Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape

This past Saturday was my friend and fellow demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and my 3rd all day retreat. Our Winter Wonderland theme focused entirely on the holiday catalog. After months of planning and preparing it was a fun day with 6 make & takes, demonstrations by our upline, Catherine Harwood, door prizes and table gifts throughout the day, a photo booth, games, and plenty of food.

Our goodie bags had $25 of Stampin’ Up product including samplers of some of the holiday suites, their make & take packets, and a package of the holiday rhinestones. Sandy made the centerpiece for each table which had an LED candle in the middle which had the trees from Winter Woods heat embossed on them. The winner at each table for one of our games got the centerpiece.

We had 7 display boards with plenty of samples.

The photo booth is always fun.


Something new added to this retreat was our silent auction of home decor items. We weren’t too sure how it would go and so happy when it turned out to be a big hit with some bidding wars going on. 

This was my first time making a curly paper wreath and I was quite pleased with how it turned out.

This beautiful wreath made by Sandy took a lot of die cutting to make.

The flowers on the lantern are on magnets and can easily be changed to other flowers for different seasons.

 Catherine and I at the name tag table right before we opened the doors.

Sandy and Santa at the candy bar.

Lunch was yummy chicken salad on croissants, deviled eggs, chips, pickles, and 3 different desserts. No one left hungry that day. My daughter, Lynn Ann, was our caterer for the day.

One of the make & takes using the Elfie stamp set.

We did have all of the die cutting done for the make & takes which made them much easier and quicker to complete.

The Holiday Helper is made using a white folder with pockets. Each side is then scored and folded. I made the  lists inserts which you can download below.

Holiday Heper Lists PDF

I don’t have photos of Sandy’s make and takes yet so will post them later.

At the end of the day we were two tired gals.

Thanks to all who came and shared the day with us.

Winter Woods Fall Card & Upcoming 24 hr Sale

Before I get to todays card I want to let you know about a 24 hour sale Stampin’ Up! has announced this coming week. They haven’t told us yet which day it will be but am thinking maybe Tuesday or Wednesday. Check back for more details then.

Now for today’s card:

I wanted to make a fall card using the trees from Winter Woods and was inspired by a card made by demonstrator Cindy Elam. You can see Cindy’s card here.  I changed up a few things to make this one my own.

The trees were stamped in Early Espresso and then sponged with Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, and Real Red ink. The Early Espresso mat was embossed with the Woodland embossing folder however it’s hard to see here. The spray of leaves at the bottom were die cut using In the Woods dies that coordinate with the stamp set. The sentiment is from Itty Bitty Greetings and punched out with Classy Label Punch.


Another Quick Perfectly Plaid Card

This card was one from a recent Christmas Card Stamp-a-Stack. It used all of the same product as yesterdays card except the card base is white instead of Shaded Spruce and red rhinestones were added instead of metallic pearls. The trees were punched out and then pieces of designer series paper attached to the back.

Sandy and I are working hard getting ready for our 3rd all day retreat which is scheduled for November 2nd. The whole day centers around the Holiday Catalog Christmas products. Our theme is Winter Wonderland. We are at that point where every day is filled with retreat preparations mixed with a little panic and wondering why we are doing this! But it all comes together in the end and it’s a fun day for all.

Thanks for stopping by.

Missing in Action

This is the busiest time of the Stampin’ year for me so I have been neglecting my blog for a bit.  I’ll try to get back on track. (smile)

The Holiday Catalog is live and it’s hard to pick out my favorites. I do love any stamp set with a coordinating punch because it’s so easy for classes. This card was made for a team swap using the Perfectly Plaid stamp set and Pine Tree Punch. And when you purchase the bundle you get both with a 10% discount.

The triangle plaid designer series paper at the top and bottom of the card was easy to do. Just measure the width you want the bottom of the triangle to be and then cut a square that size. Then cut that into four triangles.


Wear Your Sunscreen!

