Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Hawaii Incentive Trip Blog Hop

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog hop!  You may have arrived here from my friend Cynthia Millan

This hop was inspired by all the wonderful pillow gifts that we received as a part of the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation.  
Here's the pillow gift that inspired my card today.

This quilted case really caught my eye because when we were browsing the vendor stands in Hawaii, we saw many quilted items and I was tempted to pick up one as a souvenir but I didn't need to:  Stampin' Up! purchased one for me...with a little bit of stampin' rubber in the corner to make it extra special.

Onto the card that was inspired by this pretty pillow gift:

I used paper piecing and faux stitching with a project life journalling pen to try to distantly replicate the quilted gift that inspired this card.  I love the upcoming new in color: mint macaron.  A little blossom embellishment also in mint macaron finishes the card off!
The sentiment comes from the stamp set "Painted Petals" 
The designer series paper is a sneak peek from the new catalogue and it's called "English Garden"  I can not wait until the new catalogue goes live on June 2nd! (insert my flapping, excited hands!)
Here's a video of how I made the card.  

Hope you enjoyed the inspiration!  
Janet Wakeland is next up on this blog hop!  Thanks for visiting!

Thanks also to all the blog hop participants!

1. Louise Sharp 2. Sandi MacIver 3. Kylie Bertucci 4. Selene Kempton 5. Connie Stewart 6. Dena Rekow 7. Rose Marie Coleman 8. Shannean Moncrief 9. Sharon Armstrong 10. Marelle Taylor 11. Betty Button 12. Connie Babbert 13. Ann Craig 14. Kim Gavarra 15. Renee Kohnke 16. BJ Peters 17. Alisa Tilsner 18. Alison Solven 19. Kelly Acheson 20. Linda Higgins 21. Karina Chin 22. Jacque Williams 23. Lynsay Mahon 24. Georgia Giguere 25. Laura Milligan 26. Vanessa Webb 27. Cynthia Millan 28. Genevieve Ko 29. Janet Wakeland

Need any stampin' supplies?  Make sure to visit my online store!  Have a great day!

Saturday, May 23, 2015


Can't help but share some swap card samples that highlight a couple of stamps that I am a little sad to say farewell to:  (sorry I don't have the names of the talented people who gave me these swap cards..but thank you!)
Stippled Blossoms stamp set is an amazing two step stamp with a super beautiful flower image.  

The Perfect Blend Stamp set is so so popular I almost can't believe they are retiring it.  It seemed like everyone was using it not only to make cards but also to make coffee card gift card holders. Hmmm, maybe they are retiring it because 3/4 of the stampers in the world already own it!

Don't miss out on these retiring sets and more!  Visit my online store today!  Stamps are only guaranteed available until May 26th then they are only while supplies last!  Don't delay! 

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Get crafting kits at 50% off! Watch it Wednesday

For today's watch it Wednesday I need to post the April 2015 Paper Pumpkin kit.  My daughter had been following my blog when I was away and just last night pointed out to me that on last week's Watch it Wednesday video I had accidentally posted the April 2014 Paper Pumpkin video.
Here is the video from last month's paper pumpkin kit!

And when I came home from vacation, I saw my May's paper pumpkin waiting for me!  Yippee!

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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Home Sweet Home

Yup.  We are home safe and sound from our dream vacation.  It was great to see the kids and give them giant hugs.  We missed them a lot.  I don't know if we would go on such a long trip without them again.
Anyway, here's some pictures from our final day.  Our flight didn't leave until past midnight so we had the whole day before heading to the airport.  On a bit of a whim we decided to feed my other obsession other than stamping...Disney!
Did you know that Disney owns a resort in Hawaii called Aulani?  Since we were on the island and there was free transportation if we agreed to listen to a 90 minute presentation, we figured we would check it out.

It was a beautiful resort that was perfect Hawaiian decor and atmosphere everywhere...with a few disney cute touches of course.
We even caught sight of Mickey in the distance.
Listening to the presentation wasn't so bad.  It all sounded great to be a disney vacation member...until the price tag was revealed.  No Thank you!  We'll just keep going to disney on the cheap deals thanks very much! 

When we returned to the hotel we lingered as much as we could.  We took one final swim in the pool and lay in the sun.  Then we had a leisurely dinner. 

No matter how much we tried to drag it out, the time came for us to head home.  It truly was a great and restful vacation and we hope we can go to Hawaii again...with the kids someday.

So thankful to God for the experience and opportunity and much thanks to those of you who enjoy stamping with me!

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Another Fantastic Day

Yesterday was an amazing day!  It was the day where we get our swap cards and go to the share affair where some demonstrators share cool techniques and fun ideas.
At first Kevin came with me because we went to help with the service project but the task of stuffing bags full of hygeine supplies for a homeless shelter was done before we even got there.  I was immediately distracted by the new display boards set up with all the swap cards.  I was snapping pictures madly because I love the ideas!
Here's just a few...I'm sorry I don't know who made them but it wasn't me!
Love the way someone used the Hello You thinlits in a creative way to spell a new word!

This card uses two of the up and coming in colours: Cucumber Crush and Watermelon Wonder
This was a totally over the top birthday decoration made with Hershey's chocolate nuggets.

