Monday, November 24, 2008

Heit's Point Retreat - Nov 20 - 23

All I can say is WOW! This was the most amazing time I've had in a long time. 17 of us converged on Heit's Point for the best Scrapbook Retreat ever! We ate and talked and laughed and even got a little scrapbooking done! I am posting these pictures just to give you a little taste of what we were doing. I hope to get some more posted later. I am hoping to get some of actual projects that got done!

Remember... You can click on the pictures and make them HUGE!

Here is Jeanne working on the computer. She was probably working on some journaling. That is the lake you see out the windows. It was an amazing view.

Here is a great shot of the room. Look at the stuff that was here! I couldn't believe how much stuff everyone brought! It was crazy!

Here's Debbie and Laura working on the Design Studio and the Cricut. Very intense.

And here is the whole group. We got down right silly after taking so many serious ones! I love this because this is just how we were the whole time! Having fun!!!

If you didn't make this one, don't miss the next one! We are already starting the plans in motion. If you'd like to be kept updated, just leave me a comment or shoot me an email and I'll add you to the list. You will have the time of your life!

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Our Retreat

Isn't this a beautiful setting? This is where our Retreat is being held this year.

And, I only have to work 1/2 day tomorrow and the rest of the day is for getting ready to go on Thursday. 4 days of bliss! Scrapbooking until we drop! Eatting until we can't move. Sleeping very little! No phones, no TV's, no kids, no husbands, no cleaning, no cooking... just scrapbooking and look at that view! sigh.... so close.

I'll take tons of pictures and I'll post when I get home. If you are joining us... drive carefully! If you aren't we'll be thinking about you and wishing you were there!

Happy Scrapping!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Gift Card Holder

As I was preparing for a party tomorrow, I was trying to decide what "hands-on" item we would be making (I always like for my group to make something with our fabulous products). And since we are getting closer to the holidays, I was trying to keep that in mind. We have all made Christmas Cards at my workshops, so I needed something more unique.

I had seen a money holder card that caught my attention, but never got around to making it. So, I got my instructions out and starting making some dimensional changes. This was so easy I could hardly believe it! For the base of the card, I used a cardstock and cut it 6 x 4.25 (I tried 6 x 4 and it worked, but a gift card fit in there very tight, but for money, it would be perfect!). You score it at 2.5" and 5". Fold at both score lines and you will see it come together! I folded the small flap up and adhered just the edges, creating a pocket for the gift card or the cash.

Then, in order to keep it secure, I cut a strip of the cardstock 6 x 1.25. I tried scoring it, but I never could get it quite right, so I simply folded it around the card and it was perfect!

Before you do any adhering, you decorate as desired.

I used paper from the Aspen paper pack. The first one I made is for a girl. I used Pink Carnation Cardstock (which is retired but I still have tons of!). And just the back of the paper because I just wanted the beautiful muted blue only. Then, I stamped the snowman face from the November Stamp of the Month, All Decked Out (I love this set... it is so versatile!) on a piece of white cardstock (1.5 x 3, folded in half to make a tag) on the front. Then, with Hollyhock ink, I stamped the scarf on a piece of the Pink Carnation cardstock and cut it out. (I then used a little stickles on the scarf for accents - what girl doesn't love bling!)

And, of course, the blue, is for a boy. I used Outdoor Denim ink on Twilight paper on that one.

I thought they were fun and I hope you like them!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

"Hidden" Crop Cash

This post is for the Heit's Point Retreat ladies!

If you are looking for the answer to #9 of the Scavenger Hunt and you have found your way here (which you should have!) AND you are reading this post...

You have earned your

$100.00 Bonus CROP CASH!!!!!!

AND.... if you figure out how to leave me a COMMENT,
you will earn another

$50 in Crop Cash!!!

Sunday, November 2, 2008

My Grandkids... Again!

Don't they look sweet here?
She loves her brother so much and he is just so good with her.
I love this picture!

You have to click on this picture and look at it bigger. Her face is priceless!!!

Cards I Made from Art and Soul

Have you had a chance to check out the newest video "Crazy for Cards" in the CTMHTV section "Art and Soul" of my website ( Well, I watched it the other night and was thinking how much I wanted to try to make those 20 Christmas Cards! So, I put my mind to it yesterday and did it! It was hard... I have to admit... sticking to their plan. I kept wanting to do my own thing, but I didn't! I was very tempted several times, but I didn't! And I am so glad I didn't because these cards are fantastic! Ignore the mess around the group shot! I didn't even clean up before I wanted to take pictures! I may just have to get busy and do another group with a different Level kit!

In case you haven't checked it out, here's the deal. You use only 5 sheets of the background and texture paper (the patterned stuff) and all of the cardstock from a Level 2 kit (I used our new Evensong Collection and Cranberry and New England Ivy Ink) and follow their cutting directions. So check these out! And let me know what you think!