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???








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
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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Friday, August 5, 2016

Fab Friday #93

What a glorious Friday!!! It has been bone-scorching HOT here in Salt Lake City for the past couple of weeks ... up in the three-digit range, people!!! It's even been super hot at night. But ... HOORAY! ... it has cooled off a bit the last couple of days. Since we are just starting into August I expect that the higher temps are coming right back, but I'm happy with where they are right now!

Stamps: Foxy Friends, Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Very Vanilla, Peekaboo Peach, Early Espresso, Dapper Denim
Ink: Cajun Craze, Early Espresso, Dapper Denim
Accessories: Ovals Framelits Dies, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler, Word Window Punch (I know, it's retired ... it's still my fave!)








I PROMISE that I did NOT see Mindy's card before I set out to make mine ... (Great Minds ...)










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
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

My nephew married my daughter's BFF last week. It was a crazy, whirlwind of a week. The day turned out so very lovely ... the bride and groom looked so very happy ... and the auntie looked so very tired when it was all over (but blissfully contented!)!! Now if I could just get my daughter to pick a date ...

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Sunday, July 24, 2016

Monday Montage #74


It's Monday Montage time again!!! And I have spent the WHOLE day with a GNARLY headache!!! Thank HEAVEN for this project that I had never posted from my OnStage display projects (and yeah ... you can TELL that's it's a little behind since we are currently in the middle of a SCORCHING summer!)!

See what I mean??? But this DID hang on my door until the Fourth of July, so I actually DID use it and LIKE it!! Sadly, the "Little Letters" Thinlits have retired since I made this ... BOOHOO!!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Flirty Flamingo, Blushing Bride, Emerald Envy, Whisper White, 2016-2018 InColor DSP Stack
Ink: NONE
Accessories: Bontanical Builder Thinlits Dies, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Hello You Thinlits, Little Letters Thinlits (retired), Circle Framelits, Flirty Flamingo Ruched Ribbon, Simply Scored

Took a VERY long nap today ... and had one of those "can't-escape-EVERYthing-bad-and-stressful" dreams ... woke up with an even BIGGER headache!!! I'm going to bed VERY early because I have a 1/2 Marathon to run in the morning and have to be at the pickup point by 4:00 AM!!!! UGH!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... GREAT way to spend Monday Montage AND Pioneer Day here in Utah!!!


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Friday, July 22, 2016

Fab Friday #92






Smiley from Millan.NetIt's SOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOTTTT!!!! I'm MELTING!!! I'm MELTING!!! Whataworldwhataworld!!! Hahahaha!!! Maybe SOME of you will get that movie line/quote (hint-hint ... it's kinda where my blog got it's name!!)! We've been pushing 100 degree PLUS here in Salt Lake City every dang day!! So when I looked at this week's colors and saw CHRISTMAS in JULY ... I just wasn't feeling the vibe ... so I went with summer instead!!

Stamps: Fresh Fruit, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Very Vanilla, Garden Green, Real Red
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits, Squares Framelits, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits, Silver Sequin Trim







These colors really work ANY time of the year, 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
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

Maybe I will go to the store and buy one of those kiddie pools ... and then fill it up with ICE and jump IN!!! Sheesh!!! I have a half marathon to run with my son on Monday (really excited about THAT!)!! I'm hoping that the fact that we are starting at 6:00 am up the canyon is going to help the temperature (it SHOULD!)!!

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Control Freaks "Free for All"


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 incredible Connie Babbert!!! She ALWAYS comes up with beautiful creations!! Stamping was WAY more fun than reorganizing my closet ... and doing laundry ...

This month we are having a sort of "free-for-all" ... which basically just means that everyone could make ANYthing they wanted to (as long as they were using stuff from the current Stampin' Up catalog). Not hard at ALL!!! I am super happy with both of my cards ...

