Monday, May 20, 2024

Monday Montage #261

Welcome back to another fun week of Monday Montage goodness!! So happy to be able to share with you what we have made!

I ended up using some of last year’s Brights and Regals DSP (I made this right before the catalog retired!). It just worked too-too good with this cute bear I couldn’t help myself.

This is a fun and funky fold. the White cardstock for the inside is a 5.25” x 10.5”. The fold stays on the right-hand side so that you can have a “surprise” opening. 

I colored this cuddly bear with my Stampin’ Blends.

Stamps: Fluffiest Friends, Hearts & Hugs (Sentiment)
Paper:  Real Red, Basic White, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Early EspressoBrights DSP (retired)
Ink: Black Memento; Stampin’ Blends - Crumb Cake, Daffodil Delight, Pretty in Pink, Poppy Parade, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Fluffiest Friends Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Hearts & Hugs Dies, White Baker’s Twine, Tinsel Gems Four Pack

Ta-da!! Here’s the inside. I had sooo much fun playing with this fold and can’t wait to try it again!

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... it’s fresh and fun!

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Thursday, May 16, 2024

TGIF Challenge #473 - Inspiration Challenge

Yay and HOORAY! It’s time once again for the TGIF Challenge!! This week’s fun challenge in an inspiration … create a “picture perfect” background - whether you use some lovely new DSP or create your own, the options are ENDLESS!!

Here’s my shot at it! And I am immediately admitting that I used a newly-retired stamp set because … yeah-yeah-yeah … I never used it while it WAS current!! I seem to be starting my own personal trend in my craft room! I used my Blending Brushes to lightly spread both Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie ink in the background. I then used my WaterPainter to dribble little drops of water through the background so make the paper look more textured and interesting.
My final technique for this background was me just taking the caps off of both my Melon Mambo and Pumpkin Pie Stampin’ Write Markers to “flick” the pen tip out of the inside of the pen lid, thus creating a splattered-ink look. I LOVE how this one turned out!

I added some ribbon and embellishments to complement the dies and images in the foreground. Sometimes I feel like the MORE layers the BETTER! This was quick and easy and turned out pretty cool, I think!

Stamps: Warmest Heart (retired)
Paper: Whisper White, Bubble Bath, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Memento, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie; Stampin’ Blends - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Pretty in Pink, Lemon Lilly, Granny Apple Green; Stampin’ Write Markers - Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Warmest Heart Dies (retired), Perennial Postage Dies, Water Painter, 2024-2026 In Color Resin Dots, White 1/4” Diagonal Trim Ribbon

I hesitate to admit that I will be doing a 12K (8 mile) run for Huntsman Heroes in Ogden Canyon this weekend.  I am kind of nervous AND excited! Nervous because I would really like to finish the race without falling on my face or breaking some other useful-and-important body parts, and excited because this will be the longest race I will be participating in since my ACL/meniscus surgery back in October. Baby Steps …. I’m getting there!!

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Wednesday, May 8, 2024

Just Because and Uh Oh!

I’ve actually had some time lately to create a card “just because” (which I haven’t been able to do for a while! I pulled out a stamp set I’ve had for a little while (including the dies!) to play a little! I was pretty happy with my finished product and sent a pic of it to my bestie, Bree Renwick. Her reply? “Very pretty! I’m so sad that set and dies just retired!” Wait … WHAT??? How did I MISS that??? I was SO SURE it had made “the cut” and was still on the “current” list! Uh oh! My bad!! But I don’t care since I really like how this one turned out!
So this card is a mishmash of current and retired stuff! I used an old corner rounder punch (face it, who doesn’t LOVE a good corner rounder??) on this as well as the aforementioned Notes of Nature stamps/dies. I also used the new amazing neutral “Basic Beige” cardstock! Love it! AAAaaand I used the Decked Circle Dies (which I am VERY please made the transition to the new year!)! 

I used Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam and Lost Lagoon Stampin’ Blends to color the cute little flowers and leaves.

Sigh … I am especially sad to lose the little circle/stitches border die in this set because it is FAB! Not like I can’t use it again, but since it’s not “current” it makes me this twice!

