A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

On November 11th and 12th, I held my last retreat of 2023. I can’t beleve I had 3 retreats this year and I am thrilled to be planning the next one for the Winter of 2024. At the events, I try so hard to take pictures but I usually only capture a 1/4″ of what I would love to have taken. They say live in the moment or some sat say a photo keeps a memory from fading away. I did manage to capture a few treats from my Holiday Retreat  that I would love to share with you!

A few treats from my retreat!

Oh Christmas Tree…

Do you like Hershey Kisses? If you do or maybe you have another favorite candy to fill this oh so cute Tree Treat Box. My friend, a fellow demonstrator shared this project and I knew it was perfect to share with my customers at the retreat and now here. 12 Hershey Kisses fit nicely inside.

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

The Details:

  1.  Card Stock – lost lagoon/pretty peacock
  2. 1 3/4” x 10 1/4”
  3. Score with the 1 3/4” at the top – score at 1 1/2”
  4. Score with the 10 1/4” at the top – score at 3 3/4”, 7 1/2”, 10”
  5. 1 3/4” x 9 7/8”
  6. Score with the 1 3/4” at the top – score at 1 1/2”
  7. Score with the 9 7/8” at the top – score at 3 5/8”, 7 1/4” 9 5/8”
  8. Cut as shown – notice size of cut 
  9. Glue tag to create triangle
  10. Stamp 2 trees and then die cut 
  11. Glue to the triangle
  12. Tie ribbon around
  13. Add rhinestones

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

Christmas Tree Box

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

Linda and Carol showing off their completed project!

A little bag that’s oh so simple!

What happens when you take a 6″ x 12″ piece of paper and your simply scored tooll? You get to create cute little bags like these! AND they were such a hit, that people made more right after! This is what I love the most, when you share and tell them it is duplicatable and they actually believe you and make their own.

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

The Details:

 To make the gift bag: A Walk in the Forest DSP

  1. Designer series paper 6 x12 
  2. Score on the short side (6” along the top) 2 1/4” and 5 1/2”
  3. Score on long side (12” along the top) 3 1/4”, 5 3/4” 9”, 11 1/2”
  4. Cut the small tab on the bottom right
  5. Cut on a diagonal the smaller squares/rectangles
  6. When creating the box, the larger rectangles (the uncut ones) will be folded first and the diagonal ones will be showing at the bottom. 
  7. Pinch the sides and meet the sides at the top
  8. Using a hole punch, punch for ribbon to be weaved through 
  9. Stamp a sentiment, using 1” circle punch and layer with a 1 1/4” circle punch
  10. Using baker’s twine tie to ribbon handle


cute bag

cute treat bag

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

Bags made by Sue! Love the pumpkin paper!

A few treats from my Holiday Retreat

Bags made by Linda – look at all those holiday treat bags!

Bonus Bag design!

At my retreat the guest who were there both days had a few extra projects for attending. I saw this on Stampin’ Up! being created by Sara for a card. It looked so easy to duplicate that I had to try it. Unfortunately, after several attempts I finally gave up with trying to match the demonstration and just went with it. Yes, I am a bit of a perfectionist!

bonus - a bag with vellum

The details:

  1. On vellum, using blends, color vellum as shown on the above top left
  2. Next take Rubbing Alcohol and using a water painter splash onto vellum (it will mix the blends – blotchy looking)
  3. Heat with a heat gun
  4. Die cut leaf shapes (or other shapes if using other colors)
  5. Stamp on the reverse side of the blends side 
  6. Create your focal point for a bag or card using a 3” x 3” square


bonus bag

bonus a bag!

Susan was quick to try the technique on some leaf images for Christmas!


Ok, I got all that on one post. Time is crazy for me lately and with the holidays FAST approaching I don’t want to miss out on sharing with you.I attempted to list my supplies below. The RETIRED list is coming with a small SALE next week. YES, can you believe the holiday catalog only has about 6 more weeks of being here. I’m excited to share the new spring mini catalog with you. As a demonstrator, I get to preorder next month! I hope you enjoyed today’s post and if you have a favorite or if you try one, I would love to hear from you!

Happy Stampin’


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