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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...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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The Little Mermaid?

I almost didn't order this stamp set, even though I liked it and have been wanting a mermaid stamp set.

I wasn't sure how I would make it look as good as it should. But, I came up with an idea and I think it turned out just right!

This one was embossed with copper emboss powder and framed with copper foil paper. The card color is wisteria wonder. I colored it in with an aqua painter and drops of re-inkers.


The water color paper is perfect for the amount of water I used to water color the background and the mermaid.

Here I used a different color card- soft sky and pool party. I think I like these colors even better. I also used silver emboss powder and silver foil paper for one of the mermaids.


This is the silver up close. Got to love those Iridescent Sequin Assortment. They remind me of bubbles!


All the little mermaids in a row.




I'm singing Under the Sea in my head as I post these lovely mermaids....

Which color did you like the best?

Thank you for visiting today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!


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Sharing a Card and a Technique Video + Last Chance for Retired Products

I was given a beautiful card at the On Stage event in April. It was from a demonstrator who had watched my video on the Aqua Wash technique. Megan Herst had made her swap cards for the event using the aqua wash technique from my video and wanted to share her card with me. I will post the video below for those of you who may have missed it.

I was so pleasantly surprised by her thoughtfulness and her beautiful card. Here's is Megan's awesome card using the aqua wash technique.


Megan also used the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating dies as I did in my video. I love how Megan added a splash of gold embossing to match her gold foil dragonflies.


For those of you who may have missed my video on the aqua wash technique, I will post it below. Scroll down past the product list and click to view.

Thanks again to Megan for thinking of me and presenting me with this fabulous, glimmery card.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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ONLY ONE DAY LEFT to get the RETIRING Products from the Stampin' Up 2016-2017 Catalogs! ( then click SHOP NOW- retiring products)


Click here to see the retiring items and to order. Then click "Shop Now" (retiring products)

ONLY ONE DAY LEFT to get the RETIRING Products from the Stampin' Up 2016-2017 Catalogs! ( then click SHOP NOW- retiring products)

Its that time of year again- Graduation

Well, I haven't stamped for a few days, so therefore, I haven't had anything to post on my blog.

But, today, I took some time to make a special graduation card for my bff's daughter, Brianna. Brianna is "over the top" brilliant and beautiful, so I had to design a card to match Brianna's beauty and brains. No small feat, I tell you.

She just recently graduated from High Point University, where the school colors are purple and white. I had to combined all the aspects above and also make sure it included purple, plus, it had to "look" like a graduation card.

I decided on the Birthday Blossoms stamp set. I pulled it off the shelf and realized that I really hadn't used this set much. I don't know why- its such a pretty set with some great sentiments, any of which would have worked great with this graduation card.

But, as I mentioned, it had to "look" like a graduation card. So, how was I going to incorporate "graduation" on a card stamped with flowers?

Well, I pulled out one of my favorite retired alphabet sets- "Varsity Letters" which is perfect for anything related to "school" wording, and....

Here's what happened:


Purple, High Point University, beautiful and smart- everything pulled together quite nicely, I think.

This card does remind me of the graduate- bright, sparkly and all around amazing!

Yes, there is glitter on this card, as well as a few shiny rhinestones.


I used shimmery white cardstock (of course;) to hold up to the watercoloring that I did with blender pens and drops of ink from the ink refill bottles.

Here's a little peek at the inside of the card. I had already written a personal message, so I didn't photograph it completely open. The verse inside says: "She believed she could... so she did." And that's exactly what this highly accomplished graduate did!

You'll find this verse included in one of the new stamps sets in the upcoming, new Stampin' Up! 2017-2018 catalog.


If you think I'm exaggarating about Brianna's beauty and brains... here's a picture to prove its the truth- she gets it from her momma, for sure.. and I get to be in the middle of the "beauty sandwich."


It was a wonderful celebration of a sweet and sassy, over the top, on her way to bigger and better things, graduate.


