Sunday, February 17, 2019

Monday Montage #133

Happy President's Day!!! As we are already floating through the middle of February, it's that time of year again. Funny, but I should've made some sort of patriotic card for this week's Monday Montage blog hop. I didn't even THINK of it!!! A friend of mine and I went to the Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City to listen to Music and the Spoken Word (featuring the Tabernacle Choir). My friend seemed a bit bewildered by the lineup of patriotic songs ... until I issued a reminder that we were having President's Day this week! The music was GREAT!!!

I am all over the butterflies again. The Butterfly Gala DSP (that was available as a SAB free item) is soooo good. All of the butterflies can be easily punched out with the Butterfly Duet punch. Very little stamping involved in making this card ... but y'all know how I am about butterflies ... they just make me HAPPY!

Stamps: Picture Perfect Birthday
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove, Butterfly Gala DSP 
Ink: Black Memento
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Stitched Labels Framelits, Subtle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Butterfly Duet Punch, Faceted Dots, 1/4" Metallic Striped 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
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!!

If you are looking for a good binge-worthy show to watch on your day off (if you are lucky enough to get President's Day off ... which I am NOT!) ... Netflix just released a new 10-episode series called "The Umbrella Academy". It's about a family of misfits that all have some sorta crazy super power. They are pretty dysfunctional, but it was highly entertaining!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... much to love about BOTH of them!


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Friday, February 15, 2019

Fab Friday #157

As I sit here eating some chocolates and watching the last few episodes of A&E's most EXCELLENT version of Pride and Prejudice (started on Valentine's Day yesterday). I cannot love this series any MORE than I do! I watch it at least once a year ... but more often than not TWICE a year!! It's sooooo good!

This week's Fab Friday Challenge is a wonderful little sketch ... I actually had this entire card thought out in my head before I even started it. I think I finished it up in less than 15 minutes!! I LOVE it when that happens!

Stamps: Geared Up, Part of My Story
Paper: Whisper White, Classic Garage DSP, Vellum, Silver Foil
Ink: Black Memento
Accessories: Garage Gears Thinlits Dies, 1/4" Metallic Striped Ribbon, Metallic Pearls









I'm sure you will all find this a great source of inspiration!











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

Due to crummy weather and road conditions, I didn't get to take my road trip up to Walla Walla to visit my BFF Bree Renwick! DRAT!!! I think we shall be FaceTime stamping today!! And maybe I will just stay inside and stay warm and go NOWHERE else!!! Have a lovely weekend!

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Thursday, February 7, 2019

I LOVE Succulents!

We are STILL up to our eyeballs in snow (well ... maybe just our knees!)!! I am SO grateful I don't "have" to go anywhere today (although I am planning on meeting a friend for lunch, so there's that!). My puppy absolutely LOVES the snow ... and she has to come SLAMMING in through the doggie door to let us know just how MUCH she loves it every time she goes outside!

I made another card using the Painted Seasons stamp set (I got it on preorder). It will be available starting on February 15 as an offering for round 2 of Sale-a-Bration. Ohmygosh! You guys NEEEEEED this set!! It is just SOOOO good. The images are beautiful, and the depth you get with them is just AMAZING!!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Beauty Abounds
Paper: Crumb Cake, Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White
Ink: Highland Heather, Pear Pizzazz
Accessories: Rectangle Stitched Framelits, Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, True Gentlemen Buttons

My puppy and my other non-puppy (she is almost 14, so I guess she qualifies as an old doggie!) and currently crashed out on top of my bed ... my poor bedspread is getting dirty with puppy-snow love ... oh well. They sure are CUTE!!
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Wednesday, February 6, 2019

It's a SNOW DAY!!

I have lived in my neighborhood for 34 years ... and I can count on LESS than ONE HAND how many times a "snow day" has been called in order to keep people off the roads (schools, government office, etc. all CLOSED). Not that there haven't been PLENTY of days that SHOULD have been called off for snow ... but people in Utah are DIEHARDS ... and a little crazy!! So today being a "snow day" was a big surprise.

