Thailand – Day 1

Thailand – Day 1

I’m sharing more about our Stampin’ Up! Trip to Thailand.  It was a pretty busy week and I took lots of photos.  You probably don’t want to see every single one so I’m trying to pick out some of the best ones that represent what we did each day.

The first official day of the trip was a Monday and it started with all of us getting on little “buses” to go to the General Session.  So they weren’t really buses more like a modified truck I guess.  The General Session was off site in a large tent with chairs set up for everyone and there were snacks in the back of the room.  A stage in the front of the room and big screens for us to watch some of the presentations from the Stampin’ Up! staff.

So I’m not exactly sure how it happened but somehow I was the very first person off the truck and walking into the tent!  I was so excited and nervous I didn’t even take any pictures going in.  But all the staff were lined up along the entrance clapping and giving high-fives!  I wasn’t even sure what to do – so someone had to tell me to walk inside and find a seat.  Well we were able to sit in the front row!

And if you visit Shelli’s blog (the co-founder of Stampin’ Up!) you can see us in one of the photos she posted.  Unfortunately its a nice photo of my backside but Greg is facing forward!

The highlight of the general session was the unveiling of the new Holiday Catalog!  We also saw several stamping presentations and received prize patrols and our very own copy of the Holiday catalog.  After the general session we headed back to our hotel for a boxed lunched.  It had lots of different food in the box – I tried a little bit of each thing for the most part – but it wasn’t quite for me.

The rest of the day was on our own.  We spent some time at the pool and then got ready for a special dinner.  I was selected to have dinner with one of the corporate staff and a board member, plus another demonstrator.  And we all had our spouses with us.  My dinner was with Rich Jutkins – the President of Stampin’ Up!  and Casey one of the board members.  The other demonstrator was Kim Wilson.  Our dinner was at one of the top rated restaurants on Phuket Island.  And it sits on top of a cliff over looking the bay.  The food was served family style so they just kept bringing out different things.  It seemed like the food was never going to stop.  The whole evening was wonderful and we really enjoyed talking to everyone at the table and learning new things about some of the behind the scenes aspects of the company.

It was a wonderful first day of the trip.  If you do go to Phuket in Thailand I would highly recommend trying to eat at this restaurant.

I hope you enjoyed this little peek of day 1.

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Sneak Peek of Painted Harvest

One of the perks from the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Thailand was that we were the first to see the upcoming Holiday Catalog, get some of the products and create with them too.  One of my top favorites in this new catalog is a stamp set called Painted Harvest.  It’s part of a suite of products with a bold, water-colored look and beautiful fall images. The coordinating designer paper pack – Painted Autumn – includes hand painted designs from one of the Stampin’ Up! artists.

While in Thailand we were able to make some cards using this bundle and once I returned home I used it to create a little box for me Demo Getaway attendees last weekend.  So I wanted to share those with you today.

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I created this box and sized it to fit a roll of the 5/8″ Burlap Ribbon.  This ribbon is in the Annual Catalog but is also featured in the Holiday catalog as part of this Painted Autumn suite.  I used the new Painted Harvest stamp set to stamp the front panel and the tag.  I thought the words were perfect as I wanted all the girls that came to my weekend Demo Getaway event to know how thankful I was for them.

To make the box cut a piece of Crumb Cake card stock 8″ x 5-1/2″.  Then score the short side at 1″ and 4-1/2″.  Score the long side at 3-1/2″ and 4-1/2″.  Fold on all the lines, snip the outside lines to create tabs, fold in the tabs and adhere the sides with some Tear & Tape.  Then I used a piece of Very Vanilla that’s 3-1/4″ square and stamped my design on it – I used Crushed Curry, Early Espresso, and Garden Green ink.  The tag is actually cut using the Leaflets Framelits in the annual catalog.  I used Crushed Curry Solid Baker’s Twine to tie around the box and hold the leaf tag.

