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Early Release- Carols of Christmas.

I have another Christmas card to share today, from the Carols of Christmas bundle. This set will be in the Holiday Catalog next month, but its available for early purchase NOW.


I used soft sky and tranquil tide inks and cardstock, as well as dazzling diamonds glimmer paper to create this sparkly Christmas card.


I love how these two unconventional Christmas colors, compliment each other.

Be sure to order your bundle this month- its never too early to start planning your Christmas cards!

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Stampin' Up Thailand Trip Part 5 & A new Holiday Catalog Christmas Card

This is my final post about our trip to Thailand. I have over 1,000 photos, so I could go on for a month or so, but I will wrap it up today. We left off with our visit to the temples in Phuket. So, I'll continue from there.

Here's a few more photos inside the temples. The temples were so ornate and decorated so beautifully inside and out.



Elaborate dragon stairway. Dragons symbolize power, strength and good luck for people who are worthy of it.


Respect for the Buddha


We also visited a cashew factory. Thailand is one of the largest exporters of cashews. We brought several bags of cashews home. They had flavors like bbq, sour cream and wasabi and they were delicious.


Back to the resort for pool and beach time...


Our resort was directly on the stunning Indian Ocean.


I think the girls read through 5 books each between reading at the pool, the beach and the airport layovers.



Did I mention that I love these boats? And how about that gorgeous water?


This is the Xana Beach Bar pool area. I loved that the chairs were placed in the water- this is where I liked to hang out.


Pool fun.


The infinity pool. The girls are relaxing on the over sized couches that were around the pool deck. I spent a lot of time on the lazy river that wound around the resort. Unfortunatley I don't have a photo of it.


We all had traditional Thai massages. Oh my, it was wonderful. They really do stretch the muscles, but we felt so good afterward. I wish I knew where I could get a Thai massage in my area. I would do it on a regular basis! This is the Sukko Spa in Phuket.


Here's a photo of my cute little masseuse.


After each massage (we had a we were served Thai tea and exotic fruit.


We visited Phuket Town and even sent postcards from the cute little pink post office. We sent one to ourselves as well, but we haven't received them yet. Wonder if we will ever get them?


Street art in Old Phuket town.


There were lots of shopping opportunities. We took a trip to Patong Beach, where they had an ultra modern mall as well as local vendors along the streets.

Here we are riding the bus to Patong Beach. We rode the bus a lot... the girls got a real chuckle whenever the tour guides would tell us to board the bus- they don't pronounce the letter "s" as well as we do, so they were always telling us to get on the "butt" or asking us our "butt" number. lol


Patong Beach selfie.


Jungceylon Mall in Patong Beach, Thailand


The mall at night and the multi-colored fountains.


Once again, the girls had to have Thai tea... this time it was Thai "iced" tea... they really like getting their pictures taken drinking various beverages. lol


And here they are drinking coconut milk...


Everyone rides scooters. They were everywhere.


Yes- we ate street food! These are Thai pancakes- called "Roti." They were much like crepes and filled with fruit.


We saw this Tsunami Zone sign on the way back to the resort... they say when the elephants head to the hills, there is a storm brewing...


We also shopped at the little villiage in our resort.


All around the resort there were Stampin' Up banners and signs. It was definitely apparent that the Stampin' Up! girls were in town... approx. 300 of us from 6 different countries (and our guests!)



Set up for movie night.


These name plaques hung on all the trip achievers rooms. This is perfect to hang on my stamp room door at home.


Even the fruit had the Stampin' Up logo. Believe it or not, the plastic drink cups at the resort had the SU logo too!


The final event was a huge dinner and entertainment event hosted by Stampin' Up at the Blue Elephant in Phuket.

We were greeted with applause by the Stampin' Up Executive team and staff as we entered the venue. There were Thai dancers, chefs, crafters, elephants, a band and a gigantic buffet dinner cooked by the Blue Elephant culinary chefs, waiting inside for us.


More delicious tropical fruit drinks for us as we entered the enormous white tent.


They handed us these magnificent jasmine and rose bracelets. The scent was divine.


The tent was gorgeous and the tables were decorated with elephant table cloths, golden bamboo utensils and beautiful centerpieces. I wonder how they washed all the dishes, silverware and glasses... thats a lot of dish soap!


The Blue Elephant Mansion and Culinary School all lit up this evening.





Pretty hand painted parasols.


Everything looked so beautiful- the colors and the food as well as all the native crafts were a sight to see.


These chefs were delighted to have their photo taken. When they saw me with my camera, the head chef summoned the others for a group photo. So cute.


Some of the delicious Thai food that we were served. I ate chicken satay on a regular basis (seen below on the skewers). Pad Thai was Maci's favorite.


