Crafting Retreat in San Antonio

Are you ready for a little personal R&R, a little time away from it all where you can do what you love, get spoiled, and get some of your projects FINISHED???!!!  I have the perfect event for you!  My crafting retreat in San Antonio lets you get away from it all without having to go very far:)

crafting retreat-San AntonioImagine a whole weekend crafting retreat for YOU to do what you want, relax and enjoy your passions, get some projects done, spend time with friends and make new ones... all the while being spoiled and inspired by ME! You will love the theme: Home for the Holidays. We open at 10 AM on Friday, but come when you can. Your very own table (where you can spread out for the weekend!) is reserved when you purchase your ticket.

Tickets include:

  • $50 swag bag of Stampin' Up! products and goodies--plenty of new toys to play with all weekend!
  • 6 foot table space to spread out and create what YOU want!
  • Daily "pillow" gifts--special treats and gifts I'll pamper you with!
  • 8 FREE Make & Takes
  • FREE class: Cutting Basics
  • Use of my punches, stamps, Big Shot plus dies and folders, scraps
  • Inspiration Station
  • Optional add-on classes
  • Hot breakfast and lunch daily
  • Snacks
  • Use of all hotel amenitites including the hot tub!

All inclusive ticket: $167

Although our Sweet Stamper Retreat crafting rooms are open at 10 AM on Friday for crafting, you cannot check in to your hotel room until 3 PM Friday. Just set up your crafting table and start enjoying the weekend when you arrive. Your suitcase will be safely stowed. Room reservations are made directly through the Holiday Inn. Let them know you are with the Sweet Stamper Retreat and you will get the $95 rate (does not include taxes). You may share with up to 4 people per room--but remember there is only 1 bathroom!

Book your room directly with the Holiday Inn, University Heights (5535 University Heights, 78249--just off DeZavala and I-10, kinda behind the Sam's Club)  (210) 549-2434

You must stay at the hotel to be part of our Home for the Holidays Retreat.

Come when you can, leave when you must. But please join us for a weekend to remember!

Full details and registration are here.  


Love & Affection stamp set-Stampin' Up!

Today I'm sharing a Stampin' Up! washi tape card.  Like many people, I love washi tape!  But many of us tend to hoard it vs. using it.  Just sayin'...  I've heard this from MANY of my stamping friends:)  I love sharing quick and easy cards with you, and Stampin' Up! washi tape is definitely something to put lots of pizzazz into your projects in mere seconds.  And I have purposely said "Stampin' Up! washi tape" because not all washi tape is created equal.  Let me explain.

You can get washi tape at the dollar stores and in the clearance bin at various big box stores.  Much of that is hard to work with--it doesn't tear easily, the colors are really challenging to work with, it's super thin, and there is very little tape on the roll.  You do get what you pay for--most of the time.  Stampin' Up! washi tape is thick enough to actually cover what you place it on, it tears easily so it's easy to work with, you can actually lift and reposition it for a short while after initially placing it on card stock (after that it forms a permanent bond), and it is sold in sets so that you have easy matching and coordination.  Of course, easy coordination is one of the things we love most about Stampin' Up!  I don't have to earn a degree in art (I honestly can't even draw a good stick figure) to make really great looking craft projects in mere minutes.  For this quick and easy girl, that is the only way to go!

Love & Affection-Stampin' Up!

This features the Affectionately Yours Suite.  And that features some of the 2015-2017 In Colors, namely Watermelon Wonder and Cucumber Crush.  I love the way the Night of Navy acts as a neutral with these bright, vibrant colors for a beautiful palette.

This card involves a little stamping, a little punching, a little washi tape and voila!  You have a pretty card in just minutes that you can be proud to send or give as a gift.  When I first began stamping I discovered that people love to receive a little stack of our handmade cards.  Tie them up with pretty ribbon or make a box for them, and you have a very affordable, unique gift that people just love!  Our only challenge:  getting them to send the cards once they receive them!  They oftentimes think they are too pretty to send.  I assure them that I will give them a handmade card gift again, so they can enjoy sending their cards and blessing the special people in their lives:)

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  All the supplies are listed and linked below for your convenience.  





Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop-Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek!

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop-Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Welcome to the August Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop where we are giving you a sneak peek of the amazing Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog which goes live on September 1.  We are delighted to bring you a "preview of coming attractions"!  Although I am still having so much fun with the many new stamping goodies from the annual Stampin' Up! catalog, I cannot resist new holiday goodies.  So, in keeping with that thought, I offer you today's card that uses the following new items from the annual catalog:  

  1. Festive Textured Embossing Folder
  2. Fiesta Birthday Framelits (I love that this new Holiday Catalog stamp set coordinate with the framelits I already got!)
  3. 2016-2018 In Colors (Emerald Envy)

There are a number of stamp sets in the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog that coordinate with new items I purchased from the annual catalog.  I love that!  I'm a resourceful girl by nature and like to use what I have.  So having something that coordinates with what I have plus adds value and additional creativity is a win, win for me!

