Team Getaway Fun with the Holiday Catalog!

As I mentioned yesterday I held my team retreat last weekend. It was 3 wonderful days of fellowship, stamping, and laughter. As usual I was a bit remiss in taking photos of us together during the event. (Note to self put a sticky note out to remind me next time. since I get side tracked easily at these events. LOL). But you are in luck because I did take photos of some of the project everyone was working on.

Our group was a bit smaller than normal but that didn’t slow us down any. Actually it was kind of nice since we were able to spread out. You know how it goes 6 feet is never enough space with all those new goodies! Here is a photo of the space set up and ready for everyone to arrive.

Deborah brought this cute little treat for everyone made with the Lemon Zest Bundle (145359/145360).

I can’t wait to make some of these up myself to surprise folks with – that is if I can find the lemon candies. (3 stores already and no luck! Sigh… maybe it is the eclipse and they’ve gone the way of moon pies!)

She also brought this cute little bag she was working on using the Painted Autumn Designer Series Paper (144613) and Spooky Cat Stamp Set (144749).

And do you see the yummy Basic Black Vintage Crochet Trim (144611)? I can’t wait to start working with it!

And Cindy made these wonderful little post it holders for everyone.

On to cards – Want to see some of the wonderful cards we made in our shoe box swap?

Anna’s uses a couple of the new products from the Holiday Catalog.

I just love the Winter Wonder Embossing Folder (144686), snowflakes are my thing any how, but this card was soooo quick and easy perfect for holiday cards!

And Deborah’s is a new twist on the ever popular Swirly Bird Stamp Set (141749).

And my card – of course it uses the Musical Season Bundle (146048/146049) and Merry Music Specialty Designer Series Paper (144623).

I love the way the french horn cuts out of the Champagne Foil Paper (144748).  You may see this one turn up at my catalog launch (watch for more information coming soon.)

And how about this final card that Cindy made using the Painted Harvest stamp set from the Holiday Catalog. Soft and lovely – I knew I’d end up wanting this bundle when I saw her working with things at the retreat!

And here is a fun note card that Anna surprised me with for my promotion using the Icing on the Cake Stamp Set (143664). I was admiring it while she was stamping but had no clue it was for me – what a surprise!

I have such wonderful stamping friends and team members!

And last but not least how about this cute little thank you card made with the Bella & Friends stamp set (141867/141870)?

So what do you think? Love the new items too in my 2017 Holiday Catalog PreOrder Goodies Video from yesterday (Click HERE to see the video) and today’s projects? It’s just a peek of what’s inside the 2017 Holiday Catalog! And as I am sure you can guess, being the first to see this new catalog or any of our new catalogs is a very exciting AND a  huge perk of being a Demonstrator – after all who wouldn’t want to be first? Right!  Add the fact that you’ll receive a discount on all these products and you can’t loose! If you feel this is a good time to join Stampin’ Up! and my team, the Blue Mountain Stampers, you too can be first too!

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Swirly Bird Fun & a bit more

There is nothing better than playing with new stamp sets and this week I’m going to share some projects that I stamped and received when I got together with some fellow demonstrators last week.

Today’s card was made using the Swirly Bird Bundle (142353).

Swirly Bird Stamp Divas June 2016

Just perfect for a summer birthday! And I’ve got to tell you while this wasn’t on my original wish list it is now!!!

The more I see and use this set the more I love it. It’s just so versatile and the options are endless! I’m so glad that Kathleen shared this project with me.

Stop back by tomorrow when I’ll share a card made with the Moroccan Nights stamp set that Teresa gave me.

On a personal note –

What do you do when you have the house to yourself for a whole weekend? Recently I was at loose ends for a whole uninterrupted weekend of me time. What does that mean? Well I can do things that I’ve been wanting to or as the spirit moves me. Either way that means no cooking and being on my own time table. LOL!

This particular weekend – I got the bug to sew. Of course, this was after seeing my patio furniture dry rotted when it was uncovered for a family cook out!

Sewing Machine Old chairs

After a couple of weeks shopping around and being shocked at the price of replacement cushions. I remembered my friend Cindy recently telling me about recovering hers. Well low and behold there was a fabric sale that came across my email – I was inspired. Armed with limited sewing ability and measurements I headed to town. Straight lines I can do! So I figured I could tackle this project after a bit of googling. LOL!

I fell in love with this fun, bright colorful stripe at the store. Couldn’t resist the Calypso Coral and Mint Macaron combo, there is even a little real red and  Cucumber Crush in there! After cleaning out the store of all they had, I came home thinking I could do all 4 chairs with what I had.

Sewing Machine (1)

I was a bit off – Totally didn’t get what the girl was saying. Now I know why she seemed confused, she must have thought I was a bit crazy. I bet she was shaking her head when I left. ( I didn’t account for the pattern I soon learned!) But that’s okay, I had enough to get me started! Here is my trial run chair.

Sewing Machine Revovered chairs (2)

Simply made a pillow case and whip stitched the back edge. (Since no one will look any ways – that is except my husband! Who checked it out first thing when he got home.)

I was on a roll and soon got the fabric in for the last two chairs – didn’t want to forget what I was doing!

Sewing Machine Revovered chairs (1)

Everyone has been so sweet with their comments – some even thought I’d bought a new set!

Well once the machine was set up in my classroom I couldn’t quit. So since I’ve been wanting to get to this project for ages I thought why not?

old purse

This was a favorite purse of mine. Since it is cloth it is light weight and perfect for travel in the summer. Unfortunately my liner had gotten shredded from all the use so I set it aside a couple of summers ago. (I’m sure you have projects like this too. Thinking you’ll get to it soon, but then time passes. I’ve REALLY got to be in the mood to sew and I was on a high from the patio set sucess!).

Any how. I just knew our retired  Stampin’ Up! fabric that I had would be perfect for this little purse. So here is the finished project. I lined it in the Rich Razzleberry pattern so it won’t show the dirt.

Floral District Fabric Purse

Cute? Not perfect, but all the same I’m going to enjoy using it. The Floral District Designer Series Paper was one of my favorites (not that I’m hording any….shhh don’t tell but it’s sitting right there with my Tea Party Designer Series Paper that I’m saving for a special project!)

Well the machine has been put away for now so the classroom is fully operational again!

What do you do when you have a weekend to yourself? Why not leave me a comment and let me know?


Stamp Set: Swirly Bird (141749) and Butterfly Basics (138813/138816/137154)

Inks: Pacific Point (126951), Tempting Turquoise (126952) and Delightful Dijon Classic Ink (138327)

Paper: Pacific Point (111350), Tempting Turquoise (102067) and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies (141497) and  Fine Tip Glue Pen (138309)


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