Friday, July 19, 2019

Freakin' Simple to Stepped Up!





What a crazy summer already!!! Since so many of our Control Freaks members were Incentive Trip earners (they spent a glorious time on a Grecian Isle Cruise!), we have been a little MIA!! NEVER FEAR!! We are BACK ... and this month we are Steppin' It Up! The Marvelous Melissa Davies is at it again ... so much inspiration, right???

I've been playing with Stampin' Up's stamps for close to 18 years (which is amazing considering I am still only 27!!). Every dang time they come out with some sort of "veggie" set I am SUCKED IN!!! I love fruit and veggie images. SOOOO MUCH! It must be the California Girl in me ... I could NOT resist this beautiful little avocado! In this "simple" version of my card today, I just stamped everything straight down. Even though I didn't layer the pit of the avocado by fussy cutting it and sticking it on with a dimensional, I still gave this card some depth with the rectangles of different colored cardstock and vellum. It came together really quickly, and the entire sentiment is placed in one cute little chubby rectangle.

Stamps: Garden Goodness, Band Together (for the avocado leaves), Birch
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Vellum
Ink: Mellow Moss, Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder, Sahara Sand 5/8" Woven Threads Trim

When I started to "step it up" I just couldn't stop myself!!! I was inspired to make this background from my dear and talented friend, Elizabeth Price. The background was stamped and then run through my BigShot using the Subtle embossing folder. (Seriously, y'all ... if you don't own this one yet, you NEED it! PRONTO!!) The "shiplap" look of the background was created by cutting the background Birch image into five different strips (and no ... they are NOT even ... I obviously can't count ... but I like how it turned out anyway!)! Then, I used a spritzer with a handful of Crumb Cake ink dropped into it. I spritzed each of the pieces, then used my aqua painter and some Mellow Moss ink to add the green bits sporadically on the strips I had already cut. Lastly, I ran my fingernail along the upper and lower edges of each strip and all edges of the Mellow Moss panel to give it a more worn look ... and to allow the Soft Suede cardstock to peek through the panels as grout. This time I not only fussy cut the leaves, but also the avocado itself, as well as the pit of the avocado. I wish you could see the depth and texture of this in person ... it is SO fun! 

Stamps: Garden Goodness, Band Together (for the avocado leaves), Budding Borders, Birch
Paper: Soft Suede, Whisper White, Mellow Moss, Vellum
Ink: Mellow Moss, Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder, Sahara Sand 5/8" Woven Threads Trim, Metallic Pearls


Next up???  ... Magnificent Melissa Stout!! I'm in between a MELISSA SANDWICH!! (I have done this before ... and it's a privilege to be between these two talented ladies!)

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Fab Friday #168

True confessions time ... I bought myself a Stamparatus as soon as I could get my hands on one. I even "preordered" it before Stampin' Up even had them in stock! And I have hardly ever used it at ALL!! I even couldn't find where I had stored it for a while (I put it someplace that made "sense" ... someplace really "safe"). I promptly forgot where that was. Now that I have found it, I decided I needed to play with it!

The Stamparatus was the PERFECT tool to put this background together using the "Budding Borders" stamp set. I think I can't believe it has taken me THIS LONG to get it together and use it! YAY ME!!! It's FABULOUS!!

Stamps: Budding Borders, Capture the Good (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Bermuda Bay, Pacific Point
Accessories: Stitched Nested Labels Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Bermuda Bay 1/4" Mini Striped Ribbon, Whisper White Solid Baker's Twine, Stamparatus









Bright and beautiful!!!











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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

I hope to be able to do some hiking/running this weekend ... but who knows??? Weekends usually come and go so quickly that I will just have to wait and see!
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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Pretty Little Cupcake

I almost didn't even get to make this card. After receiving my new box of goodies last week, I quickly tucked the items away (sorta) where they belonged because I was working on another HUGE project and had things strewn hither and yon around my craft room.

