Friday, August 18, 2017

Fab Friday #119

LOVE being part of the Fab Friday Team!!! It's going to be WONDERFUL to be able to hug some of them in PERSON in November (Stampin' Up's OnStage Live Event is here in Salt Lake City and many of us registered for it this week)! I swear, the friendships I have made as a result of being a part of Stampin' Up is my FAVORITE part about being a Stampin' Up demonstrator ... my peeps are my tribe!!! And today we are playing with a sketch challenge!

Stamps: Floral Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Berry Burst, Early Espresso
Ink: Berry Burst
Accessories:  Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, May Flowers Thinlits Dies, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Linen Thread, Hearts & Stars Elements








This one is pretty simple, but the possibilities are ENDLESS!











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 actually half finished with the "great cleaning project of 2017" (aka my basement/craft space). It's taking FOREVER ... but at least I have made some progress!

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Fab Friday #118

Don't ya just love a day when you wake up early (but not TOO early!) without an alarm clock??? The sun is shining, the birds are singing, I have a very long "to-do" list, but I've already checked a couple of things off!!! This is gonna be a GOOD day!!! And why not???? It's also FAB FRIDAY!!!

When all else fails, go back to butterflies!!! That works for ME!!! I am going to admit that this color challenge had me a little stumped. It's a combo I probably never would have thought up on my own, but I really, really like it!! I just wanted to do something GOOD with it!!! In the end, I am quite happy with how this turned out ... I need more NEW stampy stuff!!! Bwahahaha!!

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Lemon Lime Twist
Ink: Flirty Flamingo, Lemon Lime Twist
Accessories: Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder Punch, Layering Circles Framelits Dies, Butterfles Thinlits Dies, Rhinestone Basics









Ooooooo!!!! I likey!!!











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

Now that I am finished, I can check this off my "to do" list!!! Don't ya just LOVE that feeling of accomplishment??? My list has a good chance of getting finished today!! That, in and of itself, is nothing short of a Christmas Miracle!!

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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Monday Montage #98

Running, running, running!!! This just seems to be the story of my life (literally AND figuratively). Can I make an AWFUL confession??? Sigh ... remember the Great Flood of Christmas 2016?? For those of you who missed it, we had to tear out about 30% of the ceiling in our basement ONE WEEK before Christmas ... the portion that happens to be directly above my craft room ... and it was RAINING (or should I say we had a WATERFALL)!! It was a MESS!!! My stamp cabinet got demolished when the guys were trying to move it out of the way to avoid the rain ... and I have MILES and MILES of piles that were created. The confession??? I STILL haven't cleaned it up and put it back together ... so stamping is tricky ... but Monday Montage is keeping me going!!

Another true confession??? I just discovered TODAY (whilst making my card) that I somehow MISSED ordering the "bundle" for this "Beautiful Bouquet" set!! REALLY???? How does that even HAPPEN??? I have done that more than a handful of times. GRRRRRrrrr!!! Something ELSE I need to add to my NEXT order!! But the flowers are pretty ...

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet
Paper: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Night of Navy, Berry Bliss
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon

So ... putting it in BLACK&WHITE ... I plan to spend at least ONE HOUR every day this week working on cleaning up and reorganizing my craft room. This just HAS to happen. It's been hard ... the struggle is real!!! With my daughter's wedding it was put on the VERY BACK burner ... and every time I go and look at it I sigh and turn around. It's SO much work!! But it HAS to be DONE!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... every time I look at their creations it ends up costing me MONEY!!! They are AWESOME!!


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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Paper Craft Crew - PCC #252

Twice in one week??? And it's ONLY WEDNESDAY!!! Holy SMOKES!! New catalog goodies have been VERY helpful in motivating me to stamp something!! YAY ME!!! Paper Craft Crew is at it again! This week we are SKETCHING!!!

