Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Sweet Treats!

A day OFF!! A DAY OFF!!! I can't remember the last time I had an ENTIRE day where I did NOT have to leave the house! I could just STAY HOME!!! Which I did ... and it was GLORIOUS!!

As I was putting some things away in my crafty cupboard (ok ... yeah, I have TWO of them!) ... so as I was putting some things away in ONE of my crafty cupboards I came across my little Gift Bag Punch Board. And I just stared at it ... "How long have I had this???" "Why haven't I ever actually USED this????" Well DANG!!! So last night I looked up a "how-to" video on youtube to make sure I could figure out what I was doing ... and I made this fun little bag!!! How stinkin' caYOOT is THIS??? It was easy to make ... and I'm pretty sure after making a couple of them you could put yourself in mass-production mode for those Christmas neighbor treats you're gonna make this year, right??? I used the SUPER adorable "Festive Farmhouse" stamp set for the sentiment (and the framelits, too!)! This is going to be a GREAT holiday season ... I can already tell!! But it's STILL nearly 100 degrees outside ... and August ... so I'm not quite ready to dive in YET!

Stamps: Festive Farmhouse
Paper: Whisper White, Night of Navy, Red Glimmer, Under the Mistletoe DSP
Ink:  Night of Navy, Old Olive
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Framelits, Farmhouse Framelits, Sprig Punch, Night of Navy Baker's Twine, Striped Burlap Ribbon, Gift Bag Punch Board

Back to work today ... sigh ... at least my craft room is STILL CLEAN ... and awaiting my next visit!!

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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Just Because I CAN!

I got home from work last night, found something to eat and then settled back to watch some Netflix (after the last couple of weeks, I was SOOOOOO in need of a "decompress" kinda night). Then it hit me ... I have NEW stamps and a CLEAN craft room ... and NOWHERE ELSE I have to be!!! When does this happen???? Like EVER???? So I did what any good crafty person would do ... I picked up my iPad and headed down to ye ole craft room and made a card!!! Look at me GO!!! Hahaha ... I need to do this more often!

Playing with new things is FUN! (DUH??!??) I hadn't intended on making a "baby" card per se ... but when all was said and done, that is what I ended up with! I am LOVING the cute little Twinkle Building punch (even the NAME of it is ADORBS!)! A moon and some stars ... simple and amazing! Stars just make me happy. And this DSP???? A-MAZ-ING!!! It's SOOOOOOO pretty!! This Night of Navy background with the little stars on it was ALMOST too pretty to cut into ... ALMOST!!! It is my favorite pattern in this particular pack of paper, so I just went for it!!!

Stamps: Little Twinkle
Paper: Whisper White, Balmy Blue, Crushed Curry, Vellum, Twinkle Twinkle DSP,  Sparkle Glimmer Paper
Ink:  Balmy Blue
Accessories: Twinkle Builder Punch, Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, Stitched Framelits Dies, Maps Etc. Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Silver Ribbon

So ... back to what I posted yesterday (was that just yesterday??). I have had an idea in my head FOREVER as a gift for my hubby. He does SO much for everyone else and ALWAYS puts himself last. I have to DRAG him to do things for himself sometimes!! Anywho ... many of you already know that he has his private pilot's license AND built his own plane (an experimental ... and RV-9A to be exact). It is stored in a hangar out at a tiny little airport in North Salt Lake. Hangars are HUGE, people!! The walls are wide and HIGH ... and up until this weekend the walls at the hangar were EMPTY!!

We have been collecting aviation "stuff" for quite a while. I have been wanting to hang it up in some sorta collage for a very long time. And now I have COMPLETED it!! I couldn't be happier with the results ... and my hubby could NOT have been MORE surprised for his birthday last Sunday!!! He had NO clue what I was up to ... but by Sunday morning he was going a little crazy as he figured I was doing SOMEthing!!! He just had no idea WHAT!!! Don't ya just LOVE when you have an idea and it turns out even BETTER than you imagined it??? It was exhausting but VERY worth it!

I have NO other blogs to link you to today (weird, isn't it??)!! I crafted because I COULD ... and it was FUN ... and it was GOOD ... and all is right with the world!

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Sunday, August 12, 2018

Monday Montage #122

GEEEE WHIZZZ!!! This past week was SOOOOOO very crazy-busy in my life!!! Between work, helping out my mama, attending events for family and friends and working on a project for my hubby's birthday, I am WIPED OUT!!! Luckily, I had enough energy left to create a card for this week's Monday Montage Blog Hop!

