Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Next retreat...

Scrapbooking Retreat Spring 2009

Crop Till You Drop
(she's gonna kill me someday for posting this picture)

Gather all your scrapbook supplies & a friend and join us for our bi-annual scrapbooking retreat.

Date: March 20th at noon through March 21st at 7pm
Place: Three Mountain Lodge in Clifton, Texas
Price: $95/ $45 for Saturday only
Includes: Lodging, food, access to our stamps and tools, & a goodie bag
Add-ons: $20+ tax for an upgraded room (limited)
Classes: Pictures available on our blog Feb 1st
T-Shirt: Available for $15

Dead-lines: VIPs by January 20th with $45 non-refundable deposit
Open Registration January 21st with $45 non-refundable deposit
ALL Remaining funds due: March 1st
(Includes remaining retreat fee, class fees, t-shirt, and special order).
Cancelations: By March 1st with a refund, afterwards- no refund (includes deposit, class fund, etc...)
Late Fees: Signing up to participate in retreat after March 1st will be a $10 fee.

Monday, November 17, 2008

Winter Retreat Evaluation

Howdy friends!

Leah & I discussed in length what we felt went well & what could have gone better. Will you please answer the following questions by clicking on "Comment" to give us some feedback? If you wish to answer anonymously, you may do so. Please make your comments constructive so that we can make your retreat experience improve each time you attend.

Thanks for all you did to make this retreat special, we had a great time & felt like this retreat was the best one yet.

Much love,
Leah & Lindsey
BlackFish Retreat Planners
Please give your evaluation of the food & give suggestions for future retreats.
What was the best part?
What can we improve for next time?
For the Spring Retreat, Three Mountain Retreat has raised their prices and will be charging for the use of their kitchen in the future. What are you willing/able to pay? Here is a rough break-down of our costs- is there something you could do without?
$60/person for lodging & use of the Texas room
$10/food + Chef expenses
$15 Coordinators Fee
$5-10 Goodie Bag
----->Potential total for the Spring $95
If you participated in the classes- what went well/what could have gone better?
(Classes include: Basics, Paper bag Album, Scrapbooking, Stamp-a-stack, Friend-in-a-box, Joyful Frame, That's a Wrap, Goodies and Gifts)
What classes would you like to see in the Spring?
If you participated in the Secret Sister Exchange, do you have any ideas on how to improve it?
What would you like to see in future goodie bags?
General Comments:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Here's what to bring!

Things to Bring (in General):

  • Stamps, Ink, Tools, Supplies including adhesive (please stock up!), paper trimmer, scissors, & a stamp cleaner
  • Personal Projects & supplies
  • Comfortable Clothing- shoes/slippers, socks, hair ties, don't forget your pajamas too! (Plus toiletries, reading glasses, deodorant, etc...)
  • Pictures to crop
  • Something to store your projects in (like a bin , file folder, etc)
  • Extra $$$ for the store
  • Snacks- everyone brings some to share (water might be good to bring as well)
  • Secret Sister Gifts
  • Linens for a twin bed & pillow (they are not providing them- we provide our own-INCLUDING PRIVATE ROOMS, so don't forget!)
  • Magazines or Catalogs to inspire you
  • Your enthusiasm!!! :)

Things to bring to the classes:

All classes will need sharp scissors and adhesive (we will not provide adhesive). Some projects recommend sticky tape- which can be purchased through Stampin’ Up! or a craft store (I’ve even seen it at Wal-Mart- but it’s not as long-lasting). These lists are designed for you to gather to make the classes go quicker, but if you do not have the supplies- don’t fret, they’ll be there for you (except adhesive!)

Goodies and Gifts Class:

Ink Colors: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, River Rock, Always Artichoke, Riding Hood Red, Old Olive

Stamp sets: Snow Swirled, Best Yet, Season of Joy, Spotlight on Christmas

Marker: Always Artichoke

Holiday Scrapbooking Class:

  • Winter Layout:

Ink Colors: Chocolate Chip, Old Olive and Ruby Red

Markers: Old Olive and Ruby Red

Stamp Sets: Happy Everything, Contempo Alphabet (or one you prefer), Spotlight on Christmas, Season of Joy

Pictures cut to match my exact layout: 2 pictures that are 3 inches by 3 inches,1 picture 4 inches by 4 inches, 2 pictures 3 1/2 inches tall by 4 1/2 inches long (across), 1 picture 3 1/2 inches tall by 5 1/4 long (across).

