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Crafting at the Lodge Spring Retreat Recap

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Ten days ago I help my semi-annual stamping retreat.  These all day stamping events include meals, a theme, door prizes, a product goodie bag, make & takes, games, gifts and fun!

Retreats are a ton of work.  The planning begins 5 months in advance. The biggest issue is always finding the venue.  I have used the Brandon Elks Lodge for several years and have loved our experience there.  The room is enormous, the food is delicious, prepared on premises by the Ladies of the Elks, and the service is top notch.  

Here's a collage of my room layout. (Click on any of the pictures to enlarge them.)

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Although I'm on a very tight budget for decor I love the treasure hunt of finding the right props to add credence to the overall feel of the event. My sweet friend, Kellie, has horses at her home and was kind enough to loan me nearly all the decor I used. Getting saddle stands, straw, etc. to the Elks Lodge was a challenge so I rented a 10' U-haul box truck.  First time I've ever driven anything that size - and I surprised myself.  I did well!

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I love spoiling my customers!  Keeping with my western theme, I used the Paisleys & Posies stamp set and created these bottle tags to designate their stamping station.  Those white dots around the paisleys - that's white chalk marker - and yes, I dotted every single paisley, one at a time, times 30 name tags.  You may say I'm crazy but I love to create!

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Another gift came at lunch time. These mini burlap sacks held dry-roasted peanuts.  I used the Country Livin' stamp set to create an easy tag.  The red gingham fabric is actually strips of a placemat I found.  

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After dinner I left another goodie at their station. These denim pockets were made by my friend Alice and sewn onto cardstock. I purchased bandanas in bulk on Amazon and cut them so they'd fit in the pocket.  The Sale-A-Bration Metallic Ribbon was attached with a Glue Dot along with a silver foil star punched from the Medium Star Punch.    I filled the pockets with Linen Thread.

It made the perfect departing gift!
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My customers were encouraged to create their own western theme name tag. If they did, they received an additional door prize ticket. These are just a few of the amazing creations. 

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The best part of these events are the wonderful people I get to spend the day with.  If you look at the picture below, I'm pictured on the far right with my assistant, Beverly. I could not do these events without her. She's such a huge blessing and a super hard worker.  

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Unfortunately this is our last retreat at the Elks Lodge due to a substantial rental increase.  Many thanks to the Brandon Elks Lodge for their hospitality and service. We will miss you!

Thankfully I have found a new venue and I've revamped this event so we can still enjoy a full day of stamping and fun.  

Check out my Autumn Extravaganza scheduled for Saturday, October 21st! I'd sure love to have you join us.  

But hurry, there are only a few seats left to reserve - these retreat stampers already scooped up 32 spaces! 

Click on the image below for details.

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Crafting at the Lodge Fall Retreat - Part 2

Have you heard about the new Stitched From the Heart Framelits?  These new framelits will be officially introduced in the next annual Catalog in June 2017 but Stampin' Up! is making them available to you early.

These framelits will create beautiful stitched lines on your projects without fussing with a needle or piercing tool.  There are 12 framelits in this set in a variety of shapes and sizes.  

And, don't forget - when you shop in my online store and place a $25 product order I'll send you 7 free project tutorials.  Place a $35 product order and I'll include an invitation to join my next Live with Lisa private Facebook event.

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AND, don't miss out on your chance to purchase these stamp sets at 25% off but only through November 30th.  These new stitched framelits were designed to coordinate perfectly with these stamp sets.

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If you missed yesterday's blog post with the pictures and details of the part 1 for my retreat you can CLICK HERE

As promised, today I'm sharing the favors I created.  I love spoiling my attendees and like to leave them small gifts on their table throughout the day. 

This favor was sitting at their 'home' station and included their name so they knew where to sit.  The cactus were made from die cut ovals and glued together to make them 3D.  They are placed into a 3" terra cotta clay pot and covered in decorative rock.  The name tags were printed on the computer, punched out using the Decorative Label Punch and glued to a skewer. 

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I leave another favor on their station for when they return from lunch.  I purchased packaged Mexican cookies at a local Spanish Market and filled a cello bag.  The cardstock holder is created using the Birthday Fiesta Bundle and Festive Birthday Designer Paper.  

