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!

Fall Fun Cards in Corinth!

I was so honored and excited to be invited to have a fun fall card making night at my friend Wendy’s massage studio up in Corinth. (Amethyst Springs). I invited some ladies that I knew who lived up that way and Wendy posted it on her Facebook page and we found some crafty ladies who came that we met for the first time. Wendy made a yummy dinner of meatballs and veggie lasagna, bruschetta and salad and then she had cookies and cheesecake for dessert. We made four cards and everyone enjoyed the evening so much they asked me to come back and do Christmas cards, so we will be getting together again on Thursday night November 29, let me know if you’d like to be invited to this Christmas card get together.

Here are the four cards we made last night:

This card is a CASE of one of the beautiful cards my downline Lisa made for me last month. I modified it as we were using the sunflowers in another card. The secret to making these adorable little fences was a dryer sheet under the card stock. It worked like a charm.

This was a card I created and used for my card swap by mail with 21 other demonstrators that I participated in last month.

This card was modified slightly from a card I received from Sandy C. in a card swap by mail with 21 other demonstrators that I participated in last month.

Wendy gave me this adorable burlap adorned photo holder that worked out perfectly to hold my sample card. Specially came in handy since I forgot my giant close pins that I normally use to keep cards up high so everyone can see them.

What do you think? I always love to hear from you and see what you think of the cards, is there anything you would do differently?

Did you hear the good news that Stampin’ Up! added a lot of new items to the clearance rack? Things are marked up to 60% off their original retail price. Check it out today.

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Thank you for stopping by to read my blog today have a great day!
~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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I am throwing my hat in the ring for Stampin’ Up! to consider me to be a display stamper for Orlando’s OnStage event in November. I absolutely love all of our stamps, ink, paper, ribbons, embellishments and I treasure the opportunity to come up with some projects to inspire everyone. Thank you for considering me.

Would love to hear what you think about some of my favorite projects. The rules stated we needed to submit three cards, two 3-D objects, and two scrapbook pages.

I am thrilled that 7 of my team, and many wonderful stamping friends, will be at the Orlando OnStage event with me.

Thank you for visiting me!

Lynn

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~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!

OnStage Fun!

Hi friends! Wowza, what an AMAZING weekend at Stampin’ Up!’s OnStage event in Hartford, CT! As you can see, 5 of my Lynnzcrafters team came to this event, and we had a blast! Stampin’ Up! is very generous with all the gifts and new products they give us! I’m feeling so thankful and blessed to have been given the opportunity to do a presentation and reveal a gorgeous new Suite of products that will be released in the new catalog on June 1st!

I would like to share my creations that I presented on Saturday for you to see, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think of this new product line, I treasure all your comments!

Introducing in the 2018–2019 annual catalog is a brand new product suite called Nature’s Poem:

This adorable little project is our carrying over pizza boxes. These are 4 of our sweet little 3″ x 3″ note cards and 4 matching envelopes fit nicely inside. I am planning to do this project at my June bingo event.

This card features one of the color palettes from the designer series paper, I love how vibrant the cajon craze is with gold foil paper. This reminds me of autumn in New York.

These two cards were made using the baby wipe technique, I added tranquil tide and mint macaron ink on the baby wipe and then colored in the trunk with soft suede.

This card was actually the project that everyone made who attended Onstage. This nature’s hemp twine is just fabulous to untangle as well as leave alone, the possibilities are endless.

Aren’t you glad to see blackberry bliss back in our lineup of colors? It was a huge secret to keep that there was going to be a color revamp, but I am so thrilled with the choices Stampin’ Up! made to exit 13 of our old colors and shake things up a bit with these gorgeous new and returning favorites! What do you think?

Can you notice the embossing on the leaves up above? The dies that come in this bundle include framelits that cut all of the leaves and trees as well as thinlits that emboss three sets of leaves. So fun and easy to make lots of paper leaves and no more fussy cutting! This bundle coordinates with lovely as a tree, it is staying around in this catalog.

I know this photo was not very clear but I have to share it with you as I cannot share the video recording that my friend made for me. I loved being up on that stage and introducing these gorgeous new products to hundreds of demonstrators who came to Hartford Connecticut. 💗

These two photos represent the wonderful Stampin’ Up! staff who assisted me both in preparing for this presentation and help me the day before and day of with rehearsals. I am so very thankful to Andrea Withers who prepared me for this role, as well as Jessica, Spencer, and Justin! Thanks for all your help guys!

