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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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 ….

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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).

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

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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

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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

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

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

Have a great day …

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