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The evening favor is left at their station following their dinner.  I used the Clear Tiny Treat Boxes to wrap Festive Birthday Designer Paper and the Birthday Fiesta Bundle.  The stamps and punch are part of the Thoughtful Banners Bundle.  I filled the box with a roll of Baker's Twine.

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No retreat is complete without a candy buffet!  There was just a little left of 12 lbs. (yes, I said pounds!) of candy. 

Did you notice the tags? I created the tags to fit the retreat theme.  The first uses the retired Dress Up Framelits for the base.  I die cut a circle for the colorful skirt from the Festive Birthday designer paper and scored to make pleats. The white petticoat is a white cupcake liner.   

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This punch art tag uses framelits, circle punches and the Fox Builder Punch to make the mustache and scarf.

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And no fiesta should be without its llama mascot. 

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I will be sharing several of the make & take projects in upcoming videos so be sure you're subscribed to my blog so you don't miss them.  The other projects are available in my Online Classes - Project PDF Tutorial library.  The Paisleys & Posies Gift Box & Cards and the Merry Mice Diagonal Gate Fold Card can be found HERE.

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Stitched From the Heart & Crafting at the Lodge Fall Retreat - Part One

There's a brand new product available beginning today - Stitched From the Heart Framelits.  These new framelits will be officially introduced in the next annual Catalog in June 2017 but Stampin' Up! is making them available to you early.

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These framelits will create beautiful stitched lines on your projects without fussing with a needle or piercing tool.  There are 12 framelits in this set in a variety of shapes and sizes.  

AND, don't miss out on your chance to purchase these stamp sets at 25% off.  These new stitched framelits were designed to coordinate perfectly with these stamp sets but their discounted pricing at 25% off is only through November 30th!

Click on this text ----> Download Stitched From the Heart Framelits PDF

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Want to see how the magic of these stitched framelits look? Check out this quick video! 

And, don't forget - when you shop in my online store and place a $25 product order I'll send you 7 free project tutorials.  Place a $35 product order and I'll include an invitation to join my next Live with Lisa private Facebook event.

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Twice a year in March and October I host an all day retreat.  To say that this event is the most involved and elaborate event I hold each year would be an understatement - but I love it!  

Each retreat has a different theme which allows me to enjoy my second passion - decorating!  October 22nd's retreat theme was "Fiesta".  

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I hold this event at the Brandon Elks Lodge where we have 2,000 square feet to sprawl out, relax, stamp and have fun.  Lunch and dinner are homemade on the premises by the Ladies of the Elks.  The food was delicious and no one left hungry!

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I've attended all kinds of stamping and crop events in my 18 years and the one thing I always disliked was being stuffed inside a room like sardines.  You can see by the pictures that there are only two people per table which I deem their "home" station for the day.  Each person receives a product goodie bag valued at $30.

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The tables on the carpeted areas are the 9 make & take projects allowing everyone an opportunity to work at their own pace. 

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I love a grand entrance.  I'm limited on a decorating budget so the Lodge helps by providing the trellis for free.  

These tissue paper flowers were huge!  My friend, Jill, and I spent an entire day making these as well as smaller flowers we used throughout the room.

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The sombrero, blanket and maracas were on loan from a friend. 

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I borrowed the guitar from Boo and used poster putty to hold the silk flowers in place.   

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This is the door prize table.  I give away 5 door prizes throughout the  day as well as game prizes. Who doesn't love Prize Patrol, right? 

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The Big Shot die cutting station was the busiest of all the tables.  I housed 6 Big Shots so waiting was at a minimum.  The funniest memory of the day centered around this set of tables.  

A tiny (and I mean, tiny!) framelit was accidentally misplaced and had been thrown away.  My team member, Leann, offered to dumpster dive in an effort to find it.  AND she found it!  The place was is a roar with applause because no one wanted to fussy cut a flower that size.  

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Be sure to come back tomorrow. You won't want to miss part 2!  I'll be sharing the favors and tags I made. 

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Today's video project features washi tape to create a fun border.  I've included a photograph, supply list and cutting dimensions after the video, in this post.  

I'd love to see your creative uses for washi tape so email them to me.  

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  •  Smoky Slate cardstock (base) is cut 5 1/2" x 8 1/2"
  • Going Places Designer Series Paper is cut 1 1/2" x 4 1/4" 
  • Silver Fancy Foil Designer Vellum is cut 2" x 4 1/4"
  • Whisper White cardstock is cut 1 1/2" x 3 3/4"

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