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!

Last Day to BOGO (buy one get one free)…

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Paper Pumpkin is the perfect way to jump into the world of papercrafting and get your creative “me-time” every month. We deliver all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a fun project, without any stress. Everything is precut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun part of crafting! Our subscribers always have cards and cute gifts on hand for every occasion. Your first kit includes a free gift from us—a clear stamping block. You’ll also build a collection of stamps and ink to use on other projects. There’s no pressure—you can cancel or suspend at any time. Subscribe by the 10th of the month to get started!

For the FIRST time ever, FIRST-time subscribers can buy their FIRST month and get their second month FREE!

 Offer ends today October 10, 2016

Offer Details: When you use promo code “BOGO” at www.PaperPumpkin.com, you’ll pay the regular price of $19.95  and get your second month for FREE!

Buy today and your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free. (then cancel or halt your subscription, it is up to you!)

The Fine Print:

  • IMPORTANT: Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void. You can’t put their subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95  + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only (Stampin’ Up! verifies you based on your email address that you use to sign up).
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
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Sample of a past kit- they were shaker cards!

Another sample of a past kit- this one made 9 cards!

Another sample of a past kit- this one made 9 cards!

Another perk of being a Paper Pumpkin subscriber- you can order past kits, and refills of the ones you really love (if you want). Here are all the ones still available:

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https://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryid=12402

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

~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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I’m Sorry….

I’m sorry that I haven’t posted in a while, the past 3 weeks have been difficult as my sweet mother was diagnosed with Stage 4 lung cancer that has spread to her stomach. During her week long hospital stay, in addition to biopsies, she had a chemo power port put in and today started her weekly chemo treatments. My family and I are so thankful for the wonderful doctors, nurses, friends and family who have been so positive and helpful.  I needed to cancel several card classes, swaps, blog hops and team get togethers these past 3 weeks so I could spend time with my family. Thank you for your patience and understanding. I know it will be a long and challenging road, but with our faith, family and each other, we will travel this path together. I have had no real desire (up until today) to even go in my craft room. But after talking to my mom about how chemo went today, she was full of funny stories and no side effects (yet). So tonight I made some cards, planned my club for this weekend, and decided to write a blog post.

I went online to the Stampin’ Up! website today to catch up on some updates and wanted to pass on some news to you:

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For the first time ever, first-time subscribers can buy one month at the regular price of $19.95 and get the second month FREE! It’s a Paper Pumpkin BOGO deal that you don’t want to miss!   Sign up at here and use BOGO for the promo code. Offer runs until October 10, 2016.

Paper Pumpkin is a monthly subscription service by Stampin’ Up! that delivers all the stamps, ink, and paper you need to create a papercrafting project. Everything is cut and ready to go so you can skip to the fun!

If you subscribe with the promo code between now and September 10, you will pay full price for the September kit and get the October kit free.

If you subscribe between September 11 and October 10, your first kit will be the October kit and you will get the November kit free.

The fine print:

  • After the first two months, the subscription will continue for $19.95 + tax per month (shipping included) unless cancelled or suspended. Ends October 10, 2016.
  • This offer is open to first-time subscribers only (This is tracked by the email account you sign up with, if you have a different email from one you used previously, then this deal could work for you.)
  • Not valid on prepaid subscriptions.
  • Ends October 10, 2016 (the last day to subscribe and get the October kit).
  • Offer invalid if subscription is suspended or cancelled during the first two months. In other words, subscribers cannot cancel or suspend their subscription during their first two months—if they do, the offer is void. You can’t put your subscription on hold or cancel until after the first two full months.
  • After you enter your shipping address and credit card info, be sure to type in my name Lynn Streifert as your demonstrator, so I will get credit for your order.

 

The stamp sets that come in each month’s kit are so versatile and come in handy for lots of other card making and paper crafts!!

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Stampin’ Up! also has some overstock items, here are the sale items good through September 14th. I’m sorry I didn’t post about the deals last week (there were some metallic embellishments). These are some great deals:

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I will be placing an order this weekend, so if you need any of these specials, let me know, or of course you can always Shop my online store at:  http://Lynnstreifert.stampinup.net Please Use hostess code: N32RY9MD
for this or any order in September 2016.

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Last but not least- I am having my Stampin’ Up! bingo night on Friday September 30th. Cost is $20 per person, I must receive your payment by September 18th at the latest, or while seats are available. We will play 6 rounds of bingo, and I have 4 Make & Take projects. All prizes will be brand new items from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. You bring a snack to share, and I do the rest. Contact me for more details.

Thank you for reading my blog post, for your support and understanding.

