Sunday, May 1, 2016

All about the Open Sea

Last week was so exciting!  I received my travel packet from Stampin' Up! for the upcoming incentive trip that I earned last year.  Myself and one guest are being treated to an all inclusive vacation of a Mediterranean Cruise aboard the Norwegian Epic.  Thank you so much to all of you who stamped with me last year and helped me earn this trip of a lifetime.

In typical Stampin' Up! style, the travel packet was beautiful.

My guest on this trip will be my youngest son.  He's never been on a Stampin' Up! trip.  He was thrilled to see his name on the name badge and he told me he thought the travel packet was very "fancy"

I received this pretty handmade invitation in my travel packet.  It used the Open Sea stamp set which is retiring.
I can't believe it's leaving.  It's one of my "go to" masculine sets.
I guess it's also perfect when you are sending someone an invitation to dine with you on a cruise ship!  :-)

Here's a card that we made at class last week using the Open Sea Stamp set.  The intricate detail on the stamps amaze me every time!
Don't miss picking up this stamp set before it's gone! Shop today on my online store! 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Mediterranean Achievers Blog Hop April 2016

Welcome to the Grand Vacation Achievers Blog Hop for April!  Thanks for popping in and seeing what we are creating this month!
The theme for this month is Baby Love.
You may just be starting the hop here on my blog: I'm Genevieve Ko! Or you may have hopped here from the previous blog.  If you get off track at any time, the full line up of names is below so you can just check out the list and carry on!

I don't make a lot of baby cards anymore as many of my friends are past that stage however when I was playing with the Memories in the Making Project Life Card Collection, baby cards came to mind.
This project life card collection has beautiful colours.
Check out what I created.

The card uses the retiring zoo babies stamp set (shop online to get it before it's gone!) It was so easy!  I just stamped using basic grey onto one of the Memories in the Making project life cards.  
The card base is pink pirouette embossed with the Large Polka Dot embossing folder.  A little tea lace doily peeking out the bottom seemed to add a touch of sweetness for baby. 

Have you ever seen the treasures in a Project Life by Stampin Up! accessory pack?  The accessory packs are true gems full of beauty! There are wooden elements, washi tape, elements that can be coloured...

I saw these cute little squares in the accessory pack and decided they must be used.  So, I made a little pop out feature on the inside of the card.

Of course, baby needs a memory album as well.  Don't forget the front of the album can be decorated with the Memories in the Making cards and accessories as well! 

Hope these projects inspired you to create for baby today!  

Remember to head to the person after me on the list so you can see other great baby themed projects. Thanks for dropping in! 

Monday, April 25, 2016

Oh my goodies retiring!

It's a bittersweet time when the retiring list comes out.  You feel sad that some favourite stamp sets have to leave but there's some underlying excitement that new things will come.

Here is a lovely swap card I received from Cathy P
It uses the Oh my Goodies stamp set which is retiring.

Don't forget to check out the retiring list HERE

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Some stamping, some divas

Just wanted to share some pictures from this past week. 
On Wednesday I did a private stamping class for a group of people that work together. It was super fun! They all did a great job stamping and of course they were all thrilled that the gentleman won the raffle prize! In case you are wondering, he did a great job stamping too! I bet his mom will love the Mother's Day card he made!

Friday I had some team girls over for the quarterly diva dinner. Of course I couldn't wait to show them my swaps I received from the on stage convention and I had prepared a make n take using a new, not yet released stamp set called pun intended. 

This evening is meant to be a pampering, social gathering. I couldn't believe it but there were almost 30 ladies who attended! I've never cooked for that many people before! I kept the meal simple and there was enough food for everyone. Whew!

Hope you enjoyed these pictures! Remember, the new catalogue is coming which means this is your last chance to grab those retiring stamps and accessories before they are gone! Go to my online store to check it all out!

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Home Sweet Home

Now that I'm back home, I thought I'd share some more photos from the final day at the Stampin' Up! onstage live convention.  The fun and friendship just continued on.

More prizes...

Dinner with wonderful friends.  The gentleman in the back is Dale Hampshire, manager of Stampin' Up! Canada.  I invited him to join our final evening dinner because he is so much fun to talk with and he loves demonstrator chatter.
He was also the talk of the convention since he came on stage rocking a hawaiian shirt and danced his heart out before his appointed job of announcing various recognition awards.
Us Canadian demonstrators were pretty proud as it was clear that he was one of the coolest stampin' up staff members around!

I was so happy to meet Hattie.  She had connected with me over email a while back and I was so happy to meet her in person as we share the common profession of Occupational Therapy.  It was so fun to talk with her.  We could talk about stamping and switch over to O.T. all in one conversation.

