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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Part 2

I'm a little behind in my blogging. Getting caught up on classes, workshops and team meetings. So, I'm ready now to catch you all up on part two of our Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise incentive trip. I left off in beautiful Junea, where we had such a great time. Next stop was Skagway, Alaska. This was my most favorite of all days. We started off early in the morning-7:00 am to catch the White Pass Railway train that would take us all the way up to the Yukon. The Yukon is actually in Canada, so we had to have our passports with us.


Ready for our 3 hour tour.



This railroad began construction in 1898 during the Klondike Gold Rush. The railroad linked Skagway to Whitehorse, the Capitol of the Yukon.


The railroad is 107 miles in length and was completed in 1900 as a means of reaching the gold fields.


The scenery was absolutely stunning. We were literally driving on the edge of the mountain. Kind of scary when we looked up at the mountain, after the fact.


So very close to the edge... oh my, thats a long drop.



I think I found Big Foot... can you see the shadow in the middle of this photo? Hmmm...


Gorgeous views at every turn.


We were able to stand outside between the railroad cars whenever we wanted. Loved the view from here.




This was an old part of the track, no longer in use... thank goodness. ;)


This is how close we were to the edge. This shot was looking straight down from where we were sitting on the train.


We took the coach on the way back. It was kind of scary- we had a 22 year old, driving and talking with her hands, while driving down the super winding cliff side road back to Skagway. But we did make it back safe and sound. We stopped to take a photo when we crossed back into Alaska from the Yukon.





US port of entry back into Skagway, Alaska.


Beautiful Scenery on the bus trip back down.


Little houses and a 120 year old log cabin in Skagway. Its a very expensive place to live, with only about 1500 residents. Average price of homes are $350,00 to $500,000, just like the ones seen here.


The little Log Cabin in town, 120 years old.


Waterfalls are everywhere. Here's a random one on a hillside going into town.


Main Street, Skagway where we ate and did a little shopping.


Alaska is known for its many totem poles carved by Native Americans and Alaskans.


The most photographed building in Skagway. Arctic Brotherhood Hall was built in 1899 from 8,800 pieces of driftwood.


Thats all for our first half of the day in Skagway. We then hopped on a helicopter and flew to Denver Glacier to dog sled.

That is Part 3 of our trip, which I will blog about next. So be sure to come back to read all about it!

Until then, here's a little sneak peek of products in the New Holiday Catalog, coming in September!


These are some of the items, our co-founder, Shelli Gardner demonstrator on the ship.


How cool is the new corrigated emboss folder? Looks like a log cabin, doesn't it?


That's all for now, folks.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Incentive Trip

If you follow me on Facebook or Instagram, most likely you've seen and heard most everything about the Stampin Up Alaskan Incentive trip that I'd earned. I first want to give a huge "shout out" to all my wonderful, supportive and amazing customers that helped me earn this cruise! You are truly the best of the best!

I'll share several photos over the next few posts as well as some sneak peeks of new products coming in September!

We flew into Seattle, where we boarded the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. This has been a dream vacation destination for my son for as long as I can remember. So, he was my guest as well as my daughter, who loves to travel as much as I do. My youngest son was working an internship for school and did not want to miss work, so he made the tough decision not to go. My husband also did not go because he had missed so much work with his shoulder surgery and couldn't miss any more. He had gone on the last SU Alaskan Cruise, so all was good.

Our cabin


The Promenade


The first night we got aquainted with the ship, had dinner and attended the Stampin' Up Welcome Reception. Lots of great appetizers, slushy drinks and a warm welcome from our co-founder, Shelli Gardner.



Back at the room, we received our first pillow gifts from Stampin' Up... A logo bag and some new Holiday designer paper! (sneak peek alert)


Oh wait, that was the second nights pillow gift.... this was the first nights gifts... Stampin Up logo jackets. These are so awesome and so soft!


The next day was a sea day and Stampin Up's General Session. We heard about upcoming promotions, saw new products and won prizes and give aways! Maci and I also visited the spa- as it was her birthday!


One of our gifts- The Take Your Pick Tool- coming in September!


Happy Birthday Maci! The dining staff had a cake, music and a song prepared just for her big day.



Stampin Up always has a "hospitality" room for us on the trips. They have snacks, candy, new product displays, card and scrapbook samples, as well as prizes and an opportunity to chat with the SU Executive Team.


Lots and lots of Candy...


Photo Opportunities- the room was all rustic with an Alaskan camping theme.


The next day, we docked in Juneau. It is said to be the most beautiful State Capitol in the US. I can totally see why. Its actually and island and can only be accessed by boat or plane.


Chase had a fishing excursion planned and Maci and I hiked to Mendenhall Glacier, rode the Mt. Roberts tramway, had a Salmon Bake picnic and shopped. 