Punches: 1/8 inch circle punch, 1 1/4 inch circle punch, scallop edge punch

  • Fall Layout:

Stamp Set: True Friendship

Ink Pads: VersaMark, Real Red, Kiwi Kiss, Yoyo Yellow, Tangerine Tango, Close to Cocoa

Marker: Chocolate Chip

Pictures can vary, mats will be provided for the pictures that suit the layout.

Stamp a stack of Christmas Cards:

  • Poinsettia Punch:

Ink Colors, Chocolate Chip, Kiwi Kiss, and Riding Hood Red

Stamp Sets: Canvas Background Stamp, Spotlight on Christmas, Best Yet

Tools, Etc: Sponge or Dauber for color Chocolate Chip, 5 Petal Flower Punch, Dimensionals, Embossing Heat Tool, and Clear Embossing Powder

  • Celebrate Wreath:

Ink Colors: Kiwi Kiss and Baja Breeze

Stamp Sets: Wonderful Words and Snow Burst

Sponge Dauber for Baja Breeze

Punches: Scallop edge punch

  • Christmas Pocket Card:

Ink Colors: Certainly Celery, Bashful Blue, Real Red and Black

Stamp Sets: Season of Joy and Spotlight on Christmas

Punches: Corner Rounder and 1 1/4 inch circle Punch

Dimensionals, Heat Embossing Tool, and Clear Embossing Powder

  • Deer Christmas Card:

Ink Pads: Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, VersaMark, Kiwi Kiss

Stamp Set: Winter Post Stamp set,

Tools, Etc: Heat Gun, Powder Pal

  • Joy Bird Card:

Ink Pads: VersaMark, Baja Breeze, Riding Hood Red

Stamp Set: True Friendship Stamp Set

Tools, Etc: Powder Pal, Heat Gun,

  • Christmas Tree Card:

Ink pads: Robin hood Red, VersaMark, Baja Breeze

Stamp Set: Snow Swirled

Tools, etc: Sponge dauber (brown), Powder Pal, Heat Gun

Friend in a box: *STICKY TAPE RECOMMENDED* All supplies will be ready to assemble, no punching/stamping needed…

Joyful Frame:

Ink Pads: VersaMark Ink Pad,

Stamp Set: Snow Bursts Stamp Set

Tools, etc: Powder Pals, Sharp Scissors, & Tombo Multi-purpose Adhesive


Ink Pads: Chocolate Chip, Real Red, Regal Rose, Close to Cocoa, Kiwi Kiss, Old Olive, Riding hood Red/Ruby Red (Colors will vary depending on the papers you chose)

Stamp Sets: Best Yet, Winter Post, Jolliest Time of the Year, Snow Swirled (any Christmas set you might want to use)

Tools, Etc: Small Tag Punch, Corner Punch, 1/8 Hole Punch/Crop-a-dile, Word Window Punch, Rectangle Punch, Circle Punches (to make tags)

Mini Album Class: In a Paper Bag *STICKY TAPE RECOMMENDED*

Ink Colors: Chocolate Chip. Old Olive, and Ruby Red

Stamp Sets: Season of Joy, Spotlight on Christmas, Snowfall and Warm Words

Punches: 1/2 inch circle, 1/8 inch circle, small tag punch, 5 petal flower punch, scallop edge punch and Corner Rounder

Tools, Etc: Paper Piercer

Sunday, November 2, 2008

T-Shirts/Sweat Shirts

Here are those that have signed up for T-shirts and have paid:
Leah F
Katherine (1 shirt plus 1 sweatshirt)

Signed up and still need to pay:
Leah M

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


Here are your helper jobs. Thanks so much!

Nurse- Anne

Friday Evening: Kathleen, Mary Alice, Jana M
Saturday Morning (Brunch): Cori, Shannon, +1 Needed
Saturday Dinner: Katherine, Niyda + Michelle

Stretch Reminders- Heather & Leah M

Photographers- Jana H, Judie

Music- Maggie, Mickie, Jenny

Close Down Organizer- Tammy

Saturday, October 25, 2008

Class Lists Below

Please double check the posts below to see if you are signed up for the right classes. If you have questions, or if we are off on something- let us know!

