Sunday, March 19, 2017

Monday Montage #90

Hey, my friends!! Welcome to Monday Montage!!! This is the BEST fun I've had doing a blog hop in a LONG time!! Because GUESS WHAT??? I'm literally blog-hopping with my fellow Monday Montage-r, Bree Renwick!!! We arrived SUPER early yesterday morning!! Good times are HAPPENING!! Tomorrow we move on to shopping and pedicures!!!

I love lighthouse stamps! I have SEVERAL stamp sets with lighthouses in them (or HAVE had!)!! I couldn't get myself to buy this one ... and now that I've borrowed Bree's I'm thinking I MUST HAVE IT!!! I LURVE IT!!

Stamps: High Tide
Paper: Dapper Denim, Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Ink: Whisper White Craft, Crumb Cake, Marina Mist
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Layered Ovals Framelits, Banners Framelits, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Dapper Denim Ruched Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder

I can't believe our time in Washington is already half over!! Have enjoyed EVERY minute of it (my lovely daughter came with me, so it's a girls' trip for SURE!)!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... ALWAYS lovely things to see from both of them!

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Freaks in the Spring!

Greetings from the beautiful city of Walla Walla, Washington!!! If you've been following our lovely little blog tour, you would just have come from my talented and good friend Melissa Stout's blog.  We are actually playing in TWO blog hops where we are back to back!! What are the chances of that happening??? I just arrived in Walla Walla VERY early Saturday morning to visit with my good friend and fellow Stampin' Up devotee, Bree Renwick.  We are having SO much fun! The Control Freaks are having fun as well, as we celebrate creations that have been inspired by all things SPRINGY!!

One of the "most funnest" things about visiting a fellow stamping buddy is that I didn't have to bring ANY stamping supplies with me!!! AND I got to use some of her lovely things (some of which I don't actually own!)!!! That's what I call a good time!!!

Stamps: Blooms and Wishes, Writing Notes
Paper: Sahara Sand, Calypso Coral, Very Vanilla
Ink: Calypso Coral, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Wild Wasabi
Accessories: Linen Thread, Lots of Labels Framelits

Where on EARTH has this stamp set been hiding???? I LOVELOVELOVE this Playful Backgrounds set!!! It has such CUTE images!!! Man oh, man, not sure HOW this one has escaped my attention for so long!!

Stamps: Fresh Fruit, Playful Backgrounds
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Blushing Bride, Perfect Plum, Watermelon Wonder
Accessories: Regals Enamel Shapes, Linen Thread

Next up??? The delightful Deb Henderson! She has SO many great ideas!!

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Sunday, March 5, 2017

Monday Montage #89

Since I went to a baby shower on Saturday and had NO baby cards in my "stash", I decided it was time to make a baby card. AND I finally broke out my brand new Stampin' Up Watercolor Pencils. And I have also decided that I need MORE colors!! Hoping that they come out with some ... #allthecolors

I wasn't sure whether to make a baby boy card or a baby girl card ... so I decided to make one that could be used for either. I guess this probably leans more toward a "boy" ... or maybe not ...

Stamps: Moon Baby
Paper: Watercolor, Night of Navy, Carried Away DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Watercolor Pencils
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack

The wind here in Salt Lake City has been blowing like CRAZY since yesterday!!! I have half expected seeing the Wicked Witch of the West flying by every time I go outside. Actually, I have also been thinking about Mary Poppins and the flying nannies ... THAT'S how windy it has been. At least the sky was blue, and I'll take that ANY day!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I wouldn't mind being either ONE of them when I grow up!!

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Fab Friday #107

The sun is shining ... and I can actually see BLUE sky!!! This is what I would REALLY call a FAB FRIDAY!!! And I haven't had a chance to make any cards for a little while, so it was fun playing with paper and such!!

We are in FULL WEDDING MODE at my house!!! Wedding dress, reception venue, invitations, bridesmaid dresses, suits, flowers, photographer ... we have something in the works for pretty much EVERY aspect of my daughter's upcoming wedding in May ... I just hope it all comes together smoothly.

I am loving the little "window cutouts" from the Window Box Thinlits dies. They are SO super cute!! And SO super FUN to use!!! I deviated slightly from the actual sketch ... but since these are put out there for our "inspiration", I just rolled with it!!

