Thursday, May 19, 2022

Clean & Simple Control Freaks






Welcome to another Blog Tour with the Control Freaks! This month we are going "Clean & Simple" (something I always struggle with!! Did you see what Bree Renwick did?? SUCH a gorggeous set of cards! 

Black, white and red ... I have ALWAYS loved any creations I have seen with this clean and simple color combo! I stuck with one stamp set/punch bundle ... the "Sweetest Cherries" is darling! I have always been a sucker for ANY stamp set that features a piece of fruit!! Every. Dang. Time! The Split Card Textures Dies are FABULOUS! Run the diecut one time and you have this DREAMY background!

Stamps: Sweet Cherries
Paper: Whisper White, Real Red, Basic Black, Pear Pizzazz, Garden Green
Ink: Garden Green, Real Red, Versamark, Wink of Stella
Accessories: Split Card Textures Die, Cherry Builder Punch, Black & White 1/4" Gingham Ribbon, Whisper White Embossing Powder



See what I mean??? A little bit of gingham ribbon and a splash of Wink of Stella and VOILA!! This really was easy and I think it came out pretty cute!

I'm headed off Saturday morning to run the Ogden Half Marathon ... my first half since my achilles/bone spur/bursae surgery last August!  SOOOO happy to be back in the game, even if it is slowly!


Next up? LeeAnn Greff! GORGEOUS and ELEGANT!!

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Sunday, May 8, 2022

Monday Montage #213







Welcome to another round of fun with the Monday Montage Crew!! What a crazy week it has been! I spent three days at Disneyland (I have MISSED my "home away from home" sooo much!). I've been trying to get things finished up so that we can close on the sale of my mama's condo this week ... and I had an 8-mile downhill training run on Saturday. Sheesh!! Glad I had already made my card for this week's blog hop or I would have been in TROUBLE!!





Ok ... be HONEST ... what's NOT to love about EVERYthing in the "He's the Man" suite of goodies?? HONESTLY!! I cheated a little and used the retired Macrame 3D embossing folder and the retired Braided Linen Trim (it's one of my all-time faves!)! The "He's the Man" DSP is INSANE!! I totally freakin' LOVE it and all the fun diet images it comes with ... they are just PERFECT!!






I used a little Early Espresso ink on a sponge to highlight the embossed image in the background. I also roughed up the edges a bit to give this whole card a more rustic feel. The VW Bus diecut image is my FAVE!

Stamps: NONE!
Paper: Crumb Cake, Soft Succulent, Cajun Craze, He's the Man DSP
Ink: Early Espresso
Accessories: All That Dies, 3D Macrame Embossing Folder (retired), Rustic Metallic Adhesive Backed Dots, Braided Linen Trim (retired)



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


Sooooo ... it is officially "race" season. I am participating in the Zion Ragnar Trail Race this coming weekend ... and the Ogden Half Marathon the following weekend. CanNOT tell you how grateful I am too be OUT of pain and mostly mended after over two years of struggling with my Achilles, bone spurs and an inflamed bursae. Surgery was a resounding success and I feel pretty dang good! Thanks for stopping by!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick ... and "Back" to see Julie WarnickWOWSERS!


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Sunday, May 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop - Flower Frenzy





The sights and smells of spring are EVERYwhere! I love going outside for a run or to take my doggie for a walk up the canyon and smelling the sweet blossoms floating through the air and the beautiful colors coming up through the soil, don't you?? (LUCKY for me I don't have allergies!) This month the WCBH ladies are saluting all things flowery with the "Flower Frenzy" theme.

I am going to miss the "Batik Boutique" stamps and dies. They are sooo much fun to play with!

I used some of the new YUMMY Hues of Happiness DSP to inspire this card ... the color combo just embodies EVERYthing spring to me!! Flirty Flamingo, Melon Mambo, Daffodil Delight and Mossy Meadow ... super bright and fun!
Stamps: Batik Boutique, Happiness Abounds
Paper: Whisper White, Melon Mambo, Flirty Flamingo, Daffodil Delight, Mossy Meadow
Ink: Mossy Meadow, Versamark
Accessories: Batik Dies, Beautiful Shapes Dies, Whisper White Embossing Powder





Here's a little closeup for ya ... The dies and stamps go PERFECTLY with the Hues of Happiness DSP, don't they??

We Create Blog Hop Blog Roll -
MAY 2022

Wendy Weixler - YOU ARE HERE

Go check out the rest of the lovely green creations of these wonderfully crafty ladies! Next up? Kimberley Morris!
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Sunday, April 24, 2022

Monday Montage #212







New toys are SOOOOO much fun to play with!! I have received a couple of orders in the past couple of weeks and I FINALLY got to really spend some time digging through everything and deciding what to play with first! Thank goodness for blog hops like this one with the Monday Montage ladies to give me an excuse to create!!






