Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

At our Labor Day Retreat, I designed this Halloween framed shadow box sampler to show off the Magic in This Night Suite.  I bought the frame in May, to do a Spring sampler, but didn’t get to it yet.  So, I decided to make it a Halloween one.  I’m in love with the Magic in This Night designer series paper in the current mini catalog since it’s so stylish and diverse.  Most of the sheets are Halloween designs on one side and generic designs for any season on the other side.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Since it’s such pretty paper, I used the designer paper in all the sections except the silver spider web which is silver foil embossed with the Cobwebs 3D embossing folder.  Also, I’m also loving the Metallic Mesh Ribbon, and have used it on several Christmas cards.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box SamplerAnd, here’s another close up.  Since I used black and darker card stock, I also used Black Dimensionals which are perfect for all these bats and spiders because the dimensionals are less visible from an angle.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Also, I used Wink of Stella on the “Halloween” word to make it sparkle since so many of the elements are shiny and glittery.  Something else cool about this frame is that it’s magnetic!  So, I can pull these out and create a sampler for every holiday or season…how cool is that?

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Therefore, I taped some magnets on the back side so they’re easy to pull on and off.  These are business card magnets (just because I had some on hand), but you could also cut up the magnets meant for the back of 4×6 photos.

Halloween Framed Shadow Box Sampler

Colors: Blackberry Bliss, Cajun Craze, Pretty Peacock, Basic Black, Silver, Whisper White

 

Just a note, if you have black embossing powder (retired), use that or you can stamp in black using the stamparatus and then stamp again in VersaMark right on top of it to emboss with clear embossing powder for the same effect.

Since I know you’re going to ask, I got the frame on Amazon.  It was called Foundations Decor Shadow Box Magnetic by Foundations Decor.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Weekend Stamp Retreat with my Team

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).

Tea Tins for my team copper embossed with Celebrate Sunflowers.

Tea Tins for my team copper embossed with Celebrate Sunflowers.

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.

Towel tags for my team to use at our craft retreat.

Towel tags for my team to use at our craft retreat.  This is the back view.

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).

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

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.

Team craft retreat at Moments Retreat in Lake Dallas, TX.

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 hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend.  We timed it to play with all the new items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog.

I hosted a weekend stamp retreat with my team last weekend.  We timed it to play with all the new items we pre-ordered from the new annual catalog.

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!

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

Annual Labor Day Craft Retreat

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.

Labor Day Retreat

Creative Cottage Retreat Craft Room – Connie, Becky, & Laura

Creative Cottage Retreat

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

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

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.

Happy Stampin’

Barbara

For All Things Fall Card – Collage of Leaves

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.

Happy Stampin’

Crafting in Style! We Tried Out a New Retreat…

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!

Happy Stampin’

Crafting Marathon – Labor Day Weekend

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.

Happy Stampin’

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