Just a quick post to answer some questions and share a card.
I have gotten a lot of emails and comments about where we stayed at St. John. St. John is very pristine – no huge hotels or chain restaurants. Not even a stop light on the island. 2/3rds of the island is a national park, so all the beaches are bare – just trees behind it. I love that. It is perfectly normal to be the only ones on a beach in the morning. You get kinda spoiled. :) The island is so pristine and "true"… it even gets it's water from rain. It is just the prefect break from a crazy world. When we go, we stay in villas. They are always on the mountain with a surreal view and a short drive to the beach. (It may sound like a bummer to not be stayin ON a beach. But when you go to beaches without big hotels on them, you quickly realize why it is so wonderful.) We rent a lot from Destination St. John. We have had great luck with them. We got with our big family and love two villas. The one I posted in the last thread is Great Escape. There is simply no better view and it is big. (60 foot pool.) And you can't see another house – it is very private – just the family. (If you are a Kenny Chesney fan, check out his song Old Blue Chair – he sings about Cinnamon Bay which is the bay we are overlooking from the pool.) We also LOVE Ambiance. This is the most amazing design – two houses with a pool between and a bridge connecting them. The whole tall wall opens up with HUGE sliding doors. Wow. I love that place. (For our pictures from Ambiance, click HERE.) If you need a smaller place, you can find fabulous places on the same website, based on the number of people there. For more of our photos, you can find them HERE. Ken is great at beach photos. :) And, if you want more details on the island or such, email me. Ken is a travel-research-freak and can answer any questions. 🙂
Oh, and if you ever go on a cruise that stops in St. Thomas, I highly recommend immediately jumping on a ferry and going to St. John. That is how we found it. It is MUCH more beautiful. And a TON less people.
I also got questions about the flourish punch I used in the last project. It will be coming out in July. :) Paper Shapers are my favorites. 🙂
I still am sifting through other questions in email and comments – will get to them soon. In the meantime, here is a quick card share. It was made in a similar way to the card shown in a video HERE. This tag/card uses Hero Arts' alphabet clear sets. They are SO cute. They each have several fonts and they all match the other sets. A great scrapbooking tool. 🙂
Paper Shaper's incredible scallop circle punch
ArtPrint Brown Memories Ink
Cuttlebug embossing folder to emboss the clear tag – love that look
Oh, and a bit of enabling. :) Those pearls and gems that I love so much are now available at 2peas. Yum. They are inexpensive… love that. Check them out HERE. Oh, and they have the clear tags, too… HERE.
One last thing: if you live in the Cincinnati area and are interested in a 12×12 wire paper shelf, email me for more info. I have one I need to get rid of.
Have a good day! Off to get some work done. One kid is sleeping and the others are at the pool with a friend. Woohoo! 🙂