Tuesday, June 19, 2018

What's Freakin' NEW???



Why is it that no matter HOW much you LOVE all your crafty good things, you love it even MORE when you have NEW stamps??!!?? GIMME ALL THE STAMPS!! I NEED ALL THE PAPERS!!! OOOO-LAAA-LAAA FOR EMBELLISHMENTS!! Did you see what the Flower Bug herself did?? The ever-incredible LeeAnn Greff always makes BEAUTIFUL things!

I think the very first card I posted on this blog was a take on this card ... sorta ... I just remember that it had squares of different patterned papers on it. It's so much fun to mix and match lots of different patterns!!! I have been doing that with my clothes since I was a little girl (not always successfully, I might add!)! Don't be afraid of mixing colors and patterns ... sometimes it comes out SOOOO good it will surprise you!

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Petal Pink
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, 1/2" Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon, Basketweave Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

This little froggy ... he's so cute and unassuming sitting there with his smirk on this little branch, isn't he?? I twisted the the colors of Nature's twine to add a little bit of fun (Blackberry Bliss and Crumb Cake). I think I have purchased every single stamp set with "jungle" creatures in it since I started collecting stamps waaaaay back when I started stamping about 15 years ago. I just canNOT resist!

Stamps: Animal Outing
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Stitched Labels Framelits, Blackberry Bliss and Crumb Cake Nature's Twine

Next up???  ... lovely Kelly Acheson!! She has done some WIZARDRY with the Sea of Textures Suite ... it's SOOOO good!

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

Monday Montage #118

How's it going, my friends??? Hopefully, you are all starting to enjoy the beginnings of summer ... for myself, I'm getting excited about some upcoming FUN and AMAZING summer plans with my hubby and the rest of my family. Finding time to stamp in and amongst the ins and outs of life is sometimes tricky, but it always makes me happy when I do it!! Especially when I have newer things to play with!!! Thanks for joining me and the rest of the Monday Montage girls for some crafty creativeness!!

I know I have mentioned before that I feel like I have made the same card over and over again ... I guess we all have our own style, right?? I had started out making something ENTIRELY different! The Garden Impressions DSP just makes my head SWIM!! I mean, seriously??? That stuff is GORRRRRGEOUS!!! Instead of doing something "garden-y" with it, I decided to pull out the Up & Away thinlits dies and make a happy balloon scene. Have you ever been to a hot air balloon festival??? Or actually BEEN in a hot air balloon??? I HAVE!!! It's noisy ... and HOT (the flame puts off some SERIOUS temps!)!! But the view and the experience is unlike ANYthing I've ever done before!! WOW!!! It was winter time and the landscape was stunningly beautiful and peaceful ... and I'm TERRIFIED of heights!!! But I wouldn't trade having done it for ANYthing!!

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings (this year's version of "Teeny Tiny Wishes" ... I LUUUURVE IT!)
Paper: So Saffron, Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink:  Night of Navy
Accessories: Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Detailed Trio Punch, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Stapler

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 - Not participating this week!
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

This week I have several things to keep myself busy! But the FOLLOWING week we are flying up to Walla Walla in our little plane (I call her Clifford because she is BRIGHT red ... "Clifford the Big Red Plane" ... hehehe!)! We're going to visit my bestie and fellow Monday Montage-r, Bree Renwick, and her family for the 4th of July. I am GIDDY with excitement!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... STUNNING, STUNNING, STUNNING!!


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Friday, June 8, 2018

Fab Friday #139




It's FAB FRIDAY!!! Wait a minute ... is EVERY Friday FAB??!!?? It's when the weekend starts (for most of us, anyway!)!! Hopefully all y'all have something FUN planned. I know I do!Smiley from Millan.Net

This stamp set says SOOOO much to me!!! I have been a bike enthusiast and runner for several years. I belong to a team of runners/bikers that raises money for research to find a cure for cancer (because cancer SUCKS!)! I saw this set and KNEW it WOULD be mine!! I have been inspired by SOOOO many people on my team ... and I feel like I need to make a card using this set for EVERY single one of them!!! They are AMAZING!!

Stamps: Enjoy Life
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Blackberry Bliss, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Layering Circles Thinlits Dies, Crumb Cake Nature's Twine, Blackberry Bliss Nature'sTwine, Detailed Trio Punch







I love the simplicity of this ... and the wide range of interpretation that can be had here!






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

Smiley from Millan.NetSo ... speaking of running (which is something I do often!), I will be running the Drop 13 Half Marathon on Saturday ... ALL downhill, baby!!! This was the very FIRST "real" race I ever ran ... back in 2014!! And, believe it or not, that very first race STILL stands as my PR (personal record)! I ran it in 2:06:04!! I think it was fear and adrenaline, because I had NEVER run farther than 6 miles before I did that race!!! Not sure I will PR (I couldn't walk for DAYS after that dang race) ... but I am MUCH more ready for it, and have some of my teammates running as well. I DO know it will be a good time!!