 

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use Hostess Code: N32RY9MD

~Lynn Streifert

Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!

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

 

Card Making at the Senior Center & Blog Candy Give Away!


Good morning stamping friends! I hope you have had a great week! Do you have fun plans for the weekend? Tomorrow we will be traveling to Syracuse to celebrate Mother’s Day with my family- looking forward to it, we have a lovely brunch at a restaurant called Justin’s Tuscan Grill and then hopefully if the weather cooperates we will head to a local park to visit and hang out together! I don’t want to show you my Mother’s Day cards/projects yet- so be sure to come back on Monday to see my creations.

Today I want to share with you four cards that I did last week at my monthly card class at a local senior center. Shout out to my friend and downline Brigid, she volunteers to come each month and help me with this class. Thanks so much Brigid!

This sweet card is one of two projects you can make from your March 2016 paper pumpkin kit! This kit made four cards of this size, and four gift card holders simply adorable!

 

Because I love my paper pumpkin kit so much, and I’d love to put one in your hands, because I have this prepaid gift card, I am issuing a blog candy challenge, leave me a comment about why you want a kit (what you would use it for, who you might create with, any comment about these fun kits). Be sure to leave a comment on this thread here on my blog, scroll down to the bottom and you will see a spot where you can leave a comment. Be sure to leave a comment by Tuesday, May 10 at 5 PM. I will draw one winner using a random number generator, and I will contact the winner between 8 and 9 PM to redeem this kit I will need your contact info.

This card showcases the free stamp set Stampin’ Up! gifted to us in our April 2016 paper pumpkin kit. The stamp set is called “All About Everything” and it is just gorgeous. I came up with this flower pot design to showcase a flat and simple card. What do you think? Those outgoing in colors just really pop, I used Lost Lagoon, Mossy Meadow, blackberry bliss, and hello honey. Did you stock up on these colors before they retire?

This simple card showcases three products that are carrying over to the next catalog, so glad the kit called water color wishes is carrying over, also happy about the botanical blooms set, and timeless textures from the Occasions catalog!!

This fun card is perfect for that special guy, unfortunately this stamp set called “going global” is retiring, if you want this set, you must order it by May 31!!

Here are a couple variations of this card with other sentiments.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!! I hope you have a wonderful day, don’t forget to leave me a comment if you want to be entered to win one free paper pumpkin kit! (This contest is open to everyone, my downline, customers, other demonstrators, and friends!)

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month, please use Hostess Code: 92GFRW4G



~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 “Lynnzcrafters”
Subscribe to our monthly Paper Pumpkin Program at https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263
Now booking into May and June: Sip & Stamp Party, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka 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!

Free Stamp Set? Yes, Please!

  Hi there stamping friends!

Did you know that Stampin’ Up! is giving away a FREE Stamp set (value $17) to everyone who orders a paper pumpkin kit, or becomes a new subscriber, by April 10th (midnight cut off)??!! Who doesn’t love FREE???

Here is a video from Sara Douglass explaining why:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HF7JYs5dNRk

 

There are two ways you can get this FREE stamp set:

  1. Go to my online store, and order one of the pre-paid options, here is a link:      (you will receive an email with a link to activate your subscription- you must activate from the email by 4/10/16 to get the April 2016 kit and free stamp set).                                          http://www.stampinup.com/ECWeb/ItemList.aspx?categoryID=102101

 

        2. Go to the Paper Pumpkin website and subscribe directly to sign up and subscribe:

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https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263

**please note- this link is associated with me, Lynn Streifert, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

The kits are so fun, and include inks, stamps, papers (already cut, scored, punched out- ready to use!), embellishments, ribbons, etc… just need scissors! (and maybe wet glue).

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Every month Stampin’ Up! creates a video to showcase how to put the kit together. I love these videos (I’ve always been a visual learner- if I “see it”, I can usually “get it”…) here is this month’s video:

I would love to help you earn more FREE things! Just a few more days to earn a FREE Sale-a-bration product- these specials end on March 31st. Hope you don’t miss out, the products this year are outstanding! (Free selection for each $50 order before tax/shipping). If you order a 3 month subscription by March 30th, you save $5, get 1 Saleabration item free, and get the Free April Stamp Set- win-win!! (just remember to redeem your code that you will receive by email).

Happy Stamping! Let me know if you have any questions, I’m here for you!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by have a great day!

lynnsignature~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 “Lynnzcrafters

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

**I have just a couple openings for April …so contact me if you want to book a party: Sip & Stamp Parties, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Also, 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!

 

Paper Pumpkin is 3 years Old!

