Cruising Fun and Sneak Peek!!

Hello Stampin’ Friends ~

Last night we had a wonderful dinner in the dining room and meet some wonderful people at our table. I went outside of my comfort zone and ordered some fried calamari … a little chewy but it was good.

We also went down to the Hospitality Room to say “hi” to fellow demonstrators and to “Spin the Wheel” …. whoo hooo, I won a die set from the upcoming holiday catalog.  When returning to our room in the evening we were presented with a beautiful pillow gift … a leather bag / back pack and some new black dimensionals … oh yes, you heard me … black!! That will be great when working with our darker cardstocks!!

What do you think of the new CUP OF CHEER die set? I love the little mugs and candy canes, and of course it coordinates with they oh so cute … CUP OF CHRISTMAS Stamp Set.  Yes, it comes in a bundle too!! It was a wonderful evening, but I crashed at 8:30!! lol

Today we are at sea … not such a bad view to wake up to this morning, and to top off this beautiful view …

… we will be joining our fellow demonstrators for our General Session, where we get to see new product demonstrations using the Holiday Catalog goodies, WIN some PRIZES from the Holiday Catalog and then we GET the Holiday Catalog!!

Tonight is formal night so time to get dolled up and sit down for an amazing meal, then I’ll go through my photos from our General Session so I can post more sneak peeks with you tomorrow!

Till then, have a wonderful day, and thank you for checking out my blog!  Don’t forget my “Cat’s Away” Sale … CLICK HERE for details.


On the Road Again …

Hello stampin’ Friends ~

Today is the day (finally) that I head out to Shreveport, LA for our Stampin’ Up! OnStage event. I’m so excited … I also get bonding time with my daughter.  She signed up as a demonstrator and now we are heading out together!

No flying out this time … we are taking our time and exploring our great country on the way down. I’m on the road again!!  This photo is from an escape this January, when Eileen and I retreated to Door County for our annual planning event where we work on upcoming events and our Spring Retreat.

I love this road … you usually see photos of it in a frenzy of fall colors, so of course … I had to catch this snowy view! We shouldn’t be seeing any snow on our trip this time, however …

Another photo while we were out and about around Baileys Harbor … I love taking pictures of unique things. I was hoping to find an ice covered Lighthouse but so such luck. It had been a pretty cloudy day but then …

We got a blast of sunshine, so I had to get another shot.  Little did I know at the time I took the photo that there was such a beautiful display of color.  My favorite … the little heart in the center of the photo. It just warms my heart!

So … I’ll be sharing pics from my Roadtrip to Shreveport when we return. Thank you for spending your time with me today as I reflected on my last escape.

Have a warm and wonderful day ~

Sail Away …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today’s card share begins with the Traveler stamp set, so sit back, relax and enjoy the trip.

I started with Early Espresso as my base color and then added Crumb Cake and a pop of Very Vanilla.  Our background stamp is the “World Map” … the edges were sponged to created a softer, yet aged look.


I used the 2-1/2″ circle punch to create the focal point of my card and highlight the ship.  So I’d be ready to go … I cut out my passport and luggage with our “very sharp” paper snips.  It makes trimming around the baggage (hehehe) easy breezy!

I stayed with the neutral colors but you could go all out and really add some color to this card by coloring the background like a world map!  Have fun with it.

Thanks for stopping by… and enjoy today!




Come fly with me …

Hello Stampin’ Friends,

Today I wanted to share a bit of my Stampin’ Up! incentive trip with you … if not for you, I would not get to experience all these wonderful places.  Our destination … Sunny San Diego!

We are on our way and flying over the Grand Canyon.  Even from the airplane the view is spectacular.


We had a smooooth landing, in fact, after I got done saying so, the pilot told us too!

This is our hotel … the US GRANT.  A San Diego Icon since 1910, the palatial US GRANT hotel is situated in the city’s lively and historic downtown Gaslamp Quarter.


This is our room … yes, Stampin’ Up! spoils us.  And yes, I did have to try out the bed… awesome.  Really, count them, there are 7 pillows on that bed!


Once we settled in at the hotel, we decided to get something to eat.  Eileen had promised her grandson that she would try fish taco’s … so off we were to find a place that served fish.  There are soooooooooooo many restaurants in the Gaslamp district it’s hard to choose one.  We chose ….


Eileen had her fish taco’s and I tried Grilled Mai-Mai, it was the best meal I had the whole trip (and there were many).


As full as we were, we tried a new dessert ….


You guessed it, the Butterscotch pudding with the rum!  Oh my gosh … it was awesome!  Warm caramel and sweet with that touch of sea salt.  If you’re ever in San Diego … I would recommend a stop at Spike Africa’s.  (No … they did not pay me to say that) LOL


We walked back to the hotel and then off to the mall to check it out. Not really in a shopping mood, we walked back to the hotel.

We had dinner across the street at the Yard House, they are known for their selection of beers.  I tried one from Hawaii … not bad, and the burger was awesome.

Once back to our hotel … there was a “pillow gift” left on my bed


A beautiful vase as a remembrance of our stay in San Diego.   Let me say, Stampin’ Up! does it right.


Hope you enjoyed my first day in San Diego, and “THANK YOU” for making it possible.

Have a great day …

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