My First Creative Christmas Crafty Retreat!

Hi there friends, I wanted to share photos of my first retreat I held yesterday at the Elks club lodge in Ballston Lake, New York.

Let me give you the backstory, part of the training program I have been a part of for almost 3 years, encourages us to hold a creative retreat. I wanted to see one in action before I tried it myself so back in August I went with my friend Elizabeth to go to Massachusetts to Selene Kempton’s retreat. I got a lot of great ideas and saw it in action, and while I was there everyone encouraged me to plan my own. With only one free Saturday on my calendar for the month of November I came home from Selene’s retreat eager to plan my first one. Everything came together and I feel so blessed. The day I had available was yesterday, Saturday, November 17, which was the 2nd anniversary of when my sweet mother went to heaven. I know she was with me and helped everything to go so smoothly.

I first invited my team, I have 30 downline that was my starting point. I knew I only wanted to have 30 people at my first one. Not everyone could attend so then I opened it up to some great friends who I thought would enjoy attending an all day event like this. I had 25 people pre-register, and unfortunately one was sick the day of the event but we made her all the projects.

I had these canvas tote bags made up as I wanted everyone to have something to take all their prizes in projects home in. Everyone received one package of the festive farmhouse Christmas DSP, the striped burlap ribbon, and a package of metallic pearls. My theme was farmhouse Christmas and I wanted everything to coordinate. When I was shopping on Amazon for the wood slice ornaments I even found a T-shirt to match my theme so I had to get it for myself.

I don’t know if you can see in this photo but there is a fabric coaster for under their hot cocoa mug that I made, the Santa scissor charm I made with Shrinky dink material (I cased from Carol Hickman), the wood slice ornament I had help from my friends/team Kara and Laurie, and you can see all the Stampin’ Up! products that were included in this event as well as all eight projects we made.

In the first two photos, the gift card holders, I modified these from the projects we made at Selenes’s retreat. I love the simple idea of decorating our gold striped bag, and our Kraft pillow boxes, I just used the farmhouse theme to spruce it up for my event.

In the third picture, I would like to thank my friend and downline Amye Speirs for designing that card for me.

The fourth photo, with the sled, I just cased the catalog.

The fifth photo with the mini tea light lantern, I modified the tutorial from Allison Okamitsu, and her blog is called Nice People Stamp, she’s a wonderful demonstrator from Canada and her directions were perfect. I just changed the paper and ribbon to match my theme.

The little joy stocking was from November 2017 paper pumpkin kit, unfortunately it’s sold out now but I bought a bunch back in September to use for this event.

The last two photos showcase our beautiful mini gable boxes one is in silver and the other is a shimmery white. I just created these two designs using the farmhouse DSP & wanted this to be fun treat holders, I had candy on every table that people could take to fill their little boxes.

 

I did not have very much money to spend on decorations after ordering all the supplies needed for these projects and the little goodie bags. So my wonderful sister-in-law Kathy loaned me all her farmhouse Decor so I could decorate the tables at check-in and where we ate our meals.

We had a little hot cocoa station, I had a lending library set up where people could borrow my stamps, dies, and punches as well as the big shot set up.

I rotated the projects to each table every half an hour so they could comfortably stay at their seat and I then returned all the projects to a table in the back if anybody arrived late and needed to go make their projects- they had the rest of the day to complete their projects.

Everyone received one raffle ticket for attending the event, I also gave raffle tickets every time they finished five projects they brought to work on, I gave one raffle ticket for each $10 they purchased from me from my retired table or my adhesives, or a catalog order they placed with me. Then I had five bundles of wonderful product and they put the raffle tickets inside the bag of the items they hope to win. I also sold raffle tickets individually, or an arm length for $20. I drew the winners at about 8 PM,  Kara won the Stamparatus, Jessica won the farmhouse Christmas bundle, Amye won the alpine snow Bundle, Jackie won the Snow is Glistening bundle, and Linda won the Winter Woods bundle. I used all the hostess rewards, and my commission on the sale of all the products I ordered for this event as the prizes.

