Sunday, July 5, 2020

Monday Montage #168

Hey-howdy Friends!! Welcome to another Monday Montage Blog Hop ... we're so happy to have you join us!! I am so proud of myself that I had this card made WAY ahead of time ... BUT ... I didn't get around to prepping this blog post until TEN MINUTES before it was due to go up! Seems like I'm always chasing the clock! SHEESH!!


I love the rain. In fact, my daughter in I always love to go out and play and dance in it, ESPECIALLY if it's REALLY coming down. This all stems from my my daughter was a very little girl. She always LOVED to go outside with her umbrella when it was raining. So now, even though she is 26 years old, married and no longer lives at my house, I STILL think of her and will call or text her whenever the rain is really coming down ... oh how I miss those days when my kids were littles!! This card is an ode to all those rainy umbrella days!

Stamps: Under My Umbrella
Paper: Whisper White, Pretty Peacock, Shaded Spruce, Mint Macaron, Forever Greenery DSP
Ink: Shaded Spruce
Accessories: Umbrella Builder Punch, Hammered Metal Embossing Folder, Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder, Flowers for Every Season Gems


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 - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
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!!

I had a HUGE-AWFUL-NASTY task that involved numbers and filing and LOTS of computer work. I have been putting it off for AGES and AGES! I FINALLY buckled down this past weekend and shut the world out and worked on it until it was DONE! Can I just say that I feel LIGHT as a FEATHER now?? Why do we do stuff like this to ourselves??? Good grief!! I spent WAY more time worrying about getting it done that actually DOING it!! I get a gold star for completing a task, though, so that's happy!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout ... these girls are ALWAYS on top of their game!

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Friday, July 3, 2020

Fab Friday #193

Once upon a time you spent WAAAYYYY longer than you should have trying to type up a blog post whilst fighting the effects of restless leg syndrome and the quickly working dose of Ambien you took. You can't sit still to type and you are having difficult time focusing on the screen and what you are typing ... only to have the completely and FINALLY finished product decide to CRASH on Blogger and NOT save ... and so, therefore, your entire post has been lost and you have to start all over again! Only now your legs are MORE restless, and the Ambien has turned your brain to MUSH! Welcome to July 2020 ... and welcome to this week's Fab Friday Stampin' Challenge. Disclaimer: I am not responsible for any typos, grammar errors, misspelled words or any general rambling, as I feel that I barely know what I am doing right now!

Here’s a card. I made it. Earlier this week even. And it's done. And I'm going to struggle through the supplies list AGAIN since it didn't stick the first time around ... and I gotta hurry because the battery on ny laptop is dying and if I go find the cord more time is gonna pass and my eyes are gonna get DROOPIER and I may just start dreaming right here on this page and write a whole bunch of nonsense!!

Stamps: Posted for You, Buffalo Check (may it live FOREVER)
Paper: Whisper White, Basic Black, Flirty Flamingo, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black, Granny Apple Green, Daffodil Delight, Flirty Flamingo, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Tasteful Texture Embossing Folder, Flowers for Every Season Gems, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon







It took me a hot minute to come up with something on this sketch challenge that I actually LIKED ... and to tell ya the truth, I can't really even remember if I like it or not! Do I? Don't I??? Only AMBIEN knows!!






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

Going to bed ... and I plan to watch Hamilton ALL WEEKEND LONG until I can sing every single syllable without missing a beat ... or until my hubby goes crazy and has to leave the house ... in which case, I will just start it again and watch some more!! Happy Independence Weekend!
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Thursday, July 2, 2020

Stampin' Fancy Friday - CASE A Fancy Friend!




Have any of all y'all been following the Stampin' Fancy Friday Team on Instagram??? If you have NOT, you SHOULD ... #stampinfancyfriday. These women are SOOOOOOO amazingly talented and lovely ... and they are from ALL OVER. You NEED their creations in your life!! This month we were playing "CASE A Fancy Friend"! The card I made is a CASE of one made by one of my MOST FAVORITE stampers, Connie Collins!

This is a color combo I would NEVER have put together on my own ... which is why I LOVE the Interwebz and the capability we have to spend some time (HOURS????) looking around and seeing what others are creating. Sometimes I get sucked into the BLACK HOLE (aka Pinterest) and have a hard time surfacing!! It's truly fun, isn't it???

