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Happy Birthday Emily!!

Happy Monday!!

It's a special day around here as we celebrate a milestone birthday in our house!! I can't believe that Emily is 18 today!She is a young adult now and we are so proud of her and all her accomlishments!! It just felt like yesterday we were waiting for that big day!!. She was actually 2 weeks early and I still remember holding her for the first was a moment I won't forget!!

I had to make her a special birthday card to celebrate the Occasion!! I used the new Festive Birthday Designer Series Paper as my focus point and drew by colours for the card from there!!

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One must have stamp set and framelits in your collection is the Number of Years stamp set and matching Large Numbers Framelits!! Using these two products, my card came together very quickly!!

My colour combination is


As I was telling you I pulled this colour combination right from the designer series paper pack. Did you know that Stampin' Up! listed the colours in the paper on the back, so you know what colours are in the paper pack! It's a handy little resource!!

Interesting in knowing what supplies I used? You can see all the supplies that I used in this project in the clickable links below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Foxy Friends Baby Card


I  hope you are having a great start to the weekend!! It's going to be a quiet one around here and that is just what we need after the week we have had. I will explain more next week. I'm looking forward to spending some time in my studio and playing with new goodies while I create for upcoming classes!!

My project today is one that we made this month in our Simply Occasions Class. I just had to use the Foxy Friends bundle as it's one of my favourites in the new book!!

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The little critters are so cute that they are the perfect match for creating baby cards. I actually CASE this project right from the Annual Catalouge. You can find it on page 56.

Interesting in knowing what supplies I used on this adorable card? You can see all the supplies that I used in this project in the clickable links below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit


Project kits

One of the first things that I check out in a new catalogue is the Project Kits. Why you ask? Well, these project kits are filled to the brim with amazing projects that you can complete in a few hours. The reason that they come together so quickly is that all the supplies are there to make the projects. You just need to add scissors and adhesives. Sometime our projects kits come with coordinating stamp set and other times you need to purchase the coordinating stamp set!!

My project today showcases one of the gorgeous boxes that you can create from the Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit. This kit features all the supplies you need to create 8 boxes and 8 bags that you can give to your family and friends.

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What you put inside this box are endless? I could see a gift card in here as a way of saying "Thank you" or maybe it could be filled with some yummy bake goody! Either way, if I received this as a gift, it would make my heart feel all warm and special!!

Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit: Coordinates with the Perfectly Wrapped Stamp Set

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And the coordinating stamp set:

Perfectly Wrapped Photopolymer Stamp Set


I had to tell you that I love this stamp set and have you used it so much in the last few weeks. The greetings and images work perfectly with card making and scrapbooking!! It's one of those stamp set that you keep in arm reach because you would always be using it for the fun greetings and images!!

Interesting in knowing what you get in the amazing kit? You can view the Perfectly Wrapped Project Kit here along with it coordinating stamp set. You can see all the supplies that I used in this project in the clickable links below.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!



Foxy Friends


Yeah, I'm finally excited to share some new product with you. This new catalogue is filled to the brim with wonderful new product and lots of fun new bundles. One of my favourite new bundle is the Foxy Friends! I love the cute little baby critters images. The best part is that you get the stamp set and coordinating punch!!

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The little critters that you can make are endless. I have seen skunks, raccoons, deer, people ( yes people) and of course the cute little foxy!! The other neat thing about this stamp set is that the tree images coordinate with the Perfect Pines framelits dies.

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!

Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise Day 7 and Day 8


Welcome back to the final days of our Stampin' Up! Incentive trip. Today was our last port of call which was Marscilles, France and we  decided that we would stay on the ship for most of the day. Once we arrived in port we saw that they had a few shops by the port and we thought we would get off to check them out plus we need a few souvenirs for Corrie and Alison.

This was our view as we came into port.


Since we weren't heading into town to check out the sights we had to get a picture by the welcome sign so that we could say that we were there.


 Once back on the ship, we headed up to the Cafe for some lunch. This was one of our favourite parts about going into the cafe was being greeted by this lady. She would say to us "Washy, Washy, Happy, Happy!" Emily and I would be saying it all day long!!


