Sunday, September 3, 2017

Why stay at a Deluxe Resort at Walt Disney World?

One of the questions I get the most from my clients is whether the deluxe resorts and villas are worth the extra money when you "just need somewhere to sleep". My answer to this is and always will be YES!!! Your resort can completely enhance your magical vacation by being an experience in itself and add the most important part, VALUE!! Who doesn't want to get the most bang for their buck?!! Although there is a Disney resort to fit every budget and you will get the same Disney standard of service at every level resort, here are just a few reasons why my family chooses Deluxe as our preferred level of Disney resort.
°o° Multiple modes of transportation (monorail, boat, walking distance vs. bus only)
°o° when taking bus transportation there aren't long queue lines at your resort. So no waiting in your first line of the day BEFORE you even arrive at the parks!
°o° Full Kitchens in the 1, 2, & 3 Bedroom villas!! And guess what? You don't even have to do the dishes! Mousekeeping will do them for you! I can even arrange grocery delivery for your family as well!
°o° Don't feel like cooking on your vacation? Stay at a deluxe resort and all of your favorite resort restaurants are basically right outside of your resort room door! No worrying about transferring buses and making it on time. Here are just a few:
• Ohana - Polynesian
• Chef Mickey - Contemporary
• Yachtsman - Yacht Club
• 1900 Park Fare - Grand Floridian
• Boma - Animal Kingdom Lodge

°o° Bigger Beds!! Deluxe resorts have queen & king size beds vs. double beds at the value resorts.
°o° Ever had to wait in the ginormous bus lines when Illuminations is over and every single guest is exiting EPCOT??!! Not fun. If you are staying at Yacht & Beach Club or Boardwalk, you don't have to. Literally within walking distance or a short boat ride from the International Gateway (back entrance to EPCOT), you will be asleep in your bed before other guests even get on their bus! Talk about convenience!
These are just a few reasons why booking a deluxe resort for your next Walt Disney World vacation could take it to another level of magic and excitement. I will be featuring the different deluxe resorts and villas throughout the next couple of weeks. So stay tuned to learn more!
I'm doing a whole series on the different deluxe resorts over on my Facebook page so jump over and check it out
Contact me for more info and to start planning your trip:

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

New 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog

It's here!!! The new 2017-2018 Stampin' Up Annual Catalog.  

The new In Colors are fantastic and if you are a fan of ribbon make sure to check all the new options this year.

You can see the store from my site

Let let know if you have any questions
and Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Glamper Greetings Card

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I'm developing a pattern of making cards when my house is full of boys playing. What can I say I work great in the chaos. I'm still inspired but this month's Paper Pumpkin kit that I shared over on my friends HelloSubscription Blog .  Using watercolor pencils and then an aqua painter for a quick background is so easy and quick and I'm obsessed with it.
First up was to grab my starters and decide what to do.

Since I had decided to use Glamper Greetings I wanted to do a ground and sky look so Old Olive and Pacific Point pencils were used.

After I scribbed I used my aqua painter to blend it all in. Since it is a camper kind of card I left it with some hard edges and deep color.

There are two steps to the camper with the outline and then the lines that go inside it. Since I wanted to get it lined up just right I used my Misti so I could line it up easily. The Misti is great for stamping and getting things just where you want them.

Once I got the camper just the way I wanted it. I just needed to decide on a sentiment and the "This is How I Roll" one in this set just makes me smile. I didn't want it to jump out too much so I just took a scrap of Whisper White paper and sponged it with Old Live so that it blended a bit and stamped on it.  I was then able to dig in my ribbon stash and add the great Dapper Denim 3/8" Rouched Ribbon. I love the look of this ribbon and have been using it on lots of projects this year.

I added a crumb cake base to the card so that it would open up and still have that touch of rustic feel.