Here is a picture of me and Susan by our display board, Susan’s projects are on the top and she presented a beautiful new detailed bundle. We also got to sit together Friday night at centerstage dinner and the 80s themed party. So much fun!

I wanted to share some information about the changes coming with our color revamp. As you know Stampin’ Up! stays on top of all of the trends and Pantone color choices every year. They carefully watch fashion, home Decore all the various artist mediums. It has been five years since they have shaking things up a bit and even longer since they had this large of a change in our color line up. I am absolutely thrilled with these new colors and only a teensy weensy bit sad to say goodbye to some of our outgoing colors. Please know that everything is now on the rretirement list which posted today it is only available while supplies last.

I hope you enjoyed my post about my onstage experience. I hope to apply and be selected again some day for future Stampin’ Up! event, it was so much fun to get products early and have a chance to play with them and create. Would love to hear from you please leave me a response below! I will do a random draw on Thursday and one lucky winner will receive a set of handmade cards using this bundle from me!

Here is the Retirement List from the Occasions Catalog, please note, all items are “while supplies last”.

https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2018/Retiring%20List/OCC%20Retired%20List-US.pdf

Here is the Retirement List from the Annual Catalog: please note, all items are “while supplies last”.

https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/Promotions/NA/2018/Retiring%20List/AC%20Retired%20List-US.pdf

*If you’d like to place an online order, you can go to http://www.Stampinup.com and please use Host Code: CGQAGYQ6

thank you so much for stopping by! Have a great night! Let me know if you have any questions or if I can help you place your retirement order!

Lynn Streifert

Creative Inking Ready for Spring!

 

Hi friends!

Happy first day of spring! I had the pure joy of spending the day Sunday with a wonderful group of demonstrators, we had a “shoe box swap ”

This adorable little pouch of candy was our favor, don’t you just love that little bunny? This technique is known as the “diaper fold”.

I loved making this card, this was designed by Regina. This stamp set is called “You’re Inspiring” and it was a breeze to color in with our alcohol markers (called blends).

This cute little card is one I’m going to feature at a private Easter party I’m having tomorrow night. I love it when my customers call me up and say “hey I want to have a party can we make all Easter goodies?” Really looking forward to crafting with some new ladies.

I hope these colorful projects help you feel like you are getting ready for spring!

Thank you so much for visiting me, are you ready to hop over to the next demonstrator? Just click the next button below and you will get to go visit Lori Mueller’s Blog.

Or if you need to hop backwards and go check out what Colleen came up with click this prior button:

Thanks again for stopping by! Don’t forget we are in our final days of Saleabration!

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: REG2A9UQ

 

~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!

CCDT March Madness Blog Hop!

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Hi there crafty friends and welcome to our March Blog Hop with the Creative Circle Design Team!! Thank you for hopping by today! We are a small, but mighty group of Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators who love to share our creations with all of you! These ladies always amaze me, and I have learned so much from each and every member of this team.

This month our theme is “March Madness” (I know for many people that has a basketball analogy, but I’m no sports fan, sorry)… so I’m opting to share with you five cards I recently did at my stamp a Stack class.

This fun birthday card shows off the Party Animal Designer Series Paper, the base is in emerald envy card stock. The stamp set I used is Badges and Banners, which coordinates beautifully with the Best Badge and Duet Banner punches.  Other colors used are: Pacific Point and Crushed Curry.

This card was so easy to color with our new watercolor pencils and a blender pen on our Inside the Lines Designer Series Paper (this is a free Saleabration item), and a cooper foil dragonfly. (Sadly I have been needing a lot of sympathy cards lately.)

 

I received a beautiful swap with this set Big on Birthdays and decided to change up the colors. I used calypso coral and wild wasabi markers to color in the flowers and as the cardstock colors for the card base and layer. I used the petal burst textured impressions embossing folder for the base.

 

This is one of my favorite cards I designed just for this class (and shout out to my team who was over my house for my first ever “Open Studio Day” last month- they gave me wonderful input, and I love how this came out- thanks ladies!).  I just adore the the “Beautiful You” stamp set, stamped with stazon ink on our watercolor paper and used our new water-coloring pencils and an aqua painter. Do you see that shimmer on the umbrella? That is the clear Wink of Stella pen- just a great finishing touch, I think.

This last card is similar to the card I made recently for my dad’s birthday. This used the new “Nailed it” stamp set, matching dies to cut out the tools, and features the new hexagon textured impression embossing folder.


