Sunday, September 19, 2021

Sketchin' with the Freaks




Here we are again, playing with the Control Freaks! This week has somehow just gotten away from me ...  and I only got ONE card done ... DANG!! Did you see the two beautiful cards that Bree Renwick did?? She sent me the pix earlier this weeks and knocked my socks off!! 



I've been wanting to play with this sweet little birdhouse set since I got it months ago! This is how my life has gone ... sigh ... but it really is a fun and cute set. Birdhouses make me happy!

Stamps: Garden Birdhouses
Paper: Pale Papaya, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, Expressions in Ink DSP
Ink: Black Memento, Night oof Navy, Pale Papaya, Stampin' Blends - Pool Party, Pumpkin Pie, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Stitched Greenery Die, Scalloped Contours Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon), Champagne Rhinestones, Linen Thread









Here is the sketch we followed for this month's challenge ... what do you think??













Next up? Melissa Stout! She always creates JUST what the doctor ordered!!

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Sunday, September 12, 2021

Monday Montage #197



I am STILL on the sitting train ... which would make you think that I had TONS of time for crafting, right? I have entered week THREE of crutches. Stitches come out Tuesday and I am HOPING and PRAYING that I will be downgraded to one crutch (NO crutches would ne GREAT!)! It has been difficult for me to sit with my foot unpropped, and sitting in a chair with my foot propped on another chair gets uncomfortable very quickly. Don't get me wrong ... I am THRILLED to be on THIS SIDE of surgery and on my way to healed. Patience is HARD, isn't it?? I did make myself sit and make a card for this week's Monday Montage hop ... things are improving!



Forever Grapevine! You GUYS!!! I luuuuuurve this stamp set and dies!! I used some of my Stampin' Blends to color in the leafy grapevine image that I stamped in Versamark and heat embossed with Whisper White embossing powder. I likey!

Stamps: Forever Grapevine
Paper: Crumb Cake, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Ink: Whisper White; Stampin' Blends in Rich Razzleberry, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder, Grapevine Dies, Linen Thread, Pastel Pearls


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!!

Hopefully I will be walking like a "normal" human being by the next time I post, by which time I hope to have cleaned up my messy craft room and being able to have more time to play with my crafty goodies!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! LOVE these ladies!!




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Sunday, August 29, 2021

Monday Montage #196



Since last I posted I have made a whirlwind one-day trip to Disneyland, had surgery on my foot (YAY FINALLY!) and had a birthday (27 again!)!! I am pretty much confined to sitting on my backside ... I am supposed to keep all weight off of my foot, so this has resulted in a bunch of awkward hopping and sliding around on my bum (when the crutches are too far away for me to reach). Coupled with the amount of pain meds I am taking (which should be significantly decreased in the next two days), I am feeling quite accomplished when I can go out to the porch and get my mail from the mailbox! Sheesh!! I am SOOO happy that I am on the road to something that will look a little more like "normal" ... whatever THAT is!

I had a very hard time focusing my brain enough to come up with this week's card.  Since many of my fave items are still packed up in tote bags that I took with me to make a lovely weekend getaway to Bear Lake with the fam a few weeks ago, I struggled trying to do everything with one leg and half a brain! I need to play with this batik stuff a bunch more when I am feeling more like myself! It's pretty fun stuff!

Stamps: Batik Boutique, Biggest Wish
Paper: Night of Navy, Whisper White, Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Polished Pink, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Batik Dies, Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Pastel Pearls


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!!

Time for me to go back to sleep and let my body do some more healing ... I am SOOOO thrilled to feel like I am actually going to make some progress now and work myself back into running and hiking and such. Baby steps, but I will get there!

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! Very inspiring!




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Sunday, August 8, 2021

Monday Montage #195





And just like *that* the Olympics are over. Sigh ... for me it is such a patriotic, exciting and lovely way for the world to come together! At least now we only have to wait ONE more year for the winter Olympics!! WOOT! WOOT!! Just got hack from a quick little trip up to our family spot up at Bear Lake ... always a great break and a way for me to recharge my batteries!!! Luckily, I had a card completed before leaving town, so I was ready to roll!