If it looks ANYthing like an airplane ... or ANYthing like something that will fly?? Yeah ... I'm-a buy that!!! Which is why the Best Route Suite that came out in this year's catalog was at the TOP of my list of things I needed to get ... like RIGHT NOW!!! Since my hubby has his private pilot's license and spent 10 years building is own airplane, you could say that aviation is a big deal at my house. We spent a good chunk of the day last Saturday doing what is known as a Young Eagles Fly-In. We round up pilots from our local EAA Chapter (Experimental Aircraft Association). They volunteer their time, their planes and their fuel to fly kids between the ages of 8 and 17. The primary goal is to get the next generation pumped up about aviation. It worked brilliantly ... FIVE pilots flew 135 young eagles!!! It was a long, hot and exhausting day ... and TOTALLY worth it!!!

Which brings me to this little gem of a card. Between the Young Eagles rally and the collage I created for my hubby's birthday to hang on the wall in his hangar (stay tuned ... I'll share photos in my next blog post), I have airplanes on the brain!

Stamps: En Route
Paper: Whisper White, Blueberry Bushel, Best Route DSP
Ink:  Gray Granite, Pineapplej Punch, Mango Melody, Blueberry Bushel
Accessories: 3/4" Circle Punch, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Trio Corner Punch, Maps, Etc. Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon

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
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn - NOT PARTICIPATING THIS WEEK
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

This week looks to be MUCH more manageable!!! Is it too late to plan a nap??? Hahaha ... if ONLY I could find the time to do THAT!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... their projects are FLYING HIGH!!


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Fab Friday #143

Hey Howdy and Happy Fab Friday!!! I cannot even BEGIN to tell you how much FUN I had creating this card today!!! I have a bunch of lovely-pretty new stamping things that I have not had the chance to play with ... YET!!! The stamp set I used for this card was one of the FIRST things I knew I was going to HAVE to HAVE in my collection!!

This treehouse!!! I mean, SERIOUSLY??!??? It's soooooooo cute!!! I love all the little pieces in this stamp set that you can pick and choose to make your own fun little treehouse scene. Also ... even though I don't actually have the Tropical Chic Stamp Set yet (notice I said YET!), I have been LOVING everything in that suite!!! The DSP I have in the background and as the stripe on this card??? They are from the Tropical Escape suite!!! It was the PERRRRFECT background for this!! I am totally in love!!! How fun is it that the cloud shapes from the Up & Away Thinlits Dies set work with the leafy bits on this treehouse set???? I am in LOVE you guys!!

Stamps: Treehouse Adventure
Paper: Blueberry Bushel, Luscious Lipstick, Whisper White, Tropical Escape DSP
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Balmy Blue, Blueberry Bushel, Luscious Lipstick, Pineapple Punch, Crumb Cake, Early Espresso
Accessories: Layering Circles Framelits, Up & Away Thinlits Dies, Classic Label Punch









Sweet and easy card sketch to inspire ya ...










Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

Family Reunion is Saturday ... my mama's side of the family. I LOVE getting together with all of my cousins, aunts and uncles! Ahhhhhh, SUMMER!! LOVE IT!

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Sunday, July 29, 2018

Monday Montage #121

Ya ever have those evenings when you are so wiped out that even your HAIR is complaining of being tired???? You, too??? I am having that kinda day. We just spent the past week driving over 1,200 miles (in each direction) from Salt Lake City, Utah to Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the most EPIC EVER AirShow/Convention EVER!!! That also converts into 21 1/2 hours EACH WAY ... and I racked up over 176,000 steps on my Fitbit (NOT kidding!)! We just got home a couple of hours ago! Unpacked the car and the luggage ... threw dirty clothes in the washer ... then in the dryer ... and have been organizing things back to where they belong!! I DO have a card that I made earlier to share with you and this week's Hop with the Monday Montage girls ... and I am just now sitting down and typing everything up (it's after 10:00pm)!!

I was contacted by someone who read my blog and likes my style to make a very special 1st Birthday Card for her nephew. His name is Kingston, and his mom has his sweet little bedroom decorated with all sorts of zoo and jungle animals. What's better for a "King" than to be a LION, right??? So I created this little King of the Jungle (King of the WORLD??)for this little guy's first birthday!!

