Stampin' Up! 2018 Incentive Trip to Alaska - Part 1

As promised, here's a little run down of the Stampin' Up! Incentive Trip to Alaska that I have just come back from. What an amazing experience. I am so grateful that I had this opportunity.

Overall around 400 demonstators from around the world went on the 7 night cruise. When you count family, friends and Stampin' Up! staff there were 1080 of us on the Royal Caribbean Explorer of the Seas. We all gathered in Seattle to embark. Myself and my family arrived in Seattle a few days early (after some time in Santa Monica and San Franciso). A couple of days before the cruise, I caught up with one of my two team members who were also on the cruise, Kathryn Ruddick.


We went on a Seattle Locks cruise together with our husbands and my two boys. It was really interesting and I loved going through the locks and seeing the Seattle Skyline from the water. We also sailed past the boat houses, including the one used as Tom Hanks house in Sleepless in Seattle (bit of a movie tragic here!).


It was really exciting when we all jumped on buses to head to the ship on the Friday morning. We had also started to run into global demonstrator friends in restaurants and the hotel which was super fun. when we got onto the boat, we all had these magnetic trip souvenirs attached to our cabin doors.


The day we embarked and the first day were 'sea days' (and a bit rocky at that as we were out in the open sea). This is the time we head down to Stampers Base camp which is the hang out place for everyone. The event coordinators in Stampin' Up! that organise the trip are AMAZING! They always theme the event so well. The base camp had comfy seating, mountain themed cushions and lots of hiking / mountain / wilderness props. So fun. I caught up with my other team member Kylie Bertucci on the first day (seen here with myself and the lovely Rachel Tessman on the right).


On the second day (Saturday, at sea) there was a general session where we have stamping demonstrations, prize patrol, all attendee give aways, and even a gift for the 1st guest that came with us. My husband Paul loved his woodgrain water bottle. We also got the best gift of all - the new Holiday Catalogue! This is always super exciting. 


Once we get the catalogue, lots of samples and product displays are put on display in the Stamper Base Camp for us to view and photograph. We also handed in our card swaps to the staff to get organised for collection later in the week. Lots of the South Pacific girls also did a 3x4" pocket scrapbooking card swap. More about the swaps and displays in Part 2 tomorrow.


Stampers Base Camp is also where we go to spin the wheel each day, and win a product prize which is lots of fun!


There was also a fun photography prop that was very popular. Here is a group shot of lots of the Australian and New Zealand demonstrators with Sara. It's one of my favourite photos of the trip. You will notice a couple of the girls are wearing light grey jackets in the front row. These were our pillow gifts on the first night. I will cover more about pillow gifts in part 2 tomorrow.


There was also candy everywhere in the Stampers Base Camp (which made my son very happy, and hyper!).


When we woke up on day 3 (Sunday) we were in the Alaskan inside package and much calmer water. We all had balcony suites, so were able to view the amazing scenery passing us by. It was just so serene and beautiful. Words and pictures can never do the experience justice.




The ship docked at our first port, Juneau, at midday on the Sunday. We went on a boat excursion out on the water past Mendenhall Glacier (my very first glacier sighting) and on to look for wildlife.


We were lucky enough to see a pod of 3 Orca whales, sea lions and some hump back whales on our cruise. Seeing these animals in the wild in this beautiful scenery was an experience I wont soon forget.



We left Juneau Sunday night to make our way to Skagway. The sunset leaving Juneau was spectacular.


At Skagway the next morning (Monday, day 4), the port was very deep (carved by glaciers), so the ship was able to dock right up against the edge of the steep cliffs. There was also another Royal Caribbean cruise ship in port that day and the ships were so huge in the small port.


Our excursion in Skagway was in two parts. First we visited a dog sled training farm by coach bus, where we heard about the great dog sled race the Iditarod. We also got to hold the 7 week old puppies which were very cute.



The bus continued a short distance over the border to Canada, where we borded the White Pass / Yukon Route historic train or the 2 hour scenic trip back to Skagway, The scenery was magnificent. We had such great weather while we were in Alaska - high 20's most days.



We left Skagway that night, and when we woke up the next morning (Tuesday, day 5), we were in Tracy Arm Fjord, right next to Sawyers Glacier. This glacier is active so there was lots of ice floating in the water. We all spent the morning at various vantage points on the boat viewing the scenery.



There were lots of pieces of ice floating (the deep blue ones have absorbed lots of water and flipped, which is why they look different), and waterfalls pouring down the mountain-side. It was a bit more chilly that the previous 2 days as well.



