Thursday, December 20, 2012

Day 17 of 30 Days of Christmas

Let's make Christmas Tags

Supplies:
Colours:       Very Vanilla, Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green
Designer Paper:  Be of Good Cheer
Stamp Sets:   Scentsational Season, More Merry Messages

Today's tags were inspired by a lovely visit I had with Kathryn Corbett the
other day.  Her dining room table was set up with papers and tools.
Kathryn shared that she and and her dear friend Donna had gotten together
to be creative.  They used all of their scraps and old supplies and turned
them into NEW gorgeous tags.  I thought that was a great idea.

I can't wait to invite someone over to use my scraps and supplies to make
beautiful tags.  I made a few tags to show here on my blog.  I have to tell you
that it was so much fun and it was actually hard to stop making them and get
back to some other work.   Of course I have the best job in the world so "work"
isn't really work.


Supplies:
Colours:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla,
Stamps:  Chock Full of Cheer, Perfect Punches,
Other:   Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8 circle punch, Sponge Dauber,
             Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Scallop Dots Ribbon, pearls,


Supplies:
Colours:  Early Espresso, Cherry Cobbler, Very Vanilla,
Stamps:   Tags Til Christmas, Chock Full of Cheer,
Other:      Big Shot, Two Tags Bigz Die, Ornament Punch, Decorative Label Punch,
                Rhinestone, Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder, Silver Glimmer Paper,


   Supplies:
Colours:  Cherry Cobbler, Gumball Green, Very Vanilla,
Stamps:   Jolly Bingo Bits
Other:      Be of Good Cheer Designer Paper, Scallop circle punch, 1 3/8 circle punch,
                 Dazzling Details,

     Supplies:
Colours:   Very Vanilla, Summer Starfruit, Gumball Green
Stamps:     Petite Pairs,
Other:       Very Vanilla 3/8 taffeta ribbon, Merry Minis Punch Pack, Argyle Embossing Folder,
                  Word Window Punch,
Then I took some coordinating Be of Good Cheer Designer paper and used it to wrap a gift
for Irv.
I can't wait to invite a friend over and make some more terrific tags.  Woohoo!!!

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Day 16 of 30 Days of Christmas



I made this cute little envelope that I'm going to put some
tickets in for one of my lucky family members.

These are so quick and easy to make using the Big Shot
and the Petite Pockets Bigz XL Die.

Then decorate anyway you would like.

I used the Greetings of The Season Stamp Set,
Be of Good Cheer paper, Gumball Green card
stock, Very Vanilla card stock, Antique brads,
Cherry Cobbler ink, Regal brads, 
and the Lacy Brocade embossing folder.

The original idea for this came from the one you 
see below that was in the Stampin' Success magazine. 
 It is a magazine that I get for Free as a demonstrator.  


 What will you fill in yours?

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Day 15 of 30 Days of Christmas

This ornament was made by Diane Blumenstock.  It was a design that was in
Stampin' Success, a magazine that you get for FREE  as a Stampin' Up!
Demonstrator.

star snowflake ornament
Snowflake Soiree Stamp Set; Very Vanilla and White Vellum Card Stock; Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper; Silver Glimmer Paper; VersaMark Pad; 2012–2014 In Color and Cherry Cobbler Stampin’ Write Markers; Silver Stampin’ Emboss Powder; Whisper White Baker’s Twine; Rhinestone Basic Jewels; Stampin’ Dimensionals; Petite Pennants, Scallop Edge, Scallop Trim, and 2-1/2" Circle Punches; Itty Bitty Shapes Punch Pack; Stamping Sponges 

Tonight was a very special night at the Donald house.  It was our annual trip to get a Christmas Tree. 
Then home to decorate the house and the tree and a family dinner.  

Merry Christmas from the Donald Family!

Left to Right:   David, Irv, Me (Denise), Gemma, J.J., Laryssa and Devin.


Day 14 of 30 Days of Christmas

It's a TREE!

This looks better in real life than in the picture.

Yesterday it looked like this.
Then I glued the strips together to make long strips.

