Home Again …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

I have returned from my 2014 Spring Retreat … it was a wonderful time with a wonderful group of ladies.

They were welcomed with the banner I created using the kit that was free during Sale-a-bration.  I used the Silver Glimmer paper for the letters and dyed them just like the Easter eggs.  If you missed that post you can find it under the Scrapbooking or Technique Category list on the right side.


The cute little flower pots were bought at the dollar store.  I added foam and moss for a more realistic look.  I wrapped the flower that was cut from the “Spiral Flower Originals Die” from the “Celebrate Everyday” catalog.  I put the link for you to view at the bottom of this blog.


After dinner we gathered around the table to make additional flowers with the lollipops and a cute little flower kiss (Not Shown: Cased from Connie Stewart).


The ladies picked a flower pot and added to their bouquet!   We even made a couple flowers to go on our banner … here’s the updated look 🙂



Tomorrow I will share some of the swaps!  There was a lot of stampin’ talent this weekend!

Thank you for stopping by and …

Have a wonderful week!




Holiday Retreat …. Day 2

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

A bit later than usual but still a post today!  I would like to wish my best friend and sister Eileen a very “Happy Birthday” today!  I think it’s cool that her birthday is on … 11 – 12 – 13!

Today I want to share with you a few of our experiences we shared at our Holiday Retreat.  Let’s begin with the beautiful sunrise.  Photo by Cindy Plazak:


Each retreat we host a “card contest” … this year’s winner was Kris Groth with her Santa Card.

Kris Groth

The next two cards were tied for second place.  We have Sandy Becker’s Flip Card ….

Sandy B1 Sandy B2

and Barb Moth’s beautiful cross card …


So many different styles … I will be sure to share with you more of the cards, later this week.

Meanwhile, back at the retreat …

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We spend most of the day stamping … although there is plenty of eating, snacking, and we still have time for fun break out sessions that many use to explore the grounds (or take a nap).  Our retreat is what “you” want it to be.  I see I missed a few of my stampin’ friends … sorry!

We finished off the day by gathering around the table for some Apple Pie ala’ mode, fabulous conversations and experiencing this beautiful sunset.  I happened to capture this picture, one of God’s gifts.


I am so blessed to be surrounded by such wonderful company, we had a fabulous time.

Thanks for stopping by … Hope you enjoyed catching a glimpse into our annual Holiday Retreat.  I will be sharing more of our swap cards later this week.

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