This blog post title could only mean ONE thing:  Las Vegas!  

Here is a photographic recap of my fun trip to Sin City, where I attended the Create & Connect trade show with Canadian Scrapbooker magazine.  

It was my first trade show, and I was so excited to represent the magazine as their Social Media Correspondent.  

As well, I had loads of fun doing demo’s in the Scrapbook Adhesives by 3L booth.

There was so much eye candy at the show and some of the booths had amazing displays.  One of my favourites was Sizzix…



Luckily, we had time for some sightseeing!  Our first stop was Hoover Dam.


The heights were dizzying!  It is an astonishing engineering feat. Wow.

From there, we drove into the desert looking for the Eldorado Canyon Mine Tour

This place was soooo cool!  Well, actually it was about 105 degrees, but you know what I mean.

Our tour guide was fantastic.  We saw some real rattlesnakes (in his fridge and freezer!)

He even showed us proof that there are aliens…

We walked around the ghost town…

…and toured inside the Techatticup Gold Mine.

This place is a popular set for movies and music videos etc.  Here is the site of a movie plane crash…

The fellow with the beard is Bobbie, one of the family members that owns this land and gold mine, and the man with the cowboy hat was our tour guide, telling us all about the gruesome history of the area.  Lots of violence when it comes to gold mining!

Back in the city, I spent 3 days at the trade show and my evenings on the strip…


The beautiful Paris hotel….it’s not France, but the lights at night are gorgeous!

We ate in a restaurant in Paris…

We stopped in the Bellagio Hotel too….so beautiful inside and out!


Check out that glass ceiling!

And the hotel window displays were fabulous…

We went to 2 shows:  Penn & Teller and Jersey Boys…

They were both excellent!

On our last day, we had a free afternoon so we drove back into the desert to visit Red Rock Canyon…


Did you know there are wild burros in the area?  We were lucky enough to spot a couple and stopped by the roadside to take photos!

We also stopped for lunch at Bonnie Springs Ranch.

Rustic setting, but delicious food!

Love the metal divided plates!

The washrooms were “unique”…

Yep…looking like the Wild West now!

This is definitely a trip that will end up in a scrapbook !  But it was definitely ALL good and no bad…Good times, good friends and lots of laughter!

16 Comments on The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

  1. Connie Nichol
    August 9, 2013 at 9:33 am (3 years ago)

    Love your blog post – puts me right back in Vegas, reliving the trip!! Amazing times with good friends and blast furnace heat!!!!

  2. Lee-Anne Thornton
    August 9, 2013 at 9:55 am (3 years ago)

    Great photos! Looks like you had a fabulous time.

  3. Shona
    August 9, 2013 at 11:35 am (3 years ago)

    ooooo I wish I had seen you there 🙂 was a super fun trip and you look like you had a great time 🙂

  4. Kimberly Kett
    August 9, 2013 at 3:45 pm (3 years ago)

    FUN photo’s!! Looks like it was great trip!!

  5. jennyplace2
    August 9, 2013 at 3:54 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks like you girls had a blast. I love Vegas and all the side trips. I hate to say how many times I have visited there. I always say it is my last visit but then I break down and go again. I lost count at around 45 times. Always something new to see or a great show to take in. It is also really amazing to look back at the pictures I took of my first visit in Vegas, hardly any of the casinos still stand. LOL! Anyway great blog post Kelly I enjoyed reading it.

  6. Cindy Gay
    August 9, 2013 at 6:03 pm (3 years ago)

    Kelly, I see your daughters look like you in these photos. Love that picture of the toes out the window!

  7. Lynn
    August 9, 2013 at 6:12 pm (3 years ago)

    Loved looking at all your photos Kelly! It was fun to see what you CS girls were up to in Vegas!!! I’m so glad you had a great time!

  8. Adriana B
    August 10, 2013 at 2:22 am (3 years ago)

    looks like you had a wonderful time.. lucky you….. love all the photos too…. thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Cathy Caines
    August 10, 2013 at 5:46 am (3 years ago)

    I thoroughly enjoyed this KELLY!! AWESOME!

  10. Keren Tamir
    August 10, 2013 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

    Looks like you had a fabulous time!! great pics

  11. Sharon Fritchman
    August 11, 2013 at 7:50 am (3 years ago)

    Hi Kelly!!!! WOO Hoo – what wonderful photos! I enjoyed each and every one of them. I am so happy that you had such a wonderful time. I would have LOVED all of that eye candy! (And we saw Jersey Boys on Broadway and loved it, too!) thanks for sharing your photos, stories, and sense of humor with all of us!

  12. francie
    August 11, 2013 at 12:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Well, hello, Kelly – I entered some contests over on Canadian Scrapbooker Magazine, saw your pretty face there, followed their link to “like” the magazine on Facebook, & saw your face again, so I clicked on your page to say hi. What a fabulous bunch of Vegas pics you have on display. We love it there and have made 9 trips to date, although we still have not seen a few of the places you mentioned here. Food for thought for our next visit in March. Thanks for sharing your photos & stories. Fran (Quick Silver at

  13. Sandra D
    August 12, 2013 at 11:24 am (3 years ago)

    Loved seeing the photos and hearing all about your trip.

  14. Charlotte Brochu
    August 21, 2013 at 7:08 am (3 years ago)

    Sounds like you had a fantastic trip! I was there just before you were with my girls. It sure was warm, wasn’t it? Loved seeing your photos!

  15. Michelle
    August 25, 2013 at 3:40 pm (3 years ago)

    Wow! What an awesome trip you had! sooo jealous! I love that you ladies were able to do lots of sight seeing in between the convention and your turns at the #L booth! Wish I could have been with you!

  16. Izzy Anderson
    October 9, 2013 at 3:18 pm (3 years ago)

    I remember seeing this blog post this summer and thought I had commented. Anyway, super pics. Love your commentary. You have a great way with words! Looks like a super trip. I saw Penn and Teller years ago. Fun show!


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