If you've ever been on a cruise before, you'll know that before the ship departs, there is always a wedding happening on board. While the majority of the ship is busy exploring the Lido deck and the buffet, there are wedding ceremonies happening in various areas of the ship. It's always so much fun to see the brides later, as they make their way through the ship in their gowns.
Packing for a cruise or a destination wedding would require an amazing attention to detail. You still want the day to be beautiful and memorable, but you just don't have the room to pack a lot of stuff. Large favors and thank you gifts take up precious space. These delicate and detailed floral treat bags would be just the thing. Not to big or bulky, you could pack several of these without them taking up a lot of room.
I wonder how many brides we'll see on our October 2017 Stamping Cruise? Have you gotten your tickets yet? Don't miss out on your chance to craft and cruise your way through the Western Caribbean on the Oasis of the Seas. Imagine...a whole week where all your meals and cleaning are done for you, so you can craft away to your heart's content for an entire week in our private conference room. Relax, enjoy, and have fun! There will be four exclusive classes, with all the supplies you need, included. The rest of the time, explore the ship, sit by the pool, visit new places, see a show, and make new friends. Husbands, friends, significant others are welcome to cruise, too. The Hubs will be joining us, and I'm sure he'll spend the week at the pool and exploring the sights.
What are you waiting for? Contact me or Lorelle, our travel agent, today!
It's Birthday Week here in the Irinyi house. The Lad turns 21 next week and I'm getting ready for the festivities. Last night, I made these tall gift boxes from my favorite box and bag designer, Sam Hammond. TheLift Me Up Sale-a-Bration paper is perfect for birthdays, too. Isn't it cheery? And since it's retiring soon, I thought I better use it while I can!
Stay tuned for the next week as we get ready to get Carried Away celebrating!
"There's an ice cream machine!" On our first cruise, the Lad was 14 years old. And I don't know what he liked more - the water slides or the ice cream machine. Every time I turned around, he and grandma had an ice cream cone in their hand. Imagine, having a soft serve ice cream any time of the day, without asking permission. It was a young boy's dream come true. In fact, we laughed as we left the ship five days later, that we'd probably all go through ice cream withdrawals. (And we did!) The Lad's girlfriend is on a spring break cruise this week. And yes, she'd already texted him that she'd found the ice cream machine before they even set sail.
Having all-you-can-eat ice cream is just one of the many reasons I love cruising. And being creative and sharing my love of stamping with others is why I love teaching card making classes. Being able to combine cruising and stamping is like a dream vacation for me. And I invite you all to join me on the 2017 Stamping Cruise. Visiting exotic ports, eating ice cream, sitting by the pool, watching a show, and crafting for a week while all the cooking and cleaning are taken care of for you sounds like my idea of paradise.
News from the Cruise Crew:
For those of who have cruised and know that getting online can be frustrating, you'll be happy to know this news.
Royal Caribbean International is making VOOM, its exclusive, high-speed internet service – the fastest at sea – available fleetwide on its 24 innovative ships sailing to the most popular destinations around the world. VOOM allows guests vacationing with Royal Caribbean to always stay connected and to stream their favorite music, movies and TV shows to stay up to date on the latest happenings. Whether you are posting envy-inducing vacation photos on Instagram or Snapchat, or video-chatting with loved ones back home using FaceTime or Skype, travelers can share their adventures in real-time with family and friends. Guests can even relax or chill poolside while catching up on their favorite TV show or the newest movie.
Travelers sailing on all Royal Caribbean ships can enjoy the fastest internet at sea at a flat price with guests choosing from two packages:
• Surf, which provides guests the opportunity to surf the web, stay in touch via email, and share their vacation photos on social media. Surf packages start at $12.99 per device per day with additional devices added at a discounted cost. Family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as $8.99 per device per day.
• Surf and Stream, which is ideal for guests looking to do more than connect via email or social channels, but also want the capability to stream movies and music from Netflix or Spotify, and to connect using video chat apps such as Skype. This package is available for $17.99 per device per day. Additional devices can be connected at a discount and family packages – 5 devices or more – start as low as $11.99 per device per day. This pricing is a significant improvement from the standard programs currently offered throughout the industry, many of which charge on a per-minute basis.
