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Clearance Rack Updated!!

Good morning friends, while we were sleeping Stampin’ Up! was hard at work loading over 100 new items to the clearance rack! What a great time to grab those dies that you never ordered from last year or some paper or ribbon to help you with your crafting or giftgiving. Well these items won’t arrive in time for Christmas unless you expedite your shipping, there are some really good deals here, but don’t wait-these items are while supplies last!

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Lynn

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2nd Annual Christmas Retreat

Hi there friends, First of all, I want to wish all of you a very Happy Thanksgiving! May your turkey be juicy and your potatoes not lumpy!

Did you notice anything new here on my blog?? How do you like my new header and buttons? The amazing Justin Krieger of jkcardsonline.com created all my new elements!! Didn’t he do a fabulous job? I feel like such a grown up! The owls were cute, but I’ve had them for over 6 years now, time for a blog and Facebook make-over. I have matching business cards and return address labels now too. I’d love to know what you think!

Last, but not least, I wanted to share some photos of my 2nd (Annual) Creative Christmas Retreat! I started this event last year, I wanted a way to include everyone on my team at an all day crafting event. They couldn’t all attend, so I invited some special friends to fill up the room. I’m thankful to have been able to have this event at the Clifton Park Elks again this year, and Mike Bloss outdid himself with delicious spread for breakfast, lunch and dinner! Friends brought some yummy snacks to share as well!

I found this terrific game online and thought this would be perfect for the ladies to play throughout the day and earn some raffle tickets!

This area is the lending library, I brought dozens of my stamps, punches, dies, big shots, and paper cutters. 

This ballroom is huge, and provided us with ample space for crafting all day!

You can see Kathy and Amye hard at work helping me to set up each spot.

My fabulous helpers Kathy, Amye, and Patty helped me set the room up so everyone had a nice work area and their Stampin’ Up! products and gifts were waiting for them at their spot. Everyone received this canvas zippered tote bag, ceramic mug, Let it Snow embellishment kit, Jingle Bells, Snowflake Sequins, and Snowfall Accents Puff Paint! Then the items inside the snowman gift bag were all the pre-cut paper supplies they used to assemble my 8 Make and Take projects! The hot cocoa here was for one of the M&Ts.

 

we had this cute little hot cocoa station and the girls were able to use their own mug that was part of their gift. 

Could you guess what my theme was? Let it snow… How cute is this little snowman sign?

I feel so blessed that my team and friends from near and far were able to come together for this day. My friend Jacki came all the way from New Hampshire! And Nancy, Addie and Susan are my bingo regulars, so happy they could join us!

Nellie came all the way from Saugerties! Sue and Theresa came from Queensbury! And Amye didn’t have far to travel, but she came early and stayed late to help me with set up and clean up! Thanks friend!

Three of these ladies (Lisa, Jess and Nicole) came from Johnstown. I’m so touched that so many traveled a great distance to come to this event! Look at those sharp Ott lights Cindy and Sheila brought, cool right?

Laurie came over last week to help me punch and die cut almost everything we needed for all the M&Ts. Patty also helped with set up and clean up. Thanks friends. Molly and Jill made some gorgeous cards!

Pam and Elizabeth came from the North Country and they joined Annette, Mandy and Linda at this table.

MaryBeth helped me out by cutting out all the candy canes we needed for a M&T, thanks MB! Kathy is always there for me, every event, she is my right arm and such a treasured friend, thanks Kath!  Gail and Tiffany joined them here.

 

Last but not least, these four friends joined us for the first time, many thanks Barb, Chelsea, Jen and Bobbi for attending!

Altogether we had 30 people come to stamp for the day, I did have two who weren’t able to make it and I’m still working on their projects for them… hopefully I’ll get a chance to finish them this weekend. 

I used all the hostess rewards from placing all the retreat orders and got 5 raffle bundles and they were able to put their tickets in whatever bag they wanted. 

My friend Amye made these cute mugs, can you see what it says? “Sip, stamp, repeat”. She used her cricket and vinyl to make these.  Thank you so much for donating two of your mugs to the raffle!

 

Ready to see the projects everyone made? 

The gold pizza Box featuring Perfectly Plaid bundle, this can hold a small gift, jewelry, candy or even a gift card.

Some delicious Ghirardelli Hot Cocoa and stick candy canes.

Some cool mint tic-tacs

This beautiful ice skate card could easily be turned into a gift card holder as well.

This little snow globe shaker card was the only die cutting the ladies needed to get up to cut on their own… The Night Before Christmas Memories and More card pack with envelopes was the base of the card.