Stamps: Blossoms in Bloom, Celebrate Sunflowers (sentiment), Buffalo Check
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Coastal Cabana, Poppy Parade
Ink: Daffodil Delight, Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay
Accessories: Poppy Moments Dies, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Many Layers Blossoms Dies, Bumblebee 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots








This was the card Connie created that I used as inspiration ...











Last week in Zion with Bree and her family was the ABSOLUTE BEST!! The world kind of "went away" ... and we were able to relax and visit and hike and enjoy some of the most SPECTACULAR views on the planet. How did the time go by so quickly??? I can't WAIT to do it again ... hopefully SOON!!
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Sunday, June 21, 2020

Monday Montage #167

We are 3/4 of the way through JUNE people ... J U N E!!! How on EARTH did THAT happen???? This year has seemed both SLOW and FAST!! I am VERY ready for things to go back to "normal" (which I KNOW is not going to be for quite some time). I feel like we entirely SKIPPED spring altogether. Sigh ... at least we are healthy and happy. I have so many things to be grateful for (which I am). Grateful for my Monday Montage friends and the chance I get to associate and "play" with these beautiful ladies on a regular basis. In FACT ... I am sitting behind our family's beautiful home in Rockville, Utah (5 minute drive from Zion National Park), listening to the crickets chirp, feel a slight breeze and appreciating the opportunity we have to be here with our BFF's, the Renwicks. What great adventures we are going to have this week!




I made this card right after I received my catalog preorder. I actually "CASED" a card I found in the new catalog (page 169). I flipped the orientation and changed up the embellishments a bit. It's SO great to be able to be inspired by the genius of others!

Stamps: Lovely You
Paper: Whisper White, Rich Razzleberry, Pool Party, Calypso Coral
Ink: Rich Razzleberry, Old Olive, Pool Party, Mango Melody, Shaded Spruce
Accessories: Lovely Labels Pick a Punch, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack, Stapler





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!!

I am really looking forward to hiking, playing in the water, reading, relaxing and just enjoying the company of friends ... my heart and soul have needed this!!!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout ... holy COW!!!

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Friday, June 19, 2020

Freakin' New Catalog GOODNESS!





There are SOOOO many FUN and GORGEOUS things in the new Stampin' Up 2020-2021 Catalog (which went life on June 4) ... and the Control Freaks are here to show you some of what is in there!! Hold on to your seats, friends!! Did you see what the magnificent Melissa Stout made??? Yeah-yeah-yeah ... things I didn't know I NEEDED that I now HAVE to HAVE in my life!!

This is one of those cards that just kinda happen ... I really wanted to use some sort of pink as the base of this card, but none of the "light pinks" SU has really match well with the Magenta Madness (I used the new In Color DSP for the band behind the "Chocolate"). So I went with the great ol' staple, Crumb Cake. This is a very "easy peasy" card for me. Not a lot of frills and frou-frou (which is my norm). Not even a little bit of twine or ribbon!! Not gonna lie ... I freakin' LOVE how this one turned out. Probably because I freakin' LOVE me some chocolate!

Stamps: Nothing's Better Than
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, Whisper White, 2020-2022 In Color DSP
Ink: Early Espresso, Whisper White
Accessories: Detailed Bands Dies, Love You More Than Dies, Trio Corner Punch, Whisper White Embossing Powder

I am a GONER when it comes to "cute fruit" stamps. How CONVENIENT that the name of the set I used on this is "Cute Fruit". If it has a watermelon or pineapple in it, I'm SUNK!! I wasn't sure I was going to like the Magenta Madness color (from photos it just looked toooo pink to me!)! Obviously, I was VERY wrong about that as BOTH of my cards have a bit of MM in them!!!

Stamps: Cute Fruit, The Right Triangle (little splatters)
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Vellum
Ink: Magenta Madness, Granny Apple Green, Black Memento
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (white ribbon), Rectangular Postage Stamp Punch, Stapler

I HATE packing ... I mean I REALLY hate it!! (Mostly food items and such.) Getting all the shopping done, making anything ahead you need to, making it all fit in the limited space allowed in our cooler(s) ... AND somehow getting it ALL packed up without forgetting ANYthing!! Urrrrggghhh!!! But days and days of hiking and relaxing in Southern Utah await ... and we MUST go!!

Next up??? Crazy & creative ... Connie Babbert!! LOOKIE WHAT SHE DID!! She always makes the mostest FUNNEST things!!

