Still Snowed In

No school for one more day. The roads are clear in most places but some roads in neighborhoods are still very icy. I know the students are happy….but parents are going stir crazy!

Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. I know you need at least 40 cards to send to all your sweet friends.  I need to get busy finishing my cards so I can get them in the mail.

Being snowed in gave me time to get some of my cards designed and put together. The first card is one that we will make at my Valentine card class….whenever that is!

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I had fun creating this card. I colored the the silver glimmer paper with blue and pink re-inkers. I liked having the variety of heart sizes and colors. Glitzy hearts make me happy. How about you?

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Can you tell I like glitter and bling? Here is a another glittery card  but this time I used Champange glimmer paper. Some of us decided to hold a card swap and this is my card for the swap. Hope they like it 🙂

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The gold washi tape makes a great accent!

Stampin’ Up released a new card kit this week. It looks like a lot of fun! Why get your cards at the store? You’ve got 20 cards at your fingertips. They’re thoughtful, they’re beautiful, they’re handmade, and they take just minutes to make! The Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit contains everything you need (minus scissors) to create 20 beautiful cards for a variety of occasions. The kit is excellent for people who are just getting started as papercrafters, and it would also make a great gift!

Hip Hip Hooray

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Included in Hip Hip Hooray Card Kit:
* Cardstock and envelopes for 20 cards
* Twine, clips, and adhesive die-cut embellishments
* Three-piece Hip Hip Hooray Stamp Set & clear stamp block
* Stampin Dimensionals
* Basic Gray Stampin’ Spot (mini ink pads)
* Full-color instructional brochure

If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to email or call me!

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It’s time to “Sale-a-Brate”

It’s time to “Sale-a-Brate” with Stampin’ Up!

This is one of the biggest events of the Stampin’ Up year.

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It is so much fun to earn FREE stamps! Not only can you earn free stamps, but free paper, free embossing folders, punches, kits, MDS downloads, wow… how cool is that!?

Here are the details:

  • Sale-a-Bration runs from January 28 – March 31.
  • For every $50 you spend, not including tax and shipping, you receive a FREE Sale-a-Bration gift.
  • Workshops, parties and clubs with orders totaling at least $300 before tax and shipping will earn an extra $30 in Hostess Benefits.  You can also hold a virtual party. Contact me and we can set it up online for you and your friends. Virtual parties mean you don’t have to clean house! I have a few dates open if you want to host a traditional in-home workshop or class.  Contact me today!

Please check out the Sale-a-Bration brochure here, starting January 28th. Don’t forget the 2014 Occasions Catalog is also current. It has some beautiful new products that I will be sharing soon.

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Now on to a card made with some of the free Sale-a- Bration goodies. Actually two cards…One Hello card and one Birthday card.

Petal Parade caught my eye because of the flower images. These flowers are so versatile….they can be also be used to create your own background paper, which is something I love to do.

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Did you notice the cool cork accents? I colored my cork flowers with Calypso Coral ink just to give them a little color. The cork accents and bakers twine come as a bundle. Love these colors!

This has been a crazy two days in Georgia. I heard we even made the National News with all our traffic and snow troubles.

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I didn’t mind the snow because it gave me time to stamp. Sadly I had to reschedule my Valentine Card making class. If you are interested in attending this send me an email. I have some card kits already made – just for you!

Stamp Sets:  Petal Parade, Oh Hello, Perfectly Penned; Inks:  Calypso Coral, Summer Starfruit & Pool Party Embossing Powder; Designer Series Paper:  Sweet Sorbet; Cardstock: Whisper White, Summer Starfruit, Calypso Coral; Tools:   Scalloped Textured Embossing Folder Scalloped Tag Topper Punch; Ribbon and Accessories:  Sweet Sorbet Accessory Pack Coastal Cabana Ruffled Ribbon, Candy Dots
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It is good to be home

We said our goodbyes to the City of Lights knowing that we will probably be back someday so it was not sad at all.

