#766 – Rome Day #1 – July 20, 2019

Today is the Retired Stamp Sale 

Sat., July 20, 2019
8 am to 2 pm  – 3879 Parsons Road – Carpentersville, IL (near Spring Hill Mall)

Multiple demonstrators participating.
Tons of stamp sets, inks, cardstock, dies, Big Shot machine, Paper Pumpkin, punches, accessories…you name it, we will have it!!!
Hope you are able to stop by.  I will have the NEW Holiday catalog with me!

We flew into Rome a day early, just to make sure that we had some extra time.  I always want some padding when we are trying to catch a cruise ship.  We shared a golf cart tour of Rome with some fellow demonstrators.  It was a warm day, so it was nice to have the golf cart and a little breeze.  The tour was three hours long and we were able to personalize it with the places we wanted to see. Here we are in front of the Coliseum.  This was definitely a “pinch me” moment.

Here is our tour guide, Valero.  His English was wonderful and he was so good giving us the history of the city.  I highly recommend a golf cart tour.  It is a great way to get a quick overview of an area.

You can see the Vatican and St. Peter’s Basilica in the background.

LARGE doors!!!

There are lots of places around Rome to refill your water bottles.

The Spanish Steps.  The following week, we spent more time in Rome and climbed the steps.

What would a trip to Rome be without a peek at fashion???  Many of the women were so effortlessly stylish!

A golf cart is the way to travel!

The famous Trevi Fountain!  HUGE tourist spot in Rome!

I look very “touristy” in this photo.

I love the character of the old buildings, doorways and cobblestone streets.

Lots of smart cars.  Gas prices were pretty high, about $6.00 per gallon.

My favorite tourist!

Our first gelato stop in Rome.

Too many choices.  The prices were very reasonable.  Most of the time gelato was about 2,50 Euros.

Mango was delicious!!!

Valero ended our tour by dropping us off at a lovely Italian restaurant.  The food was delicious and the staff was very warm and friendly.

Paul and I shared meals during our vacation.  It helped to keep the calories down.

This was not our meal, but I couldn’t help but take a picture.  I don’t like to see the eyes of my food.  Our waiter cut the fish for the guest. 🙂

At the end of the meal, they brought us limoncello “on the house”.

Great restaurant and staff!  I would highly recommend this one!

Time to go back to the hotel, because we hit the ground running after arriving in Rome.  We needed to get some sleep before we caught the cruise ship on Sun.  The air conditioning was not working in our room, so the hotel moved us to another room and my Nook (e-reader) got left behind. 🙁  Time to start looking at a Kindle in my future.

Stay tuned each day as I share more of our trip, swaps and NEW product coming in the Holiday catalog.

Winner for today’s drawing:  Marsha Muetterties
Look for happy mail!!!

Saturday Smiles…

Stay cool out there!!!

#765 – I’m Back – July 19, 2019


It is almost here!!! This Saturday  we are hosting a Retired Stamp Sale in Carpentersville, IL…see details below!

Sat., July 20, 2019
8 am to 2 pm  – 3879 Parsons Road – Carpentersville, IL (near Spring Hill Mall)

Multiple demonstrators participating.
Tons of stamp sets, inks, cardstock, dies, Big Shot machine, Paper Pumpkin, punches, accessories…you name it, we will have it!!!

Sat., 8/3/19 – Stamp Camp – Huntley – Huntley Park District
Deadline to register is Fri., 7/19/19
8:30 am to Noon 

Fri., 8/16/19 – StampaStack
Held out of my home – 10 am to noon
Make 12 Make & Takes
$25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates
Pay at door – Email or message to RSVP

Paul and I are back from our SU Incentive trip to the Greek Isles.  I will be sharing pictures with my personal notes over the next few weeks.  You can re-live the trip with us (without the heat and stairs :).  It is important to have enough wiggle room in your suitcases to bring home daily SU pillow gifts and hospitality suite prizes.

It always seems stressful getting out the door for a trip.  You are so worried you will forget something or be late.  We made it to the airport and long-term parking (Lot G) and found a space right up front.  That was a sign to let us know that we had an amazing trip ahead.

LOVE the luggage tags SU sends us!  Great memento for a great trip!

We got all checked in for our flights and stopped to have dinner at Chili’s inside the airport.

I’m in the process of letting my gray hair grow out and I have stopped straightening it/adding heat. I’m just letting my curls air dry and minimizing the frizz with a bit of gel.  So much easier! Saves time and money (for more stamps:).  The waitress at Chili’s asked if my hair was natural and I thought she was asking about the curl and she replied, “No, I love your color”.  So that was my first real hair compliment since I started this process mid March this past year.  The transition stage takes a bit of patience, with the variety of colors, but I believe it is worth it over all.

We flew American Airlines out of Terminal 3. I love the domed walkways with the globe and flags for this time of year.

This was one of our first “pinch me” moments, seeing the gate sign!  Italy here we come!!!
Kudos to American Airlines for having a great variety of new movies available for viewing.  Right before the plan loaded, there was a storm and a lot of lightning.  They took all the workers off the runway and that delayed our take off by almost an hour and a half.  We were just sitting on the plane.  They gave us snacks and we just watched movies.  It worked and we made up some of the lost time en route.

We have arrived!  We shared a shuttle to the hotel with several other SU demonstrators and their guests.  Stay tuned tomorrow as share our excursion from our golf cart tour of Rome.  That was amazing!!!

Winner for today’s drawing:  Colleen Beier
Look for happy mail coming to you!!!

Friday Smiles…Stay cool out there!



