Saturday, November 12, 2011

Retreat Update #2

Wish you were here ...   The food is good and plenty of it ... and no cooking or cleanup ... just Stamp, Stamp, Stamp ...   play, play, play  

Today the gals came down to another surprise ...

 Personalized notecards made just for them ...
Plus ... they received a clear gift box and supplies to make a set of 4 of these cards, either for themselves or to give away as a gift.  Complete written instructions included.

I explained to them this is one of my very favorite and most used card style for several reasons.  First, it uses Designer Series Papers (DSP) and the cuts allow you to maximize each 12x12" piece to the fullest with no waste.  The DSP is cut into 3x4" pieces, getting 12 cuts per sheet.  Then I cut a coordinating 4x2.25" piece of cardstock for the top.  So that you can easily attach a piece of ribbon around these two pieces (not shown here), you simply take a 1x3.5" piece of cheap copy paper, lay it flat horizontally,  apply some adhesive on both top and bottom and place the DSP on first over half of this sheet, then put the cardstock over the top half.  Now you've combined two pieces into one piece.  I call this "splicing" and is a great way to save paper.

Also used in these cards is my favorite embossing folder set, Designer Frames.  You can see the monograms used here, Spencerian Alphabet Upper (pg 169) stamped on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with our extra Large Oval punch (pg 212) work perfectly together.  (Just living up to Stampin' Up!'s trademark of coordinated products!).  The flowers were punched out using Boho Blossoms punch (pg 210) and the Lucky Limeade trim was cut using Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border (pg 211).  the DSP was from our FREE Hostess Cheerful Treat DSP (pg 11). 

To help their creative juices flow, I made some other samples using both Designer Frames embossing folders (pg 218) and other stamp sets and embellishments.

Retreat is about learning and sharing. 

For their Make and Take today, here's their tree ornament.  How cute is this!!!!

For this we used a piece of the white backing cardboard for our DSP, the Snowflake Bigz Die (pg 220), Circle Treat Cups (pg 182) and Mica Flakes (pg 21 Holiday Mini).  Snow Much Fun stamp set was also used.

The gals are also busy working away with all their supplies included in their supply kit (included with the cost of the retreat).  There are two pre-planned packages, but each attendee is free to change whatever they want within a certain dollar amount. 

It's all good at Retreat!!!  Stop back tomorrow to see their final Seat Treat and Make N Take!  Are you getting the Retreat bug yet?

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