Stamps:So Happy For You (retired)
Paper: Crumb Cake, Early Espresso, So Saffron, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Pear Pizzazz, Pumpkin Pie, Cajun Craze, Gold Foil, Bubbles & Fizz DSP
Ink:  Early Espresso
Accessories: 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Darice Paw Prints Embossing Folder, Cricut 3 Birds/Life's a Party Cartridge, Botanical Builders Thinlits Dies (retired), Washi Label Punch (retired), Large Number 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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

YAAAAWWWWWN! I SUPER tired!!! I have NEVER to figure out why just SITTING in a car for a long period of time can wiped you COMPLETELY out!! But that's where I am, so I need to go and crash!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and some "Christmas in July" or click "Next" for Amy O'Neill and some tropical birthday inspiration!


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Friday, July 20, 2018

Fab Friday #142

Who loves a GOOD challenge??!!?? I know that I DO!!!! This week's Fab Friday Challenge is for YOU, baby!! We are doing a color challenge ... and it's actually quite pretty ... but I know that I stared at it for QUITE a while before I felt the inspiration to make something!!! So without further adieu, let's get started!!

I was struggling with the Mossy Meadow in this color combo ... and I'm not quite sure WHY!!! Everything I was putting together just was NOT working ... until I pulled out the "May Flowers" Framelits dies! And the Subtle 3D Textured Impressions Embossing Folder is to DIE for you guys!!! Seriously ... you NEED it!! It's FANTABULOUS!!!

Stamps: Handwritten, Itty Bitty Greetings
Paper: Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide, Mint Macaron, Mossy Meadow, Powder Pink, Vellum
Ink: Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide
Accessories: May Flowers Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Subtle Dynamic Textured Impressions Embossing Folder, 3/8" Burlap Ribbon, Crumb Cake Baker's Twine, Linen Thread, Classic Label Punch







So here is the whole color combo ...







Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

My hubby and I are going to be on the road again this next week! He has always had an obsession with airplanes. He spent TEN YEARS building his own airplane (and YES ... I am TOTALLY SERIOUS!!!). The BIGGEST, most INCREDIBLE airshow for aviators who build their own airplanes is held every year in Oshkosh, Wisconsin ... and he has been DYING to go for over 20 years!!! So NOW we are actually DOING IT!!! I'll tell y'all about it when we get back!!

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

Monday Montage #120

NEW stamps!!! Who DOESN'T love to play with NEW STAMPS??!?? I seriously want to take a week completely OFF from everything else in my life and just make pretty things!! Do you ever feel like that??? I know my Monday Montage friends feel the same way! Thanks for joining us this week!

APPLES!! I am a sucker for ANY "fruity" stamps ... and this three-step apple from "Picked for You" is A-MAZ-ING!!! I used the first stamp with some Poppy Parade ink; the second stamp was stamped with Cherry Cobbler; and the third stamp was inked up with some Daffodil Delight. I did a little off-stamping with the Poppy Parade and Cherry Cobbler after I was done ... and then I used my trusty aqua painter to blend the colors together a bit ... this is one of my new most FAVE sets!!

Stamps: Picked for You
Paper: Whisper White, Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green, Call Me Clover, Wood Textures DSP, Animal Expedition DSP, Vellum
Ink:  Early Espresso, Poppy Parade, Cherry Cobbler, Daffodil Delight, Soft Suede
Accessories: Stitched Shapes Thinlits, 3/8" Classic Weave Ribbon, Lemon Builder Punch, Washi Label Punch (retired), Layering Leaves Dynamic Textured Impressions 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
Breelin Renwick - Craft-somnia Momma
Cathy Casey - Sugar Shack Designs
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

SOOOO much to do this week!!! LOTS of projects to finish, chores to do and errands to run. My hubby and I are FINALLY going to the Airventure event in Oshkosh, Wisconsin! It's an entire week of awesome airplanes, aviation stuff and FRIENDS!! I can't WAIT!!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... FUN-FUN-FUN!!!


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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Summer Bouquet

It is getting SOOOO hot! Every. Dang. Day. Yesterday we got over 100 degrees Fahrenheit! I spent a good portion of Friday hanging out in my basement ... with a very large fan blowing some LESS-hot air on my whilst I decided to stamp in the cooler temps!

When I originally order the Beautiful Bouquet Stamp Set, I thought I had ordered the "bundle" ... ya know how ya can ... because getting the stamps and the dies at the same times just makes sense, right??? And because not a SINGLE one of us has EVER forgotten to order the "bundle" together ... or has ordered something that we already own ... right??!??

