Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Montage #141

What an incredible and crazy weekend I had!! Holy COW!! Is it possible for one person to get heat exhaustion AND sprain their ankle TWICE in the same 24-hour period??? Why, YES ... YES IT IS!!! But more on that later ... right now it's time to see what the Monday Montage girls are up to!! We are a little short staffed this week, as we have had a handful of friends who were making quite merry for Father's Day and such!


My father in law has impeccable taste. And he is better at what he does than just about anyone I know. Over 40 years ago he started his own business. Having apprenticed with a upholsterer in Germany as a young man, he honed his craft and his natural ability for shape, design, style and color. I can honestly say that there is no one else on the planet who can do what he does as well as he does it. He and has sons have built a wonderful business that has a stellar reputation and can handcraft the most exquisite furniture.

Having said all that ... a-hem ... I tried to make a card worthy of his taste. He is also a master appraiser of fine art. While this card is FAR from what I would consider any sort of "fine art" ... I did make an attempt at watercoloring my images. Basically I stamped and off-stamped each image and then used an aqua painter to kinda blend everything together. Even if it's not perfect (or even close), when I showed it to my husband he said, "How did you DO that??" Hahaha!! Like, REALLY?? Does he now know by now that I am AMAZING and AWESOME and can do #allthethings??? Bwahahahahaha!! That's what I keep telling myself!! Not really ... but this card was fun to make at least!

Stamps: Waterfront, Tasteful Textures (which I used to add a little something to the water), Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Mellow Moss, Watercolor
Ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Highland Heather, Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Classic Label Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon

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

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I joined a team with 11 of my friends for the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay race this past Friday and Saturday. This was my fourth Ragnar race. They are done at different venues all over the country. I am lucky to live in Utah where this race originated, as the Wasatch Back was the very FIRST one. Suffice it to say that I ended my running season with kind of a whimper ... I came down with heat exhaustion after my first leg (which was only 4.4 miles). I felt SOOOO good when I started. My first mile was completed in 9 minutes 28 seconds ... which is STELLAR for me if I am NOT running downhill!!! The entire leg felt like it was slightly uphill. Anyway ... I knew I was in trouble around mile 3 (it was 80 degrees and I was running mostly on asphalt). Just let me tell ya that heat exhaustion is NO JOKE, my friends. I was able to finish the leg, but had an average heart rate of 169bpm and my body temp was WAY above normal. Luckily for me, I had some AWESOME teammates and had a medic helping me out within no time! My second leg, which began at about 2:10am and was 8.3 miles long, was a BEAUTIFUL run. I spent a good portion of it running along Echo Reservoir. The view with the moon sparkling on the water was FANTASTIC!! Alas, since it was a trail run the terrain was a bit uneven. And in spite of wearing a headlamp, I managed to step in a little hole and make a spectacular "graceful" fall to the ground (according to the runner behind me) whilst twisting my ankle. I finished the run. I was frustrated with myself, but vowed to finish my last leg, which was scheduled for about 1:15pm on Saturday. We were able to grab a 3-hour nap while we were waiting for the second half of our team to finish their legs. I slept like the DEAD those 3 hours. It felt so good. But my ankle was cranky. And, as happens in these relay races, my start time was bumped to about 1:45pm. It was another hot day. My last leg was 5 miles. DANGIT! I wet down my hair and wrapped my head in a cold and wet buff and off I went. My ankle was cranky. Did I mention that already??? I ended up somewhere between a quick walk and a slow jog. I was VERY aware of my temperature, and my teammates were being SUPER cautious and keeping a close eye on me. The good news is that I FINISHED! The not-as-good news is that it took me an hour and 18 minutes to complete five stinkin' miles!! SHEESH. And to top it all off, as the rest of my teammates and I were waiting for our last teammate to finish the very last leg so that we could all run to the finish together (another fun tradition of this type of race), I was a little over confident in my ankle's ability to hold me together whilst running through the grass that last 100 feet. Everyone was so excited and running at a pretty steady clip. In normal "Wendy" fashion, I rolled my ankle AGAIN and basically rolled my way toward the finish line. A couple of the guys on my team ended up carrying me across. How EMBARRASSING!!! But I can say I feel exceptionally blessed to have been surrounded by so many wonderful people. We laughed ourselves silly through the entire 28-hour journey. And we all raised a mess of money for cancer research. And we all like each other. And we all ate a ridiculous amount of junk food in the vans while we were driving from exchange to exchange. I even had a Coke slurpee and red vines for breakfast on Saturday. So there's that ...

