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#228 – Retreat – January 14, 2018

Thank you to everyone who came out to the retreat yesterday.  I took pictures of some projects people were working on and then I realized by the end of the day, that I didn’t take people pictures.  I got so involved in my work, and then the day got away from me.   Twelve hours zoom by, and before you know it, the day comes to a close!  Enjoy the pictures!  You can be part of the day vicariously!

We had a mix of both customers and demonstrators who spent the day at the retreat.  Cindy Pietrowski worked on past Paper Pumpkin kits.  This super cute one shown above,was from August 2017.  I LOVE the bold greetings and it comes complete with a sweet floral box; perfect for gift giving.

Thank you Cathy Ward for the homemade raspberry jam.  You made Paul very happy!
Another thank you to Lori Marcantonio for the cute DSP wrapped candies and RSVP pen with the DSP insert!

Decorated pocket calendars. – Retreat gift

Trying out the new Stamparatus to make personalized stationery.

Sneak peek of an upcoming Stamp Camp project above, created by Lisa Lange.  It features the Picture Perfect DSP from pg. 5 of the Occasions catalog.

I did walk around and take some pictures of the different projects people were working on.
Lisa Lange was bagging projects for our Stamp Camp, coming up Sat., 1/27/18 at the Huntley Park District.  See details under the EVENTS link of my blog.

Is this Valentine’s box not the cutest?  LOVE!
Cathy Ward was making some adorable Valentine’s cards.  She definitely makes the world a better place one card at a time!Jean Hayes worked on the “Lots of Happy” card kit from page 15 of the Occasions catalog.

Then we had several other ladies working on their scrapbbooking. Retreat is the perfect time to themselves to stay on top of their family albums.

Below, I have shared MANY card samples from an organized swap my friend Lisa Lange joined.
Great card ideas for future events.

“Lovely Wishes” is a sweet set found on pg. 50 of the Occasions catalog.

The two cards above use the “True Gentleman” suite product found on pgs. 44 – 45 of the Occasions catalog.  So vintage and masculine!  One of the accessory options is the 3/8″ Night of Navy corduroy ribbon!  It is a great embellishment for manly cards! 🙂

I love when people use vellum cardstock for the bottles and foil paper for the bottle caps! Fun cards above from the “Bubble Over” bundle on pg. 32 of the Occasions catalog.
The “Bubbles & Fizz” DSP is a FREE option in the SAB catalog, on pg. 13.

“Party Pandas” is a popular  FREE choice from the SAB catalog, on page 15.

The cards above feature the “Tutti-Frutti” suite, found on pgs. 28 – 29 of the Occasions catalog.
It is one way to guarantee you get a cute and healthy serving of fruit daily.

The card above uses “Southern Serenade” from pg. 49 in the Occasions catalog.  Vintage sets are always one of my favorites.  
The “Sweet Soiree” set is featured on four pages in the Occasions catalog, pgs. 10 – 13.
The “Bird Banter” stamp set, is one that is easy to miss on pg. 42 of the Occasions catalog.
There are so many sets and accessories, sometimes it is hard to take it all in.
This Valentine card stands out because it is not the traditional pink or red.  You can make a unique card with a non-traditional color.  This card uses the “Sure Do Love You” bundle from pg. 19 in the Occasions catalog.  It is the same framelit set that was used to create the cute Valentine box created by Lisa Lange above.  Great for cards or 3-D projects.

Valentine’s Day is coming and it is good to be prepared.  The “Heart Happiness” stamp set on pg. 20 of the Occasions catalog helps you create a perfect Valentine’s card.The “Hold on to Hope” bundle is perfect for many occasions, from births, sympathy and thinking of you cards.
The two cards above are from “Epic Celebrations” on pg. 12 of the SAB catalog.  Great for the teens in your life or your teens at heart. 🙂

This card is AMAZING on so many levels!  The sparkly “Myths & Magic” washi tape and glimmer paper can be found on pg. 57 of the Occasions catalog.  The cutout “amazing” is from the SAB option, “Celebrate You Thinlits Dies” on pg. 17 in the SAB catalog.  It is one of the FREE options with a $100 net order.

The card above is one of my favorites.  It uses the Petal Passion suite, pgs. 22 – 23 of the Occasions catalog.  I love the use of the So Saffron yellow cardstock with the black and white imagery and DSP.  So simple and elegant!

This card makes me smile.  The dragon is from the “Myths & Magic” suite on pgs. 36 -37 in the Occasions catalog.  I love that he is lighting or blowing out the candle!  How fun!!!
The card above uses the “Waterfront” stamp set, pg. 48 of the Occasions catalog.
It makes you feel artistic just using it!