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Sunday, June 3, 2018

Monday Montage #117

June??? How on EARTH did we get to JUNE??? I mean, didn't we JUST have CHRISTMAS for crying out loud???? Blink-blink-blink ... and here we are already!! The Monday Montage girls are at it again ... and I cannot tell you how MUCH fun I had making my card for this go-round! Now, can someone just slow time down a little so I can enjoy the summer a little???
Oh Brusho!! How I love thee!!! I actually bought myself the five-pack of Brusho from the catalog several months ago. And here it has sat ... and sat ... and sat!!! I wasn't sure what to do with it. Today was the day to FINALLY jump in and just try it. What FUN this stuff is!!

First, I stamped some of the images from the Abstract Impressions stamp set on a piece of Whisper White cardstock using my Versamark pad. Then I embossed with some clear embossing powder. Sprinkled a little bit of the Brilliant Red and Prussian Blue Brusho powder on it and then spritzed the HECK out of that little piece of cardstock. It ended up kinda soggy, but I just dabbed it a little with a paper towel. I LOVED the effect! This stuff is like GOLD dust!!! It is A-MAZ-ING!!!

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Fresh Fig, Whisper White, Delightfully Detailed Lasercut Specialty Paper
Ink:  Brusho Brilliant Red, Brusho Prussion Blue, Versamark
Accessories: Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Clear Embossing Powder, Faceted Dots, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribobn

We are home from our adventures in southern Utah ... it seems that the entire weekend was over in a BLINK!! WHY IS THAT??? I could spend WEEKS there and it would never seem long enough!

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 - Not participating this week!
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 one more scheduled race this season ... it's a half marathon, and it's next weekend. I think I shall sign up for one other half before I "retire" my shoes for a few months. Like that's gonna happen???? My running coach has helped me with a few things that will hopefully improve my times for next season. I'll probably never qualify for the Boston Marathon, but I'm feeling pretty great about the results so far!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... not sure how they do it over and over again, but they are ALWAYS making beautiful things!!


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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Isn't She Lovely???


Isn't she loooooovely? Isn't she won-der-ful??!?? Ok ... Now that I have all of you singing along with Stevie Wonder in your heads (or out loud, whatever the case may be!) ... I have been wanting to scrapbook some of my daughter's bridal photos from last spring. Can I say that there were SOOOO many to choose from that were FABULOUS that I had a VERY hard time choosing??? We had an A-MAZ-ING photographer that took so many PERFECT photos!!! I really need to make an entire album just of my daughter's bridal photos ... and engagements photos ... and wedding photos. Maybe this layout will get me started!

When I saw Stampin' Up's Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies in Las Vegas this past March I KNEW that they would be coming to live with me!! Just as surely as I KNEW that I would be creating some scrapbook pages from my daughter's wedding ... if you look closely at the beading on Amelia's dress you will see that it is a PERFECT match with this beautiful corner border die ... I mean, SERIOUSLY??? I had fun using the die as a stencil as well. I made kind of a "boho" pattern in the upper-left corner to tie the page together. It's my new favorite die, I think!! (And we all know how quickly that can change, depending on what we are using and how much we like the finished product, right???)

Here's a close-up of some of the detail. The little cross-stitching from the thinlits die??? The fraying on the edges of twine ... and, of course, the "messy" stenciling from the beautiful flower corner die ...

Supplies: Stitched All Around
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink:  Crumb Cake
Accessories: Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, Crumb Cake Nature's Twine, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basics Accents

I struggle with trying to keep my creations "simple" ... I know I have mentioned that before! I want to use #allthethings #allthetime!!! I'm glad I was able to restrain myself on this particular layout ... the pictures are so "lovely" that I didn't want to detract too much from them. This was FUN!!! Now to make the other 547 pages I need to make Amelia's wedding memories COMPLETE!! Hahaha!! Perhaps she can just look at the photos in our GoogleDrive!

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Friday, May 25, 2018

Fab Friday #138

Two dang days ... two WHOLE dang days!! That is how long I have been wiped out with whatever nasty thing that has camped itself in my head/sinuses!!! Isn't it AMAZING how quickly we forget how it feels to feel NOT sick??? Urrrggghh!!! Happily, I seem to be on the upswing. SUPER happy I was feeling well enough to stamp ... you KNOW you are sick when you can't even STAMP, right??? Glad to have the Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge to motivate me to get going!

Pretty in Pink!!! Anyone else remember this movie??? Oh man ... I DO!!! (Which, I am sure, ages me!) That's how this color combo makes me feel ... Pretty in Pink!!! I snuck a little Lovely Lipstick into this card, via the new grosgrain ribbon I just got. It's close enough to the Melon Mambo in the DSP that I used ... so I just slipped it in there!!

Stamps: Stitched All Around
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Powder Pink, Garden Impressions DSP
Ink: Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo
Accessories: Springtime Impressions Thinlits Dies, Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon, Detailed Trio Punch









Pretty, pretty PINKS!









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 plan to be TOTALLY WELL this weekend!!! BECAUSE ... I have NO training runs, no out-of-town plans, and NO big family get-togethers happening at my house!!! How AMAZING will that be???