We left Tracy Arm Fjord about lunch time and that afternoon and the next day (Wednesday, day 6) were spent at sea. The fog really rolled in that evening, and the Captian had to sound the fog horn every 2 minutes for a few hours. Luckily we were at the other end of the ship. 

The next day we were at Victoria, British Columbia in Canada.  


My must see this day was the world famous Butchart Gardens which didn't disappoint. This photo is courtesy of Amy Koenders, as sadly some of my photos didn't turn out that day (only the ones in shade did, as I had accidentally knocked the camera dial to a wrong setting - oops!).

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The hanging baskets of Fuschias and Begonias were so pretty.


I hope you have enjoyed the touristy part of my Incentive Trip recap. I'll be back tomorrow with Part 2, a bit ore about the swaps and gifts and people I caught up with.

Have a happy day.



A look back at our Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team Demonstrator Training / Creating Day

It's been a few weeks since the training and creative day I put on for our Stampin' Up! Art With Heart Team girls in Melbourne, Australia. Time to have a look back at some of the fun of the day. 

Team Logo

It was so great to have a whole Saturday (we went from 9.30am to 4.00pm) in the Melbourne CBD to meet up and connect in person. We have an amazing team forum and virtual support, but nothing beats spending tome in person together. I LOVE spending time with these amazing ladies.

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

We had 5 presentations during the day on practical ideas team members could use in their business to continue to build. We have some great leaders with lots of experience in our team so we were able to cover lots of great topics. We also had Clare Langsford, one of our Australian South Pacific Demonstrator Support Managers attend on the day and do a fabulous presentation for us.

The majority of the day was about being creative though!

Everyone that came along got to make three make and take projects. I had two team members work hard to put these together or the day.

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

We also had a demonstration session, where four of our clever team members demonstrated some innovative ways to use our products.

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018
Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018


Everyone bought along things they had been making for the creative display and there was lots of chatting going on about the awesome projects. We all agreed we need much more space for the display projects next time as there were just so many to show.

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Add in prize patrols throughout the day (everyone took home a prize), some fun selfie frame pics, some delicious morning tea and a chance to wander around the laneways of Melbourne to have some lunch, and all in all it was a really great day.  A big shout out as well to my tech savvy son who came along as the helper / tech guy on the day and was a HUGE help. 

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018

Stampin Up Art With Heart Team Training & Creating Day Melbourne 2018



All you have to do is be a member of our fabulous fun and friendly Art With Heart Team.  You can join with me or I can suggest one of our team members who may be having regular smaller team gatherings closer to you, but which will still mean you come along to our big team days like this too.

  • It's super simple and risk free to join and you save lots of $$ by purchasing the starter kit (an you can choose whatever you like). You save 30% on your starter kit order (and can get whatever you want in your kit), and an ongoing 20%
  • You don't have to do parties or sell if that's not for you.
  • You get to come to our team days and OnStage Demonstrator events.
  • You can stop whenever you like, no questions asked and keep everything.
  • Being a team member is the best way to experience more of Stampin' Up! and be part of our awesome team community.

Contact me today to ask more. I'd love to have you join our team.


Thanks for stopping by today. In my next blog post I'll share the chocolate holders I made for my team day thank you gift. See you then,


Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team New 2018 InColour Blog Hop



Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects featuring Stampin' Up! In Colours. Check out the new 2018 - 2020 in colors and lets not forget the current 2017 - 2019 in colors. If you would like a copy of the 2018-2019 annual catalogue, contact any of the girls on the blog hop and we will get in touch with you.

You may have started here, or may have come here from the link on my lovely friend and team member Sharon Davern's blog.

For today's project I have made a set of 5 thank you cards using the new 2018-20 In Colours.  Left to right on the back row we have Blueberry Bushel, Pineapple Punch and Lovely Lipstick. On the front row (laying down) we have Call Me Clover on the left and Grapefruit Grove on the right.

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

Here's a closer look at the cards. The base card is a standard C6 sized Whisper White card (thick cardstock). The next layer is 9cm x 13.5cm piece of standard weight Whisper White, and I have adhered a 2.5cm x 13.5 cm piece of the InColour Designer Series Paper on the left hand side. I LOVE how we have 6x6" paper packs in each of the 2 InColour groups and each core colour group this year. I use these papers so much and they will be high on my shopping list.

I embossed (with the Lovely Floral 3D Embossing Folder) the whole second layer piece once the InColour paper was attached, and I really like how that turned out. I have used some of the coordinating InColour 1/8" Grosgrain Ribbon over the join of the paper and cardstock. 