I arranged for my wonderful friend Wendy to come and do chair massages, 19 people enjoyed a relaxing massage, poor Wendy was exhausted after four hours, I am so thankful she was able to come and I know everyone enjoyed their massage! Thanks friend! 😘

I have to say the food was delicious, and I’m so thankful to Mike Bloss from the Clifton Park Elks, what a fantastic job he did and we really enjoyed the spread for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. I only remembered to take pictures of the lunch buffet but the set up was the same. It was really nice to get up from our crafting table to go to the lunch table.

It just warms my heart to see this room full of special ladies who came out and supported me with my first retreat, everyone shared an 8 foot table, and we had them all near the walls so they could plug in their lights or electronics.

I had some ordering specials for my attendees, and will be placing their orders today. I also still need to unpack my car and now get ready for bingo next week. Just wanted to say thank you to everyone who attended, all my helpers, most especially my team for joining Lynnzcrafters and coming out to this event yesterday!

Thank you for taking the time to read this blog post today, I would love to hear from you! What was your favorite project? Would you like to attend an event like this? This was a 12 hour day, we were open from 9 AM to 9 PM… Although we did close up a little early last night everyone was fatiguing myself included.

Please leave me a comment, I am going to do a giveaway I have an extra canvas bag from this event and I will send it to one lucky winner who leaves a comment on this post by Wednesday 11/21 at 6 PM.

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code:  TAB9VTSP
~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

Catalog Launch Day!

Happy New Holiday Catalog Launch Day!

Did you receive your copy of the new 2018 Holiday Catalog yet? If you don’t already have a demonstrator, feel free to contact me and I’ll be happy to mail you a catalog.

Here is the electronic version for you:

Here are some of my most favorite things from this new catalog, brought to you by Stampin’ Up!:

All the gorgeous Designer Series paper!

 


Take Your Pick tool!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nihh0cc81pU&feature=youtu.be


Beautiful blizzard bundle!

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Tags and tidings Bundle! (16 tags in one stamp/die!!)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MKM35FUPWfI&feature=youtu.be


 

 

I really appreciate all of your support and loyalty! Thank you for shopping with me today!

Please use Hostess Code:  RG7AJGD6 when you place your order! Many thanks!

~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com
Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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We Create Bloggers December Hop!

Hi Friends!

Happy December! This is a fun month, with lots of traditions, crafts, get togethers, celebrations and for me and my family- the celebration of my siblings birthdays and Christmas! I wanted to share a recent card design I came up with for my last Stamp a Stack class. I was excited to use the new Hearts Come Home bundle, it is just stunning and so many possibilities! For this monthly blog hop, we are a group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators and we create one simple project then show you a few enhancements (sometimes added embellishments) to “Step it up”. Hope you like what we’ve created for you today!

This is my “simple” version using just the die cut for the church on our whisper white card stock. I used basic grey as a base, cut out an opening with the largest oval die in the Layering Ovals set, and then texturized it with the Softly Falling TIEF. What do you think?

My “stepped-up” version is a little more challenging… you need to run the glimmer paper through the big shot a few extra times since it is thicker than our regular card stock. I stamped the greeting in Night of Navy ink, used a q-tip to rub off the ink from the word “home” and then used our Real Red Stampin’ Marker to color red ink on just this word. Then I punched it out with our Pretty Label punch and adhered some lovely Night of Navy gingham ribbon behind it. What do you think??

 

Here is the ordering information for this bundle: item #146068 Hearts Come Home Clear mount bundle, you save 10% when you purchase the stamp set and dies at the same time. There are 16 rubber stamps and 6 dies in this set, you will get a lot of use out of it for sure!

Here are some projects by the Stampin’ Up! Concept Artists:

Today starts our Year End Clearance Sale- with lots of deals, while supplies last, head over to my Online Store at http://LynnStreifert.Stampinup.net 

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Thank you so much for visiting me today! Are you ready to go see what amazing projects Kimberley has created for us this month?

 

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: Y9NNTSFJ

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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Holiday Gift Ideas with the Creative Inking Bloggers!

