Myself and four other demonstrators (including my upline and two of my downline) whisked ourselves away to Bella Beach in Oregon (just a little south of Lincoln City) where we stayed THREE nights and stamped the weekend away! It was so. much. fun! I got a ton done and it was nice to just recharge for the weekend doing the things we love!
I should have taken a picture of what the living room looked like before we took over! This was the second year we stayed in the exact same house. We might need to look for another house to stay in if our team keeps getting bigger! The bonus for staying at this house, though, is that we got to stay the 3rd night for FREE...such a great deal!
Here is our set up...
The name of the house...
Laura, Kim, Terri, Andrea, and me...
Although we spent most of our time indoors and it did rain a little (come on...it's the Oregon Coast ~ of course it rained! :), we did go for a nice walk to see the ocean. We came right when it was high tide and the water came right up to the stairs, so we couldn't even walk on the beach.
We started a new tradition this year and brought a "Secret Stamper" gift to exchange. We each drew a name and that is who we gave our gift to. It was fun to get a present!
My gift was from Andrea (my upline). She packaged the gift with a Paper Pumpkin box turned inside out. Inside she covered the box with DSP and there was a package of tissues, chapstick, and lotion.
This is what it looked like before I opened it. That Santa is so clever! His mustache/beard is made with the Bigz Bow Die.
Andrea received her gift from Terri. Doesn't Andrea coordinate colors perfectly with the cute fry box Terri made her? Inside are some little goodies and it's finished off with a tag. So creative!
This is my big sister Kim (and one of my downline). Her gift was from Laura. A cute little box filled with a package of tissue, hand sanitizer, a file, and other goodies.
Laura received this fun candle from Kim. It is shaped as a coffee mug. Too cute!
Terri (one of my downline) received this gift from me. One of our polka dot bags turned into a different shaped bag (see my post here) and a chevron bag filled with notecards using the stamp set "For the Birds" (see my post here).
Most of the weekend was spent doing whatever we wanted, but we also brought some make n takes that each of us could make at some point during the weekend. It gave us a chance to "take a break" from having to be creative on our own and we could just stamp to enjoy it with someone else doing all the prep work.
Make n Take Cards
This the card I designed for the girls to make. It might already look familiar as it was my swap card I created for the Holiday Catalog Swap with the Control Freaks.
I already can't wait for next year's retreat!! Tonight is our Stampin' Up! Team Meeting, so I'll be back to share some of our swaps and the inspiration that came from the meeting!
Leave a comment if you have any questions on anything I shared with you today!
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