Knowing what I had ordered (and presumably tucked away), I knew I wanted to play with this "Wish For It All" bundle. Until I could NOT find the dies. I mean ... ANYwhere!!! I looked in my paper hanging files, through my dies, through my new stamps ... NADA. I looked again and AGAIN. I went and checked my order to make SURE I had order the "bundle" and not just the stamp set (because experience tells me I HAVE done THAT before!). Nope. I ordered the bundle. So I looked ... again and again. I was all set to call Stampin' Up the next morning to say that I had never received the dies. And then I looked through my stamps again. And THERE THEY WERE ... stacked between two stamp sets just minding their own business!!! They had been there all along and I had somehow missed them every dang time!! Sheesh!!! I must be losin' it ....

So here is what I made when I finally got my act together!

Stamps: Wish For It All
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Petal Pink, Lovely Lipstick, Subtles DSP
Ink: Lovely Lipstick
Accessories: Doily Wishes Dies, Trio Corner Punch, Lovely Lipstick Grosgrain Ribbon, Ovals Dies

We are already heading into another busy and crazy weekend. Honestly, how DOES the time zip by so quickly in the summer???? I have NO idea ... but it'll be Monday again before ya know it ... SIGH ...

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Sunday, July 14, 2019

Monday Montage #143

We are back to Monday ... again ... how on EARTH is it possible that the weekends go by SO QUICKLY and the weekdays often seem to drag on by??? This past week was packed ... every single day and every single minute! Is it possible for hair to be tired??? If it is, then my hair is exhausted!!! The best part of being back to Monday is that the Monday Montage girls are at it again!!

I was inspired to make this particular card by one made by fellow Monday-Montager and my BFF, Bree Renwick. She cut strips of black and white cardstock for the background and used the lovely daisy punches to make the focal points, so I decided I wanted to go somewhere in that direction as well!! The smaller strips on this card are 3/4" ... the largest strip behind the sentiment panel is about 2 1/4". I mounted all the strips onto a piece of Whisper White cardstock - which was 4"x5". Then I ran the whole background through my Big Shot with the Tufted embossing folder. I LOVE the combination of Night of Navy and Petal Pink ... the colors just pop off of one another, don't they???

Stamps: Band Together
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Petal Pink, Mellow Moss
Ink: Night of Navy, Mellow Moss
Accessories: Detailed Bands Dies, Daisy Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Tufted Embossing Folder

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
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

What do you guys do when you want to change up your diet? I don't really want to go on a strict "diet" per se, but I need to do something different. My metabolism has taken a complete nosedive over the past 5-10 years. It STINKS!!! I need to do something to shake it up a bit!! DRAT!! Aging is NOT for wimps!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... with all the new goodies in this' year's catalog, these two are coming up with a LOT of FANTASTIC stuff!!
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Friday, July 12, 2019

Here Come the Elephants!

Oh BABY-BABY!!! These elephants are SOOOO STINKIN' CUTE!!! They just make me happy! And I couldn't think of anything more adorable to use for my grandniece's first birthday! This last year has just WHIZZED by!!

I used the sample photo in this year's catalog as inspiration for this card ... I flipped the orientation and added a few things to make it more my own. Don't ya just LOVE finding something that inspires you in your craftiness??? I know that I do for SURE!!

I cheated a little bit on this and used the now-retired Smoky Slate gingham ... I just couldn't HELP myself because it was the PERFECTO match for this card.  You could actually use the gingham DSP and create the same look.  Cut it about 3/8" and accordion fold it about halfway across.

Stamps: Little Elephant
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride, Smoky Slate, Neutrals DSP, Vellum
Ink: Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Elephant Builder Punch, Smoky Slate Gingham Ribbon (retired), Corrugated Embossing Folder, Large Numbers Dies (also retired! Sorry guys!)

We are doing a Young Eagles Rally tomorrow with some of our airplane friends. Basically, it's where pilots donate their planes, time and fuel to give free rides to kids between the ages of 8-18. It's fun for the kids, it's fun for the pilots ... and it's even fun for the support crew (of which I am a part!)! I have been making t-shirts to sell for the kids ... so I have spent ALL my "free" time this past week putting those together (I have made 60 of them!)!! Hoping the forecast stays the same and that we will have sunny skies! Have a GREAT weekend!

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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

DYNO-MITE!!!!