Mendenhall Glacier is the largest glacier accessable by land. It is amazingly gorgeous!




The Mendenhall Glacier is 13.6 miles long and is part of the Tongass National Forest, which is the largest National Forest in the United States at 16.7 million acres. Its also a rain forest!


Nugget Falls at the Glacier. This waterfall drops 377 feet and we walked right up to it and put our hands in the water. Its breathtakingly beautiful!






Maci and I then enjoyed a quiet mountain picnic where we were served a delicious meal of grilled salmon, chicken and Alaskan blueberry cobbler, while a musician strummed his guitar and sang to us.



Next we went back into Juneau and rode the Mt Roberts Tramway. It took us up 1800 feet for a spectacular view of Juneau.


This is a view of the tramway car from the ship. If you look real close, you can see the tiny car floating in the trees.


We didn't know it at the time, but our friends Cindy and Lynsay were in the car, on their way back down.


View on the way up..


It only took us a few minutes to get to the top. However, we had to wait in line 45 minutes to get back down. Good thing we didn't wait until the end of the day to ride, or we would have missed the boat!


We shopped and then decided to have Alaskan King Crab legs for dinner. Oh my, they were delicious. I won't even tell you how much they cost us... in Alaska, no less. We each had one leg and that was just enough to satisfy us.


Meanwhile, Chase was heading back from his fishing trip. He caught Halibut and Flounder. I asked him to take lots of pictures. He took 4. We didn't get to see photos of the whales, seals, bald eagles and all the fish that he saw, but we did at least get to see him with his Halibut. Nice catch, don't you agree?


He had the best time. This fishing trip was a big highlight for him and I'm so happy he was able to enjoy it!

What a beautiful view he had from the fishing boat.


Maci and I wanted to squeeze in one last thing before meeting Chase back at the ship. My friend, Heather was born in Juneau and she tipped me off to the new whale sculpture that had just been completed in Juneau. We jumped in an Uber (there was only one in Junuea) and took a ride to the park where the whale sculpture was displayed.


The whale is life size, complete with spouting water and colored lights at night. It seriously looks so real!



Well, that's Juneau in a quick post-there is more to come. I'll sign off with a couple display boards from the Stampin Up Hospitality room, which was dubbed, Stampers Base Camp.

Enjoy these swaps from top demonstrators around the world!




Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next time...

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Kick off to my 20 Year Anniversary Celebration

As you may know by now, I am celebrating 20 years with Stampin' Up! I can not believe its been that long. I have to say its been an amazing journey. I've met so many wonderful people, customers, team members and fellow demonstrators that have become great friends and people that I love and admire.If not for Stampin' Up, I would not have met most of them!

I kicked off my anniversary celebration at my team meeting last week as well as a little party will some of my stampin friends at class.

Check out the awesome cake that my friend Mary brought to our team meeting. It was beautiful and so delicious too!


I had yummy snacks for my team meeting and my Thursday night ladies as well.


A strip of designer paper makes the water bottles look so much prettier, don't you think?


I also decorated some cupcakes using the Tabs for Everything stamp set and the Circle Tab Punch.


These are little gift bags I made for all the girls that attended my team meeting that night. I used the Pansy Punch and the Leaf Punch.



We also had some fun stamping, swapping and winning prizes. This is one of the cards that we made. Its a new set coming in June. Actually.... this will be one of the "special" Share What You Love, bundles that can be pre ordered in May. All bundles come with FREE product as well. Look for the announcement in May!


We also celebrated during my Thursday night class.


Here's Tammy with two of the cards she made. See previous posts for details on both of these cards.


We used "Let the Good Times Roll" stamp set and dies to create this cute roller coaster card.


The ink colors used were: pumpkin pie, real read, emerald envy, tempting turquoise, soft sky, daffodil delight and basic black. Cardstock colors were whisper white and tempting turquoise. It was so fun to make!

Sharen really enjoyed making her cards, as you can see.


Details on the Party Hat card, coming later this week, so check back soon.

It was a fun week of celebrating. In addition I had this handsome guy to celebrate. Yes, I was 8 months pregnant with him when I signed up with Stampin' Up, all those years ago!


Thanks to everyone who has made these past 20 years so special. I appreciate your love and support!!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Stampin' Up Barn Door Stamps and Dies

I have some fun cards to share with you today, made with the new Stampin' Up Barn Door Bundle.

Its such a fun set to play with. I've created 3 different designs and one of them we will make at Card Class this week. Yay!

The first card is also made with the " This Little Piggy" stamp set. I thought it would be fun to put the piggy in the barn. It works perfectly with this set. I will post a Stampin' Up video below, showing just how to make a barn door card with the Barn Door Bundle. So scroll to the bottom of this post to see it.

