Friday, April 19, 2019

Let's Hear It for the Boy(s)!




The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the grass is GREEN!! Oh SPRING how I LOVE YOU!! It may snow this weekend ... sigh ... and then we will be in SUMMER!!! Seasons change SO quickly here in Utah! Sometimes the transitions are HARSH, I tell ya!! This month the Control Freaks are freaking out about MASCULINE/BOY cards! Cindy Elam certainly NAILED it, didn't she??


Last Saturday, along with a BUNCH of my wonderful Stampin' friends, I was able to attend Stampin' Up's OnStage event in Salt Lake City. We had SUUUUUCH a good time!!! One of the BEST parts was that we got to play with some of the "new" stuff coming out in this year's catalog!! HOOOORRAAAYYY! Even BETTER??? We were able to preorder some of the things we had seen!! How FUN is THAT??? This "Come Sail Away" Suite of products may be one of my most FAVE set of things that have come out in a while. I am gonna be creating a BUNCH of things with this stuff!!

This was my first creation ... and in spite of myself it's kinda #cleanandsimple. I have a hard time NOT using ALL the layers!! The designer series paper and the dies that go with the stamps are GREAT!



Stamps: Sailing Home
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Come Sail Away DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Balmy Blue
Accessories: Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker's Twine, Smooth Sailing Dies, Metallic Pearls


And NOW ... I think I tried to put as much DSP on this baby as I could!! I mean, REALLY??!!?? Isn't it ALL just SO LOVELY??!!??

Stamps: Sailing Home
Paper: Crumb Cake, Night of Navy, Whisper White, Soft Suede, Come Sail Away DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Soft Suede
Accessories: Night of Navy/Sahara Sand Baker's Twine, Smooth Sailing Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Seaside Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Sail Away Trinkets, Linen Thread


Next up???  ... the oh-so-creative Julie Davison!! Always a pleasure to see her creativity!

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Friday, April 12, 2019

Fab Friday #161

Welllll ... TODAY is a GOOD day!!! Not ONLY is it Fab Friday (and I KNOW you always love that!) ... but I have friends arriving for all over hither and yon to attend Stampin' Up's OnStage event!! I LOOOOOVE my stampin' friends more than I can even tell ya! Heck ... it's BECAUSE of them that I even HAVE a blog!!

I have decided recently to regain my "overdoes-it-girl" mentality when it comes to making cards. I have been STRUGGLING the past few years to try to make cards that are "simple" or "easy" ... and I have just let myself admit to myself that I have more fun when I add #allthethings and #allthelayers. So there you go!! Which bring me to this week's challenge. It's a very clean and beautiful sketch ... and I, of course, added a gazillion layers more than I needed to ... but I'm pretty happy with how it turned out!

Stamps: Beautiful Bouquet, Well Said
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Real Red, Pineapple Punch
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Real Red, Pineapple Punch
Accessories: Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, Well Written Framelits Dies, Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Classic Label Punch, Tufted Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 1/2" Circle Punch, Braided Linen Trim, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots







Can you see how my card started out with this sketch??? It's a fun 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
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers

I will be spending the better part of today helping to set things up for the OnStage event at the Salt Palace convention center. Then I will be hanging with friends ... and Saturday we will ALL be together and enjoying crafty goodness (and we will get to see the new 2019-2020 Stampin' Up catalog)!! I can't WAIT!!

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Sunday, April 7, 2019

Monday Montage #136



Back on the HOP with the Monday Montage Girls again this week!! We've had some BEAUTIFUL sunny days this past week, and I'm feeling SOOOOO into Spring!!! Man-oh-man has it been a long winter or what???

And here I am with ANOTHER "cake" card. Seriously??? You guys, I just LOVE cake ... of almost EVERY kind (I will eat carrot cake, but it's not at the top of my list!!)!! I've been wanting this Swirly Frames stamp set since it came out last year!! I FINALLY ordered it this last week (along with the Scattered Sequins Embossing Folder ... which I didn't even realize EXISTED until a couple of months ago!)!!! What can I say??? Cake is just the happiest of things!

Stamps: Swirly Frames, Piece of Cake
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Pineapple Punch
Ink: Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Melon Mambo, Pineapple Punch
Accessories: Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies, Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Happiness Blooms Enamel Dots, Silver Mini Sequin Trim

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 - SITTING OUT 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!!

Next weekend is Stampin' Up's OnStage event ... and I will be there with my friends right here in good ol' Salt Lake City!! Can't wait for Bree to be here staying with us. And speaking of Bree ... she is NEXT UP on our hop this week!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Bree Renwick ... SOOOOO GOOOOOD!