Ever have those Wednesdays that FEEL like a Monday??? You DO???? Oh man ... ME TOO!!! I'm TOTALLY having one already today, and it's not even lunch time!!! It could be MUCH worse ... at least I'm not sick or anything!!

How I wish I had had this whole dang AMAZING Dino Days Suite of things when my boys were littles ... especially my oldest! He was OBSESSED with dinosaurs ... and I DO mean OBSESSED!!! These little guys are SOOOO cute and SOOOO much fun to make!! I used the basic outline die and cut out in one color ... then I did the top layer using the same die in a coordinating color ... then I used the smaller dies to cut out the "dots" and "ridges".  I wish you could see the dimension I got with the Layered Leaves Embossing Folder ... it's really RAWRSOME!  I HATED to have to cut off bits and pieces of my adorably-assembled dinos ... HOWEVER ...

Stamps: Dino Days
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick, Pretty Peacock, Pool Party
Ink: Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick, Pretty Peacock, Pool Party
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Dino Dies, Layered Leaves Embossing Folder, Googly Eyes


. . . I was able to use them on THIS card!! The little face/neck of the little guy in the bottom-right corner was just staring at me from my desktop and I just couldn't DARE throwing him out!!! I added the googly eyes I had on hand to give them a little more life!!

Stamps: Dino Days, Crackled Background
Paper: Whisper White, Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick, Pretty Peacock, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Ink: Mango Melody, Lovely Lipstick, Pretty Peacock, Pool Party, Soft Suede, Old Olive
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Dino Dies, Googly Eyes

And just like that I am signed up for TWO more running events this month ... a 10K and a half marathon (which are within three days of each other!)! Running them with some of my fellow Huntsman Heroes, so they will be EPIC no matter how I do!! Have a lovely Wednesday (and remind yourself that it's NOT Monday!)

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Friday, July 5, 2019

Fab Friday #167

As you are reading this, I am probably lounging on the beach or in the hot tub up at Bear Lake ... my ABSOLUTE happy place!! But Fab Friday goes on!! We have some very FUN creations by the Fab Friday Crew this week ... the sketch is SOOOO darling!

Here I am with the gingham DSP again ... this time from the Regals pack. Flowers, butterflies and gingham ... pretty fun to put them all together! The Tasteful Backgrounds dies/stamps are A-MAZ-ING!! I am going to be using these SO DANG MUCH!

Stamps: Well Said
Paper: Purple Posy, Highland Heather, Whisper White, Vellum, Regals DSP, Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Ink: Highland Heather
Accessories: Arts& Crafts Dies,Word Wishes Dies, Tasteful Backgrounds Dies, Butterfly Duet Punch, 1/2" Circle Punch, Classic Label Punch









This is cute, isn't it??











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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

Hope that you all are spending time this weekend with family or friends or BOTH! I'm going to need to find me some potato salad ... it's my FAVORITE picnic/bbq food! The 4th of July just isn't the same without it!
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Thursday, July 4, 2019

Happy Amazing Birthday, America!

Oh how I LOVE the summer!! Sunshine, barbecues, outdoor activities ... and trips to Bear Lake!!! Lucky for us our "condo week" this month happens to fall on the 4th of July! I love spending time with the family up at the lake ... playing endless rounds of croquet and Settlers of Cataan, swimming in the lake, napping on the beach under an umbrella whilst trying to read a book, sitting in the hottub or swimming pool, getting fresh raspberry shakes. It's one of the best things I am blessed to be able to do with my family every year. And I can't WAIT!

I had the idea for this card swimming around in my head for a week or two. I just KNEW I wanted to do variegated colors in a patriotic theme. I inked up my sponge daubers and tapped them onto the image - Lovely Lipstick at the top edge, Crumb Cake across the middle and Blueberry Bushel across the bottom. And can I say how much I am IN LOVE with the color family packs of Designer Series Paper??? I wish I could have about TEN sheets of each color in the gingham pattern - it's my FAVORITE!!