The cardstock that I used is whisper white and basic black and also the Woodgrain Designer Series paper. The inks are smoky slate, crumb cake, pink pirouette, and the memento black pad.


I colored in the pig with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers. I used both the smoky slate and pink pirouette sets of markers.

If you watch the video below, you will also get a list of the "behind the scenes" items that were used to put this card together. I will also post the supply list below.


I used the Stampin Write water based markers to color directly on the wreath stamp in crumb cake, pink pirouette and basic black.

How cool is this? The door slides back and forth to reveal the message. The whisper white piece that has the pig/message stamped on it is 41/4" x 2 1/2". The card base is 5 1/2 x 4 1/4.  The door is cut out with a framelit from the barn door set.



This is the card that we will be making at Card Class this week:


I hope the card class girls like it!


The colors are whisper white, crumb cake and basic black- same for the inks as well as cherry cobbler. I also used the Hardwood Background stamp for the card base. Same measurements as above.


I colored the wreath, the same way as above... using the early espresso and cherry cobbler Stampin' Write markers.



It's so fun to slide the door back and forth!


Here are both cards:


And slide...


One last quick card that I made while I had extra pieces to use up...


The inks on the sign, greeting and flowers are dapper denim, calyso coral and marina mist.



Hope you liked my Barn Door Trio! And don't forget, its SALE A BRATION (click on brochure on my side bar) For Every $50 order, you will receive a FREE Sale a bration item!

Thanks for stopping by.

Until the next time...

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Click on the video to view the details of putting together a Barn Door Card:


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Magical Day and a Bit of Brusho

Oh my goodness. I had so much fun creating this mermaid card today. I went a little wild and over the top, but, that's the way I roll.

The Magical Day stamp set and coordinating Magical Mates dies are absolutely fabulous! You may have passed this set by in the Occasions catalog, thinking its just for kids. But, I'm here to tell you, first of all, YES, the kids in your family will absolutely LOVE receiving cards made with this set, and secondly, YOU will love making cards and scrapbook pages with this charming suite. The stamps, dies, designer paper, glimmer paper and washi tape- they all coordinate and look amazing together!

So, here's the card. There is something else super cool about this card, that I will point out, in a minute. Are you seeing it?


Did you notice the turquoise and the iridescent glimmer paper? Its from the new Myths and Magic glimmer paper pack. So, I thought it would be cool to try the new Brusho on the iridescent glimmer paper! It turned out so cool. I sprinkled 5-6 shakes of the Prussian Blue Brusho onto the dry glimmer paper. I then spritzed it with water a few times from about 8" away. Then, I took a paper towel and sopped up the excess water. Viola! It looks awesome! You saw it HERE FIRST folks. Can't wait to play with the brusho on glimmer paper with more colors as well.



I cut the waves and the mermaids with the Magical Mates dies. I didn't want the waves lined up perfectly straight, so I offset them a little. The Mermaids were colored with the Stampin Blends Alcohol Markers.


I used silver emboss powder to emboss the Magical day greeting and cut it out with the dies.


Can you see the little Clear Glitter Epoxy bubble's?

I added a bunch.. I love these little bubbles. So perfect for under the sea.

I adore these little mermaids. I couldn't decide if I liked the blonde, brunette or redhead better, so I used all three!


I used a LOT of ribbon on this card. I wanted to tie in all the sparkly colors of the card with the ribbon colors.


I kept the inside very simple... as the outside was so over the top.


This card sparkles and glitters from every angle. I wish you could see it in person.


I used so many dimensionals on this super layered up, magical card. I think I set a record.


Three little Mermaids wishing you a Magical Day. It doesn't get much better than that.


I hope you, go back a take a look at the Magical Day stamp set in the Occasions Catalog. *link on sidebar* Its not just for kids (who by the way, think this is the best set ever!) its for us big people too!


I'll have more Brusho creations for you later this week. So stop back again!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Valentine with a fun Surprise inside

Another valentine card made and ready to be given to someone sweet. I used the Heart Happiness stamp set and coordinating Sweet and Sassy framelits. Because, as you know, I LOVE Valentines and hearts and pretty paper!

I only used one ink pad on this card- calypso coral. It looks like the heart has more than one color, but that is because of the unique carving of this beautiful stamp.


The cardstock used is whisper white, pink pirouette and melon mambo. I also used the gorgeous Painted with Love designer paper and Gold Glimmer paper.


I used the new gold tinsel trim to make a bow and attached an Enamel Glitter Dot over the knot in the ribbon.


So, do you want to see what's inside?


A cute little "pop up" heart <3


For instructions on how to make a pop up heart: click here to view a previous post.

I can't get enough of this beautiful designer paper..


The verse is borrowed from the Painted Palette stamp set.


I hope you are having fun making your valentines for next month.

Thanks again for stopping by!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!



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