Sunday, September 14, 2014

Stamp Review Crew - Truly Grateful Edition

The thing I like the BEST about the Stamp Review Crew blog hop is that we DO what we SAY ... review some of the stamp sets that some of us may have forgotten along the way as NEW things are ALWAYS coming out ... this week we are playing with Truly Grateful ... and I had forgotten just how PRETTY the images in the set are!! Check it out!!

I haven't done a "collage-y"-style background in a VERY long time ... but somehow, this set just lends it to this technique so very well ... and now I AM actually starting to feel the love for the coming of Fall (which is, actually, my favorite season anyway!)!! The mornings and evenings have most certainly been feeling a little bit of a chill in the air. I LOVE when the leaves change. And the SMELLS of fall! OH MY!!! Running through the canyon smells a bit like HEAVEN as the weather changes ...

Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Cajun Craze, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Cajun Craze, Soft Suede
Accessories:  Bitty Banners Framelits, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Burlap Ribbon, Chevron Naturals Ribbon, Gold Baker's Twine, Venetian Crocheted Trim, Autumn Wooden Elements, Sewing Machine

Here is a look-see at all images come in this set ... purrrrdy!!

Click on the "Next" button to take a peek at the wonderful talent of Yapha Mason ... and the "Previous" button to check out the Stamp Review Crew's Chief, Tanya Boser!!

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Monday Montage #28

Woot! WOOT!! Monday Montage is BACK AGAIN!! And THIS week I played a little bit with the "Calling All Heroes" photopolymer set ... and I KNOW I'm a little behind the crowd on this one!! Seems EVERYone has played with this set but ME!!! My BFF, Bree, gave it to me for my birthday!! How AWESOME is THAT???

My little cousin, Josh, turns SIX this week. I couldn't think of ANYthing that little guys of SIX like as much or MORE than they like their super heroes!! When my boys were little, it was POWER RANGERS, baby!!! They were OBSESSED, I tell ya!! It's kind of a fun phase ... BUT I hafta admit even I was FLOORED when I showed up to parent/teacher conferences only to discover that the teacher thought that my oldest son, Devan, went by the name "Tommy" (which is what HE told her!) ... all of his folders and homework said "Tommy" on them ... Tommy was the green Power Ranger ... yeah, Devan was DEFINITELY having an identity crisis!! The teacher and I laughed and laughed about that one ... and she assured me that he would definitely NOT be getting called Tommy in class any more (I saved the green homework folder that said "Tommy" in big bold letters on the front ... STILL makes me giggle!)!

Stamps:  Calling All Heroes
Paper:  Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Basic Black, Real Red, Pacific Point
Accessories:  1 3/8" Square Punch, What's Up Punch

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... SOOO much talent with these two ladies!!!

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Saturday, September 13, 2014

Frightful Wreath Class!!

BOOO!!! Who's WITH ME??? I would LOVE to have y'all join me for an evening of creativity, friends, food and FUN!!!

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Friday, September 12, 2014

Fab Friday #50

Can you BELIEVE it???? Fab Friday is turning 50 today!!! I am happy to have been involved with this awesome challenge team since the beginning (two years ago!) ... and I think I have only missed playing along with THREE of these challenges up until now!! I am ALWAYS inspired by our sketches and color challenges and what not only my fellow team members come up with, but also with the beautiful creations made by our friends and Fab Friday Challenge participants! SOOOO much fun!

This week we are celebrating with a little bit of gold ... or a LOT!! Our color challenge is gold and white (and another neutral color if ya need one!)!! I threw in a little Crumb Cake ... 'cause you can NEVER have too much Crumb Cake (and if SOME of you are confused as to whether I am talking about the COLOR or the FOOD ... I'll just leave it up to YOU to decide if I'm talking about one or the other ... or BOTH!)!

Made this card up for my brother and sister in law who are celebrating their anniversary this week ... so blessed to have them in my family AND to be able to include them amongst our best friends as well!

Stamps: Stippled Blossoms, Teeny Tiny Wishes
Paper:  Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Gold Encore
Accessories:  Fun Frames Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Bitty Banners Framelits, Linen Thread, Gold Embossing Powder, Gold Sequin Trim

Purdy colors, right??? Plain and simple and elegant ...

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

Happy Friday and have a FANTASTIC weekend!!
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Thursday, September 11, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - What Are YOU Printing???