That's a Wrap

  • Anne
  • Cindy
  • (Emily-2)
  • Jana M
  • Judie
  • Kathleen
  • Leah F
  • Leah M
  • Maggie
  • Michele
  • Mickie
  • Nidya
Empty Cans:
  • (Emily-3)
  • Heather-2
  • Judie-5
  • Mickie-3
  • Shannon-2

Paper Bag Album

  • Cindy
  • Judie-2
  • Katherine
  • Lindsey-4
  • Mary Alice-2
  • Leah M


  • Cori
  • Heather-2
  • Jana H
  • Jana M-2
  • Kathrine
  • Leah F
  • Leah M
  • Maggie

Candy Jar

Real Red:
  • Anne-2
  • (Emily)
  • Heather
  • Jana H-2
  • Judie
  • Katherine-10
  • Michelle
  • Dawn
Old Olive:
  • Katherine-10
  • Judie
Chocolate Chip:
  • Lindsey
  • Michelle
  • Judie

Goodie Bowl

  • Dawn-2 Empty
  • Jana M-1 Empty
  • Judie- 1 Full/2 Empty
  • Katherine-1 Full
  • Kathleen-2 Empty
  • Lindsey-5 Empty
  • Maggie-1 Full
  • Shannon-1 Full
  • Donna- 2 Full
SPOTS AVAILABLE: 0, class is full


  • Anne
  • Cori
  • Judie
  • Katherine
  • Shannon-1
  • Renee-2
  • Dawn-2
  • Katherine
  • Kathleen
  • Shannon-1
  • Lindsey-3

Joyful Frame

*The background color is Riding Hood Red on mine, so if you want a different In-Color, please let me know!
  • Cori
  • Dawn
  • Heather
  • Jana M
  • Judie-2
  • Kathleen-3
  • Leah-2
  • Leah
  • Mary Alice
  • Melanie-8
  • Donna- 2
  • Michelle-2
  • Anne- 2

Stamp-a-Stack of Christmas Cards

Poinsettia Punch:
  • Judie-4
  • Nidya-2
  • Melanie-4
  • Anne-2
  • Mary Alice-2
  • Dawn-4
  • Cindy-4
  • Mickie-4
Celebrate Wreath:
  • Judie-2
  • Nidya-2
  • Anne-2
  • Michelle-2
  • Shannon-4
  • Dawn-4
  • Cindy-4
Deer Christmas:
  • Judie-2
  • Shannon-4
Pocket Card:
  • Judie-6
  • Anne-2
  • Michelle-2
Joy Bird:
  • Judie-2
  • Nidya-2
  • Mary Alice-4
  • Michelle-2
  • Shannon-4
  • Mickie-4
Christmas Tree:
  • Judie-8
  • Nidya-2
  • Melanie-4
  • Anne-2
  • Mary Alice-2
  • Michelle-2
  • Shannon-4
Unknown Cards but signed up:
  • Maggie

Scrapbooking Class

Signed up:
  • Jana
  • Judie
  • Melanie
  • Mickie
  • Shannon
  • (Emily-2)
  • Cindy

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Who Owes What?

In order to keep everything straight I thought it would be helpful to post what you OWE for the remainder of retreat and your classes. So here goes!
Can you believe retreat is 22 days away? WAHOO!!!!

If you have paid in full your name will not be on here.
I am known to make mistakes so please email me if there is a problem!
Oh and make all checks payable to Leah Fish please! ;)

Retreat Balance is first, followed by the Balance for your Classes:
Susan: $45
Jenny: R:$40
Leah M: $45, $30

Monday, October 13, 2008

Forms- OVER Half way there!