Stamps: Notes of Nature (retired, sadly!)
Paper: Basic Beige, Very Vanilla, Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Black Memento, Early Espresso, Lost Lagoon; Stampin’ Blends - Calypso Coral, Petal Pink, Soft Sea Foam, Lost Lagoon
Accessories: Notes of Nature Dies (retired), Deckled Circle Dies, Trio Corner Rounder Punch (retired), Linen Thread

It’s totally OK to use retired stuff … heaven knows I have enough of it!

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Sunday, May 5, 2024

Monday Montage #260

It’s snowing … it’s cold … and it’s NOT supposed to be 34 degrees outside because it is stinkin’ MAY!!! Sigh … I guess that is the nature of spring. But some flowers are blooming and the grass is getting green, so there IS that!!! And the Monday Montagers are creating some beautiful things!

I am absolutely SMITTEN with this Country Birdhouse Bundle … SWOOOOON! I mean, seriously??? Could this BE any CUTER???? Fellow Monday Montager Bree Renwick made a card with this set a few weeks ago and I just had to go online and place an order for one. It is EVERYTHING I LOVE!!!

Here’s a close-up … isn’t the Country Woods Paper just to DIE for (ya see what I did there???)??? Every sheet is just sooooooo yummy!!

Stamps: Country Birdhouse
Paper:  Basic White, Early Espresso, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral, Soft Sea Foam, Country Woods DSP
Ink: Versamark, Early Espresso; Stampin’ Blends - Misty Moonlight, Pool Party, Petal Pink, Calypso Coral
Accessories: Country Birdhouse Dies, Perennial Postage Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Linen Thread, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gems. White Embossing Powder

Friday, May 3, 2024

TGIF #471 - Color Challenge

It’s Friday, so you know what that means … time for the TGIF Challenge!! It’s fun to have some new stamps and such to play with for this week’s color challenge! So, let’s get to it!

This card was created using the new Leaf Collection background stamp and it is a stunner! I stamped each of the colors once and then pulled out my scissors and did a bunch of fussy cutting … something I find very relaxing, actually. I also stamped a piece of Lost Lagoon cardstock with Versamark. I sprinkled it with clear embossing powder and heat set it. I did the same with the White layer that is directly under the colored leaves, but it is hard to see in the photo. I love all the extra texture the clear embossing powder adds overall.

The sentiment is from Encircled in Nature. I used one of the dies from that bundle to highlight the sentiment. 

Stamps: Leaf Collection, Encircled in Nature
Paper: Whisper White, Lost Lagoon
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Lost Lagoon, Daffodil Delight, Versamark
Accessories: Encircled in Nature Dies, Linen Thread, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gems, Clear Embossing Powder

I saw a meme today that made me giggle … do you know why this month is called May?? It’s because it may be sunny, it may be rainy, it may be warm or it may be cold! We were 70 degree the other day and we are projected to have SNOW this weekend! All the seasons at once! Happy Spring!

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Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Stampin’ Fancy Friday - Technique Focus Challenge

I am a bit behind this week … and it’s only Tuesday! It was my turn to post for this month’s Stampin’ Fancy Challenge - last FRIDAY!! And I totally SPACED it! So, here I am trying to play catch up! This challenge was so fun! We were all tasked with picking ANY technique and sharing how to do it … so here I am with the whitewash technique with a twist. I did it on BLACK paper (instead of how it is traditionally done on Crumb Cake).

This technique is really quite simple. I stamped my focal image using Versamark  and the new Citrus Blooms Bundle (which YOU can order starting TOMORROW!). I sprinkled it with some White Embossing Powder and then heat set it. Next, I pulled out my Watercolor Pencils and got to work. First, fill your image with your white watercolor pencil. Next, pick the colors of your choice to color the images AGAIN to make them pop right off the Basic Black cardstock!

Isn’t it purdy?? It really packs a punch and is so much fun (it makes me feel like a little kid again coloring in my coloring books!).

Stamps: Citrus Blooms
Paper: Basic White, Basic Black, Old Olive
Ink: Versamark, Black Memento, Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Citrus Blooms Dies, Double Oval Punch, White Embossing Powder, Basic Gray/Smoky Slate Pearls, 1/4” Black & White Gingham Ribbon, Petal Pink/White 1/4” Diagonal Ribbon Combo Pack

Check out all the fun things created by the Stampin' Fancy Friday Team on Instagram at!!