Stamp Camp on June 13th is completely full but to see my swap cards in person, register for my May 28th Sweet and Simple Card class   The cards we will be doing will be masculine themed.  We can all use some cards that are appropriate for the men in our life.  I can't wait to see you in person and all orders on that evening will make sure you get a new catalogue with your order!  Woot!  Trust me, you want a copy of the new catalogue in your hands!

As I was drooling over the card samples and looking at everyone else's swaps, Kevin stood off to the side and looked really bored.  So I told him he should go off and find someone to hang out with.  He was off in a flash and I heard he hooked up with his buddy Dave and Scott and enjoyed the ocean and beach.  :-)
We met up for lunch with my friend Jennifer Cotton from Texas and her husband.  We wandered the streets looking for food.  
This is where we ate.  

It wasn't even a building.  It was some picnic tables in an alleyway between two buildings.  I had some awesome teriyaki chicken with rice.  None of us were accustomed to eating in an alleyway and there were plenty of jokes about the fear of getting food poisoning but all was well and it was yet another memorable experience on this great incentive trip. 

Another treat I enjoyed was a Dole Pineapple soft serve ice cream.  So yummy!
I can't believe the trip is almost over.  Last night was the final night event.   Each year Stampin' Up! does something different to mark the last night of an incentive trip and make it special.  This year we were able to tour the USS Missouri.  It was on this battleship that the instrument of surrender terminating the Second World War was signed on Sept. 2, 1945.  It was so interesting.

Of course you can't have a private Stampin' Up! event without a few special touches like the snacks. (love our chevron gift bags!...on sale now as a retiring product...visit my online store!)
The actual document that was signed signifying the end of World War II

Dinner on the dock consisted of a BBQ meal with all you can eat burgers, dogs, noodles, BBQ chicken, corn, salad, and dessert.  I was really full!

The final night event is always a bit bittersweet because it is sad that such a perfect trip has to end but of course feeling so blessed and grateful for every single experience.
Here's the final pillow gift I found when I returned to the room.

It was a beautiful sterling silver necklace with a freshwater pearl and Hawaiian hibiscus flower.

We are heading home today but our flight is late and appears to have been delayed even later so we are going to try to enjoy some last few rays of tropical sunshine. 

Saturday, May 16, 2015

A hike and a Luau

The time in Hawaii is flying  by so fast!   Here's what we did yesterday:
The day started off with an early bus ride to Diamond Head Park.  We did a great hike to the summit and the view was beautiful.  These pictures do not do it justice at all.

Then back to the hotel to wash up and hit the hospitality suite to eat some candy and spin the prize wheel for more new Stampin' Up! product.
Lunch time!  Where should we go?  Let's wander around the streets until something strikes our fancy.  Oh!  A restaurant called "Da Big Kahuna"  Sounds good!  It turns out I wouldn't really call it a restaurant.  It was more like a bar...but it was happy hour and our simple meal and Kevin's beer was half price!

We were really looking forward to the evening because we had arranged to go to a Luau with our friends Sandy and Dave.  Kevin and I met Sandy and Dave on our very first incentive trip a few years back and it was also Sandy's first trip.  We had so much in common and the guys hit it off so well so we made sure to set some time together on this trip.  
From what a gather, a Luau is a party, Hawaiian style.  

There were all different activities to enjoy such as tattoo painting,

Weaving palm leaves into a headpiece was another activity.  We also did some kind of Hawaiian lawn bowling activity and watched the workers pull a roast big out of their special inground oven.

After the activities, there was a yummy dinner and then a show of polynesian culture and dancing.
Audience involvement was encouraged so Kevin and Dave went up on stage to learn the hula dance.
They even received their own certificate for doing a great job.

Another blessed and beautiful day here in Hawaii!  Stay tuned for more of our adventures!

Friday, May 15, 2015

Sights of Hawaii!

Yesterday the plan was to do nothing.  The only thing on the agenda was a meet and greet with the corporate team in the evening.
Just thought I would share some of the pictures from yesterday.
Every day breakfast is served in a large banquet hall.  The fresh watermelon and pineapple is my favourite.

  Since the plan was to do's pictures of us doing nothing except relaxing by the pool.

Then after doing nothing at the pool, Kevin and I decided to walk around the markets and streets.  I found it so strange that I kept seeing obama souvenirs.  Obama beach towels, obama key chains etc.  I think Obama must have been from Hawaii at some point.  Really?  It's appropriate to have the president of the united states on a miniture key chain wearing a lei?
When I saw the obama bobble heads I nearly killed myself laughing.  

Where can you buy your obama hawaii souvenirs?  At an ABC store of course.  ABC stores are all over hawaii.  It seems there is one ABC store every few minutes of walking.  ABC stores sell everything from deli sandwiches, t shirts, postcards, soft drinks and...obama trinkets.  

Kevin seems to be having a good time.
The daily pillow gifts are such a treat!  Yesterday I received a Hawaiian quilted cosmetic bag.

The evening meet and greet was on the 29th floor of the hotel in the presidential suite.  Here's the view from the 29th floor.

Here were the yummy desserts.  Do you spy what's in the middle?
Yummy Macarons!!!!
I had a great time chatting with the corporate team members.  Here's a picture with Amy Swartz (VP of marketing and sales) and Sara Douglass (interim CEO)
And of course lots of laughs with Dale Hampshire (Canadian Business Manager) and his wife Carla.

Feeling so grateful to be here!  More later!