So In Love

Over Presidents Day weekend I attended my annual retreat with my friend in Helen at the Tanglewood Lodge. I’ve really grown to treasure this time with them – it’s a wonderful break from the every day routine. I feel very lucky that the Peacocks have included me. They’re a wonderful group of ladies who came together during their children’s Camp Fire years and have continued to gather and travel together on a regular basis. Doesn’t that sound like a fantastic? While they all are very different they enjoy their time together and this event includes multi-generation which is so wonderful to see.

The lodge is a wonderful building that has a great space for us to both craft and sit and relax and with the 2 kitchens there is always a wonderful smell wafting through the air. (Especially when some of the teenagers make everyone some simply yummy cookies on Sunday night!)

And this year the weather was simply gorgeous so I was able to enjoy some of the outdoor areas – eating lunch and enjoying the unusually warm weather for February. Last year we had to end early due to ice storm warnings! What a difference a year makes!

And we had a little visitor who needed some special care. This 3 day old created quite a stir. What fun it was listening to the group try to find a name for this little guy Friday night as we settled in.

My friend Kathleen pampered me a bit with some projects she brought with her all cut and ready to go – all I had to do was enjoy the stamping. So today I thought I’d share those wonderful cards she designed.

This first card uses the So In Love Bundle and I’ve included a complete supply list below for you since it was my favorite of the group, but it was a tough choice. LOL!

This second card was made using the Lift Me Up stamp set (142893/142896) and the Up & Away Thinlits Dies (142748).

I really love the way she used a bit of our Cooper Foil Sheets (142020).

And finally a really cute Hey Chick (Sale-a-bration 143328/143331) card. After all I can’t get enough of this set! Kathleen teamed it up with the Hardwood Background stamp (133032/133035) and can you guess what the punch is?

Well it’s the Blossom Builder Punch (141469). What a great way to use this punch in an out of the box way!

And finally the cute little 3d treat that holds some Hershey’s Nuggets using the Balloon Adventures stamp set (142823).

I simply wrapped the 1″ x 3″ pieces of the Party Animal Designer Series Paper (142738) around each nugget and added a glue dot to hold them in place. Slipped them into our 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bags (102210) and decorated them using our Balloon Bouquet Punch (140609) which made this a quick and easy project since the Duet Banner Punch (141483) fit the sentiment perfectly!

Part of the fun of this retreat is sharing ideas and learning about other crafting too. You should have seen the Alcohol Paintings some of the girls did – they were wonderful. I wish I would have gotten a photo of them to share with you. (Sigh… I always forget the camera once we get started. Having too much fun catching up with everyone.)

If the idea of having a great group of stamping friends appeals to you why not join my team? Not only will you get a wonderful discount on your Stampin’ Up! products, but you’ll have a wonderful group to craft with. We have such fun when we are together and sharing!

Join the Blue Mountain Stampers

It’s a fun time of year to join Stampin’ Up! since a brand new Annual Catalog has just been release! Right now you can join my team, the Blue Mountain Stampers, for just $99 your starter kit containing $125 in product.   PLUS – your kit ships for free!

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Whether you want to join for the discount or to make a little extra cash – you’ll be able to save on your stamping supplies!

Team Time & Swapping

Inspire, Share and Create – That’s what we do as a team once a month at our meetings when we get together. Today’s items that I’ll be sharing with you are swaps that were made by my fellow team members, a group of wonderful stampers! While we’ve all been stamping for different lengths of time it’s amazing how much we learn from each other! Oh, and did I mention we just have fun?

This first card is one that Mary made. It’s a peekaboo pullback card using the Watercolor Wings stamp set (139424) and Bold Butterfly Framelits Dies (138135).

Done in the Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper (141663) and using just two colors – it’s quite striking.

How how about this card Cindy made using the Hey, Chick (Sale-a-bration item 143328/143331) and Greatest Greetings (140703/140706) stamp sets.

Cindy used the Succulent Garden Designer Series Paper (142778) and Woodgrain Embossing Folder (127821) to create a fun textured background for this little water colored image.

And how about some fun goodies too? Deborah made these fun little bags using the Oh, So Succulent Bundle (145184) and wrapped it all up with a bow!

If you haven’t felt the Succulent Garden 3/8″ Ribbon (142781) – it’s sooo soft and luxurious feeling. I wasn’t sure about this suite of products when I first saw them, but I’ve definitely added them to my wish list!

And finally a little file folder filled with a Ghiradelli chocolate. I love the soft colors of the Cupcakes & Carousel Designer Series Paper Stack (142744) Cindy teamed up with the the  Designer T stamp set (Sale -a-bration item 143356)  sentiment. Can you guess where the sentiment on the tab comes from?

Well it’s the Pretty Kitty stamp set (141861/141864). Of course, the cloud and little bird are from the Tree Builder Punch (138295). Fun right and who wouldn’t smile when they got this little treat? If you’d like to learn how to make these little treat folders you can click HERE to see my video tutorial.

Would you like to join us? Does this sound like fun? Why not consider joining us?

Join the Blue Mountain Stampers

What are the Blue Mountain Stampers?

This is the name of my stamping up team – Or the name we’ve chosen for our community of stampers. I love to welcome new stampers to our community. If you’ve ever thought about getting a discount on your products and purchasing a starter kit I’d love to have you consider joining us.

You may have questions about how I would support you in your Stampin’ Up! as you’re considering joining Stampin’ Up! I want you to know I offer a variety of ways to connect with our group, learn, and grow as a stamper. And best of all have fun while you’re doing it!

