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.
I stayed up late last night - much later than my normal midnight hours - designing a card for my Hubs' Valentine's Day card that he hadn't already seen, and creating a card for a weekly team sketch challenge. I got all finished with this card and realized, I hadn't followed the sketch! So, back to the drawing board!
Which one do you prefer? The both use the Seaside Shore Stamp Set plus By the Shore Designer Series Paper, since I wanted to feature them on today's Tuesday Cruise Day blog. I'm just so excited to be able to combine my love of travel - and cruising!- with my passion for paper crafting. It's really the best of both worlds: Fun in the Sun + Stamping. The Hubs and several husbands are coming, too. The Oasis of the Seas is big enough for everyone to find something to do
Won't you join us? We leave Port Canaveral on October 15th and return October 22nd. We love to craft on board with you!
Cutting and Measurement
Base: Dapper Denim, 5 1/2" x 8 1/2", scored and folded
Layer 1: Very Vanilla, 5 3/8 x 4 1/8
Layer 2: By the Shore Designer Series Paper, 5 1/4" x 4"
Layer 3: By the Shore Designer Series Paper, 5 1/4" x 2"
Layer 4: Thick Whisper White Baker's Twine
Layer 5: Thick Calypso Coral Baker's Twine
Layer 6: Layering Circles in Dapper Denim, By the Shore Designer Series Paper, and Very Vanilla
Simply adorable! These cute little Valentine's will be perfect to send to my nice and nephew in California. I just live these whimsical little animals in the Love you Lots hostess set. Using precut notecards and these simple, outline stamps make quick projects, too. And using the notecards means that you can get 2 cards from one sheet of 6" x 6" designer paper, too! (Here, I used the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack).
The elephants were stamped in Basic Gray, the hedgehogs in Soft Suede, and the ladybugs were stamped in Basic Black. A Real Red Stampin' Write marker added a bit of color to the ladybugs and the flower. This is the perfect set for a quick 'thinking of you' card.
This cute Love You Lots set is only available using Stampin' Rewards, which can be earned two ways:
Visit my Store or Contact me to get your own Love You Lots Stamp Set today!
Cutting and Measurement
Base: Whisper White Note Card 5" x 3-1/2"
Layer 1: Real Red cardstock 4 3/4" x 3 1/4"
Layer 2: Sending Love designer paper 4 1/2" x 3"
Layer 3: Layering Shapes
Putting it All Together
1. Stamp outlines onto Layering shapes.
2. Adhere layers 1 & 2. Wrap and tie ribbon as needed.
3. Adhere layers 1 & 2 to Base.
4. Add stamped shapes to base with dimensionals.
5. Add metallic enamel shapes as needed.
Welcome to Cruise Tuesday. I just got back from a weekend at the beach and it got me thinking all about the upcoming stamping cruise. I'm planning an exciting week for everyone. Stamping and crafting all week aboard Royal Caribbean's Oasis of the Seas will give you the time you need to catch up on projects already started, PLUS give you time for all you holiday stamping as well.
The week includes your own space and time to work on projects you bring and the rest, is all being taking care of ...this week, it's all about YOU! So bring your scrapbooking, card making, or any other crafts you choose to work on. You'll have all the time in the world.
In addition to the cruise, food, and entertainment, your registration fee includes:
So, what are you waiting for? Visit the Crafting Cruises Website to register today!
What happens when you get a bunch of Stampin' Up! demonstrators in one room? You better be prepared for a lot of laughter, maybe a few tears, and a whole lot of stamping! That's exactly what happened this past weekend as 14 demonstrators got together to share and learn together. It was truly a beautiful experience. We didn't all know each other when the morning began, but we all left as friends by the end of the day.
This is a remarkable group of women. Some are experience stampers, and some had never made a card on their own before. But we all bring something unique with us and that's our stories, our experiences, and our passion for creating something beautiful to share with others. There is beauty in bringing joy to those around us and I look forward to many more such joyful events with these wonderful and talented ladies.
And anytime a group of stampers get together, there has to be a swap! We created cards to share with each other. We had to use full size (5 1/2" x 4 1/4") cards using current Stampin' Up! products. As you can see, each card is as unique as the ladies who created them.
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