After spending some time by the pool with our friends we had supper and headed back to our room. We were excited to find our last pillow gift of the week. I think the whole ship must have heard me scream as we received the new Foxy Friends Bundle ( stamp set and punch), the new smoky slate ribbon, and the Foxy Friends Designer Series Paper Pack. Once again, I was so excited that I forgot to take a picture.


 But I did manage to remember to take a picture just before we packed up of all our pillow gifts, daily spin prizes and our swaps. It took some creative packing to get this all home!! Thank you Stampin' Up! for the amazing week!!


It was an early night for us as we had to be up early for our flight home the next day. This was our view as we arrived back in Barcelona Spain at 5 am.


I think this picture sums up our fun week in the Mediterranean. I went to grab a little snack before we left the ship and came back to find Emily asleep at the table.


It was a trip of a lifetime and I'm so grateful that I got to spend it with Emily before she heads off to university in the fall. We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for all the support with my business and helping this dream become a reality!!

From the bottom of our hearts...thank you!!


Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise - Day 6 Cannes France


Welcome back to our trip!! We are on our finally days with the Incentive trip and that makes me a little sad!! I loved spending time with Emily as we explored Europe but I had to say " we sure were missing Corrie and Alison".

Our stop today, takes us to Cannes Frances! We decided that when we were booking excursions, that we wouldn't plan anything on this day incase we were exhausted and decided to just relax on the ship while we were in Port. We decided the night before at supper that we would get off the boat for a few hours and go explore the streets of Cannes and check out the beach right by the port with our friends Kevin, Rose and Amanda.

Cannes is located in the French Riviera and is a very rich and luxury port with lots of famous movies stars!! We couldn't turn down the opportunity to spot a movie star while in town!!

The neat thing about this port was the Cruise ship couldn't dock in the port so they used boats called Tenders to take us ashore!!


A view from the Tenders as we were transported into shore!!


As we were walking along the walkway into town, I couldn't resist taking this gorgeous picture of our cruise ship docked at sea!!


Some sights as we walked along the streets of Cannes!



Amanda and Emily had quite the little bond going on! I love this picture of two of them!!




You can't go to Frances without trying a yummy Macaroon!!


After, walking around for an about an hour, we decided to head to the beach for some relaxing time!! The water was a beautiful colour of blue and the initial shock was cold but after that it warmed up!!







After a few hours on the beach we headed back to the ship so we could have lunch and then hang out by the pool!! After supper, we headed to the private showing of Burn the Floor. This show was amazing and I wished we could have taken pictures but it was against their show policy!


Once the show was over, we headed over to the Hospitality room for our daily spin. This time, I got to spin for the prize and won the new Incolour Lace Doilies!! Just as we were heading out, we stopped to talk to Shelli and Sterling and of course had to have a photo done with them!!



After a little snack we headed back to our room. Once again it was a race to the room to see who could get to the pillow gift first!!


Our pillow gift for the night was Stampin' Up! t shirt and some new enamel shapes.


We are totally feeling the LOVE from Stampin' Up! Look at all the pillow of gifts that was given to us so far on the trip!!


I think today was my favourite day out of the trip. Don't get me wrong, I love all the days but I just love the more relax pace to the day!! I will be back tomorrow with our finally days aboard the Norwegian Epic!!

Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!!


Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise - Day 5 Florence and Pisa


Welcome back to Day 5 of our Mediterranean Cruise and today our Port of Call was Florence and Pisa!! We were up early again and off the ship by 7:30 am to meet up with tour for the day! Once again we used Can't Missed Tours and they did another fabulous day of tours highlighting the main attraction in Florence and Pisa!!

Some of the beautiful scenery as we head up the highway to Florence.


First stop on our tour was the to the Galleria dell’Accademia, home to the original Michelangelo’s David, among other of his sculptures, as well as the works of other famous Italian artists such as Botticelli, del Sarto and others.

Allison and I taking Selfies in front of the famous David sculpture.



After touring the museum, we headed into the Michelangelo Square to enjoy the beautiful panorama of the city. Here in the city, we were able to enjoy the sights of the following places: Republic Square and Jewish Ghetto, Cathedral Square and Brunelleschi’s Duomo, Baptistry and Bell Tower, take in a view of Ponte Vecchio and more.



