Saturday, June 19, 2021

Freaks & New Catalog Goodies


I think I melted this week. Or at least parts of me have. I started wearing an orthopedic boot last Tuesday ... and it was a record high for the middle of June here in Salt Lake City ... 107 degrees!! And every day since then has been SO.DANG.HOT. I really need a pool in my backyard. Or a hot tub. Or both. I guess I will have to pull the kiddie pool (that we bought for my doggie) out and soak in that. At least I got the chance to play with some of my new catalog goodies for this month's Control Freaks Blog Tour!  Cindy Elam made me feel all sunshine-y and happy with her beautiful creations in shades of yellow ... VERY pretty!
 
I have a friend in Florida whose son has been a CHAMP through all of the difficult medical challenges he has faced since birth. I made him this little "cheer me up" card following some very intense surgery he recently had.  He is AMAZING and such a fighter!! Hope it brought a smile to his face as much as it did to my heart to make it for him!

Stamps: Peekaboo Farm
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Stampin' Blends in Blushing Bride, Cajun Craze, Crumb Cake, Smoky Slate, Light Basic Black, Petal Pink
Accessories: Rectangle Stamp Punch, Layering Circles Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Painted Texture 3D Embossing Folder, Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, Linen Thread

I have recently become OBSESSED with indoor succulents. I am not always successful in helping them survive, but I AM learning! My daughter has been WAY into plants the past few years and it has kind of rubbed off onto me! I made this card for her for her birthday ... it was so fun playing with the dies, DSP, stamps and embossing folder in the whole Bloom Where You're Planted Suite of goodies ... it is one of my new favorites! I even braided some Whisper White Baker's Twine to hang my little basket from. I remember learning how to macrame as a young girl waaaayyy back in the 1970's, and it kinda cracks me up that it is all coming back around again!

Stamps: Plentiful Plants, Garden Birdhouses (sentiment)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Cinnamon Cider, Whisper White, Evening Evergreen, Bloom Where You're Planted DSP
Ink: Versamark, Cinnamon Cider
Accessories: Perfect Plants Dies, Stitched Triangle Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Macrame 3D Embossing Folder, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Stitched Greenery Die, Whisper White Baker's Twine

Next up??? Melissa Stout! Her cards are OUT of this WORLD!!

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Friday, June 18, 2021

Fab Friday #216

Here we are again ... It's Fab Friday Time!! I have THREE blog hops this weekend ... and I managed to get everything ready for two of them before we left town for a very short little vacay. YAY ME!! 

It is soooooo hoooooot!! As of Tuesday, I have been confined to a boot for my funky Achilles tendon ... and I get to wear it every dang day, all day, for at least a MONTH!! Isn't it FUN that Salt Lake City hit a record high for the middle of June of 107 degrees on Tuesday?? Joy of JOYS!!! I choose to believe that this will all be totally worth it in a month!! Crossing my fingers!!

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color combo! It feels so fresh, doesn't it??!? I still think that Granny Apple Green is one of my favorite all-time SU colors. It's so stinkin' HAPPY!! And green IS my favorite color!! 

Stamps: Artistically Inked
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, So Saffron, Fresh Freesia, Flirty Flamingo
Ink: Fresh Freesia
Accessories: Checks and Dots Embossing Folders, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Large and Small Daisy Punch, Pastel Pearls











See??? TOTALLY fresh!!




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
Brenda Myers

I will be motoring around on a little knee scooter this Saturday at an air show up in Rexburg, Idaho. I think it will be some sort of miracle (personal record?) if I don't faceplate at least once or twice during the next month due to this funky boot ... it's big and clunky and awkward ... and my dog keeps trying to trip me in it!! Here's hoping that she doesn't succeed!!!

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Sunday, June 6, 2021

Monday Montage #191







I'm going to do another brief and to the point kind of post. Another SUPER busy and crazy weekend that ended in me hurriedly creating a card so that I could post with my Monday Montage friends! I still have so many lovely new goodies to play with, but I need to clean up my messes so that I can have some room to play!




This whole bundle is going to get used and used and used again by me!! I freakin' LOVE it and the endless possibilities it presents ... I went "clean and simple" with this one and it came together really quickly. SUPER FUN!!

Stamps: All Squared Away
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Real Red, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Floral Squares Dies, Checks and Dots Embossing Folders, Ornate Frames Dies, Trio 
Corner Rounder Punch, Real Red Satin Stitched Ribbon, Silver & Clear Epoxy Essentials





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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Going back to sleep because my brain has turned to MUSH!!