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Wednesday, April 3, 2019

{Cup}Cakes are ALWAYS a Good Idea!

If I haven't mentioned it before, I have a VERY large extended family. YEARS ago I started writing all the birthdays/anniversaries for all of our Weixler family members and giving them to everyone for Christmas. THEN, kids were growing up, getting married, and having babies of their own. It got to be a HUGE amount of work AND a HUGE amount of expense to make these calendars (which I was now adding family photos to AND printing out in color for each and every family member who was living in their own home). I finally gave in some years back and just settled on creating family lists with birthdays, anniversaries, addresses, phone numbers and the like. They get fixed up pretty and emailed to all the family peeps. SOOOO, because it's fun and I don't have enough things to do, I send birthday cards to all of the extended Weixler family members (I gave up on the anniversaries and decided a text to the anniversary couple will have to be good!). You may have noticed that a LOT of my cards are of the birthday variety, and now you know WHY!

CUPPYCAKES!!! Oh man ... oh MAN!! I LOVE ME SOME ADORABLE LITTLE CUPPYCAKES! Hoping that my cute little cousin will like them, too!!

Stamps: Birthday Cheer
Paper: Blushing Bride, Basic Black, Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Bermuda Bay, Butterfly Gala DSP (recently retired)
Ink: Melon Mambo, Blushing Bride (applied with an aqua painter to background)
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Detailed Birthday Edgelets, Dot to Dot Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangles Dies

Next week OnStage will be happening here in good ol' Salt Lake City! Getting VERY excited for my BFF, Bree Renwick, to come stay with me! AND to be able to hang with my very best besties and crafty SU friends!!! Such a good time is ALWAYS had!! Squeeeeee!!!

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Sunday, March 31, 2019

Stamp Review Crew - Apron of Love Edition


I cannot BELIEVE that it has been TWO YEARS since I hopped withy friends on the Stamp Review Crew. And not only am I stamping and hopping with them ... I got my days mixed up so now I am LATE with them!! (I thought that this post was to go up TOMORROW night instead of TONIGHT!! Oh what a GOOBER I feel like NOW!!!

In any event, I got to pull out the super FUN Apron of Love Bundle.  Stamp, dies ... every single piece is A-DOR-A-BLE!! And I'm gonna be honest ... I'm not exactly SURE what a "best friend ever" would want to receive a card with an apron on it would signify.  PERHAPS one of all-y'all should make me a PIE or a CAKE or some other such delectable treat ... THEN I could send you this fun little card as a THANK YOU!! It's a WIN-WIN, isn't it???

Stamps: Apron of Love
Paper: Night of Navy, Crumb Cake, Real Red, Whisper White, Silver Foil, Tranquil Tides DSP
Ink: Night of Navy, Real Red
Accessories: Apron Builders Framelits Dies, Stitched Rectangles Thinlits Dies, Stitched Rectangles Dies









Cute ....







And SUPER CUUUUTE, right???









Next up?? Click on "Next Blog" to check out what Sue Plote has "cooked up" with this cute apron!! Click on the "Previous Blog" button to see what Cindy Elam has whipped up!!



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Friday, March 29, 2019

Fab Friday #160

I wasn't gonna do it ... nope-nope-nope, I told myself! Of course, I KNEW on some level that I would CAVE IN!! And I DID!!! The Well Said Stamps/Framelits are SOOOOO VERRRYYY WONDERFUL!! Why did I wait SO LONG before diving in and buying them??? REALLY hoping that they will be carried over into the catalog for next year!

This week the Fab Friday folks are playing with a VERY spring-y color combination ... lots of lovely colors to make you happy!!

Stamps: Well Said
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Highland Heather, Lemon Lime Twist, Flirty Flamingo, Botanical Butterfly DSP
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Petal Pink
Accessories: Petal Pair Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Well Written Framelits Dies, Classic Label Punch








I worried that I wouldn't be able to use all the colors ... but I did!







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

Looking forward to a nice hike tomorrow with my hubby and some good friends ... OH!! And we are going to see The Scarlet Pimpernel tonight (my son's girlfriend is in the cast)! I've never seen it before, so I'm pretty excited about it!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Gorgeous GRAPE!

Here it is ... the middle of the week and everything ... and I am STAMPING and BLOGGING!! No blog hop or anything ... just stamping because my craft room was cleaned up and I COULD!! So THERE!!

I'm not sure why purples/greens remind me so much of my childhood when they are put together, but they DO!! (I guess growing up in the 70's will do that to a gal!)!! Had such a good time layering all the images over each other to create this crazy motif! (Not gonna lie, either ... it took me several attempts to get something that didn't look like a mud pie!)!