Stamps: Designer Tee (SAB)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Tangerine Tango, Whisper White, Party Animal DSP
Ink: Pacific Point
Accessories: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Project Life Cards & Labels Framelits Dies, Designer Dots Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB), Project Life Corner Rounder Punch

See? I more or less stuck to it ... kinda ... more or less ...

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

I really need to clean my house and do laundry! Is that a thing??? I guess so!!! Too much running around happens too much of the time. I'm going to use wedding prep as my excuse for pretty much EVERYthing that is falling behind in my universe right now ... hahaha! Because I CAN!!

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Monday Montage #88

Eighty-eight!!! 88 is GREAT!!! My son was BORN in '88 ... which makes no sense since that would make him 28, and I'm only 27!!! Welcome to Monday Montage!!! We have a LOT of fun things to share this week! And I'm using a bunch of NEW things!! How HAPPY is THAT???

I am a sucker for anything that looks like a baking image ... or a kitchen appliance image ... I think I have bought EVERY single stamp set I've ever seen from Stampin' Up in this genre!! What can I say??? They just make me HAPPY!!! And I've been baking the last few days, so it fits RIGHT in with my current mood!

Stamps: Perfect Mix
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Watermelon Wonder, Whisper White, Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Sealed With Love Embellishments, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler

I'm gearing up to climb HUNDREDS and HUNDREDS of flights of stairs next Saturday as part of a fundraiser to aid cancer research (Outclimb Cancer Challenge!)!! I did a 15.29-mile run yesterday ... I'm getting there!!! Bring on the stairs!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... you will be SO inspired by what you see!!

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Let's Freakin' CELEBRATE!!

Well ... it's time to Tour with the Control Freaks once again!! I always look forward to these ... my fellow Freaks are FANTABULOUS!!! I'm always getting a TON of ideas from them myself!!! And this month we are "celebrating" ... making projects that celebrate someone or something!! It looks like Connie Babbert and I were on the same wavelength (and I'm gonna be honest when I say I ALMOST made a purse out of the cute little Window Box Thinlits Dies myself!!)!!

My daughter is getting married (YAY!) in May ... and I'm started to crank my brain up into FULL GEAR!! I'm going to make the invites myself (NO BRAINER) ... and I am also making paper crane curtains and little wedding favor boxes with MACARONS in them (yes ... I AM crazy!! Made my very first batch of macarons yesterday ... they weren't perfect, but I was pretty happy with them!)! And since I have had wedding-on-the-brain ... I made a wedding card!!! And I STILL have to finish reassembling my messy craft room from the Great Flood of December 2017 (it's VERY overwhelming!). So I seem to be "stuck" with the things I can actually find!!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Tasty Treats Specialty DSP
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Window Box Thinlits Dies, Sending Love Embellishments, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim, Linen Thread, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, , Mini Stapler

Moving on ... I LOVE this Window Box Thinlits Dies SO much!!! (Ask me in a few months after I've made about 300 of them!)!! I was just playing around with this mostly ... wanted to see how two macarons would fit inside here ... the answer??? PERFECTLY!!! (Sadly, I already ate all the macarons I made ...) This is gonna take some time (and I will be changing up colors and accessories for the actual ones I do for the wedding) ... but won't this be the cutest wedding favor EVER????

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Sealed With Love Embellishments, Linen Thread

And aren't they so caYOOT side by side???? CUTECUTECUTE I tell ya!!!

Moving onward ... click on the "next" link to go to see the wonderful "flight-inspired" celebration-style projects by the ever-creative LeeAnn Greff!!

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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Monday Montage #87

Where did the weekend go??? AGAIN???? WHOOSH!!! Seriously??? I need another TWO DAYS in my weekend!!! If only it worked that way!!! But at least I got to do some STAMPING to end the weekend off on a happy note (not that my weekend was UNhappy ... just BUSY ... as usual!) Welcome to Monday Montage #87!!

True Confessions ... I spent over an HOUR looking for my "current" stack of "Valentine" paper ... only to realize that I didn't actually ORDER any!!! What the WHAT???? My craft room (STILL a disaster) ... can't find ANYthing ... well, that's not exactly true. I can now find SOME things ... just need to get SERIOUS about putting it all back together ... sigh ...

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Whisper White, Neutrals DSP Stack, Red Glimmer Paper, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Ink: Real Red
Accessories: Sweetheart Punch, Tags & Labels Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits Dies (small heart), 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Silver), Mini Stapler

Our temperature today got up into the MID-50's!!! How on earth did THAT happen???? We were at -3 just a couple of weeks ago. I have a feeling that we are NOT finished with SUB-FREEZING temps yet!!! But my run on Saturday was GORGEOUS!!! We finally had a storm that blew out the icky air and the temperature inversion. Thank HEAVENS for THAT!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I {{{heart}}} them AND their creations!

