I hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend. We timed it to play with all the items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog. Stampin’ Up! limits us to a specific list for our pre-order, so I can’t wait until tomorrow when we can order whatever we want from the catalog (along with customers). The limited offering for pre-order is tied to what Stampin’ Up! ordered as extra inventory for all of us demonstrators ordering. Anyway, I had several new suites of products to play with and fun down time with friends. I now have lots of samples to show off at my Open House this coming weekend. All in all, it was a wonderful time.
Before the retreat, I made a pillow gift for each of them. It’s a Tea Tin that I copper embossed the sunflower images on from the new set, Celebrate Sunflowers. I filled them with goodies and embossed the lids too. The ribbon is new too (Bumblebee Gingham).
I also made towel tags to hang on our towel hooks. I used retiring paper for these and put matching hearts on the back before laminating them. I got some wrinkles on the back, but I like how they turned out.
Here’s most of our group (one couldn’t make it and one had to leave early). But, we also had two awesome ladies that booked the house with us (Kim & Kellee). It was great to chat and hang out with them too all weekend (Thanks Kim for taking our photo).
I got there a day early and watched Star Trek Voyager on my laptop. The rest of the time we listened to music and talked while working on our projects. See my dark chocolate bar tucked under my computer…definitely a retreat essential.
Here are most of the sample cards I made for upcoming clubs, classes, and my Open House this weekend. I have at least a dozen more that aren’t in the photos.
I’ll post more details for some of these samples in upcoming post after I’ve had more time to photograph them better. This retreat was at our favorite spot, Moments Retreat. I can’t wait for the next one!
Every Labor Day, I host a team retreat weekend at a local craft retreat. This year our usual house was booked, so we tried out Creative Cottage in McKinney. While it wasn’t as nice as our usual place (we are spoiled now), we had a great time. We took all our new Holiday Catalog products with us to play with and create projects for classes, clubs and decor. Here are some photos of us in the craft room. I forgot to hand off my phone, so I’m not in the photos.
Creative Cottage Retreat Craft Room – Connie, Becky, & Laura
Norma and I were on the other side of the room.
Next year we’re hoping to return to our normal place. Plus, we really want to try to go twice a year. We made a ton of beautiful projects. Becky made this amazing “FALL” sign too. I bought one, but didn’t get to it yet.
Becky’s Fall Decor Project
Here’s the Sincerely Santa project kit in progress. 3 of us had this kit and did it together. I’ll be doing a kit class for these. It’s 30 tags (6 each of 5 designs).
Sincerely Santa Project Kit
Being at the retreat made me anxious to attend OnStage in Orlando (Norma & Liz are going with me). It’s not until November though, so I’ll have to wait. I’ll post more projects in the coming days.
I made this one on our Labor Day Retreat inspired by a card my friend, Dee, made. It’s just lots of stamping and a few popped up items.
Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Hello Honey, Very Vanilla, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Mossy Meadow
The big leaf is cut out with scissors (Paper Snips), but I used the framelits on the other two. I just stamped scrap Very Vanilla card stock with the water color paint strokes stamp in this set. Then, I used two of the framelit leaves to cut them out with the Big Shot.
The last week of March we tried out a new retreat that just opened last Fall. WOW! I love it! It’s called Moments Retreat Center and it’s in Lake Dallas, TX. My downline, Becky, found this one for us and we had the whole craft studio to ourselves (5 of us) for the whole weekend starting on Thursday.
Here’s a couple of photos of the studio. See all my tote bags and card stock crates. I took these photos after I packed up to leave.
We have a tool sign up list that I made for the last retreat we tried so we can try not to all bring duplicate tools. I brought all the punches. It pretty much covered an entire table that someone would have used if other crafters were there. I guess in the future, we’ll need some folding tables to put tools on.
A sink and a mini fridge right in the studio was awesome!
The house is beautiful! I wish my house was decorated this nicely. Here’s some photos of our room and the house…we stayed in the Master Suite which was called the Ruby Room. I wish I had taken a photo before we messed up our beds, but all the rooms are beautiful!
We laughed, talked, watched movies, listened to classic rock, and created lots of fun stuff. I can’t wait to go to this one again. Plus, the location is just 30 minutes from my house.
One of my projects was this banner I made with my Sale.a.bration Heartfelt Banner kit. I photographed it on her fireplace ’cause, well, look how nice it looks there! I currently have it hanging over the blinds in my craft room.
Here’s what our stuff looked like after we took over the tables, lol.
BTW, I have a craft show this Saturday at Faithbridge Presbyterian Church in Frisco at College and Hillcrest Rd. And, also be looking out for the retired list which posts on April 21st!
Me and some of my downlines went to a craft retreat on Labor Day weekend along with another awesome group of crafters who shared the house with us. To ease packing our whole craft rooms, I made a sign up sheet for bringing all the Stampin’ Up! tools. This worked out great; we’ll definitely do that again.
We are trying out different retreats in the area in an attempt to find a replacement for our beloved Craftaway Studios that went out of business…nothing will ever be as good, but we love our retreat weekends together (Thanks, Anna, we are addicted now!).
In my room was this “Relax” word that made me laugh…not exactly what we do on our retreats…lol.
Here’s my friend, Lori, decorating wood tissue box covers that will be Christmas gifts.
We stayed up until at least 4am every day, watched movies while we crafted, laughed, played with new stuff from the Holiday Catalog, and completed lots of projects. Of course, it was 104 degrees outside so it was hard to keep the studio (a converted garage) cool. We probably need an “in house” studio for this time of year in Texas! Still, we had a great time, and hopefully everyone caught up on their sleep over the next few days.
Last month me and my downline, Tracy, went to Craftaway Studios again for a long weekend of crafting together. This was my 3rd time to go and I can’t wait to go again. It’s so nice to have no distractions from home and just stamp ’til the wee hours of the morning day after day!
We really spread out since it was just the two of us. Hard to believe just two people belong to this spread. My area was the 2 1/2 tables on the right and Tracy had the 2 1/2 tables on the left.
And this doesn’t include the tools we had spread out in the adjoining studio (mainly just the Big Shots and heat embossing tools over there). And I have but one photo of me because we stayed in our PJs all day on Sunday and just took project photos that day and Monday.
Tracy was working on samples for upcoming classes which included these adorable Sesame Street cards. Here’s the assembly line of Elmos. She got the idea from our Stampin’ Connection I believe. Anyway, her cards came out great. She did Big Bird and Cookie Monster too.
I also love the energy of a bigger group and I know one of my other downlines is planning something in a few months…I may have to tag along to that one! I love that Craftaway doesn’t have restrictions though, so you don’t have to fill the house to go and enjoy some “me” time.