I’m Back! 2019 Spring Stamping Retreat

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I hope you all had a wonderful weekend, because my was fantastic!  So, today I want to bring you into my Stamping Retreat experience, and share some cute samples / gifts. Our theme for this year was suggested by Kathie, one of our attendees; Butterflies and Blooms… to honor my Mom and my sister Eileen, and all the women in our lives who are strong and courageous.

My apologies for the lack of posts this weekend but I was prepping, cooking and packing for my annual Spring Stamping Retreat this past weekend.  It is always my mission that my guests have a stress free, relaxing yet fun weekend.  Mission accomplished!  I have truly been blessed by the lovely ladies who attend my retreats, and this year was no different.  I love when perfect strangers meet … and by then end of the weekend, they are swapping phone numbers and email addresses.

My guests are greeted at the door by either myself or my helper Cindy.  As they enter the dining room with a wonderful huge table which we all fit around (yes, my retreats are smaller for cozy, personal touch) they find the fireplace adorned with my “Mantle Gifts” … they decorate the room all weekend, but each guest gets to take one home before the leave…

OK … let’s get a little bit closer look at these cute little gift boxes.  I used the Floral Romance Specialty Designer Paper (which I noticed this morning in no longer available) and wrapped it around the Lustrous White Mini Gable Boxes, oh my are they pretty! The leaves and butterfly came from the Beauty Abounds bundle from the Occasions Catalog … and the little flower – not sure which set that came out of!! Here is a closer look …

Each butterfly and flower on these boxes were given a touch of the Wink of Stella, and really brought the twinkle of the boxes out.

Next we take our guests to there room … each room has door tags with our guests name on them …

The tags were stamped with the “His Grace” stamp set and the butterflies are from the “Beauty Abounds” set … again, the flowers and the butterfly were touched up with the Wink of Stella.

They have a welcome gift on their bed. This retreats gift was a notepad decorated with the Petal Promenade Designer Series paper and a mechanical pencil to match! And our tag was hand stamped “So Happy You’re Here” …

Once our guests are all settled in, they can relax by the fireplace or enjoy the beautiful lake view.  We all seemed to gather around the dining room table and got to know each other before we sat down to eat a home cooked meal … Friday nights are usually two homemade soups, french bread and salad with all the fixin’s!

Our next adventure for the weekend is to head off into our stamping room, I’m all set up and ready for my guests …

Their stamping spots are all ready for them, and all their projects are pre-cut, bagged and labeled “per stamp session” and ready for them to use! Is it extra work for me? … Maybe, but I do it while I’m watching tv or enjoying a quiet night … Remember, my retreats are designed for an “escape” from the stress … just relax and have fun stamping!!  There bags also included Stampin’ Dimensionals and all the embellishments (and then some) needed for thier projects.

Even though our theme for the weekend was “Butterflies and Blooms” … I wanted to kick off our Friday with a little extra FUN, thus the polka dot bags. It goes with my Friday night theme “Sweetest Thing” bundle from the Occasions catalog…

I couldn’t resist, and the jar behind the greeting sign, matches the one in the bundle perfectly!! Oh, and I knew not to put too much candy out there because my attendee’s like to bring treats for their fellow stampers, and here is just the beginning of what we had!!

There was even more added to our table … lol.  This picture was shared by one of our new attendee’s; Sarah W. Her and her mother-in-law Jane were a pleasure to stamp with. I have been blessed by meeting so many wonderful ladies through my retreats … I love my job!! Here is Sarah and Jane …

Well … I can’t stop here, I have to show you the projects that we did on Friday night with the Sweetest Thing bundle.  Just like you, I head over to Pinterest for a little inspiration, so the card on the right was cased from fellow demonstrator; Leena Girsh… it’s so cute, a few minor additions; the Glitter Enamel Dots from the Annual Catalog.

Our second card was a “Shaker Card” I created using the Stitched Shapes Framelits dies … we used them a lot over the weekend. And our last project for the night was this cute little treat cup using all of the cute accessories in the “How Sweet It Is” product suite, including the designer paper, reversable ribbon and the cute tags! I have the products listed below.

Sorry for the long post but there is so much to share, and this is only our first evening together! I will be sharing more of my stamping retreat with you all week, including the amazing swap card that our attendee’s created.

Thank you so much for hanging around and waiting for this post, I appreciate your loyalty and love having you as part of my stampin’ tribe! aka “family”.

Have a wonderful week ~

TODAY’S STAMPIN’ SUPPLY LIST … If you would like to purchase any of the items listed below to create the projects you have seen here, just click on the item and it will take you directly to my stamping store.  You can also use HOSTESS CODE: 9AARKUTJ if you choose.

 

How Sweet It Is …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I have some really “sweet” projects to share with you.  I just started playing with the bundle over the weekend and let me tell you, it’s so cute, the colors are fun and the combination of it all is just “tasty”.  We are using the “How Sweet It Is” product suite found on pages 14 and 15 of the Occasions catalog.

Oh my gosh … a jar full of Jelly Beans … I feel like I’m at work!  I must admit, it’s not just because I work in a Candy Store that I was attracted to the Sweetest Thing Bundle, it’s just fun.  You can cut out the jars already filled on the designer paper or you can stamp your own jar and fill it with anything from Jelly Beans to Gummi Bears!

Treat your favorite people to sweet messages and when you Bundle, You save! Buy these two coordinating products and save 10%.

This product suite also comes with some delicious designer paper and coordinating reversible ribbon in Coastal Cabana and Granny Apple Green.  If that isn’t enough, we also have some coordinating Sweet Pins and Tags … oh so cute and you will see how they were used below.

From the pages of the Occasions catalog …

The cute little jar tags can easily be turned into cute cards!!  I am just beginning to explore all of the wonderful components of this product suite … so far, so fun!  I will be sharing my projects at a later date.

So may cute projects on this page … which is your favorite?

I’m so glad your stopped in today to join me, it was so “sweet” of you.

Have a sweet day ~

Today’s Stampin’ Supply List …