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Button Bucket 2

This picture was taken in the Trading Post, Stampin' Up!'s hospitality room on the cruise.  A lot of the Demonstrators who earned cruise took their families with them this year so SU made sure there were activities for everyone!  This is literally a bucket of buttons!  And, this cute little guy is searching for one RED BUTTON in the bucket to win a prize!  His Mom had plenty of time to socialize and check out all the swaps on the boards while he searched!

You may be looking for buttons, ribbon, Big Shot dies, card stock ~ don't forget to check out Stampin' Up!'s LAST CHANCE LIST ~ there are only ten days until everything on the list will be gone (and some products have sold out).  Some of the products are marked down form 25% to 40% so check them out today.  The list is on the right side of the blog, click on it!

Don't forget that my SNAIL SALE ends at midnight tonight so take advantage of it today!  And, sign up for my GOODBYE CLASS on this coming Saturday morning, at 10 AM, in the Cat/Art Studio.  A fun class using all retiring stamp sets ~ $15 or FREE with a $25 order. 

Sneak Peak and Snail Sale

Sneak Peak Doiley
Dont' you just love the fabulous colors of this gift box?  And, it's a NEW CATALOG SNEAK PEAK Father's Day Special for you!  What's new?  Leave me a comment telling me what's new and you could win a fun BLOG SURPRISE!

ALSO, I am extending my SNAIL SALE by one day ~ until midnight on Monday night, June 20.  I announced it in my Mid-Month Newsletter that was sent out last week so you can check the details there.  But, here it is again ~ order one stamp set from Stampin' Up!'s  Last Chance List and you can order Snail Adhesive refill (#104331) ~ buy one get one free.  No limits.  You must email me your order so that I can charge you correctly, this cannot be an online order!  This is my 12th Demonstrator Anniversary Gift to YOU!  And, we all need Snail!  Thanks for your support!

Cool off

Today is supposed to be a really hot day in Hampton Roads (92 I think) so I thought I would cool you down by posting a couple of additional pictures from our cruise to Alaska with Stampin' Up!  I tookthe first pictures on the flight back to Juneau on the float plane.  The last picture is from the balcony of our room on the ship.  And, yes, it is snow in the distance.  Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by!

Float Plane 1

Float Plane 2

Float Plane 3

View from the balcony

My Friend

My Friend Card 2
This is a SNEAK PEAK! into Stampin' Up!'s BRAND NEW IDEA BOOK & CATALOG ~ available on July 1! The set is My Friend and it is a set of 5.   Isn't it a pretty set ~ well, at least what you can see of it at this point.  I know you will want to see more ~ and, even play with it.  It will be a set that I will have available at my upcoming event so please put the date on your calendar.


Pick up your brand new 2011-2012 Idea Book & Catalog AND shop from all of my collector's items and retired products and every dollar you spend in my store you will get for FREE out of the new catalog!  You will get brand new for FREE!  (Shipping and tax will be charged on new product ONLY.)  First Come, first to the Goodies!  Cost ~ $10 includes 4 make & takes featuring all new products and colors.  Bring a NEW stamper with you and get a $20 Bonus in my store.

Friday, July 1, 3 PM to 8 PM

Saturday, July 2, Noon to 6 PM


Pretty Postage

Pretty Postage 1
Pretty Postage stamp set (#123097 (c), set of 4, $8.95) is from Stampin' Up!'s SUMMER MINI CATALOG.  You can find the set on page 11.  I took pictures of these samples in the Trading Post on cruise and wanted to share them with you.  They are 3 x 3 cards with Mini Square Envelopes (#107309, Whisper White, 40 in the package).  They are so easy to create.  I keep extras to add to gifts quickly when you need that special handmade touch ~ you know it will be appreciated!

Pretty Postage 2

Pretty Postage 3

Pretty Postage 4

More scrapbook pages...

Scrapbook 3
This is one of the pages displayed on the boards on our cruise in the TRADING POST.  Notice the use of four different Big Shot dies ~ Top Note, #113463; Beautiful Butterflies, #114507; Daisies #2, #114520 and Fun Flowers, #121812.

Scrapbook 4
This is the second page of the 2 page spread (the left hand corner image is the overlap of the first page ~ confusing!).

Scrapbook 5
And here is a close up of the flowers ~ gorgeous and inspiring, don't you think.  I would frame it ~ the heck with the album ~ too confining!  I hope you enjoyed a album pages!  Thanks for stopping by!

On the boards...

On the Stampin' Up! Cruise to Alaska there was a Hospitality Suite, the Trading Post, staffed by the wonderful ladies of SU's Event Staff!  Thank you Ladies!!!  One of the reasons to stop by every day was to spin the PRIZE WHEEL and get some free SU product!  YES!  Another reason to stop by was to take pictures of fabulous samples made by staff or contributed by those on the cruise.  Here are some examples of beautiful scrapbook pages from the boards ~

Scrapbook 1

Scrapbook 2

This two page spread uses Stampin' Up!'s new Triple Layer Punches from the Summer Mini Catalog.  The top one uses the Doily Triple Layer Punch, #122465, and the bottom one the Blossom Bouquet, #122464.  My next SCRAPBOOK CLASS will be on Thursday evening, July 21, at 6:30.  You can read more about it in my Mid-Month Newsletter coming soon!  Thanks for stopping by!  Susan Elise

Goodbye to Taku Lodge

Taku Lodge new dogsled
This is a dog sled, obviously new or just for show.  There was a really old one inside the lodge ~ hanging from the ceiling and it took me a long time to figure out what it was.  In the early days, Mary Joyce was housekeeper in the Lodge.  She received an invitation to participate in the 1936 Fairbanks Ice Carnival and decided to make the trip overland by dog sled.  She set out with 5 dogs and a loaded sled to travel 1,000 miles over three months!  She averaged 20 miles a day in spite of temperatures to 50 degrees below zero and only a few hours of daylight each day.  The sled hanging in the lodge is the sled she used.

Taku Lodge Mortons

Taku Lodge fishin for tips
Fishin for Tips.  What a fun trip!  Tomorrow ~ samples from the Stampin' Up! boards on cruise.  You'll get a sneak peak of what is coming soon ~ a brand new Stampin' Up! Idea Book and Catalog!

Taku Lodge gift shop w bear
Next to the Taku Glacier Lodge, they built a gift shop ~ do you believe it?

Taku Lodge cards
And, inside, playing cards were these characters!

Taku Lodge sale
And, on the porch!  One more day of Taku Lodge and you will have seen everything.  In the meantime, don't forget that the Last Chance List is available ~ you'll want to check on the stamp sets that are leaving forever and the accessories ~ some are marked down 40%!  Once the accessories are gone, Stampin' Up! will not reorder so it is first come first with new accessories ~ call me if you have any questions!  Susan Elise, 587-1548 or 641-9354.