Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

You won’t want to miss the Fall 2017 retreat – Sept 29 – Oct 1, 2017!

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 Skyview Mountain Cottage & Retreat in Ellijay, GA Sep 29 – Oct 1, 2017.
Arrive on Friday – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone on Friday evening for our dinner.  If you come before lunch – bring your own lunch.  We will have games and prizes on Friday night.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday, Sunday Breakfast and snacks.  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 memory keeping, card making, laptop for Digital scrapbooking, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry making, knitting – the choice is yours.
The Cabin sleeps 18 people – 8 Built in Bunk beds, 4 traditional bunk beds, 2 twin beds, 1 queen bed and 1 king bed.
Every crafter will have their own table, with a comfy chair, an Ott Lite and more!
I will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring in mid September to those that are registered.
This time we are offering EARLY BIRD PRICING – paid in full by August 25 – $125.
Regular pricing – due by September 10 – $150
All fees non-refundable after Sept 10..
I will be ordering supplies and prizes Sept 11.
Reserve your spot today!
CLICK HERE to get the registration form.

Email me today to let me know you plan to attend, then send in your registration and payment.  Thanks!
I hope to see you there!

Here is a peek at some of the fun from the Spring Retreat.

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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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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! 

Bottle Cap Necklace and Petite Purse

Have you tried out the Bottle Caps in the Stampin’ Up! Spring catalog?  Did you know that you can flatten them and turn them into jewelry?

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This was our third Make & Take project for the Stamp, Scrap & Create Escape Retreat.  We used the bottle caps to make necklaces (and LaRee used the small ones to make earrings too).

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We used the Big Shot to flatten the bottle cap.  Stamped the images on card stock and punched them out.  Glued it in the bottle cap and then covered with Crystal Effects – let it dry over night.  This is a fun project but doesn’t work well in a class setting because of the drying time so it was a perfect project for the retreat.  I made one where I added the Rhinestone while the Crystal Effects was still wet and another one I added it afterwards.  The little 1/16″ handheld punch was used to punch a hole in the edge and then add a chain or ribbon.

And the cute little jewelry needs something cute to put it in – right?  So I created this little matching Petite Purse.  Now it makes an adorable gift – Mother’s Day is coming up you know!

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I used the Petite Purse die and Basic Gray card stock.  The front panel was cut a second time and embossed with the Chevron Embossing folder.  A ribbon handle was added with some of the tiny brads.  Stamp and punch the butterfly – add the Vintage Faceted button and ta-DA – a super cute little purse to hold that necklace!

Thanks for visiting today!

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Sent with Love Mini Scrapbook

At the Stamp, Scrap & Create Escape Retreat we had four Make&Take projects for everyone that attended.  The groups rotated through the stamping sessions to complete the four projects.  One of them was the fun mini scrapbook made with the Sent with Love Designer Paper and stamp set.

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The front and back cover are made from the Natural Composition Specialty Paper (you’ll find it in the new catalog too).

The inside pages alternate between envelopes (that create pockets) and card stock.  The binding is the Sent With Love Designer Paper.  Decorate with the stamped images, punched images and card stock.  Finish with some Baker’s Twine tied around the front.

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The envelopes are pockets and inside each one is a piece of card stock that was embossed and cut to create a decorative edge.  I cut the flaps off of the envelopes, but if you think you want to close the envelope with a closer and some twine then leave the flaps on.  You can hide secrets in there 🙂

smash-book-4One more fun thing on these is the faux “tape” – I cut strips of Vellum card stock – stamped on them and then punched the edges with the postage stamp punch and it looks like tape.  Adhere just one side and then you can took a photo under it and it will looked “taped” but won’t really be.

Today is the last day that you can order the Sent With Love items – either individually or as a bundle – so be sure to hurry before they are gone!  These will be fun to have for scrapping some travels this year.

MainAd_SentWithLove_DBWS_Feb_NAYou can order on my website – http://www.monika.stampinup.net – click the SHOP NOW button on the side of my blog and it will take you to the store.

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Pillow Gifts at the Retreat!

Pillow Gifts are so much fun!  What are pillow gifts?  It is something that Stampin’ Up! does – not sure about other companies.  On the incentive trips that the demonstrators earn Stampin’ Up! pampers them with little gifts that they normally leave in their room in the evening and often on the pillow – so I guess that is how they came to be called “pillow gifts”.  When we go to convention and other events we usually bring gifts for our roommates and also leave them on the pillow.  I finally earned my first incentive trip this year (the Hilton Head trip that I went to in September) and yes the pillow gifts were the most exciting part – after dinner everyone wanted to go back to their rooms and see what Stampin’ Up! had left.  So of course for the Stamp, Scrap and Create retreat I wanted to pamper everyone and give them special “pillow gifts” – but since everyone wasn’t spending the night rather than leaving them on their pillow I left the gifts at their “spot” in the crafting room.

The retreat theme was focused around the Sent with Love Designer paper and stamp set – if you haven’t purchased these yet you better hurry – they are only available through April 30th!!  One of our make&takes was also created out of these and I’ll share that tomorrow.  It’s a great set and paper to use in your scrapbooking.

Well on to the pillow gifts – here they are:

pailWhen everyone arrived they had this little pail on their spot.  Each one has a chalkboard vinyl cutout with the Oval Framelits.  I added a banner that was made with the Sent With Love Designer Paper and then tied a piece of chalk to the bucket it has a little wrap of paper on it too.  These worked out perfectly because everyone carried them around to the Make&Take stations throughout the weekend.  Their adhesive and scissors fit inside and anything else they wanted to corral into one place.

Friday night after dinner they got this little treat.

jelly-bean-tubeA little tube filled with Jelly Beans and decorated with a tag made out of the Sent with Love Stamp set and matching designer paper.  I stamped the images and punched them out with a 1″ circle punch and added them to the tag.  A little treat that was “sent with love” to everyone that came to the retreat.

I got up early Saturday morning and got breakfast ready and then snuck downstairs to leave a new little pillow gift on everyone’s spot. This is what they got.

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I used an empty button container and decorated the top with card stock and a flower – the stamp is from the A Round Array stamp set – and I stuck with the same colors that are in the Sent With Love designer paper.  Inside the container was a roll of Washi Tape – each person got a roll from the Epic Day pack.   The stamp set and Washi tape are both sneak peeks from the upcoming catalog.  I added the “you make me smile” stamp because they all make me smile and I was so happy that everyone came to this retreat.

Saturday night was a special treat that I put out while everyone ate dinner –

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I made a cute little box using the Pop ‘n Cuts base die and the Sent with Love Designer paper.  I stamped some of the images from the matching stamp set, punched and cut out the pieces and added them to the front of the box.  Inside was a three pack of Ferrero Rocher chocolates!  A sweet treat “special delivery” to end a wonder Saturday of crafting.

And lastly on Sunday morning I left everyone a final “pillow gift” to say thank you for coming.

petite-pocket-pearlsA cute little Petite Pocket made from the Sent with Love Designer Paper.  Wrapped with some Baker’s Twine and some little tags from Tiny tags – I used “thanks so much”, “hand crafted”, and “friends”.  Inside each pocket were some of the Jumbo Pearls.  Just a fun little gift for everyone.  I’m sad that the Petite Pocket Die, the Tiny Tags stamp set and the Jewelry Tag punch are all on the Stampin’ Up! retiring list – so hurry and order them now before they are gone!  I love making these little pocket for so many things.

I know everyone loved all the little surprises and I loved make them and giving them!  I can’t wait to plan the next retreat – I’ll have dates soon so you can mark your calendar and be sure to join us!

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