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

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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.

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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

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