Thursday, November 20, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What I'm Working On - November

It's MDS Blog Hoppin' Time! This time around we are all sharing a little glimpse into what we are working on ... and this week I was compelled to make a layout of a photo I took of my kids when we were all together a couple of weeks ago for the Weixler Family Apple Pressing Day event!!! Such an AWESOME family tradition that my husband and his brothers have been doing since their dad got them started back when they were boys ...

Even though my oldest is making his "I'm-a-dork-and-I'm-gonna-ruin-your-photo" face, this photo still makes my heart happy. I have NO idea where the time has gone since these three were babies ... it seems that I blinked and they all grow up ... sigh ...

MDS Downloads:
Paper: Number One, Hello Perfection
Embellishment: A to Z Wordpress, Chevron Ribbon (recolored to Cherry Cobbler), Seriously Teen Washi Tape, Season of Style Washi Tape, Keep This Memory (stamp frame), More Candid Frames (square 3)
Stamps: Epic Overlays (splatter 2), Enjoy Every Moment (dotted circle), School Days (apple)
Fonts: LDJ Left Hand Jam, 2Peas Busy Babs

Check out what Monika Davis is working on by clicking on the link below ... more amazingness, as usual!!

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Freakin' Jingle All the Way

Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells ... Jingle All the Freakin' WAY!!! Welcome to some joyful and triumphant fun with the Control Freaks!!! Did you SEE what my fabulous friend, Barb Mullikin, created??? She is WONDERFUL!

As you can see, we are doing our best to get our holiday on and going. To be honest, I have FINALLY started to feel a little more "in the mood" for some Christmas! These are actually the very FIRST things I have created to start the season ...

I feel like I am EXTREMELY late to the dance using this set! I have been seeing a LOT of lovely things created with it (Ornamental Pine). I was initially really STUMPED as to what I was going to do with it that was not been there/done that ... I was inspired by so many things that I have seen. Tried to put my own little twists on it - I loved using the Under the Tree Specialty DSP on this one.

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Good Greetings
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Under the Tree Specialty DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Old Olive Blendabilities, Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilties
Accessories: Circle Framelits, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Gold Button, Linen Thread, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Burlap Ribbon

Round Two ... a little more of the same, but different. I wanted to try and mess with the color scheme on this one. Like I did with my first sample, I stamped the images in white, embossed them with white and then colored them with my lovely Blendabilities markers. Just today I got a pad of Trim the Tree DSP ... I'm going to have SO much fun playing with that!

Stamps: Ornamental Pine, Good Greetings
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Trim the Tree DSP
Ink: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Skin Tone Assortment Blendabilities
Accessories: Oval Framelits, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Chevron Neutral Ribbon

Up next??? The MARVELOUS Mindy Backes!!

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Stamp Review Crew - Amazing Birthday Edition

Welcome to the Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop!! This week we are playing with "Amazing Birthday" ... I forgot how much I really like this set! It's super great because you can use it for ANY age group ... AND it works for dudes AND dudettes!!! So let's get started!!

Sometimes I have a very difficult time working with HUGE sentiment-y types of stamps ... this one, however, is one of my all-time faves!! I mean, what's NOT to love about it??? It's so dang HAPPY!!

Stamps: Amazing Birthday
Paper: Crumb Cake, Crisp Cantaloupe, Whisper White, In Color, 2013-2015 Designer Series Paper Stack, Champagne Glimmer DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Crisp Cantaloupe
Accessories: Large Polka Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Natural Chevron Ribbon, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Circle Punch, What's Up Punch, Linen Thread, Venetian Crochet Trim

LOTS to love in this set, right???

Next up?? Ann Schach!!! She is FABULOUS!! (Clicking on the "previous blog" icon will take you to the equally-fabulous Adriana Benitez!)

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Monday Montage #32

Happy Monday Montage!! We are already working our way into November (yeah-yeah ... we're actually WAY into it!)!! I have NO idea where the time has gone this year, but I swear each year seems to go by more quickly than the last ... This week I decided to combine a little bit of floral with a little bit of fall coloring ...

What a bizarre color combo I used!! I have NEVER used these colors together (or anything like them!)! I liked trying the leaves out of Sahara Sand and Mossy Meadow ... it really made them look like they belonged in November. (And I DO have a rosebush out in front of my house that has some roses left on it, so this IS possible!)!

