June 2019 Retreat & 2 New Classes

I have been neglecting my blog posts for some time and that is partly due to all of the preparations getting ready for an all day retreat that was held last week.  This is the 2nd all day retreat that my friend and fellow SU demonstrator, Sandy Mitchell, and I had with amazing help from our upline, Catherine Harwood. 

We started planning even before we could see the new catalog that would be going live June 4th. That was a bit of a challenge since we wanted to focus on new catalog product. We settled on a barbecue theme after finding really cute paper party supplies and hoped there might be a barbecue stamp set in the catalog. Well, there was not but the new Daisy Lane bundle coordinated perfectly with our theme and we added daisies and lady bugs to the decorations and went with a color palette of black, red, and white.


It is important to us that the goodie bags are a bag that can be reused as a gift bag. The decoration on these bags was made using both daisy punches along with the sprig and leaf punch. There is a tiny ladybug on each daisy which I purchased from Amazon. Each goodie bag had a pack of dimensionals, a pack of the new In Color faceted dots, the new embossed gratitude journal, all supplies and instructions for the make and takes, half package of metallic pearls, an ink pen and 6″ x 6″ samples of the Perennial Essence vellum,Noble Peacock Specialty DSP, Pressed Petals Specialty DSP, and Come Sail Away DSP.


The event was held in a church hall. We had 51 people attend with 12 tables set up.


Photo booths are fun and great opportunities for having pictures with friends. The frame is one we reused from our first retreat by just changing the flowers. Our photo props included call outs, two chef hats, and red bandanas.


Janice and Gladys


Sandy and me

 We know how much we love seeing display samples at Stampin’ Up events and knew our stampers would too. We made several boards. Two of our downline demonstrators also made a display board. (Connie Chandler & Janice Estes)


Bird Ballad Suite (Sandy) & Hugs From Shelli Paper Pumpkin (Janice Estes)


Sandy decorated this birdhouse with paper from the Bird Ballad Suite


Magnolia Lane Suite (Sandy) & Come Sail Away Suite (Beth)


Over the Moon (Beth) and Daisy Lane Bundle (Beth)


Memorable Mosaic Suite (Connie Chandler) & new In Colors (Sandy & Beth)


Sandy’s husband made the little wooden houses and she decorated them with In Color DSP and other SU products. Notice the shipping boxes in front of the house. We love to see UPS come with a delivery.


Follow Your Art Suite (Janice Estes)



Of course we had to have barbecue for lunch. We had chicken and pulled pork sandwiches, chips, deviled eggs, pickles, cole slaw, & watermelon. The desserts included banana pudding, brownies, cookies, and an apple Snicker dessert.


Sandy with my daughter Lynn Ann who made most of the food and even delivered it right before lunch in a downpour of rain.


Ladybugs standing watch over the food table. The jar with the tea light holder was also the decoration on each of the stamper’s tables.  During the day we had two games, one that had a single winner and the other game a winner at each table. The centerpiece was the prize for that game.


Catherine Harwood did two demonstrations for us. One was using color, highlighting Blend markers and the new Pigment Sprinkles and the other was tips for using the Stamparatus. Unfortunately I was too busy to watch her demos.


Lynn, Carol, and Nancy working on make & takes. Nancy came all the way from Massachusetts for our event.


Jan, Betty, Barbara, Mickey & Karen stamping their make & takes


Mickey showing her completed 8″x8″ Magnolia Lane sampler


Each of the 6 make & takes had samples and instructions for them to follow with die cutting and embossing at a table next to the stamping area.


An altered CASE (copy & share everything) of the catalog card using Lovely is the Day bundle.


Another make & take project was this journal from the catalog also using product from Lovely is the Day bundle. The journal is filled with printed pages featuring design and gratitude quotes.


Over the Moon stamp set is featured on this make & take card using the new Rococo Rose coordinating products including the new in color faceted dots. Each goodie bag had a whole package of the dots.


Above the Clouds stamp set and Not Air Balloon punch were used on this card. The Pretty Label punch makes perfect clouds.


This card using Magnolia Lane products is actually a gift card holder.


No SU event is complete without a candy and snack table.


And no SU event is complete without Prize Patrol and door prizes. We did have several door prizes throughout the day and 4 all attendee table gifts.

This was the suggested color combinations for the new In Colors printed and put on a ring with some of the new Old Olive/Pretty Peacock reversible ribbon.


Garden Lane DSP covered Hershey nuggets


Magnets to go along with our theme


The new shipping boxes with tag using You Always Deliver stamp set. Each box was sealed with the Follow Your Art Washi tape (the one with the SU label) and each box had a spool of the Navy and Sahara sand baker’s twine inside. Additionally 4 of the boxes had a hidden “winner” tag inside with either a flower and ladybug photo frame or a set of watercolor pencils.

Lucky Sandra with her flower and ladybug frame

We worked hard but also had fun putting on this retreat. In fact we have already started planning the next one! 

I have the following two classes scheduled. If you would like to attend let me know asap. There is limited space available.


 Daisy Flower Frame Class – $20

Includes all supplies to make the flowers. The stand is available at Hobby Lobby

Two sessions available: 

       Saturday, July 6th at 1:00 PM or Wednesday, July 10 at 9:30 AM


Hope as an Anchor Sampler Class – $35

Includes a package of the Sail Away Trinkets and supplies to make the 12″ x 12″ sampler.  The frame is not included but any craft store sells them.

There sessions available:

        Thursday, August 1st at 1:00 PM or Saturday, August 3rd at 1:00 PM


2 Responses to “June 2019 Retreat & 2 New Classes”

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  1. Debi says:

    It was a GREAT day and I’m really looking forward to the next one!!!!!

  2. Robin Bissland says:

    I had such a great time…The projects I loved, The food was great and the people… always my Favorite!!! Thank you for the second year of a very successful event!!!

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