I'm really loving this technique and how quick and easy it is but how cool it looks when done. There are so many ways you can take it and you can do so many different color schemes with the watercolor pencils. I'll admit when I first got them I thought I would mostly be coloring things in with them but really I haven't colored anything in yet.  I've been doing more large color backgrounds and they are all fantastic. I'm having so much fun.
What is your favorite thing to do with the watercolor pencils?
Happy Crafting,

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Monday, May 1, 2017

Monday Musings

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Busy and hot weekend around here and now we are into the middle week of the boys track out.  With the weather so awesome my boys spent so much time outside with friends that I got to get crafty and make cards (I posted one yesterday) and play with my new Cricut.
I was looking around the house for things I could use and so I was able to put something on a pot and a little holder. C already took the holder and put markers in it on his desk. I'm still playing around with all the features in Design Space and learning my way around so this was great. I was telling my friend that I needed to find more items to add vinyl to and she went through her random stash and brought me so many goodies to play around with. (Thank you Kristin!!)  I can't wait to play some more.

Then with all the kids in my house taking a sun break and playing Mario Cart. I made the card I posted about yesterday and also started working on my planner for the week. I love to decorate my pages and while I don't go all out I love to add some stickers and extras as I go. This week I used all Erin Condren supplies on my pages. They work great since I use the Erin Condren planner which I still love. I use the monthly pages for all of my clients travels and their booking information and then I do the weekly as I go each week. I try and get it started on Saturday or Sunday for the next week but most times it is Monday morning when I'm doing my weekly emails and mailings that I get to it.  I love the time to sit and think about the week.

This is a busy week for us. We are planning on going Strawberry picking and then if the weather holds out we are going to check out Carowinds and maybe Reed's Gold Mine. If it rains then we will do pottery and shopping.  I'm actually pretty good with either option. :)

It was a good weekend and now I'm ready for the week!
Have a great one everyone,

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Hey Chick! Card

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I had a house full of kids playing Mario Cart today so I took a few minutes in my craft room to knock out a card.  I was still inspired but this month's Paper Pumpkin kit that I shared over on my friends HelloSubscription Blog .  Using watercolor pencils and then an aqua painter for a quick background is so easy and gorgeous and I couldn't wait to try it out some more.
I knew how I wanted to start my card so I grabbed my  new watercolor pencils and a scrap of my watercolor paper and looked them over.
I could not wait to get my  new watercolor pencils and having them come in my matching Stampin' Up colors is fantastic. That is really one of my favorite things about Stampin' Up in that the colors are all matching and coordinate. It makes creating and designing so easy.

Right away the Pumpkin Pie and Daffodil Delight jumped out and me and I knew exactly what stamp set I could use them for.

For this card I scribbled the two pencils onto my paper with a heavy hand so that I would get a rich color when I added water.  I'm a fan of the aqua painters for this technique but you could use a paint brush or whatever your favorite blending tool is.

Here is my base once I had blended it out.  I then used my Misti and my new Hey Chick stamp set to get the placement right where I wanted it to be. I somehow didn't get a picture of that but I am in love with my Misti and how easy it makes stamping in a certain spot on a card.

Here it is one I got it stamped and since I decided it need a bit of shine so I went over it and added a little wink of stella to the card. I love how the stella gives it just a peak of shimmer.

I'm a messy stamper so one way I keep my stamps clear and not have ink all over everything is to use the Lawn Fawn Shammy.  It is so great and you just wet it and then put the stamp on it once done. As you can see mine is well loved and all of the stains don't hurt it at all.  I also used the memento ink for my stamping.

As I said above I used a scrap piece of water color paper so it was not enough to cover the whole front of a standard size card. No worries I just selected a card base and then added some of the super fun glimmer paper that I also got during Sale-a-bration.  You can never have too much glitter! This is a very low profile card so great for mailing and even without a lot of embellishments I LOVE it and think it really stands on it own.
Hey Chick! So what do you think? This stamp set is so fantastic and when sale-a-bration was going on I knew I had to get it. While it is no longer available you could easily do this same technique and idea and go with any stamp set. 

What are you crafting today? I hope you are having a fantastic time creating.
Happy stamping,

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Hey Chick Clear Mount Stamp Set
6" X 6" (15.2 Cm X 15.2 Cm) Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack
Tuxedo Black Memento Ink Pad
Clear Wink Of Stella Glitter Brush
Watercolor Paper
Watercolor Pencils
Aqua Painters
Daffodil Delight 8-1/2" X 11" Card Stock
SNAIL Permanent Adhesive

Saturday, April 29, 2017


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It's been awhile since I've done a post like this so I thought I would jump right in. Here is a flash of my life the last couple of days and what I'm up to Currently!