My next-door neighbor be-decked his house with Christmas lights the other day (the same day I took down my Halloween and put up some Thanksgiving decor). I am SO not ready!!! His lights are playing with my head!!

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Wetlands
Paper:  Whisper White, Color Me Autumn DSP
Ink:   Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Hello Honey, Sahara Sand
Accessories: Oval Punch, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Mossy Meadow Stitched Satin Ribbon

I think I need to start trying to create something Christmas-y ... sigh ... I guess this means I can listen to Christmas music while I run now ... I DO love me some holiday tunes!!

Click "Back" to see Melissa Stout's MARVELOUSNESS, and/or the "Next" button to see some inspiration from Amy O'Neill - SO awesome!

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Friday, November 7, 2014

Fab Friday #54

Happy November!! And Happy Fab Friday!! This week we are doing a color challenge ... and to squeeze the last bit out of fall, we have a GORGEOUS fall-ish color combo for you!!

I tried something I haven't done for quite a while ... I "double embossed" one of the elements on my card. Can you see it??? I used the Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder on the Cajun Craze strip that's on the left-hand side of my card ... embossed the strip, rotated it 45 degrees, flipped it over (which I had to do so that stripes would run in the opposite diagonal direction - does that make sense??). It looks MUI-WAY-COOLER in person ... I need to try this again some time soon!!

Stamps: Dictionary, Amazing Birthday
Paper: Cajun Craze, Blackberry Bliss, Crushed Curry, Very Vanilla
Ink: Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake
Accessories:Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stylish Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Banner Framelits, Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder, Linen Thread, Burlap Ribbon, Gold Sequin Trim

Purdy colors, right???

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
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

We have a happy weekend ahead ... the Weixler Family Apple Pressing "event" is tomorrow ... LOVE it!!! I'll share some pictures for y'all to see what I mean some time next week ... and I still have an EPIC adventure to share with you in connection with Halloween and Disneyland, so stay tuned ...

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Thursday, November 6, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What I'm Working On - Project Life!!

Project Life!! How do I love thee?? Let me COUNT the ways!!! Seriously??? Whether doing a "tactile" type of "memory keeping" project or a digital one (or a hybrid of BOTH), the elements in the Project Life products are simply FABULOUS!!! All the "hard" work is done FOR you! All you have to do is "drag and drop" ... LOVE it!!

It has been VERY tricky trying to get my sweet mom to go ANYwhere since Dad died five years ago ... but once I got her to Colorado Springs to visit my brother and his wife the old smile and sparkle were BACK!! I'm thinking my mom is thinking that traveling is FUN!! YAY!!

MDS Downloads: Happiness Is Project Life (Stamps and Embellishments)

SOOO excited to be able to direct you to the NEXT stop on our hop because we are welcoming a Guest Designer ... Monika Davis!! Wow!! Yeah ... I'm a fan!!

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Sunday, November 2, 2014

Stamp Review Crew - Kinda Eclectic Edition

It's time, once again (HOORAY!) for the Stamp Review Crew to strut their stuff!!! It's so much FUN to see all the different things that everyone one does with the same set ... I get SO inspired each and every time!!

I have seen a LOT of "spring-y" stuff done with this gorgeous set ... it was actually the very first number ONE set on my list as soon as I saw the new catalog this past year. And I was really GOOD an waited for Convention to roll around, as it was one of the sets we got if we attended. Let me tell ya, it was HARD for me to wait for this set, but it was WELL worth the wait!!!

My sewing machine has been getting a lot of mileage since I've been Halloween-ing for the past couple of weeks. So, of course, I had to use THAT while it was out!!

Stamps: Kinda Eclectic
Paper: Sahara Sand, Very Vanilla, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Vellum
Ink: Sahara Sandy, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey
Accessories: Circles Collection Framelits, 1" Circle Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Tangelo Twist Stitched Satin Ribbon, Natural Trim Ribbon (eeks!! This is RETIRED!! How did I miss THAT??), Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Sewing Machine

SEE how PRETTY all the images in this set are???? I {{{HEART}}} them all!!