Hello there friends! Thank you for joining us on another blog hop with these amazing Stampin’ Up! demonstrators! This month, we have 10 fabulous participants, to “hop” along and see all their work, just click the icons at the bottom with the cute bunny- and “click” the “next” button to hop forward… it will take you to each one. I am so excited about the theme this month- Holiday Gift Ideas, and I just couldn’t wait to share some ideas with you! (And how perfect that today launches our Online Extravaganza– a special week long sale, with some awesome stamp sets available today only… scroll to bottom for a complete list!)

First, I wanted to show you this adorable hot cocoa gift– perfect use for those test tubes!

How sweet is this? I just love how this finished product came out- who would you give this to?? I’m thinking this would make a great teacher, bus driver, coach, co-worker, neighbor, mail carrier, and friend gift.

In case you wonder where to find this super cute mini mini marshmallow bits- they are in the hot cocoa isle (not where other marshmallows were at my local store). The little mini silver spoons are from the Dollar General store- just a great finish to this “gift”. (sorry about the mess in the background- I totally meant to crop that out!)

This is one of the projects we made tonight at my Stamping Bingo event, I was thrilled to have such a great response to this “Ugly Christmas Sweater” themed event. Be sure to stop back tomorrow to see all my bingo pictures!

 

This is a sweet little gift I featured at my last Girl Scout Troop meeting. The girls voted and wanted to learn about Book Making. (there is a badge for that! lol). They love time in the craft room and I taught them the hot glue gun binding technique. They each made a different cover, the inside pages are thick sketch book/artists paper so they can color and their work won’t seep through). I explained that these are inexpensive gifts they could make for their family members for gifts next month. (I did use some retired DSP and ribbon above).

 

 

 

Here is the complete flyer with all the items included in our Online Extravaganza Sale! Don’t forget that there are items on sale today only- those specials end at Midnight!

You can either click this image (note- this version has all the French stamp sets on the list).

Or click here and open the list I created- and note I removed all the French items.

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I can’t wait to see what my friends are featuring in this blog hop, I’m sure there are some great gift ideas!

Thank you so much for visiting me today, are you ready to go see what the amazing Sandy Mott has for us? Just click the “next  button”:

Or if you want to hop in reverse, you can go check out Colleen‘s blog here, click “prior” button:

 

 

 

Thank you so much for visiting me today! I treasure your comments and feedback, scroll to the bottom and type in the “leave a response” area at the bottom of this post.  Thanks!!  If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Host Code: UPT7SU4C

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot fun and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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We Create Blog Hop September!

Hi Friends!  Did you just hop on over from the amazing Jeanna’s blog?? I just adore her work! Happy September 1st! I do NOT know where the summer went, it just flew by, didn’t it? I’m hoping the weathermen are right that we are going to have a warm September and October! Did you know that TODAY is the first day of the new 2017 Holiday Catalog, and OMG- it is just fabulous! Here is a link to the catalog online (just click the photo of the catalog below) and/or if you need a catalog and don’t already have a demonstrator, then message me your address and I’ll be happy to mail you one!

 

This is a monthly blog hop of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators who create one project and then “Step it up” to show you how some slight changes in product and placement can make a big difference! Sometimes I do this with my clubs and classes- it is a terrific way to showcase new embellishments and products!

 

 

My cards today are made with the new gorgeous bundle called “Snowflake Sentiments” (item #146053 for clear mount; or item #146052 for wood mount, found on page 35 of the Holiday Catalog). The sentiments are so sweet, on the inside I stamped the greeting: “Wishing you a season of joy, a season of cheer, but most of all- a wonderful year”. (I forgot to take a picture).  The dies are amazing, and love how the the little holes pop out of the snowflake outline die. So sweet.

 

 

For my second card, the “stepped up version” I used the silver foil paper to cut the intricate snowflakes out. I love how sparkly this card is, so fun to make!

 

What do you think? Are you eager to get creating some Holiday cards?

 

Starting today we have a new promotion for our amazing Hosts! Anyone who has a party with $300 in sales will earn this stamp set free!


