July 23, 2017

Thailand Achievers Pillow Gifts in Thailand!

A few years ago, I earned the Get-Away trip to Washington DC for two through Stampin' Up! Dave and I were there for 3 days and it was a great trip. While there, all of us demonstrators were pampered by Stampin' Up! so when I earned the trip to Phuket, Thailand, I knew a little bit what to expect. So Dave and I departed on July 7th and the first night of our arrival, an exotic fruit basket appeared in our room:




The following day was the debut of our 5-day week full of activities. Each day as we departed for our excursions, meals, beach time, or whatever we wanted to do, we always arrived back to a nightly "Pillow Gift" on our bed. It was so neat to find something there each night such as this package on Monday:




Another on Tuesday.....




It continued on to Wednesday....




Thursday's Pillow Gift....




And Friday too!




I can't show you what is in these pillow gifts because most of them contained products from the new upcoming Holiday Catalog....we've been sworn to secrecy!


The small box you see below though, I can show you. These boxes were given to us on our last night at our grand reception. We all arrived by bus to Thai food banquet style, Thai music, Thai elephants, Thai coconut drinks and Thai vendors that sold souvenirs. As the event was in the final minutes and we started boarding the buses to go back to the resort, we were given these small boxes:




This is what was inside, a gold elephant necklace....so cute!





This is what was inside our pillow gifts that same night. Dave claimed that the purple elephant was for him so I let him take credit for that one. The yellow box was intriguing.....




And this is what I found inside. I love that the inside of the lid was customized with our Stampin' Up! logo. How neat is that?




I also love the colors on this 2-piece container that was heavily protected on the inside of the box. It traveled with me for 21 hours back home. I actually added more padding on the inside for travel purposes so it wouldn't break!




Isn't it pretty? The colors are beautiful and the gold accents are fabulous!




It's even hand-painted in Thailand:


So how would you like to earn a trip just like I did? I've earned my way to Alask next year and we just found out that the Incentive Trip for 2019 will be in the Greek Isles!


Now is the perfect time  to join Stampin' Up! We have one of the best promotions running for the whole month of July. If you join now, you'll receive all of these products for free:



Plus you also receive 2 Clear Blocks and a new Christmas stamp set called Christmas Carols from the upcoming Holiday Catalog. Why wouldn't you want to join? 



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July 22, 2017

Create with Connie & Mary Saturday Blog Hop!



Happy Saturday everyone. I hope your weekend is going to be wonderful and if you don't have plans, make sure you hop with us today for our Saturday Blog Hop at Create with Connie & Mary. We have a "beach theme" going on today and here's my project:




When I first spied the little chair from the Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, I was in love. I didn't even notice what else was in the die set. I just had to have that chair. So for today's beach theme, I thought the chair was perfect. Do you agree?




I also added other stamped layers using the Seaside Shore stamp set and the Wood Textures Designer Paper was perfect for a background layer. Did you notice that I colored the designer paper? I sponged it with Pool Party Ink. Neat huh?



Here are the steps to creating this card:

  • Card Base: Early Espresso Cardstock 5-1/2" x 8-1/2". Score and fold at 4-1/4". 
  • Layer #2: Crushed Curry Cardstock 5-1/4" x 4". Glue to card base.
  • Layer #3: Wood Textures Designer Paper 5" x 3-3/4".  Using a Stamping Sponge, apply Pool Party Ink over the designer paper. Glue to card front.
  • Layer #4: Cut a circle using Early Espresso Cardstock and the Stitched Shapes Dies circle measuring 2-7/8". Using the die-cut circle, cut a circle on the inside to form a ring using the Layering Circles Framelits Dies measuring 2-3/8". Cut a 2nd circle with the Stitched Shapes Dies using Whisper White Cardstock. Use an Aqua Painter to add Pool Party Ink for the sky and Crumb Cake for the beach sand over the white circle. Stamp a scenery using the High Tide stamp set with Crushed Curry, Early Espresso and Crumb Cake Ink. Glue the white layer to the Early Espresso Cardstock ring. Add Rhinestone Jewels to the ring and glue to card front. 
  • Sentiment: Stamp the sentiment twice. First using Crumb Cake Ink and then again with Early Espresso Ink. The Crumb Cake Ink will create a shadow. 
  • Chair: Cut the chair using the die-cut with Crushed Curry Cardstock. Glue in place on the card front.
  • Stamped images: Stamp the images from the Seaside Shore stamp set using Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry and Pool Party Ink. Hand-cut all stamped images and glue in place as shown on the card. 
  • Ribbon: Add a small bow to the anchor using White Baker's Twine.