When I handed Brianna her card this evening, she said " I can't wait to see what you came up with, for my card." I sure hope she loves her card as much as I loved creating it just for her.



A one of a kind card, for a one of a kind graduate. Congratulations again, Brianna!

I hope you all enjoyed visiting today and I'm glad I was able to share this special graduation card with you.

Until the next time..

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Stampin' Up Eastern Palace Suite- Early Release!

First of all, I'm not much of a Medallion stamp set loving person. I mean they are pretty and all, but they just don't appeal much to me.

I thought the same of the new Eastern Palace Suite, when Stampin Up released it early to demonstrators last month. That was until I saw some of the gorgeous, and I mean, gorgeous, samples that the Stampin' Up Artisians had created with it.

Well, that did it for me. So, I had to order it for myself and case some of those great ideas from the cards that the SU Artisians had made. I wanted to share those here with you.

This stamp set and thinlits will be featured in the New 2017-2018 Stampin Up Catalog, However, Stampin' Up is releasing it early to the public, so this suite will be available on May 1st to all of you!

There are two special kits and each of them come with something FREE! I'll be posting that for you as well!

Once I had the Eastern Beauty stamp set and coordinating thinlits actually in my hands, I started making my own creations as well. Those, I will share with you next time. But, for now, here's a sampling of the many uses of this stamp set and thinlits as cased from the amazing Stampin Up Artisians, Miriam van Eyden, Kimberly Van Diepen, Cathy Caine, and Martha Inchley of Canada, in that order.


I'm not sure where I found this idea. But if its you and you see this, please let me know so I can give credit. I love this ombre' look!




Here's a couple more. I can't help myself. I'm addicted... and there is more where these came from. Yes, those are new "IN COLORS" -Coming in June. Inspired by Martha Inchley.



One more fancy one...


Look at all those beautiful pearls...


Here's the whole bunch of beautiful cards, all made with the Eastern Palace Suite which includes the Eastern Beauty stamp set and Eastern Medallions Thinlits.


I hope you enjoyed all of these great samples inspired by some amazingly talented Stampin' Up Artisians.

I'll be posting more of my creations with this set in the days to come.

Remember- YOU can order these SPECIAL BUNDLES on May 1st- see prices and items listed below.

The Premier Bundle comes with FREE very vanilla thick cardstock and very vanilla envelopes.

The Starter Bundle, comes with FREE very vanilla note cards and envelopes. The both include 3 of the NEW In Color ink pads and the Premier Bundle includes the coordinating thinlits- a must have! ( the thinlits have at least 42+ different creative combinations!)

Click on images below to order on May 1st!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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Biggest Birthday Ever- Retiring - Get it before its gone forever...

Stampin' Up's Biggest Birthday Ever stamp set and coordinating, Wish Big Framelit dies, are retiring. Such a fun set and since its a birthday set, it can be used over and over again for all ages and genders.

I'm going to give three reasons why everyone should have this stamp set on their shelves! Its a must have, so don't let it slip by, because it will never ever be back again.

Reason #1: Anyone know any Birthday Girls that would be over the moon with this Princess birthday card?


So sparkly and girly... by the way, the blushing bride glimmer paper and sequin trim as well as the Polka Dots emboss folder are retiring too. I've also used the Cupcake Cutouts Framelit dies for the words, "sweet" and "wish" below.


Reason #2: What birthday boy, girl, man or woman doesn't love ice cream on their birthday?


It looks good enough to eat, right?


Reason #3- Last but not least, the cake. Gotta have a yummy piece of cake at every birthday celebration. Its an absolute must!


Check out the shimmery icing. Made with a swipe of the Wink of Stella brush in clear.


I hope you enjoyed seeing all of the sweet and yummy birthday cards and can understand why this set is so amazing.

Be sure to check out the entire retired list on my website. ( SHOP NOW) Don't miss out on some great discounts and awesome stamps and accessories! See the retired list here:  PDF US 

Thanks for visiting my blog today.

Until the next time...

Keep on Stampin' and Come back again soon!

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