Just click this link to get the flyer with all the details!

http://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2017/Merry%20Patterns/Flyer_MerryPatterns_090117_US.pdf

 Here are the details:

  • Promotion period: September 1–October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is exclusive to the host promotion and will not be available after October 31
  • In order to qualify, the event merchandise total must reach $300 (before shipping and handling)
  • There is no limit to the number of times the Merry Patterns Stamp Set may be earned, but only one set can be redeemed per qualifying order
  • Customer, workshop, and online orders all qualify for this great stamp set!
  • Orders must be closed by 11:50 PM (MT) on October 31
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set is in addition to the regular Stampin’ Rewards that you earn with an order or party totaling $300+!
  • The Merry Patterns Stamp Set may not be exchanged for another stamp set

So get your orders ready! Any order or party totaling $300+ between September 1 and October 31 will get this great set for free! 

Thank you so much for stopping by today! I hope you continue on and visit the other ladies who are in the blog hop today. Just click the next icon below to go see what the amazing Kimberley has created for us this month.

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month (September 2017) please use Hostess Code: 67UTTBJ2

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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We Create Blog Hop December 2016

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Hello, and welcome to the We Create Bloggers Hop for December 2016! (Did I confuse you by having another blog hop already today- you see I’m in a few design groups, and when the first of the month falls on a Thursday, well then they will both occur on the same day). Hope you enjoy all the fun projects!

Today I wanted to share with you two fun cards featuring the adorable moose from the Jolly Friends Bundle in the Holiday Catalog. I was thinking of using this guy for my own Christmas cards this year, what do you think?

 

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This first card is the simple version, where I was inspired by Diana Gibbs, I water-colored the moose on our awesome shimmer white paper, don’t you just love the new Emerald Envy paired with Real Red for Christmas? The greeting is from the Tin of Tags stamp set, which is adorable (and NOT just for tags at all!)

 

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In the stepped up version, I used the new embossing powder on the wreath, it was a little tricky to get it placed strategically. I also fussy cut this moose and colored in his antlers for a different look. And the finishing touch is a real mini jingle bell, love how it looks, what do you think? (this would not go through the US mail very well, it will need a padded envelope for sure).

 

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Are you ready to go see what Kimberley created for us? (Just click the icon below that says “Next blog”).

 

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Thank you for visiting today, I would love to hear from you. Let me know which card you like best, and have a great day.

Don’t forget that today starts our Year End Close-Out Sale:

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If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use Hostess Code: PTJX6AM3

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page ”

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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Creative Circle Design Team-Home for the Holidays

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Welcome to the December Blog Hop of the Creative Circle Design Team! Our theme this month is Home for the Holidays.  I thought that our November Paper Pumpkin Kit was a perfect kit for me to showcase this theme. I love how all the pieces are laser cut and in three colors! I created the card exactly as the kit intended, this kit comes with two ink pads: Pear Pizzazz and Dapper Denim.  I even loved the tiny dimensionals that came with this kit!

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I wanted to come up with an alternative project with the kit, and thought of our clear 2″ boxes, I did trim the scene down to 4″ and scored it at 2″ to slide into the box and then included a battery operated candle, for a festive little gift idea.

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I hope you like the projects today, I’m sorry this post is so short. My dear mother passed away and we had her funeral on Monday, and I’ve had out of town family staying with me. Although we knew that my mom had terminal lung cancer, nothing really prepares you when it happens. My faith, family, and friends have been of great comfort to me, as well as the sign my mom sent us from heaven within moments of her passing, can you see the angel? The sun was so blindingly bright and the clouds framed the sun immediately looking like angel wings. I know she is no longer in pain and is in a better place, but I am still grieving, and not quite back to all my activities and routines. Stamping has taken a back seat for the past three months, so I could spend more time with her and my family. I’m thankful to my team and customers for their understanding and support during this difficult time.

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Ready to go hop over and see what fantastic creations Kate made this month? click the icon:

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Here is our December line-up:

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 Don’t forget that today starts our Year End Close-Out Sale:

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If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use Hostess Code: PTJX6AM3

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

If on Facebook please like my page ”

Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking, card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!

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