Friday, October 13, 2017

Fab Friday #123

Woot! Woot!! for Fab Friday!! This has been a very looooonnnngg week!!! TGIF, baby!!! And tomorrow is SATURDAY!!! I have been needing me a Saturday for a while now!!! Playing with some paper was a good way for me to start off my weekend!

I never intentionally start off making something with the idea that I'm NOT gonna use ANY stamps!! Sometimes, it just happens! As is the case with this card ... I had a lot of stamps in mind that I was GONNA use, but it just didn't end up turning out that way!!

Stamps: None!
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Powder Pink, Blushing Bride Glimmer Paper
Ink: None!!!
Accessories:  Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Sunshine Wishes Thinlets Dies, Ruffled Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 7/8" Striped Ribbon, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Rhinestone Basics






I LOVE how simple this is ... and how many different directions you can take it!!








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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

Is there any way I can get an extra weekend in my weekend? I need to PLAN to have an entire WEEK where I have NOWHERE to go, and NOTHING to do except stay home and work on some of my homebody projects ... my house could use some SERIOUS spring/deep/Swedish death cleaning!!

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Monday Montage #102

This week has been QUITE the adventure!! And the colors of autumn are in full swing ... they are absolutely STUNNING and GORGEOUS!!!! So happy I had some new fall-themed "toys" to create with this week for Monday Montage!

Purple leaves??? Why YES!!! I am NOT kidding when I say I have seen just about EVERY color of leaf this past week on my outdoor adventures ... and also some SNOW!! But I'll get to that in a minute ...

Stamps: Colorful Season
Paper: Early Espresso, Very Vanilla, Berry Bliss, Sahara Sand, Wood Texture DSP
Ink: Sahara Sand, Berry Bliss, Early Espresso
Accessories: Layering Circle Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Pinewood Planks Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Seasonal Layers Thinlits Dies, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon

My hubby and I and a couple of our friends flew to Leadville, Colorado on Thursday. What in the HECK is in Leadville, Colorado, you ask??? It just so happens that the airport with the highest elevation of any airport in the US is there ... and when you are friends with and married to Airplane Geeks ... well, sometimes stuff like this just happens. Weather was cold but BEAUTIFUL when we landed. We went to breakfast at a great little small-town cafe. When we went back to the airport we were SURROUNDED by clouds and it started to SNOW!! What the HECK??? It's only the first week of OCTOBER!!! So, we were stranded over night until the weather cleared. It was a VERY chilly 26 degrees when we took off. The views of the mountains were spectacular ... and as we got closer to Salt Lake City the mountains were COVERED in an amazing display of autumnal magic!!! I'm getting up early tomorrow to go for a run. I LOVE the sights and smells of fall!

Click "Back" for Kaitlyn Zumbach and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... BEAUTIFUL projects by both of these ladies!




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Friday, September 29, 2017

Fab Friday #122

Welcome to another Fab Friday Challenge! I always really enjoy it when someone ELSE gives me an idea of where to start on a project ... and this week's color challenge is a GOOD one!!

Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Paper: Rich Razzleberry, Tranquil Tide, Very Vanilla
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Tranquil Tide, Cajun Craze
Accessories:  Soft Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, White Perfect Accents








So RICH and BEAUTIFUL, don't you think??









I am FINALLY starting to wrap my head around the changing of the seasons ... about 10 days ago it was over 90 degrees here in Salt Lake City ... then we dropped as low as the 30's, with highs in the 40's and 50's during the day. My mind/body are VERY confused. But this color challenge is helping me get in the mood for Fall!

Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

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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

Up for one of my very last challenges for this year's running season. Tomorrow morning I'm doing the Red Bull 400. What is the Red Bull 400, you ask?? Well, it's where a bunch of semi-crazy people pay MONEY to have the opportunity to run UP from the bottom of an Olympic Nordic Ski Jump ... and make it to the top within 15 minutes!! Hoping I survive!! As long as I don't fall off, I'll call that a WIN for ME! And I guess I'd like to FINISH in the time allotted so that they don't have to pull me off for being too slow!!

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Sunday, September 24, 2017

Monday Montage #101

It's raining, it's POURING ... and summer just SLAMMED straight into fall here in Utah!! Holy COW!!! It was 90 degrees last week and today it is in the 40's ... and it's been raining for two days straight. I LOVE rain! But I think my body/mind are in shock! Welcome to another episode of Monday Montage. I got some NEW goodies to play with, so I really enjoyed creating!

I totally love sunflowers!! I think sunflowers and daisies are my favorite flowers ... and like Meg Ryan says in "You've Got Mail" ... "don't you think daisies are the happiest flower?" I DO!!! And sunflowers are right up there in HappyLand with them!