Stamps: Everything Amazing
Paper: Whisper White, Brights DSP, Neutrals DSP
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Crumb Cake, Blueberry Bushel, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Sahara Sand Woven Threads Trim, Trio Corner Punch

Somehow I am going to have to fit a "Stranger Things" Netflix binge-marathon into this weekend as well. I have been waiting for a LOOOOONG time for season three to come out (as have many, MANY of my friends and family members!)! It's going to be a GREAT holiday ... Happy Independence Day, America!!

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Sunday, June 30, 2019

Monday Montage #142

'Tis the season to be patriotic, right??? Welcome to Monday Montage, my friends!! I'm so glad I had this card made ahead of time ... this past week has been SOOOOO super busy!! Between work, helping my mom with getting new flooring put in at her condo, helping my oldest child with their move and trying to keep on top of things at home I am going CRAZY!! To top it all off ... I have had a headache for about a dang month ... seriously??? I'm ready for it to be over!!

Although this isn't actually an Independence Day card ... this colors are correct, aren't they??? I showed this to Cheryl Curtis (my BFF who is also a member of our Monday Montagers) and she said, "That looks SOOO 80's! Reminds me of Max Headroom!" HAHAHAHAHA!!! If you are too young to know to what she was referring, go and GOOGLE it!!! SO funny!! I LOVE this DSP! I'm going to be making a LOT of fun things with it!!

Stamps: Capture the Good
Paper: Whisper White, Pacific Point, Poppy Parade, See A Silhouette DSP
Ink: Pacific Point, Black
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Circle Punches, Square Layering Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder, Trio Corner Punch, 1/4" Metallic Striped Ribbon (sorry!! I thought this ribbon carried over, but it is now RETIRED!)

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
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

In the past week I have signed up for TWO more races (I must be crazy, right???)! They are during the SAME WEEK at the end of July ... one is only a 10K, but the other is a half marathon. I'm pretty sure my ankle should be good by then! Sigh ... I hate hate hate it when I sprain my ankle!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... their stuff is GOOD-GOOD-GOOD!!!
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Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Because I Knew You ...

Sigh ... my heart is heavy. My dear, sweet, kind, amazing, funny, generous and all-around amazing friend and next-door neighbor died last Wednesday. I have known Bert and his wonderful family for close to 35 years. My husband has enjoyed him as a next-door neighbor for his entire life (as we purchased his childhood home from his parents in 1990). Where do I begin??? Anything I tried to say or write here would not be even close enough to an adequate tribute to a man who has been more than just our neighbor. He has been a second dad to both of us. He has been the fun granddad to our kids. He has been an example of what it means to be Christlike. He was lighthearted, happy ... and FUNNY!! He knew more bad dad jokes than any other human being I have ever met!!! He was the king of water fights ... I can't even begin to say how much I ALREADY miss him shouting over the backyard fence at me ... "Yo, Wendy! This is your neighbor, Bert!" He was truly one of the best people I have ever known. He taught me through example, quiet wisdom and unconditional love. The hole in my heart is SO huge. I am by far not the only one who feels this at his passing. His incredible family are just about as close as a family can be ... and they feel his absence with immeasurable weight. The neighborhood, our church congregation, our community ... none of us will be the same without him ... but we are all better people for having known him.

I spent most of the day last Thursday making this floral wreath as a tribute to our Bert. It hardly seems enough, but I wanted to give his beautiful wife, Violet, some flowers that would last more than a week ... and that would convert some of the love I have in my heart for their entire family. I used some new things and some old things to put this together, and it still doesn't seem enough.

Stamps: None
Paper: Mint Macaron, Soft Sea Foam, Pear Pizzazz, Rich Razzleberry, Smoky Slate, Mango Melody, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow, Pool Party, Highland Heather, Purple Posy, Whisper White, Festive Farmhouse DSP (retired)
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Flirty Flamingo, Pear Pizzazz, Highland Heather
Accessories: Magnolia Memories Dies, Succulent Dies (retired), Halloween Night Enamel Dots (retired) Leaf Punch, Sprig Punch, Pearl Accents, Linen Thread, 12"x12" shadow box, Cricut and vinyl (for sentiment)

'Til we meet again, my dear friend and Disney buddy, Bert. We all felt so much love and kindness from you. And because I knew you, I have been changed for good.

