First things first ... I am NOT getting old(er) ... (-ish) ... at least in my MIND I like to think that I'm not!! However, today IS my birthday (yes, it's true ... I'm 27 ... again)! I feel like I am more adventurous and willing to try fun, new things than I have EVER been (activities, food, music, friends!)! Heck, how can ANYone who goes to a restaurant and tells the server to "surprise me" NOT be considered adventurous??? But ... sometimes ... I seem to get myself into a pickle ... but, I digress ... I'll come back to that and the reference to manhole covers in a minute ... READER WARNING ... this is loooonnng ... and EPIC ... and SOOO totally TRUE!! None of the names/events have been changed to protect the innocent ...
Stamps: Hello Lovely, Gorgeous Grunge
Paper: Crumb Cake, Natural Composition DSP, Neutrals Patterned DSP, Brights Patterned DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: 1/2" Circle Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, 3/4" Circle Punch, Brights Candy Dots, Sewing Machine
What on EARTH does ANY of this have to do with manholes, you ask? Well ... it seems that, lately (as in the past couple of months) I have apparently misplaced some small mount of finesse that I would like to think I HAVE had up until this point in my life. I run ... I run pretty much every day (and the odd fact is that I really don't LIKE to run ... but I DO love that I live in a place where I can be in a lovely canyon within minutes of my front door ... and the scenery distracts me from the fact that running is not always the MOST fun thing!). Many of my SU buddies KNOW that I run. And many of my SU buddies have asked if they could run WITH me while they were here for Convention in July!! No PROBLEM!! GREAT!! FANTASTIC!! What's NOT to love about having some of your BFF's along to run with ya?? Seriously, right?? So, at 4:45 AM (yes, you read that right!!) I went and picked up several of my stampin' buddies at their hotels to come and share my run with me (that's Mindy Backes, Marla Reed, ME and Bree Renwick in the photo). It was dark, but we watched the light come up over the mountains. AND ... just as we were coming out of the canyon something TOTALLY unexpected happened (while I was with my friendies ... of course ... because this has NEVER happened to me when I was ALONE!) ... I fell.flat.on.my.face!! SPLAT!! Have absolutely NO clue what happened there!! One of those instances where you try to just "jump up" and pretend nothing happened ... and that you are TOTALLY fine and IN CONTROL (even though your hair is screaming and you've ripped the freckles CLEAN off about half of your arm!)!! "Yeah ... I MEANT to do that!" I needed a better story, though ... telling people I have the grace of a hippopotamus is kinda embarrassing. So my daughter's BFF (hey, Tiffy!) told me that I should just tell people when they asked (because my arm looked THAT pitiful that people WERE asking!) that I had saved a baby ... I was kinda thinking something along the lines of a Zombie Apocalypse ... so my story was that I had saved a baby FROM the Zombie Apocalypse ...
It's a long story, I know ... but I AM getting to the manhole cover!! Just the other day (barely more than a MONTH from my baby-savin'-Zombie-Apocalypse experience) I was walking about a BLOCK from our business to our church in order to attend the funeral of my brother-in-law's father. It was particularly windy and I decided that I needed to avoid walking through the sprinklers at the corner ... the wind was blowing the water SIDEways into a big, wet ol' misty cloud ... and of COURSE I didn't wanna get my dry-clean-only skirt wet, right??
Sooo ... today I am going to spend my day in Disneyland with my BFF and sister-in-law, Diann!! And HOPEFULLY I will not save a single baby ... or encounter a SINGLE zombie ... and I will do my UTMOST BESTEST to avoid ALL manhole covers!!
Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Stamps: Hello Lovely
Paper: Real Red, Basic Black, Very Vanilla, Modern Medley DSP, Brights Patterned Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Typeset Alphabet Bigz Dies, Hearts Framelits, Small Heart Punch, Scallop Trim Border Punch, 1 1/4" Square Punch, Essentials Hardware Clips, Real Red Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Silver Mini Brads
Click on the "back" button to check out the fabulousness that is Melissa Stout ... and the "Next" button to see the creative craftiness of Amy O'Neill!