More majestic elephants to greet us.



Maci and Megan are considered tall in their own country, let alone Thailand.


The girls volunteered to hop up on stage and learn a popular Thai dance.




They were splitting coconuts for us and we got to drink coconut milk straight from the coconut. .. (not my best look.. unlike the girls, I don't prefer to have photos of myself eating or drinking)


Not sure what these little characters represent, but they were cute.


As we left the event, we were handed this gold elephant necklace. I love this! I didn't even get a chance to mention all of the awesome pillow gifts we received each night when we returned to our room. We are definitely spoiled on these incentive trips!


The Blue Elephant Culinary School looked so beautiful all lit up. We were able to tour the inside as well. The Blue Elephant is among the best cooking schools and restaurants in Thailand.


Back at the hotel was this pillow gift waiting for me. This was the last pillow gift of the week. Its a hand painted porcelain vase. I really miss getting a gift on my pillow each night.


A few photos of our resort.


A lounge and drink area.


So fun to see banana trees.


The swim up pool bar.

Lit up at in the evening.


There were little walking bridges everywhere, because the pool was built through the entire resort.


This is another exotic food favorite of Maci, Megan and Tracy ( I didn't try it).. pineapple rice. It came served inside a pineapple. We had this at a local restuarant in town called, Simmy.


Stampin' Up also had a hospitality room where we could go everyday and get candy, snacks and drinks. We also got to play games and win prizes each day. Here are some of the snacks they had for us before we left.




One last photo of the girls drinking tropical drinks... I told you they like getting their picture taken drinking things..can you see the SU Thailand logo on the cups?


This is a photo of all the gifts I received from Stampin' Up during the trip.


It was the most incredible trip ever! I'm so thankful for all of my amazing customers and supportive downline as well as my family. Without you guys, this wouldn't be possible. Of course, thankful for Stampin' Up! too.

We were sad to be leaving this beautiful place... well, three of us were sad.


Of course we had to purchase elephant pants in Thailand for the trip home.


From the time we left the hotel until the time we stepped in our front door, it was a whopping 48 hrs travel time. The girls are chilling at the airport before the last leg of our flight. Thats Maci's little yellow "blankie" under her head. I made that for her before she was born. She takes it EVERYWHERE... and now its been to China and Thailand. lol


As promised, I have a beautiful Christmas card to share with you, made from a stamp set in the new Holiday Catalog. The Holiday Catalog debuts on September 1st, however this set is available to you for early purchase! Its called Carols of Christmas and can be bundled with the coordinating framelit set, Card Builder Framelits for 10% off. Click on product photos below to order.

I used silver glimmer paper, soft sky and smoky slate cardstock as well as the white satin ribbon with silver trim. Its so stunning in person!




Thank you for following our amazing travel journey. I hope you enjoyed "traveling" along with us.

Until the next time...

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Christmas Cards

I wanted to share a few more Christmas cards that I've received. I haven't had time to take photos of all of them, but I did get a few quick pictures of the 3 cards that I am sharing today.

These cards are from a few wonderful friends and customers. All of them so very creative and talented. I was delighted to open my mailbox to find these beautiful works of art today.

The top card was made by Anna Miller of PA. Anna used heat a stick powder and gold glitter to create the sparkle and glimmer on the word JOY. (which is my middle name btw :)  The bottom card is made by Raelene Ellenberger of PA. Raelene used the Stampin' Up! November Paper Pumpkin kit to make this card. She added some extra special detail of her own to make this soft, pretty card, extra special.


One more card to share real quick... This shiny gold santa card was made by Sharen Dixon of PA. I love that Sharen used the gold foil paper to create this look. The tiny gold stars in the top corner really make this card a stand out.


I hope you enjoyed these beautiful Christmas cards as much as I did.

I have some more fun to share from my birthday, but that will have to wait.

Its almost Christmas... I've still got a few things to finish before the big day.

I wish all of you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and the Best New Year ever!

Until next time...

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A Special Birthday Surprise from the Aloha State

I found a big birthday box on my front porch today. I was so excited to scoop it up, bring it inside and tear it open. I knew it was from my bf Cindy who lives on Oahu. She always remembers my birthday and makes me feel so special.

So, when I opened the box, I found another box inside with the word "joy" on it. Well, my middle name is Joy and I knew Cindy chose that box just for that reason, because she plans the perfect gift right down to the smallest detail. As you can see, Cindy added a few Christmas treats as well. You can check out how she made these items on her blog: Stamped with Aloha.


Look what was inside that cute box.. Be still my heart, its a PINK PINEAPPLE ornament and a beautiful handstamped pink pineapple in a shiny mirrored frame.

Sparkle, glitter and bling, everything I love in a birthday gift, or any gift for that matter.