Have questions about the 2017 Stamping Cruise? Ready to make your reservation? Contact Lorelle from the Cruise Crew for all your travel needs.
A friend of mine recently had a baby. Rather than a traditional card, I wanted to give her something to commemorate this special occasion. The Moon Baby Stamp Set from the Occasions Catalog made a great window frame collage. These simple line drawings really lend themselves well to to hand coloring. Here, I did some watercloloring using Stampin' Write Markers and Aqua Painters on Shimmery White Cardstock.
Please join the rest of the NC Demos to see what else they've created for you.
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It's Tuesday Cruise Day! Have you ever been on a cruise? We went on our first one when the Lad graduated 8th grade. We'd made during a rare North Carolina snowstorm and we invited my parents to go along. They were adamant; no, thank you - cruising is not our thing. Then, just two weeks before we were to set sail, they surprised us by saying they'd decided to join us after all! Having never been on a cruise, we certainly didn't know what to expect, but were were up for an adventure.
The excitement built as all five of us drove to the port of Charleston. When we turned the corner and saw the ship, our jaws dropped. It was HUGE! Well, at least it was for us. By the time we made it to the gangplank, we were almost giggling with excitement. Then, as we entered the ship, our jaws dropped at the gorgeous and opulent entrance of the ship. Polished brass, lavish chandeliers, and mirrored elevators gleamed a brilliant welcome to all who entered. Quickly ushered to the Lido deck for lunch, we were greeted with smiling waiters and complimentary champagne. And the sumptuous Italian buffet had both the Hubs and my dad returning for 2nds, and even thirds! And then...we found the ice cream machine!!!
That first cruise was nothing short of amazing. A five-day trip to the Bahamas was our first trip to the Caribbean. We took a tour of Nassau, and went snorkling in crystal clear water. Our son alternated hanging out with us and the kids in the teen club. Mom quickly found her "spot" and sat and read and quilted the entire week, while Dad, the Hubs, and I explored the ship, played ping pong, and napped in the sun. We ate all our meals together, and then as the Lad hung out with his new friends, we explored the nightlife - enjoying music, shows, dancing, and just people watching.
When we departed, we talked about how it was a magical vacation for everyone. There is something for everyone on board, and whether you wanted to just sit and relax, or get involved and play all week, it was the perfect vacation for all ages. We've been on several cruises since then, both with and without my parents and our son. But, it's that first cruise that is one we talk about when we plan for the next one.
Won't you join the Hubs and I this October? The 2017 Holiday Stamping Cruise departs Port Canaveral on October 15th and returning October 22nd. We sail on Royal Caribbean's amazing Oasis of the Seas. It's the biggest ship we've ever been on. He plans to hang out with the other husbands while we stamp and craft at sea. There's a private room set up just for us and we have access to it all week! On sea days, there will be 4 private classes and you're free to come and go as you please. All meals are included, as well as on-board entertainment. What are you waiting for? Register today!
Glimmer Paper Like Never Before!
We are so excited for our gorgeous new paper! The 6" x 6" Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack comes in sizes and colors you haven’t seen in our Glimmer Paper before. This is part of the NEW Sale-a-Bration items just released today. The Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack is FREE with a $50 purchase, but only until March 31st. Shop now or contact me to get yours today!
Cutting and Measurement
Base: Thick Whisper White 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded at 4 1/4"
Layer 1: Bermuda Bay Glimmer Paper 1" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Whisper White Cardstock 3/4" x 3"
Putting it all Together
1. Randomly stamp The Day at the Beach stamps directly on the base, creating your own unique pattern.
2. Stamp sentiment on Layer 2 and flag the ends of both layers. Adhere layer 2 Layer 1 with Tear &Tape.
3. Attach small silver Metallic Foil Doily to base and adhere layer 1 with dimensionals.
4. Finish with small Metallic Enamel shapes.
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