Retreat Pillow Gifts & Another Video Tutorial

Pampering and pillow gifts continued through out the retreat – Saturday morning everyone received their goodie bag, or in this case Berry Baskets filled with items for the weekend’s Make ‘n Takes. Since the new 2015 Catalog had not gone live yet this was a huge hit since it contained  some of the NEW 2015 In Color Dotted Dotted Lace Trim and Envelope Paper!

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna Goodie Basket

Isn’t the Berry Basket Die (137366) cute? I cut it first using Always Artichoke card stock and then ran through the Designer Series Paper pieces for just the sides. The cute little coordinating bow was made using the Bow Builder Punch (137414) and another pattern from the Designer Series Paper Stack. Love this option for Designer Series Paper – our stacks make it easy to mix and match like this since they contain 4 of each pattern. And with the new 6×6 option you can do even more!

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And of course – here are some more of the little treats from the weekend.

Blue Moutain Weekend with Jini and Anna Candy holder Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna fry box

I love this little Hot Diggity Dot Stamp Set (134021/134024) and it’s sayings and of course, the fry box was filled with what else? Hugs and Kisses of course! The fry box was made with our NEW 2015 In Color Watermelon Wonder and the Fry Box Die (132966). If you want to learn how I made this, you can click HERE to see my video tutorial.

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna petite purse

And the final project I’m sharing today had a little extra special something inside – Can you guess what it was?

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna purse with scissors charm

The petite purse held a scissors charm using our Something Borrowed Embellishments from the 2015 Occasions Catalog!

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna Sissors Charms

Now I know that these embellishments are retired at this point – but these scissor charms were so much fun to make I thought I’d share how I made them with you in my How to Make Scissors Charms Video Tutorial.

Easy right? And once you get started there are all kinds of combinations you can make. What fun I had designing these for our guests! Oops, I slipped in my tutorial and let the cat out of the bag – since I’ve made the blue scissor charms for my team members, the Blue Mountain Stampers and our retreat this coming weekend. Shhh…don’t tell them…LOL!

Here is a final picture of all the pillow gifts from the retreat.

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna goodies for the weekend

Want to see the Make ‘n Takes everyone made on Saturday? Stop on by tomorrow when I’ll share the three projects with you.

And why not leave me a comment and let me know which pillow gift is your favorite? I’d love to hear from you.

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Blue Mountain Weekend Retreat Recap

The end of May my friend Anna and I held our first retreat and it seemed to be a hit with those who attended.  It’s taken me a bit but today I thought I’d share some pictures and projects from the retreat from May 29th.

As everyone arrived we had a special name tag on their table along with a New 2015-2016 Annual Catalog, In Color bookmark, flags to mark their pages and a pen decorated with the Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack to use with their wish list and of course a special coupon.

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna Name tag and catalog

And of course everyone needed a little something chocolate as the night went on. After all we needed to keep our strength up as we crafted into the wee hours of the night. LOL – sounds good at least, after all do we really need a reason for chocolate?

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This little bag was a lot of fun to make and they are quick and easy once you know the trick. The Pansy Punch that I used is part of this week’s Weekly Deals.

Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini and Anna self closing bag

I’ve made a video tutorial to share how I made these Self Closing Bags using some of our new Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper. Why not check it out? The complete list of supplies used in the tutorial is listed below for you.

Of course, we really enjoyed making these little goodies and pampering our guests and so we’ll look forward to doing another retreat soon. So that’s great news if you missed our first retreat. We’ll be setting a date sometime soon – Just watch for more information coming soon and of course, you can always keep up to date with what’s happing when you join my Monthly Newsletters list.

It’s getting late, so stop on back by tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some more of the projects, photos and another video tutorial for a project from the retreat with you.


Paper: Cherry On Top Designer Series Paper Stack (138443), Cucumber Crush (138335), Watermelon Wonder (138334), Crushed Curry (131199) and Whisper White Card Stock (100730)

Accessories: Cucumber Crush Dotted Lace Trim (138423), Crushed Curry Baker’s Twine (134586), Fun Flower Punch (133785), Pansy Punch (130698), 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (129404), and Neutrals Designer Buttons (130031), Simply Scored Scoring Tool (122334), Stampin’ Trimmer (126889), Fast Fuse (129026), Stampin’ Pierce Mat (126199), Multipurpose Liquid Glue (110755) and Bone Folder (102300) 

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Blue Mountain Weekend with Jini & Anna – Spring 2015

Are you ready to get away from it all? Leave behind the kids, cooking, cleaning and laundry. Join us for a weekend of fellowship and fun.  Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on. You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – stamp, scrap, Project Life, Paper Pumpkin kits, jewelry, knitting, or whatever you’d like. The choice is yours!

Jini’s House, May 29 – 31, 2015

What you get:

  • Craft time from Friday at 1 pm to Sunday at 3 pm
  • Your own 6 foot table
  • Make & Takes
  • Goody bag with Make & Take supplies and extras
  • Access to all of our non-consumables – Big Shot, dies, embossing folders, stamps, punches
  • All meals Saturday and Sunday, plus snacks, water and coffee
  • Other fun surprises throughout the weekend
  • Use of a full kitchen, not that you will need it.

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night instead of going home or there are a few hotels to choose from if you prefer. Beds are on a first come, first serve basis.  Or stay as late as you want, go home and come back in the morning!

Cost:  $95 for the whole weekend or $65 if you want to come only on Saturday.  A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with your registration by April 30th.  Your spot is not guaranteed until your deposit is received. Balance is required by May 15th.  No refunds will be given after May 15th unless your spot is filled by someone else.  Full Weekend Spots will be filled first.

Spots are LIMITED – we are only opening this event up to 8 people. So reserve your spot today!

Please CLICK HERE for a copy of the Registration Form or HERE for my Calendar of Events.


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