Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Thank You, Mahalo

I can't believe our wonderful cruise is over and we are all back to regular lives.  We would like to thank the following people who made this Sailing with Scissors, a fabulous adventure:

Thanks to Jessie Hurley, owner of Cherish the Thought for sponsoring this cruise.  Jessie put in so much effort with her classes, and putting together the goody bags, and sending out information emails and contacting sponsors for the group.  In addition, it is a huge obstacle to be away from one's business for two weeks.  Jessie did this for our group.  Yay Jessie!

Thanks to all the generous companies and individuals (I see cute leather red flowers) who donated prizes for the goody bags and class prizes.  Everyone won a prize...Yoohoo!

Thanks to all of the Sailing with Scissors members and their non-stamping companions for joining our group. I know friendships were formed on this cruise and that is definitely priceless.

Thanks to our wonderful travel agent, Donna Athey who kept us organized, made cute change purses for prizes, and had a nice surprise for us when we started the cruise.  Thank you as well to Don and Cheryl Adams, the owners of CruiseshipCenters, Donna's agency who provided the fun Carnival Make-n-Take prizes for our group.

Thank you to Gail Matsuba, who did a wonderful card class for the participants.  The cards were awesome. Also, a big thanks for organizing our shopping trip to J's Knicknacks.

Thank you to the staff of Island Paperie in Maui, J's Knicknacks in Waikiki and Taj Clubhouse in Honolulu for the discounts and specials offered to our group.   We really enjoyed the Make N' Take at J's Knicknacks.

Thank you to our wonderful dinner staff, cabin stewards and other helpful Carnival Cruise staff.

Personally, I would like to thank all the wonderful people in the Sailing with Scissors group, from the bottom of my heart.  You were all so accommodating of my little sidekick.  She had good days and bad days and you were all great.  I couldn't have done it without you.  Also, I received really positive feedback from all of you regarding the newsletters, make-n-take, and this blog.  I am blessed to have met the new members in the group, and to re-connect with the people who joined us on the previous cruise.

Thank You, Mahalo,

Celina L

Until next time...


Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Photobucket Information

Just a quick note, Jessie has emailed all of us the password to enter the Sailing the Scissors photobucket account.
When you get a chance, please copy your pictures to the account.  This is beneficial to you because your pictures will be safe on the site.
Also, if you missed taking a special picture, please review the files to see if someone else didn't miss that opportunity.
If you didn't get the email, please contact Jessie.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Card Swap Pics

The cards from the card swap were awesome.  I'm afraid my scanner doesn't do them justice.  Thanks to all the participants.  This time I remembered not to give any of the cards away, before I scanned them.

Beautiful ivory card with coral shading by Lynette
Classy, sparkly, gold embossed card by Trish.  Also, Trish included an optional salutation for the inside of the card.  Good idea.
Shelley shaded perfectly the sunset on this tropical and warm feeling card.  I love the charm attached to the braided cord.  Fabulous.
 This is a very cheery get well card.  The colours are warm and the design is eye pleasing.  I'm afraid I don't have any information who did this card.  You did a really nice job.
I remember choosing this yellow card over the same card in green.  Both were awesome cards.  The little beveled flower centers are very cool.  Awesome card.  Oh no!  I also don't have any information on who did this card.  I like the fact that this card maker included two optional sayings for the inside of the card.  I am loving this idea.

Barb did really nice work on this versatile card.  The cameo is such a nice accent.  Sweet.

Linda used chalks to colour this dainty little card (and the envelope).  I really like the fact that she used two different embossing folders on the front of this card.  Great idea Linda.

Laural made this bright Hawaiian looking card using stamps and dies from Local King Rubber Stamps which was one of our gracious contributors for Sailing with Scissors.  Here is their link:
Laural, you made a really cool looking card.

Ruth used red mirror paper for the Christmas tree and white pearl-like cardstock for the background paper.  Very stunning card.  The die that Ruth used for the tree was from Dee's Distinctively Dies who was also a generous contributor to our group.  Here is the site to see Dee's very cool dies:

Cathy incorporated her First Nations culture in this stunning encouragement card.  The inside of the card is stamped with a thoughtful Apache blessing stamp.  Awesome card, Cathy.