Then all the strips were scored at 1/2" and accordian folded
Then I covered a paper towel roll with Gumball Green card stock and cut into 1/4" rings with the
table top paper cutter.

1 3/4" circles were glued to the rosette and then the paper towel ring glued on top and then another 1 3/4 circle to create the rings that went between each layer. 
It was so much fun building this tree.  I can't wait until tomorrow when the family
wakes up to see our new table centrepiece.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Day 13 of 30 Days of Christmas

This is a tree.........

O.K.  It's not a tree, yet.

I was hoping to get this finished today but it didn't happen.  It's getting late
so I wanted to still blog.
This is the gorgeous Snow Festival Designer Series Paper from the Holiday Catalogue.
Item #126908    for $13.50
You get 12 sheets of 12x12 paper
As you can see I have cut these in preparation for the tree.
Tomorrow it will be a tree.

How about another gorgeous project.
Are you a quilter?  My fabulous sister in law/friend is a talented quilter and she
made our family this fabulous table runner from Stampin' Up! fabric.
Here is a close up picture to see more detail.
Isn't it gorgeous!  I am very grateful and lucky to receive such a gorgeous gift.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

A little mojo

Today I participated in a sketch challenge to get my mojo going.

I know this isn't Christmas but I am struggling to find my Christmas spirit.
So this is a little detour to the upcoming catalogue that is coming out.
This card was created using a really cute kit which I can't show you yet.
But....I am allowed to show you what I created with it.
The kit is called the Pop Up Posies Designer Kit and it's gorgeous.
The embossed background is using a brand new embossing folder called Vine
Street.  Guess what?  You can get it for FREE.
Starting Jan 22 you will get to pick a great product for FREE with every $60 purchase.
Woohoo!!!!
Watch your mailbox because your catalogue should be arriving soon.

O.k Now I'm feeling more in the Christmas mood.   So.....

Day 12 of 30 Days of Christmas

My niece Karen Blumenstock created this gorgeous card.  She cased it from the
lovely Tammie White.

You probably recognize the stamp set.  Lovely as A Tree
This set is a must have on any Christmas wish list.
She stamped the image using Chocolate Chip ink and sponged the lovely background
with Bashful Blue ink.  Then added glitter to the tree and cut it into 4 equal pieces.
Now we have a lovely scene through a window.  To create the window box you use
Chocolate Chip card stock and the woodgrain embossing folder.  Yummy!
Set it all on a lovely bed of crumb cake card stock embossed with the Lacy Brocade
embossing folder.  Then mount it on Chocolate Chip card stock.
Stamp a sentiment from Teeny Tiny Wishes and punch it out with the word window punch.
Mount the sentiment on a piece of chocolate chip card stock punched out using the Modern Label Punch.

I didn't have time to send my list to Santa so .... Santa if you are reading this...... I would love a prepaid mastercard to order from my new catalogue in January.     Thanks!

Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 11 of 30 Days of Christmas

Day 11 of 30 Days of Christmas

Another gorgeous card created by Diane Blumenstock

Supplies Used:

Stampset:    Come to Bethlehem
Cardstock:  Night of Navy, Bashful Blue, Whisper White
Inks:            Night of Navy, Basic Gray, Bashful Blue, Daffodil Delight, Black Stazon,
Other:          Stampin' Trimmer, Versamark, Gold Embossing Powder,
                    Embossing Buddy,  Modern Label Punch, Sponges,

Steps:

1.  Stamp Camel scene
2.  Stamp Star and emboss
3.  Use sticky notes to mask starlight beam area and sponge area with Daffodil Deilight ink
4.  Mask again to sponge sky with Bashful Blue and Night of Navy ink and ground
     with Basic Gray ink
5.  Cut the scene and mount onto Night of Navy card stock
6.  Stamp sentiment with versamark and emboss with Gold embossing powder.
7.  Punch out sentiment using Modern Label Punch.
8.  Sponge edges of sentiment with Daffodil Delight ink and adhere with Stampin' dimensionals.



