Spring Retreat more Table Gifts

Did you love the little table gifts I showed yesterday?  I had a couple more to share with you.

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This one is the tiny clear treat box – it is filled with ribbon that was used on Saturday’s projects and the top is decorated to match.  A little bit of doily and a little bit of the dragonflies.

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This one is a little bag with a spritzer in it.  Everyone used that on their Saturday Make&Takes.  The bag was one that I cut in half and glued the side shut to turn it into a mini bag.

Plus we had food and we played games and everyone won prizes.  It was a great weekend.  Here is the gang from the Spring Retreat.

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Thanks for visiting.  Remember to save the date for the Fall Retreat – Sept. 29 – Oct 1, 2017.

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Spring Retreat Table Gifts

When you attend a Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip one of the really exciting parts of the trip are the pillow gifts that they give you.  On the trip each evening they leave a surprise on your bed.  It is such a fun thing that I wanted it to be a part of my retreats too.  In the beginning retreats were at my house and not everyone spent the night so I left them on each table at different times of the day – so I often call them pillow gifts but I should probably call them Table gifts.  Fun little surprises throughout the weekend – for me it’s so much fun to do these.

To start with I like to start the retreat with a table gift waiting when everyone arrives and I like for it to have each attendee’s name on it.  This year we started with a little cactus for everyone.

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This time the little succulents became a cactus.  These coordinated with the Friday Night Make&Takes.

Everyone received a little container made from Designer Series Paper filled with caramels. These also coordinated with our Friday night projects.

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Another table gift was this fun box filled with giant Hershey deluxe kisses!  Yum.

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This one coordinated with the Saturday projects – the bumble bee is from the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the tag is watercolor washed in the background.

I’ll share the rest of the table gifts in my next post.

Thanks for visiting.  Remember to save the date for the Fall Retreat – Sept. 29 – Oct 1, 2017.

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Spring Retreat Make&Takes

Well I’m really behind on sharing about the Spring 2017 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  It was a few months ago and I didn’t share about it on my blog then but I’m going to do that now.  And be sure to save the date for the Fall retreat – September 29-October 1.  I held the retreat at a beautiful cabin in the North Georgia Mountains.  I’m actually heading back up there later this month to host a Demonstrator Getaway Weekend.  It is so much fun to getaway for the weekend and be creative with friends.

At the Spring Retreat we had Make&Take projects for everyone there.  We had a project for Friday night and another one for Saturday.

For Friday night we stuck with a fairly simple project – a card and a little 3-D succulent.

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These use products from the Oh So Succulent Suite from the Occasions Catalog.  We used the Popcorn Box die and cut it shorter to create the container for the succulent.  The card uses 4 x 5-1/4 piece of designer paper that is cut at a diagonal.  You can mix and match the patterns from a pack of designer paper.  Everyone at the retreat got a piece of all the different patterns in the pack.

On Saturday we had a bigger project and taught 5 different water coloring techniques.  We used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and dies to create a set of 4 cards – each with a different technique and a card holder with a 5th technique.

Everyone also made a 3D project to match the cards using the Window Box Thinlits Dies.  Since I prepped everything ahead I did a ton of Big Shot cutting for this one!

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Inside the Window Box was a battery operated tea light – the back of the box opens up so you can turn on your light.  We strung a wire through so you could hang it from a hook somewhere.

The projects turned out great and everyone enjoyed making them and learning the new techniques.  I hope you can join me in the fall.

Thanks for stopping by.

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Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop – October

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Welcome to the Thailand Incentive Trip Achievers Blog Hop for October. This is our first hop with those that have earned the incentive trip with Stampin’ Up!® to Thailand next July. This month our theme is the “Inspired by Nature” as many of us live in different areas around the world and have amazing seasons that we are enjoying. Plus the nature in Thailand is just incredible so we are inspired by our trip too. I’m very excited to be a part of this exclusive group of demonstrators!!
UPDATE:  My blog is not part of the hop anymore – sorry – my blog platform won’t play nice with the others.  So I’ll just share my project and hopefully you can get on to one of the other hoppers sites and go through the hop all the way.
Here in Georgia in the United States it is Fall/Autumn.  The leaves on the trees are changing into a variety of colors and they and the acorns are falling everywhere right now.  So my projects were inspired by that.  I created these for the Fall Retreat I just had at my home this past weekend.  Everyone received this as one of their little gifts at their table – a bag of trail mix and a water bottle with a cute hanging tag.
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I used the Moroccan Designer Series Paper for this project along with the Leaflets Framelits and the Cheerful Tags Framelits.  I love the little copper pine cones in our holiday catalogs – I tied those to my leaves with some Linen Thread.  And behind the leaves is a little bunch of our Copper Thread.  Here is a closer look at each one.

