Greece Trip Highlights

Good morning friends, with the projections here in upstate New York to be a very hot day I wanted to send off this summary of my trip to you, hopefully you can enjoy the pictures while sipping on some cool beverages and staying cool.

We had smooth travels to Rome, Italy although none of us slept on the overnight trip so we were a little fatigued to hit the roads and start exploring. The Trivoli fountain was absolutely amazing, I was able to find lactose free sherbet while everyone else enjoyed their gelato and I did take a chance and take a pill to enjoy the delicious homemade pizza.

Don’t you love to enjoy foods when you travel? I could do a whole blog post just on the fabulous treats and entrées we enjoyed on this trip.

We were in awe of the beauty and majesty of the Jewel of the Seas, our ship for the next seven days cruising the Greek Isles on one of Royal Caribbean’s finest ships.

Stampin’ Up! spoiled all of the achievers beyond our wildest dreams with fabulous pillow gifts every evening. They also threw us a set sail party on the first night with all of this delicious food. It was so fun to kick off the trip and have snacks and visit with everyone, and I was thrilled to visit with Shelli Gardner, that was so special!

It sure was a bit windy up on top deck, but we had to take in the sights as we cruised away from Italy on Monday morning they had a session for us and kicked off the Holiday catalog and Jordan received this lovely backpack and I received some new holiday goodies we learned that the next incentive trip will be to the Eastern Caribbean in May 2021. The earning for this will begin in September, and I am so excited as this will be on the biggest cruise ship called Symphony of the Seas we tried to round up the demonstrators from the Northeast region for a photo, here are some of my friends and I after the general session. I enjoyed having a quick chat with Sara Douglas, the CEO of Stampin’ Up!, she is such a sweetheart Broadway show tunes, music in every nook and cranny of the ship it is so fantastic to cruise, this is the screenshot of the TV screen as we cruised from Italy to Greece.

We arrived on the ship on Sunday, July 7, and cruised all day on Monday, July 8. We enjoyed time by the pool, we played bingo, we enjoyed good food, and it was formal night in the dining room for our sitdown dinner. Our family was blessed with the most fantastic head waiter and assistant waiter on the ship, they catered to our every need we had and were so fun.

Our first stop was in Santorini, and oh my goodness the views were gorgeous the water was so blue, this is a caldera, which meant that the ship had to anchor a distance away and we took small boats, called tender, in to the port. It was so much fun and a little nerve-racking to take a bus up the winding Hills to get to the top of the town.

Our first stop was at Santos winery where we tasted different wines and enjoyed some Greek snacks of olives, crackers, cheeses.

Then our tour bus took us to Oia, where we had a chance to walk the streets, have some gelato, do some shopping, we were inside the most beautiful church I have ever seen. And then our final stop on this tour was to Fiera, for some more sightseeing, and shopping. It was so beautiful.

Our second excursion day, July 10, was my niece Jordan’s birthday and we went to the island of Mykonos. Again we had to take a small boat to get to shore to get on our restored pirate ship that took us to the gorgeous Aegean Sea, where we jumped off the boat into the water to swim. After a little while we hopped back on and sailed to Paradise Beach where we anchored for a while and swam in the Mediterranean Sea. I cannot describe how gorgeous the water was! At the end of the day our boat took us into the village and we had a chance to walk and shop and have some food. I enjoyed the best Gyro and baklava I have ever had in my life! I know Jordan enjoyed a magical birthday!

On July 11 our third day of excursions, we anchored in Athens and we took a guided tour to the Acropolis and Parthenon and learned so much about the ancient Greeks. It was so awesome to visit this incredible spot.

I think Claire was really in her element, she soaks up all this rich history and even elected to go to a museum with Sue instead of shopping like the rest of us.

Our fourth excursion was to the island of Katakolon. We took a tour bus about an hour inland to Olympia, which was an incredible experience. This was the least crowded of all of our excursions, and our tour guide gave us quite a narrated tour of the birthplace of the Olympic Games. we got to walk the grounds of The Temple of Zeus and Hera and learned about ancient cultures, as well as kalamata olives and the olive branch.

You may have been following me on Facebook or Instagram while I was away, so some of these pictures may be familiar. But I know not everyone is on social media so I wanted to share this trip of a lifetime and thank all of you who helped me achieve this incredible vacation. My family and I had the time of our lives and we will treasure this experience.

My next blog post will be photos of all the pillow gifts, prizes, swaps, and sample boards featuring products from the next holiday catalog. Demonstrators will have a chance to receive the catalog in August and order a month early before it launches to the public on September 4. We have a wonderful special going on right now I would love to have you join my team, contact me if you need more info.

Have a great day and thanks for reading! Have you been to Rome or Greece? I would love to hear from you, I treasure your comments.

Thanks,

Lynn

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Glitter & Glam Girls July Blog Hop- Anything Goes!