#764 – Shipping Out – July 6, 2019

I have blogged 764 days in a row and as I said on FB Live this week, I’m taking a break as we ship out for the SU incentive trip to Rome and the Greek Isles.  If you are on our FB group, Stampahowlic Stampers or if you follow me on FB, you will see lots of posts from our trip.
I will get back to blogging 7/19/19. So stay tuned!

A few reminders…
Retired Stamp Sale in Carpentersville, IL – Sat., 7/20/19
3879 Parsons Road
Lowest prices yet!  Multiple demonstrators particpating!
LOTS of retired stamp sets, punches, dies, papers & accessories

Stamp Camp – Sat. 8/3/19
Huntley Park District – 8:30 am – Noon 12 Make & Takes, door prizes, displays, retired items for sale $25 or $20 for club members or Stampahowlic teammates – Register on blog/EVENTS link
Sat., 8/3/19

For every $50 net you spend in July, you will get a coupon code for $5 to redeem in August.  For example, you place a $100 net order, you will have a $10 credit in August.  If you place a $150 net order, you would have a $15 credit, plus a $15 hostess credit for a total of $30!

To shop, go to the link at the top of my blog, SHOP NOW
That will take you direct to my store

If that is not enough, there is also a SIGN ON bonus for new demonstrators.

From July 1 until August 31, new demonstrators will receive an additional $30  to put toward bonus products in their Starter Kit. THEN, they’ll receive a $10  coupon code the following month. Do you have a BIG WISH LIST in the new catalog?  Plus, keep in mind the Holiday catalog is coming in September.  As a demonstrator, you get to order early (August) and you also receive an automatic 20% discount on your own purchases.

Hope each of you had a great Fourth!  Loved this picture I saw posted on Facebook.

After winter, I promised that I would never complain about the summer heat,
but I am very thankful for air conditioning!  Thank you Willis!!!

I’m all packed and headed out to the airport!  🙂
Thanks again for all each of you do to make my job FUN 365 days a year!!!

Winner for today’s drawing is:  Barbara-Ann Conway-Myers
Look for happy mail!
All mail went out this morning to date!  (note:  Yours will go out when I get back Barbara-An)

Friday Smiles…

Love this one!!!


#763 – Wildly Happy on the Fourth of July – July 4, 2019

Not quite Fourth of July or Patriotic samples, but cute and it is good to be “Wildly Happy” 365 days a year! 🙂  Love this new set!

Top Left (Fox Card)
Page #: 101
Stamps: Wildly Happy
CS/DSP: Very Vanilla, Shimmery White, Mossy Meadow CS,
Woven Threads DSP, Perennial Essence Colored Vellum
Ink/Coloring Tools: StazOn, So Saffron, Pumpkin Pie,
Terracotta Tile Ink Pads, Watercolor Pencils 1&2 (Cajun Craze,
Crushed Curry, Pumpkin Pie, Early Espresso)
Accessories: Metallic Pearls, White Flax Ribbon, Magnolia
Ribbon Combo Pack, Magnolia Cork Embellishments
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals, Multi-purpouse Liquid Glue
Tools: Snips, Aqua Painter, Subtle Dynamic TIEF, Petal Label
Non-SU products: Sewing Machine, White Thread
Technique: Watercolor foxes with ink, let dry, lightly draw over with
watercolor pencils to add texture.

Top Right (Bunny Card)
Page #: 101
Stamps: Wildly Happy
CS/DSP: Shimmery White, Petal Pink, Night of Navy, Vellum
CS, Scalloped Cards & Envelopes
Ink/Coloring Tools: Crumb Cake, Petal Pink, Terracotta Tile,
Night of Navy Ink Pads
Accessories: Linen Thread, Magnolia Ribbon Combo Pack,
Designer Elements
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals, Multipurpouse Liquid Glue
Tools: Stitched Lace Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits,
Stitched Labels Framelits, Aqua Painter
Technique:  Stamp image in Crumb Cake and pull ink from image with
aqua painter to lightly watercolor.

Bottom Left (Elephant Card)
Page #: 101
Stamps: Wildly Happy
CS/DSP: Whisper White, Pool Party, Vellum CS, Pressed
Petals DSP
Ink/Coloring Tools: Memento, Crushed Curry, Pool Party Ink
Pads, L Pool Party, L/D Smoky Slate Stampin’ Blends, Color
Accessories: Mini Library Clips, Whisper White Baker’s Twine,
Crushed Curry Crinkled Seam Binding
Adhesives: Snail, Dimensionals, Multipurpouse Liquid Glue
Tools: Nested Label Framelits

Bottom Right (Panda Card)
Page #: 101
Stamps: Wildly Happy
CS/DSP: Whisper White, Old Olive CS, Magnolia Lane DSP,
Kraft Pillow Boxes
Ink/Coloring Tools: StazOn, Versa Mark, Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Linen Thread, Braided Linen Trim, Striped Petal
Pink Ribbon, White Embossing Powder
Adhesives: Dimensionals, Multipurpose Liquid Glue
Tools: 2 ¼” Circle Punch, Delightful Tag Topper Punch, Heat
Tool, Embossing Buddy

#149408 – Wildly Happy – $21.00 (pg. 101 – Annual Catalog)

Click here to SHOP NOW

Okay, this is the closest I will get to patriotic on the blog right now: Uncle Sam, a flag star and red geraniums!    Love the day lilies!  They are so festive and cheerful!

Winner for today’s blog:  Diane Boenker
Look for happy mail going out Friday!

Good reminder that I saw posted on Facebook!  Keep you fur babies happy and safe out there!
Have an amazing Fourth of July!!!