Click "Next" to see the yummy ice cream treats made by  by Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to "give it a whirl" with  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, June 4, 2021

Fab Friday #215

Well here I am again ... blogging at 11:00pm! I had meant to get to this Fab Friday Challenge MUCH earlier than I had! I have a HUGE mess in my craft room and had to work around it (in the middle and over the top of it)! So all in all, it's kind of miraculous that I actually finished prior to midnight!! I'm sure many of you can relate!

This card feels pretty "old school" to me ... the colors, the layout ... hmmmm. I must have made a card very much like this one more than once since it feels so "familiar". 

Stamps: Measured With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Daffodil Delight, Basic Back, Real Red
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Black Memento
Accessories: Stitched With Whimsy Dies, Taylor Made Tags Dies, Trio Corner Punch, Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, Real Red Satin Stitched Ribbon, Checks and Dots Embossing Folders








I love when we have something basic and simple ... and then I overdo the HECK out of it!! I haven't made a square card in FOREVER, so this was a good one!




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
Brenda Myers

Been doing some MAJOR spring cleaning and reorganizing in my house ... which means it is a DISASTER! You know that it takes making a mess to clean one up, right??? Which is also why my craft room has been VERY neglected! Hopefully I will be in a better place all the way around by the end of the summer ... crossing my fingers!!

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Monday Montage #190







This post is gonna be short and sweet and to the point!! Weekend was SUPER busy, so I didn't get a chance to start working on my Monday Montage card until about 10:00 pm at night! By the time I FINALLY started creating the blog post I fell asleep!! The sound of my computer landing on the floor woke me back up and got me back on track to finish the post!! I guess I was more tired than I thought!





It's a strawberry garden!! I actually love the way this one turned out!

Stamps: Sweet Strawberry
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Real Red, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Old Olive, Blushing Bride, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Curvy Dies, Ornate Frames Dies, Strawberry Builder Punch, Pearl Basics (colored with Daffodil Delight Marker)






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 PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Going back to sleep because my brain has turned to MUSH!!

Click "Next" to see the lovely plants created  by Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to see more stellar things created by  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, May 21, 2021

Fab Friday #214

EEEEEEeeep!! You GUUUUYYYSSS!!! I am IN LOVE with this year's new In Colors!! I mean ... COME ON!! What is NOT to love about these???? Join our Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge friends this week as we play with the 2021-2023 In Colors!! They are just sooooo very purdy, aren't they???

All I did for this card was cut out one of everything (pretty much) using the Pierced Blooms Dies ... then I just started sticking them to the front of my creation, Easy. Peasy.

Stamps: Sweet Strawberry
Paper: Whisper White, Evening Everglade, Soft Succulent, Polished Pink, Fresh Freesia, Pale Papaya
Ink: Polished Pink
Accessories: Pierced Blooms Dies, Hammered Metal 3D Embossing 
Folder





These are some of my favorite In Colors yet!! And they look FABULOUS together!!




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
Brenda Myers

I am thinking I need a SERIOUS vacation ... like, a MONTH LONG!! All expenses paid and no one to visit or no place I HAVE to be ... just someplace warm, exotic and NEW!! How about you guys??? 
Who's with me??????

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Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Dynamic Duos & Control Freaks!




Here we are again! Can you believe we are almost to JUNE??!!?? What in the world is happening??? Well, the Control Freaks are playing with dies ... LOTS of dies!!! We are playing "Dynamic Duos" ... which means we are creating cards with two die sets on them!! Did ya just come from the blog of Melissa Davies?  She is certainly a "dynamo", isn't she???


This is a card that I thought up in my head ... and it actually came out pretty much how I had it pictured! AND ... it makes me HAPPY!! Because what about chocolate is NOT happy??!!?? (Nothing ...) For the Dynamic Duo in this card I used the Ornate Frames Dies and the Love You More Than Dies. The Ornate Frames are SOOO pretty with the little chocolates, don't you think??

Stamps: Nothing's Better Than
Paper: Early Espresso, Blushing Bride, Positively Pink, Whisper White
Ink: Versamark, Positively Pink
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Love You More Than Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pastel Pearls



My duo for this card consisted of the Stitched Rectangles Dies and the Curvy Dies. I think that the Braided Linen Trim kinda looks like a tree truck, don't you??