Stamps: Jar of Love, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Vellum
Ink: Basic Gray, Pink Pirouette, Melon Mambo, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Squares Framelits, Paper Piercing Tool/Mat, Everyday Jars Framelits, Flourish Thinlits, Silver Sequin Trim

Strawberries ... the grocery store has them on sale for an inSANELY good price this week, so I have them on the brain!! SOOOO super yummy. And it seems I get sucked into every single dang stamp set that comes out with fruit ... I don't know WHAT I would do without fruit in my diet. While I was in China our access to fruit was VERY limited (all of our meals were pre-determined for us, as in the restaurants were chosen ahead of time ... and we had practically NO FRUIT ... I was suffering!)!

Stamps: Fresh Fruit
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Real Red, Garden Green, Basic Black, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Peekaboo Peach Ruched Ribbon, Mini Stapler

Back to my closet reorganization ... we live in a house that is over 100 years old. I LOVE most things about my house ... but the closets are NOT on my list of those things!!! My bedroom closet is DINKY ... and I have WAY too many clothes (is that really a thing???)?? I have to completely tear it apart at least twice a year to make it so that I can at least close the door. I bought some containers and other things for hanging scarves up, so I am hoping that I can pull it into a more workable situation!

Next up??? Creative and wonderful Cindy Elam!!! She's as nice as she is talented ... so happy to call her my friend!


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Sunday, July 17, 2016

Stamp Review Crew - Endless Thanks Edition


What a crazy weekend I had!!! SOOOO much busy!!! SUPER glad I got to regroup and take a little time to stamp for this week's Stamp Review Crew Blog Hop. We are all playing with Endless Thanks (LOVELOVELOVE this set ... am SO sad that I recently "lost" the "best" script-y stamp ... it HAS to be in my stamp cave SOMEwhere!)!

This set is SO much fun!!! You can mix and match so many of the images in it to make such purdy things!!! I think the Peekaboo Peach is one of my most favoritist new In Colors. I really enjoyed matching it with and "older" In Color (Watermelon Wonder) and a couple of Stampin' Up "staple" colors (Pear Pizzazz And Daffodil Delight).

Stamps: Endless Thanks
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, 2016-2018 In Color DSP Stack
Ink: Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz, Watermelon Wonder, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black
Accessories: Pearl Basics, Basic Black Baker's Twine







SEE WHAT I MEAN??? I LOVE the images!!! I LOVE the script-y sentiments that you can pair with the typed sentiments. I think it was the first set I bought when it came out a couple years ago.






So ... how CUTE is THIS??? My nephew is marrying my daughter's BFF (she introduced them over a year ago). And, as of last weekend, my daughter is engaged to marry my nephew's BFF (he introduced my daughter to his friend a year ago last March). They are going to make YEARS and YEARS of memories together. And now my daughter's BFF will be her "cousin-in-law" ... Hehehehe!

The "previous" button will take you to the wonderfully-amazing Rochelle Blok, and the "next" button to oh-so-incredible Holly Krautkremer!!





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Friday, July 15, 2016

What Is Happening???

It's kind of amazing ... a "Christmas Miracle" if you will. I am writing a blog post that is NOT part of a blog hop of ANY kind!!! WHAT is happening??? How is this even POSSIBLE??? I haven't done this for quite some time!!! I'm trying to get back into the habit of posting more. Which means I am going to try to create more. Crazy, right???

I actually DID have a reason for making this card. I am hosting today's Free for All Challenge over on Splitcoaststampers. The challenge is to create something with some sort of frame on it (ANY shape or size ... stamped, diecut, punched, embossed ... any kind of frame!). I kind of have a "thing" for frames on my cards. I seem to keep coming back to it again and again. It has been my "go to" thing when I can't think of anything else!!

Stamps: Sunshine Sayings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Dapper Denim, Pear Pizzazz, Very Vanilla, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Dapper Denim, Whisper White
Accessories: Sunshine Wishes Thinlits, Project Life Cards & Labels Thinlits, Flourish Thinlits, Tags & Labels Framelits, Large Polka Dots TIEF, Linen Thread

I'm getting excited for this weekend. Saturday, actually. We are throwing a bridal shower for my nephew's bride to be (who happens to be my daughter's BFF). I am going to be doing a LOT of cooking and goodie making until then!!! Getting SO excited for the wedding (which is going to be on July 30). It seems it was just yesterday that I was taking care of my nephew as a newborn!! Sheesh!!!

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