Stamps: Painted Harvest, Eastern Medallions (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Sahara Sand, Berry Bliss, Tranquil Tide, Wood Texture DSP
Ink: Sahara Sand, Berry Bliss, Early Espresso
Accessories: Classic Label Punch, Layered Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon

I guess now I don't have any excuse to complain about how HOT it is for outside running ... I actually LOVE running in cooler temps ... but I do NOT love running in the RAIN!!! What's a girl to do???? I DO love the fall, though ... hopefully we won't get any snow in our yard this week ... there has been a TON in the mountains just east of us, so I'm crossing my fingers it STAYS there!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... I wanna be BOTH of them when I grow up!




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Friday, September 15, 2017

Fab Friday #121

Another Fab Friday is upon us!!! WOOT!! WOOT!!! Not gonna lie ... I am SO READY for the weekend!!! And guess what else??? The temperatures outside have dropped into the 70's!! It feels MAGICAL!!! I swear this has been one of THE HOTTEST summers I can remember. And rain ... yes, rain!!! THAT is happening today as well!!! SOOOO excited!

So ... in honor of it being FRIDAY ... and in honor of it being AWESOME outside ... THIS CARD!!! I think I have maybe only used this stamp set ONCE (or maybe not even at ALL!)!! How SHAMEFUL!!! But it is PERFECT for today's sketch!! It's the first thing that popped into my mind when I laid eyes on our inspiration ...

Stamps: Marvellous Marquis
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Silver Glimmer Paper
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories:  Soft Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits (Star Border), 1/8" Silver Ribbon









LOTS of possibilities with this baby!











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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 think I shall go outside and dance in the rain ... missing my sweet daughter who lives an hour away ... if she were here, she would come and do it WITH me!!

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Sunday, September 10, 2017

Monday Montage #100!!!

ONE HUNDRED!!! I can't BELIEVE this is Monday Montage #100!!!! How COOL is THAT???? These girls are A-MAZ-ING!!! I am still SO thrilled that they let me play with them ... I mean, I am STILL blown away with all the talent in this group!!

This card is a re-do of a RE-DO!!! Ya know when you have such a GREAT VISION of what you want to make IN YOUR HEAD ... and when you make it ya just look at it at go, "Meh ..."??? Well ... that's this card for me. I made it once ... took it apart ... made it again ... and this is my THIRD attempt!!! Not sure WHY I have struggled with this one, but this is the REVISED-REVISION ... and it's STAYING!!

Stamps: Daisy Delight
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, So Saffron, Wood Texture DSP
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Daisy Punch, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Hearth & Home Thinlits Dies, Night of Navy 1/2" Gingham Ribbon, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon, Mini Stapler

Bree Renwick and I did TWO races last weekend at Disneyland (10K and Half Marathon) ... not gonna lie ... they were BRUTAL because of the HEAT!!! It was 101 degrees with 44% humidity when we FINISHED that Half in the MORNING (started at about 5:45AM)!!! TOOO-TOOO hot!!! I did another half marathon just yesterday and it felt SOOOO much easier with the temps staring in the 60's ... pretty sure we are NOT gonna do a Disney Run again unless it is in JANUARY!!

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




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Friday, September 1, 2017

Fab Friday #120

Greetings from the Happiest Place On Earth (aka Disneyland!) ... and welcome to Fab Friday!!! We still have two days to go ... and a race to run on each day ... and we are ALREADY tired!! I'm here with my besties and fellow stampin' girl, Bree Renwick. We ran the Disneyland Half Marathon three years ago and decided to come back for MORE (so, we are doing both the Half AND the 10K - on separate days, of course!). Adventure awaits!!

The color combo for this week's Fab Friday Challenge made me think of all things groovy ... and the 70's ... which I remember ... which some of you do not ... because you weren't even BORN yet ... which is depressing ... but I digress ... I couldn't get the "Mystery Van" from "Scooby Doo" out of my head when I saw these colors. And I couldn't let the concept of flowers and grooviness pass me by! I got some happy goin' on RIGHT here!

Stamps: Daisy Delight
Paper: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Peekaboo Peach, Tranquil Tide, Diamond Dust Glimmer Paper
Ink: Tranquil Tide
Accessories:  Daisy Punch, Circle Framelits, Polka Dot Basics Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Simply Scored Board








Riiiiggghhhttt Onnnnn ...











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Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

Time to hop over to all things Disneyland ... slept like a ROCK after walking around the parks all day yesterday so I'm refueled and ready to go!

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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!











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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!!!











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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!!










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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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