Stamps sing to me, Paper whispers my name. Welcome to all who craft--I hope you're glad you came!
Lyssa Griffin Zwolanek, Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator and life-long craftin' addict!
Some of the amazing projects demonstrators brought to show at the Share Night reception the evening of our Barbados port. I do not have names of their creators, but if a particular project is yours, please leave a comment and I will gladly add it to the post. Stay tuned for multiple posts from Share Night!
am pleased to offer a class on the hot new trend in papercrafting—Vintage
Nouveau. You’ve seen the vintage look cropping up all over the place and now
you can learn techniques to achieve that look on your own.
Topics we will
·Techniques to distress
and add patina and make new products look antique or weatherbeaten
embellishments and stamp styles comprise the “new vintage” and “vintage
·How to use the latest
products for Vintage Nouveau looks, like Smooch Spritz, ruching satin ribbon,
Build A Brads, Glassy Glaze crackle effects, Presto DSP and Shimmer Spray.
(note: these photos are from cruise and aren't the projects we will be making, but are done in the Vintage Nouveau style and with techniques we will be learning).
us on Tuesday, May 25th at 6:30 p.m. at my house for a fun and educational two hours. Cost
is $12 per person or $5 with a $25 or more order. You must RSVP no later than
May 17th—first come, first served.
On the same tour we also visited the ruins of Farley Hill mansion, a once-gorgeous home, used as a movie set for Island in the Sun. It was turned into a national park after it burned down in the sixties. Apparently you used to be able to go inside and see the marble floors, but after an earthquake damaged more of the building, they had to fence it off. You can read more about it here. It must have really been something in its day.
So now all that's left of the place is the view and the silence...we also visited a place on the coast called Bathsheba, which was really pretty. No going in the water there, though--the surf was really strong that day.
Took a tour in every port, determined to get off and see the islands rather than just hang around the tourist traps near the pier and closest beaches. Barbados was HOT and muggy... every breath felt like you were in a sauna. Thank goodness for air conditioned buses! They said it was hot even for them.... Here's the view from the Edgewater Hotel where we stopped for a drink and photos. It's right by the #1 spot for surfing in Barbados, a place called the Soup Bowl.
It was so pretty... but I wasn't content to sit on the balcony when the ocean was calling my name. I wanted to put my feet in the Caribbean Sea! So I did kind of a foolish thing for a single American woman in a foreign country to do--I found a little trail and followed it down to the sea by myself.
Thankfully God watches over foolish girls as well as smart ones, and I did not wind up a statistic on international crime. Turned out to be one of my top five moments on the whole trip... because look at what I found...
Oh, it was so cool... I will never forget it. Lots of Barbados is unfortunately filthy with trash, as were all the islands we visited (which blows my mind) but this beach was just perfect. And I managed to make it back up the cliff to the tour with moments to spare despite the heat!
We had the best table companions on this trip. Unfortunately the waiter taking the photo cut off my mom on the right hand side here, but it shows the rest of us pretty well. Mary Fish, Martha Armstrong and Lisa Boatwright and their husbands sat with us every evening and it was really fun to get to know them and hear their take on current developments and their individual business philosophies.
Well, you know me... had to take pictures of the fantastic food! It was so PRETTY and so GOOD! I had escargot and caviar for the first time ever (escargot=yum; caviar=yuck!) plus lots and lots of shrimp, lobster, crab, and scallops to my heart's content. My mom can't do seafood because of the vitamin D, but she "made do" with prime rib, lamb, duck, Angus steaks, and all kinds of amazing pasta.
And the desserts, oh, the desserts.... well, this is making me feel less than contented about my lunch of cheese crackers and yogurt, so I'll move on... suffice it to say, I know now why people talk about the food first before anything else about a cruise! And we got so spoiled by the awesome service. I still wake up and think, dang it, I have to make my own coffee this morning!
Shelli looked so classy that night! She graciously posed with me before the piano concert that evening and spoke for a while with my mom. I am so blessed to have had this opportunity to introduce my mom to the people behind this amazing company that has radically altered my life for the better.
And then we came back to this awesome present! A clutch purse for us and a backpack for our guest.
One of the highlights of cruise is always the general session with all the cruise earners. The projects are amazing, there is recognition of achievements, and lots of door prizes. It's also great to hear the corporate team in such a casual, unscripted setting. This is also when they show us sneak peeks of upcoming products, which is totally fun!