Welcome to the MDS Blog Hop, my friends!! To be honest, I am STILL trying to get myself back to "normal" since returning from my Grand Adventure to Disneyland. It seems I have been running like a frog on a hot rock since I got back!! Why IS it that it takes longer to get OVER a vacation than it does to actually TAKE one??? I'd really like to know ...

This week we are featuring projects that we have either had printed or PLAN to have printed that we have created in MDS. Since actually having a printed project DONE and in my HANDS to show you would have actually taken some foresight and PLANNING (neither of which I seem to have been able to wrap my brain around!), I am sharing something that I would like to have printed and framed for my craft room ... I am SO proud of myself for having trained to a point where I can actually FINISH a half marathon. And going to Disneyland and doing one for my birthday with my BFF??? The BEST!!!

I totally SWIPED the idea for the "stitched Mickey" from Bree (Bree Renwick - aka craft-somniamomma!). I thought it was so CUTE on the layout that SHE did from our Disney Adventure that I could NOT help myself!!

MDS Downloads:  Be Yourself
Stamps - NONE
Embellishments - Be Yourself (Color Wash 1 & 2, Frame 1), All Time Fave (Film), Simple Stitches (Circle 4)
Punches - NONE
Fonts - Thirsty Script, Waltograph

Next up??? Amber Meadows!! Her postcards are DARLING, ADORABLE and INSPIRING!!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

High Five!!

Well, DANG!! Where on EARTH did THIS week go???? After the super-amazing-whirlwind-fun long weekend I had last week with my bestie, Bree Renwick, at Disneyland for my birthday AND to run the Disneyland Half Marathon, I have STRUGGLING to get back to SOME sort of NORMAL!!! (WHAT IS that, really???) I'll get back to our adventures in a minute ...

First off, however, I have been DYING to share this uber-large card with y'all. I made this card as a "thank you" for Bonnie Oscarson. She is the General Young Womens President for the LDS Church. We had the blessing of having her come and speak with our girls up at camp in July. She was AMAZING!!! (and I HAD to drag out my "old-but-not-forgotten" retired "I'm Here" stamp set!! Soooo glad I haven't gotten rid of this!) She taught the girls all about the importance of "high fives" ... the card is 8"x8" ...

See the inside? I was really happy that we got the girls' signatures to fit just PERFECTLY on the strip of cardstock I was carrying around camp as I chased each of them down to sign it!

Here are the "high fives" ... goals that Sister Oscarson wanted the girls to think about each time they saw/participated in a "high five" with someone ...

I made this "high five" using MDS and my beloved Silhouette eCutter. I had to manipulate the arrow a bit. Since this particular image is an embellishment, the arrow that was "behind" in when I imported it into the Silhouette software wasn't showing up. So, I improvised and used a DIFFERENT arrow (which I kinda had to crop and stretch out of shape to make it work). Not NEARLY as complicated as it sounds!! VERY happy with how this turned out!!

Stamps: I'm Here (retired), Alphabet Rotary, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Very Vanilla, Pink Pirouette, Coastal Cabana, Sahara Sand, Early Espresso, Fresh Prints DSP (retired)
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Accessories: Itty Bitty Accents Punch Pack (Star), 1/4" Circle Punch, Banner Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Spiral Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Linen Thread, Gold Sequin Trim, Sewing Machine, eCutter (Silhouette)
MDS Downloads: This and That Retro Fresh (High Five), Hooray for Today (Arrow 2)
Font: Thirsty Script (cut out with Silhouette)

Now ... on to our Disneyland adventure!!! Yeah ... we dressed up!! How can you NOT dress up when it's a Disney event????

Here we are JUST after we crossed the finish line!! (I hafta admit, Bree looks MUCH better than I do!)! 13.1 miles of FUN stuff to see and do!! We even got to run through Angels Stadium with a HUGE crowd of cheering fans!! It.Was.Amazing!

And here we are all cleaned up ... had the BEST time with this woman on my birthday!! We came home TOTALLY wiped out from all the walking, running, eating and playing we did ... but it was WELL worth it!

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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Monday Montage #27

What an AWESOME weekend!!! Fellow-Monday-Monday-Montage-Team-Member and BFF, Bree Renwick, took a trip with me to DISNEYLAND for my birthday this past week. In fact, we just got home (or will be VERY close to being home by the time this post goes "live"). More importantly, we hooked up so that we could run the Disneyland Half Marathon together. It.Was.Great.Awesome.Amazing.Wonderful. WEDIDIT!! But, I digress ...

