Sunday, October 20, 2019

Monday Montage #150

Can we talk?? Really??? I am SOOOO SORE! I did the "Haunted Half" marathon on Saturday. It's been a really long while since I have been sore after a race (even a marathon and a 6-hour stairclimb!)! I haven't been doing as much running the last couple of months since I joined a gym and have been doing some cross training. I've been feeling pretty good, so I wasn't too worried about doing a half. HOLY COW!! While I was feeling great and did AMAZINGLY well (for me!) for the first six miles, I started feeling it HARD around mile 9. YIKES!!! Stairs, sitting, standing, walking ... I'm feeling it ALL!! So glad I got some time to play with paper and stamps for the Monday Montage hop!




This stamp set!! You guys!!! It's called New Year Celebrations ... I LOVE this one!! I couldn't stop myself from using the black tassel under the japanese medallion on this because I KNEW it would be perfect!! I know many of you have some of these tassels in your stash somewhere, right???

Stamps: New Year Celebrations
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Gold Glimmer DSP
Ink: Gold, Black Memento, Whisper White
Accessories: Layering Circles Dies, Gold Embossing Powder, Black Tassel (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 - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Halloween is coming, y'all! I got the most EPICALLY INCREDIBLE costume for this year ... and have had a BLAST making a whole setup for Trunk or Treat that goes with my costume! I will post some pictures once it all goes down!!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... so gorgeous!!!

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Friday, October 11, 2019

Fab Friday #174

BRRRRRRRRRR!!!! Are you KIDDING me??!!? It was absolutely FREEZING yesterday!! It was about 36 degrees when I got up in the morning! Like, SERIOUSLY?!!?? October 10??? I am NOT ready for it to be THIS cold yet!! I have a feeling that this is the start of a very long winter!!! Sigh ... at least I had some Fab Friday fun to distract me from the cold! This week's color combo made me think SPOOKY thoughts!

This came together pretty easily ... just cut out some rectangular and square shapes and started to piece them together. Added some embossing and a few embellishments and VOILA!!

Stamps: Spooktacular Bash
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Basic Gray, Pumpkin Pie, Melon Mambo, Monster Bash DP, Black Glimmer DSP
Ink: Black
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Hammered Metal 3D Embossing Folder, Subtle Embossing Folder, Black 5/8" Glittered Organdy Ribbon









Fun colors, don't you think??!??











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 feel like crawling under the covers and binge-watch me some Netflix while it's being so cold outside ... maybe I will do just that for a while today or tomorrow!! BRING IT!
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Sunday, October 6, 2019

Monday Montage #149


Hand stitches are OUT ... Halloween decor is UP ... fall is definitely in the air!! I'm still struggling with my right hand ... my ring finger and thumb are still kinda stiff and swollen. But they are improving, slowly but surely. Stamping is still a little tricky with only one really good hand, but I was exited to have an excuse to get crafty! YAY for Monday Montage!!



I am REALLY loving the Basic Pattern Decorative Masks. This baroque style one is sooooo good! I used some gold and Blackberry Bliss ink to create the background here. Ooooooooooh .... Ahhhhhhhhh ... FUN! I used some baker's twine and frayed it to fan it out. I like how it looks behind the copper foil snowflakes.

Stamps: Frosted Foliage
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Very Vanilla, Copper Foil
Ink: Gold, Blackberry Bliss
Accessories: Frosted Frames Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Basic Pattern Decorative Masks, Blackberry Bliss Nature's Twine





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 - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
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!!

I just signed up last week to do the "Haunted Half" marathon on October 19. I guess I'm going to have to figure out what sorta "costume" I am going to wear. I will probably just end up fixing a t-shirt up to look like a Disney character or something. At least the outside temperatures will be lovely!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... I'm afraid to look because I KNOW they are going to create AWESOME things with something that I don't have ... and will absolutely NEED once I see what they have done!

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Friday, September 27, 2019

Fab Friday #173

Stamping with one hand is tricky ... especially when that one hand happens to be your non-dominant left hand. The fact that my right hand has been wrapped and padded to the MAX since last Friday when I had a little surgery to release my trigger fingers ... my ring finger and my thumb ... means that EVERYthing is tricky!! There is only a little pain ... the this big, puffy wrap and bandage thing going on makes it nearly impossible to even do ANYthing with it (yeah ... typing this is a labor of love!) Good news?? Stitches and wraps will all be gone on next Tuesday!!! HOORAY!!! I will do ANYthing for our Fab Friday friends!

I started with a Stitched Circle Die in Whisper White.  I then sponged it with Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody and Pumpkin Pie,

The Basic Gray background was embossed with the Subtle embossing folder and was then sponged it sporadically with Basic Gray and Whisper White.  The cute little black cat was stamped directly onto the moon and painted with a little Wink of Stella.

Stamps: Wonderfully Wicked
Paper: Basic Gray, Whisper White, Black Glimmer, Silver Glimmer
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Pumpkin Pie, Basic Gray, Whisper White, Black Memento, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Wicked Dies, Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon, Subtle Embossing Folder, Sponges










Cute and fun ... open to a LOT of interpretation!











