Friday, September 23, 2016

Cleanin' Up

Ok ... I'm going to totally come clean. My craft room has been an absolute DISASTER since about April. NOT kidding. Which is why I haven't done a ton of stamping. I was so wrapped up in training for the Great Wall Marathon ... and then traveling to China and DOING the Great Wall Marathon ... and then getting back into the swing of things once I got back. I just haven't been "feeling it". I stamped this card today for FUN. I actually "borrowed" the stamps and dies to make this from one of my bestest customers (her order was sitting here unused ... it NEEDED some attention!).

Stamps: Thoughtful Branches
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Peekaboo Peach, Pumpkin Pie, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive
Ink: Old Olive, Pumpkin Pie
Accessories: Beautiful Branches Thinlits Dies, 1 3/4" Circle Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Baker's Twine Trio Pack, Pearl Basics

Soooooo ... last week one of my friends asked if I'd do a card class with her and some of her friends. Of course I said yes. BUT this meant that I HAD to finally take a backhoe and forklift into my craft room and see if I could find any flat surfaces. After spending the better part of last Friday cleaning-cleaning-cleaning and then having the friends over to stamp, I FINALLY had a clean craft space. Something I hadn't had for MONTHS!! And I felt that I could FINALLY have people over and invite them down to my basement (which is where my craft room is ... on the opposite end of our family room). Fast forward to this week ... hubby gets a bee in his bonnet and decides that son #2 (who has been living with us since January) needed to be moved into the former room of son #1 (who hasn't actually lived here since 2007) because it had more wall space and a bunch of built in shelves for storage. And with that, hubby spent two days boxing up all the things that are still here that belong to son #1 and helping son #2 move into the former room of son #1. Still with me??? Subsequently, my basement was clean for a grand total of THREE days. The net result??? My basement is a TOTAL DISASTER (again! but now WORSE!!). Boxes, piles of boxes, piles of clothes, piles of paper. My hubby's "answer" to this is that we can "pick through the boxes" a little here and there for the next few months until it's all sorted out (with the help, of course, from both sons #1 and #2). AREYOUFREAKINKIDDINGME???? I'm supposed to leave my basement in utter upheaval for the next few months through the holidays???? Ummm .... no ... not gonna happen. I need some order in my life!!! SHEESH!!! So I need to get my boys in gear and get the mess cleaned up!! Sigh ...

At least I can stamp in my CLEAN half of the basement (otherwise known as my craft space!!).

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Happy Fall, Y'all ... Freaky Style!!



Happy Control Freak Blog Tour Day!! I had to take a break from cleaning my bedroom and TOTALLY reorganizing my closet (it was SO hard to break away, I tell ya) to sit down and play with some stamps! If you've been hopping around, you just came from the amazing Julie Davison!!! Weren't her projects FABULOUS??!??

Oh Halloween ... how I LOVE thee!!! I'm quite certain I am NOT ready for the "holiday season" ... but I AM ready to put up my Halloween decorations!!! My FAVE!!! And what says "Happy Halloween" more than a Mason jar full of floating eyeballs???

Stamps: Jar of Haunts
Paper: Basic Black, Old Olive, Halloween Night Specialty DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Old Olive, Real Red (marker)
Accessories: Halloween Night Baker's Twine, Everyday Jars Framelits, Silver Sequin Trim, Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape, 1 3/8" Circle Punch
Ok ... I know that Floral Phrases is NOT a fall stamp set. However, I DO have a wedding to go to during October, and this set was just calling to me!!! The images in this set are SO gorgeous!!! Hmmm ... Maybe I'll have to try one in CHRISTMAS colors!!! But NOT YET!!

Stamps: Floral Phrases
Paper: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Very Vanilla
Ink: Pumpkin Pie, Wild Wasabi, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Baker's Twine Trio Pack, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Delicate White Doilies, Pearl Basics

I was all mentally geared up to go for a run this evening after I finished typing up this post. And for some reason today has been TORTUOUSLY HOT!!! Not sure I'm gonna want to face it ... I guess I'll have to get up early and go in the morning!!

Next up??? The super-clever Connie Babbert!!! More things to make your fall a happier place!!


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Sunday, September 18, 2016

Monday Montage #78

Welcome to another round of Monday Montage fun-ness!!! I was able to have some of my stampy friends over on Friday to make some cards. This is one of the ones we made (it's actually a case of a card a made a while back ... changed up the color scheme and the orientation). It was SO much fun having friends over to stamp with as I haven't done it for a while!!


Monochrome ... I seem to be drawn to this a lot lately. I spent Saturday being sore from going to the gym (started in on weight training again) ... but that was my legs. TODAY I am sore in the shoulders. I guess that means I did something RIGHT, right????