Upcoming Events:

craftD Crop  this Saturday, Dec 1st  10am - 10pm   $35 or  FREE with $75 order

Team Social   Friday, Dec 7th   7-10pm    FREE
 (Join my Stampin' Up! demonstrator team and you can attend this event held monthly)




Thursday, November 29, 2012

Day 10 of 30 Days of Christmas

Day 10 of 30 Days of Christmas
Another simple card but it makes you feel so good to colour this little bird or
to receive this card.
You can get this card for FREE  this week when you place a Stampin' Up! order with me.

Supplies Used:
Stamp Set:  For the Birds
Colours:      Night of Navy, Real Red, Whisper White
Other:          Gumball Green 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon

Upcoming Events:

craftD Crop  this Saturday, Dec 1st  10am - 10pm   $35 or  FREE with $75 order

Team Social   Friday, Dec 7th   7-10pm    FREE
 (Join my Stampin' Up! demonstrator team and you can attend this event held monthly)    

         

               

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 9 of 30 days of Christmas

Day 9 of 30 days of Christmas

Here is a simple card that is what I would call a 10 minute card.

I used a piece of very vanilla card stock and then scraps of paper.

Use this as a sketch and see what you can come up with.

Supplies used:

Cardstock:  Very Vanilla
Ink:              Cherry Cobbler, Garden Green
Stamp Set:   Polar Party
Paper:          Be of Good Cheer
Other:          Cherry Cobbler Sweater Trim, Dazzling Details Silver Sparkle,
                     Dazzling Details Cherry Cobbler,

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Day 8 of 30 Days of Christmas

Day 8 of 30 Days of Christmas

Don't you just love this snowman.
This is the thank you card and free tutorial that customers get this week when they
place an order.


Supplies

· Stamp Sets:     Snow Much Fun (Item # 122560 Wood Mount, Item # 122562 Clear Mount),
· Inks:               Basic Black, Bashful Blue, Pumpkin Pie
· Paper:             Whisper White 3” x 6”, Whisper White 2 ¾” x 2 ¾”
· Tools:             Northern Flurry Embossing Folder (Item #120902),
· Other:             Dazzling Diamonds (Item #102023), 1 3/8” circle punch (Item #119860),
Blender pen (Item #102845)


The good news is that there is a huge online extravaganza starting
tomorrow.
Nov 19 - 28th

The items below are only door crashers and are only available at this special price
on November 19th, 2012 until midnight.
Page
Item
Description
Retail Price
24-Hour
Sale Price
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125586
Simply Scored Diagonal Plate
$15.95
$12.76
186
113439
Big Shot Die-Cutting Machine
$122.95
$98.36
186
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Big Shot Doctor's Bag
$93.95
$75.16


Yes, you read right.   Get the Big Shot today for ONLY $98.36

Nove 19-28th there are many other specials. You can see them on this pdf.
http://www.stampinup.com/ca/documents/Online_X_flyer_CA.pdf

You can order online at www.craftdbear.com or email me at craftdbear@rogers.com



Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Day 7 of 30 Days of Christmas

Poinsettia
This word is often mispronounced but however, you pronounce it this card is beautiful.
Created by Diane Blumenstock
The poinsettia was created using the Blossom Petals Builder Punch.
If you attended my October crop then you will remember the technique we used
to create the cool leaves.
This is a similar technique.  Punch the petals.  Fold or Score in half.  Then use your diagonal
plate to score lines with the petal still folded.
Other supplies used to create this card include:
Whisper White card stock
Real Red card stock
Daffodil Delight card stock
Owl Builder Punch (largest circle)
Fancy Fan Embossing Folder, (Use brayer to ink of one side of folder with garden green ink and place card stock inside and use Big shot to emboss.
Stampin' Up! dimensionals ( these are the best on the market)
Apothecary Accents Framelits,
This is my kind of Poinsettia.  It doesn't require any water.  

