Stampin' Up! just released the cutest new Halloween stamp set!  You can bet that I am ordering it today!

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So many great images.  Love the spider web and of course the black cat.  It is to Halloween what a simple black dress is to fashion.

If you have noticed my absence from my posting, it is because I was hosting a scrapbooking/stamping retreat for 17 ladies.  It was a fun filled 4 days!  But, if you have ever done anything like it, you know how tiring it can also be.  The question every year is "are you going to do this again next year?"  Can you guess what my response is to this question?  Let me answer it by saying that I have already booked the venue next year for the 3rd weekend in September. Mark the date – I'd love to have you join us for the fun, laughter, and exchange of ideas.

I do have a few pictures to share with you of some the gifts that the participants received during the weekend.  Gotta keep everyone hydrated so a cute bottle of water is a neccessity.

Water bottle

A closer look at the holder.

Water bottle tag

Everyone enjoys having some "munchies" during the event.

Trick or treat apothecary

These are created with the Tags 4 You Stamp Set & the largest of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.  I am not sure where I saw this idea but it is cased.  

Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Num Num

The Pumpkin Pie Goodie Gear Simply Created Kit is so easy to use when you need a lot of treats.  The coordinating stamp set, Oh Goodie, provides the perfect sentiment.  Fill the bag with a treat and you are ready!

Notebook outside

Because there is so much sharing going on at an event like this, I wanted everyone to have a way to jot down notes.  A simple composition notebook was  personalized for each attendee.  For example, my friend who loves pink received a book decoarated just for her.  No two were alike. This is a picture of the book that I made for me.  And of course, a matching pen is essential.

Following are pitures of both the back of the book and the inside front cover.

Notebook back

Notebook inside

It was a great weekend!  Now I am off to start putting things away.  Thankfully, it is all unloaded and in the house because snow is predicted for morning. YIKES, I am not ready for winter!

Thanks for stopping by my blog today!