Wishing you blessings and peace this Christmas from my family to you and yours!
May you be blessed with time to enjoy with family and friends, and to celebrate the birth of our Savior!
As you can see. . . our penguins made an appearance again this year.. they come out to play at Christmas each year 🙂
I truly wish I could send ALL of my Stampin’ UP! friends and customers, and ALL of my extended family a Christmas greeting each year, but it would be a huge undertaking, so, I am posting our annual Christmas greeting here. Merry Christmas!
I am excited to share more photos of our recent Stampin' Up! Adventure! We enjoyed a 7 day Alaska Cruise with Stampin' UP! and spent a few extra days in Seattle to explore the city and meet the penguins in person at the Woodland Park Zoo!!
I thought you might enjoy some of our hundreds of photos, condensed into a few collages, plus a quick 2 minute video about our visit with the penguins!
We stayed at the Seattle Sheraton, and it was amazing. A lovely property within walking distance to the waterfront, to the monorail that takes you to the Space Needle, and great views of the city!
We splurged on a suite and enjoyed the corner views, extra space, 2 bathrooms, and access to the lounge on the 32nd floor for free breakfast and evening snacks! 🙂 (or as Eric said,, it's not free… it's just "included") 🙂
Upon checking into our gorgeous suite, they delivered this tray and a special fruit and chocolate dessert for Eric, to start the 60th birthday celebration!!! We celebrated Eric's birthday for about 2 weeks, since this really was a special milestone!!
On our last day in Seattle, my brother and his wife joined us, and also went on the cruise with us!! What a treat it was to vacation with them after about 30 years since our last vacation together!!!!
On our first day in Seattle, the weather was amazing, so we headed straight off to the Space Needle to take advantage of the blue skies for photos! The last time we were there we ate at the revolving restaurant at the top of the Space Needle, but it's currently closed, undergoing major renovations, so we were only able to take photos from the observation deck.
Adjacent to the Space Needle is the Chihuly Gardens and Glass exhibit… OH MY GOODNESS.. there are no words to describe this… if you have not seen a Chihuly exhibit, I highly recommend it! There are Chihuly glass collections all over the world. It was AMAZING!
Another stop on our "let's play tourist" adventure in Seattle was the Great Wheel. It's a gigantic 175 foot tall Ferris wheel that goes out over the water and affords amazing views of the waterfront and the city!! WELL worth it.. so much fun!!
THEN… the highlight of the trip … a visit to the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle to take a behind the scenes adventure tour of the penguin habitat!! OH MY GOSH>>> so much fun!! Jason actually found this online and we set up this amazing tour months in advance. I know some people dream of swimming with dolphins or stingrays, or some other type of amazing adventure, but for me (diehard penguin lover) this was just the tops!! We learned so much about them, fed them, petted them, and created life-long memories with this visit!
Watch the VIDEObelow to see more about our Penguin Adventure at the Woodland Park Zoo!
For more info about these behind the scenes tours at the Woodland Park zoo, click HERE.
Below are a few miscellaneous photos of our other adventures in Seattle at the Public Market, walking around Seattle, and dinner at The Edgewater with Peter & Tami.
Our last Seattle adventure included a quick elevator ride up to the 76th floor of the Columbia Center (tallest building in Seattle) for photos from all 360 degrees around the top of the building.. again, amazing!!
We also stopped at the Starbucks Reserve headquarters… WOW.. what a huge place.. fun to see and hear all about the operations there.
Hope you enjoyed our Seattle tour. I'll have more photos another day of our adventures from the Explorer of the Seas Cruise Ship and the Stampin' UP! cruise!
Trip down memory lane.. Stampin' UP! cruise memory lane…
As we are away on the Stampin' UP! incentive trip cruise to Alaska this week, I thought you might enjoy a few photos of past years from some of the trips. We've been blessed with attending the Stampin' Up! trips since 2001 and Jason has attended each one with us!
Above: Caribbean cruise 2010, formal night
Above: Caribbean cruise 2010, St. Croix
Above: Alaska 2004, Glacier Bay
Above: Stampin' UP! incentive trip to Hawaii, 2015, Waikiki beach
Above: Alaska Cruise 2011, stamping with friends
Above: Alaska Cruise 2011, Tracy Arm cruising
Above: Bermuda Cruise 2008, formal night with the McClurgs and Wakelands
Above: Caribbean Cruise 2005, Patty & Shelli
Above: Caribbean cruise 2005, formal night
Above: Caribbean Cruise 2005, swimming with the Stingrays, Grand Cayman
Above: Caribbean Cruise 2005, Tulum Mexico
Above: Stamping with friends on the 2007 Panama Canal cruise
Above: Patty, Eric and Jason, Panama Canal Cruise 2007
Above: Formal Night dinner, Panama Canal Cruise 2007
Above: Caribbean Cruise, Labadee, 2005
Hope that was a fun little trip down memory lane for you.. it was for me!!! We feel so blessed to have visited so many wonderful places that we would never otherwise have had the opportunity to see!!!
Thank you Stampin' UP! and thank you to my amazing customers for your support of my business through the years!
Sure hope all the dads had a great Father's Day yesterday!! I thought I'd share the card I gave to Eric. This could also be used for a birthday or any celebration card!! It features the Bubble Over stamp set and Bottles & Bubbles framelits, as well as the new Bokeh Dots background stamp and a couple of new Stampin' Up! colors from the 2018 Color Revamp!
2 fun things I love about this card…
1. the background is stamped with the new Bokeh Dots background stamp in Balmy Blue
2. the bottles are die cut with fun foam and designer paper, and adhered together for added depth and dimension
Find this new Bokeh Dots background stamp on page 153 in the new catalog, or here in my online store. The set comes with 2 background stamps and is available in wood mount or clear mount.
(correction… Tranquil Textures, not Tranquil Tide)
Tips to Make This Card:
stamp the bottle image over the bubble patterned paper from the Tranquil Textures pack, then die cut
die cut additional bottles out of fun foam to adhere to paper bottles to give dimension to this card
use adhesive-back sequins as "bubbles"
I sponged the edges of the bottles with a sponge dauber and Soft Suede ink to try to look like Diet Pepsi.. Eric's favorite drink!
I love the fun adhesive-backed sequins.. I added them over the stamped bubbles for added sparkle and dimension! Find them on page 198 in your catalog or HERE online.
In addition to stamping the bottles on the Tranquil Tide bubble pattern paper, I also sponged the edges, then adhered them to the fun foam die cuts. You'll find the Bubble over stamp set on pg 57 in your current catalog (#145868 online), and the matching bottle framelits on pg 216 in the catalog (#145663). ALL of these items may be purchased in my online store by clicking any of the product photos at the bottom of this post.
I die cut the greeting with the Lakeside framelit dies.
We had the blessing of an unexpected visit with Eric's dad and ate at Dad's Cafe!! How fun is that!?
I'm not great at selfies, but at least you can see the 5 of us.. me, Eric's dad and his wife, and Eric and Jason. Great to have 3 generations together for Father's day!
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