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Fab Friday #192

It's Fab Friday!! HOOOORRAAAAYYY! I got to play with some of my new "goodies" ... it seems that no matter how much I have, I can always find a reason that I "need" more! HA! I'm quite sure I have enough stuff that I could make different cards every day for the rest of my LIFE!! (I'm pretty sure that is NOT an exaggeration!)

Man oh man ... I was driving the STRUGGLE BUS in order to create this card ... at first I thought I was just "riding" that bus ... but I was FULL-ON DRIVING it!! I would go down to my craft room and stare at my stuff ... and then just get discouraged and go do something else. To be honest, I've been trying to make this card ALL DANG WEEK! I was in SUCH a slump!! When I finally had at least SOME sorta idea on what I wanted to do, I discovered that I had FORGOTTEN to add the triangle dies to my order to go with the stamp set I bought and was planning on using. UGGGGHHHHH!! So I had to go BACK to the drawing board. Again. And I thought I would NEVER come up with ANYthing. I was ecstatic that I finally finished something that I actually kind of LIKE! YAY me!1 There is a reason we call these things a "challenge", right??? I cheated and used the retired "Little Letters" dies because I haven't purchased the "Playful Alphabet" dies ... YET ... which I guess I can do soon since I have to order the triangle dies anyway, right???

Stamps: Monogram Messages
Paper: Whisper White, Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Bumblebee, Cinnamon Cider
Ink: Misty Moonlight, Just Jade, Magenta Madness
Accessories: Best Plaid Builder Dies, Stitched Nested Label Dies, Little Letters Dies (retired), Just Jade 1/4" Ribbon, Bumblebee 1/4" Trim







This color combo was SOOO hard for me!! I think it all came down to the fact that I was trying to make a "masculine" sort of Father's Day card ...






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

Getting SUPER excited to spend the next week with my bestie, Bree, and her family!! They are coming to Utah and we are all going down to southern Utah and Zion National Park to do some hiking and relaxing!! It will be SOOOO much fun to hang out with "people" ... and we will be social distancing with the rest of the world while we are together!!
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Sunday, June 7, 2020

Monday Montage #166

Happy Monday Montage Day!! With everything else that has been going on in the world, the temperature swings in Salt Lake City over the last few days have been INSANE!!! On Friday we were up to 99 degrees (VERY high for the first week of June) ... and by Sunday we had dropped to 42 degrees!! ARE YOU KIDDING ME??!!?? My brain and body are SO confused!! Somewhere in between would be VERY nice!!!


This DSP!! Oh my!! Isn't it just YUMMY??!!?? I have always been a sucker for pinks/blues together, too! This combo just makes me happy! And feathers ... they go with EVERYTHING!!!

Stamps: Tasteful Touches
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Calypso Coral, In Good Taste DSP
Ink: Blushing /bride, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Crushed Curry
Accessories: In Good Taste Elements, Tasteful Labels Dies, Forever Greenery Gold Trim, 2020-2022 In Color Enamel Dots, Metallic Pearls, Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, 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 
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Charlet Mallet - Painted Orange
Cheryl Curtis - Pomp and Sustenance - NOT PARTICIPATING 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!!

We actually had most of our family together for Sunday dinner. It was my #2 son's birthday over the weekend. We Traeger'd some ribs and chicken wings and made some potato salad and some DELICIOUS chocolate cake!! Not only the birthday boy came over, but my oldest son and his girlfriend were also here. My daughter and her hubby (who both work in a lab and are VERY cautious about exposing ANYone to them and vice versa) did a curbside pickup!! So I really got to see all my kiddos, even if we didn't all get to be in the house together. I will be SO happy when it is safe for all of us to be together again!

Click "Next" to see what Amy O'Neill ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout ... new goodies for MUCH inspiration!!!

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Friday, June 5, 2020

Fab Friday #191

How are y'all doing, my friends?? Hanging in there?? Cooking?? Cleaning on overdrive?? Exercising?? NOT exercising??? CRAFTING?? Times sure are weird right now! Welcome to Fab Friday! As I am waiting and anxiously anticipating my first order from the NEW CATALOG, I got to take some time to play with the Under My Umbrella Stamp Set and Builder Punch ... which I borrowed from my BFF, Cheryl, while she is out of town!! YAY!

