Nov 21, 2016

That's A Wrap... Cape Cod Creative Escape 2016

Phew! What an amazing (albeit tiring!) weekend. I held my sixth Cape Cod Creative Escape crafting retreat this past weekend and it was a fantastically fun time! We had lots of new friends join us this year so that was super exciting. Everyone seemed to have a great time so I thought I'd share some highlights with you.

Many folks arrive on Thursday night (especially those that were traveling far from home -- we had New York and Connecticut in the house!). So everyone gets settled in their space and set up for four days of focused creativity. This was the room at the height of the weekend -- jammed packed with any possible tool you could think of!



These girls are serious! We had a full house with 60 ladies joining us. We started by giving the attendees a welcome gift made out of the Stampin' Up Glassine bags, embossed with the Cable Knit sweater embossing folder. Then tied with ribbon and stamped with the adorable reindeer from the Cookie Cutter Christmas bundle. This little cutie was designed by our endlessly crafty team member Linda Johnson.


Here you can see the whole lot of them at the registration table as I awaited for all my friends to arrive.


We had all the tables decorated with a little Charlie Brown Christmas tree and each attendee's holiday stocking stuffed with brand new Stampin' Up goodies that they used on their five free make and takes.

Here's a picture of the tables:


And a close-up of the cute little stockings:


I was in a total panic because five days before the event I still hadn't found the right stocking yet (most of them were too cheap looking), but I finally found these cuties at Target. They were filled with 6 x 8 cello bags, Gold Natural Ribbon, Christmas Trinkets embellishments, a package of Stampin' Dimensionals, a package of metallic enamel dots, the Cherry Cobbler/Garden Green marker duo, and a package of the gold and silver doilies. We also wrapped the Warmth & Cheer 6 x 6 paper stack and left that at each seat.

Two of the five free make and takes are actually "make in your seats," so we provide all the materials for them to create them on their own right in their registration packet.

These were the two "make in your seat" projects.

 

The tag was designed by yours truly and my fantastically creative friend (and team member!) Sherry Prada of Scrap Right Meow designed the 6 x 6 scrapbook page.

Here are the other three make and takes that we did "live" with each attendee. The little teabag/chocolate holder was designed by the one and only Anna Keyes of Little Bay Stampin', another Shore Stamper with an impeccable eye for design! The holiday card was yet another creation of Linda and the M & M treat bag was by me.


 

Here is Anna teaching one of the Make & Take sessions:



Lots of busy crafters! We also had pillow gifts each day. Here are those...

Pillow Gifts 2-6 (The glassine bag - which was filled with animal crackers, by the way - was the first pillow gift):





























The presentation of the last pillow gift was different this year. Usually the pillow gift fairy just places each gift on the tables. But I had been playing with my new Instax Mini camera all weekend and decided to surprise everyone.

Below you'll see the Christmas tree as we had it set up all weekend.

This year, because of the fabulous Buy 3, Get 1 free special in October, I was able to get EVERYONE a free package of either Designer Series paper OR a collection of 12 x 12 cardstock. However, we gave away all those presents by Saturday night so the pillow fairy needed to get crafty!

Check out the tree on Sunday morning when the ladies returned to the craft room for their final day:

 

Me and my adorable niece Heather stayed up until almost 3 in the morning getting this tree all decorated (Thankfully we had an early-to-bed crowd!). It was so much fun, we actually considered staying up all night so we could see everyone's wide-eyed faces when they arrived. We quickly decided that probably wasn't the best idea and snuck off to our hotel room to catch a little sleep.

Of course any weekend full of craftiness (and lack of sleep) is bound for some silliness... this was me wondering why they make the peep holes in hotel rooms so high up -- clearly not designed for shorties like me!!


I was jumping up and down saying whose out there and it just started a bit of giggle fit with me and my niece... and later a discussion about how Heather sounded like she was "wrestling a dragon" as she tried to get comfortable one night caused yet another uncontrollable fit of laugher. You know how you get when you are lacking sleep and everything seems so hysterical... yeah. That. 

I think there was lots of laughter and memories made this weekend and I'm looking forward to next spring when me and my fabulous team host the next Cape Cod Creative Escape. Save the dates: Thursday, April 20 - Sunday April 23rd. Registration will open in February and is only announced in my weekly newsletter so be sure to sign up for that if you'd like to join us next time!