One other reason that hindered my blogging activity was a recent surgery for a basal cell carcinoma on my upper lip. It appeared as a very tiny spot but then one morning became black so I skedaddled to the dermatologist and a biopsy was taken. We were both surprised at the results. So then I was off to see a plastic surgeon. You know, on the face, and I didn’t want ugly scars. The process started with a MOHS procedure where sections were sent to a pathologist while I waited to see if the margins were clear. One additional cut and send out to be checked resulted in a pretty good sized “hole” (imagine nickle sized above your lip). Two days later I was having reconstruction surgery where they had to cut across my lip, up to the bottom of my nose, across to the side and then halfway up the side of my nose. Way more extensive than I even imagined. Now I didn’t want ugly but let me just say this was beyond ugly! My lip was swollen, hard and dropping down so far I could barely get a toothbrush under it. They have told me that it could take 3 months to completely heal and I’m just at 2 months now. It is getting much better but I will sure be glad when I’m “normal” again. So I’m sharing this as a reminder to wear sunscreen when you are out in the sun. Of course back in my younger days I was loving the sun and working on the perfect tan with no thoughts of sunscreen. We are more aware of that these days but putting sunscreen on your lips is often overlooked.

Holiday Catalog is Live

It’s that most wonderful time of the year! When the new Holiday Catalog is out. Let me just say this catalog is packed full of wonder. So many great stamp sets, so many great bundles and so much more. If you do not have a catalog and would like one let me know.

Here are a few of the Stampin’ Up! videos highlighting different products:

You can view the catalog by clicking on the image under catalogs on the right.

The past few days here on the East Coast of Florida were filled with uncertainty as we watched and prepared for Hurricane Dorian. Board up or don’t board up? Stay or leave? At the eleventh hour I did opt to board up with the help of my son-in-law and grandson. I have plywood so it made sense when reports were showing a category 5 coming our way. And then I headed to Orlando with a friend to stay at her son’s home. We spent 2 days there watching the news and wondering how our homes were doing. I have seen a lot of hurricanes come through since living in Florida but I believe this may have been the first coming at us as a category 5. And then it turned on a more eastern path and we were fortunate. In past hurricanes I always lost electricity and so I expected the same. Boy was I surprised when I came home and realized I still had power and had no damage. Feeling grateful.


Over the Moon Faux Shaker Card

This card has the appearance of a shaker card but actually is not. I adore these cute cows from the stamp set Over the Moon because they just have such adorable character.

To create the card start with stamping the sentiment on the piece of checked DSP and then adhere to the mat. Die cut the black frame using the Rectangle Dies and attach using foam strips. Stamp and fussy cut the cows and add to the card.  Finish it by adding some faceted dots. To get black ones I used the black Blends marker to color some of them.


This is a list of my upcoming classes, events and workshops. Please note that the special classes are limited to the number of attendees and prepayment is required so that I can prepare the correct kits.  RSVP early to be sure you get a spot. I will also post this schedule under the Classes and Events tab at the top of my blog.



New Catalog Open House/Customer Appreciation Event

Each year with the release of the new annual catalog I like to host an event that combines my BOGO sale of retirement stamps and products and customer appreciation. I didn’t get too many photos but thought I would share what I do have. You may recognize some of the display boards since they were used at our Stamp & Scrap Creative Escape Retreat in June and I posted photos of those back then.

I do try to pamper my customers with a few gifts during the event in addition to door prizes. The first one was at the table as they came in. I created the tabs for the catalog and had packets for them to pick up. The folders on the table each had a copy of a “shopping” list, my class schedule through December, monthly special coupons, a monthly birthday list, and a Stampin’ Up! word search puzzle.

I did have a nautical theme to my event.

These open top boxes had Hershey’s kisses in them. Gotta have a little chocolate!

Lifesaver packs


Make & Take #1 ready to go

I found these cute bottles on Amazon and filled them with bath salts, a couple of pieces of sea glass and a shell which I picked up on the beach on my vacation 2 weeks ago.

I am over the moon for these adorable cows!

Everyone got one of the cow tails candy treats.

