Yesterday was my annual new catalog Open House and retired product sale. So many of my regular stampers go North for the summer and can you blame them, it's over 90 degrees here today. And very humid! So I was happy to have about twenty people come. I love doing this event and try to go with some kind of theme. Since my Make and Take card was using the stamp set Sprinkles of Life I went with a coordinating theme. I made cupcakes and put a stamped pick in each one. Of course the cupcakes has sprinkles on them. The picks were the frosting stamped image with a little stamped sentiment. You can see below. I also coataed pretzel sticks with candy melts and sprinkles. And we had some fruit kabobs and popcorn. My good friends Cheryl and Mike White brought some layered dip and chips to celebrate Flag Day. It was super yummy.
I usually just have bottled water to drink but even a bottle of water can be festive, right? The DSP from the new Color Collection Paper Stacks was perfect to tie in with the theme. I even found polka dot straws.
Everyone who comes to Open House gets a goodie bag. I use old cards or card fronts from convention swaps to decorate the bags and each bag had some treats plus one Stampin' Up product inside.
Here are some of the treats:
There was door prize drawings, new products on display and two Make and Takes. This card was cased from one I saw on Patty Bennett's blog. I just did my card on colored cardstock and Patty's was on white and I added some glitter to my ice cream. You can see Patty's blog here. I loved her tip of using a blender pen to go over the stamped cone image. It picks up just enough color from the image to add some lighter color to the cone.
My only regret is that I didn't take any photos during the Open House. There was just a lot going on and I was busy and didn't think about it until after everyone was gone. I will be updating my retired stamp list soon and will let you know when it's posted.
Thanks to all who came and to those of you who ordered and/or bought retired items. I love what I do and love my Stampin' Up friends.