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Monday Montage #116

Hello, my lovelies!! It's Monday Montage time again!!! Ya know how HARD it is to decide WHICH of your new lovely things you are going to play with??? Well, I DO!!! I feel like my last several creations have taken so much longer for me to create ... I just sit and STARE at all the beautiful things and my brain just SWIMS!!! SO MUCH FUN!! #firstworldproblems

You know ... when I was at OnStage in Las Vegas in April this set just DID ME IN!! Actually, the very first thing I saw from it on the display boards was the net ... just the diecut of it ... and I KNEW it WOULD be MINE!!! I mean, seriously???? What is NOT to LOVE about it??!!??

Stamps: Sea of Textures
Paper: Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Balmy Blue, Soft Sea Foam, Whisper White, Tranquil Textures DSP
Ink:  Balmy Blue, Tranquil Tide
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies, Under the Sea Framelits, Crumb Cake Natures Twine

We are home from our adventures in southern Utah ... it seems that the entire weekend was over in a BLINK!! WHY IS THAT??? I could spend WEEKS there and it would never seem long enough!

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 - Not participating this week!
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Click "Back" for Julie Warnick and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... they are just SOOOOO good!


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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Sneakin' Into the New Catty - Freak Style!



New catalog GOODNESS!!! Seriously, you guys!! This is the BESTEST catalog EVER!! You are all gonna need to rob a bank with me! If you've been hopping around, you just came from the lovely stylings and color combos of Dawn Olchefske. I need to buy some of the same things she has!!

I wanted to create something with sort of a "watercolor" vibe. I played with the Abstract Impressions bundle, and I had fun spritzing the roses with a little alcohol ... the effect is SO much fun ... ESPECIALLY when used with some of the GORGEOUS new colors available!!

Stamps: Abstract Impressions
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Soft Sea Foam, Petal Pink, Flirty Flamingo, Lovely Lipstick
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Petal Burst Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon, Detailed Trio Punch

EEEEeeeep!!! I am SOOOO in love with the Stitched All Around Bundle as well!!! The shapes!!! The sentiments ... OH MAN OH MAN OH MAN!!!! I'm going to be LOVING this set a LOT!!

Stamps: Stitched All Around
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana
Ink: Coastal Cabana
Accessories: Stitched Labels Framelits, Faceted Dots, 5/8" Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon



Spending the weekend with my family down in Zion National Park. We have been doing some INCREDIBLE hiking and eating ... and just all around enjoying our time together! I don't wanna go back home ...

Next up??? My super-talented friend, Melissa Davies! She and I BOTH played with Abstract Impressions!

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Friday, May 11, 2018

Fab Friday #137

Hooooooly COW!!! I can't tell you how EXCITED I am!!! I finally placed my Stampin' Up catalog preview order this week! I don't want to fess up to how much I spent, but let's just say I "bought the farm"!! I can't WAIT for my box to arrive (it will be coming TODAY, actually!)! In the mean time, I got to play with the new "Apron of Love" bundle for this week's Fab Friday challenge.

What is NOT to love about teeny-tiny little aprons??? I mean ... SERIOUSLY?? I have a feeling that this set is going to get used a LOT in the next year or so by ME!! I totally LOVE it!! And I'm happy that I was able to make a fun little Mother's Day card for my own sweet mama. I am so grateful to have her in my life ... many blessing have come her way in the past couple of years as far as her health is concerned. YAY!

Stamps: Apron of Love
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Powder Pink, Pool Party, Whole Lot of Lovely DSP
Ink: Basic Black, Powder Pink
Accessories: Apron Builder Framelits, Basketweave Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Rhinestone Basics









caaaaYOOOOT!!! 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
Jan Tinklenberg

I am looking forward to a weekend filled with sunshine, good food and time spent with family. These are the BEST kinds of weekends, don't you think???

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Sunday, April 29, 2018

Monday Montage #115

Another weekend come and gone ... another week and another Monday Montage blog hop!! Snow, rain, sunshine, heat ... I have NO idea what season we are having, but the days seem to be flying by more quickly (even though we have more daylight!)!! Let's get started ...

I got the most A-MAZ-ING dress recently. I wore it to church over the weekend ... and I got a lot of compliments on it AND I felt comfy and great in it!!! Why am I telling you this??? Because my card today was inspired by my lovely and happy lemon-y dress. It has blue-toned leaves with happy yellow lemons all over it (not to mention that it has POCKETS which makes it more magical than you can imagine!)! What do you think??

Stamps: Lemon Zest
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Pacific Point, Daffodil Delight
Ink:  Pacific Point, Pool Party, Daffodil Delight, Crushed Curry, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Best Badge Punch, Lemon Builder Punch, Corner Rounder Punch, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim

Finished my marathon last weekend. I felt pretty good when I was done (mostly I'm just proud of myself for making the attempt and finishing!) Training has taught me a lot about myself ... and it's so fun to have a team of people to train with ... they are super motivating for SURE!! I did a 9-mile recovery run on Saturday. I would have been just as happy with 6 miles!! At least it gets me up and going!

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
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

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


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