THAT was a saga, wasn't it???

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... check out their beautiful creations!! And I DO mean BEAUTIFUL!!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Boyhood Dreams

SQUUUUEEEEEEE!!!!! New goodies are in da HOUSE, my friends!!! OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy!!! It's SOOOOOO amazing!!! What's NOT to love about having new and beautiful things to play with and with which I can create???? NOT A THING!!

This set ... holyCOW!! The image of the little boy imagining with the airplane??? Yep!! That's my hubby, alright!!! He has had a love for airplanes since he was but a wee lad ... and having taken TEN YEARS to build his very own airplane, I still see visions of that little boy when ANY sort of airplane flies overhead. It's wonderful to see!!! So this card is going to be HIS for Father's Day!

Stamps: Silhouette Scenes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Gray Granite, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink: Black, Wink of Stella (which is hard to see in this photo, but the silhouetted little boy is sparkling all over the place!)
Accessories: Sweet Silhouette Dies, Heirloom Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder

Still working on the aftermath of the flood at my mama's condo ... flooring peeps, plumbing peeps and insurance peeps ... ugh ... what a joy!! I'm hopeful that by this time next week we will have it all worked out!! TOMORROW is Ragnar Wasatch Back ... it's grueling, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. I can't WAIT!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Roses are SOMETIMES Red ...

As I was sitting lasting night (im)patiently waiting for my box of new Stampin' Up goodies to arrive (which are due to come TODAY), I decided to make a card to get the bee out of my bonnet!! So ... having borrowed this lovely "To a Wild Rose" suite from my bestie, Cheryl, it was time to get to work!

I feel like I had about 12-14 different stamp pads open on my table! I was trying every possible color combo that I could think of!! And trying them AGAIN ... because, of course, the ink looks mui-different when it dries, right??? I finally settled on this Blushing Bride/Melon Mambo combo (hahaha ... I like how that sounds!)!! I cut smaller versions of the rose out by hand so that I could layer them for maximum 3D effect. What do ya think??

Stamps: To a Wild Rose
Paper: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy
Accessories: Wild Rose Dies, 3/8" Denim Ribbon, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Frosted Epoxy Droplets

Since my mama had ANOTHER flood in her condo last Friday, I am dealing with insurance adjusters, carpet/flooring people and plumbers. UGH!!! I HATE all the hoops that need to be jumped through!! YIKES!! I'm hoping we have it cleared up sooner rather than later!!!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

New Colors and Friends

What do you do when your hubby and your brother (who is visiting from out of town) sit down to watch various sports events AND Chuck Norris movies???? STAMP of course!! (And I'm not kidding about the Chuck Norris movie ... seriously??? Sheesh!)

I. Can't. Even. with this Purple Posy paper!!! This is just the most LOVELY shade of purple ... so-so-so much more lovely in person.  And while we are speaking of colors ... um ... Pretty Peacock anyone??? GAH!!! Honestly, y'all ... they are just SOOOOOO yummy!!! Speaking of yummy ... now I want a donut.  Which is GOOD since aforementioned brother has run to the store and promised to bring me back one!!! HOOOORAY for brothers!!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Purple Posy, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Purple Posy, Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Flourish Dies, Well Written Dies, Perennial Essence Floral Centers

Kenny (my bro) and I are going to do one (or both) of these things today ... perhaps remove my mom's toilet and install a new one (which sounds like OOOODLES of fun, yeah??) or go visit the local aquarium (there's a water theme here ... can ya feel it???).  Either way, it should be a day full of ADVENTURE!
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

You Are My Sunshine!

