Friday, June 2, 2023

TGIF Challenge #423 - Color Challenge

I think I have the right challenge on the correct Friday this time! YAY ME!! Hop one over to the TGIF Challenge challenge blog to see what the Team has created with this fun color combo challenge!

Songbirds and eyelet lace frames ... a most PERFECT combination, if you ask me! I created the frame by using the Darling Details Dies, and then filled the frame with images I cut, stasmped and punched from the Sweet Songbird Bundle. With a little bit of Linen Thread and a few In Color Pearls this little birdie looks quite comfy on that branch!

This really is a sweet little songbird. I loved punching out the wing and belly on this cute little body to add some extra dimension to him.

Stamps: Sweet Songbirds
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Calypso Coral, Lemon Lime Twist, Smoky Slate
Accessories:  Darling Details Dies, 2022-2024 In Color Pearls, Songbird Builder Punch, Linen Thread

Crazy season has begun! I'm headed up to the PNW with my son's choir ... and to visit my daughter, and to visit some cousin who were just visiting us in SLC. I LOOOVE seeing my family!
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Sunday, May 21, 2023

Monday Montage #236


Here we are again ... it's time for the Monday Montage girls to share some fun new creations with you! These girls are ON FIRE!!!

Tappity-tap-tap-tap! And just like that I made a fun card from the new Just My Type stamp set (along with some help from the Countryside Contours Dies). And let's not forget the fun spiral die that is included in the Gorgeously Made Dies! This one came together pretty easily ... sometimes I get lucky!! 

I added a couple of the images from the Just My Type set to the Coastal Cabana cardstock behind the main images ... it's pretty cute, right??

Stamps: Just My Type
Paper: Whisper White, Coastal Cabana, Real Red, Basic Black
Ink: Black Memento, Real Red, Coastal Cabana
Accessories:  Gorgeously Made Dies, Countryside Corners Dies, 3/4" Circle Punch, 1/4" Black Gingham Ribbon, 

Friday, May 19, 2023

Planting a Freaky Garden!

The Control Freaks are planting a virtual garden this month, and you are invited to join us!  Debbie Henderson's was absolutely beautiful, don't you think?? This challenge was EASY PEASY (because, be honest, who doesn't own about a GAZILLION floral/nature stamps???!!??)

Although I am still mourning the loss of so many good core colors (Mango Melody and Sahara Sand!), I have to admit that I am utterly BEWITCHED by one of the new 2023-2025 In Colors - Pebbled Path! It's the PERFECT combo of almost-gray-almost-brown-but-not-quite-either! It's soooo much prettier in person ... and goes with so dang much! 

And I had to have this set mostly because of the spiral/stitched die that is in it ... be still my heart!

I "stole" this color combo from the ever-impressive Stampin' Up Artisan, Tammy Wilson. That girl is a stampin' WIZARD! I don't think she has EVER made an ugly card! I added a little Bubble Bath to mine, but I am loving this combo! I can't remember the last time I used FIVE different colors on one card!

Stamps: Gorgeously Made
Paper: Pebbled Path, Mellow Moss, Boho Blue, Bubble Bath, Moody Mauve, Whisper White
Ink: Mellow Moss, Pebbled Path, Boho Blue
Accessories: Gorgeously Made Dies, Twisted Rope Embossing Folder, Lined Thread

I shall have to "carb up" and go to bed early since I have to get up at Zero Dark Thirty (aka 3:30am!) tomorrow morning for the Ogden Half Marathon! I have to keep reminding myself that I MYSELF sign up for these things and pay the entrant fee ... so NO COMPLAINING!

Next up? Melissa Davies! Another exquisite garden!

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TGIF Challenge #420 - Sketch Challenge

I seem to be operating in a vacuum or something Things go into my brain and then they just bounce around and around and around, often getting lost in in the process!!! I made a card for this week's TGIF Challenge ... then realized when I went to post it that it was LAST week's challenge!! SHEESH!! If you'd like to check it out, here's a link to the TGIF Challenge challenge blog!

SQUUUUUEEEEE!!! The new Earthen Textures Bundle/Suite is THE BOMB!!! The colors, the DSP, the images, the TRIM ... I can't EVEN!!! I think it may be one of my favorite suites EVER EVER EVER!!! You NEEEEED this in your life!

Seeeee????? I roughed up the edges of each layer of DSP with the edge of my paper snips ... I love the "earthy" texture that is added by doing that!