And just a couple more things before I stop babbling about how much fun I had this weekend... First, a huge shout out to my helpers for this event... it would most definitely not be possible without them!! So thank you Linda Johnson, Anna Keyes, Sherry Prada, Linda Cyr and Heather Stephens (Unfortunately Linda Cyr had already headed home when we took this picture, wah)! You are all the best... I hope you'll still be up for helping out next time :)
And just a few more candid shots:


 


 



Okay... if you've made it through this much babbling and photos today I think you need a reward! Be sure to check out Stampin' Up's Online Extravaganza today through November 28. There are tons of great deals including one day "Flash Sales" only available for 24 hours on November 21st (that's today!) and Monday, November 28th. Go check it out now and get some holiday shopping for your crafty family and friends d.o.n.e.

Okay... I think it will be another early to bed night for me... thanks for sticking through this long post. See you again soon when I start recovering from my sleep deprivation. :)


Nov 8, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Watercolor Wash Technique

Hey there friends...
Well, it's another Tuesday and I'm back with another Teach Me Tuesday! I'm on a roll. However it seems like I've mastered the Tuesday post, but not much else! I'll work on touching base more often here on the blog, but for now at least I've got this routine up and running, right?

I don't know about you but I am NOT a good watercolor-er. I love to color, but for some reason I've never been able to get the hang of shading and creating shadows. However, I have pretty much mastered the Watercolor Wash technique and today I wanted to share with you three ways to accomplish this look... all in one pretty quick video! Have a look for yourself...


What do you think? Will you give it a try? Here are pictures of the two cards I showed in the video:



Fast and simple... my favorite. Have I ever told you that I'm a lazy stamper?? (wink, wink). I hope you enjoyed today's projects.

Next week is Cape Cod Creative Escape (eek!) so hopefully I'll be able to squeeze out another Teach Me Tuesday video... lots to do though between now and then to get ready. So excited to spoil all my friends!

And just in case you've found some things you *need* here is a list of the product that I used in today's projects:

Watercolor Paper
Stampin' Write Markers
Stampin' Spritzers
Aquapainters
Bermuda Bay ink pad
Christmas Pines Stamp Set
Pretty Pines thinlits
(buy the bundle -- it's cheaper!)
Cucumber Crush mini-stripe ribbon
Real Red baker's twine
Bermuda Bay 1/8" Stitched Ribbon

Thanks so much for stopping by... see you soon!

Nov 1, 2016

Teach Me Tuesday: Emboss Resist

Hey there stampy friends! Happy Tuesday! It is a glorious day here on Cape Cod. I went for a walk this morning, it was such a great way to start my day (albeit a bit chilly). I have a ton of ideas swirling around in my head for Teach Me Tuesday videos -- and all of you have provided some great inspiration as well!

In fact, today's Teach Me Tuesday video was a special request from my friend Verna. She tagged me in a Facebook post a few weeks back asking if I could show her how to create a card shown in the video. And it turned out that the technique (emboss resist) made for a great topic for Teach Me Tuesday! It actually teaches TWO things in one video. First is how to heat emboss. While this is an oldie (but oh so awesome!!), it is still new to many and it is an incredible "wow" when you first see it. I know it was one of the first things that hooked me on stamping over a decade ago! The second thing you'll learn in this week's Teach Me Tuesday video is the emboss resist technique, which is literally about ink "resisting" the embossed images.

Check out the video below to see how you can make some fun cards like this one:


Here is a close-up of the emboss resist part of the card:


This is such a fun technique... I hope you like it, too. Here is the video to show you how to re-create the look yourself...



What do you think? Easy enough, right? I love the ka-pow it creates. And I love when you first start adding the ink and the images start popping off the page, so fun! And as a bonus tip, I find it a perfect antidote when I'm lacking creative inspiration. You should try it!

Here is a picture of the other card I showed in the video:


In Other News

I wanted to share a couple of other things with you today... It's a big day in Stampin' Up land! First we have a brand new product available... it's the Stitched Shapes Framelits, and they are going to be so much fun to play with, trust me! Check out the product video here (Whoa... two videos in one post???):



What is even more great is Stampin' Up is offering 25% off select stamps that work perfectly with these new dies! Click here to see all the stamps currently 25% off.

Paper Pumpkin is Blue!

Finally, there's some fun news with Paper Pumpkin as well! Check out a sneak peek of the November Paper Pumpkin box:


Looks fun, right? While the inside is still a surprise, Stampin' Up did tell us that if you like the outside of the box, then you will LOVE the inside. Curious? Sign Up for Paper Pumpkin by November 10th to receive your own special BLUE box!

Okay... that is all for today. I hope you enjoyed today's video. Let me know if there is something you'd like me to show YOU how to make in an upcoming Teach Me Tuesday video! Until next time... Happy Stampin'!

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