Wednesday, September 30, 2015

Newport Beach - Day 2

Day 2 Adventures in Newport Beach

What better way to start day 2 but with your own exclusive Stampin' Up! Breakfast which included Starbucks coffee!  They must of known that is my favourite!  

Then we jumped onto the shuttle that Stampin' Up! provided with a group of Stampin' Up! demonstrators to Laguna Beach!

Nice white sand and beautiful waves and vegetation!

We were very fortune to meet up with Sean (Stampin' Up! Creative Director) and Sara (Interim CEO) Douglass to explore Laguna Beach and have lunch together.

Lunch was delicious and included clam chowder fries that were absolutely amazing and rival our Canadian counterpart poutine!  I had forgotten that poutine is Canadian!  For anyone that does not know what it is...
 is a Canadian dish, originating in the province of Quebec, made with french fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy-like sauce.  Yummy!  Come to Canada and try it!

Here I was playing with the camera while poolside, after a refreshing dip in the pool and before heading out on our next adventure of the day!

Off to Balboa Island on a cute little ferry that costs cars only $2 and foot passengers $1 a trip.  We had met a great couple, Stampin' Up! demonstrator Rachel and her husband Emmet on the bus ride to the ferry who told us about a sunset boat cruise.  We followed their lead and enjoyed an incredible boat tour of the area around Balboa Island, including Pirates Cove, said to have inspired Disney’s Peter Pan and provided one of the sets for Gilligan’s Island.  The area is known as a playground for the rich and famous and boasts some of the country’s most luxurious homes, hotels, resorts, yachts, shopping areas and restaurants plus the legendary Balboa Bay Club and Resort.  During our cruise, the former home of John Wayne was pointed out to us on the tour along with the hillside that Canadian hockey star, Wayne Gretzky, house sits on.

For the sealions, they find warm from the water where ever they can.  Here on a buoy, but we also saw them on unoccupied sailboats too!

As the sun went down, the sky changed to a beautiful sunset.  Here you can see the silhouette's of the fishermen of the evening.

After returning to our hotel, I was involved in a WOW swap with 31 of the other Newport Beach Trip Achievers!  So much fun to swap cards with top demonstrators!  The cards are so amazing that I have posted a Newport Beach Wow Card class already to share some of my favourites!

Here is my card that I did for the swap, using the pillow top technique. I was so pleased with the results and heard many wows from my peers.

And as a night cap to the evening, a pillow gift.... 

A gift that's tag says it all "You make me happy"!  A box full of Stampin' Up! product always brings me a smile and warm fuzzy feeling, and I was so excited that this stamp set was included as I wanted it personally but hadn't bought it yet!  

Watch for Day 3 of my adventure next!

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Newport Beach - Day 1

Day 1 of adventures on the Newport Beach Incentive Trip!  Sitting on a jet plane with my love waiting to take flight!

After landing in LAX, we began our short ride to the hotel experiencing LA traffic making it a 2 hour trip.  Humoured by our chaffeur when we were asking "are we there yet?" telling us we were about "3 days away"! We shared this ride with two other successful island demonstrators, Glenda Mollet and Barb Tripps, along with their wonderful spouses.  Only 17 demonstrators from Canada achieved this trip, so how incredible that 3 of us were from Vancouver Island, BC!  

During our ride, we spotted one of the  Goodyear blimp bases, and we forunate to see it in the air!  Every day, more than a million commuters drive past the base just to catch a glimpse of the Blimp — a phenomenon local Angelenos call "The Blimp Effect", and we did!

Then we arrived at our hotel the Newport Beach Marriott Hotel & Spa.  Gorgeous hotel with a fountain entrance and flowers in the lobby. 

And another one in the centre of the hotel by the main pool.

Here is one of the two pools, both with hot tubs and lots of lounging areas!

Our king size bed that was a fun story to get, as originally our room included a dinner room table and a bar, along with a sectional and bathroom and no bed!  Thank you to our bellman that quickly informed front desk that we needed a bed and that the hospitality room used for bridal parties, etc. was not going to work for us.  The funniest was when he asked us if we had requested a "closet to stay in"!

Strolled down the road for dinner at the Cheesecake Factory!  Great eats, great company!

Once back at the hotel, to our surprise a gift! Our first pillow gift!  Stampin' Up! sure knows how to spoil you and make you feel special!  A pillow gift is truly amazing to receive!

This pillow gift was filled with Sunshine!  A gift box filled with yellow treats, and you can ask my kids, very little of this made it back to Canada, much to their disappointment!

Can't wait to share what day two included!

Weekly Deals

Weekly deals are here again and this time they are blossoming with floral framelit dies and so much love with twine, happy heart textured impressions and hearts border punch, and more!

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Weekly Deals

Weekly deals are shining like stars this week!  Sparkles and stars are among my favs!

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Weekly Deals

A little bit of everything this week on the Weekly Deals at great prices!  These items work beautifully in cards so I thought I would share a few designs to show how I have used them....hope you enjoy!

Here are some ways that I have used these products in the past:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Weekly Deals

Glitter, sequins, pearls and satin! Just what every crafter needs!  So excited to see some of my favourite shiny products on sale!  Great timing so that I can stock up before the holiday season! Plus a few new items have been also added to the clearance rack.

 Make sure you sparkle today!  Shop now!

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Monthly Hostess Club

Did you just look at the Holiday Catalogue and make yourself a long wishlist?

Looking for a night out? Time to craft? Learn new crafting techniques? New friends? Want free product?

Join me and other crafty ladies for a Monthly Hostess Club night!

BENEFITS include:

  • Receive a FREE Stampin’ Up! Idea Book and Catalogue!
  • See and learn new ideas and techniques!
  • Build your Stampin’ Up! collection!
  • Get together with friends and do something that you love to do!
  • Each member of the club takes turns being the hostess so that each member has the opportunity to earn FREE stamps and accessories!!
  • Get IDEAS!!

The club will meet monthly for 12 months. or equivalent to the number of members (to a maximum of 12) to learn new techniques and enjoy different make & take projects.

Each member is required to order a minimum of $25.00 in Stampin’ Up! Merchandise, this enables each hostess the minimum hostess benefits.

All meetings are held at my studio, so as Hostess you just simply have to attend and bring a snack to share!

If you can't attend one month, no worries, you won't miss can still do your project at a crop night. Also you can boost your hostess month, or any month, with outside orders, to help reach your party total.

I have new clubs starting in September, Friday night or Sunday nights.

Contact me for more information or to join a Monthly Hostess Club.

Holiday Catalogue is here!

It's here!

I don't know what excites me more, getting the holiday catalogue or receiving the products from it!  Both feel like Christmas!  Let the holiday season begin!

You can now shop from the 2015 Holiday Catalogue!  My warning, I love it and you might want to tick off the items you don't want on your wishlist, rather than your want list, as it may be long!  You will be seeing lots of new products and designs shortly as I can't wait to share with you what I have been working on!

Have fun browsing the Holiday Catalogue and shopping!

You can save the Holiday Catalogue so that you can view whenever you would like, or if you would like your own hardcopy, let me know and I will be pleased to give you one!

If your order is over $200, you will qualify for Stampin' Rewards that you can use for free products!  If your order is under $200, please add the hostess code PRXW27G4 in the bottom left corner when ordering.

Weekly Deals

Not only is there a new catalogue but weekly deals are new too!

I love bling and sparkle so glimmer paper is top on my order!  Great time to stock up for the holiday season!