As you might have read on my Facebook Page (like me at’ve just survived a stamping retreat weekend at my home.  It is always so much fun, full of laughs and ideas.  One of the best/worst things about the weekend is the prep and that’s because My Country Loft, aka my stamp room, tends to implode over the months and then require some serious cleaning.  That cleaning is exhausting, both mentally and physically because I have collected, through various means, so many card and 3-D samples over the year, and it’s time consuming.  I hope to be able to get back to playing for myself with my stamps starting tomorrow.

Each stamper had her own grid paper, Snail Adhesive, and Hand & Foot Scrub plus any supplies they might have ordered.  I put all Christmas stamps in the ‘foyer’ (aka top of garage steps/entryway) into my stamp room.  In addition to the two long tables that reside in my room, I added one of those white fold up tables at the entry end of the room and put paper cutters and the Big Shot there.  There just wasn’t room for those items in our work spaces.  The youngest, Nora, almost 7, had her own card table tucked away in a space at the far end of the room.

Now you really need to see some of the great cards created this past weekend.  Let’s start with Jen’s. 


I met Jen through my daughter Andrea nearly 10 years ago.  They each have 3 children of about the same ages, and met in a Mommy group when their 9-1/2 year olds were around 6 months old.  She’s an avid scrapbooker.  Here’s her card, a great idea that could be adapted to different sizes.  This card, when folded, is 4″ x 4″.

Jen’s supplies:

  • STAMP SET:  Festive Flurry, Joy to the World, inside greeting from a retired stamp set (have to go dig it back out!),
  • CARD STOCK:  Crumb Cake (12″ x 4″, scored at 4″), Night of Navy, Whisper White
  • INK:  Real Red, Silver Encore
  • TOOLS:  Big Shot, Festive Flurry Framelits dies, 2-1/2″ circle punch, retired snowflake punch,
  • ACCESSORIES: Rhinestone Jewels, Stampin’ Sponge, Cherry Cobbler Dazzling Diamonds

Below:  Left flap open


Below: right flap open.


The center panel will be filled with a family letter that will be closed in thirds so that it can open up top and bottom.

She’ll be placing her card in a standard medium (A2) envelope (5-3/4″ x 4-3/8″).  I think Jen made 50-60 cards.  And then she scrapped some pages.

Tomorrow, working around the table, will be Andrea.


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