Being a Blue Mountain Stampers includes:

  • Monthly Blue Mountain Stampers’ Meetings – both local and online/virtual with my Team to Go option
  • Exclusive Blue Mountain Stampers’ Resource Page – reminders, tips, inspiration & more
  • Training for workshops, classes, recruiting and more
  • Additional Training and support for business builders
  • Rewards & Recognition – drawings, prizes and special events filled with pampering
  • Special Weekend Retreats & Getaways
  • Exclusive Face book  Blue Mountain Stampers’ Group
  • Swapping Opportunities
  • New Demonstrator Program – tips to help you make the most of your discount and/or earning opportunities

We have a great group. We share and help answer each other answer questions on our Face book group and at our events too. If you’re looking for a great group to have fun with, share and grow as a stamper then this group is a great place to be!

Hobbyists are always welcome! Did you know that as a hobbyist you can save 20% on your supplies? That’s what the majority of my group does!

  • purchase for yourself and save 20% on your supplies! That’s how I started – so you’ll fit right in!
  • I welcome the hobbyist who wants to save money, as well as those of you that want to make some money too. And I can help you learn how.
  • The starter kit is a great deal for hobbyist and business builder both!
  • There is no obligation when you purchase your kit. If you love it you can continue to be part of the team, if not no problem. You still get all that great stuff in your starter kit!

When you join during the Sale-a-Bration promotion, not only will you get the fabulous starter kit for only $99 (and free shipping), but you also get to choose TWO FREE STAMP SETS (that’s a value up to $104 – wow!)

Learn more here

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Hey, Chick!

I loved this quirky little set the minutes I set eyes on it – after all who doesn’t like chickens? So today I wanted to share this fun card that Jackie gave me in my recent swap.

Every time I look at it it makes me smile – how about you? Who could resist this fun little chick peeking out from the picket fence.

I thought you might enjoy learning how to make these quick and easy picket fences so you can make this little card too – so today’s video tutorial shows you just that!

Quick & Easy Picket Fences Video Tutorial:

What did I tell you – these are soooo easy to make! And Jackie simply cut a slit with her personal trimmer in the fence to tuck her chick into.

I’ve given you the supply list below in case you wanted to know the other supplies too.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Hardwood Background (133032/133035) and Hey, Chick (FREE Sale-a-bration Item #143328/143331)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (104931) and Early Espresso Classic Ink (119686)

Paper: Delightful Dijon (138338), Early Espresso (126974), Crumb Cake (126975), and Whisper White Card stock (100730)

Accessories: Medium Star Punch (138293), Watercolor Pencils (141709), Blender Pen (102845), Metallic Enamel Shapes (141678), Linen thread (104199), Tags & Labels Framelits (138282), and  Stampin’ Sponges (141337)

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Hey, Chick! and more Sale-a-bration Fun!!!

Sale-a-bration is a great time of year! After all who doesn’t like to earn something for FREE? And now thru March 31st when you place an order of $50 in product you’ll earn a FREE Sale-a-bration item!!! Be a hostess and earn even more!

It’s so hard to decide which item is my favorite – and there is something for everyone! If you haven’t already seen the Sale-a-bration Catalog you can click HERE.

Want to see some wonderful cards made using Sale-a-bration items? Well, your in luck I’ve got 7 wonderful cards here for you today!

This first card uses the very popular stamp set Hey, Chick (143328/143331) that Kitty gave me. I’m including the supply list below for you.

And how about this cute little card that Sandy made using the Tasty Trucks stamp set (143300). And the bright colors are so much fun. Sandy used the  Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (142733) and Brights Collection Designer Series Paper Stack (138434) along with the Lucky Stars Embossing Folder (135817) to add some texture.

I’m not sure what it is about this little truck, but I fell in love with it immediately! And isn’t the Mini Paper Clip (1427666) too cute?

And this soft and lovely card uses the Avant Garden stamp set (143272) in addition to our yummy Very Vanilla 1/4″ Satin Ribbon (142794) found in the Occasions Catalog and the Petal Burst Embossing Folder (141493).

And here is a fun card made with the Any Occasion stamp set (143348) from Lianna.

And who can resist this fun card made with the Designer Tee stamp set (143356/143359) and Sunburst Thinlits (140617) that Gina made?

Thank you cards are always a great item to have on hand and the So Very Much stamp set (143340/143343) found on page 8 of the Sale-a-bration catalog makes these cards quick and easy!

And finally another card that Lianna gave me uses the soft elegant Delicate Details stamp set (143314) I really like the way she used out In Colors to create this simply background for the card.

The sentiment is from our Tin of Cards stamp set (138946) which is one of my favorites since it covers all kinds of occasions! And did you notice our Stitched Shapes Framelits Die (145372)? Great news these will be available again soon so if you have been waiting you won’t have to wait much longer.

Wow – see what I mean. I just can’t choose a favorite! Why not leave me a comment and let me know which one you like?

Want to host a party? Why not contact me today and we’ll pick a time and day that works for you and your friends.

Supplies:

Stamp Set: Hey Chick (Sale-a-bration Item 143328/143331)

Inks: Basic Black Archival Ink (140931), Cajun Craze (126965), Cherry Cobbler (126966), So Saffron (126957), and Dapper Denim Classic Ink (141394)

Paper: Moroccan Designer Series Paper (141645), Cajun Craze (119684), Basic Gray (121044), and Very Vanilla card stock (101650)

Accessories: Hexagons Dynamic Embossing Folder (143231), Layering Ovals Framelits Dies (141706), Duet Banner Punch (141483), and Triple Banner Punch (138292), Metallics Enamel Shapes (141678) and Blender Pens (102845)

 

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