Below are some samples I made from the cruise that I wanted to share. The stamp set Touches of Texture #141934 was used to make these pretty cards. There are several stamps that add different styles of texture and there's are also some linear stamps for detail. My favorite stamp for texture is this long one and I love
The bee and dragon fly!
Take a look at my creations...
Hope this inspires you today to get into your crafting room and make some cards or scrapbooking. If you have any questions about the above projects let me know.
Wow ! What a Fathers Day! Started the day playing tennis with Sam Altman and Annie Ngo. We had lots of fun.
Then when we returned home one of our 2 year old heifers decided to go into labor. New to calf births Heifers sometime need help, so Richard (along with Sam Altman and Wilbur Dew) got the opportunity deliver her beautiful baby. So cool and what a Father's Day to remember!
My cousin Mary and her family came down for a vacation and to attend the Dew Reunion. They wanted to do off shore fishing so my hubby so graciously offered to take them in his boat. Fish were caught but no keepers Mother Nature decided to be ugly today so it made the fishing unbearable. We still had a great time talking and hanging out.
Here is Mary and her daughter Diana
From left to right- my hubby Richard- me-My cousin Mary and Mary's hubby Anthony.
We decided to not book anymore tours but just go ashore and walk around. We stopped in Cannes, lots of money in the French Riviera! The only thing we bought was food. Pretty city! Below I am standing near the port just after getting off the ship.
Below is My hubby Richard posing by a tribute to lost sailors.
Then back on the boat for a wonderful meal at the front of ship as we pull out from Cannes
Oh and everyday I was able to go to the hospitality room and spin for a prize! Pillow gifts every night and we even had make and takes on the last day.
Well that's all I have to share. I would never have made it to Spain, Itaily and France if it weren't for Stampin' Up! and my wonderful faithful customers and Downline. Thank you so much for all your support of my dream vacation. If any of you would like to join me on the next Grand Vacation let me know. I now know how to make it happen.
The day started early again for us. We were in Rome and off to see the what this wonderful city had to offer. The first stop, the Colosseum. There were soooo many people! The other thing that was going on was the Unions were striking so it was even more loud and crowded. Below my hubby managed to get a picture of me in front of the Colosseum .
We wondered around Rome learning more history than I will ever remember. We had lunch at a fabulous Italian Resturant .
You see I had a classic Italian meal of pasta and wine. Oh Mama Mia! It was so good!
We were not allowed to take pictures inside so I have none to share. Richard took tons of pictures inside the museum, but there was so much that I can't remember the history behind the pictures. There were so many people too it was really hard to enjoy it. I can say I was there! I would like to return when I can walk through at a slower pace with less people.
So we were exhausted by the time we got back to the boat. I did however find enough energy to go to the hospitality room and spin the wheel to receive some ribbon. Oh and my Pillow gift??
A cute hipster Dooney purse! Boy was I pampered. Thanks so much Stampin' Up!
We were up early ready for our first tour stop- Naples!
We are so excited being in the tour bus ready to see Sorrento and Pompei.
Behind us is the city of Sorrento. We just fell in love with Sorrento! A city of wine and beautiful pottery! We were able to walk and and shop for an hour and then off to Pompeii
As I am sure you have heard the story - Mount Vesuvius
erupted in AD79 covering a village. We saw castings of a child that died in his bed. Very sad but it was truly amazing that we could walk the streets of an city that existed so many years ago.
I won't bore you with lots of pictures only a couple of my favorites of Pompeii. The picture below is a street running through the middle of town and why it is interesting? Can you see the narrow ruts? They were made by chariots! The three stones are there so that when it rained a person on foot could step across the street without getting their feet wet.
The picture below is the McDonald's of Pompeii.
Life was busy back then too so when you had no time to fix a meal at home you stopped by here - reach in to the bowls for the food and enjoy! I just hope they washed their hands before they came by.
This picture I am sure you have seen. This man was caught in his home, died from the poisonous gases and then his body preserved by the lava. So sad... But then again cool for us because we get a glimmer of what humans were like during the turn of the century.
The day did end on a happy note though- I was able to go to the hospitality room and spin the wheel. I won a stampset and the icing on the cake was the pillow gift! The complete Foral suite form the catalog. Wow! My favorite thing out of the catalog! Thank you Stampin' Up!
My name is Sandra Grimes and I have been a Stampin' Up! Independent Demonstrator for 14 years. I also co-own a commercial casework company with my wonderful husband Richard. When I am not helping him create beautiful cabinets in our cabinet facility, I am planning and organizing paper crafting classes for you to enjoy. I have my own studio located on top of LeHeup Hill just south of Dade City. My studio offers a laid-back atmosphere where you can enter the wonderful world of creativity. I am here to assist you with projects from beginning to end. I would love to meet you so please book a workshop in your home or sign up for one of my classes. Hope to see you soon.