Stampin' Up Thailand Trip Part 2 (China)- The Pineapple Tour

There so much more to tell about our whirlwind tour. I left off at the Great Wall of China in my last post. So, I will continue from there.

I almost forgot to show you our beautiful hotel where we stayed while in Beijing. It was once a Royal Palace and really beautiful inside.

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We did do a night tour in Beijing when we arrived. We had a delayed flight, so we got to Beijing much later than planned, so we missed most of the tour. We did get see the worlds largest TV screen tho.

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While this is not the greatest "selfie" with the tv screen, you get the picture as to how large it really is- 65,000 feet to be exact.

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We drove down Ghost Street. Its called Ghost Street because all the restuarants on this street are open 24 hours a day. Its quite a lively and colorful street, with some of the best food in Beijing.

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We were suppose to see the Birds Nest lit up at night, but they turn out the lights at 10 pm and we missed it. The Birds Nest is the venue where to 2008 Beijing Olympics were held. Here's a photo of it in the day time. It really is an amazing piece of architecture.

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Beijing is a city that is rich in ancient history, but also so very modern. The buildings we saw were modern-day works of art.

This is the CCTV Tower which is one of tallest structures in the city. Its 768 ft tall and has an opening in the middle. How cool is that?

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We strolled through the night market where there was everything from chopsticks to chocolate covered bugs.

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There were even bugs without chocolate and of course these yummy live scorpions. ... Maci actually has a video of someone eating one of these scorpions... yuck!

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They were even selling deep fried starfish. Now, if that doesn't make your mouth water, I don't know what will.

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No, we didn't have any of these "delicacies" but we did have a great authentic Chinese meal and I even learned to use chopsticks!

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Well, I'm pretty sure that Maci thinks I need a little more practice...

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We also walked the more modern shopping street known as Wangfujing. It reminded me of Times Square. Lots of billboards, lights and open space to walk, sit and dine.

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There were Military Police everywhere. We even got asked for our passports while walking down the street.

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Next, we visited Tiananmen Square. One of the largest public squares in the World. Its said to hold up to 1 million people. This is the site of several important events in Chinese history.

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Giant hedges in Tiananmen Square- check out the size of the hedges in relation to the cars on the street.

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And at night

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There's so much more and I haven't even touched on Thailand yet!

Stayed tuned for more to come this week.

I'll leave you with a few awesome swap boards from the Stampin Up inspiration room in Thailand.

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Until the next time...

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Stampin' Up Thailand Trip- Part 1: The Pineapple Tour

Hello! I'm back from the Stampin' Up incentive trip in Phuket, Thailand. We actually started vacationing in New York, then on to Beijing China and from there to Thailand. We called it the "Pineapple Tour" because, well, I like Pineapples. Lol.

It was an amazing trip and we toured and experienced so many beautiful and breath-taking places. Here's a few pictures of our adventures.

This is my daughter, Maci and I with my friend Tracy and her daughter Megan. We started our adventure by stopping in NY and walking the Brooklyn Bridge.

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While in NYC, we took a fireworks cruise in the New York Harbor.

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The show was spectacular and the fireworks were enormous!! Can't beat the fireworks in New York City, thats for sure!

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A trip to Brooklyn wouldn't be complete without a stop at Grimaldi Pizza. Oh so good!

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Here's a really cool view of the Empire State Building seen through the Brooklyn Bridge.

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Then on to Beijing, China to see the sites, and of course the Great Wall!

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Walking on the Great Wall of China was an amazing experience. To see and feel something that was built in the 1400's was an unbelievable experience and something we will never forget.

First we rode up to The Great Wall on a cable car. A little scary for me, but Maci loved it.

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What a breath taking view.

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It was super cool that we got to ride down from the Great Wall on a toboggan. Weeeeee....

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The Great Wall of China was absolutely fascinating!

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I'll have part two to share with you next time. But for now, here's a peek at one of the swap boards in Thailand. Made from demonstrators all over the globe.

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Until the next time...

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Masculine Card with the Le"men" Zest stamp set

It seems everyone always needs ideas for masculine cards. I know I always do. They are somehow harder to create than the fancy girly girl, flowery, pink and pretty cards we create for our girl friends.

I thought the perfect colors for a masculine birthday card would be the new lemon lime twist and of course, basic black and naturally I had to use the Lemon Zest stamp set- only its a lime this time.

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I did use a little bit of the new Lemon Lime Ombre ribbon- but you could leave that off if you wanted to.

Here's a close up. If you look really close you can see the new Garden Trellis emboss folder on the basic black cardstock. Its the same folder I used on the Coffee Cafe card that I posted last week. Its so cool- and can be used for masculine cards too.

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Here's a little variation of the same card. I used the Layered Leaves emboss folder on the basic black cardstock for this one.

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Either design would make a great birthday card for the great guys in your life. Hey, it could even make a great birthday card for the girls as well!

Thanks for taking a peek at my blog today.

Until the next time...

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We made a thank you card at my last Card Class with the Daisy Delight stamp set and coordinating Daisy Punch.

Everyone loved this set so much, that most everyone bought it that night.

It helps that the Delightful Daisy Designer Paper is so darling with the soft and pretty colors throughout the 12 sheets of double sided paper.

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I used wisteria wonder and so saffron cardstock and inks as well as Delightful Daisy designer series paper.

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The new Gold Faceted Gems look awesome with this flower. They also come in clear.

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You will get an email immediately after you place your order, which will contain your coupon(s)

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn.

All online orders thru my website www.kimwilliams.stampinup.net will receive 3 handstamped cards from me.

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