Nuts About You

Yep – that’s what I wanted to say to everyone that came to the Stamp, Scrap & Create retreat that was about a month ago (it was at the end of September).  So I made this cute little treat for them – it was another one of their surprise table gifts.


I found these tiny little jars at the store – they are supposed to be shot glasses that look like canning jars.  I wanted to fill them with trail mix.  The only problem with these jars is that they didn’t have lids.  So my solution was to cover the tops with one of the tea lace doilies.  I used the new two-toned trim from the Holiday catalog to tie around the rim to hold it tight.  A little strip of Designer Paper is wrapped around the rim to dress it up a little bit.  The tag is from the cute little Nuts About You hostess stamp set.   The little squirrel and words fit perfectly on the ticket punch.

Here is a full list of Stampin’ Up! supplies that I used:

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Thanks for stopping by.  I’m trying to get all my fall projects posted before I start sharing the Christmas themed ones.  I also have lots more to share on Alaska – I need to get back to that too!

Enjoy your day!


Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat – Tiny Treat Box gift

One of the fun things about the Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat are the little gifts that everyone gets.  It’s like the pillow gifts that Stampin’ Up! gives when you go on one of their incentive trips.  But since not everyone at the retreat is staying the night instead of leaving them gifts on their pillows I leave them on their table spot where they are crafting.  This year the first little gift they got was a Tiny Treat Box.

bitty-boxInside these cute little boxes was a package of the Color Me Autumn Washi Tape – it’s just the perfect size to fit inside!  Everyone then used the washi tape on one of the Make&Take projects and took the rest home.

Here is a supply list:

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I hope you liked this little treat idea.

bitty-box2Have a great day!


Curvy Keepsake Holiday Trio Boxes

A few weeks ago I had my Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat at my house for the weekend. It was tons of fun and I can’t wait to start planning a spring retreat.  One of my favorite projects was this cute trio of holiday boxes made with the Curvy Keepsake Die.  There is one for Halloween, one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas.

curvy-box-trioI really love this die!  It is so easy to assemble these little boxes and you just need some adhesive to attach the two pieces together – I used Fast Fuse.  The little boxes are fun to decorate and there are already tons of ideas out there.  Here is a photo of some of the girls working on their boxes during the retreat –

retreat-curvy-box-tableThe Halloween box is fun – made from clear window sheets with a little tea light inside and a ghost hanging on the handle.

curvy-clear-ghostThe Thanksgiving box is a fun little pumpkin.  I used the lines from the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the lines that would be grooves on a pumpkin.  And then we added leaves – stamped, die cut ones and a wood one.

curvy-thanks-pumpkinThe “boo to you” and “thankful” stamps are from the Good Greetings stamp set which a special hostess stamp set that you can earn through the end of October.  It has lots of fun little greetings in it for the holidays.  You need a $300 workshop/party to get this set for free!

And the Christmas one – or even just a winter holiday one – is just so pretty with the Lost Lagoon and silver.  And the cute little snowflake charm is a fun accent.

curvy-snowflake-joyand here is one more picture of it so you can see the silver snowflakes stamped on two sides of the box.

curvy-snowflake-joy2I hope you like these little projects.  Here is a list of all the supplies that were used:
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Thanks for stopping by.  I’ll share more about the retreat later.


Fall 2014 Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat – Registration is Open

Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat

Sept. 25 – 28, 2014

Just a little sneak peek of one of the Make & Take projects….


Are you ready to get away from it all?  Leave behind the family, the laundry, the cooking, the cleaning and come join us for a fun Stamp, Scrap & Create Retreat.

Join us at Monika’s House Sept 25-28, 2014.

There are a few changes – we are going to start on Thursday evening – come set up your craft space, bring an appetizer to share with everyone and hang out by the fire on Thursday evening – I’ll even have fix-in’s for s’mores.  During the day Friday (if you don’t have to go to work or are otherwise committed) come work on your personal projects.  Lunch will also be on your own (there are lots of places near by).  We’ll officially start on Friday evening with dinner for everyone.  Make & Takes will be scheduled for Friday night and Saturday.  All meals included on Saturday.  And we’ll have games and prizes Saturday night!  Finish up on Sunday and pack up and head back home in the early afternoon.  We have three Make & Take projects planned as part of the retreat – everyone will receive a Goody Bag with supplies and extras.

Bring whatever creative projects you would like to work on.  You will have table space set up for the whole weekend – so bring your scrap-booking, card making, knitting, laptop for My Digital Studio, bring your sewing machine if you want to sew – the choice is yours.

We plan to feed you and pamper you with little surprises throughout the weekend!  Games & Prizes too!

I have some space in my house if you want to spend the night here instead of going home or there is a hotel one exit south just a few minutes away.  I have a couple of Queen beds upstairs, a queen and single sleeper sofa in the basement, some sofa space, and some air beds for the floor.   Or stay as late as you want in the evening – go sleep at home and come back in the morning!

We will send out a schedule and list of what you need to bring in mid Sept.  A non-refundable deposit of $25 is due with your registration form by Sept 10th – this holds your spot.  We will be ordering supplies after the deposits are received.  The remainder of the money is due by Sept 20th.

Spots are LIMITED – we are only opening this event up to 14 people!  So reserve your spot today!

CLICK HERE to get the registration form.  *** REGISTRATION IS OPEN ***

Cindy and I (Monika) hope to see you there!



My Digital Studio Friends Blocks

Cindy created this cute My Digital Studio Hybrid project for the Stamp, Scrap, & Create Escape Retreat.


This was one of our Make&Take projects and a favorite of everyone that attended the retreat.  You can get all the details on how Cindy created by visiting her blog – click here.  She has more pictures on her blog too.

During the retreat the session where the girls made this project included a lesson in how the panels were create using My Digital Studio and then everyone created the blocks.


If you want to learn more about My Digital Studio and you live near me (Woodstock, GA) – we will be having an intro class on May 10th.  You can find more information on my events calendar on my website.  At the new price of $19.95 it is a steal!

And starting today Stampin’ Up! is having a sale on My Digital Studio downloads and Print Products.  You can see all the download in my online store and you would print your creations through the My Digital Studio software.  Want to see all the different options visit the website – there is tons of information about My Digital Studio all in one place.