What a lovely weekend this has been!! The skies are blue and the sun is shining (even though it is a bit more chilly - 61 degrees - than I would expect for the first week of June!)! My big brother arrived in town to come to our family reunion (which was yesterday). Got to see lots of family I don't get to see nearly as often as I'd like ... ate good food ... walked my doggie. AND because my brother arrived about an hour before I got the phone call that there was a flood at my mom's condo on Friday, I had the BONUS of having him jump right in and help get things under control. I would call that a WIN, wouldn't you???

This card reflects how I am feeling about life in general today ... grateful for those around me who do so much and make my life so full of love and joy ... so full of SUNSHINE. I am truly blessed!

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Detailed with Love
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Tropical Dies, Frosted Epoxy Droplets

I am gearing up this week to do my last "official" event for the Huntsman Heroes team ... I will be running the Wasatch Back with a team of 11 other runners ... two days in a van with five other people ... sweaty, tired and FUN!!! Ragnar here I come!!!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Fab Friday #165

It's FRIIIIIDAAAYYY! This has been the loooooongest week (one of those where you think it is a day later than it actually is .. .all week long!)!! But the good news?? It's FAB FRIDAY time!! Woot! Woot!! AAAAND my brother is coming in town today for a family reunion. I LOVE when he comes to visit ... and the family reunion on Saturday will be so much fun! I LOVE my family!!

Not gonna lie ... the dies that come with this stamp set are the caYOOTEST things EVER!! See the paper clip on this card??? Not really a REAL paper clip!! It's a DIE CUT!!! Isn't it ADORABLE??!?? A little foil paper and you are good to go!!

Stamps: It Starts With Art
Paper: Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Ink: Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Tufted Embossing Folder, Arts & Crafts Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Rhinestone Basics








Pretty cool, yeah??








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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

It's also Birthday Season in the Weixler Household!! My 2nd son's birthday was yesterday (my daughter's was two weeks ago), and my oldest son has a birthday in a couple of weeks ... it feels like a party every dang week! Good excuse to get together and EAT things!!
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Monday Montage #140



Here we are back with the Monday Montage crew again!! You guys ... seriously ... we have had SOMUCHRAIN here this spring ... every dang day!!! Rain, rain, rain ... it's SO wet! At least it makes for good stampin' weather!!

I have the most AWESOME next door neighbors. My husband and I bought his childhood home from his parents after we had been married for about five years ... and these neighbors have been like a second pair of parents to both of us. They are AMAZING.

Bert ... how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE him. He was diagnosed with cancer last summer. He has been putting up the GOOD fight. He is one of the most life-loving people I know. The treatments have been getting to him. When I saw him at church on Sunday I gave him a hug (as I have so often done ... usually he initiates them!) and asked him how he was feeling ... he said, "Not so good." It broke my heart. And he continues to fight the good fight ... he has one more round of treatments. We are ALL hopeful that he kicks this mean and rotten cancer back into the black hole from whence it came. I knew I wanted to make a card for him, so this is what I made. And it's not NEARLY good enough for him ...

Stamps: A Good Man
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Come Sail Away DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Smooth Sailing Dies, Tailored Tag Punch, Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Pearl Accents

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

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

My doggie doesn't care if it's wet/rainy/windy/cold. She wants to go out for a walk every dang day no matter WHAT the weather is doing. So I have been doing my best to keep happy, regardless of how wet it makes me!!

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... I love EVERYthing they created!