Monday, Nov 5, 2012 Day 6 of 30 days of Christmas

Day 6 of 30 days of Christmas

A Christmas card designed by Tammie White and created by Diane Blumenstock

I have all the pieces for this and I can't wait to create it.  All of my team members got to make this
at our team meeting last month.  I was distracted with some administrative things so I didn't get to make this but I'm going to.
The supplies I will need to make this are
Gumball Green card stock
Garden Green card stock
The Boho Blossoms punch (yes, the wreath is created with the punch.  This is a great task to give your child to do or your loving husband.  It will keep them busy for a while)
1 1/4" circle punch and 1 3/4" circle punch (punch the 1 1/4" circle first and then the 1 3/4" around the hole that was left to gift you the circle to build your boho blossoms on.  Yes, trust me do one before the other.
Primrose Petals card stock
Rhinestone Basic Jewels (definately one of my favourite items,  you can use a sharpie marker and change the colour of these.  Dear Stampin' Up!  Please sell these by the case.  lol)
Be of Good Cheer Designer Series Paper (the picture in the catalogue doesn't do this justice, I think I
have used about 20 pkgs so far because it is so pretty)
Staz On Black ink
Dotted Scallop Ribbon Border Punch
Primrose Petals 3/8" Stitched Satin Ribbon
If you haven't started your Christmas cards yet then imagine making this card.  All your friends and family would love to receive this in the mail.
Thanks Tammie and Diane!

Sunday, Nov 4, 2012 Day 5 of 30 days of Christmas

Sunday, Nov. 5, 2012
Day 5 of 30 Days of Christmas

After a very successful all day crop at Mt Pleasant Community Centre this past Saturday, I find myself a little behind.  So this will be me catching up.
Attend my next all day crop at Mt Pleasant Community Centre on Saturday, December 1st from 10am to 10pm.  You will be spoiled with 6 ft of your own personal cropping space, lunch and dinner and yummy snacks,  and a very cool make & take.
This crop will be my best yet.  Reserve your space today.  Cost is only $35 or FREE with order (minimum $75)

Todays Christmas project is my rag wreath.

Oh my gosh!  I love this.  I did this class at Elmhurst craftD Christmas Retreat.
It is so easy and we have Christmas fabric available on the clearance rack.
You take a wire frame and tear fabric into small pieces and tie them around the
wire.  It's so easy.  I saw the original idea on interest.  Even the bow I made using
glue so this is a no sew project.  It's great to make while sitting in front of the t.v.
Check out the shop now button and look in the clearance rack to order your fabric
today.  So cool!

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Day 4 of 30 Day of Christmas

This fantastic card was displayed at our Team Social.  Created by Diane Blumenstock.
This is a great use of the Apothecary Accents Framelits.
I think it looks like windows with ornaments hanging in them.
Supplies used:
Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
Whisper White Card Stock
Wild Wasabi ink
Versa Mark
Cherry Cobbler Embossing Powder
Early Espresso marker
Ornament Keepsakes Stamp Set
Modern Label Punch
Come to Bethlehem Stamp Set
Early espresso marker
Lacy Brocade Embossing Folder
Stampin' Sponges
This card is a sample of how you can use the Ornament Keepsakes stamp set without
the coordinating framelits.


Friday, November 2, 2012

Day 3 of 30 Days of Christmas


This creation is one of Diane Blumenstock's.  aka best friend/sister in law.
Sadly the white never shows up well on the computer screen.  When you
recreate this card you will see how gorgeous it is.  The gold embossing
just jumps off of the card and says "elegant"
Supplies used to make this card:
Whisper White card stock
Always Artichoke card stock
Wild Wasabi card stock
Sahara Sand card stock
Versamark
Gold Embossing Powder
Brushed Gold card stock
Fancy Fan Embossing folder
Scallop Trim Border Punch
Scallop Circle Punch
Merry Minis Punch Pack (star)
Evergreen Stamp Set
Perfect Punches Stamp Set

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Day 2 of 30 Days of Christmas