Here are the cards that we made when we were in Thailand – in addition to the stamp set we used the Painted Autumn Designer Paper and the Leaf Punch.

I hope you like these samples and the peek at the new Painted Autumn Suite.  You’ll be able to order these beginning September 1st.  Holiday catalogs will be going out later this month and if you need one and don’t already have a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator let me know and I’ll add you to my list.

Thanks for stopping by!

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Thailand Pillow Gifts

One of the really exciting special parts of the Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip are what’s called the Pillow Gifts!  Every evening during the trip the little elves come into your room and leave a surprise on your pillow – well on the bed really.  It’s super fun to come back from dinner each evening and see what we got.  Many of the gifts in Thailand included brand new products from the upcoming Holiday Catalog.  We had to wait a little while before we could show those to you but now I can.

We had a welcome gift to begin with – the personalized sign on our door and an exotic fruit basket when we arrived.  I get pretty excited about personalized stuff because I normally can’t find anything with my name spelled correctly.

The fruit basket luckily came with a guide so we would know what was in there!  We had mango, rambutan, mangosteen, dragon fruit and banana’s.

Each night our pillow gifts came wrapped in a brown bag and tied with our Gold Edged Metallic ribbon and a tag with some of the Eastern Palace Tassels.

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Each tag had a fact on the back about Thailand.

  • In Thailand, people do not shake hands when they greet one another; instead, they “wai” or press their palms together and bow the head slightly to show respect.  The wai is also used to say hello, thank you, and goodbye.
  • The orchid is Thailand’s national flower, and 1,500 species of orchid grow wild in Thailand’s tropical forests.  Thailand is also one of the world’s largest orchid exporters.
  • Spicy Thai food has been heavily influenced by Chinese and Indian cuisine; common dishes include such flavorings as coconut milk, peanuts, basil, ginger, lemongrass, and hot chilies.
  • The Siamese cat is native to Thailand and is called “wichen-maat,” which means “moon diamond.”  Giving a pair of Siamese cats to a bride as a wedding gift is thought to bring good luck.
  • Thailand’s national animal is the elephant and is considered lucky.  If a white elephant is found, it is automatically considered the exclusive property of the King of Thailand.
  • The Thai phrase “Mai pen rai” is thought to perfectly represent the Thai way of life; it means “No worries.” In other words, don’t take life too seriously, and be sure to find “sanuk” or fun in whatever you do.

Many of our gifts were new Holiday Catalog product.  Here is a look at what we received.

We also received gifts that weren’t product including a waterproof phone case and the Phang Nga Bay group activity – an all day excursion I’ll share about in its own post.  Plus an overnight travel bag and a hand painted jar in a box.

These were all the things we received as pillow gifts but that was not all!  There was more – General Session with Prize Patrols, and the Hospitality Room with a new game everyday.  I’ll share those in a different post.

We were definitely showered by Stampin’ Up!  So on top of all the things we experienced they made it extra special with all the extra little touches and the many gifts we were given.

Thanks for visiting today!

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Thailand was amazing

Thailand was amazing

The Stampin’ Up! Incentive trip to Thailand was amazing.  They spoiled us like you wouldn’t believe!  Every little thing was taken care of while we were there.  On our door was a personalized sign for each of the achievers.

Since we had basically the whole resort it was fun to read the name on each door as you walked around.  The resort was absolutely beautiful with the most amazing swimming pool I’ve ever seen.  It was really 4 different free form pools connected my a waterway – like a lazy river but there wasn’t really a current.  So you could float or walk through the water from one section to another.  At one end were the sports stuff including a beach and sand inside the pool.  Our room overlooked this end of the pool.  Most of the kids seemed to be hanging out at this end.  There was a swim up bar, a couple of waterfalls and Jacuzzi areas along the way.  Some of the rooms were right on the water and so were some of the restaurants.