Supplies: Beautiful Bouquet
Paper: Whisper White, Petal Pink, Crumb Cake, Tranquil Tide DSP
Ink:  Petal Pink, Balmy Blue, Crumb Cake, Basic Black
Accessories: , Stitched Labels Framelits Dies, Bouquet Bunch Framelits Dies, Linen Thread, Softly Falling Textured Impressions Embossing Folder

It's supposed to be even HOTTER today than it was yesterday ... oh JOY!!! Actually, I do love the summer weather. It makes it very hard to feel motivated to do anything besides stamp (or binge watch Netflix!) in our cooler basements! Hopefully I'll be able to get through my "to-do" list Hmmmmm ... perhaps a nap may happen at some point this weekend?? That sounds very sensible of me, don't you think??!??

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Friday, July 6, 2018

Fab Friday #141

It's FRIYAY!!! HUZZAH!! Oh man, I love Fridays when I don't have to go in to work ... today is one such day! The Fab Friday Team has created some fantastic things to share!!

Ok ... can we TAWWWKK??!?? Eastern Beauty!! I am so very happy that it carried over into the NEW catalog!! I used the Stitched Shapes Thinlits to cut the outer edge of the medallion I used as the focal point on this ... it was a PERFECT fit!! I cheated a little by using the Rich Razzleberry velvet ribbon to accent my Fresh Fig yardstick. I think it's close enough to the same color that it would be hard to tell the difference, don't you???

Stamps: Eastern Beauty
Paper: Fresh Fig, Balmy Blue, Whisper White, Tranquil Tides DSP
Ink: Fresh Fig, Tranquil Tide, Balmy Blue, Sea Foam Green
Accessories: Eastern Medallions Thinlits Dies, Stitched Shapes Thinlits Dies, Trio Corner Punch, Rich Razzleberry Velvet Ribbon







The Tranquil Textures DSP is FAST becoming a FAVE!! It goes with EVERYthing! This was a fun and easy sketch to follow ...










Here's a link to the Fab Friday Challenge Blog so you can play along:

Fab Friday Challenge Blog

Check out the Fab blogs of my fellow Fab Friends:

Mindy Backes
Cindy Beach
Heather Heroldt
Brian King
Amy Koenders
Justin Krieger
Amanda Mertz
Brenda Myers
Jan Tinklenberg

Just got back from visiting my bestie, Bree, up in Walla Walla with her family for the 4th of July. We had SO much fun!!! Sad to say goodbye so soon, but we will see each other in November ... in ORLANDO ... to celebrate Stampin' Up's 30th Anniversary in STYLE!!! It's going to be A-MAZ-ING!!

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Monday, July 2, 2018

Monday Montage #119

Summer is in FULL swing here in Utah!! And so is stamping!!! Who wants to come over and play??? So much pretty paper, stamps, and ink!! Bring it ON!!! The Monday Montage Girls sure are in full swing with some GORJUS creations!

We are coming up on one of my personal favorite holidays - 4th of July - Independence Day!!! So my card today is reflecting my patriotic vibes ... a little red (well, actually Luscious Lipstick), white and blue (aka Night of Navy). So while this card isn't OVERTLY a "4th of July" card, it is evoking the patriotic feel ... and I think it's kind of fun!!

Stamps: Itty Bitty Greetings, Burlap Backgrounds
Paper: Crumb Cake, Whisper White, Night of Navy, Luscious Lipstick
Ink:  Night of Navy, Crumb Cake
Accessories: Sunshine Wishes Thinlits Dies, Swirly Scribbles Thinlits Dies, Classic Label Punch, Linen Thread, Night of Navy Gingham Ribbon

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
Dani Dziama - Dani's Thoughtful Corner
Elizabeth Price - Seeinginkspots
Julie Warnick - Julie Warnick Stampin' Up! Blog - Not participating this week!
Kaitlyn Zumbach - Create with Kaitlyn
Melissa Stout - The Stamp Doc
Wendy Weixler - Wickedly Wonderful Creations - YOU'RE ALREADY HERE!!

On Tuesday, we will officially be out of town and on our way to Walla Walla to visit with Bree and her fun family of boys!! We will eat and play and laugh and celebrate ... just as friends and family do this time of year. And I canNOT WAIT!!

Click "Back" for Melissa Stout and "Next" for Amy O'Neill ... can I just say that their creations make me smile??? Because they DO!!


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