Emily and Amanda checking out the stores along the streets.


That was the best Gelato that I ever had!!!


After some sightseeing in the Market place, it was time to head back on the bus to the Pisa!! Emily and I were so excited to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa!!







Rose, Allison and I were taking a Selfie in front of Leaning Tower, when John (Shelli's son in law) took this pictures of us taking our selfies!! I found this picture of us on Shelli's blog and knew that I had to share it with you!!

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After another long day of sightseeing, it was finally time to head back to the ship. After supper, we headed down to the hospitality room for our daily spin.


We decided to spend some time chillin in the room, and when we came back to the room, we found these waiting for us on our bed!


Our pillow gift that night was the new Tin of cards!! I can't wait to put this new project kit together as the cards are gorgeous!!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! I will be back to share highlights from our day in Cannes Frances!!


Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise - Day 4 Rome

Happy Monday!!

Welcome back to the Day 4 of our trip and today will be all about Rome. Emily and I took tons of photo's while we were in Rome and it's hard to narrow it down to just a few to show you. This was another must do on Emily's bucket list...she wanted to see the Coliseum!!

I have to say "Rome is a crazy busy place to live, with a population of 3 million people this city never sits still. The traffic was insane and there was people everywhere!! Plus the day that we were there, their CUPE Unions decided to go on strike, so there was extra people and traffic around the city that day!!

Our view as we came into port that morning. A little different then the view in Naples, this port was more of a business with lots of buses waiting to take the tourist into the city!


Our first stop of the day was the Coliseum! This was a must on Emily's places to visit and I was excited for her to see. Unfortunately with all the extra traffic in and round the Coliseum, we couldn't go inside. Emily was disappointed but she was still happy that she got to see it in person!!





Then it was off to see the Pantheon. Another item on Emily's bucket list to see while we were in Rome!!


I have to admit, I did love walking thru the town checking out all the cute displays along the store fronts!! This is how they sell their pasta and look at all the different styles!


Cute little bike displays were all over the city!!


After walking thru town, we head over to see the Trevi Fountain. It was gorgeous and breathtaking!!




After a little more sight seeing in Rome, we head over to the Vatican. The Vatican was very moving and beautiful. It was super crowd that afternoon we were there, as the Pope had delivery a Mass that morning so all tours were all hold. I took lots of pictures and will share a few of my favourite with you from St. Peter's Basilica. We also saw the the Sistine Chapel, which was breathtaking, and gorgeous!!






Another exhausting day and we were already to head back to the ship for supper and some R&R time! I think we did almost 16,000 steps that day that work out to almost 7 miles!!

Once back on the ship we headed out to dinner with Rose and Amanda. Of course, I had to save room for this yummy Lava Cake dessert!!


After supper, we headed down to the Hospitality room for our daily spin!!


Then it was a race to the room for to see who can get to the pillow gift first!! Once again, I was excited about the pillow gift that I forget to take a photo of the inside. Tonight's pillow gift was a little bag that unzipped to a big tote. Can I just say it's my favourite bag!! I love all the bags that Stampin' Up! gives us! I think I need a hall tree for my studio, then I can display all the colourful totes and bags on it for my family and friends to see!!


Another fun little thing we found on our bed that night was a Towel Animal!!


I decided to chill on the balcony for a bit and I'm so glad that I did, I was able to capture this beautiful sunset while we were leaving Rome. What a great way to end a crazy busy day!!


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!! Tomorrow, I will be sharing highlights from our day in Florence and Pisa!!


Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise - Day 3 Naples, Italy!


Welcome back to Day 3 of our trip! Emily and I were very excited as today was our first port stop along this trip..welcome to Naples Italy!! Emily was very excited as this was the day that we were going to tour Pompeii, Sorento and the Amalfi Coast!!

This was our view from our balcony as we pulled into port!! It was breathtaking and beautiful at the same time. I loved seeing all the building on the hillsides and the variety of colours!!


Welcome sign as we came into port!


Can you see the Mt. Vesuvius in the background. This was the volcano responsible for Pompeii!!

Emily was very excited about the tour of Pompeii! When we were booking our tours, she asked if we could go see the city of Pompeii, and I'm so glad that we did. The history that was in the city was ancient, beautiful and breathtaking. To think that people once lived there was unbelievable!!