I was really sad to see that we aren't getting any new "gingham" DSP this time around. I have a SERIOUS addiction to ANYthing gingham when it comes to crafty supplies! Luckily, the Buffalo Check background stamp is still available! I have used that baby to PIECES!! And I plan on continuing using it to PIECES!! It's just so versatile!

Stamps: Under My Umbrella
Paper: Whisper White, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Black Memento, Poppy Parade, Bermuda Bay, Daffodil Delight
Accessories: Tasteful Textile 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Umbrella Builder Punch, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (white ribbon), Stapler









I think I kinda went with the "more is more" version of this sketch!











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

What's your favorite family "go-to" dessert recipe??? I actually have a good collection, but I'm always looking for something else!! My son's birthday is this weekend and I need to come up with something AMAZING!! Or I may just go with good ol' strawberry rhubarb pie, since it is one of MY favorites, and the rhubarb in my garden needs to be picked!! Have a great weekend!
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Monday, June 1, 2020

Just Know That You are Loved ...

Sigh ... this last weekend was emotionally exhausting. With all of the protesting (which I support) behind the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers, some people have decided it is ok to get violent and destructive (which I do NOT support). I realize that those participating in all the crazy and lawless activity are not affiliated with the actual peaceful protestors, but it is saddening to watch. I live just over one mile from where things got out of control in a downtown Salt Lake City protest. All things started out well. Then they took a turn. I was very proud and amazed at how well local law enforcement and National Guard members were able to diffuse the situation and disperse the crowds after HOURS of unrest. What is the answer? I can honestly say that I don't really know ... but I DO know that love does much more for better outcomes than hate. Which is why the sentiment I put on this card just resonated so strongly with me, especially right now. Spread love, my friends. Not EVERYone is as privileged as a lot of us are ... who have family and friends that express love to them on a daily basis. Smile more. Be kind. Be patient. Every little gesture can add up to a LOT of good. Not the absolute solution, but it's a good start.

I love sunflowers. Sunflowers and daisies are my favorites. Like Meg Ryan says in "You've Got Mail" ... "Don't you think daisies are the friendliest flower?" Yep ... yep I do!! And I would include sunflowers in that as well.

Stamps: Celebrate Sunflowers
Paper: Whisper White, Pear Pizzazz, Old Olive, Mossy Meadow, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody, Early Espresso, Crumb Cake
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Pear Pizzazz, Daffodil Delight, Mango Melody
Accessories: Sunflowers Dies, Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (white ribbon), Metallic Pearls

JUST KNOW THAT YOU ARE LOVED!!! Stay safe, stay healthy and STAY STRONG!

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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Monday Montage #165


Welcome to day number 64,529 of COVID-19 "Stay-at-Home" Isolation. And welcome to Monday Montage! I have made so many cards in the last week that I actually had to CHOOSE one to use for this blog hop!! SERIOUSLY???? The last time that happened was, like ... NEVER ... NEVER ... it has NEVER happened!! The world is so strange and things are so different right now, it was BOUND to happen, right???

We were able to preorder several items from the soon-to-be-release 2020-2021 Catalog ... except new ink pads ... specifically ink pads featuring our new In Colors. BIG FAT BUMMER!! However, on the upside to this is that we have to use our new goodies with the colors we already have (I know, I know ... BIG FAT BOOOO HOOOO!). It seems that so many new sets are always/only being made with the DSP that accompanies them. No can do right now, so we have to think outside the box that we have sometimes put ourselves in. Can I just say that I LOVE THIS FREAKIN' COLOR COMBO??? I came across it in one of the samples in the aforementioned new catalog. I love it so-so-so-so-so-so much!

Stamps: Forever Fern
Paper: Blushing Bride, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Crushed Curry, Whisper White
Ink: Blushing /bride, Night of Navy, Gray Granite, Crushed Curry
Accessories: Forever Flourishing Dies, Tasteful Labels Dies, Flowers for Every Season Ribbon Combo Pack (white ribbon), 1/4" Bumblebee Gingham Ribbon, Old World Paper 3D Embossing Folder, Flowers for Every Season Gems

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
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!!

We spend most of Sunday evening playing "Risk" online with our kids. An oldie but a goodie. I used to be super good at that game! DANG! I was the first one obliterated! I need to study up for next week so I don't get eliminated in the first 20 minutes! It was SUPER embarrassing!! Wish me luck!

Click "Next" to see what Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to check out Melissa Stout ... never disappointed even a LITTLE bit with anything either of these ladies create!

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