Friday, July 31, 2015

What Day Is It Again??

Truth be told, I have been having WAY more than my share of "blonde" moments this past week ... I've already mentioned that I have been over-the-top busy for about three weeks ... and because my work schedule has been off and my LIFE schedule has been off, I seem to keep forgetting what day it is and what I'm supposed to be doing! On Wednesday I showed up at work when it was my day off ... on Thursday I forGOT that I had a doc's appointment with my mom that I had scheduled way back before I knew that I was swapping days at work with my sister in law this week ... had to cancel THAT!! And I've just realized as I am typing this that it's FRIDAY already and I have a LOT to do!! Guess I can't really complain because pretty much everything I've done for the past few weeks has been FUN!!! Just exhausting ... and, apparently, taxing on my brain!!!

I am the Free for All Challenge on SCS (Splitcoaststampers) today. My challenge is "Everything Old is New Again!" You know how a bunch of the "trends" that were so "hot" 6-8 years ago??? Well, they seem to be coming back around again!!! So the challenge was to take something that you have bought NEW that you actually have something that you STILL own or have PREVIOUSLY owned that is almost the same thing (in the case with this card it is the brick embossing folder ... which I bought a similar one like it about 5 years ago) ... and the little clothes pin. I bought SO many little clothes pins for stuff about 8 years ago ... and now, I'm buying them AGAIN because they're just a "little" bit different than the ones I had before ... WHAT??? I'm just waiting for Mulberry Paper to make a comeback ... not gonna admit to how much of THAT I still have hidden in my stash!!

Stamps: Endless Thanks, Artistically Awesome
Paper: Whisper White, Tangerine Tango
Ink: Tangerine Tango, Pear Pizzazz, Marina Mist
Accessories: Brick Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Clothespin,Gold Bakers Twine, Burlap Ribbon, White Jute Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim

I spent a bunch of time cleaning in my kitchen when I got home from work last night ... I seem to have had a "Body Snatchers" kinda moment ... I was cleaning EVERYthing!!! (If you don't get the reference there, GOOGLE it ... "Invasion of the Body Snatchers" ... you will see that I am funny and clever in making such a reference ... and if you are at least more than HALF my age you SHOULD get what that means!!! If not, I have SOCKS older than you and you will just have to take my word for how great of a reference that was ... the END!)

Have a wonderful Friday, my friends! May your weekend be full of happy people, good food and lovely weather!!

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Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Freakin' Huggin' Swappin' FUN!!


So ... with all the fun I've been having the last few weeks, I have TOTALLY been losing track of time ... and what day it is!!! You know that feeling when you walk in to work and realize that you swapped days with your sister in law and FORGOT you didn't even have to show up???? Yeah ... that's how my week is going!!! But at least I was already dressed and showered, so I had a jump start on my day! Did you just come from the blog of my good friend Judy DiScipio?? She has some BEAUTIFUL butterflies to try and catch!

Oh puppies ... I love my doggie ... and other peoples' doggies ... and pictures of doggies ... so I just had to pull out the stamp with this doggie on it. I couldn't help it ... he's so stinkin' caYOOT!!! My doggie is getting to be quite quirky in her old(er) age ... she LOVES hiding (camping??) under the bed ... all the time! She cracks me up! So we have a "doggie den" under our bed ... as does my son's bedroom downstairs ... those are her two FAVORITE spots in the house!

Stamps: Hot Diggity Dog, Hello Life
Paper: Real Red, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Black StazOn, Real Red
Accessories: Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Chevron Border Punch, Chalk Talk Framelits, Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

I'm not sure WHAT I had in mind, exactly, when I started this card. I DO know that I love these super cute Handpicked Framelits dies. Gardens are just SO stinkin' happy!! Although, this card looks NOTHING like a garden ... but my friend (HI CHERYL!) said it was "growing on her" (Hahahaha! That's PUNNY!) after she had seen it a few times!!! (And for those of my Freaky Friends who I COULD'T track down on the last day, your copy of this will be in the mail TOMORROW!)