Friday, August 23, 2013
I have been running around so MUCH lately that I don't know whether I'm coming or I'm going. The GOOD news is that, after next weekend, I have NOTHING MAJOR on my calendar!! You have NO IDEA how HAPPY this makes me!!! But I digress ...
I am holding on to the last vestiges of summer ... I'm not QUITE ready to jump into making fall/Halloween cards JUST YET ... which is why my card looks all summery!! I decided to turn the Elegant Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder at an angle so that the stripes would be horizontal ... I kinda like how the stripes "quit" at different intervals with the thing turned on its side!!
Stamps: Flower Shop, Gorgeous Grunge, Kind and Cozy
Paper: Melon Mambo, Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Whisper White
Ink: Island Indigo, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Elegant Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Gingham Garden Designer Washi Tape, Melon Mambo Taffeta Ribbon, Old Olive Taffeta Ribbon, Brights Candy Dots
Here's the actual sketch ...
And ... 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:
Have a FAB Friday ... and a FAB weekend!
Monday, August 19, 2013
Could it POSSIBLY be Day 10??? ALREADY???? This Blog Hop with my Fellow Finalist Friendies (how's THAT for alliteration???) has been SOOO much fun!!! I have been amazed, inspired and BLOWN AWAY!!
The tree is an image from "Spooky Bingo Bits". I blew it up HUGE and printed it out (in reverse). Then, I pinned it down to some felt and hand-cut this baby out!!
This was originally going to be a "pocket" to hold all of the little numbered circles ... but it was NO WAY gonna be big enough ... so I just made it into a little "Happy Halloween" signage instead!!
The whole thing is hanging off of a wooden dowel that I screwed some drawer pulls that I got from the hardware store into (on each end). This just made me sooo happy when I was done ... and I really DO think I'm gonna make another one (now that I have all the files done in MDS!!). Time consuming ... but worth it!!
Paper: Whisper White (for "day" circles)
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Vintage Trinkets, Early Espresso 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Basic Black 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Pumpkin Pie 1/8" Taffeta Ribbon, Felt (Black, White and Gray), Orange Fabric, Iron-On Transfer Paper, Burlap, Dowel, Drawer Pulls (2), Sewing Machine
MDS: Spooky Bingo Bits, Jack of All Trades, Calendar Basics, Eat, Drink & Be Scary, Spooky Things, Lauren's Letters Alphabet (Numbers), Holiday Blitz, Number One DSP, Corner Rounder Punch, Circle Punch
A little teaser here ... keep your EYES PEELED for this lovely logo on August 26 ... we are NOT DONE playing "blog hop" together ... stay tuned!!
Click on the "Next" button to see another Work of Brilliance from Amy O'Neill ... and the "Back" button to check out the Masterpiece down by Melissa Stout!!
It's that time again ... Freaky Fall Time!!! If you've been following the hop around, you just came from the incomparably-AMAZING Patty Bennett!!! LOVE her creations!! (Heck, I love HER, too!)
We're sharing some treasures we've made from the crafty goodies in the new Holiday Mini Catalog. First off, I am IN LOVE with these little Thinlits swing-card dies (okay, to be FAIR, they are not actually IN the Holiday Mini ... but the stamp set I used IS). And we were only able to start ordering these fun dies ... which cut this whole swing-card shape out FOR ya ... on August 1. I.Am.Happy!!
Here's the "inside" ...
Stamps: Truly Grateful
Paper: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla
Ink: Baked Brown Sugar, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Thinlits Circle Card Dies, Linen Thread, Naturals Designer Buttons, Woodgrain Textured Impressions Embossing Folder
Stamps: Notable Notions
Paper: Chocolate Chip, Soft Sky, Crumb Cake, Sweater Weather DSP
Ink: Chocolate Chip
Accessories: 1 1/4" Circle Punch, Bigs Bow Tie Die, Burlap Ribbon, Soft Subtles Candy Dot, Stylish Stripes Embossing Folder, Victorian Lace Trim
Now hop on over and see some MORE lovely things made from another one of my LOVELY friends ... Connie Babbert!!