Used my "borrowed" Sweet Farewell set one more time to create this week's card.  It kinda reminds me of a postage stamp, And the little suitcase image just makes me dang happy!

Stamps: Sweet Farewell
Paper: Night of Navy, Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Crumb Cake, Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Crumb Cake, Real Red
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Checks & Dots Embossing Folders, Double Stitched Real Red Satin Ribbon, Tailored Tags Dies


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
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I have misplaced the power cord for my MacBook, so I gotta hurry and wrap this up because my computer is down to 3% power!! YIKES!!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! <3 these girls!!




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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Monday Montage #194





I don't know about you guys, but I LOOOOOOVE the Olympics!! Winter or Summer ... every dang event! I am not usually one to watch sports on tv, but when the Olympics come around I am ALL OVER IT!! I may or may not have been screaming at my tv during the men's swimming 4x100 relay earlier tonight. It is super exciting!! It took me a while to finish my card this week because I was so distracted by what was happening on tv! Usually I just "listen" to tv whilst I am doing something else, but not today!! The next two weeks are gonna be fun!!


Not gonna lie ... this card is not really a "me" kinda card. I am usually all about layers, layers and more layers! I actually love how this turned out.  I sponged the edges of the white clouds with Balmy Blue, and the Balmy Blue cards with Balmy Blue and Whisper White.  I also added some Wink of Stella to the cloud edges as well, but that didn't show up as well in the photo.  Borrowed the Sweet Farewell set from my bestie, Bree Renwick. I need to mail it back to her, but I am really enjoying playing with it!

Stamps: Sweet Farewell
Paper: Balmy Blue, Whisper White
Ink: Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Basic Borders Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon - Dyed Balmy Blue with Sponge and Ink), Silver 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
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

My husband and I went to our very first rodeo on Friday night.  We were gifted some tickets by a friend, so were happy for our "free" date night, which included dinner and VIP parking.  Honestly, neither of us was super stoked about the actual rodeo, but went because we could. HOLY COW! Neither of us expected to enjoy it nearly as much as we did!! WAY more fun that we thought it would be! I would even love to go to one again some time!! So the moral to this is NOT to predetermine that something you have never done before isn't going to be fun just because you have never done it!

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! Great projects all the way around!!




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Monday, July 19, 2021

Freakin' Animal Antics



I'm having a WEEK! Holy cow!! I am LATE getting my post up, mostly because I got stuck for HOURS last night about 26 miles from home due to some INSANE road construction on my way home from Bear Lake! I had planned to work on my projects, and instead I ended up watching "Quiet Place II" on my phone in my car because YES that is just how SLOW the traffic was!! Had to work today and run a couple of errands after work, so I was VERY late getting started! Looks like  Melissa Stout and I were feeling the same vibes for this month's "Animal Antics" theme, as we BOTH used the "Count On Me" set!! It's SOOOO cute!
These little dancing penguins remind me of "It's a Jolly Holiday" from the original "Mary Poppins" movie. That has long been a favorite of mine ... and I had to add some brightly primary colors because I just can't imagine these cute little penguins any other way!

Stamps: Count On Me
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, 
Real Red, Basic Black, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Watercolor
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark, Stampin' Blends in
Smoky Slate, Real Red, Pumpkin Pie, Mango Melody, Pacific Point, Granny Apple Green, Pool Party
Accessories: Stitched Triangle Dies, Messages Dies, Basic Borders Dies, Real Red Double Stitched Satin Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder, Wink of Stella










I had to show y'all a close up so you could see the twinkly Wink of Stella on the penguins and balloons ... I love this sparkly stuff!!

I must apologize for this card.  I was nearly done with it when I realized (GASP!!) that the Well Suited DSP had RETIRED (I haz a sad!)!! Which is another reason I am late posting ... I needed to make something that didn't have any retired bits on it.

The first time I really "noticed" this adorable stamp set is when I saw the adorable tags made and posted by Esther Collmar from Germany! She made little DSP overalls for this stinkin' cute bear!! I knew I HAD to "copycat" her in some way, so here is what I came up with!