This soothing and pretty card has the coolest navy doily frame.  I'm afraid this is another card that didn't have a name.  You made a really nice card.
 Roberta made this cute and whimsical card.  The little hula girl is super cute.

Annette made this detailed and funny card.  The background is warm and mottled with many colours.  Very cool technique.  This card will put a smile on the face of whoever receives it.

Joan also used Dee's Distinctively die to make this classy Christmas card.  The black off-center die cut really  makes this awesome tree three dimentional.  Very nice Joan.

I'm afraid my scanner couldn't scan the front of Ken's cool looking sympathy card.  The card's background was airy with light blue and white clouds.  The forefront of the card is a stamped bison, embossed in white.  The inside of the card is also cool.  The Hopi prayer is very thoughtful.

This elegant card is made by our new cardmaking friend Kay.  Her use of different black and white papers on the card was well designed.

This is my card.  My favourite part of this card is the little butterfly which is supposed to be used in flower arrangements.

Gayle H. made this soothing and pretty card.  Notice the little smile she drew on the button, in the center of the flower.  What a cute idea.

Last but not least, Karen made this avante-gard card with many cool elements that really work well together.  Very unique Karen.

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Pre-cruise Last Message from Jessie

Aloha Sailing with Scissors Friends,
Can you believe we only have two more sleeps until our fabulous Hawaiian cruise begins!
My family and I are really looking forward to having fun, meeting new people, and reconnecting with old friends.
Here is a supply list for the things you will need for the classes:
-Adhesives, including Foam Pop-Ups.
-Corner Rounder, if you have one
-Stylus, also if you have one
-Fine Tip Tweezers, if you have them.

Big Hug

Necklace designed and manufactured by my amazing Ella

Late breaking discount for us at Taj Clubhouse

Just in!  Taj Clubhouse will give Sailing with Scissors members a 15% discount on their purchases.  Taj Clubhouse in Honolulu sells cute stamps and stencils.  As well, the store sells other types of merchandise such as baby and childrens goods, zipped pouches, and t-shirts.  Many of the items are made using their own designer fabric.  If you're looking for a special and unique gifts at reasonable prices, this is the store to visit.
Here is the website:

Here is the blog site:

The store is located in the Ward Warehouse Shopping Complex:

They are open Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 9 PM and on Sundays, 10 AM to 6 PM.

You have to check out their cute merchandise.  Don't forget to mention "Sailing with Scissors" for your 15% discount.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Stunning Marker Class Samples

Jessie has definitely been creatively busy.  These cards are absolutely beautiful.  The warm, tropical colours are so inviting.  I can't wait to make these cards.

Copper Class Samples

Look at the fabulous cards we will be doing in the copper class.  It will be nice to do some chic masculine cards.

Christmas Hawaiian Wreath Class Samples

Jessie has outdone herself with the coolest cards for this class.  Even the card samples that weren't finished is wonderful.  I'm so glad I signed up for this class!

Friday, September 7, 2012

Updated Class Schedule

Some of you may know that Jessie has been asked to design for Dreamweaver, the most comprehensive manufacturer of beautiful metal stencils. Jessie is able to include a free stencil of a Hawaiian Christmas wreathe for each guest who signs up for the Christmas class. Jessie is holding the stencil in the the picutre and it is fabulous.

Sept 18 – leave Vancouver
Sept 19 – 2 PM - Copper Card Class with Special Guest Instructor, Andrew Hurley.
11 AM - Meet and greet with Jessie and other guests, give out goody bags (morning)
Sept 20 – Christmas Stencil Card Class - Class includes free Hawaiian Wreath stencil 10 AM
*Wood Mount Game 2 PM – free
Sept 21 – 10 AM - Tombow Marker Technique Class
*Make ‘N Take 2 PM – free
Sept 22 – Gail’s Hawaiian Themed card class 10 AM
*Card Swap – 2 PM free to enter
Sept 23 – Alcohol Ink Card class 10 AM
ie’s Neat ‘Nique 2 PM – free
Sept 24 – in Kona
Sept 25 – in Kaui
Sept 26 – in Hilo
Sept 27 – in Maui
Sept 28 – in Maui
Sept 29 – in Honolulu - 8:45 AM meet Gail M at guest services for transportation to J's Knicknacks
Sept 30 – disembark Honolulu

note you must register for, at least, two classes in order to be able to do the fun free events.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Thank You to our Sponsors

On behalf of Jessie and the rest of the Sailing with Scissors crew, we would like to thank our generous goody bag sponsors.
Our goody bags are going to be wonderful thanks to your fabulous gifts to us.