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

For my greeting, I stamped the 'thank you' greeting from the Stampin' Up! Love What You Do Stamp Set in each coordinating ink colour. This is die cut with the second smallest oval Stitched Shape Framelit. I also stamped one of the floral images in the Love What You Do stamp set on the front of each accompanying envelope.

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

The cards could be enclosed in an acetate or handmade card box to gift to the lucky recipient, but for these ones I just tied them together with some of our beautiful new 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon (available in the new catalogue in Whisper White and Very Vanilla, but I have used Whisper White here).

Stampin Up 2018-2020 InColor Card Collection by Claire Daly Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Melbourne Australia #clairedaly #stampinupincolors #stampinup #2018

I hope you like this month's project. Now it's time to hop along to my lovely team member and friend Tina Gillespie.  


Next blog


The blog hop goes full circle, so if you find a missing link, or get lost at any point, just click on any of the participants below to get started again. 


Ros Davidson

Caroline Manwaring

Sharon Davern

Claire Daly

Tina Gillespie

Rebecca Jacovou

Kate Morgan

Alisha Watson

Rachel Palmieri

Catherine Proctor

Monika O’Neill


Thanks for joining us on the Art With Heart Team blog hop today.



March Stampin' Up! Australia Specials and Reminders

Just one month left of our biggest sale of the year, Saleabration! Here's how to benefit!





Shop with me and get FREE gifts from Stampin' Up! (like the stamp sets used in the projects in this post) and an extra free gift (mid April) if you use my March Hostess Code (below) when shopping online. Free gifts start with just a $90 order (and you can get additional gifts for each additional $90 in your order too!). In addition to that, you start earning free product at $250+ orders, with an order over $400 qualifying for $80 free product of your choice because of a great special on in Saleabration (ends March 31st though, so be quick!)

See the Level 1  Items you can earn for FREE with each $90 spent  in one transaction (before postage)

See the Level 2 Items you can earn for FREE with each $180 spent in one transaction (before postage)


Read all about the three ways to shop with me HERE.



March Hostess Code




For just $169 you can join the Stampin' Up! community and my fabulous team. The deal is amazing right now, but ends March 31st, so don't delay! You will get $235 worth of any product you choose PLUS an additional 2 FREE stamp sets (your choice and any value) PLUS FREE postage on your kit. No obligation to sell, do parties or do anything more unless you want to. Plus you will be part of my fabulous friendly and supportive team, and have me as Australia's top demonstrator as your mentor. Contact me for more information or read more HERE.



Have a happy March, and just let me know if I can help you with anything.



Art With Heart Stampin' Up! Team February 2018 Saleabration Blog Hop


Tonight the Art with Heart team are sharing creative projects using products from the Sale-a-bration brochure. All Sale-a-bration products are earned for FREE with sales of $90+ (AUD).
• If you spend $90, you get one free level 1 product.
• If you spend $180, you get one free level 2 product, OR, they can choose two level 1 items.
• If you spend $270, you have the option to choose three level 1 items or one level 1 item and one level 2 item.

The Sale-a-bration promotion is current now until March 31st. Be sure to request your copy of the brochure today. Sale-a-bration is also a great time to join our fabulous team. Ask any of the girls on the hop! 

I have used one of the newly available products from the second release of the Saleabration products. It is called Blossoming Basket bundle, and is a combination of a beautiful floral basket line art stamp set with a coordinating basket weave embossing folder. This is a level 2 Saleabration gift which means this bundle can be redeemed for free with a $180 order in my online store or by phone or email. There are also lots of other gifts that can be chosen for a $90 order, so just ask if you would like a Saleabration brochure.

Blossoming Basket

I used the Stampin Blends in Crumb Cake, Pink Pirouette and Rich Razzleberry to colour the image (after stamping with Memento Black). My cardstock colours are Crumb Cake, Powder Pink and Shimmery White.


My greeting is from At Home With You, as I wanted a very small greeting and I love the font in this set. I have used coordinating Powder Pink ribbon as well.  I love how the ribbon coordinates in so well with the Stampin' Blends colours as well.



Now it’s time to hop on over to our next participant, the very talented, Tina Gillespie.        


If you find a broken link or have come to this blog hop from a different entry point, you can view the participants below:

Caroline Manwaring

Rachel Palmieri

Leanne Mitchell

Rachel Woollard

Fiona Ryan

Rebecca Jacovou

Kate Morgan

Alisha Watson

Claire Daly

Tina Gillespie

Monika O’Neill

Kim Dallinger

Ros Davidson

Sharon Davern

Catherine Proctor 


Thanks for visiting our blog hop today. Have a happy and creative week,