The mini curvy keepsakes dies are amazing, I saw this cute snowman on Pinterest and couldn’t believe how easy it was to make!

The copper tea tins hold more than tea- you can fit some homemade chex mix, fudge, cookies, hot cocoa, tea bags, or even a gift card in here!

 

 

Last but not least, this little pillow box was a breeze to put together, the heart is from the dog punch, and then the Christmas cups of cheer dies made the perfect snowman cup. This held some marshmellows and could fit another gift card.

 

Next time I’ll share all the winners of the prizes and the gifts I gave everyone throughout the day, I’ve got to run and get some of my Thanksgiving meal prep going here.

Thank you for visiting my blog today! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Love,
Lynn

 

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~Lynn Streifert
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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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Glitter & Glam Girls Holiday Ideas

Hello Crafty Friends!

Hope you are doing well, and here it is November already, and hopefully you are getting ready for Christmas and our wonderful winter Holidays! I have been frantically planning my 2nd Annual Crafty Christmas Retreat, Onstage swaps and team gifts, my clubs, Stamp-a-Stacks and Bingo nights. There is so little time, so I have to plan things out in stages and with deadlines.

A few weeks ago I had a special day for the girls on my team who earned a special day with me I call it Way to Go Day! I have this special event once every quarter and it is for the top four in sales and anyone who promotes in title or recruits a new demonstrator. There are always gifts, a yummy meal and of course creating something FUN!

Here is one of the special projects we made:

This 12″ x 12″ shadow box frame was inspired by my friend Christine- I saw a sampler she shared on facebook with this designer series paper, and I knew that was going to be my base.

Here are the dimensions:

Whisper White 12″ x 12″ is the base

Coastal Cabana, nine squares are 3″ x 3″

Flirty Flamingo on 4 squares and then 5 Blueberry Bushel are 2 3/4″ x 2 3/4″

Designer Series Paper and Whisper White squares are 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″.

See supply list below.

 

 

Click to hop along and visit my fellow demonstrator friends who are in our group:

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  1. GlitterGlamGirlsRubber Room Ramblings – Christine Kolly
  2. GlitterGlamGirlsStampin’ Created By U-Lisa Bauer
  3. GlitterGlamGirlsStamping with Tamie – Tamie Ackerson
  4. GlitterGlamGirlsBasement Bunch Stampers – Kim Vogel
  5. GlitterGlamGirlsOrange Peony Papercrafts – Cheryl Grigg
  6. GlitterGlamGirlsLynnzcrafters – Lynn Streifert
  7. GlitterGlamGirlsDawn’s Creative Chalet – Dawn Bourgette
  8. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Lady and Her Stamps – Raquelle Bath
  9. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Creativity Barn – Laura Anderson
  10. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Craft Sergeant – Tara Stay

 

Thank you so much for visiting me today, I treasure your comments, I read and reply to each one, it means the world to me that you took time out of your day to read my blog and leave me a comment. I also appreciate you for choosing me as your team leader or demonstrator, I hope to keep inspiring you and I’m here to help if you have any questions, please let me know!

Here is the supply list of Stampin’ Up! products I used for this project:

 

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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
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!

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Glitter & Glam Girls -Thanksgiving

Hello! Happy October! This month we are all featuring Thanksgiving project’s to share with you. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. I host our annual family Thanksgiving get-together and we have some fun traditions plus yummy food. Is there anything better than roasted turkey and homemade stuffing? Yummy! I decided to feature the Christmas Advent Countdown Kit, but wanted to show you that you can decorate the reverse side if you want to get double duty out of your Advent kit. So once November is over, I can just turn the boxes around and I’m all set to countdown to Christmas!

This countdown kit is actually going to contain Random Acts of Kindnesses that I am going to complete. I’m planning to share this idea with my friends, family, customers and Girl Scout Troop too. Isn’t November a perfect month to perform some RAK?? I’ve typed them up on the computer and cut them into little pieces to put in each drawer. (Scroll to the end of this post for my list of 25 that I put in my countdown to Thanksgiving box).

 

 

 

Here are a few close-up so you can see in more detail how I decorated the each box.

 

Directions:

  • Come to Gather Designer Series Paper was cut to 1 7/8″ x 1 7/8″ and cut a small slice out of top with the 1″ circle punch. (I selected 7 pieces of the DSP that did not have the orange color tones). Spread them out on a table and arrange until you get the paper pattern you like.
  • Adhere each piece of DSP to the box front with snail.
  • Stamped greetings in Pretty Peacock ink on whisper white cardstock and fussy cut or punch out and adhere to boxes. I wanted to space out the greetings, so I applied them first, then decorated the fronts of the other boxes.
  • Decorate each box with embossed leaves, leaf embellishments, punched mini leaves and the feathers from the Tags & Feathers Elements.
  • Type the numbers on the computer, I used a free font download called “Hello Buckaroo” and I color matched the font text color to pretty peacock. Then I printed the numbers on Whisper White cardstock and punched out with a retired 3/4″ circle punch.