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Hi there stamping friends! Can you believe it has been THREE years since Stampin’ Up! launched their very successful arts & crafts kit of the month club (in the mail)?? I remember being with some of my stamping sisters at a Leadership event in Orlando, Florida when they gave us the first two kits ever created. (in January 2013)…Although we were wondering how the name “Paper Pumpkin” came to be- it doesn’t have anything pumpkin oriented in the kit… but they explained it was like a magical escape (like Cinderella at the ball), well doesn’t matter what they called it,  we were lucky to have the sneak peek then and boy am I glad I stuck with PP as they have gotten better and better every month!

They are always photopolymer stamps- which is awesome (clear, easily sticks on your blocks, can line up images perfectly). An ink spot (or two) and all the paper supplies are included to complete the kit as is, or feel free to experiment and make alternative projects. You may need scissors or wet glue to complete some of the projects/card kits.

I have a facebook group for anyone who wants to join, that has lots of great alternate ideas. There are also Pinterest boards and tons of ideas out there. These kits are popular with my customers of all ages, I have some who order the kit and do them with their children or grandchildren, some who are just starting out and find this is a perfect way to start with stamping, and of course I enjoy taking them to my card classes at the Senior Center. It also makes a great gift too!

  • In your first kit as a brand new subscriber, you will receive a “D” size block for free as a welcome to the club.
  • You can “skip”, “increase the quantity” or cancel your subscription at any time.
  • Refills of past kits often go on sale to subscribers only (usually the Tuesday following the shipment dates of the monthly kit).
  • If you purchase the three month subscription prepaid today (and redeem the code in the email that will be auto-sent to you by midnight tonight), then not only will you get March, April and May kits, but the three month subscription is on sale for only $55, and you get to pick a free Saleabration item too!

Why am I talking about Paper Pumpkin today? Well, it’s the LAST day to sign up to get this special commemorative teal blue birthday box and I bet there will be some super cute projects to celebrate the kit’s third birthday!

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Ready to order?  Just click the photo below, for one, three, six or twelve month subscription. The photo is linked to my online store, you just order, and then remember to go to your email and REDEEM the code to get this month’s kit!

 

(I’m not sure why the $55 sale price isn’t showing up on this graphic, but BELIEVE me, it’s on sale, just click the photo and it will take you to my online store).
Are there some past kits you are interested in as well? Once you subscribe, you can order any of these past kits or refill kits, click the photo to head to my store and see what is available:
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When you are finalizing your order (you can add products you need to this order as well), please remember to use Host Code: RPZTFEHT (my name will pop up as the Host).
This way the orders for March will be linked, and I can do a giveaway to one lucky person who ordered in March!

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

Thanks so much for stopping by have a great day!

lynnsignature~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 “Lynnzcrafters

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

**I have just a couple openings for March and April due to vacation plans/holidays…so contact me if you want to book a party: Sip & Stamp Parties, Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine featuring: Project Life/Memory Keeping- aka scrapbooking (paper and digital), card making, paper crafting, Big Shot die cuts (by Sizzix), and a variety of 3D objects and gift items. Also, 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!

Last Chance for the PINK Box…

IMG_6291I know, two posts in two days- I promise it’s not going to be a daily thing… but I forgot to add in my blog post last night that TODAY- Saturday October 10th- is the LAST chance (by midnight) to sign up for this month’s PINK box of Arts and Crafts goodies in the mail! This subscription program is called Paper Pumpkin, but there’s nothing pumpkin about it- it is an awesome kit of supplies that varies each month (always a fun surprise in the mail)! Everything you will need (except scissors) is included for just $19.95 (plus tax).

Here is the custom link that will take you directly to my website and here’s how to order:

https://mypaperpumpkin.com?demoid=2043263

(this link will get you right to my store and I will get credit for your subscription).

  • Once on the website, click the word “join” on the top right side of the page
  • You will see a new screen, there is no promo code to type in, so just click the word “continue”
  • Next you will fill in your address (shipping information)- this is where you want the kit mailed/shipped to.
  • Then click “continue”.
  • On the next screen you type in your credit card info.
  • *now look back up under your shipping info screen and there is a spot to “change your password”-
  • [You want to type a password in, this is your own password for your account, that you will use next time you log into the website -if you want to pause or end your subscription].
  • Then click “continue”- you will see a final screen to verify and place your order.

Please contact me if you have any difficulty or would like me to place the order for you.

I don’t mind talking on the phone and I can enter the info in for you, if you’d like.

 

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Well I’m off to finish getting ready for my Saturday morning club! Have a wonderful Saturday!lynnsignature