Stamps: Flourising Phrases
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Blushing Bride
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Flourish Thinlits, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim

I'm going back to the gym in the morning (I have a dear friend/neighbor who has convinced me that getting up at 4:30am is a good idea so that we can get the gym thing DONE!)!!! I'm not so sure I agree just yet ...

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... their creations NEVER disappoint.


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Friday, September 16, 2016

Fab Friday #96

No ... I did NOT fall off the planet ... I did NOT get eaten by a troll ... I did NOT quit blogging!!! Sheesh!! I really need to clean my craft room so that it will be easier and MORE FUN to create things!! Welcome to another edition of Fab Friday! We are on challenge #96 ... hard to believe we are this close to 100!!

I am feeling a bit of fall in the air. I am having THE hardest time letting go of summer. But, I do have to admit, that the smells and sights of fall are beginning to take over my brain. This card was a SUPER DUPER challenge for me. I really struggled with this color combo (which is why we call this a CHALLENGE, right???). In the end, I kinda like what I came up with, and had a chance to ink these pretty feathers for the first time!!

Stamps: Feather Together
Paper: Very Vanilla, Emerald Envy, Delightful Dijon
Ink: Emerald Envy, Delightful Dijon
Accessories: Gold Sequin Trim (SERIOUSLY??? This is the ONLY thing I used besides the stamp set and cardstock!!)










I challenge YOU!!!











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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

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

Now I HAVE to go clean my craft room ... have friends coming over this evening to stamp, so I gotta hustle!! Have an AMAZING weekend!!

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Sunday, September 4, 2016

Monday Montage #77

Happy Labor Day weekend (to all my friends in the US) ... and HAPPY MONDAY MONTAGE to all the rest of you!! It's been a gorgeous weekend ... the temps have cooled down a bit, got to go for a lovely drive in the canyon with a good friend, and spent some time doing some shopping up at an annual event called Swiss Days (up Big Cottonwood Canyon in a little town called Midway).


I'm sharing this card even though it's not "all SU". I made this for a very dear friend of mine. She lost her sweet fur baby, Toby, who had been her friend for more than 14 years. It was SO sad. And I wanted a card appropriate for the occasion.

Stamps: Hot Diggity (retired)
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Cherry Cobbler
Ink: Cherry Cobbler
Accessories: Paw Print Digital File from Silhouette, Cloudy Day Textured Impressions Embossing Folder (retired), Small Heart Punch (retired), Owl Builder Bunch, Word Window Punch (retired)

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... beautiful, creative and amazing inside and out!!


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Friday, September 2, 2016

Fab Friday #95

Friday ... it's Friday ... it's FAB FRIDAY!!! I swear I have spent SO MUCH TIME in my car in the last couple of weeks! I thought it was hard being the "Taxi Mom" when my kids were little. It seems that was NOTHING compared to all the running around that I do now that I have three 20-somethings. Ok ... to be fair it's ONE of my 20-somethings who has me hoppin' like a frog on a hot rock!! But I'll get back to that in a minute!

It is barely September. I am NOT ready to do ANYthing remotely Christmas-y ... and I seriously mean that!! I was attempting to make a "fall" card ... and I kept pulling out this new "Christmas Pines" set. I am just choosing to pretend that this DOES work as a fall card. So there ...

Stamps: Christmas Pines, Gorgeous Grunge, Sprinkles of Life (sentiment)
Paper: Very Vanilla, Soft Suede, Cajun Craze, Old Olive, Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Ink: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Pretty Pines Thinlits Dies, Woodgrain Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Venetian Lace Trim (retired), Pearl Basics, Linen Thread










Another fun layout, right???











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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

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

I've put SO many miles on my car the past month. When you have a college student offspring who is trying to move ALL their stuff to a NEW apartment (which took several weeks and about 100 trips in the car to find!) ... and who is also trying to figure out school (transfers and such) AND trying to find a new job AND finish a two-week course for something (it's a long story) ... anyway, all this adds up to me ... in the car ... all the time!! I seriously need a nap!!

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Sunday, August 21, 2016

Monday Montage #76

Blogging is WAY MORE EASIER and WAY MORE FUNNER when I can do it from my COMPUTER!!! My awesome son spent a week giving my computer a tune up. SO grateful for the help (and he doesn't even charge me!) ... but I felt like I was missing a limb without it!! YIKES!!! Happy it is back home and I could use it to post for this week's Monday Montage blog hop!!


Little mountains, little trees, little tents ... what is NOT to love about this stamp set/framelits set combo???? Our family LOVES to do all things outdoors-y, so this set really makes me happy!!

Stamps: Always An Adventure, Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Early Espresso, Crumb Cake, Whisper White, So Saffron, Old Olive
Ink: Dapper Denim, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Outdoor Adventure Framelits Dies, Sunburst Thinlits Die, Banner Builder Punch, Sewing Machine

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... it's always so much fun to see what they create!