Pocketful of Sunshine??? WHAT??? How can you NOT fall in love with a stamp set called "Pocketful of Sunshine"??? I made the pocket have a little more of a "denim" look by dragging my Marina Mist inkpad across the paper from the top down and then from the bottom up ... does that make sense??? Anyway, I like how it came out!

Stamps: Pocketful of Sunshine
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Real Red, Gold Foil
Ink: Basic Black, Night of Navy, Marina Mist, Versamark
Accessories: Pocket Framelits Dies, Mini Treat Bags Framelits (for sentiment), Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon, Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Corner Rounder Punch, Clear Embossing Powder











I love me a great sketch!!










Here's a link to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge so you can play along:

Paper Craft Crew #252

I have aNOTHER wedding this Friday. My "other" daughter (my daughter's just bestie ... she's been like one of my own since they were littles!)! There have been SOOOO many weddings in my universe this past year. Holy COW!! All of the "kids" from my kids' childhood are tying the knot ... I am NOT old!!

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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Monday Montage #97

I love summer! I love being outside ... I love spending time with my family! We had an AWESOME weekend up at our family's condo at Bear Lake (on the border of Utah and Idaho). We ate, played games, jet skied, swam, ate some more, played croquet and just enjoyed being together!! And to top it off, I got to STAMP something!! Pretty perfect weekend, I'd say!! So now it's time to see what the Monday Montage girls are up to. Great idea, don't ya think??

I have NEVER-EVER been able to resist a stamp set with citrus in it. And I mean NEVER!! Whenever I see one, I try to talk myself out of it ... "do I really NEED another citrus stamp set??" The answer is YES!!! Duh!!! This one is particularly fun because it has a super-duper cute PUNCH that goes with it!! I'm in citrus HEAVEN!!

Stamps: Lemon Zest
Paper: Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Lemon Lime Twist, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Lemon Builder Punch, Happy Birthday Thinlits Die, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon

It has been SOOOO hot outside. Which means it is VERY hard for me to go running (and I hate that!!)!! I have TWO races at the end of August ... and I need to be able to stay in shape for that. Is there ANY way you can run without getting hot??? If you have any answers, let me know!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... summer fun at its finest!!


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Sunday, July 2, 2017

Monday Montage #96

JULY??? How is that even POSSIBLE??? Didn't we just celebrate the coming in of the New Year??? Sheesh!! I FINALLY got a new catalog order ... and I wanted to order about TEN TIMES more than I actually did! So here is my first "new catty" card, just in time for this week's Monday Montage!


OHMYGOSH!!! This set has a NARWAHL!!! AND A SLOTH!!! I think it's caaaaaYOOOOT!!! It's going to get a LOT of use at my house, that's for SURE!! And the new In Colors??? SOOOOO much more gabby in person than in photos!!! I think I'm in love ...

Stamps: Quirky Critters
Paper: Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink, Crumb Cake, Watercolor
Ink: Basic Black, Tranquil Tide, Powder Pink
Accessories: Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Circle Framelits, White Accents, Silver 1/8" Ribbon, Corner Rounder Punch

This is going to be a fun week! I LOVE getting together with family on holidays (or for ANY day!) ... food, laughter and FIREWORKS for the 4th of July!! BEST part about summer, right???

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... you will LOVE what that have to share!


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Monday, June 5, 2017

Monday Montage #94

Summer feels like it is already here!!! The temperatures have been SOOOO warm here! I actually turned on the air conditioner over the weekend. And the summer movie season has already started!! I've already seen "Guardians of the Galaxy" and "Wonder Woman" ... which brings me to today's card for Monday Montage ...


I have always been a little, well ... obsessed with Wonder Woman. After all, we have the SAME FREAKIN' INITIALS, right???? I LOVED the movie!!! So I made a shield and wrapped it in the "lasso of truth" ... couldn't help myself!!

Stamps: Rotary Alphabet
Paper: Tempting Turquoise, Crumb Cake, Red Glimmer, Gold Foil, Whisper White
Ink: Night of Navy
Accessories: Lucky Stars Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Small Star Punch, Circles Framelits Dies, Gold Baker's Twine

LOTS going on this week!! The newlyweds came over on Sunday and opened all of their gifts. That was REALLY fun!!! We filled the back of their car to the CEILING!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... always great stuff going on with BOTH of them!!


