Petal Potpourri, Ice Storm & more

This past weekend I was able to share some time with a lovely group of ladies at the Tanglewood Lodge in Helen. Here is my spot all set up Friday and ready to go. Yes, I pack heavy. LOL I’m sure you know how that goes.

Tanglewood Retreat my space

And here are my friend and I at the Big Shot & Punch table working on our projects. Fun, laughter and fellowship – what could be  better? I really enjoyed my time with these ladies – there are always all kinds of different crafting projects going on and it’s fun to see everyone’s projects

Tanglewood Retreat Kathleen and I

Today’s card is one I created at the retreat and it uses the Petal Potpourri stamp set from the Occasions Catalog along with the Another Thank You Photopolymer stamp set.

Petal Potpourri and Another Thank You

Can you see the fun heart shape on the sentiment? This is one of our Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers colored with the Wisteria Wonder Stampin’ Blendabilities – what fun these are to add a little extra interest and shine to an area you want to highlight. (I’ve listed all the supplies below for you)

Of course since the retreat was held on Valentine’s weekend I did a little something for my guys before I left the house using the January Paper Pumpkin Kit stamp set.

January Paper Pumpkin 2015 alternate Valentine Treats (2) January Paper Pumpkin 2015 alternate Valentine Treats (1)

I also thought you’d enjoy seeing what my son did for his girlfriend – she loves bacon!

Bacon Flowers

We cooked these together the night before I left for the retreat but he put them together for their date. They really look like roses I thought – clever idea. When I posted the video I saw on face book onto his timeline I was just joking – but he loved the idea and it turns out so did his girlfriend!

Unfortunately we did have to cut our weekend short and so we headed out Sunday night since the weather reports for the incoming storm were kind of spotty. Better safe than sorry, right?

When I got home Sunday night I found this cute little critter trying to help me unpack.

Raven the goat

Turns out Raven is a pet and had gotten out of her pasture – She just wanted to play and found in a friend in our dog Chewie. You’ll be happy to know Raven was picked up before the worst of the storm came in and is happy back with her family now.

As you can see we’ve had some excitement here in North Georgia over the last few days – thankfully it wasn’t nearly as bad as they predicted although the ice has taken down a lot of trees and power in the Atlanta area.

It seems we faired a bit better in Clarkesville – unfortunately this afternoon I won’t be at the Clarkesville Library for my Caring with Cards event. The library is closed due to the weather, but I will be there on March 17th so why not plan to stop by then?

On a personal note – I thought I’d share some photos with you of the yard. Ice storms are always more fun when your safe inside.  Hopefully you and your family are safe and warm too.

This first picture was from last night as everyone was getting home. There were already some bad spots of ice forming and part of the road was shut down because of it. Most of what we got yesterday was sleet- you could really hear it pinging on the surfaces.

February 2015 Ice storm

And here is what it looks like this morning – thankfully the sun is out and it is warming up so things are starting to melt.

February 2015 Ice Storm (2)

Well I’d better go since both my guys are home. Stop on by again when I’ll be sharing more of the projects that I made during my weekend at Tanglewood.

And of course if you’ve signed up for my Newsletter you’ll be receiving some in your exclusive project from my  6 Weeks of Sale-a-bration Newletters too! If you haven’t – it’s not too late to sign up and receive yours too. Just click on the button at the top right of my blog, fill out the form for my Newsletter and confirm the request so you’ll get yours too. Then sit back and relax.

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Stamp Set: Petal Potpourri (137141/138586), Another Thank You (136835)

Inks: Memento Tuxedo Black Pad (132708), VersaMark (102283) and Blushing Bride (13172)

Paper: Blushing Bride (131198), Basic Black (121045), and Whisper White (100730)

Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Epoxy Stickers (137856), 7/8″ Scallop Circle Punch (129404), Wisteria Wonder Blendabilities (131002), Heat Tool (129053), Black Embossing Powder (109133)

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Cards touch your heart

Have you ever wondering why you enjoy creating cards? Has someone ever sent you a letter that had brightened your day or made a difference in your life? We all paper craft for different reasons. Maybe this is one of your reasons you enjoy stamping.

Jason Wright Keynote speaker Leadership 2015

Jason Wright is a weekly columnist for the Deseret News and The Northern Virginia Daily. He’s appeared in over 50 newspapers and magazines across the US and writes about topics such as the joy of service, the lost art of letter writing among other topics. This year he was the Keynote Speaker for the Stampin’ Up! Leadership Conference and I enjoyed the time he was with us that morning.

As he shared his humor and stories of learning how to stamp I couldn’t help but connect with the message of the ability we have to make a difference in someone’s life with our cards. His stories brought back memories of  past pen pals, and childhood friends.

Those special sometimes hard to read letters my Grandmother used to send me when I first moved to Georgia with her recipes enclosed. She’s been gone 15 years now, but back then when long distance calls were expensive, she’d write weekly to all of us at one time with carbon paper between the layers of paper. (I know, I bet you haven’t seen carbon paper in years, right?) Those letters and memories are especially special now that she is gone.

What a wonderful opportunity we have to make a difference in someone’s life simply by taking a few moments to stamp a card. It’s part of the reason I started my Caring with Cards program – making a difference. If you’d like to join me in my free Caring with Cards events you can click HERE for my Calendar of Events  to find times and dates to join me.

Now for today’s  swaps – hopefully they’ll inspire you to stamp and send a card to someone you may be thinking of.

This first set of swaps is made with the Sheltering Tree stamp set (137163). It’s one of our two-step stamps that you’ll find in the Occasions Catalog.

Sheltering Tree (1) Sheltering Tree (2) Sheltering Tree (3) Sheltering Tree (4)

I love the way that you can make the same image feel so different with just color.

And how about these cards made with the Petal Potpourri stamp set (137141/138586) and the coordinating punch, Flower Medallion (137417).

Petal Potpourri (1) Petal Potpourri (5) Petal Potpourri (6) Petal Potpourri (7)

Isn’t it great you can save 15% when you buy the bundle (138876/138877)?

And this Painted Petals stamp set (138819/138822/137146) is now on my wish list.

Painted Petals (1) Painted Petals (2) Painted Petals (3)

You have so many great options with this 13 piece set and the coordinating Painted Blooms Designer Series Paper (137784) is fantastic!

And finally the Butterfly Thinlit (137360). I just knew I’d see some fantastic cards made with this die and I wasn’t wrong. Combine it with the coordinating Butterfly Basics set (138813/138816/137154) and you’ve got a sure hit on your hands!

Butterfly Basics (1) Butterfly Basics (2) Butterfly Basics (3)

So which set is your favorite? Why not leave me a comment and let me know what you like?

Oooo… I almost forgot the gift I got from my roomie. I haven’t shared it with you yet. Can you guess what Kathleen filled this great little Clear Mount Case with?

Roomie Gift Leadership 2015

All kinds of goodies – since it holds a ton! Snail, Liquid Glue, Pearls, along with some fun goodies to have on hand for the trip. I’m planning on keeping my supplies in this box when I travel since it worked so well at keeping everything together!

Well keep warm, have a great weekend and stamp a bit! Then stop on by Monday for some last minute Valentine ideas. And if you haven’t already why not sign up for my Newsletter – the 6 Weeks of Sale-a-bration Newletter starts next week!

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