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Sunday, April 21, 2024

Monday Montage #259

Welcome back for another round of fabulous and fun creations from the Monday Montage Crew! I was out of town last week and ran a 10K on Saturday, so I was grateful I made this card when I did my last project for Monday Montage! That hasn't happened in a looooong time!

Once again I am using a "fun fold" I saw on YouTube by Lisa Curcio. I don't doubt that this will NOT be the last time I use this particular layout ... I'm kind of obsessed with it!

And EEEEEEP! How ADORABLE is this little biplane in the clouds??? Adventurous was at the TOP of my list as soon as I saw it on the preorder for the 2024-2025 Annual Catalog!

This is the second layer. By lifting the top flap this "card inside the card" becomes exposed. 

More airplanes! I sponged the edge of the little cloud with Balmy Blue ink. I used the Dotted Circles Embossing Folder for the background. Isn't it fun??

Opening the card once more reveals the "final" inside, where I stamped a sentiment on the little airplane banner die ... and, of course, there are more clouds!

Here's a view from side so you can see all the pretty layers.  The measurements you will need are as follows:

- Night of Navy: 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2"
- Cut off 2 3/4" on one end for TOP
- Designer Series Paper (top): 2 1/2" x 4 1/8”
- Designer Series Paper (inside): 4” x 5 1/4"
- Night of Navyt: 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"
- Basic White: 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
- Designer Series Paper: 2 1/2" x 4”
- Night of Navy: 3 1/4" x 10”, score at 5”
- Balmy Blue: 3 1/8" x 1.5"
- Basic White 3 1/8” x 4 7/8”, cut 2

I am going to enjoy coming up with more ideas for this fold ... it's so much fun!

Stamps: Adventurous Sky, Drizzling Droplets
Paper:  Basic White, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue, Silver Foil, Mediterranean Blooms DSP
Ink: Versamark, Night of Navy, Balmy Blue
Accessories:  Adventurous Sky Dies, Scalloped Contours, Dies, Industrial Trinkets, Dotted Circles 3D Embossing Folder, White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... GREAT cards for graduation season!

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Friday, April 12, 2024

TGIF #468 - Sketch Challenge

So happy it's time again for the TGIF Challenge!! I have really enjoyed doing some sketch challenges recently and this one is no exception. I had to think long and hard about which stamp set/dies I wanted to use on this one ...

Since all challenges are for inspiration, I kinda bent this sketch a little out of whack. I really wanted to use the cute little boots from Garden Meadows on this ever-adorable Glorious Gingham DSP.  I used my Simply Scored board too created the little ruffled piece of Berry Burst cardstock. I scored a 1/2" strip of cardstock at scored it every half inch. Then, I just accordion folded the strip and taped it down.

The window die from the Garden Meadows Dies is so fun! I used my Stampin' Write Markers and splattered the little frame with them (Blueberry Bushel and Berry Burst). 

Stamps: Garden Meadow, Leaf Collection
Paper: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Berry Bushel, Lemon Lime Twist, Glorious Gingham DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Lemon Lime Twist, Blueberry Burst; Stampin’ Write Markers - Blueberry Bushel, Berry Burst
Accessories: Garden Meadows Dies, Happy Thoughts Dies, Ribbon Duo Combo Pack, 2024-2026 In Color Shimmer Gems

Coincidentally enough, the colors I chose for this week's TGIF Challenge are the exact colors for last week's TGIF Challenge (I didn't have a chance to play last week, and these colors were randomly the ones that were used!)! Soooo crazy how that happened because I wasn't even trying!

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Monday, April 8, 2024

Monday Montage #258

Well, well, well ... I crafted this past weekend and it was GREAT!! I FiNALLY cleaned my craft room (which hasn't been done since before I made my Christmas cards!)! I really need to stay on top of it FOR REAL this time ... it's much more fun to create when you can actually find your stuff!! This week the Monday Montage girls have once again hit it out of the park!