American Crafts
Canadian Scrapbooker
Cousins Jewellery Design
Crafty Secrets
Dee's Distinctively
Dreamweaver Stencils
Glue Dots
In the Making
JeJe Designs
Lawn Faun
Local King Rubber Stamps

Thank you again for your support.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

18 Days until Sailing

Oh Wow!
18 days until the fun begins!
Please pre-register when you have a moment.
Also, please remember not to bring guillotine cutters on this cruise.  Slide cutters (such as Fiskars) are acceptable to bring.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Exclusive Die Cut Sheet for our group by Crafty Secrets

I have fabulous news. Sandy Redburn from Crafty Secret has arranged to have an exclusive die cut sheet made for our group.  Sandy and Jessie Hurley are great friends and share the same vintage style in paper products.  The die cuts can be used on cards, scrapbook layouts and personal journals.  Speaking of journals, Sandy has also offered to design an exclusive journal cover that can be used to create your own journal.
I love Crafty Secret products.  The style is country, vintage and shabby chic which incorporates lots of colourful embellishments, lace and images.
Check out the Crafty Secret website for lots of interesting images:
The Crafty Secret blog has so many beautiful cards created by the talented design team, that time will fly by as you delve into a tonne of creative eye candy:

Thank you Sandy for this very generous "just for us" offer.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Copic Goodie Bag Contributor

Can you believe that the fine folks at Copic are contributing to the goodie bags.  In addition, they are donating a fabulous door prize - a 24 piece Sketch Marker Set.  Wow! 
If you haven't used Copics, you will love them.  They are alcohol based markers that don't leave any streaks when you colour in your images.  In addition, you can use the markers to do seamless blending in your colouring, such as shadowing, and shiny hair etc.  The Copic website is really informative.  Here is the link:

Thank you Copic for your support!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Gail's Hawaiian Themed Card Class

Gail Matsuba has designed awesome Hawaiian themed cards for the class she will be teaching for the Sailing with Scissors group.
Gail will be using Stampin Up products as well as die cutting other interesting products such as cork, wood, fabric, and acetate.
Aren't these awesome:

If you haven't signed up for Gail's class, make sure you do soon, you won't be disappointed.

Great Cards Gail.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Goody Bag Sponsors

Aloha Guests,
Jessie and her crew are doing really well obtaining goodies for the goody bags from various sponsors.  Lawn Fawn has agreed to contribute.  They manufacture really cute photopolymer clear stamps.  Here is a link to their site:

Also on the list of contributors is Scraperfect.  This company developed it's own adhesive, stamp cleaner and created the famous "Embellie Gellie".   The site has an awesome design team gallery.  Check it out at

Also, our friends at Bazzill are contributing to the goody bag.  They carry a rainbow of fabulous colours of cardstock.  They are world famous for their paper.  The website for Bazzill is

This is just the tip of the iceberg (we won't be seeing any icebergs...promise) for goodies for the goody bags.
I can't wait to get mine!


Thursday, August 2, 2012

Less than two months until sailing

Oh my goodness!
Can you believe we have less than two months until our sailing date.
All preparations are under way so that our guests can have a fabulous time.

Look at our name tags, in the Cherish the Thought colours.  Too funny.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Optional Excursions

I was checking out the optional excursions when I was pre-registering and they are very interesting.  Keep in mind that doing organized optional excursions through Carnival gives you a few worry free benefits.  For instance, if for any reason, the transportation for the excursion is late, the Captain will wait, and will not set sail without the passengers from the excursion.  Also, Carnival has pre-screened these tour operators to ensure that the excursions are safe, the staff knowledgeable, and your experience is as expected.