 

Hello Everyone!

Welcome to our July Edition of the Glitter & Glam Girls Blog Hop! This month our theme is “Anything Goes” well, that is actually harder than it sounds- I like structure… and I spent a long time debating- do I make a card or 3D item, show off new products or my favorite?? Decisions, Decisions! Well, I hope you like what I came up with for you, please leave me a comment and let me know what you think (just scroll to the very bottom of this post and type your response in the box). Thanks! And don’t forget to go visit all the other fabulous friends, we are all Stampin’ Up! demonstrators and have really been having fun with this new blog hop! Grab your favorite morning beverage and enjoy!

 

I have been having so much fun with a brand new product in our catalog called Pigment Sprinkles (it is item number 149663, page 179 in the catalog). It is similar to the Brusho we had in our last catalog, except these are six Stampin’ Up! colors! Can you tell what colors I used on this card?

(if you guessed Gorgeous Grape, Bermuda Bay, and Granny Apple Green, then you are right!) 😉

Last night on my Lynnzcrafters business Facebook page I actually did a demonstration using the new pigment sprinkles and I showcased four different cards I made. (But I didn’t show them this card as I wanted to save it for you readers on the Blog Hop.

Here is a close-up of our brand new shimmer white embossing powder, can you see the shine and glitter in the embossing powder? The stamp set and die bundle I used is called Friend Like You bundle, it is on page 124 of the new catalog item number 151084.

 

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New Catalog Launch Day!

Yippee! Today is New Catalog Launch Day! You are going to LOVE this new 2019-20 Annual Catalog. Don’t have your own yet (let me know if I can help with that)… in the meantime, here is a link to the online version so you can start making your wish list: (Ordering can begin about Noon Mountain Time, which is 2 pm here on the East Coast. Stampin’ Up! has to take down the old catalog and upload all the new inventory- it takes several hours… just wanted you to know).

https://su-media.s3.amazonaws.com/media/catalogs/2019-2020%20Annual%20Catalog/20190602_AC_en-US.pdf

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Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com

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Glitter & Glam Girls Blog Hop- June

Hello and welcome to the monthly blog hop of a group of Stampin’ Up! demonstrators. We are scattered all over the US, and today we are featuring projects that are “Summer Fun”. Well to me, that theme means sitting outside and bird watching, or going on vacation, or swimming. What does “Summer Fun” mean to you? Here in Upstate NY, we had a pretty cold and wet spring, winter hung on too long for my liking.  So, when I was getting ready for this blog hop, and looked at the new stamp sets and products that I have pre-ordered from the new Stampin’ Up! 2019-29 Annual Catalog, I decided to showcase this amazing new Bird Ballad Suite! I also pulled in the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards & Envelopes (item #149487). These products go live in the new catalog at about 2 pm Eastern Time on Tuesday June 4th.

Stampin’ Up! continues to amaze me with their amazing product suites. The Bird Ballad Suite has 1 order number, if you want one of everything in the suite, like me: the cling mount Free as a Bird stamp set, the stitched nested labels dies (I did not use on these projects- but they work wonderfully! I highly recommend these dies!), the Bird Ballad Designer Series Paper, Bird Ballad Laser Cut Cards & Tin, 3/8″ Scalloped Lace Trim, and Bird Ballad Trinkets. For all these items you would use item #152190.

I love the image of the 4 birds on a branch, and could see many uses for this card – including giving it to a dear friend or as a thank you card. By pulling in the Magnolia Lane Large Specialty Memories & More Cards & Envelopes I knew I would be able to retain the full size bird image, add some DSP and I even used the leaf punch on our new Perennial Essence 12″x 21″ Vellum Cardstock (three colors are included: old olive, petal pink, and so saffron), you get 4 sheets of each color (Item #149101)

Of course the star of the show here is our amazing Stampin’ Blends. These alcohol markers are awesome- each one has a thin tip and brush end and come in light and dark shades of each color we carry. I’m so excited that on June 4th we will be introducing 6 new colors to our Blends collection (they are at the top of my list to buy on June 4th).

So I actually designed these projects last month and they were featured at my Lynnzcrafters New Catalog Launch Demonstrator meeting. Everyone received this sweet little notebook which was a breeze to put together (thanks to my friend Laurie who came to help me). I got the mini notebooks at Target. Perfect size for keeping in your purse.

We actually learned at OnStage that the DSP was created by the concept artist and colored with our Stampin’ Blends, making perfect coordination with any project you decide to make. Did you see my post here featuring the amazing work of my downline Kathy Sims? (She created a fantastic display using the Bird Ballad Suite), go check it out for more inspiration with this suite.