Not that it helps ME all that much. Being self employed and having your office a few blocks down the street means that you just put on your Sorrels and hike down the street! Even in such a short distance I saw a LOT of cars stuck and struggling ... Ol' Man Winter isn't even CLOSE to being done with us yet!

I got a happy package from Stampin' Up yesterday (so glad I got it before the weather went overboard!)! Oh MY!!! This embossing folder ... this stamp set ... BOTH of which will be a Sale-a-Bration option starting March 15 ... they are just SOOOOOO good!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Petal Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Petal Pink, Granite Gray
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Country Floral Embossing Folder, Whisper White Bakers Twine, Metallic Pearls

So I will sit in my office and work today and listen to the quiet ... not much traffic outside and the phones are pretty silent because all of the SMART people stayed at HOME today!! Stay warm and safe, my friends!
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Sunday, February 3, 2019

Monday Montage #132


Here we are again ... time to play with the Monday Montage team!!! And guess WHAT??!!?? We have added two new friends to the lineup ... soooo happy to have Charlet Mallet and Cheryl Curtis as part of our crew. Y'all are gonna LOVE them as much as I do!!








This card just makes me think of a picnic ... and springtime ... and warmer temperatures.  How about you??? I will be sad when Sale-a-Bration is over and the lovely gingham paper is all gone.

Stamps: Butterfly Gala
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP
Ink: Balmy Blue
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Butterfly Elements, Metallic Pearls, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, 1/8" Whisper White Grosgrain 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
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 - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Just watched the most BORING Superbowl of ALL time (not that I am a huge fan of football anyway) ... the commercials were the best part ... aside from the halftime show with Adam Levine and Maroon 5 ... SWOOOOON!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... much to love about BOTH of them!


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Friday, February 1, 2019

Fab Friday #156

Happy Fab Friday!!! I'm hoping this day finds you keeping yourselves WARM (especially my friends in the PolarVortex Midwest!)!! Lucky for us, the super-cold temperatures haven't gripped Utah. Question for the sub-sub-freezing peeps ... what do you do when your pets need to go potty??? -51 degrees outside seems it would be IMPOSSIBLE to let them out!! YIKES!!!

I was feeling the need for something evoking some warmer temperatures ... and this week's Fab Friday color combo made it EASY!!! I could've gone the "Valentine" route with these colors, but chose instead to bloom some flowers. What do you think??

Stamps: Incredible Like You
Paper: Whisper White, Grapefruit Grove
Ink: Grapefruit Grove, Lovely Lipstick, Blushing Bride
Accessories: Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon, Pretty Label Punch






Pretty little combo, isn't it???








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
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

I'm off work today (HOORAY!), and am going to lunch with a friend. Then, this evening, I am doing a night hike with another group of friends ... pretty sure I will be feeling it tomorrow!!

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Thursday, January 24, 2019

Let's Eat CAKE!

Cold, clear and beautiful ... that's what it's like outside here today!!! I think I'm going to have to go for a run at some point. I actually LOVE running in the cold. With the right gear, it's absolutely PERFECT. Brrrrr!!

I made this little card the other night ... just haven't had a chance to post it, yet! I am sooooooooo loving the Gingham Gala DSP (which YOU can earn for FREE by placing a $50 order!)!! It's just sooooo good!!

I used my Rich Razzleberry Stampin' Blends on the little flower, the edging on the cake, and to make the ombre effect on the CAKE letters. The outline is in Blackberry Bless ... I choose to believe this is a DELICIOUS purple cake!!! I love cake ... sigh ... perhaps I need to make one for myself today!

Stamps: Amazing Life
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Gingham Gala DSP
Ink: Blackberry Bliss; Stampin' Blends - Rich Razzleberry, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Labels Framelits, Grapefruit Grove Nature's Twine, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots

I am feeling pretty proud of myself! I had a BUNCH of new stamp sets (thanks to the Occasions/SAB preorder ... and again thanks to the Occasions/SAB catalogs going LIVE)! I mean ... I had a STACK!! I have used almost every last one ... I am down to about three sets, so stay tuned for some posts sharing those VERY soon!!! I feel validated in having ordered them all, because they will ALL get used!!!
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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Monday Montage #131



Ooooo-la-la! It's time for our Monday Montage Blog Hop! YAY!! I had so much fun making this card ... I have been dying to make a card with the Garage Gears ever since I got it. And TODAY was the DAY!!