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Friday, May 24, 2019

Fab Friday #164

Rain, rain, rain ... holy COW!! This has been the RAINIEST spring we have seen in Utah for years and years. I think we have hit a record for snowfall in the mountains this winter/spring. The ski resorts are STILL OPEN and LOVING IT!! They don't call Utah "The Greatest Snow On Earth" for nothing, I tell ya!! And GREEN!!! Everything here is SO lush and SO green ... you would SWEAR you were in Seattle or something!! It's INCREDIBLE!! Our Fab Friday friends are creating with a really fun and VERY spring-looking color combo! I LOVE this one!

I knew as soon as I saw this color combo a while back that I was going to do something flowery with it. I am VERY happy that the "Abstract Impressions" stamp set is carrying over for another catalog cycle. I used the Flirty Flamingo for all three stages of the rose image ... I stamped off twice for the lightest color, once for the medium shade, and not at ALL for the darkest shade. This stamp set is so much fun to play with!

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Seafoam, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Soft Seafoam, Pear Pizzazz, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Stitched Labels Dies, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Pearl Accents







Do ya feel the inspiration coming from this??? You should!! It's a gorgeous combo!







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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

It was my daughter's birthday yesterday ... and for the first time in a VERY long time we both have the day off and will be in the same city on the same day TODAY ... so we are going to go shopping and get mani-pedis!!! It's going to be a good day, even if it rains and rains (which it is scheduled to do!)!
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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Monday Montage #139



Stamp-stamp-stamp!!! I have made THREE cards today ... which for me is VERY good!! The Monday Montage Girls are hopping today ... did you just come from Melissa's blog??? Did you think she was INCREDIBLE (as always)??? Yeah??? ME TOO!

I have been meaning to use this cute little stamp set since I won it for Prize Patrol at OnStage last month. I KNEW I wanted to use the little mailbox image, but I couldn't decide just what I wanted to do with it. I have a feeling I will be using this set a lot as the images are fun and it will make a bunch of great birthday cards!!

Stamps: Celebrate With Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Come Sail Away DSP
Ink: Blueberry Bushel, Lovely Lipstick, Early Espresso
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Decorative Ribbon Border Punch, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

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

Monday Montage Hoppers
Amy O'Neill - Amy's Paper Crafts
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I ran the Ogden Half Marathon last Saturday. We got rained on for MOST of it (it didn't really stop until between miles 9 and 10). I LOVED the temperature, though!! The good news?? I woke up on Sunday morning and had NO pain or soreness ANYwhere!!! LOVE that!!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... CUTE-CUTE-CUTE stuff!

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Goodbye, Old Friends!




The Control Freaks are at it again!!! We're coming close to the release of the new Stampin' Up Catalog ... so we all decided to play with some of our favorite RETIRING sets/supplies ... they will be gone in two weeks' time, so you better jump on them if they are on your "wish list" Did you see what Melissa Davies made??? Her creations are ALWAYS wonderful!

Citrus ... yep! I'm a California Girl at heart (born and raised in the Bay Area!)! We had oranges and tangerines growing right outside our back door ... and my neighbors had lemons! Oh how I took for granted how fortunate I was to have them in my yard!! What I wouldn't give for an orange or grapefruit tree in my yard NOW (but Utah winters will NOT allow that!)!! So the "Lemon Zest" stamp set is REALLY going to be missed by me!! Which is why I chose to showcase it this month!

Stamps: Lemon Zest
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody
Accessories: Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (which is ALSO retiring!), Pretty Label Punch, Granny Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella

This color combo is just SO striking and fun ... and I LOVE the Granny Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon (which is ALSO retiring!). Add to that the retiring Tropical Escape DSP ... I am going to miss having these in the catalog, aren't you??

Stamps: Lemon Zest
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Tropical Escape DSP
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Daffodil Delight, Granny Apple Green, Flirty Flamingo, Mango Melody
Accessories: Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (which is ALSO retiring!), Pretty Label Punch, Granny Apple Green Grosgrain Ribbon, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella, Stitched Rectangle Dies

Next up???  ... the delightful Dawn Olchefske!! Check it out!!

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