If any of you wish to "meet-up" for an excursion, I have booked the following excursions for myself and my little 15 month sidekick.  Alternatively, if you don't want to be on an excursion with a squirmy 15 month old, you will know which excursions to avoid.  Tee hee.
-Kona Coffee Living History Farm
-Kauai North Coast & Hanalei Valley
-Hilo Historical Tour
-Iao Valley & Maui Tropical Plantation (Sept 27)

Cheers, Celina

Friday, July 20, 2012

Free Make N' Take and Door Prizes

With less than two months left until boarding, we have been busy getting all the background stuff done so you  can have a fun time on the cruise.

Here are two samples of the free Make N' Take you will be making on the cruise.  This is called a double pocket card.  It is really easy to make, yet looks complicated.  The card has two decorated blank tags which you can personalize when you return home.  You can attach a gift card, photo, lottery ticket, or write a nice message on each of the tags.  You have a choice of several cool bright Hawaiian inspired colours.  Each make n' take kit will receive written instructions if you wish to replicate the card at home.  I am the hostess and will guide you how to make the card as well as have illustrations on the walls for your assistance.

Please bring scissors and the following adhesives:  narrow double sided tape (sook wang, Be Creative tape), glue pen, and whatever choice of glue you use for cardmaking.

Did I mention door prizes?  I have more than TEN DOOR PRIZES for this free event.  Oh yes, you heard correctly.  The Grand Door Prize is a brand new shiny pink Quick Kutz Squeeze die cutting tool with a complete alphabet.
A big thanks goes out to Donna Athey, our fabulous travel agent who booked this group.  Donna designed and machine embroidered four elegant change purses.  I will randomly place them in four of the prize bags.  Also another big thanks to Don and Cheryl Adams, the owners of Cruiseship Center where Donna works.  They have contributed many Carnival themed items for my Make N' Take.  Thanks so much.

Remember, all you need to join this free make n' take is sign up for at least two classes and bring your adhesives and scissors.

inside of card and view of tags

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Daily Stamping Technique Newsletters

Phew!  It has been busy.  I have completed all the content for your daily newsletters.  The newsletters are filled to the brim with cardmaking techniques.  Do you have a brayer that you're not sure how to use?  Have you been saving some cool paper napkins because you feel they are too pretty for wiping crumbs off guests faces?  Do you have acrylic blocks for your cling mount stamps and wonder if there are any other uses for them?  Well, my friends, these questions will be answered in your newsletter.

One of my favourite memories from the previous cruise was delivering the daily newsletter.  We saw more variations of pajamas than you can imagine.

I like to decorate the newsletters so earlier today I treated myself to a beautiful Tim Holtz Collection, Stampers Anonymous cruise themed stamp set called Artful Voyage CMS129, from Jessie's store, Cherish the Thought.  Annie is one of Jessie's employees, and she was in charge.  She is a super sweet person.  Of course, I don't think I have walked out of Jessie's store without a roll of Be Creative tape.  This time I bought two!

Cruise themed stamp set,  Be Creative Tape and sleeping cat haul from Jessie's store, Cherish the Thought.
Just kidding about the cat!

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Pre Registration for the cruise

Please don't forget to pre-register for the cruise.  You just need to go to
Have your booking number available for logging-on.  If you have any problems or questions, please call our fabulous travel agent, Donna Athey.  I just did this last night and it is very cool.  You print your boarding pass and your luggage tags.  Fortunately, as a card maker, I have lots of Be Creative tape for the luggage tags.  Ha ha.

You can also book your excursions when you pre-register.

Please remember to keep the morning of September 29th open, if you want to join Gail Matsuba on a guided visit to J's Knicknacks.

Yay!  Less than two months until sail date.

Monday, July 16, 2012

Paper Bag...What's This???

Why do I have a picture of a paper bag?  Well, this paperbag contains my wood mounted stamp for the Wood Mount Game.
Please bring a new, or gently used (like new) wood mounted stamp that you no longer need, that is at least 2 inches by 3 inches.
Jessie Hurley has a very funny story that will enable you to have a new stamp for yourself, as well as find a new home for your old favorite.