I tried my darnedest to make the gears look "rusty" ... with a combination of sponged Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze and Bermuda Bay (interspersed with a few layers of clear embossing powder), I think turned out pretty good!

Stamps: Geared Up, Crackle Paint
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Classic Garage DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Crushed Curry, Cajun Craze, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Garage Gears Thinlits Dies, Classic Garage Metal Elements, Linen Thread, Clear Embossing Powder



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
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I have been in and out my back door for over the past hour ... it's a lunar eclipse and it has been SOOOO fascinating to watch. I love watching such miraculous events and realizing how HUGE our universe is. It's AMAZING, isn't it???

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... their projects are STELLAR!


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Saturday, January 19, 2019

Sale-a-Brate EVERY Occasion ... with the Freaks!




Is there any BETTER excuse to stay inside on a cold, wintry day than to get crafty??? I don't think that there is!!After a short training run this morning, I came home, cleaned up and then sat down with my iPad (for HULU binging!) and some crafty supplies so I could finish creating for this month's Control Freaks Blog Tour. If you just got here from Melissa Stout's Blog ... isn't she FREAKIN' AMAZING???


I have loved coloring since I was a little girl. I have been known to pull out a coloring book and crayons ... or colored pencils ... and just go to town ... STILL. My Stampin' Blends are also SUPER FUN to play with. This Lovely Lattice image (which you can earn with any purchase of $50 RIGHT NOW ... for FREE!) is the BEST for coloring. LOVELOVELOVELOVELOVE.

Stamps: Lovely Lattice (SAB), Piece of Cake (Occasions)
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Watercolor
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Black Memento; Stampin' Blends - Flirty Flamingo, Cherry Cobbler, Old Olive, Daffodil Delight, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Tufted Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Old Olive Linen Thread


Saw this puppy stamp set/punch bundle and nearly lost my MIND!!! The doggie looks like my sweet Juniper ... who is getting ready to celebrate her 7 mo. birthday next week. Oh the puppies!!! This image is happy, along with the little footprints, doggie house and bowl, right??? The PUNCH. I don't think you will be able to get me to give it up unless you pry it from my cold, dead little fingers!!!

Stamps: Happy Tails
Paper: Crumb Cake, Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Red Glimmer
Ink: Memento Black, Whisper White, Real Red
Accessories: Dog Builder Punch, Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Classic Label Punch, Stitched Labels Thinlits, 1/4" Metallic Striped Ribbon


Next up???  ... Super Cindy Elam!! One of these days I'm going to go and visit her on her lovely property with all her lovely creativity! It will be the best time EVER!!

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Friday, January 18, 2019

Fab Friday #155

As I type this we are bracing for a full-on-blow-your-socks-off winter storm! I'm actually kind of excited!! We had a very dry winter last year, so this year has been awesome! The Salt Lake Valley is regularly in the top 3 cities in the entire US of A for bad quality air during the winter months. Not so much this year! We have had several small storms that have kept the air inversion under control. The storm tomorrow is especially welcome because I will be home all day, and I won't have to drive in it at ALL if I don't want to. YIPPPEEEE!!! I may go for a peaceful walk (I love walking in fresh snow!). I most DEFINITELY will spend some time stamping!!

Speaking of stamping ... here's the card I made for this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge. I probably went a little overboard with my interpretation (in other words ... I kinda over did it!), but it's always fun to have something to look at as a starting point, right??

Stamps: Piece of Cake
Paper: Highland Heather, Whisper White, Vellum, Gingham Gala
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Cake Builder Punch, 2 1/2" Circle Punch, Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Classic Label Punch, 5/8" Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon






I added a little more to this sketch than is actually here ... hope you can get some fun inspiration from it as well!








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
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

I'm looking forward to a weekend of not having much to do. I'm not quite sure I have had a weekend like this in MANY months!! It's going to be GLORIOUS!!

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