Stamps: Stake Your Claim, Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Crumb Cake, Vellum
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Handpicked Framelits Dies, Arrows Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bermuda Bay Baker's Twine, Bohemian Designer Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, White Jute Ribbon, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Mini Stapler

And HERE WE ARE!! (Well ... as many of us who could get together this past week during Convention ... minus our good friend Steph Leider who was **GASP!!** swapping with another group at the time we took this photo!) Control Freaks left to right - Julie Davison, LeeAnn Greff, Heidi Baks (dang! she's partially hidden!), Mindy Backes, Dannie Graves, Dawn Olchefske (slightly less hidden!), Patty Bennett, ME (in my not-so-fancy-but-still-proud-to-be-wearing-it Deseret News Half Marathon t-shirt ... which I had earned by running THAT MORNING!), Heidi Boos (DOUBLE dang!!! Can't see her all the way, either!), Melissa Davies, Becky Roberts, Helen Allen and Lorri Heilling!! The women have changed my LIFE!!! Wonderful, wonderful, each and every one!!! And I count them ALL as a blessing!!

Next up?? The fabulous Heidi Boos! I am SO excited I got to see her last week!!! She is AMAZING!


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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Monday Montage #48

REALITY CHECK!!! Holy saMOKES!!!! The last two weeks have been positively INSANE in my universe!!! I think this is one of the LONGEST dry spells I have had in posting to my blog in the entire 8+ years I have been blogging ... sigh ... life has been on the fast track for SURE!! The last time I posted it was for Monday Montage ... two whole weeks ago!!! My life lately = Wild Roller Coaster!




See what I'm talking about???? THIS is only a teeny-tiny portion of what my craft room looks like RIGHT NOW ... between making 72 little "secret sister" gifts for our church girls camp (which was August 13-15) ... and THEN trying to get myself set up for all the fun things I was going to share with friends at Convention (which, on a lot of levels, turned into an EPIC fail!!)!!! Sigh ... I need a VACATION!!

So, this week for Monday Montage I am sharing the things that I made for the girls at camp. I have been kind of "in charge" of getting things rolling with this particular event at girls camp for the last umpty-zillion years (by choice, mostly!). The premise behind this is that we give each of the girls at camp the name of one of the OTHER girls at camp ... and every day during the time we are there they are to give a little "something" to their secret sister ... a thought, a treat, something they have made. We don't make a big deal out of it (we give them a $5 spending limit). It's so fun seeing what they do for each other. As part of this, I make a little "gifty" for each girl for each day we are at camp. It's a LOT of work ... but I have to admit I LOVE it!!

I got the idea for this cute little lip balm flower from the ever-talented Kay Kaltoff. I totally GEEKED out when I saw a link for these on Pinterest. How freakin' ADORABLE are THESE??? (and what a GREAT way for me to use up a bunch of my retired DSP!)

Stamps:  NONE
Paper: Subtles and Brights Pattern DSP (retired), Daffodil Delight, Marina Mist
Ink:  NONE
Accessories:  Floral Frames Framelits, EOS Lip Balm

This is another little project I "stole" from someone else ... I mean, SERIOUSLY??? Could this little Curvy Keepsake box be ANY cuter as anything else but a WATERMELON???? I think NOT!!! And a huge shout out and "thank you" to Lydia Fiedler for her brilliant idea!! Put some watermelon-flavored Jolly Ranchers inside!



Stamps:  NONE
Paper: Pink Passion (retired), Gumball Green (retired), Basic Black
Ink:  NONE
Accessories:  Curvy Keepsakes Thinlits Die

ONE more ... I used the little "Mini Treat Bag Framelit" to make this one. And for those of you who have been hanging out with Stampin' Up for more than a bit might recognize this fun little stampin' wheel ... it's called Nature Hike ... long ago retired but I just couldn't help myself!!! I also used up some of my leftover Baked Brown Sugar cardstock and Epic Day Washi Tape (and who else remembers these cute little clips???). These were SUPER quick and easy ... filled each one with a package of gum.

Stamps:  Nature Hike Jumbo Stampin' Around Wheel (retired)
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories:  Mini Treat Bag Framelit, Small Clothespin, Epic Day Washi Tape (retired), Square Clip

I seriously need a NAP!!! Convention this week was an absolute BLAST!!! Here's a photo of the Monday Montage girls that we had someone take for us ... I wish we ALL could have been together, but at least SIX of us had a chance to visit!! Aren't we CUTE??? Left to right - Cathy Casey, Dara Gloden, Bree Renwick, ME, Amy O'Neill, Dani Dzama (I owe ALL of these girls a swap card!!).