I used a fun layout I saw on YouTube by Lisa Curcio.  It was so much fun and I really enjoyed creating it (so much so that I made two different ones ... I'll share the other one with you later this week)! It's kind of a card within a card within a card. Here's the card all closed up. I used images from Country Flowers which I colored with my Stampin' Blends. Note:  The deeper-colored yellow flowers were created by first coloring them Bubble Bath, but I decided I didn't love that; so I colored with Daffodil Delight on top of that which gave me a deeper orange-y yellow color which I really quite like!

This is the second layer. By lifting the top flap this "card inside the card" becomes exposed. I used one of the Brilliant Backgrounds Dies to give the Garden Green strip some texture. The Basic White Background was brought to life using the 3D Eyelet Embossing Folder (which I preordered from the new and upcoming catalog!). 

Opening the card once more reveals the "final" inside, where I stamped a sentiment on one of the shapes from the Stylish Shapes Dies. I added a few of the flower dies for accent. I left enough empty space so that I can write a little note when I sent this cutie out.

Here's a view from side so you can see all the pretty layers.  The measurements you will need are as follows:

- Daffodil Delight: 4 1/4" x 11", score at 5 1/2"
- Cut off 2 3/4" on one end for TOP
- Designer Series Paper (top): 2 1/2" x 4 1/8”
- Designer Series Paper (inside): 4” x 5 1/4"
- Daffodil Delight: 2 3/4" x 4 1/4"
- Basic White: 2 5/8” x 4 1/8”
- Designer Series Paper: 2 1/2" x 4”
- Daffodil Delight: 3 1/4" x 10”, score at 5”
- Garden Green: 3 1/8" x 2"
- Basic White 3 1/8” x 4 7/8”, cut 2

Isn't this the FUNNEST???? I haven't done a good "funky fold" card in quite some time! This one was very satisfying!

Stamps: Country Flowers
Paper:  Basic White, Daffodil Deliight, Lemon Lolly, Garden Green, Citrus Blooms DSP, Regals DSP
Ink: Versamark, Black Memento, Garden Green; Stampin' Blends - Dark & Light Smoky Slate, Dark & Light Daffodil Delight, Dark & Light Lemon Lolly, Dark & Light Granny Apple Green, Dark & Light Crumb Cake, Dark & Light Bubble Bath
Accessories: Country Flowers Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Brilliant Backgrounds Dies, Double Oval  Punch, Scalloped Contours Dies, Eyelet 3D Embossing Folder, Basic Gray/Smoky Slate Pearls, White Baker's Twine, White Embossing Powder

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... she is Just Kiddin' Around and her cards are ADORBS!

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Sunday, March 24, 2024

Monday Montage #257

Monday, Monday! It's Monday Montage Week! YAY! I always LOVE seeing what my friends come up with every single time!

I got to spend four lovely days with lots of my Stampin' Up friends in Houston last week and it was a BLAST!! We were there for Stampin' Up's OnStage event for demonstrators. I even got to hang out with several of my Monday Montage besties and it was a BLAST!!
I also had the opportunity to participate in a card swap with several current and past Artisan Design Team Members! WowOhWow!! Talk about a group of talented people (and a bit intimidating!). This was my swap card.  I used the alcohol ink technique. Starting with reinkers, I dabbed Granny Apple Green, Pool Party, Melon Mambo and Misty Moonlight on a piece of vellum. Then I dribbled some isopropyl alcohol on top of the colors and the let the magic happen! Be sure to use 91% or higher alcohol ... using 70% won't work!  (Ask me how I know this!) I backed the piece of vellum with Basic White cardstock, which I also used for the base. I then cut the frames and shapes using the Perennial Postage Dies.

I embossed the sentiment with Versamark and then heat embossed some white embossing powder to make it pop. A few rhinestone basics jewels here and there and VOILA!

 I really am happy with this card ... it came out fun and unique for each person.

Stamps: Perennial Postage
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Bubble Bath, Vellum
Ink: Versamark, Pool Party, Misty Moonlight, Light Granny Apple Green, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Perennial Postage Dies, Painted Textured 3D Embossing Folder, 3/8" Ribbon Combo Pack, Rhinestone Basics Jewels, White Embossing Powder