by clicking on the links below to visit my talented teammates!
Click PREVIOUS to visit Libby and NEXT to visit Melissa:

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http://rubberfunatics.blogspot.com/




Card Supplies:
  • Stamps: High Tide, Seaside Shore, Colorful Seasons
  • Inks: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Crushed Curry, Pool Party
  • Designer Paper: Wood Textures
  • Cardstock: Early Espresso, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
  • Accessories: Rhinestone Jewels, White Baker's Twine
  • Tools: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Seasonal Layers Framelits Dies, Stamping Sponges, Aqua Painter



    July 21, 2017

    Per Popular Request...Salad Spinner Ink Spreading On Glossy Paper Video!

    I posted this card using the Salad Spinner Ink Spreading on Glossy Paper Technique a few days ago. Isn't that a mouthful to say? Lots of you contacted me and begged me to hurry and create a video so you are in luck today!



    You can find the original post for my card HERE if you need a listing of the supplies I used. My new video shows you how to create the background technique only and I hope you enjoy it! You can click on the video or the link below it:








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    July 20, 2017

    3D Thursday!



    Yay! It's 3D Thursday and our team has a new project this week created by my teammate Twila Davis at Stamp A Little Longer.  Twila created this adorable 3D Purse and as always, we have a FREE Project Sheet for you so you can make your own project.

     



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    Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop for July!



    Hi Everyone and welcome to my blog! I am participating with a group of demonstrators in the July  Stampin' Dreams Blog Hop. You are currently visiting Debbie Henderson from the USA. For July we are all focusing on "Case the Catalog". What exactly does that mean? That means we all pick a project photo from the current Annual Catalog & CASE it (copy & selectively edit). This is a photo of what I decided to CASE from the catalog:






     And this is my card for the Blog Hop:



    Can you spot a few subtle differences? I did not have the washi tape that was used at the top with the sentiment layer, so I opted to use a sliver of designer paper instead. A great way to use up scraps. I also changed up the order of the ink colors of some of the pillows and used a different sentiment that is included in this stamp set. 




    The stamp set used on this card is the Sitting Here stamp set. What caught my eye that made me fall in love with this card is the watercolored background. I used an Aqua Painter to add the Lemon Lime Twist Ink and the Evergreen Envy Ink. And here's a close-up of my fussy-cut flower pot that I glued in place using Stampin' Dimensionals:





    I hope you enjoyed my project for today and make sure you visit all of the participants in today's blog hop. I promise you will be totally inspired! See you next month!

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    July 19, 2017

    Salad Spinner Ink Spreading on Glossy Paper Technique!

    Have I told you how happy I was when I found out Stampin' Up! brought back our Glossy White Cardstock? I teach classes in my home and I have a long list of techniques that incorporates this cardstock. For today's project, I am adding a new one to my glossy paper techniques list.  Don't you just love my background?




    Of course by reading the title of my post, you've probably guessed how I made the background. The answer is with a salad spinner....really? I saw several videos showing this technique so I quickly drove to Walmart and picked up this salad spinner which cost about $10:






    I then chose my re-inker colors of Tempting Turquiose, Flirty Flamingo and Pear Pizzazz. A nice assortment of colors right? I also used some foam board with a small hole in the center as my base for my cardstock. There's a knobby portion in the center of the salad spinner and I wanted a place to sit my cardstock flat so I could do my magic. By adding the foam board over the knob, it creates a flat surface to place your cardstock on. I hope that makes sense. I'm going to try to create a video to show you how it's done. 







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