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We started our last day in the city at church and then visited the Musée Jacquemart-André.  This is a small museum with a permanent collection of decorative arts. They also were hosting an exhibit Desires & Pleasure in Victorian times. “This exhibition invites you to discover the famous artists of England’s Queen Victoria: Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and Albert Moore (1841-1893). Through fifty exhibits, these artists have in common to celebrate the “cult of beauty.”

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It was a lovely museum and the exhibit was beautiful.

Our brunch was very tasty. We enjoyed salad with ham, poached egg, and warm potato salad. The negative was the dessert….I left mine on my plate. It was awful. Can you imagine? In France?

The rest of the day was spent packing and spending quality time with Petey Jones. We will miss this fur ball.

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This was a wonderful three months. It is hard to believe we went so many places: Prague, Kutna Hora, Budapest, Berlin, Paris, Chartres, Normandy, Strasbourg, Brussels, Rixensart, & Antwerp. Which was your favorite?

We knew we were home when we saw “Our Wall.”  Some people have their favorite songs, their favorite restaurant, but we have a wall. Last year we had the privilege of “travel testing” the new International Concourse at Hartsfield-Jackson Airport. This was such a fun activity. We were instructed to each pack a suitcase (Robert loaded the linen closet in his bag) and arrive at the terminal ready to travel. We were scheduled to go to China and ended up going to Scotland (which was just a hallway in the airport). We also had a scavenger hunt to complete. We located restrooms, first aid, the chapel, shopping, and restaurants. As we were leaving we were interviewed by the AJC after they snapped this photo…at our wall!

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Thanks for taking this trip with us. I hope you enjoyed it as much as we did.

It is good to be home.

PS – We have the BEST friends and neighbors!  Our neighbors have been great to keep us updated about our house and the neighborhood. Thanks Mary Lou, Cindy and Charlotte! Yesterday we discovered both cars had dead batteries so our neighbor lent us a battery charger. Thanks Cecil! Because we had no car and no groceries I had to beg a ride to the grocery store. Thanks Madeline! And a huge thanks to Erin, our house sitter.

Yes, it is good to be home!
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Bittersweet

Our last week in Paris…..these past three months have been wonderful…. But we are ready to return home.

Last Sunday we got an early start so we decided to walk to church. We have been attending church at The American Cathedral In Paris. It was a lovely service with a children’s sermon about Epiphany. The children were very animated and involved in helping the Wise Men “find Jesus.”

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After a quick lunch we got on the Metro to visit a Brocante market. We struck out on finding this one. Apparently we are not very good at finding these markets. We have managed to find 2 out of 4 advertised markets on this trip.

After the failed flea market trip we decided to return to the Cluny to see The Lady and the Unicorn. The tapestry was touring in Korea when we visited last month. It was well worth the return visit. The colors of the refurbished tapestry were stunning.

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We stopped by the Louis Vuitton store for a photo shoot. People line up very early in the morning to get a shopping time at this store. I’m not sure why because everything is beyond my budget. But it was great fun to look.

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Later in the week we visited the Cartier Exhibit at The Grand Palais. The exhibit covered the history of Cartier and Cartier’s influence on the decorative arts. The display of all jewels, dresses, and memorabilia was exquisite. I especially loved all the tiaras.

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We have continued to get up and walk every morning. The weather at home has been bitterly cold at the beginning of the week and today was wet and warm with tornado warnings. The weather here has been beautiful. The trees even think it is spring time. The cherry blossoms are blooming as well as many other shrubs and trees. We had hoped to see snow. Maybe it will snow in Georgia!

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Tomorrow we are going to church and then visiting the Jacquemart-André Museum. We have heard this museum has beautiful displays and a nice cafeteria….brunch for us!

Our flight home is Monday afternoon so I don’t plan to post again until we get settled in at home….Excited!
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