I went all monochrome for this one. I still have to say that Pool Party has been one of my all-time favorite Stampin' Up colors. It never gets boring for me. Hues of Happiness DSP is sooooo gorgeous I can't stand it!! I snuck a little of it on my second layer ... and, of course, I used the Blossoming Happiness Dies to cut the floral/greenery images from the DSP. 







Here's a closeup for you ... the Spots & Dots Die is going to get so much use from me!

Stamps: Happiness Abounds
Paper: Pool Party, Hues of Happiness DSP
Ink:Versamark
Accessories: Trio Corner Punch, Stylish Shapes Dies, Blossoming Happiness Dies, Spots & Dots Dies, Glossy Dots Assortment, Whisper White Embossing Powder



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


Well ... I participated in my first race in what seems like forever ... sort of!! Due to a series of unfortunate events I didn't get to the starting line until about 35 minutes AFTER the start ... and it was raining, snowing and sleeting! I ended up NOT running the race and ran back home instead! I got up this morning early and decided to go out and follow the race course to make up for what I had missed! It was just a 10K (in preparation for a half I am planning on running in a few weeks). Felt good to be out there, even though I did the day-after-the-race-race by myself! Sheesh!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to visit Elizabeth Price! Love their creativity!


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Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Control Freaks - Can't Live Without




One of these days ... hopefully sooner than later ... life will get back to some sort of "normal" around my house! The last month has been UBER crazy! I haven't really had much time to do the things I like, but I did take some time out to play with the Control Freaks this month where we are highlighting things that we "Can't Live Without"! You MUST check out the beautiful creations of LeeAnn Greff ... her use of color is AMAZING! 

Right now my favorites include anything new and FUN! Of course, it goes practically without saying that I could NOT create a card without doing some sort of die cutting or embossing. So the Stampin' Cut and Emboss would probably be at the top of my list of things I CAN'T live/create without! And polka dots ... I have ALWAYS been a sucker for anything with polka dots (stamps, embossing folders, ribbon, dies). So when I saw the NEW Spots & Dots background die I KNEW it was going to come and live with me ASAP! I used some washi tape to hold my colored sections of cardstock together before I ran them through the Cut and Emboss machine with the Spots & Dots die. The "leftover" dots that were cut out ended up on this card as well ... kind of by accident.  I had a couple of them that stuck to the front of my card and I decided I LOVED them and wanted to add a bunch more! I also used the "Sit Stay Relax" hostess stamp set, which is also new!

Stamps: Sit Stay Relax
Paper: Whisper White, Flirty Flamingo, Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight, Soft Seafood, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Granny Apple Green, Fresh Freesia, Daffodil Delight (Stampin' Blends)
Accessories: Spots & Dots Die, Beautiful Shapes Dies, Faux Linen Ribbon



I colored the cute little sleepy kitty with some Daffodil Delight Stampin' Blends ... which I ALSO lovelovelove! And Dimensionals ... I can honestly say that I NEVER make a card without THOSE little babies!


Next up? Deb Henderson! Her creation is STUNNING!!

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Sunday, April 3, 2022

Monday Montage #211







One day I may actually feel like I'm on some sort of "normal" schedule ... whatever THAT means! At least my craft room isn't a total disaster, so when I need to go make something I can actually do it!! We're back to another Monday Montage, and the girls are all in fine form!





Have any of y'all seen the new Waves of the Ocean Bundle??? I am IN LOVE with every dang part of it! The stamps, the dies, the DSP and the rhinestones ... soooooo much fun to play with! I decided to hit the "neutrals" with this little card instead of all the blues ... and I'm pretty happy with how it came out. 






You guys NEEEED this bundle!! The paper is just oh-so-GOOD! I used the Tasteful Texture embossing folder behind one of the waves dies ... I really like the effect.

Stamps: Waves of Inspiration
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Waves of the Ocean
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Versamark, Chalk Marker
Accessories: Waves Dies, Stitched Rectangle Dies, Waves Rhinestones, Fine Art Ribbon, Linen Thread, Tasteful Textile Embossing Folder




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


We've been cleaning, boxing, sorting and packing up all the things at my mom's place. I am super grateful that the lion's share of the work that needed to be done with sorting through and weeding out of things owned by my parents was done 12 years ago when we moved my mom from her house to her condo. But it is STILL a chore ... and hard on the heart. So grateful that I have an amazing husband who has been tackling the areas that I have found too sentimental. He just goes in and gets it done. My mom's siblings and my mom's grandchildren have all been able to pick a few things that are meaningful to them, which has been therapeutic for all of us. Happy to report that we've made a TON of progress and I can see light at the end of the tunnel!

Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to visit Julie Warnick! FAN-TAS-TIC!