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Sunday, June 16, 2019

Monday Montage #141

What an incredible and crazy weekend I had!! Holy COW!! Is it possible for one person to get heat exhaustion AND sprain their ankle TWICE in the same 24-hour period??? Why, YES ... YES IT IS!!! But more on that later ... right now it's time to see what the Monday Montage girls are up to!! We are a little short staffed this week, as we have had a handful of friends who were making quite merry for Father's Day and such!


My father in law has impeccable taste. And he is better at what he does than just about anyone I know. Over 40 years ago he started his own business. Having apprenticed with a upholsterer in Germany as a young man, he honed his craft and his natural ability for shape, design, style and color. I can honestly say that there is no one else on the planet who can do what he does as well as he does it. He and has sons have built a wonderful business that has a stellar reputation and can handcraft the most exquisite furniture.

Having said all that ... a-hem ... I tried to make a card worthy of his taste. He is also a master appraiser of fine art. While this card is FAR from what I would consider any sort of "fine art" ... I did make an attempt at watercoloring my images. Basically I stamped and off-stamped each image and then used an aqua painter to kinda blend everything together. Even if it's not perfect (or even close), when I showed it to my husband he said, "How did you DO that??" Hahaha!! Like, REALLY?? Does he now know by now that I am AMAZING and AWESOME and can do #allthethings??? Bwahahahahaha!! That's what I keep telling myself!! Not really ... but this card was fun to make at least!

Stamps: Waterfront, Tasteful Textures (which I used to add a little something to the water), Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Mellow Moss, Watercolor
Ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, Highland Heather, Garden Green, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Classic Label Punch, 5/8" Burlap Ribbon

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 - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I joined a team with 11 of my friends for the Wasatch Back Ragnar Relay race this past Friday and Saturday. This was my fourth Ragnar race. They are done at different venues all over the country. I am lucky to live in Utah where this race originated, as the Wasatch Back was the very FIRST one. Suffice it to say that I ended my running season with kind of a whimper ... I came down with heat exhaustion after my first leg (which was only 4.4 miles). I felt SOOOO good when I started. My first mile was completed in 9 minutes 28 seconds ... which is STELLAR for me if I am NOT running downhill!!! The entire leg felt like it was slightly uphill. Anyway ... I knew I was in trouble around mile 3 (it was 80 degrees and I was running mostly on asphalt). Just let me tell ya that heat exhaustion is NO JOKE, my friends. I was able to finish the leg, but had an average heart rate of 169bpm and my body temp was WAY above normal. Luckily for me, I had some AWESOME teammates and had a medic helping me out within no time! My second leg, which began at about 2:10am and was 8.3 miles long, was a BEAUTIFUL run. I spent a good portion of it running along Echo Reservoir. The view with the moon sparkling on the water was FANTASTIC!! Alas, since it was a trail run the terrain was a bit uneven. And in spite of wearing a headlamp, I managed to step in a little hole and make a spectacular "graceful" fall to the ground (according to the runner behind me) whilst twisting my ankle. I finished the run. I was frustrated with myself, but vowed to finish my last leg, which was scheduled for about 1:15pm on Saturday. We were able to grab a 3-hour nap while we were waiting for the second half of our team to finish their legs. I slept like the DEAD those 3 hours. It felt so good. But my ankle was cranky. And, as happens in these relay races, my start time was bumped to about 1:45pm. It was another hot day. My last leg was 5 miles. DANGIT! I wet down my hair and wrapped my head in a cold and wet buff and off I went. My ankle was cranky. Did I mention that already??? I ended up somewhere between a quick walk and a slow jog. I was VERY aware of my temperature, and my teammates were being SUPER cautious and keeping a close eye on me. The good news is that I FINISHED! The not-as-good news is that it took me an hour and 18 minutes to complete five stinkin' miles!! SHEESH. And to top it all off, as the rest of my teammates and I were waiting for our last teammate to finish the very last leg so that we could all run to the finish together (another fun tradition of this type of race), I was a little over confident in my ankle's ability to hold me together whilst running through the grass that last 100 feet. Everyone was so excited and running at a pretty steady clip. In normal "Wendy" fashion, I rolled my ankle AGAIN and basically rolled my way toward the finish line. A couple of the guys on my team ended up carrying me across. How EMBARRASSING!!! But I can say I feel exceptionally blessed to have been surrounded by so many wonderful people. We laughed ourselves silly through the entire 28-hour journey. And we all raised a mess of money for cancer research. And we all like each other. And we all ate a ridiculous amount of junk food in the vans while we were driving from exchange to exchange. I even had a Coke slurpee and red vines for breakfast on Saturday. So there's that ...