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Friday, February 3, 2017

Fab Friday #105

It's once again time for Fab Friday. This is one of the few RARE occasions where not only do I have a day off from work, but I ALSO don't have 60,000 different errands to run and places to be! How COOL is that!!! Guess now I have NO excuse to leave the laundry ... or the other messes in my house!

I STILL need help getting my craft room reorganized (I have been putting it off and putting it off ... I can't FUNCTION with proper craftiness and I feel stunted ... GOTTA get it done!)! If it weren't for the handful of blog hops and challenges in which I participate, I would have disappeared into the Craft Black Hole!

Stamps: Any Occasion (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Mint Macaron, Night of Navy, Peekaboo Peach, Carried Away DSP
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Gently Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Framelits, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (SAB), Mini Stapler

I was going to stick with just the balloon as my circle element, but it just seemed to need that added layer of the circle behind 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
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

I DO need to go for a run today ... or climb some stairs training ... I'm participating in the OutClimb Cancer Challenge at the end of next month to raise money for cancer research (if you are interested in donating, click on THIS LINK ... I'm only a little over $100 shy of my fundraising goal for this event!!)!!! I have committed to climbing 25 flights of stairs 25 times!!! Have a wonderful weekend!!

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Sunday, January 29, 2017

Stamp Review Crew - SAB Free for All Edition

The struggle is REAL! I had what I thought was a GREAT idea for the card I was going to make for this week's edition of the Stamp Review Crew. I KNOW I ordered the stamp set I wanted to use ... in fact, I have ordered TWO of them. The problem??? They are SOMEwhere in the disaster area aka my craft room (which needs some SERIOUS attention that I haven't been able to give it since the holes in the ceiling from the flood last month finished being repaired last weekend!). I spent FOREVER looking and looking ... and then ended up using Delicate Details instead (a set I ALSO love!)!!

Going with the "monochrome" look again on this card. And I used the "Gently Falling" textured impressions embossing folder to add some dimension to the succulent flower I cut out with my Succulent Framelits dies (another new favorite!!)! The pretty and sparkly ribbon is ALSO a Sale-a-Bration option for earning (I used the gold, but there is also SILVER!!)!!

Stamps: Delicate Details
Paper: Mint Macaron
Ink: Mint Macaron
Accessories: Succulents Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, 3/8" Metallic Ribbon Combo Pack (Gold), Linen Thread, Pearl Basics, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

I stacked four different images from this beautiful stamp set all together on my clear block ... which means it was oh-so-easy to stamp them straight!!!

I have set aside my entire day on Tuesday to start digging stamp sets out of the miles and miles of piles and piles that are in my craft room ... since you are seeing it here in black and white, I am going to make myself accountable!!!

Next up?? Click on "Next Blog to check out what Kelly Kent has done with SAB sets!! Click on the "previous" button to see what Valerie Moody has whipped up!!


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Sunday, January 22, 2017

Monday Montage #86

I've done more blog posts in the last three days than I've done in the last whole MONTH!! The ceiling in my basement has FINALLY been painted. NOW comes the HERCULEAN task of trying to put everything back together!! It's probably going to take me EONS to get it done!!! Thank heavens for the Monday Montage crew and our blog hop ... at least I'm getting a LITTLE bit of stamping done!!

Since I STILL am having trouble finding things, I went back to an old fave of mine ... BUTTERFLIES!!! I pulled out some punches and some dies and VOILA!!! I like me some butterflies, that's for sure!!

Stamps: Sealed with Love
Paper: Whisper White Crumb Cake, Wisteria Wonder, Pool Party, Vellum
Ink: Wisteria Wonder
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Tags & Labels Framelits, Butterfly Thinlits, Elegant Butterfly Punch, Bitty Butterfly Punch, Mini Stapler, Burlap Ribbon, Lace Doily

Snow, snow and MORE snow!!! The snow around here the past several days is messing up my running schedule!!! On the GOOD side, I spent the better part of Saturday making breakfasts, lunches and dinners for the ENTIRE next week!!! Put them in individual serving containers so we are all gonna eat HEALTHY this week!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... beaUTIFUL women, beaUTIFUL projects!!!

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