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Friday, August 19, 2016

Control Feak Peekin' for the Holidays!

It's time for the Control Freaks Holiday Catalog Sneak Peek Preview Blog Tour!! After a fun couple of days with my dear friend up in Park City (which included an EXTREME tubing slide aka The Nordic Skip Jump!) ... I am back home and ready to share! (and it was AWESOME, by the way!!!

Did you see LeeAnn Greff's GORGEOUS and FUN creations??? If you are following our hop around, she was right before me!!! AMAZING!!




Halloween is my most-most-most favorite holiday EVUH!!! So I was happy to have a reason to make some Halloween goodies to share (even though it IS only August!) LOVE the creepy, staring EYEBALLS!!

Stamps: Jar of Haunts
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Perfect Plum, Halloween Night Specialty DSP
Ink: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Halloween Night Designer Washi Tape, Labels & Tags Framelits, Halloween Night Baker's Twine, Silver Sequins

Made this bottle topper tag from the new Cheerful Tags framelits dies ... don't you LOVE the swirly background behind the greeting at the top??? That's made with one of the dies AND the new Pumpkin Pie Glimmer DSP. What's NOT to love????

Stamps: Jar of Haunts
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Halloween Nights Specialty DSP, Pumpkin Pie Glimmer DSP
Ink: Perfect Plum, Basic Black Wink of Stella
Accessories: 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Cheerful Tags Framelits Dies, Halloween Nights Baker's Twine, Halloween Nights Washi Tape, Cascade Ice Sparkling Water

Park City was AWESOME!!! It was fun to have a couple of days OFF. The weather was beautiful, the company was great and the relaxation was just what I needed!!

Next up??? The very clever Kelly Acheson!!! She's as nice as she is talented ... so happy to call her my friend!


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Fab Friday #94

 
Well ... THIS blog post has been an EDUCATION!!! Have any of your ever tried to blog from an iPhone or iPad?? I can now OFFICIALLY say that I HAVE!!! Even after downloading a $5 app I was struggling ... So this blog post is being created from my iPhone ... It's a good thing I have MAD texting skills!!  Happy Fab Friday!!
Gonna be honest ... I went out of town and totally SPACED that this was Fab Friday week!! Luckily for me, I still had this card from OnStage that I hadn't posted yet ... And it is only made from ONE of the new In Colors ... So I'm gonna say that counts!!

Stamps: Fabulous Flora
Paper: Whisper White, 2016-2018 In Colors DSP Stack
Ink: Dapper Denim, Pool Party, Soft Sky
Accessories: Ovals Framelits, Dapper Denim Ruched Rivbon, Tags & Labels Framelits, Linen Thread

 






See all the purdy colors???








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Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

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

It's been a lovely couple of days up in Park City with my bestie, Tammy. I'm typing this at 11:30pm on Thursday evening ... We are planning on going to the Utah Olympic Park in the morning and taking a ride on the Extreme Tubing Run (it's the Nordic ski jump without snow!!)!!! We are both hoping we don't DIE!!! I will keep you posted if I survive ...

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Sunday, August 7, 2016

Monday Montage #75

I spent the better part of the weekend doing my fair share of volunteering ... well, I suppose that was my Saturday. I got to give back some to the wonderful Huntsman Hometown Heroes team (there is a running team and a cycling team ... members run/ride to raise money for cancer research). We were able to volunteer some time for the Tour of Utah road race. Those cyclists are HARD CORE!!! It was fun to be able to set up some "relief" for them in the way of water, Gatorade, goo/gel, nuts, oranges, bananas ... the works!!! And then I went and helped out a little with an event at The Leonardo downtown ... an exhibit on aviation that is FANTASTIC. Some of our experimental aircraft-y friends were there with their planes ... what a COOL day (even though it was stifling-ly HOT). Then I got to play with some stamps today for our Monday Montage team ... pretty good weekend, if you ask me!


This probably looks like a hundred other cards I've made ... purple and yellow and green ... with some FLOWERS!!! Couldn't help myself today ... I was in such a happy, sunny mood!

Stamps: Fresh Fruit, Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Elegant Eggplant, Daffodil Delight, Whisper White
Ink: Elegant Eggplant, Wisteria Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Wild Wasabi, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Banner Builder Punch, Mini Stapler, Pearl Basics

I need to get up and RUN in the morning. This heat has put a serious cramp in my style!!! I've done a lot of walking, but I don't want to let myself get out of shape. It will be GREAT to start next year's training season with a little bit of work under my belt!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... they always end up costing me $$$$ ... stamp sets/accessories I NEVER though I would need get moved to the top of the list due to their "magic" touch!


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