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’


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’

Craftaway Studios – Round 3

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.

Happy Stampin’

Craftaway Studios – Labor Day Weekend

I just got back from a fabulously fun crafting retreat weekend with friends and downlines at Craftaway Studios.  We stayed up until 3am the first two nights and 5am Sunday night. Good thing we got late check out on Monday, because we didn’t wake up until 10am.  My main project was completing a photo frame that’s like a printer’s tray.  I’m already getting the Halloween printer’s tray project free from Stampin’ Up!, so I made this one Christmas themed.  I’ll blog about it separately with all the details.  Here are three of us (me, Tracy, & Becky).  I didn’t get a photo of Kim, ‘cause I didn’t really take any photos until the last minute and she had gone home earlier than us.

We spread out everywhere since we were the only group there for the weekend.  So, we sat together in one room and spread out all the tools, laptops, & completed projects in the other room.   I didn’t take this photo until we had straightened up some, trust me, it was quite amazing how messy and spread out just 4 ladies can get when they are crafting all day.

In between all the crafting we made simple heat and eat meals and took a good hour break at lunches and dinners to relax and talk at the dining table.  We of course talked, listened to music, and joked with each other while crafting too, “Hello?!? McFly!”.  And one time, I thought I was gonna die laughing with biscotti in my mouth!  I couldn’t stop laughing even without eye contact.  I don’t even know what triggered it!  It’s just one of those girl trip things.
I made Hanukah cards and tags, Christmas cards and tags, my Christmas printer’s tray, more cards, and Halloween projects for my class on Sunday.  I was going to scrapbook too, but didn’t organize photos before the trip.  I had plenty on my list without it though.  Here’s an overall photo of my completed projects.

I’ll post close up photos of projects in separate posts so you can get all the details.  Happy Stampin’.


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