25 Random Acts of Kindness for November:

  1. Smile at someone JUST BECAUSE. Smiles are contagious! You have the power to brighten someone’s day, by simply smiling.
  2. Buy the person behind you in line coffee.
  3. Donate toys or books to a local charity.
  4. Tape some money on a vending machine with a RAK note.
  5. Bake cookies for your coworkers.
  6. Donate to a food bank.
  7. Send a card in the mail just because!
  8. Volunteer
  9. Donate old blankets and towels to an animal shelter.
  10. Paint “kindness rocks” and hide them for others to find!
  11. Send a care package to deployed soldiers.
  12. Pay for someone’s meal at a restaurant.
  13. Let someone go in front of you in line.
  14. Put coins in an expired parking meter.
  15. Leave a generous tip at a restaurant.
  16. Send flowers to someone.
  17. Help a military family with someone deployed with a meal, babysitting or errands.
  18. Carry a stranger’s grocery bags.
  19. Leave a treat in the mailbox for your mail carrier.
  20. Donate to your favorite charity.
  21. Compliment a stranger.
  22. Bake treats and deliver them to your local police station. Thank them for their service!
  23. Pick up litter at the park.
  24. Leave positive messages in multiple locations (restrooms, restaurants, and on social media).
  25. Call a relative just to say hello!

Feel free to copy/print this little note when you perform your Random Act of Kindness (then people will know it was intentional- and perhaps it will brighten someone’s day to know that they were the recipient).

  • Click here to hop along to my friends:

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  1. GlitterGlamGirlsRubber Room Ramblings – Christine Kolly
  2. GlitterGlamGirlsStampin’ Created By U-Lisa Bauer
  3. GlitterGlamGirlsStamping with Tamie – Tamie Ackerson
  4. GlitterGlamGirlsBasement Bunch Stampers – Kim Vogel
  5. GlitterGlamGirlsOrange Peony Papercrafts – Cheryl Grigg
  6. GlitterGlamGirlsLynnzcrafters – Lynn Streifert
  7. GlitterGlamGirlsDawn’s Creative Chalet – Dawn Bourgette
  8. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Lady and Her Stamps – Raquelle Bath
  9. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Creativity Barn – Laura Anderson
  10. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Craft Sergeant – Tara Stay

 

 

Now here’s a supply list of all the supplies I used:

Thank you so much for visiting my blog today! Don’t forget to click the links to visit my other Stamping Friends in the Blog Hop!

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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
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!

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Glitter & Glam Girls- Halloween!

 

Welcome!

Our fabulous group is sharing Halloween projects with you for our blog hop this month. We hope you find some inspiration here!

I wanted to make a cute little candy holder- and our new mini curvy keepsakes dies are the perfect product- it holds one Lindt Lindor chocolate truffle, or one Ferraro Rocher fine hazelnut chocolate.

You cut one piece of pumpkin pie cardstock in half (8 1/2″ x 5 1/2″) so yes- you get two pumpkins out of one sheet of cardstock!

Notice that one of my pumpkins is just texturized with the Stylish Scroll texture folder (the whole thing fits in the folder at an angle).  For the other pumpkin, I decided to stamp the pumpkin face from the Harvest Hellos stamp set (I used our memento black ink pad).

Then it was easy peasy to cut the leaves in granny apple green cardstock and the little labels came with the mini curvy keepsakes die set. Genius.

Wouldn’t these make a great gift for co-workers? Some nursing home residents? Just a sweet little treat to let someone know you are thinking of them?

I hope you have fun making these, they really are super quick to put together.

 

Thank you so much for visiting me today, are you ready to go check out all the other wonderful demonstrators showing off their spectacular Halloween projects?

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  1. GlitterGlamGirlsRubber Room Ramblings – Christine Kolly
  2. GlitterGlamGirlsStampin’ Created By U-Lisa Bauer
  3. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Creativity Barn – Laura Anderson
  4. GlitterGlamGirlsStamping with Tamie – Tamie Ackerson
  5. GlitterGlamGirlsBasement Bunch Stampers – Kim Vogel
  6. GlitterGlamGirlsOrange Peony Papercrafts – Cheryl Grigg
  7. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Craft Sergeant – Tara Stay
  8. GlitterGlamGirlsLynnzcrafters – Lynn Streifert
  9. GlitterGlamGirlsDawn’s Creative Chalet – Dawn Bourgette
  10. GlitterGlamGirlsThe Lady and Her Stamps – Raquelle Bath

 

 

Would you like to see the supplies I used for these two cute pumpkins? Here you go:

 

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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
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!