It’s taken me a while to catch up to the correct time zone – the first few days I was home it was hard to stay awake during the whole day – I think I’m almost adjusted back to that now.  And then my body is hungry at the wrong time of day!  I’m still working on that.

I’ll share more little bits about the trip over the next week or two.  But I also want to share a stamping projects with you.  So I’ll be scattering those in between my Thailand posts.  Some days I’ll even have two posts!

Thanks so much for supporting me in my Stampin’ Up! Business which allowed me to earn this amazing trip!  There were just over 400 demonstrators world wide that earned the trip.  Not everyone went on the trip – just over 300 were in attendance with a spouse, friend, or family member(s) and a few came alone.  In total there were over 700 of us at the resort for the week!

Thank you for visiting!

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Thailand Swap card

At pretty much every Stampin’ Up! event there is some swapping going on.  What does that mean?  Well each person swapping will design a card (or whatever is being swapped), then make a specific number of them, turn them in to a coordinator, who then divides them up among those participating so that you get back one of everyone else’s card.  The Thailand Incentive Trip also includes a swap.  Now I haven’t been on one of these big Incentive Trips before so this is my first one and I wasn’t sure what to do for a swap.

I decided I wanted to tie it in to our trip a little bit and in looking at the resort and the rooms that we are getting the color of the decor is purple – so that’s what I wanted to use.  And then there is gold.  I wanted different shades of purple for my swap.

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I used the Pattern Party Decorative Masks – the big medallion mask is what I used.  On a placed it over a piece of Whisper White card stock and then used Sponge Daubers and ink to add different shades of color.  Starting from the center I used Fresh Fig, Rich Razzleberry and Sweet Sugarplum.

I heat embossed with gold the sentiment Just a Note which is from the Soft Sayings card kit stamp set.  I die cut that with the Bunch of Banners Framelits.  I also cut a Gold Foil Banner and then glued those together.  I layered on a piece of Fresh Fig card stock and added some Fresh Fig 1/8″ Sheer Ribbon.  And a Gold Faceted Gem to the center of the medallion. It was all put on a Thick Whisper White card stock base.

I hope everyone likes my card – I made 26 for the swap – that was a lot of sponging!

Don’t forget about my Thailand ordering special – it will be an add on to the Bonus Days Coupons you can earn in July.

You must order online in my store and use the HOSTESS Code – RYJW2C4Z between July 5th and July 17th to get the Mini Dimensionals from me.  SHOP NOW

Thanks for visiting.

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Thailand here we come!

I hope you are enjoying the brand new 2017-2018 Stampin’ Up! Annual Catalog as much as I am!  I love so much of it.  If you haven’t ordered yet – what are you waiting for?  Now is the time! Here’s why!

First I’m offering a special while I’m away on the Thailand Incentive Trip!  Woohoo – it is finally here.  Thanks to you my amazing friends for supporting my business I was able to earn this once in a lifetime incentive trip and we are leaving soon.   While I’m away I’m having a Thailand Trip Special Ordering Offer!
Second – Stampin’ Up! is having Bonus Days in July!

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For every $50 in product that you order I will send you a package of the new Mini Dimensionals and you get a $5 Bonus Days Coupon.  If you order $100 in product then you’d get two packs of the Mini Dimensionals an $10 in Coupons.

You must order online in my store and use the HOSTESS Code – RYJW2C4Z between July 5th and July 17th to get the Mini Dimensionals from me.  SHOP NOW
OR you can take advantage of the Christmas in July Special and join my team.

If your wish list is long this is the best deal for you!
The $99 Starter Kit includes $125 of product that you choose, plus a kit of business supplies, a past Paper Pumpkin Kit and for July only a Free Essentials Gift Pack ($52 value) AND the Carols of Christmas Stamp set ($20 value) – which is a brand new stamp set coming out in this year’s Holiday Catalog.   That’s over $200 of stuff and free shipping too – it will definitely feel like Christmas in July!

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Thailand here we come!!

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