Winner for today’s drawing:  Karen Roeseler
Happy Mail is going out Monday!!!

National Dress Up Your Pet Day
Of all of our four-legged creatures, Orion likes dressing up the most.  Willow “tolerates” it and Panda REFUSES!  I love this picture of him.  He  looks regal and proud!

Happy rest of the weekend!  It may be cold, but at least it is sunny here in northern Illinois!!!

#227 – Charming Cafe Bundle – January 13, 2018

This “Charming Cafe Bundle” on pg. 25 in the Occasions catalog is one that did not get my attention the first time around.  I received a couple of swap cards using this bundle and it has since become one of my favorites.
Note:  The gold foil envelope is made using the “Lots to Love Box Framelit Dies” on pg. 19 of the Occasions catalog.  So elegant!!!

Click here to watch a short video showcasing the Charming Cafe Bundle

Winner for today’s drawing:  Colleen Beier
Congrats and look for happy mail next week!

Received a lovely card from Robin DiSilvestro today.  Warm thoughts are good this time of year!  Thank you Robin!

All packed up for the Stamp Retreat tomorrow.  We will load the car in the morning; too cold to leave things in the car overnight. 🙂

Best of all, today is…
Have a great weekend and dream BIG!

#226 – Mixed Medallions Card Kit – January 12, 2018


Get the fantastic Mixed Medallions Card Kit by Stampin’ Up! for FREE with a qualifying purchase during Stampin’ Up!’s biggest and best yearly sales event, Sale-A-Bration! Quickly and easily create 8 “thank you” and “congratulations” trifold cards. Everything you need is included! Don’t wait–this exclusive kit is only available through March 31, 2018!

Plus, this kit is a great one to stock up on for gift giving!  The perfect gift for one of your crafty friends!!!

Click here to watch a short video showcasing this quick and easy card kit

Winner of today’s drawing is:  Bobbi Triptow
Happy happy mail shown above is going out today!!!
“Making the world a better place one card at a time.”

Hope you have fun plans for the weekend!
I will be prepping for our Stamp Retreat on Saturday!  Looking forward to 12 hrs. of crafting time with friends!  Stay tuned for pictures!!!

#225 – Let the Good Times Roll – January 11, 2018

Let the Good Time Roll bundle helps you create a fun pop-up card!!!  This is a great “over the top” card to amaze the recipient!  You can find the bundle on pg. 7 of the Occasions catalog.
Super cute and I love the detail!

Here is a card that showcases flowers, rather than a roller coaster.  It is amazing when you think “outside of the box” what you can create!

Click here to view a short video showcasing “Let the Good Times Roll” Bundle

The winner for today’s drawing is:  Deb Hagburg
Look for HAPPY MAIL coming your way!!!

January Events

1/13 (Sat.) – Stamp Retreat
– Crystal Lake, IL – Country Inn & Suites
9 am to 9 pm  (go to  Click on EVENTS link for details)

1/16 (Tues.)  OnStage Registration Starts (Local = Milwaukee, WI April 7, 2017)
Join SU and you can go to Milwaukee for a day of Stampin’ Fun!!!

1/17 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live – “12 Cards” Giveaway and Demo of Brusho & Celebrate You Thinlits Dies 

1/24 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live

1/27 (Sat.) – Stamp Camp
– Huntley, IL  – Huntley Park District
8:30 am to Noon  (go to  Click on EVENTS link for details)
12 Make and Takes, Door Prizes, Retired product for sale

1/31 (Wed.) – Virtual Party
– FB online Stampahowlic Stampers
8:30 – 9:30 pm CST

February Events

2/7 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live

2/9 (Fri.) StampaStack – My Home in Roscoe
Two class times to choose from:  10 am to Noon or 1 to 3 pm
Cost:  $25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates

2/14 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live

2/17 (Sat.) Stampahowlic Team Meeting
8:30 am – Noon
(go to   Click on EVENTS link for details)

2/21 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live)

2/22 (Thurs.)  6:30 – 8:30 – Stampin’ Bingo – My Home in Roscoe
Games, Make & Takes, Prizes
(go to   Click on EVENTS link for details)

2/28 (Weds.)  8 – 9 Pm CST – Facebook Virtual Party

March Events

3/7 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live)

3/9 (Fri.) StampaStack – My Home in Roscoe
Two class times to choose from:  10 am to Noon or 1 to 3 pm
Cost:  $25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates

3/14 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live)

3/17 (Sat.) – Stamp Camp – Huntley, IL  – Huntley Park District
8:30 am to Noon  (go to  Click on EVENTS link for details)
12 Make and Takes, Door Prizes, Retired product for sale

3/21 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live)

3/28 (Weds. 8 pm CST) – FB Live)

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