What wood mount rubber stamp is in this  paper bag?

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Make n' Take in Honolulu at J's Knicknacks

Don't let the name fool you.

J's Knicknacks has a massive inventory of papercraft products.
They carry a huge selection of Memory Box dies, Sizzix dies, Cheery Lynn Dies, Spellbinders as well as die cut machines such as the Eclips and the Big Shot.  The stamps lines they sell include C Stamp; C Design, Dandelion, Greeting Farm, Hero Arts, Sister Stamps, Imaginesce, and La-La Land Crafts.  Let's not forget about punches by EK Success, Martha Stewart, Fiskars and Mcgill.  Finally, you can pick up Copic markers, paper, ink pads and all types of embellishments and bling.

Cliff and Cheryl, the owners of J's Knicknacks, have kindly coordinated a Make n' Take with our talented instructor, Gail Matsuba.

Those of us who are interested, will meet Gail Saturday morning, September 29 at 8:45 am.  The meeting location will be at the Guest Services Desk on Promenade Deck 2, midship. Gail has been to Honolulu many times and she will advise us how to get to the store, either by bus or taxi.  In addition, after our outing at J's Knicknacks, Gail has volunteered to take anyone interested in shopping at a nearby mall.

Is this going to be fun, or what?

J's Knicknacks is located at 1869 South King Street, in Honolulu.  The store hours are 9:30 am to 6:00 pm.

Check out the store blog for lots of interesting product information and sample pictures:

Thanks Gail for organizing this Make n' Take.  You Rock!

Sunday, July 1, 2012

Card Swap Update

I'm sure you're wondering about this mixture of cardstock.  Well, these are the papers that I will be using to make cards for the card swap.

At this point, you will be safe if you make 20 cards.  We have 18 members in our group (including the fabulous K who just signed up this week).

We definitely urge all 18 of you to participate.  You will have so much fun.

Here is a great true story about a guest from our previous cruise.  This guest had just started stamping and was worried that her cards were too simple for the swap.  No way!  Sleek simple cards are very versatile.  After the card swap, and the cruise, this gal had gained enough self-confidence and knowledge from the classes aboard the cruise, that she began selling her cards at craft fairs.

How cool is that!

Remember if you are new to cardmaking, or a seasoned cardmaker, please join us in the card swap.  You will love the experience.

Just a couple of notes about the cards:

-Please make a full card with a front and a back side.
-Please don't write inside the card.  In this way, it can be used to give to someone special in the future.  Attach a post-it-note to the back of the card with your name.
-Including an envelope for your card is optional, but is a nice touch.
-Please make 20 identical cards.  You may have one or two extra but that's OK.  In fact, I used a couple of my extra cards from last time to give to special people I met on the cruise.

Happy Canada Day!!!

Friday, June 1, 2012

Maui - Scrapbooking Store, Island Paperie

I spoke to Alicia, the owner of Island Paperie in Maui today.  She had lots of fabulous things to say about her store.  Island Paperie is the only scrapbook store in the world that sells it's own line of scrapbook paper, diecuts and rubberstamps which are Hawaiian themed.  How cool is that!  Many of the store's products are featured on her website,
The store is located at 395 Dairy Road, Kahului in Maui.  Alicia said the store is about 1 mile away from the pier, on the biggest street in Maui, so a short taxi drive may be the best way to get there.  It is situated in a business area so there is other shopping close by.  Also, Island Paperie will be open 10 AM to 5 PM both days we are docked in Maui, September 27 and 28.

*Here is the fun part:  With any purchase, if you mention "Sailing with Scissors, a Cardmakers Cruise", you will receive a surprise*.

See you there.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Example of Gail's Cool Card Design

Here is a beautiful card Gail Matsuba designed and created. Gail is an instructor on the cruise. Her class will be Hawaiian themed cards. As you can see, Gail has a creative and interesting style. It is no wonder that she has been published in stamping magazines. Great card Gail.