Alas, all good things must come to an end and I had to say farewell to On stage 2016.  There was a challenge to come up with a 6 month stampin' goal to add a new event each month.  I was trying really hard to come up with a goal but as you can see all I had was a blank piece of paper and chips.

I was so happy to return home to my craft cave and do some stamping.  It's practically torture to go to a stampin' convention and be surrounded by so much inspiration and not be able to sit down and start stamping whatever I want.

I was also happy to be home so I could see my daughter at her basketball game.  I missed her first game when I was away.  There was no way I was missing her next game!

As a perk of attending the convention, I was able to preorder some new catalogue product ahead of other demonstrators.  As you can see, I expedited my parcel and it just arrived earlier this week.  Somebody knew i would be very happy to receive this box.  Check out the happy face that someone drew!
Stay tuned, I'm sure I will be playing with the new goodies soon!

For this week's Watch it Wednesday, enjoy the highlights video.  If you don't blink, you'll see a message I wrote on the home office inspiration white board! 
Hope you can come enjoy some stamping with me soon!  Make sure to check out my events

Saturday, April 16, 2016

On Stage Happenings

So much has happened since the Stampin Up convention (called On Stage) has started. Here's some pictures to give you a feel of what it's like.

First on the agenda was a home office tour.  This is where big decisions are what stamps will not make the new catalogue, or what the new in colours will be.

This is also where there warehouse is so all those beautiful stampin up boxes filled with stampin' supplies are shipped from here.  

In case you thought the home office would be an industrial, cold looking facility, here's some pictures.

Just like Stampin' Up! products, the office is beautiful and makes you feel right at home.

The spa even had a special shower with 17 shower heads.  The staff member said it was like a human car wash.  I couldn't help but try it of course.  I ended up laughing hysterically because there were so many jets and so many knobs to control each jet, I was overwhelmed and stunned as I didn't know which knob would activate which jet and water would come spraying unexpectedly at me.  
Okay.  You just had to be there. It's too hard to describe the hysterical laughing. 

The next day the general session began.  It's not a boring or dry experience.  It is exactly the opposite.  There was a live band to welcome us.  We dance to the energetic music as we mingle around and swap cards with others.  We find old friends and squeal and hug and exchange handmade gifts and cards.  We meet new friends too! 
There is a whole crazy Stampin' culture.  It's quite common to see girls on the same team wearing team shirts.  These team shirts cracked me up.  In case you can't read it, it says:
I'm so crafty I sweat glitter.

It's absolutely impossible to be unhappy at a Stampin' Up! convention.

Speaking of meeting old friends, I saw the camera man that was working when I was presenting at the convention last July.  Having done my presentation over and over again last July, I sure saw Dennis the camera man a lot.
We both immediately recognized each other!
What's a Stampin' Up! event without prize patrol?  We all got a button with a Stampin' Up! colour.  My colour was called first so I won the very first prize patrol!  (Sorry I'm bound by policy to not show any new catalogue stuff so I can't show my prize!)

Myself with Mindy and my friend Linda from Kansas who I've dubbed honourary Team S.T.I.C  :-)

The evening was a beautiful formal dinner at the Grand America hotel. 

Last night someone organized a dinner just for those who have served on Stampin' Up!'s  Advisory Board over the years. It was a fun 70's theme.  Check out the cute treat box favours using the beautiful ride stamp set in the spring catalogue. 

Can't forget the swapping....I got some amazing samples!  Can't wait to show you!
Myself and Dawn Griffith holding up numbers to represent the year we served on the Advisory board.

Today is the last day, I'll be heading home tomorrow armed with the new catalogue and loads of project ideas.  If you want to be one of the first to see the new catalogue and play with the goodies, make sure to sign up for the June New Catalogue stamp camp.  
Also, club members and past hostesses, mark your calendar for June 5th for the annual Hostess appreciation event!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Rock n Roll Stamping Technique

Hopefully by the time you see this I will be in Salt Lake City for the Stampin' Up! Onstage Live event.  The main highlight will be getting the new catalogue in my hot hands.
I suspect I will be drooling a lot and making a shopping list.

I'm sorry you're not with me to enjoy it but why don't you take out your stamps and play?

For today's watch it Wednesday video, I thought I'd share this video from Stampin' Up! on the rock and roll technique.  I love how this technique of using two ink colours brings such depth to stamped images.

This was an old favourite of mine but I haven't used it in a while.  This video inspired me!
I hope it inspired you!