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Stampin Up First Frost Wreath

There are so many lovely possibilites with the First Frost stamp set and dies. For this card, I decided to make a wreath as the focal point of my card.

I used night of navy and mint macaron cardstock as well as the Frosted Floral designer paper. This paper has a pearlized shimmer all over. It is stunning. So hard to catch it in a photo, though.

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I used the large Stitched Circle Framelit in very vanilla as my "guide" and placed the foliage all around it.

The ink colors are night of navy, blackberry bliss and blushing bride.

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I placed a matching pearl, rhinestone or gem in the middle of each flower for a little more sparkle, than tied it with a night of navy gingham ribbon across the bottom.

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Such a sweet card for a wedding, graduation, new job or birthday card.

Have you bought this set yet? Its so gorgeous, and the shading of the stamps is perfect- one ink stamping and wow, 2-3 shades in one!

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Big Shot
$110.00

Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise- Part 4 and some display cards!

Well, the last place I left off on the Alaskan trip was in Skagway, where we had the White Pass Railway train ride and then the amazing helicopter flight to the Denver Glacier to ride a dog sled and meet the sweet Alaskan huskies.

So, the next day was a sea day, and we were in Tracy Arm Fjord, which is located 45 miles south of Juneau. It was glorious and so peaceful to witness all the beauty of nature while sitting on our balcony of the ship.

We woke up bright and early to sit on our balcony and have coffee as we entered the fjord.

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Tracy Arm fjord lies within the Tongass National Forest that I talked about in part 3 of our trip.

It consists of two deep and narrow fjords: Tracy Arm and Endicott Arm and covers over 650,000 acres.

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What a sight to wake up to.

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The suns reflection on the water was stunning. You can see the glacier in the distance, it was still a little dark, but check out the blue ice to the left - its a little more prominent here.

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Chunks of ice floating everywhere.

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We made our way up to the top deck of this ship and pulled up a couple lounge chairs. We had a fabulous view from the back of the ship where we just relaxed and enjoyed the scenery.

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Waterfalls were everywhere we looked. Some high, some low, but all so amazing.

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I could have sat on the deck all day. We were only in the fjord from 7 am- noon that day, but we enjoyed every minute!

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I think Chase was glad that he bought new binoculars before we came to Alaska. We were able to see a lot of wildlife in those mountains.

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This photo below was actually early in the morning.. still a little dark out but still a beautiful sight.

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It was an absolutely breath-taking morning on the fjord. There's truly nothing like it.

Check out this wall of fog later in the day- it looked so cool. The captian blew the fog horn every few minutes as we passed through.

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We did a lot of fun things while we were at sea. Played Trivia, went to the spa (several times) attended a Mystery Dinner Theatre, watched a magic show, gathered with friends and did some fun Stampin' Up! stuff.

80's Trivia was so fun. We didn't win, but I learned that my kids know more about music that I grew up with, than I do!

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This was the first time we've done a Mystery Dinner Theatre. It was a blast- so fun and so hilarious!

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The cast was so entertaining, we loved them!

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Always doing something unexpected and fun.

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 Maci just happened to be wearing a bright yellow outfit that matched Big Teddy.

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The Advisory Board gals had a special little event while we were on the ship. These are my "sisters" and some of my most favorite people!

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I feel blessed to be a part of this special group of amazing women.

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Cute favors made by my friend Cindy Baughman, which were given out at our event on the ship.

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These were our awesome table mates every night on the cruise. We made some new friends and had some great conversation each night, comparing our adventures of the day.

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A histerical magic show and pretty great magic too.

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 And of course more card displays and samples in the Stampers Base Camp.

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Well, that's all for now folks. Next stop, Victoria, British Columbia- yes it really is as royally beautiful as they say it is.

Stay tuned for Part 5.

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Stampin' Up! Country Home stamp set

Are you ready for another beautiful card made with the charming Country Home stamp set? I adore this set. Its so easy to color with the Stampin' Blends alcohol markers or even the watercolor pencils or aqua painters. But, for now, I'm loving it with the Stampin' Blends.

I used some brighter colors of fall for this "thank you" card. Pool party and blackberry bliss are the main cardstock colors as well as whisper white. I also used a strip of designer paper from the Frosted Floral paper pack.

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The new Galvanized Metallic paper looks amazing embossed with the new Tin Tile emboss folder. I made the tin tile look more rustic and worn by rubbing my memento black ink pad across it. Then I buffed off any excess ink with a paper towel.

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The blends colors are pool party, daffodil delight, highland heather, old olive, blackberry bliss and crumb cake. The crumb cake was used to shade the little puffs of cotton.

