Monday, May 30, 2016

Trip of a Lifetime

I already know this blog post will be a completely insufficent summary of the amazing vacation I just experienced with my son.  This trip, (a Mediterranean cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic) was a pampering gift from Stampin' Up!
Here are some highlights and photos.

A view of the ship from the shuttle bus.

One of the first things we did when we got on the ship was head to the Stampin' Up! hospitality room where we are treated to candy and a daily spin on the prize wheel.  I didn't spin the prize wheel once since my son loved spinning it so much.
Not only do we get gifts in the hospitality room, we also got nightly pillow gifts in our stateroom each night.
I really felt pampered!
Even my son got a gift.  Here we are in our new Stampin' up caps.
The gifts were really over the top and I loved them! I would never splurge on a Dooney and Bourke handbag myself so I felt very spoiled to receive one!
Of course the biggest squeals from me came when the pillow gifts were Stampin' Up! product. 

Enough about the gifts...the sightseeing was unbelievable.  There is such history in places like Italy

There was food, food and more food! 

Finally, we can't forget the best part of all...the fun and friendships.  Truly the memories on this trip were priceless.  I absolutely loved the time with my youngest son and I know he loved it too.
This ginormous waterside was enjoyed many times over!

We also enjoyed a lot of gelato.  This is the smile from a boy who's mom bought him gelato twice in one day!

One of the most meaningful experiences of being a Stampin' Up! demonstrator for me is the friendships I form with special people.  It was really neat to see my son building new friendships on the trip as well.

Of course we were sad to leave the ship but coming home is sweet.  There is a lot of truth to the old saying: "absence makes the heart grow fonder"
My son couldn't wait to give daddy a hug when we were picked up from the airport and I was treated to homemade cake pops courtesy of my daughter.

What can I say?  I feel very refreshed and blessed! Thank you to all of you who have fun with me on the Stampin' journey! 

Mojo Monday Inspiration

The countdown is on!  Only 2 more days until the new Stampin' Up! annual catalogue goes live!
There is a very very sweet hostess stamp set called Pun Intended  that I love. Make sure you book a party date with me so you can have access to those hostess exclusive sets in the new catalogue!

Check out this cute card using the Pun Intended Stamp set.  I decided to use Mint Macaron and Smoky Slate cardstock.  I think those colours work great together.  Don't you?

Hope this card inspires you to stamp and play!  Why not try making a card using the same two colours? 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

The Stampin Scrub

Just thought I would share some tips on using the Stampin' Scrub.  The stampin' scrub is an essential tool because when you have stamps, you should clean your stamps to keep your stamp cases clean and your ink pad colours pure.

Here's what the stampin' scrub looks like.  You'll also need the stampin' mist.

One of the corners will have a picture of tear drops, the other will have a sunshine.  On the tear drop side of the pad, spray some of the stampin' mist.  This mist has a conditioner in it so that your rubber stamps will not dry and crack over time. 
Stamp off your stamp on a scrap paper then rub it on the moist pad. 
To dry the stamp, rub it on the sunshine side of the pad.  
Ta Dah!  Your stamp will be all clean. 

That's it!  That's how easy it is to clean your stamps.  After lots of stamping, your scrub pads will be dirty so that's when it's time for a wash. 
The pads pop out of the frame.  I just run them under some warm water and rub with a little soap and rinse them off.  You'll see all the old ink pouring down the drain with the water. 
Keep rinsing until the water runs clear.  I then just lean them against my sink and let them drip dry for a day. 
The next day I just pop them back into the plastic stampin' scrub case and they are back in action. 

If you don't have a stampin' scrub, you need to put it on your wish list.  Why not buy it before the prices go up in the new catalogue on June 1st. 
Don't forget you'll get a free NEW catalogue from me with any order of $25 or more in May or June. 

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Be awesome with Paper Pumpkin

Do you wish you could be that amazing person that shows up at a party with the cutest hostess gift, or that mom that has the perfect teacher or classmate gifts?
You CAN BE that person!
Just subscribe to Paper Pumpkin!  You'll receive a box with instructions and all the supplies to create the cutest things.  The projects will take about 30 minutes to complete.
That's it!
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Check out this Week's Watch it Wednesday...all about Paper Pumpkin! Your crafting solution...without the crafting hassle.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Wisteria Flowers

Just wanted to share this pretty swap card I received from my friend Jennifer C.  She uses the Helping Me Grow stamp set from the Occasions Catalogue (item 140764)

The soft wisteria wonder colour ink and cardstock works perfectly with this floral set.

Don't forget this is the last week to nab things off the retiring list. ( I think the scallop oval punch used on this card is one of the items leaving)

Last Chance!  Check out my online store to see what retiring items are still in stock!

Hope this pretty card gets your stampin' mojo flowing!  See what you can create with flowers!

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Some Barcelona Adventures

Hello! As many of you know, I am about to embark on a Mediterranean cruise courtesy of Stampin Up as a reward for my business performance last year. 
What a great way to get rewarded! I even get to bring one guest. This year my youngest son was the lucky family member who got to come along. He is the only family member who hasn't yet experienced a Stampin Up incentive trip. 
I figured, since i was being flown all the way to Barcelona to board the cruise, I may as well arrive early in order to take in the sights of the city first. 
My friend Christi also decided to fly in early and we are having great fun hanging out together before the cruise. 
Christi and her husband John flew out from Texas and connected onto the same flight that Nathaniel and I were on. 
Initially, Nathaniel loved the flight. He was so excited he couldn't stop talking. He raved about the meal he was served and thought it was delicious and was very impressed that it even included dessert and little salt and pepper package with the napkin. :). He became frustrated with the flight later as he was tired and he knew he was supposed to sleep but he just couldn't get comfortable in the seat. 
We flew through the night and arrived in Barcelona early the next morning. We didn't waste any time and started to see the sights. 
We walked along a main promenade called La Rambla and came upon a decorative fountain that has been around for more than a century. Legend has it that if you drink from this fountain, it guarantees that you will return to beautiful Barcelona.  

Our walk also brought us to the colorful market. It's full of fresh foods of all kinds! We have been going to the market everyday to buy fruit or sandwiches or to just browse the many food stands. 

The next few days have been spent exploring different attractions and historical sites. 
The work of architect, Antoni Gaudi features prominently in the city so we have been visiting several of his works. 
One of his masterpiece works is still under construction. It is the Sagrada Familia. It is an amazing cathedral, 
Today we went to the Pablo Picasso museum. (Did you know the famous Picasso spent his youth in Barcelona?) we also went to Park Guell which again showcases the work of architect Gaudi. 

I am enjoying the beautiful weather and especially enjoying the abundance of local food options. (Don't be surprised if I come home 10 pounds heavier). I am trying to help my son gain an appreciation for travel by encouraging him to try the local food. I'm not having much luck. The first day he chose a crispy chicken option which was basically chicken nuggets, yesterday he chose a deep fried fish which were codfish croquettes with French fries. Today he orders a bacon cheeseburger. :) 
Well, that's the rundown for now. 
If I get the chance I will post more another day! In the meantime, I will leave you with a scenic view of the city!

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

You're So Lovely

We are down to the last few weeks of the occasions catalogue. 
Did you notice the You're so Lovely project Kit? 
It is a pretty kit!
Check out this video from Stampin Up that shows how to make a treat bag using the elements of the kit.