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 ~


Friday Night Stamping Fun!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Today I’m back with a touch of our Holiday retreat. This Spring we celebrated our 10th Annual Retreat, so this fall for our Holiday retreat “Hearts Come Home” … we kicked off our first of another 10 and many more!!

The mantel in the dining room was decorated with Embossed Pizza boxes and greeted our guests as they arrived …

Each box had a special gift inside and everyone got to take one home with them when they left on Sunday.

As they went to their rooms they found a hand crafted door tag …

Everyone takes their door tag home with them when they leave. Some guests have told us that they hang theirs in their office at work. Each guest also received a Holiday tin filled with a special little treat to munch on.

This is a shot of the stamp room table  before our guests arrive … our new stamp area is much larger and brighter than the old one!

All their projects for the weekend are tucked in those cute bags!  Tomorrow I’ll share some of our Friday night projects.

After our Friday night stamp session, we retired back to our house and shared a Hot Chocolate bar which included some hand dipped marshmallow stir sticks and some home-made cookies & peanut brittle … then we sat around the fireplace and enjoyed each others company.

Was a great day. Stop back tomorrow to see the projects.

Than You ~


Retreat Share …

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

I am back from another wonderful Holiday Retreat … it was a great time shared with fabulous ladies once again.  Our retreats are all inclusive, so their accommodations, meals and all their projects are all included.

Saturday was rainy, but we all agreed it was a good day for stamping … and listening to Christmas music. It really puts you in a “cheerful” mood.


We also host a “Swap” where each person brings enough cards for all participants and then vote on the one they like best. As always … the swap cards were great! I will be sharing them throughout the next couple of weeks, including a few of the projects that I created for them.

I will start with two cards today …

First I will share Patricia’s card. This is Patricia’s second time with us and she comes for the wonderful get-a-way, stamping, and to spend time with her sister.


Christmas really is the most wonderful time of year and you really feel that with Patricia’s Red & Green Card. I love the extra little glitter she added to her background stamp to glitz it up for us.

The next card is from Dawn …


Dawn hand cut her cute little mittens and then topped them off with the glitter glue and Silver Glimmer paper!! This is just the sweetest little card and I love the added rhinestones colored red. I think our Rhinestones and Sharpies are best friends.

Keep checkin’ in for more swap cards and projects from our Holiday Retreat. In fact … you should think about joining us for our Spring Retreat!! Save the Date … April 22nd, 23rd and 24th.  Make sure you are signed up on my MAILING LIST … You can sign up right from my blog > It’s located in the lower right-hand corner of the Black Banner on the top of this page.

Thank you for dropping by today ~

Hope you day is a great one!!



Sad to say goodbye …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

For those of you who followed my past few posts, you know that I was away at our second of two Spring Retreats. As the first, we had a wonderful time, plus we were blessed with a most beautiful weekend.


Yesterday I showed you how I set up my stamp room for our guests … here is a pic of our afternoon stamping session:


Our guests are creating one of the many projects we have prepared for them. All of our cards were created with different “folds” …


We take several breaks throughout the day … it feels good to stretch! Plus there is always a good meal waiting for them when they return to the house.  Here is a shot of our last stamping session …


After this session we returned to the house for dessert and good conversation. It was a beautiful night, and just shy of the full moon.  Got this shot coming out of the stamping area and returning to the house …

Spring Retreat - May 2015

None of us can believe how fast the weekend goes! Just one more gathering around the table for breakfast before everyone heads home.  Eileen and I pack up and head out too …

Spring Retreat 2015 - All done

It’s kind of sad to see the room empty and the tables cleared off, but we had a good time and there’s always the Fall Retreat to look forward to.

A big “THANK YOU” to all that attended and thanks to you who followed us on the blog and my facebook page “Linda’s Stampin’ Escape”… we hope you enjoyed it.

Have a great week ~