This week for Monday Montage I am sharing the last of my Convention Display Board samples ... and they are kind of a "set". The background paper on ALL of my projects is the new Typeset Designer Series Paper. This stuff is FABULOUS. It has a lighter weight to it, so it makes it VERY versatile for a LOT of things!

See what I mean??? I also used our new Hamburger and French Fry Bigz Dies to make these little treat holders. I freakin' LOVE these dies!! SOOOO easy to do, and VERY fun to play with!!!

Stamps:  Remember Your Birthday (card), Itty Bitty Banners (boxes)
Paper:  Very Vanilla, Real Red, Soft Suede, Typeset DSP, Silver Glimmer Paper, Brights Patterned Paper Collection
Ink:  Real Red
Accessories:  Star Framelits Dies, Bitty Banners Framelits Dies, 1 3/8" Circle Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Cupcake Builder Punch, Perfect Polka Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Real Red Taffeta Ribbon, Silver Baker's Twine, Essentials Hardware Clips, Cello Bag, Chocolate Kisses

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I'm excited to see what they have each done as well!! They ALWAYS inspire me!!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Fab Friday #49

Hello, everyone!! Welcome to this week's Fab Friday Challenge!!! We are getting back in the swing of things this week with a really fun sketch for all y'all to play with ... SEE??

I have been REALLY wanting this "Yee-haw" photopolymer set since the very SECOND I saw it during Convention in July. Ca-YOOT!! I see a LOT of potential with this baby ... SO happy to have it in my stampy repertoire!

Stamps: Yee-haw
Paper:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Very Vanilla
Ink:  Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Basic Gray
Accessories:  Woodgrain Textured Impressions Emobssing Folder, What's Up Punch, 1" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Wooden Elements Embellishments, Linen Thread

See the sketch??? Don't ya just LOVE it??? This one is really actually quite versatile ... the square "panel" can be used to highlight just about ANYthing!!

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

Have a wonderful weekend, Stampy Friends!!
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Thursday, August 28, 2014

MDS Blog Hop - Playful Polka Dots!

Guess what??? Today's my BIRTHDAY!! Happy Birthday to ME!!! What better way to celebrate than to do a little MDS Blog Hoppin'??? (And, to be honest, I'm spending today in my FAVE way ... hanging with Mickey, Minnie, Goofy and the Gang ... AND my Bestie, Bree Renwick, at Disneyland!! HOORAY!)!!

However, all that aside, I wanted to share with y'all what I made for this week's hop with the Playful Polka Dots digital download goodies ...

Isn't my daughter ADORBS?? I have to admit, I was feeling a little sad when I kept seeing all the "first day of school" photos that my friends were all posting on Facebook ... so I asked my daughter if she'd mind posing with her new backpack outside her apartment up at school (just dropped her off back up at Utah State University last week). She happily complied!! She makes me smile!!

MDS Downloads:
Paper - Playful Polka Dots
Stamps: Ink Splatters (Ink Splatter 2), First Day ("first day", "th", "grade")
Embellishments - Playful Polka Dots (Flower Circle 3, Frame 1), Downtown Grunge (square stitching), Burlap Ribbon (triangle), One Great Year ("15")
Punches - Comfort Cafe Banner
Fonts -Cornerstone

Next up??? Cindy Schuster!! SO much talent, that woman!

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Make a Wish ...

What a WEEK!!! Between spending TONS of time on the phone with insurance companies (yeah ... more than one!), and working with our business accountant on a tax deadline, I have had NO TIME this past week!!! Good news?? My car has been replaced ... what a miracle!!! So many things clicked into place to make that happen ... I am SO very grateful ...

Also, tax stuff is NEARLY done!! Which is AWESOME because I'm on my way to Disneyland (yes, AGAIN!) with my bestie, Bree Renwick, to run the Disneyland Half Marathon for my birthday!!! I have been looking forward to this since last December ... I cannot WAIT!! We're even dressing up ... and yeah, I WILL be sharing pictures once we are done!!

This is one of the last couple of cards I made for the Convention Display Boards. To be honest, it has kind of grown on me ... I didn't really "love" it when I first finished it. But I DO love all the stamps I used here. Stamps are just HAPPY, aren't they??

Stamps: Perfect Pennants, Boutique Borders
Paper:  Blackberry Bliss, Tangelo Twist, Hello Honey, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Hello Honey
Accessories: Banner Framelits, Blackberry Bliss Stitched Satin Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots, Sewing Machine

I'll be back!!
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