Fa-la-la-la Friends

I have listed and linked below all the Stampin' Up! supplies that are currently available.  The Fa-la-la-la Friends stamp set (#142167) and items used in my little knotty bell (Mini Jingle Bells #142002, 3/8 Glitter Ribbon Combo Pack #142015, and Halloween Night Bakers Twine #142027) are all from the Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog which goes live Sept. 1.

Now, there are many other GREAT ideas and sneak peeks for the upcoming Holiday Catalog, so hop on over to my fellow trip-achievers on the Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop and enjoy the inspiration!  Thanks so much for stopping here today:)  I love inspiring you to create!

Thoughtful Branches

Thoughtful Branches by Stampin' Up! is a limited time bundle (stamp set and coordinating framelits) that is only available during August.  Wow--I wish we could keep it longer!  Talk about versatile!  I have loved using both the stamp set and the framelits--sometimes alone and sometimes together.

For this quick and easy Christmas card--that is super fun to make!--I used just the Thoughtful Branches stamp set.  I can tell you that you can get really creative making the tree.  Stamp the trunk and branches.  Then stamp the pine needles.  Want your tree a little fuller?  Stamp the pine needles again!  Want to add some color variation?  Stamp the pine needles again without re-inking the stamp.  Then you can quit or keep going.  Very fun!  And each tree has its uniqueness, just like in nature:)  We took the tree to the inside of the card as well for more stamping fun!

Christmas Card-Thoughtful Branches


Thoughtful Branches-Stampin' Up!













We made this card at my Southern Sweet Stampers team meeting this month as well as my stamp club and card classes.  It was a hit each time!  Fun...guaranteed:)  So if you are looking for a FUN card to make this year for Christmas, this might be your ticket. The Designer Series Paper, This Christmas, comes in a big stack of 24 sheets for just $13.  That is a great deal!  I used several of the patterns on this card since I was prepping so many, and they all look good.  I prepped 75 of these and still had plenty of DSP left over.  So if you have a lot of Christmas cards to make this year, consider this, please!  Fun to make AND affordable!

Thanks so much for stopping by today.  The Stampin' Up! supplies are listed below and linked to my online store.  Please let me know if you have any questions at all.  Now, go stamp!


Artistically Asian rubberstamp set

Have you seen the Artistically Asian rubberstamp set in the new Stampin' Up! catalog?  There are SO MANY great stamp sets that it's easy for some to get lost between the cracks.  So I want to call your att Artistically Asian-Stampin' Up!ention to the Artistically Asian stamp set.  The images are gorgeous and so easy to work with.  But the words are my favorite part.  The Asian style font is very pretty as well as hip and modern, and the actual words are awesome.  If you like to make inspirational cards, Artistically Asian is a must for you. 

For this card I knew I wanted to use Peekaboo Peach--one of the scrummy 2016-2018 In Colors--and just offset it with some neutrals.  I used a tiny pop of color in the Bitty Butterfly and opted for Tangerine Tango which is the dynamic duo partner of Peekaboo Peach.  In other words, it's the darker counterpart.

I love the designs in the Moroccan Designer Series Papers.  The warm colors and neutrals go with so many things, so they are super easy to work with.  Some are pretty bold while this one is very soft and elegant.  I like that kind of versatility:)

I wanted just a touch of shine, so I went with the new Natural Gold Trim and a single Metallic Enamel Shape.  They are new products in this catalog, and I love them both!

As always, the Stampin' Up! supplies are shown and linked below for your convenience.  When you click on a product, you get more details and a closer look at it.  You also have the option to purchase it.  Easy, fuss-free, no-pressure shopping from your home...or Starbucks...or the airport...or wherever you happen to be!  Such is modern life:)


August Christmas Card Class-Foxy Friends

Christmas BallFoxy Friends by Stampin' Up!-My August Christmas Card Classes

Live Class:  Saturday, August 13th, 10 AM-12:30 PM

To Go Class:  At Your Leisure!

Registration for live and online classes due Monday, August 8th

PLUS you have the option of adding on the supplies and tutorial from my July class! (see pics below:)

Here's the registration link and complete details. I hope you join us!

  • A Little Foxy DSP stack
  • Smoky Slate 1/8" Stitched Ribbon
  • All prepared supplies for 4 kid-friendly, cute cards and 4 elegant cards (perfect for all ages and all tastes!)
    pdf tutorials with photos and measurements

Once again, we are using the Foxy Friends Bundle. If you have those items (they were part of my Christmas in July class), be sure to bring them so you don't have to share:) You will have everything you need and not have to wait!  Stamps and punch provided for common use if you don't have them!  Adhesives not included.

In person or online
$6.80 priority mail postage added for class by mail

Registration closes for In Person and Online classes on August 8th.
Online class packets ship on August 15th via Priority Mail.

July Class is available this month again only through the rsvp deadline and includes the Foxy Friends Bundle plus prepared supplies for the July cards.  See the cards pictured below.

  • Foxy Friends Bundle (stamp set and coordinating punch)
  • All prepared supplies for 4 kid-friendly, cute cards and 4 elegant cards 

pdf tutorials with photos and videos
Adhesives not included
Online only
If you are attending the live class, you may pick up these supplies when you come on August 13th.
$6.80 priority mail postage added for class by mail

Foxy Friends-Stampin' Up!

Foxy Friends-Stampin' Up!