Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Alaska Cruise and 2018 Holiday Sneak Peeks!

Hi Friends! As many of you know, last week Stampin' Up! sent my Sweetheart and I on a fabulous cruise to Alaska. We got back to Nova Scotia on Saturday and after catching up on sleep, laundry and weeding the garden, I think I'm back into the "Atlantic Time Zone" and my regular routine. What a fabulous vacation we had! 

This was the fifth incentive trip I've earned with my business, and as always, Stampin' Up! never ceases to WOW and DELIGHT! They absolutely spoiled us on our cruise! There was lots to do on the ship and at each port, and it was also a super relaxing trip too. Stampin' Up! paid for EVERYTHING, for both myself and my honey - every detail was taken care of. These "Grand Vacation" incentive trips are incredible and though it takes a lot of work to earn them, they are so worth it!

Alaska was beautiful and the views were breathtaking. Our ports were Juneau, Skagway and the Tracy Arm Fjord. Our last port, before leaving from Seattle, was in Victoria. As my hometown is only a couple of hours away, my Dad and his wife drove up to meet us for lunch. Such a great way to end our trip! I loved walking around Juneau and Skagway and learning all about the Gold Rush - wow, what a crazy time that was. I took TONS of photos, here are just a few:

I also loved seeing my fellow Stampin' Up! demonstrator friends and catching up with each other. One of the very best things about joining Stampin' Up! are all the incredible friendships that come out of it. While I didn't get a photo with each of my amazing friends, whom I truly adore, I did manage to get a few pictures of some special ladies in my life:

 My sweet friend, Amy Frillici

This lady doesn't need an introduction - it's my friend and Passport Pal, Frenchie!

 The amazing and lovely Kay Smith 

 My dear friend, Sharon Armstrong

Along with amazing pillow gifts each night, we also had daily prizes with Stampin' Up! products.  Each day we'd spin the prize wheel at the "Stampers Base Camp" for new products. This was also a great place to visit and mingle with other demo friends, as well as Shelli and Sara and other home office staff. Our room was decorated in a fun "Camping" theme and every table had bowls of treats and candy. So much work and attention to detail was put into this trip for us!
 Each night we'd come back to our cabin to find that a "Stampin' Up! Elf" had left a special pillow gift - everything from new SU products (including holiday bundles), a beautiful bag, a blanket (ideal for sitting in our balcony's as we enjoyed the views of the glacier); a set of awesome speakers (complete with our logo) and a super cool map of the world (scratch off the places you've been too). My suitcase was packed full of gifts and new products from the Holiday Catalogue - we really were incredibly spoiled.  

As if that wasn't enough, we also got our hands on the upcoming 2018-2019 Holiday Catalogue (begins Sept) and Stampin' Up! gave us TONS of new products too! I can't wait to play with everything. You are going to LOVE all the new holiday items coming out this Fall. I am SMITTEN with the holiday catalogue - so much so that I'm bit overwhelmed with everything (but in a very good way!).  So on that note, I've got some sneak peek photos for you which feature Holiday Catalogue samples!


So there you have it; wasn't that a fun little SNEAK PEEK of the 2018 Holiday Catalogue? If you'd like to receive this catalogue and you live in Canada, be sure to contact me and I'll add you to my mailing list. Remember, this catalogue doesn't start until September. You are going to have soooo much FUN creating your holiday cards and projects with all the new goodies coming out.

My Sweetheart and I, as we cruised along the gorgeous Tracy Arm Fjord
From the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU to all my customers and Serene Stampers team for helping me earn this amazing cruise to Alaska! I am so grateful to have a job that I love, with a company that goes above and beyond and for being able to achieve my dreams and goals, like these Grand Vacations. If you'd like to find out more about the Stampin' Up! opportunity and being a demonstrator, please contact me at serenestamper@gmail.com - I'd be happy to answer any questions you may have. I've been a demonstrator for over 16 years, but it wasn't until 2010 that I decided to kick up my hobby to a full time business and it was the BEST DECISION I've ever made!

I hope you enjoyed today's post, my photos and sneak peeks!

 Customer Appreciation Tutorials
I sincerely appreciate every order I receive and as a token of my gratitude I want to give YOU something too! Each month I combine 12 beautiful projects, with measurements, supply list and step by step instructions, into a special PDF tutorial. When you place your order through my online store I will email this exclusive tutorial to you! Just be sure to use the special host code prior to submitting your order:

 If your order is $200 or more DO NOT enter the Host Code 
so that you will also receive your stamping rewards 
(I will still send you the PDF tutorials). 

Minimum orders of $60 or more (prior to tax and shipping) will also receive the exclusive Passport Pals tutorials, created by Frenchie (France Martin) and myself - that means you'll receive 18 free project sheets! 

If you live in the USA, click here to visit Frenchie on her to blog 
and here to shop through her online store.

Thanks for stopping by ~ I hope you were inspired by today's project and that you'll visit again soon!

If you live locally I'd love for you to join in on my classes & events. 
Click here to see what's coming up!

Enjoy the day & HAPPY STAMPING!


  1. Great post. I read every word in your post. You certainly sounded excited and am glad you won the cruise. Job well done my dear!

    It was nice to see photos with your friends and sneek peaks. Can't wait for the new catalogue to go live.

    I do hope you'll post some more photos. I always enjoy photos in someone's post.


  2. I love your posts! The pictures are wonderful and I am sure you had great time in Alaska!

    Can't wait for your next post.

  3. Hi Jarvis! Thanks so much for your sweet comments! I'm so glad you enjoy my blog posts. HAPPY STAMPING! xx

  4. Hi Beth - I always appreciate your comments! Glad you enjoy my posts and photos! xx