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!

Carnival and Vendor Fair at the Atrium!

Hope you can come visit me this Saturday July 11th at the Holiday at the Atrium, a senior living residence located at 2 Tryon Avenue, Scotia, NY 12302 (off Sunnyside Ave off Freeman’s Bridge Road). Our Girl Scouts will be helpers around the various stations (games, face painting, food booths and much more). I’m feeling blessed that the coordinator invited me to have my Stampin’ Up! booth there, not sure who else will be there with their booths, but it’s always a great turn out there! Hope you can come by- we’re open 2-5 pm!

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**note these pictures are from a fair I did last month, but I will have some hand made cards, dry erase boards, gum packages, golf themed candy bars, hot cocoa packets, and cash and carry stamping kits and much more!!

Hope to see you Saturday!
Thanks for stopping by today, have a great day!

Lynn

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Happy 4th of July Weekend! (and some birthday cards)

Hi there Stamping Friends! Hope you all are enjoying a long weekend, celebrating the 4th of July can be fun- I’m heading up to Cape Vincent for the weekend to spend time with my parents- I packed some of our Paper Pumpkin craft kits, the Cottage Greetings kit, and all my photos and our Project Life line of cards for photo albums/memory keeping. (I’m sad that I’ve finished three albums for other people and haven’t finished my own). So check back next week and I’ll be sharing what I accomplish!

I realized that I never shared my cards from my monthly Stamp-a-Stack class (it’s always the last Monday of the month). Here was our June line up of all birthday cards:

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*This last birthday card (the ice cream cone) was CASE-d (Copy And Share Everything) from Erica Cerwin’s blog. Love her work, she is so inspiring! Thanks Erica! This uses our new Ronald McDonald House stamp- $3 of the sale of this stamp set goes directly to RMH and it has a coordinating punch. Love them!

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Just a few more days of these awesome new BONUS Weekly Deals- up to 30% off retail price, offer ends Monday July 6th!

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Wishing you all a very Happy 4th of July! Have a fun weekend!!

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

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

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

Email: Lstreifert@nycap.rr.com

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Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263

Sip & Stamp Party, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aks scrapbooking (paper and digital), 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!

Cottage Greetings Card Class

I’m not sure about you, but I’m worried summer is going to fly by pretty fast… so I am giving you advance notice of another card class I am offering in my home.

It was a no-brainer to look to another awesome new kit in the 2015-16 Annual Catalog called Cottage Greetings Card Kit and it has a beautiful coordinating stamp set (sold separately). This kit makes 15 cards (5 each of 3 designs with envelopes and liners!), and I decided to offer this as a class, this will be my July Stamp-and- Sip on Friday July 31st from 6:30-8:30 pm. Since I will be at convention, I need you to register for this class by July 20th (I am going to order the kits about 7 pm that night, and they’ll be waiting for me when I get back.) Also, you will receive a $5 coupon to use off any order you place with me that night! Hurry, space is limited!

Check out this video! Enjoy!

 

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If you want to have a stack of cards to keep on hand that are pretty and not hard to put together, this is the kit for you!
Hope you can make it to the Stamp-and-Sip, or if you want to do it with friends, host a private class and I’ll bring the stamps, ink and the kits! (Earn free products by having a qualified home party).
Well, that’s it for now, have a great day! thanks for visiting my blog!

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Tin of Cards

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Lots of you are asking about the awesome Tin of Cards Kit, (which is featured on the cover of our new 2015-16 Annual Catalog) and many have asked if I will do a class, and I would be HAPPY to offer this as a Class. Just purchase the kit from me ($35 includes the kit+shipping+tax) by July 1st. (contact me to arrange payment). Then sign up for which Tin of Cards Class you would like to take:

  • Wednesday July 8th 6:30-8:30 pm
  • Tuesday July 14th 6:30-8:30 pm

Yes, I am offering this class twice- I have the stamp set, the inks, and tools needed to complete this project in one night- you will make all 16 cards and your dividers to organize your tin. What an awesome gift this would be to give someone a tin of handmade cards. All participants will receive a $5 coupon to use off any order with me the night of class.

Each class is limited to just 8 stampers, so register to reserve your spot today! (I need at least 3 people to hold class, so be sure to invite your friends- this would be a great event to bring a new stamper with you, they would have a blast and everything is already cut and scored, so it’s just stamping and assembling!
Can’t make the class, but want a visual? Here is an awesome video that Stampin’ Up! made for us:

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Want to know what your Kit includes?

Kit includes enough card bases and accents for 16 cards, 4 each of 4 designs. Complete the kit using the Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 138946). Stamps, ink, and adhesive sold separately. Instructions included.