Stamps: A Cut Above
Paper: Granny Apple Green, Early Espresso, Whisper White
Ink: Memento Black, Daffodil Delight, Pumpkin Pie, Pacific Point, Old Olive, Granny Apple Green, Crumb Cake, Soft Suede, Smoky Slate, Pool Party, Ivory
Accessories: Stitched Rectangle Dies, Curvy Dies, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Stapler

Next up??? Debbie Henderson! Awesome and amazing!!
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Monday, May 10, 2021

Monday Montage #189


What a GREAT WEEKEND!!! For the very first time in over a year I had ALL of my kids over for dinner at the very same time!! Like, we were ALL in the same room ... and hugs happened!! Eating happened!! MUCH laughing happened!! It was soooo lovely and wonderful it nearly made me cry!! Grateful doesn't even begin to describe how I feel!! My cup is full ... my heart is full ... I just feel so happy to do something normal with my most important humans ... YAY YAY YAY!!! Having my happy space in the basement of my house where I can go and let my creative juices flow is also such a great blessing ... so I got to do a little playing for this week's Monday Montage Blog Hop. A pretty great weekend if I do say so myself!!
I stamped me some images from the Party Puffins Stamp Set while I was up visiting our fellow Monday Montager, Bree Renwick, a couple of weeks ago in Walla Walla. This was a fun card to make ... I also used the Basic Masks to create the black background with the White Chalk Marker. This little dude just looks like a party to me!1

Stamps: Party Puffins
Paper: Polished Pink, Basic Black, Mango Melody, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Bermuda Bay, Melon Mambo, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, White Stampin' Chalk Marker, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Dies, Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder, Detailed Trio Punch, Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Bumblebee In Color Ribbon, Clear Epoxy Droplets

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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots- NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog 
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

The Achilles Tendon Saga continues ... still not out of the woods yet.  I do think improvement is still happening, but I can't seem to get it to go away ... so patience for the patient is still the order of the day Some day ... maybe ... hopefully SOON ... it'll start behaving!

Click "Next" to see a lovely creation by Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to see more stellar things created by  Melissa Stout!!




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Friday, May 7, 2021

Fab Friday #213

There is sun-shine in my soul today!! Ohhhh man, you guys!! It's so sunny and warm and beautiful outside ... and I hope it lasts!! I got to go with a handful of my vaccinated friends down to Sedona and Prescott, Arizona. A little hiking, a little sightseeing, some flying (over Bryce Canyon, Grand Canyon and Meteor Crater) and a LOT of yummy food! Boy oh boy did it feel great seeing some people ... and doing some sorts of normal things! LOVED it!! Time to play with my Fab Friday Friends, and I finally got to play with this adorable little "Hot Dog" set!!

I am SUCH a dog person. I ALWAYS have been. So I am a sucker for cute doggie images and stamp sets (not to mention dies, punches, ribbon and embossing folders). These little weiner dogs make my heart happy! 

Stamps: Hot Dog
Paper: Crumb Cake, Real Red, Basic Black, Well Suited DSP, Watercolor
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Crumb Cake (Stampin' Blends, Smoky Slate (Stampin' Blends), Cherry Cobbler (Stampin' Blends), Versamark, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Shimmery Crystal Effects, 3/16" Braided Linen Trim, Whisper White Embossing Powder







This one is very simple and versatile ... lots of possibilities here!
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

Crossing my fingers that this beautiful weather hangs on for a week or two before it either (a) starts snowing again or (b) shoots up over 100 degrees and fries my brain!

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Sunday, April 25, 2021

Monday Montage #188




Well, I am feeling VERY productive and VERY good about myself from this past weekend! I got to meet my son's girlfriend's mother and grandmother, we ate and played some really fun games, I helped my mama out, went on a 4-mile walk (a little sore, but at least I was able to go!), and cleaned and reorganized the cabinets in my bathroom (isn't it funny the things that bring you joy when you are over a "certain" age??)!! AND I made a card!! And it only took me about 15 minutes because several of the components were sitting on my craft table leftover from recent projects. I call this weekend a WIN!! I'll take that!!

I colored the pansies a couple of weeks ago when I borrowed the Pansy Patch Stamp Set that I borrowed from my friends  I used the oval cut from Soft Sea Foam using the 
Stitched Shapes Dies from a card I made a couple of days ago.  The Basic Border Dies accent was leftover from yet ANOTHER card! I love it when leftovers work together!
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Stamps: Pansy Patch, Sweet Strawberry (sentiment)
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Soft Sea Foam, Forever Fern Greenery DSP
Ink: Balmy Blue, Pacific Point, So Saffron, Mango Melody, Real Red, Soft Succulent, Evening Evergreen
Accessories: Pansy Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Scalloped Contours Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Pastel Pearls, Linen Thread, Shimmery Crystal Effects, Stitched Shapes Dies, Lovely Labels Punch, Old Olive/Pretty Peacock 3/8" Reversible Ribbon, Flowers for Every Season Gems, Old World Paper 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 
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog 
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Still waiting for the pain in my Achilles to go away! UGGGGgggh! It's driving me bonkers ... I'm SO ready to run!! The pain is improving, but I would LOVE for it to just DISAPPEAR!! One step at a time, literally!

Click "Next" to see the sunshine-y creation made by the ever-amazing Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to see the fabulous flower/gingham cards created by marvelous Melissa Stout!!




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