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Friday, May 26, 2017

Fab Friday #113

Fe-fi-fo-fum ... messes all around and they are NO fun!!! I am struggling to get motivated to clean my house. NOT kidding. I think I have piles in EVERY room. I kinda hate it!! But, apparently, not enough to jump in with full force!! I feel the change coming ... and every time I try to stamp or create I feel like I need to get a GRIP on my life! I wanna stamp for REALS, people!! I need to order some new catalog stuff ... then I will feel more of a motivation to clean up the chaos!! YIKES!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Whisper White, Smoky Slate, Pear Pizzazz, Perfect Plum, Rose Red, Blushing Bride
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Spring Flowers Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Square Punch, Window Box Thinlits Dies, Silver Thread, Wooden Heart









Simple, but FUN!!











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

Lucky for me, I don't work today or Memorial Day ... or even the day AFTER Memorial Day!!! I consider myself VERY lucky!!!

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Sunday, May 21, 2017

Monday Montage #93


And so it goes ... the LAST blog post I made was for Monday Montage THREE WEEKS ago!! SHEESH!! The wedding has come and gone ... it was a GORGEOUS day!! Things could NOT have gone more amazingly!!! So I feel it is ABOUT TIME that I shared the wedding invites with all y'all ...



I'm gonna be honest ... I do NOT "copy" cards/crafty things from people ... like NEVER (I used to do it WAAAYYYY back in the day when I first started stamping ... we're talking about the early 1990's here, people!)!!! HOWEVER ... when my daughter sent me a link to a wedding invite she saw on Pinterest created by the ever-fabulous Heidi Swapp and said to me, "I'm pretty sure you don't have the stuff to do this, but I love it!" CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!!! Bwahahaha!!! So here is what I made ...

This is what the invite looked like from the front.  I used a Minc machine (which is basically a laminator).  The trick to this is to have the photo in the background NOT be created with TONER ... and for the wording to be printed WITH toner.  You with me so far??? I COULD have used a inkjet printer to do the photos (as suggested by Heidi Swapp on her blog for the invites that she created), but since this was for my daughter's WEDDING, for crying out loud.  I'm SUPER picky and did NOT want to have any printer "banding" visible at ALL in the photo.  I had a local printing service (Heath at MasterLab Photo in Murray, Utah) print out the photos for me.  They came out BEAUTIFULLY (also primarily due to the master photography of Christie Berube - Christie Q Photography).  The photos were printed at 7"x7".   After running the photos through my LASER printer for the wording, I THEN ran each photo through the Minc laminator with some rose gold foil.  In person these look absolutely GORGEOUS (if I do say so myself!!)!!



I created a fold using my Simply Scored tool to make a faint score line 2" from the right-hand side, so that the finished invite measures 5"x7" once it is folded.  I also used my handy-dandy corner rounder on all four corners (I used it once the invite was folded ... and just had to punch the corners on the far-right side by themselves ... does that make sense???)




I used the now-retired MDS (yeah, I am one of THOSE people who canNOT let go of it!!) to created the file with the wording on it ... made it VERY easy!

Here is what the invite looks like from the back side ... I ordered some rose gold spiral clips to hold the flap closed so I could put the special "invites" behind the flap created.  I was able to create the inserts using MDS as well ... and they were ALSO run through the Minc laminator with the rose gold foil.  Was SOOOOO grateful for my handy-dandy SU paper trimmer to get them cut JUST RIGHT!!
See???? Aren't they caYOOT??? I can't tell you how happy I was with how they turned out.  And Quinn and Amelia??? They kept looking at them and making comments like, "Look how cute we are!" and "These are SO classy looking!"  They made me smile BIG TIME about it!!!

