Happy Monday everyone!  What’s there to be happy about?  Well, I’m on a countdown.  My husband and I (no kids!) are planning a 4 day getaway to New York City and we leave this Sunday am!  Every year, Phillips, one of the manufacturer’s that Wesco (the company my husband works for) deals with has an incentive.  Last year my husband earned a $3000 travel voucher which we applied to our 12 Mediterranean Cruise.  This year, he earned a $1500 voucher which was just enough to cover our hotel for 5 nights – LOL (New York City is expensive!).  We’re taking the train there on Sunday, we then have 4 days to spend in the city and we’re coming home on Friday.  Even though the train ride is about 13 hours, I’m pretty excited about the whole thing because I’ve never travelled that long by train, and we both get to relax, and read and just spend time together. Whereas if you drive, the person driving gets pretty tired. 

We’re planning on getting 4 days of Hop on and Hop off double decker bus passes, and then a 3 day New York City pass which gives us admittance into about 40 different attractions (we choose which ones we want to go on).  We’re also planning on taking in a Broadway show – Mary Poppins – one of my favourite movies since I was a kit.  Other things we’re hoping to do include visit the Statue of Liberty (I’d love to go to the top), the Empire State building, the Brooklyn Bridge, Central park, Ground Zero, Wall Street, etc. etc.

If any of you guys have been (or better yet – live there) I’d love to know if there are any great restaurants or other things you guys think are “must-do’s”.

Today’s project is actually one that I created and posted for Paper Crafter’s Library a few weeks ago.  The whole flag theme kind of falls along the lines of my love of pennants and banners.  I created the flags out of stirps of patterned paper which I wrapped around toothpicks.  I then used them as part of the focal point of my card. All supplies are listed at the bottom of this post.

If you haven’t already, don’t forget to enter into our draw for the 2012 Calendar and Note Pad tins – and if you’re interested, don’t forget to pre-order your bundles.  All the information is in this post.

At this point in time, I’m only planning on continuing the pre-order until Sept. 12th and they are due to ship out starting the week of Sept. 19th.  When I place my order with the printer, I’ll probably order a few extra but not huge amounts since they are time sensitive (given that they are dated).  Once they are gone, they’ll be gone until 2013.

Oh, and one other piece of news, I should have the free video and tutorial on how to make the calendar tins up either tomorrow or the day after.  The video and handout will be for the tin using all SU product. 



Stamps: Word Play (Stampin’ Up!)
Ink: Memento Tuxedo Black ink (Tsukineko); Tempting Turquoise & Daffodil Delight Stampin’ Write markers (Stampin’ Up!); Lemon atyou spica (Copic)
Paper: Crumb Cake CS, Daffodil Delight CS, Big Top Birthday DP, Just Add Cake DP (Stampin’ Up!)
Accessories: 1 3/4″ circle punch, scallop circle punch, paper-piercing tool, foam mat, 1/4″ Tempting Turquoise grosgrain ribbon (Stampin’ Up!); red stitched ribbon (Papertrey ink), toothpicks, red seed beads (other)