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I die cut the leaves our of Delightful Dijon card stock and the Moroccan Designer Paper then I left the framelit on the die cut and traced around the inside of the leaf.  I really like how it adds some definition to the leaves.

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The trail mix is inside one of the 2×8″ cello bags that are in the annual catalog.  I stapled the tag over the top of the filled bag.  And then covered the staples with the leaves.  The little tags on each project are 1/4″ strips of Very Vanilla card stock but I die cut the end with the leaf die so I could tie it into the bundle of leaves.

Thanks so much for stopping by!
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Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

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October 21 – 23, 2016

Crafting Retreat

Are you ready to get away from it all?  Leave behind the family, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and come join us for a fun Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  Come party with us at Monika’s House October 21 – 23, 2016.

Arrive on Friday afternoon – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – and everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.  And little surprises throughout the weekend!

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, Project Life, laptop for My Digital Studio, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I will have three Queen beds upstairs, some sofa space,  or we can put an air mattress on the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

I will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring at the beginning of March.  This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by Aug 31 – $80.

Regular pricing – due by Sept 30 – $100.

All fees non-refundable after Sept 30. I will be ordering supplies and prizes Oct 1st.

Spots are LIMITED – I am only opening this event up to 12 people!  So reserve your spot today!

Click Here for the Fall 2016 Registration Form

I hope to see you there! 

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Sale-A-Bration countdown – 3 more days

After today there are only 3 more days of Sale-A-Bration!  Thursday, March 31st will be the last day to get these items.  One of the most popular ones is the Botanical For You stamp set.  It has the big Just for You image along with some other phrases and flowers.  It coordinates with the Botanical Blooms bundle of products in the Occasions Catalog.

This project was a make&take and the Spring 2016 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.

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Everyone at the retreat received the Enjoy the Little Things Project Kit.  It is an awesome project designed to be a home decor project but it is so much more.  You can also use the pieces in scrapbook pages or make cards with them.  The box can be used to store the project or used to be given as a gift (with or without the actual project kit inside).  So we decide to decorate the box using the Botanicals for You stamp set, some left over pieces from inside the kit and then a few additional items.

The Just for you is stamped on Shimmery White card stock with Archival Black Ink.  Then we water-colored around it to add the Bermuda Bay color.  This technique was shared by Cindy Schuster who is my partner in crime at the retreats! For this technique go around your image with water filled aquapainter first.  Then come back and go around it with the aquapainter dipped in ink.

The doily, gold thread, and sequins came from the kit.  The flower is made with Cotton Paper just like the flowers in the kit and we also carried over the stamped butterfly idea from one of the kit pages.  The beautiful Watermelon Wonder ribbon is in the Occasions Catalog – don’t miss it – it is so soft and easy to work with.

Thanks for stopping by today!

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Stamp, Scrap & Create Spring 2016 Retreat

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

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March 18-20, 2016

Crafting Retreat

Are you ready to get away from it all?  Leave behind the family, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and come join us for a fun Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.  Come party with us at Monika’s House March 18-20, 2016.

Arrive on Friday afternoon – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – and everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.  And little surprises throughout the weekend!

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, Project Life, laptop for My Digital Studio, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I will have three Queen beds upstairs, some sofa space,  or we can put an air mattress on the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

I will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring at the beginning of March.  This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by Fab. 15th – $75.

Regular pricing – due by March 1st – $90.

All fees non-refundable after March 1st. I will be ordering supplies and prizes March 2nd.

Spots are LIMITED – I am only opening this event up to 12 people!  So reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

I (Monika) hope to see you there!