My friend and down line Connie Chandler made me want this stamp set with her gorgeous cards. I didn’t think I wanted it but ordered it today!

Once the door opened and I let people in (they were lined up waiting) I got pretty busy so I didn’t get pictures of everyone. (sigh)

Tara and Sandra


Debi, Terri, Donna, and Judy peaking out from the back


Robin said she had birthday money to spend! She found some great deals.

Mother and daughter, Lynette and Gina

Pat, Carol, and Linda

Sandra & Evelyn.  Shopping done, cards made, orders placed. Time to eat!

Be sure to check back later in the week and I will share the make & take projects.

Feeling very blessed that my Stampin’ Up customers are also my friends.


Same Layout 3 Ways

I have a class at a community room that I have been doing for at least 13 years. When it started I came every other week and usually only from October – May since so many residents travel North for the summer. It has turned into doing the class 2 times a week, every week and I rotate doing the projects with 2 of my downline. We do meet during the summer months but only 1 time a week since the attendance is lower. Last week my 3 cards were using the same layout with different Designer Series Papers and different stamps and embossing powder. The first card uses the new Magnolia Lane DSP and stamp set. The sentiment is embossed with white embossing powder. The stamped flower is die cut after stamping and Wink of Stella added after coloring.

The 2nd and 3rd card use retired Designer Series Paper with current stamps and punches.

The sentiment is embossed with silver embossing powder. The flowers are stamped using Perennial Birthday stamp set and colored with markers.

And this card is embossed with black embossing powder. The flowers are made using the new smaller Daisy punch and new colored Vellum.

Each card had a floral element next to the sentiment. One was die cut, one was punched, and the 3rd was fussy cut. And all three cards used the same DSP to cover the envelope flap. That’s my favorite way to dress up an envelope.

3 different embossing powder stations

Everyone is always helpful in loading supplies in my car when the class is over. When I came out I found Terri taking a sit down. She’s always full of fun.


Today is my annual new catalog open house, retired product BOGO sale and customer appreciation event. I’ll be back later this week with photos from it. A lot of work but fun and my wonderful daughter is doing most of the food for me. Lucky mom.


Have a beautiful weekend.



Daisy Framed Art

Two friends came over today to make the daisy framed art piece pictured in the catalog. They each made 2 of them. Even though I had already made 3 myself I had fun helping them get all of the pieces punched an die cut.

Evelyn and Debi show off their finished masterpieces.

Make note of the difference when talking about the flowers and the daisies. The flowers refer to the finished stack of daisies.

To make one of these you need 4 large flowers and 4 small flowers in your choice of colors. Flowers are made using stamped and punched daisies in addition to punched daisies that are not stamped. The colors I used are Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Blushing Bride, Highland Heather (stamped with Gorgeous Grape ink), Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, and Grapefruit Grove. I used Pear Pizzazz and Mossy Meadow for the leaves.

Large Daisies: Stamp and punch 2 large daisies. Additionally punch out 1 that you don’t stamp. Do this for each color flower you want.

Small Daisies: Stamp and punch 2 small daisies. Additionally punch out 1 that you don’t stamp. Do this for each color flower you want.

Using a bone folder curl the petals upward on all daisies.

The centers are punched 1-1/8″ scalloped circles that have been cut part way towards the middle in between the scallops. Curl with bone folder.

Small brown centers are the large daisy stamp center punched out with a 1/2″ circle punch adhered using a dimensional.


Each large daisy stack consists of a total of 3 large daisies and 3 small daisies with the non stamped daisies on the bottom of the stamped ones. Each small daisy stack consists of a total of 3 small daisies with the non stamped one on the bottom.

Glue daisies together rotating the petals.

Large Flower: Use glue or a dimensional to adhere the small daisy stack to the large daisy stack. These are all the same color. The scallop circle center is a different color.

Leaves are a combination of punched and die cut leaves and punched sprigs.

Here is the close up again of the one I made so you can see the layering.

I hope this all makes sense.

It’s been a long day since I woke up at 4 AM and have been busy ever since so I’m headed to bed.