Two for Tuesday: Stampin’ Retreat Card Swap

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have two beautiful cards created by two of our retreat guests! Each retreat we host a card swap/contest … they make the cards, they vote, and the winner gets a Stampin’ Up! Gift Certificate from me.

Our two retreat guests featured today, both used the Butterfly Basics stamp set. Let’s begin with Peggy K’s card – This was Peggy’s first Stampin’ Retreat of mine and she came all the way from Oklahoma!


A simply beautiful card … I love the pop of color Peggy used by adding her blue butterfly. I’m not sure if that is Lost Lagoon but I can see she used the Blackberry Bliss and Mossy Meadow. Fabulous color combination!

Did you know that the Butterfly Basic stamp set bundles with the Butterflies Thinlets? Remember, that even though the stamp sets and thinlets will carry over into the new catalog … they will NOT be bundled, so if you like it … purchase it before May 31st.

Our next card comes from Sandy B. and she has attended 6 of our annual retreats; both the Spring and Holiday retreats!


Sandy also used the Butterfly Basics Stamp set and Thinlits Bundle, however her pop of color comes from the Two Step Stampin’ stamp set; Watercolor Wings. This stamp set also coordinates with the Butterfly Thinlits … gotta love the way Stampin’ Up! coordinates several different products to make our purchases a real value!

The black die cut butterfly that tops the “watercolor” butterfly is very striking and really draws the eye to the center of the card.

We love hosting the card swap at our annual retreats … everyone always goes home with extra cards with totally different styles and stamp sets.  They are a blast, and if you haven’t tried one yet, you should think about it!!


AMD … said “I can’t believe the projects get better at each retreat! We enjoy meeting all the new people and have so much fun.”

Thanks for sharing a part of your day with me, I hope the ladies cards inspired you as much as they have inspired me! I love my job! It is all about sharing and building relationships.

Have a terrific Tuesday!




Spring Retreat Swaps …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m going to share 2 of our swap cards with you, and as promised … I will show you the winner.

Our first card is from Peggy, she used the “Bear Hugs” stamp set …


A sweet and simple card that will bring some lovin’ to anyone who receives it.

OK … while I was taking photos of my card share today, I had a little helper – my great grandson who wanted to climb up my pant legs and check out the cards close up! He loves being in my stamping studio.


Our next card is from Linda K. She chose to use the “Flower Patch” stamp set. Oh, the flowers you can make with the images from this set! It’s got all the shapes and sizes you’ll want plus great greetings and several stems for endless possibilities.


This is a Two-Step Stampin’ set, which gives you so many creative options–combine individual stamps to build the final image you want in the colors you want, and the card Linda created was fabulous, and our winner!


I will be sharing more cards from our retreat and from the ladies swaps as the weeks progress. It will be fun.

Thanks much for checking out today’s blog post.

Have a great day!




Spring Stampin’ Retreat Share …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

As promised, I will share some of what we do when we are away at the Annual Spring Stampin’ Retreat we host for our stamping friends!

The first photo is a shot I took between stamping sessions, just before sunset. The porch you see on your right is our stamping room and the house of the left is where we stay.


Now let me take you into the dining room. The mantle is decorated and ready for their projects… they will be making the Gift Bags on Friday night (after stamp session is over). They are that quick and easy to do!

Before ….




Here are their Friday Night Pillow Gifts  along with the yummy contents that were tucked inside.

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We created a fun banner from the “It’s My Party” Designer Series Paper over the living room fireplace … the Green Lake Conference Center converted it from a wood burning to a gas … so with a flip of a switch – we had a warm inviting fire for all to enjoy!


The stamping room is set up and ready for our guests to begin ….



The next picture is just some fun that we have at our retreats …. These ladies did not know each other before attending our retreat, and have now become friends. That is the wonderful gift that stamping does when we all get together! Sandy and Kris come for some BFF time! It’s a great girls get-a-way!



Here’s a few more of our ladies. The women (Peggy) sitting in the third chair down, hails from Oklahoma! She found my retreat post and decided to invite her daughter (Jen) for a bonding weekend! I LOVE IT!!  We have many “Mother / Daughter” groups (three this weekend) join us! Ann-Marie is the first of the three ladies … her daughter was away when the photo was taken.



By the time I got to take pictures of all the cards – both samples I brought to share and the one’s we made, the light was so bright in the room, my pictures did not turn out well …


We made the “Card in a Box” and the “Drapery Fold” card on Friday night, showcasing the “It’s My Party” Product Suite. My goal is not only to show a technique or two, and give you beautiful cards, but to show you multiple ways you can use your Stampin’ Up! products.


Here is what one of our guests had to say about our Spring Stampin’ Retreat: Jen is hoping to get the dates early enough to make arrangements to attend this fall. We were both very impressed. We would rate everything an A+.

I am humbled and grateful for all of the wonderful ladies that we have met and attended our Spring and /or Fall Retreats. We’re are 5 years strong … and not planning on stopping anytime soon!

We always have a good time at retreat! I did notice one thing … I get so busy setting up for the next stamp sessions that I don’t ever take pictures of our delicious food, and not enough of the wonderful guests that have come to our retreats! That is definitely on my TO DO List!

I’ll be back tomorrow with some of the beautiful cards our guests made for our Annual Card Swap!

Thanks so much for stopping by ~

Have yourself a wonderful day!