Stamps: None
Paper: Photo Paper and 24 lb. White Coverstock
Ink: LaserJet Black
Fonts:  King Basil Lite (Script for Quinn & Amelia's names), Ginora Sans (for the remaining text)
Accessories: Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Simply Scored, Paper Trimmer, Rose Gold Spiral Paper Clips, My Digital Studio

I guess I have NO excuse to NOT clean up my house ... my craft room ... and the inside of my car, right???? Wedding is OVER!!! I think I need a trip to Disneyland ...

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... Brilliant-brilliant-BRILLIANT!!


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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Monday Montage #92

Marvelous Monday Montage!!! And I'm just about 12 days away from my daughter's wedding day!!! AAAAAaaaack!!! I will be SO happy to to the actual wedding day ... that way I will have done everything that can or WILL get done and I can just sit back and enjoy!! (Wait ... the sit back part is probably not until a couple of days AFTER the wedding is over ...)



I have been feeling in a SUPER creative black hole lately. I sit and stare at my craft supplies and WILL them to make themselves into something ... and they don't ... sigh. So I've been perusing the interwebz looking for something new. Or something old that LOOKS new. Which is where I came up with this nifty accordion fold card. I guess I have never seen this before! So it was very fun to make!

Stamps: Little Cuties
Paper: Whisper White, Calypso Coral, Tasty Treats  DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Botanical Buildings Thinlits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Pearl Basics, Mini Stapler

Just an observation ... WHY is it that the parents (ok, the MOM) of the bride does MOST of the work for the wedding ... and pays for most of the stuff for the wedding ... and the BRIDE gets to go on a VACATION when it's all said and done???? Seems kinda unfair, don't it???

In the mean time, click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... LOVELOVELOVE!!!


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Friday, April 28, 2017

Fab Friday #111

Happy Fab Friday, my friends!!! I have spent SO much time in my car the past several days! My daughter lives almost an hour away. And trying to do weddings stuffs with someone who is an hour away is not always the easiest of things. So I drive ... and drive and drive and drive. Now I need a NAP!!!

Here's my card for this week's sketch challenge. I didn't even end up putting ANY stamped images on it ... not ONE!!! Truth be told, I had to pick my daughter up at the train station VERY early this morning ... and this card was something I did on the fly (code for "in a hurry"). I didn't feel like it needed an actual sentiment, anyway!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Whisper White, Pool Party, Tasty Treats DSP
Ink: NONE!
Accessories: Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, White Jute Ribbon, Blushing Bride Sequin Trim









Pretty straight forward ...











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 shall now go and THINK about taking a nap whilst I am juggling cats and trying to clean my house, do laundry and work on wedding stuffs!

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Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Paper Craft Crew - PCC #241

Happy Paper Craft Crew Day!!! I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how much I "miss" doing my "several-times-a-week" paper crafting!! I am ever-so-thankful for my blog hop teams, like the Paper Craft Crew, who are keeping me with at least my little TOE in it!!! Wedding is less than three weeks away ... AAAAAAACK!!! THEN I can clean my house ... clean my crafty space ... and get back on some sorta "normal" schedule ... whatever the heck THAT means!!

I LUUUURRRRVE this little bumble bee!!! I mean, seriously??? Could he "bee" any cuter???? I think not!!! And then, of course, I also had to add the hexagon textured background ... because ... HONEYCOMB!!!! Spring is really happening!!! This was the longest freakin' winter of ALL TIME!!! I didn't think it was EVER going to give up!!! SHEESH!

Stamps: Lift Me Up
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Black, Neutrals DSP Stack, Silver Foil
Ink: Basic Gray
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits (I think these are my most FAVE framelits right now!), Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits, Gold Sequin Trim, Hexagons Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder











Great layout!!!










Here's a link to the Paper Craft Crew Challenge so you can play along:

Paper Craft Crew #241

Next step for the wedding??? Finishing up the cookies/boxes for wedding favors! I WILL get this DONE!!! And then I will take the longest nap of ALL TIME!!!

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