Don't forget to sign-up for Gail's class. You won't be disappointed.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Make N' Take Door Prizes

Hello Cardmakers
I am excited to be doing a wonderful make n' take for you. It is no cost and anyone who has signed up for at least two classes can participate. Did you know that I will have a few door prizes? Oh yes. Not only will you have fun, but you will have a chance to win an awesome prize. Thank you to Donna, our fabulous travel agent for making four little change purses that I will be placing in four lucky prize bags.  Also thanks to Don and Cheryl Adams, the owners of Cruiseship Center who donated several Carnival related items for the free make n' take evernt.
Of course, you will also make a fabulous card and hopfully learn a new technique.
Can't Wait!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Madame Laurie - complimentary Tarot card reading

Madame Laurie is a professional Tarot card reader and she would be happy to do one free card reading for each of our sailing with scissors cardmaking guests. She will be joining us on the cruise.
Please note you are not obliged to participate in this offer. It is just another fun optional activity.

If you are interested in having a reading done, please speak to Madame Laurie on the cruise for your private reading.

Thanks Madame Laurie for your generous offer for the Sailing with Scissors group.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Guest Instructor...drum roll please...

We have our guest instructor lined up and he is fabulous. Yes, I said "he". Andrew Hurley is an artist who carves speciality knife handles out of bone. How cool is that. If you visited Jessie at her store, you have seen the beautiful canvas art hanging in the store.
Andrew will be doing a copper card class. He has taught at Cherish the Thought to rave reviews. Sign up for Andrew's copper card class. You won't be disappointed. I'm signing up tomorrow!

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Freebies every "At-Sea" Day

Aloha Cardmakers,

Everyday that we are "At-Sea" which means that we are not in a port, in a Hawaiian island, we will have a free fun event in the afternoon:

*Sept 19 will be the "Meet and Greet" with Jessie and the other cardmakers. Believe me, you will make great friends. If it wasn't for the previous Sailing with Scissors cruise, I wouldn't have known Gail M. Now, she will is my cabin roommate for the Hawaiian cruise.
Jessie will be giving out the goody bags. The bags were fabulous last time; they will be just as awesome for this cruise.
*Sept 20 is the Wood Mount Game - This game was a hit so we brought it back again. However, this time we will make sure no one gets her own rubber stamp back! I messed things up last time. Ha ha. All you need to bring is a wood mount stamp from your stash (you know you have several) that is new, or very slightly used that is at least 2 inches by 3 inches. Jessie has a hilarious stamper story that ensures your beloved stamp will go to a good home and you get a new awesome stamp. We all loved the stamps we received when we played the game in Alaska.
*Sept 21 is a free make n' take which I will be hosting. You will be making a card using a new cool technique. The card and technique will be fabulous. Also, I will have prizes. Can it get better than this.
*Sept 22 is the card swap. You bring a bunch of identical cards (I'll give you the number you need to bring in a new post. Or, just call Jessie at the store) and swap with the other participants. Last time, Jessie was supposed to choose the nicest card. This was an impossible task because all the cards were beautiful. The participants took a vote on which card they liked the best. That person receives a prize. I have used all the cards I received previously for friends and family. They were great. Don't worry if you are a beginner. The simple cards were great for my minimalist friends. Check out the earlier posts with samples of the cards in the Alaskan swap.
*Sept 23 - Our fabulous Jessie will do one of her famous Neat Niques. Every Saturday Jessie hosts a information session on a really neat technique. I have been to several of these sessions and they are really interesting. Bring a pen and a piece of paper to take notes.

--The remainder of the days are "Port days".

*Yes, these events are all free. Please note though, you must sign up for at least TWO classes in order to be a member of the Sailing with Scissors group. Call Jessie at Cherish the Thought to book your classes today.

I don't know how you will be able to pick just two classes...they are all marvelous.


Monday, January 16, 2012

Eight Months until Sailing

Hello Everyone,
Now that the holidays have come and gone, it's time to focus on Sailing With Scissors to Hawaii.
Can you believe we have eight months until sailing?
We still have the six spots so if you didn't get the gift you wanted for Christmas, treat yourself to a fun cardmaking cruise to Hawaii!