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... brilliance ALWAYS!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

Monday Montage #47

A little old ... a little new ... that's where I'm going with my version of this week's edition of Monday Montage. I have SO many "old" colors of cardstock and ink that have been, sadly, neglected. While I DO use Blushing Bride regularly, poor Pear Pizzazz has been relegated to the darkness of one of my cardstock drawers. Until today, that is!!

Sometimes I get so caught up in everything that is "new" that I forget the things that I already have that I absolutely LOVE!! "By the Tide" is one of those stamp sets that I have used and used and used ... SO much more versatile that I thought it would be!

Stamps:  Gift from the Garden
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, Ovals Framelits, Brick Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Whisper White Embossing Powder

I am heading up to the mountains for a few days for our annual church girls camp ... I have been FRANTICALLY created little "secret sister" gifties for each day ... STILL have some to finish as I type this up!!! I will be sharing those with you in the next week once I return. I have traditionally made a little gift for each girl for each day we are at camp ... so 24 x 3 days equals SEVENTY-TWO little fun projects ... YIKES!!! (I really DO love it, though!)

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... never EVER disappointed in what the have to share (and am ALWAYS inspired by them!!)!!

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Thursday, July 9, 2015

Fab Friday #68

Whoa!!! Where in the HECK did the last week GO???? I had a WONDERFUL 4th of July weekend with my family up at Bear Lake last weekend ... and then it was ALREADY FRIDAY!!! Good thing I have "Fab Friday" to get me going this week!!

I haven't made a "dude" card for quite a while ... I had a LOT of fun with this one! It's kind of fun to see how the idea in your HEAD comes in of the tips of your FINGERS!! I kinda had this idea floating around for a while, but it came out a BUNCH different than I thought it would ... still like it, though!!!

Stamps: Project Life Remember This, Hardwood
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Circles Framelites Dies, Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gold Baker's Twine, Burlap Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Linen Thread, Ticket Builder Punch








I love the simplicity of this sketch ... SO much room to "interpret" ...









Excited to see what all of our challenge players come up with!!

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

I am doing a super FUN "Bubble 5K Run" tomorrow ... should be interesting ... hope I don't fall down!!!

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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Monday Montage #46


After the last two weeks of uninterrupted chaos in my life, I FINALLY got to play with a few of my new stamp-y good things (I've already played with SOME ... but this is my SECOND order ... and the things have been sitting SADLY unused for much too long!)

I am over the MOON happy with this new Brick Textured Impressions Embossing folder!!! It's so BIG!!! You can turn a standard, A2-sized card in EITHER direction and it will fit JUST FINE!!! Hip-hip-hooray!!

Stamps:  Gift from the Garden
Paper: Always Artichoke, Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Cajun Craze, Always Artichoke, Pear Pizzazz, Wisteria Wonder, Whisper White
Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, Ovals Framelits, Brick Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Whisper White Embossing Powder

SO excited for the upcoming 4th of July holiday ... planning on spending a WONDERFULLY relaxing weekend with family!! I canNOT wait!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... ALWAYS good things to see from BOTH of this talented ladies!!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Fab Friday #67

It has been SUCH a whirlwind in my corner of the universe for the past several weeks! I have made no fewer than FOUR trips to three different ER's with three different family members in the last three weeks!!! (Everyone is on the mend ... sometimes things just happen ... just not usually so close together!)! I really need a vacation!!! I'm feeling a trip to Disneyland coming on ... maybe ... but I digress ...

It's Fab Friday and we are all creating this week with the new 2015-2017 In Colors. I only used three of them, but I actually am liking ALL FIVE of them!!

I was cleaning my craft room (which seems to be an ongoing thing most of the time!) and I came across the bit of ribbon on this card that I stapled together for another card I was making a couple of weeks ago ... couldn't quite get it to work, so I was determined to not let it go to waste!!

Stamps: Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon
Ink: Watermelon Wonder, Cucumber Crush, Delightful Dijon
Accessories: Circles Framelites Dies, Bohemian Designer Washi Tape, Expressions Natural Elements, Watermelon Wonder 1" Dotted Lace Trim, Mini Stapler, Gold Sequin Trim, Linen Thread







Just so ya know ... here are the In Colors for 2015-2017 ...