This is one of my most popular classes- I do this on the 4th Monday of every month. It is a 10 card class (2 each of 5 designs) with envelopes. The ladies always love making a whole stack of cards.

Ready to go see what the amazing Kate had created? Just click this image below.
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Thanks so much for visiting me today, I hope you leave me a comment and come back to visit soon!

Creative Circle Design Team:

Sandra Mott
Liz Holloway
Lynn Streifert << YOU ARE HERE
Kate Creasey

Thank you so much for stopping by today to check out our hop!  I hope you come back again soon and don’t forget I love to read your comments!

If you are thinking of ordering anything this month please use Hostess Code: Y3MGB3QA

Lynn

~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!

We Create Blog Hop-January 2016

 

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Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday! The Stampin’ Up! demonstrators in the “We Create Blog Hop” are back for another round of amazing inspiration for you all.. Bonus- today is the day the NEW 2016 Occasions Catalog and Sale-a-Bration Catalogs both launch! How fun to create using all new products! Another perk of being a demonstrator- I’ve received my products in early December  and made my December birthday cards with the all new adorable birthday suites. Want to see what I made for my nephew’s birthday on Sunday?

In this blog hop we do one project and then another version is “stepped up”, this time I started Blake’s birthday card and thought I was done, but realized the other day I could use this to showcase a “stepped up” version of a birthday card:

 

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So I decided on the new jumbo pack of Designer Series Paper called “It’s My Party” (48 pages of 12″ x 12″) item #140552

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I knew I was going to put 10 candles on his cake- so easy with the new mini punch trio called “Party Punch Pack” (YES- it’s a bundle with the stamp set I used!) I love that they have a balloon, cupcake and candle punch! To create the realistic candle- you know with a yellow flame- it is impossible to put these tiny pieces together with anything else… only the new Fine-tip glue pen did the job!

 

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Here was my first version of Blake’s birthday card… This stamp set is called “Party Wishes” and is just fabulous!  It is part of the new birthday suite called “It’s My Party!” and I LOVE how everything coordinates!!

 

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I knew I could “Step it up” some more, so I went to work and added the number 10 from the new stamp set called “Number of Years” which is an awesome photopolymer stamp set- so easy to see through and stamp. Then it is die-cut with the new “Large Numbers Framelits” these dies are expected to be a huge seller- you might want to order these today before they go on back order- I guess Stampin’ Up! didn’t realize how popular they would be amongst demonstrators.

 

 

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I also decided to “step it up” some more, and added a balloon from the new SaleABration set called Honeycomb Happiness. This is an adorable set- but the honeycombs are also expected to be backordered soon- so if you love it, hurry and order it today!

 

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Since the honeycomb would become flattened inside an envelope, I decided to design a gift bag to hold his card and gift card together…. love the new “Hello” limited time SaleABration item (this stamp set is only available until February 15th, 2016).

 

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I had to decorate the inside… love those balloons again! So what do you think? I hope you like it! Thank you so much for visiting my blog today, if you’re ready to hop over to Julie’s blog to see what she created, go ahead and click the “next” button below. If you need the supply list or a link to the catalogs, scroll down as I put all that info at the bottom of this post. Thanks so much, have an awesome day!

~Lynn Streifert, Independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator

 

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Here is a link to the new 2016 Occasions Catalog:

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Remember that this is our most wonderful customer appreciation time of the year! We have an exclusive catalog full of products you can ONLY get with each $50 order (before tax/shipping). It’s called Sale-A-Bration and this year there are a few items (near the back of the catalog) that are only available for the first 1/2 of SAB (only available until February 15th, 2016). Then there may be some new offerings for the last half of SAB which ends March 31, 2016. I love to see my customers earn as much FREE product as they can!! Did you know that during SAB they also offer more to people who want to buy the starter kit?? YES! that’s right! You get an extra $30 in free products, so the starter kit is just $99, free shipping (that is a $10 savings) and you pick a total of $155 in products! What a great way to get MOST of what you want from the NEW catalog, right?? Let me know if you’d like to join my team! We have a lot of fun together and we welcome newbies with open arms!  Here is the link to the SAB Catalog:

 

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I hope to have my widgets (those cute buttons on the side bar of my blog) all updated by tonight- I didn’t want you to wait to see the new stuff! If you’d like a paper catalog- let me know, I’m happy to mail them out to you.  Also- one more thing- I have an opening in my Monday night clubs- we start up for another round on January 11th at 6:30 pm. Contact me if you’d like more info. Thanks!

 

 

Here is the Supply List (click any item you want and it will take you directly to my online store):