* 16 card bases and envelopes
* 1 printed tin box with lid, 6-3/4″ x 4″ x 5-3/8″
* 10 sheets of 4-1/4″ x 6-1/4″ Designer Series Paper, 2 ea. of 5 designs
* 4 die-cut Designer Series Paper strips
* Gold Glimmer Paper hearts
* Die-cut accents
* Printed acetate sheet
* Gold foil strips
* Metallic gold thread
* 1 sheet clear star epoxy stickers
* Gold epoxy hearts
* 4 wood die cuts
* 9 file tab dividers
* Coordinates with the Tin of Cards Stamp Set (item 138946)

Coordinating colors: Bermuda Bay, Calypso Coral, Crushed Curry, Mint Macaron, Wild Wasabi, Whisper White

 

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You can customize your 16 cards any way you want!

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Let me know if you’d like to sign up for the Tin of Cards class in July! thanks!

Have a wonderful day!

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Last Chance Stamp Camp! (and our next BOGO)

Hi there Stamping Friends!

Just a quick post to let you know we are furiously planning two more big events for you- and please help us spread the word to all your friends and family, the more the merrier!

First up: Saturday May 16th from 9:30 am to Noon (we have the room until 1 pm, but plan to be there by 11 am at the latest so you have time to make your five cards) at the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church we are having a Last Chance Stamp Camp! This event will feature 5 cards with stamp sets that are retiring (all new cards of course- never a repeat with us!) Here’s our plan for the 5 cards:

  • Congratulations (appropriate for Graduation or just “Good job” to someone)
  • Father’s Day (or appropriate for a male birthday/thinking of you/thank you)
  • 3 All Occasion Cards that you can customize with any sentiments/greetings you’d like!

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The early bird deadline for $10 registration was supposed to be today, but I’m feeling generous and will extend that to Monday May 4th, then if you register between May 5-9th, and if there is still space available- then registration fee is $15 per person. (Registration means signing up and paying).

*Due to the vigorous amount of time to cut, score, and bundle all the “parts” to make these cards, we need to adhere to the deadline. Thanks for understanding!!

 

Next up: Lynnzcrafters Team BOGO Sale/New Catalog Kick Off Party: Saturday June 6th from 9 am to 1 pm  at the Burnt Hills United Methodist Church  My team and I are happy to be bringing you another fun sale of our retired Stampin’ Up! products (and some other arts and crafts supplies too!)  It will be similar to the sale we did in March… but this time there is no card making station as we’ll have more items for sale so we need the room for sale items! Also, this time for every dollar you spend on our sale items, you will then get to spend on brand new products in the new 2015-16 Annual Catalog (plus shipping and handling). *local delivery or ship to your home for a minimum shipping fee.   Free catalog with minimum purchase that day!

 

Thanks for stopping by today, happy Friday!

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Lots of Card Samples for You

Hi Friends! Hope you are having a nice weekend! I thought I would just catch up with sharing some awesome cards with you… birthday, spring fling, and my stamp a stack class… enjoy!

Special Birthday cards from some awesome Friends:

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I just treasure handmade cards, don’t you? Thank you friends!

Next up, want to share the five cards that Amye and I prepared for our Spring Fling event yesterday, it was a small group- but everyone had a nice time!

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I don’t know what I would do without my fabulous team- huge kudos to Amye for prepping and teaching some awesome techniques on two cards (the flower patch and birthday balloon); lots of thanks to Jamie for making a cute treat holder for each attendee (I didn’t take any pictures of that!) and many thanks to Amye, Jamie, Wendy and Sharon for coming to help for the afternoon, it made it so nice and relaxing for all the stampers. You guys are the best!! Ready to do it again on May 16th? (Mark your calendars- we’re doing a morning class more news to come soon!)

Here are some action shots- sorry I didn’t get everyone (again).

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thank you friends for coming out to our Spring Fling!

 

Finally, here are the 5 cards I came up with for my Stamp a Stack tomorrow night in my home. We’re going with a floral theme perfect for Mother’s Day coming up soon!

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Also, here is an updated retirement list: retiredList4.24.15

(note I turned on the filter and sorted it by page number… I did notice a few page numbers that are off, in that case go by the item number, okay?)

Also- save the date for Saturday June 6th we will be doing another BOGO.

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Spread the word to all your friends and family- lots of great bargains, buy our retired stuff and get new catalog goodies for free!

Thanks so much for stopping by today, I hope you have an awesome Sunday!

Also, I have a new hostess code for the next two weeks, if you are wanting to get anything from my online store- please use this code: Y7X4RAR9 

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