute little hand stamped gift filled with stampin’ embellishments and a snack!

Here is a closer look … You will see the “NEW” colored pearls that you will find in the “Share What You Love” Product Suite!

I created these with the “Apron of Love” Bundle and the “Crafting Forever” stamp set… the Stampin’ Up! Logo was cut from the Grid Paper  and embellished with the Enamel Shapes!! They turned out so cute and who wouldn’t like their embellishments tucked in them 🙂

Thank you for checking back in with me today. Join me tomorrow for some card samples and additional happenings at retreat. Here is a picture from our retreat as we said goodnight on Friday …

 

Have a wonderful day!