Gifts from Thailand

August 4 Layer 1

On Friday afternoon my friend at UPS dropped off a box of goodies that Stampin' Up! staff had sent me.  The box was full of goodies that demonstrators received on the latest incentive trip to Thailand in July. It is the custom of staff to sneak into your hotel room and leave pretty wrapped packages on your bed each day.  Alan and I couldn't go to Thailand because of the distance, it would have been too much for Alan.  So lovely to receive the box full of treasures and loads of fun to unpack!

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Note from SU

The packages included lots of the new products in the Holiday Catalog ~ stamp sets, designer series paper, ribbon, dies, a sturdy canvas travel bag, a gold necklace with a tiny elephant and a lovely hand painted jar.  Love Stampin' Up! and you, my stamping friends, who made it possible for me to earn the trip and my box of goodies.  THANK YOU!

Unpacked 1


We have been making SHAKER CARDS in my STAMP CLUBS this month and I found a video that Stampin' Up! created recently with some tips and hints for all of us about these fun cards.  Tomorrow, stop by to see some additional shaker cards ~ made locally!  Susan Elise


National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Pearl Harbor

In July this year Stampin' Up! invited their Demonstrators who earned the Hawaii incentive trip to dinner on the Battleship Missouri Memorial.  It was a wonderful opportunity for those of us attending.  It was a somber event but also a great learning experience to connect with this historic time in our history.

 From Wikipedia ~ The Japanese Instrument of Surrender was the written agreement that formalized the surrender of the Empire of Japan, marking the end of World War II. It was signed by representatives from the Empire of Japan, the United States of America, the Republic of China, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics, the Commonwealth of Australia, the Dominion of Canada, the Provisional Government of the French Republic, the Kingdom of the Netherlands, and the Dominion of New Zealand. The signing took place on the deck of USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay on September 2, 1945.

Battleship Missouri entrance

Battleship Missouri celebration


Boardwalk 2
Last night, at our Stamp Club meeting, Janie asked me about where we stayed at Disney.  I told her I would add some pictures to the blog today to show her our lovely accomodations ~ the Boardwalk.  It really speaks for itself, it is a lovely hotel built to mimic a traditional turn of the century hotel on the Jersey Shore.

Boardwalk 3

Boardwalk 4

Boardwalk 5
 This is the back of the hotel and the side that overlooks the water (and the actual boardwalk with shops, entertainment and restaurants).  Part of Disney's transportation system is through a series of waterways.  The boats leave every half hour or so and you can ride to the parks ~ Hollywood Studios and Epcot.  Stampin' Up! does everything first class!

Stampin' Up! Hospitality

Hospitality room 3

Stampin' Up!'s event planning staff works so hard to make sure every little detail of the incentive trip is planned to make everyone feel welcome.  This pretty merry-go-round pony was the inviting entrance into this year's hospitality room.  The hospitality room is the 'heart' of the trip, the location where everyone gets together ~ demonstrators, spouses and kids!

Hospitality room 1

All the comforts of home ~ and more ~  all the bowls and jars are filled with goodies!

Hospitality room 2

And, great stuff for kids ~ games and fun prizes.  The staff does a fabulous job.  And, here they are ~

SU staff ~ working hard!

Disney continued...

 All of the Demonstrators who earned Stampin' Up!'s trip to Disney stayed at the Boardwalk pictured above.  Stampin' Up! pays for the Demonstrator and one guest ~ usually, but not always, a spouse.  Many Demonstrators brought family and extended family to Disney ~ lots of darling little kids!  Here's the Boardwalk at night ~ it's gorgeous!

Boardwalk at night

On Thursday evening, Stampin' Up! hosted an event at Disney's Hollywood Studios in the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt show area.  Rich Jutkins, President, was Indiana Jones for the event!

Rich as Indiana Jones
And, Shelli took time to congratulate everyone for earning the incentive trip and told us a little about the plans for the evening ~ dinner, music and photos!  What fun!

When we returned to our rooms at the Boardwalk that night ~ look what was on our bed!  More surprises!!!!  Thank you, Stampin' Up!

Gift the last night

We're back...

Good Morning, we're back (and the laundry is finally done and everything is put away ~ yea!) and  I can't wait to get back to 'work' and have some fun with my Stamp Clubs this week!

Mickey and Minnie

I thought you might like to see some really cute cards that I received at Disney.  The first one is from my friend, Deb Valder, who serves on the Advisory Board with me this year ~ such a lovely creative lady.

Mouse card from Deb V

And, the second card is from our DISNEY SWAP on Wednesday night.  It was created by Amy Jordan and, on the other side of the 'wish BIG' part of the card is a space for date, time, place, etc.  ~ it is such a cute invitation!

Mouse card from Amy Jordan

We had a lovely trip, more information later in the week.  I have got to run ~ so much to do and so little time (before my first stamp club meeting tomorrow morning!  eck!  I'm not ready!).  Oh!  And, I wanted to welcome my newest recruit, new Stampin' Up! Demonstrator ~ Jodi Casteel ~ WELCOME, JODI!

Sneak Peak

Today's Sneak Peak is from the new catty samples posted on the boards in the Trading Post on cruise.  We are getting so close to the new catty that I thought it might create a little excitement!!!!  I love this new set ~ when you get your new Stampin' Up! Idea Book & Catalog you can find it on page 65 ~ Sweets for the Sweet!

Sample ~ Sweets for the Sweet 1

Sample ~ Sweets for the Sweet 2

Sample ~ Sweets for the Sweet 3

New Catalog Kick-off

Friday, July 1st, 3 to 8 PM

Saturday, July 2nd, Noon to 6 PM

Cat/Art Studio

Parks and Peacocks

Victoria Peacock 2

Victoria Peacock

Our pedi-cab driver took us to Beacon Hill Park which was just beautiful!  And, there is a special area reserved for peacocks who run freely all over the park.  Our driver feed them some kind of grain out of his hand!  I love the colors!!!

Victoria Park w ducks 2
And, you can feed the ducks too!  Did I mention that it was a very cool evening ~ by the time we got back to the ship we were piled high with blankets!  It was a lovely ride!  Tomorrow ~ samples from the boards!

Victoria, BC

Victoria Empress Hotel

Our cruise ship stopped in Victoria for 6 hours on the last night of our cruise.  I would have loved to have had TEA AT THE EMPRESS HOTEL but we didn't (I guess we will have to go back!).  The hotel was built at the turn of the century and opened in 1908.  It has 477 rooms and 4 restaurants and, of course, is THE place to visit!  However, Alan and I took a pedi 'rickshaw' from the ship all around the town!  Amazing ~ one guy riding his bike and pulling us.  He is working his way through school and doesn't want to go into debt so sometimes he takes 3 or 4 'tours' a day.  We were well informed about Victoria when we got back to the ship!

Victoria Monkey Tree

This is a Monkey Puzzle Tree and our guide said it was considered a sign of wealth as it was brought in to the area during the gold mining era and was very expensive.  It is a very large tree and very strange looking!  I thought the branches did look like very long monkey tails!

Victoria home 1

Victoria Home 2

Victoria Home w wood fence

Aren't the homes darling?  Tomorrow ~ Parks and Peacocks!  Thanks for stopping by!  se