Does this look like summer fun to you? I am so excited to have some nice weather coming this week, it has been too rainy and cold. Do you like to watch birds? They are fascinating creatures. I have a pair of cardinals that have been visiting me often lately, and you know what they say about cardinals? A cardinal is a representative of a loved one who has passed. When you see one, it means they are visiting you. They usually show up when you most need them or miss them. They also make an appearance during times of celebration as well as despair to let you know they will always be with you. I find comfort in that, and know that watching birds can bring peace and joy after sorrow.

 

Well that’s it for me today. I would love to hear from you- I treasure your comments, it means the world to me to hear from you. Just scroll to the bottom of this post and leave me a comment, and then be sure to click the links below to see all the other fabulous creations from the Glitter & Glam Girls this month! I KNOW they have some over the top amazing projects for you!

 

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And don’t forget, when your order with me is over $40 this month, you will receive 14 of the June monthly Tutorials as my free gift to you as my thanks. (I love that our collaboration is still going strong, want even more inspiration for this suite and others we were able to pre-order? then this month is for you!)

 

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~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
Shop my Online Store 24/7 on my website: http://LynnStreifert.stampinup.net
Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com
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Updated Sale Information- Starts Today at 2 PM Eastern Time

 

Hi friends,

Some of you expressed difficulty reading and seeing the sale items I sent late last night.

Here is a single document with all the items that will be on sale today, supposed to start at Noon (Mountain Time), which is 2 pm Eastern Time. Fingers crossed that Stampin’ Up!’s server can handle all the traffic, there are some good deals here!

Flash sale one list

Happy Shopping! Thank you for your support.
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~Lynn Streifert
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Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com
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Flash Sale!

Stampin’ Up! just let us know that they will be discounting some of the retiring products beginning tomorrow, May 30!  The discount will be up to 30% on select items!

The discount pricing will go into effect at 12:00 PM (MT) on Thursday, May 30. That’s 2 PM eastern time.

Simply Click here to see the list of items that will be discounted from the 2018-19 Annual Catalog retiring list.

And be sure to Click here to see the list of items that will be discounted from the 2019 Occasions Catalog retiring list.  **The sale prices are listed on the second page for list list.

The products are only available while supplies last so order soon to make sure that you get your goodies on sale!

Click here to head over to my online store to start shopping the sale tomorrow.

Don’t forget that the sale starts at 12:00 PM (MT) on Thursday, May 30!

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~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
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Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com

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Quarterly Way to Go Day!

Every quarter I invite the girls who are the top four in sales, as well as anyone who has promoted in title and anyone who has recruited in the prior quarter. I try to strive to have a unique get together which will be a lot of fun. I try to stick to a theme, and that includes little gifts as well as the food. I went with a garden/succulent theme and we celebrated with a delicious Cinco de Mayo lunch.

I invited my dear friend Nancy to teach us how to plant and care for a succulent garden. She works at a local nursery called Brookside and was able to get us some beautiful plants and accessories. We did the planting in my garage, just in case the soil dropped (I didn’t want dirt all over the place inside.)

I was fascinated by a cake that I saw my friend Jennifer make and post on her Facebook wall, she is the head baker at Dolce Biscotti Bakery in Clifton Park and I ordered this delicious chocolate cake with blackboard theme frosting and succulent flowers on top. Everyone loved it!

It was a taco bar or fajitas

Here we have Laurie, MaryBeth, Nancy, Joan, Kathy, and Amye. We were missing two girls who earned this special reward: Tiffany and Sharon. (but We made their planter boxes for them)

Nancy got some great accessories didn’t she? perfect soil, nice variety of plants, stones or glass, sand and little critters. Just priceless.

I forgot to take a picture of our stamping projects, but up in the craft room we made a card using new in colors and bundle and we also made a color chart with paper, ink, a markers in all five color families so the girls have a nice tool they can use in their craft room and with their customers.

Stampin’ Up! provides wonderful resources to demonstrators on our website. I just downloaded the file and printed on our whisper white card stock and it worked out perfectly for us.

I am already working on ideas for the next one, the quarter will end June 30 and the reward day will be sometime this summer. I love spoiling these girls for all their hard work and I’m so thankful that they have stepped out of their comfort zone by having Paper Pumpkin get together’s, stamping fun nights with their friends, clubs and classes and that they have invited others to join the team as well! Kudos everyone for a fabulous job!

Thanks for so much for visiting me today I hope you have a great day!

Happy Stamping!

Lynn

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~Lynn Streifert
Independent Demonstrator, Stampin’ Up!
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Email: Lynnzcrafters@gmail.com

Monthly Bingo nights, Monthly Stamping Clubs, Monthly Team Get-Togethers, and opportunities for Workshops and Classes offered in your home or mine! (think of paint and sip, or board and brush, I can offer the same kind of party for you and your friends!) Think of me for Birthday Parties, Kid Crafts, baby and bridal showers, weddings, and special anniversaries or parties where you need customized invitations or decorations!