THAT was a saga, wasn't it???

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... check out their beautiful creations!! And I DO mean BEAUTIFUL!!

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Thursday, June 13, 2019

Boyhood Dreams

SQUUUUEEEEEEE!!!!! New goodies are in da HOUSE, my friends!!! OhBoyOhBoyOhBoy!!! It's SOOOOOO amazing!!! What's NOT to love about having new and beautiful things to play with and with which I can create???? NOT A THING!!

This set ... holyCOW!! The image of the little boy imagining with the airplane??? Yep!! That's my hubby, alright!!! He has had a love for airplanes since he was but a wee lad ... and having taken TEN YEARS to build his very own airplane, I still see visions of that little boy when ANY sort of airplane flies overhead. It's wonderful to see!!! So this card is going to be HIS for Father's Day!

Stamps: Silhouette Scenes
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Gray Granite, Silver Glimmer DSP
Ink: Black, Wink of Stella (which is hard to see in this photo, but the silhouetted little boy is sparkling all over the place!)
Accessories: Sweet Silhouette Dies, Heirloom Frames Dies and 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Subtle Embossing Folder

Still working on the aftermath of the flood at my mama's condo ... flooring peeps, plumbing peeps and insurance peeps ... ugh ... what a joy!! I'm hopeful that by this time next week we will have it all worked out!! TOMORROW is Ragnar Wasatch Back ... it's grueling, exhausting and exhilarating all at the same time. I can't WAIT!
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Wednesday, June 12, 2019

Roses are SOMETIMES Red ...

As I was sitting lasting night (im)patiently waiting for my box of new Stampin' Up goodies to arrive (which are due to come TODAY), I decided to make a card to get the bee out of my bonnet!! So ... having borrowed this lovely "To a Wild Rose" suite from my bestie, Cheryl, it was time to get to work!

I feel like I had about 12-14 different stamp pads open on my table! I was trying every possible color combo that I could think of!! And trying them AGAIN ... because, of course, the ink looks mui-different when it dries, right??? I finally settled on this Blushing Bride/Melon Mambo combo (hahaha ... I like how that sounds!)!! I cut smaller versions of the rose out by hand so that I could layer them for maximum 3D effect. What do ya think??

Stamps: To a Wild Rose
Paper: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing Bride, Melon Mambo, Night of Navy
Accessories: Wild Rose Dies, 3/8" Denim Ribbon, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Frosted Epoxy Droplets

Since my mama had ANOTHER flood in her condo last Friday, I am dealing with insurance adjusters, carpet/flooring people and plumbers. UGH!!! I HATE all the hoops that need to be jumped through!! YIKES!! I'm hoping we have it cleared up sooner rather than later!!!

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Monday, June 10, 2019

New Colors and Friends

What do you do when your hubby and your brother (who is visiting from out of town) sit down to watch various sports events AND Chuck Norris movies???? STAMP of course!! (And I'm not kidding about the Chuck Norris movie ... seriously??? Sheesh!)

I. Can't. Even. with this Purple Posy paper!!! This is just the most LOVELY shade of purple ... so-so-so much more lovely in person.  And while we are speaking of colors ... um ... Pretty Peacock anyone??? GAH!!! Honestly, y'all ... they are just SOOOOOO yummy!!! Speaking of yummy ... now I want a donut.  Which is GOOD since aforementioned brother has run to the store and promised to bring me back one!!! HOOOORAY for brothers!!