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I also used a few silver metallic pearls to accent the thanks tag and the highland heather flower. An oval framelit from the Layering Oval Framelits collection frames the rustic pitcher, perfectly.

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A strip of gorgeous grape striped ribbon ties it all together. I actually wrapped a piece of ribbon around the tin tile and then used another piece of ribbon to make the bow, which I attached with a mini glue dot.

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For the cool background, I used my new favorite Buffalo Check background stamp inked in pool party ink. I love these purples and blues and greens together with a tiny pop of yellow! 

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Here's a quick run down of the cardstock sizes: Blackberry Bliss 5 1/2 x 4 1/4 card.

Whisper white: 4 x 5 1/4, Pool Party: 3 3/4 x 5, Galvenized silver: 2x4, Frosted Floral designer paper: 1 1/4 x 3 3/4

This is definitely a set that I would recommend for making your fall, spring or even summer greeting cards!

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Glue Dots
$5.25

Stampin' Up! First Frost Stamp Set- Simple & Elegant

One of my favorite suites in the New Stampin' Up! Holiday Catalog is the First Frost suite. It is simply, gorgeous in every way.

The stamp set, framelits as well as the beautiful shimmery designer paper is breath-taking.

I've designed a card that is really very easy to make, yet looks so elegant.

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I used blackberry bliss, mossy meadow, soft seafoam, and tranquil tide inks. I also used tranquil tide and soft seafoam cardstock as well.

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Here's a look at the way I stamped the card before adding the greeting and the die cut rose.

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I stamped the 3 flowers first, starting with the middle one, then stamped the soft seafoam stems, and mossy meadow ferns.

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For the splatter, I dipped an aqua painter brush into a few drops of tranquil tide re-inker and tapped the barrel of the aqua painter over the cardstock until I achieved the desired effect. I also added the new Frosted Droplets and a couple Faceted Dots.

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It really was so easy to create and I even did a little die cutting for the tag and rose.

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I created this card for a swap and will also be using a version of it at my next Card Class.

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Here's a whole bunch of beautiful First Frost cards, ready to be sent to the post office!

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I'm so glad the blackberry bliss was brought back- aren't you?

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Check out the products used, down below. This should definitely be on your list if you love flowers.

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Big Shot
$110.00

How to Color using Blends with Stampin' Up's Country Home stamp set.

I am having a ball, coloring and creating with the new Country Home stamp set in the Stampin' Up Holiday Catalog.

I really only bought this set because I didn't have many "fall" stamp sets. It didn't really tickle my fancy, but it was "ok" I thought. Well, let me just say- you never know until you try it! I've already made about 10 different cards with this set.

It is just so easy to make a beautiful card with these fall flowers and rustic pitchers and tins. Plus, by adding the Tin Tile emboss folder, a Galvanized button and the ever popular Stampin' Blends Markers, the outcome can only be, fantastic!

Here's the first card I made. Oh my goodness. I love the fall colors on this one.

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I used old olive, pumpkin pie, basic black and whisper white cardstock. The Tin Tile emboss folder makes the most beautiful backgrounds. It looks perfectly lovely by itself, however, on this card I took the cajun craze ink pad and swiped it across the "tile". I just randomly rubbed the ink pad in several spots. It turned out pretty cool, I think.

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I used the smoky slate Stampin Blends alcohol markers to color the jug. I colored the entire jug with the light smoky slate and then went back and shaded with the dark smoky slate. I tried to leave it lighter on one side of the jug where the natual light would actually hit it.

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For the flowers, I used calypso coral light and dark and dark cajun craze Stampin Blends. Again, I colored them first all over with the light calyspo coral and shaded with the darker- using the cajun craze as the darkest shading.

The artichoke was first colored with light mint macaron and then shaded with light and dark old olive Stampin' Blends alcohol markers.

The ferns are light and dark mint macaron, the cattails are crumb cake light and dark and the berries are blackberry bliss Stampin Blends markers. If you haven't tried Stampin Blends alcohol markers yet, you need to! They are like butter.. they blend and glide like no other marker, they make coloring, effortless.

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I finished it off with some linen thread, the new garden green Bakers Twine and one of our new Galvanized Buttons.

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I used dimesionals behind the basic black cardstock to pop it off the card a bit as well as hold the thread and twine in place.

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I hope you like this card as much as I do! There are more to come, so stop back soon.

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Stampin Up Alaskan Cruise Part 3

Its time for Part 3 of our Stampin' Up! Alaskan Cruise trip. This was my most favorite day of the trip. In Part 2, we left off in downtown Skagway.

