Holiday Catalog Fun at the Team Retreat

A couple of weekends ago I held my annual Blue Mountain Stampers’ Weekend Getaway for my team. It’s a fun event that I really look forward to each August.  A full weekend of stamping with friends – what could be better, right? As usual I forgot to pull out my camera when everyone was together.  But here is a photo of Melanie and Cindy.

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Melanie was designing a special baby project she needed and Cindy came prepared to create LOTS of birthday cards! Mission accomplished I think.

It also gives us a time that we can share our NEW Holiday Catalog productions, create with them and do a Shoe box Swap together. There is lots of stamping, laughing and well, just silliness. And who doesn’t need a little of that?

Like as we enjoyed the beautiful afternoon  on the patio-

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these two wanderers along with their friend came to visit and say hello. (Yes, I know who’d have thought – chickens? go figure ?? Of course, Larry corrected me multiple times since they are roosters I’ve got no clue where they belong.)

Want to see what we created and stamped? Here are some wonderful items from our Shoe box Swap on Saturday afternoon.

Melanie created this fun card using the Paisleys & Posies stamp set (142196).

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She used the Thoughtful Banner stamp set (141614) for the sentiment and the Bow Builder Punch (137414) covered in Clear Wink of Stella (141897) once the Bow was put together. Can you see the shimmer on the bow? I know my photo doesn’t do justice to the cards.

Cindy made this lovely soft card using the Thoughtful Branches stamp set (143539).

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Cindy used the soft images from the Fruit Stand Designer Series Paper (141660) for the background and added the large swirl from the Swirly Birds Thinlits Dies (141497).

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The next card was Anna’s Shoe box swap and it uses the cute little mice from the Merry Mice stamp set (142142/142145).

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For an added pop of color Fancy Frost Sequins (142519) are scattered randomly on top of the Softly Falling Embossed background.

And finally Marni created this cute little 3d project using the new Home Sweet Home Thinlits Dies (140279) and the Cookie Cutter Christmas Bundle (143493).

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Joyful Season

One of the things that I enjoy doing during the winter is watching the bird feeder outside my dining room window, especially when it snows.  And here in the North Georgia Mountains Cardinals are regular visitors. When I was a child in Wisconsin that flash of red was something that we didn’t see often so Cardinals always bring a smile to my face no mater what season so the Joyful Season stamp set was on my list!  And since it is a two-step stamp set this little guy gives you lots of stamping choices.

Check out these great cards using the set that I got in a swap. This first card was given to me by Sandy and uses our new  In Color Ribbon choice, Mossy Meadow (138419) along with the popular Home for Christmas Enamel Dots (140536).

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This second card is from Joann and has a more elegant feel, while Sandy’s feels more down home or country. That is part of what I love about our products – use the same stamp sets, but choose different colors of products and you’ve got a totally different feel.

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I love the Home for Christmas Designer Buttons button (139639) that highlights the great bow made with our Bow Builder Punch (137414).


Stamp Set: Joyful Season (139770)

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Team Time & Happy Hauntings

Last week I got together with some of my team, shoe boxes and stamps. We had a fun evening together stamping. So I’ll be sharing some of the items we stamped together that evening over the next few days.

This first set of items Janette created and brought for us in her shoe box. I love making treats for Halloween and these two are just too much fun. Any little kid would love getting them or even us big kids. LOL

This first item holds home made chocolate treat and uses our Merry Everything stamp set (135068/135071) and the coordinating Note Tag punch (135860).

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Cute right? Don’t you love the little witches hat made out of our Black Glimmer Paper (139605) holding the top of the bag together? The hat is made using  the Tree Punch (135859), 2 1/2″ Circle Punch (120906), 1 1/4″ Circle Punch (119861) and the Bow Builder Punch (137414). There is a Clothes Pin (133764) on the inside to make is easily removable.

And this second item is just as much fun too.

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The little pixie stick holder is decorated with our Sweet Hauntings stamp set (139702/139705) from the Holiday Catalog. Along with the fun sentiment we used the Happy Haunting Designer Series Paper (139584) again for this project. I love the little plastic spider put on the top of the holder – it adds a eeak! factor. LOL.

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Like I said creating treats is fun and makes them extra special and I think these two are going to be a hit!

Stop by again tomorrow when I’ll be sharing some more projects we made.

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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 Stampers’ Winter Weekend Retreat

Last week I mentioned I’d share with you some photos from my team retreat, but I got side tracked and forgot. So I thought I’d share them with you today – I hold these retreats three times a year for my team members. It’s like a big slumber party – although a lot of times we don’t get a lot of sleep since once we start creating we don’t want to stop! LOL.

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These events are a lot of fun, laid back and relaxing. A nice time away from every day responsibilities.

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Team members come and go based on their schedules. One day, evening, the Shoebox Swap,  or the whole weekend. What ever works best with their schedules!

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It’s a wonderful time of sharing and creating and everyone has access to my classroom items to create. (These events are typically tied to a new catalog launch so we can have fun playing and trying out items that we may not have gotten ourselves.) It’s a lot of fun since everyone does a show and tell before we start of their new goodies!

Here is one of the cards I created for my upcoming Coffee & Cards class on January 27th (There is still time to sign up for this event you can Click HERE to see my calendar of events and more information). It uses our new Crazy About You bundle (139324/139325/138873).

Hello You thinlits Crazy About You Coffee & Cards card

I used this card as my Shoebox Swap on Saturday afternoon – everyone got to make one at the Retreat on Saturday afternoon.

And here is a cute little treat that Janette gave everyone when she arrived on Saturday morning.

Bow Builder Punch Valentine treat

Adorable, right? Janette used the new Bow Builder Punch (137414), so the bows were quick and easy! And of course the cut out was created with the Hearts Collection Framelits Dies (125599) great for all kinds of Valentine’s Day projects.

I put together my Hello Life Project Kit (137949). I still need to add the photos to it,

Hello You Project Kit

but wow there were a ton of items left after I finished the kit – I can’t wait to use them for other projects or maybe do a second version of the kit so I can change things out. Of course that is if my daughter Kaitlin doesn’t run off with it – she immediately wanted it for her dorm when she saw it! What a great private class this kit makes (ask me about this option so you can earn a free kit).

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Stop back by tomorrow and I’ll with you the Valentine’s project that I made during the retreat for my daughter and her friends.

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