Stamps: Count On Me
Paper: Night of Navy, Pacific Point, Real Red, Whisper White, Watercolor, Well Suited DSP (retired)
Ink: Black Memento, Stampin' Blends in Crumb Cake, Poppy Parade
Accessories: Basic Borders Dies, Stitched Whimsy 
Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Playful Alphabet Dies, Trio Corner Punch

The saga continues ... I went in for an MRI on my terrible-horrible-no-good-very-bad foot last Thursday. I have the privilege of going back to my foot doc tomorrow morning to see what the final verdict is (I'm thinking ... dare I say HOPING?) that surgery to correct whatever is messed up! After 18 months of anti-inflammatories, icing, heating, elevating, massaging, night splints, day splints, orthopedic boots, steroids and physical therapy, I feel that this will be the ONLY way I can start moving forward (and dare I say RUNNING???) and get my stinkin' life back to a more normal thing! Wish me LUCK!!

Lucky me because I am once again in the center of a "Melissa" sandwich! Next up is Melissa Davies! Her darling Turtle & Friends creations are spot on!! I love them, and you will, too!

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Sunday, July 11, 2021

Monday Montage #193





IT'S SO FREAKIN' HOT!!! Ok ... sorry for yelling at ya! I'm sure most of you are feeling the same exact way.  Like, I break into a sweat just SITTING! What is THAT all about??? To be fair, I'm still wearing an orthopedic boot on my super-dumb foot (and I don't think it is actually helping at ALL!)!! That thing is heavy and HOT! I haven't stamped for two weeks, either! I have spent the last nine nights sleeping on the couch at my mama's house while my brother (who lives with her) has been out of town. Going to be VERY nice to sleep in my own bed in my own house tonight!


This card looked a LOT better in my head. I guess it isn't horrible, but I was kind of disappointed with the end result, and too hot and tired to clean my craft room to make it easier to create, so this is what I got.  I FINALLY got my Expressions in Ink DSP that has been on backorder FOREVER. And it is lovely and beautiful and puts a smile on my face, so there's that.

Stamps: Elegantly Said
Paper: Polished Pink, Whisper White, Expressions in Ink DSP
Ink: Polished Pink, Versamark
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Elegant Tag Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Simply Elegant Gold Trim, Artistry Blooms Adhesive Backed Sequins, Checks and Dots Embossing Folder, Gold Embossing Powder, Trio Corner Punch


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 - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

I go back to the foot doc on Tuesday. I'm pretty sure he's gonna tell me that we need to do an MRI, which will probably lead to some sort of surgery. I am NOT HAPPY about this since I feel like a slug and haven't been able to do anything for MONTHS. UGH! Maybe I will get lucky and it will work itself out. What I REALLY need is a trip to Disneyland ... sigh ...

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! They inspire me every single time!




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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Monday Montage #192





One of the best things and BIGGEST blessings Stampin' Up has been the people I have met ... forever friends. People I can't imagine my life without!! Got to spend this weekend up in Idaho with two of them ... my besties Bree Renwick and Cheryl Curtis (who BOTH happen to be part of our Monday Montage Team! Pretty danged cool if you ask me!! Luckily, I was able to finish my card for this week's blog hop BEFORE I left home in SLC.  I had about 30 minutes to get one made and take a pic ... kinda miraculous that it happened at ALL!!


I had the red, white and blue color scheme already on board in my head ... and I KNEW I wanted to use "Biggest Wish" because the sentiments are BIG, fun and AWESOME!! I do believe the Scalloped Contours Dies will help me fill part of the void left by the retired "Stitched Shapes" dies ... I used those babies on EVERYthing!! 

Stamps: Biggest Wish
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Real Red, In Good Taste DSP, Vellum
Ink: Real Red, Versamark
Accessories: Scalloped Contours Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (Faux Linen Ribbon), Rhinestone Basic Jewels, Whisper White Embossing Powder





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!!

We have been eating and crafting and watching some chick flicks ("Under the Tuscan Sun", "Steel Magnolias" and "Luca") in addition to doing a 4-hour tube float down the river.  It has been soooo relaxing and lovely, and also conducive to me being stuck wearing a boot on my foot!

Click "Next" to see Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to visit Melissa Stout!! We really NEEEED an in-person Stampin' Up event some time SOOON so I can see these creative women and give them a hug!!




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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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