So, after we took the train and bus tour, we then had another excursion to Denver Glacier. We boarded a helicopter that took us over the mountains, forests, glaciers and the most amazing scenery on our way to Denver Glacier to go on an authentic dog sled ride!

But, first we all had to wear these fancy Glacier Boots to walk on the glacier snow and ice. The boots fit over top of our regular shoes. We also had to wear belts that had a floating device attached because we were flying over water.

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Waiting to board. We were all weighed beforehand as the weight had to be evenly distributed on the helicopter.

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We then boarded the helicopter. I was so excited. I rode a helicopter once before in Hawaii (on our honeymoon) and I got so motion sick. This time, I was prepared, because I wasn't going to miss this once in a lifetime opportunity. I was so excited for my kids to ride for the first time and witness their reactions.

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We all had headphones so we could hear and converse with the pilot.

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I must have been praying in this photo.

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All thumbs up and ready to roll!

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The beauty of the Tongass National Forest, down below was breath-taking.

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The Tongass National Forest is the largest National Forest in all of Alaska. It covers over 16 million acres!

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The Tongass is also the largest Rainforest in North America and the 5th largest rainforest in the world.

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We soared over glorious glaciers and majestic mountains with crystal clear lakes in view.

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We can see the dog sled camp, coming into view. The camp is directly located on the Denver Glacier.

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And... we have landed!

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This is the housing and transportation on the glacier. The campers live in these huts all summer long.
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It was super sunny and warm that day. The best weather they have had in forever. In fact, the tour guides told us that this particular tour always cancels due to weather. We were lucky to get to take the tour as it doesn't happen often.

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We were able to meet, make friends and cuddle with these sweet natured dogs as soon as we arrived. These are Alaskan Huskies, which is actually a mixed breed dog. That's why they all look so different.

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There are many college students who work their summers at the dog sled camp. Everyone we talked to loved working with, playing with and taking care of these high energy dogs. These dogs live to run- they couldn't wait to take us for a ride.

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This is cute little Juneau napping in the warm sunshine. They really love the snow and the care takers mentioned that it was a little too warm for their liking.

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These dogs are THE dogs that run the famous Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska. So, they are pretty famous pups!

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It was cool to hear the mushers explain each of the dogs personalities and who liked to have their ears scratched or which dog preferred their belly rubbed. They knew these dogs so well and we could tell how much they loved their jobs.

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It was time to take a ride. We each had a turn at being a junior musher and got to help "drive" the sled.

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There are always 12 dogs pulling the sled. 

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There was one other person on our sled ride with us, besides the musher. He was from Mexico and this was his VERY FIRST time seeing snow! That's going all out on your first sight of snow- don't you think? It was fun to watch him. He kept giggling and giggling as he felt the snow in his hands.

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And we're off! These dogs could not wait to run! In fact, the two lead dogs kept fighting over who was the real leader of the pack.

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It was glacier, snow, mountains and sky, for miles and miles as far as the eye could see.

In fact, the camp workers fly to town only once a week to get a shower. Now thats what I call, "roughing it!" They do have a chef on the glacier that cooks all their meals, so that kind of makes up for the lack of baths. Right?

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Afterwards, we got to "love" on the dogs again.

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And cuddle puppies...

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We had such an amazing experience with these friendly dogs and fabulous camp crew. We learned so much and experienced something that is beyond words.

Now, back into the helicopter we go.

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More glorious scenery to be seen.

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Flying over ice fields and glaciers...

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and Rainforests and lakes..

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Ready to land and we see our ship, Royal Caribbean, Explorer of the Seas, in the distance.

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I think you can see why this was my most favorite day of the entire trip! And its not over yet!

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Next, we were off to get dinner. Chase said he wasn't leaving Alaska until he had Alaskan King Crab legs. So this was our next stop.

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These were the biggest Alaskan King crab legs we've ever seen. Even bigger that the ones Maci and I had the day before.

One and a half pounds each, to be exact!

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We were pulling out chunks of meat the size of golf balls. Yum!

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The shrimp wasn't bad either!  The restuarant was right on the water, so the seafood was literally scooped out and plopped on your plate!

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And since this was a Stampin' Up! cruise- in case you forgot... I've leave you with a few samples from the displays on the ship, featuring the new Holiday Catalog!

Country Home stamp set.

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Trick or Tweet stamp set.

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Pleasant Pheasants stamp set.

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I hope you enjoyed Part 3 of our Alaskan Cruise adventure. I have more to share and will do that soon.

Thanks for stopping by!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!