Stamps: All Adorned
Paper: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green, Whisper White
Ink: Gorgeous Grape, Highland Heather, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Pretty Label Punch, Trio Corner Punch, Granny Apple Green 1/2" Textured Weave Ribbon, Stapler

If only I could find the BRAND NEW spatula-like tool I finally broke down and bought because I loaned my old one out and it magically disappeared. I have used the new one ONE TIME ... and it seems to have magic qualities as well ... Sigh ... Happy Hump Day!

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Sunday, March 17, 2019

Monday Montage #135


Back for another Monday Montage Blog Hop after a fun and productive weekend! I got in a 10-mile training run, made some pies, attended a choral concert for my son's choir, made a delicious pork roast in my dutch oven and even had time to stamp a card! Feeling very happy about everything I was able to get checked off my list!




I have been wanting to make a card with this Barn Door/Sliding Door Bundle for quite some time! I kind of put it off when I saw that all the cards made with this looked pretty similar ... well, DUH!! It's a sliding barn door for crying out loud!! Of COURSE cards created with it will be similar ... but they are OH SO CUTE!! I added the little Bitty Blooms punches to the left side of the card just so I could do something other than doubling up a sentiment!


And of course I needed a sentiment to peek out when the door is slid to the left ... and I have MANY birthday cards that need to be mailed out to family, so I am making MANY birthday cards all the time!! I used one of the sentiments from Beautiful Bouquet and then cut it out with the Rectangle Framelits dies (which are my new favorite obsession, I tell ya!)

Stamps: Barn Door, Beautiful Bouquet (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Crumb Cake, Pool Party, Lovely Lipstick, Grapefruit Grove, Mango Melody
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Crumb Cake, Mango Melody, Grapefruit Grove
Accessories: Sliding Door Framelits Dies, Stitched Rectangles Framelits Dies, Simply Scored, Linen Thread, Bitty Blooms Punch Pack, Metallic 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
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!!

After my daughter informed me that she and her hubby were already on the road on their way to the Redwoods in California on Saturday for Spring Break I have been kinda jealous! I haven't been to the Redwoods since I was a young girl (I grew up in Northern California). All I can think about are giant redwood trees! I told my husband that WE need to go ... let's see how long it takes me to convince him to get in the car with me so that we can actually do it!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... can't say that they have EVER disappointed me! I just LOOOOOOVE their creations!


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Friday, March 15, 2019

Fab Friday #159

Is it SPRING yet??? We have had MORE snow this week ... for TWO days we have had snow!!! I KNOW we need the moisture ... and I KNOW that it CAN'T last forever ... and it IS pretty ... BUT! I am OVER it already! DANG!!

This week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge is a fun and simple little sketch. I always end up adding more layers than are necessary ... but I can't seem to help it!!

Stamps: Little Elephant, Gallery Grungle
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Petal Pink
Ink: Bermuda Bay, Pool Party, Petal Pink
Accessories: Basic Polka Dot Textured Impression Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes, Stitched Rectangles Dies, Elephant Builder Punch, Whisper White Bakers Twine








Simple and easy peasy!! You guys GOT this!







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

We went to Mesquite, Nevada, last weekend to participate in a Spartan Sprint race (it's basically a crazy-muddy obstacle course/run)! The weather was LOVELY!! And it got me in the MOOD for some SKY and warmer temperatures! They are coming, I am SURE of it!

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Sunday, March 3, 2019

Monday Montage #134



Here we are again ... another Monday Montage Blog Hop!! So happy to be starting my week off with my fun and crafty friends! I had a super amazing weekend ... but more about that in a minute!

It has been such a loooooong time since I have "sanded" foil paper. I used to do it a bunch "way back when". When I saw this GORGEOUS Lovely Lipstick foil paper, I just couldn't help myself!! It shiny ... it's pretty ... it's so much fun!! Paired with the Country Floral Embossing Folder it's dynamite!! And this is my best attempt at a "simple" stamping card. I struggle with NOT using #allthethings!!

Stamps: Painted Seasons, Detailed With Love
Paper: Whisper White, Lovely Lipstick Foil, Vellum
Ink: Lovely Lipstick, Petal Pink, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Pretty Label Punch, Trio Corner Punch, Flourish Thinlits 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
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!!

So about my weekend. I participated in the Outclimb Cancer Challenge at the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Salt Lake City on Saturday. It was a fundraiser to benefit cancer research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute (a cause near and dear to my heart). Not only did I reach my fundraising goal of $1,000, I was also able to successfully climb 24 flights of stairs a total of 27 times!! (Yes ... you read that right ... I climbed stairs for SIX SOLID HOURS!) A total of 628 flights of stairs. It was exhausting and exhilarating!!!

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


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