We will update this as we receive them. Here are the forms I have received so far (they can still be changed at any point). If you have sent yours and it is not listed, double check with me- it just means I haven't saved it onto Word format.
  1. Jana M
  2. Judie
  3. Niyda
  4. Anne
  5. Kathleen
  6. Melanie
  7. Leah F
  8. Lindsey
  9. Leah M
  10. Heather
  11. Jana H
  12. Mary Alice
  13. Shannon
  14. Tammy
  15. Michelle
  16. Cori
  17. Katherine
  18. Dawn
  19. Maggie
  20. Mickie
  21. Jenny
  22. Cindy
  23. Renee
  24. Donna
Still need:
  1. Patti

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Joy Frame Class

The frame is 14.5x7.25 inches. The cost for this class is $8. It includes the frame & all that comes with it, as shown. The charms will vary. You can select your background color as well- any of the In-Colors are available. This class will take maybe 15 minutes/frame, depending on wait. It is super easy, but does require heat embossing. Depending on availability of the frames, there may be a cap on this class- so sign up quickly. Can you see the clear snowflakes on the white? This is done with Iridescent Ice Embossing Powder. So cool.

Friday, October 3, 2008

Friend in a Box

I will put on the schedule a time for the class, but this is certainly one you can do on your own time. It is very easy & I only stamped twice! Here is what it includes:
Flipbox (for 3x5 index cards)
1 Pen (Black, Blue, Red)
1 box of TicTacks
2 Decorated Binder Clips (3 pictured)
2 Large Paper Clips (3 pictured)
20 index cards
Stampin' Up! supplies...

Total cost to you $6! These would be great for Teacher Gifts, Office friends, visiting teachers- you name it!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Goodies and Gifts Class

This class is great for small and fast "goodies" you want to give friends, neighbors, teachers and family. These gifts are low in cost and quick to make!
For one of each gift, the class is $15. If you want more of something or don't want all 3 you can purchase each gift individually. Please specify when signing up for the class.
Note: This class will most likely be capped do to availability of some of the items.

Jingle all the Way large glass Candy Jar.
Candy Jars will have vinyl letters on the front with a jingle bell that says, "Jingle All the Way." Colors of vinyl to choose are real red, old live, and chocolate chip. They are SO CUTE! This gift alone is $8.

Goodie Bowl.

Goodie Bowl is $4 filled, or $3 empty.

Candle Gifts.
These candle gifts come with 2 choices.
1. Brown square ceramic base with citrus pomegranate candle.
2. Green square ceramic base with cream candle.
Cost for these gifts are $4 each.

These tags open into cards.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Happy Holidays Class: A Paper Bag Mini Album

I am really excited about this little project. Perfect for family Christmas pictures, pictures with santa, holiday recipes, pictures of your friends and family...there are just so many possibilities!

The edges of the paper bag are actually painted with olive paint. It's such a fun and easy way to spice it up!

I received a Christmas card last year with something similar to this and I LOVED the idea of using the paper bag...so I turned it into a mini album! (Thanks Brooke!)

(Note: the browns used ARE the same color, although the one above looks lighter)

The album comes with 3 2-page layouts. Page dimensions are 5 x 5. These albums are a great gift for a family member or friend....or hey, make one for yourself!
Class is $5 per album.

Fall & Winter Lay-out Class

Just 2 quick lay-outs for Fall & Winter...
Class Fee: $10 for both

This one will look better with pictures, I will re-post it when the pictures are on so you can see the final look...

Stamp-a-stack of Christmas Cards

8 card for $10 (2 of 4 cards OR 4 of 2 cards)
*Please specify which cards on your form!
Poinsettia Punch:
Celebrate Wreath:
Deer Christmas:
Christmas Pocket Card:

Joy Bird:
Christmas Tree:

Monday, September 8, 2008

That's a Wrap

This will be a fun class of 7 projects for $11. 7 adorable projects that are quick and easy (trust me). I will have limited spots for this class, and a lot of the prep done ahead of time, so sign-up early if you want to get your spot.

Take a look!

#1 A Purse & Tag (colors/papers will vary)
#2 A FunkyGift Bag
#3 A Little Cello Bag + Topper
#4 A Darling Genie Bag
#5 A Candy Cane Wrap
#6 Small Clear Paint Can (colors and papers will vary)These little darlings are the cutest. I had fun making them & I think you will too. #7 (Not pictured yet) a pillow box. (I'm waiting on my Sizzix template) but here's what they look like...this is a Stampin' Up! sample...ours will be Christmas-y.