Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jessie, Donna and Celina all on Yahoo Group

Hello Sailing with Scissors Members
The three of us are on the yahoo group stated below.  We are the only members of the group, so far.  So, if you have any questions or suggestions, please sign up for the group and one of us will respond.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Private Yahoo Group for our Sailing with Scissors Group

Ahoy There Me Matey!
The three of us just a meeting a few hours ago (thank goodness for Tim's coffee and donuts).  One topic that came up is that members want to be able to talk with each other.  Jessie came up with the an idea of having a Yahoo Group.  I have set up Yahoo Groups before and love them.  You can post any message you want and anyone in the group can read and/or reply to your message.
The only people that are permitted to join the group are people currently booked on Sailing with Scissors, Alaska 2014.
This is nice because you can talk about what excursions you are taking, or exchange email/phone numbers, or arranging an early morning walking buddy or anything else without concerns about privacy.  Do you have specific questions that you think other members have the answers?  Or, were you on a previous Sailing with Scissors cruise and have thoughts, ideas or even criticisms for us, this is the place for you.
I strongly suggest you join the group.
Get to know your group members, before August 2014.

Here is the link:


Press the "Join Group" button and follow the instructions.

Please use the email address that you used when you booked the cruise so that I can verify your identity.  No imposters allowed.  Ha ha.


Monday, June 10, 2013

38 Cardmakers booked...maximum is 50

Ahoy there me mateys!

Oh My Goodness!  The Sailing with Scissors cruise is 14 months away until sailing and we already have booked 38 cardmakers.  Wow!!

The maximum number of cardmakers we can book is 50 due to the number of people who can fit in the conference room for classes.  Spouses, partners, kids, friends, family who are accompanying the cardmakers are not included in this number.

If you are humming and haaaing about booking this cruise, please do it soon (I can't believe I'm saying this...14 months away) because we are booking up quickly.


Saturday, June 8, 2013

Aha! Alumni

Congrats to our Aha (Alaska, Hawaii, Alaska) Alumni, Madame Debbie!
Debbie is the first member of Sailing with Scissors to have sailed on the previous two cruises and has recently booked the Celebrity 2014 cruise.

Thanks Debbie.  You rock!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

What happens on Sailing with Scissors?

Some of you are booking into this group, have an idea about what we do, but aren't sure about details.

Sailing with Scissors is a group of cardmakers who sign up for card making classes that are held on a cruise ship.  Jessie Hurley teaches most of the classes with a guest instructor teaching one of the classes for a little variety.  The classes are $35 per person.
We also have free events for members of Sailing with Scissors.  You can participate for these events if you sign up for a minimum of 2 of the classes.
The free events are:
1) A Make N' Take.  You will receive a card kit with all the supplies and instructions to make a cool card.  I am at the event to help if you have any questions.
2) Wood Mount Game.  Each participant brings in a medium to large size rubber stamp that is wood mounted.  It can be new or gently used.  This stamp will go to a good home, and in return, you get a different stamp for your new card creations.
3) Card Swap.  You make 30 (just a guess) identical cards at home, and then thirty other Sailing with Scissors members do the same.  On the ship, you swap your cards for the other cards.  Now, you have 30 new cards to use or to keep for prototypes.  I have posted pics of all the cards that were given out in the card swap, on the last cruise.  Take a look.  They are fabulous.
4) Meet and Greet.  Many friendships have blossomed from Sailing with Scissors cruises.  You will get to know everyone and have fun.
5) Prizes, goody bags and newsletters.  Lots of free-bees for members who sign up for a minimum of two classes.

The class schedule is TBA


Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Booking your cabin within the Sailing with Scissors Group

Ahoy There!
Our fabulous travel agent, Donna Athey, is again the go-to person for booking your Sailing with Scissors cruise for Alaska 2014.
Donna's contact information is as follows:

Work:  604-464-7447
Cell:  604-644-5562
Email:  dathey@cruiseshipcenters.com

Donna has been a cruise specialist for over 10 years and she has done a superb job for us in the past.

I know you're wondering why you can't just book the cruise with your own travel agent.  Well, the reason is because Donna has a "group" on the ship for Sailing with Scissors.  Donna also watches the number of people who are booking in our group so that we don't over-sell.  We can have a maximum of 50 cardmakers booked for this cruise (this figure doesn't include non-stamping family or friends).

Sorry, but if you don't book your cruise with Donna, we're afraid you can't be part of the Sailing with Scissors group.  So, just book with Donna.  Ha ha.

Here is Donna with her two huskies:

Monday, June 3, 2013

New Slideshow of Celebrity Century

Check out the slideshow on the left for pics of the Celebrity Century that was docked in Vancouver on Sunday, June 2.  It's a beauty.

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Port of Call, Icy Strait

Donna gave me some interesting information about one of our ports of call, Icy Strait.  It has the longest zip line in North America, huh interesting.
Here is the website for the area:  http://www.icystraitpoint.com/

They even have a signature recipe:

Icy Strait Point Salmon Dip & Spread

  • 1 7.5 oz can of Wild Icy Strait Point Smoked King or Sockeye Salmon

  • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise

  • 4 tablespoons whipped cream cheese

  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onion or minced onion

  • Drain salmon, add to remaining ingredients in bowl, blend with fork.
  • Saturday, June 1, 2013

    Who is Sailing with Scissors?

    About 5 years ago, I took an awesome cardmaking class that was taught by Jessie Hurley.  Her technique based classes are well known in the Vancouver area.  I told Jessie that I had been searching for cruises that weren't scrapbook related, but focused on making handmade cards.  Since I couldn't find any such vacation, I suggested that Jessie, and her store Cherish the Thought, host this type of group.  She said that she would do it, if I would be the co-organizer.  I agreed and Sailing With Scissors was born.
    Donna and I used to work together at Cruiseshipcenters and I knew that she had hosted quilting cruises so she knew the right questions to ask, and the right people to talk to, regarding a cardmaking group.
    Besides, she is a cardmaker too!

    Here is your Sailing with Scissors Team:

    This is the fabulous Jessie Hurley.  She is the host of Sailing with Scissors.  Jessie obtains sponsorship from different cardmaker supply manufactures which translates into awesome goodie bags and incredible prizes.  Jessie is also the instructor of the wonderful card classes.  Check her out at http://www.cherishthethought.ca/

    Here is the equally fabulous Donna Athey.  Donna has won awards for being an outstanding travel agent at Cruiseshipcenters.  She has booked, helped organize, contributed prizes to our Sailing with Scissors group.  Check her out at http://www.cruiseshipcenters.com/en-ca/donnaathey/home

    Lastly, here is me, Celina Loyer.  I write the blog and write the daily cardmaking technique newsletters that you receive on the cruise.  I organize the free events on the ship:  the wood mount game, the make n' take and the card swap.  Just call me the assistant!

    We are your Sailing with Scissors Team!


    PS - These pictures were taken from our first Sailing with Scissors Alaskan cruise.