Spring Into Crafting Retreat-Texas

Spring into crafting retreat-Texas

Spring Into Crafting Retreat!

April 28-30
100 Camp Young Judaea Dr.
Wimberley, TX 78676

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You are invited to join us at our Spring Into Crafting Retreat deep in the heart of Texas!   We are at the lovely Camp Judaea campground/retreat center in Wimberley, TX where we have our own LARGE crafting space, chef-prepared meals, and nice private sleeping rooms on acres and acres of beautiful grounds.  We are close to Austin and San Antonio. 

Join us for a whole weekend of crafting fun. Stamp, scrap, craft, relax... then repeat!

You get TWO retreat hosts: Candy Rattray and Melissa Thomas. Please join us for a weekend to remember:)

$280 All inclusive ticket provides:

  • Room (sharing with one or two people with private bath)
  • 5 meals (dinner on Friday; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; breakfast on Sunday)
  • Beautiful grounds for walking, pool, and tennis court for your use
  • Chef-prepared meals
  • Swag bag of Stampin' Up! products (over $40 value)
  • Choose your swag: card-makers or memory keepers
  • Daily gifts
  • FREE Make & Takes
  • Punch Station
  • Two Big Shot stations
  • Punch Board station
  • FREE technique classes with both your retreat hosts
  • My Scraps Are Your Scraps Bin
  • Daily Challenge with prizes
  • Wi-Fi
  • Pajama Party
  • Optional devotional time on Sunday morning

Choose your payment method/plan:

  1. $150 due March 1
  2. $130 due April 1
  3. Or pay in full anytime by April 8th

Optional add-on classes will be available on April 1.

This event is open to the public and all demonstrators and is a non-solicitation event focused on creativity and friendship. 

Registration closes April 8th

Register here!

New Sale-a-Bration Items Coming Soon!

Stylish Stems-Stampin' Up!
I am loving the many great free Sale-a-Bration options this year.   Click here to see the Sale-a-Bration brochure, and make note of your favorites.  But wait...there's more to come!  Beginning February 21 and running through March 31 (or until supplies run out!) a 2nd release of free SAB options is coming our way:)  Way to go, Stampin' Up! Click here to see the 2nd Release flyer.

As a Stampin' Up! Demonstrator, I got to pre-order the new items on February 1, and I ordered that day!  I had a team meeting the 7th and wanted to be able to share all the new products with my team.  Quick and easy cards is the genre I prefer for both designing and executing:)  I created this quick and easy card as one of the Make & Takes for the team meeting, and everyone loved it!

I predict that the runaway favorite item in the 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration options will be the 6 x 6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack.  Say that fast--LOL!   You get 4 sheets each of 3 colors--Bermuda Bay, Mint Macaron, and Sweet Sugarplum--for a total of twelve 6 x 6 sheets.  Both Mint Macaron and Sweet Sugarplum are In Colors, and Bermuda Bay is part of the Brights Collection. These Glimmer Papers are positively gorgeous!

Stylish Stems Framelit Dies (new in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog) really bring the glimmer paper to life with this peekaboo style image.  The very detailed flower cut through quickly and easily with the Stylish Stems Framelit Dies while using the Precision Base Plate.  With intricate dies like this one--with a laser cut look--you definitely need the Precision Base Plate.  By using it, the little cut pieces pop out quickly and easily.  Simply use the Big Shot Die Brush after cutting, (it comes with a little foam piece for super easy use) and they pop out effortlessly.  I have listed and linked all the Big Shot items below for your convenience.

You can't get those 2nd Release Sale-a-Bration items until February 21st.  I strongly advise you to email me your order (along with any questions at all you may have) so that I can place it for you on February 21st.    That way you will get your 2nd Release items as soon as they become available.  It is my honor and privilege to be your Stampin' Up! Demonstrator (unless you already have one) and make it easy for you to get what you need as well as all the free items possible.  

In fact, I encourage you to sign up for my email newsletter here as I will not only make sure you are aware of Stampin' Up! specials and stamping opportunities I offer (both live and online), I also give free project tutorials at least once a month.  Sign up today, and let me encourage your creativity while I serve you with joy! Click here to sign up free!

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies by Stampin' Up!

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit Dies in the Stampin' Up! Occasions Catalog are to die for!  No pun intended--LOL!  Seriously, they are gorgeous and amazingly versatile.  I created this very quick and easy card as one of the Make & Takes for my Bingo Night.  

Detailed Dragonfly Thinlit DiesI run my Bingo Nights 3-4 times a year, and they are lots of fun with games (where the prizes are Stampin' Up! products:) and stamping, goodies and fun.  Everyone gets a bag when they arrive that has all the Make & Take supplies for their projects and a little welcome gift that they will use on their Make & Takes.  For this month's Bingo Night, I gave everyone a set of the Urban Underground Washi Tape.  So that was my starting point for designing the projects.

