Bon Voyage


Bon Voyage!

The Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip is finally here.  And the group of earning demonstrators are heading out to sea.  I want to thank my customers, my team members, my friends and my family for being such a support system to me.  Without all of you I wouldn’t be able to do this.  I don’t consider myself to be a brave traveler.  Stampin’ Up! has allowed me the opportunity to travel places I might not have ever gone too.  Being inside the Stampin’ Up! bubble makes me feel better.  I’m anxious and excited at the same time when I travel on these trips.  Greg and I plan to relax and enjoy ourselves and spend time with others in the Stampin’ Up! family.  We will see you when we return.

While I’m away there are two specials that are happening:

Bonus Days have Begun!

July 1 – July 31, 2019

For every $50 you spend July 1 – 31 (before shipping and tax),
you’ll get a $5 Bonus Days coupon (via email) that you can use August 1-31.

There is no limit to how many coupons you can earn, so shop all month!


Extra, Extra Savings on the Starter Kit

July 1 – August 31, 2019

If you’ve been thinking about becoming a Stampin’ Up! demonstrator,
now is the time to turn that thought into action.
Here’s how you can get lots of EXTRA value by signing up today!

Extra: New Demonstrators who sign up between July 1 and
August 31 will receive and additional $30 that they’ll be
able to put toward their Starter Kit (pay $99 and choose
$155 worth of products).

Extra, Extra: New Demonstrators will receive a $10 coupon code,
which they may use the following month.
Coupon code arrive between the fifth and seventh business day;
they will expire on October 31, 2019.


Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code XW62MBRB for July 2019.
Join my PAWS team here

Kindness Cruise Swap

I have to tell you that I truly loved the Stampin’ Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska. If you have never been to Alaska you have to go sometime.  I can tell you about the places we have seen and what we love.  It’s one place that I would visit again and try to see some different areas next time. 

Not only was the destination wonderful but Stampin’ Up! spoils us for sure.  Every day we had a Pillow Gift on our bed in the evening and every day we got to spin a prize wheel.  At the start of the cruise we had a kickoff event where we saw stamping presentations, got prizes and got our copy of the 2018 Holiday Catalog!  In the afternoon I sat out on the balcony with my wine and enjoyed browsing through all the new products.  The Holiday catalog starts on September 5th – so it won’t be long now.

Catching up with friends and making new friends are also a highlight of the trip.  Stampin’ Up! even organized a swap for everyone.  Those that participated designed a card and made a bunch (I think it was about 26).  We turn them in, they swap them out and hand us back a bag filled with 26 different cards from demonstrators all over the world that joined us on the trip.  Today I thought I’d show you my swap card.

I really loved how this one turned out.  It features my new favorite color Gray Granite.  And I used the stamp set from the Notes of Kindness Card Kit.  I love the kit and wanted to feature the stamp set in a different way.  Here is a full list of supplies.

Supply List

  • Notes of Kindness Stamp set (part of the Notes of Kindness Card Kit)
  • Gray Granite card stock
  • Whisper White card stock
  • Gray Granite ink
  • Mossy Meadow ink
  • VersaMark ink
  • White Embossing Powder
  • Heat Tool
  • Whisper White Classic Weave Ribbon
  • Metallic Pearls
  • 2-1/4″ Circle Punch
  • Stampin’ Dimensionals


This is one of my favorite photos from the trip and has similar colors in it. The grays, greens and white.  This was taken from the Yukon Suspension Bridge over the river in Canada during one of our excursions. 

It was an amazing view and an incredible excursion that I’d highly recommend.  This was on our stop in Skagway. 

Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code 9ZDHFJFS for August 2018.
Join my PAWS team here

Don’t miss BONUS Days in August! 

Alaska Ordering Special

It’s time!
After a hard years work in 2016-2017 it is finally time for the Alaska Incentive Trip.
I want to thank you all for your support of my Stampin’ Up! business.
Everyone helped me achieve this amazing trip.
Thank you to Stampin’ Up! for the opportunities you have given me.  I have met so many amazing people and have had the opportunity to visit amazing places.  This trip my boys are joining us and I’m so excited for us all to be together. And Greg & I will get to celebrate our 29th wedding anniversary while we are on the ship!

While I’m away I have an online ordering special from July 19 – July 30, 2018.
I’m still working hard to earn the trip for next summer – a cruise to Greece in 2019.

All online orders receive a hand-stamped card in the mail.
Orders $30 or more (before S&T) will receive a gift of the Basic Pearls.
Orders of $60 or more (before S&T) will also receive a gift of my favorite Linen Thread.
Gifts will be mailed to you after August 15th.
You must use the hostess code for July and
complete your online order by July 30th.


Be sure to register for upcoming classes – just click on Registration under the Events tab.

At Monikas Place Signature
Register for classes here
Order online here – use hostess code FSYDU9M4 for July 2018.

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.




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.



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!





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.


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!