Friday in Carlsbad!

Good Morning, Everyone!

Well today is our final day here at the Carlsbad Condo. The weather has been really nice, I think it got up to 78 degrees yesterday! Unheard of for this time of year especially for San Diego county. We have heard that the weekend weather will get super chilly so we were happy to enjoy the warmth for a day or so.

This is from last night:

Both were taken from our balcony overlooking the gorgeous Pacific ocean (Carlsbad State Beach) and were at various stages of the sunset. That is one of my favorite things to do while we visit Carlsbad, take pictures!!  The small, sleepy town of Carlsbad is also known for its seafood, pizza, antique stores, and seasonal flower fields. My brother Rick and his wife Rachel came to visit us last night and we went to dinner at a really good local "farm to table" restaurant. They told us that the seasonal flower fields have just opened and we are planning to check them out after we leave the condo tomorrow.

These timeshare condos are sort of a tradition in our family. My parents first bought here when they were brand new (about 32 years ago!!) and got the whole family hooked on coming here. To be fair we used to come to Carlsbad anyway but it was to the local beach campgrounds. When they got their timeshare we started coming here too!! My kids basically grew up coming here and love it so much. It is so much fun to have our own condo now and know that my kids grew up with this memory as part of their childhood and now part of their adult life. Super fun to see my grandkids enjoying it as well.

I am going to be posting some helpful "suggested items" if people need help choosing stuff to take advantage of the final few weeks of Sale-a-Bration. Sometimes it is tough with there being so many products out there to choose just a few and I will help you through that. The suggested items I will post will get you started or add to your supplies you already have on hand. They will also allow you to earn the free SAB items if you would like to get free items before our promotion is over. Time is definitely running out and I want all my friends and followers to be able to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity before it is over!!

Keep your eye on this page for future lists but here is one to get you started. Everyone needs birthday cards so here is a tried and true set that will allow you to make some super cute cards and is still versatile enough to use for other events as well.

1.  Balloon Celebration Item # 140675  $26.00
2.  Balloon Bouquet Paper Punch Item # 140609  $18.00
3.  Basic Black Archival Ink Stampin' Pad Item #140931 $7.00
**Free Sale-a-Bration Item** Glimmer Paper Pack Item # 143831  FREE!!
Total is $51.00

Here is a sample of a card I made using the above items:
I love how the glimmer paper really sparks up the whole card, don't you?? The stamp set comes with several different sentiments so you are not limited to birthday cards. This is one of the sets I also recommend to new demonstrators because it is so versatile.

There are some other important holidays coming up that you may want to create something special for. Mother's Day, Easter, Father's Day, even St. Paddy's day!! In the next week or so I will continue to post small groupings of suggested items that will help you build your inventory so you can create anything you want any time!! One thing is for sure, the quality that you get with Stampin' Up! product far exceeds that what is available at your local craft store. Not that they are bad or anything but once you start working with the Stampin' Up! stuff not only will YOU notice a difference but your friends and family will also!

On that note we are going to finish enjoying the beautiful ocean and then head out to make our way up the coast towards home. Have a fantastic Friday and remember to follow your passion, every day!!