Excited to see what all of our challenge players come up with!!

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Have a most happy of weekends!!

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Friday, June 19, 2015

Something(s) New with the Freaks!


Guess what time it is???? Time for the Control Freaks to share some FUN and NEW things from the 2015-2016 Stampin' Up Catalog!!! I'm trying to convince myself that I do NOT need it ALL right NOW!! (And I'm sure this blog tour is NOT going to help me in this area!)! Hopping around, you should've just come from the ever-so-talented Margaret Raburn and her Fun Stampin' blog!!

I think I have probably mentioned that I LOVELOVELOVE this new Bohemian Washi Tape. How come I couldn't figure out putting these colors together by myself??? It's not like we HAVEN'T had two of them for a while (and the third one is similar to other things we have/have had!). This little stamp set (Endless Thanks) is SO very versatile, too! It will be seeing a LOT of ink, that's for sure!!

Stamps: Endless Thanks
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Island Indigo, Delightful Dijon
Accessories: Bohemian Designer Washi Tape, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

I kinda have a theme today ... white-on-white with rounded corners at the bottom!! What a GREAT background stamp!! I have been wanting to try this "inverted circle" sort of technique for a LONG time! FINALLY made myself give it a try!

Stamps: World of Thanks
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Watermelon Wonder, Real Red, Cherry Cobbler, Red Glimmer DSP, Vellum
Ink: Watermelon Wonder
Accessories: Circles Framelits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Itty Bitty Punch Pack (small heart), Rhinestone Basics, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

Next up?? The "Flower Bug" herself LeeAnn Greff! She has been inspiring me for YEARS!!!


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

Monday Montage #45



And then another weekend happened ... and I blinked at it was OVER!!! The best part is that it is time for Monday Montage!! I already can tell that this stamp set is gonna get used be me A LOT!! (Two posts in a row already!)

I have a very difficult time with "flat" cards. Don't get me wrong ... I am ASTOUNDED and AMAZED at people who can make beautiful "flat" cards ... I just canNOT do it!! I am ALWAYS having to "pop" stuff up ... it just looks WRONG when I leave things "flat" ... sigh ... I really admire people who can do it ... and make it look EASY!

Stamps:  Awesomely Artistic
Paper: Calypso Coral, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Typeset DSP
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Calypso Coral, Tip Top Taupe
Accessories:  Burlap Ribbon, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Small Oval Punch (retired ... sorry, couldn't help myself!), Pearl Basics, Large Scallop Edgelits Die (also retired ... dang!)

Had a VERY eventful weekend ... but the thing I am MOST proud of was completing my FOURTH half marathon last Saturday (it's actually the same one I did a year ago as my first!)! The BEST thing is that I really feel like a runner (FINALLY!)! Last year, I was HIGHLY underprepared and the thing nearly KILLED me!! This year I felt "in the zone!" I'm not gonna lie ... my muscles be SORE ... but it's a GOOD kinda pain. Know what I mean??

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... so much good to see!!

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Fab Friday #66

SQUEEEEEEE!!!! (That's the sound ya make when you have NEW stampy goodness in the house!!) I wish I had MORE time to play (I'm working on some decorations for a friend's wedding that is NEXT week!) ... but I DID squeeze a little time to play with this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge.

I LOVE having a place to "start" when someone gives me a sketch or a color scheme ... this week's sketch is SO much fun!!! I just had a hard time NOT adding more and more stuff!!! Sometimes I don't know where to stop!!!

Stamps: Awesomely Artisitic
Paper: Very Vanilla, Pool Party, Watermelon Wonder, Tip-Top Taupe, Typeset DSP, Gold Glimmer DSP, Vellum
Ink: Pool Party, Tip-Top Taupe, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories: Circles Framelites Dies, Project Life Cards and Labels Framelits, Project Life Paper Clips Thinlits Dies, Venetian Crochet Trim







Here's the sketch!!









Excited to see what all of our challenge players come up with!!

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

Hoping to survive the weekend!! Not the LEAST of which is my FOURTH 1/2 marathon ... this is the SAME one I did last year as my "first" ... the scenery is going to be BEAUTIFUL!!

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