Today's card is one of my designs.  The base of the card is Early Espresso
card stock and on top of that is the flocked window sheet from the
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper.  I love the feel
of the flocked design and the richness that it gives the card.
This card glimmers without the use of glitter.  It's true.
Stampin' Up! Supplies used to make this card:
Early Espresso Card Stock
Lucky Limeade Card Stock
Very Vanilla Card Stock
Candlelight Christmas Specialty Designer Series Paper
Scallop Circle Bigz Die
Labels Collection Framelits
3/16 Corner Punch
Snowflake Soiree
Versamark
Joyous Celebrations Stamp Set
Merry & Type
Extra Large Oval Punch
Cherry Cobbler Ink
Cherry Cobbler Marker
Early Espresso Marker
Early Espresso 1/8 Taffeta Ribbon
Very Vanilla Seam Binding
Dimensionals, Glue Dots and Tombo


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

30 Days of Christmas

For the next 30 days I will put up a project a day for Christmas.
What better way to start then with gift wrapping.  I took this picture at the
Stampin' Up head office.  I thought this was a great idea.
Use simple brown kraft paper but then dress it up with ribbon and a
gorgeous tag.
Used here was
120992 Cherry Cobbler Seam Binding
119847 Ornament Punch
101227  1/16" circle Handheld punch
119247 Pearls basic jewels
120997 Champagne Glass Stampin' Glitter
109129 Gold Embossing Powder
119685 Cherry Cobbler Card Stock
101650 Very Vanilla Card Stock
104199 Linen Thread
119882 Scallop Edge Border Punch
The deer is from a retired set called Winter Post
122622 Nature's Pace stamp set

It may look like a lot of supplies but you could make numerous gift tags with these supplies
and how about a coordinating card.
Keep Christmas simple and stress free with easy gift wrapping ideas.

Monday, October 29, 2012

15% OFF TODAY ONLY


Stampin Up! has just announced an incredible one-day only never-been-done-before savings event--the one-day Sell-A-Stamp Spooktacular!

Today, Monday October 29, get 15 percent off almost every stamp we sell! The goal is to break a record and sell more stamps in a single day than ever before...
  • This means all stamps in our current catalogues including
    • Background stamps
    • Personalized name stamps
    • Cookie press stamps
    • Single-image stamps 
    This DOES NOT include
    • Hostess sets
    • Bundled stamp sets
    • Digital stamp brush sets

    There is no minimum purchase, and no limit to the number of stamps you can order.  So, take a look through our catalog and let me know which sets you need for Holiday projects, or any sets that have been on your wish list.  Now's the time to order them!  I will be hitting send on the order at 10pm this evening.  Give me a call at 519-209-4961 or shoot me off an email as soon as you've decided the stamp(s) you've just got to add to your collection.  You can also shop online at www.denisedonald.stampinup.net  or www.craftdbear.com.

    As an added bonus:  Everyone who places an order by 10pm tonight will be added into a special draw for a chance to win one of two $25 gift certificates.

    Winners will be announced on November 1st on my blog.  November 1st will also kick off my "30 Days of Christmas" on my blog featuring a different Christmas craft everyday for 30 days.

    Wednesday, September 26, 2012

    Circle Card

    Celebrate Card  using the Scallop Circle Bigz Die to cut out the card base.
    I made this card for a sketch challenge.
    The following Stampin' Up! supplies were used to make this card.

    Stamp Sets:  Four Seasons
                         Embellished Events Stamp Set

    Card Stock:  Very Vanilla
                          Baja Breeze
                          Pink Pirouette

    Ink:                Baja Breeze
                           Pink Pirouette

    Other:           Baja Breeze Seam Binding, Bitty Banners Framelits, Paper Piercer, Fancy Fan Embossing            
                          folder, Frost White Shimmer Paint, 2 1/2" circle punch, Dazzling Details, Basic Pearls,
                          3 1/2" Circle Die, Scallop Circle Bigz Die, Delicate Doilies Sizzlits, Aqua Painter, Big      
                           Shot, Bone Folder, Sponge Daubers,