Stamps: Earthen Textures
Paper: Misty Moonlight, Very Vanilla, Earthen Elegance DSP
Ink: Copper Clay, Boho Blue, Pebbled Path
Accessories:  Earthen Textures Dies, Natural 1/4" Wavy Trim, 2023-2025 In Color Dots, Linen Thread

Tomorrow I am running my second half marathon with the Huntsman Heroes (we raise money for cancer research) ... the Ogden Half! It's one of my faves as it is downhill and BEAUTIFUL!!
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Sunday, April 30, 2023

Monday Montage #235


I reaaaallly need to reorganize, purge, clean and sort my craft room ... I have waaaayyy too much stuff ... and I have a TON of stuff that has just ended up there even though it has no business being in a craft room! It's hard to get motivated to do something that you don't really want to do, isn't it??

A few more new toys were used to make this week's Monday Montage Creation.  The Elegant Borders Dies ... YES!  The Stamped With Love Stamp Set ... YES! The Countryside Corner Dies ... YES-YES!! I also used the Tropical Leaf Punch and Stamps again (online exclusives). I like them a LOT!

I have always been a fan of Pool Party ... it is just such a lovely color! It works for so many different types of images. 

Stamps: Stamped With Love, Tropical Leaf
Paper: Whisper White
Ink: Black Memento, Pool Party; Stamping Blends - Smoky Slate, Pool Party
Accessories: Tropical Leaf Punch, Whisper White Baker's Twine, Elegant Borders Dies, Countryside Corners Dies

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Wish me luck ... I'm going to start to make a DEEP DIVE into my craft room and try to put it back into shape. I think if I set a timer for an hour and just go do it a little at a time, I will get there before I know it!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - LOVE being sandwiched between two such talented ladies!

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Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Control Freak Sketchin'!

We are getting sketchy with the Control Freaks this month!  Cindy Elam did an AMAZING job, as usual!! I pulled out some new stamps, paper, ribbon AND gems to play with ... so let's get started!

LOTS of pieces going on here ... I love a good sketch challenge!!

So. Much. Pink! I am so totally SMITTEN with the new Bubble Bath (core color) and Moody Mauve (2023-2025 In Color) shades of pink!! They are both sooooo good! The cupcake and flowers (along with the sentiment) are from a new set (available next month) called "Circle Sayings" ... such a good combo with the Online Exclusive 3D Embossing Folders, right???

Up close and personal ...

Stamps: Circle Sayings
Paper: Bubble Bath, Moody Mauve, Basic Gray, Smoky Slate, Whisper White
Ink: Moody Mauve
Accessories: 2 3/8" Circle Punch, 2023-2025 In Color Gems, Basics 3D Embossing Folders, Moody Mauve Ribbon, Stapler

I saw some forsythia bushes that had actually turned YELLOW!! We have been sooooo sloooow to get to spring, but it looks like it is finally coming (although it was only 37 degrees this morning!!)!

Next up? Bree Renwick! LOVE the color combo she chose!

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Sunday, April 16, 2023

Monday Montage #234


Hallelujah!! We haven’t had any new snow of substance for the past two weeks!! We had one day when we got upon to 82 degrees!! (And then it dropped to 35 degrees about two days later!) Looks like we are on our way to more sunny days … and I couldn’t be happier about it!

My 2023-2024 Catalog Preorder arrived a few days ago … so much pretty paper! LOTS of new colors and some returning favorites! I used some of the returning Lemon Lime Twist to make a background for this adorable “Little Monkey”. I knew he was going to have to come and stay at my house! My grandnephew LOVES the “5 Little Monkeys” song I taught him back in February.  His mom and dad say he walks around the house shouting “Snap that Monkey” all the time! I think he is going to get this card in the mail!

See what I mean??? This little monkey is totally ADORBS!! I will be getting a LOT of use out of him!

Stamps: Little Monkey
Paper: Whisper White, Lemon Lime Twist, Lemon Lolly, Very Vanilla
Ink: Black Memento; Stamping Blends - Crumb Cake, Granny Apple Green
Accessories: Raindrops Embossing Folder, 2 3/8” Circle Punch, 2023-2025 In Color Dots, 3/8” Gingham Ribbon

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

My first half marathon of the season is coming up on Saturday … the Salt Lake Half! It’s been a long road this season, but I think I’m ready!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - BEAUTIFUL work by both!