Currently Reading  Immortal: A Novel of the Fallen Angels  from J.R.Ward .  This the last book int the Fallen Angel series and when I started this series this one had just come out and I somehow never read it.  The boys and I went to the library this week and I saw it and remembered. I love all the books I've read from J.R.Ward. She does great paranormal books.

Currently loving that my boys love books.  Speaking of libraries I love that when they are tracked out one of the first things they want to do is go to the library.  I'm still a huge fan of real books and being able to curl up and read and I love that they are getting into it too.  I was a little shocked when I realized that C was in the actual kids fiction section and not over in the early readers and picture readers.  When did my little guy get so big.  Time goes so fast.

Currently creating my first Cricut Explore Air 2creation! I'm so excited and went looking around for things to put some vinyl on then I looked over and just had to add a little touch of love to my cabinet.  Since I keep some of my Disney travel supplies in the cabinet it just had to have some love. It is still a learning process and I'm sure to make so many more fun items but I'm so happy with my first one.

Currently smiling when I look at this shelf. In my redo of my craft room I got some new shelves of different sizes up on my new eggplant painted wall. I did not set out to put these on the same shelf but as I was arranging my collection this is how they ended and it just makes me smile so much.  I just love my Tinkerbell and  Bobby Singer . The represent two of my favorite things in Disney and Supernatural and my boys gave them to me for Christmas and I love them. I just can't help by smile.

So that's what I'm Currently into right now. I'm going to go back to watching Grace and Frankie now. I just started season 3 and I'm ready to watch more.  I know I'm a bit late for this season so who all has watched? Did you like it as much as the first two?

Have a great weekend and let me know what you are Currently into!


Thursday, April 27, 2017

TV Talk - Supergirl, Flash,and Supernatural

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I've been so busy that I've gotten behind on my tv watching and it is piling up on my DVR.  I did sit down today and watched a couple new episodes of some of the shows so I thought I would do a CW catch up today.

Let's start with Supergirl.  I'm so glad that it is now on the CW. It fits in there so much better then on CBS last season. I also still love how they work so many Superman genre actors onto the show and how it really  just works. It all just works. This past episode has Kara getting her job back and in the process they deal with her friendship with Lena Luthor.  I love that they are friends but I have a strange feeling it will come back to bite her in the end.  I was pretty excited with the nano-bytes in this episode and it reminded me of Revolution.  I really liked that show and it just ended with no resolution which sucked and I don't think it got much love but in Supergirl they tied up all the nano ends nice and pretty in one episode.  I can't wait until we get more of Terri Hatcher and what all she is up to but I'm thinking she is supposed to be around for next season so they are just giving us the set up now.

Next up lets look at the Flash.  I still really do enjoy this show and while I do think this season has been a bit rockier then the past I still look forward to it each week.  The big bad this season is Savitar and we still do not know who it is. It is a big surprise and since we don't have many episodes left I'm sure they will bring it up.  With the end of this past episode and Killer Frost/Caitlin immediately following him I'm leaning to someone who isn't in the collage above. What if Savitar is Ronny? He was the love of her life and she never really got a chance to get over him. It seems to be just as much a possibility as any of the others and would be a big shock to everyone. I'm finally not always seeing Draco Malfoy when I look at Tom Felton and he really does like Caitlin and I think he is going to be heartbroken in the end. I do hope he sticks around since I think he makes a good addition to the team.

And let's end up with Supernatural since I actually watched it this evening.  This season has been a bit up and down for me. I'm really more into the serialized part of the show and this season I feel has had a lot of stand alone episodes which while good I really like the overall arcing stories.  Tonight's episode was all about the arc and it had Castiel in it which I love. He is so much a part of the team and he's been missing for far to long.  It really brought us back into the story and set us up for the last couple of episodes and I can't wait. I'd love to finish this baby storyline and I'd like to get rid of the British Men of Letters. They seem so odd this season and maybe that is why I haven't been all into it as much.

So I just reread that and I'm really all over the place. I guess it goes with my randomness and my thoughts this evening. It has been a busy long week and hopefully will slow down some this weekend and I can take a breath and watch some more tv.

Have a great night and enjoy your TV watching!

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