Brent Steele always does a "man card" on the trip to throw a bone to the long-suffering spouses who have to listen to us ladies squealing with delight for the two hour session. It is hilarious. You can see his MDS projects here.
I ran into my friend Donna (peama on SCS) and we paused for a photo. After the session, I headed to the Hospitality Suite to see the projects up close! Just adore this inset frame in the album idea, and the free-floating interchangeable charms in the bracelet.
And I dropped off my swap card. The way we "swap" on the cruise is just to bring one project that goes up on the display board for everyone to photograph. It's just gotten to difficult to bring swaps along on a big trip like this due to airline luggage weight restrictions. These demos (the big wigs) are usually too busy before the trip to stamp swaps anyway, so it's quite a relief not to "have" to.
Stampin' Up threw us a huge party on arrival day. We got to meet the corporate team members, Shelli's family, and of course all the other achievers and their spouses/guests. They sure know how to throw a party! We all had personalized glasses with virgin mango and strawberry daiquiris, and the appetizers were to die for. Shrimp, salmon, brie, duck pate, potstickers, eggrolls... yum.... PLUS I got to taste my first ever caviar--(umm... can I just say yuck!!)
Did you see the bird and cage made out of fruit? The garnishes on this trip were really fun!
I met up with Wendy and Cheryl, sidelines of mine under my upline Kristen Bryant. We all agreed that more of you need to come along with us next year!! I'm so jealous--they have already earned the Alaska cruise, and I'm still pluggin' away... but after this one, of course I am more determined than ever!
And then about 8:30 that night, we sailed away... I was delighted to find I wasn't seasick at all. I really liked being "rocked" to sleep in the cushy bed and waking up to the sound of gulls as we approached the next destination each morning.
We arrived in San Juan on Sunday, really enjoying the beautiful views from the plane as we descended. You can see the Adventure of the Seas just to the right of the center of the picture--it's the ship on the left. Representatives from Stampin' Up and Royal Caribbean met us at the baggage claim and we boarded a shuttle to the pier. Our driver was very "colorful" to put it mildly... we ended up having him both times. I left him one of our fishie logos to decorate his bus with!
We boarded without a hitch, going through right next to Shelli and her family. Our stateroom was wonderful! I was blown away by how small it was, until my mom, who is a veteran cruiser, told me she couldn't believe how BIG it was! Everything was really nice and comfy and the steward was excellent. Oh, and on the metal stateroom door was a large magnet with our fishie logo on it and "Incentive Trip Achiever." Someone stole mine on the last day, which made me very sad. I'm hoping SU has a couple leftover ones somewhere because I was really proud of that thing. I don't even have a picture of it, unfortunately.
On the bed was this cute water bottle from Stampin' Up, with a welcome fishie and candy inside. It went along with the eight bottles of water on the desk--a very nice gift for excursions we would otherwise have paid for outrageously off the ship.It was just one of many nightly gifts from Stampin' Up!
The view from our balcony of the sun setting over Puerto Rico was amazing. We rested up a little, then explored a little of the ship. At first it was extremely confusing to get around, but we soon learned which decks went all the way from "fore" to "aft" and which sides were port and starboard. Stay tuned for the nest post about the Stampin' Up welcome reception, our first dinner, and much more!
It's official! The next Stampin' Up incentive trip is a fabulous vacation to Walt Disney World and Epcot Center in Florida. I cheered my head off when I heard it--I was hoping against hope that would be the 2012 trip!!
Stampin' Up will have the entire Boardwalk resort at our disposal, which I have heard is a lot of people's very favorite of all their hotels down there. I have not been to Disney since I was a little kid, but I still remember it like it was yesterday--so I am very excited for this opportunity to take my kids and watch them enjoy it. Another dream coming true with Stampin' Up!
YOU can be there, too! Call me today to chat about how Stampin' Up can change your life just like it has mine. I have been SO BLESSED by this amazing company and the astounding opportunities it has given me! It is not too late to start dreaming... the earning period for this trip starts on July 1st!
Just a little taste of what I will be blogging in the next couple of days... sunset off our stateroom balcony...
sun worshippers on the amazing Adventure of the Seas ship...
me on the dock in Barbados... look at that turquoise water!--and of course, plenty of amazing food photos!
I'm going to try to go chronologically and sort the photos as I go, so check back often for more posts about the 2010 Stampin' Up incentive trip to the South Caribbean. I want to share the awesome experience of cruise with you all. Many MANY many thanks to my fabulous customer friends for sending me on this trip!