Summer Crafting Retreat in San Antonio

I've been hosting spring and fall crafting retreats for years, and now it's time to bring my Creative Escape into the heat of a Texas summer.  Please join me for a whole weekend of doing what you want while being spoiled and inspired:)

For my crafting retreat in San Antonio, we are at the Drury Plaza Hotel North Stone Oak (at 1604).

Your hotel stay is optional, and we do have a special retreat rate if you wish to stay.

Friday, July 26-Sunday July 28

$25 non-refundable deposit holds your place.  Early Bird Pricing ends May 15th.  Tickets must be paid in full by that date for the $175 price.

 $175 ticket provides:

  • Awesome goodie bag ($50 value!)
  • Daily spoiling gifts:)
  • Make & Takes
  • Awesome displays to inspire your creativity
  • Exclusive Retreat Tote Bag
  • Use of all our stamps and ink pads
  • Punch Station with a wide selection of punches
  • Big Shot station with 2 Big Shots plus lots of dies and folders
  • Scraps station with free scraps
  • Table space:  6-foot table for each person.  
  •  All activities are optional--but they are popular!
  •  Daily Challenge with prizes
  •  Door prizes all weekend
  •  Bingo on Saturday night!
  • Optional add-on classes for a deluxe weekend experience.  Classes will post May 1st.
  •  Wi-Fi

Registration link is here.

All crafters are welcome to my crafting retreat in San Antonio!  Bring your quilting, card-making, scrapbooking, sewing, journaling, jewelry making, etc.  Our positive, creative atmosphere is the perfect place to get out of the heat, settle in and enjoy your crafting without distraction, and get some projects FINISHED!


Dear Doily Sympathy Card for #GDP178

Global Design
I have a card for this week's Global Design Project 178 Sketch Challenge, #GDP178.  GDP issues a weekly challenge with some sort of creative prompt.  I love a good sketch, so here goes!  

I created a quick and easy sympathy card with the new Country Floral Embossing Folder (free Sale-a-Bration Reward with a $50 order), special words in a beautiful font from Dear Doily Occasions Catalog photopolymer stamp set, and Tranquil Tide Velvet Ribbon.  Let me point out just a few things in my quick and easy sympathy card for #GDP178.

  • I love browns in sympathy cards.  They bring a somber tone but are much gentler than black.  Losing loved ones is hard, and a somber but not depressing mood is what I try to create in handmade sympathy cards.
  • Sponging ink on the Country Floral Embossing Folder really brings out the texture and adds richness without being flashy or showy--characteristics I eschew in handmade sympathy cards.
  • Velvet ribbon provides the perfect elegant, understated touch for my sympathy card.  I used Tranquil Tide Velvet ribbon, but Stampin' Up! velvet ribbon is also available in Rich Razzleberry, and that one is actually available right now as a free Sale-a-Bration item.


Having handmade sympathy cards on hand means I am prepared to offer comfort to those experiencing loss.  I hope you are inspired to build your stash of sympathy cards.  All products used in today's card are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Thanks so much for stopping by!

You can see lots of other great ideas using this same sketch here at the Global Design Project page.  


Painted Seasons Bundle - Free During Sale-a-Bration!

Stampin' Up! has given us an AWESOME bundle we can earn free with a $100 order through the end of March.  Painted Seasons Bundle has really, really gorgeous Designer Series Paper (3 each of 4 double sided sheets) with winning color combinations.  Added to the drop dead gorgeous DSP is the coordinating cling (red rubber) distinktive stamp set.  It's called Painted Seasons with good reason--there are plants for every season of the year including flowers, ferns, pinecones, and leaves.  

For today's quick and easy Painted Seasons Bundle card, I wanted the mushroom DSP to take front and center stage.  I think I succeeded!  My cardstock color choices came directly from the DSP.  Part of My Story provided the sentiment once again.  I've been on a bit of kick with that stamp set--using it for so many cards:)  It's a free Sale-a-Bration option (with a $50 order), so all the stamps used on this card--plus the DSP--are all free Sale-a-Bration options!

You might not recognize the Story Label Punch.  It's part of a group of products available in March only.  As Stampin' Up! Demonstrators, we can purchase these items now.  And if you want to purchase the Starter Kit, you can add them to your kit!  Check out the pic below that shows framelits for the Painted Seasons and Story Label Punch.  There are also framelits for the frog, cupcake, and lily Sale-a-Bration stamp sets;)

The Starter Kit is on special right now with $175 of anything you want for $99, free shipping!  Add in the awesome craft tote for $30 if you wish--it's only available with a Starter Kit purchase.  Just click here for more information and/or to get your kit now.  Although you are not obligated to make any purchases once you get your Starter Kit, all purchases after that are 20-25% off as long as you remain active.  That's right, you need never pay full price again!  Email me with any questions at all!

SAB Coordination

St. Patrick's Day Treat-Stampin' Up!, FREE pdf!

We made this sweet little St. Patrick's Day treat in this month's stamp club in San Antonio.  It features the extremely versatile Botanical Butterflies Designer Series Paper (free Sale-a-Bration item with a $50 order) and the equally versatile Amazing Life stamp set (Occasions Catalog).

stpatricksdaystampinupamazinglifeThis is a quick and easy project (my regular style:) You can get 3 of these out of a single piece of cardstock, so it's easy on your pocketbook as well as easy on your schedule!


I love combining Lemon Lime Twist with Mossy Meadow.  Here, they give a modern twist to a classic St. Patrick's Day image--the four-leaf clover.  I also added the gold-edged ribbon as a nod to another St. Patrick's Day symbol, pots of gold.

If you are in the Greater San Antonio area, consider joining us for monthly stamp club in San Antonio. We make cute 3D items like this each month! You can come as my guest, free of charge with no obligation to join.  Full information is here.

You can get 3 of these cute St. Patrick's Day treat holders from a single piece of cardstock, so you can make a stack of them for co-workers, school friends, neighbors, etc. without breaking the bank.  I have a mini bag of M&M's in mine.  You can use any mini bag of treats that is fairly flat or a teabag if you want a sugar free option.  Click here for the FREE pdf.  You're welcome!

So Hoppy Together Quick and Easy Card

The cute, whimsical frogs in So Hoppy Together stamp set (a free Sale-a-Bration option with $50 purchase) are perfect for the young and young at heart.  Who can resist smiling at this cute frog?  Today's card is another example of what I call "encouragement cards."  It's perfect for a kid preparing for tests or struggling in school, someone on a weight loss journey, someone in the midst of medical tests or cancer treatment...anyone facing life's many challenges!

We made this card in February during my monthly Stamp Club in San Antonio.  You can read about that here.  Please consider joining us if you live in the San Antonio area.  It features the fabulous new Rectangle Stitched Framelit Dies (Occasions Catalog) and a bit of coloring with Stampin' Blends.  


Rectangle Framelits
Rectangle Stitched Framelits

All products used in today's quick and easy card are listed and linked below for your convenience.  Simply click to learn more about any item and/or shop!  If you are in the Greater San Antonio area, click here to read all about my local stamp club in San Antonio.  There is room at the table for you!