    Saturday, September 15, 2012

    Still Thursday of Founder's Circle

    I left off at the business share.  Here is a little photo of us gathering around to listen to some tips.
    On the way into the pyjama party we were all given a very cool swap bag for after the business share.
    Inside the bag was a really cool swatch book with business tips.
    After all the business sharing it was time for my favourite activity.  Swaps.
    This is my swap card.  I made 121 with the help of my best friend/sister in law Diane,
    My brilliant, handsome husband Irv, my dear friend Catherine Sanders and about half the ladies at my table at the Olive Garden.
    The challenge for the swap was a "2 Layer card"  This was definately a stressful challenge for me.
    I love layers on a card.  I did the two layer but this is certainly not easy.
    After swaps we sat around sharing the cards we got with each other.
    Then we headed to our room to change for the hot tub.
    I open my door and there is tonight's pillow gift.  Those of you who know me closely will know that
    this pillow gift is definately perfect for me.
    A gorgeous blanket.  I love blankets.  I even take a blanket when I go to the movie theatre.
    I am going to keep this one in my car.  The blanket I got on the Alaska trip is on my couch
    and I cuddle with it every day.
    We go off to the hot tub and as I go to bed on Thursday night I am wondering where we
    are going on Friday.
    We know we are going to Kanab for a tour of the facilities but we are being taken somewhere afterwards.  We are told that we need the following items.
    Dress comfortably and in layers.  Short, capris or khakis are highly recommended, along with a light shirt and jacket or sweater to throw on if the wind picks up.
    Flip Flops, sandals or water shoes
    Sunscreen, lip balm, hat, camera.
    I already owned flip flops but I forgot my closed toed shoes for the factory tour so here are the
    items that I had to buy for Friday's trip.
    I am set for the Kanab tour and the mystery tour.

    Thursday of Founder's Circle

    Thursday morning we had a breakfast buffet in the lobby.  There was lots to eat including "made to order" omelettes.  Yummy.  Not only is the food good but the atmosphere is fantastic.  There are lots of tables and everyone just grabs seats together and the focus is more on socializing and chatting with each other.
    After breakfast it was back to the hospitality suite to play plinko for a prize, eat more food, and work on make 'n' takes.
    Check out the ice cream freezer full of novelty treats for us to just help ourselves to.


















    The night before they had served this fabulous seafood in a really cool dish.  They washed out the dishes so we coulde is candy all around the room again so I may have saved a candy or two for later in my special bowl.
    There was no need for lunch that's for sure.  I spent the day in the hospitality suite working on my swaps.  My dear friend Catherine Sanders helped me as she downloaded My Digital Studio 2 and got tips from others on the program.  Everyone is willing to help each other here and share their
    knowledge and business tips.  It is one of the best things about the trip.
    There are some stores within walking distance so we went to do a bit of shopping for some necessities we needed and then we went to the Olive Garden for dinner.
    After dinner it was time for the Pyjama Party and Business Share and Swap.
    I love meetings where the dress code is "Pyjamas"  
    As we came down the hall toward the Hospitality Suite there was a scent of cinnamon in the air.
    Oh, how I wish I could take a picture of the scent.  Imagine the smell of "Cinnabon"
    It smelled so good.
    We enter the room and to our left they are making  Hot Candied Cinnamon almonds.

    Look how cute the containers are.
     But of course there is more food to the right of that.
    I really will need to lose 100 lbs after this week.
    Here is a picture of my favouite square.  You are probably thinking, "how could you
    be hungry?"   I wasn't but I just thought I would have a little nibble.  Just a taste.
    It is so good that a little taste turned into two squares.
    Again I wish you could smell this photo and taste it.  They are to die for.  It's like a
    rice krispie but way better with lots of peanut butter goodness.  I can taste them
    just writing about this.
    So the room is full of ladies eating sweets and meandering around and chatting.
    Then we settle in for the business portion and a few demonstrators speak
    on some topics like making you tube videos, making webinars, etc....

    To be continued.......   It's time for a few minutes of sleep again......






    Friday, September 14, 2012

    Founder's Circle 2012

    Finally a chance to catch up on my blog.  I am having a super time.  As you know a few weeks ago
    I moved my studio to my basement and I love my new Stampin' Up! Studio.  I love it so much that I
    hated to leave it.  However, I earned the Founder's Circle trip which is a huge honour.
    This was my picture at convention with my new purse that each Founder's Circle recipient receives.