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

The hubby and I will be volunteering at the Wendover Airshow this weekend ... and I shall try to do the very best I can with my non-dominant left hand!! Wish me luck ... and it's supposed to rain, which will add to the adventure!
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Sunday, September 22, 2019

Monday Montage #148



Last day of summer today, first day of fall tomorrow! It's been turning VERY cool already! Can't wait to decorate for Halloween! It was fun to create for this week's Monday Montage team!



I made this little collage of stars for my grandniece, Gretchen. It's her FOURTH birthday, These little cuties are just growing up faster and faster and faster! I loved adding the combo of colors to make different sizes of stars ... fun for a boy or a girl!!

Stamps: Gallery Grunge, Treehouse Adventure (sentiment)
Paper: Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile, Grapefruit Grove, Whisper White, Copper Foil
Ink: Pretty Peacock, Mint Macaron, Terracotta Tile, Grapefruit Grove
Accessories: Stitched Stars Dies, Terracotta Tile Scalloped Linen Ribbon, Stitched Shapes Dies, Staples, Large Numbers Dies (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 - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
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!!

I had a little surgery on my right hand last Friday to repair a couple of trigger fingers (my ring and my thumb). I am stuck wearing a RIDICULOUSLY-oversized wrap that I must wear until October 1!!! So I basically have to create and type only with my left hand ... UGH!!! This has become a drag already!!

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... don't miss them because you WILL be inspired!

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Thursday, September 19, 2019

Control Freaks Fallin' Into Halloween!




Yep! It's FALL (I actually wore a JACKET this morning!)!! And you KNOW the Control Freaks have gotcha covered!! This month we are stepping into fall with all of our Autumn/Halloween creations. You should just have come from the block of the marvelous, magnificent and multi-talented Melissa Stout!! You WANT to pull out your fall decor now, don't you??



I can already tell that I'm gonna be using this polka dot basic mask a LOT!!! And I do mean A LOT!!! How FUN IS THIS??!!?? I used three different colors ... Cajun Craze, Soft Suede and Crumb Cake ... to give the dots a sort of "ombre" feel. I love how the colors look with the Rococo Rose Ribbon AND the Copper Foil Sheets, don't you??

Stamps: Daisy Lane
Paper: Very Vanilla, Crumb Cake, Copper Foil
Ink: Cajun Craze, Soft Suede, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Basic Patterns Decorative Masks Seasonal Layers Dies, Sprig Punch, Leaf Punch, Trio Corner Punch, Rococo Rose Gathered Ribbon


I make at LEAST one "spiderweb" sort of card every year at around this time. I just can't HELP myself!! And what about those Ornate Frames Dies??? OHMYGOSH!! I love them SOOOOOO very much!!! I "colored" over the top of Drac's black cape with some Wink of Stella ... I wish I could have caught how the light was sparkling on it in the photo. It's fun!

Stamps: Spooktacular Bash
Paper: Blackberry Bliss, Whisper White, Basic Black, Smoky Slate, Pumpkin Pie
Ink: Black Memento, Blackberry Bliss, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies,  Stylish Scroll Embossing Folder, Ornate Frames Dies, Whisper White Bakers Twine

Next up??? Creative, crafty and clever  ... super Cindy Elam!!

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Sunday, September 8, 2019

Monday Montage #147


I've been doing so much housecleaning and decorating that I have been REALLY neglecting my stamps. Which is super sad since I got a whole box full of new goodies from the holiday catalog a couple of weeks ago and it has been sitting mostly untouched!! YIKES!! Good thing I have the good ol' Monday Montage crew to keep me on track, right??



Apples and fall ... isn't it just the PERFECT combo??? I still can't get over how dang ADORABLE the Apple Builder Punch is (and YES ... you can ALSO make it into a pumpkin!)!! The colors for this are so fun and rich ... I am gonna be using a LOT of the Pretty Peacock paper ... it's even PRETTIER in person!!

Stamps: Harvest Hellos
Paper: Pretty Peacock, Cherry Cobbler, Sahara Sand, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mango Melody, Sahara Sand DSP from the Neutrals Collection
Ink: Basic Black
Accessories: Pinewood Planks Embossing Folder, Seasonal Layers Dies, Apple Builder Punch, Classic Label Punch, Braided Linen 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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

Believe it or not (and I KNOW you are NOT going to be surprised about this) ... I am headed off to Disneyland again this week! I went for the day on my birthday a couple of weeks ago (yep ... just for the DAY)! This trip has been planned for close to a year, and I am going to be there for nearly FOUR FULL DAYS!! I am just about losing my mind in anticipation!!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... LOVE-LOVE-LOVE!!
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Friday, August 30, 2019

Fab Friday #171

What a fun week! It was my birthday on Wednesday and I got to spend the entire day at Disneyland with my bestie, Cheryl. We rode #alltherides and ate #allthefood. I logged about 30,000 steps on my Fitbit!! AWESOME!!! The downside?? I had to get cortisone shots in my left hand yesterday ... which was NO FUN!!! Happily, my hand feels MUCH better today ... perhaps I should claim "ill" and watch Netflix all day??? Hmmmm ... At least I had a bit of time today to make a card for this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge!

