100 Lucky Envelopes - the final update!

You might be aware of a little promotion that I was running during September in a final frenzy of action to see if I could gather the points required to earn the Stampin' Up! Grand Vacation to the Mediterranean next year.

In my usual last minute, flying by the seat of my pants style, I realised that with a little bit of effort and a whole lot of luck, it wasn't entirely beyond the realms of possibility that I could be aboard that ship.

The effort was the part that I was entirely in charge of, and I had an amazing month running stamping events and workshops, stamping with old and new friends and thoroughly enjoying the flurry of stampin' activity.

In the final tally of points, I ended up just shy of 5000 short of my goal. I don't mind telling you that I considered - more than once - placing an order of my own for $5000 worth of Snail Adhesive refills, Whisper White cardstock and trimmer blades! After all, it would cost waaaay more than that to actually pay for a trip for two to the Mediterranean from my little corner of the world. In the end, common sense (just barely!) prevailed and I concluded the month happy with my efforts and determined to start a little sooner in my efforts for next year's trip...

For those who placed orders, hosted workshops, attended events, sent messages of support, cheered and otherwise supported my crazy little last minute effort, this is for you...

Stamps: A Whole Lot of Lovely (Stampin' Rewards exclusive) Paper: Whipser White, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Watercolor Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft Ink, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Triple Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Block, Stampin' Spritzer

Stamps: A Whole Lot of Lovely (Stampin' Rewards exclusive) Paper: Whipser White, Tip Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder, Watercolor Paper, Cherry on Top DSP stack Ink: Versamark, Whisper White Craft Ink, Pool Party, Bermuda Bay, Island Indigo Accessories: Clear Embossing Powder, Triple Banner Punch, Itty Bitty Accents Punches, 1/16" Circle Punch, Linen Thread, Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Clear Block, Stampin' Spritzer

I created the watery, washy colours in the background by inking up a Clear Block in Pool Party, Bermuda Bay and Island Indigo ink, spritzing with water then pressing it onto the Watercolor Paper, where I had previously stamped and clear embossed the image from A Whole Lot of Lovely. It's a fun and very versatile technique - change the stamp, change the colours, have fun!

Thanks again for following along last month and for all the support and cheerleading! I'm humbled by the many lovely messages I received and look forward to sharing exciting news about the 2017 Grand Vacation to Phuket around this time next year!

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