    Even better, I left a few days early and Irv came with me so we could spend a few days in Las Vegas.
    Now, I know I said that it was hard to leave my new studio behind but I still insisted on being at the
    airport 3 hours before our flight.  To be fair that is what it said on our itinerary.  Irv said that we
    didn't need to be there that early but I insisted we needed to follow the instructions.
    Well, apparently we were there before the staff.  They were kind enough to turn the lights on for us.
    And of course in the hotel at Las Vegas I was making swaps.  I swore I wouldn't do this again but....
    There are so many shows playing in Vegas and we were lucky enough to see O the Cirque show.
    It is amazing.  We also went to see Penn and Teller.  They do a magic trick.  We saw them 10 years ago and loved it.  They leave you saying, "How did they do that?"  They are also really kind people and they come out after the show for photos, chatting and autographs.  This is Irv in front of the
    gift shop.
    And I'm sure you are wondering if we gambled.  Yes, in fact we did.  Luckily we were winners.
    This is one of my lucky payouts.  I like the Wheel of Fortune game.
    One of the other things to do in Vegas is to walk the strip and see all the beautiful hotels, casino's and shops.  This is one of my favourite pictures that Irv took.
    Now it is Wednesday, September 12, 2012 and it is time for Irv to fly home and me to go to Founder's Circle.  I have to admit that I wanted to stay with Irv and I wanted to go home with him.  I was
    very nervous about the trip.
    My nerves were quickly forgotten as I found the Stampin' Up! staff at the airport welcoming us.
    They even had bottle of water for us which at the airport is $4.00  
    We boarded the bus and left for the one hour ride to the Courtyard by Marriott in St George, Utah.
    The hour flew by as I chatted to all the awesome Stampin' Up! demonstrators.
    When we arrived I went straight to the Hospitality Suite.
    This is the room where we gather to chat, and win a prize, and do our make 'n' takes.  Everyone
    is greeted warmly and made to feel at home.  Bonnie Thurber gave me my name tag.
    The theme is "Beach"   The room is full of food like this cooler that we can help ourselves to.
    Inside this cooler is Fruit and Dip, Veggies and Dip and bottles of cold water.
    There are cupboards around the room with candy and decorations that are just gorgeous.
    These are the bags that you can fill with candy.
    I may have filled two bags.  lol
    We had a lovely lunch and then I went up to  check out my room.  I even had a lovely note
    from my cleaning lady.
    I just realized I forgot to take a picture of my name on the door.  I will have to do that tomorrow.
    Of course I love it.
    I dumped out the candy on the bed to check out my loot.
    The room key is cool too.  It says "wandering is encouraged"
    We have the whole hotel to ourselves so we can actually walk around in our p.j.s
    all day if we want.
    I was only in my room for seconds and then it was time to go to the pool reception.
    Our name tags all have what group we are in and what bus we will be traveling in this week.
    At the reception they served delicious lemonade in glasses we got to keep.
    We were challenged to find the fellow ladies in our group.
    Then we had to find out their answer to a question.  We each had a different question.
    This was mine.
    Some of the other questions were...
    What is the #1 item on your bucket list.
    What activity would you do if you knew you wouldn't fail?
    Reveal a secret that noone else knows.  (impossible for me as I tell Irv everything)
    If you could relive a year in your life which one would you relive?
    What is your idea of  a perfect romantic date?

    Introducing the York Beach Group
    From left to right.  Kim Cook, Carol Payne, Kelly Acheson, Myself, Amy Storrie, Lee Conrey, Candy Michael
    I am the only Canadian in this group.
    Then we went off to dinner.
    Again the decorations are beautiful.  Look at how they wrapped our napkin.
    We each got a personalized stamp.
    When I got back to the room I was excited to see this pillow gift.
    Here is what is inside.
    Sweet!!!!  I am so lucky.
    All that was Wednesday.  I will have to catch you up on Thursday tomorrow as I need to get
    a few hours of sleep.  It's 2am and I have to be up at 515am for another exciting day.