Here's a close up of the special details of the pinepple picture. Cindy used the Pineapple stamp from Stampin' Up! and bedazzled it with rhinestone jewels that she colored with a light pink sharpie. Did you notice the background paper- its a sneak peek of our new designer paper in the New Sale a Bration brochure to be released on January 4th. It can be colored in with markers or watercolored, or just left as is, as shown here.


Cindy also added a sweet note with this adorable reindeer "sweater" card that she lovingly stamped just for me.


I'm so excited to place my new pink pineapple on the Christmas tree, the gorgeous handstamped pineapple on my desk in my office and wear my sparkly earrings during the holidays.


Cindy made my birthday even more special with the thoughtful gifts she chose for me and the beautiful picture that she handstamped especially for a pink pineapple lover like me.

Thanks for stopping by today.

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Christmas Preparations and a few Christmas cards from friends

So, what have I been doing for the past couple of days? I've been preparing for Christmas! As I'm sure many of you are scurrying around just as I am getting those "last minute" things done.

However, I have had my decorations and tree up for a few weeks. I'm always glad to have the tree up early so we can enjoy it for a whole month.


I've actually been baking A LOT the last couple of days. Dozens of cookies and candies are now finished and ready to pass out to friends and family.

Here's a some of the cookies that I made- these are my kids favorites: chocolate chip oatmeal, peanut butter cup and peanut butter blossom cookies.


 I also tried making these cream wafers for the first time myself. We made these in Florida for my godsons wedding and they were so good that I had to add them to the Christmas cookie list this year.

They're not perfect, but they are yummy.


I also made a double batch of what we call "Junk Mix" this stuff is so addicting, that's why I only make it once a year. Pretzels, Chex and Cheerios cereal, M&M's all drizzled with white chocolate. What's not to love?


In the midst of all my baking, I enjoyed opening a few hand stamped Christmas cards from a few wonderfully creative friends.

This is the highlight of getting the mail this time of year.. especially when the cards are handmade and hand stamped. I appreciate the time and love that were put into these gorgeous cards.

Here's a quick picture of a few of my favorites:  Top left from Robyn Cardon: Utah, Top right from Tammy May: PA, Bottom left from Lori Wiest, PA and Bottom right from Debbie Davidson: South Carolina


Here's a close up of some of the details:


How blessed am I to receive such a beautiful assortment of holiday cheer?!

I hope you are getting your last minute preparations underway for the holidays as well.

Thanks for taking the time to check in today.

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Christmas Party Frolics and Fun

This past week I had a Christmas Party for my #1 Stampers, Stampin' Up! team. This is always my most favorite team event of the year. Its time for us to relax, have fun and enjoy some gift giving and games as well.

Here's a few girls who have dressed in the Christmas Spirit of fun! Kathy, Teresa and Jan look adorable in their happy head gear.


Each attendee received a special gift from me. I love and appreciate these ladies and I'm so blessed that they are a special part of the #1 Stampers team.


I made the cute little snowman ornament tags from the Merry Tags framelits dies, and stamped the bags with matching snowflakes. Here's a close up of the cute little snowman ornament:


Everybody gets one!


And whats in the bag you ask? A fun Pink Pineapple Paper Crafts T-shirt for everyone. Yay!


The girls went gaga over them! If you'd like one too- email me and I'll get one shipped to you for $22 - includes priority shipping! email: - or use the email link on the right side of my blog > Sizes S thru 3X Heather grey or Charcoal Grey.





Next we made some make n takes:  Valentine made with the Pop of Pink Washi Tape and Sweet and Sassy framelit dies.


Darling snowman card designed by Kathy Sullivan:


We also played some hilarious Christmas games and the winners took home awesome Stampin Up Prizes!

Beth, Darlene and Mary Ann, brushing up on some reindeer games and ready to sing Christmas Carols as well.


Linda, Sue, Kathy and Teresa working hard to win the bow passing game.


There was swapping to be done as well. So many great treat bag and gift card ideas for the holidays.


This is the swap I contributed, made with the Popcorn Box dies. I filled it with birthday treats.


And of course our grab bag gifts that we had some fun with as we played a hilarious exchange game to determine whose gift we got!

Kathy got the beautiful Christmas sampler made by Beth Peternel.


Beth got the gorgeous Butterfly sampler made by Sue Brennan.


Darlene won the Christmas Sampler made by me :)


I have a close up of the sampler for you:


Lori got the awesome stamped coasters from Jan Fisher:


Tonya got the packet of hand stamped Christmas cards from Lori Wiest:


Sue got Tonya Beattys amazing Paisley Heart sampler.


So happy to have these wonderful women in my life and on my team!



Can't wait until our next get together.

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