Stamps: Harvest Hellos
Paper: Whisper White, Cajun Craze, Merry Merlot, Come to Gather DSP
Ink: Pretty Peacock
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Butterfly Duet Punch, Whisper White 5/8" Flax Ribbon, Frosted Epoxy, Frosted Epoxy Droplets, Stapler







I added a bunch of "extra" layers to this sketch, but the overall idea is there!









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

Many things to do this weekend! I just joined an Orangetheory fitness club this past week (also as a happy birthday to me!)! I have another class tomorrow morning, and I have a LOT of cleaning up to do ... at home and at my mom's ... We are working on cleaning and clearing all the rooms in our house and purging a LOT of things. Maybe I will be finished by the end of the year! Here's hoping!!!
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Sunday, August 25, 2019

Monday Montage #146



I've been feeling quite crafty the last little while (and NOT doing paper crafts, mind you!)! This week's Monday Montage hop sees me back to cardmaking in between all of my other projects. Actually, I made this card LAST week and never got around to posting it! For once I was prepared ahead of time!

The doily dies in the Wish for It All bundle are SO nice and SO versatile! I went with the tried-and-true red/black/white combo for this one ... it is such a great, classic color scheme!

Stamps: Wish for It All
Paper: Basic Black, Real Red, Whisper White, Real Red DSP from the Brights Collection
Ink: Whisper White
Accessories: Whisper White Embossing Powder, Doily Wishes Dies, Corrugated Embossing Folder, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Black Glittered Organdy Ribbon, Rhinestone Basic Jewels


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 - SITTING OUT THIS WEEK
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

So ... my other crafty projects have included a couple of wreaths for my front door, a wooden fall stenciled sign for fall for my front porch and some super fun crossbody bags that I learned how to make with my Stampin' Up bestie, Paula Wright. I made a couple of bags with DISNEY fabric for me and my other SU bestie, Cheryl, to take with us on my birthday trip to Disneyland this week! SOOOOOO excited!! I haven't been to Disneyland since last December and I have been getting the SHAKES!!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill has created ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout's ... FANTASTIC, as always!
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Monday, August 19, 2019

Folding Fun with the Freaks!



It's FREAKY TIME!!! Weren't you just blown away by Julie Davison??? She is AMAZING!! And I have a true confession to make ... I was a little too slow doing my Holiday Catalog preorder ... and Stampin' Up's office had an Innovation Day last Thursday (when no shipping happens!) ... so I won't actually be getting my new goodies until TOMORROW!! Luckily for me, our theme these month was not only the Holiday Preview, but "Fun Folds" ... so I had to go with the "Foldy" part, but not the "sneak peek" part!  Sorry about that!







This "accordion"-type fold is something I saw last year at OnStage.  I have been meaning to try and make one with my own twist to it ... but you know how THAT goes (translation = I totally forgot about it!)!! As I was looking about the Interwebz for some inspiration, this one came back to me!! It's really VERY easy, and there are a LOT of different directions you can go with it!







When you open the first accordion, you can see your first "message" (or whatever you choose to put in there!)!








The second fold opened up reveals another sentiment and/or image. I added the little bitty flowers from the Doily Wishes Dies, quite honestly because they were sitting on my table and they went along with this whole card just perfectly!




I added this photo only because I wanted y'all to be able to see the full effect of this fold ... it's pretty fun!

Cut paper to 12”x5.5”. Score and fold along lines as shown. TaDAAA!!

Stamps: Capture the Good
Paper: Whisper White, Poppy Parade, Daffodil Delight, See a Silhouette DSP
Ink: Poppy Parade
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Dies, Doily Wishes Dies, Daisy Punch, Medium Daisy Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Whisper White Polka Dot Tulle Ribbon, Perennial Essence Floral Center





I don't even know what to call this little origami square sorta thing ... I just know that I have done it before and I have seen many samples done with it over the years! This one is also very simple, and you can do ANY kind of theme with this and it works!! I freakin' luuuuuurve the gingham pattern from the DSP packs (you know I do ... I've only mentioned it about a GAJILLION times!)!! And butterflies ... they are always a favorite for me, so that's where I chose to go!





The gingham is a 4”x4” square. Mark along each side at 1 1/4”, 2” and 2 3/4”. Draw lines as shown. Fold along lines. Easy peasy!!

Stamps: Butterfly Gala
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Brights DSP
Ink: Black
Accessories: Tufted Embossing Folder, Stitched Shapes Dies, Butterfly Duo Punch, Leaf Punch, Trio Corner Punch





Next up???  ... Deb Henderson!! She's always coming up with something that costs me money because she does things that I wouldn't have thought of (often with things I didn't thing I NEEDED until seeing what she has done with them!)!

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