Click on the "Next Blog" to check out what Tanya Boser has to dazzle us with, and the "Previous Blog" to see Cindy Beach's brilliance!!

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Sunday, October 26, 2014

Monday Montage #31

It's Monday Montage time once again!!! I am in full-blown Halloween costume mode at my house ... but it was fun taking "time out" to create a little something to share with my fellow MM Crewmates ...

I realized just this past week that in less than a MONTH it will too late to be in the "fall" mode ... so I'm sneaking another "leafy" creation in here while I still can!!! I did this card for my stamp club friends. "For All Things" is a great and versatile set, don't ya think??

I finally finished my own new Halloween costume a couple of days ago ... and have been FEVERISHLY working on one for my daughter (can't believe she roped me into it at the last minute, but what can I say??? Halloween is my FAVE!)! I will be sharing photos of our costumes here with y'all soon, so stay tuned!!

Stamps: For All Things
Paper:  Cajun Craze, Mossy Meadow, Whisper White
Ink:   Cajun Craze, Crushed Curry, Mossy Meadow
Accessories: Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Gold Basic Metal Button, Chevron Naturals Ribbon

By the time most of all y'all read this, I will be partying with Mickey and his friends at Disneyland for Halloween (along with my equally-cool-and-fun sister in law)!!! YAY!!

Click "Back" to see Magnificent Melissa Stout, and/or the "Next" button to see Amazing Amy O'Neill!

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Friday, October 24, 2014

Fab Friday #53

Is it possible??? Could it BE?? FAB FRIDAY!! YAY!!! This week has, quite seriously, just ZIPPED right on past! I honestly have no idea how on EARTH it's already FRIDAY!!! I nearly forgot (even though I had received a reminder email earlier in the day) that I needed to make my Fab Friday creation!!!

You see, I've been madly creating in my Craft Dungeon (due to the spooky time of year my Craft Room has been converted into a Dungeon!)!! I'm working on a masterfully FUN and FAB Halloween costume for MYSELF for a change (haven't made myself a costume for MANY a year!)!! I'll share photos once I am finished and have something to show!

This week's Fab Friday is a sketch ... and I was able to come up with an idea much more quickly than I usually do ... must be because this sketch is so DANG great!!

Stamps: Good Greetings, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Color Me Autumn DSP
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Crushed Curry, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Autumn Accents Bigz Die, Autumn Wooden Elements, Large Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Word Window Punch, Linen Thread

See what I MEAN???? User-Good sketch!!!

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
Brian King
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Marla Reed
Pam Steckman
Jan Tinklenberg

From Millan.NetToday ALSO happens to be our annual Halloween Carnival at the local elementary school (a friend and I have been doing this for as many years as I can practically remember ... maybe 1996???). LOVE me some Halloween celebratin'!!

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

MDS and What I'm Working On ... Sorta ...

Ok ... so every other time we do an MDS Blog Hop we like to share what projects we are currently working on. Which is where we are this week ... exCEPT I have a confession to make ...

So this is really NOT my fault!! I (like so many OTHER Apple/Mac enthusiasts!) was eager to download the new Yosemite OS X software when it became available. Actually, it was available last weekend, but I was out of town, so I didn't even TRY to download it until this past Monday. Much to my chagrin, it seems that MDS and Yosemite do NOT get along with one another (a fact, which I am happy to report, that the MDS Tech Team at SU is well aware of AND feverishly working to remedy)!! With that explanation in mind, I am posting an MDS layout I actually did TWO YEARS ago!!! Can you believe that?? I did an actual paper-crafty layout with these same photos of my daughter at the same time, which I posted on my blog. For some reason, I felt the NEED to make a DIFFERENT layout with these photos using MDS ... and it NEVER got posted to my blog (for which I am ever grateful since I actually have SOMEthing to share!)!!

Fall has always been my MOST favorite time of year ... so putting this layout together was UBER fun!!

And I just only NOW realized (as I am typing this!), that I can't share with you my "ingredient" list for this layout because it's ALL inside my MDS file ... which I can't open at the moment ... dang it!! I will add all of the downloads I used for this as soon as things are working normally again ... sorry 'bout that!!

Next up??? The ever-amazing Amber Meadows!! Click on the "next" button below to see what SHE is working on!

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