Stamps: Flourishing Phrases
Paper: Purple Posy, Whisper White, Vellum
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Purple Posy, Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Flourish Dies, Well Written Dies, Perennial Essence Floral Centers

Kenny (my bro) and I are going to do one (or both) of these things today ... perhaps remove my mom's toilet and install a new one (which sounds like OOOODLES of fun, yeah??) or go visit the local aquarium (there's a water theme here ... can ya feel it???).  Either way, it should be a day full of ADVENTURE!
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Sunday, June 9, 2019

You Are My Sunshine!

What a lovely weekend this has been!! The skies are blue and the sun is shining (even though it is a bit more chilly - 61 degrees - than I would expect for the first week of June!)! My big brother arrived in town to come to our family reunion (which was yesterday). Got to see lots of family I don't get to see nearly as often as I'd like ... ate good food ... walked my doggie. AND because my brother arrived about an hour before I got the phone call that there was a flood at my mom's condo on Friday, I had the BONUS of having him jump right in and help get things under control. I would call that a WIN, wouldn't you???

This card reflects how I am feeling about life in general today ... grateful for those around me who do so much and make my life so full of love and joy ... so full of SUNSHINE. I am truly blessed!

Stamps: Tropical Chic, Detailed with Love
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Follow Your Art DSP
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Tropical Dies, Frosted Epoxy Droplets

I am gearing up this week to do my last "official" event for the Huntsman Heroes team ... I will be running the Wasatch Back with a team of 11 other runners ... two days in a van with five other people ... sweaty, tired and FUN!!! Ragnar here I come!!!

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Friday, June 7, 2019

Fab Friday #165

It's FRIIIIIDAAAYYY! This has been the loooooongest week (one of those where you think it is a day later than it actually is .. .all week long!)!! But the good news?? It's FAB FRIDAY time!! Woot! Woot!! AAAAND my brother is coming in town today for a family reunion. I LOVE when he comes to visit ... and the family reunion on Saturday will be so much fun! I LOVE my family!!

Not gonna lie ... the dies that come with this stamp set are the caYOOTEST things EVER!! See the paper clip on this card??? Not really a REAL paper clip!! It's a DIE CUT!!! Isn't it ADORABLE??!?? A little foil paper and you are good to go!!

Stamps: It Starts With Art
Paper: Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Whisper White
Ink: Balmy Blue, Flirty Flamingo, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Tufted Embossing Folder, Arts & Crafts Dies, Stitched Shapes Dies, Rhinestone Basics








Pretty cool, yeah??









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

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Mindy Backes
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

It's also Birthday Season in the Weixler Household!! My 2nd son's birthday was yesterday (my daughter's was two weeks ago), and my oldest son has a birthday in a couple of weeks ... it feels like a party every dang week! Good excuse to get together and EAT things!!
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Sunday, June 2, 2019

Monday Montage #140



Here we are back with the Monday Montage crew again!! You guys ... seriously ... we have had SOMUCHRAIN here this spring ... every dang day!!! Rain, rain, rain ... it's SO wet! At least it makes for good stampin' weather!!

I have the most AWESOME next door neighbors. My husband and I bought his childhood home from his parents after we had been married for about five years ... and these neighbors have been like a second pair of parents to both of us. They are AMAZING.

Bert ... how much we LOVE LOVE LOVE him. He was diagnosed with cancer last summer. He has been putting up the GOOD fight. He is one of the most life-loving people I know. The treatments have been getting to him. When I saw him at church on Sunday I gave him a hug (as I have so often done ... usually he initiates them!) and asked him how he was feeling ... he said, "Not so good." It broke my heart. And he continues to fight the good fight ... he has one more round of treatments. We are ALL hopeful that he kicks this mean and rotten cancer back into the black hole from whence it came. I knew I wanted to make a card for him, so this is what I made. And it's not NEARLY good enough for him ...

Stamps: A Good Man
Paper: Soft Suede, Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Come Sail Away DSP
Ink: Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Smooth Sailing Dies, Tailored Tag Punch, Corrugated Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Linen Thread, Pearl Accents

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 - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

My doggie doesn't care if it's wet/rainy/windy/cold. She wants to go out for a walk every dang day no matter WHAT the weather is doing. So I have been doing my best to keep happy, regardless of how wet it makes me!!

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... I love EVERYthing they created!

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