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Monday, March 27, 2023

Monday Montage #233


“It’s gonna be cold, I t’s gonna be gray, and it’s gonna last you for the rest of your life.” DANG that groundhog!! We are still getting snow even when the forecast isn’t predicting it!! I would be handling it MUCH better if I could see some occasional blue skies and feel some sun! DOUBLE DANG! I know it will happen eventually … I think … I hope!

Meanwhile … here’s a card I made a few weeks back and never got around to posting (my life!)! I really love the color scheme, although I can’t seem to find the DSP in my craft room (also, my life!)! I know it’s there … I will find it and post the name of it shortly! (I found it! It is called "Fitting Florets" ... and it was only available as an online exclusive back in December/January!)

I sponged the Whisper White background layer with some Blushing Bride ink. I love how it gives it a bit of a watercolor effect. I also distressed the edges of the DSP strip with the edge of a pair of scissors … 

Stamps: Framed Florets
Paper: Whisper White, Blushing Bride, Fitting Florets DSP
Ink: Blushing Bride, Versamark, Black Memento; Stamping Blends - Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Green, Mellown Moss, Daffodil Delight, Petal Pink
Accessories:  Framed Florets Dies, Whisper White Frayed Ribbon, White Baker’s Twine, White Embossing Powder, Solid Faceted Gems

Here's a blog roll just in case you get "stuck" trying to hop around ...

Gonna go put on my snow boots and walk to work (again!) because I just don’t have the energy to scrape my windshields off once work is over today (again!)!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to see Julie Warnick - they have some SPRING going on!

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Friday, March 24, 2023

TGIF #413 - Product Challenge - Vellum Overlay

I’m not gonna bore you with a snow report (stupid groundhog!) … because it feels like that is all I have to report … ever … and ever … At least my snow boots have felt the love this year! This week's product TGIF Challenge is using vellum as an overlay. Let’s get to it!

I will always and forever be obsessed with all things polka dot. Always. And forever. And I am praying-praying-praying that Granny Apple Green survives the color refresh which will be released by Stampin’ Up soon. It is my fave right now! In used Versamark/embossing powder to create the leaves I stamped on vellum. The Tropical Leaf Punch came in VERY handy for all of my larger leaves! I did some fussy cutting on the smaller leaves … which I didn't mind at ALL sinced I find it kind of relaxing! I frayed the White Frayed Ribbon (which sounds kinda bizarre!), but I love the dimension it added behind the Polished Pink bow.

Up close and personal you can see how smashingly the little pink Frosted Dots compliment the Polished Pink bow … they are also a must have and part of our Online Exclusives!

Stamps: Tropical Leaf
Paper: Whisper White, Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Vellum
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories:  Tropical Leaf Punch, Loose Frosted Dots, White 3/4” Frayed Ribbon, Polished Pink 3/8” Open Weave Ribbon, Basic 3D Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder

I walked to work today (which is easy for me since it is only a few blocks from my house)! Seemed easier than having to remove several inches of snow from my car at the end of the day!
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Sunday, March 19, 2023

Colorful Freaks!

I have been participating in the Control Freaks Blog Tour since 2009 (NOT kidding!) and I can’t remember the last time we did an old fashioned color challenge … so here we go! Cindy Elam NAILED it with two GORGEOUS floral creations!! If you haven’t seen them, make sure to check 'em out!

Aren’t these colors just yummy together??? They are just SCREAMING spring to me!!

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I am RIDICULOUSLY enamored with the Ready Rhino Stamp Set/Dies … AND the Basic 3D Embossing Folders … BOTH of which are Online Exclusives right now! I have always had a “thing” for all things hippo and rhino. What’s NOT to love, right??

CuteCuteCUTE, right??!!??

Stamps: Ready Rhino
Paper: Balmy Blue, Granny Apple Greem, Highland Heather, Whisper White, Early Espresso
Ink: Black Memento, Versamark; Stampin’ Blends - Balmy Blue
Accessories: Rhinon Dies, Stylish Shapes Dies, Metallic Pearls, Basic 3D Embossing Folder, White Embossing Powder

If we didn’t actually need 2-3 more winters with the INSANE amount of rain/snow that we have had this year I would be kinda whiny about the forecast facing us here in Utah this week … rain, rain and MORE rain! First day of spring is almost here, and we seem to be on winter overdrive! I hope our house doesn’t end up underwater once all the snow in the mountains starts melting its way down!

Next up? Bree Renwick! She created a LOVELY “Ode” to spring AND Easter!

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