Sunday, August 18, 2013
We are getting close to the end of Artisan Finalist Blog Hop. WOWZA!!! Each day has held SO many treasures for us to peruse ... I have been loving EVERYTHING!
Here are Marc and Eliza on their wedding day ...
And the girls!! Whom I love to DEATH!! (And I'm happy to announce that they are expecting daughter #4 during the winter!! Which means this frame is ALREADY obsolete!)
Stamps: Hearts a Flutter
Paper: Crumb Cake, Very Vanilla
Ink: Crumb Cake
Accessories: Hearts a Flutter Framelits Dies, Antique Brads, Naturals Trim Ribbon, Comfort Cafe Fabric (for braid at top for hanging)
MDS: Fan Fair (corner stitching), Downtown Grunge (frame2, frame3, frame4 and frame5; paper ), Soft Blooms (Very Vanilla), Basic Pearls, Bakers Twine (Whisper Whiter recolored Very Vanilla), Smitten Alphabet Punch, Night of Navy Button, Lots of Tags, Night of Navy Taffeta Ribbon
Font: Bayern Handschrif
Click on the "Next" arrow to check out another WONDERFUL creation from Amy O'Neill ... or "Back" to see another EXQUISITE creation from Melissa Stout.
Saturday, August 17, 2013
Welcome to Day 8 everybody!!! I canNOT believe how quickly these past 8 days have FLOWN by!!! And I am STILL in AWE of all of the wonderful things my Finalist Friendies have been sharing (I know, I know ... I've said that BEFORE ... but it's TRUE!)!! So, let's get to it!!!
See?? Isn't she stinkin' ADORABLE??? (and that bluegill looks MASSIVE, doesn't it?? I think it was more of the photo angle than anything ... but it's FAB!!)!
I used the yardstick image that I snatched out of MDS ... printed it out, then tore and crumpled it all up ... then added the fishes on the line with a little help from some linen thread and mini safety pins from the Vintage Trinkets!
This is one of those pages I wish I could get back ... which means I should probably make another one just like it, right???
Stamps: By the Tide
Paper: Naturals Composition DSP, Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, This and That Epic Day DSP, Crumb Cake
Ink: Island Indigo
Accessories: Canvas Creations, Naturals Trim Ribbon, Vintage Trinkets, Linen Thread
MDS: A to Z Wordpress Letters, Fan Fair (ruler)
Font: 2Peas Ditzy
Choosing the "Next" button will take you to a FABULOUS project by Amy O"Neill ... and choosing the "Back" button will take you to something EQUALLY as wonderful from Melissa Stout!!
Friday, August 16, 2013
Welcome to Day 7 of the Artisan Finalist Blog Hop!! I have been sooo inspired and amazed at EVERYTHING that has been posted every.stinkin'.day!! (I've mentioned that, right???) So much to see and so much to learn ... so let's get started again!!
The little border strip on the left side was also made with the Rosette Die ... I just cut it to the right length and laid it out flat!
Click on the "Next" button to take a peek at Awesome-Amy O'Neill and what she had created ... and the "Back" button to see the Magnificent-Melissa Stout to see what she has been up to.
Stamps: Sweet Essentials
Paper: Early Espresso, Daffodil Delight, Pool Party, Whisper White, International Bazaar DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Bigz Rosette Die, Argyle Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stripes Textured Impressions Embossing Folders, Circles Framelits Dies, Word Window Punch, Bird Builder Punch (branch), Chocolate Chip Scallop Polka Dot Ribbon, Early Espresso Stitched Grosgrain Ribbon, Large Pearl Basics, Paper Piercing Essentials Mat/Piercing Tool
Click on the "Next" arrow to hop on over to Awesome-Amy O'Neill ... or on the "Back" button for the Marvelous-Melissa Stout!!