Apr 25, 2017

Whew.... what a weekend!

I am pretty much on cloud nine this week (even though I'm dragging a little bit, still!). It was such a wonderful weekend at my 7th (!) Cape Cod Creative Escape event. As always, my amazing helpers (Sherry, Anna, Linda, Jackie & Heather) helped me pull off an amazing weekend of fun.

I thought I'd share some of the highlights here with you today... for those of you that weren't able to join us... maybe it will help entice you to join us in November -- from Nov. 16-19 at the Four Points Sheraton in Eastham. Registration for the fall event will begin August 1st. So be sure to join my mailing list if you want to be in the loop on that.

Each event has a "theme" and for this one it was "carnival." So we tried to make everything match that theme... here were the centerpieces that my niece put together using some carnival tickets and some fun photo props (which we encouraged the attendees to use in their photos throughout the weekend):

This was the registration table centerpiece and a bunch of the "welcome" gifts everyone received.

This was a picture of one of the table centerpieces with one of the guest goody bags. Each event includes a $50 goody bag that is all brand new product. We use that product throughout the weekend on our make and takes. This event actually had SIX free make and takes (we usually have 5)... three "make in your seat" make and takes and three that were guided.

Here are the three "guided" make and takes:

We made an envelope mini album, a "bagalope" using a Crumb Cake envelope and a card featuring the "thumping" technique. 

Throughout the weekend, the "Pillow Gift fairy" left presents on all the tables... this was one of the after dinner "fairy" treats. I had the Zebra popcorn (drizzled with chocolate and white chocolate) and it was yummy!

Above were a couple more of the SIX pillow gifts everyone received... the top one was a cute little journaling notebook and the bottom was a full pack of the Tasty Treats Designer Series paper. So fun spoiling everyone!

We also had a special dessert on our last night... to go with our "Carnival" theme, I had the marvelous Ursula Kavanagh make us Chocolate Pretzel and Cotton Candy flavored cupcakes. So, so yummy. If you ever need treats you should check her little biz... it's called Sweet Celebrations. Above is me and my niece Heather enjoying a late night Cotton Candy cupcake.

Here are a few photos with our photo props:


 and Gloria

Food was a big part of the event (smile) -- and the hotel does an amazing job with the buffet each night! For the first night we had cranberry stuffed chicken, baked scrod, Roasted squash, salad and potatoes. Yum!

We always have a little "inspiration station" to spur some creativity

A full room of busy scrappers!

Swirly Scribbles card class with Linda

What's a carnival themed event without games? This was the Lucky Duck game... everyone got to play each day and could win up to 15 tickets for the prize giveaway... or even win an instant prize!

Make & Takes were also held throughout the weekend... this was one of the groups happily stamping their three guided projects.

Okay... that's it for now. Before I close, I'd just like to say thank you so very much from the bottom of my heart to each and every one of you that chose to attend Creative Escape. It means so very much to me and I truly do love spoiling each and every one of you!

I hope to see you November 16-19!

Don't forget to sign up for my mailing list if you'd like to join us!

Until next time...


Apr 12, 2017

The Crying Curse is over!

I survived! For those of you that are on my email list, you may remember that I had a big presentation this past weekend at the Stampin' Up OnStage event.

I got to present some ideas for a new stamp set from the 2017-2018 annual catalog coming out in June.

During rehearsals on Friday, I was super nervous... I really wanted to vomit before it was my turn to have my "test" run. But I made it through that (and actually nailed the time allotment I had!) so I was feeling much better.

On the day of the actual presentation I went over a bit on my time, and forgot to mention one important part of the stamp set, but overall it was fine. It was kind of funny because at the beginning I told them a little bit about my previous public speaking experiences (the fact that I always cried) so I told them not to yell at me if they couldn't see something or if I did something wrong as I'd probably cry (I was really only joking -- well, kind of). Well, for my first two projects the camera wasn't working, but no one told me! They were so good (and didn't want to make me cry!). I finally figured it out and remedied the problem, and all was good. Seriously, you couldn't ask for a better audience then a bunch of crafters... they are really the sweetest kind of people!

I was really happy that I had the first stamping presentation of the day. It allowed me to get it over with and then I could focus on all the other speakers (because I was certainly in no condition to listen during rehearsals!). There was so much great information about the new product lines and stamp sets... this new catalog is truly beautiful! I can't wait for you to see it!

This was my very happy "after" walk back to my seat. I was so relieved to have it done. :) It was truly an honor to be asked ... and actually a bit fun once I settled down (probably about 10 minutes after I sat down! Ha!). 

So thanks again for all your kind words and positive thoughts last week. It really helped to know that I had so many friends back home rooting for me. You are the best! Here are a couple more photos... This first one is of me and Kim Fifita. She's the Communications Manager for Stampin' Up. She was the person who asked me to present and she was really the sweetest! And she did an amazing job on her talks and stamping showcase! She made the event really fun, so I'm glad I got to work with her...

And one last one... this one is kind of funny. When Kim was telling me to show up for rehearsal she told me that she'd be the one with the bright red hair and Mike would be the tallest guy in the room. So I said, "well, I'll likely be the shortest girl in the room." So, needless to say Mike and I made a fun picture! He's 6 foot 6 inches tall! 

I don't even make it to his shoulders!! Too funny... anyway, thanks again for all the support. Hope you enjoyed these pictures... I'll be sharing some sneak peeks of new catalog projects in the weeks to come so stay tuned. And be sure to sign up for my email list (if you haven't already) as I'm very good at sending that out once a week with a new video! (In fact I did a new one today if you didn't see it! Check it out HERE.)

Thanks for stopping by!

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