I went with the colors in the Urban Underground Suite:  Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Silver, Delightful Dijon, and Very Vanilla.  Love them!  Over the next few days, I'll show you the other projects, too.

The Happy Birthday greeting is from a Sale-a-Bration stamp set called Designer Tee.  I like the casual fonts in the set that pair nicely with the Urban Underground Suite. Click here to see the Sale-a-Bration brochure.  ALL the items in this little booklet are FREE options.  You get to choose one for every $50 you spend with no limit on free items you can earn:)

Simply head to my online store here:  candystamps.stampinup.net for quick and easy shopping. Email me with any questions at all.  And get some of those free Sale-a-Bration items!  SAB ends March 31 and many of the items are while supplies last, so don't delay.


Traveler and Guy Greetings for a Masculine Card

Traveler-Stampin' Up!
Stampin' Up!
has some great rubberstamp sets for masculine cards, and I combined two of them here for a masculine card with classic images and a neutral color palette.  This is one of 3 designs we made (2 of each) in my Simply Cards class in January.  Click here to join me in March for the next one! I host an evening and daytime version of this perennial favorite where you can build a nice stash of cards to use all year.  I do all the "work" so you can just come to stamp, assemble, socialize, and enjoy!

This masculine card is very easy to put together.  Quick and easy cards are my favorites!  That doesn't mean they need to look slap dash or second rate.  The classic image from Traveler rubberstamp set and neutral palette combine here for classic elegance that would be welcomed by any gentleman:)  I added the "Happy Birthday" stamp to the inside.  Sponging is one of my favorite techniques.  Here, it is the perfect fit to add some aging and character to the vintage train image as well as the card base bringing a cohesive look to the whole design.  It takes just seconds!

All the Stampin' Up! supplies I used are listed and linked below for your convenience.  I invite you to place a $50 order today for products you can add to your crafting supplies so you can make masculine cards in a snap.  In the process, you will earn a FREE Sale-a-Bration item!  Click on Sale-a-Bration to see all your free choices.  I would like to suggest the Carried Away DSP (143608) as a fantastic choice for masculine cards.  Check it out here!

Carried Away DSP

Stampin' Up! Cool Treats Birthday Card

Last month I started a new series of online classes, and the first one features Stampin' Up! Cool Treats Bundle.  They focus on birthdays.  After all, most of us would love to have ALL our birthday cards ready for 2017 now!  Yes, there may be the need for some extras as the year unfolds, but having a pretty hefty stash sets us up for success.

Cool Treats-Stampin' Up!

I designed 3 cards using the Stampin' Up! Cool Treats Bundle.  I wanted all of them to have widespread appeal--usable for men and women, boys and girls.  With universally appealing images of ice cream (we ALL love ice cream!), it seemed like a natural direction.

The card I'm sharing today uses just the stamps while the other 2 employ the stamps and framelits.  I like to show versatility of Stampin' Up! products.  Today's card is light and fresh.  I would readily give this to my young grandson or my young granddaughters.  I kept it simple with the focus on those yummy looking popsicles that are just plain fun to stamp!

Would you like the Tutorial of my Cool Treats Bundle Online Class?  It includes:

  • 3 pdf tutorials with color photos
  • 3 videos that teach stamping in addition to showing you how to execute the cards.  (8-10 minutes each)
  • These are my personal designs.

$12 Fee is all inclusive.  Your tutorial will be delivered to your inbox within 24 hours of your purchase.

Purchase now.


Stampin' Up! Valentine-Sealed with Love Bundle

I hosted a Training Event aka stamp camp in San Antonio in January to really kick off the Occasions Catalog.  These all-day stamping events are aimed at demonstrators--particularly my Southern Sweet Stampers Sealed with Love-Stampin' Up! team--but open to all stampers.  One of my team members, Darlene Boardman, designed several of the projects and I think you will love this Stampin' Up! Valentine featuring Sealed with Love bundle.

The framelits make short shrift of cutting out those tiny envelopes.  Aren't they cute??!!!  And little hearts to stamp and layer on top...yes! Darlene went with a classic color scheme.  Although we featured this card as a Valentine, it's not totally specific to the holiday until you open the card and see the "Happy Valentines Day" greeting inside.  That means you can easily create this card for any time you want to send love--not just Valentines Day--by omitting the greeting on the inside.  I love versatility!  

Is there someone in your life needing a little extra love?  Send them a handmade card and watch them perk up:)  All supplies for this Stampin' Up! Valentine are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Remember that with every $50 purchase you make right now, you receive a free Sale-a-Bration item of your choice.  (Click on the link to see them all!)  

Here's my suggestion for today's Stampin' Up! Valentine card so you can send love all year!

Those two items total $52.75 (before shipping and tax) which earns you a free Sale-a-Bration item.  Enjoy love-themed creativity!  

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