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Sunday, March 20, 2022

Monday Montage #210







Hey friends ... we are back with the Monday Montage Girls. I am so grateful for the opportunity I have to create and share something I love. Crafting has always been therapeutic for me (since I was a little girl). And Heaven knows I have really needed it this weekend ...






Spring is on its way, and nothing feels more like spring to me than ladybugs and flowers. We had more snow today, but the weather on Friday was absolutely gorgeous ... hopefully we will be getting more of THAT kind of weather before too long.





I added a little hand-drawn stitching using my chalk marker. With a little help from the vellum doilies, Whisper White craft ink and a sponge I was able to create a little bit of a "lacy" background effect here, too! Some polka dots with the aid of the Polka Dot embossing folder and I had it.

Stamps: Hello Ladybug
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Real Red, Daffodil Delight
Ink: Real Red, Daffodil Delight, Garden Green, Versamark, Chalk Marker
Accessories: Stitched So Sweetly Dies, Ladybug Punch, Vellum Doilies, Checks & Dots Embossing Folder, Stapler, Faux Linen Ribbon (from the Flowers for Every Season Combo Pack)

This post is very brief. The past week has been a rollercoaster and a whirlwind all wrapped into one. My dear, sweet mama went to meet my daddy in Heaven last Wednesday. It has been a long road for us ... years and years of struggles are finally over for my mama ... and as sad as I am for us, I am very happy for her as she is no longer trapped in a body with so many infirmities and a mind that was foggy. I will probably talk a little more about this in future posts, but as of now I am both physically and emotionally wiped out. I really am ok (and thanks to so many of you who have reached out with your love and support). Grief is a process for sure!

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


Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to visit Julie Warnick! Love these women and their amazing talent!


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Sunday, March 6, 2022

Monday Montage #209







I have typed this ding-dang blog post four different times already!! URRRRRGGGHHH! Blogger is being an absolute JERK to me today!! And I'm tired and wanna go to bed because it's freakin' COLD due to the crazy winter storm we had from Saturday night to Sunday morning! Stupid groundhog ... I was just starting to get used to the temps in the 60's ... dang it!


Made this slimline birthday card for my super adorable grandnephew Jordan's 2nd birthday. When I say adorable, I am not exaggerating. That boy is cute, funny, happy, charming, sweet, lovable and wonderful! I didn't want to make hin just "any ol' card". I had fun making the watercolor background on this using my Aquapainter and lifting the ink out of the lids of my ink pads. I also used the Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch to make the little blocks to put behind the letters of his name ... I slid thee punched images back into the punch after punching them once so that I cut alter them to make them square ... I punched off the extra length (if that makes sense). Love how they turned out!



The photos don't do this cute little card justice. The Wink of Stella I added to the little penguins balloon and the letters in Jordan's name aren't really showing up in the pix ... but that little bit of sparkle is JUST what they needed!

Stamps: Count On Me, Sweet as a Peach (sentiment)
Paper: Basic Black, Whisper White, Midnight Muse, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Real Red, Poppy Parade, Watercolor
Ink: Midnight Muse, Pacific Point, Balmy Blue, Wink of Stella, Versamark, Memeto Black; Stampin' Blends - Mango Melody (light and dark), Basic Black (light and dark)
Accessories: Rectangle Postage Stamp Punch, Playful Alphabet Dies, Blue Adhesive Backed Gems, White Embossing Powder


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


Click "Next" to see Bree Renwick... and "Back" to visit Emily Kimmey! WOW oh WOW!


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Tuesday, March 1, 2022

We Create Blog Hop - Sporting Green







Green is my favorite color. It took me years to actually realize that this was the truth, but SOOOO much of my wardrobe is green ... in every possible shade (but olive green seems to be the front runner). I have dresses, shirts, sweaters, pants, tees, socks and shoes that are green. So this month's WCBH theme "Sporting Green" is right up my alley!




I took the two-heart stamp image from the Nuts & Bolts stamp set and created a bunch of shamrocks. To be fair, there is a bunch of fussy cutting going on here, but I find that therapeutic!

Stamps: Nuts & Bolts, Hello Ladybugs (sentiment)
Paper: Whisper White, Garden Green, Granny Apple Green
Ink: Garden Green, Versamark
Accessories: Ornate Frames Dies, Stitched Greenery Dies, Metallic Pearls, Blue Adhesive-Backed Gems





I used some gold metallic pearls and some Blue Adhesive-Backed gems to set off the centers of these little shamrocks.  I hand cut the stems for the clovers since I couldn't find an image that would work, and they were super easy to snip out!

We Create Blog Hop Blog Roll -
MARCH 2022

Wendy Weixler - YOU ARE HERE

Go check out the rest of the lovely green creations of these wonderfully crafty ladies! Next up? Kimberley Morris!
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