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Holiday Catalog Kick-Off Day!

 

Hello friends!

Can you believe it’s September 4th? Where did the summer go?

Today we launch the 2019 Holiday Catalog!

There is a link in my sidebar of this blog, or if you want a link, here you go (it will open as a PDF- if you want your own paper copy- please contact me):

Click to access 20190904_HOL19_en-US.pdf

 

I am happy to help you if you’d like to plan a home party- invite your friends and we can make cute Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas or seasonal decorations for the home, or treat containers (and cards too of course)- whatever you’d like! Email me if you’d like to see my available dates. This is such a fun time of year to get your craft on!

Remember- when you spend $40 (before tax and shipping) with me this month- you will receive our September edition of “Fall Fun” – 15 tutorials by the Talented Tutorial Team!

My September Host Code is: PDFJCAWP

Have a wonderful day!

Lynn

 

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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
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!

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Glitter & Glam Girls Blog Hop- Happy Fall!

 

Happy August!

Are you getting ready for Back to School? Or are you starting to notice the leaves are falling?

Well, this month our awesome group is featuring ideas to get you jump started for fall and back to school projects! We hope you enjoy our creations!

 

I decided to overnight express my Holiday Catalog goodies– for a few reasons honestly, one was to have this harvest hello bundle for this blog hop, as well as to have products for my Way to Go Day, which was yesterday, and also to have holiday catalogs in the house, I met with a group of ladies this weekend and wanted them to have the catalog as they are thinking of purchasing the starter kit and joining my team. So that was a lot of good reasons I thought to spend the extra money, it is the first time I have done this, well worth it. (because we live on the East Coast if I had not expedited this order and done overnight shipping, I likely would not have my order until around August 12).

You are going to want to add this bundle to your collection- it is good for many Occasions!

I paired the new clings stamp set Harvest Hellos and the Apple builder punch with the new curly real red ribbon. My card base is 5 1/2 x 8 1/2″ crumb cake scored at 4 1/4 inches. Then I used my corrugated texture folder on a piece of soft suede that measured 4″ x 5 1/4″ (this texture folder is currently unavailable -I will let you know when it is converted to the new style. We have three folders right now that are going through reconfiguration: corrugated, layered leaves, and tufted)

The small tag that I mounted my apples on measures 2 3/4 x 3 3/4″ and I sliced off the two tap corners to make a tag. I punched a hole and tied the ribbon right through, how cute is that?

I have a tip for you, first punch out on a piece of scrap paper the Apple punch, see how the stem and leaf are above the Apple?

Then align the 3 stamps to the backside of what you punched…

Set your clear block over top and now you can ink and stamp in one step, and punch all three parts out to color and assemble, so easy right?

Well I would like to thank you for stopping by this morning, please click the link below and go check out my friends blogs… I can’t wait to see what fun fall back to school projects they have! Have a fabulous week.

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~Lynn Streifert
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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!

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Blossoms

Picture this: a tiny seedling on the verge of breaking through the soil. Can you see it? Now water it with affection and good vibes. What do you have after a little bit of time and a whole lot of love? A blossom—bold and beautiful and blooming!

Now imagine that in a stamp set. With the Bloom & Grow Bundle, you can see the entire story of the blossom: from tiny seedlings to beautiful bouquets. Then sprinkle in some encouraging sentiments, and you’ve got a card for everyone you love!

If you’re just beginning on your stamping journey, you can use these gorgeous stamps to create a patterned look for a simple but beautiful project as was done in the You Are Simply Wonderful sample, or if you want to step it up a notch, try tinkering with the dies and a blender pen, as was done in the Thanks sample. For all of you avid stampers, roll up your sleeves and add this bundle and some ribbon to a treat bag to make the cute bag you can see in the samples. There are so many options! Get this awesome bundle and make some cards or projects to send to your friends and everyone around you. Just like the little seedling— you can bloom and grow with just a few beautiful stamps, and a whole lot of love.

Here are some more samples using the Bloom & Grow bundle.

And here are close ups of these products:

Wouldn’t you love to add this to your collection? You will love playing with this set for sure!

Thanks for stopping by today.

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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
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!

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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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~Lynn Streifert
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