Our amazing tour guide Paulo from Can't Miss Tours! If you are ever in Italy, look up this tour guide me you won't be disappointed!!


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The famous spot where they all bath together. Once again, look at the detail on the marble walls.


After our tour of Pompeii, our next stop was the Sorento! This was one of the view along the road. Our bus driver stopped for 10 mins so we could take some photo's.


Look at the different shades of the water.


While we were in Sorento, we stopped for a bite to eat. Our tour guide recommended this pizza place for us to try. Well, the food was okay but the company that were with totally made up for it!!

The pizza was very cheesy!!

I wish we had more time to explore in this city, it was full of fun little shops!!


After stopping in Sorento, we headed up to the Amalfi Coast line. This place was gorgeous and unbelievable. If we ever return back to Italy, this is one place that I would love to visit again!!




Three happy demo's on the Amalfi Coast: Krista, Rose Marie and myself.

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Emily and I at the look out point of the Amalfi Coast.


After a busy and exhausting day in Naples, we headed back to the ship for snacks and nap. Of course, we had to stop at the hospitality area for our daily spin of the prize wheel!!  We won the Floral Phrases stamp set.


Then it was a race back to the room, to see what our pillow gift was that night!! I was excited when I opened it up to find: The Floral Boutique Designer Series Paper, the Solid Baker Twine Night of Navy, Detailed Floral Thinlit Dies, and the Floral Boutique Designer Washi Tape. Wow, is all I can say!!


I was very lucky that night to have dinner with my Canadian President of Stampin' Up! Dale Hampshire and 19 other Canadian Demonstrator's that earned the trip! Dale gave each of us a beautiful Calvin Klein Scarf as a thank you for attending dinner with him and for all we do as an Canadian Demonstrator.


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day! Tomorrow I will be sharing highlights from our crazy day in Rome!!

Stampin' Up! Mediterranean Cruise - Day 2 At Sea


Today, I'm back to share highlights and photo's with your from day 2 of our adventure. Day 2 was our first full day on the ship and we were looking forward to our day at sea. We were most excited about touring the ship, hanging by the pool and taking it general session in the morning.

One of my favourite things to do in the morning was to sit on the balcony and watch the sea go by. I loved listening to the waves crash again the ship, it was so soothing and relaxing. They say "that being by the ocean is great for the sole!!"


I was excited to take Emily to her first general session where she could experience main stage stamping and finally get to see what all us demonstrator's love...stamping and prize patrol!!!


Allison and I had to do a photo op before we headed into general session!! One of our favourite things at general sessions is watching all the main stage presentations. A big thanks to Pam and Paula for wowing us with their amazing presentations!! Paula shared the new Foxy Friends suite with us and let me tell you that this bundle is a MUST on your list!!

Pam shared the beautiful and gorgeous Floral Boutique bundle. I have to admit that this bundle was not on my wishlist but after seeing her projects I knew that I had to add it to the list!!


Emily was pretty excited as she even got to participate in prize patrol!! It was fun watching her!!


After general session, we headed down to the Hospitality room to check out all the displays and spin for our daily prize!


And of course, I had to have my picture done too!


Then we spend the rest of the day, hanging by the pool with fellow demonstrators, I got hooked up these yummy drinks!



After having some snack we decided to head back to the cabin for a some down time. Of course it was a race back to the room to see who could see the next Pillow Gift first. OMG, once again, I so was excited that I forgot to take pictures after we opened it. Actually I was distracted as Emily really loved the purse and claim it for herself. I had to wrestle her to get it back. Yes this pillow gift had 4 rolls of ribbon and a gorgeous cross body Doony and Burke purse!!


After having some down time in our cabin, we got ready to attend the Private Show and Dinner of Cirque Dreams. Just before we headed down to the 9:30 show, I was out on the balcony and manage to capture this beautiful sunshine!


We had a fabulous time at the show and I wished I could have taken pictures to share with you but they had a no photo policy at the show. Let's just say it was amazing!!


After a fun filled day at sea, Emily and I fell fast asleep quickly that night!! I will be sharing highlights with you tomorrow of our day in Naples Italy!!

Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your day!!