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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Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Mamas, Friends ... and Freaks!




Happy April, my friends!!! Welcome to another go-round with the Control Freaks!!! This month we are making projects that you can give to your mother or to a friend.  LeeAnn Greff ... did you just come from her blog???? She can mail me her projects ANY time!!

Remember SEVERAL years back when these double-fold cards were all the rage??? Don't know WHAT made me think of these as I sat down to create ... but I decided I wanted to make some ... because they are so much fun!!!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Melon Mambo, Pink Pirouette, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Early Expresso
Accessories: Woodlands Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Botanical Buildings Thinlits Dies, Project Life Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread
Here's the same sort of card ... just flipped horizontally.  I had forgotten how much I loved making this style of card "back in the day" ... it was great to revisit ...

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Whisper White, Early Espresso, Peekaboo Peach, Pear Pizzazz
Ink: Early Expresso
Accessories: Woodlands Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Botanical Buildings Thinlits Dies, Project Life Tags & Labels Thinlits Dies, Linen Thread, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon

Next up???  ... my brilliant friend, Cindy Elam!! She makes the most beaUTIFUL things, doesn't she???

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Fab Friday #110

This is, quite possibly, the world's QUICKEST and SHORTEST blog post (at least from me!)!! Welcome to Fab Friday! I'm in the midst of trying to get wedding announcements finished and out the door. So without any further ado ...

Here's my card ...

Stamps: Little Cuties
Paper: Whisper White, Old Olive, Carried Away DSP, Tasty Treats DSP
Ink: Calypso Coral
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Project Life Corner Rounder, Pool Party Ribbon









And here's the pretty color combo I used to create 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

And here's me signing off and wishing y'all a HAPPY EASTER (or a HAPPY WEEKEND!)!!! Ta-taaaa!!!

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Paper Craft Crew - PCC #239

Well, well, well!!! Would ya LOOKIE here!!! I am blogging!!! I am ACTUALLY BLOGGING!! I feel like I am SO out of the loop!!! I am still busily working on my daughter's wedding stuff ... something that is taking a LOT of time! I'm enjoying it, but it's sucking up ALL my extra time (if there even IS such a thing in my universe!!)!!! Thank goodness for the Paper Craft Crew and their challenges!!! They have given me a REASON to create!!

Spent a good portion of Tuesday morning at the florists. We were looking at #alltheflowers. Don't you just LOVE the smell of fresh flowers???? I know I do! Which is what inspired me to make my card for this week's challenge ... which was to use some sort of metal embellishment ... but I was thinking FLOWERS!!!

Stamps: Beautiful You
Paper: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Pink Pirouette, Rich Razzleberry, Watercolor
Ink: Basic Black, Watercolor Pencils (Rich Razzleberry)
Accessories: May Flowers Framelits, Mini Treat Bag Thinlits, Mini Paper Clips, Bermuda Bay Sequin Trim, Falling Petals Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, Aqua Painter









Easy enough, right???









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

Paper Craft Crew #239

So here I go again ... I will be back in the trenches (after I get off work, of course) working on finishing up wedding announcements!!! I NEED to have them out by this weekend!!! YIKES!!!

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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Monday Montage #91


Beautiful weekend ... beautiful weather ... and another beautiful Monday Montage Blog Hop!!! What could be better??? Except for the fact that I realized TODAY that I have to have all of my daughter's wedding invites done and ready for the mail in TEN DAYS!!! AAAAAAACCCCKKKK! I'm ok ...

Need to confess a truth ... again ... I STILL haven't put my craft room back together since the Great Christmas Flood of 2016. Every time I walk in and look at it I think to myself, "Nah!!! I'll do it LATER!" It is something that REALLY needs to happen. But I have decided that because my daughter's wedding is coming SO quickly, I need to focus all me energies on THAT. THEN maybe I can worry about cleaning and reorganizing!!! In the meantime, I made this little beauty ...

Stamps: Oh So Succulent
Paper: Whisper White, Neutrals DSP, Melon Mambo, Vellum
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: May Flowers Framelits Dies, Project Life Corner Rounder Punch, White Organza Ribbon, Pearl Basics

And I haven't been to Disneyland since NOVEMBER!!! I am having SERIOUS withdrawal pains!!! I know ATW (after the wedding), my sister-in-law and I are planning to go ... and Bree (my bestie who is up NEXT on this blog hop) and I have signed up for the Disneyland "Double Dare" at the first of September (a 10K on one day, followed by a half marathon the next!)!!! We are already talking COSTUMES!!! One of the races has a "Toy Story" theme ... and the other one has a "Monsters Inc." theme ... I can't WAIT!!

In the mean time, click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Bree Renwick ... these girls got it going ON!!


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Friday, March 31, 2017

Fab Friday #109

Wait a minute ... what day is it??? What MONTH is it?? How is it even POSSIBLE that I sneezed a couple of times and we are nearly into APRIL? And speaking of APRIL ... who ELSE is obsessed with watching that dang giraffe and her partner, Oliver, pace around their enclosures whilst waiting for her to pop out that baby giraffe???? She's gonna have it TOMORROW ... APRIL FOOL'S DAY ... just because her name is April ... and perhaps only FOOLS spent so much of their time watching live video of giraffes pooping ... but I digress

This card was so simple and fun! I LOVE this DSP!! Tasty Treats Specialty DSP! The photo isn't showing it well, but those cute little strawberries are EMBOSSED ... and SHINY! So cute!

Stamps: Designer Tee (SAB)
Paper: Whisper White, Tasty Treats DSP, 6x6 Glimmer Paper Assortment Pack, Whisper White
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: Sealed With Love Embellishments, Pear Pizzazz Ribbon (long ago retired!)









I did this card in 15 minutes (which is something I NEVER do!)! This sketch was easy AND 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

Taxes, inventory, spring cleaning, wedding planning ... this shall be another busy weekend. I'm just hoping that it is productive as well. I already need a nap ... which is NOT a good sign!

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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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